Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's the GIVING time of year...Giveaway from Jess' Handmade Jewelry

I haven't been posting much lately. Life has been hectic. Between the basement renovation, work, school, sports, car accident, sickness, Thanksgiving, yadda yadda yadda... it's been put on the backburner.

(Did I really just type Yadda Yadda Yadda?? Oh, my!)

But, I'm back on board..moving forward, ready to tackle the holiday decor, the Christmas shopping, and projects galore!

Thanks for sticking with me, and hanging around! I appreciate each and every one of my loyal followers...and to show how much I do..I'm offering you a GIVEAWAY!! Yep, a Giveaway!!

Jess' Handmade Jewelry (on Facebook), also known as Aquatica Blue on ETSY, has been kind enough to provide ONE lucky TAKING A SUNDAY DRIVE follower a MYSTERY piece of handmade jewelry from her collection.

I've known Jess personally since she was younger then my son is now!
Her jewelry is beautiful! Each piece is handmade and is excellent quality.

Jess' bio from her ETSY page...

"As a biologist, I have forever admired and treasured the colors of the ocean...the deep blues, calm sea greens, and clear turquoises. Since my study abroad to the Caribbean and Central America, I've found a passion for wanting to display the beauty I've seen and the ever present reminder of the ocean creatures in jewelry, particularly earrings and bracelets. In addition, as a tomboy I have finally realized that pink and purple also have a purpose in this world and in conjuction with the ocean colors, I hope to create a wide variety of pieces for everyone alike to enjoy. Thanks for looking!"

Some of my favorite pieces are:

Acrylic and aqua czech glass with starfish charm
Ice Dreams-Czech glass, druk glass and swarovski pearl bracelet set
Romantic Stroll-Swarovski crystal and rondelle chandelier earrings
Multi swarovkski crystals on silver chain

So do you want to win??
Wanna know what you have to do??

Here's the rules

1) To enter, you must already be or become a "FOLLOWER" of  TAKING A SUNDAY DRIVE
(Look over to the right side bar and join this site with Google friend connect)
Leave a comment saying that you are or have become a follower

2) Check out Jess' jewelry by "like-ing" her Facebook page here and visiting her photo album on the Facebook page, or her items on ETSY  here,. Leave a second comment telling me your favorite item.

You have two chances to win, and both of the above are requirements to enter the giveaway.
The prize can only be mailed to a US address, and the actual prize will be selected by Jess personally.
You must include an email address to contact you if you win.
The drawing will be done by me and the winner will be chosen at random on 12/5.
Entries will only be accepted until 12/4 up to 11:59pm EST.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Lucketts Holiday Open House

On Saturday, my girlfriend Karen and I planned a day trip to Lucketts Holiday Open House in Leesburg, VA. We wanted to get some ideas for the holidays, and enjoy a girl's day (without kids) of shopping and conversation.  What would be better then 2 girlfriends taking a day trip? was even better when the twosome became a foursome, and our mothers came along!

If you live in the Baltimore/DC/Northern VA area, you really MUST take a trip to Lucketts. It's a great place to not only shop for beautiful home decor and antiques, but a great place for inspiration.

Check out their website,  or Blog, and tell them that you heard about the store from me!

Now, what you've all been waiting for.....Here's the EYE Candy!!

The Design House

One side of the Front Porch

My mom liked the room below,
esp. the garland covered deer head!

I liked all of the fur!!

The Woodsland Themed room was Beautiful!

And This Mirror was FAB-TASTIC! (Is that a word?)

I'm going to attempt to make this ornament garland!

And, a few pics from the Store

Not only was this buffett gorgeous, but it had ring cookies and hot apple cider for us too!

And you all know this Blogger (..Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed.)
..I loved all of  her Music Sheet inspired decor!

What do you think of this sign?
I love it!

We left Lucketts with a few purchases,
and a lot of Wonderful ideas!

Looks like we have a lot to do in the 48 days left until Christmas!!
Yes, consider that a friendly reminder!