The shop is open! And I forget to mention in the last post that I'm bringing back the Love Token for this month only...it's the perfect gift for your Valentine!
Thank you to everyone who entered the Felt Valentine Giveaway Starter Gift! Numbers 37 and 58 were the random winners this time... CONGRATULATIONS! Tana and Becky, please email me at email@example.com to give me your shipping info... your starters kits are ready to be shipped your way! :)
Also, as a reminder, the shop will reopen this upcoming Monday and Tuesday, February 31 and January 1. If you are in the need of some new Valentine Jewelry, nows the time to drop some hints to your hubbies! Here are a few new OOAK (One Of A Kind) designs that will be available 9:00 am Pacific Time Monday morning. And remember--these designs are first come first serve--they will not be duplicated at this time. :)
Who wants a dozen roses when you can have a dozen gems that will last a lifetime?!
~A Dozen Gems~
(Genuine Amitrine Gems $39)
(Genuine Rubies $49)
(Genuine Pink Tourmaline Gems $39)
And for the person who prefers a ~Wild Flower Bouquet~ over roses ($79)...
I LOVE this one!
It contains the following 13 Gems: Aquamarine, Emerald, Ruby, Citrine, Peridot, Sapphire, Amethyst, Garnet, Apatite, Labradorite, Carnelian, Oregon Sunstone, and Tourmaline.
This design seriously makes me happy. If it doesn't sell, I'm keeping it for myself. If it sells, I'm making another one just for me.
I also made two more Knots and Gems necklaces ($35).
(Genuine Moonstone and Labradorite Gems)
I love how the gems emit flashes of blue. Gorgeous.
(Genuine Tourmaline Gems)
And here's one more design. This stunning Blue Chalcedony Gem has been set with a faceted White Topaz 18k bezel and is topped with a cluster of garnets ($79). LOVE it.
Oh! And there's one more thing--but not jewelry related. My little sis just gave me a new hairdo! I have bangs! BANGS! I haven't had bangs since I was like, I dunno... 14, maybe? I've been having fun with them. At first I wanted it all cut off, as in pixie style. I'm glad I changed my mind. I don't think I'm ready for that drastic of a change.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of the weekend!
p.s. To receive a 10% discount off orders on Monday and Tuesday use the code MyReadersRock. Yeah!
Avey's done it again. Remember what I said about thinking outside of the box? Take a looksy at a baby shower she and our lovely friend Raena recently hosted. They did a magnificent job!
You can find the yummy buttercream frosting here. It's perfect for cupcakes as you can see!
Check out the garland she made from cut-up maps and sheet rock tape. SHEET ROCK TAPE. Brilliant.
I loved the favors--soap packaged in cut-up window screen topped with Amy Butler paper.
I freaked out when I saw them.
Now, Avey loves maps. That is, she likes to cut them up. You know, for garland. And wrapping paper. Love this idea.
Here's another gift wrapping idea for you. Instead of a gift bag, use a reusable shopping bag! I found this one at Pier One Import for only $2.95. I love the style and colors. I suppose if you want to be totally cool and green you could make one from recycled fabric, but this is the next best option. :)
Want to see some photos of her home? She's quite inspirational! I'm warning you, by the end of the post you'll be grabbing the closest can of white paint and start repainting everything within reach. She has opened my eyes to the color white. Before I met Avey, I thought of it as an accent color, but no longer.
These are just a few of my favorite highlights.
An area in her kitchen...
Her Living Room...
The rock salt is rockin' it.
In her hallway to her bedroom...
Yes, she made the pillows. Did you have to ask??
Her Sewing Room. Not the Craft Room. That's downstairs. I want a chandelier in my Sewing Room! Wait--I want a Sewing Room!!! I serious love it. But what I love more is that she painted AND hung it herself (the chandelier that is)! She's my kinda woman.
This is one of my favorite pieces in her home--it's from her parents property. If my mind serves me correctly, her Dad was going to throw it out but she rescued it, knowing she had the perfect spot for it. I should say so!
And this is Avey. Beautiful, happy, inspirational, awesome Avey.
Thank you, Avey, for inspiring everyone in your world!
p.s. Don't forget the Felt Cookie Starter Kit Giveaway!
I finally got around to making Jane her very own cookie--I don't want her feeling gypped when she's older.
I love making these.
The embroidering is my favorite part. Especially the flowers!
Now each of the girls have one of their very own. If you need the tutorial on how to make these, click here. It's a great activity for young and old alike! (But not too young, as we don't want wee little ones pricking themselves with needles or choking on beads, so please do be careful!)
And to all of you who have clicked here from craftgossip.com--Hello and Welcome! I hope you enjoy making these felt treats as much as I do! Here's a big thank you to Linda who recently highlighted me on that crafty site. Thank you!! I really appreciate it!
Now, I have some good news for you felty crafty people/wannabe felty crafty people... it's giveaway time! A couple weeks ago I received a box of free felt fabric and wool roving from National Nonwovens, a wonderful online felt company! FREE FELT AND WOOL ROVING! Can you imagine the magnitude of giddiness that came over me when I opened that parcel? Beyond excited. I felt like it was Christmas all over again! And I must say--I love the quality of their felt!! So smooth and tightly felted--much better than the stuff you buy at Michael's. They have a wonderful variety of colors, too. Do check them out!
So, who wants some? At first I thought about giving a bunch away in just one giveaway, but wouldn't it be more fun to spread the love over a few months? So this time, I've put together two starter "Make Your Own Felt Valentine Cookies" kits for TWO OF YOU! Each kit makes about six cookies.
The winners will receive polyfill/stuffing, along with a bundle of light brown and white felt...
a tin filled with light brown, pink, and red embroidery floss...
and a small package of clear beads to "sprinkle" your cookies--just in case you want to add some extra sparkle!
To enter this giveaway: The Giveaway has ended... thank you!
1. Please leave a comment on this post telling me who you want to make the cookies for. Yourself? Your kiddos? Perhaps for Peter Piper down the street from you??
2. For a bonus entry, please leave a separate comment on this post telling me how you found my blog. I would love to know!
That's it--only two options this time, so have at it! The winners will be announced this Saturday, January 29th. Best of luck!
p.s. Speaking of embroidery, take a look at what I found today at our local thrift store. Isn't this pillowcase gorgeous? I'm still in disbelief that a quarter made it mine! You read that right--25 cents!
The polka dots and fringe are too cute.
Love the flowers!
I also found this dresser runner. It'll go perfectly in Jane's room...
Such happy little peacocks...
It cost only $2.99. I wonder how old these two pieces are. My mind also wonders who made them and why they ended up at a thrift store. Why didn't a granddaughter inherit them from their grandmother? Or niece of friend?? Do you ever wonder such things when picking up treasures from second-hand shops? I always do.
p.p.s Just as a heads up--Since my opens the first Monday and Tuesday of each month, and February 1 falls on a Tuesday next week, the shop will be open
Monday, January 31 and Tuesday, February 1!
Mark your calendars! :)
I found this picture on our bed yesterday. Miss A's quite the little artist, wouldn't you say? And don't you just love the Halls Vitamin C drops she left for us?? Tee hee hee.
I love how crawling Jane looks like a ladybug.
Pamela, a gal who's going to be hosting a wool felt and roving giveaway VERY soon so stay tuned!
Holy Cannoli! I just finished reading all 622 entries for the Garnet Necklace Giveaway. And can I just say that all of you are awesome?! It's true. Thank you for your entries! I loved reading each of your acts of kindness and the many varied skills that you want to learn this year. How inspiring! The skills ranged from learning a new language to learning how to play the Irish tin whistle! I'm going to google that one. :) I think my favorite skill (though they were ALL wonderful!) was from the reader who said her goal is to spend more quality time with her daughter. To answer her question, yes, I think that is a skill, for sure. I think it's all about focusing on the present moment, which in my opinion can be a really difficult thing to do, but can be achieved with practice. How many of us worry too much about the past or the future? I know I am sometimes guilty of that. Time--it seems to fly on by, doesn't it? Well, I think one way we can slow down time is to live in the present... to savor the time we spend with our loved ones.
Okay. Sorry for the tangent. It's something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Let's now get to the part you've been waiting for... the winner! The lucky number that was randomly generated was 296, Darcy0!!! Congratulations, Darcy!! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to give me your shipping information and I'll ship your new necklace to you asap!
I was happy to hear you were all supportive of monthly birthstone giveaways. :) I think it'll be a fun thing to do. Each design will be different and unique. I'm still trying to decide when to host the giveaways--perhaps after the shop closes at the beginning of each month (first Monday and Tuesday of each month)? Any thoughts on this?
And speaking of quality time as a family, we just arrived back home from Disneyland! This was our first trip ever to this magical place. We loved it! I'll post more pictures later this week.
Pamela, a gal who has been working on heaps and heaps of laundry all day loooooooong! Whew. I'm exhausted. But happy. Very, very happy.
When I introduced my Knots and Gems collection a reader left a comment suggesting I give the Garnet and Lemon Quarts design away since Garnet is January's birthstone. And you know what? I thought it was a great idea! But instead of giving away a Knots and Gems necklace, I decided to make a different design with only a Garnet. Who wants it?
The chain measures 16" and is sterling silver, of course!
I love the shape and color of this faceted beauty.
The contest is now over! Thank you to all of those who entered!! :)
The winner will be randomly chosen next Wednesday, January 19. Here are a few different ways you can enter multiple times, but remember--you have to leave a different comment for each entry! Otherwise, you won't increase your odds of winning. Okay, here's what you need to do to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me if you know someone born in January. If so, who is it?
2. If you haven't liked my facebook fan page yet, please do! Then come back and tell me you did.
3. If you already like my fb page, then get a friend to join! Then come back and tell me you did.
4. Should I host a giveaway every month and includes that month's birthstone? Leave your answer of this post.
5. Do you have a new skill that you want to learn in 2011? What is it? For example, I want my Dad to teach me how to weld. How fun would that be?! Leave your answer on this post.
6. Do something really, really nice for someone this week. Anyone. Your kids, your boss, a little old lady who is crossing the street. Whoever you want. Come back and tell me what you did!
Good luck everyone! And I hope all you international readers enter, too! I love shipping my jewelry to other countries. In fact, just today I shipped an order to Portugal. :)
p.s. I won't be blogging until next week when I announce the winner, so I hope everyone has a great week and weekend!
p.s.s. All orders have been shipped and are on their way! The store will reopen the first Monday and Tuesday of February.
Today is my husband's birthday. Oh, how I love my man. :) This morning we were surprised to find this slideshow in our email that our friend Jason made for him. What a thoughtful gift! Jason helped Aaron record the song "Father's Arms" back when we lived in Minneapolis over five years ago.
This is a very special song--my Mother wrote the words for her father, and had Aaron record it so she could gift her father with it before he passed away. She first heard the melody on NPR while she was driving back home to Oregon from Idaho after visiting my grandpa. Feeling inspired, she pulled the car over right then and there and write down these words.
It warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes while watching these pictures of my own children in their father's arms while listening to these precious words.
Thank you, Jason!!
And thank you, Aaron, for being the most loving father to our daughters. You continue to amaze me each day. I love you.
Jane turned one last Friday. Yes, my baby girl is growing up!
Every girl loves the Princess and the Pea, right?
This doll was SO enjoyable to make. The pattern really is quite easy, though it does take a while to complete due to the many different steps. I found the pattern here. In my opinion, it is by far the cutest doll pattern available on Etsy. However, since I wanted to make a princess instead of a fairy, I made a couple adjustments, such as omitting the wings and knitting a dress instead of a petal skirt. I also gave her blue eyes and dark blonde hair to match Jane's. Which reminds me, to be perfectly honest, they eyes and lips were probably the most difficult part for me to make--the knitting was the easy part!
To make the dress, I picked up the stitches around her waist with four double pointed needles and knitted it in the round with the doll upside down. The first row I increased every other stitch. Oh, and there's one other cool thing I discovered, though I'm sure many knitters already know about it, and there's probably a name for the technique. When casting off the last row, at the last minute I decided to increase a stitch between each stitch which resulted in a ruffled rim!
(Most of the fabric used for the mattresses/blankets came from Hawthorne Threads.)
I love the curls!
I am amazed by how people create patterns. Really. How do they think this stuff up?? I don't know, but I'm glad they do!
And I think Jane's glad, too.
p.s. Thank you to all of you who ordered jewelry the last couple days! Turn around time is two weeks, but I'll get the orders out earlier. :)
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The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen (1835)
There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a real Princess. He travelled right around the world to find one, but there was always something wrong. There were plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he had great difficulty in discovering; there was always something which was not quite right about them. So at last he had come home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real princess so badly.
One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and lightninged and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a fearful night.
In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself sent to open it.
It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.
‘Well we shall soon see if that is true,’ thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the bed clothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning they asked her how she slept.
‘Oh terribly bad!’ said the princess. ‘I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!’
They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.
So the prince took her to be his wife, for now he was sure that he had found a real princess, and the pea was put into the Museum, where it may still be seen if no one has stolen it.
Now this is a true story.