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I cashed out!

I reached the $2 cash-out minimum at Instant Cash Sweepstakes, and am cashing out!

They are sending my $3.79 directly to my PayPal account.  So simple, so easy!  I got to the threshold amount by winning one of their $2 drawings that they have every four hours.  You don't get a lot of cash doing the surveys, but they are short and it does add up.  Check it out by clicking on the widget below.

We will have to wait and see how long it takes me to get my next chunk of change, LOL!

Current Slew of Books

I got in four books at one time to review, and then a fifth one showed up!  I am certainly set for reading material on my trip.  Here is what I have in.  I expect to have all the reviews posted by the end of October.  Wish me luck!

I just finished reading Masquerade by Nancy Moser.  The unofficial review is that it was a wonderful read.  Here is the link to it's page with Bethany House Publishers:  Masquerade
Now I am reading Loves First Bloom by Delia Parr.  Published by Bethany House Publishers.

Then the next three I have to read are:
The Vigilante's Bride, by Yvonne Harris; published by Bethany House Publishers
City on Our Knees, by Toby Mac; published by Bethany House Publishers
and (one I was very excited to receive!)
Out Live Your Life, by Max Lucado; published by Thomas Nelson

Treasury Thursday, 9.30.2010

Welcome to Treasury Thursday! The link party where you can check out a variety of fun and diverse treasuries created on Etsy. Treasuries are a snap shot of what is available from various crafters and artists that sell their items on Etsy. The theme can be color, holiday, sport, etc. Each treasury contains between 12 and 16 items that a person (Etsian) puts together to show the theme their choice. The most coveted goal when creating a treasury is to have your treasury selected to be on the front page of Etsy.

- Link up a treasury you have created or were featured in.
- Linking up multiple treasuries is encouraged. 
- Visit and comment on at least two other treasuries.
- Give hearts to any favorite item you find!
- Share the love and spread the word by adding the Treasury Thursday button on your blog, or in a blog post.

You do not need to have a blog to participate in this link party.

Linky Directions:
Add the direct link/web address to your treasury.
Enter the name of the treasury as the ex…

Are you looking for a fall banner?

Has the fall bug bitten you?  If so, Everything Etsy has updated their Free Etsy Shop Banners to include fall designs.  Add some fun fall festivity to your shop witha  quick change fo your shop banner!

Once you save these images to your computer, you can add text in almost any photo program.  Save the updated image, and upload to your Etsy shop!
Happy Fall Ya'all!

Guest Post - Monika from I Love It All

I am very pleased to have Monika fromI Love It Allover today with here Address Book Tutorial.  Isn't it the cutest address book ever?!?!?!? ~ Kimberlee

Hi friends! I'm Monika Wright and I'm thrilled to be here to share a tutorial with The Spunky Diva today. One of my most favorite things is crafting. Crafting home decor, gifts, mini albums as well as lots scrapbook layouts fill my days. I host a blog called I Love It All; to share my love of all things crafty with blog readers and an Etsy shop by the same name, i love it all, to share my love of crafty things with people who support the 'buy handmade' frame of mind. I had to chuckle to myself when I first found The Spunky Diva blog, as Spunky is the nickname of our youngest daughter. And, she is FULL.OF.LIFE. I suspect when her teen years arrive, she might be a Diva, too!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial, it has so many teach…

Wednesday Link-ups

I am linking up my Quick Curtain Tutorial and the post about painting my Mom's bathroom to these blogs today:

Time to get serious!

I found this widget on Nikki's blog, at The Best Part of Believe.  This will make you realize that it is almost October, and Christmas is almost here!!!!!  Do you have your gift list made up?  I sure don't.  I am still trying to figure out what to do for a turning the big "1" part for Ms. Diva.  Luckily she won't remember it at all, LOL!
Guess this is my wake-up call that I need to at least get a list going, so I can order special items if I want to.  It is always hard to get custom items done Christmas Eve, LOL!
I am thinking of getting a couple of these pieces from

Aren't they gorgeous?

Etsy Tuesday - 9/28/2010

Welcome to Etsy Tuesday!  Sarah, ofFoto Tale Designs, is our randomly selected Etsy feature shop from last week's link-up.  Here is a little about Sarah and Foto Tale Designs.

My name is Sarah. I live in Southern Utah. I have been married for 6 years and have a daughter (4) and son (1). I was a HUGE scrapbooker for over 10 years. I had thousands of dollars worth of stuff and found that life was getting too busy to spend hours creating one scrapbook page that could only be used once, so I went digital. I love the freedom and endless options, and even more that my hours of work can be reused. After mastering photoshop for scrapbooking, I transitioned into designing photo templates- albums, collages, storyboards, baby announcements, Christmas cards, marketing templates, etc. etc. I love creating and knowing that I am saving others time and work while helping them 'tale' their stories.
Here are some of the great items avalable in Sarah's store:

Link up your shop to have a ch…

Quick Kitchen Curtain Tutorial

How comfortable with sewing are you?  Would you like to a quick and easy project that you can do yourself to create a window valance/ruffle out of any fabric you find?  Here you go!  There are only three lines of stitching in this project.  Very little measuring, and gorgeous results.

This project actually started almost two years ago, when I painted our current kitchen a pale ice blue we had left over from painting a bedroom.  To try something different, I painted the ceiling of the kitchen a deep, high-gloss navy.  You can see just a little bit of the ceiling in the finished curtain picture below.  As much as I adore the contrast in the paint colors, trying to find a ready made curtain for the kitchen has proven impossible.  Lots of kitchen curtains are to frilly, not the right color, too white, so on and so forth.  Did I mention too expensive?
So, when I brought home this fabric from Sewing Club and was trying to figure out what 'it' wanted to be, I decided it would be perfe…

Weekend Wrap - 9.27.2010

Here is what I ended up doing with that fantastic fabric I brought home from Sewing Club.  Now, I need to go back and grab the other cutting to make a second curtain, LOL!  Don't worry I took tons of pictures, and will be posting the tutorial on how to make this Quick and Easy Curtain tomorrow.

I got tons of cleaning done, but not as much sewing as I was hoping.  Clean Kitchen - Check Vacuum and Wash Floors - Check, I even vacuumed all the doors and ceiling fans. Get Laundry Done - Not only done, but put away too! Sweep off Porch - Check Do something with rugs - Took them all outside and hosed them down.
Here are some great photos of Ms. Diva from Sunday:
Enjoying some cherrios.
Look Grandpa has the camera out.  What a ham!
I must wave to the camera.  Two hands is much better than just one handed waves.
Chasing down the duckie.
Remember to check in tomorrow for the Quick Curtain Tutorial and Etsy Tuesday!
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