Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Every Thursday I share something I'm thankful for.  Sometimes it's a big thing and sometimes it's a small or goofy thing.  I believe no matter what is going on in your life, there is always something to be thankful for.

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you know how excited and happy I was to get to see my sisters over Thanksgiving weekend.  I am so thankful for the time we were able to spend together.  I'm thankful for the love, support and encouragement they give me and for the memories we share.  

Today I'm also thankful for
     * continuing warm temperatures
     * health insurance
     * the smell of brownies baking in the oven
     * Shylee's (my granddaughter) hugs and kisses
     * the holiday season
What are you thankful for today?

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A White Sachet

When making plans to meet with my sisters over Thanksgiving weekend, they asked me to bring the lavender sachets I had on hand because they were interested in giving them as gifts.  I took all I had and they bought every one of them and asked for more!  This is the first one I've made.

It is all white with a lace corner from a vintage hankie, some pearl beads, decorative machine stitching, embroidery stitches and french knots, and a yo-yo flower with a vintage mother of pearl button for the center.

One down, two to go...


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Memorable Thanksgiving

Hello dear readers, and welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful time over the Thanksgiving weekend.  This was one of the best Thanksgivings ever and also one of the most memorable.  It started with my son and daughter fixing a Mediterranean menu that was just one of the most delicious meals I've ever had!

It included lamb and orzo stuffed peppers, couscous with a butternut squash stew, sausage and fennel stuffing, roasted fingerling potatoes and a spinach salad.  It was just the best non traditional meal!  There was a pumpkin pie for dessert but we were so full we didn't have it til the next day!

While the kids prepared dinner, I kept my granddaughter entertained (actually it was the other way around), and my husband ended up going to the urgent care clinic.  He had an ear infection and a muscle spasm in his neck.  Poor guy just wasn't feeling that great.

On Friday my sisters came for a visit.  It was so much fun to just hang out at my daughter's house and get caught up.  We laughed so hard we cried and snorted and couldn't catch our breath!  After dinner we went to the hotel and stayed up half the night talking.  They left on Saturday morning and I miss them so much.

I planned to go home in the early afternoon Saturday, but Shylee took a tumble down the stairs and we ended up in the emergency room for three hours.  It was the most awful thing to hear a scream, see her legs in the air, hear the thump and tumble down wood stairs and see her land on her head.  But she is just fine except for a big bump and some bruising.

Now it's time to gear up for Christmas.  I'll be putting up the tree this week and doing some shopping and working on some custom orders for the shop.  It's going to be a busy week!

What was most memorable about your Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Today is the day set aside for reflecting on all that we are thankful for.  If you are familiar with this blog, you know I do this every Thursday.

Today I am thankful for:
     *my family and the time we are able to spend together
     *food, shelter, clothing...the necessities
     *the extras
     *pumpkin pie
     *friends who accept me and don't judge
     *the kindness of a stranger in the midst of a bad day
     *this country and the freedoms I enjoy
     *most of all, I'm thankful for a God who provides and keeps His promises.  A God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.  A God whose love is everlasting.

I wish you a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

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Strange Customs

My kids have never been a big fan of the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  Over the years, we have eaten out or fixed steamed shrimp, because that's something everyone could agree on.  Last year I wanted traditional, so I fixed turkey and dressing and all the trimmings.

This year, we're going to my daughter's house, and she and her brother are going to cook the non-traditional meal of their choice.  The menu will include stuffed peppers with orzo and lamb, couscous with butternut squash, sausage and fennel stuffing, spinach salad, and I'm bringing pumpkin pie.  This is definitely something different!

Imagine what a laugh my husband and I had when we went out for Chinese food last night and this was his fortune!

What will you be eating for Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tickle Me Tuesday

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself.  I have two sisters and both of them are coming here on Friday.  One of them lives in Arkansas but works in NY and I've been able to see her three times in the last year.  It's been three years since I've seen my other sister who also lives in Arkansas.  The two of them will be in NYC for Thanksgiving and then they're coming here for a day!  I can't wait!

Since sisters are tickling my fancy, I went looking for sister items on Etsy.  These are my favorites!

What's tickling your fancy this week?

I joining Sarah at yes, teacher for Tickle Me Tuesday

Monday, November 21, 2011

More Thank Yous

Welcome back everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend and rested up for this busy week and holiday ahead of us.  I'm not cooking this year except for a pumpkin pie that I'm taking to my daughter's.  In fact, my son and daughter are doing the cooking, so things are going to be different this year!

I was so thrilled to be in three treasuries last week, so I want to feature something from the shops of each of the treasury curators.

Adris from Adrisboltja featured my gray and yellow sachets in the treasury, My Favorites in Green.   You will find fabric and felt jewelry, ornaments and more in Adris's shop.  I really like these ornaments.

Yana from Wine Country Life featured the red and white birthday gift tag in the treasury, Happy Birthday, Natalka.  In Yana's shop you will find handmade cards and gifts from Napa Valley.  I especially like this bookmark.

Erin from Bartley Dannan Designs included the 'hope' sachet in the treasury, Stocking  Stuffers For Her.  Erin makes the cutest dresses and outfits for little girls.  I can see my granddaughter in this Christmas twirl skirt.

It takes a lot of time to make a treasury, and I'm always honored to find out one of my items is in one.  So a big THANK YOU to Adris, Yana, and Erin!

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I Heart Macro

A lone azalea in the middle of November!

I'm joining Lori at Studio Waterstone for I Heart Macro.
Go on over and see some fabulous macro and close up photography!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

White and Sparkly

I started some new projects this week and they are all white and sparkly!  This will be a lavender sachet made from a corner of a vintage hankie.

I also started making Christmas ornaments.  Originally, they were going in the shop, but I think they would make a nice thank you gift with orders.  Or I might just have to keep them for my tree!

The ornaments have been fun to work on.  I'm using cookie cutters for patterns and using wool felt that is so nice to work with.  And although I love the all white look, I'll have to make some with red and green just because!

What are you working on?

Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Every Thursday I share something I'm thankful for.  Sometimes it's a big thing and sometimes it's a small or goofy thing.  I believe no matter what is going on in your life, there is always something to be thankful for.

I'm thankful I was able to witness the most spectacular sunset I've ever seen.  I'm thankful for the reminder that God is in control in this crazy world.  I'm thankful for my sight that allows me to see the beauty all around me.  

I'm also thankful for
     my blog buddies
     recent sales in my shop
     a good night's sleep
What are you thankful for?  Please join me by linking your Thankful Thursday post.  Grab the button below or link your post back to this one and add your post to the linky list.

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Wordless Wednesday

A foggy fall morning

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tickle Me Tuesday

I'm a member of the Southern Maryland Etsy Team.  There are some very talented artists on this team and they are tickling me this week!

I'm joining Sarah at yes, teacher for Tickle Me Tuesday

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Heart Macro

I love roses!

I'm joining Studio Waterstone for I Heart Macro  where you will find some incredible macro and close-up photography.  

Kreativ Blogger Award

A big "Thank You" to Sarah at yes, teacher for passing on the Kreative Blogger award to me.  And in her words, "it's so nice to know that I'm not just talking to myself when I blog!"

I'm supposed to tell you seven things about myself and pass the award to seven other bloggers and let them know I did so.

Seven things:
1.  My favorite TV show is Dancing With The Stars
2.  When I was a teenager, I was madly in love with Donny Osmond, David Cassidy, and Michael Jackson
3.  My adult crush is on Jon Bon Jovi
4.  My favorite holiday is Christmas
5.  I don't like oysters, clams or calamari
6.  I love shrimp, crab and lobster
7.  I'll be making pumpkin bread today

The hard part is choosing only seven blogs to pass this award to.  I enjoy all the blogs I read, so I pass it on to you if you are reading this post!  Feel free to grab the button for yourself or leave a random fact about yourself in the comments!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day 2011

Military life was the norm for me for forty years.  My dad was in the army, and a year after I married Michael, he joined the army.  My father-in-law, son-in-law, three brothers -in-law, and two nephews have served or are still serving.  I am so very proud of all of them.  Thank you for all you have done and are doing.

Please take time today to thank a vet and say a prayer for those who are serving.  Also remember their families who also sacrifice so their loved ones can do their job for us.

I hope all of you have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Every Thursday I share something I'm thankful for.  Sometimes it's a big thing and sometimes it's a small or goofy thing.  I believe no matter what is going on in your life, there is always something to be thankful for.

Today I'm thankful for the warm temperatures.  Probably not what you expected!  We've had warmer than normal temps so far this fall and I couldn't be happier.  I don't like being cold or wearing bulky sweaters or sweatshirts to keep warm, so the longer I can put that off, the happier I am!

I'm also thankful for:
     rain instead of snow
     answered prayer
     cold medicine

What are you thankful for?  You're invited to join me here.  Just grab a button or link back to this post and add your blog post link below.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Just Want To Say Thank You

I'm always thrilled when I find out one of my items has been featured in a treasury on Etsy.  Last week two of my items were featured in beautiful treasuries and I want to show my thanks by featuring something from each of the curators' shops.  I've read about this on other blogs and I think it's a wonderful way to say thank you.

Maria from mayabijoux featured my gray and yellow sachets in her beautiful sunny days treasury.  You will find crocheted scarves, fingerless gloves and jewelry among other things in her shop.  I love the colors in this scarf.

Erin from Bartley Dannan Designs featured my hostess apron in a Thanksgiving treasury.  Everything in this treasury is from members of the Southern Maryland team.  Erin makes the cutest pillowcase dresses and outfits for little girls.  How adorable is this Hello Kitty dress?!

Thank you, Maria and Erin!  I'm honored you featured my items in your treasuries!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and don't forget to link up tomorrow for Thankful Thursday! 

Tickle Me Tuesday

White fudge covered Oreos are my most favorite Oreos of all.  They're available for a limited time each year and I was all kinds of excited when I saw them last week.  They really do tickle my fancy!

I'm joining Sarah at Yes, Teacher for Tickle Me Tuesday

What's tickling your fancy this week?

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Good Fairy Flora

First, I have to apologize to those of you who were looking for yesterday's Thankful Thursday linky post.  After being out of town for a few days, we returned Wednesday afternoon and found we had no internet connection.  We were without it until Thursday night and I'm so sorry I wasn't able to get started this week.  I'll try again next Thursday and hope you will still join me!

After Wednesday's post of my granddaughter, there were some emails and questions about her Halloween costume.  So here are some more photos and explanations!

She was the good fairy, Flora, from Sleeping Beauty.  Flora gave the gift of beauty to the baby Princess Aurora when she was born.  My daughter Erin designed and made the costume.  I thought she had bought a pattern but she didn't.  If I had known this before Shylee was in bed that night, I would have taken pictures of the incredible details.

The hat is made of styrofoam and is not heavy at all.  The problem Shylee was having with it was that it wouldn't stay in place.  Every time she moved her head it would lean to one side or the other.  It wasn't long before Erin was carrying it!

The wings were made from a wire clothes hanger and shimmery gold stockings!  The only thing she didn't have was a wand.  But that's okay because Erin would have ended up carrying that too!

Erin dressed up too!

Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!!