February 27, 2010

Etsy Treasury!

I just received a message from Cindi of On Third Thought telling me I made it into her treasury on Etsy. Yay! I never thought I would ever see one of my items in a treasury. It is truly an honor!


My screen could only capture so much, but my Mod Buds is on the bottom right. How cool is that? And it is paired with other absolutely gorgeous items, all handmade. I am always amazed by the talent found on Etsy.

Go check out the whole treasury here! It will be around until March 2.

February 23, 2010

Top 5!


Colie's Crafts has made it to the top five in The Lovelies, Shop: Decor and Furniture category! I want to thank all who have already voted. If you haven't, and would like to, go to the post for my shop here. All you have to do is leave a comment showing some love.

It is so exciting to see my shop in the top 5 of anything, considering I just started selling my work last year. So, it is definitely an honor! And thanks again to everybody that helped make this happen!

Voting ends February 28!

And I promise this will be the last post about voting for The Lovelies!

February 22, 2010

The Joys of Renting with Mr. M's Business

We rent a two-bedroom townhome that has no additional outside storage. Mr. M has his home improvement business, which is steadily growing. Our home is not growing. I almost feel like I should be involved with the small-space living people. You know, the people that live in only 200 square feet and have a family of ten, requiring maximum usage of all available space.


This photo shows a rather cozy looking corner of a bedroom. I would like to think it looks cozy at least. All of the baseball paraphernalia is Mr. M's, as he used to play baseball and it will always be in his blood. If you look closely, there are several baseball cards in one of the frames. They are of Mr. M!

Okay, sorry for the distraction. As you know, most rooms or views that are cropped really close usually have a reason for being that way. If you did not know any better, the photo above shows a lovely bedroom. But, if you did know better, you would be wondering what else is near the bed.

Well, that room is our guest/tool storage/office room. I think it's dimensions are probably around 10 ft. by 10 ft. So, when we have guests, they need to just focus their eyes on the wonderful corner with our gallery of baseball pictures and a brown metal-framed bed. That's all they get, unless they want to be traumatized by the tools taking over one corner of the room that slowly creep into other parts of the room or our home.


Thank goodness for Home Depot and their metal shelving system! And a big blanket that we throw over the tools when guests arrive! But, little do our guests know that the miniature office space at the foot of their bed wishes it had more room, too. At least I still think the guest space is rather, um, quaint. It's the best I could do, and I am proud of it.

The newest addition to our lovely townhome is a 24 foot extension ladder, that when stored, measures 12 feet long. In a house that is only roughly 12 feet wide, what is one to do to store a ladder like that and still have a home that looks like a home? The best idea we could come up with is some ladder hooks installed along the inside of our stairwell.


How cute is that?

And this is how it looks from our living room sofa.


Not exactly nice-looking when coming from a design standpoint. So what is a girl to do? I'm thinking I may use my DIY resolution for the year and string some type of garland or banner across the ladder when it is being stored. Maybe something like this?


Or this?


Mr. M laughs. I think it might be worthwhile. I need to add some girlish charm to that cold, aluminum ladder.

What do you think? Does anybody out there have any cool decor suggestions?

February 15, 2010

My New Favorite Dress



I just recently discovered Shade Clothing, and it has quickly become a favorite online shop. I ordered this dress on sale, which is on sale for even less now, and it is fantastic! Not only does it look nice but it is of great quality and extremely comfortable. Shade offers great basics, as well as some cute tops, sweaters, accessories, swimwear, and so on all at an affordable price. They have a great sale going on right now, too, so don't miss it! They also have a maternity line, which I'll definitely have to remember whenever Mr. M and I decide to start a family.

Here are a few other pieces I would love to buy...





If you haven't already discovered Shade Clothing, definitely check them out!

I am in no way affiliated with Shade Clothing, and they have no idea I am posting this. I just had to let you all know about their clothing, as I am super excited about finding them!

Valentine's Day

I must say, I believe I have the most wonderful husband in the world. After being snowed-in together for almost a full week last week, I was amazed that we were still very much in love, if not even more! It truly amazes me how a couple can continually grow together, and there never appears to be an end in sight. How exciting is that??

We celebrated Valentine's Day with dinner and a movie Saturday night, which is not a usual occurrence for us, so it was really, really nice. On Valentine's Day, we went on with our usual morning consisting of my working out then taking forever to get ready for church. Mr. M played last minute Cupid (remember, we were snowed in the whole previous week) and surprised me just before we left for church. He told me to head out to the car as it was already warmed up, and he would be out shortly. I did just that, and this is what I found...


How sweet is he???? All of the post-it notes had little phrases and quotes about love written on them. Because he was driving, I would naturally sit in the passenger seat, hence two dozen orange and bright pink roses and a beautiful card were sitting in his seat waiting for me. I was so happy I think my face hurt for quite a while, as I just could not stop smiling! And the funny part was, throughout the day, I was still finding post-it notes I had missed that morning. It was so special and heartfelt, and that is one of many reasons why I believe I have the most wonderful husband in the world!

February 11, 2010

Two Blizzards



My car is in the middle. Can you see it?

Calm before the second storm.

Mr. M and I couldn't resist.


Two blizzards in one week. Crazy.

Total snowfall: more than 50 inches. Largest amount of snowfall in one winter since 1883.



February 4, 2010

Nominated for The Lovelies!


Yay! My shop, Colie's Crafts, has been nominated for The Lovelies! Created by Rachel of Lovely Clusters, it is an award for blogs and handmade shops.

Please take a moment to vote for Colie's Crafts in the "Best Shop for Decor + Furniture" category. Go here and leave a comment by February 28th. The comment is your vote!

Thanks so much!LinkLink

February 1, 2010

My means to more regular posting

Well, I hope.

I found out through Cassie's blog, Clementine, that Victoria of sfgirlbybay has put together a 'blog mash-up', which will essentially be a bunch of bloggers, all inter-connected, posting about a single topic. Get all the details here if you're interested in joining. The deadline to sign up is this Friday, Feb. 5.

I think this would be a great way for me to move forward with my blog and with my own personal reflections. One of my resolutions this year was to devote more time to myself, and I think part of that includes self-discovery. Hopefully, this will be a great creative outlet for me, and a way to learn more about myself. And it will be fun to learn about so many others in the blogging community, too.

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