Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vacation Time!

My husband and I are heading to Ontario tomorrow evening! This is our belated honeymoon trip (married last March). Steve is from Ontario and so I will be meeting all his relatives, most for the first time! We are stopping at Niagara Falls on our way and I can't wait to see that!

This will be my last post for a week or so. I'll be home for Christmas though, so look for me then! ~Angie

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Decked out

Our Holiday Tree, full of handmade ornaments by the children and hand painted ornaments by Mom. Full of joy and love and memories. Just like this time of year.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Showing Off!

My youngest "baby" got a haircut tonight! Isn't he sweet? His name is Punkin.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It cometh quickly...

I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming new year and our ETSY shop. I'm starting to make a list of things I want to do. For one, I think I'm going to set up a DESTASH section to move out some vintage and antique items I've collected. These are items I intended to use on birdhouses, but then found out they just wouldn't work. I also want to go through and mark down some prices on some of our oldest houses. I would love to move them out of the studio to make room for new work. I am also thinking of expanding our line to include paper products such as cards and tags featuring birds.

What are your ideas for the new year?

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Mom and I found these wonderful, weighty porcelain ornaments at Michaels the other day! I love playing around with them! This one turned out nice enough to list on ETSY!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Nathan turns 10!

Here's a post on a personal level. My oldest son turned 10 yesterday! I've been a mom now for a decade! How did this happen? Time goes by so fast. I am so proud of my boy. I thought I would share these photos with you! Enjoy!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cyber Monday- Last Day to save!

Tomorrow is the last day for our big Holiday Weekend Sale! Save money and get wonderful handmade items for your loved ones! Click here to browse our Sale Items and also check out our Free Shipping Section!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Banner!

I got a new banner for the ETSY shop! Isn't it wonderful! I enlisted the services of enchantedmemories. I highly recommend this ETSY seller who has a special gift with graphic design. She has a shop full of banners, avatars, ads, and total shop packages, and she is so good at custom work! I told her what I wanted and she came up with exactly what I had in my head! I am just so thrilled with this seller!

Please go visit enchantedmemories on ETSY with any of your graphic design needs! I promise she will not disappoint!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Harmony House

Look at the stunning job Mom did on this custom order! The woman wanted her family home painted on an ornament, and supplied a photo. Mom worked so hard on this and I think she did an awesome job! Look at the detail!

Want to order your own custom ornament? You can do so at Ornaments By Deb on ETSY!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Details Won Me Over

Don't you just adore my splendid vendor apron!? I do too! It was made by the talented team of ETSY's Strawberryona! Kathy and her friend are so talented. The true beauty lies in the details of the apron. And the fit is so good. Strawberryona takes your measurements to be sure your apron fits like it should! Each seam is expertly sewn, leaving you with a high-quality garment you can use for years and years!

If you're in need of a cute vendor apron, hand crafted crocheted goodies, or holiday ornaments, head on over to Strawberryona today!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Craft Show Blah

I look happy in these photos, but that just reflects my pride in my booth. Sales were a flop at the craft show this Saturday. I was sad about the turn out and even more disheartened about the lack of sales. People were interested, yes, and we received a lot of great feedback, but purse straps were held tightly.

At first I was afraid it was the birdhouses, or the prices, but after all the great comments and watching many other vendors go through the same thing, I realized it's just the current state of the economy. People are being very careful with their money and let's face it, a birdhouse doesn't fall in the "need" category for the average family!

I'm chalking this one up to experience and I feel good about what I've learned. I look forward to doing more craft shows because now I know I CAN do it! Next time we will choose one in a larger town, though.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Loaded up!

Tomorrow Mom and I are doing a Holiday Craft Show in Lamar, MO! We have the SUV all loaded up! We have our display screens strapped to the top, and the inside is full of birdhouses, ornaments, bags, giveaways, and our little overnight bags! What a load! We have a two hour drive to Lamar from Branson... I hope everything stays where it should!

I'll make a post Sunday or Monday after the show! Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Almost time!

Mom and I are still gearing up for our craft show this weekend in Lamar, MO! Here's the most recent house we made! I love the scotty dog cookie cutter!

Woof Woof!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fill this heart with love... and Starbucks gift cards!

Mom and I spent the day cutting and weaving together Danish Hearts for the ornament shop. We're using some of the prettiest seasonal paper I've ever seen. These are turning out just gorgeous!
Perfect for holding candy, flowers, a small gift, or even a gift card!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Trying my hand at a new skill...

Today I painted some little reindeer ornaments! I'm a little unsure about them, but listed them on ETSY in the ornament shop anyway. I hope someone likes them!

I like seeing my initials on the bottom. Makes me feel proud!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Candy Cane Ornament Stand

Continuing to prepare for our craft show. Here is one of Mom's ornament display racks! Candy cane cute! We just have to finish painting it and staple garland around the sign. I think it will look so cute with Mom's creations on it!

Practice, Practice

Mom and I are doing our very first craft show in a week and a half! We made this folding screen to hang our birdhouses on! Isn't it great? I was practicing this morning so I could get a feel of what it will be like at the show. I'm really pleased and excited. We'll post actual photos of the show after it's over. Wish us luck on November 14th!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Have you ever?

I am just so proud of these shabby chic pink birdhouses! Part bubble gum- part goth- all original! I love the creating process! We had these old, ugly gold frames and I could just see the finished product in my head! I told Mom "we need pink birdhouses!" and she thought I was a little crazy! But I think they turned out super cute! What do you think?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Holiday Decorations 101

It's totally time to start thinking about your holiday decor! I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for ornaments! I just adore these cool blue trees from titchables on ETSY. Check out her store for more puffy delights!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

When does the holiday season really begin?

Well Halloween has come and gone, and now the sweet feeling of the Winter Holiday Season is drifting into existence. So when do the holidays begin to seem "real" to you? For me it is today, the first of November. Tomorrow I'll take down the bats and pumpkins, and put up more mums and leaves. The black cat on the piano will be replaced with my porcelain pilgrims and the air will turn colder with each passing day. Are you ready? I truly am!

Enjoy these delish holiday goodies from Times And Chimes and Ornaments By Deb;

Friday, October 30, 2009

A bright sun-shiny day!

The sun finally emerged today! I was able to get out and photograph some new birdhouses! Check out this funky flower house with bright orange and red details. I just love the way it looks hanging in this tree! So bright and friendly!

Where is the sun?

I realize it's Autumn and the days are getting shorter, but where, oh where, is the sun? We've had dreary, rainy skies most of the season and it's just getting so old.
How has your weather been?

Here's a little sunshine to get my day started off right~

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

100 Followers Strong!

A special thank you goes out to AquarianBath for being this blog's 100th follower! My we've come a long way from being a bitsy new blog! :)

Click here to visit AquarianBath on Etsy! You'll find yummy soaps, lip balms, and salves!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Holiday shopping begins on ETSY...

Today I received the Sleevy I bought for my best friend for Christmas! Isn't it cute! I'll have to order myself one soon!

You can check out Sleevy's Etsy shop HERE! Enjoy!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

I love handmade!

I just purchased some sweet slippers from ScreamingCheeToes on ETSY!

Happy Thanksgiving to Canada!

My loving husband, Steven, is Canadian. He has a maple leaf tattooed on his left arm. Look at the leaf he found yesterday! So beautiful!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Treasury That Love Built

I was inspired this week when I saw an Etsy Forum post where someone was offering spots in a Treasury West to people who commented on the Treasury. What a neat idea! So today I set up a Treasury, then posted an invitation in the Forum for people to come comment and be added! And they came! And this is the Treasury that love built! Enjoy!

Friday, October 9, 2009


To celebrate our very first ETSYversary this weekend, we are offering a HUGE discount on our birdhouses! Come on in and purchase your favorite for 25% off before shipping! Either wait for revised invoice, or we will refund your discount via Paypal.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halloween Treasury

I curated a treasury full of Halloween goodies!

Do you have a favorite?

This weekend Mom and I are having a SALE at Times And Chimes, because Sunday is our first ETSYversary! Do you have a house you like, but you've been waiting on it? This weekend may be the best time for you to indulge yourself and your neighborhood birds!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Today we're offering FREE SHIPPING if you buy us off Wimsy's Etsy BNR Treasury! You can purchase any ornament, not just the one listed in the Treasury, and the shipping is on us! And the best thing about a BNR is that an item from YOUR shop will take the place of the one you buy! It's a fun way to promote yourself and meet new people!