archive: November, 2009

handbags :: lucha workshop

November 5, 2009

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check out this bunch of fun gals!  don’t you wish you were there?  christy & ronnie of lucha workshop design t-shirts, handbags & prints- all of which look just as fun as they do!


clockwise :: monsters :: magic hand in aqua :: the electric bunnies :: monsters in purple

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etsy shop help

i know for many of you this isn’t the case, but for me- this will be my first holiday selling season on etsy (eeks!).  i’m not really sure what to expect, so i’ve been trying to keep ‘up to date’ on all the holiday going ons over at etsy.  in all my reading, i ran across this article and thought it was really helpful.

floppy wool skirt

november is officially here and it doesn’t seem like the big box stores can pack up their leftover halloween decor quick enough- in order to make room for the christmas ‘stuff’ (what about thanksgiving?).  yesterday they adorned every light pole in town with a glowing snowflake.  you know what that means… the holidays are coming!

grey faux suede leather handbag

early november is just about the right time to start preparing your etsy shop and sketch out your marketing plans for the holidays.  etsy has released that their merchandising focus for november will concentrate on holiday gift-giving. and, they shared with us a list of topics that they will be focusing on through the month (below).

grey romantic gloves

during the  month of november- etsy will be focusing on ::

  • dia de los muertos: bright colors, skulls, international motifs, and party decor.
  • seasonal, harvest, holiday, and winter home decor: candles, baskets, furniture, tabletop, quilts, blankets, pillows, storage solutions, rugs, windows, lighting, bedding, and bath.
  • items made from or incorporating rich and raw sturdy fabrics, fibers, and yarns: cashmere, industrial felt, silk, raw silk, wool, burlap, and canvas.
  • autumn and winter entertaining leading up to thanksgiving: creative and unique tabletop accoutrement, dinnerware, glassware and bar, table linens, food for your feast, centerpieces, invitations, menus, and hostess gifts.
  • winter fashion: warm layers, boots, bags, accessories, jewelry, legwear, and emerging industry trends.
  • autumn and winter weddings: attire, decor, invitations, favors, and gift ideas.
  • holiday gift-giving: mothers, fathers, teens, children, coworkers, friends, the person who has everything, the host or hostess, pets, personalized and custom gift options, stocking stuffers. November is your time to shine with items that would make great gifts. Plan ahead and be sure to include why your item makes a great gift and who it might be for in the item description.
  • paper goods: holiday card sets, thank you card sets, invitations, 2010 calendars, gift tags, and favors.
  • cyber Monday: Cyber Monday is a shopping occasion gaining a reputation as the best day of the year to find sales while shopping online. We’ll be hosting a special Cyber Monday promotion November 30 for sellers interested in participating. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to November including how to participate as a seller.
  • november trends: woodland, tribal, wintry motifs, metallics, winter hues of gem tones, reds, whites, silvers, greens, and blues. Vintage objects repurposed into decor and storage solutions along with eco-friendly options are topping the trends this season.
  • citrine is november’s birthstone, and november’s astrological signs are scorpio and sagittarius (october 24 – november 22: scorpio and november 23 – december 21: sagittarius).

coffee time fabric coasters

my suggestion?  if any of these fit your shop (or have the potential to)- take it and run with it!  etsy wants the artists to interpret each of the above themes in your own artistic voice.  for the ones that you can, try to relate the theme in you listing, photos, shop announcement, descriptions, tags, titles, sales promotions and any other way you can think of.  use the key words you know etsy is looking for- and they will find you!

1950s charcoal striped pencil skirt

furthermore, if you hone in on a few specific themes you know etsy is looking for, make sure to stock up on them and think about shipping deadlines etc.  whether you make some new items to fit in or already have items that fit- now it the perfect time to revamp your tags, titles & descriptions.  did i say pay attention to you tags, titles and descriptions?

lucia- leather and herringbone spats

important dates in november to prepare your shop for:

  • November is known as Real Jewelry Month, Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and Aviation History Month.
  • November 1: Dia de los Muertos
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • November 16: Button Day
  • November 20: Twilight, New Moon Movie Premiere
  • November 26: Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving is October 12)
  • November 27: Black Friday
  • November 30: Cyber Monday

mum clutch grey

do any of you have holiday experience, advice or tips? please share w/ us in the comments section!  xo, bonnie

do your homework :: {november with friends and family}

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oddly amazing :: samski*art

November 4, 2009

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you are imprinted on my brain


clockwise :: wire coat hanger :: red hair black comb :: bam pow holy stitchery batman :: hand embroidered eye

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conversation pieces

November 3, 2009

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conversation pieces clothing boutique

head over to conversation pieces to find not only exquisite- but affordable fashion pieces.  audrey ng runs this online boutique out of los angeles- and offers beautiful garments, accessories and vintage pieces.  

conversation pieces clothing boutique

more great news?  shipping w/in the u.s. is always free and she’s offering free shipping anywhere through nov. 8. enjoy!

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here’s our first diy project! how to give those drab shutters a new lease on life…


1 :: first things first- unscrew the shutters from the house.  i spared you the ‘actual’ before picture- these shutters were gross!  make sure to clean and dry them thoroughly.  we just used a hose a couple of rags, and they were shining in no time.

2 :: since these shutters are actually plastic, spray paint worked wonderfully.  we used valspar satin spray paint for indoor/outdoor use. (for wooden shutters- you can use the same technique, with either spray paint or outdoor paint from your local hardware store).

3 ::  start spraying the tops and sides of the shutter.  for the indiviudual blades, spray in from the left and then from the right, meeting in the middle- which gives you a nice even look.

you’re all done!  this is a quick update that only takes about an hour or two.  we painted the back of the first one, then realized we couldn’t even tell- so the front and the sides are all you need to do!

don’t forget that i’m interested in seeing all of your diy projects, before and after pics, or just plain beautiful homes- you can submit these anytime, just send me an email!

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November 2, 2009

Posted by in home decor

well here are just a few pics from this weekends demolition (my camera seems to be mia- but as soon as it re-appears i’ll post a few more).  we got SO much done and things are starting to come together!  i can’t say thank you enough to all of our friends and family who helped us- we are forever indebted- thank you thank you thank you!


this is me painting our new front door- yes, purple! do you like it?


and david putting together all those ikea boxes- he’s such a dear. :)  stay tuned!

love, bonnie

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hello dearies!  maybe this news will cheer up your monday morning (as if the extra hour wasn’t enough!)- the lovely melanie of paper mango design is featuring an entire week of giveaways to celebrate the grand opening of her new blog site :: paper mango design! head over to her site every day this week for a great new giveaway (she’ll be giving away one of my tea towels on wednesday!).  have fun!

p.s. check back later for some pics from this weekend!

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