Saturday, November 20, 2010

More Vintage Style Christmas Delights!

I have been busy trying to get things done between custom orders and getting orders shipped. But I am determined to get some Christmas Goodies done besides the my custom ordered Christmas Goodies. LOL I make more in custom orders than I do to sell in my shoppes. LOL At least I get to make some pretty Christmas stuff. It is my favorite holiday to decorate and craft for. Valentines is my second favorite. :) Anyway, check out my new Goodies and let me know what you think. Feedback is very important to me as I create what I think you all want. So if I'm not making what you want, then I need to know. :) Have a Gorgeous Holiday Season to All! Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New for Christmas 2010

I know I don't get a chance to blog that often, and most certainly not as often as I would like, but with family and orders and everything else that happens in life sometimes you just have to take cuts in other places. I have been busy working on new Christmas items for this season, although a little late in the game probably, but better than never. :) Check out my Vintage Style Christmas Trees and Christmas Gazebo Displays. I think they turned out so adorable. I also added a few wall hangings that would look Lovely even hanging from a door or drawer knobs. They all have lots of Vintage Goodies that I used to decorate them with. So check them out and let me know what you think. If you like what you see then visit my Etsy Shoppe TheShabbyBoutique to check out more Cottage and Vintage Style Christmas and Home Decor items!

Hugs and Blessings to All!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Featured on a Blog!

I want to say Thank You ever so much to Eaindar from Crafty Dream for Featuring one of my items on her blog. She featured my Pink Roses Wire Basket in a collage of Cottage Roses items. If you get a chance stop by her blog, tell her I sent you and give her a big "Hello!". She has a Gorgeous blog that I'm sure you will love to peruse through. You can find my Cathrine Klein Pink Roses Wire Basket here!




Monday, August 9, 2010

A Gathering of Thoughts is having another Give-A-Way!

My dear Sweet Friend Rebecca over at A Gathering of Thoughts is having another Sweet Give-A-Way! She's giving away a Gorgeous Pillow and some Hand Painted Roses Ornaments. So head on over to her Blog and sign up. It ends on August 12th, 2010 so you better hurry! :)

So Sweet Handpainted Ornies

So Sweet Pillow

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My new friend is having a Give-a-way!

Hello My Lovely Followers! I just wanted to pop in and let you all know that my new friend Rebbecca over at A Gathering Place is having a Give-a-way to celebrate the re-oping of her website A Gathering Place. She is giving away a Lovely old Hand Painted (with what you say? Pink Roses of course!) Sewing Table Drawer and a Lovely Sachet Pillow. So go check out her blog A Gathering of Thoughts and sign up for her Grand Re-opening Give-a-way!

Hugs to you All!
Jewel ;o)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Paper Dolls Garland Craft Kit is Here!

You have patiently been waiting and I know it had been killing you! But they have arrived! Get your Paper Dolls Garland Craft Kit Here TODAY! I have them listed in my Crafting Confections Etsy Shoppe, but if you purchase on the Pre-Order button on my last Blog Post, you will get yours for $5 off. I will only be making a limited number of these Craft Kits and most of them will be saved back for a show I'm doing this fall. But these are Great Fun to do with your kids this summer or to give as gifts to your favorite crafter or do yourself. And How Cute Are They? Aren't they Adorable? Of course yours will be different than mine or anyone elses, but just the dresses without any embellishments are just so darn Cute themselves. :) Take a Peek at the one I created.

And look at all of the Gorgeous Vintage and New Embellishments that you get with your Craft Kit. I had lots of stuff left over when I got finished with my Paper Dolls Garland, so I'm sure you will have everything you need to decorate them. Of course you can add your own embellishments too to make them unique and all your own. :)

You get all sorts of Goodies with you Paper Dolls Garland Kit:
* 6 Paper Doll Dresss
* Vintage Seam Binding Ribbon
* Ric Rac Trim
* Mini Pom Pom Fringe
* Vintage Silver German Glass Glitter
* Vintage Style Forget Me Nots
* Velvet Ribbon
* Vintage Lace

More Crafting Confections "Sweet As Pie" Craft Kits Coming Soon! So Keep Watching! :)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Be On The L@@kout For My Latest Craft Kit!!!!

I have been busy in my Studio recently putting together some fun Craft Kits that are so Adorable! I will be adding them shortly to my Crafting Confections Etsy Shoppe. But for now here is a sneak peek!...Hugs...Jewel ;o)

I will only be making a limited number of these Paper Doll Garland Craft Kits. So if you would like to pre-order yours today to make sure you get your kit when I get them all finished up, then click below to purchase your Kit Now.

This particular kit will include the following embellishments and more:

* Vintage Silky Rayon Seam Binding Ribbon
* Ric Rac Trim
* Mini Pom Pom Fringe
* Vintage German Glass Glitter
* Vintage Style Velvet/Flocked Forget Me Nots
* Velvet Ribbon
* Vintage Lace

Friday, May 28, 2010

What to do for your Wedding Registry if you want your Gifts from the Handmade Community

As we approach June, the season for weddings, we all know someone who is getting married or getting married ourselves. Me, I'm fortunate to already be married to the most Amazing man on this planet and have a Wonderful family. But to those getting married it is so frustrating trying to get registered somewhere. Where do I register? Do they really have all that I want? Is it really what I want? And for those of us who already have a household and don't really need anything per say, but would maybe just like some things to blend in with our already decorated home or perhaps have that room you would like to re-do, but don't really have the money to do it. With the Go Green or Buy Handmade attitude that we are getting today, maybe we want to help save the environment or help support an artisan with Vintage, Handmade, Repurposed or Upcycled gifts of our choosing.

My answer is simple. Find a site such as Etsy where you can find Quality Handmade, Vintage, Upcycled or Repurposed items that you Love. Create an account there and add all of the items that you want to your Favorites. Then in with your invitations, in emails to your quests or you can even make up business cards to hand out with the URL of your Account on them. Tell your guests to go there and pick from your Favorites for your gifts. Then you know you will be getting exactly what you really want, so you won't have to return 10 toasters. LOL They will be One of a Kind, Unique and Truly You....Hugs...Jewel ;o)

These would be my picks! :)

To see this registry and view and the items in it listed for sale, go Here!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Marie Antionette LET THEM EAT CAKE Place Settings / Chair Hangers

I got an email from one of my clients a couple of weeks ago. She had purchased my Marie Antoinette "Let Them Eat Cake" Note Cards to use for her little girls' Birthday Party Invitations. She asked me if I could make some sort of Place Setting Cards/Chair Hangers for all of the little girls at the party and I took the challenge. This is what I came up with. These turned out so Adorable I decided to add them to my Romantic Inspirations Etsy Shoppe.

They are 5"x7" and are created from the imagery I used to make the note cards. I printed them on heavy cardstock and then I hand glittered each one with Vintage Silver German Glass Glitter. This one pictured was the one for the Birthday Girl, the others just had their name without Princess so the Birthday Girl was a little more special. :) I then added some Vintage Seam Binding Ribbon Bows in two different shades of pink and extra for hanging on the back of the chairs. I topped it all off with Vintage Style Millinery Forget Me Nots. Aren't they so Sweet?

I can do them in any theme or from imagery from any of my existing note cards or gift tags in my shoppe. I can also do party hats, cupcake toppers and much more to give your party an overall theme.

These would be great for Bridal Showers, Dinner Parties, Luncheonettes, Baby Showers, Parties, Masquerades and more. Order yours today here! :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Featured on Another New Blogland Friends Blog

I want to Thank another gal blogger for featuring one of my Shabby Vintage Wares on her blog. She included my Sweet Cottage Vintage Chippy Wire Basket along some other fellow artisans in her piece on "Beautiful Shabby Chic Style Home Decor". Here is a link to view her blog, you can tell her Jewel send you there. :) If you don't want to follow the link, here is the basket she used which is available, for now, in my Etsy Shoppe TheShabbyBoutique.

I have been working hard on getting all of my Etsy Shoppes organized and straightened out, as well as get back to the roots of what Shabby Boutique is about. And that is Romantic Home Decor. The past few years I have been concentrating on web design, graphic design, stationary and gift tags as well as new and vintage craft supplies. I had taken a break from the Home Decor end of things after I closed down my brick and mortar shop due to too many issues with trying to take care of my grandmother after she fell and broke her hip. It was just too much to run a shoppe, take care of her and take care of my own family. My shoppe was my Dream, but just not the right time. My family comes first. I will do it again, but later when the kids and family don't need me so much. :) My craft supplies have been packed up in the garage, but I have finally felt like getting back in the home decor chair and bring you all some lovely home decor items. I will still be doing the stationary, craft supplies, web design, etc,. as it is all part of what I do and Love doing, just refocusing again. So be on the look out for new items coming soon! I have also been digging some of my items out that I had made several years ago for the shoppe and already have a few of those items listed.

If you are interested in my craft supplies line you can go to CraftingConfections on Etsy and for my stationary and gift tags you can go to RomanticInspirations. I will be moving my graphic design, business card, banners, and digital collage sheets over to a new shoppe soon as well. But I still don't have a name for it and I want to get the shoppes that I already have squared away first. I am also wanting to start doing jewelry again as well and I'm not sure if I want to open a new store for that, or combine it with RomanticInspiration or TheShabbyBoutique. I really need to get my website back up and going again so I can have everything under one roof again, but I just don't have the time right now. And I do Love Etsy and I do enjoy selling from there. It has been such a pleasurable experience over the last two years and I have met so many wonderful people there. Which is probably why I haven't been in too big of a hurry to get my own website going again.

I am leaving eBay though. I will leave a few templates listed for a while, but I will be closing my eBay store. Their fees have just gone outrageous and then to pay for a store and have to pay an exuberant amount of listing fees as well and then have like 12% of the final value fees also go to them. Then they own PayPal and they take fees out there as well. No Thank You! They are trying to become something that they are not as well as something that they weren't started or meant to be. It's no fun anymore and the policies that they keep putting in place to overpower the buyer and tip the scales in their favor instead of having an even playing field. I don't think anyone is really happy there anymore unless you are a drop shipper or large company selling tons of items a month. As for the small businesses or the little guy, it just not worth it anymore. I'm not sure why companies don't understand the principal of, "If it's not broke, don't fix it".

I will still be here though, I'm not going anywhere, just down a different path. So to the thousands of you that bought eBay templates, storefronts, etc,. from me in the past, present or future, I am still here to help or answer questions or support those templates and eBay stores. Don't worry about that. And I will still do custom graphics for eBay for you as well. I do what I Love and I Love what I do! :)

Well, I guess that's it for now! I will chat with you all later! Hugs and Blessings to you All!

Jewel ;o)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My New Blogger Friend Posted One of My Pics.

I have made a Wonderful new friend in the blogger world. Here name is Torie Jayne and she used one of my pics of my childrens Easter eggs from my Flick'r pool on her blog for her Sunday Faves. Go Check Her Out! :)

You can visit Torie Jayne Here!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Cottage Arts Swap Group

Wow! It has been a while hasn't it? :( This year has already been so busy it's been hard to keep up with everything, so a few things have to be put on the back burner. I guess my blog is one of those things.

I did want to let you all know that I have started a Cottage Arts Swap Group. It will only be open to 50 members at this time to keep it small and personal so that you can get to know the other members. We will also hold our members to high standards when it comes to the swaps, as well as their conduct. We will be doing this because, how many times have you been in a swap and put your heart and soul into it and listened to what your swap partner wanted and then been utterly disappointed in what you received from your partner? We have all been there. I myself have been in over 20 swaps and have only been really proud of what I received a handful of times. It's not that I don't appreciate what I got. That's not it. I just felt that either my partner didn't listen to my likes and dislikes, didn't put into it what I did or just sent a bunch of stuff bought at the store or found around the house.

So, I decided to start a group for those of us who believe in putting our heart and soul into swaps and sending things that are vintage or handmade or supplies or things that we really want. Not that it's not great to receive something that is different from what you normally would like, think outside of the box, but it's just nice to have someone listen to you as well.

So, if you would like to join the group, then sign up. You will need to send up pics of things you have sent in swaps or send us a link to pics of items you sent to be allowed in the group. But wouldn't you rather be wowed by your swap partner than disappointed?