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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Amy Butler Trailing Cherry Fabric

Amy Butler's Trailing Cherry Fabric is one of my most popular fabrics on pocket mirrors. The oriental appeal with the nice pinks and chocolate brown background make it a perfect all round fabric. And of course it is also part of a whole line of great fabrics that match. Here are some wonderful handmade items on Etsy made of the same fabric:

Hope you get out there and check out everything on Etsy!!!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mardi Gras wooohooooo it's coming February 24th

Okay, well seeing as I use to be a preschool teacher, I have a big thing for holidays. I love to create a million different little projects all based on the same theme!!! In keeping with this I thought I would start doing some of my blogs theme related. Some of my latest items are fabric covered Mardi Gras bottle openers. I went on Etsy and found several other items handmade from the same fabric. Here are all the goodies I found.

1. has this great headband for $7:

2. has a crazy quilt kit for $27.50

3. has a nice tote bag for $5

4. my most unusual find is this shopping cart cover by

then of course there are my bottle openers at $3.50 each :

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Hey there. I participated in January's spottedbox and received a box in the mail on Monday. Some seriously fast shipping I might add. So, here is the context of my box:

1. a hair tie from I will keep this for my neice, she loves hair doodads.
2. the cutest little 3-6 month size painted tshirt. it's too small for my son but it will make a great baby gift for the next bundle of joy.
3. sent some handmade play dough. I haven't shown it to my daughter yet. She will love it. I like the texture a lot. It feels smooth and soft.
4. a diaper insert/doubler with 3 layers. It is very well made and looks nice and soft. I will keep this in my next bundle of joy gift pile.
5 and 6. I received 2 items this month and they were both felt and embroidery hairclips, one is a flower and the other is a cupid. I am putting these in the pile for my neice, she will love them.
7. bath salts and a coupon from Looks like a good amount for my next tub soak, or maybe my daughter's. She likes bath stuff.
8. A nice animal print face wipy from I give these things as gifts to one of my friends because she just loves to be pampered. had a coupon too.
9. I just looked at an empty plastic bag from and thought huh???? Then I realized that when I looked through the box I snagged the hair scrunchy and put it in my hair immediately. Needless to say the bag is empty because I'm wearing the item as I type. It fits my hair perfectly, I have a hard time finding the right size hair doo dads for my thick hair.
10. sent me some lavender rose of sharon seeds. I will wait til it is warmer and plant them out back.
11. sent some patchouli orange bath salts. I'm thinking I might need to get a basket for all my bath goodies. This smells very nice and was well labeled.
12. Just found something else from very cute diaper cover!!! size small, so it will be going in my new bundle of joy bin. I have the same fabric in my shop, must have been a good one! Did I mention how well made it is?????
13. a very nice wipe/washie for my lil guy. Even has a firetruck pattern on it. He loves these wonderful washies we keep receiving in our spottedboxes. In fact I made myself leave it in the box so I wouldn't forget to put it in the blog.
14. from Earth School I received a sampler card of activities based on Winter Wonderland.
15. Yet another great hairclip from got one before and loved it!!!
16. pinback button from
17. a reversible potholder/hotpad knitting pattern from
my friend has been knitting scarves like a madman, maybe she can switch to these?
18. 5.00 gift certificate to I will have to go take a look around!!!!
19. Another $5 gift certificate to I have no idea what they sell, so I will have to go take a peek at that shop also.
20. 2 really fun cards with envelopes from great sense of humor, I will need to send these out to my friends.
21. very cute owl face wipy from my lil man will love this. I might use it for his new daycare induced runny nose.
22. Breathe Easy Massage Oil from poerfect for this time of year when everyone is all stuffed up
23. Greenapple soap sample from perfect for the guest bathroom.
24. Apple Jack and Peel laundry detergent from Jenny's Simply Clean. I don't see a web address. If someone has it, please add it in comments. thanks
25. Pretty little swarovski crystal earrings from These will go to my friend for Valentine's Day.
26. sent a sample of Jenn's Simple Clean diaper pail freshener. I will be putting this in my kitchen trash can. It really helps.
27. concentrated all purpose cleaner from
28. sent a toddler bracelet. Will keep this for the neighbor's baby. Maybe my son can give it to her for Valentine's Day, hehehehehe
29. hey, that's me! got a valentine's 2.25 inch magnet!!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Hey there, I want to write about my favorite group of people on Etsy. I don't know if you know what a BNR is, but BNR stands for Buy and Replace. Someone starts a BNR by listing it under promotions in the Etsy forum. Then they get a group of shops to sign up. There are several ways to go about this, and there are usually different rules. So, a list of shops gets started and they continue to promote themselves on the BNR thread in forums, under promotions. Buyers will come along and buy from someone on the list. The buyers shop then replaces the shop they purchased from, on the list. To get back on the list, you have to purchase from a shop on the list. Usually the person that started the BNR is considered to be the host and stays on the list no matter who buys from them or how much is bought. I hope this explains BNR.

The BNR that I participate in is called The Booty BNR. Booty actually stands for booted, because if you don't sign in within a 24 hour period of time, you will get booted off the list.

Here is the most recent list and rules etc. for our BNR

PLEASE NOTE: It's called the Booty bnr, because you'll be booted if you don't check in from 7pm to 7pm) Twenty four hour check in rule will be strictly enforced.PLEASE DO NOT BUY ON TO THIS BNR IF YOU DO NOT CHECK IN WITHIN THE 24 HOUR TIME SPAN....
The Simple Basics: If you’re on the list and someone buys from you, you’re off! (until you buy back on again)
1. To buy in: $4.50 MINIMUM PURCHASE (before shipping)
2. Thread Monitor’s name stays on list.
3. You MUST state which shop you intend to buy from before you make your purchase. (please make sure the shop you’re calling is on the CURRENT LIST!)
4. Post your transaction here after purchase. (You're on the list! Remember to update sales total)
5. You may ONLY be listed on this list ONCE, regardless of number of purchases!6. Promoting this thread is required! Get a "x1" by your name for each shop you bring to our BNR.7. YOU are responsible for giving yourself a (*) each day when you check in for the first time. If you don't have a (*) by your shop name you may be booted.
--------------------------------------------------THE PERKS: You may get a "x1" by your name if you bring in a new shop to buy from our list! Two shops? then you get a "x2" and so on... Recruitment is KEY for the success of our BnR!YOU GOT BOOTED??? One of the forgiving things about the booty bnr is that if you bring a new member to join the list (by making a purchase) , you get back on the list yourself (without making another purchase) Applies only to those who have gotten the boot.----------------------------------------------------------======>>>>>> Shops neglecting to check in (or convo Hook) for a 24 hour period WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST! (This will be strictly enforced). No excuses.BOOTY time is 7pm every afternoon!
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MonkeyThreads made a fantastic BNR treasury