Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009, oh my!

Well, it will be 2009 in just a couple of hours. I can't believe how fast this year has passed. It has been a crazy year for both of us pancake girlies, new jobs, a new business, moving, and so many more little things. I always feel a little weird when the new year rolls around. I don't really do the resolution thing becuase I never can keep them. But, I have been thinking about some things I would like to do this year...
I think I am going to sign up for an aerobics class or something, cause excersice is good for you... and, I have a big butt :).

Stretching the boundaries of my creativity is always something I strive for. I am constantly inspired by new things. Right now it's the music I'm listening to. I would love to channel this inspiration into some jewelry creations. I would also love to improve my sewing skills.

I need to be a little more organized. Okay, alot more organized. My craft room is a disaster right now. And it always seems the supplies from my craft room always end up all over my living room floor.

We'll see how these non-resolution resolutions work out. I'm sure I'll do okay, well, except for the excersise one.

I'm really excited about what this year will bring. I'm especially excited about polkadotpancake stuff. I just keep learning more and more. Hopefully we'll continue to be able to live out our dreams (cheesy, I know, but so true.)
To anyone who reads this, first of all, sorry about the grammar and spelling :). Second, I hope you all have a fabulous new year! May you be happy, healthy, and successful!

Love and syrup,
Bran

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Spreading the Polka Dot Pancake Love!

We are very lucky and excited to be featured in a couple awesome blogs right now.

First, Heather wrote a Polka Dot Pancake review here that we would love for you to read and comment on.

Also, Lauren has written a review/interview with us, and you can read it here. We are also sponsoring a discount offer and giveaway through her blog, so check it out!

Christmas is getting closer, and if you still need to know what to buy us, visit our new treasury on Etsy. It's colorful and loaded with Polka Dot Pancake favorites.

Have a great Wednesday!

-Callie

Sunday, December 7, 2008

And a Crafty Good Time Was Had by All...

Ever since Brandi and I discovered our crafty inner selves, one of our favorite pastimes is weekends spent together amidst of mess of beads, wood tiles, acrylic paint, and Mod Podge. We like to stake out a spot in the floor with Friends or The Office on in the background and go to crafty town. This weekend was a veritable crafty overload for us! We spent Saturday at a craft show, and managed to get a sweet deal at Hobby Lobby...

Friday
On Friday the Hubby the Roadie and I drove up to Oxford to stay with Bran so that we could get prepped and organized for Saturday, and we promised not to stay up until 3 A.M. tagging merchandise! We got our stuff ready, and priced some new jewelry too (more about that later!). We worked while Hubby watched (and by watched I mean fell asleep to) deleted scenes of The Office.

Saturday
We got up early-ish and headed over to the Oxford Civic Center for the Hanna Holiday market. The Hanna Holiday market is a fundraiser for a local elementary school, and being teachers, we can get down with that. It's a small show; nothing like others we've visited and participated in, but we figured it would be good exposure and a chance to spend the weekend together. We got inside, and were met by huge portable heaters. The boiler had gone out, and there was NO HEAT in the entire building! We were on a top level on the end, and holy shnikes, it was cold. We bundled up best we could and put on a happy crafty face.

I have to admit, this was not what you would call a successful craft show. I think we made enough to cover our booth fee and pay for an awesome dinner at Mellow Mushroom for the two of us and my Hubby the Roadie, which was okay for us! We watched the SEC Championship on the big TVs (Roll Tide!) and tried (to no avail) to get warm.

To soften the blow of the Crimson Tide's loss to Florida, we headed over to Hobby Lobby to restock. We discovered that if you go an hour before closing on Saturday, you can receive the discounts for both that week AND the new one! Just another trick of the trade, ladies and gentleman.

On another note, we have recently unearthed a great love for garden gnomes. The little guys are so cheery and hard-working, like we all should be! We sold these earrings last week, and hated to see them go...

Well, anyway, we discovered a stash of fabulous garden gnome statues at Hobby Lobby and had to document it! We named these guys "Frederique" and "Pappy."
We were inspired by Frederique's little polka-dotted mushroom, and Pappy's little nest of birdies. You can look forward to some gnomies with polka-dotted beads, and woodland creature stuff too. :]








Speaking of new stuff, we've got it! We are hopelessly obsessed with all things Twilight and Edward Cullen! Here's a little sneaky peek at some Twilight-themed stuff we'll be adding to our Etsy store very soon...










We hope you've enjoyed your weekend, and that maybe it was as crafty as ours! Stay close by, because Christmas is upon us, and we have some deliciously wonderful Christmas jewelry for your holiday pleasures!
Love and syrup!
Callie

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tryptophan Comas and Black Friday Rush

Whew! I don't know about you, but I'm kind of glad Thanksgiving only comes once a year. I mean, it is a very special holiday; you get time off work, time to spend with family, time to relax, but by God! There's only so many different types of casserole a human can consume in a 24-hour span! I hate so much at lunch yesterday that I was straight up miserable. Then, I took a nap, and ate a whole entire other plate of food! As it turns out, I make an excellent vegetable casserole. Good enough to make my grandmama proud. It's really only good because the mayonnaise, butter, and Ritz crackers. I could give or take the vegetables personally, but that's how southern girls do it.

Another reason I'm glad Thanksgiving only happens once a year is because that means the day AFTER Thanksgiving only happens once a year. Now, we are not the people camping outside Best Buy at 4:30 AM. We meandered down to the Quintard Mall (Oxford, AL) around 8:45 AM, but still! One needs stamina for the hardcore bargain hunting we did! And not only do you need stamina for digging through stacks of disheveled merchandise and toting shopping bags that feel as if they're filled with boulders, but you need stamina for visitin' with all the folks from high school and back home you'll inevitably run into. While shopping today, I saw 6 people from high school, 3 children I teach, and effectively avoided 4 of my ex-boyfriend's family members, not to mention various church folks and "How do I know that person?"s. Nonetheless, we had a fun time, even if I didn't get up early enough to get that $388 plasma screen TV at Wal-Mart.

In Etsy news, we're featured in 2 EtsyOWLS team treasuries right now. Check them out, then check out the EtsyOWLS blog for more awesome sales and savings from other team members.

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=23926

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=23681

Check out the OWLS blog too!
http://etsyoffthewall.blogspot.com/

Happy Thanksgiving and I can officially begin to say, "Merry Christmas!"

Callie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gonna Be Eatin' Some Turkey Soon!

Hi ya'll!

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving! I'm a teacher, so I have been looking foward to this break for quite some time. I thouroughly enjoyed sleeping late this morning. I love Thanksgiving, but I gotta say, the day after Thanksgiving is what I really look foward to. For years I have been going shopping with my mom and grandmother the day after Thanksgiving. We leave at super early in the morning and shop ALL DAY! And let me tell you, my seventy year old grandmother can out shop me and my mom! I really need to sit down and make a list of what I want to buy for people this year. I would love to get most of my Christmas shopping done on Friday. I'm also planning on making gifts for many of the people on my Christmas list. Handmade gifts are extra special.

Callie and I have been making a lot of Christmas jewelry and Twilight themed jewelry to put in our etsy store. I know there are several people on my list that will be getting Twilight jewelry for Christmas this year.

Happy Thanksgiving! And for you shopoholics out there, Happy Day After Thanksgiving! May you find all the good deals!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday Mornings are my Favorite

I hardly know where to begin. We (being Brandi and Callie) have started this blog in the hopes of sharing our little corner of crafty heaven with the world. We usually have Mod Podge glue dried on our fingers, calluses from opening and closing jump rings, and always an idea rolling around.

Today we have a lot going on. Brandi is probably getting geared up to watch the Alabama vs. Mississippi State game (Roll Tide!), and Callie just took her kitty, Smudge, to the vet. We've got custom orders to roll out, consignment orders to fulfill, and lesson plans to write!

Last weekend we finished one of our first custom photo charm bracelet orders, and it was absolutely wonderful. We actually made a necklace for a girl in Australia named Von and her baby daughter Olive. Here is a picture of the finished product!

How precious is she?!

We hope to be able to make lots more of these necklaces/bracelets soon. But for now, it's back to work.

Have a wonderful, crafty Saturday. Drink coffee, pet your cat, hug your husband, kids, and friends!

Callie