Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Handmade Blog - Scatter Girls - join the fun

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Hi Friends! 
I am thrilled to announce that I'm collaborating with Gina and Lauren on a new all things handmade blog called Scatter Girls.

Our official Launch Week is July 11-15, 2011

We have an outstanding week planned but want the week to include YOU!
Interested in getting involved?! Amazing! 
If you are interested in participating in Scatter Girls, please take a moment to fill this out and we will contact you within the next few days to solidify plans.

CLICK HERE OR FILL FORM OUT BELOW USING TAB BUTTON






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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Burlap Tote - New in my shop

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I made this super cute tote and was encouraged to list it on Etsy and not give it away!!  Thank you ladies, you know who you are :o)  If your interested hop on over to my shop

 




 


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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Esther Element Camp - Girls with Courage

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Welcome to Camp Esther 
{Esther Element ~ Girls with Courage}

Who are we?
The “esther element” is a unique mentoring organization for ‘tween girls.
Our mission is to teach ‘tween girls how to discover their unique gifts, their true purpose and their ultimate responsibility…to become girls with courage that can overcome all obstacles.
A vintage transformation of an elementary school cafeteria.

Who is esther?
While you might recognize the name “Esther” as a biblical character, we do not teach her story from a theological perspective. Rather she serves as a historical role model for a ‘tween age girl. read more...
The windows were decorated with fabric, lanterns and elements of nature

 The painting is Wednesdays project and the gratitude journals were part of the display until that project was completed. 
Each day there was a proclamation and those quotes are on these strips of paper clipped with a close pin with a twig tied in the twine bow. The girls took these home on Friday.
My {4x4} gratitude journal!!
Amazing glittered and embellished name tags for each girl made by Donna
This was the conversation area.  Fun pillows and rug for the girls to sit on 
during conversation time.
Each of the bulletin boards were covered with brown craft paper and the girls were able to write on them with chalk.
Creating project number 1. Gratitude Journals. I cut 16 sheets of card stock for the pages and cardboard for the front and back cover.  I then cut the holes and added the spiral. 24 books in all
Here are the books and how they were presented to the girls. in brown lunch sacks cut in half and sewn with black thread with a zig zag stitch and a Mod Podge close pin to hold the bag shut, and of course an oak tag.
The girls decorated the books with all kinds of embellishments.
 Next craft T.A.T.T.L.E. Bracelets using Pop Tabs.  {Tween's. Are. Talking. Trash. Listen. Engage.}  Wearing these bracelets is a physical reminder to not try alcohol which is happening at the young age of 11 and 12.
 The modern Esther Element Crest
Each girl painted the crest above in an 8x10 size with step by step instruction from an artist.
Here is the Esther Cafe' where water was served in Mason Jars and daily snacks could be found. The mason jar lids were painted with chalk board paint so the girls 
could write their names on them.
The lunch table was covered in brown paper and we circled where the "plate" would go. Painted mason jars with fresh cut Hydrangea's lined the table. The bundled 1/2 lunch sacks were stamped with various quotes and sayings to hold the girls snacks.
Here is Donna during conversation time with the girls!!
Day 4 we packed 100 lunches for Must Ministries.  There are children who count on the school lunches program and in the summer those lunches are still served.  Esther Element and the 24 camp girls packed 100 lunches for those peers in need.  They also decorated 100 lunch bags so each child had positive messages and fun pictures on their bag!! 
Here they are - woo hoo!!  The girls LOVED this project!
After packing lunches the girls learned how to decorate cupcakes using cut marshmallows dipped in colored sugar to create flowers on their cupcakes.
The cookies were pre-baked and then decorated by the girls and they were also added 
to each of the 100 lunches.
Fresh Crayons - BLISS

The girls received a camp block that they Mod Podged their photos taken on day one to. Two sides were completed, one with the camp stuff and the other with the Esther Element quote, "Courage is not about becoming someone else, it's about defining who you are." ~ee

And last, but certainly not least, the "ee" Camp girls

To find out more, visit Esther Element



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Monday, June 20, 2011

{Sponsor Love} Ann-Margaret's Visions

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I'm so excited to introduce you to Ann-Margaret.  We met via Twitter during a #Crafterminds chat and you know when you meet someone, albeit just on line, you know in your heart of hearts you would be the best gal pals in real life.  Well that's Ann-Margaret.  We have exchanged many many emails, she helped me create my business cards for my Hoot Photography  blog, and she even purchased a custom camera strap from me.  I also included a couple birthday goodies for her in her package.  The good news is we don't live that far from each other, so it's possible, one of these days, that we could actually get together and have lunch.
Here is what Ann-Margaret has to say about herself.............."Along with my passion for tea, special teatimes, and unique treasures, my desire is to create a shoppe that will encourage you to enjoy the simple things in life.  I hope my online shoppe with be the place where you may find gifts that are just perfect for those that are special to you and remind you just how much fun it is to maybe even surprise someone that will not be expecting it.  I have always been one to love the "little things" in life...whether it is a sweet card from a friend, a special gift that reminds me of the person that gave it to me each time I pass by it  or just sharing a cup of tea with someone dear to me." Read more


Here are just a couple photographs of the amazing things she has in her Shop. I really encourage you to visit because there are such great things and amazing photos of each an every one of them.
This is my favorite necklace from the shop





And I certainly could not complete a sponsor love post without introducing you to 
Sweet Tucker!

Visit Ann Margaret



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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Coming Soon {Scatter Girls}

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I'm super excited to share a new venture with you called Scatter Girls. Perhaps you have seen a few tweets @Scattergirls or a mention here or there.  Gina with  Hiya Luv and Lauren with The Elephants Trunk and I have joined creativity forces to bring you something GREAT!!!

There is so much more to come but add us to your twitter feed so you will be 
the first to know about our launch. @Scattergirls.

Have we peaked your interest?  I hope so - and we hope you want to get involved with Scatter Girls too.  Please contact, Gina, Lauren or myself and we will keep you in the loop on our launch and how you can contribute, advertising opportunities and much much more.





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Friday, June 3, 2011

Sharing my June Sponsors

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Welcome to the month of June. Can you believe summer is really here. Now comes the fun... spending time with family, trips to the beach, maybe completing a project or two, how about catching up on your blog reading?  That's on my list.  I follow so many great blogs and sometimes just skim the surface, but I plan to take a better look this summer.  Maybe you're planning on doing the same.  While your at it take a look at these great Ladies and their shops and blogs!!


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This blog is a place where I can share a little about "me" and the happenings of my daily life as I try to manage everything from "A to Z" of my business, Ann-Margaret's SpecialTea Shoppe, be a good wife, daughter, friend, and mommy (to my "furry baby", Tucker...yes, we do want children...that shall be our next adventure!), and somehow try to accomplish a few household chores in between! I love tulips, PINK (anything and everything!), CUPCAKES, a little "bling" (or, a LOT!), staying in touch with friends, enjoying time with family, photography, growing in my FAITH, all things "tea related", spending time with my sweet husband, and trying to maintain a little bit of control and sanity over my ever flowing mind that runneth over with creative ideas! Read More


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"My name is Gina.  I am a full-time student affairs professional, blogger, crafter, doggy momma, busy bee.  I am engaged to the love of my life and we are always traveling or doing something. I rarely sit still and enjoy tweeting, blogging, and etsying more than I would have ever imagined." Read more


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Lauren has a great blog and shop selling all things wine related. She loves Diet Coke just like me, she loves spaghetti and meatballs, and loves shoes!! Read more


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A thirty something stay @ home Mom of a daughter, Leonie and married to my best friend Stefan! We moved to the suburbs of Chicago in September 2008 for 3 years - and just made the big decision to go back to Germany by the end of this summer, I love music, movies and a good book (currently reading the "Hunger Games"). I love crafts and knitting, stitching and photography. And I am crazy about Twizzlers!!  Read more


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I do consider myself to be a mom and wife above all else. And I am finding out that sometimes it's a lot harder to take off the mom hat and put on the wife hat when you have two kids so young and close in age. I love quirky and cheesy humor. I am quite a contented homebody, and tend to be less spontaneous than I would like. Sometimes I just can't convince the sensible me to do things on a whim or spur of the moment like I used too. I am sure it's because of the two littles I have that consume my thoughts throughout the day. I love sandwiches, salads, and soups (could eat all three on a daily basis). And I have an unconditional love for Chipotle! Seriously, it's bad, I practically lived there during my last pregnancy. Read more


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"Hi! My name is Alissa and welcome to Rags to Stitches Boutique. I'm so glad you stopped by; I really hope you'll stay a while. I'm married to the love of my life and we've been together for almost 7 years. In that time we've had our fair share of adventures and I'm so excited for the many more to come. My career began as an elementary and middle school teacher and shifted after the birth of our beautiful baby girl Miss K in 2008." read more
 

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Stories about a girl and a very sweet boy- mostly from the viewpoint of the girl... about everything we encounter together. We'd love for you to follow us and catch up with what we've shared so far!! Welcome! read more


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"Hey there! So you want to know a little about me, eh? Well alrighty then!
I'm a southern girl. Yes, Florida is in the south.
I have a passion for all things domestic and love to practice hospitality as well as baking. If you repeat this, I'll deny it, but I used to pretend to have my own cooking show when I was young. I was an expert on how to properly make a bowl of cereal! I never lost that love. I love to cook (bake especially) and still dream of one day being a baking diva with my own show!" LOL Read More


"I'm a stay at homemom that loves to create! I have 2 beautifulchildren that are the inspiration to all my creations!I also have an awesome loving & very supportivehubby! When I'm not busy tending to my 2 kids,in between their naps and playtime, you canbe sure I'm doing something crafty! I absolutelyLOVE everything about baby showers, it'sthat expectant Mom's very special day toshower that cute little baby growing inside her.Our goal is to make "her day" the most special day EVER! Everything is totally functional,she can use the diapers, bibs, spoons, washcloths whenever she needs or she can keepthem as a remembrance of her shower - whatever she wants!" Read more


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