Thursday, July 21, 2011

My First Blog Award!


Yay!! I was chosen by the amazing Tiffany at My Lemonade Dreams, for this fabulous award!

The rules of this blog award are :
*I must share 7 things about myself
and
*I must share the love by awarding 7 other bloggers!

So here we go!

1: I adore Harry Potter! I have a huge collection of memorabilia including one of the original Hogwarts train sets, that I am very proud of. :)

2: I LOVE to sew. I adore it, find it so relaxing, and am happiest coming up with new outfits for my sweet baby girl, who is no longer a baby.

3: My celebrity crush is Gordon Ramsey. I think he is so cute and passionate about food. No wonder I married a fantastic cook!

4: I still call my mom, mama. I am 30 years old and get made fun of because of this but I will call her mama forever.

5: I love video games! I play with my husband all the time and my favorite games are Gears of War, Devil May Cry, and Resident Evil.

6: I watched the movie Cujo at the drive in when I was 5 and am still scared to death of St. Bernard dogs. Yep, can't even watch the Beethoven movies.

7: My super power is that I know where everything is. My husband looses a belt I know exactly where it is. My daughter leaves a toy outside and can't find it, I go out with a flash light and track it down. If it's missing come ask me and I'll locate it. :)

Now, here are my tagged blogs!
1: Pamela at batesmercantileco.blogspot.com

2: Jill at printasticdesigns.blogspot.com

3: Eva at eva-vintagedreamer.blogspot.com

4: Nicole at www.nicolelongphotography.com

5: Thespa at vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com

6: Lauren at marie-antoinettequeenoffrance.blogspot.com

7: And the lovely Tobi at pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy 4th of July!


I hope everyone has a lovely and safe Independence Day!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Marie Antoinette Ornaments

I decided to try a few Marie Antoinette themed ornaments. My fellow etsian Chic Decor Treasures is doing a FABULOUS Christmas in July sale and she inspired me to do a little too. You can check out her wonderful shop here.

Anyway back to it. I purchased these great Marie themed clips and have had these glass ornaments hanging around forever. They have a little sprinkle of glitter and are filled with pink tulle.


I really like how they turned out. Very Marie.

Well,I better get some things done around here but I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sunshine and Blue Skies

All it took was two pieces of fabric that happened to be laying side by side to give me inspiration.

A lovely canary yellow and sky blue fabric is the reason for my newest creations.

I made a sweet rosette necklace and Miss M loved it! I helped her draw a sun to help me with my photo for my etsy shop.



This is a lovely statement ring that is complete with a vintage button.



And, finally here are a pair of chandelier earrings.


If you like what you see, these items are available at my etsy shop, Madi's Treasures. You can get there by clicking the store front to the right of your screen.

I hope everyone has had a good week so far.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bubble Guppies Cupcakes


Hello all! I have been super busy and it doesn't seem to slow down. I just thought I would pop in a share a little goodie with you.

Today at M's preschool was her Summer birthday party. So many kids in the class have summer birthdays and the teacher's thought it would be nice if they got a chance to celebrate their birthday early with the class. Well today was M's big day and I decided to make Bubble Guppies cupcakes for her, with help from etsy of course!

The Bubble Guppies is a newish show on Nick Jr. that M just LOVES! We watch it all the time and have all the episodes on the DVR. It's a great show that teaches them a lot and has some awesome songs.


I got these great Bubble Guppies images from this fantastic etsy seller nimsyky. Prices are great and they emailed them to me super fast. Check them out here. I used colored party toothpicks and glued the cutouts to them with hot glue. I cut off the pointed ends of the toothpicks to make them safe for kiddos.


Anyway, everyone loved them and I thought they were cute. :) I hope everyone has a great day.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Etsy Feature Friday

This is a new segment for my blog. I am using this and future features to promote some great people and introduce a shop that you may not know about.

Today's feature is Jill with Printastic Designs! Here is a little about Jill.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration in many things, some of which are nature, art, animals, and especially my family and my faith in God. A lot of my wall designs are family and home oriented. For example, there is a listing in my shop now with a little girl blowing the dandelion flower. This design was inspired by my 4 yr old who loves to pick dandelions almost every day. I love the simply fact that she sees a beautiful flower, when most everyone else sees a useless weed.

How long have you been doing this?
I have always been the creative type, and I've wanted to run my own business for as long as I can remember. I loved art class all through school, and developed a major interest in computers in high school. Combining these two favorites, I went to college for Graphic Design. Shortly after I graduated, I started working in the Art Dept of a small plaque casting foundry, where I am still employed. When the economy slowed down a few years ago and our hours were cut back at work, I finally made the decision to start up a small graphics business from my home that consisted of reselling printed products (business cards, flyers, postcards etc.) with my designs. I have a website, blog, and a facebook page in addition to my Etsy shop which all enable me to sell online as well as locally through word of mouth. I still only work at it part time, but I have expanded into reselling small signage, and now do my own vinyl wall designs which I sell on Etsy.
As far as when I officially started my business, I set up my website the summer of 2008 and have been slowly gaining momentum ever since. There are several entrepreneurs in my family so I've grown up with some great role models and hopefully one day, like them, I will be able to break away from my day job and work completely for myself.

Do you take custom orders?
Of course! Although I have a good selection of stock wall art designs on my website, I love custom orders. I enjoy discussing ideas with a customer who is excited about the project and has a good grasp of what they want. I always learn something new when trying to come up with a design to match my customer's vision and this push to do more, and learn more in order to please my customer is one of my favorite parts of being a graphic designer.
Logo design, Vinyl Wall Expressions and the printed products that I sell all have one thing in common. They all require some kind of design intended to catch the eye and draw attention to the information being displayed, so in my opinion, the best kind of sign is a unique one.

Favorite things?
There are so many.....
My family scrapbooks, works of art, interior vinyl, computers, art pens and colored pencils, a warm fireplace and a good book, handmade journals, lazy summer days, home made ice cream, dogs, cats and almost any other animal you can think of, cabins in the mountains, and the ocean among many others.

Jill's Etsy Shop


You can check out Jill's fabulous designs here, at her etsy shop and be sure to stop by her blog here.

A little hiccup...

As you can probably see I have no giveaway ready like I promised. The item is 85% complete but I am waiting for a crucial piece. It was supposed to be here on Tuesday and now it's not going to arrive until Monday, maybe Saturday if I'm lucky. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. I will not be doing business with this company again.

Anyway, I figured I would do something fun and take a chance to promote a shop on etsy that I think is the bee's knees. I have met some lovely people and joined some fantastic teams and I think that may be one of the reasons my shop is getting some much needed exposure.

I think we will call my little segment Spotlight Seller Friday, creative huh?

So, stay tuned and I hopefully will have a seller ready to promote in a few.

jamie

Monday, April 25, 2011

Big News!!!

Hello all!! Things have been going really well lately. I received my first custom order for a wedding, I am meeting some wonderful etsians, and Easter was fantastic!!

Speaking of Easter my sweet baby M has been talking about a rainbow Easter egg for over a week, thanks to Team Umizoomi. The Easter bunny ;) was able to get one for her! Made from a clay egg and crayola paint it was simple to do just a little frustrating at 2 am. I had one very happy girl on Easter morning.


So who else is excited for the royal wedding? I am!! It's my first and I love a royal love story. I made this lovely necklace in celebration of this event and inspired by the future Princess Kate's engagement ring.


Also here is another new item available at my etsy shop. It's a vintage glitter glass shaker. We all know that glitter glass in expensive and a little goes a long way so here is a nifty way to sprinkle just the right amount.


Well, I should be going so I can get to bed. Before I go I wanted to share a little treat with you. On Thursday I will be doing a special giveaway for one of my newest items so check back and be sure to enter! I am so excited about my first giveaway! I hope everyone has a great night!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sweet Pea Garden Sprite

Hello all! I have been a busy bee, working on my etsy, crafting, scapbooking, working, and getting over a flu bug. Yuck! It's nice to have a moment to put my feet up and blog.

I just wanted to show you all one of the newest things I have been working on. It's called mixed media art and I think it came out really cute.



Well I hope everyone has a great day and don't forget to to click on my etsy store front to the right of your screen and check out all of my new goodies. :)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Shabby Easter Banner

I have seen some amazing fabric banners around lately and I have fallen in love with them. I decided to try my hand at making one for my mom for Easter.

I used some pink muslin fabric and a cute Easter print. I made two triangle patterns that were different sizes and sewed them together at the top. I made a total of six pennets and them placed them together with a strip of the pink fabric. I added some white satin ribbon on the ends to give a little give for tying. I think it came out pretty cute even though I didn't have any pinking shears.

I also have been working a lot on my etsy shop. I re-worked some of my photos so that my items stand out a bit and there isn't too much going on in the background.




Anyway, I hope everyone has a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Hello!! Sorry I haven't posted in awhile but I have been really busy. I have been planning Spring activities for M, trying to get her into a pre-k summer program ( I succeeded), and scrap booking. I am really behind on my scrapbooks and need to get moving. I have all the stuff to do it just not the time. Also, I have been thinking of ways to get my etsy shop to look more professional. I am working out new photo ideas to make my items appeal more to prospective buyers.

I have also been working on some new items for my shop. I decided to put more work into hand bags and have been sketching ideas for that. I made this darling owl tote for my shop but I decided to keep it for myself. I love it that much.

I used some cute blue and green spring fabric and made an owl applique. I hand stitched the owl together and used chocolate colored corduroy fabric for the basic bag.





Well, I better get off here. I have a lot to do today and I am burning daylight. I hope everyone has a great Thursday and I will try to update this weekend. I do have to make a St. Patrick's Day skirt for M for her school party and a few other crafts to do and hopefully I will get them on here for you all. :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Love Is All Around

This weekend I have been working on three sweet skirts for three sweet girls. My own bug and bug's cousins Miss R and Miss C.

I wanted to do something nice for my girls for their upcoming Valentine's Day parties at school so I decided to make them all skirts. I love Valentine's Day because of all the pink and red, a few of my favorite colors.

My bug is in love with Olivia the pig and her Valentines for school are Olivia themed. I wanted to make her a skirt to wear to her party out of this amazing Olivia fabric that I found on etsy. I used the last of my black polka dot fabric for the ruffles and I think it was a nice touch. I love the way it turned out and later I am going to make her some hair bows to go with it.

For Miss R. I found this great Littlest Pet Shop fabric on clearance at Wal-Mart. Miss R. loves the pet shop pets and I love this fabric because it is pink with yellow hearts all over. I added a little green ruffle on it to give it some twirl power.


Last but not least I worked on this cupcake skirt for Miss C. I have had this fabric laying around for a year waiting for the right time to use it. I love how it came out and the polka dot ruffle completes it perfectly.


I love how they all came out and the girls loved them too. I like making original skirts like this because in a small town with limited options you always run into someone else who has what you have but these are one of a kind.

Also, I wanted to share with you all my mom's Valentine's Day tree. She picked up this little pink tree on clearance last Christmas and every holiday it is decorated to the nines to celebrate the holiday. Here is her Valentine's one and I adore it. Mom has such a talent for decorating trees and wreaths. I love that lady!


Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week and stop by later this week. I should have some new items to share with you. :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Romantic Marie Antoinette Bottles

I have been working on some Marie Antoinette bottles for the last few days. It's no secret that I love the notorious queen and I am inspired by her in almost all the crafts I do. Almost, the other inspiration is my lovely daughter.

Anyway, back to my newest items. I took a vintage bottle and added some terrific Marie clip art, lace, and a clay rose. My other bottle isn't vintage, it came from Michael's and is along the same lines as the first. It's filled with faux rose petals.



I love how they turned out. You can check them out at my Etsy shop, just click on my store front on the left of the screen.

My mom also has been working and made this darling Valentine's Day special delivery. It's a little pink mailbox, with rose decals, and filled with a sweet pink bird, feathers, and some green foliage.




So that's what I have been working on this past week. I also want to tell everyone Happy New Year! It's a great time to change your life. I have a few resolutions that will be great for my little family and will hopefully come to be this summer. Fingers crossed.

I hope everyone has a great day!