Thursday, December 4, 2008

Gift Tags, a Seasonal Item.





These are such a fun project to do! It fast and exciting since you get instant gratification of the finished project! I just started messing around seeing what I could make, found some felt, card stock and was looking at my Christmas fabric and figured what the heck, and tried it! I was so pleased with the turn out, I decided to post them to Hyenacart (http://hyenacart.com/onestore.php?vid=2534&category=9) within the first day, I already sold 1! That was pretty exciting to me. I showed my Homefront Ladies what I had come up with and with their encouragement, I posted them to Etsy. Within the first few hours, a sold another pack as well!
These items are for gift giving, I made them to be tags for presents or cookie tins. Having the card stock on the back allows you to write your "to and from's" or a nice message. The other thing about them is that its a gift that keeps on giving, they can also be used for ornaments on the tree! So every year, your tags can be reread by the recipient of your message, whether it be a word of encouragement or of love, it will bring back your kind heart every year!
Each gift tag design is different in size, some over 3 inches others as small as 2. They are machine sewn with a nice blanket stitch using silver metallic thread, to really make them "pop". I am excited to see how these items do... I have already had tons of feedback, so that makes them even more enjoyable to make!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My First Front Page on Etsy!

Homemade Zen (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5687712) kindly convoed me to let me know, I had an item featured on the Front Page on Etsy! I couldnt have been more excited! The item views went from 89 to 336 in 30 minutes! It was amazing... I received 12 new shop hearts and 28 new item shop hearts on various items in the shop. Etsy FP's are amazing and such a feeling of accomplishment!

Black Friday Happenings at Teri's Treasure.


At Teri's Treasure's, there will be a Black Friday sale through December 5th. The sale will include free Domestic Shipping and discounted international shipping. A purchase from both of the shops will also come with a free gift! :)
Teri's Treasure on Etsy:
Teri's Treasure on Hyenacart:
The shop also won a spot on a well known blog called Barefoot Mommy, it was a special on Black Friday Sales, here is the feature:

Friday, November 14, 2008

You will be missed.

Thank you Grandpa Keys for the life you have lived and for touching our lives along the way. May you rest in peace and keep an eye on my husband from above! :) We love you.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New Christmas Fabrics


Here is my newest fabric, which I bought today! This was quite the event going with Kaelin but I eventually got these fabrics. Because of the time change, its already dark so the lighting is bad, the colors are multi shades of reds, greens, blues, creams, whites, gold and silver etching, the designs are stripes, polka dots, paisleys, old time Christmas ornaments and snowflakes. I just couldn't hold back my excitement to share the new fabrics I bought for new tablerunners, pot holders, kitchen towels, coasters, grabby guard sets, casserole grabby guards and fridge decor. I was thinking of making something totally new for my shop as well, but we will have to wait and see!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My little invention... Casserole Grabby Guards.







These are exclusive items sold only at my shop on Hyena and in my shop on Etsy. This is a special item since I came up with this product after trying to come up with an item that is not only an accessory for your kitchen but a "cant live without" item as well. This item has 2 different purposes. It one is a set of oven mitts attached by fabric, they are great for pulling out those hot casseroles, dutch ovens and even turkey roasters. The attaching fabric helps protect your forearms and stomach, places that hot plate might touch your skin. The other purpose is that it is a large hot pad for your precious kitchen table. I love to cook, especially large hearty meals that usually involve large cooking pots and such, but I like to serve my food buffet style. This item is perfect for that! I have personally made myself 1 and used if for awhile now! I have put it through every test and it has passed with flying colors. This item is machine washable and becomes more pliable per wash yet does not take from the protection this item promises to give.

The Casserole Grabby Guard is constructed of a cotton fabric, a layer of insul bright thermal protecting batting, a layer of 100% cotton batting and another layer of cotton fabric, the hand pockets are constructed the same way. Machined binded with a double stitch for high durability. Measure 22inches long by 9 inches wide.
This item was intended for Casseroles but came to realise that fit even large cooking pieces, such as a Turkey Roaster, perfect for Thanksgiving! This is a item that makes life in the kitchen so much easier!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Homefront Gift Giving Guide Trunk Show!


You are invited to join the Homefront Team on Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm EST in the Virtual Labs on Etsy.com. We will be hosting a Gift Giving Guide for those hard to buy for family members, friends, co-workers.... we will also be having 10 giveaway items totally free! We will even pay shipping, so you have 10 shots to win a totally free item! We will also be having promos so that you can save money when buying some Christmas presents, just for attending! I will be the M.C. for the night and their will be 14 shops featured at the trunk show! Let us help you find the perfect handmade gift for those hard to buy for people in your life!

Friday, October 31, 2008

I VOTED!


It is official, I voted for the first time in my life. I have followed this election from the very beginning and know pretty much everything that has ever been put out there to know about our two canidates. I debated opening up my thoughts and beliefs of the elections on my blog but when I came past this video, I had to share it. Its plain, simple and to the point but its exactly how I feel about the war in Iraq. This man of all people should be heard.

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Product Tags!

Can I just say, I am in LOVE with my new product tags by MommieMadeIt (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5588838). She did the total design PLUS the actual making of the tags! I couldn't have been more happier with this product and design. As you can see, my tag is a half fold tag, the design is a skeleton key, upright with modern font, saying Teri's Treasure. I was debating back and forth about what color to make the tags.. she gave me 3 options and I decided pink. The actual tag is high quality and so thick, I had to use a sewing machine to hold it on there, I broke a Hand Sewing Needle trying to do it by hand... haha! I am so highly pleased! If you are looking for a great design and quality Custom Product Tags.. MommieMadeIt is the Etsy Shop to hit up!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Homefront Team Winter Theme Challenge




Homefront Street Team is having a Winter Theme Challenge! Come cast your vote for your favorite item! To cast your vote, go to http://www.etsyhomefront.com/ , at the bottom of the post, you will see a comment link, click it and tell us what your favorite item is! It will be fun! :)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Country Girl down on the Farm!

Can you believe it? She is already driving! My baby is growing up so fast! haha Okay, its only a play tractor but still! She was racing.... just herself but she was having a blast doing it! Thats my girl! :)


Friday, October 17, 2008

Family Fun on the Farm!






















Jason finally got a day off so we decided to make it a family day! I had ran across some info about a Corn Maze so I thought it would be a fun family day. We jumped in the car, drove about 45 minutes into the country and show up to this cute, light blue farm house. After following the signs, we showed up to the back of the farm where the maze was. It was called Maize Quest, http://www.cornmaze.com/mq_location.asp?ID=37 and they had small mazes, corn snake tunnel, animals, hay rides, small kiddy tractors to ride.... alot to do! The corn maze had 3 games you could play and it came with a map and all, we got a flag so incase we were lost, we could flag and scream and someone would help us out of there!
Another day the kiddos, Jason and I will remember, making family memories are so important!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Great Surprise- Polka Dot Pride! :)



I have been featured in another blog for my Vintage Apron Pot Holder Set! How exciting! The blog is adorable as well, all things Polka Dots! Check it out and show me some love! http://onthedotcreations.typepad.com/onthedotcreations/

Other Polka Dot items in my shop are the Vintage Apron Grabby Guard Set, the Italian Chef Pot Holder and the Italian Chef Grabby Guard Set. Check out my shop to see them!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I've been featured!

I just wanted to share that I have been picked to be featured in a blog! Its a small question and answer about me personally and how I run my business and things that make me stand out, like what is different about my shop then others! So here it is, http://www.1ahh.com/blog/ ! Go ahead, click and comment, show me some support!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Grand Opening... Today 3:00pm EST







Today is the Grand Opening of America's Handmade Homefront shop on Hyena today at 3:00pm EST! I am extremely excited and curious of how well we will do. Emily, owner of http://www.ellabearbowtique.etsy.com/, was the one that found this shopping site and was the one that brainstormed having this congo together. Her and her husband set the whole site for us allowing us to just have to add our items to be sold. Thank you Emily and Mr. Emily for your time and making the site look amazing!
So, check our what we have for sale! Dont miss out on our exclusive items for sale at America's Handmade Homefront, supporting your small business Military Spouses!




Saturday, September 27, 2008

Branching Out


A fellow Etsian, active Homefront Team Member and Michigander came to the team and asked if anyone would like to join her on branching outside of Etsy and starting a new shop together. I was hesitant for a second but was curious to find out what she was up to. I read her emails, checked out the site she was thinking of starting and then sat in a meeting to learn more about this proposition. As I was in the meeting learning about this new site, I realised that it might be a good idea to try something else to make more sales, whats the harm right?!?! More sales, money and getting my name out there was a good thing, just something new. I am not a person of change BUT you must take a risk in order to better yourself, so I was in on the plan! Emily has fully set up the site for us, with her husband by her side, it looks amazing! Thanks Emily (Ellabearbowtique)!
The site is called Hyena ( www.hyenacart.com ) , it is alot like Etsy just not so commercial but still is about Handmade items and supporting the small business, avid crafter or hobbyist and Stay at Home Mom's. I have been told it also has a large Military Spouse following, which is right up our alley since our Etsy Street Team is all Military Spouse members. In order to start this "congo" we needed 10 members to join, one to keep the costs down and two to have a good selection of items for people to see. A congo is like a mini mall... you click on the congo and it brings you to 10 small shops to buy from. Our Congo is called America's Handmade Homefront. We have a great selection of items, Ella-bear bowtique which makes hairbows and hair items ( www.ellabearbowtique.etsy.com ), An Army Wife Trends which sells Army and Western items ( www.armywifewyo.etsy.com ), Homemade Zen which sells Amigurumi Patterns and Softies, seriously, they are adorable ( www.homemadezen.etsy.com ), Maddie and Me which sells lil girls clothes ( www.1MaddieandMe.etsy.com ) and she also has Mommy's Little Helper, which sells soaps, bath salts, lotions, sprays, scrubs and more ( www.mommyslittlehelper.etsy.com ), May Rae Crochet N Nit which sells crochet costume purses, mini wallets, hats and scarves ( www.MayRaeCrochetnKnit.etsy.com ), Smokey Mountain Scents which sells the coolest candles! Her candles have a wooden wick which burns slower and also has the crackling sound of a fire, she is also pretty well known for her unique soaps ( www.smokeymountainscents.etsy.com ), Tuliptree Baby which sells are your handmade items for babies... minkey blankies, handmade shoes (yes SHOES!), washclothes, wetbags, and more ( www.tuliptreebaby.etsy.com ), a Homefront Etsy Outsider but also a Military Spouse, Love Abounds, I am told she makes toys and I even noticed she made pumpkin toffee (YUMMY!), and then my shop, Teri's Treasure ( www.teristreasure.etsy.com ) which I sell tablerunners, toppers, pot holders, grabby guards, fridge decor, quilts and wallhangings. I have decided my quilts will be doing exclusively in the Hyena store and keep only kitchen items and wallhangings on Etsy. So if you are looking for my quilts, check out the Hyena store to purchase them!
After all that being said, wish us luck on our new endeavored and check out America's Handmade Homefront!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Whole New Direction.

Well, I have done alot of work on this dream of mine, about 7 months later, I have watched and noticed what sold the most. I have done alot of thinking and research as far as what I feel my shop can become with certain items I am good at making. A few weeks back, I realized that my shop is becoming more known for the Tablerunners and Toppers, then I added coasters, last week I added Pot Holders and Grabby Guards. It is more known for kitchen decor and accessories. I sat back and thought of other things that I may be able to do, new items I can get customers that may not have seen my items before. I thought, "THINK THINK THINK" and it came to me.... MAGNETS! I call them "Fridge Decor"... I had alot of different ideas, I debated in my head of what ones to do, I came up with these fabric magnets! I have others that is floating in my head, its all trial and error! If you would like to look at the selection I am selling, go to http://www.teristreasure.etsy.com/ !

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Have you Forgotten?


7 years ago today, the United States of America was attacked by terrorists. That day, my life forever has changed and so has the rest of the U.S. The thing that makes me so upset is that they have forgotten what happened, they forgot how we felt when we saw our people killed and how we would never again let this happen. 7 years later, people are angry our military is at war, guess what, its what everyone wanted, to be protected but years later, they forget the reason we are fighting, they forget about the horrible day on September 11th, 2001 when our "normal lives" have went up in smoke. That day forever changed my life.

Where was I on September 11th 2001? I was in Texas, actually just waking up and the phone rang, it was my Mother. She told me to get to a T.V. as soon as possible. I turned on CNN and she was telling me what was going on, a plane hit one of the World Trade Center towers... as I watched, I saw the next plane hit the second tower and slowly watched the tower and ashes come pouring down to the ground! I just watch and cried! I watched clouds of dust overtake the streets like a freak blizzard hitting New York. I watched people jumping from the towers in desperation. Alyssa was 2 years old then, not married and without family... I clung to Alyssa and just cried and cried. I stayed in the house for 5 days watching the news channels like we would see an end to this horror movie, but it still hasnt ended. I morned these American's I didnt know, I morned these children that were killed. I watched as Americans cried and waited to find their friends or coworkers, or family, but they were never recovered. It became time to realize that life goes on, no matter what happens, you need to move along and live your life. Mine however would never be the same. I asked myself how I could take this horrible "bad dream" and move on, I promised myself I would NEVER FORGET these people, the situation and teach my children. I vowed to become a better American.

Two years later, I met Jason, my husband, a Infantry Soldier in the U.S. Army, wow was that uniform HOT! What was so hot about it though, in it he is a hero, he fights for everyone of you! His JOB is to defend the United States, even the people that are ashamed to be an American, even the American's you see burning our flags, even the American that protests at the Court House or Post Office screaming at us because our soldier is in Iraq fighting for you and me. Guess what, my husband and every military service member give all those AMERICAN's the right to say those things, scream at us, to protest, and to burn our flag. From the Revolutionary War service members to the Iraqi Vets, their sacrifices have made this country what it is and what it continues to be today. Anyways, back to MY soldier.... I married him and felt so lucky to be a Military Spouse, it was my job as an American as well. In August 2005, I realized that not only is my husband a service member but so am I! I watched my soldier match away to war and realised what my job not entitles! All my fellow military spouses and I serve our country! I can hold my head up high and say I, along with our service members and their spouses, am changing our country every step of the way.

So Today, 7 years later, almost to the hour the first plane hit the first Twin Tower, I can say I still allow myself to watch these videos, I still cry like I was back in Texas, on the phone with my Mother and watching everything happen. It reminds me of what I promised myself and how I will NEVER FORGET.

Have you Forgotten?

When the sun comes up in South Carolina.



Every Morning I wake up, get Alyssa's lunch made, breakfast wrapped and handed to her and out the door she goes! After that, I step outside, cup of coffee in hand, sit on my bench swing my amazing husband got for me and watch the sun come up. Every morning, I see my favorite thing in my back yard "wake up" with me! My vines! I have no clue what they are called but they are amazing. I know to trees and bushes they are a predator BUT to me, they are a sight to see and admire! Only in the mornings you will see these flowers in full bloom, as the bumble bees buzzing around getting their daily intake of pollen. As the air warms up and the sun gets hotter, the flowers close up and are almost unnoticeable. Since I check them out every morning, I get to marvel over how beautiful they really are. My girls will make "princess crowns" with them but since I told them it was enough, this vine is really overtaking my fence, which is great sense it saves me $500 for a privacy fence! haha As you can see in the first picture, the vine is growing up the trees and you can use my 3 year old as a size at how large these vines are really getting!











Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Section Added to the Shop!

For awhile, I have been wanting something different for my shop. I originally started Teri's Treasures selling only quilts and wallhangings and slowly started adding more. Now I specialize in table runners and table toppers, then added the coasters. I have slowly watched my shop transform into a anything quilted to thing more for the kitchen. It has been a long time coming but with encouragement from my Homefront Team (www.etsyhomefront.com) I am now changing the feel of the shop into all things for the kitchen. I will stick with my quilts though since I love to make them! The thing about selling quilt on Etsy is that they are hard to sell, a high priced item and people must have a lot of money to buy them. The lower priced items are what sell, so that is why I find myself searching for new items to make. I came up with the POT HOLDERS!

I did a lot of research on Etsy seeing what others have, what was very common and then what hasnt been thought of yet. I also went to Target, Martha Stewart's website, Walmart and checked out the average size of the pot holders so I could make them just a tad bit different as well. So I came up with these!

These pot holders measure 8x10 to fully cover your forearms for added protection. I decided to add a strap to the back so your hand can slip in it so it doesnt more to hold the pot holder in place, for another safeguard of protecting your hands. The other thing that was highly important was to buy Insul-bright, which is a needled insulated lining. It consists of hollow, polyester fibers needlepunched through Mylar. The hollow fibers resist conduction while the reflective Mylar resists radiant energy.

Without further ad do, I now present my Pot Holder's from Teri's Treasure's shop! www.teristreasure.etsy.com






Tuesday, August 26, 2008

How to make a Knitting Needle Case!

My Mom's birthday is coming up and I ALWAYS make her something... well this year, I was out of ideas! She is covered in the tablerunner/topper area :) and while I was home this summer, my sister and I made a special wallhanging for her! My girls and I went to Hobby Lobby, NOTHING, then we went to WALMART, NOTHING then we went to JoAnn's Fabrics and I walked by the knitting area and remembered all my Mom's knitting needles but they werent organized and just laying everywhere in her craft closet. YUP YUP a Knitting Needle Case.. THATS IT! So I came home and thought of how I would make it and here is what I came up with!
You will need 3 fabrics:
an outside fabric (the light yellow)
the inside fabric (the green)
the ties AND the inside pockets (the blue)
NOW, the blue fabric is optional if you would like the pockets of the inside all to match. As for the ties, you DO NOT have to make your own, you can use ribbon or twine, anything that will tie together.
Cut the inside fabric leaving atleast 20 inches in length for pockets.
Cut the blue fabric the same width as the inside fabric, depending on how many pockets and how deep the pockets will be is how you will cut your fabric in length.
Cutting the outside fabric will be in a later step.
Give the inside and pocket fabric a good ironing, spray with heavy starch so that the fabric is nice and thick, which makes it easier to work with and holds your folds like a charm!
Play with the two fabrics making folds and determining how deep you want your pockets to hold the needles!
I folded the blue fabric into the pockets, placed it on the green fabric and made a small fold to cover up the blue fabric end.
Press and pin!
I had a total of 3 large pockets.
Now that the pockets are decided, I pinned the folds or "pockets" in place so they didnt move. Lay the fabric on a cutting mat and line the fabric up, take bias tape and measure and place every 2 inches totally up the top to make sure the lines you sew are straight and evenly spaced.
Sew along the lines (over only the folds) to make your pouches for the needles.
I now measured the total size of the inside and cut the outside fabric and quilters batting at the same dimensions. If you are making ties, cut it now. My next step was to make the ties. I cant disclose how I make my ties, it is a special technique my sister showed me and I can not pass along those tips! My sister would kill me (www.dashinglydiva.etsy.com) and I can not allow that!

Place the two fabrics right sides together and then the quilters batting.

Pin the fabrics together, making sure you pin the ties with a little piece sticking out of this "sandwich" we are making. Sew around the outside making sure to leave an opening so you can "birth" the case. Once the case it pulled through and everything looks good, sew up the small opening and do an outside stitch around the case to double secure the case.

You have now made yourself a Knitting Needle Case! Enjoy!
Remember, I didnt use special instructions, I just went with what my head told me... be creative, keep your mind open and go with your imagination! That is the best part!








Friday, August 22, 2008

And the Award goes too......


My Amazing HUSBAND! woohoo :) Jason Keys was presented with the Military Order of Saint Maurice- Centurion. Jason (and two other soldiers) took part in building the first EIB site here at Fort Jackson, SC... one of the main training posts. It was with Jason and the other soldiers that build this site from the dirt up. They had free reign to build this site as they saw fit. Months worth of work with two other men and will forever change the EIB training situation here at Fort Jackson. Jason and 3 other soldiers were given this Military Order of Saint Maurice award. With this award these 4 soldiers will have their names added to the Honor Roll of those that have been recognized by their Infantry peers and the National Infantry Association.
This award has been engraved with Jason's name and award serial number. It also contains a lapel pin. A certificate was also awarded at the time of receiving this award to be framed and hung in his work office (which he doesn't have one, his office is the range, field and anywhere else the new recruits must go). The medallion is worn around the soldiers neck and should wear this award on all appropriate occasions, where Infantrymen gather in the furtherance of customs and traditions, in support of the Infantry, the Army and the Nation.
Different versions of the Military Order of Saint Maurice medallion have been used for several hundred years. Established in 1994 as a joint venture between the NIA and the U.S. Army Infantry Branch, the Order of Saint Maurice recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of the Infantry as recognized by the individuals seniors, subordinates and peers. These individuals must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the Infantry and its community with distinction. St. Maurice exemplified the bravery, commitment, and gallantry associated with the Infantry soldier.
I am so proud of my husband! I have such pride in calling him my soldier and makes me so proud to be a military spouse! Everyday he makes me more proud that he is my husband! I love you Jason Aaron! :)


New Coasters for this Hot Summer!


This summer in South Carolina has been an extremely hot one! Honestly, it isnt fun being outside but if you must, you should always have something to keep you cool... like water, ice tea, or lemonade. After about 15 minutes of being outside, I notice my glass gets "sweaty" and makes a puddle on my table! I cant stand that especially when you have a glass patio table, like me, always cleaning it! That is when I decided to make some new batches of coasters... newer and funkier then ever!
Simple Elegance Coasters:
This set of 4 coasters are reversible with a Marcus Brothers fabric and a Robert Kaufman fabric. The Marcus Brothers has creams, pinks, blues (with amazing florals designs of "sunflowers" and irises) and a muted black and the Robert Kaufman fabric is with multi colored pink polka dots. The binding is a Marcus Brothers coordinating polka dot with cream, blue and the muted black, the other binding is from Robert Kaufman Coral collection. Quilted with a 100% cotton light pink thread into a wavy stipple design. Made with 100% cotton batting. Measures 4 1/2 inches squared.These coaster coordinate with the Simple Elegance Table runner, price for $38.50.
Lotus Coasters:
This set of 4 coasters are reversible with a Amy Butler- Lotus fabric and coordinating Robert Kaufman multi colored pink fabric. The Amy Butler has creams, pinks, golds colors. The binding is a coordinating pinks and cream fabric with some floral design. Quilted with a 100% cotton light pink thread into a viney leaf design. Made with 100% cotton batting. Measures 4 1/2 inches squared.These coaster coordinate with the Lotus Pinwheel Tablerunner, priced for $32.


Monday, July 28, 2008

A Fashion Show at Da Yooper shop!

Thank you all for joining us located here in the heart of the yoopers, Da Yooper shop-the Tourist Trap! Who would have ever thunk it but we are having a fashion show for everyone to see the latest fashion hitting Da Yooper Shop! Kaelin M. Keys is modeling these amazing shades from Mr. Peepers from Birthday Cakes to Flamingos! What is your favorite pair?!?! Just leave a comment!