Monday, October 5, 2009

Ho-Ho-Ho and Holy Guacamole!

What's up with me rushing the holiday season by doing a Santa shout-out and posting an elfin photo of my parents I made a few years ago on Jibjab, you ask? (Aren't they precious?)

Well, I want to do some Christmas shopping this year from online the arts and artisans, ya know? And since I've been known to go to hardware stores on Christmas Eve to do a last minute gift-grab, I thought I'd do it a better, more efficient way for a change. (Hey, don't laugh; hardware stores NEVER have crowds and they carry such nifty items for everyone on your list!)

Here's where you come in. If you have friends, family or bloggy pals who sell artsy items, I'd be ever so grateful if you'd leave me a link or info. in a comment! Kathryn Magendie is also looking around for online sellers, so hope over to her blog and give her the 411 too, if you would. Thanks in advance!

If I get enough resource links, I'll compile them and post them in a few days so you can help support our online community too.


Now, for the holy guacamole part: I've got close to one hundred (100) entries in the book title contest, and couldn't be happier! I'll be hosting this contest again real soon as it was the most popular post ever!

So, all you kind contestants and those of you who are just waiting with bated breath to find out the winners (yeah, I'm picking two -- one for the Cajun goodie package and one for the writer's delight package), you'll have to hang on til Wednesday to get the news. Sorry, but there are just too many great entries to go through. I've already got them divided up into different levels, but I want to read them a few more times.

The book title suggestions corresponding to the photos are REALLY fun to read, so if you have time in your blog hopping today, take a gander at all these interesting titles HERE!

Back tomorrow with a new Tuesday Recipe. Hope you had a fantabulous weekend, and everything is going smooth as buttuh in your world.

*Graphic from Triple F tees.


Jessica said...

Oh boy. Christmas shopping? Why'd you remind me? Wah!!!

Congrats on the contest results.:-)

A Mom on Spin said...

Great idea with the Christmas gifts. I decided that I'm only giving gifts that support a charity this year. Can't wait to see your list!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Do I have to think about Christmas before Halloween? :(

Janna Qualman said...

This place has some great stuff. I'm thinking about ordering from here for Christmas.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks Jessica, and I knowwwwwwwww. Shopping and holiday stuff always whomps me in the head...and you know my sad history of leaving the tree/decorations up through May or June......

Liz - awesome idea. Hope you'll come back and share those opportunities to give with us!

Carol - Yes ma'am. It's coming! We did the punkin butt, so we're moving on. LOL

Thanks much, Janna!

Michelle H. said...

Hmm... I can't think of anyone offhand at the moment. But if I do, I'll certainly pass the link to you for your Xmas shopping.

t i m said...

always late to the party me, i take the book title contest is now closed? :(

i'll be first in line next time fo sho :)

Maria-Thérèse said...

Hello there,
Thank you for noticing me! Your blog looks cool!

I am an art photographer, maker of unique notebooks and custom wedding / guest books. I am also a writer - my first book of poetry will be out in a few days!

Unique mixed paper books,
fine art photography & collages:

Direct link to shop:

♥ maria-thérèse

Kathryn Magendie said...

Jingle bells jingle bells, jingle all the way - oh what fun it is to ride on the halloween pumpking sleighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! teeheeehe

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great idea!! Happy Monday!! I'm looking forward to tomorrow's recipe!!

Hilary said...

Dawno maintains a daily blog and makes really lovely beaded jewelry. You and/or some of your readers will probably love her creations.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks Michelle.

T I M - Next time I run a contest, I'll try to remember to come ping ya at your blog. :)

Maria-Theresa - I can't WAIT to come browse your wares. Thanks!

LOL Kat!!!!!!

Thanks Cheffie. Still trying to decide which one to post. So much good food, so little time. hehe

Hilary - Thanks a bunch! Wish some of your tres awesome photos were for sell.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Online links via Twitterville! (Thanks @ShadowsInStone)

Small Footprints said...

What fun! And thank you for the opportunity ... both to sell and to shop at fellow blogger's shops! Here's ours (mine and "Art's"):

I'll pass the word!

Small Footprints

The Accessory Lady said...

Thank you so much! You can find our handmade creations at:

Happy Shopping and thank for supporting indie artists! :-)

Deb Shucka said...

Love the Christmas gift idea - even if it's still sunny and blooming here. Looking forward to the book title results.

Mommy Tyme said...

Hi. Small Footprints referred me to you and said you would promote our handmade items/shops! That would be fantastic. I would love to participate in this. I see you are in the mood to promote the artisan environment, so thanks! I would love to participate!
Mommy Tyme Gifts

If you need any info, let me know. I would love to host a give away, too! Thanks

Linda said...

Thank you so much for doing this. I love to shop online and not get in the crowds.

trusk4u said...

I too was referred by SmallFootprints. Thanks so much for the exposure! My links are:

Debbie said...

I love this idea! You are such a smart and caring woman.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I have a friend that has many offerings, just go to or She works harder than anyone I know and she really, really, needs the money. :-)

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Sorry, it's

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Ack! I'm not ready to face the holidays? BTW, do you still have your tree up? If so, you're officially "early!"

Jill Kemerer said...

Mondays make me crabby, and Christmas makes me happy, so thank you!

Andy Lowe said...

Hi my friend i was also sent an invite by Small

my wee shop/gallery is at

wher i sell my pictures of the highlands of Scotland all the proceeds go to charity

many thanks for the chance to share the link

Char said...

What a wonderful idea!! Thanks!

Angie Ledbetter said...

An artist's blog shared by Kat of Tender Graces book and blog by same name. :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks so much, Small! I know you passed the word around because I've gotten a bunch of cool new artisan/artist folks leaving links. 'Preciate you. :D

The Accessory Lady - Thanks for coming by and leaving us the linkage!

Thank you Deb.

Mommy Tyme - Glad you came by and left your info. Will have to get with you about an artisan prize donation for the next contest. hmm. Thank you!

Thanks Linda! :)

Trusk4u - Thanks for adding to our online treasure trove links!

Aww, Debbie, thanky. :D

Elizabeth, thanks for your kind offering. I'm gonna check out your friend's goods (hehe), and I'm sure others will too.

Carrie - No...sadly...the other boarders here (AKA my family) staged a revolt in June and made me take it down. I tried to tell 'em it was almost time again!!! LOL

You're most welcome Jill & Char.

Andy - Thanks!

jeweledrabbit said...

I make jewelry, and I just found out about this from trusk4u.

Here's the link to my Winkelf shop:

The Jeweled Rabbit

I'm planning to change artistic direction, so I'm liquidating much of my current stock. Most of my jewelry has been marked down 50%, so here's a great chance to stock up on jewelry at great prices for Christmas gifts.

I'll be posting about this opportunity to promote indie artists on my blog.


Diane said...

My friend Sara just started a ribbon necklace business. Thanks for the great idea!
Sara's blog:

Laura Martone said...

I'm with Carol. I ignore Christmas' existence until AFTER Halloween (which is, incidentally, my favorite holiday). But I love your plan - to buy indie artsy items as gifts...

For one of my two film fests, I viewed a terrific documentary (that I ultimately couldn't program) called HANDMADE NATION - which features a ton of indie artists across the U.S. Through the filmmaker's blog, you can find out about the featured artists. Some of their stuff - from clothing to jewelry to handmade books - is amazing! There are a ton of useful links on Faythe's site, and she might be willing to help point you in the right direction. Hope that helps!

MairzyDozy said...

My sister and I are planning to support handmade for this Christmas shopping season as well.

We would be honored if you would list our shop! -Dawn at MairzyDozy

Tracy said...

Great idea! If you're interested in listing eco-friendly handmade soaps and body products I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

hey angie! I wanted to let you know about my blog address change. *sigh* If you're following me, my posts now won't show up in your feed, dashboard, sidebar, whatever. So please forgive me, but you'll have to change the address for my main writing blog, Where Romance Meets Therapy, to To do this, you have to "unfollow" me and follow me again. Sorry for the confusion!

The Character Therapist

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Mommy Tyme said...

I would love to donate a prize! I love to give people a chance to try my butter bath bars! Only from me can you get these great little bath bars (not so little at 5 ounces)! Contact me anytime!

Angie Ledbetter said...

JeweledRabbit, Diane, Laura, MairzyDozy, Tracy, Midlife and Mommy Tyme - Thanks for all the great links to add to our treasure trove! I'll be gathering them all up for a new post soon.

Jeannie - Got it all fixed up. Thanks for letting me know about the snafu.

Hilary said...

Oops.. how could I forget Gary at Pottery Blog. He makes wonderful, whimsical pottey.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Wow, you are a planner, Angie! I must admit I'm gathering a few things here and there, but not quite yet ready to say I'm Christmas shopping.

Lori said...

Actually, I did know that. My Uncle Joe had that album. No, I never listened to it, but we made all sorts of jabs at Uncle Joe about it. :) We were more of The Osmonds kind of stuff then - real music snobs. LOL

Remember that Little House on the Prairie episode where Caroline (or was it the woman from the grocery store?) ends the restaurant episode by meeting this man traveling through town who's starting an all-chicken restaurant biz?

Why do these things stick in my head?

Kerry Palumbo said...

Wow!! Great Idea and thanks for the opportunity.. my blog is and my onlyine store for handmade jewelry is

I make handcrafted wire and metal jewelry from recycled materials. I specialize in recycled guitar wire and guitar pick items.

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