Hello, Hello, Hello – it’s been a while, hasn’t it? 23 days to be exact (as the friendly WordPress stats page just reminded me πŸ˜‰) You’re probably thinking ‘Well, so much for that ‘New Year’s resolution’, right?! Well, it was a case of great intentions, but then life, the universe throwing me a curveball…or, in my case a (very fast) outward swinging door,  abruptly stopped by my face which resulted in the first black eye of my life!  Thankfully, no concussion, no pain, just a lot of swelling (my left eyebrow is still in a constant state of surprise…hehehe), purple and black coloring – didn’t need eye make-up for the last 10 days! Long story short – the swelling pretty much shut my eye, so computer gazing was not in the cards…hence, no blog writing. But, I thought a lot about it, so now I have a nice list of things to tell/show you! Ready? Here it goes….

1. Cups – I love cups in all shapes and sizes. I do have a matching set somewhere, but mismatched…eh, eclectic….is more my style. I look for (and buy) them everywhere. It’s especially satisfying when I find pretty ones, only to discover later, that they come from far away, and have an interesting background. Like the ones I found in a Thrift Store in Kansas City a few weeks ago.
Here’s one of them, in a deserving setting….

Lavender Tea, Chocolates, a good book, and a pretty cup ~ what more does a girl need! 😍

But, not only are they gorgous, they do have an interesting background, a story…
The marking reads ‘Crown Lynn Earthstone New Zealand’ (!) – pretty nifty, huh?!
I had to investigate – it turns out that these beauties really made the  long journey from New Zealand to Kansas City! Crown Lynn pottery was a very popular household item in the 1960s in New Zealand. The company started in the 1920s as a brick and pipe manufacturer, before it expanded into the domestic market. It quickly grew into the largest pottery company in the Southern Hemisphere. Sadly the success didn’t last – the pottery closed it’s doors in 1989.
So – that makes these cups and saucers (and 3 dessert plates) extra special. I will keep one here to add to my collection, the other ones I will share with you in the store.
It looks pretty good among the others, don’t you think…
One more (quick) cup story….see the little grey one with the tree? Third from the left?
Yep – you got it! That one has an extra special meaning to me. Let me tell you why…
Many moons ago, when I was a little girl (in Germany) my Mom brought home a little gift for me – a cup. It must have been around Easter or Christmas, because I remember that it contained a little cellophane bag with candy. From then one that cup held my daily hot chocolate, sometimes tea, later on coffee.
Well – you know how it goes! I moved, Mom moved – the cup got lost somewhere along the way. But – what do you know – last year I found this one here in a small Thrift-Store in Leavenworth, Kansas! Ha – what are the odds!

2. Now off to a completely different subject
Before my little accident I designed and made some extra-warm scarves, ’cause… you know …Winter in Kansas! 😨 They’re made of a double layer of felted wool. One layer is made of (washing) machine felted knits, the top layer is needle-felted wool ‘fluff’. I named them ‘Paradise~Scarves’, because they are so colorful, and do look like you’re wearing an abundance of flowers. Here are some pictures…

-I have no idea why the one is sideways…but by now you’re probably ready to stretch your neck anyway, right?
As you can see, I knitted a border out of fur-like yarn and added some (looooong) fringe, to give it extra width and length (and provide a little calm among the craziness)

3. Before I made jewelry, I was constantly knitting, crocheting, quilting something. You might remember from my first post this year, that I want to expand my horizon, learn new things. Keeping at least that resolution, I bought a spinning (spindle) wheel. It arrived last week …
Good thing I’m very acquainted with Ikea furniture 😜
But it wasn’t difficult – even with one eye (well, one-and-a-half by then)
Here it its…
Here you actually get 2-in-1 – in the background you can see the weaving I’m working on. Eventually it will be a partition I need in the store.

4. Speaking of the store – the new year brought with it a new feature – a ‘Little Free Library’
You heard of those, I’m sure. They are popping up all over the place – most of the time they look like oversize bird-feeders, and are in people’s front yards, in parks, shopping areas.
Well, mine is just a bookshelf in a store – but the idea is the same. Take a book, enjoy, bring it back (or pass it on), and if you have extra ones laying around, bring ’em by!

5. …now last, but not least – a few jewelry creations – Enjoy!


Alrighty….that’s it for now – rest your eyes (I know I will!)
I hope you enjoyed the ‘Hodgepodge’ of little stories and pictures.
Until next time
~Tina xoxo