Friday, January 29, 2010

AKA Pink Checkers

As I said in my very first post, I have a little business called Pink Checkers Design
I make custom and one-of-a-kind sterling silver jewelry and keepsakes.  Everything is hand stamped by me, letter by letter.  It's a lot of fun because each piece is unique.  I love getting custom orders.  Each customer's idea is different and it means a lot to me to give them the piece they want.  I know it will be special to them and to whoever they are getting it for. 
One of my most popular pieces is the adjustable bracelet
It's a nice, simple piece if you have a statement to make! 

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 28, 2010 a fox!

The other day my sister and I were daydreaming (I know, big surprise) and we were throwing around ideas for some kind of group we could start.  We do this a lot and we're going to get it right sometime.  I think this could be it!  We have a lot of ideas and we have friends who have a lot of ideas.  I've been wanting to have some kind of craft group or another close group of women who get together and share ideas, work together, and contribute to the community.  So, we came up with this idea to start a group blog.  We all are pretty special in our own ways, like foxes.  So the name a fox popped up and and we knew it was perfect!!!!

I am a fox
My sister is a fox
Becca is a fox
SB is a fox
Monica is a fox

So what do the foxes have to say really? A LOT! But mainly...we are here to support and encourage other women to be FOXY!!! 

Thursday Crush

So, my Thursday crush this week is...Afghans.  I know what you're thinking "Why would a person have a crush on afghans?  It's just an afghan!"  Well, let me tell you, I went to the Goodwill a couple of weeks ago looking for something totally unrelated.  I didn't find what I was looking for but I did find this super cool green, brown, and cream afghan. 

I fell in love and had to have it!  It was also a little exciting that it was only $2.50!

So, in honor of my new cozy throw, here are some SWEET afghans I found online

Pretty, right?  I would love to have any one (or all) of these!

I found this really cool afghan, too.

 I would like to tackle one of these.  It looks like it will take awhile, though.  It will have to be a continuous work in progress!  If you want to give it a try, the tutorial can be found here

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 a fox!

An important part of this blog is promoting other handmade shops that I believe in.  So, today I will be featuring:  iheartsmiles

My sister (and daydreaming partner) Desiree, is the proud owner of this fun little shop.  She creates photo announcements, birthday invitations, tooth fairy packages, mini love notes, notecards, and other fun and whimsical items.  She loves custom orders!  Give her an idea and see what she comes up with!  Stop by her blog, too.  She has some super cute freebies on there!  Here are some of my favorite cards:

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I'm in love with yarn wreaths!

Yarn wreaths are all over the internet right now and I LOVE them! They are so super easy to make and they don't cost a lot to make. All you need is:

foam wreath
yarn scraps
various fabric scraps
whatever works for you and your design

*Glue or tape your yarn to your wreath and start wrapping

*Your wreath can be one color or multiple colors. either way looks cute! Keep wrapping, wrapping, wrapping!  I like to put a little glue on the back of mine to secure the end of the yarn

*Start adding your embellishments! Yoyos, felt flowers, buttons, trinkets. anything that goes with your theme. You can hold your pieces in place with glue or stick pins.  I like to use colorful stick pins.  That way, if I want to change the look of my wreath, I can just take out the pins and add new embellishments!

Hang it up!

I absolutely LOVE these, as you can tell! If you don't want to make one, there are several shops on Etsy that sell them.  Above all, my favorite is KnockKnocking.  Here's just a peek of what they have to offer:

Stop by her shop or follow her blog

Have a GREAT day!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Today's a good enough day to start!

Hi!!! I guess I'll start blogging today. I've been putting it off for so long and I just need to get going already! For my first post, I'd like to tell a little about myself, my family, and my business.
I am a 31 wife, mother, daughter, sister, crafter. I have a wonderful husband that I've been married to for almost 10 years. He supports everything I do no matter what and he never says "I told you so". I have 2 sweet and sassy little girls, 2 and 5. Everything that I do involves them and how it affects their lives. I love being a mom. It's super hard at times but I wouldn't change it for anything. There's nothing like getting excited about Yo Gabba Gabba and U-6 soccer games. If it makes them happy, it makes me happy! I have a couple of great parents who also support me and my crazy ideas. They have always been there (even throught the rough years) and I know I can always count on them. I have a sister that I love cooking up wild ideas with. We encourage and support each other's ideas and I'm so glad that we don't still hate each other like we did when we were younger! I also have a sweet little nephew who's 1. It's nice to have a little boy in the family! Finally, I'm a crafter. I love to create. I love to dream up ideas. I love to try new techniques. I love to sew, crochet, knit, just about anything!

I am the proud owner of a small little business called Pink Checkers Design. I make custom, hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry and keepsakes. I love it! It never gets old because every piece is different. I've been stamping for about a year and it has been a great year! I've done a few craft shows and plan on doing several more this year. I love hearing the stories from my customers when they order a piece. Sometimes it's a meaningful song lyric, sometimes it's a memorial of sorts, or names and dates, or funny sayings.

People sometimes ask where the name Pink Checkers came from and it's a cute little story. My 5 year old loves to play pretend and she loves to have pretend names. Her name is always Ariel. I think she really would like to be a mermaid. She asks about them all the time and she has the red hair just like Ariel. Anywho, she gave me the name Pink Checkers. I don't know why or how she came up with it, but I loved it. I thought this would be a cute way to keep that memory alive.

The purpose of this blog for me it to: 1)get my name out there for my business 2)promote other moms and women who have great ideas and 3)show my love for handmade.

Please check back often. I plan on posting several times a week with tutorials and fun ideas!