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Monday, January 11, 2010

Bye Bye Blogger

Well that was fun. It's been almost 2 years since I started my 1st blog here on blogger. Blogger has unfortunately became a thing of the past and most big blogs are now Wordpress blogs so we have switched over.

You will now find me and the gang posting only at http://handmadeguru.com

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Recycling: Funky Style

One of the neatest concepts that I have come acrossed since becomming obsessed with handmade goods is repurposing. It's so amazing to see all the different ways crafters take materials that would either be thrown away or recycled and make them into something beautiful and unique.

Funky Recycling is one of the neatest shops of this nature I have come acrossed. Funky Recycling breathes life into old aluminum cans with their imagitive jewelry, ornaments, and magnets. I love their Hello Kitty Monster can necklaces and Coke cow magnets. If you live in the Las Vegas area stop by a Funky Recycling craft fair booth and bring a used aluminum can, you will be rewarded with a free gift. Hooray!

Simple Stitches 101

Think I'll stick with the whole Valentine's Day theme I have going on so far today.

Give yourself or someone you love a candy kiss this year! This quilted bag and matching accessories are made using the Candy Kisses line of fabric from Moda. The red, white and soft pinks are perfect for the season! You can pick up this bag at Simple Stitches 101. There's many different fabric choices to pick from but this one just hit the spot considering which holiday is upon us next. 

It's a very user-friendly bag, with 5 large pockets on the inside, and a slot for a pen. It's roomy, measuring
10 1/2 x 15 x 5 inches with 25 inch reinforced straps. It's made of 100 % quilt store quality cottons, and the batting is cotton as well. The interior has been fortified with heavy duty interfacing, giving it structure and durability. It will stand on it's own. It has a magnetic snap closure for easy access, yet it's secure. Along with your new bag, you'll receive a matching checkbook cover, credit card wallet and wristlet key leash. It's so fun when everything matches.

So Stinking Sweet

Valentine's Day is looming near and I know that I've already been looking for cute stuff that give to the boys on their special day of love. Actually, I was just sitting here in awe of how cute the item is that I wanted to write about this morning that I just splurged and purchased it. I'm ashamed to admit that I have no resistance.

So Stinking Sweet is so stinking cute that I even called them that on our list of participants and sponsors for our Little Black Box this year. This is a bath and body shop that will be around for a heck of a long time if they keep this cuteness factor up. The two juicy ruby red grapefruit soaps I just acquired will be just darling to give to the boys along with their other items this year on v-day.

There's so many other items in this shop that you pretty much won't be able to say no!

I Want: Green Neck Warmer

I like that scarves keep my neck warm, but I hate that they have the long ends with get caught in car doors and create extra bulk inside my coat. This stylish Green Neck Warmer from Vogue Knitting would solve that problem. My neck would be toasty but there would be no tails to create problems.

Now I won't have to go through multiple scarves in a season because they got ripped or stained by grease and road debris. Thank goodness there's venues who have thought to save the day with ideas like this. I owe them big time!

Friday, January 8, 2010


I know I've written about Jelene a few times but there are a few of you.. ok more like a whole bunch of you that are new to our blog. We like new! I felt like today was a great time to reintroduce Jelene to the masses. Jelene is an amazing pop art artist that resides on the east coast. She's also the girl that I trust with most of the graphics I have made for all three of my businesses. I know and trust that when I'm looking for something fresh and fun that Jelene will be able to whip it up for me. She's just that wonderful. She's also the genius behind our Handmade Guru graphic. She drew our girly guru girl!

Today I'm bringing you fun cupcake shoes for kids from Jelene that she's selling her in Zazzle store. Yeah these are pricy but oh my gosh they are cute! Makes me want a little girl all over again!

Happy Bubble Bath Day

Any excuse to celebrate is good enough for me and today's "holiday" is one I can totally get into. It's National Bubble Bath Day! Weather it's a long soak after a hard day of work or a dip in the tub to pamper oneself before a big date, bubble baths are one of life's greatest pleasures. A girl can never have too many options when it comes to her bubble baths. I would like to share with you today my recipe for a perfect bubble bath.

One Part Bath Soak:

Solstice Scents on Etsy offers some of the most tempting bath soaks I've seen in a very long time. The blends from Solstice Scents are phalate free and a moisturizing mixture of dea sea salts, coconut milk, and oatmeal. Paired with wonderful scents such as Lemon Pink Sugar, Victorian Tea Room, and Spiced Cranberry and Spruce, there is sure to be a Relaxing Bath Soak scent for every palate.

One Part Bubble Bar:

I found this gem from Flowering Tree Botanicals on Etsy. I am a sucker for foody scents and Flowering Tree offers a nice variety of yummy dessert scents such as Chocolate Fudge and Pumpkin Spice. Twilight Fan? Flowering Tree has a line of Twilight inspired bath products such as the Alice Bubble Bar, a mixture of Lady of the Night orchids and wild honeysuckle. The bubble bars are a whopping 6oz, enough for more than one delightful soak.

One Part Scrub:

To pamper your skin while you soak in bubbly delight check out these delicious scrubs from Villainess. Smooch! is a moisturizing scrub packed with grape-seed oil, shea and cocoa butters, and coconut oils to hydrate, and raw sugars or sea salt to exfoliate. Villainess offers a vast line of delectable scents such as Paradise Misplaced: creamy coconut, mango, and crisp green tea. Villainess also offers seasonal scents such as Frostbite, described as jasmine and lily of the valley frozen with fir and green apple. An incisive bite of citrus, and a chilling wooden core.

Add another part of relaxation and pampering and fill with hot water and there you have it, the perfect recipe to celebrate National Bubble Bath Day in Style.

Julie Meyer

I wish I had an office job. Wait, who am I kidding? No I don't. I think I much prefer my little handmade loving job over your typical office job. If I did have to leave the house daily to work in the real world I know there are little things that would make my day much better. Especially if I was able to shop at Julie Meyer's on Etsy. No, she's not related to Fred Meyer's.

Pack your lunch in eco-friendly Reusable Snack & Sandwich Bags and toss them into a hip Insulated Lunch Bag. These items are available in this one of a kind shop. I was telling my mom this morning how bummed I am that I don't have a reason to pick one of these insulated lunch bags up! These things are pretty major!

Enjoy brown-bagging-it with this reusable insulated lunch bag. Made with vinyl this lunch bag is fully insulated, waterproof and closes with Velcro. Measures approximately 11" x 7" fully opened. Wipe clean and air-dry. Pattern placement may vary slightly.