Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Marketplace: Etsy and Online Boutique Showcase

Hi Everyone,  and Welcome to 
The Marketplace!

from Vintage 541

from Love Squared Designs

from The Zoe Bird

from Seaside Rose Creations

from Glass Bead Treasures

Today Leslie Janson is in the Sponsor Spotlight. You'll want to check out Leslie's fun new designs in her Etsy Shop. Grain Sack pillows and wonderful repurposed items into cuffs and necklaces are her specialty. Check her shop often, as she has new designs each week.

thanks so much, Leslie!

OK, time to link up to three of your individual items that you have for sale in your Etsy or Online Shops. You don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, it would be nice to have you grab the image below for somewhere on your blog sidebar, just to let your readers know about this shopping and selling venue. (certainly not mandatory) If you have a blog post about your items that's great too, just please only link up items that are FOR SALE. Remember, this link is open all week, so stop back by to check out new items being listed.

Thanks again, have a great week, and be sure to stay tuned this week for a fun Give Away to celebrate 4 years here at Common Ground. So glad you're here...

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Falling For Autumn

I've been resting these last few days after a little scare I had earlier in the week, (click here if you don't know about the fun I've been having) but I've been wanting to share this great magazine photo shoot with all of you since it came out a few weeks ago. My good friends from Leola's Vintage Home and Garden were featured in the Fall issue of Vintage Style Magazine, and it's just such a fun look at their annual Fall Harvest Party.

(You can click on any image to biggify
and see the yummy details)

Owners of Leola's: Jan, Kelli, Judy, and Linda

Judy, Linda and Jan are sisters and Kelli is Linda's daughter,
 and they are some of the most talented gals in the biz-nezz!

Check out Jan's Blog, Summer Sundays for more info and inspiration.

I always enjoy their Open Houses,
 but it's no secret that the Fall Open House is always my favorite!

 If you haven't yet picked up the magazine, you'll want to look for it. I found mine at Barnes and Noble. It's a wonderful issue, full of so many Fall ideas and inspiration. The Leola's Open House is scheduled for Sept. 5-8 in Ozark, Missouri. Check their Facebook page for the details and if you'd like to see what their Open House is like, just click HERE, and HERE for last year's fun. I'm planning on being there!!

Thank you all again for your love, prayers, well wishes and support. I'd love to personally email each of you with my love and gratitude, but right now that just feels a little overwhelming. Hope you know that I read each comment more than once and so appreciate each of you!

I'm trying to get back with the program, 
so I'll see you all tomorrow for

joining in on these weekly parties:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Ranch


Friday, August 23, 2013

Checking in...

Just wanted to let you know that I'm back home...

and that I'm so glad to be here.

... but, I can safely say that the last few days rank pretty low in the "Fun Ways to Spend Your Week" category.  The heart catheterization and angiogram should be considered successful, in that we found that I did have two major artery blockages that were 99% occluded, and that the only way I was still here was the fact that I had been taking nitroglycerin every few hours since last week just to keep the arteries in my heart dilated. While I'm going through something I never want to talk about how bad it is, but now that it's in the rear view mirror I can look back and say "Holy C_ _p!, that was a close one." (please pardon my French) 

Then on top of the physical trauma of having yet one more stent put in and another artery being "roto-rooted", (too small for a stent) being pumped full of 3 times the normal amount of drugs for the test, pain killers, and every other piece of junk drug they can throw at you, I was sick all day yesterday retching, my body naturally trying to get it all out.

Right now I'm just trying to find my footing in all of this. I've been sitting here this morning at my computer going back through my photo files of the last few years. That always helps me see where I've been and know where I want to be going. Do you know what I mean..? I'm not just talking decorating photos or projects, but where my head and heart are, what I love to be doing, and seeing the priorities in my life. I know it won't take me long until I'm "back". I'm already itching for September when I can safely put out my pumpkins and bittersweet. So I know that "the real me" is still here underneath this "event" that has just happened to me.

I know that so many of us, by the time we reach middle age, have had life altering events, illnesses or tragedies, broken marriages, or family relationship problems. Not many of us are exempt from "life". I know it's all in how we approach it and our mental, emotional and spiritual strength. I know that if it weren't for God's hand of intervention 11 years ago I would have been dead then, so I thank Him every day for the extra time I've been given.

OK, now that I have all that out, I want to say thank you so much for all the love and prayers that came to me from you all. I had tears in my eyes through each sweet and supportive comment. you all are the best. thanks for being there and for your honest care and concern. This may sound superficial and silly in light of all that I've been through, but I never celebrated my 4th blog anniversary and I've had a really wonderful give away planned for quite awhile, so hopefully I can celebrate with you all...hopefully this next week. That might be a good way to get back in the swing of things...a little celebration. I think I can use one about now.

lots of love to you all,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A little Fall inspiration and a Message

Thought I'd share a few images from my Pinterest Boards with you today. I've been going through my magazines and Pinterest looking for some Fall inspiration. I always get excited when Autumn approaches, it always invigorates me mind and body. Since it's a little early for tons of Pumpkins, I found a few others with some apple inspiration instead. If you'd like to repin any of these please browse through my boards,  Fall Decor and Fall Gardens and Porches,to find them there. (Please scroll down to the end of the post first)

Then I have something to share with you...

Those of you who have been with me for awhile may know that I have a hereditary heart condition, and that most of the time I don't have many symptoms or problems. I absolutely hate talking about it here on the blog because in my mind it makes me feel like I'm "old and worn out". I'm not a whiner or a complainer so I put it on the back burner and try to forget about it publicly. But I know deep down that it's just something that I have to deal with, and since I try to be real with you all, not talking about it would be insincere.

The truth is that I have had 3 major heart attacks 10 years ago and open heart surgery when I was an energetic, healthy, and vibrant person. I had no symptoms to speak of other that my stress level was a 15 on a scale of 1-10. Since then I've had another stent put in for a blockage and have an ongoing situation called microvascular disease. This is something that's more common in women which causes high levels of angina, (chest pain) that is a result of smaller vessels not getting good blood flow.

So, now to the present. I noticed a few weeks ago the pain level was increasing, but I thought it might just be due to being more active in the summer, swimming and working in the yard. But over these last ten days my medications haven't been working and now I'm at a place where I have to find out what's going on. I have a high pain threshold and I can outlast an attack that normally would send someone to the ER. (not a good idea).

I'm seeing my cardiologist today and I imagine I'll end up in the hospital for tests and another stent. I'm not worried, because I've been through this before, and I know God is taking care of me and that He is totally in charge of all this. I just needed to tell all of you. And being honest, I need to take a few days to rest. I had my posts done up for the rest of the week, but since I'm not going to cover this up, I felt like I should just postpone things a bit. I'll check in with you when I'm back and let you all know what's going on.

I love you guys, you all are some of the sweetest, dearest people in the world. Your friendships are real and treasured. So I'd sure appreciate your prayers today and this week. You'll hear from me soon.


The Marketplace: Etsy and Online Boutique Showcase

Hi Everyone, and Welcome to 
The Marketplace

Are you all ready to start a new week? 
Well, let's get it going with a little peek
at what's happening in the world of Etsy and Online shopping.
Here are a few of the items that grabbed my attention last week:

from Fleaing France Brocante Society

from Urban Farmhouse Chic

from Cereus Art

from the Zoe Bird

from Prodigal Pieces

from the Gift Garden Shoppe

And today, The Sponsor Spotlight is on Eleanor Brown Boutique where you'll find the most amazing Santos Dolls, crowns, milagros, and ex-votos; so many beautiful treasures with French flair. It's not too soon to think about Christmas, so you'll want to visit their online shopping and be sure to keep up with news and sales with the Elenor Brown Blog.

Now on Sale
The Cream Santos Cage Doll


Do you have an Etsy Shop or an Online Boutique?

We'd love to have you join us by linking up to three of your items. If you have a shop blog that's great too, but you don't have to have a blog to join in.  All links need to be items that are for sale, and please link to the individual item if possible. If you do have a blog and you'd like to spread the word about The Marketplace, you can grab the button below for somewhere on your blog sidebar. And I'd love you to be a follower of Common Ground.

This linky is open all week, so be sure to stop back by later in the week to see the new items being listed. 
Thanks so much for coming by,
 Happy Shopping!

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