Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you all have fun! I'm a little sad that we are in a very rural area right now... unless the cows decide to go door-to-door, we won't have trick-or-treaters this year!
The great news is that I just dropped Bitsy #1 off at her Preschool party & got to enjoy lots of adorable little costumes on some of the sweetest little people I've ever met.
We also have plans to go to our church "trunk-or-treat" this evening. Seriously, whoever thought of this idea should get some sort of award. We have a big potluck (usually I'm 100% frightened of potlucks but this one is a chili cook-off--yay!!) and a few indoor games. Then some families decorate their car trunks and the kids walk from car to car. SO nice for the little ones who get tuckered out from walking around neighborhoods.
If the kids make it through all of that I think we'll stop by our old neighborhood to say hello to old neighbors.
Wish us luck!!

A Halloween from a few years ago--My little Piglet & Me.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Birthday Favorites Post 1

Well, my birthday is coming up. Another year gone by! I've decided to have a little fun this year and share some of my favorite things. Since I spend much of my time on Etsy, I figured I'd focus mostly on some favorites I have there.

These aren't all things I WANT for my birthday (I plan on sharing some of my favorite children's items); they're just some of my favorites.

Today I'll share a few jewelry faves:

I love the simple beauty of this adorable Silver Blossom necklace from Edor. They're having a sale right now--You should stop by. :)
Next, I'll show my fun side. I always said I wouldn't be one of those moms who embarrassed her children with what she chose to wear... What do you think, would this be too much? I am in love with this Biohazard Cuff from RunzwithScissors. She actually doesn't seem to be offering it right now, but I think I may have to request one.

But of course, I have a love for delicate, too, like these lovely aqua & black earrings from FoxyMonster. (I know, my taste is all over the place.)

And of course, so I don't leave the guys out of this one... I am absolutely in love with the shop robandlean. These rings make me want to buy a new wedding band for my husband. Seriously! I chose titanium for my husband when we got married because he works with his hands a lot and I wanted something 'sturdy'. :)
But then I saw these rings with beautiful wood accents. This titanium and wood inlay is one of my favorites:

Friday, October 23, 2009

A few new designs...

I'm sure I've said it before, but my favorite part of doing custom designs for customers is when something DOESN'T work for them! Then I get to make a few changes, make it my own, and put it up on my site! ;) Of course, sometimes I love the new design so much that I put up the one the customer chose, too.

Had a few of these this week that I plan on adding to my site soon. Someone just give me a few hours each day!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Happy Tuesday! A few random ramblings from Bitsy today:

First, do you remember you get 10% off your orders from simply by reading my blog? Yay for you! Just enter code BitsyBlog when you check out. This is perfect for holiday photo cards! I've been adding a few more.

Second, there are some excellent giveaways on Gifted Giveaways, the site I started with my dear friend BabyJewels. Make sure to stop by & enter to win! We're also taking gifting hosts right now, too. So if you would like to give away one of your products and get 6 weeks of advertising as well as great exposure, give me a shout. This is a perfect opportunity right before the holidays to let more people know about your shop/website.

And third, it sounds like the dear sweet kitty I blogged about yesterday is ours. :) Kind of a sad story, really. We did find out who the owner was and they don't want him/can't care for him. Ahwell, he has a ridiculously loving family now!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm such a softie...

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had an eventful one for sure! It's been so cold & rainy that we all had a bit of cabin fever! We were all going a bit mad until this adorable little man showed up on Grandma & Grandpa's back porch:

Now, I grew up on a small farm in a pretty rural area... so what do you do when a cat shows up on your porch? Hope it goes home! But we noticed something different about this little man. He was RIDICULOUSLY friendly and clearly had been loved.

Then we looked closer and saw this:

Yes, that's an extra toe. Utter and complete 'awesomeness' in my book. :) You see, when Mr. Bitsy & I got married, he must have said "NO PETS" about 8 million times. We then cat-sat for a friend. The cat we were watching had extra toes like this and was the most adorable little kitty I've ever met. Mr. Bitsy noticed that my stress level went down a few notches simply by having said little kitty wandering around the house.

That's when we got our sweet Muffin cat! It's been a few years & a few cats later, but Mr. Bitsy always stood by the 'one cat at a time' rule. Until he saw this special little guy on my parents' porch!

Guess what he said! "Oh I'd be fine taking him in." I had an audible gasp. Really, I did! So we brought him in out of the rain and played alllll day with the sweet guy. We've put a call in to the animal shelter to make sure he doesn't belong to anyone, but gosh we're having fun with him. I'd love for him to have a happy home, even if that means he belongs to someone else & has to leave us, but mostly I'm just amazed that Mr. Bitsy was so willing! Mostly, I think it's because he's a scientist and has some crazy excitement over the extra toes. I've never heard so many scientific terms in my life!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Funny Things... 16 Oct 09

(Spongebob, of course, belongs to Nickelodeon, not me! I promise!)

I think every mom has a few days where she feels inadequate, maybe even feels like a 'bad mother'. I definitely had that feeling yesterday!
But at least I can laugh about it.
Sigh and then laugh.

With Bitsy #2, I'm trying really hard to only give in to the pacifier desire for nap and bed times. The boy is almost 18 months old. I think he can handle that. I feel like he's a little behind with his speech. I'm blaming it on the pacifier & hoping that by taking it away, he'll be forced to open his mouth for words more. :)

Bitsy #1 is 100% obsessed with Spongebob. She would watch that show non-stop if we'd let her. I doubt she'd even stop for food. So of course, Bitsy #2 is exposed to it.

I didn't realize just how much of it he watched, though! We got these adorable little Spongebob toys--A Spongebob & a Patrick.

Guess who opened his mouth and said "papick" when he was given the Patrick toy.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Handmade Holidays Part II

I'm a little later than I hoped, but I'd love to create promotional postcards again this year! This was a big hit last year--you can have a look here for last year's:

The plan is pretty simple:
  • You send me one product photo to be added to the promotional postcard
  • I collect enough to fill it & add to card I design
  • I have them printed & add to my orders
  • If you'd like, you can purchase a few from me (I'll just ask for the cost of printing & shipping to you)
  • I'll make the print files available to you so you can have them printed for yourself to include with your own orders
  • You can also e-mail it to your customers if you have a newsletter
So just give me a shout if you're interested.

(This was the front of last year's.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Would you like to host a giveaway?

Most of you know by now that my dear from Cat from Baby Jewels & I started a giveaway & review site!

At Gifted Giveaways, we're looking for people who are willing to give away a product in return for fantastic promotion and advertising.

Since our start about one month ago, we've already gained a wonderful number followers, with more each day.

Stop by and have a look. It's an excellent way to promote your business or Etsy shop for the upcoming holidays! Please let me know if you have any questions. :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bitsy Designs on Cookies!

Yes, you read that correctly! My designs are now on delicious cookies from Gumdrop Cookie Shop! A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of working with the owner of Gumdrop Cookie Shop to create a few Hanukkah designs for her 2009 holiday collection. I was thrilled for the opportunity to try my hand at something new! And honestly, after seeing her other designs, I was flattered she chose me!

Her beautiful cookies would make absolutely any party! Or gosh, can you imagine having THESE beauties left on your doorstep around the holidays?! Delightful!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

BitsyCreations Giveaway on Steals & Deals

I'm officially an over-user of the term 'favorite'. So much so that it has become a joke in our home. My husband frequently tells me I'm his 'favorite wife' just so he can hear me say, "yes, by default since I'm your ONLY wife".

That being said, Steals & Deals really is one of my favorite blogs out there, so I am thrilled to announce that they are hosting a giveaway! Hop on over & enter to win holiday photo cards from BitsyCreations. :)

You have until October 6th to enter.
Have a fantastic weekend!


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