My Etsy shop is finally open!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I'm so excited to announce the opening of my Etsy shop! I set up my account sometime last month, but never listed items because of the Canada Post strike.. which lasted about all month! So finally this afternoon I spent much time adding a few things to the shop! It makes me kind of giddy to see my own items in a little etsy shop! Here are some of the things I have in my shop...

My crocheted baby headbands 
{so far I have a preemie/newborn size and will be adding more sizes later on}


Fridge magnets

and little crocheted hairclips .... 

I still have lots more things to add to the shop. I didn't realize I had so many items until I started editing photos and listing them! 

I really hope this little experience will be enjoyable. I guess I'm a little nervous about starting a shop, and wondering if my items are not going to be good enough or that something's wrong with them.. But who knows! Maybe my stuff will be liked and enjoyed! We'll see!

Come take a quick peek over at my shop
 {click photo}
I'll be adding more things over the next couple of days to get it nice and full.

Oh hey, want an outfit post? 
I know, I haven't really been keeping up with that, .. mostly because I haven't been in the moods to get all dressed up. ha! Ya ya, I remember why I started the whole "outfit posts" .. buuuuut.. it's been getting warmer out over this way, AND humid-- yuck!! And it doesn't really inspire me to get all cute. Okay so maybe that's really me just being plain ole lazy. Ya that seems to be it. But I guess I was feelin' it today.. but I think my hair was feelin' the humidity! You can't tell? Oh good : )

 Long shorts: Walmart, yellow shirt: thrifted, pull over vest: don't even remember, 
favorite belt: thrifted necklace: dollar store

Handmade gifts for baby!

Monday, June 27, 2011

My best friend is having a baby, like REALLY soon! So last month I made a few sweet things for her little girl. I love how it all turned out. She's already received the package so now it's finally safe to show it all! 

My second ever little owl hat! I just LOVE the little bow I added for that sweet girly touch.

{I'm planning on making owl hats to add to my Etsy shop once I get it going!}

I created a darling little print using my Microsoft Word program. I printed it out as 5x7 and framed it for her. Wasn't sure about the colors she had picked out for the room, so I used several light colors and I love how it turned out.

I also made her one of my crochet flower headbands : )
{these will also be in my Etsy shop for sure!}

{no, I didn't send the teddy bear. It's my little model!} 

All packaged pretty for the happy couple! 

{I totally enjoy pretty-ing up gift packages! I think I'll really enjoy that part of selling on Etsy!}

Congratulations to you my dear friends! I'm super excited for you and can't wait to see pictures! 

Fun and easy fridge magnets

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I realize I've been a little MIA with the crafting and fun things lately, so here's a little something I just recently did on the crafty side. 

Fun DIY magnets!

I picked up some clear marble/rocks at Michael's a few weeks ago, along with some E6000 {my first time using this glue!}, and some little round magnets. I traced my marble onto some scrapbook paper and then mod podged the paper right to the back of the marble. Then when that was dry I added some more mod podge over the whole back. Then when that's dry just get out the E6000 to secure the magnet to the back. 

Now you have some cute little magnet friends to adorn your fridge! 
.. I'm not too fond of the paper I used for the first set of magnets, but that's all I could find at the dollar store. I should have picked some cute paper up while I was at Michael's. The pink designs in the second set of magnets is actually cardboard from a kleenex box! I thought the design was so cute so I saved the box to use for something. Cool, huh? And for this set {the blue and pink one} I actually used the E6000 to adhere the paper to the back of the marble instead of mod podge. It worked perfect! I still used some mod podge on the whole back after that, but I doubt it's necessary. 

And for a little sneak preview news...
I've opened up my own Etsy shop!!
 I don't have anything listed yet, but I will SOON! I'll have my crocheted items and other little fun things I put my hands to! More news on this later when I add some things to the shop! :) 

Hello Summer!

Happy first day of summer! 
The sunshine was here for a little bit this morning and afternoon so Hubby and I ate breakfast out on the balcony.. in our brand new patio chairs!!! 

I've been wanting to get a couple of these super cute chairs for a while now. Sunday afternoon we went to Home Depot, where they were $18.99, to pick them up then ended up not buying them. Hubby wasn't sure if they were comfortable or not. As we were driving home I kind of regretted not getting them. So I went back Monday (yesterday) to buy them, and the price had gone down to $14.99!! Suweeet! I was a happy little shopper. But you should have seen me trying to cram these two into my little Honda! ...Yeah It was kind of embarrassing, to say the least. But they were going in whether they fit or not!

Here's my lovely attire for the first day of summer

Pssst.. look at my pretty geraniums growing away! {and two baby sunflowers!}

Hope you had a wonderful, warm and pleasant first day of summer!

My Outfits

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Well I felt like this half of the week I did much better about dressing!
I'm still figuring out the whole photo issue.. I've found tips online for resizing, but I'm still confused. So don't judge me on my poor quality of photos :) 

Hubby had the day off! He usually works every Wednesday, so we were able to go to church together. Then after the service we headed over to a friend's from church to watch the Stanley Cup finale... I left with a sad hubby. I even got him a "Skor" candy bar in hopes that his favorite team would make all the scores. Not even one? Sorry Babe.

Thrifted jean skirt (just got it recently and was really needing a new one!), can't remember where the shirt came from (I hardly ever wear it!), earrings from Simple Serendipity, and my favorite little owl necklace from ebay.

Sometimes I'm just in the mood to wear a skirt :) And a headband always distracts from a messy hair day!
{I don't think it goes as far to distract from a messy photo though..}

Walmart skirt, thrift shirt, headband and earrings made by me, thrift necklace.

Yard Sales! Hubby and I drove around a little before he had to work and we checked out a few yard sales going on. I got a heart shaped cake pan for .25 and a little wooden close rack thingy for $2 that I'm going to turn into a necklace holder. I also got a two large glass jars and a pile of home decor magazines for free!

Thrifted shirt, shorts and faux pearls necklace, bracelet from the dollar store and chevron earrings made by me! (tutorial here).

Since I'm pretty much in love and committed to thrift stores, most of my outfits contain something thrifted (in case you hadn't noticed). I know there are some people that don't do the whole thrift stores thing (and I know some personally), but I LOVE LOVE LOVE thrifting! You can really find some great clothes, you just have to LOOK and not mind searching through racks and racks.. and maybe try not to be so snooty (did I just say that out loud?) Sometimes I do feel a little silly when people (the same people maybe) ask me where I got something .. I feel like I'm always grinning and responding "the thrift store." But oh well. It's nice to only spend $4 dollars on a close-to-brand new shirt when it was probably $20 brand new in store. I'm sold :)

Anyone else a thriftaholic like me?? What are some things you really enjoy finding at thrift stores?
Do share :) (and anything else about thrifting you'd like to share!)

My OutfitsTuesday

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Okay, so this week I didn't do so great with my outfits. I'm kind of lazy like that sometimes. But I did take pictures of my non super comfy days :) .. they're not gonna wow ya though!


 Ya, that's one spectacular outfit, huh? 
T-shirt from walmart and cut-off jeans.. which are pretty raggedy. 
And my super cute owl necklace came in the mail this past week! 

Isn't it cute :) 


Does this outfit look familiar? Ya, I wore it last week (but with my capris).
T-shirt thrifted, black shirt from Kmart or Walmart, 
skirt from salvation army, necklace from Flamingo Toes Designs

Hubby and I went driving around the city, finding new places after church in the evening. We enjoy doing that now and we always point out yards and houses we like. I'm always blabbing about what I want in a house, porch, and yard :) Then we stopped at a park to take some pictures. 

Here's my handsome Hubby 

{heart heart}

And my new favorite photo of us 

{ya I told you I didn't do so great at the outfits this week..}
My comfy new favorite Walmart shorts, shirt is a hand-me-down from sister in-law, 
cardigan from.. a random shop in the mall, and the belt is thrifted.

This outfit is a little funky with the colors. I never know what to wear this cardigan with, but I actually like the randomness of the colors in this outfit. So I would wear this again.

I think I like the idea of posting about my outfits every day instead of doing the whole week in one post. I doubt I'll be posting outfits every day though! haha!

Until next time... 
Happy crafting, happy outfitting, happy happy happy! :)

We have a winner!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Well, it's June 11th and time to reveal our winner!!!

And the winner is .... 

.. Annie, from Sailing with bare feet!

She said...  

Congratulations Annie! I hope you enjoy your new set of cute little coasters! I'll be sending you an email to get your address!! 

To the rest of you, thank you so much for being a part of my very first giveaway :) It was so fun checking my email and getting your comments.

My turn at the outfit posting

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I really really enjoy looking through personal fashion blogs, and seeing all the cute outfits people put together. It's inspiring, and it's also challenged me to have more fun with getting dressed. I don't know about you, but I tend to have some struggles when it comes to picking out what to wear. Most days I just end up throwing on something comfy since I don't usually have plans, and I'm home all day anyway. But there are days that I do really want to look my best. I want to be well dressed during the days even when I don't have plans, because I want to look purrty for my husband :) I want him to know when he's at work or anywhere else, that he's got one good lookin' wifey at home waiting for him! (haha) But also, being well dressed during the day makes me feel productive.. even if I haven't done much at all! It still makes me feel nice, and I'm ready to go out if something comes up. And this is all why I have decided to blog about my outfits. Now, I've been a little apprehensive about blogging my outfits, wondering if people are going to think, "Ugh, she's so vain!" Showing off is not my goal here folks {like I really have much to show off.. right}. I just think this will be something fun, and it will motivate me and hopefully get me in a habit of dressing nicely and being creative too.. not just throwing something raggedy and comfy on.

Sunday for church:
 Shirt, skirt and belt: thrifted, shoes: from my sister, faux pearl necklace: thrifted. 

When I found this shirt at the thrift store a couple weeks ago I surprised myself when I fell in love with it! I would never have bought something like it before, but I guess my taste is changing and widening in variety.. maybe. I just LOVE the colors in the shirt. And the skirt was one of 3 really nice skirts that I picked up at salvation army for about $4 a piece! Super happy deal for me! :) One of the older ladies at church {who so does not act her age at all} whispered to me as I walked by, "Hey you pretty lady!" She's so cute. I like her. .. and yes, I liked her before she called me "pretty lady." 

Tuesday's Outfit: {that's today!}
 {okay, I have no idea why the photos are turning out so fuzzy. They look nice on my computer files grr..} 
T-shirt, carpi shorts and belt: thrifted, black shirt: either Kmart or Walmart. Flip flops: Walmart, Necklace: Flamingo Toes- I won it from a giveaway!!

It's so nice and sunny out today! Love that! Thought I'd take the camera outside for photos.. I think I'm going to have to figure out why my pictures come out blurry and sometimes they don't.. weird. Could it be because I used the flash outside? 

Oh, here's my hair today. Just a little bun :) 

Can I just add that I do feel really cute today.. and productive too!

Thanks for stopping by!