We have lots of giveaways through Instagram (be sure to always check in with me there to see the latest creations at #sweetwhimsydesigns), some really unique orders, and upcoming review/giveaways on the blog featuring some really great handmade artisans.
Also, I’ve hired an assistant to help
maintaincreate my sanity as we approach the holiday season. She’s great! More about her later…
Some other exciting news: sweet whimsy designs’ was spotted on Keeping Up With The Kardashians!! Kourtney Kardashian has a set of the Carnival Collection peg dolls along with a Ferris Wheel from our friends at A Summer Afternoon. Did you know these are both available for purchase at special collaborative pricing in our shops?? (Click links for details.)
We’re just thrilled to have our peg dolls seen and accepted so widely throughout the world! While I’m busy creating new and wonderful things, you can enjoy browsing the shop to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. Stay tuned to see what’s new!
As always, thank you for your continued support! We are truly grateful!!
It’s finally time to start introducing you to some of The Whimsical Sweet’s ‘sweet’ sponsors. You’ll be getting a double dose of sugar with our first sponsor: Bakery Charms.
Jenn Lee is the confectioner behind Bakery Charms where she designs realistically cute dessert jewelry in her neck of the
woods ocean on the lovely island of Hawaii. (Surely she must get some of her inspiration from the beauty that surrounds her, no?!) There is no end to her collection of sweet adornments. From popsicles to cupcakes, non-pareils to macaroons, Bakery Charms’ polymer clay creations are so realistic you’ll want to try a little nibble. You know me & my attention to detail? Jenn does not disappoint. In person, the detail is beautiful. Each little piece is so precise and intricate, the pieces she creates are miniature works of wearable art. Initially I thought our daughter would love this jewelry but I quickly came to the realization that everyone should indulge in some tasty jewelry! What fun!!
I just LOVE her motto – “Have your cake and wear it too”. What girl doesn’t want to show her sweet tooth a little love?! Shop online and you’ll find bracelets, necklaces, and earrings among others. Some of my favorites include the pretzels, the macaroons, the sno-cones and the truffles. Oh, and you can’t forget the nutty buddies! Any of these handmade creations would make the perfect gift for that sweet lover in your life, or by all means, treat yourself. Zero calories and tons of fun!
The sweetest news??
Bakery Charms is giving away a NECKLACE OF YOUR CHOICE to one lucky winner!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One will receive one (1) Bakery Charms necklace of your choice (a $15 value). Contest begins July 31, 2014 at 12:00am and ends August 7th, 2014 at 12:00am and is open to US residents only. Winner will be announced Friday, August 8th, 2014 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook & Instagram pages. Winning prize will be shipped to any of the 50 US States. Entries will be verified.
Full disclosure: Bakery Charms provided my daughter and myself with necklaces to review to be able to write this post. The words written in this post are completely my own; simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).
We’re finding ourselves right down the middle of the line between structured schoolers and unschoolers. No rush, but the kids seem to desire some structure once in a while. This is such a learning experience for all of us!
Part of our latest homeschool curriculum is to choose a letter as well as take turns choosing an animal of the week.
I got the idea to do a letter of the week from Confessions Of A Honeschooler, one of my favorite homeschooling resources.
This week, it was Tavia’s turn to choose so she chose camel. Therefore, the letter of the week is C.
I love that she chose a camel! We learned a lot about camels. I always enjoy learning new things alongside them. Did you know dromedary camels can store up to 80 pounds of fat in their humps?! They can survive on that for a long time in the desert.
We watched a few videos, some educational and some just for fun. The kids got a kick out of Alice The Camel!
Some info came from National Geographic, some from other sources online & from our local library.
We also made some camels of our very own out of egg cartons, markers, glue, & pipe cleaners.Read More
It’s that time again…time for a wonderful handmade giveaway! Woohoo!
Lovey Letters By Leah is owned by Lovely Leah herself, Leah Carroll. I met Leah (way) long ago, through a mutual friend when we were (much) younger. We always seemed to have a lot in common, our ginger locks being most important :).
Leah is the new-ish Mom to two beautiful toddlers – twins, in fact – who surely keep her days as a stay-at-home Mom quite busy. She must have them on perfect nap schedules because somehow she finds the time to create some really whimsical, fun wall letters! It all began in her quest to find the right décor for her boy/girl twins’ nursery. Leah had so much fun during the creation process that she decided she wanted more. She said when friends and family would visit, they would inquire about the letters and she began creating her unique, custom wall letters for more & more people, in turn, decided to bring them to the handmade marketplace and share them with the world.
Lovey Letters By Leah‘s shop is full of personalized art that would add that special touch to any nursery, child’s room, home office, or even a man cave! Lovey Letters has even created letters for pets, how fun?! Most of her clientele are parents decorating their children’s nurseries, but let’s face it, she’s capable of just about anything!
I asked Lovey Letters to create some wall art for sweet whimsy designs’ art shows and she came up with something that depicts swd so well! All I had to tell her was a little of what I wanted, something fun & whimsical, colorful, so this is what she came up with:
I think they’re perfect, don’t you?!
Leah at Lovey Letters By Leah was not only easy to work with, but she produces these pieces of art quite quickly, and always with a smile (even through email!). It’s simple to see this handmade business soaring to new heights because Leah is right, this is what has been missing from the nursery décor world all this time.
What’s In It For You?
Lovey Letters By Leah is giving away TWO wonderful prizes: 11 x 14 Initial Wall Letters, one per winner!! (a $23 value per letter)
These letters are fully customizable & can be done with Leah’s painless process:
All right, lovely people, it’s getting a little crazy around here. It’s about to get a heck of a lot crazier with a giveaway from one of my favorite children’s accessories shop.
Let me introduce you to Lovely Lyla Jean!
A wee side-note – I would not have met Melissa Griffo, owner of Lovely Lyla Jean, if it wasn’t for the Rochester Brainery. Melissa & I tabled next to each other at a Brainery Bazaar show this past summer. *Rochester, NY Locals: If you haven’t made it to a Brainery Bazaar, you are seriously missing out! LOADS of unique, handmade goods from an eclectic mix of artisans. Second Saturday of each month, and TWO SHOWS in December!)
Lovely Lyla Jean creates the most fun and whimsical accessories for girls & boys! The Chunky Bubblegum Beaded Necklaces are what stand out, but there are oh-so-many more sparkly pretties to select!
Melissa is a super-fun Mom to two littles who began creating her beautiful jewelry for her toddler daughter. What little girl doesn’t LOVE jewelry, right? (What little boy, for that matter?!) Where she finds the time, I’m not sure, though I have a pretty good idea it’s in between her full-time job, making dinner, and catering to her small children. You know, there’s just so much time left in a day to whip up lovely necklaces, earrings, and other accessories. Yes, I think that’s spot on. 😉
Lovely Lyla Jean’s pieces are fun to play dress-up with, yet sophisticated enough to wear for a photo shoot or a family outing. Melissa is great about creating customized jeweled pieces to coordinate with that favorite outfit, especially with upcoming holiday attire. If you don’t see something that matches in her shop, she will be more than willing to whip up something wondrous for your little charmer to don in those Christmas card photos (sneaking up on us quickly!).
It’s no surprise that the creations that come from Lovely Lyla Jean’s shop are so much fun – Melissa is a ball of energy with lots of laughter and a positive outlook on life. She is excellent fun to be around, and that certainly shines through in her art.
When I saw Lovely Lyla Jean’s display at the Bazaar, I knew our kids had to have a handful of somethings from her shop. We ended up with a few zipper pulls and hair clips. Our son wears his zipper pull on everything, his belt loop, backpack, he even clips it on his shirt and pants. The hair clips are so adorable on the girls, and they always get compliments when they wear them. It’s hard not to purchase everything Melissa makes, it’s all just so darling! I sincerely hope she has plans to expand to making jewels for Mom…I think I need a chunky bubblegum bead necklace stat!
Get your cutie gussied & get ready to accessorize, because Lovely Lyla Jean is giving away a super adorable Purple & Cream Faux Pearl Holiday Toddler Necklace and Bracelet Set (valued at $32.50)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive a Purple & Cream Faux Pearl Holiday Toddler Necklace and Bracelet Set (a $32.50 value). Contest begins November 11, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 18, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Monday, November 18, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize must be claimed within one week of winner announcement. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within two weeks of winner announcement and claim. Entries will be verified.
Full disclosure: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post or feature All About Kraft in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).
Becoming a handmade artisan is one of the neatest achievements I’ve made in my lifetime, probably because it has opened my life to other handmade artisans. Each show I attend, I meet an eclectic and superb batch of people who likely think outside the box and are generally lovely people all around.
Not too long ago, at a monthly Brainery Bazaar hosted by Rochester Brainery, I was showing my playable art alongside Nancy Topolski, owner and creator for Second Seed In Stitches. I was immediately blown away by Nancy’s colorful display – ranging from her oh-so-adorable “Foundlings” to the hand-knitted fingerless gloves and felted floral arrangements. I just knew we’d become friends.
We spent the entire day chatting, everything from schooling (and un-schooling) to how to succeed in the handmade craft business. You see, Nancy’s a pro. She’s been in the game for a while longer than myself. She is full of excellent advice and had a gentle approach in lending her ear to my newbie questions. I wanted to share Nancy and her work with the world, so I decided right here on The Whimsical Sweet would be a good place to start.
Nancy created a one-of-a-kind birthday banner as part of The Big Carnival Bash. It was on display throughout the party, and it definitely added exactly what we were looking for. I don’t think the party would’ve been complete without the banner hanging proudly above the photo booth. I asked that she make one of her felted banners customized with red & white stripes and black lettering. She didn’t even have to ask any questions. She just got it. I love people that just get it.
Second Seed In Stitches is led by a strong and passionate woman who has a beautiful handle on her craft (or crafts, as the case may be). I have yet to see all of the varieties of art Nancy is capable of creating, but those I have seen, I have fallen in love with. Though she is no longer making the banners, her Foundlings are always available in her etsy shop & usually present at her shows. They are FANTASTIC! She gets down to creative business & repurposes/upcycles old wool sweaters into fantabulous, soft, furry creatures she calls Foundlings. Every child should have at least one, and grown-ups, two or more!
The good stuff? Second Seed In Stitches is giving away a super-fun, handcrafted felted “happy birthday” banner to one lucky reader! This fun & festive banner measures approximately 5 ft. with plenty of grosgrain ribbon for hanging.
Everyone needs a family banner to celebrate birthdays year after year. It’s such a great addition to any celebration. We are looking forward to unpacking ours for each birthday for many years to come.
ENTER TO WIN!!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive one (1) ‘Happy Birthday’ banner from Second Seed In Stitches (a $50 value). Contest begins November 9, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 16, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Saturday, November 16, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize must be claimed within one week of winner announcement. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within one week of winner announcement. Entries will be verified.
Full disclosure: Second Seed In Stitches is providing the winner with the prize of a felted birthday banner. I was not compensated in any other way to feature this artist. All opinions are my own It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :). I support local, handmade art and you should, too.Read More