You know your crafting/blogging is becoming more of a business than a hobby when you spend 2 hours on a Monday morning doing admin... *sigh* As a result I have a few notices to go through before we can get on with the business of admiring all the pretty handmade goodies. There's lots of excitement this morning in The Cute Kids Mansion (or apartment, if you insist on being factual about these things...) because I've had my second sale through my Etsy shop. Whoop! This morning my sheep hot water bottle has begun its long journey to Philadelphia, USA. Obviously I love all my customers but it's much more exciting when something I made goes traveling around the world.
Further excitement stems from being awarded the Liebster Blog award by Amigurumi Barmy. Woo! As an award recipient, I have to pass the award on to 5 bloggers who inspire me. I'm still deciding who to give the award to, so more about this later in the week....
Before all this happened I'd already decided that today I was going to launch my Followers Free Prize Draw so I'll press ahead. To enter simply follow my blog. Everyone who is following me at 11.59pm on Friday 2nd March (GMT) will be entered into the draw. The winner will get a felt bookmark or keyring featuring the animal of their choice. To follow me, click the 'Follow' button at the very top of my blog. There will be one winner who will be announced on this blog by Monday 5th March.
And the final reason to celebrate - it's Handmade Monday!!!!! In the spirit of the event I've included this photo of the hippo bookend I made yesterday. Pop along to 1stuniquegifts.co.uk and check out what lots of other craft bloggers have been up to.
Ok, back to business as usual. Today I'm revisiting a favourite topic - new shops on Etsy. All these shops have opened this year. There are a lot more bracelets in todays offerings than I'd usually feature but there seems to be a lot of jewellery shops opening at the moment. Still they're all very pretty, so I hope you'll forgive me the lack of variety just for today. Promise I'll be very eclectic tomorrow.
|Nature & Love Charm Bracelet by lizzymoorejewellery|
£15 (+ £1.50 p&p)
Beautifull chunky curb braclet with toggle clasp filled with pewter charms and fire polished beads.lizzymoorejewellery opened on 5th January 2012.
"Day 77" Photographic Print by danielsutka
£32.43 (+ £4.54 p&p)
Fine art archival photorgaphy print, limited edition of 15.
danielsutka opened on 18th February 2012.
Love Me Knot Friendship Band by shuandme
£7 (+ £2.50 p&p)
Black cotton Friendship Bracelet with vintage button detailing.Shu&Me opened on 14th February 2012
|Six Birds Giclee by visualphilosophy|
£14.26 (+ £2.33 p&p)
Colourful bird print, printed on heavyweight 190gsm matte cartridge paper, using high-quality inks for vibrant, long-lasting colour.
visualphilosophy opened on 8th January 2012
|Lime and Green Friendship Bracelet by efrossiny|
£4.54 (+ £1.95 p&p)
Lime and green friendship bracelet with heart charm and other small beads.
efrossiny opened on 14th February 2012
|Rockabilly Red Polka Dot Heart Necklace by RockafrillyUK|
£5 (+ 99p p&p)
Glass heart pendant which measures approx 40x32mm on a iron black curb chain measuring approx 24cm.
RockafrillyUK opened on 25th January 2012
|Swarovski Crystal Purple and Green Bracelet by seimai|
£13.50 (+ £2.50 p&p)
This dainty bracelet was hand-made with 3mm, 4mm & 6mm Swarovski crystal beads and finished with a silver plated clasp.
seimai opened on 17th February 2012
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