Saturday, January 31, 2009


Chocolate - I love chocolate - and now there is Healthy Chocolate.
Dr. Steven Warren gives us the amazing information on eating chocolate and being healthy and even loss weight! This video is from the AM Northwest morning news.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Etsy Bloggers Street Team - Trunk Show

YOU are INVITED!! Come see a LIVE virtual TRUNK SHOW this Friday night!! On Friday Jan. 30th @ 9PM EST, where twenty-six talented Etsy shops from all over the world will be showcasing a select few of their items ONLINE in the GALLERY of the EtsyLabs! Sales and special offers will apply only to the EtsyBloggers TRUNK SHOW attendees!

Everyone is welcome to attend, so come and join the fun here on Friday Jan. 30th @ 9:PM EST.

In addition, the below 26 participating shops are having a SALE in their shops on Friday night in honour of the EtsyBloggers TRUNK SHOW!
Specials for trunk show - 10% off
20% off Valentines Section 1/30/09 ~ mention "Trunk Show" to receive discount
Handcrafted soaps, toiletries and crochet bath accessories
One of a kind handmade lampwork beads
Free US Shipping
Handmade handbags and accessories
10% discount and free USA shipping on any item $50 and up
Handmade Women's Jewelry
Free US shipping
one-of-a-kind jewelry and original haiku with each necklace

15% Off, valid 1/30/09
Mention "Trunk Show" in note to seller for discount
Messenger Bags and Accessories
Visual, wearable and practical art
10% off all prints, valid 1/30 only
handmade felted bags, bowls and other goodies!
For free US Shipping and surprise gift! Just quote "trunk show" on 1/30 only.
10 % off everything in my shop!
Memories for Life Scrapbooks-Scrapbooks and More
10% OFF before shipping
Eclectic accessories and vintage goods
Free shipping on orders of $40 or more
Cards, prints and one of a kind gifts from Becky Kazana!
15% off every item in shop, and with purchase, you will receive a coupon for 10% off next purchase. Buyer please put "TRUNK SHOW" in notes to seller.
10% Off and Free U.S. Shipping
"Fraternal Earrings" and other beautiful beadwork
10% OFF with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
Hand-crafted jewelry, decor & more. Many OOAK.
10% off
Digital Art, Photography and Note Cards
10% off
Doll Clothes and ACEOs
I will be offering Free gift with purchase - when mentioning "Trunk Show" in note to seller.
Two free apple scrubbies with any order!
Free shipping worldwide on any item from 1/29/09 through 2/1/09
Put TRUNK SHOW in the message to the seller to get the free shipping.
Free Priority Shipping Upgrade & Valentine's Gift Wrapping..... Upon Request Please!
Mention Trunk Show in customer comment box.
Free US shipping, and I'm offering 10% off on Jan. 30th
one-of-a-kind jewelry and original haiku with each necklace
free shipping with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
free shipping with code "trunk show", valid 1/30 only
free shipping with " trunk show" code in order

Monday, January 26, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team Featured Shop of the W eek Paw and Claw Designs

Die, Die, My Darling - Scarab Scarlet

Nichole Jeske, owner of Paw and Claw, creates a mix of many different types of jewellery from traditional earrings to fun, geeky necklaces for “one-of-a-kind people with one-of-a-kind taste”. Her shop Paw and Claw Designs is filled with necklaces made from 20-sided dice, stamped sheet metal earrings, wire and beaded pendants, and earrings.
There is something for everyone can in her shop which has been open on Etsy since October of 2006. Paw and Claw Designs offers free worldwide shipping on all her items.
When asked where she gets her inspiration from Nichole said, “I'm most often inspired more by the materials than anything. I'll see a beautiful die, or notice a random bend in some scrap wire, and just run with it. I'm a bit of a ‘geek’ and I love to incorporate that into my work. Little elements, 20-sided dice, and other obscure pop culture references make me happy. Since making jewellery makes me happy, too, it was only natural to me to mix the two.”

“When you buy something I made, you are essentially buying a part of me. I would never sell something I was not 100% in love with. If I wouldn't present it as a heartfelt gift to my best friends, you won't see it in my shop. I pour my heart into every piece, and I think it shows in each and every item.”

Nichole was asked how she makes Twitter work for her and her shop and she replied: “I'm a HUGE fan of TwitterFeed. I have it set up to automatically tweet when I list an item in my Etsy shops, upload a new image to flickr, and post a new blog post on either of my blogs. Basically anything I can RSS gets put onto TwitterFeed. This frees me up to tweet about ME. The ‘promoting’ is automatic.”“On Twitter, everything has ‘been done’. I worry less about getting people to look at my shop and more about making friends.”

When asked how Nichole promotes her shop, she pointed to an Etsy forum thread where she outlines her daily, weekly, and monthly promotional plans. If you need some promo ideas, read this thread for some great information.

Paw and Claw Designs’ Special for this week:

Use the coupon code "Twitter” in "Notes to Seller" for an upgrade to free gift wrapping with every order.

Order and shipping deadlines for Valentine’s Day:

Domestic - February 6th;
International - January 31st

Friday, January 23, 2009


Recycle, reduce and reuse -- these 6 envelopes are recycled from the World Vision Gift Catalogue.

I am a supporter of World Vision.

I made these envelopes to give World Vision more visibility and hopefully support.

They are 3 3/4" by 5 1/8" and they have a lick & stick on the flap of the envelope just like the store bought envelopes.

I sponsor a child in Peru through World Vision and it is so wonderful to see her grow and her village prosper.

At Christmas they send out a Christmas catalogue for you to purchase things from chickens to drilling of a water well. Also mediations and health clinic supplies and so much more.

You send the money and then you can print of a gift card and give the card to a family member to show them what you have donated in their name to World Vision.

And the item you have purchase is given to a family or village as needed.

What a blessing this is to the giver and to the receiver of this gift. In this case there are 2 receivers - the person or village that is given the gift through World Vision and the person who's name you used to donated the gift.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Chocolate - I Love Lots and Lots of Chocolate

Did you know that one billion people ate chocolate today?

Did you know that 90% of people love and crave Chocolate and that 50% can not live without Chocolate?

Did you know that the average person eats 12 pounds of chocolate a year?

Did you know that there is HEALTY CHOCOLATE that is


♥Cold Pressed

♥High Antioxidant Super Food

♥Diabetic and Vegan Friendly

♥Virtually Caffeine Free

♥Low Glycemic

♥Kosher Certified

♥Low Cholesteral

♥Weight Loss Program

♥And Tastes like the Best Belgium Chocolate - because it is!!!!


Monday, January 19, 2009

Etsy Twitter Team Featured Shop of the Week

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the very first “Shop of the Week”, a Monday feature of the Etsy Twitter Team. Each week a different Etsy Twitter Team member will be featured.

The very first Shop of the Week is Flying Zoo Toys. With everything from flying ladybugs to flying fish, this shop is full of handcrafted fun! Each one of the flying wooden mobile toys has its own set of wings that flap when set into motion by a tug on a string.

The artist, Monika Mrozkova, originally from Czech Republic, has been making these wooden mobiles for more than 15 years. She is a full time artist whose work can be seen in galleries across the USA. She has been selling on Etsy since April 2008.

Currently, she only ships to the US and Canada.

To receive your purchases for Valentine’s Day, order by February 6th.

Her toys are brightly painted and have a whimsical quality about them. Anything from her shop would make an excellent gift for a baby or adults of all ages.

Everything in Flying Zoo Toys is 15% off just for this week. A refund will be issued through PayPal after completion of your purchase. Please take advantage of this offer – you won’t be let down by the magic of these toys.

(Photograph © Flying Zoo Toys/Monika Mrozkova)