Our 4 Legged Friends

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…


Today’s Abundance
-Dogs and puppies
-Cats and kitties
All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot
-Animal Humane Society
-Veterinarians and Vet Techs


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

First Aid

I’m feeling sorry for myself today!  I’ve had this nagging cold and congested head on and off over the winter months and every time I think I have it licked, it resurfaces.  (Of course, our never ending winter isn’t helping at all – it is snowing yet again!)  The last few days I have slept more than I’ve been awake!  Finally, today I think the waking hours exceeded the sleeping ones!

Now on the positive side, it has given me guilt free time at the computer – little energy to do anything but catch up on emails, surf the web, and peruse cyberspace until it’s time for the next nap!

Now perhaps I just need some good First Aid to finally kick this thing…  Do you think any of these will help?  The nurses certainly will offer comfort!  The First Aid kits and salves are always good to have around!  And what do you think about those “sick polka dot heels?”  And I absolutely love “Every time it rains, An Angel gets Pneumonia!”  I wonder what Angels get when it snows??

Well, it’s probably time I start thinking about taking another nap!

Have a great weekend…


Today’s Abundance
-A cuddly pup and cat
-Warm handmade quilts
-The hope of warm weather

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)

UWIB Spring Blog Hop

The UWIB ETSY Team is hosting their monthly blog hop today!  And our theme is spring!  The calendar says it is spring; but in the midwest we are wondering if spring will ever come.  We still have snow on the ground and below normal temps.  And a week ago we had rain, sleet, and snow all in the span of less than 24 hours!!

But enough about the weather.  Let’s turn our attention towards spring!  To me spring means warmth, sunny skies, green grass, and budding leaves!

So for my blog hop I decided to feature items that remind me of the sun – the color yellow, the sky – the color blue, and green – the color of grass and leaves!

This set of hand-chenilled potholders incorporates all three colors – yellow, blue, and green!

I also have a coordinating Microwave Bowl Potholder that highlights the blues and the yellows of a bright sunny sky along with a touch of green here and there!

Now what about those budding leaves and green grass that bring with it the fresh scent of spring, especially after a refreshing rain?  Here’s another Microwave Bowl Potholder for you!

In the spring time, as the leaves are budding, I enjoy watching the sky through the limbs of the trees.  This zippered pouch has bits of the sky in its blue polka dots, the bark of the trees in its browns, and the green of the budding leaves!  How perfect for spring!!

We have a good turn out for our blog hop today – please visit the blogs of our participating members and see what else UWIB has for you to enjoy for spring!

Rita Wetzel                    http://RitasCreativeNest.com
Jenn Nolda                    http://brynnsbeautifulbows.blogspot.com
Ann Rinkenberger       http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com
Robin Koehler               http://www.nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com
Linda Reynolds             http://bellalindadesigns.net
Audrey Fetterhoff           http://AudreyGardenLady.blogspot.com
Birgitte Hendricks         http://SewDanish.blogspot.com
Wendy Kelly                    http://blog.vintageday.com
Janet Bocciardi               http://www.honeyfromthebee.com
Linda Stranger                http://capecodjewel.blogspot.com
Karen Terry/McDuffie   http://jmjcreations.blogspot.com
Judy Woodley                   http://wellspringcreations.blogspot.com
Trudy Miller                      http://mommagoddesstreasures.blogspot.com/
Cory  Trusty                       http://aquarianbath.blogspot.com
Nancy Pace                       http://nancyswildwirejewelry.blogspot.com
Lois Stifel                          http://foxygknits.com
Jenn Brockman               http://alexshares.com

Thanks for stopping by…


Today’s Abundance
-A low-key day
-Chirping birds
-Hints of green grass
-Melting snow
– Chocolate chip cookies

In The Kitchen…

I’ve been working on Hand-Chenilled Potholders and Microwave Bowl Potholders the last few days.  Even authored an eTutorial for the Microwave Bowl Potholders – that’s a first for me!  So with all of this kitchen related creativity I decided to round up a few other creative items for the kitchen!  Many of these items would make for fantastic Mother’s Day Gifts!!

Click here for more treasury details!  You will find bowls and glasses and napkins and serving trays and towels and dishcloths and much more!

Have a great meal!!


Today’s Abundance
-The hope of spring…. (although it is fading fast with this latest round of sleet and snow)
-My first eTutorial
-A full day of creativity
-Old movies
-Flower garden catalogs

Paperwings Spring Blog Hop

Today is the first day of spring and we are celebrating with gusto over at PaperWings, an online resource for demonstrators for The Angel Company, with a Blog Hop.  The theme:  Spring (of course)!  You will find lots of spring themed cards from the blog participants – you’ll find the links at the end of the post.

The stamp set I used is Frogs and Kisses along with Mia’s Cottage paper collection.  I just love these frogs and balloons – they are so cheerful, uplifting, and so spring!!  The images are colored with my trusty Copics.  Then I used a glitter pen for highlights on the balloon and frog.  The edges of the image have been distressed with Chartreuse Pallet ink.  What a great birthday card this will make for someone  special.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to drop by these blogs to see more Spring Inspirations!

Rita W – http://ritascreativenest.com
Shirley – http://glitteredpaws.blogspot.com
Laura – http://www.thecraftysister.com/
Seleise – http://www.amethystcat.blogspot.com/
Angela – http://www.angelakelley.blogspot.com
Kim – http://angelatmydoor.blogspot.com/
Laurie – http://laurieunger.blogspot.com/
Carol – http://stampincarol.blogspot.com/
Teresa – http://www.mamapickle.blogspot.com


Today’s Abundance
-Serendipity – a chance siting and ensuing chat with a friend at the car dealer/service center – a place where neither of us frequent very often
-The melting snow, puddles, fog, soggy lawns
-Fabric, paper, and ink
-Coffee and French Toast
– Progress, albeit tiny, in decluttering the sewing room