April 29, 2009

Wishlist Wednesday - My Dream Sewing Space!

This Sunday just gone was my birthday **cue Happy Birthday song** so I thought this weeks Wishlist Wednesday should be something I wish for the most..... it would feel like all my birthdays had come at once if I could magic up my dream sewing room! I'm not complaining about what I do have at all - it works just fine - for now..... but if I do some day have a long lost Great Uncle or someone pass on a fourtune I would have a space created just like this one I found on Flikr.

And these are just a few things I would have in my fabulous dream sewing room to make it even more perfect

Cubby Shelf w/Copper Bronze Hooks

Ribbon Spool Organizer

The Perfect Sewing Room Ironing Board Cover

Vinyl wall decal

Ahhhhhh to dream......


April 24, 2009

Happy Etsy Day!!!

Happy World Etsy Day everyone!!!
What is Etsy Day??? I hear some of you ask.....

"Concept: So many people don’t know what Etsy is. Wouldn’t be great to do a grassroots, marketing blitz to raise awareness and create a buzz. The idea is to create a mystery about Etsy. We want to educate the public by throwing the word out there in mass numbers without telling them what it is, thereby getting people to notice it everywhere, wonder about it, talk to people, and eventually researching it on the internet.

** Remember: For this one day we are asking that you just promote Etsy, not your personal shop. United, we stand to gain the most!

*** With the recession looming over us, we have a great opportunity to explain to people that there’s a need to go back to simpler times ie. supporting artisans and craftmen(women)."

Take a look HERE to see why us Etsians should celebrate!


April 22, 2009

Don't forget......

Only a few days left of FREE SHIPPING on everything listed in Giggleberry Creations!!

If you didn't already know I am celebrating my 1st Etsyversary by shouting the worldwide shipping costs in everything and anything in store HERE until the 26th of April!
Be quick because word is getting around fast!

Just check out these two posts from Polka Dot Mom and An Exploration of Creativity blogs to see that the FREE SHIPPING deal is the hot news of the week!!

See you in store!


Wishlist Wednesday - Cubby Houses!

I love the wide world of 'Blog Land' - you never know where you'll end up and what you'll be reading next. Two blogs I follow have inspired me to write this post, Carley of Vanilla Pixie started a few weeks back Wishlist Wednesday on her blog. Carley states "There will be no hard & fast rules about what makes my list. Maybe the items will be divine, odd, personal, who knows..." so I figured I'd join in which is when I popped into another blog I follow, Chunky Chooky. Where Cath has just posted about cubby houses.... I adore cubby houses, tree houses, forts, caves etc etc and can't agree with Cath more when she says "I think children need there own little space to play"
I just can't wait until my little family and I buy a house some time this year and we can get serious about the perfect cubby! I'd love to find an original Gypsy Wagon to park in a special corner of our backyard, I can see hours of imagination games happening already.... until then I can dream... and share my finds with my first Wishist Wednesday.

Little Red Card Table Playhouse - what a great way to have a cubby house inside your house... all you need is a card table!

Children's Tepee / Wigwam / Tipee

Cottage bunkbed doll house and playhouse

For playing with inside the cubby house... The Breakfast Special


April 21, 2009

Treasury Fun!

What a lovely surprise to find both Giggleberry Creations and Tagged by Giggleberry in a treasuries this week!

Thanks to Robyn from Get Funked for including Tagged by Giggleberry's new Cherrilicious gift tags in the great selection of DUST (Down Under Street team) items in her treasury HERE!

And see HERE to check out what fun party items Giggleberry Creations Sorbe Disco Dot Bunting is amongst in this FAM (Fabulous Artistic Moms) treasury by Momo's Bows

Have fun clicking away!!


April 20, 2009

Weekly Featured Artist - Megan of Studio M.M.E

I am amazed at this week Featured Artists work - so unique!! My favorite piece is the first picture in the post, you can find it HERE wouldn't it just look perfect above a little lady's bed??
Be sure to check out the many other gorgeous pieces in Studio M.M.E shop.

Tell us all about yourself and your craft?
I am currently a senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, earning a dual degree in art and creative writing. I am a classical trained artist who specializes in pen and ink drawings (although my professors are pushing me out of my comfort box for my last semester). My art is reminiscent of 19th century illustrations and 16th century etchings. It is also heavily influenced by the work of Edward Gorey. Most of my pieces illustrate European fairytales. However, with my creative writing background, I have started to write my own tales to illustrate. In addition to my prints, I also make 2" pinback buttons that feature my work, so that I can wear a little bit of the Victorian age wherever I go. Then, to make things even more hectic for me, I recently started to make handmade envelopes from repurposed children's books. In this way I sometimes feel like the Renaissance woman on campus, juggling two degrees, a business, and a part-time job.

How long have you been creating your craft?
I've been drawing since the age of four. Never on the walls, though. My father is an oil painter so I had a lot of artists' books around the house to inspire me. It wasn't until this February though that I started making my envelopes.

What is one of the biggest lesson you have learnt about your craft & selling it?
RSS feed everything! When I started my business, Studio M.M.E., in January, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought it would be the easiest thing in the world to make a website and get people to buy my artwork. Boy, was I naive. It doesn't matter how nice your website is if you don't market it. Now I hand out business cards to everyone. I spend an hour each morning on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, my blog, and google analytics. It's exhausting. Thank goodness for RSS feeds. Those will save you HOURS! If everything automatically updates when you post something on Etsy, then you don't have to go to each one and update it manually. It took me only two days to figure out the importance of this simple trick.

Which of your items did you have the most fun creating and why?
I absolutely loved making this piece HERE. It combines my favorite things: time travelers and details. I had a blast hiding art history references and drawing the time period clothing from 1880 and 1960 respectively. (Their cameras are time period as well.) Plus, it's a self portrait of myself and my boyfriend, so that made it extra special.

Is there a basic household item you use when creating that seems to work as good if not better than the 'actual' tool?
My mother keeps buying me Emory boards, assuming I'm using them on my fingernails. In actuality, they work amazingly well for polishing up the bevel cut on mats. I use the finer side and get rid of any extra burrs.

What is your favorite candy bar and why?
Oh goodness, this is a hard one. After much deliberation I'd have to say Kit Kat. When I was little, I knew the jingle by heart. Heck, I still do. And you get two candy bars in one! How can you argue with that?

If money, responsibilities, and time were no issues, where in the great wide world would you go and why?
Mongolia. I honestly can't tell you why but for some reason that place has been calling to me for years. I don't even want to climb the mountains. I think it's just the allure of the unknown. It's one of the last untouched regions. I don't even know if their food is good. All I know is that whenever I hear the word "Mongolia" something inside of me gets excited.


April 18, 2009

Hot off the sewing machine!

Check these out! I just love the Amy Butler Midwest Modern collection of fabrics and just couldn't resist making a few sets of banners with it! The pinks, creams and olive greens go so well together and when I matched them with the Farmers Market 'Henna Garden' fabric I had the perfect combination!

Fresh from my sewing machine this morning are these three sets - all matching fabrics with either pink, green or cream grosgrain ribbon and all listed for sale at Giggleberry Creations!
Oh and don't forget if you grab them before April 26th you'll get FREE SHIPPING in celebration of my 1st Etsyversary!!


April 17, 2009

Giveaways, giveaways, giveaways....

Ohhhhh I've got everything crossed to win this one.... but nothing like a bit of friendly competition so I'll tell you about it too. Over at The Farm Chicks blog you have the chance to win 2 yards of your choice of Pixie Dust fabric...

My favorites are - punch pink topiary & boys toys red. Both of these would make such sweet Giggleberry bunting sets for that special space in a bedroom!!
Deadline to enter the giveaway is Sunday, April 19th with the winner being announced the very next day..... here's hoping!!


April 16, 2009

I Made It!

I did it - I bit the bullet as they say and opened a Giggleberry creations shop on madeit.com. I have heard all kinds of reviews about Made It and decided there is only one way to find out if it's worth it or not... jump in!!

It's great to see lots of familiar faces on there and thanks to all who helped me work it all out - fingers crossed it's a success!


I Won! I Won!

I'm a bit of a sucker for a giveaway as some of you may know and 99.9999999% of the time I'm not the lucky winner but things are looking up!!

I entered the Vintage Chenille giveaway on An Exploration of Creativity blog a few days ago and just received an email telling me I'm the lucky random winner - WooHoo!
What did I win? I hear you ask.... a very cute and cuddly Vintage Chenille Meg, the shaggy pink scottie dog

I couldn't be happier - I have shopped at Vintage Chenille a few times and even bought my 6 week old Harrison's Easter egg from her - cute hey?

I'll be watching my letter box for sure!! Thanks!!


April 14, 2009

Let's Celebrate!

My 1st Etsyversary is only days away!! I can't believe it's been a whole year since I opened my first shop, Giggleberry Creations, on Etsy! Time really does fly when you're having fun!!
In those 12 months I have sent bunting banners all over the world, worked with many people on the perfect custom set, been featured on numerous blogs (thanks), joined some great street teams and 'met' fabulous new friends, introduced new products, sponsored giveaways, started blogs, signed on many wholesale deals and most importantly I have learnt many lessons that will go into making Giggleberry's 2nd year another awesome one!

Thanks to all who purchased a OOAK Giggleberry Creation, I truly enjoyed making eery single one!! The collage above is just some of the bunting sets I have sold in the past 12 months I love going back through my photos and looking at them.

So to celebrate the finishing of Giggleberry's inaugural year and the beginning of year number two I've spoilt myself and had a blog makeover and I more importantly Giggleberry Creations has a special offer............. drumroll please..............


That's right ALL items instore have FREE SHIPPING to anywhere worldwide! All you have to do is pick your favorite or maybe a few favorites then complete checkout - I've arranged all the listings so you don't have to wait for refunds, quote discount codes or contact me for the FREE SHIPPING to happen! It's on the house!!
Oh, don't be shy to spread the word too - the more the merrier right??


April 9, 2009

Happy Hoppy Easter!

With the four day long weekend Easter break starting tomorrow I'll be away from the computer.... actually away from my house! We are heading to my parents place for the long weekend with my two sisters, brother and families. I'm sure there will be lots of eating to many bad foods including the goodies the easter bunny might bring!
My mum and dad live on an acre block and have planned a Easter egg hunt for their grand kiddies so if I don't forget to pack the camera I promise to share some photos when we get back.

I thought I'd leave you with a little easter fun project - Paper Bunny Bunting!

In the spirit of Giggleberry Creations these fun paper bunnies from Hostess with the Mostess blog caught my eye and are such a great way to add some Easter cheer!
All you need is:
scrapbook paper or cardstock in coordinating patterns & colors
matching ribbon, about 1/2″ - 3/4″ thick
bunny template to trace
Then just take a peak HERE for how to do it.

Have fun and Happy Easter!!


April 7, 2009

Open for business!!

What do you do when you've just had a bub and free time to your self is a precious thing??? Why you open a brand new shop of course!! LOL

That's right - as of today I now have two shops on Etsy. The one you all already now (and love) Giggleberry Creations and now..... introducing.......... Tagged by Giggleberry!!

The mountain of fabric 'off cuts' from the Giggleberry bunting sets just seemed to be growing bigger and bigger and with so many gorgeous designs, colours and patterns I just couldn't bring myself to throw them away and due to their tiny size I couldn't think of anything to do with them..... until now!
At Tagged by Giggleberry you will find our Unique fabric backed gift tags!

Gift Tags, Price Tags, Thank you Tags, Note Tags, Greeting Tags, Label Tags, Swing Tags, ID Tags........ You can decide after being 'Tagged by Giggleberry'!!

Come past a say hi today!!