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Showing Off My Wood

So here are a few more pieces I’ve made….

….wait what were YOU thinking?

I made this for my good friend Angela

Parents initials and kids initials on tree

This was personalized for my first sale on Etsy

Signature board can be displayed on a wall or even used as a trivet after the wedding

Personalized Ring Box

Chair Signs for the Mr. & Mrs.

Once the Holidays are over I plan on jumping right into my New Year’s Resolution to build up my inventory for my Etsy page Always Branching Out. 

Let me know what you think. I am always open to new suggestions…

(Click here for more wood)

Getting My Artsy Fartsy On

I love handmade things and I love being creative. My latest obsession in regards to getting my artsy fartsy on is Etsy. For those of you unfamiliar with www.etsy.com I strongly recommend you take a peek. I first discovered Etsy back in 2008 while planning my sister’s baby shower. I was looking for ideas and inspiration, and I found plenty!

Weddings Products are huge on Etsy too. I found tons of inspiration for my sister-in-law’s wedding there.

These are some of the items I’ve made  for Suzie & Eddie’s wedding;

Bride Hanger for the special once in a life time gown

Wedding Signature Board in use.

Wedding Signature Board Personalized with Initials and Wedding Date

Wedding Signature Board close-up

The Toasting Glasses I made especially for Suzie and Edwin

Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs (which I personally love love love because they can be repurposed after the wedding as wall decoration, mail baskets, etc. )

And the Mr. & Mrs. in person

My favorite creation, the personalized Cake Topper

...and with the date on the back

I was very excited to see it all put together so nicely

One of my New Year’s Resolutions involves me getting my Artsy Fartsy on in 2012. And getting it onto Etsy.

So get ready for some more coming soon

New Year’s Resolutions Big and Small

WELCOME to 2010!!

It’s a New Year! A time of new beginnings right?

Time for New Year’s Resolutions big and small.

Each year around this time, you hear mutterings about starting over and/or beginning again.

Not from me, not this year. I don’t want to start over or begin again.

I have just one small New Year’s Resolution:

I just want to keep doing what I am doing, only better!!!

Each month, each week, each day, each hour, and each minute.

From taking care of my family, and my home; to taking care of myself, body and soul. From staying organized; to just surviving the stress and chaos of life. From planning well in advance; to flying by the seat of my pants and being absolutely spontaneous. From being thrifty and sensible when I need to be; to being frivolous and splurging on the more enjoyable things in life when I can. From remembering the past and where I’ve come from, and embracing the future and where I want to be tomorrow; to living for today and just for today. From living my life beautifully and gratefully; to ageing gracefully under the pressure and pain of fibromyalgia. From prioritizing what’s important; to takeing things as they come.

This year, I resolve keep the highs, high and the lows to a minimum.

To take each moment in as it comes and try to make it better than the last.

To live my life beautifully and gratefully

   ……Just one small New Year’s Resolution! …

and the beauty of it all is that I can’t fail, all I have to do is take life by the balls and live it well!


I was not the only one with a New Year’s Resolution for 2010 in this household…

Leon’s great big 2010 New Year’s Resolution is to learn to tie his shoelaces,

       …and to ride a two-wheeler this year.

            ………oh yeah, and something in there about learning to drive.

For Leon, learning to tie his shoes, is no small feat given his difficulties in OT with fine motor skillsupper extremity weakness, and decreased proximal stability leading to decreased distal mobility.

(yeah, I had trouble with the big words too, that’s why I included links)

When he made up his mind to start practicing on the 1st of January, I figured it would take some time, a few weeks, maybe longer. We have had a lot of false starts in the past, leading to many tears, tantrums, and frustration. I just figured that with the invention of velcro, there was never a need to push him into it.

We gave him new sneakers with laces, on the 1st, for him to practice on. We tried to help him and show him how to tie it snuggly so the shoes would not fall off or the laces come untied. He just did NOT want to hear it. He had to do it his way, on his own, by himself.

He became so hyper-focused on it … that I was sure that he would give up.

   …..I was wrong, this was him on January 2nd!



 They aren’t perfect, they keep coming undone, or they fall off because it’s too loose. But they are tied!!!!

I have no doubt that Leon will be two wheeling it as soon as the weather warms up!!! 

Just goes to show….

    …….that when it comes to Leon,

it has to be in his time and his way, because when he sets his mind to something, look out! 

-(Thank you ADHD!).

Now excuse me, while I go and hide my car keys!!!

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