Monday, January 26, 2009

WINNERS of the Jewelry Giveaway!!!

Okay, I am very pleased to announce that the winners of the jewelry giveaway are...

For the pink pair, #1 - Judybrittle!

For the green pair, #2 - Zoe!

For the blue dangle pair, #3 - Amanda!
EDIT: OOps, I mixed up these next two numbers, 4 & 5... here's the correct listing...
For the purple pair, #4 - Sherry!

For the white and roses pair, #5 - Pinaymama!

For the black pair, #6 - gahome2mom!

I will be contacting you winners as soon as I post this post. If you do not reply by 8:00 p.m. January 28th, I will re-draw and pick another winner.

I will be doing another jewelry giveaway sometime next month, so if you didn't win one of these pairs, cheer up! There'll be another chance for you to win!

If you'd like to see more of my handmade jewelry, check out my shop here at , or click on the mini-etsy-shop on my sidebar.

Love and Hugs,

I'm oh-so-VERY: Happy!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Kreativ Blogger Award

I have been awarded this lovely "Kreativ Blogger Award" by Miss Marissa, over at A Peek Into My Life. (I love her blog title!) :)

I award:
Jo-Snazz @ Jo-With-It's Portfolio
Joanna @ Thinking On These Things
Joelle @ A Stroll Through Delirium
(haha! That's three that begin in Jo!)
Madison @ Madison's Musings
Lydia @ A Walk In The Rain
Bethany @ Polished Cornerstone
Katherine @ Pure In Heart
MY MOM!!! @ Gloria In Excelsis Deo
Breezy @ A Bowl Of Moss And Pebbles
Emily Rose @ Simply Vintagegirl
Rachel&Jessica @ Young Homemakers
The Meiner Family @ ~The Meiners~

(Note: In case you want to make one, I made my ☼New Signature☼!! (see below) At There's a tutorial on how to do it here at "Splitdecisionz" :)

I'm gearing up to do a few tags and a serious post soon, but I regret to say that I can't this evening because my little brother wants me to read him a story. So off I go! :)

♥Love and Hugs,♥

I'm so : Creative - at the moment. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I Have Returned To My Home Sweet Home

Hi Everyone! I'm back! :) That's my house up there. :) The leaves aren't that pretty right now, in fact most of them are gone. That pic is from last autumn.

Michigan was AMAZING, but home is where my heart is. :) It was so neat walking into my log home and smelling the scent of the logs... a delicious piney-woodsy smell, faint but lovely. Since my family and I breathe in the house all the time, we can't smell the logs unless we've just arrived home from a long time being away and breathing other air. Our visitors can all smell the logs, but we don't, usually.
Here I am... in Michigan!

Well, to give you a short summary of my wonderful trip, here are some pictures and videos. (I won't be upset if you laugh at the sledding... I was cackling my head off watching them back at my Aunt and Uncle's house.) :D
Here I am with Kate in her barn. (I'm the one in the huge coat) :) It was about -5 the morning we were there.
We had such a wonderful time at Kate's house! They served us delicious milky chocolate-hazelnut tea, blueberry muffins, and coffee, and sent us home with homemade goats' milk soap in Candy Apple and Lavender-Sage flavors, and homemade lotion in Grapefruit and Cappucino flavors. All I have to say is WOW. :)

On the way into Michigan we stopped at a rest area with drink machines outside... and there was about a foot of snow on the ground, with a temperature well below freezing...

Cold Drinks? I'll say! :) I'm almost certain they had to be frozen solid!

At one point it was snowing so thickly that it was quite difficult to see where we were going... a veritable 'white-out' (yikes!) .

Here's a picture off my Aunt and Uncle's back porch... it was beautiful with the sun coming up behind the ice-covered trees...
I also discovered that during the night our car got well covered with snow..

Mark and Steven, in their snow fort... ready for battle!
I was so glad for my warm coat and "Eskimo Hood" while up there... it really kept me from getting too cold!I absolutely love this picture...

And here is my brother Mark, having the time of his life sledding...

My family and I at the pier in Grand Haven... you can see the lighthouse in the background, just to the left of Mark's shoulder... It was extremely cold while we were there with a freezing-cold wind, so we didn't walk out onto the pier.
Here we are tubing at "Pando's", on a HUGE hill... that was fun! And all you have to do to get back up the hill is hook your tube to a line that pulls you up the hill while you ride. Very nice. :)

Here's another sledding video... This is how kids from Georgia sled...Yeehaw!

I was so thrilled to be able to meet Miss Jocelyn Dixon and her family in person! We stopped by their house on the way back from Michigan.
We ended up helping push their grandma's car out of a ditch, but I don't think I'll post pictures of that... they ended up not being very...ah, dignified. :) :P

But I had a wonderful, amazing time in Michigan! I may post more pictures later... this seemed enough for now.

I'm currently: Tired, but Happy. :)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm in Michigan, Enjoying all the SNOW!

I wish I could show you how much SNOW is up here! There isn't a speck of bare ground to be found anywhere a snowplow has not been! My brothers and I said the word "Wow" about 3 million times in our drive up here.... marveling at the fantastic sight of all that glittery white!

(you have to understand, my two little brothers and I grew up in Southern Florida about 15 minutes from the beach, and we currently live in mid-Georgia, so we've never seen more snow than just a light dusting.)

I'm on my Aunt's computer now... And I haven't downloaded any pictures yet, so you'll just have to wait until at least tomorrow. :D

Really though, the amount of snow up here is absolutely incredible. This morning I was at the house of my lovely friend Kate, in Indiana, and the temperature was a balmy MINUS FIVE DEGREES FARENHEIT. (-5)!!!

I have pictures of Kate's adorable goats and sheep that I'll have to share with you later as well. :) We stopped at Kate's house on our way up to Michigan, as we had spent the night in a hotel outside of Indianapolis.

This evening my family and my aunt Cheryl and uncle Dave and maternal grandparents and I went out for dinner at "The Grand Coney", where I ordered some delicious though rather spicy chili and fries. We had a great time!

My little brother just told me it's bedtime, so I have to go for now. :)


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Off To The Land That WARM Forgot...

Well... today my Mom, Dad, Brother, Other Brother, and I are bustling about, packing and organizing and packing and packing stuff for our trip to Michigan. We're leaving tomorrow! :D
I'm not opening my suitcase until we get there... it's about to burst! (I seriously hope it doesn't!!)

I'm packing books to take along to read on the way. My mom also made audiobooks for us to listen to.

Now, faithful readers, I have 2 questions for you. Don't let me down on the first one!!

1. What are some games and/or activities that you and your family do while on long car trips?

2. What favorite, special vacation has your family taken - that you remember?

So the next post will probably be written from Michigan! :D


I'm: Working!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Button Instructions, Books, and Boo-Hoo...

First of all for the Boo-Hoo...

I am very saddened by the New York Giants' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. They really didn't have a good day today... Eli, I am very sorry to say, was not on top of his game.

So enough about that.

Now, second thing I have to share... I found a NEAT WEBSITE where you can read many different books online for free. You can download them to your computer. And you can print them, if you want the cost of all that paper and ink. Check it out!

Okay, so now we get to ... The Part You've All Been Waiting For! :)

Instructions for making a blog button

  • First you have to take a picture and re-size it... I think 200 x 200 pixels is the biggest you can get it and still have it fit on your sidebar. My image is now that size. I used Olympus Master to get mine the exact size that I wanted. If you can't do that you can click 're-size' once the picture is on photobucket. "Small" works. *TIP* A square image works best.

  • Next you have to upload your re-sized picture to, or another picture-hosting site. you have to create a username and password. But it's free.

  • Copy and paste the HTML of the image to an HTML/javascript gadget in your sidebar. On Photobucket, all you do is wave your mouse over the image and four different codes will pop up beneath... you'll want the third one down.

  • Now you have to get tricky and change the code. Don't worry, I will tell you exactly what to type where. -if you used photobucket- Your code will say .. something like a h r e f = http / / : 'the photobucket username' Right there you erase it and put in your blog address. (right after the address it will have a line / and a question mark ? .
  • Copy and paste this:

and put it in a "Rich Text" gadget in your sidebar. I put mine just underneath the button. Erase the 'your text here' and copy and paste the code from your button into that exact spot where the 'yourtexthere' was. And you have a button! Hope this helps you out. I am SO BUSY that I don't even have time to post a jane austen picture!!


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Oh My Goodness- I just made a blog button! :)

Look to your right, all mortals reading these words, and behold what I, a person with VERY little computer knowledge, have created!
It's a blog button!

You can copy and paste the code into your blog and have a cute little square to click on when you want to visit me! :D

I am SO thrilled for the generous help of the wonderful and very smart LANEY, without whom I could not have accompolished this miracle. :D

Thank you Laney!! Love you girl!!


(sorry if I sounded ridiculously silly, I just had to reward myself a little for about ten hours of work and puzzlement...)

But I did it!!! YAY!

I Feel: Jubilant!! Giggly! Giddy! very Grateful to Laney!!
And... Relived that that's all over with. :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mysterious Symbols

This is so interesting and I just had to tell you about it!
(Note: only works with the fonts 'Times New Roman' and 'Arial')

You can add these symbols to your posts, or anything else, for that matter! Simply type the LEFT "Alt" key, while simultaneously pushing a number or numbers located on the 'numpad' on the right side of your keyboard. (not the numbers at the top of your keyboard.)

Smiley face☺ is Alt, 1
Heart ♥ is Alt + 3
Diamond ♦ is Alt + 4
Club ♣ is Alt+ 5
Spade ♠ is Alt + 6
Bullet • is Alt + 7
Bullet ◘ is Alt + 8
Music Notes ♫ is Alt + 1, 4
Sun ☼ is Alt + 1, 5
Try it and see!

(Oh, and keep entering the jewelry giveaway!)

Currently I'm: Enthralled in a good book. :) It's a wonderful place to be. :D

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Come Enter To Win My Jewelry Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW ENDED, thank you to all who entered. :)

In honor of my 101st post, (YAY!) I am giving away 6 beautiful pairs of my handmade earrings. :) You can enter for as many as you want, or if you just like one or two, just put the numbers in your comment and I'll only enter you for those. There will only be one pair of earrings awarded to each winner. Giveaway winners will have their names picked out of a hat (lol) on January 26th. Deadline to enter is January 25th. Leave me a way to contact you (i.e, your blog address) and I'll let you know if you're a winner!

If you want another chance to enter, post about this giveaway on your blog with this picture:

And now for the descriptions:
  1. A pretty pair of pink earrings, with rose-colored Swarovski crystals, silver findings, and pink alabaster Swarovski crystals. In case you aren't sure what a Swarovski is, have you ever seen those crystal figurines in the mall? The really pricey ones? That's what these delicate little beads are made of. :) They sparkle like diamonds.
  2. A cute pair of green earrings, with apple-green czech crystal rounds and little clear Swarovski crystals.
  3. A gorgeous pair of dangle earrings, with light sapphire-colored Swarovski crystals and little clear Swarovski crystals. These are eye-catching. I made up the unique design myself. :)
  4. A sophisticated pair of purple earrings with plum-colored glass lampwork beads and opal amethyst-colored Swarovski crystals.
  5. A sweet pair of earrings made with white and clear glass lampwork beads with little roses in the middle and clear Swarovski crystals.
  6. And last but not least, a striking pair of earrings made with black crystal-cut glass beads, silver findings, and small silver balls.
And if you do not have pierced ears, never fear! I can change all of these earrings (which by the way have sterling silver-plated surgical steel hooks) into clip earrings very easily. :)
If you're interested in seeing more of my jewelry, visit My Etsy Shop!
Happy Entering!
I am SO Excited!!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Let it Snow, Let it Snow...Let Us Not Freeze...

In one week my family and I are driving all the way up to Michigan to visit my grandparents, aunt and uncle, and my cousins and their children. :) Above is a picture my aunt sent us of some of the snow they had recently... yikes. :D My two younger brothers are SOOO excited about actually building snowmen, snowforts, and having snowball fights! Woohoo!!
I, on the other hand, realize that all that snow means one thing. *COLD*!! And we grew up in South-Western Florida. Also my brothers and I have never seen more snow than just a light dusting once in Tennessee.

So I'm really hoping I'll be able to cope with the weather conditions! I'm planning on taking plenty of warm sweaters, thick fluffy socks, scarves, and mittens, a warm down coat, and yes... long underwear... so I think I'll be as prepared as possible. :)

Do any of you have tips on staying warm in cold weather? I could use some!
Currently I'm feeling: Peaceful.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Miss Jocelyn's Winter Bundle Giveaways!

Miss Jocelyn over at A Pondering Heart is doing an amazing giveaway! She has over $700.00 worth of prizes she's giving away in batches. It's the biggest giveaway I've ever seen!!
I especially wanted to remark about one giveaway that I thought was really neat. You could win your own customized "blog button" and bookmark icon! Isn't that neat?

Anyway, just thought I'd letcha know. :)
Currently I'm feeling: Recumbent

Here Come The Fireworks

So I thought I'd try something new and upload a few videos, as well as pictures, of the sparklers my brothers and I lit last week on our driveway in front of the carport.These two are some of my better shots. Not so blurry. :)

This is one of Steven's sparklers. (Do take a minute to watch it, it's not that long)

He was so excited about the sparkler! It was quite funny. :) I love his enthusiasm.

Okay, well... I was going to post a few more videos but that one took SO long to upload that I think I'll stop with that! :D



Currently I'm : Hungry, and very Busy!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Lovely Weather We're Having

Today was delightfully sunny! Yesterday was quite gloomy, what with all the fog and chill in the air. I liked today's weather better! My family and I went down to the local state park and relaxed by the river. My brothers and I threw our frisbee around for a while. My parents and I had a great time sitting in folding chairs watching the river flow by, feeling the soft breeze in our hair and the warm sun on our faces. I think it was about 70 degrees! (farenheit)

Not bad for January! :D


My mom did a post about our day as well, with pictures! See Here if interested. :)

Currently I'm : quite Chipper!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Blog Finagle-ing and Movie Madness

Hi Readers!
Well, the first thing you might have noticed is the new background. I'm still messing with it but I think I like this one better than some of my other attempts. :P
I really like these header pictures I made...

...But I couldn't find backgrounds that matched!! *sigh* It looks like I'll just have to learn how to design backgrounds. How I'll do that, I have no idea. :) Anyone got any tips??
And for the second part of my post, My family and I watched two new movies yesterday and enjoyed both. The first one was "Horton Hears A Who", which was really cute and crazy, and I loved seeing a favorite story come to life. The second was "Wall-e", which was so cool and also very bizarre...but enjoyable. :D That sounded funny. :) Anyway, I give both movies a thumbs-up.

To quote my younger brother, "Today was the Best Day of 2009!"...yet! :D
Hope you're having a great 2009 so far...
Currently I am... slightly aggravated, about messing around with blog backgrounds that didn't work... but really I feel Okay. :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My First Post of 2009

For today, I just felt impressed to post the lyrics to this song... It seems like it fits today really well. :) To hear the song, click on the little playlist at the top of my sidebar. (Turn off my other music first by clicking the miniscule 'pause' button)
New Day by Avalon:

It's a new day,
Oh, it's a new time
And there's a new way,
I'm gonna live my life
All the old has passed away
And the new has come
Thank God, it's a brand new day

Lookin' back at yesterday,
There are things that I regret
But I put the past behind me
And I never will forget
You have covered my mistakes,
And my broken dreams
Now over the horizon
I see the dawn is drawing near
And I realize the sun did rise
Tomorrow's finally here

And it's a New Day,
Oh, it's a new time
And there's a new way,
I'm gonna live my life
All the old has passed away
And the new has come
Thank God, it's a brand new day

Now when I wake up thinkin'
Of the things I've done before
Memories I could not escape
Well they can't haunt me anymore
Now I can hold my head up high
'Cause I am not the same
You've changed my whole perspective
And with new eyes I see
I've become a new creation
'Cause of what you've done for me

It's a New Day,
Oh, it's a new time
And there's a new way
I'm gonna live my life
All the old has passed away
And the new has come
Thank God, it's a brand new day

Cause of what you've done for me
Now I am not ashamed
This heart of mine is finally free
And I will never be the same!

'Cause it's a New Day,
Yeah, it's a new time
And there's a new way
I'm gonna live my life
All the old has passed away
And the new has come
Thank God, it's a brand new day
(repeat chorus)

My absolute favorite line in the whole song is "And I realize, the sun did rise, tomorrow's finally here". I used to get shivers when I heard it. :) I still do, sometimes.
So what did you do for New Year's Eve? I was at home. My brothers and I lit sparklers outside on the gravel driveway and I filmed some of it... I'll have to post a video later. :D

Blessings to all and a very Happy New Year to everyone!!!
Currently I'm feeling: Happy, and extremely Optimistic about the new year!