Friday, November 28, 2014

Casual Friday

Are you out shopping today? Is it crazy out there? I completely avoid shopping on Black Friday. I'd rather shop online while wearing my PJs any day of the week.

I've been working on quite a few cuffs for customers. Visit my shop to see the restocked items. There are some cute ones!

Linking up with Two Thirty Five Designs for Casual Friday.

I couldn't resist snagging this argyle cuff from my shop for myself. I love it with chambray. It is both casual but dressy. Perfection.

Shirt from Ann Taylor Loft

Scarf from Old Navy

Leather Cuff from My Shop

Boyfriend Jeans from Gap

Dingo boots from Macy's

Remember you can save 20% at my shop by using the code SHS20.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Restocked and Ready!

I find myself blogging less and less these days. I do miss it though!

I'm still an avid reader and read every opportunity I have. I have a backlog of book reviews to post. I'm surprised how popular my reviews are but I'm thankful you like my reviews. I'll get back to them soon.

On an exciting note, my shop is restocked and ready for the holidays! My rose jewelry sales slow down over the cold winter months. I have put a lot of thought into how to branch out. My girls leather cuff bracelets sell so well that it is hard to keep them in stock. Leather cuffs are popular so I have stocked up on some leather cuffs that you can personalize yourself. It's fun! Basically you pick a cuff you like, and find a metal blank that you think would look good with your cuff. Choices include:

From there you think of a phrase that has meaning to you. Or maybe you already have a sentiment of your own and that's cool too! Here are a few we've used:

From here we'll hand stamp your message on your cuff. I hope you will like them and tell everyone you know about them. Here are some pics for you:

Here are some pics of some of selection of cuffs you can purchase at my shop. These are just a few of them. Visit www.sillyhappysweet.bigcartel.com for the entire selection.

I don't know why I never started an Instagram page for Silly Happy Sweet. I've had my bigcartel shop, blog, and Facebook page for some time. Won't you do me a favor and follow @sillyhappysweet on Instagram?

And because I love my blog readers, save 20% off any leather cuff by using the code SHS20 on any purchase from my shop.

I hope you are having a blessed and beloved Thanksgiving weekend. Stay safe out there while shopping! :)

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Monday, June 2, 2014

SHS Book Club--And the Mountains Echoed

I read And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini in three days. I didn't want to put it down but I didn't want it to end. I love books that take you to other places--books that have characters with real depth and heart. This is that kind of book. This is my first Hosseini book. I have The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns on my "Want to Read" list. I've read that And the Mountains Echoed isn't as good as his other two. If that is the case, I can read those two because I thought this was so good! I am saving those two for later because I know once I start them I will probably not put those down.

The book takes place in Afghanistan, Paris, San Francisco, and a Greek island. Don't worry, it is easy to follow. The theme of the novel is about separation. Despite the sad theme, the book is beautifully hopeful. If you see this book at your library, snap it up. My library never seems to have it available. I was on a waiting list for it.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

SHS Book Club--The Husband's Secret

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is a book about a husband who writes a letter to his wife in the event of his death only his wife finds the letter while her husband is still alive. Intriguing, right? The plot had serious potential but it kind of all fell apart for me. I would have loved to see this book go more of the mystery route, instead it felt more like chick lit. The women in the book didn't have much depth and seemed gossipy and blah.

Having said that, I definitely got through the book quickly and wasn't bored. It is a good summer read. I can imagine this story being a "movie of the week" type of movie. Just like those movies, you are pulled in in the moment but asked months later what the book is about, you can't remember and have to read the jacket to recall.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Creating a Fairy Garden/Linking up with Lily Jade for Giveaway!

It's warming up outside and that means Fairy Garden time! It seems that any nursery you go into has a whole section devoted to creating a fairy garden. They even host Fairy Garden parties, which MiniMe wants to do for her next birthday.

You can create a Fairy Garden for very little or you can go all out. It's really up to you and your budget. We spent about $75 on items for our two gardens--my daughter and I each made one. We had the pots and soil already so that was just for the little trinkets. Looking back, I actually think we could have spent way less but once you're in the nursery looking at all the little cuteness, you go crazy. After looking at some Pinterest boards, I realize there are many items you have around your home you could use--corks from wine bottles, rocks or pebbles from old fish tanks, old dollhouse furniture, tiny tea party dishes, bark from your garden, sea glass, sea shells, sand, beads and so much more--just look around!

Here is a pic of my supplies and plants before we start planting. MiniMe is planting a Fairy Garden and I am planting a Gnome Garden.

The first thing to do is to prep your pot with soil. We each have large pots that we can pull inside in the winter. Make sure if you are planting live plants that you have a hole at the bottom of your pot as well as a protective plate to prevent leaks on your carpet/wood when you pull your pot inside. We live in Colorado so we will be pulling our pots in.

Once you have your pot filled, just start creating and arranging. We kept our succulents in the center and plants that will grow more on the side so they won't take over the garden.

Here is the overview of my finished Gnome Garden and then a close up of some of the details:

And MiniMe's Fairy Garden:

Making a Fairy Garden with your daughter(s) is a fun way to spend time together. You don't even have to be a green thumb to make it work (I'm definitely not one!). Most of the plants are super hearty and it is easy enough to dig a hole and water on occasion. It will definitely get you in the mood for spring/summer!

I'm so excited and honored to link up with Lily Jade today to host a giveaway of a statement necklace and brooch from my shop! If you aren't familiar with Lily Jade, check out the site. Lily Jade sells beautiful designer diaper bags. How fabulous is the Madeline bag? I mean seriously, how many times do you have to drop what you're doing to help your little one? Every diaper bag should have a backpack option. Tori Spelling featured her Lily Jade bag on her Instagram account. Lily Jade followers can enter the code LILYJADE30 from now until Friday to save 30% off their purchase.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hickory Cap Finished!

I love Brooklyn Tweed. BT if you're listening, can I please become a test knitter and receive all of your patterns for free? I can't say enough great things about this company and their BEAUTIFUL patterns.

This cap was so very simple to knit and hardly requires much yarn at all. It only requires 160 yards of worsted weight wool! I have enough yard from my skein to knit one more. Below is the image that drew me to the pattern in the first place. I was looking for a hat that didn't smoosh my hair and make it static-y. This cap accomplishes just that.

Visit the Brooklyn Tweed site if you knit--you won't be disappointed. I have a long list of future projects. Their design team deserves some major kudos for making knitwear more fashion forward.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

SHS Book Club--My two favorite books of 2013

I'm still catching up with books I read last year. I'm lumping two books together in this post because they were my absolute favorite. The first is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. There are no words. This is a beautifully, touching book. The setting is Alaska, 1920. The main characters, Jack and Mabel are a childless couple who make their home in the brutal Alaska wilderness. The Snow Child story is inspired by a Russian folktale in which an elderly childless couple make a snow child that comes to life.

A lot of reviewers have commented that the beginning of this book is slow moving. I didn't notice that at all but mostly because it kept my attention and was so beautifully written that I was captivated. Having been to Alaska, I loved the imagery this author created. It's amazing to me that this is Ivey's debut novel. What an incredible first book! I felt emotionally tied to the characters and was invested in their outcome. Without giving too much away, there are some really touching parts that might even make you cry.

I'm not sure what this book is classified as--adult or young adult or fantasy. I wouldn't normally pick up a book based on a folktale but I'm so glad I did! After turning the last page, I put the book down and thought that it was one of the best books I've ever read. It was super satisfying.

My second favorite book of 2013 was also somewhat in the "fantasy" realm. It is called The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay but who was brought to life by a rabbi using magic. Chava looks and operates as a human being. She has the special ability to read people's thoughts. She arrives in New York in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni (genie) who is trapped in a copper flask and released by a tinsman in New York City in the same timeframe. The story takes you through their individual stories until they eventually intertwine. It is really hard for me to describe this "fairytale" and do it justice without giving the plot away. But I want so badly to express the reason you should read this book. Though it sounds fantastical and strange, the tale that Wecker weaves through these two characters is not only beautiful but leads you to examine the deeper meaning of the book, of life.

I read that it took seven years for Wecker to write this book. This was her debut novel as well. I can't believe my two favorite books of 2013 were written by new authors! She did a tremendous amount of research before she tackled the writing. It's obvious that she did the work. I was able to envision New York in the early 1900s as if I was walking the streets myself.

Chava and Ahmad became very real and tangible to me while reading this book. I found myself Googling terms like "golem" and "jinni" just to learn even more about the historical background of these fantasy creatures. I knew that genies were of middle eastern folklore. I didn't know much about golems but they are of Jewish folklore. A golem reference even appears in the Bible--Psalm 139 when God uses the word golem and in translation refers to our "unshapen forms."

Anyway, give this book a chance. Don't let the unusual plotline deter you. It's rated 4+ stars on Goodreads.com for a good reason. I was so hesitant to pick it up but then kept reading the reviews and I'm so glad I did. Not once did I ever consider giving up on the book as I had fears I would. I found myself excited to press on and find out how things end for Chava and Ahmad.

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