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My Favorite Gifts 2011

I know Christmas isn’t about the gifts, but I scored some pretty sweet stuff this year!

Here are my top 10 gifts that I found under my tree!

10: Diamond cross bracelet because sparkles always fit.

9: Ugg moccasins. They look & feel like slippers, but have a rubber sole like “real shoes”.  Plus, they don’t get funky if you don’t wear socks. I haven’t taken them off!!!  I swear, I even accidentally wore them to the gym!

8: This hoodie from PINK by Victoria’s Secret.  Fab cozies are a must.

7:  New ski pants

via Altrec.com

6: Eye cream and serum from Arbonne.  Smells fantastic, costs too much for me to  splurge on, makes my skin look & feel like a million bucks.

via A Case Of Beauty

5:  A lift ticket for Mount Killington

4: Milk Bar Cookbook!!  Be prepared for those fatkid posts!  (the creator of the Compost Cookie recipe wrote the book!)

3: Black-out curtain liners.  Weird gift? Yes. Not waking up at whatever time the sun does, wonderful.

2: A Kindle!!  I’m super excited about this one because I’ll be doing a ton of traveling in 2012, so this was a perfect gift for those long plane rides and my over-stuffed carry-on bag.

via Amazon.com

1: Slick new Rossignol bindings that match my skis that I got for my birthday!!

Rocco’s stocking was stuffed to the max!  He ripped his stuffed toys to shreds within 3 seconds of my giving them to him! But, he loved all of his treats and toys.

What were your favorite gifts?

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Did You Get Another Gift Card You’ll Never Use?

Let’s be real here.  Have you ever gotten a gift card that you know you will never use?  Are you a vegan and somehow ended up with a gift card to Omaha Steaks?  Do you think cleats are something for the kitchen and received a gift card to The Sports Authority? Did you get a gift card to Babies R Us and you don’t even have kids?!  I have discovered the best website for you!

Instead of letting your generous friend’s cash go to waste by letting the gift card sit at the bottom of your purse with old pennies and linty gum,  get on your laptop and check out cardpool.com (I totally sound like I’m selling this! LOL!) I saw it in a magazine and it is awesome. I promise I am not being paid to say this stuff.  Although, if they want to pay me, that would be cool too 🙂

You can trade your lame gift cards for an Amazon gift card of equal or lesser value or up to 92% cash back. You can also buy gift cards at a discounted price (up to 35% off ) !!

Do you re-gift the lame cards you get?  Did you already know about this website?

FSL Boutique Giveaway On Design Build Love!!

Good morning lovely readers!! If you follow FSL on twitter you already know that 2 brand new, hot off the press FSL Boutique Sasha Headbands are up for grabs on Design Build Love’s giveaway this week!  If you don’t follow this blog (@FSLblog) on twitter, click here.

Winner receives both Sasha headbands shown in the photos.  One for you and one for a friend perhaps? Prizes come gift wrapped separately. Entry submissions must be from the USA.

Peacock Feather Turquoise Or Lime Green Cheetah Sasha Headband

Here’s the product description:

The Sasha Headband will add that extra something special to a pulled back ponytail or bun. The turquoise thin peacock feathers shimmer and the small silver rimmed jewel adds a touch of sparkle. It also comes in lime green and black cheetah print feathers. The feathers sit flat against the headband. It is backed in black felt to sit comfortably and securely against the hair. This item would look gorgeous with jeans or even a cocktail dress! Either would be the perfect bridesmaid gift. The Sasha is truly a unique piece and is a nod to the 1920’s flapper style. These headbands can be customized on a hard headband or a soft, stretchy headband.

Peacock Feather Turquoise Or Lime Green Cheetah Sasha Headband

Yes, I made myself one, lol!

Peacock Feather Turquoise Or Lime Green Cheetah Sasha Headband

If you’re liking what you’re seeing, head on over to Ashley’s blog by clicking here to enter.

Here are some new holiday pieces I just whipped up.  They are all posted on Finding Silver Linings Boutique.

Set of 2 Red & Gold Or Gold on Gold  Bella Hair Clips

Christmas & Winter Themed Tu Tu Hair Accessories

Green & Red Flower Headband

Scarlet and Silver Chloe Headband

Yay for stocking stuffers!!

Readers may enjoy 15% off their entire purchase by entering coupon code “DBLOVE” at checkout!

Head on over to Design Build Love and say hola to Ashley!  Her blog is D-I-Y amazingness! Good luck to all that enter the giveaway!

On A Magazine Rack Near You

The December 2011 issue of Oxygen Women’s Fitness Magazine.  Grab a copy, crack it open to page 57 to see …(wait for it)…my mug and an FSL dinner recipe!  WOOT WOOT! Yes, that’s the same shot from my bathroom photo shoot that you saw here.

Clearly you can see how thrilled and excited Rocco is about all of this!

A huge thanks to Oxygen Magazine for helping me cross #90 off of my bucket list!

*** If you want to pick up the December
issue and live in the southern Connecticut area, my apologies. My mom bought every single copy within driving distance.***

Blogiversary Giveaway!

In celebration of this blog’s first birthday, it seemed fitting to host a giveaway from the Finding Silver Linings Boutique.  Without this blog, and its encouraging readers there would be no Etsy venture for me.

One entry for each of the following:

* Follow FSLblog on Pinterest (click here to go to the page)

* Follow FSLblog on Twitter (click here to go to the page)

* Tweet about this giveaway @FSLblog

* Leave a comment telling which item(s) you’d like to win from Finding Silver Linings Boutique (click here to see the shop), or describe what you’d like for a custom order 😉

* 3 extra entries if you’d like to host a Finding Silver Linings Boutique giveaway on your own blog (email me for the details on this one) !!!

FSL readers receive 15% off  by using coupon code FALL2011 at checkout 🙂

Entries must be received by 11/5/11 at 12 noon.  Winner will be announced next week. Good luck!

xo

Mindy

Is My iPhone A Cool New Gadget Or My New Addiction?

This past Friday afternoon was not like every other Friday afternoon. It was the day I got my dirty little paws on my first iPhone.

I was always that girl that didn’t really care about having the newest coolest tech gadget. In fact, I prided myself in having a phone to use it for what it was meant to do…make phone calls. I got so bad about this, I actually refused to pay for a cell phone. Verizon’s “new every two” was the thing for me. Every two years I got a new (and free) cell phone. These phones always had buttons. I thought that was the best part.

Here’s what old faithful looked like.

It wasn’t a bad little phone.  It served it’s purpose, plus had a slide out keyboard to accommodate my texting habit.

This phone has been dropped more times than I can even recall. The shell of it actually falls apart when I’ve dropped it over the past few months. Over the past weeks, it’s been shutting off if I try to send a picture message. It was time for a new phone. I had to bite the bullet. Thursday night I went on the Apple site and reserved my iPhone.

I picked it up along with a sweet new turquoise Speck Candyshell case and an anti-glare screen protector.

Oooh La La!

 

Siri is my new BFF. She is my personal assistant on my phone. I push the little button and ask her to remind me to email so and so when I get to work. As soon as I pull into the parking lot… “Mindy, don’t forget to email so and so” .

Unbelievable. How did I ever get by without this thing?!

Since Friday, I have become significantly more Tweetastic. I am obsessed with Instagram, the Pinterest app (obviously), words with friends, and the google translator. Did I mention that I’ve had this phone for 72 hours and I think my thumbs are going to snap off?!

Oh yea, I typed this entire post on it using the free WordPress app 😉

 

Do you have an iPhone?  Do you have an android phone? Are you completely obsessed like me?  Is this addiction curable?  HELP!

Pinterest Can Teach You How To Dress (Part 1)

I know I’ve been obsessing over Pinterest.  I know.

 

No really I do.

 

The fashion pins have really been rocking my world lately though.  I used to consider myself reasonably well dressed.  I knew I didn’t have the wardrobe or cash of Blake Lively, so I knew I wasn’t stepping out of casa FSL in Christian Louboutains.  However, the way I put an outfit together was all wrong.  You don’t really need a ton of money to dress well.  You need to understand proportion and accessories.

Lately I’ve been pinning style boards.  They can be made on Polyvore.com.  But I’m lazy I guess. I’m inspired by what other people have been putting together.

 

Here are some of my recent faves…

These aren’t the only ways Pinterest can teach you how to dress.  Nope.  There are countless cute outfit pictures to pin and re-pin…then come up with your own version!

Follow my style inspiration pinboard by clicking  here.

What are some of your favorite style inspiration pictures?  Post the links in your comment!

$30 Bathroom Revamp

Our main bathroom was the first “finished” room in our house.  It was fully decorated a week or so after we moved in.  Here’s what it looked like:

The shimmery taupe shower curtain is nice, but I’m over it.  The blank wall above le toilette, lame.  Gold accents, buh bye.

I have been feeling smokier cool weather colors with the changing of the season.  Charcoal greys and navy blues, maybe a hint of shimmery cream here and there.

I saw this photo:

I found this Botticelli image while on Colourlovers.com’s color palette generator (click here to play on the website for hours try it out really quickly 😉  ).  It’s a great tool when looking for decorating ideas.  A unique color palette to match is generated for each picture.

Here’s what it looks like:

Sweet.  I found this shower curtain ($25) at good old Tar-Jay, along with a charcoal grey hand towel ($5) , and added my new D-I-Y’ed wreath above the toilet (free!).

The color isn’t seeming to com though as true to life.  It’s a bit more blue in real life.

Not bad for thirty smackers!  Ahhh, out with the old right?!

Not Your Grandmother’s Wreath: A Tutorial

I hate wreaths.  There. I said it.  They remind me of old ladies.  Since I’ve been introduced to Pinterest, I’ve seen some that I actually -dare I say it- like! I’ve seen some pretty cool D-I-Y wreaths while surfing the net and I sort of filed the idea away in the “I’ll make it someday” category in my brain.  Plus I bought a styrofoam circle a few months back just in case the mood struck 😉

Today was the day.  We were having guests over for dinner, I bought some new stuff for our bathroom and the blank wall behind the toilet was driving me  crazy for quite some time.  I bought a shelf a while back, but the way that the lights are in that room, any type of shelf created too harsh of a shadow.  So I decided to make a quick wreath.  Go figure.

Here’s how I did it:

I started with the styrofoam circle that was stuffed in the craft room closet.

I opened the drawer to my hoarding station, AKA my craft desk, and pulled out a spool of jute twine.

I tacked the jute to the styrofoam

I used styrofoam glue because I was nervous that hot glue wouldn’t work at first, but I’m sure it would be okay after making it. 

I spread the glue about a quarter of the way around the circle with my finger and only on the back side of it. I did 1/4 of the circle just in case the glue dried too quickly.

I wrapped the jute around and around…

Glue another 1/4 and keep wrapping

Repeat gluing & wrapping until it’s covered.

Now you’ve got an earthy yet sleek & streamlined base for your wreath. 

Now comes the fun part.  Jazz it up with whatever you like!  Buttons or bottle caps would look quirky & home-made, fake lemons would look cool in a kitchen, feathers would add some oomph, but I had some satin flowers lying around from a failed Finding Silver Linings Boutique project that I dreamed up (see the projects that made the cut  here).

I hot glued it on

What have you D-I-Yed lately? Do you love wreaths?  Do they remind you of old ladies?  I want to know all about it.

My First Craft Show

My aunt makes gorgeous jewelry and was going to be a vendor at the local Fall Festival. Along with a few other women, she was going in on renting a space for their tent.  She asked me to join in, but I didn’t have enough items for all 3 days.  I agreed to do an afternoon and just bring what I had (which wasn’t much) and set up a small table.

At the last minute, the other ladies backed out leaving my aunt stuck paying for the whole thing, so I went all in.  I locked myself in my craft room (which I started calling “The Lab”) for a week and a half and made a lot more headbands, brooches, pins, etc.  I studied a few boards on Pinterest and researched a bit on how to set up a craft fair booth.  I even made a D-I-Y cake stand for part of my display (keep your eyes peeled for that tutorial soon!).

The night before, I set up a mock table in  my dining room so I could save time the next day.

I had to figure out how to display lots and lots of headbands using minimal table space and without crushing them.  Not easy.  I could have gone to Michael’s Craft Store and spent a fortune on cookie cutter, boring display pieces, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune or have a display that looked like anyone else’s.  So I did what I do best.  I looked around my house for things I could use creatively. I used my plain cylinder vases by putting hard headbands into them. I liked the way they fanned out around the vase.  I also placed a decorative branch in each vase and clipped hair pins and clips onto the branches.

I put the stretchy headbands on various Marilyn Monroe & Audrey Hepburn themed books…

I made price tags, wrote down my inventory, snapped some pics of the general set up so I can remember what I did, got $100 in change, gathered my bags & business cards and put the items into labeled ziplock bags. 

Since the fair was 3 days long, all vendors had to set up and take down their booths each day.  So, I packed everything into my huge suitcase (and a big tupperware bin) so I could wheel the heavy stuff to and from my car.

I didn’t have time or cash to buy a new tablecloth, so I used our old silver velvet duvet cover, lol!  We had to supply our own lights as well, so I stole the snazzy ones off of our night stands. 

I used one of our snack trays as my “check out stand”.  I used our silver sparkly umbrella stand to showcase the feather headbands and accessories. 

From the vases and books that I decorate with, to our bedroom decor, our  house was left looking like the Grinch came & stole everything for 3 days!

ME:

 I was ready to go! 

The funny thing is, most people stopped to inquire about the lamps! 

This set up was a bit busy, so as the day went by, I condensed and moved things around. 

I went from the butterfly bobby pins , rosebud pins, & ladybug pins on a paper plate (sorry about the blurry pic) to using my metal containers that used to house my herb garden and mousse cups that a co-worker gave me.

Here are a few of my best seller items, in case you were curious.

Chloe baby headbands

Elizabeth hair clips & baby bands

And here are some happy customers! 

 

Liz baby band

Rose bud bobby pinDanity ClipTu-Tu Ballerina baby band

Bella stretchy headbandHot Pink Jolee baby band

If you  or someone you know would like to look as adorable as these ladies above, click here to be sent to Finding Silver Linings Boutique 😉  You can customize ANY piece you see into a clip, a brooch, a bobby pin, a baby headband, a stretchy headband, hard headband, shoe clip, purse pin, etc.  It will be hand-made by moi.  Just do it 😀

*End of shameless advertisement paragraph*

 

Did you ever have a booth at a fair?  What kind?  Would you ever do it again?  Let’s chat.