Friday, December 10, 2010

Joy Burlap Banner

I have been wanting to make a burlap banner for awhile but just never got the gumption to get it going. 

 I decided I wanted a cute burlap banner for Christmas and so I set out to make a rather versatile one. 

 My Christmas color scheme this year is cream/white/burlap, with some turquoise thrown in. Think lots of texture! 

 My DD's middle name is Joy so after Christmas I can put it in her room and enjoy it for longer than a month!

Not sure I'm liking the ribbon used to hang it, that may be changing. 

But for now. I'm enjoying my stenciled burlap banner.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Lovelies For Christmas Delivery

I would like to introduce you to some dear lovelies. Won't you please meet:

Aren't they just darling! These beauties are some of my favs, and I have been wearing them every day! 

I kinda wish I had more than one set of ears, ya know, just for the sake of being able to wear all of these at once {cuz I'm just so in love with them}
If you find yourself smitten, you can always head to The Shop and order up some lovelies. But remember, last day to guarantee Christmas delivery is Dec. 16. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chic Christmas Wreath {On The Cheap}

This is a super cute and super frugal Christmas wreath. I just got the idea in my head for the colors and since I already had the turquoise yarn, it was a done deal!

This wreath cost me all of $1, because I already had most of these items on hand. But, if you had to buy all of these things to make this wreath, it would still only cost you a few dineros, like only 4 or 5 of them.

You will need:

Wreath Form {found at the $ store}
Yarn {your choice color}
Head Pins or glue
Fabric -to make the yo-yo's
Needle and Thread
Glitter word {$1 at Walmart}
Hot Glue Gun {to attach all items to the wrapped wreath}

Wrap the form with the yarn several times, until the form is no longer showing {I used flat head pins to secure, but you could also glue} and make sure the ends of the yard all meet on one side

Once completely covered I added a few funky wraps to give it some texture

Make as many yo-yo's as you would like to add on and decorate with your glitter word as well.
{If you don't know how to make a yo-yo, simply google it, there are so many tuts on them}

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Super Crazy Amazingness

So I'm sure many of you will be out getting mauled by the crazy crowds trampling over you for the one crazy deal out there on Black Friday...but for those of you who will be home, or for those who still feel the need to shop after the recovery of a few lost limbs...

Our Daily Chocolate will be having it's very own Black Friday sale!

This sale is super awesome! Why you ask? 

Well, since you asked...I'll tell you!

Each hour will have a different sale/promo going on. 


That's right! Each hour will be some different way to save, and by save I mean you won't have to spend nearly as much moolah for that awesome product you want Oh! So! Bad!!

Each hourly sale will be announced on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure you're following so you don't miss out.

I don't want to give anything away, but I'll tell you this...

The first 10 customers will get something Super extra Special in their package!!!
And the first 5, something even more special!

That's on top of the Super Crazy Amazing sales!

The first hourly sale will be announced Friday morning at 9am 
{to give all you black friday shoppers a chance}

Oh ya, did I mention there will be some super fun new product?!

Oh, I didn't? 


Saturday Craft Show :: Black Friday

This past weekend I was in a craft show. I normally stick with the juried shows as they have high end vendors and I know that the vendor set up will look nice and professional. 

I was contacted by a local to see if I wanted to join their show as they thought my items would "fit well". She had an etsy shop with some cute little items so I thought why not? It's close, there will be local vendors, and it's a chance to get my name out there locally.

Let's just say that when I got there to set up, my first thought was "Oh boy, this is gonna be a looooong day!" My items couldn't have been more 'off'. But, I had a good time, met some locals, made more than my table fee, and had a break from Mommy Duties. So I can't really complain. "Will I be doing the show again next year?" "Um, probably not."

 {New headbands, these went like hotcakes!}

 {Frames, Earrings, Memo Boards}

 {Glass Tile Pendants}

Funny story with this picture. There was 3 young children walking by, all aged between 8-10, 2 boys 1 girl. The boy pointed at the "butt" of the mannequin and giggled and the little girl, who was the oldest, exclaimed, "That is SO INAPPROPRIATE!!!" That made the whole day worth it!

 {Rosebud Earrings}

 {Rings, Frames, Notebooks, Hair Pins, Necklaces, Peonies}

{Crown Magnetic Memo Clips. Headbands, Rings, Earrings, Pillows, Frames, Boards}

I was incredibly low on inventory since the week before I had a Humungo order that left no time to craft items for the show, but it still went pretty well. The husband wanted to know why I was even bothering with the show...I wanted to at least make my table fee back and there was No Way I was going to give up a day off from the normal!! :)

Plus, Kristen from LoveFeastTable came to visit me and we got to chat for a little bit, and I met one of her friends {who is a hoot! wish she had a blog...}.  

Now to get the shop ready for Black Friday sales!!!

I will announce the deets here later tonight. Be sure to like on Facebook and follow on Twitter to keep up-to-date. So many different Uh. Mazing deals going down. You will Not want to miss these!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winner of The Bead Girl Giveaway

Winner if the $40 shop credit to The Bead Girl is....

Deb! who said she would love this

How appropriate!! :)

Deb, email me and we'll get your winnings squared way.

Winner chosen via

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween Fun :: Traditions

Since I am delayed in getting my newest project up {hopefully up tonight} I thought I would show you a few pics from the past weekend!

Super Hero {in Disguise}, Mad Scientist, Lil Black Kitty Cat, Mama Cat

Aren't they just the cutest things ever!?

 We always walk around our local Historic town before hitting the neighborhood. We start with the free drinks!!! then move to the yummy coffee...

 I loved how she looked running back to us after every house! {bad pic, but you get the idea}

She was so thrilled she got to wear black kitty nails!

There was a house this year that offered "grown-up" treats, can we say "warm yummy schnapps!" I wasn't cold after that :)

The night was so wonderful and we had a blast! 

I have the best family in the whole world!
Yes, it's true. Hate to break it to ya.

We were truly Blessed with an amazing evening and I am so thankful for the wonderful memories/traditions we've created for our children to carry on to their families!

Eclectic Whatnot Winner

Wanna know who the super duper lucky duck winner of the awesomely amazing $25 giveway is?! 

You do??

Are you hoping it's you?!

Well, if you're Ellzabelle, then you are one lucky duck! 

Congrats to you! Shoot me an email and we'll get it all squared away

For those of you that did not win, go and 'Like' Eclectic Whatnot on Facebook. Ruthanne posts giveaways going on so you can have another chance!! 

How cool is that!?

{Winner chosen via}

Want a chance to win something else?

Of course you do!

Last chance to enter The Bead Girl {Lisa} giveaway! Closes at midnight tonight.

Some seriously cute stuff!

So go on and enter, it will make you feel better after losing not winning this giveaway!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Countdown Project

Because of a certain conference {not naming any names here}, I was delayed in this post.

I had this super cute idea, and I actually implemented it! Amazing, I know. 

I had a few $ mailboxes from Tarjay left over and thought it would be really cute to make them into Halloween countdown treat holders!

 This is the front. One for each of my kiddos. {btw, felt very maternally inadequate after said conference, like I don't have enough children. :) One woman I met has 8 boys! and 3 girls!}

Side profile. When the flag is up, they have received a special delivery

For my science boy

And my whimsical kitty girl

 The back view

Special delivery!

I wanted to find all of the neat Halloween candy to fill these up with, like wax lips, gummy eyeballs, zombie finger-pops, pirate gold (bubble-gum), etc...

They love them, and ask me every morning, "When is our special delivery arriving!?"

After Halloween I have another idea for them! I reveal that 11/1. But, just in case you want to join me in this'll want to get yourself some of these, or other type of container you can embellish.

Giveaway #2 :: Eclectic Whatnot

 Giveaway now closed

Because you all rock, and stick around even though I sometimes don't post anything for a month, I have another Uh. Mazing giveaway for you all.

Ruthanne’s work at Eclectic Whatnot gives her the opportunity to combine two of her loves – photography and sewing. Her shop features shabby, chic and just plain fun camera strap covers. Her sewing is fueled by good coffee, streaming episodes of 24 and show tunes. When she’s not sewing, she’s either homeschooling her crew or stalking them with her camera. And sometimes she does both simultaneously.

I have the Lemon Drop on it's way to me, and I can't wait!

My other total fav is Sea Breeze

Don't have a Digital SLR? No worries! Use this gorgeousness to cover your camera bag strap!!

Traci from Ordinary Inspirations did just that!

Now the Deets!

To enter:

Leave a comment telling me which one is your absolute fav!
Follow Ruthanne on Twitter
Follow Our Daily Chocolate blog

Leave ONE comment for each entry. 
There are 4 ways to win, so only 4 comments max please. {makes my job easier}
Don't forget to leave me your email addy! 

{Contest closes Saturday Nov. 1st-winner will be announced that evening}

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

200 & I Missed It? :: Giveaway

Giveaway now Closed

Oh my Gosh! What a whirlwind this past weekend was. 

If you haven't heard of the Relevant Conference {because you've been living under a rock!}, well, it was this past weekend. 

Thursday-Saturday. By an amazing act of God I was able to attend. I didn't know I was going to attend until 11:30am Thursday. Yes, you read that correct. I had to pack and prepare my family for my 3-day absence in under 4 hours!

{Me with my Relevant Roomies Kristen @LoveFeast & Mela @MelaKamin}

I want so badly to tell you all about my amazing story and how I got to go to Relevant. Those of you who follow me on twitter, know how hard I was trying, but it just. wasn't. happening


But. I am hoping to do my very first vlog

and will share that story soon! You'll get the full impact much better that way, I think!

On to more important things!

Because you, my dear readers, have put up with my crazy absence this past month, and because somehow I totally missed it when I reached 200 followers, I want to offer you all an Uh. Mazing giveaway! 

No, wait! I am going to offer two amazing giveaways, because you all Rock! 

{so tune in tomorrow for another great giveaway!}

Lisa from Studio Jewel is so very graciously offering one of you lucky readers a $40 shop credit!

Her jewelry is just so very beautiful, unique, and just pure loveliness!

Entries for Studio Jewel

Leave a comment telling me your favorite piece
 Follow Our Daily Chocolate blog
Follow Lisa on Twitter
Follow Our Daily Chocolate on Twitter
Like Studio Jewel on Facebook

Please leave a separate comment for each. 

You can only do each once, so please, leave me 6 comments at most. It makes my job so much easier!

Winner will be chosen via next Tuesday