Thursday, February 23, 2012


This has been an odd winter, not too blustery, more wet than frozen, more days 60ish degrees than below freezing, and not a single sledding-worthy snowfall.  We've been sunkissed this winter in southern New Jersey.  Yes, we still have the grey weather and need to pull on the coats, scarves, mittens, and hats - but the boots have remained in the closet this winter for the most part.

Yesterday I took advantage of the nearly 60 degree weather and played outside with my boys.  Trimmed a few shrubs and trees in this (kind of) late winter.  Rearranged the patio furniture.  Started seeds in milk jug containers.  Pushed the boys on the swings, listened to them run and play together.  We came in when the sun was going behind the trees - dirty knees and hands and worn out enough to sleep well.  This would have been a great example of the weather during my favorite time of the year, but it was February 22 - not mid-April or May.  Regardless, I had a grand time playing with my children.  So much better than the dreary rainy days from last week when I was contemplating how frustrated I would be with the clean-up if I stuck them outside to run off some of the pent-up energy they were full of on those days!  I'm so grateful for these odd sunkissed days!

Today I'm taking the time to get my inventory properly labeled for the upcoming craft shows that I'll be at in March and April.  The past few weeks have been busy with crochet and handstitchery.  I would like to have a full stock of inventory - more than enough - as I have very little time between my spring craft shows to create extra inventory.
Cards ~ I added two new Mother's Day/mom's birthday cards and a Father's Day/dad's birthday card to my shop.  I hope to get some more birthday and Easter cards completed soon.
Crochet ~ I've completed five women's sun hats, all in US grown cotton - white, ecru, maize, turquoise, and chocolate.  I'm working on a soft violet sun hat in a little girl's size.  My goal is to have a handful of girl's sun hats and several women's sun hats available for my spring shows.
Flowers ~ I've completed several new cashmere and wool flowers.  My goal is to have 13 more flowers stitched before my first craft show on March 10th, a total of 40 flowers.  My husband built me a new display for my flowers at craft shows - it should work great and show off the beautiful pieces.  I'll share pictures of that soon.

My first craft show of 2012 is Saturday, March 10 - Sterling High School Band Booster Craft Show - 9am to 3pm, 501 Warwick Road, Somerdale, NJ - I hope to see you there!
I'll post information about other shows in the coming weeks.

Crochet Sun Hats
Chocolate (short brim), White, Ecru, Maize, Turquoise (wide brim)
Available soon in my Etsy shop and at craft shows!

Oh, one more note - the winner of my blog giveaway never responded.  If Melody doesn't respond by March 1st, I'll have choose another winner.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed week!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WoodstreamDream Blog Contest Winner!

Thank you to those who took the time to enter my blog giveaway! gave me #4 as the winner and that means that Melody wins!  Congratulations to Melody!

Melody, please email me your shipping address and the monogram you'd like on the stationary - - Thank you!

I'm off to work on new creations while my little ones are at school this morning.  I look forward to sharing these with you soon!

Thanks for reading and have a blessed week!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The WoodstreamDream Giveaway!

Thank you so much to each of you who follow my work on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and here on my blog.  Last week I reached 100 Likes on my Facebook fanpage, and in celebration and gratitude, I promised a giveaway contest.

The Prizes...

Flower Pin No. 060 Felted Pink Cashmere with Vintage Yellow Button
just over 1.5 inches across, this bloom is soft and beautiful
three layers of handstitched petals

Set of Six Handstamped Monogrammed Notecards with Envelopes
Your choice of monogram letter - for yourself or to give as a gift!
In shades of ivory, chocolate, and tan
crazy daisy specialty paper and chocolate grosgrain ribbon

and a $10 gift certificate to use at WoodstreamDream

How to Enter

One entry per category per person, maximum four entries per person
enter in one, two, three, or all four!

1.  "Like" WoodstreamDream's Facebook fanpage using your personal fb username and come back here to post a comment letting me know your FB username.  If you're already a fan, post a comment letting me know your FB username that you used to Liked my page.

2.  Visit WoodstreamDream and find your favorite item in my shop.  Post a comment here with a link to your favorite item in my shop.

3.  Visit WoodstreamDream and pin your favorite item on Pinterest.  Then come back here and post a comment with the link to the pin on Pinterest.

4.  Post a comment here describing the item you would want me to create next (card, crochet, or Marie Collection flower).

The Fine Print

This contest is open to US residents (including APO/FPO) who are 18 years old or older.  No purchase is necessary to enter.  Each person has a maximum of four entries, one in each category.  The contest is open Wednesday, February 1, 2012 through Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8pm ET.  The winner will be chosen by on February 8, 2012.  One person will win the three prizes (flower pin, stationary, and gift certificate).  The winner will be announced on this blog and on WoodstreamDream's Facebook Fanpage.  The winner will be contacted for prize redemption.

Feel free to share this giveaway with your friends - the more entries, the better!

As always, thank you so much for visiting and reading and have a blessed week!

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