Live, Laugh, Love Mini Wall Hangings

We would love to share one of our favorite shop items with you today... Please let us know what you think & if you'd like to see this in any other colors or styles - it just might show up in the online shop, then!
Live, Laugh, Love!
Having this beautiful piece hanging in your home will remind you about whats important in life every day!

Each block measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and the entire piece is roughly 16 inches long.

Each block is painted a soft gray background - with bright colors covering the whole piece! Lime Green, Bright Pink and Neon Purple letters, flowers and peace signs will light up any corner! The whole piece hangs by striped ribbons that coordinate with the paint colors.
This would be perfect in a teen's bedroom, or even a college dorm!

**Custom orders are available, so please ask**
Check my shop or contact me for information on ordering custom designs or even a personalized set of blocks!
Name blocks are perfect for families or kids' rooms!
Live, Laugh, Love Bright Mini Wall Hanging

Live, Laugh, Love!

Each block measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches and the entire piece is roughly 16 inches long.

Each block is painted a neutral gray with black and white lettering and silver accents. The whole piece hangs by black and white sheer ribbons.
This piece is sure to coordinate with any style from traditional to modern.
Live Laugh Love Gray Mini Wall Hanging


I'm stuck on Duct Tape!

Sorry I've been MIA for a while here. Working to find balance in my life when it comes to kicking off my own business. Turns out, there aren't enough hours in a day for everything I want and need to get done... go figure!

Anyways, I'm still working on painting items, but I've begun to venture out a bit, too... check out these photos for a look at my latest creation!!
starting off - a roll of purple duct tape and some really bright fleece (look familiar? its the same stuff my biz card holder was made of!)

check it out! a duct tape wallet that can hold a checkbook?! AND has fabric lining/accents?

room for FIVE credit/gift cards and an ID slot with window (i don't have the ID pushed all the way down, its actually straight, i promise!)

see... ID window :)

cash pocket with fleece lining behind credit card slots

wait, you need another pocket in your wallet? okay, here's one behind the checkbook too ;)

checkbook and its fancy cover with fleece lining

nifty pocket for the back of the checkbook to slide into!
Soooo what do we think?! I'm totally digging it and used it today. Its very user-friendly and held up well in my satchel of a purse. So far I've gotten feedback that these wallets need some sort of change area, which i'm working up a solution for. I'm also thinking of creating a small clutch purse maybe with a matching mini wallet - perfect for going out with, right?! ;)

Basically, this was a BLAST and a half. omg. I was SO into it. I measured every piece of my current wallet to figure out dimensions and was shocked that it all worked on first try! I pretty much used half a roll of duct tape, because I didn't plan things before I started, so I ended up having to cover some spots a few times, but I think I'd be able to whip a few of these bad boys out in no time.

Also, in non-etsy/little champ related news... we got a new kitchen table and I love it. Here's a photo of our crappy one from Ikea that only 2 people could sit at - and it has plastic chairs...

and now the pretty new homey one:
SUCH a difference, right?! its great. we're getting rid of the fish tank and that other table in the background this weekend. Is it weird that a table makes us feel like grownups? ;)

Alrighty, time to think up my next duct tape creation, and watch the BLACKHAWKS kick some butt!!
Have a Champ-tastic weekend!!
**just a quick edit** its flannel, not fleece that i used. i'm not sure WHAT i was thinking when i wrote all of that! ooops!


A Storms a-brewin'...

No need to take cover, though... its just some brain-storming that I've been doing lately. :)

I already have a few items that I've been working on that haven't been posted on my Etsy Shop yet, but I'm always trying to think of new items. Mostly, I'm trying to think of items that don't need to be custom/special order only.
One of my ideas is to come up with some sort of "card" (I use the term loosely since I have no clue what I mean by that ha!) that I can do up every letter of the alphabet a few times over and customers can just purchase the letters they like. This would obviously be better at craft shows rather than for online selling. But I'm just trying to think if its even possible or desirable.

Also, a coworker of mine gave me the idea of making some of my canvas blocks without letters - peace signs, soccer balls, etc. I really like that idea. I think it'd be really cute to do an initial and a non-letter block on either side. Something like: [soccerball] [R] [football]; [peace sign] [A] [heart]; [baseball] [B] [baseball glove]
I really think these would be pretty popular. It'd also be good for older kids, who may not want their whole name on their bedroom walls.

In other, non-craft related news - ITS HOCKEY SEASON! :)

The Blackhawks unfortunately lost their season opener, but tonight is their first home game, so I have faith that they'll rock it. I love this sport so much!!

Hope you're having a Champ-tastic weekend!!


Linkity Link-Links!

Okay, so I'm pretty new to this whole "blogosphere" but I'm learning a lot and having a lot of fun - especially when it comes to visiting and reading OTHER blogs! Another person's blog entry can do so much for you - you can learn something new, share a laugh, build a connection with the blogger, or even be inspired to write in your own. Up until about two weeks ago (that's when I started this blog, right?) I didn't *get* blogs. I thought bloggers all just whined about the world in their blogs and expected to change the world that way. Thank goodness I was wrong!
I have no clue where that misconception came from, by the way, its just one of the reasons I've avoided blogging for so long - maybe it goes back to the days of livejournal and know that myself and many others DID use that as a place to just whine and moan about the world ;)

Anyways, I'm pretty picky about the blogs I'm choosing to "follow". Not like I put them through some sort of test or anything... I just want to make sure I'm going to ENJOY reading that blog if I follow it. So, I'd like to share some of my blog-findings with you!

Chasing Cars / Troll Bridge Studios
Crafty Critter: My Art and Craft-obsessed Musings
Designing Impressions - Confessions of a Compulsive Creator
Etsy Business Tips
Julie Ellyn Designs
Lovin' TheGoodOleDays - brand new blogger! give her some love ;)
Make Me Feel Good, Etsy
Megs Crochet Jewels
nerd JERK - Comics, Geekery and Junk
PinkyCrafts on Etsy: Diary of a Crafty Gal
Ponder & Stitch
SassyBelle's Spotlight
Stuff No One Told Me (but I learned anyway)
Vegan Craftastic

What do I like most about all of these blogs? One thing - they do their best to update regularly but not too much. I think that's one of the important things in blogging  life. Finding that balance between being TOO unavailable and being TOO in your face. I'm still playing around with my blogging style and posting times, but hopefully I'll find a good balance one of these days!

Well since I just shared a bunch of links, I'm going to share a few more - these ones are all me though!
Photo Catalog
Etsy Shop

Well that was fun - and I hope someone found a new blog or two to check out! :) Please feel free to leave links to your own or favorite blogs in the comments! Let's just make this post a big ol' mess of links to click!!

Have a Champ-tastic Friday and awesome weekend!!


Busy Busy Bee!

As of this afternoon there are officially TEN new items for my shop! WOW! :)
Only one is listed at this point, but the rest have edited photos and everything, just waiting to list them so they're spread out a bit. But I know you want a sneak peek at what's coming, don't you? Well okay, you twisted my arm... check out these photos:

traffic jam

sports bag

sweet notes

wild flowers
Team Beer Mug - $10.50

NFL Team Ornament - $5.50
available in three accent colors: black, red, green
Personalization available!

"They are like the angels, they are God's Children" Luke 20:36
Berry/Wine color theme - customizable!
Bride and Groom - shoes and Berry/Wine Glass Foot
Bridal Gown and Groom's Tux with coordinating sash and boutonniere
Tomorrow brings me back to the toystore after a week off. I'm ready to go back, as much as I've enjoyed my time off. I've been living, breathing and eating Little Champ stuff for this week, and I'm ready for a small break from it - before it begins to feel like work!

Please keep checking back with my online shop to see when these and maybe even some other great items are available! 
As always - custom orders are welcome!!

Have a Champ-tastic afternoon!


Better than Yesterday...

There was something not quite right with me yesterday. I still can't put my finger on it.. all I know is that its GONE! Which means I was much more productive today - woohoo!

I now have:
FOUR bulletin boards painted and ready for their photo shoots.
1 "Bears" beer mug ready to be baked, photos, and its actually already sold!
1 "Bears" ornament already sold, but needing photos
1 pair of Tuxedo and Gown wedding champagne flutes to bake, photo, list
3 angel ornaments to photograph and list

phew! I also FINALLY figured out a solution to my bulletin board issues. I didn't realize I had SEAL the cork before painting on it. Too bad I didn't realize that until after I used up a few paint pens. oops. Live and learn! Now I know for the future and I can crank these bad boys out like crazy now.

Also, here's a few treasuries for you to check out:
Here Come the Hawks - Chicago Blackhawks themed collection - made by me!
In Loving Colour - Colorful LOVE themed collection - featuring my bright mini wall hanging!

Have a Champ-tastic night, everyone <3
Tomorrow is the last day of my "stay-cation" from the toystore. I'm getting tired of being home, sure, but its been really nice, too!


And the Winner is....

So the time has come to do my random drawing! To be 100% fair I used www.random.org to help me pick my winner - no biases here! I numbered the comments in the order they were received as 1-7 and the winner is...

*dramatic pause and drum roll*


Little Princess Pea said...
I of course would love to win the Chicago Blackhawk's ornament! Who wouldn't want the 2010 Stanley Cup Champs hanging on their tree this year!

So "Little Princess Pea" is the big winner! WooHoo! Congrats to her!

Little Princess Pea will be getting the Chicago Blackhawks ornament - personalized just for her! yay!

Thanks to everyone who entered - I'll be sending you each a special message, too, so keep a look out for it. :)

Have a Champ-eriffic night, everyone. Back to work for me - been cranking things out tonight, so excited to show you what I've done!