Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sally Starts Early!

Sally was coming over.  Believe it or not, she was going to start her online Christmas shopping already, and wanted some ideas from me.

“Come right in!” I smiled, as I opened the door at the sound of the bell.

“I’m so glad you are going to help me,” Sally said.  “I love seeing what your Bbest team members have for sale.  You know I’m shopping for some friends that have favorite colors, don’t you?” she asked.

“Yes, that’s what you said,” I responded.  “And what colors are we looking for today?” I queried.

“Well, Susie loves red.   Lisa’s favorite is blue.  And Maggie’s favorite is purple,” Sally replied.

“Oh, do I have some great things for you to look at!” I said excitedly.  “Let’s start with red,” I continued. 

sunrise sunset beth peardon

Boston, Massachusetts

spiced cranberry candle ajs country cottage

Kansas City, Missouri

ruby topaz hummingbird six sisters

Philadelphia, PA

red and orange pendant chris 1

East Lansing, Michigan

close at hand pincushion birose


red fused hearts pendant lucky girl

Durham, North Carolina

cemetery votive lantern nonnie

Danville, Pennsylvania

“Those are simply gorgeous,” exclaimed Sally.  “It will be so hard to choose just one,” she said.

“Well, that isn’t everything there is in red,” I responded. “All you have to do is go to Etsy and type in Bbest team red, and you can see lots more selections in red,” I added.

“What about the blue?” asked Sally.

“Let’s check those out now, “ I answered.

navy blue white polka dot sundress bytheby

Crawfordsville, Indiana

mini tin pill box or coin case claycenter

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

aceo bounty japan artmixter

East Dereham, United Kingdom

azurite=malachite ring annasjewelry

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

brocade silk hanging altheap

Raleigh, North Carolina

blue green flower zuda

Camp Quincy, Illinois

blue winters night painting mystic silks

Warren, Ohio

“I love all of those, too,” whispered Sally.  “They are all simply beautiful!  I can’t wait to see what you have chosen in purple!” she said.

victorian amethyst pendant gerrys jewel box

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

serenditipy jumbo perle yarn sassalynne

Fleet, Hampshire, United Kingdom

purple jasper earrings magdalene jewels

Hartsdale, New York

personalized scarf blazing needles

York, Pennsylvania

grape visions felted needle book jnoriginals

Urbandale, Iowa

fantasy fortress onawhimsey

West Sussex, United Kingdom

eggplant on my deck aceo heronkate

Pittsboro, North Carolina

“Well, I just don’t know what to say,” said Sally.  “Everything is so beautiful, and you tell me there are more I can go see!  How will I ever choose?” asked Sally.

“Guess you’ll just have to get them all!” I laughed.

“Wish I could, wish I could,” sighed Sally.  “But, all this shopping has made me hungry!” Sally said, licking her lips.

“Come on,” I grinned.  “I’ll treat you to a chocolate sundae at our favorite ice cream place.”

“Mmmmmm!” Sally said, as she headed for the door.  “We can’t get there fast enough for me!”

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bloomington High School Class of 1959

Last night we attended Bob’s high school class reunion.

Turns out I knew more people from his class than I thought! But, the nicest surprise was to see my cousin, Joie, there. Had no clue her husband was in the same class as my husband. We were able to sit together, which made the evening even more special.

One of the first activities was to view the photos of all the class members who had passed away. “Whoops,” I said to Bob, about one of the photos. “I don’t think that is right, or we would have heard about that at church.” So today, I verified that the man was still alive and kicking, and sent that information to one of the class reunion committee members. His wife laughed when I told her what had happened, and said they had prematurely dead! They will all be glad to know that isn’t the case!

The classmate who was the EMCee introduced himself by saying he was from the government and he was there to help! Everyone roared at that. Turns out he has spent his career working for the Secret Service and Department of Defense in several cities during his government career.

At our table was also a man whose name I had heard my sister say when we were young. We caught up on what she had done during these years and what his career had been. When I shared that with my sister today, she said, “Yes, we went to a dance together in the 7th grade!” How cute is that?!

There were several jokes told, none of which I can remember well enough to share! but, I’ll try on this one. There was an Amish man who decided to take his buggy and go into town. As he was coming over the hill, a car was coming over from the opposite way, and there was a head-on collision, a terrible, terrible wreck. In court, some months later, the defense attorney was asking the Amish man how he was, “I’ve never felt better”, he replied. The attorney asked the same thing, and said “What did you tell the police officer that day?” The Amish man replied, “I told him what I just told you. I’ve never felt better.” The attorney went on and asked, “Well, tell us what happened.” The Amish man said, “Well, my horse was hurt bad. He had two broken legs. The police officer shot him to put him out of his misery. Then he went over and looked at my dog, whose back was broken. So, he shot him too so he wouldn’t suffer. Then he came over and asked me, ‘How are you feeling?’ I told him I had never felt better!”

There was good music provided by the Barry Ryser Quartet. Terrific performers. And the music from those times just can’t be beat!

Teachers from that era were invited guests. It was so enjoyable talking with each of them that I remembered. Miss Green, the oldest, no doubt, was our seventh grade social studies teacher. Every student had to stand next to his/her chair and recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, along with “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….” along with other historical documents she felt it was important for us to know! Another was the basketball coach and health/PE teacher, who in 1960 had taken our basketball team to the Final Four. My sister was a cheerleader for that team. What great memories!

By the way our 2008-2009 Bloomington High School South basketball team won the state championship this year! Everyone attending the reunion got a copy of the school newspaper, “The Optimist” with the terrific news and team photo just before they headed to the Final Four and the championship game.

News from the day the class graduated in 1959: 5 lbs sugar 19 cents; Abel and Baker, the monkies , had just flown 300 feet into space and returned safely; John Foster Dulles was buried; and one of the movies playing that day was “Farewell to Arms.”

The class photo was taken! The photographer was outside the dining room happily selling them to the guests, when someone noticed he had printed the wrong class at the bottom: Bloomington High School Class of 1952! Needless to say, he had to leave and go reprint the landscape photos, and then return. The final photo turned out very well!

My sister’s Class of 1960 reunion is next year. As one of her classmates stood and said, “We will have a difficult time outdoing the Class of ‘59, but we will work on it!”

Congratulations to the planning committee for the Bloomington High School Class of 1959 reunion. They did a marvelous job, and Bob and I thoroughly enjoyed being there, seeing so many people, catching up, and recollecting fun and memorable incidents from those years.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Christmas in July Sale Tonight July 15, 2009

Quite an exciting day! My aqua cotton sweater is featured on this blogpost - . Yesterday found myself included in several treasuries, and tonight is the night for the Etsyhookers Christmas in July sale. Come join the fun and see what marvelous hand-crocheted items await you from many of the Etsyhooker shops. The sale begins at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight. A one-night only sale! Each shop will have its own sale information in its shop announcement. Also, watch the promo thread that will list all the participating shops. Be sure to stop by my shop on your way around Etsy for those Christmas in July bargains.

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Wonderful Surprise!

What a delightful surprise to have been chosen as Etsyhooker of the Week. I join many others who have received this honor, and whose talents are among the best! Thanks to Nora of NoraDora for nominating me for this special recognition, and to all my team members and friends on the Etsyhookers Team! You can read it here:

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I think Picasa Web Albums are wonderful. Today I am experimenting to see if I can embed more than one slideshow in a blogpost.

second album

Monday, March 2, 2009

How Sweet and Thoughtful

What a thrill to be featured in a treasury, and when it happens three times in just a short time, it is doubly thrilling! This pretty pink poncho was featured in a treasury by Paperparaphernalia. Like a Soft Breeze expires Mon., March 3 at 3:45 p.m.

One of my favorite things from her shop is this pretty journal.

selected this black and gray ruffly scarf from my shop for her treasury, Smokin' Hooks,
which expires Mon., March 2 at 5:57 p.m.

I really love this organic hemp baby beanie from her shop.

LazyDayz named her treasury Yipeeeeeeee, and it is available through Tuesday, March 3 at 2:07 a.m. She chose this teal hobo bag to feature from my shop.

One of the items I really like from her shop is this pair of triple loop earrings.

And, of course, if you want to view the items selected from my shop and my other creations, please feel free to visit

Friday, February 27, 2009

Oh, Wow!

I am thrilled to be the featured shop today on the Boomers and Beyond blogspot. It is such an honor to be a member of the BBest team (for people over 40, by the way), and to get to share about my Bags and More by Pam shop, along with other interesting tidbits. If you get a chance, stop by and leave a comment. Thanks to Janine, who has two shops....AltheaP and OneDogTalking, for the terrific blog post. A story about this particular sweater is part of the feature!

Monday, February 23, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Isn't Just for People!

Handsome Eddie is ready to celebrate the wearin' of the green along with Gorgeous Daisy! They are both wearing new hand-crocheted St. Patrick's Day collars, and don't they look fabulous! Was quite fun to finish these after a bout with bronchitis that resulted in not even picking up a crochet hook for five days! That has to be some kind of non-crocheting record for me! Better now, and off to finish two custom orders....a Cleveland Browns baby blanket, hat, and booties, and a cable design sweater in a woman's medium. And to connect with more friends on Facebook. What fun that is chatting with lots of former students, or as I prefer to call them, some of my "kids"!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Another Special Surprise!

It was a pleasure to find two of my items featured in two different treasuries today (when my computer was usable again! --and that is another story!) Sixsisters, one of my friends from the Boomers and Beyond (Bbest) team selected my teal and lime Splashy Scarf Series IIIfor her treasury entitled Waiting. It can be viewed until 8:22 a.m., Monday, February 9.

KBShimmer from the Indiana Etsy Street Team (INCrowdteam) selected my double thick blue poncho for her treasury entitled Through Blue Tinted Glasses. Her treasury can be viewed through Tuesday, February 10 at 4:40 a.m.

SixSisters is a very talented painter. I especially love her bird collection, such as those shown here. You will want to visit her shop to see her other wonderful paintings.

KBShimmer makes gorgeous soaps, shampoos, bath bombs, and lip balms. Here are some of my favorites. I'm sure you will want to visit her shop to see all of her selections!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

First Sale on Artfire!

My very first sale on Artfire is this custom order blue, 100% cotton baby blanket, hat, and booties!
I set up a shop on this venue early in January, and am excited about this new venture. Many of the items I have in my Etsy store are also featured at
Custom orders are welcome at both of these stores.

Yet More Treasuries!

It is such a pleasure to find my crocheted items in an Etsy treasury or Treasury West! This pink queen anne lace scarf is in a treasury entitled I Keep Missing the Openi created by NightSkyJewelry. You can see this treasury through Saturday, February 7 at 4:46 a.m. You will also want to check out NightSkyJewelry's shop. I especially like her Winter Blues earrings shown below.

This yellow bath scrubbie and facecloth set is included in a treasury entitled Sunshine and created by CreatedforaPurpose. You can see the items in this treasury through Friday, February 6 at 9:20 a.m. In CreatedforaPurpose's shop you can find the lovely afghan pattern shown below.

Jewelolicious has included this Lil Stinker Hat in a treasury entitled
Smells Sweet as a Daisy which you can view through Saturday, February 7 at 1:00 a.m. I know you will like the jewelry shown below from Jewelolicious' Etsy shop.


Winter Blues Earrings


Silver Bracelet and Earrings


PDF Pattern for 3D Lap Afghan

Sunday, February 1, 2009

What a Nice Surprise!

Multiple treasuries in two days! What a thrill! DaisyDesigns Floral was kind enough to include my tiny puppy heart sweater in a traditional BNR treasury., entitled XXXX AND OOOOS BNR. That means if you are an Etsy seller, and you buy something from that particular treasury, (available through Wed., February 4 at 12:08 a.m.) you can choose an item from your shop to replace the item you purchased! Her treasury features Hoosier artists from the INCrowdteam. She mades silk floral arrangements in her shop. Click on her link or the floral photo above to visit her shop for more silk flowers!

Inalather, who makes the most luscious bath soaps and shampoos, has also created an INCrowdteam treasury, entitled Perfection IN Pistachio. What beautiful selections. She chose to include my White and Lime bath set in her treasury, which is viewable through Thursday, February 5 at 4:24 a.m.You will definitely want to view Inalather's soaps and shampoos, too!

I love this particular soap by inalather. The colors are fantastic, and I know the aroma is fabulous as well!

Created for a Purpose has curated a lovely Cream of the Crop treasury. It includes many of our friends from the Etsyhookers Team, and she was kind enough to include my white men's cable design sweater in it. Check this treasury out through Wednesday, February 4 at 2:22 a.m.

One of my favorite items from her shop is the pattern to make these doll clothes for vintage dolls. Just click on the photo below to view CreatedforaPurpose's Etsy shop. The treasury will be available through Wednesday, February 4, at 2:22 a.m.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Cold

Couldn't resist taking this photo of Eddie and Daisy. Eddie loves lying inside in the sunshine that comes through the storm door. His short coat doesn't give much protection from the 5 degree wind chill we are having today. Daisy loves to lie outside on the porch, basking in the sunshine that is soaked up by her thick warm fur. And we adults just aren't going to worry about the fact that the inside door is standing open while they enjoy the sun, each in his/her own way!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Tropical Heat Wave

I was so excited to find my lime and yellow, fully lined bag featured in an Etsy Treasury curated by Kimbuktu. (The treasury, Tropical Heat Wave, will be available for viewing through Monday, February 2 at 1:25 a.m.) She makes bags, as well, among other wonderful items. You will also enjoy visiting her website, and her Etsy store,
Here are a few of the lovely items Kim has made.

Love the reds and pinks in this pretty bag!
Browns and blues are a perfect combination!
Children truly are a gift from the Lord.