Etsy Contest :: A Handmade Moment :: Last Day!

Posted on | Monday, August 31, 2009 | 5 Comments

Make sure to watch our cutsy and modest little video for the Etsy Handmade Moment contest. Last day is today! Thank you to everyone who has already watched it!!!!

Pretty shoes

Posted on | Friday, August 28, 2009 | 4 Comments

I love my new shoes!
Matt loves seeing me in my new shoes!
I love how I got them at bargain prices... Matt agrees!



Kelsi Dagger heels in mauve with faux snake skin. Very pinup shape.



Banfi Zambrelli Lottie heels. Amazingly comfortable.
Both snagged on Gilt Groupe (I never could have afforded them otherwise). You can join HERE.

Elizabeth Messina... you are wonderful!

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I love this lady too! Her photographs are magical and capture all the beauty in this world.








Photo credits: Elizabeth Messina
Hair pieces: Twigs & Honey

I love this lady :: Fashion Is Poison

Posted on | Thursday, August 27, 2009 | 2 Comments

Her strength is inspiring. You must read her latest blog post:
Fashion Is Poison

A dog and her bone...

Posted on | Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | 2 Comments

Just some random new pictures of Indy with her BIG bone:




Cutie!

Etsy Contest :: A Handmade Moment :: Help us spread the word!

Posted on | Monday, August 24, 2009 | 6 Comments

Matt & I have submitted a quirky little video to the Etsy "A Handmade Moment" Contest. Please view it! We put a lot of love and laughter into this piece for all to enjoy! Also, please spread the word by blogging about the video if you like it. :) Email to friends! Here is the link (through this link, you'll see the "embed" code if you'd like to support it by blogging about it): CLICK HERE (http://www.etsy.tv/video/A-Handmade-Moment-by-myrakim)



The contest ends August 31st in terms of submissions. The top 25 videos based on number of views will move onto judging by a selected panel (so the beginning round is a bit of a popularity thing, so help us out by spreading the word!). The theme is "A Handmade Moment". Let me know what you think. I'm sorry if it isn't Oscar-worthy. I just learned the software yesterday! The lovely music is being provided by Mood Area 52 (used with permission) who were wonderful at our wedding (thank you!!!).

Thank you so much for your help and enjoy the fruits of our labor (we had a blast making it for you!).

Seeing red...

Posted on | Friday, August 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

Just thought I'd post a picture of a custom order I finished today for a lovely bride. I normally don't coordinate my outfit with the hair piece I'm photographing because I'm running around so much and that would require several seconds of precious time... but today, I just so happened to be wearing this red top from my grandma. Cute, ya?


Happy Weekend!

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It has been a very long week and I'm ready for a little kick back time with the hubby. I still have a long list of work to do today, but I'm looking forward to this evening... we may go to miniature golf down the street from our house. :) Speaking of the hubby, our 2 year anniversary is coming up next month! I was just digging around older photos and I'm missing Maui (where we went on our honeymoon). Here's an oldie from the honeymoon:



Snorkeling trip to turtle bay.
We're *thinking* of making a second Maui trip in winter time, when the weather is crummy in Oregon. And speaking of upcoming cooler/colder days, I'm loving the new legwear at Anthropologie



Crinkle-Cut Leggings



Flowerfall Leggings
I love these... although, I'm not sure I'm ready for colder weather. I feel like I just got my summer wardrobe dialed in.

Recent Interview for Salem Monthly Newspaper

Posted on | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | 2 Comments

I was recently interviewed for Salem Monthly Newspaper by Sara Rasmussen. Thank you, Sara! Read the interview HERE. The article is entitled, "Salem artists connect, reach wider audiences via Etsy.com". Enjoy!

Rise and Shine hair piece :: New etsy shop item

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I just listed a lovely new twigs & honey design based on the popular Rise and Shine necklace. I got the order request from a bride and thought, this piece is so pretty! Enjoy!



Rise and Shine bridal hair piece.

Aw... 90s music... random thoughts

Posted on | Monday, August 17, 2009 | 1 Comment

Last week, my hubby said he had heard a cool song on the radio by the Toadies (possom kingdom) and I only know one Toadies song and started singing it before he had time to load it on YouTube. Pleasantly surprised I knew the oldie, I explained to him how I know just about every song from the early 90s. I might not always know the title or artists name, but most likely if it was alternative or pop of any sort, I knew it. Matt missed out on most of the 80-90s music because he grew up in cities that didn't air that kind of music. I always love it when he gets all excited about these old songs because that's what I grew up with and it's fun to see how it is "new" for him like how it used to be new for me. Anyhow, whenever I think of Toadies, I also think of Toad the Wet Sprocket (because of the "toad" in the name). My favorite is "Fall Down", and a couple years ago when Matt and I were on the Perfect Playlist for 94.7, I chose that song, but apparently it was too old and the station didn't have it anymore. haha... makes me feel old. Well, I only just realized that Toad the Wet Sprocket also did "Walk on the Ocean". Wow... my mind is all over the place today. Enjoy!


Custom orders list as of August 17, 2009

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I am so sorry for any long reply times. I'm trying to get back to as many interested individuals as possible. Thank you so much for your patience!! Here is a current custom orders list. The order is not set in stone, and some clients may get shuffled if needed. My master list has drop dead dates recorded. If you are interested in a custom order or if you have been working with me but don't see your name, please contact me through etsy or email to let me know so I may record your order. At the moment, new custom orders may take as long as 8 weeks to complete, but may be finished sooner or later so plan ahead. Thank you!!

1. LindseyM
2. sharshar91
3. birthmark
4. srmaroney
5. sweet123
6. BridgetK
7. taraburley
8. julijulz
9. rachiecakes42
10. kmc381
11. HauteOffthePress
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14. helencaprice
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35. stephsherm
36. MsMiffy
37. LindseyG
38. TriciaM
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Just had to take a picture... plus a new piece

Posted on | Friday, August 14, 2009 | 7 Comments


Don't you just love this silk organza shrug Elizabeth Dye made for me?? I had been meaning to take photos for a long time now! It is the exact one featured in Oregon Bride Magazine this season. I love, love, love it. I need to get a more lovely and long dress to wear with it. AND, I need Matt to take me out on the town so I have a good occasion to wear it to.



I just listed the sparkling hair piece in my Etsy shop and you can view it HERE.


We're going on a trip! :: Istanbul

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Photo from here.
I know a while back I mentioned that our #1 pick for a trip was Istanbul. Well, we finally booked the tickets yesterday! I can't believe we paid for them already! It's exciting. I'll have more details in the coming weeks on this trip. We've been meaning to get away and this will be perfect. Speaking of Istanbul, I love this ring by toosis, who is in Istanbul. :)


Perfectly Paired :: New series

Posted on | Thursday, August 13, 2009 | 2 Comments

I just listed the first of a new series of listings on Etsy. I'm trying to get more "ready to ship" pieces up in the shop and thought to create some special bargains while I was at it. Good for you! :)
As I find time, I'll list "perfectly paired" pieces in single listings on Etsy that are ready made and discounted as a set. It's great for last minute brides and ladies... or maybe even guys looking for a last minute gift for a special someone.
Here's to the first pair. Vida + Blossom: soft, ethereal, and romantic



View the lovely pair HERE.

Indy made it to the Etsy FrontPage

Posted on | Wednesday, August 12, 2009 | 3 Comments

I thought seeing one of the Etsy FrontPages today was so cute... It's Indy! Wearing this piece.



This piece also made it to the FrontPage earlier this morning.

A *little* something I worked on

Posted on | Friday, August 7, 2009 | 8 Comments

A little place to keep a photo of someone of something you cherish close to your heart...





I want this dress...

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I spotted this lovely vintage lace dress on eBay and it is nearly my size. Perhaps a tuck and pinch here. Debating...



I love the shape, length, the little sleeves.... aw!

Sorry for the light posting lately... been busy, busy...

Posted on | Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | 3 Comments

I'm sorry for such light posting over the last few weeks! Thank you for continuing to visit the blog, you hardcore bloggers! :)
I've been tremendously busy behind the scenes fulfilling orders and being a wife during this lovely warm and dry Oregon summer. Can you believe it is already August? I got painfully sick mid-late July and was being treated for that, which contributed to the trickle of posts, and now Matt and I are in the middle of planning our exotic second honeymoon. We haven't had a chance to really get away since our honeymoon. We always say we will, but end of cancelling and sticking closer to home because I'm so busy with work. I think we deserve to escape for a week, don't you?
Well, I'm sure you are sick of my Gilt Groupe posts about now, but I just wanted to post my recent steals. I love this festive Marc by Marc Jacobs dress I nabbed yesterday (on its way as I type):




I was thinking it would be good for wearing on the plane and during our long layovers (since we are going to get the cheapest airfare possible)... roll it up and shove into a suitcase afterwards. Plus, Matt won't be able to lose me since it is so "loud".



I also got this pair of tarte cheek stains. I always wanted these, but never wanted to fork over the $. :) I think these would be great while we travel too... easy to apply and so fresh looking.
So what was the total damage? Well, the dress retailed for near $300 and the cheek stains retailed for $56. I'm thinking of pairing the dress with my previous shoe purchase which retailed for nearly $700. So total retail for the outfit and makeup was supposed to be about $1050. What did I pay out of pocket with the Gilt discounts and credits (thank you lovely readers and shoppers for signing up through my link)? Drumroll.......
$43! Yeah, now you're thinking, why didn't I check it out? If you're interested, you can sign-up HERE.
Happy bargain hunting!

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