Thursday, September 16, 2010


And the Winner is...

I'm about to post my 16,000th tweet on Twitter, and you know what that means! I've got a winner. I know you're going to love Erin's work as much as I do. With no further ado... @SassafrasHill You just won a $40 gift certificate from Erin Lowden and Love Letters Jewelry!!! Thank you to all who entered. I can't wait to do it again! Be sure to check out for gifts to match any occasion. *The winner was chosen at random electronically from the list of entrants.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Super Saturday Giveaway!!!

Yesterday I introduced you all to Erin and Love Letters Jewelry. Today she's giving you the chance to win a $40 gift certificate! That's right. If you win, you get $40 to spend any way you'd like at

I can see you're excited, so let me tell you how to win. Each person
gets one (1) entry.

That's it. Just one.

You can either leave me a comment on this blog post (just click the circle up by the post title) with your favorite thing from the Love Letters Jewelry website, your name and email address, or you can copy the following message and post on Twitter:

I want @cassie_d_ape and @lovelettersFW to make me a winner!

A winner will be chosen at random when I reach 16,000 tweets. (Less than 500 from now.) The more you talk to me on Twitter, the faster the contest will end! (But you still only get one entry.)

Why are you still sitting here?! Get yourself entered. And tell the guys to enter too because this would be an awesome gift!

*Disclaimer: I do not receive monetary compensation for my blog. I do receive a sample product free of charge for evaluation. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Featured Friday: Love Letters Jewelry

This little box came in my mail today.

My own personal Love Letter
I come across people of all sorts on Twitter, and while I'm nearly a hermit in real life, I love socializing on the internet. Of course, I'm drawn to people with interests similar to mine. One of my favorite aspects of Twitter is meeting people who are creative and crafty, people who take pride in making things for others to enjoy. That is what led me to Erin Lowden, or @lovelettersFW.

Erin has a full-time job away from home, but when her husband, Chris, was laid off, she decided to turn her hobby into a home business. She opened Love Letters in April, and loves it so much that she would like to be able to be a full-time work at home mom. (Her son, Jonathan is adorable. I can see why she would want to be home with him!)

Love Letters Jewelry is high quality, personalized, hand stamped jewelry. She makes necklaces, bracelets, baby bracelets, bookmarks, key chains, pets tags, and even dog tags and golf ball markers for the menfolk!

For man's best friend . . .
For Mom or Grandma . . .
For the bride . . .
Erin's products are great gifts for birthdays, weddings, holidays, new parents, graduation, and the list goes on. She has charms for nearly anything you can think of. If your kid makes the bobsled team or your wife is an RN, Love Letters Jewelry has you covered! If you're like me and you can't make up your mind, you can always go with a Love Letters gift certificate.

When you fall in love with Love Letters Jewelry like I have, you can sign up for the newsletter, check the calendar for upcoming events, and you can even host parties (locally in Fort Wayne or on a website set up just for you)!

You can check out Love Letters Jewelry on the web at , on facebook , and @lovelettersFW on Twitter.

Check back tomorrow for a special Love Letters Jewelry Super Saturday Giveaway!

Disclaimer: The keychain shown above was provided to me for free to review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


God's Blanket

I had already had an ultrasound. My midwife had already told me I would miscarry. I already knew my babies (2 of them) hadn't developed and would never breathe, smile, or grab my finger. Still, there was a nagging voice in my head telling me to buy the two pieces of fleece in sweet baby prints. So I did.

All this time I thought God was up to something in my life. It always takes me by surprise when I realize that it's not all about me.

Last night while looking through my fabric stash for a cute piece to make a baby blanket, that same voice kept saying, "Not that one. Keep looking". Over and over again. Just as I thought I was out of choices, I came to those two pieces of fleece, hidden away in the bottom of the box. "Yes. Those ones. It's time to use them."

I immediately burst into tears (because I'm an emotional wreck anyway) and formed my argument on the tip of my tongue. But God always wins. He said, "She needs to feel loved more than you need to hide away these pieces of fabric."

I know this all sounds silly, but I always thought God telling me to buy it anyway was His way of telling me I would need it someday. For me. For my babies. I had no idea He meant it for someone I hadn't even met. But again, God always wins.

I haven't cut into it yet, but I will. And I will wash it before I send it off. It's not fair to blanket someone else in my tears.