Friday, November 30, 2012

November Giveaway Winner

It's time for the reveal of the winner of the November Giveaway winner! I had quite a nice list of entries with the ornament swap being so popular, plus a few Movie Monday guesses.
To recap, here is what the giveaway was all about here and here.

The winner of the Season's Tweetings Gift Set from Lush was actually one of my swap partners, Brandon! I the winner was randomly selected using the Random Number Generator from the swap list and Movie Monday guesses and it just so happened to be my swap partner!



Congratulations Brandon!

For more great giveaways, keep an eye out this December!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hey Four Eyes

For about the last 4 years or so, I've been really into big crazy glasses. For the longest time, I never wore eyeglasses even when I needed them so I guess I'm making up for lost time. One of my absolute favorite things is trying on new glasses frames. Once, I went to a boutique and tried on every single pair they had! So when I found out about the virtual mirror on GlassesUSA.com, I was pumped!




I'm usually a little skeptical of online eyeglasses because you just never know how they are going to fit your face, but I could spend hours using this mirror feature and the frames are reasonably priced. You can try on a few pairs yourself by clicking here for the virtual mirror.

Sometimes wearing glasses makes me feel as though I can't wear other dominant accessories like large earrings or even a headband so having multiple pairs of glasses in different colors makes me feel like I'm still "accessorizing" even if it is in the most functional way possible.

What's funny is I will occasionally get compliments from people where they say things like "your glasses are great! I wish I could pull that off." It's interesting because when you first put on a new funky pair of glasses, you're not really sure if they work on your face or if you just look silly. Eventually, they just sort of become part of your face. If you just take the leap and get the pair that you want, nobody will think you look silly! I promise!



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Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

I Made It Myself!

I've been working on one of my creative goals: LEARNING HOW TO SEW! I've wanted to sew since I was a child, but no one in my family really knew how so there was so one to teach me. It didn't stop me from hacking away at my own clothing (and ruining most of it) to try and "restyle" existing clothes that I had. Finally, I signed up for 3 classes in November and then one more in December.

This is the bag I made in the first class. 
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It is a really exciting feeling to make something that is functional and serves a purpose. Making jewelry is fun, but when I made this bag it felt like I had made SOMETHING. Does that make sense?

During my Thanksgiving day off, I decided to give myself a bigger challenge and try making a romper for my niece. Apparently, people refer to these over-all style garment as a "jon jon?" Anyways, I thought baby clothes would be easier than adult clothes since it requires a fraction of the materials.

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I definitely made a few mistakes a long the way and put my seam ripper to good use taking the whole thing apart and figuring out how to put it back together again. At some points I got so frustrated trying to figure out what the heck the pattern was saying and just gave up and sewed it together in a random way that seemed to look halfway decent. 

The true test will be if my niece can wear it without it falling apart.

Monday, November 19, 2012

November Giveaway and Movie Monday

Hello Monday! Another round of Movie Monday and another chance to enter my November Giveaway! Click here to catch yourself up with the details.

Last Movie Monday's answer was...

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Originally, I had no desire to see this movie and mostly just watched it because I was working on my laptop while Ari was watching this movie in the living the room. I have to say though, I was pleasantly surprised! I really enjoyed it.
We had a few correct guesses but no winner will be announced until the end of the giveaway!

As for this week.....


THE RULES:
1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner November 30th!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop

THE CLUES

etsy seller: jolliebabie


etsy seller: vgwalldecals


etsy seller: PassionateKitsch


etsy seller: Cutethingslivehere


esty seller: WestEggStudio


Monday, November 12, 2012

New Items





Going through a serious detox of some craft supplies. I have so much stuff left over from some kids projects that I never got around too with my summer programs or I found something online only to have it arrive in the mail and end up with something that I did not realize I was ordering.
Most of it I held onto for several months or even years thinking I would eventually find some use for it. I'm sure that "one day" I could find a use for all of it, but in the meantime it's all taking up wayyyyyyy too much space in my living room. Thankfully, you can sell craft supplies on Etsy so my shop will slowly start to see some new additions!



Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Late Find

Okay, so I know Halloween was more than a week ago, but I stumbled upon these photos of cute artist kids costumes and just could not help myself. They were so cute I nearly died. I just had to share!





Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Story

I've thought a lot about this. About wanting to express myself politically not because I feel self righteous, but because self expression is important. Open dialogue is important. There have been a few bloggers whose writing I've shied away from once they became a bit vocal about a particular opinion and others I've grown more respect for because they shared on such an open platform. That's just the way of it, I guess. Sometimes we alienate people whether we mean to or not.

First and foremost, this is an ARTS AND CRAFTS BLOG, but behind this blog is a human being with strong emotions and a great admiration for other strong minded people around me.

So, here is my story...

I was a very politically aware teenager. I watched the news, read a variety of magazines to stay up to date, was in the Young Democrats Society, went to a few political rallies, was very outspoken in the classroom, and generally hated by my peers. I was in a very conservative, republican, rural, christian environment. I don't consider any of those adjectives to be negative, it was just not a landscape that was accepting of some of my beliefs. Oh yeah, and when I was 16 my mother became the democratic mayor of the town I lived in.

Because of my mother's position, I think that a lot of people tend to think that our family is just a bunch of crazy bleeding heart liberals. The truth is, small town politics is very different. My mom's focus is on our local businesses, the environment surrounding our local lakes, helping to get funding for the parks department to get a new truck, and things that are very far removed from the circus we have on the national level. Yes, I come from a politically involved family, but our goal as a family has always been strictly improving our local community and making things better for a neighbors. My mother is still the mayor of that same small town and maintains no further political ambition than working with her community.

The biggest large scale issue that has ever truly mattered to me to a level where I am willing to stand up and fight is gay rights. Frankly, I find it infuriating that gay rights is even an issue. The person you want to choose as your partner isn't anyone else's business. It is not any way relevant as to how good of a parent you are, how well you will do at your job, and how much good you can do within your community. Gay rights shouldn't even be a question. The reality is someone being gay in no way harms any other individual. Do you think it's wrong? Well, that's unfortunate, but it's still not hurting you.
Halloween when I was 16. Liberal Super Hero- Gay Rights Girl! I know, ridiculous, but I was so proud of it. 
There are many different opinions on how the economy should be fixed.
There are many different opinions on how foreign relations should be handled.
There are many different opinions on health care.
There should only be one opinion on gay rights-- That every human being is entitled to the same rights with their partner regardless of each person's gender.
Homophobic attitudes break my heart and I was so happy to see the changes made for the rights of the LGBT community in yesterday's election.
I spent my teens years carrying a lot of sadness at the hate that I experienced around me towards both friends and strangers for their orientation. People claiming it was a choice, quoting bible passages, saying overtly hateful and aggressive things. It really stung to see and hear when I wasn't even the target. I'm so thankful to slowly see that negativity disappear.

Time went on and I was finally old enough to vote in the 2008 presidential election. To say that I was excited is an understatement. I was fortunate enough in 2007 to be involved in a four person project for one of my political science courses where we had to do thorough research of every presidential candidates background and platform. We also had to give a break down of how the election process works and then deliver all of that information to the entire college. The entire project took most of the semester to put together. It was a lot of work, but an excellent experience to be able to deliver unbiased, factual information about all the candidates regardless of party affiliation to a group of my peers. Most of all, when the political circus kicked up in mid 2008, I already knew the issues and was familiar with the candidates. I felt like I had a head start and could navigate the sea of bullshit from the media a little easier.

I'll just say this now, in 2008 I voted for Barack Obama. I had him picked as my candidate in the summer of 2007 even before the democratic primary. I wanted him from the start and, since then, I do not feel let down one bit. I voted for him again yesterday.

Me and my roommates at a rally in 2008 with the sun glaring in our eyes.

You can't see it in this picture, but this is a photo from 2008 of Joe Biden grabbing my face with both of his ends while saying hello and telling me he liked my smile. This is a photo of one of the most exciting moments in my young adult life. Faded blue hair aside. 

Since the 2008 election, my political awareness has died down a bit. I think I put so much energy and excitement into 2008 that by the time it was over, I was exhausted. Happy, relieved, but totally exhausted. I would catch snippets of the news or catch up with what was going on with this or that, but my focus really diminished. The last 2-3 years, I would consider myself pretty politically inactive. I couldn't even watch most of the debates and DVR'd everything I watched so I could fast forward through the political ads. I knew who I was voting for and I didn't want to hear it. It's like that part of my life was gone and I was just sick of it.

Yesterday something had changed. I woke up early, went to the polls to vote in Massachusetts and was able to cast my ballot on issues that mattered to me greatly. Ari and I will soon be moving back to Florida and yet again signing up to register to vote there, but I was able to spend these last 3 years in a new state to take pride in casting my vote in Massachusetts specific issues as well as national issues. After I left the polls, I went to work and sat by my computer looking at Twitter, CNN.com, Facebook, and everything in-between just biting my nails and waiting for the results. I was suddenly nervous and slightly angry at myself for having zoned so much of it out for so long. When results were announced, I was so relieved and even cried a little. Our president, the man I've respected for over 5 years and trusted with the leadership of my country is sticking around for four more years. Somehow, I feel renewed. I feel a need to pay closer attention. I feel the loss of the fiery activist I was once. I miss my former self and I'm ready to do my research on what's going down in the future of my home.

For those that did not vote to re-elect our president and for those who are unhappy with any of the outcomes of last night, I understand how hard it is to see someone you do not believe in take a leadership position in the state or even the country where you live. You feel your personal ideals will be violated, if they have not been already, and you're worried that decisions will made that you strongly disagree with. As someone who voted for the winning candidate both nationally and for my state, this is still a fear for everyone. Every republican president angers some republicans and every democratic president angers some democrats.

Telling someone to just "get over it" or any form of "haha, you lost" is not appropriate and I find it strange that some people are so quick to adopt a can-we-all-move-on-now? attitude. If you feel strongly about a political issue, you should never get over it. You should fight for it. I voted for Obama, but if you didn't and if you're upset then you have a right to make your beliefs known. My one request to my fellow Americans is that you do your research before fighting for a cause! Know the issue, know the candidate, know the demographic most affected, and don't get that information from just one source!

The biggest question everyone should ask themselves is do you know what is going on with your own hometown? What are the issues influencing your local community? Have you actually met your neighbors? Have your ever been to a city council meeting? These things matter just as much if not more than a presidential race. Sure you can slap a bumper sticker on your car for the presidential nominee that you like, but do you even know the names of your city council members?

I'm not posting this to be offensive or to become a political blog, this is simply my political story. We all have one and I would love to hear yours too. We are so fortunate to live in a country where we are allowed to share our stories without fear of persecution. Share your blog links, your anecdotes, your photos. This is an arts and crafts blog, but this is also my way to reach out to people. So here I am, extending my olive branch to you. All of you.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Movie Monday and a November Giveaway

I'm doing things a little different this month. I've decided that in the spirit of giving and the holiday season, to offer a giveaway with a little more oomph
For the month of November, my readers will have a chance to enter to win the Season Tweeitings Gift Box from Lush! I absolutely love Lush products and love giving them as gifts to other people. I chose this particular box because it has some of my favorite winter time goodies:
Dream Cream (one of my favs): my favorite lotion
Ultrabalm (one of my favs): A great for intensive healing on dry or cracked skin and even works awesome for putting around your hairline so you don't get hair dye on your skin!
Snowcake: almond scented soap
Twilight: lavender scented bath gel
Tiny hands: a body bar moisturizer 

How you can enter:
1. Guess in both of November's Movie Mondays. One will be posted below and one will be posted on November 19th. Don't forget to leave your e-mail in a comment!
2. All participants of the Christmas Ornament Swap will be eligible to win. Click here for more info on the swap.
3. Write a post on your own blog about the Ornament Swap and this giveaway and e-mail the link to themorosebee(at)gmail(dot)com

You can enter more than once! If you guess in both Movie Mondays, participate in the Ornament Swap, and write a blog post about it, that is 4 separate entries and chances to win!!!

Our November prize winner will be announced Friday November 30th so all Movie Monday guesses, swap sign ups, and feature blog posts must be posted no later than the 29th!!

On to today's Movie Monday...

The last Movie Monday answer was
My Week With Marilyn

We had no correct guesses! To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of this film, but I thought the Marilyn Monroe clues would be a dead giveaway! I guess not.

THE RULES:
1. Take a look at these awesome items from Etsy sellers
2. Guess what movie title they correspond to
3. Leave a comment with your guess and your e-mail address
4. All correct answers are eligible to win using a random number generator 
5. I'll announce the winner November 30th!
All correct guesses are eligible to win any item of your choice from my shop

THE CLUES

etsy seller: MAVAStyle


etsy seller: VintageMarqueeLights


etsy seller: EphemereDesigns


etsy seller: swankypet


etsy seller: Yesware

Good luck and good guessing!




Saturday, November 3, 2012

Holiday Swap


Announcing a new swap on the blog with myself and Lizette!

With the Halloween Swap over, we decided to do something else to spice up the holiday season. 
It will be a Christmas ornament swap and here's how it will work:

Each participant will be matched up with two people for whom they have to make an ornament. 
Each participant will make three ornaments, one for each of your partners and one for yourself. 
You can make three of the same ornaments or make each one different to match your partners' interests. 
Then you mail out the ornaments to your partners.
 In the end you'll have three new ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree! Two made by other people and one made by yourself!
Swap participates must be US residents only. 

To sign up, e-mail me at themorosebee(at)gmail(dot)com no later than Saturday November 10th

You will be given the names and e-mails of your partners by Wednesday November 14th. From there you will contact them to ask for likes/dislikes and their address. 

You should make and ship your ornaments no later than December 7th. 

I'm very excited about this as my own tree is looking a bit pathetic. This was all Lizette's idea and I'm so honored that she shared the swap with me!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Fundraising Goals


So on September 11, I announced that 30% of all of my sales would go to Trick or Treat for UNICEF until October 31st. Since then, I've raised $24 for UNICEF with my shop sales. Not a huge amount, but it's a little bit extra than I could afford on my own budget.

I appreciate everyone who purchased something to help contribute to this number! I hope everyone had a great Halloween as well.