Friday, June 19, 2009

My Vacay Present to Me!






Yeah Its a little selfish of me...





Bryan had Layla for most of the day so I could get packed and clean. When I was done with my work, I got started on this bag.



Its funny how silence and room for thought inspires me. I could actually create something!! From scratch, might I add. No pattern.. no copying someone elses design. I just went with it!
Its t-minus 8 hours till we leave... I guess I should get some rest for the 12 hour drive we have coming. I will be blogging and checking in so fear not!
Have a Good Night!

And the winners are....



^^^The winner of the Grace Foldover Clutch in Violet Garden is number 11... Catherine!!!^^^




^^^The winner of the Yo-Yo clutch is number 42... Little-Miss-Detroit!!^^^




^^^The winner of the Tree Zip Pouch is number 14... JojoBeans!!!^^^

Congrats to the winners!! If you have not done so already, please e-mail me (gstaley27@yahoo.com) your address and they will be in the mail today!


I assigned each entry a number and then generated winners using random.org!


Thank you everyone for playing! I really appreciate it! It was tons of fun!!! Maybe I will do another one next month! Oh the suspense!
Have a great day!!!
-Gretchen

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Busy Busy Busy!

My plate is so full right now!


We are packing up the car and leaving for Tampa on Saturday. We will be gone for 2 weeks between Bryan's parents house and My parents house. It promises to be exhausting and fun at the same time! We have beach plans, boating plans, shopping plans, and party plans. Just trying to squeeze everything in before Bryan leaves in August.



^^^^My first trip to FT Bragg^^^^


We had an FRG (family Readiness Group) Meeting last night. This group provides information and support on a family level for soldiers and thier families. It was a little sad looking at the maps of where the are going. Talking about having POA's ready to go and why we sholdn't put "Half my heart is in Afghanistan" stickers on our cars. Due to OPSEC (Operation Security) I can't go into too much depth on my blog about all this, but just know that this deployment is coming up fast.




^^^^Right after we got married. ^^^^

On one hand, deployment will makes things easier. He will get paid more so we wont have to worry about our bills and we can save about $15k. On the other hand, it scarey. This time is different. Sometimes when the fear strikes me, I think about how he might not come home this time. How I would be able to let Layla know how wonderful her Daddy was, and go on with my life. Bryan has been my life since I was 16. I dont even know who I am without him. He's already in "mental lockdown mode" as we call it. He's focused on what he has to do and its kinda like talking to a rock.





^^^^ Bryan overseas last time^^^^
I have to stop writing about it... its making me upset. Please pray for him, if you would.



On a lighter, maybe heavier note... I have 5 loads of Laundry to fold today! AhHH! And I need to get the house cleaned, start packing, make some more bags to list while I'm gone. And.... The Giveaway ends tonight!!! I'm excited for that! All of you have left such lovely comments! Thank you!



OK then, guess I should get my butt in gear! Have a great day and check back tomorrow to find out who wins the giveaway!



-Gretchen

Monday, June 15, 2009

Taking Inventory...


After finishing a few bags today, I decided to line everything up and see what we have...

Pretty cool huh?




And then I decided to fold and organize my fabric stash...oh joy!
See anything you like??

Seriously, I have no clue how I got all this fabric... let alone what to do with it all. I'm thinking of making some pillow covers.. maybe....some more wallets...of phone cozy's...or???

We shall see...

This week is going to be quite hectic for us. We have tons to get done and with Bryan going to the promotion board this week, he's not much of a help. I have to get everything done and pack for out trip. 2 weeks in the sun in FL! yay! Don't get jealous just yet. We're staying with Bryan's parents... they have a dog who is out to get Layla...and they drink...alot...and they smoke in the house... bleck! So, you see, there is a flip side to everything.

Wish me luck!

Have a great day!

-Gretchen

Friday, June 12, 2009

Giveaway is Now closed!! Stay tuned for the winners!

I'm Having a Giveaway! Isn't it exciting? Here's what you can win!
I will be using random.org to pick 3 winners! The first will win the about pictured Grace Clutch purse in Violet Garden.

The second winner will receive the above pictured Yoyo Wristlet!

The Third winner will receive the above pictured Tree Zipper Pouch!

These are items from my shop! To see more information about them please visit http://www.whitehopedesigns.etsy.com/

Here's how to enter!

One entry will be given for each of the following:

-Follow my blog

-Go to my shop and look around. Come back here and let me know what you like! Please leave the link in your comment.

Bonus entries for the following!

-One entry for blogging about my giveaway.

-One entry for Twittering about my giveaway.

-Five entries for purchasing something from my Etsy shop.

Please do not forget to leave the link for any of your entries and your e-mail address so I can let you know if you have won!

The Giveaway will end on Thursday, June 18th at 11:59pm EST. I will use random.org to pick the winners and post them on my blog on Friday, June 19th at 11am EST!

Good Luck to everyone and I look for ward to all the fun!

Have a great day!

-Gretchen

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lost in a Sea of Fabric!

Someone HELP ME!
There are so many beautiful fabrics out there... I can't choose!
Anyone have a suggestion?? A favorite??
Even if its not one I have pictured... I would like to hear!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Anatomy of our Feet!

I really am not a big fan of feet. But these just make me laugh out loud.


Layla went diving in the unwanted sock basket and found two that match (or so she thinks)!!! I swear I didn't put them on her, she did that all herself, my little fashion diva!




That's the bottom of Bryan's foot. Do Men's socks have pink writing on them??? I don't think so! He said he likes the way they fit better. So the purchase from the women's sock isle was intentional. I hope no one saw him! The fact that we have a need for "DRY" socks makes me want to gag! uhhh....


And more Layla... I sneaky suspicion that her Daddy taught her that funny face. He's trying to ruin my perfectly sweet little girl! This man needs a son...bad...dont get any ideas (Andrea).

Shop Talk: I sold the Toddler Memory book that I worked on forever today. $60!!! yay! Its bittersweet. But now I can go buy fabric! I've gotten more items listed. Some more bags and a cool wallet. I've been gathering feedback in chatrooms today and they are a hit! One woman wants me to make her a bunch for her bridesmaids! I won't hold my breath, but here's to looking up to something better! I'll be listing another wallet tonight so check it out!

www.whitehopedesigns.etsy.com

Well, gotta get this kid in bed and my self bathed. Wouldn't want to have anything to do with DRY socks!!!

Have a good night!

Gretchen

Saturday, June 6, 2009

New bags!!

I seriously love these guys! They are so fun to make and come out great!

I will be making more in the next few days so check out my shop to see them.http://www.whitehopedesigns.etsy.com/

I made myself a bag too!

I'm pretty sure these would sell well too, but they need alot of fabric and interfacing so it will have to wait until I get a steady sales flow. Maybe I will make them available for custom orders.

In other news, things here have settled down. The motorcycle is still up in the air and I'm trying not to think about it. We were supposed to hard-core potty train this weekend but Bryan has CQ so thats not gonna happen. Potty training is really time consuming so it will just have to wait till we are both home to trade off sitting by the potty for half an hour at a time.

We leave for Tampa in 13 days and I'm so excited! I also found out that everyone is chipping in to send me and Bryan to the beach alone for a couple days! Yay!!!! Kinda a "pre-deployment" present. Can't wait for that either! I miss the beach!

We'll I'm off to make cookies to bring to Wes and Ashley's tonight and get dressed so I can hit Joann before we go. I need more snaps!

Have a great weekend!

-Gretchen

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My treasury made FRONT PAGE!!!

Yup! I made that treasury... all by myself!

I totally missed it and I'm really upset about that! Bummer! My aim is not really to make front page but I'm glad it got my team some promo! I just like making the treasuries!
Super excited! Have a look at the full treasury http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=62835 or search etsy for "aceteam" to see some of the other great items from the ACETEAM!
Just got some new patterns today so be on the lookout for new items!!!
Have a great night!
-Gretchen

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

OH the things I should be doing...






I should be...
-cleaning the house
-working on this idea I have... I know it will work...just being lazy
-using up the 4 yards of rope I bought.
-using up all my supplies, as a matter of fact
-working on my art journal
-re-doing some pictures


But I'm not doing any of these things. Instead, I am...
-blogging (hopefully you appreciate it)
-waiting for Layla to get up from her nap
-waiting for my camera battery to charge
-hurry up and wait!


Check it out! I'm running a Promo this month at http://www.prettylittlepearl.etsy.com/



I think I'm going to throw together a picnic dinner and take it out to the pool. Could be fun. Its way too hot to even think about cooking. Hope you all stay cool and have a great evening!


p.s. "do whatever you want" does not mean "Buy a motorcycle" I case anyone was wondering.

More on that when I cool down.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Maybe I should play the lottery??

I swear... I never win anything by chance. But this is the SECOND time in a week that I have won a giveaway online! This time it was a lovely assortment of felt plushies from ThreeFive18!!

Layla is going to love these little guys! I can't wait to get them!

Both giveaways that I won, all I did was comment on the blog, twitter about it and write up a little blog post about the giveaway. Not that hard, I think. Check out other wonderful items from these amazing etsians at www.threefive18.etsy.com and www.alloverart.etsy.com

And hey, maybe enter a giveaway once in a while... you just might win!

Off to the grocery store... Have a great evening!

-Gretchen