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Missy Ballance
I'm a WAHM with 2 girls and a great DH.
Interests: My intrests pretty much revolve around my family and friends. I love playing softball, and bar-b-queing. I love taking pictures, and sewing and decorating. I love all things artsy and vintage. I love to go to antique shows and fairs. I'm forced to go camping with my dear husband, but it's all good :)
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Let's see if I still know how to use this thing. :) I went from being a Full time crafter to a full time car sales person! Who knew that was even a thing?!? I mean... you can't make this stuff up. So now I sell cars full time. I love it. I went to school to be a teacher, and ended up as a top producer for Ford. But I'm back to my crafty roots, and I've been crafting up some fun jewelry! Nothing expensive... just fun stuff. And I wanted to share with my old Buddies!!! (And for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Crafty Carnival
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I listed this doll in my etsy shop as available for custom orders: And then I got an order for a girl with light brown hair and FRECKLES! She likes teal/blue, so that would be great for her skirt :) And I happen to know this little girl like Country Music, so I made that skirt out of a handkerchief ;) And this is the result: I LOVE her freckles!! You can have your own custom dolly too! There's tiny ones and big ones available in my shop!! I'm listing this post on Tip Me Tuesday :) I LOVE LOVE... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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I just listed the e-pattern for Rainbow Pocket Dolly in my shop here :) This pattern is 9 pages long because it includes SIXTEEN pictures to help you along the way! So if you are new to making dolls, or you just like pictures, you will love this pattern. I recently announced that you can now sell the items you make from Crafty Carnival patterns. This recession (depression) has hit us all hard and we can all use a few extra bucks! So I've kept my prices low, (only $5 per pattern) and I'm hoping that in return, all of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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I just listed a cute little rainbow hair dolly in my shop here :) Also, are you on Pinterest??!! I'm addicted, I love it so much! Follow me here and I'll follow you back :) Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
Hi my crafty friends!! I have GREAT NEWS! You can now SELL the items that you create from Crafty Carnival Patterns! For the past several years, my patterns have been for personal use only. But I've recently decided that times are tough, and we could all use a few extra dollars to help fund our crafty habits :) So therefore, I've decided to change my usage policy. The long story short is that you can sell anything you make from my patterns (both free patterns and paid patterns) online or in a craft booth as long as you personally made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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This is a fun and busy weekend in Sacramento coming up! On Friday, June 10th, Sacramento Etsy-ians are getting together and Fremont Park to celebrate Etsy's nation wide CRAFT PARTY!! (read more about it on the Etsy blog here) Come on down with a pot luck dish to share and any unwanted craft items for the swap. You may also want to bring a blanket or chair to sit on! This is a great opportunity to network! here is the meet up page, and all the info you could need or want :) Amy of Indie Sacramento had been a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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We had an all night craft party last Thursday night. It was my, my ten year old, and two seven year olds (who ended up camping out in the craft room!). The girls made pillows and some plushy monsters from the Easiest monster pattern ever (and about a half a dozen of that craft where you melt those little plastic beads with an iron). It was the last day of school, and the first day of summer vacation! :) Here's a quick pick of the cards I made for my Daiys's first grade teachers: they got Target gift cards. (My... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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So... my oldest turned double digits this last week. She's 10 now. I wanted to make it really special for her, so I thought and I thought and I thought... and I came up with this: She's a perfect 10! That's when I knew I needed to have a special announcement card made for her. Something I could send out to my friends and family, and hers, and my husband's, to show just how proud we really are of her. I did a mini photo shoot with her, and picked a few great pics... and then I wrote a poem... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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(The sale is STILL on for my etsy shop! 20% off of everything. enter BLOGTWENTY at checkout) I'm working on releasing some more patterns for crafty carnival. But... to help me organize my thoughts a little bit, I've created an album on my Crafty Carnival facebook page here :) This album is a few pictures of some of my favorite things that I make... and I hope that you will visit the album and "like" the pictures of the items that YOU would like to see made into an e-pattern!! That will help me to determine which ones I should... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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You should visit my etsy shop :) I sell patterns there :) here are some cute variations I've made from some of those patterns I sell in my shop. Today is a GREAT day for sewing and a fabulous day to make a doll! Do it! :) Enter the code BLOGTWENTY in the coupon code box at check out and get 20% off your entire order of everything in the store! Valid until my next post :) Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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I've just added a few designs to my etsy shop. These are "business cards" but made especially for moms like me who love to be able to whip out a card and hand it to another mom. I slide them into my kids backpacks for sleep overs, just in case they forget our phone # and need to call home. I give them to relatives and family members so they have our most current information. The possiblities are endless and FUN! You get 250(!!!) cards for only $30, and they are fully customizable. You also get a free online proof... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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UPDATE!! All links are now fixed! I'm SO SORRY! Please click away and get to know Getty and the Damnwells! Thank you to Mary Beth the sweet commenter that made me aware of the problem! Huge hug going out to yoU! xoxo Hello Crafty Carnival fans! My name is Stacey Ball and I will be guest posting today to share with you an exciting event that is happening RIGHT NOW! First, let me introduce you to Getty Amelia Storm. Getty is a 1 year old little girl that is battling SMA1, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. SMA1 is slowly robbing Getty of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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My bother-in-law is super creative and loves to build things. He recently made a hamster powered robot using my friend Lisa's kids' hamster Princess as the test pilot. I think you all will love watching this. It's cute, and we all love cute around here :) Thanks I-wei, and Lisa for letting us all be a part of it ;) Check out the youtube video here photo credit: Crabfu Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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I came across this auction today on ebay. The seller used to collect some of my bears, but I think she's moved on, so they are super discounted... there are also two Jennifer Murphy bears (eeps!!) great prices! So I thought I would post a link, and hopefully she can get a sale out of them :) **I posted a link to this seller's auctions, and not to the auction of just my bear... so if it's not there anymore, too much time has passed. Here's pictures of my two bears that are for sale: and on a side note:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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ONLY $1 for this pattern for ONE day only on Groupdealz.com! OMG! How exciting! If you were even thinking for a second about getting this pattern... now you know you have to ;) For a buck!? What!? That is awesome! So hurry, go buy it! Love you guys!! (oh, and hurry and tell your friends on twitter and facebook and your blogs and everywhere else cause this is only a one day deal :) THE DAY THAT THIS DEAL WILL BE AVAILABLE IS JANUARY 13th (Happy Birthday dad!) Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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This is gonna be short! I made this for Daisy's troop yesterday. Her fabulous leaders based the meeting tonight around cookie sales. They talked about their manners and their goals, and they used this cute coloring sheet for their activity. If you like it and you want to use it for your troop, you can download it here--> Download Cookie sale sheet And when the cookies get here, don't forget about this cute THANK YOU CARD DOWNLOAD from last year. It's great even for the little girls! Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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I'm so excited about this project that I 've been working on! I started doodling (nothing fancy, but still sweet) and I came up with this adorable 8x10 sheet of paper where I could list 10 things I love about you! I made one for both of my daughters, and then the project kept growing into a journal! If you would like to download this DIY coloring page/love letter for free, Download Ten things! This would be such a sweet gift for you to give, or print it and let your children fill it out and give it away! Or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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I just sent out another set of family dolls to the Hoy family. They were really fun to make! Such an adorable family! I hope they love their dolls! I also finished these two cuties and added them to the shop! The pink haired one would be a perfect Valentine's gift, if you ask me :) And I also started work on another project that I can't seem to get out of my head! This is just the beginning of a huge project that I'm making for my girls, and I will be sharing it with YOU as soon as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
I added a facebook "fan app thingy" and a "follow me on twitter widget" over there on my sidebar (to your left) I had a fan page for Crafty Carnival last year, had a bad experience, and bitterly deleted it. Oops. That was irrational. Should have checked the calendar before I did anything major. Had I waited a week, I'm sure I wouldn't have been as mad... or mad at all. ;) So anyway, I added it back. I also decided to start tweeting. Mostly because I want to be a part of the 21st century, not just an admirer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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2009, and 2010 kinda sucked for me. I lost my crafty mojo super bad. I was bitter and angry about some of the process of being a crafty gal in this here internet age... but 2011 is looking better already. A few months ago, I got my craft room all cleaned up and organized, and I have been super happy re-joining the crafty party. I think in anything in life, there are mountains and there are valleys... I'm sure glad that's all over now :) This year, I'm starting a 365 project. It's not new, lots of people have been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Crafty Carnival
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I started a new etsy team called Hella Crafty. The purpose is to kind of unite Bay Area and Nor Cal crafters. I live right in the middle of San Francisco and Sacramento, and I would love to be the host to this new venture where we all meet up in the cyber world to share information on shows, supplies, or ask questions, or just make friends. If you are a crafter selling on ETSY, and you are based in Northern California or the Bay Area, please join the Hella Crafty Etsy Team here! (And for those of you who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2010 at Crafty Carnival
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I know that nobody has time to read blogs right now, and we are all super busy wrapping presents and stressing out! LOL! My personal facebook status yesterday was, "A reminder to all of my mom friends: we can sleep when Christmas is over, and to my dad friends: it must b nice to b u." HAHA! But even in all of the bussiness, I still check a few of my favorite sites everyday. I'm a sucker for Target's deal of the day... I check it EVERY DAY, but I've only bought something from it ONE time. Can you believe... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at Crafty Carnival
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It's too late to ship, but it's not too late to print! Here's a free printable Santa Claus coloring page. You have about 4-ish days to finish your wrapping and shopping... so I'm providing the busy work and possibly buying you a few minutes of peace. LOL! I know I'm not ready! This Santa is cute and kinda happy and anime in style. He's nice and big so little fingers should be able to color him nicely ;) Click Download Santa Coloring Page crafty carnival to download the page for your little one (or you) to color... and no there's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at Crafty Carnival
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I made my first etsy treasury! I just figured out a few days ago that they are unlimited now (in the old days, you had to stay up late or get up really early and reserve them ;) and I never got one. So now anyone can make one. It's a nice thing to do to help promote other people's work... and who couldn't use a little of that kind of karma these days!? So check out my treasury here. It's called "Eye Can See Clearly Now" b/c it's based on eyeglasses... which are definately a current obsession of mine.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at Crafty Carnival
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Custom "Missy-fied" family portrait dolls now available in the shop here! I want to thank Krystie so much for being my guinea pig family! Love you!! xoxo Please check out her blog, Cupcake Martini to see the MOST beeee-utiful card inspiration ever! In other news... I have a lot of shout outs to give! There have been some other people who have been very nice to me this week too :) Rachel at One Pretty Thing for featuring my free printable labels, and Meaghan at Craft Gossip for featuring the same :) Also Amy at Living Locurto for the blog... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at Crafty Carnival