Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Feeling Etsyish. Etsyaholic. Etsylicious.

It's here!!!  It's here!!  So, I'm sitting on the couch, laptop on my knees, furiously re-sizing photos, jumping up and measuring things, giggling to myself because I actually followed through one ONE of my New Year's Resolutions.  (I actually followed through on a few so far but this one is my favorite.)  I stepped out of my cozy little box and I tried something.  I tried something that I could still fail miserably at.  It's kind of freaky-exhilarating, knowwhatImean?  So... here are my items, prices below each (plus shipping...that darn "extra charge".) I hope you love them.

  Click here to order anything and I'll pop it in the mailbox.  Thank you Becky, for helping me do this for the first time in March.  And thank you everyone for every order you have placed, and will place.  (I mean.. if you do order something.  Not that I'd ever assume... because you know what happens when you assume right?) Your names in my orders inbox warm the cockles of my heart.  (I've always wanted to just say "cockles".  I really have no idea what a cockle is.  Now that I think about it, it sounds like a bad thing.  Like something you don't really want warm, if you know what I mean.  Oops.  Too many days with my head buried in work.  Ha!)

Perhaps my favorite item to date.  (And I will try to limit myself on saying that under only five photos.) Give Thanks napkins- not just for Thanksgiving day!  Set of four, $20.00 (+s/h).  Chocolate ink on oatmeal cloth napkins. 
 The flew out in 24 hours last time.  I have two more market bags- wine and cheese variety.  (Carry whatever you want in them... don't feel that a label defines you.  ha!) $27.00 (+s/h)
 Big mistake on my part... I only have two standard sets left, because I forgot about all my wait listers.  (Don't worry guys, yours are coming).  BUT... I did make two King sized sets too for those of you who keep asking!  Standard size, set of two, $30.00 (+s/h) and King sized, set of two, $40.00 (+s/h.)
 Because so many of you keep requesting this one... the "Handful of Pencils" print, 8x10 size (custom sizes larger or smaller are available upon special order request) in lustre finish, is available now!  Yours for $15.00 (+s/h).
 My friend Amy inspired this one, as it was her idea/custom order.  $20.00 (+s/h).
 Ah yes... the crate.  Personal favorite... $30.00 (+s/h).  Love. Love. Love. 
 So sorry... another favorite.  Set of two chalkboard pots, including chalk, hand-stamped herb label sticks, and twine ties.  $25.00 (+s/h.)
 Let's just look at these again.  I feel like using them tonight at dinner.  I think I will. 
 Oh the cuteness... glittered acorns.  Sold as a set of six, for $5.00 (+s/h).  I am madly in love with these things.  Six is not enough.  It's just not.  So be warned. 
 Set of two 20"x20" pillow slipcovers.  One is silkscreened and one is a harvesty paisley pattern that perfectly coordinates.  Let's all say "harvesty paisley" together.  (grin.) Set of two cases, $30.00 (+s/h).

 Newly updated "eat" napkins are back in stock!  (I have one set remaining, of the original style-almost exactly like this but with slightly thicker fine lines, still available if you want them!) Set of four, $20.00 (+s/h). 
 Perfect for any meal.  I'm bringing placemats and cloth napkins back, baby!  Yeah!  (Okay so maybe it's not specifically me bringing those back... but I like to do my part.  Bringing families back together over stew.  Er, something like that.)
 Favorite chalkboard to date!  Love it so much, that if I had room I'd be keeping it.  But then my man would roll his eyes and make some statement about wondering how many chalkboards one home needs, and I'd retort something about how many tee shirts one man needs and then there'd be no peace.  So someone needs to buy this.  Ha! $35.00 (+s/h) It's really pretty big too. 
 (And I love the distressing.)
 These never get old.  Ever.  $30.00 (+s/h).
 Yes the chicken wire is white!!  Same price.  (This one might belong to someone who put in a wait list request.  I'm waiting to hear back, otherwise it's yours!)
 Ditto on the price.  
 It has a flower pin.  You can remove it and wear it on your scarf.  Or hat.  Or jacket.  Or headband.  And it's cute!!!  $25.00 (+s/h).
 No flower pin, but colors that will make you smile all day.  Like eating a pink-frosted cupcake.  $20.00 (+s/h).
 Flower pin... cute... polka dots.  I love.  $25.00 (+s/h).
 Drop cloth, sand bag tic tac toe game.  Original inspiration was from a magazine but I silk screened mine.... and let me just say my hoodlums love this game!  I hope you will too!  $35.00 (+s/h).
 Another favorite.  I made one for myself.  I had to!  It's hanging beside my front door.  $30.00 (+s/h).
 This might be a dumb thing to add, but honestly, I've used these tags for everything imaginable, and I wanted to offer some to you guys.  Set of 15, $8.00 (+s/h).
 I feel tingly about showing you some of the next few things.  Old, found board... I painted it.  $45.00 (+s/h).  One of a kind...
 My sis in law, Holli, inspired this.  For years, I've been making everyone write what they are most thankful for on a tablecloth that I pull out every November.  I've silk screened "Give Thanks" onto these runners, and I've got long ones and shorter ones.  Here you see the long one. This is as big as my table gets, so I'm sorry my photo doesn't really do it justice.  The longer size comes with a brown-toned paint pen.  (I mean, you wouldn't have to write on it... but you could.) Longer size with paint pen, $40.00 (+s/h) and shorter ones are $30.00 (+s/h).

As always, I'm open, so I'm accepting "Family Established" sign orders.  Click here for that information.
Click here for Etsy ordering.

I love you guys!  You mean so much to us!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Counting down

We are nearly there.  Less than one week from school, and about a day away from re-opening Etsy!  Talk about excitement.  It's like there's electricity in the air or something.  (Okay there's really not, I just thought that would be fun to say.) My hoodlums are so cute... they are playing with everything they own today.  It's like they know... gone are the days of homeschooling (not that we played all day... cause we didn't... we were just around so if they wanted to... wait never mind.  We did play all day.  Yes... yes we did... and we learned a bunch too though...) and soon are the days of public school.
 Today I finally got some answers/closure on some of JJ's stuff.  (I'm just going to call it "stuff" okay?) Medication questions, dosage questions, is-it-working questions... that sort of thing.  I feel happy.

I also got some more answers on my "stuff."  (We'll call that "stuff" too.) I was having daily vitamin B injections and oh-wasn't-that fun?  Those are now going to be weekly for a while.  I also may be gluten intolerant and my doctor started me on a 30 day gluten free dietary plan to find out.  There's gluten in a lot of things.  Who knew.  All of this because of one little blood test for my liver.  Things break down when you start getting old I guess.  Ha!  (Incidentally, my birthday is in about a week and I'm totally good with getting older.  I'm just saying.)  The other day I was talking to Alli, and I explained that it feels so nice to finally have something wrong with me.  (Hold on- hear me out) I am the worst hypochondriac (as we all know) in the world, so to finally have something WRONG, but not just imagined wrong... well, I feel vindicated somehow.  Does this make me a freak?  Yes.  I'm sure it does. 

 I didn't come here to talk about all of that believe it or not.  I just came to say hi. And take an Etsy break for a few minutes.  And say that I'll see you on Thursday with finished (and so super cute, cute, cute)  Etsy stuff. 
 Apparently, stuff happens.  Bwahahaha!  Okay, back to work for me. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pictchuh? Africa thru Adrain's eyes, in part.

I have only a small portion of Adrain's 1500 photographs from his recent missions trip to Africa.  So be warned, there will eventually be more, because he has a great eye, and was using a lens that I've coveted for a year.  He traveled to Arusha, Tanzania, with a group from our church, to meet up with another group from our church.  They celebrated the dedication of an orphanage, and the baptism of the chief of the Masai, among other things.  (Hopefully those photos will be coming soon.)
 I think I fell in love with all these little faces.  Adrain said that the word he heard over and over from the delighted little ones was, "Pictchuh?"  Then they would reach for the camera to see their faces.  Over and over again.  I'm not going to add a lot of commentary to these photos, so I hope you enjoy them just the way they are.  Each one is a story. 




 Adrain stayed at a YWAM base, and saw first-hand, how hearts, and then subsequently, lives are being changed by the love of Jesus.  This little girl above, is named Tumaini, meaning, "hope."  She was dumped on the doorstep of the YWAM base a few years ago, and her only knowledge of people was that they were abusive and hurtful.  She didn't know how to play or even interact with people.  Now her life reflects her name, "Hope."  If you want to give a donation to the Arusha YWAM base, where people are bestowing God's love to those around them, you can do so, by clicking here.
Adrain also saw how a mission as practical as teaching kids soccer shapes character and transforms lives.  A man from our town saw a need in Africa, and his passion happened to be soccer.  So he did what he knew, and now it's actually changing lives for kids and giving them hope. This inspires me like crazy, because I often see others doing "something" and wonder, "Well, what can I do?"  Here's the answer I love. "Do what you can."  Simple, don't you think?  If you want to know more about New Vision Soccer, or help/donate/support, you can visit their site, here.