Friday, November 28, 2008

Ginger Blossoms Felt Cupcakes Giveaway Winner...

And the winner of these cute little cupcakes is....

Comment #45

Here are your random numbers:45
Timestamp: 2008-11-28 18:00:22 UTC

Congratulations! We will contact you for your mailing address.

Thanks to everyone who entered and for all of the wonderful comments about Ginger Blossoms felt food items!

Black Friday!

So today is the day for all the big sales, but you won't find me anywhere near a mall! It's just way too crazy out there. I have been wondering where the term Black Friday comes from though. Why isn't it called Happy Friday or Woo Hoo Shopping Friday if has to do with shopping and getting great deals? I looked it up and found out that the term was first used in Philadelphia to describe the traffic situation on that day. You can read more about the origin of the term here. I suggest staying at home and doing some nice stress free online shopping. No parking problems. No crowds. There are some great Black Friday sales on Etsy!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Easiest Fudge Recipe Ever

This is a great fudge recipe if you are in a hurry or are not such a great baker! No baking required! It is from Eagle Brand. Fudge also make a great gift for co-workers or for a party hostess, just wrap it in some cute holiday cellophane and it's ready to go.

Foolproof Chocolate Fudge

3 cups (18 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli ones are really good!)
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
Dash salt
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with Eagle Brand milk and salt. Remove from heat; stir in nuts (optional) and vanilla.
Spread evenly into wax paper lined 8- or 9-inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm.
Turn fudge onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store covered in refrigerator.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Trend Watch: Spring 2009 Hot Colors

These are the top 5 colors for Spring 2009 as reported in the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2009. These colors are said to provide optimism and stability for Spring. See the rest of the colors and read more here.

Fuchsia Red
Salmon Rose
Palace Blue
Lucite Green

Super Lemon

Monday, November 24, 2008

Win a Sweet 'n Sassy Baby Diaper Clutch!

Head on over to Smitten Blog Designs Blog to win one of our super cute diaper clutches during their 12 days of giveaways!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Help Save Lipstick Jungle!

If you haven't read my previous posts, I love this show and there are plans to cancel it. I have never in my life signed a petition to stop the cancellation of a show, but I really love this show! If you do too or if you just want to help, go sign the petition to keep it on the air. Some diehard fans are even sending tubes of lipstick to NBC in protest! That information is also included in the petition. If you have never seen the show, you should check it out on Friday nights. If you were a fan of Sex and the City, you will love Lipstick Jungle.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Etsy Feature & Giveaway: Ginger Blossoms

I just recently discovered felt food. I think it is such a wonderful idea for small children and it makes a great gift. My daughter loves to play pretend meal time and cooking, and felt food is so much nicer than the plastic kind you find in toy stores. I recently found a great Etsy shop that carries the cutest felt food. It is called Ginger Blossoms and Andrea makes the most realistic creations that look good enough to eat. A basket of felt food would make a very cute holiday gift for your little one or a little one you know. Also, if you purchase her felt cookies, 50% of the profits go to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Take a look at all of the fabulous creations in her shop!
She has also offered one of her great items for a giveaway! You can win this set of sweet little cupcakes!
Here's how you enter...

GIVEAWAY ENDED!! Winner is #45 tatertot374

1. Visit her Etsy shop and pick your favorite felt food item.

2. Come back here and make a comment on this post telling us your favorite item. BE SURE TO LEAVE CONTACT email address, your blog, or etsy shop name so we can contact you if you win!!

3. On Friday, November 28th at noon (central time) we will pick the winner using a random number generator. (Your number is the number of your comment.)

4. We will contact the winner for your address and your cute little cupcakes will be mailed out!

Good luck!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Win This!

Our friend Jill over at Zingo Tots is having a great giveaway on her blog. You can win this super cute burp cloth set! Visit the Zingo Tots Blog to read the details and enter. Also, check out her store for fabulous initial t-shirts, birthday shirts and more!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Affordable Holiday Dresses

Do you need the perfect dress for a holiday party, but don't want to spend a fortune? Here are some great affordable dresses for your company Christmas party or your friend's holiday cocktail party.
The Gap $78

The Gap $64
Old Navy $50

Banana Republic $130

Banana Republic $175

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

RIP Lipstick Jungle

It's a sad sad day for me. One of my favorite TV shows of all time has been canceled. It was such a great show, but apparently I was one of the very few who thought so. Joe never got to propose to Victory! Will they ever be together? I'll never know! And more importantly....
Kirby! When will I see you again....

Monday, November 17, 2008

Win Stuff!

Be sure to head on over to Smitten Blog Designs to enter their 12 days of Christmas "Give, Oh Giveaway" starting on Wednesday, November 19th. You can enter to win some wonderful prizes including a Sweet 'n Sassy Baby diaper clutch. There will be over 20 winners! Read more about it here. While your there, check out their cute free blog templates too!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Go Find a Shoebox!

I found out about this wonderful opportunity to give on Less Than Threee's blog. It is a program called Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritan's Purse . All you have to do to help a child in need is fill a shoebox with items they might like. You pick whether you would like your shoebox to be for a boy or a girl and you have three age ranges from which to choose. Grab a shoebox and head to Target, Wal-Mart or anywhere else and buy some cute items you think the child may like such as small toys, personal hygiene products, and school supplies. Once you fill your shoebox, you add a $7 check to help with shipping, put a rubber band around it and drop it off at one of the drop off locations in your area. The boxes will be sent out to children around the world. This program is going on next week so you better hurry! Drop off locations are open November 17th - 24th. Find a shoebox (or shoeboxes if you are feeling very generous) and visit their website to read all the details and find a drop off location near you!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Etsy Feature: AgruArts

I found a wonderful pottery shop on Etsy while looking for a gift. The shop is named AgruArts. April creates unique pieces of handmade wheel thrown and handbuilt pottery. I placed an order and the customer service was excellent. My item arrived very quickly and I even received a small gift with my order! She also creates wonderful Jewish pieces such as menorahs and other items with Hebrew writing on them. Check out her shop for a beautiful piece for your home or for a great gift!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fun Gadget

My daughter found a strange item at the park the other day. It said defibulator on it, which I thought was the machine that is used to start someone's heart, so I was kind of confused. I was wondering what in the world it could be so I looked it up online. It was a deFIBulator, not a defribillator! It is a portable lie detector! It is supposed to detect vibrations in the voice to determine if someone is lying with 65% accuracy. I don't know about that! It would make a fun gift though. Supposedly, you can use it in person or over the phone, and if the person is lying the little man on the screen will get horns and his nose will grow. The one we found was broken. The price is $50. You can read more about it here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Trend Watch: Cinched Waist

Grab a belt because cinched waists are in style! You will see everything cinched at the waist from a fabulous dress to a long sweater to a stylish coat. Cinch it in!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Giveaway Winner!

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments during the giveaway! It really helps us to know what items and designs are favorites.

And the winner of this super cute Sweet 'n Sassy Baby diaper clutch is....

Comment #79 Aimee M K!

Here are your random numbers:79
Timestamp: 2008-11-11 18:03:14 UTC

Congratulations! I will contact you for your address and mail it out!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Spice Up Your Blog!

If you have visited my blog before you may notice that I recently spiced it up with a new polka dot background. This fun background was created by Smitten Blog Designs. Their designs are great! They have so many cute free backgrounds, or you can have them design something especially for you. Check out their blog!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Newest Addition: Christmas!

Here are some of our Christmas items. We have several Christmas tree appliques, and we are also making custom birthday hats for Christmas birthdays. We had a lot of little ones with Halloween birthdays who wanted a hat in Halloween colors. Surely there are some little ones having Christmas birthdays! Visit our shop to see all of our holiday appliques and more birthday hat options.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Etsy Feature: Miss Pretty Pretty

I came across a wonderful and creative item on Etsy the other day. Miss Pretty Pretty makes these wonderful card table playhouses. I have never seen anything like these. They are such a wonderful idea! You can choose from a beauty shop, firehouse, post office, grocery store and more. They come with removable pieces so your child can count, move things around, and play for hours. You just slip it over a card table! Unfortunately, she has had so many orders for Christmas that you won't be able to get one by then, but they make great presents for birthdays too, or just because!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

GIVEAWAY! Sweet 'n Sassy Baby Diaper Clutch

We are giving away this great diaper clutch. We purposely picked this design because you don’t have to have a baby to use it. It would make a great everyday clutch purse! It measures 10 x 7 inches. You can see more of our diaper clutches here.

GIVEAWAY ENDED! Winner is #79 Aimee M K

1. Visit our Etsy shop and pick a favorite item.

2. Come back here and make a comment on this post telling us your favorite item. BE SURE TO LEAVE CONTACT email address, your blog, or etsy shop name so we can contact you if you win!!

3. On Tuesday, November 11th at noon we will pick the winner using a random number generator. (Your number is the number of your comment.)

4. We will contact the winner for your address and mail your clutch out within 2 days of receiving your mailing address.

Good luck!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Trend Watch: Bright Colorful Coats

If you want something other than the usual brown or black coat this season, you won't have trouble finding a great colorful coat. Coats in bright colors are very popular this winter. Here are some great ones.