Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day two of the 12 days of Christmas giveaway

Day Two of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway!

Today meet Liz of Tiny Pumpkin!

Liz is the creative mind and painter behind Tiny Pumpkin

Tell us a bit about you!

I am a single momma to a growing 3 year old who is always hungry. I love painting, crafting, sewing and making anything for my daughter. My favorite past time is spending time with my family and am the only child of 4 who is actually able (and willing) to work full time for my parent's business. I love anything pumpkin and peppermint, but not necessarily together. I paint piggies at night, after the kid is tucked in, and love when customers allow me to use my imagination when painting up a new design.

How did you get started crafting?
I started crafting with my mom and my sisters. My mom has always been creative and we each got a little of her talent in all different areas. When my daughter was born I began making anything and everything, especially for her. I have had tons of craft fails (some I would never admit to!) but do my best to learn my lesson and try again.

What is your favorite medium to work with?
I love fabric. I know it has nothing to do with painting piggies, but it's an obsession of which the piggy bank sales help support!

What is your biggest goal for 2011
Time Management. I am always late (thanks mom!) and rushing to get out of the house for anything. I want to focus on not over booking myself and making sure I leave a little room to breath.

Share a favorite Christmas memory.

This Christmas memory is more of a tradition that creates new memories every year. My mom has always bought everyone in the family underwear for Christmas. Well, several years ago she got tired of wrapping so when we woke up Christmas morning, the underwear were all hanging from the tree. Ever since it is the most exciting part of Christmas morning! We all open our gifts and after it's my mom's turn to pass out the new undies... embarrassing at least one person each year with her creative finds!

Liz has most kindly offered day 2's winner a custom Piggy Bank! Oh the possibilities!

I have seen her work in person and it's just lovely!

She is working on a super Mario Bros piggy bank for one of my boys :) I know it will be a hit this Christmas.

Day 2's winner will receive from me this lovely serene Gem stone necklace.
They aren't available in my shop now but will be up on Monday.
Starting Monday I will take all my custom listings down, and list only ready to ship jewelry, for those of you looking to receive something quickly, or something simple to use a stocking stuffer!

Now how can you win these lovely prizes?

You will receive one entry per each of the following.
~leave a comment sharing your favorite item in the Liz's SHOP
~Mark Liz's shop in your etsy favorites (these make great birthday or shower gifts!!)
~Become a fan of Liz's brandnew Facebook page!
~become of follower of this blog
~facebook about the giveaway with a link for others to find it
~Blog about the giveaway for others to find it
~add my button to your blog
~Become a Fan of Cinnamon*Sticks on Facebook

Be sure to leave one comment per entry. Lots of chances to win!!
Winner will be announced tomorrow before day 3 starts!

winner from day 1

The winner from day one is Jennifer (mom of 4)
Jennifer please e-mail so I can send your info over to Tracy for your Nativity, and get your necklace to you.
Day 2 will be posted soon!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

ON the First Day of Christmas.... Day one meet

Day one of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway Meet my dear sweet friend Tracy!

Tracy is the creative mind (and hands) behind Little Cotto and Creme De La Gems

She makes the most AMAZING polymer creations that she sells in her new shop Little Cotto, and beautiful hand stamped silver jewelry as well in Creme De La Gems!

Get to know Tracy better...

Tell us a bit about you!

♥I'm Tracy and I love hearts, Swedish fish, doodling & the color pink.
♥ I love my lyric baritone husband, who I believe will be on Broadway one day :P.
♥ I love my two boys: Justin the computer gamer wiz, and Aidan the amazing artist.
♥ I love my step daughter Taylor the beautiful journalist.
♥ I believe housework is overrated.
♥ I love coffee with hazelnut creamer.
♥ I live a constant battle with grammar (maybe my step daughter can help me with it ;).
♥ I love ben & jerrys ice cream {brownie batter & cinnamon roll; together}
♥ I have a passion for art & design.
♥ My favorite artists are John William Waterhouse, and Van Gough.
♥ Music I enjoy: classical, show tunes, music from the 70's (my current favorite: "Brand New Key" by Melanie).
♥ I'm a retired Disney dancer.
♥ My DH & I operate a non-profit children's theatre.
♥ I create stamped jewelry and polymer clay goodies.

How did you get started Crafting?

I started crafting when my sister said to me: "You need to make polymer clay beads" so I did.

What is your Favorite Medium to work with?

Polymer clay & paper crafts.

What is your biggest goal for 2011?

I wish I could say that my biggest goal is to maybe increase my blog following, or go on a vacation with my family somewhere far, far away, but what I really want is to provide my family with a comfortable income and health insurance. These past 3 years have been a huge struggle for my family...and to be honest, I'm tired of it! As many Americans are as well.

Please share a favorite Christmas memory.

I have so many wonderful memories. I was raised in Northern California, where it snowed almost every Christmas, but there was one Christmas Eve I recall my sister, neighbors and I had spent hours out in the cold crisp evening, looking up into the starry sky, in search for Rudolphs' nose. Not sure if we ever did see Rudolphs' nose, but what we did see were quite a few blinking red lights passing by ;)

Check out some of Tracy's Amazing polymer work! These little Mustache pins are too cute for words!

Just in time for the new Disney Film Princess Rupunzel

That Fancy little Gal...

And what little Princess wouldn't LOVE this!!!

And my personal FAVORITE!!!! This adorable Nativity set!

Tracy is most generous to offer a Nativity set to one lucky winner!!!!

In addition to winning Tracy's adorable Nativity set...
you can win this necklace with your choice of initial!!!

Now how can you win these lovely prizes?

You will receive one entry per each of the following.
~leave a comment sharing your favorite item in the Tracy's shop
~leave a comment sharing your favorite item from my shop
~facebook about the giveaway with a link for others to find it
~Blog about the giveaway for others to find it
~add my button to your blog
~Become a Fan of Creme De La Gems on Facebook
~Become a Fan of Cinnamon*Sticks on Facebook

Be sure to leave one comment per entry. Lots of chances to win!!
Winner will be announced tomorrow before day 2 starts!

Annual 12 days of Christmas Giveaway!

It's that time of year again! Our Annual 12 days of Christmas Giveaway!!!

If you've been here for the previous giveaways you know it's a big one!!
This year it will run a little different, partly for my sanity, and partly so more people can have a chance to win!

So here it is quick and easy rules.

I am featuring 12 different artist per day. Each Artist is offering one of their creations.
In addition to the prize offered by the artist, there will be one piece of jewelry given away each day. Sounds the same so far? The difference this year is one person will win per day! At the end of each day I will use the magic random number thingy (yes that is it's official name ;) The winner will be posted the next morning just before the new feature starts. Simple each day one person will win a fabulous featured artist's prize and an amazing piece of jewelry (i have some biggies to offer)

Now to enter...
You will receive one entry per each of the following.
~leave a comment sharing your favorite item in the artists shop
~leave a comment sharing your favorite item from my shop
~facebook about the giveaway with a link for others to find it
~Blog about the giveaway for others to find it
~add my button to your blog

Leave one comment for each of the above entries Simple!

So come on back by shortly to check out day one!!!
Good luck!



Don't miss out!


And later today the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway starts!!!!!

Happy shopping!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Cards!

Classic Red Square Christmas Card
Make a statement with Shutterfly Christmas photo cards.
View the entire collection of cards.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In the nick of time!

My house hold is all abuzz.

Mommy is working working working on orders and e-mails and listing new items for the shop before the Christmas order deadline.

Daddy (wonderful wonderful daddy!) is busy busy keeping kiddies out of mommy's workspace, playing cars with Nathaniel, and Super Mario Bros on the Wii with Gabriel and Alexander, and building leggo cities with Thomas.

Kaiya and Meggie, are having girl time playing barbies. Some days I think they really feel out numbered by the boys.

Tonight I plan to take off two hours from working so we can set the Christmas tree up and hang a few ornaments with the kids. I can't wait!

I posted 3 new items in my shop today. I have so many new pieces I made last month and just haven't had time to list so I hope to get a few added in tomorrow as well. You just might want to re-do your Christams wish list ;)

Two Hearts Bracelet

Be Still

Scrabble Anyone?
Two of these were custom requests I finished earlier this month and one is a bracelet I made last month. You can click on the jewelry name to see the listing :)

Oh and last but not least important...
My 4th annual 12 Days of Christmas giveaway starts on Monday!!!!!!!!
It is going to run a little different this year but it is going to be BIG!!!! Mark your calenders and be sure to come back on Monday!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Sale!

Makin' my list and checkin' it twice!

I am so ready for the Joy and Love of the Christmas Season! With a crazy past couple of months, it's time to celebrate the gift of Jesus, the gift of family, and the gift of Love.

Because there are way to many grumpy people out there shopping on Black Friday, I wanted to offer a little happiness in your day.


One of my most popular designs is on sale this weekend only!
The smaller eternity ring regularly $35 is on sale for $20 !!!!!

No codes needed I already reduced the price on the listing. Find it here...

I haven't had a chance to post order deadlines the international deadline for Christmas delivery has already past, but the last day to order in the US for Christmas delivery is Dec 5th

Peace and love the Christmas Season!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I'm thankful today for...

~lazy Sunday mornings spent cuddling in bed with 6 kiddies
~for rainy days, and yummy hot cocoa
~for little boys with chocolate mustaches :)
~for my wonderful hubby who let me take a 3 hours nap today so I can stay up till the wee hours of the morning fulfilling orders.
~and for every smile this little guy gives me. He melts my heart each and every day!

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's official...

Thanks to a loving nudge from my sweet friend Tracy I have started a Cinnamon*Sticks Face book page

I feel so official now ;) Come on over and check it out...pretty please!



Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Oh sweet blog I have neglected you!

You have waited patiently for me as I...

~ looked after a house full of sick kiddies
~Prepped for the Queen Bee Market (which was A-MAZ-ING! I'll share with you soon)
~Celebrated our 9th Wedding anniversary
~worked on answering the over 400 convos/e-mails that I came home to!
~and made and shipped almost 100 orders, this week alone!

Sweet little blog I will be back to posting often I promise :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Down to the wire!

2 MORE DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited for the Queen Bee Market, and at the same time feeling rather stressed and neurotic with last minute preps.

Germs, being the evil little buggers that they are have the worst sense of timing. I was laid up all weekend and the beginning of this week with the flu.

So I'm frantically trying to get the last of my orders off in the mail, and finish up the final details on my displays.

That way I can enjoy this weekend not only at the Queen Bee Market, but today is our 9th wedding anniversary, so Rob is coming with me to Del Mar. We plan to take advantage of a kiddie free weekend, by eating out, and sleeping in!

I did a trial run in my living room setting up my displays and laying out my jewelry to make sure I have everything I need and to get an idea of how long it will take to set up.
I still need to tweak it a bit, but it's coming together nicely :)

What are your plan for this coming weekend? You're coming to the market right?!!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A giveaway A SALE and more Market goodies!

Have you Heard of luvinthemommyhood? I'm sure you have!

Sweet Shannon of luvinthemommyhood is hosting a giveaway over on her blog this week for a gift certificate to my shop! You have until Tuesday to enter...PLUS... while the give away is going on you can receive 10% off your total purchase from either of my shops!!!!
In the big cartel shop use the code "luvinmom" at check out and the discount is automatically applied.
In my ETSY Shop enter the code in the "message to seller" box during check out then head over to paypal to pay. The 10% will be issued as a refund at the end of each day.

A peek at more goodies I have been working on for the Queen Bee Market

Isn't my vintage Mannequin beautiful! She'll be at the Market showing of pretty necklaces :)

New necklaces, rings, and a beach girl cuff bracelet...you can't have a craft show at the beach and not have beach jewelry!

No worries if you can't make it to the market! Most of what I have been creating will be available in the shops soon, what ever I don't sell at the Market will be sold here before Christmas as ready to ship jewelry...so no 3 week wait time!!! AND if you see it here and can't live with out it, but I sold it, convo or e-mail me I can probably make another. :)

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, November 1, 2010

At the Queen Bee Market...

You'll find these beauties!!!

I've been a busy little Bee. For every 5 to 10 orders I finish and ship, I take a couple of hours to work on goodies for the market.
I made these beauties last week.
I loooooooooove the hearts! I think they may just have to join my shop. The three above are set with blue topaz, pink sapphire, and garnet.
They can be stamped with words or names, but I decided to keep these gals simple.

Hope your Halloween was wonderful! Have you raided the chocolate stash yet?
happy Monday!