Wednesday, December 31, 2008





I could swear it was only July yesterday, but I guess it really has been that long. I feel a little nostalgic as I reflect back on 2008. I had some really great times this past year and I think I learned more this year than in my entire 4 years in high school. Well, maybe not, but it definitely seems like it.


This year, I learned that the world if filled with very talented business women, who's main focus is staying at home with their children, but have soooo much to offer the world and the internet has allowed for them (myself included) to pursue a hobby, a dream, and a business. It's been so exciting and satisfying to see so many of my online friends branch out and try new things and see their dreams become a reality. I have also watched some of my own dreams become reality and it excites and fulfills my heart.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you a very prosperous 2009.


I will leave you with a slew of pictures that I took throughout the year and just recently this Christmas.


Happy New Year,










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A Handmade Christmas.........

Well it wasn't a 100% handmade Christmas, but it was definitely dominated by the "handmade" theme. This isn't a surprise or much of a stretch for my sweet husband and me, but it is something to reflect on for sure.

I fulfilled some requests for Incognito Wallets for some friends and family and made some clothing and cute hair accessories for the kids, but that isn't far out of the norm here. What I really wanted to share with you are the other handmade items we gave to family members. (and some really cool ones we received too)


My sweet husband is the real artist in the family. (and he might be mad at me for posting this as he is quite modest) He is the one who makes the jewelry that I occasionally offer here and in my Etsy store, but that is only the tip of the ice berg. He currently works in the cabinetry industry outside of is painting profession and he is currently having a love affair with wood. Back in August, he decided he would try Wood Carving and see how he liked it. Well, if you know anything about him, you know that he doesn't just "try" something. Anyway, here is what he carved for his first time



which he gave to his parents for Christmas.


Then he decided to make his brother a small cedar box and here is what he came up with using some reclaimed wood.


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We also received some really amazing gifts that were handmade. I had a Secret Santa exchange with some of the girls in Trendy Textiles and I got the cutest stuff from Island Girl.


and some of the coolest picture frames. My sweet husband's friend makes frames and he has been fulfilling all of my frame dreams this past month.

Here is just one that he built and then my sweet husband put the rustic finish on it.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Could we be saying goodbye?

After all the times we had together, could this really be it? I hesitated posting on this topic, because there is so much unknown still. Mostly, it's because I am in denial and I don't like posting such sadness during the holidays. I am doing what I can each day to help with the efforts to amend the law, but at the end of the day I just can't picture saying goodbye.

The fight is not over though, and I am far from giving up. There was an amazing article posted over on Boutique Cafe. If you haven't read it yet, be sure to stop over there and read it. Even if you don't own a business that will be effected by this, if you have children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, you will be effected.

I have also joined up with a few of my favorite designers and some of the most amazing friends I have made on this journey to showcase the huge handmade community that we have. We want to show the world how important Children's Handmade is and how much it effects our lives everyday, even if we don't realize it. And if nothing more, you can see a collaboration of friends, designers, mom's, dad's, business owners, and buyers of "Children's Handmade" come together for what may be the last time to showcase their best.

If you want to join the efforts, stop by and join us. The more members we have supporting this effort, the more of an impact we will have on the world. We may be one person alone, but together, we are the "World of Children's Handmade" and we can make a difference.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I'm reminded of Alice........

I got my lovely Andalucia fabric a few weeks ago and I love love love it. I have already had many friends stop by and choose custom Incognito Wallets made with combinations of this lovely fabric. I must say, Patty has really done well. The patterns are so versatile, the colors are vibrant and work well with many other lines. Michael Miller also did wonderful with the quality. I am smitten!


I think what I love most about this fabric is the nostalgia that it creates for me. Alice in Wonderland was is one of my all time favorite childhood movies, and this lovely fabric stirs up fun memories of Alice, the Cheshire Cat, and that wacky Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.


I haven't been able to keep my hands off of it, and I have listed one of the lovely creations for you! It would make a wonderful Valentine gift for your lovely Valentine!

Or if you have some of this beautiful fabric and are wondering what to create, you can create your very own Incognito Wallet with my e-book.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Just in time for Christmas..........

Yay, the long awaited e-book is now complete! I have it listed in my Etsy store now, so hurry over and grab your copy! There is just enough time to make a few for your family and friends for Christmas!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Last Day........

Today is the last day that you can order from my Etsy shop before Christmas, unless you want to upgrade to Express Mail. In that case, please email me before you make your purchase.

I just relisted a few Holiday items that are ready to ship for Christmas.

Buy Handmade

Thursday, December 04, 2008

An Etsy Christmas............

I have joined a wonderful blog giving away over $750 in prizes!

This contest is all about promoting mom blogs and small businesses (especially run by moms or for moms). I have added a surprise Lotus Hair Flower like this one to the prize pot!


I am expecting my Andalucia, so I'm leaning toward a hair flower in one of those amazing prints.

So be sure to stop by the BusyMom blog and enter to win!

Contest Ends Saturday, December 6th at 9:00 pm.
Two winners will be chosen and the prizes will be equally divided.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Last Day to get 20% off.............

Today is the last day for the big After Thanksgiving Sale in my Etsy shop. Take 20% off any purchase made today!

I am also offering Buy One Get One FREE in my photo store.