Friday, April 17, 2015

Pantone Spring 2015 Colors: En Plein Air

Pantone has released its Spring 2015 fashion color report -- an eclectic mix of soft pastels, neutrals, and a couple of bolder colors.

Lindsay at Hawthorne Threads has a lovely composite with fabric half-hexies featuring the new Spring 2015 Pantone colors on her blog.

Do you have a favorite?


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Treasury Thanks

Each week I devote my Sunday blog post to extend 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, over the past week.

I saw lots of pink and aqua this week -- and a lovely eclectic mix of treasury themes. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoy some eye candy, as I give you a peek into the shops of this week's Etsy curators.

Claude Freaner of ClaudesWoodcarving featured my aqua triangles key fob in his treasury, Aqua Blue Is the Color for You - A TEMPT Team Motivation Treasury .  I love this miniature hand-carved robin  -- 2 inches (5 cm) from head to tail!  I've seen several real live robins this week - a sure sign that Spring is here to stay. 

Valerie of NandysNook featured my pastel poppies oven mitt in her treasury, Pastel Treasures.  These pastel pink flower coasters would be a Mother's Day treasure for a special mom, grandma, or auntie.

Barbara Gross of benjaminajewelry featured my pastel pink floral oven mitt in her treasury, The Pink Piglet ...  Barbara's jewelry designs are truly unique, with a distinctly modern vibe and bold colors.  I also love that she uses lightweight aluminum for her colorful earrings.  These geometric aluminum dangle earrings are a sample -- love the aqua!

Heidi Marschall of HeidemarieMDesign featured my blue and violet baking motif oven mitt in her treasury, It's a Great Monday Morning ! 4/6  I love this blue opal ring from Heidi's shop. 

Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my aqua chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Aqua Monday.  Just a few steps from aqua on the color wheel, you'll find another one of my favorite colors - teal.
I love this art photo from Susan's shop - Shuttered.

Nole of LoopyChicCrochet featured my azalea oven mitt in her treasury, TEMPT Team Love Motivation .  Any baby showers on your calendar?  If so, check out these too, too cute newborn hats from LoopyChicCrochet! 

Katerina Fox of KaterinaFoxBags also featured my azalea oven mitt in her treasury, Spring .  Such a bright and colorful treasury!  Katerina designs and crafts the Coolest. Bags. Ever.  This beautiful leather shoulder bag in trendy turquoise would be a great Mother's Day gift -- or a colorful addition to your Spring accessories collection. 

Semi Vintage from semivint featured my aqua chevron oven mitt in her SO pretty treasury of pinks and aquas, Think Pink .  This vintage turquoise bracelet is a timeless treasure that's also seasonally trendy.  (Love the photo, too!)

Jared Solko of BrandNewToMe featured my multicolored chevron oven mitt in the treasury, Spring Fling.   If you have a dog lover on your gift list, check out this leash and treat holder from Jared's shop. 

Laura P. of Calliphorabeads featured my pink floral oven mitt in her treasury, Romantic Spring.  These lovely coral earrings would look great with a summery sundress!  

Duni of PeriDotByDuni featured my gray and yellow uptown oven mitt in her treasury, April.  The grays and yellows evoke April showers and sunshine.  These pretty shabby chic tea towels from Duni's shop would be a lovely Mother's Day gift or wedding shower gift.  So pretty!!

Mike Kraus of MikeKrausArt featured my fabric-covered travel journal in his treasury, Wonderful Wednesday.  Mike's artwork has a distinctive style - bold, modern, and colorful, but with ties to Nature.  This Twilight Woods acrylic painting is one of the newer additions to Mike's shop.

Laura featured my aqua chevron baby bib in her treasury, A Nice Day ...  Even though the predominant color theme this week seems to be aqua and pink, I couldn't resist featuring these fantastic chainmaille earrings in purple.  Aren't they gorgeous!

Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my turquoise key fob in her treasury, Turquoise Spring.  You may have seen this before, but some things bear repeating, and I just LOVE this seaside abstract art photography.   You can also find Susan's incredible art photos on her website

Mike Kraus of MikeKrausArt featured my red and white chevron oven mitt in his treasury, You Can't Resist.  He's right.  I couldn't resist sharing another one of Mike's acrylic paintings from his Twilight Woods series.   This one reminds me of my son Tim (almost 39).  When he was 2 or 3, we were driving past a row of apple trees in full bloom in Pierre, South Dakota (the centrally isolated capital, deliberately mispronounced as "peer"), and he said, "Look, Mom! PINK trees!!!" 

Neta Gov of netagovdigitalart featured my red floral oven mitt in her treasury, G&R.  This printable wall art d├ęcor made me think to myself, "free as a bird." 

Susan McAnany of McAnany was on a treasury roll this week.  She featured my purple and gold tiger key fob in her treasury, Purple Blast Off.  This Timbuktoo photo made me smile.  I always thought it was an imaginary isolated and far-off-the-beaten-path place.   But I don't even see a path in this photo.

Laura P. of Calliphorabeads featured my violet and blue baking motif oven mitt in her treasury, Freshness.   This peacock blue snake bracelet is one of the stunning pieces of handcrafted jewelry you will find in Laura's shop.

And last, but certainly not least, Heidi Marschall of HeidemarieMDesign featured my crocus oven mitt in her treasury, Very Berry! For My Etsy Friends .  This turquoise stretch bracelet could easily become a favorite go-to summer accessory -- fresh as a turquoise daisy.

And there you have it!  Another great week for treasuries.  If you see an item you like, please Like, Pin or Share. 

It's been a busy and eventful week for me.  We broke ground for a $4.5 million addition to the UNL Law College that will house all the clinical law programs, including the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, where I work as a legal assistant, beginning in late Summer or early Fall of 2016 (if all goes as planned).   

And many procrastinators finally found their way to the tax office in an attempt to beat the April 15 filing deadline here in the US, so it's been a busy week at the tax office (my other day job) as well.

Extensions for time to file are available -- but there are no automatic extensions for payment of taxes due.  Four more shifts until the end of tax season!  Yay!!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Treasury Thanks

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

Spring themes continued to dominate, although there were some darker themes as well, reminding us that life is not all "bunnies and flowers" as an old friend used to say.  There are sunny days and cloudy days, full moons and eclipses, births and deaths.  But I cling to the belief (sometimes against the odds) that light can overcome darkness.

But I digress.... back to this week's wonderful treasuries.  Please visit, Like and Pin, if you can.

Jessica and Bryan of FeathandKee featured my green chevron oven mitt in their treasury, Spring Motivation.  I love the savings jars in their shop.  As I start to plan my post-tax season vacation, this Sunny Day Fund jar caught my eye.

Cassie of CassieVision featured my pink and black striped key fob in her treasury, Bunny Surprise!  I had a fun bunny surprise on Friday, when my boss's little girls, ages 5 and 3, brought me a stickered bag with rice krispie treat "eggs"--with lots of sprinkles and a surprise in the middle!   For older girls, these purple glass hair accessories would be a lovely little Easter surprise.

Valerie of NandysNook featured my floral baby girl bib in her treasury, Welcome Spring - A Motivation TEMPTation Treasury.  This baby blue Spring coffee cup cozy is one of the many hand-crocheted gift ideas you will find in Valerie's shop.

Susan McAnay of McAnany featured my black and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Black and Red.  I love this wall art in black, white and red -- one of many stunning photos you will find in Susan's shop.

Kellee and Dorian Thomas of MoretheBuckles featured my red, white and blue chevron oven mitt in their treasury, Tempt Team Motivation Temptation.  This vintage cement truck toy could bring a smile to the face of a boy of any age.  Boys and their toys!

MADellingerCarving featured my nature-inspired pillow cover in his treasury, Monday's Motivations.  This desperado cowboy is one of the incredible carved characters, each with its own personality, that you will find in his shop.

Kathy and Wayne of Rocks2Gems2Wire featured my tangerine jungle animals baby bib in their treasury, Monday Morning Sunrise- Tangerine and Dusk Blue.  This orange and blue jasper heart bracelet is another beautiful example of that gorgeous color scheme.

Judith Petersen of HighestTideJewelry featured my tractors baby bib in her treasury, Warming Up for Summer!  This gemstone aqua necklace is one of my many favorites from Judith's shop.

Kelsey Wiley of WileyatHeart featured my daisies on blue oven mitt in her pretty blue treasury, Shades of Blue,  These baby blue earrings would feel right at home in that treasury.

Debbie at LightheartedDreamer featured my lavender floral oven mitt in her treasury, Pastel Spring.  This pretty watercolor flower art from Debbie's shop would brighten any room.  LOVE the lovely mix of purples and blues.

Elena Kuzina of EleNesSilk featured my poppies on blue oven mitt in her treasury, Blue Sunshine
Elena's shop is loaded with BEAUTIFUL silk and rayon scarves.  One of my favorites is this striking silk scarf in blue and terracotta

Elena also featured my colorful abstract pillow cover in her treasury, Today's Delight.  Tulips are one of my delights in Spring, so I chose to feature this gorgeous red tulips on gray hand painted silk scarf from EleNesSilk. 

Sarah Beth of Magnolia Surprise featured my yellow chevron baby bib in her treasury, Fire in the Sky.  It was the week of the blood moon and a lunar eclipse.  As the kids count down the weeks until the end of school, it is time to start thinking of teacher gifts.  These cute crochet apples from Sarah's shop would be the perfect gift for a special teacher or mentor.  I love that Sarah includes Granny Smith green and Golden Delicious yellow in her apple assortment.

Judy Nolan of MisterPenQuin featured my azalea oven mitt in her bright and cheery treasury, Color Me Happy!  This bright orange mini chevron blank book would be perfect for capturing happy thoughts. 

Susan McAnany of McAnany featured my black and white chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Black and White.  Susan's art photos are many, varied in gorgeous. Here is a striking black and white photo of a spiral staircase. 

Sharmila of KraftynKatchy featured my pink floral baby bib in her treasury, Pretty Pastels!  April showers bring those pretty May flowers -- and this lovely mobile with gray and purple clouds could bring a smile even on a cloudy day. 

Julia of Fibernique created a treasury using somber black and brown tones.  She included my chefs oven mitt in her treasury, SSaturday Sundries.  This cobweb felt scarf in purple and green is truly a statement accessory!  LOVE those vibrant colors in felted wool!

Valerie of NandysNook featured a treasury for the birds (but in a very GOOD way).  Each of the pretty Spring finds in her treasury, Welcome April, includes a bird or feather.  I was honored to have my colorful birds oven mitt included in this wonderfully-curated treasury!  Valerie's shop is chock full of hand crocheted gift ideas.  These colorful mason jar koozies would be great for sipping iced tea or lemonade on a warm summer afternoon. 

And there you have it!  Another great week for treasuries.

Happy Easter and Blessed Passover to those who celebrate these holy days!

It's a beautiful Spring day in the Midwest, and hubby is happy because Wisconsin is in the final round of the NCAA basketball championship. (He received his Masters in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin MANY years ago.)  Wisconsin upset Kentucky.  They haven't made it to the final round since 1941 -- before he was born!

This weekend has been something of an emotional roller coaster.  I mailed three sympathy cards yesterday.  So many losses in the past few days -- Jerry's dear, sweet Aunt Helen (89), his brother-in-law, Jim (his sister was killed in a car crash a few years ago), and the mom of one of our former students at the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic died unexpectedly and far too young after oral surgery.  But we enjoyed supper with the two oldest grandkids Saturday evening.  This morning we attended an early Easter service at our friends' church. (Our home church, St. David's Episcopal, only has one service at 10:30 -- too late for me to make it to work on time.)

Speaking of work -- I must sign off and head to the tax office. (Yes, we're open on Easter.  Bah! Humbug!  And I actually have two appointments, to my great surprise.) 

Only 10 more days of tax season after today... and counting!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Pasqueflowers -East Campus 2015
Pasqueflowers - East Campus 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fair Linens

It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday, and today I'm featuring two of my newest listings from my vintage shop, Aunt Pheba's Vintage.

Whether you're looking for cottage chic accents, "something old" for a wedding, or a treasure trove of vintage handmade lace, these lace-trimmed beauties could fit the bill.  Unlike many vintage linens, these two doilies are in very good condition -- probably stored away and brought out only for special occasions.

Close Up of Handmade Lace Edging

Thanks for stopping by!  
16 days until the end of tax season and counting ...!