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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Caramel Cook Off! Update again!

Okay all you caramel cook off competitors!!!

I had to change one of our judges because my boyfriend, who is a chef, has decided to enter the competition! Just so everyone knows - This is a blind taste test, so we will not know who's caramels we are eating until after we have completed judging. Just because I am a mean girlfriend I will also not be naming him the winner even if in fact his are better. I want to do this because I want to promote all you Etsy-ans out there that are working hard to promote!!! Of course I forced him to get a shop on Etsy, but this competition is supposed to be about the people that I don't know :)

Good luck all!!!

Critique - RockStarHottie

So our very first featured shop was RockStarHottie. Today I received in the mail our very first critique gift box!! RockStarHottie has sent us here at Handmade Hound blog a plethera of goodies!

These arrived in a fairly small box so I was not expecting to receive so much greatness in one little box! So, shall we begin our critique?

Monkey Owl wash cloth/baby wipes. What do we love about these? Oh my gosh, first of all they are just super cute! RockStarHottie did  such a cute job piecing these little owls together!
Secondly, they are so soft! I can just imagine getting my baby booty or baby face wiped with one of these super soft, super cute towels!


We also received this adorable clutch! We love the fabric used for this small wristlet clutch (RockStarHottie, where did you get it?!). We also love the ribbon flower that is attached in the corner. The seaming on this bag is very well done and there are no frayed or raw edges - which we LOVE. Great quality!

Next in our box of goodies we received some bobby pins and alligator clips! The flower bobby pins are beautiful and securely attached to the bobby pin its self. We especially adore the bright blue flower bobby pin. The alligator hair clips were also very nicely executed. It appears that the are very cute ribbon attached to the alligator clips. The great thing about these is that they do not look cheap, but rather look like something you would find at kids r us. There are no signs of glue gunning or any other type of adhesive which is great because there is nothing worse than a cheap looking hair clip!

We also received this set of hair clips. This is actually a set that I bought from RockStarHottie from her Etsy shop as a gift for my two year old niece. These we are keeping all for her!! We love these clips because the are so cute, well made, and are great gifts for little girls.

Finally we also received this gorgeous large paper crane. This crane is made with a sturdy and beautiful rose origami paper. It is enhanced with glitter sprinkled gently over it, and a pearl bead and hook at the center which makes it perfect for hanging!

All in all, the quality of these products is outstanding and we recommend that people check out her Etsy page, RockStarHottie, to find more wonderful products. Thank you, RockStarHottie, for sending us these beautiful and wonderful items to critique here at Handmade Hound!!

If you wish to be a featured seller, please email, and send a freebie to be critiqued in this blog to:

Handmade Hound by skinnyhound
10270 East Taron Drive #266
Elk Grove, CA 95757

You will be promoted and featured in my blog, your item will be critiqued, and you will receive a premium ad-space good for one week!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Hey guys! I have been super busy the past few weeks as I was preparing for my booth at another craft fair (pictures to come soon!). I am sorry I haven't completed the tutorial I promised, but that will be here soon too!

Just a little update on the Caramel Cook Off Competition. We extended the deadline to Monday, the 20th. We have received some really great submissions already, however :) They are amazing! So competitors who haven't submitted - you have some pretty stiff competition!

Give me a day or so and I will get this blog back on track :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

How To Preview - Remnant Flower Belt

Coming up I will be doing a how to on a little design I came up with yesterday. This belt is called the Remnant Flower Belt. The reason is because I used remnants of previous projects to create both the flower and the belt piece!

Anyone can easily make this belt! And I am going to show you how next blog :)