New Spring Line of Headbands


I wanted to introduce you to my New Spring Line @ FancieStrands. Its time for bright fun colors to freshen up our wardrobes. My new headbands are completely reversible for two different looks. Elastic back for comfort and fit. To top it all off, you will get one rolled flower that serves as a hair clip to use on either side of your new headband. You can also use it as a single flower hair clip or brooch. Ready to see it? I would love to hear your comments.
New Spring Line at Fancie Strands
Tip Junkie handmade projects

Todays Agenda- Busy

I have been busy today filling custom orders and making some new items for my shop also. I also wanted to congratulate Vee. She is the lucky winner of the $40.00 Gift Certificate to my Etsy shop. I contacted her today and cant wait to see what she picks out. Its always interesting to me to see what other people like. Here is one of the newest items in my Etsy shop. What are you working on? "White Bridal or Fashion Flower Hair Fascinator"

Heartsy.me = Groupon for Etsy | Handmadeology

"Heartsy.Me: The Groupon-like Site for Handmade
I stumbled upon Heartsy.me when it popped up alongside my Facebook profile. The advertisement said 50% off Handmade Jewelry, and I couldn’t resist. I clicked through to find an Etsy seller featured and I was immediately intrigued! Heartsy.me was advertising gift certificates at 50% off face value. I was suspicious at first, but if someone is starting up a Groupon-style site for Etsy, I wanted in on the ground level. I submitted my shop information immediately as I continued to click around. I was selected for feature and contacted within the day by a representative at Heartsy who explained how the deal works. Once you’re selected as a featured seller, you create and submit 25 gift certificates at a dollar amount (I created $40 certificates). Then, Heartsy buys those gift certificates at half price. They pay upfront before wiring up or promoting your offer and then they re-sell those certificates to their members. Your shop honors each gift certificate as it comes through your online storefront, adjusting any balances that might have run over the original gift certificate amount via Paypal invoices. I contacted the seller on Etsy who was featured when I discovered Heartsy, and she had wonderful things to say about her experience. She was paid in full and the offers led to many additional sales. Not only that, with all the advertising Heartsy is doing, her shop got incredible exposure." Check out Heartsy me!

Giveaway at BellaGrey Designs

I LOVE hair accessories!! Especially pretty ones with bling!!

That's why here at BellaGrey Designs I am SO excited to offer this giveaway by FancieStrands!!
Visit this really chic blog and enter the giveaway for this set of 4 flower hairpins. Perfect for the upcoming Spring!

Pearl Bridal and Fashion Flower Hairpins Set of 4



DIY- How to make a Bridal Bird Cage Viel

Are you a modern-day glamour girl with a love for fabulously feminine styles? Finding the right accessories to complete your modern style can be a challenge. Most bridal salons cater to the traditional clientele, and vintage accessories are hard to find and expensive. So, whats a girl to do? Make her own of course!
Say hello to the birdcage veil. A beautiful alternative to the yards-of-tulle found in every bridal shop. Made from a wide, open netting known as either French or Russian netting. This is a simple veil that covers the bride's head only to the eyes. The Bird Cage veil can be worn over the face, clipped to the back of the head, or worn to the side.
Bridal salons charge $60-$120 or more for a birdcage veil. With this list of supplies and a little time you can DIY for less than $10.00.

Supplies Needed 
* 1 yard of 9 inch wide French or Russian veiling
* 1 clear comb
* Scissors
* Clear thread
* Sewing needle

Directions:

1. Cut a strip of netting 18 inches long.
2. Cut 10 inches of clear thread.
3. With your fingers, weave the thread in and out of the holes in the top row of the netting. {drawing A}
4. Gather the netting into the center of the thread {drawing B} Tie the loose ends of the thread together. The top of the veil will be gathered into a bunch and the bottom will be open.
5. Thread the sewing needle with clear thread and sew the gathered part of the veil into the clear comb {drawing C}. Make sure the veil hangs over the front {flat} part of the comb, not the teeth: otherwise it will be backwards.


Tips and Hints:
* The veil can be cut shorter if you would like the bottom edge to fall higher on your face.
* Wear the veil with a beautiful feather hair clip.
* The netting is available in white, ivory, and other colors. You could also dye the netting with regular fabric die. Just follow the manufacturers directions carefully.  
Enjoy making your day beautiful!
Tammy

New Finds in Fashion Headbands

Spring is around the corner and to bring it in style I have added these two new headbands to my Etsy shop. Both headbands scream fun, funky and flirty as each flower sits on an animal print headband. I also had the idea to make a tiara. That's right..I was feeling like a princess so here is my halo. lol. I made the form of the tiara with a green twin covered wire and then added various silk flower petals and beads. It was somewhat plane so I nestled some goose feathers in between the flowers. Its perfect for a flower girl, communion or any special occasion. Here they are. Have a great weekend!



Polka Dotted  and Black Chiffon Headbands
Feather and Flower Tiara

 

Managing Multiple online Storefronts

Have you ever wondered what the deal is with managing more than one online storefront? Me too! I have spent more time scouting out online storefronts than you can imagine and I do own a few! I'm glad I do, and I will be adding more after reading this article from "Sunday Afternoon House Wife." I always wondered why I felt compelled to open more than one shop and this article makes it all relevant (in my mind anyway). After checking it out you will see what I mean and its a great way to do some FREE advertising for your online business. So after reading this what do you think about managing multiple storefronts? Are you doing it already? I would love to hear your thoughts. There is however one more that I found that is not listed. Storenvy, its free to list your items and join and has the appearance of Big Cartel. Here is my Storenvy if you want to check it out.I hope this gives you a new perspective on selling in more than one online shop, if you aren't already.
there are universes beneath your skin
Photo by Poofybird

I need your ideas Pretty Please!

I am going to be opening a second shop, totally different from FancieStrands. Where I need your help is: How do you as a follower and reader of FancieStrands think I should incorporate the two shops into this one blog? Is this crazy? How would you or have you done this on your blog. I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this matter. I am open to all suggestions from you guys. I look forward to hearing from you.

Here are some of my main questions:

1. What should the banner look like? 
2. Would you mind reading about two seperate shops?
3. Do you know someone who has done this? If so, who? 

Thanks for your help. 
Tammy  

Fancy This on Chic to the Nines

Another wonderful day here at FancieStrands. I am featured on Chic to the Nines.

Lindsay @ LC Vintage and Chic to the Nines says:

"Spring is slowly creeping into the air and these gorgeous accessories from FancieStrands will put you right in the mood to think Spring! I am in love the crisp fabrics and vintage inspired centers! These would look so pretty adorning your hair on a special occasion or just any day. So chic!" You should check her out and see if she will feature your shop.


It is always interesting to me to see what other people like from my creations. Here is one of  Lindsay picks. You will have to visit her blog at Chic to the Nines to see her other picks from FancieStrands.




SOLD
Romantic Natural Ivory Flower and Pearl Bridal Headband Fascinator

My Beautiful Model

I have a new item to share with you and my model is beautiful. Her name is Arin and she is my 9 year old daughter and minnie me. She doesn't love the idea of modeling for me but never the less she did a fine job. I wonder how much she will charge me? lol. Arin is a my little entrepreneur. {cant imagine who she got that from} She is modeling my newest Lime Green Flower Headband that I listed today. Hugs and kisses to her.




Happy Valentines Day!


Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love.
Alfred Sisley
Tammy




Fresh new items

Ahhh! Its the weekend and I am ready. I added some fresh new items to my "Etsy" shop this morning. I am loving the Apple Green color that is so popular right now. Can you tell? So..here they are for your viewing pleasure. Wishing you all a great weekend.

How to WIN a $40.00 Gift Certificate from FancieStrands and 15% Off

 Get into the FancieStrands Giveaway

Dang Gina is hosting a Giveaway for me and you could be the winner of a $40.00 gift certificate from FancieStrands. Thats right~ $40.00 to pick out anything you want from my shop. I am also offering a 15% off discount for any item in my shop refunded via paypal. So get on over and enter. You have until Feb.16th at Midnight! GOOD LUCK!

Here is what Gina had to say about FancieStrands:

Fancie Strands specializes in the most beautiful handmade hair accessories for the "bride to be, bridesmaids and flowergirls". All of Tammy's items are made from high quality materials with great attention to detail and uniqueness. Now you all know I am no "bride to be" I am a "bride has been for a long time" and just a wanna be trendy gal, and I am LOVING the hair accessories that I have found on Fancie Strands! Would they be perfect items for your perfect day?! I say YES! But I also think they are the perfect items for EVERYDAY too!

I just got this beautiful clip in the mail yesterday and I can't wait to wear it tonight to a Relief Society Activity that I am presenting at tonight!


Isn't it BEAUTIFUL?! I LOVE it! the quality is FABULOUS! I was super excited when I opened the box and saw it filled with matching confetti and the flower clip in a nice bag so that it wouldn't get smooshed! It was all adorable!


How to use Facebook Privacy Settings

Here are 10 settings every user needs to know about "Facebook Privacy Settings"

Facebook’s privacy settings are extremely detailed, giving you the ability to fine-tune the privacy aspects of almost every little part of your Facebook account. Unfortunately, for most users, this level of micromanagement makes Facebook’s privacy settings a convoluted mess.
1. Sharing on Facebook
2. Existing Photos
3. Checking In to Places
4. Connecting on Facebook
5. Apps You Use
6. Instant Personalization
7. Info Accessible to Your Friends
8. Public Search
9. Friend Lists
10. Enabling HTTPS

This is a comprehensive guide and tutorial that I will be implememting.














Sunday Linky Party

Link up today to show off your newest handmade irems. You can share up to three items here. Great exposure for your newest handmade items. See you there.

2011 Color and Accessory Trends for Brides

"The popular wedding colors for 2011" are bright and beautiful. You will find many to choose from for your special day this year. Have fun choosing from turquoise, coral, black and white, yellow, fuchsia, deep red, chartreuse, slate grey, purple and latte.
* Wedding hair styles for 2011:
Wearing the hair in long romantic waves or loosely pulled back for brides with long hair. Hair ornaments such as hairpins, brooches, and hair vines made with crystals, pearls, rhinestones and/or silk flowers are the trend.
* Bridal accessories:
The bird cage veil along with shorter trains and veils are the popular choice. You will find that some brides are placing veils directly on their hair or using a single flower for a simple look.
* For the Flower girls:
Floral head wreaths and dainty tiaras are always a great choice.
* Current wedding themes for 2011:
1. Winter Wonderland
2. Beach
3. Garden
4. Vintage Glamour
5. Woodland/Rustic 6. Tiffany Blue (aqua)
7. Sparkling Diamonds
Have fun planning your truley special day.
Tammy
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