Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Unique Christmas Gifts- Introducing: Sierra Metal Designs

These personalized herb markers make great labels for your garden. They have hand stamped custom names on them that will allow you to remember what you planted. Sierra Metal Design was awesome to work with and has some beautiful items to offer you!!

This is for 5 signs with 1 word on each. If you would prefer to do names or words rather than garden names, that is totally fine.

Looking for a personalized Wedding, Birthday, Graduation, First Communion, or Mother's Day Gift. I have Napkin Rings, Tie Clips, Fishing Lures, Jewelry, Keychains, Herb Signs, Bookmarks, Luggage Tags and much more.

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My father owns a metal shop. I can remember when I was a little girl and my sisters and I use to play there. It was magical when we were there. There was this huge warehouse with all these giant machines everywhere. We could make a little piece of metal come to life with these monsters. Swirls, circles and bending things…
As I grew older though, I moved away from this magic and on to real world things: college, work, a mortgage. Luckily I have rediscovered the mystery and joy of creating. I started with something pretty simple-a candleholder, but suddenly the ideas are pouring in. Stakes, herb gardens, spice racks, bookmarks and even jewelry. Who knows? It is truly amazing all the things you can create out of metal.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Unique Christmas Gifts: Introducing Shoppe Dezi Lu

Looking for a cute animal present? Here is the cutest bag for your pet items!

Introducing Shoppe Dezi Lu:

Welcome to Shoppe Dezi Lu! I specialize in custom hand painted rustic wood signs, wedding and engagement decor, photo props, banners and pet tote bags. 

I opened my Etsy shop on February 1, 2013, after losing my non-profit job of 24 years due to budget cuts. I can't help but think of that saying, "when one door shuts, another will open". How true that's turned out to be, and what a blessing in disguise!

I've always been creative, and HAVE to be in the middle of two or three projects (and books!) to feel alive. It's such a blessing to be able to do what I love each day. I specialize in custom, personalized wedding decor, photo props and gifts, including rustic wood signs, banners, coasters and magnets.  

I love to decoupage and paint. I spent years making greeting cards and sitting at my computer creating digital scrapbook pages. I hope the desire to learn and drive to create never leaves me. At the top of my list of things to learn someday (the ever elusive "someday").... pottery, ceramics and working with precious metal clay.

I introduced a new line of dog and cat tote bags in September of 2013. I create the graphic designs in Photoshop, and have them printed onto pre-made tote bags. I check each bag for quality prior to shipping. I don't drop ship, unless it is requested (such as in the case of a rush or wholesale order). Etsy Admin approved my process before I ever even created the first graphic image. I woke up with the idea, and emailed them immediately. This is the only handmade item in my shop that I create using manufacturing help.  

I work from home, in my basement "studio" where I paint, design and cut my stencils and pack orders for shipping. On nice days, you'll find me outside cutting and sanding boards, or taking pictures.  

I am so grateful to my hubby for supporting me in this new direction I've taken in life, and to Etsy for providing this incredible selling venue. I've already met so many wonderful people - customers and fellow Etsians! It is an awesome community that I'm proud to be a part of. 

Dez :D
My new pet shop will open in January, 2015!!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShoppeDeziLu 


Note: Thanks to Siobhan of Digital Paper Crafts for creating my shop banner set. I love it!!! Check out her gorgeous digital art here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DigitalPaperCraft

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Appetizer

This was so yummy and EASY!!
What you will need:

1 lb chicken, cooked and shredded
6oz of Franks Buffalo sauce
8oz of cream cheese, softened
4oz of Ranch dressing 
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Celery or tortilla chips for dipping
Hot sauce, cream cheese and ranch in a medium bowl with electric mixer until smooth.

Shred chicken...

Place chicken inside bowl and mix.

Place in a glass dish.

Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

And enjoy!

Everyone LOVED it!! I will be making this for the next football game!!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Unique Christmas Gifts: Introducing- Twisted Branch Design

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Look no further! Twisted Branch Design has some AWESOME gifts for you for this holiday season!!

They were awesome to work with and the quality of their work is impeccable!  Excellent quality and workmanship!

Introducing Twisted Branch Design:

Welcome to Twisted Branch Designs! We strive to offer the highest quality in personalized cutting boards. 
I get great joy in creating memorable gifts you can be proud to give!
At Twisted Branch Designs we offer a variety of personalized cutting boards.
Our handcrafted items make unique gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas...you name it!

Makes some beautiful cutting boards!! Here is a little bit about their boards!

What a great eco friendly gift for that couple about to say their I Dos! Our "Mr. and Mrs." personalized handcrafted cutting board makes a unique and personal gift for a wedding, anniversary, Christmas, or just because. 

*** Measures 15"x10"x.75"

*** Names and dates will vary in size depending on length in order to line up with the "Mr. and Mrs." design. The last name must be at least 4 letters to work with this design.***

***Perfect for chopping or serving. Designed with both beauty and function in mind, the front is engraved for displaying on your counter while the back is left plain for chopping. ***

***Bamboo is extremely durable and contains natural antibacterial properties making it the perfect choice for a cutting board!***

***Available in Caramel Bamboo (as shown in picture) or Natural Bamboo (light blonde color).
Due to the nature of bamboo, the coloring will vary slightly and may result in lighter and darker areas in the engraving.***

***We treat each board with our own blend of Organic Beeswax, Organic Carnauba Wax, and Food Grade Mineral Oil, to seal and protect it. It is recommended that you treat your board every 6 to 8 weeks or as needed.***



If you need help checking out please refer to this guide:


Sending this board as a gift? We offer gift wrapping for an additional $8. See link below.


If you need to contact me, please do so through ETSY convos. I will reply as soon as possible, but my time is split between the wood shop and the office so your patience is very much appreciated.

They ended up making me three beautiful cutting boards for my family members! The quality was beautiful 

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Ideas for Christmas Cards

Tis the season! I receive so many cards from family and friends that sometimes I don't know what to do with them! This year I decided to place them on a ring and leave on my coffee table as part of the decor and a talking piece!

What do you think?

Here are a few other ideas I found and thought were super cute!

Happy Holidays!

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Ideas for Little Girls-Vegas Bellas Boutique

We are Giant fans in this house and I was looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for my little girl!  Vegas Bellas Boutique is filled with adorable items for your little ones! She was accurate, fast and wonderful to work with!! She makes everything from bows to tutus!!

Here is a coupon code that is good until December 19th!!

Need a coupon for your holiday shopping?
Minimum Purchase $5
Expires December 19

Introducing Vegas Bellas Boutique:

I'm a stay at home with two girls who have beautiful hair-- so by default hair accessories is our life! And what a great way to help our family's income by making/selling hair accessories.

She made this beautiful bow for my baby girl! I think it is going to make a beautiful stocking stuffer!! Her daddy is a big Gaints fan so I thought thought this would be perfect!

Adorable New York Giants Sports Bows for the Football FANS!

Don't see a team listed - please email me, we have other sports teams available!!

You pick one of the following options:

1- Multi Layered Bow, has top bow with 1" width high quality polyester grosgrain ribbon; White ribbon features New York Giants Helmet and Logos,Graphic with the bottom bow coordinating Red OR Blue solid color 1.5" width grosgrain ribbon; Measures approx. 4" inches wide


2- Set of 2 pigtails, 1" width high quality polyester grosgrain ribbon; White ribbon features New York Giants Helmet and Logos,Graphic, measures approx. 2" wide each

Edges have been heat treated to prevent fraying
They are hand tied and glued on a partially-lined 1.75" alligator clip! Fully lined available upon request.

For an additional fee, you also have the option to add a headband of your choice 1.5" Crochet Headband or 1" or .5" Nylon Headbands with loops (Loops to be used as a piece to Interchange any hair bow or flower clip)

Fit any baby, toddler, girl - even adults! One size fits all!

Paypal is preferred payment. Items are shipped with 2-3 days.

Warning: Although we take special care when crafting our bows and clips, some contain small pieces which are considered a choking hazard. Never leave a child under the age of 3 alone with her hair accessories!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Ideas: Laalee Jewlery

Looking for a great gift? Look no further!! Over at Laalee, Chirsty the shop owner  makes beautiful jewelry and is wonderful to work with! She makes jewelry for all occasions and is super helpful!!

Meet Christy:
Inspired by brilliant color, vibrant fashion trends, and a deep passion to drive my own retail shop, laalee was launched in 2011 by me, Christy Boustany Mims, out of south Louisiana. My pieces have been worn by many bridal parties, brides, and even celebrities. The jewelry makes a wonderful birthday or holiday gift and the best thing is that women of all ages can enjoy it!

My mother has always made jewelry, so naturally you always turn out like your mom, right?! 
Prior to launching laalee in 2011, I received a B.S. in Business Management from Louisiana State University (geaux tigers!) and worked in Human Resources for the state and as a recruiter for a healthcare company. My management degree has truly come in handy for the business side of things, while my creative mind allows for me to enjoy what I do EVERY DAY! I am truly blessed. I also have a wonderful husband named Andrew (married my high school sweetheart), a super HANDSOME son, Andrew Jr., and a playful and GORGEOUS maltese puppy named Milly Mims. 
Working with brides on a daily basis is a passion of mine. I loved planning my wedding and the opportunity for a bride or her bridal party to wear my jewelry is truly an honor. I am humbled by each customer, whether they are a bride or not, and I look forward to making their experience one they will never forget!
Questions, comments, concerns, or just want to say "hi!", shoot me a line! :) I love getting to know my customers!
The charm is matte finished gold plated and measures 15mm. The wire is tarnish resistant gold over brass. The wire has been hand-formed to create a one-of-a-kind look. The bangle will be close to a circle, but won't be a perfect circle, which adds to the bracelet's organic charm.
Custom Bridesmaid/Wedding Hangers: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lavendergracedesigns
Wedding/Bridesmaid Jewelry: http://www.etsy.com/shop/laaleebridal

Here are a few of her items!

Gold Aqua Mint Clover Quatrefoil Bangle Bracelet Gold Charm - Stackable Bangle Bracelet - Valentines Day Gift - Bridesmaid Gift - Gift under 15

Check out her shop! She has super cute items and is wonderful to work with!!! Shop: Laalee

Check out her other shops too! :) Stop by and let her know Simple As  1-2-3 sent you !!

Custom Bridesmaid/Wedding Hangers: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lavendergracedesigns
Wedding/Bridesmaid Jewelry: http://www.etsy.com/shop/laaleebridal

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Christmas Classroom Door Ideas

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!! 

To kick start the season I want to share with you my classroom door! I thought it was super cute and easy to make! The students got a kick out of it!

Here are a few other doors that  I just had to share with you!

Happy holidays and stay tuned for awesome gift ideas to give your loved ones for this holiday season!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Wine Bottle Christmas Craft

Christmas time is here! I thought I would kick off the season with a cute and easy craft!

What you need:

Three wine bottles
Twine or string
Letters or Vinyl 

First take the labels off the bottles..

Next paint them! I used flat white spray paint!

Then I used my machine to cut out my images!

While that was happening I placed twine around the tops of the bottles!

I used a glue gun to hold it in place! Only use a little bit of glue!

Then place your images on the bottles!

And  WA-LA your done!

It is as Simple As 1-2-3!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!