Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween & Congrats to Bead Nest Designs!

Congratulations to Robin of Bead Nest Designs for being the winner of $10 to my Etsy Shop, Chloe Boutique! I know you are excited, Robin!!! Have fun shopping!!

Robin is a fabulous artist and a wonderful friend. She has gone through a lot this summer/fall so I think she deserves a little bonus cash!!! Yay!!

Robin, I love this pendant!


While the lil' ghost and goblins have been out trick-or-treating, I've been listing a couple new items on my new Rubylane site. I figured that I can't have all of my eggs in one basket so I decided to try another venue. So far I've been pretty successful considering I've had 15 sales and have only been "open" for a month and a half!

Here are a few new things listed:


Stay tuned for an update on how much money was raised by the Etsy Angels, including myself, for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Halloween for the Fur Babies! Oh, and a Halloween Contest!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! It's also time for another "leave a comment" contest....see the end of this post for details!

Who says you have to be a kid to take part in the Halloween festivities? Or should I emphasize you don't have to be a human kid :)

Fur Babies "like" to dress up too! Ok, so maybe they don't have much say in what they are going to dress up as, or dressing up to begin with!

I decided to utilize the ballerina outfit one more year before Chloe totally "grows" out of it. She was a pretty ballerina her first Halloween!!! I don't think she likes it much as she's always going in circles trying to catch the tulle skirt!

Chloe in her Ballerina outfit - Halloween 2008
"Does this make my butt look big? Ok, hand it over. You promised me a T-R-E-A-T if I'd 'stay'."


Another fabulous Fur Baby playing along this Halloween is Ringer. Ringer is the beloved mascot of the Abandoned Wild Babies Animal Rescue in Lockport, Illinois. Ringer was rescued as a small kit when he was found after kids harassed him, leaving him permanently blind. Although he is blind, he manages to get around his home at AWBAR just fine! He loves giving "raccoon kisses", and is loved by everyone that knows him, or has ever "met" him through AWBAR. He is found of candy too....he loves Smarties! You can help AWBAR with any purchase from the AWBAR Etsy shop....lots of items await you including jewelry, jewelry supplies, knits, bath and body products, photos and prints, and lots and lots more!

Ringer is ready for Halloween! "Gimme some Smarties, pretty please!" Oh, how can you RESIST?


COME AND PLAY...and be entered for a chance to win $10 to spend in my Etsy Shop!!

I know you ALL love Halloween because of all of the yummy treats!!! I want to know what your favorite Halloween Sweet Treat is. Leave a comment on this post, and tell me what your favorite sweet treat during the Fall Season is. This will get you entered in to win $10 to my Etsy Shop!! Hurry, drawing will be made on Halloween night, and the winner will be announced on November 1st!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

LArtisans - Louisiana Artisans on Etsy come together!


Well, as if I didn't have enough on my plate already...I joined another Etsy Team; LArtisans. I felt this one appropriate to be a part of since it's all about the Louisiana Artists. I'm a jewelry artisan, and I live in Louisiana!

Jessica of Accent Envy is the artist to give initial credit to for starting this fabulous team. She sent out messages to Louisiana based Etsy artists to see about creating a team for Louisiana Etsy Artists. LArtisans was born. A lot of Louisianians are to thank for the early success of the team, including, but not limited to: LisaRaspino, VivaLaViolette, GraciousCreations, Tu2Cute, and CheeseandChocolate (also known as WorkingtheStash).

As of October 12, we have about 140 members! WOW!!!


I have been appointed the Monroe Area Liaison. So, I get to coordinate local meetings and anything else that needs to happen in the Monroe area. On October 12, we held our first local meeting. Because we have members from Sterlington, Monroe, West Monroe, Ruston and Columbia, we tried to meet as centralized as possible. The Corner Coffee Cafe housed our first meeting! We plan on moving the meeting spot around to help accommodate members.

Those that attended the first meeting: Val of BabySewSweet, Marina of BayouPrincess, Monica of MonicaCrowe, Andy of ItAllComesinPhases, Lori of LYoungStudio, and me, Amanda of ChloeBoutique. Not bad...5 out of 9 Monroe Area members.

From left to right: Lori of LYoungStudio, Amanda of ChloeBoutique (Wildlifer78), Andy of ItComesInPhases, Monica of MonicaCrowe, Val of BabySewSweet, and Marina of BayouPrincess.

Our first meeting was a Meet & Greet style. We also brought along some items that are either our best sellers, or those that best represent our art. This was a lot of fun! I found a few things that will be must have buys :)

Our next Meeting will be sometime mid November, location and time TBA.

Below you will see a quick feature on each LArtisan that attended the meeting. Individual features will come later!


Val of BabySewSweet: Creates adorable children's clothing

Marina of BayouPrincess: Creates pretty children's clothes, knit hats and more!

Monica of MonicaCrowe : Jewelry Artisan

Lori of LYoungStudio: Watercolor artwork and fine handwriting!

Andy of ItComesinPhases: Jewelry Artisan

And me, Amanda of ChloeBoutique: Jewelry Artisan

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

And the Winner of my Fall Comment Contest is....

.... Michelle of

Congratulations Michelle! You have $10 to play with in my shop!

Michelle is a talented jewelry artisan and also a member of the Etsy Angels Team. She is always full of energy and smiles. We are proud to have her!!! She is taking part in helping the Etsy Angels raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness during the entire month of October. To read more about our efforts for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, please read the Blog Post below this one.

Below are two of my favorite pieces from Michelle's Etsy Shop. To view more, visit Michelle on Etsy

Thanks to everyone that stopped by my blog to view my Fall post and leave a comment. I enjoyed reading about your fall favorites. I Love October!

Stay tuned for the next Blog Contest :)


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