Monday, December 28, 2009

Front Page Baby! (and Custom Christmas Cards!)

I woke up this morning to find out that my Save the Date Luggage Tags were featured on the front page of Etsy at 3am. I am so excited to have something make the front page! I wish I could have seen it first hand but there is a picture of it in the Craftcult vault...

I wanted to show you the custom Christmas cards I made for a sweet little lady in New Mexico!! She wanted something with a southwestern flair and knowing that she LOVES red and green chile this is what I came up with for her:

The inside of the card says Wishing you a Merry Little Christmas (in NM having a dish of food with both Red and Green Chile is called Christmas) and in the left hand corner - Handmade with love by our granddaughter and my website!

Thanks Granny for letting me make your Christmas Cards this year and for asking me to put in some free advertising too! I love you. :)

Have a great day everyone!
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Card Madness

I decided that my Christmas Cards this year should include a picture of my daughter and our dog. I got my daughter dressed up in her Christmas dress and put Snoopy's Christmas bow tie on. I thought with a little turkey I could get the dog to do anything and I wasn't worried at all about my 7 month old who loves the camera. Take a few shots and be done with it - is what I thought!!!

WELL......let me just say I had about 100 shots to choose from and there were probably 3 where the dog and the baby were both looking at the camera.

Here are a few pictures of the actual Christmas cards that I sent out: (I love how they turned out, even if it's not exactly what I had pictured)

(In case you can't read it: Wishing you enough happy times to fill every corner of your home with warm memories)

Here are some Candids from the over 100 pictures I took trying to get the dog and my daughter to look at the camera:

We had fun anyway!! :) Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Pin It Now!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!
~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836

My countdown to Christmas sort of fell by the wayside and I apologize for that. I have completely wrapped myself up in Christmas this year. It is a very special one as we celebrate for the first time with our daughter. She's too young to understand what is going on but we are sure having a wonderful time and are so very thankful for the amazing gift she is!

I wanted to take this time to send you all a very heartfelt thank you for all of your support. I am so very happy to be doing what I love and enjoy sharing it with you. From the bottom of my heart thank you!
To all of my Etsy friends - I have been so blessed "meeting" you all. You are amazing people, with extraordinary talents and are the nicest, most caring, most giving group of people I have ever met. I look forward to the year ahead and hope we are all blessed with the gift of many many sales.
Have a safe, happy and loving Christmas. I hope you are all surrounded by the people and pets and things that you love.

~ Kirby

PS: My cards are currently featured in the Voter on Etsy!

I am honored to be included with the many amazing items and artists.  3 of my friends are also featured so if you can't vote for me check them out as well!

(Joy is currently in second place and it would be sooo neat to see her win - Please vote for her!!)

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Monday, December 14, 2009

11 Days....Stocking Stuffers, Blog giveaway winner and Sneak Attack!!!

First the winner of the doggy treats from MyPooperScooper

The second comment was from Judy with Justfortheshellofit!
Congrats Judy!!!!!!
Next I am the sponsor of Today's Sneak Attack
I encourage you all to get involoved!
You don't have to be a member of the team - Just show up here:

at 7pm eastern time and pick up a little something from the shop or shops that
are being attacked.
or visit the Thread on etsy where we discuss the attack
and other fun stuff

Visit to learn more about Sneak Attacks
and come have fun with us tonight!!

And now the countdown.....

As a little girl I always looked forward to the stockings! I think it's because everything in them was always unexpected and my mom always did an awesome job with them. She still does too - every year my husband and I get a huge stocking filled with goodies from my mom! :)

Here are some Etsy stocking stuffer ideas:

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

12 Days....Gifts with a Cause

Check out these gifts.....portions from each sale go to a great cause. So you get a wonderful gift for someone and you help make a difference.  I've outlined each cause along with the photo and seller information.

This month 10% of your purchase price will go the EFA Charity of the Month! That's Etsy for Animals (EFA): Artists Helping Animals at

$10 will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

10% of each purchase will be donated to the American Heart Association.

50% of the sales of this sale will go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rescues orphaned elephants in Kenya

100% of proceeds donated to *DECEMBER Charity of the Month: Paws Animal Sanctuary, Findon, UK

donating 100% of the cost of this item to her March for Babies team

Inspired by a Surfrider...10% of Profit from the Sales of these Coasters will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation.

Every child deserves a treasured life! 10% of every order will go to St. Jude Children's Hospital


All proceeds from the sale of this cat soap will go to benefit Feline Friends, a shelter for homeless cats and kittens in Salem, New Hampshire

Shop Blurb: "These days I am raising money to buy school supplies, a solar panel and battery for a (K-5) school in Dhaderian, Punjab, India. I want to give impoverished rural children the opportunity to get a comprable education to that of their wealthy counterparts in private or urban government schools."

**Net proceeds from Fiberfads! are donated to a local woman's shelter.**

50% of the sale of this item will be donated to Helena Food Share, my local food bank.

Don't forget to leave a comment on yesterday's blog post to be eligible for the blog giveaway!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

13 Days....For the dogs (and Cats)

****** BLOG GIVEAWAY!!!! One of the featured artists, Mypooperscooper below is donating a dozen yummy doggy treats for a very special blog giveaway!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday morning - December 14th*******************

Most of you know - or have probably figured out that Snoopy is a part of our family. He is the inspiration behind "Happy Hound". You can bet he'll be getting Christmas presents too. We also have two cats that sometimes get lost in the shuffle! Today's countdown theme is all about them...

I have recently joined a great group (team) of people on Etsy who perform Sneak Attacks! Here is the link to find out more information about what a sneak attack is. I encourage you all to join in on the fun. It's a great way to give someone a boost. Last night one of the sneak attack victims made cute items for dogs and cats. I'll start out this post with some items from this shop.

Rollies Pigs In a Blanket Dog Treats - The Hottest Treats - Perfect Bite Soft and Chewy

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