Saturday, December 19, 2009

Water for Christmas

Did you know that disease related to unclean drinking water is the second biggest killer of children worldwide? In fact it kills about 1.8 million kids every year. That's 5,000 a day. That's too many.

Providing clean drinking water to the world is a daunting task. No one would claim it is not. It would cost about $10 billion to make clean water available to everyone. I don't know about you, but I don't have $10 billion sitting around waiting for a cause to donate to.

So I've gotta look at this a different way.

Here in America, we spend about $450 billion every year on Christmas. That's $450,000,000,000 spent on cards, ornaments, lights, presents, gift wrap, and other stuff that will mean little or nothing a month later. That's a lot of junk.

And it really doesn't make us any happier.

How many people have you heard complaining about all the stuff to do this time of year? About parking spaces at the mall, over-full schedules, too little money, too much stress? How many times have you yourself complained about it? And with the convenience of credit cards, we've even found a way to extend that stress-filled misery well into the new year!

In this country of spoiled children (and I'm not just talking about those under 18), we spend our time and our money searching for material value. No time of the year is this better reflected than Christmas. In order to celebrate the birth of God's Son who humbled Himself to be born as one of us, a helpless baby sleeping in the barn because there was no room in the inn, we spend billions ($450 billion!!!) on material junk. Am I the only one who sees the disconnect here?

Nowhere in the Gospel will you see Jesus trimming a tree, wrapping presents or mailing cards. This is not how He chose to celebrate His life. What you do see is Jesus every day reaching out to the poor, the lonely, the outcasts, the dregs of society. If He were walking this earth today, I don't think He'd be doing any different.

So do you think we, as spoiled Americans, could maybe solve this enormous $10 billion problem by allocating just a little (2% -- that's not much!) of our $450 billion spent on Christmas to instead helping those who need it?

There's a group who is urging people to do just that. Living Water International uses donations to build wells in communities where clean water is not available. They also educate the people there about hygiene and all of those little things that we take for granted every day. But more than that they use the connections these wells give them to spread the Gospel to people who have never heard it. More than just clean drinking water, they provide Living Water to a lost and hurting world.

Now, I'm a pretty skeptical person when it comes to charities. I mean how many charities out there spend the vast majority of their donations on overhead costs, leaving little to go to actually solving the problems they seek to solve? If you've never thought about this before, I would encourage you to look into your favorite charities and see how they stack up. If they don't make such financial information easily available to the public, that seems like a big red flag to me.

So what about Living Water International? If you go to their website and navigate to About LWI>Financials, you'll see that they're quite transparent about their funds. Another thing to note is the little ECFA logo at the bottom of the page. Any charity who is a member of the ECFA has had to go through an extensive auditing process to determine that they are doing what they say they will with the money they take in.

I should probably have posted this a month ago, but I didn't know all the details then. I know most of us have already spent our portion of the $450 billion. I also know that there are a lot of people who are still planning to spend more. If you're one of them, won't you consider giving to LWI? There must be someone on your list who would be glad to receive a note saying that you donated in their name rather than another meaningless gift to be thrown to the back of the closet come January.

Photos courtesy of Living Water International.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Sometimes they just get it wrong.

Two posts in one week??? What is this world coming to???

Usually, I love the Onion. They're hilarious.

Unfortunately, all too often, they've had a sample of the liberal kool-aid, as in the example at the left.

Because obviously Kirk Cameron is the best spokesperson for the Intelligent Design movement.

Clearly we don't have any top scientists who would dare to believe in something as out-dated as God or Creationism.

And how dare an actor like Cameron contradict a great mind like Richard Dawkins (the guy pictured below him)?

What is this world coming to? Next thing we know those looney Christians will try to disprove man-made global warming! Oh wait...

Further Reading:
Probably the best book (though not by far the only one!) I've found for those who want the entire argument laid out for them is The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

What I did last Sunday

My blog friends probably don't know (because I've been terribly neglecting all of you!) that the Moose and I have recently become involved with a new church.  When I say new, I don't mean new to us.  I mean our church has only existed for about eight weeks.

This brand spanking new church is called Vintage and follows the motto: "Learn to live, live to serve."

We lived this out last weekend, and I gotta say I am PROUD of my new church family!

First, go check out the first video on the church website, then come back.

Did you see that?  That was an eight-week old church.  Fifty people (50!) came out and volunteered their day to help out some folks in the community who we don't even know.  Adults cleared a burgeoning forest out of a back yard and rebuilt some structural supports a few blocks from the church, while the kids tackled the landscaping at a local elementary school. 

Among all the chainsaws, weedeaters, thorny vines (ouch!) and wayward branches, we got to spend some time doing the gospel rather than just preaching it.  Showing God's love instead of just talking about it.  Helping people instead of sitting around and complaining about the lack of community involvement.

And let me tell you, I have not been so thankful to be a part of something so amazing in a long, long time. 

God's mission is alive and well in McKinney Texas, and I feel honored to be a part of it.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Ralph Lauren vs. Blogosphere

I'm a big fan of a little website called Photoshop Disasters.  (If you're not familiar, go have a peek -- but be forewarned, it may make whatever beverage you're drinking come out of your nose.)

Last month sometime they featured this ad from Ralph Lauren.  Clearly a disaster if ever there was one.  Does anyone actually believe that's really what the model looks like?!?

Boing Boing picked up on the criticism and also posted the ad, laughing and mocking all the way.

Ralph Lauren is now claiming copyright infringement. 

Clearly, they're unaware of the fair use clause that says reproduction is acceptable for purposes such as the one this was used for. 

Clearly, they're also unaware of the Streisand effect.

The concept that such a high dollar company couldn't afford to put together a better ad than this just doesn't fly.  Apparently they thought this was acceptable.  Never mind that supermodels are already too ridiculously thin and the societal pressures of trying to look like whoever is on the cover of the magazines this week have caused uncounted young girls and women to starve themselves, resulting in an epidemic of eating disorders.  Let's make her even thinner!  Then, when we're (legitimately) criticized for such idiocy, we'll simply sue!  Cause we have the money and the lawyers.  And they're just bloggers after all.  What can they do about it?

Shame on you Ralph Lauren.  You should know better!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up

Apparently, a cross in the Mojave Desert built to honor fallen soldiers of WWI is at the center of the ACLU's latest attack on common sense.  They want it removed.  Because it "has been judged to be an unconstitutional display of government favoritism of one religion over another."  I had to check the URL to make sure I hadn't stumbled onto an Onion post unawares...  nope.  This is from the Washington Post. 

For now, the 6.5 ft tall cross stands encased in a wooden box.

Now that's freedom and tolerance for ya.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

My Day Without Cats

Normally, for an event like this I'd do a bit more. I have house guests this week. So, I'm just going to post my dogs' yearbook photos. From obedience school of course! (Ok, maybe they're just from this website... lol)

Masha, class of 1950
Jared, Class of  1968

Donovan, Class of  1972

Vali, Class of  1962

Friday, September 04, 2009

A Day Without Cats

I Has a Hotdog is sponsoring "A Day Without Cats" on 9/9/09. While everyday around here is a day without cats, I thought I might pass on this info for all the other dog lovers out there who would like to give their canine companions a day in the spotlight. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 09, 2009


So I've posted about shirt sites a couple of times now and I figured it's about time I gave it a go... Here's my first design.

Caliente on teextile

Constructive criticism is always welcome. Please let me know what you think!

Friday, July 24, 2009

"The Secret" or The Bible

Before I begin, I know what I'm about to say is controversial at best.  I know it will ruffle more than a few feathers.  If you want to argue with me in my comments section, you're welcome to do so provided you do it in a respectful and polite manner.  I may even choose to respond.  As always, all posts that are not respectful and polite will be deleted.  

This post is addressing "The Secret" and the Law of Attraction that it seeks to promote from a Christian stand point.  If you are not a Christian, this is not written for you.  I am not here seeking to persuade anyone that the Bible is the true, inerrant Word of God.  For the purposes of this blog post, I am taking that as fact.  If you disagree, you will find little to no merit herein, so it may be a better use of your time to go read something else.

The book and video "The Secret"  has been around a while now and I don't think there are many out there who don't know what it's all about.  It promotes "The Law of Attraction," the concept that whatever you want you can have if you just direct enough positive energy toward it.  While this may on the surface sound like a good thing, it is a very dangerous theology for Christians to buy into.

Let me repeat that.  It is a very dangerous theology for Christians to buy into.

Many will read this and say "Wait a minute.  The Secret is not theology."  They will be wrong.  The secret teaches that the universe (or is that Universe... capitalized in the book) is just waiting to give you everything you want.  Sound like they're making the universe into a sort of god?  That's because they are.

Let me clarify something.  I do believe in the power of positive thinking to an extent.  I believe that we each get to choose our own attitude.  Our attitude effects the way we interact with the world around us.  If we maintain a positive attitude, we will interact in positive ways.  When we are polite, friendly and happy toward others, they're more likely to respond in kind.  When we look for things to be angry about them, we find upsetting situations everywhere.  Similarly, when we are looking for things to be thankful for, we will see the blessings that surround us.

Our positive mindset does not make these things come about.  It simply puts us in the position to see them.  A person in a bad mood may walk into the kitchen, see a mess on the counter and have yet another reason for their bad mood.  A person in a good mood may walk into the same kitchen, notice that the reason behind the mess is that their teenage son or daughter has decided to fix dinner, and be thankful for such a thoughtful and helpful child.  The circumstances did not change, only the outlook of the observer did.

So where does this fit in with "The Secret"?  Well, it takes this simple truth and blows it way out of proportion.  Instead of realizing that there are both good and bad things going on all around us, and we choose which we take notice of, "The Secret" says that we can make good things happen to us by simpling willing them into existance.  Want a BMW?  Transmit to the Universe that you want a BMW and the Universe will grant it to you.

I don't know about you, but that's not the world I live in.

What child has not spent days, weeks, years wishing for something they are just certain they have to have, only to be disappointed when it never comes?  How many people foolishly have spent their time wishing themselves out of a bad situation, only to find that their inaction has made the situation grow worse? 

I have news for anyone who believes in "The Secret."  The universe is not on your side.  It does not desire to give you good things.  It does not desire anything at all because the universe is not sentient.

"The universe is an analogy for God," you may respond.  See, I told you this was theology.

In that case, lets see what God's word has to say about it.

For those who want to believe it, it would appear that Jesus also promoted the law of attraction.  After all, He did say "“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened" (Matt 7:7-8 NKJV).  That sounds an awful lot like the secret, right?


Yes, the Father does desire to "give good things to those who ask Him," (Matt 7:11) but He has His own definition of "good things" which doesn't necessarily line up with ours.

"The Secret" is all about gaining health, wealth and the things of this world.  God's stated agenda is the furtherment of His Kingdom.  These two desires don't equate with one another, and guess whose will wins out?  I'll give you a hint -- it's not ours.

So what then can we expect for God to provide for us?  Just a single chapter earlier, Jesus gives us the answer.  "'Therefore do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.'" (Matt 6:31-34 NKJV)

Did you catch that?  "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness."

God will provide our needs -- not necessarily our wants.  He has promised to do this if we FIRST seek to glorify Him.  Equally important is the fact that we are not promised Armani suits to wear, grand mansions to live in, or gourmet meals catered by five star chefs.  Truth is, most often these materialistic desires are in contrast to the Will of God. (cf. Matt 6:19-21, 19:16-23)

It seems to me that either "The Secret" is true or the Bible is true (or neither is I suppose) but both can't be true at the same time.  I guess it's easy to see which I believe.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


I love goofy and/or artistic tees. I love browsing through the million and ten tee shirt sites out there. One problem though, they're usually just a bit on the expensive side. I mean, I donno about anyone else, but it'd have to be a pretty special shirt for me to shell out $25 plus shipping.

Today, I found teextile.

They have five shirts a week, designed by the teextile community. You can vote on shirts to determine which will make the cut. Shirts are listed for a week. Today's shirt is $12. The other four are $15. $2 shipping. If you voted for the shirt, you get free shipping. If you designed it (anyone can) you get $4 per shirt sold.

I think I have a new fave shirt site.

Here are a few that caught my eye:

2 Tone Tree on teextile

2 Tone Tree

BY Aliera

Fly away ........... on teextile

Fly away ...........

BY starryeyez

rise from the ashes on teextile

rise from the ashes

BY famousafterdeath

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The best part of blogging

The best part of blogging, for me at least, is when it points me toward other folks who share my point of view. Had a comment yesterday from "Brad" of His latest post today is on the topic of grace and the simplicity of the true gospel message. Go take a peek!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The American Trinity

I'm not what one might call a fan of Dennis Prager. I don't tend to listen to him, well, pretty much ever. But this idea he has of educating Americans about America, well that's something I'm all in for. I've long said that one of the big problems with our country is that most people don't know what it is that makes us so great, and so don't know how to protect that greatness. So, Prager is doing something about it. Well-produced, clear, and well-thought-out messages each fitting into about five minutes. If you have any desire to know a little about this great nation of ours, this might be an excellent place to start.

Hat tip to Andy from Political Friends.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Over to the right, in the "Support BunGirl: Shop at these sites!" section,there's a new banner today. It's for a great online Christian clothing and accessories shop called C28. I've long been a fan of the clothes they sell, so I figured it would be fun to join their street team! Here's a sampling of some of the great items you can buy there:

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ok, on three... "Awwwwww..."

Stealing this from Jan at the Poodle and Dog Blog because it's just too cute NOT to share!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My Personality according to a facebook app...


Saturday, April 04, 2009

Glow ball fun!

The Poodle (and Dog) Blog is one of my favorite reads. A while back, Jan wrote that she was hosting a contest by Two Knobby Tires to give away some incredibly cool glow-in-the-dark dog toys. A little while later, she announced that I was the winner! (and there was much rejoicing among the fur-kids!) Here's what Vali spent the evening doing:

Apologies for the low quality, I was filming on my camera phone in the dark... lol

Friday, March 27, 2009

Baby Faith

Imagine being a 23-year-old, single woman, pregnant, and being told that your baby had no brain and no chance to live once she was no longer in your womb. Imagine doctors telling you should end the pregnancy now. Many women would do as the doctors suggested. Thankfully, this woman didn't. The baby she was told would only live a few moments once born is now a month old and doing quite well. She's not in an incubator or connected to a bunch of machines to keep her going. She's not sickly or withering. She's very blessed to have a mother who chose to protect her life.

Anyone who believes that abortions are ever a good idea should read this story.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The I Love My Bad Dog Blog and My Own Bad Dog Story

This was originally started as a response to this blog, which you simply MUST go read. It's a bit long for the comments section though. So here it is:

Well, my bad dog is not quite as bad as Piney, but yeah, he's mine. For as long as I can possibly have him.

Jared is one of our four dogs. He's a German Shepherd mix, mixed with what we're not sure, but there's probably some boxer and some hound in there somewhere.

When we met Jared he was in a no-kill humane rescue. He had been in their program over a year, and they were looking for a new foster family for him, after he had already been through a couple of them. You see, Jared has a problem. He is absolutely terrified of strangers in general, but specifically men. More specifically large men. We're pretty sure he's remembering the abuse of wherever he was before he came to the rescue.

He doesn't bite. We're thankful for that. But he does do a pretty darned good impersonation of a dog who's about to bite. He barks, he growls, he lunges, he scares pretty much everyone who doesn't know him half to death.

When we brought him home, just as a foster, he had other plans. He moved right in and made himself at home. He spent the first few weeks with us hiding under the computer desk curled up on my feet. Every time the hubby came home (who definitely fits his fear profile) Jared would bark and growl and go nuts. Gradually it became less. Now he'll sleep on Grump's lap from time to time. He's still wary, but seems to have made peace.

When we have people over, they have to meet the dogs one at a time. First comes Vali, our gentle giant and friendly ambassador German Shepherd. This dog wouldn't hurt a fly. I take that back -- I taught him to hunt flies. But he's great with people and other animals.

Next comes Masha, our Siberian Husky with food allergies (minor compared to Piney's!). If there's any danger to meeting Masha it's simply that she may someday drown someone with her kisses. She's never met anyone she doesn't love.

Then there's Donovan. Donovan is my perpetual puppy. He's only about 30 lbs (small compared to the others) and has very rounded, puppy-like features. He barks, but he's so cute that noone is scared. Within a minute he's done all his sniffing and settled down, probably in the nearest lap.

Last comes Jared. Jared comes with a preface. "Don't be afraid of him," I tell them. "He doesn't bite." They assure me that they're not afraid, and I grab the leash and head for the bedroom where Jared is not so patiently waiting. Out comes Jared. He's barking, practically foaming at the mouth and trying to get away from me with every ounce of his 60-some pounds. I use the leash because his reaction is the same with or without it, but sometimes it makes the guests less afraid. And that is the key.

Every now and then a guest will be truly not afraid. Jared will bark a couple of times, the guest will stand their ground, and he'll quiet down. Then things are fine. The leash goes away and Jared goes and finds somewhere to lounge. Until they move. Then again with the barking and the craziness. It's rare that anyone makes it through an entire visit without seeing his bad side, though it has happened once or twice.

Obviously Jared is no longer a foster dog. He's won my heart. He thinks I am the world, and it's hard not to love him back. Sometimes he just comes up to me and lays his head in my lap and looks up at me, stubby tail twitching with joy. As I type this, he's laying beside me on the bed, twitching his paws in some fantastic doggy dream.

It scares me that if we lose the house (due to two lay offs within the past few months, that's a real possibility) I may lose him. If we have to go rent a place, I can't imagine that they'd allow us to keep him. He'd have to go back to the rescue where we got him. Nothing will break my heart more, so for now I'm praying that somehow we'll be able to stay where we are and keep the whole family, furry parts included, with us.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bunny Treasury!

Check out this amazing collection compiled by AbbasGirl: (<-- click to see her shop!)

Better hurry and take a peek though, treasuries don't last for long! This one will be gone tomorrow.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Etsy Texas Crafters are holding a First Monday sale!

Here's what's going on:
BBBRRRRRR! It’s cold outside! Pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa with mini marshmallows and come shopping with the Etsy Texas Crafters Team for our monthly 1st Monday Sale. We have great prices that are sure to warm you up!

With 72 ETC shops participating this month, there's something for everyone, including LOTS of great deals! But don’t dawdle . . . these sales and special offers are only available from 12:01 am Monday, February 2nd to 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 3rd, Central Time (that's 1:01am Monday to 1:00am Tuesday, Etsy Time).

Please wait for revised invoices on purchases from the following sales list, unless listing specifies that items are already marked down (or gives other instructions). Discounts do not apply to shipping unless “Free shipping” is indicated.

Here's this month's sales list..... - Team shop loaded with Texas goodies!
50% off all items in shop

%-Off Sales: Discount does NOT apply to shipping unless specified - Hand knit cloths, hand knit baby items and natural stone jewelry
25% off all items - Strung and Memory Wire jewelry
15% off all items in shop - Heirloom sewing, quilts and romantic vintage jewelry.
25% off all items in shop - One-of-a-kind Silver jewelry. Every purchase is a donation to animal rescue.
15% off all items in shop - good with any other sale, coupon, or offer. - original paintings , painted on leaves , wood , metal , paper and canvas , ACEOs , tote bags , and vintage.
15% off and free gift with purchase . - Original Design Jewelry with a Tropical Twist
20% off regular listed prices (excluding beachy bargains section.) and Free shipping in the US; half price shipping internationally. - luxurious natural soap and candles!
20% off all purchases - OOAK Quilted Art- Mini-Quilts, Wall Hangings, ATC/ACEO, Journals, Fabric Postcards, Bookmarks
20% off all items - Handmade scarves, neckwarmers, cowls, and more
20% off everything in the shop - Hand knit accessories
20 % off everything in my shop - Totes, handbags, wristlets and more
10% off all items in shop - Unique and Trendy Quilts, Bracelets, and Achy Paks
15% off entire shop - Vintage papers, fabrics, trims, & other ephemera; kits & paper packs
20% off everything in the shop - Unique handmade bags and art dolls with attitude
20% off all items in shop - Inspired glass, charms, jewelry, and original art.
25% off all items in shop - Beautiful Handcrafted Beadwoven Jewelry
15% off all items in shop - Crafting supplies and destash
15% off all items in shop - Beaded Bookmarks, Unique jewelry and more!
25% off all items (excludes Clearance items) - Just Plain Fun Stuff / / / Elegant Adornments of the Mature Woman
50% off one(1) item valued at $10.00 or more - one discount per customer - vintage treasures and more to bring you joy!
15% off all items in shop - Handmade Quilted Holiday Ornaments for every taste, style and personality. We specialize in custom orders.
15% off all items in shop - Business card holders, Patterns, Wine bottle carriers, Textile art, ACEO's, Purses on Clearance!
20% off all items in shop except textile art larger than 6" x 8" - Natural stone sterling silver, gold fill jewelry and original paintings.
15% everything in store, and buy one get one 50% off. - Handmade and Commercial Supplies & Destash
20% off all items in shop - handmade, custom leather items.
10% off all items. - Unique purses, vests, scarves, lingerie travel bags.
20% off entire shop. Bonus gift with purchase. - Unique jewelry for unique people.
15% off all items; and free shipping to the domestic U.S. - Vintage inspired and revamped jewelry
25% off all items in shop, plus Free Shipping on orders over $30(after discount) - Hats, polymer clay earrings, key chains, phone charms, and pins
15% off all items in shop - hairbows, headbands, bottlecap necklaces
20% off of all purchases and free shipping - recycled + new materials = unique totes, dryer sachets, pincushions and more
20% off everything in shop - Designer scent (type) bath products, candles, angels, etc.
20% off - All kinds of Quality Jewelry, Beaded Gifts and Custom Design!
20% off all items in shop. - SubEarthan Cottage offers Handmade soaps and more
20% off all items in my shop - Hand Made Jewelry, eyeglass holders, Findings, crochet, Machine Embroidery Designs and more
15% off all items in shop - blankets, burp cloths, laundry soap, comfort packs, and supplies.
20% off all items in shop - Pet items and tutorials
15% off all items in shop - boutique girls' clothing, hair flowers, and sewing patterns
20% off all items in my shop - greeting cards, paper favors, and supplies.
20% off all items in shop - Hand-painted glass, CD collage cards, crochet scarves, & other fun stuff
25% off all items in shop - Unique vintage finds and a random assortment of destash items.
25% off all items. - Yarncoture's shop offers hand knitted and crocheted items for the body and home.
40%-70% off final clearance on selected children's hand knitted and crocheted items.

BOGO Sales – Discounts apply to item of equal or lesser value & discount does not include shipping unless specified - Cuddly Stuff for Babies, Fun Stuff for Kids Specializing in Play Yard and Bassinette Sheets
Buy One in stock sheet, Get One 1/2 off! (1/2 off sheet must be of equal or lesser value) - KT Motif - Handmade Gift Tags, Premade Custom Scrapbook layouts and Custom Designed layouts
Buy One, Get One 50% off **Plus a Free Gift with Purchase (1 per customer, please) - Crocheted Crafting Tools, Scrubbies, Accessories & More
Buy One, Get One 50% Off OR Buy Two, Get One Free - Bright, whimsical, and colorful necklaces, earrings, button head pins, and other artisan items.
Buy One, Get One lesser item free. - More sophisticated but affordable necklaces, pins, jewelry and artisan items.
Buy One, Get One lesser item free. - Handmade and vintage cards
Buy One Get One Free - Beaded earrings, necklaces, watches, bracelets and more!
Buy One Get One Free - Seed bead jewelry. Brick stitch earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets and more!
Buy One Get One Free

Free Shipping - Handcrafted Gemstone, Swarovski Crystal, Sterling Silver Jewelry
FREE Domestic (US) Shipping on ALL Items - stationery and other handmade paper goodies using original and vintage designs and materials.
Free domestic shipping! - primarily beaded jewelry (for now)
FREE SHIPPING on all items jewelry, original art, prints and more
Free shipping in the US; half price shipping internationally - Handmade fabric goodies in bright colors and fun retro themes.
Free domestic shipping! - jewelry
Free shipping – photography
Free shipping - childrens canvas paintings, gifts, stylish accessories for women and more.
Free shipping. - handcrafted shard jewelry, and unique jewelry pieces
Free Domestic Shipping -Handmade lampwork/flame work glass beads,ooak custom orders,custom jewelry designs, earrings,bracelets,necklaces,
Free shipping in US and to Canada - Free beads with each order - Jewelry inspired by romance - with a vintage feel.
Free Shipping on all items to the U.S. and Canada, wire work, kids toys, jewelry boxes, and other random and custom items.
Free Shipping and Free Gift with Purchase - paintings, prints and Aceos
Free shipping - Primitive Wood Signs, custom signs too!
Free shipping on ALL signs purchased, within the US. - Handmade wallets, bags, coin purses, and other neat things
Free shipping on all items (Everything is already on clearance!) - Surreal art prints, originals, jewelry and home accessories.
Free shipping to US and Canada on orders over $25 - Handmade bags & gifts
Free shipping

Other Sales/Special Offers - Bracelets, earrings, and necklaces
Free Gift with any purchase - OOAK altered decorated clipboards and binder clips.
2 for $25 on All large clipboards (excl. custom orders) - Ice cream sundae jewelry, soda rose necklaces, and misc. distractions
$2 off large strawberry and vanilla ice cream sundae necklaces - fused glass jewelry and accessories
Free cord with any pendant purchase to complete your necklace!

For more info on Etsy Texas Crafters or to join our group, visit our website at
Also, subscribe to our monthly team newsletter via and we'll let you know about all our sales and other projects, as well as give you a special newsletter-only coupon!

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Matic Studio Etsy Sale

Right now MaticStudio is having a great sale on her wonderful winter gear. Stop by and check out her handmade scarves, hats etc and save a bundle on cold-weather treasures like these:

Lavender/ White Vine Scarf was $25 marked down to $20

CUSTOM Whoville Hat marked down to just $18 and you can pick your own favorite colors and fibers!

Chunky Eco Purse was $20 now down to $15

She's also got additional discounts for members of CAST and TeamCAC, check out her blog to learn more.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Helen's Harvest Etsy Shop

From the whimsical to the wonderful, Helen's Harvest sells fantastic hand-made lampwork beads and beaded items. You won't believe the selection she has -- and each and every piece is truly a work of art!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Etsy Chinese New Year Challenge

TeamEtsyTX does a crafters' challenge on the fourth Monday of each month. This month's theme is Chinese New Year. Here's the official announcement:

Since the 4th Monday of this month falls on the Chinese New Year, this month's Design Challenge theme was Celebrate the Chinese New Year!! This year is the year of the Ox, so entries must have something to do with Chinese New Year, Ox, Lantern Festival, Traditional Masks, ect.

We have some wonderful entries this month! Shops that participated are :

There are Prizes for the Top Four Designs!!

First Place will be 1 month of Free Ad Space on my New Website. (This will be a continuing 1st Place Prize)

Other Surprizes for the 2nd,3rd,and 4th place are Generously being Donated by: (Donating 2)

PLEASE Head on Over to Our Etsytx.ning site and Vote for your Favorite!

**Poll will close on Tuesday, Jan. 27th, with winners being announced the following day.**

Thursday, January 22, 2009

WindTwirler's Etsy Shop

Ok, so the first Etsy shop I'm featuring is WindTwirler's.  WindTwirler is a member of TeamEtsyTX.  Her shop features some really unique origami jewelry.  I've never seen anything quite like it and I am totally blown away!  Really gorgeous pieces, and of course all hand made.  Quite affordable too -- the above earrings go for $8.  So go check it out!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

More about Etsy!!!

So I've been trying to get a bit more active in the Etsy community, and I've found not one, not two, but three fabulous teams full of great people to network with! 

The first I joined was TeamCAC (Christian Artists and Crafters) which seems to be full of great people, although not terribly active.  I should probably take some initiative and talk a bit on the forums, but I'm far better at replying to threads than creating them, so I don't know how far I'll go with that one. 

Next up was CAST (Christian Artists Street Team) and my is this one ever active!  It's hard to keep up sometimes!  Another great group of folks there with some really amazing shops and superb talent on display.  So glad I found this group!

Finally, I joined ETC (Etsy Texas Crafters aka TeamEtsyTX).  My application was approved just this morning, but it seems like a neat group.  They have all kinds of events like monthly sales, themed creation contests, and "secrets" where people can get a free item with another purchase. 

So I've been thinking, there's gotta be a way I can support the folks in these three teams.  Oh!  I know!  I can feature their shops on my blog!  Look for the first feature tomorrow. 

Friday, January 02, 2009

BunGirl's Creations

I'm always looking for ways to make a quick buck or two on the internet, and I've long been a fan of, so I suppose it's only natural that I would eventually open a shop there. For Christmas I got a gift card to Michaels which I used to buy some jewelry supplies. Years back I did a lot of beading and had a ton of stuff for it, but that's long since been lost. So I'm starting fresh. Here's my first piece for sale:
You can click the photo to be taken to my store. Feedback is always appreciated!

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