Goodbye Fall. Hello Winter.

We had our first taste of snow this weekend.
I wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow
we wake up to a few inches on the ground
if it stays as cold as it was all day.
I'm not very good at faking that I'm not cold
and so all the pictures turned out very rigid

but at least today I got out of my pjs.
I've spent the good portion of the weekend
here on my couch making my yoyos
no matter how many I make I always seem to not
have enough on hand

I listed 4 new sets of my new alligator clips this weekend
all with a unique take on Christmas

Well I better get back to work
despite my husbands beliefs,
there are no machines
(as far as I know)
that make yoyos!

The Best Part

I spent a good portion of the day yesterday
printing out and searching the house
for all my business recipes.
I'm certain I only have about half of them
but already I am terrified of add them all up!

Profit or not -
I can't imagine how empty my life would be
right now without my shop.
I work every single day on new items
and at-least once a week my shop is updated
with a handful of new pretties.
Without this in my life I would surely be a basket case!

For whatever reason I drug my feet
on adding alligator clips to my repertoire
and how silly I was...
because they are absolutely adorable
even on big girls like me!

As you know I don't have any little girls in my life
so it's such a treat when a happy customer
shares a picture or two with me.

This vibrant little girl is the daughter of Dinnie.
Poor gal - Her order was a truly humbling experience
after I realized I missed a critical shipping detail.
Yet miraculously her package arrived after many many moons of worry and upset!
Oh my do I hope I never have to go through that again...
but through the entire process Dinnie was so kind and understanding!

There are no words that can explain how I feel
when I see my creations being worn by others.
there always seems to be a glow or spark in their eyes
... something that screams "I feel special!" :D

It's so easy to doubt oneself ...
believe me I do it more than I care to share
but every once in a while
someone says or shows you something
that makes you realize the joy you can bring into someone else's life
and that is the BEST part of the business!

I want to personally thank each and everyone of you
who has shared such kindness with me.
I couldn't do even half of what I do without your presence in my life!

A House To Build A Dream On

Jim has been mentioning this house to me for a few weeks
my man tends to be a dreamer and so I didn't realize how serious
he was about pursuing this house as our future home.
We aren't sure if we will qualify for a second home
as we still own our home in Portland.
We do have our home rented
but it hasn't been for very long.

Saturday we drove up and took a look through the windows
and walked the grounds.
My heart pounded with delight with each new discovery
butterflies still flutter in my stomach as I remember ever detail

In all the excitement I have forgotten the date of the home :(

This would have been the dining room
however the previous owners must have converted it into a living room.
Besides the kitchen this is the only room that has new flooring
the rest of the home has the most gorgeous dark hard wood floors

Most of the homed doors have a pocket window above them
to let in light and to help circulate air
and heat throughout the house.
This beautiful door strangely only leads to unfinished attic space

the rooms in the house are quite large for a house of its age
and there is plenty of closet space as well
(well perhaps not by our current standards)
this house must have been built for someone of importance!

The kitchen is so sweet
There is not a whole lot of cooking surface
but there is plenty of space to add it if you don't want
a kitchenette in the room.

Perhaps my favorite space in the house
is the kitchens adjacent pantry

which I would convert into my office!
It's perfect :D Lots of lighting, storage, and it's cozy!
Also it's in the heart of the home so I wouldn't miss anything
and could easily multi task!

One of the things we don't like about our Portland home
is that there is absolutely no connection between
the house and the backyard

In this house you could watch the kids play
while doing the laundry!

Of coarse this house has an endless chore list
not to mention needs a lot of love and pricey updates
such as a new roof, paint, wiring, windows, and yard work
but that is the trade off of owning an old beauty such as this.

but for now it's all just a lovely dream...