Monday, April 13, 2009

Mission: Style - Brown mini t-straps

I've been searching for the perfect pair of t-strap shoes for a while. These aren't it, but aren't they cute?! I was out at Off Broadway Shoes today. After browsing the clearance section and not finding anything too eye catching, I saw these! Now, they're cute shoes I will admit, but the thing that REALLY caught my eye was the $34.99 sign, and the even bigger 50% off sign right above it.

That's right. These shoes were less than twenty bucks, even with the horrendous Tennessee sales tax included. I was having a rough morning before that, but then I felt better. Can we say retail therapy?

Now what I really want is a pair of mustard yellow tights to wear with them. Hm.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Vacation time!

I'm on a much needed etsy vacation! Here's the scoop:

I am on etsy vacation until further notice. This means that if you go to my etsy store at, you'll notice almost all of my items are gone! Not to worry though, they'll be back soon. :)

Now, I'm not on chainmaille vacation, just on etsy vacation. If you need some lovely maille (which of course you do), almost all my items from etsy are now available in my artfire shop at as well as on my website

Throughout my vacation I'll still be working on custom orders, making new items, taking product pictures, and packaging and shipping orders along with pretty much everything I do when I'm not on vacation. I just need a pause in my etsy orders so I can get caught up, and to finally take some relaxing time once I am fully caught up.

In the week I'm on vacation, I plan to have all pending custom orders made, photographed, listed, and shipped out. I'll be completely up to date with all orders. I plan to completely reorganize and clean my crafting space, to make better use of everything. I intend to work out a new shipping system, so the process is more smooth and my boyfriend can help me out when things get hectic. I also plan on reading a book in a bubble bath, going out to dinner, and watching a movie on the couch with my boyfriend. Vacations are for relaxing, too! It's been really hard for me to find time to relax lately, and I think a de-stressing is in order.

Thank you everyone for your continued support! I'm still around and online, so if at any time you have any questions, comments, or if you'd like me to start a custom order for you, send me an etsy convo, artfire message, or email to

See you in a week!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Who's got red hair?

I've got red hair!

wavy red hair

I redyed it just last night. Naturally, my hair's a medium brown. I use the Miss Clairol's Real Red series, which you can pick up the color and some developer at Sally Beauty for less than a box at the grocery store. It works great! I can't comment on how the gray coverage is because *crosses fingers that I don't jinx it* I don't have any yet.

A while back, Walgreen's had Revlon's Colorist dye on sale for only six dollars. It normally sells for $15.99 so it was a pretty good deal. It's so expensive because it comes with "color glaze", a once a week treatment to put the oomph back in your color. I got a box (light auburn) to try it out (with red hair, you ALWAYS need any oomph you can get!). Turns out it was not a winner in my books. Left my hair feeling horribly brittle, unlike any other dye I've used. The color glaze just wasn't conditioning at all.

If I'm ever getting box anything again it'll always be Clairol's natural instincts line. I buy that stuff when it's on sale in a color I don't even want just for the conditioner it comes with. It's not a permanent hair dye; it washes out after 6 weeks or so. My routine from now on will probably be something along the lines of Real Reds permanent color and condition once a week with the stuff from the Natural Instincts line. Oh yeah.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Handmade Highlight - laurenmc18

This week's Handmade Highlight is on laurenmc18

Could you GET more spring? Aren't these coasters lovely? Here's another set.

Love them! Each set of 4 is only $12.00. I'd love to snag these up and even hang them on the wall.