Top Ten for the Week of Oct. 26 – Nov. 1




Who knew an entire week would go by before we were together again? I certainly didn’t. But here we are at another issue of things I liked when looking through Etsy shops:

102720141This beautiful shawl is the work of beyazdukkan


Gray Anchor Designs makes these beautiful knotted balls.












This lovely toddler dress comes from Lucky Lizzy102720143

A personalized notepad from Paper K Studios is always nice, especially if it can be made with your name: 102720144









The Knitting Sea makes lovely items including this scarf:




If you’re looking for a unique hoodie, look no further than Mungo Cra102720146fts










To keep little ones stylish, try these hair clips from My Little Paula102720147








Kvitka Sonze makes these incredible earrings 102720148








This102720149 blast from the past is courtesy of Chipped Green Chair







1027201410And finally ,this unusual ring from Toolisjewelry:



That’s it for this week. I hope we get together between now and next week. I have some orders and getting into some other things and there is much to share (well, some, maybe not much..)

In any case, enjoy the week. We’re having some nice temps so enjoy while you can!


Top Ten Week of Oct 19, 2014 – Oct 25, 2014

Strolling along the streets of Etsy, I come across these things I like:

101920141This poncho from Sense and Emotions


A photo turned into a pillow cover by Brooke Ryan Photo.















A crocheted necklace from White Wolf’s Clouds











A tortoise chip necklace from Zephyr Vintage












101920145A table lamp from Bee Jay Kay:








A hat and mitten set from Sexy Crochet by Olga












Blue soap (!?!) from 4 Sisters Farm Soap Company



Mr. and Mrs. Smiley face from Pillows Rolanda












A vintage teapot from Callooh Callay


Birch bark candle holders from Bragging Bags













I am amazed at the talent…every time. It serves as a reminder that I can do so much betterin my photography – but I probably won’t…

Progress…or something like it



For some reason that will surpass explanation, I have decided I need a ‘regular work schedule.’ You know, a schedule like real people have. Be at work at a certain hour, stop work at a certain hour.

I chose start at 7 end at 5. I know regular people have 8 hour works days but I am in management – my time is not entirely my own.

It is day three of this exercise and I must say: it doesn’t suck. I have got to get used to the idea that the day hasn’t ended in its entirety when I’m done. The first two days when I finished working, it was like I didn’t know what to do with the rest of the day – there was sunshine and everything.

I had to harken back to the days when I left the house to go to work and came back home and then made dinner and cleaned rooms and got stuff done. Today, it’s even worse because the schedule doesn’t have me knitting at all.

Gulp. I did a clean up of the living room. Took the garbage that resulted from that to the garbage can in the alley and then took the long way around back to the house. (Did I mention, I’ve been doing these small 1-3 minute walk breaks during the day?) Now, I get to do some writing. This falls under writing and I have a page to write in the book. The goal of a writing session is one page. This is going to take some time to write – I have three books going at once.

There has been a lot of knitting and cowlburntpumpkin3crocheting going on: these two cowls will be added to the shop soon. And there’s a pair of fingerless mitts and a hat.cowlautumn2 Not to mention about five orders I have to get done. On the needles and hooks right now are a pixie hat (order) and the knitted cowl I designed. I will take that with me to knit group and hopefully get that done. Also, another crochet cowl in merlot. I also have to write the pattern for the knitted cowl. So, there’s progress being made.

I think I will have to give it time to adjust to the schedule. I am going to bed a little earlier and getting up between 6-7 and that’s a little strange. But it does give me several hours of quiet that can be productive and the walk breaks are quiet because everyone else is in school or at work. That part works well for me and when the weather is too cold to go outside, I can do something in doors.

Still need to come with something to put into the group shop. It is on my schedule (I love schedules and lists) to do some publicity and promo work for it and when I have that time, I will specifically choose something to make that will be for that shop only.

Hopefully, a schedule will keep me from feeling frazzled during the busy season – and I am hoping to have a busy season – Mama wants to say goodbye to her Discover card.

Top Ten for the Week of 10/5/14 – 10/11/14

This week would have seen my Mom’s 84th birthday….rather than remain sad – I choose to remember the beautiful woman she was and make it a good week in her honor. So these are some nifty things that are beautiful themselves:

Infinity scarves are supposed to be hot this year and this one looks like it took some work. You can find it at Blu100520141e Birds Fly Boutique.


Smelly Rhino does some nice pet portraits. I like this one because of the face:100520142











Bags won’t be out of my top ten for long and100520143 if I keep seeing ones like this one from Ikabags, they will never be gone.


Natural Home Spa offers a 100520144block of uncut soap. Uncut soap. Who knew?





Integrity Graphics have personalized prayer journals. Great idea.100520145






Sometimes something makes you stop and say “Hmmmm.” Stevie Nicks on a prayer candle is one of those things. See who else made it in Greaser Creatures wax. 100520146










I also like mugs. I bought Mr. Honey a bunch of mugs because he likes them, too: I like this one from Judi Creates100520147










What makes this fascinating is that this Elsa gown from axac Studio is the only thing she sells:



Got to give a shot hot to a fellow hooker. I don’t make slippers but these from Shop Dreams of Crochet, are kinda cute:100520149










and finally: A Cabbage Kid dreams of being like this girl from Beez Dream:












I hope your week is a great one and if you still have your parents, don’t wait to tell them you love them. Tell them as many times as you can. You won’t regret telling them; only if you don’t.





Mr. Honey’s Birthday

Well, this day isn’t going the way it was pictured.mrhoney Today is Mr. Honey’s birthday. I am pretty sure he isn’t one of those people who don’t mind telling their age. So he is 68 today. (I know, looking at his picture, he doesn’t look a day over 5.)

Last night found me in some real pain until early this morning when I could finally sleep. Hopefully, we can make it to the movie he wants to see.

But one of the good things about him is he won’t be resentful if the plans have to change and we do his birthday later. I am hoping for a really good October so I can do what I planned for him to celebrate the planet’s luck at having him on it.

Until that time comes, Happy Birthday, honey, love you more than ever.

Knitting and crochet goes on and I am done with the designbcb orders and have to complete the Knit360five order and then I am free. Now that we are in October, which has been my peak month for the past two years, I am ready for the orders to come pouring in.

I hope they do come. I tried a flash sale and put it on Facebook and Twitter and sent it out to my mailing list and thus far, nothing. I am in that mode where I think I will never have another sale.

I will have a photo session and there will be two cowls and an Eden cap and I have on the needles, a cowl of my own design and I revamped a basic mitten pattern into a fingerless mitt pattern and those are also on the needles.

It;s a creative time. Tomorrow the birthday celebration continues.