June 17, 2011 Leave a comment
Not only have I moved but I have a new name!…. Please visit me at my new blog – HandmadeBits4U! Here’s the link
Thanks for popping over to the new blog…
… a gathering place for all things creative
May 24, 2011 6 Comments
Purple and green are one of my favorite color combinations.
Purple is often associated with nobility and royalty. You will frequently find purple in nature too – lilacs, lavender, orchids, and violets come to mind. In fact the lilac bushes are in full bloom at the moment – the aroma is oh so sweet.
May 22, 2011 9 Comments
Today is a busy day for me for Blog Hops. If by chance you stopped by for the UWIB Wedding Bells Blog Hop just scroll down a bit and you will see that post after this one!
PaperWings, a site for demonstrators of The Angel Company, has its monthly blog hop today. The theme is “Favorite Final Farewell.” With a new catalog due out in late June, a number of our beloved stamps are being retired. And we are here to showcase our favorites tonight!
I couldn’t pick just one favorite stamp set that is about to be retired! Nor could I stick with just 2 – I have 3 favorite stamp sets showcased in my samples for you!
First up, is Spunky Sprite Boys… this is a great set for to use when making cards for little boys!
And here is Spunky Sprite Girls (on the left) and Toodles (on the right). Spunky Sprite Girls is a great set for little girl cards. And Toodles has delightful images for both boys and girls.
And here are all four together…
The images on all 4 cards were colored with Copics. The designer paper and colored card stock is from Toodles paper collection. Hope you enjoyed these cards and be sure to hop on over to these blogs for more Final Farewell inspirations!
Rita W – http://ritascreativenest.com
Laura N – http://www.thecraftysister.com
Trudy O – http://www.trudystreasures.blogspot.com/
Carol N – http://stampincarol.blogspot.com/
Angela K – http://www.angelakelley.blogspot.com
Shirley H – http://glitteredpaws.blogspot.com
Seleise B – http://www.amethystcat.blogspot.com/
Teresa J – http://www.mamapickle.blogspot.com
Thanks for stopping by…
-Safe and sound after two days of storms and tornados rolling through
-Playing with my Copics – love the new colors I just got
May 22, 2011 9 Comments
The UWIB ETSY team is once again excited for their monthly Blog Hop! Since June is a big month for weddings, we are celebrating with a “Wedding Bells” Blog Hop.
The big day is filled with family and friends, flowers and beautiful dresses, jewelry and tuxes, vows and rings, food and cake, pictures and more pictures!
Leading up to the big day, the bride is busy with invitations, picking out colors and flowers, planning the reception, selecting her wedding dress, and making lists and more lists.
Before the big day the bride is also showered with gifts from family and friends. The bridal shower can be very traditional with women only, games, advice, and good food or they can be a very modern, co-ed affair! So what is a good gift for the bride at her shower? Well, gifts for the kitchen are always a good idea!
To start with, all new homes need potholders for the kitchen.
In addition to the traditional potholders, these new Microwave Bowl Potholders are a great gift for the bride too!
And to round out the kitchen gifts, how about this matching set of placemats, napkins, and coasters.
And best wishes to all of the brides! Have a wonderful day and a beautiful life!
Be sure to visit these blogs for more Wedding Bells!
Rita Wetzel http://RitasCreativeNest.com
Judy Woodley http://WellspringCreations.blogspot.com
Ann Rinkenberger http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com
Cory Trusty http://aquarianbath.blogspot.com
Nancy Pace http://NancysWildWireJewelry.blogspot.com
Trudy Miller http://MommaGoddessTreasures.blogspot.com
Linda Stranger http://capecoddreamer.blogspot.com
Wendy Kelly http://blog.vintageday.com
UWIB Blog http://uniquewomeninbusiness.blogspot.com/
UWIB ETSY Team Page http://www.etsy.com/teams/6263/unique-women-in-business-uwib
Thanks for stopping by.
-Apple trees in full blossom
-Lilac bushes in full bloom
-Cool temperatures after the storm has passed
-Spring – even though it is very late this year
May 1, 2011 3 Comments
A fresh cup of coffee sure tastes good on this cold, windy May Day – yep, it is still cold here in Minnesota!! It’s only in the 30’s at the moment. Will it ever end??
Coffee and the Sunday paper go hand in hand. First it is the news section, then the variety and entertainment sections, the comics, the sports section – well, only the headlines, and then the ads.
Today, I found some great bits of wisdom from a very unlikely source! It is the Menards ad! (Menards is a competitor of Home Depot and Lowes but has been established locally much, much longer.) I noticed some small print on the bottom of the ad pages and upon looking at them closer was surprised as all get out! The small print wasn’t disclaimers, it wasn’t anything about how long the specials lasted, or anything like that. The small print was more than that – they were words of wisdom. So, I thought I’d share some with you…
-I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.
-Sometimes it is necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.
-Humor can alter any situation and help us cope at the very instant we are laughing.
-Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
-Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
-If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.
-Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
-A person with one watch knows what time it is; a person with two watches is never quite sure.
-A clean tie will always attract the soup of the day.
-A smile is understood in any language.
-Never tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.
-Don’t wait for someone to take you under their wing. Find a good wing and climb up underneath it.
-The prime ingredient is FUN.
Hope you liked these words of wisdom. And I’ll be checking next weeks ads to see what else Menards has to say!
Thanks for stopping by…
-Budding trees (despite the cold weather)
-Sedum cement planters found yesterday at Craftganza
-A tired, sleepy puppy
-The cat that’s burrowed under the bed covers for his naptime
April 24, 2011 5 Comments
PaperWings is hopping around blogs again tonight! This months theme is April Showers Bring May Flowers. At least it wasn’t April Snow Bring May Flowers – although it probably would have been appropriate many places this year!!
I’ve decided to combine papercrafting with my passion for sewing for April’s blog hop! The paper is used is from the Kaleidoscope Girls collection – this orange paper with pink flowers has always been a favorite of mine.
I used an adhesive and clear vinyl to cover both sides of the paper. Then I used one of my fabric patterns to make a mini wallet by adding a snap and sewing the sides together. These wallets are great for carrying credit cards, reward cards, and some money. They slip into your pocket for a quick getaway and are fun to carry around in your purse too!!
Rita W. http://ritascreativenest.com/
Thanks for stopping by….
-A sunny day
-Rummage sale pile of stuff
-Coffee and French Toast
-And, of course, blog hops!
April 20, 2011 3 Comments
I’ve always loved animals whether they be pets, farm animals, or jungle residents!
Our dog friends are loyal and protective. They are companions and family members. They may keep our herd together or they may hunt with us. We train them, we love them, and we grieve when they are no longer with us.
Our cat friends are a bit more aloof than our dog friends. While independent creatures, we sure do like their purring, meowing, and paw kneading!
Animals, whether domesticated or wild, bring so much to our lives. We can learn from their demeanor, their loyalty, their community interactions, and how they care for their young. This has not gone unnoticed by our ETSYBloggers Team – they, too, are fond of animals of all types! Just take a look at this treasury…
To all of our 4 legged friends…
Thanks for stopping by…
-Dogs and puppies
-Cats and kitties
–All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot
-Animal Humane Society
-Veterinarians and Vet Techs