Thursday, November 27, 2008


I'm offering free shipping on all orders from my shop from Friday, November 28th through December 1st! This includes international orders.
There's something for every cowgirl (or those with the Heart of a Cowgirl) on your list...

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas Shopping!

This morning I went out to Equine Voices Horse Rescue & Sanctuary (I had some jewelry to deliver to Karen, the founder) and I ended up doing about half of my Christmas shopping! No, I didn't adopt a horse for everyone on my list (but wouldn't that be a great gift?) but I did end up finding a lot of things in their awesome gift shop.

Gulliver, the rescue mascot, makes his way on to all of the clothing, including sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, denim shirts and tanks. Gulliver is a Clydsedale-cross who is just as cute and sweet as he is HUGE!

I wanted to add some pictures from the shop, but I wasn't able to download them. If you love horses or have people to buy for that do, Gulliver's Gift Shop offers a nice selection of clothing, art, home decor and jewelry to choose from. You can feel good knowing that the proceeds of your purchase will go to care for the many rescued horses at the sanctuary.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cool Handmade Books!

Here is a really neat gift idea for that hard to buy for person on your list -- how about a handmade journal? MyHandBoundBooks is participating in the Blog a Day giveaway (see badge/link near the top left of this blog) and I found several things in their shop that I wouldn't mind receiving in my stocking on Christmas morning!

I LOVE this leather bound journal. Actually putting pen to paper with your thoughts -- what a concept! And check out this teeny weeny little leather bound journal! It has enough pages that you could write a little message to someone by putting a word on each page. Write a love letter or a thank you letter!How about these cute little book earrings? They would make a perfect gift for a teacher or anyone on your list who loves to read. The pretty pink cover makes them especially adorable!MyHandBoundBooks has many other styles of journals available, as well as other great items. Check it out. And remember to buy handmade this holiday season!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How would you search for this necklace?

I read an article about effective tagging recently. It made me stop and think about how I am tagging my items in my Etsy shop and am I doing so in the most effective manner. I THINK I am tagging so that potential customers can find my items, but am I really? If you were searching for this necklace, what would you put in the search box? Leave me a comment and give me a few words or phrases you would use. I'll see if I am "thinking like a customer" or not! Thanks everyone!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christmas is HOW many days away?

55 days. WOW! I got to thinking about it this morning, about decorating the tree and the house, baking Christmas goodies, wrapping presents.... maybe what sparked it is the fact that it was 40 degrees outside this morning when I woke up! Brrrr! That is pretty cold for Arizona.

So, to get in the holiday spirit, I'm posting a "gift buying guide"...items I've found on Etsy that caught my eye. Check theses shops out, you might find something for that hard to buy for person on your list...

Custom painted pet ornaments by MaryRichmondDesign . (I was thinking of getting these of ALL the animals, but that might keep Mary busy until after the New Year!)
These soap "truffles" by BellaDonna10 look good enough to eat!
How about an earth friendly re-usable coffee cozy from AlytheRed? Gotta love the bunny design!These little horse finger puppets from CherylASmith would make great kids' stocking stuffers. She also has lots of other animal puppets in her shop.Etsy has a very diverse selection of original, handmade gifts. So much better than buying from some big corporate giant! I plan to support talented independent artists this year by buying handmade as much as possible. Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Rocki's Rock 'n Beads and Supplies

Today I'd like to introduce you all to a fellow Etsyian and blog pal, Deb Adams, also known as Rocki to her friends. Somewhere along the line I started following Rocki's Rock 'N Blog, which led me to her 2 Etsy shops: Rocki's Rock 'N Beads and Rocki's Supplies.

Rocki is a true artisan when it comes to her metalworking. In fact, she likes to think of her handcrafted ear wires, clasps and other jewelry findings as "Not just "supplies" but "Handcrafted Pieces of Art for Your Artistic Creations". And that they are. Her work is awesome, with attention to detail in every piece.

A few examples of her earwires in my own creations:
(Oxidized Sterling Silver Small Hoop Ear Wires)
(Sterling Silver Signature Elfin Ear Wires) (Sterling Silver Retro French Ear Wires)

I'm also a fan of her sterling silver hammered heart clasp. So cute! I used it in my "Heart of a Cowgirl" turquoise bracelet. Perfect!Rocki also offers her findings in gold filled and brass (hey Rocki, I vote for copper next).

Not only does she make great "handcrafted pieces of art", she also creates beautiful jewelry. I admire her earthy designs, and really LOVE this guy:

Unfortunately, he has been sold... however, I bet Rocki would be willing to create you something similar if you asked! Be sure to check out the rest of her creations in her Etsy shop and take a peek at her blog, you never know what she'll be up to next!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


I am participating in a Blog Giveaway this month. It sounded like fun, so I thought I'd give it a try. There are 15 different Etsy shops that have contributed an item to be given away and I'm one of them! All you have to do is go check out some of these shops and then post a comment on The Tiny Fig's blog to be entered to win one of the fabulous prizes above! (click on the badge to the left for all the details , which even as this post moves down, will remain at the top left of my blog).

Here's a peak at the earrings from my shop that you could win...

Check out all the other great things you could win by clicking on the Badge to the top left. Good luck!