Friday, February 26, 2010

cooookie madness

Dearest followers, please let me apologize for not having my usual post this past couple weeks with my neck/shoulder situation and the madness that comes with starting a girl scout troop and our first cookie season, I have been overwhelmed to say the least.  things should be back running next week!!!  Scouts Honor!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dancing is like dreaming with your feet--Jolinne Art print

HAPPY MONDAY! Followers....you have no idea how good it feels to be able to say that and to be able to feature a new shop for you today.  I am not healed, but I do have PT tomorrow, so I figure...Why not try?? :)
Today I am featuring and Etsian out of Israel.  Her name is Meytal, and her artwork can be found at www.jolinne.etsy.com.  She has done an amazing job creating a character named Jolinne who is like most little girls.  Jolinne is sweet, innocent, very imaginative, and most of all inspiring.  She creates cool stuff with her art, including prints, bookmarks, calendars, cards, and magnets to name a few.  Below I am featuring her "Dancing is like dreaming with your feet" print, because I could see my little daughter begging for it for her bedroom, and how could I say no?  At $14 it would be an adorable addition to any princess' palace.
The print measures approximately 7" by 9" and is ready to be framed and proudly displayed.  It is mailed in a protective cellophane and cardstock envelope to ensure it arrives to you in perfect condition.  If you like this print, check out some of her others at www.jolinne.etsy.com!  You can follow Meytal on twitter and also become a fan on facebook and receive updates and deals exclusive to her fans!  Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

**WINNER** Congrats to HeidiJaneBlankets!

Congrats to you HeidiJaneBlankets!  You are the winner of the canterburypottery.etsy.com giveaway!  To claim your prize please convo me via Etsy, my shop name is XmadebymamaX.  Thanks so much for everyone who entered, I will be posting something later today.  Once again, I am sorry for my injury that has led me to be not as regular as before, I go see the PT guy Tuesday!  P.S. Sorry Lura, please try next time :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

***GIVEAWAY*** by the Canterburypottery

Okay, so thanks for everyone hanging in there for me.  I am back on the road to recovery, and going to PT.  Anyhow, enough about me, today....I am soooo excited to offer up a giveaway from www.canterburypottery.etsy.com!  Pictured below is an delicate hand crafted heart trellis.  She carves each by hand and really spends hours making each one perfect.  The design was originally for an ornament for your holiday tree, but she also notes that when hung in a window, the sun makes a gorgeous reflection on the wall in your home.
Stop on by her shop at www.canterburypottery.etsy.com and look at the other ones she has to offer as well, including a snowflake and tulip.  She also makes jewelry out of her designs.  To enter for the giveaway, simply make sure you are a follower of the blog, by clicking FOLLOW ME and then leave a comment below.  The winner will be drawn on Saturday so be sure to come back and check!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Jwhiz! Awesome Crochet Play Food YUMMMMY!

Happy Monday Followers!  Nothing like a little child's play to start the week off right!  Today I am featuring www.jwhiz.etsy.com , she makes jewelry and crochet items.  The play food set featured below is my favorite!  It has a total of 32 pieces of adorable play food for your little one!  The set includes some bread, grapes, jelly swatch, pb swatch, eggplant, lemon, and many more!  She uses both acrylic and cotton yarn, and is happy to answer any questions you amy have.
Priced at $68, she is at the higher end of the price scale, but, unlike those plastic foods and paper boxes you can get from a retail store these items will last a very long time and do not easily succomb to the ravenous teeth of your toddler.  And for our Followers, if you contact her prior to checkout in an Etsy convo and use coupon code BFFE she will sell it to you for $60 or add some extras to the package your wish, WHAT A DEAL!?  So whether it is play food or a pair of fingerless arm warmers, then www.jwhiz.etsy.com has you covered!
***She Just contacted me with another offer...she would like to also extend an offer for 5% other items in her store excluding PIFs by BFFE code convo prior to checkout :) Thanks!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Injury

Hello Followers!  I am posting quickly today.  As some of you may know I do Girl Scouts with my oldest daughter and yesterday was cookie delivery day.  Well embarrassingly, I must have moved too many boxes or twisted wrong and I have woken up an injury that was hidden.  My neck and back are in excruciating pain, and I am going to try and get into the doctor tomorrow.  I cannot post until i get this looked at because moving at all is very painful.  I am dictating this to my husband, but I cannot have him do all the post :) Thanks Jon!  Thank you to my followers, I will be back as soon as possible...XOXO Wondermom

Saturday, February 13, 2010

***WINNER*** DyNaMoDuo Feathered Clip

Congrats to you Rachael Brooke Winkley, you are the winner!  Thanks to everyone who tried!  Make sure you are a follower of the blog please for future giveaways, even if you leave a comment you will not get a submission unless you are a follower thanks!  Rachael, please contact me via Etsy convo, my seller name is xmadebymamax, with your info so we can get this sent out!

Friday, February 12, 2010

FUN FRIDAY! Today...thestudentcorner!

Okay Followers!!  Happy Friday!  I do want to say my mom got stuck in Dallas last night...snow fi you can believe it!  I left NJ for Texas so I could get away from it and it is a cool 41' and windy out... But enough about me.
Today I am so proud to feature some student artists.  At www.thestudentcorner.etsy.com, students are able to showcase and even sell their artwork, while this allows them the opportunity to express themselves artistically, it is also a learning tool for them.  Their tutor is also able to show them how to use business skills and computer skills.  What a FANTASTIC IDEA!  Now the artists range in age from 9 to 13 and they have a variety of items.  All the money that they make from selling their items on Etsy goes back to the kids to purchase new art supplies!  Below you will see a little bit of a different format, as I wanted to showcase each child's art, we will have four photos today :)

From Top Left: Keeliana (9yo) wants to spread joy with this drawing, Be Happy.  Super sweet she is jumping for joy!  You can score a free .pdf of this one just by sending a convo on etsy to www.thestudentcorner.etsy.com and mention the Be Happy BFFE .pdf Top Right: Soleil a fairy that loves bathing in the sun, joy, and relaxtaion.  She was created by Nalani 13yo.  Middle:  Cotton Candy Knitted Hat (model's head is 20") created by Sierra 13yo.  Bottom: Leader Wars Game, drawn and created by Kyle (13yo) with instructions, gameboard, and dice.  The students that run this store are both homeschooled and some public school, they enjoy a variety of activities as you can see, and their tutor runs a blog where you can see more at www.creativelearningsource.blogspot.com where Shawna has posted cool projects and activites you can do at home with your kids!  Thanks so much kids for your fantastic artwork it is an inpiration to us all!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thirsty Thursday...Love is in the Bottle??

It is almost Valentine's Day Followers...and while I have tried not to over load the blog with hearts and glitter...today I could not resist this unique gift.  It is the 2 My Love/Love Letter Bottle.  Want one??  Head on over to www.artisticglassguy.etsy.com and see all of the variety he has to offer.  Pictured below is his handcrafted recycled wine bottle has the words " 2 MY LOVE " sandblasted on the face of the bottle. It includes an 8 1/2" by 11" parchment paper Blank LOVE LETTER  for you to transcribe your personal message to your loved one.
Alright kiddos, you know I would not be featuring this if it wasn't at a fantastic price point, just $30 with shipping to the US FREE!!  And if you are wondering why you shouldn't just down your own bottle of wine and get the glass etching paste out, I say unto thee...For one, it is only 7:55am here...so a little early for my wine thank you very much, and two, Ross uses a sandblasting technique that has a more finished look.  So go on over to www.artisticglassguy.etsy.com and check out all of his work, including vases and mirrors as well!  Please don't be thrown off by his no feedback, he has had his shop since November 2009, and like most of us have he is probably just waiting for that first internet sale, to give him the feedback he deserves!  Ross would like to offer an exclusive discount to our follower, use coupon code BFFE in convo prior to checkout and get your 10% discount!  Have a happy Thursday, Wondermom is awaiting the arrival of her mom :) and baby sis!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

***GIVEAWAY*** DyNaModuo Monique Feathered Clip!

Okay, so today followers I present thee, my latest greatest catch!  I was out on one of my fishing expeditions and discovered www.DyNaModuo.etsy.com! I have been very excited about this shop for weeks counting down the days like it were Christmas or summer vacation!  Dana of DyNamoduo has so graciously offered a giveaway, which amde the deal all the more sweeter!  They hail from the Milwaukee, Chicago, Wisconsin area, and have been selling their fabulous accessories on their etsy store since September 2009.  I love this clip, and I wish I was eligible to win it, but I don't count myself in on the giveaways!  Pictured below is the Monique Feathered Clip, and it can be used to dress up your hair ANY day of the week, for the office, for the night out, you could even clip it to your coat to spice it up a bit.  Measuring at approximately 4" long and 3.5" wide, it is just enough "flair" without going GaGa :)
And the best part, you could win this for free!  just leave a comment below, and I will automatically enter you into the drawing with the winner anounced on Saturday!  But, let me tell you, if you do not win...no reason to be heart broken because you could have a similar piece for PENNIES!  Everything @ www.DyNaModuo.etsy.com is so reasonably priced, and not prefab like you get in the stores!  Nothing like going to get a great accesory to make you stand out at dinner, and then the waitress is wearing the same one!  These little clips are priced around $10 a piece!  So go check it out, and buy one for you sister too!  They also carry necklaces, scarves, rings, bracelets.....follow them on twitter for updates on the newest items!

***WINNER*** Krackerjax.etsy.com Earrings!

Miralong777! Congrats! You won the earrings!  Thanks to everyone who participated, and if you are wondering how the winners are chosen, I count up the comments (minus me, bummer) and then I put those numbers into www.random.org and it gives me the random winner!  Miralong777 to claim your earrings you need to contact me via Etsy Convo, my seller name is xmadebymamax with your personal information :)  Thanks again, and look for todays feature....I AM SOOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE!!!  Almost makes me wish I was the follower and not the moderator xoxo!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Something Off the Wall! Angelshair gives us the unusually beautiful...

Okay Followers, today I give you a creative crafter out of Brooklyn, NY.  Miriam from www.angelshair.etsy.com has so many neat items in her shop!  Originally, I was going to feature one of her prints...but today when I was looking over her items, to get just the right picture, I noticed she had posted NEW STUFF!  So, also in keeping up my ongoing effort not to be repetitive, I have chosen to feature this quirky little Wall hanged photo display....perfect for your photos you all bought yesterday...:) see you are learning!  Pictured below is her red one, but she has other colors too.  While all her items are handmade, there are still standard measurements, and those are approximately 16" high by 10" wide, and holds 9 photos.
Priced at $27 it would be the perfect addition to any family room, or college dorm.  I also thought it would be fantastic for the holidays to display all of those holiday cards you get!  Don't just sit them on the counter to clutter your house...display them and honor the thoughtfulness and time someone put into sending it to you!  Go on over to www.angelshair.etsy.com and check out all her cool stuff...I also happen to like the earring trees she does, they have a similar look to the wire work on the wall, but also functional...OH how I LOVE FUNCTIONAL ART!  Have a VERY Happy Tuesday, I am off to plan my GS Meeting :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Spotted! Check out these AMAZING PHOTO PRINTS!

So, I must confess some of the items I find on Etsy, are not from me spending countless hours pouncing undiscovered shops.  And, as the BFFE grows, I get some people through refferal, so if you have someone you heart, please send me a private convo @ xmadebymamax.  But, I have alos been "fishing" for great finds via their alchemy request feature.  Now some of these expeditions, like fishing in real life bring no reward at all (sorry to admit it, but it is true, not all crafters were created equally, and some are not up to the standard I want to show you here on my blog.)  However, there are some pretty amazing catches I make and www.fotofont.etsy.com is one such catch!  She is an avid follower of the blog, but also a true creative mastermind :)  Finding words throughout our daily life, the joyful, the mundane, she captures them and sheds an entirely new light on the everyday beauty that surrounds us.  Pictured below is a set of five 4" by 6" prints and she will let you use any letters you choose, priced at $15, you simply could not DIY for less!  Okay so if you honestly think that is too much I encourage you to go hunting through your town for all of the letters you are looking for, cost of paper and ink, and then...when you have spent $50, you will be wishing you had just heeded my advice :)
FAITH

SMILE
She offers notecards as well and due to the nature of her medium will pretty much welcome any custom order you are looking for.  Check out her blog at http://www.fotofont.blogspot.com/!   What a fantastic house warming gift for a new home buyer, or a unique gift for your boss or teacher.  Why are you still reading my ramblings??  If you have not gone over to www.fotofont.etsy.com yet you need to go ahead, but please mention coupon code BFFE prior to checkout for an exclusive followers discount of 10% from now through 6/30/2010!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

***WINNER*** thesaltypeanut.etsy.com coasters!

Congrats to you, The Hager Family, good thing they match your family room because they are going to be living there!  Please contact me via email etsy convo http://www.xmadebymamax.etsy.com/ with your address so she can send them out to you!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

**GIVEAWAY** Get some booty from krackerjax.etsy.com!

Check out this super cute Jolly Rodger Booty Pendant from www.krackerjax.etsy.com!  Pictured below is the coolest necklace I have seen in a while and I am only sharing it with you because I think it is that awesome, and there is enough to go around :)  The listing reads that this is a very large cameo (40mmx30mm) set in vintage silver toned setting and hangs from a thick silver toned chain (7x6mm cable chain) measuring 18" long. A swallow adorns this necklace (hanging at choker length) above the skull and cross bone cameo with banded and black onyx beads.  And you know it MUST be priced just right or else I wouldn't feature it, so for a mere $22 it could be all yours...and even better, she is offering a 10% discount to my followers if you use coupon code BFFE at check out!


Also, because they are sooo generous over at www.krackerjax.etsy.com, she is also offering us a free giveaway of these dainty tupi earrings.  If you would like to put these on your ears for FREE, simply enter to giveaway by leaving a comment below, and the drawing will be held on Wednesday the 10th, so make sure you come back to claim your prize!!

Thanks for stopping by to see what fantastic crafters I have found!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's Friday! Let loose and have some wine...make sure you are drinking from your glass!

Check out this creative wine charms from http://www.rbdesign.etsy.com/ ! Her motto, Rethink, Reuse, Repurpose...I love it!  While she carries everything from domino coasters to typerwriter key earrings, her vision is simple.  Don't throw away something, find a way to make it into something new, something beautiful, something unique.  Now there are a plethora of Etsians out there with this very same mantra, but rbdesign was doing something different..not using the scrabble tiles to cover up into necklace charms, but reusing them and keeping their natural beauty...
The charms pictured above are priced fantastically frugal at a mere $14.  What a great housewarming gift, or gift for your favorite wine lover.  Imagine your next wine tasting party, what a wonderful icebreaker they could be.  Stop on over to www.rbdesign.etsy.com and see all of the repurposed things she has to offer, please do keep in mind that a custom order is always available, especially if you ware looking for specific letters (for example initials of a bride and groom), a custom piece is only a short convo away!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

**GIVEAWAY** Thesaltypeanut.etsy.com! Sweet coasters for you or them!

Okay, first....THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING that life happens and I am now a day behind, my sincerest apologies, however, this is a one woman show, and if that woman is say...fighting a car dealership all day, while wrangling a 15 month old...then it just has to stop and wait for me to come back....

That being said......my gift to you http://www.thesaltypeanut.etsy.com/!  Since June 2009, they have been bringing their unique style to etsy with the gorgeous papercrafts and COASTERS!  On this gloomy Thursday, I am bringing to you, a FREE set of her beautiful coasters.  Pictured below is the actual set you will win, but I encourage you to check out her store and see some of the 96 sets she has to offer.  Everyone could use a set of coasters, and these are unique and modern.  Plus....my favoirte part, as you all should know by now, they are priced just right at $10!  What a steal!


She carries all sorts of patterns to choose from!  Do you love birds....dogs.....or flowers?? She has that for you!  Looking for something for him?? She has that too!!  So please stop on by http://www.thesaltypeanut.etsy.com/ and make sure you pick up a matching card for the set!!  To enter for the giveaway, just leav a comment below today's post and the drawing will be held on Saturday morning, winner posted then so please come back to see if you've won!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday's feature....DRAMA!!

Okay, so I am writing an apology to you all for not having a feature up today.  I was at a car dealership for about 7 hours trying to get a car problem taken care of :(   Good news!  It is solved....Bad News.....I did not get to feature thesaltypeanut.etsy.com today.  As a result, I will feature them tomorrow, and everyone who has been given a feature date will have to be bumped around.  I am very sorry, but I think it is the only fair thing to do.  I could post now, but then they would not be getting a full days feature and I want to make it equal.  Thanks to all of my followers for understanding and look for thesaltypeanut.etsy.com tomorrow (ps there is a free giveaway!)
XOXO Wondermom

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Oh Happy Day!! HeidiJaneBlankets...perfect for snuggles

Happy Groundhog Day America!  As someone who recently relocated to South Texas, I am really hoping for spring!  I never thought that it would get in the 30's here!  Enough about the cold, how about something nice and warm???  Stop on by www.heidijaneblankets.etsy.com and pick up a snuggly blanket for your little or "big" one!  She has a generous selection of fabrics for boys and girls, including some neutrals :)  She boasts super soft flannel, fun prints, and a 39" by 42" coverage area!  Pictured below is her Rock N Rolla Baby Blanket, and you can see they are presented in a very giftable packaging!
Based out of Colorado and an Etsy Member since April 2009, she has positive feedback, and has been expanding her line to include bibs and burp cloths.  The blanket above is priced at $20 and "will last forever." If you drop by www.heidijaneblankets.etsy.com and use coupon code BFFE at check out she will send you a FREE Bib with purchase.  Also check out her blog and check out any specials she is running as well as what she is up to!  Here's to NOT seeing your shadow today!

Monday, February 1, 2010

February is Love, and I Love these Birds!

As we count down to Valentine's Day, I say lets think outside the box a little, and today we are thinking outside the ice box!  I offer up for your shopping pleasure a suitible gift for anyone.  That being said, if this is what you get you "Valentine" there should probably be a little more to the gift!  Because while I do love these Bird Love Magnets from www.tamarhammer.etsy.com, I personally don't go directly to magnets for Valentine's Day!  That being said, these little cuties would be a sweet gift for a grandma, teacher, or co-worker!  They help shine a little bit of that loving spirit, and are also a practical beautiful piece of art.  The creator boasts that they are truly one of a kind and each are hand painted with mixed media and the magnets are super strong!  Pictured below, I have the Bird Love Magnets Kiki and Keeta, priced at an affordable $15 for the set, they measure approximately 3" by 3".
Magnets are not the only thing holding up www.tamarhammer.etsy.com, a member since 2008, they have 100% positive feedback for their fantastic handmade greeting cards, and other home decor items for every occasion, and has a huge selection of Judaica!  She also has her own blog and a blog in Hebrew.  So stop over and visit her one of a kind shop filled with handpainted goodies!