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Friday, May 28, 2010

I love Chicago!

I love this city. It is absolutely amazing every time I visit. We started off our day by riding the train into downtown Chicago. Once we got to the city we had to figure out what the heck we were going to do. I suggested going to Navy Pier since I know that is always a good place to start.

So we start walking, and keep walking, and continue walking until we get to Lake Michigan. I could see Navy Pier far in the distance but decided to keep going. It was quite a long walk but gosh darnit we made it! It was too bad that is was a bit overcrowded with kids on field trips and crazy teenagers. The day was gorgeous so I couldn't complain!

We got some yummy food and then decided to walk back so we wouldn't miss our train. Over all the day was fantastic but next time, I think we will drive!

I also got a yucky sunburn. Ouch. It hurts.

Tomorrow we are going grocery shopping and getting supplies to grill out. Tuesday is my birthday so I think we are going to go to Cheeseburger in Paradise. I am not so much a fan of the cheeseburgers but the spinach and crab dip is PHENOMENAL!! OMG. I don't even like spinach but this dip is to die for. So that's where I chose to go for my big 2-5.

Luckily the hubby has off until Tuesday so we will be spending a lot of time together as a family. I love it:)

And Lee won American Idol. Holy cow that was awesome!! I even wore my "beleeve" shirt the whole show. What a nerd I am!

I have also been super busy with my Etsy Shop. I am so thankful to be able to do this. I love my job and I hope to get some more designs out soon. For all of you Etsy followers, be on the look out. I may be having a special sale on my birthday(June 1st) so you might want to visit my shop on that day for some special sales and discounts.

Goodnight everyone:)

Friday, May 21, 2010

No Sales:(

What happened? I was getting sales on my banners just about every day and now I have hit a rough spot. I got nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have worked so hard on all of the designs so hopefully things will pick up soon.

Aside from the shop I have some decluttering to do. It seems like I just can't keep up with the messes the girls make, dishes, laundry, vacuuming. It has been a tad overwhelming lately(and my hubby wonders why I'm so tired all the time!)

Don't forget that I am having a sale this Saturday and Sunday(May 22nd and 23rd). Free matching business card design with any Premade Etsy Shop Set of $25.00 or more. That's a $15.00 value free!

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Sweet Sassy Molassy!


Be inspired

I was having a bit of an artistic block if you will. I couldn't hammer out a new design for anything. Then I took a drive out in the country and it hit me. I had the cd player tuned to my favorite laid back music and as I took in the scenery I felt very much at peace. I took a deep, much need breath of fresh air and knew that my troubles were over. I absolutely love what I do and I couldn't be happier with where I am in my life. I get to stay at home with my two beautiful daughters and I get to work at a job that I don't even consider work. Sometimes in life we just have to take a moment and look at everything around us. Life moves so fast and you really have to stop and smell the flowers every once in a while.

I hope I'm not ranting but I do have exciting news! I was able to get these two shop sets done tonight and I am excited to share them with you guys.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Holy American Idol Batman!

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with my shop but I am going to post it anyway...because I can:) Wow is all I can say about last night.

As I'm sure you all know I am a HUGE Lee fan, and it just to happens that his hometown is, oh, I don't know, 10 minutes down the road from where I live! I got the chance to go to the homecoming parade and it was incredible. There were so many fans there to greet him and let him know that he is truly an amazing performer. I think that is what he needed to boost his confidence and it really showed last night. Both performances were miles ahead of the other two and I think he has a great shot at winning the whole thing. He was able to put some emotion into the performances and that is what you need to win. He has grown so much over the past weeks.

I honestly don't even know how Casey made it this far. I watched his audition the other day and I think his good looks are what got him through. He hasn't grown at all on the show like the other 2 have. I just don't understand why he is in the top 3, I really don't.

Crystal was pretty solid all season up until a few weeks ago. Her performances just started going downhill and I think last night she blew it. I know she loves Melissa Ethridge but I don't think the song was perfect for her as the judges said. As for her second song, it seemed as though she screamed the whole thing. I didn't love it. I really don't think she knew what she was signing up for when she auditioned for the show, and now that she has figured it out, I don't think she wants everything that comes along with the show.

So, that leaves Lee. He is going to be the next Idol, mark my words. He wants it so bad and he has the qualifications to be a great American Idol. It was great seeing him come home. He was so emotional and so humbled and it really showed how much he really deserves it.

Sorry, I got off on a bit of a tangent:) More shop stuff to come!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"She works hard for the money..."

Aint that the truth! I have been working on these new designs for the past few days, and I must say I am pretty happy with what I have come up with so far. I still have a lot more to make but at least I have something to start with right?!

SALE ALERT!!!!! This Saturday and Sunday May 22 + May 23 I am giving away free business card templates with the purchase of any $25.00 shop set. These are a $15.00 value for absolutely FREE! If you need a new look for your shop or know someone who does, send them on over my way!

And p.s. Idol is on tonight and I'm super excited...GO LEE!!!

Here are a few samples of what I have for sale:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lee Dewyze is my American Idol!

I have been watching the show for years now and I finally got to attend a homecoming parade! I gathered up the girls yesterday and we headed about 10 minutes south to Mt. Prospect. There weren't that many people there since we arrived about 2 hours or so early. I wanted to make sure we got there before the traffic got too crazy. Anywho, we got there, got a few shirts(Beleeve!) and then found a place to watch. The crowd was crazy and as soon as he started coming down the road everyone moved in closer for a better look. I just stayed where I was on the sidewalk because I wanted to stay away from all the crazies. Anywho, I did end up getting some photos. He looked straight over my way and I saw him get a little emotional. It was really cool because I know he is so humbled by everything that has happened to him. He is so talented and I can only wish for amazing things to come! I was really glad I was able to be there to support such an amazing singer! I hope he goes all the way but we will find out in a few weeks:)

Now that I had all of that fun yesterday it's back to work. I got all of my household chores done today and now I am so full of inspiration, I just want to get busy designing again! I think my next venture is going to be recipe cards. I have a lot of ideas for those so we will see how that goes.

Vote for Lee!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Etsy Banners and Shop makeovers

Do you have an Etsy shop or know someone who does? I am excited to announce that I am now making Etsy shop banners, avatars and whole shop makeovers! I recently started playing around with some ideas for my own shop and thought, "wow, these turned out pretty cute, maybe someone else would like them too." And they did. I started posting them on my Etsy and I got 4 sales in the first day. I am so happy to be helping shop owners get more sales! I am loving these designs and I have even more ideas to come. This afternoon I will be working on some more orders for customers but after that I will be fixing and tweaking some of the old ones. I am so ready to get I think I will. Later!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Now Open!

I'm excited to announce that Sara Rubendall Design Studio is now open for business! It has been a long time coming and I am very glad the day is finally here. I have been working so hard these past few weeks to get things up and running. I can definitely say that I am happy where I am at with the shop and my personal life.

I have a few surprises up my sleeve as well. I am working on some new things for my shop as well as my website. I can't say too much about it right now but I know that I am VERY excited!

I hope all of you had a good weekend. The fam and I went to the zoo and had a great time. Boy am I glad we got a membership! This was our second visit and we still haven't seen the whole zoo.

I hope that all of you reading this can pass it on to someone that may need it:)