Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Michelle of Urban Junkies Lounge!

Thank you to everyone who made suggestions on which images should be featured ACEOs in my shop. I really appreciate the feedback! I'll try to accommodate those requests in the near future in the shop!

This has been a whirlwind of a month! We were part of our good friends' wedding (they both met at our wedding three years ago when they were in our wedding party) which happened this past weekend. We also began our quest for a home of our own, and every day we get a little bit closer. :)

It's hot and balmy here in Connecticut- very unseasonable weather for April! But it is a very nice change from the cold weather we experienced a few weeks ago.

What's new with you?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

April Give Away!!

Wow! It's already the end of April! This month, we're giving away a 5x7 of this lovely rose below!

To enter, please visit my etsy shop and leave a link to a photo you think should be available as an ACEO. Deadline to enter is April 27, 2009. Good luck!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Favorites

Welcome to the second installment of Friday Favorites, a blog featured created over at Julie's blog. :)

This week's Friday Favorites is inspired by Easter morning. Enjoy, and do check out these wonderful shops! :)

Morningstar by Petuniaz

Sure Sign of Spring - AuraleeDallas

For more Friday Favorites, please visit Allie and Julie's blogs.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Do it for the Bunnies!

It's very clear in the advertising: bunnies and Easter go hand-in-hand.

But please, this Easter, if you plan to get a bunny, make it a chocolate one.

That's the idea behind Make Mine Chocolate - a campaign by the Columbus House Rabbit Society. Adding a rabbit to the family is a commitment- not an impromptu purchase at a pet store. Bunnies can live up to 10 years (Inside! Not in a hutch outside!) and can even be litterbox trained.

Pet stores will tell prospective buyers that bunnies are great starter pets for children, but this isn't the case. Bunnies need to be handled gently and appropriately. If they are dropped or picked up wrong, they can suffer serious injuries (such as a broken back). Rabbits don't enjoy being picked up, carried around or cuddled. They prefer to stay close to ground.

Baby bunnies at the pet store certainly look adorable, but they'll soon age into hormonal teenagers that will need to be spayed or neutered. It's during the teen years that they will dig, spray and chew any objects they can. This is when rabbits are either given up at shelters or are set free into the wild -- the latter being a death sentence since domestic rabbits aren't trained to "hunt" for food on their own and face numerous predators in the wild. (For more about this, please visit here.)

So if you need a bunny in your Easter basket this year, please make it a chocolate or a stuffed toy bunny.

If you think you or your family is ready to make the commitment to a rabbit, please visit a shelter or one of the many rabbit rescue groups in your area. You can often adopt an older rabbit who has already gone through his or her tumultuous teen years! Learn as much as you can about caring for rabbits before bringing him or her home. If you scroll down this blog, you'll see a Petfinder widget that randomly selects rabbits needing homes in the Connecticut area. (You can adjust this to produce more local results for your hometown.) Web sites like www.rabbit.org are great for learning as much as you can about these gentle animals.

OK. I'm done now. (*Steps off soap box.*)

Have a happy holiday!

Featured on J Black Designs!

My tulip was featured in Jennifer Black's blog (click here to see it). Each Sunday, Jennifer posts a new poem on her blog and uses Etsy items to illustrate it. I was delighted to see that our tulip was used to help illustrate "The Humane Seasons" by John Keats.

Her Etsy shop, J Black Designs, features original collage work. Thank you Jennifer, and please check out her blog!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Friday Favorites

I'm a little behind in posting my Friday Favorites, which is a great new feature started by Julie.

I'm starting my first installment with lovely spring photos that I've been admiring. These are all lovely new photographs from some of my Photographers of Etsy teammates. I hope you enjoy them as well! :)

"Western Bluebird Fine Art Print" by Julie Majers Soulen Photography

"Listen" by AllieArt4Children

"I Can Feel You Breathe" by Zuppa Artista

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Winner is...

Congrats to Whimsical Creations! We put all the entries in a hat, and drew out one name.

Thanks to everyone who entered!