Sunday, December 27, 2009

Some of my favorites....

One of the down sides to trying to ship tons of orders all at once is I don't get the time to take pictures of them.

I did however manage to snap a few of some of my favorites from this years custom orders.

You can expect to see some of these in my shop when I re open. Plus lots of designs with natural gem stones! I just LOVE how all the gem stone jewelry came out this Christmas!

I think I'll do a give away just after the first so come on back!
I hope everyone had a Blessed Christmas! I'll have Christmas photos to share soon.
Today I'm going to clean my workshop and then bake cookies with the kids.
What are you up to this Sunday?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


whew! This was a rough Christmas season for us with our orders.
We were blessed with an abundance of orders as well as illnesses and injuries.
This Season we had, 4 urgent care visits, 2 ER visits, and I lost count on the doctors visits.

But thankfully we are all healthy, mostly healed, and Finished with orders!

I'll be closed for a full month.
I need to take some time to find a better way to handle things when business picks up as much as it has and life throws in a few curve balls as it did, I also plan to hire and train an assistant, the last was a disaster and my poor hubby ended up doing all my shipping this year.

My customer service really suffered when we all got sick. I want to have everything in order before I open again. So this year runs smoothly and is pleasant for everyone.

I will be posting pictures of some of the new designs you can expect to find when I reopen.

I will also do a give away once I have shipped out the last of the winners prizes from the last few giveaways.

Thank you so much to everyone who shopped with us this year! You have been a blessing to my family!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Come on out and shop!!!!

If you are any where near the LA area, and even if you are not you should come out on Saturday to the Hip Handmaids Christmas Shopping Extravaganza!!

Hip Handmaids

So many talented artist and designer will be there selling their goodies!
click on the picture above and check it out you wont want to miss it!!!!!!!!!

Hope to see you there
1711 N Avon St
Burbank, CA

Missing winners.....

I'm still missing info for a couple of my 12 days daily winners.

Please e-mail me at if you won one of the daily prizes and you have not heard from me. It's possible my hyper active spam filter ate your message.




Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Comfort food and gift certificates...

I've been in such a Funk lately.

I'm finally over the flu, boy did it kick my butt! I can't remember the last time I had to stay in bed that many days, not even after having any of the kids!

Now that I'm back up and working, I'm drowning in messages and trying to catch up on orders. I just can't seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's there and I'm trucking along.

There's just something so soothing about fall and winter cooking. I felt a little comfort food was in order to help me get out of my funk, so I'm making a huge pot of beef caldo (like beef stew but not thick)
I have the essential, beef onion carrots and celery, but I picked up some butternut squash and rutabagas (don't you just love saying that word), mushrooms and gold potatoes, corn, zucchini and snap peas! YUMMY!
If I had the time I would bake some bread but with the amount of orders to get done tonight I'll settle for the bakery.

What's on your menu tonight?

Also on a business note, the cut off for ordering is this week, but if you procrastinated too long Gift certificate went up today!

Happy Monday!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I have to admit I've been anxiously waiting to see New Moon.
I had grand plans to sneak away today and go see it, then come back to work the night away at my workbench.
But...instead I'm stuck in bed sick. :(
So I did the next best thing, hubby went out with all 6 kids and picked up some won-ton soup for me from our favorite Chinese restaurant. He ordered me to stay in bed and away from my work bench and get well.
Now here I am curled up with my soup and a bottle of cold medicine, and an almost empty box of tissues, watching Twilight on DVD.

Shhh don't tell him I snuck the lap top in with me so I can answer e-mails. ;)

What are you up to today?


Friday, November 20, 2009

A little Tea and Sympathy.....and a winner!

I'm so glad I did this giveaway!

I have to confess, I had a bit of a pity party yesterday.

I was wallowing in self pity...

~The baby is pretty sick with croup, and we ended up in urgent care

~I managed to catch it, or something else so I feel awful

~I'm so behind on messages!

~The house is a wreck...and on and on

I ticked off the list feeling worse and worse.

I logged on to the computer to see how many more messages I needed to get to before taking the baby back in to urgent care, I stopped by my blog really quick to pick the winner...and I read a few comments.

It brightened my day sooo much!!!!
I got over my pity party, put on my big girl pants, took some Day Quill, and had a nice cup of tea. Then instead of answering e-mails I went and cuddled my baby who needed to be comforted by his momma.
So I'm still behind on e-mails, the house is still a wreck, I'm still pretty sick, and the baby is still fighting a bad case of croup, but we had some good cuddle time in the rocker it good!
Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment! I loved reading each one. I wish I could afford to give away 53 necklaces to each of you!
The winner chosen by is Amanda who said...

I am thankful for my family: my husband and my two boys
E-mail me Amanda...I can't access your blog to let you know!

I have a Fun new set of custom stamps due in next week!!! Come back and check them out soon :O)

Happy Friday!
PS I promise I'm getting to messages as fast as I can! I even caved in and bought a phone with a web browser so I can access my convos when I'm out picking up kids and running errands.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Giveaway! :O)

The daily prizes from the 12 days giveaway are all heading out, orders are shipping out in big batches, the kiddies are on the mend...
So it's time for another giveaway!!
Our new Pretty initial necklace is in our store just in time for Christmas shopping! You can see it here!

What are you thankful for?

Me? I'm thankful for my Honey!
Thankful that he not only tolerates my crazy schedule this time of year, but he doesn't complain even when... dinner is scrambled eggs and fruit three nights running, or that the house hasn't been dusted in days because I was at my workbench stamping. Thankful that he gets the kids up and ready for school when I stayed up until 3 am to work on orders. And so thankful that he comes home with a smile and a kiss and asks how he can help me out. I'm such a lucky girl!

I stamped my honey's initial on my necklace (R for Robert :O)

What are you thankful for today?

Share a comment with us for a chance to win!

One winner will be chosen on Thursday afternoon.

Good luck!!


New moon twilght necklace plus another new design!

Remember the New moon giveaway? From ages and ages ago? Well it didn't go quite as I had hoped it would!

I had to put all new projects on hold for awhile so I could take care of my sick kiddies, get caught up on orders and find some helpers!

But....just in time for the big premier! This is the first of the New Moon line.. More to come as time allows.
I sent a few messages to my winner and I haven't heard back so if I don't hear back soon we'll do another giveaway for this one!

This one one of my favorite Quotes from New Moon. I love how the pendant gives the impression of a wolf howling at the moon. I choose this font for it because it reminds me of an old typewriter. I can just picture Stephanie sitting with an antique typewriter by her desk.


Also new today is the first of my "frames" You wont find these any where else because I hand drew this and had a tool maker create a stamp from my sketches. More to come very soon! I'm LOVING my exclusive design stamps!!!! So Fun!!! I will have a giveaway for this one starting this afternoon!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Volunteer found thanks!!!

I took the first e-mail in, thanks!

For the other 3 gals who sent me an e-mail, hang in there, I have a few other designs i need to work on so if you sent me an e-mail you'll hear from me this evening in regards to those!

I need a volunteer

I just haven't had the time to snap many photos of pieces using my new fonts.

So if you've been hanging around for awhile you know the routine, if you are newer here, I take the first e-mail to my inbox who's info matches what I am looking for.

I need someone with a larger family, a couple with three or more kids, or for a grandmother. I will be using the angelina font on this one.

First e-mail to my inbox


Friday, November 13, 2009

It's time for a cinnamonstics website!

For many many reasons it's time to branch off from etsy a bit and start my own website!

One of the main reasons is etsy fees they add up quick!

The other is people who shamelessly copy other's designs, grrrr!

So all that said I'm hoping to get up and running just after Christmas :O)

I'd love some input, feedback on what you would like to see on the web site. Suggestions on what makes a website easier to navigate, easier to input information.

Maybe comments on what make them difficult to navigate.

We're sooo excited about this!!! Thank you to everyone who has helped our little business flourish!


And the winner is.....

Chosen by comment #242.....

Jennifer Miller !
Jennifer, E-mail me so we can talk details on this!

Thank you sooooo much to everyone who participated this year!! This was so much fun!
I loved reading every one's comments!

Too all my featured designers thank you for taking the time to share your art with us!!

Hope this helped to get everyone in the Spirit of Christmas, Celebrate the birth of Jesus, and spread a little Joy in the world!

Have a Blessed Holiday Season!
Hugs from us!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blissfest 2009!!!!

What a fun weekend!

Kristin and Dan Hubby and wife team and owners of Domestic Bliss just out did themselves! Friday Night's JDRF benefit event was a blast.

Eclectic cowgirls partied it up with live music, a fashion show, a silent auction, and lovely vendors with fantastic eye candy!

A couple of pictures of my set up

I'm sure I say this a couple times a month, but this is my new favorite piece! I was kind of sad to see it sell. I'll just have to make another for me :O) This one will be in my shop soon!

Something you don't see in my etsy shop! I love gem stones and natural rustic jewelry. I have many beaded gem stone necklaces that I sell locally and at shows.

Saturday's street fair was just as fun! So many wonderful people stopped in to day hello!
I was thrilled when I saw who my neighbors for the day were!

I LOVE fabric!!! I don't sew. I don't really like to sew clothing just not my thing, but I love fabric just the same! Heather's fabrics are so full of Life and Joy. I love her combination of colors and texture in her patterns.
I was super busy Saturday so I didn't really get much time to chat with her, but I did meet her hubby during set up the night before. What a sweet heart! He was so busy getting her gorgeous displays up and he still took the time to help Deb of Breathing beside us, fix her tent which broke as she was getting it up, and he helped me get my "not so EZ up" opened. Then he stayed up all night to finish setting up for his Honey. What a great hubby!

My Neighbor on the other side was the blogging lounge where Stephanie and Christian of the Nie Nie Dialogues greeted people all morning.
It was such a pleasure to meet Stephanie in person! She just radiates beauty! She was so modest, sweet, genuine, and down to earth. Stephanie is was such an honor!

Kristin, Stephanie, and Christian Friday night.

Too cute Giveaway!

My Friend Tracy of Creme De La Gems is giving away one of her fantastic new necklaces!
Her polymer art is just amazing! Go here to check it out and to enter to win!
Toooooo cute Tracy!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A little excitement!

So now that the giveaway ends this evening at midnight PST...4 1/2 more hours to's time to catch you all up on what has been going on in my neck of the woods!

My first magazine feature comes out this month! Whoo Hoo! I'll post a link as soon as I get my copy :O)

Just a tease on this one...many many A list celebs will be sporting one of my designs! Are you intrigued? As soon as I have all the details sorted I'll share! We are SOOOO Excited!

Hubby and I got away yesterday for out anniversary! It was so nice to put down the hammer and unplug the computer and just be together!

Last weekend I headed out to Mesa Arizona for Blissfest. It was a blast! I'll have a full post tomorrow with lots of pictures, including pictures from getting to meet Stephanie and Christian Nielson! Such an amazing couple!!

So here is a little sneak peek, and a rare picture of me ;)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

8 Wonderful Years :O)

My darling Robert,

Eight years ago I walked into the church (on time) in my pretty white dress, to see you looking sooo handsome in your tux. The rest of the day was a big blur, but I remember in that moment when Father announced us as husband and wife, wondering how we could ever be any more in love than we were rigth then. 8 years have passed, Our family has grown (and grown), and our love deepens more each day.
I am so honored to have you as my partner, my lover, and my truest friend.

I love you baby!
Happy anniversary!!!


Monday, November 9, 2009

3 more days left!

The giveaway closes midnight Wednesday! Be sure to get all your entries in! Remember to leave a comment for each entry

Make sure you leave your comments on the giveaway post click here to get to it...

or scroll down to the post below.

Monday, November 2, 2009

12 days of Christmas Giveaway Grand Prize!!!

It's finally time!!!! This is the post to leave your comments on to win the grand prize!!

Do you remember what you can win?!!!

Day 1.... Soar necklace plus initial charm made by me CINNAMONSTICKS

Day two this sweet vintage inspired necklace by rita of MAMBELLARTE

This too cute Cupcake stand by Vesselsandwears
A yummy Soap and sugar scrub comobo from Dana of OLDREDBARN

A too sweet for words custom made TUTU by Dana of TUTUMONKEY

A custom made Yoga skirt by the Talented Kristen of GOCKFROCKS!

Stunning Peridot (green) earrings by the lovely Madelynn of ONEGARNETGIRL

Soooo cute you just want to eat him up (but shouldn't) Gingerbread necklace buy the Equally sweet Tracy of CREMDELAGEMS
Beautiful flower hiar pins by Katie of CULTIVAR

A sleek and stunning bracelet by Hubby and wife team Kevin and Robyn of THEORANGEBELL

A beautiful little necklace by Betsy of FOUNDLING

This gorgeous hand bag by the sweet talented Mary of SWEETPEATOTES

And finally $50 dollars to spend in my shop CINNAMONSTICKS

~ just leave me a comment.
For an extra entry ...
~blog about the giveaway

~Tweet about the giveaway on twitter
~post about the giveaway on facebook

~become a follower of my blog ( if you are already a follower let me know it still counts for an extra entry just be sure to let me know in a comment)

~For five extra entries, Yes 5 extra entries, grab the button on my side bar on the left and add it to your blog :O) If you already have the button on your blog leave me a comment letting me know!
~For 10 Extra entries make a purchase from my shop between now and 11/12 and let me know in a comment

Leave a comment for each entry, please!

Good luck!!!
The winner will be chosen using on 11/13 and announced the same day!
I think that's it!
Best of luck to everyone!
Thank you so much to all my participants this year!



Quick updates before the Grand Prize opens. The Grand Prize will run from 11/2 through 11/12 The winner will be announced on 11/13!

I'm writing up the grand prize post so It will be up by this afternoon.


Since the giveaway will run well into the month I wanted to post cut off dates for Christmas orders.





Sunday, November 1, 2009

Rules and info for the 12 Days Grand Prize...

12 Days of Christmas Grand Prize Opens tomorrow 11/2!!!


1. Anyone is eligible to enter, including the artists featured, any one who won a daily prize, and family members of said people..get the picture :O)
2. You must have a public blog or leave your e-mail address so I can contact you. If your blog is private and you do not leave an e-mail for me to contact you I will choose another winner.
3.The winner will be chosen at random by so if you want the extra chances to count you must leave a comment for each entry!

4. there will be lots of options for bonus entries but you must leave a comment for each chance... example...
Comment. Pick me Pick me
Comment. I blogged
Comment. I posted the button on my blog
Comment. I posted the button on my blog
Comment. I tweeted about it.

Get the idea?

5. The winner will have 5 days to claim their prize. If I do not hear back from the winner within 5 days I will choose another winner who will then have 5 days to claim their prize.

6.All items will be shipped by me or the artist via USPS insured mail. The artist and I are not responsible for postal damage

7.Cinnamonsticks and participating artist are not responsible for injury sustained by misuse of any of the products.
We all have common sense and I know none of you would do anything silly but I have to have the disclaimer.

I think that covers it all!
Good luck!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The winners for day 12's 3 prizes are...

#1 for the capture life necklace... The Deming4

#2 for the all heart necklace... Angie of Get up and run

#3 for the little bitties...... Jennifer of Jennifer's Angels

Ladies e-mail me!

Now if you didn't win one of the daily prizes there is still the GRAND Prize which is all the featured items plus $50 to spend in my shop!!!!

The Grand Prize Post will open on Monday! I will post all the rules and info tomorrow.


Also thank you so much for all the sweet comments everyone has left through out the giveaway!
Have a safe evening!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

12 days of Christmas Giveaway...Day Twelve!

Welcome to day 12!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whoo Hoo It's almost time to give it all away!

Today is a Double prize!

So first meet Mary of Sweet Peas Totes

Tell us a bit about yourself
I'm Mary and I live in Tennessee. I moved here after living in New York for 24 years. I love baking, pattern making, and of course, sewing. I've been sewing for 35 years now, and I love challenging myself to come up with new designs and ideas everyday.

How did you get started crafting?
I started sewing in Home Economics class when I was 16, and haven't stopped since. After sewing dresses, costumes, and dolls for my daughters throughout their childhood, I began creating handbags.

What is your favorite material to work with?
I like working with any type of fabric, especially one with a bold and colorful print. I also like to work with metal rings in order to give my handbags a modern look.

What is a favorite Christmas Memory?
I don't have a particular favorite memory, I just love the overall feeling of Christmas. I especially loved the holidays when my children were young. Getting to see their bright faces opening presents around the tree is what I'll always remember.

Where do you sell?
I sell my handbags and patterns on etsy at
I also sell my patterns on

This gorgeous purse is one of the final items for the Grand Prize, Made by Mary

But Wait there's more!!...

The Grand Prize winner will also get a $40 gift certificate to my shop!
You can pick something pretty for you or someone you love!!

And there is still more.....!
For the daily prize there will be three winners!

Each will be chosen at random and announced Saturday morning!

Winner #1 will win my Capture Life necklace, by far one of the most popular necklaces in my Store.

Winner #2 will win my All Heart Necklace

Finally the winner #3 will win my Little Bitties Necklace with your choice of design stamps!

So one last time, how can you win these sweet Necklaces?

~ just leave me a comment

~For an extra entry today share an idea you'd love to see as a design stamp leave a second comment for it!
For an extra entry ...
~blog about the giveaway
~Tweet about the giveaway on twitter
~become a follower of my blog ( if you are already a follower let me know it still counts for an extra entry just be sure to let me know in a comment)
~For two extra entries, grab the button on my side bar and add it to your blog :O) If you already have the button on your blog leave me a comment letting me know!
Leave a comment for each entry, please!

Good luck!!!

Yes any of my featured artist can enter to win, and anyone who has one already can enter to win!Winners are chosen at random using so be sure to leave a comment for each entry!

the winner for day 11's Soar necklace is...

Kristen of Tyler&Kristen! Send me an e-mail so I can get your info.


Day 12 will start later this afternoon or evening. We'll be at the doctors all morning so I wont be able to get the post together until later.

Day 12 will be up until Saturday morning when I announce the daily winner.

As most moms will probably be getting their kiddies ready for Halloween fun, I will open up the GRAND prize post on Monday morning. I will post all the details rules etc. on Sunday.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

12 days of Christmas Giveaway...Day Eleven!

Welcome to day 11!!!!!!!!!!!
It's almost time!!

Today meet Betsy of Foundling!

Betsy's gorgeous jewelry can often be found on Etsy's home page. I love her creative use of found objects, old textiles and print paired with sterling silver that has been oxidized to give it an aged treasured look!
Tell us a bit about you.
I'm lucky to live and work in Asheville NC, a beautiful, artsy little mountain city just a few miles down the road from the town I grew up in. I make foundling happen (with a little help from my husband, my amazing studio assistant and my dogs) in my basement studio.

How did you get started creating?
I'm happiest when I have a project of some sort in hand and I've loved that sort of thing since I was a tiny girl. Even so, my path to becoming a professional artist was convoluted. I didn't take an art class until my third year in college. When I finally did it felt so right that I couldn't do anything else. So here I am.

What is your favorite material to work with?
Anything old! I LOVE the idea that the materials were touched by other hands and have their own personal histories.

Where do you sell?
I sell online at, at retail shows throughout the year and shops around the country.

Share a favorite Christmas memory.
My grandmother's Christmas tree still stands in my memories as the best tree--the tree all other Christmas trees wish they could be. It was not so big, but much bigger than me, and fake. The tree and it's finery took hours to detangle, set up and arrange just so. The just so part was pretty important. There were little birds that needed to clip on branches hidden a little deeper in the tree so that anyone admiring the tree might find them as a special surprise. The bubbling lights required proper spacing. It must be sprayed with some pine scent in a bottle. And someone tall was required to place the star on top--last. And then the lights could go on. It was a breathtaking sight. Gaudy as hell. Lights twinkling in every color, tinsel dripping from the branches. No rhyme or reason. Glorious

The winner of the grand prize will receive the Elise necklace . Simple and so sweet. Each one she make comes out a little different so it will be a bit of a surprise!

The winner of the daily prize today will receive on of my personal favorites from my shop!

I have a thing for birds can you tell :O) The winner will receive the SOAR necklace

So how can you win this sweet Necklace?
~ just leave me a comment

~blog about the giveaway

~Tweet about the giveaway on twitter

~become a follower of my blog ( if you are already a follower let me know it still counts for an extra entry just be sure to let me know in a comment)

~For two extra entries, grab the button on my side bar and add it to your blog :O) If you already have the button on your blog leave me a comment letting me know!

Leave a comment for each entry, please!

Good luck!!!

Yes any of my featured artist can enter to win, and anyone who has one already can enter to win!Winners are chosen at random using so be sure to leave a comment for each entry!

The winner for day ten's Love birds is....

Brown eyed love bug! Hmm I think this might be your week to go buy a lottery ticket ;)
You know the routine...e-mail me.

I promise I use a random # generator!

Day 11 to start soon!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

12 days of Christmas Giveaway...Day Ten!

Welcome to day 10!!!!!!!!!!

Today meet Kevin and Robyn the husband and wife design team behind TheOrangeBell. How cool is that!!!

Bit about us:
WE are Kevin and Robyn. We've been married for 12 years and live in sunny California. Kevin is an MRI technician and Robyn homeschools our three kids Sydney, Owen & Reese. We love being together and we love our cat named Henry (the kids would kill me if i didn't mention him).

How'd we get started:
It was quite by accident really. Although we're both artistic and enjoy making things this kind of just happened. We were looking for a little hobby as an outlet and after LOTS of researching and lots of reading decided to buy a torch. There were no classes to take in our area so Kevin just taught himself. He was a natural from the start. Now he's an addict! So for about 3yrs now we've had this fantastic little hobby and we love making jewelry together!

Favorite materials to work with:
Glass, fire and sterling silver

Where do you sell: and out of our home to friends and family

Favorite Christmas memory:
We Love Christmas!!! Because we live in Ca. we have to drive to the mountains to find snow...and that's exactly what we've done the last 4 years. My parents (Robyn) rent a huge cabin for all their kids and grandkids to stay in for 4days! The kids look forward to it all year b/c they get to be with all their cousins (15 total). The memories we've made are priceless!

Kevin and Robyn made this gorgeous sleek bracelet just for the giveaway! Wouldn't it look fantastic paired with your favorite jeans, a white shirt and some stylish black boots?!! Love it!Thanks Kevin and Robyn!!! The winner of the Grand Prize will get to enjoy it!

As Promised the new design stamp!!! Aren't they adorable!!!!!! My new exclusive Love Birds stamp! The winner for today's daily prize will get this cute little necklace. They also can be found in my SHOP today!

There's an opportunity for one more entry today! I'm working with a toolmaker to have more exclusive design stamps made. Is there something you'd love to see as a stamp? Let me know what you are thinking maybe I can have it made! Leave an extra comment.

So how can you win this sweet Necklace?

~ just leave me a comment

~For an extra entry today share an idea you'd love to see as a design stamp leave a second comment for it!
For an extra entry ...
~blog about the giveaway
~Tweet about the giveaway on twitter
~become a follower of my blog ( if you are already a follower let me know it still counts for an extra entry just be sure to let me know in a comment)
~For two extra entries, grab the button on my side bar and add it to your blog :O) If you already have the button on your blog leave me a comment letting me know!
Leave a comment for each entry, please!

Good luck!!!

Yes any of my featured artist can enter to win, and anyone who has one already can enter to win!Winners are chosen at random using so be sure to leave a comment for each entry!