; Life is like champagne......: 2008-11-23

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby!


Today is my Bugaboo Girl's 2nd Birthday, hard to believe another year has gone by! This is last year's first B'day photo so pictures to come for this year. I have been away from my computer basically for the last five days due to a kitchen painting, Thanksgiving, a sister-in-law's B'day and Prepping for this B'day! Monday should be back to normal. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Make Black Friday a feel more colorful


I cannot stand the use of the statement of 'Black Friday', suggesting a dark time in our holiday season and when it really means retailers coming out of the red and into the black in their books. We all know that right now times are tough and we have to get creative in many ways. This Champagne Food Friday focuses on Murdock Design and their colorful use of fabric and linen to make a Tea Towel you may just hate to get dirty.

Let's face it, we all have dish clothes that we covet, pull out when the guests come, iron, look perfect like they are never used. I have to say that Murdock Design are so wonderful in colors and designs, I would do exactly this with them! The choice of linen colors are bright, warm and appealing. They then coordinate them with such unique and fun printed designs, adding an extra special touch. The details are finished off with coordinating stitching and turned edges. These Tea Towels are well worth the price and would make a wonderful open house gift, house warming gift, grab bag or even to a special mom who seems to be doing dishes all of the time!


WIN IT!!


Murdock Design has offered up one winner their choice of a linen Tea Towel. See rules below.


1. Stop by Murdock Design and see all of their wonderful products they have to offer. Post a comment on which Tea Towel you would choose if you won.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Murdock Design and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 12/4/08 with the random winner announced 12/5/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Glad Dog Cards Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this one. And the random winner is......



Allison who stated "I really like the Winter Love Birds, and the Small Dog Takes a Walk collection!"


Congratulations! Please email me to confirm your email address.

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And the Winner is.......



Thank you to everyone who entered the Lewa's Designs Decal Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring wonderful businesses like this one. And the random winner is......


Tamara who stated "The Large Surboard for my son;s room and the Flower Wheel for my daughter's room would look really great."



Congratulations! Please email me your mailing address asap!

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Burps clothes with a personal touch

Many first time moms seem to do the same thing when it comes to registering for products we think we will need when the baby comes. We go to our closest baby super store and walk the aisles registering for anything we think we may need. I know that the burp clothes at these stores are usually, basic patterns we have seen that are mass produced, thin and not very pretty. Is this because we think spit up does not deserve to be on something pretty? Last time I checked we have detergents and washing machines that get out these type of stains, even if they are left overnight! Treat your self and your baby to burp clothes with a personal touch from Girlie Bird Boutique, an Etsy shop of course!

I am all for making a basic item we use a little more fun and imaginative. The Girlie Bird Boutique does just this by personalizing a burp cloth with a letter and a name. They do not stop there with the wonderful details, the letters are patterns stitched with matching colors, stitched pictured detailing and a fun edging to add interest. Many people would have thought adding a pretty coordinating ribbon at the edge was enough but to also add a crochet style edge takes this product to the next level. Did I mention that they use Gerber Premium 6-ply cloth diapers for durability? Hence the reason they are thick in the center, right where you need it to be! I also know that I get bored of using the same bibs, adding a matching bib to the set makes a wonderful baby shower gift that all moms can use.



WIN IT!!!



Girlie Bird Boutique has offered up for one winner the choice of a personalized onsie or Burp Cloth Set. See rules Below.



1. Stop by Girlie Bird Boutique and check out her beautiful personalized baby gifts. Post a comment on this post which item you would choose if you won.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW email subscriber to my blog and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Girlie Bird Boutique and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 12/2/08 with the random winner announced 12/3/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Wordless Wednesday


Big reach!


Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Last Call for The Sweet Unfolding Banner Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter The Sweet Unfolding Banner Giveaway! Add a little whimsy fun to your walls.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stop the brown bag and go pretty

I am all for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. I am also for something fun, meaning that if I am going to carry my lunch in a bag, it is not going to be plain and boring. This is where Rick Rack Queen has taken the brown bag to new heights!

Oil cloth is such an awesome material for tablecloths, place mats and now lunch bags! Easy to clean, fun patterns and wears like iron. Rick Rack Queen has got the design of the Lunch bag down to a tee! I was so impressed with the thought, detail and ease of use from the stitching to the choice of patterns. The bag edges are detailed with a ragged pattern, there is a side pocket to put your utensils in, I have also fit a small bottle of water there. There is a handle in which the flap of the bag goes under. The inside is lined with a corresponding color pattern and the size is quite roomy with 8 1/2" in height giving room for a tall beverage. And for the final touch, on the flap is the matching ric rac! This makes an awesome office gift, girl friend gift or even a child gift for a non fridge needed lunch. I love all of her pattern choices, they have such a vintage look.


WIN IT!!!


Rick Rack Queen has offered up one winner a Lunch bag of their choice! See rules below.


1. Stop by Rick Rack Queen and view her awesome lunch bag designs. Post a comment on this post which design you like the most.
2. US addresses only, one post per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW email subscriber and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway linking Rick Rack Queen and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 12/1/08 with the random winner announced 12/2/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Tackle it Tuesday




The BIG Kitchen mini remodel! This is a huge tackle in very short time line for just a painting project. This is the color I will be going with. Pittsburgh Paint's Butterfly Bush, a yellow tone. As you can see, my current walls are blue. This will obviously take two coats of paint! And here is what I have to do to prep.

  • Patch the ceiling, there was a not so pretty hole in it
  • Scrape a TON of trim, old houses seem to have more trim work
  • Sand down the butcher block counter top
  • Remove all old contact paper
  • Get all of this done and paint before Saturday, a BIG challenge!

Watch for pictures and updates. Needless to say, I will not have much time for blogging.

Tackle is Tuesday is brought to you by 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Last Call for Lewa's Design Decal Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Lewa's Design Decal Giveaway! How about a mini room make over for the fraction of the price!

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Monday, November 24, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Homemade by Hoyt Candle Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this wonderful one. And the random winner is.......


ddurance who stated "I love the sound of Celtic Moonspice & Love Spell and Pomegranate."


Congratulations! Please email me your choice and mailing address asap!

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Last Call for Glad Dog Card Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Glad Dog Card Giveaway. Get a jump start on your cards for the holiday!

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Good things come in small sizes

My daughter likes to rummage through my handbag looking at all of my things as if they are new to her, describing them always starting out with the words "This is...." and telling me in her best description what it is. She loves to peak in pockets, small bags and just plain dig. Recently I put in a small pouch from Northwoods Felt with a toy horse in it when we went on a long trip in the car and can I tell you, she thought it was the best thing going! She went beyond the "This is..."statement by describing the small pouch as soft pretty and pointed out the colors. Who knew I would get so much use out of a small pouch!

Northwoods Felt is a small business that makes these wonderful little pouches in various patterns and colors. I knit so I know the hard work that goes into this and felting is an extra step that does require time, material and wear and tear on your washing machine! These little pouches are a work of art and have so many uses. They could be used as a gift bag, a discovery pouch for your toddler, storage for a special item in your dresser or just to carry something a little extra in your handbag. As for the holidays, this is a great stocking stuffer and yes, why not give it without having to wrap a small gift, save the paper and time! Either way, it is a special pouch and definitely will be appreciated from anyone you give it to.

WIN IT!!!

Northwoods Felt has offered up one winner the choice of any felted mini pouch. See rules below.

1. Stop by Northwoods Felt and browse around her wonderful Etsy shop. Post a comment on this post which pouch you would choose.
2. US addresses only, one comment per person and please leave your email address for contact.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!! Be a NEW subscriber to my email and post a separate comment on this post that you did so.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!! Blog about this giveaway by linking Northwoods Felt and Life is like champagne. Post a separate comment on this post with the link.
5. Giveaway ends 11/30/08 with the random winner announced 12/1/08. All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Sudstress Soap Giveaway supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring wonderful businesses like this one. And the random winner is.......


tami who stated "Goodnight Rose- that's my choice!"


Congratulations! Please email me your mailing address and choice asap!

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Last Call for Sew Artsy Bag/Pouch Giveaway


Today is the last day to enter the Sew Artsy Bag/Pouch Giveaway. A little something for your self or a gift for someone special!

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