Monday, September 19, 2011

Shabby Chicks Online Christmas Party...Calling all Sellers!

NO, i'm NOT kidding!
i'm talking real, honest to goodness, Christmas shopping.
i mean, have you noticed the survey
at the top right corner of my blog?????
okay...IF you're still with me,
here's the deal.....
this is september.....
and before you know it, december will be here.

this time of year gets crazy for so many of us.
the older i get, the more i hate that.
i don't LIKE that we get lost in only the FUN stuff of the Holidays
and lose sight of the REAL reason for the season.
(but i DO believe it's okay to be real AND have fun:)
this season is also NUTCRACKER season around our house
so it adds one more twist on this time...
and i end up wishing i had started earlier.
besides, you'll have more time to decorate like THIS.....

i KNOW it isn't the gifts that matter,
but since we DO exchange presents, i really like to put a bit of
thought behind this...but then i end up grabbing
SOMETHING just to be done.....
just to lose the crowds.
(bah humbug:)

so why not start early this year and even better,
why not support the WONDERFUL
friends we have all made who sell online?

it could be through a company website that has your name on it,
an etsy store, your own website, blog.....
wherever you sell your pretties and what nots:!
 and the beauty of it is, you can get involved
in as many of these parties as you like...
even more business, right?
PLUS, we all know that when you sell your own creations,
you still have a life.....
and the SOONER you get orders done,
the MERRIER your own HOLIDAYS will be.

so even though it's early,
i wanted to give you a head's up about our first annual
SHABBY CHICKS online Christmas shopping party.
 i'm starting it OCTOBER 1st.
that gives me time to make a link to the party for you to tell ALL
your readers where to shop,
time to make a shopping section on my blog...
good stuff like that.
it might start small at first but as we get rolling and gather more links...
it WILL be awesome, i promise you that!

so don't miss out!
all i need is this.....
send me the link to your site,
along with a brief line or two about what you sell,
 if you offer any early shopping specials, order deadlines, free shipping.....
any info you would like shoppers to know about.

what i will do for YOU is this....
each week i will PROMOTE at least one shop,
i will visit every possible place on the web and tell everyone i know
about our little party to bring in shoppers,
tweet often...HECK......
i'll even re-activate my facebook
to tell the snoops sweet people of this world all about it!

and did i mention a few GIVEAWAYS???????
(that always gets everyone's attention:)

like i said...i still have work to do but i am DETERMINED
to make this work.
last year i did a bit of my shopping online and guess what?????
those ended up being my most creative, unique, clever gifts.
so let's DO this!
no matter what you sell.....
(except NOTHING inappropriate, of course)
from tupperware to tutus......
join in.
it's free advertising!!!

so take my shopping survey, send me your info,
start gathering your supplies,
make some RED VELVET hot cocoa



  • 4 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 dash Water
  • ¾ cups Premium Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 teaspoon Red Food Coloring Paste
  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Whipped Cream Cheese 

In a medium mixing bowl or a stand-up mixer, pour in heavy whipping cream and sugar. Whip on medium with the whisk attachment for 2-3 minutes. Just before it peaks, add the teaspoon of whipped cream cheese and whisk for another 2 minutes. Taste the whipped cream and add more cream cheese to taste. If you like it more tart (i don't) ,  add another 1/2 teaspoon.  just be careful to not over-whip or you’ll have butter on your hands in no time.
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat. Add a splash of water and the chocolate chips, constantly stirring gently. When almost melted, add the red food coloring paste and stir some more. The color should be a deep red, similar to the picture above. When the chocolate chips are all melted, pour the hot chocolate in four mugs and top with the whipped cream.


  1. What a great idea! I have an Etsy shop that if I get enough items listed I would love to link up. I'm in Cali so I'll have to wait until I get home. I have already started shopping for gifts since I do mostly thrifty and vintage gifts to family and friends. hugs, Linda

  2. This is great!!! I have an Etsy shop and I will be adding more pink, shabby chic and cottage holiday ornaments and home decore very soon. I would love to be featured! Thanks for doing this. Yanno, it's a FAB idea. I made a sale because someone posted something from my shop on their blog. I never heard of them or visited their blog, they just found me and that brought in sales. This is a great Pay It Forward idea!


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