Thursday, March 31, 2011

quick simple fun {possibly} free project!!!

Some of you may remember me talking about my real life BFF Jenn...Here we are in all our crazy glory one day acting like idiots. We're good at that.

Fun Fact #1: We've been BFF's for so long, I don't really remember a time in my life where we didn't know each other...we were itty-bitty and managed to stay friends through a LOT.

Fun Fact #2: There was a time when I wouldn't let Jenn in my kitchen to so much as boil a pot of water, and neither would anyone else. If they hadn't seen her catastrophic kitchen capers, they'd heard enough to know better. *grin*

Fun Fact #3: One day Betty Crocker and Martha Stewart flipped a switch in Jenn, and she became quite the little kitchen diva. Bakerella, if you will. Now she makes things like this:

and this:

and this:

I can attest to her baking abilities, although she's slowed down a tiny bit in recent months (sadness).

It seems that lately lots and lots of posters, canvases, wall art, etc. are featuring some spin on the "Keep Calm and Carry On" bit...and in a flash of LP Brilliance (that's me, y'all)...It hit me! I need to make one for Jenn! So I did...and ya know what? It was FREE.

All it took was my cruddy old laptop, colored cardstock (on hand), a picture frame (on hand), and my handy dandy printer (courtesy of the hubs working from home). The colors in Jenn's kitchen include a shade of blue as well as some stainless appliances so this was a perfect fit.

I used Word to type up my ingenious phrase perfect for my Bakerella BFF: Keep Calm and Bake On! I chose the font 'Fancypants' because...well...I like it, mmk? So here she is all framed up and pretty!

I think it turned out SUPER cute...and it was free!!! Jenn's happy to have it (I think hehe), and the hubs is happy I finally was willing to part with one of my zillions of empty picture frames! Win win!

Now I want to make one up for my kitchen...but I have noooo clue what I want it to say! Hmmm...I'm pondering "Keep Calm and Order Carryout"....whatcha think??? I would love to hear your ideas, or see them if you have made one!!! Leave them in a comment below or email me! I'd love to feature yours here!

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Spring Fling 3.31

Hey y'all!

Can you believe that Spring Fling is almost over???

Or that today is the last day of March???


Here are the 2 fabulous giveaways opening up today!

From Susie @ Puddle Jumper Creations, a set of Vintage Inspired Sunbonnet Sue Flour Sack Dish Towels! One for each day of the week. Check out Susie's blog for how to enter!

And from Renee @ Strokes of Magic, a handpainted Window Sill Sitter! Check out Renee's blog for how to enter!

Be sure to check back later today; I'll be posting a super fun, inexpensive, SIMPLE project I made this week for my BFF!! And it was *free*! :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Fling 3.30

Spring Fling is almost over! Can you believe it???

Any of my readers lucky enough to win some of the giveaways???

Here are your giveaways opening up today!

Delina @ Dew This is giving away a set of decorative tiles...winner's choice! Head to Delina's blog here to enter.

Kristina @ B Inspired Mama is giving away a $30 gift certificate to B Inspired Vintage. Check out Kristina's blog here to enter.

Don't forget--each giveaway is open for 3 days and the last set of giveaways open April 2!

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring Fling & Earrings

Happy Tuesday, y'all!

Here are your Spring fling giveaways opening up today:

From Brooke @ Girl Boy Girl Inspired, a glass pendant necklace plus a surprise! Head over to Brooke's blog here to enter!

From Ashley @ Ashley Creations, a pretty loopy bow! Head over to Ashley's blog here to enter!

Just a friendly reminder...I have several pair of super cute earrings left from my old shop that really need a new home!!! They are in the clearance album on my Facebook page...only $5 a pair, because they need to gooooo! Here's just a few examples!

Shipping is only $2!!!

I can ship up to 5 pair to you for $2...go on over to my fanpage and take a look!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome & Announcement!

Hey y'all!

I wanted to make sure I said a special 'hi' to all y'all that are new to following my blog! I did get a couple of sweet comments the last week or so, but some of y'all don't have your email public...ACK! So I couldn't reply. But please know I do read each comment and thank you so very much for following me!

I hope to blog regularly as much as possible leading up to my due date...but I'm less than 5 weeks out now and there is just no telling what will happen!!! I'm lining up a few guest posts though, so you'll get to hear someone ramble aside from me!

Sooo...some of you may know Joy over at Momma's Kinda Crafty...welllll, she is putting together an awesome par-tay. On the 1st Monday of each month, you'll be able to link up your Etsy shop (or online selling venue) to the par-tay, and show off your newest creations!! I think this is a great idea for getting your shop out there...Personally, I love finding the shops of all you fellow bloggers, because I'm more likely to purchase things from someone I "know" versus a shop I find via a random search...right? :)

So go on over to Joy's blog, read her post about it, and grab a button! I can't wait to see what we all have going on! :)

Spring Fling 3.28

Happy Monday!

Here's your Spring Fling giveaways opening up today!!!

From Jayna @ RockNRegalia, a super pretty necklace! Perfect for the warmer weather coming up, yes? Check out Jayna's fun blog to enter!

And from Jamie @ Two Plus Jilly, a custom appliqu├ęd shirt! Check out Jamie's blog here for your chance to win!

Hope y'all are enjoying all the fabulous giveaways! Remember, Spring Fling runs through April 2nd, lots more goodies to be won! :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Fling 3.27

Hey y'all!!!

Happy Sunday! Here are your Spring Fling giveaways for today!

Check out this gorgeous dress from April @ Wildflowers & Whimsy. She is THE mastermind behind this whole fabulousness known as Spring Fling!!! Head on over to April's blog to enter!!!

And from Jen @ A Jennuine Life we have this pretty frock! Adorable, right??? Go see Jen's blog for your chance to win!!!

~Just a reminder, each giveaway is open for 3 days~

~~If you're looking for cute, inexpensive earrings, I still have some available on my Fanpage that need a new home...need to clean out my old Etsy shop!!! You can find them here.~~

Saturday, March 26, 2011

clearance earrings!

Hey, y'all!

I have lots of earrings from my old Etsy shop where I sold my jewelry...

They are currently listed for sale on my Fanpage in their own album!

Each pair is only $5, plus $2 shipping; I can ship up to 5 pair for $2.

More will be listed, I think I have about 10 more to put up :)

You can find them HERE.

Anyone interested can comment on the picture and I will invoice you via Paypal!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Fling 3.26

Another day...another set of giveaways!!!

But y'all don't enter these, mmmk? Because I want them for myself!
(I'm kidding. Go enter for real...but don't beat me hahaha)

Bethany @ Sweet Bee Buzzings is giving away this pretty handmade the colors! Check out her blog here to enter!

My bloggy BFF Melanie @ Lucky 7 Design is giving away this basket of...well, a lot of great things!!! Including vintage jewelry & lace; napkin rings; rosettes...Check out Melanie's blog for a full listing and how to enter!

fab friday fun & discounts


This week has seemed so *long* to me. Anyone else glad today is Friday? Raise your hand...!

(if you really just raised your hand, giggle at yourself *wink*)

Don't forget there are 2 awesome deals open right now in my Sneak Peeks on Facebook. Just go here, click 'like', and you'll see them in their own little album!

Maybe you are wanting to do more shopping (yes, please!)...? There's a 15% off discount code posted on my fanpage as well...take advantage!!!

Here's a peek at my newest wreath...anyone love argyle aside from me???


Do you blog? Do you have an Etsy shop?

If you answered yes, then come join me on the Blogger's Heaven team I discovered. We can support each other, make new friends, discover some new blogs...You can find it here:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Fling 3.25

Hey y'all!!!

Is everyone having fun entering all these fab giveaways?! I know I am ;)

Natalie @ Nat Mac's Knick Knacks is giving away a cleaning apron and a box of Magic Erasers:

Check out Natalie's blog here to enter!

Stephanie @ Luxe Boulevard is giving away this 'Lady Beachy Keen' Headband:

Check out Stephanie's blog here to enter!

Good luck, and keep checking back each day for more fun free stuff!!!

colorful new items plus a discount!!!

Happy Thursday everyone!!!

Who wants to do a little shopping...?! :)

Some of you may remember this post where I mentioned a new feature on my Facebook fan page called 'Sneak Peeks'...all you need to do is 'like' me on Facebook to take advantage of brand new items being offered at a discount before they are listed in my shop!

Here's a peek at the two Sneak Peek items I'm offering a great deal on...available through Saturday at noon! For pricing and/or to purchase, head on over to my fanpage :)

I also wanted to show off this new item I have listed in my shop...part of my new 'Door Decor' line!

(don't forget there are *3* new giveaways opening today; you can find the details here)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Fling 3.24

Today we have *three* awesome giveaways for y'all!

First up we have Lelanie @ To Sew With Love...She's giving away a wipes case, an owl plushie, plus a surprise!!! Head over to her blog to enter :)

Next up, we have Lauren @ The Simple Sussie. She's giving away this pretty bloom necklace! Check out Lauren's blog to enter!

And last but not least, from Candace @ Sweet Nothings, we have this awesome mustard yellow burlap flower! Go to Candace's blog to enter!

we have a winner...and more giveaways!

Today we have two more fantabulous giveaways!

From Joy @ Momma's Kinda Crafty we have a lovely headband with interchangeable crochet flowers! Head on over to Joy's blog for your chance to win!

And from Jennifer @ My Mommy Can...we have this gorgeous bouquet of spring hair accessories! Check out Jennifer's blog to enter for these lovelies!


I hope that all of you are reading this, because I want to say THANK YOU to each and everyone of you...I am so overwhelmed and thrilled at the kind words, comments, and entries to my giveaway...this is a huge undertaking for my little corner of the blog world, and I am flattered to see so many people entering!!! I noticed at least 3 entries that were international--representing Canada, Greece, and Austria! I never thought I'd have this many entries in the U.S. let alone any from outside it :)

Now for our winner...dum-da-dum...

From a total of 116 entries...

Congratulations to

Jenn from Peas & Crayons!!!
(lucky #36, FYI)

You have 48 hours to contact me with your info & claim your prizes! :)

Again, a huge thank you to each and every one of you, and don't forget--there are lots more great giveaways coming up each day, and you can find them all here!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

colorful new upcycled wreath

At the urging of my BFF...and my bloggy BFF...and my hubby...

...and after feeling much more confident in my abilities thanks to the awesome comments & support from YOU, my readers...

I have decided to add a line to my shop...I'm calling it 'Door Decor'...and it will feature my upcycled wreaths...I have grand plans before Little Baby C arrives that involve getting many new wreaths made...maybe even some that are NOT round...

You heard me.

So I'd like to introduce you to very first, in-my-shop, let's-hope-she-sells, wreath...I hope you love her, she's been inciting spring fever around here as I worked with my windows ~open~...

Don't forget, my giveaway ends in about 3 hours!!! Go here to enter and by all means...tell your friends! :)

celebrating 100!!!

Before I get down to business, don't forget Tuesday is day 3 of Spring Fling!

That means ~two~ more fabulous giveaways are opening up today!

The lovely Anna of Ask Anna Moseley is giving away a stunning, chocolate & salmon vintage-inspired's gorgeous! Head on over to her blog and enter to win!

Also, the sweet Krista of While He Was Napping is giving away a super fun apron! No matter how much you may dislike cooking, you're sure to enjoy it if you've got this apron! Go on over here to enter Krista's giveaway!

And if you have a chance, please swing by April's blog and give her a big bloggy hug! She is the mastermind behind this whole thing we call Spring Fling, and she is the one who brought all of us together to do this! for my title...holy moly, this is post 100 on my little blog! Yay! I'm not sure what everyone else does to celebrate...I thought of doing a giveaway but heck, I'm already doing a giveaway for Spring Fling so it doesn't seem as fun :)

Maybe you can join me in a virtual bloggy happy dance???

Seriously, thank you to each and every one of you who follow me, read my craziness, and comment with your awesome kind words of encouragement! I appreciate each of you...maybe one day I'll be a super-fancy-uber-rich blogger and y'all can all come with me to my favorite the meantime, a picture must suffice...

(p.s. my giveaway closes at midnight est; if you haven't entered, go here)

Monday, March 21, 2011

nursery art reveal...and more giveaways!

Hey y'all!

Spring Fling is wide open and I am lovin' it! New day, new giveaways! And they're so good, I'm gonna enter them myself! :)

Don't forget, my giveaway is open until midnight EST March can find it here if you've not entered yet!

Now for today's new giveaways:

From Suze @ Time Well Spent, you can enter to win a *custom* tutu for your lil' sweetie, AND a set of matching bows!!! Go enter now!!!

And...from Shawna @ A Very Dandoislion Life, you can enter to win a set of *gorgeous* hair accessories including a head band, bobby pins, and more! Head over and visit Shawna to enter now!!!

Welcome to all of my new followers :) I wanted to share a quick peek into our nursery--still a work in progress...I still promise a reveal as soon as it's done...which better be fast because I am 6 weeks from my due date!
(insert panicked hysteria here)

For those of you who are new, or maybe missed it in my other post, I came up with the idea of having 8x10 canvases painted by people that are special to my hubby and me, and thus will be to our son as well...we're doing a jungle-type theme, but what went on the canvas was up to each individual, and we tried to stick to a particular set of coordinating are all of our fabulous pieces, finally done and hung in Colston's room!

Our 'artists' range in age from 4 years to...well, I won't say ;) My momma might be mad...but the point is, I love the diversity in the paintings, and I hope my son will too...something he can keep and treasure that no one else has!

Happy Monday to all of y'all, and don't forget...Spring Fling is on through April 2nd, so check back right here each day for more giveaway fun!!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

a picture is worth a thousand words...

If you're not following Kimberly from Bugaboo Mini Mr. & Me...well, why aren't you?! She's one of my absolute favorite bloggers, she is SUPER nice, AND I recently won a giveaway of hers and received the most *adorable* green rosette hair clip you've ever seen!

She's hosting A Thousand Words link up party; a photographic linky with a different theme each I plan to participate from time to time :)

This week's theme is "It's Still Up in the Air"...and I had some photos I wanted to share that fit the bill...A year ago January I was fortunate enough to go to Hawaii for the first time ever...which also meant I was going further away from home than ever before, and jeez...longest. flight. ever. My previous longest flight was about 4 hours--to the US Virgin Islands...from here to LAX, then LAX to Honolulu, was 12 hours...these were taken as we descended into L.A.

Join in the fun here: