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My household notebook printables store will be moving over soon as well, but as of right now, it’s not quite finished yet and is still at the old address.

If you have anything bookmarked at the old address, please update your bookmarks.

This will remain here at the old address for a little while longer, to give you a chance to update your links and RSS feeds. But I will no longer continue to blog here. All new blog posts will be at

See you at the new site!

Now on Facebook

After reading Susan’s post about putting her Etsy shop on Facebook, I decided to post here that I’ve put my jewelry store on Facebook as well.

It’s actually been on Facebook for a while, but it’s taken a bit to get it set up just right. And really, I didn’t even think to post on my blog about it until I read Susan’s blog this morning. Thanks, Susan!

It would be nice to get the word out about Hope of My Heart Designs a little bit more. Maybe this will help. If you like the page, feel free to become a fan!

Hope of My Heart Designs Facebook Page

Menu Planning Forms

There’s been quite a few changes to my notebook store lately. One of those changes is I’ve added a bunch of new files.

I’ve been working on some new menu planning forms for quite a while now, and they’ve been added to the store just today. There’s one major difference though – these forms offer the ability to type directly into the .pdf. No more printing the file once, putting it back into the printer, and printing the customizations over it.

The original forms are still available the same as they have been, for those who don’t want to change how they’ve done things. But there are new typeable forms available now as well.

The main household notebook file still isn’t quite finished. I’m hoping to have it done soon, but it’s not quite ready yet. I have to admit – this project has been a little bigger than I anticipated it would be. It’s been fun, but has kept me busier than I thought.

Feel free to head over to the notebook site to check out all the new additions – especially the new Menu Planning section!

And the winner is. . .

Sarah M won the Grace Necklace pendant! Sarah, I’ll be sending you an email! makes picking a winner so easy.

Thank you SO MUCH to all who entered the giveaway – it was a lot of fun reading what everyone’s favorite designs were.

If you’d like to buy your own necklace pendant from my store Hope of My Heart Designs, you can get it for 10% off right now if you use the coupon code endofsummer08 when you check out. Hurry – this coupon is only valid through the end of August.

Pearl necklace pendant

A giveaway

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

I’ve been considering doing a giveaway for quite a while now, but once I read about the Bloggy giveaways carnival, I figured I’d go ahead and do it now.

The item I’m giving away is the Grace necklace pendant. I love this pendant – I wear mine several times a week. It goes great with anything from a t-shirt to a dressy blouse.

Pearl necklace pendant

To enter, you need to do a couple of things.
*Go to my store, Hope of My Heart Designs, and look around.
*Leave a comment here on this post telling me what your favorite design is. If you don’t have a favorite, feel free to suggest something you’d like to see in the store (within reason, lol!).
*If you post about this giveaway on your own blog, leave another comment here with the link and get a second entry into the giveaway.

You don’t have to make a purchase to enter this giveaway, and you don’t have to have a blog to enter. Just be sure that the email address you use when you leave a comment is valid, or else I won’t be able to get back to you telling you that you won. Since you have to enter your email address to leave a comment, you do NOT have to leave the address in your comment itself. This is only available to people in the US though.

I will draw a winner after 12 noon (Eastern time) on Friday, August 1. I’ll announce it here sometime later that afternoon. Then I’ll drop it in the mail to you at the beginning of next week – so you can have your very own Grace pearl pendant – for free! The shipping is free too, by the way.

And for those of you who just can’t wait for the giveaway to end, or if you’d like to buy something at Hope of My Heart Designs, use the coupon code endofsummer08 to get 10% off your total order. Hurry – this coupon is only valid through the end of August.

Have fun looking around Hope of My Heart Designs. I’m excited to hear what everyone thinks!

The winners are. . .

First, let me just say that I was completely blown away by the number of people that entered the giveaways! Wow! Thanks to everyone for entering my giveaways! This was a lot of fun!

I was going to print everything out, cut them apart, and let my son pick from a bowl, but with so many comments, I ended up using a random number generator instead.

The first winner for the earrings is #192 – Jennifer from Life is Not a Cereal.

Then I picked another winner for a pair of earrings. I couldn’t give away just one pair! That winner was #33 – Mandy from The Sietsema Family.

Check your emails ladies – I need your snail mail addresses so your earrings can go in the mail.

The winner for the notebook .pdf file is #25 – Sheri.

I decided to pick another notebook winner too. That was #17 – Jessica P.

Jessica and Sheri, I emailed you as well with options about your notebooks.

If you’d like to purchase a pair of earrings for yourself, you can see them in my store here. The notebook files are also available for purchase here.

Don’t forget to check Shannon’s site Rocks in My Dryer for a big list of winners! She put in a massive amount of work to hostess :O) this thing. Thanks, Shannon!

A jewelry giveaway!

Dog Days of Summer Giveaway

Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer
is hosting a massive bloggy giveaway carnival this week. Since I’ve been thinking about having a giveaway (or two) around here recently anyways, I figured I’d take this opportunity to do it.

The first item I’m giving away is this pair of earrings. I’ll be adding a new line of pearl jewelry to my store Hope of My Heart Designs soon, and this is just a preview of it. The earwires are solid sterling silver, so you don’t have to worry about irritation if you have sensitive ears. Oh – and shipping is free too!

Pearl Earrings

To enter, just leave me a comment. You don’t have to have a blog to enter, but you do need to leave your name – I can’t contact you if you win if you enter anonymously. You have until Friday at noon EST to enter – I will announce the winner here some time that afternoon (and I’ll email you as well).

If you’d like to buy a pair for yourself, keep an eye out here on my blog. When I get them added to the store, I’ll let you know.

Hop on over to Rocks in My Dryer to see what other giveaways there are. Last time I checked, there were almost 400!