Sep 23, 2011

It's Fall

Welcome to fall! This is the season of brightly colored leaves, pumpkins, corn stalks, scarecrows, apples, apple cider, Halloween, and Thanksgiving! So a few of us are celebrating the day with a fall card blog hop!

I turned to my Cricut and Cuttlebug folders to make this cute little pumpkin card. I used the pumpkin on the Create a Critter cartridge, copied a second one, flipped it, and then welded the two pumpkins together. I embossed both the pumpkin and the leaf. The next step was to stamp the sentiment and punch it out with an oval punch. And finally I used brown ink to add a bit of distressing around the edges.

Please join me in hopping around to view these wonderful fall creations!

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Today's Abundance
-Brightly Colored Leaves

Handmade Soaps

I'm no expert by any means when it comes to handmade soaps. I buy them because they smell good, they look fabulous, they make for great gifts, and they are made from natural ingredients. And I also buy handmade soaps because I do enjoy supporting fellow Etsians! And since it is getting close to holiday gift giving time, I thought I would start spreading the word!

One of my favorite soap makers is Andrea from Sacred Suds. She is a fellow HandmadeMN team member and an awesome soap maker.  On her ETSY profile, Andrea articulates her Sacred Suds mission.  It is "to provide soulful soaps that help channel positive energies into your life. The soaps are inspired by goddesses, gods, yoga, the natural elements, and earth-based spiritual paths."  How insightful!  Andrea's Pumpkin Spice soap is now available - I can't wait for my mine to arrive!  Doesn't this photo just ooze cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and everything else that comes with Pumpkin Pie?

Cory of AquarianBath has a nice selection of handmade soaps including unscsented sea salt soaps for acne skin types and fabulous shampoo bars.  Cory is an herbalist, organic gardener, and a soap maker.  And I must say, it is so much fun to wash one's hair with a shampoo bar rather than the same old liquid from a plastic container!  Here is Cory's Aloe Shampoo Bar with Rosemary, Lavender and Mint.

And my latest handmade soap find is from Kim of dirtydivasoaps.  The Dirty Diva Soap Company is a small family business in western Maryland.  The soaps are mixed by hand and are made with natural oils and butter.  This photo caught my eye and the first paragraph of the product description sealed the deal: "This is for one cold processed bar of Boston Lager Sam Adams Beer Soap Made with 2 bottles of Sam Adams beer , minus a sip or two as the soapmaker sampling the product, ahem...just a little."  Beer in any form is good!!

Have a favorite handmade soap product? 

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Today's Abundance
-All of the Etsians who make Handmade Soap, it's becoming one of my newest vices!
-Pumpkin pie, cinnamon sticks, and the anticipation of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy
-The end of another week and the beginning of another weekend

Sep 22, 2011

HandmadeMN Fall Market

Toni, Suz, Renae and myself of HandmadeMN are shepherding the HandmadeMn Fall Market scheduled for October 22.  We have consumed coffee, lemonade, bagels, cookies, salads, and sandwiches at Panera as we planned, budgeted, scheduled, laughed, and laughed some more.  Highlights of our activities include:

  VFW Contract signed 
  Applications received, juried, fees and ST-19s collected from the 45 team members that will be part of the market
✔  Sponsors and Grants Secured
✔  Logos, Postcards, Posters, Programs, Passports designed, approved, and have been/being printed
✔  Team donations for Giveaways and Swag Bags received 
✔  Advertising planned - print, online, radio, press kits
We have a few more volunteers to pin down; along with the last minute planning and attention to the little details that will make for a successful show.  Oh yeah...  we are also madly designing and creating product for the show!  Hope to see you there....

What:  HandmadeMN Fall Market
When:  October 22   10am - 5pm
Where:  Ballentine VFW - 2916 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis

Thanks for stopping by


Today's Abundance
-The generosity of HandmadeMN Team Members - their time and their talents
-The opportuity to work with Toni, Suz, and Renae - it's been a blast
-Bonding time with the sewing machine this afternoon
-Warm jackets for windy fall days
-Kindle eBooks in public library - yeah

Sep 16, 2011

Our Furry Friends

I never tire of making treasuries that have an animal theme!   I have a cat and a dog that bring me endless hours of joy.  I really love all of our 4 legged furry creatures whether they are large or small or in between.  Ooops, we do need to exclude all of those rodents from that love though - unless they are Mickey and Minne!  Mickey and Minnie are good rodents!  And we have a number of animal lovers in the UWIB Etsy Team.  You will find dogs and cats and moose and horses and more!

Check them all out here...

Please show us your favorite furry friend!

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Today's Abundance
-The joy of having a special 4 legged friend in your life

Sep 15, 2011

Birthday Boy

Here's a quick card I made for a Birthday Boy!  The image is colored with Copics and framed with one of my many Nestabilities.  I finished it with a few black brads and a Happy Birthday greeting.

So I have the card.  Now what about the gift?  What suggestions do you have? 

Thanks for stopping by.


Today's Abundance
-Fall like weather (better than heat and humidity)
-A good day with a good friend
-Puffed Apple Pancakes
-An afternoon nap
-Life long learning

Sep 5, 2011

Reindeer Kisses

It's Labor Day 2011!  The weather outside has a hint of fall in it.  The temps are only in the 60's.  It is a day for long sleeves; the short ones just won't do!  The last couple of evenings have been chilly enough to require a light jacket.  And in the last 2 days I've seen and heard a flock of geese overhead - the are getting ready for the flights to warmer weather.  The transition from summer into fall, and then fall itself, is my favorite time of the year!

And after fall, comes winter, snow, holidays, celebrations, gift giving, and the annual ritual of sending out cards.  And I do  believe this cooler weather has nudged the creative juices to think that way too!  I pulled out my Cricut, loooked through my cartridges and stamps, and this is the result!

 I used the Winter Wonderland Cricut Cartridge, Christmas Memories and Background Soup stamp sets (The Angel Company), Tim Holtz's Kraft Resist Paper, kraft and brown card stock, red scrappers floss, and a red pearl.

And not only did I make 1 card, but I made a total of 10!

And may the end of your summer bring you good memories and the upcoming fall season bring you abundant blessings!

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance
-The sight of geese flying through the air
-Cool air, perfect for trimming those bushes outside
-The Cricut
-A decluttered craft room - oh the stuff that went in the garbage, that has sold, and that is waiting to be sold
-Open windows and neighborhood noises


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