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Friday, November 11, 2011

Wow, it's been awhile!

It's been way too long since my last post.  I guess I'm not a very good blogger!  Just in case anyone is reading this blog, I wanted to promote my husbands new shop:

He loves photography and does a very nice job!  He belongs to a few photo clubs and has entered some photo contests recently (still waiting on the results).  I hope you will stop by his shop and add him to your favorites and give him some support.  Post his shop on your facebook wall and take a 10% discount on your first order!

Oh yeah, and don't forget to visit my shop too!  www.4rheartstrings.etsy.comI've added new items and have recently made tons of new baby hats while recovering from recent knee surgery.  Buy a hat and I will donate one through "Sisters in Stitches" to a local hospital for newborn babies and those in the NICU.  Happy 11/11/11!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pre-Valentine's Day Open House

I'm hosting my first "Pre-Valentine's Day" Open House on Saturday, February 5th from 11:00am - 3:00pm at my parent's home in Lake Zurich.  This will be the first time 4RHeartstrings has stepped outside the computer and is being shown somewhere besides online at the etsy shop:

If you are in the North-Northwest Suburbs of Chicago or somewhere nearby and would like to see what gifts I have for all your sweeties for this Valentine's Day, please stop over to:
902 Holly Circle
Lake Zurich, IL  60047 - with questions

Also featured:
Gubsi Bags - Wonderful purses, key fobs, and reusable baggies by Amy Neumann -

Uppercase Living - home accents, decor and more by Sharon Branch -

Invite a friend or two or ten and stop over for some great gifts, super sales, food and refreshments!

During this open house, my etsy shops will be "on vacation" to avoid "double-purchasing" as most of my items are one-of-a-kind.  It will reopen on Sunday, February 6th with any remaining items still listed.  If you have your eye on something in the shop, don't wait until after the open house to see if it's still there!

Hope to see you then!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year! Welcome 2011!

Happy New Year!  I hope 2010 was prosperous for you!  I began my shop - 4RHeartstrings - on etsy, on January 20th, 2010 and have had an exciting year of ups and downs.  Off to a slow start, I began to add new and different items which seem to take off more during the holiday seasons.  I hope to add some more new items in my "crocheted" section, some new "keychains" and "steampunk-inspired" jewelry in 2011.  I'm also going to look for more "baby" items to create and add, in honor of my little nephew who has been struggling with some medical issues since a few months old.

Please stop in and see what I have in store in 2011!  Thanks for your support of!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Sales!

I got through Thanksgiving, then Black Friday Sales, weekend specials and Cyber Monday, so what's next? 

I will be providing special offers for all my Blog followers and fans of 4RHeartstrings with coupon codes you can use at checkout!  Just type in the code when ask and get your automatic discounts (no refunds necessary!).  An easy and fun way to save for the holidays.  If you missed the great sales at the shop this past weekend, you can start with 10% off your next purchase with the code: 4RHEART10.

A new item in the shop:  fun keychains that make great stocking stuffers or gifts for your favorite teacher!  Visit for more keychain listings!
Also, you can check out the shop sales at: where either the entire shop or particular sections will feature special sales and you can see the already discounted prices.  When these sales are going, you can also use the special coupon codes to get double the sales! All sales and coupons are for a limited time only, so don't wait!

Most items in the shop are OOAK (one of a kind), so once it has been bought, it's gone!  If you see something you love, mark it as a "favorite" so you can come back to it when you are ready to buy, but don't wait too long! 

Thanks for supporting!


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Friday, October 1, 2010

Welcome October!

Fall season is here, with cooler climates, leaves changing from green to yellow, orange and red.  Football is in full swing and time to think about upcoming holidays for shopping!

With my creative juices flowing, I recently designed 5 new bracelets that I am so proud of!  I usually make them in kids sizes, but I had to make at least one a little bigger for an adult because they turned out so pretty!  I will be photographing them this weekend and hope to have them posted by the beginning of next week.  Please check the shop: to see when they arrive!

Handmade gifts can be nice AND affordable.  One shop that has adorable handmade items that are of professional quality is  One of my favorites is her reusable baggies.  My kids use them for their lunches every day at school and they are green, so no waste!

You can find some great, affordable gifts for the holidays on etsy, so please consider shopping and buying handmade!  Thanks!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Buy Handmade!

I have found a new love for handmade items and I try to buy handmade as often as possible.  I know how much hard work and dedication goes into handcrafting products and I will do my part to support that by purchasing handmade.

I would incourage you to try to buy handmade too!  What types of items would you like to purchase for your loved ones that are handmade?  What is your favorite thing to buy at the store that you might want to try handmade?  Candles? Clothing? Jewelry? Everything started out handmade at some point, so look back to the roots and buy handmade!


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Inspirations for new products

Every now and then I will be shopping and will find something I just LOVE and it will inspire me to create new items for my etsy shop. My lastest creations are some keychains made with charms I just fell in love with and had to have! They are high-quality silver metal combined with resin, crystals and other artistic techniques that make them unique and lovely.

These keychains would make a perfect gift for someone special. I already know who I would give the charms I listed in my shop and I guess that's why I chose the charms that I did. I figure if I have someone to give them to, then you will too! Check out my flickr photo stream at the top of this page for recent photos of my latest keychains with more to come!

As always, my handmade gifts are quality, affordable and come from the heart! Thanks for reading!


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