Thursday, October 30, 2014

Advertise in November!

Hey, folks - I'm glad you stopped by! I just wanted to let you know that I have ad spaces in my sidebar available for rent for the month of November!

And just in case you didn't read the super-cute image that I created above... all ad spaces are currently free! I'm also open to participating in ad swaps. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis, however blogs interested in swapping ads will be held at a higher priority than those requesting free spaces.

Ads submitted for approval must fall into one of my two size categories. Head on over to my advertising page for more details, and be sure to send me an email if you're interested in advertising on my blog! Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 37

Thanks for stopping in for this week's issue of Tuesday Treasures! Today's post is just packed with craft tutorials and creative finds!

If you'd love to expand your knowledge of embroidery stitches and create cute little woodland creatures at the same time, then look no further than these adorable DIY embroidery kits by Kiriki Press!

Learn how to make your own lip gloss with this super-easy recipe by Joy the Baker, and take some time to gawk at her awesome blog photography while you're at it!

If you're an avid seamstress with a fat stash of scrap fabrics that are just waiting for the perfect project to use them all up, then I've found the how-to for you! Cintia of My Poppet has the step-by-step instructions on how to turn your leftover bits of fabric into colorful hand-woven twine!

This skirt is just plain awesome! I'm already entranced by the images of the moon printed all over it, but the cute retro shape makes it doubly wonderful.

I love the colorful geometric and nature-inspired designs of Mareike B√∂hmer Graphics, like this simple but beautiful abstract woods print, which reminds me of cascading mountainside foliage.

If you've enjoyed this issue of Tuesday Treasures, be sure to share it using the social media buttons at the top of this post, or check out some previous issues! What was your favorite find this week?

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Blog Makeover!

Notice anything different around here?

That's because I've been making some changes to the blog lately! I've been super excited to reveal my new blog header! I've also edited my navigation bar to include my Etsy shop, and I have a few other ideas that I will be working into the redesign over the next week or so.

Initially I was planning on waiting until I had all of the little bits and pieces of my blog makeover finished, but my work schedule hasn't really allowed me to put the time into getting it all done at once. In the meantime, you may catch the blog during a maintenance period (or perhaps you already have). If this happens, don't worry - just email me at and let me know if you notice anything wonky going on so I can fix it as soon as possible!

As always, thanks for reading, as well as sticking with me through my occasional technical difficulties. What do you think of my new blog header?

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vacationing at Hogwarts & Hogsmeade

Today I thought I'd share some pictures from our vacation to Universal Studios in Florida. While we were there, I was excited to explore the section of the park that was styled like the town of Hogsmeade from the Harry Potter series! Within this section of the park sits the super-fun Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, hidden away inside Hogwarts.

When entering Hogsmeade, wizards are reminded to respect the Ministry of Magic's spell-casting guidelines while inside the town.

Our first stop was Honeydukes! The whole shop was decked from floor to ceiling in candies from the series, such as chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. The aisles were so absolutely packed with people that it was impossible to stop for a picture inside without disrupting the flow of traffic.

The Post Office was one of the many storefronts that were for display only, as well as Zonko's Joke Shop, which I was especially disappointed to discover.

This is a shot of Hogwarts from within the Herbalism Greenhouse! The greenhouse was one of the many rooms to walk through while in line for the Harry Potter ride that was decorated with all kinds of movie props, even a series of mandrake planters (which I initially took photos of, but ended up losing that disposable camera).

Inside Hogwarts, it's very dark, (we were in a castle, after all) but I still managed to snap this picture of the hourglasses that measure the house points! Looks like Gryffindor won again this year!

Outside Hogwarts are twin coasters that represent two of the dragons the heroes battled during the Triwizard Tournament. The line for this ride is decorated with banners for each of the champions, and even cuts through the tent that they prepared in prior to the tournament.

I neglected to photograph Cedric's banner on purpose because he sucks.

Another prop was a life-sized replica of Arthur Weasley's flying Ford Anglia!

Unfortunately our visit was before the Diagon Alley portion of the park was opened, so I hope I get to come back and explore the rest soon! Are you a Harry Potter fan? What part of the Wizarding World would you like to see?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 36

Thanks for stopping by for this edition of Tuesday Treasures! If this is your first visit, Tuesday Treasures is my weekly collection of favorite finds from around the web! In this series, I like to showcase unique handmade creations, interesting art pieces, fashion finds, and craft tutorials by some really great bloggers! Enjoy!

This cute little galaxy-print-painted bear, by Danielle Pederson of Handy Maiden, looks so happy and gentle that I can't imagine anyone being sad while wearing this gorgeous handmade pendant around.

I love the wonderfully intricate detail found in the needle-felted creatures of Yvonne's Workshop. Not only are they amazingly realistic, but I never thought I'd ever see spiders and snails that are just so darn cute!

Not only do I need a bottle-opener like this in my life right now - this guy is just too adorable to say no to! I think I love him.

I really love anatomical and nature-inspired surreal art, so you can imagine that this gorgeous print by Society6 user Huebucket caught my eye! I love the mosaic-like texture of the leaves that make up the ribcage!

This vintage German trilby hat from the 1970s, discovered at The Vintage Hat Co., looks an awful lot like my vintage trilby, but I especially like the way it's embellished with a rope band and knot!

Thanks for stopping in this week! If you missed any previous issues of Tuesday Treasures, feel free to check them out right here. See you next week!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Treasury: Neon Halloween

Today I'd like to take the time to share a treasury I made on Etsy! Unfortunately, Etsy has recently changed up their website, and as a result, no longer features users' treasuries on their main page. Regardless, I love taking the time to really explore all the wonderful creative businesses on Etsy and to find new and beautiful ways to showcase someone's art, which is one of the many reasons I decided to start blogging in the first place.

This Halloween treasury is inspired by vibrant neons, skulls, witches, cats, and colorful costume parties! Happy Halloween!

Neon Orange Paper Halloween ...

Halloween Black and white st...

Creepy Halloween Brain Cake ...

Halloween Steampunk Victoria...

Halloween party decorations,...

Faux Fur Neon Orange Capelet...

neon skull, halloween, triba...

Vintage Tin Halloween Noisem...

Black fox masquerade mask, h...

Wool Felt Halloween Eye orna...

Vintage Poison Label iPhone ...

Bright Halloween Tassel Garl...

Assorted Neon Color Plastic ...

Calavera ACEO Print 2.5x3.5 ...

Frankenstein Pot Holder oven...
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Thanks for reading today's post! Please feel free to show your support for these wonderful creative businesses by sharing this post, or just by pinning the treasury image below. If you've enjoyed this post, then be sure to stop by this Tuesday for my weekly collection favorite finds, Tuesday Treasures!

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Neon Halloween Etsy Treasury, curated by Brittanibus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bake Sale & Benefit for Samantha & Sandra

Hi, folks! Today I'm writing about a matter very near and dear to my heart. A good friend of mine asked me to help out by sharing this event, so if you're in the northeastern Pennsylvania area, please find the time to stop by and show your support! All proceeds of the bake sale will benefit her family's many medical expenses, and will help them to have two trees removed that are negatively affecting her sister's health. You can read more about the event on their Facebook page. If you're interested in attending, the bake sale starts TODAY and will continue until Sunday, October 19th. Hot food and drinks will be provided, as well as face-painting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 3 - 7 PM.

The page event reads:
We are going to have a bake sale at our house (146 Slocum Street) that will run from Wednesday October 15th until Sunday October 19th. Hours of operation will be 8am until dusk. It will be located in the back yard which is across from Fortis Institute parking lot. The bake sale will also provide hot food, coffee, and other beverages.

If you are not in the area, the family has set up an account with GoFundMe to accept donations for this cause, which you can find here. Any small token of generosity would be greatly appreciated.

We are currently in a situation where we need to remove two trees in order to make sure my sister's health stops decreasing. She has two lung diseases and the trees are making it hard for her to breathe as well as live a normal life. From being exposed to the trees it has resulted in a new skin disorder which a dermatologist at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center ordered that the trees need to be removed. My mother has done the proper steps of filling out applications for the Shade Tree Committee as well as proving the medical problems through multiple doctors and representatives.

The proceeds will benefit the expenses of medical treatment as well as the removal of the two trees in front of 146 and 134 Slocum Street. If you are able to help us with getting the word out through any form of social media or stop by and grab a treat, it would be so deeply appreciated. Thank you very much for listening to our story.

The story is of Samantha, who has had a lifelong history of hydrocephalus and many additional medical concerns as a result. This post includes images that may be difficult for some users to view.

My sister, Samantha, is 24 years old and suffers from Hydrocephalus which is a medical problem that she has had from birth and will continue battling for the rest of her life where the fluid in one's brain does not flow properly so it gets trapped in different ventricles. She has five shunts throughout her brain and lumbar that work to drain the fluid either into her heart or stomach depending on the moment. Currently it's draining into the stomach to give her heart a rest but a few years back, while draining into her stomach, it caused a large pseudo-cyst which caused permanent damage to the arteries in her legs leaving her in a wheel chair.

She also suffers from grand mal seizures, severe short term memory loss, and mental delays from the areas of the brain that are constantly worked on. . She also has two lung diseases, as I've stated, that are getting more severe as time passes. She actually just was able to come home from the Hershey Medical Center last night (October 9) after spending a week on oxygen and going through four brain surgeries which results in a total of 144 brain surgeries to date. She also has a newly forming skin disorder that a dermatologist recognized while at the Hershey Medical Center this past week where she had four more brain surgeries and oxygen treatment.

This is why we need to remove the trees to help her medical issues from increasing. She has numerous clotting issues; inner cranial in her brain, throughout her sinus cavity, and surrounding vessels around her heart where they enter to drain the shunts. Normally they like to have it drain in the belly, but due to complications in 2006 it developed a pseudo cyst in the belly on her left side. At that same time she had an unexplained damage to her legs which she requires a wheelchair due to circulation problem of some sort where if she walks (with assistance) more than a few steps, her legs become dark purple. She also still suffers the consequences of a shunt infection from the beginning of March which is pancreatitis which is very painful.

My mom, Sandra, also suffers from multiple illnesses that also cannot be treated locally. My mom suffers from ulcerative colitis where she required surgery in 1999 and 2007 on her intestines and rectum. The only intestines left that she has is a small amount of her small bowel. She has no rectum from the severity of the ulcerative colitis. She actually needs a revision soon since she is suffering from a lot of problems currently. With the condition, it makes her more vulnerable to infection and she has developed osteoarthritis that resulted in spinal stenosis in her neck and disk herniation in her lumbar spine. She had neurosurgery September of last year in her neck where they had to take out the broken and deteriorated bones and add titanium to her neck to keep the bones in place as well as a bone transplant from a cadaver. This has left her with trouble reading, writing, and using the computer to get this message out. All of the surgeries mentioned were at the Penn State Hershey medical center as well.

They both have been going back and forth countless times just this year. My mom is also stuck in a situation that she has to live with more chronic pain than listed due to needing a hysterectomy documented at the Hershey medical center with their testing. They tried to do the surgery but weren't able to do it due to severe adhesions throughout her whole abdomen that are surrounding her organs. The doctor spent four hours pulling adhesions during surgery at Hershey laproscopically and he was able to see her small bowel being held down by the adhesions which makes it hard to digest food. My moms blood pressure was running too low so they were forced to close her up. The doctor advised my mom during another visit that they will not be able to do the surgery until her colorectal issues are resolved. Meanwhile Samantha keeps having issues so everything is getting delayed."

If you live in northeastern PA, please check out the event page on Facebook, and share it with your friends if you are unable to attend. If you are considering donating money to help Samantha and Sandra, you can do so on their fundraiser page at GoFundMe. Once again, thank you for taking the time to read this story.

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