$250 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway and Handmade Gift Guide

I am joining in with some great etsy shops today to bring you a handmade gift shopping spree!  Buy handmade gifts from Etsy this holiday season with a $250 gift card to spend any way you choose.  Sounds great right?  But first I thought I would share a handmade gift guide from some of my favorite Etsy shops this holiday season.  (Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

First up is this vintage inspired leather cuff from Lucy’s Inspired.  Lucy makes wonderful jewelry from found objects.  Her work is amazing and you should head over there ASAP.

Next up is this gold glitter feather art from Two Thirty Five Designs.  I love the gold glitter with the softness of the feathers.  There is other great handmade art and more to choose from here as well.

A wonderful gift is this reversible roll up shopping tote from The Silly Pearl.  These would be great for teachers, friends, co-workers, plus more!

Grab a personalized barn wood sign from My Repurposed Life for someone on your gift giving list.  I love the look of old barn wood…so y’all can get me one if you want!  

Speaking of wood art, this pallet art sign from Read the Signs is amazing!  I chose my fave but there are oh so many more.  Which one would you choose?

Maybe rustic wood is not your thing?  Head on over to Bombshell Bling for items like these ombre earrings.  Give the gift of bling to a lady on your list.

I adore the handpainted eggs from Suzy’s Sitcom Store.  These amazing creations are all one of a kind and so intricate.  I could stare at them for hours.

Grab a kit or two to turn a wine bottle into an oil lamp over at Peanut Bearys.  What a creative and unique gift these will make.

You could also do some instant shopping by printing some printable art from From Me with Love Design.  Pop one of these into a frame and you have an instant gift.

One of my personal favorite Etsy shops is Shop 24.  My friend Lisa has things like the burlap pouch pictured below or even a mason jar cup with a straw.  Get your Christmas shopping started at Shop 24.

Decorate your packages with the fabulous chalkboard tags from The Scrap Shoppe.  A perfect addition to your handmade gift package!

Visit the lovely Etsy shops below to shop handmade this holiday season.


Now who wants to win this giveaway?? 

Enter to win via the rafflecopter widget below.  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  US residents only.  Void where prohibited.  Winner will be displayed on the widget once the contest ends.  This contest is in no way affiliated with Etsy.  Gift card will fall under Etsy gift cards terms of use policy

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Small Business Saturday and a Handmade Business E-Book!

First of all, in honor of small business saturday, cyber monday, etc, etc.  I am offering up 25% off in my etsy shop!  Head on over and use TAKE25 to take 25% off of ALL items in my etsy shop!  As always shipping in the US is FREE!  Hope to see ya there!
Now some exciting news!  My friend Gina has written an ebook!   
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From Passion to Profit: A How To for the Handmade World
In the book Gina shares — how to find your passion, create a product line, branding basics and how to set yourself up to succeed long term, it even deals with the pesky Etsy relevancy issue.  Because Gina has given me tons of advice over the past 2 years of my blog and etsy store opening.  I know that her secrets work!  And now you can get in on them too!  I hope you will click over and learn from Gina!
See y’all later this weekend!  Hope you got lots of shopping done!
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New Pin Cushion Design!

I have played around with pin cushions since starting my etsy shop.  I thought I would show off my latest design!!

Yep a mini terra cotta pot painted in gray is the perfect base for your pin cushion…

Then I had this CA-UTE vintage fabric in my stash!!  Love the mushrooms!!

See…it really is a little clay pot…

So I made myself a pin cushion plus one for the ol’ etsy shop…get it while it lasts! :) 

I do have enough of the fabric for maybe one more cushion then these will be a product from the past!  Well okay I might make some more but I will have to find another cutesy vintage fabric…cause they would not be the same without that vintage touch!  Or find your own mini pots and get glam with your sewing supplies!

For even more etsy goodness check out Shabby Creek Designs!  She has a 10% off special going on with coupon code TCCE11!  Why not spook up your home this Halloween with one of her Raven pillow covers?? 

Plus so much more….check out Gina’s shop today!
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Thrifty Finds — Sewing Notions and Bingo Cards

One of my favorite things to find at thrift stores is sewing notions.  It occured to me that I had never blogged about em.  I found three items this week for 25 cents each.  I pick these up when I see them.  Then when I go to do a project, I may very well have the materials I need already in my sewing cabinet! :) 

So I always make sure to look through the sewing notions at any thrift store!  Also this week I found then GREATEST vintage bingo game!!  I have decided there are waaaay too many vintage bingo cards for one girl…so I have put them up in my etsy shop.  If y’all are in need of some vintage bingo cards drop me a line! 

Did y’all find any treasures this week?  Be sure to link em up at Rhodas!!
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My Birthday Gift — TO YOU! :) and something to do for ME!

Gina spilled the beans on my birthday…
So I thought I would give all of YOU a gift! 

10% off at The Country Chic Cottage etsy store from now until 3/21/2011 (Monday)
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My shop already has free shipping in the US — so there are deals to be had! :)

I can do a custom lot of sheet music or maps with YOUR choices in it!  (I have tons not even listed…let me know what you are looking for in paper ephemera!!)  Or a custom painted barn wood sign!  And yep — you can get 10% off of those custom orders too!
Drop me a convo and let’s get your order ready to ship!  How is that for a birthday gift?? 
Now do you want to give me something??  Here is my plea!!  Pretty please drop by Crystal’s Craft Spot and vote for my Burlap and Ribbon Pillows!!  Pretty please with sugar on top!!

That would make my birthday!! :)
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Free ad space for the next month on my sidebar…

It is that time of the month!  For the next month your ad can be on my sidebar for free!  I have three slots opening up today!!
The catch?  All you have to do is agree to put my ad on your blog for one month for free.  That is it…an ad swap.  Anyone is eligible.  I will send you button and code for my etsy shop.  You send me button and code for your shop, store, blog, whatever.  We leave them up for one month.

The only requirement — you can only do it for one month.  Sound good to ya?  Email me and let’s work it out! 
Want a paid ad up top?  Or a larger paid ad?  Email me for that too!  Rate information available here.
Many thanks!

Black Friday Sale!! 10% off at The Country Chic Cottage

Black Friday Sale in my etsy shop Thanksgiving all the way through Cyber Monday! All items will be marked 10% off and I offer FREE US SHIPPING everyday!!

Everything in the shop will be marked down!

Yes even maps and paper ephemera!

Convo me quick for any custom orders and let’s take 10% off of those too!
Visit Etsymom Team Sale for even more participating shops!
Remember to buy handmade this holiday!!
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Free Advertising Anyone?

Want your ad in my sidebar for free for a month??  See here for all the details!  The rules for the free ad? 
  • Have a 125×125 button
  • Have a blog where you will post my button
  • You must not have done this with me before — limit of one free month per person please
Don’t meet these criteria but still want an ad??  Check out my rates here and send me an email! :)  Paid advertisers will get top spots and a shop feature post on my blog during the first paid month.  :)
New ads will start on Monday so email me soon!

No post can be without a picture and I am in love with this vintage Dr. Seuss!!  I have been one busy bee adding items to my etsy shop:)
Don’t worry 12 days of handmade Christmas continues…I just had to stick this post in cause it is almost the middle of the month!
Linking up my vintage book to Southern Lady Vintage.
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