Thursday, August 4, 2011

{ back to school }

Can you believe we are already talking about “Back to School”?
I mean ~ where did the summer go?
I’ve already purchased Destiny a backpack, lunch bag and school supplies. Next up, we have to visit the stores to buy uniform clothes, shoes and rain gear.
That last item is much needed down here in Florida because when it rains it almost always is a heavy down pour.  I say, let it pour because I love rain and it keeps everything a tropical green.
I am so excited I have five amazing guests to share with you on my blog.
All of these creative ladies have awesome handmade back to school items to show off to you.
First UP is Geraldine from the Handamade shop on Etsy.
Calling all Moms. Looking for a perfect gift for teachers. This hand-knitted apple jacket is a perfect one. Never eat a bruised apple again. Plus this apple jacket is so darn cute buy one for yourself. To find out more about Geraldine’s handmade items visit her shop at: Handamade
Link over to her blog at:
Second UP is Laura Trager with the Little Types Shop on Etsy.
I love this print by Laura and I find it to be so inspiring. Laura is passionate about making art, and teaching. 10% of her sales will benefit her high school art classroom (in a city south of Seattle), where nearly half of her students live at or below the poverty level.
To find out more about Laura from Seattle visit her shop at: Little Types
Third UP is Leah with the Organi Luxe Shop on Etsy.
Want a cute, stylish and eco-friendly way to pack school lunch? Not only will you be saving the planet by not using those little plastic baggies, but think of all the money you'll save not having to buy them!
Check out Leah from Florida (don’t cha love Florida girls) at: Organi Luxe
Fourth UP is Vicki from her Esty Shop Urban Harmonie Design.
This Retro-Inspired Printed Laminated Cotton Lunch Bag is ideal for school lunches. The handle helps to carry in your hand, over your forearm or simply toss into a tote or backpack.
Find out more about Vicki visit her online store at: Urban Harmonie Designs
Fifth UP is Natalie from her Online Esty Shop the Pretty Paperie Printables.
Show your teacher's how grateful you are for all their hard work by giving a gift with this personalized detail! Use these adorable treat bag tags to add a special touch to your Giving! 
Visit Natalie's shop at: Pretty Paperie Printables
LIKE her on Facebook at:
I hope that you all enjoyed meeting all of these talented ladies
and checking out their handmade eco-friendly school items.
During the next two weeks which are the last two weeks of summer, wow. I plan to re-introduce the school year bedtime to our daughter.  I will spray lavender room and linen spray around her room at night to help her relax and fall asleep peacefully. We will begin waking up earlier and earlier, closer to the hour we’ll need to rise when school begins. I am excited about the upcoming school year since Destiny is entering the 5th grade at a new school.
Have you started school shopping yet?
Smiles, Paula
August’s Blog Giveaway.
I am giving away this Handmade Soap Gift Set.
To enter leave a comment on any post during the month of August to WIN this gift set.
Gift set includes a handmade soap bar of your choice,
a super soft crocheted washcloth and a handcrafted soap dish.
Good Luck!
Drawing will be August 31st!


  1. I love seeing all the talented Etsy sellers...great products! Thanks for sharing.

    We have to start getting back into an earlier bedtime schedule, too. I know it's going to be difficult. We've been sleeping in all summer!

  2. First of all, Thank you Paula for having me here. This is absolutely gorgeous and you're right! back to school is around the corner, and i haven't got all my shopping supplies for my kids yet.
    Like Kari said we need to start getting back to early bedtime schedule.

  3. What a wonderful collection of artisans and their craft. I feel honored to be a part of it! Thank-you so much. Hugs,Vicki.

  4. These are lovely ideas you are showing here, Paula! Especially those apple jackets are too cute.
    Have a wonderful weekend :-)!
    Hugs to you,

  5. Hi Paula! What a wonderful group of items for Back to School. I can't believe it's that time of year already! But anyone looking to get ready should find lots of good ideas here. Thank you so much for including our sandwich bags as a part of it! :)

  6. Loved having you at Strawberry Fields in Cape Coral. Your products are awesome and we all really enjoyed learning to make the brown sugar scrub. Thanks so much and we can't wait to have you come back.

  7. Hi Paula! I went school shopping today for my kids that go to public school, uniforms were on the list. Love what you shared! The crochet apple jackets are adorable.

  8. that urban harmonie bag is sooo cutE!