Friday, July 31, 2009

What is your guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure has to be TV. We happen to really like TV in our house and even have a TV in the bathroom and kitchen. During the day Will really dominates the TV but once he is fast asleep I fire up my shows. My favorite show this summer has to be True Blood, and it is so good that I feel like it is a guilty pleasure.

What is your guilty pleasure?

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Random Silliness

"Look Mommy I look like you" I couldn't live without my velcro rollers!

Hawaiian shirt, bulldog shorts and Camo boots, good to go right? But he did it himself!

I am thinking he didn't like the email he got? This is a old keyboard and he insisted on taking it in the car. I gave in, I just wanted to get the show on the road!

I think the random silliness is what makes a ordinary day extraordinary!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wordless/Wordful Wednesday

Will has been wanting to take Kane to the pet store for some time so we finally obliged. Will was trying to pick out a treat for Kane but it looks like Kane wanted to pick out his own treat. (I was just glad Kane didn't pee in the store, that would have been really embarrassing)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

You Know You Grew Up In the 80's If....

1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE".

2. You watched the Pound Puppies.

3. You can sing the rap to the "Fresh Prince of Belair " ...and can do the "Carlton".

4. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy.

5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own.

6. You owned those lil' Strawberry Shortcake scented dolls. (they really did smell good)

7. "WOAH " comes from Joey on Blossom.

8. Two words: Hammer Pants.

9. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock ".

10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars... and "spokey-dokes" or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect.

11. You can sing the entire theme song to "Duck Tales ". (Woo ooh!)

12. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.

13. When it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

14. You saw the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles " on the big screen... and still know the turtles names.

15. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.

16. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.

17. You played the game "MASH ". (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)

18. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.

19. L.A. Gear... need I say more.

20. You wanted to change your name to "JEM " in Kindergarten. (She's truly outrageous)

21. You remember reading "Tales of a fourth grade nothing " and all the Ramona books.

22. You know the profound meaning of "WAX ON, WAX OFF". (LOVE this movie)

23. You wanted to be a Goonie. (Goodness another favorite movie!...)

24. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us... head-to-toe)

25. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.

26. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was only female smurf? Why was she the only female?

27. You took lunch boxes to school... and traded Garbage Pail Kids in the schoolyard.

28. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.

29. You still get the urge to say "NOT " after every sentence.

30. You remember Hypercolor t-shirts.

31. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band.

32. You thought She-ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hookup.

33. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.

34. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes. (and like #24, probably in neon colors, too)Gosh weren't these awaful, I got the worst blisters from them.

35. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"

36. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"

37. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.

38. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide.

39. You have ever played with a Skip-It.

40. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.

41. You've gone through this nodding your head in agreement.

42. You remember Popples.

43. "Don't worry, be happy"

44. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.

45. You wore socks scrunched down (and sometimes still do...getting yelled at by "younger hip" members of the family)

46. "Miss MARY MACK MACK MACK, all dressed in BLACK BLACK BLACK "

47. You remember boom boxes. and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.

48. You remember watching both "Gremlins" movies.

49. You know what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare!"

50. You remember watching "Rainbow Bright" and "My Little Pony Tales "

51. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.

52. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.

53. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool... and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB".

54. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By the Bell ", the ORIGINAL class.

55. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.

56. You just sang those words to yourself.

57.You remember watching Magic vs. Bird.

58. Homemade Levi shorts. (the shorter the better)

59. You remember when mullets were cool!

60. You had a mullet!

61. You still sing "We are the World"

62. You tight rolled your jeans or we called it pegged!

63. You owned a bannana clip. (you know I did in every color!)

64. You remember "Where's the Beef?"

65. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' about Willis?"

66. You had big hair and you knew how to use it.

67. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head,aren't you!

I hope you enjoyed a trip down memory lane! Shot through the heart .......will be in your head all day now, so sorry!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Featured Reader: Let me introduce you to....

La Dolce Vita

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I always love Monday's since it means I have the great pleasure of introducing you to a fab reader. For some reason I thought I had already featured Dawn of Bee and Rose but realized I hadn't so this feature is long overdue(sorry Dawn) If you aren't already following Dawn's blog I know you will be soon. There are so many things I love about Dawn and her blog, for one she very funny and I find a daily dose of Bee and Rose is a must, she also finds the funniest pictures to share and is a fellow small biz owner. Dawn and I share many of the same loves especially when it comes to our TV. Grab a cup of joe and get to know my friend Dawn, you won't be disappointed!

Blog Name: Dawn Smith of Bee and Rose


Husband: William age 41, Catherine age 6 and Connor 12 (

almost 13!!)

Catherine look at her medals!!

How did you start blogging?

I’ve always loved writing. I made a decision on New Year’s Eve 08 to commit to writing in some form at least 3-4x weekly in 2009. I thought the blog forum would be a great way for my family and friends to keep up with us. I also felt I would be more accountable to my writing commitment with this forum. Now I’m hooked!


If you are a parent do you have a parenting philosophy?

*Never lose faith in yourself. *If you can believe it, you can achieve it.

*The Golden Rule ~ Treat others as you would like to be treated.

*Don’t be afraid to speak your truth even if it’s unpopular.

I am here to create a structured, loving place for my kids to discover who they are, surround them with love and teach them to be self sufficient, loving human beings. I want them to be proud of who they are, healthy and live life with joy.

You will never find me without......

A book !

Day job:

Stay~at~home Mom, Home School Educator, Owner of Black Crow Boutique

Black Crow Boutique is a whimsical Halloween themed boutique filled with enchanted needfuls for your haunted home! We will be opening on Etsy soon and re-launching our website in a few months! We have lots of new things in store this year! Some of our new collections include “Toile-a-ween”, “Pink-a-boo”, “Shabby Eek!”, “Three Witches Café” and “Goblin Hollow”! We are very excited about the upcoming season! Here is a link to see a wee bit of what we’re offering this fall, click HERE

Favorite Stuff:

Music: Coldplay, Michael Buble, Celtic Music, James Taylor, Instrumentals, The Killers, Phil Vassar, Steven Curtis Chapman, ABBA, Beatles…I really love it all!

Food: Pizza, Greek food, Cupcakes

Tv/ Movies:

TV~ Lie To Me, Burn Notice, True Blood, Royal Pains, Style Network, Food Network, and HGTV (I haven’t been watching much TV lately!)

Movies ~ Love Actually, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Enchanted, Pride and Prejudice

Reading: Harry Potter, anything by Wayne Dyer, The Thirteenth Tale, Sookie Stackhouse series, any book, really!

If you had to wear a T-shirt with your favorite saying on it what would it be?

“It is what it is!” (I have a few others, but I say this all the time!)

Favorite stores to shop at

Kitson (online), Sephora, Target, Anthropologie, Talbots, Kohls, Borders

If you could trade with a blogger for the day who would it be and please provide the link.

I would love to trade places with you! I love your creativity and your fabulous style! ( oh man how sweet is this, love ya Dawn!

Other good stuff from Dawn:

We are currently spending lots of time learning about Irish culture since Catherine is very involved in Irish step~dancing. She’s recently started the competition circuit and really loving it!

We also love playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band with Connor. He’s amazing with the guitar! He can play songs on his “real” guitar just by listening to a song a few times…he doesn’t even need to read the music!

I really need to put these kids and their talents to work for me! lol!

Make sure you leave Dawn some comment love below and also visit her blog HERE.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Featured And Something New....

We've Been Featured on

Today Kristen's Custom Creations has been featured at My Shopping Connection HERE. I happen to love My Shopping Connection and am honored to be featured! If you haven't checked their site out please be sure to and check out my feature while you are there.

I also have something new in my shop! A very good friend of mine is expecting her third child and wanted a special necklace to brag about her upcoming bump and so the "Expecting" necklace has been created just for her and now is also available in my shop HERE. The "Expecting" necklace has been handstamped with my new lowercase fancy script font, has the birthstone for the month the baby is due and a tiny disc that has a set of sweet baby feet stamped. The best part about this necklace is that you can add a name disc or tag after the baby is born and continue to add to the piece.

Happy Sunday friends, enjoy the day!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Aloha Friday! If you had a million dollars....

Do you ever daydream and think about what you would do if you hit the lotto or came into a lot of money, say millions? I do this from time to time and the one thing top on my list is a beach house where my view would be this. I would love to wake up every morning to this view from my bedroom. This picture was taken on a vacation we took many years ago on Ann Maria Island, Florida, one of our favorite spots to vacation. There is something captivating about the ocean. A girl can dream right?

So here are my questions:

If you came into millions what would be top on your list?

If I did move to the ocean do you think I would take it for granted and some days not even step foot on the beach?

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

A time when things were more simple..

We are fortunate to live very close to The Henry Ford, it is such a great place to step back in time. You can see in the pictures that Will was really enjoying playing with some good old fashioned toys, you know the kind made of wood and that do not make any NOISE! Don't you find that kids often have the most fun with simple things like empty boxes and laundry baskets.

Tell me is your house loaded with some plastic toys that make noise? Unfortunately ours is.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wordful/Wordless Wednesday

A little soap, water and some elbow grease and Will had his entire fleet of cars squeaky clean. My designated job was to rinse!

Will and I spent hours cleaning his toys and had a blast. I hope Will's childhood is chalked full of lasting fond memories.

When is the last time you did something so simple yet so FUN?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Take me out ot the ball game....

Hubby and my brother.

Waiting to run the bases.

We took Will to a baseball game and the kiddos even got to run the bases. Will had so much fun running the bases that he wanted to do it again and again. We had our share of hot dogs, pop, pretzels, ice cream, and purchased some souvenirs. I think we did our part in stimulating the economy. What I find the most fun is the people watching, some go for the game I go for the food and people watching!

When is the last time you went to a baseball game?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Featured Reader: Let me introduce you to...

La Dolce Vita

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend, we had cooler temps in Michigan but still very nice. It is nice to turn the AC off and open up the windows for some fresh air. Speaking of fresh air, I always love Monday's since I have the pleasure of introducing you to a fellow blogger. I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Ershinta of Hans and Shinta. Ershinta is a exile living in the land of the vikings, you have to stop by her blog for some breathtaking photos and a peek at what it is like being in a new country as a newlywed. Grab a cup of joe and get to know my friend Ershinta!


Ershinta við Neyst of Hans and Shinta


Hans and I just got married a bit more than 3 months ago

How did you start blogging?

I moved to the Faroe Islands to be with my husband who is Faroese, and many of my friends and family were asking a lot of questions of about the Faroe Islands. So I thought instead of answering the same questions 1000 times, I might as well create a blog where everyone can go, and see for themselves.

What is your blogging philosophy?

Blogging has definitely taken a lot of my time, so right now I think I need to be careful with my time management. But the most important thing for me when I blog is to share my life here in the Faroe Islands first with my family and friends, and second to other people in the world.

You will never find me without......

a book

Day job: Stay at home wife =) I am waiting for my resident permit to come through, and till then I can't work

Favorite Stuff:

Music: gospel


Tv/ Movies: I don't really watch TV, but I do love movies, especially the ones based on true stories. I also love the Lords of the Rings

Reading: I read pretty much everything, but I especially love those by The Thoenes (Christian novels).

If you had to wear a T-shirt with your favorite saying on it what would it be?

I make mistakes. God doesn't. He made me.

Favorite stores to shop:

Bónus - it's a local supermarket here that sells sushi and Thai instant noodles! Can't find them anywhere else in the whole country!

If you could trade with a blogger for the day who would it be?

Amel – she is an Indonesian married to a Finnish guy and is currently living in Finland.

Please be sure to visit Hans and Shinta, I hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do. If you would like to be a featured reader please send me a email with a link to your blog

Saturday, July 18, 2009

And the winner is....

Congratulations to Yaya of Yaya Stuff! YaYa will soon be wearing the below piece but of course w/ her own custom name of choice on it. I am pretty sure she doesn't want my kiddos name on it! Please congratulate YaYa!
A special thank you to everyone who entered!

La Dolce Vita

Friday, July 17, 2009

Aloha Friday....

Will and Ellie (his girl's doggie)

Summer happens to be my favorite season and it just may be because I have so many fond memories of summer with friends at our local pool. I remember spending most of the summer up at our local pool, we would all walk up as a group and stay until closing most days. We didn't have a care in the world. When I see Will having fun like the above picture it reminds of the innocence of being a child and the sheer joy in the simplest things, like a garden hose and sweet, sweet pup!

What is one of your fondest childhood memories?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Thousand Words Thursday... I love you more than chocolate!

Will has a true love for chocolate and will do just about anything for some chocolate. The first thing he asks for when he wakes up in the morning is chocolate. I like chocolate but Will LOVES chocolate. Most days Will is sporting a chocolate mustache. You know some people just really, really love chocolate!

Very often my inspiration for new pieces comes from the little guy, the little things he says. One day he was telling me that he loves chocolate (just in case I didn't know) and I asked him if he loves it more than anything in the world and he said "No, I love you more than chocolate but I really, really do love chocolate too" It sometimes is something so simple that inspires me and this holds special meaning for me to it has been put to metal!

I have added it to my shop HERE.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wordful/Wordless Wednesday

Meet Miss Molly! My parents were on vacation and we took care of Molly for them. Will has been wanting to have a sleepover will Molly for a while now. Will loves Molly since she plays with him, follows him around the house, and in the morning will not come downstairs until he is awake. I think he has a bit of a crush on her. He kept screaming, "I love you Molly!" Poor Kane got his nose a bit out of joint and was happy when Molly had to go home, Will on the other hand was deeply saddened when Molly went home. I think Molly was also glad to go home after dealing with Will climbing all over her and hugging her non-stop!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lazy Days And Lemonade

I hope you get a few lazy days and lemonade this summer... I think I know someone who is getting his share!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Let me introduce you to....

My little laptop hog... Will can not get enough Flintstones on lately. I am not even sure how he knew about the Flintstones. Why aren't the Flintstones on tv anymore anyways?

I had some technical difficulties with my Featured Reader post so it will be bumped until next week. If you haven't already be sure to enter to win one of my new pieces of hand stamped jewelry HERE. I just added some new pieces in my shop and have more to come, all with the new lowercase and uppercase script font.

Wishing all a great start to a fresh new week!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

This just in....

The Faith necklace and the Teenie Tiny initial necklace (under $25 too!) have just been added to my SHOP.

I just loved the simplicity and elegance of my lowercase font that I have also added the same font but in uppercase. I now can mix uppercase with the lowercase. What do you think of the new hand stamped pieces?

You can view my entire collection at HERE.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Aloha Friday: A show and tell and questions

Will's Gnome a.k.a. Dancy (no idea why but everything these days has to have a name)

I love flowers and the more the merrier, I also have a fondest for container gardening and every year my planters look a bit different. One of my favorite flowers is my Annabelle Hydrangea, if I had a really large yard I would line the perimeter with Annabelle's. I don't know the names of most of my plants but if I plant it and it does well then I buy more of that same plant! One day I want to take a gardening class so I know exactly what to do w/ my clippers.

I hope you enjoy my pictures of my flowers.

My questions for you are:

Do you like Gnomes?

Do you have a green thumb?

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