Friday, August 31, 2012

To the Weekend!



It's here again- the Weekend. Nothing out of the ordinary planned for the next couple of days- garage sales, work, relaxing, reading... it should be 100% fantastic. Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend everyone!

See you back here in September!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Overnight Camping Trip: What to Bring


Living in the mountains, Danny & I are blessed with the opportunity to go camping almost as often as we'd like. Because we both work, they often can't be long, but an overnight camping trip is sometimes just the thing you need to get rid of the stress of the day and relax in nature.

For those of you who don't get to go camping very often but are interested in doing so, I've compiled a list of the supplies we've found most useful in bringing. I hope it helps and let me know if you have any questions!

1) Tent (If you don't have one already- cheap ones can generally be found at Target or some sporting goods store. Or I'm sure if you asked around- you'd find a friend or family member who's had one lying in their garage for some time now- just make sure it has all the poles and stakes)

2) Sleeping Bags (We also have cheap pillows from K- Mart that we bring for extra comfort).

3) Therm-a-Rest (these are pads that can be easily inflated/ deflated for sleeping on. Very compact and light- great for future backpacking as well). We use these ones.

4) Lantern (We have this one and love it)

5) Chairs
 
6) Firewood (Matches and Kindling) Kindling are normally small pieces of wood/ twigs that catch fire first. If you are arriving at dark and or are going to an area where they may not be a lot of wood lying around- we always bring a newspaper and/ or old phonebook as a replacement). If you are not great at starting fires- you may want to bring lighter fluid as well. I like to build fires like I'm an ancient Native American and am totally against it. But Danny likes it as it starts a fire quick and you don't really have to focus as much on the kindling... so it's up to you :)

7) Cooking Supplies Ours generally consist of: Cooler, Cast Iron Skillet, Stove with propane,Wire hangers (for s'mores or hot dogs), Cups, Plates, Paper Towels, Utensils, Soap

8) Food, Ice, & Water I also generally do all the prep work for meals before we go and have everything ready in baggies/ containters (chopped onions/ peppers, etc...)

9) Your Dog

10) Books/ Magazines, Cards, fly fishing gear, etc...

11) Camera

12) Clothing and Shoes that can get dirty (bring something warm for the nights as well- fleece pants are the best


Depending on your taste, their may be additional things you would want- but these are the basics for us and they seem to get us through each trip.

Now get out there and go camping!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blame it on Jane Eyre



Good God. I have been transfixed and completely engrossed in Jane Eyre. I started the novel Monday afternoon and finished yesterday evening. Now this was difficult, because my husband wanted to watch Margin Call Monday night and I although all I wanted to do was find out what was happening next with Jane- I also wanted to be a good wife- and so I put the book down for the rest of the night. And then yesterday, I of course had to work. I must admit however, once my orders were finished and shipped out (around 2pm- thanks goodness it was a short day), I completely took the rest of the day off (sorry to everyone's emails I'm still returning).

I tried to read Jane Eyre in high- school, but apparently gave up after about 1/3 of the way in- I know this because I found a flyer for my end of the year senior class activities there. But this time I could not put it down- and it is officially one of my favorite books. Although it's ultimately a love story, the dark, Gothic elements that appear throughout the novel completely captivated me and kept my interest. I also really want to see the movie now with Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska.

So back to reality, and work, and returning emails in a timely manner... and starting a new classic tonight.

What books have taken your time hostage?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Winner Announced!! SP Grand Opening Giveaway Results


SP Home Grand Opening Giveaway
Winner Announced!

Congrats #18  Lizzie!
Lizzie said...
I love your stuff! Congrats on the new shop!



Friday, August 24, 2012

To the Weekend!



I can't believe it's Friday already. The weekends have been arriving so rapidly fast. Or maybe that's just what happens when each and every day is filled to the brim... but a good, hard- working, exhausted at the end but happy kind of filled. It's been an amazing week with the opening of SP Home and the wonderful outpouring of love I've received in kind words from so many people. Plus, bridal orders are still going strong and keeping me busy- which is also great.

So this weekend- although I'm going to sneak in some work here and there, I really just think I'm going to relax too. A good book, a lot of coffee, and a lot more of doing absolutely nothing sounds AMAZING... and  I think I'm going to do it... maybe... we'll see.

I hope each and every one of you has the weekend of your dreams. And don't forget you have until Sunday night to enter the SP Home Giveaway!

Happy Weekend!! I love you all!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

New Products in SP Home!

Hey folks! Here are some new jewelry items that entered the SP Home shop over the course of yesterday!

Oh Pioneer Antler Keychain in Silver

Oh Pioneer Antler Keychain in Gold

Healing Heart Necklace

Osprey Point Green Turquoise Necklace


 Oh Pioneer Antler Necklace in Silver

Simple Silver Wavy Disc Necklace

 Gigi Necklace in Silver

Starfish Pendant Necklace

Wishbone Pendant Necklace

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

SP Home Grand Opening & Giveaway!!!


Yay! I'm so excited and can't believe it's finally here- the official "Grand Opening" of Silver Pencils Home- my shop for everyday lovelies. There's still a lot more than needs to enter the shop and they'll be trickling in throughout the rest of the month.


But there's currently a lot of jewelry with an equal mix of infinity scarves and headbands. There will soon be a lot of pretty paper products and decor as well.


To celebrate the Grand Opening of Silver Pencils Home, I'm hosting a Giveaway for one of my stretchy lace headbands and one of my new bracelets- you pick which style.

To enter:

1) Leave a comment
2) Like the Silver Pencils Facebook page & leave a separate comment saying so (additional entry)
3) Tweet: "I entered the Silver Pencils Home Grand Opening Giveaway http://ow.ly/d9C8l " & leave a separate comment linking to your tweet (additional entry)
4) Become a Silver Pencils Blog follower & leave a comment saying so (additional entry)

Giveaway ends Sunday Aug. 26th- Winner will be announced Monday, Aug. 27th

Good Luck!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Prepping for Tomorrow!



In high hopes of having the Grand Opening of SP Home tomorrow (as well as a giveaway!) I will be working my behind off all day... be back tomorrow with much, much more exciting content :)

p.s.- I wish that was my office above

Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Monday!



Making the 2 hour trek to Idaho today to stock up on supplies. I don't mind it though- the drive is always a great time to blast some music and get in some thinking... while also keeping my eyes gigantically open hoping no deer and/ or moose walk out onto the road.

 And hopefully by this coming Wednesday, Silver Pencils Home will also be having it's Grand Opening! So exciting! Have a wonderful Monday all!

Friday, August 17, 2012

To the Weekend!



Have an absolutely wonderful weekend everyone! Don't forget the SP Home Sale goes through this Sunday! See you back here next week!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

15% Discount in Silver Pencils Home!


Although the official Grand Opening of Silver Pencils Home isn't until next week, I thought I'd throw a special sale for all the awesome SP Readers out there! Use the coupon code FriendsandFam at checkout, now through Sunday, for a 15% discount on any merchandise throughout the shop.


(This sale does not apply towards Silver Pencils Bridal)

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Products in Shop!

A bunch of new products entered the SP Home shop over the weekend! And there will be a lot more making their debut this week! Check out some of the ones already listed:


Amelie Bracelet

 Oh Pioneer Antler Necklace

Barcelona Necklace

The Thinking Box Necklace

Genevieve Garter (available in Bridal Store)

Gigi Bracelet

Gigi and (and soon to be listed) Poppy Bracelet together

Huntington Necklace

The Sailors Say Bracelet

A bunch of scarves and headbands will also be listed over the next few days... stay tuned!