Today I celebrated my birthday, and like the title states, I’m now 35. I got some lovely gifts (beautiful bedding from my parents, a very cool infusion mug and a bunch of loose leaf herbal fruit teas from my Auntie Risa, a lovely card and $25 to spoil myself with from my Grampa and Grandma Joan, and a stylin’ size Pinkie Pie from my baby girl and my man), but more important was the time spent with those I love. My mom and dad bbq’d steaks – nice and dark the way I like ‘um – made salad, and baked potatoes… and the girlie and my dad even baked me a birthday cake. All in all it was a wonderful afternoon and evening. 🙂
And now for my gift to all of you!
To celebrate my birthday, I’ve arranged for discount codes from a few different artisans on Etsy. YAY!
Earlier this week a couple of packages arrived from two different vendors – each containing beautiful, hand-made, pride flower pins. The first to arrive was a pin from Dorothy. It’s a beautiful canvas pin that I am currently wearing on my purse while I test drive it for durability. And while I was concerned that it might be a little delicate to handle it, it survived being mauled by my daughter’s pre-k classmates as they all wanted to touch it’s petals and tell me which was their favourite colour.
I absolutely love this piece. I know the white in the center won’t stand up to the rugged wear I tend to dish out, but it is beautiful and well-made, just the same. Dorothy is offering all of you a coupon code worth 10% off anything in her etsy store. The code is TD2012 and it expires May 15th. You can find her lovely work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/dorothydesigns. And if you’re looking for this pin? You’ll find it listed as the Kanzashi Pride Boutonniere… which is basically “Fancy Nancy” for fabric flower pin. 😉
The second package to arrive came with an extra surprise. Peggie sent me TWO pins! One of which is her take on a Kanzashi pin – which will make it’s debut in her etsy shop in the next few days:
Peggie’s Kanzashi pride flower is a lot more heavy-duty and I know it could stand up to the rigors of daily wear on a backpack or diaper bag quite easily. It’s made out of felt, and can take some serious damage while still looking great! I love hand-made items, but it’s rare to find a piece that can take some punishment and come away looking just fine – and this one definitely can. It’s awesome! I’d have no problem popping this one on the kid’s bag and would trust it to last. Heck, it survived some mauling itself – and even got doused in water… and came through looking like I’d just taken it out of the package!
The second flower Peggie sent me ended up being a little bigger than I first thought it would be – but that only makes it all the more fun and bold! I love all the beading and hand-stitched accents too. And while it’s also a pin? I found myself clipping this one in my hair. With my super short locks it made quite the statement. 😉
Peggie is also generously offering you all a 20% discount on anything in her store (which includes some awesome, kitchy, felt panty designs too). Just use the code PEGPRIDE. You can find her at http://www.etsy.com/shop/PegPlush.
The last coupon code comes from Trish (who is also celebrating her birthday today). Now, I haven’t had a chance to handle her work myself, but based on her photographs I definitely like what I’ve seen. She’s a stained glass artist! Check out her work at http://www.etsy.com/shop/GlassMonkeyArts and enter the code TDBLOG15 to receive %15 off.
So… I’m 35. Everyone kinda made a fuss over the fact that I’m “old”… but I laughed and told them that 35 is the new 25, just like 50 is the new 40. Aging doesn’t scare me or bother me. It’s just proof that I’ve done my fair share of living, and I’m looking forward to continuing doing just that. 😉
…to not posting in my blog tonight. If it were a Friday, I wouldn’t have (not posting on Friday’s is becoming normal for me). But, alas, tis only Wednesday. It’s just been a really long day, with some disappointments, but some highlights too.
The disappointing bit? It’s time to start asking folks who have booked afternoon sessions to plan on keeping those sessions indoors. I was hoping to keep shooting outside for another couple of weeks before the heat took over… but today was brutal. I always do my best to keep my clients in the shade as much as possible – but that puts me right at the mercy of the elements. And today was bad. Even with sun screen my face was bright red by the time I got done. Thankfully, most of that was heat and it faded to a less noticeable pink by evening. We’ll still be fine shooting outdoors in the evenings, but it’s time to start looking at indoor locations during the afternoons (which always makes me kinda sad).
The cool bit? I’m so totally in love with HEARTSY that it’s ridiculous. Seriously. Okay, don’t know what Heartsy is yet? Here’s the low down. Heartsy is basically the Groupon of the hand crafted world. Generally they are for Etsy merchants, and they are AWESOME! I’ve only been a Heartsy member for a few days and I’ve already purchased TWO of them.
I got me a couple of fabulous crocheted hats coming from one vendor, and another is making me a custom iPad case to match my camera bags. Wanna know how much I’ve spent? Less than ten bucks! I am so freakin’ hooked on Heartsy, it’s ridiculous. Love it!
Wanna get yourselves something cool? Sure, you can just head over there and sign up… BUT, if you go from this link: http://heartsy.me/users/133015/referral?c=plink You can get a $5 sign up bonus, and I’ll love you forever because you’ll give me a bonus when you make your first purchase. And, like I said… Heartsy ADDICT!
Once you sign up, you will totally want to sign up for the Heartsy VIP service. I think it was only about eight bucks, and with your sign up bonus it’s only $3. Why do you want this? Because you get bonus dollars to spend at each of the vendors AND they’ll give you another $10 bonus to spend on a voucher… so basically it’s FREE MONEY!
Repeat after me: TD is a Heartsy addict!
LMAO Okay, tell me if you see a down side, because I haven’t found one yet. Today I put in orders on Etsy that came to a total of $80, and I spent less than ten. Folks are totally getting awesome hand made stuff for Yule this year.
So yeah… disappointing day in some respects. But on the TD-is-getting-some-super-awesome-custom-hand-made-stuff-for-next-to-nothing front? Darn good day. LOL And I know this totally reads like one of those gawd awful advertorials (ads that are passed off as editorials), but I couldn’t help it. I’m hooked.
Oh! One of the vendors who’s voucher I purchased (for the iPad bag that they are customizing with an adjustable strap and extra pocket) still has some vouchers left. Check them out at: http://heartsy.me/users/133015/deal_referral/3446/ With the VIP perks, it’s $12 for $38 dollars store credit… apply your five dollar sign up bonus and ten dollar VIP bonus and you’ll be getting it for $5 (if I did my math correctly). LMAO
And I’ll say it again: TD is a Heartsy Addict.
I can’t help but share a good thing. 😉