Giveaway and a Sale at Haus of Ariella!

I opened Haus of Ariella on February 29, 2012. Since then, I’ve had 941 sales and lots of fun. To celebrate my upcoming 2nd Etsy-versary, I’ve decided to have both a sale and a giveaway!

Now through 3/1/2014, get 15% off any purchase at Haus of Ariella with coupon code HAUS15. A purchase will also qualify you for 10 additional entries in the giveaway!

The giveaway will run from now until 2/28/2014 (yes, I opened my shop on a leap year). Enter here – http://tinyurl.com/k6ef74. You can get entries by liking my Facebook page, following me on Twitter or Pinterest, favoriting my shop, and more! The prize is a $20 gift card for my shop – good towards anything that strikes your fancy. Start entering today! Some entries can be done every day to increase your odds of winning. Good luck!

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Cloud Nine Designz

Mother of Pearl Shells with Green Starfish Dangle Earrings

Today, I’d like to introduce you to a great Etsy shop, Cloud Nine Designz. The owner, Mandee, is a teammate of mine and a wonderful person. She describes herself as “a women with an often chaotic life who savors the simple bits that make it all so wonderful.” Although, like so many others, Mandee and her husband have had a rough time in this economy, she has a remarkable ability to stay positive and bring joy to others.

Cloud Nine Designz carries a variety of jewelry and gifts made with many mediums including gemstones, swarovski crystals, pearls, sterling silver, handmade glass blown beads, and handmade polymer clay beads. One of my favorites from her shop are these gorgeous hand blown glass earrings.

Bright Green, Blue and Black Swirl Dangle Earrings

If you’re more into, say, flowers or bracelets, she has those too! This handmade clay flower bracelet is simply stunning.

Hot Pink and Yellow Plumeria Clay Flower, Beaded Summer Bracelet

In addition to her beautiful jewelry, Mandee also makes items for the home like wine charms, coasters, and magnets, all of which would make lovely gifts. These nautical wine charms are absolutely lovely and would be great for a beach house.

Ocean Themed Wine Charms

She also makes great magnets and coasters. For any UNC fans that might be reading this, Mandee accepts custom orders and I’m sure would love to make these coasters or these magnets with a more appropriate team.

Cincinnati Reds Baseball Ceramic Coasters

Best of all, Cloud Nine Designz is having a Christmas in July sale! All of her prices are marked down 20% for the entire month of July! I can only show you a small portion of what she has available, so I highly encourage you to take a look at the rest of her shop.

For those of you who are crafty, you should check out her supply shop, Cloud Nine Supply Shop, as well.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Red and Blue Star Magnets, Set of 3

New Photos In My Etsy Shop!

I promise I’ll continue the honeymoon story soon (probably Friday), but I wanted to share a few of the newest photos in my shop today.

Before leaving for Thanksgiving, I walked down to the lake near our apartment and had a field day with my camera. This dock photo was the best of the bunch.

We had a great time at Thanksgiving with John’s family! Lots of good food and, most importantly, great family 😀

The next day, John and I went to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. I love zoos in general, but the biggest reason I wanted to go to Riverbanks was…the penguins!

Of course, we saw lots of other animals there too, which were almost as cool as the penguins 😉 You can actually walk through the kangaroo enclosure and a giant vulture with a 10 foot wingspan almost smashed my camera. However, the only other photos I have up so far are the meerkat (they’re so adorable!), the elephant, and the sea turtle.

Gotta love the meerkats

Sea Turtles are cool

I took another animal photo a few weeks ago that isn’t in my shop. I went out to the woods behind our apartment to shoot some leaves, but while I was out there I heard something in the leaves nearby. It was a black snake that had caught a lizard and was eating it. It was a bit macabre, but very cool at the same time.  Here’s one of the final shots of it.

I hope you enjoy the new photos, which are available in my Etsy shop, Haus of Ariella. Do you have any favorite animals? What kind of photographs do you like?

Pearl Wedding Headband Giveaway from Lace Over Heels!

I’ve decided to have a giveaway for my new wedding shop, Lace Over Heels! One lucky winner will receive this Pearl Bridal Headband.  This headpiece is made from white glass pearls wrapped with wire around a silver tone base and will complement most wedding veils and can be worn by itself. It can be worn as a headband or put on top of the head as a simple tiara or circlet.

To enter, go to my Rafflecopter page on Facebook. You can get entries for  liking my page, following me on twitter, blogging about the giveaway, and more!

Get Your Christmas Shopping Done Early!

One of the Christmas items I’ve already listed

It may seem a bit strange to many of you that I’m writing about Christmas shopping in August, but the holiday shopping season has been a big topic of conversation among Etsy sellers recently. Many sellers, including me, are starting to roll out their holiday items, but I’ve been thinking about how to make sure everything goes smoothly this holiday season.

Before Father’s Day, I found an awesome mug for my dad. The problem was that I found it about a month before the day and I was having it shipped directly to him. I didn’t trust myself to remember to order it later (but still have it arrive before the day), so I asked the seller if I could order it on the spot and just have her ship it the week before Father’s Day. She agreed and my dad got his mug a little before Father’s Day, but not so far ahead of time that it was strange. Best of all, I didn’t have to remember to go back to the listing weeks after finding it to order it.

Treble Clef Earrings at HausofAriella.Etsy.com

Since I found that so helpful, I’ve decided to implement Christmas pre-ordering at Haus of Ariella. Customers who request Christmas pre-ordering in their note to me at checkout will have their items sent on December 17th. People who order before December 1st will also receive free gift wrapping! Unfortunately, Christmas pre-ordering is only available for US orders. Since international shipping and customs is so difficult to predict, I don’t feel like I can guarantee that all international orders will arrive in time for Christmas unless the customer pays the exorbitant shipping charges for Priority International.

I think that this will be a win for everyone. Customers who are shipping gifts directly to their friends or family won’t have to worry about waiting until closer to Christmas when they find that perfect gift. Even those who will be giving their gifts in person won’t have to deal with storing the gifts for weeks – plus, who doesn’t love free gift wrapping.

I am also taking Chanukah pre-orders as well, so if you need a gift shipped in time for Chanukah, just specify that at checkout.

Dalek Earrings from Haus of Ariella

Of course, if you prefer not to take advantage of the Christmas pre-ordering, I will still be taking regular orders as usual.

 

Enter to Win a Pair of Halloween Cat Earrings from Haus of Ariella!

I am quite happily done with the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination). I won’t know the results for five weeks, but I feel pretty confident about it. To celebrate, I’ve decided to have anther giveaway!

Halloween Cat Earrings from Haus of Ariella

You can enter to win these very cute Halloween Cat Earrings simply by liking my page on Facebook. Plus, if you refer a friend and your friend wins, you both win a pair! Just use this link and enter before September 1st for your chance to win.

 

Etsy Finds: Swimsuit Edition

First of all, thank you to everyone who voted on the name of my new Etsy wedding shop. So far Ariella’s Getting Married is in the lead, but I’m a bit hesitant about it for a few reasons, one of which is that you can’t use apostrophes or spaces in Etsy shop names, so it would AriellasGettingMarried. I’m also a little worried that it makes the shop more about me than about my customers. What do you think? If you haven’t voted yet, I’d really appreciate it if you would. Go here and pick your two favorite names for the shop.

Now on to the Etsy finds!

As those of you in this part of the world may have noticed, it’s been a bit hot recently. As in Oh-My-God-My-Face-Is-Melting hot. So the other weekend when it was 105 degrees, I decided it was high time to go hang out in the pool. Unfortunately, I discovered that I may have gained a cup size since I last worn my bikini. My bikini top, which was a bit revealing when I wore a C cup, now makes me look like I’m vying for a spot in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, only with less silicone and Photoshop. Needless to say, it might have been time for a new bathing suit.

Polka Dot Swimsuit by Meshalo

This Polka Dot Retro Bathing Suit by Meshalo was one of the first that jumped out at me. I love the retro look and the polka dots. Unfortunately, it was a bit out of my budget.

Wonder Woman One Piece by Meshalo

The same shop, Meshalo, also has this gem. Who doesn’t, in their heart of hearts, secretly want a Wonder Woman Swimsuit?

Retro Swimsuit by Shermonsters

As I said, I’m really feeling the whole retro swimwear thing, so I searched for retro swimsuits and this beauty popped up. This Retro Swimsuit by Shermonsters is awesomely retro and can be made in the color of your choice. Sadly, it was also more than I could justify spending at the moment (not that $89 is that much for a good bathing suit, but it is when you’re broke).

Army Green Bikini by PINKSTARswimwear

This Army Green Bikini by PINKSTARswimwear wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it’s very cute and the price was certainly right. You can’t beat $15 for a bikini. I was going to buy it, but then I found this…

And the winner is…The Starlet by SheilaFrankSAMPLES

The Starlet by SheilaFrankSAMPLES was everything I was looking for – it has interesting lines and retro styling, and it’s cheap! I bought it and couldn’t be happier. It was only $16.80 and it came with a removable skirt. For such a low price, I wasn’t expecting too much from the workmanship, but it’s incredibly well made.

With the skirt and the back