Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wonderful Wednesday on Etsy~Pawsitively Siberian Husky

Near and very dear to my heart are my two Senior Siberian Huskies, Kayleigh, and Nikita.  They are approaching their 14th year of life, and spend their days sleeping.  Gone are their puppy play days, but they are two of the best dogs I have ever had the pleasure to share my life, home, and heart with. 

Meet Nikita, "Kita"...



...and Kayleigh, "Kays"...




Today I created this Etsy Treasury full of Siberian Husky related finds to honor my Husky Gals.  We cherish each day that they spend with our family and every day our love for them grows stronger...enJOY~

'Pawsitively Husky' by TheJoyfulPrincess

Inspired by my two Husky children...

SIBERIAN HUSKY Dog Watercolo...

$12.50
Siberian Husky Bracelet / Do...

$16.50
8x10 Print: Blue Ice

$15.00
Siberian Husky Dog T-Shirt T...

$22.99
Husky

$12.00
Blue Dog Art - Siberian Husk...

$24.00
Keychain Key Chain Tag Siber...

$15.00
siberian hasky necklace - si...

$99.00
Etana the Siberian Husky lea...

$20.90
Scrabble Tile Pendant I Love...

$6.00
Siberian Husky Dog Art Print

$15.00
Siberian Husky art print CAN...

$19.99

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fabric Inspiration

I have been playing around with some recently purchased patterns, as well as some ideas of my own for a few new clothing items for my shop.  I've stumbled across so many great fabrics along the way that it is becoming hard to decide which to choose.  They are all inspiring, in a different way, and fun kid-friendly prints.  They have inspired me, perhaps they will inspire you!

My first love is this fabric offered by Contemporary Cloth.  It is called "Fly Away Sunrise", designed by Amy Schimler, who is quickly becoming one of my favorites when it comes to fabrics.  I think this would make a lovely base for a peasant dress, what do you think?




Second on my radar is this busy, colorful, and fun print (let's face it kids can pull of "busy" quite well) offered by The Ribbon Retreat.  It is called "Pink Dazzled" and is designed by Danlyn Lantorno for ADORNit.  I'm envisioning a cute pillow-case type of dress with this fabric. 




Another great find from The Ribbon Retreat is this joyful Spring fabric called "Meadow Friends-Girl" designed by Deb Strain for Moda.  Moda is also becoming a fast favorite of mine, especially for children's fabrics.  My mind is saying ruffle skirt of some sort when it comes to this one. 




The last fabric inspiration I want to share with you (believe me I found many, many, more) is this fun seersucker from Mood Fabrics.  The start of a lovely light-weight summer dress if you ask me!



If I have learned anything from my recent fabric search it is that I am drawn to "busy" fun prints.  Perhaps that is why I immerse myself in children's sewing projects and have yet to really sew anything for myself (pajama pants only).  Now all I need is some free time and a little spending money so I can put my inspiration into creation mode! 

Where do you go for great fabric choices and what inspires you?  I would love to hear about your favorites and how your creative processes work!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Fun for the Kids...the BEST Homemade Playdough!

Before you roll your eyes and think "Oh boy...Homemade Playdough"...this is different then the standard recipe.  Usually you are left with a "playdough" that falls apart and quickly dries up, not with this recipe!  If you store it in an air tight container it will last for 6 months or more! I personally like my batch of Homemade Playdough better than the store bought kind!  You know you want to try it, look how great it comes out......




First Gather Your Ingredients and Supplies:
  • 1 & 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 C Water
  • 1/4 C Salt
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tarter
  • Food Coloring (optional but fun)
  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • Cooking Spoon (wooden would probably work better than the one I chose)
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
Prep Time :

Varies depending on how much math and home economics you want to teach your children while doing this activity (teachable moments galore) as well as how good you are at kneading dough and how well your stove works.  It took me roughly 25 minutes from start to finish.




Have your little ones help you measure out your ingredients, then add them to the sauce pan, minus the food coloring.  It doesn't really matter what order you do this in, just as long as it all goes in the pan.  This is a great math lesson by the way!




Once you have added the ingredients to the sauce pan turn the stove to medium heat and start slowly stirring.  Your mixture should start to look the photo below in a couple minutes.  You will want to continue stirring as it heats up and make sure that you keep stirring the entire time. 




At this point you can add in the food coloring if you wish to do so.  I used Neon Food Coloring, but you could also use a Kool Aid packet if you had one on hand.  If you wanted you could also add extract to the mix to give it a fun smell, but that may simply encourage your children to eat, rather than play with your finished product.  Don't forget to keep stirring!




As you stir your mixture will change colors and start to thicken.  It took me about 10 minutes for my mixture to resemble the one below after adding the food coloring to the mix. 





You will want to continue to heat and slowly stir your mixture until you have a "clump" of playdough that roughly resembles the one pictured below.  It did take a few minutes for mine to get to this point, maybe another 5 minutes from the previous photo. It will get harder to stir as you go, so consider this a workout too mom!




Once you reach this point you can remove the playdough from the sauce pan.  It will be pretty warm and potentially hot to the touch so do this carefully!  I had to let my batch cool for a couple minutes before I could comfortably handle it.  When the playdough is warm rather than hot to to the touch you can focus on kneading the dough.  You will find it to be a little "sticky" at first, but hang in there and keep kneading, it's consistency will change as time goes by.  And you thought you would have to go to the gym to work out those biceps today! 




You may need to add a little more flour if you find that your kneading still results in some "sticking" of the dough to your hands.  Just make sure additional flour is added in small quantities so that you do not add to much to the mixture.  After a few minutes you should have a perfect ball of the BEST Homemade Playdough ever!  Feel free to jazz it up with some glitter too! (I think I may be doing that myself.)




 Thanks for visiting!  EnJOY your new Fabulous Homemade Playdough!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hooves in Time

For those who don't already know, I have a weak spot for anything "Horse Related". This is nothing new, for as long as I remember I have had horses on the brain. From a very young age I begged my mother for a horse, in various forms, and relentlessly. (Bless her heart.) It took a while, but after leaving countless clues in the form of classified adds by the coffee pot and other dubious methods of coercion she blessed me with the best Birthday gift any horse loving girl could dream of, a horse of my own. 



I remember my mother driving me to the barn where I took lessons and volunteered my hind-end off early that morning. She pulled into the parking area and there was a horse trailer waiting. I had no idea it was waiting for me until the lead rope was put into my hand and the most gorgeous Half-Arab/Half-Quarter horse stepped into my life and filled my heart.  Her name was "Vicky" and we soon changed her name to "Victory Gal" or "Tory", as she was known outside of the horse show arena.  She was a dream come true, my best friend, and my therapy through high school. 




She was a handful for me at first, but she made me into a true equestrian, and was an inspiration for my future.  These photos were taken from one of our Horse Show Circuits in which she and I went on to be Champions that season.  I don't think a day goes by when I don't think about her and about the sacrifices my mother made to bring her into my life.  Some say "Tory" changed my life, I say my mother changed my life but "Tory" kept it on the right track!


 


I hope you enJOY the photos of my "Victory Gal"! These photos brilliantly captured "Hooves in Time" and remind me of how I would love to hear hooves on ground again! Perhaps I can be the next mother to make a little girls "horse dreams" come true....







Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wonderful Wednesday on Etsy

In working on fine-tuning my blog I am striving to post more and will be trying out some different "themes" and ideas over the next couple weeks. I hope you will take this journey with me and let me know what you think!

On Wednesdays I will be creating Etsy Treasuries with various themes to share with my readers. Here is the first installment, enJOY!

I took a moment to discover what my fellow It's a Madcap Life on Etsy team members had to offer to the Madcap Kids out there today.  I came up with some great finds and would love to share them with you!  From vintage games to handmade clothing....

'Madcap Kids' by TheJoyfulPrincess



2 KIDS Coloring Crayon Rings...

$13.00

Original Monkey Animal Paint...

$35.00

Summer yellow blouse top flo...

$33.00

Vintage 1983 SCAVENGER HUNT ...

$14.99

Classic Sandwich Cookie Oreo...

$6.25

Vintage Xylaphone Fisher Pri...

$15.00

I'm The Princess Childre...

$20.00

Reusable Snack Bag Zipper Cl...

$7.00

Girls pink scarf ''F...

$22.00

On Sale Vintage Piggy Bank

$11.20

SALE Tie Dye Kids Tee - Suns...

$13.00

Vintage Chunky Wood Toy Baby...

$15.00

Silhouette portrait in blue ...

$67.00

Family BINGO

$15.00

Vintage white kid skinned gl...

$10.99

Blue Blanket and Pillow Set ...

$59.95

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.


So many great finds for kids on Etsy, what do you think? Any ideas for a theme for the next Wonderful Wednesday on Etsy post?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Special! Korker Pony O's

Special Sunday Sale on my Korker Pony O Hair Streamers! You can choose any two of the Korker Pony O's listed in this section of the boutique for $5.00



http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheJoyfulPrincess?section_id=10792749




At checkout specify what two Korker Pony O's you would like to have, and they are yours!



Please read the complete descritptions for each item prior to specifing your choices at checkout.

****Subject to availability, if a customer claims a Pony O prior to you they will have the first opportunity to purchase the item. I would be more than willing to make additional quantities if I have the same ribbon color options available on hand.****

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Release the Animals...Win a Gift Certificate!

I've released my little "animal" on you, and would LOVE to see your little "animals"! Join in on the St. Patrick's Day Photo Contest Giveaway taking place on my Facebook Page between now and Friday March 16th. Post a picture of your little "animal" (two or four legged ;)) on the Facebook page to enter!

One photo will be chosen at random (using Random.org's free services) as the winner of a Gift Certificate to The Joyful Princess Boutique on Etsy!

I can't wait to see all of the animals out there!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Got Things???? These Things have some excitement coming to them!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for fantastic news about The Joyful Princess Boutique! Hint...It involves this lovely set of jewelry!

I can not wait to share the news with all of you, it's hard for me to keep it in!

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