Great Inspiration

Need some Friday afternoon distractions?  Go here to check out my dear friend's AMAZING baby boy nursery. 
While, yes, this is yet another nursery that I have been obsessing over, Easton's room has some great style that anyone could (and probably should) incorporate into any room in their home. 

Also, KFD Designs has a great new painting up on her blog today. 
This just screams (politely of course) dining room to me, and I'm going to have to remember it for future dining room inspiration.  I bought a piece of furniture from her a couple of years ago, and I always get compliments on it. 

That is all - carry on!
Beach bungalows and bluesy babies,
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AFS Fill In The Blankie Review

Wanna see my Fill In The Blankie?  First, if you are my beautiful, tall, Barbie-esqe friend who is having a baby girl name Scarlett Marie, please read no further.  This blog may or may not be about part of a gift for a certain someone, and I would hate for that certain someone to see said part of gift on here, rather than at certain someone's baby shower.  :)


Not expecting a little miss Scarlett Marie baby? 

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Hello!  Here is the blanket I ordered for my good friend.  I just love the name she has chosen for her daughter.  So lovely, ladylike, but still very, very strong. 
I ordered Hazel's Pride and Joy blanket in the Moonlight Bright White (33X33) with the Pink-a-licious thread.  I wanted the blanket to reflect just how excited SO many people are about Scarlett's arrival, so I spent a good amount of time looking through Bible verses which correlated to the different groups of people in Baby Scarlett's life. 

This is the text I came up with:
Side 1/Top: Scarlett Marie Bell, you are such a blessing
Side 2/Right Side: Cherished by Mommy and Daddy: 1 Samuel 1:27
Side 3/Bottom: Beloved child of God: Mark 10:14
Side 4/Left Side: Adored by family and friends: Psalm 127:3

(I used my own wording, but FITB has great preplanned suggestions for baptisms, christenings, baby showers, births, birthdays, adoptions, holidays, and just because.  This also provides a great "starting off" point, even if you want to write your own, just to see what others have done.)

I also added a flower icon on the edge of each row of text called the "sew cute flower."  I am very satisfied with my wording, thread choice, and icon...I think the corally pink looks really sweet with just a touch of sass. 

When my blanket arrived, I was estatic with the quality of the satin, monogramming, and actual blanket. Just like the website says, I can imagine that this blanket will only get softer and softer, although it is already very soft.  I would love a "big girl" blanket just like this to curl up with on those (rare) lazy rainy Sunday afternoons.
I also heartily approve of the gift-wrap. The blanket came in a super cute cloth coordinating gift bag (which would make a great bag to keep in the diaper bag for those diaper explosions), and the blanket was tied with a lush satin ribbon, with a gift card pinned to the ribbon with a (MATCHING) old-school diaper pin.  Oh the details...swoon!

All in all, I am thrilled with my Fill In the Blankie order. This blanket was easy to order, even with all the personal customization. The email confirmation came immediately, and they even give you time to change your order within a limited amount of time (in case you have a change of heart or detect a typo). I got another email when my blanket shipped, and was thrilled when everything came quickly, just as I had ordered, and packaged perfectly.

I will definitely put this company on my list to consider the next time I am shopping for a baby or kiddo gift...their products are just too cute to ignore!

Lullabies and lazy days,
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Fill In The Blankie Winner!

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes!  We are very excited about Baby #2 (and of course about decorating another nursery).

Second, a HUGE thanks to Fill In The Blankie for their generous giveaway.  They make a super product, and if you order something from then, I think you will be really pleased.  As a recent recipient of many lovely baby blankets, the personalized ones are my (and one day C's) most treasured.

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If you didn't win, no worries. Lucky for you, the peeps at Fill In The Blankie are giving AFS readers 20% off through Wednesday, July 27th! Even if you didn't win, you have nearly a week to use that code to maximize your savings goodness.  Just use the promo code (way down at the very very bottom of the ordering form): af20ff

Okay, onto the winner...

Using random.org, the winner is Comment #11! 
Anonymous said...

I would order large Pharoh's finest for my newborn nephew and my son who should arrive in a matter of days! What a great keepsake.

Congrats Shannon! 

Please email me at curtsies(at)gmail(dot)com and I can give you all the details.  I would love it if you shared a picture of your final product, too.  It always fun to see what other people order.

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I am going to have to wait to publish my review of the fabulous Blankie that I got from FITB because I am having technical difficulties with my camera (by difficulties, I mean that C dropped my camera yesterday, and now I can see my camera's innards.  Going to have to do some camera surgery tonight!

winner winner chicken dinner,
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Last Day to Enter Baby Blanket $150 Giveaway!!!

Does your baby like to lay?  Do you have a friend due in May?  Is your own blankie starting to fray?

Well then, don't delay!  Today is your last day!  To enter the latest $150 blanket giveaway!
What's that you say?  Where can you play?  This link will show you the way!
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blankies to lay or bloggers to slay ;),
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(P.S. If you are having a hard time getting your comments to enter, just email me at curtsies@gmail.com, and I will try to enter them for you. I don't know why Blogger is being so stubborn. Grrr.)


Fantastic Fill-In-The-Blankie Giveaway (plus big news!)

Hola!  Or, now that I am back in the States...Hello!  Our trip to Roatan was a positively dreamy vacation.  I can't wait to share pics and all the decadent details with you. 

But first...I have something exciting to share with you...An awesome giveaway from Fill In the Blankie!
I am so excited about this week's giveaway! It came at the most appropriate time, because, um, you see, it is quite relevant to my own life. :)

That's right...we are welcoming AFS and Knight Baby #2 into our world in January of 2012.  About 4 days after my 30th birthday, I was still suffering from a hangover that just would not go away.  Hmmm...I got to counting and a thinking and guess what?  B-A-B-Y!  As of right now, I am officially on "bump watch" seeing as I've gone from this at 12 weeks:

to this at 14:

Sheesh, baby is making its presence known!  I am about 15 weeks right now, and hopefully through the worst of the nausea and fatigue.  Oh, and, I am happy to report that maternity shorts/pants/jeans are just as comfortable as I remember.  Ha!

Okay, so now that you know why the baby blanket giveaway is SO apropos, let me tell you a bit about this great site.  Fill In The Blankie is a great company that sells ultra personalized baby blankets.  We're not talking about a little monogram here and a cutesy date there, no, we are talking about mucho personalization on all four sides of a plethora of sweet, sassy, and soft baby blankets.

They have all kinds of super cute and stylish blankets to choose from, plus a ton of great fonts.  Stumped on what to say?  No worries, they have a great website which is easy to use and provides great text suggestions for personalizing your baby blanket.


The lucky AFS winner of the contest will get a code that will be good for $150 towards any blanket of their choosing! 

Here's how to enter (you do not have to have a blog or website to enter...just enter the comment form as anonymous, put your name next to your comment, and check next week to see if you've won!):

You have 4 ways to enter.  You can enter 4 times, with 4 separate comment entries, or pick and choose.  For each method, PLEASE leave me a separate comment!

Method 1) (MANDATORY) Leave a comment telling me which blanket you would choose, thread color, and what it would say (generally speaking - no need to make all the decisions now, of course!).

Method 2) Become a blog follower, and leave me a separate comment OR leave a separate comment telling me you already are a follower!

Method 3) Tweet, facebook, or post about it in one of your online chat/community groups and leave a comment with the link to the comment.


Method 4) Write your own blog post and leave a comment with a link to your blog post.

(P.S. If you are having a hard time getting your comments to enter, just email me at curtsies@gmail.com, and I will try to enter them for you.  I don't know why Blogger is being so stubborn.  Grrr.)

See?  Isn't that easy?  The winner will be announced next Thursday (July 21) morning, and will be chosen using random.org.

Are you one of those adorable people who just can't wait?  Bless your heart.  I am one of those people, so I completely understand.  Lucky for you, the peeps at Fill In The Blankie are giving AFS readers 20% off through Wednesday, July 27th!  Even if you don't win, you'll have nearly a week to use that code to maximize your savings goodness.
Here's the 20% off code: af20ff

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The folks at FITB were super generous, and let me get a blankie too!  A full review with tons of pictures will happen next week, too.  In short, I was super pleased with the process, shipping, and product, but want to give you guys all the details next week (plus show you my cute creation!).

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  The Knight's family is in town, plus Benton is coming (my longlost BFF and college roomie), so I am really stoked for the weekend!

Artsy Fartsy and Adios,
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