Wednesday, November 27, 2013


I have been very good about not making fun of handmade things I have found for sale. I have found some pretty tacky stuff and some serious crap. But then there is the very silly that I just can't find the correct adjective for. I don't suppose there are a whole lot of people who purchase Halloween costumes for their guinea pigs, but if you do, I can hook you up.

Sorry, I just can't stop giggling.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Secret Santa

There was a time when Christmastime was so exciting. I loved the planning, and shopping, and holiday parties. I loved sending and receiving Christmas cards and each year I would send more and more. But times have changed and I just see Christmas as a lot of tiring work. I don't care to do all that decorating if no one is going to visit and see it. I would pass on doing it, but hubby says we have to (we meaning me). I love the homemade cookies and candies but I have no one to share them with so I eat them all myself. Christmas Eve was a big deal when I was growing up. It was the one time all year when the entire family got together in one noisy, joyous event. But since my Mom passed away, I am no longer invited to the big event. It's just another night.
In an attempt to cheer myself up, I joined in on a Secret Santa with one of my Etsy teams. It's all still a big secret, but I think I can share what I have made. I don't think anyone from the team visits here, in fact there aren't many at all who visit here. So here is my very pastel, romantic coiled fabric bowl. I am really pleased with the way it turned out, I am tempted to keep it for myself. It is a tad smaller, but deeper than I usually make, but I am very happy with it.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas is over

Every year I go through the trouble of creating a Christmas section in my shop. I add items, blocks, bowls and ornaments. New pictures, new shipping prices, promote. The odd thing is that I have never sold any Christmas items at Christmastime. I have sold bowls in March, I have sold blocks in June but never between October and December. So here is the last two Christmas items I will be making and selling this year. For me, Etsy Christmas is over.

Friday, November 15, 2013


I found a new app which will allow all these beautiful treasury items to be clickable links. So if you are at all interested in any of the items, click away at the picture.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Itty Bitty Christmas Stockings

I've been making these little gems for years. When I worked in a big office, I sold a ton of them in many different colors and styles. I even made one in Hanukkah fabric for a Jewish friend of mine. I have filled them with candy, trinkets, lipsticks, sewing threads and gift cards, depending on who they were being gifted to. Last year I even made a bunch of them for cast members of the US Touring company of Les Mis. Those were made from a fabric that matched the barricade boys vests.

Today I browsed the Etsy section on Christmas Stockings. I scrolled, and scrolled and scrolled some more. I saw some cute stockings, sophisticated stockings, some ugly stockings, some tutus, some pine cones and some stockings with copyrighted images, but I never did find my little stockings after scrolling through about 1000. I then discovered that there are over 90,000 Christmas stockings listed on Etsy. I guess I don't stand a chance.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Public Forums

Public Forums will be my downfall. Posts most often start out innocent enough, but end up in a dog fight. There was a time when I would jump in and add my two cents, but I have learned to keep my big mouth shut. It really doesnt matter what type of forum, chat room or message board. It could be about crafting or electronics or deer hunting, they all end up the same.
Someone will start off with one of those cutesy posts like.......
Hey, lets all have some fun and eat fudge. The conversation will progress like this....
Oh, I love fudge, especially with nuts.
I can't eat nuts, I am allegic.
I can't eat fudge I am diabetic.
I am so sorry this has happened to you, maybe you can eat sugar free fudge.
Fudge is the reason children in this country are obese and it should be banned.
It's not the fudges fault, it's the parents fault
It's the teachers fault
It's Bush's fault
How dare you say that
It's a free country and I can say whatever I want
Hey, I thought this was a crafting, electronics, deer hunting site

I just want to scream......