Friday, July 24, 2009

Open Studio Friday

The delightful and extremely talented Jenny Cameron from Glass Addictions has been kind enough to feature my humble studio space on her Open Studio Friday. I'm honored Jenny, thank you, it looks great! It's the 1st time in a while that it's looked that tidy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Flickr Favourites

These are this weeks Flickr faves! Just a tiny sample of my ever expanding collection, check them out for yourself here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I adore the relaxed style of Australian country living, it suits my taste perfectly, but I still find myself drawn back to my European roots from time to time, rustic English country, French elegance and always the chic understated and usually white interiors of Scandinavia, I've recently discovered Jeanne d'Arc Living and I'm in love!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

This is Laura, a talented and much loved member of the Etsy community who has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, here's what she has to say:
I believe that you must play the hand you’re dealt. Six weeks ago, I was diagnosed with stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. My mom died from the same. I am a huge believer in eating right, exercising, and getting regular checkups. I’ve done all those things, yet, I have cancer. WOW. That’s a life-changing situation, for sure. I just turned 46 …. (a very very young 46!) Strangely, I feel blessed. Most everyday of these 6 weeks, I’ve had a smile on my face. I’m going to play the hand I’ve been dealt in the best and most positive way I know how. I’m so fortunate my boys are older, they drive, they can do laundry and help around the house. There will always be some people in this world who have it better and some who have it worse. That’s just life.

I’ve been an Etsy addict since around this time last year, when I started doing treasuries. My sister Jenn, of jennreese7 and my niece Kelly, of SweetnessJewelry, are also crazy about Etsy. The one thing I’ve learned in the past year is that Etsy has made it a point to have their competing sellers be friends through promoting each other in the treasuries. That sounds kind of funny, but, on the quest to have the “coveted” FP, we create treasuries, we comment on other treasuries, we “convo” people all over the world to congratulate them on their successes, and we make friends. Aren’t we supposed to be competing for sales?? Well, maybe some things are just more important than sales. From the moment I had a diagnosis, while still in the hospital, my Etsy friends were first on the scene – building treasuries just for me, wishing me well, offering advice, sending gifts, and a few have gone so far as to donate proceeds to the American Cancer Society in my
honor!! Just to remind you………these are people ....I’VE NEVER MET! They have completely gone out of their way to be a friend or try to put a smile on my face. I now even talk to some of them on the phone! Now, I’m not talking 2 or 3 friends, I’m talking like 30 or 40! Some people just have checked my profile and offer words of encouragement! The first day that we learned about my chemo and all the ‘ins and outs’, the ‘goods and bads’, etc., my husband went online to search for support groups. He said to me that night, “I will never do that again, I was so depressed that I had to get off the computer” I said, in reply, “I don’t need support groups, I all need are my friends on Etsy”! They lift me up on a daily basis.

It is Sunday. Tomorrow morning, I will leave my house at 7:30 am for my first round of chemo. I will have an IV drip for about 6 hours and be home around 5:00 pm. I will do that again on Tuesday, then again on Wednesday. then again on the following Monday. I look forward to 8 months of that chemo schedule, followed by another year of some form of maintenance chemo.

There are 4 things I know for sure:
1. I am a Christian and I believe God has a plan for me.
2. I believe in myself to do the very best I can do and try to help others in the process by getting my story out there.
3. I have the most wonderful and supportive husband, family and friends.
4. Logging onto Etsy everyday and hearing from my friends will keep this smile on my face, not matter what I am going through.

Some friends on Etsy have started a project which aims to raise money for cancer research and promote awareness in support of Laura. We are calling the project 'etsyprojectembrace'.

If you would like to be a part of etsyprojectembrace you could donate the profits or percentage of profits from one or more listings to theAmerican Cancer Society. Add the tag 'etsyprojectembrace' to the listing (or listings) and mention the project and reason for it in your listing description/s.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A place for everything

I'm messy, I don't mind admitting it! I dream of an uncluttered organised world where when asked "where's my .....? I can smile serenely and reply with absolute precision as to the whereabouts of said item. Sadly this is just a dream and unlikely to ever become a reality, but this doesn't stop me marvelling over the order of other peoples storage solutions. Whilst searching for some ideas I found that I need go no further than Country Living! Oh, how wonderful it would be!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

I came across these gorgeous customized stamps while browsing for my daughter, who loves anything with her name on it! They are available from Sydney based Imprintables, who supply tres stylish invitations, birth announcements, tags etc.


Made Etsy's front page today for the 1st time in a while, it's always a nice surprise!