my personal 2009 trends: etsy finds

so seeing that is is new years eve, and as of midnight, its a whole new year bringing its own round of joyous occassions (only 303 days til the big day!) and pitfalls and hurdles to overcome i googled my horoscope...

You are greatly empowered in your creative endeavors this year, and you emerge like a butterfly from a long sleep in a cocoon! This personal transformation has you sharing wisdom and knowledge you might have never known you possessed. Great potential awaits you as you find new sources of personal strength.

You are feeling very playful, and being creative is the only type of career that will satisfy you. You will be recognized as someone who can totally transform nothing into something ... an alchemist of sorts. The beauty and magnificence that arises from your self-expression feels like a celebration in and of itself. You will be paid handsomely for what you do, and you welcome the challenges.Your far-reaching ideas will be well compensated. Your optimism helps you stay on the bright path, and you can overcome any hurdle. You see a higher purpose in your work, and this helps you focus on attaining your dreams.

haha! maybe i really can make this a good year for kate cotten designs! ive been looking into glicee prints and expanding it all...which i am already starting! i ordered a WHOLE BUNCH of neat stuff yesterday to test the waters out, and to make sure i have a good variety for the ladies convention at the end of the month!

anywho...since im feeling all giddy and hopeful, i couldnt peg down one common thread i wanted to go with for todays etsy finds. so here is a mish-mash of all things that i want. warning there is an exorbitant amount of...owls. i cant help it, im just drawn to them! can owls be a vice? i mean, surely not, right? i have issues. so here are my new years mash up of awesome etsy finds! enjoy!


rhinestone owl friends necklace by jayval.

vintage 60's owl napkin holder by vintagemarmalade.

8x8 print midcentury bird 12 by FourcrowsArt.

threes a crowd ring by Peapodtreasures.

1962 the owl and the pussycat childrens book illustration by sandmarg.

(day of the dead)

sugar skull vinyl wall decal by beepart.

bird skeleton -- vintage image pendant by chasinglightningbugs.

dia de los muertos te amo mucho decorated clutch by dnacreations.

3D bronze bat skull pendant by mrd74.

hand inked OOAK photo frame by wearwolf.


custom banner ring by laurelhill.

land of ice and snow adjustable ring by MelissaAbram.

colossus massive amethyst specimen in sterling silver by elseetee2.

would you love me ring by blockpartypress.

hot pink deer ring by TeaCupieShop.


vintage brass pig by mechincalstag.

vintage green glass bowl by VeroVintage.

chestnut brown vintage suitcase by vintageveneration.

vintage HH japan owl mugs by peanutmm,

larger gold vintage flower earrings by bluecanaryvintage.

i have more personal favorite motifs that i tend to gravitate toward, but dear readers, im off to go to the grocery store with the fiance and prepare for tonights festivities! i bid you adieu and wish you all a very happy and safe new year! happy 2010!

new years soirees...

this etsy finds blog is all about ringing in 2010! from what to wear to party decor, accessorizing you and your home for all those new years parties! enjoy!

new years glitz upcycled vintage rhinestone beaded fringe necklace by delguidicestudio.

sequinz swirl strap in platinum headband by KarmaKreationzInc.

violetta by sweetgrassmill.

very unique set of 4 hand painted black lace champagne flutes by astrokeofjeanneius.

metallic leather oversized envelope clutch by patkas.

black schonbek chandelier with pink crystals by confettitree.

poisonous pumps by KirstyMcKenzie.

vintage mod black and white dessert pedestal by BurlapAndBlue.

vintage gray pearl and rhinestone cluster by smallandmousey.

vintage ornate italian mirror by MyGrandmasAttic.

rock on ring (bronze) by donmoti.

marichelle lace necklace swarovski crystal by whiteowl.

10 party poms - choose your color by PartyPoms.

on my shoulder earrings by glitteryblue.

matte gunmetal grey paperbag high waist skirt with pockets by BabooshkaBoutique.

daisy hot pink chalcedony earrings by madebysam.

hollywood glamour vintage silver rhinestone button bracelet by designer135.

best. christmas. ever.

seriously. best. christmas. ever.

truly, best christmas ever. it was an absolute blast. me and dave got spoiled ROTTEN! it was awesome. among my favorites are my new hp mini laptop and my sony ereader and dave got a fully stocked fish tank, its huge! with stand and all...fluval, currents, live rock, nets, hoses, water, fish, and a whole mess of other things that i have no idea what its used for, but basically we are fully stocked and dont need anything but more fish if we want it. and i got dave a grill. well, grill is an understatement. an outdoor kitchen of sorts. with heating drawers, lights, all that stuff...check it out...

dave thinks its sexy... 7ft tall, almost 9ft long, and 500+lbs. so he better freakin love it! and make me delicious food on it. grilled shrimp, please! anywho...the holidays with my family were a super win. dad and dave made a horseradish smothered beef tenderloin, and we just hung around all day. it was hilarious watching dad try to play call of duty. other than holiday festivities, we ate at the best place ever...henks real german food in the middle of dallas. dave and i both got the hot amsterdam...dutch ham, dutch gouda, horseradish, and dave got sauerkraut. most delicious meal ever....weird picture to share i know...but the hot and spicy german potato salad was a super win!

i got to see my very favorite mister ryon buchman, we ate some alligator tail and saw avatar in 3D which was...AMAZINGLY KICK ASS. truly! i didnt even want to see...i totally loved it! and 3D was awesome. me, dave, and walker went to the bodies exhibit in downtown dallas. anyone heard of it? heres the website. and heres a picture...

it was amazing. we all loved it. but i am not going to say much since its a controversial topic. but let me say this...if you are interested, definitely take the time out and go see it. we also went to the dallas aquarium, which of course the boys went crazy over since they now appreciate it more, having their own saltwater tanks. but my favorites were the cute little baby penguins, the manatee, the leopard, and of course...the owl. he was my friend! he was facing away from everyone. people in front of us were complaining that they couldnt even see the owl, and as soon as i walk up he turns around and poses for me! here he handsome!

plus a thousand other fun things! it was the best trip dave and i have taken to dallas. and the best christmas ever! i hope all of you had a very merry holidays and got to spend time with the people you love most! now...lets hope 2010 is an amazing year for us all! cheers!

trees & twinkle lights....

dave and i went looking at christmas lights since it was an anniversary of ours of sorts. and i was in such awe of just how much work and effort some people put into putting up lights and making their houses festive. my two favorites were the HUGELY GINORMOUS trees that were completely wrapped in twinkle lights (you know the lights that have the "twinkle effect" but not super cracked out blinky or anything like that, just looks like its glistening?) all the way up to the tippy top. i was in awe. and also, the house that had lights around the base of the tree and up the trunk, but had some neat soft lights from the tippy top of the tree so their yard had the shadow of limbs and branches in the grass. oh man, i was in love. makes me wish i had a house with big huge trees i could wrap in twinkle lights. ::sigh:: soooo, todays blog is all about my love for the trees and twinkle lights, which has always been there, but re-inspired me last night.

....and just an FYI, dave and i are headed home for the holidays so i will be MIA from tomorrow through the beginning of next week. so i promise a super awesome blog post when i get back. HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! cheers! enjoy...

green lace and red by janechao.

tree of knowledge necklace by StefenyStanyer.

glass candle holder engraved with 'reaching branches' by daydreemdesigns.

switchplate grateful tree farm by funkychickendesigns.

100 grandfather oak tree wedding tree invitations by vohandmade.

vine lanterns by KateBurger.

dark teal blue empire waist dress with evergreen forest by angeldamico.

twinkle -- 8x10 fine art print by irenesuchocki.

recycled leather birch tree purse by starfishclothesgirl.

screenprinted jersey long scarf - tree, navy by AnaloguePeople.

double trees --- vinyl decals by WowWall.

mason jar lantern by themasonry.

oak branch bracelet by colbyjune.

mossy trees 20 inch wool felt pillow by hometoroost.

full circle earrings by TheIntuitiveGarden.