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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Pearl & Tulle Necklace:.

Just a little reminder that today is the last day to take 25% off your order from my shop using the code SIMPLE25! Stock up for baby showers, pick out some stocking stuffers, and grab a thing or two for yourself!

As I told you, my friend from Just Our Style and I made these necklaces over the weekend, while the kiddos were napping and our husbands were watching the BYU/Utah game. So simple and so quick - seriously, this is a great go-to gift!

What you need:

- chain
- jump rings
- clasp
- tulle
- pearl beads

Start off by cutting a strip of tulle. You'll want it to be plenty wide so that you can wrap it around the beads.

Tie a knot in the middle.

Place your first bead next to the knot, wrap it with tulle, and tie another knot right next to it.

Continue doing this...you can see the progression here. Make it as long as you like!

When you get to where you want it to end, you'll want to either make a little loop like I've shown here, or just cut it off.

Loop your jump ring through the loop. If you've just cut the tulle, then you can just string your jump ring through the tulle (does that make sense?) That's the great thing about tulle; it's going to hold it in place!

Attach your chain to both sides, using jump rings. Then add a clasp to one end of your chain.

Tie a cute little tulle bow on one side. Fabulous!

For a different version, you could make a satin flower and glue that to one side, and do two strings of pearls like my friend did.

If you make one, I'd love to see it!

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Monday, November 29, 2010

.:Market Yourself Monday - Pearl & Tulle Necklace:.

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? I hope you all enjoyed a nice holiday, complete with good company and good food. Can I let you in on a secret? I didn't eat one bite of turkey! I'm more of a ham girl myself, so I ate that instead. It was delicious!

As I've posted before, I'm one of the vendors at Somewhat Simple's Studio Boutique. You've got through tomorrow to take advantage of 25% off anything in my shop! Go here to find out how. It is Cyber Monday after all - get some Christmas shopping done! I've got things for adults, kids, and babies! And just to clarify up front, this only applies to things that are posted in the shop, as is. Sadly, I'm not able to take anymore custom orders for this holiday season. I've been super busy cranking them out lately, but I've got to be sure to leave time to get Christmas gifts done and enjoy Christmas with my little family, too! You understand, right?

Also, Canvas People is offering a sweet deal through December 3rd. Get any canvas for 50% off AND free shipping! Go here to cash in on this. What great gift ideas!

So I finally have a tutorial to share with you all tomorrow! My friend and I made some of these tulle and pearl necklaces over the weekend while our hubbies were watching the football game. They were super easy and fast; they'd make a perfect neighbor or friend gift, or stocking stuffer, or anything like that!

Come back tomorrow for the tutorial!

Now it's time for YOU to link up! It's an open party - everything goes! Just be nice, please, and link back here!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

.:Happy Black Friday:.

Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? I hope so!

We ate lots and had a great time with family.

In honor of Black Friday and all of the holiday shopping that begins now, I'm excited to tell you about Somewhat Simple's Studio Boutique.

I'm a vendor at this, along with TONS of other talented people. We are all offering great deals and discounts, so head on over to Somewhat Simple to get all the details. This is a great chance to get started on your holiday shopping from the comfort of home! I've added a lot of new items to the shop, so get shopping!

Also, another great gift option this Christmas is a canvas from Canvas People.

On Black Friday - today! - through December 3rd, you can get 50% off your canvas PLUS FREE SHIPPING! It really doesn't get much better than that! What a fun, unique and memorable gift for all of the special people in your life.

Here's our beautiful 11x14 canvas. I love it, and am thinking I may need to pick up a few more with this great deal.

Here are a couple of other examples of how you could share your canvas' this holiday season.

Go here to cash in on this amazing offer - it won't last long!

Happy Shopping!

.:Gobble, Gobble:.


I hope that you all enjoy a day of family, friends, and food. I feel so blessed to have the life that I do - full of my beautiful children, hard working & handsome husband, family, friends, hobbies, Diet Coke, and of course, this blog and all of my wonderful readers! Thanks for humoring me and my projects and ideas! I've loved reading your comments, and even getting to meet some of you!

Gobble, gobble - have a great day! See you all back here on Monday; I'm taking the weekend off to spend time with my family (and maybe do a little shopping, too!)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

.:Winner - Simple Sweet Creations:.

Time to announce the winner of the Simply Sweet Creations giveaway!

It is


who said,

"I follow Sumo's Sweet Stuff."

Congrats Maloree!

Please email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Thanks everyone who entered!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

.:Klutz Gift Pack Winner:.

Before we get to the winner of the Klutz Gift Pack, I just want to remind you about a few things!

You have until tonite to enter the Simply Sweet Creations giveaway! Go here to enter!

Also, Baby Makin(g) Machine is hosting a flash giveaway on her facebook page right now. All of the giveaways were listed yesterday, and are remaining open for 24 hours, so there's still time for you to go try to win. She's got over $1200 in prizes lined up!

And that's not all! Simply UT is having a bunch of giveaways this week as well, so you better get on over there to enter!

So, back to our winner! Using random.org, the winner is:

who said,

"I would give this prize pack to my daughter."

Congrats Tania!

You have 48 hours to contact me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com to claim your prize!

.:CSN Stores Review:.

Do you all remember how I got to review yet another item from the fabulous CSN Stores?

Well, we decided to go with this car seat!

You see, the little Rem is actually not so little. She's getting quite long, and a bit too heavy for the traditional infant car seat. We actually have this same car seat (but not in cool colors!) for Reece. It is great because it has the option of staying rear facing until you are ready to turn that sweet babe forward. Totally perfect for where we are at with Remi!

We already know that we love this car seat; it has worked so well for us with Reece. With car seats, you really can't be too careful, so it is nice to know that we got something that we know we feel safe and comfortable with.

When we made our decision, it turns out that the car seat was out of stock. What! But, CSN is so awesome, that they have an option where you can be emailed once an item is back in stock. So I put in my email address, and what do you know? As soon as that car seat was back in stock, I got an email! We ordered it right up and it came within a few days!

As usual, I was very impressed with the fantastic service from CSN Stores. I love how many options they have to choose from. It would be a great place to get some Christmas shopping done! No crowds, something for everyone, gifts delivered right to your door....this is starting to sound pretty nice.... I'm going to go make a list of who I could shop for at CSN Stores this holiday season. You should do the same!

Monday, November 22, 2010

.:Market Yourself Monday - Ruffle Pants:.

Happy Monday!

Did everyone have a good weekend?

We had a huge snowstorm here in Utah - it was crazy how much we got out at our house. It definitely put me in the Christmas mood. What can I say, I'm not much of a Thanksgiving person. Let's get it over with already!

So, I've made a new friend in the blogging world. Jenn, over at Baby Makin(g) Machine, has put in some fun custom orders for her beautiful baby. I am participating in her Flash giveaways over on her facebook page today. She has over $1000 in prizes lined up, so you should check it out! There's some really great stuff!

Also, this weekend is Somewhat Simple's online Holiday Boutique. I get to be one of the vendors, and I heard there are over 50! So if you are like me, and don't love braving the crowds on Black Friday, stay inside in your sweets and your computer, and do a little online shopping!

This week may be a bit sparse with the posting. I've got quite a few custom orders I'm working on, and I'd like to get those done, as well as focus on spending time with our family this week while my husband has time off from work and school. I'm sure you will all be doing the same with your families with the holiday and everything!

As you all know, I did a little boutique over the weekend. It was fun and I feel like I learn a little bit more about boutiques with every one that I go to! They are lots of work but lots of fun!

So, I'm sharing some ruffle pants that I made for the boutique (that didn't sell - BOO!) that will be going into the shop now. The pattern is by my wonderful sponsor, Whimsy Couture.

Now it's time for you to share! Tutorials, crafts, recipes, giveaways, shops - everything goes! Be nice and link back here, pretty please!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

.:Sponsor Sunday - Janey's Jewels:.

Do you all remember my sponsor, Janey's Jewels?

Janey's Jewels has the most beautiful gemstone jewelry!

I was gushing about all of the pretty things that Janey's Jewels has to offer, and now there are a few new additions to the shop. I'm thinking these would make some fabulous Christmas presents! For you of course - you've got to start dropping some hints to your husbands! :)

Here's some cool facts about this necklace:

This striking green stone was created, under conditions of high heat and pressure, from the pulverized rock which came from 15 to 20 miles inside the Earth and expelled by the volcanic eruption from Mount St. Helen, Washington. This beautiful material looks like emerald and is a deep green, brilliant, stone resembling the finest grade of emerald! The color of is due to trace elements found in the volcanic rock chromium, iron and copper fused at temperatures near 2700 F.
Pretty cool, huh?

I love this new Ruby and Pink Sapphire Tension Set Necklace. It is stunning!

Do we have any nature lovers out there? Then this Spectrolite Butterfly Wing necklace is for you!

Those are just a few of the beautiful things that Janey's Jewels has to offer. Go ahead. Leave the computer open so your husband just happens to see which of these beautiful things you'd like.

You've been good this year, right?

.:Sponsor Sunday - Propinquities:.

Propinquities is one of my awesome sponsors.

Are you in the market for some handmade jewelry? I love buying handmade because it almost always guarantees that you are going to be giving something unique and special. And what a perfect time of year to be looking for gifts like that!

Lucky for you, Propinquities is having a holiday sale! Everything is 20% off!

Here are a few things I've got my eye on:

Take advantage of this sale! We've all got moms, grandmas, sisters, and girlfriends that need Christmas gifts. Heck, it's on sale, why not buy something for yourself while you're at it?

Visit Propinquities holiday sale here!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Can I just say how much I love our little party? It just keeps getting better and better, and I love seeing projects in the linky list that I already saw in my reader - makes me feel special that the people I love to follow come join in the fun here!

Here are just a few of the wonderful ideas that were shared:

Grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

Thanks to everyone who linked up!

Come on back Monday for another fabulous Market Yourself Monday!

Happy Weekend!