Sunday, December 6, 2015

Holiday Parties

Gather 'round, friends, as I paint you a word picture of holiday parties. 

Once a year, we are lucky enough to have this magical season called "winter" (sorry to rub it in, Florida people). It gets cold outside, and the weather gets ugly, but something happens in our hearts. It's our season of giving, sharing, and being with those we love. We gather together to show appreciation for each other, which is something many people can't be bothered to do throughout the year. 

Now, many of us keep it simple with these parties. But many of us go over the top and decorate like mad. We cook too much, have some drinks, dress up pretty, give gifts, and make sure every person present marvels at the details of our party. This post is for those people.

As holiday parties are concerned, Sweet Pea Designs by Dee is marvelous! Little girls dazzle in the dresses, and little boys look so dapper in her bow tie sets. From teeny babies to middle-sized children, they can all look fabulous rockin' their Sweet Pea Designs. With many colors available, you're sure to fit your theme or favorite color!

Viv and Olive has got great necklaces to coordinate with Sweet Pea's beautiful outfits! In any color and theme you could possibly dream up, Viv and Olive puts great care and skill into each piece. I own quite a few myself (I'm a shopaholic. I believe we've covered this is other posts), and all of the beads and findings are great quality and so beautiful! Seeing as I'm not a small child, Viv and Olive's necklaces are for ladies, too!

For the hostess (whether that's you or you're giving a hostess gift), nothing could be more perfect than Bayouvue's beautiful red granite marbled clay necklace! The color pops beautifully, without being overpowering or wild. Added to a simple or ornate chain, it'll be gorgeous however its worn! Also made with quality materials and skilled workmanship, you would never be disappointed with Bayouvue!

Since this is a party post, we obviously can't pass up on Adore by Nat. She is your main source for all things party! All of her items are great, but these little gift tags are fantastic for holiday parties! They're easy to tie on to gifts and really add something special to the gift. Not giving gifts to your party-goers? Use them as wine glass and bottle tags! They'll look so cute sitting out, and every person will be so impressed with your awesome foresight and planning. You. Are. Welcome.

If paper tags aren't your thing, Nerdtastic has awesome inspired wine glass charms! Are you in a group of nerdy people? Because they will be super impressed at your ability to find geeky wine charms. I mean, that's a special thing to find! People will be like "OMG where did you get those?!" You'll smile coyly, and say "Nerdtastic, duh."

If you're a minimalist decorator (or getting a host/hostess gift for a minimalist), this wreath from Handmade Moms LLC really brings the holiday spirit with it! Covered in silver bells, this white wreath will look beautiful, and ear worm everyone who sees it. Double win.

Lastly, but probably most importantly (for us jokesters, anyway), Shea Chick Soap Co. has lumps of coal. Yes, you read that right. Lumps of coal soap. These are for those people who misbehave at your holiday parties, or whom you know have been naughty this year! Is your party hostess just a little bit twisted? Does she have slightly unruly (in the good way) children? Get them coal. The joke will be much appreciated, and they'll have something they can use everyday!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Let it Snow!

Welcome to winter, friends! Here in California, we've already gotten snow this year, which is amazing and strange. I love snow, and I know a lot of others do too! So let's celebrate that cold, white, fluffy stuff by looking at stuff that is great for the snowy season.

Pelhuaz has these gorgeous deer charms, which are great for winter fashion and gifts! It makes me think of deer leaping and bounding through the snow, chewing on icy cold plants. For fashion and women's gifts, Pelhuaz has you covered all year long!

Heart and Soles hand-paints shoes in any theme or design you could imagine, so no surprised she's got snowy day scenes covered! But these aren't your typical trees and mountains... She uses fun themes, like Frozen and South Park, to bring her visions of snow to life! Available for kids and adults, her shoes are adorable, skillful, and perfect for showing off your love of winter weather!

Sweet Pea Designs by Dee always has the season on lock with her dresses, and snow is no different! Available in sizes six months- size 8, this dress is sure to wow your friends and family. It's perfect for photos, events and family gatherings, and will certainly be an item you save for your kids to see when they grow up. 

Handmade Moms, LLC also craft for the season. With this beautiful handmade bell wreath, your house will match the colors of your snowy world! There are lots of other great items available for gifts and decor as well, but to highlight the snow, you can't find a more perfect door hanging!

Shea Chick Soap Company (formerly Shabby Chic) will allow you to appreciate the snow, even when you're inside! Slide into a warm bath and suds up with snowflake soap. You'll be warm and cozy, even when the outside temperatures are frigid. The colors make me think of Elsa from Frozen, so they'll be on theme with your shoes from Heart and Soles. 

BayouVue (formerly Camille's Charms) has ornaments galore! These adorable, hand-painted clay ornaments are great for your tree, car, or gifts at holiday parties! Available in multiple themes, there's something for every interest group. Penguins love snow, just like us! Them's people too. 

Viv and Olive (formerly Weil'd Hair and Accessoies) has the penguin necklace to match your ornament! The colors even go with the shoes and soap from above. Are you a one-theme person? Because I think we've got you covered here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Black Friday Shopping Guide

This Black Friday, we're compiling all of the best handmade shops and best deals across the internet into one place! Handmade goes first (obvis), and below you can find an updating list of Black Friday deals at chain stores, like Michael's and Target. I'll include coupons where I can. Enjoy!

Shea Chick Soap Company is your one stop shop for pampering gifts this holiday season! With Toy Embedded soaps for the little ones, Geekery Inspired soaps for the hubby, soothing Body Butter for the mother-in-law, relaxing Bath Truffles for your favorite sister and so much more, we are sure to have the perfect gift or stocking-stuffer for everyone on your list!

Our soaps are created using Shea Butter based, Detergent Free soap that is safe for the whole family to use, and with our bright colors and attention to detail, they make for very eye-catching and unique gifts. For guaranteed holiday delivery, please get your orders in before Dec 12th. And don't forget to stop by our FB page on Thanksgiving to get a sneak peek of our Black Friday Sale! We will have special coupons and discounts all weekend long, including one that will be exclusive to our Facebook fans! Follow us on Instagram!

Beebee and Jack- I provide quality, handmade items such as headbands, hair accessories, hats, booties, cowls and more!  All items come from a smoke free, cat friendly home and are handmade with quality materials. Everything ships from Snohomish, WA, and ready-to-ship items will ship within 3 business days.

Custom orders will be shipped within 2-5 business days of completion and receipt of final payment. If you need rush shipping, please contact the shop to arrange this. Returns are accepted for store credit on a case-to-case basis decided by the store owner. Custom orders are Final Sale - no exceptions. Returned items MUST be new, unused and in perfect condition. All refunds will be given in store credit- no exceptions.  

Sales code: BLACKFRIDAY2015 – 25% off orders of $20 or more

BayouVue is handcrafted and hand painted unique items for you and your home. We have beautiful and unique earrings, pendants, necklaces, and more in jewelry. For the home we have ring and trinket dishes in a multitude of designs and colors as well as napkin rings and wine charms. Our ornaments are the perfect decoration for your tree and home at the Christmas holidays. Want something customized? No problem. Send us a message via Etsy or Most orders usually ship within 7-10 days.

Find us at: FacebookInstagram & Twitter

Upcoming Sales:
November 14: 20% off purchase of $15 or more
Black Friday - Cyber Monday: TBA

Adore By Nat, your place for high quality adorable party decorations: favor tags, cupcake toppers, banners, teabag favors, door sign, stickers, napkin rings, food tent cards or place cards, centerpieces, water bottle labels, invitations, thank you cards, handmade cards, etc.
Visit our Artfire, Storenvy, Instagram and Facebook!

BlackFriday30 for 30% off discount on all my 3 shops

Welcome to The Purple Monkey!!! Your one stop shop for fun handcrafted gifts for the whole family!!!! Here you will find everything from hats, headbands, gloves, blankets, and so much more. All made by hand with love from my family to yours. Please feel free to contact me for your custom orders, or if you have an idea you would like to see come to life!
Contact us at, or follow us on Facebook for updates!

Ky*Elle Kreations is a home-based business dedicated to "kreating" unique home d├ęcor wreaths & more for all occasions. Our goal is to offer high quality items that will not only liven & brighten up your home, but also be a direct reflection of your family/home as you enter.

 We invite you to follow us as we offer a variety of items for seasonal & everyday use and new items are added regularly. During the holiday season our shipping times are between 7-10 business days.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!    
Use coupon code KYELLEHOLIDAYS15 to save 10% off any purchase of $30 or more good until December 31. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2015 to save 20% off your total purchase on Black Friday from 12-6pm (no minimum purchase required)

We are a mom/daughter team that creates handmade crafts bringing joy to our family of customers.  We create wreaths, picture frames, dolls, decorative clipboards, memo boards, headband holders, wedding decor and favors, party decor, and more!  We can customize and personalize any item!

Our shipping times vary by items since everything is made to order.  Most items are 3-5 business days to 1-2 weeks for some wreaths.  We will have sale codes for the holidays and they will be listed on our Etsy shop and Facebook page as they are active. We will run sales on certain items, and have some site wide sales as well! Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and our blog!

Sweet Pea Designs by Dee offers handmade children's clothing. Specializing in little girls dresses. Visit us on Facebook and Instagram!

Shipping: US $4.75/ Canada $11.00
Made to order and shipped in 2-3 weeks
Coupon code: Sweetholiday20 for 20% off any purchase over $25.00.

Viv and Olive- Fun and colorful jewelry for little girls and ladies! Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Email us at

BLACKFRIDAY2015 coupon code for 25% off when you spend $25 or more. Good for Black Friday only.

Just by Jaime is a handmade shop run by Jaime Saunders Archer of Boulder, Colorado. Just by Jaime offers handmade hair accessories, nature photography cards and prints, predesigned and custom badge reels, keychains, ornaments, and more. Just by Jaime also sells gift certificates and accepts custom and group orders.

Shipping times range from 2-4 weeks depending on the item that is purchased. The ornaments are special order and must be ordered by November 15. They will be ready by mid December. Shipping within the US starts at $2.35 for all items that are not photography based. Shipping within the US starts at $3.00 for all photography cards and prints.

Please visit us on Facebook, our Facebook group, and on Instagram and Twitter!

Now until 12/31/15, shoppers can use the coupon code SHOPPING for 15% off purchases of $10 or more. On November 14, Just by Jaime will participate in One Big Sale Day.

Down with Plumes offers a wide range of handmade items. From tiny top hats to purses, scarves to hair accessories, and boot cuffs to home and party decor, you can please everyone on your holiday shopping list! Custom orders are always welcome, making gift decisions even easier! 

Created in the mountains of Northern California. Worldwide shipping is available on all items. Orders an take up to two weeks to be made and shipped out. Shipping times depend on delivery distance. 

Please use code OBSD15 on November 14 to get 25% off any purchase! Also use code BLACKFRIDAY15 for 35% off, November 26-30.

And now for chain stores with fantastic Black Friday deals!

Michael's has a lot of sales going this weekend. On Thanksgiving, they are opening at 4:00pm and staying open into the wee hours of the morning. They are opening at 4:00am on Black Friday. Here are some of the deals available, AND coupons! Sourced here.

Target has some awesome deals on toys for kids of all ages and with any interest, but I grabbed a couple of pages from the ad to show you. You can find the rest of the pages here

UPDATED: Best Buy has got you covered this year for electronics and movies. With $9.99 Blu-Ray movies, MacBooks and iMacs for $899.99, PS4 and Xbox One games for $19.99, and GoPro cameras for $399.99, there's something for any interest group and price point. Here's a snippet of the ad-

Joann Fabrics is having some crazy deals the week of Thanksgiving. Starting Tuesday, you can get different Doorbuster Deals through Saturday, including 75% off Blizzard Fleece and flannel, 70% off select holiday decor, 30% or more off select yarns, 70% off custom frames, 60% off lighting and cutting tools, and 25% off your entire purchase! Take a gander below-