Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shop Update


I've been busy adding lots of goodies to the etsy shop.  Pillows, baby bibs, tooth fairy pillows, a baby quilt, some stockings and more.  Check it all out in the shop!  :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thrift Finds

It was a pretty good thrifting month, especially with the 50% off after Thanksgiving sale at Goodwill last Saturday.  We ended up stopping in at 3 Goodwill stores but only made purchases at the very first one.  I guess it does pay off to go early on those good sale days.  The best find of the day was this fantabulous mirror.  I paid $5.00.  Dylan is sick of hearing me talk about this mirror, but I really couldn't love it more.


Also found on the same trip was this vintage Mikasa sugar bowl.  I love vintage Mikasa.  Especially the creamers, sugar bowls & coffee pots.  This avocado green one was in excellent condition & there was no way I could pass it up for $1.00.


I think Savers may be the best place to find vintage sheets in Las Vegas.  Their linens section is larger than any other thrift store's.  I paid $2.99 a piece for all of these sheets.  There are 3 of the yellow ones on the left, which I love!  The middle pink I've only ever had before in a faded pillowcase, so I was happy to find a bright twin size of that & the orange on on the right is really fun as well.  Colorful sheets like these always make me really happy.


I've also been buying solid sheets for use in my sewing projects.  The turquoise one was brand new from Target & the green is a Walmart brand in really great shape.  I paid $2.50 a piece for these.


Another great find was this cotton fabric.  It had never even been washed.  It's a nice bright red with tiny white polka dots.  I know that I've bought some of this from Joanns before & they may still be selling it there.  I got a whopping 4 yards for $1.50.


I was happy to find two wreaths for some holiday projects that I have in mind.  The green wreath was $1.50 & the straw wreath form was $.25.


I could not walk away from this last sheet.  It's not the style that I tend to buy, but I loved it.  I thought it would make some cute flowy summer dresses for the girls.  Can't remember how much it was.  What do you think of this one?  Would you have bought it?


So lots of fabric purchased this month, but that's what makes my world go round.  :)  I think I'm going to start listing some vintage items in my etsy shop again so I'm sure I'll start purchasing more dishes & housewares & such.  Did you find anything amazing this month?

Giveaway - Blobby Farm

I am so very excited to introduce you all to Blobby Farm today. Blobbies are these cute plush creatures handmade in Cleveland by our dear friends Chris & Maria. Hooray for husband & wife teams! Chris draws the awesome blobbies & Maria uses her amazing sewing skills to turn them into adorable 3-D softies. Now the Blobby Farmers are not new to the handmade marketplace. They were making & selling up a storm from 2003 - 2006 but took some time off when their cute son was born. Now they are back & the world is suddenly better! Check out the blobbies they are currently offering:




Aren't they adorable?!  We own a couple blobbies & they are loved by every member of our family.  They are so well made, so soft & just really cool.

Today Blobby Farm is giving away Whale Dog to one lucky Sparkle Power reader.  Maria sent him to me so that I could mail him directly to the winner.  I must say that I squealed when I opened the package & saw him.  He is SO adorable.  If you could manage to part with him, he'd make a great gift for any kid or adult on your holiday list.


Want to win?  Here's how to enter:


1.  Leave a comment on this post telling me which blobby is your favorite.  Please be sure to include your e-mail address.

2.  Tweet about the giveaway & leave one additional comment.

3.  Share on Facebook & leave one additional comment.

4.  Follow Blobby Farm on Twitter or Facebook & leave one additional comment.


You have until Friday December 3rd to get your entry in.

Good luck!!

***Want a chance to win even more Blobby Farm goodies?!  Check out the contest they are running for a chance to win a $250 prize package!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I'm Thankful


In all honesty, I started Thanksgiving week off feeling blue.  I'd been a little preoccupied & I allowed myself to have a good ol' pity party.  Turns out all I needed was a few days with my family & no other worries.  I didn't intend to take such a long blog break, but it was much needed as well.  I feel so relaxed.  So ready to take whatever is coming next with positivity.

Tonight we sit in the glow of the Christmas tree lights.  My cuties have clumped all the ornaments at the bottom of the tree.  I'm going to enjoy it that way for a little bit before I go back and distribute them evenly.  I am so very blessed.  It's overwhelming how thankful I feel when I look at all I have.  The depression comes from worrying about what I don't have.  But it's silly.  Because I really have it all.

Winners

Thanks y'all for the kind words & congratulations, and thank you for celebrating our 2000 sales mark with us.  :)   Now for the winners of our giveaways:

The fabric flag garland is going to Kat!  Congrats!

The December advertising spot is going to Meg!  Hooray!

If you are interested in a December advertising spot, I have just a few open.  Please e-mail me for more information.

I've got another super fun & awesome giveaway coming up tomorrow, so be sure to pop back in.

Monday, November 22, 2010

2000 Sales!!!


We've been watching & waiting & finally this morning, we woke up to see that the shop hit 2000 sales!  It is such an exciting accomplishment for us.  We absolutely love Etsy.  As I've mentioned many times before, selling our handmade goods on Etsy has been a huge blessing for us.  It's helped us get through some really tough financial times & has just helped us pay the bills each month.  Plus we get the satisfaction of making things we love & sharing them with world.

Thank you to all of you that have been so supportive & have helped us reach this milestone.  Thank you for reading the blog.  Thank you for commenting.  Thank you for visiting the shop & thank you for buying.  We really love our community of friends online.

So friends, I feel like we should celebrate this exciting day together!  How about some giveaways!?!!  Check out 'em below & enter to win some awesomeness!  :)

Giveaway - Colorful Party Garland




I think my fabric flag garlands are super happy & fun & cute! Made from vintage & new fabrics including vintage florals, solids, polka dots, stripes & ginghams.

Great for party decoration as well as everyday decor. Hang on a wall, over a window or bed frame. Would look adorable in a kids bedroom or playroom. There are 16 double sided flags total. Each Measuring about 4.5" from the base to the tip of each flag.

Enter to win the garland pictured above.

1.  Leave a comment on this post which includes your e-mail address.

2.  Leave one additional comment if you are a Sparkle Power follower.

3.  Tweet about the giveaway & leave one additional comment.

4.  Share on Facebook & leave one additional comment.

You have until Friday November 26th to get your entry in.

Good luck!!

Giveaway - December Advertising Spot on Sparkle Power


It has been fun for me to be able to promote other handmade artists on my blog.  I offer two sizes of advertising spots & both are really affordable.  For this giveaway I am offering a large ad spot for the month of December ($20 value).  Increase traffic to your site or shop during a really busy shopping month!  The winner will need to provide their own 150 pixel by 150 pixel button.

Here's how to enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this post which includes your e-mail address.

2.  Leave one additional comment if you are a Sparkle Power follower.

3.  Tweet about the giveaway & leave one additional comment.

4.  Share on Facebook & leave one additional comment.


You have until Friday November 26th to get your entry in.

Good luck!!

Winners!

Here are the winners of this month's sponsor giveaways!  Congrats to you all & thanks again for playing.

Coffee Cup Sleeve & Travel Tissue Holder from Tina Magee -   Chelsea Ling

$20 Gift Certificate to Wave Kaia - The Smith Family

Crochet Ribbon Necklace from Mississippi Mud - Brenda

$20 Gift Certificate to Babes of Sweet - Jessi

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday Song

The Dirty Projectors + David Byrne = Awesomeness



We're having a crazy weekend. Claire was sick all night but seems to be back to normal this morning. Kids get over stuff so fast! We're hoping to go out & do some winter clothes shopping for the kids. It suddenly turned cold here & we are not prepared.

I'm trying out a coupon code in the shop this weekend.  If you're in the mood to shop this weekend, enter the code WEEKENDSALE to save 15% off your order through Sunday night!  This is a new etsy feature that I'm totally excited about.

I'll be back later with the 4 giveaway winners!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spotted


I spotted the Lime La La Love You Poster in this beautiful nursery on Ohdeedoh this week.  I really love that wallpaper!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways!

I have some cool giveaways today, but first I must mention that I forgot one discount code in my Deals, Deals, Deals post a few days ago. Check it out:



Get free shipping at Wave Kaia when you mention "Sparkle Power" in the message to seller section.  Yay!


Okay, now on to the giveaways.  I have prizes to give away from 4 of our sponsors.  Everybody can enter on this post & then I will draw 4 winners that will get one of the 4 different prizes.  Make sense?  Okay here's what's up for grabs:


 A Coffee Cup Sleeve & Travel Tissue Holder from Tina Magee.



A $20 gift certificate to Wake Kaia.



The Sophisticated Baby Momma Crochet Ribbon Necklace from Mississippi Mud.


Also, a $20 gift certificate to Babes of Sweet.


Great prizes, right?!  Okay here's what you need to to to be entered:

1. Visit each of the shops (Tina Magee, Wave Kaia, Mississippi Mud, Babes of Sweet) & leave me a comment telling me an item that you like from each shop.  Leave a separate comment for each shop & be sure to include your e-mail address in at least one of the comments.  If you comment for each shop, you get 4 entries into the giveaway.

2.  Leave one additional comment if you are a Sparkle Power follower.

3.  Tweet about the giveaway & leave one additional comment.
4.  Share the giveaway on Facebook & leave one additional comment.
So you have to opportunity to get 7 entries total into this giveaway.  You have until Friday November 19th to get your entry in.  I will announce the 4 winners on Saturday.

Good luck!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Chalkboards


I love chalkboards.  That my be obvious because I use them quite often in my photo backgrounds.  I just think they are so cool.


We decided to make some chalkboards of our own to sell this year at the craft boutique.  We used found frames & transformed them in to bright, cheerful chalkboards.


What do you think?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Deals, Deals, Deals!!

You know I love a good sale!  These lovely sponsors have been kind enough to offer some deals to Sparkle Power readers.  Check them out & then gets to shopping & saving!



Lily & Thistle is offering a free year membership to the outfit of the month club with any purchase of one paper doll package (Ultimate, Standard or Print it Yourself).  Just enter "sparkle" in the notes to merchant when checking out.




Cactus and Olive is giving free shipping when you mention "SparkleReader" in the message to seller section.




Mississippi Mud is offering free shipping on any online order! Any order over $50 will also receive $5 off! Orders over $100 will receive $10 off & free shipping! Write SPARKLE in the notes to seller and wait for an invoice!  Ends Dec. 4th.


Yay for great deals just in time for the holidays.  As always, thank you so much for visiting the shops of our sponsors.  :)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Winner - CSN Stores Shopping Credit


Oh I am so excited to give away this $75 shopping credit!  I wish I was receiving it.  But honestly it is much more fun to give it away!  So the winner is....

Rebekah!!!  Congratulations!  I hope you have fun shopping at CSN Stores!

Big thank you to CSN Stores for continuing to offer great giveaways & thank you to all who entered.  The more you comment & enter, the better the giveaways that I get to offer.

Have a great weekend & come back Monday for some super great giveaways from our fabulous sponsors!

:)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Favorites From Our Sponsors











Vintage Fabric Reversible Sling Tote from Lo & Behold


 Paper Snowflake Mobile from Cactus and Olive






Thank you, thank you to all of you that support our sponsors by visiting their shops.  :)

Apple and Sour Cream Cake




I made this Apple & Sour Cream Coffee Cake a few weeks back for dessert at Sunday night family dinner.  I just couldn't stop thinking about it, so I made it again last night.  It's good without the pecans too.  And with a scoop of vanilla ice cream...yum!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Behind The Picket Fence Craft Boutique


Okay locals!!  Here is the info on the craft boutique that I've been preparing for.  Mark your calendars now so you don't forget & check out the blog for sneak peeks added each day. 

I have my list of teachers that I'd like to get a holiday gift for & plan to buy them all at the boutique this year.  Sadie & I are really excited for this show.  We bought the most delicious caramel apple there last year & have been dreaming about eating another one for the past couple weeks.  Yes there are food goodies in addition to handmade goods.  I hope I bump into you there!  :)

Monday, November 08, 2010

Giveaway - CSN Stores $75 Gift Certificate

Okay y'all.  I've got another awesome giveaway from the fine people at CSN Stores.  You can find just about anything you're looking for including bathroom furniture at the CSN stores 200+ websites.

One super lucky Sparkle Power reader will win a $75 gift certificate to use on any of the CSN Stores websites!  Awesome, right?

Christmas is right around the corner & I know that this shopping credit could really help with holiday shopping.  Of course you could pick up some toys for the kids...


Or you could always put it towards a little something for yourself.  In looking around I found that they carry Singer sewing machines & dress forms!



This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canadian residents.

Here's how to enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this post which includes your e-mail address.

2.  Leave one additional comment if you are a Sparkle Power follower.

3.  Tweet about the giveaway (just push the twitter button at the bottom of this entry) & leave one additional comment.


You have until Friday November 12th to get your entry in.

Good luck!!

Toffee Magazine



There's a brand new digital magazine out called Toffee Magazine.  I was so happy to be asked to contribute a project for the first issue.  I downloaded my copy of the magazine right away & I love it!  It's a great read, well designed & comes with all kinds of goodies.  I'm particularly fond of the super cute retro gift tags designed by Danielle Thompson.  I am for sure using those on all my gifts this year.

Anyway, here's what the Toffee Magazine folks have to say about it:

Freshly Baked - OUT NOW!
TOFFEE digital magazine and craft kit

Hip hip hooray! The freshly baked first issue of Toffee is finally here. Yes, this is our launch issue and we’re ever so smitten with it and hope you will be too!

Inside this issue, you’ll discover how Danielle Thompson keeps it wacky in the ‘burbs, why Zee Longenecker is walking on sunshine, what makes Mati Rose take the path less travelled and why Kristen Doran still plays with dolls.You’ll also find tips on how to make a fruity facemask, recipes for dainty desserts, ideas for an eco-friendly Chrissy and much more!

And don’t forget our *delicious* chewy centre featuring 24 pages of craft to keep you sewing, knitting, papercrafting and scrapbooking ‘til Tuesday. PLUS: every download includes a bonus craft kit packed with 10 printable papers for gift wrapping, craft or scrapbooking!

Download your *sweet* digital magazine and craft kit today at www.toffeemag.com






For my contribution to this issue of Toffee Magazine & I created a cute reversible stocking tutorial.   Check out my stockings made from vintage bed linens:



You can get your own copy of Toffee Magazine right here!  I promise that you will not be disappointed.  :)
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