Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Baby is Almost Here!

Today is my last day at my REAL job.  The job that pays.  Which means, it's getting close to time for Baby B to make his grand appearance!

The last few weeks (okay, and months), we've been wondering all the things you wonder when you're waiting for a baby to come;  What will he look like?  Will he be healthy? Can I do this? Can we do this?

I'm looking forward to the time off, and hoping that I may be able to squeeze in some crafts between napping and last minute to-do's.  AND, I'm really looking forward to Baby B's arrival!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Search for the Perfect Brown Boot Continues

Yes, there's tons on the market, but I'm really picky and on a budget...not a great combo.  I thought I found them here.  I was soooo excited.  They're beautiful! ..When they're not on me...The problem is that they are WAY too big in the calf and also, too tall....I'm short okay.  Well, I probably should have returned them, but now I'm past the deadline.  I'm terrible at returning things.  I just never seem to get around to it.  So, my search continues.  Here's my main criteria:

1. Brown
2. Zipper must be in back
3. Plain - not too many fancy bits and baubles
4. Real Leather
5. Budget friendly ( I wish I could pay like $400-$600 for REAL equestrian boots, but I can't)
6. Shape - I'm super picky here, I want the to look like what's in parentheses above.

Is that too much to ask for?  Damn that zipper on the inside part!  So many perfect ones if only I could give a little bit! 

In conclusion, I want too many things in one shoe.  I've determined that the solution is multiple shoes!!  It's a win-win! (except on my wallet)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Getting back to business

It's been hard to keep up with anything related to paper crafts, or any crafts lately.  But, I've been inspired to start working on some new invitation projects.  I'm trying to channel that inspiration and focus on getting a good inventory up so that I can post more regularly on Bloem on Etsy.  I'm also hoping to take my work to some farmers markets and maybe some art and wine festivals next year, when the weather starts to clear up again. 

Up until now, I've focused more on custom designs (invitations mostly) for individuals.  Now I'm beginning to build a stock of invites and announcements that are generic enough to be bought as is, but also unique and handmade, so you still feel like you're getting something special.  

I'm super excited to unveil some of my new designs soon! 


Monday, November 8, 2010

$20 Gift Code Giveaway! -

bloem has been given the wonderful opportunity to host a $20 gift code giveaway!

This gift code will be good for ALL of the CSN Stores!  With 200+ stores, there are thousands of items to fit anybody's taste.

I've been drooling over this pretty white end table like the one below, which I'd love to use in our bedroom.  I think they give a country, but clean feeling.  I could even use this table as a display table for my work!

Ooooh!  I love. 

But, you don't have to stick to furniture.  I love their office organizing accessories, like the cute little magnetic porcupine below.  (I bet this could double as a baby diaper pin holder!)
Whatever your lifestyle, there's bound to be something for you!  
Here's how to WIN:

1. (Mandatory) - Browse the CSN stores and leave a comment on bloem, letting me know how you would use the $20 gift code.

2. Become, or be a current Follower of bloem and leave a comment saying that you're a follower. (+1 entry)

3. Post about this giveaway on your blog. Copy/Paste the sentence below into your blog post: 
"Looking for great a end table or organization solutions for your home? Check out for a great $20 giveaway to CSN Stores!" 
Don't forget Leave a comment here with a link to your blog post. (+2 entries)

*Make sure to leave a comment for each thing you do*
**This offer is only available in the US and Canada**

Good Luck!

This giveaway will end November 12, 2010 at Midnight.
The winner will be announced November 13, 2010.