Friday, September 20, 2013

Featured Friday - Gifts Galore and More

This Friday's interview is with Gifts Galore and More!

Tell me a bit about yourself and what you sell:

I've been scrapbooking since college and love to preserve memories. As cards became more expensive and I had TONS of scrap papers and embellishments I decided to make cute, affordable, handmade cards, tags, enclosure cards, etc.

Favorite piece you have made- and why?

My favorite piece I have made are my Thomas the Train (and friends) thank you and notecards. When my boys were younger they lived and breathed all thing Thomas. It has a special place in my heart. I've even done custom orders with the theme


What inspires you?

My family inspires me. They love the scrapbooks I have made and are supportive of my shop.CHECK OUT PIECE TO LEFT

Favorite part about living in Florida?

I love everything about Florida! I was born and raised here and love the beaches, parks, attractions and history.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?

If I could change places with anyone it would be the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. She does a lot of things I love, cooking, writing, photography and spending time with her family. Plus she has a famous blog and cooking show - how fun would that be?!

Thank you for letting me interview you! Remember to go show Gifts Galore and More some love <3
As it comes, it goes

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tip of the day - Tagging suggestions for Etsy Sellers

Sometimes on our etsy group great little tips and ideas get shared...

 Lin from ArtfulFolk says 
 "OK, so I know everyone knows this but me -- I just learned and felt I had to share with the rest of the technologically illiterate folks. . .

Let's say you're looking for a bib apron. So, you type in "bib apron" into the search box and hit search. You come up with pages of bib aprons. But if you look at the upper right of the page you see three little boxes -- one to view as a list, one to view as gallery, and . . .

one to see a Research View. It's the one that looks like a graph. And lo and behold, it gives information such as price ranges and key words!

Who knew!"

Thank you for sharing with us!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Florida Weather - Tips

If you live in Florida then you know how CRAZY and unpredictable our weather can be… I went on our group and asked for some tips to share with some of the new, inexperienced, or just curious on how to deal…

"Always bring lots of water. You can use the water bottles to weigh down sidings for your tent if they're the kind with pockets at the bottom. In regards to dealing with rain, I always keep my bins I use to transport product under my table so if it starts to get really gnarly, I can put things away momentarily. Again, sidewalls for the tent are a good idea. If you want them open, just attach them at the top in the morning, then roll them up like a curtain (velcro loops are great for this). If it starts to rain, drop them down and it will help keep your stuff dry."

"Best bet is to have a tent with side walls in case it rains. I would also suggest weights in all four corners of your tent and possibly one in the middle, especially if there will be high winds. You can use a large bucket filled with sand, as I have for the middle of the tent. Having your tables up on risers or off the ground helps with rain run off. And I'd always keep a towel with you- to dry off anything that may get wet."

"One of the biggest things you can do for yourself is to set up your entire booth in your back yard for a day. If it’s a breezy/rainy day, that is even better. You’ll get a real feel for how your booth needs to be laid out as well as any difficulties you might encounter with your displays." 

"I work outside - I keep a pair of those plastic 'crock' style shoes in the trunk. when it starts to look like the rain is about to come down a quick switcheroo because the last thing I would want to worry about is getting my shoes/socks/feet all wet n gunky if I have to worry about taking care of business! I also keep a rain jacket in the same bag for those cooler days when I don't want to be so wet!"

"For Rain: Sidewalls, sidewalls, sidewalls. At shows I always have enough tarps and bungees to throw over the display if tent fails. Pool noodles shaped into U shapes and tucked into the canopy framework can keep water from pooling on the tent top and collapsing the tents. Brings a pole or broom to push water off the canopy if it does pool.

For Wind: But never use bungees on your tent anchors cause if they snap they can injure someone. Ratcheting tie downs are great, having an extra couple is better so if the wind whips up you can tie down to an immovable object like a tree or sign post.

For Heat: A battery operated fan is fabulous, also a great way to keep bugs away. A wet washcloth kept in a ziplock in your cooler is a nice fresh way to cool down. Wet wipes are also a nice way to keep fresh.

For Sun: sunscreen, a big floppy hat, and more sunscreen.

For Cold: A portable indoor/outdoor propane heater kept out of customer pathways. Dress in layers so you can layer off and layer up as the day get warmer and then cooler."

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Treasury Tuesday

'Silly Kelly "Green"' by hanguphigh

My favorite shade of green!

monogrammed envelope clutch in KELLY GREEN - monkeyseeboutique Vintage 1960s Kelly Green Appliqued Mini Dress // Mad Men - MissLeahAlice Thonet/ Bentwood Style Revamped Kelly Green Rocking Chair with Chevron Fabric - MZAD Fantastic kelly green Clarks Handbag - Made in England - FolkandHome
20x20 Kelly Green Decorative Pillow Cover - Medium Weight Cotton Velvet - Invisible Zipper Closure- Cushion Cover - NoraQuinonez Kelly Green and Black Fascinator, Bridal Feather Fascinator Green and Black, Aurora Borealis Crystals - All4Brides Kelly Green Chiffon Flower Hair Clip. Brooch and Hair Clip Combination. Bridesmaid. Wedding. Christmas Green - fabulousfinds Vintage  Woman's Kelly Green Derby Style Bowler Hat - TheOldBagOnline
Loom Knitted Kelly Green Scarf - yarnworksandmore Kelly Green Turban Headband - Jersey Knit - Lots of Colors - mademoisellemermaid Shop Sale.. CHALCEDONY Briolettes Beads, Heart, Luxe AAA, Set of 10 Bulk, 10-11 mm, Large Emerald Kelly Green brides bridal - FabulousRocks kelly Green Dress with ruffle attached belt/cocktail dress/mini dress handmade by Cheryl Johnston - Cheryldine
Geometric Kelly Green DECORATIVE PILLOW COVER Mod Home Decor by JillianReneDecor Modern Luxury Gift for Her Emerald Green - JillianReneDecor Vintage Kelly Green Leather Wallet - LittleMissVintage3 Kelly Green - Sea Glass Pendant - Sea Glass Necklace - seaglassin Vintage Perfume Bottle Round Emerald Green Textured Satin Glass Vanity Art Deco Travel Pursette with Tassel - Perfect - ODONA

'Back to School Items' by alemahboutique

School has been in session for a couple weeks now, but just in case you forgot to get anything, check out these items made by Florida Etsians!

Tie Dye Tshirt, Preschool Toddler, Size 2 - barefootprincessita Navy, Red, and White Paisley iPad Cover with Pocket, Vintage Trim, Padded, Zipper Case - GypsyThread Vintage Royal Colors Brocade Tapestry and Lace iPad Cover - GypsyThread ON SALE Lunch Bag . Reusable Lunch Sack . Raindrops - spitsngigglesbaby
Pencil Holder - Funky Fun Zebra Stripe Pencil Roll for a Girl, great for pencils, markers, paintbrushes - becauseimme Brown Leather hip bag with alligator detail - CowCarvers Florida Gators (UF) Photo Frame - runningwithescissors UCF Knights Fishtail Banner - runningwithescissors
Personalized Snack Cups / Bowls - Set of 3 - TooCutePersonalized UCF Photo Album - runningwithescissors ON SALE Lunch Bag . Reusable Lunch Sack . Grey Chevron Lunch Bag - spitsngigglesbaby Large Cotton Laundry Bag - Embroidered Name, Initials or Word - MrsMcKenziesMonogram
FSU Wall Hanging - runningwithescissors Personalized Pencil Box - TooCutePersonalized Set of lunch bag & lunch box personalize custom GREAT for school / daycare / party favor - Customforless Back To School ABC's Bookmark - Perfect Gift for Teachers and Book Lovers // Kraft Paper // Polka Dots - MarksOnMyHeart

'Guess that's why they call it the blues...' by OldRedBarnProduction

Florida Etsy Street Team - September Treasury Challenge 100% team FEST

The "Blues" Treble Clef - AThirdLife Aqua and Grey Felt Flower Hair Clip with Vintage Button - YesAnastasiaJewelry Fancy sweater for an 18" doll. - TinaDollDesigns Beach Necklace The Ocean is Where I Belong Hand Stamped - SeaBreezeArtWorks
Crochet Shrug/jacket - BrendasHomemadeCraft Legend of Zelda Potion Series Blue Chu Hyrule Vintage Art  signed museum quality giclée fine art print 16" x 20" - barrettbiggers Seal Painting, Whale Painting, Nursery Art, Original Painting, Oceanic Painting, Underwater Painting, Acrylic Painting - AubreyJoanArt Molly vintage denim jean jacket - deadhair
Baby Blue Baby Beanie Hat - CindyLouiseDesigns 1970's Vintage Lapis Lazuli Necklace - FromMyHeartVintage Vintage Frabill's  Blue Water Floating Minnow Bucket - CocoasVintageVillage Seaglass with blue and white tiles outdoor wall decor -  coastal home accents - SurfStreetDesigns
Limited Edition - Fishes and Sea Turtles - Treasure of the Sea- Apron- Ready to ship - AquamarCouture French Blue and White Chiffon Scarf - GypsyThread Bright Blue and White with Korkers - BowBravo Old Fishing Wharf - Ghost Ships, Spooky Decor, Tarpon Springs, Florida, Sponge Dock Boats Greek Life Fishing Nautical, Rustic Art Wall Print - NatureCity

'Purple Haze' by saluki936

Great purple items from all Team FEST memebers!

Nuno felted scarf in black, fuchsia, purple and orange - BlindSquirrel Purple Flower Hair Comb - thejadedlady Royal Purple  Box, reuse wood cigar box with green yellow flower burst decoupage - AntsyArtist Mens Necktie - Purple and White Circular Geometric Pattern Cotton Tie - becauseimme
Perky Purple Spikey FREE SHIPPING - BowBravo Zebra Fused  glass  Dichroic Blue Purple on black pendant. One of a Kind.  Signed. - Untwistedsister Boutique Purple Lilac Beaded Keychain New- Free Shipping Ready to ship Back to school sale - LisasLittleCreations Gorgeous Purple Glitter Embellished Frame - cjBlueCompany
Satiny Flower Puff - Purple/ Turquoise/ or Burnt Orange FREE SHIPPING - BowBravo Handmade Upcycled Plush Funny Dog Sock Toy Stuffed Animal Sammy Starlight Lime Green and Purple - Fuffalumps Hand Painted set of two Purple Tulip Wine or Champage Glasses - CreativePaintedBella Granny Square Purple Crochet Afghan, Baby Afghan Blanket, Lap Blanket, Baby Shower - Just4UWearables
Girls Flip Flops Purple love - Lillysworldfashion Bracelet, Graduated in Purple Glass Pearls - BytheGulfCreations