handmade holiday scavenger hunt!!!

Posted on November 27, 2010 by mckay | 0 Comments

I'm so excited to participate in this holiday scavenger hunt organized by the lovely Jacquelyn over at Exceptional Charm. Go to her site for details here and enter to win one of 7 great prizes from some amazing vendors on Etsy. I'll be giving away a $25 gift certificate towards anything in the shop. Good luck and have fun!

Posted in etsy, exceptional charm, gift certificate, handmade scavenger hunt, holiday gift idea, oatmeal lace design

friday favorites.

Posted on October 29, 2010 by mckay | 0 Comments

Inspired by my fall favorites post (maybe even including a few of them...) I took a stab at creating my first Etsy Treasury, aptly entitled 'Inspiring Autumn'. I'm using that board for my Friday Favorites post. The picture above is a screen shot of the page, but you can see the whole thing here. I mentioned on my facebook page that I would seriously be thrilled to have any item on this list (Christmas is just around the corner folks!) and there are lots of different price points too- so it's not like I'm being a Greedy McGreederson over here. People are always asking 'What would you like for Christmas? and my typical answer is 'I don't know. Money?' Always good, but oh so boring to open.

Regardless, I think there are a lot of items on here that make great gifts, so check it out. As a matter of fact, treasuries on Etsy are a great way to find something for the hard to shop for person in your life. Type in a couple of key words that describe items/colors/etc they might like and voila- you might stumble across something fabulous. Try it out for yourself here!

Plus, you will be supporting artists and small businesses that create unique handmade items! Hooray. :)

I really can't say enough good things about Etsy. I did a majority of my wedding shopping on the site and could not be happier with the customer service and products received.

Also- don't forget to head over to Emmaline Bride and enter to win a custom clutch made by yours truly. If you are one of my dear, dear readers I would really love to make a bag for you!!!

Hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!!!

Posted in autumn, clutch giveaway, etsy, fall favorites, inspiration, treasury

Real Wedding, Sara & Jordan in Sioux Falls, SD

Posted on September 08, 2010 by mckay | 0 Comments

I cannot even express how excited I am to share a little bit about Sara & Jordan's big day with you all. Not only was Sara the first bride to use one of my Oatmeal Lace creations for her own wedding, she also runs a stellar blog, Eco-Vintage Weddings, that is devoted to vintage-inspired and budget-friendly weddings that have little impact on the environment. Um, sign me up, please?! You can head over there to check out even more pictures of her beautiful, DIY wedding in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. All photos were taken by the talented Creative Kindling. (Click on any below for a larger view!)
Enough from me- here is Sara to walk you through her day.
Our wedding day was the hottest day of 2010 in Sioux Falls thus far - it was over 100 degrees with humidity! We had ambitious goals to do most of our wedding photos outside, but we decided to alter that plan once we experienced the heat firsthand. Our wedding was vintage-inspired, nature-inspired, eco-friendly and absolutely, 100% us. We were engaged for 11 months before our wedding, and I spent most of those 11 months working each day on something for the wedding. (side note) Seriously guys- Sara and Jordan were really a DIY duo! Check out just a few of the things they created for their wedding: all the wedding stationery, from save the date cards to programs to thank you cards, a rice krispie treat wedding cake (I die!), cake table bunting, burlap table squares, all signage except for the guestbook itself, garter & throw-away garter, bridesmaids hair pieces, and more! Amazing. Ok - back to Sara! We spent 6 months designing all of the pieces in our wedding invitation suite, and probably another 2-3 months designing all of the other wedding stationery. It was some of the most enjoyable months of wedding planning - these were projects that my husband and I completed together, and we enjoyed putting our creative minds together. The end result is more than we could have imagined! Our reception centerpieces included 1-2 birdhouses (my mother collects birdhouses, so we honored her by incorporating pieces from her collection. The birdhouses also brought in our nature-inspired, eco-friendly vibe; since she already owned the birdhouses, we didn't need to purchase centerpieces, thereby reducing our waste impact!), a wedding photo of our relatives, a wooden letter "G" that I painted ivory and distressed, and a sign, explaining our centerpiece choices and our commitment to being eco-friendly. We also made napkins out of fabric that we purchased locally, and folded cootie catchers with trivia about my husband and I as a couple. Last, tucked inside the napkins on the tables was a ticket to our Photobooth, encouraging guests to take 5 minutes in the photobooth that we made.
We served Mexican food (our favorite), danced to Michael Buble's "Everything" for our first dance, and boogied the rest of the night away to our favorite tunes blaring from our iPod. It was the most memorable day of our lives, and we feel so grateful to our families and friends for all of their help, love and support.

Such a wonderful DIY wedding! Thanks so much for sharing, Sara, and congrats again to you and Jordan!!!

Photography: Creative Kindling
Flowers: The Flower Shop
Ceremony: Augustana College Chapel of Reconciliation
Reception: Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science
Dress: Happily Ever After Bridal Salon (I wore an Alfred Angelo gown that has since been discontinued)
Birdcage Veil: Symphony Bridal
Hair: Salon Ne-Zhoni
Tuxedo: Evelyn's Floral & Formalware
Guestbook Tree: Lovliday
Etsy sellers: Paloma's Nest, Oatmeal Lace Design, LeahLeah, The Lucky Button, Y&E Bridal, BPoetic, Nomsa, Whisker Graphics, Whisker Works, galla 15, Earmark, ARemarkYouMade, QACreate, BoutiqueSophia
Sheet Cakes: HyVee Bakery, Sioux Falls, SD

Posted in budget, DIY, eco friendly, etsy, oatmeal lace design, real wedding, sara, south dakota

World Wide Web

Posted on July 02, 2010 by mckay | 0 Comments

Let's just say I am very very pleased with myself for setting up google analytics on my etsy shop. Not only is it fascinating to see if I have had a visitor to the site, I can also check when and where they come from, who referred them and what color eyes they have! This is some high tech stuff we've got going on here!!! :)

Seriously though, I was thrilled to find out that Emmaline Bride had posted a little blurb about the clutches on their blog yesterday. I never would've known that someone out there in cyber space had mentioned my shop if not for my new bff, Analytics. So thank you Google! You have made this girl happy. I am also happy because it is about time for a much needed 3 day weekend and I get to see some live music tonight! It's been too long!

Happy 4th of July everyone! Have a safe and happy holiday.

Posted in clutch, emmaline bride, etsy

omg omg you guys!

Posted on June 15, 2010 by mckay | 0 Comments

anyone know what the name of that song is that my title refers to? my niece sings it all the time and it is stuck in my head...
anyways, one of the lovely readers from GWS saw our wedding up and contacted me at my etsy shop regarding custom clutches for her bridesmaids!!! i didn't even have any listed yet. so so excited. :) hopefully i can do a great job for her and this will just be the beginning.

i know that with a full time job i'm going to have to start prioritizing my time at home and i am ready. i always seem to do my best work and be the most productive when i have to manage my time. funny how that works.

wish me luck!!!

if you'd like to see my first listing (at it's discounted rate) check out my shop.

Oatmeal Lace


Posted in clutch, etsy, love, sale

I don't know photoshop.

Posted on June 15, 2010 by mckay | 0 Comments

Seriously, folks.
I’ve tried making about 15 different etsy banner’s for my lil’ shop using good old Microsoft word and paint. Looks good while I’m working on them on the computer and yes, I do resize to the correct height/width ratio etsy has instructed me to.
Why then, do they come out so blurry and blah looking once I’ve uploaded them to the site? Who wants to visit a shop that has a lousy header? Not me! At this point in the game, I’m not sure I have the resources (aka- time & money) to go and purchase photoshop or indesign. One day though, my friends, one day!

So I turn to google, type in ‘free photoshop like programs’ and find GIMP. Thank the good Lord! Can’t say it’s the most user friendly program, but after a couple hours of trial and error I think I ended up with a pretty good result. See for yourself:

My Awesome Etsy Banner

Thoughts? Suggestions?? I'm retarded and coudn't figure out how to embed the picture in the post so hopefully you clicked the link. Ha! I could put together a tutorial on this, so that may be my next post. Stay tuned!

Posted in awesome, banner, etsy, gimp


Posted on June 14, 2010 by mckay | 0 Comments

Holy smokes.
Only fitting that my first blog post comes on the day our wedding was featured on Green Wedding Shoes! I'm trying to get my act together and set up my etsy shop, but I need good photos of the products I'm going to sell...Luckily our photog, Matt Miller, from took some amazing ones. Can't wait to get all the images from him!
Wedding planning definitely got my creative juices flowing and I found that I really love trying my hand at all sorts of crafts. Of course I failed at a lot of them, but found that the ones involving my sewing machine turned out the best and were the most fun and rewarding to create. Since I'm still in denial that all of my planning is finally done, I figured I can keep it going by helping others create their perfect day through the little details.
However you've found me here, I'm glad you did! Please drop me a note or let me know if I can help you in any way! I love custom orders and if I am unable to make what you want, I bet I can help you find it! :)
Visit my etsy shop for my current listings: OatmealLaceDesign

Posted in clutch, etsy, sewing, wedding