Monday, December 20, 2010

Solstice Blessings and Happy Holidays!!!

Bright Blessings, Happy Holidays and wishing you a bright New Year to you and yours.

Entwined Vines is taking a break from blogging for the next couple of weeks.  In order to spend time with friends and family for the holidays.

We will return the first week of January with a new and improved topics and a more consistent posting schedule.

Be safe this Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Entwined Vines: The Year in Review and our Crowning Achievement

Entwined Vines, first nine (9) months in business, has been a roller coaster ride.   

We officially opened our studio doors on March 25, 2010.   Since then we have learned that there is a lot more to selling online than posting a picture and waiting for someone to buy it.

A few of the things we have learned:

1.)  The difference between action/nature photography and still product photography.

2.)  SEO  -- search engine optimization

3.)  New marketing and promotion skills.

4.)  New creative techniques

5.)  How to blog

We have learned so much this last year that we couldn't possibly list everything with our writing a short novel.
While the roller coaster has had its ups and downs, we are ending the year having accomplished our  crowning achievement for thisyear.

Drum Roll Please...

Final decision was reached and we were notified yesterday.  Our application was processed and we were accepted to be a vendor at

Portland Saturday Market.

We are so excited, this is the largest continual run open air market in the United States.  Our first day of vending will be Saturday March 5, 2011.

Share your highlights for 2010, so we can all celebrate together?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our Favorite Holiday's Movies and

When I started writing I was only going to talk about our favorite Christmas Holiday movies that we like.  Then I found this fascinating article put out by Newsweek, where someone has decided what your personality traits really are based on what Christmas movie is your favorite.   I thought it was a fun read and keeping within my realm of light reading this month.   Though I have still included a list of some of our top choices for Holiday Christmas movies, that we like.

Newsweek Article: 
I like most of them, I wonder what they would say that means, he he

A few of our Favorites, in no particular order:

Miracle on 34th Street ---  Must be the original 1947 flick, not a remake. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas  --- 
                What holiday would be complete without Charlie Brown and the gang.

The Santa Claus Series   ---  We all need a good chuckle this time of year.

The Year Without a Santa Claus --- The Miser brothers, need I say more...

White Christmas  ---  Holiday's, helping those is need & a love story, all rolled in one

The Grinch --- The animated cartoon

The Grinch --- The movie

This is by no means a complete list of our favorites, but should give you ideas for some family entertainment.

What are some of your favorite Holiday Christmas Movies?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Wordless Friday!

A bit of humor to end your week!

 Working on fixing photo issue, our apologies, please check back, Thank You

Not sure where it came from, but it was shared with me, by NaturesArt .  
Thought we could all use a giggle at the end of our week.   Ok so it was only almost wordless Friday :-)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Entwined Vines Mini Blog Update...

Tis the end of November.  Anyone who has been following our blog knows, Holiday Shopping Gift Guides ran wild and rampant throughout the month.  Definitely time for a change.

So December is going to be a light month.   I have no gift guides planned, and no scheduled topics to discuss this next month.     The  plan is to keep it light and fun, to provide a brain break from all of the holiday craziness, oops I meant festivities. 

So stay tuned to see what trouble we can come up with!  I meant frivolity, really I did, he he...

Have any thoughts feel free to share...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gifts for the Elementary School Child: EV Holiday Gift Guide Series 2010

Handmade  holiday gifts for your elementary school children!   That says it all, the collection below includes some of the following:

1.)  Toys  --  well made ones that will spark the imagination.

2.)  Fun Clothes -- kids are hard on clothes at this age and they like fun characters.

3.)  A special blanket/quilt -- for sleep overs at their friend's house.

What are you ideas for the perfect gift for elementary school children!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gift Guide for the Preschool boy or girl: EV Holiday Gift Guide Series 2010

Preschoolers are a lot of fun.  They are at a curious age and starting to show there independence in a big way.  If they have older siblings, they will try and mimic there actions and a lot of preschoolers think going off to school is fun.

But what to get them for Christmas.  Gifts can be a challenge as what they like from one day to the next can change.  Ok sometimes its one hour to the next, he he.  To help you out with gift ideas for the preschool age children in your life we have pulled together a collection of handmade items, for both boys and girls.

My top picks for the girls or boys:

1.)  Bean bag toss game.

2.) Personalized backpack.

3.)  Knit cap -- especially for boys, they  can never have enough hats.

4.) Literacy Library --- Learning is important, but shouldn't be boring.

What are your ideas for Christmas gifts for the preschool age child?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gift Guide for Toddler Age Children: EV Holiday Gift Guide Series 2010

Toddler children are such fun to be around.  They are curious and into everything.  They want to help with whatever you are doing.   Christmas gift shopping is easy if your around them all the time.

My top picks for Holiday/Christmas gift ideas for them include:

1.)  A tie dye shirt -- every child should have one

2.)  Soft and squishy cars always good choice.  Whether they be boys or girls.  Girls like cars too.

3.)  A toddler backpack.

4.)  Aprons -- whether it be crafts, or helping you in the kitchen, they are going to make a mess.

5.)  Crayons with a fancy roll to store them in -- every child needs crayons!  Fostering creativity is important.  Of course as an artistic person I may be a bit biased  :-)

Handmade items will be cherished by both child and parent.  The parent for the thoughtfulness, the child because it won't break in a week or so and go to the gift graveyard of the bottom of the toy box and be forgotten.     Here is a collection of fun items to help you on your way to enjoying a handmade holiday.

What are your Christmas/Holiday gift ideas for Toddlers?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gift Guide for Infants & the Parents: EV Holiday Gift Guide Series 2010

Infants need special Holiday Christmas gifts too.   Most of the time though the parents really appreciate a mixture of gifts for the new infant and keepsake items of baby's first Christmas.

Now if you  have been following our blog you have probably figured out a couple of things about us.
If you haven't the two items I am referring to are:

1.)  We avoid the malls at all possible

2.)  The personal touch of handmade gifts, is a preferred gift giving and receiving method.

Now you are probably asking yourself what could there possibly be in handmade for infants?

Well I am going to show you;    Below is collection of gift ideas for Infants that include soft plush items for baby, items that provide comfort for the infant as well as makes things easier for mom and keepsake mementos for the new parents.  We don't want to forget the parents, they have a hard job raising the next generation.   Have fun with your holiday shopping....

What is your top pick for a gift for a new infant at Christmas?