Monday, June 25, 2012

What the Heck is ETSY??

I love Etsy.com and I'm so excited about my new shop! What has really surprised me about starting this business is how many people ask me "What's Etsy?" So, let me answer that question for you. 

Disclaimer: I am in no way responsible for your impending addiction. You have been warned.....

Etsy.com is a marketplace for the most amazing handmade and vintage lovelies that you will ever see! It's like a craft show/antique store/vintage shop right in your own home! It's a great place to find original art and vintage items online. There's something for everyone at all price points. No auctions, thousands of vendors, and the site is incredibly easy to navigate.

Etsy isn't a new site either. They just celebrated their 7th birthday and they are even offering wedding registries! How awesome is that?? You can register for handmade and vintage housewares for wedding and shower gifts!

Here is a sampling of items you can find on Etsy.com

Buy it here.

Buy this print here

Buy this sweet dress here

Get this ring here

Buy this breathtaking painting here

Pick up this personalized wallet here

The list goes on and on! Go check it out and tell me how much you love it. Heck, tell everyone! Shout it from the rooftops, I am.

And visit my shop here while you're at it!


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Friday, June 22, 2012

Atomic Love at Target

I think paint-by-number kits are adorably kitschy and I'm so excited about this new one from Target!

They're Charley Harper prints! You can get them here and they're on sale right now! Happy painting!


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Green Gardening for Pest Control

The weather has been just gorgeous here lately! I've been taking advantage by gardening my little heart out! So, I thought I'd pass along a couple cool tricks I've picked up along the way that have saved me a lot of aggravation.

Ever heard of a mosquito plant?

Mosquito Plant


A friend told me about them a few years ago and now I can't make it through summer without them! The real plant name is Citrosa Geranium and it's a geranium that smells like (you guessed it!) citronella. I like to plant mosquito plants in pots and keep them on my porch and patio. It's a great natural way to keep pesky mosquitoes away. I'm an absolute mosquito magnet and not a fan of bug spray so I even like to rough up the greenery a little to get the scent moving in the breeze and, while I'm at it, I rub the oils on my arms and legs for an all natural bug repellent. Works like a charm!

I'm sure you've seen these guys before....

Marigolds
Marigolds are easy to grow and take care of. I'm not crazy about the way they look. I generally think they look like dandelions. ( Although, the orange in the pictured flowers IS rather nice.) They do have a secret power and it's in their scent. Have you ever taken a whiff of a marigold? They stink. like. skunk. Totally gross, right?

EXCEPT...We're not the only creatures repulsed by the skunky smell. Plant some marigolds around the border of your vegetable garden to deter rabbits, squirrels, and other thieving varmits and keep your tomatoes safe!

That's all I have for today! Do you have any green gardening tips of your own? I'd love to hear them!


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