What's Next Wednesday: Advent Calendars!

It's still hard to believe that tomorrow is December 1st. Tomorrow people! Do you know what that means??

These bad boys can officially be put up, and have treats in them!

The pouches on the back of the numbers are perfect for tiny treats....little notes...gifts of the homemade kind! I will be filling ours with little slips of paper with activities that we can do while we {not-so} patiently wait for Santa.

Things like...

Bake Gingerbread Cookies

Have a Pajama Day

Watch a New Movie

Go See Happy Feet 2

And since we're off to Florida for Christmas...

Visit Shamu

Go to the Beach

Have Lunch at Frenchy's

Go Golfing with Daddy

What fun things will be in your advent calendar this year?

What's Next Wednesday: Mardi Gras!

December is fast approaching, which means Mardi Gras balls and New Years Eve plans are getting into full swing!

I've been busy working on some Mardi Gras masks, and I want to share them with you all today! There's still time to order these beauties for your balls and even for your New Years Eve festivities!

All-over red glitter with a black glitter pattern, red and silver paillettes and black netting. Finished with green ribbons, and extra ribbon on one side for a fanciful effect

Arc en Ciel...a rainbow of paillettes on a glittery black background. Capped off with white netting that comes over the left eye and pink ribbons

My absolutely favourite! All over copper with chocolate brown ribbons. Gold, red and copper paillettes create a beautiful focal point, and a fanciful black netting fascinator tie it all together.

Be the belle of the ball this holiday season with a Sweet Stella's mask!

What's Next Wednesday: Craft Show Recap

Well...I survived my first craft show this past weekend!! I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I definitely learned a tonne and made some really awesome connections with other vendors and some fabulous customers who have some really great parties coming up that I hope Sweet Stella's can be a part of.

The display, while exactly what I had envisioned, needs some work and I have a plan for reconfigure things for the next show on December 1st.

The ornament trees were a huge hit, and that is one area of the display that I am super happy with.

The bookcase, while a great display idea to keep things organized, needs some help. I'm thinking of stationery all on one shelf, along with a photo collage of the pictures from the GBK Productions Emmy's Gifting Suite with Jeff Probst and Annie Illonzeh.

On another shelf, all of the beautiful journals, and then masks on another. Keep it simple, and streamlined...with room to replenish stock where needed.

Another thing that will be changing is getting the Tiny Stacks and Favour Pouches off the table and into pretty containers of some sort. I have a woven ceramic bowl that I made years ago, so that could potentially house one or the other...

The masks were also a huge hit, and I was even asked if I do children's birthday parties...as in they have a Sweet Stella's party!!

Definitely have that in the works...everything from masks to fairy wands, piggy bank to treasure chests, and custom packages too!! Sweet Stella's Parties will be here for 2012, so stay tuned for their unveiling after the holidays!

and if you're in the London area, check me out at the Mountsfield PS Holiday Sale!

What's Next Wednesday: Craft Show...T-Minus 3 days!

That's right folks...3 days! AHH!! I cannot believe how much stock I've made for this weekend!

  • 36 painted glass ornaments
  • 22 paper styro ornaments
  • 45 notestacks
  • 38 tiny stacks
  • 24 pinwheels
  • 9 basic masks
  • 9 couture masks (4 still in the works)
  • 7 thick journals
  • 1 thin journal
  • 152 favour pouches
  • 7 party packs
Grand total of 217 items! CRAZY!

But it was certainly well worth it, and I absolutely love each and every item!

Now I have to pack up all of this...

and I am OH SO EXCITED to share the new ornaments for this season!!

this one reminds me of chocolate milk...so I call it Brown Cow

perfectly papered in various greens and patterns!

I adore this one! Purple, silver and electric lime green...so unexpected!

Want to get a couple ornaments of your own?? Enter in the giveaway happening at Peanut's Tale!

What's Next Wednesday: Craft Show...1 Week to Go!

Ahhh!! Queue panic and anxiety!

Just one week to go until the craft show, and my husband will be travelling for a few days next week so really, I need to pick up my socks and get everything finished!

Within the past week...

  • 2 new custom masks created, even if they weren't for the craft show...they still count!
  • 18 new painted ornaments
  • 960 1.25" circles cut for 24 styro ornaments
It's been a crazy busy past week ,but it's going really smoothly for the craft show. All I need to do is finish up the styro ornaments, tie the favour pouch packs together, package the party packages and get some branches from the forrest across the way, which hopefully can be a weekend family trip with the wagon.

In the basement I found the two black boxes that I was looking for to store and display the stationary. I have a plan to get a white bookcase from my in-laws, put bins inside it on their sides and have stationary displayed for sale. It'll work, and it looks great...in my head!

Here are some of the *new* ornaments that I've painted for this year!

They're going to be displayed on the branches I'll collect this next week over at the forest (only fallen branches of course), which will be in tall vases. I have everything printed out for my price tags and labels...something else I need to take care of!

One week to go!!

What's Next Wednesday: Craft Show Week 3...or is it 4?

I'm seriously starting to lose track of what week of prep I am in all of this craft show madness! Over the past week I have...

  • stamped and bound 18 Tiny Stacks
  • planned out the rest of the masks
  • embellished 7 journals
  • decided on display materials
  • packaged 6 party packages

Whew! Lots was accomplished and I'd love to share the journals with you!

I just love them so much! Each one is different and unique...their own individual abstract paintings. Then, they're embellished with either feathers and glass beads, or a stamped image and glass beads. Sort of...abstract art meets shabby chic!

So...what do you think??

What's Next Wednesday: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Well well well...what do we have here??

See those lovely tabs up along the top? They're NEW!!

Most are still under construction, and we promise that they will be up and running soon full of awesome information about The Artisan Group, Giveaways, Shopping and Sponsorship Information.

To tide you over, have a look at the About Us page!! I am thrilled with how it looks and am incredibly thankful to Melissa from Never a Dull Moment for her design expertise.

Please bear with me as we work through these changes. They're much needed and I promise you, well worth the wait.

Once the other tabs are finished, we're moving onto colours and some layout changes, and will be highlighting some of Sweet Stella's awesome sponsors.

Want to be one? That information is coming soon too!!

What's Next Wednesday: DVD Boxes

I was recently asked by a local photographer if I made boxes for DVD's and CD's, and if I didn't, if I could figure out a way to.

Well, at the time the only boxes that I had made were these

ONEderland Tea Kettles and Cups for Jenni From The Blog

and now, I've developed a product that I absolutely adore...from complete scratch!

Hand stamped bride+groom names, threaded on cotton cord and finished with glass seed beads

Patterned bottoms with a 1" lip

Coordinated inks, cord and papers...all part of the job!

I absolutely love them, and what's even better...the photographer is over the moon about the attention to detail; her business initials in 2" letters, the patterned bottoms, coordinated cord and the seed beads. She loves the bride+groom names stamped and handcut, then threaded onto the cord.

Love love love!

Priced at $8.99, bulk photography orders are welcome and these would be great as wedding favours! Bulk orders qualify for discounts, so let me know if you are interested and we'll collaborate!

What's Next Wednesday: Mini Candy Cups

Happy Wednesday!! Again, blogging a bit early as we have a busy day of nurse visits and Walk of Hope appointments tomorrow!

So...What's Next?

How about some Mini Candy Cups? These ones are going to a Candy Couture Events candy buffet at the Sunshine Foundation Golf Tournament on Thursday!

Yellow and mustardy-orange cups that measure approx. 3.5" (cup circumference and length). These ones have the word "Sunshine" handstamped in acid free black ink, strung on bright orange cotton cord, then embellished with graphite coloured glass seed beads.

I think that they are just absolutely adorable! I'm going to come up with two more sizes, a Small Candy Cup and Medium Candy Cone, to suit every candy and dessert buffet need!

Mini Cups are sold in sets of 4 for $6.99!

Bulk orders are eligible for a discount, so drop me a line about your upcoming event!

What's Next Wednesday: Small Stacks

This morning, I whipped up a little somethin' somethin' inspired by the fabulous Lina at Candy Couture Events! We had a coffee date this afternoon, to talk about all things creative and brainstorm about collaboration, and since my husband brought home her yummy cake pops last week, I wanted to give her something awesome today.

Introducing...the Small Stack!

Measuring 4.25"x5.5", the Small Stack features 24 pages of beautiful and bright acid-free cardstock and paper! Stamped in the corner with your choice of motif! Then, the Small Stack is bound with recycled twine!

How gorgeous is that? (and yes, I'm biased, but I really do think it's gorgeous!)

Then add a pinwheel to the top, and you have a gift worth giving!!

Thank you, Candy Couture Events, for the inspiration!