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Goodwill Parties and A Giveaway!

Posted: May 31st, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

While lounging on my couch and sipping my diet coke on a Friday night, (my kind of evening), I read a post through Wendy’s Frugal Friday Party  by Therapy By Decorating which actually gave me the inspiration for today’s Thrifty Treasures Party at Rhoda’s and the Goodwill party at Sarah’s!

It was love at first site how she turned a Target, Dollar Spot bucket into this cute thing:


If you know me, you know it took me 2 seconds to decide that I needed to head over to Target and get me some buckets! But no such luck. Ugggh!!

Never Fear - Goodwill Was There!

Literally, across the street, (I’m not kidding you) the Goodwill store had a bucket for me. Presenting the bee tin…


 And with spray paint, a shaky letter J, and a cute little ribbon — it turned into a markers holder for the boys’ art easel. I don’t know if I love it more because it is so stinking cute or because it was so stinking easy to make? Probably both.




And now for the moment you have all been waiting for! (Or is that just me?! Ha!)


{Clean & Classic Embellishments}

My sister-in-law, Mindy, and I have officially opened our Etsy Store, Clean & Classic Embellishments, combining our two businesses. Although we have many handmade decor accessories, we are most known for selling our custom pottery embellishments. All clay items are custom made with the colors and design of your choice, hand painted, glazed, fired in our kiln and shipped to you!

If you have seen some of my flower pots or bookshelves, you might have noticed the painted clay rosettes that we have made:


            They can be hung by a nail,


or adhered with epoxy to smooth surface.

Along with the rosettes we make clay pinch pots, and soap dishes that are fun to have or give as unique gifts.  Most customers like to use them to store jewelry, extra change, accessories and of course soap but if you can think of other ways, I would love to know!


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But with the welcoming of our new store, I thought one of our ‘Welcome Plaques’, similar to the one I have hanging on my porch, would be the perfect first giveaway!


Three ways to enter:

1. Just leave a comment! (and just make sure you leave your email if you don’t have a site so I can let you know if you win).

2. If you have time to check out the store and let me know what catches your eye, I’ll enter your name again!

3. Sign up or let me know you have already signed up for my newsletter and you automatically get another chance! How great is that?!

I will close the giveaway on Wednesday June 3rd @ 8am Central Standard Time.

Thanks for entering and good luck to you all!

♥ Katie

45 Comments on “Goodwill Parties and A Giveaway!”

  1. 1 Virginia Smelts said at 9:30 pm on May 31st, 2009:

    I would love to win the Welcome sign in your giveaway! I just registered to get your newsletter and your new store has some super cute things. I love the soap dish and think it would be so cute with an initial in the middle!

  2. 2 Staci said at 9:52 pm on May 31st, 2009:

    Love your stuff. Very creative. I did check out the etsy shop and I love the “Bon Appetit” sign. I collect fleur de lis so this caught my eye!

  3. 3 Mary Ellen said at 11:44 pm on May 31st, 2009:

    Found you via the Goodwill party Mr. Linky! What a great little bucket idea and I would love to have my name in the hat for your sweet giveaway!


  4. 4 Mary Ellen said at 11:45 pm on May 31st, 2009:

    just went to your Sweet Etsy shop- I love all things roses so any of your rosettes are a hit with me!

  5. 5 Kammy said at 4:43 am on June 1st, 2009:

    Love the pails ! Great idea and so handy !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  6. 6 Kathy said at 4:57 am on June 1st, 2009:

    Love your “welcome” sign and how you have it displayed on your front porch! And the tin pail transformation is so cute!

  7. 7 Tia said at 6:37 am on June 1st, 2009:

    Hi there! I LOVE your little bucket, it is so cute. :o)
    I would love to be in your giveaway… and I really like the Bon Appetit Plaque. SO cute!

  8. 8 Mrs. Petrie said at 6:52 am on June 1st, 2009:

    Congratulations on opening your store! I love the candlesticks, the large rosette, the pinch bowl…um, can I mention everything?

  9. 9 Meshellyn said at 7:19 am on June 1st, 2009:

    Thanks for introducing us to your store! I am excited for the giveaway too :)

    I really like the rosettes, such a cute item and the candlesticks!

  10. 10 Lana @ ilovemy5kids said at 7:47 am on June 1st, 2009:

    I adore the bucket with the initial! Great job!

    Blessings to you!

  11. 11 Steph said at 9:24 am on June 1st, 2009:

    What a sweet giveaway! Love the initial pail! I’m off to check out your shop!

  12. 12 Jill said at 9:30 am on June 1st, 2009:

    cute stuff! LOVE the Welcome sign!!! ADORABLE!

  13. 13 Kay said at 9:42 am on June 1st, 2009:

    Love your blog and Etsy items. Also, love the cute little bucket makeover. Will have to try that.

  14. 14 traci said at 11:39 am on June 1st, 2009:

    I love the adorable bucket idea. I will be looking for some tin buckets at the Goodwill from now on. Thanks for sharing.

  15. 15 traci said at 11:42 am on June 1st, 2009:

    Forgot to tell you that I visited the store and I like the pinch pot with the heart in the middle the best. Congrats on your etsy store opening.

  16. 16 Sarah @ thriftydecorchick said at 12:04 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    I love it!!! So adorable. And your shop stuff is great, I can’t believe you make those rosettes! You will do great!

  17. 17 Jane said at 1:53 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    Your store looks good! I like the rosettes, the soap dish and the frame the best. I guess that’s pretty much everything! Best wishes with your new endeavor.

  18. 18 Kristi said at 2:22 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    I love it…it’s just my style!

    I am so happy when my thrifty side and my creative side get together to create something beautiful…what a great feeling!

    Oh, and the heart picture frame is my favorite (on your etsy site)…it’s simply darling!

    I don’t have a blog, but you can reach me at kristi(dot)roberts1(at) gmail(dot)com

    :) Kristi

  19. 19 Mollie said at 2:35 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    How cute! I loved everything i saw in your store….especially the Welcome sign! Very good work! I’m not talented at all…so i tend to appreciate other people’s good work like that! :)

  20. 20 Queen of Fifty Cents said at 3:27 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    Good luck with your Etsy venture! I love the soap dish and the little candlesticks.

  21. 21 Marie said at 3:58 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    Love what you did with the bucket! You’ve inspired me to do something like that for my school room. I also really like your clay creations!

  22. 22 Marie said at 4:00 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    I went to your store and had to tell you the pinch pot is adorable! I decorate my kitchen black, cream, and white so of course the color caught my eye.

  23. 23 Kelly I said at 4:50 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    I love the idea for the tin! May just have to try that myself! I would love to be entered in your drawing. I checked out your site and loved the “bon appetit” plaque or the welcome plaque. Both are cute and add a warm touch to any home!

  24. 24 Tara said at 5:00 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    I found you via the Mr. Linky party as well. That bucket turned out SOOO cute! I’m going to check out your new Etsy store. I love that site and probably spend too much money there! But, it’s all good for the economy and supports indie businesses!

  25. 25 Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said at 5:04 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    Congrats on the new store. Cute finds & remakes.

  26. 26 Sarah said at 5:52 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    Congratulations on your new adventure! I love your creations… fan-tab-u-lous! ;>

  27. 27 Anna See said at 6:14 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    What a fun little project. I MUST need an adorable bucket for something, right?

    I’d love to win a welcome sign/

  28. 28 Melanie said at 8:20 pm on June 1st, 2009:

    Congrats on your store. I love the tins and the welcome sign!!! Cute cute

  29. 29 Kenan Jordan said at 4:33 am on June 2nd, 2009:

    I am new to this blogging world and I love your site. You gave me a great idea for my old tin. Love the etsy store! I am redoing my porch and would love to have a welcome sign.

  30. 30 Sharon said at 5:26 am on June 2nd, 2009:

    Hi, I came across your blog through the Goodwill party. I love the “welcome”sign.
    I think that it is my favorite item in the store. Have a great day!

  31. 31 Joely said at 11:02 am on June 2nd, 2009:

    I also came across your site from the Goodwill party. I love the little rose clay rosettes and the petite yellow candlesticks are adorable!

  32. 32 debbi said at 1:09 pm on June 2nd, 2009:

    Congrats on the new store.

  33. 33 debbi said at 1:11 pm on June 2nd, 2009:

    checked out your new store…love the welcome sign

  34. 34 spring chicken said at 3:05 pm on June 2nd, 2009:

    Your welcome sign would give my front door a truly polished look! Congrats on your new undertaking!!

  35. 35 Patsy Petzold said at 3:09 pm on June 2nd, 2009:

    Before I even knew there was a prize, I was going to comment. I love, love, love the rosettes! I am the proud owner of 2, infact! So glad you girls are doing the etsy shop! Wonderful, as always!!

  36. 36 Carmen said at 6:40 pm on June 2nd, 2009:

    You have some lovely items in your shop. I think the rosettes are so cute. I would love to win the Welcome Sign.

  37. 37 Kelli said at 4:45 am on June 3rd, 2009:

    Would love to win. Cute things!!

  38. 38 Tonya said at 4:46 am on June 3rd, 2009:

    Cute bucket makeover! I visited your new store and I love the welcome and bon appetit signs.


  39. 39 Christin said at 7:52 am on June 3rd, 2009:

    Gorgeous!! Thanks for the chance:)

  40. 40 christin said at 7:52 am on June 3rd, 2009:

    I also love the soap dish from your store:)

  41. 41 Susan said at 9:20 am on June 3rd, 2009:

    How incredibly cute…I’m thinking I might need to head over to Target for a bucket…unless I use the beer bucket that has the dog leashes in it…put His initial on it…hmmm.

  42. 42 Susan said at 9:21 am on June 3rd, 2009:

    The candlesticks…adorable…bright spot of color. So cute….

  43. 43 Andrea said at 1:11 pm on June 3rd, 2009:

    I haven’t checked in a few days (sorry). I missed so much! I love the spray painted sticks. It sounds so rustic yet in your house it looks so put together and dare I say elegant? Way cool. And the spray painted buckets. I saw the $1 buckets at Target but they didn’t have the plain ones. They had stuff on them and I just wasn’t into it. Why, oh why didn’t I pick them up knowing that you’d have a great idea for them. Darn it!

  44. 44 Clean and Classic Interiors » Blog Archive » Ribbons Galore said at 6:54 am on June 10th, 2009:

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  45. 45 Jessie@ This Blessed Nest said at 1:42 pm on July 3rd, 2009:

    Ohhhhh! Pretty. I’ve been looking for one of these for when our house is finished. It would be adorable on our porch to welcome our guests. Here’s to hoping…!!

    p.s Love your blog, by the way. I get some great ideas from it!

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