Front page of Etsy!

My pillow was featured on the front page of Etsy today. I’ve hit a milestone and am drunk on page views and favorites ๐Ÿ™‚ Celebrate with me by doing some jazz hands and smiling your biggest smile! And maybe throw in a maniacal laugh or two ๐Ÿ™‚

(It’s the listing in the bottom right-hand corner)

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Click here to visit the treasury:


Want a life-size tintype portrait?

Gigantic Tintype Camera Makes Almost Life-Size Portraits!

tintype portrait

I read this article yesterday and can’t stop looking at the portraits. I’m enthralled! And need to make a trip to San Francisco tout de suite to get one of my own ๐Ÿ™‚

In love with a car seat

My 15-month-old daughter has been in need of a car seat upgrade for a few months now, and a few weeks ago, she received a brand-new rear-to-front-facing heavy-duty cool-as-all-heck car seat. I had my doubts about paying so much. But after hearing several frugal friends sing its praises, I ordered one.

The Britax Marathon. Cue angels singing. I’m serious. Lots and lots of angels.

This may be the nicest thing I’ve ever owned. If you’ve talked with me in the last few weeks, I may have already listed the features for you:

  • The box it arrived in used no tape. I just pulled it apart and voila, fully put together car seat!
  • No slipping the shoulder straps in and out of tiny slits to adjust the height. Instead, the whole mechanism moves up and down with the squeeze of handy little release.
  • Velcro tabs on either side of the seat to hold the waist straps in place while taking her in and out of the seat. Glorious!
  • Rubbery thing that helps keep the chest straps from getting twisted and helps them lay flat.
  • A pad behind the buckle to keep the buckle where it belongs, not twisted down in the recesses under my child’s bottom.
  • Nifty clamps to keep the seatbelt super-tight and secure as it passes under the car seat. I’ve never seen a car seat wiggle that little.
  • And lots of other safety features, of course.

My 3-year-old also received a new car seat: the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1.

While still very nice, its box was plastered with tape, a pain to open, and a pain to put-together. But it’s not the Nautilus’ fault. I opened the Britax first….

The Idiot Cord

I’ve started making I-cord wrap bracelets for my Etsy shop.ย And in looking around at I-cords online, I ran across this lovely little history of the I-Cord and a brief description of how to make one yourself.


To take a look at my new wrap bracelets, visit the Women’s Bracelets section of my shop by clicking on the photo below:


Chocolate Coffee

For about the last year, I’ve been adding cocoa powder to my coffee. Only every now and then, for a treat. Instead of adding the cocoa to the hot coffee in my cup, I add it to the grounds. The result is a subtle chocolatey cup of coffee.

Here are the steps I follow:

1. Choose a yummy cocoa powder.ย  I use this delicious dark cocoa powder that my brother and his wife sent from Switzerland. It turns outย I’m not a big fan of dark hot chocolate but love it in coffee.

Chocolate Coffee 1

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2. For 4 cups of coffee, I use 1-2 tablespoons of powder.

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3. Cover all of the cocoa with the coffee grounds. The powder tends to foam and froth in the boiling water, so you might have an overflowing filter if you don’t cover it all up.

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4. Brew coffee and enjoy!

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(5. Of course, I add creamer. Vanilla and chocolate taste delicious!)

Fall Texas Trip – Part 1

At the end of September–the day after my craft fair–the kids and I flew down to Texas with my mom. On Wednesday, the cousins came over to play. This was Benjamin’s first reunion with the cousins and the big wagon since November, so he was excited to play.

Mia and Wade relaxing on the swing

Tommy bonded with Madeleine while the other kids played outside. In fact, whenever we were around him, he held or played with Madeleine for much of the time. Very sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

And Ella got in on the loving action, too.

Toddler Revelations – Leaving the House On-Time

I’m a punctual person. Or rather, I’m afraid of being late. This usually means I’m early to most places, which I don’t mind. Like when I arrived at my hairdresser’s 25 minutes early on Saturday in case there was football game traffic. (I sat in the car for 15 minutes so that I would appear to be only 10 minutes early once I casually strolled into the waiting area.) And it was worth it. I don’t like to be late.

So on the first day of pre-school last week, as I scrambled to take my shower late (Madeleine slept in that morning past 7 a.m.!) and feed Benji and then her and get out the camera and brush my teeth, I got a brief taste of how horrible school mornings could be if I were always running behind–i.e., if I don’t get up before the kiddos and get my shower in.

This also led me to another revelation:

“If you look at the clock and think, we need to get in the car now so we can leave in 2 minutes, you’re already late. Sorry.”

Because watching a toddler climb into his car seat “by myself!” and strapping in an infant and then going back around to strap in the toddler and handing back sunglasses and verifying that the backpack and diaper bag and pacifier are all where they’re supposed to be takes longer than 2 minutes.