Saturday, December 12, 2009


Well, this has been an interesting week to say the least. It started out with a bum wrist for me and an injured shoulder for Handy Hubby so between us we had two good arms, which has seemed to work out OK. We had a piece of bad news that we are handling remarkably well so, that's OK too. Here is what is not OK, my computer up and died. Why is it that we can handle a health crisis or a possible life changing piece of news and we are resilient enough to move on but the trivial things trip us up?(Paper Clay Snowman Treat Box)

I have pushed through the pain and the anxiety this week but when my computer quit I felt I could not function. Luckily everything was backed up and the hard drive is OK, so, my high tech son will retrieve my stuff and save it to an external drive and move it to the mini computer I am now using. Handy Hubby generously let me use his little bitty hard to see even harder to type on one that he uses for work.(Aqua and Silver Vintage Paper Snowflake Ornament)

I am still trying to acclimate myself to this new machine, startling news, and one handed hunt and peck typing method. I sure could use a little good news today! Does anybody remember the old Helen Ready song that crooned that line? I have vague memories of hearing my mother play a record with that song on there.(Silver and Cream Vintage Paper Snowflake)

Well, how about I share a little good news with you today? I think in honor of the opening of my new shop I should host a holiday give away! Giving always makes me cheerful. Here is how to participate, simply visit my new shoppe, Quill Cottage Curiosity Shoppe, browse through the items listed, come back and leave a comment on what is your one favorite item AND tell me something wonderful that is happening in your life at the moment, because I sure could use a little good news today. That's it, you don't have to have a blog, you don't have to be a follower, and you don't have to live in the US! Everyone is welcome to join in.(Mini Mitten Gift Tag and Ornament)

Now, for the prize, one lucky winner will get to pick the item of their choice from my shoppe! Sign up begins today and comments will be closed on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 10:00 PM CST. The winner will be announced on Friday, December 18, 2009.(Silver, Gold, and Cream Vintage Paper Snowflake Ornament)

Peppered throughout this post are the new items I have just listed in the shop. These will be my last listings until after the holidays.

Now, I'd really better get on the decorating, it seems I have upset the elves...Thank you for sharing your blessings with me!

Happy Holidays,
Miss Sandy


The French Bear said...

OMG every thing is so adorable!!!! I love the Cinderella shoe and art kit!!! I love the snowman wish shadow box too!!
Your work is beautiful! I do hope that the smart son can fix the computer problems. I have a smart son too, it sure is handy!!!!!
Margaret B

ohiofarmgirl said...

Well..for me anything with a bottle brush tree is a big hit...I stated collecting them a few years ago and I am just crazy for them!
Something dh just started a new job after losing his in pay check yet but it's such a blessing. Dianntha

Lisa said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I'm partial to the paper snowflakes. They are all beautiful but the aqua one makes my heart go pitter-patter. The good news is I found your blog. I became a follower because I don't text or tweet either and there are so few of us we have to stick together. :)

Wanda said...

Hi Miss Sandy:

I just found your blog and you are a very talented lady. Your snowflake ornaments are SOOO BEAUTIFUL and the mittens tags are so sweet. Great giveaway, will be a great birthday present if I win (dec. 19)
Happy Holidays!!!
Wanda Contreras

Unknown said...

Uuuhhh! What beautiful goodies you are making! So Sorry to hear that you have had a rough week. I think the little things trip us up so badly because we try so hard to maintain through the really bad times. Something's gotta give sometime or you'd really loose it! The good thing I have to report is that I've made it through this year with MY sanity intact. (almost) HAHA And all of the crafting sure helps. Therapy you know! Thanks for all of the wonderful posts!

Debby said...

Oh my gosh, everything is just beautiful. I think my fav is the snowman as I love to collect them. He is really beautiful.
Something good in my life, my husband and I just rescued a 3 yr. old maltese and he is just the sweetest, most beautiful little guy. We adore him and he seems to be so very happy. He loves to run and play and just have fun and he is a very smart little guy.

Hope this note finds you and yours well and wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season.


icandy... said...

Oh my goodness~ I am in love with the dress shoe kits!!!! How unique and original~ those stamped pieces of crepe paper and all of the other wonderful, artsy accessories are so glorious!!! You have the coolest shop!
Something beautiful in my life? My family, it's rough this year, but we have each other and I thank God above for them every day! :)
Love, hugs and happy holidays to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

Such cute items! I love your snowflakes from the vintage paper! I posted about your giveaway but please don't throw my name in the hat though I would love to win! I have won several giveaways and think I need to let some others have the joy of winning for awhile.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you are having a bad week. But you have made my day happy since I just received the items I purchased from you. I love them. I will have to say the little wish box is my next favorite tho. Something else happy in my life right now, is my son, just got out of the Marines, and was married this past month. I'm so happy about that! Hope things get better for you. Thanks again. Cindy

KathyB. said...

I am saddened to hear about your week and yes, it seems we can handle what life throws at us, I said SEEMS...and then in the midst of a crisis or calamity some really trifling thing will go wrong and I just fall apart! Boy, i give myself a real eye-opener when I do that, and it is not a pretty sight.

Your give-aways are scrumptiously beautiful.I hope your Sunday proves restful and healing.

Oh, my good news...well, the temperatures are warming up from the single digits to the double digits, the high 20's and 30's and maybe I will not have to be carrying gallons of hot water out to all my sheep, goats, poultry , doves, and dogs all day long...more time for Christmas crafts and baking.

Barbara Jean said...

What a wonderful giveaway, and shoppe you have.

I LOVE that first wish shadow box, and do really like the last altered star with peace on it.

Hope my name is drawn.

blessings and thanks again

barbara jean

Barbara H. said...

I'm so sorry for all the troubles. I don't believe in "luck," good or bad, but sometimes these things do seem to happen all together. May the Lord give you grace and help and strength for each situation.

I LOVE that "Wish" shadow box! Thanks for such a sweet giveaway!

Raye Marie said...

Gosh, you really deserve some good news. I hope things turn around for you soon. My great news is that I will be spending Christmas with my family. There was a time in my life when we werent close so I am greatful for every moment we spend together now. I love the Wish shadowbox.

Tarnished Rose said...

How adorable! I love shadowboxes as one of my hobbies is miniatures!

I visited your wonderful shop - it was hard to choose just one favorite since everything is wonderful but the CINDERELLA'S SLIPPER has to be my favorite.

As for the something wonderful in my life, my brother, niece, and nephew are home (well, at my mom's) from Australia! I hadn't seen my brother and neice in a year and I hadn't seen my nephew in about four years! They'll be in the States all MONTH! Nice to have family home for Christmas.

Merry Christmas~

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweetie!!!! I'm so sorry about your computer dear friend, seems as they have a life don't they? You KNOW I have to enter your wonderful holiday giveaway!!! Please throw my name in! hugs and love, Dawn

Outofmymind said...

I can't tell you how thrilled about your blog and shop I am. You are so talented and I'm excited to follow you. You SO inspire me to try the snow flake and now I look at high heels differently too. My fav in your shop is the gold paper snowflake. Thanx so much for sharing your talents. Kelli Hansen

Carol Mae said...

Everything is so nice in your shop, I love the Star ornaments and the Shoes. Very nice work. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Smiles and Happy Holidays, Carol

Tina said...

So sorry to hear about your computer trouble- I had is the same way when mine brooke down
Everything in you shop is so beautiful Miss Sandy, but your wish shadow box is def. my fav.
Have a wonderful sunday
~ Tina

Unknown said...

So, So hard to choose!! I love the natural theme of the Love, Faith, Joy, Peace, Rejoice stars. Very pretty!
Good News: My sweet friend Kelly is 5 years cancer free! YAY!! AND... life is pretty grand :)

Deb said...

Hi Carol
What a lovely shop you have filled with beautiful handcrafted treasures! I collect snowmen, and LOVE your Paper Clay Snowman Box! He is adorable ♥

Elaine said...

Oh my! Such decisions! I would gift my friend Deb with Briar Rose's slipper. I would have the Joy star for it's year round beauty but the Snow Folk here would welcome a new friend...
Our great joy is in the good reports that bladder cancer has been removed from two family members and my sister's breast cancer treatments have been successful.
Elaine in Maryland

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Oh Carol my thoughts and prayers are with you!
This is not a good time to be struggling and having a bad week!

Good news....our daughters tests all came back normal...we are so greatful and relieved!

Now to pick a favorite from your shop....oyyyyyy its so difficult because everything is soooo amazing! You are so creatve!
I love snowmen so I'd say the snowman box or the wish shadown box would be my favorites....I know I picked two but seriously it was so hard to narrow it down to just 2.


Anonymous said...

Oh, Sandy, I can relate! It's always the straw that breaks the camel's back! And we are so in tuned to using our computers for communication that when it breaks down we feel totally isolated! Especially in the crafting world that has become such a community of inspiration and friendship for us!
I love what you've made with the paper cones and snowflake! Beautiful!
I hope your aches and pains disappear quickly! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

PS: Sandy, I was just showing my husband (who is by biggest supporter) the things that you make and he said they are so beautiful! He can't get over the way this crafting community has come together on the internet. It's so true! Think about it! 15 years ago, we'd feel so alone! Now, there is a community of creativity that is absolutely amazing! I wonder how many people have actually had life changing experiences because of what we have all been doing on our simple little blogs, the sharing, the inspiration, the networking, the meeting of new friends all over the entire world!

Lori said...

Sandy, i am sorry that your computer are really a busy bee filling up your shop with your beautiful creations...the little shadow box is adorable!!!

Julie Ann said...

Hi Sandy!! I love that shadowbox! I also love Brier Rose's Dancing Slipper- so perfectly pink! :) Thank you for a chance to win one of your awesome store items. Something wonderful happening in my life right now-- I am about to graduate with my Master's degree!! It's wonderful to see all that work pay off :) Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Oh my..... how amazing and beuatiful everything is......
I love, love, LOVE..... the music rolled paper ornatments..........

VintageCrafter said...

Hi Sandy! Chin up girlfriend! I love your creativity and your blog. I think the wish shadowbox is adorable! As a grade four teacher I love the Christmas preparation and the excitement of the children as Christmas draws near...
This is a good thing in my life!

Decor To Adore said...

Your sweet shoppe was sold out of my hearts desire last time so I need to recheck.

I knew that you would be an amazing success.

May your health be ever present which is truly a gift.

Celestial Charms said...

All of your creations are lovely, each one of them. My favorite would have to be the "Winter Wish Shadow Box." So magical. A very good thing happening in my life is simply enjoying the good health of my family and just being able to be together everyday with eachother. I don't need big exciting events...just the day to day life suits me fine. I hope both you and your husband feel better soon.

Nancy said...

EVERYTHING is absolutely wonderful. I am partial to those darling filled slippers, but I just love your little paper clay snowman treat box. You are so talented.
XO Nancy

Sonya Badgley said...

Hello again~Everything in your shoppe is beautiful! But I am really partial to the Wish Shadow box. I hope your week is going better for you~
Prayers and blessings~Sonya

Miss Rhea said...

Ok, I never win , lol ! But I will add my name anyways :) I am SO in love with your sweet snowmen. Both boxes are OVER THE TOP SWEET ! I think I like the one sitting on the silver bottom the best :) Everything though is SO pretty, Your shoppe is lovely. Now, one good thing. Honestly, everything is pretty good right now. My health has improved some, my hubby found a better job, and everyone is healthy and happy in our family. 2 Aunts made it through breast cancer this year, God has been SO good to Bless us this year :) I am a pretty happy camper :) Hope you are too Sweet Girl :)

Anonymous said...

I just ran across your blog,everything in your shoppe is adorable.My favorite is the winter wish shadow box.You are a very talented lady.On Dec.18th,my DH and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary,which I consider a wonderful event in my life.I would love to be entered in your give away.May you have a Blessed Christmas,

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