more happy mail

Honestly…you know it and so do I. Getting mail is the best thing ever. So having a sweet little package from a friend delivered on Valentine’s Day has to just be awesome. I wanted to share some of that potential awesomeness with a few of my closest girlfriends.

Firstly, I made some cute simple bracelets with fancy little tags. Some of them looked like this:

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Secondly I washi-taped, stickered and stamped the crap out of the bracelet boxes.

IMG_8519 IMG_8524 IMG_8525I wrapped them individually in brown craft paper, and proceed to again washi-tape the crap out of them (see a theme?). I clearly labeled the return address and double stick taped it to the back.

IMG_8509After making address cards and placing them on the front, I covered each box in clear mailing tape to seal the labels.

IMG_8528Then the best part…stamp it up! IMG_8612

I’ll give you ONE guess as to which of these five love languages is my most prevalent one: quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation, gifts, or acts of service.

FYI: You can take items like this into the post office, or you can calculate it’s price if you know the weight online here. You should select the package option and enter the ounces. Then check the “first class mail and other options” sections – the first class parcel mail will be your price and you can calculate how many stamps you need. 

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A Celebrity in Our Midst.

Three things for today:

1. I’m back from my short hiatus. Sometimes I just get tired. And crafting/cooking/living are hard things to do…let alone take pictures and then write about those things. But I’m rested now.

2. Gideon is a celebrity. He’s always been a celebrity to us…but now it’s official. He’s Dog-of-the-Day, on The Daily Corgi! Eeekkk! We tried to tell him, but he just stared at us. He must be in shock. Go check out the article on him, and leave a comment to show your support!!

3. Tomorrow is the last day to enter the birds nest necklace giveaway!! Visit the Homespun Haley Facebook page, and share the giveaway link, to be entered to win! There are 22 entered so far, get your name in there while you still can!!

Birthstone Birds Nest Necklace Giveaway!

Wanna win one of these adorable custom necklaces on Valentine’s Day?

Birthstone Bids Nest Necklace Birthstone Birds Nest Necklace Birthstone Birds Nest NecklaceThis particular necklace holds the birthstones for September, December and August. My hubby was born in Sept, I was born in Dec and we were married in August. Ah, love.
Birthstone Birds Nest NecklaceShare a link to this post on your Facebook page, (comment letting me know you did so) or visit the Homespun Haley Facebook page to share the link from there!

Hu-zz-ah.

I’ve reached a milestone in my little business. One that most would think is silly.

It’s called, buying in bulk.

Bulk Jewelry BoxThat’s right. It made so much more sense to start buying my packaging supplies in bulk, instead of taking constant runs to the office supply store. I feel pretty awesome about it.

Today is the last day to buy “made to order” items from my shop for the holidays. HOWEVER, I have several items that are “ready to ship”, meaning you can buy them all the way up to this Sunday and still get them in time for Christmas. Items like this:

010 016 008 032 050 056 083I can’t wait for you all to see the Christmas card Matt and I made this year. Coming soon…

Giveaway, baby.

Five things you probably didn’t know about me, that I don’t advertise openly:

1. I love watching videos of dance crews. I do. I love it. Every once in a while I’ll go on a dance crew craze and spend a couple of hours you-tubing them. At the present moment I’m fascinated by Keone and Mari Madrid. Less dance “crew” and more dance “duo”. This couple choreograph stunning dances. I’m in awe. Here’s a great example of their hip-hop choreography. And here’s a great video of totally different style of choreography. In it you see them team up with a singer to create a live performance to one of her songs. If you want to skip the intro, jump to 7:30. For some reason, watching that dance always makes me teary-eyed. Watch it.

2. Once a week at least, usually as I’m driving somewhere, I think about a close friend, family member or myself passing away and just cry. Some how I let myself wander into a deep painful place. Imagining, in rich detail, life without someone. All the circumstances that follow. The long dark days and the things that would remind me of their presence. It usually takes me a few minute to snap out of it because it all feels so real. One time, I had to pull over, having to remind myself that I hadn’t actually lost Matt. He happened to call a moment later and I felt relief at the sound of his voice.

3. When my dog gets sick, which he has been quite a bit recently because of some food issues, I sit next to him and pet his back. I tell him it’s all okay and ask how he’s feeling. I’ll offer him fresh water and a few bits of bread. In fact, he’s learned now to come get me. He’ll actually find me wherever I am, nudge me with his nose and then walk out to our hallway, before he gets sick. Poor puppers. I’ll admit, Gideon has been the subject of my episodes from #2. Sigh. Did I just tell you that?

4. I play video games. Well, computer games. Really. Don’t make fun of me. My favorite are “point and click adventure” games. The best are the semi-creepy or murder mystery ones. Like where I get to play Sherlock Holmes and track down Moriarty. Ha! Here is a classic semi-creepy point and click game, that encompasses all I love about these things.

5. I “read” like a mad woman. Why the quotes? Well, cause I go to my library’s online catalog and order a mystery (75% of the time) in both book and audio-book. I listen to the audio book while I’m driving, cleaning, etc. Then before I go to bed, I grab the actual book, find my spot and read for a while. Is that cheating? I “read” at least 2 books a week this way. Right now I’m on “I” is for Innocent by Sue Grafton. Starting in the 80’s she wrote detective mysteries A thru Z. They are classic detective stories without all the blood and gore of some more modern thrillers.

Okay. That’s that. Now for the giveaway. Yesterday was my 200th post. I think that is cause to celebrate. If you win, you can choose any one pair of earrings from my shop. Here’s what is currently there:

There are even more pictures of each earring on Etsy, so check them out! Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment. Yup. That’s it. Say anything. I’d be most interested in hearing if you related to any of the things I wrote above, but that’s not a requirement. The Giveaway will be open until this Friday, October 26th at 5pm pst. Eeekk! Tell your friends!

For the bride…

Little Emily Anne,

I wish you all the best this coming May as you join lives with a lovely lumberjack named Zack. I prayed for you as I made your hair peice. I prayed that your day would go perfectly, that you would feel like the only bride in the world. I’m sure it will be a true reflection of you…bright, welcoming and darn right pretty.

Cheap Finds.

If you’ve never been to The ReBuildering Center in north Portland, you should check it out for sure. They take donated building materials of all sorts and sell it back to the public…for cheap! While you have to dig for treasures, it’s worth it to get a little dirty. Tile, lights, tubs, cabinets, sinks, lumber, doors, nuts & bolts….you name it, they got it.

Take this $2.00 screen I found hiding away in a dark corner. It was exactly what I “needed” for my ever-growing jewelry collection.

 I scrubbed this bad boy down with hot soapy water and there you had it. Maybe someday I’ll work up the energy to paint it a fun color.

Did you know that there is such a thing as push pin hooks? Neither did I. Mwwaahahaha….

 So happy ReBuilding.