Friday, February 19, 2010

Details To Follow!

How much time do y'all have right now...'cause it would be to your advantage to go and get a snack as this may take me awhile! That's the drawback to not posting as often...I have to cram so much into one post!

There are a couple of things I need to mention before I get very deep into this post. One being today would be my mother's 85th birthday. Sadly, we lost her in 1998, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't see her in something. Maybe it's a song or an old movie...sometimes it's in my grandchildren's expressions...sometimes it's the smell of White Shoulders...but she is always around me. I love you Mother and I miss you every day.

Second, I would like to ask y'all to keep Witt and his family in your prayers over the next few days. He's such a special little guy and is in the process of recovery from heart surgery. Also in need of prayers and lifting up is Malissa and the love of her life, Lurch....again heart surgery recovery, although Lurch isn't such a little guy. He is the center of Mal's universe and I hope y'all will join me in a prayer circle for both of these fellows. Y'all always know just the right thing to say and how to say it. Goodness knows...y'all got me through one of the most difficult times in my life.
To say I'm overworked and underloved would not be a totally true statement. Over worked...yes! Underloved...no? Not when there are some wonderful ladies out there who just amaze me with their thoughtful and generous hearts.

I am two...count 'em...two ladies' Valentines! Laurie and Jodi each sent me their hearts through the mailman...or as I like to call him...Cupid! If that wasn't enough, Tracey at French Larkspur held a giveaway lately and I was the recipient of this gorgeous pillow cover! I'm in the process (among other things) of changing my guest bedroom and this will be going there. In fact, I'm going to have to order another from her to place on the daybed. I'm reworking it for my girls. Don't you think they will love it? Tracey's blog is a never-ending source of inspiration. The tiniest of details are in every photo...I love to go over and just sigh! I have so much still to learn and thank goodness for friends like these who can teach this old dog new tricks...such as art for heart's sake. Jodie at Everything Vintage is a gifted artist and she made the heart box from an empty chocolate box down to the tiniest detail of a sweet, little rolled-up note to explain the missing candy mystery. She ate the candy during the process, but more than made up for it by sending me the darling heart dangle as a replacement! Thanks Jodie for the special gifts and for saving me those calories! In honor of Mardi Gras (after all...she's from Louisiana) she also included my tiny mask. Bring on the gumbo...I am ready!
Now would be the time to go get a refill on your DDP 'cause it's time for a word from our sponsor!

Jennifer has talked me into helping her set up an Etsy shop. As you know, she has taken time off from work to stay home with Bella through RSV Season and she would like to continue to stay home for a while longer. (Can you believe it's been a year since Jenn first went into the hospital with Preeclampsia and that Bella will be a year old in less than a month? Where does the time go?) Our Etsy Shop is fittingly called Cat Daddy's Shop and along with our trash, I mean quality merchandise, she will be selling things she has made. I'm telling y'all this for a couple of reasons. If you go take a look and I hope you do...I'm open to any and all suggestions to make it better (like how to add it to my sidebar) AND I'm hoping to get the word out. Blogging is the best advertising I know of. Hopefully, she will generate enough sales to offset lost income from her job.

Now back to your regular programming!
My Southern Honey Baked Ham sent me this for Valentine! Laurie's jewelry is just 2die4 and I have several pieces. Look at the details on her packaging. Again, this is one talented lady who can do it all...including trying to steal my man. She's going to be selling this spring at Marburger Farms for the first time! I cannot wait to see what she whips up and out. I sure hope Texas is ready for the likes of her!

Laurie,

I love you.

Do you love me?

Please check yes or no!
The one thing all these ladies can teach me is the art of presentation. They just don't wrap things up with newspaper and stick it in a box. Nosireebob! There are extra little excitements tucked in...pretty paper to be folded and saved...confetti to scoop into a jar...tiny paper birds lovingly crafted to be saved...business cards and notes that just scream perfection. Don't get me wrong...I love the gifts, but getting down to them is 90% of the fun...well that, and squealing like a stuck pig upon opening the mailbox! Details Debbie, details...gotta remember the details!
There is one more thank you that I have to do. As you all know (unless you've been living under a rock the past months...don't believe me...google Barn House Boys and see what you get) The Barn House Boys (the guys who are the masters of details) just recently launched their MarketPlace with a giveaway of BHM cash. Generous...HA...you don't know generous! These guys gave out some serious cash for shopping and while I didn't win...they graciously presented me with a honorary award of $25! I KNOW!!! I just love you J&J for doing this. BTW, they are also featured in the brand new issue of Flea Market Style and I am on the hunt for a copy. Seems it's selling out as fast as shipments come in. Who'd a thunk it? Uh, that would be us and that's for dern tootin' Skippy!
I think I have taken up enough of y'alls day for now and I really don't want to overstay my welcome. I do have a post coming up on a couple of fun awards I've received...but that is for a later day.
Tres Bon?

Trois mots...

FAB U LEUX!!!

22 comments:

Sue said...

Thanks Debbie! Your post was sort of like reading a "Blogger Newspaper"! Got me all caught up on what's new and exciting and lots of links to go check out! Thanks.
Take care, Sue

red.neck chic said...

I don't even know where to start...

Okay - First - Of course everyone loves you and wants you for their Valentine!!!

Second - Tracey rules - I get lost on her blog and her talent is mind-blowing!

Third - the barn house boys - I want to thank you for introducing me to them 'cause - hellllloooo - they rock!

Fourth - I am so excited for you and Jenn!!! This is going to be too much fun!!! Ya'll will be Etsy Diva's shortly - this I know!!! Sidebar...uhmm... let me try to remember how I did that...

Fifth - thank you for the run-down - it was like reading a "blogger newspaper"!!! I do indeed miss you!!!

;-) xoxo
robelyn

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I love reading your post, Your pillow cover is gorgeous!!! Good luck to Jennifer with her Etsy shop! Have a blessed day.
Daphne

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Debbie, a big old long post from you is like a present....really!

I think I can help you get the Etsy widget on your blog, e-mail me.

You scored some awesome loot, girlfriend! Way to go! I totally agree that presentation is key, I always love receiving orders or packages that are more like presents.

Prayers? I'm all over that. Will happily pray for everyone you mentioned, as well as for you and your sweet family!

Happy Weekend!
Anne

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Psssst, check your e-mail!

Anne

Prior said...

The other day I read a response given by some famous writer that said... she just tries leave out the parts that everyone skips over...I never want to skip over your posts. Lezlee

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Nice to hear from you! Glad all is well with you and yours. You cross my mind frequesntly and I'm always wondering about your writing.
I'm sitting here in CNY (feeling pretty lucky cause all you got the snow these past weeks and it missed us for a change) wondering how long it'll be til spring??? I am on my way over to check out Jenn's shop...catcha later.....:-) Tami

AuroraSuzette said...

OK. Definately in the prayer circle. Of course. Love you. Thanks for braggin' about MY bffs, those Boys of Barnhouse (hey, that what they write when they mail me stuff!). And congrats on winnin' all that stuff. Love your big post, too.

Debra@Common Ground said...

Whew, Deb, thanks for the update on it all. It truly does seem that you have an "IN" with the giveaway fairy, because they all seem to go to you! Ha ha. And you certainly deserve them! That pillow is amazing. Now you will have to show photos of your room makeover when it's finished!!
big hugs,
Debra

Lauri Evans said...

I check YES!!!! I am so glad you got it. And hope you love it. Just thought of you when I saw that big ole heart. And of course, if I keep you happy then I got a direct link to CD. I'm just saying.......your honey baked ham

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I love Jenn's stuff! I think this will be a great source for her creativity and income! Sweet! Heck, you got enough gifts to open your own shop...but, I know. Gifts stay put. Love that! Good to hear from you. ~Mindy

Jennifer Rizzo said...

That pillow cover is gorgeous!!!

The Green Pea said...

Hello Debbie, it is always so much fun to read your blog. You are soooo loved for sure...You can check a yes for me too, yessirreebob! sandi

Susan S. said...

Hey there girlie....really enjoyed this post! And I KNOW what you mean about the smell of WHITE SHOULDERS! love it and it reminds me of many loved ones too!

Bella sure is getty pretty and I LOVE all your SNOW pictures. :)

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Showing me up by stocking your etsy shop before I can motivate! I love that you called it Cat Daddy, too! Good luck to you and Jenn; it looks great....

Laura said...

Thank goodness you posted.
I was having withdrawal!
Even if you lose sleep and your eye starts twitching (like mine) keep posting miss.

Laura

Good luck to your daughter.
Money is a funny thing.
Somehow, when our heart is in the right place- as hers is- it all works out.

bella said...

Hi Debbie!! The Etsy store looks great - you got the mini figured out and loaded - Hooray! That was so sweet of J & J - Barn House money - yum!
Can you give Bella a Birthday kiss from me? I want to be first! I cannot be;ieve she is almost one. How great is our God!
xoxo
Sue

Scrappy Doo said...

Deb
Prayers to the ones in need now. Lean on the Lord.
Glad to see your posting Underloved? with CD in your life? Just know you have alot of people who luv ya!!
Take Care!

Janet said...

what ever happened to "under paid"? i think we all fall in that category! am so excited for jen! will be checking out the goodies!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Whew! You should have had an intermission for that one! News of all kind! Prayers going out to those mentioned. Kudos for figuring out the etsy thing!! Sell it, girls!!

Queenplinker said...

I alway seem to read your post right before bedtime. I like this, I get my prayers and thanks in order with the big man. Have a smile and laugh. And usually can drift off with a pretty pictures in my head.
Thank you, ma'am. You are loved!

Sweet dreams, Lynea

Anita said...

Better than watching the View in the morning, this blog is a good catch up on all the action...I SAW you won a Barn House- you lucky girl, you. It would be hard to decide what to get....Whenever I have a gift certificate, it takes me 5 times as long to decide as if I was plunking over my cash...just wanna get the best thing for you....Happy Day, girl, and stay warm...we're hoping for aheat wave of 30 degrees tomorrow- woo hoo!