Monday, March 22, 2010

An Award Surprise and Treasure Tuesday!

I received an awesome surprise on my blog yesterday!
I have been nominated for a Sunshine Award by lovely Lisa of

The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspires others in the blog world.

Thank you again to Lisa! :)

Here are the rules for accepting this award...

* Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

* Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.

* Link the nominees within your post.

* Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

* Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Here is my list of 12 positive and creative bloggers:


2. Alex Keller

3. Waterrose Handcrafted Obsessions

4. Here Comes Lilithevy

5. Humblebeads Blog

6. LacOblog by LacOkine

7. Paper*Cakes Finds

8. Parkside Harmony

9. S and O Productions

10. tenthings.

11. Creative Kismet

12. Koti Beth - Functional by Design

I am tying this award into my Treasure Tuesday blog post about Koti Beth.

Last month I won her 1000 Sales Giveaway and got a gift certificate worth $15 to spend in her shops! I picked out my goodies and they will soon be on their way to me.

Here are some of my favorite items from her shops on Etsy and Artfire:

Baby Girl Altered Band Aid Keepsake Tin Gift Card Holder

Princess Crowns Vinyl Checkbook Cover

Birdcage Die Cuts

Amy Butler Tea Box Embossed Owl Die Cuts Punchies

Thank you to Cari of Koti Beth for her wonderful blog giveaway!

Happy Creating!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Woof Wednesday: A New Backyard

A new backyard for the dogs!

Before: From inside because I forgot to take one outside. The backyard is basically all tan cool deck coated concrete and tan stucco wall. Blah!

It served it's purpose for years though, as one of our dogs was perfectly happy with all that concrete to potty on. The other one was well-behaved enough to be taken out that back gate to the lovely large grassy common area.

However, recently we got Bella and she didn't much care for the concrete backyard and it was a bit complicated at times to take two dogs either together or one at a time out to the common area. So we had to do something! :)

Saturday 3-14-2010 after all the concrete (that is being removed) has been broken up with the jackhammer. Half of it was already hauled away by the end of the first day of work.

Tuesday 3-16-2010. After the 4th day of work, it's quite a transformation for us. No plantings as of yet. We need to concentrate on keeping the grass alive through the AZ summer. ;-) And there is still some outdoor and inside covered patio painting to do, but we love the result so far!

And at least one of the dogs (that's Bella, our newest girl) seems to be enjoying her new area as well.
Ginny (our first dog, who we got at 9 mths old and she is now 6+ years) is surveying the lay of the land.

Mocha had no problem using the grassy area when necessary, but preferred to hang out on the remaining concrete portion. Old habits are hard to break! ;-)

Tail Wags!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Treasure Tuesday

A bit late, but...better late than never.

Heather Powers of Humble Beads is a bead creator and a jewelry maker and featured an awesome bead related giveaway on her blog yesterday March 15, 2010. The giveaway runs until March 26, 2010, so you still have plenty of time to enter.

The giveaway is an entire box of goodies (valued at over $200) purged from her craft room. The winner will pay only the $8.95 shipping fee.

Heather has called this giveaway "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Beads" giveaway and is hoping that the winner of the box will continue the giveaway on their own blog, with their own box of beads.

I am actually a member of a currently only 4 person group that has both a similar name and a similar motto, though on a much smaller scale. We usually only exchange $15 worth of beads at a time, each of us pays for the cost of shipping to the next member, and if we receive any of our original beads back when the package completes the circle back to us, we are to take those out and replace them with other beads.
So I would be very excited to win Heather's giveaway and add any of the wonderful purged beads into my collection or send them on in my own Sisterhood of the Traveling Beads group, or have a similar giveaway on my blog! It's great fun and a wonderful way to destash/share and receive/discover fabulous items!
So go check out Heather's giveaway (open to U.S. bloggers only) here:

Sisterhood of the Traveling Beads Giveaway

Here are a couple of my favorite picks from Heather's Etsy shop:

Golden Kiss Disk Beads by Humble Beads

Gnome Beads by Humble Beads

Happy Creating!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thimble Thursday

I will be featuring adventures in sewing on Thursdays here on my blog. Mostly
my adventures in sewing...but I'd also like to feature tips and hints from others that sew as well!

Currently I am only hand sewing, since I snapped the needle on my sewing machine the last time I attempted to use it. My poor sewing machine has been sitting neglected for several years.

But I do hope to get back to using the machine soon!

My latest creations using hand sewing are all felt items, such as the St. Patrick's Day Pot o' Gold felt donut featured in my shop. As seen below:

Sew happy!


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Woof Wednesday

I'm starting a new feature on my blog. I borrowed the feature title from a #tag that is popular on Twitter.

As the title suggests, this feature is about dogs.

Every Wednesday I will blog about my dogs - I have three now - Ginny, Mocha, & Bella - or other dogs. Especially dogs (or in some cases other animals) that may need to be adopted or fostered.

My first Woof Wednesday feature is an update on Bella.
Bella came to live with us as a foster dog on 2/13/2010. We had every intention of "just" fostering her, but it soon became apparent that she was making herself quite at home here and we were happy to have her! She's a real sweetheart and had very good manners from the beginning. She does enjoy barking a bit more than our other two dogs, but that's something we are working on training her out of.

My previous post had some cute photos that were taken shortly after Bella arrived. But here are a few more to show just how well she is fitting in.

Mocha & Bella

Mocha, Bella, & Ginny

Bella napping in the hallway!

Bella getting some sun! (On the left is the patio wall.)

We had to get approval from our HOA for permission to have a third pet, so now that we have that, the adoption process will soon be underway.

Tail wags!