Secret Santa Gift Exchange

January 5, 2011

Hello, friends!

Well, that was a lovely few weeks off! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a safe New Years Eve!!

A few weeks ago, I signed up for Lillyella’s Secret Santa gift exchange.

All of our mail has been delayed for a while now due to our strange weather, so I wasn’t expecting it to arrive before Christmas. But that is just fine with me, I like to drag out gift giving as long as possible. In fact, I’m still waiting on a few things the husband ordered for me from Etsy. That’s the only clue he gave me and it’s killin’ me. I have like 40 pages of favourites over there, so the suspense is almost too much.

Anyways, oh yes, from my secret santa I received the most comfy, squishy hand knitted cowl in easily one of my most favourite colours.

It’s just perfect. So me.

My secret santa is well, a secret, so I can’t tell you where it’s from, but I’m in love with it. Yes, it is possible to be in love with a cowl.

It is made with lovely Madelinetosh Hand Dyed Yarns and I swear it’s the softest thing I’ve ever had around my neck.

I haven’t heard yet if my recipient has received their gift from me. I had hoped they would get it before Christmas, but alas, that is out of my hands.

I love secret gift exchanges with perfect strangers. Don’t you?


May 9, 2010

Just wanted to wish all you Mothers out there a very happy Mother’s Day!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  ~Marcel Proust

{ Cloudy Day Queens by jude mcconkey }

Etsy Ireland Giveaway!!

March 3, 2010


In case you haven’t heard, the Etsy Ireland Team are having a massive giveaway in the form of a fun treasure hunt to celebrate the quickly approaching St.Patrick’s Day.

All you have to do is find 13 (lucky 13?) letters hidden amongst team members shops, unscramble the word using those 13 letters and then convo Ruth at or email her with your answer:
ruthcrean [at]

The prize is valued at more than €150 and includes a wide variety of items from members of the Crafty Ireland Team.

You can read more about the contest over at the Etsy Ireland Blog.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing

Hearts for Haiti

January 18, 2010

Hearts for Haiti is an Etsy shop set up by several enthusiastic Etsy sellers to raise funds for the Haiti disaster relief. Shop items have been  generously donated by hundreds of Etsy shop owners and 100% of the proceeds from this shop (minus Etsy fees and Paypal fees) go directly to DoctorsWithoutBorders ( ).

The shop was set up on January 14, 2 days after the disaster, and since then has had over 220 sales and raised over $2,500. And those numbers are increasing at a very quick rate.

It’s so inspiring to see everyone in the handmade community come together for a greater good.

You can follow the progress of the shop in this Etsy forum thread or follow them on Facebook.

If you would like to donate an item to, please send an email to etsyforhaiti2 [!at] for a copy of the donation guidelines.

Or, of course, go buy something lovely and know that your money is going to a wonderful cause.

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2009

It’s wet and rainy here. We got some hail, a tiny bit of snow. Not enough to make us happy, but it’s snowing!

I can’t believe how quickly 2009 has gone by. So many things have happened this year, not all of them good, not all of them bad. It was a good year.

I am thankful for many things at this moment and I am hopeful that 2010 will be better.

I want to thank all of you who have supported me and my endeavours and wish you all the very best in the new year.

Reflected Rain by jared in kansas

We’ll be staying in tonight , no chance of us hanging out outside.

I hope that you all have a safe and happy New Years Eve!!

Etsy Ireland’s BIG BIG Giveaway!!

November 12, 2009

The Crafty Ireland Team, of which I am apart of, is hosting a BIG BIG giveaway over on the team blog.

The prize is essentially a mystery box -containing an assortment of handmade items made by various members of the Crafty Ireland team! All you have to do to enter is head over to the original post and leave a comment. The winner will be drawn on Monday, November 16th!


Good luck!