February 23, 2012

For the love of giving

Dear Friends... 
It's been three long months since I've blogged.  
How do I explain that?

suppose I could tell you:

       ....I momentarily fell off the face of the earth
       ....or fell into a very deep well...
      ....or won a three month all expense paid trip to "Anywhere I wanted," USA
      ....or maybe I was abducted by aliens....

It all sounds so tempting to use as an excuse!

but the truth is...I've just had to concentrate on my life "journey" with all it's changes, twists and turns.  I will elaborate a bit sometime in the future.   Thank you to those who have checked in on me.  I appreciate it more than you know, and please forgive me if I wasn't able to reply and respond to each of you. 

That all being said, I hope the rest of you still remember me. :)   I've thought about you and all your beautiful blogs so often, wishing I could devote more time to perusing them.

So, I'm thrilled to be back with a post that shows you just a little of my recent shenanigans!  I've been embellishing little gift bags to sell in the shop which I thought would be more unique than what you'd find at the local pharmacy or dollar store.  I'm happy to report they seem to be going over pretty well with the customers.

Sometimes, you just want to add that extra touch to your gift giving, so with that in mind, these little bags were "born".   Here's just a small sampling...most of them are one of a kind unique. For now, I pretty much try to use goodies I already have in the home.  

Do let me know which one is your favorite...

I also wanted to give you a little peek at the natural soaps I've been carrying at the shop. They're so yummy and are infused with Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and Soybean oil.  Another big hit with the customers.  I've labeled them "A Soothing Moment in Time" since I just didn't think A Shabby Moment in Time conjured up comforting images for a peaceful bath..  :)

And lastly, although this pic was taken before Christmas, I wanted to show you this picture of some of the shop girls at Wrentham Country Store.  From left to right we have Deb, Mary, Mary Ellen~shop owner, me, and Karen C.  We are part of the Sunday Crew (except for Mary...she's a Tuesday girl but usually comes by to visit us on Sundays)  Love them all! A treasure...each and every one!!
For now I'll say goodnight, but I'll be taking some time to visit your blogs this week to see all the lovely things you've been up to.  See you then!
~Sharing this post with Faded Charm for White Wednesday
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Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So happy to see you back in the blogging world Karen, you have been missed!!
Your space looks so inviting and I just love the gift bags you've created!
Hope to see you soon...have a wonderful weekend!

Oh...love your new profile picture!

My Sparrows Nest said...

Happy to see you back to blogland! I love the bags. My favorite is the very glittered heart!!! Hugs and Tweets!

My Sparrows Nest said...

Welcome back! You were missed! My favorite bag is the very glittered heart! So pretty! They all are lovely! Hugs and Tweets!

Ironstone and Pine said...

Those bags are beautiful!! I would love to get a goodie bag like that filled with treasures from your shop!

Kate said...

Hi Karen

SOOOO happy that you are back. I've missed you.
Love the bags they are all so beautiful I can't pick just one. Sending you an abundance of hugs.

love and blessings to you

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Hi Karen ~
I LOVE the bags!! They are so pretty!

Thank you for stopping by my blog :)
I do have more of the scarves in stock but couldn't
respond via email because I couldn't find your email address ~
I am sorry !!

Have a blessed day !

Rebecca Nelson said...

First...love all the bags. They are gorgeous~

Next...just have to tell you that you've been missed. We all need to take some time off...it's one of the reasons my website is down for an overhaul. Too much going on and too stressed to restock it while it's live.


Candy said...

Just ran across your blog and I've enjoyed it so that I've just become your newest follower.
Love all the bags, but I think my favorite is the one with the old music on it.
Im still new to blogland......only about a month in, so please, please come visit me and maybe you'll become my follower as well.


Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Welcome back dear Karen! I'm glad you were not abducted by aliens. I've missed you and look forward to seeing more of you both in blogland and in person.
Your gift bags are just beautiful! Such clever ways to embellish plain bags & make them works of art. I love every one.