Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wee Folk Art Gift Guide

WOW!!!

What a great place to check out many different shops and find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.

Wee Folk Art supports Handmade Holidays and has put together a wonderful Gift Guide full of fabulous stores and items.

Get your holiday or special occasion shopping done without having to find parking and fight the crowds in the stores this time of year.

Check it out here

http://weefolkart.com/content/support-handmade-holidays-directory-2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Reusable Holiday Gift Bags






It's that time of the year - the Holidays are here!!

We are all busy shopping for and wrapping the perfect gifts for everyone on our holiday lists.

Who says being green has to be boring? These bags are functional and they look great!

Enjoy the holidays and help look after the environment. Avoid sending all that gift wrap, tape and ribbon to the landfill.

These reusable bags make gift wrapping a breeze - just open the bag, pop in your gift, pull the ribbons closed and you are done.

  • Use for wrapping holiday gifts or storing decorations

  • Smart alternative to gift wrap or plastic gift bags

  • The perfect way to beautifully wrap all the gifts you get for everyone on your list

  • Compact & lightweight

  • Double satin ribbon drawstring closure - bags are made of 100% cotton fabric

  • 100% Canadian Made

These bags are a great way to avoid using mountains of gift wrap and tape for all your holiday gifts.

Use one of these handy Reusable Fabric Gift Bags in place of expensive paper gift wrap
OR
Wrap your gifts and use one of these bags to keep multiple gifts for one person all together.

After the holidays these bags can be used year round to store toys, books, DVD's, CD's, beauty products and anything else you need!

The bags come in 3 standard sizes: Medium, Large & X-Large.

These bags are also available in custom sizes to accommodate any sized gifts. Let me know the size bag that you need and I will be happy to create it for you.

Machine wash, tumble dry – these bags are handy and easy to use.

All seams are serged / overlocked for extra durability. These bags are not lined.






Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fabulous Etsy Find!

I just received the most stunning pair of Swarovski Emerald and Pearl Crystal Earrings in the mail yesterday!

They were sent from Patch at PatchFirstShop, a wonderful jewellery shop on Etsy. You can check out her other stunning pieces in her shop at www.patchfirstshop.etsy.com

I had stumbled across her blog last month and won a contest that she was running. Here is a link to the gorgeous pair of earrings that she sent me
http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop&op=listing&product_id=477663

Mine are done all in silver and I love them. They arrive beautifully packaged in a pink velvet, embroidered bag tied with a beautiful pink ribbon.

I was so excited to receive them and look forward to wearing them and showing them off often.

Thank you so much Patch for the lovely surprise.

Monday, November 9, 2009

EtsyKids Santa's Sleigh Ride Promotion

EtsyKids is a diverse group of talented & dedicated Etsy shop owners making items for babies, toddlers, and children.

EtsyKids is having a Holiday promotional sale called "Santa's Sleigh Ride".

The sale runs from November 1 to December 24, 2009 and there are great deals and fabulous items to be had everywhere for everyone on your holiday list.

Santa will be making his way across the globe taking advantage of all the great sales in the EtsyKids Members shops. Check in often to watch his progress and take advantage of the great deals!

This week, he's starting his journey in Canada. And those Canucks know how to craft. See for yourself...

http://etsykids.blogspot.com/2009/11/santas-sleigh-ride-team-holiday-sale.html

Monday, October 5, 2009

Prairie Harvest Sale & Blog feature

The Alberta Team Prairie Harvest sale is still going on from Oct 3-9

There are all kinds of great deals to be had. It is a great opportunity to get started on your Christmas shopping :)

Thanks very much to Leilani of Heavenly Flower for the great blog feature on her blog at
http://creativityinspired.wordpress.com/2009/10/04/artist-inspired-double-duty-diaper-buddy-diaper-bag-and-change-pad-by-nana-browns/

It is fabulous to be featured by such a wonderful artist.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Alberta Team Prairie Harvest Sale

Multiply your savings at Nana Brown's
during the Alberta Team Prairie Harvest Sale
October 3 - 9

(Discount refunded through PayPal after purchase)

Buy 1 item get 10% off your order
Buy 2 item get 15% off your order
Buy 3 or more items get 20% off your order

See all the participating shops at http://etsyalberta.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Heavenly Flower - Great Jewelry Giveaway contest

One of my favorite Etsy artists and fellow Canadians is Leilani from Heavenly Flower.

Located in Quebec, she makes the most wonderful and unique jewelry.

I have a pair of stunning turquoise earrings that she made that garner loads of compliments whenever I wear them!! I LOVE them!!

She is having a Great Jewelry Giveaway Contest on her blog to win $100 in your choice of her fabulous jewelry.

Full details of the contest are on her blog
http://creativityinspired.wordpress.com/2009/07/26/the-great-jewelry-giveaway-contest/

You can check out her Etsy shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5759216

Or her Artfire shop
http://www.heavenlyflower.artfire.com/

Or her website
http://heavenlyflower.com/

Stop by her website to enter the contest and stop by her shop to find that wonderful piece of jewelry just for you or someone you love.

I am very proud to support this wonderful artist and fellow Canadian!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

END OF SUMMER SALE at NANA BROWN'S

We are having a END OF SUMMER SALE -
August 21-23
20% off all in-stock items (custom orders are excluded)

Great deals - come and check it out today

Thursday, August 13, 2009

NEW!!! Insulated Lunch Bags


Brand NEW and in time for back to school -


INSULATED LUNCH BAGS



Available in ready to ship or custom options

Who says being green has to be boring? These bags are functional and they look great!

Stop taking your lunch to work or school in a plastic shopping bag or brown paper bag.

This reusable lunch bag will hold large food containers, cutlery, drink bottles, fruit, snacks, etc.

The bag is 100% cotton fabric on the outside, are lined with Insulbrite® and have an inside water repellent lining.

Top zipper closure - Handles are approximately 14" long

100% Canadian Made

Great as gift bags, lunch bags, & travel coolers

Smart alternative to plastic or paper lunch bags

Compact & lightweight

Approximate Measurements: 10"W(at top) x 10" H x 5"D

This insulated lunch bag can be reused indefinitely. Fill it up with your reusable sandwich or snack bags.

Wash it and reuse it over and over again - The inside easily wipes clean.

For the outside: Spot clean and air dry.

To freshen up the whole bag machine wash & hang to dry.

Check out my shop for additional colors and for coordinating sandwich and snack bags.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Warm Sunny Days

Ah - there is almost nothing like it. I love warm summer days.

To feel the warm sunshine on your skin and see your children running and playing -

- laughing with wild abandon.

For a minute you can almost feel like a kid again - caught up in the fun.

We made a trip to Salmon Arm, British Columbia this week to see a friend of ours. It was great to visit with him and to enjoy the wonderful weather as we checked out the local attractions.

He owns the MOST FABULOUS coffee, sandwich and dessert shop I have ever set foot in. Check it out online here http://mypinkcherry.com/Home.html or jump in the car and go for a holiday of your own. The scenery on the way is fabulous and everything on the menu is worth the drive.

I am working on lots of new and exciting things for my shop as well as trying to finish one of my last courses towards my Bachelor of Management degree. It will be a busy couple months here but I am looking forward to having some fun as well.

New fabric selections are available on our Facebook page. Check them out here
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Deer-AB/Nana-Browns/91515596235

You can choose a custom made option and pick your favorite fabric for nearly every item in our shop.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Vote Now for Nana Brown’s to be Canada's top Mom Entrepreneur!

Mom Entrepreneur of the Year 2009

Vote Now for Nana Brown’s to be Canada's top Mom Entrepreneur!

Nana Brown’s entered to win $15,500 and we need your votes to help us win.

Red Deer, Alberta, May 30, 2009 – Our name has been put into the ring to win The SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a readers' choice contest designed to find Canada's top Mom Entrepreneur. The winner will be announced in the fall, and will be rewarded with a $15,500 that was designed to help take that business to the next level.

Owned & operated by Nicole Lulchak – Canadian stay-at-home-mom of 1 fabulous daughter
100% Canadian made unique products for everyone

Launched April 2008

Available worldwide, online at www.nanabrowns.etsy.com

I am excited about the opportunities that winning Mom Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 would give Nana Brown’s

I was inspired to start Nana Brown’s by my daughter. She inspires many of my creations and her big smile is my biggest reward. Founded in April 2008 in Red Deer, Alberta we have gained a dedicated local following and are hoping to expand to a national and international level. Winning this contest would give us the opportunity to use the prize money and expertise to take our business to the next level.

Throughout the contest period, Savvymom.ca will be hosting a 'Mom Entrepreneurs Gallery' at www.momentrepreneuraward.com.

Nana Brown’s can be viewed by clicking on this URL http://momentrepreneuraward.ca/MomBio.aspx?momID=142

Voters are also eligible to win prizes provided by Mabel’s Labels, Starrytime Keepsakes and Joe Fresh Style in the voter sweepstakes that accompanies this award program.

Thank you for your vote!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Anti-Skid Socks & new PJ's

I spent some time last week working on new things for my daughter.

First she needed some new Pj's for summer and I could not find any I liked. So I made them myself. 3 new pairs of Pj's which she loves :)



Next - she has had a growth spurt and outgrown most of her "little girl" socks. I looked all over to find bigger anti-skid socks for her but could only find them in small sizes.
I decided to try making my own "grippy socks". I read somewhere that it was possible to do it with fabric paint. I tried it and am sharing the results. I hope that many of you can make good use of the very easy instructions.
Materials needed:
Fabric paint (I used the clear dimensional kind that kinda sticks up)
(I got a tube on sale for $1 - I have made 35 pairs of socks so far and have not used the whole tube up - this is WAY less expensive than buying pre-made "grippy socks")
Socks (pre washed)
Directions:
Fold the socks so that the entire bottom is facing up.
Paint or Dab little dots of paint over the bottom of the socks. I tried several different patterns (squiggles, dots, straight lines) and the dots seemed to work the best. I made my dots in lines but you could use any design or pattern you like. You can make the dots bigger or flatter depending on your preference as well.
FYI the dots did not "lift off" after washing several times but the straight lines & squiggles did.
Allow paint to dry according to package directions.

Enjoy!!
They are not quite the same as store bought ones but they have definitely kept my daughter from sliding all over the tile & lino.
She thinks that they are fabulous because now she can wear some of her favourite socks during the day to run around, instead of only wearing them to bed at night.
I made 25 pairs of her non-"grippy socks" into "grippy socks" this weekend. I ran out of room on the table so there are only 20 pairs shown in the picture.
Leave me a comment and let me know how it works out for you.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Polly-wolly Polliwogs!!!

Ok - I have had lots of requests to see the bucket full of polliwogs so I took some pics this morning after they had warmed up in the sunshine!

The cloudy part in the middle is the egg bunch that they came out of - not all of them have hatched so I am leaving it in the bucket.

I really do not know what we are going to do if they ALL turn into frogs!!! It will be A LOT of little froggies.








Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sunny Afternoons ..... & tadpoles

It is a beautiful, warm sunny afternoon here in Red Deer and we are loving it.

Been for a little drive around town this morning and checked out some parks in other neighborhoods - my daughter had LOTS of fun trying them all out.

Last weekend we acquired am ice cream bucket of tadpoles from the farm and have been watching them grow all week. My daughter thinks that they are her pets and greets them every morning, talks with them and then says goodnight before bed time every night. They are sunning themselves on the front step now. I am hoping that they do not get too big yet ....... I do not think that I want a bunch of baby frogs all over my step. We will have to take them back out to the farm and let them back into the pond.

Here are some pics of the project that I just finished for some very nice people (some family members). They are a gag type gift for some messy sisters :) Personalized, adult sized bibs with a fun embroidered saying. I hope that they like them and get a giggle!!


Next project is to photograph the new diaper bag that I made last week. It is fabulous!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Another Day - another project

Well the Alberta Team May Madness sale is officially over now. I think that most of us did OK - but I also think that some of us may have bought more than we sold!!!

I have a project on the go for some family members - pretty neat. I will post pictures when it is finished - if I can.

I also have several ideas running around in my head for a new all-purpose bag. I am tired of carrying around a boring black diaper bag everywhere and am craving something with a little more color and style. I am thinking bright colors, lots of pockets and total fabulousness of course. I will have to see how the design translates from my head - to paper and then to my sewing machine.

If it works out I will post some pictures - if not ....... I guess I will have to keep trying.

Happy Mother's day to all the Mom's out there.

Hope you have a great day!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

May Madness Sale Participants

Here is a full list of all the participants in the Alberta Street Team May Madness sale!!!

Happy Shopping Everyone!!

Starts May 1st at 12:01PM
Ends May 7th at 12:00PM (Etsy Time)

http://asecondtime.etsy.com - 10% off plus free shipping to US and Canada
http://BarefootTams.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://bellissimadesigns.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://BodyDelights.etsy.com - BOGO on everything
http://BouncingOffTheWalls.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://charliebaby.etsy.com - 15% off everything
http://cindylouwho2.etsy.com - 15% off everything
http://craftedbylindy.etsy.com - 10% off everything plus free matching gift tags
http://dearange.etsy.com - 20% off all jewelry
http://frogprincessdesigns.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://glasscircus.etsy.com - 20% off all glass
http://hdawnparratt.etsy.com - 10% off everything and a free gift tag
http://impedimenta.etsy.com - 15% off everything
http://jsanderso.etsy.com - 15% off everything
http://JewelledTrellis.etsy.com - Pendant sale plus free shipping
http://jewelrybyirene.etsy.com - 20% off any jewelry item
http://LeanneDesigns.etsy.com - visit the “May Sale” section in my shop
http://LiliesbyLisa.etsy.com - 20% off all custom orders
http://littlejumpingbeans.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://loopdiloops.etsy.com - 15% off custom orders
http://lorijaclynsjewels.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://maceme.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://mailled.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://MetalMind.etsy.com - 15% off everything
http://my3littlemonkeys.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://MisticalAcScents.etsy.com - 10% off and free shipping on 3 or more items
http://MyGrandpasPen.etsy.com - 25% of everything
http://nanabrowns.etsy.com - 20% off everything
http://OffTheHooks.etsy.com - Free Shipping to US and Canada
http://paint1chris.etsy.com - 15% off everything
http://rozzie.etsy.com - 15% off everything
http://splurge.etsy.com - free pair of earrings with every order
http://stampnstuff.etsy.com - free shipping US and Canada – International orders free shipping on 3 or more cards
http://tiabossiqai.etsy.com - 20% off everything plus free shipping
http://TwoStrayCats.etsy.com - 20% off everything plus free shipping everywhere
http://WildRoseJewels.etsy.com - 15% off everythingng

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Time for a May Madness Sale

The Etsy Alberta Street Team is busy getting ready for a May Madness sale!!!

The sale runs from May 1 to May 7.

There are lots of shops participating - that means that there really is something for everyone.

Nana Brown's is offering 20% off the price of all items (shipping not included). The discount will be refunded through PayPal or through a revised listing if you convo me prior to purchasing.

For a list of all the shops on the Alberta Team check out:

Etsy Profile Page http://team.etsy.com/profilest/ab.shtml

OR

our Team Blog http://etsyalberta.blogspot.com/

Happy Shopping!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Hope

The following quote was in the April 2009 issue of Canadian Living

I liked it and thought I would share it:

"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow."
Orison Marden

Here's to hope :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Shop Update

Well, I spent some time the last few mornings and my daughter's nap time today working on updating my shop pictures, descriptions and banner.

It took awhile for me to figure out the program - but I think I got the hang of it. I had a lot of pictures to do - but I am pretty happy with the result. My shop now looks much lighter and brighter and ready for Spring. The pictures also give a better representation of the actual product - which is great!

Now if only Mother Nature would comply and hold off on the snow - until it gets closer to Halloween :)

I am thinking of doing some profiles on some of my favorite Etsy shops.

Stay tuned to see more.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sunshine and Rainbows

The sun is out and my daughter danced around the house today singing "Sunshine & Rainbows Mommy!". It was pretty cute and I think that it made my day.

We looked and looked but could not find a rainbow - lots of sunshine though. We are all dreaming of Spring :)

Just listed a new hat in my shop this morning. I love the fabric - it is so bright and reminds me of a starry sky at night! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=23772821

I have also been checking out Etsy Teams today and became a member of the Custom Boutique Design & Creations Team and applied to be a member of some others.

Check it out: the link to the teamCBDC site is http://cbdconetsy.ning.com/

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Blog

It's a good day to spend inside.

Snowing, blowing and cold outside - inside we are peeking out the windows at the snow and hoping that Spring returns soon. We already miss the sunshine that we were enjoying last week.

This is the first post on my newly minted blog.

Follow me as I have fun creating new things with my sewing machine and as I learn how to do some new things with this blog.

Nicole