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United Kingdom 🇬🇧 Exciting News!


In just over three years, MONAT Global has reached thousands of households; with over 145,000 Market Partners and 450,000 VIP Customers joining the #HealthyHairRevolution since 2014.

The brand has created a movement in North America that has not only helped people have beautiful hair but also transformed their lives through a stable, sustainable business and a chance to positively impact others in their local area… and now we are launching in the UK! This is your chance to JOIN MONAT UK!


Join MONAT UK 🇬🇧 here!

Now is your moment to be part of it!
MONAT is a family-oriented company of visionary entrepreneurs, that strive for excellence and are proud to dream bigger than anyone else. It was founded on the belief that in order to be successful, we need to help others achieve success.


MONAT’s naturally based products combine the best of nature with cutting-edge science to provide effective solutions for all your hair concerns.


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MONAT’s products are suitable for all hair types, including coloured or chemically treated hair, and are formulated to:
Help improve hair and scalp health.
Provide key anti-aging benefits for hair.
Cruelty Free and 100% Vegan.
MONAT’s products do not contain sulphates, parabens, phthalates, PEGs, DEA/MEA, phenoxyethanol, petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin wax, silicones, gluten, BHA, palm oil, triclosan, plastic microbeads, formaldehyde releasers, harmful colours, harmful fragrances or animal origin ingredients. We do not test our products on animals.

🇬🇧UK bans 1400 chemicals in cosmetics
🇺🇸The US only bans 30 (shocker)

Monat did not have to change a single one of their ingredients to meet UK standards. Just another thing proving these products are the best for your hair!


Learn more about MONAT here!

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We are looking for leaders in the UK to help grow the hair revolution!

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We’re on track to be the #1 hair care company! If you wait too long, your people will sign up before you and ask you to join them. Don’t you want to be the partner they join with?

Looking for energetic, friendly, inspiring people that would like to be their own boss and help introduce others to making a change in their lives for the better. The residual and product results speak for themselves.  It’s a move I promise you will not regret!

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A note about signing up:

If UK partners want to upgrade kits, You must 1st sign up with a £99 Starter Pack to upgrade later.. The U.K. law governing Direct Sales does not allow an investment of more than £200 in the first seven days. Therefore a new U.K. MP rep can only purchase either the Starter Kit @ £99 or Business Product Pack £199 up to the value of £200 within their first seven days of enrollment. This also includes shipping and VAT (value-added tax). Any questions, let me know! Happy to help! 🙂





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Why do I love Etsy?  There are so many wonderful handmade and vintage items, you can find something for everyone on your gift list!  The best part is that your purchases are helping artists make their dreams become a reality.

Here are some gorgeous items I have found from some awesome Etsy shops, I hope you will take a moment and visit their Etsy shops, you wont be disappointed!

I found this beautiful sterling silver midi heart ring by MinimallyMeJewelry


Minimalist, thin, delicate heart ring. Lovingly hand forged, soldered and polished.
I’m not sure about others, but to me it works perfectly as midi ring, pinky ring and toe ring. 3 in one kind of ring 🙂   The interior diameter of this ring is 1.5 cm – size 5. Please convo me if you need a different size.  My daughter loves hearts. I love my daughter. Therefore, math says I must love hearts…
Part of my “Heartbeat” collection.

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If you are a lip balm fanatic you will love the Lip Butter from VictoriasBoutiqueArt!


Luxurious lip butter with orange flavor goes on super smooth and adds a *mild* tint to bare lips or cheeks. With a variety of nourishing butters and oils, this lip balm is sure to become a must-have in your daily routine.

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Get cooking with these awesome wood burn spoons from HummingbirdCraftsLLC!


Give the “cook” in your life a unique gift with handmade wood burned kitchen spoons. A truly special gift that will be remembered daily with love. This makes the perfect housewarming gift or hostess gift! A great addition to any kitchen! Wood spoons are strong, look nice and are able to handle high heat. Each spoon is wood burned by hand with a Pyrography pen and given special care to ensure a unique design and effect. A Hummingbird Crafts LLC original design! Hand washing is preferred. Both spoons have been sealed to protect.

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I know many of you love your pets and pampering them is a must, you will love these adorable cat beds from CatHouseRU!


Cat bed easy to fold, you can take with you to the exhibition of cats and dogs, as well as on the road.- The lower part of the pet bed sewn from Raincoat fabric, which is enough to wipe with a damp cloth, if stained. – Pet mats Inside two layers of Padding polyester, making the pet bed soft and warm. – The upper part is made of strong Coarse calico, it is environmentally friendly, long does not spoil. – Pet bed is bright, colorful, practical – your Pets will be happy!

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I have a confession…I am a tea fanatic!  When I saw these beautiful tea post from CeramaStudio I had to share with you!


This Black Owls tea set made of clay and painted by hand.
The owl is a symbol of prosperity, wealth and wisdom. It is believed that the image of an owl protects people from excessive and unnecessary spending.
Tea kettle with pottery mugs – a beautiful and useful things in everyday life, a nice gift.

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I love art prints, and anything that is unique and has to do with coffee!  This BT FIRST COFFEE print from MyColorMood is a must have!


BUT FIRST COFFEE printable poster – ampersand sign digital print. This modern and minimal black and white typography print with an “Ampersand girl” drinking the tastiest morning drink will be an excellent decor for your living room or office. Start your morning with coffee, start your morning with ampersand, start your morning with beautiful printable wall art! 🙂

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Need a unique gift?  These teacup planters from flowerfilledweddings are beautifully unique!


Grapevine teacup planter with grapevine forming a saucer and cup attached together. Rim and handle are covered with green moss and trimmed with natural rope. Sewn in liner.
Create your own tea party, bridal shower, luncheon or gift floral centerpiece with these trendy planters.
Set of two teacup planters.

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For the music lover why not a Music Notebook by Sunbrilo.


Music notebook, Moulin Rouge, Handmade recycled LP vinyl record notebook, vintage vinyl handmade journal music, retro wedding guest book.
This original vinyl record journal is completely handmade with love by me.
It could be a perfect gift for a musician, a music lover or anybody who loves making notes on paper and appreciates handmade objects!

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I hope you will visit these wonderful Etsy shops and show your support by buying handmade!

Mint Green Monday

What can make Monday better? These beautiful handmade items I found while browsing on Etsy!

Mint Green is the hottest trending color right now, and after you see these beautiful items I have found you will see why!

Check out this fabulous mint green tie from TheBestBoysTiesSkinny Tie light Mint  Each tie is 100% made of natural flax.  Tie by Jacob 100% handmade are perfect for all occasions. • Necktie Sizes: Approximately over 60″ tall  Length = 59 inches
Width at widest point. Choice of options = 1.8 / 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 3.5 inches il_570xn-873373354_3dpv


If you love to Knit or crochet, you will love this gorgeous Ceramic Yarn Bowl created by blueroompottery.   It is 6 1/2 – 7 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches tall.  This lovely yarn bowl is made on the wheel and glazed with my off white shiny glaze and the leaf is hand painted with a soft green glaze.  il_570xn-351529849


I think shades of mint can really brighten up a room, these salt and pepper mills from HuckleberryVntg would do just that!  Our most highly desired salt and pepper set. The tall salt shaker and pepper mill. This set is done in a milky, creamy, mint green color. Very mid century.
These are solid wood, vintage salt and pepper sets that are tested, cleaned, painted, shabbied, and then waxed for a soft, durable finish. This set is tall enough to make a serious statement! They measure 10-11 inches tall (including the knob on the pepper grinder) and 2.25 -2.5 inches in diam.


Dress up any hairstyle with this lovely soft mint green hair comb from Marolsha.  A gorgeous soft minty green chrysanthemum flower cabochon accompanied with two small ivory mum flowers are secured on an Art Nouveau antiqued brass filigree hair comb. A romantic comb that would be be perfect for that special day or everyday wear !
Comb is a nice quality comb and in an antiqued brass metal finish. il_570xn-563871664_4efy


Add some sparkle to your evening make up look with this gorgeous eye-shadow from  SpectrumCosmetic.  Eyeshadow Shade: SPEARMINT
Shade Description: This mint green mineral eyeshadow is SPEARMINT. It is a fantastic medium pastel green with lot of sparkle! This shade is FANTASTIC for green and brown eyes!




Can you say YUM?!!!  Authentic French Macaron Cookies from SplendidSweetShoppe . Introducing our couture collection of fine French macarons. We have taken elegant macarons and have dressed them up for any glamorous affair. Beautiful mint green macarons are encrusted with gold glitter sugar crystals and filled with our signature Madagascar Vanilla Ganache.
Our couture confections are made using only the highest quality ingredients. We grind our own almond flour fresh for each batch of macarons and only use organic sugar and organic cage-free brown egg whites. We make all of our fillings such as our decadent ganaches, creamy caramels and fresh fruit jams. Macarons arrive individually packaged to ensure freshness and we take great care to ensure that they arrive as dainty and beautiful as they were when they left us.
I hope you will check out these wonderful items, there is nothing more unique and desired as handmade items!  To visit any of these featured shops just click on the shop name that is in RED.
Wishing you all a fantastic Monday!
Peace, Love and Hippie Chic Jewelz

Easy tips to keep your clients coming back for more!

When selling your hand crafted items online, you need to take customer care into consideration. You want to be the best in your line of artwork and adding a few personal touches to your customer service can make a huge impact on the reputation of your online shop.

Here are a few ways you can take care of your customers:
1) Make your customers feel appreciated, go above and beyond what they expect. This means making their shopping experience with you one that separates you from the thousands of other online shops out there.
I had a repeat client who bought a hand created bangle from me, I know she adores earrings so I made her a pair to “Match” her new bangle, she was thrilled and to this day is one of my best customers!

2) Always welcome customer feedback, this can be your best friend and give you an edge in the handmade market. I find that my clients have some really great ideas that I can easily implement in my business. Dont be afraid to ask customers what they want, run a survey on your website or your Facebook Fan Page you never know what great ideas they can suggest that will end up boosting your sales. .

3) I find that when handling custom created orders that adding a few days additional time is a smart thing to do. You never know what unexpected issues can pop up at the most in-opportune times. Another plus is when you can actually deliver your custom order earlier than quoted or exactly on time. This is extremely important to the reputation of your online business.

4) Dont be afraid to extend a courtesy to another shop or business if you don’t have or can provide what your shopper is looking for. I have found that when I refer my shoppers to other online shops they go above and beyond to reciprocate! Plus, I have made some very amazing friends through doing so.

5) I always spoil my customers with “Extra” goodies with their purchase. I usually make up extra earrings and keep them on hand to include as my way of letting my customer know they are appreciated and special. My customers love that I take the time to create something extra and the positive feedback is so very worth it!

STATTEAM Spotlight featured artists for 12/19-12/23

Tonight I would like to share with you the STATTEAM Spotlight featured artists for this week. These artists are not only FABULOUS, but some very wonderful friends as well as team mates! I hope you will enjoy the items I have chosen from their shops to feature.

My first featured artist is Rita from Birds n Blooms where you will find handmade bead magnets, stained suncatchers, and a variety of hand decoupaged birdhouses, plaques, and children’s foot stools.

Hand painted tri-color—decoupage—hand glazed indoor mini birdhouse is a cute decorative piece for any in-home décor. Morning Glories adorn all sides of the birdhouse. The affixed cork bottom on the birdhouse protects furniture. Overall dimensions: 3 1/4” X 3” X 4”h.

Hand painted—decoupage—stool is perfect to use as a child’s step stool or planter stand.
Dual Color scheme: Natural (top) and light mauve (base) with hand-painted medium pink hearts. Two coats of hand-brushed glaze seals the stool base while the top contains a glass-like, clear coat finish. Wipes clean with a damp cloth or sponge.
Overall Dimensions: 11 ½”w X 7 3/4”h.

Tuesdays featured artist is Amie from PrettyPigDesign with Unique Gift Idea Statement Jewelry.

This necklace makes a beautiful statement for Christmas entertaining, a wedding, prom dance or date night! It reminds me of a peppermint candy cane. Ruby or scarlet red satin and winter snow white organza lining fabric was cut and layered to make poppy flowers. In the center of three flowers are shiny red “holly berry” beads. The back of the necklace is snow white soft felt. The “chain” for the necklace is snow white quarter inch satin ribbon so that it can be worn at various lengths. It can be worn with a casual or dressy outfit – the choice is yours!

This bright and cheerful bib necklace is made of a mixture of old and new buttons. An olive green satin poppy is set slightly to the right to add texture. Inside the flower is a chartreuse green glass bead with teal seed beads sewn around it. The “chain” is two quarter inch teal blue strands of satin ribbon. The back is a soft snow white felt.
Measurements: At the widest point, the necklace is 6 inches wide and 5 inches tall. the flower is 2.5 inches in diameter. The ribbon is 22 inches long so the necklace can be hung at various lengths.

Wednesdays featured Spotlight artist is chasitypetersen with handmade items from 3 sisters, bears, dolls, clips, cowls, headbands, quilts and more.

Simple, classic, and sweet these Waldorf cloth dolls are made with recycled cotton scrap fabric and stuffed with 100% premium polyester fiberfill. The simple and somewhat imperfect nature of these dolls gives them the feel of antique cloth dolls loved and cherished for generations…the good ole’ days before plastics were even invented. The natural fibers of cotton and linen are warm and feel more ‘real’ than plastic.
Machine stitched for durability, they could be used as a decorative addition to a little girls room bringing warmth and ageless appeal, or for gentle play. Approx. 17 inches tall. Constructed in a clean, smoke free environment.
The face is hand embroidered and a signature heart and “M” on the back of the dress signify…
~~Made with love by Michelle~~

This Crib Quilt is completely hand quilted with high quality Gutermann thread (made in Greece). It is a lovely mix of chocolate and ivory flannels that correspond and complement each other nicely. There are also a couple pieces of soft swirly white fur added for contrast and extra softness. The back of the quilt is a solid piece of white flannel.
Each Baby Bird Quilt is made with high quality materials and takes approximately 50+ hours to meticulously hand quilt, making it a timeless addition to your new little one’s nursery.
This quilt was constructed in a clean, smoke free environment. The batting is 100% premium polyester and bonded to resist fiber migration. It is washable and non-allergenic.
*Measurement: 33 inches X 37 1/2 inches

Our Thursday featured artist is naturalflipside featuring Handcrafted natural & glass jewelry, art, & more.

WOW! Be prepared to hear that a lot, and to answer questions, have strangers stop you, and to be stared at. Not to brag, but that is what happens when you wear a Natural Flipside creation, especially one like this.
Two fore-wings of a Urania Ripheus, aka Madagascar Sunset Moth, were positioned on this giant Petunia to look like a regular little moth; well maybe with a little extra sparkle! The color and details of both specimens are really outstanding. To add some dimension, I pierced the flower and made some simulated stamen, using Swarovski Crystal beads, plated wire and crimp bead. This also served as the wire-wrapping used to hold the fascinator in place on the headband. The headband itself is a plastic base covered with a lightweight, comfortable material that has plenty of sparkle to it. This piece would be great for anyone who loves nature, sparkles, or standing out in a crowd. It is somewhat delicate, like wedding/prom/anniversary or other special occasion wear, but sturdy enough to be worn regularly. You will NOT find another like this anywhere else in the world! This item was handcrafted with a lot of care and good thought, and will make a very special gift for yourself or someone else.

** These are having some slight discoloration issues, which is why they are marked down. They are still very lovely, as you can see, but I cannot guarantee that their color will last as long as my other items.**

Have you ever noticed the beauty and detail of a strawberry leaf? When you see them like this, it’s hard not to notice. With so much going on in the natural structure and intricacy of the leaf (right down to the little pin-holes), I just decided to keep the design simple; which also let’s me keep the price low. These leaves are kind of broad, nearly 2 inches across, and about the same in length, set on sterling silver earwires. The last photo is an example of the description we write on the back of our earring cards.
You won’t find these anywhere else in the world! These Gloriosa petals are the only ones I have and I don’t know when/if I will find more. They were made with care and lots of good thoughts and are waiting to honor someone special.
5% of the monies received from your purchase will be donated to a charity/ies of our choice at the end of every month. We support projects that do good for the Earth and her inhabitants, people too!

Last, but not least, our Friday Spotlight artist is stymiepiestudios withhandpainted gift and art prints for children of all ages.

These wonderful hand painted ceramic piggy banks come with a rubber stopper so that once you fill it, you can empty it into that college fund! I hand paint BOTH sides of these piggy banks with colorful flowers and adorable butterflies!

Childrens Art Print Peace Fish 8.5 x 11
Everyone has joined together in an effort to show you that Peace is all you need , no matter where you are.It takes some work but it’s always worthwhile.
This piece was created with colored pencils on Strathmore watercolor paper. The print is size is 8.5 x 11″ and reproduced on thick, lustre paper to retain the texture of the original art. My hope is that it will delight and inspire you and your little one. As all of my art, it is also available as an ACEO and on a blank greeting card.

I hope you enjoyed these delightful handmade items as much as I enjoyed featuring them! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Because Nerds LOVE Christmas, too!

Christmas is right around the corner and you still probably have not found the perfect gift to give the “Geek” in your life… Let’s face it, geeks and nerds are hard to shop for. You need not worry, I found a great selection of Geeky Goodies that will make your special “Nerd” snort in delight like Steve Erkel from Family Matters!

‘My Geeky Christmas List’ by Hippiechicjewelz

I Love Mustaches Button…


Green Giles Grungy Robo…


Nerd Barcode Vinyl Wall…


Lime Green LEGO Brick R…


Einstein Relativity Nec…


Computer Circuit Design…


Black and Yellow swirl,…


Periodic Table Beer Bot…


Anytime card, hello car…


yer a wizard, harry. 1….


Circus Acrobat Trapeze …


Moss Terrarium, BIG – G…


Belt Buckle— with Wh…


Custom Wooden Letter – …


Mr. Green The Dinosaur …


Mousepad green palm lea…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

I can DIGG it, can you?

No, I am not using some “Hip” slang, I am using some FANTASTIC new social networking site’s that I hope you will sign up and use, too!

We’ve all grown up with advertising. TV, radio, billboards, pop ups, banners…it’s everywhere, and you can’t escape it. Now stop and think for a second…how many times have you clicked on an advertisement online, or heard a commercial on the radio that has made you run out and buy something? Chances are you haven’t, or you haven’t that often. Is this a cost-effective way for businesses to promote themselves? Free advertising can be a better way to promote your business. It’s more effective, costs much less, and won’t ruin your reputation like high cost ads can. Here, you’ll learn some of the techniques people are using to utilize free advertising to their advantage.

Let’s start Social Bookmarking! ( I am talking about book marking these sites so they are readily available to post your newest items, sales, and treasuries!)

Be social, join a community, gain a following…
Join sites like de.lic.ious, StumbleUpon, Digg, and Reddit are becoming increasingly popular for sharing your favorite sites or favorite news articles and spreading the good word on sites that are worth a look.

I know what you are thinking: Why is it so important to network?

Social networking or marketing seems to be something a lot of people don’t understand or give up on too quickly, I have heard so many people say that they don’t “get” Facebook or Twitter.
The thing is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand it right away because millions of others do! The key is to build your network. The larger it is the more effective it becomes. The bigger it gets the better the chance your posts and tweets and updates will make rounds not just within your network, but within your follower and fan networks as well. That is where you start to see the effectiveness of social marketing.

In all reality, you have to take the time to get to understand social networks and pick at least two to get started on, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or a host of other social networking sites. I will be honest, it takes some time to build a good network, but your hard work will be worth it in the end.

There are lot of communities specifically built for artists and crafters on the Internet that are worth checking out because they are effective. There are many general and specific communities with a number of tools to help you market your product and get seen, too! Keep in mind that not all communities are for everyone. In the same way, not all communities work for marketing. My advice is to pick the ones you are interested in. Participate as much as possible. Then go back after a month’s time and look at your site statistics to see where your traffic is coming from. You can then start to weed out communities that aren’t working and put more focus into those that are.

del.icio.us: Discover, share and manage your social bookmarks. This site is not quite as active as it used to be, but can be a good way to organize your own websites that you read.

StumbleUpon: StumbleUpon brings the sites you like right to you based on your interests. Stumble your favorite sites and network. This site can potentially bring hundreds or thousands of visitors, but your content has to be exceptional. Use the Chrome Extension for Google Chrome users.

Digg: Discover and share your favorite web content anywhere, from videos to blogs to news articles.

Reddit: User-generated news links. Votes promote stories to the front page, like Digg!

An easy to use site that has a Digg style format. Add your link to the website along with a custom description for best results.

Create a “top” list of hubs, Squidoo lenses, blog posts, websites, Amazon products, or anything else that you can think of. An easy to use format that creates backlinks, generates traffic, and interest in your website!

Rules of Engagement
Arguably, perhaps the most important part of crafting a successful social media strategy is building an online voice that is true to your brand identity while resonating with your key audiences. Though each social network has its own culture and mores of behavior, there are a number of best practices for operating in a paradigm where the premium is on personalization and the currency is conversation.

Be Engaged – Contrary to traditional advertising, which tends to be a one-directional message push to a passive audience, social networking is premised on the notion of a dynamic and interactive relationship. Just like in real life, effective social networking requires cultivating and nurturing friendships. This means regularly sparking dialogue with your Twitter followers, blog readers, Facebook fans, LinkedIn discussion group members, etc, and responding to their questions in a timely manner. Similarly, it means understanding that you can’t just walk away from a difficult conversation or lash out when someone expresses an opinion you do not agree with.

Be Interesting – Post more than just treasuries you have curated, sales in your shops and etc. Think outside the box and post things that are fun to read, inspirational sayings, quotes or just share your thoughts about life in general, you can use these things to drive traffic and keep your audience engaged.

Be Committed – For all its benefits, social networking can also be time consuming. To be successful, social networking must be focused, systemic and consistent.

Social Networking Platforms
Whether social networking is becoming the lifeblood of your business or if you’re just getting your feet wet, the following is an overview of the most popular platforms:

Blogs done right allow you to share stories and messages in an authentic and informal manner and enable you to make a meaningful connection with your audience. They are relatively fast and simple to create, easily findable via RSS, and can promote ongoing conversations with readers. On the flip side, blogs are ineffective and even damaging if they are not rigorously curated, (i.e., published on an erratic schedule) not timely or topical for the target audience, poorly written or inadvertently controversial.

Facebook and LinkedIn both enable you to join, or form, groups where you can directly interact with current and prospective customers, influencers, etc. If starting your own group, it may be advisable to scope the landscape to identify how many similar groups exist and determine how to differentiate yours. Keep your groups and fan pages updated regularly with information on events you will be hosting or attending that may interest your community.

With Facebook, it is important to understand the differences between business and personal account functionality. For example, business accounts have limited access to information on the site. An individual with a business account can view all the pages and social ads that they have created, but will not be able to view the profiles of users on the site or other content that does not live on the pages they administer. In addition, business accounts cannot be found in search and cannot send or receive friend requests. One useful tool that Facebook offers is a vanity URL. This is a unique identifier for your page that is easy to share, remember and find on search engines.

Microblogs, like Twitter or Yammer which generally limit comments to 140 characters, are useful for quick company announcements, pithy commentary on a breaking issue, marketing and link sharing and customer support. A number of companies have had success utilizing Twitter for promotions and giveaways as well monitoring conversations to target and communicate with potential customers.

In closing, I can only tell you that I am determined to make my shop a success, so if that means I have to Stumble and Tumble while Tweeting my Facebook in MySpace with a kaboodle of Yammer, I can Digg it, can you?

This weeks STATTEAM Spotlight Featured Artists

What a better way to start off your Monday than with a wonderful feature from our STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT featured artists for this week!

First is Lindsay Maree from Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/LindsayMareeJewelry Her shop is featured in the STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT today.

Everyone loves the traditional red & green of Christmas! Like these very festive earrings! Perfect to wear with any outfit this holiday season, or buy to place under the tree for someone else to open Christmas morning. Red and green glass beads hanging from nickle-free silver colored studs. Lightweight and measure approximately 2.5cm from the bottom of stud. If you would like to see this design in another color, just send me a message and I will do my best to accommodate! *Holiday gift wrapping is free!

Feathers are the “in” item right now! Surprise your best friend with a pair or buy them for yourself to complete that boho-chic outfit.Brown, tan, and orange pheasant feathers hanging from surgical stainless steel hooks (hypoallergenic). Measures approximately 3in from the top eye-hook. Ships in a jewelry box, wrapped with ribbon, and nestled in tissue paper.

My next shop is featured in the STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT on 12/06/11 is Barb D from quiltedhugsbibs , her adorable children’s item’s are perfect for baby’s first Christmas!

This adorable Zebra print burp cloth is made using 100% cotton DSQ (Diaper Service Quality) pre-folded diapers and are super absorbent to keep Mom’s clothing dry. They have been PRESHRUNK before embellishments are added in my smoke-free home studio. Free gift wrapping available.

Dress your baby girl in this adorable pink ballerina baby set trimmed with white lace. Imagine how cute she’ll look in this bib set for a birthday, Christmas or any time of year!

Free gift wrapping available. Just leave a note to me when you check out!

Every baby should have a girly bib with matching pacifier clip and burp cloth! They’re perfect for new mothers, baby shower gifts or anyone who wants to shower a special baby or toddler with love.

This set includes:
– An bib that’s 9” wide and 6-1/2” from neck front to bottom edge.
– One individually carded pacifier clip
– One burp cloth with coordinating fabric strip and lace trim embellishment
– Each set is wrapped together with a coordinating grosgrain ribbon bow.

The bib and burp cloth feature and white lace to look like a ballerina’s tutu.
BIB: made from high quality, 100% cotton fabric washed to remove any sizing and excess dye, have a NO PVC waterproof liner to protect clothing and a Velcro closure for easy on- easy off that is sewn down with a satin stitch to prevent the edges from poking your little one.
Pacifier Clip: measure approximately 10” from end to end including the CERTIFIED LEAD-FREE color coordinated clip with plastic grips to hold the paci clip securely but will not damage the edge of the bib, your child’s clothes or edge of the stroller. The pacifier is held with heavy duty snaps so you can easily change the pacifier.
BURP CLOTH: Made using 100% cotton DSQ (Diaper Service Quality) pre-folded diapers, have been washed & PRESHRUNK – they’re super absorbent to keep Mom’s clothing dry. The cotton ballerina-themed fabric accented with two rows of lace above the 6” wide fabric strip across the bottom that finishes to measure approximately 14” wide by 18” long.
Bibs are individually quilted in my smoke-free studio on my home sewing machine to accent the fabric design and create the look of a traditional quilt.

Feature STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT artist for 12/07/11 is 1treeyoga on Etsy, her shop has the perfect items for the yoga enthusiast on your holiday list!

This simple breast cancer mala bracelet represents courage, strength and the will to over come all things. It has 20 10mm pink cats eye beads and one 10mm white with black resin bead. They are strung on clear stretchy cord. The bracelet measures 8″ around but will stretch to fit any size.

The yoga mat bag is made from Joel Dewberry fabric “Spade damask in mulberry. The bag is fully lined with a burgundy cotton fabric. There is an ivory twisted cord to cinch the bag closed. Dimensions: Bag: 26″tall x 9 1/2” across the opening Shoulder strap: 26″long x 2″wide.

If your looking for holiday decorations my next STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT featured artist for Thursday 12/08/11 Cerra Haybecker from Cerra on Etsy has exactly what you need to deck the halls, or any other room in your home!
This set of 5 handmade ornaments are too lovely! These ornaments are lovingly made by hand, with shapes that I have cut myself from eco-fi material. They have been put together using my own special heat set method and will last you many years to come. They would make a great hostess gift or a great gift for any special person in your life. They can be directly shipped to a recipient of your choice with a gift card featuring your message. They would also work well as an addition to any gift that you give this holiday season, just put them alongside your regular gift tag on a package or sneak them in and your recipient will have a regular hanging reminder of you.

This banner has been lovingly made by hand, with shapes that I have cut myself from eco-fi material. It has been put together using my own special heat set method and will last you many years to come. The banner would make a great hostess gift or a great gift for any special person in your life, including yourself! The banner can be directly shipped to a recipient of your choice with a gift card featuring your message. This would look great strung across your fireplace with stockings hanging underneath. Each letter has been backed with a solid colour so that if it happens to flip it will still look tidy, although there won’t be a letter.

Friday’s featured STATTEAM SPOTLIGHT featured artist is Martha Preble from ArtfulHummingbird her shop is full of delightful jewelry sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face this holiday!

I’ve used lovely moonstone and Swarovski crystals to bring these simple sterling silver chandeliers to life. Flashes of color from the natural iridescence of the stones, plus the “auorora borealis” crystals, brighten these earrings. You can toss these on with jeans or wear them out to an evening event – these earrings are great.
2 1/2″ from top of earwire to bottom of earring.

This bracelet is full of moonstone with bright blue flash. I use the highest-quality best stones I can find! I’ve blended several different shapes and cuts of moonstone with pearls, Swarovski crystals, and a few glass beads. The handmade box clasp – absolutely unique – is amazing. It showpieces a large abstract piece of moonstone set in gold vermeil (high-karat pure gold over sterling silver). This beautiful bracelet is bound to become an heirloom. Unique, beautiful, handmade, high quality.

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