Sunday, December 11, 2011

Another 5 star TDIPT Swap!

Us TDIPT gals are in the midst of our Christmas swap, and let me tell you.....we all have donned our drool rags as they are needed and how!

We decided on a secret swap, so none of us knew who was sending to us, and that has really added to the fun, excitement, and anticipation!
We all fill out a questionnaire, so that we can tailor the gifts to our recipients tastes.

I was so surprised and delighted when my box arrived yesterday, from none other than Mandy of FiddleStix studios! Woohoo, I felt like I hit the lottery!

As you can see, Mandy put a lot of thought and time into making sure everything was wrapped and packed so pretty, and I felt like a child on Christmas morning when I began to open the box of treasures.

Just look at all of the goodies she sent to me!

The angel soap is not only beautiful, it smells sooooooo good!

BUT.......I saved the best for last. Just look at the beautiful handmade she created just for me! I am so happy to be able to add this guy to my collection of Santas! I am thrilled and delighted.

Thank you Mandy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New for TDIPT Mercantile

Here's a peek at my Peace on Earth Angel. She's available on TDIPT Mercantile tonight at 9 pm EST. I'm sure there will be so many lovely offerings, so please be sure to check us out!

thanks as always!

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Santa

He's available at The Dancing Eye Gallery in Northville Mi....... just in time for the Holiday Home Walk!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Red White & Denim Santa

My newest Denim clad Santa

Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New for TDIPT Mercantile

I hope you'll visit TDIPT Mercantile for our 5th annual Open House and GiveAway! As we do every November, we will be offering wonderful holiday themed handmades galore as well as a fantastic giveaway w/ prizes being donated by some of our members!
Be sure to stop by and enter in to win, and I hope you'll take a peek at my Peace on Earth Santa available this month!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

TDIPT's Open House and Giveaway!

It's hard to believe it's almost that time of the year again.....but yes it is, and just one week from tonight TDIPT Mercantile will begin celebrating the holiday season by hosting our annual Open House, which means fabulous holiday offerings for your consideration (many of the artists offer free shipping at this time as well).
But that's only the beginning..... what would a holiday celebration be without gift giving? We will do just that by bringing to you another wonderful TDIPT Give-away, w/ prizes being handmade and donated by our talented and generous members and up for grabs for our visitors.

We hope you'll join us in kicking off the holiday season in true traditional TDIPT fashion!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Coming to Ebay

~ All American Santa ~

I'm having lots of camera problems, but I'm gonna try to get this fella listed on Ebay tonight.
It seems like forever since I have listed a piece on ebay, and this will be my first offering for this years Christmas Season.

I just love this Santa!
I won the antique glass buttons in Cobalt Blue a few weeks ago, and knew when bidding on them just what
I would use them for! I think they look fantastic on Santa's Red Coat!

I hope you'll take at peek at my auction a little later on this evening.

Thanks as always!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I've been WOWed!

We are in the midst of another fabulous TDIPT Autumn swap! Our ebay group has these fun events a few times a year, and I'm telling you, the girls really know how to spoil one another!
We always post a questionnaire after names are drawn, so that we have a better idea of what our partners prefs are.

I was so very lucky this time around to have Starla (Briar Rabbit Prims) as my partner, and she knows that I love simple things. Pumpkins and crows are my favorite thing to decorate with for Autumn, and boy did she deliver!

Just look at the gigantic pumpkin, and the SWEET crow to go with! I am so happy!

She sent along a wonderful candle, and some tarts, and licorice candy, a towel, and a few other goodies, and of course some treats for my Nelly and Itty Bitty!

Thank you Starla.....I could not be happier!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I don't think there is a single soul who doesn't remember where they were that fateful day 10 years ago.
I will never forget, and today like most everyone, I am thinking of those and their families left behind, who lost their life, or the many heroes who gave their life to help to save others.

God bless them all.

After seeing an interview earlier this morning with the last person to be pulled out of the rubble alive.....I feel compelled to pay tribute to the 4 legged heroes, as it was one such hero who led the rescuers to this woman, and many others owe gratitude to the 4-legged. If not for them, they would never have been found.

The twelve 9/11 search dogs that are still alive.

Their eyes say everything you need to know about them. Just amazing creatures.
Heroes of 9/11 still with us today......

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop , Massachusetts , arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days

Tara, 16, from Ipswich , Massachusetts , arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th . The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis , Indiana , was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress , Texas , arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

Guinness, 15, from Highland , California , started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days

Red, 11, from Annapolis , Maryland , went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines

Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors
During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors .
Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled 'Retrieved' .
The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public .
Traveling across nine states in the U . S . from Texas to Maryland , Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11 .
Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called "Retrieved"
Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted 'Retrieved' to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs .
'I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,' explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam .

'They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective . '

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A fantastic giveaway.....

from Patti of Winding Vine Wanderings!

Patti is hosting a giveaway on her blog to celebrate the new TDIPT Team on Etsy (which, btw is super fantastic!!! And also.....a big thank you to Lana of Honeysuckle Lane for organizing the etsy team for us!!)
The lucky winner will have the opportunity to pick an item from Patti's etsy shop as their prize, and believe me......she has some "to die for" creations!

Click here to go to Patti's blog to enter the giveaway, and for links to the TDIPT team on Etsy!

Thanks again Patti!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Coming to TDIPT Mercantile tonight!

I hope you'll stop by the Merc later tonight and check out my newest Peg-Leg Petite!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Cooper!

Hard to believe this lil guy turned 1 on Thursday! Where has the year gone?
Cooper had his birthday party yesterday. My camera was acting up, and most of the pics were extremely blurry :( , but I managed to get a few that were not.
He got a lot of toys and had a blast playing with them, and he really enjoyed digging in to his personal cake, with his favorite thing in the world......a baseball on top!

Such an angel :)

I think Daddy has his eye on that baseball too.

Mmm Mmm good!

Gotta share a taste w/ Sissy!

One bite just isn't enough. More please brother!

Fascinated w/ all the balloons mom got, although to him...they're "Balls".

Happy Birthday sweet angel!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

New for TDIPT Mercantile

I hope you'll fly on over to TDIPT Mercantile and check out my newest offering!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fun in the Sun!

It's been so hot here in Michigan. Zoey and Cooper have been spending plenty of time keeping cool in the pool.

Zoey is like a fish, and she has always loved the water, and it's looking like Cooper does too :)

I hope you're enjoying your summer as well.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New for TDIPT Mercantile

I hope you'll head over to TDIPT Mercantile to take a peek at my newest creation.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

More from the Little Red Cape in Connecticut

~ Stumpwork ~

Stumpwork is the name given to a style of raised and padded embroidery, originating in England in the second half of the seventeenth century

I've been promising to share more pics from my trip to my cousin's 1700's Cape Cod home in Connecticut, so I thought I would share pics of this amazing art!

I was utterly fascinated by these 3 dimensional embroideries called Stumpwork. My cousin tells me they would have been made by young girls in England during the 1600's.
Some are mere subjects, which she says would most likely have been made available in a kit, and only those w/ money would have been able to afford to purchase these kits. Others are far more intricate and tell a story through "scenes", and those are truly truly amazing to me. To think of the time and thought invested, and to think they were handmade by young girls. I found myself staring and wondering who's little hands held the needle and thread that brought these to life so long ago. And to think they are still around. Amazing!

I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did, although it's really hard to capture the charm w/ a camera.

If you look close you can see the dogs running. They are chasing a rabbit.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Miss 1776

Fireworks in hand,
"Miss 1776"
is eager for the July 4th Festivities to begin!

She's my newest creation, and she'll make her debut on Ebay tonight!

I hope you'll stop by to take a peek!

Thanks as always :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Last day to enter!

Today is the last day to enter to win this GORGEOUS set of stacking boxes from Tammy of A Primitives Place!
Tammy left some sweet comments on my blog, and that lead me to visit her blog, and while there I noticed her fab giveaway!
To see how to enter just hop on over to her blog!

Click here to visit Tammy's blog!