Friday, October 21, 2016

The Twitter Tree

The Twitter Tree© will is hosted by a different shop Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:


Only 2 Items per person
Each Tweet must contain one of these corresponding hashtag 
Monday - #CCMTT
Wednesday - #EJWTT
Friday - #BAFTT

(NOTE:  Important only use these #'s for Twitter Tree Tweets!)
Only 1 other Hashtag may be used.
Include your Twitter Id, mine is @ButterflysAttic
Please include a brief description of your item in the tweet.Keep your Tweet under 140 Characters (including spaces).

No Mature Items
Tweet Everyone’s listings. (It is not fair to others if you do not fully participate. Team Leaders do watch who is tweeting and who is not.)

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Bright Bubblegum Pink Flamingo Striking Contrast on Black & White #Photograph via @Etsy @ButterflysAttic #BAFTT

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Etsy & Small Business Search-party for Sales Linkup

Since we seem to be missing several people due to their work schedule, school etc.  I have decided to extend the number of days we have the Search Party open.  New end is midnight Saturday (PM) and all must be searched and "liked" by Noon Sunday.

Etsy and small businesses searching for sales using the Small Business Search-Party Linkup.
It is becoming increasingly challenging to not only get sales from sites like Etsy but to even get promoted.  A while back parties that would "like" your item if you "liked" theirs worked well. It increased your items visibility in general and increased the popularity of your item in the eye of Etsy thus increasing your rank.  But that again has changed and is no longer an effective use of time.

What Etsy and other similar sites are tracking now are how frequently an item or shop is searched for then "liked."

This sales search party will be patterned after our Twitter Tree format.  In order for the linkup to be effective participants must follow the instructions in detail.  There are only a few rules:
  1. All Participants must Search and Like (or equivalent depending on the site) all other participants' items & shop
  2. Limited to 1 shop link and 3 item links
  3. Post Short Links for your items only (if you are not sure what this means use my links as an example)
  4. While I would love to have an actual linkup to post pictures I am not going to.  I am afraid that if I should people will click on those instead of searching.
  5. Once the page comes up you must stay on it for a minimum of 20 - 30 seconds. (if it is less it will not count)
  6. The Search Party ends at Midnight Saturday (PM) and all items/shops must be searched and "liked" before Noon Sunday.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Photography by Colleen

I have always loved the beautiful and amazingly delicate flowers of the cactus.  They are brilliantly colored and have a cray-paper thin petal.  My passion for these unusual flowers started in the Midwest where I discovered that Wisconsin actual has a small desert that is home to a native Prickly Pear (which is an endangered plant.)

This amazing little desert is located north of Spring Green and is home to many more cacti and lizards.  Yes I said lizards living wild in Wisconsin!  For more information you can check it out at

Now for some of my photographs of the cactus from California to Nevada:

Old Man of Mexico Cactus Closeup at Palm Springs Botanical Garden Nature California Natural Photograph Wall Art Home Deco
Barrel Cactus Closeup at Palm Springs Botanical Garden Nature California Natural Photograph Wall Art Home Deco
Macro Photography Barrel Cactus in Black and White Nature Photograph Desert Life Spiral Zen
Barn wood Background / Bright Lemon Yellow Prickly Pear Cactus Blossom on Black & White Photograph Accented Wild West Desert Scene Wall Art
Bright Lemon Yellow Prickly Pear Cactus Blossom on Black & White Photograph Accented Gorgeous Sunshine Yellow Wall Art
Golden Bright Orange Cactus Blossom on Black & White Accented Gorgeous Gold Orange and Honey Photograph Wall Art

Monday, October 17, 2016

You're the Star Family Feature Week 3

It's hard to believe we are over half way through October!  Time is certainly flying.  Make sure you link up your blog posts below and have a blessed day :)

There are several ways to follow me:
WELCOME to Week#3 of the October
"You're the STAR" blog hop!
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories. 
(Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month.) 
The "theme" only occurs during our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)
Below is a graphic showing our weekly feature categories:
This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family Cohosting Team's  blogs to see who is being featured:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
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We are in need of more Cohosts (click HERE</ strong> to view a list of our current hosts/cohosts)
If you are interested in joining us as a Cohost then please click HERE</ strong> & fill out the form.
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STAR Giveaway

All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Countdown to Christmas with Julie and Blu

Christmas Countdown
Having a melancholy weekend.  It started with getting out my fall decorations and the next thing I knew I was daydreaming of the celebrations past.  I love the fall weather in the desert. It starts to cool down into the double digits and we're able to spend more time in the mornings and evenings outside.

The constant whir of the air-conditioners are becoming silent for longer and soon will not be heard from until next spring.  While our temperatures are quite different than those in the Midwest, Fall is in the air and I can feel the excitement of the upcoming holidays.  A trip to Hobby Lobby and it is quite obvious they are just around the corner.

Since I am in the mood for a little spicy cinnamon, pumpkin and the oaky scent of falling leaves I am picking my favorites in fall colors :) I hope you enjoy my picks from Julie and Blu's Countdown to Christmas.

Maple Leaves Autumn Dog Bandana, Collar Slipcover or Scrunchie style

Colorful maple leaves are a sure sign of Fall! Perfect for Thanksgiving and harvest celebrations, small maple leaves in warm, spicy shades of red, maroon, purple, and gold on a dark chocolate background are the theme of this bandana.

Order as either a Scrunchie Bandana with an elastic neck or as a Collar Slipcover-style bandana.
  • Handmade of pre-washed, 100% cotton quilting fabric - machine wash and tumble dry
  • All seams are neatly finished with no raw edges showing
  • Design placement will vary on each bandana
This gorgeous Cranberry Quartz and Swarovski Pearl Bracelet was created using 8mm cranberry quartz, 6mm Swarovski pearls, 4mm silver plated round beads and 13mm sterling silver twisted toggle clasp. This bracelet is approx. 8 inches long including clasp.
Crimp beads secure the silver beading wire to each end of the toggle clasp; then sterling silver crimp bead covers put over them.
This bracelet will be a great accessory for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or just as an everyday piece of jewelry.
If you ever have had a loving, caring relationship with a magnificent horse - or wish you had - you will absolutely adore the timeless beauty of the SPIRIT HORSE handmade necklace.  The artisan created ceramic focal features a regal, arched neck horse head with a raised, 3-D effect.   It has a rustic, totem feel with its custom mixed, non-toxic rust brown glaze in a matte finish and ancient spiral design found at the bottom of the pendant.  The 3-D effect was given an added punch since the more of the glaze settled more into the recessed areas of the horse head design than the raised areas.  The back of the pendant is unglazed and slightly concave.  The horse head pendant is connected to the main body of the necklace with a handmade sterling silver beaded bail...
  • Artisan spirit horse ceramic pendant:  app. 60 mm x 40 mm (at widest) x 5 mm
  • Faceted magnesite rondelles:  :  app. 12 mm x 8 mm
  • Picture jasper rondelles:  app 8 mm x 5 mm
  • Metal:  sterling silver
  • Clasp:  sterling silver toggle clasp set
  • Length:  app. 18.75" / 47.6 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 2.75” / 7.0 cm, including the handmade beaded bail
Throw Blanket with Fringe Crocheted Multicolored Afghan with Sparkles in Yarn Green Brown Orange Peach Rust Home Decor Couch Throw Afghan

Throw Blanket with Fringe
Hand Crocheted Multicoloured Afghan with Sparkles in the yarn

Square colours are light green, green, brown, orange, peach, rust.
Size without fringe is approximately 55 x 43 inches (140 x 110 cm)

Yarn is vintage "Velourette Sparkle made in France exclusively for Reynolds Yarns Inc. of Hauppauge NY. The orange in particular resembles velour fabric. It gives the throw / afghan a soft feel with the sparkle throughout. Yarn label indicates 98% viscose and 2% lurex. A yarn label will be included with the afghan.

Silver Dangle Earrings, Red Earrings for Women, Clip on Earrings, Dragonfly Earrings, Swarovski Crystal Jewelry, Handcrafted Jewelry

These silver dangle earrings will be comfortable to wear because of the padding on the clip backs. The clips have a dimpled texture and a non-tarnish finish. Beautiful red and gray Czech glass beads have a dragonfly impression in them. I have topped them with gray Swarovski crystals that sparkle in the light. These earrings are 2 inches long.

Materials I used in the earrings:
  • Czech glass beads - 17 mm, red and gray, dragonfly impression
  • Swarovski crystal beads - 6 mm, gray
  • Silver plate clip backs - 12 x 20 mm, dimpled texture, non-tarnish finish
  • Silver plate head pins
  • Sterling silver petite round beads
These earrings are handmade by me, Sharon, of Blonde Peach Jewelry. They will arrive in an attractive organza bag that is great for storage or gift giving.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the earrings. Thank you for browsing through my shop of handcrafted jewelry. Check back often to see frequently added listings
Antiqued Copper and Brass Bronze Wire Wrapped Double Hoop Earrings

These double hoop earrings are handmade with an interesting combination of antiqued brass, bronze, and antiqued copper plating. The larger hoop is antiqued copper plated with antiqued brass wire wrapping, and the smaller bronze hoop is wire wrapped in rust brown plated wire. Earring hooks are antiqued brass. Created by The Singing Beader.

If you love both antiqued copper and brass jewelry, you will adore wearing these eye-catching earrings.
  • Earrings dangle: 2 1/4” (5.7cm)
  • Large Hoops: 30mm
  • Small Hoops: 15mm
Duck Hunter And Hunting Dog Desk Clock Handmade From Cherry Wood By KevsKrafts

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If you or someone you know is a duck hunter then this is the perfect gift to get for yourself or the special duck hunting friend.

This duck hunting desk clock features a scene of a hunter and his hunting dog with some cattails. All of this was cut by hand ( handmade ) using a scroll saw from cherry wood. A handmade non toxic all natural beeswax and mineral oil mixture finish was applied to bring out the natural beauty of the wood as well and protecting this natural beauty for many years of enjoyment...


Red Flint Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads Silver Jewelry Supplies

Red flint handmade lampwork beads wrapped with .999 fine silver witha shiny glass bead finish.

These beautiful red handmade glass beads were made using a gorgeous red colored glass called red flint. I have wrapped them in .999 fine silver adding beauty and elegance to this romantic bead. The silver wrapping can vary from a single wrap to several wraps. I got a little carried away with these two beads I made for the photo but all are equally as beautiful. As I make more or you look as other silver wrapped beads, you can see that all wraps turn out different. Red beads are especially thought of around holidays such as Valentines and the Christmas season but they can be worn throughout the year with most any wardrobe you have. The .999 fine silver wrapping around these elegant beads are gorgeous! They have a shiny glass bead finish.
Sold individually by the bead...
  • Quantity: 1 bead
  • Size: approximately 10-11mm x 7-8mm
  • Mandrel size: 1/16
  • Hole size approximately 2mm
RSS Designs In Fiber
Green, Tan, Orange Handmade Basket - Home Decor Accent

Hand-Crocheted and Woven Yarns in the Fall Colors of Greens, Tans and Orange in a Wavy Design for this Functional Basket.

100% Double Thick "Chunky" Cotton Washable Yarns

Look at all the Photos for the details - the edge of the Basket is tightly crochet in the Rounded Crab Stitch, which makes a sturdy finished edge...

  • 10 Inch Wide Opening at the Top
  • 8 Inches Wide at the Bottom
  • Inside Height of Basket is 3 1/2 Inches
  • Outside Height of Basket is 4 1/4 Inches
Candy Corn Fused Glass Bobby Pin, Halloween or Thanksgiving Hairpin

Yummy! A fun fused glass hairpin for fall or halloween - this candy corn bobby pin looks good enough to eat. Made by fusing glass in yellow, orange and white and then using a grinder to make the shape.

The glass portion of this bobby pin measures approximately 3/4" x 1/2" and the total length is approximately 2 1/8".

It is in stock and available for immediate shipment. And - if you purchase more than 1 bobby pin, additional items will ship for free!

I personally handmade all of the items you see in my shop and am located just outside of Atlanta in Roswell, Georgia USA.
Autumn Blessings Tags with Leaf for Fall Thanksgiving

Here are a set of 12 Autumn Blessings tags to adorn your gifts. They are great for Fall decor. These are sweet inspiration tags to be thankful for the blessings we receive. Give thanks today and always. They are also great to be tucked into goody bags for your fall retreat or bible study meetings. If you are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, these tags would be a wonderful tags to adorn your favors that you give to your guests.

Each is hand-stamped with a beautiful orange leaf image and “Autumn Blessings” phrase, distressed to give a vintage feel. Both edges of the tag top are embossed with beautiful delicate pattern. Each is pre-strung with a string. The string maybe different than shown, depending on availability. Placement of the image and wordings may different slightly since each is made by hand. Having these tags pre-strung with ribbon give you the convenience All you need to do is to tie this tag to your favor, basket, etc.

These  Autumn Blessings Tags are designed with simplicity in mind to adorn your special gifts. Make your Thanksgiving party special this season. Get one of a kind tags instead of mass-produced tags.

Each tag measures about 2 inch wide and 3.5 inch tall, made with beautiful kraft paper that are acid and lignin free.
Brilliant Candy Apple Red Sugar Maple Leaves Autumn Scene in California Fall Leaves Natural Photograph Wall Art Home Deco Fire Red

Photograph titled "Autumn Sugar 1" Is a closeup of beautiful brilliant candy apple red sugar maple leaves. Nothing is more beautiful than the valley in autumn the brilliant reds and fire oranges paint the landscape. Perfect for your fall home decor. This listing up to 16 x 24 inches (also offered in additional sizes up to 30 x 40 inches as a custom order) if you are looking for larger sizes or different cropping please email me.

Photograph taken in Fresno California...
Pumpkin Coasters, Decorative Crocheted Coasters, Handmade Pumpkin Coasters, Set of Four Pumpkin Coasters, Orange and Green Pumpkin Coasters

Perfect for the coming Fall, these pumpkin coasters are both whimsical and functional. Place them around your house as a Halloween or even Thanksgiving decoration and you can also use them to protect your furniture from both hot and cold drinks.

They are hand crocheted from 100% cotton yarn and are both absorbent and soft. If they get dirty you can throw them in your washing machine and dryer.
These pumpkin coasters are approximately 4.5 inches across and sport a jaunty green leaf and stem.
Carnelian Gemstone Bracelet Earrings, Boho Beaded Bracelet, Orange Red Bracelet, Gold Tone Crystal Bracelet, Czech Glass Bohemian Jewelry

This handmade gemstone bracelet features carnelian beads, sparkly crystals, and a central focal bead of brown-toned Czech Picasso glass. The design on the central bead is a starburst (or sunburst) and reminds me of an ancient etching. Czech glass beads such as this are made by hand, and no two are exactly alike. Typically, they are also rustic-looking and almost always interesting.

The carnelian beads (8mm, rounds) are richly hued, with a beautiful orange-red color. Their companions are pretty Swarovski "Metallic Sunshine" bicone crystals (6mm, 4mm, made in Austria) and small light yellow mookaite jasper rounds (4mm). The bracelet also includes TierraCast (made in the USA) gold-plated daisy spacers and jump rings; gold-plated rondelle spacers; 14K gold-filled twist crimps and wire guards; a TierraCast 22K gold-plated star charm; an inch-long gold-tone extender chain, and high-quality 49-strand beading wire (made in the USA)...
Red Round Gemstone Earrings, Red, Gemstone, Root Chakra

Red Round Gemstone Earrings are lovely for women who love crimson red. Red is a power color and relates to the root chakra. Also, red is the color of love.

These handmade red round earrings match this red charm bracelet

Why give your woman flowers or candy when you can give a handmade wearable gift?

  • Red flat gemstones
  • Red round beads
  • Red Czech crystals 
  • silver plated findings
Collectible Thimbles, Handmade Thimbles, Thimble Collection, Flower Thimble, Cardinal Thimble

If you or a friend of yours collect thimbles, these collectible thimbles make the greatest gifts. There is a whole garden of flowers with redbirds perched among them on this handmade thimble.  Great Mother's Day gift for someone you know who loves cardinals!

Hurry, I only make them one at a time, and when they are gone, they are gone. Buy this thimble now.

Style: Thimble
Color: Red, orange, yellow
Size: 1-inch tall
Materials: Polymer, china
Stock: CT-16
Blue Morning Expressions
Flower Garden and Cardinal on a Navy Blue Porcelain Thimble, Flower Thimble

The thimble is on a base of china, which means that they are strong and durable, and it will look wonderful in your thimble collection...
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Popping Party Ring w/ gold & white Confetti Clear Resin Handmade Statement Ring

A beautiful large upcycled statement ring.  Handmade from salvaged vintage jewelry.   Festive gold and white Confetti  great  patina on the surrounding metal.  Perfect for dress and casual.  Adjustable Antiqued Brass tone band  to fit most finger sizes.

Red Bend Jasper Cream Riverstone Czech Beige Crystal Gemstone Necklace

Autumn inspired large red bend jasper free-form pendant is the focal in this handmade gemstone necklace. The necklace itself consists of red bend jasper rounds, cream colored riverstone and Czech beige Picasso luster fire-polished crystals which I have named "Rustic Autumn Embrace".
I was first inspired when I found this large free-form pendant with it's deep terracotta red with it's slashes of cream and gray matrix. The most unique feature that caught my eye is the quartz vein running throughout the middle. I have attached the pendant to the necklace with a gold-plated leaf pinch bail. Jasper is an opaque chalcedony and red is one of its most common colors. The red jasper stones are from South Africa have a terracotta red color that also contain a white to transparent quartz vein. Please view the close-up photos to see the beauty of these stones...

Steampunk Clock Necklace Owl Necklace Charm Red Jasper Cluster Long Necklace Victorian Style Jewelry

Are you looking for an unique necklace, look no further.
What a gorgeous owl necklace perfect for the Fall. The Red Jasper stones gives this necklace a very warm and Fall like feel. Fall is upon us. I love how the reds and bronzes explode in color...great combination.

The charms are attached to an Antique plated Terra Cast ring, which is lead free. The chain is antique bronze plated and is lead free and nickel free.
This gorgeous shades of red watch necklace is loaded with different charms and a working antique bronze plated square watch face.
***I will include an extra battery for later use***

The charm cluster is 3 1/2 inches long.....You get to choose the length of your chain.
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