It’s Day Four of the Fiesta of Fabulous Forty-ness!! Are we having fun yet?!
I have many crafty friends. I don’t mean crafty as in sly or manipulative, I mean crafty as in they make creative and cute projects like Martha Stewart would do. I wish I were more crafty. In high school I took home economics. We were required to make stuffed animal pillows. One of the football players in my class finished my shark pillow so I wouldn’t fail the project. That’s not a bit embarrassing.
I even have friends who have set up their own little shops on Etsy to sell their crafts. (Is it just me or does anyone else get “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” song stuck in his/her head every time he/she hears the word “Etsy”?) I don’t even know what “Etsy means, but I do know that it’s a fabulous place to find amazing handmade stuff. Let me introduce you to three four of my friends who have Etsy shops. (UPDATED: When I first wrote this post I only remembered that three friends had Etsy shops, but while I was mostly absent from the blog world a few weeks ago, another friend entered the world of Etsy! I want you to know about her shop, too! And having FOUR Etsy shop friends on the FOURTH day of the FIESTA of FABULOUS FORTY-NESS is such FANTASTIC and FORTUITOUS alliteration that I could FAINT from the FUN!)
Renae is a friend from college who makes the cutest personalized buckets, bags, bibs, and the like. She even has a few of those vinyl stickers that everyone’s using on their walls these days. Her Etsy shop is called “Tree Frog Creations.” Click on the name of the shop and you can see her stuff. I see some great teacher gift ideas in there.
Kellie is a friend I’ve made through blogging. Her blog, La Vida Dulce, was one of the first blogs I started reading. She lives near CarpoolQueen so the three of us had the chance to go to dinner during a visit to N.C. this year. Kellie is a precious, gracious friend and with her new embroidery machine, Clinton (yes, it has a name), she makes the most beautiful aprons, bags, tool belts, pencil holders, and apparently even scarves! Kellie’s Etsy shop is La Vida Dulce Sweet Shop by Coffeegal. Oh, look! I even see some Christmas towels!
Tanya is a friend who lives completely in my computer. We’ve never met or even talked on the phone. I found her blog through Kellie and CPQ (I think). She’s a writer and freelance editor. She writes for several blogs. If you go to her primary blog, In the Dailies, and look on the right-hand side, you can see her other blogs. Her Etsy shop combines two of my favorite things: books and accessories. She makes the cutest book purses you’ve ever seen. The purses are made from actual books, but bibliophiles, don’t faint! The insides of the book are rebound and preserved. If you want, you can even purchase the rebound book! You can read all the details at Tanya’s Etsy store, Zaties.
Becca is another completely-in-my-computer friend. Becca and her husband have an amazing ministry in inner-city Atlanta. They have the most adorable just-turned-one little girl. Becca’s blog, The Stanley Clan, is about their precious little family and their ministry. I have fallen in love with sweet Becca and am so impressed by the depth and wisdom I see in her. I keep sending friends who have a passion for ministry to her blog because I just know they’ll be inspired and encouraged by her. Becca’s Etsy shop is called BG Doodles and Designs (I think she and one of her friends do the shop together, if I’m remembering correctly.) Becca has precious hair bows, hand painted items, handmade stationery, precious little girls’ dresses…it’s a smorgasbord of good stuff!
So, for today’s present I am offering you $5 to spend in each of these three four Etsy shops. I will PayPal each of these lovely ladies $5 and will make sure to tell them the winner’s name so that he or she can receive a $5 discount. All of these crafty friends have individually encouraged me and prayed for me this year. As pretty as their handiwork is, their hearts are even more beautiful. I would be thrilled to send some business to their stores. So take some time to wander around their stores and pick out what you’re going to buy if you win today’s birthday present.
Even though the weekend is here, the party isn’t going to stop! I’ll have a birthday gift post on Saturday and one more on Sunday. Winners will be announced on Monday. If you didn’t get a chance to enter one of the earlier giveaways, feel free!
We have snow in our forecast (!!!!) so I’m off to make hot chocolate and spiced tea mixes. I may not know how to sew, but I make a tasty hot chocolate mix. (Both mixes make great little Christmas searcy gifts, by the way!) Hope you’re safe, warm, and comfortable today!