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Get a jump start on Black Friday

Stumped about your holiday shopping? Let Lucy & Larry help! And if you decide to get a little something for yourself... I promise not to tell anyone ;)

And oh, would it really be Black Friday without a special deal? I think not- so starting TODAY through Cyber Monday, November 28, 2011- get FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders (just $2 international)! No coupon code necessary as adjustments have already been made.

If that wasn't enough... your order may get you a bonus gift too! Any orders of $35+ will receive a FREE ring ($10 value)! Orders of $50+ will get an additional surprise gift. See my shop announcement for more details.

So, got that? On to my gift guide!

Rings & Leather Wrap Bracelets
UW & WSU Bracelets, Baseball Bracelets 1-2-3,
Mariners & Seahawks Green Earrings, Irish Lucky Necklace 
Lockets, Japanese Chiyogami Vintage Necklaces & more!

Happy shopping! Go to Lucy & Larry on Etsy now >>

In Case You Missed It

{ICYMI} Here's a rundown on what was new with Lucy & Larry this week.

In my Etsy Shop:
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with these brand new items! Don't forget that I'm happy to help with custom items if you have something special in mind for your honey, mother, sister, friend, whoever it may be!

Lucy & Larry via Etsy

Seattle Etsy Examiner:
I have contributed three articles so far, with accompanying treasuries for the two about fashion trends. Any requests for a future post?

Please be sure to subscribe if you like what you see!

On the blog:
I gave my blog a minor face lift by updating my header, adding super cute blue social media buttons from Moxie Tonic, and switching out my navigation buttons for a cleaner look. It was a simple fix but I am so happy with it and hope you like it too. I'm going to take this moment to ask you, if you haven't already, to "like" my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter & Pinterest. You can now check out my Flickr feed too!

Whew, that was a busy week- and I have just as much planned for next week too! Hope you all have a great weekend :)

Let's Play Fashion Make-Believe

I find it both incredibly fascinating and just a little depressing to create beautiful outfits on Polyvore- it would be only the former if anything you create automatically appears in your closet, and without a bill! Could someone get to work on making that happen please?  

In any case- I am pretending that these four outfits below are the choices I am mulling over for some big fancy New Year's Eve party.
Which one is your favorite? I'll tell you mine at the bottom of this post...

Black & Gold
Blue Chevron Sparkly Dress
Dramatic Turquoise & Silver
Coral & Gold Glamour

Did you make your decision? Obviously I love all four of these options since, well, I put them together myself but... is anyone surprised to hear my favorite is #3, the turquoise and silver outfit? The shoes alone (and the umm, $28,000 earrings!) make that my top choice- I can't resist them- but the coral and gold outfit almost stole my heart.

And back to reality. I'll just continue to sit here and stare at these gorgeous outfits, but in the meantime, don't forget to tell me which outfit you like best!

Seattle Etsy Examiner

Earlier this week, I applied to join the Examiner team- and I am thrilled to announce that I was chosen to examine Seattle Etsy! I wanted to let you all know more about what I would be writing for Examiner, and what that means for Lucy & Larry.

All of my Examiner articles will be focused on Etsy sellers from the state of Washington. I plan to write about style and fashion trends, upcoming handmade shows, and occasionally some shop spotlights too. My debut article- which went live yesterday!- is about Thanksgiving decor, and I was able to feature about a half-dozen fabulous local Etsy shops.

Let Etsy help you with Thanksgiving d├ęcor
Photo from Karen's Neat Stuff

My Examiner content will be a fun supplement to what I already do here. My Lucy & Larry blog will continue to host my craft projects and tutorials, Friday Faves, and everything else (and hopefully more!) that I have been doing since I started.

So- do you (or know someone who does) live in the wonderful state of Washington and own an Etsy shop? Let me know if you'd like me to write a spotlight on you! I'm looking for inspiring stories on how you got started, what drives you to create, and shops with a meaning. Also, let me know of any handmade/vintage shows coming up so I can mention those too!

Want to learn more about writing for Examiner? Check it out here.

As always, I appreciate any feedback or ideas you may have- so please share!

Friday Faves #10: Project Accessory, Mint Green, and Friends

Project Accessory

Let me begin this by saying this post is spoiler-free! So, I don't watch Project Runway but when I heard about its spin-off dedicated to accessories, I knew I would have to tune in. This is a must-watch, not only if you make accessories but also if you are just a lover of accessories! The premiere episode had the contestants rummage through abandoned storage units to find pieces with which to create a necklace, belt and other accessory of their choice. These people were taking apart rat traps, couches, teddy bears! The most recent episode had the contestants choose a piece of jewelry by Swarovski (jealous!) then create shoes (shoes!!!) and another accessory inspired by their Swarovski piece. I wish I had half the skill set of any of these contestants... I can't use a sewing machine, much less make my own bag or shoes! Catch Project Accessory on Lifetime, Thursdays at 10pm.

Mint Green
OK, so this is kind of cheating since I've made it clear how much I love this color (see Friday Faves #9 and this treasury). But I have to mention it again because I finally got my mint accessory fix and must share!

Mint Rose Ring & Earrings Set ~ Lucy & Larry
Mint Green Pashmina Scarf ~ Swak Couture
These items match perfectly and are such a gorgeous color, it's going to be hard to resist wearing this every day! I figure I can wear it with black one day, then blush, then gray, then coral...

I made a risky decision recently. This isn't the right time or place for me to go into details, but I will say that my decision was a good one as it has given me a new perspective on my own self-worth. More than that, it has shed some light on my friendships. I like to think of myself as a low-maintenance friend since I'm not one of those friends who needs constant attention, or even attention on a regular basis, because I know my real friends will be there for me when I really need it. So thank you, real friends. And you know you can count on me to be there for you next time.