Tales from an Etsy Seller

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I never intended on selling items on Etsy, but it is happening. i don’t know if it’s the excitement of people loving things you make or those people actually paying money for your items, but something about having an Etsy store is certainly thrilling! I may only have a handful of items, but they are all one-of-a-kind and completely made with love. Every single item is one that I originally made for myself for my wedding or other various occasions. It’s fun getting to be totally free with my creativity. My first actual sale on Etsy could not have been any less stress-free. A woman pretty much let me design her headband with the only restriction of “try to use a lot of neutrals and amber” and “whatever you think will look good”. Talk about a low maintenance buyer! The second she made the purchase, my heart started racing and my mind filled with thoughts of her hating what I was going to make her. After seeing her comments, though, I was definitely put at ease. So thank you, kind stranger, for making this whole Etsy thing way less stressful than I thought it would be.

Here is the headband I made for her!
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Check out my Etsy store, StaySparkled, to check out some other items!

International Beer Day

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Happy International Beer Day everyone! All over the world, people are celebrating in pubs, breweries, or even at home. With the craft beer industry booming as much as it is, you know people are loving today and celebrating plenty. International Beer Day (IBD) is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents. Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes:
1. To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
2. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
3. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.
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I encourage you to give one another the ‘gift of beer’ by buying each other drinks, and to express gratitude to brewers, bartenders, and other beer technicians. In the international spirit of the holiday, you should also step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture.
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Most of all, have fun but also be safe! Call a cab or a sober friend if you get a little too festive.

For the people who enjoy wearing what they’re passionate about, some friends of mine have a craft beer centered apparel line called Brewheart Apparel. They recently had a fashion show to showcase some of their awesome items. Here are a couple pics of shirts from their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Brewheartapparel/timeline)
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If you want to check out all of their stuff, go to their Facebook page or website (http://www.brewheartapparel.com/)

Pucker Up

Today just so happens to be National Lipstick Day! I thought my love of lipstick could not get stronger than it was as a child playing with grown-up makeup, but I was wrong! There are endless colors these days, and I absolutely love that any color is socially acceptable now! Don’t be afraid to be bold with your pout! Lipstick can affect how you feel just as much as other beauty supplies. Boost your morale and put some color on that pucker of yours! My current favs include Rimmel Moisture Renew Coral Spark, Revlon Matte Really Red, and Stila Fiore. Stila is a little pricier, stays on literally the whole day, and yes, I really mean literally.
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Wanna read some pretty neat facts about lipstick? Here are 9 provided by Huffington Post. Enjoy!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/28/lipstick-history-facts_n_2791887.html

Homemade Fig Newtons

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These household favorites can easily be made at home! I happen to live fig newtons so these do not always last LNG at my house. They require only 5 ingredients, are gluten free, no bake, paleo, and vegan!

The 5 ingredients
1. Dried figs (3 cups) I used fresh figs and dehydrated them.
2. 1/4 cup of flax seed meal (available at any grocery store)
3. 1/2 tsp of salt
4. 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
5. 1 cup of walnut or pecan halves

This makes about 12-20 balls depending on the size.

Steps
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
2. Scoop the ingredients out with your hands or a spoon. Form the mixture into balls using your hands. The heat from your hands will release the natural oils from the nuts, helping to bind the ingredients together.
3. Enjoy at room temp or they can be refrigerated.

The End of Summer

The end of Summer is quickly approaching. You have a few more weeks to get in some last minute Summer activities. If you’re looking for some ideas to keep yourself entertained for the remaining weeks, here are some of my favorite ones!

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So, live it up and enjoy the rest of your Summer!

April showers bring May flowers

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As an adult, I have started to really enjoy flowers. For years, I didn’t get why people wanted flowers and didn’t really care for the smell. Now, though, I like having something pretty to look at or that fresh smell of flowers. I’m not quite the enthusiast where I can tell you what types grow at certain times of the year or even what my favorite flowers are, but I enjoy them none the less! Bring on the beautiful flowers!

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What is your favorite flower?

Mean Girls Anniversary….So FETCH!

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10 Years! Do you feel old yet?…I DO! I still love this movie as much as I did the first time I saw it! Tina Fey is a comedic genius (and so FETCH!), and this film will forever make me giggle! It is one of my most quote-able movies. If you need me, I’ll be on the couch wearing pink while watching Mean Girls on TV!

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