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Monday, November 30, 2009

:: A Gussy Giveaway ::

Don't forget to enter the MKL Designs Holiday Card giveaway!  Click HERE.  It ends this Wednesday!!


Hello.  How was your Monday?
Mine was ok... until the toilet overflowed
all over the bathroom floor into my bedroom,
and then proceeded to overflow up through the
bathtub and shower drain.
It's fun times here, people!  Fun times.

So... let's make Monday better, shall we?
How about a giveaway?

Have you heard of Gussy?
Consider this a warning of extreme cuteness!
Because, I know you all are going to love
what she makes.  :)


Ummm.... yeah.
Totally cute.


Wouldn't these make great stocking stuffers?
Or you could always buy 1 or 10 for yourself.  :)

I know you want one!
I sure do.


Guess what?  Maggie - the owner of Gussy
is offering ONE lucky lucky winner
a $30 gift certificate to her shop!
How seriously awesome is that?!

(She is taking orders for Christmas until 12/14)

Do you want to win?

Here's how to enter...

Leave a comment for each one!!
Remember!  You do not have to answer every question, but the more you answer, the more chances you have at winning.  :)

And PLEASE remember to check back here to see if you have won! If you win, you must send me an email claiming your prize.

1. Just leave a comment.
2. Go visit Gussy.  Come back here and tell me what's your fave.
3. Follow Maggie on Twitter. And follow her blog.
5. Blog, Tweet and/or Facebook about the giveaway.
6. Follow Me on Twitter.
(Two options: here or here.)
7. Follow my blog.
8.  Buy from Maggie's shop before the giveaway is over and receive 5 extra entries!
Make sure you come back here and let me know you did... also make sure you let 
her know you're from THE BENNER DAILY.

9. What would you like to see me post about here on The Benner Daily?  Besides tutorials... I promise - when I have time I will do some tutorials.  :)
10.  Tell me - what do YOU want for Christmas?

Good luck!!

This giveaway ENDS next Monday ...  time? ... you'll see.  ;) 

Thank you Maggie for offering to do a giveaway on The Benner Daily!!  You rock!

If you're interested in sponsoring The Benner Daily, we would Love to have you!
Please email for more information!
shealynn AT

P.S.  Go to Ucreate and check out the awesome
shops participating in her Online Holiday Boutique!
Click here.  I may or may not be offering
a discount.  :)

P.P.S.  Click here to enter to win a *Shey*[B]
Camera Strap Slipcover.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Chair

I am likely not going to have a lot
of time to blog this week, so I thought
that I would share this awesome
before and after post of the
Goodwill chair I re-did.

Here is the chair before...


UGLY, right?  You betcha.
It was very unattractive.

But, all I needed was a little bit
of magic in a can...


Here it's just primed.
Looking better already!


And, voila!


Spray paint is magical.
How about a baby in the chair?


Cute indeed!
That little girl baby is too, of course.  ;)
Well... she was more than cute...
she was adorable.

P.S.  Thanksgiving pictures and Christmas decorating
pics coming soon... I hope.  :)

Stay tuned for a giveaway tomorrow!!! 
You're going to LOVE it!

book club members... December's book is UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld...
Not a lot of people are coming to the book club chat room... if you're still in the book
club, please comment on this post.  I had a ton of sign ups, but only 5 people or so show up
to the chat room every week to discuss the books.  You no longer need Twitter to
discuss the books.  The meetings are now on Wednesday at 7pm Pacific Time.

Also... Ornament Exchangers... please scroll down
to see who your partner is!!  Ornaments MUST be mailed NO later than
December 7th!  Thanks!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Sale!!!

Good Black Friday to you!
I just got home from my Black Friday shopping.
There wasn't a ton out there for me.

I did, however manage to go to Joann Fabrics
and got some things needed for my business.
I ended up saving more than I spent,
which was awesome.

Anyway!  How about a *Shey*[B]
Black Friday sale??

OK, you got it!

Head on over to my shop...
purchase ANYTHING in my shop
and get 10% off + FREE padding!!!
The percentage doesn't apply to the shipping cost
that I include in the price.
Remember to type -

AND!  For The Benner Daily readers ONLY...
Get FREE shipping on orders of $50 or more!!!!

***SALE ENDS SATURDAY AT NOON Mountain Standard Time***

And you didn't even have to leave your house.  :)

Click HERE to head to my shop.

Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

This is a long one, folks!  :)

Sometimes it's hard for me to put
things into words.  I don't have the
gift of writing.  My husband has that gift,
but sadly, I do not.  I try, though.  ;)

There is so much in my life that I am
thankful for!  I am so blessed, so let me
count the ways...

I am thankful for my husband.
Man, am I thankful for him!
He is caring, and loving.
He is funny, and sarcastic.
He is genuine, and blunt.
He is a phenomenal father, and husband.
He is a hard worker, and for that I am forever grateful.
He supports me, and encourages me.
He has lots of tattoos, and looks hot when he bares his arms.
He rides a motorcycle, and looks super hot with his helmet on.
He is all I will ever need.  He is my forever.
He is my constant, and my confidant.
He is understanding, but realistic.
He is optimistic, as well as pessimistic.
He is amazing with words, and makes me cry when he writes those words to me.
He loves me, even when I think I am hard to love.
He loves our children more than words can say.
He is mine, and I am his.
Life without him would be incomplete.
And that's why I am so thankful for him. Always.


I am thankful for Angelina.
She is my first born.
She is beautiful, and sweet.
She is caring, and loving.
She is compassionate, and forgiving.
She loves Jesus with all her heart, and tells everyone this fact.
She loves her sister more than I can say in words.
She loves animals - even when they poop in her room.
She brightens when grandma and papa call to talk to her.
She is incredibly smart, and funny.
She has a contagious laugh, and smile.
She is my first little love, and she always will be.
She shows me what love really is every single day.
It was love at first sight the day she was born.
And I love her more today than yesterday.
She makes my heart overflow with love for her.
She is my first born, she made me a mom.
And that is why I am so thankful for her.  Always.


I am thankful for Zoe Rae.
She is my 2nd born - my preemie.
She showed me I have enough love in my heart for her and her sister.
She showed me life is precious, and fragile.
She showed me how to fight to live.
She showed me that babies are miracles God gives us.
She is adorable, and witty.
She is playful, and stubborn.
She does things in her own time, and learns quickly.
She loves life, and is happy.
She loves to be included, and loves to include others.
She plays hard, and sleeps less.
She is clumsy, and tough.
She loves to talk on the phone with grandma & papa.
She loves shoes.  Oh does she love shoes.
She loves her sister so much, sometimes it makes me tear up.
She forgives easily, and forgets easier.
She is loving, and caring.
She, too, makes my heart overflow with love for her.
It was love at first glimpse when she was born.
She is my 2nd little love.  She always will be.
She shows me what love is every single day.
She made me a mom of two.
And that is why I am thankful for Zoe.  Always.

I love both of my kids fiercely and equally.
They are the lights of my life.
Life without them would be incomplete.


I am thankful for my Mom & Dad.
They are amazing, and great examples.
They have been married for 20 years.  Amazing.
They are unconditionally loving, and they're there for me.
They couldn't possibly love my kids anymore... they love them more than I could put in words.
They love my husband like their own son.
They are encouraging, and caring.
They love the Lord with every fiber of their being.
They are happy, and fun to be around.
My mom is my friend.  I wouldn't want it any other way.
My dad is amazing.  The best dad.
Talking to my dad and mom brighten my day.
They are encouraging, and compassionate.
They help others, even when it's inconvenient.
They are our parents, our grandparents and we're blessed they are ours.
I love them more than I could ever write in words.
They are truly amazing.
And that is why I am thankful for my (our) Mom & Dad/Grandma & Papa.


I am thankful for all of you!
You brighten my day with every comment.
Every nice sentiment makes me smile.
I read every single comment, and am thankful you take the time to say hi.
I can't even express in words how amazing you all are to me.
In a way, you all are my friends.  My online friend, yes.  But friend nevertheless.
I cherish that, and always will.
You are all beautiful people, and I love to read what you have to say.
And that is why I am thankful for all of YOU!


I am thankful for *Shey*[B].
I am thankful for all the customers that love my product enough to purchase.
I smile packaging up each package.
I sometimes think I am sending a little part of me in that envelope.
I am thankful for each customer who comments they received their item and "love it!"
That makes me happier than I could ever put into words.
And that is why I am thankful for *Shey*[B] and all of my amazing customers.


I am thankful for Jenn.
She is my bookworm buddy!
She is like my sister.  She holds such a special place in my heart.
She goes out of her way to come see me just about EVERY single Wednesday night.
She and I don't need to speak.  We can just sit and be.  We love that about our friendship/sisterhood.
She is hilarious, and caring.
She loves me like her sister.
She is a great listener, and so trustworthy.
She loves my girls a ton.
She brings me ice cream.
She tells me like it is, even if it might make me mad.  I love that.
Jenn!  I love doing nothing much with you!  There's no better way to spend a Wednesday night!
And that is why I am thankful for Jenn.


I am thankful for my dog, Luna.
She is a gigantic pain in the butt, but she so easily sways me into a smile with a certain look.
I am thankful for the cats, Suess and Alley.
Alley has taught Angelina responsibility.
Alley has a special bond with Angelina... they are glued at the hip.
Seuss... well... he's just a big ole hairball, but he's awesome.
Beans!  I am thankful for that crazy ferret!
He is just cute, and so easy to love.
He is getting old, which frightens me.


I am thankful for food on the table,
a roof over my head, a car to get me to and fro,
and a life that truly rocks!

I am thankful for a brother that I hardly talk to, but treasure the times when we do talk.
He is fun, and loving, and a newlywed!
He is an AMAZING uncle.
He will be an AMAZING daddy someday... I can't wait to see him in that role!
I am thankful for his new wife, Stacy.  She doesn't take his crap.
Good for you girl!  ;)

I am thankful for everything and everyone.
For each person in my life plays an unforgettable and amazing role.
Whether that role is big or little doesn't matter.
The person them self does.
I feel blessed to know who I know
and talk to who I talk to.
And that is why I am thankful for MY LIFE!

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Ornament Exchangers! Here Are Your Partners!!

Sorry this took me so long!

Here is everyone's partners...

Shealynn - Erin Burns
Julie Gm - Buggie and jellybean's mom
Chrystal - Sara
Marjori Miller - Katie Lynn
Tanja - Lindsey
Carol - Jessica
Anne S. - Kristin -woollypetals-
Carrie - Jennifer
Sheree - Robin
Heather @ All A Flutter - Tiffany @ Craving Creativity
Holly Stock - Denise Che
Jenny - Stephanie
Lorrie - Paige
Ashley - AnnOnandOn
Marci - Denise Nagle
Casey - Salinda
Jennifer - Amy C.
Marielle de Jong - Kristin @ Write it down
Monica - Deanne
Morgan - Heather S.
Barb - Pamela

I didn't hear from about half of you 
with your addresses and such, 
so this is why I am doing this the 
way I am doing it.
Now that you know who your partner is, 
please go to the original blog post 
I wrote where you signed up
by clicking here.
Find your partner.  Click on their name...
go to their blog and introduce yourself as their
The Benner Daily Ornament Exchange partner.

Get their email address, and address.

Now, ladies... start your crafting engines and 
make, or buy something awesome
for your partner!

I am expecting everyone to pull through
for each other, and send your ornaments.
There are a couple people on the list
that are overseas.  It is *not* expensive to send 
stuff overseas.  

I promise.
I do it all the time.  :)

Now have fun!

And!  Don't forget to upload the ornaments you
receive in our Flickr group!


I will be back later with a Thankful post!

For now it's back to sewing for me.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Break Out Your Postage Stamps :: A GIVEAWAY ::


First of all...  
Happy Birthday Mom!!!
 We miss you, and wish we could spend
time with you today!
You're the best mom EVER!
See you next month!
Love you!!!


How about making this Holiday Season
easy on yourself?
You'd like that, wouldn't you?
I know I sure would!!


I know that there are many
of us that love to send out Holiday
cards with pictures on them.


Well, that's where Mel of MKL Designs
comes in!
She designs wonderful digital card templates
and sells them on Etsy!


Pick your design...
she puts in the personalized stuff.
Then, you can either take them somewhere to
be printed - like Costco, or
Mel can have them printed for you!


What's even better?
Mel is offering ONE lucky winner
their choice of a Holiday card design in her shop...
AND 25 of them printed by her FOR FREE!!


So, who wants to win?!

Here's how to enter...

Leave a comment for each one!!
Remember!  You do not have to answer every question, but the more you answer, the more chances you have at winning.  :)

And PLEASE remember to check back here to see if you have won! If you win, you must send me an email claiming your prize.

1. Just leave a comment.
2. Go visit the MKL Designs.  Come back here and tell me what card design is your fave.
3. Follow Mel on Twitter. And follow her blog.
5. Blog, Tweet and/or Facebook about the giveaway.
6. Follow Me on Twitter.
(Two options: here or here.)
7. Follow my blog.
8.  Buy from Mel's shop before the giveaway is over and receive 5 extra entries!
Make sure you come back here and let me know you did... also make sure you let 
her know you're from THE BENNER DAILY.
8. Leave a comment wishing my Mom a Happy Birthday.  :)

Good luck!!

This giveaway ENDS next Wednesday ...  time? ... you'll see.  ;) 

Thank you Mel for offering to do a giveaway and Sponsoring The Benner Daily!!  You rock!

If you're interested in becoming a The Benner Daily sponsor, we would Love to have you!
Please email for more information!
shealynn AT

More New Items In My Shop! I LOVE these!

It's late, and I should be in bed.
But I'm not.  I wanted to stop in,
and show you 3 new camera strap slipcovers
I just listed.  I am really excited!!

New Amy Butler.  From her
new line called "LOVE".


How often do we tell our kids to
"Say Cheese" for the camera?
Well, why not let a camera strap slipcover
tell them for you?



Oh, oh, oh!!  How about a brand new kind of ruffle?
My favorite kind!  The pleated ruffle...


This is my new favorite!  The ruffle is mustard/gold velvet...


And, it, along with the others, is Ready To Ship!  :)


They are all in my shop!
Click here.


Come back later today for a great Giveaway!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

So much to share! AND TVP Giveaway WINNER!

I am so excited to
finally announce why Arizonians
should save the date on 12/12/09!!

This is why...


I can't wait!!  Invite any and everyone you know to come!!
My number is on the flier, so call me to RSVP!  :)
I really hope to see all of you Arizonians there!


I did a newborn photo shoot yesterday...
here are a couple pictures from the shoot.




Isn't she adorable?  Oh man!  I got baby fever BIG time!  I always
forget how little newborns are.  She was teeny.
And so cute!  She definitely did not like
have her clothes off.  LOL!

More soon!


I wanted to mention how magical spray paint is...
I knew I had a photo shoot yesterday.
I have been wanting to buy an old chair at Goodwill
and give it new life with spraypaint...

So, I found a good chair...
Ugly, but good bones.


I bought Primer and my desired spray paint color...


I primed it...


And look at it now!!


Told you!  Spray paint is magical.
What is on said chair?
Well. last night I whipped up a scarf for the
Joyshope Scarf Along.
I think it turned out really cute!


And it's even cuter on my "new" chair.  :)

Oh, and I finished Angelina's quilt top on Saturday!!!
I was so excited that I threw it in the box
along with the backing and note to the longarm quilter.


Then I realized later that night that I completely
forgot to include an extra yard of fabric
for the binding!  Ahhh!
I will be sending that today.  LOL!

Sorry for the bad pictures!
I didn't finish it until it was dark out,
so I had to use my flash.  Yuk!
But, I think you get the gist.


This quilt wasn't hard to sew together,
to cut all those blasted triangles!
Not sure if I will ever make this pattern again,
but it does look fantastic!!
I can not wait to get it back and see it completed.
Angelina will be incredibly excited!


OK... First off... 355 comments?!
WOW!!!  Thank you to everyone that entered!

Who's the winner?
Is it you?

Congratulations!  Email me to claim your prize!!
shealynn AT

I will be letting you know your ornament swap partner
today and tomorrow!  :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon, Some Wedding Pics, and more!

Hey everyone!
Hope you are having a swell day thus far.

I am.
But I am super tired!
I went with some NEW awesome
friends last night [this morning] to see the 12:20am
premiere of New Moon.

Lots of people have commented that they want
me to write a review right away about the
movie... so, here I am.  Just for you.

But first...
Thanks so much for
all the nice comments about
my latest camera strap slipcover!!
You all are so nice!  I love you!  :)

So... here is another - NEW camera strap slipcover design...
The Ruffle Trio!  What do you think?


Adding ruffles has made these even more unique!
It's amazing what a little more girlie adds.  ;)

Edited to add:  If you need your camera strap slipcover by Christmas,
ALL orders Must be placed no later than Dec. 12th!


I can be a total editing slacker.
I mean.  Do you know how many pictures I took
at my brother's wedding?  About 1,000.
Oye that's a lot!

Anyway... here are more!





This is my brother and my mom.
They are totally the same when it comes
to being totally crazy goof offs.
They will make you laugh your butt off.
Seriously.  Funny.
But.  You'd never know it from this picture...


You'll just have to trust me.  :)

And here is my brother, my mom and my dad...


My dad is so handsome.
Don't you think so?
Love you dad!!

And, here are the rings.  I could decide which one I liked best...



I still have about 450 to edit.
Now my head is starting to hurt thinking about it.
I just have so much to do!

Oh, and here are these again.
Of my girls.
Because I LOVE these pictures...



I know, I'm a freak.
Moving on.

Ok, sorry.  If you've made it this far, Congratulations!
I tend to get off track very easily.
Sometimes I just have so much to say.
Well... so much I think I need to say... see here I go getting off track AGAIN!

OK!  New Moon!


So, I went with some new friends!  I had never
met these friends before last night!
I knew them on Twitter and from talking on the phone.
It was so fantastic to meet them in person.

Denise... she is awesome. In fact, she makes fantastic beaded
jewelry!  I just bought some for someone...
And I was so excited to open the package and see
them for myself!  GORGEOUS!
Can't wait to give them to that someone.  ;)
Check out Denise's shop here.

Then I met Julie.  She is awesome too.
So much fun!!  She kept me laughing.

Thanks ladies for going!
You made it even more fun!

Let's talk New Moon...
No spoilers.  Promise.

I will say this...
And, that's saying a lot, since I REALLY REALLY
didn't like Twilight the movie.

But I liked New Moon the movie so much...
in fact for the first time EVER... I like a movie
more than I liked the book!
Crazy, I know.

Also... I truly felt sorry for Jacob.
That never happened before.
I got teared up in several parts where Jacob
was involved.  He's just so cute and loveable
in the movie.  Whereas in the book, he was incredibly

Big BIG thing... Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
were SO much better at acting in this movie!
There were a couple parts where it was cheesy...
but it was nothing like Twilight.

Oh, and the wolves!  THE WOLVES!
They added an incredible goodness to this movie.


New Moon was so much better than Twilight
that I would actually go see it in the theatre again!

Edited to add... THE ENDING ROCKED!

Go see it.
Come back here... tell me what
you thought!

Also... go HERE to enter to win another
camera strap slipcover...
you might flip at which one
I am giving away.  :)

Today is the deadline to join
the Ornament Exchange!!
Click HERE to join.

I'll be back with more!  Right now I have a quilt to sew!