Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Leather Koozies

Woohoo, finally getting some new items listed in the shop!
I'm going to be honest with you...I first started engraving these koozies for fall shows back in September. I finally got pictures taken of them in November. And I'm just now getting them listed!

Does that ever happen to you? I'm not going to lie, I have a huge back log of items that are photographed that just need edited and listed. (truth be told, I just realized I actually engraved my first koozies last summer for friends and family!)

Okay, on to these cool koozies! I can't tell you how much I love them! And I've engraved a couple for Jesse too and they hold up really well. He's pretty hard on koozies and these are practically indestructible!

I've designed a couple samples for groomsmen gifts and for the 3rd anniversary, which is the leather anniversary.
 
Of course, with everything I make, these can be engraved with any wording, logo or design you'd like. Custom requests are always welcome :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Life Lately

I apologize for the blog being so quiet last week. The week started off a little hectic and disorganized and really never got any better. It was kind of a mess, to be honest. Things really got messy on Thursday, when the factory that Jesse works at (and where I used to work) announced that they would be letting go of 250 employees, retaining only 85 workers.

In a small town, in a small rural community, this is a huge hit! And with it being one of the best paying jobs in the area, it makes the hit even harder. Jesse was one of the lucky ones who gets to keep his job...for now. Which leaves us in an awkward situation. It's a little bit like survivor's guilt. At the same time, we know it's only a matter of time before they close the doors for good and Jesse will be in the same boat.

All my mind can think about lately is the 250 friends and former co-workers who will be losing their jobs. The 250 families who will be without insurance. The 250 jobs that this area won't be able to take on.

But I always try to look on the bright side...find the silver lining. I am grateful every day that I was able to leave the factory and pursue my dreams. Today, I am even more thankful I took the chance and made the decision I did to leave. I can't image Jesse and I losing our jobs at the same time!

So for now, we ride it out and wait to see what happens. We know the future closing of the plant is inevitable, but right now we are okay, at that's what I have to focus on.

Monday, February 8, 2016

My Baby Turns the Big 1-0!

Looking at him, he still looks like a puppy. But my baby turns 10 today! I took some time over the weekend to look through old photos and found 11 great pictures to share with you of Harley's fun-filled life :)
I'm wishing him many more to come!

  • 1. April '06 - The day we brought him home. He was no bigger than the wheel on the grill and could sleep in his food dish.
  • 2. May '07 - Within a year, he was already a furball!
  • 3. July '08 - The first summer we got him shaved. Jesse hated his floofy tail...I loved it :)
  • 4. June '09 - Nose to nose with one of our new kittens. I'm not sure either one of them knew what to think!
  • 5. August '10 - Harley's first airboat ride. This boy loves to go for rides!
  • 6. July '11 - Since day one, he has been a Daddy's Boy!
  • 7. February '12 - Meeting his cousin Charlie, the Great Dane, who is now the size of a horse!
  • 8. July '13 - Enjoying Iowa sweet corn. He's just a little spoiled :)
  • 9. April '14 - He might pretend not to like her, but these two are best friends. I catch them laying in the yard together all the time :)
  • 10. November '15 - My constant companion. While he might be a Daddy's Boy, he hangs out with me all day in my studio if it's too cold to be outside all day (where he'd prefer to be).
  • 11. January '16 - That face still melts my heart ♥

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Features - Bath Time

As I mentioned earlier this month, I tend to get the "January blahs" each year after the holidays are over. One way I fight this is by taking long, hot baths with a good magazine and a cold glass of wine :) Today's features can help you soak your troubles away!

Decal / Bath Caddy / Honey Bubble Bath / Bath Bomb

Boy am I dreaming about a bath now! (and that glass of wine!)
My favorite here is the bath caddy because it's one of the only ones I've seen that holds your book upright for you!

Which is your favorite?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gift Basket Goodies

Back in November (yes, November!) I won a lovely gift basket from Linda of Abigail Jayne Art. I realize Fall is long gone, but I want to show you the goodies I received and thank Linda for the beautiful items.

There were 4 items in total and a cute little basket as well.

My favorite of the basket were these pot holders that have been in use since I received them. They only got put away for the season the other day. Yeah, I'm a little behind.

And I love Linda's coasters. I was lucky enough to receive a set of these a few years ago and still use them to this day. While I use my other set in my studio, I decided these should be used in the house.

And this beautiful table runner is great because it is double-sided. So I got to use it both for fall and winter! I love poinsettias!

 Black Lace Hanging Heart
Long Plum Lucite Flower Earrings
And Linda has several great Valentine's items in her shop as well if you're looking for a great gift or something for yourself.

Thanks again Linda!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Early Bloomers

 They missed the memo that it's still winter!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Valentine's Day Readiness

Love Sculpture Card
While I still feel like the holidays just ended, it's already time to start thinking ahead to Valentine's Day. I'd had a couple of custom requests for Valentine's cards in my shop and realized that my listings from last year were still deactivated. My brain wasn't ready for the next holiday I guess! But alas, we are already at the end of January and it's time to start planning ahead.

Tandem Bike Valentine
Upon relisting my cards from last year, I've already had several orders for them. So I'm telling you, get those Valentine items listed...now. Buyers are out there and ready to shop!
 
 I love you to the moon and back
Over the last couple of years, I've added a couple new designs to my shop each year. One of the custom requests I got this year was for a popular quote "I love you to the moon and back". I thought it was the perfect design to add to this year's offerings.

Is your shop ready for Valentine's Day?
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