HandmadeMN “No Name” Treasury….

So how does one end up with a “No Name” Treasury?  Well, I started out by looking for items that would fit into a HandmadeMN Summer Vacation treasury.  I found a few items; then, I became enamored with things with oranges and copper and blues – pretty soon I had something other than a summer vacation treasury.  I liked it!!  But no clever theme or name has popped into my mind.  Thus, it is my “No Name” Treasury!

HandmadeMN Etsians are awesome!  Just look at the variety and quality that I’ve captured in this treasury!  Enjoy….

Thanks for stopping by…


Today’s Abundance
-A high tolerance for pain – snow is in the forecast for tomorrow – will it ever end??
-Getting to the post office before the rush of last minute tax payers
-Hardy spring annuals – they certainly are being tested this season
-No nap today – I’m getting over the crud so it is nice not to be so tired that I need to nap during the day
-HandmadeMN Etsy Team


Robins and Rabbits

Spring is slowly making an appearance.  Although I think it must be stuck in traffic somewhere as it sure it taking a long time to warm up – I still need a winter jacket when I take the dog out for his walks.  While the snow is melting there is still plenty of big piles left from all of the snow we have had since November of last year.  Chili still tastes good on cold spring days as does a cup of hot chocolate!

I have seen signs of some perennials coming to life – the tulips and lilies are starting to peek through the ground and I can also see some small hens-n-chicks coming to life.  Today I also saw the rabbits running through the yard and I saw my first robin of the season sitting on the fence chirping away!

So, to honor the robin and the rabbit I have made this treasury of goodies…  Take a look…  Can you feel the warmth of spring??  I sure can!!

And may all of you have sunny skies and warm temps and light breezes to welcome in spring!


Today’s Abundance
– The first robin of the season
– Happy go lucky rabbits bounding through the backyards
– Scampering squirrels as they move from one branch above to another
– Green things struggling to poke their way through the wet, soggy soil
– The hope that spring will really arrive one of these days (i.e. warmer weather and sunny skies)

Create Your Own Road

I’ve taken a few days off from blogging.  Now I’m back.  Beware – I’m a bit philosophical today though!

The phrase – creating your own road – caught my eye in something that I’ve read the past few days.  It is such a great metaphor for our lives – we need to be the best we can be, we need to be ourselves, we need to follow our roads and our paths; not those of others.   This great adventure called life has so much to offer us!  To get the most out of it, find your road, start/continue the journey, and have lots of fun on the way to being YOU!!

And to visualize this metaphor, I’ve curated this treasury of roads, paths, maps, bridges, etc!!

Have a grand time creating your own road – happy travels!!


Today’s Abundance
-Homemade Chili (for another chilly day in the midwest)
-A new zippered pouch with raw edge flower embellishment
-A napping puppy – with all four legs sticking up in the air – how funny
-My very own bumpy road with all kinds of twists and curves and steep downhills and uphills

Arundel – a.k.a. Running from the Mundane

Today I’m featuring an ETSY shop that is about a year old.  Two sisters –  Ellie and Amy – have teamed up  and opened the arundel ETSY shop.  They recently started a blog too and I just love the name:  Running from the Mundane!

So who are Ellie and Amy?  As they explain it on their ETSY Profile:  “We are two sisters with a passion for music, movies, fashion, books, travel and awesome adventures. With one foot stuck in reality, the other firmly planted in la-la land, we strive to create unique, quality pieces we hope will inspire and intrigue. Recycling is alive and well here at arundel. Many of our necklaces are made with vintage and/or surplus items that are deserving of a second chance. We mix these items with new pieces to create something that is truly one-of-a-kind.”

Just take a look at the variety of items these two sisters make!  Wired wrapped necklaces, skirts and dresses, zipper, bobby pins, and eye catching wine bottle stoppers!

And for their blog…  it is truly out-of-the-ordinary and far, far from mundane!  Check out Miniature Belts Have Feelings Too…. or Stepping Out of My Box!  You’ll find them to be delightful posts.

Please stop by their shop and their blog for an extraordinary experience!

Have a great day….


Today’s Abundance
– Shoveling water – a futile experience in trying to get the end of the driveway cleared of a huge, never ending puddle
-Egg cookers
-Instruction manuals for when the brain freezes up regarding a task done many times
-The unusually fast service from the bank teller today
-Semi non-icy streets to walk on

Pink Is In!

Well, I have failed miserably that last few days by not blogging daily.  I blame it on the snow and cold (I am a winter fan but even I have had enough!) and all of the busy-ness of the last few days.

So, here I am blogging away once again as I am getting caught up on the To-Do List!  Since Pink is in these days with Valentine’s being just a week away, I thought I’d feature pink things today!

My first pink thing is from Josy Card Co!  What girl wouldn’t want this hat for her party?

And here’s something for your puppy dog from CrazyForCollars!

Love grapefruit?  Well then, this Pink Grapefruit and Ginger Handmade Soap from SacredSuds is for you!

And Mary’s photographs from MaryFosterCreative are always a favorite of mine!

Want more pink?  What about this necklace from LoveStruckJewelry?

And what about me?  Yep – I have some pink to offer too!

And that’s it for the pink today!

Thanks for stopping by….


Today’s Abundance
-Pink M&M’s
-Pink Ribbon
-Pink Lemonade
-Pink Peonies
-Remembering the 1957 Pink Chevrolet Car

It’s Snowing Again!

It has been lightly snowing here all day with the temperatures in the 20’s.  Throughout the midwest and southeast there has been more snow, ice, sleet, and wind!  Schools have been closed.  Commutes have been hectic.  And car crashes and spinouts have been numerous.

So I got to thinking.  What have we experienced in the past on January 10 for weather here in Minnesota?  After some research (a.k.a. googling the internet) I found the “Blizzard of the Century.”

On January 10, 1975, Minnesota experienced the  “Blizzard of the Century” as the pressure dropped to 28 something.  The snow started to fall in the midwest on January 10 and continued for 2 days resulting anywhere from a foot of snow to a high of 27 inches in Riverton, Minnesota.  Winds were anywhere from 30 – 50 miles per hour and gusts of 70 – 90 miles per hour were recorded.  Tornadoes were prevalent in the more southern states.  Sadly,  58 people died and over 100,000 farm animals were lost throughout the midwest.

The storm has also been dubbed the “Superbowl Blizzard” as many people, including those stranded wherever, watched the Vikings lose the Super Bowl on the 12th.  The Vikings lost 16 – 6 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The game was played at the Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.

However, even though winter can be cold, and miserable, and cruel, it can also be very beautiful – just look at this photo from PenguinPalace:

So, keep smiling while you’re shoveling… (we will be complaining about the hot & humid summer weather fairly soon!)

Thanks again for stopping by!


Today’s Abundance
-Light fluffy snow
-A puppy who loves playing in the snow
-Chocolate Chip Cookies
-A quilt that’s ready to quilt on the quilting frame
-Puppy and cat once again napping side-by-side

Red and Grey the Minnesota Way!

For today, here’s a Red and Grey Treasury from the HandmadeMN ETSY Team!  Enjoy…

Stay warm everyone…


Today’s Abundance
-A long nap
-Old TV movies
-Hot Chocolate
-Nice warm boots