Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Another year...

A Poem for ME

"Through the toughest times in my life, you stood by me undeterred

Even when you were in distress, nothing of your own for you mattered

Through it all you stood strong, you stood for me and you held me close

You mended me, changed me, motivated me and saved me from life’s blows

I yell, I scream, I complain and I hurt you many times still, it’s almost now habitual

But you have mastered to calm the winds and settle the seas without any ritual

Your love has triumphed o’er and captured the fortress of doubts, my weakness

And now I can see love shining through your eyes with a glow of happiness

Your patience, your endurance, your true love broke all the barriers of time and age

I am lifted and blessed to finally understand that love prevails, so hear my message."

Another Anniversary is upon us. Each year that goes by, we learn more and more about each other. I must say, that I never knew what unconditional love really was until now. This is a kind of love that does not just happen in a short amount of time. This kind of love is almost indescribable. It is a love that is there regardless of what life brings.

On this anniversary, we are taking a vow to throw out those life regrets, mistakes, and hardships. All of those horrid circumstances that are weighting our family down are being thrown out with the garbage (where they belong). This is a year for change and renewal. This is a year for peace, happiness, and unconditional love.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Hello my beatutiful bloggers! Happy Monday! I wanted to send a quick reminder out that my two August giveaways will be ending tomorrow!


I will not be posting a Septemeber Giveaway because of BLOGMANIA! I hope you are all getting super excited! I am giving away over $725.00 worth of items! WAHOO!
I have an early entry option open for my Gold Sponser. Check that out too and get entered to win a $450.00 Boutique Graphics Item!

Monday, August 23, 2010


Check out this LOW ENTRY GIVEAWAY! She is one of my Blogmania Sponsors as well!

COFFEE TALK: FREE GIVEAWAY!: "In celebration of making 200 sales on Etsy, I have decided to give away one of my personal planners! This planner is absolutely my favorite..."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

LeksiDesigns is now PR Friendly!

Product Reviews / Giveaways

Leksi Designs loves to feature crafters, artists, and any other product out there on the market. If you are interested in doing a review article and giveaway event, please contact me at leksidesigns@gmail.com!

  • Product Reveiws and Giveaways are FREE of charge!

  • You must provide me a full size product or item that you are wanting to have reviewed.

  • You will get to read my review prior to it being posted live.

  • The review/giveaway will be advertised by me on facebook, twitter, http://www.leksidesigns.com/, and this blog.

Giveaway Only

Leksi Designs will be pleased to do a standard Giveaway only listing. I usually run them for 3-4 weeks. During that time you will be advertised by me on facebook, twitter, www.leksidesigns.com , and this blog.

  I have gotten big enough that I am needed to screen what items I give away. I do have a wait list, so to increase your chances and to speed up the process you might want to do the Review/Giveaway Route. Please feel free to ask for more information! Email me at leksidesigns@gmail.com!

  Ad Space

My Ad Space is on the top of my front page! They are large ads!
194x200 in size

If you need help creating your ad, I will be happy to do one for you for a small fee of $15.00. You will have rights to this ad and be able to utilize it in other places as well.

I rent my spaces out monthly (30 days from date of purchase) for a fee of $10.00 a month.

Payment is accepted in the form of Paypal only. It must be sent to leksidesigns@gmail.com.
Please let me know if there are any further questions or concerns!

 I am already creating the first ad, so get your order in now! September will be my busiest site traffic month because of BLOGMANIA!!

Adore By Nat: Handstamped Necklace Giveaway

Nat has featured me on her blog! Check it out and win a necklace...by me!!! ;~)

Adore By Nat: Handstamped Necklace Giveaway: "Leksi Designs is giving a way a beautiful Handstamped Personalized Hammered Circle necklace. 'This is truly a cute necklace. It is a sterl..."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Recipe! Grilled Potato Salad

Check out this awesome Potato Salad Recipe from Down Home with the Neely's! I have had this before and it is hands down...the best potato salad EVER! I don't even like potato salad and I can make a meal out of this.

We are grilling with family and friends today, so this will be on our table! Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stay tuned for my Blogmania Giveaway! I have over $725.00 worth right now! WAHOO!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Blogmania Sponsors! $725.00 Giveaway!

Wow! It has been such a great week. I would LOVE to thank all of my confirmed sponsors for Blogmania! You guys rock and I was selective on who I asked and who I accepted, so these sponsors are truly unique and have super great products.
GOLD Sponsor:

Super Silver Sponsors:
The Wingless Bird
Silver Sponsors:
Metroline 6 Photography
Bonny N Clyde
Jolly Little Purse
Kelly D Brown Photography
Jelveh Designs

The Foto Fairy

Buds and Blooms
I have several others I am still conversing with on their giveaway items, so I will add those to the list later in the week! So far, the grand total of my Blogmania Giveaway is.............drumroll please...........
(sponsors still rolling in)
I will be adding an early entry addition this weekend so stay tuned to earn extra entries before September 15 & 16!
If you are interested in sponsoring, please let me know as soon as possible! This is a great opportunity to get your shop name out there to tens of thousands of people!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Clare Bare Underwear! GIVEAWAY (Adult Content - 18+ only please!)

This is one of my favorite giveaways! Clare from Clare Bare Lingerie is an awesome designer. She has been featured in magazines, on runways, and just got back from the Naked Without Us Fashion Event in Nashville! Clare is going to be BIG. She is know as the Anti-Victoria Secret and I LOVE that. We all need underwear, right? Why not make it cute and sexy? Clare offers comfortable and super sexy solutions for women.

Clare says: "My main goal is to make people feel good about themselves. I make garments that accentuate the body, rather than cover it up, push it up, or transform it into something that it never could be. I don't believe in clothing that is created to solve a problem- the flaw doesn't exist until you design something for it. I feel that this is one reason why people are so unsatisfied with their bodies. You can buy a garment that will temporarily make you look "better" while you're wearing it, but when you take it off you're even more dissappointed than you were in the first place because you realize that it's not the real you. My lingerie is constructed to frame your body, fit comfortably, and make you feel naturally beautiful as you should."

My favorite design of hers (I will sooo own this very soon)!

Clare Bare is a Brooklyn based artist and designer specializing in eco-friendly lingerie made from bamboo jersey and vintage fabric. All of her pieces are made by hand in limited edition runs, and are structured to flatter your body in a natural way without the use of constrictive hardware.

During her years at Parsons, Clare collected and drew inspiration from vintage textiles that eventually piled so high that there was no more space to work. Soon after, "Clare Bare" was conceived out of the need to give her piles of fabric a purpose, and to make good use out of a clever name. Today it is an ever growing business fueled by passion and created for passionate consumers.


Clare has graciously offered the cutest pair of her amazing Pastel Stripe Bloomers! I am soo jealous of whoever wins these!


Mandatory Entry….Follow my Blog and go to Clare Bare Lingerie and tell me which one you like the best!

Extra Entries

Follow Clare Bare's Blog (3 entries, 3 separate comments)

Blog about this leaving a link to this giveaway as well as a link to Clare Bare Lingerie (3 entries, 3 separate comments)

Heart (favorite) Clare Bare Lingerie (3 Entries, leave 3 comments)

Follow LeksiDesigns on Twitter ( 3 Entries, Leave 3 comments)

Add your giveaway to my GIVEAWAY LINKY! (3 Entries, leave 3 comments)

Add my button to your blog! (3 Entries, leave 3 comments)

Good Luck EVERYONE! I will check all entries. GIVEAWAY ENDS on August 31st at midnight!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Awesome Weekend!

The Rock n Roll Circus was amazing! We spent the day Saturday with friends at a local bar and then headed to the circus for good music and of course...more drinks! I just want to say that, being raised in the 80's was awesome! I am a big music freak so I really enjoyed the 80's cover band. If you have never heard of them...LOOK THEM UP! Machine Gun Symphony is one of the greatest and most entertaining cover bands I have ever heard. I attached a video of them...TAKE A LOOK! I also added a few pics from Budweiser, MONSTER, and METROMIX...YES! WE WOUND UP ON THEIR WEBSITE...LOL.

PS...Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAYS!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Rock n Roll Circus Weekend!

This weekend is the Rock n Roll Circus! WAHOO! I, of course, will be there with bells on! What is this Rock n Roll Circus I am speaking of? TAG Magazine says it best, "the Rock N' Roll Circus rolls through town and lands at Summers at the River, (2142 N Sports Complex Lane, Nixa, MO). This will mark the first of the planned-to-be annual event, and it's guaranteed to be a Grand Opening with a rock lineup featuring the rock-a-billy tasting of The Honky Tonk Renovators into two of Nashville's hottest rocksters StackMagic and Brenn.
If that hasn't pulled you in and earned a spot on your social calendar, the back half of the day will explode with the first ever reuniting of legendary Johnny Q Public right into Springfield's favorite 80′s metal tribute band, Machine Gun SymphonyWhat is a circus without the freaks???? Rock N Roll Circus, is not just a name! The Marvelous Wonders of Mr. Pimm and the Circus of Sin, will treat your eyes and child-like minds to the wonders of a grown-up circus featuring: Fire Breathing, stilt walking, juggling, dark clowns and mimes, belly dancing, and a very naughty ring leader in the "littlest" of packages."
This event is sponsored by BUDWEISER & MONSTER, so you know it will be good! If any of my fellow bloggers are in the area, don't miss the Rockin good time!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This is my official announcement! I am a participating blog in BLOGMANIA! YAY! 
What does that mean? That means that I am giving away a TON of prizes on September 15&16 during the Blogmania event!!! I have been working my little fingers to the bone securing some truly amazing sponsors for this event. I am still gathering sponsors, but have collected some completely AWESOME prizes to give away during those two days. I will start revealing my sponsors and my theme NEXT WEEK!
What is Blogmania? It's open to anyone! As a participant, you will have an incredible opportunity to blog hop to as many of the 175 participating blogs (like MINE!) as you want and enter their amazing giveaways. Each blog involved has a minimum of $100 in prizes. Something for EVERYONE! (Several blogs will have international giveaways as well). So far the combined prize total is over $17,000!!
Bookmark my site for this event! You will not want to miss it and entering the giveaways are SUPER EASY!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bonny n Clyde Giveaway Winner!

Hello fellow bloggers! I am sorry it took me so long to get this posted. It has been an extremely busy few days. I am so pleased to announce the winner of the body powder set from Bonny n Clyde.
Congratulations Ruth! I hope you enjoy and please confirm with me in the next few days!
If you haven't done so, please go check out Bonny n Clyde! They have tons of body scents and body candy!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fun, Friends, & Food! Oh...and a little something I learned!

Ahhh...the three F's! Nothing beats spending a weekend with the girls! It has just been a rough couple of weeks. No, it has been a terrible couple of weeks! I am putting all of that aside though and hanging out with the girls this weekend! We are packing up and headed to St. Louis. Of course, I can't tell you everything that we are doing, but you can bet that shopping will be invovled!
On another note...I have been reading a lot lately. Well, I always read a lot since I am completing my Masters, but I have actually been reading books that are a little more interesting. Anyhow, I have learned a lot this past week. Here is just a little "Life Lesson" I put together.
Follow Your Heart? We hear that a lot these days, but what does it really mean and is it what we should be doing? Our hearts are so sensitive and can be very decieving. Our heart follows what feels right to it at that particular moment in time. People lose their life savings on a hand of poker, quit a dream job for a vacation destination, take up a life of substance abuse, and many other unspeakable things on a whim. Therefore, playing the game of "follow your heart" is such a dangerous game to play. God does have a big hand in how our heart feels and operates (if we walk with him), but make no mistake; the devil does too. Things can be going great, your heart is full of love and kindness and the it gets a "whiff" of something else. This "whiff" is stinking up the place, but that darn devil is making you think it smells great.
The bible says, "He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered". People lose so much when following their hearts. Therefore, we need to be concentrating on leading our hearts. We can lead our hearts to what is right and what God has set forth for us. Everything else is just the work of the devil.
Proverbs 23:17 "Do not let your heart envy sinners."
Proverbs 23:13 "Direct your heart in the way."
How do we lead our hearts? This is a battle that is forever fought. Our hearts naturally follow what we make investments in. So, we must concentrate on making investments into what is right and what is holy. Spend more time with your families, eat healthier, talk to God more, and continually make investments into the good. Your heart will naturally follow. But, please do this before it is too late. Sometimes, investments can't be made into something that is already gone.
I hope I made you think a little! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND and don't forget to enter my giveaways!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

200 Follower Giveaway! Adult Content (18+ only please!)

Yay! In celebration of meeting 200 followers I have something extra...super special for all of you! It is such an honor to have taken off so fast on blogger and I value each and every one of my followers! You guys are great! I'm going to just jump right in! This featured seller has offered a gracious giveaway for me! Her shop really just describes me perfectly! He He!

Let's welcome Rachel of Bonny N Clyde!!!

Tell me a little about yourself:  I'm married and a mom to two wonderful teenage boys and 3 cuddly fur babies. I was born and raised in Canada and recently moved to Colorado in 2008. I have my honors diploma in Interior Decorating and enjoy gardening, photography, casinos and taking caribbean cruise vacations to name a few. My ultimate fuel is being creative; whether it's with my mind, hands or both... I've always had the hunger to create. My earliest recollection as a little girl was hand sewing a little stuffed felt heart ornament for our humble Christmas Tree.

What is your favorite piece or product to make and why? This is indeed a tough question to answer, I love putting them all together, but....yes there's always a but. I'd have to say the Edible Body Candy is the best. I think it's has to do with the final outcome of the product, not too mention they just taste yummy! I know this Body Candy will be used lovingly by couples who wish to spend a special intimate evening together. Not enough personal time is spent with each other in todays 'gotta run' society. So this is a very rewarding product to me from start to finish.

How did you start your Etsy shop? I just love to smell pretty and I've had so many challenges over the years finding the ideal fragrance that was right for me. I enjoy a fresh, clean Oriental scent and that was like trying to find gold in a cereal box; just wasn't happening. I started doing some research online on fragrances and decided to dive into making some myself and experiment . Ohhh yes I dove exceptionally deep, my husband couldn't believe the numerous supply deliveries arriving at our door. Yep, when I do something it's all or nothing. All this 'playing' mad scientist became addictively fun and had my mind racing in so many directions of what posibilities I could create . I was mentally hijacked with options...perfumes, colognes, powders, oils...oh my !

Sure enough I did that and more. Our products walk the lines of personal care, sensuality, erotica and intimacy for couples. No need to blush ;) My husband and I have been involved as business owners most of our adult lives through many ventures, but this one consumes our full heart and soul.

The 'mass produced' marketplace and imports seriously lack personal effort or care. This is what nudged us into expanding beyond our own personal curiosities and offer products to others to be proud of! That brought us to selling through many off and on-line venues, including our wonderful Etsy store. We both play a strong role in the success of our business and make a phenomenal husband & wife team. We put a lot of thought into our ingredients; giving special attention to scents and flavors being at their premium. Blending and experimenting with all the fragrances, absolutes, essential oils and flavors ... then adding the 'secret spark' finishes is what fuels me. My husband does a lot behind the scenes with marketing, testing and designing. He's also full of wonderful ideas and I count on him immensely for his off center creativity.

Even our logo was his idea and has a reason behind it, but I'll leave it up to you as too it's interpretation. BonnynClyde LLC also know as BnC is still a young, growing company that blossomed in 2008 offering fun, premium body products for both men & women. We're a small business, but very personal. This is what's makes us as successful as we are. Here's to many more creative years ahead.


I won't just blow smoke here people. Her scents are amazing! My personal favorite is the Sparkling Lemonade. It has a clean and fresh smell and almost makes your tastebuds tingle! I have purchased the powder, perfume, and the Edible Body Candy!!! I love the Edible Body Candy too. It tastes so yummy. I have the Chocolat Orgasm. How can you go wrong with a name like that?!?!


The winner will receive a body powder set. This includes a covered glass dish, handmade powder puff and scented body powder of their choice. The color of the powder puff will be random. It's a lovely set to add to anyones decor or you can pass it on as a wonderful gift. (powder puff may not be as shown).

Buy It!

You can go to HERE to make a purchase from Bonny n Clyde!

Win It!

ONE of my lucky readers will win the complete powder set!

Mandatory Entry….Follow my Blog and go to Bonny n Clyde and tell me what scent of powder you would choose if you were the winner.

Extra Entries

Purchase an item from Bonny n Clyde (5 entries, 5 separate comments)

Blog about this leaving a link to this giveaway as well as a link to Bonny n Clyde (3 entries, 3 separate comments)

Heart (favorite) Bonny n Clyde's etsy shop (3 Entries, leave 3 comments)

Follow LeksiDesigns on Twitter ( 3 Entries, Leave 3 Comments)

Follow Bonny n Clyde on Blogger: http://juicysap.blogspot.com/ ( 3 Entries, Leave 3 Comments)

I will check all entries. GIVEAWAY ENDS on August 6th at midnight!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August Featured Etsy Seller GIVEAWAY!!! Win a Purse!

Wow! This summer is flying by. I am already starting to think about Christmas. During some of my Christmas shopping, I found the cutest little purses I have ever seen! Almost everyone has an iphone, ipod, or some sort of little gadget these days. Olga Carmody from Jolly Little Purse makes the cutest little bags to put those gadgets in!

Olga sent me the giveaway purse, which I will forward on to the winner! It is sooo cute. They are extremely well made and packaged. The inside is even detailed and has the cutest tag! Here is Olga's interview:

1) Tell me a little about yourself?

Hi, my name is Olga Carmody and I am the person behind http://www.jollylittlepurse.etsy.com/. There I create little purses which I love and find it difficult to part with them, when they are sold.

My career has nothing to do with arts and crafts. Actually it is as far as you can get from it: I have a BA in English and work part time as an English/Russian/Ukrainian medical interpreter.

Ever since childhood everything handmade fascinated me. My grandmother who still lives in the Carpathian mountains of Ukraine taught me how to use the sewing machine, paint Easter eggs, collect uuseful herbs and mushrooms in the forest and much more.

I remember my sister and I making little clay cups and plates and feeding farm animals and running barefeet all summer long...

2) How did you start your Etsy shop?

One day my husband was looking at everything I made for kids and the house ( from baby clothes and floor rugs to lamp shades and embroidered pictures) and suggested Etsy.

I loved it enstantameously !!Iloved the huge creative pot which Etsy is. I love the community aspect of it. How great it is to get up in the morning and get a pleasant note from my dear customer who just received her Jolly Little Purse in a special extra cute package! My customers give me a great pleasure. I didn't expect it to be so rewarding to have a shop on Etsy.

3) What is your favorite piece or product to make and why?

Favorite? I had a lot of them in my creative life. At first the idea is born in my head, it sits there for some time and then when the time is right I start to create and get totally involved into the process. My husband complains sometime that I am not there with him when I sew. I love fabric ( to the point that I can get almost sick from the excitement of being in a good fabric shop).

4) List your websites.

My other shop on Etsy is http://www.olgacarmody.etsy.com/.


Buy It!

You can go to HERE to make a purchase from Jolly Little Purse!

Win It!

ONE of my lucky readers will win A JOLLY LITTLE PURSE!

Mandatory Entry….Follow my Blog and go to Jolly Little Purse and tell me whick one you like the best!

Extra Entries

Purchase an item from Jolly Little Purse (5 entries, 5 separate comments)

Blog about this leaving a link to this giveaway as well as a link to Jolly Little Purse (3 entries, 3 separate comments)

Heart (favorite) Jolly Little Purse (3 Entries, leave 3 comments)

Follow LeksiDesigns on Twitter ( 3 Entries, Leave 3 Comments)

Add your giveaway to my GIVEAWAY LINKY! (3 Entries, leave 3 comments)

I will check all entries. GIVEAWAY ENDS on August 31st at midnight!


And the WINNER IS...

Tiff's Pixie Dust
Congratulations and enjoy your personalized doll!
I would like to thank Linda at Haute Confections! She has a wonderful shop and some great dresses and summer items. Go check her out and tell her I said hello!
Also, please get entered into my 200+ follower giveaway! It ends Friday at Midnight!
My August featured seller and giveaway will be revealed very soon! Stay tuned!


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