My Etsy Shop

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy, Happy Halloween…..

Happy Halloween everyone!! I hope it is a beautiful day where you are. This morning it is sunny but chilly. I will take it. Not sure if you saw that the Northeast got hit with SNOW this weekend. Yes, you heard me correct. SNOW. In my 35 years of life, I never remember it snowing before Halloween.  We had to cancel some Halloween plans due to the weather, but we will make up for it today!!

In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to do a little baking. I usually get together with a group of friends and we do a big Halloween thing with the kids. And I would normally make tons of goodies. But this year since all of the kids started Kindergarten, it didn’t happen. Schedules are crazy these days.

Now, you all know how much I love Target. And I love it even more when I score a great find. Well, get a load of this……

No, get a closer look……..
Do you see the price?? .44 cents…….SCORE!  

You can’t even buy a stick if gum for less than a dollar these days. I was thrilled. I rushed home to bake these puppies. I added a roll of Pillsbury Halloween cookies and I had some nice treats to bring to my friends house!!

Yes, I know what you are thinking, I didn’t really BAKE.

But hey, a find like that at Target is better than baking!!

Be safe today and have a Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday on a Thursday….

A day late and a dollar short….isn’t that the saying?? LOL! Things around here have been nothing short of crazy. This is my first post all week. Where does the time go??

I wanted to share a pic that my hubby sent me last week from on top of one of the buildings at Ground Zero. It is truly a spectacular view (although not sure I would want to be up that high…lol)!!
Until tomorrow……

Friday, October 21, 2011

Open for Business…..

I have finally taken the plunge. I am joining the 9 million other mom bloggers and opening an Etsy shop……

The name of my new venture is Sew Simply Jenni. Do you like it??

It will have a variety of accessories for her and her home. Most of which I have featured at some point on my blog.

There are cosmetics pouches, pillows, aprons and more. I will always be adding new items. Ok, maybe not always….being a mom and wife still has to be first priority….lol.

Please, if there are any items you are interested in, but don’t see, let me know. I will can always try to make it.

This blog has taken me on a great journey this past year and I just want to thank everyone for all of your inspiration as well as your friendship.

Now, head on over to my new Etsy shop and start your holiday shopping!

Oh, and I want to thank Shannon for designing my new logo. She rocks!!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday…..

Peek-a-boo……I see you!!

Surprise….I am in here!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It’s coming, it’s coming….

I know you are all so excited. You can’t wait, right? Do you even remember what you are waiting for?? Of course you do....

It’s my Etsy Shop!!!

Don’t get too excited because there aren’t going to be that many items in the shop just yet. It takes time. And time is limited when you have two kiddos…lol.

I am hoping to have my big reveal this Friday. So be sure to stop back and check it out!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Young bloggers....

Today I have a special treat for you my bloggy freinds. No, it is not a yummy apple crisp dessert or advice on my amazing parenting skills (yeah right....I am kind of questioning myself this week as far as It is a little inspiration. Inspiration to show you that creativity can come in many forms and is within all of us. Even at the ripe age of 16. Abby is a 16 year old high school who has started a blog to share with the world her creative side. She loves to bake and craft. She loves to blog. Abby is stopping by to show us a fun tutorial. I hope you enjoy it and take time today to do something creative!!

Hey everyone! I blog over at i---create and I love every minute of it. On i---create, there are a variety of crafts and pictures I love.  I hope you can come by and take a look! Thank you so much for having me. I am going to show you how to make Clothespin Magnets today!

These clothespin flower magnets are very cute and fairly quick to make! They are great for hanging up artwork on the fridge or lockers at school.  From start to finish to make 3 will take about a hour.

Here's the tutorial!

Step 1: Paint the tops of the clothespins. I had to do 3 coats of white before they were opaque.

Step 2: While the clothespins are drying, cut out 9 circles of fabric.  They should be about 1 inch wide. (the cap I am using is from a large tide bottle.

Step 3: Fold the circle into quarters.

Step 4: Put a dab of hot glue onto the clothespin and press the petal down. If it pops up like it did in the picture, just place a little hot glue on top of the petal and press it down.

Step 5: Repeat the petal process until there are 4 petal on the clothes pin.  Next, add a second layer of petals and place them as shown in the picture.

Step 6: Make the center petal as shown in the picture and place it in the middle. Make sure you have a large portion of hot glue in the center before you place this petal. Aren't these flowers getting cute!?

Step 7: Add a magnet if you like.  My magnet is from a large roll of magnetic tape. You can buy it at a craft store for under $5. Magnet dots would also work.

I hope you enjoy making these and thanks again to Jennifer at Circle of Love for having me!

P.S. Here are some more of the magnets I made.  Some would say I have an obsession! Currently they are in my locker and they make it look super cute!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday….

Happy Hump Day! Hope that everyone is having a great week. We had a great extended weekend as the kiddos were off Monday for Columbus Day. We spend some quality time with friends and together as a family. The hubs was off on Sunday so we took the kids pumpkin picking out east near the Hamptons. We are fortunate enough to live within an hour of all of the great farms that are on the eastern tip of Long Island. It is so crazy… is like a whole different world out there.

Most of Long Island has neighborhoods where the homes are close together. So close that I hear Ethel behind me talking on the phone…lol.  But out there it is so different. The homes have acres of property and it is truly just serene. Along with that peacefulness comes REALLY, REALLY high priced homes and taxes that are as much as some people’s yearly salary!!  Thankfully we get to enjoy going out there this time of year for apple picking and pumpkin picking. Not sure we will be moving there anytime soon : )

Needless to day, here are some pictures from our latest trips to the apple and pumpkin farms!!

This is the closest Christopher will ever get to milking a cow!!

There were hayrides and tractor rides as well as wooden play structures for the kids to enjoy.

At the pumpkin farm, Christopher got to walk a goat!  He was so excited.

They even had potato sac races……

There were very few pumpkins left to pick….lol. We did manage to get 3 small ones, thankfully!

All in all, we had a great time. I love this time of year. I did, however, come to the conclusion that I will NOT be a farmer in my next life!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Halloween Wreath….

Happy Friday!! I will have you all know that the stove is now fixed. Thank the good God that we did not have to buy a new stove. We were able to buy a replacement ceramic top and the Hubs was able to install it himself. So, spending $300 was better than the $1200 for a new stove!! Let’s hope that never happens again. I may need to lock my boys up until they are about 20!

On to happier things. As we are all loving Pinterest right now, I needed to try a quick project I saw a few days ago.  It is a wreath made from foam tubing. You know, that foam that covers the pipes in your home. Brilliant. Who thinks of these things??


I bought the tubing at Lowe’s for $1….and I was actually able to make 2 wreaths from the one tube. I hit the Dollar Tree for some Halloween ribbon and trinkets. And I got some orange fabric at Joann’s. I cut the fabric into strips and wrapped it around the tube, adding hot glue along the way.  Glue your bow and scary spiders and your done. Simple and fun….all for only a few bucks. Gotta love it!!


Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bad to worse…..

Well, this week started out okay….just super busy. Super busy for a good reason. I am trying to sew and craft and create for the opening of my Etsy shop. So, be on the lookout for more info soon!

But yesterday Anthony was acting a little crazy, more than usual. I tried to go shopping and he refused to say in the stroller. I let him walk and that was it…..he was gone, hiding in the rounders of the store. Then we went to his My Gym class and he decided to pinpoint a little boy and give him a ‘hi-ya’ for no reason. Lovely.

It when from bad to worse last night when I was cleaning up in the bedroom and I heard the boys yelling. A door slammed in the bathroom and then a loud BANG. What was that?? I didn’t see anything off of the walls in the hallway or the bathroom. I headed to the kitchen.

Well, the door slammed so hard that this is what happened…..

When the door slammed it vibrated the walls and a decorative bottle fell from on top of the cabinet on to my new stove……

I didn’t know whether to beat that child or just laugh!!  Having two boys is always going to be an adventure, I get that. But I hope costly things like this don’t happen so often.

Hey, after I thought about it, I am getting out of cooking for a few days. I guess it isn’t so bad :)