Tuesday, July 7

About Me

Hello and Thank You for taking time to visit my craft blog.

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I love to do crafts and my favorite is crochet. My great grandmother taught me to crochet (she was a master) when I was about 4 or 5 years old, I have been crocheting off and on ever since. I try to work on projects as often as I can, which is pretty much everyday.

My husband and I just recently moved to Littleton,Colorado and I am currently working on getting unpacked and organized so I can dive back into my crafting craziness.
Colorado state welcome sign
I would really love for my crafting to take off so I don't have to work for someone else anymore and so I can spend more time doing things I love.

So that's just a little about me and where I am at right now.

If you would like to post a comment or send me an email, telling me a little about where you are at and what you are up to. I would like to get to know all of you a little bit better. Hope to hear from you.
Well gotta get back to work.

Thanks for visiting with me for a while.

See you again soon.
=)

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Friday, July 3

CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Sorry for the mess here on my blog but I am currently redoing my blog to give it a different look and feel. A more earthy one, with earthy country type colors and a new layout that will be easier to navigate. Please feel free to look around while things are under construction. All of my sidebar items will be back very soon. I hope you will like the new look and come back and comment on it as soon as it is done.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 28

"An Apple A Day" Bear Hanging Kitchen Towels

Fun, Festive, Patriotic and a Cute reminder to eat "An Apple A Day"!

These hanging kitchen towels make a great addition to any home. Give them as a gift for housewarming, host(es) at a party, co-worker, birthday, friend or family member. You can package them in a gift basket with a bunch of kitchen cooking utensils or a place mat & napkin set. The possibilities are endless.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in! It was awes...Image via Wikipedia














I don't have any more of this towel print, this is the only set available.

Get it while you can. Click here to purchase now.


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Chocolate Banana Pops A Fun Frozen Treat

I found this fascinating post today here is a quote from the original post on Craftzine.com:

"School is out in most places and warmer weather has arrived. The sounds of the street are filled with children's laughter and the catchy jingle of the ice cream man. Stop there parents — you won't need to shell out for overpriced and unhealthy treats anymore. Instead, try this cheaper make-at-home cold summer treat, a great way to get healthy fruit into our kids with a little something special.

This is a fun project for kids to help with. They will enjoy coming up with interesting ways of decorating their own "popsicle." Who doesn't love an ice cold treat when it's hot outside?"


Katie Goodman, Chocolate Banana Pops, June 2009

You should read the whole article. (This is a reblog)
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There's Still Time................


...........................To receive this wonderful festive patriotic table set for 4th of July. Celebrate in style. It makes a wonderful host(es) gift also. Get it today before it's gone.


Friday, June 19

4th of July Contest!!!!


You could win!!!
A 4th of July Crocheted Hanging Kitchen Towel

Here's how the contest works.
1) Take a look at my patriotic items listed for sale in my Etsy shop
2) Come back here and post a comment telling me which one you like best and why
3)Post a comment for any of my patriotic item blog posts telling me what you think of the item.
4)Make sure to leave your name and email or link to your etsy shop in your postings so you can be contacted if you are the winner and so that you will receive an entry for each posting.
5)Add yourself as a follower here on my blog

You receive one entry for each thing, so you could receive 3 entries total in the drawing.

The name will be randomly pulled from a basket on Monday June 29th. All entries must be received by 12pm (mountain time) on Monday June 29th.

The winner will be posted after 12pm (MT) on Monday June 29th and the item will be shipped by July 1st.

I will contact the winner right away to get shipping information. If I do not hear back from the winner by 9am (MT) June 30th then I will draw another winner. Please make sure to check back here to see who the winner is.

Have fun and good luck!
I can't wait to read your comments.
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Celebrate this 4th of July In Style!


Celebrate in style this 4th of July with this fun & festive table ware/picnic set.

I just posted my very first patriotic item for this 4th of July season. It is for sale now in my etsy shop. I know it's a little late but there is still plenty of time to buy it and receive before 4th of July. Better late than never.

This is my first attempt at making a table ware set or picnic set. It consists of 4 place mats, 4 napkins, 4 napkin rings and 2 crocheted hanging kitchen towels. It comes in a patriotic gift basket wrapped in red cellophane and completed with a red, white & blue ribbon bow.


It will make a great host(es) gift for this years 4th of July BBQ.

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Thursday, June 11

Crazy Times!!!

Well once again I know it has been a while since I have posted. And once again life is crazy and getting in the way. Guess that's life for ya.

Well I am working on not letting life get in the way anymore but instead to make life work for me in my way. It's been interesting so far, but it's a work in progress like everything. Slowly but surely is the key. But sometimes I really wish I could just snap my fingers or wiggle my nose and it would all be done and ready to work the way I want it to. (hahaha!) It will never happen that way, so I just keep trying to pick away at things a little at a time.

I think I am finely recovered from my 3-4 week illness back in April, but I am still feeling tired and exhausted all the time. I am thinking about finding a new doctor that may be able to help me figure this problem out. We'll see how that goes.

But in the meantime I getting back in the swing of things. I am working regularly for a Chiropractic office doing marketing/chair massage events, on a part-time basis. It seems to be going well. I am also working a little bit every day to get my crafting space in the basement organized. I think I have finely passed the half way point with it. I forgot to take pictures of the space before I got started so that I could share the progression with you. But I am going to take pictures today and post them later. I know you can't wait to see them. Better late than never right. I have also been working on new items to post to my Etsy store, when & where I can. Mostly crochet items because that's all I have access to right now and even that is limited. But not for long. My Etsy shop is in vacation mode right now, because everything is currently under construction, my store and my home studio. But it will all be back up and running soon.

Well I better get back to work. Just felt the need to blog a little since I haven't done it in a while. But I will be doing it more and more often. And soon you will be reading my random thoughts and crafting adventures all the time.

Have a great day and happy crafting.
=)

P.S. I had to shut down "The Adventures of Mr. Saffron" blog for now, no followers, and to hard to keep up with. But I will still share pictures of him with everyone here.

Saturday, May 2

More Adventures of Mr. Saffron

Also check out Kitchen Fun!!!

Check Out The Adventures of Mr. Saffron

We have put up our first post on The Adventures of Mr. Saffron. Please take a look and add yourself as a follower we would love to have you visit with us.

The Adventures of Mr. Saffron

A curious, loving & friendly Border Collie/Black Lab


"He has been a handful since we got him, but he is fun to have around. We adopted him from a rescue organization in Las Vegas & he has traveled around with us ever since........." Read More

We hope you will enjoy our site.

WOOF!!!

Wednesday, April 29

New Section Mr. Saffron's Adventures

Ok so, I am starting a new section here on my blog to add a little diversity to what is supposed to be a crafting blog. (I am still working on this by the way.) This new section is going to be all about the adventures of my border collie/black lab Mr. Saffron. (aka: Saffron & Houdini)

The section is titled The Adventures of Mr. Saffron.....A loving & friendly Border Collie/Black Lab.

I am going to write about his daily adventures, his mischievousness, his thoughts, his dreams and anything else he tells me too. Some of the postings will be from Saffron himself, but most will be from me. We will include pictures whenever possible. And we hope you will share pictures & comments with us about your four legged friends. Mr. Saffron loves making new friends, even virtual ones.

So please make sure to bookmark his page so you can visit him frequently.
http://adventuresofmrsaffron.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, April 28

Updated Profile

I just updated my profile today with some more current information. As things change I plan on updating more so information is accurate and you know more of what's going on with me. I feel it is important to share a little bit about me in order for you to be able to know me better as a person, a crafter and to make a connection. So feel free to leave me comments, send me emails and tell me a little about yourself. I would love to know more about the people who are following my blog, find my posts interesting or just happened to like something that I have said. So please feel free to share your comments, ideas and suggestions at any time.

You can also chat with me on Twitter any time if you can catch me. Just send me a message and if I am on, I will be happy to chat.
http://twitter.com/countrycottage

Wednesday, April 22

It's Been A While........

Well it's been a while since I posted. I would like to apologize for this but I have been very sick for the last 3 weeks and life has been crazy. I am just now starting to feel a little better every day. We finally moved into our rental house the first week of April, but most everything is still in boxes. It's hard to unpack when you are couch ridden. But my husband (Chris) has been doing what he can when he's not at work. Needless to say all of my crafting has been on hold for a long time now, not exactly what I planned, oh well. Life will start getting back on track very soon, it will be slow but it will happen.

So the project for this week is to start organizing my new walk-in craft/massage closet. Yes that's right I said massage, I am going to get back into doing Massage Therapy

Massage in Frankfurt, GermanyImage via Wikipedia

over the next couple of months. But that's a topic for a different blog. So I have this huge walk-in closet in the basement that I get to have all to myself and use however I want. So my plan is to organize all my crafting supplies in this closet and then share the large open space in the basement with the game table. I get a whole wall for my crafting table, sewing table and whatever else I can fit there for work space.
This blog is supposed to be about crafting and the adventures that go along with it. I know it hasn't been very focused for a while but I promise to start changing this. So on that note I will be posting pictures and talking about my adventure into organizing my crafting world. Any feedback, comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated and helpful since I am not the greatest at organizing large spaces. My goal is to make the closet easy to use and functional on the smallest budget possible. So start throwing your ideas my way and if they are really useful and I put them to use I will be sure to blog about them.

I have also just started a new crochet project

Crochet hooks {{fi|Erikokoisia virkkuukoukkuja.Image via Wikipedia

, a palm tree afghan. I will be blogging about this soon with pictures of the work in progress, the yarns I am using and the chart I made online to help me organize my pattern to make the blanket. I can't wait to start sharing it with you. I hope you will like it.

Well have to go eat lunch now. Gotta keep my strength up to get well and get my energy back. So many new things are going to be happening and I plan to blog about all of it, I hope you will continue to check regularly for new posts and updates.

Talk to you all later.
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Saturday, March 21

Made it to Colorado!!!

Ok so it's been a while I know, but things have been crazy. We have moved to Colorado over the last two weeks. We are here we made it with all our stuff and the dog (Mr. Saffron). Every thing is in storage right now, not the dog. We are currently staying with my brother in-law in the Morrison area. They have a very nice house and have been very gracious to let us and Mr. Saffron stay with them for a whole month.

We found a very nice house to rent last week, but it's not available until the first of April, so we are stuck in transition mode until then. Which also means that all my crafting stuff is stuck in storage until after that time. Which means no crafting tutorials or posts until after then, also. BUMMER!

Lots is going to be happening over the next couple of weeks and months. I am currently looking for a part time job and beginning the application process to obtain my Massage Therapy license in the state of Colorado. I am very excited to get my license and set up a massage room in our new home. The city of Littleton doesn't have an regulations against doing massage out of your home. This is great because it means I can work from home and slowly build up clientele until I have enough to afford my own office again. Plus the house we are renting has plenty of room and rooms for me to do this plus have a craft space. YEAH! Oh and Chris (my husband) will get an office room too and a game room area. There is also a huge walk in closet in the fully finished basement that I will be ablte organize all my craft supplies and massage supplies in. Finally I will be organized and effecient, I hope.

Let's see what else.......oh yeah! Chris and I are going to attempt a new business venture. We are going to start our own sampler business, but with a couple of twists. I will tell a little about it now but go into more detail later. We are going to use recycled and recyclable packing only, for shipping the samplers. So they will look different every time them come and we will be helping the environment too. Also all of our samplers will be themed. And there will be absolutely no Avon, Mary Kay, Arrbone or anything else like it in our samplers. Oh and no items from recruiters or direct marketing people or anyone else along these lines. We promise to bring only good quality usable sample size items from indie artists, crafters, artists, etc.

So like I said lot's will be happening over the next two weeks to two months. But I will try to blog more often until things settle down. I don't expect to have any crafting posts until late April early May, it is going to take me a little while to get unpacked and organized. I want to take my time and do it right the first time so I don't have to do things over again or redo.

Well be sure to leave me some comments I would love to hear from you. And if you are not already following my blog, please do. Lot's of interesting things are coming in the near future.

Monday, February 23

Made It To Vegas

Ok so we are really moving to Colorado. Which means a lot, we have till Thursday March 5th to pack up the apartment in San Jose, CA move all if it's contents to our house in Las Vegas, NV (my husband will be doing this). I have till then to pack up the whole house in Las Vegas, yes that's right I said the whole house, by myself. Well at least he can help with little is left when he gets here on Monday March 2nd. But I won't be by myself all week. I also have company coming into town for Nascar races, my father in-law and one of his hunting buddies, so that will be nice.
Oh and until then no worries I have my playful pain in the but Saffron with me (border collie/black lab mix, 85lbs).


So I made it to Las Vegas babie. I drove in yesterday and got in at about 7pm after a nine hour drive from San Jose, CA. Unpacked t
he back of my truck got the dog settled and cleaned up his mess. He doesn't remember our house as home because it's been so long so he decided to mark the side of my nice new couch, little punk. (hence the pain in the but comment earlier) Hopefully because I was able to hit it with cleaner right away the couch won't be ruined by him or the cleaner. Luckily he has bad aim and got most of it on the tile floor next to the side of the couch.

Well enough about Mr. Saffron, more adventures with him later. I didn't sleep well last night so I am off to a slow start this morning, but I am drinking my glass of fruit and vegetable juice to get me going, it's great it has a whole days servings of fruits and vegetables in one 4oz glass and it's organic. Can't beat that.


So I have to go start looking for moving boxes now, get things organized, take pictures and post some furniture for sale on Craig's list. Gotta love Craig's list, best free classified website out there, as long as people don't have your postings deleted for unknown reason (another story, sorry). More to come on my moving adventures and how I supposedly have to organize and pack all my craft stuff along with my whole house and life in 1 week. Eeeeehhhhhh!!!!!

Thursday, February 19

MOVING AUCTION!!!

I am moving to Colorado within the next 2 weeks so I will be auctioning off items over the next several days. Most of these items will be items from my etsy shop. All the items most go as soon as possible. My moving budget is very tight and the less I have to move the better, also every little bit helps.

First Item Up For AUCTION

Turk the Turkey
This handsome turkey is nicknamed "Turk" the Turkey and he needs a fun loving home.

His tail feathers are his wonderful leaf coasters.
He fits on any coffee table, end table, kitchen table or shelf. His coaster leaves make wonderful fall decorations for any occasion and protect your nice furniture at the same time.

You get Turk the Turkey with his 4 different color leaves as tail feathers. He brings with him 12 additional leaf coasters. Three of each color.



Take him home today while you can. He is the only one of his kind.


Turk and his coaster leaves are made out of acrylic worsted weight yarn.

Care Instructions: Machine wash warm or cold gentle cycle, or hand wash. Tumble dry low, best if lay flat to dry. I recommend using a lingerie bag for machine washing/drying.



Shipping
: This item will ship via USPS First Class Mail with delivery conformation
Cost: $3.95

Forms of Payment Accepted: PayPal or Visa & Mastercard through Propay

Auction Starts: Friday February 20th at 9:00am (pst)
Auction Ends: Saturday February 21st at 9:00pm (pst)


Auction Rules
1) The bidding will begin at 9:00am (pacific time) 2/20 after I have posted the comment "the bidding will now begin with....."
2) You may now place your bids by leaving a comment with your bid amount.
3) You must make sure to leave your email address or etsy address in one of your bid posts that way you can be contacted if you are the winning bidder
4) By posting a bid you agree to pay the amount that you bid if you are the winning bidder.
5) Please do no bid if you do not intend to pay.
6) The last person to bid before the close of auction is the winning bidder.
7) The auction will ended at 9:00pm (pacific time), I will announce that the auction bidding is now closed. Any bid placed after 9:00pm 2/21 will not count as a valid bid.
8) The winning bidder will be contacted via email or through etsy and will be sent an invoice from either PayPal or Propay, which ever is agreed upon.
9) Payment is expected with 48 hours of the close of auction. If payment is not received the item will then be offered to the next highest bidder.
10) The item will ship as soon as payment has cleared.

Wednesday, February 18

New Contest!!!

Here is the contest:

Starting from right now (Wednesday February 18th 12:28pm pst) the next 5 people to make a purchase in my shop of any kind (pif's don't count) will be entered in to a drawing to win this lovely set of crocheted wash cloths.








The winner will be picked randomly on Sunday February 22nd. Which means the contest ends at 11:59pm (pst) on Saturday
February 21st.

If only on person makes a purchase then that one person wins, if only two people make purchases then the winner will be picked from the two people and so on. Up to 5 entries total. So your chance of winning is very good, 1 in 5.

I will post the winner here on my blog at the bottom of this posting so make sure to bookmark this posting so you can check and see who the winner is.

So here is the basic contest info:
Contest - Be one of the next 5 people to make a purchase in my shop and be entered to win. (pif's do not count)
Starts:
Wednesday February 18th @ 12:28pm (pst)
Ends: Saturday February 21st. @ 11:59pm (pst)
Prize: set of crocheted wash cloths

Good luck to you all!!!

Bummer!!!!

So no one took advantage of my Day After Valentine's Day Sale & Contest. Which means no one won the set of crocheted wash cloths.

So I am going to have to run a new contest.

Details to come shortly.

Sunday, February 15

A Sale & A Contest All In One!!!

YEAH!!!! A Sale, I always love a good sale so I decided to have my own awesome sale.


A Day After Valentine's Day Sale
Everything in my shop is 20% off the listed price......Today Only!

So what are you waiting for hurry over to my shop and visit my sale, you are sure to find something you will like. Make sure to grab it before it is gone.

And for some extra special fun let's have a CONTEST.
The 5th person to make a purchase from my shop today will receive a set of crocheted wash cloths just like these http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17320062

Friday, February 13

YEAH!!! Finally Got A Sale......

I am so excited I loged in to my etsy shop tonight and to my suprise there was a sale. I wasn't sure if the person was going to make the purchase, because I hadn't heard back from them. But I went ahead and created the custom listing any way, sent them the link and they made the purchase. YEAH!

I guess sometimes you just have to go for it even if your not sure. It made it easier for the person and they didn't have to wait for me to create the listing after the responded to my response. I don't usually do that but it worked out great this time.

Here is what I sold http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=13833970
Mini Heart Pins.

You can find more of these for sale right here on my blog or in my etsy shop.
CountryCottageCrafts

Off to make some hearts. Talk to you all later. Night. =)

Thursday, February 12

New Craft Project....Repurposed Envelpes

I am so excited, I have been having so many thoughts running through my head lately about new crafty things I can make that are recycled/up-cycled/re-purposed what ever you want to call it.

I wasn't feeling well yesterday and was on the couch all day so I decided it would be a good time to start one of my many ideas.


I am working on envelopes made from old magazine pages, I am making all different sizes and will be listing them in my etsy shop very soon.


I am so proud of myself I managed to get through almost a whole magazine yesterday even with a massive migraine and the dog (Mr.Saffron) barking at me in the background.


I will post pictures latter today.


If you have any ideas of recycled items I can make and sell or you would like to see available in my shop please send them to me or leave a comment here. Thanks.


Send your ideas and suggestions to CountryCottageCrafts@hotmail.com

More posts coming soon.

Monday, February 2

I Just Love Contests!!!

You Gotta Love A Good Giveaway!!!! And This One Is!

Check this out MannieMandible.com (aka:MVincent.etsy.com) is having a contest for FREE ad space right at the top of her blog. Yes that's right I said FREE!!! For a whole week. This is awsome.

Her blog is so much fun, you have to check it out. She has been featured on several sites and she has all kinds of fun things going on all the time, just check out her posts.

She is a maker of wonderful handmade jewelry and crochet items. You must take a look at her etsy shop MVincent.etsy.com

Enter Her Contest Here

Tuesday, January 27

Valentine's Day Gift Bag Project - DIY

This is my very first video ever made and my very first how to video.

We are goint to make a Valentine's Day Gift Bag. This is the first of two videos in this series.

The materials you will need to follow along with this video are:
a paper gift bag
fabric of your choice
fabric scissors
tacky craft glue

Please rate this video and let me know what you think of it, your comments are greatly appreciated.

Recycle An Old Sweater...Found on YouTube

Hey everyone I found this fun quick video on YouTube for: Recycle a winter sweater into a sporty strapless dress. Check out a video clip below and please click over and watch the whole video on YouTube, you won't regret it.
Also check out her website it has lots of other great videos and info.
http://www.giannyl.com/

video
See the full video here: Recycle a winter sweater into a sporty strapless dress

SALE!!!SALE!!!SALE!!! yEaH!!!

I made a sale today. I haven't had one in a while, I am so excited.

I renewed a listing this morning for these mini hearts that had expired a while back and they
sold the same day. I don't think I have ever had anything sell the same day it was listed. If I have it was so long ago I don't remember it.








I also sold these fun heart book marks.








Just in time for Valentine's Day.

I have relisted these items in my etsy store. They are available for purchase again you can check them out here: Country Cottage Crafts Shop

YEAH!!! Got a Job Finally And More!!!

Hey everybody so I found a job, yeah!

I am working as a product demonstrator for a small company here in San Jose. The woman that owns and runs it is very nice and easy to get a long with, a plus. The demonstrations are mostly of food (food tasting yummy) and some nutritional supplements from time to time. So far only food, good thing I can cook.


I will be doing the demos mostly in Whole Foods Stores in and around the San Jose area. From time to time I will travel to San Francisco to some different natural foods stores. So far it's fun, a little boring at times but that's ok, I can't complain.

I can't wait for my first paycheck though, I hope it comes soon. I could really use it. I haven't had any sales in my etsy shop for a while. I could still really use some sales so I can list some new items and cover bills until I get my first paycheck.

I don't need to raise a whole lot on etsy only about $100 at least $200 at most. Every little bit helps.

I have items for as low as $1.50, check out my wonderful Heart Magnets/Pins. Just in time for Valentine's Day. They make great co-worker or student gifts.

Mini Heart Magnets or Pins









Well I hope to be making more crafty posts on here very soon.

I am currently working on a wonderful crocheted heart box. Yes a box and the whole thing is crocheted, well except for the cardboard heart pieces. I bet you can't wait to see it. I will post on it soon.

So keep coming back to check out what I am up to and what weird turns my life will take next.
Leave me a comment, tell me how you are doing, is life just as crazy as mine or crazier.

Saturday, January 17

Life is Crazy!!!!

Sorry it's been a while since I have posted. Things have been crazy. I got back on Monday from San Diego and seeing my grandmother. Good news is she is still with us and made it through the surgery to put a stent in her heart with no complications. Not so good news is she is having problems from the several mini strokes she has had. So she is currently in an after care facility going through rehab and physical therapy, which she doesn't like.

I also found out while I was down there that I no longer have my part-time job with Worldmark by Wyndham. This is not a good thing, I have about $700-$800 worth of monthly bills I need to cover and I only have enough to make it through the end of January. So I hope a bunch of my craft items start selling. I would love to post new items but I can't do that until I have sold some of the existing items. So shoppers please take a look at my shop any and every little bit will help.


So because of the recent job loss I have been spending the last few days looking for a new job. No luck yet, but I do have an interview on Monday. So wish me good luck please and send me your prayers around 12:15pm (pacific time) on Monday. The interview is at 12:30pm.


If anyone has any suggestions on some things I could do to make some money quickly please send me your ideas. Any and all ideas welcome. Thank you in advance.


Sorry this post is kind of a downer. I promise the next one will be more upbeat and related to crafting. (Still a work in progress)

Sunday, January 11

Follow With Me!!! Tell Me What You Think!!!

Follow these site feeds with me and post comments here on what you think about them.




Friday, January 9

Family Emergency....Please Pray

I will be gone until Tuesday of next week so I will not be updating for a little while. My grandmother has just had several small strokes and surgery to put a stent in her heart. So I will be with family, helping to deal with her situation for a few days.

We ask that you please put her (Mary) and my mother (Becky) who is also recovering from serious illnesses in your prayers.

Talk to you all again soon.

Thank You.

Monday, January 5

Etsy Sellers Link Exchange

This page is dedicated to all the wonderful fellow ETSY sellers who are participating in a link exchange with me.

The goal is to help drive more traffic to our ETSY shops for most and then our blogs and websites, to help promote each other and increase our sales.

We are all indie artists of some sort and we support the handmade/handcrafted community and we hope you do too.

If you are an Etsy shop owner interested in participating, please leave a comment below with a link to your etsy shop and your blog if you have one. I will contact you via etsy convo's to set up the link exchange.

Check out some of the wonderful sellers on ETSY.



Read more about The Speckled Pear in it's Blog.
Make sure to visit The Speckled Pear Etsy Shop Today!
http://thespeckledpear.etsy.com



Dayzee Love Designs
Making Art Accessible

Creative photography and abstract digital art.
Read more about Dayzee Love in it's Blog.
Dayzee Love
Make sure to visit Dayzee Love Etsy Shop Today!
http://DayzeeLove.etsy.com

The Beaded Heart


Handmade beaded items & beading supplies.
Read more about The Beaded Heart in it's Blog.
The Beaded Heart
Make sure to visit The Beaded Heart Etsy Shop Today!
http://TheBeadedHeart.etsy.com


My Bellas Beads

Glass Beaded Jewelry & Accessories
Find My Bellas Beads on Facebook.
My Bella Facebook
Make sure to visit My Bellas Beads Etsy Shop Today!
http://MyBellasBeads.etsy.com
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Sunday, January 4

New Item---WoodsWoman Hat

This hat is so much fun. It's soft, warm and cozy. It not only keep your head toast warm but your ears too.

It's made with soft 100% acrylic yarn from TLC Essentials and Red Heart Light Lofty Yarn also 100% acrylic and very soft.
The main hat color is Taupe and the lining color is Cafe Au Lait.

Care Instructions: Machine wash warm, gentle cycle. Tumble dry low, do not over dry. For best results hand wash and lay flat or hang to dry.
**Please Note: I recommend washing all crocheted items in a garment/lingerie bag so other items in the wash don't get caught on the yarn.

This item can be purchased in my online shop.
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Saturday, January 3

Advertisement Reviews

I have google adsense on my blog and I am planning on trying to check out some of the adds that pop up on my blog. I will check out as many as I can when I can and post a review about them.

So the first one I have gotten to look at is one for crafting with kids. Here is the site address: http://www.education.com/activity/all-grades/all-grades/arts-and-crafts/?cid=57000.0015&s_kwcid=ContentNetwork|1444006225&gclid=COzIt-Kc85cCFRg6awodjBJWCw

It is education.com and from I can see there are lots of great crafting projects on this site that you could do with kids of just by yourself. Check it out and try something new. Looks good to me. I have bookmarked so I can go back later and try some of the crafts my self.

Let me know if you try any of them and what you think. Come back to this post and leave a comment.

New Years Resolutions

Ok so one of my New Years Resolutions was to start this blog for my craft business and just because I've been wanting to try it and learn how to do it for a while. So I did that check one off of my list.
Funny thing is I don't really have an official list. Maybe I should start one. What do you think? Do you have a New Years Resolution lists of all kinds of things you want to do throughout the new year? If you do share some of it. It might make me think of some things I haven't thought of that would be a good idea.

I know maybe I should start my list and post it here so everyone can help keep me on track. What a good idea. What do you think? Would you participate if I started one? You should start one too, then we could exchange links and help keep each other on track.

Ok so now I am excited at this thought.

So here is another New Years Resolution:
1) I am going to start my list and post it here for all to see and if I can find a good project tracker to put on my blog then I will track my progress of these items with the project tracker.
2) To the first 5 people who also start lists and post a link to their list here in the comments. I vow to link to your list and help keep you on track if you will do the same for me.

Who's with me??????
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New Years Resolutions are such funny things but usually effective for the first 2-4 months of the year. If you really think about it all they really are are to do items that you are putting on a really BIG "To Do" list. That we make into a really big deal because we label them as New Years Resolutions. I'm not being negative, just pondering.....I think it's funny that we make them so much more important than everyday "To Do" items. I just have to kind of chuckle, because I do the same thing.
I am also so bad because I usually have 3 or 4 different "To Do" lists laying around. One from the day before, one for today, one for house hold items and one for my crafting stuff. My crafting one is usually the biggest and longest and never seems to get smaller just bigger and bigger and bigger. Maybe my New Years Resolution list will help me keep on track with those things. Of maybe it will end up being a constantly changing and growing list. Either way I just hope I can learn to stick to projects commitments better this year and finish things and check things off my list.

Sooooo.......Guess I should start my list now.

Thursday, January 1

New Years Day Launch

I have decided to launch my crafting blog today. It is a work in progress and will be for a while. Blogs are constantly changing and evolving kind of like life and art. So this one will be changing also, but it will be a slow process because I am new to blogging and I just don't know how to use this darn thing or all of it's features.

Sooooo, with that being said if you are reading this and you are good at blogging and you would like to help me out. We could do a trade for the initial set up of my blog. I am looking for someone to just do the initial design set up like the background, the graphics the basic layout of where the links will be, the advertisements and so on. So contact me if you are interested. (CountryCottageCrafts@hotmail.com)

Well you are probably wondering who I am and what I do at this point.
My name is Ann and I do lot's of different things. I am currently a crafter amongst other things. I am looking to focus more on my crafts and increase my sales. I would love to build my business into a full part-time business and then from there into a full time business if it's possible.

I have a shop on etsy.com to sell my handmade/handcrafted items. I do mostly crochet but some other crafts as well. Right now I have several crocheted items available and some wonderful paper gift bags from the holidays.

I just wish I could list more more often. It just seems like it takes me forever to do anything or get anything done sometimes. I guess it's because life just has attendancy to get in the way.

Well let's get back on track here. I do that sometimes, go off on little side notes but I always seem to get back on track eventually. Hopefully you will find it entertaining or it will give you a little something to think about like it does for me. I hope I don't come accross as negative at anytime that is not my intention.
My intention is to just share my thoughts about crafts, art and sometimes life. Most of my posting will be related to crafts,art and my daily experiences related to crafting & the process I go through to creat the items I make. But sometimes I will have some off subject posts just to mix things up a little bit and so that you can get to know me a little better. I am finding that people like to know a little bit about the person behind the mask so to speak. So I may also talk about things like my playful Border Collie/Black Lab Saffron and some of his adventures that he takes us on. They can be quit entertaining sometimes and might even come with some pictures. So I hope you will find my posts interesting, entertaining, maybe even helpful and along the way you might even find something you would like to buy.

I would also like to get to know you so as this blog evolves I hope you will post comments and share your ideas and thoughts with me about what I have wrote. So please bookmark me as a favorite and keep coming back to see what is new.

Feel free to contact me anytime with questions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and more. I will be happy to respond.

Note: At first I my plan is to post 2-3 times a week until I get better at this and used to doing it. If you have any suggestions for me please share, I want to learn.

Have a great day & Happy New Year.
--Ann
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