Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Craftastic Saturday re-cap and GIVEAWAY

You know the day that you had a house full of friends and crafted, laughed and had fun all day?! Yep, it was awesome! Come take a little trip with us...
Stacy and have had craft days and even one Craftastic Saturday before, but this Craftastic was taken up a notch. Stacy and I couldn't be more pleased. We picked the day on a whim and worked full force from day one. Did we have months of planning and preparation? Nope we busted our event out in just over a month. That's how we roll.

We started with these gorgeous multi-colored canvases. They took a long time, but were worth every single minute! I love how each and every one is so different from the next. {full tutorial on The Pleated Poppy}

After our wonderful lunch, we started on these lovely wooden pumpkins. Some of our guests, even busted out stencils from our swag bags to make their own original piece. 

We also did our own version of Anthropolgie inspired EAT letters, jersey knit bracelets and Halloween specimen art. Full tutorials will be up on the blog soon. 

I put myself in charge of contacting friends and vendor for sponsorships, while Stacy was our social media rockstar. She posted our sponsor shout outs, she made sure everyone knew and appreciated all our sponsors.

{our Swag bags stuffed to the top}

{amazing raffle prizes}

Be sure to check out all the photos posted on Instagram #craftasticsaturday for all the days prep and the event itself and #cssponsor to see all our amazing sponsors.

{part of our lovely group...wish we would've thought to take one at the beginning}

Sorry that some of you missed out on such a great day, but we have some good news...you can win your own swag bag chalked full of amazing gifts from amazing sponsors.  Be sure to follow the directions on the Rafflecopter

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Craftastic Saturday {Fall '13}

We would LOVE to promote your business! To view our current list of sponsors and to find out how YOU can be a sponsor, click HERE

Also if you know of anyone that might be interested in sponsoring, send them our way :) (Look for the Craftastic Saturday tab at the top of the page)

Angela & Stacy

Thursday, February 21, 2013

We have a confession AND a giveaway

And no the confession is not that we have a giveaway.

We have a problem. Stacy and I are big planners. And not like the make big plans and actually DO them type of planners, we are the make big plans and get distracted...SQUIRREL...type of planners. We have self-diagnosed ourselves with Craft ADD. We can't help it and there is no know cure or medication.

Why am I telling you this, you may wonder. Stacy and I have a couple of craft boutiques coming up for Bubbas Basics and I really don't want to be frantically sewing, painting or tagging the night before. Not sure how I'm going to fix our problem, I think we may sit down and make a plan...tomorrow.

So if you see us around, ask us how our boutique prep is doing. If you see us wandering around target sipping our Starbucks, chances are we should be working.

Now for the fun stuff...

Make sure to stop by and follow our sweet friend Rachel at Polkadots and Lemonade. We are a part of her group giveaway this month! Enter for your chance to win a $30 target e-card, and who doesn't LOVE target?!? 

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Spring Markets

Spring is coming!!!! 
We have 2 markets scheduled so far. So, of course, if you are in the So Cal area, be sure to come by and say hi! :)

Saturday, March 16 ~ Corona CA ~Sew Funky Market
you can get more event info HERE
Get your VIP tickets and shop EARLY. Tickets HERE
Check out pics from past markets HERE

And just one short week later, we will be in Seal Beach CA (Saturday March 23rd) at the  Penelope Lane Boutique
you can get more Event Info HERE
And watch for Vendor Sneak Peeks HERE

Saturday, January 5, 2013

{Choose Joy} event

We truely LOVE all of the wonderful people that we get to meet at handmade markets and blogging events. Over the past year we have met some of the BEST, most kind hearted ladies that we have ever met. Some of them fellow vendors, some of them customers and some of them bloggers... and some of them are all three.  Each of them (and you) with their own unique story. Today we would like to introduce you to one of these lovelys, so we are turning the blog over to the lovely Emmy. We hope that you are inspired and uplifted by her story:

I'm Emmy, I'm 35, and I'm infertile.

Wait, let me back up.  I'm Emmy.  The Bubba's Basics gals have been so sweet to allow me to invade their space for the day.  I own Much Ado About You {where I used to sell printed day planners, and now I just sell printables}, I occasionally blog {Confesstions of a Paper Freak}, and I incessantly Instagram {@itsjustemmy}.  I am married to my high school sweetheart and as of this year we have been together for more than half our lives.

Almost 11 years ago I got pregnant for the first time.  Nathan and I were so excited, and immediately started planning that child's future.  We were thinking of names... wondering if it would be a boy or a girl... hoping its due date of December 26th would not mean we were going to have a Christmas baby.

But just a few days later I started bleeding heavily, and knew in an instant that that baby was gone.

We had only just begun trying to get pregnant, but I had so many friends experiencing infertility and I begged God to spare us from that roller coaster.

Our doctor told us that since we were so early in the pregnancy I would not need a D & C, and that technically I could get pregnant as soon as my next cycle.

Which I did.

That pregnancy was such a relief, and I vividly remember thanking God that I was never going to have to walk that long and painful road of infertility.

A year after Beau was born we decided to start trying for a second baby.  We wanted four, so we thought we'd better get going!

God had different plans for our family. 

The next six years were spent going from one doctor's appointment to the next... from one surgery to the next... all in an effort to figure out why my young and seemingly healthy body was not working.

I have Endometriosis, a condition that basically destroys your body from the inside out.  During my final surgery my doctor made the painful decision to remove both of my non-functioning fallopian tubes, hoping it would increase the chance of my third and final IVF {invitro-fertilization} treatment being successful.

The next month we had our final IVF procedure.  It failed.  We were done.

We were physically {well mostly me on that one}, emotionally, and financially spent.  The chance of a natural pregnancy was eliminated with the removal of my tubes.  I was officially STERILE.  It is still strange to say those words.  I am a woman that cannot do what I was created to do... bear children.  That is a very strange reality to be faced with.

I spent seven dark years in the thick of my infertility {I say "my" infertility because the issues were mine... with another woman my husband could have had more children... more salt in the wounds}.  For some of those years Nathan and I were not on the same page.  He didn't understand my desperation for a child when I already was a mom.  Those years I struggled with a deep loneliness that I had never known.  It is so hard to explain what infertility feels like to someone that has never experienced it, but the bottom line is... IT SUCKS.

However, God also used those seven years to challenge my character and bring me to a place of total trust and reliance on His plan for my life.  I came to a point where I had to say, "God, I love you and I trust you, and I know that {while very different from mine} Your plan is the best plan for my life.  So even if I never have another baby I will praise you and be thankful for whatever it is that you call me to do."

And I really was at peace.  Without tubes I no longer had to live in two week cycles, wondering if each late period was the one.  I had an incredible eight year old that was the joy of my life, a loving, supportive husband, a thriving business... life was good.

Now since I have already babbled on for quite some time {and probably lost most of you} I will leave this next part of the story short and sweet {if you would like to read the whole story, you can find it here}.  Through miraculous circumstances, in March of 2011 we brought home the most beautiful baby girl that looks nothing like us.

And in the instant that I met her I understood every no that God had placed in my path. 

If you are in a season of not understanding the circumstances of your life, please be encouraged that someday you may understand and even appreciate the painful path that you are walking. 

Since experiencing infertility and adoption I have a heart for encouraging hurting women.  Several months ago I felt a calling on my life to do something to help other women that are experiencing similar trials, and the Choose Joy event was born.

Choose Joy is a one-day conference in Southern California for women and couples that are experiencing infertility and/or desire to grow their families through adoption.  I have somehow convinced several other women from all over the country to come and be a part of this event.  We have speakers on topics such as "God's Heart for the Hurting; Waiting Hurts, Waiting Perfects", "Having a Heart of Hope: Overcoming the Hurt of Infertility", "The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly of International Adoption", and much, much more.  My desire is for this to be a day of connection and community, and for women to open their minds to the plan that God has for their family.     

The event will include a luncheon and a dessert, and at the end we will be raffling off a cash prize to help someone grow their family.

Tickets are on sale for $30 through the 25th of January.  {After that the price goes up to $40, so don't delay!}  Please visit the website for all the details on the location and schedule, bios on each speaker, and to register for the event. 

If you aren't experiencing infertility, statistics say that someone you know is.  Please pass this website on to your friends or family that could use some support. 

Thanks for reading my story.

From both of us {bubbas girls} please, please share this event for anyone and everyone you know. While you may have never experienced the heartbreak of infertility, chances are someone you know has. Please help Emmy and her friends make this event everything they've dreamt it to be. 

~Angela and Stacy