For the love of winter! While Axel prays around the clock for snow to fall from the heavens, I'm hoping that above all, the temperatures stay mild this year. We did catch a few flakes in these parts last week, but with a warm November sun, it's only a memory.
Etsy is starting to pick up for the Holidays, so my blogs may be short this month. Stay tuned however, I just may post pictures of what I did to my finger with the rotary cutter this week. Hint: you have no idea how much you need the pointer finger on your non-dominant hand until it's taken out of the line-up. Yikes!
Here are a few pics.
...for the record, he didn't catch that flying snowball. Definitely not a "ball sports" guy.
This hay-ride in the rain was completely Axel's idea. Yes, that would be him, with the sassy look in front. PS - We never wear matching hats. Please don't assume we're a "matchy family." It was a wardrobe malfunction.
One of the things I'm thankful for this year is Jahred's job. The fact that he is working nights over this Holiday to take care of his patients cannot even begin to take away my thankfulness. Because Jahred slept most of Thanksgiving Day away, Axel and I prepared a few of his favorite foods and were all set to decorate the Christmas tree when he woke up.
A peaceful Thanksgiving for three was just what the nurse/husband ordered, and just what we were given. We even used the special dishes.
Because the buzz seems so strong this year for "Black Friday," and the controversy about Target opening at midnight is making headlines, I thought I'd add to the confusion by highlighting a few of my favorite Etsy shops that I hope steal much of the "big box store" business!
Seriously, you should check these Etsy shops out! Of course you're always welcome in my little corner-store, but you may find just what you need from these fresh, local and edgy designers.
These wrap bracelets are to LIVE for! Made with both domestic and exotic stones and glass, you will feel like a million bucks in one of these!
Why buy from Enchanted Otter? Because she's a Midwest artist, because I've met her, and because like me, she lives in a house with all boys! Click HERE to shop with Enchanted Otter.
Now who wouldn't want a luggage tag like this? The pics I've posted here are only the tip of the Samsonite as to what you can find in her shop. Honestly, for the traveler who has everything, these luggage tags are HILARIOUS! Click HERE to shop labels!
Need I say more? Oscar, my earnest Beagle is already the proud owner of this ultra-hip feeding vessel. I have only to find a place for this adorable bed and it will be his. Click HERE to shop with Mod Pet.
When Jahred has a weekday off, it seems I've always got a mission for him. This week: make a costume rack/toy box from materials you have in the garage – don't buy anything new.
I am so happy to announce that his mission has been accomplished! Using leftover bead-board from Axel's bedroom and the branch of an old tree, Jahred has made the most adorable, masculine, eco-toy box I could have imagined!
The finishing touches are the gold paint and the fleece liner – because I knew Axel would do exactly this – crawl inside!
I've also included a sample of my "Birch in Watercolor." It's so interesting to see the difference between two paintings of essentially the same thing, in two different media. I really like them both!
If you're interested in the dimensions of the costume rack, let me know and I will beg Jahred for his secrets.
Has it really been over a week since I last blogged? Let me tell you a few of the things I've been doing in my absence.
As the pictures indicate, we found mostly the familiar. A red door/photo op and a used bookstore where Axel felt truly at home. Not much to report from our big trip to Alex, but a worthy outing for the average Tuesday.
With the onset of daylight savings time, I'm reminded that winter is just around the corner. Not even 24 hours in, I'm already having trouble keeping my wandering mind busy.
In the last few hours I've added a few new items to my Etsy shop in order to prepare for the Christmas rush (assuming/hoping there will be one). One thing you'll see in common is the grey wall showcasing my new products. In every house, I've had to find that "photo-perfect spot," and right in my dining room, here on Scenic Drive, I think I've found it.
Also on the docket today was one wedding clutch. A friend sent an old wedding dress my way a few months back, with the idea to make a handbag from her dress. While I didn't have to guts to cut into that vintage beauty this afternoon, I made a practice "frame clutch" from a few scraps I had laying around. I think I'll need about 85 more practice rounds before the real deal.
Oscar and I made a few great finds today. While Axel was peacefully resting, I cleared out unfinished projects and Oscar found a spot to bask in the south-facing window.
This afternoon I planned to pile up yarn to sell in "scrap packs." I began by collecting the remnants from last years knits and extracting random skeins from here and there. While reaching into a seemingly bottomless tote, I pulled out, completely by surprise, one hand-knit, scalloped cowl. It is super gorgeous and I had completely forgotten about it as we packed up and moved last spring.
Haha! Score! This decreases my Christmas knitting by one article. A lucky recipient will be receiving this cowl come December...but it may just be me. We'll see how soon those snowflakes begin to fly!
For your visual pleasure I've included a picture of the cowl you could be receiving, and also a pic of my earnest, old dog. Love this guy.
It's been a Halloween weekend in our house. As mentioned before, Axel wanted to be a Groom this year, and a groom he was (for 3 out of 4 dress-up occasions). For the actual trick-or-treating, I forced him into a dragon costume, figuring warmth was more important than fashion.
Here are some of the highlights from Axel's 3-year-old Halloween.
Bringing one groom to preschool.
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