Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas light Redo

I came home from the post office the other day and found Mr. Threadbeaur with the Christmas lights everywhere. Tangled around him were all the strands that did not work. He was trying to find the dead bulbs and any breaks in the wires. What a mess! Just as I was the straw that broke the camels back. We were going to have to get rid of all the lights that we had because half of each string was out, and on a few none of the lights worked. It is a shame to get rid of all the lights, what a waste!
So we went out and picked up a little gadget that claimed it could fix the lights! We thought for less than $20 it would be worth a try. Back at the house we straightened all the lights out in the living room. It is best to work where it is warm, and that is not the case outside. I went to the kitchen to make some left over turkey dinner, and I heard shouting from the living room. It was not the usually angry shouts when the technology fails, it was shouts of joy! "It is fixed" "look, look it is working" and "this is the best tool ever!", were among the shouts of excitement! He insisted I blog about this product, that is saying alot!
This gadget is called the Light Keeper Pro, and we got it at Target! It will last from year to year to fix the Christmas lights with a squeeze of the little trigger. It was so easy, and the fact that it worked without any issues is great. We get to keep all of our lights, and we don't have to throw them in to the landfill is even better! If you ever have holiday lights that are on the fritz just get the Light Keeper Pro to keep your Christmas lights working.

Friday, November 28, 2008

DoorBusters Black Friday

DoorBuster for Blog readers!
The holiday section is 10$ each for blog readers today only.
Black Friday is for deals, and those that stay home and shop from home are the most rewarded.

Check out the holiday section of Threadbeaur's etsy shop for Black Friday Doorbusters!

Mention code BLOG SALE for a revised invoice on the great holiday shopping bags!
If you found this sale through Twitter type TWITTER SALE in the notes to seller!

$10 holiday bags make great eco friendly gift wrap, get them while they last!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday Sales

Now that the turkey is cooked, eaten and gone, it is time for a sale. Black Friday as you well know is a time for shopping deals. Deals are not hard to come by this year, but do you want to stand in line and fight the crowds at a MALL? No, I will be shopping on Etsy tomorrow. It is looking like there will be some fantastic deals.
Threadbeaur will be hosting a sale all weekend to include the infamous CYBER Monday. It will be the last BIG sale of the season at my Etsy shop.

Threadbeaur offers great eco friendly gifts for everyone on your list. This weekend you will be able to get the goods for 20% off. That is right you can take 20 percent off the entire purchase. Plus you don't have to stand in line, guaranteed! The items are all handmade and sewn in the USA! I have a selection of holiday prints, and the everyday prints.

The reusable bags are made from reclaimed, recycled materials such as vintage drapes, tablecloths and sheets! The material that could have otherwise found its way to the landfill is given a second chance, and turned into an eco-friendly shopping bag.

The coffee sleeves are also a great "green" holiday gift this year. They reduce the amount of cardboard used and they are fashionable!

Shop this weekend for 20% off at Threadbeaur.
When shopping this weekend use code CRANBEAURY in the notes to seller, and wait for your updated invoice. You can use paypal or Revolution Money Exchange!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wednesday Thrift Store Find

Among many errands that made it to my Wednesday to do list. The Salvation Army was at the top of the list! Usually weekdays are best there and you have a chance to score some great items. Today I was wandering around with a specific goal of finding some last minute vases for the table. Though I was unsuccessful in that area, I did find some thing great. I was on my way out of the store, when I decided to swing by the glasses one more time, just in case I could use a collection of short glasses for my holiday center piece. Well, I didn't find short glasses, but I did find these.

There in a row were six glasses from my home state of Florida, in perfect condition and the colors were straight from my high school alma mater. Orange and White. Priced at .60 cents a piece, I looked them over and though, why not! I gathered them up and got in line. During the checkout process she said the are 5 for a dollar, so it will be 1.60! HOW AWESOME!
I was so excited, of course I just put them right in my cloth shopping bag and off I went!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Just in Time for the Holidays

Every one knows that with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you have to take a few minutes for yourself. What do you need after a frantic trip to the toy store, just to find out the item that your kid "MUST HAVE" is out of stock until next year! You need a spa treatment of course! Right now over at Misosouper you will find a great giveaway that will pamper you. You have to enter to win, go check the full details at Misosouper, and maybe you will be the lucky winner, of the spa in a box! VivaBox that is!
Good Luck to all!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Baking Apprentice

I have gotten another great item in the mail. This one will bring joy all winter long. With the onset of the winter chill, I am in the mood for bread and soup. I purchased The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart. When I got the book, I opened to the first page, and was captivated. I could not put it down. The story telling with the instruction was mesmerizing. I learned so much and now I have my first loaves of Pain 'a l'Ancienne. This bread doesn't look like previous loaves I have made, this looks, dare I say, similar to the ones in the book?!! I am so excited about this new book, I will have bread all season. I am learning the art of bread baking, not just a recipe, but the art. Bread is one of my weaknesses, so now I can make my own, whenever the mood strikes. I must wait until the bread cools now before indulging in the fruits of my labor!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Best Pizza In Chicago

We were up by O'hare airport when we decided to grab some pizza. Thanks to my ipod touch we were able to find a place near by. We choose Caponies Trattoria on North Harlem. They had been reviewed by the TV show Check Please. Two of the three on the show agreed that they had good pizza. Ever since we left the small town of Mt. Dora, Florida, we have been looking for a small pizza joint to replace our favorite pizza. Mt. Dora Pizza, in Florida is still our top choice, but Caponies in Chicago is a close second, or maybe a tie.

Caponiesmenu is great. The wood burning oven is what makes their pizza superior, and the fresh ingredients. We got there early around 4:30 on Saturday, and ordered the calamari. It was great, big pieces, with a great breading that was light and crisp. We looked over all the pizzas on the menu and found the Suprema loaded with Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. I was having trouble deciding on which one I wanted, I asked the attentive waiter which he would recommend, and he said the White Pizza. The White pizza had mozzarella, fontina, ricotta, parmesan and percorino romano cheeses with fresh sauteed spinach and garlic.

As we waited we took it the small local flair, decorated with The Sopranos memorabilia it was the perfect setting. I love the small town feel when you walk in. It was a cold day, and with the wood-burning oven reaching degrees near 1000, it warmed the entire space. When the pizza got to the table we were so hungry, without a moments hesitation we dug in. The crust was crisp on the outside and perfect in the middle, the ingredients were piled on, but not overwhelming, and the flavor was out of this world. My favorite of the two was the white pizza I really enjoyed it, and would go back just to have it! So if you are ever near O'Hare airport in Chicago, take the 15 minute trip to 3350 N. Harlem and get some great pizza at a great price at Caponies Trattoria!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sale of the Season

Tonight is going to be the best sale of the season at Threadbeaur. I will be offering 20% off your purchase for Saturday Night November 15. Think of your friends, yourself, and the earth... tonight you will get 20% OFF. Get your hands on the greenest gift of this year. The reusable cloth grocery bag.
Do you have a friend, or co-worker that has everything? Shop at Threadbeaur tonight and get them a gift that they can really use, and get it at the biggest sale of the season.
Tonight only 20% off your purchase. I accept RME and PAYPAL for purchases at Threadbeaur's Etsy Shop.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Good Mail Day

Today I got out of work early and came home to play with the dog, and when we were out front I checked the mail. The mailbox was filled with great things. Mostly they were addressed to other parties in the house, but there was one small package for me.

Not too long ago I found a great blog that is always packed full of great ideas on promoting your business, and the blog has some great eye candy pictures from his shop, too! Timothy Adam Designs is a great etsy shop...his medium is metal. He is a fantastic metal artist, and that distinction is well deserved. He was one of the my first discoveries on Etsy, and his shop is among my "heart" shops in my Etsy account. So you can imagine my delight when I saw his monthly giveaway on Timothy Adam Desgin's blog. Since I frequent the blog, I decided to enter and see what happened. As chance would have it I WON!!! I was so excited to win such a fantastic prize, I wanted everyone to know. I told all my friends about this amazing metal creator. His ideas are fresh and the product stunning. So in the mail today I got this necklace. Orange is one of my favorite colors, so this necklace is perfect for me. The square orange pendant has great weight and fantastic color saturation. The necklace itself is amazing with the magnetic clasp, it is so easy to take on and off. This is going to be my all purpose necklace. If you live in the Chicagoland area you will be able to identify me by the orange square that will adorn my neck. I can't say enough about this jewelry, but don't just take my word for it, check out Timothy's Etsy shop to get one for yourself.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Grab the Tongs--Giveaway

There is a great giveaway over at Katydid and Kid blog. You have the chance to win a fantastic set of folding tongs from Jonathans Wild Cherry Spoons.
The hoops that you have to jump through are minimal for such a a great giveaway. Check it out soon. The contest ends November 22nd.
So hurry over to Katydid and Kid to grab your chance to win the great tongs.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Twitter Equals Views

I have been working to increase the traffic in my ETSY shop. Threadbeaur has been down in the dumps as far as views go, and it is time to do something about it. With the holidays coming I feel that is important for all etsy shops to promote and don't let the few views get you down. I turned to Twitter. The sign up was easy and now I have several people following me. It seems as though I have gotten a few extra views from it too. One of the ways to ensure that you get more followers and more traffic to your shop is to post often, and respond to those comments that interest you.

I have found some great info by using the twitter search site. It is a great tool. Check it out and you can search and narrow down who you would like to be following.

I was over in the etsy forums when I found this great instruction typed up by dottyral(click here for the etsy forum). She explains in detail how to get your items on the sidebar of your twitter page. I was able to do it in no time flat, thanks to her instructions.

So get out there and Twitter, and hopefully you too will benefit from followers, and experince increased traffic to your etsy site!
Check out Threadbeaur's twitter site.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Crafty Recycling

In the afternoons, I come up with crafts for the children in the extended day montessori program at my school. I try to incorporate the eco friendly ideas that I hold so dear. My latest project that was greeted with smiles and excitement was a journal for each child. I collected the empty snack boxes from our snack, in this case it was Nilla wafers. I cut them to size of a half sheet of our "oops" copy paper. Then proceeded to punch two holes in each piece of paper and the cardboard. The kids decorated the cardboard which became the front and back cover for their journals. After the covers were just right they threaded the paper on to 2 pipe cleaners. The kids were having so much fun, and were saying things like "wow, I have never done this before". That is very fun for me to hear. It is nice when I can tell they are really enjoying the afternoon craft. Then at the end of the day they got to take their journals home, and keep them as a notepad, or drawing pad. It is a great way to recycle the snack boxes, and copy paper.
Now I have to come up with some more eco friendly toddler crafts.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Who likes games

Tagged by: Linda Loves Beading

Here are the rules of tagging

1. Link to tagger and display these rules on your blog. (check)
2. Share 7 facts about yourself - some random, some WEIRD (see below)
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blog. (see below)
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

7 Random and Somewhat Weird Facts About Threadbeaur:

1. I have a strange attraction to squirrels
2. I love pasta. My favorite right now is pasta with brown butter cinnamon, garlic, and goat cheese. I could eat pasta everyday.

3. I love to take photographs. I have over 40,000 pictures stored on my computer.
4. I hate strong wind, unless I am on the sailboat.
5. I can't stand the cold, yet I live in Chicago.
6. Road trips are my favorite vacations.
7. I love to plant seeds from food I buy at the store. I have four avocado seeds in pots right now (saplings). I hope they make it through the winter.

Who should I tag? Here it goes.
My Road To Riches
Steel City Bakery
Bottle Leopard
Green Circle Studio
The Spotted Sparrow