Friday, October 30, 2009

Katemajoie Giveaway Winner

Thank you all so much for entering the latest giveaway! You all said such nice things and I hope you had a chance to see all the great products from Katrina's shop!

*Drum roll Please*

The winner is, number 24, Abigail!

(The giveaway ended with 100 entries. There were a few late entries that did not get included in the drawing)

There isn't a giveaway this week as it is Halloween, I am going to 2 concerts, custom orders in the process and lots of other planning!

Next week however, I have a special surprise for everyone who lives in the North Dallas Area. It will be a very special treat. So if you live in the area or know anyone who does make sure to take a look on Thursday for the new post!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Giveaway from Katemajoie - Letterpress notecards or sign

Hi all. I am back to the giveaways on the blog now. I have officially started my job and enjoy it. Things are starting to get back to normal again. So much was all happening at the same time that the blog and the giveaways had to be put on hold. This week's giveaway is from the sweetest person ever! Check out a little more about Katrina and her shop katemajoie

Introduce yourself:
I'm Katrina, designer/printer behind Ma Joie Press. Last year was a big one for me. I graduated college with a degree in Art, I married my high school sweetheart, Tyler, and I started MJP. It's been a crazy blur, but I'm having a great time.

Tell us a little bit about your shop:
I print for special occasions, so, the majority of my shop is wedding and baby designs. It's so wonderful to hear from people who are expecting a baby or preparing for their wedding. It's the happiest part of my job.

How did you get started on Etsy?
It was love at first sight for me and Etsy! I happened across the site while searching for a specific and unusual Christmas present a couple of years ago, and it literally changed my life. I set goals to start my business with hopes of having a shop someday. After I became what I considered 'skilled enough' in my craft to sell, I jumped in head first. It was the perfect next step - inexpensive to start up, and chock full of like-minded personalities. I can't even count the opportunities (big and small) that have come my way through Etsy.

Where on the internet can you be found?
You can find Ma Joie Press and me on the main website, the MJP blog, the Etsy shop and of course on Twitter

Favorite product in your shop?
It's hard to pick a favorite product because I put so much time into designing them all, picking colors and printing them. But, if I have to pick, I'd probably say the "Not all those who wander are lost" print. It is just a happy reminder that, though I'm not on the same path as everyone else, I'm on the right path for me.


Up for Grabs:
10 pack of folded letterpress spider mum cards & envelopes or a "those who wanter" letterpress print. I have both on hand so it is the winner's choice!

Value: $20.00

How to Enter: Take a look around Katrina's Etsy shop, come back and let us know your favorite design/item. Also, leave your email address in the message so I can contact you, if you win!

Earn Extra Entries: (Leave a comment for each extra entry)
1. Follow my blog. Or let me know if you are already a follower
2. Follow Katrina's Twitter
3. Blog about this giveaway (Leave the link)
4. Post a message on Twitter about the giveaway (Can only be done once a day. Enter a new comment for each day that you tweet about this great giveaway)

The winner will be picked on October 29th, 12pm CST. The winner will be notified by email. It will also be posted on this blog. Please make sure your email address is accurate. If no email address is provided I will draw another name. The winner will have 48 hours to provide us with their choice of item and shipping information or another name will be picked.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cupcakes - A personal mission!

A year ago I found a cupcake recipe in a magazine that I just had to make. They had caramel in them, that is all I remember. They ended up being horrible. They were dense and tasted like flour. It just wasn't good at all. Even though the end result was bad I still had fun making them.

Sine that batch of dry, gross cupcakes it has been my personal mission (slight obsession) to make good cupcakes. I recently purchased a cupcake cookbook so I can play around with some different types and ingredients.

The first recipe was a Chocolate Chip Cupcake. They still weren't good. They were almost grainy. I wasn't too happy with that outcome. I felt very intimidated by the complexity of making good homemade cupcakes. I meant to take pictures of this batch but definitely forgot.

The second attempt (and the second in the book, I plan on going in order) was Carrot Cupcakes. I had to grate a pound of carrots which was a pain but they turned out soooooo good. I have a new motivation for making cupcakes. The 3rd batch (Yellow Buttermilk) are cooling right now waiting for frosting. Pictures of that batch will be up soon.

In the meantime, however, I will share some pictures of my Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting and a carrot on top, of course.

I got these super cute tulip cupcake liners on Etsy.

They were bakery quality (in my opinion). Very moist and perfect. They seemed to just disappear. A lot were consumed at the North Dallas Etsy Meeting. I will have to make them again, very soon!

I am back to having fun making them, ha, so I am sure I will be posting my successes and failures as I make them! Enjoy! (want the recipe, let me know and I can get it to you)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Remington Kissme Moore Bracelet Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all for entering this giveaway! I was very happy with the response and so glad I could get some exposure to my mom's little shop!

The winner is number 124...Laura!

I will be contacting you shortly to get your shipping information.

I will be taking the next week off from giveaways in order to finish preparing for the bridal show this weekend and hopefully starting a new job on Monday. But make sure to check back next week for some more goodies!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My first Bridal Expo!

I have been posting a few different things on twitter the past two days but I thought I would make an actual post with more information about my first ever bridal expo.

Yesterday, I was officially on the list to be an exhibitor at the 2009 Latino Bridal & Quince Expo in Arlington, TX. I paid my booth fee yesterday and the show is THIS Sunday! It is a large show but one that will be a good entry into the bridal industry. I have been told not knowing Spanish wouldn't be a barrier, so let's hope that is truly the case! Or I will be in major trouble!! 

I didn't realize all that was needed to prepare for a bridal show and I know I will be missing things. I have been getting some great advice from a fellow North Dallas Etsy member (Thanks Sonja!). 

To top off the stress of doing my first bridal show this weekend, my second every craft show the weekend after, I will be starting a full-time job this Thursday. 

I like to be busy, so this is good! There is still so much to do for this weekend, I thought I would just share some the newest happenings for RBK Creations. AND, if you are in the DFW area this weekend come out and see us at the Expo!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Glitterati Holiday Boutique - October 18th, 2009

This year I will be a venter at the 5th Annual Glitterati Holiday Boutique! The event is at the Tiferet Israel Synagogue in Dallas, TX.

This will be my second craft show ever. I am very excited to be a part of this event! I have a lot to get prepared for this show and hope to sell a lot! I will be introducing some new products at the show that will hopefully end up in the shop some day.

If you are in the Dallas area, make sure to come check out this great event!

This coming weekend I am working on getting into a bridal show, my first time being a vendor at a bridal show, ever! I will share more details soon on that. I can't believe that is only a week away. I may be crazy but we'll see how it goes!

Check out the event on Facebook!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kiss Me Moore Bracelet Giveaway

It is a new week and a new giveaway! For this week I am helping to promote my mom's new Etsy Shop. She helps out A LOT on RBK Creations. We used to sell her jewelry in the RBK Creations shop but decided to separate some things to avoid confusion. The new shop is named after her 11 month old Puppy whose registered name with the AKC is "Remington KissMe Moore"


Introduce yourself
My name is Brenda. I work full-time in the dental industry. Nights and weekends I work with my daughter, Ariela, on RBK Creations (Button Bouquets). When I have some free time I like to create jewelry and anything else my mind comes up with. I have three dogs, Rascal, Roxanne and Remington. They are all miniature schnauzers. Remington is the youngest and has the craziest personality so I thought naming the shop after him was perfect.

Tell us a little bit about your shop
I just opened up shop this week! I decided to split the jewelry and other items away from the button bouquets. You will find a variety of items in this shop. I decided to start with the bracelets as I love to create them. I am sure there will be other items in here soon as I am always doing something crafty.

How did you get started on Etsy?

I started RBK Creations on Etsy in August of 2008. I had heard about Etsy from a few blogs I read but never bought or sold anything. 

Where on the internet can you be found?

What is your favorite product in your shop? Or what is the best seller?
I really like the Fall Safari Bracelet right now. I don't have a best seller, yet! :) 


Up for Grabs: Your choice of bracelet from the shop, RemingtonKissMeMoore

How to Enter: Go to RemingtonKissMeMoore, take a look around, come back and let us know your favorite item  from the shop! Also, leave your email address in the message so we can contact you if you win.

Earn Extra Entries(Leave a comment for each extra entry)
1. Follow this blog.
2. 5 Extra Points for Purchasing something from the shop. Leave the transaction # in a message.
3. Blog about the giveaway
4. Tweeting about the giveaway

The winner will be picked on October 8th, 12pm CST. The winner will be notified by email. It will also be posted on this blog. Please make sure your email address is accurate. If no email address is provided I will draw another name. The winner will have 48 hours to provide us with their choice of item and shipping information or another name will be pulled

FragmentsbyEdith Card Winner!

I am excited to announce the winner for the FragmentsbyEdith Card giveaway. The lucky number was 27. Entry number 27 was left by TopHat.

Thank you all so much for entering and showing some support!