Monday, April 30, 2012

Bring Nature Inside!

Snowflake: Welcome to our week with Nature!! Let's check-in with our roaming reporter and see who is in the spotlight this week.

Sunshine: "Home, home on the range, where the deer and the antelope play. Where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day'!! ....Churp! Churp!.....Ribbit! Ribbit!....those are the sounds of Nature coming to your live this week from our featured spotlight members shop Cindy of Pine Branch Designs!! Welcome Cindy! I know you are eager to learn more about Cindy and her nature shop so here is what she had to say.....
1. Why did you start your business? 
    Dec 2010
2. How long have you been in business? 
    Informally, 3 years
3. Can you share a diy project with our readers? 
    Yes. I can tell them how to use our branch slices to make a moss & branch centerpiece/planter

Moss and Branch Centerpiece
Supplies:
Branch Slices (cut your own or you may custom order them through my Etsy Shop)
Floral Moss (Available at Walmart)
Wooden Box (use your own or you may custom order one through my Etsy Shop)- natural or stained. It is best to use a box that does not have varnish on it.

1. Collect branch slices in a variety of sizes and shapes- the number of slices you need will depend on the size of box you are covering.

2. Apply a thick layer of wood glue to coat a 4-6" section of the box. Place the branch slices firmly in the glue, leaving enough space to tuck in thin sections of floral moss. Wrap the moss around each branch slice and press into the glue. Lay the box on the side you just completed and allow to dry for 20-30 minutes before going on to the next side.

3. Repeat step 2 until all 4 sides are covered.

4. Finish the top edges of the box by coating them with glue and attaching floral moss.
The finished product makes an earthy and organic display for flowers, river rocks, bath towels, etc. 


4. Where can folks find you online?
5. Where do you get ideas from? 
     Nature,Personal experiences, suggestion from customers!

6. Can you offer our reader's a special discount?
    new customers may receive 25% off their first order with this discount code: NEW25.

Snowflake: It is so much fun to visit a new members shop each week here on our Sunshine Farm Girl Co-op blog. Only our blog reader's will get to use this special coupon code and save big in Cindy's shop this week and only at our online craft show. Check out the Calender of Events page at the top of this page for location.

What else do you have for us Sunshine?

Sunshine: So glad you asked Snowflake! I wanted to announce our winner from last weeks Spring Cleaning Contest. The winner is.......drum roll........another drum roll.......Congrats! to.......using random.org.....our winner is......Brandee of homesteddinmom blog! She won the crochet flower cleaning cloth from Jeanpatch by MK! Woot!

♥ Next, Sampler Bags......we still have a few available so head on over to our website and visit the sampler bag  
page and give yourself or a friend a very special gift!

You'll find something from Sunshine Sisters, Reflections of Kayla, Country Cents and Jeanpatchbymk in our Eco-Gift Sampler Bag. We will be posting testimonials once they are all sold! You won't be disappointed, unless you miss getting one!!! hehe!

Big Announcement....we can now be heard on blog talk radio.....visit the home page of our website and click on the arrow to listen to the show where I am a featured guest. I will be back on the show May 10th at 7 p.m. cst!/8 p.m. est! mark your calenders. I will be talking about gluten free baking and more!

Vendors Wanted - for the sampler bags - If you would like to advertise your business in our successful Eco-Gift sampler bags then fill out the vendor application on our join page and the sampler application found on the sampler bag page on the left side bar. You will be rewarded for each month that you complete. See details on the application page.

It is a good idea to purchase a sampler bag so you can see how to wrap your samples and what to include with each one. Back to you Snowflake!

Snowflake: Thank you Sunshine for all those great updates for our readers and members. We have a fun game for you this week. It is called the Referral Game! Here is how to play and what one person will win!

Rules:

1. Refer a friend to follow our blog - 1 entry
2. Refer a friend to join the co-op as a 'Buyer Club' member-5 entries
3. New followers leave a comment telling who referred you.
4. New 'buyer club' members leave a comment saying who referred you.

Reward: The winner will receive a renewal for their annual 'Buyer Club' membership! Woot! WooHoo!!! (you must be a current 'Buyer Club' member to receive the renewal membership)

Whose ready to play?! The more active you are in the co-op the more rewards your will receive. Tune in next week for another great game and to see who our next spotlight member will be.

Same co-op time! Same Co-op blog!