Wishful Weekend Plans

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As a stay at home mom, I am literally stuck at home. We only have one car right now, which my husband takes to work and on occasion I start getting cabin fever. When the weekend hits I want to do ALL the things! I know it’s ONLY Thursday, but I’ve already made some plans to make our weekend bursting with fun!

1. Go to Holiday Happening I really don’t know exactly what it is…I know Santa is there and there’s shopping (I am hoping craft fair style). Apparently, it’s a big deal around here and started on Wednesday. I want to check it out and if it is a place to sell some handmade goodies, I’m putting it on the list to apply to next year. One of my big goals for Scrawny Girl, is craft shows and cons….not sure how to make that happen, but I think going to a few will give me a better idea.

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2. I want to go thrifting! I always want to go thrifting!! I am always on the look out for Dolly Parton coffee mugs + shirts with cats on them…and other tacky things. I normally jut hit up our local Savers since it’s the closest to my house and has the least funky smell. >_<

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3. Watch Moonrise Kingdom I still haven’t seen this! So maybe we can fit it in with a bit of popcorn + cocoa + knitting (I like to knit when it gets cold. I’ve been working on the same baby blanket for almost 3 years.).

4. Decorate for Christmas We’ve had our tree up for over a week, since we bought it. I need to see what I have and what I need to get. A must on my list is shatterproof ornaments. Hopefully this tree will withstand hurricane Amelia this year!

What are your fun weekend plans? Have you seen Moonrise Kingdom? What did you think?

Sweater Weather

It actually snowed here yesterday, which is almost unbelievable because it was 70 degrees the day before. West Texas weather is so strange and unpredictable! I love cozy sweaters and decided I’d share a few of my favorites from Modcloth. (PS this is NOT a sponsored post. Modcloth had a great app + cute stuff. If I had all the money in the world I would just buy stuff from there all day.)

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I  have the craziest addiction to ugly Christmas sweaters, I used to have a ton of them! I need to hit up the thrift store and see if I can find any before the sororities and fraternities have their Ugly Sweater Christmas parties which makes it hard to get all the fab sweaters. I also like anything Hello Kitty (or with cats on it) and tend to shop in the little girls section at Target for cute Hello Kitty stuff!

What kind of sweaters make you feel cozy?

 

That’s What She Said Sunday

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In light of celebrating my first year as a small business owner, I have been reflecting on the ups and downs, high and lows, and the future of Scrawny Girl.

I’m excited for my Christmas break (the shop is closing on Dec 11th!). I ordered a book to help me make a business plan and I’ve been making big plans and goals the past few days. My emotions about Scrawny Girl have been all over the place. Today I woke up feeling good about my recent decisions. I will be sharing them as the time comes and I hope you all will be just as excited as I am.

One thing I will spill the beans about today, is my stickers in their current form will be going away. My arthritis has gotten so bad that it’s getting harder to cut them out and health wise this is the best thing I can do. I will be offering what I have in stock and when they are sold out they will be gone.

I will continue doing sticker club, so subscribers don’t fret. :) I’m currently working on new ways to make stickers because I really enjoy making them and want to continue to do so.

Look forward to cute stuff in the New Year! Also, today is the last day to save 40% in my Storenvy shop with the code ENVY1 to celebrate my Envyversary!

Thank you all for your love and support the past year! I appreciate every single comment, purchase, picture, and smile!

5 Fandom Friday: Smartphone Apps I Can’t Live Without

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I feel like I use an app for everything these days, and there are plenty I can live without (cough Facebook cough). Here are a few that make my days a little easier, more fun, and cuter.

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1. TsumTsum

I am totally addicted to this cute game! I love it and Amelia loves it, which means she uses all my hearts and likes the music lol. My user name is cupquake03 if you want to be friends.

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2. Roku
Sadly our Roku remote is missing. I’ve looked everywhere. Thankfully there’s an app so we can still watch Curious George and I can get my anime fix with the Funimation channel.

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3. Kindle
I like to read, but sadly my toddler likes to tear up books. Also having a portable device with books on it is great when you’re in a place with no Internet.

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4. Sell on Etsy (and the Etsy app)
I run my little handmade empire basically from my phone since my laptop died and my toddler thinks the computer is only for playing My Little Pony episodes. Also don’t get me started on Amelia and chairs + desks.

I just started selling on Etsy and my life will get a million times easier when Storenvy gets an app. I love the ease of Etsy’s apps and I can’t wait to use the new card reader when I start doing shows next year.

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5. Instagram
This by far one of my favorite apps and I would pick it over twitter and Facebook any day. I get sucked in daily looking at so many beautiful and inspirational pictures. You can follow me @scrawnygirlshop

What are your favorite apps?

Ps this post was done through the WordPress app

SG Shop Update: Christmas Cuties + All The Sales!

Yesterday I updated both of my shops (here + here) with plenty of kawaii brooches, earrings, and my new mini sticker pack!

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I’ve been super excited about Christmas! So excited that I made a Santa brooch with matching earrings!

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I’ve been working on stock for the shops and a few things I haven’t shared too much about yet (like hoop art + ornaments). Hopefully I will get them done in time for the big Cyber Monday sale!

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There are 50+ store participating and you can check out the full list of shops here. These shops are only on Storenvy and the discount code will only work in my Storenvy shop. On Monday December 1st starting at midnight est you can use the code StorenvyFlash30 to save 30% off your entire purchase. Sadly I will not be able to have my sticker club as part of this promotion and it will be removed from the shop for the day.

sg holiday adIf you would prefer to get your holiday shopping done a bit early, I am currently offering 20% off in my Etsy shop as part of The Indie A-List gift guide. Use the code ALISTHOLIDAY14 to save and make sure to check out the other shops offering discounts in the gift guide!

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Here is just a reminder about holiday shipping cut offs in order to get your SG goodies by Christmas! (I can not pinky promise they will get there once they leave my hands, that is left in the fate of the USPS, but I will ship everything out immediately and send you your tracking number so you can stalk your packages! xo)

I will be closing up shop on DEC 11th in order to enjoy the holiday season with my family and celebrate Amelia’s 2nd birthday!

To get a heads up on when I will be reopening, subscribe to my newsletter + follow me on social media for all the updates!

If you made it this far, you rock! My 1 year Envyversary is this weekend so stay tuned for a giveaway! xo

 

 

 

November Wishlist

It’s really fun trying to find things that I might actually want. I actually had a hard time with this wishlist even though it’s time to start sending letters to Santa. Around this time of year I’m thinking of all the things I can make for other people and checking off my own list of presents to buy for others.

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1. Vans Hickory Stripes Sk8-Hi Platform Sneakers Don’t ask me why I love these and want the platforms, but I do. It was love at first sight!

2. Lush Holiday Body Wash and Bath Bombs I’ve never had the chance to try their holiday collection, but I think this year is the year!

3. This sweater is awesome and I thought I had saved the link from Modcloth, but now I can’t find it. Seriously though, lots of cute sweaters to be found at Modcloth!

4. #GIRLBOSS I’m pretty sure everyone has read this but me….

5. Tuesday Bassen Hail Satan Phone Case Sometimes I like to be turn a few heads. Of course I will need this for my iphone6+ that I still need to get!

What’s on your wishlist? xo

Hello November

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Last night, the night before that, and today I’ve been sketching and thinking of my November sticker of the month sketches. I was going to go with a traditional Thanksgiving theme with turkey’s, pies, and pilgrims but truthfully I’m not feeling it.

In one of the forums I visit, they were talking about intentions for November and how you want to feel this month. This got me thinking about this time of the year and how I’ve always been stressed, grumpy, and tired. Now that I work for myself I don’t have to feel that way and I choose to feel gracious, joyful, and intentional with my time.

My priorities are making traditions, having fun, and living in the moment. So getting back to sticker club sketches, expect something fun and not Thanksgiving themed.

You can now sign up for my sticker club month to month! Of course you can still sign up for 3 month subscriptions too! The packs are only available until the end of each month and then they’re gone. Spots are limited on month to month so grab yours first! I can’t wait to show you guys this month’s stickers! xo

PS happy November!

5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Halloween Candy

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This weeks Fandom Friday is all about your favorite Halloween candy! I really hope Amelia gets some of the good stuff tonight!

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1. Candy Corn. You can never go wrong with a classic!

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2. Tootsie Roll Pops. I loved these growing up and haven’t had one in years. My favorite are the brown ones.

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3. Mini Reese’s PB Cups. I only eat the mini’s because the ratio of chocolate to peanut butter is perfect.

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4. Kit Kats. I already ate a whole bag of these with the help of Amelia and my husband. I want to eat all the crazy ones from Japan. I’ve really been digging Kit Kats lately….

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5. Gummy Bears. They’re so cute, what’s not to love?! I can also eat a million of these without feeling sick.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! What candy are you wishing for tonight?

 

SG Army of Cuteness: October

October has been a super fun month! It’s crazy it’s already over and Halloween is tomorrow! November is going to be exciting because it will be the 1 year anniversary of me opening my shop on Storenvy and I’m planning a fun giveaway! Is there something you would like to see? Let me know in the comments.

Now it’s time to get to know my lovely sponsors for this month! They are all adorable!

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Violet’s Buds items are unique in that the majority of the fabrics used are either remnants, or are upcycled from clothing & linens. Beads, pendants, & buttons in Violet’s Buds accessories and art come from old & sometimes broken costume jewelry, old clothing, or scouted out at flea markets.

Melanie also takes all of my amazing product photos and gives amazing photography tips on Daft Crafts!

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What is your favorite Halloween memory from childhood?
I remember one year sitting at the table while my dad did my sister’s costume makeup and I read aloud from his Edgar Allan Poe compilation book. I’ve loved Poe ever since, and it was a nice bonding time with my dad.

If you are dressing up what is your costume this year? And if you’re not dressing up, what would you dress up as?
Yes! We are doing a family costume this year- characters from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. My daughter chose Flint Lockwood, I am going to be Sam Sparks, and my husband (GipsonWands) is going to be Tim Lockwood, Flint’s dad.

What is your all time favorite halloween candy?
Such a hard decision! I’m a chocoholic, and love most of it. I think my favorite is Almond Joy, since I usually only have them around Halloween.

Melanie is offering 20% off any purchase with the code SHOPHANDMADE until 11/15/14.

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As a child, whenever I had a nightmare, monsters would come in and save the day. Scary things that most children feared were dwelling in their closets and under their beds were the heroes of my dreams. Then, after said dreams, my mother would stitch these monsters into plush toys for me (Falcor from Never Ending Story and Stinky the cyclops were my two favorites). Eventually she taught me how to sew, my first plush toy was a ballerina named Sophie. The rest is history.
Nothing brings me as much joy as conceiving a fun monster in my mind, and stitching it to life with nothing but some fabric, needle, thread, and a whole lot of imagination! More so, I love when these monsters are adopted and go to loving, forever homes. Some lovely customers are even kind enough to send me updates and pictures of how the monsters are adapting. Those customers are the best!

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What is your favorite Halloween memory from childhood?

My family didn’t celebrate Halloween for most of my childhood, and I lived out in the boonies so we never got trick-or-treaters. I think I was nine the very first time I went trick or treating, and it was awesome! I dressed up as a black kitty cat and my little mind was blown by how much candy people just gave away! Pillow case filled to the brim? Ahhh yeahhh!

If you are dressing up what is your costume this year? And if you’re not dressing up, what would you dress up as?

Two of my very good friends are marrying each other on Halloween, so I will be dressing up as a bridesmaid (one I haven’t done before, hah!) but I will be attending a Halloween party the night before. As a part-time special effects makeup artist (oh, yeah, fun fact about myself that I don’t talk about much) I should be coming up with interesting with a “wow” factor. But, per usual, I will be leaving all decisions about that until the last minuet. Typical Tranifer.

What is your all time favorite halloween candy?

Being vegan has slimmed the pickings down a wee bit. But, I have always been a huge fan of Bottle Caps, Fun Dip, and Airheads. Mmmmmmm… Airheads.

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What is your favorite Halloween memory from childhood?

My favorite Halloween memory would probably be in 11th grade, when my friends and I went trick-or-treating and then camped out together Halloween night at my friend’s place outside in a tent, it was incredibly fun.

If you are dressing up what is your costume this year? And if you’re not dressing up, what would you dress up as?

I have to work on Halloween, but I’m allowed to partly dress up. I got my idea from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I was going to wear a formal dress, up my hair up, and then wear this gilded sign around my neck that said, “I’m Sorry” – my costume would’be been a Formal Apology.

What is your all time favorite halloween candy?

I really like the chewable Tootsie Roll candies, especially the orange-flavored ones. And mini Kit-Kats and mini Jersey Milks are always great too :)

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What is your favorite Halloween memory from childhood?
My favourite memory…  That’s a hard one since I love Halloween!  One thing I recall in particular was going to a haunted house when I was little.  I was probably six or seven, and I was dressed up as a black kitty cat.  I remember my mom being concerned that it might be too scary in the haunted house, but I loved it!  The experience was probably made overly amazing in my imagination, but I recall loving the idea of ghosties and witches, and that was exactly what this haunted house had.  They don’t make haunted houses like that anymore!  I feel like nowadays so many of them are full of zombies and people chasing you with chainsaws, but I’ll always treasure my memory of a truly spooky, enchanting haunted house!

If you are dressing up what is your costume this year? And if you’re not dressing up, what would you dress up as?
I dress up every year!  This time I’m going to use some of my lolita fashion wardrobe to pull together a sort of Sailor-Moon-becomes-a-witch look.  Halloween is a good excuse to combine lolita with cosplay, an otherwise rare occurrence for me!

What is your all time favorite halloween candy?
I love anything chocolate.  It’s a problem.  Especially if those chocolates are shaped like cute things, like bats or pumpkins!  Candy is a visual experience too.

Use the code “scrawnygirl” by Dec 31, 2014 to save 15% off in Jack-O-Cat’s shop!!!

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#happyhandmade: Princess Edition

Each week I participate in a fun link up for handmade makers on Daft Crafts. It’s a great way to get your products seen and discover new handmade shops. One of your 3 products can be displayed prominently at the top of the next weeks link up post by being a staff pick or most viewed. All you have to do to participate is share 3 other linked up products via social media and hash tag it #happyhandmade.

I wanted to share my picks here this week and urge you to link up if you have a handmade shop!

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I actually bought this lovely piece! I can’t decide if I want to gift it or keep it for Amelia’s room!

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All the masks in this shop are amazing! I’m thinking of lots of fun gift ideas for my nieces will come from this shop!

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I know a few princesses who could use this tote to lug their ballet and gymnastics gear in!

What is on your handmade wishlist? Did you link your shop up? Let me know in the comments so I can check it out! xo