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    (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.

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.

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: 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:

Earrings for my sisters: This pair is from musical kitten, who designs awesome jewelry using guitar picks. So creative! Be sure to check out her super cool store:  

Novelty bath/body items for my baby sis: These are awesome! Check out the shape of this soap! 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:

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 ( 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:

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:

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.