Saturday, October 30, 2010

Lavender Winter Giveaway!

The lavender winter basket contains the following:

  • 1 - 10 fl oz lavender scented hand lotion
  • 1 - Hand-sewn lavender scented sachet bag made by me (Ittybit Delights) size 2 1/2" h x 3 1/2" w
  • 1 - Hand-sewn velour travel size tissue holder (which includes one unopened travel tissue package) made by me ( Ittybit Delights) size: 3"x5"
  • 1 - Handcrafted lavender scented bar of soap made by me (Ittybit Delights) size 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • 1 - Handcrafted Christmas Present lapel pin made by me (Ittybit Delights)
  • 1 - Handcrafted Lavender Lemonade lip balm made by (Orangethyme)
  • 1 - Small wicker basket that will be used to package these wonderful goodies up


For US residents only and you must be 18 years or older to enter.

RULES: One person can win a lavender winter basket.
To be eligible for this giveaway contest you MUST do the MANDATORY entry below. Only 1 Mandatory entry per person will be counted. Up to two additional entries maybe obtained by completing one or both of the alternate entries listed below. Please remember to leave your email so that I am able to contact you if you win. No purchase necessary to win.

Please visit my store
Ittybit Delights and then comment here on my blog to let me know what your favorite item is.

Follow my blog publicly and comment about it here for 1 extra entry.

Blog about this giveaway on your blog and leave the link to your blog posting here for 1 extra entry.

This giveaway will end on Friday, November 19th, 2010. Winner will be announced on Monday, November 22nd, 2010. All entries will be assigned a number and then the winner will be picked using a random number generator (

Thanks and good luck to everyone!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fun Little Handmade Bon Bon Soaps

All packaged up and ready to go!

Have I mentioned that I love soaps?? I absolutely enjoy making great smelling soaps and packaging them up nice and pretty for gift giving. I enjoyed making these little bon bon soaps for my friends as gifts and they accepted them with great big smiles.

Scents included were pear berry (green), lavender (light purple), honey almond (peach) and plumeria (white).

Featured Artist - 2yellowbirds

While shopping on Etsy I came across this great shop called 2yellowbirds. Their specialty scarves, wraps and cowl necks are all carefully hand knitted and are quite beautiful. I recently purchased a light tan colored scarf (ends unattached) and a rose/mauve colored scarf (ends attached) and I absolutely love both of them. I've already received a number of compliments on them and plan to place more orders, not only for myself but for gifts for the upcoming holiday season as well. Their prices are easy on the pocket book and they are great people to work with. They recently added jewelry pieces to their shop and they also take custom orders!

Samples from their shop:

1. Magenta wrap scarf - $20.00

2. Charcoal wrap scarf - $20.00

3. Autumn bracelet - $6.00

4. The thinnest wrap scarf - $20.00

5. Grey cowl neck scarf - $15.00

6. World traveler earrings - $6.00

Here's a little insight into the owners of 2yellowbirds:

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am not even sure where to start. I'm 25 years old and am living in a small town in Ohio. I live and create with my boyfriend who is an amazing tattoo artist. He has, in the past two years, really drawn out my creative side. Watching him create amazing works of art everyday made me wish that I could make something that people would want to wear on them for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, I work a desk job where I have the freedom to do most of my creating from my desk every day since I have limited space at home at this time. My desk is covered with everything from bags of yarn to paints and canvas.
I owe the skill in my pieces to my grandmother who taught me how to crochet. But, my brain never stops there. I learned how to create my scarves by watching her but I've put my own twist on them. I'm learning now how to read patterns so I can continue to grow and make new things. I'm looking forward to the next year or so when we buy a house so that I can have a creative space of my own. I have so many plans for it already!

2. How did you become interested in creating?
I became interested in creating from an early age. But I have a very artist sister as well, and I've always been shy about showing something of my own for fear it wouldn't compare to some of the things she was able to do. It would've been like comparing a stick figure to a masterpiece. But I've grown confidence in my years and have become proud of my creations, because they're they're finally coming to light. And the response has been great and finally gave me something of my own that I can be proud of.

3. What is your inspiration?
I find inspiration in lots of things... but basically I make things that I like. I enjoy things that are comfortable and functional but with a bit of personality. I don't tend to stay up on high fashion or "what's hot". I make things that I would wear or have in my own home.

4. What is your favorite piece you've made and why?
My favorite piece is actually one that I haven't duplicated for my site just yet. It's a version of my super chunky wrap scarf currently listed on the site. It's in my favorite color of kelly green and it's every bit, very me. It’s comfy and cute. It can be worn dressed up or down... it's definitely a piece I wear all the time.

To see all their great products, check out 2yellowbirds Etsy shop.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Inspirational Moments

My mom & sister send me a lot of inspirational emails that will sometimes brighten my day, make me smile, laugh or cry because they are so heart felt. My sister just sent me one the other day titled "God's Wings." This truly hit home with me not only to see how this little mama bird loved her chicks but on a spiritual level as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)

You Never Know
How Strong You Are........Till Strong Is Your Only Choice

God's Wings

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park , forest rangers
began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One
ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely
on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie
sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck
it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings.
The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her
offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings,
instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have
flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. When the blaze
had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had
remained steadfast....because she had been willing to die, so those
under the cover of her wings would live.

'He will cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you
will find refuge.' (Psalm 91:4)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cupcake T-Shirt

I just had to share this t-shirt logo with you. A friend of mine saw this on the web somewhere and sent this to me. Being an avid baker as well I got a good chuckle out of it.

NatGeo Pictures

I received an email from my cousin sharing some shots that NatGeo photographed. These are absolutely beautiful. The frozen cherries really caught my eye.

The way this house is positioned on this rock.

The way the waves are rolling in.

I like how the white cat just simply
draws your eye to him.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wooden Art

I enjoy decorating unfinished wooden trinket boxes. You can do so much to them. You can add embellishments, decoupage and paint them. And that's just the start. I bought my little wooden trinket box at my local Michael's crafts store. I painted it a light blue and added little light pink roses to it. I decided the top needed a little something. So I handcrafted some little roses out of clay and filled it with some resin. To finish the inside off I cut some pieces of pink felt and glued them to the inside of the wooden box. Viola! A pretty little wooden box.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Handmade Scented Candles

This is a pear-berry scented large size candle. I decorated the front using polymer clay. I then attached my handmade gift tag and attached a silk rose to finish this wonderful gift off.

These smaller candles were fun to make. I made two peach and a pear-berry. I handcrafted the reindeer out of polymer clay. Each has it's own gift tag and I attached a silk rose to each one. All ready for their new homes.

I absolutely love scented candles. I must admit I enjoy making my own when time permits. I can scent and color them however I choose. I enjoy giving them as gifts to family and friends.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Tasty Little Treat From Ittybits Kitchen- the Crepe-Tastic Cake!

My chef (aka "hubs") definitely knows his way around the kitchen. Not only does he know to make gnocchi from scratch but he can make a killer crepe cake from scratch as well. This cake is made from handmade crepes, homemade filling (can't reveal the secret) and fresh strawberries with a light caramel drizzle on top. It's very light so once you're done eating a piece you don't get that "I shouldn't of eaten that" feeling.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Beautiful Night Sky Painting

It's moments like this that God shows how He can turn a blank canvas into a beautiful piece that we can't help but to admire. We took these this past weekend when there some huge thunder heads over the mountains and coming our way.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Despicable Me Kid's Movie

Agnes and her new fluffy unicorn that Gru won for her at a fair.

One of the minions.

By far the best kid's movie I have seen in a long time. From the time it started until the movie finished it had me in stitches as well as wiping the tears from my eyes. I absolutely loved Agnes (the youngest sister.)

October is here! - From Ittybit's Kitchen

What a great way to start the Halloween fun! Some homemade shortbread cookies made from scratch. These cute pumpkin cookies have been decorated with colored fondant and colored royal icing.