Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits 2009

Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, and fun New Year's Eve, as well as a blessed New Year.  2010, here we come!  

DJ Earworm - United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It on the Pop) - Mashup of Top 25 Billboard Hits

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Better Way To Spend Your Cash This Holiday

Give a Goat for Christmas! and get two mpFrees from Pompaloose Music!

Go here to give a goat:

When you give a goat, World Vision sends you an email receipt. Forward that email to and they'll send you the mp3 of this song, and their new original coming out in a few weeks!

Charity Navigator gives World Vision 4 stars (their highest rating), in case you're wondering how effective your donations will be.

Always in the Season, by Pomplamoose

mistle toe and silver snow,
and ivy growing on the walls,
i wish i could erase these dreams, i do.

but all my days are running by
in shopping malls with endless lines
i don't know how i got here, do you?

somewhere between the catalogs
of what to get for him
somewhere amidst the china dolls
my vision starts to spin

'cause i thought christmas was supposed to be
more than lighting up the christmas tree
more than filling up our socks with toys
more than all of this tremendous noise

so all i really mean to say
is let's not throw this time away
i'd rather just sip chocolate with you

and if you'd like to treat me nice
don't wait for snow don't wait for ice
i'm always in the season, are you?

somewhere on santa's list
my name's been crossed off with a slash
somewhere i'm gonna find a better way
to spend my cash

'cause i thought christmas was supposed to be
more than lighting up the christmas tree
more than filling up our socks with toys
more than all of this tremendous noise

i'm always in the season, are you?

Monday, December 21, 2009

U900- Jingle Bells

This is SO cute!  I was looking for a stop motion Christmas video to post and stumbled up onto this one, and several others, by U900.  U900 is a Japanese Ukulele Duo.  Check out all of their You Tube videos here.   Which one of their vidoes is your favorite?
Performed by U900, Japanese Ukulele Duo! From the album "UKULELE XMAS"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Modern Family: Cameron's Poinsettia Western Shirt

I'm a huge fan of Modern Family.  It cracks me up every week without fail, and I just love the characters.

A friend of mine and I were talking recently about the Undeck the Halls episode, and she asked me if I had noticed the western Christmas shirt that Eric Stonestreet's character, Cameron, was wearing.

She told me that she and her husband were cracking up while watching the show imagining him wearing that same shirt to their annual family Christmas gathering.  They have some teenage nieces and nephews and thought that their reactions to him wearing the shirt would be priceless.  She'd tried to find a shirt like it online, but the closest she'd gotten was a tropical Christmas shirt, and it just wouldn't do.

I did some digging online and was able to find the exact "Flowery Western Shirt" at this western store.

They've ordered it and are hoping that it will arrive in time for their gathering next week.  I think that this shirt may make an appearance each Christmas going forward!  The shirt is awesome in my opinion and I can't wait to get the picture of him in it that I've begged for.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The Mermaid Girl: The Last Six Months Special

This special about Shiloh Pepin, known by many as The Little Mermaid, aired on TLC last night, and I missed it, but I'm sure they'll be broadcasting it again.  I'm going to do a search for it on my DVR and record it to watch this week.  

I love Shiloh's words in the promo clip below: "Who you are inside is what makes you a star."  What a precious girl she was, and so wise!  

Read more about Shiloh here.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Help Raise Money For HopeLine

You may find the brave voices captured in this short film haunting, shocking and humorous. In some of their faces you'll see joy, anguish and grace as they trust you with their confession.

Today only, $2.00 will be donated to
HopeLine for every PostSecret book purchased using the link below. Thanks for spreading the word. 

PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God

PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God from Frank Warren on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sweet Shoppe Designs- Toys for Tots

If you dabble in digital scrapbooking, and would like to make a difference in a child's life this Christmas, please check out this post by Sweet Shop Designs:

Cookies 4 Kids-2009 edition

Hey readers! Hope the first of December is being good to you =) Here at the Sweet Shoppe it’s reallllly good! Today marks day one of a month long template a day giveaway..(say that really fast a few times) If you were around last year you got to take part in the Cookies for Kids 08 edition and this year we hope is just as fun! Each template will be available for ONE day only in our special Cookie Forum! Of course if you are like me and want them all at once then please please buy the Cookies 4 Kids template pack in the store. They will be available thru December 15th. You won’t have to worry about missing a day AND you will be supporting a great cause. The proceeds go to a fabulous charity and we promise the templates is worth your donation! Last year the templates raised $1500 for Toys for Tots..nothing like helping a child have a great Christmas! Let’s do it again this year! Please show off any layouts you do with the templates in the gallery. Hope you and your families have a great holiday season. Keep making memories….

Monday, November 30, 2009

Amazon Kindle Commercial

Saw this cutie on Leigh-Ann's blog, Freckled Nest.  I love stop motion animation!  So cool.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Funniest Video EVER

My dad sent this to me and I can't stop watching it.  It's so incredibly cute and clever!  The Rapper's Delight song brings back memories, too!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Lisa Leonard Holiday Giveaway at {SIMPLEmom}

I l.o.v.e. Lisa Leonard's jewelry, and her blog.  I have two of her necklaces and just entered to win a $50 gift certificate to her store through Simple Mom.  Check out the details of the contest here.  The contest closes tomorrow, November 21, at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Hurry on over and enter!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Hits Theaters This Friday, Nov. 20

New Moon hits theaters in 2 Days!!!!  I've been anticipating this movie for months now and will finally see it tomorrow night at midnight.  I can't wait.  I also can't image how packed it's going to be.

Learn more about The Twilight Saga here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

PostSecret Event Tour 2009- Free Your Secrets And Become Who You Are

Are you familiar with PostSecret?  I am!  Every Sunday, without fail, I visit the PostSecret blog to see which new secrets Frank Warren has posted for the week.  

Frank started a project in 2004 in which he passed out blank postcards addressed to himself to strangers, asking them if they'd reveal a secret that they had never shared with anyone on the card and mail it back to him.  He'd introduce himself by saying "I'm Frank, and I collect secrets."  

That project has evolved into what PostSecret is today.  Frank still collects secrets, only now people mail them to him from all over the world on their own postcards, many of which are mini works of art.  He has published 5 books containing some of the secrets, does an Event Tour in different cities nationwide, and has connected millions of people.

My friend, Kim, and I drove to University of Texas at Arlington last night to attend the PostSecret Event there.  What a fun experience!  The room was packed and there were people there from all around, even out of state attendees.  The two girls sitting next to us had driven in together from Tyler.

I stood in line afterwards and got to speak to Frank very briefly as he signed my copy of his latest book, PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God.  I had my book opened to page 103 because I knew from an interview that Frank had done, that he had a secret of his own on that page, and I thought it would be fun to have him sign there.  He not only signed that page, but marked his 2 secrets.  I walked away so happy that I had come.

More of the PostSecret videos can be found here.  If you're interested in attending one of Franks events, check out the 2009 schedule here.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Remembering Emily Sha Martin

Emily Sha Martin was the beautiful and healthy 4 month old baby girl of my friend, Jennifer.  Emily was taken from this earth a year ago today to SIDS.

With the help of Bill & Cheryl Darnell, founders of SIDS America, Jennifer and her husband, Steve, found comfort  and hope.  The Darnells knew exactly what Jennifer and Steve were experiencing as they had lost their own sweet baby boy, Billy, to SIDS earlier the same year.  The Martins have since become close friends with the Darnells and have been able to move forward and honor Emily's life.

The information below was taken directly from the SIDS America website.  If you feel led to do so, please make a donation today.  A mere $1 donation could help to raise $2,500 in the month of November.  Go here to learn more.

July 2, 2008 - November 2, 2008
Emily MartinAfter the death of their daughter, Emily, Steve and Jennifer Martin turned to the promises of the Bible to look for hope and healing, and what they found was a passion and desire to help other families who endure the death of child.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” (2 Corinthians 3:1-7)
Emily, Alex and AbbyEmily left behind big brother Alex and big sister Abby. Though they didn't get to know Emily for long, her brother and sister loved her very much. Emily was a valued addition to his dinosaur world, often serving as a landmark for a Tyrannosaurus Rex or Brontosaurus to explore. And for Abby, there was no better place for her Barbie to rest her weary head than on the head, arm, or leg of Baby "Em-Ma."
The Martins are expecting another little girl due January 1, 2010. While they wish this newest child would have been able to get to know her big sister, Emily, they give thanks for her birth and the life she will bring to the family and all she meets along life's way.
"Emily was the light of our lives," her parents say. "While we are so saddened by her passing, we are truly thankful to God for the blessing that she was to us in the few short months we had with her."

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Music Love

Which songs are inspiring you lately?
Be OK- Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid Michaelson - Be OK - Be OK
Beautiful Life- Fisher
Fisher - The Lovely Years - Beautiful Life
Blessed- Brett Dennen
Brett Dennen - Brett Dennen - Blessed
Brand New Day- Joshua Radin
Joshua Radin - Simple Times - Brand New Day
By Your Side- Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North - Over and Underneath (Bonus Video Version) - By Your Side
Crazy for You- Adele
ADELE - 19 - Crazy for You
Dream- Priscilla Ahn
Priscilla Ahn - A Good Day - Dream
Forever- Chris Brown
Chris Brown - Forever - Single - Forever
Let It Be Me- Ray LaMontagne
Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In the Grain - Let It Be Me
Love Is Here- Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North - Over and Underneath (Bonus Video Version) - Love Is Here
Lullaby- The Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way - Lullaby
Mr. Blue- Catherine Feeny
Catherine Feeny - Hurricane Glass - Mr Blue
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here- She & Him
She & Him - Volume One - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
No Envy No Fear- Joshua Radin
Joshua Radin - Simple Times - No Envy No Fear
Reasons to Love You- Meiko
Meiko - Meiko - Reasons to Love You
Sky- Joshua Radin
Joshua Radin - Simple Times - Sky
Sweet Pea- Amos Lee
Amos Lee - Supply and Demand - Sweet Pea
A Thousand Miles- David Archuleta
David Archuleta - Fan Pack - EP - A Thousand Miles
You Are the Best Thing- Ray LaMontagne
Ray LaMontagne - Gossip In the Grain - You Are the Best Thing
You Found Me- The Fray
The Fray - The Fray - You Found Me

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Charity: Water

One billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water. That’s one in six of us. charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.  Learn more or donate.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox

From director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) comes FANTASTIC MR. FOX, based on the book by Roald Dahl. Featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman. In theaters this fall!

This movie looks completely FANTASTIC!  I can't wait to see it!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?

I love, love, love this song by She & Him, and was lucky enough to stumble upon this fantastic video for it featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel from (500) Days of Summer while catching up on Krysta Manthe's blog this morning (she's a very talented photographer).  I think I may like the song even more now.

(500) Days was on my list of must see movies, but I didn't catch it while it was in the theater.  I'm going to be looking for it on cable!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Oh, those boys are much too much, those boys are much too much!

This puts a smile on my face every time I watch it. And I've watched it quite a few times!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Cute & Clever Print & Color Labels

Heather Ann Melzer has created some adorable brushes perfect for creating labels to personalize back-to-school items for kids. These labels would also make really cute book plates or gift tags. I just purchased the set for myself and can't wait to whip up some cute labels with them for my kids. I couldn't pass them up for just a buck! Read a little bit about why Heather created them and see how hers turned out right here on her blog . I love this girl! She's so talented.

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm Featured On Tip Junkie Today!

I submitted another tutorial to Tip Junkie recently and it is being featured on their site today! I'm so excited and completely flattered. My submission is #10. There are some ADORABLE projects featured! Please check them all out here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two Weeks- Grizzly Bear on Vimeo

My sweet friend, Christy, sent me a link this morning to this video. She thought I'd like it. She was correct! Awesomeness! Christy found it through a link on right here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Elsie & Rachel Are Offering Another Online Craft Class!

I just signed up! Are you in? Details of their class are here. Sign up on Rachel's blog via PayPal right here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fuse Plastic Shopping Bags!

See the cute owl pouches above? I saw some just like these featured on Rachel Denbow's blog and couldn't believe how adorable they were. So, I found the creator, SoSheSews, on Etsy and then looked on her profile there hoping to find her website. It was there! On her site she has a link to a fabulous video showing how to fuse plastic bags to then use as a crafting/sewing material. Awesome!!!

But then I remembered that I have already logged about fusing plastic back in January. To heck with it though. I'm reposting about it anyway! I love, love, love this idea. I really must fuse some plastic and make something adorable like these pouches. A makeup bag would be awesome! I still haven't started that quilt though. I'll get to them both eventually though, right?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wanna Watch Elsie Cake Paint?

Elsie did a painting the other night and her friend documented it from start to finish. Love it!

Watching it made me want to break out the paints and brushes. I really want to redo my kids' bedrooms this year. Maybe I'll let them do the paintings. I'll bet they'd be down with that!

Josh Goleman; Cinematographer & Photographer, NYC

All of the photos below are that of Josh Goleman. I stumbled onto his blog via Kirtsy. I haven't had ample time to peruse through all of his brilliance yet, but will definitely do so as time allows.

Adam and Halli's wedding looks like something out of a movie to me. How clever and fun! Can't get over their wedding website. Killing me. So cool.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Edward Cullen Desktop Pic

Check out some really cool features and download your favorite New Moon character's desktop pic like the one above at the official New Moon site. I just finished reading the entire Twilight series recently and can't wait for this movie to come out in the fall. Are you an Edward or a Jacob fan?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Crafty Man Crochets Granny Squares

I am so excited! Who knows when I'll take the time to actually sit down and do these, but Rachel Denbow has posted three fabulous links on the RVA blog that demonstrate crocheting granny squares. She also gives some great tips.

I've tried numerous times to do crochet projects with those "teach yourself" books, but have never gotten more complicated than a simple scarf. Simple scarfs no more! These video tutorials (by a crafty man no doubt) are just what my visual mind needed to grasp some of the concepts that I wasn't getting through reading and looking at the illustrations in the books.

The cute granny squares pictured above are those of the purl bee on flickr.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I don't know this family, and yet, this video brings a few tears to my eyes. I can really feel them and their love for one another. Amazing. Michael and Tara have done it yet again. Just beautiful.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Heather Ann's Pillow Case Tutorial

Heather Ann Melzer did a blog post today showing step-by-step how she made the adorable pillow covers shown above. She and her hubby built the most amazing play house for their kids last year and she thought that these would make a cute addition. I think she was right!

Heather has an online store, called Heather Ann Designs, and an Etsy shop by the same name. The first houses her digital designs and the other her lovely jewelry. I've purchased multiple items from her digi scrap store, and the lovely rose necklace that is currently show in the top left side of her header on Etsy. She and her hubby plan movie nights for their kids that are just too much--in a good way. You could plan parties around these things! Check them all out here.

July 4th Inspiration

There are some amazing craft and recipe ideas on the net for July 4th. Here are some of my favorites:

The Crafty Crow has several more listed as well as some of those shown here.