Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Today Only!

Today, December 7, 2010, is your chance to receive 15% off and FREE SHIPPING on your order from MadrinDesigns!
EXCLUSIVE COUPON TODAY! Buy 2 or more items from my Etsy shop and receive FREE SHIPPING!! Plus, the 15% off coupon code is still valid today! Coupon codes: "SHIP7" and "NEW15"!! (Enter the Free Shipping code in your checkout comments and the shipping cost will be refunded via PayPal. The other coupon code will be taken off automatically when entered during checkout.)


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Coupon Code for My Etsy Customers!!

Because I've finally returned to my Etsy shop and it is no longer deserted, I'm offering a 15% off coupon for all of my faithful followers! Enter Coupon Code: new15 at checkout in my Etsy shop. MadrinDesigns, now through December 7!! Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

SALE...This Weekend!

I'm doing my Black Friday sale a little early this year! This Saturday, November 20, I'm offering a FREE Ring (an $8 value) of your choice with any purchase of $30 or more. MadrinDesigns flower rings are great stocking stuffers or a great addition to any gift.

Also on SALE:

  • Small Flower Bobby Pins $5/each or 2/$8!!
  • Large Flower Bobby Pins $8/each or 2/$14!!
  • All Earrings on Cards $1 OFF!!
Come see MadrinDesigns at Lawrence Central High School this Saturday from 9am-3pm for a unique, handcrafted shopping experience!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Show Schedule Update!

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
Lawrence Central Holiday Craft Bazaar
Lawrence Central High School, Indpls., IN
9 am - 3 pm

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
2nd Annual Hoosier Artisan Holiday Boutique
Hamilton County Fairgrounds Exhibition Center
Noblesville, IN
10 am - 6 pm

Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010
3rd Annual Alternative Gift Fair
Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church and Earth House Collective
237 N. East St. Indpls., IN
9 am - 5 pm

Friday, October 29, 2010

FREE for MadrinDesigns Fans!!

If any of my FB fans or blog followers come out tomorrow to the IUPUI Staff Council Fine Arts & Craft Fair, I will have a very pleasant surprise for you!
I'm talking a FREE RING or $5 off your purchase!!
Don't forget to remind me that you're a fan...I get slightly overwhelmed when I meet lots of people in one afternoon.

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Show Added to 2010 Calnedar!

MadrinDesigns will be at the 3rd Annual Alternative Gift Fair at the Earth House in downtown Indianapolis on Dec. 11, 2010. Be sure to to come by for any last minute handmade gifts, because this will be my last event of 2010!

Monday, October 18, 2010

MadrinDesigns Jewelry Trunk Shows!!

I've know added a calendar of my events to my blog! Check dates to see when I'm free to have your very own MadrinDesigns Home Trunk Show! I've extended the offer for an additional $20 in jewelry for booking by Sunday, October 24th!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MadrinDesigns Jewelry Trunk Shows!!

Have you ever wanted to earn free, HANDMADE jewelry?? Looking for great gifts for the holidays? Now is your chance! I'm scheduling trunk shows from now until Dec. 15th!

I make everything really easy! I come to your home and set up my displays. No sales pitch, no boring monologues! You and your friends get to shop, try on, and take your purchases home! It's all cash and carry because I only make each of my pieces once!

Earn up to $65 in free jewelery, plus if you book before Oct. 17, you'll get an additional $20 in product!!

Make your holiday Handmade and shop with MadrinDesigns!

Contact me by email: lakt.johnson@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall Schedule!!

It's that time of year again...can we say busy? I will be at an art show or fall festival almost every weekend in the next 3 months! So if you're looking for me, find me at the following locations throughout Central Indiana!

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, 2010
Zionsville Lions Fall Fest
Sat. 10 am - 6 pm and Sun. 11 am - 5 pm

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010
Fishers Art in the Park
9 am - 4 pm

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010
Avon Community Heritage Festival
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2, 2010
Whale of A Sale Upscale Kid's Consignment Event
Eagle Church (Whitestown)
Fri. 9 am - 6 pm and Sat. 9 am - 2 pm

Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 7-10, 2010
Riley Festival
Downtown Greenfield, IN
Click link for hours!

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010
Christmas in October Craft Fair
Fishers High School, Fishers, IN
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2010
IUPUI Staff Council Fine Arts and Crafts Fair
IUPUI Campus Center, Indianapolis, IN
10 am - 4 pm

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010
Forum at the Crossing Holiday Bazaar
8505 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Indpls., IN
9 am - 2 pm

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
Lawrence Central Holiday Craft Bazaar
Lawrence Central High School, Indpls., IN
9 am - 3 pm

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
2nd Annual Hoosier Artisan Holiday Boutique
Hamilton County Fairgrounds Exhibition Center
Noblesville, IN
10 am - 6 pm

Friday, August 27, 2010

Review: The Spa At French Pharmacie (Broad Ripple)

I recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at Broad Ripple spa, French Pharmacie. Located at 823 1/2 E Westfield Blvd., French Pharmacie seems hidden among the general hustle and bustle of Broad Ripple and College Avenues.

As I entered the spa, I was immediately greeted by Kristin, who would later do my "Classique" manicure and pedicure ($60). I was set to have the "Essential" facial ($75) first with the very talented Inga. I was taken upstairs to a room with several spaces that could be enclosed, for private treatments, by heavy curtains. It was dimly lit and beautiful, not to mention incredibly relaxing. I could have easily gone upstairs to take a nap for hours. Inga left me alone to change and then came back to start my facial. Once I got onto the massage table, I didn't even need the treatment. It was warm and soft and definitely sleep-inducing. I was more at ease than I had been in weeks before the facial even started. Once at work, Inga only provided me with deeper relaxation and some fabulous skin treatments. At one point during the facial massage, she was putting pressure near my eye area that made me thank her on the spot. I have headaches in that spot at least once a week and she was like an answer to my prayers! I need to have her on retainer! After all of the usual facial stuff (steam, masks, etc.), I was done. I honestly could have laid there forever, but I did have to get up for my mani and pedi. While getting dressed I had a quick look in the mirror. I was surprised to see that I had very minimal redness. Usually, my face is quite red and a little splotchy after facials.

As I headed back downstairs in my blissed-out post facial state, again I was met by Kristin, ready with water. She instructed me to pick out my polish colors from the selection of OPI they had arranged on a sleek, modern shelving unit. Unlike some nail salons, with row after row of wall displays with overwhelming choices of polishes, French Pharmacie had a lovely layout with a few dozen of the latest and greatest colors, plus all of the old favorites. I commented how much I liked the more minimalist selection. Kristin assured me that if I had wanted a specific color that I hadn't seen, they most likely had it in back.

Settling down into the pedicure chair, I was still very relaxed as Kristin worked on my feet. My favorite part had to be the use of Ambre Blends Solace Essence Body Cream after all of the exfoliation. Fans of my blog and friends of mine know that I LOVE Ambre Blends Solace perfume oil and wear it most every day. What a coincidence that the matching body cream, that I had yet to try, was used at French Pharmacie in every pedicure!

Moving on to my manicure, Kristin sat me down at one of a series of glass topped tables. They hardly looked like anyone would be painting nails on them. They were fabulously modern and chic and most un-nail salon like. And did I mention the light fixtures at French Pharmacie? To die for! Loved them! Anyway, Kristin did an amazing job with my manicure and painted my nails a great fall shade, OPI Royal Raja Ruby.

I really can't say enough about how much I enjoyed my afternoon at French Pharmacie. I rarely get a reprieve from full-time mommy duty, so this was a very welcome treat to myself! Having my nails done is always wonderful because of all of the wear and tear they get from my jewelry making. I want to thank Inga and Kristin for a great day of relaxation! I'll definitely go back to French Pharmacie!

Be sure to check out the website for the Spa At French Pharmacie: http://www.frenchpharmacie.com/

Monday, August 16, 2010

Back to School Guide

This year, my first child is headed to kindergarten. In honor of his leap to being a real big boy, MadrinDesigns is doing our 1st Back To School Guide!

Today, my son left for school with this great backpack! Perfect for smaller kids!

Land's End Featherlight 100 Backpack

Lighter is better.
  • Geared for kids ages 5-8
  • Padded back for added comfort
  • Padded c-shaped shoulder straps sit just right
  • Mesh side pockets hold water bottles
  • Webbing loop lets them clip on a lunch box
  • 360° reflective trim helps make them visible
  • Removable organizer pouch keeps their supplies contained
  • View embroidery, monogram, or heat transfer options to Make it Your Own

We received this great memory book as a gift!

School Years: A Family Keepsake of School Memories


School Years -- Families will love this cute and clever keepsake album for recording precious milestones and accomplishments. Both parent and child can fill each expandable pocket—there's one for every year from kindergarten to 12th grade—with photos, report cards, art projects, and other mementos. In keeping track of favorite subjects, hobbies, and friends, families create an ongoing memory book to cherish for years to come. Available from Grasshopper Store!

Maddox wears Uniforms from Land's End's, but if he didn't he would be decked out in this from Janie and Jack! Selections include:

Corduroy Blazer

Well-suited for the season. Our cotton corduroy rendition of the suit blazer features authentic details--single-breasted silhouette, notch collar with buttonhole, front flap pockets, faux leather buttons at the cuffs and leather elbow patches. Center back vent finishes the classic look.
100% Cotton Corduroy
Machine Washable
Sizes 7 and 8 Online Only
Rugby League
Color : Collegiate Khaki

Tattersall Plaid Shirt

Refined in Tattersall, our long-sleeve cotton poplin shirt provides a classic look to a button-front staple. Stylishly finished with buttoned collar, chest pocket, locker loop above the center back pleat and shirttail hem.
100% Cotton Poplin
Machine Washable
Sizes 7 and 8 Online Only
Rugby League
Color : Rugby Green Check

Printed Cuff Jean

Classic denim is fashionably presented in our cuffed cotton jean. Features crest printed inside cuff, rivet studs and plaid poplin inner waist. Zip fly with snap closure assists in dressing. Adjustable waist feature is available for sizes 18-24 months to 8.
100% Cotton Denim
Machine Washable
Sizes 7 and 8 Online Only
Rugby League
Color : Collegiate Indigo Wash

No back to school shopping would be complete without a new pair of kicks! Check these out from Endless!

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the details

Few adidas products have been as well received in the last few years than the legendary adiracer. By relaunching this iconic model in the Goodyear range, adidas is offering one of the greatest driving shoes ever. The design and style of the adiracer has been retained, and the versatile executions on the different makeups match the exacting demands of contemporary consumers.
  • Synthetic upper
  • Rubber sole
country of origin:
  • Indonesia
item number:
  • B0031MATOG
adidas is a name that stands for excellence in all sectors of sport around the globe. The vision of company founder Adolf Dassler has become a reality, and his corporate philosophy has been the guiding principle for successor generations. The idea was as simple as it was brilliant: to provide every athlete with the best possible equipment. It all began in 1920, when Adi Dassler made his first shoes using the few materials available after the First World War. Today, the adidas product range extends from shoes, apparel, and accessories for basketball, soccer, fitness and training to adventure, trail and golf.

adidas Originals Toddler adiRacer Lo K Retro Sneaker

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Review: Invoke Yoga & Pilates

On Thursday, I took my Mom for her first experience at a Yoga/Pilates studio, Invoke. Located at 970 Fort Wayne Ave. Suite C, Indianapolis, IN, Invoke came highly recommended from several different people, including studio manager, Erin, who I met at an art show near Talbott St. this summer.

I originally scheduled a pilates reformer duet session for my Mom and I. When we got to the studio, we were a little shocked to find out there was no record of the session I scheduled and paid ($35/person) for in the system. Luckily, owner Amy Peddycord was manning the desk and most swiftly came up with a solution.

Amy explained that the teacher we were supposed to have for the session had abruptly quit and cancelled out her appointments without letting anyone know. Without hesitation, Amy suggested we go join a Pilates mat class already in session, so she could have time to work on the problem without wasting our trip to the studio (we live in Greenfield, about a 25 min. drive).

Setting us up in the back of the room, with weights, balls, mats, etc., Amy ushered us in to begin class with Nicole. I must say, I was a little nervous. I was only experienced in Yoga, not Pilates. So my Mom and I were jumping in with both feet very quickly.

The class was wonderful and Nicole was a superb instructor. She was very accomadating to us as new students and gently helped us adjust our poses for the proper alignment. We followed along with everything very easily, but were also challenged by the movements. Nicole was sure to offer variations of each movement for different strength and skill levels. When she saw my Mom struggling with the pressure on her wrists (osteoarthritis), she came over and showed the modification to avoid the stress put on the wrists.

By the time the one hour class ended, we both felt like we had a great workout. Amy was ready for us when we came out and explained that she had put 2 FREE duet sessions in the system for us, along with the free class we just took, to make up for the mistake of our cancelled session. She was more than generous and very apologetic, which we really appreciated.

So, Invoke Yoga & Pilates Studio gets a thumbs up from me! I highly reccomend Invoke for someone looking for a new form of exerice or one looking for a great studio to continue their Yoga and Pilates work.

Invoke also features a great little boutique, featuring Ambre Blends, my perfume of choice for the last 8 months! Amy and I were also discussing adding MadrinDesigns to her selection. I'll be sure to let you know when that happens! Thanks so much to Amy and Nicole!

Visit their website, http://www.invokestudio.com, for more information and a class schedule. Also find Invoke on Facebook!

And don't forget to find more info on Invoke's $8 Community Yoga class!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August News!

Catch MadrinDesigns @:
  • Noblesville Art on the Square, Downtown Noblesville, Saturday, August 7th, 2010, 10 am - 4 pm (featuring some wonderful artists in an idyllic setting!)
  • August's Issue of Fashion Wrap Up is now available! See all of the gorgeous photos of TAVIK swimwear and MadrinDesigns Jewelry! I've included some behind the scenes photos here:
Fashion Wrap Up Magazine (Online)
Editor: Christy Cripe Pastore
Style Editor: Crystal Serowka
MUA: Leslie Bardonner
Hair: Allure Salon
Photography: Michael Trace
Swimwear: TAVIK Swimwear
Jewelry: MadrinDesigns
Models: Amy Beers
Amanda Katherine
Tanah Marie Combs
Jennifer Scherer
Taylor Holden

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fashion Wrap Up Sneak Peek of August 2010 Issue

The August issue of Fashion Wrap Up (due August 7?) features the amazing summer line of TAVIK Swimwear. Christy Cripe Pastore, editor of Fashion Wrap Up, chose MadrinDesigns to style the jewelry looks with each swimsuit.

The models included Taylor Holden, Amanda Katherine, Tanah Marie Combs, Jennifer Scherer, and Amy Beers. Photos were taken by Michael Trace. Makeup was provided by Leslie Bardonner. Hair styling was provided by Allure Salon.

The whole team was a pleasure to work with! We can't wait to see the spread in August's issue!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

What To Do This Weekend!

*Brownsburg Festival of the Arts
Arbuckle Acres Park
Saturday, July 17, 2010

Be there to shop some of the best handmade goods you'll find anywhere!

Featuring fellow INCrowd (Indiana's Etsy team) members:

Two Seaside Babes (Jessi Martin)
Steel Dreaming Designs

Tag You're It Jewelry

And many, many more!! Admission is $3 per person and children 12 and under are FREE!

Arbuckle Acres Park is located at 267 and Lucas Dr. in Brownsburg, IN. From I-465 take I-74 West, 5 miles to SR 267(exit 66). South on SR 267, proceed through two stoplights. The park entrance will be ahead on the right hand side just before the railroad tracks.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Social Media 101

Went to a breakfast seminar this morning about using Social Media in your business...very informative for those that were new to the whole thing...made me think about my own social media strategies.

What else would you like to see on MadrinDesigns FB, blog, or Twitter pages? More jewelry photos? More exclusive coupons and sales? Tell me what you think!

Just leave a comment here on the blog or on my other sites, and I'll try to put those ideas to work. After all, I would be nowhere without my fabulous friends and loyal customers!

And please contact Rocky Walls (Twelve Stars Media) or Greg Cross (Cross Creative) for more info on what they do and your own Social Media presence!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fashion Wrap Up Launch Party 7/1/10

I just realized today that I hadn't posted anything to the blog about the recent Red Carpet Party I attended. Hosted by the NEW online magazine, Fashion Wrap Up, the event was fantastic. MadrinDesigns was there as a vendor of course, but that didn't stop us from meeting an amazing group of people and seeing the incredible fashions provided by Gaby Couture and N. Rue.

It was a spectacular night! I met a gorgeous and super-talented hair designer, owner of Salon 118 in Fishers, Ms. Jessica Cripps! And the fab makeup artist, Ms. Stacey Mayo, owner of Stacey Mayo and Co. I saw both again yesterday, while getting some high and lowlights from Jessica and a super-cute cut!

I can't forget to mention Christy Cripe Pastore and Crystal Serowka of Fashion Wrap Up for putting together such an amazing fete.

I've included some photos taken by others, since I wasn't able to leave my spot during the night and take any of my own! Enjoy!