Themed Thursday – New Year

Hi all!  I’m not feeling the greatest so I’m just going to quickly share with you some fun New Year’s Finds.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe night tonight!

il_430xN_112943299 Live IN Color from StudioHaus

il_430xN_112917767Hot pink 20 Bulbs real rubber tree leaves from pdkcandles 


New Year's Resolution Unisex Copper Dogtag Bracelet from tinahdee


New Year’s Ear Parade from VickiDianeDesigns


Small Leather Notebook Journals - Set of 7 - Circular Embelishments (Gold, Copper, Silver) - New Year's Resolutions from mooshchen


Happy HAPPY New Year everybody – may 2010 be joyous and prosperous for all!

The Story Teller

   A few weeks ago, just before Christmas the Poynette Public Library had a special event for the little ones – a storyteller came!  Cedi was so excited she even let me put her coat on without a fuss and we braved the bitter cold temperatures and headed over to the library.003 We were joined by a few other mom’s and kids to hear Sara Slayton’s stories.  A daycare was supposed to arrive to but fifteen minutes after it was scheduled to begin, they decided to start without them.004 005 006     My kids definitely were intrigued.011 Adults were there to enjoy the story telling as well. 013The daycare did finally arrive and the kids were able to enjoy a few stories as well.     016 017 WOW!  Even Capri was paying attention.018


Let’s not forget the free coffee, chocolate milk and cookies for after the stories!

I can’t wait for story time to start up again on January 19th!

Keeping my Hands Busy During the Holidays


I get asked the question, “How did you do all that you do?” quite often. I think there’s two answers to that:

1. I don’t think about things too long. I just go with my gut and 90% of the time it looks great.

2. My hands are always moving. You will rarely find me just watching TV or sitting at the table with nothing else going on.

So, I had to plan ahead for all the holiday traveling and visiting there would be going on. Since I would not have easy Internet access or all of my own personal creating supplies at hand I knew I should get some extra earring kits from Blue Hill by Hand to work on.

They came through and sent me four all new (to me) earring kits to create!001I like the look of these #i427 Layered Metal Earrings. As I’ve previously posted, Blue Hill by Hand is the company that purchases and creates my candy drop rings. I have been in the process of trying to come up with some earrings to “go with” the rings. I had a few of the brass discs left so I decided to see how a cluster of candy drop beads would look…here’s what I came up with:042

Brass Cluster – Candy Drop Earrings

I would love to hear your opinion on these!004 The blue and mint green earrings shown above and below are #i423 Diamond Beaded Earrings.005 006I had a lot of fun creating #i440 Dark Copper Hoops. I had to pound the curve into them with a hammer and a wood form. It was a great way to get some energy out and the end result is just gorgeous! 009

The fourth pair of earrings I created was from the Eclectic Earth Collection . These are called Star Jasmine.

This was definitely the perfect solution to keep busy during the ‘down’ holiday times of visiting and traveling.

Yeah for Front Page!

Yeah! Just opened up etsy and saw my Vintage Typewriter Rings on the Front Page!


Thanks LeapingGazelle for including me in this gorgeous treasury!

The Ugly Sweater Winners!

154The winners138In third place – my Dad, Dan Van Grunsven127My Uncle Gary took second with his lovely floral sweater   122And, the winner was my cousin Tom with his beautiful cat sweater!155

Keywords for Etsy’s Front Page: December 9th – December 15th

KEYWORD/Search Term

  • recycled


  • Retro-Inspired Holiday
  • Nautical-Inspired Gifts
  • Animal-Inspired Gifts
  • winter accessories x 3
  • Geekery
  • Holiday Fashions
  • Candy Canes
  • Honey-Inspired Gifts
  • a Winter Wonderland


  • Holiday Gift Ideas
  • Linen Gift Ideas
  • Rustic Holiday Gifts
  • Items from the bluegrass etsy street team
  • Sunny Gift Ideas
  • Fun Gift Ideas
  • Earth Friendly Gifts

the Ugly Sweater Contest

Lately, the Van Grunsven (my dad’s family) Christmas has gotten a little more fun and a little more challenging.  Last year, we all had to make hats.  This year, the challenge came in the form of who had the ugliest sweater.  Here are the challengers: 156119120121 122 123 124(I of course had to sort of ‘hand-make’ mine so I embellished with garland…) 125  127   130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141  143  148

Which one would you have voted for?

The three oldest grandchildren of each of the families that made it through the bad weather to the party voted…tune in tomorrow to see who the winners were! 

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