Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Paper & Bling

A quick little post on a couple of really fun swaps that I participated in waaaaay back in June!
The first was hosted by my sweet friend, Jessica.
A Spring-themed vintage paper swap!
These were the little packets of papery goodness that I put together...
 Vintage butterfly cards, old tickets, buttons, vintage wallpaper circles, and silky leaves.
Check out this post by Jessica to see what I got in return!

I also participated in my pals Lynn and Karla's Bling Swap!
I sent in some vintage rhinestones....
And was sent back this amazing necklace!
Pretty fabulous, huh?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Shabby Apple

I was contacted by Shabby Apple a few weeks ago to see if I was interested in reviewing one of their dresses...
Um, yes!

If you aren't familiar with Shabby Apple, they are an online boutique that sells gorgeous, classic, vintage-inspired women's dresses.  They also do maternity, swimwear, and kids' clothing!  I really love the fact that 5% of net sales support charities in India.   
Their selection is amazing.

I liked so many of the styles, it was really difficult to choose.
I finally went with the Tuxedo III Dress.
It was SUCH a great choice!
I love the color and the fit. 
My favorite part is the collar ~ SO fun!
I tend to get nervous when ordering clothing online, but I used their sizing chart and it fits perfectly. 
(I wasn't too worried though, they have a great return/exchange policy!)
The fabric is a little heavier than I thought it would be, so it would be better suited for early Fall.
My only wish is that the belt in the photo came with the dress. 
 That's an easy fix... and a great excuse to do some shopping!

Shabby Apple will definitely be my first stop the next time I am in the market for a cute new dress! 
They have also generously offered a discount code for you!
Just enter speckledegg10off at their checkout to receive 10% off your order! (Expires 8/18/11)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Goings on

Hello friends!
I thought summer was supposed to be lazy!?!?
We are having a blast around here.
Birthday parties, swimming lessons, playdates...
Life is good.

Hmmmm... what else have I been up to?

*I'm preparing to visit this lovely lady in two weeks.  CAN'T WAIT!

*I also joined Natalea's July Photo-a-Day challenge, and didn't make it past Day 5.  Yikes! 

*I celebrated my birthday last week.  
My eight-year old made a delicious fondue picnic all by herself!  
Love her to bits!

*I've been scouring the flea markets and collecting lots of treasures for the next shop update!

*The Mama Bird from this post never returned.  So sad.
*I finally gave in and joined Pinterest.  And now I am addicted!  It's been fun to play with in the evenings before I head to bed.  You can see my boards here.  If you'd like to join the fun, I do have a few invites to share!  Just drop me an email.

*I picked up a circle knitting loom at a yard sale.  
Now I need to figure out how to use it. 
Do you know of any good sites, books, or patterns?

*My husband reminded me last night that it was the 13th anniversary of our first date.  
I couldn't believe he remembered!  I didn't!
*I just realized that I still need to share a few swaps from June. 
Double Yikes!

*I can't wait to head to the farmer's market tomorrow morning.

How is your summer?
I hope you are having a lovely time too!!!
Enjoy every minute!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Un-Birthday Box

I played a long in Amy's Birthday Treasury Swap last month.
SO fun!

My partner was Debbi.
She is unbelievably talented.
The box that she sent to me is gorgeous.
Simple, neutral, vintage, nature-inspired.
She even added soldered glass doors!
Pretty amazing, huh?
The really fun part is that all of the little treasures inside 
can be removed, admired, and re-arranged.

This is the box that I sent to her:
As you can see, we ventured a little away from the birthday theme!
I even ventured a little away from the box itself!
Be sure to visit Amy's blog to see many more photos from the swap!

Monday, July 4, 2011

July Giveaway!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Ours has been pretty quiet ~ lots of family time, yummy food, and relaxing!
Here's the July Giveaway!

A fun collection of crafty goodness!
Bright colors that are perfect for summer scrapbooking, journaling, card-making, collages, etc.
If you would like to win one of these Summer Kits, just leave a comment below 
sharing your favorite flavor of ice cream.
That's it.  
Easy peasy!
I'll choose a random winner on Thursday, July 7th.

(If you just can't wait to see if you are the winner, there are a some of them still available here.)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Edit:  The winner is #17 Holly!

Friday, July 1, 2011

July Shop Update

I've just completed the July shop update!
 Yummy vintage glass buttons.
Vintage thread cards.
Sweet wooden charms.
 Another batch of religious medals.
 A petite kit.
Pretty pins.
Fabulous mini dot stickers.
And SO much more!
Click HERE to visit!
Wishing all of you a wonderful weekend filled with family, friends, and fun!