Saturday, April 30, 2011

Catching up with all these lovely treasuries!

Goodness, again I want to thank all of these lovely Etsy artists for featuring items from both of my Etsy shops. Got a long list of some really pretty treasuries ... sorry it's taken me a little longer then normal to get these out but as you can read in my previous post I wasn't able too do anything for 2 weeks while I was in Belgium.

Alright here we go ... first one is called "Feeling delicate and blue" by who sells beautiful baskets handmade from both recycled fabrics and beautiful, new designer fabrics. I love the purple one! In this treasury my felted baby shoes AND a set for a newborn which includes baby booties and a hat are featured so not just once but twice I got featured!

Next up is a treasury called "The color of granny squares" by who sells baby blankets, scarves and lots and lots of granny squares to make up your own items. Pretty cool idea so make sure you check it out. In this treasury my granny square baby blanket or lap blanket is featured.

The next treasury is called "Happy Mothers Day ... to me" by who sells classy sassy handmade jewelry and most importantly ... she is going to be a mommy in October! Congratulations Weebit! In this treasury my granny square baby blanket is featured.

Now we're off to my other etsy shop (PurplePlatypus) items that have been featured. First one is called "Gifts She will love starting at $5" by featuring my needle felted ducky. In her shop you will find favor boxes, gift boxes and more.

Next one called "Barnyard Rouge" by featuring my needle felted bird. In their shop you will find your source for Sustainable Art and Wellness products! They use primarily 100% all-natural alpaca fiber and other upcycled and sustainable materials.

Next is the treasury called "Over the rainbow" by featuring my colorful handpainted wooden gift tag. Her shop is made up of items from her personal hope chest, as well as her grandmother's collections. Some of the pieces have never been used. She would love for these items to be appreciated, cared for and enjoyed just as she has. Hopefully you find that "gotta have" treasure, or just enjoy looking around!

There are more treasuries but those will have to wait until tomorrow so make sure you come back and have a peek for the rest of these lovely treasuries. I'm sure you will find lots of things you just can't live without looking through all these fun shops ... and hopefully my shops as well! ;0)

Friday, April 29, 2011

It's been awhile ...

but I'm back. I've had a rough couple of weeks behind me. I had planned a trip home (to Belgium) to visit with my best friend (Erna) and my family and then things went wrong. See, my best friend Erna, whom I've been friends with for 40 yrs has been fighting breast cancer for 17 yrs. Can you imagine, non-stop on chemo for that many years! I don't know how she did it ... but she did ... strongest women I've ever met, never complained until about 4 weeks ago. She mentioned to me then that she didn't think she'd be around when I would arrive in Belgium. So we did what we thought was right ... we said goodbye to each other just in case she wasn't going to make it till then. The hardest thing I've ever had to do ... but I think when we did it, it made us both feel better about the situation. Then every evening and morning I texted her, she ended up in the hospital only 2 days before my arrival and the evening before my flight she wished me a good and safe trip and a happy face and that was it ... that was the last text message I received. When I arrived in Belgium she went into a comma and peacefully passed away shortly after my arrival. I didn't make it to the hospital in time so you can imagine how sad I was not have seen my friend before she passed away but I'm so glad we did say goodbye the week before and were still able to communicate up until the evening before she died. I'm so sad I lost my best friend, sad for her family and especially sad for her two wonderful daughters. She was a fantastic mom and I know that those 17 yrs she fought breast cancer she did it to see her kids grow up. It's hard to loose a loved one, 51 yrs old is just way too young to die but I do thank God for letting her be part of my life. I miss her e-mails, chats and messages but most of all I miss my best friend.

These are flowers from Erna's garden, purple lilacs are my favorite and since they were from her garden they are even more special!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Springy treasuries

I'm happy to share some more treasuries with you featuring my items together with lots of other beautiful things from many Etsy shops. Again, many thanks to all the curators of these treasuries for including my stuff! While I'm gone to Belgium I won't be able to blog much but when I get back I'll jump right back into blogging.

Here we go ...
This first one is called "Here comes the Easter bunny" featuring my needle felted bunny by This is what she says about her shop "Nature and Color are my muses~they bring comfort and vibrance to my life as I hope they will do for you.
Let me bring you a conversational piece of art to grace your neck, for your lapel or even on your wall and into your world. Take a walk through my paintings, relax on a pillow and don't forget to wear a flower in your hair." The treasury she made has some lovely Easter bunnies and other Easter goodies listed. CLick on the items in the treasury to take you to the shop who made it and sells the item.

Next is a treasury called "Peace Love and Happiness" by featuring my hand painted wooden gift tag. In the curator shop you will find unique, not so ordinary, quirky things created mostly from Eco-Fi felt (100% vegan & recycled material), fleece and cotton fabric. She loves making plushes, pins, toys, buttons housewares, phone/mP3 cases & everyday life accessories composed of vivacious colors. All of the items are hand sewn, she doesn't use a sewing machine.

Next is a treasury called "Birds, bees, flower trees" by featuring my needle felted bird named Ernie! I love the paintings for sale in the shop of the curator, the shoe paintings are my favorite. Her shop announcement states: "shoes, cows and Swedish landscapes delivered worldwide". I love that!

Next up is a treasury called "Farm Fresh Fantasy" by featuring my striped knitted acorn baby hat. The curator shop you will find beautiful earring frames. This is her shop announcement: "Like many women, I've got more jewelery than I can practically store in my jewelery box. One day I got tired of fishing around for my favorite earrings and decided to try something new. I made my first earring frame and loved it so much I started making them for all the women that I love. The response was so overwhelming that I decided to start selling them so that more women would have a chance to display their jewelery in a beautiful and practical way." The treasury is part of the nonteamchallenge 25. She incorporated the inspiration item using all farm related items which makes me want to jump up and run to a farmers market!

Last one for today (but not least!) is a treasury called "Love comes in all shapes and sizes" by featuring my striped baby hat, which seems to be a popular item for people to use in their treasuries. In the curator's shop you will find some really pretty nogin wear and cool vintage items.