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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wings of Wonder Kindergarten trip


I got to be a chaperone on Max’s kindergarten trip to “Wings of Wonder “ on Independence Oregon.


The display greenhouse was aflutter with tons of beautiful butterflies. It kind of freaked one of the kids out to have these creatures flying around all over and landing on them sometimes but most of them loved it.

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They did a great teaching the kids about butterflies although some of it went way over their little twitchy kindergarten heads.


The kids were great and adorable. One of the little boys in my group was very affectionate and clingy and insisted on holding my hand and petting me most of the time. He whispered to me “I want to marry you.” Max told him I was already married. He said he didn’t care. I was flattered until the teacher’s assistant told me he’s just like that.

Friday, May 27, 2011

It’s our 5 year Etsy-versary!


It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since we first opened our shop on Etsy!

Nick says he already knew about Etsy and had been thinking about it but his cousin–in-law Aimee of  Pancake and Lulu was the first person I can recall telling me about it and how she had just opened up her shop and we should too. We had a website that never really got much traffic. We actually still have the site as our Nicholas and Felice homepage that has links to our blogs and other stuff but it links to our Etsy shop for our jewelry.

To think that I didn’t even know what a shawl pin was back then! Things started out slowly but picked up a lot by the week before  Christmas that first year on Etsy. It’s been a wonderful ride so far. According to the Craft Count top seller list we are the 8th top seller on Etsy for jewelry! Of course our numbers are so high partly because we have been doing this for 5 years and have been able to accumulate all those sales numbers.We are about to reach our 12,000th sale on Etsy very soon- knock on wood and every other good luck charm and juju totem necessary to keep the good luck going! Of course I never take any of our success for granted and am convinced each day that this could be the end and I’ll need to start applying for jobs at McDonalds any day. Every sale still makes me happy and temporarily relieved.

So THANK YOU ETSY and all our wonderful customers and friends!

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Tiny Little Pins


Well so far just one but there will be more coming. I got a special request from a customer for little sterling silver pins that would work well for lacy fingering weight shawls. I already make the Little Dragonfly pin.


This is the  Little Double Crossed Loops Sterling Silver Shawl Pin or Brooch



Stay tuned for more….

Friday, May 06, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day!


On Wednesday Henry’s second grade class had a special Mother’s Day Tea . They all painted self portraits to share. This is Henry’s.

Their teacher got a grant to buy guitars for the class and she has been teaching them how to play. As you can imagine it was super


They sang songs and memorized poems. I thought I was the only sap tearing up and holding back the sobs. Turns out I wasn’t.


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Henry and me.


Max lost his first baby tooth yesterday. He lost the one right next to it a couple of hours later. He now speaks really funny.

Here’s my attempt to imbed a video of the kids singing that had me all verklempt.