Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I was overwhelmed (on many occasions) to have all the support from my incredible friends. There wasn't a time during the day when I would look up and not know at least 3 people in the room. I love you all and so appreciate you. It was a bittersweet day for me, for those who do not know my little family is moving to Alaska in a few weeks so most of the people there I might not see for awhile. Not to mention, I moved earlier this year so a lot of the people who came I hadn't seen for some time. I had several...Oh, my gosh it's been so long...and Oh, my gosh it's going to be so long...moments. Needless to say, I was crying a lot.
I haven't decided when I will do another show yet, I think I need some downtime to decompress from it all. I would be curious to know if any of the vendors would like to do it again (I did have several say already that they would). I would also be curious to know if the customers would like us to do it again too.
I don't think I would have it in Burbank though...tax was 9.75%! What a joke! The permit stuff was crappy and overall it was just way too expensive. Not to mention we weren't allowed to have signs and so if you didn't have a personal invitation there wasn't really much more we could do to increase the traffic. The cost of it all wasn't even covered by the entry fee or the profits.
I do think I will do another show in another city where it won't be so costly...time and place TBD
Beth was the lucky winner of the last giveaway, way to go Beth!
Monday, November 30, 2009
These are my favorites...
I grew up with short hair and never even though of adding a detail to the back of a shirt. How smart. I would have transformed a million shirts when I was younger had I had the foresight. Anyway, I love this one.
I am in love with this green number not only for the great design, but my kid would love nothing more than to play with the ruffle. I think I would have a hard time putting her down, not to mention the perfect place to wipe her little drool face. I know this is probably not the intention for their lovely design, but now maybe they have another way to market this top. HA!
Now this top is just too pretty for words, I just love the cascading petals. Soooo pretty.
Ok...now for the giveaway. For one who always needs to be wearing sleeves, I was excited to see them adding sleeves to tops and making that a part of their design.
Up for grabs is this lovely black top with puffed sleeves. You choice of S, M or L. Won't you be so cute in your new top.
To enter, please visit their blog and let us know which is your favorite. Their blog is only a sampling of their work, they will have even more at the show. Can't wait to see them.
For an additional entry let us know what you are most excited to see. We have had several giveaways over the past few weeks and even more vendors we did not have time to showcase. Visit the links to the right for a sneak peek.
Only 5 days left til the show and I must admit I am getting nervous. I know I'm supposed to be all confident and in charge, but my knees are very wobbly and I have a bazillion butterflies in my stomach. I just pray that we get a good crowd. So this is the last push. Please please send emails to all your friends, shout it from rooftops. We have great merchandise, I have no doubt that people will be happy shoppers once they get here...it's the getting them here that makes me nervous.
Monday, November 23, 2009
But as I was putting things together I went to her site again and this was her new item of the week...
Is that not sooo cute, and only $10.00. What a lovely, inexpensive, creative, thoughtful gift. Thank you Eshkar for you sweet simplicity!
I also love this...
And isn't this the cutest soap dish you ever saw?
I'm going to let you check out the rest of her stuff...you won't be disappointed.
To win the owl cup, check out her ETSYsite and leave a comment telling us your favorite one.
Giveaway will end Sunday night.
My buttons came in this past weekend, and if you have talked to me at all you know that I have been dying for them to come in. It's an unusual way to advertise, I know but I'm anxious to see if it has any effect at all. If you bring the button with you to the show you will be entered into a drawing. Proceeds will go to Phoenix House.
Here they are...
I will spend the next two weeks trying to disperse them as much as possible.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I will gather the new giveaway together and probably post it tomorrow. So, stay tuned.
Thanks to all those who volunteered to pass out cards, I really appreciate it. Miss Crazy Lady even volunteered but only used one entry, she is one lucky gal!
There are still 3 giveaways left and more opportunities to win.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Miss Hands Full is giving away her very popular "Melanie" bag...the winner will be able to choose from the following two fabrics...
Don't you just love them, so cheery and what a happy bag. CUTE AS A BUTTON!!!
Here are a few of my favorites from her etsy site...
I LOVE this design and I love her use of the two materials.
Perfect little wristlet, and again her fabric choices are just lovely!
She mentions that her prescription sunglasses case was not so cute, so she had to create her own. I just love the little polka dots and pink on the inside. Great contrast colors.
fun fun fun, so happy to have you Sarah!!
How to enter?
Please visit her ETSY site and let us know your favorites...leave a comment
For those who are feeling frisky and would like to help us get the word out, we have lots and lots of business cards and postcards that need passed along. Send me your address and I will send you some. I think for that you can receive 5 additional entries (CA folks only)...leave a comment 5 separate times.
Good Luck, giveaway ends Sunday
Monday, November 2, 2009
Then she sent me a photo of what the giveaway winner was going to get and I was floored! How generous and what a fun prize. She even said she would make it special in case you want or don't want nuts in your biscotti.
The gift basket includes...
1 package of pumpkin spice mini Bundt cakes (with raisins, pecans, and chocolate chips)
1 package of banana mini Bundt cakes
one jar of instant cappuccino
and one bag of traditional Anise Biscotti
yum yum yum!!!
Don't these look absolutely scrumptious? You think she will have samples???? Here's hoping!
Ok, here's how you can win this glorious basket of goodies.
Check out her site and let us know which item you would most like to try...leave a comment.
Talk about the giveaway to someone or by means of computer savvyness...leave a comment.
Giveaway ends Sunday night!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I have done a little jewelry making back in the day...but nothing like what Teresa creates. She has recently been introduced to bead weaving and according to her Etsy, she is now obsessed. It seems just so time consuming and so detail oriented...I don't think I have the patience. Teresa on the other hand has a crazy awesome inventory on her Etsy account and how beautiful are they going to be in person!!!!!
I bought some great Christmas decorations at a yard sale over the weekend so I'm in a bit of a festive mood...here are a few of my favorites from Penrose Designs...
And HERE is the prize for this week, this gorgeous purple bracelet...how lovely will that be to wear????
Cute as a button!!!!!
Check out Teresa's ETSY account and let us know what you would like as a gift...leave a comment.
Blog, twitter, facebook or just tell someone about the giveaway...leave a comment.
GOOD LUCK!!! Giveaway ends Sunday night!!!!
Monday, October 19, 2009
I am in love with this clutch, great color...great design...love it!
How great of a gift is her adorable coffee cozy???? What colors would you like to see?
Amy made these great broaches especially for this weeks giveaway. I think they are so cute together. I love to wear broaches on jackets, but have a new affection for them on t-shirts.
Cute as a button!!!!!
She is quite the talented lady, and I can't wait to see what else she brings to her table.
2 ways to enter...
check out her etsy site and let us know your favorite item...leave a comment
blog, facebook, twitter or just tell someone about Hip Handmaids...leave a comment
giveaway ends sunday night
Monday, October 12, 2009
Jessica is giving away a pair of shoes of your choice!!! So take a moment to go through her shop because your favorite pair could be your next pair.
cute as a button!
to win a pair of these fabulous shoes check out Jessica's etsy site and post a comment with your favorite pair
for a second entry, post about us on your blog, facebook, twitter or just tell someone
a random winner will be selected on Sunday.
Congratulations Beth, hope you enjoy your soap.
Monday, October 5, 2009
"We are two loving people who would like to make a difference in this world. The owners and artisans would like to offer a variety of 100% natural, quality, aromatherapy-infused skin care products that benefit the mind, body and soul for a reasonable price. All of our essential oils, herbs, and ingredients are pesticide-free, partially organic when affordable and available, and high quality. We offer lots of love in our products and would like to share it with the world."
All made in the comfort of their own home, I cannot wait to see and smell these in person.
Mercedes is giving away a bar of her Clementine soap...described from their website as...
This soap helps control oily skin, promotes peaceful sleep, and improves tone of skin. Clementine has a fresh and delicate aroma. Essential Oils like Ylang Ylang, Lavender, and Marjoram fight depression, anxiety, and hypertension. Michelia Alba Leaf Essential Oil uplifts your mood.
Distilled Water, Sodium hydroxide, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Lavender, Frankincense, Bergamot, Michelia Alba Leaf, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Vitamin E, Green (Spinach), Orange/Annatto
Um, Hello??? Promotes peaceful sleep...yes please.
2 ways to win...
1. check out her website and let us know your favorite...leave a comment.
2. let the world know we are soooo cool by a status update a twitter update or a blog update...we need more friends...leave a comment letting us know you did.
As always this weeks giveaway ends Sunday night!
No need to fret everyone else, we have lots more vendor goods to giveaway. Make sure you checkout cinnamonsticks to the right...she is also having a giveaway.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Her etsy bio says the following:
She is the mother of 12 year old wonderful twins (boy/girl) and recently retired from the LAPD as a detective and now spends all her time shuttling the twins around, helping out various local charity organizations and, of course, making jewelry!
Is it wrong for me to want to have someone "try" to steal from us so I can watch her in action? Probably.
Lorie is generously giving away this sweet little bracelet.
"This cream fresh water pearl bracelet is sophisticated yet has an everyday ease. It is made with sterling silver links of chain and has a very sweet heart-shaped charm attached. It is finished with a lobster clasp and can be adjusted from 7 1/2" to 9 1/4.""
Cute as a button!
To own this pretty little piece, please check out her etsy shop and let us know which item you like the best. Leave a comment. Giveaway will end this Sunday October 4th. Can you believe it will be October already? Do you know what you are going to be for Halloween?
CORI, she said:
"Oh, i love muse's scarves - it's so hard to pick a favorite one! - I tend to lean towards the ones I know take so much work, like Naiive Windflower,
and Lemonade Rosebuds -
So i guess i am into the flowers!!
So pretty, and elegant."
I will send you an email to gather all your info...congratulations!!!
Once I get dressed and perhaps have breakfast I will put together this weeks giveaway...check out the right hand vendor column for the list of the giveaways to come.
Monday, September 21, 2009
I had the pleasure of speaking to Angel earlier this week and she painted this scarf this past weekend especially for this giveaway. Her generosity as well as her talent are overwhelming.
Resist lines drawn, black ground painted in...drying.
This 8"x 54"silk habotai scarf has an off black ground, and multicolor feathers of purples, reds and golden yellows all melting together. It's bright and exciting - a sure pop of "wow" color to your outfit!
Her violet wood grain scarf is my favorite.
She recently painted one as a wall hanging for a customer and the customer said she had to take it down, it was too pretty not to be shown off. I too, would like one as a wall hanging. I think it would be cool to have one in a clear frame in front of a window, doesn't that sound pretty?
For an opportunity to win this beautiful accessory, please visit her etsy site and let us know your favorite one and leave a comment. Giveaway ends Sunday night.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I saw her fabulous inventory on Etsy and always wanted to make fabric covered tacks and buttons and so on, but never have. This girl takes it to a whole new level. I love them, especially the eye exam pins, they are my favorite!
She is giving away a $5.00 gift certificate to her shop...there are so many fabrics to choose from, it will be difficult to choose a favorite.
Yay for Carmen! Cute as a button. Can't wait to see all of her stuff in person...
only 11 weeks to go!
Check out her Etsy site and let us know your faves...leave a comment
Check out the new Hip Handmaid website and sign the guestbook...leave a comment telling me you did
Giveaway ends Sunday night!
OH, and leboutique is also hosting her own first giveaway on her blog...so make sure you check that out too...several ways to win these bad boys!
Monday, September 14, 2009
New giveaway starting tomorrow...
For now though, if you haven't seen the new and improved website please go take a look. I was using my mac program from the beginning, but I had a few complaints that there was a crazy error message when you would open it up. I took matters into my own hands and got onto godaddy. I purchased the domain from them already and who knew how easy it was going to be. Luckily, there was a template that worked for what I wanted or I might have been a little more unhappy with the outcome. It's not as personalized as I would have liked, I mean there are probably thousands of websites out there using the same look. But for now I think it is cute as a button.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I remember her telling me one day how she began to sew...it was one of those days where she was like, I want to sew...ok, you got a machine? Her and a friend managed to get their hands on a machine and sort of work there way through it. Neither of them knew how to thread it, or it had been a long time and they just decided to do it one day. I would have been so intimidated if I hadn't had lessons, I never would just pick up a machine and start.
Each time she sews she tried something new, until one day she is ripping apart a dress to make her own pattern and I am completely in awe! No fear this girl and no frill either. Just check out the dress she is donating for this weeks giveaway.
You heard me right...this is a dress!!! Cute little ruffle on the top. Dress comes with striped top underneath and is a 3-4t.
I am already lucky to own a few of these babies for my little girl.
CUTE AS A BUTTON!!!!!
Let's see...let's see...how to enter this time???? The whole idea for these giveaways is to get the word out for our show in Burbank this December. So if you appreciate the giveaways we would be ever so grateful if you would help us spread the word. Give a look see to shelc's etsy site and let us know your faves, but also if you could send an email to your peeps in California with a link to the blog.
12 weeks to go!! Giveaway ends Sunday night.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
She describes her jewelry...
"Everything in life seems to inspire my designs, so you will find a variety of styles from clean, simple, elegant, and modern to elecetic, whimsical, and rustic."
This weekend to celebrate her as a "Hip Handmaid" she is graciously giving away this oh so cute necklace.
Peace and Love...The little bitties...hand stamped layered and soldered sterling charm necklace
Cute as a Button!!!
She has a crazy amount of stamps if you would like something different stamped on the silver, she will oblige.
1 entry for visiting her Etsy site and letting us know your faves
1 entry for adding a Hip Handmaids button on your blog
1 entry for adding Hip Handmaids as a Facebook friend
1 entry for adding Hip Handmaids as a twit (i have like, NO friends on the twitter thing...i don't get it yet so this would help)
Please leave separate comments for each entry. Good luck to you all! Giveaway ends Labor Day!
13 Weeks to go...
Copy and paste the mumbo jumbo to the right in a new widget and you will totally have a HH button. I know this is elementary to most of the computer world, but I feel fancy.
Thanks for the assistance with getting the word out, this is going to be a great show!!!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Check out the first blog giveaway and choose a gown, the only ones that aren't available are Elmo and Tater Tot's.
Friday, August 28, 2009
I spent 3 hours yesterday on facebook...looking for new friends. I found this great group of "fans of Burbank". Thinking to myself how perfect, this will be a great way to get the city involved! Letting the community know that we're looking for artsy, fartsy folks and having a continual reminder to look forward to the show...a la facebook style. Well, I was well into my hundredth request when I get this BIG FAT error message that says...stop what you are doing, spam is NOT allowed, you cannot request this many friends, you are a horrible person taking advantage of us, YOU are a terrorist. Ok, maybe not that bad...but ME a spammer (said gasping in horror)???
I thought those were little skinny guys who don't shower, live as hermits, never get out and spend their day trying to scam money out of grandma's who don't know any better. But ME, a humble housewife with a baby and a cat...who likes to sew, bake stuff and gets all excited when I see the miniature size tents at Costco cause I think they are cute...a SPAMMER??????
Yes, I am a spammer and I'm not proud of it as I walk away slowly with my head down.
I need your help people, "spammer" is not a badge that I want to wear.
Things have been mad crazy with all the vendor paperwork going out, so I haven't had a chance to select a new vendor to showcase this week. I will be giving away 2 more newborn gowns, one for the facebook friends and another for the blogging friends.
The first way you can enter is if you make a new post about hiphandmaids, making a link to the blog. Make sure to post a comment with the link so I can read all about it.
The second way to enter is to comment about it as a status update on your facebook. Perhaps then your friends will ask to be my friends instead of the other way around. Make sure you leave a comment in the facebook note letting me know what you said.
Now I am a briber instead of a spammer...I can accept that. The final day for vendor submissions is Tuesday, so look forward to their announcements this week.
Deadline for this giveaway will be Sunday before I go to bed.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Here is a photo of the inside of the Church.
I had an interior designer, (thanks Buff Puff...she's my sister, I can call her that) lay out the tables for optimal use and function and she totally did it different than how I would have laid it out. Good thing I went to a professional or y'all might have gotten lost in a maze and no one would see your beautiful merchandise.
The space will only fit 45, 8'x3' spaces. Therefore, I'm not going to be able to accept every one's application. From what I can tell so far, it won't be for lack of talent and creativity...we just don't want to over saturate a category.
We are looking for the following:
We can only have 2 or 3 in each category. Only one week left in the first round picks, send in your photos by the 31st.
Thanks to all who have applied thus far, it's going to be a great show!!!!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Drum roll.........27 and 11!!!
27:Nilu, you are the first winner!! YAY! Please email me your address and choice of gown.
11: Looks like we're in for a fight for the Tater Tot gown...let the battle begin.
UPDATE: Nilu is precious...she took the Elmo one. Laura, Tater Tots is yours just email me your address.
Next week will either be a candy (new vendor) or girl dress giveaway...I can't decide...stay tuned!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
In order to get the word out for Hip Handmaids, we are hosting a giveaway a week up until the day of the show. For the next few weeks we will be giving away these newborn baby gowns...I got a little carried away last week and made 25, so we have lots to giveaway!
the green one says, "still working on my merit badge", the gray on the right is multiple choice A. I'm ignoring you B. I don't care C. I'm not listening and D. All of the above.
the black one on the right says, "pretty persuasion" and the gray one says, "free agent"
the Elmo one also has a huge E on the back and the brown one says, "distinguished gentleman"
the white one in the middle is AC/DC
This week we will be giving away 2 and I will pick numbers at random using that random.org place.
Here are the ways you can enter.
1. Leave a comment and let me know which of these baby gowns is your fave.
2. Add Hip Handmaids as a follower.
3. Add Hip Handmaids as a friend on facebook.
4. And of course if you are interested in being a part of the show submit your photos.
Leave separate comments for each entry.
Hip Hip Hooray! Giveaway ends at midnight CA time on Friday the 21st.