Saturday, November 26, 2011


It's that time of the year again! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the epic adventure of finding and siezing the best buys for you holiday shopping! Take a gander at these fine Florida based sellers that are offering some mega deals for the upcoming weekend:

RECREATIONALART - 50 % off of everything in shop for Cyber Monday only and free shipping in the U.S. with COUPON CODE: RACYBER50

GENTLEMANSEMPORIUM - 20% off of everything in shop for Cyber Monday only and free shipping in the U.S. with COUPON CODE: GECYBER

PENNYBOPEROO - 20% off of everything in shop for Cyber Monday only with COUPON CODE: PBCYBER

GARDENWHIMSIESBYMARY - 20% off entire shop on Cyber Monday only with COUPON CODE: CYBER

DEVINEDESIGNSJEWELRY - Free shipping from Thanksgiving day through cyber Monday with COUPON CODE: FREESHP

THEWOODENBEE - 25% off our reclaimed wood & supplies with COUPON CODE: CYBERMONDAY
CHECKEREDSHIRTS -  15% off good for the entire shop with coupon code HOHOHO

 BEADLOVERSKORNER - free jewelry cleaning cloth with purchases from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. (one per customer) That is a $5.00 Value

MADSCIENTISTSDESIGNS - 25% off your purchase in my shop now through Cyber Monday, November 28th with COUPON CODE: BLACKFRIDAY

PAINTEDLATHEESPLUS - 10% off through Christmas with COUPON CODE  PLPhohoho and a free gift with each purchase, a 5 to 10 dollar value

TIERRASOLPAZ - Free Shipping (domestic only) now through December 1st with COUPON CODE: FREESHIP

BIRDHOUSEDESIGNS -  everything will be discounted by 15%, No code needed, most items will also have free shipping already applied. This will run from Thursday to Tuesday

LAFEMMEFANATIC - coupon code TOUCHDOWN for free shipping Thanksgiving Thursday thru Cyber Monday!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Greetings From The SS Tesla: 11/25/11

Happy Black Friday!!

Another short post team FESTers! And I have an awesome recipe to share with you for the Holiday Season. This is for all of the Team FEST cooks out there courtsey of All Recipes:


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 12x18 inch pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine sugar and oil. Blend in vanilla and pumpkin, then beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread batter into prepared 12x18 inch pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 438 | Total Fat: 26.8g | Cholesterol: 60mg

Happy Holidays Everyone! Now I have to get ready for my exams!

The Captain

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What Are You Thankful For? ~ WJFLINSTONE

Not too long ago I asked my team "What Are You Thankful For?" And some amazing stories were told. I would like to share one with you today:

Wilma of WJFlintstone shared this beautiful story:

I have a blended family with two wonderful daughters born to me and one daughter and a son that grew in my heart after I started dating their Father, whom I later married. I work in a jail and until recently with the teenage offenders. Plus I've seen how many people over the years have had trouble of varying degrees with their children from youth through adulthood. I have been blessed with children who have grown into adults with not enough troubles given to the parents to even mention. While there was some adjustments to be made blending the families even those where mild. So this year as always I am Thankful and blessed by my wonderful Children! I did not originally intend to expand my crafting into jewelry making, but I saw a pendant that was perfect for one of my daughters and made it for her birthday. That expanded into gifts for each daughter and also my son for xmas. Each was thrilled and firmly decided that I should add some of these to my etsy shop. And thus began my jewelry making. Now I'm totally hooked.

Beaded White Heart Necklace

Very Nice! Thank you for sharing~

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What Are You Thankful For? ~ Aurorasoriginals

Not too long ago I asked my team "What Are You Thankful For?" And some amazing stories were told. I would like to share one with you today:

AurorasOriginals shared this beautiful story:

I recently married a man I knew immediately after high school. My own son has graduated high school and moved on into a life in the Army. My husband has 3 children- oldest in college, middle turns 16 this year, youngest just turned 6. Im finding bonding with these new children difficult at times. Building jewelry has been part of my life for years, my son was used to beads all over the place, the step children are not as tolerant. I sat down one morning and started working with wire- in a few minutes, the youngest was sitting beside me fingering through the beads in the tray, asking about color, shape, what was I going to do with these? I asked him what he thought about them and he said they would make great earrings- he carefully dug through a box of metal pieces until he found just the look he wanted- and he created the earrings in this set. I was so impressed, we created the necklace to match so my ears wouldnt be lonely all dressed up. I told him if this set sells, he gets the money- since he created them- he asks me everyday "have they sold yet?" I want to get a ........ (everyday that changes LOL)

glass beaded jewelry painted glass jewelry matching set beaded necklace dangle earrings metal bead jewelry-Chess
So pretty! Thank you for sharing~

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What Are You Thankful For? ~ DMCJewelryCentralFL

Not too long ago I asked my team "What Are You Thankful For?" And some amazing stories were told. I would like to share one with you today:

Delaine of DMCJewelryCentralFL shared this beautiful story:

I have a guardian spirit, I often believe. That little insistent voice in your head that tells you things you'd rather not hear but need to. This time it told me to stop sticking my head in the sand about certain health issues and take action. Thankfully I listened and just narrowly missed being diagnosed with cervical cancer. Simple surgery is all that's needed but if I had continued to ignore my little voice the outcome would have been far worse. I'm just thankful it's not my time to check out yet. Have a wonderful day and hug the ones you love! :o)

Guardian Spirit Lapis Sterling Necklace
Indeed Special! Thank you for sharing~

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


"It's beginning to look like Christmas, everywhere you go!"

Right around the corner we will have December and the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping is already starting and so this month we asked our FLORIDA ETSY STREET TEAM members to give us some Holiday Shopping Inspiration! We asked for Christmas Gifts under $10.00 - and we got a pretty impressive list to shop from!

custom-silhouette-portrait-with-chevrons by jenniferalexisdesign

notebook-scrolling-green-embellished by TierraSolPaz
vegan-oatmeal-raisin-cookie-mix-jar by JerilynSw

scrapbook-stick-pins-florida-etsy-street by runningwithescissors

jolly-cat-pendant-florida-etsy-street by PaintedLatheesPlus

bead-bracelet-metal-charm-bracelet by AurorasOriginals

dress-me-up by SoulfulEarrings

simple-bar-bell-collar-bar-team-fest-challenge by GentlemansEmporium

floral-bead-hemp-bookmark-gift-under-10 by BeadLoversKorner

purple-in-pink-bracelet-single-strand-team-fest-challenge by RecreationalArt

frog-charm-beaded-book-mark-greens and-blues by PattiMakes

morgan-paper-doll-set by studiopop

soap-christmas-ornament-soap-on-a-rope by AquarianBath

sleeping-children-never-lie by brokenbees

pre-holiday-sale-sapphire-lightweight by TealwaterDesigns
seatbelt-cover-spicy-fruits-free by chantalmarieliving
cloisonne-czech-glass-earrings-singing by DMCJewelryCentralFL
christmas-reindeer-ornament-tennis-ball by roseartworks
chalkboard-gift-tag-made-from-reclaimed by TheWoodenBee

Cast your vote for your favorite, poll found in right hand side bar. Voting ends on November 30th at midnight!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

What Are You Thankful For? ~ StainsInPains

Not too long ago I asked my team "What Are You Thankful For?" And some amazing stories were told. I would like to share one with you today:

Tricia of StainsInPanes shared this beautiful story:

I live in a small town and a couple of months ago we lost a dedicated K-9 police officer named GUS. Gus and his partner Fred helped keep us safe for many years. Thankfully he was able to enjoy retirement in his finial years. I made a memorialized piece of stained glass art complete with his photo's, obituary and badge. As a thank you to Gus, for the many life's he touched .
I am thankful for the special souls that risk their lives to protect us, both two and four legged.

Reserved Memorialized Stained Glass Art
Very Nice! Thank you for sharing~

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It's the Start of the Holidays FEST Blog Giveaway November

We are so delighted to have our November FEST Giveaway sponsored by Cory of Aquarian Bath from Daytona Beach. Cory is a herbalist who makes wonderful and delicious natural soaps, specialty salves and natural perfumes and grows her own herbs for her organic products.

Cory is getting us ready for the Holidays with her wonderful Christmas Gingerbread Man Soap on a Rope Ornament of Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove and Essential Oils.

Her veggie soaps are hand cut and strung with natural hemp. Gingerbread men soaps are a great gift for co-workers, family or friends. Cold-process soap and Orangutan friendly; no palm oils are included.

All of Cory's items, such as those pictured below, are made from scratch and formulated by her and are either unscented or lightly scented with pure essential oils.

You can visit Cory at her Etsy Store to see more of her luxurious wares at: AquarianBath.

HOW TO ENTER: Enter to win this darling Gingerbread Man by visiting AquarianBath at her Etsy Shop or any of the FEST members listed on the top of our Blog Page. Find your favorite item, share it with us and tell us why you love it. Remember to add your email address or contact info so we can contact you if you are the Winner! Winner picked on 12/10/11. Simple and Easy!

What Are You Thankful For? - CyndieSmithDesigns

Not too long ago I asked my team "What Are You Thankful For?" And some amazing stories were told. I would like to share one with you today:

Cyndie of Cyndiesmithdesigns shared this beautiful story:

Three years ago I lost a close friend to breast cancer. It changed my life and made me reexamine everything. I have learned what's important, and try not to sweat the little things. I'm thankful for my health, my family and friends, and my art. When my friend died, I made the Life cuff for her.

Wide Brass Folded Cuff Life
When I first listed it on Etsy, I told the story of its creation, and was flooded with requests to make them, telling their story. I retired the design once, but brought it back by request. The last one is currently listed, and after that, it will be retired once again.

So pretty! Thank you for sharing~