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.


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. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! I am so grateful to be alive in a time AFTER this man changed so much for this country, for this world. Thank you, thank you.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Part of our profits...

...are going to help a very special boy. A dear friend of mine has a sweet little man in her life (her cousin's son) who, at only 9 months old, was diagnosed with cancer recently.

BitsyCreations will be donated a portion of its profits to help cover the huge medical expenses associated with Liam's care. We've already been able to donate a bit due to some wonderful & generous people out there!

Here is his story: http://briananddawnfudge.blogspot.com/
What a special little boy! If you can do anything to help, I know it would be great. I can't even imagine having a huge financial burden on top of the constant worry that comes with this sort of thing.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bringing Back the Grammar Lessons

It's that time again! Time for me to sound like a snob and tell you what you're doing wrong!

Or at least... I'm afraid that's how it's going to come across...
I'm going to start doing my "grammar & spelling lessons" on a regular basis again. If you haven't seen the old ones, you can find them here:

Pluralization & Apostrophes

I'll be adding to the list very soon. Please let me know if you have any requests!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Valentines from BitsyCreations

Can you believe we just finished putting our Christmas items away and now Valentine's Day is right around the corner? I *adore* Valentine's Day. I always have! What is better than a cute way to say "I love you" to the special people in your life? I still remember one year when I was single, I still enjoyed every second of Valentine's Day! I put cards in the mail to my mom and four sisters. I made special treats for my roommates. Fun times!
Be sure to check out what BitsyCreations has this year for Valentines!! I've brought back the printables--they did so well last year--and added a few new designs including a color your own Valentines set. I'm adding a few greeting cards within the next week or so.

And you can purchase KIDLET Valentines! Small or large! Printed or printable! The printed ones will be up very shortly.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hello! Is anyone out there?

Well, here I am! Back to the blogging world after quite the long holiday hiatus! I continued to work & list new items on my website & in my Etsy shop, of course, but I haven't blogged in a long while!

Are you still there? I'm beginning to wonder. I do so many more updates on Facebook & keep reading that blogging is slowly dying BECAUSE of the ease of FB...

Any thoughts? What are you doing? Do you still enjoy blogging? Reading blogs?


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