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OMG, I think I’m in love!

Sari silk! Have you seen it? Do you know what it is?
Amazing colors of vibrant silk sari remnants from the factory floors of India, sewn together to make ribbons by a women”s cooperative into a continuous strand of rich silk that you can knit, crochet, embellish, what have you!

 

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This colorful stuff is so inspiring, I simply can’t stop making things.

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Like this twice wrapped bracelet with inspirational charm.

And this
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How about these?
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The colors make me drool. I especially love using copper with the sari silk as it’s shine and color complement the rich silks perfectly.

This red necklace, will probably stay with me rather than going up on the Etsy shop. I just love it so much.

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Please tell me what you think in the comment section. Comments really make my day!

Be Beautiful!

Maureen

More plans. More planners. More freebies.

It’s crazy I know. This whole sub-culture of people addicted to using paper to plan their days and then binding those pages up in expensive beautiful leather. It’s crazy.
What’s even crazier is that those of us living in this sub-culture actually enjoy looking at other people’s planners and planner pages. We call it planner-porn.
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We love looking and planning and using all kinds of colors and stickers and things to decorate our planner pages.

For those of you shaking your heads, or out-right laughing now, let me ask you a question: Do you ever get stressed out because you can’t get a handle or your day? Or do you forget to do something because you wrote it on the back of an envelope and then lost that?

Not that I claim to be the world’s most organized person but I am organized. I love lists. I love making them and I love crossing things off them when I’m done.To do list in pink with wine glass

Even more so, I love colors. Colors that blend together well.

Here is a pink To Do list I created to use in my pink Filofax personal size Finsbury.

Please note the bottom of the list, a little glass of wine for when my list is complete. Ta Da!

Now my kikkiK Lilac. That is a beautiful creation.

It was a big decision to spend the money on this beauty but I am really glad that I did. When the package came I was so excited. You see, my Filo came from a store display case,not in a box and I got a good discount because it had some smudges and things on it.

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As a planner geek I took my time, and photos, of the opening of the box and taking out the planner. Thank you kikkiK for such fine packaging.

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Even the little zombie characters that populate my desk were awed by the beauty of the lilac and gold leather.

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Setting up the planner, of course, is the most fun and I am still working on making it perfect for me.

Like a true planner-nerd though, I have a free gift for all of you my kindred spirits.

Here is an insert Week On Two Pages that I created. It is in A5 size and FREE for you to download.

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Week on two pages
If you like it, keep checking back. I’m thinking of adding them to my Etsy shoppe. Wait, I should say I’m Planning on added them.

Besides, when you are a mom with two weddings in one year, who knows what else I need to plan!

Be Beautiful,

Maureen

Music Review- Train Bulletproof Picasso

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

September 16 is the day to catch a Train album. It’s the seventh and latest work from this three time Grammy winning band.

As soon as I hit play on this new album and heard the opening notes to “CadillacCadillac” I was hooked and undoubtedly that is what this solid group was aiming at. If you want something to add to your exercise playlist, I recommend this one.

The first single that’s been released “Angel In Blue Jeans” is clearly recognizable as Train and that is a good thing. Listening to this tune you can’t help bopping around,at the steering wheel, in the kitchen, at your desk. In particular this song has an old time Western movie theme sound and it carries it off with interest. Another track “Son of a Prison Guard” also plays with that theme.

“Bullet Proof Picasso”, the title track has thoughtful lyrics such as “Am I made of paper, cuz I tear so easily?”
“We don’t need a reason, cuz I got you, you got me tonight”. “Do you ever see the waves break, in to a million pieces?” Not Bob Dylan but lyrical and singable.

It’s not all a happy dance it’s nice to have mixture of tempos. “Don’t Grow Up So Fast” is exactly what is sounds like. Kids do grow up faster than a blink of an eye and this song touches the heart of any Mom or Dad. If this is playing in the mini-van you better have some tissues ready.

Train truly has engineered themselves to sounding soulful as well as rockin’ pop without bubblegum. There’s a reason why they quickly chug their way to the top of  the Top 15 of Triple A and Adult Top 40 radio in only a month.  Oh and yes, every pun intended.

The members of Train are:
Pat Monahan (vocals)
Jimmy Stafford (lead guitar)
Jerry Becker (rhythm guitar and piano)
Hector Maldonado (bass)
Drew Shoals (drums)

You can catch them tomorrow night on TV:
9/5 5pm ET Live 1-hour performance on QVC

If you still start shakin’ it when you hear “Hey Soul Sister” come on the radio, then you will definitely enjoy this new album. It would be great if you can share this post to get the news out that this album is coming out soon. #Bulletproofpicasso You won’t regret it. This is a Train that you will not want to listen away from.

Punny? huh?

Affiliate links to Amazon music store  and
iTunes here and on the right hand side-bar will bring right to the album for pre-order.

Affiliate links do pay me small sums of money. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Until the next time,

Be Beautiful!

Maureen

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Stocking up the Etsy Shop for Halloween

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September is here. The kids are back to school. Next, is Halloween.

When the boys were small Halloween was a BIG deal. Even though I could barely sew a stitch, I made some kick-ass costumes.

We had lots and lots of kids come by and often their parents as well. If you suspect your might be serving adult beverages, here are some spooky wine glass charms that I just made for the Etsy shop.
They come in sets of six and there are four sets to choose from.
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Are you thinking about going out as a Steam Punk Vixen? Here are a collection of sparkly, steamy, hair embellishments you may like to try.

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Lastly, check out the cool new packaging I designed for the hair clips.

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This will make them so much easier to display at retailers and for, the fabulous shopper to spot when you are out there doing your thing.

 

 

Hop on over to my Etsy shoppe and grab some treats for yourself before all the tricksters are at your door.

Be Beautiful,

Maureen

To cut or not to cut. Hair is the question.

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How cute is this actress from “Call the Midwife”? Such an adorable Pixie cut. It is sooooo tempting to chop my strands up to this style.

Right now, my hair is really long. Like Marcia Brady long.Marcia hair If we were to take the DeLorean back to the 70’s, Marcia is the girl I would want to share beauty tips with. She had the best hair. Marcia’s hair was what I aspired to. Then why is it, that now that I have it, I’m thinking of cutting it all off?DSC02253 I have had a variety of haircuts over the past several decades. Not all of them attractive.

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I think this was a low maintenance Mom cut.

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This one definitely involved horrible smelling perm solution and pink “perm rods”. Most likely done up in some girlfriend’s kitchen.

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I’m pretty sure this is a hybrid of the other two growing out. Quite possibly growing out so that I could then go to a salon and get a “spiral perm”. Thankfully, no photos of that exist.

 

Best of all, I don’t seem to have any photos of my Mullet. Yes, you read that right, a Mullet. All business in front and a party in the back.

What’s really holding me back from the pixie cut is that I don’t think my hair can do it in the same manner as say, Robin Wright. robin wright hair

That is a gorgeous Pixie cut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I do it I’m afraid I will end up looking like this.
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Nice lady. Nothing against her. Personally, I want my pixie cut to lie flat on my head and not pouf.

It’s only about six weeks until the NEXT wedding so a hair decision needs to be made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you all think? Cut it? Leave it?
Reading the comments is the best part so please leave one.

Be Beautiful!
Maureen

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Fall hair trends

Those of you who shop at my Etsy shop know that hair accessories are my favorite thing to create and they are the best sellers.  As I am ramping up production going in to the cooler months I Googled what is up and coming for Fall accessories. There weren’t a lot of articles available but it looks to me like flowers, headbands and flowered headbands are continuing to be on trend everywhere.

In this article from Harpers Bazaar it looks like a lot of updo’s are continuing to show up everywhere.

But, what if you’re like me and don’t want to take the time to pull your hair up into a bun, pin it, and then artfully mess it up?

Or, how about if you went for the Pixie cut and now you want to grow it out?

That’s where my Etsy shop comes in handy.

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I’ve got flowers, flowered headbands, headbands and clips in two sizes and a multitude of colors.
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There are even a bunch on clearance right this minute!

I think that you should hop right on over to my Etsy shop  and pick up a few hair accessories to perk up that Fall wardrobe.

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Be Beautiful.

Maureen

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Product Review and Giveaway: Yorkie Splash and Shine

This is Chloe. Chloe is as sweet as an angel in her soft white coat. She causes no trouble and is really delightful. She’s not a Yorkie, she’s a Maltese.But, she has step brother, Ollie.
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This is Ollie.
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He looks so sweet and adorable in that photo. He is sweet and he is adorable, but, he is definitely a terrier. He runs around like a crazy dog especially if there’s a horse on the televison. A horse, a dog, a cat, baseball, I guess pretty much anything on TV makes Ollie crazy.
It’s okay though, we love him anyway.

Both of these little sweeties do get pretty smelly.Both of these little sweeties are not too fond of getting a bath.
Lucky for them the great folks at Yorkie Splash and Shine sent us some samples to try. And, you can enter the raffle below to get some for yourself. But first, let’s see how the doggies liked it.

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Here they are in the tubbie. First off, the Yorkie Splash and Shine suds up really well and has a rich,soft feeling to the lather. That’s important, I find, because the better and faster it lathers means the less you need to use. Using less means less time in the tubbie for the little ones.

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Normally, I use a puppy shampoo on Ollie and a whitening shampoo on Chloe but Yorkie Splash and Shine is made especially for Ollie’s hair and is safe for use on other dogs. Also, I don’t normally use a conditioner on Ollie but we have used one on Chloe.

Mostly because it’s one more step. With these great samples came a detangler. Right now, both pups have their summer hair cuts but their ears and Chloe’s tail always need detangler so this was something nice to try.

I don’t know anything about ingredients but reading that label everything looks pretty good.

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Here’s the pupsters after the blow dryer.

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All in all, I love the way this shampoo worked. I will try it again and will definitely use the conditioner even though it’s an extra step. Ordinarily, after a bath Chloe’s hair feels almost like a cotton ball. It’s soft and nice but not really silky. After using this, I noticed that she was softer and silkier to the touch than usual.

Even with that, I I may not use again because the scent is too sweet for me. Yes, these little honeys are as sweet as can be but for me, personally, the scent is overpowering. But that’s me. Other folks may like it. My Dearest Darling who assisted with the bath, had no issue with the scent and he notices their smell when it’s bad before I do usually.
As for Chloe, either I didn’t wash her feet good enough or she definitely needs the whitening shampoo.
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Pictured here you can see that I used very little of the shampoo and conditioner in order to bathe two small dogs. For me, that’s a win. Less soap needed saves money and saves time in the tub for the doggies.

Enter the raffle below for a chance to win the a travel size of one each of these super duper doggie products.

                        

 

Good luck everyone!

Be beautiful!

Maureen

 

This is not a sponsored post. I was given products to sample. All opinions are 100% my own. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.