October 10, 2010

Never Alone

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 3:40 pm by treacleandinketsy

Here’s a little scripture snippet to mull over.

Psalm 139: 7-10

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?   Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

How wonderful it is to know that no matter where I am, physically or spiritually, God is there.  He is there in the good times and in the not-so-good times, guiding me and holding me fast.  What a relief!

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It’s back to treasuries!  That’s right, after a long hiatus from treasury curation, I have decided to try my hand at it once more.  This time, in honor of my fellow teamies, I have a fabulous collection of fall goodies brought to you entirely by TeamCAC.  Enjoy!

Click here to view the treasury.

And, if you haven’t already, today is your LAST CHANCE to enter my giveaway!  Check out this post for details!

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July 22, 2010

Desert Days

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 12:43 pm by treacleandinketsy

This past weekend, we headed south once more to visit with Adam’s family.  It never fails to amaze me how much the landscape changes from here to there.  I mean, we are contained within the same state, yet this particular drive takes you from a lush and green environment with tall trees and regular rains, to one that is very dry, yet humid at the same time, and in which cacti flourish and roadrunners run.  This was the inspiration from my latest treasury.

That’s right folks.  Now that the Treasury East mess is long behind us, I have once again dipped my toe into treasury curating.  Fear not, however, this treasury does not feature any of the less favorable fauna of that particular region, namely scorpions and tarantulas, but does include a few of the milder animals, such as that ever present armadillo.  I hope you enjoy it!  And, since these new treasuries no longer contain alternates, here are a few of my top picks to tempt you to click on over.

Pit fired pots by iHRTart

Vintage Bird and Sunset Skirt by jessjamesjake

Desert Dweller Mini Wallet - Limited Brown Edition by whodinihandmade

18x24 Desert Driftwood Style Handmade Rustic Cactus Western Picture Photo Frame (.comes in ANY size.) by 2DogsWood Working

May 24, 2010

Save The Pink Bathrooms! (and an atomic themed treasury)

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 2:59 pm by treacleandinketsy

In my continuing exploration of all things atomic, I stumbled across this website devoted to a truly worthy cause:

Oh pink bathroom, how do I love thee?

Before moving here to the Lone Star state, we were living in a lovely, large ranch style house that my grandparents built.  The interior had seen many design changes over the years, but one thing that I remember never changing (at least as long as I have been alive) was the pink bathroom.  This oasis featured pink wall and floor tiles, a pink tub and toilet, and duel pink sinks.  White and gold accented the pink in the mirrors, counter tops, sconces and wall paper.  Two white saloon-style swinging doors separated the sink area from the tub/toilet area.  My oh my – that was an awesome bathroom.

And here I thought that bathroom was pretty unique.  Little did I know that the pink bathroom was a pretty popular thing back in the day – so much so, that there are many people now who have inherited those pink bathrooms and pledged to preserve them.

Now that we have moved far, far away and have had to bid farewell to that pink bathroom, I must confess that I do miss it.  I will dig around and see if I can find a picture of it somewhere.  I know I’ve seen pics of my sister and cousin in it getting ready for prom…

Where did this pink craze come from?  The Save The Pink Bathrooms website has a great little write-up on the history of this “Mamie Pink” and how it became so popular.

Now, in continuation of my new atomic obsession, I put together a little atomic-themed treasury yesterday morning.  Check it out here, and pass along your clicks and comments!  And to further whet your appetite, here is a look at my alternates.  Happy browsing!

EAMES ERA CaTHaY AToMiC CHINA MoSAiC TiLES - by katiedesigns4u

VINTAGE 50's ATOMIC Pattern Tea and Dessert DISHES - by babylonsisters

Atomic Playtime - by josieportillo

Atomic Drinking Glasses, Set of 5, Black and Gold - by 2BoredBunnies

May 19, 2010

Feeling A Bit Camp-y

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 4:58 pm by treacleandinketsy

As of right now, my hubby and I are planning on going camping for at least one night this weekend.  I love camping, although I haven’t done it in quite some time.  There is just something about being outdoors in the fresh air, away from the city and…yes, even technology.  When we lived in SC, one of my favorite “retreat” places to run away to on a free weekend was Bonclarken – the mountain retreat and conference center for the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination.  Ahhhh!  Tall, tall pine trees, winding mountain paths, clean air, rolling mountains.  What could be better?

Here’s a list of a few things I’m hoping to do this weekend: fish, make and eat banana boats and s’mores, hike with my dogs, chat around the camp fire, nature photography, play cards…I could totally go on.  🙂

If you have never made banana boats, you are missing out in a big way!  Here’s the quick recipe from my Girl Scout days:

Leaving the peel on the banana, cut a slit into the banana along the inside curve (without cutting through the other side) creating a pocket.  Stuff the banana with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.  Wrap the banana in aluminum foil and place on the coals of the campfire  for about ten minutes – just long enough to warm the banana and melt the chocolate chips and marshmallows.   MMMMM, ohhh so good!  (I’ve made this in my oven on a non-camp day as well.  Why wait?)

Having camping on the brain this past week, what other theme could I possibly pick for my new treasury?  Check it out here, and once you do, check out these other great camp inspired ideas!

Herbal Insect Repellent and Sting Relief - by mirasolfarm

DIY Camp Set...Smore...Toasted Marshmallows...Felt Food Pattern PDF - by sweetiepiebakery

King of all Thermos - 2 QT Picnic Jug - King Seeley - by EmpireFashion

Camping Home Sweet Home Card - by candyspotting

May 3, 2010

A Little Catch-Up

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 4:08 pm by treacleandinketsy

As we all have to do from time to time, now is the time to play a little catch-up.

It’s been quite a weekend here in DFW, and especially at my house.  There are so many things that I need to share with you that it’s going to take more than one post.  So, over this week, I’ll be updating you on all of my crafty and Etsy goodness.

First things first.  I hinted last week in the post What’s Old is Made New that I would be sewing an article of clothing using one of my vintage patterns that I let you have a peek at.  Well, here’s the one I used:

Summer Top Pattern

And here’s the finished product:

Finished Summer Top

I just love that blue/brown color combination!  This pattern called for 2″ lace for the edges.  My original intention was to use a smaller lace, maybe 1″-1 1/2″, but this was the only brown lace that I was able to find 8 yards of!  If I were to go back and re-make it, I would narrow the width of the front and back pieces.  As it is now, once we decide to start having children, I’ll definitely be able to wear this top well into my pregnancy!  All in all, I’m pleased with the way it turned out.  I went with a blue linen fabric, and it is so flowey and light feeling.  It goes great with a pair of slim khaki pants and brown high-heeled slip-ons.

After getting this simple little top put together, it became the inspiration for my latest treasury!  Sunday morning I popped on over to Craftopolis just to see what times the treasuries were opening.  It just so happened that Treasury West was opening in about 5 minutes!  And I can pretty much say, I would love to have everything in this treasury.

Here is your exclusive blog-readers-only sample:

FREE SHIPPING Harmony Bracelet - by kateemarie

blue and chocolate brown wool felted bowl was 15 now 13 - by KNITBLITZ

brown and blue floral tile drink coasters - by wonkymonkey

Perfect Gift Bib with a Message - by HelensCorner

April 28, 2010

Flower Power

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 1:22 pm by treacleandinketsy

Beautifully blooming flowers are one of my favorite things about spring.  I love the colors and smells.  I love seeing the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes covering the fields just as much as I love an artfully crafted bouquet.

This morning, my sweet, sweet husband woke me up with a rose he had picked from our back yard.  It smelled absolutely wonderful, and he had picked it with a short stem so that it had no thorns.  As I wearily attempted to lift my body from my oh-so-comfortable bed so that I could find a good vase for it, I felt a little tickle on my arm.  I looked down, screamed, and swiped my other hand across my arm, trying to fend off the spider that had stowed away on my rose.  This was a jumping spider (with pincers!), however, and he leaped into my blankets where I was able to trap him just long enough for Adam to come to the rescue and  properly dispose of him.  What can I say, he’s my spider hero.

These little springtime beauties inspired me to put together my current treasury.  Here is a peek at the alternates, one of whom has already been traded in!

Three White Roses Photograph - by MySavior

Tiger Lily - bouquet of 6 Sunny Yellow hand made Decorative clay flowers - by TheJoyOfColor

Swarovski Crystal Bridal Vintage Style Brooch, Pin, Wedding Accent, Sash, Bouquet Brooch - by bethanylorelle

Enamel Flower Bouquet Magnet - Vintage Enamel Brooch Repurposed Into a Magnet - by mrsinman

April 21, 2010

Some Rainy Day Fun

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 3:42 pm by treacleandinketsy

As I was doing my crafty blog perusing this week, I came across this post over at Holy Craft.  She has managed to turn a men’s button-down shirt into the cutest girl’s dress.  What an awesome way to repurpose!  This post has been hanging out in the back of my mind for the past few days, so I think it’s something I’m definitely going to have to try.

Now, with all of the rain we had this past weekend, and I do mean ALL of the rain, I was inspired to create a rainy day treasury.  I’d love for you to check it out, click and comment!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=96176

And, as always, just for you, here is a little peek at my alternates. 🙂

Rain Delay - by geminicomplex

RAINING VIOLETS-huge 5.5 oz bar, shea butter, olive oil - by SUNFLOWERFARM

LILAC RAIN - Lofty Toes Gorgeous Hand-Painted Superwash Merino Sock yarn - 420yds - by EthnicityGoddess

Midnight Rain Dry Oil Spray - by Maplecreeksoap

March 16, 2010

An Eggceptional Treasury

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 3:12 pm by treacleandinketsy

It’s that time again!  Yes, I managed to grab yet another treasury.  This time, I had Easter on the brain.  Remember the days when you were young enough to actually hunt the Easter eggs?  I miss those days.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like to hide them, but there is something infinitely more fun in finding them.  It’s like finding a treasure!

I hop…oops, I mean hope…you can stop by and check out all of the wonderful Easter eggs I found on my Etsy Easter egg hunt.  And, just like before, I wanted to give you a peek at my alternates!  Remember, if something is purchased from this treasury, I will trade it out for one of the alternates as quickly as possible.

Now, on to the good stuff!

Easter Egg Applique Bodysuit Onesie Newborn, S, M, L - by monsterbugblankets

Easter Morning Bracelet - by RoughMagicHolidays

Set of 3 Easter Tags - by Rosengarten

 Medium Patchwork Easter Egg

Medium Patchwork Easter Egg - by GlassCat

February 10, 2010

A Day By The Sea

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 5:09 pm by treacleandinketsy

In celebration of my first week as a new member of TeamCAC, I managed to grab a treasury this morning and fill it with items created by TeamCAC members.  I’ve been dreaming of warm summer days lately.  Just because I live in Texas doesn’t mean that the temperature has been above 30 degrees any time recently.  And so, this became the inspiration for the “A Day By the Sea” treasury.  And, just like last week, I’d like to give you a peek at my alternates just in case I don’t get to swap them into the treasury.  Enjoy!

Blue Wood Fiber Cymbidium Orchid Corsage by BusyBeeHolidays

Peacock Wedding Signature Mat by inspiredbymarie

03-06 months Mint Green MaryJanes Baby Girl Shoes by RubiesNRoses

This One is Mine Luggage Handle Wrap in Blues by 4girlsdesigns

February 2, 2010

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Guys

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:39 pm by treacleandinketsy

I had the great fortune to snag another treasury yesterday.  I had one all made up in poster sketch, but had missed the past few treasury openings.  Since the title is “Valentine’s for Him”, it was imperative that I get one fairly soon, or Valentine’s Day would have come and gone, and it would be back to the drawing board.

I’ve had so many people ask me about treasuries, I’ve decided to give you a quick explanation.

If you’ve never built (or seen) a treasury before, here’s a little about how it works.  A treasury consists of 12 items chosen by the curator (in this case, me).  Usually these items follow a theme.  They may all share a similar color; they may all be from sellers who donate a percentage of profits to a specific charity; they may just be 12 items that the curator really likes.  This particular treasury is made up of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for guys.

One neat thing about treasuries is that it makes the treasury items and sellers more visible.  It generates more traffic to those specific shops.  The curator can only do so much, however.  It is up to the Etsy community (that’s you) to browse the treasuries, click on items they are interested in, and/or leave comments on the treasury page.  The more clicks and comments a treasury gets, the “hotter” it is.  Treasuries that are high up on the “hot” scale have a good chance of being chosen by the Etsy administrators to go on the Etsy home page.  This is pretty much the goal of every treasury curator.

So, now that that’s thoroughly explained, I thought I’d share a little inside info with you. As I have said, every treasury consists of 12 items, however, each curator can also choose up to four alternates, and these alternates may never be seen by the viewers.  I always choose four alternates, then if one of my 12 treasury items is sold, I swap it out with an alternate.  For this particular treasury, I have only swapped out one so far.  So, here’s a peek at the four alternates, just for my readers!

This item was sold fairly quickly, so it was swapped out with an alternate.

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