Saturday, December 10, 2011

10% off coupon this weekend only!

Come and get 10% off all purchases this weekend only! Sale ends Monday, so act fast and buy buy buy!!!

Enter the code SAVE10 at check out!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Our facebook raffle and some other stuff too.

Well this post comes a little late, but better late than never I say.

We decided when we hit 50 followers that we would do a raffle for a free vase or salt and pepper shakers in the colors of the winners choice. So we finally hit 50 follows, and had our drawing. A friend of mine was the lucky winner, and she asked that we surprise her with some shakers of our choice. So we went a little off the beaten path with these, but I think they are awesome and suit Ava! She might have gotten some other free goodies in the box as well.

We will also be doing a raffle when we hit 100 followers; so if you havent liked us on facebook yet come do it!!  Here is out linkage for that:

In other news, we are working on  getting some awesome stuff listed on the Etsy site this week. We have a couple really cool christmas tree collages listed, so come check them out. Crystal did an amazing job!
This week also brings up some new sale items in our holiday sale section!!
Even more cooler is that Penny and Nicole will be listing new items all week long, so keep your eyes out!

Later Gaters,

Monday, November 21, 2011

AHA! I found the link! Etsy Rock Stars ROCKIN Holiday sales event.

So this year for the holidays sever Etsians and I have created a sale event. Its big, its bad ass, and you should really check it out or you are sucky.

The link is to the group leaders blog post about each individual shop that is participating in the sales event. I think most of the sales last up through Cyber Monday, then they are done. So you should hop on top of these and buy while we have em.

Custom works, sales, and awesome etsy friends.

Have family heirlooms or vintage jewelry that doesn’t fit your style? Bring it to us and we can repurpose it to fit you. We offer anything from taking the jewelry and making it into home d├ęcor, to making more modern pieces from vintage jewelry.
Send us an email and pictures and we can create a custom piece just for you. Prices will vary depending on how much you want done!

We also can develop a completely custom vase for you. We have done two custom jars to be used for lotions that had a 70s hippy theme, as well as jars for ovarian cancer awareness. The options are endless, just shoot us an email at

Dont forget our sales going on in our etsy shop!!!

To see sales from some of my kick ass friends on etsy click the "etsy rock stars" link on the side of this blog. 
Some really awesome artists, and amazing people. 

Anyway here are some examples of the custom works we can do!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

First craft show, Black Friday sales, and life

So we had our first craft show this past weekend in Powhatan. We didnt sell much, but we learned a lot about how to set up booths! We also passed out a ton of business cards so that people could order off our website, apparently not taking credit cards is bad. (Its a craft show I thought people would know cash) So anyway we ordered a "Square" which will make it possible for us to accept credit cards by swiping them directly into our Iphones. Pretty darn nifty if you ask me.

Here is info on the Square:

This week kicks off our first Holiday sale. We have A TON of sales, and an entire section of 21 items listed on sale. Some items are up to half off their original price So come check check it out.

So I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, and have not to crazy a time over the next couple weeks in prep for the Holidays. I know I am going crazy right now with everything. I am moving to a bigger house on the 30th of this month, then another craft show on the 3rd of December. So I am kinda crazy chicken right now. But hey I can handle presssure (not).
So what are ya'lls holiday plans?

Smooches to all,

Monday, November 7, 2011

Oh crap what did we just do?

So in our effort to promote our products and sell, we just signed up for a craft show in the 19th. We are in no way ready for said craft show!!! So I might be running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the next week. The kicker is, I will be out of town this weekend, and mom is watching my two girls! So there goes creating time. I have no idea how we are going to pull this one off, but I am pretty sure we are just going to wing it and see how it goes.
Even bigger kicker... I cant go to the craft show either since my hubs already took this coming weekend off. There is no way I can go, so Mom and Crystal will by flying with out me...flying like chickens with their heads cut off of course.

Also in other news Mom's Jewelry is being featured at Crossroads Art Center art show on the 18th of this month. Check out the website, Mom isnt up on it yet but should be later this week.

In the mean time here are some links to some of my favs on Etsy:

I bought and am waiting on some of these:

Bought an waiting for these soaps (review will be posted when I get them):

Really wicked paintings:

With love <3 Nicole

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nicole from Calico Palace lists The Best Asian Horror Flicks

So I know its past Halloween when everyone loves to watch horror films, but I think this list is required. Here are a few of my favorite Asian horror flicks. This is a huge hobby of mine, I watch and judge these movies at a constant rate. I honestly could not tell you how many Asian horror films I have watched, and my friends all say I am ruined for American horror after these gems. So Here are my favorites in no particular order.

Premonition (The original Japanese not the American crap):

 Suicide Club is a great social commentary on Japanese culture. I have to say it is my favorite on this list. Plus Dir en Grey is in it.

Ju on the Grudge.  If you have seen "The Grudge" staring Sarah Michelle Gellar well, that is a  very cheap knock off. I am a hard scare, and this one made me shiver in my  pansy red booties.

 Audition: I quite literally screamed at certain parts of this movie. My husband and I had to hide our eyes in each others chests a couple times just to get through it.That to me gives it a big star.

Dumplings: The whole premise behind this movie is so messed up that it has to be included.
Tale of Two Sisters: Again this one has been American re-made, and again the American version is pale in comparison. Please watch originals rather than remakes, the remakes are just poo.

Moon child: Not really horror, but when ever I make a movie list it has to be included. It has Hyde...and Gackt enough said.

I know I have more but those are my favorites! I am pretty sure if I asked my husband he would argue with me, but this is MY list.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Crossroads Art Center- Our new home

As of today, Penny is an artist in residence at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond,VA!!! We are so excited about our new venue. I can honestly say that we are all feeling like a million bucks today. After going through a panel of judges we were accepted, and got to set up our display today. Penny and Nicole raced over as fast as our gimpy legs would carry us to set up our case this morning. Many silly antics, and jokes about "artiest" were thrown around. Here are some pictures of us setting up, our display, and some pieces featured. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

welcome: Steampunk owl pill box sneak peek

welcome: Steampunk owl pill box sneak peek: Not yet listed on our Etsy site, but wanted to share because we are so excited about it. Send us a message to place on hold at our etsy sh...

Steampunk owl pill box sneak peek

Not yet listed on our Etsy site, but wanted to share because we are so excited about it.

Send us a message to place on hold at our etsy shop:  Price is 27 dollars shipping is 5.95

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Making Rocker and Steampunk Jewelry...and my witch face.

Today has been a busy day at the Babcock house. I have been making all sorts of different things such as some razor blade necklaces  Rocker/punk piece for sure, and some Victorian steampunk pendants. I made this watch part/steampunk hair barrette that I can decide if I like or not, need opinions on it before I post it to the etsy site kus I dont wanna be like "oh teh suck"  
Also adding a picture of  my "Witch face" Which my daughter Alora says is the coolest thing ever. For something different. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

I forgot to mention our give away ~_~

We have decided that we are going to do a giveaway among our "likers" on Facebook. Once we hit 50 likes on there start. Basically what you have to do is Share the Calico Palace shop on your Facebook feed; and viola! Have a friend join because of your like? They get entered too!

It has been a crazy weekend

We are excited to announce that we will be listed in an online craft show sometime this week. The page is available for viewing by direct link, but is not live on the site yet. 

We have started new avenues within our artisans, this weekend was the launch of our jewelry line. Mom and I worked our butts off and have 7 finished pieces in our Jewelry section now! Come take a peek! Gratuitous Jewelry plug link

Saturday, October 15, 2011

At the workshop!

This weekend the kids and I are at the main work station. Last night we went through tons of vintage and costume jewelry! I think we found some awesome pieces to turn into our mixed media art. I can not wait to get elbow deep in clay!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

woohoo first post!

Welcome to the Calico Palace blog! Nicole will be updating this for the most part, but there may be occasional posts by Penny and Crystal. Tonight is my night off from crafting, but tomorrow I am going to hit it hard. Have some home decor items in the works that I think are going to be really popular!
Penny and Crystal are working on more hand made ceramics that will be up on both the Etsy and Artfire pages by Thursday at the latest.