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i am a mom/wife/textile designer gone haywire. I love to sing(music/arts AA degree), craft, exercise, and be goofy. Just living life outside the norm. And the norm thanks me for it. Oh yeah, and I like me some haikus. . . . . . . . . . What are we up to currently? Aaron recently started medical school at Ross University on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean, and the kids and I are along for the crazy ride :)


Monday, December 29, 2008

Hey all- we had a great Christmas and I'll post about it as soon as I figure out how to get the pictures off of my NEW CAMERA :o) yippee! but for right now, I was just watching some videos I took of Megan on our webcam and thought I'd share. One is of Megan saying her Tadpole poem and the other is of Megan singing True Love's Kiss from Enchanted. These were recorded in June when she was 5 1/2

Jesus' Birthday is AWESOME!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone! Another year has come and gone and I still think of what Megan said last year, "Jesus' Birthday is AWESOME!" Please make this Christmas one that you will remember your whole life! Go do something WONDERFUL for someone! Last year was really tight for us and I was at Goodwill getting some stocking stuffers for my kids- I remember I only had something like $5 to spend so I had to stretch it BIG TIME. I got my stuffers and was getting into the car when a man rode up on his bike and gave me $100 and told me that he wanted to "pay it forward" and that he wanted me and my kids to have a Merry Christmas. I was dumb-struck. I cried. I babbled out a "Thank you so much!" as he rode away. I hope he remembers that Christmas for the rest of his life because I know I will. We can all be that man. It doesn't have to be money, you can figure out how to really lift someone's spirit if you just put forth a little effort! Get out of here! Go do some good! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

And the winner is........

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Valerie Shumway who said: "I LINKED!! I want a sock monkey! A boy sock monkey in blue argyle!"
Congratulations Valerie! You'll be getting your blue argyle sock monkey this week! thanks, everyone, for playing! This was fun! If you're interested in purchasing a sock monkey please go to I'll post a pic of Val with her sock monkey later this week.

Sweet Pea Designs

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hi friends- I thought I'd let you know about my business blog- it's . It's not completed yet, but I AM taking orders on anything from bows to monkeys and if I've made it in the past and you've liked it, I can make it again. I'll be updating it after the Craft Show tomorrow- I'm hoping to get some more pictures of product to post. Speaking of which, if you didn't know about the craft show, here's the info:
WHAT: Gifts from the Heart Craft Show
WHEN:Tomorrow, Saturday December 13th from 10-4
WHERE: 922 N. Gilbert Road in Mesa (North of University on the west side of Gilbert Road. North of Adobe.)

Don't miss it!!! There will be live holiday music, free hot chocolate, free crafts and a bouncy for the kids.
Wish me luck!

funny kid's comments today

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Megan and I have been jogging in the mornings together before the sun comes up- today was especially cold. Here's what she said halfway through our jog-
Megan: "Mom, my mouth is running out of spit!"

Matthew woke up this morning and apparently had been dreaming- he came in to the living room and still squinting from waking up he said in his scratchy voice: "I was twying to pway da guitaw game and I was twying to eat my candy."

Cute kids.

Monkey Blog Candycane Giveaway! errr something...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ok, here goes. I'm going to be doing my very own Christmas giveaway- Christmas blog candy. So we'll just call it a Blog Candycane :o)
Up for grabs is a genuine Sweet Pea Sock Monkey- similar to the one pictured, but in different colors and some different patterns (smaller stripes, solid, or argyle). To win this great monkey, you need to comment on this post and tell me which one you would prefer: girl, boy, or neutral (brown tones). To gain 5 extra entries, you can post about the monkey giveaway on your own blog with a link back to this post. If you post it on your blog, just email me at stephanie(dot)shumway(at)gmail(dot)com. The deadline to enter will be December 13th at 6pm, when I will pick and announce the winner-

Good Luck and let the Sock Monkey Giveaway Begin!

An Awesome Giveaway!

Hello bloggers :o) I regret to inform you of this giveaway because I dont want more competition to win this great prize... but here goes:

Vanilla Joy is giving away a silhouette digital craft cutter- great for scrapbooking, card making and yes, it even cuts vinyl lettering (this is why I want it)

The ONLY reason I'm telling you all about it is to get more points toward my entry. so DONT enter the contest and make my chances slimmer. LOL I know that by saying that you'll all rush and enter this great contest. Oh well, I guess I ought to spread holiday cheer, right? Go crazy. Merry Christmas.

Decorate a Gingerbread house. You know, for kids!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Ok, I hope she forgives me for using her graphics, but I figured since it's to promote her website, she'd be ok with it- This is a great site for your kiddos to play on to get in the holiday spirit! Click here or on the image to decorate your own gingerbread house! Jenny B Harris is a children's illustrator and has made a bunch of these types of games associated with her sites and you should check out her great illustrations, games, and her etsy store :o) I've loved what I've seen so far and can't wait to see more!