Friday, April 30, 2010

MAY MADNESS SALE!

THE ETSY ALBERTA STREET TEAM IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE:

MAY MADNESS SALE!

With over 70 shops participating!

Frog Princess Designs will be offering: 15% off all orders (before shipping) plus a FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE!

See Below for participating shops!



Accessories
http://www.aosta.etsy.com/ 30% off everything.
http://www.asecondtime.etsy.com/ 10% plus free worldwide shipping.
http://www.appleblossom21.etsy.com/ 25% off everything.
http://www.baloo.etsy.com/ Free shipping to US and Canada for all accessories.
http://www.belladolceboutique.etsy.com/ 20% off everything excluding shipping.
http://www.dollfacedeville.etsy.com/ 10% off everything excluding shipping.
http://www.footprintdesigns.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.maceme.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.offthehooks.etsy.com/ 10% off- excludes custom orders, and gift certificates.
http://www.silversistersstudio.etsy.com/ 40% off all hair accessories. Free shipping on everything else.
http://www.thefrenchmouse.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.

Art
http://www.bellissimadesigns.etsy.com/ 15% off everything. Excludes shipping.
http://www.bluefuze.etsy.com/ 20% off everything (excluding shipping).
http://www.calzephyr.etsy.com/ Your choice of free magnet with order.
http://www.taibossigai.etsy.com/ 25% off all paintings in my shop.

Bags And Purses
http://www.impedimenta.etsy.com/ 15% off everything plus free shipping on jewelry.
http://www.mookiedesigns.etsy.com/ Buy any item, get a second at half off - no limits.
http://www.nanabrowns.etsy.com/ 15% off (custom orders excluded).

Bath & Body
http://www.carvelcountrysoaps.etsy.com/ 15% off storewide.
http://www.misticalacscents.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.

Candles
http://www.solascandles.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.

Children
http://www.barefootclips.etsy.com/ Free shipping worldwide.
http://www.barefoottams.etsy.com/ Free shipping worldwide.
http://www.fpwear.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.gollygeebaby.etsy.com/ Free shipping to Canada & USA.
http://www.gentlehug.etsy.com/ 10% of all ready to ship items.
http://www.kidsloveletters.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.littlejumpingbeans.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.mamaswoodshop.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.my3littlemonkeys.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.myhappyhome.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.nanabrowns.etsy.com/ 15% off (custom orders excluded).
http://www.strandeddesigns.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.twostraycats.etsy.com/ 20% off (excluding custom orders, gift certificates and EFA creations).

Clothing
www.luckylucystyle.etsy.com 10% off everything.

Crochet
http://www.amandafenniak.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.fpwear.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.happylittletreasures.etsy.com/ Free custom headband with purchase.
http://www.maybubbles26.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.offthehooks.etsy.com/ 10% off- excludes custom orders, gift certificates, items already on sale.

Glass
http://www.glasscircus.etsy.com/ 15% off everything – excluding shipping.

Holiday
http://www.snowmancollector.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.

Housewares
http://www.sybillinart.etsy.com/ 10% off everything + some items with free shipping.
http://www.gentlehug.etsy.com/ 10% of all ready to ship items.
http://www.my3littlemonkeys.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.myhappyhome.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.twostraycats.etsy.com/ 20% off (excludes custom orders, gift certificates, EFA creations)

Jewelry
http://www.awillowsnest.etsy.com/ $20 gift certificate with purchase.
http://www.cindylouwho2.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.dearange.etsy.com/ 15% off all jewelry.
http://www.frogprincessdesigns.etsy.com/ 15% off everything before shipping.
http://www.genuinearticle.etsy.com/ 25% off everything.
http://www.happybead.etsy.com/ 20% off on select items.
http://www.impedimenta.etsy.com/ 15% off everything plus free shipping on jewelry.
http://www.jewelledtrellis.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.jewelrybyirene.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.kabukikreations.etsy.com/ Free shipping.
http://www.mookiedesigns.etsy.com/ Buy any item, get a second at half off - no limits.
http://www.prairiedustinc.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.sandijagt.etsy.com/ 20% off everything
http://www.sixbabygirls.etsy.com/ 20% off everything
http://www.splurge.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.sunsetbeads106.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.theblackstarboutique.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.themegshop.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.

Knitting
www.offthehooks.etsy.com 10% off- excludes custom orders and gift certificates.
http://www.knittymaxx.etsy.com/ 10% off.
http://www.maybubbles26.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.



Paper Goods
http://www.craftedbylindy.etsy.com/ 10% off everything excluding shipping.
http://www.craftrx.etsy.com/ Buy 4 cards get 1 free.
http://www.fpwear.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.hannahcherie.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.horncatcreations.etsy.com/ Free shipping.
http://www.molstationery.etsy.com/ 20% off everything.
http://www.mygrandpaspen.etsy.com/ 20% off item price.
http://www.sushipapercraft.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.

Pets
www.furrypawsboutique.etsy.com Buy two collars get one free.

Supplies
http://www.42things.etsy.com/ 10% off everything.
http://www.baloo.etsy.com/ 30% off all fleeces and fiber.
http://www.claychicks.etsy.com/ Free shipping.
http://www.squirrelstock.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.tooaquarius.etsy.com/ Free shipping.

Vintage
http://www.bontonvintage.etsy.com/ 15% off everything.
http://www.mychildhooddolls.etsy.com/ Sale section in shop.
http://www.tumbleweedcottage.etsy.com/ Sale section in shop.


Weddings
www.thefrenchmouse.etsy.com 10% off everything.

Edited to add:

Jewelry
http://www.juliechristie.etsy.com/ Free shipping.
http://www.sheids.etsy.com/ 10% off store wide before shipping.

Housewares
http://www.juliechristie.etsy.com/ Free shipping.

Knitting
http://www.blockheaters.etsy.com/ Free shipping.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New listings!

Yup, I finally got a couple new things listed at Frog Princess Designs! Very excited, yay me!
It seems I go in spurts with listing stuff. It's such a hassle sometimes I don't even want to bother so I relist stuff instead. I need to start listing this stuff though - I have so much!

I was reading the new magazine I bought this weekend and it was all about pearls. I love pearls - I have tonnes of them (I also have tonnes of other supplies but we won't go into that right now) and I got to thinking that I have no pearl necklaces in my shop! Well, that got my mind going and I had to make one NOW (yes, at 2 o'clock in the morning). So I made 3 before giving up and going to bed and I've just listed 2 of them.

Berrylicious






Goldenrod

Friday, April 23, 2010

Slow Down!

I just wish sometimes that life would slow down or just pause for a while so I could enjoy it more. I'm always rushing somewhere or to do something and I just want to take a moment and enjoy life.

Take, for example, my typical week.

Monday - I rush to get to work (no time to enjoy the morning). While at work, I rush and wait impatiently for the end of the day, because, Damn! Monday's are hard! Also, wishing and praying for Friday to hurry up and arrive.

Tuesday/Wednesday - Rush through the workday. Rush home and have a quick bite to eat and then rush of to NAIT for classes. Watch the clock impatiently for 9:00 pm so I can get home and crash.

Thursday - Rush through the workday. Praying for the strength to last till Friday without calling in sick (haven't done it ever at this new job - and never will, but still).

Friday - Race through the day to begin the weekend.

Saturday/Sunday - Rush around town getting all the stuff done that I can't do during the week. Also have to spend time with my husband and friends who I never get to see during the week anymore due to being so busy.

I just want to slow down and enjoy the day as it happens. I went for a pedicure and to get my nails done on Thursday night and it was the first bit of indulgence I've had for me in a long while. I don't mind being busy, I just want to relax some time too! I think I saw a grey hair the today but I was too busy to stop and examine it so I don't know if I did or not!

I hearby resolve to make more time for indulgences, for my husband, for me, and for my friends and family. I will take the time to call my parents, take to my brothers on the phone, meet a friend for coffee or a walk and relax and go to a movie with my husband.

I will make time to do what I want and need to do to relax and have fun!

And, speaking of what I want, I want to go check it out and see if that really was a grey hair or not. Excuse me now.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Handmade Mafia

So, as you know I participated in the Handmade Mafia on April 10. I had a blast even though the weather was crappy and there wasn't much traffic. It was loads of fun and I look forward to doing it again.

Here are a couple of pictures of my table all set up at the show. I apologize for the bad pictures - I'll get better ones next time!

So, what do you think?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Recipe Sunday - Roasted Beets with Feta Cheese

This weekend has been beautiful and has put me in the mind of summer. I went looking for a delicious, light recipe with the weather in mind. This recipe looks simply delicious!

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

•1 bunch red beets
•1 bunch golden beets
•¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (Crumbled blue cheese can be substituted for the feta if you'd like a bit more tang.)
•1 cup microgreens or baby greens, rinsed and dried
•½ cup extra virgin olive oil
•1 lemon
•Kosher salt, to taste

Preparation:

1.Preheat oven to 400°F.

2.Tear or cut the beet tops from the beets, leaving about an inch of stalk attached. Wash and thoroughly dry the beets.

3.Place beets in a roasting pan or on a flat baking pan or sheet pan. Drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with Kosher salt. Roast for 30-45 minutes, depending on size and the desired doneness. Test for doneness after about 30 minutes of cooking by piercing the largest beet with a knife. If the knife easily enters the beet with only a small amount of resistance, it's done. And the smaller ones will be, too.

4.Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes or so.

5.Slip the skins off the beets by hand. They should slip off easily, but you can use a paring knife on any stubborn spots. Just be careful not to cut away too much beet.

6.Cut the beets into ½-inch dice and toss in a stainless steel mixing bowl with enough olive oil to coat them.

7.Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of about half of it in to the bowl, gently stirring to combine and checking the flavor as you go.

8.Season to taste with Kosher salt.

9.Whisk together 3 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp lemon juice and toss the greens in this dressing in a separate bowl.

10.Spoon the beet mixture onto the center of a salad plate and top each portion with about 1 Tbsp of crumbled feta cheese and about ¼ cup of the dressed greens. Serve right away.


This recipe is from: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/salads/r/beetsalad.htm

Friday, April 16, 2010

New Listing and the Weekend Deal!

Hello again! Thank goodness for the weekend. I need to relax, rejuvenate and refresh. I am looking forward to doing nothing this weekend!
On to the good stuff though!

This weekend's deal is going to be...

A free gift with purchase! Buy anything at Frog Princess Designs and receive a free gift!

And the latest listing at Frog Princess Designs is:


This pretty key chain features 4 round shell charms suspended from a silver coloured chain. It is light, airy, pretty and feminine!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Featured Product @ Frog Princess Designs

Good morning! I cannot believe it is already April 15. Time is flying by!

Today's featured product is the CLEAR QUARTZ - April Birthstone Ring in Sterling Silver



I realize that April's birthstone is diamond, but I wanted to keep my birthstone rings affordable for everyone and these quartz stones are so lovely that I thought they would make a lovely substitute.

The quartz stones (4 of them) sparkle and catch the light while on the finger and the sterling silver is bright and reflective. A bright ring for a bright month!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Handmade Mafia

Sorry I've been away so long! This week has been rather crazy.

You know, thinking about it, I say that a lot, maybe I should define crazy here for me. For me a crazy week usually entails working full time (and many days, overtime) going to class one or two nights a week and trying to keep up with my blogs, Twitter, Etsy and FaceBook.

Anyways, this week we had 2 visitors from Tuesday to Friday sucking up all our time at work (these lovely ladies work in our Eastern facility and they'd come out to visit, meet-and-greet, and see how we operate out West), as well, I was preparing for my first ever craft show; the Handmade Mafia. So this past week was beyond crazy and well into madness!

So, the Handmade Mafia. What is it?

The Mafia is an Edmonton based collective of artists, crafters and entrepreneurs brought together once a month to put on a craft sale. There are tables set up for everything from jewellery to baby stuff to handmade, recycled notebooks.The Mafia takes place one Saturday a month in the Orange Hall behind the Old Strathcona's farmer's market. We take up both floors of the Orange Hall (basically a converted church) in the heart of the theatre district of Edmonton.

I am a member of the Mafia (bwahaha) and I participated in my first show on Saturday! I was so excited! Unfortunately, this being Edmonton, the weather decided not to cooperate. It was windy and blowing sand and dirt and it was cold! So, unfortunately, sales were down for the show but I got the opportunity to wander the sales floor and take a peak at what others were selling.

So many wonderful vendors! I bought a few things myself (thus ensuring I spent more than I made) but I LOVE what I got. I bought a lovely bar of soap from Body Divine (www.bodydivine.ca) I bought the delicious smelling Earth soap bar and it is rich and lathery goodness. I also bought a beautiful glass pendant from Pixie Glassworks (www.pixieglassworks.com) They have some seriously amazing pendants! I already have one of their aromatherapy pendants (seriously, check them out, so divine especially the Chai scent!) so I bought one of the universe pendants which I have been coveting since I first saw their stand at the Fringe Festival 4 years ago.

I also checked out www.intotheclay.ca (beautiful dishes), www.mismatchaccessories.com (we sat back to back and she was so fun to talk to! Beautiful jewellery too!), www.egotised.com (beautiful pendants!), and we were across from www.sgsfoto.com (he had some amazing photos on stretched canvas). These are just a few of the vendors (mostly the few that I grabbed a business card from) there were so many others with amazing products too!

Here is the FaceBook group for anyone interested in participating in the next show or for anyone interested in coming out to the next show! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=85089515560 So come on by and check us out!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Recipe - Soft Poached Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash Browns & Asparagus

Found this yummy recipe in the latest edition of Canada's Style at Home. The recipe is by Donna Hay. More recipes of hers can be found here: http://www.donnahay.com.au/index.php

Soft Poached Eggs with Sweet Potato Hash Browns & Asparagus

10 oz (300g) sweet potato, peeled & grated
6 eggs
sea salt & cracked black pepper
vegetable oil, for shallow frying
1 tbsp (15 ml) white vinegar
16 spears asparagus, trimmed & blanched

creamy horseradish sauce
1 tbsp (15 ml) finely grated horseradish
1/4 cup (60 ml) sour cream
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
sea salt & cracked black pepper

To make creamy horseradish sauce, place the grated horseradish, sour cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.

Place the sweet potato, 2 eggs, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well to combine. Heat 1/2" (1 cm) of oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Cook 1/4-cup mounds of the sweet potato mixture for 2-3 minutes per side until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towel and keep warm.

Heat a few inches of water in a deep frying pan over low heat until just simmering. Add the vinegar and use a wooden spoon to create a whirlpool. Crack each egg into a bowl and slip into the water. Poach for 3-4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well. Top the hash browns with the asparagus and eggs and spoon the creamy horseradish sauce over the top to serve.

serves 4

Sounds seriously delicious and I can't wait to try it!

Happy Easter & The HMM

Happy Easter everyone! Hope everyone has a nice day!

I'm having a rather quiet day at the moment. I'm home alone while Wade is at working being the handy computer nerd that he is. We'll be going to a friend's place for Easter dinner in a bit so that is something to look forward to.

So I'm not doing much at the moment but I have just set my table up as a demo for the Handmade Mafia. Trial run looks good. I picked up a pretty, subtly patterned white on white table cloth for the table so it looks pretty and fresh. I have a lot of rings out on the table - obviously, rings are my specialty! I don't have any earrings out though at the moment. I need to either pick up an earring display or make one. I'm not sure what to do yet though. Right now I have a lot of rings (none of the gemstone silver ones though), necklaces, bracelets and cuffs, hair clips and combs, and key rings. I'll take a picture and post it as soon as possible.

What do you think though? Should I bring earrings?