Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Work in Progress...

Please pardon my cyber dust as I try to reconfigure my blog to accommodate some new features!  Hopefully it will be all ready to go in a day or two!  I'd love to hear your feedback!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #38!





Welcome to another Make Something Monday!


Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  We had a great Thanksgiving Holiday!  (Thanksgiving was also our 12th anniversary!  It was really nice!)

Our top-viewed link last week was...
This AWESOME Women's Winter hat Pattern by Crocheting the Day Away!  Sooooo cute and simple!!
If you've been featured feel free to grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page to post on your site!!  :)

The Rules:
1.  Become a follower of my blog!



2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting the link above you...and a couple of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!





The party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be announcing and featuring the most popular links each week...so don't forget to click on your faves and spread the word!!
And don't forget to visit my wonderful sponsors!!!
OneLoopShy Designs
Shabby Apple
MyMemories.com
Mary C. Nasser
Family Ever After
Jenny Igloo
Little Sprinkles of Fun




(AND DON'T MISS OUT ON MY 20% OFF SALE IN MY SHOP!  USE THE CODE HOLIDAY20 TO GET 20% OFF YOUR ENTIRE PURCHASE!)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday/Cyber Monday SALE!!!


Hope your Black Friday is going well!  Still looking for some fun handmade gift ideas?

How about a cute winter hat for a loved one?
The Meanie
The Flapper
Or perhaps a fun toy for a favorite tot?

Felt Matryoshka Doll
 Or a cute flower to dress up a scarf or jacket?

Button Blossom Brooch
Rose Flower Clips

Or even a pattern to make something yourself?


Boho Headband Pattern 
Slouchy Beanie Pattern
Now's your chance to get a great deal on all of the above in my Etsy shop!!!

I'm offering 20% OFF all orders from Etsy shop, when you use the coupon code HOLIDAY20 at check out!

CLICK HERE to go to my shop!

Happy Black Friday!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway WINNER!!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I got a little busy with my Holiday preparations and didn't get a chance to post the winner of the Shabby Apple skirt Giveaway!  

Thanks to everyone who joined in the drawing for this super cute skirt from Shabby Apple!  Just to remind you all, here's what she looks like:
Francine Skirt
Perfect for your holiday parties...and beyond!

An our winner (chosen randomly via Random.org) is:


Comment #13:


Sarah Allen of  SewSewEnchanting (aka She's a Maneater!)


CONGRATS!!!

I know you are going to LOVE your new skirt!

Here's what I need from you!

Please send me your full name, skirt size, and address to sarahndipities {at} gmail {dot} com.  There are no exchanges on your free skirt!  We'll work out all the nitty gritty details!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guest Posting at Two Girls Being Crafty!

Hey!  Head on over to Two Girls Being Crafty to see my quick little tutorial for their 12 Days of Christmas series, on how to make this little guy as a teacher gift!

Don't forget to tell her I sent ya'!

And if you have an online shop where you sell your handmade items, please come and link up in my Handmade Holidays Shop Guide!!











Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Things to Make: Pinterest Inspiration ~ Men's Shirt to Peasant Blouse


This week's

was inspired by...
Peasant Blouse Tutorial from madebylex.com
Isn't it so stinkin' cute???

Here's what I used:


I picked this baby up at my local thrift store for fifty cents.  The guy at the register said something like, "Wow.  This'll make a great Halloween costume, huh?"  When I told him that I was actually going to wear it, he looked at me like I was completely nuts.  Which, maybe I am, but I digress...

I loved the fun paisley pattern and the colors on this shirt...but let's face it...that collar and those cuffs.  Not so much.

And here's what I made:



Waaaaay better, don't ya' think?  Oh, yeah.

Instead of adding a cuff to the sleeves I simply added another turned under casing and elastic, to give them a loosely gathered look.

I love the way it turned out!  The tutorial was easy to understand and had great results!

If you happen to have a spare button-up shirt lying around I recommend giving this one a whirl!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Make Something Monday Link Party #37!



Welcome to another Make Something Monday!

Is Thanksgiving really this week?  Oy.  Where has the time gone?
It didn't help that there were so many more cool projects shared last week!  What a creative bunch you are!

Our top-viewed link last week was...
Homemade House Boots by Good Little Things...So. Dang. Cute.  Seriously.
If you've been featured please grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page to post on your site!!  :)

The Rules:
1.  Become a follower of my blog!

2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting the link above you...and a couple of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!


The party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be announcing and featuring the most popular links each week...so don't forget to click on your faves and spread the word!!
And don't forget to visit my wonderful sponsors!!!
OneLoopShy Designs
Shabby Apple
MyMemories.com
Mary C. Nasser
Family Ever After
Jenny Igloo
Little Sprinkles of Fun


Friday, November 18, 2011

Feature Friday: Maybe Matilda


This week I'm featuring one of my very most favoritest blogger buddies, Rachel, from Maybe Matilda.

Here's a little bit more about Rachel, in her own words:

"My name is Rachel (not Matilda, sadly) and I'm a chiropractor's wife, new mom to a darling little boy, and an obsessive crocheter. I'm a New Yorker who started crafting while my husband went to chiropractic school in Iowa, and we're now living in the Salt Lake area of Utah (I just keep moving West! I'm learning to pretend to be a country cowgirl).

I joined etsy while I was pregnant and Matilda was on the "maybe" name list for a girl. Once we learned we were having a boy, I had to use it on something, and here we are! Along with crochet, I also love to sew, quilt, and alter/upcycle clothing."


Rachel has such an incredibly fun and creative blog!

She always has such fun how-to projects.
Painted Doily Tee
Button Earrings
She's quite a seamstress.
Button-Up Cardigan Cowl
Pleated Necktie Necklace
She's full of great advice and tips for Etsy sellers.
Photography Tips 
Packaging Tips
She shares really fun crochet projects.
Ruffles and Dot Baby Blanket
Knotted Crochet Headband
She's also hilarious.

Rachel sells her stunning crochet patterns and handmade crochet items in her Etsy Shop!
Baby Owl Hat
Crochet Rose Headband Pattern
If you are looking for a fun DIY gift idea for the holidays this year go check out her patterns...you won't be sorry!



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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Treasury: Santa Baby...

I usually try to avoid 'Christmas-y' treasuries until after Thanksgiving...but I couldn't resist all of these cute item from the EtsyMom Team!
Christmas Grinch Headband
To see any of these items up close just click on the pics!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway!



Are you familiar with Shabby Apple?  This sweet online boutique  make the cutest women's and girl's dresses and accessories!

One of my favorite things about Shabby Apple is their Shop by Body Type feature!  For those of us with unique shapes it's so nice to be able to figure out what styles of dresses will look nice, BEFORE you buy it!  Am I right?

So...why am I mentioning this right now?

Shabby Apple is offering one of my readers the chance to get a skirt for FREE ~ just in time for the Holidays!

Here's the skirt that's up for grabs:

Don't you love it?!?!  I love the classic vintage look of this skirt...and the fun bow adds just right bit of whimsy!  Definitely a 'go-to' skirt for your wardrobe!

What do you have to do to be entered into the drawing?

REQUIRED:

"Like" Shabby Apple on Facebook, and come back here and leave a comment on this post letting me know that you did!

EXTRA ENTRIES (Leave a separate comment for each):

Follow my blog with Google Reader!
Follow my blog with Networked Blogs!
Follow me on Twitter!
"Like" my Facebook page!
Follow me on Pinterest!
Tweet about this Giveaway!
Share this Giveaway on Facebook!

This Giveaway is open to US Residents ONLY!  Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 23rd at 12:00 MDT

Good Luck!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Things to Make: Pinterest Inspiration ~ Crockpot Enchiladas


This week's

was inspired by...
Crockpot Enchiladas from thekitchn.com
from my Things to Eat board!

Lately I have been obsessed with cooking with my Crockpot.  It's sooooo easy to throw everything in early in the day, when the house isn't so crazy, and let dinner cook itself.  Especially in the cool Fall and Winter months.  It's wonderful to have the aroma of a hot-cooked meal wafting through the house throughout the day.

And, yes.  I did just say wafting.

Anyway...here's what I made:


Again, not such a great picture.  i blame it on the fact that it's dark by 4:30pm here, and I had to use my *gasp* flash to take a decent shot!

I followed the recipe exactly, with the exception of using cheddar cheese instead of Monterey Jack ('cause that's what we had).  Everyone loved it...although the bottom layer did get a trifle bit too crispy. In the future I will probably change the setting to my six hour setting, instead of four.

I served it with rice and salad and topped it with a little sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro.  Yum!

Definitely a keeper!

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