First Day of Fall // Upcoming Crafts Fair

It is the first day of fall! How crazy is that? It seems like summer was ripped from our grasps at the very end. It was very sad, but I’ve brushed myself off and facing this fall season with open arms! Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons, as I’ve mentioned many times before. I’m so excited for what is to come for the remainder of the year!

For those in the Danbury, CT area should come and see me Sunday, October 2nd! I am taking part in a craft fair for the grand opening of a new shop in Brookfield, CT called ‘Somewhere in Time’. It is *the* cutest shop, I love it! If you are a big Etsy fan, or just someone who loves handmade, then this place is for you. You’ll find such an array of goods from jewelry, to soaps, to garden items, to items for your favorite pooch!

I would absolutely love it if you came down to say hello and see what this great shop has to offer. It’ll be a great time and would be a fantastic way to kick off the fall season! In the mean time, check out their Facebook fanpage and you can see some of the great local artisans who are taking part in this craft fair and also see more of what this shop has to offer.


Happy Labor Day Weekend! {Anniversary Giveaway}

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Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! This is our last “hoorah” for summer and then its Hello! Fall!! Fall is one of my favorite seasons, mainly because I get to wear really cute boots. ;) But seriously, it really is a great season. You get to feel that crispness in the air, see all the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, and the smell of cinnamon is wonderful! I think what really kicks off the autumn season for me is when I get my first cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee. It is, by far, my favorite coffee flavor and I wish I could drink it all year long. Yumm!!

So I wanted to share with all of you my one year anniversary selling on Etsy. It has been such a wonderful experience and I have learned so much. Over the past year I’ve grown as an individual and I also have met some really wonderful people in this community. I really can not wait to see what the next year will bring.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate my anniversary. It’s been a bumpy road but it’s coming along pretty nicely I think. It has just recently begun picking up for me in the shop and I could not be happier. This all would not have been possible without the encouragement and support from all of you. As a thank you I wanted to do a giveaway to all of my readers.

I have been thinking long and hard about what I wanted to give away, but I could not decide on one particular item as I wanted it to be something everyone would enjoy. So I have decided to give away a $50.00 shop credit to be used on anything in the store!!

So here’s the low down!


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Good luck and Happy Fall!!! :)

Little Clay Houses and Fun Trinkets from the Little Red Door

About a month ago I entered a contest on Twitter to win a lip balm from this cute little etsy shop, The Little Red Door. I actually happened to win one, which I was ecstatic about since I never win anything. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I received the cutest package in the mail. Not only was it the lip balm, there were also tiny trinkets inside. They were so fun and quirky, it was great! I have them on my bulletin board and they definitely make my smile every time I see them.

So this leads me to the reason of this post! The Little Red Door was having a special a couple weeks ago where the 1400th sale got extra little houses and what not. So I decided then was the best time to start my collection of little clay houses, and am I glad I did!

Gift Package from Little Red Door

I received the best package of fun and quirky items. I absolutely love it! I included some photos so you can see everything. The clay houses are perfect, and I can’t wait to get more! In the package I received was also a canvas tote bag, a mug, hair clips, tiny houses, little mini erasers, some candy, and a note. It was so sweet and I loved it. So a big thank you to Toni over at The Little Red Door, it is always a wonderful experience working with you!

I absolutely recommend you to check out her etsy shop and definitely follow her on Twitter, @littlereddoor

Here’s the beginning of my little clay house collection. You should start yours today!

Little Clay Houses from the Little Red Door

I unfortunately do not have a shelf in my craft room yet, so for now they are sitting on top of my corkboard. I love this board, I’ve included all of my little trinkets and business cards that I’ve received so far. I’m going to need another board soon! ;)

Definitely do yourself the favor though and check out her shop. You’ll find yourself wanting to start your own collection of little clay houses.

April Showers, Brings May Flowers

It’s finally feeling like spring time up here in the NorthEast. The daffodils and crocuses are blooming and the leaves are starting to bud on the trees. I love this time of year! We were blessed with a lovely 80 degree weather day on Monday, which was absolutely fantastic! My husband and I took advantage of our day off and went for a hike over at Terrywile Park here in town. We’ve never been, so we figured it would be a perfect time to go. It was wonderful being able to get outside and enjoy the fantastic weather and get some exercise to boot. We’re looking forward to going again, perhaps for a picnic. I’ll be sure to bring my camera next time too.

I have finally gotten around to putting together these super cute bobby pins that just scream ‘spring time!’ and I couldn’t love them more! Here’s to hoping we’ll get more days like this past Monday! ;)

Special Valentine’s Day Savings

Need some last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas? I’m having a sale over at my Etsy shop! Save 10% off your order by entering in coupon code BEMINE10 at checkout. But be quick! This sale only runs til Friday 2.4.11, you don’t want to miss out.

Be sure to pass this along so others can also get some great savings too!

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Back to the grind tomorrow.


Ribbons and Pearls

I just wanted to share a new necklace I have been working on. I really like how it turned out! I can’t wait to try it with different ribbon colors and pearl sizes.

Let me know what you think, I’d love some feedback! :)

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend.


Photoshop Promises and Shabby Chic Beauties

So I have really been trying to get a handle on Photoshop CS5 and its been a very slow process. I just made a banner for my Etsy Shop and its okay. I have a lot more to learn, that’s for sure. But with practice, I’m sure I’ll be making awesome banners in no time.

My goal this month is to make this blog really pop! I already made a step in the right direction with changing the font for the headers, now I have to work on the banner. I’ll get this sparkling in no time, just you wait. ;)

In the mean time, check out this awesome treasury I made while I was procrastinating on cleaning my house. :D


Weekend Holiday Sale

To kick off the holiday shopping season, the Etsy team Knotties and Nesties Etsy Team(aka KNET) will be hosting a 25% off sale on our shops! So be sure to check it out. Just search for knetholiday on Etsy to find all of our shops that are having this sale! Almost everything in my shop will be 25% off tomorrow and Sunday, so be sure to check it out and get a jump on the holiday rush! :)

Candid Grace