Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Sorry I've been awal folks...a lot to tend to right now and I'll be honest. Appleseed is going to have to take a break for awhile.

Not much money in jewelry making right now, so I think I'll pick it back up around Christmas time when things get a bit I might not be around as much over here.


Feel free to visit over at SSB! I've had a huge following over there for awhile and will be keeping up posts for sure.
Just can't juggle all things at once :( Between 2 jobs, 2 kids, blah blah blah...momma's a busy girl.

But I did wanna share some paintings I've done've seen some before here.

Here is Funky Pansey...
Read about it here.

Here is Crazy Cow...
Read abut it here.

Here is Red Poppies...
Read about it here.


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Easy Drawstring Bag

So, I've been wanting to try making a few bags (see my first here) and I've been having a lot of fun with it!
I saw this tut linked up to Mad Skills Monday once and thought I try it with hopes of making a make up is how it turned out!

I followed the same tut but made a few changes.

I used 2 coordinating fabrics (one for the outside and one for the liner) to make the bag a little sturdier.

I also changed the dimensions to 8x12...makes the opening a little wider and easier to get into.

These would make a great quick gift for a lucky lady! Hope you like it!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Mine for the Making

So I think we all know I'm addicted to the Dollar Tree and for those of you who may not know this, see here.

Anyhoo, I discovered Mine for the Making today and was immediately excited!!!
Dollar Tree goodness!

Great idea huh?
Read the post and see how she did it!

Post a comment with your fav $1 store projects!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cross My Hooks

Sorry I've been AWAL folks...I had lost my camera for awhile...just reclaimed it! Woohoo!
I got some cool stuff to share with you in an upcoming post so be checking back for that!

Today, I wanna spotlight Cross My Hooks...a great little blog I discovered thru SSB's Mad Skills Monday.

Awesome blog!
She linked up this...
And this...

I just love the metal design and that pearl detailing? 2 die 4!
She has an Etsy shop but its under construction at the moment...bummer. But check back for that as well.

She has more to offer, so head on over and check her out! Don't forget to leave some comment love...

cross my hooks blog link

Be sure to tell her that Appleseed Gifts sent ya!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Make Your Own Re-usable Swiffers!

So I shared this over at SSB awhile ago and recently thought...why in the world did I not post it over here too??? Blonde moment...

Here's Jack cleaning...he's so sweet!

So here it is...your very own, hand made re-usable swiffer pads. Better for the environment and your more pricey refills!!!

What you need:
micro-fiber rags (I got a 2 pack at the $1 store for..well, $1.)
sewing machine
swiffer broom for measurement reference
scissors, thread, etc.

Step 1: Get a measurement by using the swiffer broom.

The rags I bought were a perfect square! Yeah! So I just cut right down the middle.

Step 2: Sew up the raw edge in a zig zag.

Step 3: Repeat with your other rags and all done!

Four re-usable swiffer pads hand made by you!
Well done!

Look at my big boy!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bath Salt Tutorial!

So I make some pretty yummy bath salts and I wanted to share with you all a great way to make them...super easy and super cheap! They make awesome gifts!

The scent I'm sharing with you is a delicious Pure Vanilla.

What you'll need:
--pure vanilla extract
--1 cup Epsom salt (great for sore muscles and $1 at the Dollar Tree)
--wax paper
--decor or mason jar (I've even lade samples using baby food jars)
--pretty material for topper

Step 1: Take a large mixing bowl and add the salt and a tablespoon of vanilla (add more for a stronger scent).

Step 2: Mix well and then lay it thinly out on a sheet of wax paper to dry. May take 2-5 hours to dry completely.

Step 3: While salt is drying, measure and cut a circle of decorative fabric to fit the top of your jar.

Step 4: Fill your jar with the salt (make sure it is fully dry) and secure the fabric around the lid with a rubber band.

Step 5: Top it off with a cute ribbon to hide the rubber band and all done! S custom gift hand made by you! Don't wanna make it? Click here to shop!

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Simpsonized Crafts

I love to decorate on the cheap and love finding thrifty stuff. But once I saw this...I totally had to show everyone!!

I came across this totally fantastic blog via Mad Skills Monday and just loved this creative and completely awesome decor craft!!

Behold...the egg carton decor piece. (pause for effect)

She has a great tut as well! I just love the color! And grouped with all those off-white pieces? Stunning!

There are a lot of great link parties too! Head on over and check it out! Tell her Appleseed Gifts sent ya!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Featured Item...I know, I'm late!

Sorry folks...been a little crazy lately. Been busy with SSB and my new job? Wow. Going great though! Love everyone there and it does feel good to be working again.

But anyways! I am soooooooooooooo late in announcing the winner for this past Appleseed Featured Item Giveaway! Whoops.

The winner is...#3!
LuAnn G said...

love your stuff

Woo hoo! LuAnn is no stranger to winning here at Appleseed! She's got a lucky streak, alright!

Anyone wanna sponsor a giveaway??? Email today!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Making the Best of Things

Phew! Friday is almost here...can't wait!

And I wanted to share with you all a fab new blog I recently discovered...she found me thru Mad Skills Monday over at SSB....and I am in LURVE!

Great ideas and just look at these necklaces!? Totally awesome!

Love this one...
Such pretty detail! And we all know how much I love jewelry...

She's having a giveaway! Don't miss out!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ready for Summer Lime

So I'm finally getting around to posting about the little painting I did...I mentioned it here for Mad Skills Monday.

Boy, it felt so good to be painting again! I may have to do a few more...just for fun!

Here are a few close ups...

It's just a small painting on 8.5x11 canvas paper (you can get a pad of this stuff for just a few bucks at the craft store), but it packs a punch at my office! I took it to work to hang on the wall near my desk! Everyone loves it!

Here are a few others I did about a year ago.

"In the Beginning"

"The Thorn Bush of Burl Forsythe"

...a tribute to my grandfather, a victim of pancreatic cancer.

Hope you enjoyed! Step out and paint something today!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I have some new cute stuff! Check out my pics!

I love these earthy, metallic colors! Look for them on the shopping page soon!
Ta ta for now!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Thrifty Refashions

I've been doing a few thrifty refashions lately and am wanting to share...hmmmm, what do you think?

Tentatively, mind you...I am NO seamstress. But I have been greatly enjoying buying trift store gold and re-vamping to fit my style and altering to fit my body.

I think I may start doing a few here and there, just for fun. For other awesome thrifty refashions, check out the following:

Awesome inspirations!!
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Friday, June 4, 2010

Heavenly Aspirations

Okay, I HAD to post about these! A friend of mine is starting up a little biz called


Just check out these pics?!

How about an AWESOME Mothers Day gift for next year...?
Or perhaps when Easter rolls around?

4th of July is right around the corner!!!
I know what I'll be bringing to the party :)

Cute details in every yummy bite...and they are yummy!
I've tasted them. First hand. Delicious!

Perfect for showers and birthdays... a sweet treat!

Go glam at your next baby shower and order the trendy chocolate and pink...or blue cake pops!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

406 Olivia

Okay...gotta give a shout out to this fab blog that I came across...406 Olivia is fun, fresh and original. Awesome DIY projects, cute thrifty fashion, and a bit of humor.

Just check these out!?
Pricey designer dudes? Or up-cycled oldies...
Head on over, check it out, and leave some comment love!

And ladies...don't forget about my sale!! It ends June 4th!

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Marital Bliss...

Ah, marital bliss...uh, huh. Yeah right...

Just kidding!!!
Tomorrow is my 5th wedding anniversary. Yeah! Way to go me!

Can't believe how fast its flown

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gigi's Kidz Daycare

Okay, maybe I'm featuring myself. But this is a good one.

So in an effort to raise my household income, to keep my kids out of daycare (and not sick), and to have some fun...I have re-opened my in home daycare center.

Gigi's Kidz in open for biz and ready for some of you who may live my area. Please check it out below!


And not...a blog? You bet! What better way to keep my kiddo's parents informed of their daily activities! (plus, I'm good at it)

Lend me some prayers as I strike out on this new, yet familiar adventure!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Feature...? Anybody...?

So, yeah...its been a really hectic couple of weeks. This time of year is always crazy though, you'd think I'd be used to it.

All through May its nothing but birthdays, birthdays, birthdays. There are so many, I can't even attend them all. And it continues all through June and July too! June 1st is my birthday (I'll be 24, er, 28) Sigh...

Then we have my wedding anniversary on June 3rd and my youngest will turn 1 on the 22nd. Then 4th of July...the list goes on!

Not to mention, I'm starting an in-home childcare center. Yup. Super busy.

But anyhoo, on to my point!!!
I wanna feature somebody! I got ahead in blogland because people were kind enough to feature me...either a project I did or they hosted a giveaway...all that jazz. I am eager to see some fab projects, businesses, blogs, etc. If you think you have something special, email me today and lets get your name out there!

There is free advertising involved...;) Did I hook you yet?
Plus, it'll be just plain fun!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

My Creative Side...this is a SHOWER!

Well, I'm kinda bummed that no one is really interested in the big sale going on...(sad face)
But the good news sale isn't over until June 4th, so we have a bit of time. Be sure to get your orders in!!!

I know that I have totally lacked in posting over here...well, maybe lacked isn't the right word. Completely forgotten?? Yup...that'll do. I will really try to post something cool at least 3x a week! Hope my fab readers haven't lost faith in me because I've got a really good one for you today!

I am featuring My Creative Side today for this totally chic yet cheap wedding shower she posted about...I mean, how cute is this?
Mason jars with lemon and cut spring.

Check out these tissue paper puff balls...I believe she has a tut for these babies...head on over and check it out!

Love the home made banner...very inexpensive but brings a big impact.

Hope you all enjoyed...head on over to My Creative Side and show some comment love!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Alright ladies! My Clearance Section is now stocked with all your favs! And bonus...EVERYTHING is Buy 1, Get 1 HALF OFF!

Simply email me with your desired pieces, including item name and price! It's that easy!

Choose from Jewelry, Bath n Body...everything!
Snag the button below and spread the word!


Blog about this sale and receive an additional
10% off your total order!

Be sure to leave a comment with the direct link to your post please.

Sale ends June 4th! Get your order in today!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Clearence Items coming soon...

Hi all,

Be on the look out for a new batch of favorites making their way to the... CLEARANCE SECTION!!!

Trying to make room for some new pieces coming soon and I will also be having a sale soon! Remember my Buy 1, Get 1 HALF OFF??

Don't miss out and be checking back to get all the gory details!

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Appleseed Gifts Featured Item Giveaway

Enter to win this Appleseed Gifts featured item! The Wild Child Felt makeup purse.
To enter, post a comment below with your contact information and tell how you heard about Appleseed Gifts for random drawing.

Want an extra entry?
1. For one (1) extra entry, post another comment saying something you like about the featured item.
2. For one (1) extra entry, become a follower of Appleseed Gifts on my sidebar and post another comment telling me so.
3. For one (1) extra entry, become a fan on Facebook and post another comment telling me so.
4. For three (3) extra entries, blog about us and post a comment including a direct link to your plug.

Contest ends Friday June the 11th at 5:00pm. Winner will be announced Monday June 14th. Good luck!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Giveaway Winners!!!

Hope everyone is enjoying a nice Mothers Day weekend!
I wanna give a shout out to a few ladies that have won an Appleseed Gifts Giveaway...

The winner of the $10.00 Gift Certificate to Appleseed is Sarita! Congrats!
This giveaway was hosted by The Gift sure to check that out.

The winner of the Raindrop Collection from Appleseed Gifts is Haley! Congrats!
This giveaway was hosted by Under the Table and Dreaming...and be sure to check that out.

Also be sure to check back soon for new jewelry designs and a few old favs!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Giveaway at The Gift Closet!

The Gift Closet is hosting a giveaway for Appleseed Gifts! Head on over and

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Don't forget about Mad Skills Monday! Click the button to link up and share your stuff!


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wire-Wrapped River Rock Tutorial

Alrighty! I know its been awhile since I've posted over here...I just get so busy! Too many projects all at once.

But here we go with a great tut for you!

A custom wire-wrapped river rock pendent! Very pretty and Earthy!

What you need:
24 gauge wire, river rocks, jewelry findings (clasp, jump rings, etc.), black cording.

With about 2 feet of wire (just eyeball it...depends on how much you wanna use), start wrapping the rock.

I twisted the end of the wire into a little off-center knot as an accent or you can twist it on the backside to hide it.

Take another piece of wire about 5 inches long and fold in half. Then insert it around a few strands of the wrapped wire to hang the necklace by. Wrap it around itself to secure it.

For my necklace, I took two pieces of black cording and fixed the ends with necklace findings (you just insert the cord and pinch the edges together with pliers to secure it). Then with jump rings, I added the clasp.

With another jump ring, add your pendent to the necklace and all done! An Earthy necklace custom made by you!

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