Tuesday, April 29, 2008


My ETSYShop finally open!!!

There was a sudden change of my mom 'FENG SHUI' date, she asked me to open it today or to wait for another while. Fortunately, the weather is cooperative this afternoon. After a long wintry weather, today we have the sun stay up bright until 8 PM. I spent the whole night to speed up finishing my shop and prepare for its first public appearance.

I began my shop with 3 items, 2 of them are set of bags for mother and daughter (I made those bags for Mother's Day). The theme of my first launching bags are SAKURA FLOWS. I love Sakura, and I happened to buy a very beautiful and delicate double gauze cotton with sakura image from Japan. There are more bags on the way to my stores, just wait for them.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Last minute birthday present....

We had been invited for Yolanda birthday last Sunday, but we did not know about it until Saturday afternoon, one day before. As you might know, in Switzerland, stores closed at 5 PM on Saturday and for entire day on Sunday. I basically had no time to buy anything by the time I received the invitation, I can not just come up with a box of chocolate since Yolanda is the god grandma of Sebastien (mother of Sebastien god parents). I tried to check my sewing room, and I found this beautiful Japanese Chirimen fabric. I think a vintage purse can be a great present for her - easy to use and take with in her handbag. Besides, I still have 1 purse claps that I bought from internet not long before. Using the same pattern that I used to make my vintage purse after an hour or so, I come up with this elegant vintage purse. Another great thing that I realized is that the peony flower on the fabric. We, asian, love the peony to be used as the theme for birthday cause it symbolizes good fortune.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

New Cards and a Fabulous new Card Cozy!

This week I designed new business cards that include all my new web addresses. I've had ideas turning around in my head for a while, but I just haven't had the time to sit down and get it done. It's really bad when someone asked you for one and you don't have anything to give them.

I had some wonderful online help from my fellow artisans of FAM. What a wonderful group and all so talented.

The card is two sided and in color.
Here is the front:

and back:

To go along with my new cards I needed something to hold and protect them in my purse. With so many options out there it wasn't easy to decide, but I knew I wanted something homemade, easy to use, and fun.

I found the perfect card holder in Andrea Baker's etsy shop, a fellow FAM. Her business card cozies are great and you can custom order them so that you get something that matches your personality. They also hold around 40 standard cards and fit nicely even in a small purse. She hand makes each one and the quality of her work is fabulous. I couldn't be happier. Thanks so much Andrea!

Monday, April 21, 2008

T10T...Say What?

I said Take 10 Tuesday!

That's right, the FAM Etsy Street Team is having another fabulous promotion and this time it's take 10% (or whatever!) off in any of our participating shops!

Beginning at 5:00 pm EST (through midnight Pacific time) on April 22, 2008 the FAM Street Team of Etsy will hold it's first team-wide sale. Each store will have it's own twist on the sale, so please be sure you understand the store's policy when shopping.

In addition to the sale, some of our shop owners have hidden a little T10T secret in some of our listings! Come join us on the Etsy "Etc." forum for clues on where to find our hidden secrets! The item that has T10T hidden in either the text or image will be Super Reduced! Please check with the store owner on their Secret special specifics.

As of the time of publication, the following FAM Team stores are participating:


10% off anything in my shop, includes custom orders


10% all items between 5 pm and 11 pm. Note FAM T10T in note to seller and adjusted invoice will be sent.



10% off any purchase of $10 or more. Please put FAM T10T in notes to seller and wait for an adjusted invoice.



Earrings ship FREE to the United States in my Jewelry Shop! Get 'em while they're hot!

Because... you'll want 'em when they're not!



Take 10% off everything in my shop!
Please put T10T in Comments to Seller to be eligible for discount. I will send a revised invoice. And come look for my T10T secret hidden in one of my items! Thank you!


http://pandys.etsy.com and http://griffingear.etsy.com

I will offer 10% off the purchase of one item, 20% off the purchase of 2 items and free shipping on purchases of $50 or more. This offer is good for both pandys and GriffinGear and items from both shops can be combined for the free shipping.

Put T10T in notes to seller and I'll send a revised invoice.



I am in! 10% off everything in my shop. Please put T10T in notes to seller and wait for a revised



Write FAM T10T in your notes to seller and wait for revised invoice before completing transaction with payment.



10% off any purchase. Please put FAM T10T in notes to seller and wait for an adjusted invoice.



10% off everything in my shop!

Please put "T10T" in Comments to Seller to be eligible for discount. I will then send a revised invoice. Thank you!



From 5PM to 11PM Eastern, take 10% off entire purchase and enjoy free US shipping. Just put FAM T10T in notes to seller at checkout and I'll send a revised invoice through PayPal. Thanks :)



Take 10% off everything in my shop. Put FAM T10T in notes to seller and I will send a revised invoice through Paypal.



10% off any item purchase of $5.00 or more
BOGO - Purchase a pencil sketch print and choose one (1) complimentary Critter Notecard
**Please be sure to put FAMT10T in your notes to the seller - Thank you!



Get 10% off your purchase- even custom orders- when you add FAM T10T in notes to seller. Please wait for revised before paying!



Buy one get one 1/2 off! Please put "FAMT10T" in notes to seller and wait for a revised invoice! Have fun shopping!



10% Off $20 or more purchase and a FREE gift with purchase. Be sure to put FAM T10T in buyer notes.



Take 10% off everything in my shop!
Please put T10T in Comments to Seller to be eligible for discount. I will send a revised invoice. Thank you!



Take 10% off everything. The first person to buy over $30.00 of merchandise gets a free custome order of washcloths.

Enjoy your shopping:)
* be sure to mention T10T in your comments to seller and wait for the adusted invoice to be elegible for the discount.



Take 10% off everything in my shop!
Please put T10T in Comments to Seller to be eligible for discount. I will send a revised invoice. Thank you!



Take 10% off everything in my shop including custom orders!
Please put T10T in Comments to Seller to be eligible for discount. I will send a revised invoice. Thank you!


http:// ljdesignphoto.etsy.com

Take 10% off everything in my shop and any custom orders!
Spend $30 or more and receive a free 5x7 of your choice.
Please put T10T in Comments to Seller to be eligible for discount. I will send a revised invoice. Thank you!



10% off purchases under $50 and 15% off purchases over $50.
Please reference T10T in your comments to receive a revised invoice.



10% off & free shipping if you buy more than one item. FAM T10T in notes to seller.



Take 10% off everything in my shop, includes custom orders and sale items!
Please put FAM T10T in Comments to Seller to be eligible for discount, and wait for me to send a revised invoice through PayPal. Thank you!



Take 10% off everything in my shop!

Please put T10T in Comments to Seller to be eligible for discount. I will send a revised invoice. Thank you!

There will be a secret in my Shop!



Take 10% off all purchases in my shop. Mention "FAM T10T" in notes to seller and I will send you a revised invoice! There's a secret in my shop!



Get 1/2 OFF any in-stock children’s or swimwear items excluding clearance and fabric section.
Plus **FREE U.S. Shipping**...see shop announcement for details.

Please put code *T10T* in the comments section to seller and wait for a revised invoice.
(My FAM T10T special will run until midnight 4/22/08 west coast time)



Mention T10T in notes to seller and get 10% off in a revised invoice, plus 1/2 off a second item!



My special we be 10% off everything in the store. FAM T10T in comments to seller to be eligible and to wait for a revised invoice



In honor of the Fabulous Artistic Moms Take Ten Tuesdays, I am offering some great specials in my shop.

First is your choice take 10% off any item in my shop ~or~ 10 cent shipping on your entire order!

In your notes to seller please mention FAM T10T and which discount you prefer, I will send you an adjusted invoice before you go through the checkout!

And here is my SUPER SPECIAL ~ purchase anything in my shop between 7 and 9 pm and you will receive 10% off all items AND 10 cent shipping on all items!

Mention FAM T10T 7-9 in the notes to seller and I will adjust your invoice accordingly!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Spring has Sprung and Summer's Coming!

Thanks to Paula at "The Cat's Meow" in Granite City, Illinois. Her retail shop is stocked with the most gorgeous variety of goodies from bath products to jewelry and everything in between. I had the good fortune of meeting her through Etsy.com and she is great to work with! Here's just a peek at what I made:

Show Mom You Care Enough to Send Handmade This Year

Mother's Day is May 11th and Etsy is the perfect place to find special, one-of-a-kind gifts for your one-of-a-kind mom. If you care enough to send the very best, send Mom something handmade! Macaroni and Glue offers handmade greeting cards and stationery gifts that are just perfect for Mom's special day. Through April 23rd, get FREE SECONDARY SHIPPING on any greeting card in the shop. If you pick up a set of notecards while you're there, have it gift-wrapped for free (just ask!).

You can find more great Mom's Day cards here. And don't forget to check out my boxed sets of sweet, simple, and stylish notecards - a complete list of designs is available here. Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Etsybaby is having a Mother's Day promo. Search participating Etsybaby shops and look for listings featuring a gift basket. Purchase the item and be entered to win the gift basket valued at over $50.
Or just search my shop. :o) I have 6 items.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Quilted Fabric Crib Rail Guard Protectors

Do you have a teething babe or know someone who does? This might be just what you need. This guard is made with soft flannel fabric and quilted on the diagonal. For extra softness, there are two layers of batting for extra padding. There are 5 buttons to secure the guard to the crib rail. Your little one won't be able to tear this one down!

Dimensions are approximately 51 inches long (for a 50 inch crib) and 9 inches wide. This should guard is designed to fit a standard straight crib rail with a top rail up to 2.5 inches in height. If your rail is extra wide or long, you should go with a custom order. (See below.)
Buttons are located at 3.5, 14.25, 25, 37.75, and 46.5 inches.

I will gladly take custom orders for this product. I realize that there are many different style cribs and nursery themes. Please contact me if interested in a custom order or if you have questions. Guards can be made in many fabrics, colors and patterns. I ship internationally too! Visit My Etsy Shop, New England Quilter to order yours today :)

On a personal note, the crib rail guards that are in our nursery have worked great! My little guy now teethes on a soft padded fabric guard instead of wood. I no longer worry about splinters or him swallowing chips of wood.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

We're all over the place!

This reversible toddler dress with hand embellishments may be found exclusively at The Cat's Meow in Granite City, Illionois. The pattern and the decoration is an original design.
On the reverse the bodice is in blue gingham, red gingham peeks through the heart cutwork and the skirt is cotton white with blue stripes - the perfect choice for the 4th of July!

The Moo Apron

Do you like cows? Your gonna love this new apron. She's perfect for you. You can use her for crafting, in the kitchen while your cooking, even gardening. Buy her for yourself, or buy her as a gift for someone special in your life.

Head on over to my etsy shop and check her out. this weekend only I'm having a 20% off sale. Just put "FAM Rocks 20%" in the notes to seller and wait for a revised invoice.

Handmade by Andrea Baker

Friday, April 11, 2008

Make your own Mother's Day gift

Make your mom some jewelry for Mother's Day with beautiful crystal-based Swarovski pearls! These aren't real pearls, but they sure are beautiful, and since they are made by Swarovski, the company that does all the gorgeous crystal beads and jewelry, they are very good quality. I bought too many of them a long time ago so I'm destashing in my etsy store, Michon.

Buy any two items and get free US shipping or $2 off international shipping. Enter code "2freeship" in the notes to seller & I'll send you a new invoice, or a partial refund if you already paid.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Clean Dirty Dishwasher Magnets

These are so practical and pretty. Flip the magnet when you empty the dishwasher so that everyone in your house will know whether the dishes are clean or dirty. These can be painted to match any kitchen decor. Be sure to check out Nikki's Nacs for other pretties for your home or nursery.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Upgrade in Style

I absolutely love packaging and enjoy finding ways to make a gift that much more special. Most of my products ship in a small organza pouch with a product label, but what if you want to give something a little more? Something with a little personality, and a message of your very own?

Introducing the Gift Pack Upgrade. A small 1.5" diameter tin with lovely printed paper anc a coordinating mini note card with your very own (albeit short) sentiment! All this and shipped directly to the customer, if desired. A complete gift set available with any Scrabble Tile purchase at Annie Howes on Etsy.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sometimes I just go Nuts!!

I just go nuts for the Peanuts!!

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang! Snoopy has always been my fave :)

I know that there are many other Snoopy and Peanuts Gang fans out there as well. So, I decided to make some Peanuts themed creations for My Etsy Shop.

This past Christmas, I sold many sets of Peanuts Squashed Snow Globe Tree Ornaments. I will be making more next Christmas! Then, for Easter, I made some plushie Peanuts Pals for my nephew - who is a huge Snoopy fan as well. He is three-years-old. I also made a set of Easter Peanuts Pals for my Etsy Shop as well.

I wanted to create a Peanuts Gang piece that was an everyday item and not just for the holidays. Well, I look at clocks everyday. So, I decided to make a Peanuts gang clock! I like this one, because it has a lot of the characters and is also very practical. This can also be found in my shop as well.

What's going to be the next Peanuts item for my shop? I love to sew and found some really cool Snoopy Fabric yesterday. I am thinking of using the fabric to make some tag blankies with a minky back. I also have been making fabric coiled baskets. I am also thinking of appliquéing some Snoopy's onto my baskets. Time will tell ...

To learn more about my handmade crafts, visit MY BLOG.