Monday, July 21, 2014

Site Launch!

My new website has launched!  My blog has relocated there and you can continue to follow me there.  Hope to see you soon!

Thank you for your continued support over the years!
Prayers for a blessed week!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A change in my path

I've been busy with business training courses, designing my own website (coming soon!), and reopening WoodstreamPapery - see to the right!

I'm also researching curriculum and getting ready for the fall as I embark on the homeschooling path with my two wonderful sons!  I have wanted to homeschool my children for as long as I can rembember.  It's a decision I'm glad that we've made and it is coming at a good time for all of us.  My art will continue to be a part of my life, a very important part, but I will participate in fewer events.  This is not the path for everyone, but it is our path for this year, and God-willing maybe much longer than that!

I will share the link with my website by the end of this month.  My blog will continue there from that point forward.

I truly hope that you're all doing well and enjoying the beautiful weather after this brutal winter.  

Have a blessed summer and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!
God Bless,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


I am kind of astonished that I've been away from the blog-o-sphere for so long!

I've been working on many different projects this winter and into the spring.  I'm refocusing product line, adding certain items and selling off others.  I'm also creating a lot of stock for the fall/winter holiday season!

I'm always working on my fiber arts - crochet and upcycled cashmere and wool.  I am working on photographing new creations to get those listed in my Etsy shop.  There are items in the works that I will be sharing in the fall.

You can see the big blank spot for WoodstreamPapery off to the right.  You'll find that shop is empty right now as I work on listings for my original unretouched nature photography prints and notecards.  Below are examples of the prints that will soon be available for purchase from WoodstreamPapery beginning in July.  They will be available in 4x6, 5x7, 8x10 as well as notecards.  I've been an avid photographer of my natural surrounds, in recent years as study for my floral creations out of upcycled cashmere and wool.  Now I'm taking the best of these photographs and having them professionally printed so that you can enjoy them, too!



I hope that you have a blessed week!  I look forward to hearing feedback about my photography!
God Bless,

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


I am so incredibly thankful.  I have been so busy with work, home, friends, and family that I haven't had the opportunity to sit down to write.  That may sound bizarre, but I am thrilled. 

I am thankful for the many new customers who came to shop at WoodstreamDream when I was at the Collingswood Farmers' Market in September and November.  I love meeting new people and creating one-of-a-kind items for each of you!

I'm also incredibly grateful that I'm well this year and I can get lost in the day to day with my family!  All of my wonderful adventures have seemingly multiplied this autumn and it's absolutely divine!  I am blessed to have had such a wonderful year both professionally and personally.

Currently I'm working on reorganizing my stock for Saturday's show at Eastern High School.  My last show at the Collingswood Farmers' Market was on a particularly windy day and just about everything got reshuffled into different containers so they wouldn't blow away!  Fortunately Saturday I'll be inside and nothing will be blowing away!

I'm also figuring out my 2014 teaching schedule for my crochet classes - yes, I'm adding classes.  They will begin in January 2014.  So if you're local and interested, you'll have the opportunity to join me for classes.  More information will be available here and on Facebook by December 20th.  I will email a PDF gift certificate to anyone who would like to give the gift of Crochet Classes to their loved one for Christmas, with a paid in full set of classes paid in cash or via PayPal invoice.

If you haven't signed up for my email blasts - please do so.  I only send them out a handful of times per year, but I do offer specials only to my email subscribers.  Look on the right hand side of my blog and sign up for the email newsletter.

Thank you for stopping by to check in.  I appreciate the time you take to check in on me and my business.
Have a blessed week!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall Events Schedule

I can barely believe that it's been six weeks since I last posted.  I've been busy creating and experiencing art during that lapse.  I will post more about what I'm creating and what I explored this month in coming posts.  Here's some important information:

Fall Events Schedule

Collingswood Farmers' Market - Handmade Holidays
Saturdays, November 2 | 16 | 23 rain or shine 8am-noon

Eastern High School Band Parents' Holiday Craft Show
Saturday, December 7 9am-3pm
Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ

Markeim Art Center - Give the Gift of Art - 100s Under $100
Thursday, December 12 through Friday, December 20
Meet the Artists Reception Friday, December 13 7-9pm
visit Markeim online for more information on hours
104 Walnut Street, Haddonfield, NJ

A snippet of what I've been working on.  These will be for sale starting Saturday...

crochet snowflake ornaments $4 - $6 each

If you see something for sale at an event, but don't see it in one of my Etsy shops, please email me to inquire.  I don't list all of my inventory online.

Cut off for custom orders for the 2013 Holiday Season is Friday, November 1st.  Anything custom ordered after that date is not guaranteed for delivery until early 2014.  

Thank you so much for stopping by to check in on me and my creations!
Have a blessed week!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Busy season

Well, it's been nearly two months since I've blogged, terrible of me, but I was making up for lost time with my children after last year's surgery-recovery cycle.

Kitty Hawk - July 2013 - taken during a visit with my brother and his family

We had an absolutely wonderful summer!  Lots of visiting and trips and fun.  We're also about 3/4 through our bathroom renovation. Last week was back to school for the kiddos and my husband went away on business.  As hard as I tried, I didn't get much done work-wise.

This week I've been better - getting things ready for the kick off to the fall season!  I have a new tent that you'll see at the Collingswood Farmers' Market this fall.  I am also working on new products - fine art nature photography, organic cotton shams adorned with upcycled cashmere and wool, and some new items for baby!  I am working on a new look to my newsletter this week, but more on that later!

This is the fall schedule:

Saturday, September 28 - 8 am to noon - at the Collingswood Farmers' Market - I'm the featured artist of the week - please stop by and shop if you're in the area!

Handmade Holiday Bazaar @ the Collingswood Farmers' Market - 8 am to noon under the PATCO line.  I'll be there the following dates:
Saturday, November 2
Saturday, November 16
Saturday, November 23

Saturday, December 7 - 9 am to 3 pm - Eastern High School Holiday Craft Show - I believe I'll be in the gymnasium.

Thursday, December 12th through 20th - times vary daily - Markeim Arts Center - Give the Gift of Art - 100s Under $100 - visit the website for more information.

Please sign up for the email newsletter - you won't receive too many from me - maybe 4-6 per year with information on events, special sales, etc.  I will never share or sell your email addresses!  My first one is set to go out soon so make sure you sign up!

Thanks for checking in!  Have a blessed day!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Creative Road Block

Laughter really is the best medicine, especially when things seem to be going backward instead of forward.

A week ago we started our bathroom renovation (I will post the photo chronicle when the job is done).  A renovation in itself is stressful, but made much less by the generousness of my parents for taking our children for nine and a half days.  They return tomorrow afternoon and we'll be glad to see them!

To add to the stress and need of a good crying laugh, the weekend before our renovation started, our dryer died.  After three visits from the repair guy with an array of parts our dryer was deemed unable to be repaired.  At that point I'd been without a dryer for nine days and had missed out on the Independence Day sales from the previous week.  So we coughed up the money for a new dryer and it was delivered the next day.  I've been happily doing laundry for several days now and am so glad to have fluffy towels instead of the cardboard that the clothesline was creating!

Our attic fan also has died, sometime between Sunday and Monday this week and it's been a heatwave here in New Jersey, so it makes it quite uncomfortable at night on the second floor and more strenuous on the air conditioner to keep the house cool.  My husband plans to look at it as soon as the sheetrock is out of the hallway and he can pull down the attic steps, but I think he's waiting for the heat to break so that he doesn't have to go into the super hot attic.  I don't blame him one bit!

Gratefully the heat is supposed to break tomorrow night when a stormy front pushes through the area.  I pray it's less violent than the storm from last night, hail damaged several of my plants in the patch - the squash leaves are scarred terribly.  As sad as I was about the dammage, I am grateful that I finally had the first picking from the patch this week, a cucumber.  I have a tomato just starting to pink up and two more cukes that should be ready over the weekend.  This doesn't seem to be the year for summer squash and zucchini - all male blooms, not a squash to be found in six plants.  My purple potatoes are growing like gangbusters, I hope that there will be good digging there soon!  I transplanted carrots a few days ago, some are in a pot on the patio and others are around the tomatoes.  I'm experimenting with those this year.  If you're curious as to what to companion plant, you should borrow these two books from your library and take good notes:  Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses Love Garlic - they've been invaluable to me over my dozen or so years of gardening.  I learn more each year and I cannot imagine being successful without.

This week I mailed my items that will be gifted at the indiExhibit Celebrity Gifting Lounge for the 2013 Prime Time Emmys.  They're a new item that I'm adding to my product line on Etsy, part of my new sewn organic cotton items.  I was supposed to get many more items created, but without a dryer, I couldn't properly preshrink the items before sewing.  Those items will be made after vacation!  The dryer was my creative road block, unavoidable, but at least I've been able to accomplish other things!

organic cotton eye pillow filled with organic flax seeds

packaged and ready to ship: 

I will be adding the organic eye pillows and eye pillow covers to my shop in the coming weeks. There is the option to have organic lavender flower buds added to the pillow, but the ones I shipped were all unscented.

Add to your calendar that I'll be the Featured Artist at the Collingswood Farmer's Market on Saturday, September 28th from 8am-noon.  I'll post more information about it when the date gets closer.

The past week or so has been stressful, but I'm grateful that I had my faith and humor to rely on, as well as celebrating my 11th wedding anniversary with my husband - teamwork really does pay off, helps us grow stronger both as a couple and as individuals.

Thanks so much for checking in!  Have a blessed weekend!