Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

If you have questions, ask. If you have tips, share. Same with suggestions - share! I want this to be a great forum for people to brainstorm and problem-solve with a good attitude. Crabby Apples need not respond, this is a feel-good kind of blog :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

And the Christmas Winner Is....

Ready to hear who won the 1400 Fans Give-Away?  LOL -- of course you are!  I'm so pleased to announce that the winner is Kat from Kat's Kustom Kreations!  Kat, expect a message from me with details on how to claim your prizes!

I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone for commenting and sharing their favorite Christmas memories.  We're already well on our way to the next milestone and, of course, there will be another give-away when we get there.

I'm wishing you all a wonderful, safe Holiday Season! 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Christmas Gift? 1400 Facebook Fans!

I received a wonderful Christmas present this year - 1400 Facebook Fans!  I am so thankful for each and every fan!  This has been such an amazing year for me and my little jewelry business!  Thank you, all of you, for being a part of this journey with me and making it such a joy.

So, I bet you are wondering what the give-away entails, right?  The picture you see is of a brand new item of mine, not even available in my shops yet.  I've made a couple as Christmas gifts and have gotten such a great response that I thought this would make the perfect give-away item.  This is my new Romanov micro maille ring, made in sterling silver with a single Swarovski crystal.  The winner will get to choose the size they need as well as the color of crystal they would like.  Since it's the Holiday Season, I am also including a $10 gift credit for Auntie Goat's Favorite Soap's shop.  For those of you who don't know, this soap is one of my most favorite things (I'm having an Oprah moment, aren't I?) and I even include samples of it in my shipped packages.  

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post with your name and email address and tell me:  What was your favorite Christmas present ever?  My favorite Christmas present ever was the first unicorn I received from my parents when I was about 8 years old.  I still have it packed away with the rest of my unicorn collection, waiting for the day my kids are old enough to look and not touch.  To me, it was my parents recognizing how whimsical and fanciful I am and encouraging those things :)

The entries will stay open until Friday evening at 8 pm (US, CST), at which time I will draw a winner.  Thank you everyone for participating and helping to make my Christmas one of the merriest I've ever had!