Thursday, September 29, 2011

new pieces

New linen necklaces are starting to fill my shop. You may have already seen them but I thought I'd show off a few of my favorites here on my blog. Each piece is hand stamped and cut by me. I then burn the edges to give them an aged look and back them so they are more secure. You can customize any of them to include a word or phrase too! 

I am totally in love with acorns this fall so I had to make one with an acorn on it. Oh, and coming soon are some adorable cupcakes with acorn toppers!! Can't wait to get those finished. Until then here's the acorn I already have listed. 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/82832462/acorn-necklace-stamped-linen-on-antiqued
I also have some adorable pieces for Halloween! This little lady is one of my favorites but if you prefer skeletons or mummies I have those too!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/82832030/witch-necklace-stamped-linen-on-antiqued
Also coming soon are wheat bunches, a scarecrow and some yummy candy corn. If you aren't in the mood for fall don't worry I have pieces for you too! Like this fabulous chevron necklace...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/82816642/chevron-necklace-stamped-linen-on
Don't forget you can customize any of these by purchasing my "custom" listing. Just let me know what you want on it and I'll make it for you at no extra charge! 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/82110976/personalized-necklace
These make great gifts for any occasion but if you want them in time for the Holiday season you should order them soon. All custom orders must be in by November 1st to guarantee delivery by Christmas! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

giveaway

Hey guys just wanted to let you know that the lovely Sarah from Branchbound is hosting a giveaway for $15credit in my BailyBelle shop on Etsy! Make sure you head over to her blog and enter before it ends on Wed Oct 5th! 

Branchbound.blogspot.com
Click here to visit her site and enter for your change to win $15 in credit to put towards anything in my shop! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

i want to be a peacock

I want to be a peacock, for Halloween that is! I don't have a party to go to this year but I'm dreaming of that changing and dressing as a peacock this year. Here are some great pieces on Etsy that when put together would make the perfect peacock costume!

Loving this peacock fantasy mask by Twisted Whimsy!
Add a glitzy ring by TheSlyFox
Amazing peacock dress by vvreis
Amazing pecock thigh high socks by Post 

To top it all of a fabulous pair of peacock ankle cuffs by JDotDesigns

Now to find a party to go to!!!
Enjoy!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

peach mango salsa



What you need:
1/2 of a sweet onion
2 large tomatoes 
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1 small jalapeno pepper
1 large mango
2 peaches
1 lime
Garlic, Salt, Pepper

How to make it:
Chop onion, tomato and cilantro, place them in large bowl and mix. Chop mango and peaches then add them to the bowl and mix. Chop the jalapeno using a plastic bag or gloves to protect your fingers and remove any seeds to decrease the peppers "heat". Add jalapeno to the bowl and mix. Finally add salt, pepper and garlic to taste with a squeeze of lime juice to finish it off. Mix, taste, adjust to your liking and enjoy!

Yum, Yum!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

fantastic friday



How about some sprinkles to brighten your day? It's Friday and I'm here baking and preparing for Sophia's 2nd birthday party on Saturday. I found a great recipe for Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats so I thought I'd share it with you!! Enjoy!

What you'll need:
3 tablespoons of butter
1 bag of marshmallows
1/4 cake mix (I used a white mix)
6 cups of rice Krispies cereal
Sprinkles

Steps:
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt, adding in cake mix one spoonful at a time so its combined. Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with marshmallow mixture.  Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix. Press into a baking dish (any size will do) and top with remaining sprinkles. Let sit for about 30 minutes before devouring!


If making these for a next day event cover in an air tight container and hide them so you aren't tempted to eat them all!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

local inspiration

Visit the website by clicking here > Queen

A HUGE thank you to Shannon from Queen of the Castle Magazine for doing this interview.  Your words are inspiring, your drive and ambition are encouraging and I'm so happy to share this with my readers! Enjoy everyone.
1. Tell us about the Queen of the Castle and how it came to be.
It’s quite a long story. Many things had to fall in place -and fall out of place elsewhere- for the magazine to start. In a nutshell, I wanted to see a women’s magazine here and kept telling everyone I knew. We all agreed it would be a wonderful thing, and so we eagerly waited for an EXPERT to start it. No one ever did. I finally ran out of patience and I decided (after many months of arguing with myself) to run with it.  I was driven by the memories of when I first moved to the area many years ago and the disconnect I felt.  It was important to me that I do my part to help others feel connected.  We are a women’s magazine, in that most of the staff are women, but more than anything we are about connecting people and changing the world through positive perspective.


2. What were the biggest struggles with getting Queen started and how did you overcome them?
The biggest struggle I had was in getting out of my own way. In the beginning I let my fears of failure really do a number on me. I figured if I failed it would be a great big public failure – yikes. I mean, who was I, this woman with no publishing background, no ad sales experience, who was I to start something so important?  But the idea wouldn’t go away, and a small voice in my head kept saying “who are you NOT to start this, you can do it!” I decided to make a commitment to take at least one action a day toward my goal.  Sometimes the actions were just talking to people, doing research on the internet, or making lists, but every day I took some action.  What I came to notice was the more action I took, the louder the “you can do it” voice became and the quieter my fears became, it helped me get and keep momentum


3. Tell us about your awesome staff.
I just don’t know where to start (already getting teary); we are so blessed to have the world’s best staff. All of the people on this staff are people I would look up to and admire even without this magazine.  Each one of them is a world-changer, and they genuinely care for other people and making the world a better place.  We don’t play games here, we have an agreement not to make assumptions about each other, but if we must, we assume the best.  It is so easy and freeing to work with a group like that.  You can just be yourself.  It also promotes creativity and generosity. The staff is extremely whimsical.  Anyone who has ever been at an event with us knows what I’m talking about. They’re so much fun, and they laugh a lot…and that kind of thing is contagious.  I love that.  I call them the “dream team” because in my wildest dreams I could never have dreamt that such a wonderful group of amazingly positive and energetic people would find their way to each other.  I give thanks for them every day.

4. What's your favorite thing about working on the magazine?
For me it’s the connections and the evidence of what can happen when people set out to focus on the positive. It’s the whole Queen family (the readers,the advertisers,and the staff).  They say like attracts like and I believe that is true. I get energized off the people the magazine has attracted.  I do feel like, in our own way, we are changing the world and that’s a very rewarding thing.

5. How do you brainstorm for your upcoming issues?
We listen very closely to our readers.  We read every single email, listen carefully to phone calls, talk to people in person, and monitor our social media sites. We accept open submissions. We have a seven-person editorial board that meets once a month to plan issues. We are generally planning a couple issues ahead at all times.  We listen to what content our readers need and are suggesting, we look at submissions and then we plan from there.   

Shannon and Sage
6. Do you have a favorite inspirational saying? If so, why does it inspire you?
Wow…I have about a million of them.  One of them is “We must be the change we wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi.  To me that quote has always been a beacon … whatever you want to see in the world, be the instrument for its beginning.

7. Tell us about the Queen loft.
Almost everything for the magazine is done out of each person’s home.  We have a company site online where files are shared and edited back and forth, but mostly the nuts and bolts of layout, editing, and design are done by each person independently. We have such a dynamic staff that is really like a family, we needed a place to come together as a group – a space of our own. Our Queen loft is a very colorful, playful place for us to have meetings, plan issues and events, and have small gatherings with readers. It’s definitely one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves.

8. What advice do you have for others out there working on creating their own brand.
Believe in yourself, be your own cheerleader. Don’t reinvent the wheel; do research, read books by others in your industry, talk to people.  Lay down some core values for your business; use them as a roadmap for your business and as a useful tool when making decisions.  Be open to change, your business may turn out a bit different than you originally envisioned in your head and that’s ok.  Listen carefully to feedback and constructive criticism but know when to shut those ears – negativity can beat your dream down. Probably the most important thing I can say is to surround yourself with really amazing, honest, positive, and energetic people who believe in themselves and their ability to change the world.

9. Where do you see the Queen in 5 years? 
I am really open to wherever it goes.  One thing I have learned is that when you have a huge boulder of enthusiasm and momentum going, its best not to try to force its direction.  Just get out of its way and let it go where it’s meant to go. You can either get run over by it (aka learning the hard way) or jump on top and enjoy the ride, I choose to enjoy the ride. One thing I can tell you is that our company is all about connecting people through positive prospective and we currently have some projects in development to keep connecting people in this positive way, but on a larger scale.

10. Where can my readers find a copy of the Queen?
Queen of the Castle Magazine (aka Queen) is a free publication circulated throughout the greater Chippewa Valley (West-central Wisconsin). It comes out monthly.  You can also read the entire issue online at www.queenofthecastlemagazine.com.  If you want the issue to come to your mailbox, you can also buy a yearly subscription on the website.

Make sure you join the Queen family on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Queen-Of-The-Castle-Magazine/18525934199

Thanks again Shannon!! I wish you all the success in the world!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

do the polka

Polka dot that is! One of this falls hottest trends. Check out these great items I found on Etsy. Why not add the great pieces to your fall wardrobe or home? Happy shopping!!

Polka Dot fabric necklace by itsatitch

Teacups print by RaspberrySwirl81
Vintage Polka Dot flats from RustBeltThreads

Monday, September 19, 2011

the winner is...

First of all a HUGE THANK YOU for everyone who helped promote my Fall Madness Sale this past weekend. I appreciate all the help! I had over 20 entries! Woo Hoo!! Since I had trouble getting comments on the blog I decided to go through all of the tweets and comments in the order they were received to pick the winner.

So here we go....
NUMBER 5 YOU ARE THE WINNER!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO LITTLEREDDOOR
One of your tweets was the number 5 entry!

You get to pick between the triangle earrings or the semi-circle earrings!
See more photos by clicking here  

WOO HOO!!

Thanks again everyone! 
Keep on ROCKING!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

a different kind of giveaway


Ok bloggers, tweeters and facebookers, I have a giveaway for you!!

 Promote my sale this weekend and be entered to win a pair of my fabulous Triangle or Semi-Circle Brass Earrings!  All you have to do is blog, tweet or facebook about my sale this weekend and leave a comment with a link to your content. It's that easy!

GET 5 EXTRA ENTRIES IF YOU FACEBOOK OR BLOG!!

Here's what you need to promote..
30% off ALL goodies at BailyBelleCreations.etsy.com!
Including already discounted and discontinued items!
Sept 14th - Sept 19

Time to get creative and promote, promote, promote!
The more times you promote the more entries you get, so make sure you link me to each one of them!
Contest ends Monday Sept 19th.

Good luck!
xoxo

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HUGE

It's a rare event that you'll see my prices discounted at 30% so you better hurry! That's right, going on now get 30% OFF ALL items in my Accessories shop > bailybellecreations.etsy.com

Geode Ring now $13.30
Batik Circle Scarf now $25.20
Cobalt Rosette Earrings now $7
Large Wristlet now $29.40

AMAZING prices! Seriously start your Christmas shopping now!

take a breath


It takes a lot of work to run three Etsy shops, care for two children and a home. All while trying to find time to do things for myself so I don't go insane! Fall is coming and I'm slowly convincing myself that it will be fun, I'm not a cold weather gal.  At a recent shopping trip we found that the pumpkin's are out in full force which did get me a little excited! 


Now that the kids are a little older they will enjoy things like visiting the apple orchards and carving pumpkins. We even looked at some Halloween costumes and I think Noah is actually looking forward to that this year. 

This Thursday (tomorrow) is the one year anniversary of my Grandfather's passing and it's been a hard year. I'm ready to look towards a brighter, more fun year filled with smiles and giggles. I need to remind myself to take a deep breath and enjoy life before it passes me by. Our time here is too precious to waste. 


Here's to the future and lots of spine tingling adventures!
xoxo
Vanessa

Thursday, September 1, 2011

thursdays talent

This Thursday's Talent post focuses on designers showing off this falls trends. Leather, leaves, chunky scarves and lace are just a few that have me drooling! Enjoy!


Vintage Keys on Leather Cuff by rainwheel

Harvest Leaf Garland Headband by PaperDollAccessories

Extra thick Circle Scarf by mbgdesigns
Sapphire Blue Lace Earrings by Branchbound
See something you like? Make sure you click the link under the photo to shop til you drop!!
xoxo
Vanessa

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