Tuesday, March 29, 2011

To All of You Talented Crafters...

I am currently lining up the next round of shops for "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?"

Seeing as how many of you who read Joy De Vivre have colorful, creative shops, I wanted to extend the offer to you to be a part of the feature! If you are interested please send me an email to joydevivredesign@yahoo.com.



On a side note I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was both eventful and restful on different days!




photo courtesy of laffy4k on flickr.com

And Our Winner Is...

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Congratulations April! You are the winner this week!


Thank you so much to all who entered this past week! To the new followers, so great to have you!


Special thanks to Benita from Little Bird in a Beehive! It was great to meet you and your lovely shop! :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Little Bird in a Beehive came into being on Etsy in January of this year. The creation of Benita from Melbourne, Australia, the shop houses gift tags, cards, handmade paper, accessories, earrings, brooches, and hair clips. Though Benita is now a full time secondary teacher, teaching English to students who speak other languages, she has not forgotten her childhood passion. From an early age she was a crafter, even painting found snail shells, and selling necklaces on her driveway. Now allowing the snails to keep their shells, this entrepreneur uses old book pages, watercolour, sewing and stamps to bring her ideas to life. Asked where she gets her inspiration Benita responded, "All over the place, art blogs I read, a leaf I walk past in the street, a piece of fabric I see, my mum, a bird or plant in the garden, a scrap of conversation I hear in the playground, a market, a gift..I think the more you act on the things that inspire you, the more likely things are to inspire you.. you just have to be open to the inspiration".

Busy Bee Gift Tags
Set of 8
Used as gift tags or even as glass markers and place tags, these busy bee's will add a touch of cuteness anywhere you choose to use them.

Wooden Seasons Keyring Sping

Stamped with an intricate spring image, this maple wood disk is finished with 100% natural linseed oil and a Tasmanian bead.

Bright Mod Flower Gift Card Set-3 Cards

Sending a handmade card to a special person in your life would mean so much more to them than receiving a random email! A blank page inside allows for personalization.

This week if you are the winner of the "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" you shall win a set of three hand drawn gift cards: To enter:

1. Check out Little Bird in a Beehive. Come back here and tell us all about your favorite item(s).

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

3. Be or become a fan of this blog on facebook for a third entry.



Entries will be accepted from now until noon next Monday, March 28.

Check back later that night to see who the lucky winner is!!

Good luck!

For more info on Little Bird in a Beehive check out:

littlebirdinabeehive.blogspot.com


www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Bird-in-a-Beehive/178497042182806

Also if you are in the area Benita will be at the North Melbourne Market on June 26 www.northmelbournemarket.com/

And Our Winner Is....

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Congratulations! You are the winner this week and will be receiving the handmade wallet from Sarah at Happy Kathy!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered this week! A special thanks goes out to Sarah for being a part of the feature!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Monday

I apologize for the happy Monday wishes at a time when most of you are winding down your busy day. Running to and fro has me just a tad bit behind, but I hope you all had a very productive day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

One look at Happy Kathy on Etsy might just have you taking a stroll down memory lane. Retro fabrics, Pac Man themed passport covers, adorable bicycle wallets and as if those things weren't enough to send me straight back to my carefree days of the 1980's, all of these designs are created by Sarah from Astoria, Oregon, the setting for The Goonies! Not only has Sarah captured my youth in her designs, she also has modern and floral designs to please all tastes. Wallets, totes, handbags and more can be found at Happy Kathy. Named after her late mother Kathy, Sarah enjoyed seeing her smile and wanted to make that memory live on in her designs. I am sure after you see her shop you will agree with me that smiles are contagious at Happy Kathy!

Passport holder handmade fabric carrying cover for passport

I couldn't resist featuring the ghosties, but Sarah is open to custom items as well. If looking for something in a different fabric feel free to send her a convo. This fits U.S. passports. Dimensions are listed on Happy Kathy.


Large zip pouch perfect for organizing beauty items

This pouch would be perfect for travel and the Little Red Riding Hood print could not be cuter! Featuring a zipper pull items placed inside will neatly stay in place.

Handmade purse shoulder bag owl and bird woodland

Green, pink and aqua...the colors of spring are bound to bring happiness to all. With a bird design on front and an owl hanging out on the back, this bag is perfect to tote magazines, your iPad, all the essentials!

This week if you are the winner of " Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" you will win this fantastic wallet from Happy Kathy:

How to enter:

1. Check out Happy Kathy. Come back here and tell us your favorite item(s).

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

3. Follow Joy De Vivre on facebook for a third entry.



Entries will be accepted from now until next Tuesday March 22 at noon.

Check back that night to see if you are the lucky winner!





And Our Winner Is...

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Congratulations Rita! You are the winner of the prize from Appaloosa Designs!
Thank you so much to all who entered this past week and to Appaloosa Designs for taking part in the feature!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fashionable News Via Your Friendly Glambassador...

Currently Glamour is running a promo with Gap which will score you 40% off one regularly priced item! Mention GLAMOUR40 at checkout for your discount. This is in conjunction with the new iPad series "Glamour Girls" now available for free through the glamour.com/APP!


Not only is Glamour teaming up with Gap, but they have big news coming from another one of our favorites:

We all know that finding a new pair of jeans is not always the best mood booster and I personally often leave the confines of those three way mirrors wanting to cry and in need of therapy. Well thanks to the wonderful folks at Levi's® we can leave the tissues at home! They have created their new Levi’s® Curve ID line, which is based on a woman's shape, not their size! Ingenious! For your custom fitting stop by any Levi’s® store or levi.com today. Finally, jeans for ALL of us!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Glimpse of San Francisco..

Recently I spent some time in sunny California. Unfortunately it turned out to be one of the coldest times they have had since the 1970's. Despite being windblown, rain soaked and hail beaten we still managed to have a great time!







Friday, March 11, 2011

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Appaloosa Designs comes to us this week from Athens, Georgia. Using nature as a muse, Appaloosa Designs Etsy shop is filled with handmade jewelry, drawings, paintings and photography. Custom work is always welcome by just dropping a quick convo to the shop!
Let's take a look at a sampling of what you can find at Appaloosa Designs.
Elegant Pearls and Turquoise on Silver Chain

Giving an updated look to the classic pearl, this stunning piece combines four freshwater pearls with a single turquoise stone strung on a sterling silver chain. The total length is approximately 19.5 inches.

Black and White Mushroom Photograph 8x10

The texture in this photograph gives it such interest! Who knew something so natural as a mushroom could come alive in such artistic detail through the lens of a camera!

Rustic Elegance- Amber and Pearl Necklace

Six amber stones combine in this necklace with one freshwater pearl. Also strung on a sterling silver chain this measures at a total of 19.5 inches.

This week if you are the winner of "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" you will have your choice of one 8X10 photo from Appaloosa Designs! Perhaps it will be the Vivid Moss photo below:

To enter:

1. Check out Appaloosa Designs. Come back here and fill us in on your favorite item(s)!

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

3. For a third entry follow Joy De Vivre on facebook.

Entries will be accepted from now until Wednesday at noon! Winner will be announced that afternoon!

Best of luck to all!!

And Our Winner Is...

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Congratulations April! You are the winner of the prize from Little Gray Fox!

Thank you to all who entered for the overwhelming response this week! Thanks so much for supporting the feature and Little Gray Fox.

Tsuki I appreciate you always keeping up with Joy De Vivre and with your being a part of my blog this past week! I wish you much success with Little Gray Fox!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

This week I would like to introduce you all to friend and faithful reader of Joy De Vivre, Tsuki! Little Gray Fox is the Etsy shop ran by Tsuki. Seattle office worker by day, crafter and photographer extraordinaire by night, Tsuki has stocked Little Gray Fox with embroidery, polymer clay accessories, photography and more. Custom orders are always welcomed as well.

Check it out:

Urban Railroad Graffiti Photo Scrabble Tile Pendant

This pendant was crafted using a photograph taken by Tsuki, attached to a scrabble tile, and then topped with a glaze to provide protection.

Sad Panda Key Chain Back Pack Pal

Stitched from felt and full of fiber fill, this adorable panda can be clipped on a purse, key chain or any other place that is need of a touch of cuteness!

Lovebird Sachet Felt Lavender Scented

Fresh dried lavender placed into this sachet will have your closet smelling heavenly. Bonus not only does it smell good it is also a bright and pretty decoration.

This week if you are the lucky winner you will have the choice between two prizes from Little Gray Fox!

Deer Postcards Set of 5

or

Frosted Pink Donut Hairpins


To enter:
1. Check out Little Gray Fox and come back here to rave about your favorite item(s).
2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.
3. Be or become a follower on Joy De Vivre's facebook page for a third entry.
Entries will be accepted from now until next Monday at noon! Check back that night to see if you are the lucky winner!
For more info on Tsuki and Little Gray Fox check out:

http://littlegrayfox.blogspot.com/

http://www.tsukifoxphotography.com/

And Our Winner Is....

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Congratulations! You have won the beautiful necklace from GirlBurke Studios!

Thanks so much to all who entered!

Thank you to Melanie for introducing us to GirlBurke Studios! Best of luck to you and your awesome shop!