Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Last Craft Show of the Season

I did my last craft show of the season on Saturday. Not a whole lot of people came which was disappointing for all the crafters. My best customer was actually a man! He bought something from my booth and the girl's next to me. Who would have thought!!

Here is one of my new items which didn't
sell so it is now on a shelf in my living room.

Another new item. It's an adorable
mouse in a stocking. This picture does
not do it justice!

This is my favorite.
An angel holding a heart. It's a pattern
from Crow Root Prims, but I tweaked it
by adding the stuffed heart.

Here they are on display at my booth.

Booth picture

A few up close shots

I have packed everything up and will store it away until next year. I consider it a successful Craft Show season as a rookie striking out on my own. Hopefully next year my sister and I can do a holiday boutique at her new home in Spooner. I enjoyed crafting, but really missed doing it with her.

My bonus for the weekend was getting to talk to Shane on Friday. He is out in the field in Twenty Nine Palms, CA doing training. He does not have phone service so we had not talked to him for three weeks. It reminded me of boot camp and I really wasn't liking it! He talked to his father and I for over an hour using one of his buddy's cell phone who had service. He will head back to Camp Lejeune on 12/22 or 12/23, so no...we will not be seeing him for Christmas again this year, but we will at least get to talk to him and for now that is a wonderful gift.
CHRISTmas Blessings to all!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Another Craft Show...and More

I was in my second Craft Show on November 19th at the Blaine United Methodist Church. It was a fun time and I met some wonderful fellow crafters. Some of my friends from work and Church stopped in to see me.

One side of my booth

The other side

An aerial shot of some of my prims

I sold the flour sifter centerpiece, but
if it didn't sell I had a spot on a shelf
at home just waiting for it.


On our way home from spending Thanksgiving up in Spooner,
we stopped and saw Zack, Becky, and Natalie.
Natalie showed us how she can color.

As soon as she sees the camera she says....

It is RARE that she wants anything to do with
Grandpa Kelly, so I quick got a picture of the
two of them. I just love this pic!!

I decorated the house for Christmas this
weekend. When I looked over at the tree,
Melody was laying under it.
The tree IS in her spot after all!

We had a wonderful Thanksgving up in Spooner. My niece Kara went all out and had a delicious feast for us. She also made us breakfast the next morning. She is amazing and I am so proud of her. Thanks Kara and Trav for letting us spend Thanksgiving with you. It was great to be with our family.

My grandpa went to be with Jesus today at the age of 97 years old. Love you Grandpa Betz! Enjoy Heaven sitting at the feet of Jesus, and someday we will all be together again.

Blessings to all,


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Home on Leave

After a cancelled flight and then an hour delay in Atlanta, GA, Shane made it home for the first time in almost nine months. He was a good sport as I tried to get as many pictures as I could (as you will see below).

My niece Kara and my Mom, Carol came down on Friday
to see Shaner DD. On Saturday we had an Open House
lunch for friends and family to come visit with Shane so
he could see a lot of people all in one day. We had a great turn out.
Thanks Mom and Kara for helping me get ready for it!!!

His favorite teacher, Mrs. K came. She watched over
Shane at school. I am sure she is glad to not trip over
his backpack and baseball equipment in her
classroom anymore. Mrs. K you are the BEST!!

Mark and Steph, two of Shane's classmates.
Mark and Shane played school baseball together.
They have been friends since Preschool.

Aunt Jolene and Shane.

It is hard for me to believe these three boys are all
grown up! Zack, Shane and Eric together again.
It was fun to listen to stories of when they were
younger. Now Zack is a father and Eric is soon to
be one in December.

Shane and Nick, one of his best friends
from Anoka football.

Shane and his girlfriend Alecia

After the Open House I got to keep Natalie
overnight so Zack and Becky could go to a
Halloween party. She got a hold of a color
crayon and was able to leave me a drawing on
the wallpaper in the kitchen! Oh well, we had
a great time watching Barney. I just love her!!

Last but not least here is an original design I
created for my upcoming craft show. They are
made out of old flour sifters. Adorable!!!

It was hard to take Shane to the airport and send him off. We are not sure when he'll be able to come home again. But, Kelly and I enjoyed our time with him and cherish every moment we get to spend with him right now. Keep Shane in your prayers for whatever lies ahead. God has proven time and time again that He is faithful and true. My hope and trust is in Him for my son and my country! Thank you God for the victory on November 3rd. Please be with our newly elected people. Lead and guide!!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Craft Show and More

Well, my first solo craft show is over and was a
success. Thanks Mom for coming down and
helping me!

My booth. There wasn't a whole lot
of room, but we made it work!

Prims just waiting for shoppers.

My salsa was the hot selling item. If I would
of had some of the candles I was burning I
could have made a fortune!! But they did
their job of drawing the ladies into my booth.



Zack, Becky and Natalie came to see us that same weekend.
Becky and Natalie came to the craft show.

When were we home, Natalie was doing the
limbo like she saw them doing on her Barney
video. Zack and Becky said she'd go around
the house doing this. They finally figured out
where she learned it from. This picture makes
me laugh!

Here she is with a little attitude! I think the
terrible twos might be on their way.


I spent an afternoon with my friend, former
classmate and roommate Mary.

It was a beautiful day so we walked around
Lake of the Isles (with her dog Daisy),

A view of downtown Minneapolis.

You are now up to date. Sorry it has been so long between posts. Shane is coming home next Wednesday! It will be great to have him home again. It has been easier for me since we got to spend some time with him in September.

Have a blessed week and don't forget to vote on November 2nd. I pray that God's hand will move and TRUE change starts on November 3rd when we get this "land of the free" and "one Nation under God" back on track again. Forgive us God for our faithlessness and thinking we can do this without you.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Primin' Weekend

I have been getting ready for my first solo craft show coming up on Saturday, October 9th at the Glen Cary Lutheran Church in Ham Lake. This weekend I hit it hard getting some last items made. My beautiful niece Alyssa, and her running friend Jeri came and stayed with me this weekend also. Jeri was running the 10 mile race in the Twin Cities Marathon. It was fun having them here. I wish I had the energy to keep up with them!!!

Before I show you what I have been working on,
here is a current picture of Natalie. We stopped at
their house last weekend. I told her to say "cheese"
and this is what I got. I spent the rest of the time
playing with her in her room. I just love this little girl!

A sampling of my newest pillows. I have three
more ready to be stuffed.

I found two mini bread pans at a thrift store.
It is a perfect place for this hen to make her nest.

I just had to make one of these when I saw the pattern.
His note to Santa says..."Dear Santa, I have been very
good all year. Please leave me lots of cheese."

Mouse and a dandelion

More mice baking in the sun. They'll get
coffee stained this week and I'll be making
some holding dandelions and some
holding candy canes.

That's it for now. I am excited to see how primitive creations sell here in the Twin City area. I have not seen crafts like this at any of the shows I go to. I hope other ladies fall in love with this type of stuff! Sis, I will miss you, but hopefully we can do the show up in Spooner in November.
Have a blessed week!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

North Carolina Trip

I realize I have not updated my blog in over a month. Sorry! I did want to share some pictures of our trip to North Carolina. We had a wonderful time, the weather was hot and sunny the entire time, it was easy finding our way around, and it was nice to be together as a family again.

This is the barracks where Shane lives.

These are the tracker vehicles he works on.

This is the tattoo!! Sorry it's sideways.
He loves it (which is a good thing because
he is stuck with it the rest of his life!)

Deep Sea Fishing
This is one of Kelly's catches...

....this is mine!!

Dad and Shane at Onslow Beach which is
on base. It is a beautiful beach!

Shane and Mom

I thank God for the safe trip and for watching over my son. It was nice to see him again and know that he is doing well. I could leave him there knowing he is where he should be (for now). Thanks for all your prayers for a safe trip. I am truly blessed with a wonderful family!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Garden, Berries and Prims

I have quite a few pictures to share with you. Our garden is doing awesome and our field is FULL of dewberries.

First off, this is my Hibiscus which at one time
had outside, but for the past three years it has
been in my living room. It doesn't bloom that often
and when it does the flower only lasts a day. I was
able to get a picture so I could enjoy it longer.


We will have quite a few watermelon.

Did I mention I will have squash coming out
our ears!! I would say there are at least
25 or more.

The deer or rabbits ate the other plant
so we'll be lucky to get a couple to enjoy.

We will again have a pumpkin for Natalie
this Halloween.

I made 6 pints of jelly from these.
I checked the field on Thursday and
came to the conclusion that when they
all ripen (which will be soon) we will have
to spend an entire day picking! I hope
dewberry jelly is a hot seller again at the
craft show in November!!


I found this saying in a magazine and LOVED it.
You might be wondering about the little heart.
Well this was a table runner and there was a
little spot of paint that just wouldn't coffee
stain so I put a heart over it.

Another saying I found and love.

I thought this door doll turned out

Well that is what has been keeping me busy lately. This is the lull before the canning storm! I hope I get a lot of it done before we go to North Carolina and see Shane. I don't want to wish August away, but I am looking forward to spending three full days with my son and seeing what his life is like at Camp Lejeune. When I asked one of the Admins at our Distribution Center in NC what the weather was like in September she said...August and September are our hottest months. GREAT!! That's okay as long as I get to hug my son!!
Blessings to all!!