Monday, December 7, 2009

My angel baby

In November of this year my husband and I were blessed with the news that we were expecting our 5th baby together. I have 4 beautiful girls and we were so excited about another little addition to our family. The day that the news was confirmed the nurse had asked if this was a wanted pregnancy, if we were trying. I had at the time replied "We were just trusting the Lord" I went on to tell her something I rarely tell ANYONE. MY personal convictions about birth control. This is MY conviction and I rarely tell people as it is not my place to push my beliefs onto others. The lady went and tipped her door closed, turning to me with tears rolling down her cheeks, she says "Wow, what a blessing that the Lord sent you my way" She went on to explain that the Lord had convicted her of her job as she has to prescribe birth control. We chatted for awhile and before I left I said some very ironic words "if something happens to this baby, I will have peace in knowing that it was already a blessing to someone"

That was on a tuesday afternoon. 6 days later I lost my precious angel. I don't know his plan but I take comfort in the knowledge that he or she already touched a life. His or her little feet may not have touched this earth but it touched someone's heart.

I didn't want to forget this short lived blessing. I went to find some sort of memory piece that I could keep close to my heart. That's when I found an etsy seller named bugaboojewelry I ordered a necklace from her and it came out so beautiful. I wanted to share


The dates symbolize my date of loss and my due date. It turned out really beautiful and I am very thankful of bugaboo for getting it to me so fast. I have taken great comfort in having a piece near me, reminding me that my baby isn't GONE. He or she is just waiting on me in heaven.

Until then this is my prayer,
Lord I waited to hold my little one on my lap and tell them about you.
But since I never had the chance, Will you please hold them on your lap and tell them about me?


**please click on the picture or her shop name to visit her shop**

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Eco Chic Hand Knits: MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!

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Eco Chic Hand Knits: MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!

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Product Review

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I've made another purchase from RhisBitsAndBeads You really can't ask for a nicer Etsian. She's a real gem! I got these very fast! They were packaged so well and in a cute little bag. My daughter is going to love finding them in her stocking on christmas morning.

Please click on the picture above or you may click here to show this etsian some much deserved love and support.
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Tater Tot Casserole

2 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
2 1/2 lbs tater tots
1 large can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken
2 cans evaporated milk


Brown meat & place in large cass. dish.
Brown turkey and drain.
Layer tater tots on top of the meat mixture
Mix soup& milk together.
Pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Product Review

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So my name is obviously (on Etsy) SmileyMoo and I casually mentioned really cute cow printed cards to Polliwog123 and she happened to make some of the cutest cow print cards I've ever seen! I had to have them and they'll look really cute in my packages I send out. So if you want what all the cool kids are buying...buy from Polli!


Yes...that means you...click on her name. Or Click Here or here or here!

Got it? I thought so! :)
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Product Review

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It's that time again! PRODUCT REVIEW!!!! I got this in the mail from a really sweet etsian named christiecottage


It's prettier in person than in the picture! Absolutely love this Etsian and everyone should buy from her!!! Please click her username or the picture to visit her shop :)

Buying from her ALSO gets you a spot on her BNS (buy and stay) which is an awesome group that has gone for over a year and has had thousands of sales as a result of her thread!
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Product Review

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Come look what I got!!


The first thing you see when you visit this shop is "Be a blessing in everything you do" And she is truly and honestly living up to the motto. She knew I wanted this dolly for my daughter's birthday and went above and beyond doing what she could so that I could get it for her. When I got her in the mail and I opened her up I realized that not only did I get this beautiful doll that I ordered but I also got a beautiful quilted blanket as a gift and a few other beautiful extras.

When I look at this doll, and as my daughter will open it on her birthday, I just have this huge feeling that God has flooded a beautiful blessing out and touched my life. lilyofthevall77 is the type of etsian you SHOULD be buying from and that we should be learning from. Remembering that in everything we do "I will bless them that bless thee" a firm reminder that to be blessed we must put aside our own desires, wants and goals and be a blessing to someone else, not expecting anything in return.

Please click here to visit her shop and show some love :)
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Empress Kel-My Guild Wars Bio

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Name: Unknown
Alias:Empress Kel
Age: Unknown
Birthplace: Wizard's Folly


Empress was born in Wizard's Folly. Her parents were gypsies that entertained at Foible's Fair. Outcasts of Ascalon for offenses of their ancestors, they strove to simulate the powers of those surrounding them with smoke and mirrors but lacked the true power of their fellow man. They struggled to find their place in the world with the burden and weight of condemnation, for they believed the gods had condemned them and left them powerless.

Empress lived this life of shame and condemnation along with her parents and siblings. She was a strikingly odd child who often did not fit in even with her family. Due to a rare genetic anomaly she felt she was cursed with pale skin, purple eyes and purple hair. Try as she might, life was just not easy for Empress and she never felt like she truly fit in. However, things changed for Empress upon the discovery of her powers. Her parents made arrangements for her to be trained by an elite elementalist and gave their life savings to buy her the appropriate attire and equipment. Some of which included a rare Destroyer Staff of fortitude which they lovingly bestowed upon their daughter. They also immediately thanked the gods for their daughter's new found power, for to them this was their salvation, their redemption.

Before the time came for Empress to move to the temple for instruction the charr invaded. Racing home on that fateful day she grabbed her staff and, muttering prayers under her breath, she called for fire from the heavens. Boulders and meteors crashed to the earth. A frightened and panicked little girl with no knowledge or control over her powers watched as fire and brimstone rained on her loved ones. One by one her family fell and then she too was injured, nearly unto death.

When she awoke she was a prisoner, taken along with Gwen by the Charr. Why she was taken and not killed became apparent very quickly. A charr maiden had won the heart of her beloved charr warrior. She longed for a cub but many years had passed and this aging Charress had not been able to produce a child for her beloved. She was sad and lonely. Her beloved laid eyes on Empress, an unusual example of her species and took pity, taking her home as a gift for his beloved Charr wife. Someone she could nurse and take care of and perhaps have a sense of purpose. If nothing else this child could be a helper for her, a slave if you will. The charress nursed Empress back to health and a loving parental relationship blossomed between the two. Empress had been so mortally wounded that very little memories of her real family remained. Only the guilt of watching them burn by her own hands. The beloved and his wife loved Empress and quickly the charr village was calling for this unheard of relationship to be put to a stop. When the beloved and his wife refused to surrender their adopted daughter they were murdered.

Fear and hatred swelled in Empress' heart. For the second time in her life she was alone and her family taken from her. Having fully harnessed the power of the elements, she killed many charr before escaping into the wilderness.

At that point in her life she met the love of her life. The man that would become her husband and along with him she joined up with a motley crowd known as the Ecliptic Phoenix. It was at this time in her life that she was also bestowed the name Empress. With no recollection of her real name her loving husband affectionately began to call her Empress for her fiery temper and ability to take command of almost any situation.

Restlessly working for her redemption and relief from the guilt and pain that clouded her, life led Empress through the lands of Tyria and Cantha, fighting the Mursaat and the forces of Shiro. However pain and guilt still plagued her life and she began to question the gods. As her struggle with faith and her belief in the gods continued, her guild and those around her begin to push her away and eventually Phoenix disbanded.

After much turmoil, Empress realized that there is one true God and the fellowship with a new guild with like minded individuals signify the change in Empress' heart. She continued to grow in her new faith and forging new friendships within the Signet of the Lion.

She and her husband were sent on a mission to Kamadan where they eventually settled and adopted an orphaned set of twins named Shayera and Akira. Both of whom are accomplished rangers and carrying on in the footsteps of their mother and father.

Currently Empress is working deep undercover out of the Eye of the North and has changed her appearance as to not stick out in a crowd. Her life continues...an open journal still waiting to be written.

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Product Review



Looking for cute? Fast shipping and a wonderful etsian? Why not support SewnInspirations

I've gotten to know Sewn over the course a couple weeks now in the "IBUY" threads on etsy and I've got to say she's a total sweetheart! The pillow is so cute and my daughter is going to LOVE opening it on christmas morning :) Please click on her name (or on the picture) to visit her shop!
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Over the top-Stitch Q&A

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Okay, so my blog was tagged by Stitchnmomma who was tagged by Deelights with an over the top blog award. I apparantly have to answer these questions and tag three other blogs.

1 Where is your cell phone? laying on my lap
2 Your hair? Brown
3 Your mother? usually a sweetheart
4 Your father? the exact opposite of my mother ;)
5 Your Favorite food? Ceasar Salad
6 Your dream last night? I'm afraid I can't answer that. It would make me have to put a rating on my blog
7 Your favorite drink? vanilla coke
8 Your dream/goal? Out of debt!
9 What room are you in? Basement/family room
10 Your hobby? a little bit of everything
11 Your fear? Losing my family
12 Where do you want to be in six years? wherever my family is at
13 Where were you last night? Home
14 Something that you aren't? A supermodel LOL
15 Muffins? Love them!
16 Wish list item? be caught up on bills
17 Where did you grow up? In North Carolina, one town over from where I live now
18 Last thing you did? took a shower
19 What are you wearing? pjs
20 Your TV? off
21 Your pets? 1 dog and 1 fish
22 Friends? not very many :(
23 Your life? crazy but I love it
24 Your mood? sad
25 Missing someone? Always.
26 Vehicle? Minivan
27 Something you're not wearing? socks
28 Your favorite store? Hobby Lobby
29 Your favorite color? Purple
30 When was the last time you laughed? Today.
31 Last time you cried? today
32 Your best friend? Hisjamilynn, My hubby, my sister (when we're not mud wrestling
33 One place where you go over and over? violin lessons
34 One person who emails you regularly? no one LOL. All I get are alerts from etsy and Guild wars auctions
35 Favorite place to eat? Home.

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Product Review

Another day and another package received in the mail!!! I got these really cool lampwork beads from KatScratchBeadWorks
They're really pretty, well made and arrived very fast! I made a pair of earrings out of them and can't wait to see what else I can come up with!


Please click on her name above to check out her shop!
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Guild Wars pictures

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NOTE: Click the pictures to see the full and un"squished" version of the pictures

As some of you know...I play an online game called Guild Wars. When I'm not on etsy or facebook then I'm usually spending time with my family by playing Guild Wars (though of course sometimes I'm on etsy AND guild wars LOL) So I thought I would share a few things :) This is my main character in Guild Wars.


My second main character


Now on to my beautiful screenshots :)












These are just a FEW of my many hundreds of pictures I've taken in Guild Wars!
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Product Review

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Another purchase and another wonderful Etsian! I absolutely love these! They wear so comfortably! If you're looking for beautiful and affordable then I truly suggest
RhisBitsAndBeads A beautiful product from a Etsian with a very beautiful heart :)
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Product Review and Praises!

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I won this BEAUTIFUL hat from the every so lovely Enyaeire


I really can't say enough kind words about this Etsian. She's got a heart of gold and just the sweetest personality (though she claims she can be fiesty!) I LOVE LOVE LOVE my hat and my daughter does too! Looks like I'll be putting in an order for her one for christmas if I want to get to wear my own!


Please click here to view her shop and show her some love!
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Product Review

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Looking for cute bows for the baby? These are just adorable! Very well made and they arrived very fast! Check out Flutters for some of the cutest bows on etsy!

Super cute on my little cutie!
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Product Review

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Looking for a super nice etsian to buy from? Try out TheShabbyShop! I got this set of tealights today in the mail and I absolutely LOVE them. I can't believe how fast they were shipped and the seller was nice enough to include a little extra in my package. She's a true gem!

Please check her out and all the other nice folks participating in the I BUY threads!
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Product Review



Another day, another purchase! This time from hisjamilynn This super nice etsian shipped my order out super fast. The product was made really well and I can't wait to stow my daughters snacks in it! :) She also sent a little extra gift which I thought was super sweet. Please go show this new etsian some love!
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Friday, October 9, 2009

Product Review



kuteklipboardsbyamy is seriously one of the nicest etsians you will ever meet. The shipping was super fast! I ordered this clip and got it 2 days later! Please be sure to check her shop out!
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Etsy :: BNR Under $20 ? ? Come Get Promoted!! 119+ Sales? ? 8 Hour SALES FRENZY

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Weekend sale! 50% off or more!

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I'm having a weekend sale!
up to 50% off on many of the items in this section! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6054349§ion_id=6459012 priced to move fast. Grab them while you can!
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I was featured on a blog :)

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I can't say enough kind words about this Etsian for her Feature. Please check out her blog and then drop by her page and show her some love!
Lanakinbuddys Handmade Gifts: Great Etsy Shop SmileyMoo

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Lanakinbuddy's Etsy page
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7917657
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients

* 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
* 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
* 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
* 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

1.
Add chicken, egg, pepper, salt and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder in a bowl and mix well to coat chicken.
2.
Cover bowl with saran wrap and store in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
3.
In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheese, seasoned salt and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. Mix well.
4.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5.
Remove chicken from refrigerator and stir once more.
6.
Dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture and place on foil lined baking sheet.
7.
Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

* Easily Doubled
**I found this recipe on a blog ages ago and it's become a favorite in our home :)
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Product Review



I just got this wonderful soap from pepperapothecary I've got to say that it's some of the BEST smelling soap I have ever gotten. It arrived VERY FAST. Just days after I ordered it and it looks great in my bathroom! I will absolutely be purchasing from again in the future! So drop on by her shop and so her some love!
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Monday, September 21, 2009

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Please check my "For the Cure" section of my shop.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6054349§ion_id=6431146

50% of the proceeds from items in the "For the Cure" section will go towards the Susan G. Komen Race for the cure. My goal is to raise $60 for my family to participate in the walk with a dear friend recovering from breast cancer. Additional funds will go towards a donation.

If you would like to make a donation yourself you can visit her page
http://www.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/HKY_NCFoothillsAffiliate?px=5891987&pg=personal&fr_id=1260&et=nlV9NVS6UP47teLVzKPXWA..&s_tafId=21707

Money Raised Goal: $60
Earned to Date: $0
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cheesy Chicken& Rice Casserole

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Cheesy Chicken& Rice Casserole

Prep time: 5 min Bake: 1 hour Makes 6 servings

1 (26 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 cups water
1 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
3 cups fresh or frozen vegetables
1 tsp onion powder
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Stir soup, water, rice, vegetables and onion powder in 13x9 baking dish
2. top with chicken, season chicken as desired. Cover
3. bake at 375F for 1 hour or until done. Top with cheese
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Autumn Embers by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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“Not Lightly Do the Leaves of Lórien Fall”


Autumn Embers by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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Friday, September 18, 2009

$5 Weekend Sale!

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I am participating in the trade5 event (items priced at $5) so many of my items are being temporarily revised to $5. Prices will go back up next Monday after the event. Search trade5 for participating sellers
http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=handmade&search_query=trade5&order=date_desc&ship_to=


Here is the link to MY $5 items
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6054349§ion_id=6422166

A sample of some of $5 items you can get in my shop!




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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Blue (Da Ba Dee) by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Easy PB cookies.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe Rating: Prep Time: 15 minTotal Time: 25 minMakes: 3 doz. cookies or 18 servings, 2 cookies each


1 egg
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Beat egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Add remaining ingredients; beat until well blended.
SHAPE into 1-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball, in criss-cross pattern, with tines of fork.
BAKE 10 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 1 min. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks; cool completely.

Note These easy-to-make cookies don't need any flour!
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Etsy Trade-A-Holics: $5 Tradeaholics Team Event!

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Saturday Feature! Sept 12, 2009

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Here is my weekly Saturday feature! I have chosen sleepymoondesign's entry as my first ever feature!


I chose this piece because I liked her straightforward explanation that sapphires are the birthstone for September. Plus the necklace is just LOVELY. Please show her some love and click the picture to view her item.
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Earth as Divinity by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Product Review

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I just got these cards in the mail from CardsandNotes

Not only are they PERFECT but they arrived super fast, securely and safetly packaged and she included some extras. Super sweet Etsian. I can't brag enough about how perfect these cards will be for my daughter's thank you notes!
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Autumn Celebrations




Dear husband has finally let me list some of his awesome jewelry. I am VERY pleased to present

Autumn Celebrations.
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New listing 9/04/09

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I have just started listing my homemade lipbalm!
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Monday, August 31, 2009

Candy Corn Treasury


http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=66630
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This little sachet is filled with rice soaked in essential or fragrance oils. Buy ONE and get one free until Sept. 5th! (while supplies last)

You can choose from the following scents:
Essential Oils
1. Citrus Blend (orange, grapefruit, tangerine and lemon)
2. Lavender
3. Eucalyptus
4. Tea tree
5. Orange
6. Grapefuit
9. Tangerine
10.Lemon
11. Peppermint

I can mix the above fragrances for you as you desire.

Fragrance Oils
1.Sugar Cookie
2.Blueberry
3.Rose
4.Love Spell
5. Sweet Pea
6. Bubble Gum
7. Tutti Frutti

Convo me with the 2 Scents you would like!

Approximate Size 4 1/2 by 3 1/2. They are handmade so size will vary
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

My newest listing

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

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Friday, August 28, 2009

New Fall favorites!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Awesome Cloth Diaper Giveaway

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I came across this awesome giveaway for cloth diapers on etsy. I have used cloth diapers for over 2 years now and would NEVER go back to sposies. I wish I had used them with all of my children. I wish EVERYONE with kids would at least give them a shot so of course I was very excited to see this
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Make Your Own: Homemade Febreze

Make Your Own: Homemade Febreze

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This is the personal recipe I used (my own creation)

I took an old febreze bottle I found laying about. Cleaned it really good. Filled with water, added 3 TBSP of baking soda, 15 drops of lavender EO, 5 drops of peppermint EO and 5 drops of Lovespell FO (You could use any scent you like)

I also like to add just a tiny bit of vinegar in before the EOs! Not enough that the smell lingers!
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Upcycled placemats!

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I have a new hobby...making placemats! I rescued a trunk full of materials from being TRASHED by a furniture company. Brought them home thinking it was such a shame it was being trashed but having no clue what to do with the material. After thinking about it for several weeks it finally hit me...PLACEMATS! And so...the upcycled placemats came into existence. They turned out better than I could have hoped and I'm having a lot of fun making them.

To see all of my upcycled placemats you can click below

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
SmileyMoo.etsy.com
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My angel baby

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In November of this year my husband and I were blessed with the news that we were expecting our 5th baby together. I have 4 beautiful girls and we were so excited about another little addition to our family. The day that the news was confirmed the nurse had asked if this was a wanted pregnancy, if we were trying. I had at the time replied "We were just trusting the Lord" I went on to tell her something I rarely tell ANYONE. MY personal convictions about birth control. This is MY conviction and I rarely tell people as it is not my place to push my beliefs onto others. The lady went and tipped her door closed, turning to me with tears rolling down her cheeks, she says "Wow, what a blessing that the Lord sent you my way" She went on to explain that the Lord had convicted her of her job as she has to prescribe birth control. We chatted for awhile and before I left I said some very ironic words "if something happens to this baby, I will have peace in knowing that it was already a blessing to someone"

That was on a tuesday afternoon. 6 days later I lost my precious angel. I don't know his plan but I take comfort in the knowledge that he or she already touched a life. His or her little feet may not have touched this earth but it touched someone's heart.

I didn't want to forget this short lived blessing. I went to find some sort of memory piece that I could keep close to my heart. That's when I found an etsy seller named bugaboojewelry I ordered a necklace from her and it came out so beautiful. I wanted to share


The dates symbolize my date of loss and my due date. It turned out really beautiful and I am very thankful of bugaboo for getting it to me so fast. I have taken great comfort in having a piece near me, reminding me that my baby isn't GONE. He or she is just waiting on me in heaven.

Until then this is my prayer,
Lord I waited to hold my little one on my lap and tell them about you.
But since I never had the chance, Will you please hold them on your lap and tell them about me?


**please click on the picture or her shop name to visit her shop**

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Eco Chic Hand Knits: MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!

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Eco Chic Hand Knits: MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!

Check out this awesome giveaway for this

Product Review

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I've made another purchase from RhisBitsAndBeads You really can't ask for a nicer Etsian. She's a real gem! I got these very fast! They were packaged so well and in a cute little bag. My daughter is going to love finding them in her stocking on christmas morning.

Please click on the picture above or you may click here to show this etsian some much deserved love and support.

Tater Tot Casserole

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2 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
2 1/2 lbs tater tots
1 large can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken
2 cans evaporated milk


Brown meat & place in large cass. dish.
Brown turkey and drain.
Layer tater tots on top of the meat mixture
Mix soup& milk together.
Pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.

Product Review

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So my name is obviously (on Etsy) SmileyMoo and I casually mentioned really cute cow printed cards to Polliwog123 and she happened to make some of the cutest cow print cards I've ever seen! I had to have them and they'll look really cute in my packages I send out. So if you want what all the cool kids are buying...buy from Polli!


Yes...that means you...click on her name. Or Click Here or here or here!

Got it? I thought so! :)

Product Review

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It's that time again! PRODUCT REVIEW!!!! I got this in the mail from a really sweet etsian named christiecottage


It's prettier in person than in the picture! Absolutely love this Etsian and everyone should buy from her!!! Please click her username or the picture to visit her shop :)

Buying from her ALSO gets you a spot on her BNS (buy and stay) which is an awesome group that has gone for over a year and has had thousands of sales as a result of her thread!

Product Review

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Come look what I got!!


The first thing you see when you visit this shop is "Be a blessing in everything you do" And she is truly and honestly living up to the motto. She knew I wanted this dolly for my daughter's birthday and went above and beyond doing what she could so that I could get it for her. When I got her in the mail and I opened her up I realized that not only did I get this beautiful doll that I ordered but I also got a beautiful quilted blanket as a gift and a few other beautiful extras.

When I look at this doll, and as my daughter will open it on her birthday, I just have this huge feeling that God has flooded a beautiful blessing out and touched my life. lilyofthevall77 is the type of etsian you SHOULD be buying from and that we should be learning from. Remembering that in everything we do "I will bless them that bless thee" a firm reminder that to be blessed we must put aside our own desires, wants and goals and be a blessing to someone else, not expecting anything in return.

Please click here to visit her shop and show some love :)

Empress Kel-My Guild Wars Bio

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Name: Unknown
Alias:Empress Kel
Age: Unknown
Birthplace: Wizard's Folly


Empress was born in Wizard's Folly. Her parents were gypsies that entertained at Foible's Fair. Outcasts of Ascalon for offenses of their ancestors, they strove to simulate the powers of those surrounding them with smoke and mirrors but lacked the true power of their fellow man. They struggled to find their place in the world with the burden and weight of condemnation, for they believed the gods had condemned them and left them powerless.

Empress lived this life of shame and condemnation along with her parents and siblings. She was a strikingly odd child who often did not fit in even with her family. Due to a rare genetic anomaly she felt she was cursed with pale skin, purple eyes and purple hair. Try as she might, life was just not easy for Empress and she never felt like she truly fit in. However, things changed for Empress upon the discovery of her powers. Her parents made arrangements for her to be trained by an elite elementalist and gave their life savings to buy her the appropriate attire and equipment. Some of which included a rare Destroyer Staff of fortitude which they lovingly bestowed upon their daughter. They also immediately thanked the gods for their daughter's new found power, for to them this was their salvation, their redemption.

Before the time came for Empress to move to the temple for instruction the charr invaded. Racing home on that fateful day she grabbed her staff and, muttering prayers under her breath, she called for fire from the heavens. Boulders and meteors crashed to the earth. A frightened and panicked little girl with no knowledge or control over her powers watched as fire and brimstone rained on her loved ones. One by one her family fell and then she too was injured, nearly unto death.

When she awoke she was a prisoner, taken along with Gwen by the Charr. Why she was taken and not killed became apparent very quickly. A charr maiden had won the heart of her beloved charr warrior. She longed for a cub but many years had passed and this aging Charress had not been able to produce a child for her beloved. She was sad and lonely. Her beloved laid eyes on Empress, an unusual example of her species and took pity, taking her home as a gift for his beloved Charr wife. Someone she could nurse and take care of and perhaps have a sense of purpose. If nothing else this child could be a helper for her, a slave if you will. The charress nursed Empress back to health and a loving parental relationship blossomed between the two. Empress had been so mortally wounded that very little memories of her real family remained. Only the guilt of watching them burn by her own hands. The beloved and his wife loved Empress and quickly the charr village was calling for this unheard of relationship to be put to a stop. When the beloved and his wife refused to surrender their adopted daughter they were murdered.

Fear and hatred swelled in Empress' heart. For the second time in her life she was alone and her family taken from her. Having fully harnessed the power of the elements, she killed many charr before escaping into the wilderness.

At that point in her life she met the love of her life. The man that would become her husband and along with him she joined up with a motley crowd known as the Ecliptic Phoenix. It was at this time in her life that she was also bestowed the name Empress. With no recollection of her real name her loving husband affectionately began to call her Empress for her fiery temper and ability to take command of almost any situation.

Restlessly working for her redemption and relief from the guilt and pain that clouded her, life led Empress through the lands of Tyria and Cantha, fighting the Mursaat and the forces of Shiro. However pain and guilt still plagued her life and she began to question the gods. As her struggle with faith and her belief in the gods continued, her guild and those around her begin to push her away and eventually Phoenix disbanded.

After much turmoil, Empress realized that there is one true God and the fellowship with a new guild with like minded individuals signify the change in Empress' heart. She continued to grow in her new faith and forging new friendships within the Signet of the Lion.

She and her husband were sent on a mission to Kamadan where they eventually settled and adopted an orphaned set of twins named Shayera and Akira. Both of whom are accomplished rangers and carrying on in the footsteps of their mother and father.

Currently Empress is working deep undercover out of the Eye of the North and has changed her appearance as to not stick out in a crowd. Her life continues...an open journal still waiting to be written.

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Looking for cute? Fast shipping and a wonderful etsian? Why not support SewnInspirations

I've gotten to know Sewn over the course a couple weeks now in the "IBUY" threads on etsy and I've got to say she's a total sweetheart! The pillow is so cute and my daughter is going to LOVE opening it on christmas morning :) Please click on her name (or on the picture) to visit her shop!

Over the top-Stitch Q&A

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Okay, so my blog was tagged by Stitchnmomma who was tagged by Deelights with an over the top blog award. I apparantly have to answer these questions and tag three other blogs.

1 Where is your cell phone? laying on my lap
2 Your hair? Brown
3 Your mother? usually a sweetheart
4 Your father? the exact opposite of my mother ;)
5 Your Favorite food? Ceasar Salad
6 Your dream last night? I'm afraid I can't answer that. It would make me have to put a rating on my blog
7 Your favorite drink? vanilla coke
8 Your dream/goal? Out of debt!
9 What room are you in? Basement/family room
10 Your hobby? a little bit of everything
11 Your fear? Losing my family
12 Where do you want to be in six years? wherever my family is at
13 Where were you last night? Home
14 Something that you aren't? A supermodel LOL
15 Muffins? Love them!
16 Wish list item? be caught up on bills
17 Where did you grow up? In North Carolina, one town over from where I live now
18 Last thing you did? took a shower
19 What are you wearing? pjs
20 Your TV? off
21 Your pets? 1 dog and 1 fish
22 Friends? not very many :(
23 Your life? crazy but I love it
24 Your mood? sad
25 Missing someone? Always.
26 Vehicle? Minivan
27 Something you're not wearing? socks
28 Your favorite store? Hobby Lobby
29 Your favorite color? Purple
30 When was the last time you laughed? Today.
31 Last time you cried? today
32 Your best friend? Hisjamilynn, My hubby, my sister (when we're not mud wrestling
33 One place where you go over and over? violin lessons
34 One person who emails you regularly? no one LOL. All I get are alerts from etsy and Guild wars auctions
35 Favorite place to eat? Home.

And the three blogs I am tagging are

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Another day and another package received in the mail!!! I got these really cool lampwork beads from KatScratchBeadWorks
They're really pretty, well made and arrived very fast! I made a pair of earrings out of them and can't wait to see what else I can come up with!


Please click on her name above to check out her shop!

Guild Wars pictures

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NOTE: Click the pictures to see the full and un"squished" version of the pictures

As some of you know...I play an online game called Guild Wars. When I'm not on etsy or facebook then I'm usually spending time with my family by playing Guild Wars (though of course sometimes I'm on etsy AND guild wars LOL) So I thought I would share a few things :) This is my main character in Guild Wars.


My second main character


Now on to my beautiful screenshots :)












These are just a FEW of my many hundreds of pictures I've taken in Guild Wars!

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Another purchase and another wonderful Etsian! I absolutely love these! They wear so comfortably! If you're looking for beautiful and affordable then I truly suggest
RhisBitsAndBeads A beautiful product from a Etsian with a very beautiful heart :)

Product Review and Praises!

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I won this BEAUTIFUL hat from the every so lovely Enyaeire


I really can't say enough kind words about this Etsian. She's got a heart of gold and just the sweetest personality (though she claims she can be fiesty!) I LOVE LOVE LOVE my hat and my daughter does too! Looks like I'll be putting in an order for her one for christmas if I want to get to wear my own!


Please click here to view her shop and show her some love!

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Looking for cute bows for the baby? These are just adorable! Very well made and they arrived very fast! Check out Flutters for some of the cutest bows on etsy!

Super cute on my little cutie!

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Looking for a super nice etsian to buy from? Try out TheShabbyShop! I got this set of tealights today in the mail and I absolutely LOVE them. I can't believe how fast they were shipped and the seller was nice enough to include a little extra in my package. She's a true gem!

Please check her out and all the other nice folks participating in the I BUY threads!

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Another day, another purchase! This time from hisjamilynn This super nice etsian shipped my order out super fast. The product was made really well and I can't wait to stow my daughters snacks in it! :) She also sent a little extra gift which I thought was super sweet. Please go show this new etsian some love!

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kuteklipboardsbyamy is seriously one of the nicest etsians you will ever meet. The shipping was super fast! I ordered this clip and got it 2 days later! Please be sure to check her shop out!

Etsy :: BNR Under $20 ? ? Come Get Promoted!! 119+ Sales? ? 8 Hour SALES FRENZY

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Etsy :: BNR Under $20 ? ? Come Get Promoted!! 119+ Sales? ? 8 Hour SALES FRENZY

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Weekend sale! 50% off or more!

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I'm having a weekend sale!
up to 50% off on many of the items in this section! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6054349§ion_id=6459012 priced to move fast. Grab them while you can!

I was featured on a blog :)

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I can't say enough kind words about this Etsian for her Feature. Please check out her blog and then drop by her page and show her some love!
Lanakinbuddys Handmade Gifts: Great Etsy Shop SmileyMoo

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Lanakinbuddy's Etsy page
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7917657

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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Ingredients

* 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
* 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
* 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
* 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1/8 teaspoon pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

1.
Add chicken, egg, pepper, salt and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder in a bowl and mix well to coat chicken.
2.
Cover bowl with saran wrap and store in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
3.
In another bowl, combine breadcrumbs, cheese, seasoned salt and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. Mix well.
4.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5.
Remove chicken from refrigerator and stir once more.
6.
Dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture and place on foil lined baking sheet.
7.
Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

* Easily Doubled
**I found this recipe on a blog ages ago and it's become a favorite in our home :)

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I just got this wonderful soap from pepperapothecary I've got to say that it's some of the BEST smelling soap I have ever gotten. It arrived VERY FAST. Just days after I ordered it and it looks great in my bathroom! I will absolutely be purchasing from again in the future! So drop on by her shop and so her some love!

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Please check my "For the Cure" section of my shop.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6054349§ion_id=6431146

50% of the proceeds from items in the "For the Cure" section will go towards the Susan G. Komen Race for the cure. My goal is to raise $60 for my family to participate in the walk with a dear friend recovering from breast cancer. Additional funds will go towards a donation.

If you would like to make a donation yourself you can visit her page
http://www.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/HKY_NCFoothillsAffiliate?px=5891987&pg=personal&fr_id=1260&et=nlV9NVS6UP47teLVzKPXWA..&s_tafId=21707

Money Raised Goal: $60
Earned to Date: $0

Cheesy Chicken& Rice Casserole

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Cheesy Chicken& Rice Casserole

Prep time: 5 min Bake: 1 hour Makes 6 servings

1 (26 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 cups water
1 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
3 cups fresh or frozen vegetables
1 tsp onion powder
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Stir soup, water, rice, vegetables and onion powder in 13x9 baking dish
2. top with chicken, season chicken as desired. Cover
3. bake at 375F for 1 hour or until done. Top with cheese

Autumn Embers by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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“Not Lightly Do the Leaves of Lórien Fall”


Autumn Embers by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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$5 Weekend Sale!

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I am participating in the trade5 event (items priced at $5) so many of my items are being temporarily revised to $5. Prices will go back up next Monday after the event. Search trade5 for participating sellers
http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=handmade&search_query=trade5&order=date_desc&ship_to=


Here is the link to MY $5 items
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6054349§ion_id=6422166

A sample of some of $5 items you can get in my shop!




Blue (Da Ba Dee) by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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Blue (Da Ba Dee) by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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Easy PB cookies.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe Rating: Prep Time: 15 minTotal Time: 25 minMakes: 3 doz. cookies or 18 servings, 2 cookies each


1 egg
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Beat egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Add remaining ingredients; beat until well blended.
SHAPE into 1-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball, in criss-cross pattern, with tines of fork.
BAKE 10 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 1 min. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks; cool completely.

Note These easy-to-make cookies don't need any flour!

Etsy Trade-A-Holics: $5 Tradeaholics Team Event!

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Etsy Trade-A-Holics: $5 Tradeaholics Team Event!

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Saturday Feature! Sept 12, 2009

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Here is my weekly Saturday feature! I have chosen sleepymoondesign's entry as my first ever feature!


I chose this piece because I liked her straightforward explanation that sapphires are the birthstone for September. Plus the necklace is just LOVELY. Please show her some love and click the picture to view her item.

Earth as Divinity by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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Earth as Divinity by SmileyMoo on Etsy

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I just got these cards in the mail from CardsandNotes

Not only are they PERFECT but they arrived super fast, securely and safetly packaged and she included some extras. Super sweet Etsian. I can't brag enough about how perfect these cards will be for my daughter's thank you notes!

Autumn Celebrations

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Dear husband has finally let me list some of his awesome jewelry. I am VERY pleased to present

Autumn Celebrations.

New listing 9/04/09

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I have just started listing my homemade lipbalm!

Candy Corn Treasury

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http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=66630

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This little sachet is filled with rice soaked in essential or fragrance oils. Buy ONE and get one free until Sept. 5th! (while supplies last)

You can choose from the following scents:
Essential Oils
1. Citrus Blend (orange, grapefruit, tangerine and lemon)
2. Lavender
3. Eucalyptus
4. Tea tree
5. Orange
6. Grapefuit
9. Tangerine
10.Lemon
11. Peppermint

I can mix the above fragrances for you as you desire.

Fragrance Oils
1.Sugar Cookie
2.Blueberry
3.Rose
4.Love Spell
5. Sweet Pea
6. Bubble Gum
7. Tutti Frutti

Convo me with the 2 Scents you would like!

Approximate Size 4 1/2 by 3 1/2. They are handmade so size will vary

My newest listing

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New Fall favorites!

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Awesome Cloth Diaper Giveaway

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I came across this awesome giveaway for cloth diapers on etsy. I have used cloth diapers for over 2 years now and would NEVER go back to sposies. I wish I had used them with all of my children. I wish EVERYONE with kids would at least give them a shot so of course I was very excited to see this

Make Your Own: Homemade Febreze

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Make Your Own: Homemade Febreze

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This is the personal recipe I used (my own creation)

I took an old febreze bottle I found laying about. Cleaned it really good. Filled with water, added 3 TBSP of baking soda, 15 drops of lavender EO, 5 drops of peppermint EO and 5 drops of Lovespell FO (You could use any scent you like)

I also like to add just a tiny bit of vinegar in before the EOs! Not enough that the smell lingers!

Upcycled placemats!

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I have a new hobby...making placemats! I rescued a trunk full of materials from being TRASHED by a furniture company. Brought them home thinking it was such a shame it was being trashed but having no clue what to do with the material. After thinking about it for several weeks it finally hit me...PLACEMATS! And so...the upcycled placemats came into existence. They turned out better than I could have hoped and I'm having a lot of fun making them.

To see all of my upcycled placemats you can click below

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
SmileyMoo.etsy.com