Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Aloha! This week our Etsy shop comes from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Sea Babe, a very fitting name for a jewelry shop from Hawaii, offers the creations from Kristin, an eco-friendly designer. With earrings, necklaces and bracelets made from reclaimed materials there is truly something for every taste at Sea Babe. Kristin also welcomes custom work if something in a different style or color is desired.
Let's take a look:

Gold Filled Ruby, Citrine, Garnet Gemstone Cascade Earrings

Featuring three briolette's one in Ruby, Citrine and Garnet hang from the hand wire wrapped chains made of 14K gold fill. These would also make a beautiful gift for someone born in November, which Citrine is the birthstone.

Luscious Lemons, Lemon Topaz Earrings on Handmade Sterling Silver Earwires

Made with sterling silver earwires and 13x10 mm Topaz briolettes these sparkling earrings are an overall length of 1.5 inches.

Amazing Moss Aquamarine Solitaire Necklace

Aquamarine is one of my personal favorite stones as it is also my birthstone, but I had not seen this Moss Aquamarine before. It certainly caught my eye though, as it is stunning! Hanging from a gold filled chain this 20X12mm stone is sure to be a statement piece.

This week if you are the lucky winner of "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" you will receive:

Gold Fill Hammered Pink Pearl Earrings

To enter:

1. Check out Sea Babe. Come back here and rave about your favorite item(s).

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

Entries will be accepted from now until next Monday at noon. Check back Monday night for the announcement of the winner! Good luck to all!


And Our Winner Is...

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Congratulations Michelle! You won the weekly prize and will receive the beautiful earrings from Tracy at Designs by Tracy Brigham.

Thank you to all who entered! Special thanks to Tracy for being a part of the feature this past week. I wish you continued success in your lovely shop!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas filled with friends, family and all of the gifts you have been wishing for under your tree!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Designs by Tracy Brigham, our Etsy shop this week, opened in March 2010 after persuasion from Tracy's daughter to do so. After watching her mom perfect her skills making jewelry by working with gemstones and beads, she knew that there would be a market for these items. I am sure you all will agree with that sentiment when you see the offerings at Designs by Tracy Brigham. Not only does Tracy create jewelry, but she also makes wine glass charms, napkin rings and hummingbird feeders.

Tracy would like to extend a special offer for all of the Joy De Vivre readers from now until next Monday at the close of the feature. Just enter coupon code FEATURE at checkout and you will receive 10% your entire purchase!

Amazonite Drop Earrings with Sterling Silver Chain

Measuring approximately 2.5 inches in length, the Amazonite gemstone beads and 5 strands of sterling silver chain make for a very modern look. Swarovski Bronze Pearl Stretch Bracelet

The 8mm and 4mm beads create a bracelet that stretches to fit up to an 8 inch wrist. If a different size is needed feel free to contact Tracy for a more customized fit. Green Rutilated Quartz and Sterling Silver Necklace

Measuring approximately 16 inches in length, this vivid green necklace is made of 12mm faceted coin beads.

This week if you are the winner of "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" you will receive:
How to enter:

1. Check out Designs by Tracy Brigham. Come back and fill us in on your favorite item in the shop.

2. Be or become a follower of this blog.

Enter from now until next Monday at noon. Come back Monday night to see if you are the lucky winner!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Monday!

I know I have just about missed Monday altogether, but I wanted to say hello! Plus I came bearing gifts in the form of this beautiful sunset photo from flickr. See if I would have been early you all would have been greeted with pictures of cereal or a happy face and may never have seen this gorgeousness. :)

How was your weekend?


After finishing up a very long work week on Saturday I finally managed to get my Christmas shopping finished. Whew! I was cutting it close this year!


Three more days and then vacation time! At this point I am looking forward to time off as much as I am looking forward to the Christmas festivities! Barkley, my blanket, fuzzy slippers and old movies are the plan for the beginning of my week off next week. Am I getting old when I am excited to rest? LOL! At this point I am too tired to care! ;)

Speaking of fuzzy slippers, how cute are these? I wonder if it is too late to add them to my Christmas list, though I am pretty sure my pup would think they were his toys and rip them to shreds.

They are just a tad bit more practical than the other cat inspired shoes that I purchased this past weekend:


LOL! Just a little different from the tiger slippers! Though something tells me after a night out wearing these I will need those comfy slippers.

Fill me in on your lives! I have missed chatting with you all!

And Our Winner Is.....

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Congratulations! You won the beautiful earrings from A Pocket of Posies!

Thanks so much to all who entered this past week!

Thank you to Rebecca for introducing us to your lovely shop! Best of luck with your shop in the new year!

Check back tomorrow to see which Etsy shop will be featured next!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

When I first saw our Etsy shop this week I knew the perfectly girlie feel of it would go perfect here on Joy De Vivre! A Pocket of Posies is shop owner Rebecca's take on nature. Her delicate jewelry creations are inspired by the beautiful colorings of flowers and vineyards. The earrings, bracelets, necklaces and hair accessories all have a vintage quality and can be customized to your liking.

Let's take a look:

Blushing Coral Flower Earrings

Part of A Pocket of Posies Whimsy Collection, these coral and peach earrings feature Rosaline Czech glass beads, brass filigree bead caps and measure approx. 1.75 inches.

Teal Flower Bouquet Drops

From the Dew Drop collection, these earrings are made of teal Czech beads and kidney shaped ear wires for a length of approx 2.25 inches.


Chrysanthemum Bouquet Hair Pins

This set of three hair pins is a newly added item! Never worn, but with a charming vintage look, they are made of antiqued brass bobby pins.

This week if you are the lucky winner you will receive the beautiful Teal Blue Berry Drop earrings :

How to enter:

1. Check out A Pocket of Posies. Come back and rave about your favorites on the site!

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

Enter from now until next Monday at noon. A winner will be posted on Monday night!

Good luck to everyone!








Monday, December 13, 2010

And Our Winner Is...

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Congratulations Maggie May! You are the winner of this week's "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" and will be receiving the festive candy cane earrings from Brixiana!

Thank you so much to Claudia for offering your shop for the feature this week! I appreciate your participation! :) Thank you as well to all who entered! It is not too late to pick up your vintage goodies for Christmas from Claudia!

Happy Monday

After spending my Sunday shopping and baking for a work fundraiser it is once again Monday. With only one day off I am really not ready for the work week to start again, but since it is inevitable we may as well be happy about it. So...

HAPPY MONDAY!

How did you all spend your weekend?

PS Don't forget to scroll down and enter to win the cheery earrings from the "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" that ends later today! You still have a few hours to get your entries in! :)



Saturday, December 11, 2010

Never Before Has 52 Looked So Cool!

On this day in 1958 a future Rock God was born. And after a few years, some hair dye, lots of makeup and a name change he became Nikki Sixx.

Sure my parents weren't thrilled when at the age of 12 I had my entire bedroom plastered with posters of Motley Crue. Years later though my mom and I met Tommy Lee and he charmed her so she is now over the trauma! LOL! While Tommy is cool there is only one Rock God!

And today I would like to wish him a very Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Nikki!
Now hurry up and get back on the road for Crue Fest 3! :)


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Buried by Holiday Cheer

Am I the only one feeling a little overwhelmed by Christmas this year? It could be the fact that the likelihood of having a day off is looking slim for me in the foreseeable future, but the stress level is rising. Presents to buy, presents to mail and the fact that my dining room table is still piled with ornaments left to find their perfect place on the tree is making me feel more like the Grinch than jolly St. Nick!

I have at least started though:

The small tree in my living room is up and fully decorated in gold, purple and wine. I am really beginning to enjoy that tree so much that is has me contemplating a larger tree for that room. Please remind me that I am crazy if I mention to you all next year about buying yet another tree! ;) One 7 foot tree and three 3 feet trees have found their way into my home so I do believe I need to stop the madness! The bright lights of Christmas do somehow have a calming effect, despite the mad dashes to and fro that come with the season.


So as I try to dig myself out of the piles of Christmas decor, Barkley has found himself right in the middle of them. I swear I have more pictures of the pupster than some of my friends have of their real non furry children. I don't know if that is sadder for them or for me! LOL!

Where do you all stand on your preparations for the big day? Please tell me I am not the only one running behind!

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

This week I would like to introduce you to Claudia and her Etsy shop Brixiana. There is a plethora of vintage treasures to be found here. If you love the look of vintage items, but do not have a knack for finding them then you are in the right place! Claudia is a vintage shopaholic who loves to find things and then bring them to you via Brixiana. Since it is the time for Christmas decorations we shall focus on Brixiana's holiday decorations here, but do take note that Claudia's shop is also stock full of jewelry, books, patterns and many other everyday collectibles.
Two Miniature Angels Candle Holders

These adorable candle holders are each 2" tall. The three musically inclined angels are made of hard gold colored vinyl and fit standard taper candles. They come packed in their original box from the Sixties.

Vintage Oversized Elephant Christmas Ornament

Made of Mercury Glass, this 7.5" X 5.5" elephant is sure to sparkle on the tree of any potential new owner. In classic Christmas colors of red, green and silver, this ornament is also packaged in the original box.


Vintage Kewpie Doll

This vintage Kewpie is all decked out in her Christmas dress and hat. Standing 7.5" tall she is ready to give as a Christmas gift...jingle bells and all!

This week if you are the lucky winner you will receive the candy cane earring featured below, just in time for Christmas!


To enter:

1. Check out Brixiana. Come back here and rave about your favorite item(s)!

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for your second entry!


Entries will be accepted from now until Monday noon. Check back next Monday night to see if you are the lucky winner!


And the Winner Is....

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Congratulations! You won the Bird Ornaments from KhaliNouveau!

Thank you so much to all who took the time to enter this week!

Special thanks go out to Khali for offering your shop for the feature! Best of luck to you! :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

KhaliNouveau specializes in original artwork, home decor and vintage books. Once you find a special gift for a loved one or perhaps yourself in the shop, there are also lovely little boxes and gift tags to wrap it all up in a pretty package. KhaliNouveau is the creation of Khali from Massachusetts, a full time artist, painter and crafter among her many other talents, which you can see showcased here in her shop.


Bingo Gift Boxes

Made of retro bingo paper these would make great gift wrapping for that bingo fan in your life.

Butterfly Garden

This 3D art is made from hand painted flowers and butterflies all placed inside a wooden box. This garden would look perfect in a nursery or any other place where your walls need a splash of vivid color.

Christmas Turtle Dove Holiday Gift tags (Set of 25)

Finish your gift wrapping off with a beautiful tag. The Turtle Dove tags come in a set of 25 and feature a vintage image, scalloped edges and ribbon.

This week if you are the lucky winner of "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" you will win:

Brown Feather Bird Ornaments (Set of 4)


To enter:

1. Check out KhaliNouveau. Come back here and comment on your favorite item(s).

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

Enter from now until Sunday at noon. Check back Sunday afternoon to see if you are the lucky winner!




Monday, November 29, 2010

And Our Winner Is....

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Congratulations! You are the winner of this week's prize from Vintage is Vogue!

Thank you so much to all who entered this week. Special thanks to Kymberly for offering your shop for the feature. Best of luck to you in the future!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day!

So once again it is that time.....

Time for the holiday traditions to begin again.



Time for me to once again watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and exclaim that next year I will in NYC to watch it in person, though that has yet to be accomplished!



Time for Santa to signal the start of the holiday season...now hurry up and start shopping!


Time for those yummy baked rolls, dressing, turkey and mashed potatoes. Pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and many more delicious treats are sure to pack on more calories than one should eat in an entire month...but they are oh so tasty!


I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!



Also know that I am thankful for each of you who actually take the time out to read my blog. I have so enjoyed getting to know so many amazing bloggers from all parts of the globe.



Have a great day!






Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Vintage is Vogue comes to us this week from Kymberly in Germany. Specializing in high quality vintage, contemporary costume jewelry and fine estate pieces, Kymberly hand picks new items each week to add to the shop. Through her love of thrifting she has found designers such as Weiss, Monet, Miranda Pearl, Sarah Coventry and many more to add to the pages of Vintage is Vogue.

Vintage Faux Jade Cabochons Earrings

For 1960's flair, these faux jade earrings are a perfect choice! The large center stone, flanked by eight smaller ones add up to 1" in diameter.

Vintage Flower Clip Sweater Guard

Spruce up a boring sweater with this vintage sweater guard. Bring back the 1950's and 60's style by adding this to your accessories collection.

Vintage Avon Traditional Cameo Ring

Faux pearls, a white and reddish cameo and gold tone metal all add up to create this vintage ring from Avon. Cameo's are a classic staple that give a sophisticated look to any ensemble.

Antique 1900s Turquoise Paste Stone Greek Key Pattern Bracelet

This 7.5" bracelet is made up of turquoise paste stones, round links and a Greek Key pattern.

This week if you are the lucky winner of the "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" giveaway you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Vintage is Vogue!!

To enter simply:

1. Check out Vintage is Vogue. Come back here and let us know your favorite item.

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

Entries will be accepted from now until Sunday at noon.

Check back here Sunday night to see if you are the lucky winner!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Monday

Even though I know this is a three day work week, it doesn't necessarily make it any easier to hear the alarm go off. But as a wise bloggy friend once told me, I owe, I owe, so off to work I go! :)

Did you all have a good weekend? Mine was a lot of fun. We went to a concert and then out to dinner and had laughs with a new friend who came into town for the weekend, caught up with an old friend and her adorable children and then we had movie night. Movie night consists of eating really bad for you food and watching a random movie that we have seen probably twenty times already.

Now back to the real world for three days and then turkey, dressing and my favorite little dinner rolls! :)


What do you all have lined up for this week?



Sunday, November 21, 2010

And Our Winner Is...

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Congratulations! You won the prize from Top Notch Gear this week!

Thank you to all who entered and special thanks go out to September with

Top Notch Gear for being a part of the feature.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Things That I Could Have Done Without Seeing On Facebook


1. Photos of others in lingerie. Unless Hugh Hefner is paying you millions, please keep them to yourself or at least do not post them online for you and your 400 friends to see.

2. Photos of others PREGNANT in lingerie. This shocker actually happened to my friend, who as you can imagine was shocked when there was her coworker, baby belly and all, in all of her lacy glory.

3. Photos of others and the dead carcasses that they just gunned down. While I personally could never hunt and would rather eat lettuce and berries if that were my only option, I really do not understand how someone could be so proud of killing an innocent animal that they post photos holding up the poor creatures. Bambi's may you rest in peace.

4. Conversations that should remain private. If your wife is cheating on you then I am sorry, but take it to the judge or a marriage counselor. Confronting her on facebook, while it may be very Young and the Restless, is probably not the best way to solve an infidelity.

5. Photos of injuries, skin cancer lesions, or anything else that is going to make me wish that I had not eaten dinner right before logging on to facebook. If you have run out of vacation photos, cute kiddos or puppy pics, then might I suggest stepping away from the computer before you go so far as putting an open wound as your profile picture. Eww!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

This week our Etsy shop, Top Notch Gear, comes to us from September in Michigan. Specializing in handmade bracelets, luggage tags, keychains and more, all of the items are constructed using different knots and parachute cord. The knots also have a hidden use...when in a pinch just unravel them and the cord can be used as shoelaces, tie downs, etc. All colors can be customized to your liking as well!
The East Lansing Paracord Survival Bracelet

Constructed of paracord, this material will not shrink in water. This particular color combo is in support of the Michigan State Spartans, but feel free to customize the look with your favorite team's colors. Available in kids to adult x-large.


The Boston - Paracord Luggage Strap


Make your luggage stand out in a crowd with the Paracord Luggage Strap. You will never have to wonder which black bag is yours with this colorful helper!


The Rasta - 3 Color Paracord Bracelet

The Rasta is constructed of paracord that if need be can be used for fishing line or small repair jobs. Though, I am sure only in dire emergencies would one want to deconstruct this colorful work!

This week if you are the lucky winner you have your choice from two great prizes:

First choice: The Moon Rock Accessory/Utility Cord Survival Bracelet

or the: Standard Monkey Fist Key Chain

To enter:

1. Check out Top Notch Gear. Come back here and comment on your favorite item(s).

2. Be or become a follower of this blog for a second entry.

Entries will be accepted until this Sunday at noon! Good luck!