tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-65025074465131227272014-05-31T00:50:45.226-07:00Baby Moon BoutiqueNichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.comBlogger81125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-61669322221631359972014-05-30T06:45:00.001-07:002014-05-30T06:45:35.266-07:00Friday Feature- Pelhuaz {Sale}<div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">This week's feature is the lovely Zeide from Pelhuaz. Zeide is not only busy with her daughter, shop and everything else from life, she is also expecting another little&nbsp;peanut&nbsp;in September. Enjoy getting to know Zeide, her business Pelhuaz, and join me in sending happy and easy pregnancy wishes. Please check out her awesome shop and check out the incredible discount code listed below!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FEKlg5fBiN8/U4iKN2ufXdI/AAAAAAAABIU/rvLBO7EOBY8/s1600/Pelhuaz_Primary_Larger.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FEKlg5fBiN8/U4iKN2ufXdI/AAAAAAAABIU/rvLBO7EOBY8/s1600/Pelhuaz_Primary_Larger.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025" style="text-align: center;"><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_8349" style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; text-align: start;"><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_8348" style="font-size: 14px; text-align: center;"><span class="yiv7251267441Apple-style-span" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_8362" style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px;"><a href="http://pelhuaz.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Store</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span><a href="http://pelhuaz.blogspot.com/" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_8356" rel="" style="background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Blog</a>&nbsp;/<span class="yiv7251267441Apple-style-span" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_8354" style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pelhuaz" rel="" style="background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;/<span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://instagram.com/pelhuaz" rel="" style="background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Instagram</a>&nbsp;/<span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://pinterest.com/pelhuaz/pins" rel="" style="background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>&nbsp;/<span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://pelhuaz.tumblr.com/" rel="" style="background: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/pelhuaz" style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank">Twitter</a></div></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_8330" style="background-color: white; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Segoe UI, Helvetica, Arial, Lucida Grande, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 17px;"><br /></span></span></div></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_19419" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16050">1.&nbsp;</span><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_62">Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.</span></span></span></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_86"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">A mom, a wife, a crafter, a entrepreneur, and a Project Manager –that lives in Puerto Rico.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5wDCoZv6Qo4/U4iKOHhfvBI/AAAAAAAABIg/Z-JQhdaS0mA/s1600/InstagramCapture_e9986fe5-b381-4476-841c-45f993c5dd02_jpg.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5wDCoZv6Qo4/U4iKOHhfvBI/AAAAAAAABIg/Z-JQhdaS0mA/s1600/InstagramCapture_e9986fe5-b381-4476-841c-45f993c5dd02_jpg.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1395368596605_7704" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_54">2. Tell us about</span><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_66">&nbsp;your business.</span></span></span></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><div class="yiv2132294046" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span class="yiv2132294046" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1395368596605_7704"><span class="yiv2132294046" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_66"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><div class="yiv2132294046 yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_7028" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_8052" style="line-height: 16.866666793823242px; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">Pelhuaz is my way to express my creative side. &nbsp;I decided to open Pelhuaz in order to be able to show my creations.&nbsp;</div><div class="yiv2132294046 yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_7029" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_16_0_1_1401388853952_2604" style="line-height: 16.866666793823242px; margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;">I like to keep things simple but modern with a bohemian feeling. Nothing pompous, nothing complicated.</div></span></span></span></div><div class="yiv2132294046" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_16_0_7_1401388853952_4"><span class="yiv2132294046" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_16_0_7_1401388853952_50"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span class="yiv2132294046" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_16_0_1_1401388853952_2605"></span><span class="yiv2132294046 yui_3_16_0_1_1401455504126_7033" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_16_0_1_1401388853952_4191" style="line-height: 17px;">I decided to formally start this business, in order to find a place to show all my creations and to help others to feel their best, no matter the budget. Our prices are low and with only $10.00, you can get a complete jewelry set that might include a fabulous necklace with an exquisite bracelet -that will make you shine. We use all type of materials such as sterling silver, nylon threads, Tibetan silver, glass, beads and turquoise.&nbsp;</span></span><span class="yiv2132294046" id="yiv2132294046yui_3_16_0_1_1401388853952_2603" style="line-height: 14px;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The name&nbsp;<i class="yiv2132294046">Pelhuaz</i>&nbsp;came from my nickname. "Peluda" or "Pelua" is the Spanish word for "Curly Hair Gal" -imagine Merida from Brave.&nbsp;After brainstorming for a name and my fascination with owls (buhos -in Spanish), the name was born. Was something like Pelua + Buho + Zei = Pelhuaz.</span><span style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, Lucida Grande, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v9bD4p2T6QE/U4iKL97utdI/AAAAAAAABII/Z-x8TLKwCws/s1600/26045e93-6039-4df7-bd5a-a25164d5d1b8_jpeg.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v9bD4p2T6QE/U4iKL97utdI/AAAAAAAABII/Z-x8TLKwCws/s1600/26045e93-6039-4df7-bd5a-a25164d5d1b8_jpeg.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_89" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_56" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. When and why did you start your business?</span></span></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Pelhuaz opened on June 2013 because I wanted to give it a try and see how things go from there.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r8MGYK7XRqo/U4iKKzKe1hI/AAAAAAAABIA/_agljqxQ7dc/s1600/26045e93-6039-4df7-bd5a-a25164d5d1b8_jpeg%25281%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r8MGYK7XRqo/U4iKKzKe1hI/AAAAAAAABIA/_agljqxQ7dc/s1600/26045e93-6039-4df7-bd5a-a25164d5d1b8_jpeg%25281%2529.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_92" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_82" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. What inspires you?</span></span></div><div id="yiv7251267441yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My girl… I have a 6 years old girl that I love to the moon and back. She's the reason of everything that I do. Also, the current need of becoming a full time mom –as we are expecting another member of the family this September.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QRFbN4dOKv4/U4iKMpZxBNI/AAAAAAAABIQ/1oA2lrg3Fes/s1600/4093890c-9dcd-4192-bd53-3d536dead56f_jpeg.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QRFbN4dOKv4/U4iKMpZxBNI/AAAAAAAABIQ/1oA2lrg3Fes/s1600/4093890c-9dcd-4192-bd53-3d536dead56f_jpeg.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">{Sale}</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Get a 35% off on all items –including the ones on sale using code BABYMOON35&nbsp;</span></span></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-30488805107663383542014-05-28T06:46:00.003-07:002014-05-28T06:46:51.963-07:00Organize and Decorate that Craft Room<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lWfReaDS0Ko/U4Ow5GbtZ_I/AAAAAAAABF8/gK5ijHyB38c/s1600/21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lWfReaDS0Ko/U4Ow5GbtZ_I/AAAAAAAABF8/gK5ijHyB38c/s1600/21.jpg" height="424" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;This is where all of the magic happens. Welcome to the Baby Moon Boutique sew room! Below, I will share where every awesome decoration is from as well as my organization tips!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X53N3cWrUXY/U4Ow5N7FMWI/AAAAAAAABF0/9jUYRuG28F0/s1600/22.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X53N3cWrUXY/U4Ow5N7FMWI/AAAAAAAABF0/9jUYRuG28F0/s1600/22.jpg" height="438" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">We wrap our fabric around comic book boards to store on a book shelf. My fabric scraps are sorted into 2 categories that work for me. The first set of scraps in the basket are large pieces that can be used for a patch work blanket. The next set are small pieces that I may was to applique with and are stored in my Mon-stor (details below). To the left of the bookshelves, I used magnetic metal strips from Ikea to display some of my boys' large pieces of art.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pDLYYRK6-WE/U4Ow5DcTZaI/AAAAAAAABF4/VdbkrDy_E9k/s1600/23.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pDLYYRK6-WE/U4Ow5DcTZaI/AAAAAAAABF4/VdbkrDy_E9k/s1600/23.jpg" height="434" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Get organized with this <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/kitchen/20676/" target="_blank">bygel bar storage system</a> from Ikea. There are several different systems; all beautiful yet, this was the most inexpensive.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-esAauN2PwSY/U4Xgbu29DkI/AAAAAAAABHg/ifl99D-heFU/s1600/26.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-esAauN2PwSY/U4Xgbu29DkI/AAAAAAAABHg/ifl99D-heFU/s1600/26.jpg" height="438" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/kitchen/20676/" target="_blank">The bar system</a> also comes with hanging shelves, cups in many colors, and hooks to organize your crafts. I also bought those little jars from Ikea. I use them to store my buttons, rattles, snaps, etc.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TeYplgh1TpA/U4OxJxypBYI/AAAAAAAABGk/4kWthPR5pwg/s1600/27.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TeYplgh1TpA/U4OxJxypBYI/AAAAAAAABGk/4kWthPR5pwg/s1600/27.jpg" height="448" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">"Do What You Love" sign from Hobby Lobby. I found the best price for a thread holder at Walmart. Then I used ribbon to dress it up.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fzGbDXL0n9g/U4OxMUPNzlI/AAAAAAAABG0/S6sGjtLkO3o/s1600/29.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fzGbDXL0n9g/U4OxMUPNzlI/AAAAAAAABG0/S6sGjtLkO3o/s1600/29.jpg" height="234" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Just a line of twine and clothes pins to display children's art. I am just as passionate about my boys crafting as I am my own craft. With this display, my boys are always inspiring me.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2bfVtmo0xXs/U4OxExLZaII/AAAAAAAABGc/58NWL1MxljM/s1600/25.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2bfVtmo0xXs/U4OxExLZaII/AAAAAAAABGc/58NWL1MxljM/s1600/25.jpg" height="424" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Pen holder from Office Max. This is where I get to talk and connect with you, my amazing customers and fellow crafters!&nbsp;</div><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lvLLCodmIE0/U4OxA-VEcTI/AAAAAAAABGM/oJVjeITyDOo/s1600/24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lvLLCodmIE0/U4OxA-VEcTI/AAAAAAAABGM/oJVjeITyDOo/s1600/24.jpg" height="424" width="640" /></a><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Of course music is an important part of my craft time. I sing and dance while I work. The small vase and flower from Michael's. (handmade items listed below)<br /><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FIAAIqtP69A/U4Xk0V42zAI/AAAAAAAABHs/GXDDPZVrz88/s1600/7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FIAAIqtP69A/U4Xk0V42zAI/AAAAAAAABHs/GXDDPZVrz88/s1600/7.jpg" height="424" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;">And of course I have saved the best for last... the HANDMADE AWESOMENESS!</div><div style="text-align: center;"></div><ol><li style="text-align: left;">Burlap pinwheel from&nbsp;<a href="http://reevescountrysewing.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Reeves Country Sewing</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Magnets from <a href="http://littlehousecrafting.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Little House of Crafting</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Business Card from <a href="http://store.scrawnygirl.com/" target="_blank">Scrawny Girl</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Post Card from <a href="http://luanded.com/" target="_blank">Lu &amp; Ed</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Card from <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/BugabooBearDesigns" target="_blank">Bugaboo Bear Designs</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Mini-Card from <a href="http://www.emilymcdowell.com/" target="_blank">Emily McDowell</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Stuffed Monster from <a href="http://luanded.com/" target="_blank">Lu &amp; Ed</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Monstor from<a href="http://luanded.com/" target="_blank"> Lu &amp; Ed</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Shop Handmade pin from <a href="http://littlehousecrafting.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Little House of Crafting</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Flower pin from <a href="http://beyounotthem.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Be You Not Them</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Ninja peg doll from <a href="http://landonstoybox.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Landon's Toy Box</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Superman peg doll from <a href="http://landonstoybox.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Landon's Toy Box</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Shop Handmade pin from <a href="http://littlehousecrafting.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Little House of Crafting</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Perry the Penguin from <a href="http://sugarcrumbs.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Sugar Crumbs</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Crocheted Heart from <a href="http://sugarcrumbs.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Sugar Crumbs</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Sewing machine necklace from <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/sassylemonade" target="_blank">Sassy Lemonade</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Shop Indie sign from <a href="http://krmbal.com/" target="_blank">Krmbal</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Burlap flower from <a href="http://rusticromancecrafts.com/" target="_blank">Rustic Romance Crafts</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Maker art from <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/CrafteroniNCheese" target="_blank">Crafteroni and Cheese</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Sticker from <a href="http://store.scrawnygirl.com/" target="_blank">Scrawny Girl</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Sticker from <a href="http://babymoonboutique.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Baby Moon Boutique</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Sticker from <a href="http://luanded.com/" target="_blank">Lu &amp; Ed</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Luis the Cactus (my pin cushion) from <a href="http://sugarcrumbs.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Sugar Crumbs</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Sticker from <a href="http://sugarcrumbs.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Sugar Crumbs</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Scatter Sunshine sign from <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/BugabooBearDesigns" target="_blank">Bugaboo Bear Designs</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Francis the Pig from <a href="http://www.squshies.net/" target="_blank">Squshies</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Little House of Crafting pin from <a href="http://littlehousecrafting.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Little House of Crafting</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">Hoop art from V<a href="http://violetsbuds.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">iolet's Buds</a></li><li style="text-align: left;">This necklace was a gift from a crafty friend over at Sugar Crumbs. They are not for sale in her shop.&nbsp;</li></ol><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The winner from yesterday's Ispy game is... (drum roll please) Chelsea!</div><br /><br />Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-87901595245456252792014-05-27T07:21:00.001-07:002014-05-27T07:21:33.670-07:00Ispy that Handmade {Game}<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Tomorrow I will be sharing my craft room. But before I do, let's play a game. ISPY! How many Handmade items can you find in my craft room?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jkNSxXHrDIg/U4SbWNr0x9I/AAAAAAAABHQ/G5GidFQQoWY/s1600/6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jkNSxXHrDIg/U4SbWNr0x9I/AAAAAAAABHQ/G5GidFQQoWY/s1600/6.jpg" height="424" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">{To play}</span></div><div style="text-align: center;">Find as many handmade items as you can in the picture.</div><div style="text-align: center;">Comment with your list of items and their maker.</div><div style="text-align: center;">*I do have multiple items from some makers. Please list every item individually*</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">The person who can find the most items and knows their maker will win. Entries will be accepted until MIDNIGHT (PST) tonight, May 27. In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn via random.org. Please no peaking at the comments below. Let's keep this fun!</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">{Prize}</span></div><div style="text-align: center;">$15 store credit to Baby Moon Boutique</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-61615924516180224822014-05-26T11:46:00.003-07:002014-05-26T11:46:45.925-07:00#MyBeautyIs... {week 14}<div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #ef5d85; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><br /><img border="0" height="206" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-attachment: initial !important; background-clip: initial !important; background-image: none !important; background-origin: initial !important; background-position: initial !important; background-repeat: initial !important; background-size: initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Grateful</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qJ5elvkMEhw/U4OLHlusOxI/AAAAAAAABFk/d6Ez8XMRqtY/s1600/8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qJ5elvkMEhw/U4OLHlusOxI/AAAAAAAABFk/d6Ez8XMRqtY/s1600/8.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Today will be the last post for #mybeautyis. As I look back through the journey I cannot help be incredibly grateful and inspired. I've seen such beautiful pictures of inspiring women post their selfies. Many of us in the same boat with our insecurities. Through #mybeautyis and all of your kind words, I have learned our flaws and differences are exactly what make us beautiful. I have gained confidence and accepted pieces of me that I hadn't before.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Thank you all who participated and/or left a comment on a #mybeautyis post. Your kindness and bravery has made a difference and yet another reason why YOU are truly beautiful!</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!</span></div></div><div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/02/mybeautyis.html" style="color: #ef5d85; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To learn more about #MyBeautyIs, click here.</span></a></div><div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Written with love to the moon and back,</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nichole</span></div></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-64423767241942409872014-05-24T06:25:00.001-07:002014-05-24T06:25:53.269-07:00#HandmadeSaturday- Week 18 {Yellow}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small&nbsp;businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented&nbsp;artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only&nbsp;receive&nbsp;a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Each week we bring a new theme to share with you.&nbsp;This week's theme is...</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Yellow!</span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">Thank you to all who linked your Kawaii/ Cute</span><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">products last week. Here are the top viewed links.</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><a href="http://violetsbuds.storenvy.com/collections/220226-bobby-pins-barrettes/products/4477870-sushi-novelty-hair-clip" target="_blank">Sushi Novelty Hair Clip from Violet's Buds</a>&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZKxgCaWOfhY/U4CcOnXS6rI/AAAAAAAABE8/ydxgPnMpcrs/s1600/t.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZKxgCaWOfhY/U4CcOnXS6rI/AAAAAAAABE8/ydxgPnMpcrs/s1600/t.jpg" height="288" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://luanded.com/collections/389502-gadget-mon-stors/products/6413188-iphone-5s-sized-gadget-mon-stor" target="_blank">iPhone 5S sized Gadget Mon-stor from Lu &amp; Ed</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nt0VwRUzwfE/U4CcO9veBNI/AAAAAAAABFA/LOVBmrESRN8/s1600/v.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nt0VwRUzwfE/U4CcO9veBNI/AAAAAAAABFA/LOVBmrESRN8/s1600/v.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://kuteasabuttonshop.storenvy.com/products/7308759-rainbow-chevron-bobby-pins" target="_blank">Rainbow Chevron Bobby Pins from Kute As A Button</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pLlzEZL_8-g/U4CcQ3q4vwI/AAAAAAAABFM/MyX5QfBzBss/s1600/k.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pLlzEZL_8-g/U4CcQ3q4vwI/AAAAAAAABFM/MyX5QfBzBss/s1600/k.png" height="246" width="320" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="post-body entry-content" id="post-body-5856287776517838412" itemprop="description articleBody" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.4; position: relative; width: 540px;"><div style="line-height: 1.4;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!</span></span></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"></span><br /></span><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px; text-align: center;">Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">To link your&nbsp;</span></span><b style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 21.559999465942383px; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Yellow</span></b></b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">&nbsp;products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:</span></span><br /><ol style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">You may link up to&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">TWO</span>&nbsp;links.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SHARE #HandmadeSaturday</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Products must be handmade</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)</span></li></ol></div></div><!-- start InLinkz script --> <br /><div class="InLinkzContainer" id="408542"><a href="http://new.inlinkz.com//luwpview.php?id=408542" rel="nofollow" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up</a></div><script src="http://static.inlinkz.com/cs2.js?v=007" type="text/javascript"></script><!-- end InLinkz script -->Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-87377353003296084042014-05-23T07:00:00.000-07:002014-05-23T07:00:06.434-07:00Friday Feature- Landon's Toy Box {Sale}<div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Today's feature is the&nbsp;unbelievably&nbsp;talented Holly from Landon's Toy Box. Her peg dolls are skillfully hand painted. The details are truly amazing! I have 2 pegs of my very own and the are awesome! They were shipped fast and she is amazingly sweet! I hope you enjoy learning about Holly and her shop! Below you will also find a discount code for 15% off!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n1UPkz_so2g/U362WizNkEI/AAAAAAAABEY/r0t31dgx9jc/s1600/pegpeoplebanner2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n1UPkz_so2g/U362WizNkEI/AAAAAAAABEY/r0t31dgx9jc/s1600/pegpeoplebanner2.jpg" height="226" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><div class="yiv2935775563MsoNormal" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1400811651102_4332" style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; padding: 0px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.landonstoybox.storenvy.com/" rel="" shape="rect" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Shop</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/LandonsToyBox" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1400811651102_4330" rel="" shape="rect" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instagram.com/LandonsToyBox" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1400811651102_4328" rel="" shape="rect" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Instagram</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/LandonsToyBox" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1400811651102_4327" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); color: #196ad4; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Twitter</a></div><div class="yiv2935775563MsoNormal" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1400811651102_4323" style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; padding: 0px; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_19419" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16050">1.&nbsp;</span><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_62">Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.</span></span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><div class="yiv2935775563MsoNormal" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1400811651102_3397" style="background-color: white; padding: 0px;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Hi, I'm Holly, the heart and mind behind Landon's Toy Box. Landon's Toy Box is a handmade, hand painted, wooden peg doll company that focuses on creating toys as unique as the little ones (or big ones!) receiving them.</span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EPrs0Dw-tSs/U362SAwOu_I/AAAAAAAABEM/b2AkLuatBZU/s1600/DSC00045.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EPrs0Dw-tSs/U362SAwOu_I/AAAAAAAABEM/b2AkLuatBZU/s1600/DSC00045.JPG" height="376" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_86" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1395368596605_7704" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_54">2. Tell us about</span><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_66">&nbsp;your business. What do you make? What are you all about?</span></span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I design primarily in the Waldorf style to promote emotional and imaginative development. The simple faces allow children the ability to project emotion and create new stories time and time again, while the unique body shape encourages hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sdqOdZXDeWI/U362U2EQauI/AAAAAAAABEU/NOY2Szxdg6w/s1600/hair+colors+and+styles.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sdqOdZXDeWI/U362U2EQauI/AAAAAAAABEU/NOY2Szxdg6w/s1600/hair+colors+and+styles.jpg" height="386" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_89" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_56" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. When and why did you start your business?</span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_92" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">When my son, Landon, was just two, I wanted to make him a set of toys that looked like his family and would engage his imagination. I was never professionally trained in art, but I always loved how paint could transform an object. After a quick trip to the craft store to pick up some wooden pieces and a few hours of painting fun, my first peg family was created and Landon instantly loved them. He would take them everywhere and I began to noticed that other kiddos couldn't keep their hands off of them either! Fast forward a year later, with the support of my family, Landon's Toy Box was born.</span></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n8P3vQeTRwI/U362Rhgw7zI/AAAAAAAABEI/g1mnZTNQQmQ/s1600/PicMonkey+Collage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n8P3vQeTRwI/U362Rhgw7zI/AAAAAAAABEI/g1mnZTNQQmQ/s1600/PicMonkey+Collage.jpg" height="323" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_82" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. What inspires you?</span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My inspiration is most definitely my son, I mean, I did name the shop after him! His creativity drives mine and he is the perfect little "product tester." He has also shown me so many new ways to play with the toys I've created. We use them for playing pieces on board games, line them up for a rousing round of bowling, act out the pages of our favorite books during story time, create rhythmic music with them as drumsticks, and he even falls asleep clutching his favorite "peggified" superhero self!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8busR46FkVw/U362ZO46MdI/AAAAAAAABEk/VQDhvq3x3x0/s1600/wonderland.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8busR46FkVw/U362ZO46MdI/AAAAAAAABEk/VQDhvq3x3x0/s1600/wonderland.jpg" height="341" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;">{Sale}</span></span></div><div id="yiv2104848168yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; text-align: start;"><span style="font-size: large;">I'd be happy to offer a 15% off coupon code good through the end of July: BABYMOONLOVE</span></span></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-32960995078459127832014-05-19T08:17:00.000-07:002014-05-19T08:17:03.231-07:00#MyBeautyIs... {week 13}<div class="post-body entry-content" id="post-body-6621598737938446131" itemprop="articleBody" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.4; position: relative; width: 680px;"><div style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #ef5d85; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><br /><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" height="206" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">accepting that sometimes I make mistakes.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-R2TT9Mb4xPs/U3ogHs13tbI/AAAAAAAABDk/nULgmAY_J0w/s640/blogger-image-1884127484.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-R2TT9Mb4xPs/U3ogHs13tbI/AAAAAAAABDk/nULgmAY_J0w/s640/blogger-image-1884127484.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Last weekend I wrote about my ability to multi-task. Well on the flip side, with so much on my plate, I also have to accept that sometimes, I make mistakes. This makes me human. I am proud of my ability to not only accept my mistakes but also take responsibility for them by fixing and/or apologize to those my mistakes effect.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp;Last week I was coordinating and getting ready to go camping along with day to day life. In the midst of my planning, I scheduled my usual blog posts such as the Friday Feature and Handmade Saturday. You may have noticed that we are missing links on our Handmade Saturday. I had made an error when scheduling my post. I am terribly sorry! I have now fixed the error and you can <a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/05/handmadesaturday-week-17-kawaii-cute.html" target="_blank">add your Kawaii/ Cute themed product links</a>. Thank you for your understanding!</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!</span></div></div><div style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/02/mybeautyis.html" style="color: #ef5d85; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To learn more about #MyBeautyIs, click here.</span></a></div><div style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Written with love to the moon and back,</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nichole</span></div></div></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-35750288562157194592014-05-17T07:00:00.000-07:002014-05-19T08:13:57.525-07:00#HandmadeSaturday- Week 17 {Kawaii/ Cute}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small&nbsp;businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented&nbsp;artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only&nbsp;receive&nbsp;a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Each week we bring a new theme to share with you.&nbsp;This week's theme is...</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Kawaii/ Cute!</span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">Thank you to all who linked your blue</span><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">products last week. Here are the top viewed links.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://fairytaleknits.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=4&amp;products_id=83" target="_blank">Mermaid Lagoon by fairy tale knits</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2XOeZHf6LrQ/U3Q1YDTRCyI/AAAAAAAABDA/GYyObqBSqaU/s1600/w.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2XOeZHf6LrQ/U3Q1YDTRCyI/AAAAAAAABDA/GYyObqBSqaU/s1600/w.jpg" height="266" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://babymoonboutique.storenvy.com/products/6692935-baby-minky-blanket" target="_blank">Robot Baby Blanket from Baby Moon Boutique</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZJYqPsOs7qM/U3Q1fcMMAmI/AAAAAAAABDQ/0dAov69StPc/s1600/32.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZJYqPsOs7qM/U3Q1fcMMAmI/AAAAAAAABDQ/0dAov69StPc/s1600/32.jpg" height="300" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.nature-junkie.com/products/7084937-octopus-reusable-snack-pouch" target="_blank">Octopus Reusable Snack Pouch from Nature Junkie</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oYEikfyzE24/U3Q1ZYRp89I/AAAAAAAABDM/tGkxk3fzIHk/s1600/k.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oYEikfyzE24/U3Q1ZYRp89I/AAAAAAAABDM/tGkxk3fzIHk/s1600/k.png" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="post-body entry-content" id="post-body-5856287776517838412" itemprop="description articleBody" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.4; position: relative; width: 540px;"><div style="line-height: 1.4;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!</span></span></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"></span><br /></span><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px; text-align: center;">Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">To link your&nbsp;</span></span><b style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 21.559999465942383px; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Kawaii/ Cute</span></b></b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">&nbsp;products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:</span></span><br /><ol style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">You may link up to&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">TWO</span>&nbsp;links.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SHARE #HandmadeSaturday</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Products must be handmade</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)</span></li></ol></div></div> <!-- start InLinkz script --> <div class='InLinkzContainer' id='406985' > <a rel='nofollow' href="http://new.inlinkz.com//luwpview.php?id=406985" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up</a></div> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://static.inlinkz.com/cs2.js?v=007'></script><!-- end InLinkz script -->Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-86693915054542747532014-05-16T07:00:00.000-07:002014-05-16T07:00:04.659-07:00Friday Feature- Sugar Crumbs {Giveaway}Happy Friday! Today's feature just happens to be one of my favorite shops. The owner is the most adorable person you will ever encounter and makes the cutest products. I have two amazing little characters from her shop that I just adore. When I opened my package, I felt like it was Christmas morning; everything was packaged so nicely. And each of her toys has a adorable personality. She is pure amazing. So, I would like to introduce you to Erin from Sugar Crumbs. I guarantee you will be as smitten as I am when you take a look at her shop. She is also offering an awesome giveaway below. Be sure to enter!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jvem7GhjbBI/U3Qm5D7v_BI/AAAAAAAABCk/9biNphHy35c/s1600/web_logo_nobg.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-jvem7GhjbBI/U3Qm5D7v_BI/AAAAAAAABCk/9biNphHy35c/s1600/web_logo_nobg.png" height="150" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #f7f7f7; color: #3e454c; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.359999656677246px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="http://sugarcrumbs.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Shop</a> / </span><a href="http://sugar-crumbs.com/" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.359999656677246px; white-space: pre-wrap;" target="_blank">Blog</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="http://pinterest.com/SugarCrumbs" style="background-color: #f7f7f7; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.359999656677246px; white-space: pre-wrap;" target="_blank">Pinterest</a><u>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</u><a class="_553k" href="http://facebook.com/YaySugarCrumbs" rel="" style="color: #3b5998; cursor: pointer; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.359999656677246px; padding: 1px 0px; text-decoration: none; white-space: pre-wrap;" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a class="_553k" href="http://twitter.com/SugarCrumbs" rel="" style="color: #3b5998; cursor: pointer; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.359999656677246px; padding: 1px 0px; text-decoration: none; white-space: pre-wrap;" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a class="_553k" href="http://instagram.com/YaySugarCrumbs" rel="" style="color: #3b5998; cursor: pointer; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15.359999656677246px; padding: 1px 0px; text-decoration: none; white-space: pre-wrap;" target="_blank">Instagram</a></div><br /><b><br /></b><b>1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.</b><br />Hi! &nbsp;I’m Erin, wife to one awesome {nerdy} hunk and mom to three boys. Being an all boy mommeans that I’ve got a great love of fort building, mud pies and legos. &nbsp;Which really just means that I’ve embraced the fact that my house is never going to look like a home out of a lifestyle magazine, no matter how hard I try. And try I do! In what little spare time I have, I’m obsessed with DIY home projects. &nbsp;Okay, okay. &nbsp;I’m obsessed with anything crafty/do it yourself. &nbsp;This explains why all of my storage areas are filled with yarn, paintbrushes and fabric.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3t7rRyqey4U/U3Qm0ewQR7I/AAAAAAAABCg/fFK7D_9l0oQ/s1600/lol.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3t7rRyqey4U/U3Qm0ewQR7I/AAAAAAAABCg/fFK7D_9l0oQ/s1600/lol.jpg" height="297" width="400" /></a></div><br /><b>2. Tell us about your business. What do you make? What are you all about?</b><br />While I do enjoy many areas of the crafting realm, the one that has my heart 100% is… crocheting! &nbsp;But this isn’t your grandma’s crochet. &nbsp;I don’t have the patience for blankets or the passion for potholders. &nbsp;Instead, I make amigurumi. Cute crocheted creatures. &nbsp;Creating amigurumi gives me such an overwhelming amount of joy. &nbsp;And that’s what my business, Sugar Crumbs, is all about. &nbsp;Sharing that sweet feeling with the world.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qEd5qU9e3J0/U3Qm0fm6T2I/AAAAAAAABCc/8OFbusmpRxc/s1600/rainbowowl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qEd5qU9e3J0/U3Qm0fm6T2I/AAAAAAAABCc/8OFbusmpRxc/s1600/rainbowowl.jpg" height="267" width="400" /></a></div><br /><b>3. When and why did you start your business?</b><br />Sugar Crumbs happened by accident. &nbsp;I was creating just to create, giving my little creatures away when someone asked to buy one. &nbsp;As time went on, I sold one here… another there. &nbsp;Never really considering it to be a business. Until one day I realized that this is what I truly wanted to do. &nbsp;No other job, apart from motherhood, had been so fulfilling. &nbsp;And so at the end of 2012, I dove into turning Sugar Crumbs into a little hobby into the business that it is today.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LQDTAPF6WCg/U3Qm5ZnSToI/AAAAAAAABCw/1u5nkJy_hZc/s1600/tinyfairy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LQDTAPF6WCg/U3Qm5ZnSToI/AAAAAAAABCw/1u5nkJy_hZc/s1600/tinyfairy.jpg" height="400" width="267" /></a></div><br /><b>4. What inspires you?</b><br />A shorter list would be what doesn't! I’m inspired by lots of things… animals that are too cute for words. Shapes in the clouds. &nbsp;Songs that my children make up. &nbsp;Doodles my husband leaves on random pages in my notebooks. And a whole lot of my own childlike imagination.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kGswH_oytvQ/U3Qm5NP2bgI/AAAAAAAABC0/0axRxsOcqm8/s1600/tinyhedgie.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kGswH_oytvQ/U3Qm5NP2bgI/AAAAAAAABC0/0axRxsOcqm8/s1600/tinyhedgie.jpg" height="267" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">{GIVEAWAY}</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Meet Gregory. This sweet koala is so lonely. He's the loneliest lonely that ever came to lonely town. I've tried to buddy him up with some of the gang but he's so insecure that it's made it tough for him to really connect. I keep telling him that he needs to believe in himself. After all, he's 2" of pure sweetness. But old habits die hard and he just can't muster up the confidence to make a lasting friendship. He's going to need someone special. Could it be you?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f44gLwZuxDc/U3Qm0EvGKKI/AAAAAAAABCU/TQKkt1HKlx8/s1600/koala1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f44gLwZuxDc/U3Qm0EvGKKI/AAAAAAAABCU/TQKkt1HKlx8/s1600/koala1.jpg" height="452" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><br /><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2554e438/" id="rc-2554e438" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-36311495722917451762014-05-14T07:36:00.000-07:002014-05-14T07:36:30.271-07:00Indoor Bowling - The perfect indoor game for any age<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HiWs0AqhEKE/U3L0yQ6oMrI/AAAAAAAABB8/4TMWcGB1DSI/s1600/42.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HiWs0AqhEKE/U3L0yQ6oMrI/AAAAAAAABB8/4TMWcGB1DSI/s1600/42.jpg" height="432" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Here is a fun indoor game and also promotes number recognition.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">All you need is:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><ul><li>10 emptied and cleaned two liter bottles</li><li>paper or cardstock</li><li>tape&nbsp;</li><li>a ball</li></ul><div>Tape a strip of paper around the empty two liter and write the numbers 1-10 on each bottle. Line them up as you would bowling pins. Optional-You can use masking tape to create a bowling lane. When playing, ask your child what numbers they were able to knock over.</div><div><br /></div><div>My little guys have been playing with this set for months! I hope you get plenty of enjoyment as well!</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-66215987379384461312014-05-12T14:09:00.000-07:002014-05-12T14:09:02.808-07:00#MyBeautyIs... {week 12}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #ef5d85; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" height="206" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">my ability to multi-task</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4xDfRMT9iJc/U3E4QYQjNfI/AAAAAAAABBo/Iqa_Fg0WVkc/s640/blogger-image-630922489.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4xDfRMT9iJc/U3E4QYQjNfI/AAAAAAAABBo/Iqa_Fg0WVkc/s640/blogger-image-630922489.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">As a mom, wife, home owner, business owner, blogger, and every other title I hold, I have mastered the art of multi-taskng. I can literally do like 5 things at once. If you could see my window browser right now, I am editing product photos, perusing through Craft Junkies (an awesome craft group I help admin), shopping for a picture frame, cuddling my 1 year old and blogging right now!</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!</span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/02/mybeautyis.html" style="color: #ef5d85; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To learn more about #MyBeautyIs, click here.</span></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Written with love to the moon and back,</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nichole</span></div></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-28742205631422496032014-05-10T06:23:00.004-07:002014-05-10T06:35:20.386-07:00#HandmadeSaturday- Week 16 {Blue}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small&nbsp;businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented&nbsp;artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only&nbsp;receive&nbsp;a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Each week we bring a new theme to share with you.&nbsp;This week's theme is...</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Blue!</span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">Thank you to all who linked your chevron</span><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">products last week. Here are the top viewed links.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://babymoonboutique.storenvy.com/products/6608371-baby-minky-blanket" target="_blank">Chevron Blanket from Baby Moon Boutique</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q1SWmSY-bq4/U24nC5OTxYI/AAAAAAAABBY/f8tOTOe3QSk/s1600/18.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-q1SWmSY-bq4/U24nC5OTxYI/AAAAAAAABBY/f8tOTOe3QSk/s1600/18.jpg" height="300" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://ballyandlis.storenvy.com/products/6685837-large-cosmetic-bag-chevron" target="_blank">Cosmetic Bag from Bally and Lis</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lAF62_w5WCk/U24m__N6TPI/AAAAAAAABBU/85yDuM2yoPI/s1600/k.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lAF62_w5WCk/U24m__N6TPI/AAAAAAAABBU/85yDuM2yoPI/s1600/k.png" height="300" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://patchworkpatootie.com/collections/661216-gowns/products/6717667-newborn-gown-with-protective-mitts-magenta-chevron" target="_blank">Newborn Gown with Protective Mitts from Patchwork Patootie</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L6GTo0qcCE4/U24m_36wruI/AAAAAAAABBQ/TMe2wy-ekxQ/s1600/w.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L6GTo0qcCE4/U24m_36wruI/AAAAAAAABBQ/TMe2wy-ekxQ/s1600/w.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="post-body entry-content" id="post-body-5856287776517838412" itemprop="description articleBody" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.4; position: relative; width: 540px;"><div style="line-height: 1.4;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!</span></span></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"></span><br /></span><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px; text-align: center;">Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">To link your&nbsp;<b>Blue</b>&nbsp;products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:</span></span><br /><ol style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">You may link up to&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">TWO</span>&nbsp;links.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SHARE #HandmadeSaturday</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Products must be handmade</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)</span></li></ol></div></div> <!-- start InLinkz script --> <div class='InLinkzContainer' id='403999' > <a rel='nofollow' href="http://new.inlinkz.com//luwpview.php?id=403999" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up</a></div> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://static.inlinkz.com/cs2.js?v=007'></script><!-- end InLinkz script -->Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-19182254865956603842014-05-09T07:00:00.000-07:002014-05-09T07:00:00.685-07:00Friday Feature- That GalSal Designs {Sale}<div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5206" style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Today's feature is That GalSal Designs. She is a lovely shop owner that found me on Instagram. I have had the pleasure of getting to chat with her a bit and have to tell you, she is sweet as pie with some major cute crochet products! Get to know Sally and her wonderful shop. Order this week and&nbsp;receive&nbsp;20% off when you use the code below.</span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5206" style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fHFLLHWHs6o/U2xJqHY68nI/AAAAAAAABAY/0vGXvnT4sEg/s1600/image+(1).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-fHFLLHWHs6o/U2xJqHY68nI/AAAAAAAABAY/0vGXvnT4sEg/s1600/image+(1).jpg" height="132" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/thatgalsaldesigns" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="color: #196ad4; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instagram.com/thatgalsaldesigns" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_19621" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="color: #196ad4; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Instagram</a><span style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px;">&nbsp;/</span><span style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.thatgalsaldesigns.etsy.com/" id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_19620" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="color: #196ad4; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px;" target="_blank">Store</a></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_19616" style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5206" style="background-color: white;"><b><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">1.&nbsp;<span style="background-color: transparent;">Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.</span></span></b></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5228"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My name is Sally and I am married to a wonderful man and together we have two adorable children and a lively pup! &nbsp;I live&nbsp;in Michigan, but I have a strong connection and desire to move down south. &nbsp;I have many hobbies that include acting, reading, writing stories,&nbsp;writing music,&nbsp;crafting, and singing! &nbsp;I also enjoy helping out&nbsp;at our church and firmly believe in seeing a need and fulfilling a need. &nbsp;Some fun facts about me are&nbsp;I am one of only two left handers in my family, I&nbsp;am a birth junkie, a lover of chocolate, and believe coffee should become the national beverage of mothers everywhere!</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RIJpp8axgZc/U2xJrV-gfCI/AAAAAAAABAw/EY-zu_H7KOY/s1600/image+%25285%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RIJpp8axgZc/U2xJrV-gfCI/AAAAAAAABAw/EY-zu_H7KOY/s1600/image+%25285%2529.jpg" height="348" width="400" /></a></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5228"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5205" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5204" style="background-color: white;"><b><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">2.&nbsp;<span id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5225" style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;Tell us about</span><span style="background-color: transparent;">&nbsp;your business.&nbsp;</span></span></b></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5204" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">That GalSal Designs is my little Etsy shop; I&nbsp;design and create crochet goodies of all forms and fashions! &nbsp;What started as a hobby quickly became an opportunity for me to help supplement the family income&nbsp;and,&nbsp;using a childhood nickname given to me&nbsp;by my Grandad, That GalSal Designs was born! &nbsp;I love to crochet and offer various items ranging from baby blankets to slouch beanies. &nbsp;I&nbsp;run my shop with the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to own something handmade and beautiful, therefore I strive to make my crochet items affordable for nearly any budget without sacrificing quality or integrity. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mNkONGb_gaU/U2xLh8ZePHI/AAAAAAAABA4/Wmei9wVlhyI/s1600/image+(3).jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mNkONGb_gaU/U2xLh8ZePHI/AAAAAAAABA4/Wmei9wVlhyI/s1600/image+(3).jpg" height="265" width="400" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5203" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>3.&nbsp;</b><span style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: bold;">When and why did you start your business?</span></span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5203" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;I started my crochet business after receiving several requests for items and also as a way to supplement the family income so we can provide better for our children. &nbsp;I officially opened my shop in the winter of 2013 and though sales have not been numerous, I am confident that I will see great things from my endeavor in the near future.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SkrOdo9C9GE/U2xJq8kDWyI/AAAAAAAABAk/HbQ57CSYyfQ/s1600/image+%25284%2529.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SkrOdo9C9GE/U2xJq8kDWyI/AAAAAAAABAk/HbQ57CSYyfQ/s1600/image+%25284%2529.jpg" height="217" width="320" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5199" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>4.&nbsp;</b><span style="font-weight: bold;">What inspires you?</span></span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5199" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;I know it sounds cliche, but I am inspired by my children and my husband. &nbsp;I do not make anything I haven't already made for them. &nbsp;I do also like to keep up with the current trends and styles, so I frequently check the sites of mainstream fashion for ideas. &nbsp;Most often, however, I am inspired by individuals and can picture them in a certain beanie or wearing a particular scarf. &nbsp;</span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5199" style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5199" style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;">{Sale}</span></div><div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1399603703678_5199" style="background-color: white; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Use code&nbsp;CROCHET14 for 20% off</span></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-88482758387974830012014-05-05T08:22:00.000-07:002014-05-05T08:22:21.766-07:00#MyBeautyIs... {week 11}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #ef5d85; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" height="206" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Smiling</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-x8BZNaHWvVg/U2esgEXB1JI/AAAAAAAABAE/7ajtS8ec_zk/s640/blogger-image-938773738.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-x8BZNaHWvVg/U2esgEXB1JI/AAAAAAAABAE/7ajtS8ec_zk/s640/blogger-image-938773738.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I have always been known as the girl who is always smiling. No matter what is going on inside, I smile outwardly. A smile can always brighten someone's day and it is contagious. Plus when you are sad or mad and smiling through it, you slowly make yourself feel better.&nbsp;</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!</span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/02/mybeautyis.html" style="color: #ef5d85; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To learn more about #MyBeautyIs, click here.</span></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Written with love to the moon and back,</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nichole</span></div></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-58436930880952297212014-05-03T06:22:00.001-07:002014-05-03T06:37:51.048-07:00#HandmadeSaturday- Week 15 {Chevron}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small&nbsp;businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented&nbsp;artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only&nbsp;receive&nbsp;a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Each week we bring a new theme to share with you.&nbsp;This week's theme is...</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Chevron!</span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">Thank you to all who linked your&nbsp;eco-friendly</span><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">products last week. Here are the top viewed links.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/115741931/recycle-necklace-reduce-reuse-recycle?ref=shop_home_active_1&amp;ga_search_query=recycle" target="_blank">Recycle Necklace from Ribbit Gifts</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-deaLky1qA7k/U2Ts19PncOI/AAAAAAAAA_s/lB5elmwXhjw/s1600/w.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-deaLky1qA7k/U2Ts19PncOI/AAAAAAAAA_s/lB5elmwXhjw/s1600/w.jpg" height="640" width="360" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.nature-junkie.com/products/6487603-sushi-regular-size-unsponges" target="_blank">Sushi Unsponges from Nature Junkie</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uMH5LAk73eU/U2Ts3I9gGXI/AAAAAAAAA_4/K_JAtJ17qfI/s1600/k.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uMH5LAk73eU/U2Ts3I9gGXI/AAAAAAAAA_4/K_JAtJ17qfI/s1600/k.png" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/118774285/cloth-diaper-newborn-super-hero-fitted" target="_blank">Newborn Cloth Diaper from Turk and Bean</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d9gAjX8kePo/U2Ts02oIPoI/AAAAAAAAA_o/A2AYYFXpAAQ/s1600/v.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d9gAjX8kePo/U2Ts02oIPoI/AAAAAAAAA_o/A2AYYFXpAAQ/s1600/v.jpg" height="298" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="post-body entry-content" id="post-body-5856287776517838412" itemprop="description articleBody" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.4; position: relative; width: 540px;"><div style="line-height: 1.4;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!</span></span></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"></span><br /></span><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px; text-align: center;">Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">To link your&nbsp;<b>Chevron</b>&nbsp;products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:</span></span><br /><ol style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">You may link up to&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">TWO</span>&nbsp;links.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SHARE #HandmadeSaturday</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Products must be handmade</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)</span></li></ol></div></div><!-- start InLinkz script --> <div class='InLinkzContainer' id='401316' > <a rel='nofollow' href="http://new.inlinkz.com//luwpview.php?id=401316" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up</a></div> <script type='text/javascript' src='http://static.inlinkz.com/cs2.js?v=007'></script><!-- end InLinkz script -->Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-2486069121817553122014-05-02T07:00:00.000-07:002014-05-02T07:00:08.000-07:00Friday Feature- Kiser Krafts {Sale + Giveaway}<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Today's feature is a pretty special one, Kiser Krafts! Not only is the owner, Kelly, pure amazing and creating the cutest eco- friendly products but this weekend is her Birthday!! To celebrate, she has generously offered a sale AND giveaway. Let's get to know Kelly, her journey with Kiser Krafts and show her some love. Please join me in wishing Kelly a very happy birthday!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HMxf9Oe51J4/U2KfcumUuoI/AAAAAAAAA-c/FqNZC1-o32Q/s1600/1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HMxf9Oe51J4/U2KfcumUuoI/AAAAAAAAA-c/FqNZC1-o32Q/s1600/1.jpg" height="320" width="301" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://kiserkrafts.storenvy.com/" target="_blank">Shop</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://kiserkrafts.blogspot.com/" style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;" target="_blank">Blog</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://twitter.com/Kiser_Krafts" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiser-Krafts/243790085662919?ref=hl" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://instagram.com/kiserkrafts#" target="_blank">Instagram</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.pinterest.com/kiserkrafts/" target="_blank">Pinterest</a>&nbsp;/&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kiserkrafts.tumblr.com/" style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;" target="_blank">Tumblr</a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_19419"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16050"><b>1.&nbsp;</b></span><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_62"><b>Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.</b><br clear="none" />Hi! My name is Kelly, a wife and mother of two toddlers, who is addicted to coffee, crafting, and crochet. I love socks. I love them so much, I see the animal they want to be. My personal background includes a horrible car accident that cause head trauma, among other injuries. Due to that crash, I have long term amnesia and short term memory loss. I have good days and do my best to turn the bad ones good. Crochet and crafting(ex: sewing) have been a major part in my recovery and help me remember important things day to day. I enjoy everyday to the fullest as I know that life is short. Through my crafting, I hope to brighten and cheer up someone else's day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1IwYc3x6KJc/U2MNwukiguI/AAAAAAAAA_M/QXNMIdUmLzc/s1600/t.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1IwYc3x6KJc/U2MNwukiguI/AAAAAAAAA_M/QXNMIdUmLzc/s1600/t.jpg" height="424" width="640" /></a></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_86"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br clear="none" /></span></span></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1395368596605_7704"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_54">2. Tell us about</span><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_66">&nbsp;your business. What do you make? What are you all about?</span></b></span></span></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_89"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Kiser Krafts - making useful socks playful since 2012.&nbsp;Kiser Krafts is a shop full of my favorite things to make from socks and crochet, sewn items are in the works for the future. My favorite thing to make are Penny's Pets Lions. Each one is unique and one of a kind. There is not one thing in my shop that is exactly alike as all of it is handmade by me. Once it is made and bought, there will never be another like it. I love to create playful things for children, warmth for cooler months, and a splash of color to decorate a room. Kiser Krafts strives to be eco-friendly. We save all our fabric, yarn, and strings scraps to dice up to add to our fiberfill. Adding extra 'green' fluff to our stuff. And our shipping materials are all recycled goods rescued before disposal(ex: cereal boxes, envelopes, tissues papers, etc). Trying to do a little bit to help keep our beautiful earth cleaner.&nbsp;<br clear="none" />&nbsp;</span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_89"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ESf2TbiYsqs/U2KfdUQpXgI/AAAAAAAAA-0/uuRlyZYLXaY/s1600/o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ESf2TbiYsqs/U2KfdUQpXgI/AAAAAAAAA-0/uuRlyZYLXaY/s1600/o.jpg" height="638" width="640" /></a></span></span></div><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_89"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"></span></span></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_56"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>3. When and why did you start your business?</b></span></span></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_92">Kiser Krafts started online November 2012 but began first in a cute little brick and mortar shop, Daft Crafts, after I was given a book for my birthday. I shared the pieces I made via facebook and was asked if she could sell them for me. At that time, I was a new wife and mother just wanting to stay home. Kiser Krafts opened up the opportunity for me to feed my sock/craft addiction and stay home with my growing family.&nbsp;Kiser Krafts makes it possible for me to care for my family at home and sometimes put a gallon of milk on the table or pay a bill that needs paying. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_92"><br clear="none" /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Q-my3z4wt4Y/U2KfeFzUPTI/AAAAAAAAA-8/Euv5hwUCso0/s1600/q.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Q-my3z4wt4Y/U2KfeFzUPTI/AAAAAAAAA-8/Euv5hwUCso0/s1600/q.jpg" height="436" width="640" /></a></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_82"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>4. What inspires you?</b></span></span></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_95">My</span><span id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_95"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;children, my Mother, my late Grandmama, dear crafty friends, Cody and Melanie, and the beauty that God shows me everyday. It is in the little details of life that I draw my strength from - a hug, a sticky face kiss, a kiss from my husband, a note from my Mom, a encouraging word, or a surprise facebook 'sticker'. Those little things cheer my heart and I pass that love on into each and every single hand sewn stitch.</span>&nbsp;</span></span>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UIoU7jvkI8c/U2KfdDXykCI/AAAAAAAAA-w/UGDbqbodYXU/s1600/m.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UIoU7jvkI8c/U2KfdDXykCI/AAAAAAAAA-w/UGDbqbodYXU/s1600/m.jpg" height="400" width="398" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: large;">{Sale}</span></div><div id="yiv1625740573yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996" style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; text-align: start;">&nbsp;Use code "BDAY" for 20% off at&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://kiserkrafts.storenvy.com/">http://kiserkrafts.storenvy.com</a></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 16.363636016845703px; text-align: start;">. 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Is it to wet to play?&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">Well have no fear. It will all be OK.</div><div style="text-align: center;">I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny.&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;">So here are 5 learning games you can play that are funny!</div><div style="text-align: center;">Unlike the Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two</div><div style="text-align: center;">My games focus on development too.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ME9vuVag24c/U1_nh-xpK4I/AAAAAAAAA-M/owMznXMvXdg/s1600/32.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ME9vuVag24c/U1_nh-xpK4I/AAAAAAAAA-M/owMznXMvXdg/s1600/32.jpg" height="640" width="456" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-size: large;">1. Painter tape balance beam</span><br />Using painters tape, create a line for your children to balance on. You can make it as easy or challenging as you like.<br /><span style="font-size: large;">2. Musical Shapes</span><br />Create shapes in a circle on the floor with painters tape or construction paper. Have your child/ children walk around the shapes as the music plays. When the music stops, they freeze and tell you what shape they landed on.<br /><span style="font-size: large;">3. Color Hunt</span><br />Place colored paper throughout your house. Have your child pick a toy and find the corresponding color paper that you have hidden.<br /><span style="font-size: large;">4. Animal Acting</span><br />Have your child draw an animal figure or picture from a bag then act it out.<br /><span style="font-size: large;">5. And lastly, my favorite, have a dance party!&nbsp;</span><br />Turn on their favorite songs and dance it out. The crazier, the better!Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-80601556518776687512014-04-28T07:55:00.001-07:002014-04-28T07:55:55.314-07:00#MyBeautyIs... {week 10}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #ef5d85; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" height="206" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Scarred</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-MWaxapjVCy4/U15raMsPOeI/AAAAAAAAA94/Tahu8iBdCF0/s640/blogger-image--193972077.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-MWaxapjVCy4/U15raMsPOeI/AAAAAAAAA94/Tahu8iBdCF0/s640/blogger-image--193972077.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div style="font-size: 13px;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">For a while I hated my scars and stretchmarks. I felt they made me ugly. But as I look around my house, I cannot help think how blessed I truly am. Three beautiful, smart, lovable little boys came from my body. Each of those stretch marks hold a memory. I can tell you which mark came from which child. That c-section scar; that brought them into this world.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These scars aren't ugly, they tell a story. And it's an amazing story. Having these boys have taught me to love deeper than I had ever imagined. They taught me to be more patient, to have more fun, that it's ok to get dirty sometimes. I am who I am because of my boys. My scars are beautiful!&nbsp;</div></div><div style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!</span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/02/mybeautyis.html" style="color: #ef5d85; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To learn more about #MyBeautyIs, click here.</span></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Written with love to the moon and back,</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nichole</span></div></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-80601624624334821832014-04-26T07:00:00.002-07:002014-04-26T07:00:59.001-07:00#HandmadeSaturday- Week 14 {Going Green}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small&nbsp;businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented&nbsp;artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only&nbsp;receive&nbsp;a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Each week we bring a new theme to share with you.&nbsp;This week's theme is...</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Going Green!</span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><span style="color: #222222;">Thank you to all who linked your </span>Fantasy</span><span style="color: #222222; line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #222222; line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">products last week. Here are the top viewed links.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #222222; line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #222222; line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><a href="http://pelhuaz.storenvy.com/collections/283207-charms-silver/products/1953675-tiny-charm-little-fairies-available-in-4-diff-designs" target="_blank">Fairy charms from Pelhuaz</a></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W3Lvg1Dr7Qs/U1u5wA18VBI/AAAAAAAAA9Y/iEIgSySGBQc/s1600/198-N_large.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W3Lvg1Dr7Qs/U1u5wA18VBI/AAAAAAAAA9Y/iEIgSySGBQc/s1600/198-N_large.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://adorebynat.storenvy.com/collections/240006-teabag-favors/products/1475047-personalized-alice-in-wonderland-teabag-party-favors" target="_blank">Alice in Wonderland Teabag Party Favors from Adore by Nat</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LHsWtB0CrTg/U1u5wRN81AI/AAAAAAAAA9c/KLgyIZdjGNo/s1600/o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LHsWtB0CrTg/U1u5wRN81AI/AAAAAAAAA9c/KLgyIZdjGNo/s1600/o.jpg" height="260" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/185314048/mermaid-room-collection-childrens-room?ref=related-3" target="_blank">Mermaid Collection from Bugaboo Bear Designs</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G6a2YY1g6gE/U1u5wRa9WHI/AAAAAAAAA9k/DPnRuOQgHUs/s1600/p.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G6a2YY1g6gE/U1u5wRa9WHI/AAAAAAAAA9k/DPnRuOQgHUs/s1600/p.jpg" height="300" width="400" /></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="post-body entry-content" id="post-body-5856287776517838412" itemprop="description articleBody" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.4; position: relative; width: 540px;"><div style="line-height: 1.4;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!</span></span></div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"></span><br /></span><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px; text-align: center;">Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">To link your <b>eco-friendly</b>&nbsp;products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:</span></span><br /><ol style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">You may link up to&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">TWO</span>&nbsp;links.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SHARE #HandmadeSaturday</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Products must be handmade</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. 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This week's feature is an amazing shop, Twisted Thread and Hook. I have one of her rope baskets in my bedroom and I absolutely love it! The craftsmanship is unbelievable. And you have to check out her rugs. They are beyond beautiful! I hope you enjoy getting to know Magda and her store, Twisted Thread and Hook and be sure to enter the giveaway below.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hjAzY_Pr0xI/U1b9DyDSrYI/AAAAAAAAA8o/K94drsRgJbs/s1600/TTAH-200x100.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hjAzY_Pr0xI/U1b9DyDSrYI/AAAAAAAAA8o/K94drsRgJbs/s1600/TTAH-200x100.png" height="320" width="640" /></span></a></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2450" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2450"><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2693" style="background-color: white; 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line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; padding: 0px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: #f5f5f1; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tumblr: </span><a href="http://twistedthreadandhook.tumblr.com/" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2493" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2492" style="background-color: #f5f5f1; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">TwistedThreadAndHook.tumblr.com/</span></a></span></div><div dir="ltr" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2487" style="background-color: white; line-height: 1.15; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; padding: 0px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Google+: </span><a href="http://gplus.to/TwistedThreadAndHook" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2491" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2490" style="background-color: #f5f5f1; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">gplus.to/TwistedThreadAndHook</span></a></span></div><span style="background-color: #f5f5f1; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: #f5f5f1; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="vertical-align: baseline;">Instagram: </span><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2489" style="text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="http://instagram.com/twistedthread" id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2488" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="background-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">instagram.com/twistedthread</a></span></span></span></div><span style="background-color: #f5f5f1; font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2450"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2450"><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2449" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">1.&nbsp;<span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2448">Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.</span></span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My name is Magda Marsh. &nbsp;I was born in Poland and came to live in US over 20 years ago when I was a teenager. &nbsp;Now I live in a great Hudson Valley region in New York, with a great husband and my 2 wonderful children. &nbsp;I love to spend my time outdoors when it's warm. &nbsp;My favorite outdoor activity is camping, kayaking and sailing (which I have done quite a bit when I was young). &nbsp;I'm very happy that kids are finally old enough now so we can do some sailing together. &nbsp; I'm not much into winter and snow. &nbsp;On gloomy days, I love to craft. &nbsp;I've been crocheting since I was little. &nbsp;I've tried many different crafts over the years. &nbsp;My house is full of my handmade creations, but crocheting is always the one thing that I keep coming back to. &nbsp;I love to discover new techniques and unique designs. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dYJ5RL6ERVw/U1b9DbHCoqI/AAAAAAAAA8s/xe-DLdetm9U/s1600/712-Fish3w.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dYJ5RL6ERVw/U1b9DbHCoqI/AAAAAAAAA8s/xe-DLdetm9U/s1600/712-Fish3w.jpg" height="265" width="400" /></span></a></div><div><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br clear="none" /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">2. Tell us about&nbsp;your business. What do you make? What are you all about?</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I make rope rugs and mats as well baskets, coasters and other home decor items. &nbsp;Many of my designs are nautical and beach themed but there are also many that can fit with many different kids of decor. &nbsp;I use cotton rope and jute rope that allow me to design rugs with great texture and unique look. &nbsp;I also use fleece to make rugs for children. &nbsp;The list of things I have in my shop is always expanding, and soon, I hope to include some rope wall art as well.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fXWKt0fjQyc/U1b9A_5nSqI/AAAAAAAAA8c/Z8eXForWZQ8/s1600/502-sunny+flower+-+1w.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fXWKt0fjQyc/U1b9A_5nSqI/AAAAAAAAA8c/Z8eXForWZQ8/s1600/502-sunny+flower+-+1w.jpg" height="335" width="400" /></span></a></div><div><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br clear="none" /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. When and why did you start your business?</span></span></div><div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I started my business because I finally realized, or rather I finally believed that I can have a job that I&nbsp;truly&nbsp;love and I'm very passionate about. &nbsp;I started Twisted Thread and Hook at the end of &nbsp;2012 selling fine thread crochet jewelry. &nbsp;It took me some time to realize that my true calling was for something way bigger than that. &nbsp;That's when I started selling rugs. &nbsp;Currently, I took a break from my office job so I can follow my crafty business dream while also be able to stay at home with my kids more. &nbsp;I had no idea how busy these two part-time jobs would keep me, but I'm loving it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y5iDbBbz7L4/U1b9BVMv_jI/AAAAAAAAA8g/t3ZD6Cq2L-8/s1600/605-LargeFlower1w.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y5iDbBbz7L4/U1b9BVMv_jI/AAAAAAAAA8g/t3ZD6Cq2L-8/s1600/605-LargeFlower1w.jpg" height="400" width="296" /></span></a></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2434"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br clear="none" /></span></span></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2433"><span style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. What inspires you?</span></span></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2436"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2435">There are so many thing that inspire me. &nbsp;Many times it's just things around me, shapes and colors I see. &nbsp;I love sailing, so many inspirations come from that. &nbsp;</span><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2443"><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2442">I also get ideas from my kids just by watching them and seeing what they love. &nbsp;And sometimes it's simply learning a new technique and having a&nbsp;challenge&nbsp;to incorporate it into my patterns.</span></span></span></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2436"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2436" style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">{Giveaway}</span></b></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2436" style="text-align: center;"><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2721" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2720" style="background-color: white;">Enter to win 2</span><span style="line-height: 19.600000381469727px;"> handmade coaster made with 100% cotton rope. &nbsp;</span><span id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2719" style="line-height: 19.600000381469727px;">They help keep table clean, iced drink cool and hot drink hot.</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BrAIL9zOMpU/U1b9FBlJQJI/AAAAAAAAA84/6FzrYiMMhQ0/s1600/RopeCoasters2w.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BrAIL9zOMpU/U1b9FBlJQJI/AAAAAAAAA84/6FzrYiMMhQ0/s1600/RopeCoasters2w.jpg" height="520" width="640" /></a></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1398208976510_2721" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 19.600000381469727px;"><br /></span></span></div></div><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2554e436/" id="rc-2554e436" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-33086150598874672662014-04-21T07:23:00.001-07:002014-04-21T07:23:52.193-07:00#MyBeautyIs... {week 9}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #ef5d85; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" height="206" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div><span style="font-size: small;">my eyes</span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vMX-AzPDUZc/U1Up6QOdG2I/AAAAAAAAA74/nyyx7vbGKDU/s1600/10.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vMX-AzPDUZc/U1Up6QOdG2I/AAAAAAAAA74/nyyx7vbGKDU/s1600/10.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div>Today I wanted to find a physical attribute about me that I like. I do like my eyes. Eyes are important to me. I feel I can tell a lot about a person when looking into their eyes. But I also think they are my best feature. If I have one go-to make up item, it'd be mascara to bring them out. Happy Monday!</div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!</span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/02/mybeautyis.html" style="color: #ef5d85; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To learn more about #MyBeautyIs, click here.</span></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Written with love to the moon and back,</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nichole</span></div></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-77115307684282200302014-04-19T07:00:00.000-07:002014-04-19T07:00:00.831-07:00#HandmadeSaturday- Week 13 {Fantasy}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Welcome to #HandmadeSaturday!&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Handmade Saturday is a great way to find small&nbsp;businesses and browse through some amazing handmade products created by talented&nbsp;artisans. When you buy from handcrafted small business, you not only&nbsp;receive&nbsp;a quality unique product with character, but you are also supporting a thriving individual and/or family.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;Each week we bring a new theme to share with you.&nbsp;This week's theme is...</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Fantasy!</span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="text-indent: 2px;">Our themes are picked by our weekly feature and this week's #FridayFeature&nbsp;is <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/MandysJoys" target="_blank">Mandy's Joys</a>!&nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: 2px;">Make sure to check out the<a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/04/friday-feature-mandys-joys.html" style="color: #ef5d85; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">&nbsp;Friday Feature</a>&nbsp;post,&nbsp;receive&nbsp;and coupon code for 20% off!</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><b style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><b><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b></b></div><div style="background-color: white; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><span style="color: #222222;">Thank you to all who linked your&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/04/handmadesaturday-week-12-vintage.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Vintage</span></a></span><span style="color: #222222; line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #222222; line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;">products last week. Here are the top viewed links.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #222222; line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/adorebynat/8089162/personalized_special_delivery_airplane_gift_favor_tags_for_party/handmade/paper_books/tags/gift" target="_blank">Airplane Gift Favor Tags by Adore by Nat</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HZYJKW08K-0/U1E1eOdF4SI/AAAAAAAAA7M/dmDoLKS9344/s1600/o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HZYJKW08K-0/U1E1eOdF4SI/AAAAAAAAA7M/dmDoLKS9344/s1600/o.jpg" height="300" width="400" /></span></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://denalistondesigns.com/products/6464761-wine-charms" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Wine Charms&nbsp;By Dena Liston Designs</span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1yifjtUXinQ/U1E1kQ_rXSI/AAAAAAAAA7U/t8Pge0VTDJU/s1600/p.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1yifjtUXinQ/U1E1kQ_rXSI/AAAAAAAAA7U/t8Pge0VTDJU/s1600/p.jpg" height="298" width="400" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://babymoonboutique.storenvy.com/collections/231497-infant-baby-size-blankets/products/6608371-baby-minky-blanket" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Baby Minky Blanket by Baby Moon Boutiue</span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wFsA1q0okI4/U1E2Bq0E2eI/AAAAAAAAA7c/4yQ9V9R20_8/s1600/18.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wFsA1q0okI4/U1E2Bq0E2eI/AAAAAAAAA7c/4yQ9V9R20_8/s1600/18.jpg" height="300" width="400" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 20.327999114990234px; text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 1.4; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="post-body entry-content" id="post-body-5856287776517838412" itemprop="description articleBody" style="background-color: white; color: #222222; line-height: 1.4; position: relative; width: 540px;"><div style="line-height: 1.4;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Please enjoy this week's products and thank you for shopping small!</span></span></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"></span><br /></span><div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">Handmade Saturday is also a great way to network with fellow crafters/ small business owners! Do you have a product that falls under this week's theme?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px; text-align: center;">Please remember to share after you link up whether it be the blog post itself or your fellow artisans's products.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;">To link your&nbsp;<b>fantasy</b>&nbsp;products, please be sure to adhere to the following rules:</span></span><br /><ol style="line-height: 21.559999465942383px;"><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">You may link up to&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">TWO</span>&nbsp;links.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">SHARE #HandmadeSaturday</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Products must be handmade</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Only products that apply to our weekly theme allowed. All other links will be deleted.</span></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 0.25em; padding: 0px; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Links must lead to a specific product listing (not to your store's home page)</span></li></ol></div></div><!-- start InLinkz script --> <br /><div class="InLinkzContainer" id="395926"><a href="http://new.inlinkz.com//luwpview.php?id=395926" rel="nofollow" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up</a></div><script src="http://static.inlinkz.com/cs2.js?v=007" type="text/javascript"></script><!-- end InLinkz script -->Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-62476757058550740822014-04-18T06:22:00.002-07:002014-04-18T06:22:57.013-07:00Friday Feature- Mandy's Joys<span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Today's Feature is a great handmade shop that makes really cute critters. If you haven't checked out Mandy's Joys' page yet to see these cute toys, please do!</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dj4LyXGyX3U/U1EmKx45GHI/AAAAAAAAA6c/ZmaMk2SqRGE/s1600/Logo+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dj4LyXGyX3U/U1EmKx45GHI/AAAAAAAAA6c/ZmaMk2SqRGE/s1600/Logo+2.jpg" height="352" width="640" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: bold; text-align: start;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.facebook.com/mandysjoys">www.facebook.com/mandysjoys</a>&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: bold; text-align: start;"><a href="http://indiecart.com/stores/mandysjoys/"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">http://indiecart.com/stores/mandysjoys/</span></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: bold; text-align: start;"><a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/MandysJoys"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">https://www.etsy.com/shop/MandysJoys</span></a></span></div><br /><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1397826450060_2533"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16050">1.&nbsp;</span><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_62">Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div id="yui_3_13_0_1_1397826450060_2533"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I am a stay at home mom to four (with one on the way). I am married to my best friend and someone who supports me in all that I do. We are a home school family, so life can get rather crazy, but it works for us. I have been sewing off and on most of my life, my mom bought me my first real sewing machine when I was 4. I ran that poor thing until I could no longer get parts for it. LOL. For years I sewed mostly just Halloween costumes, but then after the kids were born, I started making them things here and there, and then started sewing quilts. My true passion was always plush toys, so once I started sewing them there was no turning back!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lj1jrxy4VWc/U1EmLkFvEEI/AAAAAAAAA6s/Xzi80me9ALQ/s1600/Brownie+giant+monkey.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lj1jrxy4VWc/U1EmLkFvEEI/AAAAAAAAA6s/Xzi80me9ALQ/s1600/Brownie+giant+monkey.jpg" height="640" width="496" /></span></a></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16025"><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_86"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br clear="none" /></span></span></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1395368596605_7704"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_54">2. Tell us about</span><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_66">&nbsp;your business. What do you make? What are you all about?&nbsp;</span></span></span></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I sew cuddly critters, that are unique and not something you would see in a box store. I also make things that both boys and girls can enjoy, this being especially important since I have four boys! I love making people happy and have many adult collectors, as well as children who love what I make.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-W6ckIwxZg00/U1EmMHa2OtI/AAAAAAAAA6w/vbFPJjyvieM/s1600/alex+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-W6ckIwxZg00/U1EmMHa2OtI/AAAAAAAAA6w/vbFPJjyvieM/s1600/alex+1.jpg" height="640" width="372" /></span></a></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_89"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br clear="none" /></span></span></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_56"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. When and why did you start your business?</span></span></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">I actually started my page with crochet to help the family financially, but it was just not a passion for me. When I discovered we were having a baby girl, I wanted to make her a doll and felt in love with the sculpting process of faces. From the dolls, I felt bad for my three boys...so started with a dragon, and then an ogre...and by the time I was one, I was in love with the faces and personalities that came from my work. My kids were so happy. I was suddenly addicted to making them, but my house was becoming full. Then when friends saw what I was making and started requesting me to make them for their kids, I posted pictures on my page, and from there I started growing.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SHA99TbHZV4/U1EmO6-tloI/AAAAAAAAA7A/Mi9gWgZbKWg/s1600/rainbow+dragon+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SHA99TbHZV4/U1EmO6-tloI/AAAAAAAAA7A/Mi9gWgZbKWg/s1600/rainbow+dragon+7.jpg" height="466" width="640" /></span></a></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_92"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br clear="none" /></span></span></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_9_1392666012286_82"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. What inspires you?&nbsp;</span></span></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996"><span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">My children and husband inspire me with the joy I see with each creature I make, for them or for an order. I find inspiration in the world around me in colors when I am working with custom dyes.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zEIIgaf-mcE/U1EmOsv3s4I/AAAAAAAAA64/VMlFfPdEFGY/s1600/maddie+ogre.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zEIIgaf-mcE/U1EmOsv3s4I/AAAAAAAAA64/VMlFfPdEFGY/s1600/maddie+ogre.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></span></a></div><div id="yiv8024529531yui_3_13_0_ym1_1_1392666012286_16996" style="font-family: HelveticaNeue, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;"><span><br /></span></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-85654107821897322922014-04-16T08:58:00.002-07:002014-04-16T08:58:40.224-07:005 Easter Dessert Recipes <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Easter has came up fast this year. I have been preparing my sons' baskets for a few months, slowly collecting gifts, thinking I would have a jump on Easter this year. Yet here I am, scrambling to plan an Easter get-together. I have spent the morning looking up recipes for cute desserts that have the wow factor to make my guests think I didn't pull this together in just a few days. Maybe they'll think I've been planning for months! Here are the top 5 that I have found:</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">1.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/30-minute-easter-basket-cake/" target="_blank">30 Minute Easter Basket Cake</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/" target="_blank">Something Swanky Desserts &amp; Designs</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D3njNLTGIyI/U06kv2DADKI/AAAAAAAAA6M/hB-nNr7GDFw/s1600/Football-pendant21-300x300.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D3njNLTGIyI/U06kv2DADKI/AAAAAAAAA6M/hB-nNr7GDFw/s1600/Football-pendant21-300x300.png" height="640" width="427" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">2.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.butterwithasideofbread.com/2013/02/easter-marshmallow-bark.html" target="_blank">Easter Marshmallow Bark</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.butterwithasideofbread.com/" target="_blank">Butter with a Side of Bread</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1vY9_rBygEg/U06fk05YS0I/AAAAAAAAA5o/CcX1IbhOwWg/s1600/3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1vY9_rBygEg/U06fk05YS0I/AAAAAAAAA5o/CcX1IbhOwWg/s1600/3.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">3. <a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2012/03/birds-nest-rolo-pretzels/" target="_blank">Bird's Nest Rolo Pretzels</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/" target="_blank">Cooking Classy</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gSlOERRyLKs/U06fkxWLcqI/AAAAAAAAA5s/4gB75Wkx8zw/s1600/4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gSlOERRyLKs/U06fkxWLcqI/AAAAAAAAA5s/4gB75Wkx8zw/s1600/4.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">4. <a href="http://www.texastypeamom.com/2013/03/easter-desserts-dipped-pretzel-rods.html" target="_blank">Easter Dipped Pretzel Rods</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastypeamom.com/" target="_blank">Texas Type A Mom</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HuBvdVbZeLA/U06fk_As5PI/AAAAAAAAA5k/LG8KaCKS25c/s1600/10171128_1484910378389187_863940032492723750_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HuBvdVbZeLA/U06fk_As5PI/AAAAAAAAA5k/LG8KaCKS25c/s1600/10171128_1484910378389187_863940032492723750_n.jpg" height="640" width="422" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">5.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.couponingncooking.com/2013/03/easter-cake-mix-cookies-with-cheesecake.html" target="_blank">Easter Cake Mix Cookies With Cheesecake Filling</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.couponingncooking.com/" target="_blank">Couponing &amp; Cooking</a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Rdbn43MhkOo/U06flrdguUI/AAAAAAAAA58/YhR3KQZ3TZI/s1600/a.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Rdbn43MhkOo/U06flrdguUI/AAAAAAAAA58/YhR3KQZ3TZI/s1600/a.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Don't they all look delicious?! Now to decide what to make... What are you going to make?</span></div><div><div style="color: #222222; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="color: #222222; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Written with love to the moon and back,</span></div><div style="color: #222222; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nichole</span></div></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6502507446513122727.post-69882132635704924382014-04-14T07:48:00.002-07:002014-04-14T07:48:58.882-07:00MyBeautyIs... {Week 8}<div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" imageanchor="1" style="color: #ef5d85; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YcY2Be32mUk/UyR2mB3T-dI/AAAAAAAAAvE/klmLU4xg8Sg/s1600/2.png" height="206" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" width="640" /></a></div><div style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Fun</span></div><div><span style="font-size: small;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: small;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IGpxjb1b3Sg/U0v1QhUBD3I/AAAAAAAAA5U/QPESOTFlMF0/s640/blogger-image--1161348823.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IGpxjb1b3Sg/U0v1QhUBD3I/AAAAAAAAA5U/QPESOTFlMF0/s640/blogger-image--1161348823.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px;"></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 13px;"></div><div style="font-size: 13px;">I can't be the only one who sings in the car!? I had a kid free moment in the car. Which meant, crank up that radio and sing as loud as I can.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you all for joining me on this mission to celebrate the beauty within us!</span></div></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.babymoonbtq.com/2014/02/mybeautyis.html" style="color: #ef5d85; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">To learn more about #MyBeautyIs, click here.</span></a></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Written with love to the moon and back,</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">Nichole</span></div></div>Nichole Monkhttps://plus.google.com/104321164682589617552noreply@blogger.com0