Friday, January 4, 2008

I'm Back! Yummy Monday, 100th Post Party & A Giveaway!

Well Hello, Sweets! Did you think I "fell in," as my mother would say?? OH gosh...I nearly DID "fall in," Sweet Friends! Here's what has happened since I last blogged:

-A move to a lovely new nest
-Found out no phone hook-up (should have been done during construction....) which of
course meant NO INTERNET!!!!


-Baby abruptly stop nursing, leaving me painfully engorged. I was seriously considering
nursing anyone or anything. No joke.

-I got very sick with a flu

-Finally got phone line/internet hooked up last week....a full 3 weeks after moving in

So by some miracle, I am back, mostly in one piece, SOOOOO very grateful and feeling quite blessed and happy. I have MISSED YOU, Sweets! It has been a good little hiatus and I feel grateful for the perspective it brought me. I am hoping to be a bit more "balanced" in 2008 and quitting all my internet "doings" cold turkey (albeit not willingly!) kind of forced me to begin to move toward that.

But GUESS WHAT?????? I am writing this from my NEW STUDIO! Glory Hallelujah! I am quite simply and totally IN LOVE with this lovely little room. I only wish you could all visit me in it. I will show piccys very soon....later this week, I think.

But today is something very special that takes priority over even a new studio.....
As promised, it's my 100th Post Party & Giveaway!

100 posts....can you believe it? I was absolutely floored when I realized I had posted 99 times. Wow! What a lovely few months it has been and I feel so lucky to have met so many lovely new friends and made so many wonderful connections in such a short period of time. This party is about YOU, Sweets!This post is to thank YOU for being here, whether you just arrived for the very first time or have been with me from the beginning.

I started blogging, thinking it would be fun to comment back and forth with my friend, Lauren, who moved up north and kept talking about her blog and how much fun she was having with it. She sent me to look at lots of pretty blogs and we would talk about them but I never imagined that I would actually have a blog myself. One day I decided to give it a whirl and was SHOCKED by how simple it was....and how fun! Very quickly I found other like-minded gals blogging, flickering, etsying, swapping and the rest of it....oh what fun! And before I knew it I had linked to all sorts of wonderful places and other people had linked to me and now here I am, having my 100th Post Party. Wonder of wonders! All of this is because of YOU, blogland, and because of that I am going to not only have Yummy Monday but also give something away. Hang in there with me through all my yummies, because the very last Yummy on my list is something I'm going to give away....

So get ready, get set, and here we go!

Now isn't this precious? You must go look at this listing for all the delicious details. And this seller's store is worth perusing, as well. She's a girl after my own heart!
YUMMY THING TWO: Vintage Refrigerator Drawer by Summersdarling

Pat (who has a really fun blog I love to visit!) has a whole group of matching pieces in her store but this one is my favorite of the bunch. Isn't this perfect for keeping crafty goodness in?

YUMMY THING THREE: Vintage Cup by Time*Goes*By

Dear little cup! Perfect for housing little doo-dads or for display in a little (or big!) girl's room. And the price is right!

YUMMY THING FOUR: Vintage Children's Vanity

I hesitated to show you this one. I had to really mull over whether I could find a spot for this in MY house before I showed it to anyone else. But alas, there is not even a corner! But isn't it just the most darling thing you have ever seen??? A sweet little matching tuffet out of some vintage barkcloth would be just the ticket.

These look like such fun! Whether for Valentine's Day baking or crafting, these are definitely adorable.

YUMMY THING SIX: Sweetest Trench Coat by Gymboree
I am seriously depressed that this coat doesn't come in a grown-up size and that my girlies have more coats than there are days to wear them. But for the coatless cuties in your house, consider this treat...YUMMY THING SEVEN: Cupcake Dress by Gymboree

I got this for my three-year-old for Christmas and honestly, I would be o.k. if she wore this every day of the week. She is simply scrumptious as it is, but in this coat (and the matching hat), she is downright edible. This sweetie is on sale, so hurry over and get one while they're still hot!YUMMY THING EIGHT: Vintage Trinket Box

I don't know what it is, but I just love this. I think it's the little gal's face, which is positively DEAR, as well as the way her skirt is spread as if she's sitting on the box. I have NO CLUE why her shirt is the color it is, but even that is charming in its own way! Plus I am just a container fanatic if you haven't realized that before now!YUMMY THINGS NINE AND TEN: Myrtle & Girdle Valentine Pretties by Rosey Posey Confections (ME!)

Meet Myrtle and Girdle. These chubby bird friends are just so happy to have found one another...who knew there was another bird out there who was just as chubby and polka-dotted as they? These sweet pieces are part of my DOLL collection for girls. Bubblegum pink tee or dress, custom-designed in YOUR doll's size. Will arrive at your doorstep with size and hang tags for gift-giving. See my etsy shoppe or email me for ordering details!

AND NOW.....drumroll please....

YUMMY THING ELEVEN: "You're a Doll" Vintage Valentine Shadowbox (a.k.a. THE GIVEAWAY!)

This piece is actually the prototype for a kit I'll be offering very soon...more details later this month. I've had this concept in my head for MONTHS and finally found all the bits and pieces I wanted. I have several of these itty bitty little vintage bisque dolls (they are only about 1.5" tall!), some vintage wallpaper like you can see as the background of this piece, vintage German glass glitter, vintage millinery flowers, antique jewelry and even old love letters from the 1920's! But what I'm giving away is this already-finished piece. The entire piece is only about 5" tall and can either sit or hang from a velvet ribbon loop.

I can't wait to get these kits into my store, hopefully in the next week or two. I think you'll love creating your own little heirloom piece, either as a gift or something to use in your own home. But I thought I'd give away my very first piece in this "series" in honor of my 100th post!

So the way this giveaway will work is that I will wait until this coming Sunday (that gives you nearly a week) at 10 p.m., when I will draw a name from all of those who have commented here or on any other posts I do this coming week, and I will announce NEXT MONDAY who has won!

Thank you again, dear friends, for all you say, do and write here on my little bloggy! I had no idea I would be blessed so much by all of you!

BIG HUGS and MUCH LOVE to each of you....

Cheryl :)


The Rose Room said...

Have missed your 'confections'. So glad you are back. As always just delicious, you do find the best things!
Happy 100th post, Rachael:)

Just Between Us Girls said...

Wow Cheryl...I am absolutely thrilled to see you back on your blog...blogging away and this entry is sweet and so much fun. What a lovely give away. Great idea. I also like the great items you always list showing everyones work. Love it. So happy you are back. It is always so much fun to read your blog. Pat

Alison Gibbs said...

Cheryl, welcome back. It sure has been a while. So many things happening in your life.Hope you are over the flu.
Congratulations on 100 posts and the giveaway.
It's great to have Yummy Monday back.

Scrappy Jessi said...

wowzers girl
you have been crazy busy!!!
congrats on your 100th post !
and im so excited to see YOUR space.
awesome treats for the giveaway!
over the top!
i joined the swap. it's going to be so much fun!!!
welcome back sister,

pink23 said...

your vision is identical to mine! i love everything you love!

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello Sweet Cheryl! I'm so glad you're back. I have missed you!! You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I was hoping everything was working out well and it sounds like they did. You lucky!! Your very own studio!!! I do wish I could come over and see it. One of these days I hope for a studio of my own. Ouchy about the nursing!

Blessings to you and you family!
Hugs! Nancy

Dolly said...

Yay I am glad you are back Cheryl!
What a journey you have been on but now you can sit back and enjoy your new surroundings!

Love this post and I'd love to be entered into your give away!
Congrads on reaching 100....
I am at 100 posts too!

Hugz, Dolly

Sandi said...

I just found your blog a couple of "Yummy Monday's" ago. Really enjoy it. Congratulations on your 100th post. I may get there someday!

craftyhala said...

It's great to see you back. I have checked daily for so long! It's so much fun to see all you post.
Congrats on the 100th post.

twinkleshabbystar said...

YEAH!!!! YOUR BACK! WHOO-HOO! We've missed ya! A HUGE CONGRATS on your 100th post sweetie, AND your new studio!!!! Your Monday yummies are always a visual treat! Loooove your vintage valentines shadowbox giveaway! Sooo DARLING!!!!!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Welcome back Cheryl! I am so glad to hear you are happily settled in your new home. Missed you! xo Heather

Casii said...

I can't wait to see photos of your new studio space! Congrats on a 100posts!

Sophie Rose Designs said...

I've missed you!!!!
I'm so glad you're back!!! I can't wait to see the pics of your lovely new studio!!! Congrats on your 100th post and please sign me up too for that darling shadowbox!

*Hugs* Dara

Sandy said...

Welcome back Cheryl! I missed you girl! I can't believe you already have your studio decorated!! Did you know people will pay a $1 for an ounce of breast milk??LOL!! Anyway, I soooo want your prize!I saw it on flickr and commented on it before I knew it was a prize! Congratulations on your 100th post and for 'moving house'! xoxoxSandy

brenda bliss said...

So glad that you are back in the blogging world!!
Have fun getting comfy in your new nest!
brenda bliss

She'sSewPretty said...

Welcome back Cheryl! What a fun post your 100th post turned out to be. I'm going to go check out all of those fun things. Its too bad I don't have or know any little girls; I'd be buying one of those adorable dresses. Congratulations on the new house and the 100th post. You''ll have to let me know when Analise and maybe my daughter and I can come and visit the new studio! said...

I am so glad you are back and settled into that lovely new studio of yours. So glad to see Yummy Monday again, too.
Happy 100th~

Lori said...

Cheryl, SO glad you are back...i really missed your yummies:) i hope you are having fin feathering your new nest and lucky YOU to have a studio!!! i LOVE your sweet little dolly shadowbox, so cute:) congrats on your 100th post!!!

Anonymous said...

100 posts that is amazing, way to go crafty lady!!!!
Happy 100th!!

Tamy said...

Many congrats on 100 posts, that is quite a committment!! Have enjoyed @ 90% of them....
Cant wait to see pics of your studio, my mind is buzzing with swap ideas...Cant wait!
Enjoy your new nest!!
Happy New Year!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Fantastic picks and a giveaway--what a fun blog!! I'm going to add you to my list so I remember to come back often.

Smiles, Karen

Congrats on your 100th post!!

Stephanie said...

Missed your these last few weeks...the glove box set arrived and I was going to give it to someone as a Christmas gift but it was so beautiful I kept it for myself!!!
congrats on your 100th post and your new home!!!
Stephanie Rojas

whit said...

Ok Doah ok. So WHEN were you going to mention that your favorite little sister emailed it to you?!?!?!?! :) Just jokin. Ill take the credit anyway. So glad you bought it. Love you

Heather said...

Congrats on your 100th post. Very exciting!! Glad you got internet back and are getting settled in your new home. We missed you. Love your dollie kits!!!

Lisa said...

I just love all of your pictures. I got in on the swap from Jennifer's blog. I am so excited. Should be fun. Hope you are feeling better. We just moved too and I got a studio in our new home. I love it. Happy 100th post.

Heidi ( said...

Cheryl, Welcome back! Glad everything is settled down for you now! I *love* all your yummies today! My little Ellie (7 week old granddaughter) would look so cute in the dresses you've made!

Congratulations on 100 posts! Hope you have just as much fun posting the next one hundred!
Everyday Cookies blog

Atticbabys said...

Sweet Cheryl, SO glad you are back... You and your yummys have been missed! What a precious little dolly shadowbox!
Congrats on your new home & on your 100th post!!! Cant wait to see your new space

Loving My Life said...

I am most happy to see you back doll!! You have no idea how much I have missed you and your posts of yummies!!! I hate that you have had such a rough start in the new nest!! I love all the yummies and I want that vanity so bad!!! love you!!

Linda said...

Cheryl....your blog is a delight! And I LOVE those dolls!

Little Pink Studio said...

Yeah! Welcome back Cheryl!!
Congrats on 100 posts!!
I can not wait to see photos of your new studio!
Bummed I missed out on the Valentine everything you posted today!
~Cerri xoxo

Linda and Laura Lilly Cottage said...

Welcome back to blogland and congratulations on your new studio, with a new house...what a bonus!!! The house that is! It has been a joy to visit your blog, we also made it to 100 this did that happen so fast...woohoo!!! Big kiss noises and hugs to you, Linda Lilly Cottage.

Mercedes said...

Wow, congratulations . This post is great with all those yummy things as is usual in you. I have found some time ago and since that moment you are in one of my faves.
Wishing to see that great studio. I imagine you inspirations will be fantastic and share with all we follow you.
When you want come to my blog of this spanish girl

Cathy said...

Every single solitary "Yummy Thing" on the list is beautiful, epecially the children. OMG, how beautiful. I love that trinket box too.

I really love your beautiful pastel and creative treasures Cheryl. Thank you having a blog "give-away". Maybe I will be the lucky winner!

Congrats on your new studio and enjoy!


Sugar Bear said...

Congratulations to you on all of the fabulousness (well maybe not the no phone line, engorged, and flu parts!). Congrats on the new house and on your 100th post! Here's to the next 100.

Elaine Thomas said...

I hadn't emailed you in awhile. Congrats on your 100th post.
Smiles, Elaine

Elaine Thomas said...

Welcome Back, Nice to hear from you again!! Congrats on your 100th post Party & Giveaway!!

QueenB said...

You sound like you've been really busy.I'm so glad your back.I love all your goodies.
Congratulations on your 100th post! I hope there's many more to come.

Karin (creativechaos) said...

Welcome back Cheryl!! We've missed you too! Everything is wonderful that you listed...but that little dress you came up with is adorable!!! Boy, if I had girls...... Hope everything is running smoothly for you now!!!

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Cheryl, welcome back, we have missed you!! Congrats on your 100th post, here's cheers to the next 100! Great you have your own studio, that must feel FANTASTIC!!
Can't wait to see it:)
Jenn and Jacquixoxo

Denise said...

congrats on your 100th post!

Anonymous said...

Happy to see you back online. Congrats on your 100th & your new home. Wow! A studio! I want one. And, I want a sweet little vanity like the pic...I remember those when I was young & for years I have had a thing for vanities - I have all the stuff to put on one but no room for one - which is weird since I rarely wear make-up or do my hair! I do have a cute tiny porcelain one, 'tho.

Sweet Remembrance said...

Look at all the yummys!
Loving it all...

Lorrie said...

Glad to see you back! Congrats on your 100th post! Your blog has some wonderful eye candy! Lorrie

Shannon said...

You blog is wonderful! Congrats on the 100th post. I just celebrated my 100th as well! I will be back!