Emma Dinnerware. I like the dotted details on these dishes.
March 30, 2010
Emma Dinnerware. I like the dotted details on these dishes.
March 26, 2010
As for what I'm going to sell...let's just say I have babies on the brain (...and before rumors start, I'm not pregnant!). I may have mentioned before that I think handmade gifts, especially baby gifts, are something special! I'm lucky enough to have two Grandmas, who between them sew, knit, and crochet. I know that not everyone has crafty Grandmas, thus I think opening an Etsy shop to spread handmade love to babies might just be my calling!
Now this is where my faithful readers come in...I need a shop name! I'm looking for something cute, unique and catchy, as I need something to set myself apart from the competition on Etsy (that is besides high quality products, stellar customer service, affordable shipping costs, and fast shipments!). I’d like to convey high quality handmade items at an affordable price for all. Any ideas for me? If I pick a shop name that was suggested by one of my faithful readers, I might just send them a little something in the mail! ;)
March 24, 2010
We stayed at Caesar's Palace, within the Palace Tower; the room was recently renovated which made it a stylish and chic home away from home! We had a great time in Vegas- nothing too crazy like The Hangover (thankfully!), just a nice girl weekend with some great memories! :)
Now for the crafty part of the Bachelorette party... Growing up, hands down my favorite part of a birthday party were the goodie bags- honestly, what's not to love?
I had grand plans for the goodie bags, but was unfortunately set back by my finger incident (as I cut it while cutting the fabric for the goodie bags!). My wonderful and talented Momma offered to make the reusable grocery bags for me, one for each of the girls (including me). I absolutely LOVE how the bags turned out! We used the Jane Market Bag pattern by Alicia Paulson, two fat quarter bundles for the sides of the bags and handles, and additional fabric for the front and back panels and lining.
Megan's! The black bags had a pink-flowered lining (same and front and back panels).
March 23, 2010
Remember the Orange County Holiday Quilt Shop Hop? Lucky for us, the quilt shops have organized a Spring Fling Hop! This Friday, March 26th through Sunday, March 28th, eight Orange County quilts shops (Cozy Cottage Fabrics, Flying Geese Fabric, Fresh Picked Fabrics/Cranberry Quiltworks, Orange Quilt Bee, Quilter's Garden, The Calico House, The Quilt Cupboard, and Timeless Quilts) are participating in the Spring Fling Hop in which each shop will be giving away a free pattern, free fat quarter, and a return coupon! Get your passport stamped at all eight stores and be eligible to win 40 yards of fabric! In addition, each shop will be giving away a basket worth $100, and a $25 gift certificate- not too shabby!
I'll be participating in the Spring Fling Hop on Saturday with my Mom, and I'm hoping my Grandma M. will join us again (she had a BLAST last time!). Perhaps we'll see you there...
March 21, 2010
In early 2007 Mr. D and I registered for these dishes at Bed Bath & Beyond, 12 place settings in two colors- taupe and a mild teal. We opted not to register for fine china, as I was gifted four boxes of china years ago. We received all of the dishes we had registered for, and I was in love with them until I removed all of the price tags (off of a total of 44 pieces) and washed them- chipping a few pieces in the process! I was so disappointed and wanted to dig the price tags out of the trash in hopes of returning the pieces, but opted not to be a crazy lady and kept the dishes. :(
The years have passed and the dishes continue to chip, thus my frustration and disappointment growing day by day! Saturday morning I was getting ready to go to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy a replacement dish (again!) when I sat down at the computer and wrote a quick email to corporate explaining my disappointment in the quality of the dishes. Within 8 hours (on a Saturday!) I received a response email from Bed Bath & Beyond stating that they want their customers to be 100% satisfied with their customer service and merchandise, and to bring in the dishes for a return and/or exchange!
I had some major anxiety this morning about returning the dishes (truth is I always have anxiety about returns, even with a receipt!). I went to the return counter, explained the situation, and the return was made without a hitch! I'm now in the market for new dishes! Until the purchase is made, Mr. D and I are eating off of my fine china (tonight we had pizza on the china- kind of felt like a sin, but it is what it is!). :)
March 17, 2010
A couple of fun St. Patrick's Day facts for you...!
- The St. Patrick's Day custom came to America in 1737 (273 years ago!).
- Finding a four-leaf clover, wearing green (school children started the pinching tradition), and kissing the Blarney Stone are all good luck on St. Patrick's Day.
- The color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! In the 19th century, however, green came to be used as a symbol for Ireland.
- Tripadvisor.com recently ranked the Blarney Stone as the most unhygienic tourist attraction in the world! (ICK!)
- Kissing the Blarney Stone while suspended upside down is supposed to give you 'The Gift of Gab'.
- There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland; in Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire Irish is the leading ancestral group.
- Until the 1970’s, all pubs were shut in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day.
- Legend has it that St. Patrick drove all of the snakes and frogs from Ireland. (My kind of man!...have I ever mentioned that I'm deathly afraid of frogs?)
Wishing all a great and safe day! Mr. D (my Irish man) and I will be having the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner tonight- yummy!
March 9, 2010
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March 2, 2010
The Shower was held at a local neighborhood community center (aka 'The Parkhouse').
The tables were adorned with black table clothes, handmade red table runners...
...potted flowers in handmade flower pots for the centerpieces, along with festive Hershey Kisses, heart confetti, chocolate covered marshmallow pops for the favors, and Words of Wisdom cards.
The food trays were prepared the morning of as the menu consisted of sandwiches, chips, salads, and fixings.
Yummy cupcakes were served for dessert.
Family gathered...Aunt P, Grandma B., Momma, and Grandma M.