it's beginning to feel a lot like christmas

This year I've decided I'm going to buy all of my Christmas gifts online and the ones I don't buy I will make of course. Since I've been trolling etsy and various blogs I'll be featuring my finds (looking for gift ideas?).  Today I've got a couple iphone cases hand-picked for that geeky someone on your list. You know the guy on your list who attends FanExpo? These are for him (or her).


Nintendo controller iphone case

Link from the Legend of Zelda iphone case

Happy shopping!

give and you shall receive

I've done it again! My etsy shop is back up and running just in time for the beginning of the crazy craze holiday season.

I know the summer just ended, but if you start now you'll be able to skip the frazzle of Christmas shopping. Every year I tell myself I'm going to start early, but I usually leave it all to the week before Christmas. We'll see what happens this year.

So, here is my gentle nudge. While you're thinking about it, check out my super cute tree ornaments. Perfect for anyone on your list!


busy bee

I am busily sewing my signature lavender eye pillows for a bride and her bridal party. Isn't that a thoughtful gift?

If you're looking for a special personal gift for the bride-to-be or for your wedding party get in touch with me.

I've been told by people that buy my pillows that they also de-puff your eyes (oooh!)

Want one (or several)?


June 23, 2011 — AlannaB

"etsy" bitsy spider

Photo credit: Mort

So I have an Etsy shop, it's been around for a while but I've been doing a really lousy job promoting it. Right now I've got my lavender eye pillows listed and I wanted to let y'all know about them since they make the BEST Mother's Day gifts.  Check out my shop and tell your friends. Oh and if you have any advice on how I can increase the traffic to my shop please help me.

Thanks all and your Mother will thank me :)

May 04, 2011 — Alanna Banks

what i made

Now that all of my homemade Christmas gifts have been unwrapped I can share all of my creations with you (my blood, sweat and tears actually).

As you know I had my very popular lavender eye pillows for sale on Etsy and sold several (even to complete strangers!). They're still on sale if your interested (double eyebrow) just send me an email or you can check them out on the fridaysoff Facebook page.

My nephew was the proud recipient of his very own LEGO sac (sorry forgot to take a photo). I followed this super easy tutorial .

My three nieces each received these (pic below) adorable Elodie the Elephants. So cute and cuddly, but not the easiest to make (I have no patience for handstitching!) Put it this way it was a skill building exercise (smiley face). The pattern was from one my fave books One Yard Wonders.

I also made several produce bags (I love a good free online patern) with gorge fabrics from the workroom as well as everyday tote bags from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.

Now I'm craving new projects! Any suggestions?


fridaysoff geeks out

I've branched out! Now you can get your fridaysoff fix on Facebook (just search AND you can buy my creations at my fridaysoff Etsy shop!

Check them out!

November 23, 2010 — Alanna Banks