Celebrating Womanhood

The UWIB Etsy Street Team is hosting their monthly blog hop once again!  Our theme for this month is “Celebrating Womanhood!”

Over the years, women have acquired much wisdom.  Their experiences, feelings, family, journeys, ups, and downs have generated much insight from which all of us can benefit.  Can you relate to any of the following bits of wisdom?

The greater your capacity to love, the greater is your capacity to feel the pain.  ~ Jennifer Aniston, American actor

Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either. ~ Golda Meir, first female Prime Minister of Israel

Old age is no place for sissies. ~ Bette Davis, American actor

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well. ~ Diane Ackerman 

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~ Sophia Loren

What great insights these women have passed onto all of us.  And what about UWIB?  We have our own insights and our own way of expressing them.  Check out how my fellow team mates are “Celebrating Womanhood.”

Audrey Fetterhoff     http://AudreyGardenLady.blogspot.com
Linda Stranger          http://capecodjewel.blogspot.com
Judy Woodley            http://WellspringCreations.blogspot.com
Janet Bocciardi         http://www.honeyfromthebee.com
Ann Rinkenberger   http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com
Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri   http://ElephunksTrunk.blogspot.com
Wendy Kelly               http://blog.vintageday.com
Cory Trusty                 http://aquarianbath.blogspot.com
Karen Terry                http://jmjcreations.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by…


Today’s Abundance
-Young and Old
– My journey


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

Something Green UWIB Blog Hop

Welcome to our first monthly UWIB Blog Hop!  Every 4th Sunday we will have a new hop with a new theme along with our fabulous UWIB participants!  Be prepared to be wowed by our members!  UWIB, Unique Women in Business, is an ETSY Team – our members are creative, supportive, and are wonderful friends!

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, this month’s theme is “Something Green.”  I’m featuring a couple of my “green” things.  First is this set of adorable hand-chenilled potholders.  I just love the little birdies, they remind me of the Twitter Bird, on a green background.

The second “Something Green” that I have to share with you is my upcycled “Everyone Loves an Irish Girl” Tote.  It used to be a TShirt and I have now transformed it into this cute little tote.  Who wouldn’t want this for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration?

Be sure to check out my RitasCreationsOnETSY shop for more potholders, St. Patrick’s Day themed totes, Pee Pee Cones, and more….  And please visit my UWIB sisters who are participating in the “Something Green” Blog Hop too!  You’ll be green with envy when you’re done!

Karen Terry-McDuffie   –  http://www.jmjcreations.blogspot.com
Robin Koehler   –  http://www.nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com
Linda Reynolds   –  http://bellalindadesigns.net/
Birgitte Hendricks  –  http://SewDanish.blogspot.com
Judy Woodley  –  http://www.WellspringCreations.blogspot.com
Rita Wetzel  –  http://ritascreativenest.com
Audrey F  –  http://AudreyGardenLady.blogspot.com
Robin Maria Pedrero   –  http://www.pocketfullofcolors.blogspot.com
Ann Rinkenberger   –  http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com
Trudy Miller   –  http://mommagoddesstreasures.blogspot.com
Cory Trusty   –  http://aquarianbath.blogspot.com
Cory Trusty   –  http://delicateadornments.blogspot.com
Nancy Pace   –  http://nancyswildwirejewelry.blogspot.com
Wendy Kelly   –  http://blog.vintageday.com/

Thanks for stopping by….


Today’s Abundance
-First ever UWIB Blog Hop
-The color green
-The hope of spring

Karen Terry – a.k.a. JMJ Creations

Karen Terry of JMJ Creations keeps us all afloat over at the Unique Women in Business (UWIB) Etsy Team!  She lets us know when new members have joined, spearheads special promotions on the UWIB Blog, gives us advice, listens to our woes, and still finds time to make awesome jewelry!

Karen says in her ETSY profile, “Jewelry designing has become my passion as well as my hobby. My hope is that you will wear my creations with the same enjoyment and pride as I had making them!”  I know that several pieces have been snatched up by our own UWIB members and I’m sure you will find something that tickles your fancy too!

Here’s a sampling of Karen’s awesome artistic pieces!

So stop by Karen’s shop and browse some more!

Thanks for stopping by…


Today’s Abundance
-Obedience training is starting to pay off (for the puppy that is, I’m a lost cause!)
-Public Libraries
-Hazelnut Coffee – yummy
-Ziploc Steamer Bags – fresh veggies here I come!
– 1 day closer to spring and warmer weather that will stick around for more than a day or two – snow forecasted for tomorrow!

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

Project Maddie

Maddie needs help.

Maddie is a rescue kitten and her owner has tended to her, taken her to the vet, started her shots and given her lots and lots of love.  Maddie is gaining weight and enjoys having her human around.  Unfortunately, life has taken a few unkind twists and turns recently for Maddie’s owner, Brie, and the budget is strained beyond imagination.  Maddie and Brie may need to part ways if Brie is unable to keep up financially.  And Brie is doing everything imaginable to turn the situation around.

Because Brie and Maddie belong together a number of us on the UWIB ETSY Team are banding together to raise funds for Maddie.  Team members are donating sales from Project Maddie items to Maddie’s fund.  It’s a win, win!!  The buyer gets the item they purchased, Maddie gets funds for food and the vet, and us sellers have the satisfaction that comes with helping someone in need.

I have pledged (and sold already) 2 sets of my Reusable Snack Sacks for Project Maddie.

One of our team members, Maria Soto Robbins, painted a lovely image of Maddie.  It, too, has already sold.  You can buy prints, cards, and other items of Maddie here!

Other designated items include:

Rendachs has these adorable tea towels – “purr-fect” for any cat lover!

MommaGoddess has donated this lovely Pink Rose Ring – this is but one of the rings she has pledged to Maddie’s Fund:

CrazyForCollars has pledged a number of her adorable collars for the fund:


And kledesigns has pledged these earrings:

You can also find other items earmarked for Maddie’s Fund by clicking on this ETSY Search!  New items are added frequently.

Thanks for checking out Project Maddie!  All of your help will be appreciated tremendously.  And remember, you receive the product and the seller is making the donation to Maddie’s Fund!

Thanks for stopping by…


Today’s Abundance
-Bright sunshine
-Project Maddie
-Being part of UWIB, and awesome group of creative Etsians
-A working furnace – the bitter cold is settling in for a few days
-Mint Hot Chocolate