They both make me happy!
The other day my dog and I walked outside my apartment’s my small glass sliding door. I am currently one of countless residents dwelling in the DC area in large apartment complexes – this first time I have lived in a complex vs. a multi-family New England style house. There is a small rolling hill that separates my unit from the parking lot and placed in the center of the “lawn” is a tree which blooms bright pink blossoms in the spring. What was so special about the other day was that rain and wind had visited overnight and the pink petals were sprinkled all over the green grass, brown fresh mulch, and swimming in puddle pools –and some petals were still still making their graceful fall to the ground. My dog was very confused why we stopped at the tree instead of moving forward to our regular route … I wanted a moment to view the raining pink petals.
After our walk we came inside to watch the TV show American Pickers. This is by far my favorite show and I am borderline obsessed with it (ok, I am obsessed). I have such a deep appreciation for what Frank and Mike do on the show and for the items they find and rescue– items which are simply not made and/or not made as well anymore. The items they feature truly do tell history lessons. As “picking,” vintage collecting, retro style, and recycling items has become more popular it is becoming increasing difficult to find specific treasures – but they have folks doing a lot of leg work for them to find “rusty gold” in barns, houses, abandoned stores, carnivals, movie theaters, and other places ripe for the picking. I have gone picking before, however, not at a place with as much opportunity for treasure as Mike and Frank — someday I hope to!
If you enjoy my petal story, feel free to view this lovely photograph by LupenGrainne found on Etsy:
What makes you happy?
Apologies – when I post links for items for sale in my shop it is because I so dearly love the items and want them to find a home. Sometimes I post just one item and sometimes an entire list/ gift guide. I do this on my facebook page too!
However, I would like to share several listings which I not only wish to find a home but also benefit the National Kidney Foundation. April is National Donate Life Month and myself and some other Etsyians are working to promote awareness around organ and tissue donation and specifically Kidney Disease – which is a cause near and dear to my heart.
There will always be an item in my shop for sale which benefits this cause, the current two are:
You will also always find a listing/item for sale which benefits:
-a co-op of women in Rwanda
-KIVA.ORG (“empower people around the world with a $25 loan)
-A national women’s’ empowerment organization (it can be of your choosing)
-The animal shelter I adopted my dog and best friend from
……these make great gifts as they benefit a cause!
Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog……
This lot is currently for sale at Eclecticnesting.etsy.com
I have horrible spring allergies! And, it was humid out today. I found myself walking down the street in not the best mindset and all of a sudden I looked up from my spot on the sidewalk. I saw several layers of trees – some with floral blooms and others with various green leaves. Beyond this stunning canopy was a lovely gray sky. I stopped. I looked. I breathed. It was wonderful.
Sometimes when I am creating Treasuries through Etsy I have a somewhat similar experience; I find myself lost in the artistic process of selecting the 16 items for the theme or purpose from millions of choices on Etsy (and honoring the shop owners). I love hitting “save” and then taking in the final product.
I recently had the honor of having one of my handmade Druzy necklaces featured as the inspiration piece in a treasury making game, the results were moving and breathtaking. If you’d like to view these mini pieces of art please click on the links below. As always, thank you for visiting my blog!
….and this is just a sampling of the Treasuries created. Thank you to everyone who created one!
To all Grow-Ups —– please, take some time to PLAY and CRAFT.
I recently played with bubbles, drew with chalk, planted some wildflowers in a piece of recycling, and took some old maps from a book I purchased for $1 and ‘close-line pinned’ them to ribbon on the wall — all of which I did with no kids present and it was a blast!
I want to do tye-die soon, and carve out time to make a mixed-media garden sculpture with bottle caps…..
What are your crafty ideas? And, are they season inspired?
Hi everyone – thank you so very much for reading this! If you live on the same side of the globe as I do we are in spring and thinking summer. If you are enjoying another season, or cooler weather — I recently left those lovely seasons and will be back with them again soon. Oh, seasons!
Last night I posted 6 pieces of vintage jewelry on my ETSY/ Eclecticnesting Facebook page that I had recently re-newed in the shop. I truly want these items to find a good home, but then regretted bombarding followers with eclecticnesting items. However, I would like to highlight a spring/ summer gift guide from my shop – items which I feel are great as a present (like me, do you have tons of people in your life with upcoming birthdays, mothers day gifts to buy, bridal showers, teacher presents and more!) or a goodie for yourself (yes, you deserve a treat!). Feel free to click on the 12 items below and/or swing by the shop! Thank you again for being here!
1) Druzy/ Crystal Handmade necklace (others posted in the shop):
2) Unique handmade shell earrings:
3) Glass and shell seahorse handmade Necklace — 100% of the money donated to a great cause (KIVA):
4) Handmade safari necklace – with free earring offer:
5) Very Rare apple and worm salt and pepper shaker (hostess gift anyone? retro star of the picnic?):
6) Vintage Rhinestone USA Pin/ Brooch:
7) Vintage floral scarf:
8) Vintage plastic meat markers …. so cool!
9) Vintage nautical gift set – perfect for her or him:
10) Rare sea pottery for home decor and much more:
11) Silver fish pendant….
12) Rainbow bead detash: