We have a winner!

Congrats to Copper’s Wife, the winner of our Third Eye Artisans giveaway! And let me tell you, you couldn’t have won this cozy scarf or beret at a better time. It’s stormy in Nor. Cal right now!


Thanks to all of you who did enter but didn’t win. I’m so thankful that you took the time and effort to show Third Eye some love. And to show *her* appreciation, Julie’s offering everyone who entered free shipping good on the entire purchase of anything in her shop. Just be sure to enter the word ‘GIVEAWAY’ in the message to seller, and she’ll refund you via PayPal.



December 14, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations. 2 comments.

Giveaway Goodness

Alright, faithful readers. ‘Tis the season for giving, so I thought I’d get myself in the mood by hosting another giveaway! Woot, woot! This time, I’m featuring Julie from Third Eye Artisans and her cozy yarn goodness. Julie’s love for texture and color shine through in her beautiful crocheted pieces, and each item in her shop showcases her love for her craft. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s my momma. Here are a few examples of her fantastic work.




Awesome, yes? I have one of those cowls, and I *love* it. It’s a good day when one can look fabulous while staying warm.  Want to learn a bit more about Third Eye? Here’s what Julie has to say about her shop and love of color:

“I must confess that my love of using bright, vivid color began at a less than happy time of my life when I was in the first grade. After being given a ditto page (remember those?) of Abraham Lincoln to color, I excitedly opened my brand new box of Crayola Crayons (back in those days there were only 8). I used every crayon in the box to color my Mr. Lincoln. When I was finished, the teacher held up my paper and used it as an example to the other students of how *not* to color President Lincoln. “Use only black or brown.” she said. I continue to use all of the colors available to me which, thankfully, are way more than eight now. Beige is not in my crayon box either. This is why you see such a variety of items, in a variety of colors and textures, in my shop. With very rare exception, my items are one of a kind (ooak). Everything is my favorite! It’s all I can do to list the pieces after I make them because I want to keep them all!….ARGH!!!! “

So, time to see what you can win! Julie is offering a choice between two of her lovely designs. Take a good look at both and then enter to win below!

First up: the Slouch Beret, a $23 value



Slouch Beret in Taupe, Navy or Plum

or: the Mesh Net Scarf, a $35 value


Mesh Net Scarf in Peacock

Want to enter? Here’s how:


1. Head over to Third Eye Artisans and heart the shop. This is a MANDATORY entry. (1 entry)

2. Like Julie’s Facebook fan page. (1 entry)

3. Follow Julie on Twitter. (1 entry)

4. Follow my blog. (1 entry)

5. Tweet about this giveaway. Simple copy and paste this:  Enter to win a #handmade scarf or hat by @thirdeyeonetsy at https://handsfullcreations.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/giveaway-goodness/    (1 entry)

6. ‘Suggest’ Julie’s Facebook fan page to at least 3 friends. (3 entries)

Do not forget to leave a comment on this blog post and tell me which of the above entry forms you have chosen! Feel free to enter as many times as you like, just be sure to  leave a separate comment for each entry. Also, be sure to include your email address, or if you prefer, a Facebook, Twitter or Etsy user name where I can contact you. Giveaway starts now and ends on Sunday, December 12th, at 11:59pm PCT. A winner will be randomly selected and notified within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. Have fun and good luck!

December 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Family, Hands Full Creations. 29 comments.

Ahoy, there

Certain colors conjure up certain ideas and thoughts, do they not? I mean, when you think of red, white and blue together, you usually think of the good ol’ USA. Black and orange? Green and red? You get the idea. This color combo being featured today always reminds me of all things nautical, and yet I love, love, love it. It’s fresh, crisp and classic. Enjoy!

Navy Blue and Yellow

The Stockholm bag

Button Up Scarf


Set of 3 dishcloths


Joy Ride


Yellow Rose Necklace


organic infant body suit


toddler mittens


Lovely, yes? These colors are classic, timeless, lasting. A true fashionista can’t go wrong when sticking with a combo like this. Hope you enjoyed it! Happy Thursday!








December 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Better late than never

So, today is Friday. We’re going to ignore that, and the fact that I missed last week’s Color Thursday and  forge ahead with a new color combination. That’s what you really want anyway, right?

Aqua and Orange

I really should have saved this pair for warmer weather, but I couldn’t resist sharing. I *love* this combination. It’s one of those color pairs that makes me squeal out loud and clap my hands really, really fast. You think I’m joking, don’t you? Enjoy!


Sun and Sea Earrings


Goldfish Mug Rug


Tidal Tangerine Vegan Soap


Crocheted Neckwarmer


Do you feel like clapping you’re hands really, really fast yet?


Little Goldfish Giclee Print


Oh So Chic Coasters


Fiona Ribbon Necklace


The Goldie Bag


Ah. I do love those colors. They make me smile.


So, now that I’ve caught up on our color date, I’m going to give myself a bit of shameless promotion. Be sure to enter my giveaway here. Seriously, enter. You just might win. And then, you could do the selfless thing and give the purse away as a Christmas gift, or do what I would and keep it for yourself. Either way, you come out a winner.

November 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Like free stuff?

Good, because it’s time for my first ever giveaway! Can I get a ‘woot, woot’? And not only do you get a freebie, but you get to choose! Can things possibly get better?

Choice #1. The Melanie Bag in the Red Polka Dot print, a $38 value.  Check it out! (Click on the photo for more pics and info)



Choice #2. The Goldie Bag in the Black and White Floral Print, a $42 value.


Want to enter? Here’s how!

1. Head over to my shop and let me know what you like best. (1 entry)

2. ‘Like’ my fan page on Facebook. (1 entry)

3. Follow me on Twitter. (1 entry)

4. Follow my blog. (1 entry)

5. Tweet about this giveaway. (1 entry) You can simply copy and paste this:  Enter to win a free #handmade purse by @HandsFullCreate! https://handsfullcreations.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/like-free-stuff/

6. And for all of you who already like me, heart me and follow me, you can ‘suggest’ my Facebook page to friends of yours! Just go to my page, and click the ‘suggest to friends’ tab under my profile pic. You get 3 whopping entries for that, baby!

Do not forget to leave a comment on this blog post and tell me which of the above entry forms you have chosen! Feel free to enter as many times as you like, just be sure to  leave a separate comment for each entry. Also, be sure to include your email address, or if you prefer, a Facebook, Twitter or Etsy user name where I can contact you. Giveaway starts now and ends on Sunday, November 21st, at 11:59pm PCT. A winner will be randomly selected and notified within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. Have fun and good luck!

November 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations. 29 comments.

Beds, Bathrooms and other Inspirations

I am fighting this crazy desire to buy paint and wallpaper this morning. It’s a feeling I fight often enough these days, especially since the house I’m living in at the moment has bare, taupe colored walls, just screaming to be updated. No offense to those who like taupe.

Beds for Boys

The room I’m dying to get to these days is my boys’ room. Those of you who know me might be scratching your heads, seeing as how I’ve already painted and designed in there. But, the whole bedding situation has never satisfied me. You see, I have 3 boys. 3 boys who love to be in the same room. 3 boys who love to chat at night when they’re going to sleep, who love to listen to stories on cd together and wake up together. So, even though we now have room for them to have their own rooms, they opted not to separate. You can imagine how this did my momma’s heart good. Anyway, how to manage three twin sized beds in one room is now my dilemma. I have been racking my brain on how to place the beds, on what kind of beds, etc… After 3 months of brainstorming, nothing.

Until last night, when I was perusing flickr. There I was, flickring here and there around my favorite groups of photos and I saw it. The most brilliant idea ever, and it came from bumpercrop.wordpress.com. This chick is a genius. Click on the blog and see for yourself.

So now here I am, totally on fire to hang 3 beds from the wall. Crazy, yes. But I’ve already convinced my poor, long suffering husband of the idea, as well as building me the bed platforms. Thanks, bumpercrop. You are amazing.

Bathroom Idea

The boys have a bathroom in their room. Yes, that is *awesome*. A whole bathroom that they can use as the ‘boy’ bathroom. I’m in heaven. But, it’s a white hole. Nothing but white as far as the eye can see. So, what to do with it?

I’ve fallen head over heels in love with subway tile. It’s very strange to see that in type, but there it is. And yes, those are white too, but, just stick with me. Here’s what I’m thinking. Dark grout. It makes the white tiles stand out fantasticly. Is that even a word? My spell check says no. Anyway, here’s a visual:


And then there’s color. I was thinking black/white/lime green. Something like this:


or this:


Thoughts? Ideas? Too much? Let me know.


Other Inspirations

I bet you all thought I forgot about Color Thursday in my excitement over hanging beds and subway tile. While those are quite distracting, nothing tears my thoughts away from awesome color schemes. Today, for your viewing pleasure, we have:

Plum and Gray

Flower Brooch


Chunky Reversible Cowl

Plum Rose Pillow


Plum Pudding Sterling Silver Necklace


Grey Dresser


Purple Romance


Bee-u-tee-ful, If I say so myself. A bit of a wintery feel, soft yet elegant. And ever so pretty. Enjoy!





November 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Family, Hands Full Creations, House and Home. 3 comments.

These aren’t your momma’s colors

Color Thursday again, and this time, I’m debunking a myth. A myth that rust is a color that should stay in the 70’s. A myth that a rust/brown combo is a thing of the past. I know what you’re thinking. And no, I’m not crazy. This color duo is quite trendy and up to date. I’ll prove it to you.


See Exhibit A


Simply Sweet Elastic Headband


November Earrings



Recycled T-shirt Rug


Custom Made Tableware


And now for Exhibit B


Two Tone Chunky Cowl


Slimline Journal


Retro Coffee Set


Vintage Cuff Bracelet


Gorgeous together, yes? I tend to think so. Let’s give rust the attention it deserves. No longer will it be associated with polyester and leisure suits. Gone are the days of this color being confined to 30 year old appliances. Embrace rust! It will love you back.

October 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Have you started yet?

Christmas shopping, that is. I am one of those cheesy people who loves to start celebrating the season months in advance, so I usually start shopping for gifts early. Like, real early. Like, August. This year, though, I am slacking a bit. I think I bought my first gift in October and I feel like I’m soooo behind.

Thankfully, we have this amazing thing called the Internet. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t shop from my computer. I don’t know about you all, but I seriously HATE mall shopping during the holidays.  The crowds, the overpricing, the same old boring stuff. No thanks.

I’ve done a lot of my shopping on Etsy. Shocker, I know, but it was a goal of mine to try and support home crafters and indie artists since the very beginning of the season. I have found some AMAZING things. Here’s what I’ve purchased from Etsy artisans so far:

This gorgeous family tree print for my parents:  http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.41785026.jpg The artist, Angie, is doing a custom family tree for my enormous family. (2 parents, 8 kids). I love how different it is from other family trees that I have seen. Here’s her shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=21665

Earrings for my sisters: This pair is from musical kitten, who designs awesome jewelry using guitar picks. So creative! http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.32934631.jpg Be sure to check out her super cool store: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6072937.  

Novelty bath/body items for my baby sis: These are awesome! Check out the shape of this soap! http://ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.43233189.jpg Isn’t that great! Seriously, I’m totally amazed by the creativity that I find on Etsy. I also bought some cupcake flavored lip balm from this same shop, Embrace Bath and Body. Here is their shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5528943

As much as I adore Etsy, they don’t have EVERYTHING that I’m looking for this season. I’m still trying to find some quality toys for my boys. Toys that aren’t stupid, cheaply made or overpriced. In other words, toys that aren’t from Toys R Us. But where do you go to find such gifts?

Hearth Song (hearthsong.com) is an excellent place to start.  Their toys are educational and extremely well made. I love that they sell toys that focus on a kid, well, being a kid. No skanky dress up stuff for girls, or crazy stupid video games for boys, but actual honest to goodness toys. Wooden tools, colored stacking blocks, car kits, fairy wings, wooden dollhouses and tea sets. If you’re fed up with c-r-a-p toys (I always spell that word in my home) like I am, this store will be a breath of fresh air. Here is a sampling of what they have: http://hearthsong.com/productCollections.asp?section_id=5&join_key=105&sc=1005&body_sc=1005&gc=218&clnm=GiftCenter

The one down fall to Hearth Song is their prices. They can get expensive. In my search for keeping things under budget, I found Rainbow Resource to be a great place to shop. For those of you that homeschool, you’ll probably know Rainbow Resource. And while they are a great place to get curriculum, they also have some great toys. I get a toy catalog every year around this time, and I ALWAYS mark the heck out of it. Lots of great pretend play toys, engineering toys, and art supplies at great prices. Check them out here: http://rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1226596374-437269&subject=20

Well, while I am certainly not done shopping, I have made a significant dent in my list. And while I’m sure that I will find most of my gifts via the Internet, I have this sinking feeling that I will have to make that dreaded trip to the mall…yikes.

November 13, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Family. 2 comments.

I made a treasury!

I love making treasuries on Etsy, but I hardly ever get one. I actually lucked out yesterday morning and snagged a spot on the Treasury West. Its a bit self-serving, seeing as how the theme is my Christmas list.


Here’s hoping I find something off of this list under my tree! Here’s the link. Just click on it for a better view of these amazing pieces. http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=31465

November 5, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations. 1 comment.