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.

And the winner is…

(drumroll,  please) Jenni of Jenni 20 Designs. She has the coolest shop of her own, so be sure to stop by and check it out! Congratulations, Jenni! Send me a convo and let me know which purse you’d like!

 

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 me  and my little shop some love. And to show my appreciation, I’m offering everyone who entered a 20% discount, good on all items in my shop. Just be sure to enter the word ‘GIVEAWAY’ in the message to seller, and I’ll be sure to refund your 20% via PayPal.

 

And since this giveaway went so well, I’ll be hosting another one next month. Third Eye Artisans has been kind enough to offer up one of her gorgeous designs, and I can’t wait to see what she chooses to donate. Check out her shop and whet your appetite for some yummy yarn goodness.

 

Thanks again, to all who participated! You guys are the best! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations. 2 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.

Not just for Christmas anymore

It’s Thursday again. Time for another amazing color combination. This one I received as a suggestion from a friend, and I have to say, it’s a fabulous one. I know what you’re gonna say, cause I used to say it myself. ‘This combo is a holiday thing! No place for it in everyday life!’ Not so, I say now! Let go of your pre-conceived notions and open your mind. You won’t be disappointed. So Dani, this one’s for you!

 

Green and Red


Avocado Rose Necklace

 

Framed Flower Wall Hanging

 

Resting Bike Print

 

Red Rose Necklace

 

 

Still thinking ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’? Okay, here’s a few more.

 

 

Mom Tattoo Shirt

 

Through Cherry Tunnels

 

Modern Hungary Earrings

 

Convinced? It’s a combo that can be used year round, so please, for the love of color, don’t stifle it anymore. Let it out! Use it in the summer. I dare you.

Until next week then, get your color on!

 

 

October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations. 3 comments.

Drum roll, please…

I have decided to introduce ‘Color Thursdays’. I adore color and so it only seems natural that I should devote a whole day’s worth of blogging to it, and my most favorite combinations. Good idea, yes?

I wish I could narrow down my favorite combos, but the truth of the matter is that I love so many! My poor husband just gives me a pathetic look every time I tell him that ‘such and such’ is my new best color. He knows me too well. So, I’ll just pick from my group of faves and feature:

Aqua and Red.

Silver Songbird Necklace

 

 

This color pairing makes me smile and clap my hands excitedly. Seriously. Something about the red and aqua makes me think of vintage and the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ days. Such a cheerful combo, don’t you think? Love it!

Aqua Forrest with Red Birds

 

Red Polka Dots

 

 

Me + You Modern Quilt

Okay, so are you smiling yet? If not, here’s are a couple more. If this doesn’t make you happy, I don’t know what will.

 

 

Gnome Home

 

Birthday Bunting

 

So, I know you’re happy now.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed the color! Leave a comment and let me know your fave combinations and I’ll keep them in mind for upcoming Color Thursdays. Most likely they’ll be one of my many favorites, too!

October 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations, Uncategorized. 7 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.

Treasury

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.

Do you follow trends?

This is something that I really struggle with as a designer. I often peruse the purse/bag competition, and come away feeling like my designs are not in line with what is trendy here and now. Is this good or bad?

My Audrey clutch...trendy or no?

My Audrey clutch...trendy or no?

 

When I first stared making bags, I was totally overwhelmed by the diffrent styles and designs that were trendy and I felt that I needed to make those particular bags to be successful. It was difficult, because after a while, I realized I was so stressed about making the ‘right’ thing that I wasn’t having fun anymore.  My favorite colors, fabrics and designs weren’t really in line with those bags that are super popular. I was making things, and yet, not feeling very creative.

Don’t get me wrong. I think that as a designer of purses, clothes, jewelry, etc…we need to have an idea of what’s hot right now, but I think we can lose our creativity when we let ourselves become ruled by the trends. What makes me different from the masses?

My Peggy Sue design, not very trendy, but totally unique!

My Peggy Sue design, not very trendy, but totally unique!

In conclusion, I think we need to find a balance of following what is popular and staying true to your own likes and passions. When we can find that balance, we are most likely to find success! Good luck to all of you as you find your own unique style!

October 8, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Hands Full Creations. 1 comment.