Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Handmade Romance

Will Amy find love again?  Can she discover the joy of Handmade and learn to trust again?  
Handmade Honeymoon is a must read!  The perfect romantic, handmade novel, such a great story you will want to share with all your friends!  

Handmade Circle Team hopes you enjoy our Handmade Romance Story! Let's get started.........

Amy's heart was broken, so she decided she would try and start her life over, she moved to Texas to her Uncle's Ranch. One day she was out exploring the Old Barn and found this great Denim Purse, 

when she opened it up she found, a thousand dollars. "Wow", she said, "I think I need to go to somewhere where the sun is shining. This is gonna pay for my trip!"  So she put on most tropical looking earrings,

  and proceeded to give SERIOUS consideration on what she would need for her trip to meet her ULTIMATE GOAL! A Valentine's date worthy of all her wonderfulness! YES! She thought, something Wrapped In Leather And Wire And Draped In Beautiful Gems ! Just The Ticket! Where Can I Get That? Oh YES, here it is:
I'm gonna buy it for my trip! once she bought it she turned with a frown, what else do I need, how else will I meet my goal!!!???

And she said to herself, "these earrings would look fabulous with my shabby chiffon yellow flower headband". 

She placed the headband on her head and she continued to pull together other items she might need for her trip. She wanted to have a variety of beautiful items for her trip and immediately decided to take a pair of brown Tagua nut chip earrings which could go with any outfit.

 She found the earrings and then realized that if she is going to be on a long trip, she might need a friend and adviser with her, so she took her wise stylish Owl with her too.

 Suddenly she heard a knock on the door. She picked up her coffee with her sock monkey cozy and went to answer it.

 She couldn't believe her eyes when she  saw her high school boy friend standing in the door step with two wine glasses, a picnic basket, and a beautiful peacock quilt.

"What are you doing here?" she asked. She invited him in for a minute where he surprised her with a beautifully wrapped gift. With surprise and delight she opened the gift and found the most beautiful bracelet
 Amy grabbed her gypsy shawl in case she got chilly on the picnic,

and off they went, looking for the perfect spot for a little sunshine.
After their picnic, they take a little stroll...hand in hand of course. As they were walking they heard this beautiful sound...ting ting ting..ting a ling...and they just had to find out what it was. They walked around the corner and there is amazingly beautiful wind chime ... hand crafted from the most unique silver pieces. It's purple beads absolutely sparkled in the sunshine, and they couldn't help but notice that it even had crystals at the top that were throwing rays of color everywhere. They said to each other...who would have thought silverware could sound so beautiful!

But where did they find something like that? So the decided to walk up onto the porch to see if anyone was home and there on the porch her old boyfriend had set up a romantic scene for them to share their meal. The table was so romantic with soft candlelight glowing from an elegant Tuscan Wine scented soy candle.

The house seemed to be empty. They kept walking through until they reached the back door and went out. They could hardly believe their eyes, it was a beautiful garden, full of the most unusual and exquisite blooms they had ever seen, glittering in the sun. Why were they so sparkly? They looked closer and discovered to their amazement the flowers were all made of gemstones! She found one that was actually a necklace, and discovered they were all pieces of jewelry, floral brooches, necklaces and more in this fabulous garden. She placed one around her neck, and said, I can't think of a more lovely spot for our picnic!

The night was getting colder, so she had to go back home and put her knitted set.

After putting on her beautiful knitted set she realized it was getting late and the sun was starting to set. Back when she was dating her old boyfriend they use to love going for long runs. She grabbed her sneakers and her Sassygirl headband,

and they started running off into the sunset, remembering and  discovered they both loved each other, and they both loved Handmade! 

Written By:  Handmade Circle Team

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ruby Tuesday

Catch your dreams before they slip away,
Lose your dreams,
And you will lose your mind.

From Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones......

We here at Handmade Circle Team know all about following our dreams, our dreams are Handmade Dreams, and they are made with Love.  We are celebrating "Ruby Tuesday" today, come join us, browse through all the Handmade Circle Team Shops that are participating in this great event by clicking on the Handmade with Love Heart! You are sure to find something for your Ruby Tuesday made with Love!

Marsha Bourquin/Head Hag- Bags By Hags

Monday, January 21, 2013

We All Have Dreams

Everyone has dreams, as children we dream of being Doctors, Lawyers, Firefighters, or Teachers.  As we grow older many of us dream for owning a home, becoming financially stable, and some of us dream of being  famous.

All of the Handmade Artists at Handmade Circle Team have dreams as well, I am excited to share with everyone the hopes and dreams of Handmade Circle:

Holly's Homemade Goodies will dream big this year....I hope to continue to have a successful small business. I would like to increase my inventory so I may sell at craft fairs in the near future. I am currently working on new quilt patterns so I may offer my customer's more of a variety in styles of quilts to chose from. I would also like to double my sales from last year.

Whispering Metalworks has a dream. And we hope that someday this dream will become reality. Our goal...hopefully fairly short to continue to grow our business enough that my over the road truck driving husband can quit his job and focus on the business. He works so very hard, and it takes a huge toll on both he and our family. He and I are absolutely partners in our business... maybe short term he would leave his trucking job and work part time at the business and part time at a local driving job. But ultimately we hope to have our business expand into a store front and have it fully sustain our family expenses!

Camermaid Jewelry - My personal dream is that my little Etsy shop will continue to grow and prosper to the extent that it provides my family with a real income! I hope that sustainable practices such as buying local and handmade continues to grow and folks look for more quality, opposed to quantity.

Star Jewels - My dream is to continue growing my business and sales revenue quickly. I plan to at least double and hopefully triple my revenue from last year in 2013. I have a plan, I know exactly how to make it happen, and I am confident it will!

Baby Girl's Creations - My dream is to continue creating and succeed so that this will become my full time job.

Artisticsoul Designs - My dream for 2013 is to keep growing and moving my business forward. Create and cultivate relationships online and in person that support my shop and product lines. I have a lot of irons in the fire and I hope to see them develop throughout this year.

Twiggy & Opal - My dream is for my daughter to finally find happiness in her personal life and creativity side and for my son to reach for the stars!

Cutterstone Jewelry - My dream is to move out of state, to a place where my husband will be able to fulfill HIS dream to open his own shop! It would be fantastic to work together full-time and feel like a REAL business. Although Etsy does provide more than we expected to receive, we do want to increase our inventory and build a good customer base.

Toppy Toppy Knits - My dream for 2013 is to expand my business, I'm trying to keep it growing, I need a good income.
Besides I hope I can find a real job, (working from home) again.

Gaga Gems - My dream is to become successful enough selling my jewelry so that when I retire I have something to keep me busy and generate a little income. Retirement is a while yet so I have time I just need to stay focused.

The Happy Mushroom - My dream is to find a patch of land in the wilderness (not a lot of that left in the UK!) where we can build a tiny little house from natural materials without having to worry about planning laws (they are ridiculous here) and where we can have peace and freedom to do what we want away from the noisy modern world. A tiny house with a great big studio workshop outside to create beautiful things. With a tiny well insulated house and a little vegetable garden, maybe a few chickens, we wouldn't need much money so we could create just for fun, selling what we wanted without having to worry about productivity.

Doodlebug's Treasures -  My dream is that our business can generate enough income that my hubby doesnt have to work at dead end jobs until we graduate with our bachelors degree in two years.

ifrogcrafts - My original dream was that i could do my creating full time & not have to "work". My wonderful hubby has made that possible. My new dream is to have a craft mall where the rental spaces are reasonably priced, or maybe organize a co-op store in this area.

The Prismatic Peacock - My hope for 2013 is to continue to grow and expand my business. My goal is to obtain at least three new local stores to carry my products, to triple my Etsy sales, and to invest in SEO to increase my online visibility. My dream is that The Prismatic Peacock will take flight and provide my family with a steady income and allow me to continue to nurture my creativity and love of color and fragrance.

Sassy Girl Headbands - My hope for 2013 is for Sassygirl to grow enough to let me drop a day at my "real job" to be home with my girls more. I do love my real job  I would also like to learn more about sewing and be able to make more than just headbands! All a work in progress!

Terri Jean's Adrornments - For my business/shop to be successful. However, my longtime dream has been to go to Egypt!

BMaja - Success for my shop and for me to visit Cuba

And As for me at Bags By Hags - My dream is for a cure for dementia to be found and that my Mother has a good year and enjoys her Golden years.  To enjoy every second possible with my Grandchildren and watch them grow and learn.  For my family to be healthy and prosperous.  For everyone on the Handmade Circle Team to see their dreams come true, and finally for my own little shop to grow and prosper through the year.

What is your Dream?   Whatever it is, Dream big, and NEVER give up on your Dream!

We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Perfect Potato - GIVEAWAY

What makes a Perfect Potato?
First one of Bags By Hags Microwave Potato Bags of course!
But what about after you have cooked your potato? What topping or toppings do you think make your potato even better?

Enter our giveaway and tell us what is the perfect topping for your baked potato! The winner will win the Potato Bag shown. And if by chance you don't win we have plenty of other Potato Bags to choose from in our shop (with more new patterns coming soon!) and you too can have your own perfect potato!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Marsha Bourquin/Head Hag- Bags By Hags