Friday, January 29, 2010

Hey Crafters....GO TO COSTCO!

Hey all...just wanted to write a quick note and tell you about my AWESOME find today. Perfect for you crafters who do shows. I was at Costco buying the usual bulk items when I came across the GREATEST folding table ever!

It is a six foot table. Legs fold in and then the entire table folds in half for easy storage. It took up no room at all and went into my trunk easy as pie. Not too heavy either. AND it carries a lifetime warranty. Yeah...I'm so excited!

I found it in the office supplies isle.

Good price at $49.00.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

I *HEART* Fabric!

I love fabric. I will spend hours on Etsy looking at fabric. I go to JoAnns Craft stores and spend ages looking and feeling fabrics. Of course, I do have one major obstacle. I can't sew. I can't even BEGIN to sew. I have tried. I even have a sewing machine upstairs gathering dust. Ahhh well. Perhaps one day with more time on my hands I will take some lessons....

But for now I have come up with a solution for my LOVE of fabric but LACK of sewing skills!

Fabric covered button earrings! Handcrafted by me.

Now I actually get to buy some of that fabric I fantasize about.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why Little Boys Need Their Momma's!

This is why little boys need their moms. I will let the pictures speak for themselves ;)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Traveling with the twins...

Long car rides with the twins can be really fun. Not quite as fun as the root canal I had a few years back,but almost.

In an effort to pass the time we started playing word and counting games with them. This inspired an immediate fierce competion between the two and ended in one crying "I don't know the answer and brother does!" and the other yelling "She's hurting my ears!"

After that really fun game we decided to quiz them a few simple things. After a few questions were anwered correctly we were on a roll. They proudly stated their address and state we live in once prompted. All feeling good about ourselves hubby asked one final question...

What country do we live in?

To which my 4yr old little guys ever so proudly exclaims...." The Mighty Snakes of Hysteria".

Hubby and I got a great laugh from that one. Reminding us just how fun this really can be.

Very close sweet boy, very close.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

All proceeds donated to Doctors Without Borders..

My small part to help out our world...

I have decided to donate 100% of my proceeds from sales in my shop to DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS until the end of January. I will donate the entire sale amount minus etsy and paypal fees! Please take a look around my shop and know that your purchase not only gets you a unique handcrafted item but it also helps the people in Haiti through donations to DoctorsWithoutBorders. I am offering FREE SHIPPING as incentive to help this great cause!

On February 1st I will add up my sales and write a check for a one-time donation to Doctors Without Borders. Hopefully its a big one! I will post a picture of it here on my blog....

You can visit my shop HERE.

You can also make your own one time donation to Doctors Without Borders HERE.

Please read my post below for more great ways to help.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hearts For Haiti On Etsy

Donate for a good cause! A group of extra nice etsy sellers got together and created Hearts For Haiti etsy shop. All proceeds benefit Doctors Without Borders. Run entirely on donations...they have raised over $13,000 since opening Jan 14th.

I donated the earrings pictured above and they sold right away. Will be donating more today!

For full instructions about donating an item click HERE.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

We're Drowning Over Here.....!

Southern California is drowning! I know we need the rain...but does it really have to come all at once?!

It has been raining incredibly hard for several days now. Feeling a little cooped. Plus, our hairdo's are suffering terribly.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Free Shipping....WOOOO HOOOO

Free shipping on it all! Everything in my shop. No matter where you live. No matter how much you buy. Limited time only!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hey fellow etsy sellers...

Hi all....just wanted to share a site I came across that I think is pretty cool. Helps the "little guy" have a shopping cart (even on your own site ~ mine is at an affordable price. I am just setting up now. Have not linked to yet but will soon.

You can see their website here: BigCartel

Visit my big cartel site here for an example.

It is very easy so far...finger crossed!

Hey Moms....This is amazing!

I came across the cutest website named Shidonni. I just had to share with all of you. Such a simple idea...but brilliant! With the help of parents kids create an account at their website. The child then has instant access to an online whiteboard, and she is encouraged to draw on this whiteboard the animal of her dreams. When done, kids can draw a landscape for their animal, food for him to eat, and give him a name -- and create friends to play with. Shidonni animates this all, and your offspring can then watch the beast hop around on the screen while he eats his lunch.

That's no big deal you say? comes the kicker! For a fee they will then create a plush toy in the exact image of your childs drawing. And yes, they really do look just like the drawings!

Click here to visit their site and see some examples.

A bit pricey at $80. You will want to be sure your child really puts an effort into that drawing! But perhaps for a special occasion this is one splurge that will be cherished forever.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Forest Fawn....

My newest obsession....Deer. It used to be the owl. Can't get enough of our little forest friends I suppose.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My Shameful Secret

I have a shameful secret I am ready to share with the world. After all, the first step to recovery is admitting the problem. So here it goes....

I am a total slob when it comes to my car.

I have a serious case of "mom car-itis". This disease is brought on by small children with sticky hands, crumby clothing, and an insatiable appetite whenever we hit the road.

Why is it the minute we get going, barely out of the driveway, the "I'm Thirsty's & I'm Hungry's" hit. Does it come programmed in their little brains. Are they born with this natural ability?

I started out determined not to do this. My last car was horrifying. I promised my husband I would not do it again with this car. I even decided on black interior because I thought it would look cleaner. Now I realize black just shows every footprint, smudge, and dirt stain possible.

The drink cups are crusted. The seats are smudged. There is penicillin growing in at least 10 different areas. I currently have these items in the car right now:

2 bikes
2 bike helmets
shabby chic lampshade
bag of avacados
3 drink cups
fast food bag
2 sticky carseats
enough crumbs recreate 3 entire muffins
case chocolate milk
400 receipts
several pieces and/or smears of food items that are no longer identifiable
200 straw wrappers
4 hair ties
3 barrettes
2 sets earphones
14 videos
3 coloring books
I think I should stop here...its getting embarrasing

I decided to look up this phenomenon on the internet. I was feeling so alone with my shameful secret. By merely typing in "messy car" I was awash with stories of moms and their filthy cars. Moms winning carwashes, detailing services, and container store gift cards from messy car contests. One mom even winning a brand new car for her mess on wheels.

This opened up a whole new world for me. Gave me a new outlook in my "messy car" recovery. No longer am I ashamed. I am now determined. Determined to have the messiest car around so I too can win some of these fabulous prizes.

Sounds a lot better than cleaning it.

Enjoy the messy pictures I found on the internet below. It will make you feel better about yours. Trust me.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This should get their attention....

Lovely little golden whistle necklace. Really works....

I've been whistling at the kids all day ;)

Designer Favors

I love to feature the shops of fellow stay at home moms! I think we all need to stick together for our own sanity. Etsy is a way for many of us to socialize, create, and make a little extra money for our families.

This absolutely lovely Etsy shop is named Designer Favors. Featuring adorable cupcake toppers, handpainted favor boxes, gift tags, birthday banners, and more.....

Keep this shop in mind for your next party, wedding or get together. All colors and quantities can be customized to create a one-of-a-kind color coordinated event.

You can visit her shop by clicking here: Designer Favors

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's Party Time!

Just made my 300th sale in my Etsy shop! Woooo Hooooo

I love making my jewelry. Thank you to all who have supported me with your purchases, kind words, and encouragement. Here's to another 300!

Daily dose of embarrasment

Here is my daily dose of embarrasment. Graciously given to me by my 4 year old little boy...

Upon our arrival to school the teacher looks at my little girl and exclaims: "You got a haircut!" "It looks so nice."

To which my 4 year old little boy immediately (and loudly) responds: "We didn't get a haircut...we just combed our hair today!"

At least he spoke the truth....we did manage to comb our hair that day.

The French Mouse

I stumbled upon this lovely little shop on Etsy named The French Mouse. Inside I found beautiful pussywillow boutonnieres, feather hairbands, and flirty fascinators.

Have an upcoming wedding or special occasion? Need a special Gift? You will not be disappointed in this beautiful little shop. Visit her on etsy by clicking here: The French Mouse

Monday, January 11, 2010

Listing some new stuff.....

Listing some new items for the new year! Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2010!

Hello, It's me again....

Hello All...

Gosh its been a l-o-n-g time. We moved a couple months ago. Saying it has been hectic is an understatement. Moving with twins...well...that is a whole other story.

Here are my top 10 pieces of advice if you are planning on moving:

1) Don't
2) Nothing can be fixed "easily" or "quickly"
3) "A little paint" does not fix anything at all
4) Carpet + untrained dogs of previous owners = DISASTER
5) Do NOT move right at the beginning of the holidays
6) Do NOT move until your children are old enough to move out of the house themselves
7) Spy on the neighbors before buying (I am convinced my neighbor is a serial
killer: more on that later)
8) No, you can't fix problems with the flooring by just "Putting a rug over it"
9) No, it is not easy to remove a yard full of half dead plants. Just because they
are dead does not mean they come out of the ground any easier!
10) No, you will not be able to "squeeze" that piece of furniture in the spot that is a good 10 inches too small. Even if you REALLY want to put it there.

Trust me...I have learned the hard way ;)

But I am back!

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Living out my Twilight obsession in my new jewelry ;)