Cogs & Gears: Craziness!

Sometimes, in the midst of all the insanity, you have to find a moment of rest.

That’s what we’re up to this week, and it’s definitely time!


A few props from a recent item photo shoot. They looked so perfectly Autumnal that they deserved a picture of their own!


What with one thing and another, things have been really crazy around here – as evidenced by the fact that we keep forgetting to blog! It’s been something like this:

  • Finally found a way to increase visibility on Etsy – which is wonderful, except that it means spending a lot of time and attention.
  • The holiday shopping season is fast approaching, and there are so many ideas that we want to make and put out there on our Etsy shops!
  • The dryer isn’t drying, which makes laundry days slow. And then –
  • The washer developed homicidal mania (apparently), which makes laundry days impossible!
  • And the oven door won’t close.
  • And I stepped on a thorn! (Ok, that one’s a personal complaint!)
  • November’s coming, which means NaNoWriMo! and also:
  • Craft Fairs!

So – with all of this craziness happening and requiring urgent attention and lots of work – we’ve decided to take a week off from Etsy!

Counter-intuitive? Yes! But it’s a good time to step back and get a bit of perspective on where we’re going, which projects actually require our attention, and where our emphasis should be.

It should be interesting: No Etsy work, or talk, or shop work, is allowed. Instead, Hannah and Sarah and I will work on sewing some personal Autumn and Winter clothes, and focus on planning the novels we’re writing in November.

Sometimes, you need to step away from it all and take a break!


Some of the very fall-like earrings that I have been feverishly listing!


(Of course, you can also use the coupon code “Halloween” for %15 off anything in my store, where I also have free shipping on Autumnal items. I’m really pleased with how my Autumn Ephemeral Earring line came out! Please feel free to take an inspiring look!)

And here is a slideshow of our recent excursions, for a bit of distance-recreation:

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The Animal Kingdom

Mountain Lizard 2

I love animals. This might sound typical, but dogs are probably my favorite, but most animals are really fun.

So, I take pictures of animals. It’s really rare to get good photos of them, so I often keep the kind of bad pictures (especially of birds) since I might not get a better opportunity. I thought I’d share a few here.B & W Butterfly Photoshoot 2

I actually started this blog post a couple months ago, but I was reminded of it today when I was editing some photos of ducklings.

The butterfly to the left is at our Botanic Garden, which has a butterfly pavilion. I have several wonderful photos of butterflies thanks to them. Otherwise, the only chance I’d get is with some lilac our neighbor has that attracts Monarch butterflies.

3rd Pic of Porcupine

On the left, a real animal – maybe. There we were, walking along, just about done with our Bosque walk. We turned around the corner and saw a weird looking bush! Then it started moving, and I realized we were staring at a Porcupine, lazily walking across our path, completely – and thankfully – oblivious of our dog!

We’ve seen plenty of interesting animals at the Bosque, including of coyotes.


Now a tiny animal!

These were our card-making mascots. Ridiculously soft and cuddly…

if they weren’t so tiny.

They were about the size of Annie’s (our dog) eye. Maybe not that small, but it felt like it.

As you can see, her whiskers are about as long as her body!

As I said, I have a lot of pictures of animals, many of them not too good. So I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out what to show you! I’ll include a slideshow now, with pictures that include robins, bunnies and whatever else catches my fancy.

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Someday I think I’ll just settle down somewhere very quietly and take pictures of birds and squirrels. We had a great opportunity to get some pictures of a squirrel, but our cameras weren’t ready.

However, while it is awfully fun to have photos of these wild and interesting animals, it’s also important to enjoy the moment when you’re living it.


And then, sometimes, you get the opportunity to live in the moment and take pictures to remember it later.

We were standing near a pond when a mother and her ducklings came meandering down, very close to us. Thankfully, I had my camera ready, and got lots of photos of them!

Of course I would have loved to take one home, but at least I have photos of them!

So there we go. I love doing random blog posts, and it’s fun to include some of my photos. Maybe some time we’ll do a blog post about our epic mountain adventures!

So, what’s your favorite animal? Any funny pet stories? (if you have a pet, of course there’s a funny pet story!) I’d love to hear about them!

Hope the rest of your week is great!


Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice


OK, this blog post will not be about pumpkin spice anything, sadly. But it is all about Autumn, and there’s nothing more autumnal than pumpkins, pretty golden colors, cooler, crisp air and apple cider.


I never can tell if Autumn is my favorite season of the year, but it certainly is one of the prettiest. It seems like there’s always something new and amazing to see.

This Autumn and Winter, I look forward to trying new soups and combinations of nuts and dried fruit. Also, hopefully we’ll get to check out some pretty places around here, to see the beautiful colors.

It occurred to me that the three of us, Abigail, Hannah and I have a nice selection of Autumnal things on our shop, and I thought it would be fun to put them together to see how they’d look. When you think of this time of year, one of the first things that come to mind is the colors the leaves change to. And we have a beautiful selection of golden, brown and red.


If I’m not mistaken, this is Hannah’s latest beautiful hat to arrive on her shop –

her Wool Slouchy Hat, which looks so Autumnal it’s amazing!

This is the sort of hat I like to imagine wearing out in a cool, Fall wood, maybe on a lonely path with no sound but the falling leaves. This sort of hat makes me think: adventure! which is essential at this time of year.

Hannah mentioned she was annoyed she didn’t have more Autumnal things on her shop, but she has several wonderful paintings that seem very Autumnal, including pumpkins and sunflowers.


Continuing with the idea of the outfit – although I’m not sure it would match – is my Plaid Three Tiered Skirt.

This skirt also seems adventurous to me, though not in the same way. The hat has nice dark tones, while the skirt is an unexpectedly light orange and beige. I also included piping in the side seams, which gives it a slightly more constructed look.

I think this skirt would be great for a day out and about, preferably out and about to see lots of leaves changing colors, squirrels, corn mazes and maybe a trip to Starbucks at the end for – what else – a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

But an Autumnal outfit isn’t complete without………………



Here’s Abigail’s latest introduction to her shop, her Halloween Ephemeral Earrings!

These earrings are absolutely wonderful! Again, I’m not sure it will technically work with the skirt and hat, but you have to admit, the colors look really nice and Autumnal together.

OK, I was hoping to show you all of our items, but that would get too long. So, I’ll just have to include one more photo of Autumn in New Mexico

shades-of-autumnAnd I will include a nice slideshow of some more of our Autumnal items.

You have to keep in mind, however, that this is only a summary of our Autumnal collection.

I think I’m finished, although I will hopefully do something for Thanksgiving. However, both Abigail and Hannah have lots more to see, and lots more coming, so keep an eye on our shops to see what we have this Autumn. In the meantime, here’s a slideshow!

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Hopefully this won’t be the last we see of Autumn. We’ll probably have to do a few blog posts to show the Bosque in Autumn or maybe the Sandia mountains in full golden glory.

So…. Pumpkin spice. It seems to be everywhere. Tomorrow we will have Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats, which I am looking forward to. What’s your favorite Pumpkin Spice thing? Please share


Friday Featured Favorites: In the Air

Yesterday was Abigail’s birthday, so I thought I’d feature her shop today. She almost always has something new on her shop, so it’s pretty easy.

il_570xn-1049625978_db4vToday I’m going to highlight Abigail’s wonderful new Hot Air Balloon selection, from cards to earrings.

It was actually a pretty simple idea. When Abigail said she was going to make hot air balloon earrings, I could picture how they’d look pretty easily.

But that’s where creativity steps in and throws you for a loop. I imagined Abigail’s Hot Air Balloon Ephemeral Earrings looking totally different – simpler, with starker colors. And I didn’t quite picture the actual design looking the way it does.

il_570xn-1048503974_tqm6Fascinating how one’s brain works differently!

Anyway, I love Abigail’s Hot Air Balloon Earrings! They’re very elegant and ephemeral, and she has several different designs. Here’s a link to my personal favorite of her Hot Air Balloons.

Abigail also made some really fun Hot Air Balloon Greeting Cards. They turned out very nicely!

il_570xn-1049589956_gkx8I was curious to see how the card on the left would turn out, because of the paper she picked, which is basically a picture of some tree branches and the clear blue sky (definitely a picture that would bring hot air balloons to mind). I’ve always wanted to use those papers, but I’ve never figured out what I can do with it.

To see what Abigail’s done with this interesting paper, and more details on the beautiful card itself, just follow this link!

I think Abigail’s Hot Air Balloon creations fit the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which is starting (tomorrow?). Both the cards and her ephemeral earrings are very Fiesta-like, and the colors are vivid, reflecting New Mexico’s own, individual personality.

Also, there’s a sale! Abigail has a discount on all her Hot Air Balloon items during the Balloon Fiesta (which, if I remember correctly, is for the next couple weeks, much to our dog’s terror). If you’re coming in to visit and see the balloons in person, even better!

Here’s a link to Abigail’s awesome Etsy shop, TheRaisinFairy, where you can find her beautiful Balloon items, as well as all the other amazing things she makes. I invite you to take a look!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



P.S. I had this blog post all ready, minus the photos. I didn’t mean to be publishing it this late! Still, it is Friday here for another 15 minutes 🙂 Have a great weekend!