Thursday, June 23, 2011

On Vacation

I`m leaving the shops open, but I`m off on a short trip to visit my daughter and granddaughters. My son-in-law is away so I won`t be able to see him unfortunately.


I can`t wait to visit with my daughter and her girls. I know it will probably go by too fast though. So I plan to enjoy every single minute...


As I said the shops will be open, but I won`t be shipping anything until I return. I will ship on July 5th.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July.


Until then as always;
Keep It Clean
JoAnn~

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICK !


Usually on Tuesday I would be doing my Shop Of The Week choice. But today is a very special day. Not only is it the first day of Summer, but it will always be a more special day then that to me.






Today is my son Nicholas`s birthday, he turns 17 today, its so hard to believe he has grown so fast.


I`m very proud of him and love him with all my heart.


Seventeen years ago he changed my life forever. Through the good times and bad, he has managed to brighten my day. He`s extremely smart and in the higher percential of his class. He has a big heart and a wonderful future ahead of him. He is so smart the world is his. In the Fall he is entering his senior year of high school. I just can`t believe where the time has gone.

I remember rocking him to sleep, his first smile, (probably gas), making him laugh, he has the funniest laugh that makes you laugh with him. Those wonderful dimples when he smiles.


I remember waving goodbye when he got on the bus the first time he went to school, he didn`t cry I did. Every morning he would blow me a kiss when he left for school (until he got to old for it of course). And leaving him with his Aunt or Grandmother when I went to work, he didn`t want me to leave, at his Aunt`s house he would run down the driveway after my car when I left. I hated to leave him. Playing outside with him when he was little, he would hide behind the big oak tree and peek around it and I`d catch him.


Getting his first dog with his cousin Kim and us. I used to babysit his cousins and he`d make me and his cousin Kim laugh so hard with a phrase he started using. It was ABADEA ABADEA ABADEA !!! You had to be there...


I could go on and on, after all he is my son. But I will leave it at that. 


Today he had to go for his senior portrait, like the last thing he wanted to do on his birthday. He is so handsome, I had to get some pictures to share with everyone. (That was like pulling teeth) He wanted out of the dress clothes ASAP when we got home. I had to grab that camera and get my pics FAST.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICK 
LOVE
MOM



You are the best son I could ever had asked for!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Shop Of The Week

For my Etsy Shop Of The Week
I Choose
Pernilla`s Something Swedish






I couldn`t resist picking this wonderful shop on Etsy for my shop of the week.
With all these wonderful confectionery treats. 
All sorts of great fudge, cookies, gourmet chocolates, also sugar free and soy free chocolates.
Wouldn`t you just love one of everything.
Check out this shop on Etsy, everything looks delicious...

Here is a Link to Their Shop;


Thats all for now, have a great day!
And As Always
 Keep It Clean
JoAnn

And if you`re looking for some great new jewelry pieces check out

If you buy two pairs of earrings you can save 25% off by using coupon code
BUYTWO25
at checkout!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In A Yellow Garden...









I found wonderful and pretty vintage yellow planters!
Along with these great weathered gardening tools...




And this fabulous vintage watering can
and
sprinkler







And finally this unique vintage bird feeder.



All great finds on Etsy
To brighten up
anyones
Summer Garden!

Tomorrow I will have my Shop Of The Week
A Day Late
And
A Dollar Short!

Have a great night!
As Always Keep It Clean!
And
Check Out These Great Vintage Shops!
JoAnn~

Monday, June 13, 2011

Herb Of The Week - Chamomile

Chamomile is my herbal choice of the week.
 Herbal remedy for stomach aches, colic, nausea, diarrhea and bloating just to name a few.
* Tooth infections, toothache, dental extractions and its known to cure baby exzema on the face.
Also as far as skin care goes, I use it in many skin care recipes for my shop, Au Naturelle.
It can be used to remove makeup or to disinfect the skin. 





Dried Chamomile

I found a wonderful recipe for chamomile tea, if you have an herb garden or just access to these fresh herbs you can make yourself this great tea.

Chamomile Headache Tea

This tea relaxes and relieves headaches.
Add one-half ounce each of lavender, chamomile, and rosemary to a tea strainer and cover with a pint of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes.
And for using dried chamomile you can make a fabulous shampoo using it dried with baby shampoo.

Basic Chamomile Shampoo

Steep two teaspoons dried chamomile flowers in one-half cup boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the flowers out of the water and add the water to one cup all natural organic soap, or if you don't have some of that you can use plain organic baby shampoo.
Use as you might any other shampoo.
And for a soothing bath, try this recipe for dried chamomile.

Chamomile Skin Soothing Bath

Place all of the following in a medium size piece of cheese cloth: three tablespoons slightly crushed chamomile flowers, one tablespoon slightly crushed dried lavender, one-half cup oatmeal, two drops cedar essential oil, and one-fourth cup dried powdered milk. Place in your bath for soft, great smelling skin.
Thats All For Today!
Enjoy Your Day
And Give One Or More Of These Recipes A Try!
You Simply Can`t Go Wrong!
As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn~

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thursday

I`ve been slacking off here. I`ve been working on my shops and trying to pack for my vacation. I`m packing for three people, myself, my son and my husband. I should really let them do their own packing, god knows they`re old enough. But I might regret what they put in their suitcases. It could really be a terrible thing to let them do it themselves. So I will pack them up, that way I know they`ll be wearing clean underwear and socks. Just kidding! I really don`t mind doing it!


Moving on, I have these wonderful new candles in my shop, one is a 10 ounce and the other a 3 ounce. Both have reproduction vintage french labels. Its amazing what you can find online, I found these great vintage labels and reproduced them for my candleholders. The three ounce candle has a vintage french fruit label and is available in five different fruit scents of soy wax.
The 10 ounce candleholder has a vintage french label and is available in five unique fragrances.






I am paring down my handstamped ribbon supply so if you`re looking for a special finishing touch for wrapping up that gift, get it while I still have it. I won`t be producing any more new handstamped designs on ribbon until the Fall.



I am going to be doing more new jewelry designs over the summer for the Fall season. I know its only Spring still put time goes so fast.
Be watching for a Summer Clearance on a lot of jewelry items in my Christmas in July Sale
July 3rd
To
July 16th.

Thats about all for tonight.
If you have a chance stop by my shops!


And


Be sure and use coupon code JUNEBUG at checkout at Scorpion Moon Designs to save 10 percent off any jewelry purchase through June 15th.

As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn~

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Shop Of The Week

For my shop of the week I have chosen BetsyWynn for her great designs on remnant fabric used to create these beautiful wallets, clutches and pouches.










Enjoy this wonderful shop on Etsy!

And
If You`re Looking For Unique Jewelry 
Check Out My Shop On Etsy


SAVE 10 PERCENT OFF ANY PURCHASE
NOW THRU JUNE 15th
USE COUPON CODE
JUNEBUG
AT CHECKOUT.

And As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Herb Of The Week - Tarragon

For few can resist the charm
Of a sprig of balm
Or the hope of becoming a paragon
By the tactful use of tarragon.

Margaret Brownlow, 20th century horticulturist and writer


Tarragon
           


Tarragon is one of the most important culinary herbs; it is known as one of the four Fine Herbs along with chives, chervil and parsley. Although there are two distinct varieties, French and Russian, only true French tarragon is valued for its flavor and aromatics. True tarragon is unique in that it cannot be started from seed, but must be propagated by a cutting. 


Tarragon grows to two or three feet tall and likes moderate sun, preferring a little shade during the warmest part of the day. It grows well in a rich loamy soil that holds moisture, but drains well. Mulching is beneficial to this end.

Tarragon is unique in that during growth, it seems to have little aroma, yet after the leaves or tops are harvested, the oils concentrate and start emitting their unique tarragon sweet smell, similar to freshly cut hay.



I also found this great recipe for a salad dressing using tarragon. Serve with your fresh lettuce and cucumbers from the garden. If you grow shallots or chives, add those to your salad also.





Fresh Tarragon Salad Dressing Ingredients

½ cup Italian parsley leaves, finely minced
3 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves, finely minced
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (This is the time to whip out the good stuff)
1 garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper, fresh ground
Shake all of the ingredients together in a jar with a tight fitting lid. If you do not have such a jar then first whisk together all ingredients, adding the fresh herbs at the very end.
Toss the greens & the dressing in a large bowl, serve the salad on separate dish.

Thats all for today, 
check back tomorrow for some
 new Etsy shop finds!
As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn

And If You Visit Etsy
Be Sure And Check Out My Shops too!

Scorpion Moon Designs

Friday, June 3, 2011

Cozy Up To Comfort In An All White Room

Check out my great finds for that wonderful all white room. I found everything on Etsy in all the great shops!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/56174508/vintage-chenille-pillow-giant-pops-white

A wonderful chenille pillow!
This cozy handmade throw blanket!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/70276861/vintage-vase-collection-ceramic-all
These wonderful vases for those fresh flowers.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/44965693/gathering-basket
A basket for storing magazines or your favorite blanket.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/74210307/two-2-french-bistro-chairs-treasury
These great bistro chairs at the table.


http://www.etsy.com/listing/61811752/xo-pillowcase-set-standard-black-on
Can never have enough cozy pillows!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74988794/vintage-painted-cottage-chic-shabby
And you should always have great storage.


http://www.etsy.com/listing/75325882/vintage-painted-cottage-chic-shabby
The table for the bistro chairs.


http://www.etsy.com/listing/61461428/for-rainy-days-limited-edition-fine-art
Some wonderful art work too!


http://www.etsy.com/listing/67312377/westmoreland-milk-glass-candleholders?ref=sr_list_18&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=white+candle+holders&ga_search_type=vintage&ga_facet=vintage
Candlesticks for a candle lit dinner.

A beautiful birds nest of felt.



And a gorgeous white vintage settee!

Thats all for tonight!
Enjoy your evening!
As Always
Keep It Clean!
JoAnn~