I made the front page of Etsy!!

My Recycled T-Shirt Necklace made the front page!!

 Yesterday was quite the day!  My Ivory Roses – Recycled T-shirt Necklace made the front page of Etsy.  The exposure lead to a huge jump in views, two sales (including the featured necklace) and an inquiry about some custom work.  I was so excited! 

Selling the necklace was a little bittersweet… It was my first t-shirt necklace, and definitely one that I was very proud of.  But I am so happy that someone out there will be enjoying it!  Selling it has definitely inspired me to get making some more, so stay tuned!

My first recycled t-shirt necklace

Oil dependancy, BP, Dead Dolphins and Black Pelicans…

I (like everyone else) am upset about this fiasco down in the gulf.  I try to make this an upbeat blog, so I am not going to go on and on about how BP is the devil, or how Americans are too dependant on oil, or how sad it is to see dead dolphins and oil soaked pelicans on the news every night… Okay, so I kinda just did…. but anywho….

Instead I wanted to tell you about some amazing sellers on Etsy that are donating portions of their profits to the clean-up efforts in the gulf (or in some case, entire profits) .  Actually, I wanted to show you!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c11108178348eef2b69b642/save-the-gulf

Above is a link to a treasury I created on Etsy with sellers that are not only creating profits for the clean-up, but also awareness. 

There is one seller in particular that I am now completely smitten with.  They are based out of Tacoma Washington.  Anagram Press (http://www.anagrampress.etsy.com) is selling a letterpress poster that is not only beautiful, but a portion of the proceeds from it will be donated to Oceana, an international organization focused on ocean conservation and dedicated to ending offshore drilling. 

They have already sold quite a few, so if you are interested, check it out!  http://www.etsy.com/listing/49169577/drill-baby-drill-original-dead-feminists?ref=tre-4c11108178348eef2b69b642-3  If it says that it is “sold”, check out their shop and you can find another listing.

"Drill Baby Drill"

Winner, Winner… Chicken Dinner!!

WARNING!! This post is sure to ensue extreme jealousy!  Please prepare yourself to be green with envy! 

  As many people know, I love winning prizes (just ask my local radio station). 

About a week or so ago, I entered a contest on Facebook from Two Crafty Chicks Handmade Cards & Gifts.  As a ‘fan’ (or a person who ‘likes’ them… whatever) I saw that they were having a give-away and decided to enter.  And… guess what?  I won!  Whoo-hoo!!!!

 I originally found Two Crafty Chicks on Etsy (http://www.2craftychicksonline.etsy.com) through the forums.  I instantly feel in love with their soaps (which sounded good enough to eat – or in some cases, drink!) and became a “fan” of theirs on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/twocraftychicks).  I highly recommend checking them out!!  Besides soap, they also make journals, notebooks, cards, tags and other misc items.

 So the contest was easy.  I simply told them what scent of theirs that I would like to see them make available in other bath and body products.  I chose their Cupcake and Cosmo fragrances, because again, they sounded good enough to eat or drink.  They chose one winner from every so many entries, and I was lucky enough to be one of the people chosen.

 I have to say, I didn’t really know what to expect.  They just said that I won a “prize pack”, which could mean anything.  I was really hoping it would be one of their soaps, since I was dying to try one – but I totally would have been fine with anything they had to offer.

 When I walked into the house after work yesterday, the package was sitting on my living room cabinet, right across from the front door… almost as if it was welcoming me home.  I dropped everything and flew across the room.  In a moment that was reminiscent of waking up on Christmas morning and seeing what Santa had brought you, I tore through that box like it was made of old pantyhose.  My eyes instantly lit up and a huge, gleaming smile came across my face.

 Here is a picture of all the amazing treats I won.

Oh my goodness! OH... MY... GOODNESS!!!!!

I received 2 regular size bars of soap (Tango and Cafe Au Lait), 5 sample size soaps (Indulgence, Queen Bee, Diva, Goddess and Brekky), 4 fridge magnets, 1 large pin-back button, 2 small pin-back buttons and an index card notebook.  I totally feel spoiled now!  I cannot wait to try everything out!

P.s.  Totally need to check this out -> Two Crafty Chicks has an amazing opportunity to help someone in need.  Purchase a bar of soap and they will donate it in your name to a local shelter.  They will also match your donation – so the shelter will get two bars of soap in your honor.  Go to http://www.etsy.com/shop/2craftychicksonline?section_id=6992905 to find out more!!