Monday, April 28, 2008's up!

I finally switched my website hosting service and got a great template for my Bizzy Bows e-Store. I'm so excited. Please take a moment to check it out and tell me what you think!

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Worst 2 Hours of My Life

***Update - Please read to the bottom of this post for a brief update.***

So yesterday was the first day I decided to take a break from making bows. I was just going to kick back with Kynzie, work on some web devlopment for my new site and catch up on some TV. My morning was the same ol' same ol', after getting home from dropping Maddie off at school, I was loading the dishwasher from the morning dishes and then checking e-mail, feeding Kynzie and myself, etc. So I get Kynize down for her nap (at around noon), make myself a little lunch and sit down to watch TV. Phone rings. The Caller ID says, "Central Showing". Since I didn't want it to keep ringing I answered it and hung up right away. A couple seconds later it rings again with the same caller ID, so I answer it. It was a realtor wanting to show my house in 2 hours to a prospective buyer. TWO HOURS!!! My house was trashed (well trashed in my eyes).

This was the first time we had kinda let the house get messy since we first put it up for sale. I had bow stuff everywhere dried up glue from my hot glue gun all over my granite counters and ribbon fragments everywhere. There was laundry in a huge pile in my room that needed to be attended to and the kids left a bunch of little things laying around.

I have never worked so hard to get a house spic and span in two hours in my life. I was sweating so much I wasn't sure if I was actually sweating or crying from head to toe. I just kept praying that I would get it done in time.

Fortunately, Kynzie was asleep during my cleaning rampage (and her room was fine so I didn't need to do anything in there except fix her bed when I got her up). So I got to clean uninterrupted. I not only cleaned and straightened out all of our almost 3600 sf home, I also straightened out the backyard some and was able to get the gardener to come out and mow and edge the lawn before the buyers came.

Please pray that the buyers liked our home and are wanting to purchase our home. The sooner the better for us.

We just got another call today because another prospective buyer wants to look at our house! This is amazing because there are a total of 6 homes on my street that are up for sale and none of them have had a bite yet! Please pray that we sell to someone soon!***

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I'm having so much fun!

I love creating with this double ruffle ribbon. Check out my latest creation. Just looks so Summery to me (is that a word?).

Drum Roll Please.....

And the winner of my "Happy Tax Day!" RAK Custom Bow Giveaway is.....

Nicole from Back At The Ranch! Congratulations Nicole! I'll be in contact with you soon. Thank you everyone for playing along and congratulations for surving Tax Day!

Monday, April 21, 2008

One More Day!!!

There's only one more day for my "Happy Tax Day!" RAK giveaway. So comment away to increase your chances of winnning. If you don't know anything about this giveaway, please read the post entitled "Happy Tax Day!". Here's another little Bizzy Bug Clippie I made over the weekend. My girls are loving these clippies!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Bizzy Bug Clippies & Princess Clippies

Tinkerbell Clippie (approx 2.25" tall)
Jasmine Clippie (approx. 2.75" tall)

Aurora/Sleeping Beauty Clippie (approx 2.75" tall)

Ariel/Little Mermaid Clippie (approx 2.25" tall)

Here's a pick of my Bizzy Butterfly Clip. The wing span is approx. 3" and it is a little over 2 1/4" long. The eyes are made of genuine Swarovski Crystals!

Here's the Bizzy Bumble Bee. It measures approximately 1" wide by 2" and includes some Swarovski bling!

Here's my Angel Fish Clippie. The body of the fish measures approximately 1" x 1". Like the Bizzy Butterfly, the eye is a genuine Swarovski Crystal.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Cupcake Line

Here are some of my Cupcake Bows. Don't forget, you can win one of these...check out the info on how to win on my "Happy Tax Day" post below!

Red Velvet Cupcake Bow (approx 5" wide)

Blueberry Cupcake (approx. 5" wide)

Sprinkles Cupcake (approx 5" wide)

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcake Bow (approx 5"wide).

Strawberry Cupcake Bow (approx. 5" wide)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Happy Tax Day!

For some of you this is a bad day (i.e.. you owe the gov some money), for others this is a great day...big refund! We're getting a refund due to the joys of homeownership! To help give you a little pick-me-up or to celebrate your tax refund with you, I'm doing a RAK. One lucky winner will receive a custom bow of your choice in any color or color combo you want! Even if you don't have a little girl, I'm sure you know of a little girl you can give this to. They make great gifts! Here's how you can win, you will get one entry for the following:

1) Commenting on my blog (if you don't have a blog, you need to leave a way for me to get in contact with you in case you win). You'll get one entry for every comment.

2) Linking me to your blog or commenting about my blog on your blog (comment me on this blog to let me know you've linked me or posted about me, then you'll get two entries).

3) Contest ends a week from today, Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at noon.

Good Luck!

To help you start thinking of what kind of bow color combo you'd like, here are a few samples of bows I've made (the picture above is my Yellow Cupcake Bow).

This is my Lots of Love Bow (approx. 4.5" wide):

Here's my Bubble Gum Ice Cream Bow (approx 4.5" wide):

Here's a single solid color Boutique Bow in Papaya (approx. 7" wide):

One last sample for you, this is the bow I made for Maddie to match her Easter dress (approx 6: wide):

Bunch of Bitty Bows

Here's a pic of the latest Bitty Bows I've made. They measure approx 2.75" wide. They're perfect for a baby girl's hair. Like all of my alligator clip backed bows, they are all lined to help prevent slipping. I also heat seal them to prevent fraying. The colors I used are (clockwise from top): Blue, Sarsaparilla, Old rose, Robin's Egg Blue, Dusty Rose, Rose Pink, White, and Red.

The bow in the middle is the Pink & White Layered Double Ruffle bow I posted last week.

Here's a close up of the blue bow.

Monday, April 14, 2008

I'm gonna be an aunt...again!

My brother called me at 11:30 last night to let me know they are adding to their family. My SIL is pregnant with their third child which will be due in Nov/Dec. I'm so excited that I will be back in CA by then to meet my new niece/nephew.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Time To Relax

Well, Aaron and I had some time to ourselves this weekend...without kids! Maddie and Kynzie spent the night with their Gramma on Saturday and came back today at dinner time. So what did we do, you ask? A lot of nothing. Man we're getting old and boring!

We all went to church on Saturday evening and had dinner together. After dinner the girls took off and Aaron and I decided at the last minute to run to Blockbuster. We watched "Dan In Real Life". It was a cute and funny movie. Then we called it a night.

Sunday morning Aaron washed his truck right away, while I got the house picked up. We then took off to do our weekly Grocery Game shopping, but this week we really didn't get much stuff. We also had lunch at Chili's. I decided to have the Express Lunch Soup and Salad...bad idea. First I tried the Chicken Enchilada was ok, but not really that great. Then I switched to Broccoli Cheese was horrible. It tasted like melted imitation cheese. I love Broccoli cheese soup, so I was highly disappointed. I did have a couple glass fulls of Strawberry Lemonade.

We also checked out the local YMCA and we're deciding on joining. It's a brand new YMCA and has a waterpark, and the best part is that it's literally down the street from our subdivision, but it's super expensive. We'll see. I'm trying to figure out ways to beat the heat here in Houston, without driving super far.

Other than that we didn't do much else. I made some more bitty bows and dinner, but now the kids are in bed and I'm kicking myself in the butt for not taking advantage of the time we had without them. Oh well...such is life!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My First Double Ruffle Bitty Bow

A friend of mine wanted me to make her a double ruffle bow for her 3 month old daughter, but she wanted a small one. So I tried my hand at it today and it came out so cute! I'm so happy that I've figured out how to work with this double ruffle ribbon. Now they are my favorite kind of bows.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

That's how you know...

he loves you! Stupid "Enchanted"! Kynzie loves this movie so we watch it all the time. The songs get stuck in my head. I do love the movie too, but not as much as her. I love that Amy Adams holds her hands out like the Disney princesses do in the movies. It's such a cute movie. I think it's great that she actually sings the songs too.

When I first saw Enchanted I couldn't figure out why Amy Adams looked so familiar. Then it hit me...she was the candy striper in Catch Me If You Can. I loved that movie.
Anyhow, Enchanted really made me a fan of Amy Adams. I think she did a wonderful job in it. This is the first movie that Kynzie will actually sit through! Hmmm, maybe I'll get to play with some stuff in my craft room!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Go Daddy

So I'm finally trying to update my website since I've practically done nothing with it since I bought the domain, but the site is so slow. It's driving me insane! Now I remember why I didn't get to far when I first started out. I purchased the Website Tonight package, but it's not as user friendly as this site is.

Hopefully I'll get it fully up and running soon.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Good Sunday!

We've started going to Saturday night service and we've really enjoyed it. It works out great for us because it's way less crowded than second service on Sundays. It feels much more laid back, which we really like. The girls Sunday school classrooms aren't packed full and they enjoy that as well.

This is a pic of the house before we planted.
Before church on Saturday, we went to Houston Garden Center and bought a bunch of flowers and plants to color up our flower beds in the front yard. Aaron wanted to hire someone to do it, but I wanted to make it a family project. We got up early (well early for a weekend) and got to work on the front yard. It was such a beautiful day. There was shade in the front and the weather was perfect. We planted mostly white and red flowers (impatience and petunias) along with some day lilies.

This is a picture of the house after we planted.
Maddie dug, fertilized and planted most of the flower beds. I pre-positioned all the flowers and plants, but she did such a great job. She just got right in there with her bare hands and all. I was so proud of her.
Here's the flower bed on the right.
Here's the flower bed on the left.
Here's the red and white Impatience we planted. We also planted Petunias.
Here's some pretty green and white leafy plants.
Maddie picked out all of our Day Lillies.
I don't know what these pretty purple flowers are, but the builder planted them.
We finished around 11:20 and left the house by 11:30 to do the Grocery Game. We got some really great deals as usual. We got home by 1:30. I fed the girls and Aaron put them down for a nap by 2:30. We got them up at 5:30 and after Aaron's mom showed up, we headed of to Aaron's softball game. We had left over catfish (re-fried, which made it extra crunchy...yummy) and asparagus.
All in all it was a good Sunday!

Trying out this blogging thing

I guess this is a good way to talk about things that are on my mind, so I'm giving this another shot. I'm hoping to post about what's going on, pics of my bows and paper creations. Hopefully this blog will help me be more accountable to my creativity.

I really need to spark that up again. I love doing crafts and stuff, but I've been so busy trying to keep the house clean for any prospective buyers. It's hard to keep up with a 3600 sf home. I blame that on my husband. When we moved here to Houston, I didn't want such a big house, but my husband convinced me it would be better if we got a bigger home. I hate housework, but lately I've gotten used to the idea of keeping it clean. I think I have ADHD or something though because I don't stay cleaning one thing for long before I'm off cleaning something else. I get it all cleaned, but I can't stay focused on the issue at hand. There's always something that needs to be cleaned first before the thing I'm currently cleaning.

Hopefully, I'll figure out a method to my madness soon and then be able to make more bows and scrapbook pages and stuff like that.

Pray for me!