Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Carol's Painting Room, our Etsy shop this week, comes to us from New Jersey. Featuring original paintings and professionally reproduced prints of Carol's watercolors and acrylics you are sure to find something beautiful to adorn your walls.

Pink Tulips original acrylic painting

Painted with acrylic paint on an 11" x 14" gallery wrapped canvas, these pink and magenta tulips are will add a pop of color to any room!

Periwinkle Iris

Painted with watercolors, this violet-blue iris is 11" x 14" and ready for matting and framing.

Cabbage Watercolor Print

Cabbage has such amazing detail when really studied and Carol has done a beautiful job of showcasing that here. This is a print from her original painting.

Bluebird watercolor print

Perfect for that nature lover in your life, this blue bird is a print from one of Carol's original paintings as well.

This week the winner of our weekly drawing will receive a free print of their choice from Carol's Printing Room!

How to enter:

1. Check out Carol's Printing Room. Come back here and comment on your favorite painting!

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

This week only entries will be accepted until midnight on Sunday, due to the feature going up later than usual.

Check back Monday to see if you are the lucky winner!

For more information on Carol's Printing Room check out her blog at :

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Monday

Happy Monday!
Hope you don't get so caught up with work that you don't get to enjoy the day a bit!
What do you all have going on this week?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

And Our Winner Is...

Congratulations JC! You are the weekly winner!
Thanks so much to Batty's Bath for being a part of the feature!
Thanks also to all who entered this week!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Batty's Bath, coming to us from Ontario, Canada, is a bath and body products shop. There are a variety of offerings such as a full section of natural products, handmade soaps, lip balm, hair care products and many more. Batty's Bath products are all eco friendly and cruelty free.

Coffee Cake Lip Balm Handmade with Sweet Almond Oil

Keep your lips moisturized with this yummy lip balm. It comes in a 0.15oz tube and is made with bee's wax, sweet almond oil and lanolin.

English Lavender Handmade Body Butter with Sweet Almond Oil and Shea Butter

Rejuvenate your skin with this mixture of coconut oil, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, and other nourishing ingredients. It is highly moisturizing without leaving your skin feeling greasy. It comes in a 4 oz. container.

Strawberry Shea Butter Soap Bar - Vegan

Strawberry scented and made with glycerin, this soap not only smells great but it also will not leave a soapy film behind.

Monthly Surprise Club Subscription - A Years Worth of Handmade Lip Balm

There is nothing better than getting goodies in the mail and with this subscription you will get a year's worth of handmade lip balms. They will arrive at the beginning of each month and would make a perfect gift for yourself or others.

This week Batty's Bath has something special in store if you are the weekly winner! You will be getting a surprise soap and lip balm!

How to enter:

1. Check out Batty's Bath and come back and tell us what item you would love to try.

2. Be or become a follower of this blog.

Enter up until midnight Saturday and make sure to check back Sunday to see if you are the lucky winner.

Also, please make sure that your email is either available on your blog or if not leave it here. Thanks so much! I want to be able to find you if you win! ;)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Also on this happy Monday I would also like to wish my dear friend Pam a very
I hope you have a great birthday Pam and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

So My Weekend Looked Like This.....

After spending two and a half hours at the dentist yesterday getting old fillings replaced, leaving with a numb face and feeling like my lips had been blown up to Angelina Jolie proportions, I felt like the Play-Doh patient.
I hope you all had a more enjoyable weekend! On the upside my pearly whites are like new! :D

And Our Winner Is...


Congratulations! You are the lucky winner this week!

Thank you so much to Yanni from Yanni Creations for being a part of the feature this week! Thanks to all of you who entered as well!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Must See TV....One Returning and a Current Favorite

I am so excited for the return of the Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo. Lately there has not been very many shows that hold my attention, but I can't wait until August 3rd to be back in Rachel Zoe's crazy fashion forward life. While she has had her share of controversy in the past the Rachel Zoe Project shows Zoe as a very hard working, focused stylist who has a great eye. It is always inspiring to see someone who has such passion for their craft. Plus, I say as I go into complete girl mode, she has the most amazing clothes!

Lately I have really been enjoying HGTV's Selling New York as well. Have you all seen this show? It airs on Thursday nights and follows real estate agents around the city showing the best real estate eye candy in Manhattan.

What is on your must see TV list currently?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Transforming recycled materials and found objects into one of a kind handcrafted pieces is the motto behind Yanni Creations. By mixing vintage and new items as well, Yanni creates her own line of jewelry, housewares and bead supplies. She loves working with decoupage medium as well as papers, fabrics, beads, shells, buttons and twines.

Let's take a look at Yanni Creations:

Chinese Character Vintage Print Decoupaged Bangle

Using vintage Buddhist prayer pamphlets, this bangle has been coated in a sealer to make it water resistant. It is 1.2" wide and measures 2 1/2" for medium sized wrists.

Jasper Beaded Safety Pin Bangle Bracelet

What a fun bracelet Yanni has created using safety pins and Jasper beads! Measuring 8" long it is 2.5" wide at the widest section.

Colorado and Iowa Map Decoupaged Love Birds

These love birds feature maps of Colorado and Iowa maps. If you would like them customized with different maps Yanni would love to hear from you with your request. They would make a great gift with a personal touch!

This week we have a wonderful giveaway item for all of you crafty Joy De Vivre readers!
If you are the lucky winner this week you will receive:

1000 pcs paper bead supplies valued at $45 Regular price plus $12 Shipping

How to enter to win:

1. Check out Yanni Creations. Come back here and comment on your favorite item.

2. Be or become a follower of this blog.

Entries will be accepted until Saturday midnight. Check back Sunday to see if you are the lucky winner.

For more info on Yanni Creations check out Yanni's blog at:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy Monday

As my vacation ends and I say hello to waking up at 4:30 AM every morning I must say goodbye vacation. I hope I travel your path again shortly!

What do you all have planned for this week? Any vacations or will you all be worker bees like me?

photo courtesy of flickr

Sunday, July 11, 2010

And Our Winner Is..


Congratulations on being the weekly winner!

Thanks so much to Brooke from Leksi Designs for being a part of "Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?" and to all who entered.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Since I've Been Gone...

My family was down this past week so I have not been in the blogosphere as much as usual. We had a great time though:

Here I am with my cousin Capree, my cousin's fiance Kimmy and my little cousin Ashley.

Anna banana and I
We all went to Kemah one night. If you ever come to the Houston/Galveston area the
Kemah Boardwalk is a cool tourist attraction.
Kimmy and Steven

Myself, Pree and Steven. Boy am I old...I remember carrying them both around as little babies!

We took a tour of the Moody Mansion in Galveston. Many of the other historical homes are still closed due to damage from Hurricane Ike.

This picture really made me laugh!

As well as this one! LOL! Steven is going to get eaten for lunch if he doesn't stop smiling and start running!

Mickey and the girls.
The only bad part about everyone coming down is having to say bye in the end!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Have You Seen This Etsy Shop?

Leksi Designs, our Etsy shop this week, is a custom hand stamped jewelry and handmade flower accessories shop. Named after her daughter Aleksis, or Leksi for short, Brooke began her shop after trying to find jewelry for herself. When she realized that she could make things than not only she would love, but that others were inquiring about as well she decided to open Leksi Designs. Come and take a look:

Large Hand Stamped Hammered Cuff Bracelet

This large hand stamped cuff bracelet can be stamped with anything you like, but this particular one features a quote by Mark Twain that is very special to Brooke.
It measures 1.5" x 2".

Cute Sparrow

This antiqued sparrow pendant measures 35mm and comes with a 16" sterling silver large ball chain.

Olive Jade Serpentine Necklace

This beautiful olive jade serpentine gemstone and sterling silver chain is such an unique color it is sure to get you compliments whenever worn!

This week if you are the weekly winner we have a wonderful custom piece for you:

The small hand stamped tag and chain
will be yours if you are the winner this week!

How to enter:

1. Check out Leksi Designs. Come back and comment on your favorite item(s).

2. Be or become a follower of this blog.

Entries will be accepted until midnight Saturday with the winner being announced on Sunday. Please make sure to either leave your email address or that your contact info is available on your blog. Thank you!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

And Our Winner Is...


Congratulations you are the weekly winner!

Thanks so much to Iris from Artis Everything for being a part of the feature this week.

Thanks also to all who entered!

Happy 4th of July

I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4Th of July!
What are your plans? Mine include family, BBQ, hopefully fireworks depending on the rain and of course red, white and blue cupcakes!