Friday, December 31, 2010

i'm dreaming of...

...a warm Christmas.

And, with GREAT help from Brad's parents, our dreams came true.  It is no surprise that I hate the snow, and we couldn't have asked for a better week to be celebrating the holiday, with family, in sunny Arizona!  My heart ached for everyone stuck in the blizzard on the east coast.  We had at least 2 feet of snow when we arrived home to Vermont.  We did not miss it one bit.

Let me just say, I am IN LOVE with Arizona.  It's beautiful.
Everyone tells me how brown it is and how it takes adjusting to, but I LOVED it & I LOVED that it wasn't white! :-)

I took a TON of pictures this week & I'm having such a hard time sorting through them.  I love all of the faces in the pictures & want to share them with all of you.

Brad and I spent the day before Christmas Eve traveling & sitting in airports.
The flight to Arizona was long.  I don't mind flying {it beats driving}, but we were exhausted by the time we landed at 1am.


{Can you tell they're related?!?}

On Christmas Eve, Brad and I woke up to the pitter patter of little feet across the floor, the voices of three excited little boys, & lots of waves from the cutie pie, Maddox
{in the above pictures}.

Our brother-in-law, Rod, celebrated his 30th birthday on Christmas Eve.  His wife, Jenni, threw him a wonderful fiesta with a delicious mexican spread.  The theme of this trip was food & I have the scale to prove it!

It has become a tradition for everyone to go to the Phoenix Zoo on Christmas Eve to celebrate Rod's birthday & to experience the Zoo Lights.  It was a beautiful stroll through the zoo.

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve.
Stay tuned for more pictures from our week in the southwest!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

damon's favorite

The last time I checked the weather we weren't supposed to get snow this week.
So, I was surprised when I took Damon out to this...
...needless to say, I wasn't thrilled, but I know he's happy for this time of year.
After all, he is a husky.

He was quite hesitant.  I was shocked by his hesitation,
but he ate up that bit of snow in my hand before I knew what was happening.
The snow felt quite thick in my hand.  I could see every large flake in there and it was coming down hard.

Soon we will be shoveling everyday & Damon will be used to having snow around.
I would gladly take another 90 degree December, though.

Friday, November 26, 2010

happy thanksgiving

Brad and I are so blessed with such an amazing family!!
That is what I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving and everyday!
Sadly, it is impossible to be with all of our family from Pennsylvania to Arizona, but we were so grateful
when we were invited to New Hampshire to celebrate the holiday with Brad's aunts, uncles, & cousins.
We love getting to visit with them & Brad especially loves any time he can spend with Craig.

We arrived Wednesday night just in time for dinner & some relaxation time!
Craig showed us the town & we enjoyed a few drinks at Margaritas {love it there}!!!

When we woke up on Thanksgiving, Aunt Carol, Uncle Kevin, Craig, Brad, & Kimmy worked off some calories by
running in a 5k.  Damon and I stayed behind to watch the Rockettes in the parade
{one of my favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions}.
Sad to say, we were watching the wrong channel & completely missed the Rockettes....
but, now I know there are two Macy's parades. :-)

I spent the afternoon catching up with Aunt Carol in the kitchen while the boys got their hands dirty  playing with electronics, trains, & soldering guns.

We enjoyed a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving meal at the Campbell's golf course club house!
We indulged in turkey {Quorn "chick'n" stuffed with goat cheese & cranberries for me}, stuffings, potatoes, casseroles, cranberry sauce, veggies, pies with homemade whipped cream, and the most delicious were the homemade cinnamon buns.
Oh, were they YUMMY!!!
And being the newbie to the Campbell's Thanksgiving dinner, I was the lucky recipient of the cinnamon bun in the center
{according to everyone at the table, that's where it's at... and I have no doubt about it}!

After our amazing meal, we decided to get Damon outside for some exercise {and for ourselves, too}.
We walked the front 9 of the course & as cold as it was, it felt good to burn off a few calories.
Surprisingly, this is the only picture I took the entire trip {what was I thinking??}

{Brad, Damon, Craig, Kimmy, Uncle Kevin}

Craig took us out later for some pool & chinese with his friend Andy.
Although I played like a pro, Craig brought his game out on the last two rounds & sent Brad and I packing.

This afternoon, we ventured back home so Brad could make it to work in time.
I'm missing chats with the family, but I'm so grateful for the time spent with them!
They are the sweetest!  Thank you so much for opening your home to us!

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday!
Lots of love to the family we couldn't be with this week!

black friday coupon code and new blog

I have posted over at the new Pumpkin Pie Design blog our Black Friday special.
So, be sure to head over there by following this link & follow the new blog!

We are currently offering 10% off of EVERYTHING in our Etsy shop from now through Sunday!
Just use coupon code: PPD10OFF at checkout.

Head on over to Pumpkin Pie Design on Etsy before the sale ends!
Hurry while we can still guarantee Christmas delivery!!

I hope everyone had a happy & safe Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

to be continued...

I was thrilled a few weeks ago when our friends, Jamie & Jen, asked us to take their family picture this year, for their Christmas cards!
I told Jen I would have them done tonight... I lied... but, soon!

I just wanted to let you know I didn't forget, Jen! :-)

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Last Saturday, Brad and I ventured out to Salem, MA to celebrate Halloween!
Seven years ago, Brad and I went on one of our first dates to Salem.
It was a very spur of the moment trip & I knew, right then, that Brad's "fly by the seat of his pants" personality was one of the qualities I loved most about him.
For the past six Halloweens, we haven't been able to go to Salem, due to our work schedules...
...who knew it was such a busy holiday for Brad to work on? ;-)

So, when Brad was lucky enough to have last Saturday off, we jumped on the opportunity to make a day trip out of it.

We packed a picnic & ventured three hours east to the historical town of Salem.
We started the day going on a tour about the pirates of New England...

I love the tours they host, but I am deathly afraid of people jumping out at me.  Luckily for me, this one only had one person sitting by the exit.  When he moved, I jumped a mile high!  The worst part was, he didn't even jump out at me.  He just moved his head.  Maybe Salem isn't the place for me on Halloween... haha.

There were witches everywhere!
But, my favorite of all was the brown witch...

She had a tip jar in front of her & everytime somebody would slide a dollar bill in, she would make a sharp kissing sound.
Brad HATED it!!!
But, she was so entertaining, I found us going back to watch her on multiple occassions throughout the day.

We even stopped by the witches house!  Unfortunately the line was so long, we didn't get a chance to take the tour.

Brad's favorite part of the day was down by the waterfront!

Are you at all surprised that he loved touring the ships?

On our first trip to Salem, Brad introduced me to kettle corn.
I've never liked it since that day, but it always reminds me of Brad & Salem whenever I see it!

We ate our fair share of fat food while we were there, but stayed away from the kettle corn.
If I could share with you the apple cinnamon bun with ice cream on top, that we had, I would!

After walking around town & eating our yummy desserts, we went on a candle lit tour of Salem.

We really enjoyed our time in Salem.
I was happy we were able to go back!
Maybe in another 7 years, we'll find ourselves roaming the streets of Salem again.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

on the 6th week of Christmas ~ SALE

Not only is this a brand new piece to our shop, but I thought I would bring it on board at a discounted price!
Originally $25, we are debuting this piece for $20, all in preparation for Christmas!
{Can you believe we're already half way through the 12 weeks of Christmas Sale?!}

You can find it here in the etsy shop
and additional pendants can be purchased at only $5 each!

Get yours now!  This sale ends next Friday!

Thanks, mom, for the wonderful idea!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


A week or so ago, Brad's sister, Jenni, posted on her blog: {here}

I have wanted to make hand stamped baby spoons for a long time.  I never, in a million years, would have thought I would be making them so soon! 
Presley, you're growing up so fast!!!
Since she is already eating baby cereal, I jumped on the opportunity to make our sweet niece a spoon of her own!

Jenni, you can have your spoon back now. ;-)

I have added it to the shop {here}.   I just love these!!! 
I can't wait for Brad and I to have babies of our own so we can make our little ones their own personalized spoons, too!
But, in the meantime, we'll just spoil our niece with this one!

Jenni, I'll send it this week!
Pam, I swear I'll get Jason's bracelet out this week, too!


On a side note, Brad and I have big plans tomorrow & I cannot wait!
Stay tuned for pictures because I'm 99.9% sure I will be taking lots of them!
I hope everyone has a happy & safe Halloween weekend!
I will need to reach deep down inside for will power to stay away from that candy!


Friday, October 29, 2010

on the 5th week of Christmas... SALE!!!

We have been focusing a lot on the ladies in our lives, lately, with the Christmas Countdown Sale, so I thought we would switch it up a little this week.  Let's honor the men in our lives with this leather & sterling silver, hand stamped, custom bracelet!

I've always found dads difficult to buy for at Christmas time (or any holiday for that matter),
but I don't know of one dad who wouldn't love this bracelet!
For one week only, we're offering it to you at 20% off.
Originally $30, you can get it now for only $24!!!

You can find it in our Etsy shop {here}.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

picture show, in the back row

I have a short list of all time favorite movies...
...these movies have been on the list since I was a kid or in my teenage years.
I find few movies, in recent years, that are capable of making this list.

When I was a teenager, I was introduced to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
I've watched it hundreds of times, I'm sure, & couldn't begin to tell you why I love this movie...'s completely out there & quite crazy.
Maybe it's the musical aspect of it... or how insane the characters are...
Tim Curry is a hoot!

I do know that since I was introduced to this movie, at 15, I have DREAMED of going to see it live!
And with my naturally frizzy hair, I knew I wanted to go as Magenta, the "domestic."

I can't even tell you how easy it was to get the hair right!

So, when Brad's cousin, Craig, was visiting a few weeks ago, he was telling me all about his experience at the live edition of Rocky Horror & now I was determined to find somebody to go with me.
I don't know how it came about, but Craig's friend, Erika, was all about it {she's outgoing like that}!
And then, somehow, he was able to convince Brad to go.
Sad to say, Craig wasn't able to make it up for a visit yesterday to join us. :-(

The live show is meant to be very interactive.  The play the movie on a big screen & have a live cast acting it out in front.
  I wish I would have done my homework before going.  So much goes into the live version!

We got a prop kit that included:
  • bird seed: to throw during the wedding scene
  • a newspaper: to hold over our heads when it's raining
  • a rubber glove: to snap when Dr. Frank-N-Furter is revealing Rocky
  • confetti: to throw during Rocky & Dr. Frank-N-Furter's wedding march
  • a noise maker: to applaud Dr. Frank-N-Furter
  • toilet paper: to throw when Dr. Scott enters the castle
  • toast: to throw when Dr Frank-N-Furter proposes a toast at dinner
We all danced the time warp, sang along, & yelled obseneties at the appropriate times.
We had a blast!

And as much fun as it all was, the best part was getting dressed up! :-)

Brad went as Brad {Majors}... he fit the role well!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

girls night 2010

Remember {this} night last year?

Well, Tara entertained us once again with a night of yummy food, delicious drinks, & lots of fun girl talk!
I love when we are able to get together.  It doesn't get to happen often, but when it does, we are always guaranteed to have a lot of fun!  Every year I meet new people & it always amazes me that Tara can find such sweethearts!
Her friends are such an amazing group of ladies!  I'm so honored to be a part of that group!

And, of course, we can't have a girls night at Taras without Sal!
He is the SWEETEST pup.  I can't possibly believe those rumors about pit bulls after meeting Sal!

And boy, did he want all of the treats laying around...

Although girls nights are few and far between, we vowed to try to have them more often!
I can't wait for the next one!

Friday, October 22, 2010

on the 4th week of Christmas... **SALE**

That's right... the "Keep Calm & Carry On" necklace has been a huge hit, so I thought I would offer it to everyone at 15% off!!  It's still one of my favorites in my shop & I have yet to see another piece like it!

So, be sure to stop over at the {etsy shop} and pick it up {here} because for one week, only, it is on sale for $21.25!!!
{normally $25}

Get it for somebody you know who will love it in their stocking this year...
...or get it for yourself to remind you, while you're running through the mall during this busy holiday season, to
"Keep Calm & Carry On!"