Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tales from an Etsy Seller


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 Every single item is one that I originally made for myself for my wedding or other various occasions.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!

Check out my Etsy store, StaySparkled, to check out some other items!


International Beer Day

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.
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.
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 (
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If you want to check out all of their stuff, go to their Facebook page or website (