Friday, April 22, 2011

An Explanation

Things have been quiet on this blog for a couple of weeks now, and I feel I owe those of you that check in here on occasion a bit of an explanation.

Initially, when I started this blog it was to fulfill a goal to be the author of my own blog. ( I gave myself a time frame of six months.) I want(ed) to have meaningful and interesting things to say, and made a promise to myself that the minute I felt as though these two things were falling to the wayside, that I would sign off. I refuse to post just for the sake of posting. If my readers are going to take a few minutes out of their day to read what I have to say then I owe it to them to make their time spent here worthwhile.

With this said I'm going to ride this blogging break out for a little while longer, but I intend to return. I would like to ask a little favor of those of you wiling to share your opinions. What kinds of things do you like to see and/or read about on your favorite blogs? I'm gathering inspiration, and would love any input you are willing to share.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Win Something Pretty

Interested in winning a print of the above photos? Go here to see how!

Good Luck!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


*Giveaway isn't on this blog. Please visit link below to enter.  

Kaylah from the "Dainty Squid" is having a giveaway on her blog. The winner will receive the above pictured sloth necklace.

Here are the details:

What:  A Happy Sloth Necklace!

When: March 7th - 11th.

How: Enter by simply leaving a comment on this post telling Kaylah your favorite item from Mary's shop!  Make sure there is way to contact you if you win.

Extra Entries:  You can earn one extra entry by posting about this giveaway on your blog, tumblr, myspace, twitter, etc. Just leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry!

Who can win: ANYONE, anywhere in the world!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Want One


Just a quick note to let you know there are only a couple of days left to enter the giveaway to win a chalkboard necklace over at "One Pearl Button".

I will be listing a limited quantity of these necklaces for sale in my Etsy shop. The price will be $8.50 plus $3.00 shipping/handling. I will be sure to post once I get them listed. Also, if you would like me to reserve one (or more) I will be happy to do so!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Modern Patchwork Giveaway

Rachel from "Smile and Wave" is generously giving away three Modern Patchwork E-courses.

Here is how Rachel describes Modern Patchwork:

"Modern Patchwork was designed with beginners in mind and includes NINE special projects that will not only build your confidence in your sewing skills, it will pretty much give you all the projects you need to give your favorite space a mini makeover!"

Here are several ways to enter this giveaway:

1. Leave a comment with your name.

2. Tweet about this giveaway and comment to let me know you have.

3. Blog about this giveaway and share the link in the comments section.

4. Share this giveaway on Facebook and link in the comments section.

Doing all four will give you FOUR times as many chances to win ONE of THREE SPOTS!

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, February 8th.

Good Luck!

*Picture borrowed from Rachel's blog

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Opinions Welcome

After using the same camera for a couple of years I am itching for an upgrade. I have narrowed down my search to two options.

Option 1: Canon Powershot SX30    (This reviews on this camera were outstanding.)

Here is the description from the Dell's website:

"The PowerShot SX30 IS from Canon has got you prepared for your next extreme photo opportunity. This point-and-shoot digital camera comes with a massive 35x wide angle optical zoom lens - a first for any PowerShot! It also comes with a 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD, 14.1 mega pixel, high dynamic range, zoom framing assist and much more."

Option 2: Olympus PEN E-PL1

Here is the description from Dell's website.

"Itching to take professional pictures but intimidated by SLRs? Then look no further than the Olympus E-PL1. This camera has it all: high quality, point-and-shoot simplicity, and chic PEN design. Whether capturing an HD movie or snapping once-in-a-lifetime moments, its six special art filters let you paint the world from a great perspective. And with a 100% stabilized body for crisp shots with all lens types, an accessory port and a integrated flash, the colorful E-PL1 really is ready for fun."

So here is where I need your help. Which do you recommend, and why? Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

Happy first day of February!

(Pictures "borrowed" from Dell's website.)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dream Room & Updates

I'm not sure what the function the above room serves (kitchen, dining, art, etc) but I do know that I love it. This one is definitely going into the inspiration folder. I love that the designer/owner incorporated natural elements (plank table) with such colorful accessories. I think it works so well together. (I especially love the unique shelving on the back wall, genius!)

Remember the dilemma I posted about here. Well, I decided to try contacting the seller one last time in hopes of resolving the issue. She is still adamant that she mailed my original order, but agreed to mail me another one. Now it is just a matter of waiting to see if she stays true to her word. I'll keep you posted.

I've been doing a bit of painting as of late. I'm working on a custom order of four cottage ornaments, two of which I have already completed. I also restyled these cherub candlesticks. They turned out better than I had imagined. I can't wait to share!

* I don't know the source of the above photo. If anyone knows, please let me know!

Monday, January 10, 2011

More Snow

A post of few words for this Monday.

Our weekend consisted mostly of snow, snow, and more snow.

Here are some evidentiary pictures.

Hope it's warmer (and less white) where you live!

Monday, January 3, 2011

First Post Of 2011

So, is everyone ready to begin a brand new year? I suppose I am as ready as I am ever going to be. I can't say that I was sad to see 2010 come to an end. It was a year full of loss, sadness, and uncertainty. Fingers crossed this year will be nothing of the like.

Here is the picture I promised of the handmade sign I made my sister for Christmas. I used this perfect tutorial. It was my first time using freezer paper to make stencils, and let me tell you that stuff worked amazingly well. The process was extremely time consuming, but I think the outcome was completely worth it.

I also wanted to share with you this cottage ornament I painted for a special order. I have painted a lot of these over the past couple of years, and I think this is by far my favorite. I think it's because it reminds me of the mushroom houses on the Smurfs.

What projects have you been working on lately?

I have a couple of surprises coming up soon that I can't wait to share!

Happy first Monday of 2011!