Some News to Share

So…..how was everyone’s Christmas?
I have a had a great time enjoying the holidays with family and friends.
It was nice to step away from the blogs and focus on home for awhile.

I have missed you all though. I have some major catching up to do. 
Which is sort of ridiculous because I never will be able to do that. 

I got an iPad for Christmas and it has been a lot of fun learning all that I can do on it.
Things other then Angry Birds and Stupid Zombies that is. Instagram is a lot of fun. I’ll be taking everyday shots with that and then sharing them on facebook.  I also got to do facetime with my son in Atlanta. 

I have to figure out how to blog on it. Not sure if I can use Livewriter on it. Anyone know? 
Maybe there is another writing program I can find.

mini trees copy

Let me show you what I ordered from Wuslu. I got these two old file drawers and I really love them. 
Wuslu will email you their daily deal and there is a limited amount of them so you have to grab it if you love it. But sometimes they get them in stock again. These were less then 20 for both.

I stuck them end to end and filled them with some wintery trees, candles and greens. 
It makes a great centerpiece and I think I can keep it up for awhile. 
It’s more wintery then Christmasy to me.

mini trees 2 copy

They have metal sides and wooden ends.

mini tree copy

Now for the news I have been wanting to share.

 I have almost finished up with my Etsy shop and I will be opening that really soon. I know I have mentioned it before but I am going to get this going for real! My goal to open before the holidays is blown but I will go forward anyway. I just have to jump in no matter what time of year it is. Sort of like starting a diet. Hmmm. I'll work on that one too.

skyland drive center copy

I had a hard time deciding on a name. I didn’t feel like my blog name would be appropriate. I wanted something more general so it would cover both the vintage and the handmade items that will be offered.

Skyland Drive is the street I grew up on.
Where I would ride my bike until it was dark. 
Where I would play in the creek and catch tadpoles and minnows. 
Where I’d fight with my sister over who was using who’s shampoo. 
Where my mom was always making something in the kitchen while my father was working in his garden. 
It’s the beginning of who I am today.

I hope the different name won’t be too confusing. 
I’ll let you know when the doors are open!

Oh and one more thing….


We are heading out to dinner with family and friends to celebrate at the Ale House and try out a few beers.

I’ll come back with a report :)

Happy New Year to you all!


  1. A Very Happy Birthday to You!!! Enjoy your dinner. I'm thrilled you're opening your shop soon. That is awesome. Also glad you enjoyed your holidays.

  2. happy birthday and YAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!! so exciting! let me know when it opens so i can give you a plug!

  3. Happy Birthday Anita! And what exciting news! Can't wait to check out your shop! I'm sure it will be a huge success! And I love the name too! Wishing you all good things in 2012!

  4. Happy Birthday Anita! That's great news about your Etsy store. I love the name too. I started mine a couple years ago with my best friend, who lives down the street from me (we've actually been friends since H.S.) and we named the store Larkspur Interiors after the street we live on! How funny! Maybe that's a sign. I'm excited to see what goodies you are selling. I'm going to check out Wuzlu too.

  5. Nice to see you back Anita.. so happy to hear of your great Christmas break and a BIG Happy Birthday!
    Skyline Drive is a great name.. was that in Clearwater... I have no idea of that street?
    Can't wait to see your shop, good luck with that!
    Happy New Year my friend!

  6. Happy Birthday Anita and wishing a New Year filled with happiness! Lx

  7. Happy birthday! Can't wait for the etsy store to open. I'll be there for your "grand opening"!


    PS love your wooden boxes too!

  8. Anita,
    How exciting about your new ETSY shop...looking forward to seeing what you will have. I might be coming your way at the end of next month...I will be sure to let you know and maybe we can meet up:)


  9. Happy Birthday to you! Happy New year too. Congrats on your new adventure into the world of Etsy. See you in 2012.

  10. Happy Birthday! I'll be watching for your shop to open. I'm a little jealous of your drawers. :)
    I've never found a writer that will work with an apple product,but you never know.Maybe there is one.

  11. Congrats on the new venture! Can't wait to check it out. And Happy 29th Birthday.

  12. Happy Birthday!!!!!. Hope your evening is wonderful. Congrats on the new shop. Hugs, Marty

  13. Happy Birthday and congrats on your store. My Etsy store has a different name than my blog, too. I've not been too active and it seems to be selling more locally anyway. Maybe someday, I'll get around to promoting it! Wishing you great success.

  14. Happy Birthday!! HOpe you have a great dinner! Congrats on the etsy store. I am looking forward to seeing what you sell!

  15. You're opening your own Etsy shop!?!?!? That is AWESOME!!!

    Congrats and can't wait to check it out once you get going.


    P.S. Happy birthday!!!

  16. Happy Birthday Anita!!
    I will add your store to my favorites on Etsy!! ;-)

  17. Well, I can't find your shop. You will have to put a link up here.

  18. Happy Birthday, Anita! Hope your celebration is wonderful! Love your centerpiece...really lovely! And I'm excited to see your new etsy shop soon, too!

  19. Wow Anita, so much is happening in your life. Congrats on your new store I will definitely be stopping by once it is up and running. Happy Birthday, I hope you had a lovely time and all the best for 2012! xx

  20. I missed posting a Happy Birthday wish yesterday. Hope you day was a great one and you have many, many more. Please put a link to your Esty shop.

  21. Congratulations on the new shop! Looks like 2012 will start out great for you - Happy New Year AND Happy Birthday!

  22. Happy Happy Birthday Anita!
    So cool that you are getting your etsy shop going. Love the name and reasons for choosing it.
    Wishing you all the best in the new year, my friend.

  23. I love reading your blog! Happy Birthday to you!

    I love your WUSLU purchase, I am so glad I found this place. My purchases were also wonderful, I bought a minnow lantern for my screened porch!

    Happy New Year to you!

  24. That's HUGE news! Congratulations - I can't wait to check it out once you get it going!

    Happy Birthday AND Happy New Year!

    And I adore your centerpiece. It's beautiful.

  25. Happy Birthday, Anita! And congrats on the shop. My daughter and I are in the process of opening one also. But our sewing machines need repaired. So here we sit. I love the Etsy banner, and the photos here!

  26. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Anita. Exciting news about your shop!!

  27. Happy Birthday!!!! Love the Ale House, enjoy! Good Luck with your Etsy shop too!

  28. Happy Birthday, Anita! Enjoy your fun evening of celebration. Treat yourself to an extra slice of cake! I am excited that you're opening an Etsy shop and love the name you've chosen. Very special and meaningful. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! Oh, and you will love your iPad!!

  29. How exciting, Anita - Happy Birthday to you, sweetie. I love the file card box, very charming and congrats on the store. Can't wait to see what you'll be selling.

    Happy New Year wishes to you!

  30. Happy Birthday AND a happy & healthy New Year, Anita!!!

  31. Happy B day and happy New Year Anita. I will be looking forward to your etsy shop. I know you are going to love this next adventure. Best of Luck with it!
    Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

  32. Happy Birthday! Enjoy the iPad and I can't wait to hear more about your etsy shop.

  33. Happy New Year Anita. Good luck with Skyland Drive. Love the name....looking forward to visiting your online shop when it opens.

  34. What a lot in your post--1st off, I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I really like those file drawers, as a matter of fact, I'm considering today's deal which is similar. Your new Etsy sounds like it's going to be great.

  35. Happy belated Birthday, Anita! And a Happy New Year to you and your family!

  36. Happy Birthday! And if you need any advice on etsy, I'll be glad to answer any questions.

  37. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday! I look forward to visiting your blog more in 2012!

  38. I really love the name of your etsy shop, Anita. Especially the meaning behind it.
    And....HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope it's a fabulous, joyful year!

  39. Yay! I'm so happy that you got it almost up and running! Congrats, Anita. I can't wait to see what's in stock.

  40. First off, happy birthday! And secondly, I may not come over here often, but I sure picked the right day! You're opening an etsy shop! Booya! If there's anything I can do to help promote it, it would be my pleasure! If you have the html for your banner, I'd be happy to place it on my sidebar. You have the best taste of anyone I "know," I know you will be a huge success. Here's my email if you want to send me the html. If you don't want to, that's fine too! I'll still be putting your etsy shop in my "favourites" on my computer and visiting often! email is: fancythatpartyplanning@gmail.com

  41. A happy belated birthday! Good for you on the etsy shop. Look forward to and I think the name is just right!

  42. Yay!! Happy Birthday ,my lovely! I hope you get completely spoilt rotten with your meal out!!

    And GOOD luck with your shop! I just know it'll be a success - your taste is beautiful!


  43. Congrats on your soon to be new Etsy shop, Anita! I am so excited for you! And a Happy Belated Birthday, too! Hope it was a special one. I love, love, love your drawers turned winter display! What a creative idea. I can totally see that turned into a beachy look with lots of shells and big pillar candles!

  44. Happy Belated Birthday, Anita! I hope it was a great one.

    I can't wait to hear more about your Etsy shop...I've been thinking of doing that too, but I don't know, I have lots of ideas where nothing ever comes of them...lol.

    Anyway, that's exciting about the iPad too! Let me know what you think of it. My laptop broke about a year ago and I've been going back and forth about whether I should get a new one or get an iPad instead...I need some input. Hope your New Year is going great so far :)


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