Monday, February 23, 2009

Etsy Treasury Love - Spring Can't Get Here Soon Enough

EtsyGreetings Swap - January 2009

A Heart of Mersea
Wings of Healing

Pulp Art and Fanshefolds

Half Empty Press and Cards by Jenna

Cards by Jenna and Lwhelan

Design des and Intertwingle

I'm so late in posting this. I took part in an awesome card swap with fellow Etsy Greetings members. I decided to gift the cards to one of the winners of my One World, One Heart Giveaway. They were so gorgeous I had to share! I hope she enjoys.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sometimes it is the singer AND the song!

What a gem I found while surfing YouTube.

Kelly Price - It's Gonna Rain (Live)

Kelly Price was a successful background singer who became a R&B artist. Now she's a successful gospel artist. This song was on the soundtrack of Life -- a comedy with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. Something about it always spoke to me.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sometimes Dirty Old Men are the Best!!

LOL...its not as bad as it sounds.
Yesterday as I stood in line to pay for sodas for lunch, the older gentleman in front of me accused me of flirting with him.
"Hey, why are you winking at me?  I'm an old man!!"
My reply...
"Why do you think I'm winking at you?!"
He was so tickled he paid for my sodas.  And all it cost me was a clever quip and a sly smile. LOL!
Sometimes I love fresh old men. Ha ha!


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I LURVE these boots!!!!

But there's no more size 10s in Orange!!!!! Ahh!!!

Maybe I will have to get Turquoise or Yellow. Hmm...

I'm part of the Affordable Luxuries Showcase

Check out me and my fellow EtsyNJ sellers!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Thing A Day - February 16, 2009

This is just a first run. My webcam is crap!! Its so hard to get proper lighting and my new lightbox was too small to shoot inside of. But I plan on adding tutorials to my blog and Facebook fan page. More than likely, I will reshoot this.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Thing A Day - February 14, 2009

I'm trying to teach my daughter how to frame things with her camera. So sometimes when we take walks in the neighborhood, I take pictures with my Blackberry. Sometimes I get really great shots.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

One World One Heart Givewaway

The winners are:
Joanne Huffman - Framed Greeting
Stephanie of Lulu's Cottage - Framed Greeting
Vickie of Whispers of Inspiration - Grab Bag Prize
Thanks to everyone for visiting. I hope you continue to visit. I have found many new blogs to inspire and inform me and I still have many more to visit and make friends.
Winners will be notified shortly.


I was fortunate enough to win a prize last year during the One World/One Heart Giveaway and now I want to give you a prize. (That name just makes me think of the Cheetah Girls' song that my daughter overdoses on. lol)

More about One World/One Heart:
"The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way...This is more than wanting to win something.......that is only the the end it's about finding kindred spirits."

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN: All you need to do is leave me a comment ON THIS POST and be sure to include your name and email so I have a way to contact you if you are the winner! It's that easy! To comment, click on the number of comments at the end of this post and you'll be brought to a comment form. Fill it out and you're entered!!!

PRIZE #1: One Framed Greeting - Love & Happiness
This 4" x 6" framed greeting is perfect for a loved one. This greeting is handcrafted and three dimensional. Can be hung on a wall or placed on a desk.

Features a quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

"You were made perfectly to be loved and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long."

PRIZE #2: One Framed Greeting - What Greater Thing

This 4" x 6" framed greeting is perfect for a loved one. This greeting is handcrafted and three dimensional. Can be hung on a wall or placed on a desk.

Features a quote by George Eliot:

"What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined to strengthen each other, to be at one with each other in silent
unspeakable memories."

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can
participate in this as well, please click on the "WORLD" button above to visit
the website.

NOTE: The winners name(s) will be drawn on FEBRUARY 12th, so be
sure to enter by February 11 to WIN!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What my name says about me?

There are 20 letters in your name.
Those 20 letters total to 98
There are 9 vowels and 11 consonants in your name.

What your first name means:
Hebrew Female Feminine form of Daniel: God is my judge.
French Female Feminine form of Daniel, meaning God has judged, or God is judge.

Your number is: 8
The characteristics of #8 are: Practical endeavors, status oriented, power-seeking, high-material goals.

The expression or destiny for #8:
Your Expression is represented by the number 8. The 8 Expression is well-equipped in a managerial sense. You have outstanding organizational and administrative capabilities. You have the potential for considerable achievement in business or other powerful positions. You can expect to receive the financial and material rewards. You have the skill and abilities to establish or operate a business with great efficiency. You have good judgment when it comes to money and commercial matters, and you understand how to build and accumulate material wealth. Much of your success (or lack of it) may come due to your ability (or inability) to judge character. With the number 8 Expression, you exercise sound judgment in most of your affairs; you are realistic and practical in your approach to business matters.

The positive 8 Expression produces individuals that are very ambitious and goal-oriented. If the 8 energy is not in excess in your makeup, you will no doubt express these traits to some extent. No one has any more energy that a person with the 8 Expression who has a plan laid and is starting to work. No one has any more self-confidence, either. If you are expressing the positive qualities of 8, you are an outstanding manager because you can plan, initiate, and complete projects; you are very dependable and determined.
As it always happens, there can be too much of a good thing. If you have too much of the 8 energy in your makeup, you may express some of the negative attitudes. A negative 8 can be very rigid and stubborn. Ambition sometimes has a way of becoming over-ambition, and you may express an unreasonable impatience with the lack of progress. If your negative side is showing, you may be too exacting, both of yourself and of others. Sometimes this can even becomes a case of intolerance.
The number 8 is very materialistic and also very desirous of status and power. Neither of these drives are inherently negative unless they are taken to an extreme. You must avoid the tendency to strain after money, material matters, status, or power, to the detriment of the other important factors in your life.

Your Soul Urge number is: 9
A Soul Urge number of 9 means:
With a 9 Soul Urge, you want to give to others, usually in a humanitarian or philanthropic manner. You are highly motivated to give friendship, affection and love. And you are generous in giving of your knowledge and experience. You have very sharing urges, and you are likely to have a great deal to share. Your concern for others makes you a very sympathetic and generous person with a sensitive and compassionate nature.
You are able to view life in very broad and intuitive terms. You often express high ideals and an inspirational approach to life. If you are able to fully realize the potential of your motivation, you will be a very self-sacrificing person who is able to give freely without being concerned about any return or reward.
As with all human beings, you are prone to sometimes express the negative attitudes inherent to your Soul Urges. You may become too sensitive and tend to express emotions strongly at times. There can be significant conflict between higher aims and personal ambitions. You may resent the idea of giving all of the time and, in fact, if there is too much 9 energy in your nature you may reject the idea. You may often be disappointed in the lack of perfection in yourself and others.

Your Inner Dream number is: 8
An Inner Dream number of 8 means:
You dream of success in the business or political world, of power and control of large material endeavors. You crave authority and recognition of executive skills. Your secret self may have very strong desire to become an entrepreneur.

What the Birthday Calendar says about me?

Your date of conception was on or about 6 July 1972 which was a Thursday.
You were born on a Thursday
under the astrological sign Aries.
Your Life path number is 7.

Your fortune cookie reads:
You were born with the skill to communicate with people easily.

Life Path Compatibility:
You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 5 & 7.
You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 4 & 22.
You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path number 9.
You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 3, 6, 8 & 11.

The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2441770.5.
The golden number for 1973 is 17.
The epact number for 1973 is 25.
The year 1973 was not a leap year.

Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/3/1973 and ending 1/22/1974.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Ox.

Your Native American Zodiac sign is Hawk; your plant is Dandelion.

You were born in the Egyptian month of Paony, the second month of the season of Shomu (Harvest).

Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 25 AdarII 5733.
Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 26 AdarII 5733.
The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is
12 baktun 17 katun 19 tun 12 uinal 6 kin
The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Thursday, 24 Safar 1393 (1393-2-24).
The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 22 April 1973.
The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 29 April 1973.
The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 7 March 1973.
The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 10 June 1973.
The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 17 June 1973.
The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Thursday, 27 September 1973.
The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 17 April 1973.
The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 6 March 1973.

As of 2/11/2009 5:02:34 PM EST
You are 35 years old.
You are 431 months old.
You are 1,872 weeks old.
You are 13,103 days old.
You are 314,489 hours old.
You are 18,869,342 minutes old.
You are 1,132,160,554 seconds old.

Celebrities who share your birthday:
Hideaki Takizawa (1982) Jennifer Capriati (1976) Lucy Lawless (1968)
Elle Macpherson (1964) Bud Cort (1950) John Major (1943)
Pearl Bailey (1918) Sam Walton (1918) Philip Ahn (1905)
Cy Young (1867) John Tyler (1790)

Top songs of 1973
Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta Flack
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree by Dawn
My Love by Paul McCartney & Wings
You're So Vain by Carly Simon
Crocodile Rock by Elton John
Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
Keep On Truckin' by Eddie Kendricks
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce
Top of the World by Carpenters
Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & the Pips

Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 5.12837573385519 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)

Your lucky day is Tuesday.
Your lucky number is 9.
Your ruling planet(s) is Mars & Pluto.
Your lucky dates are 9th, 18th, 27th.
Your opposition sign is Libra.
Your opposition number(s) is 6.
Today is not one of your lucky days!
There are 46 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 36 candles.

Those 36 candles produce 36 BTUs,
or 9,072 calories of heat (that's only 9.0720 food Calories!) .
You can boil 4.11 US ounces of water with that many candles.
In 1973 there were approximately 3.7 million births in the US.
In 1973 the US population was approximately 203,302,031 people, 57.4 persons per square mile.
In 1973 in the US there were approximately 2,158,802 marriages (10.6%) and 708,000 divorces (3.5%)
In 1973 in the US there were approximately 1,921,000 deaths (9.5 per 1000)
In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.
In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.

In 1973 the population of Australia was approximately 13,614,344.
In 1973 there were approximately 247,670 births in Australia.
In 1973 in Australia there were approximately 112,700 marriages and 16,195 divorces.
In 1973 in Australia there were approximately 110,822 deaths.

Your birthstone is Aquamarine

The Mystical properties of Aquamarine
Aquamarine is often used to experience love and mercy. It is said to help ease depression and grief.
Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Jade, Rock Crystal, Bloodstone

Your birth tree is
Hazelnut Tree, the Extraordinary
Charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgement.

The moon's phase on the day you were
born was waning crescent.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Awarded!!! Lemonade Stand Award

This morning I was surprised to find a fellow blogger, Anne of Gael Creative sent me the Lemondade Stand award for being a blogger with great attitude and gratitude.

I want to share this with a few other bloggers I read regularly.

Please visit them as I enjoy their blogs often:

Micki: My homegirl from St. Louis. She's a fashion diva and a closet crafter.

Allison: A fellow EtsyNJ artist, She's a very talented artist and crafter.

Dierdre: Another fellow EtsyNJ artist. Her photography is just amazing.

Katie: I've been a Fashion Mista for years and you should too. She's a fashion designer, graphic designer, and business guru.

Myisha: Wow her blog is so visually appealing. Another artist who gives great blog.

To pick up the Lemonade Stand Award:
Comment on this blog
Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog
Nominate at least 5 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude
Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award
Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Still fighting off sinus infection and working on school work.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A shop without a home..

It seems like only yesterday I blogged about joining the Lollishops...wait a minute I think it was yesterday. Well I love the aesthetic but its not going to work out.

I literally have too much inventory to use it!!

One of the main reasons, I don't update my Etsy shop alot is because of the time it takes to list one item. I have hundreds of cards plus other items and uploading them is a full-time job in addition to the ones I have. I really need a cart with a bulk lister. (You listening Etsy and other shops like it) That's the main thing I liked about ProStores before the prices skyrocketed. Lollishops is a lot quicker because there's only one page to fill out but its still time consuming.

Its so much easier for me to keep a spreadsheet with all my inventory and update on a regular basis. Taking pictures can be done in one day with good light but a spreadsheet I can update as I go along and set an upload day during the week.

I may have an alternative for now keep looking for me on Etsy.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Thing A Day - February 3, 2009

I did do a Thing A Day.

I built myself a lightbox. but I got so wrapped up in taking product photos, I didn't take a picture of the box. I will add a picture on the 4th.

Monday, February 2, 2009

We are a part of the Lollishop Guild!

After some thought, I've decided to shop that is.

Collective Elements is now a part of Lollishops!

Lollishops is the Frou Frou Friendly Marketplace.

I will still have a shop on Etsy and 1000 Markets but I feel Lollishops is a better fit for the style of my creations. As I look back on most of the items I created, I see a dominant strain of romantic colors and whimsy.

Most of my old inventory will be listed there and all new inventory will be listed in my new Lollishop. So please be sure to change your links. I'll be changing links on the blog soon.

Thing A Day - February 2, 2009

I stayed home to work out the last of this infection and finish off my paper.

I've been dying to try out this new N hook I bought so I picked something basic to crochet. Now mind you, I have never crocheted a scarf before. I don't do well with long projects but I figured the chenille was thick and the hook was large so it should go quickly. I also kept the rows short. Took about a half hour. Pretty spiffy, even if I say so myself.

Just so you know, I open to swapping with other participants in Thing A Day. Just contact me and we'll see what we can do.

Updated 2/3/08
Not available for swapping: My daughter loved it so much she wore it to school today. Don't worry, she's a budding artist. I'll get her to add something in exchange.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thing A Day - February 1, 2009

So Thing A Day started today. Unfortunately I am in the middle of writing a paper, plus fighting off a sinus infection so I could only manage a little doodle.

I've been drawing this flower since I was a little girl. Sometimes its really detailed and some times its more basic than this picture. I used to say it was my daisy picture but its more like a pansy.

New Electric Company?

I'm sitting here watching the blasphemy which is the new Electric Company. You heard me...NEW Electric Company. It just started back up on January 23. My daughter giggled alittle but I see I have to invest in the videos so she can see classics like: