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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, United States
I have been crafting and doing shows for 20 plus years. I have 3 children and I love creating primitive country crafts. I am married and my husband is my biggest asset to my success. But I can't forget the help my children have been through the years and still to this day. This has been a true family event. I hope you like what you see. I have made so many friends through the years. They started out as customers an are now dear friends, and that is all worth the long hours that we all put into making our creations. I say our creations, because my husband and children help in so many ways. Enjoy my pictures and posts, have a cup of coffee and some downtime to just relax...and come back soon...from my house to yours, Denise

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tater Tot

Hi everyone. Well if you have followed my posts you would know we had adopted a orange kitten last summer. Unfortunately, he has been plagued with some health problems...but there is good news and bad.....good news is he is doing well on the stomach medicine. He used to throw up his food all day long, some times as much as 12 times a day. Yes, I was running around with a roll of paper towels, and some cleaning spray and a wash rag....we have it down to maybe once every few weeks he has a bad day...He is growing like a weed and bold as bold can be. But he is also the sweetest cat we have, and we have 3.

My daughter did some research online, because he had differences we hadn't seen in cats, and we have had our share over the past 34 years we have lived here. His mother was a indoor cat, but got out, and Tater and his 3 siblings were the result. There were 2 orange, 1 calico and one tiger. But he is not a short hair, not an angora, but yet his fur is fluffy, and so soft...like angora, but not the length of a true angora cat. Well it turns out his mother mated with a "Maine Coon" breed of cat. A true Maine will have "lynx" tipped ears with tuffs of fur inside of them, long soft thick fur, a ruffled fur collar, fur tuffs between their toes, and a long body and even a longer, fluffy tail. Tater's tail is as long as he is and fluffy as could be. It reminds me of a feather duster. They don't mature until they are about 4 years old, and will grow into a very long, large cat up to 20 or 22 pounds. The fluffy tail is meant to wrap around him in the cold, to keep him warm, the tuffs of fur in his feet for the snow and cold weather. Tater has all the above for the exception of the turned in tips of a lynx ear, but he does have the fur tuffs inside of them, and all of the above. His fur collar is pronounced at times, but it also is just a bit smaller that if he was a full bred Maine Coon cat....the biggest marking of all is that all Maine Coons will have a "M" marking on their head, his is right above his nose between his eyes.

Now they are a great breed, but they do have a few downfalls. One is dysplasia, and the other is heart problems which Tater does have. His heart is not the best, his breathing gets labored at times when he decides to just be a kitten and run after the other cats to play. He will just drop to the floor, and lay there breathing thru his mouth, and you can see his heart beating away in his chest...times like this, his gums are more purple than pink, as he is not getting the oxygen he needs. Our vet told us, he may be with us for years, and he may just one day drop over and pass on. This makes me sad, for a sweeter kitten you will never find. Money spent on a vet that specializes in hearts will not be in our or his best interest because more than likely it will not fix him. Our vet said to just ejoy him for as long as we can. And I am not in favor of putting him through so much pain for a unlikely result.

So Tater will be Tater as long as he is supposed to be with us. He makes me smile more times through the day than I could count. And I have to think I picked him out of the litter for a reason. Did I know he was sick, no....did he look sick, no....but he is who I chose and he follows me around like a dog would...one of my other cats does too, but not as much as he is getting older and likes to sleep more than be awake. One downfall of a Maine is because their fur is so soft, it is all over the rugs, couches....I run the sweeper twice a day to keep ahead of it...you can always tell where he was buy the hair he leaves behind...

So that is my update on Tater Tot...as of today he is still with us, and laying by my chair as I write this...I never heard of that breed of cat before, and it makes for interesting reading..I will post a few pictures of him, he is growing quickly, only 9 months old, but if they don't mature until 4 years of age, he is going to be tearing up the house for quite a while yet...and that is ok...:)

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Spring Is Coming

Hi Everyone, I am sitting here at 11pm thinking about what I am going to do tomorrow. I have a lot of things to make for my upcoming fall and winter shows. I have decided not to do many Spring and Summer ones, because they have fallen off in attendance quite a bit. So many good shows are now gone, just gone. Shows I used to wait and hope I was accepted into. How do shows that are over 20 years old just disappear so easily. There must be at least a dozen great ones that I used to do that are just gone. I am trying to find some new ones, but for now until I do I am concentrating on my second half of the year's product.

I have made some new things for my etsy shop. www.deniseskountrypatch.etsy.com
and I have sent some things off to a few stores. I have so many ideas, just a very hard time talking myself into staying in the basement and working. Some days I do well, others I just don't get much done. I think my commitment is just very weak right now. Maybe once the sun comes out, the windows can be opened, I will want to do more. I love spending time with my children, I missed so much time with them when they were smaller. I was always working, not by choice, but because of the need to pay the bills. So maybe this is what I am supposed to do is slow down a bit and smell the roses.

Here is a few of my things you can find in my etsy shop that I just made:
Heart Items:

St. Patrick's Day:

And a few bunnies and carrots:

I hope your new year is going well, and I pray my burnt out feeling goes away. I have been doing this for about 25 years now and I am thinking a break is what I am needing, so hopefully a light first half of this years schedule will help me get back on track. I will take some pictures of new things and post them soon...

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Is anyone crafting yet?

Hi everyone, well here it is the 18th of January already. Where has the time gone, it was just Christmas not too long ago. They say time flies when you are having fun. Hmm....trying to get back into crafting is not fun. I like my time off, well as off as it could be. I still kept myself busy catching up on things like paperwork, housework, organizing things that just needed to be organized. While I procrastinate very much about getting back into the groove, I know I need to get my butt in gear. I am looking for some stores to carry my product. I am getting a bit tired of traveling to shows and setting up, doing the show, breaking down and then the long ride home. I have been sketching in my tablet of new things to make, but getting out to the garage to cut them out takes some dedication which I think is still on vacation. I did start on some shamrocks for an order, and a few hearts so I am not quite at a standstill ...but time will tell if I can get motivated. I always work well under pressure, that is when I do my best work.

So the holidays are over, all the hustle and bustle to get ready for them is in the past. The past year went quick. I can remember when I was a kid, days seemed so long, summer vacation was forever....I really think they shorten up on the hours in a day as we get older, it has to be what is happening...seems like a good answer, but we all know time waits for no one. I took a great picture of the moon the other day, yes mid morning is when I snapped this picture. It was both beautiful and eerie at the same time.

I have some new things in store for this year. I won't spill the beans just yet, but as soon as I get some of the new ideas done I will post pictures of them. You can say I am going back to my "roots" so to speak. My husband and I do all the shows by ourselves, with the exception of a few we have to ask our children for help. But I am looking for an easier unload, setup and load situation...and hopefully my new ideas will help that out. So stay tuned for the unveil...hopefully within a few months I will have something to show, if not sooner.

Here is a picture of my newest kitten Tater Tot. If you had read prior posts you will have known about him, and that this kitten is quite sick. He has had a time with food, not keeping it down. We have to give him a piece of a generic Pepsid AC tab twice a day crushed in his wet food. Then we have to wait to feed him his dry, giving the pill time to coat his tummy. He also has a bad heart, which this they say can be the cause of his tummy issues. Nothing can be done, he may be around for years, or he may just fall over one day after he gets winded running around. There are times he will play, and then just flop on the floor and you can see his little chest heaving, and his labored breathing thru his mouth. I hope he is with us a good long time, as I have 2 other cats besides him and he is by far the sweetest kitten I have ever owned. He is now 8 months old, fluffy as can be, his tail is longer than him, we laugh cause it looks like a feather duster. Here in this picture he is trying to sneak up on the other two as he sits planning his surprise attack from the laundry basket. Animals are amazing creatures, they are your friends for life, they don't judge you, don't get mad at you, they miss you when you are not home, and they are so loving.

Well I think that is it for today. I have a few things to finish organizing, my problem is staying focused. I get so side tracked, mainly because I have more to do than not to do...I did get a bunch of supplies I can use for crafting after Christmas at the sales, but believe it or not, they are all still in the basement in bags not yet put away...so maybe tonight I will accomplish just that..enjoy your January everyone.

From my house to yours;


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Silence is White

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope your holidays were all you wanted them to be. I have been sitting here all day working on my taxes, getting them all wrapped up so I can start cutting out patterns and building up my stock. It is a warm day again, most of the winter so far has been like this. While it is nice in one way, we have had very little snow. Only one snowfall to speak of and it happened on Halloween night. I will post the pictures I took from my bedroom window, experimenting with a new camera. Thus the title of this blog.

The night was dark, snow was falling and it was cold, beautiful...but silent. You could hear nothing, not even the snow hitting the trees outside my window. Of course I had to shut my door of my bedroom to do this, because the last time I tried to take pictures with the window sash up and no screen....I almost had flying cats go through it. I never hear them coming into the room, but quick as anything they jumped up along side of my arms onto the sill, and how they didn't go for a ride I will never know.

There is something special about a snowfall. It is like nature is just hiding all the dirt, old farm equipment, anything that is not supposed to be there with a blanket of clean, white, sparkling snow. It looks so different from nightfall to daylight. It shimmers if there is a moon out, but in the morning it is like a wonderland until the sun starts to melt it away.

I don't know about you, but I love to walk, drive, shop in the snow. While I like to watch it snow during the day, there is something magical about a snowfall at night. The best kind of snow is the one that covers every branch of the trees and bushes. When I walk in the snow, especially at night it brings back memories of when I met my husband and the walks we took while most people were all warm inside their homes. Next time it snows at night, take a walk and listen to its silence. Look up at a street light and watch the flakes coming at you like cold, wet feathers falling from the sky. Listen to how peaceful the world is for that moment, and then continue to walk and know that what you are doing at that moment will be a memory for you later in your life. And you will smile.

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