Dec 302012

This last year I continued my participation with the Blogging Business Artisans team on Etsy. We’ve had a lot of fun during the last 12 months, participating in challenges that take our skills to the next level, and blogging about them afterward. Our most recent group activity was a Secret Santa exchange. Just before Christmas, a lovely holiday package arrived from Edi Royer of Memories for Life Scrapbooks. Edi, a fellow Iowan, knows how much I love journals, so she made one for me with wooden covers, personalized with her laser engraving machine.


Edi has other wonderful books in her shop, and is always willing to design a custom book, album or journal for you. I especially like the album shown below, which would be perfect for holiday photos, now that most of the holidays are behind us.

This notebook would be a great place to jot down favorite quotations, verse or titles on your reading list.

Edi also tucked some hazelnut chocolate in my package. Yum—it doesn’t get any better than this! Thank you, Edi, and happy holidays!


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Dec 292011

This fall I joined a new Etsy team calling itself Blogging Business Artisans, whose goal is to encourage, inspire, promote, and socialize with other creative entrepreneurs with a focus on social marketing. In case you think that means we’re all about business, let me tell you that we do have fun! This holiday season, Sharla of the Beaded Tail organized a Secret Santa exchange. We all listed our likes and dislikes to make it a little easier to put together a package for our “partner,” but still, everyone was surprised about what they received. My Secret Santa turned out to be none other than Sharla, and I sent a handmade journal to Margaret of Splendid Little Stars. ” It has a beachy/watery theme,” Margaret told me, “so I believe I will use it as a journal to record my impressions/experiences of my beach vacations.”

Sharla definitely struck a sweet note with the chocolate-covered hazelnuts shown below. When we gather our sweets and treats for New Year’s Eve, you can bet these delectables will be within easy reach.

My Secret Santa package from Sharla also included a handmade fabric-and-lace bookmark made by apron specialist Stephanie Lochet of Aux Belles Choses. A day never passes that I don’t read a book or magazine, so this pretty bookmark will get a lot of use.

Finally (and I’ve saved the best for last), Sharla included one of her own beaded crystal bracelets in my package. It is so dainty, and it fastens easily and securely with a magnetic clasp. The photo below, to be honest, does not do the pretty bracelet justice. And it just happens to match a brooch I received from a family member for Christmas!

Thank you, Sharla, for making my Christmas extra special and for organizing the Secret Santa exchange. I hope we do it again next year! You can read about everyone else’s surprise packages HERE.