Saturday, November 30, 2013

~Pedricks Lavender Wands~
(click on photo to view shop)

Hello, its Saturday afternoon and I'm waiting for family to arrive so we can play our favorite game of Aggravation.  We play on a large handmade wooden board and we have many sets of 1 inch marbles to play with, along with every color of dice you can think of!!  Great family fun!!!

Today I want to feature Pedricks, a shop of beautiful lavender wands.

ABOUT Catherine Pedrick, owner of Pedricks.  (taken from her account)

Pedricks began when I discovered I could weave my long stemmed English lavender into wands instead of just harvesting the flowers and drying them for sachets.
Lavender falls off of it's stems when they begin to get dry and the ladies of the Victorian age created this unique means of preserving the lavender from their gardens so it could be used for many years to scent their clothing or any room they were in.
I have seen a photo of a lavender wand that was 40 years old, with the caption that it still smelled wonderful.
Since only long stemmed English lavender can be used to make these wands, I cannot begin making them until each summers crop is mature enough, and then I have to stop once the stems are no longer supple enough to bend and the flowers begin to fall off of the stems when they are cut.

"I  have always loved working with my hands to create. From drawing and painting, to knitting and embroidery. When I first began to weave my lavender into wands in the Victorian way, it was as if my hands already knew how to do this. It is a joy!"

You can find more info about these wonderful wands made by Catherine at her shop PEDRICKS
(just click to visit my shop)

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee


Friday, November 29, 2013

~A Fox, A Raccoon and A Monkey~

I've had a busy week with Thanksgiving prep and didn't have any time to make it to my blog.  But.......turkey day is over and I'm back!!  We had a wonderful time with family and friends as always.

As I do my browsing I always come across these adorable felt animals and they always make me smile!  When I logged onto etsy this morning the first thing I saw was the fox.  So I said to myself....... I must feature Squishy-Cute Designs today.  They offer these adorable patterns for us to put our sewing skills to work.  No sewing machine required!

About Kelli and Greta................................

My name is Kelli Rinta, and my mom is Greta, and we are the designers behind Squishy-Cute Designs. We both have such a passion for designing and creating, that starting our own creative business of some kind sounded like a really fun venture that we could do together. We weren't entirely sure what we wanted to do, but starting in 2009 we created our first plushie pattern, Frankie the Fish. And after making Frankie, we thought about creating even more plushie patterns, and eventually decided it was what we should focus our shop on and we started our own pattern company, Squishy-Cute Designs!

(just click to visit their shop)
(please visit my shop......just click)

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee

Thursday, November 21, 2013

~all the STOCKINGS were hung~

I'm featuring Christmas stockings today.  Not your everyday traditional stocking in reds and greens, but more trendy stockings that just make me smile!!  Just click on the shop name under each photo to get more information about each one.  I had fun shopping for these today. is the place for your handmade shopping.  Support handmade when you can.

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee 

Please visit my etsy shop
(just click on photo)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

~What Does the Fox Say?~

I'm feeling a little foxy today.....LOL!!  So of course I head to my favorite place to!!  I hope you enjoy these foxy creations as much as I do.  If you want to learn more about one of the pieces featured here......just click on the shop name under each photo.  These would all make sweet gifts.

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee  

Please visit my etsy shop
JUST CLICK on photo

Monday, November 18, 2013

~I've Been Naughty and Nice~

 tags made by JulieAnnArt

Our new challenge over at On Fire for Handmade was to make a WISH LIST.  I've loved turquoise ever since the 1970's.  It was very popular back then!!  I have given all my pieces through the years to my daughter.  When I started shopping around for my wish list items I kept coming across such beautiful turquoise with red bracelets and necklaces.  So my list was born.  I want to share some of the pieces and links to the shops where they can be found.  Just click on the shop name.  HAPPY SHOPPING!

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee

Please visit my etsy shop

Sunday, November 17, 2013

~Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree~

I put this treasury together for the On Fire for Handmade Challenge #127  and it made the top 10!!  The challenge was to make a treasury using items from and the theme was Christmas Carol's.  I chose ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE by Brenda Lee.  Brenda recorded this song way back in 1958.  This has always been one of my favorites.    If you would like to check out these lovely items just click on the pic!

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee

Click to go to my shop

Thursday, November 7, 2013

~Give Thanks~

Its hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This past year has flown by for me.  Today I am going to feature "Give Thanks" handmade items that I found at my favorite shopping spot, ETSY.  I hope you enjoy my finds for today.  Please stop by their etsy shops and see what other items they have to offer.  Just click on the shop name under the photo and it will take you right to their shop.

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee
Please take a peek at my shop
 Baby Bibs, Burp Cloths, Rag Blankets, Buntings

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

~What's Cuter Than An Owl?~

What's cuter than an owl?  They just make me smile and feel happy.  I was a big owl collector way back in the 70's and 80's.  My house was full of them!  I sold off my collection in 1990 when we sold the house we were living in.  I miss those little critters.  I was shopping around etsy today (as I do everyday) and found some little guys that I just could not resist.  So I thought today's blog post would feature these cute little owls.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Just click on the shop name under each photo and it will take you to the etsy shop were they are being sold.

I hope you had fun checking out these shops and their wonderful works of art.  I could have listed tons more, but I stopped myself.  I guess I'll save them for another day.  Please shop handmade, shop
Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee 

Visit my etsy shop
Baby Bibs, Burp Cloths, Rag Blankets, Buntings

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

~Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate Anyone?~

I'm in LOVE with these cup cozies!!  I made a treasury for a challenge on etsy and it was to include ideas for gifts.  I wasn't sure which way I wanted to go.  I like my treasuries to have a theme and then as I was shopping around etsy........ I found my first cozy!!  From there a treasury was born.  When an item from your etsy shop gets featured in a treasury it can be seen by many and they really increase the traffic at your shop.  Most of us that get an item featured will go to the treasury and comment and thank the person who featured their item.  Most will mark the treasury as a favorite, pin it on Pinterest, tweet it and share on Facebook, etc.  We are all helping each other to get our shops seen and hopefully make a sale also!!  So..........I want to feature here on my blog the 7 shops that left love on my treasury.  You are going to love these cozies!!

Just click on the shop name to view details

Here is the entire treasury.
These are so cozy!!

Thanks for stopping by, Karen Lee