Showing posts with label Holiday Shop Hop 2011. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday Shop Hop 2011. Show all posts

And The Winner Is,...

Patty Wins - Yeah!!
(I've already emailed her to give her the fun news!)

So, there you have it folks!  I hope you enjoyed visiting all the great, unique and fun shops during the Holiday Shop Hop this past weekend!

Keep in mind that from now until January 15th, 2012, the button at the top of my blog that says "Holiday Shop Hop 2011" will have all the shops that participated in the Holiday Shop Hop along with a few more that have been added to the list so you can enjoy browsing their shops, websites and/or blogs during the entire Winter Break.

Many of the shops are running promotions, sales and have all sorts of fun things going on this whole month - so please stop back by and check out their shops and see what's new!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Holiday Cheer!

Holiday Shop Hop 2011

Welcome to the Holiday Shop Hop 2011

Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th

Carved Wooden Snowman Ornament by Gordon W. Baldock
Photo by Michelle Buettner
Graphic Enhancement by Mary Anne Flesch of Handcrafted Serenity Jewelry

We all know it's pretty easy to hop around and shop all over Etsy, Artfire and many other super wonderful arts and craft sites, but sometimes it's a bit daunting and so this was developed (with some generous help from some very wonderful people, I might add!) to be a fun and enjoyable way to shop handmade and support the arts and crafts sector of the small business world during this very busy gift giving season!

"Winter in Nutrioso"
Photo by Michelle Buettner
Listed below are some pretty cool places to find unique handmade items such as Jewelry (I love buying other jewelry artist's designs - they're so gorgeous!!) and Jewelry related items, such as Beads and Supplies (I can never have enough of these!). There's also handcrafted Toys, Wearable Goods, Bath and Body Products, Candles and items we use everyday such as Pens, but these are handcrafted with some really cool flair!

Some of the participants below have listed their online shops for you to browse through while others have listed their blogs, website or Facebook page which is where you will find information on the wonderful items they create and offer for sale.  (The MiShel Designs Etsy shop is listed in the link list below with everyone else's and there's a clickable link over here on the right side of my blog. I've got a coupon code for 20% off posted in my shop announcements for shoppers as well.)

Each participant has created their own unique shopping experience for you and you'll want to be on the look out for a few that are offering specials, discount codes or coupons and even a possible give-a-way or two!

To start things off, I'm going to be giving away a necklace and earring set here on the MiShel Designs Blog. Everyone who leaves a comment at the bottom of this post either today or tomorrow will be entered in the drawing and the participant will be chosen by and announced here on my blog on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011.

Necklace and Earring Set by Michelle Buettner
of MiShel Designs

So please, browse through the list below and enjoy the

Holiday Shop Hop!



We Hope You Have Enjoyed The Holiday Shop Hop!

Although Most Of The Specials and/or Give-A-Ways These Shops Are Having May Only Be
Valid During Certain Times,
The "Holiday Shop Hop" Button
at the Top of This Blog
Will Have These Shops Listed
Until January 15, 2012
So That You May Browse
Through Their Shops During
Your Entire Winter Break!


Peace, Love and Happy Handmade Holiday!

With Much Gratitude

It was brought to my attention that I hadn't properly thanked all the wonderful people who helped me with the Holiday Shop Hop that's taking place here on my blog tomorrow and Sunday, so I wanted to take this opportunity to do so!

First and foremost, to everyone who’s blindly jumped in to participate and make this little shop hop a fun event this weekend. Thank you so VERY much!

You’ve tweeted, you’ve facebooked, you’ve blogged, and talked, and emailed and shared the information for the Holiday Shop Hop with so many people and it will be thanks to all of your brilliant efforts when it’s a success! 


Next I’ve got a little “private list” of peeps that have listened to my long, drawn out and rambling emails (You know who you are!!) and who’ve also offered countless suggestions and were there when this was just an inkling and I had no idea what the heck I even wanted to do to help get traffic to people's shops and to help get people to shop handmade, small business and “local” (in their jammies, in their own house!) this gift giving season! Thank you!!


I want to give a big shout out to these wonderful women as well:

Lori Anderson – Lori’s listened to many of my rambling emails, gave suggestions and offered help despite her own very cool and successful Virtual Craft Fair she’s got going on this entire week over on her blog, Pretty Things! Thank you so much Lori, your suggestions, offers of help and ear for listening are greatly appreciated and deeply valued!

Lisa Crone:  Lisa got blind-sided as I asked a ton of her one night via email. She had such a full schedule and still said to me “As soon as I’m free, I’ll help out”.  So, when she finished, I said “Oh, thanks, but I’ve got it under control”.  How rude of me – not on purpose, but still - rude of me none-the-less! And, being the gracious one she is, she still helped out! What a class act!  Thank you so much for your support and help!

Regina Santerre: Regina was one of the first one’s to step in and say “Count me in!” and she’s also the one who came up with the actual name “Holiday Shop Hop” – it was her suggestions vs. whatever the long, drawn out and wordy thing I was trying to use was! J Thanks a bunch Regina – I think the name rocks!!

Mary Anne Flesch:  Mary Anne jumped in for the Shop Hop and then she took my little “Snowman Button” and “fixed” him!  Yep, she took the yellow out and made him look all pretty and white like a snowman should! Yeah!! And then, of course, I messed it up again,….what’s new?!! L But, Thank You Mary Anne! You took your time and effort to help me and I appreciate it so much!! And, if I do this next year,…I’ll make sure I use the Snowman you fixed!!   

Mary Anne's nice white Snowman! :)
And not the one that looks like it was made with snow that Santa’s Reindeer peed on! J

Shelly's 'yellow-ish' Snowman
THANK YOU everyone! I really am grateful.
 Peace, Love and Here’s to a Successful Holiday Shop Hop This Weekend for Everyone!


Hey, BTW,'s Bead Table Wednesday today!

Hop on over to the Flickr Group and
see what's cooking today, won't you?

My unfinished work this Wednesday!

I've got a link list on my bead table and I'm emailing people with it today and I've got a bunch of unfinished jewelry designs waiting patiently for me to finish, photograph and get into my shop for this weekend's Holiday Shop Hop.

What's on your Bead Table Today??

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and BTW!!

Cyber Monday!

It's Cyber Monday and that means shopping in your jammies till you drop! And awesome savings of course!!

Hop on over to the MiShel Designs Etsy store today and save 10% off you entire order by using Coupon Code  "Cyber10" upon check out. 

And, here's some more good tips to help you save while shopping online today -

Hop on over to Studio Waterstone where Lori Plyler is having free shipping on all orders today. I have a couple of Lori's clutches and "OH MY!"  They're fabulous so you don't want to miss this!!

At Studio Waterstone, Lori's "Sharing the Love" and letting people post the specials they're having in their shops right on her blog - complete with easy links and everything!!  So, go check out all those goodies today,
you'll be happy you did!

Als0 over on Lori Anderson's Blog, Pretty Things, the 1st Annual Virtual Craft Fair is continuing today - check out the artists listed today and see what goodies they are giving away and what specials they have for you as well this week!

And, don't forget to come back here this weekend, December 3rd and 4th when a bunch of yummy shops will be posted here on my blog for the Holiday Shop Hop

Several shops are doing free give-a-ways and offering discounts or other goodies - so you don't want to miss this!

I'm hitting the internet now and going to check out all the great deals for Cyber Monday!

If you're having a special today for Cyber Monday on your shop, please be sure and leave me a link in your comments so I (and my readers) can go check out what you've got going on!!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Happy Cyber Monday Shopping!!

The Day After,...

Well, it's "Black Friday" today.  The day we're all supposed to go out and 'shop the big box stores'.  I really hope all of you who are out there are able to get what you want for the price you want and with out getting hurt!

I'd like to suggest, if you haven't already finished your holiday shopping, that you support a couple of things that are a bit on the smaller scale, and a smidge closer to "home".

First, there's Small Business Saturday.  Go out and support your local shops shops that make up your community; the small businesses that provide convenience right in your own back yard!

Then, starting tomorrow, over on Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things, there's the 1st Annual Virtual Show - for a whole entire week - you won't want to miss this!!  Lovely give-a-ways, great stashes of finds,...oh the goodies to be had here!

And I hope you'll all come back next weekend, Saturday and Sunday the 3rd and 4th of December, and hop around the shops I'll have posted up here for the Holiday Shop Hop  supporting handmade goods here online.

I hope those of you here in the U.S. aren't too stuffed with Turkey from yesterday's Thanksgiving dinner and I also hope you are able to enjoy all the wonderful people you are thankful for this holiday weekend!

I'm thankful for all of you who stop by and comment, for my family who I love dearly, for my friends who are both physically here and those who are online and for all the wonderful moments I've been able to experience this weekend!

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Thanks!

Blog Give-A-Way!

Happy Monday Everyone!

I'm only 7 peeps away from having
100 followers on my blog - Woo Hoo! 

Okay, I know,...I know,...there's folks who have thousands of followers, but I'm excited and very grateful for the
93 of you that I have!!

Once I hit 100 followers I'm going to be putting everyone's name in the pot and doing a Blog Give-A-Way as an appreciation gift to everyone who follows along in my quirkly little corner of the world.

There will be three winners in my Blog Give-A-Way.

The 1st item to be given away will be this 
Romantic Rose necklace and complimentary earring set
that I created for the Bead Soup Blog Party this fall that everyone gave me such nice compliments on.
(Thank you for the kind words, by the way!)

2nd Up will be my "Follow Your Dreams" Necklace with pewter charm, leather cord and one of my handcrafted sterling silver swirl clasps. 

I love this necklace because even with it's
simplistic style, it speaks volumes!

And 3rd on the Give-A-Way block with be my
"Butterscotch" beaded brass wire-wrapped bracelet which, with it's assortment of wire wrapped beads, is fun and funky!

Once I hit "100" I'll be doing the drawing and posting the results of the "100 Followers Give-A-Way" so check back often and see how things are going!

Also, this Monday, I wanted to tell you about a pretty big event that's happening online the 26th of November through the 3rd of December with Lori Anderson

She's such an innovative one, this lovely beady blogger, and she's come up with the First Annual Virtual Craft Show which she's hosting over on her blog, Pretty Things

You'll definitely want to check it out! 
Click on over to her blog now for the all the juicy details!

Also, don't forget, the Holiday Shop Hop 2011 will take place right here on my blog (and several other's blogs as well!) for two days the weekend of December 3rd and 4th as well. 

You'll be able to hop around to several shops and blogs and check out some wonderful handmade items and support the art community when you do your holiday shopping this year.

So, that's it for this Monday.  Here's to a creative week everyone!

Until Next Time,


Last Chance!

Step Right Up and Sign Up For The
Taking Place December 3rd and 4th!

Saturday the 19th (That's TOMORROW!)
is the last day to let me know you want in!

Check out the information HERE and then email me with your email address and shop information at

Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and Shopping Handmade This Holiday!!


Jump Right In!

Step on up and JUMP right in!

We've got quite a few folks signed up to participate in one capacity or another and although most of the particpants are jewelry and/or bead and supplies related, I'm still getting people leaving comments and emailing me with their information - so it's not too late for you to jump in, too!

You can read all about the Holiday Shop Hop 2011 Right HERE!

It's taking place for one weekend (2 days) on
Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th.

There are several of you who have passed this information on to your friends and fellow online artisans - THANK YOU!!

This was just my small way to try and help after I read several posts and forums in respect to people wondering what they could do to try and affectively drive more traffic to their sites for the upcoming Holidays.

So, head on over to the original post and after reading it and checking out the details, go ahead and sign up! 
And, feel free to email me with questions!

Until Next Time,


Miss Layla thinks you should join in the fun
with the Holiday Shop Hop 2011 this season!