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it’s a love{ly} valentine’s giveaway

In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I would show some love around here by doing a giveaway!  In an age of computers and easy internet accessibility, sometimes I wonder if we’ve lost the art of writing a handwritten note.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love that I can send an email and five seconds later my friends in Africa are reading it, but I also love receiving something handwritten in the mail.

outside, love birds

Up for the taking, I have a set of five post cards wrapped inside a little cloth stationery bag.  On the front you can see a stamped love bird image, and inside there is a pocket for the post cards and four little pockets to hold pens.  It is held together by two ribbons.  You might recognize the post cards from my love calendar.  I also have three stationery sets just like this for sale in my shop!

postcards of love

 You can gain your first entry by simply leaving a comment!  To gain additional entries…

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Please remember to leave a separate comment for each action taken!  And make sure I have a way to contact you should you win!

Giveaway is open worldwide.  It ends February 8th at 9 PM CST where random number generator will choose one lucky person!  Thanks for entering and good luck!

Comments are now closed…the winner is MaryAnne!

Crafts Sewing Shop

Busy Little Elves

The past week the hubby and I have been busy little elves!  It’s been a blast making some new things together like…

foodie bags…great for bread or home baked goods you are giving away
pattern available here

foodie bags
bread bag
all tied up
jars for organization
jars and chalkboard paint…i just can’t help myself!
markers in jar
lots of jars
painted jars…again can’t help myself with the jars!
painted jars
tops of jars
beverage bottles
and my personal favorite…
chalkboard place mats in a bag designed by me!

(that lovely canvas like fabric is from ikea)

chalkboard bag

chalkboard place mats
jen's place

If anything catches your eye, email me!  I don’t have these items in my store yet, but they’re all for sale!

Crafts Shop

Glass Beverage Bottle Tutorial

glass bottles

I have to give the credit of this idea to my husband.  As is usually the case in our family, he gets the idea, and I implement it.  This alone shows how much he’s the visionary in our family and I’m the practical one!  I absolutely love this idea and had so much fun making it!  Taking a few supplies, you can make a fun beverage bottle that would be perfect for entertaining!

Supply List

1 empty glass bottle (I used empty wine and San Pellegrino bottles)
1 can primer spray paint (I used Rustoleum)
1 can chalkboard spray paint (also Rustoleum)   
tape and newspaper


1.  Make sure bottles are clean and dry.

glass bottles

2.  Tape off the area you would like to paint.  You can either make a stencil or just tape it.  I find that just taping it gives much cleaner lines.  Also tape newspaper all around to avoid over spray.


3.  Lay the bottle down flat (outside!) and spray the primer on.  Let dry (dries to the touch in about 20 minutes) and re-coat.


4.  After 2 coats of primer, spray the chalkboard paint on.  I did 3 coats, waiting about 20 min. in between each coat.

chalkboard paint

5.  When it’s dry, bring it inside and remove all the tape and paper.

6.  Let cure for 24 hours.  After that, you can clean up any crooked lines using a razor or with light sanding.

7.  Write the beverage of choice on the outside and enjoy your fancy new glass beverage bottle!

water glass bottle

I bought the corks at Hobby Lobby.  I love the extra touch they add!  If you don’t want to take the time to make your own bottles, I have 2 for sale in my shop!

PS…The winner of the giveaway is MaryAnne!

Knitting Shop

Knucks…The Hot Item

There’s been lots of knitting going on around these parts.  I have my Christmas knitting list which is making steady progress, and then I’ve had several knitting orders which has been excellent!  Making a little cash doing something I love?  I’ll go for that! 


It seems the popular items for 2010 are knucks.  They really are cool and I love the pattern!  I also love that the designer permits you make a profit off these!  Since there are lots of projects I have been working on, I haven’t managed to knit up some extras for my shop, but they are available for order.  I can make kid’s or adult sizes.

I knit these up in the super soft Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and available colors are charcoal gray (like in the picture), black, or navy!  If you’d like to order a pair, shoot me an email!  I can still make them by Christmas!


Have I Got A Sweet Deal For You!

Can you believe 2011 is only 51 days away?  It’s true.  With 2011 fast approaching and Christmas right around the corner, I have a sweet deal for you!  As you might have noticed, I have a choice of 6 calendars for sale!  That’s right.  Three different themes, Believe, Love, and Create with 2 different sizes, 13.5 X 19 inches and 8.5 X 11 inches.

Believe Header
13.5 X 19 in. Believe Calendar

So here’s my sweet deal for all of you I Believe In Love readers, now through November 30th, you can receive 30% off your calendar order by going directly to my Lulu Store and entering coupon code PHOTOGIFT355!  Calendar features original photos by me and has all the U.S. holidays printed throughout.

Create Cover
13.5 X 19 in. Create Calendar

Now isn’t that a sweet deal?  Head on over there now!  (Note: You can view all the pages of the calendar on the Lulu site.)

Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win another sweet deal!