Sunday, December 19, 2010

Update: Custom Ceramic Tile Coasters

As promised, better photos of the tiles. They still need a coat of resin and some felt on the back but I love them already. Super, super easy. Super inexpensive.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Wishlist

All I want for Christmas.

Custom Ceramic Tile Coasters

First and foremost, I apologize for this photo. I took it with my phone. It's 02:30 and since there is no sun out, it'll have to do. (I'll take some better ones tomorrow.) The colors are super vivid and pop out at you.

I've been trying to think of something inexpensive to make the girls at work for Christmas. This is only one item that will be going into the gift bags I will be making.

Super, super easy. I went to Lowes the other day and purchased some 4.25" white ceramic tiles. I was looking for unglazed ones but couldn't find any. Tonight I cut 4" square pieces of cardstock and paper and Mod Podged them onto each tile. I used a very thin layer since I didn't want the paper to warp. I then glued down some letters that I had from one of my scrap pads. So far I added 2 additional coats of Mod Podge on top but tomorrow I'll probably add another 2-3 layers. Once that is all dry I'll paint a thin coat of resin all over the top to seal it.

These would work great for any type of gift (holidays, birthdays, etc.) I have a habit of keeping my movie ticket stubs so I think I'll end up making a set with those.

Happy crafting! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Golden Leaf Giveaway!!!

Score another chance to win over at Golden Leaf!

What better way to celebrate my Etsy shop opening than with a giveaway?

Up for grabs:

Any cold process bar of your choice from Golden Leaf.
Currently, I have Oatmeal, Milk & Honey and Juicy Summer Watermelon. More bars will be added throughout the rest of this month and the month of January as well. Here is a partial list of fragrances to choose from:

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
Juicy Summer Watermelon
Ginger Lime
Lemon Verbena
Peppermint Awake
Celestial Waters
Pineapple Coconut

And now for the fun stuff...

The contest starts today December 14th and closes at midnight on January 31st. To be entered, leave a comment stating which soap you would like, or an idea for a soap not listed. Also, please do not leave your email address. Part of this giveaway includes checking back in on February 1st to see if you've won.

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If you choose to Tweet or blog, please post the url in your comments.

Winner will be announced on this blog on February 1st so please check back in! This giveaway is open to international addresses as well!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Day Out

Mom and I went to the movies yesterday to see the new Narnia movie. I had those free passes from the Deathly Hallows episode. It's been awhile since I saw the second Narnia installation so I had kind of forgotten what happened. This one was good, although I'd dare say not as good as the first one. Maybe that was just because James McAvoy was in it.

After that we headed over to the mall because I initially wanted to swing by The Limited and get a few things for work. That went by the wayside when I couldn't really find anything I was happy with. I popped in to Charlotte Russe and picked up these instead.
I love this purple tank. I might add some sequins or small beads to it.

And this is perfect for work. Layering is essential there because the system is either set on Antarctic or Hell.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Juicy Summer Watermelon

Fresh out of the mold!

These hefty bars weigh in at 5oz. each.

The color "waves" were an unexpected surprise :)

They'll be completely cured in 4-6 weeks and will be available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Any pouch from Lilly Ella

Your choice of any Square Zipper pouch bag with clip from Charm Design
Domino pendant from In My Head Studios

Super sweet gift basket full of handmade goodies from the EtsyMom Street Team

$50 gift certificate from Wheat & Wildflowers

Monday, December 6, 2010

Golden Leaf Bath & Body

Introducing my new venture, Golden Leaf Bath & Body. The Etsy shop is up, although there's nothing in it as of yet. And you can find my Facebook profile here. Here's what you can find at Golden Leaf:

Cold process soap: Made the old fashioned way with quality oils, fragrance, and lye. I hope to have between 15-20 different bars to choose from. (See the list in between the photos.) These photos are of my first batch - Oatmeal, Milk & Honey. They smell absolutely wonderful. These bars weigh between 4.5 - 5 oz. each and will be available in 4-6 weeks once they finish curing.

Lip Balm: I'm still tweaking the recipe for these. I hope to have it perfected by this weekend. I'll be making them in flavors such as Juicy Watermelon, Island Coconut and Peppermint, just to name a few.

Lotion: Who doesn't love a good quality lotion? These will be available in a 4 oz. travel size and a larger 8 oz. bottle. You'll be able to get just about every fragrance that the soaps come in.

Soy Tarts: I chose soy because it burns cleaner, lasts longer and gives off a better scent throw. These will be available in 3.5 oz. clamshells which house 6 1"x1" soy cubes. Also available in a wide variety of scents!

Soap Scents:
Applemint, Arabian Spice, Celestial Waters, Cranberry, Cranberry Walnut, Dragonsblood, Ginger Lime, Juicy Summer Watermelon, Lavender, Lavender Oatmeal, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Poppy, Oatmeal Milk & Honey, Peppermint Awake and an Unscented Shaving Bar

Look at all of those oats! Great for exfoliating.

All cut and waiting to be cured.

I'm setting up a separate blog for Golden Leaf which you can find here.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Free Holiday Desktop Wallpapers

Let's be honest. I'm not the typical holiday red and green kinda person. I've been looking for a cute desktop background for this month for my laptop and finally gave up. So I made one myself. Actually, I made a few. And I'd like to share :) It is, after all the holiday season and you know what they say about sharing.

Click any of the wallpapers below. The full size background will come up. Either right click and 'save as' or 'set as desktop' and enjoy!

Update: I do custom as well.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Minty Treasury

You can almost smell the peppermint wafting through, right? Eclectically over at Etsy created this wonderful holiday treasury which includes my Candycane note card. Thanks Eclectically!

You can view the treasury here.
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