Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Finally NOT Wordless... on Wednesday

Yes, my poor, beloved, neglected blog readers! THIS is the dread reason I have not posted for a week and two days! I got a Facebook.

Wow, what an experience! I found so many long-lost acquaintances (including the girl I grew up living across the street from) that it fairly made my head spin! And there's always so much happening. People are way more current with their FB pages than their blogs.

I promise I will not desert you all for so long again. I still plan to blog as often as I can ... there's something so much classier and personal about a blog post than a one-liner Facebook status update.

Oh, and please don't bother looking for me on Facebook unless you know me in person. I'm not friending anybody I don't know in real life. Sorry. :(

A wonderful thing is that all the other MOHL authors were already on Facebook! So now we're all on Facebook together! We even have an inside joke.

^That's the inside joke. But I can't tell you any more about it... because then it would be an "outside" joke! Lol!

As for what else I've been up to besides Facebook... I've been cleaning the house! But that's boring. So I won't go into detail about how my fab housecleaning skills are improving.

I've gone to Ultimate Frisbee Friday and then played the game again the next day at Bible Study... wow. I have not been so stiff and sore for a really long time. Not doing that again any time soon. :D

I've also been.... designing! Blog headers! For friends and family. :) Take a look-see!

My mom's yummy new header. Ah! I love this one!!!!!

My sweet friend Allison's new header... so cute/vintage/country! It fits her lovely personality. :D

Our good friend "Frisbeeman"-s header! I was really happy with how this came out.

So. Life has been fun and full and rich for me the past week! And we've even had some rain fall on our parched ground... thanks be to God! I'm secretly hoping for gorgeous Autumn colors this fall, and the changing leaves are their prettiest when there's been plenty of previous rain.

Have a lovely week!

Monday, September 19, 2011

It Was a Great Success!

A heartfelt "Thank You!" to all of you who actually and sincerely said a prayer for our Yard Sale! It was an immense success and we sold lots and lots of our junk (A-HEM,) I mean, extra and unwanted items. :D We had almost nothing left at the end of the sale... and lots of cash rustling and clinking in our pockets. :D Hurray! God is SoooooOOOOOO good.
Just so you have some small clue as to how much we actually got rid of, here are some pictures!
 Yup. Too much stuff. :) We had mostly clothes but lots of other things as well. And I added two stands of my handmade earrings to the array of available things to buy. We had a huge rack of clothes hanging along one whole wall of the carport and by the end of the garage sale it was almost EMPTY! Whew!
We cut some pretty great bargains for people and met some very interesting folks. ;)
I think I've heard enough twangy southern accents to last me for a while! :D Lol!

Our poor gravel driveway got all torn up with people trying to drive the wrong way up the hill in light little trucks or back out the wrong way with huge suburbans... *cringe* But everybody was ok and nothing too terrible happened that can't be fixed with a little raking smooth again. :D
 I was surprised that my Meow-Chi toys sold! :D Nobody knew what they were... I had to explain several times to clueless shoppers what the little robotic cats actually 'did'. They sing and dance and meow in cute robotic tones, people. How hard is that to understand? Haha!

In this picture you can see how tightly packed the clothes were on this rack (Later they looked a lot better because I color-coordinated them) ;) At the end of the sale we only had about 20 things hanging on it instead of the however many we started with! Yay! :)
We only had about 30 books or so but they all sold, even some old, dusty, piano music books!

All my Bath & Body Works perfume sold, thanks in part to the help of my sweet Mennonite friends. And most of the nail polish was bought. I was astonished! :)

Well, I hope you have a wonderful week! If you have nothing to do... you could go on over and see the newest batch of backgrounds at "I Love it!" Blog Designs. :D I love hearing which are your favorites!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gettin' Ready

Hey Ya'll!

This is a notice that all my blogging will be put on hold indefinitely (HAH, just kidding... not indefinitely) ;) ... until our YARD SALE is done on Saturday afternoon.

Hey, if you know our family in real life and are going to be in the area tomorrow (Friday the 16th) or Saturday (the 17th) come on over! We'd love to see you, and we'd love it even more if you leave with some of our stuff in hand. Lol!

Really though, we have TONS of AWESOME stuff. I'll post pictures of it all later so that you people who can't come won't miss out on the beauteous sight! :D I'm selling high-quality handmade earrings for only $1.00 a pair (a rare occurence!) And I'm also parting with many lovely treasures (including a really big wooden dollhouse...) that someone surely will be delighted to discover! :D

I'm afraid some of us who will *cough* remain unnamed *cough*-parents-*cough* have caught "Get-ridda-it" fever and have frenetically turned the house upside down, searching for any loose objects they can find to sell with a manaical gleam in their eye. I've tried to rescue a few things from this frenzied pilfering but with little success. Do you think we all have a little pack-rat inside us somewhere? I think I must. ;)

The reason I have not posted at all on here this week is because we've been running around like ... well, never mind what like... we've been extremely busy this week sorting out lots of things that we no longer want, that OTHER people will hopefully want and pay for with cold hard cash! (Every little bit helps, and the electric bill isn't getting any prettier any time soon!) :D lol! That's why I've been so scarce in bloggy-land.

Ok, I must run for now. The shower is now open and we have a BIG day tomorrow!

Please Pray for a successful sale for us! Your prayers are very much appreciated. :)


P.S. What do you think of my absolutely gorgeous new blog makeover? I did it all myself and I'm thrilled top to bottom with how it came out!! :) Want a new background yourself? Click Here.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Being Green

"It's not easy being green......" or so Kermit the frog says. But according to this little guy....
Being green is pretty easy and laid-back. :)

Daddy found him out in the garden sunning himself on a green bell pepper that coordinated ever so nicely with his reptillian skin. He told me about the little lizard and suggested I get out my camera and take his picture. So I followed Daddy out to the garden on the cool September morning and snapped a few shots of the charming little fellow, who looked oh-so-relaxed lying in the sun on a nice warm vegetable.

"Who is that crazy girl taking pictures of me as I sunbathe?"

"Ah, well, I suppose she's harmless, after all."

"...might as well get back to my *yawn* - nap."

Isn't he cute?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

WINNERS of my jewelry giveaway!

Congratulations are in order, for we have five lovely ladies who have each won a pair of earrings! Hurray! :)

I used to generate the winners fair and square and completely at random. :)

So, without further ado-
Pair #1, Brown Tigereye, has been won by..... Kristen, with comment #6!
Pair #2, Amethyst, crystals, and silver, has been won by..... Miss Lizzy, with comment #60!
Pair #3, Clear Lampwork and crystal, has been won by..... Stephanie, with comment #20!

Pair #4, Aqua 3-dangles, has been won by..... Madison, with comment #43!
Pair #5, Red glass beads and crystal, has been won by..... Katelyn S, with comment # 27!

*applause* Congratulations, girls!

You have until next month (October 1st, 2011) to comment on this post with your mailing address so I can ship you your pretty earrings! Comment moderation is enabled and I will not publish the comments with your addresses.
If you don't get back to me with your address by then I'll have to draw another winner, and we don't want that to happen, do we?? :D

I'm very thankful for all the interest stirred up by the giveaway for my new FREE blog backgrounds website! :) Thanks to all the people who entered! :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Last Day to Enter my Earring Giveaway!

I'll be randomly drawing FIVE winners tomorrow morning, September 8th, for these five lovely pairs of earrings. You could be one of them (a winner, not a pair of earrings... lol) if you enter today! :D

(need your memory refreshed? They look like this:)

Also of note is the little fact that...

I'm giving away a freebie this week!
Yup! It's free! A sweet little ebook on how to create a GORGEOUS pearl and ribbon necklace with two styles shown. It's actually a little piece of the full book "How To Create Noticeably Noteworthy Necklaces" that I wrote.

CLICK HERE to find it! It's on the front page of my website, Be sure to save it to your computer because it will only be there through Saturday the 10th.

"SALE! Julia is offering 20% off all her ebooks until 9/10/11. Use the coupon code HSFREE11 to get the discount!"

So... if you've been hankering to purchase one of my books, now is definitely the time to do it! :)

Just thought I'd give ya'll a little heads-up! Oh... and I just posted a fresh batch of FREE blog backgrounds on my design blog. Chocolatey ones. ;) 

So, I think that's enough free goodies for now to keep you busy! :D Come back tomorrow to find out who won the five pairs of earrings!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A segment from my (interesting?) life

I mentioned a short while ago that I could hardly wait for the first 'crisp' feel in the air... a sign that Autumn has arrived. Well, it was here today, but I think it felt more 'sharp' than crisp! It was 50 degrees when I woke up this morning. And for someone used to the stifling upper 80's and 90's it was definitely a surprise! ;)

Apparently tropical storm (hurricane?) Lee was to blame for the nice wet front of rain that washed across the southeast yesterday and today. The only trouble with it was that yesterday we attended a Labor-day get-together at a friends' farm and we were outside or under carports or gazebos for most of the day. :D I felt damp all day long! :) Of course, that was partly due from perspiration... as we played Ultimate Frisbee and also threw the frisbee around in a circle for a good part of the day. I *love* frisbee. :D We had a great time even though we did get a little wet. ;)

Today I had the chance to get back to my laptop and do a little graphic design! :) I made some new blog backgrounds that I plan to release shortly (hint.... raspberry. And teal. Yeahhh.) and I whipped up a couple headers to go with backgrounds I'd already made.

Here's one of them - it matches two backgrounds, the ones called Brownie Points and Pink Brownie Points. :) (they're in this post)
Click Here to see more! :)
(I have 3 made so far, and WAY more are coming soon)

I also finally got to making a custom blog header for one of my sweet friends, Sarah, and it looks great with the background she picked from the Jane Austen series! :)

Also, I don't think I've told you about the FALL backgrounds I made! :D But I won't wax lyrical about them. You'll have to actually click here and go see them yourself. Now which one do I want to use??
O_O! Decisions, decisions.....

A sad note in my otherwise joyfully harmonic life... I learned this morning that one of my favorite DJ's on my favorite Christian radio station has passed away after a long battle with cancer. :( I cried. (I still get tears in my eyes when I think about it, actually...) She was such a sweet lady and her voice has cheered me up many a morning. I almost got to meet her once at a craft fair where I was running a booth for my jewelry and she was going to be there at a booth for the radio station, but when I was there I had to stay with my booth and wait on customers and never got to go over to the radio station's booth. Now I guess I'll have to wait until we meet again in heaven.

Just another reminder that this is not our home, and that we should never take any of our days here for granted. Or any of the people in our lives, for that matter, because none of us know the day or the hour when we might be called home.

Well, I hope you all have a beautiful week! I'm off for a family movie night.