Sunday, January 25, 2015

Treasury Thanks

Each week I devote my Sunday post to extending a THANK YOU to the curators of Etsy treasuries who featured items from my Etsy shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, in treasuries over the past week.

This was another active week for treasuries, thanks in part to Saturday Treasury Blast Off promos by the TEMPT Team. 

Steph L. of EarthtoStephanie featured my pastel pink oven mitt in her pink-themed treasury, She Loves To Be One of the Girls.  This pink slouchy chunky beanie would add a cheery touch of pink on a cold winter day.


Rossiter Lisa of PNLJewelryDesigns featured my poppies on blue oven mitt in her blue-themed treasury, Gift Ideas . . .  This blue opal necklace is one of my many favorites from Lisa's shop.  Simply elegant.


Valerie of NandysNook featured my aqua and brown key fob in her treasury, Medley of Blossoms.  With January drawing to a close, we are one month closer to Spring, when we can enjoy some real blossoms in the chilly North.  In the meantime, we could part a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa on these pretty blossom coasters.


Sarah Beth of Magnolia Surprise featured my Valentine baby bib in her treasury, Gifts for the Ones You Love.  This red heart trio would be a lovely Valentine's Day keepsake.


Deco Uno from Spain featured my poppies on blue oven mitt in the treasury, Tuesday.  These contemporary limited edition earrings are one of the lovely jewelry pieces with a modern vibe you can find at Deco Uno.  And that hint of green would be fun to sport on St. Patrick's Day.


Vicki Hyatt of KudzuandRomance featured my pastel floral oven mitt in her treasury, Pretty in Pink 
This feminine thinking of you card could be a day brightener -- perhaps for a friend battling breast cancer, or facing a personal crisis.


Lisa Lavender of TheBumbleBeadCompany featured my studs and chains key fob in her black treasury, I Hate Valentine's Day.  That title made me smile, because although I have had a few nice Valentine's Days, many were cold and lonely.  And the treasury reminded me of the oldies classic, Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones.  But I digress....  Whether you want to protest Valentine's Day, or you just want to add some killer earrings to your go to little black dress ensemble, these EMO metallic and mirrored beaded earrings may add just the right touch.


Lynn Watkinson of ItchyFingersLynny featured my blue baking utensils oven mitt in her treasury, Dark to Light - Sixteen Shades of Blue .  Baby blue is such a pretty color - and it is used as a pretty little accent for this straw favour for baby boy


Lisa Lavender of TheBumbleBeadCompany featured my Valentine's Day bib in her treasury, TEMPT Team's You Had Me at ETSY :-)  These pretty pink beaded earrings are just one of the pretty and affordable jewelry pieces you will find in Lisa's shop.


Kellee and Dorian Thomas of MoretheBuckles featured my pink roses oven mitt in their treasury, TEMPT Team Blast Off 2 - All About Colors  You'll find more than belt buckles in their shop, but they do have a very impressive collection of vintage buckles.  This buckle circa 1978 caught my eye.


Kathy Read of DixieVintageShoppe featured my zebra stripe key fobs in her treasury, Rainbow of Colors.  This gorgeous porcelain china bird thimble would be a lovely gift for a quilter or sewist.


Liz of TheLittleEmptyNest included my gray farm baby bib in her treasury, Soft Wonders.  I love this blue and brown pendant necklace from Liz's shop.


Lacote of LacoteDesign featured my zebra stripe key fobs in her treasury T187 .  This teddy bear print is SO adorable! 


Christiane Schnabel of Germany featured my gray and white chevron oven mitt in her wintery white-themed treasury, White  For a cute pop of color, try these red heart cupcake toppers.  So cute!


Janyce of pineconeandsparrow also featured my gray and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Just Gotta Be True  This white birch painted and stitched wall art is one of the great mixed media creations you will find in Janyce's shop.


And last, but not least, Rossiter Lisa of PNLJewelryDesigns featured my tiny cars baby bib in her treasury, Blue   These colorful heart earrings are a reminder that beautiful Valentines Day gifts can come in many colors.


And there you have it!  Another great week of treasuries! 

TTFN
LeAnn













Tuesday, January 20, 2015

He Holds the Key to My Heart

It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday, and with Valentine's Day approaching, I decided to feature some of the 20+ newish listings from the Key Fobs, Eyeglass Cases section of my Etsy shop, Pasque Flower Creations.  

I always struggle finding gifts for guys and teens.  But these man-friendly key fobs could be accompanied by a not too mushy note - You Hold the Key to My Heart.  

This studs and chains key fob would be great for the teen who likes steam punk.


Or how about this gears on black key fob for your favorite wrencher?


Guys of all ages (even grandpas who tend to lose their keys) might like this geometric key fob with richly textured jacquard ribbon designed by Parson Gray, the pseudonym for the husband of one of my favorite fabric designers, Amy Butler.


Or, if your guy loves his horses, this horses key fob might be great for keeping the spare key to the horse trailer or tack room.



I give key fobs to my grandkids the year they turn 16 to celebrate their new driver's license.  In the rural Midwest, especially, it's almost a rite of passage.

Do you have a "go to" guy gift, or new guy-friendly items in your shop?

TTFN
LeAnn

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Treasury Thanks

Each week my Sunday post is a THANK YOU to the curators of Etsy treasuries who have featured items from my Etsy shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, over the past week.

This week was a real BLAST, as members of the TEMPT Team saturated cyberspace with LOTS of new treasuries -- some of which made the front page of Etsy treasury!!  (Alas, the days of a true "front page" appear to be gone forever as Etsy focuses less and less on showcasing artisans and more and more on courting would-be IPO shareholders whose concerns focus on the bottom line.  It's the PROFIT not the PROCESS, the MONEY not the MAKER in the "new Etsy.") 

Okay -- I'll jump off my soap box now and share some TRULY handcrafted and vintage items.  If you're looking for a unique handmade Valentine's Day gift, you are in luck, because many of this week's treasuries had Valentine themes.

Valerie of NandysNook featured my pink ripple key fob in her treasury, Valentine's Gift Picks!  Although Valerie is expanding her product line, she is best known for her colorful crocheted cup cozies.  This mug cozy in pink would be a lovely Valentine's Day gift.  Love the heart button accent!


Maria Eugenia Ramos of Mukenia  (Argentina) featured my Valentine baby bib in her treasury, Valentine's Day!  Maria's shop features handcrafted jewelry with a modern vibe.  I love these
geometric silver plated earrings.


Lisa Lavender of TheBumbleBeadCompany also featured my Valentine bib in her treasury, TEMPT Team's The Heart Attacks.  I love this colorful shamballa bracelet from Lisa's shop!  And Lisa is having a pre-Valentine's Day sale in her shop:  50% off orders over $40.  Use Coupon Code HEARTSALE. 



Suzanne Perry of GlowBlocks also featured my Valentine bib in her treasury, A Touch of Red.  Suzanne makes unique night lights, like this wonderful coffee night light -- reminding you to wake up and smell the coffee in the morning. 


Abigail Jayne of AbigailJayneArt feature my pastel owl plushie in her treasury, January Rain & Blues.  Abigail Jayne is closing her shop.  Everything is 40% off.  Use Coupon CLOSEOUT15.
I love this hoop art piece


MemoriesforLifeSB feature my floral oven mitt in her treasury, Marsala - Pantone Color of the Year 2015 . This mustache Valentine is a perfect gift for a special guy.



Lisa of TheBumbleBeadCompany included my pink ripple key fob in her treasury, TEMPT Team's Be My Valentine.  These beautiful peach crystal earrings are just one of the beautifully-crafted jewelry items you will see in Lisa's shop. 
 


Patsy Bechtold of PatsysPressedFlowers featured my colorful birds oven mitt in her treasury, TEMPT to Blast Off.  Patsy's shop is full of gorgeous presse flower creations, like these pretty bookmarks.  I LOVE the pansies!
 


Claude Freaner of ClaudesWoodcarving featured my pink and red Valentine's bib in his treasury, Valentine’s ay Gift Suggestions from the Etsy TEMPT Team and the Woodcarvers of Etsy.  I love this cowboy bottle stopper.  



Liz from TheLittleEmptyNest has my Valentine bib in her treasury, Follow Your Heart - TEMPT Team.  This sterling silver heart charm necklace is a lovely Valentine gift suggestion!



Rena of LovelyKnotsBoutique has my colorful hearts bib in her beautiful treasury, TEMPTing Valentines Gifts #1.  This crochet boot cuffs set is a pretty yet practical gift for someone in the chilly North!  I wish there were boot cuffs when I was a teen / coed, many winters ago!
 

Kellee & Dorian Thomas of MoretheBuckles chose to showcase my purple chevron oven mitt in the treasury TEMPT Team Treasuries.  This vintage kissin' salt and pepper shaker set is SO precious!!
 


Jessica & Bryan King of FeathandKee chose to feature my retro-inspired red linen bow clutch in a BEAUTIFUL treasury, TEMPT Team Valentine's Day Gifts. This unique key ring made of aged wood is a great guy gift!


Lynn of ItchyFingersLynny featured my colorful hearts baby bib in her treasury, Heart to Heart - TEMPT Team Treasury List.  This straw favour for all seasons showcases Lynn's awesome weaving skills.  Love the pretty purple ribbon accents.


Zylo of ZyloHanmade included my gray and yellow uptown oven mitt in her treasury, Golden Light.  Zylo's shop has a great selection of these cute cup of tea hand warmers.  Mint is such a refreshing color!



Valerie of NandysNook featured my nature pillow cover in her treasury, TEMPT Team's Sugar and Spice.  This cup cozy in baby blue is one of MANY awesome crochet items you will see in Valerie's shop.


Lacote of LACOTEKIDS has my colorful hearts baby bib as one of her features in the treasury LAC2633.  I thought of Isabella and Angel when I saw this pretty shabby chic cat with pink roses. 


Lacote also has my colorful hearts bib in another treasury, LAC2630.   So that gives me an opportunity to showcase more pretty pink from her shop!  This pink nursery art is so precious!


THANKS again, curators!!  I treasure the mutual support of Etsy teams. 

I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.  I'll be off to the tax office soon.  We were QUITE busy yesterday!

TTFN
LeAnn


Monday, January 12, 2015

I Heart Bibs

It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday, and today I'm featuring a newly-listed Valentine bib from my Etsy shop, Pasque Flower Creations.   I listed this Monday afternoon, and by 9:00 pm, it had already been featured in three treasuries! 



While I do love that vibrant pink and red combo, my personal favorite bib is this oldie but goodie that reminds me of conversation hearts:


I also sold my first personalized bib today!  It was a custom order.  (Not all Valentines have hearts.)


I would not have thought to personalize this colorful print by Rashida Coleman Hale, but my customers are more creative than I am sometimes!   I hope she likes it. 

TTFN
LeAnn






Sunday, January 11, 2015

Treasury Thanks

It was a nice "back to the normal routine after the holidays" week on the Etsy Treasury scene.  This post is my opportunity to extend a big THANK YOU to the curators of Etsy treasuries who featured items from my shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, in treasuries over the past week.  Special thanks to Marcia of ImagineThatBaby, who curated multiple treasuries this week, and featured items from my Pasque Flower shop in three of them!!!

Seductive Body Works featured my lavender chevron oven mitt in the treasury, Lavender.  Although I personally have way too many fat rolls to wear a belly button ring (new diet starts with two chubby buddies on January 17), if I were younger and svelte, I'd love this triple heart belly button ring. 



Marcia from ImagineThatBaby featured my hearts baby bib in her treasury, Love in Purple, Pink and Green.  Speaking of love and pink --- I think these pretty little pink heart booties are just the cutest things ever!


Georgia of HappyHeartsKnitty also featured my hearts baby bib in her treasury, Let It Snow.  School kids in Lincoln had a Snow Day this week, and we had bitterly cold temperatures all week as well. But this handmade neck warmer in red, purple and pink, would help fend off those wintery blasts in style!


Lisa Lavender of TheBumbleBeadCompany featured my nature-themed pillow cover in her TEMPT Team treasury, Salt of the Earth.  This lovely beaded necklace in earth tones would feel right at home in her pretty treasury.  Love the matching earrings, too!



LovelyKnotsBoutique featured my pink roses oven mitt in her treasury, Tempt Team Featured! #1. This crochet scarf in shades of red and orange is one of the beautifully-crafted crochet accessories you can find at LovelyKnotsBoutique.


Marcia of ImagineThatBaby featured my poppies on teal wedding registry oven mitts in her treasury, Hearts and Flowers.  Wouldn't these red Valentine booties be cute for baby's first Valentine's Day?


And last, but not least, Marcia of ImagineThatBaby featured my pink chevron oven mitt in her pretty in pink treasury, Tickled Pink.  In addition to the pretty crocheted items in Marcia's shop, she also sells these pretty little baby gift boxes in sets of 12.


And there you have it!  Another great week for Etsy treasuries!  Thanks, again, to all the curators for the features.  I love the spirit of cooperation and teamwork on Etsy.  As"truly handmade" Etsy entrepreneurs, we are all in this together as we fight to stay competitive in the "new Etsy" with its mass produced goods and re-sellers.

I was so sad to see the brightly colored packages on the Etsy holiday season front page give way to more dark and dreary photos.  As if the dark days of Winter aren't depressing enough!! End of rant.

A friend sent me a link to a calculator to determine my age in days.  I'm 22,505 days old today. Wow, does that sound OLD!!

On that sobering note, I'll sign off and wish you a great week --- 7 MORE days!

TTFN,
LeAnn

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Treasury Thanks

Happy New Year! 

This post is a THANK YOU to curators of Etsy treasuries who featured items from my Etsy shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, over the past week.   The treasuries this week were a delightful mix --longing for Spring, a celebrations of winter, and look ahead to Valentine's Day.

Jessica and Bryan King of FeathandKee featured my pink roses oven mitt in their treasury, Dreaming of Spring.  With the holidays behind us, I've resolved to start a 52-week savings program.  This cute Santa Fund Jar would be a fun way to collect change (or "real" money) during the year.  Check out their shop for other cute savings jars and beautiful handcrafted jewelry with a colorful, modern edge.


Sharla of Beaded Tail featured my red linen retro-inspired bow clutch in her treasury, Love and Kitties Are Like Two Peas in a Pod.  Sharla's shop is a wonderful mix of handmade journals and beautifully-crafted jewelry.  This Seek. Explore. Live. Journal would be perfect for tracking your 2015 resolutions.

Antiquity Travelers featured my houndstooth eyeglass case in her treasury, Pack It Up.  Cynthia is a woman on the go -- and she knows a thing or two about packing!  She also makes gorgeous statement jewelry, like this striped jasper stone beaded collar. 


Lisa Lavender of TheBumbleBeadShop featured my black and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, TEMPT Team's Night and Day.  This Tibetan beaded necklace is one of the beautiful beaded creations in Lisa's shop -- perfect to wear with a little black dress.


Judy Nolan of JNOriginals featured my blue floral oven mitt in her treasury, Blue New Year.  This blue heather beanie hat would help someone stay warm on a cold, frosty morning.  (It's below zero here -- but I must get out and shovel snow soon.  Brrrr!)


Judy Nolan of MisterPenQuin featured my bright leaves oven mitts in her treasury filled with warm colors one might see in the glow of a cozy fireplace, Banishing the Brrr in Winter.  This cute orange chevron mini blank book is one of several pretty and practical handcrafted books you can find in Judy's shop.


Kristiina Meiner featured my gray and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, 31,12,14/1 - Happy New Year's!  Some of the items in Kristiina's shop are a bit risque', but she also has an assortment of adorable handcrafted brooches, like this art doll face brooch.


Jacki Wilker Donovan of JeSuisJacki featured my poppies on teal oven mitts (a wedding registry listing) in her treasury, Poppies Everywhere.  I love this red and pink polka dot purse from Jacki's shop.


Rossiter Lisa of PNLJewelryDesigns featured my aqua chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Welcome 2015.   Would this heart bookmark be a perfect little gift for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day?


Valerie of NandysNook featured my hearts baby bib in her treasury, Tempting Valentine's Gifts #1.  This pretty coffee mug cozy in pink would be a lovely Valentine's Day gift.  I love the little heart button detail!  Hmmm--and a nice cup of hot cocoa would be a welcome reward to myself after I finish shoveling the sidewalk.


Sandy of SanmarnaStyle featured my pink roses oven mitt in her treasury, Pink Valentine.  This pretty pink towel would be a fun little gift for your favorite young dancer.


And there you have it!  Thanks, again, to all the curators. 

Hi ho!  Hi ho!  I'm off to shovel snow!

TTFN
LeAnn