Friday, July 29, 2011

Blog Makeover

Now that we have some fabulous new graphics, we'll be working on a blog makeover. We're going to change the layout and some other fun stuff. So...If the blog looks a little funny sometime in the near future, please excuse the mess of being "under construction." We'll be working as quickly as possible, but it will be a...

And if you're on facebook, be sure to enter our Blog Fan Giveaway, ending soon!
Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tell Me What You Think of This

My daughter has been busily working on lots of different things for our Etsy shop...You saw the new profile picture/avatar and banners. She also did an avatar/profile pic for our facebook and twitter. Here it is (it's without the #2, because the 2 is for our blog - when we signed up, our name was unavailable).
And, saving the best for last, she's created a short commercial. Hope you like it. Tell me what you think of it! =)




And be sure to stop by our Blog Fan Giveaway to enter our current giveaway!

Blog Fan Giveaway!

My blog has been with me from the start. In the beginning, I didn't think I'd have a single follower at all! Now look...I'm so happy to welcome more new followers. =) As I continue to learn and grow with all things social media, I invite you all to come and LIKE my new Blog Fan Page (this is different than our SHOP fan page, but you are more than welcome to like both)! CLICK HERE and like our Blog Page from your personal facebook account, and you'll be entered into our giveaway ending at the end of the month, or when we reach the magic #25. We'll be giving away something sparkly...

It could be this (if # of likes is over 25).


Or this (if # of likes is 25 or less).

Or it could be BOTH! (if you LIKEd both fan pages.)

And, after you've LIKEd our Blog Fan Page, please visit the discussion tab on the left sidebar, click on the topic titled "BLOG Links" and leave the link to your blog!

Please leave a comment letting me know you've entered the giveaway and under what name. Thanks for following my little blog and good luck! =)
Winner is chosen at random using the good ole "drawing out of a hat" method. We write down all names on paper pieces, put them in a bowl, and one of the kids picks one out. The kids love doing this!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Check out the New Banner!


Hey now - Look at the new banner!!! What do you think?

And one for our Etsy shop too!


Look at My New Profile Pic!!!

Hey everyone! Check out the new profile pic for our blog! First, I'll show you the old one....
Now here's the NEW one!Big difference, huh? =)

Guess who made it? Nope, not me. I'm not that good with graphics. Actually, I know nothing about graphics. My daughter made it!!! I'm so proud of her. And...Yes, she's working on more new graphics to come, not only for the blog, but for our Etsy shop...Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday's Surprise

We got a lovely surprise this beautiful Sunday evening. Our Starburst bookmark (designed & created by my son & daughter) was featured in a lovely Etsy treasury by Cindy Did It, an Etsy friend of ours. She knows how excited my son gets when he sees his creations being hearted, and she featured his bookmark in her treasury! He jumped up in the air when he saw it!!! Take a look, and feel free to click away at all the lovely items in this terrific collection. Thanks, Cindy, for the wonderful feature!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Fab Finds for Friday 7/22/11

I haven't done my Fab Finds for Friday post in awhile, so here it is! Hope you like the fabulous finds for this Friday!

The first find is from mbartstudios - a wall box with a quote I absolutely love. When I saw this wall box, I HAD to go visit the rest of the shop (HAD to heart it too)...Maybe you will too. You will find an artist that is really inspiring.

all about life wall box
by mbartstudios on Etsy

The second find for the day comes from one of my fellow team members of the Promotional Frenzy Team on Etsy. sewinggranny offers some really great items (coffee cup sleeves and baby items, to name some), and this is one that I have had my eye on...And another thing, sewinggranny is part of a team called etsy angels. For sales now until August 15th, a part of the proceeds will be donated by sewinggranny for a good cause (visit her shop for more info).

Crazy Patchwork Quilt in Purplesby SewingGranny on Etsy

Hope you like today's Fabulous Finds for Friday! Be sure to click the links to check out the items, or visit the shops to see more fab finds!

Have time for a fun Blog Hop? I haven't participated in a blog hop in a looooong time, and this is my first one since I've gotten a new computer! Come join me for some "You Like Me" fun from the Friday Blog Hop hosted by A Mommy's Blog Design Studio. It's one of my fave blog hops, and I haven't participated in a long time, so I'm excited. =)
A Mommy's Sweet Blog Design Friday Blog Hop
WELCOME to all my new followers!!! Have a great Friday everyone, and thanks for reading!

Are you on Facebook? Have you LIKEd our Fan Page yet? CLICK HERE to like our fan page for our blog! You'll be entered into a giveaway that ends when we make it to 25 LIKES or at the end of the month (which ever comes first). You can also CLICK HERE to like the fan page for our shop!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Surprise Sunflowers

Last year we planted giant sunflower seeds and regular sunflower seeds and watched them grow. This year we didn't plant any seeds, but a few flowers popped up! Here are some pics of our surprise sunflowers this year.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Now a Part of Networked Blogs

I am becoming social media savvy! I'm on a roll. I just joined NetworkedBlogs (please scroll down and see my new widget on the sidebar!). It's something new I'm trying out. Since I have a facebook account now, I decided I would use it to also promote the blog! Why not? Sooooo...Yes, there's another fan page. Click below to LIKE the fan page for our blog! And you can follow us on Networked Blogs using the widget on the sidebar. =)

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/JustByou-Blog/203988406296311

What is NetworkedBlogs? Well, it's been around awhile, I just never had facebook, so I didn't look into it. I've had my blog around since the beginning of our Etsy adventure, though, so I've seen this NetworkedBlogs widget on many of the blogs I follow. With NetworkedBlogs, you can have your blog posts published to your facebook and twitter accounts. Or, if you want, just to one or the other. It's also another way to follow/be followed. So, check it out and lets network! =)

You might ask...Why do I have a fan page for my blog? Well, it's because it was an accident. When I joined facebook, I messed up EVERYTHING (long story), because I had no idea what I was doing. For those of you who have your facebook & Etsy together and in sync, you don't have to, you can just add the NetworkedBlogs app to your page, and you're done. Me - I'm just totally weird and it was an accidental page (but now it's there, so what the heck...why not?)! But...if you go LIKE my page up above, you'll be in a drawing to win something from our shop once I hit that magic #25 (hinthint: looks pretty in the sunshine...)!!! Remember to like from your personal acct (biz pages don't count towards the magic #25), and leave me a comment if you like. =)

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This just in! For Wednesday:
Here's a fun blog hop brought to you by Kater's Acres, a new friend of mine. If you're an Etsy shop owner, come join the fun. If you're not, have a look around and see all the great items offered on Etsy!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Something Pretty

Just a little something pretty from my back yard I wanted to share...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Too Cute!

Even though I shouldn't have, I bought a cute little hair clip for my baby girl! =) Powers of Love is an excellent shop on Etsy, offering "whimsical crochet from the heart." Just look at the hair clip - it is TOO CUTE!!! And what's more...There's a Christmas in July sale going on! Use coupon code JULYXMAS and you'll get 20% off! So stop by the shop and check it out. There have been lots of new additions to the shop these past few days.

Yep, there's nothing like getting a package in the mail. It's always nice to get something in the mail other than bills, I always say. And I received this package on a day that was not-so-great. So when I opened the package and saw the cute clippie, it made me smile. It's never a bad thing to smile!





Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our 50th Etsy Sale!

We made our 50th Etsy sale the other day!!! It was a special order, a variation of the necklace shown below. =) As a thank you for being our 50th sale, we offered a free car charm (buyer's choice). She chose the beautiful "My Three Hearts" charm, and we customized it for her, making it into a bag charm.
Because we've reached this milestone of 50 sales, we will be having a giveaway soon! Details will be here on the blog...So stay tuned, you won't wanna miss this one!

The buyer of our 50th sale has created a couple of great treasuries. Click the links below and you'll see some excellent finds!
Secret garden - www.etsy.com/treasury/NzcxMDYyNHw0NDA3MDE2MTg/secret-garden?index=1
Contained! - www.etsy.com/treasury/NzcxMDYyNHw0NDM4MTIzNzc/contained?index=0

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Higher Costs for Higher Education

It's no surprise that college is expensive. We all know that, right? But what is surprising to me is that for the past few years, with California's budget woes and cutbacks, there have been tuition increases in California for both the CSU and UC systems. It really makes me worry about sending my daughter to college in the not-so-distant future! Click the link below and take a look.

http://www.news10.net/news/article/145360/2/CSU-tuition-hikes-sparks-anger-and-worry

Looking at that newscast and reading the article is a big wake up call. A few months back, I posted about saving for college (see this post)...With all this new drama for tuition costs, I've decided the new items in our Etsy shop for this week will be found in our shop section HANDMADE by the KIDS.

This section of our shop is dedicated to items handmade and handpicked by the kids to be in this section. All money from sales in this section go to our kids' scholarship fund for education. Be sure to check it out!

And if you've got kids heading to college soon, or if you're a student yourself, or if you would just like to share your opinion, please share your thoughts on tuition increases!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Great Garage Clean Up

Starting yesterday, we've been busy cleaning out the garage. Not fun! But it has to be done. We have about five years worth of junk in there, and it's all gotta go! I should have snapped a quick photo to show you, but I didn't think of it (sorry). I should have done the clean up before the summer heat...Oh well! Today is Day Two of the Great Garage Clean Up, and when it's done, I will snap a photo, and I'll be so happy that it's clean!!!

How about you? If you have a garage, is it clean? Or is it like mine - messy?!?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Words for My Wednesday

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! And it's July!!! The voting is done for the Promo Frenzy Team Handmade Top 10 List, so it's back to work...And back to blogging! Here are a few of quotes for you, and I hope your Wednesday is beautiful. Be inspired...

"Your dreams are alive. They live through you. Take good care of them." - Kobi Yamada

"Stretch your mind and fly." - African Proverb

"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney

Hope you enjoyed these quotes. If you have any quotes you'd like to share, please do with a comment! =)