Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Owl Spotlight: suenosdejmi: Owlie Rendez-Vous

In August, I took a trip to meet some fellow Owlies (yep, yep!!).

Kristen of KnitandPearl and I flew out to Denver to spend a weekend with Amanda of PresentsforPirates. We planned the trip forever, and when it came time for me to get in the car to go to the airport it didn't seem real.

I was *sooo* nervous to meet them in person. I've known Kristen online for over two years now, and Amanda for at least a year, but meeting someone in person is so much different. What if they realized I'm the biggest dork ever, and allowed that to stop them from liking me?

I left around 2 am to go to Nashville to get on a direct flight to Denver, and got there around 8 am local time. I spent a bit of time in the airport by myself, then Amanda came out to meet me. We people stalked for a while before Kristen arrived, and then stalked her around baggage claim before she realized who we were. :) After meeting Santa in the airport parking garage (thanks Santa for giving Amanda her car back!) we were off!

Since we're crafty girls, we had several crafty things planned for the weekend. We went to Ceramics in the City (great place, two thumbs way up!) and hand-painted some ceramics. The place doesn't charge a studio fee, so we got to sit around all afternoon and paint our pieces. The we left them there, where they were fired, sealed, and then the next week in the mail on the way to us. Amanda painted a Pirate Mug, Kristen painted a Whore tea cup and saucer, and I painted a little blowfish (Hootie). Here are some fun before pictures.

Man's Pirate Cup

Kristen's Whore Cup

Hootie, my blowfish (the shop named him that, not me!)

I don't have a good after picture of Hootie or Kristen's Whore Cup yet, but Amanda so kindly provided me an after-shot of her Pirate Mug. I had never painted ceramics before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The colors turned a lot darker, the surface somewhat glossy, and the before pieces all had a powdered feel to them that doesn't exist now.

We also took a scenic tour of the local area craft stores, hitting up a local yarn store, then a Joanns and a Michaels. We got yarnie goodness, and some scrapbooking supplies so Man could help Kristen learn to spell and I make project journals. This is a pretty bad picture, but it's my project journal. I've never really made anything paper crafty either, and well, Man did all the binding work, but I'm still proud of using those stamps! :)

We also did some touristy good fun stuff, and I'd say overall I really liked the little look I got at Colorado, and had a rockin' good time with my fellow Owlies. Where shall we go next, girls?

Myself, Man, and Kristen at Red Rocks, where we tried to sneak into a concert went to see the view. There's more pictures and random fun on my blog and also on Facebook.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The OWLs are ready for Halloween, are you?

Get a jump on one of our favorite Holidays! Click on the pictures to check out each item on Etsy!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A Dose of Owlie Love

As you all know, we recently had our first ever Trunk Show. We all put a lot of hard work into it, you know...blood, sweat, tears, all of that. (Wait, that might have been only me...) We had a lot of fun and had a great turnout during the show! Some of us even got some sales from it (yay sales!)

Well, the show was over, and I was feeling totally content with the success that the show was. Then I discovered that the girlies had gotten together and got me a nice little prezzie.


They actually got me a gift certificate, and all of that's what I carefully researched and selected.

This is the awesomest thing ever, and this is my way of saying THANK YOU!!!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Owl Spotlight: TattieTats

As Labor Day approaches and Summer comes to it’s unofficial end, I can’t help but think back over the past few month and wonder what I could have done better. I spent a lot of time setting up shop this year. At first glance, I would imagine that I could have better spent that time taking my children swimming, playing at the park, or going hiking. Many years, I feel as if I wasted away the time I had with my son and, now, my daughter. However, we did quite a lot over the course of the last four months. Camping, hiking, attending summer camp, traveling, golf tournaments, swimming, touring our city, walking the greenways, the list goes on and on. Plus, I set up my own business. Oh, and I have a baby. I’m amazed I’m still standing, quite honestly.

Over the course of the summer, I learned many things. Some were important, some not so important, but all have their place in my crazy, busy life. In no particular order, the 25 most wonderful lessons of Summer 2009.

  1. Rollercoasters are kinda fun, but don’t eat pork rinds before boarding.
  2. If you drop a needle on the floor and can’t find it, put on some shoes.
  3. Go to court if your dog gets loose and it is not your fault. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with a misdemeanor.
  4. Have lots of extra craft ideas just in case the Cub Camp you’re staffing falls during an exceptionally rainy week.
  5. It is okay for your child to be bored once in awhile. He’ll learn to cope.
  6. It is even better for the game system to break the first week of summer. The child is then forced to use his imagination. [gasp]
  7. Babies can extend their short little bodies to reach anything. Watch out!
  8. If you go camping and don’t over-pack, you will invariably need whatever you left behind.
  9. On the flip side, if you go camping and you pack way too much, you won’t use any of it.
  10. Don’t shoot your water-adverse husband with the hose. He will get you back.
  11. Go ahead and spend the extra money on a really good sewing machine. You still won’t use it nearly as often as you think, but it will work when you need it.
  12. Who says laundry has to be put away as soon as it’s done? It won’t walk away.
  13. If you haven’t attempted to dive in ten years, you’ll quickly remember that belly flops hurt.
  14. Dogs will steal hot dogs from the grill, but doesn’t that sort of make them cannibals?
  15. Store-bought cupcakes do not taste better than homemade, even if you do spend lots of money on them.
  16. If you don’t take an umbrella with you to the festival, it will rain.
  17. It really does take an eight year old two hours to play four holes of golf. Plan to work on your tan.
  18. Boys become more reckless the older they get. If you hear a large crash from the backyard, don’t expect to ever find out what caused it.
  19. It’s okay to be a twit, but don’t abuse it.
  20. Do not convince your elderly mother to go down a waterslide by saying, “it’s no big deal.” It is a big deal and she will threaten to kill you about halfway down.
  21. Fire is hot. Don’t touch the pretty end of the fire stick.
  22. Kill em with kindness. They won’t know what to do.
  23. If everyone in the house has the stomach bug, don’t pretend you won’t get it.
  24. When you’re ready for your child to go back to school, you realize that you have six more weeks in which to entertain him.
  25. Summer comes to an end every year, but you can still wear your swimsuit if you dare.

Editors Note: TattieTats is one of our brand new members, having only joined with the August batch. Check her out! Etsy Mini love:


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