Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Fav!

So today my fav is this awesome grey LARGE POSIE headband that will be given away to one lucky person over at Jenni's blog! So go check it out and get your name in for the giveaway!

The flower on this headband is a bit larger than I normally make them, but I love it so much that I plan on adding a few more to my shop within the next few weeks! Can't wait that long or have a certain color in mind? Message me on etsy or shoot me an email and I can create a custom piece!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Job searching continues...

But at least he is looking good doing it! Zach had an interview this week for a recruiting position at a university here in town and he should have another interview next week for another job. We are really hoping that one of these will finally be the one! For those of you that don't know, Zach graduated with his masters last May and has seriously gone on like 20 interviews for jobs- not even an exaggeration. The field is just too narrow and there are too many people applying for the same positions. Well hopefully these latest two will just see how handsome he is all freshly shaven and with a nice haircut and new tie (a Christmas gift from his wonderful wife) and that'll just put him over the top. :)

He stayed in his suit until I came home at lunch, just so I could see him!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oxfords? Yes, please!

I am super excited about my most recent etsy purchase. These amazing black oxford patent leather heals!

I am loving these and that they have come back in style and I think they will make a great addition to my wardrobe. I mean hello Anthro and Urban Thanks to 27ogle on etsy.

Monday, January 25, 2010

I love him.

 And am so grateful for every year more we've spent together.

Us at Zach's stepsister's wedding 2 weeks ago.

Our bowling date on our anniversary.

He love it, so does the kids behind him...

 Yummy anniversary dinnner (blurry photo...)

Our little family!

We love eachother :)

Can you tell?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Favs!

Happy Friday everyone! I think today I'd like to share with you a few of my favorite things right now. Who knows, I may continue to do this in the future, some days may include favs from around my place, favs from around my city, and favs from around the web, but we'll take this one day at a time.

Here are a few of my favs from etsy. What are a few of your favorites right now?

GiGi Knitting Clutch by persnickityknits

Black Tie Moccasin by darlingtonia

Love is like a mustard seed - Earrings by Faeriedtreasures

Marie Linen Mini Dress by tortillagirl

Just a little bit of a yellow and black theme going on and one of my cowls would be a great addition! :)

Have a great weeked!

P.S. All of the Haiti donations will be sent to Heather and Gerson tomorrow! We raised $250 for them! Thanks again and I can't say it enough, continue to pray for Haiti. They have such a long road ahead.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A BIG thank you.

I just wanted to say thank you so much to those of you who have already gone to my shop and purchased something for Haiti! You guys are awesome and it's just so amazing to see how the crafting community has come together for such a great cause. Not even 24 hours after deciding to donate my proceeds to Haiti relief work, my items were featured in almost 5 Treasuries on Etsy and quite a few blogs, which included other Estians doing the same thing! It's really quite amazing. In a time of disaster, after seeing the devistation, the first thing thing that comes to people's mind is, "Ok, how can I help?" It makes my heart so happy! I will be donating the money at the end of this week, so please hurry back to the Shop so that we can get Heather and Gerson the necessary funds to help out over there.

Now, on to other things, if you happen to be follower of Jenni's blog. Head over there soon! She is having an awesome giveaway, and you could win a super cute posie headband from ME along with some other great gifts! :)

Also, Zach and I will have been married for 2 years tomorrow! :) We had a fun day planned saturday and after being stuck inside for so long with the snow, it was so great to just get out of the house and enjoy the company of eachother! Two years of sweet sweet love...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti Relief Fund

I thought I'd mention this on my blog, even though I've had it on my etsy site for a few days.
As I said before, I've really been struggling with what has/is happening in Haiti, having been there before and meeting the beautiful people of that country. I've been listening to and reading so many new stories about individuals over there and what they have seen happening in their country that its almost unreal. It's hard to listen all the way through without shedding tears. I just don't get it. As one man mentioned at the end of his skype interview with NPR, "Please continue to pray for this country that has had so much happen to it already." I want to be there so bad to help the people and take care of them... My husband said yesterday. "Let's just go, we'll figure it out, take off work, find some supporters?"And I really thought about it seriously for a moment. But then we both came to the realization that now is not the right time. We would just be taking up valuable resources that could be used for those who really need it. We have no medical experience or fluidity in the Creole language. But we do know people who can help.

So that's why I have decided that 90% of the profits from my current inventory in my etsy shop will be donated to some friends of ours who will be heading to Haiti to aid in the relief efforts. Our friends Heather Nozea and her Hatian husband Gerson, started Growing Hope for Haiti, a non-for-profit, about a year ago and will be heading there with funds donated to them. Below is a recent letter she has sent to their supporters to let you all know their plan and a photo of her visiting a Haitian family that she has grown to love over the years.


It has been quite an eventful night/morning. Gerson was able to get through to his sister's cell phone for the first time a few hours ago! He talked to his sister, his brother, and his mom, and they confirmed that everyone in his immediate family is accounted for!! Some minor injuries...a lot of fear and shock...but they are all ok! I can't tell you how happy we were to hear their voices. 

The situation they described there is overwhelming and heart-breaking. They said that their yard has become like a refugee camp, with many people who have lost their homes and some who are injured, sleeping there because they are the only house in the neighborhood that has a yard. They said that food and water are becoming an increasing concern, as everything is running low. They said there is a dire need for medicine and medical care. They have seen people die there with them because there was no access to a clinic or hospital. They said Gerson's 5-year-old niece, who they think has a broken arm, stays within the yard because she is afraid of the dead bodies in the street. None of them have slept since the earthquake.

We have been up all night, talking to people and making plans. We have decided to get to 
Haiti as soon as possible, to do what we can to help. Gerson is going to take the semester off school, and I am going to take a leave of absence from work. Gerson will be flying into the Dominican Republic on Monday (there are no flights into Haiti right now), where he is going to meet up with a group of Haitian and Dominican doctors andmedical students. They are going to buy medical supplies in the DR and take them into Port-au-Prince to set up mobile medical clinics. This group has already had thousands of dollars worth of supplies donated by the med school and a local hospital in the DR, and we hope to raise thousands more. There are many injured and hurting people in Port-au-Prince, and not nearly enough resources to treat them all. This is one of the most immediate and desperate needs, so this is what we're going to focus on for now. 

My plan is to go in shortly after Gerson-- probably next weekend-- with a small group of 
doctors and nurses from the U.S. We have talked to several medical professionals here who are looking for a way to get in and a place to serve. They have the medical skills, and we have the knowledge to coordinate the efforts, get them set up in Haiti, and translate for them while they're we feel like it is a good match. Gerson and I are not able to meet the medical needs of the people ourselves, but we are in a position to enable those who can. 

We will be raising money for this trip and for medical supplies. Many of you have been asking how to help-- here is a huge opportunity! We personally will be using this money to meet the needs of people in Haiti, and we can assure you that every dollar will be well spent. We are working on getting online donation capabilities set up, but for now, you can send donations to:

Growing Hope for Haiti
927 Wooden Drive
Florissant, MO 63033

Growing Hope for Haiti is a 501c3 organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. We are pleading with all of you to join with us in these efforts by praying and giving. Thank you for the compassion and love you have already shown in this crisis. We are grateful to be surrounded by so many people who genuinely care. 

I am going to try to get some rest now, after being up all night. We are physically and emotionally exhausted, and I know we need to take care of ourselves so that we can be of use to the people in Haiti. Please continue to pray for us as we prepare to go.

Thank you,

Thanks again and I hope that whether or not you would like to help them or any other organization you will realize the dire need for your continued support and prayer.  We are all God's children. 

With Love, 


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Please pray for Haiti

It's so hard for me to understand why bad things keep happening to Haiti and it's people. They have it so hard as it is and now this. Please pray for everyone there and that God's hand will continue to protect them.

Haiti is special to me because I had the opportunity to go there for 2 weeks a few summers back and ever since the people there have held a special place in my heart. They have nothing but they are so happy. We went to Saint Louis de Nord up north and I've heard that they are mostly safe, but so many have family in and around Port au Prince, the countries capital, where the earthquake struck. And I'm sure everyone is devasted and trying to figure out why.

Below are a few of the humbling faces of some Haitians that we visited.

Photos by Drew Woolery of  Woolery Photo.
Go to his website to see more.

Please continue to pray for safety and understanding.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Beat the January Blues

With some beautiful blue items from this treasury I created!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So sad... but so EXCITED!

With much sadness one of my favorite band's will be saying goodbye..... (moment of silence).....but not without an awesome farewell concert!

Copeland will be performing some of their songs from almost every album and not only that, they will be joined by 2 other of my favorite bands! I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business (which is Ace Enders - the lead singer of The Early November's side project) and Deas Vail. They are also playing with  Person L, who I've never heard of, but must be equally as good to be playing with all those fabulous people.

Read more about it here.

Yes, please be excited with me!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Even more, as promised!

Even more headbands are in the shop! I am also working on some slouchy hats, those will be up in the next few weeks. Enjoy!

Check them out here.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New year shop update

I had quite a bit of time over the holidays to create some new stuff for the shop. I haven't added everything yet, so keep checking back over the next few weeks for even more items and accessories!


Also, I got my gift from participating in free people's craft swap, my camera battery died so I'll have to show you later. But my parter, Sam, made me an awesome necklace and earings! I hope she enjoys her gift as well!