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epiphanie bag crazy-awesome contest – updated with video

31 Mar

i just finished a silly little ditty about winning a contest from epiphanie bags.

they’re giving away $2500 in flights from southwest or a canon 5d mark ii.

i have no idea which i’d choose, but tend to say the airline money since we have a billion people in my house & our families live in the midwest.

and if they want to throw in one of their delicious camera bags, i wouldn’t complain.


the storms that wipe out the internet may just pay for my way to blogher ’10: mabel’s labels blogher ‘10 contest

4 Mar

so there’s this contest over at mabel’s labels to try to win an all-expenses paid trip to blogher ’10 in nyc next august. i really want to go, but can’t see spending, even saving, the amount of money i’d need to go. not when i just moved cross-country and may or may not buy a house here in the crazy-expensive oasis that is arcadia. if someone will pay me to go and give me a gig writing for them, i could totally swing it.

and labels! who doesn’t want labels!?!

since electrical storms that are going to wipe out the internet forever (not really,) i’d better say farewell.

i’m a word nerd. this includes names. the labels we give ourselves and each other tell much about us. keeping our names from you has been an exercise in privacy, yet as the end of internet days draws near, i give them to you, as we say goodbye.

my husband, thaddeus montgomery clevester iii, puts up with me even though i’m not romantic, let him cook, grocery shop, and get babies at 3am. i’m fairly easy to live with, i don’t complain about his smell much, and i do all the laundry.

my darling twins, fannie slade and belle davis, brought life to this mama. they’ve taught me patience, how to see through another set of eyes (or 2,) and thrill me with their twinness. (i’m also a science nerd and am amazed by the biology of twins.)

my darling karate-chopping tsunami, frederick lammlein. you, sir, have me wrapped around your pinky toe and i may never let go. your wife will have to marry a 9-toed man. (it’s not that bad. i did it.)

sweet dottie mel. you, dear, tie it all up so nicely. we clevesters wouldn’t be the clevester 6 without you, you know?

i’m not sure where i’d be without my family, my passion. probably begging below alice in central park for blogher tickets.

as i say goodbye to you all, i won’t think about how sad i am that i won’t see you anymore, ’cause i’m hoping that a) we’ll hug in new york in august and b) i’ll talk to you on the phone.

just make sure to leave me your name and number?

jenny mae clevester

*all names have been changed to protect, well, everyone. except me.

i’m hoping that the word counting only includes my final farewell post to you guys and not the intro and this outro. it was crazy hard to edit this to under 300 words, man. i started with 511.

dress design for shabby apple dresses

3 Nov

i decided to try my hand at the dare to design is contest at shabby apple. i’ve actually been interested in designing this exact dress for myself for a while & whether i win or not, i’ll make it.

i regularly drool over the shabby apple dresses. they are cute, tasteful & reasonably priced. there are tons of styles, so anyone can find at least 1 (or12) dresses that they like.

my design:
shabby apple design contest

the inspiration for this dress comes from an old olga nightgown of my mom’s that i have. it is still in great shape & i’ve been wearing it a lot lately (no, you will not see that picture.) to make sure that it’s wearable as a dress, i’ve had to modify the neckline a bit and removed some of the lace, but it stays true to the overall design of the ankle-length nightgown.

the sleeves are not fitted, but more of a truncated kimono sleeve that covers the shoulder. there is room without needing a camisole underneath. the 2 front panels are gathered at the top and bottom, just slightly to allow for room in the chest if someone is ample-chested, but it also looks good on those of you who, like me, lack in that department. there is also a slight gather at the top of the neck in the back to allow for room. the dress ends just below the knee, which is exactly where i like it. it stays on with a side zipper.

the fabrics are from a new line that i’m really excited about from anna maria horner called “little folks.” there are a few solids, including the cotton voile in water that would be perfect for the main fabric on the dress. the waist panel and shoulder panel (it goes across the back of the neck) also come from this line in the baby bouquet in dusk. i’ve also added a cream-colored lace panel at the chest and as an edge on the waist for a sweet touch.

i think it’s pretty cute.