Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Penny for your Thoughts...

The goal of A Penny for your Thoughts,one of our featured businesses for September, is to craft your thoughts into keepsakes.


They do just that! At thier shop http://www.APenny4U.shophandmade.com you will find the most amazing hand made cards, banners, boxes, and even some supplies to help you bring out your own creativity!

There is something for everyone in their shoppe! The designs and details are incredible! You will not only be impressed with the quality, but also the more than reasonable price!
Stop by and see what you've been missing out on today!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Candle Corsets By Kayla Giveaway


Kayla is the owner of this cute shop (Candle Corsets By Kayla) that will jazz up your boring candle jars.  Corsets have always been known to be sexy, but who would've thought about adding one to a candle.  Kayla has, and I think they are just adorable.

She can whip you up a custom made corset for any jar size you'd like.  So why have just a boring jar sitting around.  Dress it up with a little sass!

These two are my favorite...




Candle Corset By Kayla (CCBK) has graciously provided a spooktacular Halloween fabric corset to giveaway here at the Out Of The Box Sampler blog!

Check this out...


So grab your favorite fall scented candle and enter to win!

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

Mandatory entry:

Follow Kayla's blog...The Wax Addict

Additional entries:

1 Entry if you join The Wax Addict's Facebook Fanpage

1 Entry if you "favorite" Candle Corsets By Kayla's Etsy Shoppe

1 Entry if you join The Candle Buzz Facebook Fanpage

1 Entry if you follow The Candle Buzz on Twitter

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 Candle Corset By Kayla @samplerboxes http://tinyurl.com/23ot8dz#giveaway #handmade #etsybot #etsy

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 October 9, 2010 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 need to have a way to contact the winner.  One winner 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 winner will be chosen. This giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

A special thank you to Kayla of Candle Corsets By Kayla for providing this adorable Halloween corset 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.


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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Come down the little dirt lane...

We all are doing our part to save good ole fashioned hand made, made with love, built with pride soaps, dolls,jewlery,crafts, tarts, candles, seasonal items, ornies, prims.... the list goes on and on
Little Dirt Lane Dolls is out to help EVERY crafter get thier hand mades the attention they deserve!
Meet Jess! Jess is the owner of Little Dirt Lane Dolls. you can find her at http://littledirtlanedolls.blogspot.com
Jess is a quirky, crafty, fun, stay at home mom, chicken rangler, doll creator and hand made saver! On her blog you will find the most adorable hand made dollies! Each one made with Jess's signature big round eyes!

There' s a little bit of crafter in every one of us. Some of us take that crafting ability and share it with the rest of the world by offering their hand mades for sale. There are literally thousands upon thousands upon thousands of crafters online today offering their hand made treasures. Jess noticed this... and a big bright light bulb shown above her head!!!!
What if...
what IF all of these crafters UNITED together to not only promote thier own work, but that of OTHER CRAFTERS! As a group, crafters can learn, teach, share and uplift each other... and maybe even earn a few extra dollars off thier craft along the way!


So with this in mind Jess started a brand new group for crafters, by crafters~
Artisans Creating Outside the Lines
You can join this group for free http://artisanscreating.ning.com
Meet all kinds of crafters and see thier wonderful hand mades! You will be shocked at all the goodies!







Monday, September 20, 2010

Look what is FALLING down here :)

Well, lets just start off with a wonderful big ole' FALL HELLO!!!!  I love the fall crisp air with the morning chill, the leaves changing color, the wonderful smells of fall, not too cold yet, but just enough  of a  chill to want to wrap in something cozy! SO i have found a shop by Anne Quinn.

Her shop is fabulous! She has the newest rave of hats that I have SEEN the teenagers wearing!! Now when you look around they have on the slouchy hats!!!   How awesome they look, and it is stylish. Anne has a huge variety of items in her shop, so take a peek, start looking now for those one of a kind, hand made goodies.
During my peeping around I found something I am totally in love wit!! How many times are we just cold around the neck and shoulders, but don't want that heavy coat or scarf, well how about this SLOUCH :)

I would be so cozy warm and STYLISH!!! this is so cool, that is something you can just snuggle up with and be warm, grab a hat and wow, you have the whole package. Stop by Anne's shop and tell her  Hi & that Kim sent ya from OOTBS team :D She also has a fan page on FB.

Another great find is......
Creations by Nell
I have ordered from her and let me just tell you, my goodies are STILL holding up thru the day to day use they get! they are perfect, and i have had them almost 1 year, they are still awesome!. I have not lost my chap stick  since i have the chapstick key ring holder, I LOVE IT! it is always hooked on the zipper part inside my bag and my chap stick NEVER falls out!! don't know how i made it all these years with out her...


My next to goodies from her are the smaller purse, it fits perfectly anywhere and hold just the right amount of stuff that you need :D I have the dark purple one and it matches it all!! there have been zero holes or snags, they wash well, and still hold shape. I have never put in dryer, i air dry, but they look as good as new.


This is also awesome!! I know a lot of us use liquid soap, but since finding etsy, i have found so many "soap" people that i love, well they usually make bars, well this is the perfect solution!! this is such a cute little 
"soap bag"  a  MUST HAVE goodie from her shop, then you can get a nice variety of soap to try , but not have any wasted small bits, they magically work it's way into the crochet until all done, no slimy bits of stuff and I LOVE IT!!!

stop by Denelle's shop, tell her Hi & once again Kim sent ya from OOTBS team!! :)

 And my last piece for tonight is this very eloquent shop that is amazing!

This shop has some very exciting pieces, and who would of thought that beauty can come out of broken?
Well check her shop out, I am in love with her pieces they take you back to in time, the beauty is still captured and it is wanting to tell it's story!


They seem timeless and will add that element of a place of peace, where natural beauty and gardens abound. I can sit and just look at all the little details she has done, to capture and complement the ":broken" is amazing!


How many of us have a spoon ring? Well I have 1 and found this in her shop and would have never thought about a bracelet!!! This is stunning, (and on a wish list) it is perfect, and what a way to use what you have to make beauty  :D
Please stop in and say HI and tell her Kim sent ya from OOTBS team!!

Remember that when you take the time to look thru these wonderful shop from the handmade world, you are getting something made with love and passion and not "massed produced" like a typical store. I have always had excellent business transaction with the handmade community, and really hate to buy stuff in the "store" any more.... only because you don't get that personal, know it is made with YOU in mind!! So SUPPORT the handmade shops, and start shopping now, while the things are there  :)
 So grab a cup of something warm and start shopping in your comfy home  :)  till next time , ENJOY all the BEAUTY around you!!
xoxo
Kim

Friday, September 17, 2010

The homepage says it all!

I was going to write up a nice lil ditty on Rocky Corner Soapworks, but after going to thier site
http://www.rockycornersoapworks.com/ I think their homepage says it all. I sat there reading it while sniffing my brand new bar of Coconut and Lemongrass Soap that was in my Think Pink Sampler box ....ahhhhhh



From Rocky Corner Soapworks~




Natural skin care is a choice more and more people are making in today's "Going Green" world. Living a healthier lifestyle includes the products you choose daily for your skin. We believe in skin care without harsh detergents, unnecessary fillers and harmful chemicals.


Welcome to Rocky Corner Soapworks, located in beautiful southern New Hampshire. We ensure a quality product by producing small batches of cold process soaps and all natural lip balms from exceptional raw materials. Coconut & palm oils and olive oil sourced from the Mediterranean produce a wonderfully rich skin-pampering experience for our customers. Our products are vegetable-based (VEGAN). We use NO animal products (except beeswax and lanolin) and our products are NOT tested on animals.

Rocky Corner Soapworks also embraces eco-friendly materials and methods. Our packaging was carefully chosen for its' ability to be recycled and is 100% biodegradable. As a customer, you may see reused packing materials in your soap order, too. All natural skin care at a reasonable cost...it's an investment that will pay dividends for years to come. Thank you for dropping by our website.

We're confident once you try Rocky Corner's handmade soaps, you'll never go back!
Make Your Skin Smile :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Talk about fun!!!!!

I knew the second I pulled my Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Soap bar out of this months Think Pink Sampler box, that I had to check out Ruths Fun Shop!
Ruths Fun Shop is exactly that~FUN!~ You will find all kinds of wonderful hand made soaps, in the most amazing shapes and forms. From yummy ,lookin' good enough to eat treats, to flip flops,hungry hippos and ducks!
Where else would you find marshmallow orangey scented Circus Peanut soaps, but a Fun Shop?
Look at how creative! These pancakes would surprise any one! Think of all the fun you can have with them!

As a chocolate lover, these Chocolate Sandwich Cookies were my favorite! They are making my mouth water.... but in reality would probably make some soap bubbles, so remember~ they are soap!


Perfect for gift giving, parties, gag gifts, stocking stuffers or just for the heck of it! Tuck a set of these 36 Gummy Bear soaps into a care package and bring some fun to someone else!
Stop by and see all the fun for yourself




Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bauble Bath Is Where It's At


I've been wanting to post about this incredible business for awhile.  The world needs to know about Bauble Bath so I'm going to tell you all about them!

I first discovered them a few years ago when I ran across a sale they had posted about on another website.  It was a black Friday sale that was too good to pass up.  So I placed an order for some goodies for myself and a bunch of family members for Christmas gifts (I told you the sale was too good to pass up)!

That was all it took and I've been hooked ever since. 

Sarah is the owner and maker of all things fabulous at Bauble Bath.  It is small company located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  It was started in the fall of 2004. She believes that "soft, well hydrated skin is a must!"  So she developed a line of products to help you have that, using only the finest ingredients.

 Of course I have a couple favorite items that I'll share with you first...



I love their scrubs texture and they are scented to the max!  If you like a smooth soft scrub, this is for you.  Don't let soft fool you though, this does the job very well and leaves your skin hydrated without an oily residue.  I have ordered gingerbread, sugar plum fairy and birthday cake in the past and loved all three of them.

 
These babies fill your tub and leave your skin feeling so soft and pampered.  There are a variety of scents to pick from:
Cranberry Fig
Strawberry Lime
Miss Mary
White Chocolate Brownie
Blueberry
Drama Queen
and more!

Let me suggest the sampler to you.  It's the perfect way to try five 2oz mini bauble bath bombs. Of course you won't get the full effect of a full size bomb but these make great stocking stuffers and at just $10.00 you can't go wrong.

You'll also find butters, lip balms, melts, salts, milk powders, foot scrubs and now their solid sugar scrubs too.

Solid scrubs are considered one use scrubs without all the mess of a jar and scooping it out, etc.  Just wet and rub all over! I haven't tried these yet, but they are on my list to get soon.

Undecided?
Then get yourself (or someone you absolutely love) the Bath In A Box!

Just $23.00 and it comes packed with:
A mini bath melt
Soap
9oz jar of sugar scrub
and, a 2oz bauble bath bomb

You can get these boxes in Flower, Sweetly Clean or Herbally Yours.

So did I do it?  Did I entice you to place an order? There are free samples sent with every order too!
You can also sign up for the newsletter and be informed of any sales that are coming your way.

Look for Bauble Bath back in our October Boo-licious sampler boxes coming October 5th!
In August they sent in Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Milk Bath's.
In September they sent in full size Miss Mary Mint bath bombs.
I can't wait to see what's coming in October!

Be sure to tell them you found them thru Out Of The Box Sampler!


Blog Giveaway Winners!


Just a quick post to let you know that winners have been picked for our last 3 giveaways!

Quickits winners:
#6 The Green MomSter
#10 Shooting Stars Mag

Mommy's Moon winners:
#7 Donna
#16 Samafee
#14 Melissa

K & T Creations winners:
#25 redfuzzycow
#51 Donna

Congratulations and thanks for entering to win!  Stay tuned for more giveaways coming soon.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Do you have the winning number?

Just a quick post to list the winning raffle ticket numbers from the September "think pink" breast cancer awareness sampler boxes! 

If you purchased a September Out Of The Box Sampler then you would have received a pink raffle ticket in the mini baggie with the mint in it, tied to your box.

If you have a winning number, please email me at info@outoftheboxsampler.com with your name and shipping address so I can verify your ticket. purchase of a box, and have your address on file to ship your prize. 

Good luck!

Here's the winning numbers and the prize you've won...

#458308 ~ A mini sampler box containing 7-8 samples from some of our September businesses. (will ship immediately)

#458245 ~ Our October Boo-licious regular sampler box. (will ship Oct. 5th)

#458260 ~ A 25 pack bundle of 1oz pop-able tarts from Ugly Duckling Designs (ships within a week)

#458271 ~ A Bodaciously Bigger October Boo-licious sampler box ( will ship Oct. 5th)

and the Grand Prize is...

#458256 ~ A three month subscription for the Out Of The Box Sampler!  With this subscription you will automatically be sent our October, November and December regular sampler boxes!

Thanks to everyone who purchased a box this month and also to all the awesome businesses who sent in their incredible products to be in the box! 

Remember to "get smooshed" because early detection is the key to kicking breast cancer's butt!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sweet Girl Confections is in the box!

I personally believe that chocolate is a food group... and I have the thighs to prove it lol. I was soooooo excited when I saw that Sweet Girl Confections was in the box for the September Think Pink box.
Look at those yummy Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels up there!Crunchy, salty pretzels are drenched in high quality dark chocolate or milk chocolate and loaded with assorted candy toppings including toffee, M&M's, peanut butter crunch, almonds & coconut, cookies 'n cream, and candy sprinkles.

Are these not adorable???? They'd be perfect for kids parties! Cupcake Cereal Treats ... too fun!

You can find all kinds of yummy goodies from Sweet Girl Confections http://www.sweetgirlconfections.etsy.com
and if you were one of the lucky few to purchase the September box,,, there is something yummy on it way!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Scrapity Anne~ she's in the Box!

The theme for the September Out of the Box Sampler box was Think Pink, in support of breast cancer awareness. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the boxes was happily donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.These boxes were such a hit that they SOLD OUT the first day!

Each box was jammed packed full of pretty pink packages! On of the contributors to the box this month was Scrappity Anne. She has some wonnnnnnnderful goodies! Here are a few of my favorites....

Custom Decorative Name Blocks

You can personalize them with your childs name and birth date. Great gifts for new Moms and Dads!
Tart Warmer with FREE tarts!

This warmer works with a simple light bulb and has an easy to reach on/off switch on the cord.This warmer could fir into so many different styles of home decor!

Purple Girls Names Wood Decor Blocks

There are so many possibilities here! You can have it customized with names and color schemes!
Scrapity Anne also sells triple scented tarts. You can choose from any of these yummy scents
Macintosh - sweet, crunchy apples straight from the tree
Butter Rum – a rich butterscotch type scent
Spiced Apple - apple and cinnamon with a touch of clove
Cucumber Melon - simple cucumber with sweet melon
Monkey Farts - a tropical blend of fruits and vanilla
Caramel Apple - yummy caramel apples on a stick in the fall
Sugar Cookie - like you've been baking all day
Day at the Beach - mix of marine, lavender, peony, and sandalwood
Clean Cotton – a light airy fragrance
Butt Naked - A green fruity bouquet with strawberry, banana, peach and melon top notes with sweet lactony background.
Love Spell - Sweet bouquet of mandarin, bergamot & orange enhanced by hints of peach & berries on an undertone of musk.
Black Raspberry Vanilla - A luscious blend of raspberries, strawberries, coconut lemon, peach and vanilla.
Sweet Pea - A light and refreshing floral with hints of jasmine, violet and lily of the valley on a background of velvet musk
Angel Wings - Sweet musk notes embrace light floral nuances of jasmine, white flowers and lilacs
Lavender Violet - A floral mixture of Lavender and Violet
Birthday Cake - Our best selling fragrance! A great cake scent with an undertone of vanilla
Twilight - This warm musky blend of citrus highlights that accent a heart of fresh white flowers. Lily and muguet bloom in a soft bouquet as a highly textured wood complex soothes the senses. Exotic musk is sweetened with golden amber and black vanilla at the base of the scent
Lemon Grass - Energizes, & relieves nervousness. A slightly green citrus bouquet with lemon and orange notes
Ocean Mist - Sicilian Orange, Star Jasmine, Ocean Water, White Cedar,
MuskGreen Apple - A floral bouquet with a crisp ozone undertone with a dry woody and musky background
Black Cherry – Ripe Cherry sweetened by peach and vanilla.Lime – fresh, fragrant key
Bubble Gum– A delicious smell of Bazooka type bubble gum you chew at a baseball game
Scrapity Anne also offers shipping discounts, and every 6 pack order also receives a sample size of a different scent to try!
Shop Scrapity Anne

Friday, September 3, 2010

The leg bone's connected to the ankle bone

Our oldest daughter broke her ankle this week in softball practice, so needless to say ankles have been on my mind lol. Just for fun, I thought I'd take a peek and see if we couldnt find some ankle goodies!....... and boy did I!

Mother Daughter Anklets


Ok, I admit it, I fell in love with this picture first! How sweet is this? Made by Envied Enterprises you are sure to be the envied pair!
Ankle Bell Pattern



Now you can make your own! Find this pattern for jingle bell ankle cuffs for babies from Hectanooga



Red Lace Ankle Cuffs



How fun are these cuffs from Deisgns by Loure? Theyd be great for Prom and Homecomings



Magnet


I just thought this was a fun magnet! Made by Circa Ceramics



Yoga Socks


These cuffs by Aly In Bloom look so warm and soft! http://www.etsy.com/listing/54311265/yoga-socks-maroon-navy-and-off-white










Thursday, September 2, 2010

K and T Creations Giveaway


Giveaway is now closed.

Winners are:

#25 redfuzzycow
#51 Donna

Congatulations and thanks to everyone who entered.

I'm in possession of two HUGE 24oz jar candles that I'd like to giveaway to a new home!

K and T Creations has an incredibly delicious candle line of yummy bakery goodies.  They have over 300 different scents available.  That just blows my mind as I am a candle maker also and can't imagine having that many scents in our candle line.  So you are sure to find something that you'll just love.

I'm a bakey scent lover too and here's a list of my favorite scents you'll find at K and T Creations:

Perfect Pear
Birthday Cake
Sweet Potato Pie
Carmelized Pralines
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper
and
Strawberry Cheesecake!

Is your mouth watering yet.  That's just a few of the many choices you'll have when shopping at K and T Creations!

You'll find a line of pillar candles, tarts, soy jars, bakery jars, and even tart warmers to scent your home.

When you're shopping be sure to tell them Out Of The Box Sampler sent you!

Let's get to our giveaway!

I have two 24oz jars to give away to two lucky winners!
Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pink Sugar Birthday Cake
(the actual giveaway jar will be different then this picture)

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

Mandatory entry:

Visit K and T Creations shoppe, then come back here and tell me something from their product line that you would love to have.

Additional entries:
(I'm going to mix this up a bit, so pay attention to some new things to do)

1 Entry if you follow K and T Creations on Twitter

1 Entry if you add K and T Creations to your favorites on Etsy

1 Entry if you join It's Raining Reviews Facebook Fanpage
(my newest adventure!)

1 Entry if you sign up for It's Raining Reviews Newsletter (signup form in center of page)

1 Entry if you follow It's Raining Reviews on Twitter

1 Entry if you follow The Candle Buzz on Facebook

1 Entry if you follow The Bath Buzz on Facebook
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 K&T Creations Bakery Jars @samplerboxes http://tinyurl.com/28w827r  #giveaway #handmade #etsybot #etsy

 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 Sept. 11th 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. Two 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 winner will be chosen. This giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

A special thank you to Tosha of K and T Creations for providing these 2 bakery jar candles 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.

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