Thursday, December 18, 2008

Time for some Christmas cheer!

Well it really is beginning to look alot like Christmas!

We have been thoroughly pampered here with temps in the upper 80s for the last couple of weeks. That all changed this week though. Two storms came through and it actually snowed a bit last night! Not enough to stay on the ground but the surrounding mountains are just stunning, and the air is crisp. The leaves are finally changing colors too! I'll try and get some pictures later.

So now I am officially on vacation! I finished all the last minute order last night (those forgetful hubbies!)

This weekend we will unearth the Christmas decorations and bake some cookies and RELAX!
One of the best parts about being married to a teacher is they get vacation the same time as the kids!

Hope everyone has a very relaxing end to their week!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Feeling a little like super mom :o)

Okay so I'm not going to break out the cape or anything but...

I managed to get all my orders done and shipped out as promised while tending to my sick hubby and getting the house ready for my sister's visit.

I think I earned a grande Caramel sauce Latte!

Here is one of my many trips to the Post office...

A couple of pictures of a fun set of bangles I am working on for a good friend of mine :o)

Quick send your hubbys out of the room....

KEY CHAINS! This was one of my more popular stocking stuffers this year. Think I might make one for my hubby now :o)

Hope everyone has a Wonderful Monday!


Monday, December 8, 2008

Ready to ship Goodies up in my shop!!!

I'm working on getting the ready to go jewelry all listed.

Stop by if you are still looking for something special or a cute little stocking stuffer.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Look who's 7 months!!!!!

Where ever does the time go?!!!!! My baby boy is 7 months old now!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Coming soon!

Well I've been a busy little bee between the fun giveaway, Christmas orders, and preparing for one final artisan fair. Plus normal life with 6 little monkeys :o)

So tomorrow is the last day I will be able to take customs and still ship in time for Christmas giving. But it's not to late to shop in my little ol' shop.

I will be listing tons of ready to ship jewelry through out the day on Sunday. Lots of stamped jewelry plus gorgeous gem stone strung necklaces and bracelets. Once they sell that's it. Here is a sneak peek of some of the stamped jewelry that I am preparing for the artisan show, what ever doesn't sell will go to ye ol' shop...

I will keep the shop open till Dec 14th then I will be taking a much needed vacation to decorate my house, bake sugar cookie with the kids, make tamales for Christmas diner and getting ready for my sister to come out from Oklahoma and visit!!!!!!!!!! Yay I miss her!

Thursday, December 4, 2008



Congrats Ashley! Send me an e-mail!

Thank you again to everyone who entered, this was so much fun to put together (even with unexpected delays) Our baby is doing much better now thanks for all the well wishes for him.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the ladies who participated in this giveaway!!!

Have a wonderful night everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

slight delay in the announcement...

Hello to everyone who is anxiously awaiting the news of the winner...

I hate to disappoint, but our youngest has been really sick so I wasn't able to get all the names and extra votes tallied up.
I will stay up late tonight to finish it all and announce the winner tomorrow, thank for the patients.
Okay folks that's it!!!!!!!!I will post the winner tomorrow night!!!!! (well it's after midnight so some time tonight!)
Good luck to everyone and thank you again for all of your very sweet comments
Thank you to all of the Fabulous ladies who participated!Canela

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

9 hours left!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Only 9 hours left for the 12 Days of Christmas GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!

Don't miss out go HERE to enter

Monday, December 1, 2008

Don't miss out!!!!!!

Quick tomorrow is the last day for entries for the giveaway!!!!! I will close it off at 11:59 PST 12/02/08. Scroll down for all the info and the post to enter on.

Don't miss out on the CYBER MONDAY SALE!!! It ends at midnight! Free shipping on everything plus 10% off.
Happy shopping :o)

Friday, November 28, 2008

BLACK FRIDAY SALE IN MY ETSY SHOP FOR 11/28 to 12/01 ( I extended it :o)!!!!

runs to Dec 3rd!!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's Time!!! The 12 Days Of Christmas Grand Prize Giveaway!!!!!!!

It's Officially Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


First things first, thank yous and Rules!

Thank you to all you wonderful talented ladies who have participated, and shared your talents with us. A very special thank you to you ladies who have donated the goodies or your time :o)!

Thanks as well to all you lovely ladies who have stopped by each day!

The Nitty Gritty..

I will run the giveaway for 7 days, The winner will be announced on Dec 03. Please leave a way for me to contact you.


It easy! Leave me a comment on THIS post for one entry.

Would you like a chance for bonus entries?!!

For 2 entries in your comment tell me how you found this little blog of mine.

For 5 entries post on your blog about this giveaway with a link back for others to find it!

For 10 entries copy the HTML located on my side bar, and paste the Beautiful Button on the side bar of your blog

That's a chance at 18 entries!!!!!

Be sure to tell me in your comment that you have posted an link and or the button! I will do my best to come around and say hi :o)

If you don't have a blog account to leave a comment you can e-mail your entry to me at Please add giveaway entry in the title of the e-mail to be included!!

Here is what you are trying to win :o)

This adorable dish by Jen of
MUDHUT (rings not included)

A Yummy Goatsmilk soap, and sugar scrub in your choice of Brown sugar and Chesnut/ or peppermint creme made by Dana of OLD RED BARN COMPANY

A custom made tutu and set of Noggin topper hair clippies by Dana of TUTU MONKEY

These Wonderfully Whimsical Holiday cards by the Talented Kelly of HAPPY DAY STUDIO

Your choice of one of these darling little bags that Jayne sells on her Fabulous site BUNNY CHIC BOUTIQUE

A custom designed for you Ebay template, Etsy Banner, or Blog design, by the amazingly talented Jen of BAREFOOT DIVAS DESIGNS

Your choice of a Beautiful Key fob and the clutch wallet below, made by Pam of SEW GRACIOUS

This lovely Fairy shadow box necklace by the talented Gioncarla of ART OF THE CRAFT STUDIOS

This gorgeous (if I do say so myself) ;o) Fine silver and Swarovski Crystal Bracelet made by me CINNAMON*STICKS BOUTIQUE

A custom designed Mother's necklace (below are a couple of examples of ones I've made in the past) Again made by Me. :o)

This adorable Girls Necklace made by Tracy of CREME DE LA GEMS!

And finally a custom poetry necklace (your choice of poem or prayer to fit the charm) Again made by little ol' me.

Again leave me a comment for a chance to win all of these fabulous prized!!!! See above for details on how to get bonus entries!
PLEASE READ THIS INFO!!! Some of these items are being shipped out by these lovely ladies above. I can not guarantee they can all ship in time for Christmas, especially the custom items, so the winner will need to talk with me on the shipping time details.
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

On the 12th day of Christmas.........The final item!!!!


day TWELVE of the 12 days of Christmas giveaway!

For all of those who are just finding this little giveaway for the first time here is a quick review of what it is all about....

Each day I have introduced a new item, many made by very talented artists, and a few by my self. After all 12 items have been revealed then the on the designated post you can leave a comment for a chance to win all 12 items! As each item is revealed there is a small daily giveaway.

The final goodie for the grand prize is made by little ol' me :O)

Since I have already introduced myself, here it is.....

A custom stamped sterling poetry necklace. This can be stamped with a poem, prayer, or favorite quote of the winners choice.

To go see the other goodies for the grand prize clickon each day below...

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

The final daily prize goodie is this Yummy Ginger Peach Lip Balm!

Congrats to Love who won the Pearl ring!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

On the Eleventh day of Christmas...Day 11 of the 12 days of Christmas Giveaway!


day ELEVEN of the 12 days of Christmas giveaway!

It's almost time!!!
For all of those who are just finding this little giveaway for the first time here is a quick review of what it is all about....

Each day I have introduced a new item, many made by very talented artists, and a few by my self. After all 12 items have been revealed then the on the designated post you can leave a comment for a chance to win all 12 items! As each item is revealed there is a small daily giveaway.

Scroll down to see what has been added in to the grand prize for to day, and peek at the bottom for today's daily giveaway.

Meet Tracy of Creme De La Gems!

Tell us a bit about yourself
Do I have to? LOL!

I am Tracy, a blessed mother of two sweet sons, Justin (17) and Aidan (6) and I am a step mother to our social college student, Taylor (19).

I grew up in Northern California and began dancing at the age of 7. My life was spent for the most part in a dance studio. Aside from dancing, I dabbled in photography, art, sewing and etched glass. At the age of 19, I moved down to Southern California to pursue a dancing career. I wanted to be a 'Fly Girl' on 'In Living Color." Remember that show? Oh, how fun would that have been? But God had other plans for me. I did not end up auditioning until a few years later (Enter: Disneyland - The Happiest Place On Earth).

When I was a young girl, I would tell my Father that when I grew up, I would marry an Opera singer. My dreams became reality when I married Dirk, a lyric baritone! Although he is as gifted as one might think as an Opera singer, he chose a different path and that is Musical Theater. Right now, he is playing 'Phantom' at a Southern California Dinner Theater. Dirk and I met at Disneyland, where else? :)

As far as my Jewelry, I began working with polymer clay just about 3 years ago (approx). My sister taught me the basics and the rest is history. Our Aunt Jana was a polymer clay artist, our Mother was a gifted sketch artist and seamstress and our Father was an Architect and sketch artist. Art is all in the genes.

We like spending our down time at Lego-land, Sea-World or the San Diego Wild Animal Park, or we go watch Daddy in his show. Since I am a swing in the show, I get to be on stage and have a good time too, that's always fun even though I can't sing a note (I lip sink "watermelon, watermelon," kwim?), lol! My favorite part is hearing Aidan's little giggle out in the audience.

What do you create and what inspires you?

I create polymer clay beads and pendants for children's boutique jewelry.
There is so much that inspires me, but because I have a demand for my colorful, whimsical creations and matches, I can't always create what I truly inspires me. I am very much inspired by gemstones, Thai silver and stamped artisan styles that are petite with a touch of romance. Who knows? Maybe one day I will create a line of jewelry incorporating those inspirations.

Share a favorite Christmas memory

Every Christmas was very special in our home. One special moment that I recall, is seeing Rudolph's Nose up high in the dark starry sky, when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Ask me if his nose was blinking?

I wish you Canela, and all of your readers a very special Christmas, and to remember The Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thanks Tracy!!!

The eleventh goodie for the grand prize is this adorable necklace!!

Here are some of Tracy other fabulous designs! Each of her Polymer pieces are truly a Work of art! It is amazing the detail she can get on to such a tiny sculpture! Be sure to stop by her brand new website on Friday after Thanksgiving for a Black Friday sale!

Today's daily Giveaway Prize is this lovely Fresh Water Pearl and sterling silver ring! I will be happy to custom size it for the winner. It can be sized for an adult or child!
The winner of the ring will be announce tomorrow along with the final day of the 12 days which means....
The Tuesday will start the Official contest for the Grand Prize!!!!!!!!!!! Don't miss out!!!

Congratulations to The Barley Family who won the Custom designed Gem stone hoops!!! Send me an e-mail to talk details :o)
(to all my other daily winners that have e-mailed me, your prizes are heading on their way out to you Monday morning! Thanks for entering and enjoy!)

Friday, November 21, 2008

On the Tenth day of Christmas...Day 10 of the 12 days of Christmas Giveaway!


day ten of the 12 days of Christmas giveaway!

It's almost time!!!
For all of those who are just finding this little giveaway for the first time here is a quick review of what it is all about....

Each day I have introduced a new item, many made by very talented artists, and a few by my self. After all 12 items have been reviled then the on the designated post you can leave a comment for a chance to win all 12 items! As each item is reviled there is a small daily giveaway.

Scroll down to see what has been added in to the grand prize for to day, and peek at the bottom for today's daily giveaway.

Since I have already introduced myself I will skip straight to the 10th Goodie for the Grand prize...
Your choice of a Customized Mother's necklace!

Here are a few examples of some I have made...

Today's daily giveaway is a custom pair of sterling hoops adorned with gems. This is an example of a pair I made but I will work with the winner to customize the shape of the hoops and color of stones.
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win or send me an e-mail...
Good luck!
Congrats to Gina of an unpink life who won the lip balm!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

On the Ninth day of Christmas...Day 9 of the 12 days of Christmas Giveaway!


day NINE of the 12 days of Christmas giveaway

Meet Me :o) LOL The last 4 items for the grand prize are all made by my two little hands.

So a bit about me for those that are new to my little blog...

I'm Canela, Hello! I have been married to my best friend Robert for 7 years! He is an amazing husband, and wonderful father. We have 6 children, Kaiya 10, Thomas 6 (who lost his first tooth today!), Gabriel 5, Alexander 3, Megan 2, and Nathaniel 6 months.
I LOVE making jewelry. I have been making jewelry since I was 13.

What do I create and what inspires me....

I started out making basic strung jewelry, but I was always fascinated with metal. I am thrilled to have reached one of my major goals of fusing and soldering silver; and I have been fully enjoying coming up with new designs.

Everything inspires me. Most of the time what I create depends on my mood, so my designs can range from very complex and elegant, to simple and modern, and even whimsical and eclectic.

A favorite Christmas Memory...

I will have to give this one some thought, and post it tomorrow. Hey I need something to write about over the next couple of days.

The Ninth Goodie for the grand prize is this gorgeous fine silver fused bracelet with Swarovski Crystals. For more designs you can checkout my etsy shop.

The Daily giveaway prize is your choice of the Candy Apple or Ginger Peach Lip Gloss made by Naiad. She has soo many choices of lip glosses in her shop plus unique soaps, and lotions.

The Choco Peppermint is my very Favorite! Be sure to go check out her shop!

Congrats to Erin who won the White blossom earrings!

And Mrs. Robins Bird nest can you send me another e-mail? I didn't find one in my inbox or spam folder.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Day 8 of the 12 days of Christmas giveaway!!!!!!


day eight of the 12 days of Christmas giveaway ,

Meet Gioncarla of Art of the Craft Studios...

Tell us a bit about you and your Family:

I am married to my best friend who is also a very artistic soul but works so hard at his day job so that I can stay home with the kids and I am so grateful for that! I am homeschooling 3 of my 4 children just for this year and am enjoying it! Next year if all goes as planned I will have all 4 of my kids in school! Not sure what I will do! LOL

What do you create and what inspires you?
I love making small things, for instance children's jewelry and the shadowbox pendants. Something about them tickle my inner child and remind me how I once thought anything was possible, like the existence of fairies! I remember being so sure that they were out there somewhere! Which in turn inspires other thoughts and feelings from childhood, that I also find in my own children now and we can connect that way too. So anything that I create seems to get my kids and I talking and connecting which just stimulates the creation process again and again.

Share A favorite Christmas Memory?

1985 I was 7 years old and we drove back to Michigan from California in 2 days! Once we got there we started on the whirlwind of visits to the tons of relatives there in the 3 days my dad had leave from the Army. My sister and I were so spoiled and fussed over on that trip it was great, being that we were the first in the family to leave the family unit there in Michigan, we felt like we were sorely missed. We had tons of presents and dinner at my grandmas was fit for a king! She got out the huge leaf and fit all 17 adults at the table and the kids table was just me, my sister and my cousin (we were the only kids back then). Looking back I think it was rather amazing to have presents stacked to the ceiling just for us 3 kids! We waited till midnight on Christmas eve and then opened presents till we passed out! LOL That night was so fun because we were all together and everyone was so happy there even was a silly video being made by my uncles doing fake infomercials trying to sell my Grandmas strange collection of things like her ceramic elephants and fiber optic fountains and crochet poodles. (She's a bit eccentric) I still laugh at that! Then the night was was topped off by My grandpa unveiling an exercise bike for my grandma that she didn’t have a clue he had gotten her and she was so surprised that she started to cry and then he cried and so we all cried! Packed to our necks with presents we drove back to Cali on the day after Christmas and cried all the way to Nebraska! LOL But looking back my sister and I still remember that as the best Christmas ever

Thanks Gioncarla!

The Eighth Goodie for the grand prize is.....

This adorable shadow box necklace!

Gioncarla is a gal of many Hats! Checkout all of her fabulous designs in her etsy shop and on her Website.

Today's daily prize is these beautiful sterling and Czech glass earrings!
To win these earrings, simply leave a comment on this post.
The winner will be chosen at random and announced tomorrow morning with the feature for day 9.
Good luck!!!!!!
Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for the Ninth Day of Christmas.
You can enter even if you don't have a blog account, just send me an e-mail with "giveaway entry" in the title.
Also any of my featured artists and previous winners are welcome to enter the daily give away too :o)
Thanks again ladies!
Good luck to all!
Congratulations to Robin's Bird Nest who won the Queen Bee Necklace!