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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Grand Kitty with New Toy

Good morning,

This is one of my three grand kitties with a crochet catnip toy that I sent to her. 

Son Don sent the image and says the three cats are each enjoying their new toys that I recently sent to them.  :)

Years ago when the kids were small we had kitties and I made so many cat toys I have lost count.  A little catnip inside keeps the little ones busy for a long, long time. 

So cute!

Lois



Wednesday, August 5, 2020

My View

Good morning,

So, yesterday afternoon I straightened up in the kitchen, put a batch of dishes in the dishwasher, then came into the living room to sit down for a few minutes and catch up on the news. 

My Lap Dog Elsa decided she wanted to watch with me so this was my view.  She didn't leap onto my lap.  She calmly climbed onto the extended foot rest of my Lazy Boy Chair, up into my lap, and turned around to face the TV.

I couldn't stop laughing.  It was pretty cute.

;),
Lois

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Needlework and Wood Working Update - August, 2020

Good morning,

Another busy month has passed us by already.  This is the monthly update of all of the items Kjell has made in his wood workshop and I've made in my needlework studio.

Above is a beautiful engraved cross depicting John 13:34, Love One Another.  This is the second one Kjell has made for the shop after the first one quickly sold to a gentleman in the United Kingdom.  This one is available here.  $79. 
Kjell enjoys making patriotic items and this one is just beautiful!  What a perfect gift for a new citizen or military veteran.  $68.  More images and information here.
Kjell's newest bird house is in our garden at this moment.  He is testing the design to see how it weathers before he makes one for the shop.  So far, so good!  It's truly beautiful and a wonderful piece of art in our garden.




This is a sample of a custom order door sign that can be ordered through our shop.  It's a great memory of cruising as it was and fun to have when the world becomes normal again and we can all go back to sea.  $25.  More images and ordering information here
I wrote a post about this flag a few days ago.  This carving is a tribute to our All American Dogs that we have owned during the past 23 years.  It is intended to be the centerpiece in a wall display of the dogs' many ribbons, certificates, and titles as soon as we can sort them all out and find a suitable wall.  I think we need a whole new room for this.
This is another truly fun piece!  Our old sailor reminds us of old Norwegian stories of the sea.  What a fun gift for a captain or for a nautical-themed room.  $70.  More information and images here.
The Thin Blue Line carving is a tribute to our police and a way to show support for them, their families, and friends.  $115.  Available here.
 Kjell made this piece for a friend, but will be making another for the shop soon.  Stay tuned for this one!
This pretty little dolly and her matching baby blanket in bright and happy colors are new in the shop.  $50.  More images and information here.
The little turtle above and matching baby blanket were a custom order baby gift that has been shipped.  There is a similar one available in the shop here.
My son reminded me that I made cat toys for our many cats that we had when he was growing up.  We don't have cats here now, but son Don is making up for it with three cats that he has rescued.  I made three toys that I've sent over for them to enjoy.  Perhaps I should make some of these for the shop.  What do you think?
This is custom order that has been shipped and delivered.  Similar Cables and Filigree Lace Sweaters are available in the shop and we are happy to take your custom order in the size and color you would like to have.  Price depends on size and materials.
This hat has also been sold and delivered.  Similar hats are available here in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles.  From $8.
 These boot cuffs have also been purchased and delivered.  These will be so very warm and comfy when the weather turns wet and cold.  More are available in the shop and ready to ship.  $28.
This headband/ear warmer has also been sold and delivered.  More are available here in a variety of colors and styles.  From $8.
And, finally, a few more ear savers/protectors with personality and masks were made this month.


 This gray set was a custom order, but there is a variety of washable masks with disposable filters and ear savers available to ship now here. From $7.

Those are the new items we made this month.  Come see all the items we have available here.

We are blessed to have our own business that we can continue during the Covid-19 times.  We are following Center for Disease Control guidelines and are getting our orders of purchases of in-stock items into the mail within one business day.  Thank you so very much to everyone who supports us in the shop, on this blog, on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest with comments of encouragement, likes, favorites, shares, and purchases, too!  You are truly appreciated!

All the very best for a safe and healthy August!

Lois

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Monday, August 3, 2020

To salt or not to salt?

Good morning,

When you were a kid did you put salt on your watermelon?

I remember sitting out on the back porch with my brothers, big chunks of watermelon, and a salt shaker.  We'd shake salt on the watermelon before eating it as the juice ran down our arms.

I haven't put salt on watermelon since then.  How about you?

Lois




Sunday, August 2, 2020

Smoked Pork Belly

Good morning,

We had quite a treat yesterday!  My Honey smoked a pork belly.

Yum!

Happy Summer!

Lois

Saturday, August 1, 2020

A Very Special Flag

Good morning,

My Honey made a very special engraved wood "flag" for our All American dogs.  The engraved names are the five Labrador Retrievers we have had during the past 22 years.  Christopher has crossed the rainbow bridge, but the other four are still with us.

The heart paw prints in place of stars complete the special work of art.

This is intended to be the center piece of a wall display of the titles, certificates, and ribbons all of the dogs have earned. 

How very unique!

All the best,
Lois



Friday, July 31, 2020

Norwegian Beef Stew

Good morning,

My Honey made Norwegian Beef Stew this week and it was delicious.  The sauce is extremely thick and rich with a fabulous flavor.

I'm told the recipe is a secret. ;)

Lois