Sunday Afternoon Housewife

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100th Post Thank You and an Awesome Slice of Press June 24, 2010

Filed under: Business,craft,Miscellany — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 7:36 pm

Hey Lovelies! Well, I haven’t posted anything for a couple of days because 1. I have been really busy getting ready for the Waterloo Arts Fest this weekend and Bazaar Bizarre next weekend (yes, for some reason Fate has decided to send me to Cleveland, OH two weekends in a row!) and 2. I have been putting it off because I knew my next post (er, this post) would be post #100 and I felt I should have some kind of super special post for post #100, but I didn’t know what to write!

I suppose what it comes down to is that I just want to say thank you (yes, to you!). It seems like I’ve come an awful long way in a year, and I’m pretty darn happy to admit it. I know I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for encouragement and support from some very great people. I would love to say thank you to my wonderful husband, Mark, and the support he gives me personally and from Standard Recording Company; to Amanda Mauer-Tafflinger, owner of the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange and Homespun, for all her encouragement in the beginning as well as for her continued support; to my best-ever booth mate and friend, Jen of EleanorMac, without whom I might not be able to get to some of these awesome fairs, and also without whom I certainly would have much fewer bathroom breaks; and to my newly found extended Texas-sized family including Jessica of Funky Finds, Tania of The Curious Cake Shoppe, and Jennifer of Blueskysunburn Creations– all three of you great ladies have been great support whether you know it not! Of course most importantly I would love to thank my customers. Each and every person who has bought a scrabble tile pendant over the last year, became a fan on Facebook, or given me a #FollowFriday shout on Twitter has been an important part in helping me grow as a person and a business.

The next few months hold lots of exciting things for Sunday Afternoon Housewife. Most exciting is that very soon I will have a new website. Also exciting is that I am going to be spending the rest of my summer traveling all over the place meeting lots of new people and visiting with some old pals. I’m really looking forward to it.

Now, some icing this pseudo-anniversary cake is that today I was featured on The fantastic Sarah Richcreek of The Hot Cookie wrote a fantastic article on the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, and there she included a bit of my work, a bowl full of moustache pendants (top right corner). Thanks so much for including me Sarah! As a regular reader of VZ, I have to say I am pretty excited about being on Venus Zine!

Well, tomorrow morning I’ll be hustlin’ round like crazy, trying to get out the door and on the road at a reasonable hour in hopes of reaching Cleveland, also at a reasonable hour. I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of new people and seeing lots of new artists. You can bet I’ll be writing about them when I get home, so stay tuned for post #101!

Oh by the way Steph Mineart is the lucky winner of this last week’s blog contest! Congrats on your win Steph! Let me know where I can deliver your treat!


INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Wrap Up June 18, 2010

Filed under: craft,Craft Fairs,Favorites,giveaway — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 10:23 am

Last Saturday was the most awesome ever INDIEana Handicraft Exchange.  If you didn’t get to make it to the event, you’re probably regretting it already. With over 100 booths and vendors from all across the continent, the biggest problem I had all day was trying not to spend every last cent of my own hard earned money!

I was happy to be set up again in Gallery #2. I played a little with my booth space this time around, trying something a bit different, and I really like the way it worked for me. In case you didn’t get to see my booth, it looked a little something like this:

My Booth at the IHE

Sunday Afternoon Housewife Booth!

This was the first time I did any type of “L” shape table display, and it really did work out for me! I’d love to hear what you thought of the new display- was it easier for you on the other side of the table?

Of course, all the time I show you what my stuff looks like, so I won’t share anymore about my stuf today. Let’s talk about all the awesome that I bought and loved at the IHE instead! With so many new vendors this summer, I wanted to make checking them out a major priority, and I’m way glad I did!

One booth that had me at first glance was 16 Sparrows. I went back to the booth twice after the initial visit trying to decide because I have always, as long as I can remember, been a sucker for cool stationary, and the ladies at 16 Sparrows have everything one needs to write beautiful letters, keep addresses, label goodies, and all while showing a bit of tounge-in-cheek humor. I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted most, but I ended up with this (P.S. dear husband don’t look if you are reading, I’m trying to hide this from you until September):

One Bad Ass Card from 16 Sparrows

Down in the Underground, which on second thought really seemed kind of appropriate for this vendor, was Spellbound Soapworks. Much like stationary, I love a good soap. Sometimes I like my soap for the smell or ingredients, but this may be the first time I have ever bought a soap based solely on the fact that it made me laugh out loud with joy and giggle all the way back to my booth, and then made me decide I had to go back for another. While most of the Spellbound Soapworks soap was more sci-fi than anything, this was my two bar purchase (yes, I got the one pictured and one purple with sparkles for my neighbors ):

Gay Bar

While I still have a lovely bar of moustache soap from GEEKSOAP in my guest bathroom, as soon as it is gone, I’ll be putting out the Gay Bar!

No explanation required

I think you would be hard pressed to call RAR RAR Press, anything but pretty fucking awesome. A table full of fun prints and postcards, all made using hand set type left me standing there for eternity trying to decide what I couldn’t live without. I settled on the above post card. I’ll be saving it for a very special occasion.

Uncommon: Things for the Home was yet another booth that really caught my eye. Lots of lovely things all handmade of wood and awesomeness. I had a hard time deciding (and I’m sure the guy thought I was nuts asking so many questions about coasters) but I ended up with a set of gorgeous wooden coasters. I’m glad I finally took this picture so I can put them to use:

Wooden doily coasters from Uncommon

Really cute buttons will get me every time, and at the booth of The Sweetie Pie Press grabbed and wouldn’t let go. When I saw these buttons with 1″ stories, I knew I had to dig through the bowl until I found every single story there was to have.

1" stories by Sweetie Pie Press

One of my last purchases was from a vendor I have written about before: Get Lathered. This solid shampoo and conditioner (yes, solid- like bar soap) I first encountered at the Bloomington Handmade Market. I was a bit leery back then, but since then I have expressed pretty strongly to everyone who will listen about how much I LOVE this product.

shampoo and conditioner that Rocks n Rolls

If you haven’t tried this yet, then your hair isn’t as happy as it could be. Trust me, you need to get some shampoo and conditioner from Get Lathered.

There were several other vendors whose stuff I totally adored. If these awesome goods aren’t blowing your mind enough, you also should really check out So Silly for great silk-screened shirts for kids, Foxglove Accessories for very unique jewelry all made from postage stamps, and Crimson Tate for handmade quilts and other awesome hand sewn accessories.

So tell me, if you made it to the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, who was your favorite (or favorites!). Don’t just sit there and be a blog lurker, post and tell me what you love! I’ve got a special something for you if you do:

Comment on today's blog and win this sample of Shampoo that Rocks from Get Lathered!

I’ll wait a week for you to realize how bad you want this, and then I will choose a comment at random and give that lucky person this fantastic sample of Shampoo That Rocks from Get Lathered. And you know  I want this really bad for myself, so maybe you can just keep your comments to yourself. (j/k!!!)


Whose Your Mama? May 27, 2010

Filed under: chocolate,Cooking,Favorites,Miscellany,Recipes — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 7:31 pm

Well, It’s not too very often at all that I take time to write about food on my blog, though it is one thing that I enjoy probably as much as, if not more, than crafting. Good local food is a total weakness for me. From fresh grown vegetables and fruits, to locally owned restaurants, if it’s local, I’m game to try it. Raw food in general is great, but throw in the time it takes to hand-craft a delicious artisan creation, and I’m head over heels in love.

Just recently I took a trip to fabulous Nashville, TN, and I was at the local coffee shop, Bongo Java, in East Nashville (for breakfast mind you) and there on the counter sat the most gorgeously wrapped chocolate bars I may have ever seen. Further inspection proved what I suspected to be true: it was LOCAL chocolate! This chocolate is small batch, stone ground, slow-roasted, and hand-crafted right in Nashville, Tennessee! Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company boasts chocolate bars in 67% and 75% dark chocolate, as well as NIBS in 67%, coffee in 75%, salt and pepper in 67%, and sea salt in 75% dark chocolate. They also have a seasonal Mexican style Cinn-chili bar. I had to settle for only one sea salt dark chocolate bar (it was breakfast after all) and leave the others behind because I knew they wouldn’t be able to beat the Nashville heat while I sat outside for my craft fair.  I was sad to leave the rest of this chocolate on the counter, but the one bar I had was oh so delicious.

After I got home (still have the wrapper, of course) I looked up the website hoping to learn how to order some more, and found the Facebook page with an awesome photo shoot showing how the chocolate is made. While I may have to wait for the direct mail services to start, right now I can just look at these pictures every once in a while and dream about the day I get to have another one of these Southern Artisan chocolate bars.

Back much closer to home, the awesomest Erin Edds has been whipping up gallons of something super delish: Hoosier Momma’s Brand Bloody Mary Maker. Just yesterday I was lucky enough to finally get my hands on a jar of this locally sourced, secret recipe awesomeness. Now, I must admit that even a year ago, I wouldn’t have touched a Bloody Mary with a ten foot pole, but my silly grown up taste buds keep changing all the time, and I’m finally able to enjoy this tomato based, wholesome goodness. Hoosier Momma’s mix is made from Indiana tomatoes, and as anyone who has ever lived or eaten a tomato in Indiana will tell you, there’s no other taste like that of an Indiana tomato. This mix is good enough to drink on it’s own. If you like V8, this is a much better, MUCH yummier, slightly spicy substitute.

A match made in heaven

Last night I whipped up a Bloody Mary with my new jar of Hoosier Momma and my favorite vodka, Indiana Vodka, which is also made right here in good old Indianapolis, Indiana by Heartland Distillers. I mixed up 6 ounces of Hoosier Momma’s to 2 ounces of Indiana vodka, poured it over some ice, and added the juice of half a lime (that’s just how I like mine!). Two drinks later, I also decided it would be a great idea to cook with this deliciousness, so I took the chicken I was making for my husband and marinated it in the Hoosier Momma, and then made a foil pouch with more Hoosier Momma in the pouch with the chicken, and cooked it on the grill. Now, I don’t eat the land animal meat, but my husband, and 2 neighbors who had joined us for dinner loved the flavor. So, not only is Hoosier Momma’s good for drinking with or without the vodka, you can also use it to make show-stopping awesomeness in the kitchen.

So, here’s enough local awesomeness to make me hungry for drinks and dessert (who needs dinner anyway?). I  hope you’ll check out these great local companies and tell me what you think. And oh yes, Happy Memorial Day!


Friday Is the Best Day April 9, 2010

Filed under: craft,Craft Fairs,Midland Arts and Antiques Market,Miscellany,Travel — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 8:23 pm

I really love Fridays. It’s my favorite day of the week for many reasons, but mainly because Friday is MY day. I work for no man and no institution; on Fridays, I only work for myself.

Today has been quite a busy day. I have been running errands most of the day, but those errands have resulted in getting  to go to 4 of my most favorite places: bookstore, craft store, craft store, and the other craft store. Yes, I went to 3 craft stores today (and got something at each one)!

I got a new book today, The Handmade Market Place: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online. I started reading as soon as I got in the car (don’t worry, my husband was doing the driving) and I am only about 20 pages in, but I already love it. I can’t wait to finish reading this book!

My new jewelry display stand!

After the book store, I hit the craft stores and got lots of supplies. I got this new-to-me display stand the other day at Midland Arts and Antiques, and it required some gussying-up, so I got what I needed to do that, as well as some other supplies for a super secret project I hope to share later next week, and I also got some other supplies I needed like resin and a new circle hole punch.

officially a craft disaster area

This week my dining room table turned into my favorite place to work. I’m not sure why this happened, but the likely cause is the fact that the craft room has become a total disaster area (again). But this picture is the dining room table. Well, it’s under there somewhere, I swear! I know it looks like a total mess, and it is (yes that is a half-consumed bottle of wine from 2 days ago, an almost fully consumed bag of chocolate Cadburry Mini Eggs, deodorant (why?), but holy craft, I got a lot done this week in this cozy, crafty mess!

More new map inspired bracelets

I had such a great response (sold out!) to my new bracelets last week at the Bloomington Handmade Market that I made more. I also made some other bracelets with circles:

New circle picture bracelets

I’ve been working on some new types of pendants this week too, including these 3/4″ metal pendants which have a vintage picture and then a resin layer:

New metal and resin pendants

And then I’ve also made half a dozen pairs of 1/2″ metal and resin earrings. This picture shows some of the earrings before I added the hang-it-off-your-ear part:

New earrings...

I’ve also spent a lot of time this week working on packaging up these new goodies (see the display picture).  Packaging always takes more time than I think it should. I’m hoping to figure out a way to stream-line this process in the very near future.

A little cherry on the top of the week is that late last night, I got word I have been accepted to attend the Waterloo Arts Fest in Cleveland, Ohio in late June.

The Waterloo Arts Fest News follows news from last week that I was accepted into the East Nashville Arts Festival in Nashville, Tennessee in late May, which means I’ve got to get my suitcase packed because I’m hitting the road the next couple of months! What feels really great is that earlier this year I told myself I wanted to go to at least 2 more states this year for fairs, TN and OH, and now I feel great because I get to go! I’m going to update my goal for the year and hope that I might now be able to add Illinois and either Michigan, Wisconsin or Minnesota to the list for the year. Whew!

Ok, so one last plug:  if you are in the Mooresville area tomorrow, I’ll be at the high school from 9am-3pm for the 26th annual fair there. It should be a fun day- there are raffle prizes, food, and more. Stop by and say hello, but if I don’t see you, have a great weekend!


Weekend News Round Up March 9, 2010

Filed under: craft,Craft Fairs,Miscellany — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 5:59 pm

I’m starting to feel a bit frantic! I’m leaving on Thursday for Texas, and I’m very excited, but I feel like I have a thousand things to do! Yesterday I finished up 75 pendants, and I have another 55 to finish today. Those will be the last I do before leaving, but I also have about 15 orders to fill before I leave. Yikes! I still thought I better take a minute to share all the great news from this past weekend, so here it is, the weekend news round up!

Please have fun at the Craft Fair

On Saturday I kicked off the craft fair season at the Monrovia Elementary School. It was a small fair, but lots of fun and I had a really good response to my Scrabble tiles, which made me very happy! The fair was sponsored and staffed by the PTA and the kids-the kids were great and helped me load in and load out, which was very wonderful. They even made cute signs like the one above and hung them all around the fair. I made some new displays for my tiles and got to set up the table for the first time this year.

First craft fair of the year at Monrovia Elementary School

First craft fair of the year at Monrovia Elementary School

Besides shaking off the dust of winter and setting up at a fair, there was good news from Bloomington Handmade Market– I have been accepted to participate in the market on April 3rd! I’m very excited to start April off with a fair this awesome!

Then, as if those two things weren’t awesome enough, I woke up Sunday and saw that Jennifer Perkins from Naughty Secretary Club gave a great Sunday Afternoon Housewife / Funky Finds Spring Fling shout out on her blog! I was super excited to see this! Thanks again, Jennifer!

Don’t forget I’ll be at the Funky Finds Spring Fling in Fort Worth, Texas this Saturday, so please come out and say hello!

Lastly, as the Texas trip draws closer, you can bet I will be frantically packing and running around, and maybe not blogging (gasp!). While I do plan to get a couple of blogs up while I’m away, if you want up to date news, I highly suggest following me on Twitter while I’m away. I’ll be using the hash tag #SAH for my whole trip, and also #sxsw while in Austin.  If you aren’t a Twitter fan, why not become my Facebook fan instead? I’ll be posting there regularly too while I am gone.


Handmade Monday + Tee Shirt Design Contest: Silk Screened Tee-Shirts February 22, 2010

Filed under: craft,giveaway,silk screening,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 5:34 am

Happy Handmade Monday! I’ve got a fun and informative tutorial for you today sharing how to make silk-screened tee-shirts with the YuDu Screen Printing System. Of course you should have a YuDu before this tutorial will be of any help, but even if you don’t and you have an awesome tee-shirt design idea, you can enter my “I’ll make your tee-shirt!” Contest and have a chance at winning a couple of tee-shirts with your design screen printed on it! More details on the contest are listed at the end of this tutorial.

The YuDu Silk Screen System

In today’s Handmade Monday tutorial, I am going to go over the steps to create a screen and show how to screen a shirt with a YuDu. The YuDu website has great line-drawn instructions, but of course, seeing it in “real life” is always helpful, too!

Step one when getting ready to make a screen for the YuDu is to first select a design to put on the screen (and then tee-shirt).   Once the image is selected, it will be copied to a transparency.

Step 1: Select an image to transfer to a transparency

The image can be copied to the transparency in a couple of ways. YuDu sells ink jet printer-friendly transparencies, so you could print an image off of the computer onto the transparency, or you can simply free hand draw or trace an image with a Sharpie marker.

Image is copied to the transparency.

Once your image is ready to go on the transparency, the next step is to prep your screen by adhering the emulsion to the screen. The emulsion is what you will “burn” your image into later.

A clean screen, emulsion sheet, and water bottle are needed for the next step.

On a side note, you might see the faint outline of letters on the screen in this picture above. The reason for this is because the screen I am using in this picture has been used before. Once the emulsion is applied these faint letters will not remain visible. This quality is one great thing about YuDu screens- they are reusable.

When starting with the screen in this step, whether it is new or used, make sure the screen is very clean with no oils or fuzz or anything like that on it.  Be sure to do the following steps in a dimly lit room to avoid exposing the emulsion to too much light. I’ll apologize in advance for the next couple of dark pictures, but I didn’t want to risk ruining an emulsion sheet by exposing it to a camera flash. Now, use the water squirt bottle to soak the screen pretty thoroughly. Once the screen is wet, remove one sheet of emulsion from the protective black plastic wrap. You will put the dull side of the emulsion sheet down onto the back side of the screen (the back side is the flush side-no lip or edge). Center the sheet in the middle of the screen as best as you can and use a squeegee (on the shiny side of the emulsion sheet)to pull out any air bubbles and ensure good contact between the emulsion and the screen. If you need to add a little more water to ensure all the emulsion is wet against the screen, use the squirt bottle to mist both sides of the screen.

The emulsion sheet is adhered to the screen.

After the emulsion is on the screen, it is time to dry the screen thoroughly. This step may take 20-40 minutes. You can use a towel to dry the edges of the screen, but don’t rub it on the emulsion. The YuDu has a built in fan, so you will slide the screen into the drying area and click the button to turn on the fan.

Slide the screen into the bottom rack of the YuDu to dry it.

Do not try to rush the drying step. It is very important to allow the screen to dry all the way. Do not try rubbing your fingers on the emulsion to check for dryness, or you may ruin it. Just be patient! When the emulsion is completely dry, there is a plastic film on the screen that held the emulsion that will need to be peeled off. If applied corrected and allowed to dry thoroughly, the plastic should easily peel off the screen at this point. It is now time to burn the image onto the screen.

Using clear tape, center and then secure the transparency to the glass.

Using clear tape, secure the transparency to the center of the glass light box, then put the screen down on top of the transparency.

Make sure the screen aligns on the 4 corner pegs when placing it on top of the transparency.

Align the screen on the four pegs, being sure to put the flush side of the screen (the emulsion side) down on the transparency.

Place a platen, foam side down, on top of the screen.

Next, put your YuDu platen down on top of the screen foam side down. Be certain you put the foam side down. If you put the sticky side down then you will ruin the screen.

Add about 5 pounds of weight on top of the platen.

Pull down the blue frame and then put about five pounds of weight on top of the platen. You can use a brick or whatever you have handy. I just happened to have this vintage owl planter handy, so that is what I used. After you have applied the weight, set the timer on the front of the YuDu to 8 minutes, and turn on the exposure light (press the sun burst button). This is the best part of the process, because when the light goes off, you will see your screen is almost done!

When the screen has been exposed, the emulsion will turn blue.

Once the screen has been exposed, the emulsion will turn blue and you will see that your image is a green outline on the blue emulsion (sorry, I forgot to take a picture on this step). You can use a sink or your squirt bottle to wet the screen again. Wait for about a minute, and then the green lines will start to dissolve, leaving clean white lines. You may need to use a towel or sponge to help remove the green parts and reveal the white lines. After all the green lines are gone and your image is all white (like the picture above) it is time to dry the screen again. You can use a towel this time to remove most of the moisture, then slide the screen back into the YuDu, turn on the fan, and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Again, make sure it is totally dry before moving onto the next step.

I forgot to take pictures of the next two steps, but after the screen is dry you will want to run clear tape around the outside edges of the screen. Where ever there is not blue, ink will go through the screen, so tape off the edges to avoid getting ink where you don’t want it.

You will then put a tee-shirt on a platen and lift up the blue frame and place the platen on the platen posts. Smooth out the shirt if necessary. Pull the frame about halfway down and place the screen on the blue frame on the posts to hold it into place and, here’s the exciting part, put some Yudu ink on the screen and prepare to make your first shirt!

Apply a thick line of ink above the image.

I decided to use a brown ink for this shirt, but there are tons of colors of YuDu ink to choose from. The YuDu ink is very nice because it is water soluble before it dries, so it will wash off your fingers and the screen and squeegee easily when you are ready.

Make sure the first pull of ink fully fills in all the white lines of the image on your screen.

Using a squeegee, pull the ink down toward you to cover the image. Make sure you haven’t pulled the frame all the way down yet- the first time you pull the ink you do not want it on the shirt. The ink should fully fill in all the white lines on the screen.

When the screen is against the shirt, you can see the ink transfer from the screen to your shirt on this second pull.

Now, pull the frame all the way down onto the shirt and smoothly and evenly, and in one motion, pull your squeegee across the screen toward you. This pull will transfer the ink from the screen onto your tee-shirt. You will be able to see this happen because the ink on the white lines will leave the screen as you pull the squeegee across the After this pull, lift the screen frame back up off of the shirt. You have now successfully screened your first shirt!

The screened image will have clean, crisp lines. Allow the shirt to dry on the platen for a few minutes before removing.

How exciting! Now you have made your first shirt and you can make as many more shirts with the same design as you want! To make your next shirt, remove the shirt on the platen off of the YuDu machine and add another shirt on another platen, add ink and make your first pull with the screen off the shirt, then bring the screen down and pull again to transfer the image to the shirt. If you only have one platen, you will want to wait about five minutes to let the ink start to dry before trying to remove the shirt to use the platen again. You can also use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

If you want to change colors of ink, you’ll have to wash the ink off in the sink (this is ok because YuDu ink is biodegradable!) and allow the screen to dry completely before adding a new color. If you do not let it dry the ink will run, so be sure to always use a dry screen!

The final step is to allow the ink to dry and then to iron the image with the cotton setting on your iron for about one minute. Just move the iron back and forth slowly. The heat from the iron will set the ink into your shirt. If you fail to do this step, the ink on your shirt can run out and ruin the image and shirt.

The screened image will have clean, crisp lines. Allow the shirt to dry on the platen for a few minutes before removing.

Now you can make as many shirts as you want! Remember when you are finished making shirts that you wash the ink of off your screen so you can use it again later. The screen will last a long time if you take care of it. When you are done with the image, you can use YuDu emulsion remover to clean off all the blue emulsion and start over again with a new image! The YuDu is such a fantastic all-in-one system that I know you will enjoy it if you get one for yourself!

Here I am enjoying my new shirt!

“I’ll Make Your Tee-Shirt!” DESIGN CONTEST

Wouldn’t you like a shirt with your own design on it? Well, lucky for you, I’m launching a “I’ll make your tee-shirt!” Design Contest today! This is the first time I have hosted a contest like this before, but I am very excited to do it. If you have a tee-shirt design floating around in your mind, you can submit for a chance to win 2 tee-shirts in your choice of sizes with your design screen printed on it!


Ok, here is how the contest is going to work. Between now and March 21st I am inviting you to submit an image (or several if you want to!) for a chance to win 2 shirts with your image screened on it. There are a few things I’d like to do with the winning image: Make you 2 shirts and make approximately 25 shirts with your image to sell in my Etsy Shop. If you submit an image, you retain the rights to that image, but, by submitting, you are agreeing to allow me to reproduce the image up to 25 times. You will receive full credit for the image in all Etsy listings and I suggest you even include your signature in an appropriate way somewhere on the image. The image should be a line drawing and will only be printed in one color, so please keep that in mind while designing. The image should be no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 (like a regular sheet of paper size).

So, how do you enter this contest? It’s pretty simple. All you have to do is design your image and email it to me by March 21st. The winner will be announced by March 24th and then I will make the shirts and mail you your shirts. I will also announce your win on the blog and link to your blog or website.

To submit your image, email it either as a .pdf or .jpg to me at mellenlatta[at] with your contact information . If I select your image I will email you and find out what size shirts you want and even what color shirts and ink you would like!

Good luck and I can’t wait to see your image designs! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments, or email me directly. And again, Happy Handmade Monday!


Friday Favorites: Eye Candy February 19, 2010

Filed under: Favorites,Miscellany — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 7:48 pm

I’m taking a little break this week from my “regular” Friday Favorites of only handmade items and instead sharing some of my favorite websites to go and  look at things. It’s weird sometimes how I can spend so long just looking at things that interest me. So, if you are a looker, like me, here are some places you might want to start:

Owl and Pussycat Cake by Coco Cakes

I am totally in love with Coco Cakes.  I love just looking at all of her beautiful cake and cupcake creations. The Coco Cakes photos on Flickr are so amazing, I can look for ever and be thrilled over and over again. I LOVE this owl and pussycat cake, and I also loved the owl cake she made for her nephew. Another favorite is the fish cake, but of course they are all insanely adorable and well made. Is it allowable to have something like 15 favorites? Because I think I do!

From the blog "A Collection a Day, 2010"

I can’t say what it is about this blog by Lisa Congdon that makes me check back day after day, but I guess just love to look at her collections. A Collection a Day, 2010 is an amazing blog to visit.  I love her fascination with collecting. Some things seem so random, but everything looks so beautiful grouped together day after day. I can’t imagine having 365 days worth of collected things, but then when I think about it a little longer, I bet most of us do and we don’t even realize it.

Killer Zombie Sheep by Nerdygrrl

Sometimes when I don’t know what I am looking for, or if I am just looking for some inspiration, I like to visit the Etsy Showcases. If you go to Etsy and you click on the “showcases” banner, many wonderful things will reveal themselves to you. Today’s Storque showcase had this fantastic Killer Zombie Sheep Print by nerdygrrl that caught my attention. The Etsy Showcases are just a fun way to see new things and find something new to admire!

What are some site you visit just to look at? I would love to know. I hope you will enjoy looking at these three sites today. Of course there are many others, but I am having a hard time focusing today and spending too much time looking! I need to move on with my day! I will surely have another post like this in the future because I love so much to look at so many things! Please share your comments on what you think about these site or about other sites you like to look at!