Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Girl is One!

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Girl! Now Let's Eat Cake!

Baby Girl not quite sure what is going on, but knows it is going to be good!

So cute! 

She really liked that candle! She totally went to touch it and we had to stop her. 

Then we called on the experienced candle blower outer, you know because he has a couple of years under his belt now! :-)

This was pretty much it for her. She didn't really make that big of a mess.

 Except she did grab her brothers sippy cup and pushed it into the cake a few times. 
Other than that she only took a couple of bites and well that was that! 

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Be sure to stop back by tomorrow, I will be sharing the rest of her party decorations! 

**And don't forget to enter the giveaway for a beautiful earring and necklace set! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Thanks for stopping by. More Wordless Wednesday posts can be found  here as well as those who have linked up below!

Monday, January 30, 2012

January In Review

Well, January has definitely been a non-creative, non-motivating month for me. I feel like I have literally been frozen in neutral! This morning was the first morning I woke up, in I don't know how long to above zero temperatures, It was a balmy four degrees!

I love, love the snow but cannot handle the continuous negative degree temperatures we've had. I know a lot of people think of Alaska and think it's just always cold and dark, but for Anchorage, to have that cold of temps for that long is unusual. And Lord willing, I will never experience living in the horrible negative fifty or negative eighty temps! I love Alaska, but I don't love anything that much! So, I'm excited to say, that if my iPhone weather app is right, I don't see any negative temperatures in the near future and for that I am very thankful!

So besides the cold weather, since the beginning of January I have been working non-stop on my daughters birthday party decorations. I love how they turned out, but felt like everything was working against me. First the invitations, I just couldn't get them to work or turn out the way that I wanted to until a week before the party. I still have to make family members theirs, I just had to get done the invites to the local friends so they would arrive in time! So frustrating. And then for everything, including the invites, I had a supply issue. I had the hardest time between our two Jo-ann stores and two Michaels stores finding the paper that I wanted and enough of it! Then it was impossible to find a Cricut mat for my machine! If I would have had more time I would have just ordered something online, but i didn't. I made what I had work and that was that! I finally got everything finished and decorated while the guests were arriving... thankfully they were my closest friends who know me the best and know I'm always late! :-)

The cake, food, and decorating would not have happened without my WONDERFUL hubby! He was awesome and did everything exactly how I wanted it! Thanks hubby, I Love You!

Besides the party I haven't done a whole let else. On the Facebook Fanpage we had a giveaway for  hitting 200 fans!! JSol Photography was the winner of the Love Banner! Congrats to her! I have another banner that is similar listed in my Etsy shop

Sweet Baby Girl Modeling the Banner for me. Isn't she adorable??

This "LOVE" banner is made with specialty paper. The background paper has a pearl finish and the swirl vines are flocked. It really is beautiful paper and I love "collecting" that type of paper! LOL but I think I found a good use for it here!

I'm hoping to have a couple of Valentine's Day tutorials up over the next couple of weeks, but probably won't have a lot of new listings in the shop. Keep checking though because you just never know :-) 

I'm also hosting a giveaway for a Necklace and Earring Set Sponsored by Pizzelwaddel's Etsy Shop. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, whether you keep the set for yourself or give it to that special someone! Giveaway ends Friday, Feb. 4th @Midnight EST. Be sure to enter, there are low-entries!

I'll be posting some pics of my daughters party soon. So be sure and stop back by! 

Have you been busy in the month of January or did you spend the time recovering from the holidays?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

**CLOSED** Freebie Friday: Pizzelwaddels

** GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Congratulations Lauren!**
It's Freebie Friday again, and just in time for Valentine's Day! Pizzelwaddels is our sponsor for this weeks giveaway, Thank you!

Deborah is the creator behind Pizzelwaddel's, a place where you will find handmade jewelry, clothing & vintage items, and she shared with me a little about her and the inspiration of coming up with such a unique, cute Etsy shop  

I've been making jewelry as a hobby since I was a little girl. I wear it and give it as gifts, but now I think I have gone beyond those limits. I love making all kinds of jewelry, but didn't have an outlet for them. I love putting together all the different combinations of colors and textures. Each new combination just leads me to more new and different ones. 
I have been sewing since I was a little girl also. My grandfather taught me about the love of beading and my grandmother & great-grandmother instilled a love of sewing in me. I have been making clothing since I was in high school; too long ago to talk about.I have decided that if I am going to continue doing the things I love so much, I have to find an outlet to help support my habit :-) After being disillusioned with EBAY, I found this wonderful site. I hope you love these as much as I do.

And here are some of her super cute items: 
 is one of my favorites, but I do love me some green jewelry!


And how perfect is this Pink Station Necklace for Valentines day?

And speaking of Valentine's Day, She has some adorable heart Pajama bottoms for the upcoming holiday. 

Or how about a new vintage-inspired apron? I don't think I could ever have too many aprons!

So now onto the giveaway! How would you like to win this pink shell & crystal necklace and earring set?  This set is made of pink shell coin beads, pink facetted crystal beads, pink and clear opalescent beads and silver twisted flute beads with silver tone lobster clasp & ear wires. 18 - 20 inch necklace with extender chain.

One Lucky winner will win this beautiful set, will it be you??
US Entries Only Please. 
(This contest is Closed)
There are lots of ways to enter to have a chance at this set, but the mandatory entry is to go to Pizzelwaddel Etsy Shop and come back here telling me which item in the shop is your favorite. Be Sure and fill the Rafflecopter form for entries! Good Luck!

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Year, New Look!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend as I know some are actually having a 3-day weekend due to the Holiday today! Yay, for you all! 

It has stopped snowing and instead we have been having below zero temps, it's -2 right now, quite the heat wave from -17 from last night...brrr.....

Anyhow, I'm sure you all have now had a chance to look at the blogFacebook, or my Etsy shop to discover there have been some changes made! I'm so loving the new design work that Brooke at Get Outta My Head Please has done!

The previous Header was designed by Mallory over at House Of Hydrangeas and she designed it specifically for my Etsy shop and Facebook Fanpage. Since then I've started blogging, tweeting, Google+, Pinning, Blog Frogging, Stumbling and well....just expanding. I love what she did for me and I definitely appreciate it as a starting point while I was/am trying to figure out what I'm doing. Thanks Mallory!

So I'm going to give a little "tour" to hopefully help you to navigate around a little easier. 

What do all these buttons mean?? T=Twitter, F=Facebook, P=Pinterest, E=Email, BF= TheBlogFrog Community, G+=Google Plus, SU=Stumble Upon, Rss=Subscribe using Reader

I'm also offering advertising space. If you are interested and have questions please feel free to email me about fees and/or sponsoring a post or giveaway. 

And for all you bloggers looking for a new look, be sure and stop over to Brooke's Blog over at Get Outta My Head Please as she has a pretty awesome giveaway going on right now!

Thanks for stopping by today! How do you like the new look? 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Let It Snow Alaska Style

With all the fresh, wonderful snow we recently got, I couldn't stop at just a few pictures. Enjoy & Happy Wordless Wednesday!
The bottom of this photo are rooftops, and all the fog in the middle is covering houses. There is not a body of water here, just residential. It was Beautiful and the sun hadn't quite peaked over the mountain yet. 

The little cabin got a touch more of snow. 

Doesn't all this untouched snow make you just want to go out in it and play and jump off that slide!

Our deck completely covered. 

Yep that's a lot of snow. But I love it! 

What I love most after a couple of days of good snowfall though is when the sun comes out! It is the BEST! Usually when the sun comes out it means it's a bit cold, but how beautiful to see everything so fresh and new!

This reminded me of lace. 

It had been awhile since I've played with my camera and I played with exposure a little bit. Days like this day makes me wish I really knew how to use my camera. I feel like I don't capture half of the beauty. 

If you would like to see more pics of the most recent record snowfalls throughout the state of Alaska, you can find them at these posts:  January Valdez Snowstorm PhotosCordova Snowstorm Photos

Thanks for Stopping by! More Wordless Wednesday posts can be found here as well as those who have linked up below. Have a great week!

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Warming Up With Some Soup!

So I don’t have anything crafty for you all today. I’m working on Birthday Invitations for baby girls 1st Birthday, and they are taking me quite a bit longer than I wanted. Oh well, I think I finally figured out how I want them so that is a plus.

Not only are the invites taking me longer than I want, my little people have come down with whatever is going around. Luckily, thankfully no stomach bug (please no!), but we have fevers, coughs, and runny noses. And to boot, baby girl had a bit of a collision with the trim on the door leaving her a good size goose egg and bruise. This of course happened the day before she was supposed to have her 1-year photos taken. Luckily my photographer is WONDERFUL and said, “We will just reschedule” Thank You!

Yeah, it’s not very pretty, but she is a trooper! And yes, we did inform her doctor. I don't want anyone thinking I'm not a careful or an uncaring parent!  

Anyhow, I do want to share some soup recipes that I found via Pinterest. I’m not sure about you, but I have been down right cold for several days and soup is the only thing sounding good to me. Ok, maybe I could handle a trip to Hawaii, the Bahamas, or wherever there is nice warm hot sand, but since that isn’t going to happen anytime soon I think I will stick with a nice, hot bowl or two of soup!

I haven’t tried any of these recipes, but I will be soon! Which one looks yummy to you?

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