Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving (and Black Friday Reminder)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Today is going to be an awesome day.  My husband's entire family is here in town (some of them I haven't seen in months and months.)  The kids are having an amazing time playing with their cute cousins, and the adults are having a wonderful time hanging out.  I am in charge of bringing the rolls.  I am making Lynsee's famous recipe!  It never fails me and is super tasty.  Thanks, friend!  Maybe if you ask her really nicely she'll post it sometime.

After all the festivities, Lynsee and I (and anyone else we can convince) are hitting the outlets near our home for Black Friday sales.  You might think we're crazy but it's super fun and our little tradition.  We're excited!  We also wanted to remind you of our huge sale we are having in honor of Black Friday.  Details below.  Have a happy and safe holiday!!!

Thursday night the 25th at 10pm MST - Friday the 26th we will be offering 20% OFF your entire purchase!!! Enter code poppy20 at checkout.

Saturday November 27th-Tuesday November 30th we will be offering 15% OFF your entire purchase!!! Enter code poppy15 at checkout.

Again, remember this code will only be valid at our new Pretty Poppy shop. Our Etsy shop will remain available for purchases, but we cannot offer the discount there.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas wish item

I would normally say "Christmas wish list," but due to the fact that I usually don't receive anything from my husband for Christmas, I'm hoping that if I just request 1 item, he might listen.  Please don't think my husband is thoughtless, we agreed years ago that we would not buy one another Christmas gifts.  It's really quite nice, most of the time, but some years, when I find things I really want, it stinks!  His birthday is in the month of December so to have to come up with two gifts for him in one month makes me want to pull my hair out.  Let me explain, my husband has never, once, kept any gift I have ever given him...ever.  He returns everything.  Even the year I earned my own money to buy him a video ipod immediately after they came out, he still returned it for the one with more memory.  That's why I agreed to the no present idea.

Anyway, this year I want something.  These boots to be exact.  Last night while shopping, I saw a girl wearing these boots and they were adorable.  Especially the red zipper.  No, I didn't go ask her what brand they were, but I did search the Internet until I found them.  I really want them!  Maybe I can talk him into an early birthday present.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Amazon Picks

I submitted a big Amazon order last night (yay for more checks off the Christmas list!), and wanted to share some of my finds in case it provides any inspiration for you as you make your list and check it twice.

Toy Story is all the rage at my house (we've invested so much in this franchise I'm not sure we can afford our children finding a new obsession!).  Santa is bringing the LEGO Toy Story Western Train Chase to one of my sons.  We went and saw it in person at the Lego store, and it was pretty cool.  My husband is a Lego geek and will be pumped to help them build it.
LEGO Toy Story Western Train Chase (7597)
Santa is bringing my daughter a play kitchen (purchased in February at the Target sale -- yes!).  The preschool my boys go to has the most amazing play food sets.  We are going to start our collection with the Learning Resources Lunch Foods set.  It's plastic, but super duper heavy duty.  The food is solid and feels and looks real.  I'm excited.
Learning Resources Lunch Foods, Set of 17 (Colors May Vary) 
 And we are giving the boys the LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System.We already have the Leaptster 2, and are hoping that a new system will eliminate some sharing disagreements. Fingers crossed.
LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System (Green)
Finally, I ordered The Elf on the Shelf.  This looks like such a fun tradition.  I'm excited to try it out.  Has anyone ever done it before?
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition with Blue Eyed North Pole Pixie-Elf
Uh oh, my kids keep walking in the room as I write this.  Better publish and walk away before all my secrets are revealed!  ;)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Our Black Friday Sale

It's Thanksgiving week! We can hardly believe it! I broke my cardinal rule of waiting till after Turkey Day and listened to Christmas music today. I just couldn't help it. The weather was cool here (cool for rained!), and the mood just seemed to perfect to pass up!

We are have two exciting announcements:
1. We opened up a shiny new website: Take a look here. Don't worry, we are keeping our Etsy shop up and running as well.

2. We know this is a big shopping week for many of you (Read: BLACK FRIDAY), and we wanted to get in on the fun. Beginning this Thursday night at 10pm and extending though the end of November, we will be offering a discount on your entire purchase order in our NEW shop.

Thursday night the 25th at 10pm - Friday the 26th we will be offering 20% OFF you entire purchase!!! Enter code poppy20 at checkout.

Saturday November 27th-Tuesday November 30th we will be offering 15% OFF your entire purchase!!! Enter code poppy15 at checkout.

Again, remember this code will only be valid at our new Pretty Poppy shop. Our Etsy shop will remain available for purchases, but we cannot offer the discount there. It's the perfect time to pick up one of these:

Happy Holidays! We hope you find something you love!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

JCREW Holiday SALE Time!

Yay! JCrew is currently having one of their huge sales. 30 percent off the sale items. Truth be told, the sale rack is really the only place I ever shop at JCrew. You can really luck out though! I've scored some pretty good deals.

For instance, let me introduce you to the two newest members of my wardrobe:

{in navy}

{in stem}

I got both for a grand total of $56 (plus tax and shipping.) Hooray! Head over there now! Crewcuts is on sale too!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Carnival Time!

While browsing etsy recently, I came across these beautiful pictures from HeyZee.  I am in love with the fair.  I'm not quite sure why, but I love it.  Mostly the food, really.  My husband refuses to take me to the state fair here in AZ because of the location.  When he tells me he needs his concealed weapons license before he'll take me, second thoughts creep in and I decide to pass on the whole fair idea.  My police officer, neighbor offered to take me and that I'd consider.  Anyways, since I'm not attending the fair anytime soon, I've thought about bringing the fair to me.

I'm not exactly sure where fair pictures would fit into my my home decor, but I'm really trying to find a place.  I thought about my little girl's bedroom.  What 3 year old doesn't love carnival rides and cotton candy?  My husband thought it'd be weird.  What do you think?  If I can't put them in her bedroom than they might just appear in my family room!  Talk about weird!  Actually, I really think I could pull it off.

I also found this great picture!  I really do love them!  I love the colors and the vintage feel of these photos.  They're so nostalgic.  Help me out!  I need to find a place for these in my home...somewhere...anywhere.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

An UP wedding

I was browsing through wedding sites today looking for inspiration for a friend's wedding I am helping out with. I stumbled across this adorable wedding inspired by the Pixar movie, UP. I had to share. It's very classy and sweet. I love the hankie garland, the flower balls hooked to the chair backs, and of course the macarons. Would you ever have a themed wedding like this?

Also, I love the way these photos have been edited --the washed out, vintage look. Does anyone know what this style is called?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Vintage AdaElle Items

We've been hard at work designing new items. Check out our Etsy shop for some of the new items we have recently added to our Vintage AdaElle and earrings collections! We are pretty excited about them.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blue Lily

Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with the ever so lovely Wendy from Blue Lily Photography and have our family pictures taken. She is always a joy to see and to work with. She makes the whole process painless and easy. My kids think she is the coolest. I have no idea how she is able to remain so positive and energized session after session. It is clear that she loves what she does and that she is very talented in her profession. I am so excited to see how they turned out!

Wendy and her husband Tyler basically travel the world taking photographs of lovely families. They also teach classes about how to use your SLR camera, and about how to start up your own business. Go check out her blog to view the 2011 tour! (You should visit her blog no matter what because it's awesome!)

Here are some images from our session last year. The one where my daughter is grimacing makes me laugh every time.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Staker Sensations Vinyl Giveaway

Hopefully, third time is a charm. We have announced two different winners and, still, we have yet to receive a response. I'm shocked! It's good news for all of you who entered and didn't win! So, we have, yet, another winner to announce. Please, please contact us if you are...

Emily who said...
I love the large Bird on a branch. :)

We really want to give this great $30 gift certificate/card to you! Please contact us within 48 hrs. Our e-mail address is You have until Tuesday, November 9th at 2:30 pm. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Giveaway Winner!

Unfortunately, we were never contacted for the Staker Sensations Giveaway. It has been 48 hrs so, good news for you, we have selected a new winner! Again, the winner will receive one $30 gift certificate/credit to Staker Sensations to use towards one of her great vinyl creations! The new winner is...

yarnhappiness who said...
i like the chandelier!

Congratulations yarnhappiness! Please email us at within 48 hours to work out the details of your gift. A new winner will be selected if no contact is made by 7:30 pm PST, Saturday, November 5.

Tis the season...for cornbread!

It is really the season for chili and cornbread.  Last week alone, I ate chili and cornbread 3 times.  Yes, 3 times.  I think I'm going to take a break for a bit.  Even though cornbread is banned at my house for at least one more week, I really do love the stuff!  My husbands favorite thing in the world is corn bread cereal.  It should really be called mush!  I'm not sure I should share this information because it makes me want to puke, to be honest.  He takes a huge chunk of cornbread, sticks it in a really big cup and dumps milk into the cup until the cornbread is enveloped in milk.  He then takes his spoon and mushes it all together.  Appetizing, right?

To make this concoction even better I have found the greatest cornbread recipe on Allrecipes.  If I haven't said it before, and I'm sure I have, I love Allrecipes.  It is definitely my go to for any and all recipes.  You must go there!  It's so much fun.  Due to copyright, I will not be posting the actual recipe.  So here is the great recipe, but please go searching for some more yummy things to make from Allrecipes! 

Also, the perfect accompaniment to this cornbread...Heidi's award-winning, Chicken Chili!  Maybe she'll post the recipe, just maybe.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Staker Sensations Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to all who entered our wonderful Staker Creations Vinyl Giveaway!  The winner will receive one $30 gift certificate/credit to Shannon's shop.   And now, the lucky winner is...drum roll please...Kristin!

Kristin said...

I love the signs. I also follow you! What a fun giveaway!

Congratulations Kristin!  Please email us at within 48 hours to work out the details of your gifts. A new winner will be selected if no contact is made by 7:30 pm PST, Thursday, November 3. 

Thanks to all who participated and stay tuned for another giveaway soon to come!
It's election day. Don't forget to get out and vote!

Also, thanks to all those who entered our Staker Sensations Vinyl giveaway! The winner will be announced later today.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a happy and great Halloween!  Our family had three, straight days of non-stop fun and we ended up with way more candy than we could ever eat.  This is the first time in years that I decided to dress up.  I didn't dress up just for the fun of it, I promise!  We attended a friend's Halloween party and costumes were strongly encouraged.  I believe this is the first picture of Heidi and me together and it's a great one, isn't it?  I have added a picture of myself with my husband based on the fact that nobody knew who I was supposed to be until they saw me with my him.  He's going to love the fact that these pictures have been made public too!

Do you know who we were?  I'll let you guess and let you know in another post.  By the way, everything about this character is completely opposite of who I am.  I learned three things from this experience:  Never go platinum, I really hate overly large breasts!  I couldn't even see to buckle up my belt!  And...never wear spandex again...period! 

This Halloween was so exciting for me because my children actually chose to be cool things.  They repeatedly choose to be action figures year after year, which is really no fun at all...for me.  I've been dying to get out the face paint and create a work of art and my middle son finally gave in.  It took some begging, but he pulled through in the end!
He's supposed to be a vampire bat, if you couldn't tell!

What did you do this Halloween?  Did anybody attend any great parties or have unique costumes?  We'd love to hear all about it!