{July 4th :: a summer sale}

Summer is here and the 4th of July is almost here!
sunshine. campfires. sunscreen. cold lakes. smiles.
what are your favorite parts of summer?
how about summer sales?

just for fun, the following items are on sale:

Snag them up, carry them in your purse, secretly love them:
* orange floral wristlet/clutch
* teal/green polka dot make-up bag
* purple leaf zipped pouch
* orange polka dot zipped pouch

*sale runs through July 5th {oh, that’s my birthday!}

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{Big Picture Scrapbooking :: capture the first year}

This giveaway is now closed!

My friend Jessica Turner loves to scrapbook as much as I love to sew, and she recently started a fab scrapbooking class for new {or seasoned} moms. This blog is all about supporting the handmade industry along with finding new friends and shops to support. I’m super excited to share with you Jessica’s passion…


About the class:

Finding time to scrapbook amidst milestones and diaper changes can be a challenge, but it is possible! In the self-paced class Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Baby’s First Year, you will receive tips, tricks and inspiration to complete your baby’s first year album – while he or she is still a baby. And don’t despair, if your baby is walking and talking, Don’t Blink will still inspire you to complete his album before he graduates high school.

As a new mommy who works full-time, writes The Mom Creative blog and loves to scrapbook, Jessica Turner’s life is a constant juggling act. After not finding any baby scrapbooking resources she loved and with a commitment to completing her son’s first year album while he was still a baby, she developed Don’t Blink: Scrapbooking Your Baby’s First Year.

After taking Don’t Blink, you will be inspired to create dozens of layouts for your baby’s scrapbook. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the amount of pictures you have taken and the layouts you could make, you will have the tools needed to create a scrapbook that will be cherished for generations by your child. AND, you will be able to get it done during nap-times, at night and whenever else you can squeeze in fifteen to thirty minutes to scrapbook!

Something fun for you:

Readers can enjoy 20% off Don’t Blink at BigPictureScrapbooking.com! At checkout use the code “blogblink” to redeem your discount. (This makes the class only $8 instead of the normal $10!)

*Disclaimer: This coupon only applies to the Don’t Blink Self-Paced class; coupon does not apply towards other Self-Paced Projects, Workshops or Gift Certificates. Good for one time use, per student. Expires December 20th, 2010 at 10pm PST. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Coupon must be entered in the “Promo Code” box during checkout and press “apply” button; discount will be applied immediately. Not applicable towards previous purchases. Other terms and restrictions may apply.

A Giveaway — yeow!

Jessica is offering two people the opportunity to take the class for free! To enter, simply leave a comment.

For an additional entry, tweet about this giveaway: I want to capture the 1st year! Enter to win a scrapbook class, written & designed by @JessicaNTurner, http://u.nu/69ikc (via @GussySews)

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, July 6 — the winners announced on Wednesday :]

*Both winners will receive a unique code to enter at checkout to receive the free class. The winners can sign up for the class until December 20, but once the class is in their account they can start it at any time.

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{“work hard. have fun. no drama.”}

Good morning, lovelies.

The winner of the June sponsor feature & giveaway is Kelly K who wrote, I love it when someone introduces me to new talent….that’s how I found you! Thanks for sharing the love and paying it forward!

Kelly, please email me :]

The winner of the Featured Artist :: Eclectic Orchid giveaway is Candice who wrote, I love the flower hair pins- so cute! A positive today is that my I’m picking my Dad up from the airport- woo hoo! :] Thank you for this opportunity!

Candice, please also email me :]


Zack and I had such a fun, busy weekend. His family visited us from Michigan so we were go, go, go all weekend long! Dinner out, the Mall of America, my favorite downtown Minne Target… plus a little birthday celebration last night for me! {it’s coming up soon!!! :] It was a really great weekend.

Today I’m super busy catching up on work, emails, sewing… and of course finding inspiration in the little things :]

Here are some pics that make me feel extra happy today:

[photo credit]

Today’s also the deadline to enter your shop in Giveaway Day! That means in just 2 quick weeks we’ll be having a mega huge handmade party {July 12-14}. I can’t wait :] :]

So remember today: have fun, and no drama ;]


PS. does anyone know my birthday and how old I’ll be this year?!

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{happy weekend-ing}

Gussy has some things to say:

* remember it’s the weekend & do something fun for YOU! :]

* if you haven’t already, enter in the June sponsors feature & giveaway post here. Ends Sunday night!

* monster shop update happened all week. did you see them? view updates #1, #2, #3 and #4rumor has it there’s MORE coming next week {what?!}

* yesterday’s Featured Artist was Eclectic Orchid — such a colorful & fun jewelry shop. Enter the giveaway here.


here are some of my favorite things,

pulled from my “cute things” bookmark folder :]

* Vintage Rose Necklace

* Free to Fly – vintage cork message board

* La La Love You Poster


Happy weekend-ing :]

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