Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Twilight Tuesday!

As the mom of 2 girls, one 15 and the other 11, believe me, I know Twilight! Every once in a while the 11 year old and her friends celebrate Twilight Tuesday and break out all of their favorite Twilight gear. How cool would they be if they had some of these great finds?

Hand painted Converse

ohhhhhh arent these fabulous? The detail is amazing! Art according 2 Nanette has several hand painted shows to choose from.

Bella Perfume Stick
You might as well smell beautiful too! Lunaboo Scents can have you smelling good enough for a vampire to eat in no time!

Imprinted Necklace
We are team Jacob around this house, and this would be the perfect stocking stuffer for my wolf girls! You can find it from Island Girls Jewelry
Twilight Saga hand Painted Jeans
These are perfect for those Converse shoes dont ya think? Lemonblossom 30 has them waiting for you!


You need to be able to carry all your Twilight loot, and what better than this eye popping tote from Amy305 to help you carry it?
Happy Twilight Tuesday friends!

Friday, August 27, 2010

ohhh look what i found :)

Hello to all my friends, my name is Kim and I am a new addition to the wonderful blooging world with OOTBS team!!   So excited to start this new adventure :)
So to start the wonderful world of handmade I would like to introduce:
I have only tried her soaps, they were given to me by a friend and let me tell you I LOVE IT. It does not leave your skin feeling dry, or too oily like some do. The scents I have are not strong, but gentle, mild relaxing scent.
I have the Newtons Apple and the Gravitational Pull .The scents I have are not strong, but gentle, mild relaxing scent.I use every night for about a month now and have had NO reaction and I have sensitive
skin :)

Now  something fun for our little ones to help them get rid of the germies!!   Check out this cute little alien in his little soap ship!!!
What child would not want to wash his little hands? You have to keep using it till the little guy pops out. What a way to start you child on the right track about hand washing :)
So stop on over and tell them Out Of The Box Sampler Team sent ya, plus I hear she has some sale going on!!!!!
One of my favorite shops is :

This shop is awesome, she just added a "Flirty Mama Collection" to her shop and i think I one 1 if not more of each of her Collection!, the scarfs are multi use, wear as head scarf, belt, you be creative and let your flirty mama come out. I have her bags,which are great for grab n go, no need to carry a big purse in the store, multi use, perfect size.

And the most important to me is the eye mask, once again multi use. I keep mine in the freezer for when the headache comes. They fit perfectly on your eyes, and head, not to heavy and they STAY IN PLACE :)  They are also good to use as a mini heating pad, pop in microwave for a few seconds and there ya go!  this is on my can't live without list :)

Then we have Lovely Noggin Toppers! How cute are these little things to keep your precious one's head covered and stylish at the same time!
Grab then now before they are gone! It is a seasonal item so if you miss it you'll have to wait till next year.
HalfPintCreations also added a cute little guy called "Munchsters", I saw a very delighted little one receive this as a gift and it was a hit!!

I also see she has some amazing sales going on now is the time to start shopping for those back to school, for those "must haves."

So surprise some one , lots of awesome finds in the handmade community!!
tell them Out Of The Box Team sent you :)

Thanks for reading and can't wait to share more amazing goodies I have found with you. So spread the word, shop, visit, buy a sample box from OOTBS and enjoy many products what a perfect way to try different things!!

Talk to you soon :)  what will we find next???????

Friday Night Football!

Its that time of year again! Time for high school football! Look at all these great hand mades that will make your game a little more special!

Personalized collapsible tote

This great tote by Momento is perfect to carry your blankets, gloves, hats and scarves.

Stadium Blanket

Doesnt this look warm and cozy? Cozyties will keep you warm enough to cheer for your home team! http://www.etsy.com/listing/34180491/fleece-fabric-fringe-football-sports-tie
Football Cookies

You probably ought to take along some snacks! How about these yummies from TRBrowns
Animal Hoodie

Why not be part of the fun, and get a hoodie to match your mascot? aprikotDIY has several to choose from http://www.etsy.com/listing/53248532/sale-pick-any-two-animal-hoodie-scarf

Future Cheerleader
Let lil sis join in on the fun! Get a perfect match for your team from Tutees

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More fun than a box of puppies!

Ok not really lol!
I got to go over to a freinds house and play with a pen full of 8 puppies the other night, and while I know our Golden Retriever wouldnt be happy sharing the house with another dog, it sure did make me want one!
SO ~I decided to look for puppy alternatives lol! Here are a few adorable finds....

Puppy Bow
This cute hair clip is made by Bea Creative

Chihuahua Mary Janes

Everybody needs a pair of these from Em and Sprout!


This is a puppy anyone can love! Made by Reclaim 2 Fame

awwwww! How cute! From Kipullai

Monday, August 23, 2010

Upcycled, Recycled and ready !

Do you have some odds and ends lying about and just cant think of what to do with them? Are you one of those people that cant get rid of anything???? I think the following artists are just like you! They came up with some pretty creative ways to turn their junk into treasures that anyone would want!

Rag Rug
This 8 foot rug is made out of old sheets! Take a peek at this wonderful throw rug from Raggedy Anns http://www.etsy.com/listing/51572271/eight-foot-oval-hand-crocheted-rag-rug

Blue Mason Jar Light
Not only does Boots N Guts make lights out of old mason jars, they also make them out of old Tupperware! You gotta see it to believe it! http://www.etsy.com/listing/54507711/upcycled-recycled-quart-size-art-blue

You wont even believe what My Aunt Debbie is using for her jewelry! Washing machine hose, vacuum parts... anything and everything is up for grabs!

Good and Fruity Belt Buckle
I will have to shop here for my 15 year old! She would love this belt buckle made from an old candy box!Funky Egg Art has several choices.... http://www.etsy.com/listing/26830576/good-and-fruity-candy-box-upcycled-belt

One of a kind bag
Third Stone Studios has combined old jeans and ties for a one of a kind handbag!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Go back to school in style with these cool finds!

Hi there!
My name is Angie with Angies Raggedy Patch and I'll be one of the new blog helpers. I am really excited about being part of the Out of the Box Sampler gang! Thanks so much Michelle!

My two girls went back to school today, so I thought it would be fun to find some great hand made goodies sure to make any child feel special on their first day!

Lunch Bag

Isnt this the greatest lunch bag? and its insulated! Made by Maddie Kay Hand Bags. Click to see

Crayon Roll

I wish my girls had one of these for church! It would have been so much easier! Made by Cottage on the Coast click to take a peek

Cupcake Backpack

Cupcakes are so in these days! Your little one will be a hit with this adorable back pack by Stitches from the South! Just follow here
Back to school hand made buttons

They just scream back to school dont they? Think of all you could do with them! From scrapbooking to hairbows, to dollies! Follow this link from Tessann

Book Cover
What a bright and colorful way to keep those paperback library books clean and safe! Made by Creative Moments
Back to school blessings for all the kids heading for thier first day! Be safe! Study Hard!
Make Mom and Dad proud!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

And the winner is...

Congratulations to the winners of the following giveaways!

Cool Therapies
# 11 andrea v

Petite Paperie
#16 ~*katie*~

Primitive Kountry
#17 natfrack11

Thanks to everyone who entered and to the businesses who hosted the giveaways!
Keep checking back for more awesome blog giveaways.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Everything's Coming Up Music

I just accepted a teaching position that will start September 1st and I'm so excited about it that I wanted to share the news with all of you.
  I've been teaching piano lessons for 20 years and I absolutely love it.  Music was my first passion in life and continues to be my greatest achievement and what I derive the most joy from!  There is nothing better then sitting at a piano and playing, with your whole heart, a wondefully composed classical lullaby!

If my life had gone in a different direction, I would be touring Europe and playing with the symphony!  But, I fell in love, married and then had children.  So I guess that just wasn't meant to be.

But now, I'm starting a new adventure and a new chapter in my book of life!  I'm the music teacher at Cheswick Christian Academy, come Sept 1st.  I'll be teaching grades K thru 6!  I'm both excited and a little nervous too.  I've never had the priviledge of teaching in a classroom setting.  I'm used to the one on one of piano lessons! This task will take some adjusting too, but I'm definitely up for the challenge.
So tonight's post is in celebration of my new job and of all things music!

Crows Nest Primitive Shoppe Giveaway

#10 redfuzzycow
#208 Jenny Bolech
#139 winterbabe98
#15 Janet Faye

Winners are being verified for mandatory entries and then will be emailed once that's done. 
Thanks to everyone who entered!

I don't even know where to begin with the Crows Nest Primitive Shoppe.  Everytime I visit their website, I want one of everything!
The Crows Nest truly is a one stop shoppe for all things primitive.  They carry candles, bath n body products, primitive decor, tart warmers, curtains, pottery, hand towels and even catnip kitty beds.  What makes their items unique is the fact that they contain herbs grown from their own herb farm!  Everything is handcrafted too.

Andrea is the owner of the Crows Nest Primitive Shoppe.  I recently sent her some interview questions to give us a little more insight into her shoppe.  I love getting to know business owners on a more personal level.  It makes me feel more connected to the handmade market and it seems to make the world a little smaller place.  You can read the awesome interview HERE

The Crows Nest Primitive Shoppe was our box sponsor here at the Out Of The Box Sampler for August.  Being a box sponsor can be a big project to tackle.  It requires the business to send in 125 samples and 2 full size products.  That's a lot of samples!  If you weren't lucky enough to get an August sampler box this month, then you missed out on the amazing sampler packages that Andrea sent in for everyone to enjoy!  There were also a few full size goodies from her newest creations....pillow sprays, sugar scrubs, body splash and bath salts!


(Remember these because they'll be back a little later in this post)

Don't say I didn't warn you, but when you visit their website you will want everything!   No worries, you can just ask everyone on your Santa list to get you a gift certificate from Crows Nest Primitive Shoppe this year.  That should get you a few of your favorite finds and hold you for a little while!
if you're looking to do some gift giving shopping for someone else, they have the coolest gift baskets available.

I get tons of emails from people asking where to buy a tart warmer, for all those melts and tarts they get in our sampler boxes.  You will love Andrea's tart warmers.  She works with a potter and artisan to create the most beautiful hand thrown and hand painted pottery!
These are available in 2 sizes too!  You can check out the rest of her pottery line HERE.

Okay, so do you remember what you were supposed to remember?  If not, I'll help you out.  The full size product pictures above of Andrea's newest creations.  I told you they'd be back.

They're back for this incredible giveaway!
There will be 4 lucky winners of some full size Crow's Nest Primitive Shoppe products!   Each winner will get this bundle...
Lavender & Mandarin Orange Bath salts, Very Verry Bundt Melt, Clean Citrus Pillow Spray, Organic Lavender Salve, Brown Sugar Scrub and a smaller melt too!
You are going to have to work for these winnings since they are just incredible!

Here's how to enter:
(Please leave a seperate comment for each entry)

Mandatory entries: (there are 2 of them)

Sign up for the Crows Nest Primitive Shoppe's Newsletter (sign up form is halfway down the middle of the front page) (must confirm signup to count).


Follow the Crows nest Primitive Shoppes Blog.

Additional entries:

1 Entry if you "like" Crows Nest Primitive Shoppes Facebook Fanpage

1 Entry if you follow the Crows Nest Primitive Shoppe on Twitter.

1 Entry (per method) if you follow Out Of The Box Sampler on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, follow the Out Of The Box Sampler's blog with Google Friend Connect (top left sidebar) or join our Forum.

1 Entry if you sign up for the Out Of The Box Sampler Newsletter (must verify signup to count)

1 Entry if you “heart” Out Of The Box Sampler on Etsy.

1 Entry if you “heart” Crow's Nest Primitive Shoppe on Etsy

1 Extra Entry (per giveaway entered) - Enter any (or all) of the giveaways running on Out Of The Box Sampler for the duration of this giveaway.

1 Extra Entry if you follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the tweet below and leaving me the link. Tweet daily for an extra entry every day!

#GIVEAWAY Crows Nest Primitive shoppe bundle @samplerboxes http://tinyurl.com/2eeeszw
#giveaway #handmade #etsybot #etsy

1 Extra Entry if you follow the OOTBS Etsy team Blog 

1 Extra Entry if you "heart" the OOTBS Etsy Team on Etsy 

1 Extra Entry if you "like" the OOTBS Etsy Team's Facebook Fanpage

2 Extra Entries if you put my Out Of The Box Sampler button up on your blog (on left sidebar of blog). Please leave an address where it can be found.

3 Extra Entries if you blog about this giveaway linking back to Out Of The Box Sampler's blog. Please leave an address where it can be found.

If you have done any of these items in previous giveaways, just post a separate comment for each to let me know. You still must do the mandatory entry first.

Giveaway will end on August 21st at 11:59pm EST. Please be sure to leave an email address or make absolutely certain your email address is visible in your blogger profile, I have to have a way to contact the winners. Four winners will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 24 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winners will be chosen. This giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

A special thank you to Andrea of the Crow's Nest Primitive Shoppe for providing these awesome goodies for this giveaway. Any opinions in this post are my own. Out Of The Box Sampler is just hosting this giveaway and accepts no responsibility for any products received from the giveaway. We reserve the right to delete negative or unrelated comments. There was no compensation received for this giveaway.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Halloween Fun 2

In keeping with my latest Halloween post, I've found a few more goodies to share with you on the candle side of things.  Enjoy!

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