Friday, September 30, 2011

Uber Cray Cray

I'm sorry.

Today I got major distracted.

In the words from "Whitney" - it was uber cray cray

But good news for all you Texas People.

The state fair is here.

This is epic people. Epic.

I even get a day off from work.

Bring on the fried goodies.

And 5 lbs.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tutorial Thursday #8 - Chrysanthemum Pillow

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - PassedBy




#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Horse pillow cover - Yellow farm animal print on natural linen front and personalized striped or diamond printed back by ClassicbyNature



Add this tutorial to the list of things to do when I find my time.

My time ran off somewhere. Have you found yours?

Yeah. Me neither.

I have always loved these pillows. I see them on ETSY all the time! MY mind thinks 2 things.

1. What kind of fabric is that?

2. Is this some kind of IKEA project with 50 pieces and tiny tools.

Gah I hate those tiny tools.

But no, it's not as bad as it looks. And it's a free PDF download with everything you need.

Good Job Joann's Fabrics on this one.

Chrysanthemum Pillow



- Happy Thursday!
Natalie

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why didn't I think of that?

No shop and item of the day. Etsy was being difficult this morning.

I forgive you Etsy. I forgive.

I have a new idea. Less idea more duh.

Why didn't I think of that Wednesday.

This is not a tutorial.

There are no steps. Just a vision of taking something everyday and turning it into something I would never have time to figure out.

To put it politely.

I thought of this as I skim through Pinterest and go - oh that's easy.

Why didn't I think of that?

So here is my first one. #1. The beginning.

Decoupaged Pumpkins. Paint and a stencil. Hello cute.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A3Sister Giveaway Reminder

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - MyFairMaiden
*great mix of shabby chic clothes and accessories


#2 - ITEM of the DAY - The Concrete Jungle - Metallic Slate Grey Ceramic Pendant by MySelvegedLife
*who knew concrete could be so cute?


Happy Monday everyone.

Did you know there is still ONE WEEK left to enter on the A3SISTERS rosette collection giveaway?

Look at these goodies!



Reasons you should enter. 5 C's.

1. Cute (I mean there are no words)
2. Collection (more than one people...more than one)
3. Custom (you choose the fabric)
4. Contest (who doesn't like to win free stuff)
5. 'Cause I said so (does that bring flashbacks from your mom or what?)


'Cause I said so.

And drink some coffee for me. Mondays are always killer.

- Natalie
*Btw thanks to all the well wishes with my car - I'm all good and she is in a better place. =)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Reminders

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - asimplestart
* already featured them once...but i just LOVE their stuff!



#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Dog Collar.......Bohemian Peacock in Sage........Your Choice of Size


Whew many reminders this week.

Slow Down.

Be Thankful.

Oh and do something fun.

Like enter the GIVEAWAY here.

Also. Go visit CraftyAttic and win your dream wreath.

Happy Friday!
- Natalie


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tutorial Thursday #7 - Spool Necklace

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - LynnDiDesigns
* I just bought these shoes...they are so cute!


#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Grecian Nightgown Bridal White Nylon Angel Empire Summer Goddess Honeymoon



If you love craft spools then look at this amazing way to turn a craft supply into jewelry.

Another...why didn't I think of that.

So simple.



Happy Thursday!
- Natalie

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wreck

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - LoveandDream



#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Mr T Tea Travel Mug Double Walled Porcelain with Lid Kiln Fired



Do you ever have those moments that literally jolt you back into life?

I lost a good friend on Monday.

My Mazda CX-7.

This was my first "big girl" purchase when I finally got a "big girl" job.

I've never paid so much money for anything in my life.

Although I could have vacuumed and washed her way more - she loved me anyway.

Unfortunately she was a total loss and I'm not gonna lie I cried leaving the parking lot.

Is it weird to feel bad? I felt bad like i didn't protect my friend when in fact she protected me.

I never knew there could be so many airbags in one vehicle.

I tried to steal a piece but apparently thats against the rules.

So all I have to say is Thank You. Especially to the big man upstairs.


Be Thankful - Happy Wednesday
- Natalie

Monday, September 19, 2011

Giveaway - A3 Sisters Rosette Collection

New Giveaway Time!

This giveaway by A3 sisters just makes me so excited! I featured one of her necklaces about a week ago and then got this awesome opportunity to host a giveaway for an entire customized collection of amazing goodies! A necklace, ring, and a pair of super cute bobby pins. The best part? You customize the whole collection into whatever set of fabric colors you like! 



Name of Shop - A3 Sisters

Category of items you sale - Unique and Classy Accessories for Women and Children

1. How long have you had your shop?

The shop just opened in April, so we've been around for about 5 months.

2. What inspired you to make A3Sisters?

I saw all the other shops out there making these gorgeous rosette necklaces and such, but I wasn't very impressed with the prices, so I thought, why not open up a shop that people will love AND afford!

3. Who or what inspires you to create?

I'm greatly inspired by my surroundings, and where I'm from. I live in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley, (Wisconsin) and I'm always inspired by nature.

4. What has been your biggest accomplishment as a shop owner / artist?

I think my biggest accomplishment as a shop owner was simply having the courage to open the shop and start doing business. It's scary at first, especially when you send out that first item, but once I got my first feedback and saw how happy they were with their purchase, I knew it was the right thing for me.

5. What has been the hardest part about starting a business?


The hardest part about starting this business was time management. I usually only put items up that are completed so that I can simply wrap and ship out the items in a timely fashion, and that's why I guarantee all items to be shipped out with 48 hours. We all want to get the items we buy right away, and having the items already finished helps speed up that process. 

6. What would be your biggest tip to a brand new shop owner / artist on etsy?

Know what you're getting yourself into. Make sure you have the time to do it, and that you really care about your customers. Look into all the "rules" of Etsy, and familarize yourself with the site. Once you've gotten your store up and running, updating and adding new items frequently helps draw people in. I'd also suggest advertising! It helps get so much more traffic to your store. 


7. Where can we find A3Sisters?

You can find A3 Sisters here:



Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/A3Sisters?ref=seller_info


Facebook:
www.facebook.com/#!/pages/A3-Sisters/133863140031004





How to ENTER:
1. Visit A3Sisters SHOP and then comment on this post your favorite item
2. Heart A3Sisters on ETSY
3. Like A3Sisters on FACEBOOK
4. Facebook or tweet @hotgluehangover and let me know you shared the giveaway!


Giveaway ends FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30th at MIDNIGHT

Good Luck!
- Natalie

Friday, September 16, 2011

Squirrels

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - Namaoy
*Love the shawl it looks so warm!



#2 - ITEM of the DAY -keep calm sign made from recycled slabs of wood
* I needed this sign like monday...




I finally made a new wreath.

It was amazing.

My hot glue gun was like - oh hey where you been?

It may have been mad at me, but only for like a minute.

It's like I forgot how relaxing it is to craft.

Some people run, maybe yoga.

I just make wreaths with squirrels.




Happy Friday!
- Natalie

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tutorial Thursday #7 - Halloween Candy

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - SweetWeddingDetails
* Dangit...I'm already married!



#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Red Bow Headband. Knitted
* I love headbands and this one is super cute!


Hello Everyone.

I'm on a roll. For once I'm writing my blog on time.

Enjoy this moment of sanity.

It's almost Halloween. And by almost I mean Hobby Lobby put the decorations out.

And when Hobby Lobby says it's time. It's time.

It may be January but it's time.


Tutorial Time


Make You Own Halloween Candy (kind of) by Small Fry &Co



How cute are those - made from toilet paper rolls! I think it would also be great gift bag ideas!

Happy Thursday!
- Natalie

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Well Hmm...

Well ETSY is not being cooperative with my computer this morning.

If you have a MAC you know the wheel of death.

Don't be fooled by it's super pretty colors all rainbow and such.

It is evil.

I did realize something today.


Christmas is coming.

My holiday schedule goes with what Michaels has put out.

And they have put out Christmas.

So check out this SUPER simple craft idea.

Bam. Cinnamon Candlesticks. I can smell them now. 



Happy Tuesday!
- Natalie

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sack of Potatoes

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - AWorkofHeartSA
*love wreaths obviously and especially this door hanger!



#2 - ITEM of the DAY - American Flag made from Reclaimed Wood by rcmivv
*I love that this is reclaimed and so worn and wonderful



Thankful.

If you were like me you watched 9/11 shows all day yesterday - glued to the T.V. for every moment.

The whole thing is fascinating / heartbreaking to me. Call it the history person in me.

The crazy thing is - I traveled all the way to Europe to experience sights like I saw today.

Beaches, monuments, grave sites, and gas chambers.

It all emits the same feeling.

This strange mix of awe, wonder, sadness, and respect.

I can still remember sitting in the concentration camp and just having that overwhelming feeling of heaviness.

Like a sack of potatoes was on my shoulders.

But yet it wasn't sad. Just heavy.

And the neat thing about all of those place. All of those mass sites of destruction.

Life.

*Photo taken of the Berlin Wall in Germany - one of my favorites

Happy Monday everyone =)
- Natalie

Friday, September 9, 2011

Money and Taxes

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - ireckon
* Ah! This pillow is greatness!




#2 - ITEM of the Day- Crochet Necklaces - 2 pcs - Discounted Price in Green and Yellow with Yellow and White Flowers....scarf



Happy Friday everyone! I knew we would all make it.

Dark circles under our eyes and all.

I had my first business freak out moment this week. And I thought I would share.

Apparently there are these things called taxes.

Yep.

And you must pay them.

Forgot.

So I got a lovely notice in the mail - where they "estimated" how much I needed to pay them.

Holy moly.

Let me just put it this way. I don't make 100,000 dollars a year but that was sweet of them to think so.

Crisis averted.

On a happier note - enter the giveaway HERE. Come on. It's free.

Happy Friday!

- Natalie

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tutorial Thursday #6

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - mellingsketchbook
* love this bag because - owls!



#2 - ITEM of the DAY - Earthy Brown Button Up Scarf - Cowl - Neckwarmer with Tree Branch Buttons by lorilooms



Hello Everyone. One more day till friday.

We are almost there.


Let's all hold hands in silence. Whew. 

In the meantime I have a to-do list for you.

#1 - Enter the Giveaway. It's one of my wreaths. Whoop. Click HERE

#2 - Tutorial Time. Try it out.

DIY Laundry Soap. I'm on a natural kick. I'm going to try this out fo sho.


Click HERE to get all the details.

Happy Thursday!
- Natalie

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Own Giveaway

#1 - SHOP of the DAY - flattirevintage
*love the name - many great finds!



#2 - ITEM of the DAY - 5 Birch Bark Candle Holders by MyGardenGate
*These will be going in my house soon - love the natural look!





So I'm a couple of days late on the giveaway...mostly because of 2 things.

1. No september giveaway yet....not acceptable.

2. I forgot.

Don't be surprised by the second one. I know it's totally out of character. Psh.

But anyways I thought to myself - why not do a giveaway of my OWN stuff.

I mean. Duh.

So here it is people. The giveaway. This wonderful wreath - a $50 value!
(U.S. shipping included!)


How to ENTER:

1. Like my facebook page (make sure you are under yourself)

2. Refer a friend to this blog - make sure they mention who sent them - more entries for you!

3. Refer a friend to facebook - make sure they mention who sent them - more entries for you!

The more friends you send - the more entries you will get!

Last day to Enter is Friday 9/16 at midnight!

Good Luck!

- Natalie