Apr 25, 2011

Celebrating Womanhood

The UWIB Etsy Street Team is hosting their monthly blog hop once again!  Our theme for this month is "Celebrating Womanhood!"

Over the years, women have acquired much wisdom.  Their experiences, feelings, family, journeys, ups, and downs have generated much insight from which all of us can benefit.  Can you relate to any of the following bits of wisdom?

The greater your capacity to love, the greater is your capacity to feel the pain.  ~ Jennifer Aniston, American actor

Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either. ~ Golda Meir, first female Prime Minister of Israel

Old age is no place for sissies. ~ Bette Davis, American actor

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~ Diane Ackerman 

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~ Sophia Loren

What great insights these women have passed onto all of us.  And what about UWIB?  We have our own insights and our own way of expressing them.  Check out how my fellow team mates are "Celebrating Womanhood."

Audrey Fetterhoff     http://AudreyGardenLady.blogspot.com
Linda Stranger          http://capecodjewel.blogspot.com
Judy Woodley            http://WellspringCreations.blogspot.com
Janet Bocciardi         http://www.honeyfromthebee.com
Ann Rinkenberger   http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com
Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri   http://ElephunksTrunk.blogspot.com
Wendy Kelly               http://blog.vintageday.com
Cory Trusty                 http://aquarianbath.blogspot.com
Karen Terry                http://jmjcreations.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance
-Young and Old
- My journey

Apr 24, 2011

April Showers Bring May Flowers

PaperWings is hopping around blogs again tonight!  This months theme is April Showers Bring May Flowers.  At least it wasn't April Snow Bring May Flowers - although it probably would have been appropriate many places this year!!

I've decided to combine papercrafting with my passion for sewing for April's blog hop!  The paper is used is from the Kaleidoscope Girls collection - this orange paper with pink flowers has always been a favorite of mine.

I used an adhesive and clear vinyl to cover both sides of the paper.  Then I used one of my fabric patterns to make a mini wallet by adding a snap and sewing the sides together.  These wallets are great for carrying credit cards, reward cards, and some money.  They slip into your pocket for a quick getaway and are fun to carry around in your purse too!!

Here are the other participants - you will find some lovely flowers as you hop around their blogs.

Shirley     http://glitteredpaws.blogspot.com/
Teresa     http://www.mamapickle.blogspot.com/
Carol       http://stampincarol.blogspot.com/
Rita W.    http://ritascreativenest.com/
Chelsea   http://www.inkystamps.blogspot.com/
Seleise    http://www.amethystcat.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by....


Today's Abundance
-A sunny day
-Rummage sale pile of stuff
-Coffee and French Toast
-And, of course, blog hops!

Apr 20, 2011

Our 4 Legged Friends

I've always loved animals whether they be pets, farm animals, or jungle residents!

Our dog friends are loyal and protective. They are companions and family members. They may keep our herd together or they may hunt with us. We train them, we love them, and we grieve when they are no longer with us.

Our cat friends are a bit more aloof than our dog friends. While independent creatures, we sure do like their purring, meowing, and paw kneading!

Animals, whether domesticated or wild, bring so much to our lives.  We can learn from their demeanor, their loyalty, their community interactions, and how they care for their young.  This has not gone unnoticed by our ETSYBloggers Team - they, too, are fond of animals of all types! Just take a look at this treasury...

To all of our 4 legged friends...

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance
-Dogs and puppies
-Cats and kitties
-All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot
-Animal Humane Society
-Veterinarians and Vet Techs

Apr 18, 2011

HandmadeMN "No Name" Treasury....

So how does one end up with a "No Name" Treasury?  Well, I started out by looking for items that would fit into a HandmadeMN Summer Vacation treasury.  I found a few items; then, I became enamored with things with oranges and copper and blues - pretty soon I had something other than a summer vacation treasury.  I liked it!!  But no clever theme or name has popped into my mind.  Thus, it is my "No Name" Treasury!

HandmadeMN Etsians are awesome!  Just look at the variety and quality that I've captured in this treasury!  Enjoy....

Thanks for stopping by...


Today's Abundance
-A high tolerance for pain - snow is in the forecast for tomorrow - will it ever end??
-Getting to the post office before the rush of last minute tax payers
-Hardy spring annuals - they certainly are being tested this season
-No nap today - I'm getting over the crud so it is nice not to be so tired that I need to nap during the day
-HandmadeMN Etsy Team

Apr 16, 2011

First Aid

I'm feeling sorry for myself today!  I've had this nagging cold and congested head on and off over the winter months and every time I think I have it licked, it resurfaces.  (Of course, our never ending winter isn't helping at all - it is snowing yet again!)  The last few days I have slept more than I've been awake!  Finally, today I think the waking hours exceeded the sleeping ones!

Now on the positive side, it has given me guilt free time at the computer - little energy to do anything but catch up on emails, surf the web, and peruse cyberspace until it's time for the next nap!

Now perhaps I just need some good First Aid to finally kick this thing...  Do you think any of these will help?  The nurses certainly will offer comfort!  The First Aid kits and salves are always good to have around!  And what do you think about those "sick polka dot heels?"  And I absolutely love "Every time it rains, An Angel gets Pneumonia!"  I wonder what Angels get when it snows??

Well, it's probably time I start thinking about taking another nap!

Have a great weekend...


Today's Abundance
-A cuddly pup and cat
-Warm handmade quilts
-The hope of warm weather

Apr 4, 2011

Robins and Rabbits

Spring is slowly making an appearance.  Although I think it must be stuck in traffic somewhere as it sure it taking a long time to warm up - I still need a winter jacket when I take the dog out for his walks.  While the snow is melting there is still plenty of big piles left from all of the snow we have had since November of last year.  Chili still tastes good on cold spring days as does a cup of hot chocolate!

I have seen signs of some perennials coming to life - the tulips and lilies are starting to peek through the ground and I can also see some small hens-n-chicks coming to life.  Today I also saw the rabbits running through the yard and I saw my first robin of the season sitting on the fence chirping away!

So, to honor the robin and the rabbit I have made this treasury of goodies...  Take a look...  Can you feel the warmth of spring??  I sure can!!

And may all of you have sunny skies and warm temps and light breezes to welcome in spring!


Today's Abundance
- The first robin of the season
- Happy go lucky rabbits bounding through the backyards
- Scampering squirrels as they move from one branch above to another
- Green things struggling to poke their way through the wet, soggy soil
- The hope that spring will really arrive one of these days (i.e. warmer weather and sunny skies)


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