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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Handmade Stitchery and Bunny Ornies

Remember to join our link party and have some fun!

Here's a beautiful stitchery and bunny ornie set that is beautiful in its simplicity.
Particulars:
- Details include rusted wire hanger; hand stitched bunny eyes and nose; homespun; loop for hanging
- Pillows measure 2.5 x 2 inches and 3 x 2 inches; bunny is 4 inches

Price: $15, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Teresa's Prim Treasures' listing on Etsy.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Handmade Primitive Americana Sheep

Remember to join our link party and have some fun!

Handmade primitive sheep are just so adorable, and with this Americana touch, you'll want to have this prim decor goody in your home in plenty of time before the 4th of July!

Particulars:
- Stained muslin and ticking; cotton quilt batting; old quilt
- Details include moss and Sweet Annie; rusty safety pins; stained cardstock; rusty nails; rusty stars
- Measures 9 inches in height

Price: $15.29, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Rusty Thimble's listing on Etsy.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Here's a Half Dozen Handpainted Daffodils to Brighten Your Day

Remember to join our link party and have some fun!

Aren't these a lovely bouquet of daffodils? The best part is, you can display them all year round because they're made out of fabric!
Particulars:
- Handpainted and aged muslin; jute twine; lilac bush branches
- From artist's original design
- Each measures approx. 13 inches and 4 inches in width

Price: $10.50, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Paxton Valley Folk Art's listing on Etsy.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Featured Interview of Artisan of Handmade Items: Karen of Prims Gone Wild

Remember to join our link party and have some fun!

Here's the latest featured interview of an artisan of handmade items: Karen of Prims Gone Wild - one of the winners of the Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest.


What kinds of artistic projects do you like to work on?
I mostly work on fabric dolls but on occasion I play with watercolors, ink & acrylic ~~I dabble and play with it. I LOVE TO MAKE DOLLS!!

What do you like to do in your spare time when you're not creating art?
I love blogging, networking and playing around with graphics. NOT good at it but love to play anyway. I love to go to estate and yard sale & flea markets.

How long have you been crafting?
I have been crafting a long long long time. To my memory my first doll I made, I was 11 years old.

When did you first start selling your handmade items? What inspired you to do so?
I started selling my handmade items about 15 years ago or maybe longer.

What style do you decorate your home in?
Ecclectic. ~I collect so many different styles. The room I live in is PRIM!!

Were you artistic as a child?
When I was in elementary school, my teacher use to put paper on the back wall and let me draw :O) ~~

My parents didn't fuss at me when I drew and painted on the walls. I also cut out and taped to walls too!!

Did anyone inspire you as a child or when you were starting to become artistic?
My Father was a commercial artist. He was self employed and me and my 14 siblings would be put to work. So I guess you can say He was the main inspiration. My mother would make me decorate and design for Christmas and the Holidays which I loved.

Was there a point when you realized "Wow, I'm an artist/artisan!"
I never reached a point. I just created with the flow :O)

Confession time: What does your craft room/studio really look like? Is it organized?
HaHa Just let me know when you want me to share pics. I am a HOARDER. I love to collect and save it for a project.

Please list the urls to your blog(s) and shop(s).

Karen E. Blevins FACEBOOK

Kareybeths_Kreations_n_Prims Blog

Kareybeths_Kreations_n_Prims On Ebay

Kareybeths_Kreations_n_prims ON FACEBOOK

Prims*Gone*Wild Twitter

Prims*Gone*Wild Etsy Shop

Prims*Gone*Wild Blog

WhatNotWomen BLOG~Karen & Debbie

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sunburnt Cow Link Party #7

Whoo hooo! We had a lots of great link ups last week! Thanks so much for your partying with me! Most of last week's participants will be showcased on my All Thumbs Crafts blog, which has 200 to 300 page views per day. I say "most" because some didn't link back to the party, and I'll only be featuring those who follow the rules of the party. It's my way of showing extra special appreciation. So look for your features this week!

Please note there is a change in linking up. You will only be able to link up if you have the text or button banner link back to the Sunburnt Cow on the post you're linking up or on your sidebar. If you don't, you won't be able to link up because of the software of the linking program. If you're having trouble linking up, and you have this blog's link or button in your post or on your sidebar, please leave a comment here. This is a new program, and there might be some wrinkles that may need to be ironed out, not the least of which is I might have set the parameters wrong - lol!

Now for the usual wording...

Here's a list of what you can link up:

1. Blog posts revolving around items you have for sale.
2. Blog posts on items you've made and don't have for sale. They can be in any niche; they don't have to be in the prim or vintage category. The more diverse the party, the better.
3. Blog posts on prim, antique, vintage, old fashioned items that you have that were not handmade by you.
4. And hey, why not link up some recipes of yummies you've made. They're handmade, after all!

If you haven't participated in link parties before, they're a great way for you to get some traffic to your blog. They're also very easy to participate in. Plus, now that I'm on Twitter, I'll be all a'twittering about the link parties, which will give you more exposure. I may post the features over at my All Thumbs Crafts blog that gets more traffic, thus getting you exposure to a wider audience range.

To participate, link up ONLY the blog post(s) you want to include on this link party. (You may link up to four posts). Do NOT link up to your actual blog, but to the post itself. If you don't know how to do this, simply click on the title of your blog posts, and that will give you the url address to that particular post up in the website address bar. Copy that, and then click on the "Add your link" button on this link party.

Up will pop three boxes, one for adding your url to that particular blog post, (which I just explained how to find it and copy it), what you want the title of the entry to be, and your email address. Click on "next step," which will bring you to another page that pulls up all the photos associated with that blog post. Select the one you want to represent the thumbnail in this link party, and there you have it! Easy peasy!

Remember also to put this button in your sidebar or post that you're linking up. A text link is fine as well.

Sunburnt Cow Handmade Shop
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Recycled Folk Art Doll

Now here's an amazing way to recycle and create art at the same time!

Particulars:
- Made of coffee stained muslin, twigs, and soda pop can tabs
- Details include flower
- Measures approx. 14 inches

Price: $42, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Ago Vintage's listing on Etsy.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Prim Folk Art Crow with its Watermelon

Don't forget to link up pretty much anything at the Sunburnt Cow Link Party going on from now until tomorrow night!

Here's a handmade item from one of the winners of our Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest! This sweet primitive folk art crow sitting atop a luscious watermelon is a great shelf sitter, cupboard ornie or tuck.

Particulars:
- Handpainted and sanded muslin
- Details include rusty pin and bell
- Measures around 7 to 8 inches

Price: $7.99, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Prims Gone Wild's listing on Etsy.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Handmade Primitive Mama Rabbit and Baby Rabbits for Sale

Don't forget to link up pretty much anything at the Sunburnt Cow Link Party going on from now until Sunday!

Aww, now who can resist a handmade primitive mama rabbit and her little baby rabbits?!


Particulars:
- Handpainted, sanded, and prim-ified muslin
- Details include lace shawl; blushing cheeks; whiskers; facial features that have been needle sculpted
- Measures 20 inches in height (mama rabbit)

Price: $24.50, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Ravenwood Whimsies' listing on Etsy.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Many Handmade Prim Decor Items for Sale

Don't forget to link up pretty much anything at the Sunburnt Cow Link Party going on from now until Sunday!

Here are a couple of handmade perfectly prim and lovely items for sale.

Prim crow with hanging daisies


Particulars:
- Measures about 15.5 inches in height

Price: $32, plus shipping

Primitive Owl


Particulars:
- Measures about 9 by 5 inches

Price: $14, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Tina's Primitive Attic's blog listing of many handmade prim items for sale.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Floral Arrangements for Sale

Don't forget to link up pretty much anything at the Sunburnt Cow Link Party going on from now until Sunday!

Colorful and elegant is what this spring floral arrangement is. It's a veritable wild flower gathering in a prim rusty tin can!
- Measures approx. 14 inches in height, with can measuring 8 inches around

Price: $22, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Country Impressions blog post and scroll down just a bit.

Sunburnt Cow Link Party #6

Yay, it's that time of week again for the Sunburnt Cow Link Party! Last week's participants will be showcased on my All Thumbs Crafts blog, which has 200 to 300 page views per day.

Here's a list of what you can link up:

1. Blog posts revolving around items you have for sale.
2. Blog posts on items you've made and don't have for sale. They can be in any niche; they don't have to be in the prim or vintage category.
3. Blog posts on prim, antique, vintage, old fashioned items that you have. They don't have to be made by you.
4. And hey, why not link up some recipes of yummies you've made. They're handmade, after all!

If you haven't participated in link parties before, they're a great way for you to get some traffic to your blog. They're also very easy to participate in. Plus, now that I'm on Twitter, I'll be all a'twittering about the link parties, which will give you more exposure. I may post the features over at my All Thumbs Crafts blog that gets more traffic, thus getting you exposure to a wider audience range.

To participate, link up ONLY the blog post(s) you want to include on this link party. (You may link up to four posts). Do NOT link up to your actual blog, but to the post itself. If you don't know how to do this, simply click on the title of your blog posts, and that will give you the url address to that particular post up in the website address bar. Copy that, and then click on the "Add your link" button on this link party.

Up will pop three boxes, one for adding your url to that particular blog post, (which I just explained how to find it and copy it), what you want the title of the entry to be, and your email address. Click on "next step," which will bring you to another page that pulls up all the photos associated with that blog post. Select the one you want to represent the thumbnail in this link party, and there you have it! Easy peasy!

Remember also to put this button in your sidebar or post that you're linking up. A text link is fine as well.

Sunburnt Cow Handmade Shop
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Handmade and Hand Stitched Pillow for Sale

This old linen stitchery sampler pillow is as heartwarming as its hand stitched saying is!

Particulars:
- Toile fabric backing; aged to give vintage look
- Measures approx. 13 inches x 10 inches

Price: $20, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see A Primitive Place's listing on Etsy.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dried Pineapple Decor for Sale

This dried pineapple in a fluted tin pan is a lovely way to have a natural and unique prim display in your home!

Particulars:
- Details include angel vine; brown fluted tin pan
- Measures 8.5 inches in height

Price: $24.95, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Teresa's Prim Treasures' listing on Etsy.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Handmade Primitive Rabbits for Sale

Here's another one of those handmade primitive rabbits that you'll totally love to add to your prim decor.
Particulars:
- Made to order, so you can choose from available dress fabric
- Handpainted and sanded muslin; seed bead eyes; needle felted wool whiskers; hand stitched mouth and nose
- Details include pantaloons; bonnet with vintage trim; bag with carrots and sweet annie
- Measures 25 inches in height

Price: $41.99, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see the Rusty Thimble's listing on Etsy.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Beautifully Handpainted Flower Pot and Saucer

Remember to link up to the Sunburnt Cow Link Party!

Lovely, lovely is what this handpainted daisy flower pot is! Personally, I'd keep this beauty in the house. I wouldn't want critters or bugs messing it up.


Particulars:
- Terra cotta clay pot and saucer
- Hand painted with acrylics; sealed with water based sealant
- Measures 4.5 inches in height x 4.5 inches in width (pot); 1.5 inches in height x 4.75 inches in width (saucer)

Price: $10, pus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Deb's listing on Etsy.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Primitive Bowl Rack, Wooden Bowl, and Fabric Covered Boxes for Sale

Remember to link up to the Sunburnt Cow Link Party!

Here's another of our Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest winners showing off her lovely handmade items.

I have to admit not being fond of yellow, but this yellow is gorgeous, especially when it comes in bowl rack form. :)



Particulars:
- Yellow ochre over black
- Lovely prim black bowl is included
- Measures 9 inches tall by 8 inches wide

Price: $18, plus shipping

Karen also has these extra prim set of fabric boxes for sale.



Particulars:
- Stained to look old
- Measurements: from 7 x 3 inches to 10 x 5 inches

Price: $24.50, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase either of these, please see the blog listing by scrolling down a bit.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Salt Dough Ornaments / Bowl Fillers for Sale

Remember to link up to the Sunburnt Cow Link Party!

Now on to our regularly scheduled programming...
Here's another winner from our Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest. Who can resist buttons? Well, okay, I'm partial to buttons, but even someone who isn't a button collector will smile at these salt dough ornaments.


Particulars:
- Set of 6
- Waxed dipped
- Details include homespun
- Each measures 2 and a 1/2 inches around

Price: $6, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see the blog listing for these sweet buttons.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Prim Clothes Pins and Handmade Soap

Remember to check out our Sunburnt Cow Link Party!

One of the winners of the Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest is The Keeping Room. Their first positively prim item right out of the gate is a set of their prim clothes pins.



Particulars:
- Group of three
- Wax dipped and grubbied
- Details include tied homespun

Price: $3, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see their blog listing.

Prim decor isn't the only thing available at The Keeping Room.


Particulars:
- Pumpkin used in the recipe

Price: $2.50, plus shipping
For more info or to purchase, please see their Pumpkin Bread Hand Soap.

Sunburnt Cow Link Party #5

Since I'm shelving the Perfectly Prim Link Party over at the Prairie Patch (see previous post as to why), I want to broaden the Sunburnt Cow Link Party. Here's a list of what you can link up:

1. Blog posts revolving around items you have for sale.
2. Blog posts on items you've made. They can be in any niche; they don't have to be in the prim or vintage category.
3. Blog posts on prim, antique, vintage, old fashioned items that you have. They don't have to be made by you.

If you haven't participated in link parties before, they're a great way for you to get some traffic to your blog. They're also very easy to participate in. Plus, now that I'm on Twitter, I'll be all a'twittering about the link parties, which will give you more exposure. I may post the features over at my All Thumbs Crafts blog that gets more traffic, thus getting you exposure to a wider audience range.

To participate, link up ONLY the blog post(s) you want to include on this link party. (You may link up to four posts). Do NOT link up to your actual blog, but to the post itself. If you don't know how to do this, simply click on the title of your blog posts, and that will give you the url address to that particular post up in the website address bar. Copy that, and then click on the "Add your link" button on this link party.

Up will pop three boxes, one for adding your url to that particular blog post, (which I just explained how to find it and copy it), what you want the title of the entry to be, and your email address. Click on "next step," which will bring you to another page that pulls up all the photos associated with that blog post. Select the one you want to represent the thumbnail in this link party, and there you have it! Easy peasy!

Remember also to put this button in your sidebar or post that you're linking up. A text link is fine as well.

Sunburnt Cow Handmade Shop
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Prairie Patch Link Party Features

I thought I'd share the Perfectly Prim Link Party features over here to mix things up. Not sure if I'll be doing another Perfectly Prim link party due to my I Bid the Prim Community Adieu. I may bring it back' I may not. In the meantime, you can link up your prim, antique, or vintage items to the Sunburnt Cow link party beginning tomorrow. These can include items you didn't make.

At any rate, here are some great prim linkies from the party last week:

Jo-Ann from The Carter Clan shared some awesome items in her home that she put her own unique touches on.



Vintage Skye shared her fabulous restorative touches on a dresser for her dining room.



Christina from The Tattered Tag showed off this amazing vintage Pepsi Cola box that her grandparents had.



Tina from Tattered Sisters showed off a very sweet raggedy primitive spring heart. Love the button touch.



Tina from Tina's Primitive Attic shared some wonderful finds. I tell ya, she's the queen of these awesome thrift store/flea market finds!



Thanks so much, ladies, for linking up!! You're more than welcome to link up tomorrow here at the Sunburnt Cow!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Link Party Features

In order to get more exposure to you lovely ladies who participated in last week's link party, I'm putting the features (all of you) over at the All Thumbs Crafts blog. In this way, you'll be getting exposure from a whole new audience, and who knows where that may lead. :) Mayhaps a new follower and a potential customer? I hope so!

(Even twitted about it. Yep, I'm now finally on twitter. And no, I'm not going to say "tweet" because it's called "twitter" - lol)!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunburnt Cow Link Party Features

Sorry, I'm a little late in showing off the lovely links we had for the Sunburnt Cow Link Party of last week. I was busy trying to get the First Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest ready. :)

Running with Glitter (love that name) showed off something yummy she made: Sugar meringe candy dots. Don't these gems look like they belong in an Easter basket!?!



She also shared with us a pretty butterfly garland she made for her daughter's room.



One of my blog friends, Vicki, shared one of her lovable handmade teddy bear creations, along with a touching story around him.



There there are several pictures of more sweet teddy bears!



Traci of York Mountain Mercantile Sales shared some very creative feedsack bears,



as well as an Olde Time Prairie Doll.



Harvest Moon by the Lake shared her latest punch needle and stitcheries.



My recent swap buddy, Dee, of Ice House Crafts showed off some of her new garden signs,



as well as some new typography signs.



Thank you so much, ladies, for letting us see some of your wonderful creations!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Handmade Wooden Wall Box

This handmade wooden wall box is perfect to display your prim and not so prim goodies. Included with this made to look old wooden wall box are three faux speckled eggs!
Particulars:
- Aged light green color; Spanish moss and berry springs included
- Measures about 9.25 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 5.5 inches deep

Price: $12, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see A Primitive Place's listing on Etsy.

Sunburnt Cow Udderly Amazing New Shop

Due to the low turnout of the Sunburnt Cow Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest, I've pretty much decided this will be the first and last contest. I put so much time and effort into this, as well as my heart into this. The judges did a wonderful job of promotion, and I'm so grateful to them. Unfortunately, it was very disappointing to see such a low turn out. :( I'm very sorry to those who entered because you all are so amazingly talented, and you deserved to have a ton of people coming here and "oooohing" and "aaaahing" over your creations. I'm very sorry I disappointed you. I seem to be the grim reaper when it comes to anything I touch in the prim community.

I've talked it over with the judges, and we want to make you all winners. Yes, all of you are! It'd be too difficult and certainly not fair to choose only a couple of you to move on to the next round. So I'm going to put you all into rotation here on the Sunburnt Cow for the next several months. If you have a little button banner you'd like me to display on the sidebar here, I'll be more than happy to do that. All four of you can grab the winner button (button and code in upper right corner) and display it on your sidebar, so at least you get a shiny new badge to show that we think you're gosh darn AWESOME!! The button, by the way, is provided by the awesomely talented Deb of Paxton Valley Folk Art!

I hope all of you will check out these up and coming new shops!
The Keeping Room,
Prims Gone Wild,
Sugar House Creations, and
The Prim Bears Cupboard.

Thank you so much for entering. I really appreciate that you did and that you want to be a success by wanting to promote yourselves. That's half the battle right there! Much success to all of you!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hand Crafted Baskets for Sale

Don't forget about our Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest!

Whether you like prims or not, you're going to love this beautiful and well crafted handmade basket!


Particulars:
- Smoked reed rim and lashing; exclusive "green" stain (i.e., without the use of chemicals)
- Details include Crow label
- Measures 4.5 inches high x 21 inches long x 5 inches wide (6.5 inches tall when including handle)

Price: $30, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Ohio Farm Baskets' listing on Etsy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Handmade Prim Beeswax Ornaments

Don't forget to check out the Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest!

You get not just one, but two handmade prim beeswax ornaments. Teresa will let you mix and match with any of her other amazing and perfectly prim beeswax ornies!
Particulars:
- 100% pure beeswax; rubbed with spices; rusted wire hanger
- Measures 3.25 by 2.25 inches
Price: $10, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see Teresa's Prim Treasures' listing on Etsy.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Handmade Prim Rabbits for Sale

This perfectly prim handmade rabbit is perfect for Easter or anytime. That's because he's just that kinda bunny that you'll want to show off all year round!

Particulars:
- Handpainted and sanded muslin; needle sculpted nose; seed bead eyes; sisal twine whiskers; dowel stick neck
- Details include rusty items, such as rusty nails for arms and rusty items on belly; holds prim American flag
- Measures 11 iches in height
Price: $16.99, plus shipping

For more info or to purchase, please see The Rusty Thimble's listing on Etsy

Giveaway Winner, Sponsors, and Link Party!

I want to thank our sponsors for helping to promote the Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest! Please show them some appreciate and check out their blogs. (Ladies, I'll also be promoting you on my other blogs to show my appreciation).

Rachael over at Little Birdie Baby. She does some pretty nifty crafts and makes the cutest baby clothes.

Lavender Dreams. She shares a lot of her pretty vintage crafts and treasures she finds. She also features some great photos of Florida. Makes me wish I was there!

Tina's Primitive Attic. Oh my, what lovely prim things she has. Stacking pillows, a plethora of primitive dresses, prim ornies, stitcheries, wall candle sconces, and more!

Rae of Light Photos, aka Attempts at Being Artistic. After seeing her photos, you'll wonder why "Attempts" is in the title. She does amazing photography - not only in the photos' artistry, but they also leave so much open for interpretation. It's like each photo tells a mini vignette.

Thank you so much for helping to promote the contest. I wish I could send every one of you a prize. I tossed the names into the hat and drew out Lavender Dreams. This is so incredibly coincidental because the scent is lavender. It blew me away! I guess they were indeed made for her!

And now on to the Sunburnt Cow Link Party. We had another round of great link ups. I've featured some of you over at my All Thumbs Crafts blog, since that gets a lot of traffic. Plus, the traffic is of a different variety, so this will help get more exposure to those of you who participate
from people outside your usual circle. I'll be finishing up the features from last week sometime this week over at All Thumbs.

At any rate, this party is where you can link up anything you made. You can even link up blog posts revolving around items you have for sale. The limit is four posts, so have fun!

Here's the usual wording I put in every link up party. If you've read it before, just skip down to the linking up part:

So, welcome to another Sunburnt Cow Handmade Shop link party! It will run every Wednesday and go until Sunday. Unlike other link parties, you'll be able to link up to things you have for sale on your blog. No links to your actual Etsy, Ebay, or other storefront shops, though.

This will be a great way to see what handmade items people have for sale throughout this great world wide web. These photos that you'll be sharing will have to come from one of your blog posts. It doesn't matter how old or new the post is, though if you're trying to get people to notice the items you have currently for sale, it's best to link up something that's current.

If you haven't participated in link parties before, they're a great way for you to get some traffic to your blog. They're also very easy to participate in.

To participate, link up ONLY the blog post(s) you want to include on this link party. (You may link up to four posts). Do NOT link up to your actual blog, but to the post itself. If you don't know how to do this, simply click on the title of your blog posts, and that will give you the url address to that particular post up in the website address bar. Copy that, and then click on the "Add your link" button on this link party.

Up will pop three boxes, one for adding your url to that particular blog post, (which I just explained how to find it and copy it), what you want the title of the entry to be, and your email address. Click on "next step," which will bring you to another page that pulls up all the photos associated with that blog post. Select the one you want to represent the thumbnail in this link party, and there you have it! Easy peasy!

Remember also to put this button in your sidebar or post that you're linking up. A text link is fine as well.

Sunburnt Cow Handmade Shop
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Handmade Sheep Makedo

Don't forget to enter the Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest if you have a new shop!

There's nothing baa-aaa-d about this adorable Black Sheep Makedo! In fact, this sweetie is quite excellent!
Particulars:
- Painted muslin; quilt batting; felted wool
- Details include removable penny rug blanket; sits atop vintage bobbin; aged hang tag
- Original design by artist; signed and dated by artist

- Measures 13.5 inches

Price: $25, plus shipping
For more info or to purchase, please see Paxton Valley Folk Art's listing on Etsy

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Off to a Good Start

Well, we're off to a good start already for the Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest. I'm impressed with the quality of handmade items thus far!

How about some perfectly prim bags with grubby candles?

Here's a duo of primitive raggedies that look to, indeed, be best friends.


And how about these amazing salt dough buttons!?! Yep, that's right, they're made out of salt dough!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Welcome to the First Ever Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest! And a Giveaway, too!

Welcome to the very First Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest! Since contests such as these hinge upon publicity, we need your help in letting others know about this event. We want to give these new shops as much exposure as possible, so getting the word out is key.

To that end, I'm having a small giveaway. I whipped up a batch of soap last night:


The above pictured soap is in a lovely Lavender Vanilla Dreams scent, though I can make another batch in another fragrance. (I have a bunch of fragrances that the winner can choose from). One thing about Lavender Vanilla Dreams: I don't particularly care for Lavender, but wow! This scent is amazing!

The winner will get a few bars of soap - as much as I can stuff into one of those small priority mail boxes. Since postage is so costly, I can only ship to a U.S. address. But...those who are live outside the U.S. can share the win in that you will be added to the sponsors' page. This list is something I will compile of all who post about this giveaway - adding your blog or website's link - and posting it after the giveaway is over. Thus, you'll be getting a link back, and you might gain followers in turn! You can even enter the contest, too, if you qualify. :)

The yummy smelling soap giveaway will be held until April 5th at 11:59 PM Central Time. To enter, all you have to do is post about this Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest and Giveaway on your blog, linking back to this blog post only. Enter by putting your post's url in the comments section on this post only. Not only will you be getting exposure to your blog in this comment section but, as I mentioned above, you will also be put on our sponsors' list. :)

Now, on to the contest!

Meet our judges and give them some appreciation by visiting their blogs:

Deb from Paxton Valley Folk Art Shop. Deb is a self taught artist who initially started out as a decorative and water colour painter. Then she discovered the joys of wood working, sewing and pattern making, anything considered vintage, antique, or primitive. Not one to box herself into a corner with her creative endeavors, she's open to exploring new creative avenues to express herself. For more info about Deb, check out her Sunburnt Cow Handmade Shop artisan interview.

Teresa of Teresa's Prim Treasures. For more info about Teresa, check out her Sunburnt Cow Handmade Shopartisan interview.

Wendy of Ravenwood Whimzies. She has been crafting for over 30 years and has recently been asked by a local decor shop to supply them with some of her handmade items!

Brenda from The Rusty Thimble. She's a primitive doll maker and has been sewing and crafting various items for over 30 years.

Our alternate judge - should any of the above judges be unable to fulfill their duties - is Christina, the proprietor of The Tattered Tag. In her own words, she is "inspired by my faith, my family and let's face it, all the great craft and decorating ideas on the Internet. The Tattered Tag is my reverie, allowing me to share my homespun charms (crafts) and reclaimed treasures (great junk) with the world because my husband will not allow me to keep it all to myself, stashed in our garage."

(Some judges didn't get their bios to me in time, so some of them are short. No slight is intended to the terseness of some of the above bios).

Here are some FAQs about the contest. Please read them if you're going to enter the contest.

What will the judges be looking for in an Udderly Amazing New Shop?

How can I get more exposure as an entrant to the contest?

What does the winner get?
The winner will receive some awesome exposure on all the participating judges' blogs, as well as being regularly featured on the Sunburnt Cow for at least four months. Additionally, if the winner has a button banner, that banner will remain on the Sunburnt Cow's sidebar for six months.

Can I be a judge?

How can I be a sponsor?

Additional FAQs:
If I'm not chosen winner, can I enter again? Yes, as long as your shop is 6 months and under.

Do I have to have a shop open to participate? Yes, this is a new shop contest, so you have to have a shop.

How will this process work?
Week 1 (from April 1st through April 8th). You will link up a handmade item you have for sale that best represents your talent and your shop.

Week 2 (from April 9th through April 16th). People will vote on who they would like to see go on to Round 2. You can vote for your project. Encourage your blog readers to vote for your project. The more the merrier! The top half of the entrants will move on to the second round. There will also be an additional entrant who will move on to the next round. This will be considered a "wild card" participant in which the judges can vote. This is to discourage any sort of vote tampering.

Week 3 (from April 17th through April 21st). The participants who were voted on to proceed (as well as the "wild card") will link up another product they have for sale during the link party. This round will also last a week.

Week 4 (from April 22nd through April 29th). The judges will get together and make their final decision.

Please note that in the interest of fairness, those whose handmade items have been featured on regular blog posts on Sunburnt Cow are not eligible to enter. Plus, those artisans have had plenty of opportunity to be a judge on these contests, so entering this contest would be too uncomfortable for my - and I'm sure others' - comfort levels.

Those who have participated in the link parties and I've featured them are eligible to enter since they weren't regularly blogged about.

Now on to the linking up! If you've never participated in link parties, here's a quick run down. Do NOT link up to your actual blog, but to the post itself of the item you want represent you in this contest. If you don't know how to do this, simply click on the title of your blog post, and that will give you the url address to that particular post up in the website address bar. Copy that, and then click on the "Add your link" button on this link party.

Up will pop three boxes, one for adding your url to that particular blog post, (which I just explained how to find it and copy it), what you want the title of the entry to be, and your email address. Click on "next step," which will bring you to another page that pulls up all the photos associated with that blog post. Select the one you want to represent the thumbnail in this link party, and there you have it! Easy peasy!

If you want to link up a specific handmade item you have for sale in your Etsy or Ebay shop, you can do so. Bear in mind, however, that if that item is sold and you linked it up, we cannot judge it since the item will disappear. Thus, you'll be disqualified since we have nothing to judge.

After linking up your one item, put the following button in your blog's sidebar in a prominent area:
Sunburnt Cow Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest
<div align="center"><a href="http://sunburntcowhandmadeshop.blogspot.com/" title="Sunburnt Cow Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest" target="_blank"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Y3P8J3htVFE/TY0rhFCng0I/AAAAAAAABME/YmO6Z5Gv8r8/s320/sunburntcowudderlyamazingcontest.jpg" alt="Sunburnt Cow Udderly Amazing New Shop Contest" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Simply copy the code and paste it in the Design module of your blog, under Configure html/java script.

Additionally do a blog post about entering the contest and encouraging your readers to check out the contest and cheer you on!

Do not link up your online shop; link only one item. You will also have to do a blog post about this contest, as per the rules above. This is only fair to the other entrants who are following the rules. :)