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.

Christmas is for collecting

I am *not* a pack rat. In fact, I tend to let the pendulum swing completely the other way, and I get rid of things too quickly. Then I end up feeling regretful. But, when it comes to certain things, I’ve been known to be a hoarder. Stamps for one. Can’t get enough of them. Recipes are another, even though I seem to make the same things for dinner over and over and over again. But my most favorite thing to hoard, er, collect are nutcrackers.


The whole family



My newest additions. The hula girl is *awesome*.


The classic...


...and the not so classic.

Weird, I know. But I got my first one years ago, and I can’t seem to get enough. My husband was tolerating at first, but now has been infected by this crazy need to collect nutcrackers. We both scour the stores come the holidays to see what cool new addition we can add to the family. We’ve even passed this craze on to our children for a Christmas inheritance. It’s pathetic, really.


I know I’m not alone, though, in the holiday hoarding. What do you collect?  Snowmen? Santas? Snowglobes? Fruitcakes? Anything goes, right? Merry Christmas and happy collecting!

p.s. I’m announcing a new giveaway from Third Eye Artisans on Monday! Be sure to check back and enter to win some goodness!

December 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Family, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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.