Stand Up Desk from Brixton Banks

Stand up desks are a new trend right now that benefits our health and wellness. It’s been proven that sitting all day at our desks is contributing to many health problems. The new Stand Up desk from Brixton Banks is a wonderful solution to that problem.


When I saw this cool new desk, I knew I had to start using one! Sitting at the desk creates so many problems with our health: namely, back problems. To alleviate lower back pain, standing at your desk instead of sitting forces your muscles to be working while you are working.’


On the Brixton Banks website we learn the health benefits of standing and working:

Scientific studies claim that sitting all day is bad for your health. While that seems to be common sense you may not realize exactly how bad sitting behind a computer all day truly is.

There is more going on than just fatigue and back or neck pain or simply being uncomfortable. A sedentary lifestyle deactivates the hormone lipase which slows down your metabolism and causes you to gain weight.

This can happen within 20 minutes of being inactive. Meanwhile your red blood cells clump and thicken inside of your blood vessels slowing down circulation, insulin production slows down, energy that has not been expended from food, also known as fat, begins to deposit on your internal organs and LPP1 – a gene that suppresses inflammation and clotting shuts off.


I LOVE this desk! It’s beautiful, first of all. And it’s very lightweight, so it can be easily moved from room to room or even outside if you are using your laptop. It worked perfect on our kitchen table for my son to use it, and  it works great for people of multiple heights sharing it. It’s perfect for active families that are looking to decrease their time sitting, and trying to incorporate more healthy options like standing.

You can get your standing desk at and be sure to follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram! 🙂


(*Disclosure – Post Sponsored by Brixton Banks, product given. All reviews are my own opinion. I only review products that I use, and that my readers will benefit from.)

{Just listed ~ Limited Edition Angel Wings Tee}

Angel Wings Washed Black Burnout Tee with White Screenprint size Large

My etsy shop is finally open again! It’s been a few years, but I am selling the last-run of my clothing line, and lots of new goodies are coming soon! I’m really excited to update my Etsy shop and offer some new and exciting things!

Just listed this Angel Wing tee in my Etsy shop. This is a limited edition. These shirts are buttery-soft vintage feeling shirts. Super comfy!



{new etsy taste test tool: search & shop superbly}

Etsy just came out with a new curated search tool based on the items you choose, and gives you a list of recommendations based on your taste. This is a really handy tool for sorting through the ocean of amazingness that is It helps you streamline your search and wade through the seemingly endless ocean of wares while also introducing you to new talent and beauty on the site.

I found some amazing new artists, designers and photographers with an eye for detail. And the vintage and romantic clothing picked for me was exactly what I would pick for myself.I really love elloh’s Ode To The Library print:

and theloveshop’s THINK HAPPY BE HAPPY print.

and ShadedMemories’ drops of light photograph

and ThatGirlNaNaNa’s i’ve loved you so long print

So overall this is a great new tool. It would be great for picking out unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas! Have fun with it!

Try out Etsy Taste Test for yourself today!

{Thanks to Holly Becker from decor8® for introducing me to the tool! :)}

{free business cards for etsy sellers}

Free Moo business cards! Yep. Free.

I love these! I also have the mini moo cards for my craft business as well.

Upload your photos to create your personalized Business Cards from MOO and Etsy. Use images of your creations to promote your unique and designer products.

  • Choose up to 50 different photos to display on your Business Cards. You can upload directly to, or even import your photos directly from Etsy.
  • Use your own logo and text with our range of templates or upload your own complete PDF design for the “details” side of your cards.
  • Choose the silky smooth, matt-laminated ‘MOO Classic’ paper or go eco friendly, with recycled ‘Green’ stock.

Each FREE MOO Business Card comes with a unique code to share with your friends, giving them discount off their first order from

Get yours HERE.

This offer expires April 30th 2010.

{plum pretty sugar}

Tunic Dress/Top. Beckoning Creatures.

{buy it on etsy for $68.00}

{summer emporium}


Check it out! The Summer Indie Emporium is now launched.

Be sure to use the awesome coupons the participants are offering to get some great values on handmade goods that make perfect gifts!

{Warrenton Antiques…Here We Come!}

{via Blue Yonder on Flickr}

Bluebonnets are out, and the much-needed Texas rain will soon bring them to full bloom. That’s right, Warrenton Antique Week has officially started!

I can’t wait to saunter out in the glorious flea market of yesteryear; walk down miles of junk-filled roads, to explore the vintage goodies & look for new treasures…

After much debate about whether or not to have my clothing line for sale this show, I’ve decided to do some inventory Spring Cleaning to make way for the launch of 2 brand new lines from  Cloud9 Apparel.

More on that later…

So I will have Cloud9 gear available  – complete with recession-worthy prices! 🙂 So come on out & get the last of the current collection before it’s gone!

*We’re in the Booth By Little House on The Hill

Cloud9 @ Sanctuary + Apartment Therapy


Cloud9 Apparel can now be found at Santuary in Austin. Sanctuary is a new shop in the Westlake area that has a great mix of gifts, art, and accessories, many of which are made by local artists. Santuary’s philosophy is “the beauty of simplicity,” which rings true in her choice of earth friendly, handmade goods and modern decor.

Owner Hanna Curran found me on & she speaks of her desire to find handmade items for her boutique interview with Apartment Therapy who recently featured her adorable home:

“Etsy in general is another inspiration and indulgence. I can get lost in there for HOURS and have found a number of vendors for the store this way.”

Here is a sneak peek inside her home from the article:




Sanctuary has been featured in numerous articles in the short time that it has been open:



For more information – check out the Sanctuary blog.

{Call For Submissions: Spring Gift Guide}


Spring is in the air. The flowers are in full bloom. And the Spring Gift Guide is coming soon!

We are looking for unique, high-quality, handmade products to feature in our upcoming Spring Gift Guide. The Guide will include Spring items in bright or pastel Spring colors. If you have a new Spring line to introduce, now is the time! As always, earth friendly items are a big priority.

Your ad will include the following:

  • a product image sized 200×200 (**Choose your BEST items & photos! When choosing photos to use, please select FRONT PAGE of Etsy quality shots: Good Composition (off center is most interesting, and good lighting…Like Sample picture below…)spring
  • 100 words of text to describe your product
  • price of your product
  • coupon code  (*Example = SpringFling09 = 20% off your purchase)
  • URL linking directly to your site

To view a sample of one of our previous Gift Guides please CLICK HERE & HERE!

The Spring Gift Guide will launch on April 6th and will run through Mother’s Day May 31st. We will featuring the guide on our blog & a multitude of social networking sites we belong to with a high volume of followers. See our Media Kit for more information about our blog demographics and traffic.

The Gift Guide will be marketed on: other blogs, Etsy, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, TwitterMoms, Ning networks, We Love Etsy, IndiePublic, with my Etsy Street Teams: CAST (Christian Artists), EcoEtsy, & EtsyAustin {just to name a few!}

***I have a VERY large following on these social networking sites which gives me a wonderful arena to introduce new and interesting handmade goods, and increases the exposure & traffic to my blog & the visibility of your shop!

Here are some stats for the blog:

We use Quantcast to verify our traffic figures, obtain audience information and to supply our Cloud9 Media Kit. Our audience is 59% female, and 65% of our members are college graduates or hold advanced degrees.

If you would like to participate, CONTACT US & you will receive an invoice for payment of $35 via Paypal sent to the email address you contact us with. All information and payments must be received by Friday, March 27th to be included.

I am looking forward to creating a great Spring Gift Guide and hope to generate more exposure for you indie artists & designers!

Just Listed :: Sweet Swallows Onesie in Charcoal with Periwinkle Blue Print 6-12 Month

Just in time for Spring…a lovely charcoal gray & periwinkle blue onesie from the Cloud9 Kids Collection.

Etsy :: cloud9designstudio :: Sweet Swallows Onesie in Charcoal with Periwinkle Blue Print 6-12 Months. <–buy it here $26.00