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Friday, December 31, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fun Zazzle Products By Me

Happy almost 2011! I'm posting some new products I just designed in my Zazzle shop - large canvas tote bags (perfect for shopping!) and women's long-sleeved t-shirts. The photos on the totes and shirts are photos I've taken and especially love. Please visit my shop for some truly unique gift ideas, Thanks!

"Buds of Orange Large Tote Bag"

"Moon Full Before Eclipse Large Tote Bag"

"English Rose Tea Cozy T-Shirt"

"Western Fence Raglan Sleeve T-Shirt"

Happy New Year Smiles!

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Moon Full Before Eclipse

A photo I took a few hours before the lunar eclipse last night, full of mystery!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Violet Bouquet Tea Cozy and Matching Hot Pad

For those who love tea, china teacups and saucers, tea parties, scones, and flowers, here's a delightful photo for you. Think spring!

And, a close-up photo of the tea cozy and matching hot pad I newly designed and stitched. I offer my handmade gift items in my online shop, Please do visit - I'd love to see you!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Violet Bouquet Tea Cozy and Matching Hot Pad

A photo I did featuring the beautiful china teacup and saucer
and the Violet Bouquet Tea Cozy and Matching Hot Pad
in the background.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

English Rose Tea Cozy

These are photos of two new tea cozies I just designed and stitched - English Rose Tea Cozy and Matching Hot Pad and Violet Bouquet Tea Cozy and Matching Hot Pad. This new design has openings on each side of the cozy for the teapot spout and handle. I'll be offering these and others soon in my online shop, Please do visit and thanks!

English Rose Tea Cozy and Matching Hot Pad

Violet Bouquet Tea Cozy and Matching Hot Pad

many smiles

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tea and Coffee Mugs

Merry Holiday and Merry Smiles!

I've just created some tea and coffee mugs in my Zazzle shop, using photos I took while visiting New Zealand. This amazing country is so breathtakingly beautiful and I'm hoping to share it, beginning with these lovely tea and coffee mugs.

To visit my shop on Zaz
zle, please go to and you're there! So easy to order using PayPal. I've purchased many of the items I've created, and I am so pleased with the colors and quality of merchandise!

These would be wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, please order soon, the delivery time is about 7-10 days.

Please do visit my Zazzle shop, I'd love to see you! Here are photos of my most recent New Zealand tea and coffee mugs -

"Blue in Bloom Mug"

"Black Tree Fern and Lilies Collage Mug"

And, for the train lover in your family, here's a fun gift -

"Freight Train in New Zealand and Cook Strait"

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Black on Tan Handbag and . . .

I love to sew, and my newest creation is "Black on Tan Handbag", photos below. Please do visit my online shop, where many of my handmade gifts are available. Celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah seasons!

And, a few more New Zealand photos sprinkled in to sparkle your day . . .


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas Spirit

Sharing a bit of Christmas Cheer with you,
this is a photo from our 2009 Christmas day . . .


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tui birds

A photo of Tui birds from New Zealand, photographed in the bush at the
Wellington Botanic Gardens . . .

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Zealand

My husband and I just returned from a wonder-filled work/vacation trip to New Zealand. Its beauty of landscape and people is beyond words, simply stunning! Here are a few photos to share with you.

Wellington Cable Car (Wellington is the capital, on the southern tip of the North Island, and very hilly and windy and GORGEOUS!)

Lampton Quay, Wellington

more photos later . . .

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Abercot Creations

Our son and his girlfriend have a pug, Hailey, and we love her! I've designed and sewed a couple of "pug ponchos" for her. Here are a few photos (Hailey graciously modeling her Halloween, poncho):

Please meet "Firehouse Dog Figaro" modeling a cloak that easily fits around a small-sized doggie, and under her/his belly with tabs, and the velcro stitched to the tabs lets you adjust to doggie’s size. (The doggie model here, Stripe, is one of my son’s little stuffed play dogs from his childhood, made by his Grandmother, and lovingly filled many hours of imagination and play over the years.)

And, a delightful Jingle Joy pooch cloak for Christmas (a flannel print with smiley, pudgy penguins in Christmas d├ęcor, jingle bells, yule wreaths, candy cane striped scarves, and snowflake sweaters)

many smiles

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Honey and Tea . . .

Nothing is better for thee than honey and tea!

Everyone knows Pooh bear (A.A. Milne), and Pooh loves honey. And honey and tea - heavenly!

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I found a wonderful tea shop website and tea poems - A visit is well worth it! Here's a sweet tea poem on the site -


When I need a little lift
I get together with a friend
and have a little Tea with Thee.
We have a lot of fun and talk
the friendship means a lot to me.
It really does a heart good
to have a friend like you.
How great this world would be
if they could see you and me
and find a friend as great as you!
Then they too could have someone
to have Tea with Thee...

many smiles,

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Autumn Color Mist Photo

Just wanted to share a photo with you I took on my trail walk a week ago - I love the colors and changes of seasons.

I love making collages and tending towards abstractness at times. . .

many smiles to you,

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fleece Scarf Wrap

I love sewing with fleece, making "scarf wraps" and tea cozies, both perfect for our seasonal change to fall/winter. Below are photos of my scarf wraps and several tea cozies I've made from fleece.

And, here's a poem I wrote for the scarf wraps I design, sew, and offer in my online shop, Here's to fleece!

by gretchen

S - Scarf soothes,
C - Cozy, cuddles me
- After blasts of cold

R - Refrigerate my skin!
- Fuzzy fluffy fleece

W - Wraps me in her warmth
- Reassures me

- Assures me
P - Pleasures simple, velvet delights!

Winter Cardinals on Boughs Fleece Scarf Wrap

Desert Southwest Coyote and Armadillo Reversible Tea Cozy, outside fabric

Desert Southwest Coyote and Armadillo Reversible Tea Cozy, inside fabric

Tartan and Sun Glitters Reversible Tea Cozy, outside fabric

Tartan and Sun Glitters Reversible Tea Cozy, inside fabric

Sage and Wheat Paisley Scarf Wrap

Jumper the Tiger Red Scarf Wrap

many smiles!

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