October 31, 2011

Monday Mash Up: Thanksgiving Goodness

I thought it would be a great idea to make today's Monday Mash Up this great Thanksgiving Treasury my NEW Give Thanks Fork was included in! 


Click here to find the treasury and all the items pictured!


I got to tell you, these are a hot item in my shop! I think they are the PERFECT gift for the Thanksgiving dinner Hostess! You can find them here.

October 29, 2011

Freshly Pinned...and a linky party!


I have not done a Freshly Pinned post lately & since I waste spend an insane amount of time on pinterest, I thought it would be nice to share some of the inspiration I have pinned lately.

Pins: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 via jessicandesigns on Pinterest

  • I am pretty sure I would curl up beside that fireplace all winter.
  • We used to have those tumblers when I was little {oh how I wish I had those now} & those succulents...love.
  • P.S. I Love you...the movie made me bawl & those letters make me swoon!
  • Yes, I am already, shamelessly looking for Christmas Photo Inspiration.
  • I HAVE to try that light trick with my camera. I am going to follow Heather's tutorial.
  • I am in love with that kitchen. So rustic, so me.
  • I am going to make that spicy corn salsa. Tortilla chips here I come.
  • I need to photograph the leaves where I live. MSN named my neck of the woods (Ohio Amish Country) as 1 of 15 "Worthwhile Scenic Fall Foliage Drives!" Pretty cool.
Are you inspired? I am! Come follow along & get inspired with me on pinterest

Link up what's inspiring you this week:

October 28, 2011

Find me here today {plus a Thank you Discount!}


I am over on Meag's blog today answering some questions & Giving Away one of my Loved rings!! 

Also,  I recently surpassed 1000 sales on Etsy...and it blew me away! I LOVE what I do, I get to stay home with my kids, earn an income for our family & do something I am passionate about.  I am truly blessed.  Sure at times it is stressful and overwhelming, but I would not trade it for a 9-5.  I mean I get to work at home in my pjs, spend precious time with my babies and watch project runway on my couch during lunch! ;)

I just want to say THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart for making my dreams a reality!

October 27, 2011

Inspiration Workshop: Favorite Recipe & a Secret...


Another week of Inspiration Workshop and this week's Prompt is FAVORITE RECIPE.


I have a secret...I sort of hate cooking, but I LOVE to eat! Nothing beats sharing an amazing meal with friends and family! 
My favorite meals are the ones other people make! *smiles*


But when I do cook, I have to admit (with some guilt) that most meals are out of a box, or the freezer...so sad, I know. 


Some quick and easy go to meals that I don't mind making are my Mom's chicken noodle casserole, a big pot of chili or these yummy mini meat loaves I make! But I did not have time to make and take pictures of those (maybe I will have to share those some day) so I thought I would share some yummy looking dishes from my pinterest board

I love comfort food in the fall and winter months! What is better than a yummy pot of homemade Chicken Noodle soup or creamy homemade Mac N Cheese??


And how amazing does this homemade pizza look?! I bet it is not even that hard! Right up my alley! :)


I think I will have to make my hubby happy & try these recipes out! 


What are your favorite recipes?



images: food print, chicken noodle soup, mac n cheese & pizza via jessicandesigns on pinterest.
Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

October 26, 2011

Meet my Sponsors: Discounts & Giveaways!

Meet Emily of Fa Sew La Stitches:


I've been drawn to pretty things for as long as I can remember (who isn't?) - bright, electric pink sunsets; roses with impossibly soft petals, dupioni silks and rugged linens; intricate patterns found in doodles and damask. There's something about the texture of fabrics and the patterns of paper that mesmerize and inspire me.

So when I get a moment to myself, I sneak away to sew and recreate some of that simple beauty that God has allowed in my life.

I grew up in a creative, compassionate family of music-makers and people-helpers that helped form me into who I am today - a Christian wife and mom that wants to bring some fun and joy into other's lives by making pretty things out of other pretty things!

(And oh, yeah - about the shop name, Fa Sew La Stitches - I'm a music teacher, too!)

15 % off with Code: YAY15


 
Meet Dani of Good Natured by Dani:


Hi, I'm Dani!  I'm 27 and live in Missouri with my husband, two dogs, three cats, and two chickens! I work at a zoo, try to live a very 'green' life, and I love to make things.  My shop, Good Natured, has lots of needle felted critters and creations, which I call craftimals, and an interesting array of origami, felt and fabric jewelry.  I also love to do custom felt orders, so feel free to send me a request for your fave animal in felt form! :)
Discount to Good Natured:
15% off with code: JESSICA


Meet Jenelle of Jenelle's Jemz:


My friends say I'm colorful, spunky, and creative...I'm Jenelle and I design accessories that are sure to add a touch of pizzaz to any outfit!  I take old and unused clothing, and repurpose them into something spectacular, including scarves, headbands, mittens and more!  You can also find fashion scarves and great hair pretties in my shop!


Meet Tempestt of Enticing Treats:


Hi! I'm Tempestt. I'm dorky. Loud. I love candy, have an obsession with cupcakes and an addiction to my iced caramel mocha. I'm a Wife to my amazing husband, Josh. A Mother to my two beautiful little girls, Dalilah and Reagan, and the Crafter Extraordinaire behind, EnticingTreats, making cute things for people to love. Check out my shop so I can make something just for you!


Discount to Enticing Treats:
45% off with code: JESSICA


Meet Dondi of Donda Lee's:
Howdy! My name is Dondi and I’m the designer behind “DondaLee’s”. I’m fairly new to the handmade business world and still learning and growing every day. I make an assortment of different things and find it impossible to just stick with one thing! In my shop you can find child and adult accessories, home décor, paper goods and more. I love color and all that’s shabby chic and whimsical! On my blog I share fun and inspirational pictures, tutorials and giveaways. I hope it’s a place that’s inspiring, encouraging and fun!  Nice to meet  y’all!


Dondi is Giving away her 3 piece "Harvest" Cabochon Bobby Pin Set:

Meet Kenye of Glow Kouture:
Hello! My name is Kenyé and I am the owner/designer/creator of Glow Kouture™. I make clutch purses, zipper pouches, fabric flower brooches, bib necklaces and hair accessories. I blog at Glow Kouture..The Life of Handmade Living and I love reading other blogs that inspire me daily such as: Jessica N Designs, Allora Handmade, Gussy and Just Lovely Things! Photography, Traveling and Cooking interest me. The Glow Kouture™ brand is a fun but yet practical line of handmade items for the fashion forward shopper who likes to be different! 


Kenye is giving away The Poppy Headband "Floral Black" and A Poppy Brooch "In any color you would like:
One person will win all 3 prizes! 
{must be a follower of jessicaNdesigns}
does not count as an entry


To enter simply:

  1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about my blog
  2. Visit Donda Lee's & tell me your favorite thing in her shop
  3. Visit Glow Kouture & tell me your favorite thing in her shop
  4. Share this link to my Handmade Holiday Gift Guide on facebook, twitter or your blog. (3 entries for doing all 3)
  5. Add my Handmade Holiday Gift Guide button to your blog (found at top of page in the right column) 
I hope you take time to visit each sponsor, including the amazing women on the sidebar -------------->
I just love this handmade community & really like to support my fellow handmade shop owners!

winner will be chosen by random.org sometime next week so be sure to enter now!

October 24, 2011


Handmade Gifts are unique, thoughtful & come from the Heart!  Sit down, grab a cup of coffee {or tea}, browse my Handmade Holiday Gift Guide featuring over 30 lovely shops & find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list! 

The gift guide is organized by the following categories: Home Decor & accessories :  Jewelry, bags, beauty & Hair Accessories : Jewelry : Toys & Girts for Kids.

Go ahead: Have yourself a handmade little Christmas!


Yellow Heart Art: Taking the ordinary & making it fun & quirky! Creating graphic art designs for your home & even you! Check out our Art Prints, Necklaces (bling bling) & Silhouetted Pillows! (Psssst we even do blog/shop designs!)

Yellow Heart Art: Shop : Facebook : Blog
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Welcome to my shop - here you find posters inspired by Scandinavian mid century modern design, Cathrineholm, Stig Lindberg, Marianne Westman etc. eychart & letterpress inspired prints, vintage objects and more...

ReStyle- as handz: Shop : facebook : blog
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Hi I am Kari, and I am so excited to be participating in this Holiday Guide with so many talented people!  I love creating items for children such as tooth fairy boxes, room letters, door hangers, and items for your home.  I love collaborting with friends so you will see "Guest Artists" in my Etsy shop, just a great way to bring your more variety.  I also have several vintage items for your home.  I am an interior designer by day, and I love doing custom orders.  I am happy to match any home color, decor or theme to make an item that is truly unique for you.  I am offering a 15% Discount in my Etsy shop.  Please use code JNDGIVE15 at check out. Thank you for looking, and Happy Holidays!

The Sweetest Memory: Shop : Blog : Facebook
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Hi my name is Leah. Just Call Me Blessed is the name of my blog and Etsy shop. My blog is where I share my creations, favorite things, and my family's latest homeschool adventure! Sometimes I even share a good book or a recipe! In my shop you will find everything you need to make you blog and social media shine along with inspiring art prints for your home! Im always happy to make custom items too!

Just Call Me Blessed: Shop : Facebook : Blog
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When Shutters Click Gifts is an online store selling handcrafted gifts, such as pendants, greeting cards and more that featuring photographs by Natalie Woods. Each piece is made using quality material and is sure to be enjoyed by all.

When Shutters Click: Shop : Blog : Facebook
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Unique decor and gifts.

Bubblewrapp'd: Shop : Blog: Facebook
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Hi I'm Tara and I like to make things.  I share my creative ideas and inspiration on my blog.  I also sneak in tidbits of my life as a mom, teacher and creative entrepreneur.  I usually spend my weekends crafting, filling orders, taking photos and writing blog posts.  It's a busy and awesome way to spend my time.  Come see what I've been up to, you can even create along.  It'll be fun, I promise.

Sew Tara: Shop : Facebook : Blog

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Thumbprint Designs: upcycled artwork for your home, handmade in west monroe, louisiana
Thumbprint Designs: Blog : Shop
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Hello! I'm Nichelle of Vintage Wanna Bee. In my shop you will find little quirky, simple, happy, fun, lovely, girly accessories for the 'wanna bee' in all of us!!! xoxo

Vintage Wanna Bee: Shop : Blog : Facebook
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I'm Alex - creator of Alexandra Rose. I hate writing about myself, but I love crafting...and Christmas :) Visit my shop to find an eclectic mix of handmade items for you, your baby and your house. Be sure to check out my blog for special announcements, discounts and exclusive discounts.          


Alexandra Rose: Shop : Blog : Facebook

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Laynie and Belle: Handmade, original, vintage inspired accessories made from vintage fabrics and jewels

Laynie and Belle: Shop : Blog : Facebook 
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Hi, I’m Liz. The Blue Eyed Owl is my shop and blog where I share my love of all things vintage, handmade and my life as mom, wife and indie business owner. I run an online vintage and handmade boutique with retail space at The Main Street Antique Mall near my home in Mesa, AZ. I love to connect with readers & other indie business owners and would love to hear from you!

The Blue Eyed Owl: Shop : Blog : Facebook 
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A cute, cozy shop of crocheted items from hats, to slippers, scarfs, and baby cocoons. But also extends to sewing items and will probably include other "items diane made" soon. I love mixed media and just taking an idea and running with it. All items can be custom made to fit the customers needs/wants and I think that makes the items extra special. 


Something Diane Made: shop | blog | facebook

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Naked Elements is an all natural cosmetic shop. Everything is made from scratch with a little bit of the earth and a lot of love! -All products are made with love and care - Products are made with organic ingredients - Products are made from scratch - no premixed bases - All products contain natural ingredients. That means no chemicals, fillers, additives, parabens, sulfates, fragrances, bismuth oxychloride, talcs, and no micronized particles-All products are cruelty free, never tested on animals - Custom orders and colors available.

Naked Elements: Shop : Facebook
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Acute Designs consists of handcrafted accessories - hair and jewelry for bridal and everyday wear.  All items are designed and handmade with a vintage feel in mind and many have one of a kind vintage pieces incorporated into their designs.

Acute Designs: Shop : Blog : Facebook : Twitter

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Me and My New Life: Shop : Blog : Facebook

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Hello Lovelies! My name is Maria-Isabel and my blog is Agape Love Designs! You can find a mixture of all things crafty there, including my Photography, Digital Designs, Free Printables, Crafty Tutorials, Jewelry & Hair Accessory DIY and so much more! My Shop Agape Love Boutique offers Unique and Classic Hair Accessories, Jewelry that usually has a touching story behind it, as well as photo cards/invites and Printables. I really pour my heart into everything I do and make as I desire to glorify God in all that I do. He has shown me how I can use the talents He has blessed me with, to show love and bring joy to others while also working from home and helping my husband take care of our family.

Agape Love: Shop : Blog : Facebook
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Glow Kouture: A fun but yet practical brand of handmade Fabric Flower Brooches, Bib Necklaces, Clutch Purses, Zipper Pouches and Headbands for the fashion forward shopper who likes to be different!
Glow Kouture: Shop : Blog : Facebook

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At Snowdrift Designs you'll find crocheted items. With new items all the time you can find cowls, hats, boots/slippers, and much more.

Snowdrift Designs: Blog : Facebook : Shop
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Pink Lemonade: Shop : Blog : Twitter
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Luxe Boulevard is transitioning from everyday accessories to couture bridal. Current ready made merchandise that is listed is 75% off while we prepare for the big bridal reveal. Just use code BLOWOUT75 at checkout. (While supplies last.) We are going to have custom bridal belts, boutonniere's, statement reception necklaces, bouquets, veils, jewelry, and shoes. Yes, shoes! I'm so excited for this, I can't even tell you all. We are currently taking custom orders for those brides already anxiously planning their events. Please email inquiries to :stephanie.luxeboulevard@gmail.com.

LUXE BOULEVARD: SHOP: BLOG: FACEBOOK 


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Geographic Formations offers a selection of handmade, recycled, fair traded, rare, and unique beads. The beads come from various parts of the world, some handmade and fair trade. The shop also sells handmade jewelry. Jewelry is inspired by nature and natural earthly formations.


Geographic Formations: Shop : Facebook
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Flutterby Kisses: Handmade jewelry, ornaments, and accessories for all occasions.  Custom orders most welcome.
Flutterby Kisses: Shop : Facebook
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Unique items created just for you! Double sided soldered charms for necklaces, bracelets or keychains, and polymer clay jewelry to dress up any occasion!

Carri's Creations: Shop : Blog : Facebook
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Hi, I'm Melinda, a.k.a. DECOR8Rgirl. I'm a graphic/web designer and all-around crafter. My Etsy shop contains items from jewelry to accessories and office items to pre-made Etsy kits. As things inspire me, I create them and share them with the world. If you don't see exactly what you want in my shop, let me know and I'll be happy to customize or create something just for you!

DECOR8girl: Shop : Facebook  
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Hi, Im Fallon over at Silly.Beautiful.Life! I make an eclectic mix of jewelry, depending on what suits my fancy when I start creating! I really love to give back, so you can find my shop sponsoring a different cause/charity each month! Come do some feel good shopping! :)

Silly Beautiful Life: Shop : Facebook : Blog
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Good Natured:  Needle felted wool critters and creations and lots of fun jewelry: origami, felt poppies, wool beads, fabric rosettes, and more I love doing custom requests, so feel free to ask for your favorite animal in needle felted form! Use code JESSICA for 15% off
Good Natured: Shop : Facebook
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SariBlue: Beautiful, simply designed jewelry to add peace, positivity and a bit of fun to your style! There’s nothing evil about it….Our pieces are fun, colorful, very unique, adding a great conversation piece to any wardrobe, but they also add an ancient element of protection to your life by wearing the Nazar Boncuk (Evil Eye Bead). In our shop you will find earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and chokers. 
SariBlue: Shop : Facebook
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The {posh} Daisy: One of a kind chic headbands and jewelry, for that girly girl!

The {posh} Daisy: Shop : Facebook : Blog
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 Mimi Baby Boutique:  Hand made jewelry, appliquéd dolls and clothes, home decor and more.

Mimi Baby Boutique: Shop : FacebookBlog
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Heart & Soul Pieces - Handmade Vintage Inspired Jewelry & Accessories. Perfect Pieces to Compliment the Perfect Outfit. 

Heart & Soul Pieces: 
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Hello Everyone! Janee from Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard here! YBYBToyShop started last January when my best friend got pregnant with her first baby. It's evolved quite a bit since then, but I still pour lots of love and silliness into each piece. I hope you enjoy my toys as much as I do!
Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard: Shop : Blog : Twitter
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Sweet Mady is a personalized paper + gift shoppe specializing in children's products. Owner, Michelle, creates everything from custom party sets to personalized tees, plates and more! Shop with Sweet Mady and receive 10% off your Holiday Order.  Use the code, Jessica, at checkout.  Enjoy!

Sweet Mady: Shop : Blog : Facebook
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H E L L O! My name is Alysha & I am a creater of things made of yarn over here at The Sunshine Stitch. I am an addict of coffee, obsessive eyelash curler & preschool teacher by degree.  I reside in sunny California with my hunky husband & two rambunctious boys{Dawson & Emerson}.  The Sunshine Stitch brings out my rustic & woodsy side where I dream of living in the state of Washington again someday. From a sweet newborn baby beanie to a thick & warm cowl, you'll find everything you need on your Christmas List this year! <3

The Sunshine Stitch: Shop : Blog : Facebook : Twitter
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Have yourself a handmade little Christmas!

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