Monday, February 22, 2010

Love Surprises in the Mail

Squid Ink Kollective held a Giveaway recently - and I won! What fun....see....I told you to enter those giveaways!
I love this t-shirt - a happy Narwhal riding a Segway? So strange, it's cute! All of their items are printed by hand with non-toxic ink. It's printed on an American Apparel t-shirt - mine is a medium - nice feminine cut - not too boxy.
Also, loved the little touches on the packaging - cute stamps on the front envelope and again, strange but cute pink grizzly bear on the inside envelope....screaming "To Lee-Ann" lol.
Not sure if I'm scared or not - he's pink, so can't be that dangerous, can he/she? And...I see a bit of a pot belly on that bear - might slow him down in the chase. Then again, maybe it's a trick....hmmmm.....deep thoughts.
Anyhoo....Love this Etsy shop - check them out for really unique, quality, fun t-shirts, bags, hoodies, linens...and - they are in Austin, Texas. Shoutin' out to my fellow Texas Etsy-ers.
Thanks Squid Ink!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Neke Designs Earring Giveaway!

Love a giveaway?? Love cute little earrings? Love cute little earrings called "Pinkies"? Well, they could be yours to have and to hold!
Take a look HERE - and you'll love me forever and ever..... ('s really just have to leave a comment, not sign away your first born)

"These earrings are made from large pink glass rondelle beads. Neke Designs handmade the bead caps and earwires from sterling silver, and gave it an aged look."

Total Length: approx. 2.5"

Then, thank Etsy Fort Worth and Neke Designs!
Are you a facebook fan of Etsy Fort Worth? If not....then go HERE.
Are you a facebook fan of Whoopsie Daisies? If not...then go HERE.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Scraps in Disguise

Finally, a finished project! This one really pleases me because
#1 it was cheap,
#2 it was easy,
#3 it hides some of my (s)crap(s)!

I bought this ugly white crate from Wally World for $5 -
and turned it into this! Ta Da! Cute, huh?
These are all of my little bitty bits of fabric that I just can't bring myself to throw away. Well, they are useful - see! I used little tiny bits to spell out "Bits" - thank goodness I didn't throw away those scraps of green floral sheet, huh?? The lining is an old tablecloth - it's stained, and just sort of plain - very "cream" colored, which didn't put it at the front of the queue for sewing projects. The bark cloth looks like "grandma's drapes" - well, not my grandma's drapes, but someone's grandma's drapes.....huh?
This one has cut up pieces of my husbands work shirts and suit pants.......yes, this is a little wierd, I realize...but I have used them to make some fun stuff. And...that wool fabric and shirting material isn't always cheap from the fabric store. Plus, I just like to say that I made this vest from my husband's pants - hee hee! (By the way, he hates that vest, always trying to sway me to wear something else when I pull it out :)
Ok, so if you want to make one for yourself - you need to go HERE. This is a super cute blog - full of really colorful pictures, great tutorials and inspiration - Paint in My Hair. Laura Gunn is the author - she's got a great eye for all things crafty....think I have a little blog crush here!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

And More Snow in Texas!

4:28pm - and it's still falling! Crazy - they say we haven't had snow like this in 19 years!
I had to put plastic bags on my boy's hands over his gloves because he doesn't have any snow mittens. Go figure.

Snow Day in Texas

Snow day in Texas = kids are happy playing outside=roads too crumby to drive anywhere=hopefully time for me to get into my sewing room! 8:43am....still snowing, not supposed to stop until late this evening! Yeah!Hopefully, I'll have some projects to tell you about soon!
p.s. - yes, the kids are wearing Goggles from their swimming bag....silly kids.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Music that Inspires Me

Creative energy flows so much better for me when I have good music playing in the background. After watching the Grammys last night, I was reminded how music can just transport you and make you feel a certain way, put you in a certain mood - which is important when you are creating! Music is such an important part of my life, I just feel strange when I don't have something playing (that is, unless the little munchkins are running through the house hootin and hollerin! Then, silence is golden!)
It just depends on my mood - sometimes I love to have Norah Jones singing something soothing in the background, sometimes it's something funky like Black Eyed Peas, lots of times it's Bobby Long, Marcus Foster, or Sam Bradley. Today, I'm listening to the Ballas Hough Band (as in Mark Ballas and Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars). Check them out! I had the privilege of seeing them perform live last year when they were in Dallas. I get such a kick out of seeing people express their creative energy through live music. To me it seems like a very vulnerable place to be. Which is inspiring, because if you want to make something from your own hands, then you have to be brave enough to put it out there for others to see. (Unless it's just crap and you shove it in the back of your closet - like the sweater I tried to "teach" myself to knit with! A slightly askew, boat neck lovely. Trust me, it won't see the light of day anytime soon!)
What do you like to listen to when you are in your zone, bringing to life your one of a kind creations?

Let's take it out with a little Black Eyed Peas!
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