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Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Well...after all of the "reality" shows out there like "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent", my daughter, like many other young girls (and guys!) out there DREAMS of 'making it big' in show business.

She's always loved to sing and has always talked about "when she gets to make her first cd" LOL.

SO For her Christmas gift this year...and thanks to her dad having a friend w/a recording studio...he decided to make it happen!! She's SOO excited about it too!

The cds just came in yesterday...very professional I must add. Each one wrapped in cellophane, decorative thermal print on the cd, full 4panel liner notes, tray card...and I think she was most excited to see her name on the 'spine' of the case LOL!

I popped a few tracks from the cd to the right on the reverbnation player...have a listen if you have a moment ;-D
1. A Thousand Miles (As sung by Vanessa Carlton)
2. Heaven (As sung by Cascada)
3. Complicated (As sung by Avril Levigne)
4. So Yesterday (As sung by Hillary Duff) - Now On Player!
5. Falling For You (As sung by Colbie Cailat)
6. I Miss You (As sung by Miley Cyrus)
7. Things I'll Never Say (As sung by Avril Levigne)- Now On Player!
8. Rainy Day (As sung by Janel Parrish)
9. Rush (As sung by Aly & Aj) - Now On Player!
10. Walk Away (As sung by Kelly Clarkson) - Now On Player!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

AND THE WINNING BANNER IS.....................

WOW....well it was a CLOSE vote between #1 and #4!!
However, after tallying up the polls here, the posts here as well as the results from the Etsy Thread I had in the forums taking votes/opinions "Fancy Floral" won by a narrow 2 votes oveall. Thank you SO much to all who voted and also gave me feedback, it was wonderful help!
And the winner of thier OWN new look is
Congratulations Jen!!!! And thanks for voting!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


OK...so I'm TOTALLY undecided.

I need to give my shop "The Woody Nook" a complete facelift....but I just cannot make up my mind on a new banner. I've been tossing these around few for about a month.
I want something that can be used attractively on subsiquent business cards/tshirts/vinyl banners etc....


Which one of these would turn your head at a craft show if on a vinyl banner, or make you wanna click my shop w/the matching avatar, or perhaps that which you would take notice of if you saw somebody wearing it on a tshirt.....

You can make your choice by simply voting over in the poll box
OR earn a chance to win a FREE CUSTOM Banner and Avatar for your shop as well!
In addition to voting in the poll box, also leave a comment as to what banner you voted for and why. I will draw a random name from those who commented on what ends up to be the most voted banner for the winner of their own new Custom Banner and Avatar.

#1 Fairy Woods

#2 Magical Forest

#3 In the Woods

#4 Fancy Floral


Sunday, June 28, 2009

AArrgh---There Be TREASURE Here!

Here be the great prizes up for grabs in the
"Collaborators In Cahoots" team Treasure Hunt!

To Play and for Full Details, Please visit here:
1-Guitar Note Pad from
2-Crocheted Washcloths & Scrubbie from
3-Coloring Journal from
http://www.aprilsoriginals.etsy.com/ (design may vary from pictured)
4-11x14 Art print from
5- 7" Pink glass bead bracelet w/gold toggle from
6-Freshwater Pearl & Swarovski crystal earrings from
7-3 long stemmed 'rose' votives from
8- $15 Gift Certificate from
9-2 Adorable seashell magnets in box from
10-Crocheted Facial Scrubbies, Star Shape from
11-Refreshing "Sea Mist" soap from
12-3"diameter x 4.5" tall Palm Wax Pillar Candle-MacIntosh Apple Scent from http://www.candleguy821.etsy.com/
Enter to be the lucky bloke win ENTIRE contents of this Treasure Trove by making purchases from ANY of the 21 participating shops during your Treasure Hunt!
1-Crocheted Arm Warmers from www.BijouxBoutique.etsy.com
2-7" tall Mermaid Doll from http://www.marysmaids.etsy.com/
3-Full set of 7 Project Wonderful Ads from www.PromoPixie.etsy.com
4-7" tall Pitcher (holds approx 24oz) from www.AdornYourself.etsy.com

And Just WHAT does the Buried Treasure look like, you ask??
Pictures will be larger than shown......and no...."X" will NOT mark the spot for ya! LOL

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Red, White and Blue Contest Winner!!!

Was the winner for the Red, White and Blue contest!

Her Patriotic Thank You card rcvd the most votes and she will be rcving a custom 4th of July T-Shirt as her prize!

Thank you to everybody that submitted entries AND to those who voted!!
Happy 4th of July everyone!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Jasmine - An Angel in DOG'S Clothing....

This story was sent to me via Email, and it was so sweet, I just thought I'd share it with you on my blog......

In 2003, police in Warwickshire , England , opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog.. It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had clearly been abused.
In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a Greyhound female, to the nearby Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, run by a man named Geoff Grewcock and known as a willing haven for Animals abandoned, orphaned or otherwise in need. Click for- Geoffand the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved.
They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

But Jasmine had other ideas. No-one remembers now how it began, but she started welcoming all Animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It wouldn't matter if it was a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting Animal, Jasmine would peer into the box or cage and, where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Geoff relates one of the early incidents. "We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them."

"But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them and it helps them to not only feel close to her but to settle into their new surroundings.

"She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose."
Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits.

And one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, 11 weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the Roe deer with affection and makes sure nothing is matted.

"They are inseparable," says Geoff "Bramble walks between her legs and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It's a real treat to see them."

Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next Orphan or victim of abuse.

From left, Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, orphaned Roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl; and Jasmine with a Mothers heart doing best what a caring Mother would do... Such is the order of God's Creation.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Come on in! The Water's FINE!!!

My daughter was soooooo excited yesterday! It was FINALLY warm enuff to get in the pool--you can 'see' her underwater LOL

I love it when the weather is this nice, I just love seeing that bright blue water against the full green trees....

We'd just put this pool in last year towards the end of August, so this will be our first summer to have it open all season and we plan on USING IT!! LOL

We still need to do some much needed landscaping around it and a few more little cosmetic touch-ups but all in all, we love it. Could hardly pass it up!! A friend that my hubby works with was getting ready to scrap it...hubby asked how much he wanted for it instead...friend said $100 if he helped tear it down.

$100!?!?!?! For everything!?!? Deck, pump, filter, sweeper, skimmer, rails, ladder, EVERYTHING---even the stones to put the columns on!

It needed some SERIOUS Cleaning (hubby said there were frogs living ontop of the water filled cover LOL), a new liner and I also repainted all of the white pieces (ladder, columns, deck, rails-everything white was repainted LOL)...but hey...anything worth having is worth working for right?
And so what that it was 'used', put a new liner in it and it bascially becomes a totally new pool!!

By the time it was ALLL said and done, when we tallied up our total expenses to install it, after getting the sand/liner/chemicals/new hose and even counting the rafts and new beach towels, we only put $500 into the WHOLE kit-n-kaboodle.

What REALLY saved us on installation costs was hubby does excavation work on the side and owns his own heavy equipment...so we didnt have to pay anybody to level out the ground. Which is a GOOD THING cuz we had to dig pretty deep to level out a space!

These are pics from us putting it up last year....
You can see part of the deck and the colums in the background on the wagon drying from being repainted
Jack loved this part, any excuse to play in the dirt! LOL

Look how deep down he had to dig! LOL
Jack and Felicia putting on the tops

Full, but now it needs the deck.


Come on over!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Moving Along!

Well, my newly introduced line of professional quality promotional items has really taken off! Those are just a FEW images of completed items, there are more in the works and some not yet pictured!

What started out as a little shop consisting of just Etsy Shop Banners/Avatars and some little paper thank you note cards has rapidly grown into much, much more...both in inventory and quality!

As of now, I offer Car Magnets, Business Cards (matte AND glossy!), vinyl craftshow banners, rack cards, t-shirts, product cards such as for hair accessories and jewelry, price tags, hanging tags, labels, window clings and probably even a few more items I'm forgetting at the moment LOL.

I am now also offering Tote Bags-of which I yet to have a 'completed item' picture of...but will hopefully soon! They are going to be terrific! They come in 2 sizes (100% cotton canvas) of Small and Deluxe, and the Deluxe size also comes in a two-tone option if you'd like! (black handles and bottom) I really can't wait to make my first one so that I can have pictures to show....so excited!
If you may be interested in details, please click on the above image to visit my shop-you can contact me there :-)

Since first beginning this line 4-29, I've now completed/shipped over 35 custom item orders and I LOVE it. I really enjoy working so closely with so many great Etsians and getting to know them...and I totally love the designing process. With Soooo many different shops and soooo many different personal styles between them, I really get to stretch my creative muscles---I've even used some I forgot I had! LOL

I whole-heartedly want to thank each and every person who has trusted me to help them grow and enhance their business and presentation. In doing so, you have helped me to grow and enhance my own little business as well. I am truly flattered to have a part in helping to make your dreams/visions/wishes of making your shops/talents/crafts stand out among the rest come to life :-D And I hope to continue to have that honor as you grow even bigger!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Workin 9-5

During the past week or so, while promoting my new line of Promotional Products, I've spent a GREAT deal of time on the computer. Making new connections on Etsy, networking, taking orders, answering questions, designing items and layouts, emailing my printer....WHEW! It's a LOT of work!
And whereas I'm loving every minute of it...with it being very time consuming...my husband does not.

He seems to think that I should establish actual "Business Hours of Operation" and when quitting time comes....QUIT for the day. LOL
I keep trying to tell him that it doesn't quite work that way! Especially when you're a one-man-show and your success/failure rides solely on YOU!
Plus, I'm always home unless running to the Post Office. So it's not like I'm NOT here to talk to him, fix dinner, keep the house clean...and if we have plans or want to do something, I'm always present.

Funny how when the nice weather rolls in and HE gets busy with HIS Home Business of Excavation/Hauling. He doesn't seem to see the problem with spending every second of his waking day working both his day job AND running his own business-never being home, not here for dinner, always on the phone, giving quotes, taking jobs...run-run-run!


Hmmm.....Wonder what he would tell ME if I suggested HE instate
"Actual Hours of Business Operation"??

Friday, May 1, 2009

ahhh--- a new day!

I LOVE this picture I took from my back yard last year. I actually sold a print of it out of my TheWoodyNook shop!
We have a little patch of woods there and this tree always seems so 'magical' to me with all the ivy growing up the trunk.....

I can't wait for all the rainy, yucky days to be over. And we've had some crazy lookin weather lately! I took this one from my back deck just a few days ago. Scarey how dark it was under the clouds, but yet how blue the sky was above them...what is this world coming to? LOL
Mother Nature has to be very stressed trying to keep a balance to everything ;-)I like THESE kind of days much better....Mother Nature was on top of her game this day LOL

And here's a little discovery hubby and I made the other day. We'd cleaned out a closet and removed one of the little shelving units we had in there. Not really knowing what to do with it at the time, we just popped it outside on the deck and well..kinda forgot about it actually!
No worries...somebody found a use for it.
Take a gander at our "Fine Feather High Rise" LOL
Wonder what would be acceptable to ask for rent?
This one has some squatters!! LOL

Thursday, April 30, 2009


I am SOO excited about this great new line!

I'm introducing an entire new section in my shop,
"Deluxe Promotional Items"
full of beautifully printed items to give your shop a really professional look
for very resonable prices.

Check out some of the great things that have already been ordered/created/completed
and now LISTED for easy purchasing!
There will be even MORE awesome things coming soon!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hmmm....So I wonder....has ETSY ever been cause for divorce yet?

As I sit here, tired and groggy-eyed, due to staying up waaaaay past my bedtime last night in order to hang out in an Etsy thread (and all of you who do it also know just what I'm talking about!) I can't help but feel a LITTLE...just a little...guilty for ignoring my better half last night.

I try to do my best to 'incorporate' him during my Etsy-time when he's home. I'll bring the laptop to the Living Room or the Kitchen, where ever he's 'hanging out' for a bit. I show him new listings, who some of my friends there are, even the 'behind the scenes' of how it all works...but his interest let's just say...leaves a little to be desired. I suppose to him it's one step beyond bringing/answering your cell phone at dinner.

So I have to choose. Do I sit there and continue on my merry Etsyway and endure the continuous, monotonous naggings of "Are you almost done?", "Haven't you been on there long enough?" and the ever popular "You're not going to be on there ALL NIGHT are you?!" OR do I leave my laptop on the desk...wondering what new beauties are being listed, what crazy conversations are going on without me, what if somebody has sent me a convo?!....what if I SOLD something??...WAIT, I just thought of a new sale!, a new thread post!, I have to leave feedback!!!!!.................


"Nay"...Nay I say.

I loves muh Etsy....and I'm there to stay!

(sorry honey, I'll hang with you....another day)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

OK...well here I go again! LOL

So....I had a blog before...and I let it go. I can't even remember the password!

"Oh well", I told myself. It had been created long before I opened my second shop (PromoPixie) and was primarily only geared towards my first shop (WoodyNook). So I thought this would be a great opportunity to start over and incorporate BOTH of my shops into one blog...while also keeping this one much simpler than my first.

And so...."Pixie's Nook" comes to light!
I will be posting all sorts of goodies here.
*Shop updates
*Etsy Announcements
*Featured Sellers
*Stories and Pictures from "A day in the life" of a PixieNook LOL ;D
and probably all sorts of other crazy modge-podge things.

I hope that you'll 'Follow Me' so you can keep up with all the craziness that is sure to ensue!!
Thanks for reading the FIRST POST in Pixie's Nook!