Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Giveaway: $35 to CSN stores **CLOSED**

How would a free thirty-five dollars sound to you? How about a $35 gift certificate to any one of CSN's 200+ online stores?

If you haven't yet heard of CSN, they sell everything from children's backpacks to cookware, to furniture! There is literally something for everyone on your Christmas list (or hog it all to yourself, I promise I won't tell!).

Here are just a few of my favorite things that you can get for under $35 at CSN:

Drooling yet? Here's how you can enter:

Please leave a separate comment for each entry! And please include your email address in your comment!


You must be a follower of this blog! And..... tell me the best Christmas gift (or Hanukkah gift!) you've ever received!

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You can tweet/share this giveaway once daily and leave a comment with the link!

The fine print:
*This giveaway ends Wednesday, Dec. 8th at 11:59 PM. Winner will be drawn and notified via email on Thursday 12/9.
*There may be international shipping charges in the case of Canadian addresses

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mondays with Jack, 17th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Mondays with Jack! If you want to know what this weekly feature is all about, see here.

"Here's a good thing to do if you go to a party and you don't know anybody: First take out the garbage. Then go around and collect any extra garbage that people might have, like a crumpled napkin, and take that out too. Pretty soon people will want to meet the busy garbage guy." --  Jack Handey

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Advent Calendars

Are you like me? Do you procrastinate? "Oh, December first is a million miles away; I can think about advent calendars later!"

Well guess what?! It's right around the corner! Below, I've featured some printable advent calendars for all of the other procrastinators out there:

Now we can all enjoy some last minute Advent beauty!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Sale!

Just wanted to let you know that you can use the code BLACKFRIDAYSPREE to get 20% off my entire store! Offer valid until Saturday, 11/27 at 11:59 PM, so hurry!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

How to observe Thanksgiving

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count yoru joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth.

-Author unknown

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

To die for

That's what this recipe is: TO DIE FOR! Once you taste this pumpkin cheesecake, you'll never want to go  back to plain ol' pumpkin pie.
picture borrowed from All Recipes

You can find the recipe here. I highly recommend the following changes, though:
  1. 1 tsp of vanilla instead of just 1/2
  2. generous pinch of the spices
  3. an extra 2Tbs sugar
  4. take 1 cup and 1/3 cup of the cheesecake mix for the bottom layer instead of just 1 cup
Oh, and a homemade graham cracker crust is really easy and tastes much better than store-bought (although I'll never judge you, either way!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mondays with Jack, 16th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Mondays with Jack! If you want to know what this weekly feature is all about, see here.

"As the light changed from red to green to 
yellow and back to red again, I sat there 
thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a 
bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it 
seemed that way." -- Jack Handey

Sunday, November 21, 2010

On the road again

Today we'll be making the loooooong drive up to Michigan. It'll take about 22 hours and my crazy husband likes to drive straight through. I can hardly complain though, since he does about 98% of the driving. And I'll be totally excited to see my husband's side of the family once we get there!

I just hope that I don't bite into a Skittle and lose a crown like I did the last time we made this drive. I don't want to look like a hillbilly again!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Have a Bad Day

Today is Have a Bad Day Day. Yes, there is such a thing! Apparently it started when people got too fed up with shopkeepers saying a superficial "Have a good day!" as customers walk out the door.

Sadly, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, Have a Bad Day Day often gets overlooked by all those.... thankful people. [I hope you can hear the sarcasm!]

So I'm here to give it its' proper due! Below, some etsy-inspired Bad Day finds:

I probably should wish you a Bad Day now, but I'm just not that mean!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Craft show

I've never done a craft show before, have you? I would like to at some point in the future, but I think there's a lot I need to do beforehand (can you tell I like to plan ahead?).

First, I need to make sure I have enough products. Then, I need to research how best to display my cards, etc. Those are the things that come immediately to mind, but I'm guessing there are a whole bunch of other variables to consider.

So even though I've never been a seller at a craft show before, I have been a SHOPPER at one. And that doesn't take much talent at all!

I'm really excited about the upcoming Jingle Bash put on by Dallas-based Etsy artists. I went to one last spring and had a ball. There's just something about perusing the works of dozens and dozens talented artists that sets my heart a flutter. 
Plus, the holidays are right around the corner and I'm totally in shopping mode, aren't you?!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fingers crossed!

Did you know there's a MEGA giveaway going on at the rikrak studio?

Five amazing prize packs totalling $800 in value are up for grabs. My fingers (and my toes!) are crossed! What are you waiting for? Go enter here!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mondays with Jack, 15th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Mondays with Jack! If you want to know what this weekly feature is all about, see here.

"I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas."
-- Jack Handey

Friday, November 12, 2010

Handmade with kids

There are a few times a year where teachers are expected to help the children make gifts for their parents. I'm thinking specifically of Christmas and Mother's Day.

Every year, I feel a bit of pressure. What did last year's teacher do? What is easy, inexpensive, and not totally lame?

Thankfully, since I work with special needs kids, I only have six kids to worry about. And fortunately, there are fantastic people like AmberLee Fawson to help me with ideas. She's put together this fantastic Giver's Log for anyone you want to give a handmade gift to, old or young.

I've decided that I'm going to have my kids make these super cute personalized soap bottles pictured here:
You can find the tutorial here.

I think mom and dad will be pleased, don't you?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Slipper Paradise

With dropping temperatures in north Texas and more and more rainy days, I've been thinking about cozy and warm clothes.

Specifically, slippers.

With wood flooring everywhere, my feet tend to get cold. And who wants to wear boring old socks around the house when there are such lovely options out there?

I hope you're staying warm wherever you are!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mondays with Jack, 14th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Mondays with Jack! If you want to know what this weekly feature is all about, see here.

DIY Felt cool handbag, sandwich, potato chips, tomato salad - PDF pattern from Fairy Fox

"I think someone should have had the decency to tell me the luncheon was free. To make someone run out with potato salad in his hand, pretending he's throwing up, is not what I call hospitality." 
-- Jack Handey

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My treasures are in treasuries!

I've been blessed this week, friends! My cards have made their way into two fabulous treasuries:

 My set of 3 cards was included in Birds of a feather flock together

My Happy Turkey Day card was included in HGTV Gift guide Fly away if you can

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

Friday, November 5, 2010

National Novel Writing Month

Hey, remember my last post when I was whining about all of those interests and hobbies of mine that I never seem to have time for?

Well one of them is reading and writing novels. I'm a pretty avid reader (well, in the summer that is, when I have enough brain cells to devote to it). And I've recently started writing my own novel as well. I've been pecking away at it since last summer, forty minutes here, an hour there. Mostly on Saturday mornings.

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The concept is a bit terrifying: the goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel from Nov. 1st to midnight, Nov. 30th.

I'm intrigued by the whole idea, but I'm not sure yet if I want to sacrifice all of my "me-time" to it. I've missed the boat this year anyway, but I'm researching tips and tricks, just in case I decide to take the plunge next year! I came across this very informative and entertaining piece by Doyce Testerman. If you enjoy writing, I'm sure you'll love reading this as well!

In the meantime, how do you make time for all that you want to do??

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My "Meaning-to-do" List

It's both a blessing and a curse to have so many interests and hobbies. Sure, it's great to never feel bored, but it also kinda sucks to feel like you never have time for all that you want to do in the day.

Especially annoying are those things that get in the way of your hobbies like your Day Job, and Running Errands, and Keeping House. (We don't have kids yet, but I'm sure that's another big one that gets in the way of "me-time"!)

So I have this bookmarked list of things that I've been meaning to do. I got my first sewing machine last year (thanks, Santa!) and I've been collecting easy projects that I'd love to try.

I'm hoping that sharing these with you will motivate me to get started!!

First up, I'd love to make my own business card holder. Prudent Baby has a great tutorial here!

This potholder-makeup pouch looks simple enough for a beginner like me (and so much cuter than the plastic bag I usually throw my stuff in when I travel)! Obsessively Stitching shows how to do it here.

I'd love to make a set of these DIY moleskins from Honestly... WTF to give my coworkers as gifts!
I'd love to make a bunch of these (no sew!) to accessorize my wardrobe this season. Check out the tutorial from Make Grow Gather.

I'm lusting over this scarf/bolero/shawl from Happy Find. It looks a bit more complicated, but if I want it bad enough, I can do it.... right?!

So what's on your meaning-to-do list?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mondays with Jack, 13th edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Mondays with Jack! If you want to know what this weekly feature is all about, see here.

"To me, Judo is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers knock each other down." -- Jack Handey