January 26, 2009

A Valentine's Day Memory

Many years ago when my husband and I were in high school and just dating he gave me a heart shaped box of chocolates.

A friend and I were sitting on my platform bed (it was the late 70's) eating some chocolate and talking. We decided to go out for a while. I returned to find the box of chocolates open and eaten and wrappers all over the place! Who would do such a thing? Well, the chocolate footprints all over the white comforter were a clue.

Peanut, my adorable dachshund, sure had himself a chocolate fest while I was out. They say that too much chocolate can kill a dog, but fortunately, he was just fine.

January 17, 2009

Something New

This year, with prompting from an Etsy Bloggers carnival theme, I decided not only to make personal New Year's resolutions, but also resolutions for my stores and blog.

For my blog I will make a new post at least once a week. If I keep up with the blog groups that I belong to on Etsy and on Artfire that shouldn't be a problem.

For my shop I am going to try to add some
new things. So far I am off to a good start. Here is my latest. I love making my bead crochet bangle bracelets, but I also love to crochet with yarn. I crocheted a couple of cuff bracelets, but I wasn't altogether happy with the way they turned out. Then I was browsing around online and noticed the felted items.I saw brooches and cell phone pouches and beads. I thought, "Why not bracelets?" So I gave them a try. After a few tries I was thrilled with the results. These bracelets are soft and very lightweight. They also work up very quickly and are something I can work on while I'm sitting in my car waiting for my kids at one of their activities. (The crochet part anyway; the felting part takes water).

I have made 2 sets They are available in my Etsy shop and also in my Artfire shop.

January 10, 2009

Winter Hater, Snowman Lover

I can state with absolute certainty that I hate winter! I don’t like the cold, brisk air, I don’t like the long hours of darkness and I don’t like the snow. I don’t like it that my hands, feet and nose are always freezing. I don’t like all the extra laundry there is from all the layers that I wear. I don’t like driving in snow and I definitely don’t like shoveling snow.

Now that I am done with that rant I would like to say that I adore snowmen. Even after I take down my Christmas decorations I leave my snowmen up until Spring. There is something about them that just makes me smile.

These are a few of the many that I have around my house.

I love this fabric and wood wall hanging that was a gift from my in-laws.

This is my absolute favorite. It is a foam napkin holder made by my son when he was in kindergarten. I use it to hold Christmas cards.

Now that I have shown you some of my personal snowmen, here are some that I found on Artfire.

January 5, 2009

Featured Etsy Blogger January 2009

This month's featured Etsyblogger is Ruthie from Rose Works Jewelry. Ruthie has been making jewelry since she was a freshman in high school. Her shop has a variety of jewelry. Her beautiful work includes beaded jewelry, beadweaving and also hemp jewelry.

Having done some beadweaving myself, I know how much time and patience must have gone into this piece. Her Purple Snake bracelet is absolutely stunning. Give her shop a peek. She has something for everyone.