Saturday, December 20, 2014

Treasury Thanks

Each week my Sunday post extends a huge THANK YOU to the curators of Etsy treasuries who have featured items from my Etsy shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, in treasuries over the past week.

In the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, a few Etsians took time to create some wonderful treasuries.

My cousin Lise (LLPyles) of DustyDiggerLise, featured my red and green chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Booked for Christmas.  Lise's shop specializes in vintage paper -- and she has hundreds of advertisements, books, and post cards -- a great place to browse.  Although I haven't done any holiday baking yet, this vintage Christmas cookie magazine photo caught my eye.

Liz of TheLittleEmptyNest featured my olive, brown and orange on cream oven mitt in her treasury, TEMPT Team - Avalance.  In keeping with Liz's white and cream theme, I chose to feature this beautiful white and cream Kumihimo bracelet from TheLittleEmptyNest.

Lisa Lavender of TheBumbleBeadCompany featured my nature pillow cover in her back-to-nature treasury, TEMPT Team Earthtones for Christmas.   This stunning rope cord necklace with multiple rings in brass or silver is one of the beautiful handmade jewelry items you will find in Lisa's shop.

And last but not least, Suzanne Perry of Glowblocks featured my hearts baby bib in her treasury, Thank You Treasury.  This snowman night light could cast a cheery glow all through the long, dark winter.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday week!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus - - - Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Treasury Thanks

Each week I devote my Sunday blog post to extend a THANK YOU to curators of Etsy treasuries who featured items from my shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, in treasuries over the past week.

The Christmas rush is here!  Many of this week's treasuries had a holiday theme.  Enjoy!

Alvecote Marina of Alvecote1 included one of my key fobs (perfect stocking stuffers BTW) in her treasury, Treat Yourself This Christmas.  This extra long yellow mohair wool scarf would be a lovely gift for a special someone this Christmas.

Paige of TheRoomKit featured my retro-inspired red linen bow clutch in her treasury, Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.  These pretty cloth cocktail napkins would be a great stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or teacher gift.

Valerie of Nandy's Nook featured my green roses baby bib in her green-themed treasury, Tempting Christmas Gifts #2.   In keeping with the green theme, I decided to feature one of Valerie's coffee mug cozies in spring green. 

Liz from TheLittleEmptyNest featured my nature pillow cover in her treasury, Earthy Gift Ideas - TEMPT Team.  This carved olive wood beaded bracelet would be a lovely earthy gift.

Sarah Leonarad of ACatLikeCuriosity featured two of my holiday oven mitts in her treasury, Green and Red, Red and Green . . ..  I love Sarah's artwork, and this angel and a star greeting card is a lovely Christmas art piece.

Margaret of SplendidLittleStars featured my red and green chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Tis the Season.  This baby tie dye lap t-shirt from SplendidLittleStars is just SO adorable!! 

Some of us will be traveling over the holidays.  Pamela of MombieDesigns created a travel-themed treasury, Travels Treasury VIII - Gift Guides- Rainbow Stew.   I love this colorful fringed area rug from Pamela's shop!

And last, but not least, Antiquity Travelers featured my winter trees baby bib in her treasury, Woodland Creatures.   These copper filigree charms are so pretty and festive!   Perfect for a fancy New Year's Eve bash.

And there you have it!  Another great week of Treasuries.  Thanks, again, to all the curators who took time during this BUSY holiday rush to help promote other Etsians. 

Only 11 days until Christmas.  YIKES!!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Law Book Tree
Schmid Law Library
UNL College of Law

Treatise Tree

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sewing in Overdrive

It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday and I am delighted to report that the long-anticipated Christmas rush is here!  (Perhaps "spurt" would be a more accurate term.)

I've been keeping the pedal to the metal, burning the midnight oil, and trying to get  a minimum of four hours of sleep per night.

Tired Sewist from Flower Box Quilts
Today after work, I'll be working on 14 oven mitts, 6 custom placemats and 2 custom burp cloths.
I love the "Ka-Ching!" every time an order hits my in box, and I say a little thank you prayer.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous holiday season!


Monday, December 8, 2014

December BBA Challenge - Special Memories of a Farm Girl Christmas

Each month a member of the Blogging Business Artisans Etsy Team poses a challenge to team members.  This month’s challenge comes from Judy of MisterPenQuin:

December is a busy holiday month, filled with lots of opportunities for decorating, celebration and remembrance. Share one or more of your holiday decorations or customs with us, especially your favorite one(s), or . . . describe a special memory associated with an ornament, a food dish, a family outing, or a family member. Maybe you'd like to describe a special gift you received and why you especially like it, or a gift you made that has special meaning for the recipient.

My response to the challenge includes some childhood memories of my Christmases on a small farm in Lake County, in southeastern South Dakota. My godfather (my dad’s cousin Stuart) played a special role by creating Christmas magic year after year.

Christmas was a very special time!

Preparations began in mid-December when we decorated a real Christmas tree.  No trendy modern aluminum trees for us!  I loved the ornaments – angels and brightly-colored balls, strands of silvery tinsel, and the old-fashioned lights with big, brightly-colored bulbs.

My Brother Jeff and I - 1958
If one bulb burned out, the whole string went dark, so we always needed to have some spare bulbs on hand.  I found this wonderful assortment of vintage Christmas bulbs at samjams3 on Etsy.
I remember coming home on cold, dark, snowy nights, and seeing the lights of the Christmas tree shining in our north window.  What a pretty sight!
And there was baking!   My mom always baked pies and cakes and cookies and homemade bread year-round.  But at Christmas time, there were sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles - stars and bells and camels -- gingerbread men, candy cane cookies, spritz cookies made with a special press, cranberry bread, chocolate fudge made with marshmallow crème, penuche, bright red anise candy, divinity, and my grandmother’s famous “rotten butter cookies.”  My cousin-in-law Deb Quist sent me the recipe:
Grandma Quist's Rotten Butter Cookies
Preheat oven to 375.    Makes 2-1/2 dozen cookies

1 pound butter
1/2 tsp. soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
4 cups flour

Beat butter, brown sugar and soda to a light creamy texture.  Add rest of ingredients.  Amount of flour may vary slightly depending on the humidity in your house, temperature of the room, etc.   Batter is very stiff and hard to mix in the last of the flour.  Roll by teaspoons full into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten each with the bottom of a glass dipped in flour to keep the glass from sticking to the cookie.  Bake at 375 for 12-13 minutes.  Cool on the cookie sheet a minute or two before transferring to brown paper.  When all are baked and cooled, place in a crock and store covered with a piece of brown paper until Christmas.  (We put an upside down paper sack over the crock and tape the bottom edge to the side of the crock.)  Put in a cool place like a baseme
And there were Christmas carols - - some that I played on our old upright piano (a converted player piano) – never quite in tune.  One of my favorites to play was Silver Bells.  I found this vintage Christmas sheet music at GrayDayPapier on Etsy.

And more Christmas carols – played on our phonograph or broadcast on the radio by our little local radio station, KJAM.  Somehow, I never quite saw the humor in Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, but it got a lot of air time.
 Christmas Eve!
The most magical night was Christmas Eve.  Our farm house was filled with grandparents, uncles, my dear Aunt Jan, my little brother and four younger cousins.   My tall Uncle Bill would lift us kids up to touch the ceiling! 
After supper, my godfather Stuart would say, “I think I heard sleigh bells!  I’ll step outside and see.”  And when he stepped outside, sure enough, we could all hear a jingling of sleigh bells.  Then he’d come back inside and say, “I told Santa if he would meet me at the barn, I would give his reindeer some hay and water.”  A few minutes later (while Stuart was tending the reindeer), SANTA would come through the kitchen door with a big “HO!HO!HO!” and a gunny sack filled with PRESENTS!! 
This photo shows Santa greeting my cousin Billy.  Also pictured are my Uncle Jim and my Mom.  I'm in the foreground.  Check out those ringlets.

Christmas 1957
Here's another photo of Santa with my tall Uncle Bill, taken in 1958.

Christmas 1958

We kids would gather around, giddy with excitement, as Santa called our names and passed out pretty packages with curly ribbon bows.  Here I am, at age 4, admiring my new doll. 

Then he’d wish us all a Merry Christmas and head out to deliver presents to all the other boys and girls.
A few minutes later, after we’d opened our presents, Stuart would come in from the barn – commenting about the reindeer – and what fun it was to talk to Santa.

We never caught on. 



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Treasury Thanks

Each week I devote my Sunday post to extend a huge THANK YOU to the curators of Etsy treasuries who have included items from my Etsy shops, Aunt Pheba's Vintage and Pasque Flower Creations, in treasuries over the past week.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Even Etsy's home page has abandoned the dark, depressing gray tones in favor of bright holiday packages.  I love that new look!   And most of this week's treasuries had a holiday theme.  Please share the holiday cheer by liking, sharing, or pinning, if you see something you love.

Rossiter Lisa of PNLJewelryDesigns featured my aqua and brown oven mitts in her treasury, Holiday Gifts.  These classy snowman earrings from Lisa's shop would be fun to wear during the holiday season -- and they are so affordable!

Valerie of Nandy's Nook featured my red and green chevron baby bib in her treasury, Tempting Christmas Picks #1.  I love Valerie's beautifully-crafted travel cup cozies and mug cozies.  (I'm giving some as stocking stuffers this year.)  I couldn't resist sharing this beautiful purple cup cozy.

Jessica and Bryan of FeathandKee featured my retro-inspired holiday oven mitt in their treasury, Pops of Red.  These fun upcycled red orange triangle earrings would add a pop of red to any casual outfit.

Modern Arras featured my aqua chevron oven mitts in a gift guide treasury, Gifts Under $20.  I LOVE this modern crazy quilt from Modern Arras! 

Marcia from ImagineThatBaby featured my colored dots drawstring backpack in her treasury, Gifts for the Children 2.  We've had several baby showers at my day job recently.  Wouldn't this baby girl diaper cake be a lovely centerpiece -- and a useful gift -- for an expectant mom.


Duni of PeriDotbyDuni featured my aqua and tan oven mitts in her gift guide, Gifts Galore!  This oh so pretty laundry bag with polka dots and roses would be a perfect gift for the college girl on your gift list.

Alvecote Marina of Alvecote1 featured my snowman on black oven mitt in her treasury, Everybody's Christmas.  I just LOVE these fingerless green mohair mittens from Alvecote1! 

Flora of Fabvintage1 featured my black eyeglasses on houndstooth eyeglass case in her treasury, Black.  This vintage compact from Zell 5th Avenue is one of the lovely vintage pieces you will find in Flora's shop.

Flora also featured my horses key fob in her treasury, Magic Christmas.  This lovely Scottish Celtic thistle brooch reminds me of my Grandma Larson (Aunt Pheba to most), who was proud of her Scotch-Irish heritage.  I love to listen to Thistle and Shamrock on NPR Radio -- perhaps because of that connection.

Lisa Lavender of TheBumbleBeadShop featured my yellow houndstooth card wallet in her treasury, TEMPT Team's Holiday Yellow Sunsets.  This classic bumble bead necklace incorporates sunny yellow in the unique and eye-catching design.

Uncovered Treasures (Buyer Only) featured my flag key fob in the treasury, Patriotic Christmas Decor and Gifts.  If you have a veteran on your gift list, this is a must visit treasury!

Flora of Fabvintage1 featured my green chevron and dots bunting in her treasury, Green Christmas.  So often green gets overshadowed by red as a Christmas color--but green is celebrated in this beautiful treasury.  Green is also celebrated in this statement bib fringe necklace from Flora's shop.

Be sure to check the Countdown to Christmas widget at the bottom of my blog.  Brace yourself!

Thanks for stopping by.