Coops Crafty Corner...My Etsy Shop

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Special!!

For today and tomorrow (Friday Nov. 26th, and Sat. Nov. 27th) Everything in my Etsy shop is 10% off using the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2010!! Take advantage of this great deal on already great prices!! You can't beat it! Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A New baby in the family!

This morning my little sister had her first baby...a baby boy named Jacob. I have only seen pictures, but he is a cutie! Hard to believe my little sister is now a mommy! Time goes by much too fast! Anyway, didn't prepare an inspirational quote for the day or anything, but I figured the miracle of life is an inspiration in and of itself. It is such an awesome reminder that God is good, and He gives us such wonderful things~

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Where does the time go?

So, it seems that I find the time every two months to get on here and write! Not sure where the time goes! Anyway, I have been very busy lately, and not able to work on a whole lot of my crafting ideas. I have lots of plans, and projects that I want to make...just need to find the time.

And of course yesterday...with plans to spend my girls entire nap time in my office making Christmas gift tags to put in my shop, and working on birth announcements; didn't happen since I fell on the stairs and broke my big toe!! Yuck! Instead I spent their nap time plus two hours in the urgent care in a not so great part of town. Interesting how things happen. It could have been so much worse...I was carrying my 11 month old daughter when I fell, and I protected her so she mainly just had a ride down the stairs on mommy. And, my two year old was on the stairs with us; but she was behind me. Had she been in front of me, she would have gone down with me. I feel like the accident was meant to happen, and God was there protecting my little girls from getting hurt...and my injury, from the way I fell with my foot and leg under me, could have been so much worse. Thank you Lord, for watching over us yesterday!!

Well, I will try to not wait so long to get on here again. I have some birth announcements in the the works for my sister and good friend, and as soon as they have their babies, I will post pics of the announcements on here. Just don't want to spoil the "announcment" before the babies are here! Bye for now!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Scrap Paper Clean Up!!

One of my favorite materials to work with is PAPER! As is evident in a lot of my work since it is generally made from paper:) of the things that tends to happen is that there are left overs when I make other projects or scrapbook. Many people might throw away the leftovers, or recycle them...but not me! I like to use my paper to the very where there is no possible way to get any more of anything out of it!~

With all that said, that leaves me quite the box full of scrap paper, and the conundrum of what to do with all of it! Below is a pic of the box of paper, and some of the most recent projects that I have been working on using ONLY my scrap paper. There are other projects that I have already done, (see my fairy tags or my unicorn tags in my Etsy shop) and by the looks of the box there will be plenty more coming! Stay tuned!

This is a set of 8 cards that each measure 3x3" Made only using my scrap paper!

This is a set of 6, 3x3 Mini cards that were also made using my leftovers. These are great for many things...maybe you just need a quick little card for a gift, or they are also great for sending a sweet little note in your child's lunch box...what a nice surprise for them come lunch time! I am always in need of a little card or gift tag, so these are very nice to have handy!

Both of these sets of cards will be listed in my etsy shop, so feel free to stop by...comments are always welcome and appreciated! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Inspiration!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ---Philippians 4: 13

Such a powerful message...Doesn't need much of an explaination:) Have a blessed week!

Friday, August 20, 2010

It's Been a While!

So, it has been a while since I have been on here to add any posts. I guess life with two little ones, a husband, an etsy shop, and lots of scrapbooking to do keeps me too busy to update this all the time! I do want to try more often to get on here with updates and fun things, and so will try to put forth more effort! Today, I added the Etsy Mini to the top of my blog, so that you can see the most recent items that I have added to my Etsy shop...My most recent endeavors have been the SHAKER BOXES:) They are so much fun to make, and I plan to make many more! So, check these out, and keep an eye out for more coming soon. Have a fabulous Friday, and a safe weekend:)

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Etsy Shop

So, today I thought I would show some of the items in my Etsy shop by using something they call the Etsy Mini. I don't know exactly how this works, but I guess we shall see:) I am not the best at all of this and it takes a while for me to understand sometimes:) Anyway, hope you like the items! If you want to see more, check out my shop!!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Inspiration!

Wow, it has been a while! It is hard to keep up with posting sometimes! There has been so much to do...and never enough time in the day to get it all done! Anyway, I will give it a shot again:) Today's inspiration is for all the Daddy's out there on Father's Day...

One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.

A wonderful reminder for Mommy's and Daddy's that we are the role models for our children. They look up to us more than we know, and we should always keep that in mind in all that we do...

Have a great Father's Day, and Sunday!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tips and Tricks!

There are many great things you can do with a cucumber! I received an email with several tips and tricks using cucumbers! Here are a few! I have not tried all of these! If you try them, let me know if they worked for you!

1. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing - also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!----Have NOT tried this one:)

2.Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area..----Have NOT tried this one:)

3. Feeling tired in the afternoon,? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.----Have tried, and it works ok, but I still enjoy a soda or tea in the afternoon!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Coops Crafty Corner on Etsy

Today I thought I would share a little about my shop on Etsy. I make a variety of things, and have a ton of ideas about things I want to make. However, right now it seems that the majority of items in my shop are cards! Not everyone sends out cards anymore, but really, there is nothing like getting a good old-fashioned card in the mail! And, I love making them!

Here are a couple Mother's Day cards and a Father's Day card featured in my shop. Hard to believe it is already Mother's Day...didn't we just start 2010?

Another favorite thing I like to make are sets of note cards. I like to distress edges, and sometimes a whole object, as you will see with the following cards. It is so much fun to make these! Hope you like! Stop by Coops Crafty Corner anytime to see more goodies!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Inspiration!

Yet another Sunday! This is one of my all time favorite quotes/sayings! Here's to a terrific week ahead! Enjoy!
Work like you don't need the money.

Love like you've never been hurt.

Dance like nobody's watching.

Sing like nobody's listening.

Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

-Mark Twain

Friday, April 30, 2010

Feature Friday! Today: Portland Beanie Company

Today I thought I would feature an Etsy shop called Portland Beanie Company, that sells the cutest handmade beanies/hats as well as handmade mary jane slippers, headbands and scarves! I just recently found this shop, and I think everything in this shop is just adorable! My little girls are definitely getting one of the hats and scarves for Christmas this year...maybe Mommy too!

The Beanies in this shop range from Newborn to Adult size. Headbands and Mary Jane slippers range from newborn to children sizes, and Scarves range from Newborn to preteen sizes! Such a great variety of sizes and beautiful colors!

Portland Beanie Company joined Etsy in 2006, and has an Awesome feedback rating (100%)! Everything is designed and handmade by Nili Barrett from Portland Oregon. This is definitely a shop to check out!
Check back for more featured Etsy shops every Friday!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tips and Tricks

I received an email today about some tricks that you can use Bounce for. Bounce being the little fabric softener sheets that you put in your dryer. One trick that caught my eye in particular was about using Bounce to remove cat hair! My two cats love the bed in my craft room/spare bedroom/office, and lay there all day long some days. I have covered the bed with an old sheet because of the large amounts of cat fur that accumulates! I know, gross! So after reading this trick, I used two bounce sheets and removed an amazing amount of hair off of this sheet! If I had used one of those lint rollers, it would have used an entire roll! And, it smells great in my room now:) Hope you can find this useful! Another one that may be useful is to put a Bounce sheet in shoes or boots to help keep the odor at bay. (May have to try this with my hubby's combat boots!) Stay tuned for more tips and tricks!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thank you Fairy Much!

So for the last couple of days I have been working on these lovely little thank yous in my spare time. I haven't had a whole lot of spare time because my youngest did not want to nap for me when the other was napping! Such is life sometimes! Anyway, I made these to send to my family for the wonderful birthday presents that they sent me a couple weeks ago. I am running a little late getting them out, but better late than never!

I made these 4x4 thank yous using a cute little fairy stamp that I have had for many years. I also really like using ink to distress edges, as you can tell,...check out my etsy shop if you want to see some of my other distressed items! Anyway, just a fun little project to send out my many thanks! Hope you enjoy!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Special Requests

One of the things I have been doing, along with just making my own projects to put on my site, is creating cards or items that someone requests. These two cards are the most recent requests from one of my best customers. She needed a graduation card, and a Mother to be card. So, these are the cards I came up with. If ever you see something on here that you like, you can check my Etsy shop to see if I have something like that on there, or ask me personally to create one for you! Of course, no two items will ever look exactly alike, but they can look close! Hope you like these cards! Have a great Monday!

Front of card
Inside of Card

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Inspiration!

I think a little inspiration goes a long's hoping everyone has a wonderful week ahead of them!

If you want to be successful, it's just this simple: Know what you're doing. Love what you're doing. And believe in what you're doing. -- Will Rogers

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jillian and Salem..BFF's

I am always snapping pictures of my girls, or things I think would make great pictures...I take pictures of my items for my etsy shop as well...always looking for that great shot. I teased in the About me section that I am a photographer, and I do believe that I am in a way...just not a professionally trained photographer! I don't think you have to have professional training to take great pictures! So, here is one that I absolutely LOVE. It is my daughter and her BFF Salem (one of our kitties). He has loved this little girl since the day I brought her home, and she loves him; a little too much sometimes! :) Hope you enjoy!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Getting Started!

Well, this is a very new thing to me! I have been thinking for a while that it would be fun to start a blog...I just didn't know where to start. I still kind of don't know what exactly I am doing, but I have started! Sometimes, the hardest part is getting started!
I wrote a little bit of this in the about me section, but I can go into a little greater detail about me here I think. I have been so very fortunate to be a stay at home mom to my two little girls. My oldest, Jillian, will be two next month, and my youngest, Jessica, just turned five months old! The time has gone so quickly, and they grow much too fast! And, as much as I love watching them grow, and look forward to sharing lifes milestones with them, I wish they would stay little forever:)
My husband is in the United States Air Force, and is a really great guy. He loves me, and his two little girls very much, and would do anything for any of us. His goal in joining the AF, was to be the sole income earner so that I could stay home with our daughter, and other children as they came along. So far that has been possible for us, and it really is such a blessing to be able to stay home with my many other moms have to work to make ends meet for their families.
Now, that being said...I have way too much energy to just sit at home doing nothing. I guess I should say CREATIVE Energy though, since a lot of the time I spend my spare time creating things rather than doing things I should be housework! Don't get me wrong, the house gets cleaned, but I would much rather scrapbook or make cards or make whatever before I get the vacuuming done! I have recently started selling the cards that I make online, which has been a fun adventure! I am glad to be able to share the things I love to make with others! If you would like to see my online shop please feel free to take a look! Right now, with the time I am able to put into it, the business is more of a hobby than a full time job type of thing, but I am having a lot of fun with it, and hope to share some of my thoughts, ideas, and creations on here for the world to see! And, I would love comments or suggestions or whatever! Even if it's just a hello!
Well, I guess for today I should sign off...stay tuned for more!