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Friday, September 30, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Dakyiness

Hello, I'm Jen. I'm a junior in college majoring in nursing. I enjoy scrapbooking and crafting on my free time. I became interested in scrapbooking some time in January 2011 and hoarded materials ever since. My creative energy comes and goes so I find myself shopping and stashing away materials more than scrapbooking itself.
You can find lots of supply goodies over in Jen's shop! Perfect for Halloween!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Style: Rust Crush

I have to admit, I've been doing a decent amount of online clothing shopping lately. A girls gotta prepare for the cooler Fall weather though right? It wasn't until I bought a rust colored beanie hat from Forever 21 that I realized I was crushing on this new color. It is not neutral, but not overwhelming and goes great with all skin tones. Not to mention, it really is the perfect color for Autumn!
 Add a touch of color to any outfit with this cardigan.
 Rust AND polka dots? Love.

 Love the subtle touch of color in these earrings.
 Love everything about this outfit. Everything!
Great use of warm and cold tones here.

Oh man. I think I'm definitely going to have to add some more rust into my wardrobe this season.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's My Birthday

This photo is of  my cousin, Kristen and I. (Do you like my bigger-than-my-head bow? Thanks Mom.) Clearly, it was not my birthday at the time of this photo, but since it's sort of a classic, I thought it would be a good birthday-related photo to share!

Today I am 27 and it is my golden birthday. Apparently that means it will be a good year? I sure hope so! I have a lot of aspirations for the next few years and right now it feels like I am on the right track to them, which is making me work even harder. But tonight I'm putting the work aside (for real) and enjoying a nice dinner with my boyfriend!

P.S. In celebratory fashion, you can get free shipping today only in my Etsy shop with the coupon code BDAYFUN! Enjoy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Happy Gloomy Day

It was pretty gloomy in California this weekend. Just a few weeks ago I was telling Jordan that I could go for a rainy day. Now, I'm not sure if my weather desires have any impact on Mother Nature but just in case, I apologize to my fellow Californians who were hoping for another weekend of beach weather.

Don't get me wrong, I love the sun as much as the next California girl. But maybe it's the Michigan girl in me that needs a cloudy, rainy, chilly day once in a while. I woke up on Saturday and when I saw those clouds I just wanted to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with a warm latte by my side. (I quickly remembered that we still don't have a coffee maker and a latte by my side would require a trip to Starbucks, which was not in my "being cozy on the couch all day" agenda. Scratch the latte.)

Now, my fellow bloggers probably know how difficult it is to sit on the couch and not work at all. I have to admit that there was a point in the day when my laptop (mysteriously?) made its way to my lap so I could work on my blog makeover. And yes, ok, I may have also packaged up a few orders from my Etsy shop. But I swear, the majority of my day was spent being lazy. Aren't you proud? ;]

September Giveaway Winners

Congratulations! My sponsors will e-mail you soon! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What's in my bag?

I recently got this purse from LuLu's and I love it. It was exactly what I was looking for so I thought I'd share it with you guys with a little "What's in my bag?" post!
1. Phone (cracked screen!! Anticipating the new iPhone so I can upgrade!)
2. Lavender nail polish from F21...an impulse purchase at the register!
3. Covergirl Outlast Lipstain (love!) and Nivea Tinted Chapstick in Cherry
4. Vera Bradley card holder
5. Sunglasses. I'm not sure where they're from, probably F21 (for $5!).
6. Altoids (left over from the pack I bought for this tutorial)
7. Little tin for my vitamins
8. Business cards! Never know who you'll meet!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Barnwood4u

Barnwood4u is a home based business specializing in high quality woodwork utilizing reclaimed wood and weathered barn wood. Our business is composed of Jim & Brenda and now a beautiful baby girl Madison. We have building the business for many years while each of was working 40+ hours at other jobs.
In April of 2010 I (Jim) was able to quit my day job and dedicate full time to the woodworking while also being a full time stay at home dad. I chose to work with the reclaimed wood and barnwood because of the uniqueness of each naturally weathered wood.   We stock over 100 different frames in various sizes with over 35 different mat colors. We offer many different styles of rustic wall shelves from small to large. We also handcraft end tables, coffee tables and bookshelves and everything else in between for your home decor. We support products made in the USA and we are an eco-friendly shop. We take pride in our work and strive to provide pieces of art to last many more years to come.

We are happy to answer any questions or assist in customizing our products for your home or business. We are available through our Etsy shop or I can be reached at 505-264-1918 7am-9pm mountain time.
Be sure to check out Jim's shop full of beautiful recycled wood pieces. The birdhouses are my absolute favorite, I would totally hang one on our back porch. And don't forget, you can win one by entering this giveaway!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The A to Z of me

It has been a while since I've written a Five Facts post so I'm jumping on the A to Z train that has been going around blog land!
(This is from when we stopped at Carmel Beach on our way home from the wedding.)

A. Age: 27 on the 27th of this month!
B. Bed size: Queen. And it's not big enough!
C. Chore that you hate: Doing the dishes. We have a bad habit of letting them sit for a while after eating dinner.
D. Dogs: Little Penny girl is the first dog I've ever had.
E. Essential start to your day: I honestly start to check my e-mail from my phone in order to wake me up and get out of bed.
F. Favorite color: Turquoise and Mustard Yellow
G. Gold or Silver: I used to be a silver only girl but I'm getting more into gold these days.
H. Height: 5'4? 5'5?
I. Instruments you play: I played the piano in middle school, I wish I would've kept up with it.
J. Job title: Photographer by day, Blogger by night
K. Kids: All I know is that I want more than one.
L. Live: Orange County for now.
M. Mother’s name: Caren
N. Nicknames: Most people call me Jules.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Never thankfully.
P. Pet peeves: Leaving lights on in vacant rooms. Why???!
Q. Quote from a movie: Tough one, I've got nothin.
R. Right or left handed: Right.
S. Siblings: None!
U. Underwear: It's a secret :]
V. Vegetable you hate: I'm actually really venturing out on the veggies but I have to say I just can't get into green/red/yellow peppers.
W. What makes you run late: Well I'm pretty punctual, which tends to leave me waiting, so sometimes I take my time and don't worry about it because I know the other person will be late anyways. ;]
X. X-Rays you’ve had: My back countless times, due to scoliosis.
Y. Yummy food that you make: I make some mean asparagus and stuffed artichokes thanks to my Mom.
Z. Zoo animal: I'm sort of an animal freak and I love every animal ever, but I would have to say the tigers. Kitty!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Easy DIY Wedding Centerpiece

As you know, I went out of town for a wedding last weekend. Well, before the wedding the bride, Leah, had asked me if I knew where she could find little chalkboards at a low price. She wanted to use them to name the dinner tables. I told her that, given the recent popularity of chalkboards, on top of shipping costs, it would probably be pretty hard to find them for a reasonable price. So I suggested she make them. Easy and sooooo much cheaper!
 Materials Needed:
Picture Frames
Chalkboard Spraypaint

She found these frames at Ikea, 3 for $2!
Leah spent an afternoon spraying the plastic that came inside the Ikea frames with Chalkboard spray paint. Wait for them to dry, reassemble the frame, and that is literally it! It's such an easy project and I can't imagine how much money it saved Leah. She even used them at the bar area, labeling the drinks "Mojito" and "Sweet Tea." Such a cute touch and perfect for a crafty bride on a budget!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sponsor Love Part 2

Say hello to these lovely ladies!

I'm Allison Kaye, a full time design student, part time graphic designer and lover of all things creative and handmade. Crafted Love is a place full of crafts, tutorials, DIYs, inspiration, photography and a whole lot of adventure!


I am a twenty something year old who always chooses the scenic route. I heart all things vintage, I believe in karma and find inspiration everywhere I turn. I am a designer and have an obsession with color, layout and type. My wardrobe is way too big for my own good, but luckily Matthew saves me room in our closet :) If I'm having a bad day, big earrings and Lady GaGa always seem to make me feel better.

Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Design

I'm Cassie. Owner / creator / designer of Rainbow Lollies, spreading the love of handmade through fun colorful creations. My favorite craft materials are fabric and felt. I also love books especially children classics with vintage drawings.


Hello there! I'm Victoria Hughes, a twenty-one year old who loves to constantly create new projects for herself. I am not one to take no for an answer. I believe with hard work and passion anything and everything can be accomplished if you want it for the right reasons.My life's number one aspiration is to make the impossible, possible. It sounds like a very demanding goal, but in reality, I solve this by making my passions my guide. Following my passions led to opening my jewelry shop, Garden of Eden Designs, and my artwork shop, Painted Blooms. I find it liberating to be able to share my designs and paintings in such a supportive community. Because of this excitement and desire to share my work, I started the Be One of a Kind blog. This is my little corner of the world where I share my everyday inspirations and creative adventures of my personal life, my indie business ventures, and my love for fashion and all things pretty.

Monday, September 19, 2011

We're back!

Jordan and I got back from our trip last night. We had a great time at the wedding! Can't you tell from this ridiculous photo booth photo? (...that Jordan is going to kill me for sharing but it cracks me up!) The trip was beautiful and adventurous (I randomly fed an ostrich, which was terrifying) and now it's back to work! I'm answering e-mails as fast as I can, which has not been easy since we found out our internet was broken as soon as we got home! So bare with me a bit and in the meantime, I posted all SIX of September's giveaways today so definitely scroll down and enter every single one!

Talk soon, JA

September Giveaway #6: Scrapbooking Kit

**CLOSED**
All September giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Jen, of Dakyiness, is offering one lucking reader this Autumn Scrapbooking Mini Album Kit! It includes a variety of papers, buttons, and ribbons, all carrying on a lovely Fall theme!


1. Visit Jen's shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.
U.S. entries only please!


1.) Follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin.
2.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
3.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of four chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

September Giveaway #5: Laundry Soap Detergent

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All September giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Erika, of ElloPoppetBeauty, is offering one lucking reader handmade laundry soap detergent! Ello Poppet offers a natural, skin-friendly solution for your bath, body & household products. Using commonly known moisture rich ingredients, eliminating the use of harsh chemicals, to create a high quality experience for the customer & their families.


1. Visit Erika's shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.
U.S. entries only please!


1.) Follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin.
2.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
3.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of four chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

September Giveaway #4: Floral Button Earrings

**CLOSED**
All September giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Cassie, of RainbowLollies, is offering one lucking reader a cute set of button earrings and a matching hair band! Pink, sweet and feminine!


1. Visit Cassie's shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin.
2.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
3.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of four chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

September Giveaway #3: Pearl Hair Comb

**CLOSED**
All September giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Efrat, of MyLittleBride is offering one lucking reader this gorgeous pearl hair comb!


1. Visit her shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Become a fan of Efrat's on Facebook.
2.) Visit Efrat's second shop and comment with your favorite item.
3.) Follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin.
4.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
5.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of six chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

September Giveaway #2: Birdhouse

**CLOSED**
All September giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Jim, of Barnwood4u is offering one lucking reader this adorable barnwood birdhouse with a recycled liscense plate roof! SO cute!


1. Visit his shop and comment here with your favorite item and e-mail address.


1.) Follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin.
2.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
3.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of four chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

September Giveaway #1: Large Ad Space

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All September giveaways will be posted TODAY! Every hour a new giveaway from one of my lovely sponsors will be posted. All winners will be chosen at random and announced here in one week. Good luck!
Mary, of Bonjour Miss Mary is offering one lucky reader premium ad space on her blog! This ad space is 200x400 and also includes Twitter mentions and an individual blog feature! Plus, the winner will also receive a $10 credit to Mary's shop!


1. Leave a comment below with your e-mail address.
U.S. entries only please!


1.) Follow Mary on Twitter.
2.) Subscribe to Mary's blog.
3.) Follow this blog using Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin.
4.) Share this giveaway on Twitter using the share button below.
5.) Like this giveaway on Facebook using the share button below.

Be sure to leave an additional comment for each extra credit option! That gives you a total of six chances to win!

I will announce the winner, chosen by random.org, here in one week! Good luck!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Road Trip

As mentioned in this Creative Challenge post, we are traveling up the California coast for a friend's wedding this weekend! I'm really excited because we are stopping in lots of places that I have never been. Adventure! It should be great fun! If you follow me on Twitter you'll see photo updates along the way.

We get back on Sunday evening and I will return to the blogging world on Monday with something special! Monday kicks off my September Giveaway Party! Giveaways will be posted every hour and they are all hosted by my lovely sponsors. So go on over to the column on the right and click away to show some love!

Have a great weekend! xo JA

Sponsor Spotlight: MyLittleBride

My name is Efrat Davidsohn. I am 37 years old. I have been designing jewelry for over 15 years and I run a small vintage style boutique shop in the Soho of Tel Aviv, Israel for almost five years. I make Bridal jewelry, accessories, and design and sew alternative bridal dresses.
I worked for 4 years at the central Opera house in Tel Aviv as a prop woman creating and building special instruments like face masks, jewelry, and background scenery preparing the stage for the next upcoming show and obtaining lots skills in all kinds of levels. I also had the opportunity to work closely with many talented artists. It was the most creative and influential era of my life by that time.

At that time I had some pieces of jewelry that I had bought from other jewelry designers and they used to break apart a lot and I found my self repeatedly going to get them fixed till I decided to fix it by myself and from that moment it’s all history!
I am a mother too – I have two precious children, Alma, age 5, and Idan, age 2, and I have them occupied for almost 25 hours a day. I invest most of the time to be with them, but also find time to make my jewelry; you are probably asking your selves how? From the day they were born, I started taking them to my studio and opened a small nursery in the corner of the store. I played them some music, fed them, and when they were stuffed, they would go to sleep or start playing – giving me some freedom to make jewelry in the spare time and at night (the golden moments!) that I had to escape.

I think the reason that most of the time I am a happy mom is that I can really keep my identity as a designer and not only as a mother - to make jewelry and take care of the children too. It’s therapeutic!
My studio is in a tiny room inside my shop and there I have all my stuff and materials: All kinds of metals, freshwater pearls, antique pearls, Goldfield and silver sterling chains, fabrics, antique metal pieces and especially playing good music. I listen to Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and many more and they also influence my designs. I use special techniques and some are antique used in the1920’s, I acquired them from research, observation and lots of reading. I also started by make them Tiffany style lamps, art dolls and metal chairs.

I work on 10 (!) different items at the same time in order to keep up with my imagination before they all vanish from head. I tried several times to write them down and sketch my ideas on a paper but it never works. Amazingly, it only works when I work on them at the same time, and that is why I never get bored of making them. Many new ideas but little time to make them!
I guess what I love the most in creating and designing jewelry is that I never know what is going to happened while I’m sitting down to make them, how it’s going to end up & look like.

Thank you so much Efrat!
Be sure to check out her beautiful Etsy shop!
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