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30 November 2008


Shop now for the holidays!
You'll find crystal, gemstone, and sterling earrings, necklaces, and bracelets!
You can also find some crochet pieces

EVERYTHING in my shop!!!

Sale ends tomorrow night (Monday, December 1st) at 11:59pm!!!

Happy Shopping!

26 November 2008

Going home for the holiday (:

Hello everyone! Austin & I will be traveling home this afternoon for the Thanksgiving holiday! I won't be back until Monday! I really hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving, and has a super fun time with the Black Friday-Cyber Monday sales!

Feeling generous, I have decided to offer FREE SHIPPING on EVERYTHING in my shop from Thanksgiving Day afternoon until the night of Monday, December 1!! No need to mention any discount code and no need to wait for a revised invoice!! Sometime on Thanksgiving Day I will change all my listings to free shipping, and you'll just need to purchase as usual! Enjoy! Remember... December 11th is my cut off shipping date to guaranteed you'll get your package by Christmas!


25 November 2008

In Another Treasury ~ Help it get on Etsy's front page?

Nikki at KaleidoscopeKorner has made yet another treausry, and has been ever so gracious to include my Autumn Bracelet (thrid two, first column)! THANK YOU!

Click here to view ^this treasury live! Click all the listings & comment to help get this treasury on the front page! Click here to check out (and bump up) a promotions thread about treasuries!

** EDIT **
Brit at KrazyFashion (another EtsyFriend) just made a treasury and included my Turquoise & Swarovski Bracelet (first row, first column)! THANK YOU!

Click here to view ^this treausry live! Click on all the listings & comment to help get it on the front page!



21 November 2008


This is my first time! It's soooo exciting!

I am the bracelet in the third row, third column!

Three other EtsyFriends team members are in with me!
KrazyFashion - wallet; first row, second coloum.
Sosorosey - baby snuggle; second row, first column.
SygnetCreations - fourth row, second column.

^ Was live around 6am this morning!

Nikki at KaleidoscopeKorner for including me in her treasury!
Brit at KrazyFashion for getting the screenshot!
Amanda at SygnetCreations for letting my know by convo!

♥ Mannie

20 November 2008

Snagged My First Treasury EVER!

YIPPIE! I just snagged my first treasury spot EVER! The treasury is entitled "Mermaids... My Obsession" and it's PERFECT for my first treasury! Here's a look! Go here to view it live on etsy and make sure to comment and click!

Have you snagged any treasuries today??
Comment this post with the link so I can check it out!


18 November 2008

Busch Gardens Trip, November 16

This past saturday (Nov15) was my mom's birthday! I wasn't able to go back home for it, so she came down to spend the day in Tampa with Austin & I on Sunday! We took her to Busch Gardens! Here are just a few pictures, so there's A LOT more to Busch Gardens than what you see here! If possible you should visit this park someday!

Enjoy the pictures!
(Click on them to view the full size)

^ Austin & I

^ Me & Billy & Mom

^ Elephants

^ BIG gator

^ Hippo, up close

^ Siberian Tiger

^ Momma & Baby Gorilla

^ Meerkats

^ Sheikra
200ft up and 90 degrees down!
Only dive coaster in the USA!

^ Montu
Hang down roller coaster; track is above you, feet hang!
Fastest roller coaster & strongest G forces at Busch Gardens!
It goes 70 mile per hour and has 3.85 G force!

^ Scorpion
The only "baby" coaster left at Busch Gardens!
Austin's first roller coaster when he was little!


17 November 2008




Click here for more details!

*remember, for some shops this will be
their very LAST sale of the year!

Happy Shopping!

14 November 2008

Gooble Up Handmade Sale!!

Hello ladies and gents! It is, yet again, time for an EtsyFriend's team wide sale! Each participating shop chooses a sale they want to have... Some do a certain percentage off, some do BOGO, some do free gift with purchase, etc. Visit http://efpromotions.blogspot.com/ to find the different sales my fellow team members are having (: For some memebers this is their LAST sale of the year, so jump on these savings NOW!

Gobble Up Handmade Sale ~~ Novemeber 14-17

♥ FREE SHIPPING on transcations $15 or over (before shipping) in my shop!
♥ Purchase, but DO NOT PAY! Include your paypal email address in the 'note to seller' and I will email you a revised invoice!
♥ MUST use coupon code "gobble" in 'note to seller' to receive this discount!

Shop NOW for the holidays!

Happy Shopping!

13 November 2008

Newest Listings!

WOW... I guess I just was/am going through something equivalent to writer's block. It's been awhile since I've made any jewelry worth listing. Well, a piece of that changed last night when I made this bracelet and this pair of earrings. I really like how the pictures came out as well, so I will share them here..... Enjoy!

^ Turquoise and Pink Swarovski Crystal Bracelet
(View Etsy Listing)
Make a subtle statement with this stunning bracelet handmade using beautifully marbled turquoise and darling pink swarovski crystals! Each turquoise bead measure about a half inch in diameter, and the total length of this bracelet it about seven and a half inches. The bracelet closes using a sterling silver spring loaded clasp. I made this one-of-a-kind bracelet to sit nicely on almost any size wrist!

^ Turquoise and Clear Swarovski Crystal Dangle Earrings
(View Etsy Listing)
These beauties are sure to make you or a friend feel pretty this holiday season! The turquoise beads are about a half inch in diameter and are surrounded by sparkling transparent swarovski crystals. The total length of these earrings is just under two inches. The headpins and ear wires are all sterling silver.

Well, there ya have it.. my two newest listings! I'd love some feedback on the photographs, the price, the description, the tags... any comment is helpful (:

Tomorrow's post: GOBBLE UP HANDMADE SALE! You don't want to miss this!

Thanks for reading!

11 November 2008

In Progress: Popcorn Scarf

Hello readers! Sorry I've been MIA for the last few days! I have A LOT of photos I want to show you all... just not all today, hehe. Austin and I went to an international auto show on Saturday, and eventually I'll have some pictures up! Today Austin and I went to a local county park and had a picnic.... again, eventually I'll have some pictures. This weekend our college has a home football game; Austin's parents are driving down to come with us (: I plan to take pictures.

Now on to the subject of this post (according to the title)..... my scarf. I originally was looking for bath mat pattern, but ended up just learning a new stitch with the help of my lovely EtsyFriends! I learned the popcorn stitch(crochet)! I'd rather call it a bubble stitch, but when I made a little swatch to try out the stitch, popcorn seemed to fit since I was using yellow yarn (:

The first picture below is the swatch and the second picture is how far I've come along on my scarf. (Sorry for terrible quality... these were just snapped quickly!)

I am worried I won't have enough yarn to make a full length scarf, so this may just end up a scarflette (:

Let me know what ya think folks!?!?!

07 November 2008

Blog Playlist

Hello ladies and gents! If your volume is up on your computer, I'm sure you are hearing my new blog playlist! Scroll to the bottom of this page to view it!

I have a super old iPod... you guys remember the mini, right?
Well, that little beauty is the best (: I remember openning it up on my 18th birthday (just over three years ago) and, oh boy, was I happy! Well, it was acting up a while ago, and I just gave up on it. My laptop (a gift from the same birthday, hehe) wasn't recognizing it anymore, and I couldn't put new music on it, etc. A couple days ago my boyfriend played around with it and got his new laptop(vista) to recognize it!! Yesterday, I tried again to make it all work on my computer and TADA... there is a GOD and he LOVES me! It worked! This, alone, has made my week happier, haha! And the best part of it all is... it's 4G, which just happens to be 2 more gigs than my boyfriend's nano! hahaha! To celebrate all this, I've added a playlist to my blog! It's all the way at the bottom if you'd like to take a look! There's only four or five songs right now, and I plan to add a few new ones each time I post so keep checking back!

Hope you enjoy the music!

06 November 2008

Updates! Updates! Updates!

Time for a few updates!

(01) I have recently completed and listing my first crocheted mini bowl and I'd really appreciate some feedback on it (: Do the pictures look good? Is the price too high/low? Is the description clear and enticing? Would you buy it?

(02) I have finally jumped on the bandwagon and joined indiepublic! Add me as a friend? http://www.indiepublic.com/profile/Mannie

(03) My team, EtsyFriends, is currently having a challenge entitled, "Thankful for Friendship"! You should definitely go vote on your favorite piece for a chance to win 1 of 11 AWESOME prizes! You can even enter up to 11 times! Go to http://loveetsyfeedback.blogspot.com/2008/11/special-edition-11-prizes-up-for-grabs.html for more details and to vote!

(04) A fellow team member made this treasury today in support of the current team challenge (see update number 3) and she was nice enough to include my Pietersite Gemstone and Marbled Glass Bracelet! THANK YOU AMY!

(05) If you are on twitter, you should be (a) following me and (b) following my team!! (:

(06) I have set myself a goal. Last night I started a two-tone scarf, and I want to have it finished and listed by tomorrow (Friday) night or Saturday morning! Wish me luck! Here & here are pictures of my progress.

That's it for the updates, I think!
Thanks for reading; Comments always welcome (:

04 November 2008




It's finally here! We will no longer have to hear/see the crazy ads! GO VOTE! Regardless of who you vote for... it is historic and there will be change!

Why do we vote on a Tuesday... in November?
- The short answer: We used to be a nation of farmers.
- The long answer: Congress chose November because the harvest was over and the weather wouldn't be bad enough to prevent people from traveling. As for Tuesday, people used to have to travel overnight to their polling location. (In 1845, horse was the preferred method of transport.) In an effort to avoid religious days of rest, Congress chose Tuesday, leaving Monday and Wednesday as travel days. Tuesday was voting (and horse-resting) day.


etsy listing links:
(1) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_16&listing_id=16914753
(2) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_7&listing_id=16597230
(3) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_18&listing_id=14497412
(4) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_11&listing_id=16739042
(5) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_12&listing_id=16880505
(6) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_16&listing_id=9367005

trivia credit to:
(1) http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5891432
(2) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl126#full


03 November 2008

I'm Featured at Expressions by Devin

Playing around in the Etsy threads for the majority of the day does some good... I've had to opportunity to receive samples of products, had opportunities to send promos to shops going to shows/fairs, learned about great sales, and had quite a few opportunities to get featured on fellow Etsian's blogs (:

Back in early October I was playing around and came across a post by http://devinprather.etsy.com/ explaining she wanted to feature other Etsian's once a week(and for the week) on her blog. I of course jumped on this opportunity... the more exposure, the better!! Devin was very professional about the whole thing and made the feautre wonderful! I wasn't supposed to be featured until November 18th, but other people hadn't kept in touch with her, so I got bumped up!

My feature is now live; Please check it out here (: If you are a seller on Etsy, and do not actively participate in the threads, you really should! It's great exposure, as other shops(as well as potential buyers) keep seeing you. You learn all kinds of new crafts and techniques. And you come across wonderful opportunities to get your shop noticed! Whatever you do, just get involoved!