Sunday, May 31, 2009

Natural Kids Giveaway - #4 !!!!

Natural Kids Giveaway #4 !!!

The Natural Kids is a team of Etsy shops that create items for Kids using natural materials. I'm in love with the items for this next giveaway - can I enter to win???

These truly are heirloom pieces that your children will reach for again and again. Total Prize Value is $65!!!

First we have PolarBear Creations Mini-Baby. I can imagine this baby being toted around all day, everyday.

Next is Pupa's cotton bunny. Safe for young children, as the face is simply embroidered. All natural and so beautiful.
Wee Blossom Babe from FaerieRebecca would bring joy to any young child's playtime.

The Rules:

Visit each of the 3 shops

Come back here, and leave a post with your favorite item from each shop. This Giveaway will run for 2 weeks, and end on May 130th. (Which is when the next one will start).
You MUST leave an email address for me to reach you.
Have fun!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Queen Creek Supply!

I found a new store. !! OK, so a long time ago I bought some hand stitched silk (yes, real silk!) cords to use for necklaces. I wanted to do something clever with them, alas, nothing clever.

So, the other day, I had no sooner strung some charms on one (boring) and listed it, than I saw THIS!

Yes! The very clever and beautiful way that I've been wondering HOW to do! And this shop sells kits and tutorials! I am beyond thrilled. Keep an eye on my shop!
Or, if you want to make your own, please visit Queen Creek Supply! Besides, you'll love Flo, the owner.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Hmmmm. I almost always keep my posts upbeat (well, there was the one post when I was panic stricken waiting for biopsy results), but I'm not feeling upbeat. I don't really know why, either.

1. My oldest son is away. He's 16 1/2, going on 25, and he's spending a week with his friend Anna in Atlanta. It's the first time he's gone away. On a plane. By himself. And he even bought his plane ticket himself, with money he earned from his job at Cold Stone Creamery (ice cream store). I really miss him; it doesn't feel right without him.

2. My youngest son is turning 14 in a week and a half. He just graduated from 8th grade. He'll be in high school in 2 months. (School starts August 8th around here). He's gone with friends a lot. A lot of the time, it's just me and my husband for dinner. Tonight, it was me, my husband, and my father in law, who spends every Sunday with us ever since my mother in law died in January. I miss her terribly. Can't even begin to explain it. Life feels very lonely.
This is my son's 8th grade graduation. A wonderful cloudy day. And it rained all day after the ceremony, which was at 730am. I adore cloudy days. It's always freaking sunny here in the damn desert.

3. I hate Tucson. My next door neighbor is the biggest ...... that I've encountered in a very very long time. I'll write about that situation another time. For the past year, ever since they moved in, it hasn't been so great, and now it's escalated. They are hostile, and accusatory, and awful. Perhaps I should mention that it is THEIR dog that barks 300 times during every single day, and has woken us up at 6am every single solitary morning ever since they moved in. I finally had enough and said something, and now apparently I am the most evil person on the planet. OK, I promised to not rant about that.
It's summer here, which means HOT. Although, the last few days, it hasn't been that hot. So I'm not sure why I'm complaining.

I hate it here. I miss water. There isn't even a creek, or a pond, let alone the beach. I want to move. 4 more years, then my youngest will graduate high school, and I'm leaving.

4. My horse Belle has something wrong with her. Not a very big deal, I don't think, but she has scabs in her nose - very delicate area. How did that happen? So bought some medicine, it is bright pink. Makes her look very attractive.

5. We're getting a new horse soon. We're spending a lot of money building a stall and clearing land, etc. Money that we shouldn't be spending. But....I have a new potential riding student coming to meet me tomorrow, so hopefully will be making part of the money back soon.

6. I hate holiday weekends. People are always with their big giant familes and their 80 million friends, and I am not.

OK, I think I'm done bitching and feeling sorry for myself for the moment.

Sorry everybody.

Just so you can see the mountains. I do like the mountains.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Natural Kids Winner has chosen #40 for the Natural Kids Giveaway #3!

congratulations Lori!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Things are growing in the garden!

When we lived back east, we had a H U G E veggie garden. The kids were little, and we'd go pick fresh green beans for dinner, and eat them raw, after rinsing them with the garden hose.

Since we've lived in the H O T desert, I haven't had much luck with veggies. So this year, I'm trying something new. We have a small courtyard (my office window looks out onto it) that gets both sun and lots of shade. I've planted a bunch of veggies - tomatoes, squash, carrots, pepper, and also parsley and basil. In POTS, not in the ground. It's easy to water, and hopefully the veggies won't burn in the baking sun. Also hoping the birds and bunnies don't get to them all.
I'll let you know how it goes.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day - and I hope that things are growing where you live!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

King Snake

You can see awesome things in the desert, and my husband has an eagle eye for spotting some treasures.

It was dark, so couldn't get a good picture of this guy, so here's a pic borrowed from the internet - he's a good snake, he eats rattlesnakes. We like him!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


The Natural Kids is a team of Etsy shops that create items for Kids using natural materials. The Variety and Quality of work is outstanding. These truly are heirloom pieces.

This giveaway is 3rd in a series, as we try to acquaint you with these fabulous shops.

Here is what you can win:

Pixie, handmade cloth doll - from fairiesnest.

Owlet, knitted baby owl, from Woolies

Children's napkins, a set of 4, from WeeBeaks

Total Value - $57 !

The Rules:

Visit each of the 3 shops




Come back here, and leave a post with your favorite item from each shop. This Giveaway will run for 2 weeks, and end on May 15th. (Which is when the next one will start).

You MUST leave an email address for me to reach you.

Have fun!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Ozknits Yarn contest. has chosen Nesiebird.

Please contact me with your address!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Another Horse?

So....did you read my post about Cowboy? Great guy, bad arthritis. And the owner was somewhat hesitant, did she decide she didn't like me? What?? After riding him a bit, and walking him around a lot, I told her that I was definitely interested. She said, great, she wanted to come see where he'd be living. I said, fine, anytime, I work from home, I'm around a lot. She said, yep, I've got your numbers.

No word from her. What??

In the meantime, I re-posted my craigstlist ad (looking for an older, beginner's horse, blah blah blah) and got another response. This time I think the horse is not crippled.

Here she is:

Her name is Fancy - she is an Appaloosa mare - older. The owner offered to take me trail riding on her. We're going Sunday morning. The price isn't free, but is WAY reasonable.
I'll let you know!

Natural Kids Giveaway - Winner!

Natural Kids Giveaway #2 - winner is "Mom2anutball". Congratulations!

Giveaway #3 will be going up tonight or tomorrow - please check back!