Sunday, July 5, 2015

Treasury Thanks

The 4th of July weekend is drawing to a close, and it is time once again, for me to extend a


to the curators of Etsy treasuries who featured items from my shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, over the past week.

There were several red white and blue-themed treasuries this week.  But with Independence Day now in the rear view mirror, it's time to look ahead to Back to School and "the holidays"-- that blur that spans Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years -- the wild run-up to tax season.

Liz of The Little Empty Nest included my patriotic baby bib in her treasury, Stars and Stripes .  Liz's shop is a combination of beautiful beaded jewelry and the cutest 1/12 miniature dollhouse bedding and accessories.  Here's one of the pretty beaded items from The Little Empty Nest -- a blue and white crystal quartz 18" necklace .

Christine Tarski of WhispersintheGlen included my elephants baby bib in her treasury, Tempt Me at the Zoo .  This outlander Claire Scottish spring scarf is one of the beautifully handcrafted accessories you'll find in Christine's shop.  Hmmm - Husker colors.

StephGWatson (another Etsian with South Dakota roots) included my patriotic key fob in her treasury, The Celebrity Stars of Tempt Team Shops .  Stephanie's Pure Rest Etsy shop offers a wide assortment of soothing eye pillows and neck wraps made of organic cotton.  Here is a pretty organic eye pillow.

Georgia of gmaloudesigns included my neutrals oven mitt in her treasury, LoveLoveLove (actually three hearts, but I wasn't clever enough to find that symbol).  My longtime readers know I love purple -- including shades of lavender -- so it will be no surprise that I chose to feature this beautiful lavender leather purse from Georgia's shop.

Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my red linen bow clutch in her treasury, Red Hot Summer /  I love spending time outdoors on summer days.  This Anticipation dining wall art is a colorful depiction of the anticipation of eating "out."

JoannasScentedSoaps was looking ahead to Fall in her treasury, Amber, Yellow, or Orange?  I was honored to have my autumn leaves oven mitts included in this pretty treasury.  I love this artfully designed soap from Joanna's shop.

CatLady30 (a fellow Nebraskan) included my navy chevron oven mitt in her treasury, American Blue /  This patriotic pillars print reminds me of many small towns in the Midwest.

Georgia of gmaloudesigns is back -- this time with a LoveLoveLove treasury that included my navy and white chevron oven mitt.  You could rock the farmer's market with this wonderful leather and canvas shopper bag from Georgia's shop.

Darla of UniqueSilverBox included my poppies on teal oven mitts in her treasury simply titled, New Treasury .  This beautiful turquoise filigree ring is one of the beautiful jewelry items you will find in Darla's shop.

Crystal Cuff of Sensational Yarn included my patriotic bunting in her Star Spangled Banner treasury.  Crystal makes wonderful crochet blankets.

Margaret of SplendidLittleStars included my tumbled roses oven mitt in her treasury, Summertime!  This tie dye shirt is perfect for summer outings.

Vickie Wade of VickieWadeFineArt may have curated my favorite 4th of July treasury, PATRIOT ACT /  She included my red white and blue chevron oven mitt in this wonderful treasury.  This print, sunflower walk with grandpa, reminded me of my kind and gentle Grandpa Larson who died when I was 7 years old.

M.A. Dellinger of MADellingerWoodCarving also included my red white and blue chevron oven mitt in his treasury, It's a Block Party!   I love this lumberjack wood carving from Mark's shop.  I can almost hear the strains of Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man as I look at his carved characters.

Pat Tinnin of QuailHollowCreations included my aqua chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Summer Fun .  I love this spring wreath from Pat's shop.

Nancy C. Eckert of mysticneedle included my brown and white chevron oven mitt in her brown and aqua treasury, Summer Surprises .  This adorable owl change purse would delight some young girl.

Vickie Wade of VickieWadeFineArt included my orange and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, ORANGE YOU THE ONE . I love Vickie's whimsical chefs series, and this Picnic Chefs print seemed seasonally appropriate.

Ewa Kozlowska of ewairena included my pencil-shaped pencil pouches in her treasury, My Finds!  What little girl wouldn't LOVE these cute handwarmers from Ewa's shop!

Rose of CCBR2014 included my turquoise key fob in her treasury, Turquoise Love .  This crochet ruffle scarf in turquoise is one of the pretty scarves you'll find in Rose's shop.  Love her mannequin!

Cassie of CassieVision included my blue prairie pioneer sunbonnet in her treasury, Imagine You Can Fly .  This beautiful sea angel necklace is one of hundreds of items you will find in Cassie's shop.

Nancy from SugarFunOrnaments included my colorful hearts baby bib in her thank you treasury, A Downpour of Gratitude - Enjoy the Love .  I love this white dove ornament!  I could use a little PEACE and quiet after three very noisy sleepless nights with a terrified cat due to illegally detonated fireworks blasting throughout the neighborhood.  The ordinances will never be enforced due the political clout of the fireworks vendors.

Pat Peters picked a peck of pickled peppers and curated a lively red, green and yellow treasury, Five Little Peppers . . . Gratitude Treasury , which included my yellow linen bow clutch.  Pat's shop,, WhiskeysWhims, is a wonderful little vintage shop.  I love this vintage wood plane ornament.   

Pauline Clarke of polsknitsnstuff included my lions baby bib in her treasury, On a Warm Summer's Evening .  Pauline's Sammy the toy monkey is just TOO CUTE!  Don't you just want to hug him!

Francie of FrancieFare included my red chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Celebrate Good Times, Come On!  This potted geraniums watercolor reminds me of my Grandma Larson (the original Aunt Pheba) who always had pots of red geraniums on the windowsill above her kitchen sink.  I keep a red geranium on my front doorstep during the summer.

Crystal Cuff of Sensational Yarn included my Christmas bunting in her treasury, Christmas in July .  In addition to beautifully-crafted handmade crochet items, Crystal has some vintage jewelry in her shop -- like these vintage silver tone earrings.

Carrie from madcapz included my aqua chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Blue Dreamers - Christmas in July - CIJ . This pink sparkly baseball cap reminded me of my Blogging Business Artisans teammate, Edi.

Crystal Cuff of Sensational Yarn included my leopard print foldover clutch in her treasury, Under the Lights and Into the Big City A #Treasury .  Crystal has recently added the most ADORABLE handmade baby socks to her shop!

Darla of UniqueSilverBox included my polka dot foldover clutch in her treasury, TEMPT Team Treasury Blast Off .  Love bling?  Check out this 10k gold diamond ring.

Nancy of SugarFunOrnaments included my peach prairie pioneer sunbonnet in her treasury, Eat a Peach!  With all the Christmas in July promos popping up, I decided to include this wonderful snowflake ornament as my feature from Nancy's shop.

I'm also having a Christmas in July promo in my shops through July 31, 2015. Use Coupon Code CIJ2015 to save 20% off any order.  It's a great time to start stocking up on stocking stuffers.

Stephanie Watson of ARTEQUALSJOY included my green chevron oven mitt in her treasury, The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home .  That is SO true!  We always seem to congregate in the kitchen.  Here is a kitchen-friendly still life from Stephanie's shop, Peppers with White Bowl .

Delores of My Eclectic Treasure included my green and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Eclectic Temptations .  This handmade changing pad cover would be a useful baby shower gift.

Crystal Cuff of Sensational Yarn included my owls baby bib in her treasury, Mommy and Me A #Treasury  This crochet baby blanket with pastel stripes is one of the wonderful handmade gifts you can find in Crystal's shop.

Libby Loftin of TheFreckledHeart included my patriotic bunting in her treasury, Fun on the Fourth .
This peace diffuser charm necklace encourages us to peacefully coexist.

CatLady30 included my buffalo plaid foldover clutch in her treasury, Denim Color Eclectic .  I love this watercolor Greek Market from CatLady's shop.

CatLady30 also included my prairie pioneer sunbonnet in her treasury, Brick-white .  This watercolor print of a tuxedo cat reminds me of our cat, Tux.  CatLady30 offers custom memorial pet paintings as one of her shop items.

Vickie Wade of VickieWadeFineArt included my red and white chevron oven mitt in her beautifully curated red and white treasury, A Dash of That .  This At the Beach art print reminds us to enjoy the last few precious hours of the weekend.

And last, but not least, Mike Kraus of MikeKrausArt included my red white and blue chevron oven mitt in his treasury, SUPER SUNDAY!  Mike has added several new items to his shop -- a creative surge after his vacation?  One of my favorite new pieces is this artist's trading card, Rue Augusta in Lisbon, Portugal .

Enjoy what's left of your 4th of July weekend!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 2015 BBA Challenge - Midsummer Night's Eve

Each month the Blogging Business Artisans Team poses a challenge to its members.  Team members must complete a minimum of four monthly challenges per year.

This month’s challenge came from Team Captain Natashalh of StalkingTheWildSnark:

Midsummer Night’s Eve

June 21 is the longest day of the year! It has been celebrated in various ways for thousands of years, and many countries still have legal holidays around the time of the summer solstice. The challenge is to create something that celebrates the start of summer or to show what you like to do with those extra hours of daylight on long June evenings.

My response to the challenge is a colorful padded sunglasses case.  On warm, sunny days, my Inner Child desperately wants to go outside and play or head to the beach!  But the my Inner Adult tells me that with all that extra daylight, we need to protect our eyes from the brightness of the sun as we head out to beaches, picnics, or tourist destinations.  Even if we're just running errands about town, it's a Summer thing to sport your sunnies!   And why not add some bright colors in the process? 

The outer fabric is high quality 100% cotton from the Sanibel line designed by Gina Martin for Moda Fabrics.  I used  a mottled tone on tone bright pink 100% cotton fabric for the lining of the multi-colored eyeglasses pouch.  An inner layer of fusible fleece offers padded protection for your sunnies. 

The eyeglass holder measures approximately 3.5 inches (9 cm) in width and 7.25 inches (18 cm) in height.  A little loop adds a decorative touch, but it can also be used to add a key ring or lobster clasp. The top is secured with a bright pink capped metal snap -- so your sunglasses won't slip out of their case and end up in the bottom of your beach bag! 

Look for these and other fun eyeglass cases to appear in my shop, Pasque Flower Creations, over the next few weeks in the Key Fobs andEyeglass Cases Section.  I'll offer a choice of lining fabric colors.

Now that Midsummer has passed, the days are getting shorter, so get out and enjoy this sunshine while you can!


Treasury Thanks

Each Sunday, I say THANK YOU to curators of Etsy treasuries who have featured items from my shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage, in treasuries over the past week.  I am grateful that Etsy is a collaborative community of creative people.

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Holly Bean of HollyoftheEarth included my yellow chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Whimsical Fun .  These maize goddess earrings celebrate corn  (Native Americans call it maize)-- a plant near and dear to most Nebraskans' hearts.

Vickie Wade of VickieWadeFineArt featured my red and black BBQ oven mitt in her treasury, Fun With Red and Black.  Always a striking color combo, red and black are also Husker colors.  This birthday boy art print reminds me of our grandsons.

Natalie of expressyourself featured my yellow and gray uptown oven mitt in her treasury, Sunny Sunday.  We are actually having a sunny Sunday today, so I'm hoping to visit the Farmer's Market after church.   I love these turquoise drop earrings from Natalie's shop.  Simply lovely.

Nancy C. Eckert of mysticneedle featured my brown and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Rustic .  The beautiful browns remind us that the days are getting shorter, and Fall is on the way.  Gather ye rosebuds while ye may --- go outside and play!!  But don't forget your sunscreen, ID, some ice cream money ---- this cute owl change purse would be handy to take along.

Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my red and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Red Finds .  I love this vintage truck photo, Out to Pasture.  It reminds me of one my brother and I used to play in when we were kids. We'd take turns "driving" to Disneyland in our imaginary adventures.  I never have been to Disneyland, but it is on my Bucket List.

Pat Peters of WhiskeysWhims included my elephant baby bib in the treasury IN DAYS OF YORE...Gratitude Treasury.    There's a big sale in Pat's shop. This Thomas Kincaid collector's plate is only $0.25.


Kim Cole of BeachDaisyJewelry included my poppies on teal oven mitts in her turquoise and orange-themed treasury, Summer Heat .  If you like to beat the summer heat by heading to the beach, this shell necklace would be a fun accessory.

Joanna's Scented Soaps included my green and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, La Vie en Vert - 1.  This artfully designed scented soap would be a lovely gift -- or a pretty little touch in a guest bathroom.

M.A. Dellinger of MADellingerGarving included my patriotic bunting in his treasury, Patriotic Colors .  I love his old hippie wood carving!   As a Baby Boomer, I know several old hippies.

Susan McAnany of McAnany included my red and pink hearts bib in her treasury, Follow Your Heart .   Some of us old hippies remember the strong bass lines in some of our classic rock favorites, so I couldn't resist adding this bass guitar photograph  to my features list today.

Kim Roluti of KimRolutiArt included my colorful birds oven mitt in her treasury, Birds of a Feather .  This wonderful painting, Songs on the Wind, is from Kim's Whimsical Women II series.  Love them all!

This one reminds me of my friend Rita, in younger, happier days.  Rita recently lost a valiant fight against breast cancer.   Rest in peace, lovely Rita.

Marcia of ImagineThatBaby included my poppies on teal oven mitts in her treasury, Personal Favorites .  One of my personal favorites from Marcia's shop is this cute beach baby diaper cake.
If you're ever invited to a baby shower, I'd encourage you to browse in Marcia's shop -- cuteness overload!

Crystal Cuff of Sensational Yarn included my red and black BBQ oven mitt in her treasury, What's Black and White and Red All Over .  These handmade dishcloths are so much nicer than the flimsy store-bought variety!!  They are hand knit with cotton yarn - durable and absorbent.  Pretty, too!

el boem of zuzuJewelry (Greece) included my yellow chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Weekend Finds .  I love this vintage stone bracelet!   The stones include citrine, garnet, amethyst, peridot and smoky quartz.

Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my utensils on bright blue oven mitt in her treasury, Ocean Blue .  I love everything in Susan's shop, but I am especially drawn to her abstract photo seascapes.  This one is called Gulf Waters .

Crystal Cuff of Sensational Yarn included my patriotic bunting in her thank you treasury.  These colorful baby socks are SO CUTE!!!

Darla of UniqueSilverBox included my dark blue prairie pioneer sunbonnet in her treasury, Saturday Favorites .  This London blue topaz art deco ring is one of the unique jewelry items you will find in Darla's shop -- at very affordable prices.

And last, but not least, Vickie Wade of VickieWadeFineArt featured my BBQ oven mitts in another red and black-themed treasury, Unique Finds .  As we celebrate Summer while we may -- here's a wonderful beach boy and girl art print.

Get out in the sun and have some fun!