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Giveaway: Automagical Silhouette Portrait


So there’s this new word. And it’s actually a real word. Automagical. Chris tells me this word is most closely related to software/web development. Where you write code and things just automagically happen. Like you know it should work, but it’s still magical when it does.


Chris and I have been working our tails off on a redesign of my calligraphy site, so the word automagical is an over-used term around our home. So I had to put it on one of Chris’s boringly plain tees.


I used Bauhaus font, Silhouette’s yellow flock heat transfer and my cutter, which are also very automagical things. I’m always surprised at how many fun things I can make with my Silhouette. Which brings me to the second reason of this post.


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Yup. One of you U.S.-based readers will win one. Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter. Hopefully that’s not annoying. Only one hoop to go through, though. Of course, the more hoops you go through, the more chances you have of winning. A winner will be chosen randomly and announced morning of November 28th. Good luck!

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A Very Happy Birthday Giveaway! CLOSED


CONGRATULATIONS!! We have a winner!! Thank you all for your sweet wishes and thoughtful comments! I loved how so many of you want to learn calligraphy for service-oriented purposes.

I chose sort of randomly. I just scrolled to a random page of comments and picked my favorite (because it’s my birthday and I can). I love that Meghan wants to do things for others. So I chose her.

Meghan’s comment: I will use my art of writing calligraphy to personalize 2014 planners and notebooks and have a sale in my school for the benefit of the families who were affected by the flood and the earthquake here in the Philippines. My schoolmates can get personalized items with their calligraphed names on them; they also helped put smiles on the victims’ faces.


It’s my birthday! Happy day for me! This also marks my blog’s 6th birthday. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging here for that long. NUTS.


We’re not doing a whole lot around our house today (although I did get the gold iPhone I ordered 6 weeks ago. Woot Woot!!!).

I couldn’t let this day pass without doing something here to thank you for following along on all of my adventures; so I’m giving away a calligraphy kit! One lucky person will win a calligraphy kit, a workshop subscription stuffed with a few extra surprises ($150+ value). It includes:

  • pencil
  • pencil sharpener
  • nib holder
  • 2 pen nibs (Brause ef66 and Hunt 22b)
  • acrylic ink
  • cleaning wipes
  • a paper sampling (tracing, gridded and plain)
  • lettering guide and alphabet sheets
  • 1 coupon code for workshop
  • and a few extra good surprises

The giveaway closes Wednesday, November 6, and the winner will be announced November 7. To enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me what you would do with your new calligraphy hobby
  • Comment before November 6 (11:59 PM MST)
  • US and International entries welcome

For a better chance, do the following (leave a separate comment with your username for each one):

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  • Post about the giveaway on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter (leave the link)

Good luck!!

Preschool for Penelope

We toured a couple of preschools this morning! She was so excited about “going to school”. Since we were touring around, I thought I’d dress extra cute.

  • necklace: Cambria Cove, gift from SocialLuxe
  • top: Stewart + Brown, won from a giveaway
  • denim: thrifted Editor, $4
  • shoes: Aldo, $65

TOTAL: $69


Lime Ricki Swim Giveaway *CLOSED*


I’ve been so excited about this giveaway for some time now; as evidenced by the length of this post. Lime Ricki provided our entire family with swimsuits this year & I’m completely sold on them. So sold. Lime Ricki is a local company started a few years ago that provides the world with comfortable, no-fuss swimwear. I think I went to high school with the sisters that started the whole thing. I couldn’t tell you for sure.


These suits are designed & manufactured in the U.S. with great attention to quality & detail. My incredibly talented friend, Alma, is the woman behind all of the bright, fantastic prints. The suit I have just screams Alma! I love that I have my very own Alma Loveland print in my wardrobe. And may I add, it’s a pipe dream of mine to have my designs on clothing. I’m so excited that Alma’s already there!


Hands down, this is the best-fitting suit I’ve owned since I spent all of my allowance money on a teal striped suit from Gap when I was 9. I love that LR has suits for every female figure from flat to curvaceous to pregnant. Just this year they’ve introduced a girl’s line AND a men’s line! The girl’s line offers a range of different tops, bikini bottoms, rash guards and shorts (I bought shorts for Felix!). The men’s line is simple and ingenius; they offer a range of lengths from board shorts to euro trousers. Ever since our excursion to Brazil several years ago, I’ve been sold on short shorts for men. Chris has awesome legs, so I like it when he shows them off.


I love that P & F are both looking at us like, “what? you do that still? Gross.”

My suit is fabulous and fully-lined (as are all of their suits). I never have to adjust the bosoms & I feel perfectly covered & secure. The shorts are AH-mazing. Last year I was plotting to make my own high-waisted boy shorts, but that never happened. While these have yet to be high waisted (that would be such a fab option, next year perhaps?) they’re the perfect length. They’re longer than most boy shorts & cut off just below the most unflattering part of the leg. The waistband is incredibly comfortable & perfectly constructed. I honestly LOVE my suit. No need to hide behind a cover up in this baby. I still made one anyway, though. Like it? (I’ll post better pics later)

Penelope’s suit is equally fabulous. The bottoms stay put as does the top. I love the orange & pink color combo! She loves wearing it, too.


Chris’s swim trunks are the best length. I originally got the square cut shorts for him, but Chris has very burly thighs from doing crazy heavy squats & deadlifts 3 times a week. I’m sure the 180lb Chris would’ve loved them, but the 210lb Chris found the legs to be a bit too tight. So an FYI, if your hubby has brauny thighs, go for the mid-length suit. Even then, Lime Ricki offers free shipping on all exchanges. They really stand behind their suits, as do I.

Since I loved their suits so much, I picked up a pair of boy shorts (made for girls) for Felix. I figure the red color makes ’em pretty gender neutral. They fit him perfectly. He’s my mini euro hipster with his little ‘speedo’.


Their separates are available for $30-$40 per piece which can be a splurge at $60 per suit, but they’re well worth it for the quality, style & original prints! If you’re an occasional swimmer like me, they’re the suits that last a few swim seasons. Currently they have some of last year’s swim pieces on sale in the $10-$20 range, which is a steal. My honest advice: even if you’re not going the tankini route this summer, be sure to stock up on their bottoms. You’ll be glad you did.

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Old Business Cards + 2 Giveaways *CLOSED*


I’m over at Good Look Cook Book today sharing what you can do with outdated business cards (besides throw them away).

There’s a giveaway on the line over there. 3 winners will receive 500 single-sided business cards, courtesy of

ADDITIONALLY, if you comment on this post you are entered to win the fancy craft I made from these cards. Any comment will do, but only one per person & on this post, please. Comment before 11:59 MST May 19th. A winner will be chosen on May 20th. International entries welcome!

Just to clarify, comment on this post if you want to win a super-special-crafty-repurposed-business-card-surprise (international entries welcome!). Comment on the Good Look Cook Book post if you want to win free business cards (US & Canada entries only).

Thanks for all of your ideas & your sweet comments!! The winners are:


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