Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
Personalized, dangle & photo pendants are excluded from this offer.
See shop profile for more details.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Take a muffin pan and line it with cupcake liners. I used the silver ones so that the paint didn't seep through the paper. You don't have to use the liners at all, but it does make things easier. All I had to do was lift out the liners and wash it down a bit. Sometimes we use those styrofoam liners that come under fruits or meats, but the paints all run together. So, if you don't have a fancy paint tray, this is the way to go!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Everyone could use a little more magic in their day. Here is a little something special, to keep a smile on your face. Pixie Dust Necklaces give you that tiny splash of sparkle, to keep your day as bright and happy as your spirit. So perfect you can't keep them to yourself! You'll have to get a few and share the magic!
This antique silver enchanting Fairy Charm is paired with a handwrapped genuine sparkling Swarovski Crystal with sterling silver daisy spacer beads and placed on a sterling silver beaded chain.
Like fairy dust, just a bit of sparkle to enchant and inspire.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Now you can showcase even more of your little bugs all on one necklace. The letter side of the tiles are still be visible as shown, so for that extra special touch, why not choose the letter tile to represent the photo?
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
It has been on my To Do list now for quite some time, but I finally got around to setting up my Flickr account yesterday. And I must say, that I am just tickled. How fun! What a great way to organize your photos and share them with others. At first I thought I would use it strictly for my business, as a marketing tool, but the more I think about it, it is a fantastic way to share personal photos with friends and family too!
It's only been one day, but I already have lots of new contacts and even started two new groups. Sassy Kids & Sassy Baby, where members can post photos of all things SASSY! I plan on reviewing the photo pools from time to time for things to feature right here on this blog.
Checkout my photostream at Flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlebugsboutique/
Join one of my groups!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
My daughter brought home a Kokeshi Doll yesterday that she made in art class. She told me it was a doll in China that you give to someone who has done something nice. Now, keep in mind that she is just in First Grade and some of that "explanation" may have been diluted throughout the day. So, I decided to find out more about these dolls.
The one on the left is my daughter's doll, the one on the right is a Kokeshi doll I found on Etsy by Zing. Is the resemblence just striking? But I will have to ask my daughter why her doll's hair is pink. Maybe it is a punk Kokeshi? A Punk Kokeshi in a Field of Flowers. By the way, there are 10 pages of Kokeshi items on Etsy!
As for the origins of these little dolls, here is what I found:
First off, and most importantly, I learned that these beautiful wooden dolls come from Japan, not China. Like most things, some are made in China, but traditionally they are a Japanese Doll. I really should have a talk with that Art teacher.
Little is known of the early history of Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Dolls. One school of thought believes that Kokeshi dolls have their origins in the practice of spiritualist religion. Wooden dolls were thought to contain the spiritual essence of the dead and were often made for honorary remembrance.
The modern history of Japanese Kokeshi dolls began in the latter part of the Edo Era (1603-1867). Originating in the Tohiku region of northern Japan, famous for it's hot springs and rejuvenating spa waters, Kokeshi Dolls acted as an important source of extra income for local artisans known as Kijiya (which means woodworker in Japanese), who specialized in wood work and the production of household utensils such as trays and wooden bowls. In severe winters these Kijiya craftsmen began making "Kokeshi Dolls" to sell as souvenirs to visitors who frequented the local hot springs. The dolls acted not only as souvenirs but also as massage tools used by the bathers to tap their shoulders whilst enjoying the warming benefits of the hot springs.
The Kokeshi dolls were very simple in design, originally made on hand-powered lathes. Traditional Kokeshi dolls had common characteristics that consisted of a basic cylindrical limbless body and a round head. Though the first dolls might have been unpainted, today most Kokeshi are painted in bright floral designs, kimonos, and other traditional patterns. Colors used were red, yellow and purple. As all the dolls are hand painted, no two faces are alike. This is perhaps the greatest charm of the Kokeshi. Some dolls are whimsical, happy and smiling, while others are serious.
Soon their popularity spread throughout Japan and they became favoured as wooden toys for those unable to afford porcelain dolls. In addition the simple rounded shapes of the dolls lent themselves as early teething rings for young babies.
Kokeshi dolls traditionally represented young girls and they quickly became popular for their depiction of feminine beauty. In addition their simple charm and association with childhood meant that they were often given as gifts when a child was born, as birthday presents or as symbols of remembrance when a child died. In addition Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Dolls were popular with the children of farmers as it was widely thought that they would promise a good harvest, as it was believed that it would create a positive impression on the gods if children played with the dolls.
The woods used for Kokeshi vary. Cherry is distinguished by its darkness. Mizuko or dogwood is softer and used extensively. Itaya-kaede, a Japanese maple is also used. The wood is left outdoors to season for one to five years before it can be used to make a doll. Today, Kokeshi is recognized as one of the traditional folk arts of Japan.
Despite their common features two schools of design exist, Traditional Kokeshi and Creative Kokeshi.
Traditional Kokeshi are for the main part still only produced in the six prefectures of the Tohoku region. The twelve schools of design here all exhibit distinctive features that allow experts to tell exactly where they have been produced and often by whom.
Creative Kokeshi do not follow the traditional designs originating from the Tohoku region and instead have an unstructured inspiration which is completely free in terms of shape and painting, the only traditional constraint being their manufacture by means of the lathe. Unlike traditional kokeshi, they do not display any of their distinctive local colour nor the techniques that had been passed down through the generations. They simply represent the creative thought and ability of the craftsman.
Traditional and Creative crafted dolls have become a cause for celebration in Tohoku and across Japan. Every year, in early September, people gather in Naruko Onsen where craftsmen from across the nation gather to honor Kokeshi in a competition where the number one prize is an award from the Prime Minister.
There are many different styles of Kokeshi, but there is one philosophy that all Kokeshi dolls share, and that is the pursuit of beauty and artistry through simplicity. This philosophy is extolled at the website: http://www.dollsofjapan.co.uk/. Ivor Conway has traveled extensively throughout Japan and was charmed by the Japanese art form of Kokeshi. The website is a global resource intended to further knowledge of these simple but elegant works of art.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ivor_Conway
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The first feature is hosted at a fun little blog called DIY Treasure Trove. Kristen has been nice enough to feature my Custom Photo Tile Pendant as the sites very first giveaway. DIY Treasure Trove is a blog that features artists/crafters and their creations. Kristen updates every day, with new treasures, so make sure you check back often! She also has other great content such as Artist of the Month, Interviews, Tutorials, Competitions, etc.
The second feature is on a new blog called Generation Mom or sometimes known at Kblurbs. Two winners will be selected in this contest. Winner has their choice between the It's a Boy or It's a Girl pendant.
The Art of Craft has also selected me as their Featured Artist this week. This is great blog to learn more about designers and what inspires them.
Whew! It is a busy week here at Little Bugs . . .
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
She was in Pre-School Ballet this year and the performance was done in-studio, but it was just as exciting for her as it is when my older daughter dances on the big stage. She was absolutely adorable and, in my un-biased opinion, was the star of the show. It was the royal treatment the entire day for her with a trip to the salon in the morning and a celebratory lunch after the recital with family and friends. It was a very nice afternoon.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Buried Treasury is presented by Timothy Adams Design, a extremely talented artist who "brings metal to life" (that's one of his pieces on the left). What a wonderful service he is providing here for his fellow Etsyians. Thanks so much!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Marty is the newest member of the Bitty Block family. He made his debut this morning in my Etsy shop and is already got quite a following. Marty is the absolute nicest black bird I have ever met. He likes to hang out on my work table and really doesn't make too much noise (except when he is hungry). You should really have him over for a visit! But please don't bake him in a pie.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
And now is a great time to stock up on your favorites. Now through May 15th, when you buy 3 individual Pendants in my Etsy Shop (excluding photo, logo & dangle pendants) you will receive a 4th pendant (of equal value) FREE. Simply enter the code "B3G1" and your Free Pendant selection in the "message to seller" section.
Isn't that just SASSY?
Monday, May 5, 2008
If you haven't discoverd this amazing site yet, check it out! It is a full of all things, well, CUTE.
This bracelet is still available in my Etsy Shop. I think it really is too cute for any little girl's birthday.
Friday, April 18, 2008
I plan on playing my own game of "Find the Hidden Mickeys" with my girls on the plane. How many Mickey's can you see?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
So I decided to go shopping! That always gets me inspired. Well I didn't have to go very far to find this TOTALLY AMAZING shop on Etsy. It's called Details. What a perfect name! This shop definately is it's tag line . . . It's all in the Details!
This is just one of the most adorable personalized hair clips I have ever seen in a very long time! I am getting one of these for each of my girls. Love it!
Go check out the Details Shop now. It doesn't just stop with the hair clips.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Yes, we are all going on a much needed vacation to Walt Disney World very very soon! So I wanted to let you know of some important dates for ordering your Mother's Day gifts.
April 24th with standard shipping*
April 26th with priority shipping*
Custom & Personalized items:
order by 12pm on April 15th with standard shipping*
order by 12pm on April 17th with priority shipping*
*please contact us for orders placed after this date for expedited shipping options.
Please Note: Our Studio will be closed April 25th through May 3rd. We are still accepting orders during this time, but please note that orders will not be processed until May 4th. Orders will be completed in the order they are received. Priority Shipments orders will be completed first.
Won't Minnie Mouse think my girls are just too cute?
Friday, April 11, 2008
adj. sas·si·er, sas·si·est
1. Rude and disrespectful; impudent.
2. Lively and spirited; jaunty.
3. Stylish; chic: a sassy little hat.
I had no idea that rude and disrepectful was the number one definition of Sassy. Can you believe it? I am almost embarrassed now to have used Sassy to described my jewelry. I am just going to forget that I ever saw that definition (that's why it's in grey) and go with #2 & #3.
Lively, Spirited, Jaunty, Stylish and Chic.
Yep, that's much better!
Mama May is featuring a different Etsy Shop each week so head on over there and let her know all about you. This photo is one of recycled yarns you can find in her Etsy Shop. I love the color, but I am partial to anything green!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
When you have a moment, please watch the video below and pass it along to your friends and family.
It is a great, but sad video. They are aiming for 10,000 hits, think we can top it?
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Then, we went off into the woods to search for salamanders. Of course, the kids were WAY too loud and moved WAY too fast, so we didn't find any. But, we were excited to move on to the "marsh" to see what we could find there.
We had much better luck here finding tadpoles and frogs and even a newt. The kids were excited. Almost a little to excited because, that's when I had to single-handedly (literally, because I had my camera in the other hand) rescue a boy out of the muddy marsh! This is where the word TRIP comes into play. Now I am not positive that he tripped. In fact, I am not sure how he would up face first in the mud, but that's where I found him. Funny how fast these things can happen. He was right next to me on the dock one second and then SPLAT . . . the next.
I felt so bad for him. But I also felt like a super hero until the teacher came by with a big bag of wipes and got him all cleaned up. In the end, it was the little boy himself that would up looking like the super hero, running around in the teacher's maroon coat flapping behind him like a cape.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
I hope to be able to bring you two new shops each day, but we will see. No matter what, you can be sure that the main focus of these shops will be on Children (of all ages)!
For those of you who don't know about ETSY, it is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade. Their mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I especially found Eleanor's tips on improving your images quite helpful. I hope you find Eleanor's tips useful. I did! Here's what she has to say:
Look at your avatar. Is it an attractive piece from the shop? Is the color bright? Is the Image easy to make out? Is the image cropped enough so nothing is wasted on background?
Look at your banner. Is it color coordinated with the avatar? If there are words, are they useful; easy to read? Does the banner suggest the products sold or contain some of them? Even the avatar.
Look at your images of the items being sold. Are the thumbnails bright, easy to make out, and is the color good? The thumbnail is the first thing the viewer sees.
Is the main image the best one of the item? Do all the other ones add information?
Here is advice on how to deal with the problem of thumbnails that do not show off the actual image well because the thumbnail is a square crop. It comes up in two situations.
First, an artist does not always paint or draw square pictures, but would like the thumbnail to show the whole painting or drawing. Second, for people who have photographed crafted items for sale and want an image that will have an attractive thumbnail (which means cropping away unneeded background), but the original image will not crop square and still show the whole item.
a. Be sure to crop the original image to make it as square and tight as possible first, because if there is too much background to start, that issue will not be solved, and a close look at the item is lost. (This does not apply to images of 2-D art that are usually cropped to the exact image of the piece; no background.)
b. Take the original image (or the cropped image). If it is not square, go to Photoshop Elements or a similar program and open the image. Click on RESIZE IMAGE, and then click CANVAS SIZE. That opens a page where the width and height is given. Make them both the same size, always using the higher number (or else the image is cut).
c. Then go back to RESIZE IMAGE and select IMAGE SIZE. Make it 1000 x 1000. (The resolution can be up to 300.)
d. The result will be a thumbnail with the entire image, and white where the program filled in to make the image square.
Look at your item descriptions. Do they fully describe the item in terms of materials, dimensions, and any special information?
Look at your section names. Do they reflect what you sell in language that anyonecould understand? Do they include sections for anything special that you might want to show together?Do they cover everything? Remember that an item can go into only one section.
Are you using the option to have three items featured on your home page? They get to appear twice, and give you a chance to represent pieces that are seasonal, or best, or represent three of your sections.
Shop Announcement, Bio & Shipping Profile
Look at your Shop Announcement, Bio, and Shipping Profile (found at the bottom of each item). I suggest you reorganize these so that the followingis covered in the Shop Announcement and the Bio. in roughly the order below.
Read through to see where there is repetition, defensiveness, too much intimate information, or any self-deprecation. Edit to remove these, without making the parts read as totally impersonal.
SUGGESTED SHOP ANNOUNCEMENT
Say hello and/or welcome the reader into the shop. Use the first person I or we if there is more than one person. Tell the reader what is for sale and if there is anything special in the way you make it, or what it is for, or what it is made of---that makes it stand out--say that right away. Here is where to stress hand-made as a special characteristic, and whether made in a smoke free, or pet free environment.
Do not say the shop is new, unless you want to revise when it is not so new. How long are you able to claim you are new, anyway? Same goes for naming holidays.
You can say you hope they enjoy the shop or like what they see.
Make a statement about whether you take requests or customize the items and perhaps encourage the viewer to convo with you to get them just what they want.
IF YOU HAVE FREE SHIPPING, LIST THIS IN THE SHOP ANNOUNCEMENT--PROMINENTLY. Otherwise wait to get to the BIO for shipping issues.
Tell the viewer to click on your profile (the link on the right) to read more about you and to see your store policies. Thank them again for coming by; if you add new things often, tell that, and encourage the viewer to come by again to see new things.
If you have a website, blog, or other store, give the links here,but not to sites where you sell outside of Etsy.
Here you can be more personal about what you do, what led you to do it, how you feel about the work, or how you make it. I do not advise telling how your spouse or sister is an inspiration or details on your pets or children. What do you want to know from a seller when you buy?
What Payment Is Accepted?
What does shipping cost?
Where do you ship to?
Who do you use for shipping?
Put in the prices found at the bottom of your item descriptions. That includes multiple item prices.
You can offer alternative, faster shipping and prices.You can mention insurance and make a disclaimer about responsibility for damage in transit.
Add anything about International orders. This might be where you indicate you ship customs, checking "other."(People ask for "Gift" but this IS a purchase.).
You can give information on when you ship. I suggest you use this, adjusted for what payment you accept.
I ship within ___ days after I have been notified of receipt of payment by Paypal or when the check or money order has been cleared and deposited into my account.
You can say how items are packaged and how you send gifts, if you wish.
State your policy on acceptable reasons for returns, how they are treated, who pays for shipping, and anything on repair or exchange, as appropriate. Invite the reader to contact you with ANY questions.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
- You must enter a comment on the Giveaway Post to enter the Giveaway Contest. Now please make sure your comment either contains an email address. If you are on blogger, please do not assume that I can find you. Yes, Blogger comments will link to your profile, but if you do not share your profile, then I cannot contact you. Anonymous comments will only be accepted if you include an email address in your comment.
- Winners will be contacted via email.
- One entry per person.
- Check the entire giveaway post for other applicable rules or guidelines.
LBB is not responsible for:
- Faulty product information.
- Companies that don't follow through with a promised product (though please tell me if this happens so we can shoot them dirty looks through the airewaves).
- Your tax liability created by receipt of a prize, should you win.
Please note that we may not have always "tried out" or have even laid eyes on some of the products showcased here. But if we have, of course, I will tell you.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
-15% of your party sales awarded in "Little Bucks" good toward any of our products.
-Additional $20 in "Little Bucks" awarded for parties that exceed $300.
-25% off one item of choice when one of your party guests books from your party.
How it Works
Send us an email with ONLINE PARTY in the subject line and the following information:
Requested Party Start Date
We will send you a return e-mail with your online party coupon code and an e-mail invitation for your party (PDF format). All you have to do is forward the invitation to all your friends, family and other party invites. Each of your contacts may pass your invitation on to their friends, and so on!
Your online party will run for 2 weeks. The opening and closing date of the party will be listed in your e-mail and in the invitations.
Your guests may visit our website at any time during your party prior to the closing date and make their purchases. Your guests MUST use the coupon code supplied in the invitation to recieve 10% off their purchase. Orders will be mailed directly to the person who placed the order.
IMPORTANT... remind your guests to include your coupon code during checkout, so that we may properly credit you and your party with their purchases. Only orders with the coupon code will be credited.
Once your party closing date has passed, we will e-mail you with the amount of credit you have earned.
It's that simple!
Online Parties will be limited to one party, per host, per 90 day period.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
You can get an approximate measurement of your wrist by using a soft seamstress-style measuring tape or take a piece of loose string/ribbon and place around the wrist area. Align string/ribbon alongside a ruler or measuring tape to get wrist measurement. For children, add 1/2" to wrist measurement to get proper sizing and for adults, add 1" to the actual wrist measurement. Example: If my child's actual wrist measures 5", I would add 1/2" to get her bracelet size, which would measure 5.5".
Standard Size Chart
We highly recommend obtaining your own wrist measurement to ensure a proper fit, but we know that it is sometimes just not practical. Below is a standard size chart that may be used when you are not able to get an actual wrist measurement. The majority of infants and children fall within these ranges.
0-3 months 3.5"
3-6 months 4.0"
6-12 months 4.5"
12-24 months 5.0"
2-4 years 5.5"
5-7 years 6.0"
8-12 years 6.5"
Adult Small 7.0"
Adult Average 7.5"
Adult Large 8.0"
Adult X-Large 8.5"
Thursday, March 6, 2008
All sponsor ads are 125 pixels square. You can see them over on the left hand column. Acceptable file types are .jpg and .gif. If you would like for me to design an ad for you, I can do it to compliment your shop design. I can make a .jpg ad for $5. Once I've created your ad, you're welcome to use it where ever you'd like.
Prices for ad spaces will vary with time. The current cost for one ad box is $6 per month or 3 months for $15. Only 12 ad spots are available at any given time. If all ads are currently taken, you can still reserve future space. All ads will be invoiced through PayPal.
Little Etsy Shops
Etsy Shops can feature their Etsy Minis in this section (right hand column). A 2 column, 3 row Etsy Mini will be added of your Etsy Shop. All we need to run your mini is you shop id number.
Prices for running your Etsy Mini advertising is currently $8 per month or 3 months for $20. This is such a wonderful way to get exposure since the items in your MINI are dynamic and constantly updating when you update your shop. All MINI ads will be invoiced through PayPal.
If you're intersted in either of our advertising options, please E-mail me at admin@littlebugsboutique with the subject BLOG Ads.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Please contact me for details!
I must thank Amanda at BloggerBuster.com for her tutorial on how to achieve this third column. Her tips were dead on and simple to follow. I customized things a bit more beyond her instructions, but it was all up an running in a matter of minutes. Here's the link, happy blogging!
Save 25% on your entire order through March 9th!
use coupon code: "EASTER08" (website only, not etsy)
Why not fill her Easter Basket with Little Bugs?
Hippity Hop to Little Bugs Boutique now!