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.

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!

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.

One man’s trash

It’s official. I’m obsessed with Craigslist. Every morning finds me with a fresh brewed cup of joe, searching my greater Sacramento area for super deals and awesome finds. I’ve searched for things from rugs and drapes to plantation blinds and vintage french doors. I’ve even taken to looking for an old travel trailer to restore, but that’s a different story entirely. Anyway, recently, after searching and searching for weeks, I finally scored. Two Ikea couches for less than the price of one brand new one. Yes! Just thinking about it makes me smile all over again. In fact, I’m so proud of my little deal that I’m going to share them with you.


The pic of the loveseat from the listing.





The pic of the loveseat in my room. I kept the red corduroy slipcover, seeing as how it looked good against the green walls. I gave it a good wash and voila!



The couch pic from the listing.



This is the pic of the sofa with the new slipcover. That, now that I think about it, was another great deal off of Ebay. A $100 savings! And while I love the gray, I think it needs something. Red toss pillows, perhaps?




And while this next find wasn’t a Craigslist goodie, I couldn’t help but show it off. It revealed it’s lovely self to my mom, sisters and I on one of our list trips to the local thrift store. And this find made all of those other dud trips worth while. Check out my amazing vintage mirror!



Care to guess what I paid? Hmmmm? I’ll show you.



Seriously, I almost fainted dead away. Thankfully, my sisters’ squeals helped me keep my wits about me long enough to snatch that baby up and pay for her. Sweet.


Please don’t think that since I found such a great bargain, I’m letting up on my daily Craigslist search. Far from it. I now have my eye on some great dining room chairs and some pretty awesome patio furniture. Yep. Obsession.



October 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . All About Me, Hands Full Creations, House and Home, Remodel. 5 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.

St. Valentine would be proud.

Valentine’s Day is not a favorite holiday of mine. I wonder at the point of having a day when we take time to say “I love you”. Shouldn’t we be doing that everyday? That said, I can’t help but admire all of the beautiful bits of handiwork that emerge at the coming of this holiday. Enjoy!

simple song designs

Simple Song Designs

vitamin i

Vitamin i

bazaar Latino

bazaar Latino

February 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . All About Me. 1 comment.