Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Yes, my children have named our vacuum cleaner "Frank"
yes, Lucas is scared of it.
Perhaps because he has encountered "Frank" too few times in his 2 years.
When you only encounter a loud machine on rare occasions, I guess it can be quite scarey.
Let's face it, I try to keep the house relatively clean and picked up, but it is difficult with 2 little ones around. Seems like I clean something only to find it dirty again within the hour. But I really want to do better.
I decided to set my kitchen timer to go off every 3 hours throughout the day. When the alarm sounds, I will clean for 15 minutes. It can mean sweeping the floor, cleaning the bathrooms, etc ( regular household chores like washing the dishes and doing the laundry don't count). I'll let you know how it works in a few days.
You won't believe this timing, but the alarm just sounded!
Off to scrub a toilet!
By the way, if you don't know who Frank is, you probably don't have a little boy (or girl) in your house. You'll have to rent Disney's Cars...it's actually really cute!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Meet Angie of Bear River Photo Greetings~
Her creations are lovely!
You can purchase a design, send her your text and photos and she will customize it for you.
Print as many as your heart desires!
There are tons of designs and occasions in her shop.... Please check it out!
I asked her a few questions to help us get to know her better~
Tell us a little about you and your family~
I am a Christian work-at-home wife and mom. I met my husband on eHarmony in 2003 and we married in 2004. I am really blessed that God chose to give me such an amazing man! My husband and I have two boys--one who is 15 and is a special needs kid, due to being born with 1/2 a heart and having 5 strokes at age 2; and one who is 2 and is a precious little boy who came to use through foster care. We are in the final weeks of the adoption process; everything will be final on March 12. As a family, we really enjoy spending time together, and we especially enjoy taking the short trip to Monterey, CA. We like to go fishing and camping. As for me, I enjoy many things: Creating on the computer, singing, reading, baking, fishing, going on dates with my hubby, travel, scrapbooking, and more.
How long have you been selling on Etsy and what drew you to that market?
I have been selling on Etsy since November of 2006. I found out about Etsy from another crafting forum that I belonged to. I started out selling the jewelry that I made. Soon I realized that I could create banners and avatar for Etsy shops, and so I opened a "banner shop". Then, I wanted to do the photo greeting cards, so instead of cluttering up the banner shop, I opened Photo Greetings. I am always looking for ways to supplement my husband's income, and Etsy seemed like a natural fit for me.
I noticed your shop donates 10% of your profit to "Hands At Work Africa." Please tell us a little about that great organization~
We do donate 10% of our proceeds to "Hands at Work in Africa". Thank you so much for asking about this organization. I found out about it through our new church that we are now attending. Hands at Work in Africa is Christ-centered, community-based, committed to the poor and striving boldly to reach 100,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa by 2010...one by one. There are so many orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa because of war and disease. So many children are considered "head of household", and are "parenting" their younger siblings...including sometimes walking for miles to get food for the family. This is a tragedy. It is so easy for us to remain "detached" from what is going on in Africa, because it's a bunch of "nameless faces". But because of the Gospel of Christ, there is no way that we as a family can NOT do something to help. We may not be able to travel there in the near future, but we know that God can take what we give and put it to good use, allowing it to reach those in need. Here in America, we may be considered "low income" the area where we live, but comparatively speaking, we are rich. God has given us all that we have, and we want to give back, to help others. If you would like to know more about Hands at Work in Africa, please visit their website at http://www.handsatwork.org/.
Thank you Angie for sharing with us and letting us get to know you!
Guess what, guys????
Yep, she has provided a giveaway!!!!!
ANY design in her shop!
Visit her shop and come back here leaving a comment on which design you like best and why. Be sure there is a way to contact you in your comment! I will draw a winner on Friday evening! Good luck! And thanks, Angie!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
To learn about Cora's story click here or here.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
One day I will have a pink kitchen.
In a house full of boys, I think I deserve a pink place to call my own.
I'm dreaming about what I will include in it.
You've already seen my little girl that I am thinking of including.
Maybe a little pink kitchen towel dress.
Or a pink pot holder from this great shop.
Definitely a new apron.These towels would be amazing!
These handmade rugs are crafted on an antique loom by the nicest seller!
I think one of these whimsical teapots would be so eye catching!
Until then, I'll keep looking and dreaming.....
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Please notice the new pink button below and to the left on the sidebar.
A group of Etsy sellers have teamed up to raise money for the Cora Paige Playground Fund. This playground will be built to honor Cora's sweet life. Please read more about Cora here and here.
Click on Cora's button to go straight to the fundraiser listings on Etsy.
Thanks so much for your support!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
You are the WINNER!!!!!
Thanks to all who entered the giveaway! Check back often, as there are more giveaways planned in the following weeks! Please mark Kristiana's shop as a favorite and check there often for all her latest listings!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I asked Kristiana a few questions to help us get to know her better:
Then come back here and comment about your favorite item in the shop. In your comment, be sure and post a way that I can contact you (email address, etsy shop, etc)!!!!
A winner will be drawn on Wednesday, Feb 11.
And thank so much, Krisitana!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Scroll down 3 posts to find info about the card swap!!!!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This photo was taken before baking. I felt weird photographing the finished lasagna in front of the guests! Just picture the above photo "crispier" :)
Here's the apple pie:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Needless to say the donations weren't "pouring" in (pardon the pun).
Angie's design is far better!
Thanks, Angie, for all your hard work on this.
Pay her a visit in her Etsy shop and check out more of her great designs!