January 31, 2012

Show your Valentine how much you love them...


I have been adding a ton of new stuff to the shop lately! Creating new things is one of my favorite things about my business....the excitement is like a drug to me! {NERD ALERT: bonus points to anyone who knows where I pulled the "is like a drug to me" line from!} 

Back to topic...I have added so many cute things for Valentine's Day! PLUS there is still time to get your order in & get your swag for V-Day! Annnnnnnnnd there is a LIMITED TIME discount code in my Etsy shop! ;)

Coffee Spoons Available here & here

So many new coffee spoons! 
It is always so interesting to me when a certain item in the shop really takes off. 

The "love you more" spoons have been selling like hot cakes! 


I was also so happy to see that my "i <3 u" spoon made it to the FRONT PAGE of Etsy last night! 

AND my You & Me Personalized Ring is being seen on the FRONT PAGE of the Etsy Valentine's Day Page! It has been a good week! :)


I also just added the most adorable little girls necklace! I can not stop staring at the shear cuteness. The Pretty Little Bow Necklace is available here for your little Valentines! 

I made a "For your Valentine" Section in the shop for easy link referring to your sweetie! You're Welcome! ;)

Oh, and the cute new banner at the top of this post...courtesy of my girl Leonora, whose cute little undie pillows are featured on the Valentine's Day page with me! LOVE HER & the new banner! 

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January Sponsor Welcome & Giveaway!


I am so excited to introduce you to 2 new sponsors, Courtney & Laura! They are both so sweet & very talented! Learn more about them below & see the great prizes they are offering up for a giveaway today! 


Hi! I'm Courtney.  I am the mama to three beautiful kids! 1 baby boy - Elijah and 2 little girls- Maddy and Bella! I thank God for the gift He has given me to create and use my imagination through my jewelry creations.


 I design what I like to wear. I love mixing old with new in anything that I design and try to create timeless classic pieces that can be worn day to day or out for a fun night. A lot of the time my pieces are a little bit of vintage, a little bit of modern, a little bit of classic..all rolled into one. 


No two pieces are exactly the same..they all have their own personality. I use only the highest quality materials- sterling silver, 14k gf, semi precious stones, feathers, vermeil, leather of different types & one of a kind vintage pieces.You can always feel confindent that you are buying a quality piece with out paying a fortune!

Courtney @ Maddynbella:


Courtney is giving away this pretty Ornate Gold Diamond Necklace. 
Also get 15% off ANYTHING in her shop with code: MADDYNBELLA15


Hi there! I'm Laura and I'm along for the ride. No really, I am.

Along For the Ride isn't just the name of my handmade shop and my blog, but it's how I see my walk with the Lord. I am along for the ride He has planned for me, and what a glorious ride it is!

During the day (and lots of times at night) I spend my time running a residence hall on a college campus. My husband and I live in the hall and our neighbors are 400 loud, silly, messy, wonderful college students. We have a kitty baby named Jupiter that shares our little apartment.

When I'm not working in the hall, I spend my time with a glue gun in hand, making lovely things for my shop. My motto is "keep is simple" and I try to make simple accessories that aren't too dramatic or fussy, but add just a pretty touch of whimsy to an already beautiful you.

"Keep it simple" is my motto for my life as well and I blog a lot about the simple, little, imperfect things that make life sweet.

Laura @ along for the ride


Want to win the necklace from Maddynbella & the shop credit from Along for the Ride? 

Here is how to enter:
(must be a jessicandesigns blog follower, but that does not count as an entry)

You can do ALL or just one of these.
 The more you do, the better your chance of winning.

Leave a comment for each thing you do:
  • Add each shop to your Etsy Favorites (links above) 1 entry for each shop added.
  • Follow Laura on Twitter (link above)
  • Follow Courtney on Twitter (link above)
  • Become a Fan of each shop's facebook page (links above) 1 entry for each like.
  • PIN your favorite item from each shop on Pinterest. (1 entry for each pin, 2 possible entries)

GOOD LUCK! Winner takes both prizes, winner will be chosen on 2/7/12 using random.org
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January 30, 2012

Monday Mash Up: Chocolate Lace

It's no secret around here that I love lace...is it?
And it's funny...I am not really a lace and frills kind of girl...
My lace has to be tasteful lace...pretty lace...girly but not too frilly lace.
Not poufy 80s prom dress lace.
Not baby Christening dress lace.
Not Ugly grandma lace curtain lace.
Not Ugly Bridesmaid dress you would rather burn than be caught dead wearing ever again, lace.
Pretty lace. Like these:

I know they are not all lace...some I just liked...

What is something you like that kind of surprises you?
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January 27, 2012

I'm Stuck on Cutetape.

I have talked before about my love for Washi Tape!  I actually posted on facebook the other day about how I went a little crazy buying it from my favorite store, Cute Tape! (They also have a store on Etsy called Pretty Tape & I have bought from both of their shops!) 

Washi Tape is one of my weaknesses...you know, the kind of thing you CAN NOT resist when you see it, even if you don't need it? The kind of thing you buy in every color and design because it is just too cute to resist. The kind of thing that you don't know exactly what you are going to use it for, but you buy it anyway...

Yes, Washi Tape is one of those things for me...want to see the latest pretty tapes I could not resist & had to buy? 
Peach Polka Dots? YES PLEASE!
Purple Lace Tape...Where have you BEEN all my life? 
(pssst...I also bought it in teal)
Could not resist the pink hearts for Valentine's Day!

Here are just a couple things I do with my Cute Tape:

I decorate these kraft cut outs to make a cute little note card! I include them in certain packages & give them with gifts! Super easy and cute way to make a pretty little note or thank you card! 

I also decorate all my boxes with cutetape for every order! I think it is such a pretty addition to my stamp.  It really is a great way to dress up a plain old box!  

The best part is that I can change it up all the time! I get bored with the same old very easily, so it is fun to buy new tapes to decorate with! I especially love doing seasonal ones...like pretty red & greens for Christmas & that cute heart one for Valentines Day! SO many possibilities! Next on my list are some of their cute lace stamps...right up my alley!

Know what else rocks? Cutetape is having a GIVEAWAY for $100 shop credit! WHAAAAAA?! Do you KNOW how much cute tape I could buy with that...I get chills at the thought...

Anyway, this post is my entry! They will be picking the top 3 posts for the final round where you can vote on the winner! 

If I won this giveaway, I would obviously continue using my Cutetape for my packaging...but I would also love to try some of these fun projects:

So for now, my fingers will remain crossed!
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InstaFriday


I get wild hairs up my you know where & decide to move the living room around sometimes...our living room is a long rectangle so it is insanely difficult to get it just right...but it is pretty good right now!


LOOK HUN: I fixed my hair, so I had to document the moment!


Been SO busy lately! Such a blessing! Even though it is stressful trying to run the house & my business, I am so grateful that God has blessed me with my successful business!


Dear Taffy, I have loved you since I was a child.


It was a Just Lovely Things & Aviator kind of day. Rocking the look on the way to church Sunday!


Got a pretty package in the mail from the swap week I participated in! CAN NOT WAIT to share all the lovely swag I got!

New Shoes... unfortunately they are not as comfortable as I hoped. But still like them!!

AWESOME score at the antique store! Old wash board that is now gracing my kitchen wall!


We all have our drink of choice around here!!
life rearranged

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January 25, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight & Giveaway: Alysha of The Sunshine Stitch

I am so happy to have gotten to know Alysha, the creative mind behind The Sunshine Stitch.  She is so sweet & talented and I am happy to have her as a bloggy friend & sponsor! I actually have mug cozies & coasters that she made me! I LOVE them!!

Anyway, lets get to know more about Alysha, shall we?



In 3 words I am: romantic. driven. tired.
I can’t live without: my boys. my coffee. my bible.
This is how I like to Relax: feet up, coffee brewed, crochet hooks in hand.
My favorite Tv Shows: No cable tv here but i have a slight addiction to netflix.
My favorite materials to work with are: merino & alpaca wool yarns. LOVE.
My Hometown: Kent, Washington. {I sure miss the rain sometimes. }
My favorite room in my house is: the kitchen. food is made. messes happen. lessons taught.
My guilty pleasure is: iced venti soy chai tea lattes. I could have one everyday. {Maybe i do. ;) }
I feel naked without: the diaper bag. I feel like a natural disaster might happen any minute & i will run out of diapers. seriously. its a fear.
I fear: see above.
This is what makes me smile: squeals from babies when daddy comes home.
My Worst Habit: biting my lower lip. It drives me CRAZY but i cant stop
I want to learn to: knit. Its beautiful.



My advice to other Etsy Sellers: {leave etsy} ha. just kidding. But seriously. the fees? killin me man.
My typical day is: coffee. devotional. coffee. playtime with the boys {1 & almost 3}. naps/crochet/house work/coffee. hubs home. more playtime. dinner. cuddle hubs/crochet/coffee{decaf}
I stay inspired by: my pinboards. www.pinterest.com/sunshinestitch =)
3 tools in my studio I can't live without: yarn. {duh} twine. {LOVE wrapping pretties} coffee. {That was a given right}


Alysha is sweet enough to give all of you a 15% discount with code JESSNDESIGNS

Love to win a $20 Shop Credit to The Sunshine Stitch?

Here is what you need to do to enter:
{You have to be a follower of my blog to enter, but it does not count as an entry}

Mandatory Entry:
Visit The Sunshine Stitch, come back and tell me your favorite item.

Extra Entries if you wish to do them:
  • Become a fan of The Sunshine Stitch on Facebook.
  • Share a link to this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Follow Alysha's Blog The Tar Pit.
  • Pin your favorite item from The Sunshine Stitch on Pinterest. (leave a link to your pin)
Winner will be chosen using Random.org & will be announced on 2/1/12.

January 23, 2012

Monday Mash Up: i love you

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner! These things make my heart go pitter patter...what has been making your heart go pitter patter lately? 
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January 22, 2012

7 Pretty Things Sunday


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I am linking up with some great bloggers for 7 pretty things Sunday! So exciting! I am always on the hunt for pretty things...take a look at my Monday Mash Ups full of pretty things every Monday! 


My inspiration today were those beautiful succulents.  I have been wanting to plant some as a centerpiece on my table & have some smaller planters in my studio since this summer.  I think it will be my birthday gift to myself to do it next month!


I had such a refreshing day yesterday, I went thrifting with my great friend Hannah, had lunch, went for coffee and then we met our hubby's for dinner! So nice to get out & enjoy some time together with no kids! We really needed that! I told her at the end of our day that I feel totally refreshed for the week now!
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January 20, 2012

Friday Freebie: Adorable Valentine from Wonder Forest


It has been a while since I have done a Friday Freebie...Shame on me.  This absolutely adorable {and FREE} printable from my friend Dana of Wonder Forest got me out of my funk! I can't wait to print and send some...too cute to pass up.

Want one? Head over to Dana's Blog & get the free download! Also check out her & Heather of Just Lovely Things 14 Days of Love series! I am loving the things they are sharing!

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