Mar 27, 2011

UWIB Spring Blog Hop

The UWIB ETSY Team is hosting their monthly blog hop today!  And our theme is spring!  The calendar says it is spring; but in the midwest we are wondering if spring will ever come.  We still have snow on the ground and below normal temps.  And a week ago we had rain, sleet, and snow all in the span of less than 24 hours!!

But enough about the weather.  Let's turn our attention towards spring!  To me spring means warmth, sunny skies, green grass, and budding leaves!

So for my blog hop I decided to feature items that remind me of the sun - the color yellow, the sky - the color blue, and green - the color of grass and leaves!

This set of hand-chenilled potholders incorporates all three colors - yellow, blue, and green!

I also have a coordinating Microwave Bowl Potholder that highlights the blues and the yellows of a bright sunny sky along with a touch of green here and there!

Now what about those budding leaves and green grass that bring with it the fresh scent of spring, especially after a refreshing rain?  Here's another Microwave Bowl Potholder for you!

In the spring time, as the leaves are budding, I enjoy watching the sky through the limbs of the trees.  This zippered pouch has bits of the sky in its blue polka dots, the bark of the trees in its browns, and the green of the budding leaves!  How perfect for spring!!

We have a good turn out for our blog hop today - please visit the blogs of our participating members and see what else UWIB has for you to enjoy for spring!
Rita Wetzel          

Jenn Nolda          

Ann Rinkenberger

Robin Koehler     

Linda Reynolds   

Audrey Fetterhoff 

Birgitte Hendricks

Wendy Kelly          

Janet Bocciardi     

Linda Stranger      

Karen Terry/McDuffie

Judy Woodley         

Trudy Miller            

Cory  Trusty             

Nancy Pace             

Lois Stifel                

Jenn Brockman     

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance
-A low-key day
-Chirping birds
-Hints of green grass
-Melting snow
- Chocolate chip cookies

Mar 24, 2011


I am a fan of everything that Birgitte of SewDanish makes!   Birgitte is a Danish Textile/Fiber Artistwho lives in England.

Mar 23, 2011

In The Kitchen...

I've been working on Hand-Chenilled Potholders and Microwave Bowl Potholders the last few days.  Even authored an eTutorial for the Microwave Bowl Potholders - that's a first for me!  So with all of this kitchen related creativity I decided to round up a few other creative items for the kitchen!  Many of these items would make for fantastic Mother's Day Gifts!!

Click here for more treasury details!  You will find bowls and glasses and napkins and serving trays and towels and dishcloths and much more!

Have a great meal!!


Today's Abundance
-The hope of spring.... (although it is fading fast with this latest round of sleet and snow)
-My first eTutorial
-A full day of creativity
-Old movies
-Flower garden catalogs

Mar 20, 2011

Paperwings Spring Blog Hop

Today is the first day of spring and we are celebrating with gusto over at PaperWings, an online resource for demonstrators for The Angel Company, with a Blog Hop.  The theme:  Spring (of course)!  You will find lots of spring themed cards from the blog participants - you'll find the links at the end of the post.

The stamp set I used is Frogs and Kisses along with Mia's Cottage paper collection.  I just love these frogs and balloons - they are so cheerful, uplifting, and so spring!!  The images are colored with my trusty Copics.  Then I used a glitter pen for highlights on the balloon and frog.  The edges of the image have been distressed with Chartreuse Pallet ink.  What a great birthday card this will make for someone  special.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to drop by these blogs to see more Spring Inspirations!

Rita W -
Shirley -
Laura -
Seleise -
Angela -
Kim -
Laurie -
Carol -
Teresa -


Today's Abundance
-Serendipity - a chance siting and ensuing chat with a friend at the car dealer/service center - a place where neither of us frequent very often
-The melting snow, puddles, fog, soggy lawns
-Fabric, paper, and ink
-Coffee and French Toast
- Progress, albeit tiny, in decluttering the sewing room

Mar 16, 2011

A Loyal Dog

Over the past few days we have seen heartbreaking scenes from the devastated areas of Japan as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.  It is beyond imagination that such destruction could occur in such a short amount of time - it is unbelievable, surreal, and totally mind-boggling.  Our hearts go out to all of those affected.

Today, I saw this video - it is a story of a dog sticking by the side of another.  It is so touching and may bring a tear or two to the eyes.  Many of my fellow Etsians have items that, when sold, the proceeds will be donated to the relief efforts in Japan.  For those of you who are dog lovers, here are some of the items that are available:

CrazyforCollars is donating the proceeds of her Dog and Cat Tags to Animal Refuge Kansai.

Garden of Wings has designated these Doggie Bandanas as her contributions to Animal Relief in Japan.

And ialbert has designated this beautiful Dachshund as part of the fundraising efforts.

You can find many more items on ETSY that have been designated as fundraising for relief efforts in Japan.  Please keep the Japanese people along with their four-legged friends in your thoughts and prayers.


Today's Abundance
-More puddles from our warmer temperatures
-Nicholas Sparks Audio Books
-Sock Monkeys and Sock Monkey Quilts
-Our four-legged friends
-Life itself

Mar 12, 2011

Create Your Own Road

I've taken a few days off from blogging.  Now I'm back.  Beware - I'm a bit philosophical today though!

The phrase - creating your own road - caught my eye in something that I've read the past few days.  It is such a great metaphor for our lives - we need to be the best we can be, we need to be ourselves, we need to follow our roads and our paths; not those of others.   This great adventure called life has so much to offer us!  To get the most out of it, find your road, start/continue the journey, and have lots of fun on the way to being YOU!!

And to visualize this metaphor, I've curated this treasury of roads, paths, maps, bridges, etc!!

Have a grand time creating your own road - happy travels!!


Today's Abundance
-Homemade Chili (for another chilly day in the midwest)
-A new zippered pouch with raw edge flower embellishment
-A napping puppy - with all four legs sticking up in the air - how funny
-My very own bumpy road with all kinds of twists and curves and steep downhills and uphills

Mar 2, 2011

Plum Pickins

Today is the day to learn about Plums!  First we start with the definitions and then we go to the pictures!!

Plum (definition per Bing Dictionary)

1. dark red fruit: a round or oval smooth-skinned fruit, usually red or purple, containing a flattened pit
2. fruit tree: a tree that bears plums. Genus Prunus.
3. dark reddish purple color: a dark reddish purple color
4. something choice: something that is highly desirable or enviable, especially a job or contract ( informal

1. desirable: highly desirable or profitable ( informal ) "a plum job"
2. dark reddish purple: of a dark reddish purple color

Plum Pickins according to the Etsy Bloggers ETSY Team!

Hope you enjoyed this short English lesson!


Today's Abundance
-The little bit of sanity that I have left - it is once again in the single digits today, snow is in the forecast for tomorrow too
-A good day at the sewing machine
-No bills in the mail today
-House plants - the kind I can keep alive that is


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