Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Savings For Blog Readers & Facebook Fans!

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

One of my favorite hassle-free decorating go-tos

Want an easy way to change your decorations for the season/holidays without having to dismantle or replace your decor?

My go-to is....

Wait for it...


That's it, framed paper. Sometimes with a rub-on added, but usually not. Wanna see?

Here are the side-by-side frames in our half-bath (sorry for the picture quality--new camera is on my Christmas list!). I like the two simple frames in our half bath. I don't like the thought of taking them down, hanging something else, creating more holes in the wall/worrying about the existing holes. So, I just swap out the contents & viola, I mean voila.

This year I framed up some simple, graphic Christmas prints--Under the Mistletoe & Oh Christmas Tree.

Inside, they hold a history of seasons. At the back are the "everyday" prints. Then comes Halloween. Then, Fall/Thanksgiving. And, now it's Christmas.

I'm all for simple & hassle-free. Give it a try!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

We were featured on BlogHer today!

I'm so excited! Today Handstamped Originals was featured on BlogHer's Holiday Gift Guide, in an article entitled Buying Blogger-Made This Holiday Season. Check it out here:

Thanks, Justine, for the great article & for including me! You can check out Justine's blog, A Half-Baked Life, here: http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http://ahalfbakedlife.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Here's to Family!

Here's mine. Love those guys!

And, here's a new design to celebrate Family. To check out this & more in my Etsy shop, click that Etsy mini link over there on the right.

The love of a family is one of life's greatest blessings. So true! Sometimes it's nice to have a little reminder hanging around. :D

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Holiday Designs + 25% off + FREE Shipping for Cyber Monday!

Here's hoping everyone had a restful Thanksgiving holiday! I found a little time to create some new holiday designs. You can see everything in my Etsy shop @http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandstampedOriginals?ref=si_shop or click that link over there on the right! :D

Our Black Friday-Cyber Monday savings are still on! Save 25% on any order through the end of Cyber Monday (11/28) with code: BLACKFRIDAY & TODAY get FREE shipping on any order through the end of Cyber Monday (11/28) with code: CYBERMONDAY.

Happy Holiday Cyber-Shopping!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

So many blessings on this Thanksgiving--& every day! Here's a piece I made to celebrate two of my blessings--a Family Tree with my kiddos' initials.

In case you're gearing up for the holiday shopping frenzy that is Black Friday through Cyber Monday, let me help you out: Black Friday (11/25) through Cyber Monday (11/28), save 25% on any order from my shop with coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY. Here's the link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandstampedOriginals?ref=si_shop.

Now you can just stay in your comfy, warm house & be all ready for the holidays--no setting the alarm to make it out to the early a.m. sales, no lines, no waiting. That's a blessing right there. :D

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Fun for the Holidays

...and so many more pieces once the resin cures...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Just finished a couple of winter-themed necklaces. Tonight's plan is to resin-cast several new ones, and maybe some ornaments, as I found some old-timey winter/holiday papers to play with and some lovely copper jingle bells. Stay tuned...

Holiday shopping on the brain? Purchase your gifts now & save 20% on any order now through November 30, with code GIFTS. Then, treat yourself to some hot chocolate...that holiday shopping was brutal! :D

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Word up

I find words comforting. I like lists. I like typeface. Like to see it wherever I look. Quotes, signage, what have you. Helps me feel like I have some order to my chaos & all.

I recently made this sign for our kitchen dining area--it's nice to reflect on it while having meals or enjoying coffee. I love when I notice the boys reading it--makes me feel like I'm secretly imparting wisdom. :D

This love of words translates into many of my pieces. Definitions: Love.Them. Here's a new one--to remind us of just how blessed we are.

So, what words speak to you?

Those of you who also appreciate words can get 20% off any order from http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandstampedOriginals--Just enter Coupon Code WORDSMITH, now through November 15.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Because sometimes you just need something sassy...

You know how sometimes you get up & just barely have time to get dressed because you're getting the kids ready for their day, so you get dressed in your mom duds (read: jeans & T-shirt if Spring/Summer or jeans, a T-shirt & a cardigan if Fall/Winter) & you think, "I need something sassy today."?

Well, here it is--a little ring with a lot of sass. I love these wee flowers--they make me happy & they make a nice ring that just makes me smile when I see it throughout my day. Sometimes it's the littlest things.

What are your "ordinary" day pick-me-ups?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Family Jewels...

So, I made this for my mom--shhhh--she hasn't seen it yet. It has initials & birthstones for my brother & me. I thought about making one to include her grandchildren as well-that would make for 4 initials & 4 birthstones.

I'd like to make one for my mother-in-law, but that would involve 18 (eighteen!) initials & 18 birthstones if I count children & grandchildren. Can the necklace--can her neck--handle it? That is the question. :D

Friday, October 21, 2011

Who doesn't need a little reminder to find their joy?

Life can get so busy. We may find ourselves sometimes thinking, "Wait, where did my joy go...It was right here a minute ago...Have you seen it? Has anyone seen my joy?!"

Oh, there it is. :D

So, what does your joy look like?

Right now, mine is a nice, long weekend, kicked off by Date Night.

Find your joy!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Te quiero dos

Putting Sam (5) to bed & asked him about his new Spanish teacher & his first Spanish class of the year---they just started this week. They learned "me llamo..." (my name is ...). We then went through introductions in Spanish.

I said, "Buenas noches, Sam...that means, 'Good Night, Sam'." Then I said, "Te quiero, Sam...that means, 'I love you, Sam'."

Sam: "How do you say 'I love you too'?"
"Me: "Te quiero tambien."
Sam: "No, mom...how do you say the number 2."
Me: "Dos."
Sam: "Te quiero dos, Mom".



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Come on in--We're Open!

See more of my designs at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandstampedOriginals?ref=si_shop


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Girly Gifts/Party Favors

I just finished resin-casting this super-cute personalized initial pendant finished with a sassy, sparkly pink ribbon & a sweet pink crystal. What do you think? I know a few young ladies who would enjoy these as birthday gifts--& some who would like a bunch for their girly-birthday-party favors to give to guests! Perfect for the tween scene!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

How it all began...

I wanted an affordable handstamped necklace with my boys' names and birthstones--so I made this. Then I thought, maybe other people just want the same thing. I'm a stay-at-home mom & for the first time ever, I now have half-days free to work. I decided to put this time to use creating handstamped originals. Being able to craft pieces for others fills my creative needs & feeds my spirit.

What will you create today?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Almost ready to go live...

Working on the new etsy shop. Almost ready to go live to the world.

Check it out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HandstampedOriginals?ref=si_shop

Back soon.