Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Front Page Tresuries!

Yay! I was featured on the front page of Etsy 3 times this month! You can see if your shop was featured to by checking out this website *craft cult*, it will even show you archived treasuries that you were featured in...pretty nifty. It's funny that I've never been on the front page before and then 3 times in one month...not complaining though.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

the toothless wonder!!

My little Gavin just lost 2 teeth this week. On Monday I took the boys for a 2 mile bike ride and Gavin's bike handle hit him in the mouth and loosened up his already loose front teeth. An hour later while eating an ice cream Gavin pulled out his tooth, two days later Mommy pulled out the second tooth that was just dangling.

So here is my question...after these teeth were lost my little Gavin's behaviour has improved so much, he has been so helpful, kind, agreeable and quite the little peacemaker. Is there a correlation?? Should I knock out the rest of his teeth?? Just joking!

Canada Day and 4th of July!

In our family we celebrate both, the only problem is that they are only a couple days apart and since we live in the USA we don't want to appear un-patriotic (is that a word?) by celebrating Canada Day just before Independence Day and since most Americans don't even know when Canada Day is it can appear a little insensitive on our part.
Nevertheless, we went to the park in our Canada t-shirts and had pizza with Canadian Bacon on it (roll your eyes if you will) and pineapple (which is essentially Hawaiian pizza and we are also Hawaiian so it works in the multicultural mix!). We had ice cream, played tag and usually sing "Oh Canada!" (which is NOT to the tune of "Oh Christmas tree" in case you were wondering!)
After that my husband and I reflected on how lucky we were to have all our children intact as my sister's pet polar bear recently devoured one of her children...good thing she's got 8 more (gotta do something to keep you warm in those looooong Canadian winters). Just after we write out a check to support the "Igloos for Humanity fund", then we write members of parliament to encourage them to allow the Internet to Canada cause I really miss my siblings and would like to keep in touch with them. (By the way if you believe the last paragraph please keep in mind that Canada is responsible for the inventions of the blackberry, basketball, the zipper and insulin, nor have I ever seen a polar bear except in the Los Angeles zoo!)

July 4th was lots of fun we started with a parade and then headed to my Aunt's gorgeous house for a BBQ and slip and slide and driveway of fireworks.

We are so lucky to live and have lived in countries that provide us with the freedoms that we enjoy and cherish. Happy Canada Day and 4th of July!

New shop addition and treasury!

Recently I was asked to do a custom order of a drum set, which is harder that one would think... here's what I came up with!

Also I was featured in a treasury recently by Beneath the Rowan tree, Clover and Violet, and Ciuccio some fun treasuries thanks for including me:

Saturday, May 30, 2009

***away for a while***

I've been missing in action for a while and have been delinquent in blog postings. I am in Canada for a while, helping out with my mother as she is in her final stages fighting her battle with terminal cancer. Here is a link to updates of my mom and how she is doing. She is a trooper, what an amazing women. I will do a proper blog post once life gets back to some semblance of normalicy.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Godzilla and the Handmade experiment

I was featured on the Handmade Experiment today with some other amazingly cute children's items. An honor to be included among such talented designers. Also check out my new addition to my shop!...Godzilla, who would have thought he would be so popular?

Friday, May 15, 2009

My Latest Eco Addictions.....

I love love love this Eco Friendly Laundry Detergent, honestly I can't say enough amazing things about this product. It works sooo well, smells amazing (70+ scents to choose from, I chose sweetpea cause that's my nickname!) and has a myriad of uses.
It works for energy efficient washers as well as my old faithful one and takes less than half the amount of regular detergent and saves me so much money. Also these detergents are made with all natural ingredients, phosphate-free, non-toxic, PLANET FRIENDLY and gray water safe. You can buy them from Ashley a WAHM like myself, she has a great business called Crunchy Clean. Check her out. Here are some other uses that this amazing invention has, seriously can you tell I'm in love? It's made my life so much easier.

You can actually use it by itself as a comet type scrub OR you can add some dish detergent to it to make a paste like soft scrub that works fantastic for shower floors! I use it to clean my toilets too in lieu of comet or other harsh chemical cleaners.

2 Tablespoons in a bucket with 1/4 cup of vinegar makes a GREAT multipurpose cleaner! I clean our ceramic tile floors, the counters, and the kitchen sink with it!

a few Tablespoons mixed with dish soap makes a wonderful scrubby cleaner - it needs to be a gritty consistency, and you can wash your tubs and sinks safely without bleach or other unsafe cleaners! :)

Make a pretreater - mix with water and let it sit on stains! OR, mix hot water with a tablespoon or two and let your stains clothes sit for a few hours or overnight!

You can also sprinkle a little in your diaper pail to deodorize.

Also I'm in love with Spa Therapy's facial products, I have the patchouli mint soap, aloe skin toner, vegan deodorant stick (love this!), and the papaya and tea tree scrub (amazing!). These too shops are definite treasures that I've come across on Etsy, feel free to support these amazing women and their handmade products.

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Welcome to my world of being an art teacher, full-time mommy, and law school student's wife. These are the comings and goings of this little lady and her entourage of five men (hubby plus 4 sons).