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Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Birthday Parties, Carnival Party, Children, Gift Ideas, Girls' Dresses, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, holiday shopping, Precious Peanut Shop, Product Review, Reviews, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom | 0 comments

Precious Peanut Shop – Shout Out & Black Friday Special!

Precious Peanut Shop – Shout Out & Black Friday Special!

One thing I recommend to new Moms, especially stay-at-home Moms, is to join a local Moms group. For support, for play dates, or simply just to vent. We’ve met some really great families through our Moms group. Thank goodness I joined, or I never would’ve crossed paths with Julie Roman of Precious Peanut Shop. Though we’ve never actually met in person (she moved to TX, I live in NY), we keep in touch through various social media. She’s a big fan of sweet whimsy designs 🙂 (I even designed her logo!), and I’m a big fan of Precious Peanut Shop.

I could tell you allllll about Julie and her wonderful shop. I’ll try my best to be brief.

For now, I just want you to Ooh and Aah over her amazing creation for The Big Carnival Bash.

Dress and Headband by Precious Peanut Shop Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Dress and Headband by Precious Peanut Shop
Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Can you stand it?!

The whole entire process was amazing! I designed a dress, Precious Peanut Shop suggested some great alterations and per my request, was able to find each and every fabric and then some. She designed this dress from the bottom up, literally. It also included a multi-colored tutu layer (our dress-up-loving daughter didn’t want to wear it this day, go figure!) and Julie whipped up a coordinating headband with the most adorable little florette. She had insightful suggestions to making the dress more fun and carnival-like than I ever imagined.

Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

This dress is amazing.

The quality is beyond anything you’ll ever find in chain stores. The handmade design is both creative and clever, and it looks even more beautiful in person.

Precious Peanut Shop also stitches handmade children’s napkins and snack bags, which we love and take everywhere! Since cutting paper products such as paper towels and napkins from our day-to-day life, we are always in need of quality cloth. Precious Peanut has it! Julie will help you select from oodles of fabric choices to please your mini diner. My suggestion? Grab a coordinating snack bag. Your kids will want to constantly carry their own snacks & meals on every picnic, party, and play date ’til college!

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precious peanut snack bags

 

 

 

So. Much. Fun!

I would love to tell you more, but we’ll have Precious Peanut Shop back again soon, promise :).

In the meantime, Precious Peanut Shop would like you to enjoy FREE SHIPPING in her shop until December 4th, 2013. Just visit her Facebook page & mention the code “FREESHIP” when ordering.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Arts, Baby, Children, Crafts, Creative, Decor, Etsy, Giveaways, Handmade Halloween, Handmade Holiday, Home Decor, infant, Lovey Letters By Leah, newborn, Nursery Decor, Product Review, Reviews, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom, Support Handmade, Wall Letters, Work From Home, Working Mom | 3 comments

Lovey Letters By Leah – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Lovey Letters By Leah – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

It’s that time again…time for a wonderful handmade giveaway! Woohoo!

Lovey Letters By Leah is owned by Lovely Leah herself, Leah Carroll. I met Leah (way) long ago, through a mutual friend when we were (much) younger. We always seemed to have a lot in common, our ginger locks being most important :).

copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

Leah is the new-ish Mom to two beautiful toddlers – twins, in fact – who surely keep her days as a stay-at-home Mom quite busy. She must have them on perfect nap schedules because somehow she finds the time to create some really whimsical, fun wall letters! It all began in her quest to find the right dĂ©cor for her boy/girl twins’ nursery. Leah had so much fun during the creation process that she decided she wanted more. She said when friends and family would visit, they would inquire about the letters and she began creating her unique, custom wall letters for more & more people, in turn, decided to bring them to the handmade marketplace and share them with the world.

copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

Lovey Letters By Leah‘s shop is full of personalized art that would add that special touch to any nursery, child’s room, home office, or even a man cave! Lovey Letters has even created letters for pets, how fun?! Most of her clientele are parents decorating their children’s nurseries, but let’s face it, she’s capable of just about anything!

Letters For Your Pet, copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

copyright 2013, Lovey Letters By Leah

copyright 2013, Lovey Letters By Leah

Burlap Letters, copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

Burlap Letters, copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

I asked Lovey Letters to create some wall art for sweet whimsy designs’ art shows and she came up with something that depicts swd so well! All I had to tell her was a little of what I wanted, something fun & whimsical, colorful, so this is what she came up with:

sweet whimsy designs, copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

sweet whimsy designs, copyright 2013 Lovey Letters By Leah

I think they’re perfect, don’t you?!

Leah at Lovey Letters By Leah was not only easy to work with, but she produces these pieces of art quite quickly, and always with a smile (even through email!). It’s simple to see this handmade business soaring to new heights because Leah is right, this is what has been missing from the nursery dĂ©cor world all this time.

What’s In It For You?

Lovey Letters By Leah is giving away TWO wonderful prizes: 11 x 14 Initial Wall Letters, one per winner!! (a $23 value per letter)

These letters are fully customizable & can be done with Leah’s painless process:

The order process:
1) You choose the size of letters you would like. Either initials or the spelling of a full name.
2) Tell Lovey Letters By Leah your colors, font type, and theme or any decals you’d like to add.
3) Lovey Letters By Leah will then provide a story board of the design ideas for your approval.
4) Once approved, Lovey Letters will start hand crafting your letters. Each frame is individually cut along with the letters just for you. LLbL will then add the paper designs of your choosing. Each frame is trimmed with ribbon of your choice. She can add a bow for hanging or a saw tooth hanger, whichever you prefer.
5) Once completed, LLbL will send you final photos for your approval before shipped.
6) Each letter is individually wrapped in cellophane with ribbon. They will arrive ready to be gifted or a special gift just for you!
Doesn’t that sound like FUN?! We think so!
Tell us what you want to do with your letter, should you win! Where will you hang it? What colors will you work with? What designs do you love and can’t live without?
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Two (2) winners will receive one (1) 11 x 14 Initial Wall Letter by Lovey Letters By Leah (a $23 value). Contest begins November 25, 2013 at 12:00am and ends December 2, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Monday, December 2, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states after verification and creation process is complete. Entries will be verified.
.Full disclosure: Lovey Letters For Leah provided me with a set of wall letters to review to be able to write this post. I have not been compensated in any other way to feature Lovey Letters For Leah in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).
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Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Arts, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Children, Christmas, Creative, Etsy, Favorite Things, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Holiday Gift Ideas, holiday shopping, Holidays, Jewelry, Lovely Lyla Jean, Product Review, Reviews, Shopping, Support Handmade, Toddlers, Work From Home, Working Mom | 0 comments

Lovely Lyla Jean – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Lovely Lyla Jean – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

All right, lovely people, it’s getting a little crazy around here. It’s about to get a heck of a lot crazier with a giveaway from one of my favorite children’s accessories shop.

Let me introduce you to Lovely Lyla Jean!

A wee side-note – I would not have met Melissa Griffo, owner of Lovely Lyla Jean, if it wasn’t for the Rochester Brainery. Melissa & I tabled next to each other at a Brainery Bazaar show this past summer. *Rochester, NY Locals: If you haven’t made it to a Brainery Bazaar, you are seriously missing out! LOADS of unique, handmade goods from an eclectic mix of artisans. Second Saturday of each month, and TWO SHOWS in December!)

Lovely Lyla Jean creates the most fun and whimsical accessories for girls & boys! The Chunky Bubblegum Beaded Necklaces are what stand out, but there are oh-so-many more sparkly pretties to select!

Lovely Lyla Jean holiday purple necklace

Melissa is a super-fun Mom to two littles who began creating her beautiful jewelry for her toddler daughter. What little girl doesn’t LOVE jewelry, right? (What little boy, for that matter?!) Where she finds the time, I’m not sure, though I have a pretty good idea it’s in between her full-time job, making dinner, and catering to her small children. You know, there’s just so much time left in a day to whip up lovely necklaces, earrings, and other accessories. Yes, I think that’s spot on. 😉

Lovely Lyla Jean earrings

Lovely Lyla Jean’s pieces are fun to play dress-up with, yet sophisticated enough to wear for a photo shoot or a family outing. Melissa is great about creating customized jeweled pieces to coordinate with that favorite outfit, especially with upcoming holiday attire. If you don’t see something that matches in her shop, she will be more than willing to whip up something wondrous for your little charmer to don in those Christmas card photos (sneaking up on us quickly!).

Lovely Lyla Jean Christmas
Lovely Lyla Jean Hair Ties

It’s no surprise that the creations that come from Lovely Lyla Jean’s shop are so much fun – Melissa is a ball of energy with lots of laughter and a positive outlook on life. She is excellent fun to be around, and that certainly shines through in her art.

Lovely Lyla Jean Thanksgiving

When I saw Lovely Lyla Jean’s display at the Bazaar, I knew our kids had to have a handful of somethings from her shop. We ended up with a few zipper pulls and hair clips. Our son wears his zipper pull on everything, his belt loop, backpack, he even clips it on his shirt and pants. The hair clips are so adorable on the girls, and they always get compliments when they wear them. It’s hard not to purchase everything Melissa makes, it’s all just so darling! I sincerely hope she has plans to expand to making jewels for Mom…I think I need a chunky bubblegum bead necklace stat!

Lovely Lyla Jean Sweets

Photo by The Whimsical Sweet

Get your cutie gussied & get ready to accessorize, because Lovely Lyla Jean is giving away a super adorable Purple & Cream Faux Pearl Holiday Toddler Necklace and Bracelet Set (valued at $32.50)

– Lovely gift for your favorite Daughter, Granddaughter, Goddaughter or Niece
– Necklace measures 19 inches long with 2 inch extender chain for adjustable sizing
– Bracelet is made of strong highly stretchable cord to stretch and fit little wrists
– Perfect addition to any holiday outfit
– Beautiful photography prop for your holiday photo shoot
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ENTER TO WIN HERE!

In the meantime, visit her shop or read her blog, and for goodness sakes, start making a list of every little girl you know and gift her lots of lovelies from Lovely Lyla Jean this holiday season!! Start SHOPPING!

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive a Purple & Cream Faux Pearl Holiday Toddler Necklace and Bracelet Set (a $32.50 value). Contest begins November 11, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 18, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Monday, November 18, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize must be claimed within one week of winner announcement. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within two weeks of winner announcement and claim. Entries will be verified.

Full disclosure: I have not been compensated in any way to write this post or feature All About Kraft in this post. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).

All photos copyright Lovely Lyla Jean, unless otherwise noted.
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Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Arts, Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Carnival Party, Children, Christmas, Crafts, Creative, Etsy, felting, Friends, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Handmade, Handmade Holiday, Happy Birthday Banner, Holiday Gift Ideas, holiday shopping, Holidays, Homemade, Party, Product Review, Reviews, Second Seed In Stitches, Shopping, Stay At Home Mom, Support Handmade | 0 comments

Second Seed In Stitches – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Second Seed In Stitches – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Becoming a handmade artisan is one of the neatest achievements I’ve made in my lifetime, probably because it has opened my life to other handmade artisans. Each show I attend, I meet an eclectic and superb batch of people who likely think outside the box and are generally lovely people all around.

Not too long ago, at a monthly Brainery Bazaar hosted by Rochester Brainery, I was showing my playable art alongside Nancy Topolski, owner and creator for Second Seed In Stitches. I was immediately blown away by Nancy’s colorful display – ranging from her oh-so-adorable “Foundlings” to the hand-knitted fingerless gloves and felted floral arrangements. I just knew we’d become friends.

We spent the entire day chatting, everything from schooling (and un-schooling) to how to succeed in the handmade craft business. You see, Nancy’s a pro. She’s been in the game for a while longer than myself. She is full of excellent advice and had a gentle approach in lending her ear to my newbie questions. I wanted to share Nancy and her work with the world, so I decided right here on The Whimsical Sweet would be a good place to start.

Banner by Second Seed In Stitches Photo copyright Pamela Rayburn Photography 2013

Banner by Second Seed In Stitches
Photo copyright Pamela M. Rayburn Photography 2013

Nancy created a one-of-a-kind birthday banner as part of The Big Carnival Bash. It was on display throughout the party, and it definitely added exactly what we were looking for. I don’t think the party would’ve been complete without the banner hanging proudly above the photo booth. I asked that she make one of her felted banners customized with red & white stripes and black lettering. She didn’t even have to ask any questions. She just got it. I love people that just get it.

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Banner by Second Seed In Stitches
Photography copyright Pamela M. Rayburn Photography 2013

Second Seed In Stitches is led by a strong and passionate woman who has a beautiful handle on her craft (or crafts, as the case may be). I have yet to see all of the varieties of art Nancy is capable of creating, but those I have seen, I have fallen in love with. Though she is no longer making the banners, her Foundlings are always available in her etsy shop & usually present at her shows. They are FANTASTIC! She gets down to creative business & repurposes/upcycles old wool sweaters into fantabulous, soft, furry creatures she calls Foundlings. Every child should have at least one, and grown-ups, two or more!

Nancy Topolski foundling

The good stuff? Second Seed In Stitches is giving away a super-fun, handcrafted felted “happy birthday” banner to one lucky reader! This fun & festive banner measures approximately 5 ft. with plenty of grosgrain ribbon for hanging.

Nancy Topolski banner

Everyone needs a family banner to celebrate birthdays year after year. It’s such a great addition to any celebration. We are looking forward to unpacking ours for each birthday for many years to come.

ENTER TO WIN!!

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Good luck!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive one (1) ‘Happy Birthday’ banner from Second Seed In Stitches (a $50 value). Contest begins November 9, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 16, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Saturday, November 16, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize must be claimed within one week of winner announcement. Prize will be shipped to any of the 48 contingent U.S. states within one week of winner announcement. Entries will be verified.

Full disclosure: Second Seed In Stitches is providing the winner with the prize of a felted birthday banner. I was not compensated in any other way to feature this artist. All opinions are my own It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :). I support local, handmade art and you should, too. :)

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Carnival Party, Children, Creative, Giveaways, Memories, Pamela Rayburn Photography, Photography, Product Review, Reviews, Stay At Home Mom | 4 comments

Pamela Rayburn Photography – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Pamela Rayburn Photography – Review and GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Good photography is hard to find. Great photography is very hard to find, yet we have found a lovely, talented photographer in Pamela Rayburn Photography.

I was first introduced to Pamela’s work through my beautiful (on the inside and out!) niece. Pam photographed my niece to introduce her Beautiful SENIORS packages. Well, she set her standards high and delivered! Every single photo she created is just gorgeous. Beautiful. STUNNING. Every photo induced a jaw-drop in awe.

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We asked Pam to capture the Big Carnival Bash we threw in celebration of our daughter’s fifth birthday. She obliged, and went above and beyond any expectations as well as anything we asked of her. She captured the fun, the beauty, the child within all of us.

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The editing is pristine. Pamela insures each photo has the perfect finishing touches, and seems to have more fun in the process!

pamela rayburn carnival zoe

The amazing thing about Pam is we hardly knew she was there. She snuck around trees and other barriers to grab the perfect shot time and time again. Even better, she is kind, humble and fun – a requirement in my book! She is so easy to work with and collaborate, and has many more great ideas than I could imagine. Delightful!

pamela rayburn carnival kelsey pamela rayburn carnival marsden pamela rayburn carnival duck pond

There is something so incredibly special about being able to see a moment happen, then capture it into an image forever loved. It takes true talent. To depict relationships, feelings, emotions…well, that’s what differentiates the great from the good.

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Pamela Rayburn is a great photographer. We have fallen in love Pamela Rayburn Photography! Now it’s your turn. Just in time for the holidays, Pamela Rayburn is offering $100 off her normal creation fee or prints!! Locals to Rochester, NY & Finger Lakes region: this is HUGE!

Enter to win HERE!

View slideshows of Pamela Rayburn Photography’s work and visit her Facebook page.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive one (1) credit valued at $100 off a creation fee or prints, to be chosen by winner at time of booking, from Pamela Rayburn Photography (a $100 value). Contest begins November 5, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 12, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Tuesday, November 12, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize can be claimed anytime after giveaway ends and is valid for one (1) year following winner announcement. Entries will be verified.

Full disclosure: Pamela Rayburn Photography provided me with several hours of her time to photograph our party. I was not compensated in any other way to write this post or to feature Pamela Rayburn Photography. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Birthday Parties, Birthdays, Carnival Party, Children, Creative, Giveaways, Memories, Pamela Rayburn Photography, Pamela Rayburn Photography, Photography, Product Review, Reviews, Stay At Home Mom | 3 comments

Pamela Rayburn Photography – Review and GIVEAWAY!

Pamela Rayburn Photography – Review and GIVEAWAY!

Good photography is hard to find. Great photography is very hard to find, yet we have found a lovely, talented photographer in Pamela Rayburn Photography.

I was first introduced to Pamela’s work through my beautiful (on the inside and out!) niece. Pam photographed my niece to introduce her Beautiful SENIORS packages. Well, she set her standards high and delivered! Every single photo she created is just gorgeous. Beautiful. STUNNING. Every photo induced a jaw-drop in awe.

pamela rayburn amelia 1pamela rayburn amelia 5 pamela rayburn amelia 4 pamela rayburn amelia 3 pamela rayburn amelia 2

We asked Pam to capture the Big Carnival Bash we threw in celebration of our daughter’s fifth birthday. She obliged, and went above and beyond any expectations as well as anything we asked of her. She captured the fun, the beauty, the child within all of us.

pamela rayburn carnival leah pamela rayburn carnival morgan pamela rayburn carnival parker

The editing is pristine. Pamela insures each photo has the perfect finishing touches, and seems to have more fun in the process!

pamela rayburn carnival zoe

The amazing thing about Pam is we hardly knew she was there. She snuck around trees and other barriers to grab the perfect shot time and time again. Even better, she is kind, humble and fun – a requirement in my book! She is so easy to work with and collaborate, and has many more great ideas than I could imagine. Delightful!

pamela rayburn carnival kelsey pamela rayburn carnival marsden pamela rayburn carnival duck pond

There is something so incredibly special about being able to see a moment happen, then capture it into an image forever loved. It takes true talent. To depict relationships, feelings, emotions…well, that’s what differentiates the great from the good.

pamela rayburn carnival charlotte pamela rayburn carnival chloe pamela rayburn carnival friends 2 pamela rayburn carnival friends

Pamela Rayburn is a great photographer. We have fallen in love Pamela Rayburn Photography! Now it’s your turn. Just in time for the holidays, Pamela Rayburn is offering $100 off her normal creation fee or prints!! Locals to Rochester, NY & Finger Lakes region: this is HUGE!

Enter to win HERE!

View slideshows of Pamela Rayburn Photography’s work and visit her Facebook page.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: One (1) winner will receive one (1) credit valued at $100 off a creation fee or prints, to be chosen by winner at time of booking, from Pamela Rayburn Photography (a $100 value). Contest begins November 5, 2013 at 12:00am and ends November 12, 2013 at 12:00am. Winner will be announced Tuesday, November 12, 2013 via sweet whimsy designs’ Facebook page. Prize can be claimed anytime after giveaway ends and is valid for one (1) year following winner announcement. Entries will be verified.

Full disclosure: Pamela Rayburn Photography provided me with several hours of her time to photograph our party. I was not compensated in any other way to write this post or to feature Pamela Rayburn Photography. It was completely my own doing, simply a collaboration, and I hope you never thought otherwise, even for a second :).

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