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Etsy Finds – “Surprise her with a gift!”

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‘Surprise her with a gift – All under $50!’ by lostyarnloft

Affordable gifts she’s sure to love!

bow pouch in brown linen / f…


Leaf Necklace,Branch and Swa…


French Decor, Candle Holders…


iPhone 4 case iPhone 4s case…


Gray Corner Dahlia on Light …


Wood Hearts aquamarine turqu…


Knitted Bow Headband LARGE B…


Cute Love Card Valentine – S…


Mini White Porcelain Vases -…


Screen Printed Jersey Scarf …


Linen Scarf / Shawl / Stole …


Recycled Cotton Canvas Wine …


Rose Gold Heart earrings, Pi…


Crochet Womens Slippers, Bal…


Summer Fedora in Tangerine w…


Mint Green hobo bag – Small …


Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Welcome Miss Tessa!

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I’ve been waiting for a loooong time to get a dog and I’ve finally convinced the hubby that the time is right!! After a couple days spent searching..

I’d like you meet the new lady in the house: Tessa!


Tessa is a one year old shepherd mix from a rescue.  Smile  She’s full grown at 34 pounds, though we’re still not quite sure what she’s mixed with!

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She loves to curl up in the smallest ball possible, and has claimed the cat’s old bed as her own, which is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen (not that I’m biased..)

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She’s working on making friends with the kitties, but that’s a slow process. They just don’t understand her way of playing and think swatting is fun (which Tessa doesn’t quite agree with..)

*Fun fact: Until I got a dog, I had trained both my cats to do tricks. They know how to sit, shake, stand up on their hind feet, turn around, and lay down! Smile


Tessa has endless energy and loves to hike, play fetch, and especially play with other dogs! We’re taking training classes, which are going fantastic as long as other dogs aren’t around to distract her.. Just too excited to make friends, this little one!

Love her to pieces already! ❤

Has anybody else rescued a dog from a shelter or rescue organization??

Holiday Recipe: Eggnog Cookies!

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My husband has a work holiday party tomorrow, and he mentioned last night that they’re supposed to bring a food item to share. He mumbled something about how he could just bring money to donate instead, then he glanced at me slyly and said, “but you make really good cookies…” 

Well, okay then mister! As if you have to twist my arm to bake Christmas cookies! Smile So I decided to try a fun new recipe and ended up with this soft, extraordinary cookie that is sure to conjure up that holiday spirit at any party!


Eggnog Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks (or 2 flax eggs*)

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2.) Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg in small bowl

3.) Cream sugars, butter, and oil until fluffy. Add eggnog, vanilla, and eggs (or substitute); beat at medium speed until smooth.

4.) Add flour mixture and beat at low speed until just combined.

5.) Refrigerate dough for an hour, to make it easier to handle

6.) Roll in 1 inch balls, bake on ungreased cookie sheet 15-18 minutes until lightly browned on bottom. Yields 4 dozen cookies

*Flax eggs can be used for vegan baking (or if you ran out of eggs!). Grind up flax seeds in a coffee or spice grinder. Mix 2 tbsp ground flax with 1/4 cup boiling water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until it thickens to an egg-like gel. Then simply use in place of eggs in most baking recipes!

Eggnog Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ~1.5 tbsp eggnog

1.) Add first 2 ingredients in a small bowl, then add only 1 tbsp eggnog. Mix well.

2.) Continue stirring, and add 1/2 tsp more eggnog at a time until frosting is at the desired consistency. I did mine as a glaze, so I thinned it to about the consistency of honey.

3.) Frost cookies and top with a very light dusting of nutmeg.

*This made the perfect amount of frosting for the 48 cookies I made. Frosting can easily be doubled though, just remember to add the liquid small amounts at a time.


I love this frosting – when it’s thin like this it drips perfectly down the sides and smooths out so beautifully! Plus it hardens quickly with that gorgeous shiny gloss!


I definitely recommend you try this recipe for any upcoming holiday gatherings! And let me know how you liked it!


Question for you: What’s your favorite holiday cookie to make/eat?

DIY Adorable Christmas Tree Skirt

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I just came across the most adorable Christmas tree skirt ever – and it’s a DIY!!

The two lovely ladies form Do It Yourself Divas have posted a step-by-step tutorial for how to make this sweet burlap and lace tree skirt!



Wouldn’t that be gorgeous to have under your tree?! So romantic and pretty! ❤

Plus, they just said that they are willing to sell them if you don’t have the time to make it! Check out the details on their site..

My Missing Kitty

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This week has definitely not gone as I planned! Of course I already posted about the flu that took me down, but no sooner had I uploaded that adorable picture (seriously, look how sweet my cuddly cat is!) than something even worse happens – that cute, lover of a cat disappeared! One minute he was cozying up with me, keeping my toes warm, next minute both cats are gone!

The door had accidently been left baaaarely ajar and the cats finally noticed it right before my hubs got home. Ozzie (the orange cat) is quite timid in new situations, so he will only go about 5 feet from the house before running back in terror – so its not too worrisome when he gets out. But Vander (the cuddler in that picture) fancies himself an adventurer. So even though we were out looking for him within 15 minutes of the escape, he was nowhere near ready to come inside! No way was he going to respond to our slightly frantic calls or let us know where he was hiding. It was adventure time.

Fast forward to the next day. I have spent most of the day worrying about my little kitty, making any excuse to go outside and call for him –the only response I got was the barking of the neighbor dogs. I even made a last ditch effort (and looked like quite a fool I’m sure) of walking all around neighborhood as the sun went down, shaking a canister of food and calling him in my silly high-pitched cat-calling voice! By the time the sun went down (and I heard the coyotes howling in the not too far off distance) I dissolved into tears, knowing that my sweet little indoor kitty couldn’t make it another night out there.

But when the hubs came home, I convinced him to come with me for one more search before bed. We passed the neighbor taking his dogs out on a walk as we began the search. I headed towards the front, the hubs to the back. Suddenly I heard him excitedly shout my name and then the happiest sound I could have heard – a loud, unmistakable meow repeating from the back.  I tore back there to find my sweet little boy stuck in the neighbors dog kennel! No wonder the dogs were barking at me earlier and no wonder the cat didn’t respond during the day!

He came inside and acted completely nonchalant about being home again, while I couldn’t help but pour over every little thing he did. “Ooh look how cute he is cleaning himself!” “Ooh he just flopped down under the tree like he belongs there!” “Ooh look -he wants me to pet him!” Seriously, it was a bit pathetic! But my heart is just so happy having him home – we are complete again! 🙂 Call me a crazy cat lady if you will, I don’t mind! Other pet owners understand… right?!

And since all that excitement, today my little adventurer has been really busy:




Red heart  Welcome Home Vandy!

The Flu has Taken Me DOwn

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Hey everybody! Sorry I haven’t posted for a while – I seem to have caught the flu that just doesn’t want to go away! So here’s what my days lately have consisted of:


Sleep. Lots and lots of sleep! And always with a cuddly kitty! My two kitties are always there for me (now if only I could teach them to make me soup..)  But I do think they like me better when I’m sick.. 🙂

Store wise – I did finish the new products I was planning on putting up before last weekend, but haven’t quite felt up to a photo shoot. Nobody want’s to see that sick mug up there ^^ wearing an item they want to buy!

But soon *cross my fingers* I’ll be feeling better and get those pictures taken and new products posted! Anyway, just wanted to let you know why I’ve been missing the last couple days! I’ll be back to regular posting soon!

Black Friday Deal

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Hey all! I’m back with an exciting update for my Etsy shop! In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I’m offering free shipping to anywhere through the entire weekend! Buy anything in my shop Friday – Monday and it ships completely free!

Perfect for Christmas presents and just in time to get yourself something warm for winter! Just enter code: BlackFriday11 in the code box when you check out & that’s it!

Enjoy and have a happy Thankgiving! 

(Click on any of these pictures to take you to the listing)

New Products, New Style

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It’s well known in my circle of friends and family that I love to crochet. And this means that whenever someone sees an item in a store that is knit or crocheted, they immediately send me a picture in excitement, saying “can you make this!?!”. Invariably I can work something out similar, which is probably just as exciting to me as it is to the person I make it for!  Smile 

Well, this recently happened with my friend going on about an adorable ribbed neckwarmer that closes with ruffled buttonholes. It seemed quite simple, but once I made the item I realized it was an area lacking in my store. I love circle cowls, but haven’t made any open neckwarmers with buttons. Or ruffles!

So I’ve been busting my butt perfecting the pattern and whipping these bad boys up for the store! I’m still searching for just the right buttons, then I’ll take better pics and list the items. But first, here’s a sneak peek at my new products!

I’m focusing on my basic, rich colors. Here are a few Christmas-inspired ones:


A closeup – see the pretty sparkle in the white/silver? LOVE!


And I’m busy making more deep winter colors to go with anything!


I aim to have them in the shop by this weekend!

*Also – keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement regarding this weekend’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!!

Homemade Chalkboard Paint

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When we moved into our new duplex, the first thing I loved about it was the HUGE kitchen! Then I noticed the all open cupboards, which was exciting yet terrifying. I don’t have pretty matching glassware for all my cooking and baking supplies, so what was I going to do? Of course, the crafty girl in me had a plan! Smile 

I saved all the mason and glass jars we had to fill with our bulk dry cooking and baking goods.  I could envision creating an eclectic cohesion of these assorted jars by painting the tops black and adding a chalkboard design to the side to label! I could see it already..

In the mean time, this is what my jars looked like: (warning – not pretty!)


So I took all the lids off (grouped in order so I could put them back on easily) and spread them out on newspaper. After wiping with a damp cloth, they were ready.


To make the homemade chalkboard paint (which I decided to do on the lids too), you simply mix 1 cup flat latex paint with 2 TBSP of non-sanded grout (which you can find at home depot). Simply mix it all together until mostly smooth. This stuff does slowly get thicker over time, so I would recommend only doing smaller amounts at a time, then making more as you need to for further coats.


I used a small sponge brush and did a thin coat on the top and sides of the lids. The key is multiple thin layers. Allow the paint to completely dry, then lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper (I used 320) before adding another coat.


I found my lids to be good after 3 coats. I had some paint left over, so I added a couple vases and did a practice rectangle on a wine jug.


Lightly sand the finished products and give each piece a quick rub with some white chalk to prime to chalkboard. Wipe with a damp cloth and you are ready to draw!


Here’s their exposed hideout – doesn’t that look better together already?!


Just imagine how good they’ll look once they have the sides done up pretty as well.


For now we just labeled them with chalk on the top, but eventually we’ll label on the side with chalk paints, which won’t wipe off as easily.


The first couple lids I painted were too thick of layers, which is obvious when trying to write on them. See the difference between my spout seeds (“Sprout Me”) and the wheat berries? Much smoother surface. I have extra lids that I painted so I can switch those out.


While I was at it, I also painted the lids to my spice rack. Again, these will be much easier to write small and look prettier with the chalk paint pens that we are ordering.



I tell ya – once you start with the chalkboard paint, it gets addicting! You’ll want to cover everything you own in a chalkboard! Open-mouthed smile  I’ll post a picture when I finish the sides for the overall effect, simply ran out of time today!

Feel free to ask any questions or to share what fun things you chalkboard up!

Funny Dog Video: Living with an English Mastiff

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If you have or like dogs, you must watch this video.. 😀 So cute!