Weekly Quote

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.---C. S. Lewis

Monday, September 27, 2010


I got up early this morning, 5 a.m., to clean the horses' corral so I wouldn't have to do it once the sun came up.  (Yesterday is was 110oF in lovely So. Cal. and today the forecast is 108oF.)  Oddly it was nice being out at that time of day.  Just enough light to see what I was doing, a warm breeze and three of my favorite companions--Max, Breezy and Tank.

I then got on the computer and bought these fabrics from Etsy for handbags. 

They are reproductions of barkcloth designs popular in the 1950's.

Can't wait for them to arrive so I can sew them up.

This one is my favorite, cuz I wanna be a cowgirl!

Do you have a favorite? Which one is it and why?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Autumn Designs

A preview of new designs I am making for Village Venture...is it already less than a month away?

I love charms and the autumn season so I have been rummaging through my bead boxes for beads and such to make into autumn charms for necklaces.  I scored the mother of pearl leaves from a round robin bead box and the vintage brass chain from Etsy. And aren't the bronze pearls awesome?

Hope to see you on October 23 at the Claremont Village Venture.

Are you working on new designs that celebrate fall?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I joined the Etsy Holiday Boot Camp

I, Donna Gunn, pledge to participate in the Etsy Success Holiday Boot Camp to the best of my abilities. I vow to check in every week, do my homework and support my fellow Holiday Boot Campers. I will read the weekly newsletters and blog posts, check in on the weekly forum thread, read the weekly blog post, check off the checklists and salute the mascot. I promise to share what I've learned with those who need it, support my fellow Etsy indiepreneurs and, most of all, have a positive and persistent attitude. I understand that together we can spread the word about our handmade and vintage goods, making this holiday season a more unique and meaningful one to gift givers and give-ees everywhere!

Yes the holidays are just around the corner.  In the Etsy Holiday Boot Camp spirit...repeat after me.  "I pledge to do my holiday shopping on Etsy for handmade and vintage treasures."

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wild Thing and Sweet Thing

This summer, it seems so long ago, my niece, Sweet Thing, spent a little time at the beach with us.  Wild Thing and Sweet Thing could have been sisters...even twins.  They look alike; they act alike. 

I have always loved the picture of the little cousins hugging, now I have two pictures to love.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


World Trade Center Lights Tribute

Take time today to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and to pray for those who hate personal liberty so much they would commit such an atrocity.