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!!

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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!

ARKG! (excited giveaway noise)

My lovely friend Beth, who is a super blogger of awesomeness at 5 Kids Is A Lot Of Kids, is feeling thankful. So she’s featuring her own little shopping spree this weekend, though it won’t cost you a dime.

Starting today, through Sunday, Beth is going to feature a different friend/artist who has donated an item for a lovely giveaway.

And guess what?

Today you’ll find some Homespun goodness over there!

So follow THIS LINK, simply leave a comment on her post, and you’ll be entered to win this:

More pictures here at the shop, if you’d like to scrutinize. But really, you need this bag.

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!

Giveaway.

Well, I got into a fight with my wireless router yesterday. Which was weird considering it’s a 5″ x 5″ plastic box. It was not clear however, which of us would be the victor until I made one last ultimately successful move. I bought a new one. So here I am! I can watch Poirot and look up new sewing tutorials once again. The two days without either of those things was close to torture.

So I’m happy about my new super fast internet, as well as several other things. A. I pulled some onions. They’re amazing.

B. My spider mums are blooming.  and C. The cobs are looking awesome!!

All of this excitement means it’s giveaway time. So, I’m going with the whole mum theme, and dishing out this super cute clutch for one lucky commenter. 

There are more pics online here, if you want to take a look. It’s lightweight and perfect for summer.

All you have to do is comment on this post by Wednesday (tomorrow) at 5pm PST.

Happy Winning!

100th post giveaway!

100 posts to me is a big deal. I began blogging about five months ago and have averaged five posts per week since then. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it, despite how my perfectionism and lack of blogging knowledge can clash. A friend made a comment on Facebook a while ago that was really meaningful to me. When I mentioned how put together her blog looked, she said it took a while to create but not to worry, mine would get there too. For someone who likes things just so, it was helpful to have a reminder that my blog is right where it needs to be, where it’s expected to be. That with time, it will become more polished, more like the vision I have in my mind for it. (Thanks Bethany…you didn’t know how much that meant did you?)

So thanks to you who have been so supportive! Here’s to 100 posts! To celebrate, I’ve got a gift for you. I made this little clutch from a tutorial I found on Pinterest. To win it, all you have to do is comment. Simple.

 I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner tomorrow night. You have until then to comment and be entered to win!

Happy blogging!