One of my favorite pieces this year is my custom glass ornament. These ornaments are available in a wide variety of colors, and can be customized with the name of your choice.
These ornaments make fantastic gifts for family members, friends, teachers, or co-workers. Quantities are limited, so order yours today--before it's too late!
Cyber Monday is a whole week at www.araleanne.etsy.com! Don't miss out on 25% off of your entire purchase! Use coupon code HOLLY during checkout to receive 25% off everything in the store!
I thought I'd update you all on my upcoming show dates.
Saturday, November 15th: Huskies Holiday Craft Show
10 a.m. -- 4 p.m.
Portage Northern High School
Saturday, December 13th: Candy Cane Lane
9 a.m. -- 3 p.m.
Lakeview High School,
Battle Creek, MI
I've been busy working on several new pieces to share with you at these shows. I hope to see you there!
Well, we're on Snow Day #6 tomorrow. A bajillion inches of snow (15-18 inches first week of January and about 14 inches in the last few days) and crazy low wind chills (-20 Fahrenheit or colder) have kept me at home. Of course, I'm loving it!
Here's a peek at the patio door, with drifts up to the handle. Keep in mind, there are two steps down from the house to the patio, which is at ground level. So, there's about 2 feet or so of snow below the bottom of the door. Craziness!
Of course, the kitties love me being at home instead of at school. They're running, jumping, playing...who am I kidding, they're sleeping through this insane cold! Oscar copes by covering his nose with his paws, regardless of where he chooses to sleep. Frankie, in his fluffiness, is less phased. However, note his cute "thumbs" in the pic below. (He's a Maine Coon mix, so he's polydactyl.)
Who knows if we'll end up going back to school Wednesday...the verdict is still out. The Severe Wind Chill Warning is until 7AM Wednesday, so it all depends on the roads and if it really does get that cold.
What do you do to stay warm on these chilly days?
I am so proud of our Bearcat Soccer Team! They've won the first District Championship in the history of our school! Awesome job, guys!
In honor of our team's achievement, BCCHS staff pitched in to buy commemorative t-shirts for the team and coaches (and bought a few shirts for themselves to brag out our team!). Included with the shirts are these snazzy car window decals so that the team's parents can show off their Bearcat pride!
If you'd like to buy your own BCCHS Soccer car window decal, please visit my Vinyl Shop. (Staff and students of BCCHS, if you want to pick up the decal from me at school just email me when you place your order. I'll refund your shipping fee and you can pick it up from me in person.)
Thanks for supporting BCCHS!
This past year has included a lot of firsts for me. One major first is that I decided to open my own business selling my handmade jewelry. This led to many of the other firsts...my first time selling in a craft show, my first business checking account, even my first time filing taxes as a sole proprietor instead of just me (ugh! that was fun!).
Now, I"m branching into a new first--blogging. You'd think I would have jumped into blogging quite a while ago. I mean, I am an English teacher, aren't we supposed to to writer-type things? Doesn't blogging fall into that? Well, not so far.
However, as I've become more entrenched in the world of DIY and Handmade Goods, I've become to love the idea of handmade. I am enchanted with the idea that an object was carefully crafted, by someone else's hands, just for me. Someone's inspiration moved them to creation. Then this item, whether it is a purse, a piece of art, or a toy for my cat, has enriched my life.
So, this blog is going to focus on the handmade. My own work will appear from time to time; however, I hope to highlight a variety of artisans whose work enrich our lives. Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!
Hi, I'm Carrie. I'm a high school English teacher, voracious reader, writer, and jewelry designer. I love simple, beautiful designs. My hectic, but happy, life includes my hubby, Andy, and our two cats--Frankie and Oscar.