Monday, November 29, 2010

{Cyber Monday AND Tuesday Sale with a GIVEAWAY@ Ragamuffin Beauties}

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner:
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I have been a busy bee cranking out some custom orders and haven't had a chance to push my online sales, but I updated the Black Friday Sales to include some new deals for Cyber Monday and Tuesday.  Please check it out and help me spread the word! In exchange for YOUR help, I am am offering a $25 Gift Certificate to Ragmuffin Beauties! So blog it, tweet it, facebook it, email it, text media to your heart's content and you will get one entry for each one, no limit. Two additional ways to win: 1. Favorite my shop on ETSY and 2. Fan my page on Facebook. And one BONUS entry, get FIVE entries for making a purchase from Ragamuffin Beauties!  Just come back and tell me you did by leaving a comment for each one and I will choose a winner Wednesday using

FREE Comfy Blanket(design may vary by what is in stock at time of purchase) with Baby Girl or Boy Set, Baby Blanket, or Baby Girl or Boy Changing Pad!  This applies to custom orders too, please message me to set up order.


Buy $25-$49 in merchandise, save 10% off your total before shipping, with code CYBERMONDAY10.
Buy $50-74 in merchandise, save 15% off your total before shipping, with code CYBERMONDAY15.
Buy $75-99 in merchandise, save 20% PLUS FREE SHIPPING, with code CYBERMONDAY20!
Buy $100+ in merchandise, save 25% PLUS FREE SHIPPING, with code CYBERMONDAY25!

Happy Shopping!  Sales end at 12:00 AM CST, November 30th...that's TWO days of sales!

Friday, November 26, 2010

{Ragamuffin Beauties is having a Black Friday Sale!}

Happy Thanksgiving from Ragamuffin Beauties! Please enjoy our Black Friday Sales through midnight Sunday, November 28th!

FREE Shipping on $25 purchase!
FREE Comfy Blanket with Baby Girl or Boy Set, Baby Blanket, or Baby Girl or Boy Changing Pad! 
This applies to custom orders too, please message me to set up order.
10 % on ALL Jewelry with code BLKFRIJ10! 

Check back on Monday for additional deals for Cyber Monday!

Monday, November 22, 2010

{life made lovely: so much goodness}

These last few weeks have worn me out.  
In a good way .  
Lots of family time, crafting time, being in the moment...great stuff.
Opening my shop has been a whirlwind, trying to figure out what being a business owner is all about and how to make it successful.  I have had no shortage of support and it has made me feel so incredibly loved.  First my awesome sister-in-law offered to host a giveaway for me on her blog Melissa Stuff. I got my first ETSY order and have gotten three custom orders from family and friends!  I have several fans on my Ragamuffin Beauties Facebook page, which is awesome, because I was sure it would be comprised of just family.  A sweet bloggy friend, Janet posted about several Mom-Preneur's and included me on her post and gift shopping guide!  Today my sweet friend Heather offered to feature my shop in a giveaway on her series, Life Made Lovely and her shopping thankful.  I adore Heather for her generous nature and sweet friendship!  Then on Twitter, my sweet friend Shealynn of SheyB gave my shop a shout out!  Topping it off my kindred spirit friend, Julie, let me guest post in her sweet series, Joy's Hope hearts.

My cup runneth over.

I am blessed and I have loved feeling loved.

So thankful.

My heart is so, so, so full.
 I am most thankful for my sweet nephew Mason Tyler making his debut last Friday...he is already a crowd favorite!  
Thank you, thank you, thank you for everyone who has visited my shop, made a purchase, entered a giveaway, placed a custom order, blogged/tweeted/facebooked/social media'd of any kind promoted it...I am blown away by your kindness.  It isn't over, because my beautiful and very pregnant friend Rachel, is due any day now and will be hosting a giveaway dubbed the Labor Day Giveaway and I will be part of that too!  Please keep me in mind for all your handmade needs...I would love to create something special for your someone special!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

{oh Christmas card, oh Christmas card}

Oh Christmas card, how I love thee.  Christmas cards may be one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  Growing up in a military family, we met lots of families along the years.  Many of those families have treasured places in our hearts from many a meal or celebration enjoyed together.  Paired with the blessing of meeting so many people in the military comes the inevitable move.  Years have passed and my parents still get Christmas cards, typically with a yearly update, from these treasured friends.  I love pouring over the Christmas cards and letters as they begin to arrive to see who is married, who is having children, who has switched jobs, who has endured hardships and heart aches.  It's a lifetime of memories strung together like twinkling Christmas lights, only instead friendships are strung together throughout the years with Christmas cards.

Here are some of my favorites from the Christmas Card line:

I think I have a thing for the clean classic's just so pretty!

The Holiday Card line has some adorable options, as well.



Along with the great options they have in the Christmas Card line and Holiday Card line, they have endless options for gifts like their fabulous desk calendars and mugs.  They pretty much are a one stop shop with so many amazing products to choose from.  The great thing is they know a thing or two about customer service too and send out fabulous promotions when you sign don't walk to open a Shutterfly account.  I promise they will not disappoint!  I can't wait to get started on designing my Christmas cards for 2010 and I better get cracking!

37 Days til Christmas!

With love, 


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

{WFMW: Operation Christmas Child}

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35

We try our best to cultivate a servant's heart for our kids.  Lots a days the example we provide isn't anything we want mirrored back.  But some times, we are in awe of the work that God is doing and instead of being the teachers, we become the students.

In the last couple of years we have really weighed what we want our kids to place value on.  Do we want it to be things or do we want it to be people.  So we started with gifts.  We have never placed gifts as a high priority for our family and most birthdays, Christmas', Valentine's Day, and anniversaries for my husband and I have been celebrated without a gift. It's not necessarily something we elected to do, most years the funds left us with little choice.  But after being married for several years we didn't miss it either.  As we realized it wasn't this gaping hole, but rather an area God was refining in us, we applied it to our kiddos.

Last Christmas we started a tradition to only give our children three gifts representing the three gifts Jesus received at his birth.  We explained the significance to our children and they were excited, eager even.  It is such a joy to watch them get excited about the things that God has placed in our hearts as parents!

The last two years we have also given them the option on their birthdays to replace their gifts for donations to a ministry we decide upon as a family.  The first year we collected toiletries for a local Women's Shelter/Transitional Home.  This year the kids collected items and donations for Operation Christmas Child. I was so humbled at the generosity.  My kids begged for weeks after their birthdays to get started on the boxes.  They helped wrap, pack, and pray for these boxes that will find their way into the hands of sweet babies that might be receiving their first gift ever.  The excitement in my children's eyes during the process warmed my Momma heart.  We wrapped, packed, and prayed over 16 boxes. Sixteen lives that will be blessed.  Sixteen lives that will hear the gospel.  Sixteen lives that will be impacted for eternity and possibly for generations.  I'm believing, because I know God can do it.  The impact, while humbling, for these sweet children that we will never know are impacting the two sweet babies I have been given charge to.  That is a precious, precious gift.

We have some areas we can grow in and can't wait for areas to be stretched in.  I would love to hear ideas your family uses to help your littles cultivate a servant's heart.  This post unraveled me. It gave me a new way to celebrate Thanksgiving and I hope to use it next year.  We can make a difference in little ways that impact others in a big way!

In love,   Jenni

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

{POST: a blogger social}

I had the lovely opportunity a few weeks ago to join two of my sister-in-laws, Chelle and Melissa for an awesome Blogger Social, adorably named POST by it's hostess' with the mostess' Beth at hello, splendor & Kelly of fabulous k.

The event was perfection.  Simple, sophisticated and swag...need I say more?  It was held in Dallas at Nest, an adorable boutique with the most amazing finds with an eclectic variety of  modern, clean lines, and a touch of indie edge.  That is of course my very uneducated opinion of an ultra posh store that in any other instance would have made this handmade thrifter feel like a fish out of water.  Knowing my roots I steered clear of picking up glass, eating the cupcakes, and drinking anything near...well anything. 

I loved the idea of playing a little game of Scavenger Hunt, linking up five things you loved from the store.  What girl doesn't love playing pretend shopping spree?  Here are a few of my favorites.

Are these not all GORGEOUS!  I die!  Truth be told I did not look at price tags on these beauties, but if we are going merely on adorableness, I could see all five of these lovelies in my home.  I may or may not have already chosen daydreamed of where I would put them. 

And if the eye candy and company wasn't enough...feast your eyes on the amazing Swag from equally amazing and generous sponsors.

Sorry for the grainy quality I was going for a chic look...hmm sort of.  My absolute favorite was the darling necklace, Vintage Love Birds from Vintage Pearl.  Swoon!

It was a great night for sure and cannot wait for my next blogging event!

Tootles, Jenni

{ragamuffin beauties}

I could not be more excited to FINALLY have my Etsy shop open!

Okay confession time.

I have been working on this shop for some time.  A long time.

I bought a sewing machine about two years ago and it sat unopened for a few months.  Then I decided to see what I could do and have slowly taught myself to sew with the help and guidance of a family member or two.  Even before sewing I dabbled with making bows, jewelry, etc.  I never thought I would actually be able to create a business out of my creative heart's hobby.  But here we are, a few missed deadlines later and she is open for business.  I kept thinking everything had to be perfect before I opened and then life happens and suddenly I realized I just had to go for it. So a little creative genius from my friend Becca at Jumping Jax Designs to create my Etsy banner logo and Etsy button and I was good to go!  I've stocked the shop with what I have ready to go, but I have tons more rolling out and will update the shop as it is ready.  I would love to be your handmade vendor this Christmas, as well as, for your future handmade needs.  If you have any questions or requests, please don't hesitate to ask!

I would love your support for my new business and appreciate any way you can help!  If you have a blog and would like to add my ETSY button the code, leave me a comment with your email address and I'll send it over.

Ragamuffin Beauties Button

If you need help installing it, let me know.

If you have a Facebook account, please LIKE Ragamuffin Beauties here:

I will announce giveaways, promotions and discounts on my Facebook page, so you will definitely want to follow for that info!
You can visit my Sister-in-law, Melissa's blog for the very first Ragamuffin Beauties giveaway here.

And of course, go check out my shop HERE!  Shop til your hearts content!

Shop handmade!

XOXO Jenni

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

{lame sauce and an explanation lucy and ricky style}

lame sauce = me

explanation = long time a 'comin...and just in case you missed that, flashback Lucille Ball (crazy hilarious and CLEAN humor...I heart) and Ricky's AWESOME accent always asking for an explanation.

Anywho, I am in fact alive and well.  I am buried under mounds (maybe not mounds) of fabric.  I decided to FINALLY open my ETSY shop I've been dreaming, hoping, praying...ahem buying materials for....let's just say a loooong time.  So big day, Friday November 5th!  Hmm, not so much, how about Wednesday November 10th?  Yeah, that's a big deuce on the not so much.  So it might make sense to let my social media peeps know right?  Can anyone say savvy business women fail?  So, here I am in all my not equip to run a business, but I'm gonna try to anyway glory.  My Shop, Ragamuffin Beauties will open THIS in November 12th!  Aggggh, anxiety sets in.  Truth is I just need to jump.  So Friday I will open the store, post my store Button on here, post my store Facebook page and let her ride.  I will also announce some giveaways I have lined up.

So get ready for some handmade goodness promotions and a whole lotta need to post several posts so get ready to get sick of me overload.

I also may need a Grammar and or English class or two...just keeping it real.