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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Creativity

I have found that the best way to achieve unrealistic goals of productivity and creativity at the same time is to put in all on paper.  Carry a little journal or notebook with you everywhere; and when you come up with an amazing idea, pocket it the book for later. 

Throughout any given day, I think of several dozen things that I want to write, create, and do; but usually by midnight I just fall into my bed with all the wonderful ideas lost in the shuffle. By the time a new day starts I can't remember what inspirational little quote moved me so much the day before, what awe inspiring blog topic I wanted to write about, or which of the hundred pins I added to my Pinterest that I wanted to create. Some days it feels like a starting bell rings and I'm running with my coffee in hand just trying to keep up.

Truth be told, I love it. I don't always have time to photograph and scrap all the joyous moments of my life, but I have found little notes and lists help me work with the time I have. I have a nice purse sized book full of inspiration. Scribbled throughout the beautiful parchment papers are lists of blog topics, inspirational quotes, crafty ideas, hopes for the future, and so much more.  All decorated with  quirky sketches and quick doodles.

It's by far not organized enough to be a planner; not elaborate enough to be a handwritten journal; perhaps, it is a very basic art journal.  It carries some of my thoughts and my pretties.
And even though I am going to share pieces of my book here,  I love that overall it is a private piece of work. It's for my eyes and my heart. It doesn't have to be perfect. I don't have to spend hours trying to make my sketches appear the way they do in my head. I don't have to impress anyone. Simply put, it is my little pocket of inspiration. When I am ready to create a piece of art, it will be there waiting to guide me.

Embossed Leather-bound Inspirational Journal







Never give up on your dreams, you have the ability to make them your reality.

Hugs,
Anna



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Link Party



               Welcome to the 34th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 


25 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway


We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  417 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on these different blogs

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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers


15 Fun DIY Fall Pumpkin Crafts






Halloween Rice Crispy Cake



Peach Almond Bread

Peach Almond Bread | Cooking with a Wallflower






5 Simple Pleasures of Being Married . . . and 5 Joys of Being Divorced!     by 



Tutorial: a cute bucket hat

a toddler hat tutorial


Football Meatloaf Recipe

Try these fun, easy, and yummy Football shaped meatloafs. Perfect for a tailgate party or football party.



animal friends-free amigurumi pattern

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DIY Patio Water Wall




PANKO AND PARMESAN-CRUSTED BAKED EGGPLANT from Take A Bite Out of boca

panko parmesan crusted baked eggplant



Project 10 Pan

Project 10 Pan


The longing ache of a mama’s heart




Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles


Transform your photos with these PicMonkey tips





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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party



               Welcome to the 33th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

24 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway


We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  376 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Peach Melba Ice Cream from Pink Recipe Box

Peach Melba Homemade Ice Cream Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com
 I’m currently suffering through the hottest month of the year when my desk fan becomes next to useless no matter how high I turn it up. Homemade ice cream recipes to the rescue!

Princess Anna Crochet Hat

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree
This Disney's Frozen, Princess Anna inspired crochet hat is easy to make and is a great gift for the holidays or a Frozen birthday!

Joanna's Andalusian Zucchini Tortilla
from What's On The List
Spanish-tortilla
Are you curious like me where the zucchini is?

August 2014 Favorites!

August was pretty good product wise for me. I have a decent amount of favorites to share 
with you all, so here we go!


from Upstate Ramblings
Snickers Pretzel Mix #Chocolate4theWin #shop
Football season is just about underway!  Whether it is a club, college, high school or professional teams are practicing and getting ready for another exciting season.  My family loves to watch football. Of course football also means snacks, so to go along with our first game of the season I created this portable SNICKERS Pretzel Snack with cute little football bags.


Mommy Club
from Married Filing Jointly
Speaking of being a mommy...it is simply not a job you can understand until you are a mommy.


How to Make Elderberry Extract
from Little Owl Crunchy Momma
It's incredibly easy, and super delicious. I use it to help make my elderberry syrup last longer (recipe coming soon). It's also delicious to add to cider in the fall and winter. Mmmmm. Delicious.


Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings

Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings by Crafty Journal
Create a fun pair of glittery fall leaf earrings to dress up for autumn.


Bourbon Maple Sweet Potato Recipe

from  eat pray {read} love
These Bourbon Maple Sweet Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next dinner! Creamy potatoes with a crunchy pecan topping and just the right amount of sweetness!
I had these delicious Bourbon-Maple sweet potatoes as one of my sides. Ben doesn’t normally like sweet potatoes (which is one reason I ordered them!- kidding!) but he inhaled these babies. I decided to try to recreate the sweet potato recipe for our Thanksgiving meal and they were pretty spot-on.


Blairsden Mansion Tour: Part 2
from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes
In case you missed Part 1,  I'm taking you on the mother of all house tours...
at Blairsden Mansion, in Peapack-Gladstone NJ.which was the site of a
Designer Showhouse fundraiser, back in May.


Watermelon Slush

from  4 Sons 'R' Us
Watermelon Slush
This frosty treat makes a refreshing ending to any summer meal. Simply scoop the slushy mixture into bowls or tall glasses and enjoy a refreshing dessert, all while still getting that melon flavor fix, albeit without all the dripping. Add a splash of vodka for an even sweeter summer adult beverage.


Painted Furniture

How to Paint Furniture
Finally, we found a dresser that fit out needs. It wasn’t too over-scale, had 9 drawers, and was only $100.


Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter // Budget Girl --- 13 Days of Pumpkin is back! This year, we're getting started with this decadent pumpkin butter recipe. Perfect on some toasted pumpkin yeast bread. :) #pumpkin #fall #autumn #butter #food #recipes #cooking
I was going to come up with a simple crock pot recipe, and then I found this decadent pumpkin butter recipe from I Bake, He Shoots. I tried it, loved it, and now…it’s the one I’m going to recommend. (Well, that’s an easy first day, isn’t it?)

Classic Cherry Pie

from Born to Bake Forever
cherry pie 2
Ever since I was five, my mother and I have always made this Classic Cherry Pie for special occasions or just dessert. I’ve never lost my taste for cherries…or dessert. This recipe has been a family favorite for years. A simple recipe easy to make for busy days. 

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Adding your link to this blog hop gives Sew Crafty Angel permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts.  Note- All features on Sew Crafty Angel And Co-Hosts will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the linky party.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The CLIMB Chain Linky


God’s Growing Garden
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WELCOME!
It's the month long Networking Blog Hop 
With our 11th CLIMB GIVEAWAY!
Networking means helping each other grow!! 
If you want to promote a CLIMB link, then use #ChainLinkyCLIMB on Twitter or Google+ so that we can all help each other grow!
Here's how the Giveaway & Co-hosting works - the co-hosts from the previous month's CLIMB will have the opportunity to participate in a Giveaway during the next CLIMB - that gives co-hosts 2 months in a row of blog growing fun!!  (If you would like to co-host please sign up at the end of this post using the last "Linky") 
Please enter below -one person will win:
- $10 Paypal Cash
- 1 Ad Space on A Peek Into My Paradise for 30 days - $30 value
- Turbo Sponsor Spot on 100lb Countdown - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Cuddlebug Cuties - $10 value
- 1 Ad Space on Sew Crafty Angel - $15 value
- 1 Ad Space on God's Growing Garden - $15 value
- $10 Gift Certificate to Kelly Michelle's Etsy Shop
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$10 GIFT CERTIFICATE to KellyMichelle's Etsy Shop:  "Kelly Michelle Art"
(Digital Art PDF Printables)

Total prize value is $100!!

CLIMB Giveaway Rules & Conditions:
- this is open worldwide (void where prohibited)
- You must be 18 years or older to enter 
- You MUST have a valid Paypal account to win the Paypal Cash (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You MUST have a blog to win the Ad spaces (otherwise this will become a second place prize)
- You understand that if you win & you go over the $10 Gift Certificate (from Kelly Michelle's Etsy Shop) that you will be responsible for the amount above $10
- This Giveaway is open from August 30th, 2014 until September 28th, 2014
- Winner must respond within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen
- Giveaway Hosts & Co-hosts can NOT enter this Giveaway!, however - SEPTEMBER 2014 CLIMB blog hop co-hosts ARE allowed to enter this Giveaway (provided they are not also part of the Giveaway)
- correspondence is done through email and the winner's email addresses will only be used to deliver or set-up e-prizes.  Email addresses will NEVER be sold or shared.
- Paypal Cash will be delivered by Angel.  All other prizes will be delivered by the contributing Bloggers.
- if you have any questions or concerns about this Giveaway please email one of the hosts:
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Now onto the CLIMB (blog hop):
We have changed it up a bit - instead of linking your homepage you may now link up to 4 of your family friendly blog posts per month!!

 
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By participating in this blog hop your understand that your link might be promoted on social media.  Also, by participating in this blog hop your email address will be added to our CLIMB list & you will be sent an email reminder next month. 

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Remember - If you co-host you will receive a free Weekly Sidebar Ad and your blog button will appear on both Angie's blog & Angel's blog!!

(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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