Wednesday, October 28, 2015

All Birdhouses On Sale at Sweet Home Designs Etsy!

Yup!  I'm having another sale!  I told you I would and here it is!  Everyone loves birdhouses, including me!  I've taken birdhouses to a new level, these tiny houses are perfect as centerpieces, mantel pieces, shelves, gifts, and so much more.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu 

Not only are the birdhouses on sale, but I've also added the "sets" to the sale!  Woot! Woot!  How fun to pick up these adorable houses, on sale, for that perfect teacher gift, secret pal, neighbor, or hair stylist!  Sweet and fun!  They'll love the uniqueness of each hand crafted design!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu

I hope you'll visit my shop, Sweet Home Designs on Etsy and take a look around!  This sale won't last forever, so jump in while supplies are good!

Blessings from Sweet Home Designs!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Sale is Over! But Don't Worry! There will be another!

If you missed the last sale, don't worry; I'll have another!  I'm having a great time creating new items for Fall, as well as, items for the Christmas Season. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu

I've added a few new sets or you can always mix and match!  I'd love to hear what you'd like to see in the shop!  Do you have something that you'd like to have customized with that perfect color palette for you or a friend?  Let me know what you need and we'll work together to make it happen!

Thanks again for stopping by Sweet Home Designs!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sweet Home Designs Sale is Coming to an End

The sale is coming to an end!  Don't miss out on these outstanding bargains!  These items are such a good deal!  They make wonderful gifts!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns

Or look how sweet they look on a shelf or mantel!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/228780799/cottage-chic-happy-frame-with?ref=shop_home_active_8 

I made many companion items so that you can display them together!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/242051567/countryshabby-chic-milk-bottle-with?ref=shop_home_active_21
 
Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to take advantage of this outstanding sale!

Blessings from Sweet Home Designs!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Just Started an Instagram Account

Well, I'm the first one to admit that I'm a bit behind the times LOL!  I just opened an Instagram Account today.  You'll find me at More_Sweet_Home_Designs!  I've only posted a few images so far; I'll try to add to it daily.

If you're on Instagram, I'd love to have you follow me or I'd love to follow you!  Leave your link in the comment section below so that I can add you to my group!

Sweet Home Designs on Etsy

Remember its More_Sweet_Home_Designs on Instagram!  Thanks again for stopping by!

Blessings!

Sweet Home Designs

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sweet Cottage Chic Birdhouse Set from Sweet Home Designs on Etsy

I just added another set to the Sweet Homes Designs Shop on Etsy!  It sort of reminds me of something with a Nordic cottage flair.  I used a punch to give the roof line a little texture and I think it gave it a gingerbread house feel.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252638484/small-shabbycottage-chic-birdhouse-set?ref=shop_home_active_1

This particular offering is a set.  I added the little "flower pot" votive to it so that the two pieces can be used together or separately.  They can be given as individual gifts or you can keep them for yourself, to be used as a centerpiece assortment, mantel display, or a shelf display.  Wherever you use them, I hope you're delighted!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252638484/small-shabbycottage-chic-birdhouse-set?ref=shop_home_active_1

As always, thank you for stopping by the blog today and I hope you'll take a moment to check out my sale at Sweet Home Designs on Etsy!

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Teddy Bear Picture from Sweet Home Designs

Hello everyone,

I've added a Teddy Bear Picture to the Sweet Home Designs Etsy Shop!  I thought it turned out pretty cute and I wanted to share it with you here. 

The colors are predominantly blues and greens, which would make it perfect for a boys room or nursery.  With that said, I love it for a little girl as well!  I think it could go either way!


https://www.etsy.com/listing/252395361/teddy-bear-picture-in-blues-and-greens?ref=shop_home_active_1 

I've placed it on a shelf here with a couple of my other SALE items.  I thought it would be fun to show them together!  I apologize for the glare on the glass, it's really hard to photograph.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252395361/teddy-bear-picture-in-blues-and-greens?ref=shop_home_active_1 

I'm also offering customization for an additional fee.  Maybe a name or the date of birth, etc.

Thank you for taking the time with me today!

Blessings from Sweet Home Designs!
 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Magnolia Market Opens!

One of my favorite shows on television is "Fixer Upper" with Chip and Joanna Gaines!  I love everything about this couple!  I love their style, their love for each other, and their faith in a magnificent Lord!

Well, she's been working on opening her store called Magnolia Market and it's finally happened!  Not only does it have a physical local, but it also has an online market as well.

Per her style, it's comfortable, homey living at it's best!

https://shop.magnoliahomes.net/collections/as-seen-on-fixer-upper-season-2/products/new-restore-giving-keys-necklace

 Take a moment to look over all she has to offer...enjoy the quiet peacefulness of the decor.

https://shop.magnoliahomes.net/collections/decorate

Joanna and Chip give so much of themselves to everything they do and you can see it in every piece that has been selected for her shop!  Just lovely!



Remember the "I Love You tot he Moon and Back" episode?  Every aspect of the homes they design seem to fit perfectly for those they are designing for!

Shop until you drop and as always...BE BLESSED!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Sharing a Few More Items from the Spring/Summer Sale

Hi everyone!

Thought I would take a moment to show a couple of other items for sale here at Sweet Home Designs.  The holidays are upon us and I need to make room in my shop for Fall and Christmas!!  Woot!  Woot!

I've picked a few of my favorites to share.  They make wonderful gifts or additions to your own decor and you definitely can't beat the price!


Fun and whimsical with a touch of country charm!  I hope you'll take a moment to tell your friends!  Let them know that the sale is going on now and will end soon!

Blessings and many thanks for stopping by!

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again, I say REJOICE!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Spring/Summer Sale on at Sweet Home Designs on Etsy

It's an end of the season Spring/Summer Clearance Sale!!  Everyone loves a sale right?  Well, this is the time to take advantage of those cute items you've been eyeing!


https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns

I've chosen 15 items and marked them down 40%!  Head on over and check out the savings!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns


Thanks again for stopping by Sweet Home Designs!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

When Showers Come Often Times Flowers Grow

I remember when I was a little girl I'd sing a little song:

Rain, rain
Go away
Come again another day.
Rain, rain
Go away
Little Johnny wants to play.

Do you remember feeling that way?  We always want the sun to shine and the rain to stop, but we often forget that without the rain there is no growth.  Sometimes, the things that bring us discomfort for a moment are the very things the Lord is going to use to bring us strength; to help us better understand the sorrow of others and to grow stronger in spite of our short lived "soggy" feeling.

  

For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;  HEBREWS 6:7

So remember, when a little rain comes your way, and you feel damp, cold, and sad.  God's purpose for the rain is to give you a rich blessing from above!  

Sweet Home Designs


Be blessed!

Sweet Home Designs Additions for Christmas

Hi everyone! I know it's not even Halloween, but if you're like me, you're already beginning to think about those Christmas gifts for the special people in your life. 

I added a couple of sets to the shop that I think would make great teacher, secret pal, mail person, neighbor type gifts.  The cost is low, so you won't break the bank, and I'm sure that you'll see a smile on their face when they open their adorable handmade items.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251901971/small-country-chic-christmas-birdhouse?ref=shop_home_active_2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251901971/small-country-chic-christmas-birdhouse?ref=shop_home_active_2

The set above is made in soft shades of browns and reds...definitely the feel of Christmas in a more country setting.  Below, is a more traditional Christmas set.  I added glitter and sparkle with truly Christmas reds and greens, so much fun!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252011966/small-country-chic-christmas-birdhouse?ref=shop_home_active_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252011966/small-country-chic-christmas-birdhouse?ref=shop_home_active_1 

Thank you for taking a moment to stop by Sweet Home Designs, where we say Merry Christmas and are happy to share your holidays as well!  God bless you and keep smiling!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Last Month's Vendor Fair Table

Last month I had the privilege of participating in a Vendor Fair!  I thought I would take a moment and share my table with you.  It was only a one day fair, but it gives you a good idea of the types of things I have available.


As you can see, we were at a facility that has a gym!  LOL!  The traffic at the fair was steady and they were delighted to see what I had to offer.

Did I mention that I do custom orders as well?!

Blessings from Sweet Home Designs

Flowers Included, Special Offer Within!

We live in an era when everything seems to be paired down.  Pay more, get less.  You head to the grocery to pick up a few items and $100.00 later you walk out the door thinking, "What did I buy"?  You know how to shop carefully, but somehow the cost keeps creeping up higher and higher.

That's why, at Sweet Home Designs on Etsy, I try to keep my costs down, down, down...Currently, everything in the shop is under $20.00.  Why?  Because I believe that you have to be able to go somewhere and feel like you're getting a BUY!  :)

For instance, I just added the Country Chic Decor-Mason Jar for $8.50!  And yes, the flowers are included!

Country Chic Decor - Mason Jar  

I hope you'll stop by Sweet Home Designs for a visit! Mention this post and I will give you an additional 50% off any purchase of equal or lesser value!  Happy Shopping!

Blessings!



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Note Cards for the Shop

I decided it was time for me to get busy posting items to the shop!  I added these little note cards today.  I thought they turned out pretty cute and these are always fun to have around!  Quick notes of thanks, appreciation, or messages of love to share.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns

They come in a set of six and are handmade, one of a kind!  They make great gifts for teachers, mail personnel, secret pals, etc.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns


Let me know what you think and please take a moment to visit the shop!!

Sometimes We Need a "Tap" on our Heart

There have been times in my life when I have let the concerns of this world take over.  I've laid in bed, or woken in the middle of the night wondering what I could do to "fix" this or stop something from happening.



The funny thing about this is, most of the time, there was absolutely nothing I could do!  I couldn't fix it, change it, or make it not happen.  But there I laid, stewing, tossing and turning, and carrying the burdens of family, world, and life.


It is within in those moments that the Lord 'taps' my heart and says this to me:


25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6:25-34)
When I remember that He is in control, that my worries and concerns, add nothing to my life and the He loves me more than anyone.  I am at peace.  Lord thank you for the wonder and reminder of your love! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Adding a Few Items for Fall

I love this time of year.  I love watching the colors change...shifting from vibrant greens to bright yellows, oranges, and reds!  Everything comes to life in a new way, even though we are marking the end of a season.  God is good, even in the passing of life there is rebirth and newness.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. ..Ecclesiastes 3:1

My Mom passed away 2 years ago September 27th.  She never liked the Fall.  She said it reminded her of death and dying.  I told her that that was true, but without death there can be no rebirth, no new life.  She agreed, from then on we'd talk about the leaves crackling under our feet and how good the crispness in the air felt.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns

I decided to create a couple of new birdhouses commemorating the Fall season.  If she were here, she would have said, "Oh Honey, I love them!"  I miss those words of encouragement, the love that flowed through every comment she made to me.  


https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetHomeDesigns 

Hold close those you love...remember to tell them how much they mean to you and how very important they are to your life.  You never know what tomorrow might bring.

Blessings to everyone!



Friday, July 17, 2015

Country Chic Love Bird and Heart Set

Hello everyone!  I added a couple of items to the Etsy Shop Sweet Home Designs and thought I'd share them with you! 

First up is this adorable Country Chic Love Bird Plaque.  The Love Bird plaque measures approximately 5 x 5 1/2 inches.  It's meant to have a Shabby Country Chic look.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/240735680/country-chic-love-bird-and-heart-set?ref=shop_home_active_1

I used this Country Chic napkin holder to help me display it for you.  It has a little twine hanger so that you can easily hang it up ...but wait....there's more :D

https://www.etsy.com/listing/240735680/country-chic-love-bird-and-heart-set?ref=shop_home_active_1

I decided to make it a set!  I added this adorable Heart with it.  The heart measures about 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.  Both can be hung or placed in an enclosed shelf, or on a mantle surrounded by the Willow people for an adorable display!

Thank you for stopping by Sweet Home Designs!  

Have a blessed day!



Monday, April 20, 2015

DIY Mason Jar Light

Do you love creative ideas that bring light and life to any decor!  I do!  Here's a wonderful design and concept from All Things Heart and Home.
 

http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2013/07/diy-mason-jar-light/

I've been following her blog for a while now and just love the ideas and creativity.   The concepts are fun, fresh, and the instructions make the projects very doable!

http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2013/07/diy-mason-jar-light/

If you have the time, swing by her All Things Heart and Home blog and take a look!

As always, thank you for stopping by Sweet Home Designs!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DIY Cottage Chic/Shabby Chic Miniature Flower Pots

Hey Everyone!  Thanks again for stopping by Sweet Home Designs!

Today I've put together a couple of really sweet Shabby Chic Miniature Pots!

These items have been posted in my Etsy Shop!  Please stop by and have a look!


Peach and Blue Miniature Flower Pot


Blue and White Miniature Flower Pot


Pink and White Miniature Flower Pot

What you'll need to recreate these items:

Glass Votive Holder
Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paint
Oven (for curing)
Charms
Dried Flowers
Moss
Twine
Raffia
Sandpaper
Tacky Glue
Buttons

Instructions:
Using a sponge paint brush and Martha Stewart's multi-surface paint, paint your glass votive with 2 coats of paint.  Wait an hour between coats for better coverage.

After painting the votive, place it on a cookie sheet (an old one), and bake it in the oven @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Turn off the oven and let them cool in the oven.  This will cure the paint.

Then use the sandpaper to scuff up the outside to give it that cute Shabby Chic look!

I took some raffia and twine and wrapped underneath the lip of the votive.  I glued it with Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  Then I took some flowers and arranged them along with some charms and buttons.

I decided to add the dried moss for fun, topped with a couple more flowers!

Thanks again for stopping by!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Love Little Storage Jars!

Hey everyone!

Thanks again for stopping by Sweet Home Designs.  Today I added an adorable Storage Jar to my Etsy Shop.

This was another easy project to put together and would make a really nice teacher gift, Secret Pal gift, or "Make her Smile" gift.


I headed over to my favorite craft store, one of them anyway, and found this little jar.  It was too cute to pass up so I brought it home and decorated it for gift giving!  I used some florals I purchased from Wild Orchid Flowers and my button and twine was from Stampin' Up!


I think it turned out pretty cute!  It was fun to do and I hope that whoever selects it is happy to give it! Or keep it ;)  I mean, you can always use another piece of "cuteness" around...right?

Have a blessed day!
 

Monday, April 13, 2015

DIY Cute Mason Jars

Hey everyone!

Thanks for joining me today!  I added a couple great Cottage Chic gift/home decor items to my Etsy Shop Sweet Home Designs.

I found this DIY video and decided to give it a try.  This was really fun and easy to accomplish.


Basically, you head over to your favorite craft store and pick out a couple of Mason Jars.  Any brand will do.  I chose Kerr.  The video also recommended Martha Stewart's Multi-Surface Craft Paint.

You basically, paint the jars with 2 coats of paint.  Waiting an hour between each coat.  If you don't wait long enough the first coat begins to "gum" up and pull away from the jar...so waiting is good!

After both coats are applied; put your jars in the oven at 350' for 30 minutes.  Yup, you're baking the jars.  Then leave them in the oven until it has completely cooled down.  Pull out the jars and your ready for distressing.

I used a mild grain of sand paper and gently rubbed over the writing on the jars.  I also "scuffed" up the jars themselves for an additional Cottage Chic look.  As you can see, I added a few embellishments and Wah-Lah!  They were complete!

Thank you for stopping by!  Let me know what you think.

Blessings!!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I Made a New Card Today

There are times when you just feel like creating something.  Today it was a card.

I used some of my stamps and punches from Stampin' Up! and some of my stamps from Lili of the Valley.  I think together they made a lovely card.


I'm considering having a little show to sell some of the cards and birdhouses I've made, but I'm not
sure on a price.  They do take some time, and the use of some product and I do need to make a little money to keep my "hobby" alive!

Let me know what you think!
Blessings always,
Colleen

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

So What's Happening this Month with Thirty One?

We have some outstanding specials to share with you! 

February is typically a time for love and the expectation of Spring.  To celebrate we've decided to offer ALL PURSES at 50% off with every 35.00 purchase!! 

https://www.mythirtyone.com/content/specials.aspx

Have you been looking for that special gift?  Do you need a new color to POP your wardrobe!  This is your time to buy!  For every 35.00 spent you can select the perfect purse for you or for your gift giving event!

This SPECIAL is running now through March 15th, 2015.  Here are some of the beauties you can take advantage of!  Remember 50% off with every 35.00 purchase!
https://www.mythirtyone.com/content/specials.aspx

I'm truly looking forward to helping you find what you need!

https://www.mythirtyone.com/totesuite
Have a blessed day!! :D

Friday, January 23, 2015

You Know What's Great About Going "Inactive"?



What's so great about going inactive in a business?  Many people might get discouraged when they've been unable, for whatever reason, to maintain their monthly or quarterly quotas.  They may think that they might as well give up!

It's funny, I think I've felt that way in the past too....but this time I feel differently.  I feel inspired to try harder...think of new ways...push through to success.

For instance, I went inactive with one of my businesses...and I have 48 hours to make something happen...I've decided to offer a GREAT Gift with Purchase.  Free items for a small order.  Sounds very doable to me and I'm ready to get started...below are a few of the items...25.00 order gets your pick of any one item...50.00 gets you pick of any 2 items...when they are gone...they are gone...


Super cute organizer and cinch sac...

 Another awesome organizer with zip pouch...

Super black purse, perfect for everyday!

It's time to make it happen and have a little fun along the way!

Are ya with me??

GWP ends 1/26/2015

Blessings!!
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