Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Giveaway!

   To get the holiday spirit rolling around here, I am going to host a giveaway for a fun 12 piece bundle of my gift bags.  There are two sizes, 13"x13" and larger bags are 13"x17",  and all with holiday themes.  These are bags that can be found now in your local Dollar Tree stores as well as bags from the past that are no longer available to purchase.  Just leave a comment below or on my Simply Shelly Designs Facebook page and you are automatically entered!  Anyone who shares my FB post on their Facebook page will be entered three additional times for the random drawing so you can triple your chances!  Be sure to let me know in the comments if you do share.  Once in a while Facebook privacy settings don't allow me to see if you do!
   I will draw the winner on Sunday December 8th and get them mailed out right away!  Good Luck!!
(LaLa the kitty not included :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fabric Bundle Giveaway!

Well Mr. UPS man delivered a fun package the other day.  It is my You Whoo fabric samples from Henry Glass!  I am so thrilled with how it turned out and the exceptional quality! Thank you HG!!
So, in celebration of the Summer Fabric Party, I will be hosting a giveaway bundle including each of the fabrics in the collection!  Just leave a comment here on the blog or on the Simply Shelly Facebook page and you will automatically be entered!  I will Draw names early next week and announce the winner!  

Good Luck!!

Sunday, July 7, 2013


For the Henry Glass Summer Fabric Party, I wanted to share my love of summer!  Stop by their blog and enter to win all week!

Well it is pretty common knowledge to most that know me that I am much more of a summer, sunshine, beach loving person, and winter… well…. not so much.  I don't dislike the winter.  After all it has the holidays, and yes.. that I am a huge fan of the holidays.  But living in Chicago, the winters can seem to take some time to get through.   That is why spring is always welcome because it it the next step to SUMMER!!!  But this year,  summer just seemed like it was never coming.  We opened our pool right on schedule Labor day weekend and waited…. and waited… and waited for the hot summer sunshine to start enjoying it!  We have had a few days of heat tossed in here and there.. but not the "usual" summer we are used to.     
  But summer is finally here and this afternoon I was able to enjoy the pool.  Soaking up some sun with my sketchpad in hand which is a wonderful perk to my job. I am not always able to enjoy this benefit, but when I can,  sitting poolside with sketchbook and feet dangling in the water is a sure favorite of mine.  Now sometimes it is a bit of a struggle to sketch out snowmen and halloween characters while I smell the suntan lotion… but I manage :)  In the business of art licensing, the schedule for artwork themes are usually opposite of the season we are in.  During the summer, I am usually working on snowmen and Santas, and throughout the winter I am working on the sunshine and summer themes.  
So here's to summer!!  As fast as it goes, as busy as we get.. lets enjoy and soak it up!!!
enjoying a beautiful summer evening.
And my buddy Moose hanging out with me.  He is a Newfoundland, which were bred for water rescue..but he is terrified of water!  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We have the winners of the clay ornament giveaways!

Well the winners have been picked!  For the bonus round reindeer ornament - the winner is Pat Beaubien Fromm!  Congratulations Pat and thank you so much for entering!

For the snowman ornament - the winner is Sally Stebbins!!

I will contact you both to get your address's and get your little winnings out to you right away.
THANK YOU to everyone that entered.  I truly enjoyed this!  A Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Saturday, December 15, 2012


 Well down to the basement I went.  Pulling out boxes and blowing off dust clouds and diving in.   Boxes and boxes of lots of fun stuff.  Glitters, garlands, tools, and some of my favorite little crafty things.   It has been at least five years since I have worked on clay for myself.  I have done a few kids projects here and there, but those have to be very very basic and simple.  This was different.  I could just play and create whatever my heart desired.  Each box was like its own treasure chest.  As I explored each one, the ideas started flowing.  I couldn't get started fast enough.  So off to claying I went.   I have to say, I truly enjoyed it and cannot believe how much I have missed it.   And yes, I was a bit obsessed.  I clayed for three days straight, barely sleeping and even forgot to eat breakfast and lunch a couple times!  That never happens!   So here he is... my new little snowman ornament.  
Everyone is invited to enter!  All you need to do is leave a festive holiday greeting on my blog.     Another way to enter is  "like" and leave a comment on my Facebook page here.   Each comment will be printed out and placed in a box.   I will  then draw the winner on Tuesday to be sure of a Christmas delivery.  
As I said in my previous post, I have a little bonus giveaway too.   
To enter for the "bonus" round, all you need to do is go to my Facebook page again here, and share my page on your page.  I will get a listing of everyone who has taken the time to do this, and these will go into a separate giveaway box for this little reindeer ornament.  This drawing will also be on Tuesday.
I do want to thank everyone who has sent me emails requesting clay pieces, but unfortunately my time just does not allow.   So I do apologize .. but  you never know, I just may drop in another giveaway from time to time just for the fun of playing with clay!

Friday, November 23, 2012

And the winner is.......

I start using a little slip of paper with each and every name from participants until the last minute, folded them in half, and put them it in this great box I came across the other day at my local Jewel store.  Well guess what..I immediately recognized the artwork.. this adorable box was designed by my good friend Beth Logan!   Now how cute is this???   Be sure to check out Beths blog as she is also in on the Henry Glass blog hop fun.   Always with the brightest posts that always put a smile on my face and not to mention her wonderful artwork!  Okay... Well after shaking and mixing up all the the little tickets, the winning name is picked... with a little help from LaLa.

And the winner is……. Ruth Viens!!!  Ruth I will be contacting you for your address!!

I want to truly thank everyone for their support, kind words, and for joining in on the fun.  I have enjoyed this so much that I have decided to do another giveaway (as well as a bonus giveaway) starting the first week of December!  This time I will make a handmade snowman ornament from polymer clay.  It has been quite a while since I have worked with the clay so I am really excited get my hands on some!!  I will post as soon as the giveaway gets underway!

Happy Holidays to all and a special thanks to Henry Glass for including me on this very special blog hop!  You can enter into their awesome giveaway on their blog until November 25th - they are giving away a huge bundle of fabric as well as a small gift from each of the designers who participated in the blog hop!  Good Luck and congratulations Ruth!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day Three of the Henry Glass Very Merry Holiday Party!

Hello and welcome to my blog!
For this holiday blog hop, the theme is favorites, so I am going to share some of my own holiday favorites!  

Lets start with my favorite holiday decoration - Well it probably is no surprise that it is a big adorable plush snowman.    He is always the first of all my decorations to come out.   Each year he sits on my  window ledge looking out the window with his candle glowing.  Its just a sweet little greeting as you walk up to our house.  Yep, he's my favorite.

My favorite holiday recipe - hmmm, I have many.  But this is definitely one at the top of my list.  It is a very simple jello recipe, but it brings me back to many holiday get togethers when my mom would make this for the Christmas Eve parties.    Always a huge hit - and it is delicious!
       One Large Strawberry Jello
        Two 10 oz. frozen strawberries
        Two pints of vanilla ice cream
 Thaw strawberries and drain juice.   Add water to juice to make 2 1/2 cups combined:  Bring liquid    to boil in saucepan.   
  Pour in Jello and dissolve
  Add ice cream to thicken and then add the strawberries.  Pour mixture into 13x 9 clear baking dish.  Refrigerate to set - This takes a bit longer than regular jello because of the ice cream.. I usually make it the night before to be sure its set, but usually takes a few hours.    Delicious! 

As for my favorite holiday tradition.. this one goes back as long as I can remember.  Each Christmas Eve, we get together with my entire family.  Aunts, Uncles, cousins included.   Memories, laughter, food and a great family.  This extravaganza has grown to be quite a celebration as our families grow.  And on this night, we have a special visit from Santa himself.  Each child (Oh and Aunt Judy too) then sits on Santas lap and receives a special Christmas Eve gift.  The excitement and anticipation for the arrival of Santa is in the air as the kids anxiously wait and listen to for the familiar Ho Ho Ho and jingle of his bells.  Christmas Eve always brings the warmest memories of holiday spirit.  We continue to create new memories as we keep this tradition going!

Here is a link to a free pdf download of some fun gift tags using the snowmen from my Snow Much Fun collection with Henry Glass. Just print and clip!  I hope you can use and enjoy these tags for your gifts this year and for many years to come.  

Be sure to visit the beautiful blog of Wilma Sanches, as day three is our day to post for the party!   You can then follow along each day through the rest of the hop.  A schedule of the hop as well as links are posted on my blog's previous post.
And don't forget to stop by the Henry Glass blog  each day for fun contest including a chance to be entered for the Grand prize which will also include a little prize from each of the designers.  I will be giving away a coffee mug featuring a design used from the I Love Snow Collection.   I am also hosting my own giveaway.. all you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog and hit the like button on my Simply Shelly Designs Facebook page, you will then automatically be entered into my holiday giveaway for my Santa design canvas wall hanging!   I will be drawing a name on November 23rd, 2012!  Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you all the happiest of holidays this season!