Monday, October 19, 2009

New Designer on The Scene! AMintParade!

See the launch of a certain to be upcoming new surface designer, AMintParade! Check out the artist's Etsy shop to pre-order some newly listed fab features. This Ripple Leaf design is my favorite so far!:) Please see

Monday, October 5, 2009

:( the mean reds

feelin' this today...

Holly Golightly
: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling? ( from Breakfast At Tiffany's)

Friday, September 18, 2009

BOGO FREE TEENIES!! Weekend Special!


To get your freebies: simply check out only with the number of sets you wish to PAY for, then in the notes to seller, please your equal number of choices for freebies. Freebies are of equal or lesser value.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Oh ShySiren... How I Drool Over Your Shop!

One of my favorite Etsy sellers is ShySiren. I have gone back to that shop over and over and over again, just to look at these pieces made with gunmetal -- The design is so simple and elegant at the same time! I think I'm going to have to make a wish list and then when I reach milestones in my shop, treat myself to something on the wishlist. My first treat was a bar of soap from Savor! I haven't gotten to reward #2 yet, but a bit of jewlery from ShySiren is definitely on the list!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wish List Feature

So I wanted to show off someone else's work today -- This is something I happened across the other day and I seriously have it tucked away on my mental list for Christmas gifts. My sister loves magnets and would love something unique and artsy just like these. Actually so would I! I might have to get some for her and for me! These goodies and more are available at

Thursday, August 20, 2009

What a Day!

So, my day started famously. Woke up to FOUR Etsy convos, all inquiring about special custom orders which is very good of course. Went to work, discovered they were discarding some fantastic high back stuffed chairs. They're in really great condition. Turns out they are "out dated". hmmmm clearly a Gen Xer did not make that decision. Because the chairs are so "out dated" that they've come in style again! And to my eye, look terrifically mod and classic at the same time. The upholstering is a tiny brown & neutral check pattern, not amazing, but in good condition and will suit fine until I can re-upholster them which given the design of the chair will be pretty simple, just have to borrow the air stapler ;-) They had 9 chairs...and I got 4! Don't ask where we're gonna put them, not sure yet. Someday when we have a house, I'm going to cover each of them in a different color, and they'll be an artistic statement all by themselves, along with an accent pillow.

So now wait, that was just the START of my day! Work day went by very quickly, there seemed to be alot of people in and out and a great spray painting project ( I work in an office in a library... and yet, spray painting, yes.) and before I knew it it was after 3. But now it looks like rain, great, I have the truck but now to get these chairs home. Hmm. Wait? Maybe. Have Tarp? Yes I do! So we load up, tie it down, and at 4:15 it's still not raining - So I head out thinking I'm going to be alright, going towards the hospital to visit a friend on the way home, it's not out of the way, why not. Almost there and it's just beginning to spit alittle rain. No biggie, after all I have a tarp. WRONG. All of the sudden it's a torrential downpour, it coming down at an alarming rate and being to crack thunder and lightening! The wind is beginning to pick up and I'm driving so pretty soon my tarp is getting bigger and bigger in the rear view, oh geez. Now a stop light. Perfect. Reach through the cabs back window, grab that tarp and pull it through slam the window shut to hold it in place. Finally get to the hospital, it's still pouring and it is an all out thunderstorm. At this point I have no idea that there is a tornado watch in place until 6. Fortunately the hospital has an covered drive through at the door. I pull in not a moment too late. Thunder is ripping right over head and now I'm worried if I'm safe or not! The tarp is partially off the chairs so the corner is soaked and I'm wondering now looking at the rope how in the world the tarp stayed on anyway. After about 15 minutes I finally have the tarp back in place and tied down securely. And I'm drenched. Flip flops flooded, pant legs soaked, shirt drenched, glasses wet, now I'm a wreck. Now to go inside to visit my friend and drip water all down the hall way so that everyone there for phys therapy can slip all over the floor. And just as I finish with the truck, the rain breaks, and lets up. Great timing. I visit for a bit then realize it's beginning to rain again. This is when I discover the tornado watch, hmm how about that. I'm thinking it's time to get home before pushing my good graces with the hospital being parked under their drive through and before the weather decides to freak out. It's raining again, but the further west I go the better it gets. It's almost blue skies by the time I get home and now it's sunny again. The hubs isn't home yet, so I in all my superwoman glory, back the pick up up to the door, untie, untarp, and unload those chairs. By now I've earned them lol.

Now I'm realizing that it's almost 6:40pm, hubs should be getting home soon and I haven't done a thing about dinner in the half hour since I've arrive. Good thing we got hot dogs!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hmmmm Warm Mint

And again, my color obsession bites me!!! What do these colors remind you of?? I think of several things. The charcoal and mint blue makes me icey & warm at the same time! I think cool and wintery, yet snuggly! I think favorite soft gray cardigan in January. I think the Maine coast on very cold day with the wind and ocean whipping about. Lol I think Earl Gray Tea with cream! Any way, here they be: my latest color creation ;-)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's Happy Hour @ ThePaperAddict!!

Today's Happy Hour Sale Will Be:

Buy One Set of Kraft Stationary and Get the 2nd set %50 off! That's right, purchase any set from the Stationary Section and receive a second item of equal or lesser value, 50% off! Just put Happy Hour in the notes to seller!
Happy Hour Runs from 11:45a.m.-1p.m. EST Tuesday, August 18.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fun Philly Photos From Flickr

These are some photos I took in Philly a few months ago, they've been in my Flickr photostream but I thought I'd post a few here. Enjoy!

Another Giveaway! See Skylar's Candy Clips Blog!

Ok, I didn't realize I'd be posting so soon about another giveaway, but this time I am the lucky featured giveaway-er :)

Please check out Skylar's Candy Clips Blog to participate in a giveaway for one of my lovely retro card sets. Terms of giveaway are laid out in Skylar's blog:

Have fun! Hope you win!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Blog GiveAway at Sweeter Than Me's Blog!

Please check out Sweeter Than Me's blog ( for phenominal giveaway featuring an item from -- I love ShySiren's simply style and use of gunmetal. I've been trapesing back and forth from her shop check out my "wishlist" for someday. Please see Sweeter Than Me's blog for terms of giveaway and here is a teaser photo of the giveaway item!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Stayin Up Late

Stayin up late, well sortof, it's 10:57p.m. lol. I guess that's not really so late. Hubs went to bed already, he was so sleepy. Watchin Law & Order, this one is actually really really sad. I love how they start them back to back to back...... goodness you are sucked into another episode before you know what's happening!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fabulous Friday

What a great way to start the day... yes I know it's already 11:49a.m. to be precise. However, I took today off from work to get ahead with inventory for Etsy. So already it was a good plan. Laying in bed with my hubs at 7:45a.m. which was sleeping in for me... when my text notification went off with an Etsy order! That will perk you up! Lol, but one order wasn't enough to get me OUT of bed! lol... several minutes later, ANOTHER text, another order! Ohoh!! Can it be? Two sales in ten minutes? Must be featured somewhere! NOW I get out of bed... grab the laptop, and hop back in bed lol. Hurray for days off;-) -- Sure enough, my Teenies are featured on the Etsy Front Page! Then another text! This time a convo for a bulk order, I like that of course! So I'm working up quote, yes still from the bed, Hubs is putting in his two cents worth of advice about how to run an Etsy business lol, and another text arrives and it's another Etsy order! By now I'm tickled with delight definitely awake:)... And getting hungrier by the MINUTE! And today is payday! I convince Hubs that we should go down the road to the diner for breakfast... which conveniently has a fabulous coupon/certificate deal on - He was in favor of eating in, and then buying a case of Woodchucks later! hah! I said my idea was cheaper;-D So off to the diner we go and eat the "Belly Buster Breakfast" ! I wish you could see it! Hubs finished his plates (yes, plural plateS) -- But I could only eat half, and the leftovers still looked like a large breakfast! Bluerberry pancakes, toast, sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, juice & coffee for 9.99 -- And I'll probably eat the left overs for lunch.. and dinner! Coffee was a little weak, but maybe I'll pop some more in here at home for myself.
Now that's it's 11:57a.m..... I am about start my day of Etsy inventory and working ahead......

P.S. These were featured on the FP!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

When It Rains.. It Pours!

So even though I already posted once today... and not for WEEKS before that. I realized I had something "blog worthy" to post!

So... do you Twitter? Tweet? Tweetering? I have come to realize that Twitter has instilled in me, in a short time, a very useful capability.

Twitter has gradually been making me a better Facebooker... and in turn oh my, I might finally have a handle on being a better blogger. Or blogger period!

I like twitter because of the character space restriction. Yes, sometimes it's annoying! But, having a limited amount of space means you CAN't spend a lot of time doing it, and makes you think what you REALLY want to say and forces you to get the most direct message in the shortest contents possible. Realizing that I can keep up with Twitter without spending a lot of time has made Facebook AND my otherwise lifeless blog seem less daunting and more attainable. For some reason, I was previously overwhelmed by the thought of "keeping up" on Facebook... or Blogging! Goodness. I thought that would takes hours and I just don't have the time or know what to say.

But Twitter has created a nice habit of forcing me to keep my comments short and sweet:) Giving me more exposure with less time!

What happened to my links??

I uploaded photos... and where did they go?! Oh well here we go. Here are some examples of the Teenies! They are just 2" square!

Rainy Day...

I think Ben Harper is excellent rainy day music...
But Sleeping to Dream by Mraz is good too!

Now that I am becoming better at FB and Twittering ... maybe I'll become better at blogging too!

Right now it's Happy Hour at -- BOGO Free Teenies:) Check out the Teenies Sections

Monday, July 6, 2009

Check out a Blog by LauraTrevey

So I discovered (or well, she discovered me) a fabulous blog called BrightBoldBeautiful Laura was kind enough to feature me, and a number of other sellers. She has a significant following and has opporutnities for sellers to market through her for a very fair rate. If you haven't seen her blog already, check her out!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The New Plan....

So clearly; I struggle to keep up with my blog. I just can't seem to write about myself! So what I'm thinking is that from now on I might just post my Etsy favorites. I think to add interest my favs will always have a different yet specific theme. Like today, my favs are pillows. I actually tried to list several different favs I created a bunch of different Etsy mini's, would post them and then go back and do another different Etsy mini, not realizing each one would be identical if I changed my favorites. If that makes any sense. I spent an hour creating a plant favs, pillow favs and original favs..... at the end they were all pillow favs . Anyway. Enjoy the new plan!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

One Week Since Opening My New Shop!

Alrighty so! I'm excited! It's been one week exactly since I opened up a new shop with a focused interest on colorful paper products for person use and supply use. I even changed up my blog to match. After just one week of being opened, I've sold 5 items and gained 50 hearts! So I think this decision will pay off! The new shop is

I will be keeping my original shop TheHollister25 open for my non paper, artsy endeavors!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Catch Up!

Wow it's been so long since I posted!!
Hope all is well with everyone. Life is busy! I've been working hard trying to promote online and offline. As well as trying to create some new products and get some ideas.
I've been busy with Etsy but busy everywhere! too many projects going on. My church is have a great art gallery in a few weeks and I'm helping, organizing and I'm supposed to have a painting done for next Sunday! Yikes! gotta bite the bullet and get to business this weekend.

If anyone is interested; I'm running a Discontinuation Sale at my second shop Http:// . I have a bunch of inventory that I want to get rid of to make way for new products & designs. So it's really marked down; journals in funky retro boho designs and hemp -- and blank card sets too! Check it out! :)

Hopefully more to come soon and more pictures!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

More More & More Ice

Here are some more pics from our blissful snow day off from work. My husband and I LOVE to take photo's are working towards starting our own business. Pretty soon you will see some links on my blog to our business website! Our business would be wedding photography... but what we love is more like a photography field trip.... just go somewhere or even just having a camera with you for whenever something catches our eye. Not too far away is a large botonical garden and when I HAD money lol, I used to go regularly with camera in hand just to meander for hours taking pictures. When I met my husband, he didn't know he loved photography! haha but the artist in me watered the artist seed in him and it sprouted! Sometimes I think he's more passionate about it than I am! Actually what it is is that he is the "techy" of the two of us. I see and I shoot, I know my way around my camera to do what I want to do. But when it comes to equipment, upgrades, software, and technical photographer language and equipment; my husband is the man... he knows it without hardly trying! Anyway enough about that! On to the photos!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Burning our Christmas Tree!

So on Wednesday, my husband and I were BLESSED with a snow day from both our jobs. And FINALLY our Christmas Tree came down! lol ornaments were put away, and we drug that thing out of the house, into the yard to the fire pit. The tree was bone dry, needles all over the place. But somehow I kind doubted that the tree would be torched as quickly as my husband thought. I shouldn't have doubted though! Here are the pictures; from small flame to all out bonfire; I think it took 1-3 minutes for the tree to burn to it's skeleton.

Etsy Thread Killer!

I am running a thread killer on Etsy to giveaway this fab little Valentine Set on Natural Kraft with matching envelopes.
Size of cards are 2.5"x2.5" - Sweet mini size perfect for a simple love note:)
Come post on my thread: if you are the last person to post for 36 hours, you win this little set; and I will ship it for free to wherever you are in the world! Here is the thread URL:

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Feast Your Eyes on This!

Food Themed Feature! Alrighty, one of my most favorite things is food... probably this is true of most peopel:) (Top Chef on Bravo is my favorite show, woot woot!) But possibly right up there with TASTY food is BEAUTIFUL food. My hat is off to these fellow Etsians who create delicious and beautiful food -- I practically drooled while creating this post, it all looks so good!

Cookie Cravings by Http://

Sweet Caramely Treats! by

Marshmellows in Tasty Flavors! by Http://

Spices & Sprinkles by

Oreo's & Brownies with Love!by
(if you order, mention that you found ASugarAffair in this blog!)