Monday, November 29, 2010

Bitsy Freebie: Etsy Holiday Banner


Another FREEBIE from BitsyCreations! If you have an Etsy shop, feel free to grab the banner below. You can customize it yourself to make it your own. Enjoy! (And please let me know if you have any ideas for freebies! I love to say 'thank you' to you every now & again with a freebie.)
Click on the image below to view it full size & save.


(As always, please respect that this is still my artwork. Please do not use in any other way than an Etsy banner, try to resell, or claim it as your own work. Thank you!)

An Absolutely HUGE Giveaway

I love the generosity around the Holidays!

I just found out about a HUGE, huge giveaway. You have to check it out! There are so many wonderful items you can win:
http://laurawinslowphotography.com/blog/2010/11/29/over-2000-59-shops-1-winner-the-huge-fabulous-holiday-giveaway-my-fave-things-scottsdale-photographer/

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sale this Weekend


I adore this time of year. I love the colors, the smells, the overall excitement in the air as we gather as families and friends. It makes me especially grateful for all I have.

As a thank you to my wonderful customers, I'd like to offer a sale this weekend! You can save 20% at bitsycreations.com and bitsycreations.etsy.com through Monday. (Can you believe we finally have coupon codes on Etsy?! Hooray!)

A huge thank you to my many repeat customers and to my new ones! I couldn't do this without you, your kind words, and support.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving "Casualties"

Well, it happened a bit early this year, but it came nonetheless: The Thanksgiving Casualty.

Does this happen to anyone else? You're busy baking & cooking and in the kitchen constantly, enjoying the holiday smells until...

...something breaks.

I was trying out a new pie recipe this morning. We have a very tiny, galley kitchen. I usually don't mind it much even though I always said I wanted a large kitchen since we enjoy cooking & baking. It's hard to get some things off the shelves & as I pulled out the pie dish, down came my favorite Longaberger Star Dish.


Definitely no repairing this one! It's funny how I'm such a fan of my little Longaberger collection. I never thought I would be that type of collector... it's a little too 'country' style for me. But they all remind me of my sweet Joshua. When he proposed, he put my engagement ring in a Sweetheart Basket from Longaberger.

So maybe I'll replace it & maybe I won't. The important thing is we still have our memories. And we'll make new ones this Thanksgiving & Christmas season. Hope it's a great holiday season for you all!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Kidlet Ornaments are Here!

Kidlet Ornaments are now available in my Etsy shop and on my website! They are absolutely stunning in person. A HUGE, huge thank you to DisplayIt! for the amazing printing job!


Click here to find customizable kidlet porcelain ornaments on my website.
Click here to view my Kidlet items on Etsy.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Kidlet Christmas Ornaments

I have a horrible time keeping my new projects a secret!
So here's a little sneak preview:

Monday, October 25, 2010

HP Slate Announced!



I am so excited that HP has officially announced the Slate! In case you haven't been following the tech world like I have (the big dork that I am), the Slate, in my opinion, is everything the iPad COULD and SHOULD have been. It has missing features like *ahem* a USB. That's the biggest one to me.

So watch this video. I love it! (Although I think the waiter usage of a Slate is just ridiculous... ahwell.)

The down side? It's super-expensive. The good thing is I really don't need one. I just think they're cool. ;)

Friday, October 22, 2010

$5 back if you send a photo


My Kidlet Bowls & plates are selling like hot-cakes! I'm so excited each time I hear about the sweet little boy or girl who is sure to love this gift!

So from now until January 15th, if you order any Kidlet product, you can get $5 sent back to you if you send me a photo to use! You'll pay full price when you order. Once you receive the item, snap a photo of your own Kidlet with it and email to me at info@bitsycreations.com
Once received, I'll send $5 back to you!

You can find Customizable Kidlets on my website here
or in my Etsy shop here.


Small Print:
• I will never share your personal information! If you send a photo of your child, I certainly will not say "Thank you so & so for sharing a photo of your beautiful son who lives at.... in this city...." Promise!
• When you send a photo, you're agreeing that you or someone you know took the photo & you have permission to use it. You are also allowing me to use it on my website, blog, facebook page, and/or Etsy shop.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Last-Minute Halloween


Wow, Halloween is almost here! Can you believe we'll be off to parties & trick-or-treating next weekend?! Autumn, my absolute favorite season, always seems to be stuck on Fast Forward.

From the sounds of it, I may be the only mom out there without a plan for a costume... we decided on Bitsy #1's costume months ago, but we're still stuck on Bitsy #2's!!

I found this wonderful page from Real Simple. You may want to check out this article if you're looking for an easy costume for a little one!

And remember, it's not too late to grab PRINTABLE invitations! I have two available in my Etsy shop:
Halloween Children
or

Friday, October 8, 2010

Giveaway!!

a little etsy love
Enjoy it! Giveaways don't come around too often from BitsyCreations, so hop on over to A Little Etsy Love
to enter the contest! You can win a KIDLET Plate customized to look just like the little kidlet in your life! Hooray!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

20% off for Early Birds


As a thank you for being an Early Bird, you can enjoy 20% off your order at www.bitsycreations.com! In the coming weeks, Halloween will drift away and yes, many will forget all about Thanksgiving as the stores break out their Holiday items!

Before the chaos begins, you might want to think about grabbing up your holiday photo cards (you can purchase now and send me a photo later) or perhaps a plate from my new Kidlets line! These are the perfect gifts if you're looking for something thoughtful and useful.

Just use code: Holiday20 at bitsycreations.com

Enjoy!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Halloween Freebie: Photo Cards


If you're a fan of BitsyCreations on Facebook, you may have noticed I'm hoping to have more freebies on my blog! I love to "give back" to all my wonderful customers and clients, but I never quite know what to offer. Then the awesome suggestion came of photo cards for Halloween!

So if you have little ones who are 100% adorable in their costumes and you just have to share it, why not stick a photo on one of these "e-mailable" photo greeting cards? They're FREE!

Just click on the blank photos below to see them full size, save to your own computer & pop in a photo. This can be done in most photo editing software that comes with your computer! They're the perfect size for e-mailing. (Sorry, they're not large enough to print nicely, but feel free to contact me if you'd like to purchase the larger file size.)



*Please note these designs MAY NOT be resold or used commercially for any reason. They feature original artwork by BitsyCreations and are copyright 2010.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Have a Handmade Holiday


With the leaves starting to turn color and fall off the trees, I've started thinking about how to make my holiday season special this year. We do a handful of traditional things in our family that help reinforce to our children the true meaning of Christmas. I love this time of gift-giving, though!

I've been a little overwhelmed with our toy "situation" the past few months. The toys seem to multiply overnight! I definitely don't want to stock up on more of the same old toys this year. So as I've been thinking about what to do for my own children, I thought I'd share what I have come across!

Do you know about all the patterns available on Etsy? Countless shops with talented owners make their own patterns for you to use. From knitting patterns to sewing patterns to print-your-own paper products, you're sure to find something that will make a great gift for your kids or something you can make WITH your children for friends & family. The best part is we'll definitely be saving money & creating a keepsake in the process.

So look back here for links to some amazing printables & patterns!

By Category:

Sewing patterns

Felt Tool Set by FairyFox


Make sure you check out the awesome giveaway at The Vines Branches, too! The information about it is in the Shop Announcement at TheVinesBranches.etsy.com


Max the Owl by Ginia18



Knitting patterns
Carnaby Rabbit by Fluff & Fuzz

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Well Hello!



I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted anything. Where have I been?
Searching for balance, I suppose. I'm not sure exactly why, but the last few weeks have been incredibly challenging ones in my life. Our lives seem to go in cycles and I was to one of those points where I was too overwhelmed to do everything I wanted and needed.

So things fell to the side. And unconsciously, one of them was blogging. When I stopped to think about it, I realized I need to make some time to blog because I really do enjoy it! I'm not a talker in real life. I guess I have a few key subjects that will get me going, but generally speaking, I don't share very much. I love having this outlet.

I hope to make time to blog in between all my daily duties!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Changes!

(Bitsy #1 and me... about 5 years ago--long before I ever thought of sending her off to Kindergarten.)

Bitsy #1 started Kindgergarten this week! Wowee! It is absolutely the strangest feeling to spend 5+ years with a little person--practically 24 hours a day--and then send her off to school for a full day. She has such wonderful teachers, though, I really can't think for a moment she's not in excellent hands.

But we've almost survived the first week with not too many surprises! Just one very loose tooth that came out and only one meltdown. I'd say it's been a success! We've had a very, very sad little brother at home, but we'll get used to things. Going to the grocery store with just Bitsy #2 was like going on vacation!!

So as we get used to changes around our home and in our family, I thought I'd do a little 'house-cleaning' of my business. I'll be going back to just one Etsy shop. It's a bit too much for me to handle two & it's so sad when someone who is a regular customer of my graphic design or my fabric labels will see my greetings and say "Wow! I never knew you did this..."

Back to only bitsycreations.etsy.com. Bitsysgreetings.etsy.com will be open a bit longer as I let those listings expire and move them back over to bitsycreations.

As always, thank you for your support! I'm sure now that school has started, I can free up some time to blog more.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Full Summer

We have had such a full summer. I've thoroughly enjoyed visits with family these past few months. We've been spoiled because they've mostly come to us!!

Yesterday was such a fun time. We celebrated two of my brothers' birthdays and had a very full house at Grandma & Grandpa's! One of my brothers lives in Korea, so whenever he's home (usually once a year) we try to all get together. So another brother was in town for just the day & snapped this adorable photo of Bitsy #2 at church:


What cheeks!! My parents & two of my brothers sat behind us yesterday at church--I got to watch as my little two year old slipped under the pew & squeezed himself between my brothers. My heart was so full! So wonderful to see everyone yesterday and so sad to see those who live far away go back. Family, though we are not perfect, is such a wonderful blessing.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The End is Near....


Has this summer just been eating your time up, too? Between the heat, the visitors we've had, and school coming, I've been away from blogging too long!

So here we are... two weeks away from school. Have I mentioned my "baby" is going off to Kindergarten? I just don't know what I'll do. I'm so used to having my dear around, but she is so completely ready to go. It will be wonderful for her to make some new friends and have time away from her little brother who adores her, of course, but also smothers her just a tad.

We're getting ready buying our supplies and labeling it. Yes, for one of the very first times, I am using my own fabric labels! It was a little difficult for me to print out sweet little fabric labels with a hippo (her favorite) and my daughter's name...

I've been getting a bunch of orders from other moms doing the same thing: getting the kids ready to send to school. So please remember that I'm thinking of all the first-time-school-moms! And remember that my labels are perfect for ironing onto school items, not just your businesses.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

And the winners are... (Kidlet Giveaway)

The winners of the Kidlet plate or stationery giveaway are:

"JLK"

and

"Creativeismessy"

Congratulations to you both! I'm so excited to see how you feel about the new line.
Thank you for all who entered!

 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Giveaways

Just a little reminder that the Kidlet Stationery & Plate giveaway ends THIS week! So go enter if you haven't already.

Also this week, you can win a $25 gift certificate for BitsyCreations on Soap Deli News!


I'm having fun with my Kidlet launch, as you can see. Enjoy!

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Logo Design

(Logo design by BitsyCreations. Please visit our site for more details.)

I've had the wonderful opportunity to work with Ceci from PheePhee Bowtique to create a new logo package for her business. We're so pleased with the end result of a new logo, business cards, stickers, Etsy banner, and bow cards for her absolutely adorable hair accessories.

Have a look at the new designs & make sure you stop by her Etsy shop to see her fabulous work! PheePhee Bowtique can also be found on facebook here.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

If you just can't wait...

...then you're a lot like me. I was going to wait to start listing my Kidlet products until I was ready to list EVERYTHING, but then I thought, "Why not list a little at a time?" Spread things out.

So our very first Kidlet item ready for purchase is a sheet of PRINTABLE Mommy (or Daddy) Cards! I just love printables. Purchase once & keep on printing!


Friday, July 16, 2010

Daughter's Room: Why I Love Etsy

As I'm sure you've read, our recently purchased first home is quite a fixer-upper. We are in love with it despite the amount of work needed. Luckily, most of the projects can be done little-by-little, one room at a time.

We have Bitsy #1's room almost there! The big project left is to replace the closet doors. All the closet doors in our house are full length (up to the ceiling) sliding particle board. Yuck.

But as I looked around the almost-complete room, I realized how much I love Etsy. Let me show you what I mean:
Embellished lanterns from the lovely Chic EMbellish. (You can sort of see those nasty closet doors.)

Adorable artwork from Electric Bluebird, found so long ago I don't think she even does artwork anymore--awesome clothes, though! (And the sweet little dancers are from the Kennedy Center--not Etsy.) ;)

Awesome and ridiculously functional hair bow holder from Princess MiMi Designs! Not to mention it's filled with tons of bows & barrettes from Etsy shops like Love 2 Sparkle Boutique and Celeste & Co.


And we had so much fun with this project! We grabbed some old picture frames from Grandma & covered them with fabric from This and That From Japan. We had such a hard time deciding on fabric because her selection is HUGE and very, very unique.
(The middle one is actually some extra we had around here, though. We have red toile curtains in other parts of the house, so we thought the pink toile here was an excellent way to tie things together.)

I'm so happy with how everything came together. I honestly didn't expect to love all this pink, but a beautiful dusty rose shade changed my mind. (My photos and a cloudy day did not do this color justice.) It's so wonderful to think back on how I met some of the women behind these Etsy shops. A few came to me for design work & we became fast friends and I get to enjoy the amazing talent out there every time we're in this room now!




Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kidlets Giveaway


Some of you may have been around as I've been hinting at my latest project! They're almost ready to go and I'm more excited than words can express.

Introducing...
Customizable Kidlets from BitsyCreations is a new line of--you guessed it--customizable products!

They're not quite ready for public purchase & I need your help to get to that point! What better way to do that than host a giveaway? ONE winner will receive a set of stationery including 10 greeting cards and envelopes. ANOTHER winner will receive a customized plate! The best part is that the winners can customize even more than just the characters--I can add balloons and make them birthday plates, I can add a polka dot background, I can add another character if you'd like these for your children & you have more than one.

(*Please note: Greeting cards are printed on heavy white linen cardstock with matching envelopes, plates are custom printed melamine and take a bit longer to get in the mail to you.)



You can click on any of the images to view them at a larger size.
Now, TO ENTER, each comment counts as one entry:
(1) Make a comment here & tell me what type of product you'd like to see me create with the Kidlets--greeting cards, mommy cards, plates, placemats, invitations, you name it!
(2) Follow my blog & comment here
(3) Post about this giveaway on your blog, facebook, or twitter & comment here WITH A LINK.
(4) Become a fan of BitsyCreations on Facebook.
Giveaway ENDS July 30th.

Monday, July 12, 2010

SuperMom: Jaimee of Bushel and Peck Paper

As part of our 2010 SuperMoms of Summer Feature, today I'm excited for you to meet Jaimee of Bushel and Peck Paper (very recently formerly http://www.modernclassicskids.com/) Jaimee, mom to a wonderful 6 year old son, is a woman after my own heart as she shares my love of paper!


Jaimee always knew she wanted to stay at home once she and her husband had a child. She says, "My husband and I knew before we started a family that I would stay home with the baby. It's how I grew up and with my Mother and I wouldn't want it any other way for my child. We were lucky enough that it all worked out and I'm able to stay home. BUT, I'm one of those people who can't sit idle. I NEED a project at all times...it's how I relax. Actual "Relaxing" makes me anxious! (I need to work on that :) So, with the encouragement of friends and family, I decided to start my own little business."


I feel like it happens this way for many moms who are either already stay at home moms or are working full time outside of the home and would rather be home with their children.


Jaimee is inspired by her little man who just graduated from kindergarten. He enjoys sitting with her in her studio as she creates. With dreams of one day opening her own brick & mortar store, she has the support of her loving husband and knows to put her family first.

Have a look at Jaimee's wonderful work and I assure you, you will be inspired & understand why she says, "if you can dream it, you can do it!"



www.BushelandPeckPaper.com

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

A love-hate relationship

Photo can be found at

I never thought I'd have a love-hate relationship with electricity, but lately I've noticed I do. I guess it started last week. Our power went out a few times during the night. Just flickered on & off, but it was enough to have to reset all the clocks, the baby monitor, etc. Then we noticed electric company trucks all over our neighborhood the whole week.

Followed by the air conditioner breaking, the microwave taking out the entire kitchen's power whenever we used it, and one of our heaters being stuck on the on position...

Then yesterday, we got a notice on our door that the power company would be turning off our power between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Yes, that's right. In the middle of a heat wave. Sure it's at night, but it still only gets down to 75 degrees. Our neighborhood is full of elderly couples and lots of small children. I'm worried that many will get heat-related problems.

And while that makes me so grateful for what I do have in electricity, sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I didn't have to bother with it, either. I mean, I do already fall asleep when the sun goes down & wake up with the boy at 4 or 5 a.m.! What difference would it make to not have lights after dark!? ;)

Yes, my favorite things all use electricity. I'm addicted to my computer. I love my t.v. And I sure love not sitting out in the 105+ degree weather this week.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Toys, toys, toys

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Sounds like a lot of us will be playing catch up this week after Canada Day and Independence Day! With 100+ degree weather, we didn't last too long outside... our house was starting to look like this...
...so one of the projects on our list is to go through the toys. I keep wondering if the toys multiply overnight. We have way too many. The kids insist they play with all of them, so our project will most likely be akin to pulling teeth.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oh Twilight Fans

For all the Twilight fans out there, have you heard about the new book? The Short Life of Bree Tanner is available to be read online for FREE until July 5th:
http://breetannerbook.libredigital.com/index.html
Of course, you can also purchase an actual book. It's based on a character from Eclipse (the third book in the Twilight series). I found it very interesting as it gives you a different perspective; it's written in the words of Bree Tanner, one of the newborn vampires.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Amazing People

Do you ever have days you just can't watch the news or pick up a newspaper? I know I do. It's hard for me to have hope for our future. I look at my children & wonder what the world will be like when they're my age.

What a horrible attitude to have, I know. So most days I try hard to look for the good. As soon as I put forth the effort, I don't have to look very hard. There are so many wonderful people out there looking for ways to make the world a better place.

As lofty a goal as that is, I fully believe we do it one step at a time, one good act at a time.
Today, if you'd like to be uplifted, please visit this site.
http://www.margaretshopechest.com/

After the tragic death of her grandmother, Carin decided to start Margaret's Hope Chest, "a quilting non-profit providing hope and comfort to those in need." Have a look & see how you can help out. You can also visit the blog here: http://margaretshopechest.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 21, 2010

Seven Years


Seven years ago, my Joshua & I were married in the Washington, D.C. LDS temple. It was the best decision I've ever made.

Happy anniversary to my wonderful husband who loves and respects me, makes me laugh, is an excellent father, and makes the best chocolate cheesecake ever. ;)

I will gladly spend eternity with you.

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