So, I did a thing…

I have been away from WordPress for a while, I just couldn’t bring myself to write, but I think the funk has left. I’ve been doing research when I could, and life has been kinda crazy.

This Weekend, I participated in my first SCA Arts & Sciences event, at the Barony of Bonwicke 25th Anniversary. The competition was stiff. My friend won the judged portion of the event, and I won the Populace vote. I also won a prize for my A&S Largesse entry, with my handmade soaps and beard oils. I had to leave early, because I had my grandson with me, and he was not enjoying the event, and was making everyone else a little miserable, too! I was sad to miss court!

However, my blog has frequently been about my research and plans in the SCA. I also hope, at one point, to enter the Realm of Venus Costume Contest. Right now, there are so many demands on my time, I doubt that will happen in the next year, but it is a dream. For more information about that contest, go here:

Anyhoo, here’s the rub on my research and creation…bear with me, it is 10 pages! (but there are lots of pictures!)







Etsy Must Haves for March 27, 2015, Featuring Designs by CnC

I have been trolling Etsy again, to see what other shop owners are doing that really clicks with customers. Every time I do this, I end up seeing sooooo many things that I MUST HAVE! This week I want to tell you about Designs by CnC.

Designs by CnC is owned, operated and ran by Catherine Clifford. In addition to being the voice behind the blog over at Designs by CnC, (see her bang-up article on driving traffic to your Etsy store, here) she is also the talent and the brains behind the whole operation. I love small businesses that start with a story, but Catherine’s starts with a little story, and a huge talent! Not only does she have a studio that looks like she has never let chaos rear its ugly head, she creates beautiful hand-made cards and tags. She has a huge selection, with over 275 items, but again, they are wonderfully organized in easy-to-use sections. Some of my favorites include:

Who’s That Alien?

SHE HAS A MARVIN THE MARTIAN STAMP FOR SALE!!!! OMG! I thought Marvin the Martian was sooo cool as a child, and always secretly wished he would, just once, beat Bugs. It wasn’t to be, but this stamp is a nice reminder of the innocence of childhood. Of course, this isn’t the only stamp she has. I looked at them all, and she has several unique ones I haven’t seen locally. So far, I haven’t been bit by the stamping bug- (though I do frequently look longingly at the store displays.) So far I have managed to say, “after this project is done…” Her selection could be the bug that bites me, however!

In her Children’s cards category, she has both sock monkey cards (which aren’t totally rare, but hard to find—I wish I had found her store before my granddaughter was born!) and what I have found to be incredibly hard to find, Lil’ Lion cards. I searched everywhere for cards or anything with lions on it, before my grandson was born! You can find both, (and they are adorable!) here:

Sock Monkeys  and Other Wild Creatures.

In her Halloween/Thanksgiving department, she has a lovely Thanksgiving card—which I have found difficult to find at a reasonable price. In her Christmas category, she also has die-cut wine tags that say “Happy Thanksgiving.” I was thrilled to find those! They come as a set of six, representing various holidays (buy them now for birthdays and the like!), here: Wine, Glorious Wine. 

Finally, I was smitten by one of her Friendship cards. I may become separated from my credit card at this point. It is a lovely card with a Celtic cross on it that I simply must have. Divine Things.

So, in closing, if you are looking for high-quality, delightful cards and tags, CnC Designs should be your first stop on Etsy.

Happy Shopping,

Hugs Always,


Shameless Plugs

Spending the day trying not to think about my visit to the oncologist tomorrow, I started looking at the nuts and bolts of my store on Etsy, and ways to get more clicks.

By George, I have a blog! I have only linked to my store, maybe 3 times in 15 months. While it might be a great way to get more clicks, I certainly don’t want to alienate my visitors/readers here, by shameless self-promotion…hmmmmm….what to do, what to do?

I think I will follow the lead of bookbinder & The Smallest Forest author Nat, at Stuff I’ve Made . I already have a “Stuff for Sale” category, so I can limit all my hawking of the things I have put time and passion into creating, up-doing, or finding there.

So, choose to look or not. The category is there. I won’t bombard you.

Oh, but…

Don’t forget to visit my store at:



R.I.P., Buzzy T. Buzzard

As if February didn’t suck enough, 4 days after my second surgery, our beloved dog Buzzy passed away on February 20th, 2015. He was 6 days shy of being 15 years, 1 month old. He put on a brave front until my granddaughter went to bed that night, but we knew he only had a matter of hours. Nothing was harder than telling him I loved him, and it was OK to let go, if he needed to. He just wanted to lie next to my son, who he grew up with, until he drew his last breath. I cried, over and over. Hell, I’m crying now. He was a good dog, the very best dog.

My sugar-faced Buzzy, always wanting a cookie.

My sugar-faced Buzzy, always wanting a cookie.

L to R: Buzzy, my son, (in his AF auxillary days), and Uboo. I miss those days.

L to R: Buzzy, my son, (in his AF auxillary days), and Uboo. I miss those days.

A Four Letter Word

Cancer is a four letter word. More specifically, a five letter word, but now we are just splitting hairs, aren’t we?

I debated for a month about sharing this, and finally decided I needed an outlet to rant. I am so frustrated trying to work with the VA to get the care I need. I am so frustrated with the fact that it took a month after I had 2 surgeries within 7 days of each other for the doctors to figure out I had nerve damage from the surgery and the pain pills they were throwing at me weren’t doing any good. I’m so frustrated with medical records going from one place to another, and no one claiming to have them. I’m so frustrated with the slow-turning wheels of the VA, and my fear that their failure to start chemo will result in this shit killing me. I’m so frustrated with the family members who I thought would stand behind me, texting behind my back and telling everyone I was faking my pain. I am so frustrated with being able to work only an hour at a time without having to take a two hour nap. I’m so frustrated that I worked so hard last year to get healthy, and get off 5 meds, and lose a metric butt ton of weight, to only be slapped in the face with cancer, this year.

I thought I was a tough chick. I have been stabbed, and shot, all in the Marines. I thought I was a prickly and hard-to-eradicate old bird. I HAVE NOT GIVEN CANCER PERMISSION TO EVEN BE IN MY BODY, MUCH LESS KICK MY ASS!

Cancer is a bitch.