Sweet Peek of the Week - EMarie Creations & Giveaway

I am a constant collector of cutesy trinkets and darling delights.  I love when I stumble upon a shop whose focus is creating colorful, bright pieces that bring a smile to those who receive them!

Time to get to know Samantha of EMarie Creations!

Samantha, can you tell us a little more about yourself and EMarie Creations?

"I am a nineteen year old young lady who enjoys crafting, reading, baking and spending time with friends. I have enjoyed crafting ever since I was a little girl, and began an Etsy shop in 2009 with my older sister. My sister no longer sells on Etsy, but I have kept up the business and am loving it!
Polymer clay is so much fun to work with, and I enjoy coming up with new, colorful designs to make and sell.
I am a born-again Christian who feels so blessed with my talent for crafts. So many people can't believe I can make such intricate things, and sometimes I can't believe it myself! I can only point my talent to God, because He is the one who gave me the interest and the talent to do what I do."

I adore the details that go into your pieces!  What inspires you to create these little cuties?

"I can't say that one exact thing inspires me. Usually it is a variety of things, like the current trends, which change constantly! I try to include items that I enjoy making and new trending items to keep things fresh and fun in my shop."

Sounds like a good plan!  Have there been any obstacles you've had to face?

"I am probably not as "serious" about my business as I could be, mostly because I have other interests and don't feel like spending my life in front of the computer. =) I know that I could (and probably should) be doing more to advertise and get my shop "out there", but I am happy with the progress that I have made so far and feel that spending more time on it right now would not help me to enjoy life as much. In the future I hope to grow my business more, but for right now I feel that I am at a good spot in my business, even if I am not as serious or "into" it as other shop owners."

How are you currently finding that balance?

"Because I do want to make small changes to grow my business while still not spending all of my waking moments in it, I try to seek out promotional opportunities on blogs, sponsor occasional giveaways and spend time in the many teams I am a part of. All of these are small steps that help to get my shop out there without spending a lot of time or money."

This is great advice too!  Any other advice you can leave us in regards to creating a business?

"If you love what you do, and find that you have the time, money and interest to invest, I would highly recommend starting your own business. Having a home business has taught me how to handle my money wisely, how to interact with customers and how to be more organized. Having a business takes a lot of time, but can be very rewarding if you are willing to put some time into it."

Perfectly said!  Thank you so much Samantha for providing us a little insight into EMarie Creations!  Want your own EMarie Creations?  Enter to win a $15 Gift Certificate to Samantha's darling shop.  Open Worldwide ends April 10th.  Good Luck!

How the cat got his way...

In Instagrams...

Last night REM and I had a little dispute.  What was the problem?  I had to work when REM HAD to play and he was pulling out all his tricks!


Tormenting the dog...


Laying on my hands...

Biting my hands!

But in the end nothing quite works on me like some good ol' fashion cuteness!

I surrender!!!  Let the snuggling commence... 

Happy Friday Everyone!


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Crafty Confessions... DIY for Curly Ribbon Easter Basket

As you saw yesterday I have been creating one of a kind Easter baskets for two of the sweetest little girls.  My friend's daughters Emily and her little sister Allie.  Yesterday I shared how I created Emily's basket, but today we are focusing on little Allie's.

Isn't it sweet?  I am so happy with the way it came out as, honestly, I had originally planned on making them identical baskets.  Unfortunately, my materials ran out in the making of Emily's leaving me to make a quick creative detour. 

I am happy to say I am glad my supplies ran dry!  This DIY was also very easy and even more reasonable with a price tag of $3.

Let's get started...

Here is what you'll need...

again, I purchased the supplies from the dollar store.

♥ A Basket
♥ A Spool of multi-colored waxed ribbon
♥ (2) Glittery Butterflies
♥ Scissors

Time to get started!

Cut your ribbon into pieces that are a foot long.  You will need a lot of them!  I pre-cut mine and piled them into my basket so that they were easily accessible.  Once you have a good amount to start with, take a piece of ribbon and pull through the weaved slot closest to the rim of the basket.  Pull the ribbon through until the ends meet and tie into a double not.  With the waxed ribbon you will need to be sure to pull as tightly as possible. 

Continue this process, alternating between color options, until the whole rim is covered.

Next, you'll need to bring back the scissors...

it's time to curl.  Taking the edge of your scissors, carefully, press with thumb and run along the length of the ribbon to create curls.  Tip:  Alternate the direction of the curls, randomly, to create a nice fluffy overall look.

Last thing...

add your precious little butterflies.  These butterflies have coated wire backs making for easy attachment.

Presto!  A sweet little basket!

With a little love, spare change, and time... your little girl's basket is sure to be one of a kind!

Love & Lollies...

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Crafty Confessions: DIY Easter TuTu Basket

As I child I always loved Easter!  Easter has all the makings to be one of my favorite holidays...

1.  Pastels
2.  Cute Baby Animals
3.  It's mascot is a cute furry animal
4.  Candy
5.  Treasure Hunts
etc... etc...

What is not to love about Easter?  Although I do not have any little ones of my own I still love to make things for the little tikes in my life.  Here is a DIY for the "Tu The Treasure" Tutu Easter Basket I made for my little buddy Emily.

As most of you already know, I believe DIY should not only be fun and creative, but affordable.  Again, I was able to buy everything I needed from the local dollar store making this a less than $5 project.

Here is what you'll need:

♥ A Wire Basket
♥ (3) Three Yard Nylon Organza like ribbon in different shades
♥ (2) Glittery Butterflies
♥ Scissors

Taking your ribbon...

cut in half length wise.  I chose ribbon that was approximately four inches wide.  I cut it, down the middle, so that it was more like two inches wide.  You will then cut your pieces into approximately seven inches in length.  Your end result should be pieces that are about two inches wide by seven inches long.  If using wire edged ribbon, as I did, you will also need to cut the wire edging off to create the tutu look.

Next, take a piece of your ribbon...

and loop through the weaved space closest to the rim.  Bring through until ends meet and tie into a single not.  Make sure the not is nice and tight.  Not only will this ensure you do not lose pieces during the "hunt", but that the color shows true against the rim.

Repeat this step...

alternating between color choices.  As so!  

Once you have surrounded your basket...

fasten some glittery butterflies for some extra sweetness!  The butterflies I found at the dollar store had little wires already attached to the back to make for a very easy addition.

Viola!  Tutu Easter Basket fit for a princess!

Although a little tedious, this project is adorable and sure to be the center of attention.  She'll be sure to distract her egg collecting opponents while having a darling place to store her bounty!

Stayed tuned for the DIY for the basket I made for little Allie!

Love & Lollies...

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What I Wore - The Hunger Games District 12

After a horrible week of playing tag-your-sick we finally got to see The Hunger Games.  We have been wanting to see it since opening day but knew we, let alone anyone else, would not enjoy our constant chorus of sniffles and coughing.  But after a weekend of rest we finally got that date night we so longingly desired...

I decided to dress as Katniss might in her daily life.  I felt imitating her interview outfit may be a little extravagant for a movie date!  I was actually quite surprised by how similar our outfits were!

 We went to a late showing with made snapping photos a bit of a challenge... Plus the fact that I was having coughing fits didn't help matters either!  We did manage to get a few Instagram shots though...

The film was quite good and Chris even enjoyed it. I was not too impressed by the protrayal of the time spent in the Capitol but was quite pleased with the making of the time in the arena. It was done quite tastefully with lots of action sequences but not a lot of unneccessary gore. I even cried a little... OK...  I cried A LOT! I am such a baby!

There were a lot of little changes from the book but I felt that they were well suited to the movie and didn't take away from the original story's concept.  The movie seemed to be well thought out and we cannot wait for the next one.  Chris and I, both, would recommend this movie as a great couples film.  Action for the boys but still a little romance and whimsy for us gals!

Have you been to see The Hunger Games yet?  What did you think?

Love & Lollies...

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Manic Monday #18

Safe & Sound... Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars

Heart Shaped Box... Nirvana

We Are Young... FUN

Goodbye... Avril Lavigne

Run... Matt Nathanson ft Sugarland

With being sick on and off I have found I've been listening to a lot of songs.  Here are my obsessions this week!

Happy Monday Loves!

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Sweet Peek of the Week - Whachuneed Supply Co. & Giveaway

This week we are getting to know a very sweet gal by the name of Candy.  Candy is the heart behind the darling Etsy shop Whachuneed Supply Co.

Whachuneed Supply Co is an one stop, crafter's dream with everything from cabochons and charms to ribbon and rubber stamps.  Lets get to the the heart of the company and hear Candy's story.  

Hi Candy, can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and Whachuneed Supply Co.?

"I am a professional artist and former art teacher who lives to create. I love trying out new mediums and playing with just about anything I can get my hands on. My shop definitely reflects that! My idea was to bring lots of different supplies together into one shop, in hopes of inspiring others to try something new...branch out a bit. In my shop, you can find "normal" items like jewelry making supplies and rubber stamps, "fun" harder-to-find items like deco and washi tape, and "unusual" found items. I also carry lots of packaging materials and am constantly adding more goodies to the shop. :)"

I could get lost in your shop for hours admiring all the darling items you offer!  Other than your passion to create, what inspires you?

"Wow. That's a big one. For my own art, I am inspired by nature, vintage goodness, and lovely colors. Everything I do, I do in a creative way. It just makes life a little brighter. 

In my shop, I am inspired by the creativity of my customers who email me everyday with ideas and questions. I love helping others make their ideas work. It helps to have such a broad art and craft background when working with my customers. I'm an outta-the-box thinker...that helps, too. :)"

I think that is well reflected by your shop!  Have there been any obstacles in the creation of Whachuneed?

"My biggest obstacle is just trying to manage everything. I am very active in the art community where I live and tend to over commit myself, but I find that I usually work best that way. I actually have three Etsy shops, but Whachuneed is my favorite one. :)"

Wow!  You are obviously a very busy lady!  How are you managing all of this?

"I find that committing to something is a great way to get things accomplished. When you've given someone your word that you'll be there, you have to find a way to make it happen. I do my best to plan my week, knowing that I must get a number of things done by a certain day. I've even broken down my days into "computer" days, "prepping" days, and "art" days. It has really helped me balance everything much better. :)"

What wonderful advice for others.  Speaking of advice... any advice you'd like to leave us dream chasers with?

"Oh, don't get me started! I think the most important thing to do (before you start chasing) is to REALLY think about what it is that YOU want. If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be? It's not an easy question to answer, but once you know, the whole world looks a little different. I did this, myself, about three years ago. Next thing I knew, I moved 1700 miles away from my hometown to a new city I had never been to before with little more than my art supplies. My only regret is that it took me so long to come to the realization that I really wasn't doing what I wanted to do before...and life is just too stinkin' short for that! Get out and live YOUR life! :)"

So true!  It's your life to live so live it for yourself or someone else will live it for you!  Thank you so much for all the inspiration you've shared with us today.  Your words really hit close to home for me and I've had such a pleasure getting to know you through your answers.

Not only did Candy have sweet words to share with us but some pretty sweet treats too!  Enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Candy's sweet shop, Whachuneed Supply Co!  

Can't wait?  Use "CUPCAKE" for 15% off all orders!  Thanks Candy for all these thoughtful treats!

Vintage Swap with Lemon Drop

A couple of weeks ago I did a vintage dress swap with Lemon Drop Vintage Shop.  We browsed each other's selection and she chose "Babies Breath".  I was more than tickled to know this piece had found a good home with a fellow vintage lover!  I also chose a 70's dress which was even cuter then I could have imagined!

A high school friend and name sister (Jessica) was in town for a visit and with her new found camera skills we couldn't resist heading down to the historic center for a quick photo opt.  

I paired my new darling dress with a 70's coat I've been longing to share all season...

Marie had explained that the button accents were darling but you have to see them to truly appreciate the cute factor!

As you can see my hair transformation is just about complete!  One more round and I should have that stunning rich turquoise I crave! 

Thank you so much Jessica for the darling photos and for giving my Babe's a much needed break!  

Want your own Lemon Drop Treasure?

Want to vintage swap?  Contact me at thecupcakecountessa@yahoo.com


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What I Would Wear - The Hunger Games District 11

District 11 is my favorite!  What can I say?  I've been bitten by the Rue bug...  This district is responsible for maintaining and harvesting the orchards.  Rue tells stories of working high in the trees and singing songs to the mockingjays when the day is done.  I couldn't get past Rue when selecting this ensemble.  She has to be one of my favorite characters in the books.

Agriculture -

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