Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
I have not taken many vacations, but as some of you know, visiting Scandinavia is on my Bucket List. Two of my great-grandfathers came to American from Denmark. My paternal great-grandpa Larsen came from the island of Mon and my maternal great-grandpa Quist came from Copenhagen. And thanks to my cousin Lise, we’ve been able to maintain contact with my paternal Danish relatives across the pond. So in responding to this month's BBA Challenge, I chose to take a fantasy vacation to Denmark.
To see how other BBA team members have responded to the challenge, check out the Blogging Business Artisans team blog.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Siambyrim featured my poppies on teal oven mitts in her treasury, Items I Love 6. Siambyrim makes amazing accessories, like this simply gorgeous fascinator hair comb.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I know that Edi can do AMAZING things with a laser -- like beautiful etchings on glassware, and intricate designs on wooden jewelry. These feather earrings were a gift for my daughter. She loved them!
And these engraved wooden buttons are just another example of laser-crafted wonderfulness from Edi's shop:
I used the buttons as an accent for a Fall table runner, made using Heartstrings fabric by Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals for Red Rooster Designs (the tan print that resembles marble), and Hallowgraphix fabric by Jason Yenter for In The Beginning Fabrics(the leaves on a black background). I actually made three of these runners for upcoming Fall craft fairs--only two have the cool leaf buttons.
The table runner is reversible. It is approximately 42 inches long and 14.5 inches wide.
Although this appears to be an understated neutrals on black accent item, if you look closer, there's a touch of whimsy:
See those beady little eyes peeking through the leaves?
Thanks to Edi for the opportunity to play with her wonderful laser leaf buttons!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
It's Shameless Commerce Tuesday, but instead of promoting an item from one of my Etsy shops, today I'm promoting a FREE webinar sponsored by Meylah: How to Have An Organized Holiday Season.
The webinar will be broadcast tomorrow, July 24, 2013, at 6:00 pm PDT (that's 8:00 pm CDT) via Meeting Burner. Sarah Ward, Product Stylist at Zulily and Stylist Assistant at Amazon, and Nakeesa Frazier, owner of Fusion Art Management, are the presenters. The program is specifically geared to online sellers.
Having just survived Christmas in July on Etsy, I know that I will need some help in getting organized for the REAL holiday season to come! And Christmas will be here before we know it. Just check the Christmas Countdown widget at the bottom of my blog for a daily reminder!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Bonnie Sernesky of BonniesSewCrazy featured my brown textured pillow cover in her preview to Fall treasury, Earth Tones. Bonnie is a fellow sewist with a shop full of fun and functional fabric items. This canvas tote bag with tropical flowers would be great for a trip to the farmer's market or the beach -- and it can help you transition from Summer into Fall in style.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
It's Slim-Down Saturday. Time to report my progress on the NSP Slim-Down Challenge. I've lost another 2.4 pounds since last Saturday for a total loss to date of 7.2 pounds. At least I'm trending in the right direction.
The low point this week: I missed two daily walks.
The high point this week: I watched an inspiring 2010 documentary film, recommended my my cousin and coach, Jeannie, called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
The film chronicles the true story of a 100-pound overweight Australian man, Joe Cross, who followed an all-juice diet as he traveled across the United States for 60 days. Joe was under the medical supervision of Joel Fuhrman, M.D., of the Nutrition Research Foundation. Joe eventually resumed eating some "real" foods. mostly vegetables. He lost all of his extra 100 pounds and was able to go off all his prescription medications.
After his trek across America, Joe received a plea for help from Phil, a truck driver from Sheldon, IA whom he'd met while in the US. Joe returns to coach Phil through the first days of his juice fast. The portion of the film about Phil the trucker was filmed in and around Sioux Falls, South Dakota, my home stomping grounds.
So, inspired by that film, last night I went scouting online for juicers. I haven't bought one yet, but it is on my wish list.
Phil measured his weight loss in "bowling balls" (which weigh approximately 15 pounds each). On Phil's scale, I've lost almost half a bowling ball. It's a start. And I'm trending in the right direction.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
How they stumbled upon my mitts, why they picked this particular design, and what the commercial is promoting, I do not know. But it was a RUSH project!
That's all the excitement for now.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
This week, I want to extend a big THANK YOU to the Etsians who featured items from my shops, Pasque Flower Creations and Aunt Pheba's Vintage.
Margaret of Splendid Little Stars featured my BBQ oven mitt in her treasury, Let's Go on a Picnic! This red, white and blue hand-dyed scrunchie from Margaret's shop would keep hair under control on a hot summer day.
As of Day 5, I have lost 4.8 pounds!