Friday, May 29, 2009

Etsy Finds Friday

My sewing machine is back home & in working condition again. It's crazy just how incomplete I felt for those 6 days that we were apart. Unfortunately, last night I was feeling sick & went to bed early, so I didn't even get to do any sewing. I anticipate getting to it tonight though & my etsy finds are very much influenced by this.

1. 70s Sunshine Yellow & Electric Blue Pin Cushion by Blue Hair Knits
2. Happy Together by Rosie Music
3. Vintage Yellow Buttons by Paper Cakes
4. Anna Maria Horner Good Folks Fat Quarters by Whipstitch Fabrics
5. I AM A SEWING MACHINE by Red Paper Record
6. 1o Wooden Spools of Thread/ Vintage by johnmo

Thursday, May 28, 2009

From The Archives: Homemade Bubbles

I shared this bubble recipe last year & it continues to be one of my most popular posts. We've mixed up two gallons of these bubbles in the last few days. My girls are loving them. With the big bubble wands they are easy enough for even Claire to do on her own. I noticed these bubble wands available again in the Target dollar spot just this week. Enjoy!

I mixed up these bubbles yesterday. We've taken them out two days in a row. I imagine this gallon of bubbles will last us quite a while.

1 gallon water
2/3 cup dishwashing soap
2-3 tbsp. glycerin

You can find glycerin in the pharmacy for a few dollars.

The bubble wands were found in the Target dollar spot. I've noticed that the bubbles worked even better the second day after the solution had some time to rest.

Fun, fun

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Nine years ago, on this day, at right about this time Dylan & I became husband & wife.

It's amazing & awesome. :)

We talk every now & then about where life will take us in few years. Where we'll be living & what we'll be doing. We can never really come to a definite conclusion about the city we want to live in. I think ultimately it just doesn't matter as long as we have each other. We'd be lost without each other & we both know it.

Love you, Dyl. Thanks for loving me, craziness & all.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Our Biggest Sale Ever!!!

Help us get to 1000 sales. We are oh so close.

Now through June 5th take 25% off all Sparkle Power posters & prints! That's posters for $7.50 & prints for $6.00! Talk about affordable art. Just enter the code SUMMER IS READY in the "message to seller" & either wait for a revised invoice, or go ahead & pay the full amount & wait for your discount to be refunded to you.

While we're at it....go ahead & take 25% off all posters at Tuff Industries as well. Just use the same code. :)

Feel free to spread word of our sale to your friends. :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Love Notes

I must admit that I've not been as good at leaving love notes for my guy as I was when our relationship was newer. It doesn't take long, and such a simple gesture can make the recipient feel so loved & cared for.

Yesterday afternoon when I thought for a minute about how I missed Dylan (which I do at least once every single work day), I put together a little note for him & taped it to our bedroom door. A few sweet thoughts for my forever boyfriend.

When thinking about this post, I thought that perhaps Sadie is old enough to start receiving love notes from me as well. I remembered that my mom would write notes to us on the napkins that she packed in with our school lunches. I will never forget dumping my lunch out of the brown paper bag & finding a note from my mom...a silly little poem she made up about my stinky feet in her handwriting on my napkin...and in a sea of noisy elementary school kids I felt so very special & so very loved.

Today I dropped a tearful Sadie off at school. She was not getting along with her little class friend that we babysit on Thursday mornings. I pulled her close to me & told her that everybody likes her & she doesn't have to worry about that....but I know she does. She has recently become very concerned with knowing that she is loved & liked. Even with us...she mistakes punishment for bad behavior as us telling her that we don't love her. And we of course never want her to believe that, so we have to shower her with affection until she feels better. It breaks my heart.

Unfortunately I understand this sensitivity all too well. Here I am an adult that still struggles with the same insecurities. I often worry about what others are thinking of me & most of the time I'm convinced that I in fact know what they are thinking about me & of course it's always negative. It's crazy, I know. It can really bring a person down & it holds me back in so many ways.

So perhaps a few surprise love notes in addition to all the other ways that we communicate love to her will help my Sadie girl along this road.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Search & Win

So I started using swagbucks about a month ago & I wanted to share my findings with you.

Swagbucks is basically a search engine that rewards you with points for searching through them. When your points add up you can cash them in for prizes. A $5.00 Amazon gift card costs 45 swagbucks & from what I understand you can stack these gift cards together & then use the super saver shipping to get your purchase for free & shipped for free. It took me about 3 weeks of doing my normal online searches to earn 45 swagbucks & cash it in for my first $5.00 Amazon gift card.

I think it's great because I don't have to do anything beyond what I normally do, except using instead of any other search engine & I earn points quickly. I'm hoping to eventually use these gift cards for some new household linens. Totally exciting, I know. :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Summer Sleeping Shorts

Last year Dylan cut off a pair of his pajama pants to make shorts. Sadie called them sleeping shorts. We thought it sounded funny & kept referring to them as "sleeping shorts". It has since become our common term for pajama shorts.

I've been working on finding just the right pattern for some summer sleeping shorts for Sadie. This is the first pair I made. Using vintage sheeting I cut this pair out using a pair of pj pants that I made her last year. I added some width & length to them because she's bigger this year, right? Well, no. She's growing taller for sure but that waist of hers is pretty much staying the same size. So these ended up humongous. But the 4 year old thinks that they are wonderful & so they're getting some use. Plus they are roomy & that means they're comfy for her.

The next go at it I used a vintage pillowcase & the Simplicity 4206 pattern. I liked them but they seemed just a bit too short. Looking back they seem like just the right length.

But I made another pair but added some length. Now these ones seem way too long. Although they will be able to fit her this summer & next. So that's a plus.

The second pair seems to be the winner at this point. I have two more pairs cut out & I'm sure I'll do a little more tinkering. In the end they are all going into the jammie drawer & are ready for use on warm nights. Another plus is that they cost next to nothing to make. I'm using fabrics from my stash & elastic that I bought at Joann's for .25 cents a yard (50% off). Heads up...the notions wall at Joann's will be 50% off again for their Memorial Day sale. It's a great time to stock up on stuff like elastic. I got 10 yards for $2.50.

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Crayon Rolls

We had a birthday party to attend this weekend for a Thomas loving boy. So a crayon roll + Thomas coloring book was the gift given. The plaid fabric used on this one is from my Mother-in-law's stash. She used it to make clothes for Dylan & his brothers when he was just a little guy. Cool, right?

I've had a few requests for these crayon rolls lately, so I've added a few more to the shop today. Get 'em while they're hot!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Want It Too

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Etsy Finds Friday

1. Made to Order Cereal Bowls by Lynn Cardwell Pottery
2. go green reversible market day tote by pouch
3. Personalized Custom Illustration by Lisa Rupp
4. Framed Inspiration Board or Jewelry Display by Lilia Rose
5. Broken Plate Necklace by Fox and Clover
6. Keep Calm and Carry On Bottlecap Magnet Set by Just Be Jewelry

A few things to note:

* Lilia is holding a giveaway on her blog for some really awesome vintage trims. Oh how I want it!

* Shanon of My Fine Garden is having a 25% off promotion in celebration of her 1 year blog anniversary. Her prints were very popular during our Mother's Day Giveaways. Get all the details here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cosa Verde

I spent some time this morning setting up my cosa verde shop. Have you heard of cosa verde yet? It's this really great online marketplace that connects independent artisans with eco conscious consumers. As they say on their about page...

"We wanted to make it easy to find great green goods for your neo-hippie niece, your grandpa who doesn't believe in global-warming, and everyone in-between. So that maybe, when we remember to value the products we buy for how they're manufactured, as well as for their style or uniqueness, some bigger changes will happen in the way that we think about consuming."

Their site is really well designed & all of the sellers are juried so that you know the products are well designed, eco-friendly & well photographed. It makes for a nice shopping you don't have to sift through all that not so great stuff looking for the super great stuff. Anyway, I'm excited to see how it goes & it's fun to be a part of this new little community.

If you are interested in joining up & would be so kind to mention me as a referral, that would be great! You can use this URL:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Here are the winners of the Mother's Day Giveaways. Please e-mail your addresses to me at by Friday. If I don't receive your addresses by then, I will choose another winner.

My Fine Garden Prints - Shani
Flower Press Tea Towel - dolls123
Michelle Swafford Pendant - Conny
Life's a Peach Notebook - annasoc
SNEAL Heart Brooch - BPR Designs

Thank you so much to all the wonderful etsy sellers for offering up their awesome goods. I hope that you'll add their shops to your favorites & return to them when you need a gift or something lovely for yourself. :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Bright Side Project

There are some Sparkle Power goods up for giveaway over at The Bright Side Project right now. If you are not familiar with The Bright Side Project, they have a new giveaway every day! You just have to answer the question asked & then come back later to check the winners section to see if you won. The prizes are always very lovely & so is the blog. A good one to subscribe to if you haven't already.

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Mother's Day Giveaways!!

We all work hard & deserve to have a bit of fun! So with the Mother's Day holiday this weekend, I decided to round up some really great giveaways for you, my wonderful readers. Take a look below at the beautiful items up for grabs. Each prize is from a lovely etsy seller. Yay etsy!! Take the time to visit their wonderful shops & leave me a comment on each of the five posts. You have until Monday, May 11th to enter. Winners will be announced on Tuesday morning.

Best of luck to you! Please share the love with your friends! Direct them to the giveaways by linking to my blog.

Hooray for mothers & women!!

GIVEAWAY - My Fine Garden 4x4 Prints

Shanon of My Fine Garden is so graciously offering two 4x4 prints! The winner gets to choose two of their favorites! One to keep for yourself & one for your mother. How sweet is that?! I absolutely adore all of the prints in her shop. They are so dreamy & colorful & look so lovely grouped together. This one is definitely at the top of my want list!

Giveaway details:

1. To enter the giveaway, visit the My Fine Garden shop & leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is.
2. Please only leave one comment.
3. Anonymous comments will be ignored.
4. The deadline to enter is Monday, May 11th at midnight. I will announce the winner the following day.

GIVEAWAY - Flower Press Cotton Tea Towel

Flower Press is offering this beautiful Green Filigree Cotton Tea Towel to one lucky winner. Oh, I love it! Made from 100% cotton & professionally printed & heat set. Don't you want this in your kitchen?!!

Giveaway details:

1. To enter the giveaway, visit the Flower Press shop & leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is.
2. Please only leave one comment.
3. Anonymous comments will be ignored.
4. The deadline to enter is Monday, May 11th at midnight. I will announce the winner the following day.

GIVEAWAY - Michelle Swafford Pottery Oval Pendant

Michelle Swafford is offering this beautiful oval pendant in aqua, my favorite color! You just string it onto your own cord or chain. Michelle has some really gorgeous offerings in her shop. I am in love with this ring & this bowl. Oh, my heavens! Visit the Michelle Swafford Pottery shop & tell me what you love the most.

Giveaway details:

1. To enter the giveaway, visit the Michelle Swafford Pottery shop & leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is.
2. Please only leave one comment.
3. Anonymous comments will be ignored.
4. The deadline to enter is Monday, May 11th at midnight. I will announce the winner the following day.

GIVEAWAY - Life's a Peach Tulip Notebook

This pretty little Tulip Mini Notebook from life's a peach is just perfect for spring! I love having nice notebooks that are just mine (the kids are not allowed to touch!) for jotting down notes & ideas. This one is sized perfectly for on the go!

Julie has lots of really adorable notebooks, cards, and so much more in her shop. I also triple heart her cloth napkins. So cute!

Giveaway details:

1. To enter the giveaway, visit the life's a peach shop & leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is.
2. Please only leave one comment.
3. Anonymous comments will be ignored.
4. The deadline to enter is Monday, May 11th at midnight. I will announce the winner the following day.

GIVEAWAY - SNEAL Made Woolen Creations Heart Brooch

Up for grabs here is a sweet felted heart brooch in the color of your choice from SNEAL Made Woolen Creations. Such great texture & so adorable, it would look great added to a jacket or a bag. I was drawn to this shop by the lovely treasure bowls but the purses & brooches are just too cute as well!

Giveaway details:

1. To enter the giveaway, visit the SNEAL Made Woolen Creations shop & leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is.
2. Please only leave one comment.
3. Anonymous comments will be ignored.
4. The deadline to enter is Monday, May 11th at midnight. I will announce the winner the following day.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Custom Flag Garland

I had a request last month for a custom flag garland & it was so fun to do! Elise was designing a set for & wanted a banner with their name in it. Take a look at Elise's photos of the completed set here.

I really loved how this banner turned out. I've got one cut & sitting in my work in progress pile waiting for the letters that spell out "happy birthday" to be added. I hope to start adding these message garlands to the shop more regularly. Any suggestions on what the garlands could say?

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Kindred Crafters Coaster Swap

Listen up! The Kindred Crafters are hosting a coaster swap. If you are interested in joining in, you only have a couple days left to sign up. Head over to this post to get all the details. Coasters are super easy & really quick to make. It should be a fun swap. Do it with me!

LobotoME Organizational Products

I received some really great products from LobtoME on my doorstep this week! Jenny was nice enough to hook me up with one of her awesome momME weekly planners & a Feed Me notepad. These could not have come at a more perfect time for me. I am not the most naturally organized person. As my life continues to get more & more busy, I find that I'm having a hard time keeping track of it all. I'm so happy to now have a nice, well thought out & laid out system for jotting everything down. The weekly planner includes places for you to keep track of your daily commitments as well as your shopping list, "me time", dinner plan, exercise, household chores & your daily water & vitamin intake. Seriously! They thought of it all!

She also sent along a few samples of her other notepads...packing lists, fitness logs, honey do lists...they are all so cute & just so easy. They're also super affordable & eco friendly! So cool.

Go right now to the LobotoME blog & enter for a chance to win your very own weekly planner & a Help ME honey do list. Thanks, Jenny!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Vintage Bunting + Doily = Such Goodness

By far my most favorite flag garland that I've ever, ever, ever made:

I appliqued some pretty doilies to the buntings that I worked on this weekend & good golly, I'm in love. These two are now available in the shop. With more to come, I'm sure.

I also happened upon a large amount of vintage stetson marcrest swiss alpine chalet dishes on my solo thrifting trip this weekend. I was in search of some lovely, ornate, vintage picture frames, which of course I can't find ANY of because I actually NEED them! But I did find a big crate full of these lovely blue & white dishes that I just couldn't pass up. They deserve to go to some new homes where they will be loved.

So I cleaned them up nice & I'll be adding them to the shop during nap times this week. So, keep an eye out! Happy Monday to you all! I think it's going to be a good week.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Free Samples

I am a sucker for anything free. Take a look at just a few of the free samples that I've got around my house right now. They've been accumulating & I decided to work using some of them up. I've gone through quite a few little bottles of shampoo & conditioner this month. :)

One of my favorite bloggers, Amy of Mom Advice shares a list of free samples every week in her Freebie Friday post. The samples are easy to request & in a few weeks time you have little goodies showing up in your mailbox. This week I had a different sample in my mailbox three days in a row. Often times the samples come with a coupon for the product as well. It's pretty fun to try new products & it helps to stretch you trips to the store.

While you're checking out Amy's blog, just go ahead & subscribe! She's always sharing such useful tips & information.

Etsy Finds Friday

1. Baby Jane Quilt by rachel cox designs
2. Vintage Catherineholm Yellow Lotus Nesting Bowl Set of 2 by The Vintage Supply Co.
3. The Bandit Bag Lunch Sack by the small object
4. Spring Oilcloth Tablecloth by Modern June
5. Hostess Apron with Ladybug Pocket by Sky Girl Style
6. Large Scallop Cake Stand by whitney smith pottery
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