Sunday, March 30, 2014

Treasury Thanks

Each week I like to extend a big


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

Although it is officially Spring according to the calendar (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), many of us are still experiencing cold, gray days.   One treasury this week embraced that grayness to create a beautiful treasury in gray tones, but most of the treasuries used bright colors and Spring themes as a temporary escape from the cold and drab.

Valentina Zhurbich of ItsyBitsyBabyToes (you guessed it -- she makes ADORABLE handmade baby booties) featured my Spit Happens baby bib in her treasury, April Baby Showers - Boy.  I just had to share these precious baby girl ballet booties with all of you.

Nantia of prettyobject embraced the grayness of a cold, cloudy morning in her treasury, Good Morning!! She featured my gray and white chevron oven mitt -- one of my best sellers.  Who knew?!  I love this little crochet coin purse in gray and pink:

Edi Royer of memoriesforlifesb featured my green chevron oven mitt in her treasury, Spring Greens.  Edi has added many new engraved wooden wedding invitations to her shop.  Here's a sample of some of her laser artistry:

Sylvia Swasey from SSDestash featured my orange chevron oven mitt in her bright and cheery treasury, Seeing Orange.  My beading buddies will want to check out Sylvia's shop.  She has a wonderful assortment of beads, like this Happy Orange variety pack of 40 beads.

Lana Moes of LanasArt featured my yellow linen retro-inspired bow clutch in her pretty treasury, Spring Time.  Lana is such a talented artist!  You can see that for yourself in this beautiful watercolor fashion illustration.  This one reminds me of a 60s-era flower child, and the lyrics to an old song performed by the Cowsills, "flowers in her hair -- flowers everywhere."

Deniz Deniz of natureandpaper featured my poppies on teal oven mitts (in short supply as this fabric is out of print), in her treasury, Spring, Love, and Poppies.  This pine wood handmade journal is a sample of some of the wonderfully handcrafted pieces you'll find at natureandpaper.

And last, but by no means least, is a beautiful treasury by Kim Huff of hhprint, in one of my favorite new color combinations, Mint and Coral.  Kim makes incredible personalized iPhone cases, like this lovely case in coral.

As some of you know, I REALLY want to purchase an iPhone before the fall craft fair season begins, so I can take credit card payments with The Square.  And if when I do, I just may have to visit Kim's shop to find the perfect cover. I'm afraid the budget can't stretch to buy one before my first Spring craft show on April 26.  (Yikes!! That's only 4 weeks away!)   In the meantime, I still have 16 more days (not counting today) until the end of tax season....and counting!

Today promises to be a truly gorgeous Spring day!!  My brother from SD drove down this weekend to watch college baseball, and he treated us to dinner out on Saturday before he headed to Omaha to watch more college baseball today.  It SNOWED on Friday night, but the game went on --- and my brother NEVER leaves a game until it is over, even when he's freezing his skinny butt off!

That's probably because one of our most vivid memories as kids was seeing Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 9th inning at a stadium which has since been demolished to build the Mall of America.

Our dad (who died of a sudden heart attack on March 28, 1968 at the age of 43, when we were 13 and 14 years old) was a huge baseball fan.  We could actually earn a "bye" from doing evening livestock chores if we would keep a scorebook of the radio broadcast of a Twins game so Dad could see a play-by-play recap.  He also helped start the first Girls 4-H Softball league in our county.  I played for the Farmington Farmerettes back in the day.

My brother, Jeff Larson, is just as passionate about baseball.  He ALWAYS keeps score when he attends baseball games, and he has kept every score book since he was 9 years old (that's 50 years' worth!). He has visited every major league baseball park in the US, and almost all minor league parks, and he regularly attends the College World Series.  He and his college roommate take an annual week-long baseball pilgrimage, also visiting Civil War Battlefields and now National Parks along the way.  

It's a much-needed reprieve from the stress of being a criminal defense attorney. He has six pending homicide cases, including a death penalty case.  His super-talented paralegal, Kara Duncan, was my star student when I taught Criminal Justice and Legal Studies night classes at Kilian Community College in Sioux Falls in the 1990s.   I gave her a glowing recommendation when she applied to work at the Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office, and she and Jeff have been working together ever since.

Temps are already above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and I should be able to leave the tax office by 3:30 pm today, so I'm hoping to take a walk in the sunshine!!  I hope you also have a chance to enjoy some time outdoors in the lovely Spring weather.



  1. Wow, this is a sweet surprise and much appreciated comment! You are absolutely right on my inspiration behind this retro inspiring watercolors! Thank you so much for your feature! xx, Lana

  2. Yes, Spring ball is here. I have a college softball player (Just home from Arizona Spring training) and a little league baseball player, age 11--a pitcher, among my grands!
    Enjoyed reading about your brother and your family love of baseball!

    1. Thanks, Linda! Sounds like softball and baseball are family traditions for you, too!

  3. Congratulations on all the treasuries. I hope you were able to take you walk this weekend. We finally got out there and it was so nice that after our first walk, we decided to take a second walk on the beach.

    1. So glad you could joy some time outdoors together! I ended up working later than planned at the tax office, so my only walk today was around the aisles of the grocery store:-(. Ah, well! Maybe tomorrow after work.

  4. I loved reading about your family and baseball. Not many people know this, but back in highschool baseball was my favourite team sport and I was actually good at it :)
    The items you featured are so pretty - those baby shoes are adorable!
    Have a terrific week, LeAnn :)

    1. Something else we have in common! Baseball will always be my favorite sport.

  5. Beautiful Spring treasuries! Thanks for featuring my invitation :)
    What fun to hear about your family baseball stories!
    Woohoo for April and the end of tax season near!!!