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29 January 2009

My Etsy Wishlist

I've decided to make a wishlist with all my favorite things from Etsy! Check out this slideshow... I'll be adding new items all the time! To view the actual list & leave comments on it, click here!

26 January 2009



FREE week long ad space at the very top of my blog!
WHO: Open to anyone who makes things handmade!
WHEN: Entries are taken now through February 2nd!
WHERE: Right here, on this blog (enter in this post)!
WHY: Because who wouldn't love a FREE prime location ad space?
HOW: There are multiple ways (a total of seven) to enter for this giveaway....

* Comment this post with your favorite thing from my shop (equals one entry)
* Tweet this about my giveaway: "@manniemandible Enter me in your Free Ad Giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/dxl9nm" & comment this post with your twitter link (equals one entry)
* Become a follower & comment this post telling me so (equals one entry)
* Post the giveaway button on your blog & comment this post telling me so (equals two entries)
* Blog about my giveaway & comment this post with the permalink (equals two entries)

^ Each MUST be in separate comments & you MUST include your email address or etsy shop url!

Please note: This giveaway is for the SPACE only. You'll need to provide the image. Remember, this ad is only for sellers of handmade things (:

Good Luck!

25 January 2009

You’re invited to the #Kindness Twitter Party!

You’re invited to the #Kindness Twitter Party!

Date: Sunday, January 25
Time: 5 - 7 (Eastern Standard Time) 2-4 (PST), 10-12 (GMT)
Place: http://twitter.com

Everyone is invited!


I'm at http://www.twitter.com/manniemandible

*Not on Twitter yet? Here's a little video that explains all about it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HajEy4CLoho

Can't wait to see ya there!



My Sale:
FREE GIFT with EVERY purchase made for my shop!
Mention the code EFJanSale in the 'note to seller' section at checkout and the free gift will be shipped along with your purchase!
Ends on January 25 at 11:59pm, est!

Make sure to check out my team's promotional blog to find amazing deals from other team members!

Happy Shopping!

I've been tagged!

So I have been tagged by Brittany over at KrazyFashion to play the Meme Game. I am supposed to list 8 random things about myself and then tag 8 other bloggers. Here are 8 random things about me...

1) I've been vegetarian since I was 12!

2) I almost went to school for baking & pastry!

3) I was a competitive swimmer from the time I was seven until I graduated high school. I miss it.

4) I LOVE to read, but tend to read too many books at once and I end up confused!

5) I'm far from a girly girl, but oh do I love (strong) cosmopolitans!

6) I LOVE purses, especially big ones!

7) I love indie, hardcore, and house/club/electronica/trance/industrial music... if it's local, even better!

8) I probably spend wayyy to much time online doing things for my buisness (at least that's my excuse/justification, hehe)

I will tag...

24 January 2009

I was in a treasury yesterday (:

THANK YOU AMY for including my Wonderland Bracelet in your EtsyFriend's treasury!

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Make sure to click & comment on the live version (:

Have you been in a treasury lately?


23 January 2009

Indie Discounts!

Hello readers (:

I am apart of a new blog called IndieDicounts.
IndieDicounts is a FREE place to list your sales!
It can be a sale you are having in your Etsy shop or your ArtFire store or anywhere!


It's a sister site to EtsyGiveaways, which I also "work" for (:
EtsyGiveaways is a FREE place to advertise your blog giveaway!


Submit your sale or giveaway info today and drive tons of traffic to your shop!


22 January 2009

EtsyFriend's Homemade Resolution Sale!

Bonjour mes amis!
(FR: Hello my friends!)

It's time for a sale!!

I am involved in a team wide sale going on from today (January 22) through January 25th! Make sure to check out my team's promotional blog to find amazing deals from other team members!

My Sale:
FREE GIFT with EVERY purchase made for my shop!
Mention the code EFJanSale in the 'note to seller' section at checkout and the free gift will be shipped along with your purchase!
Ends on January 25 at 11:59pm, est!

Happy Shopping!

20 January 2009

Happy Inauguration Day!!


Such a significant, historical day in our lives....

^ From the President's Church (Saint John's) this morning

^ From the festivities yesterday

^ Mr. Joe Biden at the rally my boyfriend & I went to on campus (17Oct08)

^ Mr. Joe Biden at the rally my boyfriend & I went to on campus (17Oct08)

Presidential Inauguration Timeline/ Inauguration Schedule:
9:00 a.m. VIPs begin arriving, including former presidents, governors, members of the House of Representatives, U.S. senators and cabinet designees
9:45 a.m. Platform seating begins
11:03 a.m. Former presidents announced and seated
11:12 a.m. Biden family announced and seated
11:14 a.m. Obama family announced and seated
11:16 a.m. Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Cheney announced and seated
11:18 a.m. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden announced and seated
11:20 a.m. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney announced and seated
11:22 a.m. Vice President-elect Joe Biden announced and seated
11:25 a.m. President-elect Barack Obama announced and seated
11:30 a.m. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) delivers opening remarks
11:34 a.m. Sen. Feinstein introduces Pastor Rick Warren
11:35 a.m. Invocation by Pastor Rick Warren
11:37 a.m. Sen. Feinstein introduces Aretha Franklin
11:38 a.m. Aretha Franklin sings My Country ’Tis of Thee
11:42 a.m. Sen. Feinstein introduces Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah)
11:44 a.m. Sen. Bennett introduces U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens
11:46 a.m. Vice Presidential Oath administered by Associate Justice Stevens
11:47 a.m. Sen. Feinstein introduces performers
11:48 a.m. Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Gabriela Montero, Itzhak Perlman, performing “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams
11:53 a.m. Sen. Feinstein introduces U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts
11:54 a.m. Chief Justice and President-elect Barack Obama move to podium
11:56 a.m. The Presidential Oath is administered.
11:57 a.m. Herald Trumpets perform and the U.S. Marine Corps Band plays “Hail to the Chief.” A 21-gun salute follows.
11:58 a.m. Sen. Feinstein introduces the president
12:01 p.m. Inaugural address
12:21 p.m. Sen. Feinstein introduces poet Elizabeth Alexander
12:27 p.m. Benediction given by the Rev. Joseph Lowery
12:31 p.m. Presidential party departs from platform
12:32 p.m. Departure ceremony
12:36 p.m. President and Mrs. Bush depart from the east plaza in helicopter
12:52 p.m. President’s Room signing ceremony
1:05 p.m. Statuary Hall luncheon
2:32 p.m. Review of the troops
2:36 p.m. President and Mrs. Obama, and Vice President and Dr. Biden leave with parade

^ Schedule from http://presidentialinaugurationlive.blogspot.com/


15 January 2009

My New Job....FINALLY!

FINALLY, I found a job! This means I will bring home money, which means I can buy supplies, which means I can start creating again, which means more in my Etsy shop for you to buy!!


I've finished my training last night and this morning is my first shift alllll aloneee, eek! Wish me luck??


14 January 2009

I'm Featured on Pixe's Treasure Chest!

Check it out everyone...
Pixe's has featured me today on her blog post, Pixe's Picks!
Go take a look and leave a nice comment (:

And don't forget to visit her Etsy shop too!!

Thank you!


12 January 2009

The Feature Café - New Featured Seller + Giveaway!

Make sure to check out my other blog (The Feature Café) for this week's featured seller and giveaway!


08 January 2009

Pantry Challenge 2009 Series - Part One

I follow many, many blogs regularly and as I was reading through them today I came across a new post called "The Pantry Challenge 2009" by Tanya of the Sunday Baker. I was immediately drawn in.

In her words, this is the challenge " you cannot got the the grocery store for any new food items (with the exception of staples like milk, butter, eggs, and meat) or ingredients until you have used up all the extras you have sitting in your pantry and fridge!"

Step one: Go to your pantry/cupboards/fridge/etc and write down all the extras you have inside. This is a great time to get rid of expired items and to organize.

Step two: Get creative and thrifty. Find recipes that use up the extras you have floating around. One example from Tanya, "maybe you would buy already made dinner rolls... instead, make them."

Step three: When you get down to the bare bones, go shopping again and bring home all new things. Tanya says, "it'll be the perfect time to clean everything out, and label and organize too."

I really love the idea! It will help save money and waste less! And it's the perfect time to get your pantry/cupboard/fridge/etc organized for a fresh start!

I think this challenge is helpful for everyone with a fridge, haha! Tanya encourages everyone to actively participate by taking photos, sharing our extras list, and sharing recipes.

Please check out her "Pantry Challenge 2009" post for more details on how to participate and the chance to win a full year's subscription to the 'Home and Gardens' magazine!

If you are going to participate, leave a comment! We can help give each other ideas, motivation, and we can share recipes, too!

I will share my extras list and some photos in Part Two of this series, so check back soon!

Sunday Baker


Photo credit: CountryLiving.com

07 January 2009

Businesses Run By Humans!

Businesses Run By Humans is an AMAZING handmade directory! Please click on the button about to review my etsy shop on Businesses Run By Humans! I'd really appreciate it! Thank you in advance!

As the owner says, "I love small businesses where the products and services you buy come from real people, so you won't find any mega-conglomerates here - just great services, products, and art. Enjoy!"

The owner, herself, looks at each site submission individually and decides if it works best in her directory!

Visit Businesses Run By Humans & claim your listing today!


05 January 2009


I am now a happy blog author for the EtsyGiveaways Team! Make sure to come on by and check out all the great giveaways listed in one convenient place just for you!



04 January 2009

Currently Reading: Swim To Me

Oh boy do I love to read!
Do you?
What are some of your favorite books?
What book are you currently reading?
^ Comment this blog & tell me!

I am currently reading, Swim to Me by Besty Carter. My boyfriend's mom gave it to me (along with other great things) for Christmas! The book takes place in Weeki Wachee Springs which is close to where I live here in Florida! It's an attraction with girls/women as mermaids! Like the learn to hold their breath for long periods of time, and when they need air during a show, the suck from air hoses hidden in the scenery! I grew up wanting to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee, and the girl in the book becomes one because of her love of water! I was a competitive swimmer from ages seven to eighteen.... I'm more graceful in water than on my own two feet! This book is a WONDERFUL coming of age story.

I highly recommend this book!

^ Buy this book for under $10!


03 January 2009

The Feature Café - Featured Seller + Giveaway!

Make sure to check out my other blog (The Feature Café) for this week's featured seller and giveaway!

02 January 2009


I'm back from my holiday vacation trip back home with family, and I am ready for business again! I am still working some things out (business wise), but I hope to have a whole NEW outlook on my work! I want to get ahead of the game, I want to offer new and original things, I want to "rock my shop" (thanks Jenni) this year! Wish me luck? (: I have lost of business new year resolutions!

As far as personal, my Christmas was fabulous! I finally got the KitchenAid pink stand mixer I've been wanting forever!! Austin bought me a nice set stemless wine glasses which, again, I've been wanting forever! We also got a joint gift of racquets and balls for racquetball (great gift since we have a court in our apartment complex and we are trying to get more active)! Austin's big gift was a brush guard for his Jeep and combined we got seven new movies.

New Year's was great, too! I made cosmopolitans for my aunt, my grandmother and myself. Austin and my dad light off fireworks with my little brothers. We went to Austin's house later and got in the hot tub and light off more fireworks and even some big mortars!! My trip home was a blast, it was sad to leave! Regardless, I am back to my apartment and ready for a new year! I have a few personal resolutions, and I plan to work really hard on them (:

How was your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/etc? What was your favorite gift? How was your New Year? What are some of your resolutions (business or personal)??