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My journal is Friends Only but don't take that to mean I am opposed to making friends. I welcome new people. Leave a comment if you wish to connect and/or friend each other. Do not just randomly add me without commenting because odds are I won't notice and will not friend you in return. Introductions are vital. Thanks! ♥
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For Salesssss

Okay, so here is the first batch of stuff I have culled from my closet that is fit for resale.

Let me know if you're interested in anything and I will snap a photo for you. Feel free to make an offer!

Jewelry
- Sterling silver sun pendent (small) on an 18 inch chain
- White fan/shell earrings
- Pink rose earrings
- Clear, red and blue crystaled "silver" Playboy Bunny necklace (ball chain)
- Clear crystal (with blue crystal eye) "silver" Playboy Bunny earrings (never worn)
- "Silver" chain with sun charm and moon and star charm
- "Gold" dangle sun earrings
- "Silver" dot earrings
- Small gold shell earrings
- Small gold knot earrings

These next 2 would be good for a young girl, if you have a daughter or niece.
- mouse and mousetrap earrings (one side is the mouse and one side is the mousetrap)
- dalmatian and bone earrings (dalmatian on one side and bone on the other)

Sweaters
- Faded Glory, hot pink, turtle/cowl neck sweater, size M (worn 2-3 times)
- Tapemeasure, cream, lace-weight, hooded, v-neck sweater, small pockets on front, size L

Jeans
- Liz&Co., petite, stretch, dark wash, classic jean, size 8 (tags on)

Sweats
- U.S. Polo Assn., red sweatpants with gold stripe down the outside of either leg, number 3 on left hip, size L

Capris
- Gap khaki cargo capris, size 10
- George, bright green, blue and white striped capris, size 8, stretch
- Mudd jean capris, size 9, stretch (fit small)
- The Limited, Drew Fit, chocolate brown corduroy capris, wide legged, cuffed, size 6, fit large (worn 2-3 times)

Shorts
- l.e.i. jean shorts, button and drawstring, size 7

Tops
- I.C.E minty green with flower pattern cowl tank, gauzy/flowy, size M
- Victoria Secret - Moda International, crimson tank, spaghetti straps, lace/chiffon details, size S (never worn)
- a.n.a. dark paisley print tank, brown, red, teal, green, black, pleating detail, gauzy/flowy, size S, fits like a M or L (never worn)
- Attention lined linen "jacket" (not heavy), denim colored, short sleeved, button front with tie at waist, cute pocket and button details, size 10 (tags on)

Dresses
- Jordan, light pink, cocktail length bridesmaids dress (could be worn for any fancy occasion) can be worn with spaghetti straps or strapless, beading under bust, chiffon overlay, ruffled hemline, chiffon scarf, size 10 (never worn, tags on, originally $140)
- Dark blue "velvet" floor length dress, slits in both sides, glitter flower pattern along hemline and up to approximately knee height, spaghetti straps, form fitting, tags have been removed but I would guess it's about a size 8
- Alyn Paige black, floor length dress, spaghetti straps, flower embroidery in black and gray along left-hand side from bust to waist, chiffon overlay, somewhat form fitting, chiffon scarf, size 5/6 (worn 4-6 times)


Let me know if you have any questions or want to know more about anything!

Oh and I unlocked this post in case you know someone that might be interested.
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Final Day Sale

Toady is the last day to get free shipping (for you or people on your FL) on any order from my etsy.

In addition, TODAY ONLY, I will be giving a 15% discount on all orders!

There is still a lot of great stuff available!  At least I think the stuff is pretty great!  For example, this dark purple scarflette with flower pin, this lovely charcoal gray scarflette, these pearl and crystal earrings, this monkey print dog collar, and this pearl and crystal bracelet.

ETA:  Use coupon code 15OFF to get 15% off your order and use coupon code SHIPFREE to receive free shipping!

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Etsy

I was thinking that for the month of February, I would offer my LJ friends free shipping on any purchases from my etsy shop. Just mention your LJ name in the comments of your order. (AND free shipping on any commissions.)
   

I was thinking that I might also include a little surprise. :)

And and and if anyone from YOUR FL places an order, I'll give them free shipping too. Just have them mention their LJ name and yors in the comments of the order. (Thogh only my friends get little surprises.)
    

So... anyway... free shipping on my etsy for all my lovelies (that's you guys!) all month!
    
 
Feel free to cross-post and/or link my pics.
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Dog collars! Come and get them while they're hot!

Okay, because I had so many people on my friends list express interest - I'm totally going to make more dog collars!

Because you all have been so complimentary, I am willing to make each of these first collars a custom job - so that means you get to let me know what color and/or pattern you're interested in for your pup! Examples: bright pink, floral pattern; dark blue, star pattern; green, leaf pattern; red plaid. (Don't make it too hard for me though!) Right now I know I can find dog-themed fabrics (bone patterns, etc.) at Jo-ann. I know there are also holiday-themed fabrics, retro-patterned fabrics, and cutesy fabrics like cupcakes and cherries. Give me a first choice and second choice, just in case.

Here is what I have come up with!
Small - $12
approximately 7-11 inches long
3/4 in. wide

Medium - $14
approximately 10-15 inches long
1 in. wide

Large - $16
approximately 15-24 inches long
1 in. wide
(This is what Gage and Una were wearing.)

Extra-large - $18
approximately 19-30 inches long
1 1/2 in. wide

Black buckles, cast nickle D-ring.

If you need a size other than what is listed, let me know and I will see what I can do.

I will probably end up listing collars a little bit higher on my etsy, particularly for custom collars, but I wanted to give a bit of a discount to my first dog-collar customers. :)

Once I finish your pooch's collar, I'll list it on my etsy, reserved under your name and send you the link.

And now... time to work on some baby quilts.
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FRIENDAPALOOZA!

Friendapalooza was super fun yesterday! We went to Dave and Budter's in Bethesda, MD, for a meeting of LJ minds for bellasmommy's birthday and it was super fun! I met buzzandbullies! Yay! She awesome and so super nice. She brought me toys for Gage and Una in a reusable shopping bag! How great is that?! I couldn't believe it. What a sweetheart. And now I can cross that off my Mission 101 list! (Or at least partially cross it off, as my actual mission is to meet 2 of my LJ friends, if someone else from the Friendapalooza friended me then I could cross off the whole mission!)

There were quite a few people there, most of them not on my FL but many of whom I have seen here on good ol' LJ. We wore nametags. LOL

And I took pictures!

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Books

I finally got our books up on our bookshelves. We still need more shelves but they are mostly all up there in some manner. There are still a couple of boxes of less important books that there aren't room for but oh well.

We have a very eclectic assortment of books.

A sample of our more unusual titles - " The Nympho and Other Maniacs," "Caesar and Christ," "The Laws of the Salian Franks," "Maritime New York in 19th Century Photographs," "No Bone Unturned," "The Complete Works of Williams Shakespeare," "Songs of Innocense and Experience," "Don't Count that Chicken 'til Your Fingers Need Lickin'," The Male Experience," "The Second Sex," "The Wisdom of Desmond Tutu" and "Who Moved My Cheese?"

In organizing our books, I also came across some that we had duplicates of or that we weren't that interested in keeping. Below the cut is the list of those such books, if you're interested in one of them, make an offer! They are all used but in decent condition. I can't imagine that shipping on them would be more than $2.

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Corn Festival, Budd and mom, Dogs, Benny

Yesterday morning Andy and I got up and went to the Corn Festival in Shippensburg. Our main objective was to obtain a gift to give to my parents to thank them for all the help they gave us with the house and the move. The corn festival was huge. It would have been nice if we had had more than a couple of hours to walk around and see it but we had to be back home before my mom and Budd arrived at 1 p.m. We ate some food at the festival and also purchase a cute framed embroidered piece to give to my parents. I forgot to take a picture of it but it had a sweet saying about family on it surrounding a heart.

In addition to the gift for my parents, we got new, handmade collars for Gage and Una. Until now Andy has made all of Gage and Una's collars our of leather (and from now on since I have one to look at and follow, I could make any number of collars for them from fabric) and we wouldn't normally look at buying a collar but there was one done in Penn State fabric that Andy really wanted to get one for Gage. And since he was getting one, Una needed to get one too, of course! Una's has polka dots, bones and hearts on it. They are ridiculously cute.

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Shortly after we returned from the festival, mom and Budd arrived. We gave Budd the tour and he was very complimentary about the house! Whew! I was nervous that he was going to find things to hate about it and would tell us we were idiots. (He doesn't hold back.) But he said that he really liked it, thought it just needed some painting to make it look really good and said we made a good decision! Yay for parental approval! Ha. Andy, mom and I walked down to the Appalachian Whole Foods Market (which I wrote about in my 'In shades of green' blog). Andy wanted to get some soy ice cream and I wanted to get some new natural skin care products. Mission accomplished. I also got a Thai Deodorant Stone to try. I am excited about that. Anyway, that's all in the blog if you're interested in my search for natural skin care/hair care products and such. We watched most of the movie "Swordfish," and then walked down to Market Cross Pub and Brewery for dinner. It was delicious. We all sampled some of their brews, including a hard cider and three beers. The cider was good but I wasn't a fan of the beers. And the food was just excellent. We had a great meal and our waitress was very nice. After dinner, we came back to the house and watched "Juno."

This morning we made breakfast together and just spent some time together before my parents had to go. We had a really nice visit with them. I am glad that they were able to come down. It was fantastic.

Andy and I plan to just take it easy for the rest of the day. We have no plans. Tomorrow we're going to hit Lowe's to get fencing for the backyard (finally) and also go to PetSmart to get new tags for the dogs and cats.

This weekend has been really relaxed and great. I am so glad I don't have to go in to AutoZone until Wednesday! I have an interview at Gannett Fleming on Tuesday for the technical editing position they called me about. I believe in addition to speaking with them, they'll have me complete some tasks to show my skills. I still haven't heard back about the marketing coordinator position even though they said that they would let us know by this Friday that just passed. I still want that job pretty badly.

I took some photos of the mess Gage made of his kennel yesterday.

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House stuff

My allergies are killing me tonight. I keep sneezing and blowing my nose. Hate.

Last night I finished washing down the walls of the living room with a half and half warm water and vinegar mix. I don't know whether or not it worked better than, worse than or the same as a commercail cleaner like Mr. Clean. Part of that problem is, I think, that the 3 walls that are painted with a matte paint, which doesn't wash well as you can just scrub the paint right off (gloss, satin, semi-gloss paints are much easier to clean). The wallpaper on the accent wall is in decent condition. The border around the top of the room is in decent condition. It looks good from the floor but up close you can see that it is pulling away from the wall a little. That is fine by me as, ideally, I'd like to remove the border. But I would like to remove the border without removing the wallpaper. The wallpaper seems much sturdier than the border, so it might be possible. If not and I have to take down the wallpaper, I will and I won't be too upset. The other three walls need to be primed (because the former tenants were smokers and I don't want any remaining grime coming through the new paint) and then painted. The trim should also be painted but there are a lot of layers of paint on the trim around the floor. It might need to be stripped and then painted. I don't know how much work that is though. My mom says that there are so many layers of paint on there that just adding another layer won't make it look any better. I am thinking I would like to paint the walls a cream (as the wallpaper on the accent wall is deep jewel tones, so it needs to be something bright and clean to offset that and not clash with the wallpaper or stained glass windows), so I suppose that the trim should also be cream. Though I think trim is generally painted an enamel. Though Andy shampooed the carpets before we moveed in the carpet in the living room is pretty dirty. I think if I get down on my hands and knees and physically scrub the crap out of it, I might be able to make it look nicer and not so grimy. Anyway, as I have straightened up and vacuumed tonight the living room, it is almost ready for my parent's to come this weekend.

Both bathrooms are also ready.

There is nothing good to say about work so I won't say much. The dread I feel each night for the next day's work is increasing and the anxiety I feel while at work is also increasing. I am not happy there. I am trying not to focus on it but I spend 10 hours of every weekday on my way to or from or at or around work. It's a huge part of my current existence. I haven't been sleeping very well. I am exhausted. I am waiting anxiously to hear from Gannett Fleming. I am so scared I won't get the job.

Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions as to where we could find window treatments. We needed curtains or shades for the guest bedroom as my parents are coming down this weekend and currently the windows are bare. I don't figure either mom or Budd wants to disrobe in front of the whole neighborhood. The window in that room is a bay window, so whatever we looked at for it, we needed three of. We checked out Walmart, Kmart. Target., Ross and TJMaxx but to no avail. We could not find anything we liked in the right size and colors for a price we could afford. We ended up ordering fabric shades from the JCPenney website summer clearance. These shades in particular in linen (which is pictured) for the guest room. I chose such a neutral shade as that room has a bright red carpet. The walls in there desperately need to be painted as they are a mess (the former owners pulled down wallpaper and then... stopped there... I think we're also going to paint the guest room a cream or an ivory as the carpet is red... I don't know what else would not either clash or be overwhelming) but that will have to wait. We also bought those shades in sage for doors in the mud room/laundry room. The price for those 5 curtains even with express shipping (which was expensive as all get out) was cheaper than the cotton tie-up shades at Walmart that only come in primary colors or neutrals. Check out the outlet at jcpenney.com if you need curtains they have some really nice ones for great prices!

Andy's first days of law school have gone well. He's enthused and working hard already. I know he's going to do great.

EDIT: I just opened a $222.36 refund check from our former cable company! Woo! Holy crap, that is so needed right now. I am stupidly excited and delighted by this.