Monday, March 31, 2008

For ME on Mother's Day!

This is one of my pics for Mother's Day, hint hint kids! I like the text and she looks like me!

Mother's Day is fast approaching!

With Mother's Day fast approaching, it's time to put some thought into her gift. What mother wouldn't love her kid's face(s) on a beautiful keychain!
These 1 1/2" wood ball keychains are hand painted with your choice of background color and dot color. You choose hairstyle/haircolor, add ons like hairbows etc. Can have up to 6 kids faces on them! They are "glazed" with a high gloss for scratch resistant shine! Priced per kid, check out my etsy shop for ordering info.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

What Spring means to me

It really does feel like Spring today. I'm heading over to my sister's place to help her pack. She has to be out of her apt. Monday. It looks like we'll be having a big YARD SALE next weekend. She's not taking much in the way of furniture with her to L.A. Most of her stuff (She's a BIG Disney collector) will be going into storage. My hubbie will be out of town on business the next couple of weeks, so it looks like we'll be having ourselves a slumber party all week!
Spring means sunshine, flowers, yard sales, road trips, cleaning and cook outs to most people. It's all those things PLUS Christmas decorations to me. Yep, that's right, I started sketching my new line of ornaments this morning. I really need to start production on them in April. I have one artist hired (Alicia, You're a Godsend!) but I really need a couple more. If you know anyone in the area let me know!
I won't be posting pics of the ornaments until August or later, but I'll keep you updated on inspirations! Thanks so much for all your support!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring Cleaning

It has been a busy week catching up on orders. When it comes to my business I am an optimist, which is not always a good thing. I tend to think I can get more merchandise painted AND shipped than I really can. Shipping is definitely an obstacle for me. I have been leaving this task for evenings, hard to do with the girls running around. I have decided to work on shipping first thing in the mornings, I really hope this helps, it sure can't hurt!
Spring cleaning has begun in my studio and I hope to add a lot of older items to my Etsy shop next week. I will be listing most items at wholesale prices! I really have to get more organized and with Spring Break starting today, I think I can finally make the trip to IKEA next week!
I am also looking for new stores to carry my keyrings, if you know of any gift shops or kids stores that might be interested, then feel free to email the info!
Also, my sis is having a hard time finding a job out in L.A. Say a little prayer for her. I would like her to be happy and this move is HER DREAM.
Have a wonderful, colorful, happy day!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

I've been a terrible blogger! I've been working on Easter Buckets so fast and furious that I haven't had time to blog. They turned out nice, lots of custom orders, I think I'll add them to my wholesale catalog.
My friend Peggy has started a blog! Besides being a great mom, a fabulous daughter, a busy shop owner, and devoted friend to MANY, Peggy is a true gem! She has fantastic taste, always knows just what to say, NEVER sits still, and always goes above and beyond the task at hand! Her ONLY shortcoming... her computer skills! She is working on them and since discovering the blog world, she has become enthusiastic about learning more! Her blog is sure to be a hit! Please take the time to visit Peggy's Gifts Blog and leave her a welcome note!
In other news, my little drama queen was in her FIRST school play, The Wizard of Oz, where she played the most wonderful munchkin of all! I think she out shined Dorothy, but I'm a little biased. This is sure to be the first of many shows in her little life. Besides, of course, the DAILY dramas she puts on in our home! She keeps us on our toes!
I hope you have a Wonderful Easter Sunday and find lots of eggs filled with goodies!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Party!

Hi Ladies! Hop on over to Mommies United for a new party! Lots of creative mommies and GREAT PRIZES!!!!
My Top 4 Prize Choices
1. Alli's Originals 2. Positive Chicks hoodie 3. Trendy Tadpole 4. Olive Kids

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

hippity hoppity!

Well I have been a busy bee! Easter really hopped up on me! Iv'e been busy painting Easter Buckets for Peggy's Store. They're even cuter with bows tied on each side of the handle. I hope you enjoyed the pics. I'll post more soon. Back to the paintbrushes...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

New Etsy items!

Good Morning! I have new items added to my etsy shop! More coming soon! Please take a look!
Hope you have a BEAUTIFUL Sunday!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Party's Over!

Yesterday's winner is...Cinnamonspice! Congratulations!
Thanks to all of you for visiting this past week! I have enjoyed meeting all of you and look forward to hearing more of your comments! Have a wonderful and peaceful weekend!

Fantastic Felt Pom Pom Rug Photo from MY MINUTIA. Made entirely of felted pom poms! Just glue together! LOVE IT!!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Party is almost over!

Congrats to Nihal... she won yesterdays gift! Thanks again for visiting me! I have really enjoyed the past week!
Seeing all the blogs out there has really inspired me. I have new thought about my own blog and what it should include. More on that later!
ANSWER todays question to be entered to win todays gift! The gift is an 8"x10" painted bunny canvas, similar to the one pictured.
Todays question: Who is your favorite ETSY artist? If you don't have a favorite then click on the MY ETSY LINK to the left then take a look at my FAVORITES or look here.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Day 6 of Giveaway!

Hi Ladies! I can't believe the party is almost over! As a new blogger I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's blogs and getting to know you a little better! Yesterday's giveaway was won by... Mema Sews! Congrats!
Today's giveaway is your choice of black/white or pink topiary soap bottle! Just leave your answer to the question of the day in the comments section to be entered in the giveaway!
Today's Question: What new blog or blog entry have you discovered this week that you just LOVE (besides this one of course!)? Why do you love it?
My answer... I've bookmarked at least 30 new blogs! Of course I like arty crafty blogs but I have also found some that are just about family life. I'll be adding some to my links soon!
Good luck and have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Day 6 of Giveaway!

Congrats to Brines, she won yesterday's giveaway, which ended up being her choice of keyring or bottle. Sorry I didn't get photo up!
I'm so disappointed today... Ikea has opened an hour away in Cincinnati and I have too much work to do and can't go! Argh! I really need to organize this studio and this was going to be the day to get all my goodies! Maybe, if I paint really fast, I can run up there tonight ? No, wait, Top Chef starts tonight! I feel better!
Comment on today's question to be entered to win the painted canister shown above.
Today's Question : What is your favorite shopping destination?
Besides Ikea, I love TARGET, local gift shops I sell to (Peggy's, Polka Dots, Suzanne's), and Joseph-Beth Bookseller.I'm not a big spender on most things. I'm more likely to buy nice things for others
Okay Ladies, Have a beautiful day, it's looking more like Springtime here!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Giveaway Day 5

Congratulations Dolls123! You won yesterdays giveaway!
Thanks so much to everyone for all your answers...the drama queen actually LIKED reading them!
The prize will posted asap.
Today's Question:Do you have a favorite local restaurant, coffee house, deli, mom and pop biz? What do you enjoy about it? Add your answer to the comments to be entered in the drawing for the daily giveaway.
My answer is so easy...Spauldings Bakery. This family owned business has been open as long as I can remember. My grandfather would take me there every Saturday as a child. THE BEST DONUTS IN THE WORLD!
I can prove it. Just drive by the local Krispy Creme and you'll have your donut and be on your way. Going to Spauldings...bring something to entertain yourself for the next 1-2 hours because you are sure to waiting in line that long. The problem with Spauldings is every person in front of you is not there for A donut or even 2. They buy them by the dozens! Can't describe how yummy they are... a little crunch on the exterior and melt in your mouth interior. I personally don't go there myself, I have friends/family pick up for me. Once a year I indulge! I think that time has arrived who can I call?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Day 4 of GIVEAWAY!

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies.... Some of you are having way too much fun at these blog parties! I am really enjoying all of your answers! Lots of music I have never heard but look forward to doing so soon! Don't forget to check out the sites of the people commenting here and my faves! I would especially like you to check out PVE DESIGN, she is an amazing artist and writer!
We have a winner for the soap bottle....Sudz! Congrats!
Giveaway: Your choice of the keychains shown above! JUST COMMENT ON THE QUESTION TO BE ENTERED!
Today's Question: When your hypochondriac/drama queen 9 year old comes to you, pulls out her bottom lip (showing beautiful teeth and gums) and tells you she thinks she has GUM DISEASE, how do you react? Really... how do you handle the drama queens or kings in your life? I need help!
My answer: I laughed hysterically, almost fell out of my chair, and called everyone I knew to tell them! This caused more drama with the little queen, but what doesn't?

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Hi Ladies! We have a winner! Rock Star has won! Thanks so much for entering and try again today!
Today's prize is a hand painted soap/oil bottle! What is a soap/oil bottle you say? It is a beautiful and convenient way to keep your dish soap or cooking oil out on your counter for easy access! It is also Martha Stewart's # 1 GOOD THING!!!!
You will get your choice of colors and initial!
Just comment on today's question and you'll be in the running!
Today's question: What song or songs make you stop in your tracks, to listen to them? You know, songs that touch your heart or rev you up!
I have added my playlist above (I'm getting so techy!).
Yellow Ledbetter is actually my ringtone, I think the music in it is the most beautiful thing I've ever heard!
Twilight zone and Should I Stay or Should I Go, Well if either is on the radio and you see me in my car, just look away, cause I go CRAZY!
There are many more songs I love, but these are my absolute must haves!
Can't wait to see/hear your answers and GOOD LUCK!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Here's the Giveaway!

Thanks to all of you for visiting my little blog! I forgot to answer yesterdays question. My favorite colors right now are pink and orange! Either you LOVE it or you HATE it, I love it!
I have a new giveaway today! Just comment on the daily question and you'll be entered! Today's question: What could you not live without on a daily basis,and why?
My answer COFFEE!!!!! Without it there's just no reason or energy to get out of bed!
Today's prize is a SET of 4 very tall wine/goblet glasses with a whole bunch of dots! You know I love dots! These retail in gift shops for $13.00 each! I'll even add an initial to each glass if you win! Thanks a lot! Remember to check back tomorrow for a new prize! Good Luck!
P.S. I'm using my phone for pics this week, sorry about the picture quality!

Day 2 of party/giveaway!

We have a winner! I used a random number generator...Katy at Country Blossoms is the Winner! Congrats Katy! I will be posting new giveaway shortly! Thanks to all for entering!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Day 1 of week long PARTY and GIVEAWAYS!!!!


Hi Everyone! Welcome to the Party! If you are a first time visitor, let me introduce myself. My name is Hazel, I am a mommy to 3 beautiful children, wife to Tom (he's amazing!) and I run my own painted gift business.
I have met some wonderful people here and would like to get to know everyone better! So let's play a game!
I am going to ask a daily question and would love for you to add your answer in the comments area. I will draw one name the next day to win the prize! I will then post a new question... this will go on thru the week! A winner everyday!
Today's question: What is your favorite color or color combo at this time. Why?
The winner of this drawing will win their choice of any of the KEYCHAINS shown above! Tell me which is your favorite.
I hope you enjoy all the blogging festivities and visit me again!

Check out my Etsy shop for more keychain choices and other painted items
* Invitation with WISH is from fabulous etsy store Daisys and Dots

Thursday, March 6, 2008


The Ultimate Blog Party Starts tommorrow. I've been trying to prepare everything! There will be some great food, drinks, and games! I hope you will join me for the festivities!
I also have a giveaway planned... top secret til Friday!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

At the Park

Well, we made it to the park and it was so rejuvenating! Ellie (2), my youngest, experienced it as if it were the first time. Rachel (9) tries to rule the roost everywhere she goes, this was also true for the park. We didn't see any bunnies but the ducks were out on the lake. I love days like this in Kentucky.
It's amazing what a little breeze and sunshine can do for my spirit. I'm ready to begin again!
Expect lots of NEW things from me...soon! I'll be posting new pics everyday and I really appreciate the feedback!
I think a GIVEAWAY is due to be posted...we'll see!

Monday, March 3, 2008


The wind is kicking up the leaves outside. Woo! And a double HOO! I know it won't last long, but it gives me the strength to push thru the blahs. I have had extreme cabin fever mixed with little desire to leave the house... not a good combo. Today I'm getting out. Take the kiddies to the park and enjoy the moment. Sunshine is good for the spirit. Right? Maybe, just maybe, we'll see a cute little bunny that has escaped from it's little dungeon too. Hopping contest anyone?

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Etsy Finds

I just love all of the things this creative mommy does! Her art makes me smile.

Have a look at Fischtale Designs

New items in etsy shop

I've added 4" magnet/clips to my etsy site. They are heavy duty and come with initials/monogram/name/whatever. They have a beautiful shiny glaze that makes them look like glass. There are only 2 designs listed at the moment. More will be listed on Monday! I've also added bottles and ornaments to the site.