Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Apple Seed necklace

I can't believe opening day for Missoula Saturday Market is almost here! I have so much to do by May 1st.

It took me all week to complete my Apple Seed necklace. I worked on it in between filling orders for my Etsy shop and working on a custom necklace.

Every year prior to opening day I tell myself I will be better prepared. The last few weeks I have been creating more complex designs. This necklace is the most time consuming. It never fails first day of market on of regular customers inquires about it. So, it feels great to have it done.

There are around 350 apple seeds that are dried and shellacked. I get them from vintage necklaces of the 1970's. The stones of Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian and Amber look so yummy and earthy against the browns of the seeds.

Multi strand apple seed necklace can be purchased at my shop Gypsy Moon Designs.

Better get back to creating!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring Cleaning the Yard

It is spring break at the University of Montana and most of my neighbors are gone on holiday. A perfect time to fill the dumpsters with leaves and branches.

We have a couple of Maple trees and cotton wood trees in our small yard. After a long Rocky Mountain winter cleaning up the yard is like trying to sweep a forest floor! We filled three dumpsters while getting the yard back into shape.

The yard looks drab right now, for spring bloom takes awhile to arrive when you live in the north. The hillside was buried under a ton of leaves and branches. But, soon it will be covered with beautiful ferns that have the sweetest pink flowers.

My sweet kitty, Luna loves to drink from the bird feeder that is still in need of some cleaning. She is camera shy and ran as soon as she saw me focusing on her. Silly girl!

Last year I let my neighbor use this little garden plot. She moved away last month though. I am trying to come up with some garden ideas that are deer resistant. We have many, many deer come through our yard on a daily basis.

I was thinking maybe Lavender, Pansies and a border of Marigold. I am not a fan of Marigold but I heard neither are the deer.

If you have some deer resistant ideas I would love to hear them! It doesn't have to be flowers just anything the deer may not be into. This part of the yard stays sunny all day.

Happy spring!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Honored by Top Etsy Shops

I was honored on the
Top Etsy Shops Blog as the month of April winner! It is so exciting! I was working in my studio and had my netbook on watching all these views and hearts coming in. My first thought was am I on the coveted front page of Etsy? Nope, hmmm...what is up?

After checking my email I discovered that I had won the drawing on the FaceBook group Top Etsy Shops.

What a wonderful way to start April!! Thanks Top Etsy Shops for the feature!
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