The Facebook Christmas Sale

Shopping for Christmas gifts?  Now is the perfect opportunity for you to purchase some wonderful handmade items at unique shops from around the world!  This is a  24 hour Christmas Sale brought to you by The Handmade Forum.  All of the participating shops will have the same coupon code: SALE2014 with various discounts up to 25% off.  All of the handmade shops are featured in the free interactive brochure below.

Support handmade artists, save money and start shopping by clicking on the link TheHandmadeForumSALE2014



DSCN8014Autumn has always been my most favorite time of year.  I enjoy the crisp, cool air and the many beautiful colors of the changing leaves and the bright colors of the hardy mums planted around the lamp post.  School is now back in session, and we are now settling into a comfortable routine.  When I think of autumn, one thing that always comes to mind first is the availability of the many different types of apples that are available in my area.

My favorite routine of the season is going to Kercher’s Apple Orchard and picking apples.  This past weekend, we attended the Harvest Festival at the orchard.  It was a chilly and crisp morning, as we walked among the trees pulling our little red wagon with our bushel baskets inside.  Stopping in several different sections, we picked Red and Yellow Delicious, Jonathan and Cortland.  By the time we were finished, we had a bushel of each variety.

You can’t visit Kercher’s without a visit to the pumpkin patch, so our next activity was climbing aboard the hayride to go pick our perfect pumpkin.  This usually takes us a while.  My husband and I suggest different pumpkins, but our youngest daughter always gets the final say.

After getting our pumpkin, we catch a ride over to the orchard market and gift shop.  Here you will find a wonderful selection of homemade treats, such as caramel apples, whoopie pies, cookies and apple cider.  This is where I kick off the start of autumn with my first caramel apple of the season!

DSCN8006The whole reason for our annual trip to pick apples, is so that my wonderful husband can make us some of his delicious applesauce.  We love apples anyway, but my daughter & I have a particular fondness for daddy’s applesauce.  He agreed to share his recipe.

Daddy’s Applesauce

4 bushels of apples            6 c water          4 tbsp cinnamon       8 c granulated sugar     43 canning jars

Peel and core the apples.  Cut into quarters.  Place in a large Dutch oven, add water and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil, stirring.  Cover and simmer about 30 minutes.  Remove from heat, mash and add the sugar.  Fill with applesauce, leaving a 1/2″ head space.  Seal with lids and place filled jars in a hot water bath for 12 minutes.

This made 43 quarts of applesauce “for our winter eating”, to quote my husband.  He really thinks it will last that long.  Apparently he forgot that last year we ate all before the first of the year!

Etsy Sales Maps

Have you ever wanted to keep track of where your Etsy Shop orders were going to? I had been tracking the orders for my shop, Designs by CnC, the old fashioned way by placing a red dot onto a wall map. As I was looking around on Etsy, I discovered a really great Etsy App called Etsy Sales Maps. Once you authorize the app to access your sales data, it creates a map showing where your customers are. A one year subscription is $5.

It updates every night, so I can closely track my progress. My goal is to have a sale in all 50 states, so far I am up to 39!

Blue Wednesday Items, An Etsy Treasury

I’m feeling a little blue today. Here’s a stunning collection of handmade items from The Handmade Forum Members.

Blue Wednesday Items

a selection of Blue items from The Handmade Forum Etsy Tastemaker page. Enjoy!

Ombre Geometric Mint Pillow Cover with Green, Teal, Blue, Cream Flower Pattern / 45 cm x 45 cm ~ 18" x 18"

Turquoise spike asymmetric beaded dangle earrings with silver wire wrapped cystals

Ceramic Espresso Cup, Modern Espresso Cups in Light Blue Geometric Pattern

Multi-color Rope knotted Scarf a  fashion statement scarf

Handmade Gift Tags, Christmas Tag Set, Yummy Tummy, Snowflake, Ice Blue And White, Die Cut

Blue Circle Earrings Peacock Blue Earrings Blue Resin Earrings Resin Jewellery Round Earrings Funky Jewellery Gift Idea

Royal Blue Paper Flowers, Blue Centerpiece, Blue Floral Arrangement, Boy Baby Shower Centerpiece

Turquoise Picture Frames - Set of 7 Painted Shabby Chic Picture Frames, Bright Turquoise Teal

Abstract Artistic Necklace in Silver or Blue, Geometric Painted Wood Statement Jewelry Designed By HueWood

Cobalt Blue Ocean Beach Sea Coral Art Glass Bowl

Artisan Earrings: Deep Blue on Sterling

Melted Mason Jar in Ocean Blue, spoon rest, soap dish, ring dish, desk dish, gift box included

Stained glass box, Bevel box, Home decor, Decoration, blue box

Felt teabag bookmark - Rainy Day in blue

In The Calla Lilies - Fairy Open Edition Fine Art Print 8 X 10

Unique Miniature Turquoise Temple Tree  Nature Sculpture


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A Bluetiful Etsy Treasury

My Hanukkah Greeting Card Set, along with many other blue items are featured in this Etsy Treasury. These lovely items are all created by the members of the Craftori Team.

Blue Comes in so Many Different Colors

100 percent Craftoriteam

Blue Agate Bracelet, Heart Charm Bracelet, Blue Cluster Bracelet, Wire Wrapped Crystal Agate Bracelet

Spa Gift Set, Blue Gift Set,  Blue Gift Set, Free US Shipping, blue washcloth, cotton wash cloth, cotton washcloth

Kyanite earrings, ocean blue gemstone earrings

Hat Pincushion - Navy blue, turquoise and green, Craft Supplies, Pincushion

Soy Candle, Blueberry Muffin, 12 ounce,  Blue,  Jar Candle, Hemp or Cotton Wick

Womens Floral Art Print Tote Bag with Blue Sky and Gold Flowers Photography, Canvas Bag.

Blue Patchwork Quilt Fabric Postcard

Turquoise earrings, silver and blue earrings, leaf earrings, stripe earrings, blue jewelry, leaf, silver leaf, blue bracelet, safari

Bird Nests Shabby Chic Romantic Spring Woodland Wedding Decor Handmade with Pale Blue Eggs Set of 6 by AMarigoldLife on Etsy

Handmade  Greeting Card Set, Holiday Stationery, Hanukkah Menorah, Sparkling Snowflake, Sky Blue and White

CLOSING SHOP SALE Coastal Pillow Cover Nautical Seashells Sailboats Anchors Blue Brown Decorative 16 or 18

Blue Coin Purse

dream singing and travelling boat blue - papier mache - home decor - beach cottage decor - FREE SHIPPING

Ceramic earrings with blue branch pattern

Toothbrush Holder Bathroom Blue Ceramics made in UK

Blue flowers crown


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