Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year from me & "the man"...

Happy 2008! Can you believe it - another year already? We only made it until about 10:30 last night, took our robitussin & pills and went to bed. Not exactly the party people of years past...

Matt & I were talking about all the things that happened this last year and one of his favorite was the birth of ManHandled, our family etsy shop. This has really morphed into a whole family project. It had started when Matt wanted an indoor hobby. He had been helping me churn out journals and buttons for so many years he said he could do them in his sleep, so I set up the site and let him have at it.

It's been a really great thing for us to share. We've collaborated on all the creative projects up there. Our cousin Meg joined in on the act and started making things for the shop too. Then I chimed in with some of my raw class materials students had been asking for. It's really fun to share this creative venture with my loved ones.

If you were wondering about the name, we picked "ManHandled" because at some point every single piece is constructed by or worked on by "the man", my hubby, Matt.

So Matt said it's been too long since I've given away anything on my blog, so he wanted to kick off the new year right with a fun giveaway on the blog! He's giving away 0ne set of buttons (pick your favorite) to five lucky winners from the ManHandled Shop. To enter to win just comment on this post. Please include your name, state and the name of your favorite set. We will pick a winner Friday, January 4th at 9 PM CST. Good luck & happy new years from me & the man!


Blogger Benita said...

Wow, that's really generous of you :) I love any of the vintage buttons....they're very pretty. And those Ferris ones are cool, too!

Happy New Year,
Benita from Michigan

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Emily and Matt. OOOhhh..I would love to win those Day of the Dead buttons, although they are all pretty cool. I was unable to take your class when you were in Florida at Ruban Rouge so please come back sometime. Blessings in the the New Year ~~ Mary Lib from Florida

3:26 PM  
Blogger CC said...

Neat shop.
I love "You'll Shoot your eye out" for my husband. I think he would love the set added to a mini album of his favorite things.
Connie in SC

3:37 PM  
Blogger Ava said...

All the best Emily and Matt. Nice ideal to get the year going with those colourful buttons. Really like the SciFi Pulp Fantasy Buttons. Looking forward to your 2008 ideals!
ava from Ontario Canada

3:37 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Happy New Year! I hope it's everything you imagine!

My favorite button set is the "Charlie Brown Christmas" with "Dorothy's choice" a very close second. Thanks for the fun!!!

Jeanette in Alabama :D

3:41 PM  
Blogger ~Kristen~ said...

Thanks for the chance Emily! I *LOVE* the Merry Christmas Charlie Brown set!!!

Kristen D.
Peabody MA

P.S. Can you and the Luxe girls come teach in MA, please?!?! :-)

3:48 PM  
Blogger Margie H said...

Happy New Year!!

Just took a look at all the goodies in the store...FUN!

My personal fav is "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!" Reminds me of the times I watched all those Christmas specials on TV :0)

Here's to a great 2008!!
MargieH in Chicago

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,

Just found your site from Tim's - love it!! Anyway, the Rudolph the red nosed...are my favorite. All are impressive though. Thanks for sharing your goods and Happy New Year!


5:51 PM  
Blogger Eclectic Deb said...

Hi Emily & Matt-- "Oh give me a gnome for I sure like to roam"....LOL... that's my pick of buttons.

All the buttons are fantastic but those gnome buttons are awesome! They remind me of a road trip we took last year at holiday time with 2 other couples. DH and I strapped a large metal Gnome to the front of the Landrover before we headed out. We had a great time responding to others when we stopped along with way who questioned the gnome on the car. We would just say "gnome, what gnome...we don't see any gnome!". Of course the gnome is legend in our circle of friends now!!
Happy New Year..
Debbie in Texas
Hoping to see you at CKU Houston 08

6:28 PM  
Blogger mssgrz said...

Hey Emily! Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling better! Tell Matt that I just love the "A Christmas story" set or Rosie the Riveter. They are the bees knees!
Christine Schwab
Petersburg, MI

6:43 PM  
Blogger Laura0711 said...

Hi - oh, I love these etsy buttons. Seen them before. My favorite is the I LOVE the 80s. We love the 80s in this house and the 90s (always watching those VH1 shows). Thanks! Laura in Ft Wayne, IN

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Mikesgal said...

Hello, I just love your buttons! I've never used anything like this on cards before. I really like your Vintage Postage set.
Thanks a lot,
Janie from Ohio

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Kari said...

I love the Rosie the Riveter buttons! Love me some feminist icons! :) Kari Daverson from Chico, CA

9:34 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I love the name ManHandled. It is so appropriate since your husband is doing it, with a little help from his friends. Loved meeting you in Waco last month.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Tracy Marie said...

Wishing you the Happiest of New Years! Love your shop - the name is a treat in itself - great job! I'd have to say my fav buttons would have to be the Barbie ones - just love the vintage look!
Tracy Marie from Nebraska

7:45 AM  
Blogger Karalyn said...

How nice of you to have a giveaway! Love the buttons! Love your blog!! :)

10:15 AM  
Blogger Funky Finds said...

Wishing you, Matt & the rest of your family a fabulously funky new year! Cheers, Jessica :)

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How fun of you and Matt to share. I was looking over the selection and my son said I HAD to tell you that the BUFFY ones were my favorite. Well, they are clearly his favorite, I would have to say the day of the dead ones are my favs. Best wishes to you all in the New Year
Alpharetta, GA

5:26 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow! I'm a big fan of Wicked, so I'd say the Wizard of Oz set is my fave. But a close #2 is the set from A Christmas Story.

Stephanie from TX

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Scrappiegal said...

I can't wait to check out your Etsy Shop. The cyber world is so very new to me, and I'm really loving it. I came across your site from Tim Holtz's blog..I'll be saving you in my favorites for sure. I never have luck with winning on blogs...I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Happy New Year!

10:01 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

Hey Emily, very cool - buttons and other things on the site. Thanks for the giveaway. I am in love the "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out" buttons - I watch that movie over and over during the Holiday season. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing goodies with us all to start the new year and best wishes to you and yours for the best year ever! Traci from Texas

10:42 PM  
Blogger Deann Johnson said...

Just found your blog with a link from Tim Holtz's and I'm happy to be adding it to my growing list of "blogs I love".
I like all of the vintage postage buttons...if by some miracle I get lucky enough to win them, any set is great except the mostly blue one (I'm a green girl all the way!)

Happy New Year !
Deann... The Fingerlakes area of NY

8:58 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Hands down, my fav button is "I *heart* the Pie Hole"!!! LOL, Pushing Daisies is my fav new show of the season!

Happy New Year!
Katie, Missouri

12:12 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Hi Emily

Happy New Year to you and Matt I love your vintage buttons. Hope 2008 brings you everything you hope for.

Nina - Fm Merseyside (United Kingdom)

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow! A possibility of free, fantastic buttons! count me in!!
And a Happy Year Year to you all!

Terri B in Oregon

4:45 PM  
Blogger Crazy Art Girl said...

Hi. I just looked at the buttons. Love the Day of the Dead buttons and the Mexican wrestler ones. My 6th graders would love your buttons. I teach in a Mexican neighborhood.

Aurora, IL

5:26 PM  
Blogger sesil said...

Happy new Year! Love the shop love the punk bang buttons.

Chicago, IL

6:37 PM  

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