Monday, March 12, 2012



You just have to Love Early Spring Blooming Flowers!!  My Crocuses always put a big smile on my face and make my heart soar with JOY~  Our whole Winter has been very mild so hence my wee delicate, delightful beauties have arrived early!
  I have been very busy creating symbols of Spring! My first creation is this crocheted bowl.

 But this bowl is far from being finished. In my next posting you may not even be able to recognize it.  It may turn into something totally different.  

I have gotten back to doing some wet felting.  I just love the feel of creating with wool. 

 So one afternoon I decided to make some wool felted eggs.   Nothing fancy but the wee eggs will soon have a home.

These baubles were on My Country Bucket see photo on My Header. I thought they needed a bit of sparkle so I added some beads to them.

When I was felting my eggs, a thought came to my mind to felted some wee Pink Baubles to "Celebrate" My Retirement and Spring"! 

The Wee Pink Baubles can be made into ear rings, a bracelet or to embellish any creation.

I now have over "200 Followers" ( Very Big Smile)  so I thought a wee giveaway would be nice to celebrate all three wonderful events. 
Along with the Wee Pink Beaded Baubles I am also giving away this very unique embellishment I found in a Yarn Shop this past weekend.  It shaped is very unique and on the package it is called a "Ruffle".  Can anyone guess what it is made from??? 

There will also be a "Surprise" "Handmade by Me with Love"!!

As always My Sweetie will drawn the "Winner" on March 22nd. This time there will only be 1 winner for all three gifts. Good Luck to All.

I have been waiting for over 1 year for the release of the BBC Land Girls Series 3.  It was release the day after my birthday in February.   My sweetie bought it for me and we have now watched 2 episodes.  I absolutely LOVE this Movie Series.  I would highly recommend this movie series to everyone. Has anyone else watched this Movie Series?? I would love to hear from you.  

In January I "Retired" from being a nurse for 36 years.  For the last several weeks I have been thinking of all kinds of things I would like to do.  

First My Sweetie and Me will be spending more time with family.  Exploring new places with our RV.  I hope to spend more time in My New Studio My Sweetie created for me a couple of years ago. 

Which bring me to the "Next Step" in My Journey of Retirement.  I have decided to open a "Etsy" shop and see if anyone would like to buy any of my creations. 

I have been thinking for weeks what to call this new "Etsy" shop and in the middle of the night it came to me to call it
"CJ's Artsy Creations"!  What do you all think??

So now I need to create some Fancy Business Cards.  Then actually go through the process of setting it up.  In the next few weeks hopefully I will be taking "The Next" step.

I feel blogging makes the world a little smaller and shows me each and everyday that "Our" Journeys are not so very different after all. 

I hope you all will continue to join me as I slowly venture down this new of path of my life called "Retirement"!

A Very Heart Felt Thanks to all my Blogging Friends for their many years of chatting with me.  I have enjoyed every minute of My Blogging Experience!!

Don't forget to leave a comment to be in My Retirement Giveaway!

Hugs Judy


Solstitches said...

Congratulations on your well earned retirement Judy.
I'm sure your days will be filled with all kinds of pleasant things.
Working at your crafts in that lovely workspace, gardening or just taking to the road to see friends and family.
Wishing you all the luck in the world with your Etsy shop.

Miss 376 said...

Congratulations on your retirement, I am sure you will find plenty to do with your time

copilarim said...

Well happy retirement!!:)
I can't wait to admire your wonderful creations - i hope you will still post about them:D

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Gosh I love your studio. It's so bright and cheerful. I am looking forward to retirement. I really am. I just turned 60 and I'm not sure how long I can or will hold out. Insurance is the issue. Your little baubles are so pretty.

Congrats on the Etsy decision. With 200 followers here, you are bound to get the word out quickly when you are ready.
xx, Carol

Quayceetatter said...

Isn't it nice to be free as a bird after 35 years!!! Now you are on a different path in life...Enjoy!!
Love your Easter creations and seeing the spring flowers...
Linda in NM

Suztats said...

Happy Retirement, Judy!! Wishing you many years of happiness doing what your heart enjoys!
Your wee pink baubles are so cute! I can imagine them used in so many different ways!
Congrats, too, on 200+ followers: I'm not surprised. I always enjoy seeing what you're creating. I hope the Etsy shop is a huge success.
Is that 'ruffle' made from lucite?

Sharon said...

Congratulations on your retirement, Judy! I wish you much success with your Etsy shop and know you will come up with all kinds of adorable crafts in your special studio!

Heather said...

Happy Retirement Judy... and good luck with your Etsy shop, I am sure you will be very successful! Hugs.

MosaicMagpie said...

Well this is one info packed post! I love the little felted bobbles. The it a circle of ribbon? I love the name of your new etsy shop and I look forward to having a look around in it! Business cards too! All so very exciting. The BBC series, I have never heard of, but anything by the BBC is great. We have BBC series on our local public tv. Some of the series have run for years over and over. I watch them all the time...over and over. Seems I never tire of watching them.
So happy you are retired and can now really start to live!

Maureen said...

I've already congratulated you on your retirement Judy and hope you are beginning to get used to it. You chose a good day for your blog giveaway - it's my Roy's birthday! anyway - enjoy yourself.

Linda said...

I certainly hope your retirement and travels go well Judy, you deserve 'free' time after years of service. I also wish you well with the Etsy venture, and will be sure to visit your site. Good luck with it.

Love your studio, it's so light and airy looking.

Congratulations too on such a huge following, due in no small part to your warmth and happy disposition. I am not at all sure what the little 'ruffle' is made of, but it's cute anyway.

I would love to win anything you make, and good luck to all. Cheers.

umintsuru said...

Happy Retirement Judy!! Now you can do all the creating and gardening you wish.

Juli said...

I love the felted eggs! I'm jealous of your retirement, but two years from now, I'll be working on my first retirement (from the military).

Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Dianne said...

A delightful post as usual, Judy. So many lucious things to look at. The name you chose for your Etsy shop is spot on...good luck! Can't wait to see what you do with your crochet basket! Happy retirement, you deserve it.

Frances Leate said...

Congratulations on starting the next step of your journey and I hope it is very successful for you. You will probably soon wonder how you ever found time to go out to work!!! Lots of good wishes.

Bev C said...

Hello Judy,

A huge hug to you on your retirement. Hope all your dreams and plans come true. Good luck on your Etsy shop I am sure your creations will sell. Happy days.

p.s. love that crochet bunny doily

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello all My dear Friends. I would like to thank you all for stopping by my blog and leaving your well wishes for my retirement. I wish you all the best on the giveaway. Hugs Judy

Anonymous said...

Hello dear Judy,
What a lovely journey I go on when I take a walk through your blog, such divine art work, Spring has certainly arrived at your blog site, it is alive with colour and beauty.
I wish you all the best for your retirement with your sweetie Bill.
hugs to both
Lyn (Melbourne Australia)

Barbara said...

Hi,I have just enjoyed your blog -- wonderful! I LOVE your wee pink baubles, the added seed beads are the perfect finishing touch. Congratulations on your "new life" -- same kind of thing going on here. :) Life is good!

Michelle May said...

Happy retirement Judy! So glad you can enjoy all the fun things waiting for you on this new adventure! Your creations are fabulous and I know your Etsy shop will be very successful!
Wishing you lots of happiness and fun!

baukje said...

Congratulations on your retirement. 36 years being a nurse, mu goodness you must have seen a lot!!!!!!
Hope you can enjoy your free time now . Creating drinking coffee with your sweetie and travelling a bit.
I am sure you will be happy with all this 'free' time. ENJOY. And of course I want to win your giveaway. BTW I also have one on my blog!!!!

Kerry Stitch Designs said...

Hi Judy, I'm laughing about your retirement. I retired a few years ago and thought I would just sell a few items on Etsy - perhaps someone "might" be interested. Well, you know the rest of the story. But now I do what I love and never have to hear that alarm clock. Best wishes to you and your sweetie. Kerry

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