Wednesday, September 9, 2009

7 New Things and a Surprise Ending

New Thing #1 - My Photography Blog, Ministry Blog and Josefine Blog (that's 4 blogs, Teena - including this one) are all newly designed and have MENU BARS! Woot! It looks sooo much more professional even IF the first try took, like, EIGHT hours. This one is NEXT! And my Josefine Blog has a new design, which rocks my face off...


New Thing #2 - New (and FIRST) family pictures! Jim's mom snapped these and this is the one we're giving to our home and sending church for the prayer board - will probably send them to our supporting churches as well. We're using this one on our ministry blog and for prayer cards.


New Thing #3 - I have a newfound interest in cooking lately. Especially baking! And will soon be posting the recipes and pictures for YOU to try!


New Thing #4 - My friend, Stacy, got Josefine some adorable new hair clippies. One is pictured above in our family photo (the yellow flower). I ♥ New Hair Clippies! Sooo, I've tried my creative hand at making one myself. Josefine's Granny got her a new dress, which she'll wear to the shower tomorrow night and I made her a new custom hair clippy to go with it!


New Thing #5 - My interest in knitting has been re-charged. That happens about this time of year. I can't seem to knit a single stitch during the summer. The idea of it just raised the temperature another 10 degrees. Another thing about fall - it just makes me want to break out my running shoes. But, I won't go out on a limb and add it to my list of New Things yet. My friends Sarah & Julie should be credited for inspiring my back-to-knitting days. I'm starting a new beginning on an old project. - and if you read her latest post, she's also inspiring me to start running again. Last year on Labor Day weekend, I tried and strained my achilles tendon. Since then, I've been in the pool. But, that has nothing to do with knitting, eh? ANYhoo, it's going to be a purse, and I'm currently working on the strap and gussett.


New Thing #6 - Josefine has a new head.


New Thing #7 - This is a FUTURE new thing, but I must, must, must tell you about it right NOW, but not without a preface. So, I was made aware of a jewelry giveaway that a million and one people will probably enter. I, on the other hand was reminded of my super-fantastic jewelry-making friend, Sylvia. She's a very creative designer of so-cute and so-fabulous (that one's for you, Sylvia) jewelry, and you must see her work. I am going to purchase this necklace with Josefine's name on it. THAT is my future New Thing #7.

Aaaand, because I teased you with the word "Giveaway" and a picture of some snazzy, handmade jewelry AND because we ALL love new things, I suppose I'll give in to the trend and host a giveaway of my own. It IS 09-09-09 and all, a perfect reason to give something away, no?

Soooo, I'm giving THESE away...a pair of Sylvia's MUST HAVE earrings. Very dainty, very pretty, very FREE when you enter to win! I'll purchase them at the same time I purchase my necklace, so they'll be ready to ship to one lucky winner.

Here's how to enter (four entries max):


1. Comment on this post - 1 entry

2. Link back to this post (leave a comment to tell me that you've linked) - 1 entry

3. Check out Sylvia's Etsy Shop and come back and let me know which piece is YOUR very favorite by leaving ANOTHER comment - 1 entry

4. Tell your friends on Facebook! Post a link to THIS POST on your profile page and come back and tell me that you did...on your honor! :D example post "I entered to win a free pair of earrings on Sarah's Blog!" - 1 entry


You must leave 4 separate comments for them to count!

That's FOUR chances to win! Now, go do it!


The deadline is next Wednesday, September 16th. I will draw at 11:59 pm (CST) and announce the winner then! :D Thanks for participating!

22 comments:

Kochanowicz Klan :) said...

What a fun idea, Sarah!!! I hope the giveaway goes well! Are you drawing at 11:59 pm tonight? :) BTW- All your fun posts n pics are adorable! -Sahsha K

Carrie said...

Those earrings are adorable! Just like Josefine. :)

Carrie said...

Ooh, my favorite thing from Sylvia's website are the Swanky Girl earrings - adorable! I love shopping for jewelry on Etsy!!! :)

HonorMommy said...

First...I absolutely love that peach picture...you'll have to enter that into next year's State Fair :-D.

HonorMommy said...

Second, I checked out her site. I've been looking for something like this for Paul to get me for Mother's Day next year. I need to find out if she can do more than one pendant on a chain...I want to have one for each of my kids with their name on the front and a descriptive word on the back...do you think she could do something like that???

HonorMommy said...

You have been linked!

HonorMommy said...

And you are facebooked :-D

(I better win those earrings! :-D)

5dodds said...

I love all of Sylvia's stuff but especially like the Speak Your Mind Bangle because it is my daughter's favorite. And she has a lot of spunk just like Sylvia :)

BTW, your blog is amazing. May God continue to bless you and your family.

5dodds said...

I left a message on my facebook about entering. :)

5dodds said...

My post...
I have never really paid attention to a blog before but yours is very interesting.
My Pastor and his wife were missionaries in Spain for many years before returning to the states to Pastor our church. They loved it and share with us all the time about it. I am glad that you are using your experiences to share with others as well.

iowatallgirl said...

Sarah,
I enjoyed reading your blogs even though I don't know you very well (I feel like I know you through Gina VM). I have you and Jim on my missionary prayer list.
You're such a busy lady, being a missionary, a mom, a wife, a photographer, a blogger, a knitter and probably 100 other things I don't know about.
Thanks for the fun contest.

iowatallgirl said...

I love the snazzy rectangular earrings!

iowatallgirl said...

You've been linked!!!

ME Wires said...

OKAY Sarah not sure how this works
I've been linked

ME Wires said...

I think you have a neat idea, love your pictures

ME Wires said...

I love the snazzy rectangular earrings the best. Been looking for something like this. Thanks, gal.

ME Wires said...

Okay I just told my friends on facebook. Sarah, You gonna stay up till midnight tonight??????

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

heres one...you'lll hafta forgive me i'm typing w one hand literally holding two babies

Pixie said...

I Love knitting too! and the earrings are beautiful!

melanie said...

ugh, I commented but forgot to type in the verification...

Sorry Sarah -- I gotta sleep tonight (out way too late last night) -- can't even type/spell at the same time...

Should have checked this out yesterday... or last week... Just call me The Procrastinator.

Good to SEE you at church tonight =)

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Cutting it down to the last minute! That soup sounds pretty yummy!!!
Londa

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I picked a terrible time to get behind in blog reading because I missed the giveaway! Your knitting project is looking pretty snazzy...mine is still about 1 inch long...it would help if I spent some time on it ;)

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