December 17, 2008

New Law Kills the Handmade Industry

I know I signed off, but if you need something to protest, or a new cause to march for this winter—this would be it. Here is a link to a video to introduce the problem. After watching the video click on the links posted to learn more. And yes, I will have to quit selling my dolls if the new law passes because I cannot afford the tests.

December 16, 2008

Happy Holidays!

I will be around family for the next few weeks so I am officially signing off and saying, "Have a VERY Merry Christmas and New Year!"

December 12, 2008

Want of the Week

I would love to have perfect place settings for the perfect occasion. I'm liking the pink and white dish from Etsy seller Maggie Weldon Inc. They would work nicely for a winter party or perhaps a Valentine party.

Thank You for Voting!

Your votes came in and I got 2nd place!! (Only three votes below the winner yeah!) So my prize is a little more exposure—in one of the gift guides I think—for free! Thanks everyone, you are the best!

December 10, 2008

Branches and Butterflies

Remember the project preview I posted a little while ago? Here is a peek at the announcements I just finished. I had so much fun! The directions I received from the bride were to make a heart out of branches, use the color brown, and she wanted a pocket to hold all the pieces. (Click images to view larger.)

I decided to mimic the shape of the ceremony arch. I also included a few butterflies to foreshadow the planned butterfly release.
The cards are pressed by Tryst Press (they always do a great job)—so gorgeous. I wish you could see them in person. We used ecru Lettra letterpress paper, and the brown pocket is handmade Indian silk paper. The project included a menu, map, place cards, thank you cards, RSVP cards, and matching envelopes as well.

Next up, I'll be handmaking a sign-in book out of the left over paper. So check back later (in a month or so) for more . . .

December 8, 2008

Cast Your Vote—Three Days Left

One of the Minelolly Dollies has been nominated for best child's toy on Esty. Now it's up to voters to decide who wins. If you would like to vote for me, you will either need to sign in to Etsy or create an account. Next go to THIS link and vote for the little green Abducted Twice doll. (Click on the circle next to the name, a star will appear. Then scroll up to the top and click the vote button on the right.) Your vote is much appreciated!

December 2, 2008


I spent a bit of time over at and found these trees. . . . Click Images to direct you to site.

I enjoy looking at the base of the trees just as much as the ornaments. It's fun to see how people handle that particular part of decorating when there aren't presents to stack around the bottom.
I've been thinking about doing this (see below). I have a line of ornaments that my grandma started giving me when I was little. My mom has continued the tradition. Now I have several that I would like to display, and I think this idea will work!

Below (Ornaments are made from seed packets.)

Mini tree, ornaments made from pipe cleaners.

December 1, 2008

Want of the Week

I am currently loving the Utopia collection over at Jonathan Adler. (Dare I say currently? I've been oogling the collection for a few years now.) I would probably bring these out for a Christmas dinner party. Can you smell the hot chocolate? Can you taste the marshmallows?