My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

Slow but Steady

As you all know this past 6 to 8 weeks have been...
really busy,
a little stressful,
And alot overwhelming for me and my family.

Alot going on both professionally and personally.

I have been trying to get myself back "on track" so to speak.
Doing things that I really wanted to do.

I painted the cottage,
decorated for the Christmas Season...
and still...

Not quite myself.

Hoping that it too would help me get thru this rough patch.

I must admit...It has in a really exciting way!

I had my very first sale!!!! 2 locally from the things on the site.

I don't know why working seems to help...but it I keep it up!
I wanted to share one of the new items I just listed.

It's a stocking made from Burlap! ( one of my favorite materials!)

I hope to have some more items finished soon.

But I'm taking things slow...more steady than usual.

I really want the things I make for my Etsy store to be special...things that I would own or give as gifts myself.
I don't want to just "fill it"
This little store is so... different than ANY thing else I do.
It's not about  what's "in"
Or a" sure sell."
It's about finding myself...
About making things that are special to me in some way.
It's about sharing with you little wonderments and whimsies that make my heart sing!
I hope they do the same for you!

Well...Thank you for listening to my babbling...It's very comforting to know that you are there.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend...

Blessings to one and all...donna!

P.S.- I had the most awesome phone conversation with my friend Anne this afternoon! (Fiona and Twig)
She is such an amazing lady! I am very Thankful that I can call her My friend.
Her blog keeps me smiling even when I'm feeling a little blue.
She has been blessed with a "gift with words" among many other things.

I would love to chat with you as well...just email me and we can exchange numbers


I love this too!
 It has kept me in touch with my Kids who live in Texas.


  1. Hi Donna,
    Congratulations on opening your Etsy shop. I know that what you stock it with will be beautiful,all you do is beautiful. The stockings are delightful. I hope that the working brings you the comfort you need right now, and that you take a lot of joy fron it.
    I am sending you a big hug tonight!

  2. Yeah for you Donna!!!!! An etsy fabulous! I just love those burlap stockings, I might just have to buy one! I just know you will be a huge success with this have so much talent!! I would love to chat anytime :)

    Blessings to you sweetie ~

    :) T

  3. Hi Donna
    Hope all is well! Cute stocking...
    Looking forward to seeing you Saturday...really hope you can make it!

  4. From the looks of those beautiful stockings, I think S-O-L-D will be a common sign in your shop!

  5. Your burlap stockings are wonderful!! Can't wait to see what you will have in your etsy store! Be sure and give us peeks and previews when new things go in.
    Anne is such a dear person, she's a real encourager and "motivator"!
    Have fun with this new endeavor!

  6. Donna, your burlap stockings area truly beautiful. You have good taste, girl!

  7. Hey Donna!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my last post! Your stockings are beautiful! You are doing such an amazing job with your Etsy! I am so proud of you! I am glad you are chatting with Anne, she is the best! She will be such a help to you, too! I am so so happy for you, my friend!


  8. I adore your stockings, they are really cute.

    A bientot,


  9. Oh my, I love your etsy shop! That book pages wreath is AWESOME!! And the stockings.... perfection!

  10. Congrats on your new etsy adventure! I love the burlap stockings...your shop will be a huge success! So glad all is well with you...I think of you often and want to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. You are very's such an honor to be considered your friend...many many smiles and happy thoughts sent your way!

  11. And I had the most amazing conversation with you, too! It was like I'd known you forever, I sure hope we can do it again very soon!
    I really love those stockings, anything burlap is A-ok in my book! Your Etsy shop has some beauties, I really, really think I need that book page wreath!
    Love ya!


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