Friday, October 23, 2009

A Once in a Blue Moon Haunted Tilleyjewels Sale

It's time for a Once in a Blue Moon Tilleyjewels sale! In honor of my favorite holiday coming up I have decided to share the joy. From now through midnight Halloween night ALL purchases of $10 or more (before shipping) in my main Etsy shop will receive a 20% discount. This even includes the many items in the "Last Chance Sale" section. All you have to do is type the word "HAUNTED" in the "note to seller" box upon checkout. You may then either go ahead and pay through Paypal and I will refund your discount when I receive your order, or you may request a revised invoice prior to paying. It's a great way to start your holiday shopping!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Today's the Day for a Great Giveaway!

If you've been lusting after that Coffin Jewelry Set I posted earlier, today's your chance to win it in time for Halloween! Go to for your entry instructions.

Also up for grabs today are several copies of two books by one of my very favorite authors Jeri Smith-Ready, "Wicked Game" and "Bad to the Bone". If you appreciate the genre that is known as "urban fantasy", you'll love Smith-Ready's journey into the world of vampires who run a radio station to keep themselves grounded in reality.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Looking Ahead to the Holidays

Tilleyjewels is Secret Sister/Secret Pal/Secret Santa friendly! I have tons of special gift wraps for my orders (birthday, anniversary, holidays) and will gladly enclose a matching note personalized with your message all sent directly to your gift recipient. If you prefer to remain anonymous I have no issues with that. I love being able to provide this service to my customers as it saves time and money on shipping.

I will be starting to list some of my most popular holiday jewelry this week. Yes, I know it's early, but three years experience of selling on Etsy has shown me that October is when my international customers will start ordering for the holidays to ensure their packages arrive in plenty of time.

Already back in the shop are my ever popular snowman earrings with the option to pick your own scarf color. Choose from the traditional bright blue, red or green or go wild with hot pink, turquoise, lime green. I have the floss used for the scarves in just about every color imaginable, so the sky is the limit! The nice thing about snowmen is they are "winter" jewelry instead of strictly Christmas. You can wear them all throughout the cold winter months, long after your holiday jewels have been stashed away for another year.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

We Have a Winner!

We found out a few days ago that my oldest daughter Audrey is the recipient of a 2 year full tuition waiver to study art at Rend Lake College! The decision was based entirely on her art portfolio submission.

Audrey and I attended a reception at the college last Thursday evening where this year's six art scholarship winners were announced. The students were spread out over the Southern Illinois region. Audrey is the only one from our hometown.

While we were at the college we got to meet a couple of the art teachers and the chairman of the art department. One of the teachers had a class in session that evening, which she let us sit in on for a while, but she took the time out to come talk to Audrey about the works she had submitted.

The art department at the college is in the Theater building. We got to tour some of the art facilities, including the ceramics studio, which Audrey was very excited about. It is located beneath the stage, where students were rehearsing for an upcoming performance.

The works of all six scholarship winners will be on display in the lobby of the Theater building throughout the month of October. It is an impressive group of young talent. All of the pieces I've shown here are from Audrey's collection.

I'm a proud mom, and have to admit that I'm relieved to know that plans are in place now for next year. Now we can relax and enjoy the rest of her senior year!

Halloween Giveaways

If you are fascinated by all things supernatural as I am, then you must visit this website I recently discovered: They are currently running a daily contest for the month of October called My Bloody Vampire--31 Days of Dark Delights...

Bitten By Books is hosting multiple daily giveaways during this month of frights--including one of Tilleyjewels' new Vampire's Punishment Coffin jewelry sets (necklace & earrings).

I don't know which day my items will be up for grabs. That's the beauty of this contest--you have to visit the site every day to view the newest goodies and that day's entry rules.

I'm having a blast reading all the daily entry responses to questions such as your favorite Halloween costume or favorite fall recipe. Make sure you go check it out!