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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Client Gift Baskets

Good morning,

I spent last Friday putting together the Christmas and Hanukkah gift baskets for daughter Catherine's CPA firm clients.  This year the theme was "snack time."  Included are various snacks and a bottle of sparkling cider.

They looked all neat and tidy after I put them together (the first one finished is above), but earlier in the morning...
...our dining room was filled with baskets...
...bottles of sparkling cider on the table and the floor...
 ...and bags and bags of snacks.
It took most of the day to assemble these and make all those bows, but the clients tell us they appreciate them.  By the end of the day there were baskets on every flat surface in the living room and dining room.  I put them together, now it's Catherine's turn to deliver them.  ;)  
 Among all the gift baskets are my birthday flowers.  So pretty!

It's good to be retired and home with the family.  Even the most simple things are so special!

Are you ready for the holidays?


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dog Dancing at the Club

Good morning,

I took these images from quite a distance away so had to crop them to make them usable.  Although the picture quality isn't great, it's fun to see them.
Dog dancing is fun for the dogs and humans.  These pups were so excited and happy to be "playing" with their people.  Of course, there were plenty of treats involved, too.  The dance above was performed to The Wedding March.
This pup and owner had a darling routine.
That pup's tail never stopped wagging as he jumped and turned.  It was obvious he didn't want to stop when the music stopped.
 I understand this pair are in the advanced dog dancing class.
 And, finally, this pair strutted their stuff. 

There was so much laughter, cheering, and applause!

This was fun!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Queen City Dog Training Club Christmas Party

Good morning,

I got a few snapshots at our dog club Christmas Party this week.

There were more than 100 people there to enjoy a tasty catered dinner.
 The desserts were excellent, too.

After dinner we enjoyed a dog dancing show by club members. Those images to come.

All the best,

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Red!

Good morning,

The Christmas parties have begun!

This gorgeous poinsettia was part of the centerpiece on our table at our Queen City Dog Training Club Christmas Party this week.

We've only just begun....

Enjoy the season!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Birthday Gift from My Honey

Good morning,

My Honey (aka my husband) is a wonderfully talented wood worker.  For my birthday he made this little box for me.  Inside is another compartment with a lid.
When you remove the lid, you find another little lid inside.
And, when you remove the inside lid, you find a small compartment below.  It's just lovely as a box for a ring, earrings, or any other small treasure.

Thank you, honey, for such a beautiful gift and the gift of your love.

Love you!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jelly Roll - Just Add Peanut Butter

Good morning,

I should have made two of these so we would have one for home!  I made this jelly roll for Catherine to take to the Dog Club for the human participants at an AKC Conformation Show  last weekend.  I made the loaf the night before the trial and used home made (by my wonderful neighbor Elsa) blackberry and raspberry jelly.

I didn't slice it at home, of course, so that it would be as fresh as possible when served the next morning.  Catherine sent me this picture so I could see how the roll looked inside when she sliced it at the club.

The message Catherine sent with the picture:  We need peanut butter!

Next time.  ;)


Monday, December 4, 2017

Death by Tree - One Casualty

Good morning,

There lying on his side is our little Garden Gnome.  As we removed the fallen tree this week we found this little fellow was a casualty.

RIP little Gnome.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

It's a Dog's Life for Wendy

Good morning,

Look who climbed up on the couch next to me and immediately went to sleep.

Life is rough for the pups here.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Oasis of the Seas Royal Promenade Christmas Decorations

Good morning,

Martha and Russell sent us more images of Oasis of the Seas all decked out for Christmas!
These images are of the Royal Promenade, the "main street" of the ship.

That's my friend Martha in the bottom left corner of the image above capturing images.
 Here she is again in front of the humongous Christmas tree that rises at least three decks from the Promenade Deck.
 The lady on the left is Joyce, the Genie who coordinates and provides service for Martha and Russell in their Star Class Stateroom aboard Oasis of the Seas.

Martha and Russell are some of the nicest people we have ever known.  Thank you so much for sharing your images with us!

All the best,

Friday, December 1, 2017

Needlework Update - December, 2017

Good morning,

We've been busy again this month!  This sweet little Lady Bug Baby Sweater Set is now back in stock.  It's size 9-12 months and is a darling gift for a baby's first Christmas and photo opportunity.  $55. Click the image to see more about it.
 This is a One of a Kind Hand Turned Segmented Wood and Glass Vase that features five hardwoods and a glass liner. What a lovely gift for a wedding, anniversary, house warming, retirement, or yourself.  $58.  Click the image to see more about it.
 New from the wood workshop this month is this hand crafted wood bottle opener that features a magnet to keep that bottle cap from flying away.  $18.

Click here to see an assortment of these bottle openers and other wood items in the Hand Crafted Wood Section of the shop.
Our Luggage Identifiers continue to be a very popular item and a welcome gift.  They are so useful to find your luggage among all the others in the terminal when you travel.  Only $5 for a set of six.
 What a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone who travels!
Click here to see all colors available.
And, finally, the Tissue Toppers have been restocked in the shop. 
What a pretty way to have an extra roll of toilet tissue within reach.  They make perfect bridal shower, hostess, and even bachelor party gifts and are available in a variety of colors.  If you don't see the color you want, let us know and we'll be happy to make it for you.  $8 each.

Stop over to EvensensProductions.com and see the lovely hand crafted items we have ready to ship now to complete your Christmas shopping.  We'll be happy to ship to the recipient of your gifts (insert recipient's address on order form) and have gift wrap and gift card service available.  We ship same or next business day worldwide. 

We so appreciate it when you stop over to our EvensensProductions shop and to our Facebook page.  Whenever you "favorite" an item in the shop by clicking the little heart on an item or "like" our Facebook page, you help us move higher in searches when others are looking for items we carry.

We sincerely appreciate your support of our small business!  As a special thank you for your support, domestic (USA addresses) shipping is free on orders of $100 or more through December 31, 2017. Free shipping will apply in checkout without a coupon code.

We now return to our regularly scheduled blogging until next month's Needlework and Wood Update.  ;)

All the best,

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Logging Saga Continues

Good morning,

The logging saga of the fallen tree continues.  Here My Honey, not looking all that happy, is busy splitting wood from the newly fallen tree as well as large pieces of another tree that we had taken down earlier this year.  We waited until it was dry enough to split.

More than one friend has commented that my wood splitter man looks a great deal like the Jolly Old Elf from the North Pole.  If that is the case, then...
...Mrs. Claus is doing the stacking!  Here's some of it...
...here is more of it, and there is even more to come.

We won't even start on the huge trunk of the tree that just fell across the three compost bins and the back tier of the garden.  It's too big to move and too fresh to split until it dries so it'll be the project next summer.  I think we have enough firewood until then anyway.
This is the Project Supervisor safely observing the action from her supervisor's chair on the patio.

Ah, yes, family fun!  ;)


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Oasis of the Seas - Part 2 of 2

Good morning,

Today I'm sharing the second half of the images our friends, Martha and Russell, sent us from the Oasis of the Seas where they are celebrating Martha's birthday this week.
These are more images of the interior of this Star Class Suite.  This staircase connects the living area and the bedrooms.  How kind that the Genies who provide the occupants with personalized service has also added birthday greetings for Martha.
This is our friend Russell.  This image also puts the layout of the suite into perspective.
This is the view of the living room from the second level.  The floor to ceiling windows on the left provide for spectacular views.
How fun to wake up here and see the views...
 ...of the ship and ocean.
 This looks like fun!  It's a hot tub that seats eight people...
 ...and a family-size shower, too.
 If you plan to stay for awhile, there is plenty of room in this closet and dressing area.  ;)
 Of course, the staff made sure Martha had a yummy birthday cake!

Thanks, again, Martha and Russell, for sharing your images of this spectacular ship!

All the best,


If you'd like to see the exterior of Oasis of the Seas, here are some images I took while My Honey and I were on board Freedom of the Seas and were in port with Oasis for the first time:

More images of the exterior of Oasis of the Seas are here.