Saturday, November 19, 2011

32 Random Acts of Kindness

Tuesday was my 32nd birthday. I know what you're thinking… "you can't be!" No really, I am 32. Ha! j/k… I just like to think I look a lot younger :)

As most of you already know (cause I've been plastering it all over my fb page), I was inspired by a woman named Robin at this blog to do 32 Random Acts of Kindness on my 32nd birthday. Her blog post was such a hit that she started "The Birthday Project" and has a facebook page and website just for this… how awesome is that?! (I highly suggest you read her blog post… I was so inspired)

Yes, I know today is Saturday. We just had the craziest week EVER. Between my birthday, my husband's last day of college!, 2 Thanksgiving feasts (one in which we hosted and cooked our first turkey), a girlfriend sleepover and packing to move, I had to wait until Saturday. (Not to mention, I was still working all week. Ok, I admit, I slacked a little… sorry, clients.) Are you feeling overwhelmed yet? I'm really tired just thinking about it again.

So, this morning, I came home from my slumber party with my Bible study girls… which was super duper fun, btw… and gathered my things to hit the road and tackle my list of things to (possibly) do. We finally got out of the house around 11:30… a little later than I wanted to start, but I'm not the greatest planner, so I knew it would be this way.

Our supplies:

cards to hand to people

homemade cookies, tape, sharpie, quarters and cards


my list and addresses

and my little helper :)

We were ready to start!

1. Left baked cookies in our mailbox for our post man/woman


2. Delivered cookies to Savannah Fire Dept.


3. Gave this cool guy (Big Ben) a bottle of water to drink while he worked on the construction site at the Police Station. He kindly turned down cookies in an effort to avoid weight gain we were told


4. Delivered cookies to the Police Station. (apparently she was recently on Dateline… I LOVE Dateline!)


5. Found this lovely postwoman downtown and I even got a hug!!



making my list and checking it twice!

6. Picked up stuff from friends to drop off at goodwill

my awesome friend Jasper… she donated brownies and stuff for goodwill
(my friends Maggie and Alyssa donated as well, but I forgot to get a picture of them… thanks girls!)

our friends Ginny & Bob donated lots of clothes and odds and ends, as well as towels for the animal shelter and lots of quarters!

7. Taught my husband and my sister how to play a new game that I just learned. We played it at our slumber party and it was hysterical. ("Teach someone something" was on my list)

8. Did something selfless for my husband… I wasn't going to check this one off, but he said he really loved his graduation balloons I got for him on Thursday, so he checked it off.

my hubs is a college graduate now… I'm so proud :)

9. Delivered bunches of stuff to Goodwill

these guys were pretty cool. we gave them some water, too :)

10. Donated dog/cat food and towels to the Chatham County Animal Shelter


11. Found this Blackberry on the ground when I got out of the car, so we took it to the front desk. When we were getting back in our car, a worried-looking woman was looking around and I asked her if she had lost a phone. Sure enough it was hers and we told her that we turned it in. I gave her one of my cards and she was so happy! This was one of the highlights of my day because I didn't plan it to happen.

donating the food and towels. amelie looks like a hot mess!

cutest little pup at the shelter. can't believe we walked out of there without a new pet!

he was a kisser!

this little guy was precious. so calm and had the sweetest look on his face.

amelie's favorite part was the kitties


12. Taped quarters to the vending machines at Food Lion


13. Took carts from the parking lot at Food Lion and returned them to the store.

14. Bought a gift card at Food Lion and asked the cashier to give it to someone in need (since no one was in line behind me).

15. Asked a woman to load her groceries into her car. (she declined, unfortunately, but ever so politely) I also asked a teenage girl if she needed help because she was sitting in the parking lot with her hood open. She politely declined as well because her parents were on their way. Oh well, we tried!

16. Bought the order for the car behind us in the Taco Bell drive through.

17. Went to Barnes + Noble and hid dollar bills in random books with a card. What a nice surprise that would be to find one :) My favorite was "Starting an Etsy shop for Dummies" I even slipped a few into some toys.

18. Bought a coffee for Scott, the guy behind me in line at the Barnes + Noble coffee shop. He was thrilled and gracious. Later a friend or family member of his tracked us down in the store to say how awesome she thought it was and asked for more cards so she could do it for others. Another highlight of my day!


19. (from 18) Gave a nice woman named Georgia some of my "kindness" cards to give to others.


20. Held the door open for people at the mall.

21. Bought a soft pretzel and lemonade for a woman and her 2 kids behind us in line.

22. Taped a dollar bill to a coke machine at the mall

23. Gave lollipops to bunches of kids (with their parent's permission, of course!)

24. Taped a bunch of quarters to parking meters downtown (even though sat and sun are free!)


25. Handed out an entire case of bottled water to park-goers and people throughout the day

26. Gave more cookies and brownies to thankful park-goers

27. Took pictures of 2 different families so they could all be in the picture together


28. Picked up a bunch of trash at the park and playground… there was more than usual because they had an event all day

29. Put notes on a couple cars with a dollar bill

30. Put a note on my neighbor's car with a B+N gift card.

31. Uploaded my "Random Acts of Kindness" cards to offer as a free printable. Just click HERE to download it :)



32. Gave away a free poster from my etsy shop! Congrats, Christin!

Here's my list now… I love how marked up and tattered it looks now. A hard day's work is done.



The greatest part about today is seeing others get inspired just like I did. A few of my friends shared what they did to join in:

Tina: "Gave $ to a homeless man! More acts to follow...."

Louise: "unloaded groceries for an older woman in the grocery cary scooter behind me:)"

Josh: "Paid to get into a wrestling when n I was supposed to get in free. Wanted to help the program"

Christin: "I bought 5 movies to send to the troops in Afghanistan!"

If anyone reads this and does any random acts of kindness I would love to hear about it! Thanks for sharing in my day… I had a blast :)






Friday, October 07, 2011

And the winner is…

My apologies for taking so long to announce the big winner of the giveaway! (I have a good excuse, I promise :)) After using the random generator on random.org, the winner is… comment #8! She happens to by my awesome, and extremely deserving friend, Casey! And I'd like to tell you why I think it's so cool that she won (I wish I could have given ALL of you a prize!).


Earlier this week, I posted this on fb: "some days i wish a nanny offering free services would just show up on my doorstep."


And this is how Casey responded: "I'm not doing anything today and would love to come steal your child and take her for a walk or to Forsyth. Just tell me when :)"


And she did just that.


Then I posted this: "my wish came true and my awesome friend Casey Crosier came and whisked amie away to the park for a couple hours. she came home so tired she could barely talk or walk. THANK YOU, CASEY! you don't even know how much you helped me out today… i owe you :)"


And this is how she responded: "No problem! It was my pleasure. We had a lot of fun. I'm happy to steal her anytime :)"




Casey seriously offers to do this all the time without any hesitation. She has a servant's heart that I strive for. She is kind, giving, creative and she's just an all around great friend to have and I believe that great things come to great people. I know God had a hand in this one, for sure :)


Thank you all for entering the giveaway. This one won't be the last, I promise! Let's go for 200 "Likes" on facebook so we can have another one :)







Thursday, October 06, 2011

Featured on flor.com blog!

I am honored to be featured on flor.com's blog today! My hubs' friend on facebook caught wind of my etsy store and my ABC poster caught her eye, so she put together an awesome "fantasy nursery" inspiration board. It's pretty dreamy :)


I am especially fond of that rockin' teal curtain and the toy storage. You can never have enough toy storage!

Go check it out and leave her some love! Click HERE to read more.


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Don't Stop Believin'

You know how it goes… hold on to the feelin'…! I love that song.

Check out the new poster in the shop:


and while we're at it, we might at well enjoy this little gem…


you're welcome :)


Thursday, September 29, 2011

100 Likes Giveaway!

Hi friends, old and new! I am proud to announce I have reached my first goal of 100 "LIKES" on Facebook… yippee!! Thanks to all of YOU, my blog (www.itshueilove.com) and Etsy shop are getting more traffic and I hope to continue making more and more friends in the near future.

If you are new to my blog, thank you for reading. My main goal here is to inspire. I love being inspired by different blogs and artists out there and I have so many random thoughts jumbled in my head, I decided to start putting them down on "cyber paper" (I totally just made that up) so A) I could remember them later because I have one heck of a horrible memory, and B) to SHARE! I love seeing others' creativity and I like to use this space not only to (hopefully) run a successful etsy shop, but to help people think outside the box and share where my inspiration comes from. Our awesome God has given me this talent and I am so blessed to be able to actually make a living off of it, so why not help all of you unleash your inner artist, too?!

Anyway, on to the good stuff… I had so much fun putting this prize together!

One lucky winner will receive this goody bag:


The prize includes the following:

• A turquoise craft tote with lots of pockets… I love pockets!



• An It's Hue I Love "It's All About Love" 4-Card Set








• An It's Hue I Love Hair Adornment with 3 fabric flowers and feathers on a clip



• A 3x5 kraft moleskin (lined inside), hand stamped on the cover





• A set of small alphabet stamps (same font I used to stamp the cover of the moleskin)
• 2 small ink pads - white and blue



Pretty awesome, right?! I don't know about you, but I would love to win something like this :)

So, here's how it works… you need to do 2 things to be eligible:
1. go to my It's Hue I Love facebook page and "Like" it if you haven't already
2. comment on this blog post (below)

If you want to share the love, tell your friends and have them do the same!

Then on Friday, October 7, I will use random.org to select a winner at random.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at katieoreagan (at) gmail (dot) com.

Good Luck!



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

FREE Printable Notecards

Here's a fun printable for you, just because!

This 8.5 x 11 has 4 - 5x3 notecards with some little reminders on them.
You can make as many as you'd like… Just CLICK HERE, download, print, cut them out and enjoy :)



Give them as a gift, use them as gift tags, bookmarks, grocery lists, honey-do lists, love notes, etc. :)

Thanks for reading, friends!

terms of use: for personal use only, not for commercial use. please do not edit and/or redistribute these notecards without permission from {itshueilove}. if you want to mention these notecards on your blog or fb, please link to the  {itshueilove} blog, do not put the file to download from your blog. thank you!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bite, bite, bite? No, no, no!

Everyone's been bit at least once in their life. Whether it happened as a child or even as an adult, it doesn't feel good. I was recently bit by a friend (in a totally loving way, I'm sure), but I know everything happens for a reason. As much as it hurt, it inspired me to make this cute little poster! So, thank you, friend who's name I won't mention, for inspiring me in your drunken stuper :)



We should all spread this message loud and clear. Yo Gabba Gabba already is…


Monday, September 19, 2011

29 ways to stay creative

I came across this on pinterest (if you're not on pinterest, you should be!) and then did a little searching for the source. I LOVE being inspired by other people and I LOVE finding new ways to stay creative.



And then I found this video that compliments it.


Pretty awesome, right? 

Some ways I like to stay creative are:
• craft with friends
• (spend way too much time on) pinterest.com
• read blogs
• travel to new places
• listen to music
• watch inspiring movies
• try new things and prepare to fail… that's how you learn!
• step AWAY from the computer - this is SO hard for me
• join others in projects like this
• make lists
• make inspiration boards
• go to church - just learning about God and being close to Him makes me feel creative!
• make gifts instead of buy them

What are ways YOU stay creative?



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Best Pumpkin Bread Ever

I embraced fall today. Oh boy, did I! I LOVE this time of year… crisp, cool air outside, windows open, chili in the crockpot, pumpkin candle lit, hubs watching football, building forts with the littlest, crafting and… PUMPKIN BREAD!! It gets me so giddy :)

This morning I decided to take a walk with Amelie to the grocery store to grab some produce and a few cans of pumpkin. You don't even know how disappointed I was when they told me they didn't have ANY. Seriously? And the lady even told me that they wouldn't have it until Oct 1. I'm sorry nice Kroger lady, but I really don't believe you. And if that's right, then I'll take my business to the publix to get my pumpkin NOW. But today I really wasn't feeling like driving all the way to the publix to get a can of pumpkin. My fabulous friend Maggie came to the rescue and dropped a can off at our place and she seriously saved the day! I've learned my lesson… always be stocked with pumpkin puree. Always.

I've made a lot of pumpkin bread. It always comes out super yummy, but today I changed a few things around to make it a little healthy (and just because it's fun to change things up and experiement). This bread was my ALL TIME FAVORITE to date! I got it from my little Nestle cookbook, but here is my revised version of that recipe:



Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 1 hr Cooling Time: 30 mins cooling 


Servings: 24 slices (12 slices per loaf)

2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
3 cups organic granulated sugar 
1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) 
4 large eggs 
1 cup applesauce (no sugar added)
1/2 cup orange juice or applejuice (water will do, but this adds a little 'bam!') 
1 cup sweetened dried, fresh or frozen cranberries (I only had a half cup of fresh, so I used half fresh and half dried)

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. (I used a bundt pan)

COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.

BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

Recipe makes two loaves or 1 large bundt.

FOR THREE 8 x 4-INCH LOAF PANS:PREPARE as above. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. 

FOR FIVE OR SIX 5 x 3-INCH MINI-LOAF PANS:

PREPARE as above. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.

We had our friend Sara over for dinner and her and I both decided that the bread would be good with some sort of cream cheese something on it, so last minute, I whipped up a delicious topping to go on it! 

Cream cheese topping:

1pkg (8oz) cream cheese (I used 1/3 fat)
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar (less or more to your liking)

Cream butter and cream cheese together, slowly add powdered sugar until it tastes super yummy! Spread all over the delish pumpkin bread and enjoy :)


As my mom would say, "Happy Fall, Y'all!"


Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Elevated Envelope Project

I just had the honor of participating in an awesomely fun project called The Elevated Envelope. Tara over at Ephemera headed up this summer themed endeavor to "bring back" the joy of snail mail. I, for one, am a HUGE fan of snail mail. I love paper, texture and envelopes too much to do away with it. Yes, it's more costly, and it can definitely be a time-suck, but doesn't it put a smile on your face when you receive a pretty, tangible thing in the mail? :)

So, Tara challenged all participants to refrain from using the computer as much as we could to make our envelopes, using the theme of Summer as mentioned above. And we all know how much I love handmade, so I was so excited to jump in to this!


I absolutely love finding ways to use my fabric scraps I have laying around, so this was a perfect opportunity. I decided to make each envelope different for some variety. In order for the fabric to hold it's shape, I used some coordinating scrapbook paper for the inside.


Inside I included this cute card:


along with a pack of flower seeds that Amelie helped me pick out :) and then tied it together with some bakers twine (LOVE me some bakers twine!)


On the front, I doodled on a piece of cardstock for the address label (just cause it was fun!) and then used some washi tape (LOVE me some washi tape!) to stick everything together.


On the back, I sealed it with my return address label (LOVE me some kraft paper labels!) and
BAM—I was DONE!




(I might have done some praying that they would stay together in the mail first.)

So, in a nutshell, I pretty much used a BUNCH of my favorite things for this project. I hope everyone in my group enjoyed their snail mail from me. I challenged myself to try something new and I loved it! I also got some awesome envelopes in the mail from everyone in my group as well. I will blog about those soon!

If you're interested in participating in the next go-around, Tara will be having another Elevated Envelope "event" in January, so stay tuned to her blog for more info on that!