Monday, January 2, 2012

JUST A SMALL BRAG!!

Our first FJ Cruiser article has been published.  Take a look at the Thrill on the Hill article.

www.fjc-mag.com

FJC Magazine - January 2012

We are VERY excited and looking forward to working with FJC Mag this year!

Also don't forget to visit AbbytheFJ blog and like us on facebook!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Etsy Finds

As many of you know I love peacocks!  I think they are gorgeous!  I woke up early this morning because my dogs could not wait to open their presents from Santa.  At 6:00 AM this morning I am strolling ETSY looking for some quirky peacock pieces.  Here is what I found...

Peacock Feather Scarf
seller: TieObsessed

PEACOCK CAMEO Necklace Locket Pendant Beautiful Bird Cascading Tail Feathers
seller: Artalot

antique silver peacock necklace(gift box pakcage)---Z025
seller: happynessDIY

Vintage style Peacock necklace, Photo box, can open
seller: ShiningGifts

Peacock Necklace Fashion Antique Retro Bronze Peacock Dewdrop Rhinstone Long Chain Necklace
seller:  AngelssTouch

These are just a few of the many pieces Etsy has to offer.  One of my New Years Resolutions is to purchase more handmade gifts and personal pieces rather than head to the store. Some of the Artisans on Etsy are amazing and the prices are reasonable!  

MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIENDS!

Friday, December 23, 2011

I needed a change... BAD!!!!!!

This year has been a blur.  So many things happening and coming up... not enough time to deal with them all.  I feel like this year I kind of lost who I was/am.  Last Sunday it hit me... I am so boring!  I have become someone I am NOT.  I have always been a fun person, some would say "quirky" but I will go with fun.  I looked through my closet.. all of my clothes are boring... shoes... boring... I have absolutely NO hair accessories... nothing fun... I am not saying I was the most popular girl or a trendsetter but I was always "Mandy".  Now.. not so much.

I understand as we get older we mature but I think I got mature to fast.  I need to remember I am still only 28.  Yes I am married, yes I have 3 dogs, 2 cars, a house, possessions, and yada yada but I am still only 28.  Being mature for 28 isnt a bad thing but I just feel like I have become someone I am not... BORING!!

Sunday night I decided I was not going to be boring anymore!!  The first thing I did was notice I have not had a hair appt since AUG!  GASP!!! I KNOW!!!!

This photo was taken a few months ago at a hockey game.  BORING!!!  I have worn the hell out of the Red Wings shirt!!

Cell phone pic in the bathroom.  New hair and new color.  After I explained my dilemma to my hubby he was sweet enough to set an appt for me to get my hair colored and cut as an early Christmas present.  He is the sweetest man.

I tend to be a compulsive planner (when you admit it, its ok :) ) I have started a list for the "finding Mandy" project. Wish me luck :) I promise to be a better blogger and keep up with everything. 
PROJECT #1- HAIR
PROJECT #2- TAME EYE BROWS (Tuesday Dec 27th appt)
PROJECT #3- REMEMBER HOW TO PUT ON MAKE UP
PROJECT #4- RE-VAMP CLOSET
PROJECT #5- RE-VAMP SHOES
PROJECT #6- STARTING MAKING AND BUYING ACCESSORIES FROM ETSY. 
PROJECT #7- CLEAN MY HOUSE AND KEEP IT CLEAN (Hard to do when married)
PROJECT #8- FINISH ALL PROJECTS AROUND THE HOUSE
PROJECT #9- CLEAN CAR AND KEEP IT CLEAN 
PROJECT #10- FIND OUT WHAT IS NEW IN FASHION

Wish me luck!!  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Our Little Christmas Tree

After having such a busy fall Mr and I decided to go "all out" for Christmas. Buuuuttttt...... we lost enthusiasm as soon as we climbed on the roof to hang up our lights.  Does this happen to anyone else?  We are still working on our outside lights.  We are trying to switch to all LED.  As soon as we are done with the outside of our house I will post some pictures :)

I did manage to find some extra time I put up our Christmas tree.  Normally we always get a real tree.  This year we decided to put up our artificial tree that we normally put in my craft room near the front window.  We usually have 2 or 3 trees.  This year we decided on one.


After putting our tree up we realized how much Christmas means to us.  Majority of our ornaments have meaning or a memory is related.  I took some pictures of our favorite ornaments for you to enjoy also.  When we take a trip or family comes into town we try to pick up a Christmas ornament.  When you are putting your ornaments on your tree its almost like your family is there or you can relive a great memory.

We purchased this balloon ornament in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  My Mother was in town and we were touring Albuquerque.  

Every year Mr and I make a few new ornaments.  This is his ornament for this year.  He created the design and used glitter.  Yes, I know I am a very lucky gal!

I love my tin candy canes.  I think I got these at Jackalope or maybe Pier1.  This was an after Christmas shopping trip.

Brett and I picked out this ornament to remember our Cloudcroft, New Mexico trip. 

A Grand Canyon find.

Another Grand Canyon find.  We got these ornaments at a Cracker Barrel on our way home with my Grandparents. 

My Grandmother purchased this ornament for us at a roadside market near the Grand Canyon.  I love horsehair pottery. 

This ornament was given to me by a client.  She saw it at a craft show and knew I would love it. I do!! 

An ornament for the our Shiba Inu, Kimber. 

My hubby is Law Enforcement and he found these in a catalog. 

Another Jackalope after Christmas purchase. 

This ornament was given to me by a friend a couple of years ago.  When I was in Michigan I raised and trained Siberian Huskies.  This dog is one of my "grand puppies".  His name is Shiver. 

2 Years ago we lost our English Pointer, Tanner to Auto-Immune disorder.  We miss him dearly.  
As you can see we picked up this guy at the Grand Canyon.  Actually Mr spotted him and we had to bring him home.


Here is a sneak peak of our outdoor lights.