Monday, April 30, 2012

Giveaway winners!

thank you all for entering my giveaways and spreading the news! i know you all want to know who won, so we'll move right on to that! the winners should receive an e-mail from me.

the winner of the minnie mouse earrings is...

Minnie Mouse cupcake earrings

the winner of the gift tags is...

Gift Tags Shabby Chic Roses on Vintage Blue

the winner of the brass envelope necklace is...

Tiny Antique Brass Envelope Necklace

the winner of the washi tape is...

Vintage Style mt ex RED Stripe Gingham Floral Washi Tape 15mm Japanese Masking Tape - PrettyTape

the winner of the vintage glass bead earrings is...

Shabby Chic Earrings, Wedding Earrings, Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Brides, Bridal Earrings,Vintage Glass Beads

Kristen T.!

Hopefully all of you lovely ladies received my e-mail.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered! I really appreciate it.

And speaking of giveaways...there is a big giveaway going on over at oh, hello friend.

go on and enter!

happy last day of april, everyone! {wow, hasn't it gone by fast?}

Saturday, April 28, 2012

goal #5 completed

goal #5: host a giveaway on my blog.
this is fifth goal on my 55 in 2012 list. thanks to some lovely etsy shop sponsors, i was able to host five giveaways {onetwothreefourfive}. 
{psst - they end at midnight tomorrow night, so if you haven't entered and would like to, you'll have to soon!}

Thursday, April 26, 2012

golden hour munchkins

a few days ago, i babysat my little siblings. i really wanted to get some good photos of them since they're so adorable and the lighting was really good, but they wouldn't hold still. oh, well. i got a few cute ones. enjoy!

walking along the path to pick flowers.

holding hands and chatting.

more conversation...

she kept bending down to point at things on the ground.

they are pretty much the most adorable little girls ever.
{left to right: chloe, natalia, sadie}

stroller rides!

amazed by flowers that she dropped in about 30 seconds.

see? cute little munchkins and good lighting.

sliding down into an empty pool.

happy thursday, all!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

what i wore // fishtail

skirt // gift {tj maxx, maybe?}
shirt // marden's
jacket // hand-me-down
black dress shoes // kohl's

so, i love this skirt. it is floor length, full, has "good spinners", as my little sisters would say, and has cool patterns on it. i call it my hippie skirt. it's actually so long that at school that when i go up or down the stairs i have to gather it up in my hands so that no one behind me steps on it.

sitting on and jumping off of broken swingset = lots of fun.

i finally figured out how to make a fishtail look good. pardon the windblown look in these photos - this was near the end of the day.

do you know how to fishtail?

happy wednesday, everyone!

Monday, April 23, 2012

weekly wrap-up #9

reading // mansfield park {finished!} // while we're far apart // washington's lady //

crafting // this sweater // this scarf // this blanket // cards and matching bookmarks //

enjoyed // mucking horse stalls // drinking iced tea // peeling potatoes // thrifting // babysitting my little munchkins {commonly referred to as "siblings"} // rain // being on school vacation // hosting giveaways //

what have you:
//listened to//
// enjoyed//
this week?

my lemonade dreams // giveaway #5

our fifth and final giveaway is sponsored by:

tiffany has a lovely shop full of shabby chic earrings, bracelets, and bobby pins. i'm sure you all will enjoy browsing through her shop. here is a sneak peek:

Floral Bobby Pins, Hair Accessories, Children, Pink Roses, Cottage Chic

Shabby Chic Earrings, Wedding Earrings, Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Brides, Bridal Earrings,Vintage Lucite, Red Hearts

Shabby Chic Earrings, Wedding, Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Brides, Bridal Earrings,Vintage Glass Beads

Shabby Chic Earrings, Wedding Earrings, Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Brides, Bridal Earrings,Vintage Swarovski Crystals

and now, tiffany has sweetly offered this pair of earrings for this giveaway:

Shabby Chic Earrings, Wedding Earrings, Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor, Brides, Bridal Earrings,Vintage Glass Beads

thank you so much, tiffany, for sponsoring this giveaway! now, go on and enter! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

thrifting finds

i went shopping at goodwill a few days ago and ended up with some lovely items! i typically only have time to look through the clothes, but on this day i decided to browse through the other sections. i'm so glad that i did! here are some of my finds:

this cute little tin box. i don't quite know why i like it, but i do.
{mrs. fields is a cookie company}
cost: $1

this sewing pattern has some cute and easily-adapted shirts. i like the styles.
cost: $0.50

i thought that this embroidery hoop would make a good earring holder or something else that i might find on pinterest. *smiles*.
cost: $1

i think this magazine is my favorite find of the day. i was hunting through the magazine crate, thinking that i might find something good. well, i got the spring 2008 interweave knits magazine. it's the perfect season and it has some really pretty sweaters in it!

have you found anything good at thrift stores recently or ever?
do you often go shopping at thrift stores?

pretty tape // giveaway #4

our fourth giveaway is sponsored by pretty tape. glenda responded to my message promptly and allowed me to choose whatever item i chose for this giveaway. i really appreciated how good she was to me.

now, here is a sneak peek into her shop. she has soooo many lovely kinds of tape and i encourage you all to browse through her shop.

Black and White Houndstooth Washi Tape 15mm Japanese MT Masking Tape Single - PrettyTape

Vertical Purple Lace Trim Paper Washi Tape Japanese 15mm Single 49ft

School Yellow GREEN Gingham Grid Japanese Washi Tape 15mm

Japanese Washi Tape - Little Garden GREEN and PEACH 15mm - Packaging

now, here is the tape that one of you will win:

Vintage Style mt ex RED Stripe Gingham Floral Washi Tape 15mm Japanese Masking Tape - PrettyTape 
Vintage Style mt ex RED Stripe Gingham Floral Washi Tape 15mm Japanese Masking Tape - PrettyTape

disclaimer: if this roll goes out of stock, another roll of tape will be given away in it's place. 
now, go on and enter! this giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. on april 30 {midnight of the 20th/early morning of the 30th}.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


christians should be more like dandelions.
our sunny faces should be a reminder that simple faith has deep roots that are impossible to dislodge.

we should be as easily accessible as a dandelion.
Jesus was.
we need to get out of our gardens and jump across the boundaries that keep us where people expect to find us.

we need to show our sunny faces in all the spots that need a little brightening up -
the crack in the sidewalk or the lawn of a country club.
// janice kempe //

Friday, April 20, 2012

in God's hands // giveaway #3

{note: all giveaways will be ending at midnight the night of april 29/morning of april 30. i'm sorry that i didn't mention that sooner!}

our third giveaway of the week is from:

melissa was so willing to work with me even though i messaged her just earlier this week. i really enjoyed reading her profile and the theory behind starting this shop. you should all go and read it here. she was so willing to let me pick what i wanted for this giveaway. thank you so much, melissa!

here is just a small peek at some of the items in melissa's shop:

Captured Feather in a Tiny Bottle Necklace on Antique Gold Chain with Picture Jasper, Natural Wood and Tiny Bird

Triple Feather Necklace in Mixed Metals on Vintage Chain, Silver, Gold, Brass, Pendant, Charm, Tiny

Lace Ruffle and Pearl  Necklace

and now, here is the prize that one of you will win:

Tiny Antique Brass Envelope Necklace
this lovely antique brass envelope necklace! so, go ahead and enter!