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November 30, 2011

Sponsor Love: Baby Shmizz

So...what's shakin' over at Baby Shmizz, one of my lovely sponsors?

Well...she's been busy writing out her Christmas Traditions (which made me giggle, and inspired my own post over on our family blog...it's so fun to look back and think about how you spent Christmas as a child, and think forward about how you want your child to spend Christmas), stepping in dog poop while raking the leaves (another post that made me giggle) and crafting up some really fun things for her nugget, Jack!



She currently has a call for December sponsors over on her blog. She has a great Alexa ranking, strong Twitter following that is ever growing and an awesome amount of November pageviews!

Link up with her BlogHop on Thursdays where she talks about couponing, saving money, and being a hard working mama.

Stop by BabyShmizz today!

What's Next Wednesday: Advent Calendars!

It's still hard to believe that tomorrow is December 1st. Tomorrow people! Do you know what that means??

These bad boys can officially be put up, and have treats in them!





The pouches on the back of the numbers are perfect for tiny treats....little notes...gifts of the homemade kind! I will be filling ours with little slips of paper with activities that we can do while we {not-so} patiently wait for Santa.

Things like...

Bake Gingerbread Cookies

Have a Pajama Day

Watch a New Movie

Go See Happy Feet 2

And since we're off to Florida for Christmas...

Visit Shamu

Go to the Beach

Have Lunch at Frenchy's

Go Golfing with Daddy

What fun things will be in your advent calendar this year?

November 29, 2011

Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Carrot Pancakes

Lately, I've been wracking my brain about how to get more veggies into my son. He simply just will not eat them...unless they're sweet potato fries.

So...being creative, I wondered if he'd mind carrots grated into his pancakes. Boy oh boy! Did we have a winner here!!


  • 1
    cup all-purpose flour
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    beaten egg
  • 1
    cup milk
  • 2
    tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 large carrots, grated (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup)
Preheat skillet, griddle, frying pan...whatever your cooking method.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Beat egg with milk and cooking oil, then stir into dry ingredients until combined and not lumpy. Make sure to not overmix.

Mix in carrots.

Cook on your griddle, turning when bubbles pop and don't fill back in.

Serve! I served mine plain, no syrup required!

Yield is about 8-10 pancakes, and they freeze really well in a Ziploc bag! To reheat, simply pop in the toaster!

November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday SALE!

Support handmade artisans this Holiday season!! Buy "local"...from my hands {and heart} to yours!

To celebrate Cyber Monday, enjoy a 20% off coupon! Use coupon code CyberMonday20 at checkout and have 20% off your entire Etsy order (including custom orders placed and paid for today!)

Happy Shopping!



*coupon expires at midnight!

Mompreneur Monday: Mama Mahoney Creations

Happy Monday all...and CyberMonday at that! I do hope that you all choose to buy
handmade this holiday season...and what a better way to start than with some of my
mompreneurs!

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Janice of Mama Mahoney Creations. She creates
really funky custom totes and accessories...the kind that make you rethink that dingy
old black diaper bag! Here are five things you should know about Mama Mahoney...

1. I make mostly quilted custom totes and accessories (although my Artfire shop does
have pre-made items that are ready to go). My customers choose quilters grade cotton
in the design of their choice along with the bag size and closure options (button or
zipper). I then quilt, embroider and assemble the bags from the studio in our house.
The embroidery can be anything from simple initials to a favorite phrase or even a
special date. I tell my customers that if they love the fabric, they will love the
bag. Most of the work is finding the right fabric to fit the customer's needs and
taste. I chose quilters cotton because of the high quality of the fabric and that
it can be washed in cold water on gentle cycle and dried in the dryer on low heat.
The fabric works great and is perfect for busy Moms who want something to fit their
unique style, that is functional, easy to care for and be the "go to bag" on the
way out the door. My bags are "wash and go" (kinda like me :) )


{She also makes amazing Kindle and e-reader cases!}

2. We moved into a new house about 4 months ago and I have been lucky enough to be
able to set up my studio in my own space (with a door and everything). It is
located on the main floor of our home so that I can keep an eye on my youngest and
get work done. I use my crockpot for dinner on days that I know I want to be
sewing until late in the afternoon. I also have a huge family center in the
kitchen. It includes a large calendar, a white board for groceries or tasks that
need done and a chore chart for the kiddos. The older kids know that if it is not
on the calendar, it does not get done. I would still like a clone on most days or
at the very least a couple of more hours!

3. My greatest challenge being a MOMpreneur is achieving balance in my life. I
think that is a tough thing in general for most women. We have so much on our
plates and adding an emerging business (essentially another "needy" kid) to the mix
can be tough. When I am working, I am happy because I am achieving something on my
own, but I feel guilty for not spending every free minute that I have with my kids.
On the other hand, when I am with my kids and having fun, I am still ticking off
the list in my head that I need to get done the next day. It is like I am
multitasking all the time. There is so much more of the family responsibility
placed on the Mom, so that instead of "downtime" we are constantly on the go. I
am working on the concept of downtime, but if anyone figures it out, could you let
me know ? :)



4. When deciding what to do for your business, make it something that you love.
By LOVE, I mean something that is fun for you to do on a daily basis and if possible,
something that brings you joy to create. For instance, I have two loves, sewing
and baking. Have done both for friends and also for money. But when deciding what
I wanted to to everyday, sewing won (basically, to be honest, if I baked cookies
everyday, I would be as big as a house!) Do what you love and the rest will come.

5. I am really excited to be participating in the GBK Oscar Gift Lounge in February!
Just finished rebranding and opened my own website :) This year, for the first time,
I am offering gift certificates for you to give to that special someone to allow
them to create their own bag. Perfect gift for that hard to buy for friend or
relative. Also, until my birthday on Wednesday, you get the present! 40% any ONE
item in my store. Just enter happybirthdaymama in the comments section and I will
send you an adjusted invoice. This *includes* gift certificates for custom bags.
Will only offer this discount to FB fans, so check out my page!




November 25, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday: Flirty Girly Cake

Okay...I'll admit that I am fully addicted to Pinterest. I've done everything from planning the decor, room by room, of our new house (that we don't even have yet) to planning my son's 2nd birthday party (next June...), to creating an inspiration board for my big 30th birthday next year

This cake caught my eye and I think it's absolutely over-the-top-fabulous!



I love everything about it...the colours, the flower, even the cake stand!

Check out The Pastry Studio for more fabulous cakes!

November 24, 2011

Special Post: Etsy Coupon Code!

Happy Black Friday everyone!!

Use this code: BlackFriday30 for 30% off our Etsy shop!

Happy shopping, and may you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



*code expires Sunday, November 27th at 12midnight*

SWH4T$: Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome back to SWH4T$! We are now featured on Blog Hops Everyday's listing for Thursday hops! Go us!

Don't you want to join in on the fun?

A few rules:

1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC

2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money and time, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".

3.) Post our button on your post

Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!






Happy Thanksgiving!

In celebration of American Thanksgiving, I thought I would feature a few ideas on how to stretch that Thanksgiving turkey a little further.

I remember when I was little I had a book about Thanksgiving and the little boy in the book used to always complain about how for the week after Thanksgiving they would have turkey every.single.night for dinner. I always wondered why that didn't happen in our house; either my family was a bunch of hungry pigs and ate it all that day, or we just had a really small turkey. Either way, I know in most households the turkey gets transformed into various & sundry leftover masterpieces :)

Everyone knows that leftovers are a great way to make your food dollar stretch. Moms know this, Chefs know this. It just works. Kitchens save money on feeding their staff by using leftover ingredients to make meals for the kitchen & waitstaff before service. Mizzle is always talking about the crazy things that they can do with pasta & chicken scraps.

My favorite thing to do with the leftover turkey is to make Thanksgiving Shepard's Pie. I have no idea where my mom got the recipe, but she's made it for the past few years and it is awesome. It's great because it also uses up your leftover mashed potatoes & stuffing.






Its really easy...even I can make it!

Layer as follows:
-stuffing (my dad makes sausage & sage stuffing)
-turkey with a bit of gravy
-veg of your choice (I like corn, Mizzle likes Green Bean Casserole)
-potatoes (my mom usually splits the pan in half with half regular mashed and half sweet potato)
-shredded cheese
Bake at 400* for about 30-40 minutes, or until warmed through and cheese on top has melted.

Other ways to stretch your bird:
-make stock with the carcass (speaking of which, carcass is such a weird word, isn't it?), freeze in ice cube trays and then transfer to a ziploc bag to store in the freezer to use in recipes throughout the year.
-make turkey soup or turkey gumbo
-Thanksgiving Sandwich (layer turkey, stuffing & cranberry sauce in between 2 hearty slices of bread with a thin shmear of mayo. Mmmmmm!)

And, as always, the best and cheapest way to enjoy your leftovers is to arrange them on a plate, pop them in the microwave or oven, and sit down at the table with your family and eat all together. Nothing is less expensive yet so incredibly rewarding all at the same time than spending time with family...

What do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Have any creative ideas that you would like to share? Did anyone do any creative budgeting for their holiday meal? How did you organize your cooking time? Link up & share!






November 23, 2011

Whimsical Wednesday: Sweet Treat Bags

Ever find yourself in a pinch and searching for a gift bag? I have an easy peasy solution for you, and one that likely you have the supplies lying around the house for.

Sweet Treat Bags

Materials:
- brown paper bag
- scissors
- patterned paper
- coloured paper
- ink
- stamps
- ribbon


Step 1:
Cut the top edge of your paper bag with fancy scissors, or create your own edging with regular scissors.

Step 2:
Stamp desired stamps with desired ink in a hap-hazard pattern on the front of the bag

Step 3:
Cut and glue patterned and/or solid paper on the bottom 1" to 3" of the bag

Step 4:
Fold over a 1 1/2" lip at the top

Step 5:
Using a standard hole punch, punch a hole through all four layers of the bag on the folded lip

Step 6:
Thread your ribbon though the hole and tie! If you have decorative punches and want to get fancy, punch a few shapes, layer them and glue them on the flap to cover where the hole is punched through the bag.

Viola! Pretty and simple...a sweet treat bag! A great craft for a kids' party, a rainy day or even for cookies to give to friends and family at Christmas time!

Happy crafting!

November 22, 2011

Special Post: Want to Review Sweet Stella's?

I have had the pleasure of being reviewed by some really amazing mama blogger like Baby Shmizz and Building Our Story, and word is getting around about my crafty little shop.

One thing that I am asked about quite frequently by mom bloggers is if they can feature my blog (heck yes!) and do a product review (quite possibly!) and even a giveaway or coupon code for their readers (when resources are available, for sure!)

As such, I've created a new tab called Reviews to help you with your requests to make sure that my work fits well for your readership, and that your blog fits with my goals and shop values.

Take a minute and give it a read!

I will be looking for some blogs to be reviewed on for 2012, so get your name in the hat early!!

Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Favourite Products

I've been asked time and again...what is your favourite product to create?

Hands down, board books.



The first one that I created was for my son, Owen, so that he would have pictures of all of the special people in our family and would know what they did with him when he was just a baby.

I love to write, and have written some short stories, tonnes of poems, and even a few children's stories in the past, so writing the board books about someone's silly special family is amazing. it's such an honour to work with a family on their story too!

I get a crazy list of family members, their special names and what they do with the child. From there, I create a one-of-a-kind story while the Mama choose papers, stamps and inks, a theme for the backgrounds and cover.


After that, I get crafty and create a board book like no other...unique and special, just for them! Some I have handwritten and others I have done some graphic design for. It brings me so much happiness to know that I've created something truly wonderful and unique for a family!

Finally, I put clear photo corners on the pages so that the family can fill the book with pictures of their child (or children!) with their special family members.



I think I may need to expand the selection of board books as well...shapes, letters, animals...maybe even those stories that I wrote a number of years ago about a lazy otter named Ollie who loved to daydream...

November 21, 2011

Mompreneur Monday: Blanket Statements

Today we're catching up with Leslie from Blanket Statements! Leslie is such a breath of fresh air in the selfish world that we all live in. Her motto? Get a blanket, give a blanket - help a woman in need. Share warmth, comfort and love! What a beautiful statement!

We've interviewed her before, so let's see what's new!

What do you do?
In my previous life I was a graphic designer. I am currently the webmaster for a local school district. I also recently started Blanket Statements, a social enterprise that was founded with the principal to help women going through the transition time from leaving their homes to entering a shelter. I spent many sleepless nights feeling trapped in my own home and wondering how I was going to get out - what was I going to do. How do you leave in the middle of the night with nothing but your kids? I didn't have the self esteem to do it. I was afraid. I wrapped up in my blanket. Night after night. When I did finally leave, it was into my own rented house, not a shelter. But I wanted to do something to help women that felt the same way I did. So alone and afraid. I wanted them to have something when they got to the shelter. A blanket of their own with some words of encouragement on the card. Words from a stranger. To show them someone out there cared about them.



How do you maximize your time as a busy mom running a business?
Well, it is very difficult. I am the mom of two high schoolers who come with their own schedules and activities. I work full time at "my day job." Blanket Statements is relegated to every spare moment I can find at the moment. The ten minutes I have before work time starts...stealing time during lunch...sitting in parking lots waiting to pick up kids...in the evenings when there isn't a band concert, or choir concert, or football game, or baseball game, or theater production, or practices. It is a major juggling act, and it is very slow going. But it is what it is right now, and I'm thankful for every moment of all of it. I honestly never expected to live this long. I count each day as a bonus.

What do you see as your greatest challenge being a MOMpreneur?

Time and money are the greatest challenges right now. I am operating on school district salary - which is very low. I'm supporting my kids and their activities first and everything else comes second. I have shoes held together with duck tape. I'm in desperate need of a hair cut. There is more duck tape on my car than my shoe. lol. Duck tape is really holding just about everything together for us - but I have the BEST time with my kids and we are making it work. We spent a couple weeks without gas this last month, we scrape change together for dinner some nights, but I wouldn't change a thing. The three of us are growing exponentially as people and for that I am extremely grateful.



What advice do you have for other moms looking to start a business?
I say, do it. My business is growing very slowly right now, but that's ok. I have the vision of what I want it to be and we are on the right course. I know it will take time, and I have a lot of patience. Follow your heart is the best advise I can give anyone. Follow your heart and be true to yourself. Don't let other people hold you back. And don't hold yourself back either!

Is there anything else you'd like to share? What's new?

Blanket Statements will be shifting our inventory over to all American Made products soon. We already offer several blankets that are eco-friendly and made in the USA, but one ideal I founded this business with was helping people - including American companies and workers. I am very excited about this and can't wait for it to happen.

November 18, 2011

Fabulous Finds Friday: Heirloom Quilts

While I am by now means a quilter, I have a great respect for the art and those who spend a crazy amount of time cutting the fabric and sewing everything together.

I was looking for some ideas and inspiration for Owen's second birthday (not until June 2012 mind you...but one can never be too early for party planning!) and came across these gorgeous quilts.



And being sentimental at heart, I am definitely saving some of his baby clothes to have a quilt made for him. Well...maybe for me to snuggle up on the couch with once he's grown.

Either way, completely fabulous.

You can check out the Etsy shop, warmnfuzzies, here.

November 17, 2011

SWH4T$: Homemade Scrubs

Welcome back to She Works Hard For the Money!

A few rules:

1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC

2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money and time, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".

3.) Post our button on your post

Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!




Homemade Scrubs
It's almost that time of year...

The air turns cold and takes your breath away...carolers will soon be out on the streets...and jolly old St. Nicholas will be bombarded by letters from little ones.

That also means gift giving as well, and I don't know about you...but homemade and handmade gifts from the heart go a very long way!



The other day, I made these for my mom as a part of her birthday gift. A yummy and glorious Brown Sugar Honey Oat Body Scrub, and a super fresh Peppermint Foot Scrub.

I finished them both with beautiful ribbon, and cardstock tags.

Here are the recipes and how-to's!



Find a jar that you have around the house...salsa, jam, jelly...whatever you have! Clean it thoroughly and dry it completely.

Combine in a bowl (I actually did it right in the jar)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp. honey (a natural preservative)
  • 1 cup oil (I used canola since it is nonsmelling and that's what I had on hand)

Transfer into your jar, and twist the lid on tightly!

Finish off with a ribbon and your tags, and viola! A yummy body scrub that can double as a delicious dessert topping!

For this one, I found that after I cleaned my salsa jar there was some residue on the outside from the previous label. So...I made my own and podged it onto the outside of the jar! I also covered the lid with scrapbooking paper and podge!

In a bowl combine (and I actually did this one in a bowl)

  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp oil (again, I used canola)
  • peppermint extract (for this, I just did it by smell...so maybe a tsp.)
  • 6 drops green food colouring

When it's all mixed and lovely, transfer into your jar, making sure to put the lid on tightly. Tie with ribbon and your tag!

Are you making anything for the holidays, or a special birthday, this year? Share your tips and tricks for saving time and money!






November 16, 2011

What's Next Wednesday: Mardi Gras!

December is fast approaching, which means Mardi Gras balls and New Years Eve plans are getting into full swing!

I've been busy working on some Mardi Gras masks, and I want to share them with you all today! There's still time to order these beauties for your balls and even for your New Years Eve festivities!



All-over red glitter with a black glitter pattern, red and silver paillettes and black netting. Finished with green ribbons, and extra ribbon on one side for a fanciful effect



Arc en Ciel...a rainbow of paillettes on a glittery black background. Capped off with white netting that comes over the left eye and pink ribbons



My absolutely favourite! All over copper with chocolate brown ribbons. Gold, red and copper paillettes create a beautiful focal point, and a fanciful black netting fascinator tie it all together.

Be the belle of the ball this holiday season with a Sweet Stella's mask!

November 15, 2011

Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Photography Studio

I was recently asked by Laina from Hanlon Lain Photography to help design her indoor studio, a lovely space that she is setting up in her gorgeous farmhouse (I'm seriously in love with her home!).

Off I went to Pinterest in search of inspiration, organization and unique ideas to help her make this space her own.

Some of my favourite ideas are



Backdrops hung on the ceiling - a brilliant use of space! You could also do this in a closet to further maximize the space that you have!



I love the colourful thrifted chairs - what great props! The funky wagon is also pretty amazing, and I know my little guy would love something like that! Having a variety of things, in one space, but making them make sense is key!




This is my favourite idea for her space. A rolling bench...a prop in and of itself, doubles as storage, and a client seating area. it can be out in the open, or it can be put in a closet. Genius!

I have some other ideas up my sleeve and I cannot wait to get started on helping her revamp this space, as well as a little nook just outside of it that we can make into a really fabulous client waiting area, consultation area and additional photography space. Window bench, anyone? I think so!

November 14, 2011

Tina Dean Designs Giveaway Winner!


Sending out many thanks to everyone who participated in the Tina Dean Designs basket of Sweet Stella's goodies (did you get all that?) giveaway! 132 entries, most of which were the first couple of days!

We have a winner to announce!



Congratulations, Kristen!

To those that we're so lucky, you will have two other chances this month to win some Sweet Stella's goodies!

Up for grabs to help celebrate American Thanksgiving, a Holiday Prize pack over at Baby Shmizz. And...a HUGE-multi-vendor giveaway later in the month over at The Mommyhood Chronicles for a $25 Sweet Stella's gift certificate!

Good luck, and thanks again for entering!

Mompreneur Monday: Little Free Radical

Happy Monday indeed today, as you get to meet a craft mama. The mastermind behind Little Free Radical, a children's toy and room decor shop on Etsy!

I first met Crystal when we were pregnant with our children, on a pregnancy forum and I think our craftiness (and honest attitude) brought us together. Now, we're members in The Artisan Group and talk often of creativity and inspiration!

What do you do?

I make cloth toys & room decor for kids!

How do you maximize your time as a busy mom running a business?

I rarely have time to sit and make things in one sitting - typically, I sew for a few minutes here and there as I have time. I try to get the machine sewing all done during the day, so that I can get the stuffing & hand-stitching done at night once Sophie is in bed since my workspace is in her room. I also take a lot of small projects on the road when I know I'll be in the car for an hour or more! :)



What do you see as your greatest challenge being a MOMpreneur?

Limited Space!!! We live in an apartment so my workspace is the corner of my daughters room. (I actually took the door off her room to be able to make use of the space the door was supposed to open into as a sewing area!)
I have to always keep the area "baby-proof" - make sure pins, scissors aren't in her reach... it's a lot harder to get stuff done when I constantly have to put everything away. Some day we'll own a house and I'll have a room of my own! :)



What advice do you have for other moms looking to start a business?

Take baby steps! start with a little at a time - see what works & what doesn't, and grow your business over time!

Is there anything additional you'd like to share?


I currently have a giveaway on Mommies Who Love Freebies for a set of 3 cloth balls!



November 11, 2011

Fabulous Find Friday: Braided Lemon Bread

When I saw this on pinterest, I was immediately intrigued.

First thought...does it require yeast? Because I don't have any in the house!

It looks like a pretzel, and I love a good soft pretzel! Make it sweet an add in a lemony filling...fabulous!!



How perfect would it be for a baby or bridal shower brunch!? Amazing!

Find the recipe here!

November 10, 2011

SWH4T$: Money Saving Apps

Rules of the Hop:


1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC

2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".

3.) Post our button on your post

Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!









Money-Saving iPhone Apps

So many of us have iPhones nowadays, I thought I would share with you which apps I use to help me save money. I know that Android phones are just as popular (I was a Droid girl before my iPhone, and Mizzle has a Droid too), and most of these apps or something similar can be found in the Android Marketplace too. And, because I'm a cheap-ass, all of these apps are FREE, of course :)

ShopSavvy




This app is by far my favorite. You use the scanner to scan any barcode, and it will give you listings of where you can buy that item so you can find the cheapest place to buy it. It also includes online retailers as well. How many times have you been at the store and bought something, and then get home to find out there is a deal on Amazon and you could have gotten in cheaper? Not gonna happen anymore!

The Coupons App




This app has coupons, online deal codes and links to freebies. It also uses your location to tell you where the cheapest gas is in your area.

Grocery Pal




This app uses your location to allow you to search through the local store sales flyers. It also gives you available store coupons within a 5-mile radius of your location. You can also create shopping lists with the items from the flyers, and add coupons to them!

Target




We all know I love me some Target. This app allows you to surf the weekly ad, check out the Daily Deal, and sign up for mobile text alerts with coupons. And, if you are desperate for a fix, it uses your location to tell you where the nearest Target is.

Jo-Ann Fabrics




Jo-Ann Fabrics is my go-to store for crafty supplies, especially fabric. They often have coupons in the newspaper, however they have a separate set of coupons on this app. You just click to display and show the cashier so they can enter the discount. It also will use your location to tell you where the nearest store is.

CardStar




This app is more of a sanity saver than anything. I don't know about you, but my keys are HUGE. I have about 10 little store card tags on there, plus 2 car keys, 2 remote starter fobs, plus 5 assorted housekeys. And, I HAD to have my 2 Coach keychains on there, natch. So, instead of carrying around all those little tags, and since I'm married to my phone, I use this app to house all the barcodes for my store tags. You just scan all your tags in, and then at the store you click on whatever tag you need and it displays a barcode for the cashier to scan just like your little tag! Genius!










November 9, 2011

What's Next Wednesday: Craft Show Recap

Well...I survived my first craft show this past weekend!! I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I definitely learned a tonne and made some really awesome connections with other vendors and some fabulous customers who have some really great parties coming up that I hope Sweet Stella's can be a part of.

The display, while exactly what I had envisioned, needs some work and I have a plan for reconfigure things for the next show on December 1st.



The ornament trees were a huge hit, and that is one area of the display that I am super happy with.

The bookcase, while a great display idea to keep things organized, needs some help. I'm thinking of stationery all on one shelf, along with a photo collage of the pictures from the GBK Productions Emmy's Gifting Suite with Jeff Probst and Annie Illonzeh.

On another shelf, all of the beautiful journals, and then masks on another. Keep it simple, and streamlined...with room to replenish stock where needed.



Another thing that will be changing is getting the Tiny Stacks and Favour Pouches off the table and into pretty containers of some sort. I have a woven ceramic bowl that I made years ago, so that could potentially house one or the other...





The masks were also a huge hit, and I was even asked if I do children's birthday parties...as in they have a Sweet Stella's party!!

Definitely have that in the works...everything from masks to fairy wands, piggy bank to treasure chests, and custom packages too!! Sweet Stella's Parties will be here for 2012, so stay tuned for their unveiling after the holidays!

and if you're in the London area, check me out at the Mountsfield PS Holiday Sale!

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