Saturday, June 27, 2009

Find of the Day: Yoopers

My find of the day also happens to be a purchase that I just received in my PO box today. Two Seaside Babes will be participating in this years Carmel Fest in Carmel, Indiana. This being my first craft show, I knew my best bet for keeping my cash, business cards, credit card swiper, and all the little odds and ends secure and tucked away in one organized place, was a craft apron. I had found Yoopers on Etsy some time ago and marked her as a favorite for I knew that I definitely wanted to purchase my apron from her.

I finally found one that I really wanted. This funky pink and brown print apron is absolutely just what I was looking for. This "works" apron has three large pockets, including one with a hidden zipper, a pen compartment, a business card pocket, and a clasp to hold my key rings. Ranging from $18 to $26, Yoopers' sturdy aprons will last for many, many shows to come.

Floating Flowers Vendor Apron With The Works

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Professional Photos done by Suymey Benson

For some time now I've known that I wanted to take Two Seaside Babes in a much more professional direction. I already devote a majority of my time to crocheting the actual products and trying to create new items not yet listed in my shop. I'm blogging, twittering, keeping up with Facebook and MySpace, among dozens of other things. The one thing I really truly struggle with in maintaining a professional feel is my photographs.

I'm a photographer by no means at all. I'm horrible. I'll admit it. I know nothing about lighting and focus., about capturing my subject. I feel that it shows in my product pictures and I despise how unprofessional I feel that it makes Two Seaside Babes look. So I could not have been more surprised to have Suymey Benson of Blossom Portraiture Art contact me to photograph my products. I'm familiar with Suymey and her work so I was elated to jump at the chance.

I sent her a goodie box filled with Buckle Beanies galore and a custom child's beaded necklace to boot. What I got in return was absolutely priceless. Suymey's work is stunning and her attention to each and every detail is evident in her beautiful photos. A wonderfully kind, hard working, and very dedicated woman, her personalized work has helped to put that "professional" stamp upon Two Seaside Babes and I am utterly grateful. It is my utmost pleasure to have her work grace the shop of Two Seaside Babes.

Please feel free to check out Suymey's work at to see first-hand the quality of work that Blossom Portraiture Art produces with heart and soul.

Photography done by Blossom Portraiture Art by Suymey Benson -
All designs are copyrighted by Two Seaside Babes. Photos are copyrighted by Suymey Benson. Please do not copy or use without permission.

Find of the Day: HeyMieMie

I'll never be the kind of woman that prefers a bouquet of flowers on the table. Instead, I'll take a pretty bowl and fill it with shells or river rocks, arrange a button bouquet from KreatedbyKelly, or a place these fabric birds in a vase. Created by HeyMieMie on Etsy, these vase fillers or cake toppers are the perfect solution for those women that see a waste of money spent on flowers that won't live a week. For $56, these are way less expensive than a bouquet of roses. Any woman can appreciate this bouquets longevity and price tag.

Vase Filler or Cake Toppers Wool Felt and Fabric Bird Bouquet - Set of 8 Blue, Green and Yellow

Limited Edition Silk and Bamboo Buckle Beanie

I came across this stunning yarn the other day. Patons makes this luxuriously soft silk and bamboo blend yarn that has the most gorgeous sheen to it. At 3 times more expensive than what I typically crochet my Buckle Beanies out of, I was quite hesitant to create one using this yarn. But I did, and I could not be more pleased. This lightweight Buckle Beanie is absolutely perfect for the warmer weather. But it's also warm enough for the cooler weather. I have about 12 colors that I want to try out, but I'm waiting to see the views and possible hearts this first one might receive. I crocheted it in a lovely but neutral shade of Almond. It can be found on Etsy in the Two Seaside Babes store.

Prices are as follows:
$42.00 9 - 12 Month: 17" - 18"
$44.00 1T - 2T: 18" - 19 1/2"
$46.00 2T - 4T: 19 1/2" - 20 1/2"
$48.00 4T - preteen: 20 1/2" - 21 1/2"
$50.00 Adult: 21 1/2" +

Limited Edition Silk and Bamboo Adult Buckle Beanie - Almond

Monday, June 22, 2009

Find of the Day: krisjean

I stumbled across krisjean on Etsy's Pounce (where I find most of my favorites). This amazingly talented artist uses bold colors, contrasts, and lines in what she terms, "Pop-o-licious" art. Truly unique and utterly gorgeous, this item is a particular favorite of mine. As a woman, do I really need to go in depth as to why I love it so? OK...I will...I adore how the shadows strike the eye first as digital manipulations. But they are not. It is truly a masterpiece for the artist to see how the shadows can interact with one another. For $400, this beautiful and piece can grace your walls (and your imagination).

Black and White Male Nude Torso Original Painting by Kris Jean abstract ebsq

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Find of the Day: Sandmaiden

I have been an admirer of Sandmaiden on Etsy for quite some time now, so it's only fitting that I choose them as my Find of the Day. I stumbled across their store again in Pounce (like I always do) and found this gorgeous little number in a stunning emerald color. Made of a bamboo and organic cotton, it can also be made in eight other wonderful colors. This chemise would be perfect for lounging around the house or even in town (because I'll definitely do both). This flattering dress can be yours for only $66.

Sandmaiden bamboo and organic cotton a line chemise with belt-made to order

Professional Photos done by Virginia Payne

I could not be more excited (or pleased) to have one new listing in my store with absolutely gorgeous professional photos, done by Virginia Payne. Virginia is an amazingly talented photographer that specializes in fine art portraits of newborns, babies, children, families, and expecting mothers. She photographs in and around Northern Virginia, Maryland and the greater Washington DC metro area.

Her artistic and newborn images are absolutely to die for! The emotion and connection captured between newborns and the parents is priceless and it makes me wish that my babes were just a wee bit tinier so I could go back and get artistic photos of them. However, I live vicariously through the beautiful work of Virginia, whose delightful work graces the shop of Two Seaside Babes.

Soft and Fluffy Baby Girl Blanket - Pale Pink - Great Photography Prop

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Find of the Day: TimelessVixenVintage

I found this dress by way of the daily Etsy Finds. TimelessVixenVintage was featured with her Vintage Fred Perlberg gorgeous couture party dress. While that dress in itself was absolutely stunning, I completely fell in love with this 1950's Vintage Coquette Couture Wedding Dress. While I have no intentions of getting married again (and subsequently divorced), for $480 I might rethink that philosophy of mine simply because of this dress.

1950's Vintage Coquette Couture Shelf-Bust Halter White Princess Wedding Party Dress with Bolero Jacket

Friday, June 19, 2009

Find of the Day: lightheaded

So most people who know me realize this Find of the Day is perhaps a wee bit biased. Nonetheless, I still love this lamp by lightheaded on Etsy. Creatively made out of a Pinnacle Citrus liquor bottle, this lamp will add flair to any bar, office, library or dorm room. Don't like Pinnacle? Perhaps you're a Jack Daniels, Jagermeister, Patron, or Crown Royal fan. Regardless, you can purchase any lamp without a shade for $25. What better way to recycle than to reuse as something more beautiful? Now if only they weren't empty...

Citrus Pinnacle's Bottle Lamp $25

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Find of the Day: ColorfulDesigns

I actually stumbled upon ColorfulDesigns after finding that they had hearted Two Seaside Babes. Yes, I always check out the stores of those who heart me. Sometimes I heart them in return if I really love their products. And oh boy, do I love ColorfulDesigns! Selling 100% pure mineral makeup in gorgeous shades that would fit any number of skin tones, this fairly new Etsy store is definitely going to leave their mark on the handmade community. I'm especially eyeing (no pun intended) this beautiful collection of Teddy Bear eye shadows. For $12.95 this set of 5 will make any woman's eyes look subtle yet dramatically stunning!

5 Tiara Minerals TEDDY BEAR Eye Shadow Eyeliners 1g with Sifter jars and FREE SHIPPING

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Find of the Day: laurenmytime

Everyone (ok girls and women) likes to receive a special card for those special moments. We like to think that someone took a bit of extra time to make something nice for us or to pick something nice out that was made just for us. Or maybe it's just me. Regardless, I think this pretty card created by laurenmytime on Etsy is the perfect something for that perfect someone. For $4.50, this purple pretty is sure to brighten yours or your babes day.

CARD Wonderful Gift

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Find of the Day: LilacAve

So I'm pretty girly. I know it and it certainly doesn't bother me. I love dresses, purses, makeup, and sweet-smelling scents. I wear perfume, spray the home with fresheners, fill the home with wonderfully smelling flowers, and burn a plethora of yummy candles. So it was clearly no suprise to me when I found this delicious candle in one of my favorite stores on Etsy, LilacAve. For only $5, the sweet, summer scent of strawberries and kiwis can fill your home. Heck, go ahead and purchase the ginger peach candle and blueberry tarts while you're at it to satisfy all your girly, scented cravings.

Bucket Full of Strawberry Kiwis Soy Candle- 4oz

Monday, June 15, 2009

Find of the Day: WonkyRocket

Ever since having two little monkeys of my own, that seems to be all that's on the brain anymore. How many monkeys can your little one have? Well, not enough they seem to say. What, with all the stuffed monkeys, the monkey clothing, the monkey slippers, and monkey hats, their monkey addictions would not be complete without this tote by WonkyRocket (don't you just love that name?) Screen printed on 100% cotton canvas, and for only $10, this monkey tote can hold all your babe's monkey goods. Oh, and I should mention they also screen print you ought to pick one of those up too in their Etsy store...just in case your babe doesn't have enough monkeys to satisfy their cravings.

a WonkyMonkey named Cuthbert - Tote Bag - Gold

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Find of the Day: FrayBabyBibsandMore

I love totes...and bags...and purses...and clutches. You get the picture. I use them for just about everything and change them out every single day. I sometimes carry two. Yes, I'm one of those craft freaks that carry around a small stash with me in the hopes that I can snag a few minutes of free time during the day...I've actually parked the truck at long red lights to crochet a few rows ;) I found this gorgeous tote on Etsy, created by FrayBabyBibsandMore, which would be perfect to hold my stash. For only $18 I can finally stop looking like a crazy lady with skeins of yarn spewing forth from the confines of her purse.

Ribbons Zoo Brown Geometric Aqua Brown Dot Mini Tote/Purse

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Find of the Day: cocolla

I'm probably like every single other parent out there whose child/children own too many stuffed animals. Every single occasion from Birthdays to Christmas bestows upon my two babes yet another plushie to add to their already monstrous collection. Lately, I've started to massively shrink their collections, donating and sending to thrift stores the ones they no longer play with. Which of course gives me an excuse to go out an buy more stuffed animals to fill those voids in their depleted collections. Yes, yes, I's a never ending, vicious cycle. As parents, we don't complain. Especially when a plushie is a cute as this one by cocolla on Etsy. For only $25, this is definitely one adorable hippo that would not leave the collections any time soon.

HIPP Hippo soft toy - 40 cm long

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you kindly to HRPhotography for presenting me with the "One Lovely Blog" award. You can visit her blog for amazing photography, all of which can also be purchased in her Etsy store, HRPhotography.

Hold my Hand - 5 x 7 Print $10

Friday, June 12, 2009

Find of the Day: SpiceofLifeDesigns

I was stunned to find this absolutely gorgeous bracelet posted in the Etsy INCrowdteam forum. Created by the extremely talented SpiceofLifeDesigns, this beautiful wrapped sterling silver bracelet is adorned in chalcedony, turquoise, and amethyst. Hours of labor are evident in this fascinating piece of jewelry with paisleys. This is a must for any woman looking for an absolutely breathtaking and eye-catching piece of jewelry. For $225, you will be the envy of every woman in the room.

Honey Chalcedony, Turquoise and Amethyst Wire Wrapped Sterling Silver Bracelet - Copa Banana

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Find of the Day: anastasiajamin

I adore putting beautiful adornments in my hair. Which is perhaps why I like to make my own. Sadly my daughters get most of the ones I make or buy. But when I came across this gorgeous flower by anastasiajamin on Etsy, I had to heart it immediately. It is something I would never make (nor probably figure out how to), but would definitely love. I am enamored with the glorious hues of blue in this hair piece. For only $11, it has been added to my must-have list (yeah, yeah, I's getting kind of long). Now if only I could use it for myself and not have the bosses (i.e...the babes) tell me it's theirs.

Silk taffeta moka turquoise fabric's flower and glass beads

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Find of the Day: knittingdreams

I'll forever be addicted to elephants. As symbols of good luck, I collect them and they can be found in my curio cabinet. I need a lot of luck, so needless to say, I have quite a few in my stash. I stumbled upon this cutie the other day on Etsy and definitely want to add him to my collection. Created by knittingdreams, this soft and fuzzy amigurumi elephant can be yours, as your very own good luck charm, for only $19.85.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Find of the Day: pinkpurr

I'm love with the pin-up era of gorgeous women, completely at ease with their curves and sensuality. I'd be even more in love with it if I had the body to wear the sexy and seductive pin-up clothing found on Etsy, like this deliciously divine dress by pinkpurr. Created with sweetest red and white polka dot print, this little number would sure make me feel like a pin-up model. And for only $169, I can easily look like one too.

Sweetest Polka-Dot PinUp Dress... Oh the Hot days of Summer are here Girls...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Find of the Day: jenniferv

Yeah, I know, my house is filled with dolls galore. Unfortunately they are all little nudists, which frankly freaks me out a bit. So obviously I had to heart this clothed pretty the moment I found it on Etsy. Created by jenniferv, this redhead doll would be a welcome addition to the nudist colony living in our home. She might feel a little out of place in her cute polka dot and denim outfit. Who knows, for only $22, she might convince the others to start putting their clothes back on.

NEW Polkadot/Denim Redhead Doll

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Find of the Day: theloveshop

Everyone wants a carefree, worrisome life, basking in the joy that are every day's moments. In one of those carefree moments, I found this joyous treasure on Etsy. What better than to remember to enjoy life than with this print by theloveshop: DANCE LIKE NO ONE'S WATCHING, SING LIKE NO ONE'S LISTENING, WORK LIKE YOU DON'T NEED THE MONEY, PARTY LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW. Printed in rainbow colors, this modern design is sure to brighten your day. And it will definitely brighten your room for only $30.

Dance Like No One's Watching

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Find of the Day: DevonRose

I actually found DevonRose on the front page of Etsy with this adorable dress. Who could not click on the picture of a wee little model such as this? This Liberty Lawn Dress is created from a gorgeous vintage remnant. I absolutely love the antique, cotton crochet trim that has been added. For only $38, this dress can be purchased from 0 - 3 months all the way to 5T. Your babe could look just as cute in this vintage-inspired, yet highly modern dress.

Liberty Lawn Dress

Friday, June 5, 2009

Find of the Day: sweptfromthesea

I love sea you couldn't have guessed by my store name! I found these pretties in a wonderful treasury on Etsy. Created by sweptfromthesea, these 34mm long earrings have 3 pieces of authentic olive green sea glass. I love that their sea glass is handpicked from the beautiful and rugged shores of British Columbia, and not the typical warm, sandy beaches you might think of. A more modern approach to beach-theme jewelry, this striking pair of earrings could be yours for only $26.25.

Sterling Silver Sea Glass Jewelry - Olive Green Stacked Earrings

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Find of the Day: cj8n

I found this unique item in a wonderful treasury on Etsy. While I'm not the kind of woman that cares for animal heads mounted on my walls, I would definitely make an exception for this one created by cj8n. This bison cardboard trophy is made from recylced cardboard. For only $52, it would make a gorgeous addition to my office...if I had one.

Billy- Large Bison Head- Brown

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Find of the Day: FiggyandWink

I actually stumbled upon FiggyandWink a while back and completely fell in love with these gorgeous and wonderfully girly flirty flowers. For those who despise painting (not me) or those who paint but want a little something extra on the wall (that's me), FiggyandWink's decals are the solution to your bare wall woes. For only $34, this decal could be yours. Now if only all the walls in my home weren't textured...

Flirty Flowers - Large Vinyl Wall Decal Package

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Find of the Day: HelloDollies

Someone showed me the link to this fabulous find in a forum on Etsy. Created by HelloDollies, this traditional take on the classic Raggedy Ann is perfect for teaching your child about cherishing the old but accepting the new. With ribbon hair and bendy knees, it also serves as a unique teaching tool. Or for only $35, she can sit pretty at your babes tea table making all the other dollies jealous.

Raggedy Taggedy Ann, red bandanna dress with eyespy ladybug

Monday, June 1, 2009

Grand Opening of Two Seaside Babes Too

June 1st was officially the grand opening of my new store on Etsy, Two Seaside Babes Too! I'm delighted to now be selling boutique hair accessories for all your babes. While I'm still adding almost 200 items to my shop (it's a long and tedious process), I currently have about 40 or so to choose from. I was especially thrilled to have even made a sale my very first day open. What could be better than to lift the mood of a seller opening a new shop on Etsy?

I've devoted a fair amount of time to this endeavor and found it to be quite satisfying when my crocheting creative juices just don't seem to be flowing. After all, one can only crochet for so long before fingers and hands start to ache. Do not fret though...Two Seaside Babes is still open for business and thriving (at least to me).

So come visit us at Two Seaside Babes Too and take a peeksie at what we have to offer. Stay around, browse a while, heart me if you would like. We'd love to see you there. In the meantime, satisfy your hair clip craving with these pretties, made just for your babes:

Pale Summer Everday Clippie Set

Neapolitan Brown, Pink, and Cream Crocheted Flowers


Bright and Colorful Flower Set

Lime Green, Yellow, and Hot Pink Flowers

Giant Orange Flower Clip