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Happy Friday!

April 29, 2011

It's a Paul Frank kind of morning!

As of now Stuart and I are snuggling on the couch, as I catch up on the Royal wedding happenings (so exciting!).  I'm also looking forward to the lunch and shopping plans (did you see that Banana Republic is offering 40% off all full price items!?!) that I have with a sweet friend.  What do you have planned for today?

Yarn Wrapped Wreath Tutorial!

April 28, 2011

Last night I made a sweet yellow and gray yarn wrapped wreath for a birthday present.  With Mother's Day just around the corner, I wanted to share this tutorial with you!  Before we get started, please excuse the quality of the photos, as I was making the wreath LATE last night!  :)

  • Skein of yarn (nothing fancy- I bought mine at WalMart)
  • Foam wreath (I used a 12" form- purchased at JoAnn's with a coupon!)
  • Felt for assorted flowers
  • Ribbon for hanging (optional)
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
1.  Where the wreath connects, glue down a small portion of yarn with the glue gun.

2.  Continue to wrap the yarn around the wreath. 

3.  Once you've wrapped the wreath 7-10 times, slide the yarn to the left, towards your starting point.  Wrapping and sliding the yarn will give your wreath the messy look!  :)

4.  When the entire wreath is wrapped, trim the last piece of yarn, and glue onto the wreath.  (Easy enough- right?)

5.  I made two types of flowers for my wreath.  I used Mrs. Priss' tutorial for the white pom pom flowers, and I'll show you how to make the yellow and light gray flowers.  The photos below are for the 'big' yellow flower.  First, cut 8-9 freehand circles (they don't have to be perfect).  Just remember, the larger the circles, the larger the flower.  Second, cut a circle for the base of the flower (1.5 - 2").

6.  Fold the first circle in half, and then half again.

7.  After the circle is folded, trim off a snippet from the base, so that the flower now has a flat bottom.

8.  With the glue gun, adhere the bottom of the flower petal to the base of the flower.  Start with placing petals around the outside of the base, and fill the center of the flower as needed.  Note- you may need more than 8-9 circles to fill the entire flower, depending on the size of your circles and placement of petals.

9.  With the glue gun, randomly place the flowers on the yarn wrapped wreath.  If you're a planner like I am, you can tentatively place the flowers with a sewing pin in the middle of the flowers, until you're happy with the placement.  When you're ready to commit, remove the sewing pin and glue the flowers to the wreath.  Note- If for some reason you're not satisfied with the placement of the flowers after they're glued in place, gently rotate the yarn (under your flowers) to one side or the other, by doing so you'll be able to manipulate the placement of your flowers- woo hoo!

10.  Step back and admire your work!!!  :)

Sugar and Spice Flower Pillow!

April 25, 2011

I finally got some sewing in this weekend, which excites me beyond belief!  Sweet Amanda of The Quilted Fish asked each of the Creative Consultants (me included!) to make something to be displayed in her booth at Quilt Market!!!  I have to say that having something I made, displayed at Quilt Market, excites me like NO OTHER!!!  :)  

Remember the Sweet Divinity Flower Pillow tutorial?  Well, I used the same tutorial and created the Sugar and Spice Flower Pillow...what do you think?

Easter Egg Hunt!

April 24, 2011

I have to say that when my sister mentioned that she was filling plastic eggs for her two dogs to find on Easter morning, I was a bit skeptical.  I am totally guilty of treating Stuart like a human kid (at times!), but I had never thought of filling Easter eggs for him.  I am stoked to report that my sister's Easter egg hunt for her pups was such a success, that she kindly filled eggs for Maggie (the lab) and Stuart!  :)

A couple of photos from Easter Sunday...

There were two sizes of eggs, both of which were filled with an assortment of dog treats!  The pups would find the eggs and either open them on their own, or bring them to one of the bystanders for assistance!  :)

One happy camper!!!

My sister Megan, and brother-in-law Joe!

Bible Reading List- Week #3

Happy Easter, friends!   

By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.  1 Corinthians 15: 2-4

How did last week's reading assignment go?  I'll be honest, as I'm a bit behind in reading, but hope to catch up this week! 

This week's reading list is a continuation of the last week's...

Sunday- Romans 5-6
Monday- Genesis 8-11
Tuesday- Joshua 11-15
Wednesday- Psalms 6-8
Thursday- Job 5-6
Friday- Isaiah 12-17
Saturday- Matthew 5-7

I'll see you back here next Sunday for week #4!  :)

Giveaway Over at Take Heart!

April 20, 2011

I should have posted this on Monday, but kind of please forgive me!  :)  My sweet friend Danielle over at Take Heart is hosting her monthly sponsor giveaway day, and I'm participating!

Eleven winners will be selected.  Giveaway closes Thursday PM and winners will be announced Friday.  What are you waiting for...hop on over to Take Heart and enter!!!  :)

Curls- 1980's Style!!!

April 19, 2011

Thank you for all of your sweet comments yesterday regarding my first vlog!  I have to say that I was SO nervous!  The clip I posted was probably the second or third take out of twelve- no kidding!  :)  Some of you mentioned my curls, which got me thinking...

So I raided my momma's scrapbooks and selected a photo (or two) from each year of my early childhood.  I MAY regret this post later, but I hope you enjoy the snapshots of my curly hairstyles (hairstyle might be a stretch!) from 1982 to 1989!  :)  

A little background about my mop (aka curls!)...both of my parents have naturally curly hair + my Grandma M. hoped and prayed that I would have curls, so quite frankly I didn't have much of a chance for straight hair!  :)

First Christmas- December 1982 with Grandma B.

First Birthday- August 1983

Laundry with my Dad (1983)

Halloween- October 1984

Happy big sister- February 1985

Dress up time with Grandma B.- 1985

Preschool- 1986

Beach day with Megan and my Dad- 1987

Easter with Megan- 1988

Matching dresses (made by my Momma)- 1989

So, what do you guys think???  {Please be nice!!}  Do you want to see more?  The next decade (1990-2000) will take us through elementary school, to my high school graduation.  I have to say it was a bit hard to find 'hairstyle photos', but if the want is there, I'm sure I can come up with something.  Have a great Tuesday!!!

Market Tote Bags (+ First Vlog)!!!

April 18, 2011

Market Tote Bags are in the shop (I'm a wee bit excited, can you tell?)!!!

I also recorded my first vlog (eeks!) to share details regarding the new Market Tote!  Enjoy (and don't laugh TOO hard!).  Happy Monday, all!!!  :)

Bible Reading List- Week #2

April 17, 2011

Happy Sunday friends!  How did last week's reading assignment go?  Did you come across any verses that stayed with you during the week?  This week's reading list is a continuation of the last week's...

Sunday- Romans 3-4
Monday- Genesis 4-7
Tuesday- Joshua 6-10
Wednesday- Psalms 3-5
Thursday- Job 3-4
Friday- Isaiah 7-11
Saturday- Matthew 3-4

I'll see you back here next Sunday for week #3!  :)


Blogversary Giveaway Winners!

April 12, 2011

I'd like to welcome all of the new followers and thank EVERYONE who participated in the giveaway!  I love when there's a big turnout!  :)  I've been a bit slow, but I'm trying to respond to everyone's comment via email (if you've set your Blogger profile to "show email address"), as unfortunately I can't respond to the comments that come from - boo!

Who's ready to for the winners to be announced???  
The winner of the Market Tote Bag is....Texas Type A Mom!
The winner of the Large Sponsor space (200x200) is...RaeoLight of Attempts At Being Artistic!
The two winners of the Small Sponsor Space (200x100) is...Cameron of Paint Myself Pretty and Katelyn of Will Knit for Cake!

I'll email you ladies, so be on the look out!  :)

Best Friends Forever

April 11, 2011

If you're looking for the Market Tote Bag and Advertising Space here (winner will be chosen TONIGHT, and announced Tuesday AM)!

So, Maggie (my momma's yellow lab) was gifted a handmade dog bed from my grandma over the weekend.  Let me just say, she has been GLUED to this bed since Saturday night!  :)  I snapped this photo with my camera phone last night (sorry the quality isn't great, but I thought it was too cute not to share!).  

Maggie was minding her own business on her bed, when Stuart quietly and oh so gingerly climbed up next to her (which has never happened!).  For the most part they 'get along', however Stuart has been known to be extra feisty, and Maggie is always so patient with him.  Perhaps the new bed will help transform Stuart's social skills and make them BFFs- a girl can hope, right???  :)  Happy Monday, all!

Bible Reading List- Week #1

April 10, 2011

If you're looking for the Market Tote Bag and Advertising Space here!

Happy Sunday everyone!  I have to say that I am so excited to reveal this week's reading list!  Feel free to complete the reading list in one sitting, or spread the chapters out over the course of the week- it's your call!

Sunday- Romans 1-2
Monday- Genesis 1-3
Tuesday- Joshua 1-5
Wednesday- Psalms 1-2
Thursday- Job 1-2
Friday- Isaiah 1-6
Saturday- Matthew 1-2

If you come across a verse that really touched home, or anything that you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment on this post!  I read ALL comments, and will try my best to respond in a timely manner!  I'll see you back here next Sunday for week #2!  :)


Will YOU Join Me???

April 7, 2011

If you're looking for the Market Tote Bag and Advertising Space here!

Hi friends!!!  First things first, I attempted to record a vlog (video blog) on Wednesday, because I'm just THAT excited about this post.  I started the camera, and about one minute into my spiel I realized that I wasn't wearing makeup, my hair wasn't cooperating, and I was in my jammies- oy!  :) 

Anyways, I've had a lot of extra time on my hands lately and have really felt God stretching me (which I love!).  I've had the desire to read the entire bible for some time now.  I started out strong in the book of Psalms in January, and unfortunately fell off the wagon by February.  I then got back on the horse in February and started reading from the book of John, and again failed- ugh!  

As of this Sunday, I WILL read the bible in 52 weeks, and I sincerely hope that you join me.  I've found that I'm always so much more motivated to go to the gym when I have a gym buddy that is counting on me, and I'm hoping to implement the same concept when it comes to reading the bible.  I'll more than gladly be your source of motivation, if you'll be mine!  :)

Now for the details...  Every Sunday I'll post the week's reading list.  Here's a super handy one-page reading list, which I'd recommend you print out and store in your binder, so that you can check-off the reading assignment upon completion!  It's not required, but I ask that if you come across a verse that really touched home, or anything that you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment on the weekly Sunday reading list post!  I read ALL comments, and will try to respond in a timely manner!  :)

Are you in???  If so, I'd love for you to grab the button below (that my sweet friend Christa designed for me!) and put it on your blog.  Please feel free to spread the news, as the more, the merrier!  :)


If you have any questions that I haven't yet answered, please feel free to email me at  I hope you'll be back here on Sunday for the start of week #1!!!

What I Wore Wednesday (#3)

April 6, 2011

If you're looking for the Market Tote Bag and Advertising Space here!

I missed a couple of weeks (oops!), but I'm back today to link up to Lindsey's What I Wore Wednesday post! My sister, Megan, is also along for the ride today, as the second photo was taken while we were wine tasting on Saturday!  :)

Friday- Afternoon/Lunch with Friends

Top- J Crew
Jeans- Banana Republic
Shoes- TOMS (Nordstrom)

Saturday- Wine Tasting in Temecula

Top- Gap
Jeans- Banana Republic
Shoes- TOMS (Nordstrom)
Belt- Banana Republic

Top: Old Navy
Jeans- Candies (Kohl's)
Necklace- Aldo
Shoes- O'Neil Sandals

Blogging Barefoot!

April 5, 2011

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Blogging Barefoot1

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Today is the day, TOMS One Day Without Shoes!  Have you been able to experience any of the day without shoes?  I woke up this morning and put on a comfy and warm pair of socks to run around the house in, and while on the phone with my momma I realized that technically I wasn't barefoot, so off the socks came!

I'm working from home today (for the most part), so I'm blogging without shoes, will be sewing without shoes, and went to get the mail without shoes (but the mailman failed me, so I'll have to take another trip out to the mailbox later in the day!).  I know that for some going to the mailbox without shoes is not such a big deal, but for me it is!  I have issues going in the backyard without shoes to feed the dog- get where I'm coming from?   Today has definitely brought a new level of awareness, and I'm so thankful for that...and I think that I just might have to buy another pair of TOMS this weekend or so!  :)

Blogversary Giveaway!!!

April 4, 2011

This giveaway is now closed!  Thank you to all who participated!  :)

Hello friends!!!  Thanks so much for being patient, as we all know that I'm 9 days late in celebrating my two year blogversary!  (I'm almost positive I'm the only one counting the days, but I thought I'd throw it out there!)  :)

I have a couple of GREAT items ready for this grand occasion!

The first name picked via will win this adorable canvas Market Tote Bag!

The Market Tote measures 16" tall x 15.5" wide, with a 3.5" boxed bottom.

The handles are made of cotton fabric on the front, and canvas on the back, for extra strength.  The Market Tote is adorned with a sweet white 3.5" felt flower, and attached with a broach pin, which means it can be removed and worn on your favorite jacket, etc.

In addition, I am now open for sponsors!  How exciting is that???  :)  I'm offering up one 200x200 advertising space and two 200x100 advertising spaces.  Each winning space will come with all of the benefits of a paid sponsor (guest post, giveaway option, etc.). 


1. You must be a Follower of my blog.
(The button is located towards the halfway down the left-hand sidebar. If you are already a follower, please kindly remind me!)
2. What's your favorite handmade possession?  
(I'll start- my favorite are the scrapbooks my momma made of my year in Europe!)

There are 2 possible entries, so please be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, and make sure there is a way for me to contact you (aka- leave your email address in your comment if you don't have a blog or if you post as Anonymous, as I need to be able to contact you when you win!).

This giveaway will be open until April 11th, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 12th.  :)
Winners will be selected via  Open to US only (sorry to all of my international friends!).

Handmade with Purpose- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

I just realized that when I announced that I was participating with Handmade with Purpose, that I didn't share the cause that I'll be donating to- oy!   :)

Squirmy Worm Studio will be donating 20% of April's profits to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)!  

Not sure what JDRF is, or who they support?  Well, directly from their website, Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump - each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation. To help improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes while working toward a cure, one of JDRF's research goals is to support research to develop products that can dramatically improve blood glucose control in people with type 1 diabetes so they can live healthier lives with less risk of developing disease-related complications.

JDRF is near and dear to my heart, as I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes) at the age of 5.  I was a normal kid that enjoyed to play, swim, but didn't eat sugar!  Side note- every year when Halloween rolled around, my sweet momma would trade my bag full of sugary goodness for something that was diabetic friendly (six-pack of diet coke, board game, etc.).  :)  Behind the scenes, I had to partake in more maintenance work (aka blood sugar tests, and insulin shots 3 times a day) than my other friends at school, but that was the norm for me.  Towards the end of college I switched from insulin shots to an insulin pump, which releases small amounts of rapid-acting insulin to keep blood glucose levels steady between meals and during sleep.  With that, my story is still being written.  Have you been affected by type 1 diabetes, or know of someone that has?

Please help us give back by:
-buying handmade goods from participating shops
-sponsoring participating blogs
-donating to designated charities
-spreading the word on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter {#handmadewithpurpose}
-visit our blog, Handmade with Purpose, to receive updates and future information

Maiden Voyage...

April 3, 2011

A maiden voyage is usually referred to as the first journey of a ship or aircraft, but I also think the concept fits my first experience with my pair of TOMS!  I've known of TOMS for sometime, but never thought they looked like 'me', that is until I tried on a pair and fell in LOVE with them.  The shoes are awesome, and so is the company, its a win-win!

Have you heard about TOMS' One for One movement?  In short, with every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need- how cool is that???

In addition, on Tuesday, April 5th, TOMS is hosting One Day Without Shoes, by chance are you participating?  Check out the website and the video below for more information/details!

I'm Participating!!!

April 2, 2011

Over 20 handmade shops and blogs have joined together to give back.
During the month of April 2011 each of the participating shops 
will be donating proceeds to the charity of their choice.

Please help us give back by:
-buying handmade goods from participating shops
-sponsoring participating blogs
-donating to designated charities
-spreading the word on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter {#handmadewithpurpose}
-visit our blog, Handmade with Purpose, to receive updates and future information

Handmade with Purpose:

Nintendo DSi Purse

April 1, 2011

It's that time of the week again (yeah!), as another tutorial has been posted to The Quilted Fish's blog, by one of the Creative Consultants! This week's tutorial was written by Stephanie of Peas in a Pod!

Stephanie has written a great tutorial for an oh so smart Nintendo DSi Purse for little girls!  Nintendo DS wasn't around when I was little (obviously!), but I so could have used one of these for my Game Boy!  :)  Make sure you hop on over to The Quilted Fish, and show Stephanie some comment love!  :)