Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Welcome Wednesday with A Full Cup Design and a GIVEAWAY!!!

What a beautiful Wednesday for another Welcome Wednesday! Please shout a "Hello Amy" for Amy and her Etsy shop A Full Cup Design.



Full of beautiful accessories...I love the fabric choices Amy uses for her handmade creations. She is also offering one of her items as a giveaway for one lucky winner!!! See all of the details for the giveaway after the interview...now please welcome Amy :)

Hipster Bag
What is the first creative memory you have? 

My mom gave my friends and I sewing lessons. I think we must’ve been 6 or 7. I made sleeping bags and Christmas stocking for my favorite stuffed animals. I loved to help my mom sew and pick out fabric.

What or whom inspired you to begin creating your craft?

My mom taught me to sew and always encouraged me to sew and take needlepoint, sewing, and other craft classes. She says that having a hobby or interest you are passionate about is the secret of happiness!

Several years ago, I left the high-stress corporate world behind to start a family. I still needed a creative outlet, and kept on sewing. When my children were very small, I made pillows, curtains, and purses for myself and for friends and family.
In 2010 when my youngest started school, I opened up my shop. I wanted to try my hand at sewing for a wider audience. I love to buy fabric and try out new patterns, and thought an online shop would be a great way to do all of those things.

How did you come up with your shop name?

It is from an English proverb: A full cup must be carried steadily. 

For me, it has several meanings: taking time and care to do things right, optimism, and my love of a good cup of Earl Grey.

Clutch Wristlet

Describe your creations

I love putting colors and patterns together. The items I sell in my Etsy store are accessories: purses, wallets, messenger bags, tablet/computer carriers. That goes back to carrying your stuff steadily! I also make Nuno felted scarves when I want to take a sewing break and experiment with mixing pure color combinations.

What inspires you?

Many things: nature, colors and patterns, travel, my friends and family, food, literature. I just returned from a vacation to Paris and have so many new ideas.

What do you listen to or watch while creating?

I have several genius mixes and play whichever one strikes my fancy. Mixes include blues/classic rock, 80s & 90s pop, jam bands, current band favorites, Brazilian music, jazz, and classical.

Nook Tablet Cover
Please share a favorite recipe

Chicken Marbella from The Silver Palate Cookbook

4 chickens, 2 1/2 pounds each, quartered 
1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed 
1/4 cup dried oregano 
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 
1/2 cup red wine vinegar 
1/2 cup olive oil 
1 cup pitted prunes 
1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives 
1/2 cup capers with a bit of juice 
6 bay leaves 
1 cup brown sugar 
1 cup white wine 
1/4 cup Italian parsley or fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl combine chicken quarters, garlic, oregano, pepper and coarse salt to taste, vinegar, olive oil, prunes, olives, capers and juice, and bay leaves. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, overnight. 

Arrange chicken in a single layer in one or two large, shallow baking pans and spoon marinade over it evenly. Sprinkle chicken pieces with brown sugar and pour white wine around them. 

Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, basting frequently with pan juices. Chicken is done when thigh pieces, pricked with a fork at their thickest, yield clear yellow (rather than pink) juice. 

With a slotted spoon transfer chicken, prunes, olives and capers to a serving platter. Moisten with a few spoonfuls of pan juices and sprinkle generously with parsley or cilantro. Pass remaining pan juices in a sauceboat. 

To serve Chicken Marbella cold, cool to room temperature in cooking juices before transferring to a serving platter. If chicken has been covered and refrigerated, allow it to return to room temperature before serving. Spoon some of the reserved juices over chicken.

Reusable Snack Bags


What is one thing you cannot live without?

A book to read

Where can we find you?

Etsy
Facebook
Twitter
Blog
Pinterest

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!

Here is what one lucky winner will win...An Animal Print Wallet!!! So cute...please see more details here.


***IMPORTANT ENTRANT INFORMATION***
Shipping is:
$2.25 US first class
$6.75 to Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, UK

And now to ENTER...please remember you do not have to do all of the entries...but the more you do the more chances you have at winning :)


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Manos Made Monday the Third

Welcome to another week of my link up party...aka Manos Made Monday!!!

Here are this weeks staff picks:


Hand Knit Socks from Sarandipity


Mismatched Pair of Earrings from Cherished


Lampwork Bead from Polychrome Beads


And now the most viewed items:


Cookie Coasters by Cherished


Interchangeable Pendant Necklace by C Evans Designs


Blue Lampwork Bead Necklace from C Evans Designs







Happy Linking & Sharing!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Fun Friday with Washi!!!

Washi tape. All the craze. I admit...I LOVE it!!! I use it for my packaging on my Etsy orders and I have even used it to create a few invitations.

Why do I love washi tape? There are a few reasons:
1. It is available in so many stinkin' cute patterns and beautiful colors
2. It is reusable...yes that is right folks - REUSABLE!!! So ultimately if you receive an order from me and you see I spruced up your package with washi tape...PLEASE rip that tape right off and go decorate something with it :)
3. It is easy to use...not super sticky and easy to tear off.
4. You should be able to find it in your local craft stores like Hobby Lobby or order online. I have ordered many a roll from Etsy :)

Now for some FUN and beautiful washi tape crafts to delve into this weekend with the kiddos :)

LOVE the washi tape roof on this birdhouse from delicate construction!



How about some cute post cards to send?!?




UM...yes please! Decorate a cardboard box...




...for your washi tape decorated wooden dolls from Washi Tape Craft!




Spruce up cardboard paper towel or toilet paper rolls :)




Say what!? A popsicle stick kazoo decorated with washi tape from mom trusted!!! (Great photos with step by step directions)



Ok...that is it for now...I seriously could keep adding project after project! Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Welcome Wednesday with Hugs & Love by Sabrina

Please join me in a big 'ol "HOWDY" for Sabrina and her Etsy shop Hugs & Love by Sabrina for Welcome Wednesday!



A fellow Tennessee Etsian who offers a rather unique item that I was not even aware existed...weighted blankets for individuals with sensory disorder. So please welcome my friend Sabrina!


Little Girl Receiving Blanket
What is the first creative memory you have? 

Hm, that is a tough one as I have always been one to try different, creative things.

What or whom inspired you to begin creating your craft? 

I started sewing for my daughter. She was getting a doll from Santa and I wanted to make some bedding for a cradle that I had when I was little. So I borrowed a sewing machine, made the bedding...and some clothes for her, and another blanket. :)

How did you come up with your shop name? 

Something I have said for a long time to people that was hurting or sick or was just sad, was hugs and lots of love. So when trying to think of a unique name, I chose Hugs & Love by Sabrina. I want my customers to know that with each item, I send a hug and love.

Describe your creations

A little bit of everything, lol. My main selling item is the weighted sensory blankets, which I started making due to my daughter being diagnosed with SPD and her OT recommended one. But I also enjoy making receiving blankets and applique baby bodysuits.

Eagle Silhouette Body Suit


What inspires you? 

Colors, patterns, my daughter, my family, just life in general

What do you listen to or watch while creating? 

Depending on my mood, I either have Pandora or my MP3 playing (which ranges from country to 60's music, to pop) or I just sew in silence.

Please share a favorite recipe

Crockpot Ham! It is super easy and yummy. You get a boneless centerpiece ham, take off all wrappings, put it in your crockpot, pour dark soda (I use Dr. Pepper) over half of the ham, cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours. Serve with your fav sides!

What is one thing you cannot live without? 
Baby Bib and Burp Cloth Set


My family! But material wise, sadly it is my cell phone. :(

Where can we find you? 

Etsy
Facebook
Twitter: @tngal1977
Blog
Pinterest

Monday, June 17, 2013

Manos Made Monday the Second

Welcome to the Manos Made Monday the Second!!! For my first link up party there was 31 handmade items linked up :)

Owls made their presence last weeks...so here are the three staff pics!


Sweetheart Owl Girls Coat by Little Goodall



Plush Owl Set with Rattle by A Little Bit of Joy



No Knot Sewn Owl Fleece Blanket by Sarandipity

And the three most viewed items are...


Black and Blue Macrame Necklace from Infinity Designs



Statement Bib Necklace from An Astrid Endeavor



Jellyfish Pendant from C Moore Glass





Friday, June 14, 2013

Fun Friday with Summer Reading Activities

I love Summer Reading Programs!!! This years is The Beans first year of being old enough to start learning about going to a library, the rules of a library and checking out books.

It is the second year I have had my step daughter participate in the program at a local library(last summer we had our own program here at home) and it is such a joy to see her getting excited about reading...IN THE SUMMERTIME!

Today's Fun Friday is dedicated to a few fun ideas and activities for summer reading.

Here is a graph just to show you a few facts about the impact reading in the summer has on children.



Pop up a tent in the yard or on your back deck like Kara's Classroom did...what a FUN spot to read!

Kara's Classroom


Or have them pick their own spot like this cute idea from Happy Home Fairy




Get them excited by making bookmarks, like these from spottedcanary.com



Make a bookworm and add a body segment for every book they read...watch it grow! From how does she?




And don't forget the fun snacks like these "bookworms" from Sweet Serendipity!




Or fun grape caterpillar kabobs!




Please share your fun summer reading craft and snack ideas in the comments...HAPPY READING!!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tottin' Thursday with Out of the Mouth of Beans

Today's Tottin' Thursday is just a few list of words The Beans says...that I love so much!!! I wish I could bottle his little voice up :)

Here The Beans is for my luau birthday party in May...yes he needs a hair cut(and I gave him a good 'ol fashioned homemade hair cut a few days after this pic was taken) and yes he is wearing a hula skirt!



straw ba berry - strawberry
up down - please sit down
Rambo foot - he brings me my flip flops to let our dog Rambo in from outside
dina SOOOOORE - dinosaur with the emphasis on the saur
Sponge Bob ni night - please momma cover me up with my Sponge Bob blanket for night night
play cow - please play on the Kindle
gram PAW - any dinosaur that looks like Little Foot's grandpa from The Land Before Time
elephant in da sky - clouds
monkey nacks - Curious George fruit snacks
rain shower - take a shower
tree star - anything star shaped(tree stars are the leaves in Land Before Time)
me draw - pencils, crayons, pens, markers
Gary - snails
Hey! You ayight? - Hey! Are you alright?
Meh you! - Miss you!
I lub you! - I love you!
pleez dan - please dance
fozzy - sorry
poon - spoon
wut do now? - What do we do now?
no waaaaaaay - no way
Can I hep you? - Can I help you?
That's berry beyoudifull - That's very beautiful


Just a few of my fave's I could think of off of the top of my head...what cute words do or did your words say? I would love to hear them in the comments :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Welcome Wednesday with Not Your Average Bow-tique and a GIVEAWAY

Thank you all for joining me for my first Welcome Wednesday where I will be featuring a fellow handmade artisan. Read along and discover just a bit more about the creations and the artists!

Please help me welcome Samone and her Etsy shop Not Your Average Bow-tique!!!




Samone offers bows beyond your wildest dreams! She is also offering one of her spectacular creations as a GIVEAWAY!!! Please find all of the details at the end of the interview...now please say "HELLO" to Samone! 


Pink Elephant Bow
What is the first creative memory you have?

As a child, when I wasn't putting on my own dramatic theatre productions (for myself), I spent most of my time drawing. I dreampt of being an artist when I grew up. I remember I loved Winnie the Pooh and one day when I couldn't have been more then 4, I spent a whole evening drawing this replica of classic pooh standing on a chair, attempting to reach his infamous honey jar. I loved that drawing and will always remember it as my first masterpiece! lol! I cherish the picture to this day! 





What or whom inspired you to begin creating your craft? 

My love of bows began when I married the man of my dreams and found the bow of of my dreams for the flower girls to wear at our wedding. From that day fourth, I promised to love, honor and cherish bows (and the tutus that complete them) all the days of my life! 

How did you come up with your shop name?

I spent most of my life trying to find ways to fit in. It took me growing up and really learning to follow God's word to learn that my purpose in life was not to fit in but to stand out! Now I want to show the rest of God's children that they too are meant to shine! So, I named the shop Not Your Average Bow-tique because when I began making bows I didn't want to make them look just like everybody else's "average joe selection". I wanted to make items that were as unique as the little angels that would adorn them...and that's just what I did!

Detail of Post Poodle Petti Tutu Dress


Describe your creations 

Not Your Average Bow-tique specializes in stacked and over the top bows, none of the "average joe" selection here. I make over the top bows, bow ties, tutus, tea hats, and stay tuned for dresses. My style is anything but ordinary and always original. My designs are inspired by my children, so every bow is destined to be as unique and whimsical as the crown of the angel it adorns. These are bows beyond your wildest dreams because I love love to help you design accessories that let your imagination run wild!


What inspires you?

My whimsical style is a reflection of my children. With three under six (two girls and one boy) my life is filled with enough excitement to inspire fairytale's and legends. So when it's time for crafting I have enough imagination to make any little darlings wildest dreams come true! 

What do you listen to or watch while creating? 

Although I love music my "business hours" are usually set within the wee hours of the morning and with three little ones at home and a tired husband, I can't take the chance that the music might wake them up. So, I usually watch tv. I love to watch Everybody Love's Raymond, Seinfeld, King of Queens, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. Anything that can make me laugh till ribbon spills out my nose is welcome!

Please share a favorite recipe 
Tea Time Hat


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (I got this recipe from food wishes.com I love Chef John and thank him for making me a better cook).
Ingredients for 16 Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls: 
(I used a deep 13 x 9 baking dish)
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes 

For the dough: 
1 package of dry yeast 
1/4 cup very warm water (about 100-105 degrees F.) 
1/2 tsp white sugar 
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 
1/4 cup heavy cream (can sub milk, but cream is better) 
1 tsp fine salt 
1/4 cup melted butter 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger and 1/4 tsp allspice) 
1 large egg 
1/4 cup granulated sugar 
3 to 4 cups all purpose flour (divided), as needed 
(add enough flour to mixer so that dough just barely pulls away from sides, and a very soft, slightly sticky dough is formed) 
*knead for at least 6-7 minutes 
For the filling: 
5 tbsp melted butter, brushed on rolled dough 
3/4 cup packed brown sugar 
1/4 cup of granulated sugar 
2 tbsp ground cinnamon 
*For the glaze: 
1/4 cup room temperature cream cheese 
1 cup powdered sugar 
1/4 cup milk, or as needed 
1/4 tsp vanilla extract, optional 
*adjust glaze by adding more powdered sugar or milk to achieve desired consistency 
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds to garnish 


What is one thing you cannot live without? 

I can't live without my family! My whole family has always been my source of love, faith, encouragement, and inspiration, and I would'nt be here with out them!-O and lots and lots of GOLDEN OREO COOKIES!

Where can we find you? 

My Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/notyoaveragebowtique 
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/notyouraveragebow-tique 
Instagram: @notyouraveragebow
Twitter: Samone Burge @notyoaveragebow 

And now let's see what one lucky winner will get!!!
*US ENTRANTS ONLY
*Shipping is INCLUDED

Pink and Lime Over the Top Bow

Please click on the photo caption to see all of the details of the bow.

NOW TO ENTER...please remember you do not have to do all of the entries...but the more you do the more chances you have at winning :) Good luck!


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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tennessee Tuesday with Two Years

Welcome to my first Tennessee Tuesday...let me explain the title.

I grew up out west...my first 18 years in Southern Idaho and my next 11 in Western Colorado. Packing up my belongings and infant son(at the time) to drive all the way across the country to move to a state I had only visited once was very exciting...but very scary!

We have been here just a little over 2 years and this post is just some basic observations I have discovered living in my new state...Tennessee.


- Expect to be called, honey, sweetheart, sweetie, darlin' and m'am where ever you venture...this too means in the drive-thru at McDonalds

- Those honey's, sweethearts, sweeties, darlin's and m'ams will equally flow from the mouths of men and women...pretty much every human you come into contact will drop one of those names for you

- With some individuals...their accents are so strong I feel like I need a closed captioning machine I can point at them and it will spell out their words they are saying to me. I have become a little more accustom to the accents...but some of the true country folks I sometimes have to just nod and grin.

- There will be bugs. Lots. Of. Bugs. And not your little tiny gnats(well actually they live here too), but I am talking not your faint of heart bugs. Large. Thick. Creepy. Flying. Crawling. Hissing. Biting. Glowing. Quick. Bugs. I have learned to stock up on bug spray and fly swatters. I have learned to just accept that I will have to just share our property with loads of bugs.

- While we are talking bugs...lets transition into the arachnids that reside here. Can you say freakin' HUGE!!! GINORMOUS!!! And their creepy legs are thick which makes them even more frightening...you can hear them pitter across the tile...no kidding!!!

- But your enormous butterflies and your beautiful lightning bugs are a true gift from nature

- Every trip I take down our back country road...I will see either one or a few of the following: possums(dead or alive), snakes, squirrels, furry caterpillars, buzzards, bobcats, lizards, turtles, red cardinals, wild turkeys...it's like I am living in a zoo!

- Speaking about driving...what is with the on-ramps onto the interstate being so dang short!!! Many times vehicles are left driving on the side of the road over the bumpy things waiting to be able to merge over.

- Oh and I automatically just wave to every vehicle on the back roads now...every one waves!!!

- I am still yet to get used to the speed limit on the interstate of 70...I always grew up with it being posted as 75

- The springs are magnificent(sans the tornadoes)! Mornings and evenings are just the perfect temperature...perfect for meditation. I love smelling the honey suckles that surround our back deck...listening to the birds singing. I try to do this at least once a day to bring all of my thoughts together and to drown out the negative. I am at such peace at these moments...I can truly and literally feel how blessed I am.

- The summers...so hot & humid it literally takes your breath away. I also have very curly hair in the summer months!

- The winters are pretty mild as compared to Idaho and Colorado. I found myself missing actual powdery snow this past winter. The snow here is not snow...it is simply wet and soppy slush.

- I have yet to try a fried pickle! Everyone calls what ever flavor of soda a Coke. "What kind of Coke would you like?" The first time we ate out...I was a bit confused.

- Grown men do wear overalls...and I must say I like them!!! I asked the hubster if he would sport some for me when he gets a little big older :)

- College sports are taken very seriously here. Very seriously. Very.

Overall...I do love it here...it is so beautiful! People truly are friendly and more then most are glad to lend you a helping hand and will give you the shirt off of their back...even complete strangers.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Manos(Hand) Made Monday the First





Friday, June 7, 2013

Fun Friday for Father

Today's Fun Friday crafts will be all for the Dads, Daddy's, Pops, Papas, Pappy's etc...in your life!


Love these two ideas from licouponqueen.com





Here are a few cute ones from easypreschoolcraft.blogspot.com


Clothespin Animal Pen Holder


Twig Pencil Holders


Fun Photo Bookmarks


"DAD" Photo


Painted Hammer

Have fun creating for DAD!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tottin' Thursday with my 'Lil Song Beans

Welcome to the first Tottin' Thursday!!! Tottin' Thursday is all about sharing stories about my 'lil man The Beans. The Beans will be 3 on July 1st...sniff...sniff...

The Beans has had "music in his soul" and a "song in his heart" since he first was aware of his own movements!!! He dances non - stop! We have taught him some groovy moves from the lawn mower, sprinkler and the running man...but let me tell ya...he definitely has the moves like Mick Jagger :)

When The Beans was still being cooked, I would put my headphones on my belly for his listening pleasure while I napped. Ahhhhhhhh...pregnancy naps. One of the best things about pregnancy. Well your first pregnancy when you can nap and do not have to stay awake to look after another human. I would just have him jam out to whatever randomly played on my MP3 player...anything from Johnny Cash, Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, Shinedown, Michael Buble, Imogen Heap, Manchester Orchestra to name a few. I never looked to deeply into any of the studies about babies listening to music in the womb...I just thought if he could actually hear inside there...he may like something to wiggle to!

I constantly sang to him. Rocking him. Bathing him. On our stroller walks around the neighborhood. Scooping food into his mouth. Constantly. I love music and was hoping that he would love music too! I sang everything from the current pop songs on the radio to some good 'ol nursery rhymes. I wanted him to learn nursery rhymes because I loved singing them in school. LOVED IT!

Well now after almost 3 years of constant singing and music...The Beans has finally started to sing whole entire songs! For the past couple of months I noticed him trying to sing with songs...and I am proud to say the first longer song he learned is "I Will Wait" from Mumford & Sons(I am a little obsessed with them).

He started singing nursery rhymes on his own...his favorites are Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Itsy Bitsy Spider. He sings out his ABC's and songs from his favorite programs. It seems like overnight he just started singing them to us without us trying to prompt him.

BUT HIS MOST FAVORITE OF ALL SONGS...is non other then Old MacDonald. And let's just say this kid belts it from his gut! Which leads me to the main reason for this post...while grocery shopping the other day The Beans was loudly singing Old MacDonald. He had his own twist on it though...the animal on the farm was a bear. A bear?! Where in the world did he hear that?

While he was belting it out aisle to aisle...I was racking my brain trying to think of what movie or video he could have heard them singing as a bear on the farm. I couldn't think of one and instantly was so proud of my 'Lil Song Beans using his big 'ol bubble head(yes he really does have a big head!) and using his imagination to add his own twist to a familiar song.

I loved that he was singing but was trying to get him to sing just a little bit softer...but he wasn't having it. I am talking down right belting it out. Not screaming or yelling...but like opera singing belting it out! Complete with a "RAWR RAWR HERE" with his hands up like claws.

People were staring and smiling. Some laughing. Kids pointing.

Down one aisle a little elderly lady came up to our cart to tell me that my son had just made her afternoon. She has been behind us for quite a few aisles and was actually grocery shopping with a smile on her face because my little boy was so happy! Talk about GUSH!!! So I quit asking him to sing quieter...he was bringing joy and smiles to the grocery store :)

So next time you hear a youngster belting out their favorite song...just let them be. It is a beautiful thing. Truly.

Do your kids belt out any songs in public?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Welcome Wednesday with Glad to Meet Me!

Welcome to my first Welcome Wednesday of 2013...it has been awhile! Welcome Wednesdays will be dedicated to featuring other handmade artisans and having them answer a few questions so you can take a look into their creative brain. If you yourself have a handmade shop and would like to be featured...please shoot me an email and I will send you all of the questions and information I need. faverittecreations@gmail.com

This Welcome Wednesday will be a little different...first off it will be about me...and I want to make it a little different because I can! Hey I am the one running this show right? I thought it would be fun to invite you all to learn a few quirky things about me. Me as a mother. Me as a human being. Me as a creator. Following are a few little factoids about me...so get ready. My name is Amy...nice to meet me!

Five Things About Me as a Mother(well in my household I am called either "Mom - Mom" or "Momma")


  1. I am grateful for everyday with my son(The Beans) and my step-daughter(Hermadine)...see what I did there? Used their fun nicknames :) I experienced a few miscarriages(which I will be sharing my story with you someday soon) and never, ever thought I would become a mother to a child I carried. But with an awesome Doc that I put all of my faith in(PLUS he has the same humor my hubster and I have)...I was blessed with The Beans on July 1st of 2010. A day that has changed and shaped my life forever.
  2. Every. Single. Day. I just watch The Beans. A few times during the day as a matter of fact...his good 'ol creepy momma quietly stands outside of his bedroom watching him play. I soak in the way he lies on the ground as if to be at the same eye level with his millions of plastic toy animals. I study his facial expressions. I watch his small fingers trace letters in his books while he reads to me in his almost 3 year old voice. I hold his toddler feet in my hands and am amazed that my body helped to create those 10 scrumptious pickles(toes). I just take his spirit and gobble it up. These images are literally burned in my mind. No snapping of pictures can capture what I get to view. Every. Single. Day.
  3. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE introducing new things and experiences to Hermadine. Just this week she had her first indoor picnic on a blanket in the living room floor and we shared an artichoke. She thought it was rather stinky...but said she had fun plucking the leaves off, dipping them in butter and scraping the "meat" off with her teeth.
  4. I slightly neglect some of the housecleaning. Slightly. Well...laundry may stay unfolded for a few days in a basket on the couch...and I don't clean up the kitchen every single night. I just don't. And I don't wanna!!! Housework will still be there in the morning...but moments with my babies will be gone in a blink of an eye.
  5. One of my favorite times of day is in the wee early hours of the morning. The little pitter patter of The Beans feet walking into our bedroom is so assuring. The sound assures me that I am blessed. We may not have a lot or money...but I am blessed because for about 30 minutes I will get one-on-one snuggle time with my little man. Well not exactly one-on-one...there is of course all of The Beans babies: his lovey dog Buster, his elephant from the zoo, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Melman the giraffe from Madagascar, Pooh Bear, a tiger, a larger elephant...I think that is it. I need to get him a wagon to drag his babies around!

Five Things About me as a Human Being

  1. I down right loathe touching raw meat! I will create make shift gloves out of plastic baggies so I do not have to touch it. You will hear many a "YUCK", "EWWWWW", "GROSS" etc...from our kitchen during dinner time.
  2. I have an obsession with the entire series of The Office. I have watched all of the seasons, except for the final season on Netflix a butt load of times. Yes a butt load! "That's what she said!" Sorry...I had to :)
  3. I don't like drinking water. Plain and simple. I just think it is so bland and gross. I recently have been trying to at least drink about 20 oz of water a day...but I have to squeeze quite a bit of lemon in it for me to swallow it down my gullet!
  4. I am a hoarder. A hoarder of chap sticks and lip glosses. I literally have over 100. Why you may ask? Well let me tell ya...I need every new flavor every single brand comes out with OK?!?
  5. I have a soft spot for animals. I will literally(almost literally) swerve into the other lane to dodge a fuzzy caterpillar, squirrel, possum, buzzard, snake, turtle........but I will kill the crap out of a spider!!! The crap!!! Well any that are larger than say a speck of salt!

Five Things About Me as a Creator

  1. I am the designer, fabric shopper, customer service, fabricator, marketing agency, sewer, shipping department, postal delivery driver, photographer, bookkeeper...I DO IT ALL for fAveritte creations!!!
  2. My brand is named fAveritte creations because my last name is Averitte(pronounced like the word favorite without the f)...well I threw a f in front of it. fAveritte creations
  3. I know in my heart and soul why I create mainly childrens items. Giving a child pure joy is one of the grandest feelings in the world. It gets me all choked up actually. I also know it is because growing up...some of my BFF's were my toys and stuffed animals.
  4. I hoard my scraps. Hoard big time!!! I have totes full. I have a gazillion plastic bags full. Someday I will use them. I have design plans...just need more time. Very small scrap pieces I blend in a mix with my polyfil stuffing to help recycle.
  5. I use a washi tape on most of my packaging. I use this because one: washi tape designs and colors are fabulous...two: washi tape is reusable!!! So when you receive an order from me...pull that beautiful piece of tape off of the cellophane and go use it to create a card...or as a label...or wrap around your favorite pen...the opportunities are endless!

So there you have it...ME! 

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