Sunday, October 19, 2008

Etsy Gift Guide #1: Don't Let The Holidays Break Your Bank!!

The holidays will be here before we know it! In this economy it is important to a.) not panic and b.) help rebuild it! The issues with the economy are not going away over night. By making a few smart choices this holiday season (i.e. keep the credit cards in the freezer ;)) your gift giving will not break your bank!

If you are unfamiliar with run do not walk to take a peek at all the treasures waiting for you! Etsy is an online community of super creative small business owners. The selection is great and the prices cannot be beat! So skip the mall and super discount mega marts and support an artist and/or small business owner this year. This blog is my Etsy best of gift guide for the 2008 holiday season! Happy shopping and enjoy!!
Stylish Warmth

Pumpkin Spice Scarflette $15

Caper Chris Creations

Blooming Vine Scarf in Sunset



Metal Components

Red Velvet Recycled Bike Clock

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Too Cute

Princess Tutu $20.00

Custom Portrait of Your Own Pet - Be a part of the Forever Home series $45.00

Paw Prints Project


Something To Carry It All

Damask Leather Wallet with Antique Skeleton Key...Antique Claret $60.00

Urban Heirlooms

Delila Bag with Adjustable Strap - Japanese Kokka Fabric $58.00

Poppy Mini Pouch- Raspberry $28.00
For The Home

Yellow Bird on Cherry Blossom Pillow $28.00

Kitchen Icon Labels - vinyl decals $19.00

The Turning Large Print $25.00

Hopefully this gives you a great place to start shopping for the holidays! Etsy has something for everyone on your gift giving list. Take time to to explore Etsy you will be surprised at how many quality items you can find for under $100. Check back soon for the next group of inspired Etsy artists!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

It's Halloween!!

I love Halloween! I don't think I have always loved Halloween as much as I do now. I guess it is a combination of the beginning of the holiday season as well as the crisp fall nights. I am sure being a home owner has something to do with it as well. There is such a sense of comfort and pride in it. All I want is to decorate and entertain! I never thought the day would come when I would ask my mother for her coveted crock pot spice concoction. But it happened! It is a smell that reminds me of being a child. Now I want it in my own home welcoming the holiday season the way it use to when I was young.

What is your favorite thing about the beginning of the holiday season?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Upon realizing that your mother really is a Superhero...

Do you hate to clean? Did I just write that? Of course, no one likes to clean. Well, I am now a home owner and cleaning just comes with the whole package! I have always been someone who keeps her kitchen cleanish but never an entire house! Ok so it is only 1323 sq. ft. Pathetic but oh so true! Blame it on my youngest child syndrome. Yes, let's do that. Mother thank you so much for always doing so much for me that I now have the inability to "keep house". Just kidding mother! What I really want to say is, "Ok mom I get it and thank you."

I don't know how she did it and kept her sanity! Everyday the same thing: scrub, rinse, repeat. I am starting to think I might go insane. And my poor mother on top of all that, doing it with two semi ungrateful teenagers and a passive husband (my father has since redeemed himself-well kind of ;)). The perfect example of my mother is how she used to wake us up for school in the mornings. She would come in singing something like, "It's morning, the sun is shining, time to wake up and enjoy the day!" Now those of you who know me know that my response to this was none to pleasant. But as an adult in a new marriage, I am starting to get how powerful it must be to love as a mother.

My hope is to have a daughter (even though I know mother you are laughing at this) and be able to fully appreciate the pure torture it must have been to have been my mother. The mother of a depressed (daughter of my father) teenager! Here's to you mother. You deserve a medal and a song!