UPTOWN GIRL

I’ll be honest, I don’t usually log onto etsy looking up baby clothes. I don’t have a baby and I venture it’ll be years until I have one of my very own. I will say after seeing the adorable clothing in Connie’s shop, FlipFlopFancy I am hoping everyone I know gives birth to a girl this year, as her clothing is the chicest, fabbest, most glam for little chickadee’s I have ever seen! Am I making up words here? Does chicest or fabbest even exist? If they don’t, I am coining these words for Connie’s shop!

Connie is a stay-at-home mom and Navy wife living in San Diego, California. She has been sewing for years, and has made clothing for friends who encouraged her to create a shop of her own. Connie’s mother-in-law is credited for telling her about etsy, and shall we say….the rest is history.  Her favorite part about sewing is designing. She states ” I love bringing things drawn on paper to life!!” Being a busy mom, and wife, Connie finds time to sew her beautiful creations during her daughter’s nap and at night.

Thank you Connie for participating! Love your shop!

Go Wild

Go Wild

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Thanks Luphia!

Luphia of Luphia Loves… tagged me a few weeks ago. I’m a horrible person and have not completed this. Sorry girlie!

Here goes:

What are you wearing now? Skinny jeans, pink top and my fav. matiko boots over my jeans.

How often do you blog? Lately, not so much. This will change.

Who was the last person you hugged? My neighbor who came over for dinner.

Which item from your closet are you wearing most lately? My love quotes scarf. I love it!

What’s for dinner? I don’t know the main course, but hopefully some asparagus. For someone who used to hate this veggie, I sure eat it a lot now. I’m making up for lost time!

What’s the last thing you bought? Domino Decor book. The Lil Bee inspired my purchase!

What are you listening to right now? Itunes. Tom Petty, of course!

If you could have any super power, what would it be? I’d be a genie and grant myself a million wishes. I’d go from there.

What is your favorite weather and why? I like to be comfortable, and being comfortable for me is 84 degrees.

What time do you usually get up? Depends on the day, and depends on what time my grandma gets up. If she gets up during the night, I’m up during the night.

What is your most challenging goal right now? Getting things in order. All I need is a chance, I have the skills needed. All I need is a chance, would that be considered a challenge? If so, that’s my goal!

Say something about the person who tagged you? She has an amazing blog, and is a wonderful person. I was on cloud nine when she decided to add me to her blog roll!

If you could have a house- totally paid for, fully furnished-anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? I would want to live near my mom, she’s my bff. I’d also want to make sure I live near Laura, Lindsay, Kim and Melina. They’re the best girls I know…and I miss them 😦 As far as location, how does San Diego sound? Oh and if any small market news stations happen to check out my blog, I’d love to live anywhere I can find a job 🙂

Sister!

Sister!

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Favorite Vacation Spot: Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada 🙂 Many happy memories from my childhood were spent here, and it’s just one of the greatest, most beautiful places in the world.

Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay

Lake Tahoe near Emerald Bay

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Name the things you cannot live without: My family, my strength, motivation, my ambitious nature, my textbook over-thinking mind lol, music, my camera, my printer, etsy.

My mom, brother and I.

My mom, brother and I.

Mama, broham, and I karaoking on my day. Oh and my supposed adopted brother. Best birthday so far!

Mama, broham, and I karaoking on my birthday last June. Oh and my supposed adopted brother. Best birthday so far!

What movies can you watch over and over: Christmas Vacation, The Holiday, Wedding Crashers, Beverly Hills Cop, Born In East LA, My Best Friends Wedding (I always hope for a different ending), more!

What is your favorite tea flavor: Chamomile. It’s my legal sedative. Not that I do anything illegal, I’m just saying!

Who are you tagging: These 8 peeps and whoever else wants to participate, cause you all know I wanted to pick you! = )

Love Maegan

Steak & Cakes

Ish and Chi

Pineapple Luv

That Girl Designs

The City Sage

Quaint Handmade

Ramblins…

That’s Not My Name……Giveaway!

Maybe there’s a reason this song has been in my head for the last week or more? For those of you who don’t know, I’m looking to create a website with:

  • my photos
  • links for locals to purchase bouquets
  • etsy
  • twitter
  • and my new typepad blog

This may come as a surprise to you, but I have grown tired of dolce chic. It’s not that I’m tired of what I do, because I absolutely love it….but I don’t feel as formal as the name sounds. I spent yesterday on domain websites, I looked up dolcechic.com, and come to find out it’s an escort site. My first and last name.com actually belongs to a prostitute, and just about anything I’ve come up with belongs to someone in this industry. I refuse to take this as a sign, I’m a nice Catholic girl, I promise! I do know that everything in my life is serious, and I’m tired of it! I would like a sophisticated name, that is fun, laid back, and cool. When I think of things I like they’re as follows:

  • relaxing
  • tanning
  • photography
  • my home state, California
  • r-e-s-p-e-c-t
  • laughter
  • Glamour
  • uggs, and flip flops
  • my distressed True Religion jeans
  • Everything I have has gold detail (I just noticed as I took a gander at my handbags)
  • Hollywood regency
  • crown moulding
  • Anti-clutter!
  • Pretty chandeliers
  • bamboo chandeliers, and 40’s glamour
  • I’m inspired by quotes…as if you didn’t know
  • my doggie lucy goosie baby floosie
  • sports- especially chucky b, derek jeter, and brett favre
  • my long hair. I used to have my hair cut in an A-line, it was very chic, but I am too lazy to do it…so the easy breezy long hair stays.
  • Vintage turquoise jewelry…..the bigger the better!
  • Listening to the ocean
  • black with gold detail. For instance my black Isabella Fiore handbag with gold studs.
  • Black frames with white matting
  • Gold frames with white matting
  • Elephants
  • Sarcasm…it’s a virtue!
  • My mommy and grandmama

One of my etsy teammates came up with “dolcerose”, I like it but it still seems too formal. I came up with “californiacandi”. I really like that, I checked out C&C California’s website, and it seemed fun, and relaxing. I don’t know what to do? I’m lost, and the added stress of not getting anything done is getting to me! I want to get started with my website, and not having a domain is a struggle. With this being said, I am leaving it up to- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

YOU!

I have decided that I will be giving away one of my prints to the person who picks my new name. I am not putting a deadline on this as I am waiting for the right name!

In the end–you pick the photo in my shop, or if you’ve seen it on flickr, and it’s not in my shop….let me know and I will add it for you!

Etsy:: Ishandchi

I fell in love with Ish and Chi’s prints a few weeks ago. Viv, the very talented artist of Ish and Chi, is based in Sydney, Australia and recently opened her shop. Her work is gorgeous, and in the perfect soothing pallette. Have a look in her shop, I’m sure you’ll be thrilled you did!

il_430xn59868531Vintage Chandelier- Tiffany Blue

il_430xn598687431Vintage Chandelier- Pink

il_fullxfull58232085Peony Rose

il_430xn57990059Retro Sunburst

Peace Be With You

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Spring Daffodil

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the  infinite  possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones and allow  your soul the freedom to sing dance praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

St. Theresa of Lisieux


Oh Happy Day!

Had I stayed on blogger, today would have marked my “blogoversary”. Yes, I have been blogging for an entire year! Woohoo! You poor things who’ve been with me since the get go, and have had to deal with me for a while. Each and every one of you deserves an award for that one! 

For those of you who sell on etsy, landing on the front page is something we all hope to achieve. I was in Etsy Chat tonight when one of my etsy peers, justthebest4u mentioned that there was a way of finding out when we’ve been featured on the front page. About a month ago, I had my suspicions that something had happened since I received about 200 views in a matter of minutes. I wondered what had caused that, when come to find out I was on the front page! I always imagined what it would be like if I happened to just click on etsy, and saw one of my images there. Well, I didn’t get to see it, but I cannot imagine I would have been any more excited than I am right now!

It may not seem like a big deal, but it is to me. I struggled with opening this shop…I didn’t know if my images were good enough, if I was good enough, and how people would react to my work. The reason I felt the need to post this tonight is, a year ago today I got the urge to create a shop on etsy with my scarves. I didn’t know if they’d sell…I left my comfort zone, but tried anyway. I didn’t know how to promote but had read that blogs were a good way to go, so I did that. I was so happy when I got my first reader, and it just grew from there. I am not the same person I was February 24, 2008. Things in my life have changed, I have changed, but one thing is for certain…I have much to thank because of blogging. It’s been my outlet, I’ve come to you for strength, many of you guided me to start this etsy shop I love so much.

For those of you who are apprehensive about starting your own business, or doing something you really want in life….don’t fight it. I love this community, thank you for all you do! I look forward to February 24, 2010, to see how things have changed. I hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks again. You inspire me!

Happy Week, and possibly Trails

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your weekend! It’s rainy and yucky in Northern California, but that’s okay…I’ve finally gotten a chance to catch up on your blogs. It was a good sales week for me, I sold three prints on etsy:

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New Additions:

Waterfall- Horsetail Falls, Lake Tahoe, California

Waterfall- Horsetail Falls, Lake Tahoe, California

Horsetail Falls, Waterfall, Lake Tahoe, California

Mustard Plum Blooms

Mustard Plum Blooms

Mustard Plum Blooms

Mixed Sweet Pea Bouquet

Mixed Sweet Pea Bouquet

Mixed Sweet Pea Bouquet

Turquoise Walnut

Turquoise Walnut

Turquoise Walnut

Mixed Sweet Pea & Rose Bouquet

Mixed Sweet Pea & Rose Bouquet

Mixed Sweet Pea & Rose Bouquet

Trellis Of Eden

Trellis Of Eden

Trellis Of Eden

Pink Variegated Dahlia

Pink Variegated Dahlia

Pink Variegated Dahlia

Norcal Winter Sunset

Norcal Winter Sunset

Norcal Winter Sunset

Birds On The Line

Birds On The Line

Birds On The Line

I have a new project in the works, which I am very excited about. If you’ve purchased any of my prints you know that I include a special *gift.* I will be featuring them this week in my shop, finally! I sold out of them before they arrived on etsy…please stay tuned!

Oh and about the “Possibly trails”…..I feel as if I have overgrown wordpress. I love wordpress very much, but it’s not very practical when running a business. I am not able to post javascript, and that makes it difficult with etsy. I am not sure if I will just transfer everything over to typepad, but I have been thinking about making the move. For $4.95 a month, I can have peace of mind, security…and many more outlets for my blog. I don’t want to keep moving around, but with not being able to make this blog “my own” it’s a struggle. Please feel free to share your input if you’ve made the move over to typepad, or have any ideas. Hope the weekend is going well, and again thank you for being the best peeps I could ask for!