February 2009

17 articles in February 2009

With a little Saturday morning window shopping, I came across some of these from the Re-define Your Style section on Etsy. This clip is super awesome from new seller Apezoppa. This comb makes me glad I’m utilizing pregnancy hormones to grow my hair long again, I just might have to order one for the “hospital bag” since everything else will look hammered after childbirth!  After finding the Ampersand Necklace  from seller CrumpetCake, I realized that I don’t have ONE charm on my bursting charm bracelet that is typographic. For that matter, I don’t think I even bought a charm for when I graduated with my bachelors degree! Shame, shame this might have to get added to the collection as well.  Lastly, I just thought these simple swirl topaz earrings were so cool with the square ear-hooks. Find them here by seller BadCatJewelry who’s got …

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So I know we’re not having a girl but just wanted to post this announcement that I printed last spring. There were many good intentions of photographing and blogging about it, but the old photos just didn’t do it justice. Now that I’ve learned a few tricks on how to use my camera and shoot product so that it actually looks like the real thing, this set finally made it through the rounds of getting re-shot just in time for the March thaw.  On a completely different note, I ordered all my seeds the other day for starting my annuals and vegg garden and can hardly stand the wait to get them here. It’s going to be a big planting day with the kids in the house, and hopefully will bring some lovely greenery for the last few months of frigid weather. …

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Okay, for those of you that requested this here’s the written out directions. I’d put the difficulty level at about easy/medium due to the fact that a knowledge of layers in photoshop will be helpful. If anyone is interested in photoshop tutorials please let me know, I’d be happy to help if I can! Creating an animated GIF in Photoshop (beginner, should have experience using layers): 1> create a new image preferably under 350×350 pixels for web streaming. 2> place/paste each image into it’s own layer (layers palette) and label/organize them in the order of appearance. (if you can’t find your layers palette then click on “window” in your menu bar and scroll down until you find layers > click and it will open with the rest of your palettes). 3> In the “window” menu, select Animation Palette, it should open below …

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And I’m finally getting around to it…The winner is (kindly generated by Random.org) :             Amanda, who’ll be winning the butterfly pack! I’ll send you an email to get your shipping info and will get these babies off to you. Congrats!

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Here’s a sneak peak on a kit I’m sending out to retailers for my debut line. I can hardly wait to get them in their hands! I’ve been so busy wrapping up loose ends with catalogues, html programming, and printing samples that the blog has been a little neglected. My deadline is for the end of the month (the hard drive crash set me back a few weeks) so final tweaks on the blog will be done by March 3rd, and the main website will have all the new collection links live by this weekend or Monday at the latest! I’m so excited for you all to see everything and to be able to purchase it in the shop too! 

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I’ve been a little preoccupied with switching the blog over. Something that I thought would take a weekend has slowly crept into my week and killed it! I’m still wrapping up the catalogue, and am starting to make minor changes to the website. If you head over there (attention brides) you’ll notice a new promotion going on for March! Everything should be up and running to full capacity by end of month with lots of new goodies in the shop. Here’s a little something I photographed today and will be available with all the new goods. Enjoy!

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After getting a few hours of sleep last night I thought I’d check out what votives were available on Etsy and here were a few delicious finds… From PolkaDotCandle there are lots of delicious flavors including Plumeria and Orange Blossom, both of which are bright and fun and I’m sure smell delicious! With votives though, one always needs a unique holder to display it in, enter ElementClayStudio’s Micro, Urchin clay votive holder. I could use a couple of these in my kids rooms and bathrooms for sure!

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Wow. It’s liberating watching 3 men for 3 hours dig an 8×8′ – yes FOOT – hole in my front yard. Occasionally a head will peep out but for the most part they’ve gone more than six feet under (and sometimes I wish they’d stay there). The best part out of all of this? It’s currently 3:34 in the am. This is the second time in the last 14 months digging has happened (I won’t even start to count the single-hour outages that don’t require digging). Power outages in my rural subdivision, hours of freezing and bundling up in the house, what fun! Along with the new worry that our hundreds of dollars of insulin in the fridge will go bad if something doesn’t get done FAST, I have now found the joys of realizing that 1) I need to buy at least …

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I don’t generally feel like I MUST BUY certain advertised typeface, as usually it takes a client request or some serious thought. However upon opening today’s email, I was tickled to find Bodoni Script Pro flaunting it’s lovely swashes and alternates at me. I REALLY love Bodoni and other transitional and modern typefaces, so this feels like it might get added to the already outrageous library of 1200 sooner than later. Thoughts?

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As we were wrapping up bedtime tonight one child had disappeared amidst the brushing teeth, insulin injections, crying and hugging, and Children’s Motrin routine (both kids are recovering from a cold). Upon tucking Dave in, we went looking for a good 5 minutes for Evelyn. Tracking under beds, in bedrooms, closets, tubs, we finally realized some little feet poking out from under the kitchen sink. This is the first time she’s hid on her own, and in a NEW hiding spot (I think she’s been thinking about this one for awhile though). This was a camera moment not to be missed, and amazingly Evelyn didn’t make a peep once until I snapped the toes picture. Then of course the reward, my sweet baby face! Too bad I had a fixed lens with not a very good night time aperture so the shots …

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