~ Here is my story, told one 'Spunky' moment {and craft} at a time. ~

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Add some fun to your Computer Desktop.

Being the creative, crafty person I am... I love changing up my desktop background all the time.  Being the frugal person that I am (occasionally, LOL) I always try to find a free way to do this. 

So, this last time when I got the itch for change, I ran a search to find a new desktop background for my computer (of course I ran the search using SwagBucks, LOL), and found the Blue Mountain website.  They have a great assortment of desktop backgrounds available for free after a quick registration.  Blue Mountain also has several monthly desktop backgrounds that have a picture with a calender overlay.


When I saw this rainbow with Psalms 27:1, I downloaded it.  What a stunning Rainbow!


And with how easy it was to use the Blue Mountain website I can change my desktop every week!

Blue Mountain is part of the AG Interactive Group, and specializes in greeting cards.  They state that all their downloads are Adware and Spyware free.  They are also connected in to Webshots.

{I am simply sharing these links.  I have no affiliation with this company, nor have I received anything from them other than downloading the free desktop background that is available to everyone through their website.}

Monday, November 29, 2010

Etsy Tuesday - 11/30/2010

Welcome to Etsy Tuesday! The link party where you get to draw attention to your Etsy store. Each week a shop is randomly selected to be the feature shop of the following week's Etsy Tuesday. Link-up for this wonderful advertising opportunity!



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I love being creative and I love color and how colors compliment each other. I enjoy making quality jewelry from semi-precious gemstones and pearls. I love the whole process of making jewelry,buying the gemstones,crystals ect. and then thinking about the best way to incorporate them into a design. It's exciting and fun. ~ Patricia








Etsy Tuesday Rules:

1. Link up your Etsy shop, and choose a picture of your favorite item to share.
2. Visit the shop before and after you on the list, and send them a convo about an item you like in their shop.
3. Visit as many shops as you want, and give them a heart if you wish!


A shop will be selected to be next week's Feature Shop by using Random.org.
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Christmas Ornament Valance


To make this quick and easy ornament valance for my kitchen window, I used a tension rod, 13 ornaments, and a variety of holiday ribbons.  I really like how the ball ornaments reflect light and color in the window.  Another fun take on this would be to use some of your favorite tree decorations to decorate your window.  Or... maybe ornaments that are the same theme as your kitchen (i.e. roosters, cooking, fruits, etc.)!

From the outside, visitors can also see your holiday decor too!  I took to decorating this window because I can see it everyday walking to our home.  Plus, being out in the middle of farm country can be very windy.  So, outside decorations have to be limited to things that won't bang on the siding or blow away the next time the wind decides to gust through.
 

I cut the ribbon is pieces from 16" to 22" long.  Tied them in a loop, ran one end of the loop through the ornament top and secured it, and then ran the loop over my tension rod and then popped the ornament through the other end of the loop.  Very quick and easy!  Here is a close-up of ribbons attached to the tension rod.  Once I am done with these ornaments all I have to do is unloop everything.  Since there are no knots to undo everything will be ready to put back up next year. 


This project went very quickly (less than 45 minutes) and completely changed my kitchen from fall to winter.  Even better... Ms. Diva can't investigate this decoration, LOL!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Etsy Tuesday - 11/23/2010

Welcome to Etsy Tuesday! The link party where you get to draw attention to your Etsy store. Each week a shop is randomly selected to be the feature shop of the following week's Etsy Tuesday. Link-up for this wonderful advertising opportunity!


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My shop name is Pixel Berry Pie Designs, where the focus is on digital items & graphics.  The 2 main products I offer are:


* {Etsy Banner Sets} Every shop owner on Etsy needs one!  My sets include a shop banner, matching avatars, plus 3 bonus graphics (Thank You, Customer Order, Reserved Listing). Other matching items are available, like business cards, etc.


* {Digital Collage Sheets} These are printable papers (digital files), that are created in 1 inch Squares, Circle Bottlecaps, and Scrabble tile sizes.  I have a variety of designs... my collage sheets are perfect for scrapbooking, card-making, jewelry, pendants, or any other crafts!

Please feel free to visit me at any of the following links:
Etsy Shop: http://pixelberrypiedesigns.etsy.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/PixelBerryPieDesigns
Blog: http://pixelberrypiedesigns.blogspot.com/

Items listed at Pixel Berry's Etys shop:













Etsy Tuesday Rules:

1. Link up your Etsy shop, and choose a picture of your favorite item to share.
2. Visit the shop before and after you on the list, and send them a convo about an item you like in their shop.
3. Visit as many shops as you want, and give them a heart if you wish!

A shop will be selected to be next week's Feature Shop by using Random.org.
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AccuQuilt’s Black Friday Sale – Lowest Prices Ever!

Now here is a black friday sale worth shopping!  The below text is directly from AccuQuilt.  Time to get excited folks! ~Kimberlee

AccuQuilt is giving its blogger friends a sneak peek of their upcoming Black Friday sale! As you all know, Black Friday has become a great shopping tradition among Americans everywhere. However, a majority of consumers now prefer to shop online to escape the dangers of stampede and the hassles of long lines at stores. If you can’t find the items you want, it’s easy to hop from one store website to the next without being disappointed. Savvy online shoppers know how to get the most out of Black Friday sales by utilizing blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other websites to get the inside track on tremendous sales.

 
AccuQuilt is offering the lowest prices ever on some of their most popular items plus special Daily Deals you don’t want to miss! AccuQuilt’s Black Friday sale begins on Wednesday, November 24th and ends on Cyber Monday, November 29th! Don’t miss out – visit accuquilt.com starting Wednesday to place your order!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

SpunkyDiva received a Blogger Award!!!

What a fun way to wrap a long weekend!  To find out that your blog has received an award from fellow bloggers. 

The Spunky Diva received a blog award from Jake and Alison at Welcome Sunshine Home!  Thanks guys!

I love their blog too, and their Gift Wrap & Ribbon Wall is a must-see!

Rules for accepting the Stylish Blogger Award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Pass this on to 13 other great bloggers
4. Contact the selected bloggers and tell them about their award

Seven things about me: (some of these you will already know)
1.  I am mom to one plus one on the way, and also have a wonderful stepson.
2.  I can't cook.  Hence you will most likely never see a cooking post on this blog.  If you do (and it isn't a guest post) you will know that it is an idiot proff receipe.
3.  I love creating with fabrics.  There is just so many options when you bring home a new group of fabrics home.
4.  Tying into No. 3 - I am a fabric-a-holic!
5.  I love living in Central Texas.  I am all about the heat and dry after growing up in the Pacific Northwest.
6.  I recently discovered 2% Egg Nog, and seem to have developed an addiction to the stuff.
7.  I have now had my "new" sewing machine a year, and am still sewing something on an almost daily basis!

Thirteen Blogs receiving the Stylish Blogger Award from me are...
1) Bare Feet On The Dashboard
2) Cole's Corner and Creations
3) Diary Of A Devil Dog
4) Embroidery Garden
5) Fly Away Home
6) Hampton House Jewelry
7) KoJo Designs
8) Momma's Kinda Crafty
9) Me and My Bucket
10) Punkin Seed productions
11) Shibley Smiles
12) Stitch-N-Studio
13) Stitched By Janay
14) Two Monkeys & a Washtub
15) The Life Of A Sippy Cup Mom
16) A Family of Looneys

Friday, November 19, 2010

Gifts for Men - A Random, Funny Post

Gifts for Men

Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women. Follow these rules and you should have no problems.

Rule #1:  When in doubt - buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills.

No one knows why.

Rule #2:  If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. "Hey George, can I borrow your ratchet?" "OK. By-the-way, are you through with my 3/8-inch socket yet?"

Again, no one knows why.

Rule #3:  If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car, a 99 cent ice scraper, a small bottle of deicer or something to hang from his rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars.

No one knows why.

Rule #4:  Never buy men bathrobes. Once I was told that if God had wanted men to wear bathrobes, he wouldn't have invented Jockey shorts.

Rule #5:  You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they have worn out. If you have a lot of money buy your man a big-screen TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips, and flips, and flips.

Rule #6:  Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after-shave or deodorant. I'm told they do not stink - they are earthy.

Rule #7:  Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. "Socks. Shorts. Cups. saucers. Door. Lock. Sink." You get the idea.

No one knows why.

Rule #8:  Never buy a man anything that says "some assembly required" on the box. It will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left over.

Rule #9:  Good places to shop for men include Northwest Iron Works, Parr Lumber, Home Depot, John Deere, Valley RV Center, and Les Schwab Tire. (NAPA Auto Parts and Sears Clearance Centers are also excellent men's stores.) It doesn't matter if he doesn't know what it is. ("From NAPA Auto, eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn't this a starter for a '68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! thanks.")

Rule #10:  Men enjoy danger. That's why they never cook - but they will barbecue. Get him a monster barbecue with a 100-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. "Oh the thrill! The challenge! Who wants a hamburger?"

Rule #11:  Tickets to a Cowboys game are a smart gift. However, he will not appreciate tickets to "A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts." Everyone knows why.

Rule #12:  Men love chainsaws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chainsaw. If you don't know why - please refer to Rule #7 and what happens when he gets a label maker.

Rule #13:  It's hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or an aluminum extension ladder. Never buy a real man a stepladder. It must be an extension ladder.
No one knows why.

Rule #14:  Rope. Men love rope. It takes us back to our cowboy origins, or at least The Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8" manila rope.

No one knows why.

~ Hope you got a laugh out of this like I did! 

PS - If you are looking for a cordless drill... look at the black friday sales, get up and get in line, and you will have a fabulous gift for the man/men of your life.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Five Question Friday - 11/19/2010


1. What Christmas song do you loathe?  I absolutely loathe I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.  I don't know why, but all the versions I seem to hear have an overly squeaky female singing it, and it just drives me nuts!
2. Do you and your significant other cuddle at night or sleep on opposite sides of the bed?  Opposite sides of the bed with our own covers.  We both like wrapping up in our blankets, and so separate blankets keeps the peace.
3. Have you ever had surgery?  I have had two major surgeries, and will be having a c-section in January since Ms. T is coming so close to Ms. Diva. 
4. When do you typically have your holiday shopping done?  Normally I tend to be a last minute shopper, but this year I am actually getting it done ahead of time!
5. If money were not an issue (and you HAD to pick something), what would your ultimate luxury item be?  I want a house.  Lots of square footage.  Bought and paid for so I can stay-at-home and keep it clean and play with the kiddos.

Speaking of kiddos... here are a couple of photos from my last towel photo shot.  Can you guess what my biggest obstacle was?



In case you missed it... I made Ms. Diva a Lovie Blankie from an old silk shirt of mine, and minkie fabric she fell in love with at Joann's.  Check out this short how-to of using a silk shirt for a blankie!

I also got the proof for a set of stamps I am getting from My Rubber Stamp.  What do you think?  Personally I am in love with it!!!!!!
Linking up with:

Seven Slings Promotion

Seven Slings, a company that produces baby slings, is running a Thanksgiving promotion.  Enter 'turkey' in the promotion code box, and you will receive a free sling!  You still have to pay $12 in shipping, but the price of $40 for the sling is removed from the invoice.  Check them out at www.SevenSlings.com 


I ordered the Northern Lights sling for Ms. T.  Can't wait to receive it and start using it in January!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Pair of Stay-Put Towels

When I saw this fabric, I just knew it would be perfect for someone.  Mr. SD is always making fun of one the worship team guys that is always saying Blah, Blah, Blah.  Is this fabric not perfect for that type of fun, gag gift.  I am thinking of taking a pair of these to a White Elephant party later in December.  Won't they make a fun addition to the party?




Etsy Shop Link for these towels:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Reuse that old silk shirt!

Since 'dejunking' my closet, I have been going through the clothes pile to see what I could reuse or repurpose for things I have been 'meaning' to make.  One thing I have had on my To-Do list for over a year now is to make Ms. Diva a Lovey Blankie.  Something incrediably soft and silky. 

I have this lovely green leafy silk shirt (that hasn't fit in ages) that I just adore.  It has been in my closet for almost 10 years!  I wore it regularly when I had a dressy office job, but now I just wear jeans and t-shirts.  So... the silk shirt had to go away, sniff, sniff.


Well, Ms. Diva loves plush fleeces at the fabric store and I have been 'meaning' to make her a lovey, so...

How about I use the shirt I love and get some plush fleece to make her that lovey????

Here are the results:

To make the blankie, I cut the largest square possible from the the shirt back.  Then I cut a matching piece from the fleece.  Sewed them together right sides together, leaving a four inch openining to turn, and after turning the blankie right side out I sewed around the edges of the blankie.  I may go back and secure the middle of the blankie with a button attaching stitch (with not button), but the blankie hasn't needed it yet.

Linking up with:

Etsy Tuesday Showcase; 11/16/2010

Welcome to Etsy Tuesday! The link party where you get to draw attention to your Etsy store. Each week a shop is randomly selected to be the feature shop of the following week's Etsy Tuesday.  Link-up for this wonderful advertising opportunity!



My name is Michelle and I am a craft-a-holic!  I come from a long line of crafters and always took being crafty for granted. That is until I got married and moved away from that crafty family. For several years I knew something was missing but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then a friend needed some help and I suggested us doing something crafty together and that’s when I figured it all out. It was almost like the weight of the world had been lifted!

I need to craft just like I need air to breathe and my heart to beat!  It is an essential part of me and my being, and I think it was because of that crafty family that I learned an outlet for all my creativity and imagination at an early age. The whole family is still as crafty as ever, and I doubt I will neglect my creative side ever again for so long!











Etsy Tuesday Rules:

1. Link up your Etsy shop, and choose a picture of your favorite item to share.
2. Visit the shop before and after you on the list, and send them a convo about an item you like in their shop.
3. Visit as many shops as you want, and give them a heart if you wish!

A shop will be selected to be next week's Feature Shop by using Random.org.
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Great Giveaway ending tomorrow!!!!

Wanted to remind you that Katie's jewelry giveaway is ending Nov. 16th!  Low entries for such a great prize!!!!  Enter to give yourself a wonderful pair of earrings, or to get the perfect pair of earrings to give as a gift this holiday season.  Check out her shop for other fabulous pieces of jewelry.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Photos of two custom orders.

I wrapped up two orders this weekend.  One was for a set of motorcycle themed stay-put towels, and the other was for some additional embroidery on towels I had at the craft fair.  I also completed a couple pairs of towels using fabrics from the newest order.  I have a pair made with Amy Butler's Dots fabric listed, and will be listing more today.






Thursday, November 11, 2010

Swagbucks for Xmas Gifts

I have posted before about 'trading' my SwagBucks for Amazon GCs and using them for general purchases.  Now with Christmas just over a month away I am working on 'saving' my SwagBucks to use for GCs (Gift Cards) for the wonderful, hard-to-shop for on my list.

For Mr. SD - I am going to work towards an iTunes GC.  He loves downloading the latest songs, and so I know for sure this is one GC he would use and enjoy.  Just 1,300 more SwagBucks to go!


To 'earn' SwagBucks' I simple use the site to run searches during my day that I would normally use Google for.  So instead of searching and searching and just getting answers, I am able to earn money (GCs) that I can use for almost anything.  What a way to earn some extra cash doing something you already do.  If you are interested in signing up, I would be honored for you to use the link below and sign up as one of my referrals.

Merry Christmas!

Search & Win

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Sunrises

The quiet of morning is my favorite time of day, before the rush of the world crashes into my little world. Here are some pictures to share this special time of day with you.




Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Etsy Tuesday, 11/9/2010

Welcome to Etsy Tuesday! The link party where you get to draw attention to your Etsy store. Each week a shop is randomly selected to be the feature shop of the following week's Etsy Tuesday. Link-up for this wonderful advertising opportunity!


The Spunky Diva etsy shop is an outcropping of my love for crafting.  After mainly quilting, I started sewing for our new home last October, and haven't been able to stop!  As you can see from my to-do list I won't be stopping anytime soon, LOL!  The focus of the etsy shop is Stay-Put Kitchen Towels; the towel that stays where you put it.  I sell these at various local craft fairs, and am now working on getting my entire inventory on-line.  Thank you for visiting Etsy Tuesday ~ Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva








Etsy Tuesday Rules:
1. Link up your Etsy shop, and choose a picture of your favorite item to share.
2. Visit the shop before and after you on the list, and send them a convo about an item you like in their shop.
3. Visit as many shops as you want, and give them a heart if you wish!

A shop will be selected to be next week's Feature Shop by using Random.org.
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Weekend Wrap - 11/8/2010

This week's Weekend Wrap has more to do with last week than the weekend.  Last week I participated in a Holiday Craft Fair, and had so much fun!  Did not keep up with the house cleaning very well while prepping for the fair, but... my closest is STILL CLEAN!!!! 

This is the first time I have done a table space for a craft fair.  I figured out how to display the Stay-Put Towels on the curtain rods, and sold a lot of towels on Thursday.  Now, I am in the process of restocking my Spunky Diva etsy shop, and working with the new fabrics I recently ordered from Fabric.com.



Here are some photos of The Spunky Diva table from the craft fair. The burp cloths were also a popular item that a lot of customers purchased.
 

I had fun doing more embroidered toilet paper.  I even purchased some Mylar designs to use, and they turned out very sparkly.  I used the back side of some glittery wrapping paper I had from last year. 

On the family side of things... Ms. Diva is now walking more each day.  Last night she walked around for a good five minutes before going back to crawling everywhere.  She is still not sure if walking is trully worth it or not, LOL!
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