Monday, August 8, 2011

Daddy's Hands....nursery portraits


As my daughter's August 15th due date approaches, our whole family is completely engrossed in keeping an eye on her "belly"...so it only stands to reason that we would of course have to capture that "belly" in photos.  Miranda is so tiny, it's just really been amazing to watch her belly grow...and grow....and still keep growing.....(this pic was taken in the evening after she had worked for 10 hours, doesn't she look tired, I think she is finally "over" enjoying her pregnancy and ready to get it over with)

We managed to talk her hubby into letting us photograph his hands on her belly in a heart shape....and her BFF Hannah suggested we frame them for the nursery.....(awesome idea Hannah!, there's just nothing quite as charming as the sight of a man's large, hard-working hands holding his pregnant wife's belly, except maybe when he holds his new little one for the first time).   We are definitely on count-down....and every phone call from one of them, has us answering with bated breath (is it time?).

And I couldn't stop there, I wanted a picture of my daughter holding her belly as well, she was not thrilled with my idea as she is retaining quite a bit of water and feels her hands look huge...."oh pah-leeze".....
 The nursery is really coming together, and I'm getting anxious to take pics and share them with you.....andddd, I really do think these pics will look adorable on the walls....
 I just LOVEEEEEEE that belly!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Harlequin Baby Boy Security Blankie--"My 1st Wubby"

I know, I know, I'm kinda absent on here lately.....summer is just so busy on a farm, even a mini-farm...


So I'm just going to quickly show you my most recent custom order for a Baby Boy's Security Blankie--"My 1st Wubby".



The client asked for a baby blue color and the almond color, then asked for suggestions for a third color.   And since I absolutely love baby blue paired with chocolate brown, that is of course what I was hoping she'd go for....and walaaaa...she did! (I realize my amazing photography skills make the chocolate color look black, but it really is a deep, dark chocolate....still working on improving those amazing photography skills)
I kinda had a picture in my mind of how I wanted the design to look, but it ended up so much better than what I had envisioned....I think the border has a bit of a "harlequin" look to it....what do you think?

I again chose to use the organic cotton yarn I've been using on all my baby security blankies, sooooo very soft and cuddly...I'm still lovin' it....

And on a different subject...
My daughter is getting awfully close to her August 15th due date (I told her she has "popped" and "dropped" this past week)....and we managed to talk her hubby into some pics of his hands on her belly, too too cute....I'll be sharing a couple this week.  Her BFF suggested framing them to hang on the walls of the nursery and I LOVE that idea.   "Grammie" may just have to do that :))

Monday, August 1, 2011

WARNING: Political Post

I found the following article in my email inbox this morning...let me just apologize now if it's offends anyone, I normally try to stay away from political views, but just couldn't resist sharing.

from


A very interesting column.. COMPLETELY NEUTRAL
Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.

Charley Reese's final column for the Orlando Sentinel...
He has been a journalist for 49 years.
He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations & taxes. Who is the speaker of the House now? He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees...

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!



What you do with this article now that you have read it... is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren't so true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid...

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me
to my doom...'

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax


STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom, if agreed, stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

Monday, July 25, 2011

What have I been up to....

Well, I finally finished my summer wreath....with the saying, "better late than never", yeah, whatever...anyway here it is...

I found my inspiration for this wreath from Scissors and Spatulas Blog.  Go check out her post for the full tutorial, and her tutorial for the Fabric Flowers and Rosettes.  I enjoyed every minute of making this wreath and I'm sure I'll be making more in different colors.  I chose to use reds, chartreuse, yellow and white as my colors to match the cushions on my front porch, but when you see the following pics of my summer flowers, you'll notice I planted most everything in pinks....what was I thinking you might ask...well I was planting at the same time I was helping to plan my daughter's baby girl shower....so pink was definitely on my mind.
 I at least had the foresight to use red pots...
I love this vintage copper canner...




My Brown-eyed Susans are just starting to bloom...

And "million-bells" are one of my all time favs...


Who doesn't love daisies!!! (this may not be what they are called in the different colors, but that's what they look like to me)

I've also been very inspired to try my hand at spray-painting this year after seeing all the fun projects on other blogs.  So my first spray-painting project was the following metal 4-tiered ivy plant stand which was rusted and icky looking, sorry I forgot to take a before pic...
I placed it on my front porch and placed my herbs on it as they were getting too much sun on our deck....my basil is not doing so great this year, but the rosemary and italian flat-leaf parsley are going gangbusters.  And the off-white pot that holds the pony-tail palm is most certainly next on the spray-painting list...
I've simply fallen in love with succulents...I had this small windowbox/frame in aqua blue, so a coat of pure white was def called for...then I painted the small cream colored plastic pots and planted a couple of succulents in them, then topped them with beach gravel.   They may very well be my summery fav...

 Note to self: next year plan colors better!!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Inspirational Quote -- American Indian

from

I found the following quote posted on a friend's facebook wall, fell in love with it, and informed him I was stealing it....
An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there's a battle between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It's anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego.
The other is Good. It's joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth. The grandson thought about it and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
--author-- "I have no idea..."
from

Check out both etsy shops to see more of their beautiful photography and fine art.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Marine stuns crowd at party....MUST See Vid...

I found this vid in an email this morning and was sooo very touched I had to share it....it's just a couple of minutes.....so pass it on.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

And the W I N N E R is........

And the winner of our Giveaway is..............


(okay, so I still haven't figured out exactly how to show you the random.org widget.....sigh, I'll keep working on it)
Huge Congrats Marietta!  Contact Jami at jami@freckledlaundry.com

Marietta makes some of the most beautiful pottery I've ever seen...and as luck would have it, she agreed last week to become my next interview and GIVEAWAY...so stay tuned for that.  She is also an amazingly nice person :)

And I owe a huge, I mean HUGE "Thank You" to Jami for this awesome interview and GIVEAWAY!!!   She was so professional, yet warm to deal with.  A true pleasure...

Monday, July 18, 2011

GIVEAWAY!!!! Last Day to Enter....Don't miss out!!!!

I don't want anyone to miss out on my awesome GIVEAWAY from Jami of Freckled Laundry etsy shop
and Freckled Laundry Blog


Go here for the rules and to enter.

Jami's giving away these adorable tags to one lucky winner (Jami has her shop on vacation mode for the next 2 weeks, but she is still available for the giveaway).

And These....


So even though you can't see all the items in her shop, you can see a few of them in the orginial post and post your comment on that post . 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

GiveAway and Interview -- Freckled Laundry

The promised Giveaway is finally here!!!
Etsy seller and blogger, Jami of freckled laundry shop and freckled laundry blog has graciously agreed to an interview with moi and is offering a truly outstanding prize to the winner. 
(rules found at bottom of post)

I first found Jami through blogland, don't remember exactly where, but I am sooooo very grateful that I did!!!    Her blog is completely chock-full of gorgeous photography of her home decor, tutorials....and items she has made to sell in her etsy shop.  I am completely in love with every single item she makes....her items have such a dreamy, ethereal quality about them, you'll want one of everything as well.

I've just placed my first order with her....her number tags...and can hardly wait to get them, I plan to hang them on a few vintage clear milk bottles....I'll be sure to post pics when I can.

I cannot forget to mention what a total "sweetie" she is...I mean Total!  One of those peeps we "meet" on the internet but wish lived next door....seriously.   So take a quick moment and GO...check out her shop, then come back here and tell me YOUR favorite item...

Now onto the interview...(I am personally very inspired by every answer she gave)...


1. What is life like at your house? (husband, pets, children, etc)


Life is perfectly imperfect. With 21-month-old (boy/girl) twins and a high-energy 8-yr.-old son, life at home is a little...intense! My husband is a Corrections Sergeant on the 2-10 pm shift and is gone most days so it’s usually just me and my beautiful children. Blogging and designing wares for my Etsy shop keep me centered, especially on days when I’m leaning a little too far to the left!

2.  What is your morning routine?

I wake up at 6:30, make a pot of coffee or a latte and hop in the shower. At 7:00, I get the twins up, make them breakfast and put on Sesame Street while I get my oldest son ready for school. Dad takes him and I check emails real quick to see if I have any Etsy or urgent blog emails. The babies and I play for a couple of hours (go for a walk or trip to library, etc.) and then Dad takes over for a bit while I work in my craft room. (My baby girl follows me around like a duckling so she's usually sitting at my desk coloring or exploring the wonders of my craft room while I work). When they go down for a nap at 11:00, it's serious business and I use every bit of the hour and half to work on what needs to be done before Dad leaves for work. My morning routine is pretty flexible though, which is important when managing a family and a new business. Neither are predictable 100% of the time.

3. What hobbies do you enjoy?

I love decorating my home, sewing, photography, and reading a good book.

4. How did you become a designer?

I'm still getting used to calling myself a designer. It's just something that I've always loved to do. I've always followed a creative path and have a bachelor's in Fine Arts. For a short while, I veered off of my creative path (in terms of doing what I love to earn a living) so I'd have to say that making the decision to say home to raise my twins, an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a dream made me a designer.

5. How did you start your etsy business?

I signed up. Plain and simple. I had been blogging for about 6 months when I finally decided to follow my dream of selling my handmade wares on Etsy.

First, I registered online for a federal tax ID (took minutes) and then registered my business and name with the state of New York (online). Once I had the particulars in order, I started designing and making my handmade baby shoes and added them to my Etsy shop.

My very first sale was such an amazing feeling. It really helped my confidence to know that somebody loved something that I made enough to buy it. My shop continues to grow and I'm growing right along with it. If you've ever considered opening an Etsy shop, just do it. You'll be so happy you did. And, I'm happy to help if I can.


6. How does your creative process work (where do you find inspiration?)

I find inspiration everywhere...blogs, websites, magazines, flea markets, photographs, music; you name it.

I have a sketch pad and sometimes I'll staple a photo of something that inspired me. As ideas come to me on how to rework it in my own style, I'll sketch them out. It could be something specific (like clay tags) or just a photo of a room with a shabby style that appealed to me. It inspires me to think of something that would look lovely in that space, etc. Often times, I'm just working with a blank page and scribble out ideas (written or illustrated) that come to me. I love working with laundry (textiles) so sometimes I'm inspired to create something to fit the laundry. My mind is constantly in mommy, blog or business mode so it's when I just stop and reflect, that I'm most creative...usually in my dreams.






7. What one thing do you keep close to you at all times?

Sketch book. (I'd say my children but that's 3 things.)


8. Since starting your etsy store, what one thing are you most proud of?

That I believed in myself.


9. What is one thing you would do differently (in your etsy business)

Everything is made to order at the moment. Although my wares typically ship within three days, I wish I would have built up enough of an inventory before opening my Etsy shop doors to ship immediately (aside from custom orders, of course).


10, Is there anything new you have an idea for or are currently working on to add to your etsy store in the future?

Yes. Several. I plan to add my Lavender Dipped Letters to my shop as well as several lavender-inspired wares (laundry wrapped bundles, petite pillows, homemade laundry soap;and linen spray, etc... I'm working on a lavender bunting/banner. I'd also love to sew more ruffled linens, shower curtains, cotton jersey throws and chair hugs, etc. are in the plans. I have ideas to combine textiles and silver metal (i.e. rabbit wire and oxidized steel wire) to create shabby and vintage-inspired hat holders, wireliers (wire-chandeliers), wall pockets, storage baskets, photo clotheslines, etc.



11. Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny? (why)

Mickey Mouse. I lived in Florida for a year after college and weekend trips to Disney World were frequent! Also, Mickey is just a happy lil' mouse whereas Bugs Bunny has a bit of a mischievous streak. Ha!

12. Handmade vs Manufactured (your thoughts)

Oh, my. Handmade. I have such an appreciation for handmade things. Something manufactured on an assembly line doesn't even compare to the heart that goes into making something by hand. Handmade tells a story. It reflects someone's dream or passion whereas manufactured reflects the dollar bill. Manufactured usually ends up in land fills but handmade is loved for generations from both quality and emotional aspects.


13.   What is one piece of advice you'd give to other women who are fortunate not to have to work outside the home?

I guess I would say follow your hearts. Dreams inside your home matter just as much as dreams and goals chased outside of it.

Jami
www.freckledlaundry.com
www.freckledlaundry.etsy.com

Okay, now tell me, did you learn as much as I did???   Are you inspired to make something???

Here's what the winner will receive...
-1 set of hand-stamped White Clay number tags 0-9 in the winner's choice of petite or large size
AND
-1 set of (3) Vintage-Inspired Ticking Stripes Tags in winner's choice of Red or Gray

The photos of the items are posted above.


Now for the rules:   As you know, I like to keep them simple...although it would be nice if you became followers of my blog and Jami's, that is not a requirement...all you have to do is go visit her etsy shop, choose a favorite item, then come back here and let me know what that item is in this posts comments section.  The giveaway will end Monday, July 19th at 9pm est.

The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced next week!!!!!

Weekend Bloggy Reading

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Announcing a New Giveaway....

Hi ALL, I know it seems as if I've hardly been blogging lately, summertime is sooooo busy here with the horses and competitions.   But I had to stop in real quick to let you know about an etsy seller interview and OUTSTANDING giveaway I hope to have up tomorrow!   I can promise, yes promise, you won't want to miss it.....

Here's just a wee hint....


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Treasury Challenge Winner and HM's....

I hate to call these treasuries winners as I truly loved them ALL!  But the challenge rules stated that I HAD to pick a winner and at least 5 Honorable Mentions, so following are those treasuries.
If you'd like to see the list of ALL the challenge treasuries, click here.
To see our team blog for more info about participating in the challenges, click here. (You don't have to be a member to participate)

Up first is the treasury I chose as my ultimate fav...Just Breathe, but it literally took my breath away.  I love every-single-item, I love her use of colors, but I especially love the dreamy, ethereal quality.  It was the first treasury entered in the challenge and it grabbed me from the first glance, I just kept going back to it again and again.








Next up is Joys of Life by PamelasJewelry and I could have chosen ALL of her treasuries, but had to choose just one, she is quite simply an amazing curator.


And if you're in need of adorable baby clothing, handmade...go check out alpaca kids.  Her treasury is titled "A Seaside Romance" and oh my...she completely captured my romantic heart.   Can't you just see lovers cuddled up with my Beach Blanket???

Just click on any of these amazing treasuries to go see the larger version where you can check out each curators shops and all the items. I will be completely shocked if you don't find some new ones to favorite!!!!








And this last one is by Acorn Alley Designs, she is in charge of our team challenges and truly does an amazing job keeping everything organized.  I was not allowed to choose any of her treasuries, but since this is MY blog, I've decided to share this one with you...I'm pretty sure you'll fall in love with it too.


Okay, that's it for the ones I chose, but seriously, they all deserved to be featured, so go check them all out. I'd love to hear which ones are your favs....
 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

An Amazing Weekend!!!!

I just had one of the THE most amazing weekends EVER!!!!
I mentioned in my post last week about winning a treasury challenge...so I had to choose an item from my etsy shop as the inspiration item for everyone to use in this week's challenge treasuries. 
And I chose....(drum roll)...


Beach Cottage Lap Blanket -- Aqua/Turquoise, Cream, Driftwood, Stone colors in Organic Cotton -- Crochet All Season Afghan

I had to judge all the treasuries, chose my fav for the winner and include at least 5 honorable mentions by 6pm Saturday night, with a write up sent in by 6pm Sunday night.  I can't show them here until after tomorrow, so watch for them at the end of this week.

Now I enjoyed every minute of it, but....we left early Thursday morning for our NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) Ohio State Finals.   It was a 2 1/2 hour drive , then had to get three horses settled in their stalls, then ready to exersize and exhibition...as soon as I finished with that and put my horse away, I had to go back and work the exhibition from 2pm-10pm (I did get to take a dinner break)...then worked it again Friday morning from 7am-11am.  The open class started at noon and I was the 38th draw to run.  So it was rush, rush, rush....and in between, I was booting up the puter to look through the challenge treasuries....I really had a blast!!!

Which brings me to the 2nd best thing that made my weekend awe-some...
In the finals, you get two runs to make it into the final on Sunday... in years past I never made it in on the first run...but I did this year...my horse finished 15th out of 330!

Then in the final on Sunday, we finished with the title of NBHA Ohio State Open 2D Reserve Champion.....(lots of whooping and hollering going on here).
video

Here's the vid of my winning run...it's not perfect...I let him drift out coming up the alley, then I didn't help him close the 2nd barrel, completely forgot to get both hands on the reins heading for the 3rd....so I've still got a lot of improvements I need to work on.

This is such a huge, mega, stupendous accomplishment for all the years of work "Red" (TNT Red Money) and I have been doing, not to mention all the training my hubby did on him before I stole him.  And when I broke my foot and ankle last year, my daughter kept him going the whole season.

I hope everyone in blogland had an amazing weekend as well...and here's one last pic for you to enjoy (I simply fell in love with it, it's so appropriate for the holiday weekend).

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wedneday Wishlist -- Sexy Etsy -- Rated R



This week's wishlist is more about the model's than what they are wearing, and the artist's behind the designs...

My wish is that I would have taken better care of my younger body when I had it...for those young'uns out there, take note...

God gives you one body, treat it well.  Eat healthy, excersize, drink lots of water, don't do drugs....and do your best to grow spiritually every single day. (okay, I'm done preaching)

I created a treasury of items to celebrate a woman's body...a real  woman's body, not some anorexic supermodel.  And also to give a shout out to the ah-maz-ing designers...I think they did a truly spectacular job of creating clothing that would make the woman wearing them feel oh-so feminine!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

And the W I N N E R is........

And in our giveaway...
the lovely Jordan is the W I N N E R ! ! !

Jordan, you can contact Melisa at her etsy shop, if you have any problems, contact me at mybluepeacock3333@hotmail.com

This was my first time using random.com to find the winner, I wish I knew how to add the screen shot here, I've seen it done on other blogs, but unfortunately, it's just another one of those things I need to learn how to do....

if anyone knows how, let me know.

On a different subject, I wanted to share some big news of mine.....You've seen some of my treasuries that I've personally made...and now I have finally won a treasury challenge!!!   Wooo hooooo...my first win. (I gotta tell ya I was speechless and had a major case of goosebumps...for several hours)

Here it is....

Anyone can play in a treasury challenge, you don't have to be a member of any team and you don't have to have your own etsy shop....go check out our 1000 Things Alpaca Blog for all the details.

Since I won last week's challenge, I had to choose an item from my shop for the "inspiration item"....everyone who chooses to make a treasury must use the item I chose and create a treasury around that item.  I can't tell you what the item is....they will announce it on the blog at noon today!!!!

Sunday I'll choose the winner and 5 Honorable Mentions...I'll be sure to post all of that next week and I'll feature the winners and their treasuries... so be sure to check back.

Up tomorrow is Wednesday's Wishlist...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thank YOU!!!!

I wanted to take a quick moment and send out a special "Thank You" to all the people who have decided to "follow" my blog.

I orginially started my blog just for fun and to possibly promote my Etsy Shop.  But, it has gradually morphed into a wide variety of subjects near and dear to me...one of which is promoting other etsy shops featuring items I find and love.

I'm a big fan of showing appreciation for the gifts we are given...nothing makes the gift giver feel more special than to receive a truly sincere, heartfelt "Thank You".

So here's a few more ideas for anyone to show their own appreciation...


Thank You Wedding Sign
by
Signs By Diane


Thank Heaven For You
by
The Back Porch Shoppe

Burlap Glitter Banner
by
funkyshique

And finally, I wanted share the "Thank You" cards I made for my daughter to send out for her baby shower using the Mixbook website.
This is the front of the card....I tried to upload it with a higher dpi, but either blogger or my internet service wouldn't let me.  I hope you can see enough of the detail.  These look much, much better in person than the pics show, they are much more 3-dimensional, and all the elements and details really pop off the page.  They are also printed on heavy cardstock.

We wanted to make the "Thank You's" as if coming directly from the baby, so I inluded a pic of expectant Mommy's belly and a small pic of the shower thank you gifts.

For the back of the card, my daughter found a poem she wanted to include, it's written as though from the expected little one.   I also left enough space to the left of the poem for "Mommy" to hand write a thank you from herself.  I hope you can see the entire poem...

I hope these items will give you some great ideas if you have need for them in the future, or maybe they'll just inspire you to come up with something of your own.  I'd love to hear ways you show YOUR appreciation, I'm always looking for different ideas...:)))

Friday, June 24, 2011

Blog Favs -- DIY Home Decor To Do

Here's another series I had in mind to start....My Blog Favs, where I plan to share my favorite diy blog posts.  Projects that I plan to make or just dream about making...

First up...

theartofdoingstuff.com
She made these cheap and easy Glowing Outdoor Orbs with nothing more than old light globes you can find at thrift stores or even at Lowe's or Home Depot, then she just added mini christmas lights.   Go check out her site for full details and to browse all of her amazing projects.

Second is this...
Sissorsandspatulas.com
I loveeeee Jennifer's blog...she has soooo many awesome diy projects, and super tutorials, very easy to follow.   As soon as I saw this Summer Wreath she made, I had to make one for myself.  In fact, I've already started it, I'll be sure to post pics of it when it's finished (don't expect it to look nearly as great as hers).

Her blog is in my top 5 favs, so trust me, go check her out.

Do you have any favorite blogs or diy projects you'd like to share...I'm always looking for ideas, so let me know. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Product Review -- Blueberry/Blackberry Herbal Tea

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Everyone that really knows me, knows that I am addicted to Dr. Pepper.  It's what I drink all day, all the time.  It's my morning caffeine, my afternoon thirst quencher, my evening snack.   And it's very, very bad for me.  I know this, so I'm on the hunt for a substitute that is good me besides water.

I've tried all kinds of coffee, and I've tried doctoring it with sugar and creamer...nothing works...I just don't like coffee, but I sure do loveeeee the smell of coffee (so wish I could find one that I liked)

I do really love Tim Horton's Iced Cappuccino Supreme...somehow with the whipped cream and chocolate syrup, I don't think that's good for me either.

I recently found etsy seller teaman, and decided to try his Iced Tea Sampler, because I do like sweet tea in the summer.  I've never been a hot tea drinker.
Here is what comes in the sampler set...
Mango black tea 5 teabags
Peach black tea 5 teabags
Black Currant black tea 5 teabags
Apricot Splash white tea 5 teabags
Apricot/Strawberry herbal tea 5 teabags
Black Raspberry black tea 5 teabags
Blueberry black tea 5 teabags
Blueberry/Blackberry herbal tea 5 teabags
Chai black tea 5 teabags
Cherry/Orange/Almond black tea 5 teabags
Cranberry black tea 5 teabags
Lemon green tea 5 teabags
Mandarin Orange/Mango herbal tea 5 teabags
Peppermint herbal tea 5 teabags
Pomegranate/Blueberry white tea 5 teabags
Raspberry/Peach herbal tea 5 teabags
Strawberry black tea 5 teabags
Vanilla black tea 5 teabags

For a total of 90 teabags, packed in individual 5 packs.


So far I've only tried the Blueberry/Blackberry Herbal tea
and the Peach Black tea.  And let me just say, "Oh, My" to the Blueberry/Blackberry!!!  I'm in serious love with it, and I've already re-ordered.   The Peach, not so much, but maybe I just haven't found the right amount of sugar and water added.  As I said, I'm kinda new to this flavored tea thing.


teaman hand blends his teas and offers a HUGE  selection of flavors, bagged or loose.  And with well over 6,000 sales, others must agree.

Okay, now here's the part where I ask you for something... I am looking for your favorite cold beverages (good for you ones), even your favorite cold beverage recipes...I'd really love it if you'd share them with me.

Note:  This post is simply my opinion, I am not getting paid with cash or free tea!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday Wishlist -- Beach Theme

In Blogland, I see a lot of postings of "favorite blog posts" or "best of the blogosphere", so while trying to drift off to sleep last night, "Wednesday Wishlist" popped into my head and I couldn't get it out. 

I've been planning to start a series, each week a different theme, of items that are in my favorites on Etsy, you may like them or you may like something else in that seller's shop, or your taste may be completely different from mine.

This week's theme is "Beaches" since I just finished my Beach Cottage Organic Cotton Lap Blanket...I soooo love it and am super-thrilled with how it turned out.

All of the following items, are ones that I would love to have if I was headed for the beach or lived near one, okay it wouldn't have to be either of those reasons... I'd just like to have them all....
3 Adirondack Chairs
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Compulsive Collection

I have always loved Adirondack Chairs, they look really comfy and I'd love to have one to sit under the big maple tree in our front yard, just to sit in and read a book.

Sweet Summer Dress
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Cocoricooo

How soft and breezy does this dress look???...I love little sundresses to wear around the house, to mow, to garden, work around the yard...so cool to wear in hot, humid weather.


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Ladies and Gentlemen Vintage

And this Doily Rug had me at first glance....I can't imagine it looking wrong in any room.

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Martha and Ash

I may have mentioned this pillow before, but in case I didn't I just had to include it here.   I have been drooling over it since I first found it, I have no idea why, it just grabbed me.  But, really all of their pillows are gorgeous

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lightinawormhole

I also am lovin' these vintage fishing floats, how cool would one look hangin' out on a mantel or bookcase.


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And last, but certainly not least...ha....are these cute starfish....my favorite is when I see them just set on top of a piece of art, leaning against the wall.   ANDDDD...I'm in love with The Shabby Chic Cottage!!!!  I love most all of her items. 
So what are your favorite beachy finds???

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