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I love my ETSY STORE! And YOURS too!!

So I have been tending to my Etsy store (2Raymond Design Co) for 1 month now- and WOWOWOWOWOW!!  I am having a blast selling & shopping in this amazing venue! My store gets so much traffic and I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the support & encouragement from other store owners! It seems like there’s an endless supply of FABULOUS items from some of the most creative, inspiring and talented people on the PLANET!! I try to browse a little every day and share some of my favorite things through my Discover Fabulous Facebook Fan Page… and on this blog as well. I wish I could share so much more- but there just isn’t time!! For now, please take a moment to check out my “favorites” list …and show some love to these incredibly talented creators…


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I WILL NOT TALK IN CLASS … (Chalkboard projects)

Remember writing lines in school – always for various offenses like talking, chewing gum, sleeping, shooting spit balls at the teacher… I could go on & on with this but I wont. It always seemed like teachers had no sense of humor – but I digress… haha! Really all they were doing was giving us ideas (although unknown to us then) for how to be “crafty” in a more (or less) adult way later on!

As I was browsing the isles of my local Dollar Tree this weekend, searching for some $1 inspiration… what was I to find but a PLATE!! Yes an ordinary plate to the “untrained” eye… but for those of us who might have spent a few hours at the blackboard, breathing in chalk dust, mumbling obscenities and writing some non-creative choppy sentence like “I will not pick my nose in class.” the plate becomes a work of art – with just a swish or two of chalkboard paint! So I rang up that PLATE and rushed home to my mad-scientist lab (aka the kitchen table) and went to work. A few minutes later (literally) I had something that would raise the hair on the back of any teacher’s neck… a beautiful chalkboard plate that I can scribble on ANY TIME I WANT…not just when I’m bad!!

So that got me thinking – what ELSE could I freak out the teachers with?!?! I compiled a TO DO list of some future projects using chalkboard paint … Let me know if you decide to try any of these! You can find the paint at your local home improvement or craft store, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart – this stuff is everywhere!! I used Americana Black Chalkboard paint for my PLATE – see the cute little picture below!


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2Raymond Design Co is HERE!!

Richard & I are so happy to announce the launch of our Etsy store  & new venture 2Raymond Design Co! I posted 5 items for sale today – and navigated my way through the Etsy set up pretty well if I do say so myself! There are 4 custom sets of tumbled stone coasters & 1 fabulous chalkboard plate (that I almost couldn’t part with) – and more items coming this week!

We are currently working on 4 custom shadow box jewelry cases – hoping those will be finished and ready to list this week!! Other items in the works are the “Signs of Life” custom signs — which will showcase a special date and initials in a very very awesome & unique way. We will also be offering custom vinyl lettering (for wall decor) by Spring time! (Very excited about that one!)

To all my Discover Fabulous fans (Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere) – thank you from the bottom of my heart for your amazing support since the launch of Discover Fabulous on December 16th! We have grown FAST to over 200 fans and are hoping for 1000 by the end of the year! Please continue to share our site & blog with your friends.

Lastly, I hope that everyone is enjoying the contests & free giveaways… they will continue FOR EVER I promise!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE surprising people with something unexpected & I intend to keep doing it as a regular part of this new business. All contests and giveaways will be posted on the blog & Facebook so watch out for them! (Currently we are collecting entries for a FREE Amazon Kindle – drawing on Feb 1st. See the related blog post for details on how to enter!)

Click any of the pictures below to see more about the items for sale on Etsy!

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Fabulous Felt Wreath (project)

Super Super EASY! I made this wreath this morning is less than an hour!! Makes a great handmade gift and costs about $5 – no kidding!!  Use reds & greens for a Christmas theme, pink for a baby girl, blues for a boy, custom colors to match a room’s decor, etc etc…  I love this project!!

Here’s what you need;

  • 9 x 12 felt pieces (I used 20 pieces cut into thirds to make a 14 inch wreath)
  • Long needle & thread (I used a doll making needle & quilting thread)
  • Scissors
  • A piece of cardboard  (about 12 x 12 -any old box will do)
  • Hot glue

Step-by-Step: (see image for step-by-step pictures)

  1. Gather your supplies & plug in your glue gun
  2. Cut 9 x 12 felt pieces into thirds- making 3 x 12 strips
  3. Ribbon fold each strip (it will need about 4 folds)
  4. Hold your folded strip with one hand
  5. Thread the needle through the center of each folded strip
  6. Continue folding and threading strips together on a long piece of thread (like stringing popcorn)
  7. Your stack of threaded strips should be getting long now!
  8. Once all the strips are threaded bring the 2 ends together and stitch them closed. (Be sure to hide your stitches)
  9. Form your wreath in the shape you want (it will be floppy) on a piece of cardboard & trace a circle from the inside of your wreath (as a guide for cutting)
  10. Cut just OUTSIDE the circle you draw (you want your cardboard circle to be larger than the hole in your wreath so you can’t see it). Cut out the center of the circle to make a nut shape.
  11. Attach the ring to the back of your wreath with hot glue to make it sturdy.
  12. Attach a hanging loop- with hot glue to the cardboard. (I used a scrap piece of felt) HANG IT!!

Love it! This one is going in the nursery. But I see more in my future 😉


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