Monday, June 23, 2008

So its been awhile..

So its definetly been a few weeks since my last post...BUT that is because

1. I graduated!!! :]
2. I went on vacation the week after that.
3. I had work as soon as i got back, almost non-stop for 3 days.
4. I am leaving again for another vacation in a little over a week.

But i am glad to be back for now! Things are just getting crazy hetic around here, as usual with my life these days!

Vacation was lovely, I went to Ocean City, Maryland with a group of about 7 girlfriends and my gay guy best friend. My boyfriend and his friends also rented a condo down there for a week, so i got to spend some time with him as well! The picture you see here, is the view we had from our condo. Pretty huh??

Just before I left for the shore, my sales really took off! I had alot...not sure what caused the rise but i loved it! I was super busy trying to get everything together before i left! Everyone just loves the PROMO packs. WOO!

I will have access to a computer on my next vacation, Cape Cod. I will be going with my entire family to visit my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin who reside there year round. Its gorgeous up there, a cute little town with such lovely people and amazing artists! My favorite thing is to eat out at all the little cafes' and such. Simple things make me happy :]

I will post again sometime soon, i promise!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Drumroll please....and the winner is..

BUNNYB! YAY! The lucky number that i drew was 22! Make sure to go check out her blog! Its wonderful. I am very excited about this first giveaway.

Anyways, I added SO much new stuff to my Etsy Shop yesterday. Some great looking items, if i must say so myself. My tags have all been selling like crazy! Its hard to keep up. lol.

I have found some cool looking things on etsy lately. I will have to remember to share them with you, on another post. Maybe tomorrow since im home all this week, due to finals. Or maybe later today? We'll see. Im off for now though. I'll be in the Etsy fourms all day posting, so stop on by and chat with me!

Saturday, May 24, 2008


So I listed some new things recently. I havent updated about them, because I feel people want to read more about different things. But today I am posting pictures of my new pieces :]
Alot of people have been buying tags lately, so ive been making alot more then i normally would.

Also, i have recently been buying alot on Etsy. I have seen so many things over the past week that I have fallen in love with. Especially LaurenAlexander's Shop. My favorite shop on Etsy by FAR. I ordered one of her prints, and its gorgeous. I am going back to buy an original VERY VERY soon. If i could i would buy out her entire shop!! Here is one of the many lovely things that you can find in her shop..

Well, i will be PICKING THE WINNER TOMORROW FOR MY CONTEST. :] (see below)

Saturday, May 17, 2008


WOOOOO! Today this morning around 10:30 I made my 100th sale. I couldn't be more excited. It only to0k me, 3.5 months. I think thats pretty good, right? I had 4 sales yesterday, so i think things might be picking up! OPPS dont want to jinx it now do i? Now i think i am going to do a giveaway CONTEST as a tribute to my number 100!

This will be a comment contest, where you go to my shop- find something you like, post the link and then tell me simply why you choose it. You will then be entered into the contest. You may post as many times as you would like! If you happen to purchase something from my shop, you will be entered an EXTRA 5 TIMES. Say you purchase 2 things from my shop, you'll be entered an EXTRA 10 TIMES!


There will be 3 prizes all for ONE winner!

FIRST- you will recieve a PACK OF 2 CARDS FROM MY SHOP.
( cards will look like the one you see below.)

SECONDLY -you will recieve a PROMO pack, full of coupons, discounts, and freebies from over 40 etsy shops.

THIRDLY - you will recieve 2 lady bug magnets!



p.s.- all orders do recieve a promo pack.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Its rainingg menn.........NOT

Today its SUPER rainy here. AH...what a bummer :[ I hate May rain! Its only supposed to rain in April! lol. Well heres some fun things to do on a rainy day. I might bake tonight, some delicious cookies. I'm trying to look for a good recipe online.

20 Things to do when its raining out..

1. Make paper airplanes and fly them across the room.
2. Have your own film festival. Pick a theme and rent several action movies, or sci fi movies, or movies with the same actor in them.
3. Go to a museum or an aquarium
4. Do crossword puzzles – even make your own puzzles!
5. Try sudoku puzzles, fun for the whole family.
6. Play Scrabble, Monopoly or Candyland or another board game.
7. Bake cookies and give some to your family or friends.
8. Tell family stories and take the time to learn about family history.
9. Call someone you care about for a talk.
10. Make tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.
11. Make shadow puppets with your hands and a flashlight on the wall.
12. Make mandalas.
13. Make paper bag puppets with lunch bags.
14. Teach the children how to say hello and goodbye in a foreign language.
15. Teach mom how to play the video game all the kids are playing.
16. Get pizza delivered for lunch and eat it picnic style on the floor.
17. Draw pictures to send to the grandparents and other relatives. Sit down and write actual letters to everyone.
18. Go to the library and have everyone get a book they like. Take turns reading out loud from your books reading to each other.
19. Watch the Discovery channel and learn about animals and nature.
20. Write a funny story together, everyone writing one sentence until you get to “The End”.

OHHH and i want to share this AWESOME recipe for a mini appetizer. Its SO good, and my cousin makes it all the time for family get togethers!


1/2 pound cooked ham, thinly sliced
1/2 pound Genoa salami, thinly sliced
1 pound processed American cheese, sliced
2 cups mayonnaise
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 onion, chopped
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 tomatoes, diced
12 hoagie rolls, torn into pieces for dipping

-Tear the ham, salami and American cheese into small pieces. Place in a large bowl.
-In a medium bowl, blend the mayonnaise and oregano. Mix the mayonnaise mixture into the ham mixture 1/2 cup at a time, until meats and cheese are well coated. Mix in the onion.
-Before serving, mix in the lettuce and tomatoes. Serve with the hoagie roll pieces for dipping.

Have a great night everyone<3


Saturday, May 10, 2008

100 Things to Do Before you Die.

Now, i know there are so many lists out there on things to do before you die, but this one really struck me. Enjoy reading, and see how your doing according to this list and I challenge you to make your own! Some goals are selfless, some are selfish. Some are small, some are big. Some will change the world, some will just change you.

Swim with a dolphin.
Spend the whole day naked
Watch the launch of the Space Shuttle
Walk the Great Wall of China
Listen to the Dalai Lama Speak
Ride a camel into the desert.
Get to know your neighbors.
Learn to ballroom dance properly.
Fall deeply in love - helplessly and unconditionally.
Write the novel you know you have inside you.
Ride the Trans-Siberian Express across Asia.
Stay out all night dancing and go to work the next day without having gone home
Learn to play a musical instrument
Work a night in a soup kitchen
Sing to the Elderly
See a lunar eclipse
Ask someone you've only just met to go on a date.
Sleep under the stars.
Touch a Tiger
Learn how to complain effectively -- and do it!
Forgive your parents.
Learn to juggle with three balls.
Learn to ride a unicycle
Drive a convertible with the top down and music blaring.
Buy your own house and then spend time making it into exactly what you want.
Grow your own vegetables
Spend a whole day eating junk food without feeling guilty.
Give a speech in public
Scuba dive off Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Go up in a hot-air balloon.
Give to a charity -- anonymously.
Make love on the kitchen floor.
Go deep sea fishing and eat your catch.
Create your own web site.
Make yourself spend a half-day at a concentration camp and swear never to forget.
Create your Family Tree.
Ski a double-black diamond run.
Walk to the crater of a volcano
Run a marathon
Look into your child's eyes, see yourself, and smile.
Reflect on your greatest weakness, and realize how it is your greatest strength.
Make a hole in one
Learn to bartend
Do a Bungi Jump
Visit the Holy land
Have your portrait painted
Tell someone the story of your life, sparing no details
Be an extra in a film
Attend at least one major event, The Olympics, The World Cup
Learn to speak a foreign language
Learn not to say yes when you really mean no
Send a message in a bottle
Be a member of the audience in a TV show
Buy a round-the-world air ticket and a rucksack, and run away
Plant a tree
Witness the birth of a baby
Shower in a waterfall
Be someone’s mentor
Sit on a jury
Shave your head
Make love on a forest floor
Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich.
Spend a day at Disney land being a kid
Write down your goals and then do something about them
Experience weightlessness
Drive across the country from coast to coast
Own a Porsche
Write you will Attend the Anzac memorial at Anzac cove
Visit new York
Climb to Everest base camp
Fly First Class
Go Whale watching
Draw on a wall
Set off a fire extinguisher
Win an Award
Win a trip
Queue for something for at least 24 hours
Fly a kite
Make a complete and utter fool of yourself
Wake up on a beach
Learn to surf
Be interviewed on TV
Stage Dive
Release an Album
Visit Te Awamutu
Make someone cry of happiness
Participate in a protest
Ride in a military jeep
Be debt free
Sponsor a child
Have a coffee on the sidewalk in Paris
Touch one of the Royal family
Visit ground Zero
Visit Area 51
Teach someone illiterate to read
Visit Machu Picchu
Go black water rafting
Accept yourself for who you are
Thank goodness im young, and have a long ways to go! I cleary have some work to do :]

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Promo packs FINISHED :]

Hello everyone! I am really excited to be posting today. Its GORGEOUS outside. Something around 75 degrees, and breezy. AH its just lovely. I took some pictures of my flower boxes outside my windows. Take a look at themm, and how pretty they are! I have been up to alot though!

I have gotten enough people to send me their things for my PROMO packs. They are great. I made up about 10 of them last night. You can see how they look here in this post. I am hoping for some more people though, because some people only sent me enough things for 10 packages. They are great though. So many goodies and discounts. AND ITS FREE with any purchase. How awesome is THAT? I know i would LOVEEE to get one of these packs along with my order. :]
All my wonderful volunteers were super nice, and GREAT to chat with. I really truly enjoyed messaging each one.

One of the people who sent me their awesome cards was Weirdbuglady. SHE MAKES HER OWN BUSINESS CARDS OUT OF USED BOXES. I turned it over, and it was the back of like a ceral box. How awesome is that? SOOO creative and eco-friendly! I tried to get a good picture of them, but thats the best i could do. This person truly has a great shop. You need to go browse..or even buy ;]

Well i will update later gators. Have a great night, and i hope your weather is as great as it is here in PA!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

First PROMO pack person!

Okay, so if you read my post below, you are well aware that i am starting to do something called "Promo Packs." GratefulGoods is my very first person to be included in these wonderful, informative goodie bags!
Each customer will have the option on recieving one of these packs or not. After you have purchased from me, I will convo you and ask if you would like one. REMEMBER THESE ARE FREE. Some people would not like such things added in with their purchased good. Not a problem!
Anyways, GratefulGoods sent me some super colorful business cards ( that you can see here in this post) that will be sure to catch the attention of any potential buyer! Be sure to check out all the neat things in their shop. Including this super cute candle you see below!

I will post sometime else this week <3


Thursday, April 24, 2008


Hello all! It has been a few weeks. BUT i am back!! I finally got all my work done. Thank goodness! I have alot of cute stuff coming into my shop in the next few days. I just need to get some batteries for my camera.

I would love to start doing some promo packs to go along with my orders.
If you would like to be included..

you can send:
-Your business cards
-moo cards
-or ANYTHING else you would like included!!

These will be going out with everyone of my orders.
If interested please let me know or convo' me on Etsy.

Next i found this awesome Etsy seller, MudHutt, a few weeks ago. I absolutely adore her shop. You can see a few of her items in this post.

Doesn't she just have the cutest things? You NEED to go check out the rest of her shop. She is always adding new things.

Also. I added this card twice to my shop by accident, so anyone who buys it will be getting a FREE gift with it!!!! Thanks :]
I will be updating again this week.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Until Next time...

Hey all, I have been super busy lately, with getting things finished up before school ends for the year. :] YAY. I have been soo exhausted. I was so tired today, I just couldnt get out of bed. Oh well. Anyways, thats why I havent been updating as much, and not listing. I just need to get all the school work done before anything!!

Update when I can.. and have time. I listed more circle thank you's today though. Take a look.

Until next time...
- Ally.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Feeling good!!

Hello everyone. It has been a long time since I have posted anything here. I have been taking all of your advice, and just trying to get better! I am finally starting to feel okay again. :] Thank goodness! Sales have suffered greatly because of it, but oh well. Havent had the energy to make anything new, besides the tags you see in this post. After I'm done writing this I think im going to go try and bang out a few more items.

I went shopping for a dress yesterday, for a formal I am going to for school. Went to Davids Bridal, and found this dress, that i fell in love with, it looks better in person though. I am excited though. I love formals. :]

I really like it though when i wear the dress it falls completely to the ground and poofs out a little bit which i really like!!!

I will update later this week.


P.s- mention this post, and ill include a free card with any purchase!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Sick :[

Hey guys :[ i have been really sick for the past few days, im still exhausted and worn out. I hope i get over this soon. Im sick of being sick! I dont have the energy to be on etsy promoting when im not feeling well. Ugh. Sales are suffering because of it.

I added new tags yesterday, i forgot to put them up like a week ago, take a look. <---
I am really getting some good responses from that poll to the left you see <--- take it if you havent already! I am starting to work on some notebooks, and more tags will be coming, i promise! You have to buy them though! ;]

Alright well im already worn out from writing just little blurb. I will update when I am feeling much better. Hopefully that will be soon.

In the mean time, i found this cute little thing on etsy yesterday, I just love it. <3
Check out Urbanpaisley's shop here.
Until then,

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Feature #4- Natamon

Ok, are you ready for this? This isnt someone you would expect to see posted/featured on my blog, but i was really intrigued by this person, and the art they create. Definetly worth your time to look at their shop!!! Here we go...introducing.....

1) When did you first get introduced to your hobby?
When I was old enough to hold a crayon! Though it truly developed into my passionate life's work, and a fun hobby all mixed in together I suppose.

2) How long have you been on Etsy?
Since 2005-a long time for a Etsier. At first, I was moreso watching, surfing and getting a feel for the website. I didn't begin selling until much later, when I was able to devote proper time to my creations and sharing them as well.

3) What has Etsy done for you as a crafter?
For one thing, it's shown me that a wide variety of likes both for sellers are buyers, can exist in one place. It's also been a helpful, economical tool enabling me to get started sharing my works with the world. And, it's been a wonderful meeting place for some fellow creative types like me, whom I tend to gravitate toward with much glee.:)

4) Describe your work space.
Ha-ha, that's a funny one. It's basically my entire apartment. Usually between the living room and dinette area, I have all manner of compartments and supplies at the ready in those two main places. I work on tabletop and in my lap as needed, because I simply cannot work unless I am comfortable. My husband is a musician, so between he and I, our apartment is a bustling workplace to be sure!

5) How do you promote your shop and items (online and off)?
Online, I've joined several forum/network/social/photo sharing sites over the past 5 years where my work is shown. I have a few blogs I update, a website and two other shops. Offline, I share my business cards when I ship out my orders, and sometimes share flyers with the occassional coffeeshop.

6) What else do you want people to know about you? It can be ANYTHING.
That I am addicted to variety in my artwork, and that my Etsy store is my surreal side, which I titled,'Dishy Thicket'. My other side, 'Natamonworld', or also known as 'Creatornat', is my fantasy,illustraive & sacred iconography artwork on ebay and I vacilate between the two sides, because I crave the variety. Etsy became my surreal/whimsical side somewhat recently, due to the fact that I needed an outlet for that artistic side of me, and I knew it'd be the perfect, ecletic place. Much like some people crave wild, rich spices in their food, I am exactly like that in my art. I have to have several different artistic idea 'pots' simmering, all at once. It makes me very happy to do so. :)

You can also find Natamon at .....
Until next time,
Ally <3

Monday, March 24, 2008

A lovely day at the mailbox ...

Goodmorning....i hope everyone Easter was great, and the easter bunny left them with lots of candy. :] I worked a double on Easter, so mine wasnt all that great. lol. Anyways, on Saturday I went to my mailbox to find a lovely package from CrazyGirlBoutique. If you remember, i did a feature on her not too long ago, look below.

Included in the package were my business card notebooks, which are SO cute! I just LOVE them! and an AWESOME flower pen! The packaging was great, and it was just so awesome to recieve such nice things in the mail. Everyone should have some of these little notebooks, as they are a great promotional, and helpful tool! She offers them at a great price too. You can click on the picture to visit her shop.

I added some cute new things to my shop recently, im starting a new "bird" line, which i think is going to turn out to be really cute. I have only listed two of them so far, but more are coming i promise!! I think my circle thank you's are the cutest though.
Anyways, I will update you tomorrow with new things, and a feature.
Take Care,

Friday, March 21, 2008

What I bought on Etsy today..

Hello! I just thought I would do a quick post about what I bought today on etsy. :]
I bought from a LOVELY shop called Meeting Street Designs She sells the absolute cutest hair accessories EVER. Clips, headbands, pony tails, ect. She also sells keychains, and magnets! You can't go wrong here. I bought these orignally....... Arent they gorgeous?!

And then since she is so WONDERFUL, she offered me a free gift because I was so close to being her 1300 sale. 1300 SALES PEOPLE, THATS ALOT. She is awesome at what she does, and i adore her shop. AND she such a nice person to talk to as well! I usually have at least one of her items in my BnR treasuries when i get one, because her shop is great. This is what i picked out for free....

I honestly CAN NOT WAIT to see these in the mail! :] Please everyone go check out her shop!

Also, please take my poll that you see to the left.

Thanks so much, and HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Until Next time, Ally

"Steady feet dont fail me now..."

Thursday, March 20, 2008

New etsy mini!

Hey guys, i finished up alot of stuff today so take a looK! Free gift if you mention this blog!!!

I tried to get my etsy mini on this post, but it didnt quite work out well. So sorry! You just gotta go look at my shop.
I will try and update tomorrow.

I think i am going to do a contest :] So check back!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Feature # 3- CrazyGirlBoutique

Tonight we are featuring a lovely etsyian...whose shop name is...

When did you first get introduced to your hobby?
Two years ago I started a business with my friend and neighbor. Although I loved being a part of the business I realized ultimately it was not what I wanted to do. I stepped back from that business last year but realized I needed something in my life besides being a wife and SAHM to 4 kids. I have always loved creating, whether it was decorating my house or making things for myself or gifts for others. So I started making hair accessories and bottle cap necklaces for my daughter and sold many of these to friends and neighbors. It was then that I decided that I could sell these. I have sold many of these at craft fairs, but the time and dedication involved with craft fairs was not something that I have. That is when I discovered Etsy! What I make and sell has evolved over time and I love everything I currently make and hope to add more!

How long have you been on Etsy?
I have been selling on Etsy since December of 2007. I am really excited that there is a venue for crafters and artists to display and sell their hard work. I also love that Etsy has the forums to ask questions, get answers and to chat with others who are also doing what they love. I have gotten some great feedback that has encouraged me to continue what I love. I have also asked for and received critiques that have helped me to make improvements to have a better product! Where else can you get all of this?

What has Etsy done for you as a crafter?
Etsy has given me a place to showcase what I make. Before I found Etsy I thought the only way to have a place to sell was to do craft fairs or create a website. I found that the time and cost involved with creating and maintaining a website would not have been cost effective and it would have made it very difficult to dedicate the time to my crafting.
Describe your work space.
I am lucky to have a room dedicated to crafting in my home. It is an absolute disaster at all times but I have gotten used to my organized mess!

How do you promote your shop and items (online and off)?
I am in the Etsy forums a lot and have gotten many sales this way. I think the forums are a great place to showcase your shop and also get advice, critiques and tons of helpful information. I have also done craft fairs in the past which have been very successful. I have done a few at home shows with other local crafters and artist. I also do 2 local craft fairs a year, one is at our hometown Fall Fest the other is at Christmas at one of our local elementary schools. I have sent out emails with my shop info to friends and family and have started putting fliers in stores that offer a board for advertising.

What else do you want people to know about you? It can be ANYTHING
I have 4 beautiful kids, 3 boys (ages 12, 8 and 3) and 1 daughter (age 3) and a wonderful husband!. Having a daughter has been more fun then I ever imagined it would be. She is so girly yet can keep up with her 3 brothers. I also have 3 crazy dogs, 1 fish and 2 frogs. I have been very blessed to have an amazing family and great friends who have encouraged me every step of the way!
I just think her shop is so great, she has a variety of wonderful items...literally something for everyone. You can really tell she loves to be on etsy and create! It was more than a pleasure to feature her on my blog :] I hope that you all go check out her shop and her AWESOME business card notebooks! How cool are they!? Perfect for bringing to a craft show with you!!! To visit her shop, click on any of the photos above!! Thank you again CrazyGirlBoutique- great shop!
Until next time,
If you can help out, just put a comment on the thread to tell her your sending something!

P.S- arent these SUPER cute?!?!

Monday, March 17, 2008


Hello all, its been a few days now.. I hope everyone that is reading this is doing well. The other day i recieved my tile in the mail from the lady that i am doing the custom order for. I love it heres a picutre of it. <---- I just love it. AND in return i am making her custom "thank you's" and this is what i came up you can see the brown and robins egg blue is kinda like her theme for all the tiles. So i wanted to duplicate that. I may or may not add a rhinestone..not sure yet.
Anyways...very busy lately, as you probably could of gathered. Between doing some custom orders and trying to make new things, and study for school its just becoming so hetic! OH MY!

I put some new things in my shop over the last few days. Take a look at them, they are in my shop, and some are throughout this post.

Tomorrow I will be featuring another artist, but dont expect it to be posted until later on, because i have a meeting tomorrow, unfortanetly.

OH WHAT I REALLY WANTED TO TELL YOU .. was that i got a TREASURY, and i made it a BnR! Its called a "buy and replace" for all you who arent fimilar. You buy from the list, and then I would replace the person with you and soemthing from your shop!
Theres the link, go ahead and buy something, its super cute and cheap!!!

I have been looking in alot of card books lately, looking for new techniques and such, and saw eyelets. So of course i went out and bought them, and then bought the tool you need to use them with. So.. You will be seeing alot of eyelets coming in my next couple pieces because they are just so cute! You can see that i used them in my tags...already.
Well I will be back sometime tomorrow, take care and visit my treasury!!!
Until Then,

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Just thought you should see this....

I found this lovely persons shop the other day while chatting with them in the fourms. I immediately fell in love with this particular item. Their shop is all about recycling and repurposing items. To check out Green Artistry's shop click here. :]

Today I have tons to do, I have to finish up one custom order, and then totally start a new one. AH. Hopefully I will have time to create some new things in the midst of all this! 

Well I will try to post later, or tomorrow :]
Until Then, 

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ok, LOTS of new stuff to look at !

Hello :] So the feature I did the other night, showed up below my last post..which wasnt what I wanted but...thats okay. So check it out please drop a comment too! Anyways i have been quite the busy "bee" ..get it...two bees in a pod..busy bee..haha! I have added lots of new stuff to my shop within the past few days, some of it sold right away. I will post the pictures of what i still have left and what i added yesterday. You can find them throughout the post here. Convo me with any questions.

Next topic...remember how i was telling you the lights flickered a few times the other night, when i was having that really bad storm?...well turns out 5 minutes before i leave for work, the power goes out with no sign of it coming back on. I was like WONDERFUL, story of my life. I had to stay at my grandparents that night because there was no heat. My power didnt come back on until Sunday around 1. To say the least i was really missing the computer and my etsy! haha! I forgot how hard it is to live without electric! Stupid wind!

Last night went out to dinner with the boyfriend :] it was soo good. But I come home today to find my leftovers eaten. I was a little steamed, because i was really looking forward to munching on them!!!! :[ ggrrrr.

Also, i am really trying hard to boost my site views, of both here and on my shop. So please if you have any friends direct them to my website!! I am also trying to sell my products in a couple of shops around town and other states as well. We'll see how that goes. If anyone could offer me information let me know!

The status on my DAD's creation, is that he didnt start yet, i dont think... im guessing this weekend he'll make whatever he is making. The other day he told my mom that i need to think " out of the box." He is always a debbie downer with me. Oh well im not dweling on it.
I found this lovely lyric today and i thought i should share:
"Take my hand, take my whole life, too for i cant help falling in love with you. "- Here and now

AND if you could all maybe leave a comment or something, telling me something you would like to see me put in my shop, it could be anything paper related, please dont say like a purse or something. :] THAT WOULD BE GREAT!

i will post some more tomorrow.
Until Then,