Tuesday, January 19, 2010

EtsyBloggers: Featured Shop for January 2010

This month's Featured EtsyBlogger is Nico Designs, a cute little shop with lots of whimsy!

She makes adorable little sewn items that look pleasingly simple to the eye, but it is obvious that a lot of skill and love went into each creation. If you hop over to her blog, you'll see that each little doll has its own story explaining its personality. What a wonderful way to add extra interest for each item!

Blog Carnival 01.29.10 - Favorite Winter Activities

Fall is my favorite time of year, but here in the Seattle area Winter is much like Fall, so my favorite activities are much the same for both seasons.

One of my favorite activities for this time of the year is, if the news reports there is snow nearby, to hop in the car to meet it. The I-5 corridor (North/South through Seattle) has a clear delineation of snow vs. no-snow if the possibility is predicted - because of the various elevations. Lynnwood is less than 10 miles from my house, and it often snows there without snowing in our neighborhood. Driving up at night in particular is my favorite time, so I can park in a deserted parking lot somewhere to watch the snow fall in the street lamps.

On occasion our neighborhood does get snow, about twice each winter. Those are the days where I curl up with a book near a window, so I can read and easily take breaks to watch the snowfall between chapters. Important accessories for such an activity: 1-2 cats, a tall mug of cocoa, a plate of chocolate chip cookies (a package of Chips Ahoy is completely acceptable).