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Jewelry SALE & Reader’s Special!

In celebration of summer, when the weather’s hot and the fashion’s cool, we’re having a sale on select jewelry up to 50% OFF!

15% OFF Minty Fresh Ring, $6.80

Sale ends midnight (central time) on June 30th.

Plus, we have an extra special treat for our blog readers:

Use coupon code “toocool12” at checkout, and receive 10% OFF* of your purchase!

Happy summer, and thanks from the bottom of our hearts for reading our blog.

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*10% OFF coupon code applies to regularly price items and already discounted items.

Expires midnight (central time) July 31st, 2012.*

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Fresh & Clean

I didn’t realize how much I missed making Etsy treasuries until I finished this one at about midnight. ūüôā

Click on the image to check out these beautiful items and the shops where they belong.


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Friday’s Favorites – Valentine Edition

Time to spread the Valentine love, and share some of our most recent favorites on Etsy:

Cassette Tape Papercut by squirrelandfox


Pink Elephants by maybesparrowsplace


1950s Fenton Glass Perfume Pitcher by crazydreamz


Vintage Silk Cocktail Dress by chiffonier

¬†(Of course, there’s plenty more romance where that came from! Just search EtsyXO or Valentine’s Day on etsy.com¬†to find it.)
I have a¬†love/hate relationship with the holiday (who doesn’t?) but¬†I just have this image, combining all of the items above, of¬†wearing that dress while pouring a yummy spritzer from the Fenton vase as the hubby opens his awesome papercut card and the¬†cute little pachyderms¬†look on¬†from the¬†background. Of course, we’re in a dreamy vintage kitchen, complete with sky blue fridge and diner-style breakfast table. And a million dollars and a pony, because, what the heck, it’s my fantasy and I can¬†have what I want.
In reality, we’ll be taking our nerdy selves to the Sci-Fi Expo tomorrow to celebrate. Next best thing, don’t you think? Maybe I’ll rub elbows with Eliza Dushku.
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Thoughtful Thursday – Back On Track

I’ve taken some time off from blogging since my aunt’s passing to regroup, delve into some big projects here at the Tri C, and help take care of my mom. There’s lots going on right now with her health, and she’s getting ready to schedule surgery for a torn rotator cuff (due to the multiple falls she’s had since the development of polyneuropathy.)

My aunt’s memorial went well. It was a little awkward, since the only time our family has met her husband’s family was their wedding, but overall it was nice and relaxed. Things have been so busy that I’ve barely had time to let it sink in. I’m thankful for all of the creative outlets I have, including a major makeover here at the Tri C! We spent 3 days painting one of the back rooms to transform into a game room, and it’s almost done. I’ll post pictures when it’s finished (kicking myself for not getting “before” pictures!) Next, we have a lounge, a devotional room, and a library to work on. No shortage of interior decorating practice, that’s for sure.

Etsy817 is on fire right now, since we’re planning a “make and take” booth at the Cowtown Indie Bazaar in Ft. Worth, a float for the Arlington Parade of Lights, and the Handmade Holidays arts and crafts show at UTA, all within the next few months!

Click the button on the right sidebar for more info!

To top it all off, there’s the 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Festival at church (Park Row Church of Christ,) of which I am the official event coordinator. Due to some scheduling conflicts, we had to move the festival up a few weeks, which puts a crunch on planning. I can’t wait to make it bigger and better than last year!

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Once I get the game room completed, I’m going to have to carve out time each day to make new items to list and sell at the upcoming shows. I’m welcoming that quiet, creative time with tired but open arms.

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Thoughtful Thursday – Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

Yesterday was a doozy. Despite it’s doozy-ness, I did get to see a very special friend of mine, along with several other old friends, while she’s in town from Chicago. We’ve known each other since kindergarden, went to school together all the way through high school, although we grew apart then, and began talking again years later. Her father passed away around the same time my grandmother passed away, and I just so happened to find her online around that time. She had a back to school party (I wasn’t even going to school at the time, but another old friend would be there,) where she told me she had “this cute guy” she wanted me to meet. That cute guy asked me out the same night, and we’ve been married for over two years now! I owe her a lifetime of happiness that¬†follows a time of great sadness, when it comes right down to it.

Here are some pictures from last night:

She gave me this really thoughtful gift – a book, signed by the author, Chuck Palahniuk. It was around the time Mom was going through treatment, and he asked her to tell him something about me. She gave a brief (and flattering!) synopsis, and he signed the book, “To the best daughter ever.” He told her that he’d taken care of his mom when she was sick, too, and that he understood. How cool is that?¬†I cried.

Anyway, I am so thankful for all of the wonderful people who surround me. All of them have changed my life.¬†All of them are amazing, and even if they aren’t around on a day-to-day basis, they each have a part of my heart with them, and I have a part of theirs.

I hope you all have a season full of love like that. The love that just won’t go away. I’ll be gone from the blog scene for a week or so – the hubs and I will be spending time with family on all sides. Enjoy every minute you have with every person you love!

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Tuesday’s Treasure – I’d Like Some Catch-Up On My Side Of Thanks

I wanted to catch up on our thanks to the curators who have featured us in their beautiful treasuries over the past month! 

Pink floral earrings in two pink treasuries:

Buy A Little Pink For Me by CreativeCabin131

Pink And Precious! by ConcordSoap

A sparkly brooch in a sparkly treasury:

Are You Ready To Party? by hotcrossbuns

A fabulous fascinator with the blues:

Awesome Gifts For The Blue Lover by aldari

Antique books blend right in:

Mildly Moody by RichardandRuthie

Finally, I was feeling in a colorful mood, and paid homage to the blindingly cute Japanese “kawaii” or “cute” style:

Too Kawaii To Handle by BuyMeLove

There you go! Lots of eye candy to satisfy your cravings. Thanks again to all of the Etsy members who took the time to make these treasuries!

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Thoughtful Thursday – Beating the Hustle, Bustle, and Holiday Blues

Bah Humbug Greeting Card Set by SimplyInvitingCards

It’s almost¬†inevitable: you’re excited about the holidays the week before Thanksgiving, and it all goes downhill after Black Friday. You’re sick of the Christmas music, the commercials, the crowds, the endless scramble¬†for gifts. You just want to lock yourself in the house with leftovers until the new year. Unless you’ve mastered the art of not freaking¬†out during the holidays, you may not realize that it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some tips for keeping the rest of your holidays merry and bright:

1.¬† Reconsider the gifts. If you have a huge family, do gifts “secret Santa” style, where everyone draws one name from the hat, and gets a gift or two for that person only; you can also try just giving gifts to the kids.¬†If it’s too late for that, get¬†or make gifts in bulk. Everyone likes food, so if it’s already a tradition to bake goodies this time of year, make a bunch of them, wrap them with a little ribbon, and give them to friends and family.¬†If you must go shopping, try getting all of your gifts in one or two places, plan the best route, or shop online. Another option is the “trading” system. For example, this year, I babysat a friend’s kids in exchange for an Avon order. I didn’t have to go to a store, and I enjoyed watching the kids! If you’ve already gotten your gifts taken care of (good for you!) consider one of these options next year.

2. Remember the reason for the season. Everyone knows it’s not about the gifts and decorations,¬†but it’s easy to forget. By simplifying the gift-giving with the examples above, and¬†accepting the fact that¬†not everything will go according to plan,¬†you can concentrate on spending time with your family and friends and reflecting on what the season is really about.

3. Take time to really give. Volunteer your time. It’s likely that there’s a local shelter near you – a veterans’ shelter, an animal shelter, a women’s shelter … find a cause that’s close to your heart, and spend some time helping out this season. Despite what you think, you do have time. It will remind you of the reason for the season, and how true the old saying is: “It is better to give than to receive.”

4. Take some time for yourself. It doesn’t mean a day at the spa, or a day dedicated to the golf course (but if you have the time, go for it!) It just means taking fifteen minutes out of your day to do nothing, to read, to take a bubble bath, or pray or meditate. It also means taking care of yourself! Be sure to exercise – do something as simple as going for a brisk walk – and eat as well as you can. If you’re responsible for preparing a dish, make sure it’s chock-full of veggies, fruit, or try a healthier version of an old standard. Keep indulgence portions small, and you’ll be grateful for your waistline and sanity later.

Finally, on a more serious note,¬†if you know you struggle with depression around this time of year – it’s super common and you are not alone – find a counselor or support group to help get you through. The holidays can be really rough if you’ve lost someone you love, moved away from home, or had another big event in your life happen around these few months. That plus the lack of daylight hours and the expectations of the holidays can really bring you down. Be honest with your family and friends that you’re having a hard time, and let them know what they can do to help, even if it’s just to quit asking “Are you OK?”

Merry Christmas and happy new year!

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