Friday, December 26, 2008

Fab Five Friday

Here are my favorite five finds for the past week:

Vintage Pyrex sugar jar from bluebellbazaar

Vintage salon box from Mina180

Monogrammed door knocker from daisybeedesigns

Cool vintage stapler from twotallgirls

Distressed letter "G" from thebackporchshoppe

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

G is for Glitter!

I just love anything that is glittery and sparkly! Here are some of my favorite glitter finds on Etsy:

This cardigan from DewberryVintage is beautiful! It would be perfect for a special Holiday party.

This set of sparkly holiday ornaments from Blondheart are so sweet!

I just want to shrink myself and climb inside this adorable pink cottage from GulfCoastCottage!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fab Five Friday!

I love window shopping on anyone could tell by my ever-expanding favorites list! I've decided to start a new series called Fab Five Fridays where I showcase my favorite five finds of the week. This week includes:

Library Card Journals from lollipoopdesigns

Sample Pack of old-fashioned bath & body products from Portland General Store

Letter Canvases from beachchik

Nouveau Bouquet Gold pillow cover from ruby+stella home

Women's French Lounge Pants from gomonkeydesign

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Snowflake Cookies

Baking decorated sugar cookies has become a holiday tradition in our household. We make hearts for Valentine's, eggs for Easter, stars for 4th of July, fall leaves for Thanksgiving and snowflakes for Christmas. My daughter is having her Christmas party for Daisy Scouts today, so of course I had to whip up a batch of sugar cookies. I found this recipe several years ago online and it is by far the best sugar cookie I've ever eaten. Give it a try...

1 cup butter
3 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour

Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar (room temperature butter and cream cheese works best). Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the flour gradually and mix well. Divide the dough into 3 balls and roll out between layers of parchment paper. Put rolled dough in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Cut out with cookie cutters and bake for 8-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

For the frosting, I use about 1 lb of powdered sugar. Add a dash of vanilla and gradually add water and mix until it gets to the consistency that you want. Coat cookies with frosting and decorate with sugar and any decorations you like.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December Giveaway!

I'm a little late posting this month's giveaway, but I promise it will be worth the wait!! This month I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to be used in my Etsy shop. I have had such tremendous support from everyone and I wanted to thank you all by ending the year with the best giveaway yet. To enter:

Visit Out of the Blue and find your favorite item...then come back here and let me know what you picked. It's that easy! Please make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you if you are the winner.

Entries must be received by midnight December 31st(CST). Winner will be contacted on January 1st.

I am also offering Free Shipping on all purchases through the end of the month. Just mention my blog at checkout and I will issue a refund through Paypal after you check out.

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday thru Cyber Monday Sale!!

I will be offering the following sale in my Etsy shop thru Monday. This will be my final sale before the holidays so take advantage of these special deals now.

Orders over $25 will receive a 20% discount
Orders over $50 will receive a 30% discount
Orders over $100 will receive a 40% discount

Just mention the sale in message to seller and wait for a revised invoice.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

F is for Flowers

I love flowers...roses, tulips, daisies, gardenias...I love them all! When I think of flowers, I usually think of bright colorful blooms. However, I found these floral beauties on Etsy that I really love for their more neutral subdued tones.

I absolutely love everything in Moxieandoliver's shop and I swear one day I am going to treat myself to one of their lovely leather items! This purse is an investment at $420, but you will no doubt love it and use it for many years to come.

These vintage framed floral prints from jenscloset are so sweet! These would make such a wonderful addition to your cottage decor and they are a steal at $12.50.

This little floral dress from aprilscott is adorable and would be so cute with a turtleneck and leggings for the winter. It is $34 and is available in sizes from newborn to 4T.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

November Giveaway!

I have had such a wonderful response to my giveaways, so this month I've decided to choose 5 winners! Each of the winners will receive one of my Japanese Garden rings. They are made with vintage cabochons mounted on an antiqued copper adjustable ring base. Retail value is $8 each.

To enter:
Visit my online shop Out of the Blue.

Find an item that you would love to either give or receive this holiday season, then come back and post a comment about which item you've chosen.

Entries must be recieved by midnight November 30th. Winners will be notified on December 1st.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Special!

Happy Friday to all! Today I am having a special on all of the rings in my shop. Buy one ring, get one of equal or lesser value FREE!! Please do not place free ring in your shopping cart...instead, in the notes to seller at checkout tell me which ring you would like for free. Free rings are on a first come, first serve basis. I will send you a message if your first choice has already been taken. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

First Monday Sale!

Everything is bigger and better in Texas and to prove it I am offering a Texas-sized special this Monday!! Everything in my shop is 30% off for one day only. Sale is in effect from 12:00am until 11:59pm CST Monday, November 3rd. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and stock up on the perfect gifts for the jewelry lovers on your list. Or better yet, treat yourself to something deserve it!

Visit my shop Out of the Blue and also check out the Etsy Texas Crafters First Monday Sale List for lots of great deals!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Joanna, the winner of this month's jewelry giveaway. She will receive a Little Secrets locket bracelet. I want to thank everyone that entered. I really learned a lot from every one's comments on ways to improve my shop. I am going to try my best to incorporate as many of your suggestions as I can. Keep an eye out for my November giveaway which will be posted soon.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Special - Happy Halloween!!

Today's Friday Special is 30% off all orders plus free shipping! Just enter Friday Special in notes to seller at checkout and wait for a revised invoice. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Special - BOGO 1/2 off!

Today's Friday special is Buy one item, get a second item 50% off! Visit my shop, and when checking out mention "Friday Special" in message to seller. I will refund 50% of the lesser priced item through Paypal after you complete the checkout process.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Free Shipping Friday!

Happy Friday! Where did the week go?? Today's Friday special is free shipping on all items at Out of the Blue. You may wait for a revised invoice, or if you would prefer to complete your checkout, I will refund your shipping through Paypal as soon as I receive your order. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Birthday Sale!!!

To celebrate my 35th birthday, everything in my shop is 35% off until 11:59pm CST Oct 13th. So kick back with a margarita and say a little birthday toast to me while you shop...I'll save you a piece of cake ;) Please wait for a revised invoice for your discount.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Special!

This Friday's Special is a free pair of earrings with any necklace purchase. Just visit Out of the Blue and choose a necklace you would like to buy. At checkout, in the notes to seller, tell me which earrings in my shop you would like and I will send them with your necklace for free! This offer ends at 11:59pm Friday, October 10th.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

E is for Egg!

I love my eggs scrambled with lots of pepper and a side of bacon! How about you? You might not be able to eat any of these eggs...but aren't they cute?!

One Dozen primitive paper mache eggs in Robins Egg Blue. These eggs are hand created from paper mache, then painted & antiqued for a rustic look. Available from Frippelous for $14.25.

This adorable felt bacon and eggs hair clip set is available from sassy1520 for $4.25.

I just love these egg notecards from Wickedpen. You receive 5 with matching blue envelopes for $7.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Everything is bigger and better in Texas and to prove it I am offering a Texas-sized special this Monday!! Everything in my shop is 40% off for one day only. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and stock up on the perfect gifts for the jewelry lovers on your list. Or better yet, treat yourself to something deserve it!

Visit my shop Out of the Blue and also check out the Etsy Texas Crafters First Monday Sale List for lots of great deals!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday Special!

Every Friday, I will be offering a special deal of the day in my online shop. Today's deal is 50% off any pair of earrings!! In order to receive the discount, you must mention "Friday Special" in the notes to seller at checkout and wait for a revised invoice. This special offer is valid until 11:59pm CST.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October Giveaway!

This month's giveaway is for one of my favorite items in my shop right now...a Little Secrets Locket Bracelet. It features 7 small vintage lockets and faux pearls on a brass rolo chain. Here is a link to the bracelet in my shop:

Little Secrets

How to enter:
Visit my shop, Out of the Blue , and find something that I can improve on. Then come back and post a comment with your constructive critiscm...maybe you think my prices are too high, maybe my photos need help, perhaps there is a type of jewelry you think I should add to my shop. Anything you can think of that can help me improve my shop! I have thick skin, so don't be afraid to hurt my feelings :)

Earn extra entries:
For two extra entries, post a link to my giveaway on your blog. Come back and post a link to your blog in a separate comment.

Don't have a blog? That's can still earn 2 extra entries by emailing a link to my giveaway to 5 friends. Send a copy of your email to

All entries must be received by 11:59pm October 31st (CST) Winner will be announced on November 1st. Good Luck!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Glitzy Lockets

Introducing my new line of vintage inspired earrings...Glitzy Lockets! Each pair of Glitzy Locket earrings feature vintage rhinestone crystals set in oxidized brass settings with fabulous vintage lockets dangling below. I've just listed three pair in my shop this morning...keep an eye out for more to come!

Glitzy Locket Earrings

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

D is for Dragonfly

Here is a little dragonfly trivia for you. Did you know there are 457 known species of dragonflies? Observing dragonflies is a hobby popular in Texas, where 225 of the species have been observed. It seems they are not so popular in fact they are thought to be very sinister. In European folklore they are often referred to as "devil's darning needle" and "devil's horse". I have to admit, real dragonflies creep me out a bit, but these dragonflies I love...

This is a beautiful vintage dragonfly pin from Onebuttonatatime. I love the filigree wings!

This tunic from Rainbowswirlz looks so comfy!! And it is a great deal at only $25.

Finally, these bronze dragonfly charms from Shareliving are too adorable! They would be really sweet on a charm bracelet...will have to add these to my supply wish list!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

August Giveaway

Congrats to our July giveaway winner Morgan! She won a Green Goddess vintage inspired ring. I've decided for my August Giveaway I will let YOU choose the item...I am giving away a $20 credit to my shop to spend as you please. All you have to do to enter is visit my shop Out of the Blue and tell me how you would spend your $20 credit!

Want to earn 5 additional entries? Just sign up for my newsletter at the top of my blog. Newsletters are sent out twice a month and will feature new items added to my shop as well as special savings available only to my newsletter subscribers.

Winner will be chosen at random on August 31st. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

C is for Cottage

I love cottages! They are so sweet and homey and I dream of someday retiring with my hubby in a little cottage by the sea. But for now, I will admire some of the sweet cottages I found on Etsy.

This is such a charming little necklace from deciduoussoul. I love how she antiqued it to give it a beautiful distressed appearance. It is a bargain at $13.99!!

This appliqued scarf by syko has me wishing for cold weather! How adorable is the little even has a house number. There are several variations in her shop, but this was my favorite!

Oh, how I wish I could shrink myself and disappear into this beach house box by The Glittered Nest! It is in my favorite color and I love the tiny flowers surrounding it. This one just might have to come home with me!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Host an Online Jewelry Party...Earn FREE JEWELRY!

I am now offering online jewelry parties through my online shop Out of the Blue. What's an online jewelry party you might ask? Well, it's just like a traditional jewelry party you would host in your home, but much more convenient! Instead of worrying about cleaning your house, serving refreshments, and then worrying whether anyone will show up...have your friends and family shop online at their convenience. Here's how it works:

1. Contact me via email at and tell me when you would like to host your party. Parties run for 7 days, starting on a Monday and ending on a Sunday.

2. I will forward you an invitation by email. You can either print them out and pass them out to your friends...or even better just email it to everyone.

3. Your friends will shop at their convenience and enter your hostess code at checkout so that you receive credit for their purchases. Your guests will receive a free pair of earrings with their purchase, free gift wrapping, and an entry into a drawing for $25 worth of jewelry.

4. When your party week is over, you will receive a credit equal to 20% of the jewelry sales to spend as you like in my shop. You will also receive a free pair of earrings and an additional $5 in jewelry for each new party booked from your show.

I am so happy to be a member of Etsy Texas Crafters, an amazingly supportive group of Etsy sellers that call the Lone Star state their home! The first Monday of each month, we get together and help promote one another and have fantastic specials throughout our shops. You can find a list of this month's participants here...

My sale for this month is 25% off everything in my shop. To receive the discount, add items to your cart and checkout...but don't pay through Paypal until I send you a revised invoice. Come shop with E.T.C. for some Texas size deals!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

July Giveaway!

This month's Out of the Blue giveaway is a new ring design featured in my Etsy shop. I call it "Green Goddess" and it features a vintage star shaped flower cabochon mounted on an antiqued copper adjustable ring base.

In order to enter, just visit my online shop, Out of the Blue, and tell me which item you would be most likely to buy as a gift for someone other than yourself. Post your choice in the comments here and a winner will be chosen at random on July 31st.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Results Are In!!

Thanks to everyone who entered our June Giveaway! I really appreciate everyone's comments and telling me your favorites really helped me out alot. Congratulations to our winner Jamie from Little Poppy Shop. She will be receiving a pair of our Vendela rose earrings. A new giveaway for July will be coming up soon...keep an eye out for it.

While you're here, hop on over to Jamie's adorable etsy shop. She has the cutest toys for babies...makes me wish my kiddos were still little. Her Flower Power rattle rag ball is my favorite!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

B is for BIRDS!

Among the trees
Is a bird's nest,
And in the nest
Her three eggs rest.

And in each egg--
Hush, you'll be heard!--
There lies asleep
A tiny bird.

H.N. Bialik

Browsing through Etsy, you will find birds are some of my favorites.

A pair of sweet vintage bird figurines from ModishVintage.

This checkbook cover from tinymeat is awesome! It features a Hermit Thrush on bright yellow vinyl.

Finally, this Tiny Lovebird Ring from ShereDesign is just too cute for words!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

A is for APPLE!

I'm pleased to announce a new weekly feature that I am adding to my blog...Alphabet Soup. Each week I will pick a word that begins with the letter of the week and highlight some fun products from my fellow Etsy sellers that showcase that item. This week's item is Apple!

This print by LilyMoon is titled "When I wear my red skirt". I love how the red really pops against the neutral colors.

This children's apron by Dapper Duds is perfect for mom's little helper! So cute!!

This apple mint soap from thymeformyself sounds so refreshing! It has blend of fresh citrus orange and fruity green apple with just a little dash of mint thrown in.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

June Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce our first giveaway here at Out of the Blue! This month we will be giving away this pair of earrings which are a best seller in our shop. They are created from vintage ivory rose cabochons and are mounted to surgical steel posts.

In order to be entered into our drawing just visit us at Out of the Blue, then come back and post a comment here. Tell us something you found that you love, something you would like to see more of, or anything else you'd like to say! Make sure you leave a way for us to get in contact with you in case you are the lucky winner. Winner will be chosen at random on June 30th. Good luck!

Friday, June 6, 2008

My feature in VenusZine

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was lucky enough to have one of my necklaces featured in the summer issue of Venus Zine. This is a scanned photo of the turned out awesome!! My necklace is the one in the upper left hand corner :)

It was incredibly exciting to get my issue in the mail! I couldn't flip the pages fast enough to try and find my page!! My featured necklace is available for sale in my shop Out of the Blue. I'm offering a 20% discount for anyone that mentions my blog at checkout.

Monday, June 2, 2008

It's that time again!

Time for another Etsy Texas Crafters First Monday Sale! We have approximately 70 shops participating this month!! For a complete list check out this forum...

My special for the month is Buy One Item, Get a Second Item 50% Off. Plus if you mention you visited my blog...I'll throw in a free gift! You can either wait for a revised invoice, or I will refund your discount through Paypal.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

My name is Jerin, and I'm a supply addict

Ok, I admit it! I am totally addicted to buying supplies...acceptance is the first step, right? I don't think I'll ever be able to make a profit with my business, because as soon as I get a big sale, I immediately start buying up new supplies. I can't help's so much fun. As you know, I absolutely love vintage supplies so my recent shopping spree this past week includes lots of vintage goodies. This photo shows just a sampling of the supplies I just got. Some of my favorites are the big black and white enameled buttons in the center, and the pressed plastic dangles with the fleur de lis pattern. These are so unusual, I can't wait to figure out what to do with them :) Keep an out out in my shop Out of the Blue to see some of my new supplies being put to good use!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Flowers from my Hubby

I'll admit my husband's idea of romance is usually polar opposite of what I would like it to be. His idea of affection is a slap on the rear and a not so subtle sexual reference. However, his greatest romantic gesture is bringing home fresh flowers for me once a week. He absolutely LOVES buying flowers!! Sometimes its tulips, sometimes gerber daisies, but most often it is roses. These are the latest ones he brought home...they are a beautiful pale yellow with coral colored tips. They are so pretty! So even though he leans more towards caveman than Casanova most of the time, I always have a sweet reminder of my dear husband every time I look at my fresh bouquets!