Monday, November 23, 2009


Some awesome recipes were submitted for our contest last month. Thank you to everyone who participated. Our winner was selected courtesy of the random number generator at The winning number is 2 for the submission of Granny's Easy Homemade Chili by Lillian Hilton of Shabby Denim Rose.

You can enjoy this and more by visiting my site at The Odd Sparrow and clicking on the recipes tab. I am adding recipes as time goes on, so be sure to check back often!

Please also remember that this week is our big "We are Thankful for YOU" sale at Shabby Lane Shops. The Odd Sparrow is participating in this event by offering discounted prices SITE WIDE! Please shop from this Wednesday at midnight through Cyber Monday and enjoy the special savings of the season. I can't wait to shop in my jammies!
BUT...even better, you can enter to win a $50 gift certificate to shop our sales during these days! Please click the link on the graphic you see here, and follow the directions to enter the drawing.

I will be sharing some pictures soon of the wonderful family visit we enjoyed with my niece, her husband, and the three little ones. You MUST see these adorable blue-eyed boys. They will melt your heart!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I have. I know you are thinking about what you want to get each and every person in your life to show them that you appreciate them. I also know how tight funds are in this economy. So The Odd Sparrow has provided a way for you to make your Christmas a very special day for the very special people in your life.

BUT...before I tell you all about that, how about if I ask a teensy tinsy favor from you. Would you pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease take the time right now to click on the vote for me button on the side bar and cast your vote for The Odd Sparrow in the site decorating contest? It would mean so very much to me to know that I have your vote today. Thank you so much!

So I promised you a way to enhance your Christmas shopping...and here it is: I have set up a special Christmas section on my website. In this section you will find stocking stuffers, decorations/ornaments, and best of all (I think) gift ideas! All you have to do is go to The Odd Sparrow at and click on the "Christmas" button. All of the items are separated out by category for your shopping convenience, so if you are done your decorating, for instance, you don't have to look though all of the decor items while shopping for gifts!

Now I have not disclosed everything yet...there is more great news!!! Thanksgiving is next week and most of you are thinking of those Black Friday sales...and all of the crowds and long lines. No need to stress over that. Starting Wednesday at midnight and continuing through Cyber Monday, I will be joining the shops at Shabby Lane for a sale like no other! EVERYTHING at The Odd Sparrow will be on sale! NO LINES, NO CROWDS, OPEN 24/7...and best of all, YOU CAN SHOP IN YOUR JAMMIES!!!
I know that is awesome really, really is! But there is MORE!!! (Can you believe it?!) If you go to Shabby Lane THIS WEEKEND and sign up, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to help you kick start your shopping. This is an amazing opportunity, so please be sure to get your name entered and do your shopping this week with The Odd Sparrow.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Wow...I can hardly believe how fast time is flying by! Seems like just yesterday we were in the midst of summer and now we are heading straight for Thanksgiving. I won't complain, though. It is truly my favorite time of the year.

This week I have a favor to ask. It's not a big one...but it's big to me! Would you kindly go to my website at and click on the "Vote for Me" box? It will take you to a page where you can vote for me in a Christmas decorating contest for my site. You will have to scroll down that page to find The Odd Sparrow, but I am there and will definitely appreciate your efforts. If it is easier, you can just click on the link here to vote, but I am sure you will want to see the beautiful graphics that you are voting for. They were expertly created by my sweet son who does all of my graphics for me and to whom I owe a great deal of thanks.

Secondly, I need to remind you of our Tuesday Treasures themed shopping at Shabby Lane Shops. Of course, The Odd Sparrow participates in this event each Tuesday! If you click on my Tuesday Treasures category, you will find an array of sweet gifts that I am offering at a discount this Tuesday only. Our theme this week is "Cherished Holiday Gifts." Just use the coupon code I have put at the top of the page when you check out and you will receive an additional 15% off this week! How easy does that make your holiday shopping?!!! If you are in my immediate area and want to save on shipping, email me at and I will work that out with you.

Next on the agenda...the recipe contest. The submission deadline for recipes for the contest was 10/31/2009. We have only had a total of eleven submissions!!! Now, that is NOT a the odds are great for one lucky winner. Wish you had submitted your favorite cookie recipe? Do you want to share your twist on a soup or stew? OK...want a little grace on this? I will give you a few more days just in case you missed the original deadline. YOU NOW HAVE UNTIL SATURDAY 11/7/09 AT MIDNIGHT! Any recipe will do...and you can submit as many as you like! Each submission will give you one entry and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to All you need to do is submit your recipe to me at That's it! And in the meantime, I would like to share with you another easy peasy recipe that was submitted to me for this contest and one that I think you will enjoy.

This one comes to you courtesy of Heidi in Michigan:

Spinach/cheese pie

1 small package of chopped frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
1 small jar of roasted red peppers, drained, lightly rinsed, and chopped
4 large eggs
1 16 oz. container of cottage cheese
2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl. Pour into greased glass pie pan. Sprinkle top with a bit more parmesan. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour until pie is solid and browned on top. Enjoy!

Now...I have not tried this one yet, but I think I am going to make it Tuesday evening. It just sounds so yummy. I think it would go great with a cup of tomato soup....oooooooh...I am getting hungry! You will soon find these recipes and many others on my site under the recipes category. And remember...I will be sharing that awesome chicken dish I promised...real soon!

ONE MORE THING: Keep an eye out...the trees you see on the first page of my site will be available from me later this week!!! You will want to hurry to get yours as supplies are limited! Also coming this week: Christmas tags...and boy! are they ever beautiful! Keep an eye on us...we are adding new things and working hard to make this your premier shopping site this Christmas!

Scented Pinecone Sachets

Scented Pinecone Sachets