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Dare I try another go at this?

Jan. 7th, 2009 | 12:08 am
mood: hopefulhopeful

Ha Ha--it is now the dawn of 2009, and I can hardly believe so much time has passed since my last post. A time for new beginnings, eh? Happy New Year to me.
So much has happened over these last few years. My crafty life has all-but-disappeared--on the outside, that is. My inner crafty girl is still waiting in the wings for some life-clutter to be cleared enough to whip out some felt and embroidery thread. I DID manage to succeed in setting up a beautiful new crafting table/corner in my office over the holiday. I think this entry may inspire me to snap some shots of it to post---tomorrow, that is, when the light is better.  So much for instant reformation!  Baby steps, right?
New Year equals resolutions, and I stumbled upon a blog that could have been my own list of good intentions, which you can visit here.  She has a beautiful letterpress etsy shop, Pistachio Press, and I am craving one of these lovely letterpress calendars, now on sale! (but only 15 left!)  It would be the perfect place to record all of the wonderful days that are coming to me and my family in 2009!

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labor day weekend 2006

Sep. 10th, 2006 | 07:23 pm

labor day weekend 2006, originally uploaded by blossomb.

Well, clearly life has gotten crazy again around here, and my successful journal maintenance has ground to a screeching halt. The good news--well, there's so much good news, depending on how you look at things.
As far as the shop goes--I think I'm officially never making anything of my own again. No, that's not the good news. And its probably not true, either, but some days it certainly feels that way! The actual glad tidings are that we have SO MANY new artists joining the site for Fall, and sales have really started to pick up, so maybe this isn't a very elaborate game of make-believe after all! In case anyone is interested to keep tabs of how things are shaping up in Blossomland, you can bookmark our "New Products" page (here) and refer to it often! (like I do--except I am rightfully President of the Blossom Geeks Club, and rather obsessed with gawking at my own handiwork)

labor day weekend, originally uploaded by blossomb.
Elseware in the news, we travelled south to Fredericksburg, VA for Labor Day weekend, where we visited my mother in her new home and her new urban-ish life, as well as my Nana and Papa, who seem to be so happy to have my mom nearby after all these years. My Nana is on her 3rd round of chemotherapy for 4th stage ovarian cancer, and it has been killing me to be so far away. Thankfully, she looks wonderful, even though she has lost some weight, and, as always, a nice visit was had by all. It is a hard time for our family, but we all love each other so much, and have had a wonderful life all together so far, with many happy memories, and more to come, I'm sure.
I am including some pic's of the car ride (as taken by Corey) and our visit.
labor day weekend 2006, originally uploaded by blossomb.
labor day weekend, originally uploaded by blossomb.
"trot trot", originally uploaded by blossomb.
My favorite is the one above, where my Papa is playing "Trot, Trot to Boston" with Finn, which he once did for me long long ago, and which Finn already knows and loves because I play it with him practically every day. I hope his children will love it, too!
Back safe and sound at home in rainy PA, it was our 2 year wedding anniversary on Tuesday, September 5th. Unfortunately, Corey had to work evening shift, so he was gone from 2pm until 10pm, which kinda screwed things up for us. Plus, things are pretty tight right now, so no chocolates and champagne for us! Boo hoo! What I did muster for my hubbie's happy belly was a late night Chicken Pot Pie (my own secret recipe), with a little message baked into the crust. Possibly my most sickeningly domestic moment of all time, but, I have to admit, strangely and fulfillingly fun. And let me tell you, in Pennsylvania Dutch country, a well-made pot pie is worth its weight in gold....:)
anniversary pie, originally uploaded by blossomb.

Now this is where the good news gets kinda tricky...Also on Tuesday, I started back to work full-time, for the first time since Finn was born. Well, actually, I worked pretty much full-time last Fall at Earthrhythms, but Finigan came with me, so it didn't really count. This time around, however, its the real deal--the deal I promised myself I wasn't going to do, the deal where Finn goes off to daycare to be with people who don't even know that when he throws his head back in his highchair, you're supposed to do it, too, and then everybody laughs, and we do it all again...Oh, god, It's been a hard week. I know he'll be OK--Eden was, and other kids are, too. But that doesn't make it the best way, and I was pretty sure that there was a better way to live, that if we just made sacrifices, we could make a different path for ourselves. Well, for whatever reasons, it didn't happen, and now the world's sucky financial burdens have forced my hand. Is this sounding anything like good news? Well, like I said, it all depends on how you look at it. Two weeks ago, we decided that I really needed to try to find a job, and, the next morning, my old job called out of the blue and offered me my old position. Kizmet? Well, I've never been one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so, 5 days a week, I'm the girl answering the phone "Good afternoon...Imagine That...Alex speaking!..." Its kinda surreal, stepping back into that word, but, so far so good. So, thank you, universe. For opening a window.

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thrift thursday

Aug. 31st, 2006 | 02:39 pm

thrift thursday, originally uploaded by blossomb.

Well, I'm trying really hard to make up for lost blogging time by posting many many things today, until my son wakes up from his nap (uh-oh!--can I hear him already??). In my last post, I was supposed to add some thrift thursday photos, but you can see how that ended up...I've been so busy with the end of summer, getting ready for school to start, and (BOO HOO!) going back to work (starting after labor day--it's so sad!), not to mention posting many new products in the shop and sending out a newsltter! Phew! So, I'm playing a little catchup before we trot off to my mom's house in Northern VA this weekend--if it doesn't flash flood, that is, which, with my luck, it most likely will...!

First things first, its thursday, so...It must be Thrift Thursday! Below is a sweet little fairy illustration that I bought at an antique store in Adamstown, Pa. I found it on one of my first thrifty outings with my husband, who, actually, wasn't involved with me in any way at the time other than friends (little did we know!). I paid $4.00 for it, and intended to give it to my mother for her birthday, but OOPS! kept it for my greedy little self!...

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thrift thursday

Aug. 31st, 2006 | 02:27 pm

thrift thursday, originally uploaded by blossomb.

It's thrift thursday! Ok, well, I didn't actually thrift this one, but it's so pretty, I needed to post it anyway. This was actually my very own crib sheet--an embroidered top sheet, which I still use for my son in the summer, just because he likes a little something to cover up with, even when its 100 degrees--and, really, I'm completely with him on that. Good news: my MOM did thrift it--yardsale, actually. And, knowing my mom and her amazing skills in the art of thrifting, I'm sure she scored it for an amount that would make us all swoon.

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first day of 2nd grade/cool headbands!

Aug. 31st, 2006 | 02:21 pm

It's Eden's first day of second grade! Doesn't she just look too cool waiting for the bus? She picked out this outfit herself--and the great part is that we thrifted the skirt a couple of weeks ago for only $2!!! She's such a cool kid, and very excited about her teacher's seven classroom turtles. How quickly time flies--I remember my 2nd grade year too well to have a daughter starting now! I My famous memory of second grade was teaching my entire class how to draw unicorns at recess. Believe me, I was the unicorn master. In my heart, I still am....

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first day of 2nd grade/cool headbands!

Aug. 31st, 2006 | 02:15 pm

(self portrait in a mirror--my signature! If only I could teach Finn to hold the camera...of course, he'd rather model the goods! shhh! don't tell dad!) New headbands by Handmade Childhood! They are actually for children, but I was jealous of Eden's, so I tried this one on for size! Its true that I have a smallish head, but these headbands seem to be flexi enough for daring mommas, too! Eden loves the one she picked for the first day of school--"not too tight--ooo, i love it!" was the reaction. She even kept it on all day-- gotta love that!
I'll try to have them posted for sale ASAP...you can always reserve one in advance, though! (they're only $5.00!)

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first day of 2nd grade/cool headbands!

Aug. 31st, 2006 | 02:13 pm

here's the full spread of headbands. seriously, they aren't annoyingly tight at all--they're really comfy, but they actually stay on your head, too! I know, this is a lot of enthusiasm for headbands, but the new school year has got us pretty excited about anything that actually does what its suposed to, doesn't evoke any morning fashion fights, and is easy-peasy and super cute! Yay for pretty headbands!

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first day of 2nd grade/cool headbands!

Aug. 31st, 2006 | 02:10 pm

so so pretty! i am loving jessica's fabric stash! more lovelies (some a little gnomish--tee hee!) to come from this talented girl!

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Aug. 17th, 2006 | 04:27 pm

It's Thrift Thursday, and I can't believe a whole week has gone by with no post! I really thought I was getting better at this! Actually, I have a good excuse for once. We switched our techno-allegience to Comcast (they now officially own our soul in a three-pack bundle!), who is giving us internet, phone, and cable for the sweet deal of what we were paying for phone and internet before...So I guess my days of feeling somehow lucky to be free of cable are over, and now we're just TV-watchin' fools like everyone else! Of course, there is ONE show for we are very, very excited to indlge our addiction--Project Runway!!! Corey and I were both sickly sucked into the first season, missed the second altogether, but we're back! Now we can grumble at the judges atrocious judgement (WHY is Vincent still around? COME ON!!!) with everybody else--YAY!!! Of course, there was a price to pay for all this advancement--three whole days of waiting for Comcast to get it together and get my internet working, which was absolute torture!!! I couldn't even get email--it was like leaving your baby to play outside alone! How would I know how that feels? I wouldn't--'cause who would do that?! No one!! It felt terrible, but, actually, nothing terrible happened, so onward and upward.
Speaking of which, my dear Raquel sent me a cute little toy today, so here is my virtual tarot reading (based on my secret first name...teehee!) for the day:

You Are The Star

You represent the ultimate in truth and purity.

Insightful and illuminating, you provide guidance for others.

You also demonstrate unselfish, unconditional love.

You posses many spiritual gifts, including the ability to heal.

Your fortune:

Your future is looking brighter by the day.

The near future will be a time of both hope and healing.

Luck is about to come your way, perhaps the best luck you have ever seen.

Life is about to get a lot easier and much better!

Thanks for visiting me today! Now I'm off to find something fun and thrifty to post above! Happy Thursday!

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thrift thursday, little deer, and other sweet things

Aug. 10th, 2006 | 05:51 pm

Thrift thursday!!! (see more Thrift Thursday goodies here.) I adopted this little girl at Shupp's Grove a few weeks ago. She is Bambi's little girlie friend, Faline (the sticker with her name is still stuck on her ear!). The woman who sold her to me said that she got her when she was a girl--I think she said 1965. One leg has been glued back on--poor thing! I don't mind--she's cute!--and worth every bit of the $5 I paid for her! Yay!

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