Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Southern California Christmas with Etta Meerkat!

'Twas the day before Christmas and all through our flat, Excitement was brimming for Etta the Meerkat....

Etta and I had such a fun day baking cookies for Santa, and preparing for Christmas. She is a marvelous helper and found that she really loves Oatmeal Cranberry cookies. ;o) After lots of cookies and goodies were baked, we spent a little time in my studio crafting Etta a tiny little swimsuit to wear to the beach. Being used to sewing for plus sized women presented a unique challenge in making a very small swimsuit for a meerkat that I will happily add to my resume! I let Etta pick out her own fabric - and she decided on black, with hot pink polka dots.

Swimsuit made and holiday cooking preparations done, we settled in for a lovely evening of Holiday movies. We watched my favorite holiday movie, White Christmas. Etta eemed to enjoy herself, and said she really like the costumes. Then we hung Etta's stocking with ours, and left cookies and milk for Santa and tucked Etta in for good night's sleep.

Etta woke Christmas morning to find that Santa had left her candy, fruit and nuts in her Christmas stocking, which she enjoyed snacking on. And under the Christmas tree was a shiney new Meerkat sized surf board. Etta squeaked with glee and jumped up and down, because she knew this meant that she was going to surfing!! So, breakfast out of the way, we headed off for Christmas day at the beach!

It was a beautiful sunny day at Moonlight Beach, with lots of kids playing with new boogie boards and kites. Etta took a little time to soak in the sun and see all that was going on. Then, it was time to try out her new surf board! After a few practices on dry land - Etta headed to the water's edge to test our her surfing abilities. And surprisingly enough - she took to surfing like an old pro!

After a fun and crazy day of surfing, Etta, waves goodbye to her new surfer friends, and Moonlight Beach. She and I decided to pose for a picture together as a special momento of our holiday together.

As you can see, Etta and I had a glorious time at the beach. I did notice that she has added a new word to her very "British" vocabulary. She now calls everyone "Dude". Ah yes, California surf lingo. You gotta love it. ;o)

Today, Etta and I are making her a pretty little bag/pouch for her to keep all her new treasures in on her travels. And then, it is off to her next adventure. My husband and I are sad to see her go, but we so enjoyed her company for the holidays. She was a delightfully fun and well mannered guest!

So, where in the world will Etta go for her next adventure?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A special Holiday visitor at our house!

For any of you that are following the World Travels of Nifty Knits little Meerkats, Etta & Treasure, I have a very fun update. Etta has just just arrived at our house in San Diego for the Christmas Holiday! She seemed a little tired and jet lagged from her cross country trip from New York (visiting Kristen of GocksFrocks), but was excited to be in sunny Southern California. :o)

She was particularly excited to see our Christmas Tree decorations and other other holiday trimmings around the house, so we just let her explore a bit on her own. Etta had lots of fun climbing all over my Christmas tree checking out the ornaments. She is particularly enamored with my "sock monkey" ornament. I'm wondering if she thinks he is a odd looking Meerkat?

She liked the garland and Candy Canes on our fireplace mantle. I promised that we would make and hang a stocking for her so that Santa would be able to leave her some gifts! She thought the little TruLuxe acorns that I used to decorate the fireplace garland were very festive.
She checked out all our family pictures on the mantle and said that she thought our Grandson, Charlie is very cute. (We agree! )

Today, Etta and I are going to do some holiday cookie baking (cookies for Santa), and I promised her tonight that she could wear the lovely Tutu that Gock Frocks made her and watch "The Nutcraker" ballet with me on TV. And tomorrow, I think we are taking her to the beach!

We'll be back on Christmas day with more fun adventures of Etta the Meerkat. Hope you stop by for the update! :o)

Happy Holidays!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

☆ Holiday Sale - 15% off everything in both of my Etsy Shops! ☆

In honor of the Holiday season, I am having a year end sale just in time for you to get that last minute holiday gift at a discounted price (15% off)!!

The sale is good in both my etsy shops, ZaftigDelights (plus size clothing & jewlery), and KnitzyBlonde (unique knitwear & handbags). I will also combine shipping for purchases from both shops to make shipping more cost effective for you. Anything purchased and paid for before midnight on 12/20 will ship on Monday, 12/21. So for those of you in the U.S. you will very likely get your item in time for Christmas day. I can do USPS priority mail or over night shipping for an additional cost if you request expedited shipping. Gift wrapping is also available upon request.

I hope you stop by and check out some of our last minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!!

Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Some fun new Holiday Jewelry at

I've recently added some wonderful new holiday jewelry at my Zaftig Delights etsy shop (pictures left & below). Wonderfully sparkling, they make great stocking stuffers at an affordable price. All jewelry comes gift boxed and ready for delivery to your special someone. If you have any questions or special needs, be sure to drop me a convo (message) through Etsy. I'm happy to handle special requests.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving - and a Big SALE!!

First let me wish all those who celebrate Thanksgiving a happy and joyous day. May it be filled with family, friends, loved ones, great food, laughter and all the love your heart can hold!!

I'm most grateful for my husband, our daughter and grandson whom I love more than life itself. And not just my family, but friends and all the good things that life brings us.

And on that note - I'd like to share some good things with you - my wonderful friends and fans. :o) Yup - It's time for a Holiday Sale!!!

Black Friday, November 27th through Cyber Monday, November 30th there will be sales and specials in both my Etsy shops. Here are the details:

FREE SHIPPING - Free shipping on all Jewelry (including HairStyx) from ZaftigDelights.

10% OFF - 10% off all Plus Sized Clothing from ZaftigDelights.

10% OFF - 10% off all Knitwear and Handbags from KnitzyBlonde.

All discounts and free shipping will be refunded via Pay Pal after you've made your purchase. If you have any questions, be sure to drop me a convo thru Etsy. :o)

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving - and some fabulous post turkey shopping!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Meerkats embark on World Tour!!

The Etsy Treasury Team is preparing for really cool global happening!! Heather Leavers better known as Nifty Knits, who is well known for her adorable hand knitted Meerkats, will be sending out two of her little creations to become globe trotting adventurers. That's right, the little Meerkats will be traveling around the world, meeting many of the ETTeam members and will learn and do something interesting at every stop; maybe learn about where ETTeam member lives, get to know the ETTeam member, help the ETTeam member craft. Lots of special events are planned for over 30 total stops, approximately 15 stops per Meerkat. The trip finale is a photo shoot of the meerkat and all the fabulous souvenirs (great items crafted by each ETTeam member) amassed along the way. The photo-shoots will be done by Tyarkoni and Lori411.

Each stop in the traveling Meerkats journeys will be blogged in several places as well as shared on a dedicated facebook fan page. As secondary points this project will show shipping times; the variety of places around the globe that Etsy sellers are located; and highlight the way a global ETSY team can function and work together on a project. There was such great interest in hosting a meerkat by ETTeam members, that the happening was expanded from the original one, to two traveling Meerkats, each with their own itinerary.

Once home from their journeys, the traveling Meerkats and all their souvenirs will be going to a new permanent home via two fabulous GIVEAWAYS hosted on the ETTeam Blog.

I'm particularly excited because Etta (one of the little Meerkats) will be joining my family for Christmas in Southern California!! I'm making plans to keep her busy and excited, and to ensure a fun and interesting stay here with us. I know she will love seeing the beach and possibly enjoying a surfing lesson. :o)

The adventure has begun, and to read all about it - stop by Heather's NiftyKnits blog. By the time the Etsy's Friday Finds promotions goes live on Nov 13, 2009, the Meerkats will have been begun their journeys and may have arrived at their first stops.

Stay tuned!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Have a fabulous Halloween!!


There's a Goblin at my window,
And a monster at my door.
The pumpkin on my table
Keeps smiling more and more.
There's a ghost who haunts my bedroom,
And a witch whose face is green.
They used to be my family,
'Till they dressed for Halloween!

Have a Happy Halloween, everyone!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Turorial - Pumpkin Soup

I ran across this tutorial for Pumpkin Soup that looks super easy. I'm going to try it this weekend, let me know if you try it too. It looks great.


Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween fun and some of my favorites from Etsy!

OK, anyone who has known my hubby and me for at least a year, knows how much we love Halloween. Favorite. Holiday. Ever. Seriously. :o)

We own a hearse. A 1955 Cadillac Hearse. We have a lovely wooden coffin. And boy do we decorate! Yeah we're those crazy kind of Halloween loving people.

And since I'm so crazy about Halloween, I decided to share with you some of my favorite Halloween finds for this year from Etsy. Here are my top 10 really fun and fabulous finds to help you celebrate the holiday!

Halloween Pinup Girl Tote Bag - from HautTotes

Mustache Disguise - Large Brown Handlebar with Black Accents from Glorious Hats

December Oak Fairy Costume and Feather Wings from The Bohemian Goddess

Super vampire goth black and red cloak - from Oblivion Clothing

Frankenstein... GOOD Toasting Flutes - from Fedeghost

VonErickson's Original Coffin Couch - from VonErickson

Black Orange Spiderweb Doily - MADE TO ORDER - from MonetB56

Instant Cemetery Display - from Crafterella

Custom Tombstones, Halloween Decorations - from pemaquidtrailstudios

Creepy Pumpkins - 2 Hand Engraved Glass Candle Holders - from daydreemdesigns

Have fun this Halloween...

and remember to "Eat, Drink & be Very Scary!!"

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Twitter Giveaway!

I'm giving away one of my beautiful blue Lampwork Glass Goddess pendants. The giveaway is through Twitter, and you can find out how to enter by clicking here. You have to have a Twitter account, and follow me on Twitter. And, then retweet this TWEET.

That's it.

I'll let you know who the winner is when it happens. ;o)

Happy Tweeting!!