Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I've been busy!

I've inadvertently been on a bit of a hiatus from the blog. I thought I would be able to blog over Christmas, but in the end gift deadlines took priority. I made a crazy amount of gifts this year! Here is just a small sampling of some of the gifts I had been busy making.

I bought a wood burner, and used it to create a bunch of gifts including this jewelry box for Britt, 

Handmade lotions and potions 

Homegrown Tea (packaged into tea bags)

What my sewing table looked like!

Garden Markers (made with my burner and some free paint sticks)

(back side of garden markers)

Wood burned bookmarks
Wood burned spoons
(back of Acorn spoon)
My first piece of pyrography (given to my Grandmother)

Hand-knit gloves for Britt!

Hat and scarf set for my mom
And that's not everything! I made a bunch more gifts, but I won't bore you with photos of everything. 

We visited my mom's side of the family on Christmas. I took the opportunity to wear this great hat I purchased a few weeks ago. I made a long Edwardian inspired skirt to go along with it, 

Something else that has been keeping me very busy:

Yes, I adopted a kitty! Her name is Aggie (short for Agatha Christie), and she is a total sweetheart. 

I adopted her from a local shelter, but am admittedly disappointed with the experience, She was supposed to be around 1 year old, but when I took her to the vet he surmised she was closer to 10 years old. She is also missing all but 3 of her teeth (which was not mentioned in the medical record provided by the shelter). I was rather saddened to realize I will about around 8 or 9 less years than I thought with her. However, she is otherwise healthy and super energetic. We are hoping her hard life has contributed to her teeth loss, and to be honest she seems to be closer to 6 or 7 years old just based on exuberance. I will strive to give her the best life possible, regardless of how long she may be around.

Well, I suppose that's it for now!

Happy New Year Everyone!


  1. Your gifts are sooo gorgeous! I especially adored the wood burned box and kitchen spoons.

    How truly beautiful that you adopted a sweet kitty. I'm sorry to hear that she's lived such a challenging life thus far, but am so grateful that now she has found her fur-ever home with you. (Our sweet Stella was a shelter rescue as well - two bad pets can't write one another, they could be paw pals :)).

    With all my heart, I wish you and your family (and its new feline member) a truly happy, healthy, fun filled, and very beautiful 2015!

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Happy New Year to you and Aggie!

  3. Happy New Year!

    Our secondhand kitty was older than we anticipated, but they love you just as much as a young one. Also, at least you won't have to worry about her teeth. (Ours no longer has many teeth either, and it doesn't affect her appetite at all.)

  4. Kudos to you for keeping the misrepresented kitty. She so needed a home and I'm sure she is thrilled to be with you. I have 5 cats, all adopted as kittens and all various ages. I know most people would think that is far too many, but 2 is a nice number. Who knows - as time goes on, you might (or might not, I know) decide to get a kitten to keep Agatha Christie company. That's how I ended up with 5. In any case, it is a wonderful thing that you gave this one cat a home and have committed to being with her for the long haul.

  5. You made so much! That's very impressive.
    And how lovely to have a new furbaby. All our furbabies over the years have been rescues.

  6. Aggie is beautiful! I adore Agatha Christie's books and you must too :-)

    Okay-- so you are going to start branching out and selling some of your lotions and potions and homegrown teas and wood burned book marks and such in your Etsy shop or even open up a second shop? I'm ready to place an order just based upon your pictures :-D

    1. Haha, thank you! No immediate plans about selling tea or lotions (too many legal regulations), but I am toying with the idea of some bookmarks for the shop. I may do a few trial ones and just see how they do :)


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