May 31, 2014

#HandmadeSaturday- Week 19 {Woodland Creatures}

Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday! Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only receive a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family. 

 Each week we bring a new theme to share with you. This week's theme is...
Woodland Creatures!

Thank you to all who linked your Yellow products last week. Here are the top viewed links.






Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!

Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme? Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products. To link your Woodland Creatures products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:
  1. You may link up to TWO links.
  2. SHARE #HandmadeSaturday
  3. Products must be handmade
  4. Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.
  5. Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)

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May 30, 2014

Friday Feature- Pelhuaz {Sale}

This week's feature is the lovely Zeide from Pelhuaz. Zeide is not only busy with her daughter, shop and everything else from life, she is also expecting another little peanut in September. Enjoy getting to know Zeide, her business Pelhuaz, and join me in sending happy and easy pregnancy wishes. Please check out her awesome shop and check out the incredible discount code listed below!


1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
A mom, a wife, a crafter, a entrepreneur, and a Project Manager –that lives in Puerto Rico. 

2. Tell us about your business.
Pelhuaz is my way to express my creative side.  I decided to open Pelhuaz in order to be able to show my creations. 
I like to keep things simple but modern with a bohemian feeling. Nothing pompous, nothing complicated.
I decided to formally start this business, in order to find a place to show all my creations and to help others to feel their best, no matter the budget. Our prices are low and with only $10.00, you can get a complete jewelry set that might include a fabulous necklace with an exquisite bracelet -that will make you shine. We use all type of materials such as sterling silver, nylon threads, Tibetan silver, glass, beads and turquoise. The name Pelhuaz came from my nickname. "Peluda" or "Pelua" is the Spanish word for "Curly Hair Gal" -imagine Merida from Brave. After brainstorming for a name and my fascination with owls (buhos -in Spanish), the name was born. Was something like Pelua + Buho + Zei = Pelhuaz. 

3. When and why did you start your business?
Pelhuaz opened on June 2013 because I wanted to give it a try and see how things go from there.

4. What inspires you?
My girl… I have a 6 years old girl that I love to the moon and back. She's the reason of everything that I do. Also, the current need of becoming a full time mom –as we are expecting another member of the family this September.

{Sale}
Get a 35% off on all items –including the ones on sale using code BABYMOON35 
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May 28, 2014

Organize and Decorate that Craft Room

 This is where all of the magic happens. Welcome to the Baby Moon Boutique sew room! Below, I will share where every awesome decoration is from as well as my organization tips!

We wrap our fabric around comic book boards to store on a book shelf. My fabric scraps are sorted into 2 categories that work for me. The first set of scraps in the basket are large pieces that can be used for a patch work blanket. The next set are small pieces that I may was to applique with and are stored in my Mon-stor (details below). To the left of the bookshelves, I used magnetic metal strips from Ikea to display some of my boys' large pieces of art.

Get organized with this bygel bar storage system from Ikea. There are several different systems; all beautiful yet, this was the most inexpensive.

The bar system also comes with hanging shelves, cups in many colors, and hooks to organize your crafts. I also bought those little jars from Ikea. I use them to store my buttons, rattles, snaps, etc. 

"Do What You Love" sign from Hobby Lobby. I found the best price for a thread holder at Walmart. Then I used ribbon to dress it up.

Just a line of twine and clothes pins to display children's art. I am just as passionate about my boys crafting as I am my own craft. With this display, my boys are always inspiring me.

Pen holder from Office Max. This is where I get to talk and connect with you, my amazing customers and fellow crafters! 


Of course music is an important part of my craft time. I sing and dance while I work. The small vase and flower from Michael's. (handmade items listed below)


And of course I have saved the best for last... the HANDMADE AWESOMENESS!
  1. Burlap pinwheel from Reeves Country Sewing
  2. Magnets from Little House of Crafting
  3. Business Card from Scrawny Girl
  4. Post Card from Lu & Ed
  5. Card from Bugaboo Bear Designs
  6. Mini-Card from Emily McDowell
  7. Stuffed Monster from Lu & Ed
  8. Monstor from Lu & Ed
  9. Shop Handmade pin from Little House of Crafting
  10. Flower pin from Be You Not Them
  11. Ninja peg doll from Landon's Toy Box
  12. Superman peg doll from Landon's Toy Box
  13. Shop Handmade pin from Little House of Crafting
  14. Perry the Penguin from Sugar Crumbs
  15. Crocheted Heart from Sugar Crumbs
  16. Sewing machine necklace from Sassy Lemonade
  17. Shop Indie sign from Krmbal
  18. Burlap flower from Rustic Romance Crafts
  19. Maker art from Crafteroni and Cheese
  20. Sticker from Scrawny Girl
  21. Sticker from Baby Moon Boutique
  22. Sticker from Lu & Ed
  23. Luis the Cactus (my pin cushion) from Sugar Crumbs
  24. Sticker from Sugar Crumbs
  25. Scatter Sunshine sign from Bugaboo Bear Designs
  26. Francis the Pig from Squshies
  27. Little House of Crafting pin from Little House of Crafting
  28. Hoop art from Violet's Buds
  29. This necklace was a gift from a crafty friend over at Sugar Crumbs. They are not for sale in her shop. 

The winner from yesterday's Ispy game is... (drum roll please) Chelsea!


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May 27, 2014

Ispy that Handmade {Game}

Tomorrow I will be sharing my craft room. But before I do, let's play a game. ISPY! How many Handmade items can you find in my craft room?


{To play}
Find as many handmade items as you can in the picture.
Comment with your list of items and their maker.
*I do have multiple items from some makers. Please list every item individually*

The person who can find the most items and knows their maker will win. Entries will be accepted until MIDNIGHT (PST) tonight, May 27. In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn via random.org. Please no peaking at the comments below. Let's keep this fun!

{Prize}
$15 store credit to Baby Moon Boutique

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May 26, 2014

#MyBeautyIs... {week 14}


Grateful


Today will be the last post for #mybeautyis. As I look back through the journey I cannot help be incredibly grateful and inspired. I've seen such beautiful pictures of inspiring women post their selfies. Many of us in the same boat with our insecurities. Through #mybeautyis and all of your kind words, I have learned our flaws and differences are exactly what make us beautiful. I have gained confidence and accepted pieces of me that I hadn't before. 
Thank you all who participated and/or left a comment on a #mybeautyis post. Your kindness and bravery has made a difference and yet another reason why YOU are truly beautiful!

Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!

Written with love to the moon and back,
Nichole
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May 24, 2014

#HandmadeSaturday- Week 18 {Yellow}

Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday! Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only receive a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family. 

 Each week we bring a new theme to share with you. This week's theme is...
Yellow!

Thank you to all who linked your Kawaii/ Cute products last week. Here are the top viewed links.





Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!

Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme? Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products. To link your Yellow products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:
  1. You may link up to TWO links.
  2. SHARE #HandmadeSaturday
  3. Products must be handmade
  4. Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.
  5. Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)

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May 23, 2014

Friday Feature- Landon's Toy Box {Sale}

Today's feature is the unbelievably talented Holly from Landon's Toy Box. Her peg dolls are skillfully hand painted. The details are truly amazing! I have 2 pegs of my very own and the are awesome! They were shipped fast and she is amazingly sweet! I hope you enjoy learning about Holly and her shop! Below you will also find a discount code for 15% off!
 

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
 Hi, I'm Holly, the heart and mind behind Landon's Toy Box. Landon's Toy Box is a handmade, hand painted, wooden peg doll company that focuses on creating toys as unique as the little ones (or big ones!) receiving them.

2. Tell us about your business. What do you make? What are you all about?
I design primarily in the Waldorf style to promote emotional and imaginative development. The simple faces allow children the ability to project emotion and create new stories time and time again, while the unique body shape encourages hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.

3. When and why did you start your business?
When my son, Landon, was just two, I wanted to make him a set of toys that looked like his family and would engage his imagination. I was never professionally trained in art, but I always loved how paint could transform an object. After a quick trip to the craft store to pick up some wooden pieces and a few hours of painting fun, my first peg family was created and Landon instantly loved them. He would take them everywhere and I began to noticed that other kiddos couldn't keep their hands off of them either! Fast forward a year later, with the support of my family, Landon's Toy Box was born.

4. What inspires you?
My inspiration is most definitely my son, I mean, I did name the shop after him! His creativity drives mine and he is the perfect little "product tester." He has also shown me so many new ways to play with the toys I've created. We use them for playing pieces on board games, line them up for a rousing round of bowling, act out the pages of our favorite books during story time, create rhythmic music with them as drumsticks, and he even falls asleep clutching his favorite "peggified" superhero self!

{Sale}
I'd be happy to offer a 15% off coupon code good through the end of July: BABYMOONLOVE
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May 19, 2014

#MyBeautyIs... {week 13}


accepting that sometimes I make mistakes.


Last weekend I wrote about my ability to multi-task. Well on the flip side, with so much on my plate, I also have to accept that sometimes, I make mistakes. This makes me human. I am proud of my ability to not only accept my mistakes but also take responsibility for them by fixing and/or apologize to those my mistakes effect.
 Last week I was coordinating and getting ready to go camping along with day to day life. In the midst of my planning, I scheduled my usual blog posts such as the Friday Feature and Handmade Saturday. You may have noticed that we are missing links on our Handmade Saturday. I had made an error when scheduling my post. I am terribly sorry! I have now fixed the error and you can add your Kawaii/ Cute themed product links. Thank you for your understanding!

Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!

Written with love to the moon and back,
Nichole
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May 17, 2014

#HandmadeSaturday- Week 17 {Kawaii/ Cute}

Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday! Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only receive a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family. 

 Each week we bring a new theme to share with you. This week's theme is...
Kawaii/ Cute!

Thank you to all who linked your blue products last week. Here are the top viewed links. 





Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!

Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme? Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products. To link your Kawaii/ Cute products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:
  1. You may link up to TWO links.
  2. SHARE #HandmadeSaturday
  3. Products must be handmade
  4. Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.
  5. Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)
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May 16, 2014

Friday Feature- Sugar Crumbs {Giveaway}

Happy Friday! Today's feature just happens to be one of my favorite shops. The owner is the most adorable person you will ever encounter and makes the cutest products. I have two amazing little characters from her shop that I just adore. When I opened my package, I felt like it was Christmas morning; everything was packaged so nicely. And each of her toys has a adorable personality. She is pure amazing. So, I would like to introduce you to Erin from Sugar Crumbs. I guarantee you will be as smitten as I am when you take a look at her shop. She is also offering an awesome giveaway below. Be sure to enter!




1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
Hi!  I’m Erin, wife to one awesome {nerdy} hunk and mom to three boys. Being an all boy mommeans that I’ve got a great love of fort building, mud pies and legos.  Which really just means that I’ve embraced the fact that my house is never going to look like a home out of a lifestyle magazine, no matter how hard I try. And try I do! In what little spare time I have, I’m obsessed with DIY home projects.  Okay, okay.  I’m obsessed with anything crafty/do it yourself.  This explains why all of my storage areas are filled with yarn, paintbrushes and fabric.

2. Tell us about your business. What do you make? What are you all about?
While I do enjoy many areas of the crafting realm, the one that has my heart 100% is… crocheting!  But this isn’t your grandma’s crochet.  I don’t have the patience for blankets or the passion for potholders.  Instead, I make amigurumi. Cute crocheted creatures.  Creating amigurumi gives me such an overwhelming amount of joy.  And that’s what my business, Sugar Crumbs, is all about.  Sharing that sweet feeling with the world.

3. When and why did you start your business?
Sugar Crumbs happened by accident.  I was creating just to create, giving my little creatures away when someone asked to buy one.  As time went on, I sold one here… another there.  Never really considering it to be a business. Until one day I realized that this is what I truly wanted to do.  No other job, apart from motherhood, had been so fulfilling.  And so at the end of 2012, I dove into turning Sugar Crumbs into a little hobby into the business that it is today.

4. What inspires you?
A shorter list would be what doesn't! I’m inspired by lots of things… animals that are too cute for words. Shapes in the clouds.  Songs that my children make up.  Doodles my husband leaves on random pages in my notebooks. And a whole lot of my own childlike imagination.

{GIVEAWAY}
Meet Gregory. This sweet koala is so lonely. He's the loneliest lonely that ever came to lonely town. I've tried to buddy him up with some of the gang but he's so insecure that it's made it tough for him to really connect. I keep telling him that he needs to believe in himself. After all, he's 2" of pure sweetness. But old habits die hard and he just can't muster up the confidence to make a lasting friendship. He's going to need someone special. Could it be you?


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May 14, 2014

Indoor Bowling - The perfect indoor game for any age


Here is a fun indoor game and also promotes number recognition. 

All you need is:
  • 10 emptied and cleaned two liter bottles
  • paper or cardstock
  • tape 
  • a ball
Tape a strip of paper around the empty two liter and write the numbers 1-10 on each bottle. Line them up as you would bowling pins. Optional-You can use masking tape to create a bowling lane. When playing, ask your child what numbers they were able to knock over.

My little guys have been playing with this set for months! I hope you get plenty of enjoyment as well!



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May 12, 2014

#MyBeautyIs... {week 12}

my ability to multi-task



As a mom, wife, home owner, business owner, blogger, and every other title I hold, I have mastered the art of multi-taskng. I can literally do like 5 things at once. If you could see my window browser right now, I am editing product photos, perusing through Craft Junkies (an awesome craft group I help admin), shopping for a picture frame, cuddling my 1 year old and blogging right now!

Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!

Written with love to the moon and back,
Nichole
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May 10, 2014

#HandmadeSaturday- Week 16 {Blue}

Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday! Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only receive a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family. 

 Each week we bring a new theme to share with you. This week's theme is...
Blue!

Thank you to all who linked your chevron products last week. Here are the top viewed links. 






Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!

Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme? Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products. To link your Blue products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:
  1. You may link up to TWO links.
  2. SHARE #HandmadeSaturday
  3. Products must be handmade
  4. Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.
  5. Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)
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May 9, 2014

Friday Feature- That GalSal Designs {Sale}

Today's feature is That GalSal Designs. She is a lovely shop owner that found me on Instagram. I have had the pleasure of getting to chat with her a bit and have to tell you, she is sweet as pie with some major cute crochet products! Get to know Sally and her wonderful shop. Order this week and receive 20% off when you use the code below.


1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Sally and I am married to a wonderful man and together we have two adorable children and a lively pup!  I live in Michigan, but I have a strong connection and desire to move down south.  I have many hobbies that include acting, reading, writing stories, writing music, crafting, and singing!  I also enjoy helping out at our church and firmly believe in seeing a need and fulfilling a need.  Some fun facts about me are I am one of only two left handers in my family, I am a birth junkie, a lover of chocolate, and believe coffee should become the national beverage of mothers everywhere!


2.  Tell us about your business. 
That GalSal Designs is my little Etsy shop; I design and create crochet goodies of all forms and fashions!  What started as a hobby quickly became an opportunity for me to help supplement the family income and, using a childhood nickname given to me by my Grandad, That GalSal Designs was born!  I love to crochet and offer various items ranging from baby blankets to slouch beanies.  I run my shop with the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to own something handmade and beautiful, therefore I strive to make my crochet items affordable for nearly any budget without sacrificing quality or integrity.  

3. When and why did you start your business?
 I started my crochet business after receiving several requests for items and also as a way to supplement the family income so we can provide better for our children.  I officially opened my shop in the winter of 2013 and though sales have not been numerous, I am confident that I will see great things from my endeavor in the near future.

4. What inspires you?
 I know it sounds cliche, but I am inspired by my children and my husband.  I do not make anything I haven't already made for them.  I do also like to keep up with the current trends and styles, so I frequently check the sites of mainstream fashion for ideas.  Most often, however, I am inspired by individuals and can picture them in a certain beanie or wearing a particular scarf.  

{Sale}
Use code CROCHET14 for 20% off
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May 5, 2014

#MyBeautyIs... {week 11}

Smiling


I have always been known as the girl who is always smiling. No matter what is going on inside, I smile outwardly. A smile can always brighten someone's day and it is contagious. Plus when you are sad or mad and smiling through it, you slowly make yourself feel better. 

Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!

Written with love to the moon and back,
Nichole
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