Saturday, July 31, 2010

Strawberry Mint Lemonade

It's still frothy from the blender. And it's YUM.

Strawberry Mint Lemonade:
  1. Pour lemonade (I used this whole jar) in blender.
  2. Add 8-12 fresh strawberries, leaves removed.
  3. Add leaves from 3-5 sprigs of mint.
  4. Puree until smooth.
  5. Drink your tasty, tasty treat!
This is seriously my new favorite drink. LOVE it.

Friday, July 30, 2010

3 Things Friday

This week:
The good: I had a HUGE shop update!
The not-so-good: I've been given the run-around by my insurance.
The best: We got a new wireless scanner & printer!!! It's beautiful and it's going to make my prints even better! :D Did I mention it's wireless?!



PS: I'm going to see Inception tonight!!

What were yours this week?

Thursday Threads #21

Hm...Today was a little frumpy. Those black marks on my shirt aren't stray pen marks, that's acrylic stain. Oh yeah, I'm classy ;)

White shirt - Mossimo
Brown linen capris (linen is the BEST)
Brown flip flops

...I still haven't cut my hair!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Etsy Update!

I just did a HUGE update to my Etsy shop AJ the Purple!

I added a completely new product - Embroidered Bracelets!
I seriously love these. I hope you do, too ^_^

I added the new Squid Monsters and Fairy to my prints section
(Squid Monsters was by special request - the first one already sold! :D)
There are now lots of ACEOs :D

And of course there are Huggles ;)

And, because I love you,
First 3 orders today get a special surprise

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Etsy Finds: Austin

This week I want to feature some members of Team Etsy Austin! These are a wonderful group of people, and I couldn't be happier that I joined the team last year. Austin's motto is "Keep Austin Weird," which means "Support local businesses!" So if you're local, you should definitely give these ladies a look! You can find them on Etsy, or at many markets and locations around town :) Without further ado, here are some colorful creations of my fellow Austinites!

First up is a set of Upcycled Crayons by lpfdesigns (from whom I won this headband!):

Second is a Water Pistol Safe by the ever-cheerful pommesfrites:

We have an adorable Magnet Pack by my Craft Academy partner-in-crime's shop Robo Roku:

Who could resist this Sweet Yellow Bird Ring by fiftyacorns?

Followed by this great Cycling Cap by Maggie913 (I want it the purple one!):

I may have to buy these Texas Cuff Links by AmeliaBeth (..for my husband):

How CUTE is this Mod Car Shirt by BabyBolt?? I need an adult size.

I'll wrap this up with Elsa the Elephant by SnuggleHerd:

Check out more items in my treasury, or search for TeamEtsyAustin on Etsy!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sew YOU! Sneak Peek #1

Happy Monday :)
Here's a sneak peek of two projects I'm perfecting for Craft Academy's Fall Semester!

(I'm not going to tell you what they are - yet!)

Sew You 101 will consist of a series of sewing projects that become more complex as your skills grow. I'll be teaching valuable sewing skills all semester long! Stay tuned to learn more!

Remember: Registration opens August 8th!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

You Amaze Me, Phaidon

You know I have a love affair with books. One of my favorite publishers, and one of the leading art book publishers in the world, is Phaidon. They produce books on subjects from film to fashion to food. I am proud to own a few of their books on art, architecture, and design (three of my passions). When you buy a Phaidon book, you know you will be getting a quality book with beautiful images and great design. [I should be getting paid for this.] It doesn't matter the subject, I love looking at any of their books! That's why, this week, you amaze me, Phaidon.

(all images from Phaidon)

Just thought I'd share with you :)

Whose books do you adore?

Friday, July 23, 2010

3 Things Friday

In case you missed my post last Friday, I started a new tradition. Each Friday I'll post a good thing, a not-so-good thing, and my favorite thing from the previous week. I'd love to hear yours, too!

This week:
The good: I worked out every day! Goal met :D
The not-so-good: Faulty pilot light = apartment full of gas = unproductive day
The best: I made 3 sales in my Etsy shop this week :D 19 on the way to my goal of 30 this year! (Although I'm hoping to exceed that ;))

And on a peronal note...had a friends over for an amazing dinner and Girlie Night at the Ritz with Marci and Velma was a blast!!
I'm going to have to get better at limiting myself to three!

What were yours this week?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday Threads #20

I'm trying to be less timid in my artwork, so when I felt like painting today,
I just went for it!
This was me, trying to decide what I should paint ;)
Yes, that's how I stand when I'm excitedly thinking!

Black camisole
Black and white plaid shorts - Aeropostale
Pendant lamp - Ikea

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

10 Questions

I found this little survey on The Freckled Nest (LA's post), and several other blogs, a while back. I think it's really fun, and am glad I finally got around to doing it ^_^ I'm not very good at picking favorites, but I tried to do the first ones that came to mind here.
Hope you enjoy getting to learn a little more about me!

1. Favorite hobby?

2. Favorite tv show?

3. Favorite restaurant food?


4. Favorite thing to shop for?

5. Favorite animal?



6. Favorite song?

7. Favorite word?

8. Recent favorite youtube video?

9. Favorite movie?

Hmm...I'm sensing a them here...:P
(images via Amazon)

10. Favorite childhood memory?
Playing spies in the neighborhood...
Cooking/baking with my sister...
Gymnastics meets...
Bedtime stories with my dad...
Acting ridiculous with my best friends...
Family game nights...
I have many ♡

Anything surprising?

Want to post the survey too? Leave me a link!

(images are mine unless sourced)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Look what I got!

Remember me mentioning those giveaways I won last week?

This is what I won from the lovely Bridget of lovepeacefamily! Isn't it adorable? I wore a red shirt today to match :D I eat an apple a day, so this is perfect. And my hair was really annoying me today...;)

Go check out Bridget's awesome shop!!
And also go check out her feature on the Etsy Austin blog!

Etsy Finds: Glasses

Yes, I have a thing for glasses. I have a colorful little sunglasses collection since I can't wear real glasses! Anyway, this week's Etsy Finds post is inspired by lovely glasses :-) Please enjoy!

I've shown you these before, but I still love the Nerdy Heart Glasses from Steppie!

You've gotta love a nerdy robot, like this one by sleepyrobot13:

How about some cats eye glasses? Check out this pillow by YellowBugBoutique:

And I can't believe I found an Ira Glass Finger Puppet!! By abbeychristine:

Followed by this crazy pop art Eyeglasses Case by magazinejms:

I would wear eyeglasses necklace by redchuckstress in a heartbeat!

Eyeglasses print by alidouglass? Yes, please.

Gotta love any print by ashleyg, including this one - that's right - with glasses!
And, finally, we end with OHDEARME-ILOVETHIS Nerdy Panda Love Print by panduhmonium:

What can we learn from all this? Things look cute in glasses. That's right.
Now go buy me, I mean, er, yourself some cool stuff from these wonderful Etsians! ;D