pictures are worth a thousand words ::

the hubby and i celebrated our 2 yr anniversary a week ago at the north fork. that's super east long island where there is wine tasting, strawberry picking, and an outlet mall. :) we did all 3. it was great to spend a whole day together and be in the lovely outdoors. beautiful scenery and weather = a happy couple. :)

on tuesday evening, my sis, BIL and baby boy came to visit. :) last time i saw my nephew, he was 3 weeks old. now he is 11 weeks old and so much chubbier. i can't get enough of him. sniffing him. kissing him. hugging him. i just want to be around him all the time. :) now some pictures for your viewing pleasure.


tgif feature and GIVEAWAY :: whiteserenade

whiteserenade has graciously offered to provide this week's tGif feature and giveaway! here is what whiteserenade has provided in a question - answer format. :) thank you!

1. Introduce yourself.
Southern California
2. Tell us about your art. What do you make? How did you come to your craft?
I enjoy photography, graphic design, stained glass, mixed media paintings and paper mache.
3.What inspires your work?
I really can't sit still. I'd rather be junking or in my workshop. I've always been driven to create, and I have a passion for graphic design and reclaiming and repurposing materials. I love transforming something that might otherwise end up in a landfill into something beautiful, functional, and one-of-a-kind. I also love the art of the 20's and 30's and I've recently started painting vintage girl faces. My favorite material is recycling vintage French paper.
4.What are your goals for your shop?
Just do what I love to do. Create share and give. I support bloodwatermission.com. They provide clean blood and clean water for those in Africa.
5.What do you do when you are not creating?
I'm a wife, mommy and house keeper. I am very blessed to work at home and be available for my kids.
6.What brought you to Etsy? Do you sell anywhere else?
I sell in two shops in my area.
7. What is the most valuable thing you have learned from your art and being an Etsy seller? Don't give up on your art. It's easy to get discouraged as you see other sellers. I do what I do because I enjoy it.
8. What is your passion for the world or the burden on your heart?
I've been a part of bloodwatermission.com for a few years. They provide clean water and clean blood to those in Africa. I guess my passion for the world is love. Love for others and caring for those that are in need. Surrender, Serve, Sacrifice and Give. Kind of a saying I've always had rolling around in my head for years. Caring and loving those that need it most.

whiteserenade is giving away a gift tag of the eiffel tower. the photograph is 8x10 and sepia toned.

entry is simple. take a look at her shop. take a look at my shop. comment on what your favorite item from each shop is. :) that's one entry.

for additional entries, follow my blog and facebook page, post about this giveaway on your blog, or buy something from her shop. leave a comment telling what you've chosen to do and i'll make sure to add one extra entry for each.

this giveaway runs until tuesday, june 16th at 11:59pm. random.org will generate the winner at that time. don't miss out! :) and thanks in advance for participating. hope you've enjoyed this week's feature of yet another wonderful etsy creator.


and the winner is... ::

congrat's to loupita who has won the fun giveaway by SouthernGirlFlorals. SGF will contact you shortly!

thanks to all who participated! tune in this friday for the next fun feature and giveaway! til then, go to my shop... the YART SALE is currently on and thus all items are 10% off and i'm offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50. :D birthdays, weddings, or just cuz you love your friend. all jewelry is prettily packed. ready to give.


YART SALE! :D june 10-14th

i'm participating in the 2nd annual YART sale sponsored by Team ESST running june 10-june 14. all merchandise is 10% off!!! also, FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50. :) your paypal will be refunded post purchase and payment.