December 18, 2009
Need to do a little last minute shopping that won't suck?!? Hit up The Woods this Sunday from 3-9pm!! 36 craftsters with all kinds of handmade goodies. From jewelry to chocolate and so far beyond.
Sip on wine or hot cocoa, have a beer, or visit the kissing booth for some extra fun!!!
This Sunday, Dec 20th from 3-9pm
@ The Woods
6637 Milwaukie Ave, in Sellwood
See ya there!
Posted by Beck at 11:56 PM
December 13, 2009
The big day is here! Join me & all kinds of crafty peeps Sunday, December 13th for the Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale! This year's holiday sale is seriously the biggest and best sale to date! 2oo crafters will be there rain or shine or snow...hope you can make it!
There will be an all-star lineup of over 200 super talented artists and crafters, that beat out over 500 applicants. Wowza!
* 200 goodie bags stuffed with fantastic treats from local and national crafty businesses that will go to the first 200 shoppers through the doors!
* Local authors doing demos and book signings at the DIY area.
* A fancy event program featuring a fun craft project, an interview with a local crafty superstar couple, and a full vendor list + map of the room!
* A full bar with special signature crafty cocktails.
* Lots of food options - including vegan and vegetarian.
* Space to sit and relax between shopping and crafting!
DONATE SMALL HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FOR COMMUNITY WAREHOUSE!
This Crafty Wonderland teamed up with the Community Warehouse, a local non-profit agency that collects and redistributes donated household goods to individuals and families in need. Stop by the Community Warehouse booth (#11) to learn more about their organization and also to make a donation if you'd like. They will be accepting gently used small household items like toasters, pots + pans, utensils, can openers, alarm clocks, towels, blankets + sleeping pillows.
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Posted by Beck at 12:20 AM
November 29, 2009
November 26, 2009
Shop From Home, Jammie Style!!
***November 27th Only***
Little Daisy Chains - Shop In Sale!!
All Earrings $5.00
All Bracelets $5.00
All Hair Accessories, Buy Two Get One Free!
All Necklaces $10.00 (Including Personalized Name Necklaces)
All Pocket Mirrors $5.00
All Rings $5.00
*Free Shipping on orders placed from 12am-9am November 27th 2009*
Stock up & Save!!
Type in "BLACK FRIDAY" Upon Checkout & I'll adjust your invoice!
Posted by Beck at 11:25 PM
November 20, 2009
November 11, 2009
I'm on page 3!!
Although I already knew about this, I'm still super excited it actually happened!!
Posted by Beck at 9:43 PM
Friday November 13th From 2:15pm - 6:00pm
Saturday November 14th From 10am-4pm
10% of all sales go directly to the school to help fund outdoor school.
Stop by, say hey & help support artisans, community & education!
Posted by Beck at 8:57 PM
October 22, 2009
...to start thinking of all things merry & bright!
Hat by Big Woo Wear
Art Work by Colorworks
Kick off your Holiday shopping this year by supporting education & community all in one fell swoop. 30% Of ALL vendor sales at the Lewis Elementary School Holiday Bazaar go directly to the school to help fund activities like Outdoor school, a dying tradition in schools across the nation.
Preview more awesome goodies by clicking on the link below;
Saturday November 7th, 2009
@ Lewis Elementary School
10am - 3pm
4401 SE Evergreen St
Portland, OR 97206
Posted by Beck at 12:59 AM
October 19, 2009
Lewis Elementary November 7th 10-3
Irvington November 21st 10-6
Llewellyn Elementary November 13th & 14th
Secret Society November 29th 11-5
Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale December 13th 11-7
Event locations w/addy's & additional details to follow!
Posted by Beck at 11:10 AM
August 19, 2009
August 16, 2009
August 12, 2009
Nicole O'Dell is a Christian Author & Speaker
Her 'Choose Your Own Adventure' writing style allows girls to understand the consequences of choices they will have to make in their life before actually having to make them. Nicole also helps young adults in real time too with her new website:
Scenarios for Girls
To help promote Nicole's new website & book series I've agreed to offer her readers/supporters with a chance to win a Little Daisy Chains Ribbon Bracelet!!
Enter to win by clicking HERE
Posted by Beck at 9:24 PM
July 25, 2009
-------> TODAY SATURDAY JULY 25th <-------
Portland State University
In Front of The Farmers Market
8am - 3pm
I'll be taking all in stock items with me so come shop live & in person!
P.S. Blogger you drive me crazy...
Posted by Beck at 5:59 AM
July 8, 2009
Yay For The Etsy Mom's Group & Yay Front Page!
My "Tangerine Speedo" Earrings were featured today on Etsy's front page & I had no idea until I investigated my GA (Google Analytics) to figure out why the heck my shop stats were so high today. Nice!! I'm totally thankful.
Posted by Beck at 11:58 PM
Fun With Circles, A Dot Necklace (Totally Teen)
Love Goes Round & Round, Bobbies
When Raspberry Strikes, Alligator Clips
Posted by Beck at 7:43 PM
July 6, 2009
July 2, 2009
Free Shipping For The ENTIRE Month of July!!
One thing I HATE about shopping online is having to pay shipping. Sure the pricing on the product is awesome but then you checkout and suddenly that awesome pair of $15 earrings just became $28, or at least that's what it feels like!!
Posted by Beck at 9:02 PM
July 1, 2009
Posted by Beck at 5:40 PM
June 25, 2009
Posted by Beck at 10:53 AM
Featuring these local Portland Artisans:
2320 N.W. Westover Rd.
Portland, OR 97210-3533
Posted by Beck at 1:06 AM
June 19, 2009
My new "look" on Etsy!!
I braved the custom section on Etsy to request a new shop banner. After 20 bids I accepted the seller who took the time to pay attention to what I was asking for. You mean I didn't need three avatars, multiple banners stating this and random that or a side of cheesy daisies? Nope. Just one banner, with my name & a few product photos. ;o)
So a big fat thank you to the winning bidder, Dana, of LilyBeanDesigns !!
Posted by Beck at 9:46 PM
June 12, 2009
Get more than just fresh fruit & veggie goodness this Saturday @ the PDX Summer Arts & Craft Market.
Just head south of the Farmers Market and within a few feet you'll be surrounded by local Handmade goods. Hope to see you there!!!
Show lasts from 8:00am-3pm Saturday June 13th
Mention this blog post & get 20% off!!!
Posted by Beck at 11:24 PM
May 14, 2009
May 10, 2009
April 25, 2009
7871 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Oregon, 97219
Little Daisy Chains Hair Accessories can now be found @ Switch Shoes in Multnomah Village
Stop in for some tea, meet the amazing owners, Rina & Jennifer, and take in tons of colorful lively shoes not found anywhere else in the U.S.! Before you go don't forget to check out the variety of handmade goods artfully crafted both locally and across the country.
Posted by Beck at 6:11 PM
April 5, 2009
After finishing up my first craft show of 2009 I was reminded why I do what I do! The smiles, the conversation, the contacts, the friends, the next door crafty neighbors and of course the customers!!
Crafty Wonderland was just what I needed today. I really think the atmosphere from the show coupled with all of the warm thoughts and wishes went a long way.
I came home, soaked up some sun on the back of Mik's scooter, ate a nummy dinner out with the family and decided it was time to move forward. I've reopened my Etsy shop and am back on track to being a happy shiny Beck again.
Something I'm sure my Grandma is very happy about!
Posted by Beck at 9:31 PM
March 7, 2009
Free To Be By Wyanne
Posted by Beck at 10:43 PM
February 13, 2009
February 1, 2009
You're Never Really Ready
We had the waiting room packed to capacity. Son's, Daughter's, Aunt's, Uncle's and a bazillion grandchildren from the age of 6 months to 35 years. It was moving to see and annoying for the medical staff to say the least. My grandmother like most grandmothers was the glue that kept us all together. I felt close to her. She'd treated me like I'd secretly always wished my own Mother had. I wasn't ready for any of this. Selfish but true.
She fought though and hard and eventually was moved out of the ICU, and all the scary tubes were nowhere to be found. She was awake again, breathing on her own, lucid, talking and cracking smiles and passing out hugs. I thought this meant she was safe again. I wasn't worried or the least bit scared. Things were better! We could all relax again.
Two days later she passed. We're all devastated, me entirely, but I am glad that we all had one more chance to give her a hug, tell her it was good to see her again and that we loved her. These last two weeks have been one heck of a ride. I find myself randomly thinking of her and either smiling or crying or both. From the cheese sandwiches she used to make my brother and I as kids, her famous 7 layer bean dip she'd make when she knew I was coming over or the candy she'd sneak to my kiddos when I wasn't looking, the very same thing she'd do for me when I was their age.
I'll miss her like crazy and I'm thankful for all she taught me about life and of course for that little bit of extra time we all got to spend with her. I would have done it differently had I known, but wouldn't we all?
Posted by Beck at 11:50 AM
January 17, 2009
Warning....smart ass coming.
What is the CPSIA you ask?? Why it is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of course. It is a law that will go into effect on February 10th, 2009 mandating testing for lead and phthalates in any and every item intended for a child 12 and under. Yay right? Go safety!!! Well, not so much.
Although I agree toys should be safe as should any item for a child the law was written at a time when toys were being imported from China contaminated with lead paint. Remember Dora? Who doesn't? It was a pretty big scare and a wake up call that shook parents across the nation. It caused congress to act and fast (...and they pick toys, ha?), so fast that they didn't consider the effect it would have on the small business world or little ole crafty peeps like you and like me (who might I add, have never even been to China).
Words cannot even begin to describe the level of frustration I feel in regards to this asinine law. It is forcing many of us to do one of two things. 1) Shut down our businesses entirely or 2) Stop selling Children's items and "Re-Market".
Children's businesses can stay in business if they'd like, they just need to be rich!
Read this example I found on Forbes.com of the cost impact for the average Jane
Crafters "must put a sample item from each lot of goods through testing after complete assembly, and the testing must be applied to each component. For a given hand-knitted sweater, for example, one might have to pay not just, say, $150 for the first test, but added-on charges for each component beyond the first: a button or snap, yarn of a second color, a care label, maybe a ribbon or stitching--with each color of stitching thread having to be tested separately.
Suddenly the bill is more like $1,000--and that's just to test the one style and size. The same sweater in a larger size, or with a different button or clasp, would need a new round of tests--not just on the button or clasp, but on the whole garment. The maker of a kids' telescope (with no suspected problems) was quoted a $24,000 testing estimate, on a product with only $32,000 in annual sales."
And Forbes.com views on CPSIA?
"CPSIA is now shaping up as a calamity for businesses and an epic failure of regulation, threatening to wipe out tens of thousands of small makers of children's items from coast to coast, and taking a particular toll on the handcrafted and creative, the small-production-run and sideline at-home business, not to mention struggling retailers. How could this have happened?"
I'm scared. I'm angry I'm confused and I'm totally heart broken. I've voted, protested and even spoken with the Executive Assistant of the Consumer Product Safety Office (and if you know me that last one is HUGE).
I can't shut down my business especially in this economy. My husband's IT job is safe, for now, but his second job as a Real Estate Agent... well should I say more? It's pretty much toast. It's particularly sad for me because I started my business because of my daughter and now I'm not even allowed to make her anything.
So where do I go until someone big enough to care steps in and saves the day? Well, I go and get in my car and drive to each and every local children's boutique I have worked so very hard to get into and pull my items off the shelves. I contact wholesale/retail clients from sea to shining sea to either swap out the "child" like items they have left or take product back in and take a loss. Basically, I guess I just redirect my entire business and keep my fingers crossed that someday this stupid law will be recognized for what it is and I can make Riley whatever I'd like.
Posted by Beck at 10:03 PM
January 16, 2009
January 8, 2009
Posted by Beck at 9:18 PM