Give Aways

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Oh my!!! Tophatter Outage

Thank you to all of you who showed up for last night's first DDH Tophatter Auction.  Unfortunately, there was a site wide outage and all auctions were affected.

Do not worry though, we have rescheduled!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We will be auctioning off fabulous team items TONIGHT, Saturday at 6pm PT/9pm Eastern.

Please join us: HERE

Here are some of the items you will have a chance to buy at amazing deals.

Friday, June 29, 2012

DDH Tophatter Auction

Don't forget to RSVP for the Daily Dose of Handmade Team exclusive auction event which begins tomorrow at  8pm PT on

See everything that's up for auction & guarantee your spot by clicking the link below.


Team Treasury Challenge

Each week we create Team Treasuries to showcase team shops and our favorite items.  Here are some of our most viewed Treasuries.

And our most viewed Treasury list was curated by K5Art

Do not forget to shop our wonderful deals on TopHatter tonight!!!!
RSVP and join in on the fun...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

SHOP FEATURE - june 28th, 2012 - LisaBurekJewelry

today we are so happy to be hosting LisaBurekJewelry as our featured shop!  enjoy her exquisite beaded and semi-precious gemstone creations - and her exclusive DDH discount!

What made you decide to start your shop?
I grew up creating with my mom. Throughout the years I have done just about every craft/art out there! Crocheting has stuck with me since I learned at 10 and beading is my other passion. I love everything about beads: so many wonderful materials, shapes and possibilities!!

I started my own shop after encouragement from friends and family. I love putting together materials and creating pieces of jewelry for people to enjoy and wear. To me, it is such a huge compliment for someone to purchase something I have created!

What type of products do you sell?
Handmade beaded jewelry. I don't have one specific style, as there are so many wonderful creative options between metals, gemstones, etc.

What is your favorite shop accomplishment so far?
Having a ʺstrangerʺ find my shop and love an item enough to spend thier hard-earned money to have it.

What is your biggest challenge as an Etsy/online seller?
Getting noticed amongst the sea of jewelry makers.

What is the top selling item in your shop?
I would say my lampwork/gemstone earrings.

Do you have a tip for others selling in the handmade community?
Be yourself, make what you love, customers will find you. Network with others that appreciate homecrafted and support each other.

What are you currently working on/new projects?
Lately I have been working with precious metals and gemstones.

Do you have a favorite crafty/handmade blog/shop/resource that you go to often, if so what is it?
I check DDH every day, additionally I look at Etsy's blog.

thank you so much, Lisa!  and now DDH20 subscribers can enjoy an amazing 20% off your entire purchase store wide with the code TWENTY%! (Expires one month from day of feature)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Win it Wednesday - 27 June

Our fabulous Win it Wednesday is back and this week EclecticNesting is offering a fabulous necklace to our wonderful readers.

EclecticNesting offers vintage handmade jewelry, art supplies and more!  Be sure to check out all of the fabulous finds in her shop!

Now for the Necklace Giveaway! Coral and Turquoise Necklace with handcarved wooden bead.

How to Enter (Open to US only). Please enter each activity in a separate comment:

1. Subscribe to the Daily Dose of Handmade newsletter (mandatory)
2. Follow Daily Dose of Handmade on Twitter
3. Heart EclecticNesting on Etsy
4. Follow EclecticNesting's blog
5. Tweet about this giveaway (be sure to tag @ddofhandmade) 
6. NEW: RSVP to our first ever Tophatter Auction!!!!!!!!  

Tweet Daily for additional entries!!!

Winner will be announced next Tuesday!!!

BREAKING NEWS.... Daily Dose of Handmade Tophatter Auction Event 
29 June at 8pm PT!!! RSVP HERE

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SHOP FEATURE - june 26th, 2012 - K5Art

welcome to our second new Shop Feature!  we are thrilled to showcase the lovely work of kristen from k5art!  enjoy our interview then use her DDH discount code to shop store-wide!

What made you decide to start your shop?
In August 2011, I was at a craft fair selling my photography. I wanted something to do in between customers, so I chose a DIY craft tutorial to try something new. After searching through a few of them, I ran across a tutorial for Scrabble Tile Pendants and I knew that was the one I wanted to try. I purchased all the necessary supplies and started creating them at the craft fair.

As people came in to look at my photos, they were intrigued as to what I was creating “behind the scenes” and I received so many compliments and questions if they were for sale. I decided that once they were dry I was going to put them out on my table for sale and see what happened. Guess what? They all sold by the end of the night and I even had two custom orders!

With the new excitement, I opened an Etsy store and began to refine the creating process and find the best products and techniques to use. Once I was satisfied, I took some basic photos and uploaded them here to Etsy with much success!

So from a craft project to what K5 Art is today, I have found a way to grow my creativity and create a fun line of products. I am still refining my shop and products all the time and finding new things that inspire me but at the heart of it all it’s just about finding something and using creativity to turn it into something fun and beautiful!

What type of products do you sell?
Upcycled Creations from game pieces such as Scrabble Tiles to computer parts such as Resistors. There is something here for everyone!

What is your favorite shop accomplishment so far?
When I had just started out I made a goal for myself to reach 50 sales and I did it! I'm now 10 sales away from reaching my goal of 100 sales!

What is your biggest challenge as an Etsy/online seller?
My biggest challenge is gaining new exposure and keeping a constant flow of sales. I have ʺburstsʺ of sales where a couple weeks I will have a bunch of sales come in but then the next couple weeks are pretty much dead. I would love to keep a steady amount coming in all the time.

What is the top selling item in your shop?
My top selling item in my shop is my Personalized Mini Glass Bottle Charm. People love the idea of being able to personalize the message inside for someone they care about!

Do you have a tip for others selling in the online community?
Get involved in a few good teams! I have found much success when I am actively participating in teams. At first I applied to a lot of teams, but the stress of trying to keep up with them all became overwhelming. At that point I decided to keep just a few teams that would be most beneficial and it has become much more manageable. The teams I have found most helpful are:

Daily Dose of Handmade I have gained so much exposure and support through this team. We have an extraordinary group of people here and I would highly recommend this group to anyone!

Upcyclers If you have upcycled items in your store or if you are interested in upcycling then this team is definitely for you! I have also gained much exposure from this team. They are supportive and have a great blog of features. They also have monthly challenges and are very fun to be a part of!

HandmadeMovement This is the team that helped me get my start on Etsy! They host Sneak Attacks every week where we ʺattackʺ a new shop or a shop having trouble getting started on Etsy and bring them a flurry of exposure and sales! This is a great group of giving and supportive people and I would encourage you to check them out. I was attacked the beginning of this year and have gained tremendously because of it. I now sponsor attacks and give that feeling to others.

What are you currently working on/newest design or project?
I am currently working on my challenge entry for team Upcyclers June Creativity Challenge. We are to take a glass bottle or jar and upcycle it into something new and creative! I have a jar and a bunch of ideas I am working on now.

Other than that, I have a lot of computer parts and am working on some new jewelry using those parts so be on the look out for new earrings and pendants coming soon!

Do you have a favorite crafty/handmade blog/shop/resource that you go to often, if so what is it?
Daily Dose of Handmade


Love 2 Upcycle

thank you so much, kristen!  we love your eco-friendly style and great sense of humor!  for all of our Daily Dose fans, kristen is offering an amazing store-wide discount at k5Art so use her exclusive DDH code - DAILYDOSE for 15% off your entire purchase! (Expires one month from today)

Monday, June 25, 2012

SHOP FEATURE - june 25th, 2012 - TimberWoodsWares

not only is this our 100th blog post - YIPPEE!!! - but today is the day we are rolling out our new featured shop format!  we are so thrilled to have the beautiful shop TimberWoodsWares as our featured shop!  enjoy our Q & A with D from TimberWoods - and the exclusive discount code for Daily Dose Subscribers!

What types of products do you sell?
My current offerings include wooden buttons, lipbalm holders, desk organizers, and reclaimed fenceboard chalk tablets. All of my items are crafted from materials that would otherwise be seen as waste; fallen branches, downed trees etc...

What made you decide to start your shop?
I have always enjoyed and appreciated woodworking and the natural beauty that is found within a piece of wood. I started dabbling with buttons and quickly realized how much I enjoy creating something naturally beautiful out of something that would normally go to waste. Why not share what I enjoy with everyone else! I am just getting started and I still have a lot to learn.

What is your favorite shop accomplishment so far?
My favorite shop accomplishment has been enjoying the wonderful feedback that I have received. Sales are nice, but it has been very rewarding knowing that something I have made is appreciated and enjoyed by someone else.

What is your biggest challenge as an Etsy/Online seller so far?
My biggest challenge as a seller is finding the time to be creative. I also struggle with photos of some of my larger items. I am also somewhat limited by my selection of tools, but I have vowed that I would only buy more tools with proceeds that I make from my shop.

What is the top selling item in your shop?
My top selling items have been my Tree Branch buttons.

Do you have a tip to others selling in the handmade community?
My biggest tip to other sellers would be to have fun with it. Stay active in teams. Promote yourelf and other shops as well. And of course take great pictures. :)

What are you currently working on?  Any new projects?
I am always looking for new projects. I want to focus on creating a complete desk organizer set.

Do you have a favorite online shop or crafting resource that you go to often?
Being new to this business, I don't have a go to online resource that I use. I am active on the Daily Dose of Handmade team, and blog. Being a part of that team has improved traffic flow to my shop and provided some sales!

Thank you so much, D - both for having such a beautiful shop and for sharing your story! 

DAILY DOSE SUBSCRIBERS - you can enjoy the storewide discount by using the coupon code 25TIMBER for 25% off until JULY 25th

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Guest Blogger - Erin from LessBitchingMoreStitching

Tutorial: Framing Your Finished Needlework Pieces
By Erin Turowski from Less Bitching, More Stitching!

Hi!  My name is Erin, and I am a craftaholic.  I think that puts me in good company here.  :)
All kidding aside, I am so happy Julie invited me to guest blog for DDH!  This is my first guest feature for a blog other than my own, and I am excited to write for a new and fresh audience.  A little bit about me: I am a veterinarian by day and a textile artist by night.  My craft of choice is cross stitching, so I will be showing you all how to frame finished needlework pieces.  If you like this tutorial and would like to read more about finishing tips or cross stitching in general, please visit my blog, “Less Bitching, More Stitching!” at

Framing your finished pieces adds style and value and makes your creations more attractive to potential buyers who are looking for “ready-to-go” artwork.  However, professional framing can be quite expensive, especially for large or irregularly shaped pieces.  I am going to show you how to frame your own finished pieces using just a couple of dollars’ worth of materials!  By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to produce a high quality, professional-looking framed piece without investing the time and money you would otherwise spend taking your fabric art to a framing store.  This technique can be applied to any sort of fabric-based needlework: embroidery, needlepoint, latch hook, beadwork, and many more styles.

You will need the following materials:
* Your finished piece
* Appropriately sized frame (and mat, if desired)
* Ruler
* Pen or pencil
* Acid-free foamboard
* Craft knife
* Straight pins
* Needle
* Strong thread (I use six-strand cotton embroidery floss)
* Scissors

Before we begin, I want to say a few words about glass.  I prefer the way cross stitched pieces look framed without glass: the glass is not generally necessary, it can create glare and obscure your delicate stitchery, and some types of glass contain trace levels of acid that may actually damage your needlework over time.  Plus, if you are trying to fit both foamboard and glass into a frame, there might not be enough room for both.  If your finished piece is going to be placed in a smoker’s home, however, the glass will help protect the fabric from ash and smoke deposits, so keep that in mind.
Now… allons-y!

First of all, make sure your finished piece is clean and ironed.   This is your last chance to make it look its best!  You can iron it wrong-side-up under a damp washcloth to remove hoop marks and wrinkles.

Take the back off of the frame and remove the glass.   Now, measure the inside edge of the back of the frame to verify it is the proper size for your needlework.  Wouldn’t you hate to have to un-mount your finished piece, re-cut the foamboard, and re-mount the piece, all because you didn’t measure the frame before you started?  The scientist’s mantra, “Trust, but verify,” applies to framing as well as lab experiments!

You will want your foamboard to be slightly smaller than the frame to allow room for the fabric, so subtract 1/8” (0.3 cm) from both the length and the width of the inside edge to obtain the proper dimensions for the foamboard.  Mark the foamboard with the adjusted dimensions and use a craft knife to trim the foamboard to the correct size.  My frame was 5” x 7” (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm), so I cut my foamboard to 4 7/8” x 6 7/8” (12.4 cm x 17.5 cm).
You can see the extra room between the foamboard and the inside edge of my frame:

Next, center your needlework piece over the foamboard.  Affix the piece to the foamboard by sticking the straight pins perpendicularly into the edge of the foamboard.  It’s going to look a little reminiscent of Frankenstein, but don’t worry, the pins are temporary.

Continue so the straight pins are attached all the way around the edge of the piece.  Make sure the piece is straight and centered on the foamboard.  If you need to adjust the fabric, you can remove and re-position the pins until the piece is perfectly straight and centered.  Here is what it should look like when you are done:

Now, turn the piece over so you are looking at the back.  Fold in the corners like you are wrapping a present, then fold in the sides.  You can place a straight pin across each corner fold to keep the fabric folded if you wish.

Next, thread the needle and tie a knot at the tail end.  Lace the thread across the fabric as if you were tying shoes or a corset.  Stitch one pair of opposite sides together first, tie off the thread, and then repeat with the remaining pair of sides.

Remove all of the straight pins, insert the mounted piece into the frame, and attach the back of the frame.

There!  Wasn’t that easy?  Framing your own pieces really brings the finished needlework together and allows you to offer a ready-to-display piece of needle art at a competitive price.  To be even more cost-effective, you can look for frames at thrift stores.  The brand new pine frame in this tutorial cost me a whopping $1.99 at Goodwill!  Also, you can be creative with your materials if you need non-standard frame sizes – I had a long, narrow cross-stitched monkey, and I made a frame for him using the lid of an old tapestry-style jewelry box!  Stop by my blog in the near future for an upcoming tutorial on how to create frames from random wooden objects.

Thanks again to Julie and Cylene for inviting me to be part of the DDH community.  If you like what you see in this tutorial, please visit my blog “Less Bitching, More Stitching!” at for more tutorials, finishing tips, and my cross stitch projects.  You can also visit my Etsy shop at to browse my finished projects.

I really enjoyed writing for all of you.  Thanks for reading, and happy crafting to you all!
Less Bitching, More Stitching!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

shop feature - VeronicaRussekJoyas

the designs in Veronica's etsy shop are beautifully designed to incorporate precious metal and gemstones... perfect for any wedding or special occasion!

we absolutely love her rosary-style bracelets!  delicately understated, she has something to fit each jewelry lover on your gift giving list!

we are so delighted to feature Veronica here at the Daily Dose!  you can use the exclusive coupon code - DAILYDOSEFREE for free shipping!  she is already hosting a SALE in her shop - so head on over and take a look!

of course - don't forget the other featured shops! The EXCLUSIVE codes for Daily Dose subscribers:

VeronicaRussekJoyas - free shipping for our readers with the code DAILYDOSEFREE
adirondackpatterns - Daily20 for 20% off
laurenamosdesigns - DDOH35 for 35%

happy shopping!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxox julie and cylene

Friday, June 22, 2012

shop feature - laurenamosdesigns

today we are so pleased to feature the stunning beaded creations of LaurenAmosDesigns, one of our featured shops this week! 

her beautiful work showcases her great color sense and flirty design esthetic - with earrings, necklaces and bracelets, there is something for everyone in Lauren's shop! 

enjoy a whopping 35% off store-wide in Lauren's etsy shop with the DDH code-  DDOH35 - don't forget, you need to be a subscriber to our newsletter to use it!

of course - don't forget the other featured shops!  The EXCLUSIVE codes for Daily Dose subscribers:

VeronicaRussekJoyas - free shipping for our readers with the code DAILYDOSEFREE
adirondackpatterns - Daily20 for 20% off
laurenamosdesigns - DDOH35 for 35%

happy shopping!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxox julie and cylene

Thursday, June 21, 2012

shop feature - AdirondackPatterns

crafty twins Laura and Julia are the masterminds behind the lovely shop AdirondackPatterns - where you can browse inspiring crochet, sewing and other fiber project patterns to your heart's content! 

"Our sole purpose in sharing our tutorials at reasonable prices is to inspire and make it possible for other Mama’s to create handmade goods and toys for their little ones. Because every wee one deserves to have something handmade with love." - Laura & Julia

we'll bet that there is something for everyone, no matter what your crafting skill level!  come and take a look HERE!

you can use the exclusive Daily Dose coupon code - DAILY20 for 20% off their entire shop!

and don't forget this week's other featured shops:

VeronicaRussekJoyas - free shipping for our readers with the code DAILYDOSEFREE
adirondackpatterns - Daily20 for 20% off
laurenamosdesigns - DDOH35 for 35%

happy shopping!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxox julie and cylene

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daily Dose of Handmade CHALLENGE

We challenge you to be creative!  Starting today, we are opening up a handmade challenge to all readers and crafting enthusiasts!

DDH Badge for your Blog!The Daily Dose of Handmade Challenges YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REUSE RECYCLE RE-PURPOSE - The First DDH Crafting Challenge!

Here are the rules for entry:
1. Only one entry per person/shop.
2. Create a work of art from any recycled, re-purposed items.  Any and all media is welcome!!!
3. Send a picture and description of your item to
4. Submissions are due by July 1.
5. Winners will be selected by our readers!!!  All entries will be posted for an open vote.

Winner will receive this amazing basket of crafting items (pictured below) from the Daily Dose of Handmade Team!!!  Donating shops: JEDStudio, CatchingWavesbonitabellita

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Daily Dose of Handmade Team Treasury Challenge

Each week we challenge our members to create fabulous treasuries including team members items as well as other shops that they love.  The treasury with the most views wins!!!

Which is your favorite collection??

Monday, June 18, 2012

daily dose of handmade - sales for june 18th, 2012

we have some amazing sales for our DDH subscribers on this summery monday!!!  first up is the wonderful veronicarussekjoyas, who is offering free shipping in addition to her 25% off sale that is going on right now!  check out her gorgeous jewelry and SAVE!

if you're feeling a little crafty, come and take a look at AdirondackPatterns tutorials and patterns!  inspiring and easy to follow, the shop has something for everyone!  enjoy 20% off storewide!!!!

last - but definitely not least - are the handmade beaded creations of laurenamosdesigns!  i am in love with her beach collection - and she is offering a wicked 35% off everything storewide! 

The EXCLUSIVE codes for Daily Dose subscribers:

VeronicaRussekJoyas - free shipping for our readers with the code DAILYDOSEFREE
adirondackpatterns - Daily20 for 20% off
laurenamosdesigns - DDOH35 for 35%

happy shopping!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxox julie and cylene

Sunday, June 17, 2012

last chance! our baby gift guide ends soon!


everybody loves a baby!  and everyone loves our baby gift guide!  but it doesn't last forever... so come and check out the baby gift guide shops before the features (and the deals!) end! 



 the EXCLUSIVE daily dose codes are:

MyBeautifulGirl - DailyDeal2012 20% off
jamieinthesky - baby20 for 20% off
stitchsewgood - JUNE11 for 25% off
theEnnaCollection - baby2012 for 20% off
pocketfulofposiesboutique - tutubaby for 10% off
KnitCraftSew - DDHBaby15 for 15% off
TwiggyandOpal - DAILY15 15%off