I am taking a very short break from Monday, September 25 through Wednesday, September 27, 2017.   Any items purchased during that time will be mailed out Thursday, September 28.   

Thank you so much for your patience.  

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Monday Twitter Tree - Handmade and Vintage - September 25, 2017

 

 

Please share your tweets and links on the host blog:  CHRISTIE COTTAGE

 

 

It's a Handmade Countdown to Christmas 2017 - Week 2

 

Please share you links with the host blog:  THE BLU PRINT

 

First Page, Last Handmade Item - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

 

I always love to do random type blog posts, posts that don’t have a specific theme, like “flowers, “autumn” or based on a quote.  For this post, I chose “First Page, Last Handmade Item” (as of when this blog was written),” a random pick of artisan handmade creations, the last item on the first page.  Despite not having a specific theme, the handmade items from Indiemade artist friends always showcase a wide range of extraordinary talent.  If an item catches your eye, either click on the photo or the live link beneath the photo to be taken to the item in the shop.  There you will find more information and photos.  I hope you enjoy these last handmade items found on the first page:

Make It a Handmade Christmas - Countdown - Week 1

 

 

WOW, wasn't last Christmas like . . . last month? Yikes!  According to the Christmas clock, there is only 96 days, 20 hours, 54 minutes and those rapidly descending seconds until Christmas is here . . . once again!  And it's even closer by the time your read this!

Monday Twitter Tree - Handmade and Vintage - September 18, 2017

 

Please share your links and tweets on the host blog:  CHRISTIE COTTAGE

 

 

It's a Handmade Countdown to Christmas 2017 - Week 1

 

Please share your links on the host blog here:  THE BLU PRINT

 

Monday Twitter Tree - Handmade and Vintage - September 11, 2017

 

 

Please share you tweets and links on the host blog:  CHRISTIE COTTAGE

 

 

Autumn Inspired Handmade Beauties

 

 

 

The cooler temperatures of autumn have arrived here in our area of the Desert Southwest.  It still gets into the high 80’s or low 90’s during the day but drops down into the high 60’s at night.  The monsoon season has pretty much ended, the horrid humidity mostly gone, and our drier air has been welcomed back by everyone.  It is so nice to turn off the air conditioner (at least until early afternoon) and open windows and doors to allow fresh desert air to blow through.  While I don’t see any trees changing colors yet, the desert is extremely green after the above average rainfall we received the last two months.  Maximillian sunflowers can be found all over, as well as masses of small yellow, purple and terracotta colored wildflowers that I don't know the name of but enjoy immensely nonetheless. My favorite time of the year!

Flora and Fauna - Wonderful Handmade Wednesday on Indiemade

 

 

 

I have always admired Walter Cronkite on so many levels, but mostly as an intelligent and reliable newsman and as a vital, moral human being. Even though he died in 2009, I still remember his plain spoken grace in delivering the news, from moonwalks to war, assassinations to peace treaties and thusands of other topics. A favorite quote of his, made 2005 (but still oh so relevant today), is this one:

 

“I am joining the hundreds of thousands who shall be marching in the Virtual March on Washington to Stop Global Warming in order to demonstrate the concern that we all hold for the future of our planet and all the living things — flora, fauna, human and animal — that exist upon it. The governments of the world have tarried long enough, and the United States is scarcely without doubt the greatest culprit among them.  We the people have the strength to bring our country from our weak-kneed stumbling gait in the last ranks of reason to the leadership of the great march to environmental victory.”

Autumn Art Fest, Saturday, September 23, El Paso, Texas

 

 

 

On Saturday, September 23, people who love great, home grown art festivals will make their way to the house of Rachel and Michael Davis to browse and (hopefully buy) a wide variety of artisan handmade items, amny of which are one of a kind pieces.  The Autumn Art Fest will be held on a large, tree shaded lawn during the prettiest time of the year in the Texas / New Mexico borderlands area.  To be able to take part in the festival was by invitation only and eighteen artists accepted.  So you know the quality of the handmade pieces for sale is extraordinary.

 

Date:  September 23

Time:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission:  Free

Address:  5737 Montoya (in the Upper Valley)

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