Thursday, February 5, 2015

All My Bags Are Packed!

 Well...technically they aren't. I'm such a procrastinator. But they will be very soon, because we are leaving for Tulum,Mexico late tomorrow night!
I'm sorry that I haven't been a good blogger friend lately. I haven't been keeping up with everyone like I usually do. It's been a rough winter. This vacation will be good for "mind and body" I'm hoping! My joints could really use the warmth, and my mind could really use the sunshine!
 It'll be my Mom, Aunt Judy, my sister Angie, and Me!
A full week of laying on the beach, drinking fruity drinks, and reading good books!
Plus some massages, snorkeling, and shopping thrown in!
*I still have to run to Barnes and Noble tomorrow. So if anyone has any book recommendations, I'd really appreciate it! 
 And then there are these "cenotes" to swim in. Has anyone done this? I guess they're like underground lakes or caves. I want to do it! I don't think the rest of the crew wants to join me though.
 I guess it does look kind of creepy. So I'll let you know how that works out! lol
We're staying at an all inclusive resort. But I found this restaurant on Pinterest called "Hartwood", and it's supposed to be amazing! So we will be going there too.
OK Friends, I also wanted to thank you for your comments and support about Max. Sometimes it can be so sad and frustrating, seeing dogs that have been mistreated. It helps to be able to talk about it on my blog, and to get a "thumbs up" from people I know feel the same way.
See You When I Get Back From Tulum!
Erica :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Case Of The Free Dog: Max

 A few weeks ago, I came across an ad on Craig's List for a "Free Dog". This is sad, but it's also very dangerous for the dog. Of course, if someone is offering their dog for free, they don't care about the dog, and where he could end up. There are some very bad people that search Craig's List looking for "Free" dogs. At the top of the list are dog fighters, looking for free bait dogs.
 So Angie and I drove a couple hours south to get him. He was such a good boy, considering that he didn't know what the heck was happening. And truthfully, I didn't know what the heck was happening either. I didn't have a plan. Whenever we rescue a dog, I do a lot of praying that God will help me get the dog to where he's meant to be. HE has always come through. :)
 The ad said he was 9 years old, and he'd been with the same owners his whole life. It also said that he had an old injury to his paw, but that it wasn't a problem now. The woman wouldn't answer any of my questions when we met her in a restaurant parking lot to pick him up. I said "Why are you getting rid of him?" and "Do you have any other dogs"?
She just said she's been feeling bad because he's been having to live in the garage. That was it!
Living in the garage during a Minnesota winter would be torture!
 Isn't he sweet? He's holding his left paw up in this pic, the paw that is supposed to be "just fine". 
On the way home I Googled "English Springer Rescue", thinking it was a long shot.
But there were a few to choose from! So I randomly chose one, and left a message.
By the time we got home, the rescue called me back...and this part was truly God helping me out, I believe. I told the woman that I just picked up a free Springer Spaniel, and I'm looking for some help.
She immediately said "Oh, is it Max with the bad leg?"
(This pic shows how bad his leg really is)
 Here this rescue group had been trying to rescue him for weeks! The owner didn't want him to go to a rescue though. I said well, I've got him, so the joke's on her!
Can you believe that the owner told the rescue group that they bought a brand new Rottweiler puppy, and Max didn't like Max had to go!
Here's the other thing, Max has been living is extreme pain all his life. The kids broke is leg when he was just a couple months old, and the owners never took him to the vet! His leg healed at a very weird angle, and he developed severe arthritis because of it. It's no wonder he didn't like the Rottweiler puppy. Max has become defensive because of his injury. I saw this when he stayed with me. But overall, he was so sweet, and he just wanted love!
He stayed with me for a week, while a long term foster could be found. I brought him to get neutered, and then he was transferred to his new foster home in Ohio.
Now, this AMAZING rescue group, English Springer Rescue America, is on a mission to help him!
Max is their newest "Special Needs Springer", and they have a fundraiser set up to raise money for his surgery!
I couldn't believe it when I saw that there were people from all over the country sending money to help him out. And NO, this post is not meant to ask you to contribute! I hope you know that! I just wanted you to see what happened. He was a free dog, who's owners didn't love him, and now he's got a whole list of people trying to help him. It confirmed for me that sometimes having faith is enough.
Click HERE to read about his injury, and to see his fundraiser page.
Go HERE to scroll through many available Springer Spaniels. Max,in Cincinnati, is towards the end.
Thank you for reading my long post!
Hugs- Erica :)


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We Did It! Love to Soldiers is Complete!

A few weeks ago I asked if any of you would be interested in gathering some items to send to a troop of soldiers in Kuwait. My hope was that we could send four large priority boxes. Well, we sent EIGHT boxes, 85 valentines, and made a $35.00 donation to the AnySoldier project!
 I should have known that my blogger friends would respond in this way!
You're a group of generous, kindhearted women!
Enjoy these pictures. :)
Jumbo valentines made by Maddie.
A box from Erica and Maddie.
 Another box from Erica and Maddie.
 Patriotic Valentines, and a big box of things from Lynn.
click to visit Lynn's Etsy Shop. It's so cute!
 Adorable Valentines, and a large box of things from Dorothy.
 A big box of snacks, and handmade valentines, from Chris M.
 Tons of DVDs, and assorted mini things from Shirley.
 Four beautiful handmade valentines, plus a generous monetary donation from Kim.
 The sweetest handmade patriotic cards, made by Marlynne and her Great Grandson Eli.
Candy, Mints, and Gum from Viv.
 Sweet vintage style valentines, from Sandy.
Pretty handmade cards and lots of fun things from Pam.
 A big stack of unused greeting cards for the soldiers to send home, from Chris L.
  Deb's handmade cards, and items she sent.
And Tammy (The Air-Man's Mom), sent these cheerful handmade valentines.
 My (kind of weird) handmade valentines for the soldiers.
Jackson Brown checks out my contribution. My Aunt Judy donated $20 toward this batch too!
In addition, Marci and Susan, helped by making a monetary donation, which helped to send some of the things in this picture!
Several of the gals above also sent money to help with shipping costs. And for those of you who sent cards, I can't thank you enough! Because of you, we were able to make our goal of sending exactly 85 valentines!
I don't know what I would have done without Deb's help on this!
We got together on two different days at her house. We sorted, labeled, and boxed things up. Then we would realize we did something wrong, and have to take it apart and re-box things. lol
There was a lot of laughing, and sighing (from me not her), and then we (me) needed a couple of drinks when it was all said and done! We learned a lot about how to do this! And it was fun!
Sweet Pea and Jackson Brown helped out too!
Sending a HUGE thank you to Deb, and Everyone who participated in sending love to this particular group of soldiers! Maybe we will hear back from some of them. Let me know if you do!
Hugs- Erica :)


Monday, January 12, 2015

Snowmen in January! Brrrrrr

As I post this, my phone says it's 3 degrees outside. Three. Degrees. Ahhh!   
I thought it would be fitting to show my vintage snowman collection today.
  I put them all on one shelf in the living room this time.
The tall one with the red buttons was made by Elizabeth.
 The one on the right needed some help, so he got a jar of candy canes and a new hat!
You got 6 "Cocoanut" covered ice cream balls, plus 6 candles, and 6 doilies in this box!
 I like using vintage cards in all of my holiday displays.
 The one on the right is a candy container.
 On top, one of the older blow molds that I have.
 My very first Christmas corsage (with the spun cotton snowman), is tucked into a candy container.

 The snowman on the top left was my great grandmothers. I found the navy blue card (on the bottom) last summer at the flea market. I love it's style!
 I recently made the clay snowman on the right. His vintage wreath is by "Shiny Brite", and his bow is made out of my favorite old tinsel ribbon.
My friend, Mandy, gave me the wonderful guy on the right with the gold ribbon on his hat. He's the largest snowman that I have!
Oh greaaat! I see now that in the time it took me to create this post, we LOST three degrees! So now my phone says it's 0 degrees! As in...None. No degrees at all. haha
Oh well, warmer days are ahead, right?
Tonight is a definite "stay in and order pizza" kind of night!
Hugs to you all-
Erica :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gifts From a Friend: Ruth is back! :)

 Last month I received such a special package. It was so unexpected, it actually made me a little choked up. Ruth sent me a box full of vintage Christmas things, including the cat, above.
December is my birthday month, so it's even more special!
(Click above to learn how I met Ruth. She's a kindred spirit! )
 I know some of you have asked if Ruth and I still keep in touch, and yes we do! She is a honey! Still busy living her "second childhood" as she calls it. She makes clothes for her dolls, and the most detailed dollhouses you've ever seen!
 Can you believe she sent these beaded ornaments? The trees are my new favorite!
 She sent a whole stack of vintage angel cards! I already have a project in mind for them!
 And look at these! She knows that my dog's name is Noel (Wellie), and she named one of her dolls Noel. We like that name! lol  And I love these candle holders!

Something about this mouse looked familiar. I asked Ruth if she made it, and course she did! Look at her tiny crocheted shawl. Ruth used a Jennifer Murphy pattern. I don't know if she knows this or not, but I'm a big fan! I have a Cat made by Jennifer, a Rabbit made by Me (with tons of help from Jennifer) at one of her workshops, and now a Mouse from Ruth!!!
My favorite thing about Ruth (besides her sweet nature) is her imagination. She hand makes many of the things she uses with her dolls. One of her recent projects was to design, write, and photograph, the story of Goldilocks using her dolls as the characters! 
I need to ask her before I share the whole thing with you, but here is a sneak peak.
It's adorable! Keep in mind, this is all done at her house, with things she has on hand! If she can't find it, she makes it!
 I'm ruining these pictures! They really are great, but I had to take shots with my cell.
I hope I can share the real ones with you. But look at the bear picture over the mantle, and the tiny cross stitch that Mama Bear is holding!
 Goldilocks is approaching the house. That's real ivy and tiny laundry!
Sitting in Papa Bears chair.
Again, I'm sorry that I didn't do this justice. I wanted you girls to see how talented Ruth is though. It's inspiring, and makes me smile when I look at it!
Some people come into our lives, and for some reason or another we just "click" with them. Ruth is one of those people for me. So easy to talk to, and so full of kindness and support.
I'm sure she'll inspire you as much as she inspires me! Hopefully I'll get to share her whole story with you soon!
I'm linking up today! I never do that for some reason! Seems like I should! lol
Linking up with Share Your Cup!