Friday, December 16, 2011

FREE Teacher Appreciation Printables

Wow, can you believe it's almost time for the holidays? Have you thought about teacher gifts yet?! Yikes! I just started thinking about them.

I found a great quote awhile back and knew I had to add a little BitsyCreations touch. So I'm offering them to you as FREE printables. They'll make amazing teacher gifts for the holidays. (Or save for Teacher Appreciation Week or wait until the end of the year!)

Just follow the links below to get your free printables. Then right-click and save to your own computer. You can print it yourself or take to a copy or photo center. Stick in a frame and voila! Perfect and FAST teacher gift.

(As always, even though this is a printable, it IS still ©BitsyCreations and is my original work. Please do not claim it as your own or try to alter or resell. Please direct people back here to my blog to grab their own. The © symbol is not on the print itself, so Costco, Walmart, etc. will be able to print it without a release.)

I love to hear from you if you've saved this and plan on using it. Happy customers make my day. ;)



These are all available on my website in my FREEBIES section here: http://www.bitsycreations.com/freebies/











Thursday, December 15, 2011

And the winner is...

We've had a great giveaway going on for a favorite of ours: a Cookies for Santa plate!

Well, thanks to our random selection, the winner is...

Kelly!

Congratulations! :)


Friday, December 2, 2011

FREE Let It Snow Printable

It's almost that time of the year when snow makes things feel a bit more magical. I have many memories watching the weather reports just waiting for white holidays filled with snow.

So enjoy this FREE printable from me to you this holiday season. Leave a comment if you feel so inclined so I know you're enjoying my freebies.
To download this free printable, please save it to your own computer from here:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/9752760/FreePrintables/LetItSnowFreebie.jpg


It is an 8x10 inch print. Just click on the photo for the full size to save to your own computer. You'll be saving a high resolution 8x10 inch jpg ready to print on your own or take to a copy or photo center.

(As always, please don't take advantage of this freebie. Do not try to sell it or claim it as your own. It is original artwork by BitsyCreations. Feel free to share it with friends, but I'd love for you to direct them HERE in order for them to save it. Thank you!)


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Cookies for Santa Plate



SORRY!! This giveaway has closed.

A holiday giveaway from BitsyCreations.com:

One adorable and unique Cookies for Santa plate shipped right to you in time for Christmas. Grab your kids, bake some cookies, and leave them out in style on Christmas Eve this year.

Plate Details:
  • $20 value ($6 shipping)
  • Made from Melamine (a thick, sturdy plastic that is eco-friendly, can be recycled, and is perfect for children! Don't worry about the kids dropping this plate!)
  • non-toxic, dishwasher safe
  • measures 10 inches
  • Can be viewed on my website here or in my Etsy shop here.

(Cookies & milk not included with this giveaway) ;)


FIVE Ways to enter:
LAST DAY TO ENTER is December 14th. Winner will be announced December 15th & plate will be shipped December 16th (if all correct information has been receive).

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Early Bird Holiday Sale

November 1st - 15th, enjoy 15% off your order! Now is the time to order holiday photo cards (you can send your photos later!), grab some Kidlet gifts such as melamine bowls, plates, & mugs, or order some unique printable Subway Art for your home... all at BitsyCreations.com! Use code holiday15 when you check out. 
Not valid with other sales. Does not apply to graphic design projects or gift certificates.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

FREE Harvest Printable

There are some people who just have a way with words.

Enjoy this free 5x7 inch printable. I hope it reminds you, as it does me, to be grateful--Isn't this how life truly is? When we're thankful for what we're given, we somehow receive more and more.

Pretty simple & to the point--Just click the image below, save to your own computer & print or take to a copy or photo center.


Terms of Use:

Feel free to pass along! Please do not alter or claim as your own work. I'd love for you to link back here to my blog or to my website: www.bitsycreations.com
I LOVE comments & love to hear how you're using my freebies. All artwork copyright BitsyCreations.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Look Up Free Printable (Balloon)

 


FREE printable of an amazing quote from October 2011 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is from a talk by Carl B. Cook of the 70. He shared how when he was first called to the quorum of the 70, President Monson caught him in the elevator one day when he was looking down. He said, "It's better to look up," meaning toward God. Elder Cook said he was burdened and his head was down--That's what prophets do for us: they lead us to God.
He then shared a time he was visiting an area where they were discussing burdens. After the meeting, they each were given a balloon to signify a burden of their own. They let them go & watched them soar through the air. This part really touched me as I immediately thought of a group of people standing out letting their balloons go & all LOOKING UP with a sigh of relief as their burdens floated away, turning them over to the Lord.


Hopefully I'll have time to do a simpler version of President Monson's, "It's better to look up."


Just click one of the links below to save a high resolution JPG. Print yourself or easily take to a copy/photo center. Your choice of 5x7 inch or 8x10 inch.

5x7 inch printable YELLOW:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9752760/FreePrintables/lookup1small.jpg

8x10 inch printable YELLOW:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9752760/FreePrintables/lookuplargeyellow.jpg



8x10 inch printable RED:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9752760/FreePrintables/lookuplargered.jpg

Terms of Use:
Feel free to pass along! Please do not alter or claim as your own work. I'd love for you to link back here to my blog or to my website: www.bitsycreations.com
I LOVE comments & love to hear how you're using my freebies. All artwork copyright BitsyCreations.

Doing Good (Free Printable)



FREE printable of an amazing quote from October 2011 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is from a talk by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

Just click one of the links below to save a high resolution JPG. Print yourself or easily take to a copy/photo center. Your choice of 7x5 inch or 10x8 inch.

5x7 inch printable:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9752760/FreePrintables/DoingGood5x7.jpg

8x10 inch printable:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9752760/FreePrintables/DoingGood8x10.jpg

Terms of Use:
Feel free to pass along! Please do not alter or claim as your own work. I'd love for you to link back here to my blog or to my website: www.bitsycreations.com
I LOVE comments & love to hear how you're using my freebies. All artwork copyright BitsyCreations.

Service Printable (King Benjamin)



FREE printable of one of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon. This is something we're currently trying to teach our children: the importance of service & how it is one of the only ways we can even begin to repay our Father in Heaven for all He has given us.

Just click one of the links below to save a high resolution JPG. Print yourself or easily take to a copy/photo center. Your choice of 7x5 inch or 10x8 inch.

7x5 inch printable:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9752760/FreePrintables/service5x7.jpg

10x8 inch printable:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9752760/FreePrintables/service8x10.jpg

Terms of Use:
Feel free to pass along! Please do not alter or claim as your own work. I'd love for you to link back here to my blog or to my website: www.bitsycreations.com
I LOVE comments & love to hear how you're using my freebies. All artwork copyright BitsyCreations.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Adding More Subway Art Printables

I've had AMAZING feedback for my subway art. Thank you, thank you for all the compliments! I'll tell you what--It sure makes a gal happy when she reads, "This one is my favorite!" on a random pin on Pinterest! Wahooo!



Because of this, I've been adding more. All my subway art will be $5 PRINTABLES! Doesn't get much better than that! I added a section on my website just for Subway Art--under the printables button on my menu bar.

That being said, please let me know if you'd like to see anything specific! I'm on a roll! Might as well keep 'em coming. :)

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Relief Society Printable

If you are LDS, I hope you were able to watch the Relief Society broadcast last night. It was incredible & my heart is so full. I had to laugh at myself because I made mental notes of what I wanted to illustrate & put up around my home as reminders. When the full talk is up, I will be sure to link to it because I think ALL WOMEN--no matter who you are or what your religion--should read the talk from Preside Dieter F. Uchtdorf who is a member of our church's first presidency. It was full of amazing reminders for all of us.

He related these reminders to the sweet forget-me-not flowers. How small they are and how easily over-looked, but still so beautiful. Two things that stood out to me the most:
  1. We are all different. We should embrace these differences and be happy with who we are and what we have been blessed with.
  2. We, ourselves, will not be forgotten. No matter how alone you may feel at any given point in your life, God remembers us all.
And my favorite part--“The lesson here,” he said,” is that if we spend our days waiting for fabulous roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots that are all around us.”

I know I'm not the first one to do this, but I wanted to illustrate the 5 points he made: "Forget not..." Please feel free to print this as your own reminder! It's all yours to print! And you don't have to worry about printing someone else's photo or work without permission.

It's a high resolution 8x10 inch printable. It does have a bit of my own artwork here, so please don't claim it as your own, but I'd love for you to pass it along so we can share this amazing message & lift one another up as we do so.




Also available in Spanish!


PS--I LOVE hearing from those of you who use/download this. ;)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Halloween Subway Art FREEBIE

(This one is a little different than the freebie, but you can see how adorable it is in an 8x10 frame. This particular print is available for digital purchase on my website here: Halloween Subway Art 1 )



SORRY! This was a FREEBIE for a limited time. You can still purchase the one above for $5.




I. LOVE. FALL! I love almost everything about Autumn and all the fun that comes with it--beautiful leaves, cool breezes, Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving!

I had a lot of fun creating some Halloween Subway Art & I'd love to share it with you! It is a FREEBIE for a limited time. It will soon be on my website & in my Etsy shop for purchase.

Just click the image below for a full size 8x10 inch, print (yourself or have printed at a photo center) and stick in a frame for easy, but unique art in your home this season.





I'd love for you to leave a comment if you've downloaded this and printed it. I'd love for you to pass along the link for this freebie, too! Thanks for your support!

Are you new? Make sure to Like BitsyCreations on Facebook for updates about new products & freebies!

(As with any freebie, PLEASE, please, please be respectful of my artwork. Do not claim it as your own, try to resell it, or make changes.)
Original artwork © BitsyCreations 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Logo Design Sale

Logo Design Sale from BitsyCreations


Today and Tomorrow ONLY, purchase a logo design and receive the DELUXE package! Tell your friends! This price is only valid if FIVE or more people purchase.

This means you will purchase a logo design at regular price ($100)
and receive the logo design, PLUS business card design, web banner & avatar design, and three additional small designs FREE (a $75 value).

Small designs include (choose 3):
The third option is a deluxe package which includes the logo, business card design, web banner & avatar, and three of the following designs:
*hang tag
*invoice
*sticker
*letterhead
*postcard
*web advertisement
*fabric label
*additional web banner
*hair bow/barrette card
*thank you card

The small print:
FIVE people must commit to the sale price for all to receive the sale price. Only valid September 9 & 10, 2011. Decision will be made regarding sale price by the end of the day Saturday (8 p.m. EST) based on the number of interested customers.

Examples of previous logo design packages (click the links above to see more examples):







Monday, August 15, 2011

Pluralization and Apostrophes

Apostrophes don't make something plural.
The end.


Okay, okay, I'll go into more detail. The #1 mistake I see on this subject is last names. Say your last name is "Smith" and you'd like to sign a note from your whole family. You simply add an 's'. No need for an apostrophe, but somehow, I frequently see it written as:


I knew it was getting bad because I saw this everywhere. And then I saw it on regular words. Take the Etsy forums, for example. People want to talk about more than one treasury, so guess what they make it. "Treasury's"

Oy.

Can you tell I'm in a cranky mood tonight? I suppose I'll always come across in a 'holier than thou' way when correcting. It's just a natural result, but I truly do want to help small online business owners.

I cannot say this enough: When you own an online business, your written language--your spelling, your grammar--is how you present yourself.

Pluralization is quite simple. Add an 's' to make more than one.
Dog
becomes 
dogs.

When your word ends with a 'y', you need to take out the 'y' and add 'ies'.
Candy
becomes
candies.

Don't over think it.

Apostrophes, in general, are only used for contractions and to show possession. 
Something that belongs to someone: The boy's hat.
When there are two or more boys with hats, the apostrophe follows the 's': The boys' hats.

Did not becomes didn't.
Should not becomes shouldn't.
The apostrophe (often) takes the place of the one missing letter. (The 'o' in 'not' in the examples above.)

Any comments? Questions? Promises you don't intend to keep?
I'm here. Let me know if you have a question about spelling, grammar, punctuation, and the like.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Printable Wedding Invitations Now Available

At the request of a few previous customers, BitsyCreations will now offer PRINTABLE wedding invitations! I've just started adding them to my Etsy shop bitsycreations.etsy.com & will shortly make them available at bitsycreations.com.

I have wanted to work on wedding invitations for quite some time, but just haven't been able to start a collection. I've done a few over the years on a case-by-case basis, so this is very exciting! I've started out with a lovely sparrow invitation as well as an earthy tree and "woodie" car invitation.

You will see more very soon! I'm still happy to take on custom work if you just can't seem to find the right design out there for your special day.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Father's Day Freebie

You may remember my Mother's Day Freebie. I received many emails of thanks! I'm so glad this worked out well for you! So here is one for Father's Day! I hope you enjoy this one as much as the last.


Enjoy! To print, visit my website here: http://www.bitsycreations.com/item_97/Fathers-Day-Color-Page-Printable-Freebie.htm

As always, please remember that this is free and you may print it as many times as you'd like, but do not claim it as your own or alter it in any way.

I'd love to hear how you'll use this freebie if you care to comment.

Thank you!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A note about our invitations...

A note to our Etsy buyers:
Our invitations will now be available only as printables. Of course, you can still purchase PRINTED invitations, but all the listings are for printables.

Make sure you stop by; we're adding new designs this week!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Olivia

To introduce the latest project from BitsyCreations, please welcome a guest post from a sweet friend of ours named Olivia! We have had so many people see our Kidlet products and ask if they could get these cute products for their PETS! What a wonderful idea! Right now, we are offering ceramic pet dishes in two sizes. Just e-mail a photo of your furry friend when you purchase and a proof will be sent to you. In the future, once we've built up a nice portfolio of animal illustrations, we'll have choices you can make just like the Kidlet products.


Hi, my name is Olivia and I just got a new bowl from BitsyCreations! It has my name and a picture of me on it! I love it!

I don’t know if you noticed something funny about my picture but I’m missing a leg. That’s right, I only have three legs. When I was just four months old, the people who used to own me brought me to the vet. They said I injured my leg somehow but when my doctors tried to fix it, they couldn’t. My leg was broken and it had been broken for a long time. So instead of repairing the break, my doctors had to amputate my leg. A little while after that, the most wonderful thing happened – I met my new Mom and Dad!

I really don’t mind having three legs. I can still do all the things I would have done with four legs – I can run, jump, swim, play ball, play Frisbee, and play with other dogs – but I get WAY more attention with just three legs. I LOVE people and I LOVE getting pets. My favorite thing in the whole world is to go swimming at my Dad’s work (he manages a marina and I get to go to work with him every day). I will fetch my toys in the water for anyone willing to throw them for me! I’ve made so many friends that way!

I know a lot of people are afraid of dogs that look like me but I don’t know why. I really love people, especially people who will throw my ball for me!

My mom helps rescue dogs like me by fostering with a rescue called Mid-Atlantic Bully Buddies. These dogs stay with us for awhile until they find their forever homes. It is a great rescue and they are always looking for more foster parents or donations. If you want to help (or would like to adopt one of their great dogs), you can visit their website: www.midatlanticbullybuddies.org.

My mom also volunteers at an animal shelter in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s called Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and they always need more volunteers and donations (and adopters)! If you can help, visit their website: www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org.

And anytime you want to throw a ball for me, I’m available!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Mother's Day Freebie

A little freebie for Mother's Day--I found out I'll be substituting for the 3 year olds' primary class at church on Sunday & I knew we'd need a little something for the wonderful moms out there. So I whipped up a color-your-own picture & thought I'd share. Works perfectly for a boy or a girl.

Enjoy! (And if you'd like to share it, that's fine, but please link back here.)




Feel free to print as many times as you'd like.

I'd love to hear how you'll use this freebie if you care to comment.


And, as always, please do not claim this artwork as your own, try to sell, or alter in any way. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Custom PET Items

Are you ready for more cuteness? After receiving many inquiries, I've started creating Kidlet items for your PETS!!


I'm still working out some design details, so for a limited time to help me build up my Doglet & Kitlet collection, you can get 20% off stationery and ceramic pet dishes. Please contact me for details since I don't have listings for these items yet.


Pet dishes--as seen in photo--come in 6 inch or 7.25 inch and will regularly be $30, but you get for $24.


A huge thank you to my friend Abby for her help getting the ball rolling with these items. ;)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Easter orders...

So sorry I've been missing! I wish I had an excuse like lovely weather keeping me working in the yard or something. ;) But no, it's been rainy and very cold here like it has in much of the country, from the looks of it!


Just a little reminder, though, to get your Easter orders in right away. I need plate, bowl, & mug orders by April 5th and pails by the 15th.


As a side-note, I've been working on some adorable 'specialty' designs for the Kidlet items--I did these plates last night, so if you'd like something similar BEFORE I get the chance to list them, just give me a shout. ;)



All items can be found at bitsycreations.com and bitsycreations.etsy.com Thanks!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Freebie


I love all things Irish, (I mean, look at me--do you get more Irish than that?!)...but don't like to go over the top with my St. Patrick's Day decorating! This year, I found a very sweet Irish proverb, I guess you could call it, & whipped up a simple printable, framed it, and put in our foyer. I thought I'd offer it as a freebie to all you wonderful blog readers.

It's available in a 4x6 or 5x7. Just click on the photo for the full size to save to your own computer.


(As always, please don't take advantage of this freebie. Do not try to sell it or claim it as your own. It is original artwork by BitsyCreations. Thank you!)

4x6:


5x7:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Printed... or Printable?


I'm having a hard time deciding how to list things in my Etsy shop. I've always offered my printed invitations as printables. You can purchase the file & print your own or take somewhere to have printed.
I list them as printed, though.

I list my photo cards as printables, but offer printing services.

It's just too confusing! I wonder if I should just list everything as a printable file and then list printing options separately? Or would THAT be confusing?! :)

Any input?

On a side-note, I've started adding KIDLET invitations! Hooray! (See above.) So you can invite your friends to a party with an adorable invitation that features a little illustration that looks like your own child. Fun, fun!

Friday, February 25, 2011

I have one word: Bunny

I can't wait for Easter! I cannot believe how late it is this year, too!
It's still TWO months away & I'm itching to get out my cute little bunnies to decorate the house... just a little.

Since Joshua can't imagine living with bunnies everywhere for two straight months, I'll just have to keep working on Easter designs:
(Kidlet Easter invitations are available here.)

I'm also working on a very fun little project with a new partner. Eee! I can't wait to tell you about it!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Funny Things My Kids Have Said


It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows us that Joshua & I know how to have fun. We love to laugh and have an incredible number of inside jokes. We try to make dinner time fun so the kids will want to spend time together as a family.

One of our favorite games to play is "Movie Quotes". (Yes, we need a new game name!) Bitsy #1, who is 6, is VERY good at this game already. So on Sunday, when we had a full house for dinner, Bitsy #1 quickly asked if we could play the game. 

Pretty simple & straight-forward: One person says a movie quote & the others have to guess which movie it came from.

We were all laughing and having a great time--the 6 year old stumped some adults--it was wonderful! Suddenly, we realized Bitsy #2 (who is not quite 3 years old) is talking. He has this sweet little look on his face and says, with perfect pronunciation and inflection:

"Knocked Ooooooverrrrrr!"

....and waits... and waits...

until we realize HE IS GIVING US A MOVIE QUOTE! I look at him and say, "Despicable Me??"

He grins from ear to ear and says, "Right! Despicable Me" (which sounds something like 'kissable me'.)

Oh my goodness, I could not believe it! I'm still giggling about it now! What a smart little dude!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day



Happy Valentine's Day! Are you sick of me telling you this is my favorite holiday? My husband laughs because I say the same thing about Easter, too. I just love all the sweet little decorations... and, let's be honest, the candy! I am a candy-aholic. I adore little treats wrapped up and decorated for fun holidays.

How is your day going? I hope you have reached out to let someone know you care. It doesn't have to be the typical "valentine" in your life. Tell your sister, your neighbor, or even your cat! (Shhh... I promise I'm not a crazy cat lady, but I DID tell our kitty boys to have a great Valentine's Day!)

We had a rough morning. We had two crying kids and one very frustrated mother walking out the door this morning. Know why? Bitsy #1 can't seem to speak nicely to Bitsy #2. He's a boy. He's two. He can be annoying. We get it. But it's turning so ugly because he then comes back and speaks to her in the same tone.

How do you deal with this in your family? I would love for our home to be a place where everyone felt comfortable just being themselves. Safe from all the garbage that goes on in our every day lives. A happy place to be where you know you're loved and accepted.

Please tell me this is possible.
Happy Valentine's!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Last Day to Order Printed Valentines

Just a note: TOMORROW (Feb. 5) is the last day to order PRINTED valentines from BitsyCreations.com and bitsycreations.etsy.com

Printables will be available up until February 13th for Valentine's Day delivery via e-mail.


(And yes, the best part of taking these photos was knowing I'd get to eat the candy.)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Day

Welcome, February! It's almost Valentine's Day, my favorite holiday!

We have some really great options for Valentine's Day. The favorite so far seems to be our Kidlet Valentines, created to look just like your own child! They are available in two different sizes and can be purchased as a printable (print as many as you'd like) or printed and shipped to you.


We also have a handful of other adorable printables that are sure to make your kid's Valentines stand out from the rest! I have been using these as little love notes around our house from Mama to Kiddies. We even have a color-your-own set!


PRINTED cards need to be purchased right away in order to get them in time for Valentine's Day. (Purchase by February 5th.) All are available at BitsyCreations.etsy.com and BitsyCreations.com

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Grammar & Spelling with Bitsy: Prepositions

Prepositions: Do you remember that word from elementary school?

Let me give you a little hint.

"Where you at?"

Oh gosh, I just can't get over this one. I cannot even express how angry those commercials made me. Once you hear something on a commercial over and over and over, I truly feel you begin to hear it that way in your head and believe it's correct.

So back to prepositions. They create a relationship between other words. Believe it or not, you CAN end a sentence with a preposition. In fact, you need a preposition at the end sometime. Trust me, no one is expecting you to become Snooty McSnooterson and say, "From whom did you get that?" You really are allowed to say "Who did you get that from?" and end your question with a preposition.

Just don't clutter up your sentences when the meaning is clear without the preposition.

For example, why say, "Where did he go to?" when you can simply say, "Where did he go?" and you're understood.

More examples:
Where did you get this at? (This one is huge.)
I will get that later on.

This rule also applies to the middle of the sentence, too:
He's outside of the door.
Cut it up into pieces, please.

To see other Grammar & Spelling lessons, click here: http://bitsycreations.blogspot.com/2011/01/bringing-back-grammar-lessons.html

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Very Special Day

Today is a very special day. Today my "baby" turns 6!


That sweet little girl came into our lives and we've been forever changed. This photo was taken her first week home. She looked right up at my mom, her grandmother. Incredible! I remember the nurse came to check on us and make sure we were adjusting well and she could not believe that a baby only a few days old had her eyes open and was so alert!

My sweet baby girl has been curious ever since! She asks so many thoughtful questions and is this amazing little sponge. She is incredibly blessed to have a scientist for a dad who can answer all of her "how does that work" questions. And she remembers the answers! We will always remember when she walked into Preschool and told her teachers why the sky is blue.

In fact, she is the reason we have BitsyCreations now! When Bitsy #1 was born, she was an absolutely amazingly well-behaved baby. She cried only when she needed something. She was happy to amuse herself. I was left with free time! Yes! Free time with a newborn. Amazing!

I am off to finish a cake, wrap some presents, and decorate...

So today, I want to thank you, my customers, for knowing that my family comes first and for being okay with that. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for making it possible for me to stay home with my sweet children.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Post Office Woes

I do all my shipping from home except international packages... I had let them pile up and HAD to get to the post office today.

And I was one of those moms that I'm sure everyone was staring at.
Not because of what I was doing, but because of what the little man with me was doing.

There's more snow on the way, so the post office was packed! Bitsy #2 just couldn't take all the excitement of filling out customs forms and puppy & kitty notebooks for sale... not to mention the EMPTY display cases just calling out to him to climb inside and shut the door.

Oy.

Does anyone ship internationally from home? If so, how do you do it? I tried it a few years ago, but it was about $20 a month to keep it up. Not worth it. I think my kid is adorable, but I'm not sure everyone else did today!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

House Projects

Ah, our house. Our big, big, seemingly-never-ending project. I am in love with our home, though. I love making it our own. It's so sweet and cozy and just as soon as we finish our basement, we really will have a place for everything! I'm thrilled & clearly cannot wait for that day to come!

We are almost completely done demolishing in the basement right now. (We found mold after we moved in and had to start over... what a nightmare.) Anyway, once finished, we will make it the playroom and mama office! I keep thinking about how to make the best use of our space. Organization is key!

And since we have become the king & queen of DIY home projects, I've been searching sites for something just right... a bookshelf of some sort that we can use for toys. The lovely Ana White has more than one solution, but this one is my favorite:

Make sure to click on the link above to see how so many people have built this and changed things to suit their own needs. LOVE them all! Once we finish the basement and get my office out of the loft, we can make the loft a lovely little library. We have these amazing red bookshelves with glass doors--from an old law office--that I adore. I asked Mr. Bitsy if I could choose the chair. Ha!



I got a huge eyeroll when I showed him this:


He said, "Don't we have enough damask in our house already?" I assumed he was talking about our curtains... they're TOILLE! Shows how much he knows! Kidding, kidding. He puts up with so much from me. 

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