Thursday, June 30, 2011

treasury love

Old Meets New
Old Meets New  by Metroline6
A gorgeous Treasury by Metroline6 on Etsy that features my repurposed button necklace! Love it! Make sure you click the link to visit the live version and leave a comment. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

time for a little friday sunshine from the ifsteam on etsy

A much needed dose of vitamin D brought to you by the Indie Free Spirits Team on Etsy! Enjoy.

Sunshine Felt Flower Brooch Pin by MyHideAway
Dancing Flower Within Field by PaperSquid
The Woodland Fox by SleepyKing
Remember to click the links to visit each item on Etsy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


My Aunt recently sent me an email forward...not something I usually pay attention to but this one was different. It spoke of perception and how we all need to just stop and enjoy the beauty in our lives. Here is what it said...

Perception....Something To Think About.

In   Washington , DC , at  a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin  played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes.  During that time,  approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way  to work.  After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was  a musician playing.  He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds,  and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.  

About 4 minutes  later:    
The violinist received  his first dollar.  A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping,  continued to walk.  

At 6  minutes:  
  A young man leaned  against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to  walk again.  

At 10 minutes: 
A 3-year old boy  stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.  The kid stopped to  look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child  continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.  This action was  repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception -  forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45  minutes:
The   musician  played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short  while.  About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.   The man collected a total of $32.

After 1  hour:
He finished playing and  silence took over.  No one noticed and no one applauded.  There was no recognition  at all.

    No one knew this, but  the violinist was  Joshua  Bell ,  one of the greatest musicians in the world.  He played one of the most  intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.   Two days before, Joshua Bell sold - out a theater in   Boston where the seats  averaged $200 each to sit and listen to him play the same  music.

This is a true story.  Joshua Bell, playing incognito  in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a  social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

This experiment raised  several questions: 
      In a common-place  environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
       If so, do we stop to  appreciate it?
       Do we recognize talent  in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion  reached from this experiment could be this: 

If we do not have a  moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing  some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful  instruments ever made . . . 

How many other things  are we missing as we rush through  life?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

love my sponsors

Time for another post on one of my lovely sponsors! I invite you to meet Josie, a local photographer who did my photo shoot for the Queen of the Castle Magazine last year. She's super sweet and fantastic at what she does. Come fall in love with Josie!

Josie Siler from Glory Displayed Photography
Hey there! My name is Josie Siler and I’m the face behind the camera of Glory Displayed Photography. I’m a small town girl with big dreams. Everywhere I look I see the glory of God displayed. I want share His beautiful creation with you through my photographs and the scripture I add to them.

I want to use my business to accomplish great things and make a difference in the world. When I first learned about human trafficking I was shocked and sickened. Once I had this knowledge, I had to do something about it. I donate a portion of each sale to organizations that help prevent and rescue men, women and children from the horrific crime of human trafficking. I also seek to raise awareness of human trafficking through my website and Facebook page. One person really can make a difference and when you purchase a product from Glory Displayed YOU are making a difference in this world!

I invite you to visit my website and take a look around. See what I have for sale and learn more about human trafficking and how you can help. Also, make sure you visit my Facebook page and “Like” it – that is where you will see all the latest and get in on contests and give-a-ways! I also do custom work so shoot me an e-mail to get the process started!

Her Links:

Make sure you check out her shop on Zazzle!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

welcome to my world

I live in an apartment, nothing huge but perfect for me and my family. When we moved in I set up my studio in a small extra room off our porch. I loved the room because it was separate yet it was pretty small. So, when we expanded our apartment to include the upstairs unit I took over our old bedroom! heehee sneaky me :P 

I'm excited to show you guys what I've done with it so far. I'm still working on a few things, like the main wall above my desk, I really want to put a shelf up but need to find the right one! I hope you like what you see. 

Welcome to my world  

Where the jewelry creating, packaging and tweeting takes place!

Sewing Machine! 

Some of my creations :) Notice the peacock curtains! 

Packaging an order. Is it for you?!
That's it! My little world where I create special goodies for you to enjoy!
 I left out the giant shelf of fabric, it's not very interesting or organized. Haha!

XOXO Vanessa

Thursday, June 2, 2011

love my sponsors

I love my sponsors and think you should get to know them too! Heck, you may even fall in love :P First up is the adorable Jessmarie, owner and crafty lady behind OpheliaBird on Etsy!

Hi! I'm Jessmarie, owner of OpheliaBird, loyal wife, doting mama, and chronically crafty lady. I work at home with my 3-year-old daughter and I love naps, pretty paper, and dancing around the house. I've been doing arts and crafts since I was a child. Nothing thrills me like stepping back and being proud of something I've just created with my very own hands. My shop offers handmade jewelry and accessories, paper goods and gifts, and the occasional vintage treasure. 

I also love to write, and just started a new blog, I hope you'll join me there for musings on domesticity & mama-hood, being a vintage housekeeper, craft projects, inspirations, shop updates and more. Check out my first post, What Is OpheliaBird? to read the story behind the shop. 

You may also follow me on Twitter @OpheliaBird and! 
Hope to see you around!

Here are a few of the goodies you can find in her shop! 

Pretty in Purple Heart Charm Earrings
Blueberry Pie Trim Tag

Totally adorable, right? Right!!


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