Monday, July 28, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway!!!!

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I am so excited to be participating in the Bloggy Carnival again! I have decided to giveaway a PARTY Package. These can be made to include your child's silhouette. All that is needed is a profile picture. If you do not need invitations, I will make a substitution. I will substitute a name print or a birth announcement print(8x10) ready for framing :)

This package includes~

10 custom invitations
10 thank you notes
10 round personalized stickers

This contest is open to everyone! Contest closes August 1st. A random winner will be chosen and notified. Make sure you leave a way to reach you if you are not a blogger member.
Contest begins on July 28th, 2008 and ends at midnight on August 1st, 2008. A winner will be chosen on August 2nd and notified via email.

Please visit my etsy shop to check out all my designs. I have many for you to choose from. All you need to do is leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is. Extra credit will be given for ideas about what you would like to see offered in my shop :)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bloggy Carnival Begins on Monday!

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

I just wanted to remind everyone that the Bloggy Carnival will start this Monday! This will be the second one I've participated in. Last time I got a wonderful response. It is great to get feedback on what people like the best in my shop. I'm not sure what I am going to giveaway this time ????? I'd like to do something new. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd LOVE to hear from you :)

This is something I worked on over the weekend. I took a photo and made the girls and the background into a silhouette. I framed it and hung it on our wall. I think think the colors look so pretty together :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

I'm Back!

It is SO great to be home! Troy and I had a wonderful time. It is hard to put into words all the amazing things we saw. I have never been outside the states, so this was like a whole new world for me. Everything was so old and had so much history. In Germany the views were beautiful. Everywhere you looked you saw vineyards. They were on very steep hills that looked like they touched the sky. We walked to the top of one and the view was breathtaking. I had to keep reminding myself to stay in the moment, because I knew it would be over before I knew it :) We were treated like like Kings and Queens in Germany. We went to the best restaurants and everyone was so kind. We did get many second glances though. Everyone knew we were Americans instantly. They said we stuck out because of how we were dressed and just how we looked. It was an uncomfortable feeling, but we felt very welcomed.

In Paris we stayed at an adorable little hotel. It was small, but perfect for us. It was nestled by a cobblestone street with little shops and cafes. We walked there to get our fresh danishes and croissants in the morning. We walked everywhere in Paris. We saw all the tourist attraction of Paris. We saw Notre Dame, the Louve, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, and more. We didn't want to over schedule our trip. We wanted to walk and stop where ever we wanted. My favorite part of the trip was our dinner in front of the Eiffel tower. We got a pizza to go and a bottle of wine and headed for the Eiffel Tower. This was a very popular place to just sit in the grass and look at the Tower. The Eiffel Tower is amazing. I could have just stared at it for hours. We ate our pizza, drank our wine, and just gazed upon the beautiful sight.

The Louve is hard to put into words. The art that is in the museum is very old. We saw a hand that was from a statue that was dated 192 BC. It is so hard to believe that things from that long ago still exist. It thought this was old, but I have now learned there are items in the Louve that are 3000 BC. We also were able to see the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. It was unbelievable to see such important parts of art history. The museum it huge. I think we walked around for 2 hours and only saw an 1/8 of the building.

I was absolutely amazed by the buildings in Paris. No matter where you wandered everything was so detailed and extravagant. The bridges and building had statues and gold everywhere. It was a beautiful city :) We felt very safe everywhere we went. Not everyone liked "Americans" but no one was out right rude to us. We got many stares and some words were lost in translation. Many of the store owners and restaurants spoke English. Some even had an American meanu.

As wonderful as the trip was, it is great to be home. I missed my girls, family, friends. I really missed my routine and that familiar feeling. It is amazing how after you are away for awhile, you appreciate what you have. I love where we live. It is nice to have new experiences and see new things, but nothing compares to home.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Au revoir
I am leaving for my trip on Monday!!! I will not be back until the following Monday. All orders placed after July 5th will be processed and shipped as soon as I get back.