Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My New Etsy Shop

I finally did it!! I opened up an Etsy shop ~ Rosy Und Posy :)

It's a collaborative shop with my mom since she's a craft maniac to and she loves making Victorian nightgowns which she's hoping others will like :) So far I have just listed some of the cute spotted owl cards that I made from the rubber stamp I carved for my owl swap but I'm hoping to get more listed. Like my cute little Rosy Posy brooches, cloth shopping bags and more over the next couple of days. I'm a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to starting out on new ventures but I'm hoping this will go great! I spent all morning figuring out how to set up the profile pages and how to make a listing but now that I've got a couple done it should be much easier next time *grin*. Thank goodness for Handmadeology to! If you haven't been over there yet you should check it out because he has some of the best tutorial videos going on getting started with an Etsy or Artfire shop :)

Hope you'll stop by over at Rosy Und Posy and check out all of the new things that will be added soon.


Lemonade Award

Thanks so much Kerry for nominating me for the Lemonade Award here :)

Here are the rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 5 - 10 blogs that show great Gratitude and/or Attitude.
3. Be sure to list and link your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Link to the post where you were nominated

Here are my nominees:

Cathe @ Just Something I made
Melissa @ One Crafty Mumma
Holly @ Mommy Holly
Mom Unplugged @ Unplug Your Kids
And Think

Say hello to all of them for me *grin*


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Owl Goodness

I just heard that my owl swap partner Kerry received her package of owl goodies from me so now I can share with you what I sent to her :)

I had a lot of fun hand carving an owl rubber stamp for the special set of note cards that I made for her on Mulberry, Coconut and Japanese Linen handmade papers with matching envelopes each personalized with her initial. Plus along with the cards I also included 3 extra large funky buttons, some yummy Jelly Belly candy and a piece of the super cute Alexander Henry spotted owl fabric :)

If you want to see what Kerry sent to me, check out the entry just below this one to see the fantastic owl resin jewelry she made for me! Oh lucky me *grin*.

~ Rosina

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cute Resin Owl Jewelry

Last month I had mentioned that I was participating in an Owl Swap that Apryl was hosting and the other day a wonderful little package from Kerry arrived in my mailbox :) She makes some really amazing resin jewelry so I was really excited to see what sort of owl project she would come up with. Inside wrapped in tissue paper was this super cute owl brooch. I just love his little heart shaped belly :) It has some little shiny flecks embedded within it that shine in the light to.

Next I unwrapped another little package and found this great owl pendant :) I am crazy about owls so I'm going to love wearing my new jewelry pieces. Along with the owls was a little piece of fabric, some silver ribbon and 2 delicious chocolate bars which unfortunately I have no photo for *grin*. I shared them with the kids and they quickly helped devour them. LOL.

Thanks so much Kerry for a great owl swap package! It was a lot of fun and I can't wait for you to get yours :)

~ Rosina

A Very Thomas Birthday Party

Yesterday we celebrated my baby's 3rd birthday. I can't believe how fast the years have gone! On Feb.6th my oldest turned 10 and now my cuddly little baby really isn't a baby anymore either :) We surprised him with a Thomas the Train cake and it was so cute. On top of it was a wind up Thomas that zipped around the track while we sang happy birthday to him. His eyes were just about bugging right out of his head when he saw it. LOL.

My sister and her husband were able to travel up for the day and it was really great to see them. I couldn't believe my luck though when I was right in the middle of preparing dinner and the electricity went out!! Not uncommon here in the winter but inconvenient to say the least. Luckily we have a generator so it saved the day :) Above is a photo of M's new favorite toy, a Melissa & Doug wooden shape puzzle set. It is so cute. Each of the puzzle boards is double sided with colorful paintings and different shapes that need to be added. I just love it when I can find toys that aren't plastic :)

~ Rosina

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside The Lines

I'll openly admit that I am a horrid knitter! LOL. But this copy of the Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside The Lines book makes me want to dig out the old needles and make an attempt to learn again :) Just look at that absolutely adorable sweater, my daughter would love that! Maybe I can talk her Omi into knitting one up for her *grin*. If you want to see a little sneak peak of the book you can see it HERE.

~ Rosina

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Another Print Magazine Bites The Dust

One by one it seems like all of my favorite magazines are slowly ceasing to exist :( First it was my favorite, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion along with Domino, Country Home and a few others.

And now I found out that Craft's issue 10 is to be its last paper edition. I know it will still be available in an online version but it won't be the same. I really love to curl up with my favorite magazines in a comfy spot and spend hours perusing through them over and over or pulling them off the shelf at later times for inspiration :) I'm happy that it isn't disappearing completely like the others and I guess I'll just have to remember that it will be better for the environment that they are continuing in a paperless form *grin*.


Valentine Party

Yesterday we had our little Valentine party and it was so much fun! The kids had loads of special valentines that they had been secretly working on for Omi & Opa and we all went up for lunch at their house along with a yummy dessert :) When I was a little girl my mom used to buy these chocolate wafers making a super sweet whipped cream covered dessert with them. I hadn't thought of them for ages until I ran across them again on Little Window Shoppe's blog in a great variation of the original recipe, stacking them upright instead and topping it with a maraschino cherry :) Just perfect for Valentine's Day!

This is my lovely valentine that I received from my son.... so cute :)

~ Rosina

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Finished Apron for Swap

I just wanted to share my finished apron for the Amy Butler apron swap that I joined in. We were allowed to pick out any apron pattern we liked but it had to be Amy B. fabric :) I sure hope my secret swap partner likes it! I had a lot of fun making it for her and am very happy with how it turned out. I finished all of the seams with french seams so that it looked just as great on the backside as it did on the front *grin*.

I had to have a little fun and try it out of course *grin*
Yup... fun and flirty, yet functional. LOL.

~ Rosina

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Enlarging Patterns

Oh how I wish all pattern books supplied full size patterns instead of those itty bitty drawings that you need to photocopy and enlarge. My apron pattern for the Amy Butler apron swap just happens to be one of those itty bitty patterns and when I took it in to Staples to have them blow it up 400% there must have been some massive error in their calculations. I got home and pulled out the copies hoping to get straight down to business and found that they weren't big enough. EGAD!

The front panel pieces were supposed to measure 4 5/8" at the top of the waistband but it was only 3" and since I wasn't heading back into town before the mailing date I had to break out the tracing paper and ruler. I can't even remember the last time I had to think really hard about fractions! It probably didn't help that I didn't start working on it until after midnight either. LOL. Thank goodness when I pulled it out again this morning to double check the measurements everything was correct :)

It actually wasn't such a bad job and this way I got to add the seam allowances right into the pattern. Maybe I'll just do them by hand from now on.... then again maybe not *grin*.

~ Rosina