Friday, May 27, 2011

Farmers Market

Bryan and a very pregnant me selling our homemade granola at Farmers Market back in 2009

Happy Friday friends!  Aren't Fridays just the best?  End of the work week, beginning of the weekend.  Date nights, garage sales, farmers markets... weekends are great!

And speaking of farmers markets (did you like that smooth transition?), I have some fun news for you!  Starting in July, BYU is going to be having a Farmers Market on Thursday evenings from July 28th through October 27th.  There will be a variety of farmers, food sellers, and people like you selling arts and crafts!

Well, I guess what I mean to say is that it could indeed be you selling the things you make.  Exciting, no?  The lovely lady in charge of the event is super sweet and just so happens to be my visiting teaching companion.  When we were together yesterday she mentioned that she's having a rough time getting in touch with crafters in the area, so I told her I'd do my best to help her get the word out to you all.

When Bryan and I sold our wares at the city Farmers Market (we did it for a couple summers in a row) we had a blast, but the price of the booths was a little spendy.  Fortunately, I am happy to tell you that booth space at the BYU Farmers Market is super cheap.  $20 for a booth?  So.  Totally.  Worth it.  And it gets even cheaper if you sign up for an entire season!


But, just as a heads up, you do have to be a current BYU student (or the spouse or sibling of a current BYU student) to be eligible for booth space.

If you're interested, you can read more at the BYU Farmers Market homepage.  There you'll find all the dates, details, and vendor applications.  

Selling at an outdoor Farmers Market is a lot of work, but it is so fun.  It's great to meet so many fun people in town and chat with customers who stop by.  I hope some of you will join in this year!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oops!

Jumbo Red Button -- available HERE

So remember back on Monday when I was gushing about making over 100 sales in THE SHOP?  As a token of my gratitude and excitement I'm offering free shipping to everyone!  Just enter the coupon code "FREE SHIPPING" at checkout to receive the discount.  Hooray!

But here's the oops.  I had initially said that the coupon code would be good through Sunday.  Unfortunately, I'm going to be super busy for the next several days and the shop is going to have to go into hibernation mode until later next week.  So I just thought I'd give you all a heads up and let you know that the coupon code is now only good through Friday (i.e. tomorrow).

Sorry for the mix-up!  I just got too excited for my own good.  :)  Happy shopping!
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P.S. If you have left a comment or e-mailed me about being a pattern tester and have not heard back from me yet-- DON'T WORRY!  I won't be replying to those e-mails until everything's finished and ready to go which will probably be a good week or two.  Just sit tight.  :)  And thanks again for all of your kind offers!  It's so fun to have your support!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

So, back to this whole moving business

totally random picture from this tutorial

My brain constantly fluctuates between three main topics:

  • What is Olivia doing?
  • How could I make _______?
  • I'M SO EXCITED TO MOVE!


I've already started at least 10 posts (maybe an entire book, really) in my head about how to move with only the stuff you like.  So I guess that's forthcoming.  Someday.  But the moving topic on my mind today is this: thrift stores.

I love shopping at garage sales and thrift stores.  There is so much value to be had for so little cost.  Not to mention the added benefit that it keeps your living room from looking like a catalog page where someone could recreate the entire room with a quick drive down to the furniture store.

But here's the thing: thrift stores are kind of a local treasure.  As in, it's usually the long-time locals that know which ones are best.  For instance, having lived here for seven years now, I would know exactly which thrift store to look in to find fabric, sewing supplies, furniture, or kid stuff.  And it's not the same store.

So here's where that comes in to our moving plan.  We don't plan to buy new stuff.  We plan to buy cool stuff at thrift stores or garage sales or craigslist or--you get the idea.  I have a very distinct style and plan in mind and I'm really excited to put it in play at our new place.

But how will I find the great thrift stores there?  Some of them have websites, but I'm sure there are plenty of great ones that don't.  I guess I'll have to ask around.  In the mean time, if you know of any hidden treasures in the Columbus, Ohio area, please share.

Pattern Testers?

I have a feeling this is a picture you're going to see a lot in the near future.  :)
For those of you who missed the fine print on my last post, I'm working on developing a pattern for the little panties I've been making!  Things are coming along rather nicely and I'm hoping to have it ready for testers soon.

Several of you have already contacted me through comments and e-mails about being pattern testers.  Thank you!  I have filed away each kind note and I'll be making decisions and sending out replies once everything is actually ready.  (It's not yet).

In the mean time, if you'd like to be a pattern tester, but haven't told me so yet, I'd still love to hear from you!  

Here's the info you'll want to know:

  • The pattern is for GIRLS panties sizes 2T-5T.
  • It's written for those with beginning level sewing skills.
  • Each pattern tester will review the pattern and instructions and help me work out the kinks.
  • Each pattern tester will sew at least one size of the pattern.  
  • I'll give preference to those who actually have a daughter (or niece, granddaughter, etc) who currently wears the size they'll be testing.
  • Each pattern tester will receive a free copy of the finished pattern and instructions.
  • I hope to feature photos of the finished panties and reviews of the pattern from those who test it.
  • Preference will be given to those who have a blog that they actively post on.
*Edited to add: Someone asked a good question and I wanted to answer it.  The pictures of the panties made by testers will only be pictures of the underpants themselves, not pictures of underpants on kids.  Whew!


If you're interested, please leave a comment on this post or send me an e-mail at kathleenann08@gmail.com with the following information:

  • your e-mail address (so I can get in touch with you easily)
  • what size(s) your kid(s) wear
  • your blog address (if applicable)

Thanks so much everyone for your interest and support!

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P.S. Remember to put that coupon to good use!  Now through Saturday you'll get free shipping on all orders in THE SHOP when you enter the coupon code "FREESHIPPING" at checkout.  Hooray!

Monday, May 23, 2011

KCWC Recap and Exciting News


Did anyone else get lost in the wake of the KCWC hosted by Elsie Marley?  I did.  I definitely met the goal of spending at least one hour each day on sewing kids clothes, but you probably noticed that I didn't get around to actually posting about it much.

Oh the life of a blogger.  There's a fickle balance between making things and then actually having time/opportunity to take decent pictures and then go to the trouble to write about it all.  I'm not complaining, just excusing myself for being so late.  :)

Anyway, here's a general wrap-up of what I made during Kids Clothes Week.


Clothing Set #1: These penguin pants for Olivia (blogged about it already HERE)

... and five matching pairs of pants in various sizes for some fun cousins we'll get to see this summer.  They've turned out really cute, but the more I worked on them the more I realized how loopy I am for making penguin pants to give to kids in the summer.  Oh well.  They're all finished now except I need to add the elastic on the waist of 4 pairs.  It's kind of the boring part.  We'll see if it gets done before we move.  Ha.


Clothing Set #2: This peasant top and leggings combo for a friend

We're lucky to have lots of friends who live close by, but Olivia has two little friends in particular (a brother and sister pair) who we see quite a bit.  The mom and I are good friends and go walking all the time and for the past couple of months we've been trading off babysitting each others kids every weekend so we can each go on dates with our husbands.  (Yay!)  So these three kids see a lot of each other.  And they love it.

We wanted them to miss us sufficiently when we leave, so I thought I'd make a little something for each kid.  For the sister (4 years old) I made this little peasant top (using THIS PATTERN that I love) and some leggings that I totally guessed on.  The fabric from the top came from my bloggy friend Jess and the leggings are made out of a really stretchy ribbed knit t-shirt.  I had initially envisioned the leggings as being a bit more tight, but they're kind of loosey goosey.  They still look pretty cute on her though.  :)


Clothing Set #3: This sweatshirt for a friend

The little brother (age 2) is one of Olivia's little BFFs.  Here's proof:

They sat together like this for at least 20 minutes.  :)

They are so chill together.  They'll follow each other around and share toys and chat.  Of course I had to make something for him too.


I made this comfy little sweatshirt from THIS AWESOME PATTERN from Lil Blue Boo and two soft old t-shirts.  So it's nice and comfy-cozy, but it'll be the perfect weight for spring and summer weather here.

I haven't had a chance to take pictures of our little friends in their sweet new threads, but they look awesome on them.  So, so darling.  I wish I could make fun little clothes for all of Olivia's friends.


Clothing Set #4: Panties, panties, panties!


So this is exciting piece of news #1: I'm working on making a pattern for these!  They come together SO easily and they're so cheap to make (since they're made entirely of old t-shirts and a little bit of elastic).  I want to be able to pass the underwear fun on to all of you, so I (read: Bryan and I) have been working on developing a pattern that will hopefully be available for sale in the near future.  The process is a little slow since I've never made patterns to sell before, but we're working through it and it's going to be GREAT once it's done!

Anyone out there interested in being a pattern tester?  I'm going to need people to test the following sizes: 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T.   Anyone chosen to be a pattern tester will get a copy of the finished pattern and tutorial for free.  Hooray for free patterns!  I'll give preference to those who have blogs (so I can see your skill level) and to those who have kids who currently wear one or more of those sizes.  Please leave a comment on this post or shoot me an e-mail (kathleenann08@gmail.com) if you'd like to get on my list of possible testers.

*NOTE: For those of you interested in being pattern testers, please include in your comment and/or e-mail the following information:

  • your e-mail address (so I can get in touch with you easily)
  • what size(s) your kid(s) wear
  • your blog address (if applicable)

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That's it for my Kids Clothes Week stuff.  But I do have one more piece of exciting news that I had to share with all of you.  Are you ready for this?


I've made over 100 sales in my shop.

Seriously?  In only 4 months?  You guys rock.  And we just recently had two giveaways, but I still want you guys to feel the love, so until next Sunday it's free shipping for everybody!  Just enter the coupon code "FREESHIPPING" at checkout.


Thanks so much for your business and all of your love and support here on the blog.  You are amazing!

Have a great week everybody!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I Am a Child of God



A little random.  A little funny.  Really sweet.  And true.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Even Better


I've been doing some thinking.  And I've decided to lower the prices in my shop.  Not because I've lowered the quality of the goods you'll find there.  In fact, my process and skills have improved and I'm happy to say that the products you'll find in my shop are of the highest quality.

But I've been thinking a lot about what makes a loveable shop and I think that having wonderful products is only part of the equation.  After reading all of your sweet comments in the giveaway on Jess' blog about how much you all love the buttons (I truly had no idea), I began to think about how much I want the things I make to go to people who will love and appreciate them as much as I do.  I'm proud of each thing I put in my shop.  I hope those things will now be just that much more accessible to each of you.  :)

Oh, and did anyone notice the new bias tape?

Happy Shopping!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Wake Up

I woke up happy this morning for three reasons.

  1. Bryan let me sleep in until 9:30.
  2. When I walked out of the bedroom Olivia ran up to me and said "Mommy!" and hugged my legs.
  3. I woke up to over 50 comments talking about how much people love the stuff in my shop.

Talk about waking up to a booming ego.  It's been a great morning!


And if you want to perpetuate all that nice comment goodness, head on over to Craftiness Is Not Optional.  Oh yeah, there might just be a $15 gift certificate to MY SHOP in it for you.  Not to mention free shipping.  :)


P.S. Speaking of From The Red Kitchen goodness, the much-loved Quotable Bibs are back!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Adorable Shirt

photo credit
I just had to share this adorable Keyhole Tee Shirt that my friend Jess over at Crafitness Is Not Optional made.  She even shares a tutorial for making your own!  (Just follow that first link.)  And do you see what I see?  It's one of my buttons!

Jess used some plain teal ones (which I no longer offer), but you can find the Teal with Dotted Edge buttons in THE SHOP.  So fun Jess!

photo credit
Also, I just had to brag and say that I finally got to meet Jess in real life!  Despite the loveliness of this picture in my dark little apartment, we had a great time.  And even though Olivia looks totally cranky, she had a blast sharing toys with cute baby Charlotte.  :)

Jess came out to visit her family and made time to stop by and chill with Bolivia and me.  Sadie stayed home, but baby Charlotte came along and I just have to say that she is even cuter in real life than in pictures.  It was so fun meeting you Jess!  I only wish we lived closer so we could hang out more often.  Oh, how I would make you show me how to make patterns all the time.  :)

Heeey


Just popping in for a quick hello.  As you can see, I have finally taken the plunge and downloaded some pictures on to this little rental computer.  Sadly, it was just as much of a pain as I had imagined, which is why it took me so long to try it in the first place.  So if you keep seeing the same pictures over and over for the next month until we get settled in our new place, just pretend it's cool, okay?

As for the little bag above, it was a quick sew right before a fun little baby shower I attended last Saturday.  The contents of the bag may or may not have been baby stuff in good condition that we didn't sell at the yard sale the week before.  So I thought since the gift was so easy it at least deserved some suitable wrapping.  And since I literally sold our box of wrapping supplies at the yard sale, this little drawstring bag was also kind of necessary.  And cute, no?

The fabric is from my wonderful sponsor, Cherry Lane Textiles.  It's called Alexander Henry 2-D Zoo in Green and it's currently on sale!  I've been working with Holly (the shop owner) for well over a year now and I have only good things to say about her and her shop.  Fun prints, fast shipping, cute packaging (which shouldn't matter so much, but it just does).  So if you're in the market for some high quality, low-cost fabric, head her way.  And tell her I sent ya.


In other news, I had a weird experience today.  Well, as series of weird experiences.  And they were all brought on by this little stroller.  We've had this stroller since before Olivia was born and I absolutely love it--for a lot of reasons--but there's just not room to take it with us.  So last night I posted it on Craigslist and another local free online ad place.  Well, this stroller and our umbrella stroller.  I won't get into the boring explanation, but you can just trust me on this and know that it was a good decision (I hope) to sell both of these strollers and just get a new and nicer umbrella stroller.  Aaaanyway, since we're selling both strollers, Olivia and I went hunting for a new one today.

First of all, it was overcast.  I'm from Oregon and I love it when it's overcast, but not when I'm driving.  I get headaches from the sun or from too much light (i.e. overcast skies).  And today was no exception.  In addition to that, I was being picky about what I wanted in our new stroller and that meant driving around to a bunch of stores and trying to find stores I had never been to before.  All this means that I was getting stressed.

Ever since last year when we had a car come at us the wrong way on the freeway, I've had some issues about driving.  I'm okay driving around town to places I've been a million times, but driving on the freeway and driving to new places sets me on edge.

All of this set me up for the first weird experience I had today.  I was just leaving a store I had never been to before (i.e. that I had never driven to before) and I could feel that weird stressed feeling coming on that I only get when I drive to new places.  And then, just before I finished pulling into the Target parking lot, I had a few minutes where the top right part of my vision just went white.  Obviously this startled me quite a bit.  I grabbed Olivia and headed inside Target.  Things calmed down.  My vision came back to normal.  And then I got a headache. (*Just to clarify, I never actually got a migraine.  Or if I did it was a super mild one, thank heavens.)

Later I went to the optometrist and we talked for a long time.  The good news is, I have perfect vision.  No nearsightedness.  No farsightedness.  No nerve damage or damage anywhere else.  As he was telling me all this I was preparing myself for him to say, "So... that was weird, but you don't have any permanent damage from it, so let's just hope it doesn't happen again!"  But he didn't say that.  He reassured me that my vision was in no danger and then he started talking to me about what he thought had happened.  He said I had had an "ophthalmic migraine" which is basically where a blood vessel spasms for a minute--causing a "weird visual experience"--and then it goes back to normal, usually followed by a migraine.

We talked about what can bring on migraines and that they can be stress induced.  We talked about my issues with driving.  And finally he told me, "You know, I'm no expert in this area, but I really think you could have some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."  And you know what?  I couldn't agree more.  The more we talked about what that entailed the more it fit my description exactly.  (And of course I couldn't help but think about that episode in West Wing when they diagnose Josh with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  At least I haven't gone and broken a window or anything.)

Anyway, it was a lot to take in.  But I think it's really helped.  In the end, the optometrist suggested drinking some caffeinated soda while I drive if I think I might get stressed.  I never drink caffeinated soda, but for the reasons he suggested I'm fine to let it be a part of my life.  He said that there are medications you can get to help with the migraines that help open up the blood vessels that may be getting blocked, but the main ingredient in those medications is just caffeine anyway.

So on the way home from the optometrist I went and bought a Mountain Dew.  Which was definitely the first time in my life I had ever done that.  But you know what?  It totally helped.

Anyway, so there's the three weird experiences I had today brought on by Olivia's old blue stroller: crazy vision, getting diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and buying Mountain Dew.

Not exactly the day I had planned when I woke up this morning.  But it ended with making more buttons and eating chocolate chip cookies, so it wasn't all bad.  And I did end up finding a new stroller.  Though, ironically, I ended up ordering it online.

Monday, May 16, 2011

What's Up and Winner

Handmade Buttons Set of 52 --  find them HERE in The Shop

Hey!  Long time no see, eh?  Sorry about that.  I hadn't planned to take such a long break, but it just sort of ended up that way.  Last time I posted I mentioned that our computer was acting like an extinct dinosaur.  Well, we have since gotten a (super awesome really fast and dependable) rental from the university to use until we leave.  So, on the one hand I'm not having super slow computer issues anymore.  Yay!  On the other hand, I'm a little freaked out about uploading pictures onto this computer.  I honestly haven't even tried it yet.  Gah.  Don't worry, I'll get brave and try soon.  But I haven't yet.  Which is the main reason I haven't started playing catch up yet.

Another reason is that I've been doing some mental work about what I want to do with the ol' blog.  I think I have finally made the beginnings of a decision.  Whew!  That was hard.  More on that in the future.

And, finally, I have chosen a winner for the giveaway!  I know, I know, it was so long ago now that you're probably all wondering, "What giveaway?"  Anyway, the happy winner (chosen via random.org) of a $10 gift card to THE SHOP is...

#2!  Cheeky D who said...
I love your homemade buttons.

Oops!  Sorry!  That wasn't a valid e-mail address and I can't look at their profile, so I've chosen another winner (also via random.org).  And it's...

#23 Stephanie who said...
I love the bright blue-ish buttons! Actually, I like most of the buttons, but those are my favorite!

Thanks to all of you who entered!  It was fun to read your nice comments while I was working away on yard sale stuff like a busy little bee.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Busy Backson

Quotable Bibs (currently out of stock) in THE SHOP

Between Blogger being down, sewing like mad for KCWC, and our computer acting more like an extinct dinosaur every minute, posting has been a bit impossible.  But I promise I've been busy.  And I promise I'll be back soon.  And I promise I'll post the winner for the giveaway soon.

Until then, have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

KCWC: Day 1 (PJ Pants and Panties)

image via

Are you participating in the Kids Clothes Week Challenge going on over at Elsie Marley?  

If you haven't heard of it, it's a week-long sew along where you commit to spending one hour each day (during this week) to work on sewing clothing for kids.  It can be for your own kid(s) or maybe to give to some kids you know who might like some cool new digs.  Or it could even be for kids you don't know who are in need!

After hearing about it for the past year or so, I've finally buckled down and committed myself to participate! 


And I'm honored to be a Sponsor of Elsie Marley this month during the KCWC!  So if you're in need of some handmade buttons or vintage zippers for the clothes you're working on, stop by THE SHOP!


Anyway, yesterday was the first day.  I started off slow and easy with a couple new things for Olivia's bottom half.

First up, these sweet, easy PJ pants made from an old sheet and the (free) Newborn Baby Pants Pattern from Made By Rae

You can learn how to lengthen the pants to fit older/taller kids HERE.

(I made the shirt a while ago using Dana's wonderful 90 Min Shirt tutorial.)










Item number two?

Some fun purple panties!

I had forgotten until I wrote "purple panties" just now, but we actually used to joke about purple panties a lot in my house growing up.  (Don't ask why.)  Hopefully Olivia won't get too embarrassed about wearing these.

There's just something really funny and precious about seeing tiny bums in teeny little panties instead of a big poofy diaper.  Not that Olivia's potty trained yet or anything.  Let's just say that making these is a mark of great hope and faith.  :)

They're made entirely from soft old t-shirts (including that little tag in the back) and from a little pattern I made myself.  Oh, and some store-bought elastic.  But who's counting?

Well, there's what I made yesterday for Day 1!  Anyone else out there participating?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Real Simple


Apparently that's what I am.  (HERE's proof.)  Or at least that's what they think my Crib to Chalkboard Easel tutorial is.  Cool, no?


I just wish that:
  • A.) They had told me they were going to feature me so I could feel all cool about it (instead of finding it in my blog stats yesterday) and...
  • B.) That I had taken better "After" pictures of the finished easel.  I'd like to say that it was before I really knew how to take better pictures, but it's not even true.  I was just being lazy.  Haha.

Anyway, thanks Real Simple for making me feel famous!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Day for Mothers: Now and Soon

Olivia & Me -- Oregon Coast, April 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Today has been wonderful.  I ate Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast.  I actually got to shower before church.  Olivia colored a picture for me in nursery.  She colored with purple crayon (her only choice--ever) and added stickers of hearts and a school bus.  There is no doubt in my mind that she did it herself.  Did my heart melt when she proudly brought it to me?  Yes.  :)

Now Bryan's in the kitchen finishing up a dinner that's sure to be yummy because it involves Stubbs.  So I'm just sitting here relaxing and enjoying some time free of diaper changes.  Isn't that just what Mother's Day is all about?  Haha. 

No, actually I wasn't really thinking about diaper changes at all until I said that.  I was thinking about two of my favorite people.  I have two very dear friends--Emily and Whitney--both of whom were two of my favorite roommates in college.  They are sweet.  They are funny.  They make me smile.  (Like, every single time I see them.)  And both have struggled for years with infertility.  I know that there are many of you out there who understand.  Mother's Day isn't always so fun when you don't have a child of your own yet.  But I've been thinking of Emily and Whitney a lot today and what I would wish most of all for them today is that they'll be able to have Mother's Day this year be a day of hope and not a day of sadness.  Because I do have great hope for each of them. 

It can be hard to know what to do or what to say.  Of course you don't want to say the wrong thing.  But I know these girls, these friends of mine, would love a word of love from you today.  Will you do that for me?  Will you help me help them feel of all the love and support that surrounds them?

Go to their blogs:



Read their stories.  Feel of their love and hope.  Let their hearts touch yours.  Tell them they are wonderful.  Because they are.  :)

If you do, you have my deepest gratitude.  I love them both so much and it's hard to have them be far away where I can't bring them treats and stop by every time I'm thinking of them (which is all the time). 

May this be a happy day indeed for all mothers, 
those with children today and those who will have children soon.  :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Empty

  • Glass pitcher: SOLD
  • Basket: DONATED
  • Knives: KEEPING
  • Toaster: SOLD
  • All the dishes we were getting rid of: SOLD
  • Paper towel holder & spoon rest: SOLD
  • Red thing hanging on the wall: DONATED
  • Daily bread plate: KEEPING
  • Spice rack: SOLD
  • Cutting boards: SOLD

Empty.  That is how our apartment feels...and it is GREAT!  Needless to say, the big yard sale today was a whopping success.  Many thanks to all of you with your nice thoughts and prayers on our behalf.  Now we only have a few more big things to sell (bed, lamps, etc.) right before we move and then we will be D.O.N.E. 

In the mean time, I am not missing a single thing we sold.  In fact, I honestly couldn't tell you what all we sold today.  And I think that's proof enough that we didn't need all that stuff.  The only thing I really do miss from today's yard sale is the $100 bill that went missing.  Someone used it to pay me for something and I stuffed it in my little money apron (more on that later maybe) with the rest of the bigger bills.  I'd like not to think that somebody stole it from me (and I honestly don't know how they could have), but I don't really know how else it would have disappeared.  Unless I accidentally gave it to somebody as a $10 bill for change.  That would be an expensive mistake.  Gah.  Anyway, it's done now and there's nothing I can do about it, so I guess it doesn't matter.  Even with that minor mishap, I'd still definitely consider today a success.  So... hooray!

Oh, and I've got to give a big thanks to our friends who watched Olivia for us for 5 hours this morning during the yard sale.  They are awesome.  We are going to miss them mucho when we finally do move.  And we're also going to miss our super nice neighbors.  A handful of friends showed up bright and early to help us get everything over to where the yard sale was being held.  We live around a lot of nice people.  I'll miss that.  But Ohio has nice people too, right?

And also a huge thanks to our friend Jonathan who stopped by at just the right time.  He was looking for an iron and when we told him we weren't selling one he said he was on his way over to the thrift store then.  We had already mentioned that we were about to take the rest of the left over stuff to the thrift store and he insisted on letting him take it over for us since he was already on his way.  I was super grateful at the time since it saved us a trip over there and let us go get Olivia right away, but later I realized that we had barely fit all that stuff into his Jeep type car, so there was no way we would have made it over to the thrift store in one trip in our car.  So he saved us two trips!  Thanks so much Johnathan!

All in all, I feel a great sense of gratitude for today's success.  Thanks to everyone!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Because it's more fun than (still) working on yard sale stuff


Seeing as how things have been a bit dull around here lately, I thought I'd liven things up a little with some cool free stuff.



How does a $10 gift certificate to THE SHOP sound?

You can use it for your entire purchase.  
(Including shipping if the total cost + shipping is $10 or less.)

Or you can put it toward something a little bigger you've maybe been eying.


We'll keep the fun simple.
  • For one entry, go have a look in THE SHOP and then come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me what you fave(s) are there.  Make sure to leave your e-mail address in the comment or it won't be counted.
  • For a second entry, spread the word about this little giveaway on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter and then come back and leave a second comment on this post telling me you did.  Make sure to leave your e-mail address in your second comment too or it won't be entered
  • Oh, and remember!  You must be a current follower to be eligible to win giveaways.
 Easy enough?


  • This giveaway will end at midnight (US mountain time) on Wednesday, May 11th.
  • The winner will be announced the following day on Thursday, May 12th (a week from today).


Ready?  Set?  Go!

Can't wait to win?  Enter the coupon code "FREESHIPPING" at checkout and receive, well, free shipping! (On your entire order.)  This offer lasts the length of the giveaway.