Paloma's Nest

Rachelle found this fantastic plate. It commemorates the election of Obama but it is also the Sharp Family motto. I love it. I want it. Check out paloma's Nest on Etsy. They make the cutest stuff! Here is the description
New item! In commemoration of this historic election year, I felt it was only appropriate to use some of my favorite inspiring words from President-Elect Barack Obama.

This tiny white ceramic bowl is hand made and hand stamped with the words "WHILE WE BREATHE, WE HOPE."
Hope must be an eternal flame in our hearts- as individuals, as a nation, and as a world, we will never reach our goals and dreams if we do not hold onto Hope.

Perfect on a dresser or desk, to catch jewelry and all of life's little treasures. A wonderful gift for yourself or for someone special.

Each piece is hand-crafted of fine pure white clay, and fired in our kiln; they have a protective matte finish applied to the surface and are designed for decorative use only.
The backside is marked "words of Barack Obama 2008."

Each bowl measures approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter...it fits nicely in the palm of your hand.
Note that each bowl is individually made to order, and therefore variations will occur...your bowl may not look exactly like the one in the photo.

Due to popular demand (awesome!), please allow 10 days for your bowl to be ready to ship out to you.
It will arrive in a lovely gift box, ready to give (or keep)!

Total Cost (with Shipping) $21.50


Ripple Scarf in Raspberry

Here is another item from Etsy.com that I love, the Ripple Scarf in Raspberry.
I LOVE it. If I had the money, I would surely buy it and wear it, probably too much.
Total cost? $68, plus shipping.

Raspberry Tart Tile Ring

Here is a glorious ring from www.jessitaylor.etsy.com --- It is something I have wanted for months, but have not gotten. It costs $78 for a sweet ring that I would wear a whole bunch.


Betsey Johnson Mackenzie

I love high heels and here are some fantastic ones from Betsey Johnson- she is so creative and these shoes make me smile- who doesn't love polka dots? I found them at Piper Lime. and then I still get bonus points!

  • Peep-toe d'Orsay pump
  • Metallic leather ruffle trim
  • 4" covered heel
  • Leather lining
  • Leather outsole
  • Upper: 95% fabric, 5% metallic leather
  • Enjoy free shipping and free returns.
Total Cost $180.00


Gymboree baby pants

I love these pants on my daughter and I would recommend them to anyone who has a short or chubby baby- they are just the right length and I love it.

Item #140038322
Ooh, la la! Her French style is so sweet with an embroidered Eiffel Tower and bullion rosettes on our soft cotton twill crop pant. Colorful polka dot sash, bow and trim add playful detail.
  • • Color: True Khaki
  • • 100% cotton twill
  • • Easy pull-on style
  • • Ankle length
  • • Permanent sash
  • • Front pockets
  • • Machine washable
  • • Imported
  • • Collection: Petite Mademoiselle
They are on sale at Gymboree.com $19.19


Rachel Kids Minnie

I love these yellow shoes and baby needs new Sunday shoes- in size five! her feet are getting big so fast. These shoes would match her cute dress my mom got her. these are made of synthetic patent leather and are available in pink and white. I found them on Zappos.com which has such a great selection of shoes.

Total Cost: $37.00


The Tally

Well I decided it would be fun to post how much I would have spent if I had purchased these things online. My figures aren't totally correct though- most of them don't include shipping or taxes. I will have to start figuring out how to do that. Also for some of the items, like the baby announcements- I obviously don't want to buy only one.
The Most expensive item? 7999.00 (a camera) The cheapest? 4.00 for a pair of earrings

Total Expenses in July? $17,373.69


I love Shoes

Well as I was accepting plants for my little green patch on Facebook I noticed something on the side- fantastic shoes from Betsey Johnson. the link took me to Like.com which took me to one of my favorite places to buy shoes- Zappos.com They have super fast shipping and a great selection. They aren't always the cheapest but they are competitive and have great delivery which I really value. I thought these heels were really inspirational- but which color do I need them in- red or blue? Such a patriotic dilemma. Like.com has a really cool feature where they find shoes that are a similar style that you might like. This could help me spend even more money! I love shoes so very much.
Total Cost $104.00


Petunia Pickle Bottom

I love my Petunia Pickle bottom bag- you can get them at Nordstrom.com I wish I could afford to get one for Janelle's new baby. They are so cute- I like the brown and blue one they have at Nordstrom- there is also a really cute green one that is in the store.

Rich brocade design houses handy features, including a flap-out changing pad, removable dirty-diaper pouch and wipes case.
  • Top zip with Velcro® flap.
  • Backpack strap or over-the-shoulder straps.
  • Removable straps.
  • Four bottle pockets; two slip pockets.
  • Private interior pocket.
  • Key clip.
  • Water-resistant nylon lining.
  • Rayon/silk.
  • By Petunia Pickle Bottom; made in the USA or imported.
  • Kids' Wear.
Total Cost $162.00


The Baby Business Interfacing

In order to add some of the designs to fabric it would be nice to have interfacing- that way you can iron the design on and sew around it. I like pellon interfacing and they have a website. Shoppellon.com The 906F Lightweight Fusible interfacing would be good for baby clothes.
Here is a description.

  • Fusible for sheer to lightweight fabrics. Blouses, all sheer garments. Crepe de chine, voile, handkerchief linen.
  • 100% polyester
  • 20" wide
I would get a bolt which is 30 yards.
Total Cost: $44.00


The Baby Business

Claire made some great baby designs and now I think we should make them. American Apparel has some really high quality shirt bases and their organic baby shirts would be perfect- people seem to like shirts more than onesies but they are normally more expensive.
Here is a description:
Maintains a delicate, high-end organic cotton look that sets it apart from other Lap Ts.

100% Organic Baby Rib cotton, combed for softness and comfort
Cleverly constructed neckline designed for easy on-and-off
Looks good on all babies – both boys and girls
3/8" (1cm) neck and sleeve binding
Durable 1" (2.5cm) double-stitched bottom hem
Not intended for sleepwear
Total Cost $12.00 per shirt.


Clothes from Tutibella.com

I just love baby clothes and I found some for my baby and some for a gift. The gift is the shirt with the monkey. Small Paul has some of the cutest baby clothes- and we could give them to cousin Janelle who is due soon. She still doesn't know what she is having so don't tell! Either way Paul used to call her monkey so we thought we should get her baby some monkey clothes and now here is the cutest Julian T Shirt. You can get it in white or pink. I personally think Hot Pink looks good on Danielle. Also isn't this sleeper with elephants to die for? I love sleepers now and Danielle would fit in the 12-18 month size. I found it at Tutibella.com.
Here is a description from their website Looking for the latest in children's fashion trends? We offer baby clothes and children's clothing for boys and girls as well as tween girl clothing from the hottest designers and brands. We also carry a great selection of diaper bags for style conscious moms and dads and unique gifts for babies. Browse our New Arrivals page for the latest in children's clothing, accessories, and designer diaper bags. We carry a great selection of stateside and European designer brands for children such as Small Paul, Splendid Littles, True Religion, Kingsley, Ella Moss Tween, Ed Hardy Kids, Charlie Rocket, Flowers by Zoe, Harajuku Lovers, and many more!
They also have a blog that I like- maybe they should feature my etsy shop. Not many photos though.
Total Cost of the two shirts? $46.90


Bugaboo makes Beautiful Strollers.

It seems like as soon as Danielle was born and I already had all the baby products I would ever need I realized what the best baby products were- some of them I had, some of them I didn't. One of the biggest problems? The Stroller. I wanted a jogging stroller and other strollers, but we got the jogging stroller first and then my husband was done. Sadly, we got two flat tires and then they never seemed to get repaired. I still don't have a working jogging stroller. I wish I had the Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller- I love the Bassinet- then your baby could sleep in it while you are out. Plus this stroller is hot. You can reverse it so baby faces any direction you want
Here are some of the features:

  • The most fully-loaded Bugaboo stroller
  • Modular infant-to-toddler travel system features reversible bassinet and seat
  • Reversible, fully reclining, 3 position titling seat
  • Reversible handlebar allows you to use the small swiveling wheels in Large sun canopy and under seat bag for storage
Free shipping and no tax at pampered tot- I found them on Amazon.
Total Cost $899.00



At my little Brother's wedding we had a baby shoe emergency and at Thanksgiving Point in Utah we got Danielle some new shoes- I didn't know it at the time but her shoes were squeaky! I was so happy because I could always tell where my baby was. She was thrilled with the fun sound and still wants to wear the shoes rather than trying to rip them off like other pairs. I found some cute ones online and I would recommend them to all parents with toddlers- for special evens or just fun in the backyard. I feel like it is mo$re secure because I can hear her.
At Kidsqueakers.com you can get them with free shipping and 10% of the proceeds are donated to Operation Smile!
Total Cost 24.99


Container Store Bins ON SALE!

Well many people have asked me about my storage bins in my house. I ordered them from the Container Store and right now they are on sale. They go on sale for the summer sale at the container store which I think is so wonderful! You should pick them up now while they are on sale!
Here is a description from Online: Store clothing, accessories, toys and other items in our fabulous Fabric Tote Boxes. Each box features an elegant Baroque pattern and a reinforced bottom for added strength. The lid features a zippered closure in addition to a Velcro® flap. (Click on the image to the left to view this closure.)
• Made from heavy fabric over a metal frame
• Sturdy handles for easy transport
• Includes label holder for easy identification of the contents
• Folds flat when not in use for compact storage
Cost of small $11.99 Medium $15.99 and large $19.99

Total Cost $96.93



Well I found a quilter that I love on Etsy. Carolinapatchworks makes such cute things and has full sized handmade quilt you can buy. Some of her quilts have thousands of views so they are really popular.I really like her options- she even sells a quilt that is called the space invaders quilt. the quilts are made by a mom named Emily who has two kids and a blog mostly about quilting which has some great photos! The name come from her location- North Carolina. I think I would get a quilt with monkeys on it for my little monkey. there is a twin sized one or a baby sized (36" by 36") one that is $70.00 which is pretty affordable. Or maybe I would have to get a retro arcade quilt since it is so cool.
here is a description:
Relive the action, the excitement. Gather a pocketful of quarters and head to your living room to relax under the 8-bit glory of the arcade classic Galaga brought back to Earth as a lovingly-crafted 18:1 scale recreation in luxurious 100% cotton. Better yet, get a second player and keep warm together as you take turns destroying the enemy hordes -- there's plenty of room under this 60-by-60-inch quilt, and it can only help improve your score. Travel in space and time without leaving your couch! This quilt is fully compatible with the XBox 360, Wii, PlayStation III, all high-definition televisions, most models of fireplace, and a wide variety of good books.

This quilt is crafted after you place your order, and will match the photo closely but details and materials may vary slightly. The time to receive your quilt will depend on my current workload, but generally takes 4-6 weeks; please contact me for current shipping time estimates if you'd like to know before ordering. I'm also happy to do custom orders, so if there's something in particular you'd like, let me know!

Total Cost(Monkey Twin): $395.00



I love baby announcements and I found a neat couple at inkobsession.etsy.com. How about the cute snail one if you are having a boy or a cute flowered photo announcement for a girl. I like how some of their designs have great little drawings- like the flowers at the bottom of the girl announcement. I wish that I had planned in advance enough to have customized invitations for my daughter's first birthday. Also many of the photo ones have great photos. It makes me want to buy a camera as part of the baby expenses for my next baby. What a great idea Harley!
Here is a copy of their shop announcement: www.INKOBSESSIONDESIGNS.com

I started designing professionally in 2001 when I took a job in the marketing department of a publishing house. I eventually moved on to a different company (where I also do marketing) and my ad campaigns and designs have been featured in home and garden magazines.

I recently decided to start selling my designs to the general public. My 4.25” x 5.5” invitations and announcements are printed in house on a color laser jet printer. 4” x 6” and 5” x 7” designs for photo announcements and invitations are printed by a photo lab and can be uploaded to a location near you to save on shipping and handling. I also charge for a design only fee if you would rather pay for the design and print it yourself. Whatever works best for you will work for me!

Total Cost: $1.15 per card (depending on the design)


Pottery Barn Lanai Quilt and Sham.

I love Orange. I just feel so drawn to it and I love this quilt from the Pottery Barn. It is on sale and I wish I needed some bedding. Would it be so bad if I had an orange wall in my room? Actually our landlord specifically said it was not okay. Here is a description from online:
Inspired by the bold contrasts and distinctive designs of famed Hawaiian quilts, our Lanai quilt-and-sham set is made of cotton and features a different hand-quilted faux-appliqué pattern for each color. Both pieces reverse to a solid color. Insert not included. Shams are sold individually. Machine wash. Imported.
With standard shams-
Total Cost $227.00


Tupperware Impressions Double Plate Set of Four

I got some of these covered plates because I work for Tupperware- I had some sales and this was really a great deal. When you sell things they have so many specials for you I love it! So I got these plates and they are awesome! John was getting home late for dinner and I just put his plate of food together with the cover. It was perfect and I love the colors. And the bugs wouldn't get them if you were on a picnic. Go to http://my.tupperware.com/JANAEMADSEN and then the product page and you will be helping me out while you get a great product! It is on sale right now until August 12th.

Summer is a time to celebrate and dine al fresco - and here's a perfect outdoor serving set at half-price savings!

This 8-pc. set features covers that also serve as plates themselves. That means you can use the covers to keep foods warm and safe while on-the-go or dining outdoors, or separately to double your serving capacity.

  • Set of 4 features 4 plates with 4 covers.
  • One each in Orange Peel, Purplicious, Lime Aid, Tropical Water
  • Each plate and cover is 9½"/24 cm Dia.
  • Dishwasher safe.
Total Cost $22.50 with a $75.00 purchase


Hasselblad H2 Medium Format Camera

I wish I had the skills I would need to justify owning a camera like this. Does buying a camera like this mean I would be good enough to use it?

The Hasselblad H2 camera builds on the success of the Hasselblad H1 camera, providing features that make digital high-end capture as easy as point-and-shoot.

Features include integral supply of power to the Hasselblad Ixpress CFH digital back to enhance the ease of use and mobility of the system, additional metadata stored in the image file to make further image enhancement possible, and functions to support the Instant-approval architecture in the Ixpress CFH digital back.

You can buy the camera at b&h photo supply online. Please tell me if you have.

Total Cost $7999.00