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

Monday, February 28, 2011

Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day? 
How about to get free stuff?
 
March 17th to 20th we are having a Giveaway Mega Blog Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Books Complete Me.
 


With over 200 bloggers signed up to have giveaways on their sites running from 12:01 AM March 17th until 11:59 PM March 20th.  The Lucky Leprechaun Hop is a fun way to hop around the blogsphere and enter some fantastic giveaways.

What will The Spunky Diva be giving away????

My review copies of City On Our Knees, Loves First Bloom, Vigilante's Bride, and a super-secret surprise! 



 
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

All about the Diva!

Ms. Diva is growing and is such an outgoing toddler now {not to mention a comlpete ham}.  Here is a post dedicated to her.  She is just over 16-months-old.  Loves... desert, to say "yes" and "no", shut doors, say "night-night", wave good-bye, thump on the cat, ride the puppy-dogs, exercise her lungs with high-pitched shrieks, and of course to dance with 'wild' abandon to anything that could constitute as music.


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Silhouette Giveaway at My Repurposed Life


Gail, over at My Repurposed Life, is hosting a Silhouette Giveaway.  Plus, she has a deal on purchasing the same bundle she is giving away!  Here are the details of the giveaway.

One winner will receive the following:
 
Silhouette SD
1 roll black premium vinyl
1 roll frosted vinyl
1 roll transfer paper
Home Décor CD
If you can’t wait for the giveaway, or if you don’t win, you can receive the very same bundle as above for only $225 (retail $375+) !!!
Or, if you already have a Silhouette SD and would like some vinyl, you can save on that too. Silhouette is offering  25% off of premium vinyl.
To get either of these  deals, use the code REPURPOSED  through March 1, 2011.

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Giveaway over at Craft Gossip

Check out this review and giveaway over at Craft Gossip for a copy of ReSew by Jenny Wilding Cardon.  Who doesn't like the idea of transforming their thrift store finds {or those hidden garments at the back of the closet} into something you can use today?  This book will help show you how to do this.  Hop on over there to enter to win your very own copy!
 
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Link-Ups


Here are my favorite places to party. 
There are a variety of parties here {craft, blog hops, book reviews, etc.} that I love to check out each week.  Send me an e-mail at SpunkyDiva@live.com if you have a party you would like to add!

Monday Parties
Making the World Cuter Monday at Making the World Cuter {crafts}
Making Mondays Marvelous at C.R.A.F.T. {crafts}
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple {crafts}

Tuesday Parties
Post-It Note Tuesdays at One Parent Chronicles {ramblings}
Take A Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee-Craft Edition

Wednesday Parties
Wordless Wednesday at Wordless Wednesday {photos}

Thursday Parties
Thirst For Comments Thursday at Acting Balanced {blog hop}
Show Off Your Stuff at FireFlies and JellyBeans {crafts}

Friday Parties
Five Question Fridays at My Little Life {personal trivia questions}
Friday Fragments at Half Past Kissin Time {vent about your week posts}
Macro Friday at Blogging from Bolivia{photos}
Fantabulous Fridays at Momma's Kinda Crafty {crafts, project ideas}
Plant a Seed over at Punkin Seed Productions {crafts}

Weekend Parties
Lucas's Journey w/SPD Weekend Mega Blog Hop

Five Question Friday - 2/25/2011


1. Can you drive a stick shift?
I sure can.  My first two cars were both manuals, and then my beater car that I had before the Tahoe {which I absolutly adore, just FYI} was also a manual.  I do think they are 'funner' to drive {yes I do realize that 'funner' isn't a word, but... it is funner to say funner, LOL}.  As a mom though, the automatic is much easier with the kiddos in the backset.

2. What are two foods you just can't eat?
Anything creepy... like weird creepy.  This includes snails and fish eggs.  Other than that I am pretty equal opportunity on food.  Mr. SD has introduced me to lots of foods I didn't eat, and most of them are just fine.  Though I have yet to appreciate Milk Toast.  I guess Milk Toast is a food I would really rather not eat.

3. Do you buy Girl Scout Cookies? What is your favorite kind?
I typically don't buy them anymore since they have become sooooooo expensive.  Thin Mints are my all time favorite, and then those coconut ones are a close second.  Luckily a lady in  my office does her part to support the Girl Scouts, and then shares the benefits with us.  So this year I got a whole sleeve of Thin Mints all to myself.  Bliss!

4. How do you pamper yourself?
A bath with oils and a good book.  Chocolate is always a plus.  Of course this treat tends towards a hot shower right now {joys of motherhood, LOL}.  Another pampering is to go to the craft/fabric store with no time limit.  Gets me out of the house {some peace and quiet} and I get to spend time looking at some of my favorite things: Craft Supplies!
5. What is your nickname and how did you get it?
Don't have one that I know.  Sometimes, I get called Kimberlito since we all like to pretend we can speak spanish at the office, but I don't know that it counts.
Well that is all for this week.  Check back Monday for a Weekend Wrap full of photos of Ms. Diva.


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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Travel Tissue Cases

Check out this new item that will be arriving in the Spunky Diva store soon: Travel Tissue Cases!

These fun fabric cases protect your tissues from the wreckage caused by other items in your purse over time. Keeping your tissues fresh and ready for when you need them. I use a variety of fabrics to create a unique and useful accessory. Some of the fabrics are brand spanking new, while other fabrics used have been upcycled from a previous life {typically no longer used clothing}. All fabrics are washed and dried prior to construction to insure that if the need arises you can through it in the wash and not worry about shrinkage.

Here are some more photos of the Fresh Cherries Tissue Case.



 


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Literal Sticky Note...

Instead of using the on-line program to generate this week's sticky note, I have a real life sticky note for you this week. 


I have stuck this reminder on my computer monitor to remind me that just one soda a day is 15 pounds in a year.  {So far it hasn't been a very effective deterrent though, LOL}
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Looking for a few good moms!

Are you a wonder whiz at collecting codes for rewards programs?   {Hint: like the Pampers and Huggies variety.}

I will fully admit that I have no follow through where these types of things.  I have codes for both Huggies and Pampers that I would like to forward onto someone who will use them.  I forward all my Coke Rewards codes to my best friend that has redeemed them {along with hers} for some great prizes.

Post a comment with your e-mail, which rewards program you use, what item you have used your points for, and I will send you some codes.

PS - this is kinda like a double confession... not only am I admitting to not taking advantage to one of these programs, I am also admitting that I don't use cloth diapers, LOL!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend Wrap - 2/21/2011

It's been awhile since I have gotten a Weekend Wrap posted, and this is another sign that life is starting to settle down with the newest addition.  Last night Ms. T slept from 10:30pm to 1:30am; was back to sleep by 2:30am; woke up with daddy at 5:30 am;  we got up together at 5:30am and drained a bottle.   I feel like I slept amazing last night!  Then surprisingly Ms. T went back to sleep again, and I was able to put her back in the bassinet.  Which makes this the 2nd day since bringing her home from the hospital that I got my morning to-do list complete and have time to blog!

My sewing project for this weekend was to finally get a diaper clutch finished for Ms. Diva's diaper bag.  With the new baby the big diaper bag stays in the sanctuary with us during service, and Ms. Diva's super-cute backpack goes with her to the nursery.  Unfortunately this super-cute backpack does not have interior pockets to stuff things in, and her diapers kept coming out crinkled.  {Not a big deal to most I am sure, but it was driving me nuts!} 

Here is the finished diaper clutch:


I am going to post pictures and more details on how I created this fantastic, must-have item for any diaper bag.  Here is the tutorial that I used as my starting point over at Vanilla Joy.  Regarding the size... if you are wanting to use this diaper clutch for Size 4 and larger diapers add at least an inch to the 17.5" side {I am thinking of making another with a 19.5" side for Ms. Diva}.

Ms. Diva was dividing her time between her usual supervising and checking on Ms. T, who was sitting in her little rocking chair next to us.  Ms. Diva found out how unforgiving rocking chairs can be when she rocked it over her toe and then stood there putting her whole weight on that side while crying.  After getting the chair off her toe she had a good long cry to make sure the entire world know her pain and troubles, LOL!   


Here is a sneak peak from the tutorial I am creating on how I put together the diaper clutch:

Book Review - City on Our Knees

City on Our Knees, by TobyMac {published by Bethany House Publishers}


As this book is tied into one of my favorite Toby Mac songs; City On Our Knees, I was very excited to read it and bring it your attention. This book did not disappoint in any way! It was a quick read, with well laid out chapters/sections. I definitely recommend this book as an addition to any library.

I really enjoyed the motivational/inspirational stories Toby Mac shared in this book. I read the book in December over the holidays, and it motivated me to make some changes this year (still waiting to see if I will continue following through with these changes).

One change I was inspired to make was increasing my prayer time. Toby Mac included stories on the strength of prayer that I had not heard before. This is an area I would like to improve on in my own life. And the stories of how specific people handled their prayer time, and the answers they saw were amazing. It gave me a few new ideas that I can put into practice in my life.

As with any book that is a compilation of historical accounts (especially faith based accounts) some of the stories I had heard before, but several were completely new to me.

Toby Mac separates the themes/sections of this book with bible versus and quotes that give you some great one liners to use. I love writing these down on 3"x5" cards (you can also write them on fun scrape book papers) and posting them at home and the office as reminders. The prayer ones are helping me to remember my goal to improve there.
{ I received a copy of this book from Bethany house publishers to review. The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own opinionated opinions. }

TobyMac is a Grammy Award—winning artist, producer, and song writer. First known as part of the popular group dc Talk throughout the 1990s, he launched a solo career in 2001 and has since won numerous awards, earned three certified gold albums, and had six No. 1 CHR singles. "City on Our Knees," the inspiration for this book, spent thirteen weeks as Billboard's No. 1 Christian song. TobyMac's previous books include Jesus Freaks (with dc Talk) and Under God (with Michael Tait and WallBuilders). TobyMac is married, with five children, and makes his home near Nashville, Tennessee.

Linking up with:
Thirsty for Comments over at Acting Balanced
ParaJunkee's Follow Friday

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Janome Sewing Machine Giveaway at Sew4Home!

www.Sew4Home.com is one of my favorite sewing sites to check out new fabrics, get sewing inspiration, and read their reviews of various sewing products.  They did a review of the Janome DC5100 recently and are giving away the machine they received to perform the review with!

You can enter to win this giveaway at Janome Sew4Home Giveaway.  Entries close Feb. 28th at midnight.  All you have to do is post a comment on why you love to sew!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Five Question Friday - 2/18/2011

1. Have you worn the same outfit more than one day in a row?  Definitely... if clean, and only worn for a couple hours.  I.E. I wore something to church, and then wear it to work the next day.  This definitely doesn't happen now, LOL!  Have two kiddos under two means that I am 'decorated' within five minutes of putting any outfit on.  I specialize in wearing machine wash and dry clothes now.

2. If you had to choose any LARGE city to live in, which would it be?  London.  I hate big cities so I might as well be living somewhere completely different, right?  London/England is somewhere I have always wanted to explore.  I did a day trip into London when we had an 8-hour layover, and it was a lot of fun but left me wanting to spend more time there.

3. Fly or drive with the kids on vacation?  Either.  I think road trips are a necessary part of growing up.  And even though they seem to last forever... they do eventually end.  Flying is almost hard since you have to be able to carry everything you need on the plane, and until the kiddos are old enough to help carry they normally need a car seat... So, you are carrying their stuff, their car seats, and anything you may want to take.  Not that you will have time to read or do anything on the plane since you will be spending the time keeping them entertained. 

Now you know how I truly felt when Ms. Diva and I took the trip to WA State, LOL!

4. What is your idea of "spring cleaning"?  Moving the furniture, cleaning windows, a truly deep cleaning that normally includes going through closets and cupboards.  I have been working though on going through stuff/areas more often {see my update here}.   I have been keeping up with some areas better than others.

This was the first week I got through my 'morning list' before work.  Now that Ms. T is 4-weeks-old, we are starting to get a family routine going again.

5. What is the best book you have ever read?  I love reading, and to pick a favorite would be like choosing which child you love the most.  (:-)  You can check out books I have read on Book Reviews Page.



Regarding losing the baby weight:  I have my 6 week appointment (post C-section) this coming week and can then begin 'real' excercise {more than just chasing Ms. Diva around the place}.  I am having a hard time not snacking in the middle of the night when I get up to feed Ms. T, but I did pretty well this past week and only snacked once or twice total.  I went on a pretty drastic chocolate binge the last two weeks as part of my first period {yes it happened very quickly post-preggars this time} and am very happy that somehow I didn't add a few pounds on.  I am still at 173 pounds, and working down to 135ish.

I got the foot rest cover completed for Grandpa's room this week and will post pictures next week.  It was my only sewing accomplishment this week, and I am really hoping to get some sewing time in this weekend.  No new towels have been added to the towel shop for weeks now!  Ugh!  I am not going to worry about it, but I would really like to get some stuff done.


I did get the Bath Hand Towels switched out at Lather's yesterday, from Valentines to St.Patrick's.  I am still looking for a great embroidery design to use for Easter towels.  I haven't found the 'one' yet, LOL!

Till next week or my next post...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Disable right-click on your blog.

Do you hate the idea of having your photos ending up on someone else's site?  Or an entire tutorial magically appearing without your permission somewhere in blogland?


Very simple to add to your blog, and the benefit is that your blog is less welcoming to those that want to use your content.


PS ~ if you tend to copy and paste your own photos from your blog... this will affect your ability to do this.  {I had this relization after putting the html into effect, LOL}

PSS ~ if they open up a photo in a different screen{by clicking the photo} they can then save the image.

Shower Toy Storage

Who wouldn't want to have this cute bathroom toy container?  Who wants to spend the money on it?  {Not me!}

Here is how I created a perfectly cute, usable, and cheap toy storage basket to use.  I got two baskets for a buck, and so I used one for this project, and the other is in the kiddos room.  So the project cost is just 50 cents!








Not as cute as the frog with suction cups, but very cost effective, LOL!  And as an added bonus... if you use your shower/bath for adults and kiddos... this option keeps the kiddo level of cuteness in control.

Linking up with...
Sew Cute Thursdays at Between U and Me
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Thrifty Thursday at Saved By Love Creations
Thrifty Thursday at Thrifty 101

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!



A Parents Heart

© Ann T. Tran

When you feel like breaking down or crashing in,

Who do you turn to, to forgive your sin?

When you cried your lonely tears,

Who will be there to fight your fears?

And when it feels like no one would understand,

Who was there to hold your hand?



There are people whom you can't replace,

They’re the ones who gave you your face.

They'll love you through thick and thin,

They show you the light from deep within.

And if by chance, you happen to die,

They’ll be the ones who will really cry.



You see, my friend, there's no one who can love you more,

Then your very own parents, that's for sure.

Always remember that this is true,

That wherever you go, your parents will be there for you.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

All we need is L-O-V-E

Set of accent pillows to add that special touch to the bedroom.
Font is Twilight from 8 Claws and A Paw.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Five Question Friday - 2/11/2011

1. Would you rather be on ABC's Extreme Home MakeOver or TLC's What not to Wear?
Let's see... New home or clothes?  Definitely the new home!!!  Plus I adore Ty, and would love to meet him.  And a new house?  Sign me up!

I would love to be on almost any HGTV show too.  I am not picky, LOL!


2. Do you have any tattoos? 
Nope.  I have a thing against self-imposed pain.  I had a hard enough time getting my years pierced, LOL.  Though I have contemplated a small butterfly before, but wussed out before going through with it.  Plus, I couldn't see spending $80 on something that would be a painful experience.

3. Do you tell your kids about things you did growing up? 
Not really.  It is hard to tell a 16-month-old and a 3-week-old life stories, LOL.  I most likely will as they get older though.

4. If the traffic signal turns yellow, do you stop or speed up? 
If I am far away enough to stop, I will stop.  I am constantly amazed at people who run red lights.  Makes me wonder how safe it is to be the first car across an intersection on green.

5. What's your preference: chocolate or chips? 
Anything chocolate works for me!




PS - I edited Ms. Diva's picture with Picnik to add the 'watermark'.  Picnik was much faster for editing the photos I tested than Photobucket has been lately. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Decided to make it official...

We are EXPECTING AGAIN!

I know, I know, it's crazy isn't it? I can't believe it myself. I wasn't going to put it on here yet, but decided to make it official. I mean who would have guessed that we are expecting AGAIN!! Yup, it's official... We are expecting freezing temps today and AGAIN tomorrow!!

Hopefully, we will not get more of this...



Sunday, February 6, 2011

Grandpa's Valance

 Here is the completed Curtain Valance for Grandpa's room.  We used the tan and blue fabric Mom found at Fabric.com.  This is the same fabric I used for his Christmas Gift.
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Here is a picture of the pillowcase.


We are going to change out the fabric behind these doors and make a leg rest cover for his recliner.


To create the valance, we did a 2" ruffle at the top, and 3.5" gap for the curtain rod, and then double stitched along the bottom of the rod space.  The red line is the top of the fabric where it is folded.  {The fabric above that is just extra fabric I had the valance laid on top of for the photo.}


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