Miscellany Monday Four

How did the weekend fly by sooo fast?  That’s life for ya, huh?  Marvin and I pretty much stayed in this weekend, did a lot of chores, bought and installed a new garbage disposal, cooked a lot of food, sewed quite a few things, and worked on some more basement trim.  I love being domestic.

OK enough reminiscing about the weekend, for this Miscellany Monday I wanted to share a blog hop, gift swap, and a few giveaways all hosted by some of my closest blog friends!  And of course I am entering myself in all of them, so you shall too!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

(1) Piper from One Sydney Road, who I happened to meet over lunch a few weeks ago, is hosting a super fun Alphabet Walk Blog Hop – perfect for getting your creative juices flowing and your cameras snapping!

Here are the details from Piper herself –

    so here’s the idea in a nutshell:

    people who want to participate will pick a letter to take a picture of, then post it on their blog and we’ll all hop around that week to see everyone’s interpretation of the alphabet!!

    the alphabet walk blog hop will run the week of july 12th.  (so that should give everyone plenty of time to take their cameras out and find their letters!)

To see some examples of what an alphabet walk is, check out her post here.  The blog hop will run the week of July 12.  She has posted a sign up sheet on her blog (today)with info on how to join the hop, so hop on over there, SIGN UP, and start SNAPPING!

(2) Nicole from Adventures in Love and Happiness has so graciously organized a

    About the Exchange:
    The Color Me Happy exchange is all about favorite colors.
    We all have a favorite color and chances are you have lots of things in your favorite color, but here’s your chance to get some more! Your exchange partner will be told your favorite color and then pick 3 items in that color to send to you.

Now how fun is that??  You can never have enough items in your favorite color, am I right??   To join, you’ll need to send Nicole an email by June 23 saying you want to participate.  She will email swap partners by June 28 and packages should be sent by July 25.  Make sure to visit her blog for more details about the swap!

(3) My husband and I have been diagnosed with “pine mouth”.  Symptom: Every time we eat, we get a bitter taste in the back of our mouths.  Lasts 2 weeks.  Cause: I made a super delicious Pesto and Veggie Pasta the other day where the Pesto was made from pine nuts.  Certain batches of pine nuts (not all) can cause the bitter taste.

(4) Ashley from Honeysuckle Chic is hosting her first GIVEAWAY of a Custom-Made Rosette Necklace by Kim from Oh Sweet Joy! Go enter yourself!

(5) A Daily Obsession just reached it’s 100th post and is having a GIVEAWAY for a nautical bag.  I am obsessed with all things nautical.  You need to go enter yourself for this one too!

(6) My best friend Sophie first introduced me to cross-stitch a few weeks ago and I just love the look of it.  And guess what??  Emily from Sassy Smolak has paired together with Erin from Slip Cover Your Life (again, two more of my best bloggy friends) to bring you a CROSS-STITCH GIVEAWAY!  Enter to win this adorable fawn kit or a finished product of your choice!

(7) A few weeks ago I received this email from my childhood friend, Elisa…

    So I completely forgot to tell you.  But when I was out in San Francisco with the Speaker, we went to a reception at Mills College in Oakland where she gave the commencement address.  As part of my job description, I was on photo duty, taking pictures of ppl with the Speaker using their cameras.  One woman handed me an SLR with….


    wait for it….

    … a sewn camera strap cover!!!!

    I know there are probably several templates out there for it but I asked her in passing where she got the idea and referenced YOUR blog!

    congrats, lady.  🙂

Wow, talk about a SMALL WORLD!  My friend didn’t catch the person with the sewn camera strap cover’s name and I’m sooo curious to know who this person was!  So if this person was you, please let me know!

(8) 79 Switch Kicks, 50 Squat Jacks, 68 Power Knees, 23 Power Jumps, 7 Globe Jumps, 9 Suicide Jumps, 3 Push Up Jacks (sad!) and 15 Low Plank Obliques later… the Insanity Fit Test proves that I am NOT fit!  59 more days to go…  Dig Deeper!  For those of you who don’t know what Insanity is, it’s similar to P90X, but more cardio focused.  And as a disclaimer, if I start slacking a bit on my blog posts, it’s because I am insane.

How was your weekend??


  1. June 21, 2010 / 12:54 am

    What a helpful post! I have always wanted to do a blog swap, never have. I am bad about sending mail so I am not sure I rust myself to get it out on time. Maybe I will give it a whirl though. I will just have to commit. Thanks for this post though!


  2. June 21, 2010 / 4:30 am

    i love this post. so much fun and i discovered so many nice blogs. and regarding the pine mouth.. my boss had that like 4 weeks ago. she ate a very cheap sort of pines from china and had that bitter taste in her mouth for 5 weeks. that must be terrible. i hope you both will be ok soon.
    have a great week.

  3. June 21, 2010 / 6:35 am

    Ahh so much loveliness. The Alphabet Walk blog hop sounds like so much fun. And so does the package exchange. Eeep! SO many things I want to get involved with 🙂

    The giveaways, the blog things to get involved with, your lovely email and your awesome fitness test. Love it all 🙂 x

  4. June 21, 2010 / 7:51 am

    So many fun things to do and enter! Thank you for mentioning my bag! Pine mouth sounds terrible! I hope it improves soon.

  5. June 21, 2010 / 9:07 am

    WOAH Crazy workout!!! And I LOVE being domestic tooooo! That is so neat that a lady referenced your blog! What a great feeling 🙂 Have a wonderful Monday! <333

  6. carla de leon
    June 21, 2010 / 9:49 am

    thanks for this beautiful post! i also joined the alphabet walk! i’m so excited! have a great monday and week of course. xo, carla

  7. June 21, 2010 / 11:35 am

    Ooh, there’s so much fun in this post!!! I love the idea of the color package swap…how fun is that??!! And that nautical bag giveaway and cross stitch, love it!!

    thx for posting about the Alphabet Walk Blog Hop – can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with 🙂

    And finally….OMG, are you kidding me with that workout??!! WOW! (my friend is doing P90X and says it kills you!

  8. June 21, 2010 / 11:53 am

    Wow Sandy – thanks for the heads up on everything!

  9. June 21, 2010 / 12:10 pm

    Hi Sandy!!
    So much fun going on over here as always:D I love that you are always supporting other bloggers. You are fantastic!
    Have a lovely week dear!

  10. June 21, 2010 / 1:34 pm

    Thanks so much for including the Color Me Happy gift exchange!
    Have a happy Monday darling!

  11. June 21, 2010 / 1:42 pm

    Hey girlie. thanks for the heads up on these awesome giveaway. They can kinda get addicting dontcha think?

  12. June 21, 2010 / 1:46 pm

    Wonderful roundup Sandy! I have to find your camera strap tutorial now because I’m going to start using my bigger clunky dig cam again and it would be so nice to have a cute strap for it. Hope you’re off to a wonderful week!

    xo Mary Jo

  13. June 21, 2010 / 4:06 pm

    Yikes, sorry about the pine mouth! Hope it is gone soon. Of course I will have to use it to get out of eating pesto with my husband (he loves it, me not so much). Sorry honey, don’t want to get pine mouth!

  14. June 21, 2010 / 5:14 pm

    Sandy what a sweet post, going to check out all the above xoxo

  15. June 21, 2010 / 5:39 pm

    Killer link love lady! Love love love me some Piper!

  16. June 21, 2010 / 6:45 pm

    oh, what a fun post! Thanks for putting this together!

  17. June 21, 2010 / 6:48 pm

    The color me happy project sounds like so much fun!

  18. June 21, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    All the goodness in the internet world! I just love it. I signed up for Piper’s project — I took C, right after your B. I’m so excited.

  19. June 21, 2010 / 7:36 pm

    Thanks for all the great links! I’m checking them all out right now!

  20. June 21, 2010 / 7:42 pm

    ooohhh… thanks for all the updates around blog land. I have been so busy lately, I have totally been out of the loop!

  21. June 21, 2010 / 8:26 pm

    i love all of your randoms! i love the name piper and her project is just presh!!! oh, and so many grand giveaways! have a fantastic week!

  22. June 21, 2010 / 10:43 pm

    Housewives like me are domestic all the time! 🙂 Although for a housewife, I do a lot of non-domestic things because I always worked when I was single!

    Nice list of miscellany’s!

  23. June 22, 2010 / 2:10 am

    Hello Sandy! Thanks for popping in… it’s so lovely to meet you!! xJardino

  24. June 22, 2010 / 12:43 pm

    the camera strap story made me so happy for you!!

  25. June 22, 2010 / 9:36 pm

    i loved #7. you’re famous lady =D misc mondays are by far my favorite readings here!

  26. June 22, 2010 / 10:58 pm

    Dearest sweet sandy, thank you so much for visiting me at my little bubble space and leaving me with such kind words! So happy i came by your space for it is filled with inspiration! I really truely love it here! Your Miscellany Monday column is so fun!! Oh and i too adore Alphabet Walk Blog Hop!! Such fun that you are a friend of lovely Piper! Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful links! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

  27. Elisa
    June 23, 2010 / 1:01 pm

    =) love you! keep it up!

  28. June 23, 2010 / 2:24 pm

    Yup, you better believe I found out about the Color Me Happy project from your blog! I’m really pumped about it.

  29. June 23, 2010 / 11:10 pm

    That rosette necklace is SO cute! And how exciting about the camera strap!!! You are truly an inspiration & have touched many lives with your kindness and creativity, so I’m not surprised 🙂

  30. June 24, 2010 / 12:04 am

    Yay for cross stitch! I love love love this!

  31. June 24, 2010 / 11:00 am

    I just signed up for One Sidney Road’s Alphabet Walk. Thanks for the info! I am really excited about taking all those pictures and getting inspired!

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