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Homemade Christmas Tree Ornament: Prototype 1

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A belated Happy Thanksgiving and an on-time Happy Chanukah one and all! I did not go to the mall today. I might like having stuff but shopping for it is another matter. I hate the hustle bustle of the holiday retail season and I most certainly stay away on Black Friday! Nope, today I just did my best imitation of a lazy cat, curling up in my boyfriend's cozy little house outside the city (my refuge from Haute Hooverville!) and not doing too much of anything but nap, snack and what not. Part of that what not was crafting and at last I began to make ornaments for our impending Christmas tree. The title of this post says "Prototype 1" however because my little plan for a nifty baum bobble didn't exactly turn out quite right and so I will have to go back to the drawing board. But I'm almost there-- see below for the basic plan:


Essentially my only problem is that the buttons I used to hold it all together (pictured here 3: the main anchor button at the bottom + 2 mor…

DIY: Christmas Crafts are Coming!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I'm planning to post about my homemade Christmas ornaments. I was hoping to have it up by now but I'm holding off til I get good pictures. I'm excited about my latest idea for making tree ornaments ...but fingers x'd it works! So stay tuned and they'll be up soon.

Polyvore Pals: A Salute to Our Veterans

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Today everyone and their aunt Franny is posting online a Happy Veterans day picture or message, and while that is nice to see, such greetings rarely catch my eye the way this cleverly composed collage by Polyvore member kwaldrip has. At Shoestring News we not only support those in this world who have bravely served their country, but we celebrate creativity in all forms. So with a little help from my talented friend kwaldrip I say HAPPY VETERANS DAY & THANK YOU!

xoxo Sally


Honoring Our Veterans by kwaldrip.

Sophia Says, Part 1: Beauty and Confidence

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As promised, here is some more womanly wisdom from screen goddess Sophia Loren. Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing some of my favorite beauty musings and tips from Loren's book Women & Beauty so keep coming back for more installments of the Sophia Says Series.  Now enjoy what Sophia says about beauty and confidence!

My approach to beauty begins not with the face or figure but with the mind. If you can learn to use your mind as well as you use a powderpuff, you will become more truly beautiful.
When I began my career, my nickname was “Giraffe” because I was so tall and awkward. No one thought I was especially beautiful, but everyone knew right away that I was proud. In the beginning people were impressed with my confidence, and gradually they came to see it as beauty.
If you have a low opinion of your appearance, you are at the mercy of every salesperson and hairdresser who wants to give you bad, if “fashionable,” advice about how you should look.
And lastly, recounting v…

A Recent Shopping Dilemma

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Infographic created by me at easelly!