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Monday, May 31, 2010

Angelina's Concert

I am so behind on event posting.  Oye!  I don't think it's possible to be any busier than I am.  Which is definitely a great thing.  But it can be pretty stressful.

So... let's catch up!  Back on May 13th Angelina had an end of the year program.  She was granted a talking duet piece in the concert.  She was super nervous, and mom and dad and sissy were so proud of her.  She got the part because she is an accelerated reader (6th grade level).  She ended up doing awesome, which we knew she would!  Here is a picture through my video camera of her...

And I snapped a couple pictures of Zoe and Mike while we waited for the concert to start. . .

I DIE over this picture!  Perfection!!!

And this one cracked me up!

Such a funny girl.

Next up!  Angelina's birthday!!!  New post for that one.  :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Vegas Baby!!

I am finishing up some orders to go out today because there will be no working for me this weekend.  There will be no working for Mike this weekend.  Our kids are at their grandma and papa's house in North Carolina for a few weeks.  So, why no work this weekend?

Because Mike and I are going to be in . . .

Mike and I haven't been away just the 2 of us in FOREVER!  Longer than forever I think, actually.  So we are so excited to escape!  We had friends going with us, but they couldn't come.  So now it's just the 2 of us.  In this city of lights!  My camera and I are going to have a blast!!

But... while I am away... I want you to enjoy a fabulous discount!  15% off your ENTIRE purchase!!!  Just enter VEGAS15 at checkout.  :)

There are some new things listed in there.  Like...

The Raspberry Lemonade:  So FUN!

And the Ruffled Duo {in burnt orange} SUPER fabulous!  :)

So go ahead!  You don't need to gamble to feel like a winner!  Discounts work too, yeah?  ;)  Well, then.  ding ding ding!  winner!!!  15% off entire purchase - enter VEGAS15 at checkout... cuz I just love ya.

Have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


This girl...

Just POOPED in the potty!  HUGE HUGE HUGE!  I know this is a bit weird and TMI for a blog post, but this is such a huge milestone!  I was beginning to worry because she's 3 1/2.  But worry no more!  She did it!!!!!!  There might have been screamings of YAY and WOO HOO and we are SO PROUD of you Zoe!!!  Yayyyyyyyyy!!!

That is all.  :)

Night Owls Tweet

One night I am chatting it up on Twitter with my lovely Aussie friend, Kris.  Then an idea hits me.  Like a palm to the forehead!  So, I ask Kris this question...

"Hey!  I just got a SWEET idea!  Wanna play?"

To which she replies... 

"lol - so long as it's SWEET"

I tell her my idea, and she calls me crazy, but is totally on board, because crazy can be fun, right?  Of course it can.  Especially when the ideas come while you're up late at night like she and I always are. We are crazy night owls.  :) What was my idea?  Blogging photos of our lives.  She lives in Australia and I live in Arizona, USA.  What could be more fun than 365 Photos over 52 weeks?  I can't think of much.  

So... Night Owls Tweet was born.  Every other Monday I will be blogging 7 photos.  1 photo from each day of my life.  The other Mondays, Kris will be blogging them on her lovely blog.

SO, without further ado... the last 7 days of my life in pictures . . . I know!  Most are of my girls... they're cute.  Can you blame me?  ;) 

Week 2: Arizona

I adore these trees!  They bloom the most gorgeous yellow flowers ever!  

The new Cherry Limeade camera strap slipcover added to my shop here.

A view of Angelina through the video camera.

Angelina's Birthday dinner at Benihana.  Yum!

Just looking cute.  Not too hard.  :)  

Angelina making a wish!

She's a little model, huh?  

You can see Kris's Night Owls Tweet Week 1 by clicking here.  She is an amazing designer, so take your time and check out her blog.  It's fantastic!!  She designs fabric.  :)  I need to order some soon!!!

So, what do you think of our little gig?  Fun, right?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Giveaway winners!!

I know I have been a bad bad blogger!  Currently sitting in the corner with a dunce cap on.  Oh and writing, I will blog more, I will blog more, I will blog more...

Though, this coming week is going to be SO SO busy!  I am only working 3 days this week.  Well, 2 1/2 days really.  Wednesday I am flying my girls out to my parent's house in North Carolina, where they get to stay and visit for 3 1/2 weeks!  I fly back home alone on Thursday afternoon.  Friday afternoon, my husband and I are leaving for Vegas for the weekend!!  I can't tell you how excited I am to get my hubby all to myself!  And not only getting my husband to myself, but getting my husband to myself while we escape for the weekend!  Such a rarity.

It's always so weird when my kids are gone the few weeks in the summer they are visiting their grandma and papa.  So quiet.  I slowly get used to it, but by the time they come home I am so excited and cry at the sight of them when the realization hits me of just how much I have missed them.

So, I hope to blog more this week.  Lord knows I have tons to share, just not a lot of time to do so.  I am so exhausted right now that I won't be mustering up the energy to upload, edit and post pictures of Angelina's school program, her birthday party, etc etc.  But I will very soon.  Perhaps tomorrow.  :)

For now, here are the giveaway winners I was supposed to post yesterday!

Winner of the March bag pattern from Melissa of May and Mae is Joy - winner of the June bag & fat quarters is Jacky - and the winner of the Sunday bag is Crystal!!!

Winner of the personalized name pillow by Marie of Bella Marie Designs is Julie!!!

Winner of The Pleated Poppy giveaway is Heidi!!!

Winner of the Lisa Leonard giveaway is Polka Dot Moon!!!!!!!

And, the Giveaway Day winner is Mary Keeley McAllister!!!!

Congrats to ALL the winners! Those who didn't win, go visit these stores!  They all offer amazing amazing items!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Winners of Giveaways 5-19!!!!

Sorry it's taken me a little longer to get the winners up!!  But, here they are!  If you are looking for the Giveaway Day giveaway, please scroll down.  It ends today.

Winner of The Art Of Paper Giveaway is - Jarka!!!
Winner of the Jaybird Quilts Giveaway is - Peek At My Paper!!!
Winner of the CHIC strap from me is - Maria/Curly Birdie!!!!!!!!!!!
Winner of the Tilt a Twirl Kit from Above All Fabric is - Marie!!!
Winner of the Rya's Creations Giveaway is - Jessica!!!
Winner of the Donuts from Sonia is - Sarah S!!
Winner of the Karamat bag pattern giveaway is - The Chubby Dove!!!
Winners of the Half-Pint House Handmade Giveaway are - Krissa and Rebecca @ Piggy Bank Dating!!
Winner of the PolkaDot Moon Giveaway is - Just me and z!!!!
Winner of the HeartSmiles Giveaway is - Deserae!!
Winner of the Dolly Outfitters Giveaway is - Jackie!!
Winner of the Haute Tots Giveaway is - Julie!!!
Winner of the Maplecreek Giveaway is - KraftyKash!!
Winner of the Tweet Baby Designs Giveaway is - Carrie Haughey!!!
Winner of the Busy kids activity pouch is - Denise!!!

The rest of the winners will be announced tomorrow.  Now... ya'll go buy yourself a little somethin' somethin'!  All of these shops off Awesome items for great prices, and they were all so generous in offering to give something away, don't you think?  So, let's support them!!  They ROCK!

Be back later with a special post dedicated to my oldest girl.  :)  Today is her 8th birthday!!!


Monday, May 17, 2010

Give-A-Way Day!!

WELCOME!!  :)  
If you're new here, feel free to take a look around!  I love new visitors!!

Today is Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day!!  I participate every time.  It's so much fun!  I know I did giveaways ALL last week... some of which are still going on, but I couldn't pass up on this event.  Fun fun fun!  Go check it out for yourself.  They say there is over 250 giveaways listed!!  WOW!

Today I am giving away TWO items from my store, *Shey*[B]!  :)  There will be TWO winners.  Each person will win one of my camera strap slipcovers.  :)  This giveaway IS open internationally too. 

One lucky winner will receive The Ruche.  It's Brand New.  Just released last week.

Another winner will get their choice of one of the "Click" camera strap slipcovers or the "Shades" in pink camera strap slipcover!!


Here is how to enter:

Go to my store.  Come back here and tell me your fave!  Or if you have more than 1 that is ok too.  :)  Also include which of the above camera strap slipcovers you'd choose for yourself!

Extra Entries:  (These are not required.  Unless you want extra entry points.  :) )

:: Follow my blog
:: Follow me on Twitter  (tweet about this giveaway & make sure to @sheyb me so I know you did!  :)
:: Sign up for my newsletter over there on the left sidebar  <-----------

THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS ON MAY 20th! (my oldest daughter's birthday.  SHE gets to randomly pick a number of the winner.)

Good Luck!!!

Don't want to wait?  Enter SHEYB at checkout to

receive 10% off your entire purchase!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Winners of Giveaways 1-4!!

   We have some winners!!!

Winner of the scrapbook kit giveaway from Lisa of Scrapbook Circle is... Jessica!

Winner of Toile Tails giveaway from Amy and Lori is ... Sena!

Winner of the Happy Heat Pack giveaway from Kashoan is ... Cindyj!

Winner of the Frankie Magazine & Your choice of "Click" camera strap slipcover from me is ... JadesGirl!

Yay!!  Congratulations!!!  Please email me to claim your prize!  You will have 5 days to claim them or I will choose another winner.  :)

Please visit Scrapbook Circle, Toile Tails, Krafty Kash, And my shop if you want.  :)  Get 10% off your total purchase at my shop by entering SHEYLOVESU at checkout.  :)

Now go get yourself something awesome!  YOU deserve it!

Thanks again to everyone who donated items to the giveaway week to celebrate my birthday and thanks to everyone who entered these giveaways!  I know the shop owners really appreciate your support!  :)


Saturday, May 15, 2010

COUTURE RAFFLE WINNER!!! And Red Letter Words Winner!!

First off.  I want to say thank you to everyone who entered all the amazing giveaways on my blog this week to help me celebrate my birthday!  You all know how to make a girl feel loved, that's for sure!!!  There is still time to enter!  All the giveaways are staying up for 1 week from the time they were posted.  Click here to enter all the giveaways!  :)  Also!  The winner of the Red Letter Words giveaway is:  #13 JadesGirl!! Congrats email me!!  :)

Now.  The COUTURE winner drawn from is...

True Random Number Generator  11Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Congrats goes to SARA SOPHIA!!!!  Congratulations!!!  I know you're going to be thrilled!  :)  Contact me to claim your prize, girl!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

What a crazy year.  You have grown more in the last year than all of the years I have known you.  You have become a business woman, taking your company to the next level.  A fashion designer, coming up with the most unique ideas.  And even spoke in front of a crowd about running a small business.  I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished.  Our lives have gotten busier and time more sacred, but that has only strengthened our family and love for each other.

I am excited to see what the next year will bring and wish you the best in everything you do.

I love you more than you will ever know and hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend and all your wishes come true.  Although, I wouldn't get your hopes up on the wish regarding the summers in Arizona.


A Stamped Giveaway

I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet woman at Bloggy Bootcamp (which I swear to blog about soon!).  I know so many of you know of her.  She is EVERYWHERE!  :)  You think I am everywhere?  Well, Lisa beats me hands down!  I so enjoyed hearing her speak at the conference.  It was neat how she started her business and it was so so small and now it's just HUGE.

I am always leery of  meeting really well known bloggers.  Let alone well known bloggers with really well known businesses.  But, can I just tell you that Lisa Leonard is the sweetest person in the world?  She is incredibly down to earth, and I found her to be humble about her business, but very proud of it.  She should be!
What surprised me even more was that Lisa knew who I was!!!  *faints*

I have a few Lisa Leonard necklaces. They are really cute!!  These are what I have...

So.  Lisa is incredibly generous!  She is offering 1 VERY lucky winner a $50 gift certificate to her store! So nice!!!!!  Thank you Lisa for offering to do this giveaway!  It was great meeting you and I look forward to the next time... let's chat longer.  ;)

Here is how to enter ....

Go visit Lisa's Website.  Come back here and tell me what you loved.

Extra Entries:

- Go visit Lisa's Blog!.  Follow her & leave her some comment love.
Follow Lisa on Twitter.  Come back here and let me know you did.

Good luck!!!

A Poppy Kinda Day

Do you ever meet someone and just click?  Have so much in common you just know you'll be friends with this person forever even though you've never met in real life?  Yeah, well, that's how I feel about Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy.  She and I just click.
We have loved talking about our businesses together, about our lives, our kids, husbands, and sometimes just nonsense.  It's just awesome.  I have "known" Lindsey for several years.  I think almost 3.  She is just such an amazing person.  My life is better because I know her.  I have several people in my life like that and she is one of them.

Did you know one of my camera strap slipcovers is named after her?  Yep!  You can read about that by clicking here.

Her zippered pouch that I matched. :)

Did you also know that Lindsey's oldest daughter and my oldest daughter share a birthday?  True story!  May 20th baby!  How awesome is that?  God has definitely brought us together.  What a blessing!

Lindsey emailed me a couple of weeks ago wanting to participate in my birthday celebration with a giveaway.  Of COURSE I could not refuse.  Love her stuff!  And I know you will too!

Let's learn a little about Lindsey shall we?

hi ! i'm lindsey cheney. i am married to an incredibly supportive husband and am mom to 3 littles, 6 and under. my days are full of sewing, home schooling, crafting, snuggling, avoiding the laundry, sneaking bites of chocolate, and wondering "is it naptime yet?". 

We talked about laundry last night on gChat.  Let's just say... we had a lot in common in that area as well.  haha!

Lindsey has so generously decided to give away a $25 gift certificate to her store!  Eeeek!!  So many fun things in there!!!  Things that caught my eye [well, just a few things, because I love everything]...

Here is how to enter ....

Go visit Lindsey's Shop.  Come back here and tell me what you loved.

Extra Entries:

- Go visit Lindsey's awesome blog!.  Follow her & leave her some comment love.
Follow Lindsey on Twitter.  Come back here and let me know you did.

Good luck!!!

Like Free?

Today is my birthday!!!!!  WOO HOO!!!
So, to celebrate, I am giving away a FREE SEWN IN LENS CAP POCKET
with EVERY single order starting RIGHT NOW!!
And it's good for today ONLY!  So hurry.  :)  Sewn in lens cap pockets can not be added to Couture or Chic strap slipcovers.

In order to get your free lens cap pocket, enter FREELENSPOCKET at checkout.  You will also receive a 1% discount.  Just because I couldn't do it any other way.  And because ya'll deserve a random weird discount, right?  :)

There will be 2 more giveaways today from 2 lovely people.  And I "might" be back with some new designs and other fun stuff!  Stay tuned!!!

Thank you all SOOOOO much for all the birthday love!  You have truly added so much happiness to my day!


Want A Couture?

The raffle is now CLOSED!
Thank you to everyone who entered.  :)

I am raffling off a COUTURE today!  This Couture, as all Coutures, is brand new.  It is one of a kind like all of them are.  But this Couture is only available to all of you.  It will not be listed in my store.  I will just cut to the chase as to not cause any heart attacks as I have been told that I was doing on Twitter.  Sorry bout that.  ;)

Here is how it will work.  Click here.  That leads to my store.  Specifically to the raffle ticket listing.  Raffle tickets are $5 a piece.  Each $5 is 1 entry into the raffle.  Instead of a number, you will need to leave me a comment with the name you ordered your raffle ticket under.  This will help me verify in Paypal.  You can buy as many raffle tickets as you'd like.  Just leave a comment for each ticket purchased with the info required and you're finished.  The winner will be announced Saturday morning!!!  I will pick a random number, but instead of doing it by shouting out ticket numbers, I will do it will The Random Number Generator.

So, basically... you could get a Couture for $5!!  That's a $75 savings for you!!  Yay!!!

Happy Raffling!  This Couture is dying to find a new home.  :)

:: Birthday BASH :: Giveaway #21

Yay!!  I am so excited to share this shop with you!!  I love the owner too!  She is super super really super duper sweet.  Got that?  :)  We follow each other on Twitter, and I so enjoy tweeting with her.  I am IN LOVE with what she is giving away... I think I will be ordering soon Marie!!!  Let's get to know her shall we?

Hi!  I am Marie.  I'm a mama of 3 and married to the most awesome guy ever who totally supports what I do. He even stays up late w/ me to help me stuff pillows when I'm slammed with orders. :) My love for sewing began in high school when I took a fashion design class and resurfaced again after I had my first daughter.  I made a skirt for her and was smitten with the idea of handmade and it was all over from there!  I opened my Etsy shop 3 years ago just for fun and to see how well I would do and it's been a great outlet for me ever since. I've met some of the coolest people ever through my love of sewing and crafting. It's been a wonderful journey!

Marie is giving away one personalized name pillow of the winner's choice!!!  Holy Cow!  That's awesome.  

Can I enter my own giveaway?  No?  Darn it!

Open to U.S. & Canada residents only.

Here is how to enter ....

Go visit Marie's Shop.  Come back here and tell me what you loved.

Extra Entries:

- Go visit Marie's Blog.  Follow her & leave her some comment love.
Follow Marie on Twitter.  Come back here and let me know you did.
- Answer this - are you liking all these giveaways?  Overwhelmed?

Good luck!!!

:: Birthday BASH :: Giveaway #20

Seriously.  When this lovely woman contacted me wanting to do a giveaway on MY blog, I about fell out of my chair.  Though, it's not a polkadot chair.  ;)  Umm, have you SEEN her blog??!?!  Yeah.  I was so honored that she wanted to be included!  So let's meet the lovely Melissa of Polkadot Chair shall we?  But first!  TODAY IS HER BIRTHDAY TOO!!!  :)  How fabulous!

My name is Melissa Mortenson, I have always loved sewing and crafts. About a year ago a decided to start a blog as a "memory keeper" of all the things I liked to make (especially since I gave most of them away).  That blog is called the Polkadot Chair, after the comfy chair I have in my craft room.   It started out small and has grown over the past year. It is now the best job I've ever had! 

In January I started a little company called fourteen may (that's my birthday). I sell sewing patterns and kits through my etsy shop, may & mae, that I run with my friend Traci of Amazing Mae. 

I design patterns based on things that I need. I needed a good bag to carry with me on vacation thus the June Bag was born, I needed a large sturdy bag for all my church stuff, hence the Sunday Bag. and my 14 yr old daughter wanted to give her friend a purse as a birthday present so she drew me a little sketch and I ended up with the March Bag.

I'd love for you to visit my shop or stop over to my blog an say "Hi"

Someone pinch me!  "owe"!  Ok. This is really happening.

June Bag...

March Bag...

Sunday Bag...

Melissa is giving away 3 patterns, the March Bag, June Bag & Sunday Bag. She is also giving away 4 fat quarters.  There will be 3 winners.  1 winner will get the June bag AND the fat quarters.  The other 2 winners will get the patterns only.  But, since I have hooked you up with some fabric stores during these giveaways, you know where you can find some fabric to make them.  :)

Here is how to enter ....

Go visit Melissa's Shop.  Come back here and tell me what you loved.

Extra Entries:

- Go visit Melissa's Blog.  Follow her and wish her a Happy Birthday!
Follow Melissa on Twitter.  Come back here and let me know you did.
- Do this for me: What is your favorite cake?

Good luck!!!