Sunday, October 31, 2010

All The Giveaway WINNERS!

#1)The Vintage Pearl Winner: Carolina, from Life Reflections!

#2)The Tommy Nelson Book Winners:

1) Pamela, from Troop Petrie.
2) Kalee, from Making A House A Chic Home.
3) Heather, from Traveling Down The Tracks With D and H.

#3) The Gussy Winner:

Celeste from Etsy it up!

#4) The Marie-Madeline Studio Winner:


#5) The DownEast Basics/Sisters Sweet Creations winner:

Amber, from Amber's Articles.

Congrats to all the winners!  If you won anything, please email me @ curly2880 at yahoo dot com. Thanks!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

When Life Seems Hopeless... Featured Over @ InCourage!

I've been there. The place where deep loneliness hovers over like dark cloud. Its gut-wrenching punch knocks air out of me.  I fall, face in trembling hands... 

read the rest of the post over @ In(courage) today...


Friday, October 29, 2010

Win Your Own DownEast Basics Outfit or Accessory!

Last but not least, for my Relevant Week In Review of giveaways....... DOWNEAST BASICS!

I just got this Back In Time classic black dress in the mail from DownEast Basics!

I love that the sleeves are 3/4 cut length!  The dress is super soft and cozy.  I love being able to dress up and feel comfortable at the same time.

I'm going to pair this dress with this red duo from Sisters Sweet Creations:

So, win yourself ANY one item from DownEast Basics Rockin' New Fall Arrival Collection! 

********BonusThe person who wins this giveaway will get to choose any necklace/earring pair AND hairband from Sisters Sweet Creation!

***US. residents only please.***

To enter:

Two mandatory entries (then all the rest are extras):

1) Go visit DownEast Basics New Arrival section and comment below on your favorite item (hard choice!).

2) Go visit Sisters Sweet Creation and comment below on your favorite item.


  • If you added THIS BUTTON, you earn 5 COMMENTS! (any giveaway)
  • If you entered any of MY OTHER giveaways this week, 1 comment per giveaway.
  • Visit DownEast Basics BLOG and comment that Ordinary Inspirations sent you.
  • Subscribe to DownEast Basics RSS Feed.
  • Follow DownEast Basics on twitter @DownEastBasics
  • Follow DownEast Basics on Facebook.
  • Get DownEast Basics Free Catalog.
  • Follow Sisters Sweet Creation on Facebook.
  • Heart their Etsy shop.
  • Follow shop owner's personal blog, Intentionally Living.
  • Share her store on facebook.
  • Add this link anywhere (comment for each location: blog,fb,twitter,email,etc):
  HAVE FUN!   


Thursday, October 28, 2010


Gussy is a colorful line of ruffled accessories. Each ruffle is machine sewn free-hand style, making each ruffle unique. Almost 2 years ago Maggie sat down at her kitchen table -- she wanted to learn how to sew.

Gussy gives me hope... I so want to learn how to sew!!!

And here SHE IS: offering zipped pouches of all sizes, laptop bags, tote/diaper bags, headbands, and wristlet/clutches (all with my signature ruffle) to those that love a little flair :) She has recently quit her day job to pursue Gussy full-time! To read more about Gussy, click here.

The Nester wrote, "Gussy has a juicy shop full of all kinds of wonderfulness, and her blog, Gussy has a lot to say, is quickly becoming a crafter’s headquarters where she features different crafters/artists and writes about her experience."

Win a $30 shop credit to be spent @ her wonderful SHOP! (credit excludes all baby blankets)

Entry 1: Visit her shop and comment with your favorite item.

(all extra entries below):

Entry 2: Follow Maggie on Twitter:  @gussysews

Entry 3: Follow Maggie's blog HERE.

Entry 4: Sign up for her NEWSLETTER.

Entry 5: Use this link anywhere (blog,facebook, twitter, email, etc):

I adore my Gussy Tote! (Me with Maggie herself at The Relevant Conference last weekend!)

Go ahead... you know you want to get yourself some GUSSY GOODNESS... comment away :-)  I hope you win something super cute!  All giveaway winners will be chosen Sunday evening.  Scroll down for some more awesome giveaways to enter.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Giveaway #3 (Marie-Madeline Studio Chic Apron + Store Credit!)

Marie-Madeline Studio is growing in popularity!  Their quality work and captivating smiles speak for themselves. 

Winning Apron:

The icing on the cake... $20 more to spend on whatever you'd like!

Check out their new fabrics:

Just think of the yummy things you could make with this fabric!  Look at all the choices here

So much to choose from... bags, kits, ladies apparel, trim and embellishments, sewing patterns, and girls! apparel !

To Win (enter a separate comment for each thing you do):

Follow their BLOG.
Heart their ETSY SHOP.
Enter the Vintage Pearl Giveaway.
Enter the Tommy Nelson Giveaway.
Add this button (5 comments).
Add this link anywhere (fb, twitter email, blog post, etc):

Have FUN- All Giveaway winners chosen Sunday evening!  Hope you win something!



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Did You Know Your Children Can Change The World? (Giveaway #2)

I received a life-changing book this weekend.  Yes, I said life-changing; for me, and my little girl, Riley.  It's called The Boy Who Changed The World.

This is now, by far, a Thomas Nelson favorite in our home!

Look inside the book here, watch a great video, and get ahead start on ordering the book.  A wonderful gift to get your child, grandchild, niece or nephew for Christmas!  

This book is based on the butterfly effect.  Every time something happens, it causes something else to happen.  This book shares how one child's choice to spread God's love, helped someone else, and someone else, and saved Billions of people from starving!

Written by New York Times best selling author, Andy Andrews!

Did you know, that every choice we make, matters?  

Our daughter Riley just turned 4 on Sunday.  She received a pretty pink polka dot piggy bank from us.  We got it for her with the goal of teaching her discipline in her daily duties, and the skill of saving money.  Riley wants to share her $3.00 a month to support The Mercy House in Kenya.

The odds aren't in her favor. She lives in a country where rape happens every day, all day long. By neighbors, fathers, brothers, even policeman...The majority of these crimes aren't reported. But she bares the scars, inside and out, and the stigma for the rest of her life.

Mercy House Statement:  The Mercy House exists to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House will aid them in nutrition, housing, prenatal care, counseling, Biblical teaching and job skills for sustainable living. 

Three dollars.
On the Third of each month.
To remember the Three girls raped every 45 minutes.

Will you jump on board?   Just think about it, if we get 100 people on board, that is $300 a month!  500 people on board, is $1500!  What better way to teach our children that THEY can change the world!

Too much selfishness is going on with our children's generation!  Too much looking at themselves, and not reaching out.  Teach them to love like Jesus! 

I have it directly set to come out of my Pay pal account every month on Riley's behalf.  Would you talk with your children and see if they might want to play a part in changing the world?  Stay tuned for more information on this wonderful cause!

So... 3 people will win the book, The Boy Who Changed the World.

To WIN (**please leave a separate comment for each thing you do**)
Follow Tommy Nelson on facebook.
Follow Tommy Nelson on twitter (@tommynelson).
Share this link anywhere and earn a comment:
Support the Mercy House, ($3.00/month).(Earn 10 comments)


Monday, October 25, 2010

Giveaway #1 (The Vintage Pearl)

began in 2007 as a creative "stay at home" outlet.  It has quickly blossomed into a thriving business!

Look what I received in the mail to review!  I just LOVE this necklace.  It is so petite and especially well made.  I adore having my children's birthstones hugging their names against my heart.

Win a $50.00 store credit to The Vintage Pearl!  

Here's how.  I'm going to make it very easy... (as there will be giveaways ALL week to celebrate Relevant 2010).

1.  Get The Vintage Pearl Newsletter.
2.  Follow The Vintage Pearl BLOG
3.  Follow them on Twitter.
4.  Add this button to your sidebar. (5 Comments)
5.  Add this link anywhere:   (earn a comment for each location).

Have fun!  All giveaway winners will be chosen this coming Sunday evening.  Comment away :-) **Don't forget to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do!**


Relevant 2010

A beautiful drive.  Alone to praise and hear God's heartbeat.  I keep looking back, thinking I must be forgetting something.  Oh yeah, it's my children.   Those empty seats stare back at me. That once annoying chatter, I now miss.

I catch myself drifting as I stare at His masterpiece all around.  Beautiful trees painted across bright blue sky.  I can  picture His Hand, stretching forth... a little green here, a bit of orange there, some rich reds and golden there.   He painted it for me today!

My heart shifts with anticipation and wonder.  I remember the voices in looks back at home.  Who goes to a blogging conference?  they speak with confused eyes.

But they do not know that you, your faces... your hearts, spread across keys of space and time called the Internet, have brought encouragement to my heart.

I now step on pavement, bags strewn across shoulder, wheels echoing as I pull suitcase with shaky hand, heart beating loud above the rest.

Our familiar faces meet, eyes catch, arms, HEARTS, embrace.

With each speaker, the ground of my heart is being toiled.  God is taking His Sovereign gardening tool to my heart and soul.

It digs through that hardened topsoil.  The soil I thought was just fine.  I find that it is a bit dry and cracked.  

Dirt from underneath is lifted up and dropped.  Wow, that hurt... but somehow it feels good.  Another amazing women of God speaks... she digs a little deeper.  More toiling.  More churning.  

Eyes cannot keep the flooding of water from pouring down.  Neatly folded cloth napkin is unraveled once again.  I dab my eyes over and over, and I do not care.   There is no shame, in a room full of women, to grab a fancy cloth napkin and get snot and mascara all over it.

With each sweet soul connection, words that breath life, and point to Jesus, my heart-ground is being prepared for the Harvest.  Yes, the Harvest.  

Ann Voskamp, you did not know, that with your messy heart spilled forth to us women, you would bring a Harvest of souls redirected to Jesus.  Pointing us back to what we are called to be; simply humble servants. (Mark 10:45)

This week has been life changing for me, and countless others.  It took a "blogging conference" to show me, life isn't about blogging.  Those little faces back at home need me to meet them face to face.  Cheek to cheek.  That I cannot save the world.  

But then again, we can!  As we live each day, to bring God glory in our homes, marriages, and lives... we are bringing Him glory... and changing the world, one person at a time, as we point them to Jesus.  So tell your story, dear reader.  Tell it by living.  By living and telling you are story, you are healing both the reader and the broken writer, yourself.  (Ann).

 One of my very favorite bloggy friends... Heather!

 Um!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hello!   Ann Voskamp hugged me! Pre-order her book HERE today.  You will be blessed!
 My very sweet friend and roomie this weekend, Lindsey.

 The adorableness oozes from Jessica @ Muthering Heights.
 The always classy Sarah Mae!
 I couldn't contain my excitement for an Angie hug! (Bring The Rain)
 Courtney from Women Living Well!
I met Mommy of 10, September and Lynnette from Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground:
 Jessica Turner from The Mom Creative:
 The spectacular women of God behind (in)courage!
 Rachel from A Steady Rain:
 The wonderful woman behind GUSSY SEWS!

The 4 of us shared a room this weekend.  We shared more than a physical room... we bore our souls and found refuge and strength (Lindsey, Alicia, and Colleen).

Oh Lord, You're Beautiful

I want to take Your WORD and shine it all around
First help me just live it Lord
And when I'm doing well
Help me to never seek the crown
For my reward is giving glory to You.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Week Full Of Giveaways!

Thursday I will be leaving for Relevant!  To celebrate my return... and "weekend in review" I will be hosting a week full of spectacular giveaways!  You won't want to miss it!  $50 DownEast Basics clothing gift card and $50 Vintage Pearl jewelry  gift card just to name a couple!

Get a head start... just by adding the button to your blog and linking up below, you will earn 5 extra comments towards ANY giveaway you enter!

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Just link up with your name/blog address.


Holiday Potato-Cheese Soup

This was wonderful with a dollop of sour cream on top!

2 c. potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 T. butter
1 sm. onion, chopped
3 T. flour
salt and pepper to taste
3 c. milk
1 c. ( I use 2) Cheddar cheese, shredded
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled (I use cubed ham)

*Cook potatoes until tender.  Drain, reserving one cup water.  Set potatoes and water aside.  Melt butter in a  saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and stir until tender, but not brown.  Add flour, salt and pepper to onion, cook 3-4 minutes.  Gradually add potatoes, reserved water and milk to onion mixture.  Blend in cheese and bacon/ham.  Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.  Enjoy!


Monday, October 18, 2010

Are You Called To Write?

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” –Henry David Thoreau

Something to ponder.  Over and over.  I have been called to write, have you?  Are we living first, before we sit down to pen? Thoughts?

God needs to be real in my life before I can encourage and edify others effectively. 


Saturday, October 16, 2010

I Blinked And My Daughter Turned 4!

You were just born!  Where has the time gone?  You are a precious little girl and we cherish you as a gift from the Lord!

FYI: not my belly!  :-)