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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I Have Been Bad, I Know!

Hi friends. Argh. I'll be the FIRST to admit, I have really let the ball drop with this blog. First of all, I am sucking with posts... I just can't seem to find the time to do as much cool stuff and post about it as I would like. Also, I inadvertently let my domain name expire (woops!) so I'm back to (as opposed to the simpler and shorter, but I'm working on getting it back up and running asap!) .


There is good news..... I'm helping out with this new tremendous blog, Hand & Seek, and I really hope you all go check it out. I mean, seriously, I am so so proud to be a part of this group of makers and vintage sellers.

The blog brings new posts DAILY, and they range in subject matter from mood boards/finds, to recipes (like these gluten-free sweet potato brownies, or this brandy-infused baked apple) to peeks into the life of a handmade business owner, to DIY tutorials, to GIVEAWAYS!!

Yep, that's really what I want to tell you about. Right now we're offering a massive prize package on the blog that's worth over $400 in handmade and vintage goods, including one of my own embroidery hoops. We really wanted to let the world know about the talent behind Hand & Seek, so we're giving one very lucky reader the chance to experience the awesomeness from 17 different sellers/makers.

When you get the chance, I highly encourage you to head on over TO THE POST HERE and enter to win - the post will be up until 10/14/13, but don't wait too long to enter!!

Here's the entire giveaway spread.. it includes handmade jewelry, art, home goods, some bath & body goods, and accessories:

And I really hope to be back with an actual cool post soon... I have some ideas for handmade holiday gifts, so let's see if I actually get around to posting. ;) If I don't, you have my permission to leave dog poop on my porch, okay? 

Monday, July 22, 2013

And the winner is...

MARY McDERMOTT., who was entry number 183. I'll be emailing you today Mary, and congrats on the win!

As for everyone else who participated, I REALLY appreciate it!! Really, really truly appreciate it. I'm working on giving away another of these hoops with a certain huge corgi blog, so I'm hoping you'll have the chance for another win soon. If I can make this second giveaway happen, I'll be sharing the details asap.

Have a wonderful week!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GIVEAWAY: "Today I Will Be Happier Than A Corgi On Stilts" embroidery hoop

Hey!! Who is ready for a giveaway?? More specifically, WHO IS READY FOR A GIVEAWAY WHERE YOU COULD WIN ONE OF MY "Today I Will Be Happier Than A Corgi On Stilts" EMBROIDERY HOOPS?!

Yep, like this guy:

Well, it's super easy, and you have until Sunday evening (7/21/13) at midnight to enter. This giveaway is open to all countries, so international corgi fans are definitely eligible to enter. :)

Simply check out the list of entry options through the Rafflecopter widget below, and if you're already a follower/fan of mine on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, Etsy, etc., well then you are already entitled to some entries, so make sure you enter! Also, you'll get TWO entries each day you tweet and/or post on facebook about the giveaway, so be sure to spread the word and come back to enter/let me know you did so.

I'll announce the winner using Rafflecopter's random "pick a winner!" option in a new post on Monday [7/22/13] & notify the winner that day, which means I hope to mail the winning piece (and another little surprise goody) by Tuesday 7/23/13. If you have any questions, please feel free to post a comment, although a comment on this post is not necessary for eligibility to win.

So, happy entering, and good luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, July 1, 2013

More Pressed Flower Art

Several years ago I did a quick and simple tutorial on how I turned a small collection of pressed flowers into some sentimental art, and I recently did that again and wanted to show you how it turned out. 

Two weeks ago, I vacationed in Naples, Florida with my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, niece (pictured upper left-hand corner in the pic below), and my husband:

(oh, and with some alligators, pelicans, and dolphins, too.)

I had such a wonderful time that I wanted to commemorate the trip with some botanical art. I clipped several  flowers from around the condo where we were staying and pressed them in paper towels in one of the books I brought on vacation:

Then, this Saturday I was garage saling and luckily came upon some simple, in-good-shape black frames for really cheap so I grabbed a few:

Then I laid out all of the flowers I had collected/pressed and played with various ways to frame them:

Once I knew how I wanted the flowers to be arranged on my white 5x7 background paper, I got out my Modge Podge and an old paint brush:

I brushed Modge Podge on the backside of each flower and stem and placed each one carefully on the page where I wanted it to go (this was a little tricky since pressed flower petals are like tissue paper, so thin and fragile).

I had a few leaves that went over the edge of the paper, so I ended up trimming those so the edge was perfectly straight and it would fit into the simple picture frame.

Oh and of course, so that I would always remember where the flowers came from, I used an archival ink pen to write "Florida 2013" in the upper corner:

Love how they turned out: 

Still trying to find a spot for the framed singular flower, but the frame with all the smaller flowers earned a spot on my bedroom wall:

 This took  less than 10 minutes and cost me a mere fifty cents, and I think it's a fun way to remember a wonderful trip. I only wish I had thought to college flowers on any other meaningful trip I've ever taken... can you imagine how beautiful it would look to have a wall of pressed flower art from all the places you've visited? :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

For the love of swirls... I have a new phone case!

I now have something SO cool in my possession that I simply must share it with you..... you know that I've been selling phone skins and cases through for a while now...  and the majority of the swirls collection are for iphones (which I have never owned... sorry.. long-term, loyal Android user, here)... so imagine my excitement when the fabulous Sarvesh, founder of, sent me my very own case for my new Galaxy S3. 

So many smart phone cases seem incredibly boxy, like they add a lot of surface area. But as you can see from the photo above, this case really doesn't add that much dimension to the phone. 

It has this protective rubber black section that fits snug up against the phone, and the plastic hard case on the outside: 

And the awesome (if I do say so myself) design on the back, which has the artist's name (love that).

I cannot believe how detailed the design reprinted on the plastic, and how sharp and clear it is. Scratch-proof. I even dropped my phone on the fireplace tile last night (woops) and the case held up like a champ. I also like that the design is easy to spot across the room if the phone is sitting on a table, or even in my purse, it instantly catches my eye now and I don't feel like I have to search for 15 minutes just to find it. 

Shipping from voottoo was fast... the case is AWESOME... the verdict: I am a completely happy camper. 

If you are interested in one of the cases for iphone, check HERE. If you have any questions about a particular Android case, you can email here:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

My Once-A-Year Sale Is ON

Shamless self-promo here. Letting you know that until Monday, 11/26/12 at 12 midnight Central Time, I'm running a 20% off sale in my Etsy shop. All you have to do is enter the coupon code LASTSWIRLSOF2012 at checkout to receive the 20% discount on everything in your cart. OR, if it saves you more money, use coupon code SHIPMEFORFREE to receive free shipping.

Yep, everything is eligible for 20% off. That includes embroidered jewelry:

Holiday ornaments: 

Need a tree house print?? 

Swirl hoops?? 
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And these aren't sold through my etsy shop, and they're not currently on sale, but they are too awesome to NOT share. Swirl iphone 5 cases

And of course visit THIS SITE for other skins and cases with my designs. 

Happy shopping!! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Master Bedroom Update

I recently revamped the largest continuous wall in my master bedroom, and I love it so much I thought I'd share it on the blog. Let me remind you of how this particular wall had been for a while. There's a natural ledge on that wall and the previous owners put in stained wooden shelves, so I had leaned several framed pieces of art on that ledge:

A few weekends ago, I was cleaning this room and decided to just hang a bunch of the art so I could actually see it all. 

I will admit that a lot of this is stuff I've made over the years, but the things that aren't mine are numbered and explained below.
1) Framed pressed flowers found at Goodwill.
2) "poop" embroidery from Etsy seller Cappywanna
3) "Shit" embroidery from Etsian OooohStitchy
4) "Sailing Back to my World" Print from Etsian LeiLiLaLoo
5) framed Paul Klee print that found at Salvation Army
6) The framed album cover for Thom Yorke's "The Eraser" 
7) Kitty applique found at Goodwill.

8) Print from Philadelphia artist Chuck Kaiser titled "Walkin the Woo"
9) This is a reproduced painting of Amedeo Modigliani's that I ripped from an old calendar and stuck in a Goodwill frame.
10) This adorable cat fabric is stretched in a hoop and was given to me by Etsian CynicalRedhead

  Hehehe. Let me show you a close-up of the brilliant "shit" hoop by OooohStitchy:

Now I have a question about the curtains. Do I leave them long as they are in the lefthand photo, or sew them shorter like I've made them look in the right photo?
And if I did sew them shorter, I'd have to fill in that gap (with more art, I'm thinking) between the dresser and window, right?

Any thoughts?? It'd be much appreciated!
P.S. I know this wall seems extra busy, but in truth this room is giant, and it doesn't feel so cluttered when you're standing there in person, I promise!