I’ve been working on my newest business


for what seems like a lifetime!

It’s been up and operating (yes, I’ve had some sales!) but I wasn’t ready to put it up here.
Until today.

So click over to:

The tagline says, “Notecards that are colorful: flowers, French, vintage.” Well, that is sort of true. In the months….and months…and months that I have worked on this my inventory has changed, my sourcing has shifted a bit and I’ve totally redone the logo and wording. So that tagline is still subject to change.

As an example: this card of our local, iconic Belties didn’t even make an appearance until a month ago and has become one of my top searched and sold items.

If you look over on the right –> you will see my “Etsy Mini” on the sidebar. It’s been sitting there for a while, but I just moved it up many notches to make it front and center.

While Etsy is certainly not my only end goal in sales venues, it is a way to get started. I did do two local shows before Christmas, sold well, and learned SO much.  I will definitely be doing more local shows in the coming year and will let all you local people know about it. For now, it’s all about selling through Etsy!

I am having a “special” for the next two weeks, through January 31st.

And,  I will include one Valentine card, with envelope sticker, to all my followers here.
**That is FREE with any order**

I am working on/in the shop almost every day. I’ll be doing posts and stories here to either show you new items, or when I find something that relates to the shop. I won’t go on to describe just what is in the shop or why or how; I’ll let you explore…

But more than anything, I am so happy to finally share all this with you, my loyal followers and friends!



I have a very healthy Acuba Japonica in a large pot on my terrace. It’s very happy: partly shaded under a Japanese Maple, with lots of enriched soil in the pot. Over the last few years it has grown ( a lot!) so I like to use the branches as greenery in my flower arrangements. Perfect.

Here you can just see that long green leaf on the left:


Here, in another arrangement, you can really see those nice green leaves:

Every few days I empty the vase to refresh the flowers and the water and after about ten days..and much to my surprise, the Acuba had rooted! I mean, it ROOTED!

I put it back in the water, and a few days later pulled it out again:

Very healthy roots, right?

And here it is, planted and ready to keep growing:

I lied! I actually have three Acubas, all slightly different. But they all do well under the tree and cutting the greens helps to keep the size in check. For more information all about this wonderful, versatile shrub click HERE and HERE. And to read about propagation, HERE is a good article.

      Acuba ‘Hosaba’                     Acuba ‘Picturata’                             Acuba ‘Nana’

                  Let us know if you have ever tried this! And if you have an Acuba shrub, then try it!



Recently I was in the market for a wool blanket.
Yes, a real wool blanket: not a poly blend, not cotton, and certainly not a down comforter.
(As I review this post it is now about 15° outside here: very, very unusual for this part of the country. Roads and sidewalks are simply not touched…so we are housebound for the duration!)

Comforters have become the go-to bedding item, haven’t they? I can certainly understand the appeal: they are warm, there is a huge variety of materials available and then a cover can change an entire look of your bedroom.

We use a lightweight down comforter on our bed. But we only use it in the winter and then switch out to a wool blanket, and then, in warm weather a cotton blanket.

So, I was searching for a REAL wool blanket… the old fashioned kind, for the twin beds in our guest room.

This is the one I ended up buying (or two, as they are twin beds) and am very happy with my choice.

It’s the Creswick Luxurious All-Natural 100% Australian Merino Wool Blanket.


I had tried comforters and they just didn’t work: too bulky and with a twin bed they would slide right off (so my guests told me.)

Time was when wool blankets were sold in every department store! Not so anymore. I dare you to try and find one locally. No, you need to look online. And then we come to price points. They do not come cheap! I wanted a blanket with satin binding on the edges. As I said…. the old fashioned kind!

I’ve done a round up of wool blankets, all found on line. It takes a bit of searching and you do have to be careful that they are a)100% wool and not a combination b) solid color and no prints c) available!


Here are the links:

One thing I would watch for is the washability of a blanket. Almost all of these say they are washable. Many say to only line dry…which can, of course, be a challenge if you have a king size. For me, I would only dry clean these unless it is absolutely necessary to wash them. Blankets don’t really get that dirty, do they? I also use a blanket cover which is a post for another day! But several reviewers said their blankets shrank up to 3″ when washed; so consider that when you buy. And, of course, you will need to protect these from moths in the summer. For some helpful hints, see my post on “How to Protect Woolens From Moths.”

Now it’s your turn to weigh in on wool blankets. Do you use them? Do you have any new sources for us?