Saturday, October 23, 2010

Groovy Makes: Halloween Themed Collection: Please add your links...

Check out these spooky Halloween treasures Groovy Makes is featuring this week! So many fun things. I'm in love with the skull earrings...

Groovy Makes: Halloween Themed Collection: Please add your links...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

All You Need Designs.... WINNER!

And, the winner is...

comment number 26:
Bernadette said...

LOVE the candy striped snowflake earrings!

Congratulations Bernadette! I'll be emailing you to get you your charms. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

All You Need Designs Review and GIVEAWAY!!

I have some very exciting news! I was offered a chance to do a review and a giveaway from Heather over at All You Need Designs. Check out my gorgeous new wine charms...

in autumn colors no less. I'm in love. Perfect for the upcoming Bunko night I'm hosting for all my girlfriends. The charms are super cute, very well made, and are easy to put on and off the wine glass stems.

Heather has all sorts of awesome things in her Etsy shop. From bookmarks...

to beautiful earrings...

and even some graphic design work!

A little about Heather and her business:

My name is Heather and I'm the owner and designer of All You Need Designs - custom designing all you need! I've been married to my husband for 8 years, and we have 2 beautiful children - a 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter. I've always been a creative being - in school art was always my passion - especially painting and drawing. But sometimes life doesn't go the way you plan, and my day job does not involve much art or creativity. In my spare time, I taught myself how to use Photoshop and that's when I started graphic designing. When I first started planning my Etsy shop, it was going to be strictly for graphic design products, like invitations and cards. But then I started playing with beads, and it turned into another passion for me. It began with beaded bookmarks and then it exploded from there into wine charms, key chains, jewelry...I love thinking up new ways to use beads!

When I finally opened my shop in late June 2010, I decided to offer both in my shop - handmade items and
graphic designs. The great thing is that I've had some success with both. It's nice for me to have a variety of creative outlets because it allows me to change things up and stay busy. If I'm going through a dry spell with jewelry design ideas, I can turn on the computer and play with graphic designs instead. I love custom orders (for the handmade or digital items), so please don't hesitate to ask! I happily ship to both the US and Canada. Digital designs can be emailed anywhere in the world. I've had a lot of fun with my shop over the last few months and I'm looking forward to the holiday season and rolling out even more product ideas soon. So stay tuned!

Her Etsy shop:
Facebook fan page:

And, the big news for all Twisted Ribbons readers... Heather has generously offered a set of these charms to one lucky winner!

Heather says this about these wine charms:

Have you ever lost track of which glass if yours at a get together or party? Make it easy to tell which one is yours with these sweet wine glass charms.

This set of 6 hand beaded wine glass charms features gorgeous glass beads in shades of fall - brown, orange, gold, green, red and silver; each one complimented by a rustic flower charm. Wine glass charms come packaged in a small organza bag for easy storage.

Wouldn't these be fabulous for those fall get-togethers, and that Thanksgiving dinner?!? Here is how you can win.

To enter you must visit Heather's Etsy shop, come back here and comment with something that caught your eye. Include your name and an email address. This will count as one entry.

For additional entries...

1) Visit her Facebook page and "like" it. Come back and comment that you did in a separate comment.

2) Visit her blog, and follow her. Come back and comment that you did in a separate comment.

3) Visit my Facebook page and "like" it. Come back and comment that you did in a separate comment.

4) Follow my blog. Comment that you do in a separate comment.

5) Share this giveaway by clicking on the Facebook share button. Leave a separate comment saying you did.

So, you have 6 total possible entries!

This giveaway ends at noon CST, October 20th and is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. I’ll use to select the winning comment from this blog. Winner will be notified by email and posted on my blog. Good luck!

**Be sure to post your entries in separate comments! will choose from comment number**

Good luck everyone!


Sunday, October 10, 2010

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Don't forget - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Cancer Institute, 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with this disease in their lifetime.

Twisted Ribbons has a couple of new things to show support for this important reminder.

$2 from the sale of either of these two items will go directly to the Susan G Komen fund, supporting the research for the cure of this disease. These are both listed in my Etsy shop. I will make the donation, along with our family's donation at the end of October.

This disease has affected our family directly, as it has many others. If you are not already familiar, please review the risk factors and prevention methods appropriate for yourself, and your family on the Komen site.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What's for dinner 10/5/2010?!?

What do you cook for dinner? Any new recipes? These are common questions at any mommy related function these days. As more and more families seek cheaper alternatives to eating out and healthier recipes, a lot of us are eating at home more!

I love to cook. Wish I had time to make a big gourmet meal every night, but life gets in the way. But, I'm pretty decent at looking at the cupboard and throwing something together every night. I wish I was better at meal planning, but I never seem to have the patience for it. So, I'm more of a "it's five o'clock, what I can make for dinner" kind of girl.

Because a blog probably shouldn't be all about bows, I'm going to attempt to post at least one weekly recipe of something I made on the fly that week. We'll see how it goes!

So, here is this week's recipe from my freezer/refrigerator/cupboard... no prep, what so ever. Did I mention I don't measure things? So, just eyeball it... you'll be fine.

4 frozen tilapia fillets
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 cup Panko italian breadcrumbs
little feta cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil

Thaw fish in cold water. If you have a little lemon or lime juice, throw a bit in with the water to take away a little of the "fishy" taste.

Heat olive oil in non stick skillet on medium heat. Pull out three deep plates or bowls. Flour in one, egg and milk wisked together in another, panko crumbs in the third. Dip tilapia fillets in the flour, egg mixture, and the panko crumbs, coating each side. Throw fillets in skillet. Cook on each side until center is done (approximately 5 min per side for me), and top each fillet with feta cheese.

Serve dinner! I made some smashed red potatoes and salad as a side. It was delicious! Even my three year old loved it. My extremely picky five year old wouldn't touch it, but you can't win them all ;)