Saturday, March 19, 2011

Etsy Crush | My Mom's Knitting


Crocodile Green Special Knitting Handbag by My Mom's Knitting

This morning was my turn to get up with the baby so my husband could sleep in. At 6:40 'the alarm' went off and by 7 I was browsing the front page of Etsy and there, staring me in the face was this gorgeous purse by My Mom's Knitting.

Of course it's green, and you know me and green. This would be the perfect Spring accessory- warm and cozy knit to ward off the chilly Spring air (I am in VT after all), but a nice lush green to remind me of where the season is going. Love that polka dot ribbon too.

Monday, March 14, 2011

St. Patty's Day Coasters


Well, despite my printer's best efforts I am happy to be able to bring you Truly Noted's first free download! I have wanted to start offering fun free downloads for a while so look for more in the future.

Being Irish St. Patrick's Day has always been a holiday that made me feel special. Having red hair, blue eyes and freckles, people tend to gravitate to me with comments and good cheer all day long. And since green is my favorite color I am just a shoe-in!

But being Irish also means most people peg me as a big beer drinker, and while I do enjoy a tasty micro-brew now and then I tend to be a wine-o and skip the hops and barley for the most part. Whether you are drinking green beer or root beer this St. Patrick's Day, make sure to place a festive coaster beneath your glass!

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I have created four coasters, each with a different Irish 'blessing' on them. All you have to do is download the free art file, print on some cardstock, and then cut out with your choice of tool. I used a circle cutter and I tried scissors as well. The circle cutter was definitely better at making a smoother circle, but the scissors might be easier for those not familiar with the circle cutter. You could also use a craft knife or x-acto knife.

Whatever way you cut it, I hope you enjoy my first free download!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Etsy Crush | Crafts2Cherish


I love felted flowers. Someday I might learn how to make them, when I have some spare time. I hear they are super easy, but they look so intricate! This bright and cheerful Mexican Felted Floral Necklace from Crafts2Cherish is right up my alley. It makes me want to book a flight to Hawaii so I have somewhere tropical to wear it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Save The Date

Check out this unique way to memorialize your special date in a beautiful Save The Date Necklace from Noah's Ark Creations on Etsy. Whether you just picked your date or you got married years ago, this is a stunning way to always remember that moment in time.

It's not just for wedding dates either- birthday's, a special anniversary, any date that has a special meaning. Check out the other items available from Noah's Ark Creations on their Etsy shop.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Snow Day

We are officially buried in over here in Jericho (and most of northern Vermont). 24" in the last day and the snow is still coming! I guess I posted my Spring inspiration board a little too soon. {sigh} You just never know with March in New England. In like a lion is fairly accurate, I'd say.

But, it has given me the opportunity to hunker down in my office and do some designing. What I love best, of course. Nothing like a little snow day to give you the perfect excuse to not go anywhere and bury your nose in something creative.

Here is a sneak peak of what I am working on.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Under The Birch Trees | Inspiration Board

This weekend it is supposed to get into the forties here in Vermont and, honestly, it couldn't come soon enough. To say that I am over the Winter weather would not come close to how much I am yearning for warm, sunny skies and some soft green grass.

So it comes as no surprise that most of my inspiration these days is coming from images of lush, springy greens and the warm glow of a Summer sunset.

Clockwise from top left: Pretty Birdie's Hemp Silk Layer Dress by stephanieteague, Personalized Tall Birch Vase by braggingbags, Mason Jar Lanterns by treasureagain, Urban Picnic Roll-up by NstarStudio, Wood Heart Sign by braggingbags, Customized Barn Wood Wedding Sign by ShandrasCreations, Handmade Birch Bark and Moss Baskets by NHWoodsCreations

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pretty as a Pastry

You may have noticed things look a little different today! I spent a couple of hours last night re-doing the blog with a little help from Powered by Pastries, which I just discovered the other day. I was so excited to stumble across this amazing collection of blogger design tips and free templates since it seems that Rainy Day Templates is not available right now (my original plan for sprucing up this little blog o' mine).

I downloaded the 'Strawberry Shortcake' template and made a couple of changes. Still working on some more design tweaks- probably play around with the header image and I want to add a nav bar underneath. But it is a start!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Garden of Love

Today, while waiting in line at the post office, I spotted a poster with the 2011 stamps on them. These ones, called 'Garden of Love', really caught my eye. I actually think I like them better than the 'Wedding' ones and since they are the 'forever' stamps I will have to stock up!

Available in May they feature the artwork of Jose Ortega. Just gorgeous. Find out more info here!