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Friday, October 31, 2014

Shop of the Week! Cuprum29

This week I am sharing the talents of ErikaLyn of Cuprum29 on Etsy. She has many styles of handcrafted jewelry in her shop and uses the words ethnic, wedding, braille and boho among several others to describe her work in mixed metal designs.

Today I want to show you how the simplicity of a beautifully done curve can make a stunning piece of jewelry. These are admittedly my very favorite pieces to be found at Cuprum29.

Taken from the About Page in the shop you can find out the beginnings of  the beauty and art this designer brings to the public.
"The story behind my jewelry designs began as a something of a hobby that stemmed from my desire wear interesting and unusual jewelry reminiscent of ancient traditional art forms from around the globe but ... I couldn't find any that I could afford! The result was I decided to craft my own. Recently I have elevated this "hobby" to a business, Cuprum29Jewelry, here on Etsy so that I can share my designs with you!"

Here is where I leave you, dear readers, to comment, share and connect. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Deals of the Week

From now through November 1st you can check out the following shops and take advantage of the special offers from a few of our Group2020 Members.

From Lehane Arts - 20% off $100 purchase at when using checkout code DEALS- good until Nov 1
From ClemmieV's  - Check out the tote bag section for markdowns on these stylish bags.

From Lanmom Originals - FREE Shipping on any purchase over $20.00

Like I said at the start, there is still time but you only have until Saturday to choose any or all of the specials to take advantage of.
I know, decisions, decisions. LOL

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shop of the Week! Crowe Shea Fashions

What fuels the passion to create for a lady who proclaims herself a professional hooker? Some understanding comes when you read from the about page  in the Crowe Shea Fashions shop.

"Growing up I was blessed with family members who enjoyed teaching me their favorite handicrafts - at least that's how I remember it. The reality may have been that I annoyed the crap out of them until they showed me how to do what they were doing. 
Whatever version of history you choose to accept, the fact is thanks to cheap mass production, most of them have gone the way of the dinosaur. However I still cling tightly to my favorite: crochet. It may be fuddy duddy and equated with doilies, but ever since my mom taught me my first stitches I have been, well, hooked. I love the ability to create something beautiful with just some yarn and a hook. The meditative repetition of stitch after stitch is soothing. And I can't deny that I absolutely enjoy hearing those words, "Wow! That's crochet?" These things fuel my desire to create fun and unexpected items that will be enjoyed by others as much as I enjoyed making them."

By the way the bears are not included but make great models, don't you think?

Every thing in the shop, the hats, the scarves, the stuffed animals, the grocery bag holders, is hooked up to be loved a long time.

Links to shop, like, follow, circle, pin or tweet are below for your convenience.
Go shopping at Crowe Shea Fashions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deals of the Week through October 25, 2014

One of our wonderful members has a great deal for you this week. In the Lehane Shop on Etsy you can receive a free bracelet with the purchase of any of the items pictured below.

UPDATE!!! 10/22/14
New deals just added from Exquisite Studios on Etsy.
Free shipping on the items shown below,

See these and more on the Pinterest Board shown at the bottom of this post,

For more information and to keep up with the latest deals visit and follow our Deals of the Week Pinterest Board. There are new offers every week!

Follow Lehane's board !Group2020! Deals of the Week on Pinterest.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LehaneArts - Nautical Earrings

Recently our G2020 member Lehane released an exciting new earring design based on her seafaring family ancestry!

They are absolutely stunning and would not only make a great gift for anyone with a background or interest in boating but would also be a lovely pair of earrings to be worn throughout the Christmas season due to their red and green coloring ... either way these are definitely a conversation starter!


Read the full story of the inspiration behind this beautiful pair of Nautical Earrings from Lehane on her blog:

LehaneArts: Who Says These Are Nautical Earrings?

Monday, October 13, 2014

DeAls Of ThE WeEk - October 12th to 18th

We have several exciting deals this week from our Group2020 members Exquisite Studios, Lehane, LehaneArts, BackAlleyDesignsInk and Cuprum29Jewelry!

BackAlleyDesignInk is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders! Enter code PDOW101814 at checkout.

Shop link:

Exquisite Studios is offering FREE PRIORITY SHIPPING on the following items:





Lehane is offering FREE USA SHIPPING on  ANY PURCHASE OF $24 or more, use coupon code: SHIP17 during checkout!
Shop Link:

LehaneArts is offering FREE USA SHIPPING on ANY EARRING PURCHASE, use coupon code: SHIP17 during checkout!

Shop Link:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bacon & Onion Foil Packet Potatoes

Looking for a great side dish?

Our G2020 member BackAlleyDesignsInk recently tried this fantastic potato and bacon recipe. Potato and bacon ... oh ... my ... YUM!!!

                                                   Bacon & Onion Foil Packet Potatoes


2 to 3 sheets of heavy-duty foil
1 packet onion soup powder
10-12 baby red potatoes, thinly sliced
12 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon
1 small onion thinly sliced and diced
1 cup cheese (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
Sour cream for serving (optional)


Spray each sheet of foil with cooking spray. Top each piece with equal portions of potatoes, bacon, 1 packet onion soup powder and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to each serving. Wrap securely.


Grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Or you can bake it in the oven, at 350° for about 35 minutes or till done. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve in foil, topped with sour cream and cheese if desired.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Deals Of The Week - Oct 5th through Oct 11th

As many of you know the members of Group2020 offer various specials on a weekly basis. This weeks participants are LehaneArts and ClemmieV's !

LehaneArts - free shipping and reduced prices on select items:

ClemmieV's - free shipping on the following items:

Be sure to check out their beautiful items and don't miss the chance to save with the free shipping and reduced prices being offered!

With the holidays coming every penny counts and our group offers deals on a weekly basis so we hope you will stop back in for our upcoming weekly Deals Of The Week posts!


Tomorrow we have an unofficial holiday in America ... NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY!

What is a pierogi you ask?

Well, friends and neighbors, since many folks don't know I will tell you but first I have to share how funny I found the fact that we have a national holiday for this culinary treat. I have been eating pierogi since I was a kid and happen to love them so upon discovering that there is a national holiday for them, official or not, I literally laughed out loud. I would never have guessed these tasty little morsels would have their own day but they do and National Pierogi Day is celebrated yearly in America on October 8 ... :)

Pierogi is plural for the rarely used Polish word pierog and is often found spelled several different ways including perogi, pierogy and oddly pierogies or perogies both of which are plural versions of the already pluralized root word.

 Grandma's Polish Perogies
                            Click here for the recipe posted by STEPH577 on

Spelling and pluralizations aside basically Pierogi are a type of filled pocket dumpling made from unleavened dough (the dough is generally similar to what would be used for slippery or drop dumplings) that are stuffed with a variety of yummy fillings in limitless combinations using ingredients such as mashed potato, cheese, onion, cabbage, sauerkraut, ground meat, mushrooms and spinach or for a sweet and delicious desert option they are filled with fruit. They are traditionally semi-circular in shape and are prepared by first boiling and are then either served as is or, for those feeling more adventurous, deep fried or sauteed in butter.

But that's not all ... there is more to it! When they hit the table (if they make it that far, ours are usually eaten before they leave the kitchen counter ... yes, they are that good!) they are accompanied by a wide assortment of delicious toppings such as melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms and onions, green onions, and the dessert variety turn into something really special as they are topped with apple sauce, maple syrup, caramel or chocolate sauce and of course whipped cream. The choices are endless and only limited by your own taste preferences and imagination, I once topped potato and cheese filled pierogi with chopped olives, capers and sour cream!

Eastern European immigrants first popularized pierogi in the United States and by the 1960′s, pierogi began making an appearance in the frozen food aisles of grocery stores. Now they are common to find in groceries across America and are popular as a main dish, side dish or desert depending on the filling and how they are prepared.
                    Mrs. T's is a popular brand offering several varieties in American groceries.

A few more interesting facts:

- At every Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, there is a “pierogi race” where four runners, wearing pierogi costumes, race toward a finish line. (What a hoot!)

- Whiting, Indiana celebrates an annual Pierogi Fest each July. (Not just a day but a whole fest! Go Indiana!!!)


I hope you enjoyed this little walk through "pierogidom" and if you haven't already tried them I hope you will!

Here's to very, very HAPPY NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY for everyone!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Goodbyes and Hellos

As Group2020 ends its first year and gets ready for a new one and the upcoming holiday selling season some of our members have gone, some stayed and some new ones joined us. While we miss the ones who are gone we enthusiastically welcome the new members.

Here are the Group2020 members as we enter our second year.

Whether our jewelry whispers uniqueness or screams it, all of our designs are created to be as individual and one of a kind as you!!

I love to sew and have a passion for bold, bright, vibrant fabric.

 My goal is to help make life cozier for you and those your care about.

I love the ability to create something beautiful with just some yarn and a hook.

Joining me this year as a blog author. Yay!
Offers unique, hand cut, riveted, and forged jewelry in copper, brass and silver and all my jewelry creations are handmade from raw materials, one design at a time.

 I'm a HUGE lover of Vintage Pieces! I really enjoy Repurposing/Restoring/Upcycling/Altering them. 

Spectacular heirloom quality bead crochet jewelry, luxurious handcrafted soaps, and other wearable and functional art created just for you!

Our founder.
Symbolism, color, shape, size, and material are all elements involved in each of my creations.

For more information about our links to social media go to the group website.