Shop Local in your PJs!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!  Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day and reflecting on what you are thankful for.  We are spending the day with family (both Andy’s and mine are in the area which is super nice!).  I thought I’d give you some more ideas for shopping local to read as you digest your Thanksgiving meals!!!  Since I already told you about some of the wonderful brick and mortar local shops to help you cross names off your Christmas list . . . today I have some talented individuals that you can order products from in your pjs!!!

1.  Jamazing! is a great gift for everyone!

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I make jam all the time, but when we ran out of Adam’s Jamazing! Jam my kids were super disappointed and asked me if we had any of the “really good jam” left . . . I would have been hurt if they weren’t right.  My favorite is the Spice Blueberry Muffin!  The Raspberry Jalapeno and Jalapeno Peach Jams are great to have around for last minute parties.  Just unwrap a block of cream cheese and dump the jam on it . . . serve it with crackers and done ~ an amazing appetizer that everyone will LOVE (the kiddos even like this!).

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Adam makes getting his jams so easy you can shop online here and there is also a list of stores that carry his jams and gift packs.  You can choose to have it shipped to you or arrange to pick it up.  Make sure you like the official Jamazing! Facebook page to stay in the know!  If you go to a show that he will be at you can sample his delicious jams!!! He will be at the Royal Christmas Boutique and Open House in New Prague on December 6th!  You can also place an order by emailing Adam at jamazingmn@gmail.com.

 

2.  Get them sweet treats from Jess of Everyday O’Cake’sions

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 I am always in trouble when I go to a show and Jess is there . . .  there is no doubt that it will end with me paying off the tab I create . . . but it is oooohhhhhhh soooooo worth it!  Not only is her table covered with amazing cake pops, but there are also other fun treats like these reindeer hot chocolate mixes . . .

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They make a great stocking stuffer!  You can also get gift baskets and bundles.  Last year I picked up the cutest basket for my Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas.  Cake pops are fun to decorate gifts with also!  They keep in the freezer . . . no promises that they will make it that far, but just in case . . . and they taste just as good right from the freezer!!!  Everyday O’Cake’sions isn’t just for Holidays either,  Jess makes AMAZING cakes for any occasion (birthdays, anniversary’s, weddings, promotions, smash cakes, Wednesdays . . . she does it all)!

O'Cake'sions Make sure you like Everyday O’Cake’sions on Facebook here to stay on top of what shows she has coming up and to place on order email Jess at everydayocakesions@gmail.com and enjoy something DELICIOUS this holiday season!

4.  Country Girls Create has an array of fun glasses to brighten anyone’s Holiday Season!

country girls My cousin, Kate, and I make up Country Girls Create.  We started after making TONS of stuff for her wedding.  Afterwards we decided to keep on creating and selling our creations at craft fairs along with Clothesline Chic.  Wine glasses and coffee mugs are our specialty, but we also have hair bows, headbands, hair ties, and Kate makes jewelery.  See something you like on our Facebook page?  Message us and we can get it to you or we can also customize items to fit any personality or style!

5.  Clothesline Chic is always a great choice for gift giving!

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I have been super busy this year with custom orders, which is always fun, but I LOVE the holiday season when I get to go to craft fairs.  I love to see everyone and hear what you like and want to see me create.  For the Holiday Season you can buy both Country Girls Create and Clothesline Chic items at Generation Home and Building Center in Lonsdale, MN in their gift shop.

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Here is a sampling of what I’ve been up to lately . . .

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As always if you see something you like or would like to place an order contact me at jessie@clotheslinechic.com or send me a Facebook message!  There is a calendar on the side bar to see what craft fairs I will be at, so make sure you check that out!

6.  You might as well treat yourself too with Mary Kay

Mary Kay Kate Sommers is an amazing consultant and not only has great gifts for the hard to buy for tween/teen girls in your life, but she can get you glowing and looking fabulous for the Holiday Season!  Kate is having an open house for Small Business Saturday . . .

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Stop in and see the new products and get a holiday makeover.  Kate also has TONS of products on hand, so you can walk way with your new fun makeup or skin care and don’t have to wait a week or 2 for it to ship!  Check out the cute stocking stuffers and gifts she has ready to go for your giving needs . . .

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You can order online on her website here or stay up-to-date with all of the new products and sales on Kate’s Facebook page here.  You can also get the girls together and have a party.  This way you can all play with holiday looks and you can also save some $$$$ . . . and who doesn’t like that!!!  Kate will help you SPARKLE for the Holidays!

Whew . . . so much talent!!!!  This was just a sampling of some of the wonderful local vendors that are here to help you with all of your shopping needs.  I hope that you have decided to keep your holiday shopping local . . . even if it is just some of your gifts.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend and have a WONDERFUL Holiday Season!

Shopping local isn’t only for Small Business Saturday

Thanksgiving is Thursday, the holiday season is upon us!  I LOVE this season!!!  The food, family, friends, parties . . . I love it all!  As I told you in my last post I am shopping local this year for the holidays, I’ve got a great start!  I thought I’d share some of the great ideas to get amazing gifts and support your friends and neighbors.

1.  Craft Shows . . . I do tend to buy more for myself at these, but they are a great place to get unique gifts.  Check your local newspapers to see what kind of events coming up.  I know Traditions in Waterville are having something for Holidays in Hooterville on December 6th.  The Royal Christmas Boutique and Open House is also happening in New Prague on the 6th.

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Montgomery will be having a craft fair at the Legion on December 13th . . . I will be there for that one!  It is always a good time!  It seems like there is at least one craft fair every weekend, ask around or check out Facebook ~ it seems like someone is always posting about going to a show or vending at one.

 

2. Give the gift of a new skill and memories to last a lifetime from artintheattic-color-header Cassy has a studio right outside of Shieldsville.  You can give the gift of a class (she has gift certificates available) or stop in at Generation Home and Building Center to see their selection of bowls, mugs, slump pots, and ornaments for an instant gift.  Cassy is an amazing teacher!  I was so excited to make a bowl in my first class!  Here is a picture of a session I did with my cousins . . .

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Picture by Cassy Simon

If clay isn’t your thing she also does screen printing which is super fun also!  Make a shirt . . . or one for everyone on your Christmas List!  Check out Art in the Attic Studio’s website for more information and to schedule your session!

3.  Find a gift for anyone at Generation Home and Building Center in Lonsdale.

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That is right, the same place you buy your paint, lumber, nails, windows, and so much more also has an amazing gift shop!!!

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It is right when you walk in, but make sure you browse the whole store, because they have TONS of great gifts.  John Deere gloves for everyone on your list, small tractors to go with them, Little Red Toolbox kits, new tools and so much more!  They are having a BIG sale on Small Business Saturday and Santa will be there for all of your Christmas card needs!

4.  Give the gift of wine from Next Chapter Winery.

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Did you know that there is a winery right outside of Montgomery (by Heidelberg)?  If you haven’t been there yet make sure you swing out for a wine tasting (they carry beer too!).

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Their calendar is full of super fun outings for you and your family and friends for the holiday season as well . . . I am going to make sure to get a Paint and Sip night!  You also HAVE to make sure you stop in to see the AMAZING wall of wine.  Mark Richter Construction, LLC constructed a wine rack wall that will blow you away.

 

See, shopping local isn’t that hard!  But wait there is more . . . stay tuned for more shopping local ideas!!!  Do you plan on staying local with your holiday shopping this year?  Leave a comment and share what is your favorite spot to find treasures!!!

 

 

It’s already NOVEMBER?!?!?!?

Happy November everyone!  This year has flow by!  I am getting ready for the holiday season and upcoming shows.  I have added a calendar on the right side bar to show you what events I have coming up.  If you can’t make it to one, but still need a gift just zip me an email, text or call me!

This year I have decided to follow in my BFF Cassy (from Art in the Attic Studio) steps and buy local this year!  My family has done homemade Christmas for quite some time, so this should be a pretty simple task . . . and who doesn’t like supporting our neighbors!  I would love each of you to consider doing this as well, and local craft fairs are a great way to do it!  There is always something for everyone at the shows.

Speaking of Fall craft shows, they are starting next weekend . . . I will be at the KC Hall in New Prague.  Stop in and start your holiday shopping!

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Have a great week and hope to see you out and about this weekend supporting local businesses!

Get your Pink On!

Thursday, October 6th, is the Lonsdale Crawl. I hope to see a lot of people out and about sporting their pink as we bring awareness and raise money to fight cancer. Clothesline Chic, Country Girls Create, Art in the Attic Studio, Mary Kay, Mark Richter Sculpture South, and Wild Tree will be at Generation Home and Building Center. If that wasn’t enough, the photo booth will be up and ready to capture you and your friends in all your pink glory!!!

Here is the info you need . . .

Crawl flyer It’s going to be a great night and can’t wait to see you all there!!!

Item of the Week – Birch

IOTW birch If you follow me on Facebook you know that Spark Naturals has an Item of the Week that gives you a discount on top of the 10% off you get when you use coupon code “clothelsinechic.”  But I’m not always great at telling you what you could use the oils for, so I thought I would start doing that!  So, here it goes . . .

Birch is an amazing pain relieving oil.  But, it should not be used by anyone that can’t use aspirin because it contains methyl salicylate (the natural form of the active ingredient in aspirin).  This would include kids, people with epilepsy, pregnant women and anyone on blood thinners.  It comes with a special childproof top to remind you!

Here are a couple ways I use birch . . .

I run with my dad 3 mornings a week.  I did something to my knee the other day and it was so sore . . . throbbing sore . . . so I grabbed my Birch EO and some Emu Oil (my dad swears by this stuff) and massaged it into my knee.  The throbbing went a way!  Then, before I went to bed I rubbed some of my Vitamin E lotion that I added Birch to on and around my knee, it worked like a charm . . . I was able to enjoy my father/daughter bonding run pain-free this morning!

Birch is also in the Relief – Headache Blend . . . I made a roller out of this (you can purchase the roller bottles here) here is the link to the video on how to make a roller bottle for you too!  You could also add a couple drops of this blend or Birch to your shampoo when you are showering to relieve tough headaches.

That is how I use birch . . . now hurry up and order yours before the week is done!  Don’t forget to use coupon code “clotheslinechic” to get an extra 10% off your order!

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Why I love Essential Oils

It is already the beginning of July . . . where is the summer going?  We are super busy getting ready for the county fair in August (check out Aubrey and her steer, Trigger) and redoing each room in the house (everyone will have their own room before school starts in September).  You can follow me on Instagram or on Facebook for pictures of all the fun we are having!

 

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Along with all the work we have been doing we are getting some play time in too (sometimes this means we get scratches, bug bites, cuts, and too much sun) . . . which brings me to the reason for my post, but you will have to hold on for my SUPER exciting announcement for a bit!

So . . . back to the point of this post “Why I love Essential Oils.”

My mom introduced me to them a couple of years ago and I thought she went crazy.  How is rubbing this oil on your feet going to keep you healthy or really rubbing oils on my face to help you breathe or get rid of headaches . . . sounds far-fetched to me.  But then I tried them and am hooked!!!  My new personal motto has become . . .

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. . . maybe I should have copyrighted that phase before I posted it, but remember you saw it here first!!!

Because of my new-found love, I became a Spark Naturals affiliate a couple of months ago because I wanted to share my love for affordable, Certified Pure Pharma Grade (CPPG) Essential Oils with anyone who is interested.  This spring I held an Oils 101 class and it went over great!  I am thinking about adding one through Community Ed this fall . . . so stay tuned for more information!  I also did a post on how to make roller bottles this winter and one about my favorite diffuser blends.  Since then I have been using oils for everything and loving the results.  I made a killer mosquito spray (25 drop of Nature in a 1 oz spray bottle and then fill with Witch Hazel) that has been keeping the MN mosquitoes at bay.

Look for more frequent posts on Essential Oil uses . . . and always make sure to use coupon code “clotheslinechic” when you place your order for a 10% discount, because who doesn’t love discounts that you can use again and again!!!

Now for my big news . . .  Spark asked what oils we would like to see them add to their already stellar line up and the latest addition is Citronella!!!!!

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I am so excited for this oil and this week only when you place an order and add Citronella to it you get FREE SHIPPING (ends Sunday).  I am going to make some of these awesome Citronella Candles from gardentherapy.ca.  I can not wait!!!  Aren’t they cute!

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Do you use oils?  Or are you interested in them, but not sure what to do with them????  Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite use is for them or what you would like to know about them!

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Summer Lovin’

Today is the first day of summer break for the kiddos . . . where did the school year go!  I now have middle schoolers and a Kindergartener . . .

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Nonetheless . . . summer is here and we are looking forward to lazy days at the lake, running through (and making) the new PVC pipe sprinkler, and soaking up the sun.  To get us ready for the water Create Kids Couture recently released a new fun pattern . . . the Jonathan’s Swim Shorts!

I was really excited when I got to test this pattern!  Devin was super excited to be my test subject and get a new pair of swim shorts.  He even got to pick out the fabric . . . brown and orange dragons.  He couldn’t wait to give them a try.  The water is still a little chilly, but we headed out to the lake anyhow!  He loves how comfortable they are and can’t wait to actually try them out in the water hopefully soon!

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Jonathan Swim Shorts

You can grab your very own Jonathan’s Swim Shorts pattern here along with all the other patterns in their boys line.  Board short fabric can be found at The Fabric Fairy.  Meg is super sweet and will match fabric for you, which a great perk when you are buying fabric online . . . it never looks the same on the screen as in person.  Don’t want to try your hand a sewing some swim shorts?  Shoot me an email at jessie@clotheslinechic.com to place your order!

Have a great Friday and hope you get out and enjoy the sun today!

2 DGs + 4 shirts = 1 Amazing Light Green Crayon!

A couple weeks . . . or maybe months, ago Lucas came home from preschool with a note about a play they are going to do and he needed to wear light green for his big part as the green crayon.  “Plenty of time to pick up comfy pants and a shirt . . . no problem,” I thought.  Jump ahead to Monday (after many trips to stores that I always forgot to look for light green crayon attire) I was just getting home from a quick run to town and realized the play was TOMORROW and Luke had NOTHING TO WEAR!!!

Did I panic . . . nope!  I went to my fabric stash and found nothing that would work . . . the green and white polka dot was a little too girly for him.  So . . . off to our local Dollar General to see if they had anything that would work.  They had light green clothes, but not in his size, I browsed through the men’s section and found these babies . . . bright green sleeveless shirts!

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I grabbed 2 (the only XL and L they had left) and off I went to start cutting.  I knew I wasn’t going to have enough fabric because they had pockets that left holes if I removed them, but I wasn’t worried.  The next town over has a Dollar General and we were heading that way for dog obedience that night . . . SCORE!  I ran in and grabbed 2 more shirts.

I knew what patterns I was going to use from the start.  The Boys Classic Fit pants from Seamingly Smitten and Create Kids Couture’s Toby’s Hooded T-shirt are great patterns that I was lucky enough to test.  They go together super fast and are great with knits.  Before I knew it this. . .

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turned into this . . . yes, even the socks are green! Green Crayon

The play was a success!  Miss Jenny’s class did a wonderful rendition of “The Crayon Box that Talked.”  Lucas has a wonderful teacher this year and a great assistant, Miss Penny.  They even got certificates of completion and sang us a couple of songs they have worked on throughout the year.

Green Crayon Debut!

No show is complete without a treat!  I scream you scream we all scream for ICE CREAM!!!  And Lucas was lucky enough to have a cheering crowd with him to share the treats with.  Here he is with Great Grandma Next Door.

Ice cream with Great Grandma

It was a great performance and reminder that time flies and soon my baby will be in Kindergarten!  And now Lucas has a nice, comfy pair of lounge pants and a fun new shirt that we will be bringing over to Art in the Attic Studio for some screen printing fun!  I am thinking white houndstooth or chevron pocket and trim!  Stay tuned . . . because that is a post for another day!

Just in time for Easter . . . The Donna Dress now goes to size 12!

I LOVE pattern testing.  I really LOVE when one of our favorite dresses gets redone into larger sizes and I get to test it again!  You might remember a couple of years ago seeing this sweet little girl on my FB page.  Look at that green grass (if you live in MN you know what I’m talking about!!!  We are getting closer to it again!)

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It is a pattern from Petite Kids Boutique called the Donna Dress.  Aubrey LOVED it!  She was so sad when she had to pass it down to her cousin.  Then I saw a call for a pattern tester for . . . wait for it . . . THE DONNA DRESS!!!  It now goes up to a size 12!!  Aubrey will be set for a while!  Check out her new Easter dress, now we just need green grass and warm temps so she can wear it with sandals!

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Easter is still a week away, so dust off your sewing machine and pick up the Donna Dress today!!!  The pattern is clearly written and the dress sews up quickly!  If you want to order a Donna Dress for you little one send me a message and there will be a very happy, twirling girl in your future!

Diffusing the day away!

Happy Saturday Everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day.  If you follow me on Facebook you know that there is a GREAT sale going on diffusers right now (ends today!!!) at Spark Naturals.  I’m sorry I didn’t get it posted earlier, but I found out yesterday morning and I was in the pig barns all day and didn’t have my laptop with me.

I LOVE my diffusers!  Originally, we had one in the boys’ room and Aubrey’s room so they could diffuse Shield, Respire, Zen, Dream Blend, or any other combos they wanted to try to help them sleep and stay healthy.  I recently added one to our living room and am now asking myself why I didn’t do it sooner!  Now is a great time to stock up on diffusers for every room in your house and save 25% (15% is taken off the price of the diffuser already, then use coupon code “clotheslinechic” and get an extra 10% off)!!!  Click on the picture below to browse the diffusers (they are on pages 2 and 3 of the accessories).

Extended Diffuser Sale Before you place your order, check out some of my favorite blends to diffuse . . .

Lift my Spirits

I am diffusing the Lift my Spirits blend right now!  It smells amazing and fresh!  I found it at A Hip & Humble Life.

Shield Respire

Eucalyptus Lemongrass

Spring Blend Zen Tangerine

Depending on the day I change my blends in the morning, afternoon and night.  Mine runs for 3-4 hours before it runs out of water (I have mine light up so I know when it is done).  Just dump the remaining water, rinse it out, add more water and oils and you are ready to go for round 2, 3 or 4!  Think I will do the Fresh Air blend next (I have it in a spray bottle and LOVE IT!).

Any questions??  I would love to hear what you diffuse, leave me comment on your favorites!

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