Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Featured Seller: Divas 3 Design

Here's another great seller on Etsy! Amanda and her Mom offer photo birth announcements, birthday invitations, and other holiday photo cards. They also offer our scrapbooking services for people who don't have the desire or time to create their own.

This birthday invitation is one of Amanda's favorite items, and I can see why! It's too cute!

Photo cards are a unique and economical way to announce a special event happening in your life. They invite you to visit their store and see their other designs at

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Featured Shop: Sew Yummy Fun Stuff

Sew Yummy Fun Stuff is a great shop created by best friends, April and Melanie. They've been friends for over 20 years. Both are self taught "seamstresses". They began making their yummy creations for their children (between them, they have 5 under 5...WOW!) and soon began making it for friends as well. All of the play food and felt items are hand sewn. They also have some cute ruffled and appliqued bodysuits and tutus.
April's favorite item is the breakfast set:

Mel's favorite is the weirdo doll, which I also happen to think is precious (in a strange way!)

You can find them on Facebook: or on their blog,

Check them out...I think that their items make great gifts and the holidays are coming!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Starting to think about the holidays???

Wow! I can't believe that I'm starting to plan for the holidays in August! Is it just me or are the retail stores featuring holiday items earlier and earlier? Living outside of Atlanta, GA where it's 90+ degrees in August, I have a really hard time getting my kids ready to go back to pre-school, much less thinking about the holiday season!
I have always loved the holidays, beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year's. I remember going to visit family in New York and going into the city and seeing all of the beautiful store displays and going to FAO Schwarz to see all of the cool toys that hadn't made it down South yet.
These days, with Halloween advertising beginning in August, I feel like some of the fun is least for me. Of course, that may have to do with the fact that my kids (who are almost 3 and son would want me to make sure to include the "half") have already started to ask for costumes, candy and other Halloween items. I typically begin to get ready for Halloween the beginning of October. My husband knows that fall has come when I pull out my collection of gourds and pinecones, drag the scarecrow out of the basement and begin to think about costumes for everyone.
This year, I doubt that I'll have much say in the costumes my kids wear, as they both have distinct opinions about who they want to be (Dora and a Transformer), though that may change before "the big day". I remember being stunned last year when I went to get costumes at how expensive they've become...I can't imagine having 3+ kids and having to buy or make costumes for each of them!
What do you think? Are the holidays being commercialized too early or am I just a curmudgeon?? I'd love to hear what you think! And for those of you who don't think it's too early, here are a couple of Halloween themed hair clips...hope that you like them!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Featured Shop: HoneyBoo

Meytal is a supremely talented painter and I am super excited to share her work with all of you! She has been painting for as long as she can remember, but had formal training beginning at the young age of 7. She is skilled in many mediums, including water color, ink, acrylics and oils.

Here is one of her favorite paintings currently available in her shop:

Meytal recently added items that you can print for yourself, including stationary, stickers and "To Do" Lists. I think these are absolutely adorable!

Her items make great gifts and I could easily see decorating a nursery or little girl's room around HoneyBoo! I hope that you'll visit Meytal's shop to check out all of the great things she has to offer. Her store can be found at:

Come back next time to hear about: LittleLilyBamboo. She makes swaddling blankets out of bamboo! How cool is that??!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Featured Shop: Madrigal Embroidery

In an effort to help promote other great shops on Etsy who offer children's products, I'm planning on doing a weekly feature...stay tuned each week for more great shops!

Carla is a self taught artist who began crafting during the 60's by making patches for jeans and embroidering on the pockets of blue work shirts and other items. She also creates embroidered chokers. Several years ago, she designed some infant and toddler hoodies to give to friends and co-workers. They were well received and so began her childrens section. All of the designs are created by Carla for you.

The tie caps are one of her favorite items. They are eye-catching, practical, and fun to wear. They are very reasonably priced and make terrific gifts!

Here's her Bright Yellow Organic Cotton Tie Cap Beanie:

To visit her Etsy shop to see what other great items she offers, click below:

Come back next time to see HoneyBoo, who offers adorable original paintings, art prints & printable sheets

Monday, August 3, 2009

Congratulations Mommylife!!! You are the July Giveaway Winner!

Yay for our first giveaway winner, Mommylife! Please let me know which felt flower clip you'd like and what type of accessory you want it attached to (alligator clip or french barrette). Just send me an email with your selection to:

I hope that everyone had a good weekend. Our was full of toddler birthday parties and lots of cake. Can you say "hyperactive children"??? To top it all off, the kids were sent home with a bag full of candy. Why do people think that 2 & 3 year olds need tons of candy on top of cake??? Am I the only one who has an issue with this? I hope that the kids aren't disappointed at my daughter's party in a few weeks when they receive custom crayon rolls which I purchased from a fellow Etsyian, itsthesmallthings. I think that they are adorable and certainly more memorable than a bag of candy...of course, I'm not 3!

Oh well, maybe I'll cave to toddler peer pressure and throw in a few Hershey's kisses....sigh.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Promotion and Blog Giveaway!

I have been really busy the past week or so, promoting my new blog and adding new products to the store in preparation for fall.

So, to kick things off, I'm doing a giveaway!!! Anyone who follows my blog will be entered to win a felt flower hair clip of your choice (up to $6.00 value). You can check them out here:

I'm going to draw the lucky winner on Monday morning, so check back to see if you won!

Good luck!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Cut Throat World of Hair Bows

The Cut Throat World of Hair Bows

You might be choking on your mid-day coffee right now and saying, “Huh?! How in the world could flippin’ hair bows be cut throat? You need to get out more, Ms. Suncoast Scribe.”
I know. It sounds so silly, doesn’t it.
Here’s the thing about this particular cottage industry. There are two major camps.
One camp is comprised of the people who actually make the hair bows and sell them online or in local boutiques. They are selling their handicrafts just like any other cottage industry. It can get mildly catty, as some product sellers will turn in other product sellers on eBay and other tactics to try and shoulder out the competition.
The other camp, though, is comprised of people making a killing (yes, very large amounts of money) selling eBooks about how to tie knots and make bows. Competition between these people is absolutely fierce. A handful of these sellers regularly threaten to sue one another or intended patents and intellectual property issues, even though the ideas in question are centuries old knot tying techniques. One seller employs moles to buy other sellers’ instruction packets so she can compare and contrast them to her own. That is always followed by a flood of threatening e-mails she sends out to anyone who she perceives as competition.
To be fair, some of the eBooks are hundreds of pages long with high quality photographs. The downside is that a good number of those pages are filled with inane variations on one theme. Other eBooks, though, contain only one or a handful of different bow instructions accompanied by blurry photographs (it’s called a macro button, folks) and often published in a Word document.
It’s insane. I know.
Think back to when you were a kid and your own mother made you a hair bow or a little braided ribbon headband. There are people now that want to claim they invented those techniques. It’s not insane. I take that back. It’s asinine.
The latest bit of dram in the online bow making world centers around an instruction seller who developed a little wooden tool to clamp down and hold your bow center while you tie it off. She purports that it makes perfect creases. The product sold for $29.99 and has made her reasonably wealthy. Most people would agree her little wooden tool was unique and helpful.
That all changed when she employed money-saving tactics on her end and began offering an “improved” creasing tool that is quite simply a cheap plastic hair clip that looks like it comes a gross to a box from China. You can buy clips like that in 4-packs for less than $2 at most beauty supply stores. She still wants to charge $29.99 for one.
So, more than a few eagle-eyed individuals realized this tool with a bite was a simply a plastic hair clip and posted simple instructions with photos on how to use the cheap beauty store hair clips. I think that made the seller of the $29.99 tool lose her breakfast. She wasted no time in sending out vague threats about tossing around lawsuits.
I can only assume she was up all night fretting over the tens of thousands of dollars per year she would not make now that people have become wiser about the product.
So there you have it: a bizarre little online world where people want to claim they invented techniques for tying a knot and using plastic hair clips to hold ribbon steady.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Limping along and other random thoughts....

Well, obviously I'm not a techical wizard, as I still can't format my blog to look the way I'd like it to. However, I'm going to keep trying until I get it right, so, for the meantime, please pardon the strange appearance....

Onto random thoughts, as my kids play dinosaur behind me (who knew two toddlers could create such big vibrations by stomping their tiny feet???) I was playing around last night with my materials, I started to make some embroidered flowers and I was remindered of my Grandma Bertie, who sewed, knitted, name it. I was the first granddaughter and she desperately wanted to teach me how to do these things with her. Sadly, I wasn't interested at the time and she's no longer here to teach me. She would have a huge smile on her face if she could see me, stay tuned for some "Grandma inspired" embroidered felt flowers....coming soon (hopefully!).....

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Felt Blossom Hair Accessories

Well, now that I deleted all of the photos, I'm sure that those of you who come to visit will be a bit lost, but if you read my second post, you'll see that I wasn't happy with the format of the blog and have been working on it today. Anyway, I'm still working on it, so please be patient and check back soon...hopefully, I'll have something scintillating to say! :)