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Giveaway: Choose Happiness Journal

Remember the super rad giveaway we had going on?  Well, we've got winners! The winner of the So Four journal, tea towel, and door hanger is Jennifer  - Jenn154 on your gravatar.  I'm sure you know who you are! Please contact me via email at Tricia9199 at Yahoo dot com.  Thanks a bunch! And the winner of the ad space is Studio JRU.  Yay!!! Congrats to both Jennifers. For the record, I used a highly scientific method for selecting a winner.  I counted up the number of comments and had my husband pick a number.  Then I added up the people who wanted ad space and had my son pick a … [Read more...]

Double Giveaway – So Four Shop & Ad Space

Etsy Giveaway - Choose Joy

I'm super-excited to share this giveaway with you today.  Heather from the shop So Four on Etsy is graciously giving away three items from her awesome. shop.  Each of the items is shown in the picture above.  Kitchen Towel /  Journal / Wall Hanging - Door Tassel These pictures don't even do her creations justice.  They are very well done, happy, and encouraging.  I'm in love with the items in Heather's Etsy shop.  I have my eye on one of her throw pillows.  It's on my ever-growing wish list. Don't these towels look cute with my kitchen cabinets? I want to buy a dozen! I really love … [Read more...]

I Found It On Etsy

Pac Man Ring on Etsy

I have a pot of spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove-top and I'm waiting for my bread to rise, so I  opened my laptop in order to waste a little time. Usually Pinterest helps me while away the minutes, but I realized I hadn't been on Etsy in quite some time, so off I went, and look at what I found. This isn't a sponsored post, so these shop owners have no idea I'm featuring their products. I just couldn't help but share. Check out this family of deer graphic vinyl car decal. Source: Unique Graphix I'm calling it Cutesy Redneck Chic. I may buy one and put it on my husband's … [Read more...]

Sponsor’s Spotlight: Gorgeous Handmade Jewelry from Lew’s

Lew's Jewelry - July Sponsor @

  Today I get to introduce you to this month's Sponsor, Sarah from Lew's Jewelry. The first time I visited her website, I absolutely fell in love with her gorgeous handmade jewelry.  It's hard to even pick my favorite piece, because I like them all so much. I think you may feel the same way; however, before we start looking at all the pretty jewelry, I'd like you to get to know Sarah a little bit.   Seven years ago I wanted to take up a hobby, something to keep me "busy". Now I am SAHM of two and jewelry designing, homeschooling and a plethora of other adventures … [Read more...]

DIY: A Word-Lover’s Gift

Hand-made Scrabble Picture  - Gift for the word lovers

FringeBoy made this as a gift for my mom.  I pretty much love it and I'm certain she does too. Here's what you'll need to make your own scrabble tile wall hanging. One picture frame Aassorted Scrabble tiles An old book Modge-podge glue Foam brush Hot glue gun Modge-podge book pages on the back of a frame, because you'll need to allow space for the Scrabble tiles.  He did not use any inserts, just the very back part of the frame.  If he used another board as an insert, we would need to remove the glass.  The tiles take up a bit of space. Coat glue on the hard frame … [Read more...]

Hello Monday, Vanilla, & Garlic

Garlic Festival New York

Hello Million Dollar Question What do vanilla and garlic have in common? *Que Jeopardy Song* Still no guesses?? The Fringe of course! Hello Garlic Festival You proved a very exciting event!  We married garlic and Fringe Vanilla on Saturday.  Some said it would never work, but we proved them wrong. My mother even baked a chocolate pumpkin cake with Fringe Vanilla and Garlic.  I raised my brow and wrinkled my nose, but it was the biggest success of the day! People loved it so much, they walked around telling others to come try this unusual phenomena knows as Stinky … [Read more...]

A Good Bottle of Fringe Vanilla Will Change Your Life

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A good bottle of Fringe Vanilla will change your life. Or something like that. I have a few bottles of 100% pure vanilla homemade extract available for sale in my Etsy shop. Everybody's using it. You know you want to pour some in your coffee, make a batch of snickerdoodles, and whip up some fresh cream.  Buy yours today.  I don't have many left. Love and Vanilla to you all!   … [Read more...]

The Day My Husband Murdered My Computer

fringe vanilla

The other night FringeMan fed my laptop a glass of diet coke.  It didn't set well with my poor laptop.  She immediately slipped into a coma.  I called 911 and performed rescue breathing like I've seen on Trauma ER.  It was touch and go for several hours, but she pulled through. Thank the good Lord above! And I mean that with sincerity. For a few moments while I my laptop swam, I lost my self-composed sweet mind and called FringeMan (on facebook) a computer murder.   I overreacted.  FringeMan didn't get a fair trial. A public apology is due him. I do hereby, on this tenth day of … [Read more...]

Summer Creativity ~ Be Inspired

Photo courtesy of Sydney, The Charming Tyrants Summer Series Summer Creativity ~ Be Inspired Today I'd like to welcome Jeanne.  She is a super-creative, delightful woman who has accomplished so much in her young life.  She has a lovely family and a thriving business.  Her blog inspires, challenges, and guides women to find their passion and pursue it.  I cannot think of a better person to inspire us this summer. Is there a passion you'd like to pursue, but you think 'life' is holding you back? Read on and be inspired.  Let your creativity loose this summer. Thank you Jeanne for being my … [Read more...]