I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Friday, November 30, 2012


HELLOOOOOO! My gosh I have missed ya'll bunches! I really wish I had something amazing to show you, but I still do NOT. Well actually I bought some neat lamps, but haven't taken pics yet.

I do have some things lain out, but not put together....because I have been in a TURKEY COMA. I kid you not. I have slept more since Thanksgiving than I have for the last several months. I must have needed it. I have barely even left my house. I did manage to get my tree decorated between naps, and it only took 5 days HA!

I did play with my camera a little when I first got it...I think that was last Friday :O

I was going to show you some pics, but I have a little dilemma maybe ya'll can help me with. I have reached my photo storage capacity on my blog :( and I have the option to add more space. The two plans available are $2.49 a month, or $4.99 a month. Hmmmmm what should I do? I guess go for the BIGGER storage plan cause I don't know how many pics I will be uploading???? Have any of you had to upgrade yet?

I was planning on a much better come back post than this :(
I have foggy morning pics, and some nice ones of Zach, too...except he wouldn't LOOK at me lol.

OK....what should I do?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Twas the day of Thanksgiving,
and much to my surprise,
my little Coolpix camera met it's demise.
I had just barely used it moments before,
and didn't drop this camera on the floor.
The screen display showed 'lens error'
Much to my horror :O

I turned it on, and the sound it made just wasn't funny
Erhnn, erhnn, erhnn, erhnn... I need a new camera honey!

No pics of my Thanksgiving,
nor none of my family.
No new listings for Etsy
No stores are open on turkey day!

I don't DO Black Friday shopping
it's a nightmare to me.
Shopping in a massive crowd isn't done gleefully.
But out I went on Friday, with much trepidation
Hoping to score a camera on a clearance liquidation!

I did so love my camera, that I went to get another Nikon
But all the super mega-pixels were so long gone.

So I hemmed and hawed back and forth trying to decide,
which one of these other brands would suit my needs just fine.
I finally settled on a Fuji with an incredible zoom,
Oh my holy cow I can zoom across the room!

This camera is perfect for the beach, and for my Etsy, too!
I hope it takes good pictures of Mili, Bonesaw, and the Cannibal crew!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have been trying all week to get around to this post! I just couldn't let Thanksgiving go by without wishing you all a joyful holiday!


Monday, November 19, 2012

A Feast To Remember

Oh, I'm not talking about Thanksgiving. I'm talking about the roller derby bout lastnight! The theme was "Feast of the Cannibals". And what a feast it was! The Cannibals bouted against Sintral Florida Derby Demons, and made a meal out of them.

And I forgot my camera.

And I really enjoyed the bout!

It was so intense!

No trying to get the perfect shot as my daughter and her team mates come flying by me...
and I really got into it!

They WON! Against Sintral! WOW!

I'm a proud derby momma :D

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Red & Green

Yesterday while taking a break, I decided to stretch my legs and take a walk around the yard. Not the WHOLE yard, just the front/side yards.

A few weeks ago, maybe 3, I noticed a TOMATO plant growing by the front door next to the mermaid and the pond! A little volunteer!

I decided to leave it and just see what happens. It has had blooms on it for a week or so, and yesterday I noticed it has some lil' maters on it :)

It looks like we have some Roma's! About the only time I use Roma's is for fresh salsa, so someone, maybe me, spit a seed out walking by the pond. I just may start spitting all kinds of seeds all over the place! (That extension cord is not plugged into the outlet...it was for my pumpkins) I should have tomatoes by Christmas, or maybe even Thanksgiving :D

What drew me outside in the first place was gazing at my poinsettia for most of the day from my craft room. It is getting more colorful.

This is the one I see from my chair! It leans and sways and is perfectly in my line of vision.

The leaves are looking a bit raggedy though from all the wind we had from Sandy.

So tall!

I sure hope it makes it to full bloom!

The other side doesn't get much sun since the maple tree got so huge, so isn't even showing red yet. Did you know that a poinsettia starts changing and getting red when the days are shorter and nights are longer? To get them to the beautiful specimens you see in the stores, they force the blooms by cutting their daylight and forcing darkness upon them early. It takes bright sunlight, and 12 hours of darkness at least 5 days in a row to turn them colors. I would love to have one of each color growing alongside the house!

It's time to put my photographer hat on. I am waaaaaaaaay behind on listings! I would also have somethings to post about if I would just take some pics! I still have to set up my lightbox and lights every time I do a photo session. I would love a permanent set up! If I could just find the space....near an outlet.

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Monthly Social

Although we don't sell every time we go to a craft show, the social aspect is well worth our time and travels. This is the one day (or two if we do more than one show!) a month that I get to get out and socialize with other crafters.

I was on my way to taking pics of all the vendors, when my camera battery went dead...and I had just charged it, so it must be nearly done for. And I left the spare in the charger UGH. I did get some pics though :) I'll try to get the rest of our 'regulars' next time!

On the premises there are a few permanent structures....like the old train depot that is the heart of Harvest Village, where the creamery is located.....and Ray's Rusty Relics.

Ray has a LOT of really cool old signs and things in, on and around this building. The motorcycle isn't one of them. He rides this!

I ask permission to take these photos :)

I have no idea how old this sign is, but the cheapest I remember gas being when I was a kid was about 50 cents a gallon.

Neat stuff, huh?! He has some really old bicycles inside the shop! Ray is a cool ole' dude, and always makes coffee for the vendors.

We had a new vendor this time, too.

Renee Bauman from Quiet Bubbles Handmade Soap! She has the old fashioned soaps made with lye, and she has liquid soaps, too......and amazing moisturizer in a solid form for hands and body. I bought 3 bars of soap, and she gave me some of the moisturizer. I will be using it religiously, as my fingers are dry to the point of splitting, cracking, and peeling. OUCH!

She has a really nice set up, and she is a super nice lady!

Next time I have to get pics of Anna's booth. She is the coordinator of this shin dig, and we just love Anna! There are several vendors I missed because of not having that spare battery :(

Next month we are combining with the Farmers Market on the 1st Saturday. There will be a LOT of vendors, and baby animals, too! I'm really looking forward to this one! We will also do our regular 2nd Saturday show as well.

Okay, now for Lace's and my booths this time.

Laci was telling FaceBook that we were here :)

Laci has Finger Puppets! She made some for her little niece last year for Christmas, so she made some to sell, too. Laci made the little wooden stands to hold her puppets all by herself!

So so CUTE! If you buy a set of four, you get a little drawstring bag to carry them in!

Kids play food, catnip toys, a cupcake pin cushion, and if you are already a crocheter, or knitter.... sets of stitch markers :)

Although we don't like the cold, we are hoping it does get cold enough for her to sell some hats! It sure was chilly Saturday morning, and Ray's coffee really hit the spot!

I didn't change much, just made room for new stuff.

I'm getting a dowel to hold the bottom of my sign straight!

Seashell Ornaments
More Seashell Ornaments

Starfish Headbands

Mermaid and Seashell Bookmarks
Stretch Bracelets

My wine glass charms.....where I screwed up and labeled them at $12 a set, and my sign says $15.
OOOOOOPS! Gotta fix that!

Seashell Key Chains

Notice the new earrings? There will be more before the next show!

You've seen these two seashell pins.....

and then I made these three!

I'm working on getting all of the hanging necklaces on necklace cards. My dear Laci did these for me. Until she ran out of cards. I have to order more. Which means I have used 100 of them already!

Solid Brass Nautical Necklaces

A slightly different necklace display this time. The white on the outside, and the black on the inside. The far inside of the pegboard display is too far for people to reach into, so needs to be filled in with reachable items.

The purple necklace and earrings on the far right display are new! They have sea turtle charms on them, and the necklace has amethyst and faceted pearls.

I'm trying to have everything look neat, orderly, and packaged!

I intended to set out an organza bag with an item in it, and a black velvet bag with a pearl necklace spilling out of it, along with one of my stamped pillow boxes with ribbon to show they come packaged and ready to give. But I forgot! GRRRRRR. So, I really hope I remember to next time! I think it would really be beneficial!

So that's my tour of the November Harvest Village Show. I didn't sell a darn thing, but I do have fun socializing!

OH! I did make other ornaments....I made these for Laci and posted them on FaceBook on Friday.

Laci's Christmas Tree theme is Snowmen! Like I said on Facebook.....they aren't quite perfect, but they are perfectly cute! And she loves them, so that's what matters the most!

I've started cleaning house and prepping for Thanksgiving. Are you ready for the holidays to begin?
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