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Postcards and Stamps

September 15, 2009

I thought I would take a moment to share some of the postcards to most recently make their way to my mailbox.  And…one fabulous stamp, courtesy of my dear friend Valerie in France!

Sent from Finland

Sent from Finland

and another…

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

And, this is the nicest stamp I think I have ever seen…all the way from France:

France stamp from ValerieOne more postcard…

A postcard from Cameroon but mailed from the Netherlands!

A postcard from Cameroon but mailed from the Netherlands!


Introducing Categories!

September 12, 2009

Several fellow Etsyans were very helpful in giving me some advice about blogging. Starting Monday, expect to see the following on the Project-A-Day blog:
* Categories – kind of like themes for each day of the week, Monday through Friday
* Posts every Monday through Friday to help create a routine for myself and stay grounded and focused
* Better tagging


September 11, 2009

Bombs Away Stenciled Boy’s Polo Shirt

bomb shirt 4Watch out! This shirt is explosive!

Does your boy love things that go ***BOOM***? If yes, then this is the shirt for him!

This classic maroon polo style shirt gets a modern twist with a bomb graphic. Featured on the front chest is a small, unlit bomb, but at the lower right is a bomb with a lit fuse!

This shirt has been hand stenciled. Pre-washed, heat set, and washed again. Ready for your young man to wear with pride!

Maroon, Lee School Polo Shirt
US Size 8 (but fits up to a slim 12)

Measurements:bomb shirt 5
* Top of shoulder to front hem: 19in (48.2cm)
* Shoulder to shoulder: 12in (30.5cm)
* Chest (armpit to armpit): 14″ (35.5cm)
* Sleeve length: 7.75in (19.7cm)

Still working on photos…

September 8, 2009

We are still working on improving our photos and making progress by leaps and bounds!  Check out these pics of our Penguin Onesie:

Penguin in yard 3

Penguin in the yard 2

Mr. Penguin close up

Mr. Penguin loves to make new friends. He also loves to move around but he’s stuck on this white long-sleeved, Carter’s onesie (size 12). Help him get mobile…he loves to waddle around on a toddler’s belly as they crawl, scoot, and walk.

Hand stenciled using Tulip brand fabric paints (permanent, non-toxic, machine washable). Pre-washed, heat-set and re-washed.

For best results: Machine wash in cold with similar items. Tumble dry on low. No bleach. (Comes with cleaning instructions tag, perfect if you give Mr. Penguin as a gift!)

* Carter’s brand onesie
* Long-sleeved
* Size 12 months
* Tulip brand fabric paint

Direct link to our Mr. Penguin Onesie listing:

Working hard at better pictures…

September 7, 2009

Spent part of this evening working on taking new photos for our Etsy shop.  You be the judge:


Purple Flower 2


purple flower on mail box

Is it just us, or does after win, hands down?  It will take another day or two to finish taking and uploading all new photos for the Etsy shop but we will get there!

By the way, if you like this onesie, you can find out more about it HERE.

A few alterations to photos makes all the difference!

September 6, 2009

After reading numerous conversations about photography for Etsy, we will be revising all of our photos over the next several days.  WOW!  The few we’ve done already have made a huge visual impact!  From “blah” to “Hey, that’s cute!”

A few updates (click the names to go to the listings):

Lugz the Punk Ugz (full size and in black)

Punk Lugz mailbox

Mr. Snail baby onesie

Mr. Snail on a mailbox

Lugz the Ugz (full size and black)

Lugz close up

And the Winner is…plus a NEW Item!

September 5, 2009

Wondering who won the tip contest for cutting a car tire in half?  Want to know what the tire cutting was all about?  Or, do you want to see the latest item in the M and J Etsy shop?  Well then, read on, my friend!  Read on!

First, the winner of the tip contest, through a random drawing (yep, I wrote everyone’s names down and put ’em in a hat!) RonH from Etsy!  Congrats!  I’ll contact you shortly to determine which color of Mini Lugz the Ugz you would like and how best to ship it to you!

For everyone else, take a moment to visit RonH’s Etsy shop, The Left Side of Paradise.  GORGEOUS wood products.

Now, why was I wanting to cut a car tire in half in the first place???  Well, originally it was to make a flat photo board more interesting.  But, the board was going to be a small clown car for a children’s carnival and I decided that a car tire would just be too big.  I happen to have a tire in my side yard that doesn’t fit my car but I only have one so I wanted to cut it in half to make it look like two when attached to the board.  Instead, I opted for two bicycle tires due to size and time considerations.

Here is a photo of the finished project:

Photo board 3

I also listed a new item in the M and J Designs Etsy shop.  Click HERE to be taken to the listing.

First a photo:  Christian Card 1

This little card started life as an experiment in fabric, stationary, and metallic thread.

The card itself is the palest lilac color, with a matching envelope. Affixed to the front is a rectangle of baby blue felt, stitched with three crosses. The largest, in the center features gold, dark blue, and light blue metallic thread. The two smaller crosses are light blue.

The inside of this card is lined and blank, waiting for your own personal message for the recipient.

Time to kick it in gear!

September 3, 2009

I am officially no projects ahead nor behind!  I don’t like it.  I want to be ahead by several projects and had initially intended to upload a minimum of seven items to Etsy every Friday.  I am not there yet…

Today I finished one new project and over the past week I’ve managed to get several projects started but not finished.  Hmmm….  In the next few days I also plan to test out some new ideas for stencils.

By next weekend, expect several shirts for adults to appear in my Etsy shop!  I’m so excited! 🙂  Yay!

GIVEAWAY FOR THE BEST IDEA…Read on for details…

August 29, 2009

How would you cut a steel belted radial tire in half?  It is the tire only (no rims) and I want to cut it so that I end up with 2 circles…a front half and back half.

The person that posts the BEST idea by Midnight on Tuesday, Sept 1, will receive a FREE Mini-Lugz Ugz plush toy. You will have your choice of yellow, red, or cammo.  Mini-Lugz is about 7×7 inches. See it HERE!

The project which the tire will be used in is super secret right now but, if it works, will be revealed on Friday, Sept 4.  Even if it doesn’t work, the person with the BEST idea for cutting the tire in half will still get the prize!

If you found this via Etsy’s Forums, you can comment either here or there…

A photo of the Mini-Lugz, if you don’t want to follow the link above…

Mini Lugz 2a


August 26, 2009

I received my first “heart” on Etsy!!! So excited!