Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Review and GIVEAWAY!!!


I was recently contacted by MyMemories.com to do a product review!

So...

Here's my review! :)

MyMemories.com is a fantastic company that offers digital scrapbooking software for a very reasonable price!  The MyMemories Suite includes lots of great tools for creating unique and fun scrapbook pages of your own!  You can use their predesigned templates or create something from scratch!  They have all sorts of great downloads available on their site...and a fantastic FREEBIES section!!

Using the MyMemories Suite software I created this cute layout to use for my new baby's birth announcements!  And I'll be creating an album of the rest of her photos to match!





I had so much fun playing with the layouts and embellishments!  I can't wait to create more wonderful projects!  (I plan on making a little something for my parents and parents-in-law for Christmas using my new toy!  Shhhh!  Don't tell!)

And here's a great video all about this awesome software!!


Welcome to the Family! from Lisa Jurrens on Vimeo.


In exchange for this review MyMemories.com has generously offered to let me do a GIVEAWAY of their software to one my lucky readers!!!







To enter the GIVEAWAY here's whatcha gotta do!

FIRST ENTRY:
Go to www.MyMemories.com.  Browse through their assortment of digital paper packs and layouts.  Choose your favorite one and leave a comment here telling me one you chose!

FOR UP TO THREE ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:
Go to the MyMemories Blog, Facebook Page, or Twitter, and become a follower!  Come back here and leave a SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH telling me that you follow them!

THE GIVEAWAY WILL END ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH @ 12:00pm...SO DON'T DELAY!

AND AS A SPECIAL FOR ALL MY READERS:
MyMemories.com is providing a special $10 discount off the purchase price of the MyMemories Suite Scrapbook Software AND a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store - THAT'S A $20 VALUE!

You can get this fantastic deal by CLICKING HERE, to go to the MyMemories Suite info page!  Then enter the code  STMMMS21412  when you checkout to get the special Sarahndipities Blog Reader's Discount!

Go check it out and GOOD LUCK!!!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Things to Make: Pinterest Inspiration - T-Shirt Refashion



Who out there is on Pinterest?  Who out there on Pinterest has about a BAZILLION project ideas that they're sitting on right now?

So do I.

So in an effort to not make my Pinterest obsession useless, I'm putting it to work.  My goal is to try out at least ONE PIN a month...if not more!  I'll be posting about my successes and attempts here at least once a month!

I'm starting my 
series with THIS, which I had pinned in my Things to Wear pinboard:


Easiest T-Shirt Refashion EVER - by The Naked Doll on Craftster





And here's what I came up with:









I love that I took one of my favorite comfy shirts (ie. FRUMPY and SHAPELESS), and turned it into something cute and feminine - that I can wear in public without being heinously embarrassed!  GENIUS!  And it was so simple and quick!!  Really!  You must try this!!!

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #25!


Well, hello there!

How was your weekend?

Mine was messy...literally.  I decided to go through EVERYTHING we own and de-junk.  It's been so hard for me to feel like I'm being the best wife and mom, when I'm constantly feeling like the only thing I ever do is clean.  Later this week I'll share some more of my thoughts on all of that...but for now...

Let's get on with the PARTY!!!

Our top viewed link last week was....


Lovely Crochet Bathroom Rug by Mom Photographer


And our runners' up were...

Super Cute Flower Headband by Justine of Obsessive Creative Disorder
Darling Family Picture Outfits by Rach of Family Ever After
If you've been featured please grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page to post on your site!!  :)

The Rules:


1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting the link above you...and a couple of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!

The party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be announcing and featuring the most popular links each week...so don't forget to click on your faves and spread the word!!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

My Cute Little Quetzal!

Yes.  You read that right!

My 10-year-old has taken up mask-making.  Here she is modeling her very first creation! 





She's calling this mask "Quetzal, after the Quetzalcoatyl, an Ancient American mythical feathered serpent that was worshipped by Aztecs, Incans, and Mayans."  (Yep.  That's HER description.  In her words.  She's waaay too smart.  And also too cute.)

She's selling it through my sister's site, ArtisanMaskers, in the section where I sell some of my own creations!

Go check it out if you're looking for something truly unique for a special event or costume!!  ;)

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Treasury: Owl Always Love You, Baby!



This week's NonTeam Treasury Challenge was inspired by these adorable baby socks!  


Hand Knitted Baby Socks by eljuks


To see any of these adorable items up close, just click on the pics!


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Treasury: Sunny Summer Days!

My Treasury today pays tribute to the last days of summer...since school officially started yesterday for my kids!


A Mother's Art



To see any of the items in the Treasury up close, just click on the pic!


Happy School Year...hope you had a Happy Summer, too!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Purple Chameleon's 1000 Thank You's Giveaway!


Are you familiar with The Purple Chameleon




If not...You really need to go check out her wonderful shop!  It's chock-full of fantastic accessories and jewelry!  Such cute stuff!!!  Seriously.

Right now she's hosting a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY EVENT celebrating her 1000 followers on Facebook, that includes wonderful items from over a dozen great shops and artists...and yours truly is one of those!!




Wanna know the details?

CLICK HERE
to go to The Purple Chameleon's 1000 Thank You's Giveaway page, to find out how you can win!!!

The contest runs through August 30th, so don't miss out!!

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Winners of My Free Advertising GIVEAWAY!



Thanks to everyone who participated in my FREE ADVERTISING GIVEAWAY!!  It was so fun to hear from each of you...You are one of the biggest reasons why I blog!!!  MWAH!!!

The four winners of the Giveaway (...randomly selected using Random.org...)

ARE...(in no particular order...)

Jennifer of jenny igloo

Rach H. of Family Ever After

Mary C. Nasser

Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun

CONGRATS!!! 
Thanks you guys!!  If I don't hear back from you within the next 48 hours I will randomly choose another winner to take your place!

If you've won please send me an email (sarahndipities{at}gmail{dot}com) with a 100x100 pixel 'button' in jpeg format, and the url link that you'd like it to link to!  Please remember to keep things family friendly...and no animated buttons, please!

As a thanks to everyone else who participated I'm going to be offering my advertising space at a special discounted rate for the next two months!  You can have your ad here for only $16 for the next two months (September-October!)  Please send me an email if you are interested!

sarahndipities {at} gmail {dot} com

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Things to Make: Crochet Pennant Bunting Pattern





As promised here is the pattern for my crocheted pennant bunting garland!

I've made these using different kinds of yarn and it always turns out great!

CROCHET PENNANT BUNTING





Materials Needed:
Small amount of yarn  (I used Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Satin)
crochet hook size I (or larger or smaller depending on the look you want)
Scissors
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)





Row 1:  Ch 4.  2 dc in 4th ch from hook.  Ch 3, turn.  (3 dc)
Row 2:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 2 sts.  Ch 3, turn.  (4 dc)
Row 3:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 3 sts.  Ch 3, turn.   (5 dc)
Row 4:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 4 sts.  Ch 3, turn.   (6 dc)
Row 5:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 5 sts.  Ch 3, turn.   (7 dc)
Row 6:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 6 sts.  Ch 3, turn.   (8 dc)
Row 7:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 7 sts.  Ch 3, turn.   (9 dc)
Row 8:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 8 sts.  Ch 3, turn.   (10 dc)
Row 9:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 9 sts.  Ch 3, turn.   (11 dc)
Row 10:  1 dc in bottom of ch.  1 dc in next 10 sts.  Ch 3, turn.   (12 dc)

***I'm by now you've noticed the pattern...you can adjust how big or small the pennant is by adding or eliminating rows.***

Finishing Row:  Work 21 sc in side of pennant to end, with last sc being in the tip.  Ch 2, sc in same sp.  Continuing around, work 20 sc along side of pennant to top.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

Garland:  Ch 40.  Sc in each st across top pennant. Ch 15.  Repeat with remaining pennants.  To finish ch 40, fasten off.




And remember that if you don't want to make your own just stop by my shop, here!  I can do custom requests, too!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #24!



Welcome!

We're gonna get right down to business today!  School starts this week and I'm going just a teensy bit crazy trying to get all the last minute stuff done...I'm sure you can relate!

Our most viewed link last week was....

This lovely African Flower Potholder by Knottyville!  (She even has the link to the pattern she used!)



 
And we had two runners up this week!

First this fantastic Kids' Art Center by Burton Avenue....SUCH a great idea!!




And this super cute Crocheted Watermelon Purse by Wise Old Owl Designs!





If you've been featured please grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page to post on your site!!  :)

The Rules:

1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting the link above you...and a couple of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!

The party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be announcing and featuring the most popular links each week...so don't forget to click on your faves and spread the word!!

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And don't forget to enter my ADVERTISING GIVEAWAY!!  You have until Wednesday to enter!!
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Crochet Boho Headband Pattern!!!



It's done!  

The Crochet Boho Headband Pattern is officially up in my shop today!

A HUGE thanks to the awesome people who tested this pattern for me!!  You guys ROCK!!  It makes my job designing sooooo much easier to have such wonderful testers!!

So...

Click HERE to see the listing in my shop...and you can also purchase this pattern through Ravelry HERE.  Or just purchase it here, straight from my blog!!




Here are a couple of pictures of the samples made by my wonderful testers!!

By Aurora Blythe
By The House That Can

By These are a Few of My Craftiest Things
Thanks again, ladies, for making this possible!!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Treasury: Quoth the Raven...

This week's Non Team Treasury Challenge was inspired by this beautiful feather necklace VintageRoseShop!

feather pendant on beaded necklace


To view any of these items up close, just click on the pic!!


Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Two Year Blogoversary!!


Happy Blogoversary to me!!

I can't believe I've blogging for two years here!  Time has flown...And I have grown and changed so much!  

Especially in content and picture quality!  When I first started this blog and my shop, I was using my phone to take al of my pictures.  Yeah.  My content was a little awkward.  Ok.  A LOT awkward.

I've learned so much from some amazing bloggers out there!  I've made so many friends...Something I NEVER thought would happen! 

I'm sending out a BIG thanks to you all for making this such a great experience and for giving me support, encouragement, and friendship!  I appreciate all of you!!

So to celebrate my Blogoversary I'm offering FREE ADVERTISING here on my blog for the next two months, to FOUR lucky readers!!

find out more here!
If you win you'll get to put a little ad button up on my sidebar under the sponsors button...and I'll do a little highlight of your blog or shop at the beginning of each month!

There are THREE WAYS TO ENTER, here's how:

1.  Become a follower of my blog on Google Connect, and leave a comment on this post letting me know!
2.  Become a follower of my Facebook fan page, and leave a comment on this post letting me know!
3.  Leave a comment on this post telling me why you'd love to have your button here on my site!

The winners will be picked using Random.org, next Wednesday!  Good luck and have a great day!!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Make Something Monday: Link Party #23!



Hey, Everyone!!

I almost forgot to post Make Something Monday today!!  Yikes!!  My sisters are coming to visit today...and I'm so excited to play with them!!

So...let get the party started!!!

Ok...first off I just have to say...YOU ARE ALL AMAZING!!  I'm continually impressed by all of your amazing creations, tips, and tutorials...I don't know how you guys do it all!!  AWESOME!!

We had a tie last week!!  Our top viewed links last week were...

This super cute crocheted Bling Purse by Rainbow Bunting




And this adorable Notebook Paper Canvas by Artsy VaVa




If you've been featured please grab a "Featured On" button from my buttons page to post on your site!!  :)

The Rules:

1.  Become a follower of my blog!
2.  Grab a MSM button and add it to you blog somewhere! (Sidebar, post, page...etc.)  You can find it on my buttons page!
3.  Please only post to a specific blog post...no shops or main pages, please!
4.  Limit your links to three per week!
5.  Make sure you spread the love by visiting some of the other links shared!!

Please know that I retain the right to remove any links which I feel violate the rules!

The party will be open until Wednesday, and I'll be announcing and featuring the most popular links each week...so don't forget to click on your faves and spread the word!!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Boho Chic Headband



Here's another of my latest creations, The Boho Headband Headwrap!  I've been seeing these knit headbands around for quite some time, but seeing as I don't knit I had to figure out a crochet pattern to make my own!  What do you think?


Boho Headband in Seafoam

Boho Headband in Seafoam



So...I'm getting the pattern ready to sell in my shop, and I'm looking for some accomplished crocheters to TEST THE PATTERN FOR ME!!!  Who's in????

***If you are interested please leave me a comment on this post.  I need any pattern testers to be able to finish a hat in 2 or 3 days tops, and to be able to send me a picture (via e-mail) of your finished product, with any issues you had with the pattern.  Those chosen will get the final draft of the pattern for FREE to keep!!***

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***EDITED:  I have enough testers now!  Thanks so much everyone!!  I'll be trying to get the finished pattern up on my site by next week!!  Thanks for all the support!!***
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