Pretty Tape {winner!}

Congratulations to Lori - the Pretty Tape giveaway winner!
I will deliver your tape and twist ties today!


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eco-friendly gift guide {for kiddos}

A while back I joined the EtsyKids Team.  This team promotes member's items via treasuries, a team blog, a team Facebook page, and various other group efforts.  I love that there are so many eco-friendly options just within the team!  Here are a few gift ideas for kiddos that you can still get in time for Christmas!

P.S. don't forget to enter the lovely giveaway from Pretty Tape right here on my blog!


pretty tape {giveaway!}

I'm back - with a little *merry christmas* giveaway!
What a way to re-enter the blog world, right?!  

On Small Business Saturday I supported one of my favorite small business supply shops, Pretty Tape.  
I ordered the gingham twist ties to pretty up homemade goodies and washi tape 
to seal our family's Christmas cards. 

Guess what?!
Glenda, owner of Pretty Tape, sent me two of each - one set for me and one set for YOU

So, how do you get your hands on these goodies?
(one winner will receive the items pictured above)
  1. leave a comment here - let us know how you will use the washi tape and twist ties.   
  2. want to enter twice?  take a peek at what Pretty Tape has to offer and come back here to report your favorite or favorites (in my case...)!
Giveaway entry deadline is noon Monday, December 12.
After 12:00p that day I will choose one name using random.org and announce the winner. 

Good luck!



I'm back...sort of...

Remember when I said "see ya next week"?
Hmmm...somehow that turned into "see ya next month"!

Here's why:

One, I couldn't seem to fit it all in - you know, blog, custom orders, a list of projects I wanted to complete, kiddos to take care of, cooking, cleaning, and the short lived nice weather always calling our names.  So, the blog had to take a break...and maybe some of the cleaning too...

Two, oh my number two -  BOTH of my kiddos, yes that's right ALL of my kiddos, will be going to school this year.  My life as I have known it for more than 9 years will be changing with the start of the school year and I needed some time to soak it all in.  The bittersweet feeling of my kiddos growing up so darn quickly, the uncertainty as to what life will now be like, and the unrequested change has had me quite emotional these past 4 weeks.  My family will tell you that I have never been good with change, especially change that involves something I was completely happy with just as it was.  thank you very much.  So, though I know that in a matter of weeks we will have established our new normal - right now I am mourning the loss of our old life, a life I loved, a life that went by way too quickly.  oh, those darn tears...

For the next couple of weeks I will continue to be absent while I get us all settled in.  I hope when I return I will be in a less emotional state of mind, excited for the possibilities that lay ahead for both my kiddos and myself!  And, in my hand - a long list of great shops, ideas, DIY's, and recipes to share with you!


handmade outer space nursery

Inspired by the final mission of the US space program and the safe landing of the shuttle Atlantis.


pizzeria scalloped tomatoes [seasonal cooking - summer]

ahh, a week by the lake has me feeling refreshed! 

And, what did I find when I got back?  A ton of green tomatoes - woo hoo!  I can't wait to see a bunch of red on those plants.

One of my favorite ways to use the abundance of tomatoes this time of year is with this Pizzeria Scalloped Tomatoes recipe from MACSAC.  You can find it in the cookbook From Asparagus to Zucchini (remember I talked about this book before?).  Add your favorite grilled meat or hearty veggie kabob and a green salad for a complete summer meal. 

Read on for the recipe. 


getting to know for the love of Joy

for the love of Joy offers so many wonderful handmade quilted items, but these Boppy pillow covers are what caught my eye!  Aren't they the sweetest?!


all decked out

We are all decked out for the 4th - pun totally intended, ha!  An extra post today, just because our little outdoor space makes me happy.  A few of the reasons why:
  • homegrown produce right outside our kitchen door
  • the view of the field in our backyard
  • a vintage tray picked up for me by a friend, topped with a recent auction find
  • full pots of blooming flowers
  • patriotic bunting
  • family dinners outside under the umbrella


celebrating the 4th of July

Each year we host a small 4th of July gathering where we eat simple summer food, play yard games, and later drive to the park with snacks and blankets to watch the fireworks.  To help set the festive mood there are always mason jars, cupcakes with special toppers, handmade decor, as well as red, white, and blue accessories!  I'd love to know, how does your family celebrate the 4th?


embellished tank tops [4th of July DIY]

My girls and I love to wear a little red, white, and blue on the 4th of July! This year, still hung up on the flimsy fabric flower I taught you how to make in a previous post, I embellished tanks my girls already own. With a tiny bit of fabric and vintage buttons my mom had recently given me from her stash, these plain blue tanks are ready for the holiday!  I think I might even make one for myself...

Note: I altered the directions from before just a little - since I plan to remove these flowers after the holiday, only a couple of stitches were necessry for easy removal later.  If you don't like the frayed edges, use a pinking shears to cut the circles.  I frayed mine on purpose!  And, by the way, one shirt took maybe 10 minutes - so easy!


I'd love your vote!

b is for banner - vintage book pages - custom/personalized

Ready for the shameless plug?!  My vintage book page banners are included in the latest EtsyKids design challenge - party!  Voting has begun and I'd love your vote!  Head on over to the EtsyKids blog.  Scroll down to number 35, that's me.  Click the circle next to my banner then scroll down and click "vote" after number 82.  Voting ends June 27.


Bob Buckmeier Foundation - Sprint for a Cure

This Saturday, June 18 will be the 7th Annual Bucky's Bash - an event put on by the Bob Buckmeier Foundation to raise money for families dealing with cancer in our community.  If you attend, make sure you bid on my silent auction donation - a custom vintage book page or vintage sheet music banner!


Thank you, SFC, for all the good you do in our community!

For more information, check out Bob Buckmeier Foundation - Sprint for a Cure on Facebook.


sweet potato muffins with flax meal

Yesterday I was in the mood for a Fall-like muffin.  So, I came up with this sweet potato recipe.  If I do say so myself, it's pretty darn good!  I need to play around with reducing the amount of sugar - let me know if you get to that before I do! 

And, make sure you check out these links for the super health benefits of both sweet potatoes and whole ground flax meal!

By the way, both my girls said - "sweet potato muffins??  eww!" and then proceeded to gobble them down with large smiles  :)  Read on for the recipe and enjoy!


getting to know MaiseysDaiseys

I'm so excited to share this shop with you today!  The creative mind behind MaiseysDaiseys is 13 year old Macy.  She started the shop, with her mom Jill, when she was only 8 years old!  The hair accessories are like none I have seen before, sculpted using paper mache.  Among my favorites, the recycled newspaper flower headbands:


sweet owl gift sets

I am totally in love with the owl pillows made by Haley of g&g!  These little cuties, made partially with eco felt, are so bright and cheerful!  As I browsed her shop, I thought her owl pillows and my owl journals would make adorable gift sets - take a peek, I think I was right! 

Who do I have in mind for these sets? 
  • new mommas - a decorative pillow for the nursery and a journal to use as a pregnancy record, child care notebook, or to keep track of all of those special moments
  • a preschooler - a little stuffed friend and a journal for those early drawings
  • a school-ager - these kiddos still love stuffies (at least mine do!) and their very first journal to keep track of family vacations or special school memories


it's my anniversary!

I am celebrating the 2 year anniversary of my shop - oh, buckets - this week!  The support I have received locally, from around the US, and even worldwide has been amazing

Thank you so very much to all who have supported my business with kind comments, word of mouth advertising, and/or purchases! 

To show my appreciation, I am offering 20% off all of my in stock items (so sorry, but custom orders are not included in the sale).  You can use the code THANK YOU at check out today through Sunday, June 6.

Head on over to my website to start shopping!  And, don't forget to become a fan on Facebook for special sales throughout the year!

oh, buckets {wedding decor}

Over the past few months I've had the pleasure of working with soon to be brides and bridal shower planners!  It's been surprising and oh, so fun diving into this new area of decor...honestly, I never thought I had a talent for "big people stuff". 

BUT, I feel pretty darn good about my wedding work!  Take a peek at one of my recent favorites...a vintage sheet music banner embellished with cardstock and Amy Butler fabric...


homemade granola

Remember last week when I said I'd have a recipe for you to pair with those freshly picked berries?  Well, wait no longer, here it is! 

You can eat this granola dry, with a splash of milk, over yogurt, or on top of ice cream.  Throw in some dried berries or fresh fruit and you have a wonderful breakfast, snack, or dessert! 

The other night I grilled up some bananas with rum, butter, and brown sugar.  Then served them (warm, of course) over vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of this very granola - super tasty!

Read on for the recipe and have a wonderful weekend! 


wooden toy love

I've purchased some wonderful handmade wooden cars, trucks, and teethers for a few of the special kiddos in my life.  I love that wooden toys are eco-friendly, have natural anti-bacterial properties, and are just so sweet!  Here are a few of my favorites:


summer travel series

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being included in the Summer Travel Series of treasuries by Beaditi on Etsy - you can see my pale aqua bunting cupcake toppers below. 

And, make sure you stop back next week - I'll be sharing a recipe perfect for pairing with those fresh picked berries!

'Summer Travel Series - 4 - Berry Picking in the Farms' by Beaditi

Red Flower Petal Ga...

Set of Four Flour S...

Hand Dyed Bamboo Ve...

Red Tagua Nut Choke...

Red candy stripe st...

c is for cupcake to...

tiny flag banner - ...

A Ruffle Blanket in...

Strawberry Bubble R...

Primitive STRAWBERR...

Basket Totes/Metal ...

Turquoise Berry Bow...

Just Sweet and Swee...

Red and gingham bon...

SUPERSALE Pyrecanth...

Little Strawberry- ...


The Big Eco Directory

About a month ago, I submitted an application for my blog to be included in The Big Eco Directory - a website that, "features all of the best eco-friendly and green related websites."  Just this week I was notified that my blog was accepted.  You can find the link button below my list of followers. 

There are currently 335 active links ranging from blogs to green jobs to eco travel.  I hope it will continue to grow as it seems to be an awesome resource!

Here are a couple of blogs that I've found using the directory:

A blog that offers green ideas spanning a variety of topics.  For example, today I read a post about biodegradable shoes - cool, right?!  And, I found this adorable idea for making use of "orphan" socks!  Though, at our house, I'm not sure we even have any socks that cute!

A blog that offers, "a collection of hints to help nurture a more ecological and economical household with very simple choices."  The posts here range in topic from hand sanitizer, just posted last week, to a no soap challenge!

Go ahead, take a peek - and please come back to share any fun new sites or tips you may find!


embroidery hoop art and small banner gift set

Did you see my first embroidery hoop post?  If so, you know how much I love hoop art...and fabric...and no sew projects!  Read on for a little bit of sharing and a mini-tutorial, with just a bit of hand sewing.

My oldest has a birthday party this week for one of her closest friends!  This set is for her - happy birthday kiddo - hope you're not peeking  :)

The fabrics were chosen to coordinate with her current bedroom decor and the small banner is made using vintage sheet music - that girl loves her tunes!

To make the flower embellishments for the hoop: I began by cutting out 3 inch, 2.5 inch, and 2 inch circle templates from cardboard.  Next, I pinned the templates to the appropriate fabrics and cut them out.  With the lavendar fabric in the embroidery hoop, I stacked the flowers and hand sewed them on with the white button.  After several stitches to make sure it was secure, I used hot glue to attach the pink button.

The banner:  For the banner itself, check out my tutorial on Going Home to Roost or pop by my shop where I have them for sale.  As for the flower embellishment, I followed the same process as above using 2 inch, 1.5 inch, and 1 inch circles.  When I was done sewing I added a piece of clear tape to the back and two pieces of double sided tape under the biggest "petal" - this should help keep the paper from tearing and the flower secure. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 
And, make sure you check out this week's SALE details!
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