Monday, October 31, 2011

Handmade Children's Gifts, $5 and Under

Here are some wonderful Handmade children's items that would make awesome Christmas gifts.  They are all $5 or less.  From toy items to hats and pillows, there is a nice selection of handmade gifts to buy for the child in your life.  You can support small business this Christmas and get a handmade, high quality item to give as gifts. None of the items are from my own shop, they are just items I have found on Etsy and Artfire while browsing trying to find the cutest kids' items for under $5.

by craftiworks on ArtFire

by PartySuppliesandBlanketShop on ArtFire

by Melsfunsuds on Etsy

by FlowerPatchBoutique on ArtFire

by Aerasboutique on ArtFire

by TheBeadedBranch

by Valmade

Last Day to Enter!!!!

Today is the very LAST day to enter the giveaway my friend Amanda Stephan is having for a Nook, Kindle and iPod shuffle!  Go here:  Books By Amanda  Her book is amazing, I had the chance to read it before it was published and LOVED it.  I highly recommend "Lonely Hearts" By Amanda Stephan.  You can get it in paperback or e-versions.  Check out Amazon to see how to buy her book.    And enter the giveaway today!!  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Awesome Giveaway

There is a great giveaway going on at  Author Amanda Stephan is having a book launch of her new book "Lonely Hearts" and is giving away a Kindle, Nook and iPod Shuffle!  Her book is one that I got an advance copy of and I wrote a review on Amazon that you can see here:  Lonely Hearts on Amazon.  If you want to find out how to win one of these great prizes, just go to her blog and find out more.  This book is amazing and I highly recommend it!  Her first book "The Price of Trust" was amazing as well and definitely worth the read.  You can get paper books or on Kindle through Amazon.  "Lonely Hearts" will be launched on November 1st.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Men's Christmas Gifts $5 and Under

Here is a selection of awesome Men's Gifts for you to browse.  These would make great Christmas presents for the men in your life!  All of them are $5 or less, and handmade to boot, can't beat that.  Enjoy this post full of manly goods from Etsy & ArtFire!

by bodyliciousbath

by She's Batty Designs on ArtFire

by bethbeez

by SunriseKnits

by SpuroftheMomentDesigns

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ladies' Christmas Gifts for $5 and less

You can find wonderful Christmas gifts for $5 and under, and support independent artists in their handmade craft.  Supporting small businesses instead of huge corporations helps the individual instead of the CEO of a big store.  Independent sellers who sell on Etsy, ArtFire, Ebay and other venues have beautiful items and many are not very expensive.  Today I will show you several items you can buy that are handmade, quality items, and they are $5 or less.  Thanks for supporting small businesses and local artists!

by Ingrid's Creations on Etsy

by Mummumscrafts on Etsy

by TeenyLady on ArtFire

by LDPhotography

by Divababies on ArtFire

by mibellacreations on ArtFire

by Earthbalisms on ArtFire

These are just a few goodies I've found while looking through Etsy and ArtFire for handmade gifts for women $5 and under.  There are tons more!  I hope this selection makes you smile.  

Buy Handmade this Christmas!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Online Christmas Shopping


 I'll be writing about Christmas shopping for the next couple of months. Here you will find lots of great HANDMADE gifts, like jewelry, home decor, clothing, accessories, and Christmas decorations. There are some wonderful online venues like Etsy and ArtFire. There are less known venues like Zibbet and many more like it. What better way to save money and support small businesses instead of the huge corporations. If you like unique or one of a kind creations, handmade is the way to go! Here are a few examples of some beautiful handmade gifts to tease you and let you see what's to come:

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

GIVEAWAY, Win a Nook ~ Kindle ~ iPod Shuffle

Win a Nook ~ Kindle ~ iPod Shuffle My friend, author Amanda Stephan, is having a huge giveaway on her site. I had to share with my readers because it's such an awesome giveaway. You could win a Nook ~ Kindle ~ or ~ iPod Shuffle!! Just go to her blog to see how to enter. Some ways to enter once you get there: blog about it, tweet it, or share it on Facebook. There are many great ways to win these amazing prizes! Go to her blog and check it out!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Armored Hearts Feature

This Weeks Featured Artisan is Frann Ramales - Armored Hearts!
Beautiful chainmail creations and more! You can find
Armored Hearts on:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saving for Christmas by Cutting My Cell Phone Bill

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