My father in law Ron passed away yesterday from a heart condition at 89 years old he would have been 90 July 20th 2012. He was a wonderful man and was loved by many. He had a terrific sence of humor and a laugh like no one else, and boy did he like to laugh. A huge void will be in all of our lives without him. I was his daughter in law for 37 years and I loved it! RIP Ron, I love you!
Wow, it's been a while since my last post hasn't it, like my Dad always said "Long Time No See"! Spring is early here in MN we are supposed to be in the 70's this weekend, LOVE it! My tulips are poking out of the leaves I put on my gardens to mulch them for winter. Not sure if I should rake them out or not but I probably will this weekend. I think spring is a month ahead of schedule here, yeah!
I finished and added these two rabbits that I call Astrid to my Etsy page . I just love how they turned out such sweet expressions on there faces I think. I used a Sweet Meadows Farm pattern to make them.
I recently opened a vintage Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/DebscountryVintage I LOVE antiquing and thrift store shopping treasure hunting, plus I have WAY too many vintage collectables in my house so I thought it was time to part with some of them hence the shop opening. I hope you hop on over to take a look at it.
My brother also recently opened two new shops on Etsy these are the links: http://www.etsy.com/shop/alsredesignupcycled http://www.etsy.com/shop/alsredesignvintage
He is sooooo talented and creative I hope you take a look at both of his great shops.
Hope you all are enjoying springtime, wherever you live! :)
I'm slowing getting back into the groove of doll making for 2012. These are two of my latest creations, they are for sale on my Etsy page right now. I'll be making some spring/Easter dolls next.
My Mom was recently hospitalized with pnemonia and then went home with hospice care so I'll be spending lots of quality time with her and crafting in between. Life sure is hard sometimes I'm trying to remember to live in the present and enjoy every good thing and not dwell on the reality. My 2 sisters, and 1 brother an I gave my Mom a bedroom makeover yesterday. We made it really girly, lots of pink floral, garden theme and cheerful. She loved it!
I got this great email from a family member last week and I thought it was worth sharing with you. Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- Merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip. You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. This is a wonderful idea but my husband thought of something that makes sense if you buy someone something they will buy themselves anyway like a haircut is that really helping the ecomomy??? He said you need to buy them something they wouldn't buy themselves, that may be a haircut I know some of my family members need one right now, not naming any names though, lol. Speaking of buying handmade I am going to be doing a show this Saturday from 9-4 at North Branch High School North Branch MN. Take care and hope to see you there.
It's been awhile since I've posted hasn't it, not sure why but I just lost interest in posting. I've also been busy making new things for my show on November 19th at North Branch High School this is the link for more info: http://www.stmawt.org/craft_show.htm Hope to see you there! It's a fun show! I sculpted this scarecrow pictured above out of paperclay. I really enjoy making small paperclay sculptures but they are very time consuming so I've only made a few of them. This little guy is for sale on my Etsy page along with a Raggedy Ann I sculpted too. http://www.etsy.com/shop/debscountry Until next time then gotta run. Happy Fall Yall.