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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Blocks, Blocks and more Blocks!

Wow...the orders for countdown blocks and custom name blocks keep rolling in!
Thank you all for keeping me SO busy around here lately. :) I've had lots of fun!
Here are some pictures of what I've been working on.
 
 
 



Monday, October 29, 2012

It's here....

Santa's North Pole Village prep week has arrived!
 
And it's official...my house is one giant craft room! Seriously. Nearly every room in our house is filled with burlap or fabric or soy melts or wood blocks or hot glue or paint or...you get the picture, right? ;)
 
Let's just say that while I'm super crazy busy getting all the final details finished for Santa's North Pole Village in Ankeny next weeked, I'm relieved that it's finally here so that we can get our house back in order. Despite what my very understanding...and patient...and always supportive husband might say, Chaos is not my best friend...though she has been hanging around the Miller household for a while now.
 
I'm SO thankful for the amazing friends who came to help me over the weekend. They were busy busy with all the tedious little tasks that are going to save me a TON of time...cutting fabric into 1-inch strips, cutting over 500 circles and flowers out of cardstock for the garland I'm hanging in the booth, writing out each of the soy melts scent descriptions, hand-stitching beads onto my rosettes, etc. I am BLESSED to know such awesome girls! And I'm so excited to show you all pictures of what we've been busy preparing for the show. But you'll need to hang tight for a couple more days.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Countdown Blocks!!!

In addition to the 450 soy melts that I made over the past few days, I've also been having a great time making countdown block sets. This particular set was for a great friend of mine. She came up with 4 big events that she'd like to countdown to...Christmas, Easter, School and Birthdays. And since she'd like to keep this set displayed all year long, we chose some great backgrounds that will look awesome in her living room every season of the year.
 
These custom sets cost just $25!!!
 
They measure about 7 inches long by 5 inches high by 3.5 inches wide. You can choose the colors/theme and up to 4 countdown events. I can have them ready for you in 7-10 days.   
 
 
 
 




Friday, October 5, 2012

Time to make some candles!!!

I've been hard at work making some cute greeting cards this week. Pics will be up soon, I promise! :)

But today and tomorrow I get to tackle another one of my other favorite activities...making hundreds of soy melts! The supplies should be arriving on my doorstep any minute and I can't wait to get started!!! These couple days are like the official start of fall for me. I love the way my house smells after making all those different scents. The downside is that my kitchen and dining room are a complete disaster for a couple days. But the amazing fall aromas wafting through my house make it totally worth it! I'm not sure my hubby would agree with that last part. ;)

I'm always up for helpers so if any of you locals want to join me, give me a call!

Okay, I'm off to work!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall and winter soy melts...only $5!!!

Fall and winter scents are ready to go! And while it may feel a tad bit like summer today (at least here in Iowa), those fall temps will be kickin in before we know it...seriously, in like 2 days.  Are you ready?

I've got to admit that I'm actually anticipating the cooler temps. It doesn't seem right looking at the gorgeous colors on the trees outside knowing that it's nearly warm enough to have the pool set up in the backyard. I suppose the awesome fall fragrances I have wafting through my house aren't helping me enjoy what's left of summer but are turning my thoughts to family gatherings, trips to the orchard and pumpkin patch and...yep, I'm gonna say it...snow! I'm not even a fan of snow so it's amazing what those little cubes of soy wax will make a girl wish for! ;)

Each soy melt cube lasts 30-40 hours...that's around 200+ hours of your favorite scent for only $5!!! And it's 100% soy so it's healthier for you than those popular paraffin (derived from diesel fuel) brands AND it cleans up with warm soapy water. Try doing that with those other options. ;)

Here are all the fall and winter scents I have available. Most of these will not be restocked once sold. I'm paring down the scent options to 20 so there will still be PLENTY to choose from...just not the 50+ that I have now. Just a heads-up, I'm doing a HUGE craft show in just 5 weeks and I anticipate many, if not most, of these to be gone by the end of the day, so if there's a fragrance on this list that you'd like, get your order in soon!

**Amaretto
**Apple Cinnamon
Apple Jack and Peel
**Apple Strudel
Banana Nut Bread
**Bartlett Pear
Blueberry
Blueberry Cobbler
Butter Pecan Pie
Butternut Pumpkin
Cake Bake
Candy Cane
Caramel Apple
**Caramel Toffee
Christmas Tree
**Cinnamon Apple Berry
**Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon Stick
**Cinnamon Vanilla
Coffee
Cranberry
**Cranberry Peppermint
Creme Brulee
Egg Nog
Fireside
Gingerbread
Granny Smith Apple
Hollyberry
Home for the Holidays
Home Sweet Home
Hot Baked Apple Pie
**Hot Cranberry Tea
**Jack Frost
Mandarin Cranberry
**Maple Sugar
Mediterranean Fig
Midnight Pomegranate
**Mulled Cider
Peaches and Cream
**Pumpkin Pickin
**Pumpkin Pie Spice
Peppermint
Pine
Pomegranate
**Pomegranate Cider
Raspberry Cream
**Sandalwood and Ginger Apple
Spearmint
**Spiced Apple
Smell of Christmas
Sun Ripened Tomato
Sweet Holiday Blend Coffee
**Vanilla Bean
**Warm Vanilla Sugar
White Christmas
Yuletide
Zanzibar Clove
 
 **Scents that I will be keeping in stock. Scents without this marking will be discontinued once sold. So get them while you can!
 
To place an order, email me at kmandy14@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's Fall!!!

Well, apparently I'm spending too much time working on new products/projects and not enough time blogging. Sorry about that. I'll keep this one short and sweet and just say that I'm SUPER excited fall has arrived. This is by far my favorite time of year...and quite possibly the busiest for our family. Aside from school starting and running to daily sporting events (we do get Sundays off), things get a bit busier for Miller Made as well. It's craft fair season and I wrapped up my first show this past weekend in Story City. Despite sitting outside in 30 and 40 degree temps all day, we had a great turnout and lots of new people are probably enjoying their new soy melts and writing out those greeting cards as I type this post. :) I'd love to be a part of the show again next year!

And just today I signed up for what is advertised as one of the biggest craft fairs in the midwest...Santa's North Pole Village in Ankeny on Saturday, November 3rd. The show has over 350 vendors and brings in over 5000 shoppers!!! OVER FIVE THOUSAND!!! I'm crazy excited to be a part of this event...but know that I have a TON of work to do these next few weeks to get ready for it. So don't be surprised if my blog posts remain few and far between for the time being.

If the beautiful fall weather/temps have put you in the mood for some lovely fall fragrances, I have 50 scents for you to choose from. I'll get an updated list posted for you. My current favorite is Pumpkin Pie Spice. Seriously awesome!!! Let me know if you'd like to try one in your own home. :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This Week's Greeting Cards

Sorry for the delay in getting these posted. My entire family (except for the hubby) was sick the past couple weeks. But the kids are all better and I'm finally feeling well enough to at least play catch-up.
So, here are the cards I made last week. They are all one-of-a-kind and made with high-quality cardstock, bright and cheery accents including ribbon, buttons, chipboard pieces, flowers, brads and baker's twine. As usual, the insides are left blank for you to leave your own sentiment.
I hope you enjoy them. :)


Birthday Card for Girls or Guys (the inside is white)


Multi-purpose card for Girls or Guys


Bright and cheerful card for any occasion


A colorful and sweet thank-you note





"you are the best"

The ink seems to be a bit camera shy. ;) I promise, it stands out more in person.

Do you have a favorite? Any special themes or color combos you would like to see me tackle this week? I'm open to suggestions. Thanks for taking a peek.
Hope you're all having a great week!

Kristy