Sunday, February 24, 2008

Cinnamon and Spice, Spotlight on Pacokeco

Oooohhh, we are extremely pleased about our latest Etsy purchase from Pacokeco. Aren't these tags lovely? They will work well for trade shows and craft fairs. We can't wait to use them. Thanks Pacokeco, your work is beautiful. Check out her other yummy paper goodness on Etsy.

Cinnamon and Spice, Sophie Pillow Kid

Sophie is the newest in our multi-ethnic Pillow Kid collection. Our spirited Sophie, shown in blue and gold, has a full head of long, black hair and an infectious smile. Sophie measures 17 x 22 inches. Pillows Kids are also available in an 8 1/2 x 11 inch size and can be customized to reflect hobbies, school colors, school emblems, etc. Eye-catching accents can include textured hair, lashes and vibrant colors. Now available in our shop.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Cinnamon and Spice Beach Fun

Our first salt dough creation! We are excited about this material and you will be seeing many more of these figurines. My love of all things beachy inspired the starfish on this piece. I think the texture of the salt dough gives them a very natural appearance. This dark wood picture frame displays a 3.5” x 5” photo. Each frame is a perfect gift for those who love summertime beach fun. The complimentary hazelnut burlap and salt dough starfish really work well together. This is a handcrafted Cinnamon & Spice original.

Cinnamon and Spice More Beach Fun

Spice introduced me to salt dough and I am hooked. Thanks Spice! Here's the latest in our new collection. Am I at the beach or just dreaming? The beige, brown and sea blue placard, seashell embellishment and coordinating ribbon reflect the colors of a real seascape on this classic Ball mason jar. Salt dough starfish and butterfly figurines enhance the oceanside feel of this piece. Wish I were in Hawaii... Available now in our shop.

Cinnamon and Spice and All Things Nice

In my mind, Spring evokes images of glowing mamas-to-be at baby showers with close friends and relatives. For these favor tins, I wanted to design something delicate and soft. I have had these little containers for quite a while and kept thinking I wanted to alter them but wasn't sure in what way. These little tins make a cute package for a little something sweet or all by themselves.

I think the little pink and white striped "knit" booties are my favorite embellishment. Tins measure 2 in. diameter x 7/8 in. high and are available in sets of 12. Candies not included.

Available in our Etsy shop February 23rd.

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

I love discovering new, creative ways to craft with paper. I also wanted to make some really cute but stylish baby boy shower favors. You can fill them with your favorite sweets or leave them empty. Later on they make great craft storage or containers for small home or office supplies like pushpins or safety pins. Decorative details on these tins include embossed baby blue scrapbook paper, chocolate brown satin ribbon and a precious pale blue or green paper rocking horse on the lid.

Tins come in sets of 12 and measure 2 in. diameter x 7/8 in. high each. Candy is not included.

Available on Etsy starting February 23rd.

Sneak Peek at What's Upcoming--The Flower Child Jeremiah

Spice began making these dolls about 10 years ago when her daughter was 11. Her daughter loved them then and still does. Here is Spice's latest creation, the Jeremiah doll (I know they're pillows, but my daughter plays with them just like you would a doll baby). Can’t you feel his carefree, easygoing spirit?

All of our super cuddly friends are hand crocheted from an expansive assortment of rich colorful yarns. Our friends are special and great for Easter, birthday, holiday or "thinking of you" gift giving.

Eye-catching accents can include textured hair, lashes and vibrant colors. Pillows Kids are available in 81/2 x 11 or 17 x 22 inch sizes and can be customized to reflect hobbies, school colors, school emblems etc.

Will be available on Etsy February 23rd!

Cinnamon and Spice Handcrafted Treasures

As a kid I don't think I really considered myself crafty, but as I was surfing the other day I came across daisysanddot's fabulous creations. The cakes immediately took me back to about 2nd grade or so when I began making paper birthday cakes adorned with tissue paper flowers for my family members (sorry no photos!). So, I guess the creative side has been there all along, just waiting to be nurtured!

I guess it's no surprise that scrapbooking and paper crafts have been my passion for several years. I still remember the first scrapbook I ever made for a coll
ege roommate's graduation present. And then there was the cute little one I made for my husband-to-be on our first Christmas together. I locked myself in the guest bedroom for days working on it. The album chronicled our relationship from the very beginning up to the proposal. I laugh at how the pages of the album are buckling because I didn't know not to use the glue stick as an adhesive, but my husband still appreciates the sentiment and history behind it.

About a year ago, I left my 15 year career as a government research analyst to stay home with my favorite itty bitty ones in the world, my two children. The transition paved the way for the creation of Cinnamon & Spice Crafts. For the past few months I have been enouraging my crafting cohort, the "Spice" in Cinnamon & Spice, to sell the sweetest little hand crotcheted "Pillow Kids" I've ever seen. She's made three for my kids and everyone I've shown them to has wanted to know how they can purchase one.

Once she saw my scrapbooks, she gave me that little "push" I've been needing to start designing premade scrapbooks for the enjoyment of others. While I enjoy doing the 12" x 12" inch layouts, I have developed a passion for "mini's". I like the flexibility that albums 8" x 8" and smaller offer, especially for capturing special occasions or events. It only made sense for us to partner in this venture (two is better than one right?), so we opened up cinnamonspice on earlier this year. We were so excited to find this site that spotlights so many incredibly talented artists.

In our shop you will find an eclectic mix of handmade gifts, suitable for almost any occasion. Our "Pillow Kids", premade mini scrapbooks and altered art make unique and thoughtful birthday, wedding, baby shower or anniversary gifts. Friday, February 29th , kicks off our Easter/Spring Promotion and will include our new line of "Salt Dough Creations". We’ll be posting sneek peek pics all this week of the items that will be available. As part of the promotion, we are offering free shipping if you purchase two or more items. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Angelwish Foundation.