Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dear Dad...

I miss you and I hope you are having a feast up in Heaven now enjoying all the foods you couldn't have for years, lentil soup with ham, an ice cold beer, hot pastrami,meatballs fried in oil not water. And I know you can finally walk again without pain and draw the way you use to and I hope your looking down at us knowing how much you are still loved. You were a special man. So many people at the wake, you were as close to a saint as you could be on earth. I didn't realize until now what an inspiration you were to me. You passed your artistic talent to Jennie and your generosity of spirit to me. I will try every day for the rest of my life to be as good of a person as you were.I miss you so much and wish you were here but I'm glad your out of pain. My life will never be the same.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let it Snow!!

It's been a while since I felt this way. We just got in, its around 10 pm and its SNOWING outside! Less then a week till Christmas, jiffy pop, hot chocolate, a beautiful Christmas tree and songs on the piano (well keyboard!) Everthing feels so warm and cozy and perfect tonight. xoxo

Tuesday, December 8, 2009



NO to store bought ♥ Say YES to handmade ♥

One of my favorite...Moonchild Studio..I use to make these dolls and they are fabulous...there is nothing like a handmade doll. It takes on the life of the artist and the child. Check out Berry's shop here.

A Few Etsy Shops.....

For some waldorf inspired handmade toys...check out MamaKoppShop here.

For some adorable 2 get one free!!! Go to Lakenandlila here.

EvaLauryn..for some sweet swaddling blankets, go here

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

NO to store bought ♥ Say YES to handmade ♥

Tree Blocks...a family owned company.
You can find them here. These are the coolest things. You can get one where the pieces can be assembled in different ways or one that is already assembled. I love to turn this treehouse into a seasonal event. At Christmas fill it with pine, in spring moss... Then go here to get these fabulous wooden animals.
You can add fairy dolls. This leaves so much to the imagination. One of my favorites. My daughter and I collect the wooden pieces, I try and add a piece every year.
There are 5 different German manufacturers of these and you can find them in handmade shops across the country.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Where is Jimmy Stewart?

***This is not meant to be an offensive post and I was going to remove it but I feel the need to speak out against whats going on. Also, I have been involved in the court system in NY and I can tell you what a horror that is. It's not funny it messes with people's lives and seems to do everything to protect the guilty.

And please feel free to leave your opinion whether or not it agrees with mine.

I don't usually follow politics but this health care bill has caught my attention. Did I hear correctly that this new health care plan will pay for abortions and take money away from the older people in this country like my parents. The people who fought in the wars and made this place a great place to live. And paying for abortions. :( Today watching this on tv reminded me of Mr. Smith goes to Washinton. Its about a corrupt government and a bill being pushed through. It seems like they are in a hurry to push this bill through. I don't like this president , he's scary and he is destroying our country. For anyone who has never seen that movie, watch it, where is our Jimmy Stewart to save the day?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

NO to store bought ♥ Say YES to handmade ♥

So next on the list of "adorable handmade" is my cyberspace friend Jane. She is a wonderful person to do business with and makes the cutest handpainted shoes and sneakers. Her shop is called Snaimals and you can find herhere Hurry she is having special on shipping till Friday. Check her shop announcement for details! Enjoy!

And remember when you shop handmade this season, not only are you getting one of kind, made with love items but you are also helping woman in America support their families!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NO to store bought ♥ Say YES to handmade ♥

New in my shop here. Christy out did herself this time on the photos!

Check back later today, I will be featuring some cute shoes from my friend Jane's etsy shop and remember SHOP HANDMADE!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

NO to store bought ♥ Say YES to handmade ♥

So look at this cute man in this enchanting little store located in Middleburg, Va. It looks like there are so many more wonderful things in the store that are not on the website.

So yes it takes a little more effort to search out handmade and shop at smaller stores but the payoff is great.

My daughter went to preschool in a waldorf school. I was introduced there to the wonderful world of handmade German toys and German Christmas fairs. We don't have a lot of money but there are certain things I am willing to spend a little more on.

This is a very hard thing to find, something you can't find in Walmart or Target. Its a 24 day advent candle. I ordered my advent calander, traditional German and this candle. Every night in December we burn the candle down to the next date, drink hot chocolate, read our christmas books and open the advent calender. Even though my daughter is no longer a baby she stills enjoys this. And I think this is something she will remember when she grows up.

Last year I waited to long and had to buy our calender at Barnes and Nobel, it cost more then this one and the quality didn't compare.

This is a really special "thing" :) It twirls from the candle flame, out of my price range, maybeSanta will leave it in my stocking!

Here are a few more Christmas delights, go check out his website! Go here.

Handmade wooden music box.

Forest Nutcracker, beautiful!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

NO to store bought ♥ Say YES to handmade ♥

So my first Holiday Suggestion will combine two of my friends shops. Pink PolkaDot Studio here and KustomKids Boutique here.

There is nothing a child likes better then a gift that you can work on together. My daughter loves these kinds of gifts. It's different and exciting and will grab there attention. You will need a sewing machine though (but I believe everyone should have one anyway!) And you can get them so cheap these days. Girls from 7-15 would love this.

So my idea is, go to Cristies Boutique and order a pattern. She has them from simple to hard and they come with her help and in ebook form. You can print it out and punch holes and put a big red ribbon in the corner. Then go over to Linda's shop and grab a yard or two of fabric. Both of these woman are great to work with.

Another suggestion is order the pattern, buy the fabric and give it to a friend that sews. A perfect gift for under $25. Most woman who sew can't resist new fabric and patterns.

This is what I love about etsy, you get such quality for such unbelievable prices. And if your a designer and need a great photograpgher, contact Christie, Ferry Christie's daughter is a great model and helped me make Etsy's front pge!

Friday, November 13, 2009

NO to store bought ♥ Say YES to handmade ♥

Spreading the Spirit!! Over the next few weeks, I will be searching etsy and other places and suggesting some homemade and small boutique type gifts. Even though the Walmart commercials are very sweet this year, I 'm going to try and do the right thing. Which means, supporting small businesses, friends businesses and handmade USA.

And I am coming from the mentality that we are not in competition with each other, there is pleanty of business for everyone!

Etsy has been very good to me this year. I really just started selling last November and hopefully by Christmas will hit 2,000 sales. If I didn't need this business to support myself and my child, I would have been thrilled with the year I have had. Actually I am thrilled, this boutique world is a new world to me and a new market. I am really pleased with the progress I have made and looking forward to expanding and growing by leaps and bounds next year!

Check back tomorrow for 2 of my favorites on Etsy for a gift you can make yourself.

Barter for an!

is there anyone out there who know how to put music on my blog--i will give you an outfit up to size 5 if someone can set me up with some tunes:)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Give Thanks...

Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand,
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that has made and preserved us as a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust";
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The last paragraph in the Star Spangled Banner, powerful words. Thanks to all the sons, fathers, brothers and woman who have given their lives for our freedom.

new in shop

Friday, November 6, 2009

Free Shipping...this weekend

FREE SHIPPING NOW!! In my etsy shop here!

Free Shipping special tonight Nov 5 thru Sunday Nov 8...purchase 2 or more pieces and receieve free shipping...USA only. Shipping will be refunded Monday morning after sale ends.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cards Needed:(

Per Pampering Beki

5yr old boy named Noah Biorkman , is in the last stages of a 2 1/2yr battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer.The family is celebrating Christmas next week and Noahs request is to get lots of Christmas cards..Lets get him some Please send cards to: Noah Biorkman 1141 Fountian Viewcircle South Lyon, MI 48178 Lets see How many cards we can Get to this Little guy, Thank You!



Sunday, November 1, 2009

New '09

Thanks to Cecilia for the pretty photos, checkout more of her work here.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

All Hallows Eve

Happy Halloween! Because it's only my daughter and myself here and we usually celebrate all the holidays at my mothers house, I try and make memories for her when I can in our little apartment. Its good for me and her. Last night I was able to put all financial concerns to the side and enjoy the night. I love having parties and usually have a big halloween or Christmas party. Although not fancy, they still cost a fortune. So instead last night a had a few friends over. On a shoe string I was able to creaet a cozy memorable evening. In one of my Susan Branch books ( she talks about creating a good party, low lights, nice smells coming from the kitchen, music and of course, great frinds.
I went down to the farmers market and got
3 pumpkins $5 ea
Pear Cider $5
cin sugar donuts 5 for $2
A bag of apples $5
gourds for decoration
and tiny pears decoration and food.
We made homemade pizza amd pumkin pie. My dd sturffed the crust with cheese, delicious! We carved pumpkins, roasted pumpkin seeds and OMG I never did that before, so good!Wash seeds coat with olive oil and salt, then bake for 20 minutes at 325. We Played boggle and watched Charlie Brown's Halloween. A lovely evening.

My Scrabble/boggle friend:)

Baby Pears

Jack O'Lanterns

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fingerprint Friday

Fingerprint Friday

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god
So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them?

Foe me this week, please see the blog entree below and send prayers. I have been on the pity pot all week feeling completly hopeless and lost. I saw this on my facebook page and it helped me to put things in prespective. How does God show himself, thru us, thru prayers. Please send your prayers to this sweet little boy who I think is only about 2 years old..

Also, please go to Pampering beki here to add in your own thoughts.

Please pray for a miracle....

I juat saw this on my facebook page, please send this family some BIG prayers.

Tyson UpdateShare
Yesterday at 9:44pm
I will begin with the statement that has carried us through the last 17 months.

“We worship God not because He heals, but because He can heal and even if HE chooses not too, HE IS STILL GOD!!” -Jared Trumbo

Today, God is still God! And we will worship Him and trust Him because He is still in control and He has a great plan.

Today was Tyson’s MRI in Washington. Over the last 3 weeks we have feared the worst from this scan and have been preparing for that. But we had to know. Our worst fear is true. The scan did show today that the tumor has grown and at a significant rate. Currently the tumor has not spread to the base of his brain or down his spine, but it has spread slightly to the left side of his brain and has been growing into the cavity. At this point it has covered the shunt which is no longer draining. It was very hard news to hear.

We sat with our Oncology team (Dr. Rood, Debbie (Nurse practitioner), and Sharon(social worker)) and at some point everyone had tears in their eyes. Tyson has fought as hard as he could, but modern medicine has failed. The thing we must remember is that we were not relying on modern medicine and, according to His word, GOD NEVER FAILS. I think this journey at Children Hospital was summed up best by Debbie. The last thing she said to us was, “ We will never forget Tyson.” I said, “ That is good to hear because this can not be in vain.”

For Tyson, right now, he is sleeping about 18 hours a day. When he is awake, he is not very interactive, only a few movements and words. He is very aware of what is going on. He listens for Jeremy and I to be close by. He has known when different members of the family have come in to town, The other day, Tyler got to the house, Tyson opened his eyes, pointed to the tv, and told Tyler, ball. He wanted to watch baseball with his uncle Tyler.

We are working very hard with the hospital and with hospice to stay ahead of the pain he might be feeling. The Dr. could not give us a good timeline, but due to the shunt not working, he guessed maybe weeks.

This past weekend we told the kids. We were very honest with them and, if you have talked with Carson you know he understands and is very blunt. Kaylynn has always been very quiet about it, but the other night she asked me to lay in bed with her. She said “Mommy, when Tyson goes to heaven, does that mean the ball will be gone and Jesus will make him all better.” I said “yes.” Then she said, “ And in heaven, that ball will NEVER come back.” When I told her she was right, she smiled and threw her arms around my neck. That is what we have always wanted, for that ball to never come back.

Each of the kids are dealing with it in their own ways, like us. But I think Reese (Chyloe’s 3 year old) explained it best. He told her a few days ago. “Mommy, God is sad today.” Chyloe asked him why God was sad. He said “because He does not have baby Tyson yet and he is very excited to get baby Tyson.” The innocence and faith of a child. It has kept us going through this whole ordeal.

Do not let me fool you, I have my bad moments, plenty of them. But God always seems to be there in my lowest moments. Last night I asked Jeremy the question, “ How many people have to pray for a miracle?” Today God answered that with a question in my mind. How any people have to pray for one person to come to Christ? Yesterday (last night to us) because of Tyson and the testimony of the family, Chyloe and Jared’s AIY (Maid/nanny) in China accepted Christ as her Savior. It does not take the pain away, but it does soften the heart in a hard time. I pray that there are many more stories like that one, Tyson’s life can not be in vain.

Please continue to pray for the family.

Specific Prayers
-Carson, Kaylynn, Miyah, Gracee, Keegan, & Reese as they deal with this so young.
-Pray for Tyson’s pain level, help us to understand what he needs..
-Pray that he has good, happy days with his family

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Jubilee..Happy Holidays

New holiday items being listed in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Winter Corduroy Ruffle Pants

Now in my etsy shop, available in cream, chocolate brown, light brown, light pink, burgandy and black. Also available in any color stretch velvet!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The littlest Witch casts a spell