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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Treasure Hunt!

What better way to get a start on your holiday shopping than with a fun Treasure Hunt for discounts!! During the entire month of November, many of our very talented Promotional Frenzy shops will be participating in this event so take a look!

The picture above will be included in one listing from each of the participating shops and the goal is to find the picture so you can get the directions on how to apply that shop's special. The picture won't be the main picture for the listing so you will have to do some searching but most shops will give a hint to get you started! Each shop's announcement will have details as to where you might find the picture as well as what their particular special is. Some are having percent discounts, some free shipping, other's BOGO - you'll just have to check them all out!!

Once you find the "treasured" listing you will then find details in the listing description as to how to redeem the special.

Here are the details of my special:

Find the listing with a special picture in it, and receive 20% off on your order of $15 or more! Want a little hint where you might find that special picture? Think ... Eyeglasses!!!

The instructions on how to receive 20% off will be in the listing description.
For detailed information go to this blog: https://promotionalfrenzy.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/promotional-frenzy-november-treasure-hunt/


List of participating shops:

1. Trinkets N Whatnots - www.galla15.etsy.com
Handmade Button, Crystal and Pearl Jewelry

2. Sewinggranny - www.etsy.com/shop/sewinggranny
Sewn items - baby, kitchen, home decor, holiday

3. CalliopeAZCreations - www.calliopeazcreations.etsy.com
Handmade Jewelry, Medicine Stones, Decorated Feathers

4. jQ jewelry designs - www.jQjewelrydesigns.etsy.com
Gemstone Jewelry that is Classic ... with an Edge

5. KrystalsJewelry - www.krystalsjewelry.etsy.com
Intricate Handmade Jewelry of all styles for all tastes

6. rooee - www.rooee.etsy.com
Quilts & quilted things, cloth dolls, fabric postcards

7. PaintedMemoriesByRos.etsy.com
Fine Art Note Cards and Prints

8. Peelirohini.etsy.com
Colorful and Unique Sterling silver , Gold fill Jewelry with Genuine Gemstones and/or Polymer Clay

9. www.etsy.com/shop/SunnyCrystals
Crystal Tumblestones, Natural Gemtone Jewellery & Decoupage Cards plus a bit of Vintage Jewellery

10. Symbolic Imports - www.SymbolicImports.etsy.com
Handmade Bath & Body - Lip balms, Sugar Scrubs, Handmade Soaps, Perfumes & more!

11. Beautifulswagstore - www.etsy.com/shop/beautifulswagstore
hair accessories, dog toys, baby gift sets, home decor, gift wrapping

12. Bijibijoux- www.etsy.com/shop/bijibijoux
Handmade jewelry/ beads/ supplies -

13. Newcreationz - www.etsy.com/shop/NewCreatioNZ
Fine art and photography craft

14. BountyOfBeads - www.etsy.com/shop/bountyofbeads
Handmade Bead Dangle Drop Charm Sets and Trinity Brass Findings
Jewelry Making Supplies

15. Fair Lady Boutique - www.etsy.com/shop/fairladyboutique
A Beading Boutique with vintage beads + components, Czech glass, gemstones, and custom made bead mixes

16. HollysFollyGlass - www.etsy.com/shop/HollysFollyGlass
Fine and fun Lampwork Glass Beads by artist Holly Dare.

17. Glitterbird Glass - www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterbirdGlass
Home decor and jewelry made from beautiful fused glass.

18. CrochetedbyCharlene - www.etsy.com/shop/CrochetedbyCharlene
Beautiful crocheted afghans, accessories, and much more.

19. Camillescloset- www.etsy.com/shop/Camillescloset
Handmade jewelery items.

20. Prittify - www.etsy.com/shop/Prittyfy
Handmade Jewelry, Modern, Altered Art, Steampunk

21. Crystalphotography - www.etsy.com/shop/crystalphotography
Fine Art Photography Prints and Greeting Cards

22. iaFlowerPower - www.etsy.com/shop/iaFlowerPower
Whimsical Crocheted and Knitted Baby Hats and more

23. Gabby's Quilts - www.etsy.com/shop/GabbysQuilts
Handcrafted Quilts, Tablerunners, Wallhangings and Embroidered Gifts

24. CNJ Ceramics - www.etsy.com/shop/CNJCeramics
Contemporary Clay Jewelry and Home Decor

25. LostLemonade - www.etsy.com/shop/LostLemonade
Body Care Products made to cleanse, moisturize and soothe

26. RomanticThoughts - RomanticThoughts.etsy.com
Handcrafted Jewelry, PreMade Scrapbook Pages, Vintage Items and More

27. Ooh Leela! - isabelafelix.etsy.com
Handmade dish towels and trendy accessories

28. KatersAcres - katersacres.etsy.com
Polymer Clay Creations, Trinkets, & Treasures with a Whimsical Feel

29. Magda - magdamagdaFashion.etsy.com
custom clothing, accessories and supplies

30. Ugly Duckling Beads - www.etsy.com/shop/uglyducklingbeads
Handmade glass beads, digital collage sheets, tutorials, and jewelry

31. BellaTheBead - www.bellathebead.etsy.com
Handcrafted jewelry and supplies with vintage soul

32.IdeasBloom - www.ideasbloom.etsy.com
Handcrafted decorative wreaths

33. Greenhouse Glassworks - www.greenhouseglassworks.etsy.com
Fused Glass Jewelry, Stained Glass Home Decor, and Handmade Cards and Tags

34. Five Supplies - Five0101.etsy.com
All the supplies you need to create

35. TheMayFlower Fashions - themayflower.etsy.com
Fun & Stylish Fashion Designs for Women

36. Something Wyrd- www.SomethingWyrd.Etsy.com
Handcrafted jewelry and beaded charms

37. iluvmarin - iluvmarin.etsy.com
Greeting cards, scrapbooks, cupcake toppers, & festive banners

38. Lexilouflowers - www.etsy.com/shop/LexiLouFlowers?ref=si_shop
Hair Accessories, Feather headbands, and Hair ties

39. Mt Baldy Glassworks www.mtbaldyglass.etsy.com
fused glass jewelry and home decore

40. LexiekinPrints - www.etsy.com/shop/LexiekinPrints
Personalized, customized and Printable Invitations, tags, cards and more!

41. Turtlexiii- www.turtlexiii.etsy.com
Sterling Silver Jewelry with Swarovski Crystals and Pearls, Gemstones & more.

42. IsabellesAttic- www.isabellesattic.etsy.com
aprons, accessories, baby items and more

43. AshlynDesign - www.ashlyndesign.etsy.com
Artisan handmade lampwork beads, metal charms, and finished jewelry

44. eveyinorbitshop - www.eveyinorbitshop.etsy.com
Mixed media art, original aceo and zines.

45. Suzie Tenzer - www.susietenzer.etsy.com
Original fine art paintings and prints

46. LindaB - www.lindab142.etsy.com
Artisan crafted beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, Jewish jewelry and accessories, wire beaded kippot

47. DellCoveSpices - dellcovespices.etsy.com
hand mixed spices, magnetic spice kits, cocktail sugars & margarita salts, organic popcorn, popcorn toppings & other treats

48. OverTheMoonGifts - overthemoongifts.etsy.com
personalized gifts, accessories, and home decor

49. craftycreations81 - www.etsy.com/shop/craftycreations81
Peacock feather items, wedding items and items for newborns/children

50. nan gates designs - www.nangatesdesigns.etsy.com
Fabric handbags, totes and accessories

51. ProdigyCrafts - www.prodigycrafts.etsy.com
Crocheted Clothing, Accessories and Gifts

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Do You Have Klout?

Do you know your Klout score?

I had never even heard of Klout until several days ago when a new Twitter follower of mine mentioned her score (which was fairly high). I had no idea what she was talking about so started to check into it. In a nutshell, it's an interesting analysis of how much your social network content (tweets, blogs, fb etc) influences or impacts other people. Major companies like Nike, Disney, and GM use Klout to determine how well their social networking influences people they are trying to reach.

From www.Klout.com:

"The Klout Score measures influence on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the most influential. Klout uses data from social networks in order to measure:

How many people you influence; (True Reach)
How much you influence them; and (Amplification)
How influential they are (Network Score)"

True Reach is how many people you influence when they act on or share what you have written. My true reach score is 68 (pretty good!).

Amplification is how much people respond to your message. The more people act upon your content, the higher your score. My amplification score is 23 (guess I have to work on this).

Your Network Score is how much top influencers (people with high scores) respond to your messages. My Network Score is 43 (okay)

My overall Klout score is 34, apparently up 5 from a few weeks ago. According to the site, the average score is 20. Although I could be doing a lot better I am apparently above average and improving, so I guess what I'm writing and tweeting must be getting better!

So how well are you influencing others with the content you are putting out in the social networks? Go to www.klout.com, sign up for free and find out!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Afternoon in Mystic Seaport, CT

This past weekend my husband and I drove to Connecticut for a little get-away. Our first destination was the beautiful seaside community of Mystic Seaport. This is an historic area known as the center of shipbuilding since the 1600's. More than 600 vessels were constructed along the Mystic River from 1784-1919 during the boom of the American maritime industry. Towards the end of this period, and as a result of the Civil War, there became a decline in wooden shipbuilding... sailing gave way to steamships and railroads and the wooden boats were soon turned to firewood. As the nation's seafaring history was disappearing, three residents of Mystic banded together to preserve the history and, in 1929, they created the Marine Historical Association known today as Mystic Seaport.

In the 1940's, Mystic Seaport acquired the Charles W. Morgan which was the country’s last wooden whaleship from the Yankee fleet. The Association moved in historic buildings from across New England and before long Mystic Seaport was developed into an authentic seaport village. During the next 50 years, Mystic Seaport grew tremendously and collected over 1 million images of maritime photography, nearly 500 boats, and two million maritime artifacts. It is now recognized as the nation's leading maritime museum.

Today, Mystic Seaport is a beautiful destination filled with history, great restaurants and shopping. As it turned out, last weekend there was a food festival filling one of the downtown
streets where local restaurants were selling tastes of their most popular dishes. Unfortunately, we discovered this after we had just eaten lunch - but no complaints, the restaurant was fantastic, our table on the deck was right on the dock so a fantastic view, awesome drinks (my favorite Strawberry Daiquiri for a warm day), and amazing food (lobster & shrimp crepe, seafood topped potato skins, lobster roll (me), baked seafood medley (my husband).

After lunch, we decided to cross the draw-bridge to get to the downtown shopping. As quickly as we started walking across, the lights started to flash, the bells rang and the barriers started lowering. A little nervous, we started running so we would make it and all we could hear was the laughter of people on their boats yelling "Hurry, Hurry, HA HA!!" We were a little embarrassed by the attention but we made it and the downtown shops were great.

After spending a beautiful afternoon in Mystic, we descended upon Foxwoods Casino for the night. Let me say that we are NOT gamblers but the place is such an experience it is fun to go to every now and then. We had gone about a year ago (my first time there) and actually won several hundred dollars on the slot machines. As I quickly found out this weekend, that experience was obviously beginner's luck to draw us in because I had put that money away and we lost it all in no time flat this weekend. Won't be going back there in a hurry but we still had a great time!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Last Day of our FrenzySpecial Event!!

Today is the final day to take advantage of the super deals being offered by the wonderful sellers that make up our Promotional Frenzy Team!!  Many of these shops very seldom offer the fantastic discounts like the ones they are offering here and several others usually don't offer discounts at all.  Short and sweet, if you snooze, you lose!!

1) JQjewelrydesigns.etsy.com - 15% off all items over $20
2) Galla15.etsy.com - 30% off all items over $20

3) SymbolicImports.etsy.com - 25% off orders over $10 (some exclusions apply)

4) CalliopeAZCreations.etsy.com - 20% off everything in the shop

5) KrystalsJewelry.etsy.com - 20% off orders over $20

6) SunnyCrystals.etsy.com - 'Summer Special Offer' section - items already reduced plus buy 2 or more of my 3D Decoupage Cards and receive 10% Discount (refunds via paypal)

7) CrochetedbyCharlene.etsy.com - 20% off all orders

8) NewCreationz.etsy.com - 20% off everything Plus free gift Plus entry in to a draw for a voucher to my shop

9) DellCoveSpices.etsy.com - 5% off everything in the shop

10) BountyofBeads.etsy.com - 20% to 25% off Lampwork Beads, Sterling Silver and Polymer Clay Beads (no coupon coded needed, I am using etsyonsale)

11) PaintedMemoriesByRos.etsy.com - 15% off these sections - BLANK CARD SETS, MATTED CARDS and FRAMED CARDS (also using etsyonsale, no coupon)

12) Bijibijoux.etsy.com - Use coupon code frenzyspecial for 10% off any purchase $8 & UP PLEASE

13) TurtleXIII.etsy.com - 15% off entire purchase, NOT INCLUDING destash which is already super cheap

14) delightfulprints.etsy.com - 15% off everything in my shop, does not include custom orders

15) CrimsonHill.etsy.com - 15% off any order over $10, before shipping with team code.

16) nangatesdesigns.etsy.com - 15% off everything in shop

17) Sewinggranny.etsy.com - 15% off everything in my shop

18) MoanasUniqueDesigns.etsy.com - 10% discount on orders $20 and under, 15% discount on orders over $20

19) lindab142.etsy.com - 10% off of all combined purchases over $15 dollars (except destash and paper items)

20) prodigycrafts.etsy.com - 20% off everything in my shop

21) cigarboxbeads.etsy.com- 20% off everything over $30.

22) vervecolor.etsy.com - 20% off everything in shop before shipping

23) rabbitdogprints.etsy.com- 20% off everything in shop before shipping

24) bloomandbling.etsy.com - 15% off everything in shop before shipping

25) Prittyfy.etsy.com – 15% off any order $20 and up (excluding shipping)

26) iaFlowerPower.etsy.com – 20% off any order $20 and up (excluding shipping)

27) Camillescloset.etsy.com- 15% off any order.

28) TheMayFlower.etsy.com - 20% off on any item in shop (sale price already applied! no need for a coupon code!)

29) Five0101.etsy.com - 15% off on any item in shop.

30) PowersOfLove.etsy.com - 25% off your purchase.

31) BellaTheBead.etsy.com - 15% off purchase of $20 or more (excluding shipping)

32) IdeasBloom.etsy.com - 15% off purchase before shipping

33) KrisKraftnMore.etsy.com - 10% off photography prop orders (before shipping). Buy three patterns get one free.

34) CrystalPhotography.etsy.com - In stock section is 30% off. (Prices already reduced via etsyonsale). Coupon code frenzyspecial gives an additional 10% off your entire purchase!

35.) cindydidit.etsy.com - use FRENZYSPECIAL to enjoy 20% off

36.) RomanticThoughts.etsy.com - 15% OFF everything in shop, before shipping

37.) Impactjewelry.etsy.com - 15% off all purchases (before shipping)

38.) ToyStoryNutty.etsy.com (Kater's Acres) - 10% off store prices before shipping

39.)  justByou.etsy.com - 10% off everything in our shop

40.) desertshinejewelry.etsy.com - 15% off everything in our shop before shipping

41) TheCraftingPlace.etsy.com - 20% off everything in our shop OR Free shipping on orders $20 or more (order must still be $20 or more once coupon is applied)

42) Galla15whatnots.etsy.com - 15% off of all orders over $25 dollars!

43) AshlynDesign.etsy.com - up to 20% off all in-stock jewelry designs (coupon not needed, prices are already reduced)

44) GlitterbirdGlamour.etsy.com - 15% off of all orders

45) craftycreations81.etsy.com - 10% off all orders

46) www.etsy.com/shop/TownandCountryVntage -25% off any item (before shipping and DOES NOT include clearance items).

47) kellyjsorenson.etsy.com ~Kelly Designs~ 20% off all PreMade Logo Designs! Prices already reduced, no coupon needed :)

48) babypenguincreations.etsy.com - 25% off any order $10 or more!

49) laugingpenguincreations.etsy.com - 25% off any order $10 or more!

50) magdamagda.etsy.com - 25% off anything in "ready to ship" section plus free gift

51) IsabellesAttic.etsy.com- 15% off everything! 

52) uniquecozytreasures.etsy.com- 5% off everything over $25. All orders receive FREE my eBook, "Vintage Ice Creams". 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Items for Back-to-School

It is back-to-school time and I thought I would feature some of my new pencil cases/pouches that will keep the kid's backpacks and teacher's desks organized this fall....

Bright Floral Pencil Case
Pink and Green Peace Signs Pencil Case
Floral Peace Pencil Case
Pink & Green Dots Pencil Case
More fabric choices will be added over the next couple of weeks and, as always, if you have a favorite fabric choice from my shop that you would like please contact me.

Our PromoFrenzy team sales event is still going on throughout the month of August.  Receive a 15% discount from all purchases in my shop with coupon code "frenzyspecial". 

Click on PromoFrenzy Specials for links and to view all the great discounts from our many fabulous team shops.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Treatboxes for Troops - Auction Starts Today!

Treatboxes for Troops is a non-profit organization which raises funds to help cover the costs of mailing treatboxes to our troops.  As written on it's facebook page, the organization's mission:

"to help a soldier whether he is in a foreign land, or just learning the ropes at boot camp, getting something from home and knowing that people are thinking about them is a huge pick-me-up. Many Soldiers don't have someone that can do that for them! We want to put a smile on that soldier's face that doesn't ever get a package"

The positive response from these efforts is overwhelming and very much appreciated by the men and women who are so generously serving our country.

Many Etsy shops have donated items to be auctioned off to help raise funds to mail the treatboxes and you can check out the photo album for the current auctions here.  

 I have donated one of my black and white damask wristlets.

The auction runs from August 10th - 16th and instructions on how to bid are on the facebook page:

Thanks for checking this out!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


For the entire month of August, our PROMOFRENZY TEAM  on Etsy will be having MEGA PROMOFRENZY SPECIALS!!! 

Over 50 team members are offering a variety of super specials in their Etsy shops during this mega sales event.  There's absolutely no better time to get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

To shop on Etsy, search promofrenzyteam or click on the shop names on my sidebar.   There are over 4000 items on sale from our wonderful shops!!  

When you make a purchase remember to use Coupon Code frenzyspecial at checkout to receive that shop's particular discount.   

Click FRENZYSPECIALS  to see a complete list of shop specials.

I am offering 15% off your entire purchase (not including shipping) from my shop. 
Red and White Poppies Clutch
And here's a sampling of the super specials and gift ideas from some other team shops....

www.JQjewelrydesigns.etsy.com - 15% off any purchase over $20

www.SymbolicImports.etsy.comTake 25% off of all orders OVER $10 dollars (before shipping)! (Custom soap favors and wholesale orders excluded)

www.NewCreatioNZ.etsy.com - 20% off entire shop

www.RabbitDogPrints.etsy.com - 20% off entire shop

www.galla15.etsy.com - 30% off all orders over $20

www.vervecolor.etsy.com - 20% off entire shop (before shipping)

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July Coupon Sale - 1 Week Only!

July 25% Coupon Sale! - If you've had your eye on a particular item, or items, from my shop (and I hope you do!!) then now is the time to go for it!   For one week only, customers may enjoy a 25% discount on all purchases from my shop (not including shipping).  This sale is only offered a couple of times a year so there's no better time to get a head start on your Christmas shopping or purchasing that special item for yourself!

To take advantage of this sale, visit www.nangatesdesigns.etsy.com and simply enter JULY25 at checkout.  This discount will be in effect July 6 - July 13.

Happy Shopping!!

Here are examples of items you could get at 25% off!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Promo Frenzy Team Amazing Team Giveaway!!

My Promo Frenzy Team on Etsy is trying to win the Handmade Top 10 contest. We really need your facebook LIKES for our team page! To promote this we are having a huge GIVEAWAY with over $300 worth of donated prizes from our team members. Go to this blog post for details on how to enter the sweepstakes and how you can LIKE our page! 


Friday, June 24, 2011

Promotional Frenzy Team in Handmade Top Ten List Contest!!

The creator of the popular www.Handmadeology.com website has recently created a new site called www.HandmadeTop10.com. To promote his new site, Tim has designed a challenge for Etsy Teams which not only allows the teams to gain exposure for their shops but also the chance to win an advertising package worth $450!

The Promotional Frenzy Team is participating in this challenge and is so far rocking it!  But we need everyone's help from now until July 6th with votes and promotion to keep it going.  

PLEASE click on the orange box below and vote for each of the items shown!  You not only see a great sampling of our team members wonderful shops but each vote helps us in the contest!

Also, PLEASE click on the Facebook link when you are visiting the voting page and click LIKE!  Each "like" we receive counts towards the vote.

If you Twitter or are on Stumbleupon, please click on the Tweet and Stumble buttons as well!  

We appreciate everyone's help!  Thank you!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Few of My Fun Frenzy Purchases

Our Promotional Frenzy Team has so many talented and varied creators.  I have purchased many, many (MANY) wonderful products from several of the members of the team over the past 5 months.  I would be hard pressed to choose any favorites, so I thought I would highlight just a few to give you a taste of what this great team has to offer!

My first purchase in my first team bnr was from Crimson Hill Soaps & Scents.  I love her soaps... they are so moisturizing and smell great, come beautifully packaged and I have since bought several more!  They make great gifts too.

Another great purchase was this pretty stained glass jewelry box from GaleazGlass.  Kelly was actually the one to invite me to that first bnr and to the team and her work is beautiful!  The blue color of the glass is gorgeous and I love the way the copper and pewter butterfly contrast the blue.  I keep my earrings in this jewelry box and my only regret is not buying a bigger one because I have bought so many new earrings on Etsy in the past several months!

I keep this beautifully decorated bird house by MoanasUniqueDesigns out on my screened porch so I can see it all the time.

The blue flowers on this bird house go perfect with the blue floral cushions on my wicker furniture and I love the way she added hummingbirds and butterflies to the floral design and then a little ladybug on the top!  It's beautifully done!

And yes, I have definitely broken my diet more than once.  These s'mores from KaitlynandKylies are to die for!!
And naturally when you eat something as delicious as the s'mores, you get thirsty so I've also indulged in a few Cosmopolitans brimmed with wonderful sugars from DellCoveSpices.  They really do make a martini taste (and look) just that much better!!  Diet?  The heck with the diet!!

So this is just a small sampling of the items I have purchased in the past few months from members of the talented Promotional Frenzy Team.  I will do another post at another time to highlight yet some more fun items that I have bought - believe me there are many!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Well, Mr. Riley has arrived on the scene and, yes, life has drastically changed for the next few weeks!  This little guy is a 4 1/2 pound loaded bundle of energy that doesn't stop!  But wow, is he ever cute.

Thank you to everyone who voted on his name last week.  Unfortunately, even though my husband, son, daughter and I had come up with the short list of names, when push came to shove we could not get a consensus (husband being quite obstinate!)  So as it turned out, we had to take a 2 hour drive to Cape Cod on Saturday, the day before we were to pick up the new pup and would need to have a name for it to be registered.  I was none too pleased that we could not agree (or more to the truth, one person couldn't agree with the rest of the group) so I copied off 12 pages of puppy names from the internet and with 3 of us confined in the car for a total of 4 hrs (and another on the phone) we went through every last name on the list. We would come to a few that were "okay", came up with another short list,  but when I came to the name Riley everyone's eyes lit up and we knew immediately that was the one.  It was a hard fought battle but in the end the name is perfect because I'm sure he will definitely live the life of Riley!!

Our older dog Trevor is not quite sure about Riley just yet.  Riley's exuberance is pretty overwhelming for him right now and although he is warming up a little, Trevor still bolts faster than I've ever seen him move when Riley runs up to him.  There have been a few growls too.  He's also not liking it too much when he sees the little one in his spot on mom's lap.  So there's a ways to go before they become "buddies" but I'm sure it will happen at some point.  In the meantime, this is a full time job keeping them both happy and making sure my furniture and shoes aren't getting chewed up! The little bugger... I sprayed the bottom of the furniture with Bitter Apple to keep him from chewing the fabric, so what does he do but gets down underneath and gets it from the back side!  Arghh!  He's no dummy.

There's definitely not much else is getting done these days.  I really need to get back up to my work area. Amazing how such a little thing can turn your life upside down.  But that's okay.  Puppies, like children, are only young once... I'm enjoying every minute of it!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A New Addition to the Family!

I am so excited!!  This coming Sunday we will drive to Vermont and bring home the newest member of our family - a nine week old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Our new little boy is the second from the left in this group of fluff.  Isn't this the cutest picture!  

We already have a beautiful six year old Tri-colored Cavalier named Trevor.  This litter is from Trevor's brother so his new little playmate will actually be his nephew!  To backtrack a little, we lost our beloved golden retriever, Toby, to cancer about 3 months ago.  He was Trevor's life-long companion and he always looked out for the little guy.  Toby was a great dog that just loved to play ball all the time with anyone who would play with him, right up until the end. Although they didn't really play together a whole lot due to Toby's age, the two were still very close and always together.  Trevor has been noticeably lost without Toby and although the new pup is not a big lug like Toby, we hope that they will soon become good buddies and companions.  It seems kind of funny that our little Trevor will now all of a sudden become the older of the two.  

So we need to come up with a name!  I'd love to hear people's suggestions.  I've added a poll to the side bar of names we've narrowed it down to and hope that all who read this will help us with our decision.  If you have a suggestion please post it!!

Next week I'm sure I'll be posting a new picture of Trevor with the new pup - I'm sure there will be a few upcoming sleepless nights but I can't wait!!