Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter Warm Up Bead Sale!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Mine was definately exciting, with my little dude actually understanding the festivities this year. He is now a present unwrapping pro! I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

♥We are having a sale in our beading supplies shop! Nothing makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on a cold winter's day than NEW BEADS...the only thing better....BEADS ON SALE! Warm up with 10% off EVERYTHING in shop now until January 31st. Stop by our Etsy, Artfire or Zibbet studios to take advantage of this Winter Warm Up Sale♥

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Some Christmas Gifts

This past week has been spent getting my own home/gifts ready for the holiday season. I've been attempting to get caught up on cleaning and laundry, wrapping presents, finishing up some last minute shopping, taking my little dude to a couple of fun Christmas events and finally taking some time to make some gifts for my own family!
On my husbands side we do "secret Santa" although it should be not-so-secret Santa since his siblings always tell us who they have. This year his sister and I have each other which means super girly fun shopping! Being pregnant I got to live vicariously through her presents as I shopped for some beautiful new outfits. Of course I couldn't resist making her some beautiful jewellery to match and I fell IN LOVE with them (they almost didn't wind up in her gift boxes). I just love the teal and black combination and I think it's great for any season! Note to self: treat myself to a new creation in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Last Minute Holiday Sales....

With only 10 more days until Christmas Eve the holiday season has flown by. Since I'm in Canada the shipping deadlines for arrival by Christmas have passed so does that mean no more sales for the season? No way!

There are plenty of opportunities to snag some last minute shoppers. I have loaded up my own "bucket" with product that I have left from my previous craft shows and have it ready to go EVERYWHERE with me whether it be to Xmas lunch with a friend, to work at the restaurant, or play group with other mommies. Everything is priced and I have an inventory sheet of what the bucket contains. There is always someone in need of a last minute gift for family, a friend, a hostess gift for a party and of course, the majority of the male population that I know has yet to even START any shopping. As an added bonus I've told the guys at work that I will even gift wrap any of their purchases if they would like me to.

 So grab yourself a pretty little "bucket" (I got mine from my local dollar store) because you never know who still needs some of your wonderful holiday goodies!

PS. Now is also a great time to snag Project Wonderful ad spaces. I have two free ones at the top right corner of Kawartha Beads blog and I have found oodles of other blogs with free or low cost ad options right now. It's a great time to gain some extra exposure and get your shop name out there.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

I've Been Keeping a Secret.....

I'm expecting Baby #2!
This baby is due in April and we just found out last week that we are having another boy! We are so excited for our first little dude to have a little brother to play with and to share experiences with. You may have noticed way back in September that my blog posts went from daily to a little more spuradic. Needless to say this pregnancy began with a big old bout of morning sickness (although I don't know why it's called "morning" sickness because I felt like poop all day). Between feeling terrible and trying to keep up with my toddler I just couldn't find the energy to write very much. Here's what you can, however, look forward to in the New Year:
  • More beautiful treasuries and collections from Etsy and Artfire
  • More posts detailing how I am preparing (or attempting to) my business before baby #2
  • Whatever else I have time for!
I hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far. This has been my favourite one yet visiting Santa, decorating the tree, making gingerbread cookies and just seeing it through the wondering eyes of my little guy. I'd love to hear some of your fav. holiday moments too!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shop in Vacation Mode Dec 6-7

December already! I can't believe how the time flies. In addition to the normal busy days we have been working at getting the Christmas lights up, house decorations out and of course decorating gingerbread men! Not exactly a masterpiece but I let my little guy have creative licence to do whatever he wanted and he had a blast...might I add mommy snuck one for a snack last night and they are delicious!

Just a quick note that my Etsy, Artfire and Zibbet shops will go into vacation mode around noon on Monday December 6th for a home party. I will reopen sometime on Tuesday December 7th with whatever inventory I have left! If you've had your eye on something now is the time to grab it. Also a reminder that next week is the shipping cutoff for Christmas delivery for packages going to the United States from Canada.

Hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season so far!