Author Archives: Linda

Monday, Monday……


Monday, Monday… all know the drill.

Monday, Monday….

Monday is once a week.






 I have been MIA for awhile….Life keeps getting in my way.  (excuse #1)


This past weekend I have come to realize

that I really am fooling myself.

It took being called a


                           many times over,  for me to realize this.

The absolutely last time was this past weekend, and by whom?

My husband of all people =(  .

I have had my share of many “business ventures” that really were not “business ventures” I did what I enjoyed, ceramics and painting (aka Shaw-Ramics) as a hobby, and kept dreaming and dreaming of it becoming my full time job.

Are you kidding me????


I never really understood how to move forward to make it a definite business.  There was no guidance available for me to learn, no help.  If I tried to talk to anyone in my family, etc I was laughed at and told



“You can’t make a living doing that”

“What are you, Crazy?”

I also worked outside the home full time.

Now don’t get me wrong, they were both lucrative, part time incomes that paid for my “Habit” but that was as far as it went.  I knew that, but had no idea of or how to move forward.

“What next”                        “Who can HELP me?”                                                                                          And no one supported me to find help, but just laughed at me.  There was no internet, as we have the internet that we do today!  It was just starting, and well….I kept my dream alive, day by day, month by month, year by year for myself, to continue longing and dreaming to work for myself…. Then….Life happens, I was blessed with my daughter and she is the best thing that ever happened to me.

So I continued dreaming of my hobby, but spent my days caring for her while I now worked from home.

CraftiLadi was now born…

I did phone work but also tried my hand creating finished crafts in to sell at Craft Co-Ops/Antique Shops and Craft Malls.  This was not profitable which I was reminded of not very nicely either….I then had one of my down moments and I GAVE UP!!!

No, NO, NO!!!  They say…

Fast forward to today.

Sorry such a long post, but an important one.

As I have been working 2 necessary jobs I have been thrown back into school here say…internet school around those jobs.  The wonderful world of Facebook has introduced me to some wonderful people, creative people, business people, coaches, entrepreneurs and just plain extremely successful, caring, crafty creatives who are people who do not have a problem sharing their knowledge with everyone. Some of this information is free and some is paid…..

I am so overwhelmed.  But it is a good overwhelm.

So going forward….

Don’t Talk – Act







Have a crafti  day everyone.


Isn’t Fall the best…

A ocllection of fall pumpkins and leaves

A collection of fall pumpkins and leaves

Fall decorating, crafts and

recipes are the best.  It’s getting

colder outside, the leaves are falling,

and we begin to prepare for the colder

months and getting ready for the holidays.

Nature becomes beautiful with all the colors, the air becomes crisp, the breeze starts to blow and the leaves are now falling to the ground.

Don’t get me wrong…..I LOVE SUMMER, it’s great.  But there is something really special about fall.

Mini Pumpkins courtesy Free Images

Mini Pumpkins courtesy Free Images

The first things that comes to my mind in fall is pumpkins.

Fall Streusel-Pumpkin-Bread courtesy of Google images

Fall Streusel-Pumpkin-Bread courtesy of Google images



Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin lattes, Pumpkin cakes, Anything Pumpkin!


Fall apple crisp courtesy of google images

Fall apple crisp courtesy of google images

Apples are a close second.

Put some caramel, chocolate

and/or nuts on an apple


I make my own caramel and homemade pumpkin spice coffee creamer,               stay tuned…….                                  recipes will follow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 They are the best.

Now that Halloween is over our thoughts migrate to Thanksgiving, being with family and/or friends, favorite traditions and family favorite recipes.

Scarecrow courtesy of Free Images

What do you LOVE about Fall?


What is your favorite way to decorate

for Autumn, the FALL and THANKSGIVING?


Have a Crafty day,



Handcrafted Dogwood Wreath for Etsy Shop

Handmade Wreath

Handcrafted Pink and White Dogwood Wreath for Etsy Shop

I made this handcrafted pink and white dogwood wreath yesterday for Craftiladi.  I have been working hard to learn about Etsy.  In case you don’t know what Etsy is….most everyone knows about Ebay…..Etsy is an Ebay for handmade crafts.  I have dabbled around making and selling handcrafted items and gifts for a long time, but I really need to step it up a notch.  This really is my true calling.  I am happiest when I am creating with my hands…..I absolutely love to craft things.  I have been taking webinars, reading articles, and doing everything that I can to try to make my lifelong dream come true!   Journey with me as I continue to make this passion for crafts to fill my life, with my love for handcrafts and hopefully other lives also!

Have a crafty day!!