Friday, August 27, 2010

Ahhhhh, Pumpkin Spice!!!

Todays's blog post dedicated to my daughter, Rachael, who love's all things "Pumpkin Spice"!

One of the most aromatic scents in the world - Pumpkin spice.  Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice....just sensory overload!!  Imagine the scent wafting through your house, of a fresh Pumpkin Pie baking in the oven.  Ahhhhhhhh.   Pretty soon Starbucks will have their "Pumpkin Spice Latte" (daughter Rachael and I worship these), and my local grocery store will start selling it's Pumpkin Spice coffee beans (for grinding) as well as the limited edition Pumpkin Spice variety of International Delights coffee creamer, and I can't wait!  I could drink this stuff all year long.  Seriously.

Well, while browsing Etsy the other day it occurred to me that there may be some fabulous offering in my favorite scent - and sure enough, check out this treasure trove of yummy goodies!!

From KatherynMD (of the fabulous coffees!) comes this awesome Pumpkin Spice Coffee. She says, "Pumpkin Spice, a delicious blend of Pumpkin & Fall Spices. This is a medium bodied coffee. Fantastic plain or make your own Latte! ♥ GREAT AS ICED COFFEES FOR SUMMER TOO ♥" (Iced coffee - now why didn't I think of that!!!?) $11.45 per pound and she will also customized the label!! That's awesome!

And then there are these Pumpkin Spice Cake Truffles, from Lollidreams.  (I'm in love.) "Delicious pumpkin spice cake with the perfect balance of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. All the tastes of autumn desserts in each cake truffle. The cake balls are hand-dipped in white chocolate or milk chocolate. Each is then decorated with homemade gum paste pumpkins and chocolate vines and stems. Almost too cute to eat, but you'll want to savor every morsel!"  These come 18 truffles in a box for $27.00

And from Holiday Candy Lane, come this amazing looking Pumpkin Pie Spice Bread with Cinnamon Struesel Topping.   "Delicious! Freshly baked to perfection are these 6" Pumpkin Pie Spice loaves with a scrumptuous cinnamon streusel crumb topping that is addictive! A great treat to have in the house and is a cute harvest bread to send as a gift."  2 freshly baked loaves for $25.00.

And for the non-edible scent lovers - try this fabulous offering from SatinandBirch, Pumpkin and Spice Holiday Soap! "Pumpkin Spice holiday soap is ready for fall and cooler temperatures. A delicious blend of pumpkin, orange and clove. This is the best pumpkin I have ever used. So throw out the potpourri and fragrance the Kitchen and Bathroom with this luscious soap. Just let these pretty flowers sit in a soap dish and bring the holiday on ! One large Flower and two small hearts come gift bagged and with the tag shown in the photo. One of Bluebirdlane's great tags. Total weight of soap is 7+ ounces." $10.00

My wish is that these fill your home with the lovely scent of Pumpkin Spice!!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Favorite Thing in my Shop!

I make a lot of things. Jewelry, clothing, handbags, knitwear, and on and on..... A lot of people ask me, what is my favorite thing that I make? Well, it's time to answer that question.

My favorite thing that I make is this fabulous handbag (as seen here on Handmade Spark!).  It's my big ass tote bag, in this fun retro cherries print!  This is my go to bag that I carry around with me every day, and here's what all it holds.  Internal pocket holds cell phone, another pocket holds pens and calendar book (appointments), open part of tote bag holds my wallet, my matching cherries cosmetics bag (filled to the brim), 3 current knitting projects that I am working on (yes, I am a multi-tasking knitter), and a water bottle.  This bag holds a lot - and it is strudy, (double interfaced for durability).  I do get a lot of comments on this bag when I am out shopping, and people always want to know where I bought it.  I usually just smile, give them a business card and point them to my Etsy shop.  :o)

By the way, I also make this bag in a bunch of other fabulous novelty print fabrics that can make this bag wonderfully unique and customized just for you!

So, now you know.  Have a fabulous week!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

One of my handbags made the front page of Etsy!

Today at 2pm (Etsy time) my blue plaid reversible handbag made the front page of Etsy! Thank you to Etsy seller, Judy Miller Johnson, who curated the lovely treasury that is responsible for my FP appearance.

Here is a slide show of this lovely treasury!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The color of Pumpkins!

With Summer winding down, and folks readying their kids to go back to school - our minds turn to crisp fall air, the crunch of leaves under our feet, pumpkins, and all things orange, brown and amber.

Here are a few of my favorites from Etsy in a fall color palette.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

How Feedburner can help you be a successful blogger!

Being the little Geek that I am, I like to share technical stuff with those of you that may be less geeky than me. ;o) Making it easy for your blog followers to follow and read your content is critical to your success. A great technical tool that can help you be a more successful blogger, is Feedburner.

Your blog has an RSS feed so people can subscribe to it and read it in a feed reader, and using a service called Feedburner provides you with tools to make the most of your feed. (If you don’t know what an RSS feed is, check out this YouTube video, RSS in Plain English.)

Some of the benefits of using Feedburner include:

Keeping track of approximately how many subscribers you have.

It’s smart to analyze the traffic and subscribers to your blog on a regular basis to help you see trends. But be aware that Feedburner does not provide an absolute number of subscribers. You might find that you have 30 subscribers one day and 70 the next day. How can that be? The number of subscribers Feedburner reports is the total number of individuals who requested your feed on a given day. Naturally, not everyone accesses their feed readers daily, so the number of subscribers fluctuates. For a more complete explanation, see this post by ProBlogger.

Ability to offer email subscription to your blog.

Your blog subscribers will get an email every time you publish a post. I don’t always get to open Google Reader everyday, so I have email subscriptions to the blogs that are most important to me.

Ability to change your feed location without losing your subscribers.

This is especially useful if you migrate your blog from one platform to another (i.e. Blogger to WordPress), or if you start a whole new blog and want to keep the subscribers from your old blog. Your subscribers are following the Feedburner URL, so all you need to do is change the “feed source” in your Feedburner account and your followers will continue to get your posts from your new blog.

How To Burn Your Feedburner Feed

Here’s a nice video blog that demonstrates setting up a Feedburner feed.

Visit the Feedburner site and log in with your Google account. Enter your blog’s URL next to “Burn a feed right this instant.” Click next, enter a name for your feed, and you’re all set.

Now you want to be sure your blog readers subscribe to your blog using the Feedburner feed – and ONLY the Feedburner feed. If you have links to both feeds available on your blog, some people might end up subscribing with your original Blogger or WordPress feed, and this will result in an inaccurate estimate of your blog subscribers. Here’s how to fix that:

  • Under the “Publicize” tab in Feedburner, click on the Chicklet Chooser. Select the little orange RSS button (big or small – your choice) and then scroll to the bottom of the page and copy the HTML code. Go into your blog’s sidebar widgets and either add the code from Feedburner. I recommend you put this at the very top of your sidebar.

  • Go to your Blogger dashboard and click on Settings > Site Feed. Enter your Feedburner feed (something like ) where it says “Post Feed Redirect URL.” Be sure to click Save Settings! If you’re a Blogger user, be sure to read “5 Tips to Enhance Your Blogger Blog with Feedburner.

  • WordPress users can use the FD Feedburner plugin.

  • There are a lot of other useful tools available through Feedburner. I recommend activating the following:

  • Under the “Optimize” tab: Activate the Browser Friendly, SmartFeed, and FeedFlare options.

  • Under the “Publicize” tab: Activate Email Subscriptions and FeedCount options.

  • I hope this helps you to enhance your blogging and blog readership!!

    Happy blogging!

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    My Monday Fav on Etsy!

    This is my weekly blog feature where I pick one of my favorite items or sellers on Etsy to share with you. No rhyme or reason - except it is just fabulous handmade or vintage stuff that I love!  I hope you love it too. ~ Sandie

    Peeking out at me from the front page of Etsy this morning were these adorable little mushrooms.  Yes, they're cute, but why so special, you ask? - Well, because these are edible chocolate filled toadstools that come from the creative kitchens of Andie's Specialty Sweets. These would be perfect for any special occasion party planning you may be doing. So stop on by their shop to see these yummy little cuties, and all the other fabulous and adorable edible goodies they make.  Their sweets are almost too cute and pretty to eat.   Well, almost.  ;o)

    Have a great week!!

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    My Monday Fav on Etsy! (except today's Tuesday) ;o)

    This is my weekly blog feature (usually on Mondays - but this week it's Tuesday) where I pick one of my favorite items or sellers on Etsy to share with you.  No rhyme or reason - except it is just fabulous handmade or vintage stuff that I love!  
    I hope you love it too.  ~ Sandie

    I just love hand thrown pottery!  I appreciate the talent and patience it takes, as it's not something I could ever think of doing.  :o)  This is one of my favorite pieces from Pat's Pottery on Etsy.  The colors of her glazes are so rich and this would look perfect in my kitchen.  I hope you'll stop by her shop, because I bet you'll find something that would look perfect in your kitchen too!