February 27, 2011

Sunday Linky Party #4 + Goodies

Welcome to Petite Hermine's Sunday Linky Party! It's time to share some great finds from last week's posts for you.

Make your own nautical (or any other type of) painted pillow with a tutorial by the crafty cpa! :)

Aren't these origami bows so cute? Craftionary has several photo tutorials teaching you how to fold these and other fun origami creations!

These would make great gifts for your favorite couples! Little House of Projects teaches you how to make these and other (unique) wall decor at extremely affordable prices.

The Polka-Dot Umbrella has a great recipe for this yummy-looking pesto pizza :9

Love this travel baby bib and want to own one? B is for Boy is having a giveaway of this and another bib! It ends on 2/28 so hurry and enter!

Need some ideas for sprucing up your kitchen? Paisley Passions gives us some decorating inspiration by sharing her process in brightening up her kitchen!

What goodies are you sharing this week? :)


Join the fun every Sunday and link up your latest blog post! I will be featuring my favorite blog post(s) from this list on the next Sunday Linky Party.

Please link a specific blog post and not the overall homepage! 

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February 25, 2011

Unsure About Your Decisions? Wash Your Hands!

Face any tough decisions today that left you feeling uneasy afterwards? Such as picking the brown purse or the black one? Sending that e-mail to your boss or not? Chicken or beef?

Hmm... I'll take the farmer. No, maybe the cow.
The Rural Landscape by littlegreenshoo

Apparently, a study showed that washing your hands washes away doubt. This article on The Body Odd shares that when a group of college students were given a choice of tasting one of two different fruit jams, those who washed their hands after choosing expected both jams to taste roughly the same, while those who didn't wash their hands expected the jam they chose to taste better than the other one (due to the need to rationalize their choice).

Peach Chardonnay Jelly by mygreenboot

They were then told to rank 10 CDs and to choose one to take home. Once again, those who didn't wash their hands after choosing felt the need to justify the way they ranked the CDs.

Does washing our hands really make us feel more confident in our choices? What do you think?

Well, while you contemplate what it all means, these handmade soaps will make hand-washing a little easier ;)

Mango Soap Bar by EldoradoSoap

Natural Lavender Exfoliation Soap by crimsonhill

Clementine Lavender - Shaving Soap Stack by bubbletub

Standard Size Wooden Soap Dish by crochetgal

February 23, 2011

Featured: Eldorado Soaps

I wanted to share with you some of the most gorgeous, delicious-looking soaps I've ever seen. Okay, so soaps will never be delicious, but nothing wrong with looking good :) Meet Crystal of Eldorado Soaps and be amazed!

Don't you want to eat this?? Or just touch it? :O
Sweet Berry Cordial Glycerin Soap Bar

Name: Crystal
Location: Seattle-Bremerton, Washington (Pacific Northwest)
Shop: http://eldoradosoap.etsy.com/
Blog: http://eldoradosoap.blogspot.com/

Sweet Orange Glycerin Soap Bar

Tell me a little about yourself.
My name is Crystal, I was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, a small island in the Pacific Northwest. The neighborhood where I grew up was filled with many local artists. Summer was a wonderful time of the year in this place.

An artist who lived very close to me had her own art studio and I used to watch her create some of the most amazing soft sculptures. Throughout my childhood I was encouraged to be just as creative. It is this childhood experience that has followed me through life, and led me to my own passion for creating beautiful things.

Orange Sherbet Bath Fizzie Bomb

February 22, 2011

Etsy Recycler's Guild Team

Hi all, remember when I entered the Etsy Recycler's Guild Team contest about a month ago by blogging about one of their creative and talented members, Beat Up Creations? (no? click to refresh your memory :) Well, it was announced yesterday that I.. am.. the... WINNER! Woohoo!

Tim, of Handmadeology, was the guest judge and he made a little video announcing the winner, as well as explaining the reasons for his choice (which I found to be really helpful when making blogposts :) To check out the other finalists' blogposts, click here.

Interested in helping the earth and browsing upcycled treasures? Learn more about the guild here!

I will be eating a steak tonight to celebrate, which probably isn't the most sustainable choice of food... (actually, I was planning to eat a steak tonight even before I learned I was the winner -- it's been too long).

OOH yeah.
Steak and Sauce by kellyportfolio

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February 21, 2011

Happy List

Inspired by Christie's attitude on Describe Happy, I've realized I haven't thought about what makes me happy lately. Being trapped in cold, freezing weather in NY (it snowed again today) and having to take public transportation everywhere (rat-infested subway systems) has taken a toll on my spontaneity. Not to mention everyone here drives like a maniac. Having lived in Northern California most of my life, I was used to the freedom of hopping in the car any time on a whim to satisfy whatever craving I was having, no matter the weather (because 99.9% of the time, the weather wasn't bad enough to halt transportation). Oh, and I used to think people in San Francisco were bad drivers. I take that back.

Cable Car - Illustration Print by nidhi
Check out her shop for more beautiful prints of San Francisco and other places!

I've just finished reading The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James, a historical fiction novel about the mysterious love life of the author who wrote such romantic novels. One of my favorite books is Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, though I love all her novels, so my interest is always piqued whenever I encounter anything written about Jane or one of her works. This book did not disappoint. It's written in such a similar style to Jane Austen's that I felt like I had discovered one of her unpublished secret volumes! Very similar in style and content to Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, this book is Syrie James' speculation of the relationship between Jane Austen and her rumored secret love, leading to the inspiration behind her beloved novels. What pulled me in so deeply was that it was written in the first person, using Jane Austen's voice, which gave it such a feeling of authenticity that I really wanted to believe the story was real.

Mr. Darcy quote by UUPP

Nothing quite cheers me up like getting lost in Austen's world. But on another note, receiving a blogger award is also quite cheerful!

I've been given the Versatile Blogger Award from the three lovely ladies at To Sew With Love. Thank you so much! I love hearing from my blog buddies and something like this definitely brightened my day :) I'd definitely give this award back to y'all if I could!

,.-~*´¨¯¨`*·~-.¸-( ✴ thanks! ✴ )-,.-~*´¨¯¨`*·~-.¸

Now, every award has a few rules, so here goes.
  • Thank and link back to the award giver.
  • Share 7 things about myself.
  • Award 10 recently discovered great bloggers.
  • Let these bloggers know about the award and let the giver know you've accepted the award.

I've already shared 7 things about myself when I received the Stylish Blogger Award, so this time I'm going to share 7 things that currently make me happy! (in keeping with the Happy List theme and identifying positive things I haven't been noticing lately in my life).
  1. Finishing The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. It's temporarily given me rose-colored glasses.
  2. Living in a pretty nice studio with my husband where the rent is beyond reasonable and the neighbors are amazing and fun.
  3. We have Netflix and a Wii, which means we get to play video games and watch streaming movies on our tv!
  4. I'm married to a very loving, accepting, and supportive man who's also my best friend.
  5. Hamlette, our hamster, is very tame and puts up with a lot our attention. She also puts on an impressive show when guests come over by being super curious and energetic.
  6. We are all in good health.
  7. Blogging and connecting with others is a form of therapy. I'm really thankful for blogspot and for those who've found their way to this little piece of the internet.
Lizzy Bennet Visits Pemberley by TaraFlyPhotos

10 great bloggers!

Oh yeah, I wanted to leave you with this quote from Jane Austen...

"...why did we wait for anything? Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!" -- Emma

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