February 28, 2011

Monday Mash Up: Burlap Bananza

 These Lovely Items are Found in these Shops:

More Monday Mash Ups Here!

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Blogaversary Kick off: Lovestitched Giveaway!

 It is so fun blogging and meeting new, wonderful people! 
Like Brittany of Lovestitched...I {heart} her. ------->
She is so nice, real, funny & talented!

She has generously offered to giveaway any headband 
from her shop for my Blogaversary kickoff!

Not sure what my Blogaversary is all about? 
Go here for the details...

A little about Brittany:
I am a list making, country music listening, vintage knob collecting, cereal mixing, craft store addict, Photo taking, Friday night jammies and a movie watching, California born, craftaholic, organizing fanatic, hopeless romantic wife and mom.


Now on to the good stuff...
Here are some of my 
Favorite Headbands from Lovestitched:

Petite Kate

Aren't they the bomb? 
Ready to win one of your own?

Here is what you need to do to enter:

**Must be a blog follower of jessicaNdesigns to enter**
(click follow on sidebar to sign up)

One entry for each of the following
{leave a separate comment for each}
  • Be a follower of jessicaNdesigns Blog (leave comment saying you are) MANDATORY
  • Visit Lovestitched Shop & leave comment w/ your favorite Headband. MANDATORY
Extra Entries for doing the following:
Stay tuned all week for more great Blogaversary Giveaways!! The winners will be announced next week!

Thanks for helping me CELEBRATE!
Grab a button too:

jessicaNdesigns
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    February 27, 2011

    Weekend Review: Feb. 21-26

    In Case you missed any posts from this past week...
    Here is what I've been up to:
    Oh and starting tomorrow I am having a Blogaversary Party!

    Spread the word by displaying my button:
    jessicaNdesigns

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    February 26, 2011

    Waking Up to the Front Page & New Design

    It is always so exciting to make it to
    the Front Page of Etsy....
    See my Garden Markers on there?
    I did a little happy dance this morning!

    AND... I added this little lovely to the shop! 
    Isn't it too cute?

    Who do you Love a Latte??

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    February 25, 2011

    It's a Blogaversary Party! Help me Celebrate!


    I can't believe it has been 1 year 
    since I opened my etsy shop 
    & a little over one year since I started this blog! 
    Both have come a long way!

    I opened my etsy shop for the fun of it 
    and literally thought no one would buy anything, 
    but it has grown so much and it is keeping me busy busy! 
    Such a blessing! 

    I love designing jewelry and 
    coming up with new ideas for my markers!

    So in celebration, I am having a week long 
    Anniversary Celebration! 

    There will be giveaways every day
    discounts to some amazing shops 
    and an all around fun time! 

    So help me spread the word! 
    Grab a button to display on your blog:



    jessicaNdesigns

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    Giveaway Winner & A Homemade Granola Recipe

     I made some homemade granola for the first time.
    As you can see I had some helpers!
    It was pretty good...
    though if I make it again I would add raisins or cranberries!
    Here is the recipe:


     And...the winner of the Swaddler Giveaway is:

    Congrats Nicole! 
    Email me your shipping info!

    Didn't win? Don't worry...next week I will be celebrating my Blog & Etsy Anniversary with a week FULL of amazing Giveaways! You don't want to miss it!

    p.s. don't eat broccoli & cauliflower when nursing....we were up all night fussing. Poor Lucy!

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    Friday Freebie: Little Love Notes.

    From eighteen25:
    download your lunch box love notes HERE
    punch out with your 3" circle punch
    then add your very own special message.
    These are so cute! I can't wait to print and start writing little love notes! 

    More Friday Freebies Here.

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    February 24, 2011

    An Interview with Ahmelie & a Swaddler GIVEAWAY!

    Giveaway closed.


    The other day I shared my review of Ahmelie's 
    super cute & functional Swaddler Blankets.
     
    Did you read it? No? 

    Well go there and read it & then come back for a 
    great interview with Ahmelie and a super giveaway!
     Ok you're back?! Great!

    I asked Ahmelie to tell us a little about 
    herself and her amazing products:

    Let us know a little about the handmade products you sell:
    "I sell handmade items and supplies to make your own unique gifts. Right now I have a lot of children's items since I currently have small children at home."

    How did you come up with the name for your shop?
    "It's my name and it's unique, so that was a snap to come up with! :)"

    What inspired you to start selling your products on Etsy, and how long have you had your shop?
    "I started my shop in 2008 and I love that there is no pack up and tear down and hauling like with traditional craft shows. It saves me a ton of time and money!"

    What makes your products stand out amongst the rest?
    "I love bright prints, flannels and pairing up unusual colors with each other. I think I'm pretty consistent through out my shop. I also love useful items, so I try to make each thing I create have a purpose."

    How did you decide to get into your craft?
    "My mom sewed and taught sewing lessons in our home. I picked it up at an early age and never stopped. I love sewing!"

    Ahmelie is Giving one lucky reader 
    a Swaddler of their choice!

    Trust me...you want one! 

    Here is what you need to do to enter:

    **Must be a blog follower of jessicaNdesigns to enter (click follow on sidebar to sign up)**

    One entry for each of the following
    {leave a separate comment for each}
    • Be a follower of jessicaNdesigns Blog (leave comment saying you are) MANDATORY
    • Visit Ahmelie's Etsy Shop & leave comment w/ your favorite Swaddler. MANDATORY
    Extra Entries for doing the following:
    Please Leave your email address!
      And remember, she is offering you 
      10% off ANYTHING in her shop! 
      Just use coupon code:
      JESSICANDESIGNS10 at checkout!

      GOOD LUCK! 
      winner will be randomly chosen and announced on 2/25/11

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      5 Beauty Must Haves

      My best friend Crystal keeps an online journal where she writes about whatever happened or was on her mind that given day...most of it is so funny! She fills me in! She jokes how she is going to make it into a book one day...she totally should, it would be hilarious!

      Anyway, the other night she emailed me that in her journal she picked her top 5 beauty must haves and vowed to try and use them everyday.

      As stay at home Moms, that's easy not to do...I know I am in sweats and t-shirts 90% of the time! So we thought it would be fun to share our top 5 beauty products with you:
      1. Mark Pressed Powder Foundation
      2. Mark Touch & Glow Shimmer Cream Cubes
      3. Avon Smooth Minerals Lip Gloss
      4. Mark Skincare Kit
      5. Chi Hair Straightener
      1. Tweezers
      2. Avon Silicon Glove Hand Cream
      3. Clinique Mascara
      4. Blistex Raspberry Lemonade chapstick
      5. Avon Smooth Minerals Blush
      As you can tell I use a lot of Avon & Mark...yes I do sell it, but only because I love it & it rocks! Otherwise I would not share it with you!

      You can find the Avon & Mark products here!

      What are your top 5 Beauty Products?

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      February 23, 2011

      *NEW* in the Shop: The Bridal Party Set


      The original Bridal Party Set.

      Mark the places of the bridal party in style!

      You will get 4 spoons hand stamped with "the bride" "the groom" "the best man" and "the maid of honor."

      Use them as wedding photo props, table markers, decorations (whatever you can think of) then give them as a unique keepsake!


      Available HERE in my Etsy Shop! 

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      It won't be like this for long...



      This song brings tears to my eyes...
      When days at home are hard with a 4 yr old, 3 yr old and 3 week old,
      When I have no more patience left and it's only noon,
      When my daughters constant chatter is driving me bananas,
      When my son is testing me all day long,
      When my kids are arguing over whose toaster strudel has more icing,
      When I can't even finish a hot cup of coffee,
      When my hair is in a pony tail so much I think it will stay without a holder,
      When I look down & don't remember the last time I washed my sweats,
      When me and my husband have no time to spend alone together,
      When my house is such a mess I am embarrassed for anyone to stop over,
      When I just can't take it anymore...

      I think of this song and how true it is...
      It won't be like this for long.
      Sometimes it makes me stop & think about how fast time is going,
      How big my kids are getting.
      And I feel guilty.

      Sometimes you just need to slow down & enjoy what you have at that moment.
      Because it really won't be like this for long.

      Then I think about this song:




      And I cry some more....

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      February 22, 2011

      Sponsor Jessica N Designs in March!


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      DIY Vintage Skeleton Key Necklace

       I just love this skeleton key necklace! 
      It was so easy to make too...

      Here is what I used to make it:

      I also used a head pin & an aqua bead.
      (My pictures of those items did not turn out)
      1. I attached a jump ring to the key & used the pliers to connect it to the chain
      2. Then I put the head pin through the bead and wrapped it around the jump ring
      3. Then I attached that jump ring to the chain so the bead hangs by the key
      That's it...and now I have a lovely Vintage inspired necklace:


      Linked up here:

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