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Spotted on Etsy: SweetAmbs Sugar Cookies

  • October 11, 2017
  • Etsy

Years ago, SweetAmbs was one of the first shops I found on Etsy. I couldn’t stop going back to stare at Amber Spiegel’s beautiful cookies. The cookies were even more delicious than they looked, too! Unfortunately, Amber no longer sells her treats on Etsy, but I thought this post from August of 2009 would be a fun look back before she made it big! Now, you can find Amber on her own blog where she shares cooking-making tips, making addictive-to-watch cooking-making videos, and teaching cookie-making classes on Craftsy.

You want to know what happened when I first found SweetAmbs’ beautiful sugar cookies? I gasped. Literally. Never, ever, in my whole life, had I seen cookies more beautiful than those made by SweetAmbs owner Amber Spiegel.

I dare you to find me a cookie that’s more beautifully decorated than this one, the Brown and Pink Brush Embroidery Cookie:

That lovely cookie isn’t made in a factory. Amber decorates these cookies by hand!

Ready for another?

How about these Cookies Inspired by Wedgwood:

When I first saw these lovely mongrammed cookies, all I could think about was having a tea party. Or an engagement party. Or a baby shower. Wouldn’t these be a lovely treat? (Each cookie comes individually sealed, making it the perfect gift!)

Seriously, these cookies look almost too good to eat.

So, let’s look at another, shall we?

Can you even believe these are cookies? I certainly can’t. These are the Spring Basket Cookies.

I don’t recall ever getting so excited about cookies. But how can one not get excited about these pieces of art?

SweetAmbs Cookie-Decorating Classes

Amber is no longer selling her cookies, but she is now making it easier for all of us to make our own fancy cookies! You can find her tutorials all over Youtube and Facebook, but she is also teaching a couple of classes via Craftsy!

SweetAmbs Sweet Elegance Cookie Making Class

Sweet Elegance: 16 Cookie Decorating Techniques

Home Sweet Home Embroidery

My Favorite Etsy Finds – Part 1

  • February 22, 2017
  • Etsy

My apologies for being MIA lately! Between the last month of this pregnancy, chasing around a toddler and two dogs and planning to move, I am so exhausted and have barely opened up my computer. I am very much looking forward to April arriving when we will hopefully be in our new home with a new baby and my energy levels should return to some semblance of normal (even if I’ll be a different kind of exhaustion).

Throughout the history of this site, I have always been a big fan of Etsy, and that’s even more the case now as I can finally start thinking about decorating rooms in a home and, let’s be honest, occasionally dressing two kids in matching clothing. It’s one of the only “stores” I’ve looked at and purchased from recently, so I thought today I’d share a few of my favorite finds from the site.

Framed Paper Doll Portrait

I am pretty obsessed with this Framed Paper Doll Portrait, although the artist is only adding people to the waitlist at this point. Since our family will be complete after baby two arrives, I think I may need to have one of these made … and it will, of course, include our two dogs!


Inspirational Water Bottles

I’ve long detailed my own struggles with not drinking enough water, but I really need to work on this after the baby arrives. I’m thinking of investing in these Inspirational Water Bottles, which will keep me on track throughout the day. You actually get four water bottles, which means you can always have cold water and don’t have to immediately think to refill when one bottle is empty.


No Scrubs Doormat

OK, this No Scrubs Doormat just makes me laugh. I’m probably going to have to find a spot for it at our new home.

Merry And Bright Sign

Spotted on Etsy: Christmas Fun

  • December 8, 2016
  • Etsy

Have yourself an Etsy Christmas: Gifts, home decor and more | Shop Girl Daily

I’m bundled up in front of the fire enjoying the holidays, and I hope you all are too! Since I don’t have to work or do much of anything today, I thought it would be a great time to show you my favorite Etsy Christmas finds.

If your order now, most of these items will still be able to reach you before December 25, but be sure to check each individual vendor’s holiday ship-by dates.

Have Yourself an Etsy Christmas

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Shirt

I can’t say Merry Christmas without wanting to follow it up by adding, “ya filthy animal!” This shirt from Jones Co Creations ($23.29) is super cute, but there’s no shortage of shirts and accessories sporting this popular phrase!

Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Onesie

Case in point.. Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animals Onesies from Aubrey Bills Boutique ($13). What’s not to love about these?!

Christmas Stamp

I think this Christmas Stamp from Letter and Adore ($18) would be adorable for stamping the outside of Christmas card envelopes!. Of course, I think about this now… after all of my cards have been mailed out already. Sigh. Remind me to do this next year, OK?! With the cards already gone, however, I do love this idea of using the stamp to make DIY holiday tags!

Teacup Bird Feeder From A & K Designs

Spotted on Etsy: A & K Accents

  • October 24, 2016
  • Etsy

I've been on the hunt for a unique gift for my mother in law for some time now. I wanted something different, but useful. Imagine my delight when I discovered A & K Accents! A & K Accents is run by…

Unicorn Lip Balm

Etsy Monday: Aubrey E Apothecary

  • October 19, 2016
  • Etsy

I had to do a double-take when I first came across Aubrey E Apothecary. Her handmade soaps look so real that I had to read the description to see that they were soaps! Hence, I become utterly obsessed!   Ummmm, don't…

Big Brother & Big Sister Announcement Ideas From Etsy

Spotted on Etsy: Big Brother and Big Sister Announcement Ideas

  • September 20, 2016
  • Etsy

Spotted on Etsy: Big Brother and Big Sister Announcement Ideas |

Oh hey there, stranger!

Oh wait. It’s me that disappeared and I owe you all an explanation, though it might be obvious by the subject of this post: My husband and I are expecting our second child in March!

The reason for my prolonged absence? For weeks on end I just could not sleep enough. Typically, I get 4-6 hours of sleep per night and that’s more than enough. For a few weeks, I needed to sleep nearly 18 hours per day. It was insane. Once I made it over that hump, the constant headaches began. Last week the headaches were so bad that I didn’t open my computer once and the only relief I had was when I was sleeping. Luckily – finally – I think it’s in the past as today is my third day headache free and I’m getting back to my normal sleeping habits. Happy Dance!

best big brother ever tee

I am breaking my own rules about not putting my son on the internet, but here’s the photo we used to announce the news to his grandparents. I know, I know. No fancy photo shoot or any of that and a terrible smile from me, but I think our little guy looks pretty darn cute. I wanted our son to be the one to announce the news, and I of course turned to Etsy to find a big brother announcement tee. This is the Best Big Brother Ever Tee ($23.99) from Little Hipster Tees.

If you’ve got your own little one on the way – or will eventually have one on the way – click through to check out 10 other cute big brother and big sister announcement ideas I found on Etsy.

Lion Pillow Cover

Spotted on Etsy: Gifts for Your Favorite Leo

When I was younger – like junior high younger – I was obsessed with astrology. I had a copy of Sun Signs by Linda Goodman that I read on a near-daily basis, as I tried to figure out if I was a “typical” Leo. I’d also look up the signs of all of my friends to analyze them and then see how their signs existed with my own. I even used Sun Signs to try and determine whether or not my sign would be compatible with those of the boys I liked.  I guess it was kind of a strange hobby for a 13-year-old and it didn’t last too long.

While I’m pretty happy to be a Leo and obviously think it’s the best star sign because of my own upcoming birthdate, I’m not a big fan of “showy” Leo paraphernalia. If you’re looking for a subtle gift for your favorite Leo (hint: birthdates fall between July 23-August 22), here are a couple of fun handmade options from Etsy.

Leo Zodiac Sign Bracelet

Leo Zodiac Sign Bracelet from The Elephant Pink • $17


Lion Earrings in Sterling Silver

Lion Earrings from Jamber Jewels • $16

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