Sunday, January 31, 2010

AND the Luv cottage for the birds winner IS...

instead of my favorite hat drawing I just had to get out

So without further Adieu 
Drum roll Please
I will get this out to you asap!
Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving all those sweet comments and participating in my little giveaway I couldn't make it without you!

Luvs and Glitter

Friday, January 29, 2010

PInk Saturday and last day to enter the GIVEAWAY!

This Is Genevieve AKA "Beaver" our PINK nosed lab. She's 6 now and we got her when we lived in Texas. She's purebred for hunting but we don't hunt :) So sweet Beaver the kindest, snuggliest dog ever likes to bring us "presents". We've had all manner of bird, squirrel, moles, fish and once a "gator" gar fish (we used to live on the lake in Texas) they only thing unusual about this they wee all HEADLESS. Hmmmm makes ya wonder.....
Well that's my pink for today was under the weather this week so it's a short post. Goodness knows I worked enough though the previous post shows what I did this week, phew!
Thank you sweet BEVERLY at How sweet the Sound for being a most gracious Pink Saturday hostess!
 Now stop by and see Jill at Bailiwick Studio She's got 2 giveaways going right now and lots of pretties in her etsy shop too.

Speaking of Giveaways today is the last day to enter the

I also have my final 2010 Valentine's auctions listed on eBay
And a few Luv Sparkle Hearts and Luv Shacks 4 the birds left in my etsy store

Have a LOVELY Pink Saturday!
luvs and glitter~

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Delightfully vintage Valentine's on eBay

Well I  guess I did it! Finally listed the last J. Nichelle Delightfully Vintage Valentine's on eBay tonight. These were my first Valentines from J. Nichelle and I really enjoyed creating them. The luv and glitter is covering every inch of our home! Here are a few shots of the delights, if you click on them it will take you right to that particular listing.

and this cutie is on etsy

Well that's all the Valentine's I've got in me this year. Be sure you don't let the one you love slip away...

My Busy Valentine

Can you believe only 2 1/2 weeks to Valentine's Day? It seems like time goes quicker than ever, when I was in jr. high it seemed like a week took a month to go by, now a month is gone in a week! My favorite is when I think I've answered an email or returned a phone call and days later I realize I only thought about it.   Maybe too much on the plate maybe not enough, ok enough midnight philosophy LOL Yah I have to laugh a myself normally I would delete this whole thing and then just put up a few sentences about what I came here to tell you, all business no dizzy blonde :)
 Any hoo I've been busy in the studio which have I ever mentioned is half my bedroom? we have a very large bedroom and my hubby likes me close so he and the kids watch tv(well the kids do he goes in and out of consciousness) and I glue and glitter the night away. 

Well here is about all the Valentine's I got left in me for
Delightfully Vintage Valentines 2010,
time to get going on Easter!

Also I've been asked A LOT lately "why christmas trees at Valentine's or Easter?"
My reply is this "do we go cut all the pine and fir trees down because Christmas is over?"
NO, hello, the trees  are always there they need to be appreciated all year :) 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pink Saturday and a Delightfully Vintage Valentine Giveaway

Happy Pink Saturday!
First of all thank you Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for hosting this lovely get together every week!

Well my Pink for this week is a little sparkled
Luv Cottage 4 the birds

It has lots of vintage corsage makings, ribbon, a valentine seal with a beautiful orchid, tiny bird and an old Valentine on the back!

I bet you have a spot in mind to put this cutie already. I think the flower theme of this valentine delight is adorable. I really love flowers and birds that's why I'm never in the house spring through fall my garden is my therapy and goodness knows it may take the rest of my life to tame it :)

So here's the scoop
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Up to 3 entries possible!
Please let me know if you are a follower and have put up a button in your comment, that way I can stop by and say hi. The Giveaway deadline is Jan. 30th, so spread the word!
Here is the button for you to use

Want a Luv Cottage 4 the bids now? I have a few available in the
  J. NICHELLE etsy shop along with
 Delightful Luv Sparkle hearts

I have a few Deligthful heirlooms for auction on eBay
and will be adding a few more this week.

Isn't she a sweet chubby cherub? All ready for Valentine's Day with her bottle brush tree of pinks!

Don't forget to go visit with the fabulous Valarie at
Glittery Daze and Nights
Want another chance to win a piece of J. Nichelle?

She's Having a giveaway of one of my sparkle hearts!
She is a sweetheart and lots of fun, luv u Valarie!

Well my sweet pink pals

luvs and glitter~jen

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Christmas SALE!

ALL Christmas in the
is On SALE!!
 25% OFF all Christmas ornaments

25% OFF all Christmas birdhouses

30% OFF the Large Pixie train Centerpiece!

and lower shipping costs on all items!
Hurry over, don't be left out, you know you've had your eye on a certain vintage delight :)
Also see the new 2010 Valentine's day ornaments!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Delightfully Vintage Valentine's

They first few are now up on eBay! There will be a few more Sunday then that's it for 2010.
The ornaments and bird houses will be available through etsy shortly with more listed daily this week.

Many Delights!

technical difficuties

"Due to technical difficulties" I couldn't list my items so they will be going up early this evening. Also remember I am blonde and these things just happen LOL!

Monday, January 18, 2010

getting ready...

 Just wanted to let you know I wasn't quite ready for listing last night so I decided to breathe a little and I will be listing these things and a few more up on Etsy & eBay tonight.
 These are not the greatest pictures I took them with my phone but it was quick and easy and that's what counts :)

I love Valentine's Day! I send Valentine's instead of Christmas cards most years because it is so much less hectic in February than December, and it's also a nice surprise :)
Have a delightful afternoon.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

PINK SATURDAY and a Sneak Peek!

Hello all my Pink Pals it's been awhile and I've missed you so.

(My favorite sign and some pretty pink roses from my sweet hubby)
 Busy Busy Busy! I never finished the studio cleaning got a lot put away and sorted and got frustrated with organizing pushed what was left on my table to the side stacked, let stuff fall whatever I just needed a glitter fix! It had been 3 weeks and I just couldn't take it anymore. So here is a Sneak Peek at what should be ready later this afternoon or Sunday some new delights for etsy and eBay so check back in a little while to see the glittered love! 
Here they are about 1/2 way done

These vintage pink spaghetti poodles are going to be somewhere in delightful creation soon :)

A little bird told me that there may be a Valentine's bird house giveaway next Saturday SHHHH!

Well I gotta get back to the studio and finish these goodies up so Mr. A can take me out on a long needed date just the two of us, the kids are going over to my Mom & Grandmas for movies, tacos and they're gonna make their own pillow cases mom took the kids to the fabric store today and let them pick out material, she informed me it was time they learned to sew!

Go see Kelee at The Katillac Shack she's new to Pink Saturday and is having a great yummy pillow kit giveaway!

Have a Lovely Pink Saturday, 
thanks to Beverly at How sweet the sound for being a fabulous host! 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Studio redo

I am working as fast as I can to reorganize and restock the studio for '10! Hope to have some Valentine's Delights ready this weekend we'll see.. here's a peek at the collection of picks I found a new way to display and so much easier to use when they are out and in front of you... more to come soon how's your 2010 so far???

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lillian's Italian Kitchen

There is a special place here in Santa Cruz where Italians go to eat Italian food and my grandmother likes some of it more than her own!
Lillian's Italian Kitchen

It's tiny seats about 36-40 people, serve wine only and play Franks Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin, Mario Lanza,Tony Benett, Perry Como and well you get the idea. It is always crowded we will wait over an hour without a complaint to partake of the goodness inside the doors.

my cutie and my mamma!
 My only tip is to get there within 15 minutes of the doors opening for dinner if you have a big party(anything over 4) and you will be seated right away, of course there are no reservations. It's run by family my grandmother went to school with the owners Father, it gets us no where, just an "oh yah."She always runs into someone she knows when we go.

My grandma Rose with the red hair and Auntie Beegie(means little in Italian ) 
But we don't care we crave it I eat things there that I just don't like! For example roasted red peppers and pickled vegetables Love them on the antipasto that has wonderful cheese, sopressata and olive oil cured black olives as well.

my butter and sweet hubby
Soft drinks in cans and orange Italian Soda in bottles, the restaurant is so small they don't have a walk-in which means the local ingredients are fresh daily! You have to be guided through the tight kitchen to use the restroom. The Chef and the cooks work like a beautiful clock it is amazing to watch.

This time I created Christmas Polenta. I always order it they make it with cream instead of water and oh it's not like other polentas! and everyone steals from me so I had them bring us a serving topped half in fresh pesto half homemade marinara, it was gone too quick!

Hubby got one of the specials of the day Cabonera oh with the egg on top, fresh peas and pancetta was so deliscious.

grandma, auntie B and mamma all had handmade beef and spinach raviolis in a delicate tomato cream also a special that night

Mr. Fire Snail had the Alfredo with Chicken mushroom and spinach which is simplistic perfection

Miss Soda Icy POP had a New York charred medium rare with a side of rigatoni

And alas I had the fresh fluffy soft gnocchi in a pesto white wine cream with crimini mushrooms, topped with juicy grilled chicken

We couldn't even think about dessert which is lovely tiramisu or canoli's too bad maybe next time.
Some say" it's not authentic italian" well my answer to them is, it's just comfort food for Italian Americans it's simple, fresh, made with passion and love and oh so delicioso!
So if you are ever in Santa Cruz stop by Lillian's Italian Kitchen and sit on the street watch the cars go by and wait to be delighted.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I do hope you have been enjoying the holidays this year! I have to say we had one of of the best Christmases ever. We learned that some times tradition has to take a back seat so that break down doesn't occur and guess what it worked no major or minor breakdowns from anyone! (there really is a Santa Claus!) We laughed and ate and opened gifts for 4 days straight between my Mom and grandmas house and our home. I enjoyed myself so much I forgot to take any pictures! So I'm gonna take some good one soon to show off the Christmas decorations :). I didn't get up half of the decorations but I think it turned out ok. It was a challenge being in a new house and having to change things up. We leave our stuff up till Feb 1st because the Holidays are so busy we don't get to enjoy it till the end so in January we have people over and enjoy the decorations at a much slower pace with no holiday stress involved, I know it's a little strange but it works out fine for us. I hate the feeling after the decorations are gone and it feels so empty till March 1st when easter goes up :) I Have truly missed you all, I have been terrible about writing back but please know I cherish all you notes and think of you often.
 I resolve to do better in 2010 :) 
Happiest of all New Years to you!

Sweet Miss Rhea at Sweet n Shabby Roses is having a giveaway to celebrate her 150th post she is just one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, so stop by and say hello and be entered in her fantastic drawing!

All you have to do is click on the picture of the fabulous keepsake birdie wallpaper eye candy yumminess to find out how to get a chance to win this delightful treat!