archive: November, 2009

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working did you all make it through thanksgiving and the black friday rush ok?  i hope everyone is busy with orders today! as if you haven’t had enough to think about already- i’m throwing one more thing your way. if you’re interested in advertising with going home to roost (or continuing to advertise- thank you!) i’ve put together a few specials for you.

last minute chance – book any standard spot for december and receive 15% off (today only!)

get started deal – book any package (or combo of packages) for any 3 months and receive 20% off!

the nitty gritty:

book your package by emailing me.  20% off sale ends friday (12/4).  the top spot sponsor ad is available beginning february 1, 2010.  priority spots are full until january 31st (thank you!)- begin booking for february now!

don't forget don’t forget! you can enjoy 20% off my home to roost shop!  enter code ‘black friday’ in the notes to seller box at checkout and your discount will be refunded promptly via paypal.  sale ends tonight at midnight!

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happy monday dear ones!  we’re kicking off this week with one of my before and after projects- then make sure to check back later today for some sweet cyber monday deals!


i found this poor pitiful chair sitting in the corner of one of my favorite thrift stores.  so, i paid $5 for her and brought her home!  after a nice coat of primer and a fresh coat of yellow paint- below is what she had in store for me!


i couldn’t tell it at first, but i when i started to remove that drab burgundy cover- i found a whopping 9 covers that previous owners had just stapled on top of each other.  and, they were all really gross.  so one by one, i got down to the wooden board.  i replaced their ‘cushion’ with some batting of mine and simply stapled the cover to the underside.  after i got all the covers off- it only took me about 10 minutes to actually recover it!  now it sits in my sewing room and is perfect at my machine.  so bright and cheerful!

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black friday deals!

November 27, 2009

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working hello dears!  did you have a good thanksgiving? we did, but it’s hardly over! we ate at my mom’s yesterday and today i’m cooking at my house for david’s family.  it’s my first time cooking for thanksgiving so i’m really excited.  but, i have lots to do- but i wanted to pop in to share some black friday/cyber monday deals with you!

you can enjoy 20% off my home to roost shop!  enter code ‘black friday’ in the notes to seller box at checkout and your discount will be refunded promptly via paypal.  sale ends monday at midnight!

enjoy free domestic shipping from friday, 11/27 to monday, 11/30 at dalena vintage!

lobotoME is offering free shipping (on orders over $20) and free shipping plus 15% off on all of their kits!

she sews lovely is offering buy 3 get 1 free on her eco coffee sleeves from today through monday (11/30)!


1. Go to the she sews lovely Etsy shop (
2. Add 3 eco coffee sleeves to your cart
3. During the check-out process on Etsy, please provide the NAME & LINK to the eco coffee sleeve in the shop that you would like for free!
5. Continue with the check-out process & pay as usual through Paypal.

lucy sweet lucy is offering 20% off throughout her entire store with a few SPECIAL deeper discounts on select items (friday thru monday)!

15% off all items at treasure goddess- beautiful yarns and fibers!

hit up this friday through friday sale with 10% off select items at beanipet

10% off at oh buckets- cyber monday only- become a facebook fan for extra benefits!

shop floridity for free shipping through the end of the year and all orders placed now through monday will receive a free bead!

enjoy and have a happy weekend!  see you on monday!

p.s. if you missed submitting your shop- feel free to post your black friday/ cyber monday deals by leaving a comment on this post!

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hi lovelies!  i thought i would take a moment to share with you why thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  i’m a foodie kinda gal.  i appreciate good, home-cooked, whole foods.  if you think about it, the united states doesn’t have that many ‘original’ holidays that don’t center around hamburgers and hot dogs- so a hearty thanksgiving meal makes me happy.  i also don’t think that the u.s. has a really strong cuisine.  countries that have been around for centuries and centuries have formed a specific taste for different foods (think thai, mexican and italian food!)- and i refuse to believe that ours is french fries and corn syrup.  to me, thanksgiving represents our ‘cuisine’ at its best.  i love being able to bring in the homegrown harvest to share with family and friends.  i know many people don’t do thanksgiving like this any more- but there’s something really special about being able to grow your own food and share it with it others.  it’s like digging in the dirt for the past few months has really paid off- and it feels so good.  so that’s why i love thanksgiving- and i love digging in the dirt!

i hope everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving- and even if you don’t celebrate thanksgiving where you are- it’s fun to think about all the things we’re thankful for.  i’ll be taking tomorrow off and be back on friday to share some special black friday/cyber monday deals with you! don’t miss the post below to learn how to share your sales with me- and get a little extra publicity!

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etsy shop help

p.s. don’t miss the end of this post where you get to submit your weekend deals!

most of us know about black friday, but what about cyber monday?  black friday is the friday after thanksgiving when  most brick and mortar stores have their biggest sales.  cyber monday is the following monday and is when most online stores have their biggest sales.   my suggestion?  if you want to get involved- offer you deals this friday through monday.

crowded paradise

first off- make sure your online presence is updated.  if you happen to have a holiday ad, update your ads around the web as well.  your etsy banner can also help bring attention to your sales- and if you need one in a jiffy you can use a one of etsy’s pre-made ones! you can also start posting about your upcoming sales on your social networking sites.  spread the word via facebook, twitter and your blog- and maybe you won’t have to spend all day twittering on friday!

yes dear

do you even need to offer a sale?  that’s up to you.  however, this is the weekend where everyone will be out to buy!  you could offer a percentage discount, buy one get one free deals, or free shipping.  you consumers will also be using etsy’s search bar to help find them deals.

i’d rather be diving

updating your titles, tags or even your shop announcement with phrases like ‘black friday’ and ‘cyber monday’, ‘free shipping’ or ‘holiday sale’ will help you gain exposure.  here’s some advice straight from etsy:

  • Remember to tag your items with the sale tags Etsy is promoting this weekend! Read this Etsy blog post: Seller How-To: Get Involved With Black Friday and Cyber Monday Promotion to find out more.
  • If you have a mailing list, send out an email blast on the morning of Black Friday announcing the sale.
  • Purchase ad space on your favorite blogs. Either directly or through companies like Project Wonderful.
  • Use social media like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace to get the word out.
  • Stock up on your most popular items so they can get mailed as soon as possible. That includes packaging and shipping supplies as well. That way you are ready to go!
  • Look over your listings and be critical of your photos. If you have anything that might need some revision, now is the time to do it. It’s helpful to have a friend look over your shop with a critical eye. After all, you are so close to your listings; what seems obvious to you might be confusing for a potential shopper.
  • If you don’t already sell internationally, do it now! It’s easy, and you open your shop to so many more potential sales overseas. Probably a third of my customers are international. Just pick up some customs forms or order online from USPS or your country’s postal website. These customs forms are simple to fill out and can still be used if you’re scheduling a pick up. Make sure your international shipping profiles are all set up — it is about making it as easy as possible for your customer. To calculate prices just go to and plug in the weight with a few far flung locales.
  • are we there yet

    SO! if you would like a little added exposure- please send me your deals for this weekend.  i will be posting everyone’s sales (including mine!) here on friday and would love to include yours!  all deals must be submitted by thursday night.  please include: your sale, the start and end date, and your website address.  you can submit your deals by emailing me, posting them on facebook or leaving a comment on this post.

    have fun!  love, bonnie

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mark the date! 2010 calendars

November 24, 2009

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hi lovelies!  have any of you noticed my posts haven’t been ‘quite up to par’ lately?  just wanted to say i’m sorry.  we finally got internet at our new place last night- yay!  so for the past 2 weeks i’ve been using other people’s computers and going back and forth from the old house and new.  ugh.  what did we used to do without internet? let alone high speed? certainly not blog! anyways, thanks for hanging in there with me!

i’m really excited about today’s post.  after being totally inspired by decor8‘s calendar round up- i decided to bring you some of my favorites!  i haven’t exactly figured out why- but for some reason i’m really into calendars right now- i’ve been searching for one or two to doll up the house with.  so- here we go!

hang it stacked together or spread a part for extra wall coverage- so beautiful! deluxe wall calendar by susy jack – $34.

with pages hand drawn and numbered- this one totally wins my heart! galoshes pocket calendar by jen jewett- $13.

each month illustrates local and in season produce- which all coincide with recipes on her blogcalendar by claudia g pearson- $24.

full of pictures taken in the midwest- homemade apple pie, sunflowers, quilts and vintage finds!  calendar snaps and crafts by cupcake studio- $15.

waiting patiently on this downtown series- with beautiful illustrations of city life.  downtown calendar by jen oaks ~$25.

love these whimsical messages: you soothe my soul, sail away with me, you are my shelter.  loose yourself in a daydream calendar by susannah tucker- $20.

eco friendly and oh so cute.  critter calendar by night owl paper goods -$24.

love the letterpress look and especially may’s nest. letterpress calendar by albertine press – $29.

buy this calendar and have 7 5×7 prints to frame at the end of the year! letterpress calendar by ink and wit- $42.

love this retro look with the different hues of paper. eco desk calendar by cat seto- $21.95.

looking to make a statement? this 16.5″ x 38″ calendar will do it! yearly planner by miriam bereson- $15.

perfect fit for right by your desk.  calendar by olive dear- $18.

wallet sized (2.5″ x 4″) this handy calendar can go with you.  mini deer series by ali design- $6.

no time to wait? print this calendar right at home! printable pdf by sweetbeets- $6.

pocket sized- accordion style for you desk- calendar by yael fran- $10.

i might be doing this again in the near future (hint hint) so if you have submissions or other favs please be sure to send them my way!

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a country winter

this is how i *HOPE hope hope our christmas will be this year.  does it snow where you are?  even though we’re in the mountains of north carolina, these last 5 or 6 years haven’t been so wintry.  it makes me so sad!  we’re still hitting high 60’s low 70’s this week which just doesn’t make thanksgiving feel right.  to me, thanksgiving means sweaters, good books and hot cider.  for the past few years, it’s even been relatively warm on christmas.  we used to get lots of snow by decemeber but now i can’t really remember the last good snow we got.  what’s the weather like where you are?  is it warm? are you already getting drifts of snow?  to all you snowy people out there- send your good vibes our way!  all i’m wishing for is some sweater wearing weather by christmas!

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happy monday everyone!  i hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  we did- we’re still working on the house every second we get- but i will hopefully have some pictures for you to see soon!  enjoy your day!

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top row :: from rikrack - eco deal & ivory cream stockings

middle row :: from bim kreations - jingle jangle & junior jangle

bottom row :: from lenaepoinsettia elfin & cream shoppe stocking

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