Posts Tagged ‘awesome’

Etsy Store of the Week – OrangeFuzz

This week’s featured Etsy store is orangefuzz. Orangefuzz is a creative duo that makes gorgeous soaps that aren’t just for women!

And this first item I just had to feature since it is a wonderful eco-friendly shaving kit that is presented in a recycled wood cigar box, so definitely close to my heart! Isn’t this just the most handsome presentation?

Eco friendly shaving kit from OrangeFuzz

Are you looking for a simpler gift for maybe that brother-in-law? Or your man can’t grow something to shave for the life of him (this would also be my brother-in-law!). Orangefuzz offers other masculine gifts that won’t embarrass your man. Because what man doesn’t love beer?

Guinness beer soap by OrangeFuzz

And while the offerings of orangefuzz tend toward the masculine, their great soaps and body products come in scents and styles that anyone can enjoy.

orange spice soap from orangefuzztoner from OrangeFuzz

So if you’re shopping for any guy this holiday season, think about spoiling them with these sudsy products! And because you’re buying a product that’s ready-made, you can order for Christmas until Sunday, December 19th.  So take a look at the fine products of orangefuzz today!

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Etsy Store of the Week – RoverDog

I’m so sorry for getting this week’s Etsy Store of the Week feature out so late in the day! This past week has been exhausting both mentally and physically for me and I needed the day to recharge. In order to recharge I stayed up way too late last night playing with a new skill (screen printing), slept in way too late, watched a football game at the bar with hubby and then saw the new Harry Potter movie! It’s been awesome and much-needed. So now I’m finally sitting down for long enough to tell you about this week’s featured store: RoverDog which makes the most stylish coats for dogs that I have ever seen!

RoverDog creates her stylish pet clothing in Toronto and then ships all over the world. And while I’m not usually that big on dressing up my dogs (Ok, except for the holidays!) we now have a wonderful little chihuahua that has decided that mildly chilly is just too cold for her. So on my journey to find something comfortable, warm and not too frilly for Bean, I found it can be frustratingly difficult to find what I want in a dog coat. And then came along RoverDog! This is what I want, and isn’t this dog just dapper?

Skipper peacoat for dogs by RoverDog

Taking a look through the shop, I also stumbled upon a cute little number for my nephew-dog-in-law, a yorkie owned by my very preppy and high-end business working in-laws:

Tie and oxford shirt for dogs by RoverDog

And the models in this shop couldn’t be cuter!

Anorak for dogs by RoverDog Pea coat for dogs by RoverDog

These are made to order so if you have troubles fitting a particular dog you can get exactly what you need! And because these are made to order, the last day that you can purchase one and expect it for the holidays is December 1st, so hurry up and pick one out from RoverDog!

So do you dress up your dogs for warmth, charm or fashion? Let me know!

Etsy Store of the Week – makye77

This week’s featured Etsy shop is a wonderful craftsman from Michigan who plays with the beautiful shapes, textures and colors of wood. Makye77, better known as Natural Selection Studio, turns wood into gorgeous decorations for your home or office. These could be pieces of art to look at and admire, or functional complements to your space.

The first one is from his line of wood with color accents. And its color contrast is pure beauty! I just love that line of dark brown from the bark.

green turned box elder wooden bowl by makye77 on etsy

And not all of his creations have a color added to the wood. He offers many in their original color and quality.

wooden bowl from makye77 on etsy birch wooden bowl from makye77 on etsy

And it’s not just bowls that he offers in the Etsy shop, but decorative and usable vases of different shapes as well. I love the swirl that this wood has, and again, I’m in love with the natural opening. This particular vessel is decorative, and you can see why – it’s absolutely gorgeous!

elm wooden vessel by makye77 on etsy

So go check out Natural Selection Studio at makye77 on Etsy. He offers more pieces similar to the ones I’ve featured above and also has some wooden bowls and vessels of a different style with more color and decoration. These would make gifts for the person that has everything on your shopping list since it can be for both beauty and function. I’m thinking here of my father-in-law! And because you are buying a completed unique item, there’s no wait time for production which makes gift giving all the easier.

Etsy Store of the Week – Storeyshop

Oh! I’m excited about this week’s Etsy store because it’s one that I’ve had my eye for a while now. There are probably a dozen or so items that I’d love to purchase and I’ve tried to keep it to four – so hard! So this week’s store is Storeyshop, a UK based (I know, I’m so international) hand cut and laser cut greeting card and more shop. The sense of humor and love that comes from Storeyshop is wonderful and makes you stick around to check out her tons of listings (192 right now!). With that much creativity, she’s got something for everyone!

So for the item that I want the most, I’m having a hard time deciding on just one! And then I remembered, hey, this is my blog – I can have more than one! Isn’t life liberating once you realize your own power? Well, that’s true, but yeah, greatly exaggerated in this case. However, these two great cards are ones that I would love to get for Roger on some anniversary soon!  Storeyshop has lots more of these “I love you more than…” cards and can customize the message too in case you can’t find exactly what you want.

I love you more than my iPhone card by StoreyshopI love you more than coffee card by Storeyshop

Another card I’d like to get Roger is this next one. He likes Superman and comics (but prefers the Hulk or Batman if anyone’s listening and caring at the same time) and this would be just right! And I just love the layered work done on this greeting card.

Super hubby card from Storeyshop

Storeyshop offers some great humor-based love greeting cards, but it’s not all she offers. There are housewarming, birthday, holiday and random occasion cards too. They all have bright colors and bold, simple designs which is the hallmark (ha!) of her cards. Here’s one in particular that I like because of the detail work on the house.

New home greeting card from Storeyshop

So if you need that special occasion card to let someone know how special they are, or need to stock up on unique Christmas cards, check out Storeyshop on Etsy!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today’s my mom’s birthday! We’re going to meet up in a little bit, but I wanted to share one of the crafts I made for her this year: an upcycled cigar box with her birth year on the top! I wasn’t planning on giving my mom a cigar box jewelry box, but when I saw 1961 on the top, I had to get it for her. Here it is:

Anywho, I’m off soon to have an early lunch with her and give her the presents. I made this upcycled cigar box, a plant hanger thing she’s been on my case for a while about and also a DSW gift card because a woman can’t have too many shoes!

And even though it’s not her birthday, call your mom up and say hello! She’s wonderful and deserves some love, I’m sure of it! 🙂

Etsy Store of the Week – Alis

Alis is this week’s featured Etsy Store! She offers beautiful and comfy-looking t-shirts with a wonderful feminine appeal.

My favorite feature on Etsy is the scrolling recently listed items that is found here. It’s how I end up finding new items to purchase while drinking (oops on Friday night, but I’m excited about getting those things in the mail!) and also leads me to new sellers to feature. And this shirt is how I found Alis. I love how simple the lines and colors are and also the organic feel of the design. I also LOVE that Alis has sizes and measurements to further explain what the sizes in her store are. As a larger girl, with larger boobs, t-shirt buying online is a scary thing! I don’t want to get stuck with a tent, but I would like to not show every detail of my bra!

Nicole shirt from Alis

And anyone who knows me knows that I live in t-shirts. And not just because I’m a dog walker and therefore don’t have to wear suits and blouses (I hate that word) but also because cotton is freakin’ comfortable! But I have been trying to update into a more mature look since I am a business owner and would like to not look like a college student any longer. So a dressed up, artistic and feminine shirt is the way to go! Look at these other lovelies in Alis’s shop.

Florence shirt from Alis on EtsyNora 1 shirt from Alis on EtsyNorma shirt from Alis on Etsy

I think I’m also in love with the asymmetrical designs of these shirts too. They are more visually interesting that way!

For more frilly but simple, girly but modern looks, go check out Alis on Etsy! With her high positive feedback rating, and hundreds of sales and counting, this seller is ready to make your top half gorgeous! Sorry she doesn’t make pants! 😉

Oh so excited!

So today, one of the Etsy sellers lucky enough to be featured on the front page was mooshygooshies. And I was immediately drawn to the item that was shown:

Mooshygooshies's custom metal key chains with dog silhouettes

Aren’t those just up my alley? Dogs AND crafts! I couldn’t be happier. Ok, maybe if she somehow worked Fat Tire beer into the listing… 🙂

Anyway, I immediately contacted her as the rest of her stuff is just gorgeous. Clean lines, graphic prints and more dog themed items. I’ve asked her to come up with either a pit bull silhouette (I’ll forgive her for overlooking the second most common “breed” in America!) or if she could base a silhouette from Muttley’s adorable mug. I gave her the link to the picture that my business logo is based on, and quite possibly the best picture of Muttley ever. Take a look at it on the front page of my business site here. Wait, you didn’t know that I also run a successful pet sitting and dog walking business, besides my slowly (hint: quite slowly) emerging craft business? Where’ve you been?! I even have an employee! Check it out!

Anyway, enough self promotion. The cute little cards that mooshygooshies offers is what I’m ordering for my annual Thank You cards and gifts for clients of Lucky Mutts this past year. Last year I included little treats for the pets and a Belgian chocolate treat for the humans. This year I’d like to top that by a little. Nothing crazy, but everything totally adorable! And yummy too. I’ll probably be making the pup treats again this year, but maybe a little gift too? Who knows, it’s still early. Though I would like to get these out around Thanksgiving.

Why Thanksgiving and not the holidays? Am I being that politically correct? Heck no! Well, actually in a way… But the main reason is that Thanksgiving is a time to remember those you need to be thanking and for thanking the abundance in life. What a perfect time to thank my customers for keeping me fed the last year and to wish them a happy holiday season. And marketing wise, it’s pretty good timing!

Why even blow money on clients? Because they are the best! They pay me to play with their dogs! They trust me to love and attend to their most cherished ones. It’s a responsibility and a task that I enjoy doing and I’ve been able to craft a wonderful business out of my clients. My small business has allowed me to grow as a person and stretch my creative (and sometimes ADHD) mind in new ways. Lucky Mutts has allowed me to be the wife I want to be, the dog owner others dream about and quite possibly one of the happiest women on earth.

See! I’m getting on all emotional-grateful and I haven’t even ordered the thank you cards yet! Off to play one last game of mah jongg before retiring to bed with my latest marketing required reading. I hope all is wonderful in your world and that you cuddle with your fur-kid with extra love tonight. They deserve it!