Monday, June 27, 2011

Some visual therapy…

After a stressful month, I have been finding it hard to get back to my old self. I find myself wandering through the days in a weird zone, feeling little and that is not like me. I am a very passionate person, but I haven’t been able to stir that old passion…. until yesterday that is.

It’s been a long time since I have created a treasury on Etsy. Since they switched over to the new treasury system. So yesterday I decided to create a treasury and it took off from there. I found something that really touched me deeper than most of the things I had tried lately. I don’t know if it is the pure eye candy that you can find on Etsy, or if it is searching for the right products that fit into the current mood that I was feeling as the creator and presenting it in one lovely group of items that speak from my heart.

Whatever it is, it worked! I felt some passion and my creative gears started feeling inspired and rejuvenated. Now, I won’t go as far as to say that I am my old self again.

I know that I will probably never be who I was before the accident with my daughter and I can accept that, but to find a new place of comfort within my self and my life would be wonderful.

So the first treasury I started with was this one… I was inspired by the warm summer days and the colors just drew me in.

Once I finished the first one, I knew I had to create one that went back to my roots. Etsy has some of the most amazing designer of children’s boutique clothing and the photography is simply enchanting. So I filled my treasury and my soul with these lovely bits of visual therapy. Some of the designers are some that I frequently designed with in the early days of Etsy and the late days of eBay.

Finally, I was so caught up in the beauty of the photography and the items in Boutique Kids treasury, that I couldn’t get it out of my mind. As I was reading before bed, I read something that inspired me to create one last treasury before I went to bed. This one is called Contemplate the Flowers. If we could all spend more time living our lives like flowers and just allowing things to be what they are, we could find more happiness in our lives and therefore, my inspired treasury:)

Who knew I would find so much pleasure in gathering snippets of other designers’ items for sale and creating a collection that is cohesive and visually appealing, but I did! I found great pleasure and peace in this and I wanted to share them with you.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Where is Summer?

As I sit here writing this blog post, I can hear the thunder rumbling outside and the rain pounding down. I know that moisture is a good thing, but all things in moderation. Right?


I found this picture in my archives. It’s from last summer when we were enjoying lovely warm temperatures and days of sunshine. I long for summer and a more moderate season.

While I wait, I think I will start some new sewing projects. The girls need some new summer dresses!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I received an email today asking me if gratitude had benefited my life……Rainy-day-flower1-(1-of-1)-copy-2

Gratitude has played a big role in my life for some time now and it has changed the way I look at the world.

A couple of weeks ago, my family experienced one of the most traumatizing experiences we have had in our lives, and gratitude was one of the things that pulled me through. To pay it forward, I wanted to share my experience with you and share the ways that gratitude has helped us through this trying time.

Two Saturdays ago, my daughter was almost killed and it was a huge blessing that everything turned out the way that it did. So what am I grateful for?

Well…. I am grateful that my husband was in the right place at the right time. I am grateful that he didn’t think before he acted and that another friend was there to help. I am grateful for the family that pulled together to help in the time of need and that the best surgeons and doctors were on call that night. I am also grateful that God gave me more time with my daughter and that I have this opportunity to re-evaluate my life and priorities to make more of each day and each moment.

My daughter’s life was saved and she will recover. My family is still whole and we can find a way to move past this trauma. I am so grateful for my family and the life that we have together. I choose to see the world through new eyes and find the good in things.

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. (Proverb)


If you have had your life changed by gratitude, please pass it on. You can also share your gratitude on the Gratitude Log.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

What can you get for 5 bucks?

There’s not a lot you can get for 5 bucks anymore is there? A gallon of gas is almost 5 bucks, a couple cups of good coffee will run you over 5 bucks. Maybe one of those pre-P9164435made pepperoni pizzas will be 5 bucks (before taxes of course!) But you can get the eBook pattern to make these




HUGE 5 dollar SALE ...eBook Pattern.... Seat Belt Covers for your Car...... Just in time for Christmas........ by AbbyChase Designs




Or how about one of these seat belt covers for your car?



I remember when I was a child and my grandma would give me a quarter and tell me to get something for myself. Ha, could you imagine that now? I don’t even think they sell penny candy anymore. Life has changed and what was a quarter is now 5 bucks and today you can get these two awesome patterns for just 5 bucks!

Tell your friends, plan for the holidays in the not to far future, or just give yourself something to do this summer:) Whatever reason you like to sew, now is a perfect time to try the pattern you’ve been waiting to try at an amazing price!