Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Special Bedtime Drink

After a long fall day, you'll love relaxing with this simple, tasty cup of warmth. Four ingredients and a couple of minutes combine for a soothing drink to wipe all your cares away.

Heat 1 1/2 cups of almond milk just until it starts bubbling. Stir in about a tablespoon of honey until it melts in. Then add a splash of vanilla and mix it all up.

Top it with a sprinkle of cinnamon and you're ready to go. Find a great place to curl up and enjoy this lovely fall drink.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our Walk On Art Street Experience

We had an absolutely fabulous day at Walk On Art Street Saturday. The weather was a little iffy, so it was moved indoors, but there were still hundreds of people coming through to view all the different booths. We were so busy at times that we couldn't even talk to everybody.

I put our Etsy shop on vacation and took everything I had to the show. I marked each basket with the different categories of cards and put up one sign with all the sizes and their prices. I also had notebooks, journals and several kinds of magnets.

Having different levels for people to look at worked really well, too. Next year I want to make even more heights, like using a tiered structure of some kind at one end of the table. That will make it a little more interesting to look at.

On the other side of the booth, Danny made an amazing shelving unit out of pallets and edged it with leafy garland. From that he hung his scroll saw ornaments and put out his wooden puzzles. On the table he arranged his pens, carved chairs and a pretty amazing desk set.

For the next show, we'd like to have a little more variety of items so there is more reason to keep people in the booth longer. It's nice to have this experience under our belt so we can have even more fun at the next one.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello Molly Jo!

Last Saturday I was the weekend reporter and was out at the college covering a fundraising walk. The Heartland Humane Society was there with dogs that were up for adoption. That's when I saw her for the first time.

With the name "Jade," she was the prettiest puppy at the event. She's a 10-month-old Great Dane-German Shepherd mix. I was in the middle of an interview when she came up behind me and poked me in the back. Yes - she's that tall.

Several people said they would take her home, but they just didn't have enough room. We do! I called Danny and we decided to go meet her. So within five days of seeing her, she was ours.

We changed her name to Molly Jo in the truck on the way home. Once out of her crate and on the driveway, she was already at home. She is about as tall as she's going to be, but she will fill out more. She was rejected by a couple of different families because of her size, and she has some scarring on her legs. I don't need to know the details - I just know she's going to be loved.

Despite her size, she is very much a puppy. We're working with her on her manners and how to treat 12-year-old black labs with respect.

The girls are getting used to her, though Bailey will still growl if Molly invades her personal bubble. Molly is much higher energy than the girls, so we're still getting used to that, too.

We're also having to puppy-proof the house to a higher level - literally. We can't leave things out on table tops because she's already very, very tall. Normally you can pick things up a couple of feet off the floor when you have a 10-month-old puppy, but with Molly it takes a little more.

But we're already in love. Puppy love. Molly Jo Carrell-dog love. She's home.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Getting Ready For The Craft Show

As you read this, Danny and I are getting ready for Walk on Art Street, Ottumwa's outdoor arts and crafts show, which is this Saturday. I've done several craft shows in the past, but this is the first time we've done this show and the first time we've done a show together.

I've put our Etsy shop on vacation and pulled out everything I could possibly find and spread it all out on the kitchen table. I'm going to display the cards in baskets with one or two kinds per basket - special occasions together, sympathy, thank yous, praying for you. I've been trying to get 20 of each category in the shop, but I didn't realize just how many cards I had made.

 There are plenty of other paper crafts ready besides cards. I've got altered board books and paper bag albums. I found several different kinds of notebooks and journals, and there are magnets and drink mix gift cards - those are the coffee cups on the right hand side of the picture.

There seems to be something that I'm missing, but Danny thinks I have plenty. I just want to make sure we have a variety of samples of our work so people who don't know us can really see what we're all about.

Danny's been working hard on animal puzzles and Christmas ornaments. I love these little chairs - they're perfect for my Boyds bears. All of them can be made to order if someone sees them at the show and wants something similar but special.

What I love about our work is that it's all one of a kind. If you get one of Danny's pens or one of these altered binder clips, you can know there's not another one like it anywhere. 

Think good thoughts and pray lots of prayers that we'll have a great Saturday at the show. We really just want to connect with people and share our faith with the community. Pray that the Lord will give us the opportunity to do both.