Current Slew of Books

I got in four books at one time to review, and then a fifth one showed up!  I am certainly set for reading material on my trip.  Here is what I have in.  I expect to have all the reviews posted by the end of October.  Wish me luck!

I just finished reading Masquerade by Nancy Moser.  The unofficial review is that it was a wonderful read.  Here is the link to it’s page with Bethany House Publishers:  Masquerade
Now I am reading Loves First Bloom by Delia Parr.  Published by Bethany House Publishers.


Then the next three I have to read are:
The Vigilante’s Bride, by Yvonne Harris; published by Bethany House Publishers
City on Our Knees, by Toby Mac; published by Bethany House Publishers
and (one I was very excited to receive!)
Out Live Your Life, by Max Lucado; published by Thomas Nelson

Treasury Thursday, 9.30.2010

Welcome to Treasury Thursday! The link party where you can check out a variety of fun and diverse treasuries created on Etsy. Treasuries are a snap shot of what is available from various crafters and artists that sell their items on Etsy. The theme can be color, holiday, sport, etc. Each treasury contains between 12 and 16 items that a person (Etsian) puts together to show the theme their choice. The most coveted goal when creating a treasury is to have your treasury selected to be on the front page of Etsy.

- Link up a treasury you have created or were featured in.
- Linking up multiple treasuries is encouraged. 
- Visit and comment on at least two other treasuries.
- Give hearts to any favorite item you find!
- Share the love and spread the word by adding the Treasury Thursday button on your blog, or in a blog post.

You do not need to have a blog to participate in this link party.



Linky Directions:
Add the direct link/web address to your treasury.
Enter the name of the treasury as the explanation.
Select a ‘photo from the web’ and pick a photo of one of the items in the treasury.

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Are you looking for a fall banner?

Has the fall bug bitten you?  If so, Everything Etsy has updated their Free Etsy Shop Banners to include fall designs.  Add some fun fall festivity to your shop witha  quick change fo your shop banner!

Once you save these images to your computer, you can add text in almost any photo program.  Save the updated image, and upload to your Etsy shop!
Happy Fall Ya’all!

Guest Post – Monika from I Love It All

I am very pleased to have Monika from I Love It All over today with here Address Book Tutorial.  Isn’t it the cutest address book ever?!?!?!? ~ Kimberlee

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Hi friends! I’m Monika Wright and I’m thrilled to be here to share a tutorial with The Spunky Diva today. One of my most favorite things is crafting. Crafting home decor, gifts, mini albums as well as lots scrapbook layouts fill my days. I host a blog called I Love It All; to share my love of all things crafty with blog readers and an Etsy shop by the same name, i love it all, to share my love of crafty things with people who support the ‘buy handmade’ frame of mind.
 
I had to chuckle to myself when I first found The Spunky Diva blog, as Spunky is the nickname of our youngest daughter. And, she is FULL.OF.LIFE. I suspect when her teen years arrive, she might be a Diva, too!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial, it has so many possibilities..as teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, as well as friends and family gifts. If you have any questions at all about this address book tutorial, I have an “e-mail me” button on the sidebar in my blog if you need to contact me. Have fun crafting!

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This DIY address book was a project that I featured during my guest blogging week at SEI Lifestyles last week. I offered to post the free address book pages download on my blog this week if there was any interest from the post…and there was! I’m so happy to share these with you today.

Okay, now that you’ve downloaded your address book pages, you’ll need to decide what size your address book will be. I decided upon a 6″x6″ size, since I was using the SEI paper pads. When I designed the pages, I left plenty of room to use binder rings, ball chain, ribbon, Bind-it-All o-wires or even a stapler to bind it all together.

Assuming you’ve decided your album will be 6″x6″ also, your first cut will be at 5.75″ if you’re printing on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. Then rotate the page so that your next cut {between the two page templates} will be at 5.50″. 

I didn’t use alphabetical tabs in my address book, but I think that would be a great idea. They would be so cute peeking out of the top of the book!

To create my address book, I used one of my favorite tools ever…the the Bind-it-All by Zutter. For the ribbon bow you see, I tied a knot around the rhinestone brad before inserting it through my pierced hole.

And you’re finished. So easy, so cute and so useful. How often does that happen all in one sentence?

If you’d like to know how to use those long strips of paper we had from our first cut, click here to see another DIY idea!

Wednesday Link-ups

I am linking up my Quick Curtain Tutorial and the post about painting my Mom’s bathroom to these blogs today:

 
 
 
 
 

Time to get serious!

I found this widget on Nikki’s blog, at The Best Part of Believe.  This will make you realize that it is almost October, and Christmas is almost here!!!!!  Do you have your gift list made up?  I sure don’t.  I am still trying to figure out what to do for a turning the big “1″ part for Ms. Diva.  Luckily she won’t remember it at all, LOL!
Guess this is my wake-up call that I need to at least get a list going, so I can order special items if I want to.  It is always hard to get custom items done Christmas Eve, LOL!
I am thinking of getting a couple of these pieces from http://www.karalmava.etsy.com/
Aren’t they gorgeous?

Etsy Tuesday – 9/28/2010

Welcome to Etsy Tuesday!  Sarah, of Foto Tale Designs, is our randomly selected Etsy feature shop from last week’s link-up.  Here is a little about Sarah and Foto Tale Designs.

My name is Sarah. I live in Southern Utah. I have been married for 6 years and have a daughter (4) and son (1). I was a HUGE scrapbooker for over 10 years. I had thousands of dollars worth of stuff and found that life was getting too busy to spend hours creating one scrapbook page that could only be used once, so I went digital. I love the freedom and endless options, and even more that my hours of work can be reused. After mastering photoshop for scrapbooking, I transitioned into designing photo templates- albums, collages, storyboards, baby announcements, Christmas cards, marketing templates, etc. etc. I love creating and knowing that I am saving others time and work while helping them ‘tale’ their stories.

Here are some of the great items avalable in Sarah’s store:

Link up your shop to have a chance to be our Feature Shop next week!



Etsy Tuesday Rules:
1. Link up your Etsy shop, and choose a picture of your favorite item to share.
2. Visit the shop before and after you on the list, and send them a convo about an item you like in their shop.
3. Visit as many shops as you want, and give them a heart if you wish!

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~ About Me ~


I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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