30 April 2009

Cinco de Mayo - Means Sale

Well, tomorrow is already May Day! How did that happen!? In grade school, we used to decorate an altar with flowers and prayers and gifts to celebrate May 1. There are so many holidays for so many cultures around the world, we'd love to celebrate them all! So, even though our sale is for Cinco de Mayo, we'd love to have that represent everyone's Spring!

So, you can save up to 35% with Discount Code VIVA (through 5/5/09) - for details. And, with every order, we're sending a surprise bonus as we usually do, plus a handmade Paper Rose Bouquet. Now, how often do you get a bouquet of a dozen roses!? This bouquet is valued at $3.45. You'll get one with every order!

Combine Orders for a BIGGER Discount
I just got a bunch of new stuff and I'm going to try to add it all to the website in the next 2-3 days, so please keep checking back. If you want to place an order to be sure you get something, but want to order more later to get a bigger discount, just put a note in your comment box when you check out - and we'll combine the orders. But you have to let us know on the first order! Otherwise we might just send it to you too soon! If you end up not placing another one, that's ok, too!

Tough Times
Times have been tough all around, and many of our vendors are giving us better prices, so we're trying to do the same for you. So, please keep watching for better prices. Unfortunately, we can't make bargains retroactive, though.

We're trying to hang in there - after all SilverCrow has been around since 1997 and we want to be around for a long time!

28 April 2009

New SilverCrow Greyhounds on Etsy and More Markdowns

We found so many people asking about our boy Turbo (we sure miss) him and Flossie & Bo-Bo, and discovered a huge group of people who are looking for greyhound-inspired items - vintage and handmade and supplies for handmade items. So, we split out our greyhound stuff and created a new Etsy site: SilverCrow Greyhounds.

We have some other greyhound things that Etsy doesn't allow, because they do not fit the handmade/vintage/supplies criteria. You can find those mixed amongst our other Dogs stuff.

With the slowing economy, we've been hurting, too. And we've found ourselves looking to buy things on sale for personal and business reasons. So, we're going to pass those savings on to you, too. Every few days, I've been moving things to Bargains. I'm always reluctant to do this because Pete & I love everything we sell and want to continue to over a huge variety.

Because we've gotten some better prices on things, we're lowering everyday prices on lots of items. For a while they'll be in the Bargains section, then we'll just remove them from there and make the sale price the everyday low price.

Unfortunately, some prices have gone up, too. If it's just a little bit, we just forget about that and live with it - no reason to pass it on to you. But sometimes, the change is HUGE and we have to mark stuff up. If you notice there's something you wanted that has gone up in price recently (there are only maybe 10 or 15 that have), please let us know via email and we'll see what we can do for you for a special purchase.

23 April 2009

Dead Fairy Kits

And we thought we were just dreaming of faeries and mariposas! Alas, we discovered a sight so strange that many have never beheld such a thing! Out amongst our tulips was a dead faerie! Oh, now don't worry, s/he is still quite fey - still quite the fairy, but just no so alive.

The SilverCrow Dead Fairy Kit (or, Day of the Dead Fairy, if you will) has just about everything you need to create two of your own little fairies! They will stand no more than 2 inches high once you complete them. Each kit arrives with a portrait of our sample. (It is quite well known that it is impossible to photograph live faeries - no matter how tiny your camera!)

After getting our faerie to agree to pose as a model, we created our little sample above. Then, we thought it best to share the fun. So, we added a little kit to SilverCrowCreations.com right before our last sale and was it ever a hit. One of our regular customers, Anne and her daughter Kitty sent a picture of the two they created. They were kind enough to allow us to share theirs (with a few added embellishments of their own). Don't you just love the grass-length glitter-dotted skirts and the sweet rhinestones and flowers!

16 April 2009

Collecting Quotes

I've been collecting quotes most of my life. I've always wanted to be one of those radiant speakers who could pull that right-on-the-money expression out of nowhere. Alas, I've never been able to master that ability. But, I must say, I am pretty great at collecting them. Only minutes ago, I came across this one by Henry David Thoreau. It so touched me that I had to share it:

Nature is so full of genius, full of Divinity:
that not a snowflake escapes
its fashioning hand.

Although this particular quote is not available as a rubber stamp, many more are. You can find them here (along with words and expressions): SilverCrow Quotes & Words as Rubber Stamps. If you want these stamps again, I've listed them under Books in the menu.

06 April 2009

Safety Leaves No Room for Miracles

Wow, what tough times everyone is going through. But just when you're sure you can't take it, you realize that it's not as bad as it could be. At, least that's a fine plan. There is little comfort for many of us right now, but, as my Dad used to say, "it always works out - just not the way you thought it would." I'm pretty sure he was just trying to make me feel better for some whining I was doing, but he was right on target.

After collecting quotes for years, last night I heard my new favorite on tv, but I can't remember which show, or who said it, but it's perfect advice for me:

SAFETY LEAVES NO ROOM FOR MIRACLES I'm a safety freak - so much so that people love to catch me in a safety faux pas. I worry about unlocked doors, open file drawers, sunbeams in mirrors starting fires (it happened to a friend of mine!) But sometimes life just happens, doesn't it?

Enough philosophy for the moment, I just added 26 new items since April 4 and I'm planning on adding a bunch more. Interspersed here are some of the new things I hope to add over the next few days. You know, I even worry that if I don't add new items almost every day, no one will ever look  at http://www.silvercrowcreations.com/ again! But sometimes, life does just get in the way and I get behind. So, my April 6 resolution is to try to add at least 2 things each day. Wish me luck!

We've been considering a contest - one where everyone who enters will win something, but we just can't come up with one clever enough - so, if you have any ideas, please send them to us. We were trying to come up with some clever one-day only sales, too, but our software is just a bit old-fashioned and it would take me 3 or 4 days just to program it - hardly worth it for anyone.

So, that's where the contest comes in and some other fun stuff like new grab bags and our new Bargains page.

01 April 2009

Devil or Angel Update!

I just couldn't believe it! Last night I found the Devil and Angel earrings that I bought my Mom and the little angel and devil statues she used to put out to declare my behavior to my Dad.

So, here they are. (See Devil or Angel? down a little bit for the entire story.) And to think I was really frightened of that little devil so many years ago. It just goes to show you how amazing the power of suggestion is - or maybe, I was just a little kid and wanted to please my parents. Either way, I'm delighted to have found them.

NEW-NEW-NEW Don't Miss This - CLOSEOUTS Page Added and MORE!

I didn't even want to take the time to add a picture! We've just added 2 new SilverCrow pages:

GREEN - Ecologically friendly, recycled, upcycled and save the planet stuff!

BARGAINS - Last chance items - SilverCrowCreations.com is updating it's inventory feature, so we might run out before we have a chance to update the page (especially in the middle of the night!), but we'll do the best we can!