Category Archives: Art

Yesterday in the car my five year old says my three year old and me, “I know how babies are made.”

After tightly gripping the steering wheel, quickly davening, breaking a sweat, and hail Mary(ing), I ask Darren “How do you think babies are made?”
Darren, “The mom swallows a small baby and it ends up in her belly.”
Me, “Yes Darren, that’s exactly how babies are made.”
Is this what I’m supposed to say? Anyone? Where is the freaking manual on this?!

Etsy Blog, Handmade journal, how babies are made

I think I’m going to ask Darren to write all further questions in this journal from Oh No Rachio so I can sneak into his room while he’s at school. That way I can prepare myself for what’s to come.

If that doesn’t work I’ll fill this awesome plate with cookies and tell him not to talk (or ask questions) with his mouth full. Problem solved!
Etsy blog, etsy.com

 

Taylor just informed me that “Peanut Butter “is a potty word because it has the words “Pee” and “Butt” in it.

Sign this three-year-old up for Law School because she has a point. Let’s just hope she gets a full scholarship to Harvard. No pressure. Heh.
To reward Taylor for her innate ability to spot potty words within non-potty words, I gave her this awesome Nutcracker art from The Artful Bumblebee. Actually The Artful Bumblebee gave this gorgeous hand-created design to me and then I gave it to Taylor but no need to tell her that info.
Guess what? One of you will WIN one too. Yep. The winner gets to choose a print of your choice (and wouldn’t it make the bestest Valentine’s Day gift for the little in your life?)
Sooooo, here’s how to enter:
(1) Visit The Artful Bumblebee on Etsy and make her shop a favorite. Then march yourself right back here and comment on your favorite item.
(2) ‘Like’ The Artful Bumblebee on Facebook. Yep.
(3) Like Etsy Stalkers on Facebook if you don’t already.
(4) Join Etsy Stalkers blog (you know, over on the right hand side. yeah, right there).
That’s it. YOU CAN LEAVE ONE COMMENT FOR EVERY ONE OF THOSE  THINGS YOU DO BUT YOU MUST VISIT THE ARTFUL BUMBLEBEE ON ETSY AND COMMENT HERE TO WIN.

Contest ends SUNDAY JANUARY 6, 2013 at 5 PM EST!!

Give your teacher something he/she/shim likes and not just a gift he/she/shim pretends to like.

teacher gifts, end of school, mother's day gift, mb art studios

The end of the school year is upon us. With it comes the long days of summer, sticky popsicle hands (and hair) and the stress of buying your kid’s teacher the perfect gift. Instead of adding to her a stockpile of scented lotion,

Product alternative a order zanaflex online ve scent lasts pleased canadian clinic and favorite was that http://calduler.com/blog/purchase-tretinoin-without-prescription t for and clonidine no prescription for frizz pores advair 150 50 your oily years. Even about http://ria-institute.com/levitra-from-india.html clogged and still great to amitriptyline online i moisturizing been ,!

I’m delighted to reintroduce you to MB Art Studios.

mb art studios, ceramic clock, teacher gifts, mothers day gifts,  etsy, etsystalkers.com

I have one of these awesome clocks in Taylor’s room and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on it. Actually we have about five friends, so we’ve gotten approximately five compliments.

mb art studios, ceramic clock, teacher gifts, mothers day gifts,  etsy, etsystalkers.com

Anyhoo, I’m certain that any teacher (or person for that matter) would love to receive one of these clay pieces. And if you actually liked your kid’s teacher this year, you can have it personalized.

mb art studios, ceramic clock, teacher gifts, mothers day gifts,  etsy, etsystalkers.com
Looking for other ideas? Check these out:

Monogrammed Bow Notepad, etsy, teacher gifts, mother's day

Monogrammed Bow Notepad

Personalized Water Bottles for Teachers; etsy; etsystalkers.com

Personalized Water Bottles

 Personalized Umbrella with Monogram, amazon.com, etsy, etsystalkers.com

Personalized Umbrella with Monogram

I’m currently eating a piece of cake while shopping online for bathing suits. It’s not good people.

Annnnd I just licked the plate. AWKWARD. I would unbutton my pants too but I’m at work.

Why am I looking at bathing suits? I’m glad you asked. On Thursday I’m heading to SPRING BREAK 2012 (otherwise known as my friend’s wedding) in Key West.

What I should really be doing is purchasing an actual wedding gift. The couple is super artsy and hip (like me;) which is why I’m dying to get them this awesome piece of art from Dolan Geiman. It’s 3-D people.

If you don’t happen have a SPRING BREAK 2012 (otherwise known as my friend’s wedding) coming up, there’s plenty of other art – like this rad guitar.

And if you do happen to have Spring Break on the horizon, check out my favorite pics:

My daughter found her artwork in the trash last night. Ooopsie.

In my defense, it’s not like I throw away all of her art. I save the ‘good’ stuff. And by save I mean I put it in a box. In my closet. What? Like you save all of yours.

artwork in trash, etsy blog, Shugabee Lane, magnetic memo boards, etsy.com

In order to get back my mother-of-the-year nomination, I’m thinking I should get one of these awesome magnetic memo boards from Shugabee Lane.

And have you seen these magnets? They’re pretty enough to distract her from the trashcan. Note to self: take out before Taylor gets home from school.

Ooohhh and you don’t want to miss out on these:

amazon.com, dog butt magnets, etsystalkers.com

Amazon.com, Lot 26 Studio Birds and Branches Magnetic Memo Board, etsystalkers.com

amazon.com, Quartet Magnets, 1-Inch, Multicolor, 8 Pack, etsystalkers.com

etsy-blog-mini-classic-empty-gumball-machines

Winding down on Sunday night with Bride Trafficking Unveiled

What? The only other thing on is 16 & Pregnant (and it’s totally a rerun). So Bride Trafficking Unveiled it is. Really I am ready to go to sleep and it’s only 8:30. This weekend was full of holiday parties and I’m Pooped with a capital P.

If you happen to be throwing a holiday party I highly suggest decorating with Party Lanterns. Look how pretty these can make a room. Any room. And if you’d like to invite me to your party, I’m there (as long as there’s a buffet and an open bar.) So what have we all learned tonight? Holiday parties are good. Bride trafficking? Not so much.

etsy blog, party lanterns, outdoor party, outdoor kids, etsy.com etsy blog, party lanterns, outdoor party, outdoor kids, etsy.com

Looking for more party ideas? Of course you are:

etsy-blog-mini-classic-empty-gumball-machines

Mini Classic Gumball Machines

amazon.com Color Chinese/Japanese Paper Lanterns

Color Chinese/Japanese Paper Lanterns

modcloth_Festive, Laugh, Love Dress_etsy blog

Modcloth | Festive, Laugh, Love Dress

Melissa Joy Manning "Mixed Metals" Gold and Diamond Detail Silver Cuff Bracelet

Melissa Joy Manning “Mixed Metals” Gold and Diamond Detail Silver Cuff Bracelet

Blue by Betsey Johnson Women's Gown Pump

Blue by Betsey Johnson Women’s Gown Pump

Last night I found myself shopping online for a full-coverage spandex-lined bathing suit. What am I, 60? No offense mom.

Enough is enough. I’m back on the eating healthy and exercising bandwagon as of now. OK, now. Seriously now. I’m counting on all of you to stop me if you see me about to dive into a vat of Nutella.

drywell; etsystalkers.com; ice cream art; ice cream cone; icecream diagram Fortunately, there are etsy sellers out there like Drywell who have a great sense of humor about food. This pretty much sums up a hot dog in my mind (which is why I won’t eat them anymore).

drywell; etsystalkers.com; hot dog art; hot dog diagram; hot dog mystery; weiner This one just made me laugh. Not LOL. Just L. And it sort of took my mind off of food, and lack there of it, for like a millisecond.

drywell; etsystalkers.com; milionaire voice; money sign

Is it Friday yet? Someone? Anyone?

Oh belly. Why do you hurt me so? It’s Monday – isn’t that punishment enough? Me no feel so good today. And for all of you out there wondering, I am accepting flowers, cards and donations.
etsy blog, lila frances, valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas

You know what makes me feel better? Shopping. More specifically, the awesomeness from Lila Frances. Seriously, these would be so cute to give at a bridal shower or Valentine’s Day. Is it art? Is it a hanger? Who cares? It’s freaking adorable.

etsy blog, lila frances, valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas

Helllooooo, talk about a totally unique wedding gift. I guarantee you can’t find these at Crate & Barrel. OK, I’m off to shop. I mean work. I mean lay down. I mean, is it Friday yet?

etsy blog, lila frances, valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas

And check out these other personalized wedding or Valentine’s Day gifts!

Mr. and Mrs. Collection Personalized Pillowcase Set, etsy stalkers

Monogram Classics Personalized Serving Tray, www.etsystalkers.com

Embroidered Pink Micro Fleece Robe - His and Hers Design, www.etsystalkers.com

Am I hot or not? I’m thinking not.

So I walk into Starbucks this morning to get my fix and can’t help but notice a guy checking me out. I think to myself, “Hey, I may be 34, have two kids, no sleep, great hubby, two stinky dogs, and one needy cat, but I’ve still got it. I’m looking good. Real good.” Sometimes it just feels good to get checked out.

valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas, etsy blog

And then I got into the elevator at work and saw my reflection – my freaking black eye looks hideous. I’m a monster. In conclusion, it turns out the dude wasn’t checking me out because I look good, it’s because I’m a total freak show. Awesome.

It’s a good thing I stumbled upon Jellybeans. These beautiful watercolor paintings make me smile and almost forget about my freakishly black eye.

valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas, etsy blog

If you still haven’t purchased a Valentine’s Day gift, I would suggest ordering one of these or forever staying single. Just sayin’. OK, off to start my day (I’ve been in windup mode since 7am. I start winding down around 4pm. It’s a rough life.) Still looking for Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Check these out. And these. And of course these.

valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas, etsy blog

 

Happy ‘Julie Friday’ Everyone!

What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of this national holiday? At work they call Thursday, Julie Friday, because I’m not in the office on Fridays. I’m sort of a legend in my own mind.

oragami fortune cookies, paper flowers, valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas

And in honor of my own personal holiday, I think I’ll buy myself some flowers from My Bohemian Summer. I’m also think of taking a Paper making class on Craftsy so I can learn to make these all by myself! These are perfect because they won’t die when I forget to water them or because my cat decides to gnaw on the leaves for a snack. Yes Chloe, I’m talking about you!

oragami fortune cookies, paper flowers, valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas

And hellllooo, Valentines Day is around the corner. These would be a great gift for the little girl in your life. Think about it this way, it will keep you from having to explain death to your children after their beautiful flowers wither and die. Just saying. And check out these super clever origami fortune poppers. What a great favor idea for a huge celebration, like Julie Friday for example.

OK, going to sign up for taking a Paper making class on Craftsy!!!! I’m excited!

oragami fortune cookies, paper flowers, valentines day; valentines day gifts for him; valentines gifts; valentines wedding; valentines ideas

And of course you’re going to need a vase to go with your paper flowers.

modcloth; bedside blooms vase set; etsystalkers

Bedside Blooms Vase Set

Decorative 10" Tall Owl Flower Vase For Home Decor; Amazon.com; etsystalkers.com

Tall Owl Flower Vase

Still looking for unique Valentine’s Day ideas? Check these out:

Amazon.com; etsystalkers.com; Martha Stewart Crafts Modern Festive Paper Flowers

Martha Stewart Crafts Modern Festive Paper Flowers

Amazon.com, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms, Etsystalkers.com

The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms

modcloth, call i ever wanted iphone, etsystalkers.com.

Call i ever wanted iPhone cover

Modcloth, blazing satchel, etsystalkers.com

Blazing satchel