Nov 28, 2009

Too Much Turkey

Now is the week of turkey sandwiches and pie for breakfast! Really, who can complain?
I've been toiling out in my garden this week, trying to get everything into the ground. I have two red tomato plants in a large kitty litter bin and several out back in the dirt. This is my experiment to see which set does better. Already the container plant had a head start because I split the large bunch slowly as they grew, but even if they had been re-planted earlier my money's on the container plant. Our soil here in south Florida is of a very sandy variety. Great for pines, palms, and mangroves, but less-than-nutritional for most vegetables. I mixed in some garden soil from home depot, so we'll see....

And here's my baby tomatoes!

Nov 25, 2009


I can hardly wait! Thanksgiving is one of three days a year I that allow me the luxury of doing whatever I choose. And eating a huge dinner. Bonus!
So, in honor of the holiday I'm having a five-day SALE at Etrelle's!
Everything (except custom orders) are Buy One Get One FREE!
Cuff bracelets!
Just wait for a revised invoice upon purchase!
(now for some turkey....)

Nov 12, 2009

Thursday Things

Well, I'm trying to get something accomplished today, on my day off. I had some packages to mail yesterday and, yes, I know, the PO was closed, but the drop box for the APC machines was so stuffed, I couldn't even drop the packages in! Also on my list for the day is: completely re-arranging my bedroom furniture, vaccuuming, scrubbing of floors and laundry.
We'll see.
And check out my newest cuff bracelet:

Nov 4, 2009

It's time to....

I've become quite obssessed with my garden and have completely forgotten to blog about this awesome Bee box I won from AndrewsReclaimed!
It's so pretty and well-built! I haven't put it in my garden yet, as I'm still re-arranging and planting, but I'm excited!

Oct 24, 2009

Newish Stuff and things

I've been up to gardening again; trying to get my fall harvest rolling. My cherry tomatoes are doing outstandingly well and my cilantro and mint is over abundant.
It's taken me several attempts to get some lettuce and spinach sprouts, but I finally have some!

And my strawberries are growing fine, although slowly.

I also have some new cuffs and cases! Here's a fun new card case:

Oct 14, 2009

things to do

Well, I have certainly been slacking on the blogfront. Not that I haven't had any desire to blog, rather, that I've been fairly busy between jobs.
And there are so many things to list....

Here are some of my latest additions to my Blenderbach shop:
Laminate samples for supplies.

And multiswirl handmade polymer clay beads!

Sep 27, 2009


And the winner of my give-Away is.... Kate8085!

Sep 17, 2009

Thursday working

Well, it's been a bit of a rough week, and now I have a lot of work and planning to do before Sunday. I'll be having (my first ever!) BBQ party at my home in honor of Allen birthday. I'm not a very good party organizer, so I hope it turns out okay. Luckily i have several people offering to work the grill, which reduces the risk of me ruining all the food,

I've had some time to create this week, and made some more little coinpurses:

And please check out my September GiveAway! You could win a bronze patent leather cuff bracelet!

Sep 15, 2009

Beaded Delights

I was on a bead-making roll last week and I've only put a few up for sale on my Blenderbach Etsy store, but they're so cute, I had to show them off!

Sep 13, 2009

What a bright and sunny day!
I'll be spending the day in between the garden and cleaning the house. There's much to do and organize and plant!
My mother gave me some red tomato seeds that I planted and... WOW! I wasn't expecting them ALL to sprout.

And another mug! I like this one, in texture and artwork.

And please click on the link at the top of this blog to enter my September GIVE AWAY!

Sep 7, 2009

New Purse!

I made a new clutch purse out of some awesome striped vinyl! I love it!
It's posted in my Blenderbach shop, since there's no leather in it.

And... I think my strawberries are sprouting!!

Sep 6, 2009


I finally managed to make my own!

It's called Haberdashers and Cobblers!

Sep 5, 2009

saturday hoopla

I was up way too late last night and now am over-tired and behind in my work. I had planned on cleaning and listing all morning. *sigh* It's now the afternoon, with nothing accomplished.
But, it's not too late to get back on track!

Here's some inspiration for me:

My corn is growing amazingly!

And here's some more mugs:
This pretty bird one belonged to my grandmother.

Hush Puppies mug! My aunt worked for a shoe store in Mackinaw City for a long time and they sold hush Puppy brand shoes. I remember getting little toy puppies when we went there as kids.

Sep 2, 2009

September GIVE AWAY

Hooray for Contests!
I am putting this awesome bronze patent leather cuff bracelet up for a prize: This is a size small and fits a 6 - 6 3/4" wrist.

Entering to win is EASY!

1. - Go check out my shop HERE.

2. - Leave a comment on this post with your name and some way to contact you (e-mail, etsy shop name)

3. - for a Second and Third entry - blog or tweet about this contest. Leave a seperate comment with a link to your blog or twitter for each entry.

The contest ends on September 24th at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be announced here shortly afterward.

Aug 31, 2009

I do Love mondays

I really do.
The leather shop AND the t-shirt place are closed Mondays and the night job never needs me on Monday anymore, so I always have the whole day OFF! Hooray! I got some major errands done and mailed some goodies out at the post office. Although, as I was leaving some nasty driver on her phone zoomed right behind my rear end and honked at me as I was backing out of my space. I was almost all the way out already!! What a jerk. Florida drivers are The. Worst. Ever. And I love this state, but c'mon, people! Just because you're in a hurry doesn't mean you can arrogantly assume you own the road and put others in danger with erratic and careless behavior!
*whew* Sorry about the rant.
Did I say I love Mondays?

Anyways, check out my mint!

Aug 30, 2009

Allen's been working on a new beer holster!

This one's stained black with a large silver concho and lacing.
I'm hoping for some more shoulder holsters - I love those things!

Aug 29, 2009

It's been raining for the past few days so I haven't really been out to the backyard to check on the garden. Today I ventured out to make sure everything was still alive and discovered that my corn has DOUBLED in size!! Now I really need to get the rest of my corn in the ground asap!

And to answer the question of how many mugs?
I don't know. But here's a picture of the cabinet filled with about 1/3 of them. My estimate is that there's about 100 mugs in there. the top level is all Christmas mugs. And we have the Morton salt mugs too! But they're not in this cabinet; I believe they're in a large laundry basket in the hall closet. :)

Aug 25, 2009


What a week! After work on Saturday we went to the last 48-hour-bicycle-build-off at the henhouse. In case you don't know what that is, (which I'm sure you don't) I'll explain. The henhouse is a large warehouse where volunteers get together to build bikes for charity and neighborhood kids with Jack the Bike Man. The warehouse is being closed because of high rent costs and hopefully the operation will be relocated elsewhere. In the meantime, everyone had one last party Saturday night celebrating the good times shared by all.

I've been working on a new sandal style this week - check it out!! I really like the design, but I'll need to re-work it a bit. The fit is a bit off, unfortunately. I gave them leather soles and a small heel.
I aslo have a few mugs to post....

This maxwell House mug is tiny and cute. not sure of the age but I'd guess at least 20 years old:

And this elephant mug was my favorite mug as a kid. Every Christmas my sister and I were allowed to remove one display mug from the wall to use for our hot cocoa and I'd pick this one. Yay! I found it!

Aug 22, 2009


I had switched with a co-worker to get the night off tonight. And then they asked me to come in anyways. Thhpt.
In other news, my jalapenos have sprouted! These are seeds I harvested from my current plant, just like my cherry tomatoes and cherry peppers. So far no wax peppers, though.

Another mug: My little Pony!

Aug 21, 2009

Friday Night!

My day has been a little switched around! I usually work at the leathershop or t-shirt printing place in the morning and the restaurant job at night. However, a co-worker wanted to switch so I'd work at the restaurant in the morning. Which means I have friday night off! Woo!
I'm very excited.
And here's my mug O' the day:

We actually have a couple of these mugs from the now-closed Ocean World in Fort Lauderdale. I really don't remember going as a kid, but it sounded fun!

Aug 18, 2009

Back To Work

Ah, printing t-shirts....

The back of our garage/office is more beachy than neccessary for a place so far inland; there's sand instead of soil, kayaks, bikes and scooters. Our walls are even painted in tropical citrus colors!
And speaking of the beach...
Here's my mom's seashell mug!

Aug 16, 2009

Gardening Again

So I've gotten the hang of this gardening thing. I've already taken seeds from my first harvest and started a batch for fall. They've gotten so big, I had to re-plant most of them already. I'll have to get to the rest today.
Here's some of my cherry tomatoes:

And my cherry peppers:

I also started a pineapple:

And here's my Mug O the Day!

It's an old souvenier from our local zoo here in West Palm Beach.

Aug 13, 2009


For years, my mother has collected quite a variety of mugs. Some are large, some small, some ceramic, some glass, some handpainted, (etc.).... Often, they were displayed on the walls of our house growing up and were rarely used.
Until now!
When cleaning up the old place, my mom came across many of the mugs being stored in cardboard boxes. She brought them in and cleaned them up - and now we have hundreds of mugs to use! I had no idea there were so many!
Here's two of my favorites so far:
Panda mug:

And this Daisy Mug, which my mother tells me was one of the first she recived after she and my father were married:

Aug 10, 2009

monday madness

Treasury Time! Check out this awesome treasury featuring one of my cuffs by DizzyDaisy!

Aug 8, 2009


Well, well, well... I guess I'm guilty of ignoring my blog. Again.

We've been terribly busy this month, between work, play, and more work! A couple of beer holsters have been shipped out:

And my peppers have have been harvested! Unfortunately, they're not very big. The two small peppers are hot peppers that I think got warped through cross-breeding.

I have a whole new season of cherry tomatoes growing! I harvested the seeds from my first plantings (the tomatoes are delicious!) and hopefully we'll have ripe tomatoes by the time the first generation harvest is finished.

Jul 22, 2009

Wednesday fun

I spent the day watching the Watchmen movie. It was unintentional, as I had planned on getting a bunch of house work done today. However, my sister's boyfriend had just rented it and I totally love the movie, so I just couldn't say no to spending the next three hours planted on the couch.

I did manage to get a tiny bit of planting done. My cherry and wax peppers are doing so well that I saved the seeds and replanted some. AND I harvested seeds from my cherry tomatoes and replanted them a few days ago. Today they started to sprout!!

Also, I'll be listing this awesome little coin purse soon!

Jul 18, 2009

I haven't blogged about any of my wonderful handmade finds in awhile, and I wanted to make sure I mentioned these awesome soaps I got from IndulgentCreations! Having been enamored with handcrafted soaps for quite some time, I've purchased many online and my only complaint with them would be that they don't typically last as long as store-bought soap. However, these amazing soaps by IndulgentCreations not only smell delightful and leave me feeling squeaky clean, but they last forever! In fact, I'm still on my first bar! I think i'll shower twice a day just so I can try the next fabulous scent!

Jul 16, 2009

Veggies and more

My Cherry peppers are finally starting to turn red!

And my bell peppers are coming along nicely...