Wedding Wednesdays: Peppermint Pretty

For my wedding post this week, I have chosen Etsy seller Peppermint Pretty.  Peppermint Pretty specializes in custom vintage inspired wedding dresses, which are exactly my taste.  Check out some of my favorites:

Daisy Jane
Daisy Jane
Hello Dolly
Hello Dolly

Charlotte Sometimes
Charlotte Sometimes
Such great inspiration and a totally unqiue gown.  I have certain wedding gowns I love, but what I love is uniqueness.  I think thats what makes the day truly special is if your wedding is different from anyone else.

Peppermint Pretty was just last week a Featured Seller on Etsy, check out the story

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Everyone knows I love ruffles! Check out Etsy Shop: MoonberryStarberry

MoonberryStarberry‘s creator, Chelsea, is a local creator in Potsdam, NY.  She makes beautiful clutches and pillows.  I absolutely adore her ruffled items, such as:

Purple Leaf Ruffle Clutch
Purple Leaf Ruffled Clutch – $18.00

as well as: 

White Ruffled Pillow
White Ruffle Pillow – $28.00

I have seen her items in person, the construction is wonderful and very sturdy.  All her items are very reasonably priced as well.  Check it out and support local creators!

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New Shop Alert in Potsdam, NY – Maple Run Gourmet Grocery & Gift Emporium

Yesterday was the grand opening of a new shop in downtown Potsdam.  I went down on my lunch break to check out the Maple Run Gourmet Grocery & Gift Emporium.  The shop features all things maple.  I love maple syrup so of course this was the perfect place for me.  I was able to sample some of their specialty products, like the maple butter, maple candy, maple BBQ sauce as well as Maple Wine.  I loved the Maple Wine, it was drier than you think it would be, but it is currently not for sale as they wait for their liquor license.  There is also a selection of smoked meat and jerky.  A great selection of wooden kitchen products made from maple as well as gourmet/specialty kitchen items, like the crepe maker which I just may have to go back and get for my kitchen.  I left the store with maple, popcorn, a maple lollipop, maple candy, maple soda and maple pumpkin butter.  All of it was delicious, the maple soda was only “ok” for me, it tasted like carbonated maple syrup which can be a little much to drink a whole bottle of but it was interesting to try anyways.  So for a great gift or something unique for your next party check out the Maple Run Gourmet Grocery & Gift Emporium at 49 Market Street, Downtown Potsdam open from 6 am – 8 pm.

Photo from Maple Run Gourmet Grocery & Gift Emporium
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Etsy Shop: PheonixThread

I think for all of us who do not have kids out there dressing up our dogs is a good replacement.   Poor little Bubba has endured the t-shirt yarn sweater as well as other things I have created for him to wear (like his Christmas Bow Tie).  Etsy Shop PheonixThread has this down to an art.  She creates dog clothes out of upcycled garments, which makes her another one of the great recyclers out there.  I fell in love with the I Love NY dog tee, but its white so Bubba would have it a mess in less than 10 minutes, but I did request a black one if she ever comes across a black I love NY tee to upcycle.

Upcycled dog tee - I heart NY (Medium) - green, sustainable, handmade from old t-shirt
Upcycled I Love NY Dog Tee – $19.99

I will definitely be keeping my eye on this shop and I suggest all you pet lovers do the same!

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Etsy Shop: PheonixThread

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I think for all of us who do not have kids out there dressing up our dogs is a good replacement.   Poor little Bubba has endured the t-shirt yarn sweater as well as other things I have created for him to wear (like his Christmas Bow Tie).  Etsy Shop PheonixThread has this down to an art.  She creates dog clothes out of upcycled garments, which makes her another one of the great recyclers out there.  I fell in love with the I Love NY dog tee, but its white so Bubba would have it a mess in less than 10 minutes, but I did request a black one if she ever comes across a black I love NY tee to upcycle.

Upcycled dog tee - I heart NY (Medium) - green, sustainable, handmade from old t-shirt
Upcycled I Love NY Dog Tee – $19.99

I will definitely be keeping my eye on this shop and I suggest all you pet lovers do the same!

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Happy Friday! Sign up for Etsy Newsletters!

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I receive daily emails from Etsy which are mostly themed in some way, but I totally love them and suggest them for others.  It is something I look forward to everyday b/c the items are so unique.  Visit the Etsy Newsletter site to sign up for several different options, such as Etsy Finds, Etsy Weddings and Etsy Dudes!

I absolutely fell in love with this weeks Etsy Weddings e-mail titled “Miss Peony”, Check it out! – And yes I apologize to the BF again for looking at wedding stuff 🙂

One of my favorite items is from a jewelry/accessory maker, sayagdis, out of the Netherlands.  Almost all of the peices are used creating vintage jewelry.  Recycled at its finest and I would love to own any of the pieces they make!  And for all of my friends getting married, great unique wedding pieces!

Romantic flower bouquet vintage collage bridal haircomb
Romantic flower bouquet vintage collage bridal haircomb – $85.00

Don’t forget the Holiday Shopping Kick Off Fair this Saturday, March 12 at the Massena American Legion from 3 – 8 pm.  Become a fan on Facebook, to see when we will be visiting a town near you!

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Happy Friday! Sign up for Etsy Newsletters!

I receive daily emails from Etsy which are mostly themed in some way, but I totally love them and suggest them for others.  It is something I look forward to everyday b/c the items are so unique.  Visit the Etsy Newsletter site to sign up for several different options, such as Etsy Finds, Etsy Weddings and Etsy Dudes!

I absolutely fell in love with this weeks Etsy Weddings e-mail titled “Miss Peony”, Check it out! – And yes I apologize to the BF again for looking at wedding stuff 🙂

One of my favorite items is from a jewelry/accessory maker, sayagdis, out of the Netherlands.  Almost all of the peices are used creating vintage jewelry.  Recycled at its finest and I would love to own any of the pieces they make!  And for all of my friends getting married, great unique wedding pieces!

Romantic flower bouquet vintage collage bridal haircomb
Romantic flower bouquet vintage collage bridal haircomb – $85.00

Don’t forget the Holiday Shopping Kick Off Fair this Saturday, March 12 at the Massena American Legion from 3 – 8 pm.  Become a fan on Facebook, to see when we will be visiting a town near you!

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Happy Weekend – Save yourself the hassle and don’t buy this product!

I am still gearing up for my first craft show and I began working on a butterfly wreath.  A similar idea to the soda can rose, but using butterfly punches.  Below is what I was trying to end up with.
For the smaller butterfly’s I used Martha Stewart’s small butterfly punch and had no issues at all.  I would have ordered Martha Stewart’s large butterfly punch but it wasn’t going to be here in time for this weekend, so I ordered Tonic Studio 928 Butterfly Flutter Lever Punch.
Tonic Studios 928 Butterfly Flutter Level Multi Detail Punch
Since I hadn’t had any trouble any of the other punches (stars, smaller butterflies, and of course the seal) I didn’t think this one would have a problem either.  So I tried it and it got stuck.  I finally got it free and it was a mess and unusable.  I tried it on a piece of paper and it did the same thing.   Needless to say I was very angry at this point, that it wouldn’t even work on paper.  I couldn’t send it back b/c I wouldn’t get a new one in time so I decided I was going to make this one work  I took the small screws out of the bottom and pried the top off, leaving just the two plates on the inside below.  I placed the piece of can where it would normally go and put the top plate on and pushed down on it.  It cut the shape perfectly, but the butterfly was stuck to the top plate this is why it kept getting stuck and ripping.  I took a small screw driver to pop it loose and now I have a way to make my butterflies for the weekend.  DO NOT BUY this product, I will definitely be purchasing Martha Stewart’s large butterfly punch for future projects!

On a positive note, at least by taking this thing apart I got 4 cute little springs :).

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Product Review: No home should be without a Black & Decker Start It

As many of you who live in Northern NY know it was 30 below zero this past Monday and along with a whole bunch of problems, my car would not start.  Not that I’m complaining my car just went over 120k miles and I haven’t had any major problems with it (knock on wood).  The BF was busy trying to fix the furnace 🙁 and couldn’t look at my car so I worked from home and he got it going later on.   Tuesday morning when I went to start my car, it still would not start.  So I went in and got our Black And Decker jump starter, I very easily turned it on and hooked it up to the battery and it started my car with no issues.  It is small and light enough that I brought it to work with me in case I had more issues on my way home!  I strongly recommend.

Black & Decker VEC010BD Start It 300 Amp Jump Starter
Amazon.com: Black & Decker Start It
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