Sunday, November 30, 2008

Squidfire...Next Sunday!!

Not doing anything next Sunday? Need to find some great, unique, handmade gifts for the holidays?? Come see the BEST table at SquidFire's Winter Art Mart!

SquidFire's 2008 Winter Art Mart

Sunday December 7, 12-6:30pm

Lyric Opera House

110 West Mount Royal Avenue – Baltimore, MD 21201

click here for a list of Vendors!!

IF- Balloon

finally...I am determined to be back on track with my Illustration Friday submissions!!

This week...Balloon :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Digital Illustration...Apple from week 2

Etsy Bloggers November 24 Edition

Welcome to the November 24, 2008 edition of etsybloggers.

Jen (bfbeads) of Baby Friendly Beads presents The Thanksgiving Bowl posted at Mama's Magic.

Stacy Gibbs presents EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival posted at The Fancy Fritter.

Two Zany Zebras presents How fast does a turkey trot? posted at Two Zany Zebras.

Julie Antinucci presents Blog Carnival: Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition posted at Creative Mines by Julie Antinucci.

Rose Works Jewelry presents Rose Works Jewelry: My Thanksgiving Story - Etsy Bloggers Carnival posted at Rose Works Jewelry.

Linda Wheelock presents TurDuck...Tee Hee.... posted at Spotted Cow Soaps.

BeadedTail presents Thanksgiving Traditions posted at beadedtail.

Ellen Behm presents Thanksgiving Traditions posted at Down the Street Creations.

miesmama presents Thanksgiving posted at miesmama.

Brigid presents "Traditions" posted at Grey Eye Designs studio.

Yazmin presents It's all about the dessert, baby! - A Pretty Rock - Jewelry Blog and More... posted at A Pretty Rock Jewelry - blog

Donna Pool presents Donna Says...: What's Next...? posted at Donna Says....

Kelly Drill presents Another Totally Out of Character Food-Related Post posted at Macaroni and Glue.

Rainy presents How are you going to prepare your business for the holiday rush? Blog Carnival posted at RainyDayArt.

BunnyKissd presents Thanksgiving Traditions posted at Diary of a Crazy Rabbit Lady, Too.

Serena Lee Pena presents SAPPHIRE and ICE STUDIOS, LLC: How are you going to prepare your business for the holiday rush? posted at Sapphireice's Weblog

Frances presents Preparing for the Holidays in my Shop posted at Home Made Originals.

Julie Antinucci presents Blog Carnival: What I'm working on.... posted at Creative Mines by Julie Antinucci.

Five O'Clock Somewhere presents Blog Carnival - How are you going to prepare your business for the holiday rush? posted at Five O'Clock Somewhere

Angie A presents Angie's Crafts: Etsybloggers November Carnival! posted at Angie's Crafts.

Patti presents F.........irst Christmas on Etsy posted at peacoxcreations.

Melissa Sinisgalli presents Thanksgiving Traditions posted at Made By Melissa.

Lisa Human presents Blog Carnival: Thanksgiving Traditions posted at Human Touch Designs.

smox presents Christmas Is Coming! posted at The SMOX Workshop.

Erika presents Pecan Pie, Anyone? posted at TOTE-N-TOTS.

Jaime Johnson presents Thanksgiving Thoughts posted at The Sewing Chronicles of JaimeSews.

Melinda Beatty presents The Rush posted at My Aphrodite Jewelry.

Stacey presents Holiday Happenings posted at Elle Belle.

Waxela Sananda presents ThanksGiving posted at SpiritMama Art and Soul.

MagdaleneJewels presents Carnival: Thanksgiving Memories posted at MagdaleneJewels's Blogs.

Janet Reddick presents Traditions of Thanksgiving posted at Sky Girl Style.

Deanna Lack presents Interlude [EB Carnival] posted at You've Got Maille.

Jo Hoffacker presents Preparing for the Holiday Rush posted at Dogmaw Glass.

Ebony presents Blog Carnival November posted at Off The Peg.

Studio Gilead presents Doda's Creative Wanderings: One box too far? posted at Doda's Creative Wanderings.

Elise presents Betani's Bureau: Blog Carnival: What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? posted at Betani's Bureau.

Nancy presents Thanksgiving Holiday Tradition posted at NanjoDogz.

Anitra Cameron presents THANKSGIVING A NEW WAY posted at Coffee Pot People

Nora Demirjian presents Preparing My Business for the Holidays posted at Nora's Blog.

Lauren presents Blog Carnival - Preparing for the Holiday Rush... posted at Lost Mitten.

shellmitchell presents Getting Ready For The Holidays posted at Shell Mitchell Accessories and Design.

storybeader presents Etsybloggers Carnival, Nov 24: Thanksgiving traditions posted at Stroll Through Storyland.

Kirsten Hetherly presents The Holidays are fast approaching.... posted at The Quinna Collection.

Heather presents EtsyBloggers: Blog Carnival posted at Winemakerssister.

Kathy & Carrie presents Thanksgiving Traditions posted at CalKat The Jewelry Junkie.

Stormy Designs presents Getting ready for the holidays and a SALE posted at Stormy Designs.

PurrPrints presents My favorite (unusual) Thanksgiving tradition posted at PurrPrints: Art, Cats, and Randomness.

Jenni Brighton presents Pie will really gum up a sewing machine... posted at My Lil Etsy Shops:.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Blog Carnival - November 24th Edition

This week's blog carnival is hosted by me!! The topic I chose to write about is....

What is your favorite tradition for the Thanksgiving holiday?

I absolutely love the holidays...pretty much once October hits until my birthday in January, I'm a happy girl :) Thanksgiving is always fun, because I usually haven't been home to see the family in a while, and all my friends who now live all over the country make it back to good old Hillsborough to celebrate. My dad and I get to watch football, and my mom and I do some baking, and pre-Christmas preparations...but the best part of Thanksgiving, is dinner at my Aunt & Uncle's house. The past few years have been extra special, because my Aunt battled and beat breast cancer, and is back in the swing of things cooking up a Thanksgiving feast...its not the food that's important, but the fact that she can, and does cook a fabulous meal, and we all have the best time together...

and now it's less than a week away!! I can not wait to see everyone at home on Wednesday!!!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Seven Secrets...

I was tagged by "ametistadea" (of the EtsyBloggers team) to tell seven secrets about myself, and then tag seven more team members to do the same...

1. I now have 3 Etsy stores :P although 2 are still empty...

2. I own all 10 seasons of Friends on DVD...and watch them in order while I clean :p

3. I have over 30 pair of flip flops

4. my Christmas decorations go up the day after Thanksgiving and stay up until my birthday (01/11)

5. sometimes I talk to my cats, and think they'll actually answer me...

6. If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be Pizza from Alfonsos, in Hillsborough, NJ

7. my #1 goal, is to learn to ski, the guitar :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Digital Illustration...Apple from week 1

so in one of my new classes (that's right, full time student here!!) we are to create a digital drawing of an apple every week!

Monday, November 17, 2008

off to see the wizard

TBS was showing the Wizard of Oz this past weekend...and since I haven't seen it in so long, I sat down and watched it...which prompted some cute sketched which I plan to color in stay tuned for those :)

so I thought I'd do an Etsy finds post...Wizard of Oz style :)

Wizard of Oz Paintings by brilliant

Wizard of Oz Rag Dolls by TatteredRags

Wicked Witch and Flying Monkey Messenger Bag by KittyEmpire

Tinman Button by MessageOnAButton

if you need to get me a gift...

I would love love love...anything from the Philosophy line...available at Sephora ;)

the best part is that they smell just like the real thing! you could have a Margarita bubble bath!

i'm also in love with this fragrance, Sugar Lemon by Fresh, (also at Sephora)


yes, being that I'm a Giants fan in Baltimore...I have to gloat a little this morning...

Friday, November 14, 2008


the School of Medicine holiday craft show was pretty are the items that sold...

UMMC School of Medicine Craft Bazzar today!!

come by and see me...if you're in the downtown Baltimore area, I'll be at Westminster Hall from 11-3 :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

full time student?? me??

as of today, I am officially enrolled full time at the Art Institute...I'm a little overwhelmed...two classes at once...I don't know which one to 'go' to first :p

Design Principles or Digital Illustration...I'm so excited!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I got a really cute email forward from my friend Ashley the other day...and I thought this was just too funny not to share...

there were a bunch like this, but this was by far my favorite...from the email entitled...'porn for women'...

I <3 mail

look what came todayyyyyyyyyyyyy!

is the suspense killing you yet??

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

more custom jewelry complete!

busy busy last night...
this is how the night started, and by the end I had finished

Linda's bracelet

Necklace and Earring set for Gena's soon to be mother-in-law

and five birthstone charm bracelets for Laura

Monday, November 10, 2008

gem & jewelry show loot

as always, it was a good one...

I finally got around to organizing my finds, with Jack's help of course :)

I had no idea though, just how amazing it is to be back in the wholesale's a whole new world for me...and I am so glad to finally be on the right track!

just look at these GIANT labradorites!! how fab are they??

BEST at Holiday Heap

this saturday, come to Holiday Heap and find the BEST group table to pick up wonderful handmade gifts for this holiday season :)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

jewelry time :)

here are a few more recent jewelry designs...two custom and one that was just a gift for a friend :)

for Joan, custom interchangeable earrings

for Jamie, a bracelet, earrings and necklace set for her daughter

and for Kait, just some fun jewelry to wear while she was trying on wedding dresses

Friday, November 07, 2008

pocketful of posy!

working on the logo design for my wonderful friend Kelley & her etsy shop with her friend go visit Pocketful of Posy and buy cute handbags and jewelry from them!!

and the banner for their etsy shop...

stuff I'm working on...the update!

Bonnie & Andy's save the date...almost done! just waiting on final 'approval' and we're off to print!

Etsy finds - owls!

my co-worker Denise came across a fabulous etsian yesterday, and she makes these adorable calendar prints with owls on them! so this week's etsy finds are inspired by just that...OWLS :)

the find that started it all...
Owl Print by Valentina

Pumpkin, Hoots and Oaks Charm Bracelet by Lara Lewis

Alternative Green Owl Tshirt by RainbowSwirlz

Owls of the Season by StephanieFizer (newest star of "Quit your day job"!)

Pierce the Owl Ornament by RedMarionette

The One Where Rachel Finds Out

Episode 24 - Season 1 Finale!

Rachel: This one's from Joey. Feels like a book, I think it's a book. Feels like a book, and... it's a book!
Phoebe: Oh, it's Dr. Seuss!
Joey: That book got me through some tough times.
Melanie: There is a little child inside this man!
Chandler: Yes, the doctors say if they remove it, he'll die.

Ross: Do you guys know who Carl is?
Chandler: Uh, let's see. Alvin, Simon, Theodore.... No.
Ross:: Well, Rachel's having drinks with him tonight.
Joey: Oh no! How can she do that when she's never shown any interest in you?

Joey: We want you to be happy. And I may only have a couple beers in me, but... I love you, man.
Chandler: I'm still on my first. I... I just think you're nice.

Phoebe: Oh, it's so pretty. This must have cost him a fortune.
Monica: I can't believe he did this.
Chandler: Come on--Ross? Remember back in college, when he fell in love with Carol and bought her that ridiculously expensive crystal duck?
Rachel: What did you just say?
Chandler: ahem... um... Crystal duck?

not afraid of the turtle...

, Va. Maryland’s entire offense on Thursday night at Lane Stadium rushed for a total of minus-12 yards. Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans did a little better – 253 yards better – all by himself.
(read the rest here)

we just rock on Thursday night....that is of course, unless we are playing BC :p

it's been a while

and now the house is almost done!!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

possibly the coolest lights...ever!

how cool are these? outdoor, solar lights from Corona Solar Lights

now if only I had a place to put them...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Featured EtsyBloggers Team Member - November

Congratulations to StoryBeader, the EtsyBloggers team member for November!

not only are her designs beautiful, but each comes with an original poem :) so head on over to her etsy shop, or blog and find a beautiful story to wear around your neck!