Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2 features in 1

Why do I think eventually my life will slow down?  If anyone knows the answers to that question PLEASE let me know ASAP :)

Last Weeks Feature
I am so sorry for missing yet another feature week.  A lot happened in a matter of a week - 2 surgeries and my grandfather passed away within a week.  So here is my feature I meant to post LAST WEEK

Maria Bella Jewelry
Its really hard to say much about Jewelry - There are thousands of different types, pieces, designs, yada yada....
When someone says they have always been interested in creating beauty you sometimes wonder...but with MBJ you do not wonder long.... because it takes only a few seconds to see some of the beautiful pieces created.

This weeks feature....
Another great jewelry maker.....  (I think I'm in the wrong craft)  Anyone that can make great jewelry to wear with any outfit gets an A+ in my book.  After browsing UDMsP, it only took me minutes to find MANY pieces I would love to have... Check them out.

 Also look at these cute FINGERLESS GLOVES :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Feature of the Week.

Alyssabeth’s Handcrafted Jewelry....where you will find hand crafted Collage and Altered Art Jewelry creations, along with Cottage Style Shabby Chic Vintage Flea Market Finds and re-purposed vintage and antique d├ęcor.  The name Alyssabeth's comes from a combination of her name and her step daughters!!  I love putting names together (hint my name DanDe)

Who knew you could make a button into a ring - much less a very cute ring.

And her pendants are to die for... So cute and the little charms add such a great extra touch - she goes beyond and above!

Take a few minutes to check out her blog and her etsy store.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I've been really busy....

I've been so busy this year after April 15th - its crazy!!!!  Usually this is my time to take a break and regroup but not so much this year....

Besteam feature.

Empress Jade

Empress Jade has Cute, fun and affordable vintage women's party and day dresses, accessories and tons of fabulous vintage lingerie! Bombshell 50s, Mad Men 60s, Rich Hippie & Disco 70s, 80s New Wave. Classic to indie fashion.  (shop announcement on Etsy)

I have to agree with everything in the announcement.  What a great period to live in (50s-80s) -- Its fun stuff to wear - so why not try it!  She has over 200 items for sale so I'm sure there is something for everyone!

There is one dress that I love (too bad I'm not considered small) ---  As a girl growing up I would watch "Showboat" a movie about a lady that sang on a boat.  There were many scenes with her wearing love gowns with sheer arms..... this dress totally reminds me of that movie (thanks for the smile - and reminder of something I haven't thought about in over 20 years)

The next item I found that I really liked was a nightgown!!!  How come I don't even wear anything out during the day that is this nice?  Some of the items found on Empress Jade's Etsy store just makes me smile.  It brings back a lot of great memories growing up with a grandmother that wore things like this.  Women 20+ years ago cared more about their appearances... some may think this is a bad thing but after looking at all the lovely things in EJ- Etsy store -- I'm thinking I would love to bring these items in my house so my daughter will have something to smile about in 20 years.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Besteam feature...

This week I am honored to feature... Just the Goods  At first I had no clue what this little shop could be about - but after spending a few minutes reading their blog and going to their website - I learned A LOT!  What great information and great tips... not only for your beauty and health but things we can use in our everyday lives.

I love how Just the Goods take normal everyday items and transfixes them into something healthy for us and our earth.  Everything is considered from the idea of a product to shipping the product.  And to use reusable items and for a buyer to be able to get a $1 credit towards their next purchase - why would anyone pass that up?  Okay so you might be tired of my excitement of the recycled materials...so on to the GOODS ;)

I think my favorite choice is the gift baskets:
"All of our gift baskets are made to order and are customizable according to your interests, needs, and budget."   Why not mix and match items?  And who said you couldn't buy a gift for yourself ;)

BUT living in Florida and wearing flip flops year round -will cause you to have dry feet....so wouldn't it be nice to use their foot butter every day???   
Another long day? Soothe your tired legs and feet with the refreshing tingle of peppermint and the warmth of ginger.
Generously apply this rich butter and feel it melt into a luxurious oil that penetrates your skin thanks to the perfect blend of cocoa and shea butter with grapeseed oil to tone and sweet almond oil to soften.
Put on a cozy pair of socks so this product can work its wonders overnight, but don't forget to wash your hands before you sleep because these invigorating oils might keep you awake ;-)

So take a few minutes and stop by --- treat yourself (so what if Mother's day is over with) --- 

Happy Browsing!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Last weeks feature...

One thing I am usually not is a slacker -- especially when it comes to someone else being left out.  But I was this past week.  I started getting sick on Sat May 8th - and just kept getting worse until last Friday I had to go have x-rays and blood work....  :(   I am feeling much better now...


I know I have featured this lovely blog before (here) but I didn't switch with someone so what the heck...why not feature them again ;)

Christine has a very cute blog!  I love the owl..and the colors...   her intro on her etsy page says it all....  "My lovely little shop has handmade jewelry that is flirty and fun. A little modern with a vintage feel. Leo & Junie jewelry features charms, gemstones, crystals, sterling silver, brass, vintage & vintage inspired pieces. Each piece is designed to tell a little something about the person who wears it. My jewelry designs are also inspired by nature, gardens, the ocean, butterflies, fairies, and whimsical things. I love finding one of a kind vintage beads and charms/pendants. I am always on the hunt for them!"

 I went ahead and took a peak at her blog and found some great custom made items... can you say fabulous???  I'm not sure if these 2 pieces are necklaces or bracelets but either way they are fabulous.....

(Personal note: sorry Christine for the late post)

You can find her here:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

i like lower case too...

and i hate grammar - thats why i'm a cpa ♥

my fellow blog BESTteam "miss jess" of yourstrulydear has some very cute and chic items in her (and BFF) etsy store.

they have neat covers to protect your laptop, art work, head bands, bibs...jewelry.... a little bit of everything!

she can do custom items for you ---she has great customer service (based on her reviews) and she will exchange your item if you aren't "truly" happy ♥

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Besteam feature...

Alexanders Designs

 Who wants a UNIQUE piece of jewelry made out of pearls and semi-precious stone???  I do!  Meet husband and wife team of Alexanders Designs.  They have an etsy store where you can get anything you want jewelry wise.   If you can just take a few minutes to go through some of their pieces of jewelry I'm sure you will find one that you love!  Here are my favorite 2 pieces that I found...

The 2nd piece if my favorite! And since I had 2 babies in the past 2 years I think this piece would look lovely around my neck!   It's called Glamorous Baby.

 Take a second to go on over to their store and blog -- and let me know what you think!



Thursday, April 22, 2010

A little behind this week

Even though my busy season is over with (tax season) and I am now a WAHM again.... I still have many task to complete.  I am going to be adding about 10 more items/gift sets to my store in the next week. So please keep checking back...

This weeks feature is on Swing Station Studio (sorry I'm late).  This was the first time I have stumbled upon this cute shop.  Heather has cute items in her etsy store like zippered pouches and boxed purses.  Her blog is also fun and light....something enjoyable to read (side note to Heather: you have a cute logo)!  I've added a pic below of her cute and adorable owl change purse!  I love it!  Anyway..back to the subject at hand --Heather is a down to earth wife making cute things for all of us!  If she doesn't have what you want -convo her and I'm sure she could come up with something special to make just for you!

Take a second and stop by her store and blog and tell her hello! 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

PoppyLuxe Designs

My Besteam Feature of the week.

Meet Kimberly, she loves crafting and will try to make something out of anything she can get her hands on! You can defintilty tell by her etsy store.  She has some cute things.  She takes everyday objects and embellishes on them to make them uniquely yours!

Are these hair/bobby pins not so cute????

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Feature of the Week.

As many of you know this is my last full week at my "real" job.  Next Friday I will return to being a WAHM!  I am very excited about that....  Sorry it took a while to get this post up  - but here it is!!

Phili 313
A newbie to the blog world.  The blog's first post was just last week.  So for now the blog is a work in progress.  :)  Which is fine....b/c the Etsy Store and the Store Website are enough for anyone to look at for now.    Ava has been creating jewelry for the past 3 years.  You wouldn't know that by looking at her items because they are so nice and intricate that it looks like shes been doing this her entire life.  I really don't need to say much more because her items speak for themselves.... The necklace and ring below are my favorites. Go check them out!  

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Free AllyZabba Blanket

The giveaway is going on now over at Nicoles Nickels. Stop by and tell her what you think and you could WIN a free blanket!

On to other news... 2 weeks and 2 days and I should be able to get on here more and update! Which I really need to do.

Taking Declan to the ENT first thing in the morning to see if hes going to need tubes! Maybe tubes is just what he needs to start feeling better.

Off the wall...

Unto my wall!!

If you haven't seen vinyl art decals around or you don't have any in your house - you need to get some QUICK!! In my house we have vinyl decals in both of our kids rooms! These decals are wonderful because as kids age their taste change... well mine does too ;) And you can easily take these off the walls and put new ones up!! Okay enough talk about how much I HEART Off the Wall Expressions ....you go look and you will too!

Their info:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Now I want it to

be cold again!!!

This week I have the great pleasure of feature fellow BESTeam member "Paradise Purls"

Meet Elizabeth a SAHM that makes amazing things with her hands! All I can say is I can not WAIT for some cold weather so I can buy my 2 children some Oh So Cute Hats. She knits these hats and scarves....did I mention she does this by hand??? ;)

For those of you that live up north and its still cool for another few weeks -- you're in luck because you can go ahead and shop and use this season ;) Here are some of her darling finds....

Check out her cute blog: http://www.paradisepurls.blogspot.com
Check her out at twitter: http://www.twitter.com/paradisepurls
And...become a FAN: http://www.facebook.com/paradisepurls

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Creative Sprinkle...

Meet Marie Young @ Creative Sprinkle

Marie is the proud artist of the collection below

I really can't say much about what she does because I do not quite understand how she makes such creative items. I CAN say she has some of the prettiest and most unique wedding toppers I have ever seen. Many brides today (and of past) wants that unique item for their wedding... well if you want something more traditional than I would say look elsewhere ---- BUT if you want a unique, ONE OF A KIND, individual item for one of the most spectacular days of your life... then you NEED to check out her blog and her store. That's all I'm saying. ;) And why not birthday parties and anniversary parties - why do cake toppers only need to go on WEDDING cakes.... They don't -- so go take a look and send her a message - she does do custom orders :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Showing some love to a fellow Blogger

.... If you can take a few seconds and jump over to fellow blogger hipchic designs - you will find some lovely items!!!

If you ever thought you couldn't be creative with zippers think again!!! What a very cute bag!!

Not to mention on the etsy site - She has the cutest LadyBug Diaper BagHere is her info:
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/cyndesplace
Blog: http://hipchicdesigns.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What a feature...

This week I was honored here by fellow blogger. Thanks

My website is UP and RUNNING... Take a few minutes to check it out and let me know what you think DDD

On a personal note - its been a crazy few weeks. Dani got the stomach bug for the first time 2 weeks ago. On family portrait day. Yes portraits were canceled. We reschedule for the following Saturday only to find Declan had the stomach bug. I'm convinced they were just nervous about the photos ;) Luckily we made it through it on round 2 - Hope to post some pics soon (as soon as I see them)...

On a business note - have some super cute onesies added to my store....

GIVEAWAY - I will be doing a giveaway on a blog soon.... STAY TUNED
Auction - I will be doing a $25 gift certificate auction TOO... STAY TUNED

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Proud to showcase....

Fellow Blogger...

Leo and Junie

All I can say is "wow" what cute and spectacular pieces. Christine takes ordinary things (ie metal) and transforms them into a work of art! Not one thing on her blog or in her etsy store is short of amazing. With such beautiful items I do not know how she keeps things listed in her store.

Her blogs title "everyday life :: mixed with inspiration + creativity" says it all.... Two of my favorite pieces

Take a few seconds to go check out her original art that she has turned into beautiful jewelry you can wear.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Each Monday....

from here on out... I will be giving a shout out to a fellow Blogger Street Team member and telling you a little bit about their items that they make.

To start with I think its a little bit ironic that the feature of the weeks store name is "Dandee" -- I think its a pretty great name ;) So back to the STORE information- this store has some great items I think everyone needs to browse - Some of the cards offered had me smiling pretty darn big.

AND the good thing is these cards are REASONABLY priced... Here is the special right now *ALL CARDS ARE BUY 3 GET 1 FREE! Or if you want the 10 for $40 deal please use the link below & list your 10 cards in the 'message to seller' during check out.

So stop by and show Dandee some love - I know I've already picked out a few cards ;)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New things are happening

New things are on the horizon....

1. I'm getting a web page designed and hopefully by this weekend it will be ready to set up. I will now have an online boutique with lot of fun stuff to offer!
2. I joined an etsy team!!! Can't wait to write little bits on my other team members (stayed tuned)
3. I will be offering giveaways on a couple of great blogs... hopefully I will be announcing them soon enough

On a personal note...
Declan is sick again - Double ear infection - the question lingering in my mind is will he need tubes like his sister????

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Terrible Tuesdays

Or something like that. Not quite far enough into the week to be excited about the weekend.

Today was okay - other than I'm sick again. Luckily my children haven't been sick since December (knock on wood)

I finished some boxers tonight... I will be adding them to my store but these were made as a gift. My friend Laura had her baby a few days ago...and I only found out today!! What a bad friend. Guess that happens when you are sick and have 2 kids and live 3 hours away and its the busiest time of year.. :)

Also joined an Etsy group this weekend - will post details later...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Nothing is cuter

than your LO dressed up in a special outfit. I have a friend that gets to put her LO in nice clothes EVERYDAY. I wish I could but unfortunately my daughter and son attend daycare for 3 1/2 months and while they are there they play HARD. So no nice outfits for them M-F. But come Friday night cute things all around.

I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to help me make things. My mom was never "crafty" she bought what she wanted because she really didn't enjoy making things. My grandmother on the other hand was always cooking and doing something. So maybe I get it from her? My dad's mom is wonderful too! I didn't spend as much time with her growing up but as an adult I can call and talk to her about anything and she always has great advice. So Looking back at all the women that were influential in my life I hope I can pass the good qualities on to my daughter.

I'll pass some good things down to Declan too ;) I will leave most of it up to my husband though (I have one of the good ones).

I've decided to add a video clip of my daughter... she is so sweet

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The name Dande...

Some people have asked where I came up with the name "Dande" (pronounced like Dandy) ... I didn't come up with it because my husband did. It represents the 2 most important people in our lives... our Children Dani and Declan....

Now I remember why...

I don't have 18 kids... I can't go without sleep. Last night was one of those nights. After Dani decided she wanted to play instead of sleep, Declan wanted to whine instead of sleep, and Hurley decided to bark instead of sleep... I decided I wanted to sleep.

All is well though I have super kids - they woke up with a lot of spunk.

(Should this be the time to tell you I am not an English Major - so don't be mad at me for bad grammar) :)

I finished 3 sets of bloomers last night... I think they turned out super cute (I'll post pics later). Its so fun to see something from start to finish (other than a blank tax return to one with completed figures) ;)

How many more months till I become a WAHM again??? Hurry up April 15th!!

I just realized this will be the first summer/fall in 2 years I haven't been pregnant. Woohoo!