Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Cyber Monday

     New MONSTER purses are ready for Cyber Monday.  Anyone who doesn't know, Cyber Monday is the biggest on line shopping day.  Some of us just will not brave the crowds for generic gifts.  Why not have the convenience of sitting in your favorite chair and doing your shopping on line. 
     At Oaktopia Design we have a large selection of hand made items that are unique and made with love.  There's the added bonus of FREE SHIPPING on all orders through the end of November.  I know that is only two days away, but that's two days you can get your shopping done and still keep your sanity.  I know that's how I am doing it this year. 
     Have a happy day, and look for some fun DIY stuff later this week.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

mmmmm Wednesday

Okay,  so here I am sitting in bed rummaging through Julie Ann's blog and what do I see on her blog but some super yummy treat called Black Bottoms. I could not believe my eyes, or tummy.  So as a special Wednesday edition of Oaktopia Design I give you Julie's Black Bottoms.

Black Bottoms Recipe

Jordan picked out the recipe for this post. His mom made Black Bottoms throughout his childhood and he had a craving. (No pressure...) Turns out, I did a good job. :] But now, I cannot stop devouring them! I packaged up a bunch to take to work tomorrow because I apparently have no control when it comes to these mini cupcakes of pure heaven. But I mean, chocolatey outside, creaming cream cheese and chocolate chips filling....can you blame me?
You're going to make two mixtures. First combine: 8 oz cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1 package chocolate chips. In a separate bowl, combine 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt. Then add the following to the dry ingredients: 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tb vinegar. Beat together.
So you should have to separate bowls of yumminess. Line a mini cupcake tin with mini cupcake wrappers. Fill the tin half way with the chocolate mixture. Then add a dollop of the cream cheese mixture on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let them cool and then prepare to get addicted!
Oh and you can thank her for that extra weight on your hips!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monster Monday

Howdy all,
     I hope your weekend went well.  Here at Oaktopia Design we have added some great new items.  Keith has posted a couple of hand painted Christmas card designs and he is working on a third.  They are beautiful and it's amazing that they were painted. 
     We have also added more to our Jewelry line and Vintage area.  We have some wonderful evening bags at great prices and we are offering FREE SHIPPING. Just put in the code from our front page SHIPOAKTOPIA at time of check out in the coupon area and you will get your package shipped for FREE.  Now is a great time to do a little Christmas shopping before Black Friday and Cyber Monday hit us with full force.
     I bet you are wondering why I titled this Monster Monday, well it's because I have had such a reaction to my little Monster bags, that I have decided to make a few and put them on the web site, so if you haven't been there in a while it's time to check out what has changed. 
     I hope you all are enjoying the DIY blogs that our guest bloggers have been doing.  I think we will be adding an extra day of DIY crafts just for fun and variety.
     Have a great week and I'll be chatting with you all soon. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Happy DIY Saturday

Well oficially it's still Friday night to me here, but the clock says Saturday morning, so Happy Saturday to you all. 

Well as you all know I am a big fan of laminating cool things (like stamps from China) and making earrings out of them.  My good friend Lauren at The Perfect Pear, gave us all a whole new spin on laminated earrings.  So forget about the crummy weather if that is what your weekend looks like and make yourself a fun pair of earrings.

Some pretty laminated type leave/feather earrings! :) 
You will need: Scissors, A pen, Chain, Clear tape or a laminate, earring hooks, a needle, jump rings and some jewelry supplies as well as a pretty pattern with pattern on both sides of paper, which I got off of flickr, right here
1: Start by cutting your shapes, I just did a basic leaf shape, very simple!
2: After you've cut out your leaves tape both sides, I did a hot dog style fold with the tape :)
3: Cut off all the excess tape, leaving a plastic edge (this is totally optional)
4: Next you want to make a hole with your needle large enough to get your jump ring through it!
5: Cut your chain to desired length. Attach leaves with jump rings starting at the bottom, skipping one link and adding another leaf. Let me know if those instructions are unclear, leave a comment!
6: Attach your earrings hooks to the other end of the chain!
Ta-Da! Pretttyyyyy :)


Monday, November 7, 2011

Oaktopia Design: Happy Monday All

Oaktopia Design: Happy Monday All: Wow, where do I start? Not only have some great one of a kind jewelry been added to our ETSY shop , but our Vintage area has gro...

Happy Monday All

     Wow, where do I start?  Not only have some great one of a kind jewelry been added to our ETSY shop, but our Vintage area has grown.  There are so many cute little handbags for the holidays at really GREAT prices.  But Best of all, for the month of November Oaktopia Design is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders.  What a fantastic deal.  This is the month to get your Christmas shopping done and not have to worry about shipping costs. 
     Did you know that Citrine is the birthstone for November?  We have several one of a kind Citrine earrings.  The stones are all AA grade or better.  Plus they look spectacular for fall fashion.  Citrine has that wonderful ability to go with almost anything.  The stone reflects the colors worn, plus it's own golden sunshine.
     What beautiful stones, at reasonable prices.  Many are set in Sterling silver that has a tarnish resistant coating.  That means you can have the look of beautiful high end jewelry, with out the hassle of polishing the earrings before you go out.  These lovely earrings look fantastic on a dinner date or a night out on the town.  Plus who wouldn't be happy to have these as a thoughtful gift.
     So come on over and check out all our new items and while you check off your Christmas list, you might find something for yourself.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fun DYI Friday

Just for fun, and thanks to Cathe, Oaktopia Design Loves you and all you do.

Cathe Holden
Hi, I’m Cathe (pronounced the same as Cathy). I’m a graphic designer, crafter, creative blogger, & flea market enthusiast. I live just north of San Francisco in lovely Petaluma, California with my husband, Mr. Wonderful & our 3 awesome teenagers. is where I share creative ideas, crafty projects, original designs, artistic inspiration, product reviews and loads of free stuff! Thanks for visiting

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Vintage Floral Postcards

Border & Frame Graphics

Haunted House Templates

Homemade Bias Tape Labels

Vintage Matchbooks

Vintage Beach Sign

Wallpaper Rose Labels

Vintage Ephemera Images

c1900 Bank Checks

Antique Scrap Album 1

Antique Cat Trade Cards

3-Initial Monograms

Blank Recipe Cards & Labels

Ornate Clip Art & Wedding Printables

Vintage Ship Painting

Fisherman Trade Card

1870 Book Cover

Vintage Animal Sketches

Dog Stamp Printables

Mini Cigar Box Printable

Vintage Thread Labels

Apothecary Label Printables

Paper Wallet Printables

Garden Shed Labels

Vintage Postage Stamp Sheets

Printers Cuts Clip Art

Shrink Ephemera Printables

Livestock Clip Art

Get Well Tags

Round Label Printables

Vintage Wagons Clip Art

Shrinky Sewing Animals

Animal Sewing Cards

Gift Certificate Printables

Battleship Game Printables

Vintage Ephemera

Vintage Italian Alphabet

Advent Kit Printables

French Magazine Cover

Child ID Cards

Skeleton Chart

All Occasion Labels

Vintage Holiday Scripts

Woodcut Animal Bookplates

Circus Peanuts Graphic

Animated Dancing Couple GIF

Vintage Animal Book Covers

Vintage Booklet Covers

Vintage Baggage Tags

Vintage Repair Tags

Vintage Watch Face Images

Vintage Book End Papers

Anagram Tile Images

Typographic Clip Art

Seed Packets

Youngster Yardstick for Girls

Canister Labels/Decals

Vintage Alphabets

Popeye Quote Button

Vintage Ornate Frames

Vintage Cheese Labels

Apothecary Labels

Animated Cuckoo Clock GIF

Blog Headers

Black & White Email Buttons

Graphics for Babies

Vintage Sign Graphics

Envelope Letter Printable

Label Holder Frame Graphics

Cowgirl Graphic

Grid Alphabets

Crest Book Pages

Mother's Day Graphics

Father's Day Clip Art

Paper House Templates

Vintage Ornate Images

Vintage TV Graphics

Vintage How-To Illustrations

Animated Blog GIF

Glitter Labels

Floral Upholstery Graphics

Vintage Card Deck Graphics

Pinstriping Graphics

Vintage I-Spy Printable

Vintage Measuring Tape Graphics

Vintage Couple Photo

Vintage Letter Images

Antique Scrapbook Cover Images

Rubber Stamp Catalog Images

French Catalog Order Images

File Folder Labels

Vintage Framework Blog Buttons

Busy Day Silhouettes

Organizer Labels

Christmas Bird Postcard

Vintage Printer Cuts & Frames

iPeople Graphics

Antique Book Cover Images
Old School Notebook Images
Old School Notebook Images

Vintage Trade Card Images

Blog Friends Blog Graphic

Sisters Graphic

Thank You Veterans Sign

French Postal Marks

Cabinet Card Images

Vintage Mail Ephemera

Animated Worm GIF

Plaque Printables

Antique Ornamentals & Alphabets

Advent Spool Wraps

Vintage Ad Card Images

Blog Love Graphic

Vintage Group Photos

Creepy Halloween Typefaces

Vintage Quilt Image

Teacher & Children Illustrations

Vintage Vegetable Illustrations

Nose Blow Postcard

Vintage Bird Postcard

School Birds Image

Antique Book Covers

Typographic Blog Elements

Vintage Deer Silhouette

Vintage Eggs Image

Fabric Label Wraps

Vintage Calling Cards, Etc.

Vintage Ephemera Images

Meat Cut Images 1

Meat Cut Images 2

Play Checkbook Printables

Soap Card Images

Wooden Nickel Printables

Vintage Pink Roses

Antique Album Pages

Elephant Frame Image

Alphabet & Counting Illustrations

Children’s Book Images

Vintage Booklet Cover

Father's Day Graphic

Pattern Tiles

Vintage People Photos

Button Card Printables

Button Card Image

Boy Mowing Photo

Cows & Roses Postcard

Organizing Labels 1

Organizing Labels 2

Blog Cuties

Vintage Label Images

Vintage Ephemera Images

Message Box Template

Nice Matters Blog Button

Easter Postcard Image

Birthday Postcard Image

Photo Wallet Graphics

Note Pad Cover

Older Posts Blog Graphic

Buttons Label

Twitter Buttons

Paper Hardware

Inspiring Blogger Award

Flickr Blog Gadget

Email Blog Gadgets

Leave A Comment Gadget

Painted LOVE Image

Turkey Illustration

Tattoo Shirt Graphic

We love Freebies, and DYI here at Oaktopia Design.  We love connecting to the crafters out there, so if you have an awesome idea, that you want to share, just connect us right here.  Leave me a little post and we will get that ball rolling.