Sunday, December 20, 2009

Just CrossStitch Magazine Design

I'm pleased to announce that I have a design published in the January/February 2010 issue of Just CrossStitch magazine. Isaiah 61:11 appears on pages 21-23. The verse reads:

"For as the earth bringeth
forth her bud,
and as the garden causeth
the things that are
sown in it to spring forth,
so the Lord God will cause
righteousness and praise
to spring forth before
all the nations."

This is the perfect sampler to stitch as you sit by a warm fire this winter and contemplate the colorful beauty that spring will soon bring!

For more needlework designs by yours truly, please visit my A Stitch and a Prayer website! A Stitch and a Prayer needlework designs are coming soon to Etsy also at

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Friday, December 18, 2009

This just in...

I'm so excited to report that I am the first Friday Featured Seller on The Curious Pug blog! Please take a minute to stop by this cute blog and read my feature. While you are there, take a look around. The blog is rich with information and very well done. You will fall in love with Cyrus.

The Curious Pug's Etsy shop offers wonderful felted items as well as clay figures and glass tile pieces that are sure to please a variety of tastes! I particularly like this Rainbow Hearts Applique iPod Cozy:

Thanks Alycia for your wonderful blog and for making me your first Friday Featured Seller!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Birds of a Feather

I was browsing through my Etsy Favorites and observed that three out of my four most recent favorite items were birds! So I decided that it was time to feature my bird favorites...

Cardinals are absolutely my favorite birds. My mother also loves cardinals and at Christmas I seem to be attracted to ornaments, dishes, whatever, if it has a cardinal theme. This is an absolutely gorgeous photograph of a male cardinal and is available for purchase at BedermannArt:

Next on my list of favorite bird items is this cute clay Christmas ornament by Dyche Designs:

These simple earrings from sTuck in the Coop make me smile:

This art print pendant necklace from HJM Gifts would pair beautifully with the earrings above:

Finally, the perfect gift tags for all those bird theme gifts are also on my list of favorite bird items. Check these out at Articulations:

Be sure to take a look at these an many other great items at Etsy!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

LOC Design Studio at

I'm pleased to annouce that LOC Design Studio has a new online shop at Zibbet. I opened the shop on December 6, 2009. In addition to many of the same items listed in my Etsy shop, you will also find new items that are only available through my new Zibbet shop. Among those items you will find a section of School Colors items and a section of Christmas items. I will also be listing new necklace and earring sets, earrings and bracelets in the coming week!

Be the first to make a $100 or more purchase from my new Zibbet shop and receive a HUGE surprise that I know you will want to keep! Also, I'm offering my Christmas earrings (regular price $12 per pair) for three pairs for $27! Order in the next day or two and you should receive your earrings in plenty of time to wear before Christmas. If you want quick delivery, request Flat Rate Priority mail before finalizing your purchase and I will change the shipping cost for your order (on any purchase--not just Christmas earrings)!

Here are some examples from the School Colors Jewelry section. If you don't see your school colors, let me hear from you and I will do my best to make what you need!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Blog Features

I'm so excited to share that I currently have jewelry items featured in TWO blogs! Please take a look and post your comments...

The first is Shapes and Memories: Etsy Items Parade III and the second is Creative With Clay's Color Feature of the Week: Peach. I feel so honored and blessed to have two of my items featured in two blogs during the same week!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Black Friday Countdown...

The day after Thanksgiving has become known as "Black Friday" because that is when many retailers are able to replace red ink with black ink in their financial books thanks to Christmas shoppers. Usually the best sales of the season are offered on Black Friday.

LOC Design Studio will be having a Black Friday sale beginning Friday, November 27 and ending at midnight on Tuesday, December 1.

Black Friday, November 27 everything in my shop will be 50% OFF the regular price!

Saturday, November 28 everything will be discounted 35% OFF the regular price!

Sunday, November 29 the discount will go to 20% OFF everything that remains PLUS shipping will be discounted by 40% for the remainder of the sale!

I will start marking down prices before midnight on Thanksgiving Day, so you may catch a reduced price before the sale begins!

Also, items that have color/style options are relistable so don't let a sold sign stop you! I expect to be near my computer all day on Friday so if I haven't gotten it relisted yet, convo me and I'll get it taken care of PDQ!

Here are some examples of items available in my shop:

Regular Price: $55 Black Friday Price: $27.50
This is one of my newest items!

Regular Price: $18 Black Friday Price: $9.00
This is my most viewed item!

Regular Price: $75 Black Friday Price: $37.50
This is my most "hearted" item!

Check out these sites for lists of Etsy shops having fantastic Black Friday Sales:

Support independant artisans and crafters:
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Monday, November 16, 2009

I'm in an Etsy Treasury!

I just had to share my surprise and excitement about being in an Etsy Treasury for the first time. Timing is often everything and such is the case with my Treasury appearance. I was browsing the threads in the Promotions Forum and I came across one titled "simply make a comment and be in this treasury". I clicked on the link to the Treasury and to my surprise there were only a few comments. In the few seconds that it took me to post a comment there were a few more ahead of me but I was comment #9 and made the list! The curator of the Treasury is mulberrymoosetoo and she has the cutest shops (check out mulberrymoose also)! The featured item from my shop is my Swarovski Crystal Butterfly charm:

Be sure to visit the Treasury and check out all of the great items featured along with mine. Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Family Traditions and Holiday Recipes

For years, I have made three casseroles for Thanksgiving and Christmas family gatherings that have become part of our holiday tradition. My husband and nephew, Will, can eat their weight in my Sweet Potato Casserole. My sister-in-law, Pam, loves my Broccoli Casserole. And I think almost everyone in the family saves a special spot on their plate for a serving (or two) of my Hash Brown Casserole.

About a month before Thanksgiving, I start hearing little "reminder" comments from various members of the family, making sure that I don't "forget" their favorite! This Thanksgiving, my brother and his family will be spending the holiday with Pam's family in Alabama. Will has already made a request, by way of my mother, for Aunt Vicki to make a "small" Sweet Potato Casserole for him to take along on the trip!

Here are some photos of my family sitting around the table after enjoying last year's Thanksgiving dinner:

I hope that your family enjoys some special food traditions also. If not, here are some time-tested favorites from my kitchen to yours--it's never too late to start your own traditions. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Casserole
Fresh sweet potatos, enough to fill a cookie sheet, baked, pealed and mashed (about three cups)
Two eggs
One cup sugar
One teaspoon vanilla extract
One quarter cup milk
One third cup melted butter

Mix the above ingredients and spread evenly in a greased casserole dish. Mix the following ingredients to make the casserole topping:

One cup shredded coconut
One cup chopped pecans (I've used walnuts in a pinch!)
One cup brown sugar
One third cup plain flour
One Third cup melted butter

Sprinkle topping mixture over sweet potato mixture. Cover the surface as evenly as possible. Bake the casserole for approximately one hour at 350 degrees or until bubbly and golden brown on top.

Hash Brown Casserole
Two cups (or more) shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
One can cream of chicken soup
One cup (or more) sour cream
One cup (or more) chopped white onion
Melted butter or vegetable oil
Freshly ground black pepper
One 32 ounce package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cheese, soup and sour cream. Mix well. In a large skillet (I use a Dutch oven because stirring is easier and less messy), lightly saute the onions in the butter or vegetable oil. Add the thawed potatoes and mix. Let the potatoes heat through and brown slightly, stirring ocassionally. Add salt and pepper as desired. Remove from heat and add the cheese/soup/sour cream mixture. Mix well. Turn mixture into a grease casserole dish. Mix the following ingredients together for the casserole topping:

One cup (or more) crushed corn flakes
Enough melted butter to coat the amount of corn flakes you use

Sprinkle topping over the potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour or until the casserole is bubbling hot and the topping is golden brown. TIP: To prevent the topping from over browning (aka burning!), bake the potato mixture for 30-45 minutes without the topping. Add the topping for the last 15 minutes of baking. ANOTHER TIP: I have found that it is difficult to use too much cheese or sour cream in this recipe.

Broccoli Casserole
Large bag of frozen brocolli florets, thawed
One large white onion, chopped
Shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
Cream of mushroom soup
One or two small cans mushroom stems and pieces
Slivered almonds
Freshly ground black pepper
Dash garlic powder
Melted butter or vegetable oil

In a large skillet or Dutch oven (my preference), saute the onions in the melted butter or vegetable oil. Add the broccoli and allow it to heat through. Add the remaining ingredients (salt and pepper to taste). Stir to thoroughly combine. Transfer mixture to a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour or until bubbly and golden brown.

FINAL TIP: Unlike baked goods, exact measurement of ingredients in casseroles is not required. As you may have noticed, I didn't give exact quantities for all ingredients. Feel free to use a little more of this or a little less of that to make these casserole dishes your own!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Things I think Jesse would like...

Yesterday was my younger son Jesse's 22nd birthday. While reading posts in a promo forum on Etsy, I came across several "funky" items that made me think of my Jesse. Thanks for endulging me as I walk down Memory Lane explaining why I think Jesse might like each item that I am sharing and perhaps you will find something you like as well. Enjoy!

The first item that caught my eye was a pretend chicken made of fabric. The pieces are held together with velcro, allowing the bird to be "cut up" for "cooking". This unique toy reminded me of Jesse and a birthday cake toy that he had as a tot. The plastic cake was divided into wedges and came with candles and plates (if memory serves me correctly). Jesse actually wore out two of these toys before he outgrew serving us plastic birthday cake!

For several (most) of Jesse's childhood years, he insisted on having Christmas-themed birthday parties. He loved Christmas trees and all of the accompanying lights and decorations. At one birthday party, we played "Pin the Ornament on the Christmas Tree." Jesse's love of all things Christmas is how this "funky" snowman ornament made my list.

Jesse is an artist and a musician. When I saw Wobble Bowl by AlyshellsCraftShack I immediately thought "funky" followed by "I think Jesse would like this!"

Jesse's older brother Luke was a dinosaur fan for many years. Jesse and some of his high school friends caught "dino fever" at a much later age. So when I found the Jurassic Planter in Treebottom Nursery shop on Etsy, I immediately thought of Jesse and purchased it. Here is a similar planter currently available at Treebottom Nursery:

Jesse enjoys a good cup of tea. Early in my Etsy experience I marked the Teaman's shop as a favorite because I knew that I would be shopping for some tea gifts this year. I don't really think of the tea as funky but I do know that Jesse will like it!

I hope that my trip down Memory Lane will spark some happy memories for you also and that you will visit these Etsy shops, and others, for your gift shopping. Support independant artisans and crafters by buying handmade!

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Weekend Earring Sale!

Yesterday I added a bunch on new earrings to my Etsy shop and I decided to have a Weekend Earring Sale so that you can get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping! All of my earrings are 20% off until midnight on Monday, November 2, 2009. Here are a few examples of what I have available:

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Cat's Meow

I am a "cat person" without a doubt! I have three inside kitties and one outside kitty. Actually, LOC Design Studio is named for my three girls: Lluvia, Oreo and Cali. I have two jewelry pieces named for my outside kitty, Big Boy: Big Boy's Key Fob and Big Boy's Necklace and Earring Set. I am always on the lookout for cute kitty items. Here are a few kitty products that I have spotted at Etsy--enjoy!


Receive a free catnip toy when you make a purchase from Colorado Catnip Toys and mention the LOC Design Studio blog!

Monday, October 26, 2009

My Craft Show Experience

The Bayou Country Craft Show in Niceville, Florida is now history and from my perspective it was a success. I signed up at the last minute and as a result, my booth was at the end of a hall and away from the main traffic flow. I shared the room with one other jewelry vendor. I sold enough to pay for my space and then some. I saw a lot of my business cards leave the booth which hopefully will send traffic to my websites. I also gained some experience with how these events work. The potential web traffic and experience are my measures of success. I plan to participate in a few more of these events for the same reasons. Do I want a steady diet of this? Probably not. But I do think that it is a good idea to participate in several events each year to establish and maintain a "real person" presence. If you have a craft show scheduled, I wish you much success!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bayou Country Craft Show

If you are in the vicinity of Niceville, Florida this weekend, plan to visit the 32nd Annual Bayou Country Craft Show at the First United Methodist Church. The show will be open from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm. Yours truly will have a booth there and I would love to meet you and for you to see my beaded jewelry in person! I will have items from both of my shops at the show: LOC Design Studio and A Stitch and a Prayer. A craft show is a great place to start your Christmas shopping. Support your local artisans and crafters--buy handmade this year!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Feels like fall...

October has been very hot and humid here in NW Florida. After a huge storm last night, today we are feeling cooler temperatures and a bit of a breeze. OK, it's more than a breeze! The wind is bringing a welcomed relief from the heat of summer. October is my favorite month here in the Florida Panhandle (check out my blog post at And October makes me think of pumpkins. Here are some pumpkin items that caught my eye at Etsy...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

What I've learned today... that I have a lot to learn! SEO, the importance of a consistent shop appearance and blogs. That is the tip of the iceberg. I want to thank the great buyers and sellers who contributed to Etsy forums which address the first two points: SEO and shop appearance. Take a few minutes (hours) to read these forums if you are interested and are in a "need to know" situation:
Another great resource that I discovered today in the Etsy business forum is:

There is a wealth of information in these resources. Whether you are an Etsy shop owner or not, if you want your web content to be found and you aren't a "geek" these resources are a great starting place.