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Saturday Sales: Time for a Little Monkey Business

I went through a phase where I was obsessed with making my bedroom into a jungle. I think I was 11 or 12. I had a bunch of monkey stuffed animals that I would try to hang and prop in different corners of my room. I even had a monkey that screeched “OOOOOH EEEEAHHH AHHH AHH AHHHHHHH!” or something like that. In one of my windows I strung up some puppet/mobile animals I made. I had an ostrich, a slender loris, a bush baby, and lemurs. I had other animal pictures in different parts of my room, too.

Do you have a little one like that, or are you yourself into the jungle theme? Check out the treasury below, and see if you can spot the on sale wallinspired item ūüôā

‘In the Jungle…’ by piecesofelises


Monkey Gurumi Crochet P…

$4.00

Jungle Safari 8 x 10 Ar…

$20.00

Toucan Bird Pendant, Pa…

$15.00

Orangutan Librarian – G…

$20.00

Tiger wall stencil. Ste…

$6.50

ON SALE Kids vinyl wall…

$89.00

Zebra Finch Art – Happy…

$16.00

sumatran rhino – wool f…

$64.00

Chimpanzee Monkey Finge…

$5.00

Vintage Style Wooden To…

$10.50

125R Retro Owl with All…

$15.00

Children Baby Toddler G…

$14.00

M2M Mud Pie Turquoise L…

$18.00

Large 58mm relaxed lemu…

$4.50

Cute Clay Hippo Miniatu…

$32.00

Lion Sewing Pattern PDF…

$10.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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Moms Monday: I know you are but what am I?

First, I want to thank everyone for reading, commenting on, following, and supporting this blog! It really means a lot to me and it has boosted my confidence in my writing and ability to network with others. I have learned so much just by interacting with you all here.

Have you read the about page here on the blog? If you’ve ever wondered¬†who is the person writing this stuff? you can find some answers there, but I’ll also provide some answers here.

Me – Elise

You may have discovered this already, but I’m not a mom. Is that shocking? I hope not. I guess I should be flattered if you are shocked. You see I’m just shy of 20 and began writing this blog not because I think I’m some sort of parenting expert, but due to my collaboration with wallinspired.

Wallinspired has a great business going on Etsy and if you run a small, but growing business yourself, you can understand that managing every aspect of your business can be difficult, very difficult. So that’s where I come in. I also run an Etsy shop, Pieces of Elise’s (because my name is Elise – hi there!), and even though my shop is by no means flourishing just yet, I have learned a lot about marketing, social networking, and E-Commerce through the research I’ve done over the past 2 years.

I also write on Squidoo, Yahoo! Voices, and just started my own blog. Craig with wallinspired approached me to promote their shop through this blog, social networks, and elsewhere. If you’ve visited wallinspired‘s¬†shop on Etsy, you probably noticed that their vinyl wall decals are for kids, tweens, and teens. So I’ve really focused my efforts on this blog to reach you, the parents of the kids, tweens, and teens, as well as anyone else who is interested.

I’d like to think that writing for this blog has been going pretty well and that you all are enjoying your time spent here. Would you like to give some feedback?

Click here to take survey and you will be added to a drawing where 1 winner will be chosen. The winner has the choice of getting a free advertising spot on the blog (a 150 x 150 image linking to their blog or website on the right over there –>), ¬†a chance to write a guest blog post here on the wallinspired blog about a topic of their choice, or a free handmade item from my own Etsy shop Pieces of Elise’s. So please take the survey for a chance to win!!!

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Sunday Fun day: Open the Photo Albums

Photo credit: Safe and Secure Vintage Photo from RomanceWriter

When was the last time you got out the old family pictures and talked about them with your parents, kids, or other loved ones?

I read two separate articles online that made me think about poring over the photos in my family photo albums. The first one I spotted on the Etsy blog. It was A Legacy of Style by Gabriella Cetrulo. She talked about the style of her mother in the 1970s, her grandmothers in the 50s and 60s, and her great grandmother in the 40s and 50s. She posted some great old pictures of each woman and it got me thinking about taking a look at my mom and aunts with their afros in the 70s. We also have photos from the early 1900s of family members whose names we don’t even know.

The second article I came across was Grandma’s Will from Yahoo! Voices contributor Amanda Barber. It is a good read about her spunky grandmother who inspired her to write. Reading her grandmother’s story made me think of my own grandmother, who would be 2 years older than hers. I know very little about her childhood and background. I would love to do some digging for more information about my grandparents and great-grandparents.

What about you? Do you know a lot about your family? How often do you look at you photo albums?

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Moms Monday : Special Interview with Annabelle Petriella

This Monday we have a special treat. Annabelle Petriella from Stylish Furniture and Decor agreed to be interviewed for this Moms Monday post!

She is an entrepreneur and a mom, so I know you will enjoy reading about how she juggles it all.

Annabelle Petriella

How did you start your own business?

I worked as a high end residential interior designer in Washington, DC for 10 years and New York City for 2 years.  I was working long hours for a design firm in NYC when I got pregnant and decided to shift gears in my career.  I wanted to be able to work from home and make my own schedule once the baby came.  I also wanted to do something relating to my field
and experience as a designer.

Sourcing has always been one of my favorite parts of my job as a designer.¬†It’s so satisfying to find a fabulous piece that is just perfect for a¬†space I’m designing, or to discover something that I know I can use in¬†many different spaces. ¬†That is what inspired me to launch my retail¬†furniture site. ¬†My goal is to bring a designer-sourced selection of¬†furniture, accessories and lighting to my retail customers.

What challenges or obstacles did you face?

Balancing my baby’s needs and the demands of a new company was a challenge¬†I faced from the start. ¬†While I imagined “working from home” meant¬†working here and there around my baby’s schedule, the reality is much¬†different than the fantasy! ¬†I learned early on that I need to have¬†dedicated times to work on my company and times that I focus exclusively
on my son. Otherwise, both the work and my baby suffer.

How do you balance your work with family?

I work for about 2 hours in the morning during his two naps.  I consider that bonus time and am happy to get a few things checked off my list during those two naps.  Then, I work for 3-4 hours uninterrupted in the afternoon while a babysitter or a family member watches him.  I work at night after his bedtime and on the weekends while my husband has some
father-son time. ¬†What is the most liberating about being your own boss is¬†not working less – in fact, you’ll probably work much more! – but being¬†able to choose when (and where!) you work and when to spend time with your¬†family.

What advice do you have for other moms who want to be their own boss?

I have a few pieces of advice for other moms who are considering starting their own company.  First, choose something that you are passionate and excited about.  I love furniture and design, so I enjoy spending time working on my company.  Second, identify your weaknesses and seek the advice and support of others who can help you in those areas.  Third, once
you start your business, set a schedule so that you’re able to focus on¬†work during set times.

What’s your top pick for moms from Stylish Furniture and Decor?

My top pick for moms is our e-design package!  We recently launched our e-design division, Stylish Design Services(www.stylishdesignservices.com).  Using our unique e-design process, we create fantastic customized room designs for a fraction of the cost of an in-home interior designer.  We feature qualified and experienced professional Interior Designers from all over the country with unique and varying styles.  They create a beautiful custom design complete with a
furniture plan and design board showing furniture, lighting and accessory selections and anything else needed to create the room of your dreams!

Thank you, Annabelle! It was fun doing this interview with you!

Everyone, if you haven’t already check out Annabelle’s blog and site. She was kind enough to give wallinspired readers their very own 10% off discount code WALL10! Hurry it expires May 31st!

Stylish Furniture and Decor also offers free shipping on purchases of $500 or more.

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Sunday Funday with a little bit of Saturday Sales

Sorry I missed posting yesterday. Did you miss Saturday Sales?

Well, you’ll still get a chance to see what’s on sale in wallinspired. But first a little Sunday fun. Click the link below to read the cute article on the Etsy blog about pet furniture that stylishly fits with your home’s decor.

Get the Look: Dapper Dogs and Classy Cats | The Etsy Blog.

Do you match your animals’ beds and dishes to the style of your home?

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Now on to what’s on sale.

Can you find the on-sale wallinspired item?

‘March, April, May, June…’ by piecesofelises


Felt Butterfly hair Cl…

$8.00

Big Hand sculpted acorn…

$20.00

CUSTOM Butterfly Mobile…

$98.00

organic yarn – crochete…

$25.00

Light Purple Girl Peony…

$2.00

Ring Sling Baby Carrier…

$60.00

24 Edible Butterflies -…

$9.95

Circles follow squares …

$17.50

CROCHET PATTERN PDF-Lit…

$4.25

ON SALE Kids tree vinyl…

$50.00

Baby pink flowers bouqu…

$20.00

Spring Summer Wedding S…

$33.00

Hippo stuffed animal- b…

$31.50

Baby Felt Flower Headba…

$5.90

Rocket to the moon hand…

$20.00

blue butterfly watercol…

$18.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio

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Friday Faves – Spring Looks for Dads

This is my follow up post to my post last week on Friday Faves РSpring Looks for Moms

Yeah. Dad’s usually aren’t so into the fashion scene and spring style trends probably sound like a bunch of hoopla to men – but take a look at these cool picks for men. Hey – you won’t have to shop! All the links to these great items are provided so you can zoom right to the one that catches your eye. ūüôā

For the Quirky Dad

¬†I work with a very fun and ¬†quirky lawyer who just had a new baby boy. He wears bow ties to work with a plaid suit and suspenders. Oh and he gave his son the middle name “Stucky”. I made these picks with his taste in mind.

1. Check out this sweet New Dad and Baby Boy Set of 2 Tie Shirts from ChicCoutureBoutique

2. Nifty Sherlock Holmes Cufflinks from BeautySpot

3. 3 snazzy Vintage 1950s Bowties from vntagequeen

4. A playful Ecofriendly Dad Wooden Key Fob from Ireneagh

For the Dapper Dad

This is the kind of dad I have personal experience with. My dad wore dress shoes very often as I recall. He also wore rings and old-fashioned hats. He wore nice suits and ties, and I’m pretty sure he owned tie clips. My step-dad, also quite dapper, has a good collection of suits, ties, shoes, shirts… I’ll have to see if he has tie clips. He’s also a fan of rings and brief cases.

1. Cool engraved Boss Dude Tie Clip from ManoyMetal

2. Handsome Multi Stone Mens Ring from thesilverman

3.  Classic Rockport Mens Wing Tip Oxfords from RetroVintage123

4. Fashionable Briefcase in Dark Navy Leather from jennyndesign

For the Outdoorsman Dad

My older brother has become quite the outdoorsman of his own making (oops I misspelled it on the picture – but you get the point). Just the other day I watched him build a fire on the shore of a lake with branches and dry grasses. It certainly wasn’t a huge feat, but it was something our parents never taught him to do. I made this collection with him in mind.

1. Every man needs a good Flannel Shirt Checked Black/Green from BlackboardLabel

2. A tough pair of Vintage Herman Survivors Mens Boots in Oxblood from RabbitHouseVintage *

3. A casual Brown and Cream Plaid Cotton Fedora from rocksandsalt

4. A sturdy Vintage Oversized Caramel Leather Duffle Bag from claudedonohoshop

*RabbitHouseVintage¬† created a 10% off coupon just for you wallinspired readers. It’s wallinspired ¬† ūüôā

For the Chill Dad

This actually is also based on my brother (he’s not a dad but I’ve seen dads with this look). He’s into rock (bands like Coheed and Cambria, Avenged Sevenfold, and Sevendust) and I think the other side of his style comes from his love of music. He wears a lot of neutral colors all year round, which isn’t odd for a man (or a woman in my opinion – since I do the same thing). He wears a lot of tee shirts with a sort of Grunge look. He likes aviators (sunglasses) and the ring in the picture reminds me of his wedding ring.

1. A masculine For Him Bracelet Aluminum Wire and Waxed Cotton from Kosmika

2. Edgy My Moon My Man mens t shirt from blackbirdtees

3. Sleek Aviator Sunglasses Black Frames and Yellow Lenses from DontUWantMe

4. A rustic Copper Wood Grain Tree Bark Mens Band from tinahdee

Stay tuned for more look book features next Friday!

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Friday Faves – Spring Looks for Moms

This is my follow up post to my post last week on looks for your little guy

There’s been a change in the weather – which probably means it’s time to make a change in your wardrobe. Here’s some of my favorites from Etsy for moms (and women in general)…

For the Artsy Mom

1. Funky Embroidery sandals, beaded ethnic style from realmlistic

2. A cute Blue Denim Tote fromjacquelinrousseau

3. An intricate Pakistani Red, Gold, & Turquoise Beaded Headband from slacktopiancharms

4. A fun Sundress Summer Dress from VividDress

For the Active Mom

1. A cute Cream Stretchy Jersey Twisted Workout Headband from ThreeBirdNest

2. Great Yoga Bloomers from moonseats

3. Wonderful Vintage Shades Germany Boehler Santos Brand from RetroEyewear

4. A beautiful Light blue and green Butterflies Bracelet from sisicata

For the Fashionista

1. A glossy pair of Vintage 1970s Shoes in Snakeskin Print from FabGabs

2. A stylish pink lace cardigan from AndyVeEirn

3. A sassy Mini Ruche Bag in Ruby Red from jennyndesign

4. A handy Mineral Lipstick Gift Set from Blushie

For the Businesswoman Mom

1. A classic Vintage 1960s Mad Men Navy Blue Dress from VijolicaVintage

2. A functional Red pebble leather handbag from artoncrafts

3. Gorgeous Charcoal Smoky Drops Earrings from MADEbyMADA

4. An elegant Silver Quartz Bracelet Watch from XiaoStop

Next week I will be doing a post on Spring Looks for Dads (see Dads I didn’t forget about you) :)!

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Tuesday Newsday: Tax Day Deals

Do you get stressed out during tax season, or do you think it’s just a drag?

The Yahoo! article linked to below shows some places that will be offering deals today:

Tax Day Freebies 2012 – Yahoo! Finance.

The free scoop of Maggie Moo’s frozen yogurt sounds delish!

Photo: Can’t buy me love print from humwithme

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Sunday Funday: How Big is Your Dog?

Do you ever get online to check your e-mail and accidentally get sucked into a video or article because of the headline.

That’s what happened to me when I saw this…

Just something fun I wanted to share with you, since it is Sunday Funday ūüôā

Do you have pets? Are any of them close to the size of George?

Please share!

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Saturday Sales: Play Ball!

Seeing as Friday’s post was all about boys (if you didn’t see it click here) I thought it would be fitting today to feature the football decal on sale in wallinspired.

Here it is on a wall :

And here it is by itself :

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

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