Tuesday, November 23, 2010


The Loud and Wacky Street Team  LOVES LOVES LOVES to have fun! So, they are having a BIG giveaway!

The following Etsy team members have donated items for this giveaway: 

There is ONE PRIZE and it is all the donated items for this giveaway.  Minimum retail value is $210.00 USD.

This giveaway is open to EVERYONE 18+ in the Continental USA only! You do NOT have to be a member of Loud and Wacky Street Team or Etsy.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Real Heart of Etsy Teams

I belong to three teams on Etsy. The Dachshund Team, The Loud and Wacky Street Team, and the Etsy Treasury Team.  I joined these teams initially to get more exposure for our shop, Laughing Fridge.
I'm owned by a sweet little dachshund, I'm a bit loud and wacky, and I love to make treasuries, so I thought these teams would be a good fit.  I never expected the bonus that comes with belonging to a team - making a connection with wonderful Etsy sellers and developing an extraordinary bond of friendship.  I'd like to tell you a wonderful story about the amazing friends I found through these teams, and how they supported me through a difficult period a few months ago.  Keep the tissue box close by...

In September our 8 yr old pug Lucy became very sick.  I made a treasury called "Ode to Pug" as a kind of get well card for her. All the members of these wonderful team expressed their concern and well wishes for our Lucy. One of the Etsy Treasury Team members, Anna of Rebornasart and ALDDesigns , was inspired by my treasury to create a papier mache pug sculpture.  Although Anna had never seen Lucy, she felt a connection to her while creating her pug sculpture. Then Anna sent me a wonderful email saying she wanted me to have her Lucy sculpture.  These are her words...

"It would mean a lot to me if she went to live with you. I've got a very special connection to animals, I get along with them better than people actually, and somehow although I don't even know her, I've got a really special feeling about Lucy. I hope you don't think I'm weird, I'd just really love for you to have this."

Shortly after Anna started her sculpture, Lucy underwent surgery to repair her damaged lung.  Sadly, she passed away during the procedure, and my heart was broken.  I sent an email to Anna letting her know. Many tears flowed between the two of us. I cried as I was telling Anna what happened.  She cried as she finished her Lucy sculpture. I sent Anna some pictures of Lucy and she was amazed at how much her sculpture looked like our sweet pug girl.  Anna put her heart and soul into this sculpture, and when I received her gift I cried again, but this time they were happy tears. Her amazing sculpture had Lucy's essence and spirit and I felt very comforted by it. She is proudly displayed on our mantel and every time I look at her I smile. Out of tragedy, a real friendship was developed. 

My friend Athena of SassySashadoxie posted a beautiful tribute to Lucy on the Dachshund team blog, Tales from the Dach Side.  She featured two angel pug Etsy listings on the blog, and one of the featured sellers, Artist Vanda , whom I had never met, was moved to send me her beautiful print. I received many condolences from my teammates in the blog comments, as well on the team forum.

My dear friends on the LAWST team sent a beautiful sympathy card which was crafted by team member Beth of thequeenofcups.  All of my teammates lent their support and offered condolences during Lucy's illness and after her passing.

My grief has turned into fond memories with the help of these amazing teams.  There is so much more to teams than just posting and promoting on the forums; they are real people who truly care about each other and I'm so happy to a part of these wonderful groups!


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Dachshund and Pug at Play

Hannah and Lucy always want the same toy. Hannah wins the struggle, but graciously relinquishes her ball to Lucy in the end. And all Hannah gets is a smack in the nose from Lucy's tail!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Congratulations to Kat of kei glass llc, the winner of our giveaway hosted on Clever's Corner blog.  These are the magnets that she won:

We hope you like them Kat!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fifteen Minutes of Fame?

Well, it's actually more than 15 minutes, and there may not be much fame involved, but our shop is being featured in TWO blogs this week!  We hope you'll follow these links and read our stories. One of them is having a giveaway so one lucky reader could win 2 of our magnets!

Little Linsdsey Lou Hoo is a new blog looking for followers! Please take a look and read our interview, and follow her if you like!

Clever's Corner has various features throughout the week, and on Thursdays she features shops who have a giveaway! Here's your chance to read some different interview questions, and please enter to win our magnets!

Be sure to check out their Etsy shops, too!

This pretty neckace is from LindseysLovelies.  I love the vintage look to it and birds are always cool!:

CleverCrafter's shop offers unique button jewelry.  Her button bracelets are fun and colorful, like the Americana one shown here!:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Blog is Having a Yummy Giveaway!

I'd like to introduce you to a brand new blog created by a friend of mine.  As part of the "Grand Opening", she's having a giveaway to entice new followers:

Her blog is all about researching snack foods that taste yummy, but that don't contain high fructose corn syrup, fructose, and any type of hydrogenated oils.  She rates each snack with 1 - 5 yummy stars, based on her tastes of course.  This will be a great blog for anyone who is concerned about eating healthy, but would like snack foods that taste better than the box they came in! 

She's rated a few foods already, so check out her blog and enter the contest at the same time!  This is what you could win - a very cool pendant from

Good Luck!

Monday, March 29, 2010

And The Winner Is.....

Congratulations to Victoria of Spain! She has won the Hoooo Gives a Hoot Giveaway! Victoria, I sent you an email. Please contact me so I can send you your cool prizes!

Thanks to everyone who entered my first giveaway! All the participating shops appreciated the time you spent browsing our wares! 

For more fun giveaways and contests please follow the Loud and Wacky Street Team blog. There's a contest going on right now, with more to soon follow! Just click on this link below!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hoooooo Gives a Hoot Giveaway!

We're hosting a HOOT of a GIVEAWAY on behalf of The Loud and Wacky Street Team on Etsy, of which we are proud members!  Here's your chance to win some owlfully neat prizes! 

A very cute owl pendant necklace from Susan Williams Designs, another wacky member!

TWO magnets from Laughing Fridge, Hooty Potter the Wizard, and the endangered Spotted Owl

And a felted owl pin/brooch from Soul In Chains!!!

PLEASE! Read the full giveaway RULES to make sure your entry or entries will count!

This giveaway is open to EVERYONE WORLWIDE!

Leave your email or a way to contact you with each entry!!


Go to Susan Williams Designs and pick out a favorite item and comment back here with the item. This counts as ONE entry. (So one comment).

Go to Laughing Fridge Art Magnets and pick out a favorite item and comment back here with the item. This counts as ONE entry. (So one more comment).

Go to Soul In Chains and pick out a favorite item and comment back here with the item. This counts as ONE entry. (and so another comment...).

You must do the above things first!!

There are several other ways to get an additional entry!

a. Go to the The Loud and Wacky Street Team blog and pick out a favorite item from one team member (see shops links on left side of blog) and comment back here with the item. 

b. Make a purchase at Susan Williams Designs and leave your comment here with the transaction number. This will be verified. Your purchase will earn you FIVE (5) entries.

c. Make a purchase at Laughing Fridge Art Magnets and leave your comment here with the transaction number. This will be verified. Your purchase will earn you FIVE (5) entries

d. Make a purchase from any other Loud and Wacky Team member and leave your comment here with the transaction number. This will be verified. Your purchase will earn you FIVE (5) entries

e. Follow this blog and comment here that you did. If you are already following, leave a comment here that you are.

f. Follow the LAWST blog and comment here that you did. If you are already following, leave a comment here that you are.

g. Blog or twitter about this giveaway in a separate post all of its own and be sure to link it back to here. Leave a comment here with your post link.Make sure there is a way we can contact you. If there isn't and your name is drawn, your entry will be invalid.

This giveaway will end Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 5 P.M. PST.

The drawing will be done using random.org

The winner will have 5 days to reply to the message that they have won. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit of the prize and another name will be drawn.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Give-away for Lovely Pair of Earrings by Susan Williams Designs!

I love giveaways.  And when the prize is a wonderful pair of earrings, I jump at the chance to enter because, I will admit it now, I am an earring addict.  I've already got my entries in, and being the kind person that I am,  I'm passing along this link so you can enter as well! Take a look around Susan's shop and her blog, The Redhead's Homestead. She makes fantastic jewelry, and is a very nice person too (no, I don't get an extra entry for flattery)!

May the best blogger win!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010


We received the nicest Valentine ever from one of our Etsy teammates on The Loud and Wacky Street Team! Debbie, known as soulinchains on Etsy, created this wonderful card especially for me and John. Trust me, she got our likenesses perfect!  Just like "An American Gothic", there we are with the paintbrush between us.  And yes, that's a UFO above us. It belongs to John but it doesn't fit in our garage.

Thank you so much for this great Valentines Day card, Souli!

Be sure to visit her shop, she knits the cutest mini bags!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wacky Valentine Giveaway - One Week Left to Enter!

We're members of Etsy's Loud and Wacky Street Team (LAWST) and this team loves to promote not only its members but other new or unknown shops on Etsy.  A fantastic giveaway is being held on their blog where one person could win multiple prizes, all donated by different shop members!  The prizes are valued at over $75.00! That's a lot of booty!

Enter Here! It's fun and you may discover some cool new shops!