Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lovely finds - Etsy Angels edition

There are 3 days left in March! Oh my! Why is time going by soooo fast?

As many of you may already know, I am a member of the Etsy Angels team on Etsy. We support worthy causes 5-6 times a year. This month all of us Etsy Angels are working together to raise money to support the Jefferson County Victim Assistance and Annual Courage Walk. We do so by donating a portion of our sales proceeds.

I know times are tough, but if you are shopping for a gift or looking for something special, would you please check out one of our shops before you make a decision?

I spent some time visiting my friends' shops and I wanted to share my favorite finds with you.

Baby finds

Baby quilt by Arriving Angels

For the home

Nautical placemats by the Sewing Granny

For the lovely lady

As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely day!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lovely tutorial: cute packaging idea

Just dropping in to let you know that you can find one of Ooh Leela's super cool and unique tutorials on Mollie's blog, Wild Olive.

Check it out :)

And a warm welcome to those of you who are visiting the blog for the first time. I hope you come back often.

Have a lovely weekend!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What I have been up to

It has been super crazy around here lately! I have been working on so many projects!!! As you may already know, my brother is moving away in April, so I have been busy organizing a farewell party for him and my sister-in-law. I can't share the details just yet, because I am pretty sure they stop by from time to time.... But I will, after the 2nd of April.

In the meantime, I have been looking for ideas and inspiration. The food is all taken care of, but I am still looking for dessert ideas.... Would a cake be all right? I saw this recipe last night and I am dying to try it....

What about decor and party favors? I would really really REALLY appreciate your help :) 

Apart from that, I am super excited to say that I am participating in a scrap swap that Tara, from Sew Tara is hosting. I am swapping fabric scraps with 2 lovely ladies and I can't wait to see what I get ship their packages.

Oh, and I must take a moment to express my gratitude to all my Facebook fans and blog followers. You guys ROCK!!! Consider yourself kissed, and hugged, and squeezed. Feel the love?!?

What about you? What have you been up to lately? I really love when you post comments. It makes me all giddy!

Have a lovely Thursday and thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day project ideas

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone!!!

Did you know that "Saint Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland"?

Don't forget to wear some green today! Oh, and if you have some time, be sure to take a look at some of these fun projects!

Here are some really cool projects. Enjoy!

Have a very **LUCKY** day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Remember I mentioned a local coffee shop had agreed to carry my coffee sleeves? I am proud to say that you can find Ooh Leela's leather sleeves at Sportivo Coffee Bar in Redwood City, CA.

Here is a sneak peek at what you can get:

Because of the philosophy behind these sleeves, instead of buying new materials, I decided to upcycle leather scraps and use eco-friendly felt.

This one is my favorite: red leather with a tan circle...

I like these too :)

I also designed some labels.....

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have you been working on any interesting projects lately?

PS: I know this is not what this blog is about, but the accountant in me can't help it... Tomorrow is March 15th, the deadline to submit your tax returns if you own a corporation, or s-corp. Remember, you can always file an extension (leave a comment in case you need the form numbers). An extension allows you to file your corp/s-corp returns by Sept 15th instead. But please remember, that you must make a payment by tomorrow, even if you file an extension.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

More inspiration

I love how passionate this 91-year-old lady is. She reminds me of my grandma. Grandma was well-known for her crocheting skills. Everyone in town knew her; she was the go-to person every time someone needed something made. My grandpa was an excellent carpenter who ended up making all the pews for our local church. My aunt is an excellent knitter. My mom is a super creative teacher.

I am so lucky to have so many talented women (and men) I can look up to and who never cease to amaze (and inspire) me.

What about you? Is there a woman or person who inspires you?

Thanks for stopping by.

Be playful

Lovely Alycia from The Curious Pug is celebrating her birthday this month.

I stopped by her blog this morning and saw this amazing video by Roxy Rodriguez and it really hit home because of the date today...

Happy International Women's Day!!! 

We all tend to work so hard, and we always put everyone else's needs before our own. So why not take 30 minutes out of our busy schedules today and do something that really makes us happy?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Shop 'till you drop!!!

Hello friends!

I have decided that it is time for a much needed shop "renovation." This means new designs and new products.

This weekend only: get 50% off everything in the shop!!! That's right!!! 50% off. Isn't that awesome?!? Simply enter coupon code halfoff at checkout.

I hope you can stop by: Ooh Leela!

Oh, and to make this even cooler, not only can you save money when you shop at Ooh Leela! this weekend, you will also be helping "Jefferson County Victim Assistance and Annual Courage Walk"!

10% of all sales proceeds this month will be donated to the above-mentioned charity.

A little bit about Jefferson County Victim Assistance and Annual Courage Walk:

The Courage Garden is dedicated to crime victims. Designated for commemorative plantings, it is also a place of respite for those involved in court cases. Proceeds from this event will be used for maintenance of the garden, training victim advocate volunteers, and to help victims of crime or other traumatic events in our community.

The Annual Courage Walk is a time to honor the strength and courage of survivors. It is also a time to speak out in unison for crime victims' rights and services today and in the future. Proceeds will be used for costs associated with training of volunteers, printing educational materials for crime victims and for maintenance of the The Courage Garden. The Courage Garden is located behind the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building at 100 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden, Colorado.

The 18th Annual Courage Walk will take place on April 16, 201.

As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It is a birthday celebration!!!

Hubby celebrated his 28th birthday last week.

And being that we are of Italian descent, the way to our hearts is through (you guessed it!) our tummies!!! It was a day full of fun, love, family and FOOD!

Being that breakfast is his favorite meal, we started our day eating here. I love how simple their menu is and how fresh and light everything tastes! I truly believe they get their produce delivered everyday. Our favorite thing on the menu is the eggs benedict. Their hollandaise sauce is to die for.

We went from this:

To this is less than 5 minutes :)

And here is the **bashful** birthday boy:

Birthday boy got his gift right around lunch time. These will come in handy when we go on our 5-week trip (did I mention we are going on vacation next month?!? Yep, more about that later).

And to make this a puuuuurrrrfect day, we had dinner with the fambam at the Fish Market. We had garlic cheese bread topped with crab, lobster (we named him Steve), a smoked fish sampler and drinks!

We also had cake (tres leches - his fave)! 

And... we embarrassed him with lots and lots of balloons!!!

So glad you stopped by! Thanks for letting me share hubby's special day with you!!!

I hope you have a great week!!!