Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thank you for all who stopped by my blog and Etsy shops this weekend for the "First Annual Fall Women's Online Business Expo" (Thank you Runako Designs for providing the opportunity). I held a giveaway for the weekend. The prize was a $15.00 gift certificate for use at any of my three supply shops on Etsy. I am happy to announce "Jael Custom Designs" has won the gift certificate. Congratualtions to Jael and thanks again to all who participated!
1. Accent-reduction specialist
2. Casting Director
3. Child life specialist
7. Program analyst
8. Program Evaluator
9. Prospect researcher
10. Surgical Technologist
For a full detailed description, complete with starting salaries, view the original CNN article:
"10 Little-known Fields with great Job Opportunities"
Monday, September 28, 2009
feel free to share your list in the comments area....
lovingkindness mantra mediation image found on google images
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Let me share a bit about myself and my Etsy shops that will be participating. My name is Denise and I consider myself more of a designer rather than artist. I draw my inspiration from the world around me and the changing of the seasons (hence one of my Etsy shop and blog name "The Seasonal Cottage"). I work out of my home studio on the coast of Southern Maine in a little town called Kennebunk, so there is much beauty and seasonal contrast to draw from.
I have been collecting vintage prints, postcards, illustrated books, and vintage ephemera, jewelry findings and other interesting embellishments for many years. Using these vintage treasures with newfound ones and a bit of creativity, I follow my muse ~ always looking for something new to explore. I have three supply shops on Etsy and my hope is that you find that special item to complete your own personal creation. I also have three handmade shops and invite you to visit them for unique home decor, jewelry and other accessories.
Here is a list of my Etsy shops and the specials I will be offering for the whole weekend. Remember to leave a comment at the end of this post and let me know you stopped by and at the end of the expo, I'll be doing a door prize drawing for all my guests.
These prices will be available with code submission - "Expo" from midnight Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, September 27. Click on the six shop banners below to visit each of my shops:
www.theseasonalcottage.etsy.com will be offering a special on all paper scrap/die cuts (not including foil dresdens). BUY THREE GET ONE FREE. D0 not place the 4th/ free one in your cart. Simply let me know which die cut you would like with the code word "Expo" in the message area at checkout. The free item must be equal or lower to the lowest priced item purchased.
www.theartistscloset.etsy.com - will be offering a special on all my 7 Gypsy products. BUY THREE 7 Gypsy items and GET ONE FREE. D0 not place the 4th- free one in your cart. Simply let me know which item you would like with the code word "Expo" in the message area at checkout. The free item must be equal or lower to the lowest priced item purchased.
www.thepapersource.etsy.com - will be offering a special on all my 7 Gypsy products. BUY THREE 7 Gypsy items and GET ONE FREE. D0 not place the 4th- free one in your cart. Simply let me know which item you would like with the code word "Expo" in the message area at checkout. The free item must be equal or lower to the lowest priced item purchased.
www.diondesign.etsy.com - will offer free shipping on all orders over $25.00. Simply place the word "Expo" in the message area at checkout and I will credit back your shipping to your paypal account.
www.simplyfrenchdesigns.etsy.com - will offer free shipping on all orders over $25.00. Simply place the word "Expo" in the message area at checkout and I will credit back your shipping to your paypal account.www.seasonalvignettes.etsy.com - will offer a token gift of a small bag of seashells with each purchase. Simply place the word "Expo" in the message area at checkout and I will include the gift in your order.
Just for stopping by this weekend, and leaving a message, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $15 Gift Certificate to one of my three supply shops. Winner will be announced on Tuesday. Simply leave a comment in the comments area. Thanks for stopping by.
So remember to visit the Expo list found at the Blog - Girls Night Out (click on the Fall Expo Sign below), starting at midnight, September 26th - Sunday, September 27 and browse the list of vendor booths on the right hand side of the blog(I am "Seasonal Cottage" - Booth #18). There will be blogs/shops offering specials, giveaway's and prizes. We invite you to leave comments and enter all the posted contests. Come and support female entrepreneur's around the world - but most of all have fun!
Friday, September 25, 2009
I would finish this statement with: " My favorite place to be...to clear my head...to be inspired...is near the sea! Come walk with me by the shore of my hometown. (Please click on the photos for a larger view).
I love the way ripples are sculpted into the sand by the tides.
One morning last week, I was walking with my son and we heard rich bagpipe music in the wind. Searching the shoreline we found this gentleman at the other end of the shore. What a beautiful sound that truly speaks to the heart and brought peace to my soul.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Featured above are terrycloth wristbands from a wonderful Etsy shop called Loving Anvil. Click on the photo to be taken to the shop. Or you could do a search on Etsy for fabric designed "Coffee Cozies" - there are over 4000 choices!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Let's begin at Harris Farm where I purchase our milk (still packaged in glass bottles), organic veggies and meat.
Misha, our cat looking as though he is in deep meditation.
A few pets from the past:
We once had a sweet indoor house rabbit named Brodi. He had a great personality.
Lizzie was quite the food hound and has been dearly missed for the last three years.
Thanks for joining me and remember to visit the Team Blog : Friday My Hometown Shootout.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
"Designers bring splashes of sunshine to the runway for spring 2010. Vibrant brights add a sense of excitement to the color palette, while practical neutrals provide a safety net for cautious consumers."
“Now more than ever, women are vigilant when it comes to spending,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Instead of re-inventing their wardrobe at the start of each season, consumers want pieces to complement what they already own. Pairing a bold color with a basic piece or freshening up their look with bright accents addresses the need for practicality, as well as fun"
Click here: Spring 2010 to Preview colors
Monday, September 14, 2009
You can also visit Urban Outfitters for Peace One Day tee shirts - all proceeds from the tee shirts will be donated to Peace One Day.
Website - Peace One Day: www.peaceoneday.org
Documentary Film: http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/film/the-day-after-peace
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
click on photo to be taken to NCuevas shop on Etsy
Welcoming Weathered Wicker
Weathered chain by the Pier in Cape Porpoise
Thanks for stopping by and remember to click on the camera on the right hand side of my blog to visit the Friday Shoot Out gang and view their take on this weeks theme.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- Reconnect with your spouse or significant other. Plan a getaway. My husband and I plan on going away for a few days in the next few weeks. It has been a hectic summer and will be nice to relax and reconnect with each other.
- If you haven't created a "life list" create one now. Begin looking at what you would like to do with the second half of your life and take steps to achieve your goals.
- Do something for you. Become a volunteer with a non profit, take a class, learn a new skill. Try something new. Perhaps you have always wanted to learn to paint or sculpt. Go for it!
- Join a group. I love going to museums, galleries, movies and such. I have created a "culture club" of women who will get together once a month and participate in a cultural activity.
- Create a few care packages. I love sending care packages and know my firstborn really appreciated them during college. Plan a few packages for your child with items you know they will use and enjoy.
- Get support. Sending your last child to college is a transition in life. Recognize it for what it is and give yourself time to process it. It is a loss of sorts and you may feel depressed. Look to your family or friends for support or if need be, professional help to help you through this time.
- Embrace the positive! Celebrate the accomplishment of raising an independent individual well on their way to making their place in the world. There is joy in such an event.
Empty Nest Moms
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Empty Nest Book List
Monday, September 7, 2009
So with that said, I thought I would share a short post on thoughts of an "empty nester" learning to let go. I know there are many others out there facing the same feelings this month. Please feel free to share your perspective under the comments section. I found the original post of this "poem" entitled "Letting go takes Love" on the Internet (by 'author unknown') but have changed it to reflect my own thoughts, feelings and perspective.
A Mom's Thoughts on Letting Go
To let go does not mean to stop caring,
it is because you care that you let go.
To let go is not to cut ourselves off from our children,
but the realization that to grow they must be set free.
To let go is not to care for,
but to care about.
To let go is not to fix,
but to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge,
but to allow them to be an individual human being.
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow them to affect their destinies.
To let go is not to nag, scold or argue,
but instead to listen intently, allowing them to process life.
To let go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from personal choices and natural consequences.
To let go is not to be protective,
but to permit them to face the realities of life, while standing close by.
To let go is to admit powerlessness, which means
the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to deny,
but to accept.
To let go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to encourage one to spread their wings of self discovery
and for me to continue on my own path of the same.
I love you Evan and will always be here for you!