Thursday, August 28, 2008

Here I am, Finally

A large creek on the way down from Florence, it was BEAUTIFUL! Rain and all!

Morning Ladies!

So, it seems like it has taken me forever to get back to contributing to you precious ladies here in blog land. But if you are interested, I sort of flooded my blog spot with several posts, and one being an announcement!

I also wanted to add a few pictures too.

Nelson and Faith being silly,

But they really do love each other!

Here is Beau, doing what little ones do best in the car!

(On our way back home from Florence)

I hope everyone has the most wonderful of days and remember, it may seem like not everyday something memorable happens, but I believe that is truly in the eye of the beholder. Small things are at time even more beautiful then the large things.


Our kitten took care of our puppy after she got hurt!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

{ Time is almost Up }

Just a reminder that you have until tommorow, August the 21st to sign up for our current swap { Embellish } . Expect to be hearing from Fairlight and I with your partner info in the next few days. All the details on how to join can be found here.

Monday, August 11, 2008

swap notebooks

Hey sweet girls!

I just wanted to let you know that my husband picked up a pack of the swap notebooks for me today at Barnes and Noble for $10.95 + tax, which is about $5.oo cheaper than the cost plus shipping on Amazon. Just thought you would like to know if you haven't bought yours already!

xo Andi

{ Be Inspired }

Maybe you are like me, so excited about this new little swap , but your creative juices could use a little jump start. Here are some lovelies for your inspiration, courtesy of some amazing artists on flikr... Also for those of us that might be hesitant to join because we fear our "crafting skills" are not up to par, I want to pass along this encouraging and insightful post I read a few days back, written by the very gifted Kelly McCaleb.
And as a reminder you have until the August 21st to join. Details can be found here.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


A little paperie swap of school-girl goodies

Take a moleskine notebook,
embellish it for your three partners,
add a few favorite school supplies,
and send those pretty little packages on their way.

The smell of newly sharpened pencils is in the air, mingled with eraser, chalk, new paper, and glue. It's time for school to start! And after rummaging through all the fun new school supplies and falling in love all over again with paper clips, magnets, pencils, crayons, post-it notes, rainbow sharpies, and colored staples we've decided to share the love!
We are planning a fun new swap to get the creative juices flowing after a summer full of fun activities, but very little time for crafting.

What: A paperie swap of school-girl goodies
When: now! sign-ups are open until August 21 (spread the word!)
How: send us an e-mail at with your first and last name, complete address, e-mail, and blog address (if you have one)
Who: everyone! Blogger or not! International and state-side! (Invite your crafting friends and family.)

What to do: Send us an e-mail to let us know that your participating. Then order your set of three moleskine notebooks right away (they come in packs of three for $12 .) Here is the direct link to the exact size and style Large Ruled Moleskine Cahier in "craft" that we are requiring everyone to use. When you receive your notebooks, embellish them in any way you want. Stitched fabrics, papers, chipboard, rub-ons, stickers, ribbons, lace. Do each one different or the same. Then go and buy a few fun and favorite school supplies. Add them to the package- tied up with a pretty ribbon of course- and send to it off.
We will send you you're partner's information sometime during the week of August 24th
Deadline for sending out packages is : September 6th

We'll be posting some inspirational ideas for {embellish} ing your notebooks in the next couple of days. Please feel free to share any ideas of your own!

"If I knew your name and address,
I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils."

- Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail

Monday, August 04, 2008

Let Yourself...

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Let yourself do something for others today.
Let yourself laugh.
Let yourself make funny faces.
Let yourself eat too much chocolate.
Let yourself meet someone smarter than you.
Let yourself be.
Let yourself entertain new possibilities.
Let yourself listen more.
Let yourself discover a new friend.
Let yourself whet new appetites.
Let yourself open up.
Let yourself think young.
Let yourself pass it along.

Let yourself be dramatic.
Let yourself experiment.
Let yourself twirl.
Let yourself cook up something new.

Let yourself spill the sprinkles.
Let yourself help others.
Let yourself be stirred.
Let yourself shine.

This list was copied from dress barn advertisements that I clipped out and saved and found inspiring. Please add one or two or twenty, of your own " Let yourself... " to this list.

Friday, August 01, 2008


The Greeting-way. The Passport (to your world). The Entrance. The Beginning of "Yours".
Such a beautiful opportunity to have! To have an entrance whether it be Grand in style or simple and cozy.
I really love entrances, it is the door to someones life, their feelings, desires, passions, family, firsts, HOME!
You can really get to know someones character with their doorway.
To get a feel for me, here are some of my favorite "entrances" I have found through my wanderings of the English countryside, paths in Paris ETC.... (of course ONLINE!)

Pathway to the "Garden"


English Countryside

New Orleans, LA




North Dakota

English Revival
And lastly, my favorite door. Can't you just imagine it with a LARGE stone wall surrounding it with a "Secret Garden" just on the other side?

Thank you for letting me share with you.
I hope this has inspired you to move forward with your very own dreamy plans for your very own "EN- TRANCE".