Wednesday, December 7, 2011

El Camino

The new album is out!
I've had it on repeat since I downloaded it from iTunes yesterday and it is amazing.
Tickets are also on sale for a select amount of venues. You can find them here.
And speaking of venues, I'll be heading up to Chicago in March to see them play live. 
Life is pretty freakin' swell.

Source: via Emma on Pinterest

Source: via Kathryn on Pinterest

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Out & About!

I'll be at the Giant Flea Market this weekend selling my wares! 

All new gift sets, handmade soaps, lotions, lip balm, paper products, jewelry, coasters and more!

Plus enter to win a year of handmade soap, a $60 value!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Friday, December 2, 2011

And The Winner Is...

The winner of the Holiday Soap Trio pack is...

#164 - Lulu

Congrats Lulu (you'll be getting an email from me soon), and thanks to everyone who entered!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DIY Initial With Buttons

This cute little project takes no time at all to throw together and can be made for just a few dollars, or even with items you have around the house. 

If you remember my post about Nana's buttons and fabric that I scored, you'll know where all of these buttons came from. I purchased the cardboard J at Hobby Lobby for under $2, I believe. 

I wanted to make a solid white initial so I pulled out all of the white buttons and divided them by size; small, medium and large.

Using my E-6000, I glued down the large buttons randomly. I gave them a few minutes to dry and started adding medium size buttons and then the small. Again, letting them dry in between. There is no right or wrong way to arrange your buttons. I found adding the larger ones first helps cover more of the cardboard. 

If you don't feel like buying a premade initial, you can easier print a letter out, trace it onto a piece of cardboard (Hell, the cereal box would work), cut it out and use that. I plan on making another one, an L, and I'll probably end up using all different colors.

Note: I used the E-6000 because I noticed that regular Elmer's glue just wasn't holding the buttons as well as I wanted it to. Feel free to use the adhesive of your choice. You could even use fabric to cover your initial and then add buttons. Totally up to you!

I'd love you see some of your designs so post your links below!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gearing Up

I have sadly been neglecting my little blog the past few weeks while gearing up for the upcoming holiday season. The good news is that I've gotten a crapload of stuff accomplished. Ordered boxes for my soaps, labels, new lip balm tubes, labeled said boxes, created holiday packs, researched arts & craft fairs, made about 100 coasters and managed to score some awesome Black Friday deals. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and stuffed themselves silly. I know I did! 

Don't forget about our Holiday Soap Trio giveaway, as it ends in only a few days. I'll be posting the winner this week! Once the weather turns and I'm able to get some good lighting I'll be posting photos of all of my new goodies. Can't wait for you guys to see them all :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

I'm heading home next week for a visit. Aren't I quite the little globetrotter? One of the things I'm looking forward to the most, besides visiting friends and family, is a trip to IKEA! I wish I could just move in. Think they would mind?

Source: via Amber on Pinterest

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Thousand Words: Chicago

Chicago was so fun this weekend! I got there Friday afternoon and after hitting up Starbucks, Steph and I went to see The Rum Diary. Not quite what I expected but funny nonetheless.

 Saturday night we took the train into the city to go to Steph's friends after wedding party. Beware of mixing alcohol and men with really nice beards!

We had planned on heading back into the city on Sunday but didn't get up until after 11am so I ended up roasting a chicken and we watched reruns of The Sing Off. It was a rainy day so this was the perfect remedy.

Steph and I got up super early (i.e., before 7am) and took the train in. Our first stop was the Field Museum. We got in free because Steph is a IL resident. Woo hoo free stuff! I loved the Egyptian exhibit (of course I would) and kept remarking on how "real" the animals looked. What I really meant was how "alive" they seemed. We ventured out to find the Buckingham Fountain (it was shut off) and find the Chicago Bean (we didn't) so we headed over to Navy Pier and snagged some dogs and beer at half price. And free chips. Yay free chips! Next time I visit we will definitely have to spend more than a day on the city cause there's way too much stuff to do in one day. All in all, it was great to visit again and hang out with my bestie :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Source: via Keri on Pinterest

I'm escaping from Tennessee and heading up to Chicago this weekend to see one of my besties, Stephanie. I've only been to Chicago once, and that was 12 years ago. In December. Can't really see a whole lot when you're bundled up like an Eskimo. I'm really excited to be going. We're gonna check out Navy Pier and hit up the Field Museum. 

I want to check out the Chicago Bean, cause it looks like a giant silver jelly bean, and who doesn't love that?

Source: via Nate on Pinterest

And a few people have told me to go see the Buckingham Fountain as well. Isn't she pretty?

I'm sure I'll be taking lots of photos and I'll probably end up making a scrapbook which, of course, I'll share with all of you. :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Holiday Scents Trio CP Soap Giveaway!

The holiday season is literally right around the corner so I figured I'd host another giveaway! Yay giveaways!

Up for grabs is the Holiday Trio pack. It includes the following scents: Feliz Navidad, Holiday Fir and Gingersnap. These bars are made with luxurious oils and a generous amount of Shea Butter so they won't dry your skin out like some other soaps can. These are perfect for gift giving, or just treat yourself!

The giveaway starts today and runs all the way until December 1st so you have plenty of time to sign up and you can get extra entries my Tweeting about the giveaway daily. Just click the 'Read More' below and follow the instructions :)

Monday, October 24, 2011


{Image via The Handmade Gift Guide}

Voting is now open for the Handmade Gift Guide Ad Space contest!
Please head over and vote for your favorite. I've got an item from each of my shops listed: StrangeCandy, IssueGirl, Venenzia & Golden Leaf. (We're in the top two rows)
Voting closes on Sunday at midnight and the winner will be announced on Monday. The winner gets a deluxe ad space, which I could use desperately!
Thanks for voting!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Recap

It started out simple enough. I slept in, snuggled with the boys and spent a few hours drinking tea and perusing blogs. After that I dragged all of my December Daily stuff out and set to work on planning my foundation pages and just getting everything in order. I even modified some Thickers that I had (I'll be doing a post on that in the next couple of days.)

Enter Mom.

"Hey, wanna go fishing?"

And my afternoon of scrapping went out the window.

Just like that.

I did manage to catch 6 Largemouth and a Bluegill so I can't complain. Mom can; she only caught one.

So now dinner is in the oven and Once Upon A Time starts very soon.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Hope you all enjoyed yours as well :)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Thousand Words

{Our flight from the lodge back to Anchorage}

{Seriously could not get enough cloud/sky/sunset pics}

{Agate Beach. Life is good}

{Down at the big lake. Before jetting across the water}

{Welcome to the lodge}

{Arctic cotton}

{Nonvianuk Mountains}

{Steph & I}

{Somewhere between Chicago & Seattle}

{The flight back to the lodge from Brooks}

Friday, October 21, 2011

Work It: Level 1

I found this on Pinterest and figured I'd give it a shot. Over the course of the summer I lost almost 30 pounds. Yeah, I know, go me. I still want to lose another 10-15 but mostly I just wanna tighten everything up. Today is Day 5 and let me tell you, I guess I never realized just how much jumping jacks will kick your ass. Sweet Jesus! My quads and glutes are a little sore. I get to rest today, then on to more jumping jacks and sit-ups. I'm still running on the treadmill every two or three days and randomly using the TotalGym. This is designed as a 60 day plan and I'll reveal Level 2 and Level 3 as I complete the previous. Or you can head over to Pinterest and find them for yourself :)

And here is some music for you to crunch to!

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