Friday, May 28, 2010

Top 5 Treasures

Today's Top 5 treasures found are listed below. If you would like to have your shop featured here on my blog you will need to pick your favorite and list it in the comments along with your shop address. If not enough responses then I will randomly pick them. All comments and shops are welcomed but please note that unless your shop is opened you can not be considered as a contestant. Also all shops must have viable items for sale.

Many shops have reported that they have had direct sales due to being featured on my blog.

So be sure to invite your friends to be featured here and to check out the other shops great items.




Stained glass American flag heart by Designs in Stained Glass
Shop: DesignsStainedGlass.etsy.com




Australian Sand T-shirt by Mayas Ideas
Shop: mayasideas.etsy.com



Freshwater Pearl and Serpentine Watch by CK Silver
Shop: cksilver.etsy.com



Carry-All Tote Shoulder Bag by Sammy's Grammy
Shop: sammysgrammy.etsy.com




Sweet Lil Baby Hand Print Charm  Necklace by Pictures of Silver
Shop: picturesofsilver.etsy.com

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Alice in Wonderland




Tie One On is having an Alice in Wonderland apron contest to win a sewing book.  I'm entering the contest because its just a great challenge for me to come up with my own Alice in Wonderland apron style.  My idea was to come up with a style that would make the wearer feel like it was a complete costume without adding anything to the apron.  It's complete with the light blue apron skirt and light blue strap cap like sleeve.

Also is included is the white pinfore apron on top of the apron skirt for the feel of wearing an apron. So its really an apron on top of another apron.  I've also linked up with the blog Everything Etsy!

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, May 22, 2010

14 Foods for Passion


Ever wonder what foods help you get in the mood for love?  Well you will be surprised what foods are enhancements for love.


1 -- ASPARAGUS
Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.


2 -- ALMONDS
Almonds were regarded as fertility symbols. The aroma of almond supposedly arouses passion in females -- or so thought the poets and scribes. The scientists say that almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium and even fiber.


3 -- AVOCADO
Avocado is rich with folic acid, vitamin B6 and potassium. They are also said to boost immune system.


4 -- BANANAS
Bananas are loaded with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins. It also contains chelating minerals and the bromeliad enzyme, said to enhance the male libido.


5 -- BASIL
Basil has a fantastic aroma that is said to have an aphrodisiac effect; it is also very stimulating.  Using sweet basil in a pasta sauce will be sure to get your heart racing!


6 -- CHOCOLATE
Pure chocolate, the king of natural aphrodisiacs, contains a host of compounds including anandamide, the psyochoactive feel-good chemical, and PEA (phenylethylamine), the "love chemical.

7 -- FIGS
This sexy fruit has long been thought of as an arousing stimulant, and an open fig is believed to emulate the female sex organs.


8 -- GARLIC
Garlic is chockfull of allicin, an ingredient that will increase blood flow.  Iit may be stinky but it works so whip up an extra-garlicky dish and keep the Altoids handy.


9 -- OYSTERS
Oysters may be thought an aphrodisiac because of their high zinc content, which helps produce sperm and increases libido.


10 -- HONEY
Sweet, sticky honey is a great source of boron, a trace mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen, the female sex hormone. Studies have shown that this mineral may also enhance testosterone levels in the blood, the hormone responsible for promoting sex drive and orgasm in both men and women.


11-- GINGER
 Ginger root can be eaten raw, cooked, or crystallized. Ginger is a circulatory system stimulant which can increase sexual powers and desire


12--  RASPBERRIES, & STRAWBERRIES
These are perfect aphrodisiac foods to eat. They are red, which is the color associated with love and passion, and are high in vitamin C.


13-- NUTMEG
Chinese women believed that nutmeg was an aphrodisiac food and that it increased sexual desire, thereby contributing to procreation during fertility.


14-- WINE
Wine relaxes our inhibitions and stimulates our senses. The actual drinking of wine can be an erotic experience. Moderate amounts of wine are believed to “arouse,” but excessive alcohol will make you drowsy.

Source: Fuel the Mind; Alter Net

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil


Today was an alarming day.  I went over to the Etsy forum to learn that one of the Etsy treasuries, on the Treasury East had indecent items on display.  A fellow team member alerted the Etsy Adminstration only to learn that didn't violate any polices.  It was further noted that because this team continued to discuss this issue and their concerns they, Etsy Administration, closed the specific forum that was discussing this issue.  The team never named the sellers by name or even the name of the specific treasury either.  It's like the old saying hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil.

It's funny how good is shut down will indecenty is allowed to prevail.  Funny, when I've been on Myspace and Facebook they do have regulations about indecent pictures but Etsy does not.  I just don't understand their reasoning.  I guess its suppose to be freedom of expression.

Etsy used to have deplayed an indecent item with white out over the item of exposure to protect the innocent viewers.  But now it seems that anything is fair game.  What ever happened to family friendly sites.  I always thought etsy was more family friendly like the other major sites like Myspace and Facebook.

Some etsy team members have decided to leave etsy.  At this time I will not be leaving etsy.  I have to look at it like this:  If I was participating in a craft fair and there were indecent items what would I do?  I would walk away and not go to that booth, but I would continue to attend the fair because that is where the public is attending.   It's a choice like everything else.  I choose to have decent and moral items and others choose to not.  But I will continue to do what I feel is best to do for me as you must decide to do what is best for you.

Top 5 Treasures

Today's Top 5 treasures found are listed below. If you would like to have your shop featured here on my blog you will need to pick your favorite and list it in the comments along with your shop address. If not enough responses then I will randomly pick them. All comments and shops are welcomed but please note that unless your shop is opened you can not be considered as a contestant. Also all shops must have viable items for sale.

Many shops have reported that they have had direct sales due to being featured on my blog.

So be sure to invite your friends to be featured here and to check out the other shops great items.


Gift pack, 5 note cards by PJD Oringinal Artworks
Shop: pfdoriginalartworks.etsy.com


Black and white pleated purse by Nancy's Bags Etc.
Shop: NancysBagsEtc.etsy.com


DRAGONFLY hairpin by Sue Runyon Designs
Shop:  SueRunyonDesigns.etsy.com

Hand Embroidered Red Swirl Bag by Bloomingfield Beads
Shop:  bloomfieldbeads.etsy.com

Split Diamond Cotton Headband by Road to Grinnell
Shop:  RoadToGrinnell.etsy.com

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Beauty of Jacksonville!

I got the opporunity to go to Jacksonville, FL last week. It was a fun and relaxing time. I was in desperate need of some R&R. I went for a walk every morning and was able to enjoy the beautiful river walk along the St. Johns River.


The beauty of the scenic walk along St. John's.


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Bronze runner statue to commemorate the many people who run along the St. John's and the many fund raising runs. And my silly husband competing with the statue for the evening run.


"Our Dreams Live on in Our Children."




Every day there were more boats parked along the river walk.  In the morning the walk would be bare but by noon when the resturants along the landing were open the boats would be there with guests or merchants from the resturants and shops.  Boats were used as transporation for many shops and resturants to go back and forth across the river.  Past the Landing were several business who also had boats for transportation.



At least 4 bridges are along the St. John's maybe more but this was all I saw from where we were staying.  They are like freeways or highways there.  One bridge was for the train to cross over the river.  It would cross at least twice daily with business supplies and UPS delieveries too.  The train bridge was very old and rustic and would raise and lower for train crossing from a horizontal to vertical.  The blue bridge would slide up and down in the middle it, it would always stay horizontal, was an amazing sight to see a bridge move in this new way.


The Jacksonville landing was the local hang out for the down town buisness district.  Resturants and shops surround the center of the landing.  This is the fountain and band stand at the center of the landing.

This is the reason I got to go to Jacksonville, the ICAC team had a training seminar to attend and I went along for R&R.  They do their best to keep our children safe from predators.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cajun Chicken Salad - 2 pts




Ingredients
4 cups mixed lettuce leaves
1 cup snow peas, trimmed
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup yellow pear-shaped tomatoes
3/4 cup celery, sliced
1/4 cup shallots, chopped
Cajun seasoning to taste
10 oz (300g) skinless chicken breast
2 tbsp fat-free Italian dressing

Directions
1. Place the lettuce in a serving dish and top it with the vegetables; set aside.
2. Sprinkle Cajun seasoning over the chicken and broil, grill or barbecue it until cooked. Slice the chicken into thin strips.

3. Arrange the warm chicken over the salad and drizzle with the dressing.

Makes 4 servings

Per serving: Calories 125.2, Protein 18.6g, Fat 1.4g, Saturated Fat 0.3g, Carbohydrate 9.8g,

Fiber 2.4g, Cholesterol 41.1mg, Iron 1.8mg, Sodium 327.2mg, Calcium 53.8mg

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Top 5 Treasures

Today's Top 5 treasures found are listed below. If you would like to have your shop featured here on my blog you will need to pick your favorite and list it in the comments along with your shop address. If not enough responses then I will randomly pick them. All comments and shops are welcomed but please note that unless your shop is opened you can not be considered as a contestant. Also all shops must have viable items for sale.

Many shops have reported that they have had direct sales due to being featured on my blog.

So be sure to invite your friends to be featured here and to check out the other shops great items.



MEXICAN CHURCH PHOTOGRAPH by My Savior Photography
Shop: MYSAVIOR.etsy.com

Salsa Peacock Fringe Dress-Dancewear by Ms. Kitty's Closet
Shop: MsKittysCloset.etsy.com


Crib Blanket with knitted hat by Sweety Bird Knits
Shop: Sweetybird09.etsy.com

Stick Figure Family  Car Decals by Household 6 Handmade
Shop:  household6handmade.etsy.com

Shot Down - Porcelain Vase by Kathleen McGiveron Ceramic Art
Shop: kmcgiveron.etsy.com

Sunday, May 9, 2010

In Honor of Mother's Day!


How God created Mother

God took the fragrance of a flower,
The majesty of a tree
The gentleness of morning dew,
The calm of the quietest sea,
The beauty of the twilight hour,
The soul of a starry night,
The laughter of a rippling brook,
The grace of a bird in flight,
Then God fashioned from these things,
A creation like no other,
He called it simply MOTHER!

 
source: leggznthings

Friday, May 7, 2010

8 Miles Under My Belt!

I've been walking lately with my daughter to get in some more exercise for weight loss.  Yesterday I surpasssed all goals and hit the 8 mile mark.  I'm so excited, I just thought I'd share with you.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Layered Tortilla Bake - 6 pts


Ingredients

1 pound ground beef, extra lean
1 can kidney beans, canned -- drained and rinsed, dark red
28 ounces roma tomatoes -- canned, with basil
4 ounces green chiles -- mild
1 1/4 ounces taco seasoning mix -- 30%less sodium
12 corn tortillas -- 6 inch
4 ounces cheddar cheese, lowfat

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet; drain well.
Mix in beans, tomatoes, chiles and taco seasoning mix. Reduce heat; simmer
5 min.
Spray 9 x 13 " baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut tortillas in half;
place half of them in bottom of baking
dish, overlapping. Spoon half of beef mixture evenly over tortillas. Cover with
remaining tortillas and then remaining beef mixture.
Top with cheese. Cover; bake 25 min.

Source:  weight watcher recipes

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Top 5 Treasures

Today's Top 5 treasures found are listed below. If you would like to have your shop featured here on my blog you will need to pick your favorite and list it in the comments along with your shop address. If not enough responses then I will randomly pick them. All comments and shops are welcomed but please note that unless your shop is opened you can not be considered as a contestant. Also all shops must have viable items for sale.

Many shops have reported that they have had direct sales due to being featured on my blog.

So be sure to invite your friends to be featured here and to check out the other shops great items.



Summer Vintage Collage Brooch By The Vintage Brooch Company
Shop:  vintagebroochco.etsy.com

Custom wedding dress illustration  by Giraffe Label
Shop: giraffelabel.etsy.com


 Tshirt Lion of Judah  by Lavon Tees
Shop: LavonTees.etsy.com

Spiral Stole by Uniquely Yours Crafter
Shop: UniquelyYoursCrafter.etsy.com


Denim tote with floral pink lining by Arona Designs
Shop: AronaWalsh.etsy.com