Monday, December 30, 2013

Well this is fun to say! I'm so excited to share this with you. I just can't wait. 

     Should I tell you now?

Alright then.

A Cranberry Day has had a wonderful and exciting 2013, and I'm thankful for each of you who have made it all possible! A very big thank you, to each of you.

Starting early in 2014, A Cranberry Day on Etsy will experience a Re-Vamping. I'll be retiring many of my old designs, and moving into new ones (lovely new ones, if I can say so myself).

My inspiration for this newness now beginning is largely stemming from these things:
gemstones (of course)
geometric shapes

Like so~

Moss & Crystal, Photo by A Cranberry Day

Raw Quartz, coming 2014

Moss & Green Glass, Photo by A Cranberry Day

Long Lapis Geometric Necklace by A Cranberry Day

Photo by: A Delicate World

Foxes, adorableness. Coming in 2014.

By: Eye Poetry Photography

Blue Druzy, coming 2014.

I'll keep you in the loop over the next couple of months, but expect to see exciting changes coming your way!

Also another big announcement, I will be opening a second Etsy shop called Misfit Beads for some of my... 'misfit' beads. My goal in doing this is to clean up my cluttered workspace by moving out beads I'm not using, and to give beading types the opportunity to buy small quantities of beads at very reasonable prices.

 Often if you just need a few beads, they're very expensive as compared to buying large quantities, so I'd like to offload some excess bead inventory and at the same time, give others a chance to purchase small quantities of items at an affordable cost.

Here's a sneak peek of my new shop banner:

Have a Happy New Year everyone!!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas is almost here! I absolutely love this time of year. Christmas lights, gifts, Salvation Army people ringing bells, general Christmas cheer. But mostly- as Charlie Brown discovers with his good friend Linus, the true meaning of Christmas. Some (free!) recommended advent reading can be found here. I so enjoy reading Piper, his love for the Lord is so true and profound, it's like it can't stay inside of him even if he wanted it to (which he wouldn't), it just seeps out in unmistakable joy and delight in telling others about our beloved Saviour. 

Part of preparing for Christmas is getting ready for giving gifts, which I think is a lovely way of reminding one another of the greatest gift given to us in Christ. Not that our gifts can have a shadow of comparison with the gift of Jesus and the ability to be made into new creations in him, but that in love and goodwill towards one another we try to reflect God's love by giving to one another. So with that in mind, here are some goodies that I've had my eye on this year!

Here's something I always try to have around for Christmas. Dark chocolate infused with orange is delectable. Thanks Trader Joe's!

Here's a something that I did a little 'Hi Hubby- here's something I really, really like' move on! The anchor works for me because Chris is very much an anchor in my rather flighty life. He helps me keep it together, and I help him see past the logical world into the artsy world. I'm so thankful for our marriage.

By Olive Yew

I've really enjoyed following the Food 52 blog this year. I've found lots of super yummy recipes with them, one of my favorite being these green beans which we had with dinner last night. So simple, yet so.... delightful. Which is a strange word to use with green beans. 

Green Beans!!

Sorry, that was a rabbit trail. Whilst following my favorite food blog, they introduced me to this family owned company, Mosser Glass. And I've been eyeing these mixing bowls in green..

Mosser mixing bowls

I'm realizing that I can't post everything I'd like to on here, since some people who read my blog have yet to receive the gifts I've sent them.... hmmm....

Here is something I found along the way and thought would make a great, though pricy, gift! This shop was recently a featured seller on Etsy. 

Dual Beer Glass by Pretentious Beer Glass on Etsy

My friend Angela and her husband Ross are raising funds to be missionaries to Bogota, Colombia. Angela is selling her handiwork to help their process! Here are a couple of her items. Angela's items were at our recent Holiday Handmades Sale, so I'm guessing some people out there will receive her items as gifts!


Infinity Scarf, scarf user friendly.

My nephew will be getting this from us, since he's only six years old I suspect he doesn't read my blog and therefore this is safe to post. My sister-in-law said he's been wanting it, and I was totally taken by how cool this is. A swimming fish robot!

Hexbug Fish

Here are some items that I enjoyed seeing this season. Not that anyone could afford to give them to anyone, but they're pretty to look at. 

Hat and Elephant by Sugarboo & Co.

A Real Hoot Canister by Anthropologie

While we're dreaming, wouldn't this make a lovely Christmas dress???

Otis and Omar Vintage on Etsy

In actuality, my Christmas dress was found at Goodwill! It's a green dress with pink buttons, the label says Hawks but I can't seem to track anything definitive down online. It needed some slight adjustments, but I finished it yesterday and am looking forward to wearing it. The fabric is soft and comfy, and it should pair well with boots, leggings, and a cardigan. 

I'll leave you with this, another Food 52 recipe that I've now used a couple of times and loved! My only modification is that I have a glass popcorn maker that goes in the microwave, and I've used that and just sprinkled the sugar on top of the kernels, worked like a charm. Great for sitting by the fireplace on cold nights.

Kettle Corn

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Well friends, our annual Holiday Handmades Sale has now come and gone, if you missed it, be watching for it to come around next year! To those of you who were there, we were so happy you came and I hope that you had as much of an enjoyable time as we did!

Below are shots from the day- hats off to all of the vendors for lovely displays and items.

Elise's table, before and during! We're so grateful to her for yet again opening her awesome home. Visit her shop at A Halcyon in Hand.

Setting up, and all set. Visit Alicia on her website!

Loved this table and it's business cards! Visit Vicki at the Apple Crate.

Gorgeous handmade jewelry by Hanson Design

Cheryl's handmade jewelry creations are lovely!

Victoria made scrumptious gourmet treats. I also loved her decor!

Earrings by Katie of Ruff Harmony!

Lori's lovely table, check out her website.

Tailored by Torrey, always a lovely spot.

So glad Bethany could join us with her little friendlies

Humble Handiworks has many things to keep you warm and cozy.

A Cranberry Day, enhanced by the homey fireplace. 

We'll see you next year!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today is a big day, tomorrow is a big day, and Sunday is a big day. What a great week!

    Today my 2013 Holiday Collection has hit my store shelves, including a first ever for me, gift wrapping! Check out my fun Christmas banner by Rhonda Jai.

    Here are a few things you'll find~

Purple Amethyst Necklace

White Jade Peacock Necklace 

Snowy White Druzy Necklace

 Tomorrow, the Indie Craft Experience Pop Up Shop opens, swag bags to the first 100 people! Opening at 7pm. You'll find my Long Lapis Geometric Necklace inside! Here's a shot of the window display, created by Sarah Watts~

Monday, November 4, 2013


    Happy November! I can't believe how fast this year is coming to a close. I think it's time to share a sneak peek of new items about to debut at our Handmades sale, and hit my Etsy store shelves. You'll also be glimpsing my very new 2013 Holiday Collection. Who doesn't need a little extra sparkle for the season?? To give away to dear friends (or selfishly keep for yourself).

Bubble Ombre Necklace

Long Geometric Necklace

Gemstone Geometric Necklace

The Peacock Necklace

The Tiny Necklace