Saturday, September 27, 2008

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Chuckle For The Day - Thumb Stuck in a Happy Meal

When A Happy Meal Turns On You...


Ever get your thumb stuck in a Happy Meal? I am guessing the answer is no. Most things only happen to me.

So lunch today was spent rushing to find some fast food before I had to be at my very last acupuncture appointment. By the way, when the acupuncturist says "Holy Mother of God" during a treatment, it should put up a red flag. But that is another story.

The line looked small at the McDonald's so I took the U-turn and headed into the holy grail of greasy food.

Being the type of person I am (and by type of person, I mean I eat like a picky 6 year old) I ordered my Chicken Nugget Happy Meal.

I was rushing to get to my appointment and was eating my nuggets praying I didn't drop any bbq sauce on my favorite white shirt. Shew I made it without any stains. (And you thought I was going to say I didn't make it - ha I showed you)

I get to the acupuncture office and it isn't open yet so I finish eating my meal as fast as I can. And don't you know, they didn't include any napkins.

I finish up eating and am trying to shove all the garbage back into the little box with the golden arches when it caves in and takes my thumb with it. MY THUMB WAS STUCK! Now, I am normally not a panicky person but for some reason I really think the box was getting tighter and tighter around my thumb. My life flashed before my eyes and I saw my tombstone.


Well, as you see I survived. I want to be a poster child oops woman for this kind of thing. You should be careful with your Happy Meal box. You never know when it will turn on you.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fiesta was moooeeee funnnoooo

OK, so I need to brush up on my Spanish. I know. But you get what I mean.

This fiesta was so much fun! Setup began at 8am and the Fiesta started at 11am. Who knew I would need all three hours to setup? But we did it, and I am very pleased with the way everything turned out. My mother was a great helper and a trooper for sticking it out until 9pm. I am bribing her with jewelry. Shhhhhhh. My family and friends all stopped by and it felt good to have all of their support.


Me in my booth with my lovely banner

So everyone who is near me, including the Etsy community, knows that I have had the toughest time getting a banner made. Let's just say my original printer (big company) fell through and decided they were not going to provide me the product in the time they promised.

Thank goodness for WilsonGraphics on Etsy. (Also has a website) I put an alchemy request on Etsy for a banner to be here in less than a week. And he had it in the mail in two days! The quality is excellent and he replied to all my emails super fast. I highly recommend him and will be using him for my other banner needs in the future!


I think the fresh flowers helped a lot. Having the color pop off of the black was great and they were so pretty. Plus I get to have fresh flowers on my desk for the next few days. BONUS! Only problem was the wind monster kept visiting and it blew over the tall vase three times spilling water on everything. Easily fixable. Have to figure out how to make that not happen. I NEED flowers.

The displays were made by my father the carpenter handyman superhero. No he doesn't wear his underwear on the outside of his pants. Well I hope not at least. They were great. Heavy duty so they didn't blow over when the wind would blow. Well almost. The earring stand ended up needing a basket of rocks behind it and we tied it to the pole with the electric cord.

I did discover that when the wind would blow, sand would come with it. Black tablecloths show sand very well! Thank goodness for lint rollers. One customer said I shouldn't even bother and that I should put sand on my tables on purpose. How funny! We started joking saying we could build sand castles and put sea shells out. I draw the line at sand crabs.

I held a drawing for a beautiful pair of sterling silver charm earrings. Got a lot of responses and can't wait to see how many people have signed up for my mailing list. I called the winner today and she was so excited. Made me fell good. And I remember joking with her about the way you fold your entry makes a difference. I showed her my technique. (I can't share that with you, it is a secret. Come to my show and ask me to show you). And to keep things fair, I didn't draw it. We shook the bag up real good and my fairy nieceee drew the name out with her eyes closed. Guess the fold worked!

I was so pleased with the crowd and how friendly everyone was. A woman, towards the end of the night, stopped in and had to let me know that she thought my items were just beautiful and that I am very talented. Even though she didn't buy anything, that meant a lot to me! She didn't have to say anything and she did. So thank you lady if you read this. She did get a business card so you never know.

Throughout the day they had Fiesta related activities. The first big one was the pinata breaking.



It was so cute to see all the kids dive to the ground to get that candy. No sissy kids there. None of that breaking up the candy so every kid gets it. It was primal. Kids ripping other kids apart. Limbs and clothing everywhere. Well maybe not, but it was fun for the kids. Personally I don't trust a blindfolded kid with a bat.

They also had dancers come out and put on a show. Very lovely and very talented. (No sound - bummer - stupid camera) (Or is it stupid me...I am blaming the camera!)

video

My good friend Heather from Adagio Beadcrafters also had a booth. I wish we would have been closer. Her setup was so nice and elegant. We will be at the Rock Shrimp Festival in St. Mary's Georgia on October 4th. Stop by and see us!



All in all it was a great experience. I met a lot of people, handed out a lot of business cards and made quite a few sales. I am taking today to recoup.



My booth neighbors where a set of gentleman selling cork purses and accessories. A real neat idea! It was so funny to look over there and see the booth PACKED with people pinching the purses. Yes, folks pinched them and rubbed them. The boys shared with me that a customer actually asked if he could use them as flotation devices since cork is water repellent. We were imagining a fellow duct taping a bunch of the purses around his body and jumping in the ocean. Had a good chuckle. (I had their postcard with their website but have seemed to of lost it - guys if you see this please let me know your website and I will post it here)


Things I learned from this fair...
Make a sign that says "All items are handmade".
Wear comfortable shoes because as a craft seller you should be standing whenever you have a customer - no exceptions - well unless your leg doesn't work then I will let you off the hook.
Wear a cruddy shirt when setting up. I wore my favorite sheer top and it snagged on the Velcro of the tent poles three times and now it has snags all over it.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Tomorrow is the FIESTA!

FIESTA! FIESTA! FIESTA! FIESTA!

I am so excited. It is like Christmas. If I go to bed now then the Craft Fair Fairy will come sooner so I can sell all my goods. That is how it works right? Please don't tell me there is no such thing as the Craft Fair Fairy!

Tomorrow is the day. Setup begins at 8. We have 3 hours to set up so that should be plenty of time. I hope!

This fair is my first doing my own booth and I am super excited to use all my new goodies. Having a father who is a carpenter helped. He was so great and made me displays. We took old picture frames and put solid wood with hooks as the backs and painted them all black. They turned out so elegant! I am also using fresh flowers this time around. I made sure to get some that show the Fiesta colors. (Pictured below)


I am logging off for tonight. I need my beauty rest and I don't think customers want to see a baggy eyed lady trying to show off her jewelry.

Oh yeah, I have to tell you, I had a heck of a time getting a banner for this fair. The original company let me down and couldn't produce the product in the promised time. Wilson Graphics (on Etsy) came through. I placed an alchemy request and he had it ready to ship within 2 days. It is amazing how it turned out. I will post photos of the fair by Sunday.

Heather from Adagio Beadcrafters has a booth too. She does amazing work. Her items are girly, dainty and gorgeous! She is a pleasure to be friends with and we lean on each other during times like this. It is great to have such a wonderful person to bounce things off of.

So good night to all and I can't wait for the morning. (How do you say that in spanish?)

Adios.

Winner of the Mid Month Giveaway

Micaela6955
You are the winner of the mid month giveaway!

I have emailed you the next step.
You have 3 days to contact me back.

If no response is received, then the next person in line will have a chance to win!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Calling Etsy Artists...

Want to be in the Etsy Artist Swag bag?

October 4th I will be doing a Shrimp Festival in southern Georgia. In the past they have had 4,000 people attend this one day event.

I would like to have promo/swag bags for people to take. This is great advertising for you and it is FREE.

Convo me or comment here with your etsy name if you are interested in participating.

Business cards, samples, coupon codes are accepted. As many as you would like. (Prefer at least 25)

I will take photos of the swag bags when they get put together.

Learn more about me by stopping by my blog or website...
www.GlitzyGallery.blogspot.com
www.GlitzyGallery.com

This is a quick turn around so please only convo me if you are able to get them to Fernandina Beach, FL (32097) before the 4th of October.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Giveaway at the Fiesta De Santa Maria, September 20th.

Stop by and see me on
Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Fernandina Beach, FL

Enter the FREE Giveaway for these bea
utiful earrings pictured below.
(Photo does them no justice)



No purchase necessary.
Make a purchase and receive an additional entry.
Winner will be notified by noon, Sunday, September 21, 2008.


I will be selling quality handmade jewelry at affordable prices.
You can also check out my Etsy shop here

Tell me you saw my blog and you will receive a free gift with purchase!
Limit 1 gift per customer.
Sure to be fun!

Here is some more information about the event:
Exotic sights, sounds and flavors will fill the streets of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Amelia Island’s historic city, during the Fiesta de Santa Maria, paying tribute to the town’s Latin roots. Hosted by the Historic Fernandina Business Association, the 5th Annual Fiesta de Santa Maria takes place Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the culturally-rich South 3rd Street – the site of the Florida House Inn, the state’s oldest surviving tourist hotel. While staying at this Victorian-style bed and breakfast, Jose Marti plotted the Cuban War for Independence from Spain in 1895-1898. The fiesta is named in honor of “Isla de Santa Maria”, which was the name of Amelia Island during the first Spanish reign from 1565 to 1763.

Artisans, crafters and local businesses will transform South 3rd Street into a marketplace from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Younger visitors can participate in piñata breakings at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Historical displays and dance exhibitions are also planned. Latin-themed dishes from area restaurants will tickle visitors’ taste buds with flavors of the days when Amelia Island was ruled under the flags of Spain and Mexico. A street dance will be held from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Friday, September 12, 2008

MID MONTH GIVEAWAY!

MID MONTH GIVEAWAY!
Starts: Friday, September 12, 2008
Ends: Friday, September 19, 2008 Noon EST



Enter today to win this beautiful Key Ring!
The stamp says Mom's Taxi on sterling silver. There are Swarovski Crystal Dangles hanging from it. Both are attached to a keychain in a Tiffany style that is silver plated.
Retail Value $15. Open to US and International entries.

The artist:
Kimberly Glinski aka Sauchagirl

The shop & blog:
The shop here
The blog here

How Kimberly got her start:

"My shop mostly consists of jewelry and hair items for moms and daughters. I also do a little home decor. My real draw is the fabric. I love the fabrics of Sandi Henderson, Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Heather Bailey. I really search for products that I can use their fabrics in. I also love jewelry!"

Something funny about her craft:

"I've been crafting since I was small when I made my first "Cabbage Patch Kid" out of my families mismatched socks! LOL!"

The person who wins this giveaway will also be given 1 week FREE on the Etsy Banner Mall. This may be used by the winner or given as a gift. Banner will be posted in the Mall starting September 19th, 2008.

The rules and how to win:
It is fun and simple.

1. Stop by the Artist's shop here and take a look around.

2. Choose your favorite item. (And yes, these items are for sale, so feel free to do some shopping while browsing)

3. Come back here and comment this post with your favorite item.

4. Include a way to contact you - email or etsy name to convo

Contest ends at Noon on Friday, September 19, 2008.
Your entry will not be counted, if there is no contact information.


Winner will be notified by method of contact left within 24 hours of contest end.
Winner must respond with mailing information and Etsy Banner Mall information within 3 days of notification. If no response is made, the next random winner will be notified.

Come back here the second Friday of each month to see what new Artist is featured and what they are giving away!

If you would like to participate in a future giveaway contact me at my email or on etsy through convo.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fiesta de Santa Maria

Stop by and see me on
Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Fernandina Beach, FL


I will be selling quality handmade jewelry at affordable prices.
You can also check out my Etsy shop here

Tell me you saw my blog and you will receive a free gift with purchase!
Limit 1 gift per customer.
Sure to be fun!

Here is some more information about the event:
Exotic sights, sounds and flavors will fill the streets of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Amelia Island’s historic city, during the Fiesta de Santa Maria, paying tribute to the town’s Latin roots. Hosted by the Historic Fernandina Business Association, the 5th Annual Fiesta de Santa Maria takes place Saturday, September 20, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the culturally-rich South 3rd Street – the site of the Florida House Inn, the state’s oldest surviving tourist hotel. While staying at this Victorian-style bed and breakfast, Jose Marti plotted the Cuban War for Independence from Spain in 1895-1898. The fiesta is named in honor of “Isla de Santa Maria”, which was the name of Amelia Island during the first Spanish reign from 1565 to 1763.

Artisans, crafters and local businesses will transform South 3rd Street into a marketplace from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Younger visitors can participate in piñata breakings at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Historical displays and dance exhibitions are also planned. Latin-themed dishes from area restaurants will tickle visitors’ taste buds with flavors of the days when Amelia Island was ruled under the flags of Spain and Mexico. A street dance will be held from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Mid Month Artist Giveaway

No, I am not giving an Artist away.
But, I will feature an Artist who is giving away a beautiful item.


This is a great opportunity to bring more traffic to your shop and/website. This is not limited to just Etsy sellers. Any artist who has a website that sells is invited to participate.

Here is how it works for the participating Artist:
Once monthly (second Friday), for 1 week I will feature an artists item they would like to showcase for the giveaway.

The artist chosen to be showcased will receive 1 week FREE on the Etsy Banner Mall.

The person who wins the giveaway will also be given 1 week FREE on the Etsy Banner Mall.

Please include items valued at least $10.

Please contact me either through here, send me a convo on Etsy or Email me at GlitzyGallery@yahoo.com if you are interested in being showcased. You will be notified if you are chosen.

Here is how it works for the giveaway entries:
Each person who would like to be entered into the giveaway will go to the Artist's shop and take a look around.

They will come back here and post their favorite item from the Artist's shop.

One week from the beginning Friday (third Friday of the month) a lucky entry will be chosen at random (providing they have given the proper information) to win the giveaway item.

The Artist will be notified of the number of entries and with the contact information for the winner.

YMCA Silent Auction Entry

My Jewelry Donation

The McArthur Family YMCA, 1915 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach, Florida is hosting a silent auction through Sept. 15 to raise money for its Share the Y campaign. Items donated from local artists and businesses will be on display in the front lobby for people throughout the community to bid on.

All proceeds will benefit the "Share the Y" campaign and assist those in Nassau County to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body.


I dropped off my donation this morning.
A beautiful pair of Sterling Silver Glass Dangle Charm Earrings.
The photo above does them no justice.
Hard to give them up, but I know it was going to a good cause.

If you are in the area, stop by and bid. All proceeds go to a good cause. You will be helping someone out and getting something pretty for yourself.

My fellow beader Heather from Adagio Beadcrafters has also donated a gorgeous piece.

Comment on your jewelry/craft donation. Lets get a picture of all the good out there!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Feel Good For The Day - Grassy Toes


When was the last time you took your shoes off and walked in the grass?

Last night I was taking the dog out to do her business. I didn't have time to grab my flip flops so I went barefoot. There is a lot of grass infront of our condo and I normally don't walk through it. I couldn't tell you the last time I walked on grass without shoes on.

Well, I did it!
I walked through the grass barefoot.
It was cool to the touch when it was so hot outside.
I looked up and saw the moon.

I felt like I was a kid again. I was so calm.

Next time you are feeling frazzled and want to calm yourself, try walking through the grass without shoes. You may be suprised at how much you like it.

Comment on when the last time you walked through the grass barefoot was.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Chuckle For The Day - Garbage


So yes, I know that garbage is not necessarily a funny thing. But over the past few days I have noticed there are three types of people in my condominium complex when it comes to their trash.

I have lived here for about 5 months and this is my first condo/rental. We are responsible for taking our trash to the compactor since there is no pickup at our units.

Let me introduce you to the three types of garbage people living in my complex...

1. The PUT IT IN YOUR TRUNK AND LET IT STINK person
This person will take that bag of trash and dash as fast as then can towards their vehicle holding the bag as far away from their nose as possible. Once near the trunk they pop it open quickly and chuck it in. Now a good thing to do would be to drive immediately up to the trash compactor and dump it. But noooooooo (and I have been known to do this) some of us will forget it is there until we come back to the car and the entire way to the compactor we have this awful look upon our faces. That look of sucking on a lemon and smelling an onion at the same time.


2. The HANG IT OUT YOUR CAR WINDOW person
This was entirely new to me and I thought it was simple and genius. You take the stinky bag of trash and put your arm out of your rolled down driver's window. You then hold the bag outside of your car and drive down the street. This is a GREAT idea...except when you are me and you give it a try. I am a smart person, honest I am. But everyone has their moments of forgetfulness. The trash compactor is located at the front of our complex outside of the gates so I usually drop off the garbage on the way to work. Well I had my bag of stinky garbage hanging out of the window and as you may have guessed I drove right past the compactor and onto the main road. I realized it right before I made it to the busy road. I did a u-turn and headed back. I laughed the entire way. I can't believe I did that.



3. The PUT IT ON YOUR TRUNK AND PRAY IT DOESN'T FALL person
This is the newest one I have recently seen in the past few days as I have walked the dog. Works great for those cars with spoilers on the trunks. This person strategically places the trash bags on their trunk wedging them onto the spoiler. They drive towards the compactor at snails pace crossing their fingers the bag doesn't fall and bust open. I haven't seen any broken bags so this method seems to work. Now imagine if I did that and forgot to stop at the compactor. Not a pretty picture.



I get stuck between person 1 and 2. Can't be person 3 since I drive an SUV. It does provide a good laugh when I am walking the dog.

What kind of a trash person would you be?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Voting has begun for me in the Etsy Challenge

Voting has begun.

Please go to the Etsy Challenge site to vote.




I have entered one of my favorite pieces
Champagne Glass Pearl Charm Bracelet

Thank you for your support!

Please comment to let me know if you voted for me! Thanks!