Spa Day challenge



Today’s featured shop is Make Mine Patchwork owner Karen….Karen does some amazing work.  She not only sews cute bibs she is an amazing artist as shown by her fantastic quilts!!p2These little bibs she makes are so cute, makes me almost want a baby again,,,

p3Here is one of her baby toys….how cute!!

p4Her line of Christmas creations includes Christmas stockings….how cute would they look hanging from your fireplace….Go and check our her shop for some amazing deals and amazing creations!!

*7th in the series.

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Spa Day Challenge

m1Today’s Spa Day shop is Miram of Huewood….Miram does amazing work, her jewelry is the BEST!!

m2One of my favorites is these necklaces….

m3Or this necklace…wow made out of wood!!!!!!!!

m4These earrings are fabulous!!! come and check out this amazing shop!!!


*6th in the series

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Spa Day Challenge

d1Today’s Spa Day shop is Debbie’s, she has some amazing creations. Deb makes all her products by hand in her own home!!!!

d2I just purchased an order from Deb and I got this Vanilla lip scrub…can’t wait to use it!!

d3I also purchased this Patchouli cream because I love the smell of Patchouli!!d4And this Patchouli perfume, wow I am going to smell amazing!!


*5th in the series!!

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Spa Day Challenge!!



Katie Joy is an amazing Artisan!!!  She makes all her amazing creations by hand.  She has painted wooden earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, here are a few of my favorites…………





I want this bracelet so bad, I love everything French!!kj2


I just ordered this necklace, I think it will make a great statement piece!!kj4I already have these amazing painted geometric shapes, and everytime I wear them I get tons of compliments!!


*Fourth in the series


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Spa Day Challenge

q1Love this shop!!!  I too crochet so I know the work and talent that goes into making beautiful creations from fibers.  Here are a few of my favorite creations from Quinny!!q2Such a cute bag to take with you when you would like to carry less!!

q3Baby Booties!!!  These are just adorable!!!  They would be cute for a Christmas baby!!

q4What an adorable Christmas outfit for the little girl in your life!!

*Third in the series.

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Spa Day Challenge


Tammy of Paisley Lizard is the most amazing artist!!  The things she can do with wire, stones, and beads is a sight to behold.  Here a few of her creations that I love, actually I love everything she makes!!

pl2This necklace really needs to be in my collection of jewelry!!


pl3I love the clear/white beads with the silver pieces!!

pl4This pair of earrings are actually in my shopping cart!!!  A treat for myself!!

*Second in the Spa Day challenge




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Spa Day Challenge


Rhi is amazing and so is her shop, she has so many different creations to choose from it is hard to decide what to buy!!

Here are some of my favorites:

puffy fasinatorIf I could find a place to wear this I so would, I just love it and the blue hair!!


puffy anarchyMy son has a band its name is Toxic Anarchy…..this is similar to his logo!!

puffy book markThis is the neatest creation of Rhi’s.  She creates people and they are given adoption papers, so you can have them created to match yourself with papers and everything!!! The best part about these people is they are fantastic bookmarks. Rhi once sent me a gift and it was a custom-made Raven bookmark….amazing work!!!!



*First post in a new series honoring the shops of The Handmade Forum and their craftsmanship.  All shops belonging to this forum and in this series are all certified handmade!!


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It’s a beautiful Fall day. The sky is clear except for a few white fluffy clouds, the air is crisp and cool. I head outside with my favorite dog, to take a walk.  I am wearing jeans and a t-shirt with my favorite boots. I love to be outside in the Fall when the leaves are dropping and the animals are preparing for Winter. Even though my space in this world will soon be covered in a blanket of snow, and most things will die, this time of the year makes me feel alive.

I head over to my apple and pear trees, it’s time for picking apples and the pears are all but done now.  I don’t have an orchard just a few trees of shiny red globes. I pick one and slip it into my bag, I’ll save it for when I reach Paradise.

As I walk past the fruit trees, I come to my barn. My barn used to be filled with all sorts of animals…cows, sheep, goats, hogs, dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys and rabbits.  Now it looks like a fading red toy box which was slowly emptied over time.

Passing the barn I enter the tall grasses.  I love the way these grasses wave to and fro as the soft gentle breeze floats by.  I reach my hands down to touch the tops of them. They feel like silk and straw mixed together. As I walk I listen to the birds chirping as they  dive in for grasshoppers that my steps disturb.  My dog and I walk quietly in each others steps as we gaze ahead to that perfect spot. It’s not a far walk maybe 500 feet or so, but I take my time so I can be lulled into the peace that surrounds me.

We come upon a clearing and in the center is a pool of water, or what we call a really,really small pond.  At the water’s edge I see tracks from deer, and raccoon.  The Canadian geese will be stopping by soon to drink of our waters as they travel away. Near the edge of the water there are cattails which I can only assume host a myriad of different bug species. I sit down in the same spot I always sit, I can see nothing of the barn or fruit trees now.  I see only the water and grasses that surround me.  At my feet I can see some ants going about their business.  A butterfly has landed on a cattail to rest, it is the most amazing blue color I have ever seen. The waters ripple with the tiny legs of bugs that dance on its surface. My dog wets his feet at the water’s edge and now his foot prints mingle with the ones left by others. Peace slowly engulfs us.

I sit for as long as I can, we share an apple…and dream of all things good life has given us.  I could sit here all day if my life allowed, but alas it does not. I soak up the silence of nature and beauty it holds to carry me through another day. This is Paradise, this is MY Paradise….if only I didn’t have to leave!!


*My Paradise is on my farm in the lower eastern edge of Michigan!!



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Just Ask Me!!

I love doing things for others, always have.  But I would like to be asked!!

I have raised 4 boys(Andrew 28, Daniel 25, Stephen 20, Joseph 18), and they are all turning into tremendous men (in my opinion).  I have spent a ton of time making sure they know what to do to become Great Sons, Great Husbands, Great Fathers, and Great Men.

My sons can do just about anything.

They know how to clean a house toilets included.  They know how to cook and to cook on a budget…everything from scratch in my house.  I taught them how to shop, how to save money and to shop wisely.  Taught them how to sew and repair their own clothes, and how to iron so they look great when they go out. They can set a table, decorate a house, and they know how to pick out appropriate clothing( okay #2 son is color blind, so he has a bland wardrobe)!!

They can all take care of the lawn, weed whacking  mowing, and gardening.  They can even can, dry and freeze the produce that they grow!! They know how to take care of their cars (not really the oldest, he just hires someone to do it)and the tools they use.

They know how to care for animals and how to show kindness and mercy to them.  They learned their work ethic from their father, and there is not a better teacher in the world. They know how to act in public and how to treat their elders.  They know how to help a neighbor and how to offer strength to strangers. They treat their Grandparents with reverence, and their love for each other is unconditional and everlasting….

but they never ask, they just tell me.

Hey Mom, I need some clean jeans, Mom I’m hungry what are you cooking, Mom we’re having a party Saturday night, Hey Mom some   friends and I are coming over Saturday, can I have some money….and on and on the list goes…

How can 4 young men be so wonderful but always forget to “Just Ask Me”…..I always say yes!!

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First Ladies…..

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington


Martha Dandridge Custis Washington is America’s first First Lady. She set the standard for all subsequent First Ladies, during her 8 years as First Lady!!!

Martha Washington was born in Virginia, on June 2, 1731. Martha grew up as a typical young girl on her father’s plantation. She was only five feet tall and a quiet soft-spoken young woman.

At 19 years old Martha married Daniel Custis. She had four children but only two survived childhood. By the age of 26 she was widowed with two young children.

On January 6, 1759, Martha married Colonel George Washington. Martha spent her day running their large estate, Mount Vernon.
She had the tasks of directing the large staff of slaves and servants, harvesting, preparing and preserving foods and medicines not only for those living at Mount Vernon but also for family and visitors.

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During her marriage and especially during the American Revolution Martha spent considerable time tending to her husband and his needs. Taking special care of him and the American troops was an occupation that Martha truly enjoyed.

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On April 30,1789, Martha Washington became our first First Lady. She would serve in this position until March 4, 1797 at the age of 57, at which time her and President Washington would retire to Mount Vernon. Martha did not particularly enjoy her days as First Lady but she made sure she did the job well so as was her duty to her country. She was adamant about ensuring in every way she could the dignity of George Washington as a symbol of greatness.

George Washington died in December 14, 1799 leaving Martha widowed again. She may have been without her beloved but she was far from alone. She spent a considerable amount to time welcoming visitors to Mount Vernon such as President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams.


Martha Washington died quietly in her home, Mount Vernon on May 22, 1802 at 70 years old. Martha will always be remembered as Americas first First Lady and her contribution to American is priceless!!!

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