Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chickens for Christmas

Just thought I'd do a blog post on a recent order I had.

I was contacted and asked if I could do a Chicken Christmas Card for a customer. I love how they turned out!! :)

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Isn't he adorable? Who would have thought? Chickens for Christmas!

The back story is that the customer and her husband raise chickens, and wanted a card to give to their egg customers this coming holiday season.

Do you have a unique idea for a card? I'm always willing to give any idea a go!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Alberta Team Autumn Harvest Sale

We are participation in the Alberta Team Autumn Harvest Sale. It runs from October 1st to 7th. Each shop has a different offer, but we are offering 15% off in all 3 of our online shops.

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BarefootClips
BarefootCards

That's right... 15%! The biggest sale we've done yet.

Now's your chance to get some Christmas gifts, warm woolies for winter, or any of those accessories you've had your eye on. We'll be working hard to get some new products up during this week too, so check back regularly.

The sale also includes our custom items. So feel free to contact us about other items as well.

There are many many other shops participating in this event. Here is links to other shops, based on categories that they fit into. :) Happy shopping!


Alberta Team Autumn Harvest Sale
*Please check all Shop Announcements for Specific Sale Details*

Accessories
http://www.etsy.com/shop/maceme 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefoottams 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefootclips 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/4rcom 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FPWear 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/cindylouwho2 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/giddyupandgrow 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kidmarket Buy 2 and get 1 free of equal or lesser value
http://www.etsy.com/shop/applepieaccessories Free Shipping

Art
http://www.etsy.com/shop/firemanbell Free art card (your choice) with purchase of $5+
http://www.etsy.com/shop/jenndphotography Buy 1 Print, Get 1 Print Free
http://www.etsy.com/shop/taibossigai 10% off all items + shipping included
http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluefuze 10% off

Bags and Purses
http://www.etsy.com/shop/nanabrowns 15% off (custom orders excluded)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadetherapy 10% off

Bath and Beauty
http://www.etsy.com/shop/misticalacscents 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Maplecreeksoap 10% off & Breast Cancer Month freebie

Books and Zines
http://www.etsy.com/shop/farrensquare 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLStationery 15% off

Children
http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlebuggers 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefoottams 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefootclips 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamaswoodshop 15% off puzzles & teethers (excludes custom)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/littlebowteek 10% Off Regular Priced Items
http://www.etsy.com/shop/handmadetherapy 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Unnamomma 10% off & free shipping on orders of $25+
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Maplecreeksoap 10% off & Breast Cancer Month Freebie
http://www.etsy.com/shop/paperdollaccessories 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/giddyupandgrow 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/freyamaclean Free Canadian Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BennyAndBoo 10% off all blankets
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Applepieaccessories Free Shipping

Crochet
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kabukikreations Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/amandafenniak 20% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ufer See shop announcement for details

Dolls and Miniatures
http://www.etsy.com/shop/minibytes 20% off

Everything Else
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLStationery 15% off

Geekery
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLStationery 15% off

Glass
http://www.etsy.com/shop/juliechristie Free continental shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sixbabygirls 50% off 1 item (see Shop Announcement)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/glasscircus 20% off

Holidays
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SnowmanCollector 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/gollygeegeorge Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mygrandpaspen 20% off (excludes custom orders)

Housewares
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sybillinart 15% off - See shop announcement
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/firemanbell Free art card (buyer's choice) with purchase of $5+

Jewelry
http://www.etsy.com/shop/frogprincessdesigns 15% off (excludes custom orders)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/jewelrybyirene 15% discount (excludes Sale/PIF Items)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/aosta 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/peacockandlime 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/4rcom 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/themegshop 10% Off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/annakozi free shipping + individual marked down items
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kabukikreations Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Splurge 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/bellissimadesigns 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/asecondtime 10% off & free shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/dearange 20% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/cindylouwho2 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sandijagt 15% off (convo first for 20% off!)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/rozzie Blow Out Super Sale Section! Up to 40% off select items!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/robynlisa1979 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sixbabygirls 50% off 1 item (see Shop Announcement)

Knitting
http://www.etsy.com/shop/knittymaxx 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/blockheaters Free continental shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ufer See shop announcement for details

Paper Goods
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mygrandpaspen 20% off (excludes custom orders)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/42things 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/barefootcards 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hdawnparratt 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCraftyBug 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sushipapercraft Free set of 3 notepads with purchase
http://www.etsy.com/shop/firemanbell Free art card (your choice) with purchase of $5+
http://www.etsy.com/shop/craftedbylindy 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/farrensquare 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MoLStationery 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/hannahcherie 20% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/horncatcreations 10% off any orders over $10
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FPWear 10% off

Patterns
http://www.etsy.com/shop/irenebeadsandbaubles 15% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewsewagain Buy 2 patterns, choose 1 for free

Supplies
http://www.etsy.com/shop/squirrelstock Buy 2 get 1 FREE
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MyGrandpasPen 20% off (excludes custom orders)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius Free Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/claychicks Free Shipping

Toys
http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamaswoodshop 15% off puzzles & teethers (excludes custom)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/minibytes 20% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/tweeling 10% off (excludes custom orders)
http://www.etsy.com/shop/freyamaclean Free Canadian Shipping
http://www.etsy.com/shop/stufd 10% off

Vintage
http://www.etsy.com/shop/aosta 10% off
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ANewLife 10% off

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Color Throwdown Challenge 109 Card

I love doing card challenges, but find I never get much time anymore. I've had this colour challenge open in my browser for almost a week before I finally sat down and did it. I loved the colour combo.

Colour Throwdown Challenge #109


Here is my submission:

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It is now available for purchase at Barefoot Cards.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Preparations and New Products

We've been so busy lately with stocking up for upcoming fall/Christmas shows and with acting on new designs we've had in our heads. Seems we barely sleep a lot of the time!

We've got lots of new products that will listed soon. Many adult products.. and also new products for the kiddos. I'm so excited about them!

In October we have a session planned with a local photographer. She has given us a few sets of photos already... here is just a few of them.

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If you are local in Southern Alberta, Tammy is an amazing children's and family photographer. You can check out her site at Tammy Thomsen Photography

Watch for updates on new product lines here. Hopefully within a couple days!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Monkey Hat!

We just launched our new monkey hat, to add to our growing list of creatur hats.

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There are several customizable options for these hats.... we can simply add a flower:

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We can change the inner ear colour, edging and add a flower:

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And we can make it in any size to fit newborns all the way to adults.

Here is a couple photos of my daughter modelling one:

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I LOVE the long braided tassles on this one. So cute!

It is perfect for any little monkey in your life... boy or girl!

It is now available for purchase in our Esty shop:

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

A New Card

I've been so busy creating, I haven't been blogging.

Since I've been doing a lot more papercrafting lately, I thought I would start participating in some sketch challenges etc.

This challenge was given by Jitterbuggin' Challenge

Entitled 'Born To Be Wild'.

Here is my take on the sketch:
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I really like how it turned out. I used two cricut cartridges: Animal Kingdom and Plantin Schoolbook.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Postponed

It seems we always have trouble with byhand.me on Friday/Saturdays... so I have finally made the decision to change the day of it... maybe on Mondays.

In the meantime... we've been busy listing new products like crazy, so I will be updating here with many new things as they come.

One item that is NEW is our snack bag sets! I'm really excited about these. We have been selling them since December/January, but they have been selling before we even manage to list them! We finally have gotten all our friends and family covered, and os are now getting them listed in our shop!

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These bags are fantastic for adults and kids school and work lunches, or for travelling. They come as a set or idividually.

A set contains 3 in the following sizes:

Small 4" x 7" (10cm x 18cm)
Medium 6.5" x 7" (16.5cm x 18cm)
Large 8" x 7" (20.5cm x 18cm)

Sizing is approximate, and may vary slightly with each set.

The exterior of these bags is a fun cotton print, while the inside is a wipeable nylon. The nylon allows for you to transport items that might have a bit of moisture. I have used them for grapes, and orange slices without leakage. Although not waterproof, they do contain moist moisture.

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To care for your bags.. you can just invert them and wipe clean... or toss them in the washing machine alone or with a load of clothing. If needed, they can be ironed on low-medium heat.

The velcro closure goes the entire width of the opening to keep all goodies contained.

Great for road trips with kids, in the diaper bag, in the lunch box.

Also can be used to hold crayons, small toys, etc when on the go.

Check out our current selection in the SHOP.

We can make them in any print, so if you don't see what you'd like, please feel free to contact us for fabric choices.. or with a specific request!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Slice - Girly Fashion

Friday, April 30, 2010

May Madness Sale

It's SALE time!

The Etsy Alberta Street Team is hosting a May Madness Sale. Over 75 shops are participating, and offering deals for buyers. It's the perfect time to order those Mother and Father's Day gifts, summer birthdays, or just buy a little something for yourself.

As part of this sale, we, Barefoot Creations, are offering FREE SHIPPING from both of our shops. That can range in discount from 10-40% your total order. Now is the time to get your goods!

Barefoot Tams
Barefoot Clips

Here is a list of all the shops participating. There is AMAZING talent on this team, so be sure to shop around! They are sorted by product type for your shopping convenience.

Accessories

Art

Bags And Purses

Bath & Body

Candles

Children

Clothing

Crochet

Glass

Holiday

Housewares

Jewelry

Knitting

Paper Goods

Pets

Supplies

Vintage

Weddings

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday Slice - In the Kitchen

This week's Saturday Slice focuses on useful and pretty handmade items for the kitchen. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday Slice

Been doing a lot of thinking about spring and gardens lately. So I was inspired by some butterfly items I saw recently. This is a beautiful collection of products by various talented artists.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

MIA

Yes, we've been MIA. Been so busy, with visiting family, Easter, and finishing custom orders.

But I thought I'd share a little bit of what I've been working on. Many of you know I started Barefoot Creations as a card and invitation company, but had moved on to other crafts, etc. I miss cards, so I've been making cards again. Here's a few of the ones I made a couple weeks ago... excuse the lousy photos.

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I've made several more, but haven't had my camera out to take pics.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Another New Product

Here's another new product we just began selling!

Tutu Bow Holders!!



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Aren't they the perfect thing for your little girl's room?

Not only are they cute, and add to room decor.... they keep all their hair clips organized, and safe from damage!

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These bow holders can be custom ordered in ANY colour! We can find a fabric/tulle combo that will match any bedroom!

Teal Tutu Bow Holder

Here's some photos of them in use:

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You can find them for purchase HERE

Saturday, March 6, 2010

New Knit Hats Now Available!

We just listed 2 new knit hats to our online shop!

First... just in time for Easter, our Hippity Hop Knit Bunny Hat:

Hippity Hop Bunny Hat

We also listed our What a Hoot Knit Owl Hat:

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I'm absolutely in love with the owl! :)

We do have plans to get some more modeled photos of our hats. Unfortunately our models are not as willing, and our photography skills are not as up to snuff as we wish they would be!

Stay tuned for many new product listings in the next few days.

Saturday Slice - Cupcakes

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Terrific Tutorials

This is a new feature, that I hoped would become weekly, but due to time, it will be more sporadic.

There are hundreds of thousands of tutorials online.... and some of them are pretty cool!

Today's feature tutorial is "Homemade Gummi Candies", which I found on Skip To My Lou's Blog. (Lots of tutorials and neat stuff there!)

Paisley helped me with this one.

What you need:

1 box Jello
2 envelopes of unflavored Gelatin
Molds (either plastic ones for chocolates, or silicone ice cube trays work well)

Pour 1/3 cup of water into a saucepan, and add the jello and gelatin, let stand a few minutes. Then heat til it dissolves (2-5 minutes).

Transfer to a container that's easy to pour from (I used a measuring cup).

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Fill the molds, and let them stand for about 2 minutes. To speed up the setting of the gummies, you can put it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Then you can just pull them out of the molds! Don't be scared to really pull, they'll stick together.

I found that mine were not really set after 30 minutes on the counter, so put them in the fridge, and 10 minutes later, they were full fledged gummi candies. So yummy!

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I had a sesame street ice cube tray that i've never gotten to use (I have an ice maker in my fridge, so never had a use). So Paisley loved it! :) I got carried away and made a 2nd batch in green (too bad I didn't do that til the oscar the grouch ones were already filled!).

If you like your candy more chewy, you can add another packet of gelatin. I actually was a bit stingy on the gelatin for the red batch... only used one envelope, they still set, but are softer. So whatever you would like for the consistency.

A great place to get fun shaped ice cube trays (the flowers, and star fish ones I have... also have hearts, etc) is IKEA!. :)

Have fun! It's a great activity to do with the kids, and they're tasty!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday Slice - St. Patrick's Day

Here are a few of my favourite St. Patrick's Day items.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Saturday Slice - Going Green

All of the items used in today's post are either made from recycled items or are reusable. I hope you find some inspiration.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Saturday Slice - Travel

I'm not a big fan of winter so I've been dreaming of traveling this week. Here's a few interesting things that I found. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Release!

Today we launched the froggy hat! Isn't it the cutest?

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You can get your very own froggy HERE, as well as many other great items.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Saturday Slice

Let's have a tea party!

I'm using a new program for these now. If you want to go to any of the items to see more, just click the picture!

Enjoy!



Heather will be taking over this feature. She always picks the greatest things to share with me on Etsy! :) I can't wait to see her themes and items she picks every week!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lots of thinking time!

I've had more thinking time that normal lately. My wrists have been in pain due to too much time on the computer, so I can't spend too much time on here, or too much time doing a lot of my crafts (can still get away with some).

I really would like to put this blog to better use! I'm re-instating Saturday Slice, but my partner Heather will heading that up (I love the Etsy items she's sending me all the time!). That feature may be renamed... based on the day it is to be published on, but it will be back.... VERY SOON!

I also really want to start doing my Featured Artist Posts again. There's just SOOO much talent out there! And each artist is amazing in themselves! :) I want to share some of of the people I've been getting to know over the last year that I have been selling online.

Lately I've also been thinking of a brand new feature. :) I'm really excited about this venture... and perhaps may have some guest bloggers get in on it, we'll have to see. But, I'd like to also have a weekly feature that would feature a crafty tutorial on the web, and then photos of our creations based on that tutorial, and maybe and thoughts we had on it (because I know I always change a few things when following patterns or tutorials... I can't just follow things to a T).

I would love to hear any feedback on any of this!

I'm off to try to sleep, and hopefully tomorrow my arms/wrists will be rested, and ready for me to work.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Been Busy

(I apologize for the lack of posting.... I wrote this post January 2nd, and never posted it!!! Talk about brain freeze!)

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! We sure did.

Now it's back to work, and lots of exciting reveals.

First off, we just launched a 2nd online shop!! Barefoot Clips, which remains under Barefoot Creations, now carries all our hair accessories and leg warmers. We were finding there was just TOO much for one shop, and decided to get a little more organized.

We, of course, will combine shipping costs between the two shops.

We also have some brand new products coming in the next couple of weeks, plus more variety within our existing products.

We've got TONNES of leg warmers in many different prints available:

Striped Infant Leg Warmers

Black with Teal and White Dots Baby Leg Warmers

Black, Green and Gray Baby Leg Warmers


We've also got much more variety in our hair clips and flower clips and combos:

Red Ladybug Clips

Red and White Flower Clips

Purple Glitter Butterfly Clip

Ice Cream Hair Clips

Coming soon are some new loveys, new clothing pieces, chalk placemats (recall these ones I made previously, I've fine tuned the design after some trial and testing):

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