Saturday, January 29, 2011

February's Giveaway

 Thinking about hearts ..................

I'm tired of snow .... tired of winter ...  and wishing for spring ....
These poor trees may never be the same again ...

So ..... to get my mind off the winter doldrums I turned to thoughts of LOVE
Or rather, Valentine's Day

This cute denim tote - Playful Hearts - is the newest product to my Jewel Jeans line.

One lucky person can win it for the February Giveaway!!

Bag is dark denim
silver and pink glitter
Perfect size for laptop,
extra shoes,
small grocery tote,
and many other uses!

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The Drawing will be midnight EST Feb 6
My Valentine's Day gift to YOU!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Farewell Dreamers -- Hello Spring

As much fun as it was ... and it WAS a lot of fun ... the time comes to say goodbye to NYC and my Dreamer 'Sisters' for another year.   Here we are, a family group, enjoying a neighborhood Greek restaurant.   The food was SUPER and the company was even better ...
Terry, Stephanie, Peggy, Barbara, Beth, Debbie, and Karen
Missing from this picture is my 'best bud' and roommate, Eileen -
who had to dash off for a late train to get into the newsroom and post a big story!
and .... here's Eileen sharing a hug with Karen

On my last morning Karen and I took a walk through the flower district --

The streets of New York were bursting with spring color -- I loved strolling, looking forward to the real thing - complete with sunny days and warm temperatures! 
How long do we have to wait??

and these baby sparkle shoes......
 well, they are just too cute to pass up!!
Do they come in my size???

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Woodworking Show

When I found out the subject of the Martha Stewart Show was woodworking I got excited.   I fashioned a protective sleeve for the coatrack shelf I made a few years ago and -- with Eileen's help -- managed to get it through the train and to the hotel without a hitch.  It was all worth it to be in the audience with my woodworking project!!
All 14 woodworkers in the audience were happy to have a picture with Martha and their prized piece. 
Each one is showcased on Martha's website, along with their contact info ...

But this is my favorite picture EVER!!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

More Martha

Such a lovely lunch!......
Cider Glazed Chicken
Lemon Dill Salmon
Potatoes Gratin
Brussel Sprouts with Sage and Pancetta
Mixed Greens with Beets and Goat Cheese

Yummy Desserts ...
Petit Fours, Mini Cupcakes, Cookies
Rocky Road Brickettes, Pecan Pies, and Cheesecake Pops
Terri J. Shapiro
Executive Director, Brand and Media Relations
Deluxe Corp
Eileen Smith Dallabrida - Writer, Editor - Philadelphia area
Tasha Oldham - Filmaker, Storyteller, Entrepreneur - LA area
What a treat --- mini makeovers and cocktail party!! 

Amazing make up artist from Jane Iredale Cosmetics
Kate Sanner - CEO, Vivacity, Westminster, Maryland
Debbie Maddy - Calico Carriage Quilt Designs
Dawn Dnyprowsky Mohrmann of Hydrangea Home Designs

It was a thrilling day!   Thanks, Martha...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dreamers Into Doers 2011

I just got back from a great two day conference at Martha's MSLO ---- come on in, I'll share my trip with you ...
Of course MSLO served our coffee from silver urns .....

......The cutest breakfast parfaits I've ever seen -- and yummy too!

Dreamers sharing breakfast

Waiting for the first speaker ...

Dreamers with the Etsy representative, Danielle (second from left)

Rachel Gaffney
Martha arrives..... how exciting!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

And.. the WINNER is ............

and the winner is......... comment #3

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2011-01-12 17:12:12 UTC

that means Ginny is the winner -- send me an email with your address

Stay tuned for another giveaway next month!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

January Giveaway!!

New Year - new ideas ....    So here's my first idea of 2011 --- a give-away!!   Everybody likes free gifts, right?   Here's a picture of a beautiful little stained glass bird which is also a night light.

  If you like him, and wish to have him, its very simple.   You can win in one (or all) of 3 ways............ 1) leave a comment HERE ON THIS BLOG, 2) become a follower (or already a follower) and leave a comment to let me know HERE ON THIS BLOG,  and 3) share my post on your facebook page - then come back and let me know by making a comment HERE ON THIS BLOG.   The drawing will take place at noon on Wednesday, Jan 12.   I'll notify the winner, and then make a blog post --- good luck!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Better late than never???

In October I was lucky enough to set out on a truly great adventure!!  I won a great prize when in the audience of the Martha Stewart Show and my travel buddy, Eileen, and I set out for a 13 day excursion.   We started at JFK, where Eileen got us invited into the VIP lounge of Singapore Air.  That was pretty nice - we toasted the start of our trip with wine and nibbles in a plush, chic setting, looking out to majestic airbirds coming and going.  Our first leg took us to Frankfurt.  As we strolled the city on the way to dinner, we happened upon the Opera Hall ...

The next day we took the train and had a guided tour of Heidleberg - the city and the castle ..

The Captain of our solar boat ride posed for pictures ...
Couldnt go to Germany without a sample of food and drink ...

and ... of course, dessert!!!

Two days in Germany -- 12 hr flight -- and here we are in Singapore!!  At Raffles Hotel everyone gets Singapore Slings upon arrival!! Nice ...
We were treated to many wonderful meals, sightseeing, massages, and high tea -- but a definite highlight was dinner at The Wild Rocket - where Chef Willin Low made a 6 course dinner just for us!!!
While shopping on Arab Street we met Moe, a fashion designer searching for fabrics for his next collection!!

As we said goodbye to our grand aventure the doorman from Raffles wishes us safe travels.

But ... we're not headed home just yet.   We are on our way to Bali ...    a relaxing retreat at the Four Seasons in the jungle ...

A few days in the calm, spiritual surroundings of Bali and we were ready to brave that long 24 hr flight home -- did we really travel 3/4 around the world?  or was it a dream?   It was really a dream come true!!


Although we had a wonderful Christmas at our house --- the New Year is here and it's time to put Christmas behind us and look toward 2011....

I was inspired to start this blog last year after the great experience of visiting New York with a fabulous group of women called Dreamers Into Doers - sponsored by Martha Stewart's website - because while I was there I won a trip to Singapore.  So exciting -- but even better than that (and THAT was pretty great!) - but even better was the community spirit, encouragement, support and love of the women in the group ...

And the best news of ALL --- we are going back again this year!!   I am excited to see so many of my Dreamer Sisters - and meet lots more, because this year our group will be twice as big.  MSLO has organized two days of workshops to help us all grow in our business and personal lives - and Martha is one of the scheduled speakers!      As I looked back over the year I see I made 37 blog posts -- so my resolution for this year is to post at least once a week --- I hope you all will stay tuned and travel with me this year as I focus on my artwork and creative side.    Happy New Year!!