Friday, October 31, 2008


tagged. again. this time, by vanessa (of much more than mommy) and kearsie (of sounds like tomatoes).

now normally, i'd invoke my blanket tag post. however, since i am currently suffering from blogger's block (not to be confused with blogger's blockage), i shall participate with the tagging as i usually do. which is only in part.

you know how this works. link tagger, list facts, tag others. done, soon to be done, and no. alright, then. here we go...

1. if i say something that is conceived as funny, i'll use that line over and over and over. just with different people. and i need to write down who i've used the line on. so there's no confusion or repeats.
2. pink is my favorite color. i wear it everyday. you may not see it. but it's there.
3. i love to craft. but i don't like it when people call me crafty. because crafty is the (whispers) devil.
4. i'm scared of everything. except for bacon. i'll eat that up with no hesitation.
5. i'm scared of everything. except for bacon. i'll eat that up with no hesitation. and i like to repeat things just in case people don't listen to me the first time around.
6. i let my nursing license expire without paying the fees to change my status to "inactive". i find it makes me much more of an intriguing person to have "delinquent" as my current status instead.

that's it. another great set of random facts about yours truly. use the information wisely. but only for good.

picture is a set of tags recently sold in my etsy shop.

Monday, October 27, 2008


i have this friend. and she loves earrings. she believes they make you look thinner.

ok. i can go for that.

i thought it'd be nice to surprise her with a pair. i everso foxily (i like that word. because i'm such a fafafaox) asked her a few questions. what kind of earrings do you prefer? what's your favorite color? silver or gold? (see? foxily.) her answers. studs, red, and gold.

so i found these gorgeous sterling silver green hoops by jenny of jennybunnycreations. perfect for my friend. who loves them, of course.

(what? it's like when i go to a baby shower. i never get what's on the registry. i get what i want.)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

toddler speak

my oldest. she's a toddler. most of what she says is pretty much straight forward easy talk. until about five seconds after. when it becomes fortune cookie knowledge.

like in this photo. when she asked me to take her picture. and as i was snapping the shot, she put her hands up and said, "i can't see myself." true. and five seconds later... truuuuue.

but then. there are times like the other day. when she innocently looked up and informed me, "you're my favorite mommy, mommy." sweeeeeet. wait. what?

which reminds me. this favorite mommy needs to have a talk with daddy on why there would be *a favorite* mommy.

(update: 10/27/08: i'm pleased to inform everyone that i did speak with my husband. all is ok. he has informed me that i'm his favorite, as well.)

Thursday, October 23, 2008


there's this book. it's titled brainbenders from the four nations. and i totally just aced chapter six.

if i could be an anime character, it'd be toph. and if i could have a power, it'd be earthbending. and if i had someone i could call "twinkle toes", i would.

and if you just understood everything i wrote, we're soul mates.

Friday, October 17, 2008


oh yeah. chck chckachckahhh. bowmp bowmpbowmp. chckachckahhh. bowmp bowmpbowmp. bacon.

oh yeah. chck chckachckahhh. bowmp bowmpbowmp. chckachckahhh. bowmp bowmpbowmp. bacon.

oh yeah. chck chckachckahhh. bowmp bowmpbowmp. chckachckahhh. bowmp bowmpbowmp. bacon.


Monday, October 13, 2008


i've an average run-of-the-mill family. and i furnish the house accordingly.

let me take you into my family room. i've got those small electronics. a bookshelf or two. a sofa. two chairs. two ottomans. and a 5-1/2 foot high teepee right in front of our fireplace.

oh yes. we're real normal.

Friday, October 10, 2008

giveaway winner 2

well here we are. i tabulated entries according to the rules and then entered the actual number of entrants who played correctly into the random number generator. yada yada yada.

we've a winner for my second ever blog giveaway! congratulations go to the last entrant! that'd be jen! you are my wendiwinner! this entire paragraph is comprised of sentences with exclamation points! and one more for the road!

- you've won an amazing button pack. and even better, you have the option of placing the wendiwinner button on your blog! (it's over in the right hand column. scroll down a bit. a bit more. see it? i know. it's impressive.) congratulations!

for those of you who are not jen. read on.

now if you played in my first giveaway, you know i love to give consolation prizes. no one ever walks away empty handed from my giveaways. excited to find out what you win? well skip to the next paragraph to find out.

it's knowledge. yes! you win knowledge. all of you lovely participants get to take away the knowledge that you played a part in bringing the word "dude" back into everyday conversation. whether you're greeting a friend or whether you're prone to blurting out words in uncomfortable situations, "dude" is there for you. enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


soh! askwi dkoxm los sldighj slso! eillf kopwkfd ldkogi. jd sowilg!

apparently, i can't type when i'm jumping up and down and laughing. but now that i've settled. dude! i mean. du-uuuu-ude!

i just received this perfectly fitting card from my amazing etsian friend shauna (owner of lemondropstudio). and she sent it just because. erm. just because *she's* awesome! shauna, you rock. thanks for making my day. and you are so totally my bff for the rest of the week.

i'm just so plislo! lkdioil sleo. wopdlkgp! sooieslkjb cbipgoj psoqqowkijg sldkpw dkgopkl sbnmxoi! cammois ksoil oasibosi losid asoiqqkdow! ao sli! ooiel godp spdoll;sk dkow! oooh. ok. i think i just pulled a muscle.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


forks are amazing. a fork is used to pick up food. to describe a split in the road. to insult someone. (such as "stick a fork in it".)

erin of dinnertimechimes made this fork easel. it's gorgeous. and it holds these loverly fork recipe cards (by melissa of zucchiniandco) perfectly.

not convinced that forks are the best stuff ever? let me leave you with this. they are loyal. can't say the same 'bout dishes and spoons. because we all know. the dish ran away with the spoon.

(leaving the fork to tend to the spork. alone.)

Sunday, October 5, 2008


i've been told that readers are genuinely curious about what blog authors look like. so, i gathered the family together for a special photo shoot.

and after that, i gathered my daughter's new favorite playset together for a photo shoot, too.

i decided to upload the playset picture. trust me, the likeness is uncanny. we're quite the handsome group, aren't we?

(playset handmade by the amazing bonnie of psandqs. as in, mind them. and i do try.)

Thursday, October 2, 2008


erm. i mean "tagged". by originals by terri. and apparently, i'm to:

1. link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. share seven facts about yourself on your blog.
3. tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

i can do that. well. some of that. here are some random facts about me:

1. i don't like feet. my feet are ok. yours are not. no offense.
2. i tell people i don't cook. but actually, i am one fine chef. i can microwave like nobody's business.
3. i'm trying to bring the word "dude" back into everyday language.
4. i love to play scrabble. but nobody loves to play with me.
5. i don't like public restrooms. i don't like them so much that i bought an rv so i would have access to my own private potty at all times.
6. i don't like shirtless men. or women.
7. i can be a bit paranoid. what?

here are the people i am tagging:

1. this is where
2. i stop listening
3. to the rules.
4. i'm a rule-breaker.
5. i suppose
6. i could have listed that
7. as a random fact.

picture is of a set of tags available in my etsy shop.

(add on after the fact. ok. i just realized i was tagged by heart hugs designs a while back. and i forgot to play. but since i'm not much of a rule-follower anyway, i'm going to say this counts towards that tag, too.)

(another add on after the fact. ok. emmylou decided to play tag with me, too. so. hereinwithforth, i dub this post a blanket post for all past, present, and future tags. unless i can find seven additional interesting facts to post. such as - i like to make up words like herinwithforth.)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

giveaway 2

alright. you may not have asked for it. but here it is. my second ever giveaway! starring an amazing button pack!

this pack includes 12 fabric covered buttons (made by me), a 10" x 11" japanese print fabric piece, and two ouchless hairbands.

and (thanks to my generous fellow etsian friends) to make this pack even better, a size 36 starter cover button kit - complete with button tool and six cover buttons (from starttofinish) and a button brooch and button earrings (from sophiehillartist) are included. woo hoo!

to be entered in this giveaway, all you have to do is:
  1. say "dude". don't write it in the comments section. verbalize it. "dude". right now.
  2. visit starttofinish's shop and comment on your favorite item - other than the cover buttons. you heard right. i know you like those cover buttons, but starttofinish also has jewelry supplies, packaging, and gifts.
  3. visit sophiehillartist's shop and comment on your favorite item. yes. you can choose an earring set.
  4. if you purchase something from either shops during the length of the giveaway, leave another comment. once the purchase is verified, you'll have a second entry. (no. i will not retroactivate past purchases).
  5. leave a safe way for me to contact you.
  6. say "word". (see step #1 for instructions on saying "word").

on october 9, 2008, at 11:03 est, i will use the random number generator to select the "winner". (why the quotations? let's face it. if you're reading this blog and you're entering the giveaway, you're already a winner at heart). giveaway winner must reply to my contact within 2 days. otherwise, i will visit the random number generator again.

and now for the fine print. it's more small print than fine. contest starts as soon as this is posted. it ends at 11:02pm on thursday, october 9, 2008 est. one entry per person - unless you make a purchase from the contributing shops during the length of the giveaway. in that case, you'll have two entries. purchases must be verified. if i cannot verify your purchase, i press that trashcan icon where your purchase claim comment is. chances of winning depend on the number of entries. raise your chances of winning by not telling anyone. lower your chances by telling everyone you know. this contest is open to you - whether i know you or not. this is my second giveaway. if i have a positive response, i'll have more giveaways to bring you back. if i don't have a positive response, i'll still have more giveaways to bring you back. by entering this giveaway, you agree to abide by the rules i've stated or not stated. you also agree to say "dude" at least 10 times during the course of the giveaway. (it's not that big of a deal. you've already said it once. only nine more times to go.)

(add on after the fact. dear entrants, while steps 1, 4, 5, and 6 are optional... steps 2 and 3 are not. please note that i will only include those who follow steps 2 and 3 in the giveaway. man. i can be quite picky.)

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