For Gigi … A Letter to Heaven


Today there is a happy celebration in Heaven as it would be my beautiful grandmother Gigi’s birthday.  Gigi was definitely the most important influence on my life and it became crystal clear to me how deeply when I was asked to write the eulogy for her memorial service a few years back.  I decided to send a letter directly to God explaining what amazing treasure was on it’s way.  It is a letter meant to bring smiles and giggles.  Thanks in advance for allowing me to share that special letter with you today as we honor her memory:)

Dear God,
On the day I was born, you bestowed upon me a truly precious gift…my grandmother.  Gigi, Mimi, Gram, Grandma…she had many names, but one heart overflowing with love for her family. There’s not a day that goes by that Gigi doesn’t influence me in some way. 
PhotobucketSometimes it’s the crocheted potholders I use when getting Catherine’s pizza out of the oven.  Some days, it’s watching Catherine put on her lip gloss and earrings to start her day because Gigi always told her that’s what ladies do…(sorry, Gigi…I haven’t been able to convince her about the bed making thing yet! I’ll keep working on it!) Or it could be Connor wanting to take us all down in a game of Monopoly…Gigi turned Connor into a total Monopoly addict!  Not to mention, she turned the entire family into a bunch of card sharks!
Sometimes, it’s playing “Riddly Riddly I Dee Dee” with the kids or finding pictures in the clouds…Steph and I have learned the value of a good Word Find puzzle or a game of Solitaire from Gigi…You could always count on Gigi to have a great Word Find book laying around!
Every morning I see Gigi when I fold the pink and white blanket she made for Catherine as a gift on the day she was born. That is an heirloom that Catherine will treasure forever. And there hasn’t been a single Christmas in my adult life that my Christmas tree hasn’t been covered in crocheted snowflakes compliments of Gigi.  
Every time I drive my car, I have Gigi to thank.  She took me out for driving lessons in her green Maverick when I was 16.  We had some good times in that green machine even if she did pull a few Starsky and Hutch moves across route 23 on more than one occasion!  
And of course, there is the infamous Poptart incident….I can thank Gigi for making sure that I will never eat a piece of bologna EVER…I walked in the kitchen one sunny day to find Gigi enjoying a strawberry Poptart and bologna sandwich!  Gross!  But put a lima bean in her face or a glass of water with ice and you’d have thought you were trying to torture her!  
I can’t count the times we dressed her up and she patiently donned whatever costume or hat was requested…she always did it with good humor…even if it required wearing fake boobs with tattoos!  Which leads me to a few things you need to know, God…
Although Gigi seemed to be very sweet and innocent, she could be quite ornery on occasion!  Like the time I spent the night with her and she woke up at 2 am giggling like crazy!  She fell asleep with her dentures in and they fell out into the bed.  After searching around the covers, we discovered the wayward dentures…attached to my leg!  She had a bad case of the giggles for the rest of the night and I slept on the couch after that!
Or how about that time when she paid a stripper to dance for me! What in the world!!! Hello! I’m the modest grand-daughter! Oh, and let’s not forget, tossing back a few shots of Jack Daniels with Clay and Stephanie!  And I cannot even count the times she put “bunny ears” behind me when the kids were around.  There was also that game of late night Ring Around the Rosie out in my parent’s front yard that still remains legendary to this day.  Good times are coming to Heaven, God!
PhotobucketBut the most important thing for you to know about Gigi is how much she loved children. When she worked at the hospital, she used to hold the newborns up to the windows so Steph and I could see them.  When Connor was born, I called her the Baby Whisperer because she could calm his marathon crying episodes in a matter of minutes. She had no problem playing GI Joe with the boys, dolls and dress up with the girls or board games with both.  She even ate a heart-shaped cookie made out of Playdoh because Catherine “baked” it for her!  No joke…took a bite and told her it was delicious!  She is truly the best grandmother in all of your creation.
        I can’t imagine what my life will be without her…she has been my confidant and my sweet best friend…and I will miss her every day for the rest of my life.  I noticed recently that I can see the shape of her hands in my own…Thank you, God for giving me her hands…may they give the same deep love to my family that hers gave to me…I will honor her memory by using my hands to bring happiness to those I love just like Gigi did…Her hands were busy hands…holding those she loved, helping with chores, making good food, a healing touch when a loved one wasn’t well, writing cards for all occasions, making beautiful things, and of course, putting on the lipstick and earrings.  She was a class act and you’re really lucky to be welcoming her home.   
Treasure her, God….she touched so many lives here on this Earth with her generous heart and her smile.  Make sure she has her “shows” up there…I know All My Children might be cancelled down here, but I’m sure you’ve got some pull on that side, right?  Give her some Poptarts and bologna, some baby angels to love on, and she’ll spread the love up there as well. Thank you for loving me so much, Lord, that you gave Effie Eunice Lauerman to me as my grandmother.  I will wrap myself in her memories for the rest of my life…that is the blanket that she made for me….

Fun Facts about Gigi

She liked to shake her booty

She loved babies (she was a baby nurse!)

                                                                   (Gigi , Connor and Cat)
When Gigi was born, she was so tiny she could fit inside a teacup!
She made cool stuff like blankies, snowflakes and awesome noodles (that are illegal in many states!)

She liked to play with us, get her groove on to some funky music and dress up in fancy costumes

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Is this lady cool or what????

Gigi was always good for a fit of giggles!
(my awesome nephew, gigi and pre-tween caveboy) (gigi and pre-tween caveboy)

She was always a snappy dresser!

(Check out her fabulous polka dots!)

If you asked her nicely, she’d wear all kinds of hats
She LOVEd to be a goofball!

She’s a true Princess in my book
(Gigi with Catherine on her 1st birthday)

We miss you so much, Gigi each and every day!

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday in Heaven, Gigi!  Love you!

And the Mother of the Year, Decade, Millenium Goes to…..(also Bee’s Halloween Giveaway Final Day!)

So, I am now officially “Mother of the Year!”  Wanna see how I won this prestigious title?  Take a look…

Meet Connor (aka Teen Caveboy)…he’s hanging out with Shim, lead singer of Sick Puppies!  You may know Sick Puppies from this very famous video….

(Why not go ahead and watch it again? It will brighten your day and chase away those Monday blues...)

Connor and I headed out to a Sick Puppies concert yesterday.  It was FANTASTIC!  They are amazing entertainers and the band was very kind in the autograph line.  (Connor was first in line, of course!)  So how exactly does all of this make me Mother of the Year?  Sit a spell and I’ll tell ya!

Sick Puppies management made it VERY clear that NO photos were allowed to be taken with any band member personally.  They would allow photos of the autograph signing, but no “one on one” photos with any band member PERIOD.  Not Gonna Happen…Don’t Bother Asking…Just get your autograph and go. Totally understandable since there were over 500 people (seriously, no joke) in line for autographs.  Well, being the rebel that I am, I saw an opportunity after they were done doing autographs and just went for it.  I wanted to make this special for Connor. I found a staff member who seemed open to my request and thought the worst that could happen was that he would say no.  No big….But…he said YES!  So off we went to meet Shim!  He couldn’t have been nicer…this guy absolutely rocks!  He was very, very kind to Connor.  It was truly one of the highlights of Teen Caveboy’s life!

Some highlights of the show….

So there you have it!  Mother of the Year!  Who’s your Mommy now?!  (Thanks Chilly, again, for my awesome camera! I’ve had the best year in picture taking EVER!)

***BEE ALERT!***

Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter Bee’s Spook~tacular Giveaway! Winner will be chosen via Random Generator tomorrow.  Entries will be accepted until midnight Mountain Time tonight. (Monday)

Go HERE to check out all the goodies!  There’s also a few extras that were added HERE.

Good luck!

Thankful Thursday: A Gentle Reminder (or a brick upside the head…)

Today we are a wee bit sensitive at the Bee and Rose….you can all send your thanks to Chilly for that….(for those of you just joining our regularly scheduled programming, Chilly would be my hubster…)

You see, Tuesday evening, the Chillmeister decided to interrupt my practically perfect pity party with news that he was bringing home the DVD “Seven Pounds” starring Will Smith. As he delivered this bombshell, I was in the midst of a series of “Why Me’s”, “What Do You Want From Me’s” and other assorted mental suckage issues with God. I find it ironic that shortly after I issued my invite to the Heavens to my pity party, Chilly calls about the DVD. Mind you, he is really proud of himself because he feels he has “listened” to me during casual conversation where I mentioned once that I would like to see that movie. So he calls, and says “I have a surprise for you…yada, yada, yada” and I reply “Whatev” and get back to the pity party. (I think God used Chilly as His messenger to me, because not only did he bring home the movie, but picked up dinner too! Now I am totally suspicious…I feel an emotional conspiracy going on here….)

Fast forward to after the movie….I now understand why this movie is titled “Seven Pounds”….because you need seven pounds of Kleenex while watching it!

Will Smith is absolutely outstanding in this movie! As we are a family potentially dealing with the same issues shown in the film, we were deeply moved by this inspiring (albeit very emotionally charged) story. I don’t want to give any plot details away, but I will say it is a film that will sit with you emotionally long after you’ve seen it.

It is a heartfelt, and at times, soul wrenching story that touched my soul in so many ways. Ironically, it completely shifted my mental attitude from the sadness and overwhelm I feel about Chilly’s situation, etc. to a much more hopeful place. It reminded me of my abundance and good fortune (and I don’t mean that in the material sense.)

I couldn’t have watched it at a better time in my life. Thank you, Chilly, for listening….Thank you, God, for your impeccable timing (as usual!)

I Wish Wednesday…Cat Chat Wishes

Happy Birthday, Papa!

We Miss You!

We LOVE you!

Sending you lots of birthday XOXOXOXO’s!

60’s Daddy!

70’s Daddy!

Race Car Daddy!

Pimp Daddy!

You are a Rock Star! Have the best birthday ever!

With All of Our Love,

Dawn, Connor, Cat and Chilly

p.s. Can anyone tell me how to fix the audio problem? The video plays fine on my computer, but when I upload it turns out like one of those old 60’s style Godzilla movies from Japan! The audio and video don’t match up! Help!

Tuesday’s Tribute: Hugs

Join the Tuesday Tribute fun over at Angie’s 7 Clown Circus!

My Tuesday’s Tribute is dedicated to hugs.

I could really use one (or 100) today…If you need one too, here you go….


I love hugging my kids….we hug alot around these parts….I love hugging Shadow and Gordie, our ornery pets….I love hugging my family….I love hugging my pillow when I sleep….Catherine always has her arms wrapped around bears, unicorns, Fancy Nancy and about 20 various soft squishy friends each night.
Tween Caveboy hugs his video game controller…hee hee hee…

Hugs mean so many things…hello, goodbye, congratulations….they are better than a bandaid when you’re hurt….they lift your spirits…they connect you with the human race….

I know this has been around the land of Blog for a while, but it really does speak volumes about the power of such a simple yet deeply meaningful gesture…the hug….It’s about 3 minutes, but it’s a touching, heartwarming, moving 3 minutes…. (thanks to Ann at Ann Again…and Again for sharing this a while really touched me!)

Go rock your {{{HUG}}} power today! Spread the hug love all over the place!


May Day! May Day!

“It’s May….It’s May….The Lusty Month of May…That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray….”
I love to hear Vanessa Redgrave sing this song everytime I watch “Camelot.” I love Julie Andrews, but Vanessa really gives this song the va-va-voom it deserves! (I added the video at the bottom of the post if ya want to watch it..)
Hooray for May! No more bad mojo here! We are making May Day baskets and May poles here today! Catherine will be crowned in flowers as our May Queen! We are celebrating and welcoming in some joyful and abundant new energy here at Bee and Rose today! May brings birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and Catherine’s First Feis (Irish dance competition!) Lots to be thankful for this May!
A wish for May….

That’s right! I want a pink beach cruiser bicycle! (hint hint, Chilly McLimpy)

I also want this…

I had the 70’s version, but this was always my favorite one to play. I also want this….
This was my favorite doll! (How weird is it that I use this same font as my signature here!? Tween Caveboy pointed that out!) I loved all of the Dawn dolls! Anyone else have one?

Go get your May Day on, folks! Enjoy!


(Sorry I’m late today! A wee family emergency occured, but all is well now!)

It’s time…. (I know you’re thinking…”seriously…we’ve been waiting all freakin’ morning, lady!) Sorry for the delay…it’s a long post to write! lol! Let’s get started!

Over 600+ entries….and thousands of emails….(no, I’m not kidding..)

Computer crash drama….

Love spread around the Land of Blog…

The day has come to reveal the winners of the first annual Bee and Rose Monster Giveaway!

I loved doing this so much that in September we are doing a Black Crow Boutique Monster Giveaway featuring the whimsical items you’ll find in our shop! I’m also going to do a monthly giveaway here at Bee and Rose! Stay tuned!

Are you ready for the list?

Here goes….drumroll please….(preferably played by some hottie who’s shirtless..)

By the way….some lucky duckies are dual winners!

A special “First Guest Prize” is being awarded to the first commenter on the Monster Giveaway!

The first commenter was…


Yaya, I will be sending you a surprise gift for being the first to arrive at the party! Woo hoo!

Prize #1 ~Wise Owl Necklace by Kristen’s Custom Creations!~

Shalee B-Speechless (Sometimes it’s Good to Be Speechless!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 08:35:37 UTC

Comment: Shalee- Be Speechless said…

Oh thank you for the Shout Out! That means a lot. I am so happy I stumbled upon your site thanks to the SITS. 😀 Its amazing what randomness will bring you! I personally love the Sterling Silver Lucky Necklace! I truly do feel so lucky with my life. I have a wonderful husband who treats me like a princess and we just bought a yacht! Can life get better than this.. I submit that it can not!

April 7, 2009 7:01 AM

Prize #2 ~Philosophy’s Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shower Gel, Shampoo & Bubble Bath (full size!)~

Tamara B!

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 08:46:02 UTC

Comment: Tamara B. said…

I follow. tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

April 8, 2009 11:51 AM

Prize #3 ~Dirty Pretty Silhouette & Owl Magnets Dirty Pretty Things!~

Prize is for one silhouette in winner’s choice of gender and Angel or Devil design. Also included are the owl magnets!

TJ and Amy! (at Tj, Amy and Ava Pugmire!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 08:52:34 UTC

Comment: Tj and Amy said…

I love the Custom Personalized Mixed Metal Handstamped Necklace at kristens custom creations. darling.

April 7, 2009 9:33 AM

Prize#4 ~Massive Sunshine Bag from Jen Sue Wild! ~

Deb (Dirty Socks and Pizza!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 08:58:05 UTC

Comment: Deb said…

i love the owl soap, too. and the voodoo babies. you are pretty incredible, dawn, to be doing all of this.

April 16, 2009 3:54 AM

Prize #5 ~UGLYDOLL Bop & Beep!~(please note this is for one reversible doll…it’s a 2-in-one doll!)

Jillene (Jillene’s Journal!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:01:53 UTC

Comment: Jillene said…

I love the ugly dolls but my favorites are the Vintage Halloween stuff. That is right up my alley!! Can’t wait until your shop opens!!

April 17, 2009 7:07 AM

Prize #6 ~Forest Friends Fun!~

Katrina (My Life As A Married Girl!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:06:01 UTC

Comment: : Katrina said…

I live kristen’s jewelry! =) congrats on 100!

April 7, 2009 5:21 PM

~Boo-boo Trio!~

Megan (INfertile Myrtle!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:10:33 UTC

comment: Megan said… love the patience one.

April 7, 2009 7:22 PM

Prize #8 ~”Dreams of the Every Day Housewife” Package!~

Jill (a bubble in the stream of consciousness!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:16:36 UTC

comment: jill said…

congrats on your 100th post!this is a totally AWESOME give-away…you have raised the bar for the rest of blogland!!!!!!

April 6, 2009 8:49 AM

Prize #9 ~Decorative Owl Plate from Anthropologie!~

Shannon (..::IT’S TRICKEY::..!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:20:40 UTC

comment: Shannon said…

I love #14 – I’m a Burt’s fan! Love that you’re doing a huge giveaway 🙂

April 6, 2009 5:08 AM

Prize #10 ~Birthday Party Game by eeboo!~

Jennifer Jensen!

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:23:17 UTC

Comment: Jennifer Jensen said…

I ventured over to Stampin’ Mom’s etsy shop and I liked what I saw. I love anything chandelier. The ribbons and jewels are beautiful…i could go on forever.

April 10, 2009 9:31 PM

Prize #11 ~That’s Queen Bitch to You! Display Book!~


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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:28:08 UTC

Comment: Yaya said…

Blogged about it

April 7, 2009 1:42 PM

Prize #12 ~Green M&M Computer Screen Cleaner!~

Tranquility (Tranquility…and Turmoil!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:32:40 UTC

Tranquility said…

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those Ugly Dolls… and I don’t know why. There is just something fun and appealing about them! That Owl soap is also very, very neat. I would be afraid to actually use it though – so I guess I just might have to stock up so I can have fresh ones to use on a whim. I’m not really into Halloween (I know… what’s wrong with me, right?), but your goodies do look like a lot of fun and I might have to do a bit of extra decorating this October 😉 – Those VooDoo Babies are hilarious! I love that they have those little hearts, making them seem so innocent and sweet – haha!

April 16, 2009 1:37 PM

Prize #13 ~Anne Taintor Retro Office Fun Stuff!~

Wendy (the corividarium)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:35:32 UTC

Comment: Wendy said…

Congrats on turning 100 :)What great prizes!!! I don’t know how to choose which I like best… I have some serious Ann Taintor love, and who wouldn’t want the Queen Bitch book??? I ask you! But then there’s those band-aids… and the owl journal… good golly!

April 6, 2009 2:50 PM

Prize #14 ~Good Fortune Feel Good Stuff!~

And you will also receive two little keys (not shown)….the keys to love and prosperity!

Mimi (Screaming Mimi!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:38:29 UTC

Comment: Mimi said…

Mandarin ginger soy candle looks amazing!

April 12, 2009 10:00 AM

Prize #15 ~”Owl” Remind Ya’ Kit~

(I’ve added some Anne Taintor Retro Post-its..not pictured…since moved the cowgirl magnet to the Boss Lady prize..)

Bobbi-Jo (It Works For Me!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:42:23 UTC

Comment Bobbi-Jo said…

I’m now a total follower – blog follower that is 🙂 Thanks again, and a huge congrats!

April 7, 2009 9:34 AM

Prize #16 ~Whooo loves Vera Bradley?~

News From Around the Blogs!

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:48:35 UTC

Comment: News Around The Blogs said…

Woot Woot another entry for me! I like the Stripes and Dots Quilt that Claire made!

April 11, 2009 8:17 PM

Prize #17 ~Bobby Boo Treat Sack + 3 packages of Skull and Bones Paper Garlands from my shop, Black Crow Boutique!~

Included is our Bobby Boo Treat Sack with our hottest selling design! My son uses this to cart his video games and stuff around. It can be used year round! Also included are 3 skull garlands from Bethany Lowe Designs! I’m throwing in some other fun surprises too!

Donnetta (Life in the Fast Lane!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:54:54 UTC

Comment: Donnetta said…

CONGRATULATIONS on 100 posts!!! And you made me tear up with your daughter talking about Tuesday’s waggie ride. What a tender heart she has. What I like….Hmmm…LOVE the fun boo-boo bandaids!And who wouldn’t want a Queen Bitch display book!!We love us some games around here, so the birthday party game would delight baby chicklet!

April 6, 2009 7:24 AM

Prize 18 ~Artisan Crafted Enchanted Whisk Broom~ (from Black Crow!)

Jillene (Jillene’s Journal!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:58:14 UTC

Comment: Jillene said…

I just poped over to Kristen’s site and I LOVE the Mommy or Grandma Hammered Necklace. SO cute!!

April 7, 2009 6:58 AM

Prize #19 ~Too Faced Chocolate Bunny LipBalm!~

Doreen (Treasured Giveaways!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:01:50 UTC

Comment: Doreen said…

Blogged also!

April 7, 2009 4:49 PM

Prize #20 ~Tattoo Rubber Duckie~

Jen Sue Wild (Diamonds, Fur and Laundry!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:04:07 UTC

Comment: Jen Sue Wild said…

BTW I am fallowing you..I thought I was befor..

April 17, 2009 2:20 PM

Prize #21 ~Pirate Booty~

Set of 2 Accoutrements Pirate Finger Puppets

Polka Dot Moon!

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:07:43 UTC

Comment: Polka Dot Moon said…

Oh I just love “Lita and the Tea Cup Full of Birds – Original Art”! Simply darling 🙂

April 12, 2009 2:33 PM

Prize #22 ~An Evening with Jane~


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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:14:42 UTC

Comment: stephilinn said…

I follow your blog religiously!

April 6, 2009 10:22 AM

Prize #23 ~Ice Bat Uglydoll~

Becky (The Branches!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:18:52 UTC

Comment: Becky said…

I love anything and EVERYTHING with OWLS! And you know this from my blog 🙂 I really hope I win something 🙂 And thank you for putting on this great giveaway! Yeah!

April 17, 2009 12:10 PM

Prize #24 ~OUCH Voodoo Toothpick Holder ~

Blognut (More Mindless Rambling!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:23:12 UTC

Comment: blognut said…

I LOVE the VooDoo babies! I’m going to have to get some of those because now my life cannot be complete without them, you know? I need to add them to my collection of office toys.

April 16, 2009 4:48 AM

Prize #25 ~Cupcake Kitchen! Jessie Steele Cupcake Apron & Cuisinart Pink Kitchen Brush~

B (Simply B, Simply Me!)

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:37:02 UTC

Comment: B said…

Besides those stinking cute fortune cookies I love those pillow case dresses. I’ve been thinking about making a couple of those for my miniature since it does seem nice weather is finally here, but buying them seems like a great option too!

April 11, 2009 2:38 PM

Prize #26 ~Boss Lady Cowgirl Loot ~

(compact mirror, coin purse, cinnamon gum and Cowgirl Magnet from Stampin Mom!)

Tutu’s Bliss!

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Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:42:46 UTC

Comment: TuTu’s Bliss said…

hmmmm the rosebud salve but WOWZA this is serious!! It would be like winning the lotto but better because you don’t have the hassle of all your friends and family trying to borrow a buck. 🙂

April 7, 2009 2:26 AM

If you didn’t get a chance to see Cat Chat’s announcement about the giveaway, scroll down and check it out!

Thanks to everyone who participated, shared the love and hung in there with me for my very first (but certainly not last!) giveaway celebration!

WINNERS: Make sure I have a way to contact you about shipping your prizes!

Happy Monday!

Bee and Rose is still working on her makeover! Excuse my trash, poor makeup choices and other assorted nonsense until I can sort it all out! In the words of Chilly…”We ask that you bear with us during this transition!” lol!

Let’s Rock and Scroll! Monster Giveaway Finale! Prize Gallery is Here!

Hi! Comments are now closed for this post so we can prepare them for the drawing in the Monster Giveaway! Thank you for participating!

Today is the final day of the Monster Giveaway! Hooray in advance for the winners! Hooray for everyone!

There are 26 prizes to be won! And yes, it is possible to win more than one prize per person!

If you still want a chance for a double entry, CLICK HERE!

Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my bloggy heart for understanding that my laptop crashed last Tuesday. Your support is just overwhelming and much appreciated!

Let’s get this party started! Ready to Rock and Scroll?!!!

Allow me to introduce you to a fabulous and talented blogger friend, Jen Sue Wild over at Diamonds, Fur and Laundry! Jen Sue is the designer and creator of the Massive Sunshine Bag that so many of you love! She designs aprons, bags and offers some fantastic tutorials! Look for her Etsy shop to open soon! In the meantime, please go give her a shout out at her blog to tell her how much you LOVE that gorgeous bag! Not only will you get to see her fabulous designs, you will make a new bloggy friend! And as a final entry opportunity, if you head over to visit her and come back to this post with a comment on which tutorial you like in her sidebar, that will earn you a final entry! (I know I said yesterday’s entry was the final one, but I changed my mind!)

I will be choosing the winners over the weekend starting with Prize #1 and going straight down the prize list. Comments will be numbered in the order they were received. I will announce the winners in Monday’s post!

Here is the Prize Gallery in all it’s glory!

Prize #1 ~Wise Owl Necklace by Kristen’s Custom Creations!~

Prize #2 ~Philosophy’s Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shower Gel, Shampoo & Bubble Bath (full size!)~

Prize #3 ~Dirty Pretty Silhouette & Owl Magnets Dirty Pretty Things!~

Winner will choose silhouette gender and angel or devil.

Prize#4 ~Massive Sunshine Bag from Jen Sue Wild! ~

Prize #5 ~UGLYDOLL Bop & Beep!~(please note this is for one reversible doll…it’s a 2-in-one doll!)

Prize #6 ~Forest Friends Fun!~

Prize #7 ~Boo-boo Trio!~

Prize #8 ~”Dreams of the Every Day Housewife” Package!~

This fun prize includes a Good Eats Recipe Card Binder, Retro Housewife Magnet and 2 Owl Tea Towels from Paperchase!

Prize #9 ~Decorative Owl Plate from Anthropologie!~

Prize #10 ~Birthday Party Game by eeboo!~

Prize #11 ~That’s Queen Bitch to You! Display Book!~

This book is hilarious! You can actually display a new page every day because it has a display stand! Filled with retro images with a dose of bitchiness!

Prize #12 ~Green M&M Computer Screen Cleaner!~

Prize #13 ~Anne Taintor Retro Office Fun Stuff!~

Includes *2 packages of Sniff Tissues (purse size!) One says “Has anyone seen my hormones?”..the other says “She liked imaginary men best of all..”
Also included is a package of sticky notes that says “the day was in dire need of a Ctrl-Alt-Delete” and a note pad that says “more paperwork please.” I love Anne Taintor’s vintage office products!

Prize #14 ~Good Fortune Feel Good Stuff!~

And you will also receive two little keys (not shown)….the keys to love and prosperity!

Prize #15 ~”Owl” Remind Ya’ Kit~

Prize #16 ~Whooo loves Vera Bradley?~

Vera B’s owl design!!! You will win a clip zip id purse and 24 matching pencils in VB’s awesome owl print! Prize #17 ~Bobby Boo Treat Sack + 3 packages of Skull and Bones Paper Garlands from my shop, Black Crow Boutique!~

Included is our Bobby Boo Treat Sack with our hottest selling design! My son uses this to cart his video games and stuff around. It can be used year round! Also included are 3 skull garlands from Bethany Lowe Designs! (Fun to use for pirate parties too!)

Prize 18 ~Artisan Crafted Enchanted Whisk Broom~

Prize #19 ~Too Faced Chocolate Bunny LipBalm!~
I use this every day! It’s creamy and the pinky brown color is fabulous! It tastes like chocolate too! (not that I eat it or anything…cause that would be weird!)

Prize #20 ~Tattoo Rubber Duckie~

From my special duckie to yours!

Prize #21 ~Pirate Booty~

Set of 2 Accoutrements Pirate Finger Puppets

Prize #22 ~An Evening with Jane~

Mug reads “For what do we live, but to make sport for our
our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn.”

Prize #23 ~Ice Bat Uglydoll~

Prize #24 ~OUCH Voodoo Toothpick Holder ~

Prize #25 ~Cupcake Kitchen! Jessie Steele Cupcake Apron & Cuisinart Pink Kitchen Brush~

Prize #26 ~Boss Lady Cowgirl Loot ~

(compact mirror, coin purse, cinnamon gum and Cowgirl Magnet from Stampin Mom!)

I really wish I could win my own giveaway! Lets do a quick review of the rules since it is the last day!

You can still click over to the original MONSTER GIVEAWAY Post and enter if you haven’t done so already! Here’s how to enter:

*Leave a comment on the MONSTER Giveaway about what you like in the giveaway = one entry

*Follow my blog (only if you really want to..I love lurkers just as much!) Please leave a separate comment to tell me are new! = one entry

If you already do follow, please leave me a separate comment that you do = one entry

PLEASE NOTE: For this particular giveaway, following is just that…commenting that you are a follower and plastering your cute icon on my follower list up there! Subscribing does not count as an entry in this giveway. Thanks for understanding!

*Blog about my giveway and link to it = one entry
(Be sure you tell me when you do it!)

I will accept comments received on today’s post using the above criteria for the original post as entries here today. If you have already commented on original post using that criteria, your original comments will count as your entries. Thanks for understanding!

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each type of entry because I am using to choose the winners.

Giveaway entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm MST on Friday, April 17.

Giveaway winners will be announced on Monday April 20 on my post.

Please add your email address in your comment if it’s not available on your blog. That way I can notify the winners by email. Thank you!

For additional entry opportunities, please use the following links…For these entries to count, you must comment on the post links below. Comments made here using the criteria shared in the posts listed below cannot be counted in the giveaway so make sure if you want the extra chances that you comment on the links below! And again, thanks for understanding!

Entry Oppty. #2, HERE

Entry Oppty. #3, HERE

Entry Oppty. #4, HERE (Originally, you needed to visit the shops mentioned on specific days…for today only, I will offer an additional entry if you visit one or both of these shops and return to comment on what you liked today!)

Entry Oppty. #5 HERE

WHEW! That’s all, folks!

Wishing you lots of good luck! We will have a very special post on Monday to announce the winners!

UPDATED! Tuesday’s Tribute: Here’s Your Sign (aka Prizes, Anyone?)

UPDATE! Two more prizes just added to the 4 already listed!(1:00 pm mst!)

My Tuesday Tribute is dedicated to…and you may have already guessed this…the GEEK Squad!

Oops! I just had a geekasm! My precious laptop has returned home! Hooray! Let the confetti rain down on my geek parade!

It was exactly one week ago today that my laptop suffered a mind-swipe due to what seemed to be a power surge, but what I believe was a really well disguised alien abduction.

Once the dust cleared and I realized something horrible had happened, I raced precious to Best Buy General Hospital. While driving at ambulance level rates of speed, I prayed for a sign that all would be well. For Heaven’s sake, I had just launched a monster size giveaway on Monday! Upon arriving at the “hospital”, a man nearly knocked me down trying to get into the store ahead of me. I almost tried to trip him until I noticed the back of his shirt. It read “I’m Always Here to Lend a Helping Hand.” Whoa! Nice work, Jesus! That’s a pretty clear sign!

I get to the Intensive Care Unit at the Geek Squad where the Geek Docs are waiting to help. (I was sad to see all the other laptops all lined up on life support on the counter.) I knew what their families were feeling.

This is where sign #2 showed up.

The names of the two FANTASTIC Geek Docs that assisted me were Milt and George. That is a HUGE sign for me…here’s why…

My dad’s name is Milt and we have a close family friend named George. Dad and George always work well together and can fix just about anything they work on. I knew immediately that God was letting me know all was not lost! I left my trusty laptop with these fellows and hoped for the best.

On Saturday, I checked in on my precious. A very helpful Geekster named Tom listened patiently to my blathering on about this and that. He offered up comforting words and reassurances that they were doing everything they could to save my precious. He’s a great guy, that Tom!

Yesterday morning, I called for an update and another kind Geekster named Omar said it was time for my laptop to come home. However, she had amnesia and there was no way to restore her memory. She had become a vegetable. I will no longer be able to stroll down memory lane with her and look at photos or listen to my iTunes downloads…sniffle..sniffle…(For the record, I’m stickin’ with the alien mindswipe theory…;)

So this tribute is for you, Geek Squad at the Best Buy on Calle Santa Cruz in Tucson, AZ! You guys are rockin’ GeekStars! Your customer service was top quality! You all deserve a bonus!

Here is precious with her doctors, Omar and Tom. (Cat’s Frankenbangs are growing out nicely, aren’t they?)

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to post the five extra prizes yesterday. I spent the entire day out and about trying to gather the things needed for my precious laptop’s continued recovery. It also took several hours to get it loaded into the computer. I’m still not done! I hope to be fully functional by this evening.

Here are four of the five (maybe more!) prizes being added to the MONSTER giveaway!
I will add the others later today (if I can get some time on the parent’s computer if my precious is still not fully up.) Can I just say…they are flippin’ awesome?!

Prize #21 (Pirate’s Booty)

Set of 2 Accoutrements Pirate Finger Puppets

Prize #22 (An Evening with Jane)

Mug reads “For what do we live, but to make sport for our
our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn.”

Prize #23 Ice Bat Uglydoll
Prize #24 OUCH Voodoo Toothpick Holder

Prize #25 Cupcake Kitchen! Jessie Steele Cupcake Apron & Cuisinart Pink Kitchen Brush!

Prize #26 Boss Lady Loot! (compact mirror, coin purse, cinnamon gum!)

If you haven’t already entered the giveaway, go here.

If you’d like additional entries, go here and here.

Stay tuned for one more opportunity to enter in Thursday’s post!

And finally, THANK YOU for sticking with me, my dear friends in Blogland! I will be spending the next several days visiting my new friends, catching up with old friends and spreading the comment love like wild fire! I will also catch up on all of my email…(let’s just say it’s in the triple digits! Crikey!)


Schoolgirl Shamus Hottie Has Giveaway Hints!

(There are giveaway hints throughout the post! Just scroll on down if you want to get to the good stuff first!)

I’m a lover of books. I am a huge book nerd! I loved to read girl detective stories when I was a young girl. I still do! I loved Nancy Drew, but the series that I couldn’t get enough of was Trixie Belden, the schoolgirl shamus.

70’s version current version

Do you have any childhood books that hold special memories for you?

In other news, I have been awarded the Sisterhood Award by my sweet bloggy friend, Robyn over at One of the Jones! I love visiting Robyn’s blog! She is a funny lady and an amazing Mama! It’s a happy place! Go give her some comment lovin’! You’ll love her too!

Also, Cammie, another sweet bloggy friend, shared the Hottie Award with me! Wow! (She’s probably been hittin’ the wine bottle again…) Go read her blog Life in the House of No Sleep! She makes me laugh so hard that I have to put on the Depends before heading over to her blog! (Take my advice and wear some when you head over there! lol!)

I’m sharing these awards with my real life sister…Aunt Oooo…She’s always there for me, and I just want to give her a little shout out to say I love her! She lives on the other side of the country now, and I miss her every day. (sniffle sniffle plop plop…tears falling…) She is a super hottie and I want her to wear this loud and proud!!! Sizzle! Sizzle! Oooo…you are HOT!

I know, I know…I alluded to a giveaway hint in my post title…

Are you ready?

Here’s a little “something-something” included in the giveaway….

Ooohhh! I am so excited!!! I will be sharing some of my favorite things with you in my giveway! I love owls and I LOVE Kristen’s jewelry! LOVE IT! I know you will love it too! Why not head over to her Etsy shop and check out all the beauties over there!? Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

So let’s see…detective friends…what are the clues so far….

We have Kristen’s GORGEOUS necklace shown above….

We have some of this….

That’s right, my friends! A full size bottle of Philosophy’s “Amazing Grace” 3 in 1 shampoo, body wash and bubble bath!

And there’s LOTS MORE!!!! I told you it will be HUGE!!! I’ll be throwing out hints for the next week or two because I am getting close to my 100th post day!!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

p.s. Still not ignoring you all with the comment love! Just trying to recuperate from the last week of craziness!