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Sunday, October 31, 2010

.:Sponsor Sunday - Freckled Flower Shop:.

Have you heard the news?

Freckled Flower Shop is closing its doors.

Sad, I know.

We'll all miss Chante and her beautiful jewelry and baby items!

But, before things are officially done over at Freckled Flower Shop, there's still time left for you to snatch up some of her beautiful, quality products!

Chante has a great clearance/sale section going on right now. You could pick up some of these....

or some of these....

and even some of these for a great price!

Freckled Flower Shop will be closing its doors on December 31st, so be sure to grab up things while you can!

.:Sponsor Sunday - Dandy Giveaway:.

Remember my awesome sponsor, Dandy Giveaway?

Dandy Giveaway turned ONE this week!

In celebration of turning ONE, Dandy Giveaway brought back some of their biggest giveaways this week. Some of those include SodaStream, Maddy Moo Creations handbags, and Sophie's Chic Boutique....just to name a few!

All of Dandy Giveaway's giveaways end on Sunday at 5 p.m., so that means that there's still time left for you to check out this past weeks giveaways! And, because they are so awesome, the giveaways for this past week are being extended until 8 p.m. CST, so go enter!

New giveaways are posted on Mondays, so you'll definitely want to check out Dandy Giveaway tomorrow to see how you could win something from Zoochini and Baby Banz, or to win a pair of Ralph Lauren stud earrings - among other things!

And, since November starts tomorrow (can you believe it??) that means that the holidays are upon us. Dandy Giveaway is going to be hosting lots of special holiday related giveaways and guest posts between now and Christmas.

What are you waiting for? Get over to Dandy Giveaway to enter last week's giveaways, and bookmark their site so that you can come back tomorrow and every Monday for more amazing giveaways. Who doesn't like free stuff, right?

.:Sponsor Sunday - Just Our Style:.

I've posted about Just Our Style before.

I happen to know these lovely ladies in real life, and I can't say enough good things about them!

Let me introduce you to the gals behind Just Our Style.

Brandy is a stay at home mom to a little boy named Cooper and also does freelance work for Paper Crafts Magazine. In her free time she likes making jewelry and accessories when she isn't spending time with her hubs and little guy.

Sarah is a stay at home mom to two kids: a little boy named Dawson and a little girl named Emerson. She always loved crafting, but after she had Emerson, she became addicted to making bows, clips, headbands, and accessories. In her free time she enjoys sewing and hanging out with her family.

Brandy and Sarah decided to put their crafting abilities and talents to good use and Just Our Style was born!

Want to see what you can find at Just Our Style?

I thought so.

Isn't this circle scarf great for fall weather?

How about this fun plaid ruffle necklace?

I just love this pearl necklace!

These bow tie hair bows are so simple and cute!

Every little girls needs a fun korker bow, right?

Amazing products, right? And there's lots more to see!

Well, the fun doesn't end there. Just Our Style is offering 20% off anything ordered today! That's a deal! Just put the code SUMO20 in the 'notes to seller' section at checkout and it will be refunded to your paypal.

Get on over to Just Our Style and get shopping!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Are you all having a fun Halloween weekend? I hope so!

Here's a few great ideas from the linky party this week!

Be sure to grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

Thanks to everyone for linking up!

I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

See you on Monday for another linky party, and some other exciting things!

Friday, October 29, 2010

.:Coming Up:.

No Feature Friday today!

But I did want to let you all know that Monday is going to be bringing TWO amazing giveaways to Sumo's Sweet Stuff! Trust me, you are not going to want to miss these! I got to review all of the products that are being given away, and I promise, you want them!

Also, there is still time to enter the Oh So Girly giveaway!

And also still time to enter the Sumo's Sweet Stuff giveaway over on Baby Making Machine!

Have a great Halloween weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

.:Things to Try Thursday - Trick or Treat Buckets:.

I'm sure you all know Ashley over at Make It and Love It. If you don't (although I don't know how that could be possible) then I suggest you get over there and sign up to be a follower immediately. You won't be disappointed.

She made these adorable themed, matching Trick or Treat Buckets to go with her kids' Cinderella and Prince Charming Halloween costumes.

If I am on the ball next year, I am totally doing this for my girls.

Go here to see how she made them. There's still time for you to make some for your little ones!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

.:Mouth-Watering Wednesday - Roasted Garlic & Cauliflower Pasta:.

My sister in law and her sister both raved about this recipe, so I decided to give it a try. We are trying to eat more veggies around these parts, and this was delicious! It comes from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. Original recipe found here.

Copied directly from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.

2 heads garlic, papery skins removed, top quarter of heads cut off (on the pointy side of the garlic) and discarded
6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 head cauliflower (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 pound short pasta (such as fusilli, rotini or campanelle)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 – 3 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, place a large rimmed baking sheet on the rack, and heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Cut one 12-inch sheet of foil and spread it flat on the counter. Place the garlic heads, cut-side up, in the center of the foil. Drizzle ½ teaspoon olive oil over each head and fold up the sides of the foil to seal well. Place the foil packet directly on the oven rack (not on the preheating baking sheet) and roast until the garlic is very tender, about 40 minutes. Remove the foil packet from the oven, open the foil and set it aside to cool.

While the garlic is roasting, trim the outer leaves of the cauliflower and cut the stem flush with the bottom. Cut the head from pole to pole into 8 equal wedges and then cut the cauliflower into large bite-sized pieces. Place the cauliflower in a large bowl; toss with 2 tablespoons oil, salt, pepper, and sugar.

Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven. Carefully transfer the cauliflower to the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast until the cauliflower is well browned and tender, 15 to 20 minutes

While the cauliflower roasts, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta; cook until al dente. Squeeze the cooled, roasted garlic cloves from their skins into a small bowl. Using a fork, mash the garlic to a smooth paste, then stir in red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Slowly whisk in remaining 1/4 cup oil.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking water, and return the pasta to the pot. Add the chopped cauliflower to the pasta; stir in the garlic sauce, ¼ cup cooking water, parsley, and ½ cup cheese. Adjust the consistency of the pasta with additional cooking water and season with salt, pepper, and additional lemon juice to taste. Serve immediately, sprinkling with remaining ½ cup cheese and toasted nuts.

I made a few alterations:

1. I burned the garlic and had to use fresh instead. (Okay, that's more of a mistake).

2. I added mushrooms in with the cauliflower.

3. I didn't use red pepper flakes or parsley because I didn't have any.

4. I didn't use walnuts because they are gross. Well, gross to us. I did toasted almonds instead.

6. Which I also burned. They were extra toasty.

7. I only used between 1/4-1/2 of a lemon for the lemon juice.

8. I used whole wheat pasta.

So, plenty of mistakes and changes, but still very incredibly yummy! Can't wait to make it again!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

.:Giveaways Galore:.

Hope everyone is off to a great start to their week!

First of all, don't forget to enter the Oh So Girly giveaway that I've got going on right now! You have a chance to win a $15 credit to her shop AND a watch band and face.

Also, head on over to Baby Making Machine to not only see pictures of her beautiful baby wearing some dresses I custom made for her, but also to enter to win a $15 credit to MY shop!

Good luck!

Monday, October 25, 2010

.:Market Yourself Monday & A Giveaway!:.


Well friends, I've done it again.

I haven't done anything to share with you this week.

Well, that's not entirely true. I've sewn a shirt for a friend's daughter, a tiered dress for a friend's daughter, made treats for a friend's baptism, made treats for our Halloween playgroup today, sewn more headbands for the shop, made more bows for the shop, made bows for a birthday gift, worked on some projects for products I'm reviewing, and somehow found time in there to clean my house, feed my kids, play with my kids, dress my kids, and cook dinners.

So I guess I have been busy, just not with any new tutorials and projects to share with you!

Forgive me?

But just to make sure you don't head for the hills, I've got a great giveaway lined up for you today! It's once again, one of those that I wish I could enter!

Oh So Girly is a site full of darling bows, clips, and flowers for every occasion and for everyday use! Want to see a few things that Oh So Girly has to offer?

I love this snowflake bow!

The layers on this bow are so fun!

What a fun mix of a korker and a regular bow!

This one is so pretty and classy.

I love the addition of the crocheted flower on this!

This simple flower clips are so sweet.

How about some of these watch bands?

Oh So Girly also offers crayon rolls

and diaper keepers, too!

Pretty cute, huh?

Oh So Girly has generously offered to giveaway a $15 credit AND a watch band and face to one lucky winner! Score!

Here's how you can enter to win:
(Each entry requires a separate comment!)

1. Visit Oh So Girly and comment back with what you'd spend the $15 credit on.

2. Become a follower of Oh So Girly (or let me know if you already are one).

3. Become a follower of Sumo's Sweet Stuff (or let me know if you already are one).

This giveaway will end on Monday, November 1st, at 11:59 p.m. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 2nd. It is YOUR responsibility to check back and see if you won!

Couple items of business before we get on with the linky party.

If you've bought anything from my etsy store, or created anything using any of my tutorials, would you pretty please send me any pictures or links? I'd love to feature you! You can email me at: sumossweetstuff.gmail.com

Also, just wanted to remind you again about the free 8x10 canvas offer from Canvas People. Cash in on this before it's too late!

Now let's get to linking! What have you been up to? Tutorials, projects, recipes, shops, giveaways - it's all welcome here! Be nice and link back where you can - I appreciate it!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

.:Sponsor Sunday - Janey's Jewels:.

The second sponsor I get to share with you today is Janey's Jewels.

I'm sure you are going to be as amazed with their products as I am.

Janey's Jewels is an etsy shop that specializes in copyrighted, hand cut gemstone shapes set in sterling silver or 14k gold jewelry.

Janey's Jewels is a brother/sister team. Jane has been creating jewelry since she was a little girl, and Joe is a gemologist and diamond and gemstone cutter. Here is some information about them, in their own words:

"We work at both ends of the jewelry spectrum (faux jewelry & genuine gemstone jewelry in sterling silver & 14k gold).

In real gemstone jewelry, we feature many unique stone cuts designed by Joe, that you simply will not find anywhere else.

Some of our copyrighted cuts:
The unique cut we call "Rose petal" was designed by us to simulate the beauty and intricacy of a rose.
The GenX cut was designed & hand cut by us. We developed this cut to maximize brilliance & to display an x type refraction. This is our version of star.
City Nights Cut-we started with a Smith bar cut, modified the cut to produce a wider brilliance pattern and adding 14 additional facets.
Tic-Tac-Toe Cut-features our very own cut called the Step Cut. The facets on the face of the stone resemble a Tic-Tac-Toe board.
Lighthouse Cut-This special cut displays a beam of light in the center of the stone. This cut is designed to maximize the brilliance and beauty of the gemstone.
Button Cut-The entire top of our button is faceted with a checkerboard design. Very unique, beautiful and catches and reflects the light to display the maximum beauty of the stone."
Some of their favorite materials to work with are blue quartz, prasiolite, amethyst, lemon quartz, ruby, emerald, and topaz of all colors.

You are going to be drooling, and dropping hints to your husbands after you see the pictures of these beautiful pieces.

Are you as amazed as I am? Go ahead, leave your computer pulled open to Janey's Jewels and see if you can't get your husband to get the hint that something from Janey's Jewels would make the perfect holiday gift! A right hand ring? Birthstone stacking rings for your children? A beautiful pendant? Lots of options!

.:Sponsor Sunday - Propinquities:.

Today I'm going to be sharing TWO of my sponsors with you!

The first one is a fabulous jewelry shop called Propinquities.

Propinquities specializes in one of a kind statement jewelry. It's not tough to see why. This jewelry is beautiful and amazing; sure to catch anybody's eye!

Here are a few tidbits about Jane, the store owner of Propinquities.

"I love jewelry & have been making it since I was a little girl & Mom took me to a bead shop.
I believe an outfit is not complete until you accessorize with that special piece, whether it be a great necklace, bracelet or earrings.
I prefer fashion jewelry because it is possible/affordable to have that perfect piece for every outfit."

Jane uses high quality materials, such as: Drusy, Czech fire polished glass beads, briolettes, Crosses, ethnic jewelry, and all things dandling.

Here's a little peek at some of the beautiful jewelry you can find at Propinquities.

Don't you just want one of everything? There's lots more to look at over at Propinquities.

Head on over to Propinquities and get shopping!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Yet another great linky party - I know I say that every week, but it's true!

Here are just a few that caught my eye.

Make sure you grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

Thanks to everyone who linked up! See you back here again on Monday!

And just another little reminder - Canvas People is offering YOU a free 8x10 canvas print! Or you can put that $55 towards a larger print! This is a steal, and all you have to cover is the shipping. That's a great deal considering what you are getting in return. Don't need one for yourself? Christmas is coming up! What a great gift! Go here to cash in on this amazing offer!

Friday, October 22, 2010

.:Feature Friday - Not Just A Housewife:.

Go here to get your free 8x10 canvas!

Hi! I'm Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife and I am so excited to be posting here at Sumo's Sweet Stuff. Isn't this the cutest blog???

I am a stay at home mom to 4 little boys and I love it! I was a tom boy growing up and I don't think I would know what to do with a girl if I had one. I think it is important to take time for yourself and to have hobbies. Otherwise you just might go insane! Here are some of the things you can see at my blog.

I love the TV show cupcake wars so I have come up with some of my own recipes like rootbeer float, strawberry chocolate, peaches and cream, and chocolate malt. You can see them here and here.

If I can't find the right fabric I just paint my own!

Here are some of the fun Fall and Halloween things we do at our house.

We grow pumpkins and scratch words or pictures on them when they start to turn orange and the pumpkins scar where we scratched. It looks really neat!

Don't have pumpkins? Make squash monsters!

Terra cotta pots make the perfect Frankenstein head. Add a candle and put them on your porch and you have cute Frankenstein lights to greet your trick or treaters!

I have instructions on how to make a pumpkin topiary.

As a family we made these paper mache pumpkins. My boys loved it!!!

See how I fixed up our old bathroom for around $75.00!

I {heart} power tools. I love to build things. It is easier than you might think. Check out my tutorial on making these shadowbox shelves.

I even attempt to sew. . . sometimes. Here is what I call a Soap Buddy. It's a terry cloth pocket that velcros shut. Put your bar soap inside and lets your kids get clean!

Thank you Sumo for letting me post here today! Come and visit me sometime at Not JUST A Housewife :)

For birthday party ideas you can also check out my other blog. The Birthday Blog