Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blog on Vacation

This blog is going on vacation for a bit.  There will be no more new posts, and my Etsy shop is also on vacation for  a bit.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Let It Snow!

This will be my last Team Support and Promote weekly post, until New Years weekend. I will continue to share my daily Polyvore treasuries, until Christmas, then they will be every few days. I hope my readers are enjoying them, and getting some great gift ideas. My sales are not super this holiday season, but I have not had the time to promote as much as I would like.

 Be sure and click the highlighted link under each of these images, to visit the Etsy shop, browse and purchase if you like. The theme this week is Let it Snow. It doesn't snow here in Florida, well maybe a flurry or two, but it is nice to have decorations that look like snow.
First from Missy69 is this adorable acrylic canvas Snowman painting,with beautiful roses. 
Next from MsPDesignsUSA is this adorable Christmas pony playing in the snow, it is a quilt block available on PDF.
I have a new member join in this week.  112Miniatures, makes the most adorable doll house accessories, like these snowman cookies.  So cute~

Monday, December 5, 2016

Gorgeous Green Gift Ideas

Gorgeous Green Gift Ideas

Beautiful Blue and White Handmade Gift Ideas

A day late and a dollar short, lol. I am doing a singing Christmas Tree with our church, and four other local churches. We are near performance time, so some of my days are shorter. This week, I am featuring blue and white handmade items from #teamsp. If you check previous posts I am doing daily treasuries on Polyvore, or at least trying to do daily, and then they get posted here and other social media. There are all kinds of cool gift ideas in those treasuries as well. Be sure to check them out. After Christmas I will probably only do one or two a week, and maybe around holidays. To visit each of the shops featured today, just click the link under the images.


First from Missy69, a blue and white glass bead and pearl BOHO single leather wrap bracelet, great price too!
Also from Missy69, this beautiful blue tourmaline and white pearl, with mother of pearl cross pendant.  Wow!
MsPDesignsUSA, is offering this beautiful blue and white quilt pdf pattern.  Love it!
Also from MsPDesignsUSA, this beautiful Bluejay quilt block pattern.  Great bird lover gift. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Handmade and DIY Red and Green Christmas Colors

This week I am featuring DIY items, and handmade items with a Christmas color theme of red and green. Each image has a description, and highlighted link, under the image. To visit the Etsy shop just click the highlighted link. Next week will be Christmas colors blue and white. I love blue and white for Christmas.


MsPDesignsUSA offers the most adorable Santa raccoon PDF quilt block.  Get yours today. 
Also from MsPdesignsUSA this Santa elephant quilt block pdf.  You could make the most adorable blanket.  
From Missy69 is this reclaimed glass jar with a Santa Kitten and Santa Bunny original art work.  
If you love Poinsettias this painted candy dish from Missy69 would be a perfect gift, and a great price too.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Handmade and DIY Gift for Men

So, maybe you have decided you want to make the man in your life a gift this Christmas. Or, you want a gift that shows the rustic rough and tough side of your man. Maybe he is a fisherman or hunter. Well, then I have two perfect gift ideas for you. The highlighted link under each image, will take you to the Etsy shop where each item is featured.


MsPDesignsUSA, has this lovely pdf quilt block pattern for the beginning quilter.  Great gift idea, get it now and make it by Christmas.  
For the fisherman or hunter in your life, this set of four wooden coasters, from Missy69, features four fish varieties wood burned into the coasters.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I don't actually have an image, or video to share with  you, yet.  I am very busy promoting my Etsy shop, and I have had 3 sales already this month, so I am doing something right so far.  I am offering free shipping, on all domestic orders of 35 dollars or more, until Jan 1, 2017.  So, take advantage of that.  I have clearance/sale section, also.  You can get to my shop by doing a search for Missy69, or by clicking my Etsy shop widget in the column of this blog.

The kids, and I decided on two Advent calendars for this year.  I actually forgot that last year we decided, this year, that we would do a reverse Advent calendar.  What is a reverse Advent calendar?  First get a big box.  In the box, every day from Dec 1st through the 25th, add a nonperishable food item to the box.  On Christmas day you donate the food to a family that is in need of a Christmas dinner.  You can just set the box on their door step, and they will be blessed, and you get to be humble in your giving.  We will probably use one of the churches, or the school, to find a family that will need such a gift.  Some other ideas you could do are make a shoe box of gifts, similar to what churches do for Operation Christmas Child, but donate it to your local nursing home.  So many of the elderly have no families, and the smallest of gifts would make their day.  Be sure to ask your local nursing home, they might already have such a program and know just where the greatest needs are.  Make a care bag, or a few, for the homeless and drop them off to them on Christmas Eve.  Maybe that is what we will do with our dinner box.

The second Advent calendar, will be a fun crafty one.  We do one of these silly ones every year.  A friend of mine has given me two large wood slices.  I was thinking, if I get time, that I will wood burn a Santa face, or Nativity onto the wood slice, with 25 round spaces either on the beard, or around the Nativity.  Then we can tape things into the circles each day.  I would be totally reusable and look lovely on the coffee table, or dining room table.  I hope I actually get time to do it.  If not, I will be printing off a fun, silly one.  You can find a whole bunch of printable Advent calendars by doing a search on Bing or Google under images.  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Gift Ideas for Teens with Team Support and Promote on Etsy

This week, two shops signed up for the weekly feature, with Team Support and Promote on Etsy. Featuring Christmas gift ideas for teens. Each image has a description, and highlighted link, so you can click through to Etsy to purchase or view other items.


First from Missy69, is this beautiful genuine Amethyst sterling silver ring.  Great first real gemstone jewelry piece for a teenage girl. 
Second from, MsPdesignsUSA is this quilt applique with letters for personalization of your quilt.  Great teen gift idea for backpacks, purses etc. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

How to Crochet A Granny Square

I love Granny Sqaures! Once you get the hang of how to do it, they are very easy and versatile. So many different ways to use a Granny Square. But first you have to learn how to make one. Remember, practice makes perfect. Drop me a note and tell me what you create after you learn to crochet.



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DIY Advent Calendar Idea #1

I love Advent Calendars.  I think my kids and I have done one every year, for 16 years.  I will be posting some ideas for DIY calendars, and then I will let my kids pick which one they like best.  The one below, in the video, is pretty affordable to make.  However, I would use a tri fold board from the Dollar Tree rather than a large canvas.  As a painter, putting all those pin holes in the canvas just seems like a waste to me.  You could also use the other two sides to draw a Nativity, or other Christmas images.  I am not sure I would use ornaments either, maybe a piece of candy, or some money for them to share.  We have so many ornaments, we don't need more, lol, though I love them.  I will try to add a new idea, every couple of days.  Do you do an Advent Calendar?  Share your ideas in the comments.  






Sunday, November 6, 2016

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Hi, everyone! Today, I am featuring handmade Christmas gift ideas for kids. To view each item on Etsy, click the highlighted link below the image. Just two shops this week, as everyone is getting ready for a busy holiday season.

For me, I am adding holiday inventory weekly, if not daily, and marking items down to my Clearance/Sale section. I am offering free shipping on all domestic orders of 35 dollars or more.


MspDesignsUSA, offers the cutest quilt pattern blocks.  This one is adorable, for the princess in your life.
New in my shop, Missy69, are painted tshirts for kids.  This one is a red tshirt, with butterfly and blooms

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pumpkins, Pumpkins and more Pumpkins!

As we approach Halloween, it is time to start thinking about Christmas, and other Winter holidays, especially for those who make crafts to sell. So, starting next week I will be featuring Etsy items, from Team Support and Promote, that fit those themes.


This week, I am featuring pumpkins, for obvious reasons. Each item below has a small description, and a highlighted link so you can click through to Etsy if you are interested in more info.


First from Zizzybob, is this adorable vest fabric panel with all kinds of cuteness going on. 
Next from, Shelleyscrochetole is an adorable pumpkin tea towel for the kitchen or bathroom I suppose. 
Last from Missy69, is this lovely acrylic pumpkin painting with Fall flowers.  It is on sale!

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