Monday, October 04, 2010

Sunday, September 05, 2010

The life of a 3 year old

I spent the greater portion of this holiday weekend with my 3 year old niece. I don't have any children of my own (yet), so I get my share of "kid time" with her. We enjoy intellectual conversations during the hour long drive from her house to mine, we share stories over chocolate milk and cinnamon rolls for breakfast at the kitchen bar and watch entertaining animated movies. I've got to hand it to her, she's got good taste! We like a lot of the same things, depsite our 24 year age difference. She likes Hello Kitty, I like Hello Kitty. She loves the color pink, as do I. We both enjoy the outdoors. But there is definitely one thing we do not share a common interest in...... N-A-P-S! While I'd give just about anything to be able to take a nap everyday around 2pm, she wants nothing to do with them. So, this weekend I enjoyed cleaning the house while she un-enjoyed a nap each day. I have a great amount of respect for parents who can juggle keeping their house from turning into a land fill, while entertaining a small human under the age of 5. It's hard work!!!! But, we both loved every minute of our time together and always discuss on the hour long drive back to her house, what we'll do the next time she visits. The conversation usually ends with "NO NAPS!"

Sunday, August 29, 2010


So, I took a stab at making some ceramic tile coasters. The set seen here will be for me and I'll be creating a set for the shop. Tell me what you think!

Also coming soon, mini Halloween cards! Keep on the look out.

Friday, August 27, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things

It's been quite some time since I've sat down and posted a blog entry.... been so busy with work, the shop, life in general. You know how it goes!!! But Fridays are happy days and for that, I'm posting a few things that make me happy!

Owl Necklace by Roundabout

Popcicle Earrings by DistractedbyGlitter

Thursday, August 12, 2010

♪ to my heart

I have to have my iPod or on when I create things for my shop. I don't do well in silence! This week, my stations or play lists of choice has been a mix of acoustic vocals of Marie Digby, smooth R&B sounds of Trey Songz and some motivational Chick Rock by Lesley Roy.

I have a very wide variety of music that I find enjoyable. Well, mostly everything except maybe headbanging rock or twangy Country Western. I tell my husband all the time to turn off his music because it either gives me a headache or is music to slit your wrists to! Something about men being able to tolerate something that I'd hardly call MUSIC, I don't really understand. I suppose he feels the same way about my bubble gum Pop. :) Thankfully, there are a few artists that we can both enjoy on long car rides, or blaring through the house while I'm cleaning and he's playing on the computer..... Coldplay, Linkin Park, Drake.

Here's my video of the week....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Feature spot on Giveaway Blogdom!

WELCOME! I know some of you followers are new, thanks to reading my feature on the Giveaway Blogdom site. I'm so glad you've jumped on board for some updates, laughs and how to's!

If you didn't find your way here because of the article, and maybe you've been a loyal fan from the get-go, go over enter for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to It's a Sticky Situation at Giveaway Blogdom! The giveaway ends August 25th, so you better hurry!!!!!!

A special thank you to Brandy for tracking me down and asking me such awesome interview questions. I forgot how hard it was to talk about myself! :)

Sunday, August 08, 2010


I'm usually not one to put out the money to see box office films at full price, but this Summer has got me changing my ways! Typically, my hubby and I will watch our "penny saver" type ad that comes in our mail for a BOGO coupon to a fun little joint that plays movies a month or two after they've hit the big screen and they serve dinner and it's only $3.00/person. It's cheaper, it's less crowded and we still get to see movies on the big screen!

So far this Summer I've felt compelled to skip the cheap seats and go for the real thing. As soon as the previews for Inception started playing on t.v., my hubby said "WE HAVE TO GO SEE THAT". He knew it'd be the highlight of his movie going season. I figured, sure, why not. I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is pretty easy on the eyes, I'm a big fan of Ellen Page and who wouldn't want to see a movie about the mind blowing concept of taking over someone else's dream???? So I agreed.

Definately a must see if you haven't gone already! We're still talking about that movie, a month after seeing it.

Skip ahead a week to when I got my hubby to agree to go see Twilight: Eclipse with me. Neither of us were really into the books or the movies for that matter. Yes, we'd rent them when they came out at redbox but never sat for hours, waiting to see the midnight showing the day it was released in the theatre. I'm not a big fan of vampire movies, or zombie movies or any movies for that matter that involve completely unrealistic sci-fi. Just not my thing. But, who can resist hot dudes with abs and no shirts on half the movie? Yea, not me! :) Plus, apparently guys think that Kristen Stewart is hot (I certainly don't see it). So, we forked out the cash to see that too. I'd hardly call it breaking the bank though, as we signed up for and scored a free movie ticket and 3 movie tickets for $15 total. Great deal. Go see for yourself!

He was pleased with Inception, I had a good time at Eclipse. All is well with the world of cinema!

Today I went out with some girlfriends from work to check out Step Up 3 (minus the 3d.... too spendy!). I'm a sucker for dance movies. Something about people who can move their bodies in ways that I never knew were possible.... gets me every time! Although I'm still a fan of the first one (who wouldn't be when Channing Tatum is in it!) the sequal was pretty decent and the 3rd one wasn't horrible. Not a movie I'd encourage anyone to go rush out and see, but, if you're into that sort of thing, go for it!

Whats next on the must see list for the Summer - while there's still a little summer left?
I think I'm going to be a complete sap and go see Charlie St. Cloud with some chick friends. That movie was made for poor- love a feel good love story - cry when any man cries- girls like me! I'll let you know how it goes! :)

Monday, August 02, 2010

The best part of waking up......

is not Folgers in your cup, it's the Target weekly ad!

Do you wake up on Sunday morning and anxiously open your e-mail to see the newest Target ad to see what deals they're temping you with this week? Ok, maybe it's just me and maybe I'm just crazy like that. But, I was super excited to see these on sale for only $5!

I had the hardest time choosing between the green, hot pink, purple, bright blue, yellow or black. I figured I'd create some kind of fun frame collage above my Etsy work station at home. So I went with the green frames and the black frames. They'll look great on my ocean blue wall!

As soon as my wall transformation is complete, I'll surely have a post with pictures about it!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Blog Review and Spotlight!

I'd love to host a review and giveaway on my blog for anyone that's interested in being spotlighted!!!!! :) Free stuff for me, free advertising for you, potential sales for you, free item to an adoring fan. Win Win for all 3 parties! :) Lets do it!!!!! Email me or comment on this posting if you're interested.

Monday, July 26, 2010

{free printable} I Heart Shoes

{free printable} I Heart Shoes

I love Lemon Drop Studio and Shauna's creativity. This free printable is just another reason why I love her shop and her haha. Snag yours! I'm going to print mine and hang it above my work station at home, I need a little inspiration!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I'm not sure exactly how hot it go to be today in good 'ol rainy Oregon, but I'm going to guess that it hit at least 95! For an area that sees more rainbows than heat waves, this sure has been an adjustment for my household!

Fortunately, my house has air conditioning which was humming away hardcore today, just to keep the house at a steady 75. My poor cats were sprawled out across any cold tile they could find and would frequently move when their spot got too warm. Drea, my pup wanting nothing more than to lay outside in the dead grass and sunbathe. To me, she looked dead. To her, she's just basking in the wonderful rays of the sun. It's quite a sight to see! :)

Given that you couldn't be outside for more than 20 minutes without needing a cold shower, I decided to work on some new items for the shop. I was able to complete 3 sets of fabric button magnets and look forward to branching out into more fabric items. I love all of the infinite possibilities of colors and patterns!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Fabric Button Push Pins now available!

I've been working on a bunch of fun sets of Fabric Button Push Pins for my shop and here's some sneak peeks of what I've created.




Go to It's a Sticky Situation and snag a set before they're gone!!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New @ the shop

I've been working hard at getting more things added to the shop and have been quite successful!

New @ the shop:
Blank greeting cards
Scrap booking die cuts
Hello Kitty themed crafts

I'm always looking for new inspiration, so if you have an idea or a custom order, lemme know!!! :)

Be sure to stop by It's a Sticky Situation often, new things are always appearing!

Friday, June 25, 2010


It's official! I've finally opened my new store on!

Come check out It's A Sticky Situation for all of your scrap booking and vinyl wall art needs!

I will soon be taking custom orders and will also have a lot more inventory available.

Currently, I have quite a few sets of scrap booking die cuts, confetti, gift tags, and a few pieces of black vinyl wall art.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Coming soon: New Treats!!!!!

Well, after taking quite the leave of absense from my blog and my Etsy shop, I'm ready to get back into it! My poor pup Drea has been deprived of her wonderful organic treats and now that it's summer time, I need to get back on track with baking up some goodies!!!!! What kind of treats would you like to see available at my etsy shop??? I'm always looking for inspiration and new ingredients!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Gift Cards for Sale

Hey everyone,

I have the following gift cards for sale. I'm trying to sell them for exactly the amount that is on the cards, to pay for a recent surgery.

$25 GAP gift card (expires 9/2011) Only good in Gap stores

$25 Olive Garden gift card (no expiration) Good at Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze

$100 Petco gift card (no expiration) Good in store and online.

If you're interested, leave a comment or e-mail me at kara(dot)rotella(at)gmail(dot)com


Friday, April 23, 2010

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I've only been using it for a couple days and I've already earned enough swagbucks to get 2 $5 giftcards! :) is an online portal dedicated to helping you earn digital dollars called "Swag Bucks", which can be redeemed for exclusive merchandise.

So, if it sounds good, use my referal code and sign up for yourself!

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Some great weekend Blog Giveaways!!!!

Confessions of a Crochet Addict is featuring a giveaway from Indie Creations. Hurry though, it ends this evening!!!! You could win a beauitful silver bow tie necklace.

Lillyella is featuring a giveaway from Lila Ruby King! One lucky winner will get a pair of sterling silver sleeper hoops and their choice of 3 sets of glass drops!

Emmy's Boo's and Rawr's is hosting a fantastic giveaway from Purely Paige Handmade Jewelry. You could be the lucky winner of a one of a kind necklace!

Grace Hester has a whole week of fab giveaways!!!! Here's the ones that are still going on!

Grace Hester has a super chic giveaway going on, featuring Bagel Creations. You could score one of Bagel Creation's wristlet wallets!

Another awesome Grace Hester giveaway is thanks to The Art of Joy! Win 30 stickers or mailing seals with the word "Smile" and a set of 8 mini cards with envelopes with the world "Thank You" !!!

Grace Hester teamed up with A Quick Study to host a giveaway for a Set of Almost Doe To Do List pad and the Mini Memo post-id pads!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Up late... might as well enter some giveaways!!!!

I love browsing Etsy Giveaways when I can't sleep. So many awesome items being given away with little to no effort to enter.

Here's a few of the awesome blog giveaways I entered this evening.....

Mommy B Knows Best:
Yum Yum Pendant

2 Little Muffins:
Crochet Goodie

Paper In Style Treasury:
Personalized Stationery

Shop ByHand:
Kara & Brooke Designs Handmade pink earrings

Jenny Bunny Creations earrings

Vieira Girl:
8x10 print

Bagatelles & Co:
Spring Garden Gigi Purse

Did I mention that the wind is blowing at gusts of up to 40mph right now???? Kinda creepy too. Can't sleep, it's windy, I'm waiting for the power to flicker on and off.... already lost the internet once. maybe those are signs I should go to bed! After all, if the power does go out, it won't matter since I'm off tomorrow for MLK Day. :~)

Monday, January 04, 2010

We all scream for ice cream.

Today's post is dedicated to my good friend, Ice Cream! As I stood in front of the freezer section of Safeway this evening, staring ice cream I said to myself, " There are just too many to choose from!". Do I want mint chocolate chip, or maybe rocky road, oooo this coconut pineapple kind looks good! So many yummy choices! I try to get something different everytime, so I can have the chance to enjoy a little bit of everything. But then there are those times, when I just want my standby friend Vanilla. Today I chose the creamy version of Choc Chip Cookie Dough, while my hubby chose the Black and White. He's a plain kinda guy. I on the other hand, love to find ice cream with as many different things packed into one quart as possible!

So, ..... what's your favorite ice cream flavor? what flavor do you stay away from? if you could invent your own flavor, what would it be?