Purse In The Brain!

>> Tuesday, June 30

My favorite purses on Etsy!
Mouthwatering colors, vibrant designs. These are perfect for the hot Florida summer!


A Pearl

A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl."

Stephan Hoeller


You Are My Sunshine

What's in my store right now!

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Etsy Front Page Feature!

My "happyness" ring was featured on Etsy's Front Page!
Third row, far right.
Share some "happyness", this ring is available here.


Marriage Quotes By Men

>> Monday, June 29

- I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always.

- It's not true that married men live longer than single men. It only seems longer.

- Losing a wife can be hard. In my case, it was almost impossible.

- A man was complaining to a friend: 'I had it all - money, a beautiful house,a big car, the love of a beautiful woman; then, Pow! it was all gone!' 'What happened?' asked the friend. 'My wife found out..'

- Wife: Let's go out and have some fun tonight. Husband: Okay, but if you get home before I do, leave the hallway light on.

- A man rushes into his house and yells to his wife, 'Martha, pack up your things! I just won the California lottery!' Martha replies, 'Shall I pack for warm weather or cold?' The man responds, 'I don't care. Just so long as you're out of the house by noon!'

- Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street bald and still think they are beautiful!

- I haven't spoken to my wife for 18 months - I don't like to interrupt her.

- If your wife and a lawyer were drowning and you had to choose, would you go to lunch or to a movie?

- A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.

From ArcaMax Jokes


New Items in My Etsy Shop!

>> Friday, June 26


Today's Funny Haha!

10 Things Only Women Understand

10. Cats' facial expressions
9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors
8. Why bean sprouts aren't just weeds
7. Fat clothes
6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time
5. The difference between beige, off-white, and eggshell
4. Cutting your bangs to make them grow
3. Eyelash curlers
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made
1. Other women

From ArcaMax Jokes


My Son and His Videos

>> Thursday, June 25

My older son has been playing Yugioh since he was 6 years old. He learned how to read and do math because of this game!
Each Yugioh card features a vibrantly colored figure with long and sometimes exotic names. Playing the game requires addition and subtraction in the hundreds or thousands.
Also involved in the building of a playing deck and the strategies associated with the game.
He would play every Saturday at our local Books-A-Million with his dad. Sometimes my younger son and I would tag along.
It was quite a thrill to see this little kid "battle" older kids and teenagers -- and win!
Well, soccer and other interests have taken over and he no longer plays Yugioh. He has decided to sell some of his cards on eBay and posted 3 videos on Youtube that show the cards he has for sale.
As a proud mama, I invite you to check out his videos!



Used to be that if a gal wanted to draw physical attention, she saved up a few bucks and got a boob job. But not 18-year-old Kimberly Vlaminck of Belgium. No, for her, getting 56 stars tattooed on her face was the way to go. Guessing that her dad would be unhappy with her mutilated mug, Kim claimed she fell asleep while the tattoo artist continued to ink without her knowledge or consent. Once the story hit the global media, reporters realized Kim's story had more holes in it than Rosie O’Donnell’s Spanx after a bowl of bean soup, at which point Kim confessed to her ruse.

32 percentage of Americans between the ages of 24 and 29 who are tattooed, according to a Harris Interactive poll. Thirty years from now: "Grandpa what is that on your arm?" "Oh, that's just a silly picture of a horned serpent rising out of the fires of hell. Wanna color?"

And this guy is just AWSOME!

Me? I'll stick to the fake removable ones!

Article from The Toilet Paper


New Tie Dye Brooches in My Etsy Shop!

>> Wednesday, June 24


My Buyers Create!

I have a vintage shop on Etsy, My Sunshine Vintage where I sell vintage supplies, among many other wonderful, old and rusty things.
I would like to feature my buyers who use their purchases to create fabulous, one of a kind items to sell on Etsy.
Vivian, from DearDodo, purchased some vintage poker chips from me and she created beautiful pendants, brooches and medallions.
Take a look at her gorgeous creations!
Visit her shop here!


Marbled Paper:

Good Old Time:

Vintage Poker Chips:


My Sunshine Vintage

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You Are My Sunshine

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My Sunshine Home

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Easiest Lo Mein Recipe!

>> Tuesday, June 23

Last Sunday, our family decided to get together for a lazy Father's Day dinner and order Chinese take out instead of cooking. My mother-in-law was supposed to cook Paella (traditional Spanish dish) and I was to cook some lumpia (Filipino egg rolls). But it was a hot hot summer day (temperature was up to 100 degrees) and we weren't too excited about cooking.
So, we called to order Chinese and much to our dismay, our favorite Chinese take out restaurant was closed!
Determined to eat Lo Mein, I searched the internet for easy recipes and looked at all my recipe books for an easy recipe that did not require a trip to Chinatown (which we do not have here in the Jacksonville, FL area).
I found several recipes and experimented a couple of times and came up with my own very easy Lo Mein recipe:

A trip to the grocery store, the international or oriental section.

1 box spaghetti noodles
1 small package of chicken bouillon
1/4 c soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp peanut sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced

1. Boil the noodles according to box instructions. Drain.

2. In a microwavable bowl, add 1 1/2 cup water and contents of bouillon packet or cube. (I used a 2 cup glass measuring cup). Microwave for 2 minutes, stir until bouillon granules dissolve.
3. Add the following to your bouillon mixture: soy sauce, peanut sauce, oyster sauce, garlic.

4. In a big pot (I used the same one I used for boiling my noodles), heat sesame oil.

5. Saute your boiled noodles, let the oil soak the noodles.

6. Add the sauce in your bowl.

7. Let cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes. Season to taste (salt and pepper).

8. Serve! (Watch your kids eat heaping servings!).

add chicken, beef, pork or shrimp cut to small pieces
Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts, sweet pea, broccoli, etc.

If you want to add any of the above, saute the meat first in the sesame oil, then the vegetables. Then add the noodles as in step 5.


Learning Series: What I Have Learned From the Etsy Forums Part 1

>> Monday, June 22

Over the almost 2 years (in October) I have been an Etsy seller, I have learned a lot from other sellers who have shared their wisdom and experiences. In this series of posts, I would like to document what I have learned to serve as a reference for myself and anyone else who might find this information useful.
Let me start with Craiglist.
For anyone not familiar with Craiglist (www.craiglist.org), Wikipedia defines it as:
"a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums."

You can use Craiglist to sell your handmade items and here are some useful tips:

1. Sell local and keep it local.

2. Post your item/s in the right category.

3. Post the maximum allowed pictures, 4. Post your very best ones.

4. Include an email for contact purposes. This is optional because Craiglist has a system of email. You can choose the "anonymize" option.

5. Do not be surprised to be contacted by out-of-towners. Be ready to offer to ship.
Be ready to ship even locally. May be cheaper than driving to meet someone because of high gas prices.

6. Answer your emails promptly.

7. Offer a range of lower and high priced items.

8. Be ready for offers or counter-offers.

9. Always be polite, respectful and friendly.

10. Read Craiglist's Terms of Use. Follow them.

11. Read this tutorial on how to advertise on Craiglist.

12. Do not post your website url. Your ad may get flagged and removed.

13. Because generally, people have either not a lot of time or short attention spans, keep your descriptions short. Let your pictures sell your work!

14. Keep in mind that your posting expires in 30 days.

I have sold several items through Craiglist (my Ford Explorer, a cappuccino machine, my patio furniture and advertised several yard sales) and I have been very happy with the results.

Here is my current ad:


On Love

"The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved."
Victor Hugo


Saturday Creations

Saturday was a sweltering 101+ degrees here in Jacksonville, FL. I stayed home with the kids during the day and spent time creating these necklaces.
I have always wanted to work with lace and pearls. These necklace designs have been on my mind for a long time!
By Saturday afternoon, I was ready to take pictures and the fiery setting sun provided shadowed pictures. Here they are!


My Garland Necklace is in an Etsy Treasury!

This gorgeous ethereal treasury, curated by a new Etsy seller buttonbeaute is stunning!
My garland necklace is featured on the 2nd row, left.
Check it out!
Cindy, from buttonbeaute, has this oh so cute Daffodil Yellow Vintage Button Bracelet for sale! The bracelet is made from melt-in-your-mouth yellow vintage buttons from the 1970's.

She has more vintage button bracelets for sale in her Etsy shop!


Submitting your website to Google

>> Friday, June 19

A very helpful Etsian, TheBrassHussy, shared this tip. You can add your website to Google. Simply enter your URL here.
Thank you TheBrassHussy!


Fabulous Giveaway from Etsy's Dinosaur Toes!

Enter to win this romantic, feminine and absolutely chic brooch from Etsy's Dinosaur Toes.
Visit her store while you are at it for more awesome jewelry and accessories!


My Earrings are featured in a Blog!

Jody, of Fabulously Funky, featured my earrings on her blog! Read about it here!

These earrings are available at my Artfire Store!


Pandora Radio

>> Thursday, June 18

Pandora Radio, my new companion, plays various types of music! Genres include alternative, rock, jazz, oldies, reggae, dance and my favorite: disco!
Try it out!


Flower Girl Hair Pins

Custom Order for very special flower girls!


Buying from a friend

"All things being equal, people will buy from a friend. All things being not quite so equal, people will still buy from a friend."
Mark McCormack

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