Saturday, June 30, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
So I heading to NATURE for the week! *sigh* I can smell the fresh air and taste the smores already! I'll be helping out as a leader at a youth girls camp. No sleep, pranks, hiking, canoeing, chatting about boys - what could be better! LOL! I am excited to go but have million things to get done! And while I'm away I thought it would be fun to let all of you PLAY!
I'm doing a giveaway and moving out some inventory to make space for more projects. teeheehee. A couple of tops that I couldn't sell so hopefully I can give them away! If they are the right size for you for someone in your family then snatch at the chance to get one for free!
Heading to disneyland? I have a size 4 Minnie Halter top ready to see the Magical Kingdom with you! and I also have something for the women! A size XL dark blue Mosaic top designed with Amy Butler's Lotus fabric. Great for now and great for fall as well!
I have a chance to win one of these great tops just post a comment! I'd love to hear how you play with the "mouse" is away! I'll share one of my things first. Usually when my husband is gone, I for some reason, get in the re-decorating mode! LET'S go shopping!!! I like to find something new or fun, rearrange furniture, etc. Not sure why but the urge usually strikes me everytime. Another way I "play" is there isn't alot of cooking going on when my hubby is gone. I like to take the kids out for dinner or we'll hit grandmas too on occasion. YOUR TURN! how do you play?
Here's my second picture for this months theme of "Environment" This is one of my favorite environments to be in. Swimming in a sea of fabrics, colors, patterns and creating something new and fun!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Do you *heart*Etsy? Do you love to shop there? Do you sell there? I love browsing around all the talent and checking out the fun, unique goods. I recently bought a cute business card holder from Violets are Blue. And of course it was designed in my 2 favorite colors - black and white! LOL!!!
I've been contemplating opening a shop on etsy to sell my designs for sometime now. I'd love some feedback from buyers and sellers alike. Do you have a shop? post the link in the comments section and give me the dish on the good, bag and the ugly. *snicker* How's traffic? Do you sell what you would like to out of it each month? Give me the dish! I'd love to hear it and would appreciate it to!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I teased earlier about another yummy design coming using the scrumptious fabrics from the Chocolate Lollipop fabric line. Have I used enough descriptive words yet? LOL! yes? good. As promised - here it is!
You can see more fun projects and designs using the chocolate lollipop fabrics in the Chocolate Lollipop flickr group! So if you are needing a fix for your sweet tooth without any guilt - go take a peek!
I'm having waaaaay to much fun with this! Is that possible??? I have a love affair with letters anyway. *sigh* I love large LeTTers used in home decor - wood, metal, new or shabby. Have a special interest in puncuation marks too. My favorite? the "and" sign -& - . Strange I know! LOL!!! LOVE old type writer letter keys too. And I love to be able to play around with really fun and funky fonts or digital scrapbook alphabets. Not sure why - I just do. I will someday have a wall like this that she created and posted on her blog House on Hill Road. Of course the letter of choice will be different but you get the idea.
I naturally sprung on this site when I saw it posted on Amelias blog. You can type in any word and it creates it with all these GREAT photos of letters. AND you can even change the photo by clicking on the letter until you find one that "speaks to you". Like I said WAAAAAAY to much fun! Daria also caught onto how much fun this was and posted what her name looked like here! Anyone else want to join in the fun? I'd love to check it out on your blog as well!
Speaking of letters, I have dabbled a bit with painting letters and decorating them in the past. My son's bedroom wall showcases the words, "YEEHAW" all painted in coordinating western colors and designs. I also picked up a LARGE white lower case Q at a craft store about a month ago. It was on clearance and I couldn't pass it up for the price. Such a large canvas just staring at me, begging to be "dressed up"! Now what I am going to do with a Q you ask? Just take a look!
To the average eye and quick glance it's just a small "q" - as that is the way it was packaged. BUT - I saw it in a whole different light. Just a simple turn and flip and I have 4 different letters to choose from! "q", "p", "b" and "d". Now I've got LOTS of possibilities. Could be a used as a monogram letter for my last name, thought about using it as a "b" and placing it inside a great old funky large frame in one of my bathrooms. I love frames too but that's another story for another day! I have a few more ideas floating around as options for this "letter". Now just need to decide on one and get the project done! Here's a few lettering eye candy treats for you. Love this "SEW" lettering and this blog - Say it with letters.
Do you have any FUN letters at your house or letting projects going on? OH! and if anyone knows of a place or catalog that I can get a "&" - I would appreciate it!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I am jumping on the SPC or self portrait challenge wagon! LOL!! Since I am usually the one behind the camera and don't make an "appearance" at family functions or just daily activities when you look through the photos - *sigh*- I decided to take on this challenge to not only snap a few shots of myself but continue to stretch my skills and creativity. That and I don't want the only pictures of me at my funeral to be some random goofy or even blurry ones! LOL!! selfish I know.
This months theme or challenge is your Environment. What's around you? I thought it would be neat to capture what's right next door to me yet will soon be gone.
Now this picture makes it look like I live way out in the sticks or that I might be a country girl but believe me I am ALL CITY! My house happens to sit at the every edge of our street and subdivision and this field has been my neighbor to the North. And as you can see from this other picture I posted, the field is very close to our house. The first year is was full of Mint which was harvested and sold to Crest, the second year it was full of sugar beets and this year it holds grain. The mint was my favorite because of the aroma. Several people from the neighborhood would walk down and snip a leaf or two and then enjoy a cup of tea. Last year it was bought by a developer and rumor has it that this is the last year it will hold crops. Next year - houses.
I captured this picture last night as the sun was going down. Sort of a farewell of sorts and wanting to capture the serenity and quiet we have enjoyed these last 2 years.
I've had the most fun creating this New Hostess Apron with the Chocolate Lollipop Line from Anna Maria Horner. The design just came together and the end result was like a perfect dessert! teeheehee. I uploaded a few pictures to my flickr account and also to a few flickr groups I belong to and the response has been overwhelming - THANK YOU!
The day I was really into editing the photos I was also making brownies for a local shelter lunch I was helping out with - so no help that my entire house smelled of chocolate! I left to run a few errands and could STILL smell the chocolate. I swear it had seeped into my fingertips and dreams of "chocolate lollipops" was just following me everywhere. I even at one point, wondered if I was walking around with some chocolate on my face! Delving into those fabrics is like a no calorie sweet treat. So delicious and yummy!
This apron is now up for auction on Ebay as part of the "Camden Market" themed launch I was asked to join with the ladies of the boutique Group Persnickety. Don't you just LOVE thier name! I can't say it without smiling. I started the apron at $9.99 with NO RESERVE!
So be sure to check out all the fun designs the entire group has up. I will also have 1 more design to launch with these ladies. Just waiting for the photos. ;)
And one more treat for all you apron divas - if you haven't checked out "The Apronista" blog it's a must! I recently "met" Deanna, one of the apronistas, on flickr - which lead to a series of events and emails and that is how I found her blog and a few other fun projects and groups she's involved in. She is so sweet and has featured me on the Apronista blog today! I'm thrilled and honored to be recognized by such an experienced Apron guru as I am just starting to discover my inner Apron Diva!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
You can watch the VIDCAST here and even catch a glimpse of my onesies on the coverage NBC 14 did on the baby shower.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Mission Accomplished! I had the fun opportunity to be "guest Host" of the Fashion Forward Friday Challenge on Boutiquecafe.com last week. It was all about bags! Latest trends, what the celebs are toting around and of course the fun part - SHARING YOUR OWN favorite bag. I challenged eveyone to share pictures of their favorite bag(s) and/or snap some paparazzi shots of their own. It's been fun blog hopping to check out all the faves. And of course what would a host be if she didn't take her own challenge, eh? I tried to fashion my shots after the style I have seen the paparazzi take of celebrities. LOL!!! I felt alittle silly setting up the tripod out in front of my house and trying to capture that "paparazzi" feel and look but it actually turned out to be alot of fun! and if you are sensing a trend in the color ( love that LIMEY green) so am I! LOL!!
These are two of my "most" used bags right now. The one on the right I was lucky enough to snag at target.com when a friend spotted them online and shared the info. I was surprised to see amy butler fabrics being massed produced but loved it anyway! The other bag on the left is one of the bags I will usually be seen toting to church. It holds small books, papers, crayons, etc to help my children sit quietly yet still looks fashionable for me.
You still have until next Friday - when the new Fashion Forward topic gets posted - to jump aboard and play! I'd love to hop around to more blogs and check out what you are "toting" around!
It's a quiet relaxing Sunday here. Dad's just enjoyed a yummy special lunch and has retired to the couch to watch some golf and probably catch a Sunday cat nap or two. The kids made breakfast for him and have tried really hard to be on their best behavior. One Father's day tradition we have which started last year, is to give "DAD" pictures. Last year was our first year and so this year we updated them. I got the idea from Carrie when she shared it last year on an ebay board I was a part of. She has been doing them for awhile professionaly and encouraged everyone to show their own. Here is mine from last year:
and here is this years. awww! look how much they have changed! They will look great in Daddy's new office.
Happy Father's day to all the dads and men out there who have influenced our lives!
Friday, June 15, 2007
and if you are in a shopping mood, I just listed 2 Cherry Hostess Aprons in my Blossom Street shoppe! The first one was snatched up so fast and shipped off to Australia! They are ready made and would love to adorn your waist at your next hosting event!...........Wear it, love it, "own" it.......C.O.Designs
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Are you on my mailing list??? I have a few designs that apparently I can't sell so maybe I can GIVE them away. *snicker* So I'm going to do a mailing list giveaway!!! You only have a few days to sign up before I send out the newsletter! Just enter your email addy in the box on the right and submit it! Thanks!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Also - I am taking my usual monthly accessory finds on Boutiquecafe.com and merging them with Daria's finds on a daily basis. I will be sharing some fun boutique fashion and accessory finds on ebay and etsy. If you have a suggestion send it my way! Today's feature is a CA-UTE "playful puppy" outfit done by boutiquegenmarie.
Dont miss out on the steals, deals and finds! take a peek and grab yourself some fun Boutique stuff!
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Sandi had some big plans that she gave us a little sneak peek into back in April but Daria now has the full scoop and details to boot! The newest podcast on BoutiqueCafe is a wonderful interview with Sandi and her exciting news about her Fabric line - Ginger Blossom - coming out this fall. She takes us through the process, her first time at Market and what she is working on now. It's so great to see an indie designer like herself going for and achieving her dream! I can't wait to SEE the fabric line and get my hands on some too! She's a wonderful inspiration to all designers and mommies that you can do both! So hurry on over and get your "cup of couture" this weekend with Sandi Henderson on Boutiquecafe.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
My first idea came from a large pineapple shaped item I saw in the lawn and garden section of a local discount store. I Loved when I saw it then and was kicking myself that I hadn't picked it up months ago when I first saw. BUT to my luck and surprise when I went back to the store and they had one left for me! I started with that piece and built the rest of the room around it. Not to my surprise, I gravitated towards a black and white shower curtain. Is it strange to have black and white be your favorite colors??? I of course searched for the one I liked best and even found it on sale. So I was going with a black/white/green theme with some accents of silver. Too much? not enough? I wasn't sure.
Slowly but surely I found all the pieces that I felt would complete the room and I must mention there is nothing like company coming to light a fire underneath yourself to complete projects, clean up the "piles" of mail and whatnot to really get some of your "TO DOS"..... DONE! *snicker* I broke out the paint can and brushes LATE one night and had FINALLY retouched all the mismatched paint on the walls. Sad to think I had been putting it off for so long and it only took me a fraction of time. and the results? SOOO much better. Waking up the next day with freshly painted walls united the room and then I stripped it, SCRUBBED it clean and attacked!!!
In no time at all it was a completely different room!! So inviting and just begging to be used. And the BEST part? I got almost everything on sale or at discount and used alittle creativity to enhance the items I had bought to fit the room. So.......come upstairs and take a peek with me.
Rub a dub dub
a madeover tub
in black and white and green.........