Gifts for Him: Etsy Finds #etsy #giftsforhim #giftguide

In addition to my gift guide this year, I'm doing a few roundups of my favorite Etsy finds for Him, Her and the kiddos! Today is the Gifts for Him: Etsy Finds edition!


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Dell Cove Spices is a shop on Etsy that I found a few years ago, and I order something from them every year for my husbands stocking. Last year, I ordered popcorn seasonings and we loved them!

Coffee mugs are always an easy gift idea, but finding ones that are whimsical or hip can be a challenge. I love this one from Lenny Mud.


Every few years, my husbands wallet looks a little worn. I have so many of them in my favorites on Etsy, but this one from Sewlutions by Amo stands out. It is intricately and expertly crafted, and beautiful in its design.

Funky tshirts are something that always get rolled up and put in my husbands stocking. Banyan Tree Clothing has great options, including this vintage ship tee.

And, while my husband has yet to come over to the dark side of technology and embrace the wonderful iPhone, I love unique docking stations. This concrete iPhone docking station by fmcdesign is minimalist and pure.

In the past, I've found lovely pocket squares and handmade ties, as well as edibles for my husband for Christmas. Etsy is such a wonderful place to shop, where you know the items are handmade with care, and an extreme amount of attention to detail paid.
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My Christmas Wishlist

Compiling my wishlist for Christmas this year was a bit of a challenge. Did I want to focus on running gear? Pretty things? Supplies for my studio?

Usually, I just tell my husband to fill my stocking with bottles of paint and I'll be a happy camper.

Last year, he went all out and got me these stunning Kate Spade earrings


They've become the earrings that I wear for special occasions, and I just love them!

So, what's on my list this year?

Christmas Wish List for Mom 2013




1. A new set of pots and pans. The ones that we have are about 8 or so years old, and many have cracked lids, or no lids at this point!! I'd love a new set, and have been in love with the Jamie Oliver set that my mother-in-law has since she got new ones a couple of years ago.

2. Tieks. *sigh* Durable, beautiful ballet flats. Navy. Teal soles. Need I say more?

3. Hubs has a Keurig at work, and everyone seems to be raving about them. Since getting to taste their products at BlogHer this past summer in Chicago, it's been in the back of my mind to put on my wishlist this year. I love their fruity energy drinks for #BrewOverIce, and coffee selections to make ice cubes for my morning shakes.

4. A new pair of sparklies from Kate Spade. LOVE these ones and their subtle color is perfect for going into spring.

5. A funny running tank. I saw this one on Etsy and loved it; definitely made me giggle. Other options would be pretty much anything from Ruffles With Love

6. An oversized clutch. Great for everyday, and for evening events as well!

What is on your list this year??


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Local Orders...extended!

Still wracking your brain for the perfect gift to give this holiday season? Fearing that it's too late to pick up a beautiful piece of statement jewelry or a gorgeous painting?

Well, if you're in the London area where delivery is always free, you still have time to order!


Place your order before DECEMBER 20th to ensure delivery by the 24th!

Your Toy Price Comparison Guide launches soon!

Need help choosing the perfect gift for your kiddo? TimeToPlayMag.com is here to help you this holiday season, providing awesome toy reviews, giveaways and, launching on Tuesday November 20th...the price comparison tool!


The Price Comparison tool tracks inventory and pricing at 5 leading retailers and updates information in real time. Some buys the item that you want at the store you're at? No problem! There's another store down the street that you can call, have an item put on hold and guarantee the price for, saving you both time and money {all year long!}

You can read reviews, and get all of your questions about a specific product right on TimetoPlayMag.com.

Take the pressure off gift giving and toy purchases this holiday season, and save a few pennies while you're at it!

Mark your calendar for November 20th - TimeToPlayMag.com and the price comparison tool; helping you save time, money and alleviating your gift giving stress!

*I was not compensated in any way by TimeToPlayMag.com in any way. The views and opinions expressed are that of my own.
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Christmas Ornaments

Now's the time to order beautiful handpainted glass ornaments to give as personalized gifts, hang on your family Christmas tree, or use as escort card holders at your winter wedding!


Each glass ornament is painted and marbled in the colours of your choice. Add metallics and glitter, and finish off the coordinating ribbon!

Interested in a bulk order for a wedding or special event? Email me at shannon@sweetstellas.com and we'll figure out a discount to make sure you every guest has a beautiful ornament to take home!

How long can you expect your order to take? Since the ornaments are handpainted and need time to dry before shipping, please allow 1 week for production, plus shipping time.

Holiday Order Deadlines

It's getting to be that time of year!! The time where I sculpt and paint like mad, take custom order right to the last possible minute and try with every ounce of my creative being to make your handmade gift giving dreams come true!

Here's this years holiday ordering guide!






As always, custom orders are welcome! If you have an item in mind, and need delivery directly to the gift recipient to save time, we can do that too! All packages come wrapped in tissue and cello, tied with beautiful ribbon so they are ready to give.

Email me with any questions, ideas, or requests!

shannon@sweetstellas.com

Gift Giving Made Easy...with Mini-Art!

The holidays are coming...which means trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Look no further!!

Miniature Art is the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Starting at $20 per panel, give one piece, two, three or five and let me create a gorgeous composition for the recipient!








Individually, these pieces fit in the palm of your hand. Most measure 2"x2.5", and all are painted with high quality acrylics, some matte and some metallic for added interest.

The focus in these pieces is to create balance using contrasting colours, movement within the fluidity of the paint, and line within the brushstrokes themselves.

Give the gift of art this holiday season!

Celeb{rate} Tuesday: THE Stylist

When I heard about the chance to get a statement ring to this incredible woman, I literally sculpted over twenty designs.

Twenty

Why?

Because she's not only a fashion icon herself, but she's a stylist. THE Stylist....



Rachel Zoe...stylist to the stars and an absolute style icon. Oversized bangles and cuffs? Check! Statement rings? Check! Oversized sunglasses? Check!

I just knew that I needed to design something incredible for her, I just didn't know what (hence the twenty different designs).

Then, when I was out for a girlfriends birthday it hit me: a Dahlia. Layers and layers of beautiful sculpted petals on an antique brass ring. Simple and stunning, white and perfect.

I see Rachel wearing it with a white t-shirt, long fringe-y scarf and a pair of skinny jeans, with really amazing boots. I picture her loving it, and so incredibly hope that she does.

What do you think of it??

Celeb{rate} Tuesday: A Bit of Edge

Taking things up a notch this week...and for the next few weeks actually.

While I am still staying true to my roots with sculpting and being girly, I am bringing a bit of edge to some of my designs. Specifically, ones that are leaving my studio and are on their way to some amazing style icons in Hollywood.

Take the oversized pansy for example...and turn it silver.



Incredible!

It's so awesome to take someone fantastically edgy like Kim Kardashian, and morph an oversized pansy ring to suit her style. A silver pansy with white stamen, on a silver ring. Simple? Absolutely! Stunning? You betcha!

I really really hope that she loves it, and if you love it...let me know! I've already had one order, and will happily create this ring over and over. It's just so much fun to make, and the silver clay takes on a sparkly and swirly property during the firing process.

Love it? Let me know!

Celeb{rate} Tuesday: The Graceful Ballerina

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

A few months ago, I started following Tenley Molzahn on Twitter and Facebook. I had admired her spirit way back when she was on The Bachelor, and was thrilled when she and Kiptyn declared their love for one another {and are happily still going strong}



She just exudes happiness and joy. She's stunning, to say the least, an i am so happy to have created a one of a kind oversized statement ring for her.

A beautiful white pansy with a plum coloured stamen and dark green tendrils. I sketched it out and just knew that it needed to find a home in Tenley's collection.

The creativity flowed into a beautiful reporter style journal with a beachy feel, and an antique skeleton key.

Hopefully she likes them!

What do you think?

Talk-To-Me Tuesday: Celeb{rate}

I've had the amazing opportunity to connect with some incredible people lately...people in high places.

Well...in shiny, sparkly places...and people who appreciate handmade.

Over the next few weeks, I invite you to Celeb{rate} with me on Tuesday's! I'll show you who I'm sending some work to, and the amazing pieces that they'll receive....you can shout it from the rooftops with me...jump on a table and dance...fist-pump...the whole thing!

In March, I had the opportunity to create two gorgeous pieces for one gorgeous women that I really admire and find incredibly inspiring.



First and foremost, isn't she gorgeous?

I am so proud to say that I have painted Lauren a journal, with an antique skeleton key embellishment. The journal itself was inspired by ballet, and her clothing collection. All very flowy, fluid lines and with lots of ribbon detail. Absolutely love it!

Then, I sculpted her a double pansy hair clip on a vintage alligator clip. It's a little heavy, so will have to be worn pointing downwards so it stays put. I just love the white and plum together. So pretty, especially with her California blonde and tan!

Stay tuned on Tuesdays as I reveal more gifts to Celeb{rate}!

SWH4T$: Holiday Decor

Welcome back to our Holiday Series with She Works Hard For The Money! We've head a great time baking, crafting up glittering play-dough and now we're moving onto some quick and easy holiday decor that will make your house smell fantastic!

Want to link up your own holiday ideas??

1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC

2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money and time, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".


3.) Post our button on your post


Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!


Coffee Bean Candle-pieces


Since we were in the process of selling our house, we had to keep our decoration very simple...but that didn't mean that it couldn't be chic!

This literally took me 5 minutes to make (including washing and drying a vase that I already had!) and zero dollars since I already had everything in the house.

What you'll need
  • vase or glass hurricane
  • candle
  • coffee beans

What to do

  • clean vase/glass container
  • dry it
  • pour in desired amount of coffee beans
  • place candle in centre of coffee beans
  • sink it down just a bit

Voila! Instant decor for your mantle, bathroom, kitchen, or even really great centrepieces for Christmas morning brunch!

What I love about them is the fresh smell of coffee every time I walk by. I have one in our master bath, one on our wine bar and two on our kitchen table. They've been there for about two weeks now, and they still smell like fresh coffee

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For an added twist, use flavours coffee beans or a scented candle! As the coffee beans warm up, they give off a delicious aroma!

A time saver and a money saver! If you had to buy the supplies and start from scratch, here's my cost breakdown

Vase: $1 at dollarstore

Coffee beans: $4 for 1lb bag

Candle: 2 for $1 at dollarstore

Small vases: 2 for $1 at dollarstore


So, for a total of $7 you get 3 arrangements. Pretty awesome! And consider that you could take them as hostess gifts for any holiday parties that you're going to! Cost per gift $2.33! Fantastic!





SWH4T$: Holiday Baking

Welcome back to Week 9 of She Works Hard 4 The $ (SWH4T$)! We are so pleased for you to join us this week, and look forward to many holiday tips and tricks!

The Rules? They're pretty simple!

1.) Follow your hostesses at Baby Shmizz and Sweet Stella's via GFC
2.) Link up a specific post that relates to money, your job, your business, couponing, anything that shows how you "work hard for your money".
3.) Post our button on your post

Have fun linking and finding new blogs to read!





Holiday Baking



Have a teacher, garbage man, mail delivery person, post office worker, member of your church family or some other person on your list this Holiday season? I know that I do, and that list keeps growing by the day when I think of all of the wonderful people in our lives!

So! This year...into the kitchen I go with my beautiful standmixer that is likely exhausted at this point. However, this batch of particularly yummy cookies yeild about 75 cookies...

Translate that into 10 cookies per cello bag, tied with a lovely tag (that you can make at home to save even more money! I had this one lying around our Christmas wrapping paper stock) and you've got gifts for 7 people, plus 5 cookies left for you to snack on!

And what's even better, you likely have all of these ingredients (minus the molasses...let's be serious, who has molasses in the house!? But...it's only $4 at Walmart!) in your kitchen already!

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Preheat over to 350F

Mix in your standmixer bowl
  • 4 1/2
    cups all-purpose flour
  • 4
    teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2
    teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2
    teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4
    teaspoon salt

Cream in

  • 1 1/2
    cups butter
  • 2
    cups granulated sugar
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1/2
    cup molasses

Roll cookies into 1" balls, and roll them in a bowl of

  • 3/4
    cup coarse sugar or granulated sugar

Place on a cookie sheet, and bake for 13-14 minutes. You'll know that they're finished by when the tops crack! Be careful not to overbake though!

I then took a bunch of the cookies, put them in a cello bag (you can get these at Michael's for about $2.50 for 12 bags. I get mine from Nashville Wraps in bulk, so I had them on hand already) and tie with a lovely tag!

Total cost on these babies...$6.50. Cost per gift...$0.92!

Beautiful, thoughtful, cost-efficient, and yummy!





SWH4T$: Homemade Scrubs

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Homemade Scrubs
It's almost that time of year...

The air turns cold and takes your breath away...carolers will soon be out on the streets...and jolly old St. Nicholas will be bombarded by letters from little ones.

That also means gift giving as well, and I don't know about you...but homemade and handmade gifts from the heart go a very long way!



The other day, I made these for my mom as a part of her birthday gift. A yummy and glorious Brown Sugar Honey Oat Body Scrub, and a super fresh Peppermint Foot Scrub.

I finished them both with beautiful ribbon, and cardstock tags.

Here are the recipes and how-to's!



Find a jar that you have around the house...salsa, jam, jelly...whatever you have! Clean it thoroughly and dry it completely.

Combine in a bowl (I actually did it right in the jar)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp. honey (a natural preservative)
  • 1 cup oil (I used canola since it is nonsmelling and that's what I had on hand)

Transfer into your jar, and twist the lid on tightly!

Finish off with a ribbon and your tags, and viola! A yummy body scrub that can double as a delicious dessert topping!

For this one, I found that after I cleaned my salsa jar there was some residue on the outside from the previous label. So...I made my own and podged it onto the outside of the jar! I also covered the lid with scrapbooking paper and podge!

In a bowl combine (and I actually did this one in a bowl)

  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp oil (again, I used canola)
  • peppermint extract (for this, I just did it by smell...so maybe a tsp.)
  • 6 drops green food colouring

When it's all mixed and lovely, transfer into your jar, making sure to put the lid on tightly. Tie with ribbon and your tag!

Are you making anything for the holidays, or a special birthday, this year? Share your tips and tricks for saving time and money!






Special Post: Giveaways Galore!

November 1st, 2011 marks such an amazing day for us here at Sweet Stella's.

1. Year. In. Business.

As a HUGE thank-you to all of you awesome customers, moms, kiddos and fellow artists, I'm going to be hosting a whack of giveaways during the month of November.

Right now, you can enter to win two handpainted custom ornaments over at Peanut's Tale.

Next week, right here, you'll be able to enter to win a MyMemories digital scrapbooking Software package!

The week after...a Tina Dean Designs basket full of Sweet Stella's holiday goodies!

Then over on Baby Shmizz, you'll be able to win a Holiday Stationary package, and check out the new papered and personalized ornaments for 2012!

Lastly, a chance to win a $25 Sweet Stella's Gift Certificate on The Mommyhood Chronicles! Pretty awesome!


So, as you can see...lots of things to win, in a variety of ways, and all because i am just so thankful to have made it one full year, and still be going strong.

Thank you all, SO much!

Y3W Friday: Holiday Gift Guide

See that new fancy button over there to the side?? The one with the presents?? The one that looks like this??

Holiday Gift Guide

Well...the official Holiday Gift Guide from The Artisan Group has been pinned! In it, you'll find a crazy amount of holiday gift suggestions for every one on your list, be they young or old, from amazingly talented artisans.

Have you started your Christmas or holiday shopping yet? I did just the other day...a few stocking stuffers for my son. He'll only be 1 (and a half!) this year at Christmas, so I'm thinking bath toys, balls, things like that. I guess similar to last year, but a little more grown up. I also got some great little notebooks (Toy story themed) in the clearance bin at Michael's the other day, I figured that they'd be good with a box of crayons for when we travel.

What's on your Christmas list this year??

Don't forget to link up with Jenni!