Thursday, June 30, 2011

Off the wall

Tina and Mick Ray are the perfect husband and wife team :) Their shop Off the wall expressions is full of awesome goodies. I already have a few new favorites to share with yall
I want this one when I own my own kitchen someday :)



Here is a little about the shop and wonderful owners

We are a husband and wife design team specializing in high quality vinyl graphics. We do our own designs, order production as well as local installation.
Our vinyl is the highest quality and we pride ourselves in great customer service.

We are so excited about vinyl graphics and lettering, and the many ways we can help you to express your personality!

Vinyl designs are quick and easy to apply, instantly transforming your space into something special. You can use vinyl to decorate, make a statement, motivate, inspire, amuse, and organize any area. Vinyl can be applied to any smooth surface such as walls, windows, wood, glass, refrigerators, plastic, bathtubs, picture frames, and many more. Use your imagination, or use ours.
"Helping you to Express Your Personality"

Tina & Mick

They also do custom designs, how awesome is that??? Ive always wanted to get a wall vinyl for my room. . . I already have a design cooking in my mind :) I cant wait to move into our house to get one. . so stay tuned for a future post on my bedroom design! ! !

Here is Off the wall expressions SHOP | BLOG |

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bits and Beads

This week I'm featuring Ms. Zoie and Mr. Leal from Bits and beads by Gilliauna on Etsy :) I usually show my faves at the end but I'm really digging some of these pieces.
Beautiful Lovebirds

extremely gorgeous bracelet

pink satin teardrops

One thing I noticed about Gilliauna is they have an awesome Layaway plan if your interested in an item and want to have a payment plan.

Between these awesome and talented jewelry makers there is 20 years of super experience <3 Here is a little bit about the shop from the owner's themselves. . .

At Bits n Beads by Gilliauna color and quality is what we are all about. Let us help add a little extra color to your life! The colors that surround us us add an extra level of beauty and richness to every day of our lives. Sometimes color isn't just seen but experienced through all the senses and even the emotions.

We strive to add a bit of extra color to your life and make each of your days a little brighter with a variety of colorful, quality pieces that will be perfect as a gift for yourself or for someone else!
Unique handmade artisan jewelry rich in color and quality includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, eyeglass chains, badge lanyards, charms, zipper pulls, rosaries and more. Custom requests welcome!

Stop by there | Shop | Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

The big day

If you recall from a couple of my last posts I was working on a wedding cake this last week. Well I was soooo nervous and stressed out I forgot of all things MY CAMERA! You can imagine my dismay when I got there set it all up and NO CAMERA! The first thing that came to my mind was my bloggy friends and how I promised yall some pics jejeje.

My dad being awesome as always let me borrow his IPhone to snap a pic. . . Its not the best quality ever but o well :(

I was also disappointed because my sister and I worked so hard on my outfit to make it all pin up and stuff jeje I will say though I had a BLAST doing my makeup <3 Maybe one of these I'll re-wear it and do my makeup the same as a little photoshoot jeje

Apart from all that I was so glad to be done with the cake, jejeje not that it wasnt any fun or anything. I LOVE making wedding cakes but this one was so difficult because we made it out of our apartment.

Since I didn't have any outfit piccys for you I'll share some pics from memory lane... these are some other wedding cakes Ive made in the past. . .
this was the 1st wedding cake I ever made

This couple LOVED autumn, they also got married in Oct.

This was my all time favorite :)
But if I can say so myself, the big 12 tier cake is my new favorite!

Well toodles for now loviess

Veronica grace <3

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Out with the old in with the new...

So before finishing the Panda hat I was sort of in a knitting/crochet rut. My sister recommended I listen to some of my favorite music for inspiration.

I know what some of you are thinking, "music for knitting inspiration, SAY WHAT?" well as crazy as it may sound my poems, story's, cakes, and knitting projects are mostly inspired by music! My all time favorite genre is swing :) Mostly because I grew up hearing my grandma and dad listen to it. Its so cheery and energetic, sort of makes you want to jump up and start dancing LOL

So anywhoooo what I was going to say before I got all discombobulated was that my sister's suggestion worked! Ive been on an inspirational roller coaster these days, and I must say I'm pretty happy with it.

Here are some pictures of my newest creations which are now all listed in my etsy shop YAY!

I named this first one after a song I LOVE from the Andrew sisters called "Boogie woogie bugle boy"
my sister willingly agreed to model for me <3

gotta love her jeje
So retro! LOVE LOVE

I love this one :) she was so tired after the long photoshoot I felt so bad for asking her to model LOL

So colorful. . .The Rain"bow" headband

Natures bow :) so outdoors-ish... lol
I also made a tutu for one of my niece's :) I cant wait for her to get it in the mail so she can snap some pictures, this one isn't the best pic ever but I thought I'd snap one for yall to see! IT HAD TO BE PINK OF COURSE!

So there are a few piccys of my latest creations, I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend and WONDERFUL father's day <3

Toodles for now loviess

Veronica grace <3

Friday, June 17, 2011

Soap and things

Today's awesome feature is on Ms. Sandy from Sandyverns soap and things :) There are so many amazing things in here shop I couldn't even cover it all in my post jeje so make sure to take a peek.

Here's a bit about the shop <3

Our soaps are made from scratch using the old-fashioned cold process method of combining various oils, butters, and lye in just the right amounts to create a luxurious soap that we are proud to offer to you. We make all our soap in very small batches so we have precise quality control over the entire process. After curing for 4 - 6 weeks, we hand-cut and individually package each soap. You know you are getting a soap that is finely crafted and one-of-a-kind!

We also make various molded soaps using a combination of quality goat milk and Shea butter bases, as well as oatmeal and honey bases. Molded soaps are great as party favors or wedding or shower favors.
Other items to look for in our shop are whipped Shea butter, lotion bars and lip balms.

If you need a custom order Sandy also does that also...

Most items can be custom made...if you are looking for a particular color...or particular scent...convo me and let me know what you are looking for...I will be happy to make something special for you!

But don't be fooled by all the soapy goodness :) Sandy also makes many other lovely things like earrings, stitch markers, bath bombs and all things hogsworth.

Here's a few faves!
Cupcake stitch markers!

brown sugar scrub soap

owl hogsworth soap

pink grapefruit bath bombs

Slytherin soap

She also has a Blog

The Boosting Etsy Shops Team's goal is to provide marketing support for each others Etsy and Facebook Fan pages to further this goal. Our team also shows support by offering free advertising for each other. We are a very dynamic, active group and we are now accepting new members!
The BESTeam is so much more then writing a feature every week! Its a team of caring and talented crafters on Etsy.
Please click the link above to find out more about this great team, and consider joining this team.

Monday, June 13, 2011

wedding blues

So I thought Id share a couple things Ive been LOVING lately. Im hoping to get these things soon <3 but first I thought Id share them with yall :)

I'm the cake lady at an upcoming wedding this Sunday, I REALLY want this dress jeje
and i want to do my hair like this for the wedding :) dita von teese is my idol LOL

Looooooove these sparkly PINK converse jeje

I want this panda sweater to match my new panda hat :)
So I don't know about all  of yall, but when I have to go to a wedding I get into a "shopping mood"

I think Ill be making my own dress though, and most likely wearing some red shoes I already have jejeje but like my dad always tells me, "it never hurts to dream"

Toodles for now

Veronica grace <3

Sunday, June 12, 2011

New and improved panda

Hey yall! After reading all your amazing comments with super awesome input I decided to out eyes on the panda! ! ! The amazing Maggie from mNg brought it to my attention that eyes could be a choking hazard so I used felt :) I also added a button as a nose. . . Thanks a million everyone for for your thoughts Here is the finished product

So that was pretty much a small post jejeje let me know what you think and if I get everyone's "O.K" I'll make a listing on etsy :)

Toodles for now loviess

Veronica grace <3

Friday, June 10, 2011

Red pandas

Ive wanted to get highlights for the LONGEST time :) for some reason I couldn't bring myself to want blonde. . . I just don't think it would look good on dark hair sooooooo after having made my appt I didn't decide what color I wanted until I was in THE chair lol. I decided on getting red <3 <3 <3 <3

Im soooooo in love and so excited with it I decided to share a couple pics with yall :) sorry for the shadows I have no idea why my pictures have shadows, maybe its the lighting. . .

I thought red eyeshadow suited the new look :)

Also I've made a new little hat, im not sure if I should put eyes on it or not. My parents think its cute. . . and I loooove it! Id really like your input though jeje

Hope you all have a super duper fabulously awesome weekend <3

Toodles for now

Veronica grace <3

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

my rainy story

It was a cold rainy day in the small city of Cochabamba. The clothes needed washing but it was to rainy to do it by hand, so I decided to set out on the venture of learning how to use the small new machine.

As I gathered up all the clothes I felt a chill sweep up my arm. I decided to grab a jacket and sandals, but when I went to my room I found some dirty socks on the floor that distracted me. Instead of grabbing my jacket and shoes I grumbled picked up the socks and went on my way. As I went outside into the rain I slipped on the ceramic steps and fell halfway downstairs, instead of heading back up to grab my shoes I pushed the small ordeal out of my head and continued out on the small journey.

Finally having made it to the small unsheltered washing space completely soaked to the bone, I began pressing buttons but it wouldn't turn on. 
Completely annoyed I realized the crazy machine wasn't even plugged in! Slowly and surely I grabbed the cord and plugged it in, before I knew it electric blue waves were running up and into my arm. I began screaming hysterically trying to let go but the electricity had a strong hold on my hand!

The horrific moment felt as if it had lasted forever while the neighbor ran out screaming and begging me to let go! Finally as if an angel was with me my hand let loose. My life was saved, but alas a new memory and future story had been created. 

To Taylor Lynn who inspired me to tell the story of how I electrocuted myself washing clothes! LOL
Veronica grace <3

Silly me :)

About 3 years ago on facebook someone tagged me in a fun little game... the rules were that you had to put your mp3/ipod on random and answer each question with the name of the song no matter how silly the answer was!

You might be wondering what this has to do with anything jejeje you see its been so long since Ive read my answers that when i did i thought I'd post it on here to give you all a laugh! Enjoy. . . some of these answers are seriously so funny but true in a way. 

come home soon

a passionate generation


i want my voice to be heard

to be where you are


i love you more than i love myself


me against the world

WHAT IS 2 + 2?
just like he said

mercy said no

Riot  (jajajaja thats funny XD)

the champion

You led me

sunday school rock... oo wow!

I belong to Ya


walking away


so close

monsters... no kidding jejeje!

I hope you all had a good laugh, if you feel like doing this i would seriously love to read your answers!

Have fun

Veronica Grace <3

Monday, June 6, 2011

Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse

One thing that immediately caught my attention from my feature for this week was the name :) I jumped in excitement as I went through the shop looking at all the amazing little goodies. I hope you all will enjoy this wonderful shop and what it stands for! ! ! This week I'm featuring Upcyle, Recycle, Reuse on Etsy. Her shop is full of cute, exciting recycled goodies, I'm hoping to get a few things from URR soon!

Thank you cards
She has everything from thank you cards to hand bound journals, here is a bit about URR.

Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse is where old products are given more value not less. The goal of this shop is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions. This Shop embraces Reuse and Upcycling converting waste materials into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

I know a lot of you might agree with me how important it is to be eco friendly :) I try to be as conscious about what I reuse as often as I can, So when I find little shops like this one its like find a diamond in the rough! ! !

Here are are a few of my faves <3 Enjoy
Love this card

ADORABLE cat envelopes

cute gift box

URR's Blog is also full of DIY  tips and tricks on how to recycle things you might have around your home! I have a few new crafts im dying to try out :)
Here is URR's Shop | Blog | Facebook page

Upcycle, Recycle, Reuse and I are members of the Boosting etsy shops team :)

The Boosting Etsy Shops Team's goal is to provide marketing support for each others' Etsy shops by writing WEEKLY features on our blogs. For those that have them, we encourage use of Twitter Accounts and Facebook Fanpages to further this goal. Our team also shows support by offering free advertising for each other. We are a very dynamic, active group and we are now accepting new members!
The BESTeam is so much more then writing a feature every week! Its a team of caring and talented crafters on Etsy.
Please click the link above to find out more about this great team, and consider joining this team!

7 little things

 The amazing Taylor lynn from Perfectly Sensible Nonsense awarded me with "the versatile blogger" award YAY! ! ! Im so honored to be getting this because I honestly thought no one would ever end up reading my blog. Thank you so much girliee your so sweet :)

So as a part of the award I get to share 7 random facts with you :) this is going to be hard but ill try my best not to bore you all jejeje

1. Im currently making a wedding cake :) another passion of mine is making cakes <3 Ill post a photo of it for you all when its finished

2. My dads friend says my sister and I are Italgerivians jeje its a mix of italian, german, and bolivian!

3. My favorite tree is a dogwood, it might have something to do with the fact that the dogwood is North Carolina's state tree but mostly because its beautiful and the flowers are sooooo gorgeous!

4. Winter is my favorite season of the year :)

5. Ive only had one pet my entire life, shes a beautiful doggie named Emerald. I've had her since I was five yrs. old <3

6. I'm a crazy multitask-er! It can be a good thing but most of the time it gets me into trouble jeje

7. Ive electrocuted myself trying to wash clothes once. . . crazy but painfully true! LOL

I hope i didnt bore you all jejeje now im going to tag some special people who I think deserve this award :) HUGSSS

p.s you all deserve this award but it would take me forever to tag all the blogs I read. . .

                Maggie from I'm not skinny, so what?

                Zara from Eat, Shop be married

                Heidi from Grin and Bear it

These are some awesome gals with some awesome blogs :) Thanks again Taylor Lynn! ! ! !

Veronica Grace <3

Friday, June 3, 2011


To cute to be true :)
Hey yall :) Today I'll be doing my feature on the fabulous Elizabeth M. Duquette From ElizabethMD on Etsy. Elizabeth has beautiful, funky, elegant jewelry in her fabulous shop! Here is a little about her and her amazing shop,

My name is Elizabeth and I currently living in Sarnia Ontario. This shop is my creative outlet to share my little vision of my love for fashion with the world! i have a very eclectic personality and a lot of various interests. i enjoy art, history and fashion immensely and love historically inspired costuming and reenactment garb. I have always been drawn to history especially of the ancient and medieval eras in time. I love the self expression of the Gothic subculture and am very happy to watch from the sidelines. I also enjoy fashion elements of the rockabilly and psychobilly subculture as well. i am obsessed with Bettie page and vintage pinup girls as well as vintage horror and films! i love old fashion and vintage decor.

Elizabeth loves to shop, daydream, write, create, research and explore! She also loves Japanese things or pretty much anything kawaii or inanimate that has a face on it! One thing that captured my eye in her shop are these beautiful heart and butterfly earrings which profit is being donated to Japan relief and animal rescue <3

Elizabeth says

“I am a very loving and sensitive person and pretty much wear my heart on my sleeve. i have a big heart for animals and nature and try to do my part in helping to preserve its beauty.”

I loved everything she had to say on her profile so I didnt want to leave anything out, here is another thing she has to say that made me smile!

“I love handmade and hand crafted objects and all the love and care that goes into making them! most of what i craft is stuff that i love myself (stemming from my various interests- mainly Gothic,Lolita, Victorian, shabby chic, kitschy, rockabilly, psychobilly and horror inspired items as well as cute kawaii Japanese goodies and retro/vintage items from the 50's) and hope that you will too! thank you so much for your interest in my creations! i have met and made so many wonderful friends and users through my crafting and design life and am so happy to be apart of such a wonderful community! thank you so much for your time and for buying handmade and supporting the arts!”

Here are some of my faves, (this was hard because I love everything in her store jeje)
HELLOOO is this cute or what??

I can picture myself wearing this jeje

these earrings are shoulder length!!!! LOVE


ElizabethMD also had a BLOG | TWITTER | FLICKR

I hope you all enjoyed this feature :) toodles for now 

Veronica grace <3