Sunday, March 16, 2014

IS IT SPRING YET? Where is Mother Nature when you need her.

I don't know about the rest of you, but this winter as kicked my ass. The freezing temperatures have drained me emotionally & financially. Oh, how I long for spring! Call me crazy but it feels as if Mother Nature knew we rescued a dog this year and I would be spending more time than usually outdoors walking my furry little friend. Good Golly.
Bailey, our new family member, had a tough start. She was transferred from Florida to a shelter in New Hampshire, so the snow and cold temperatures were difficult to adjust to. As you can see from this video, though, she has come along nicely.
My hubby took this video on one of the many snow days here in MA. My daughter is laughing her butt off - she has her new best friend. Sorry for the quality. A cameraman Jeff is not!
Bailey has consumed most of the last few months. It it like having a new baby. We have had to rearrange our schedules; understand her needs; and find the perfect routine.
Tuesday, she begins her first "Ruff Diamonds" training class. This is a specific class for dogs who have difficulty socializing with other dogs. A class with dogs who don't like each other - wish me luck!
Bailey has been an excellent dogs in so many ways. She is fantastic with kids - a huge plus with all the kids in our neighborhood - and she loves to snuggle and have her belly rubbed ..... but, put another dog in her site, and she becomes unravelled. She barks and growls, lunges for them, and makes walking her difficult to say the least. So, training it is. We had to wait a bit for the class to start, but I am hoping this does the trick.
Coming from a shelter, I assumed she would be fine with other animals.  Not so. Who knows what she has experienced on the streets as a stray dog over the last few years. It may take awhile to get her more comfortable and realize that she is in a safe environment now; we won't let anyone hurt her. She has become very protective of the house and our family. Now we need to help her cope with her fear of other dogs. She will get there - she just needs the love and patience.
Any advise you all have would be welcome!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014


As with every new year, each one of us will reflect on events that have transpired over the last 12 months. We review our last year’s resolutions and many may be disappointed in the lack of achievement. Here I sit in the same boat, kicking myself for not doing all the things I “planned” on doing. I am, however, happy to feel more at peace than the year before.
I always start off with such high hopes every January...always giving it my best jump-start. Get healthy; get organized; spend less money/save more…yada yada yada.
Normally, I try not to make a New Year’s resolution list because of my failure rate, but secretly I have one or two "improvements" I do think about each year. We are all such over achievers, and when it doesn’t “happen”, we feel disappointed in ourselves. But why be disappointed? Of course we fail. We make a list of what we would like to change. The list is always far too long with little to no plan of attack – no deadlines, no agenda. It is no wonder that most resolutions are long forgotten before January is even over.
Let’s not beat ourselves up over it. Instead, reflect on all you have accomplished! And then, if you are still prone to adding a new goal for 2014, own it! Let it be as grand or as practical as you want it to be. Pick one thing, plot out the steps it will take to get there, make sure you add a deadline to each step, and then go for it!
For me, I am going to stick with just being happy with what positive things happened last year and leave it at that. The last few years have been stressful and I want to enjoy the positive moments of 2013.
Appreciate what has happened, enjoy the present, accept life as it comes, and stop stressing over the future.
Maybe that should be my resolution! LOL

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential." Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist.

Happy New Year! May you all find peace in your hearts, laugher in your souls, and the wisdom to appreciate the “now”.

BTW - Have the new camera - need to figure out how it works now :)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Season's greeting everyone! Santa here. Just wanted to let you all know that The LaChance family have been celebrating the season with family and friends. I did my best to make this Christmas extra special but I think the new dog Bailey stole some of my thunder. Thank goodness she didn't bite my in the cheeks while making my way through the house with presents.
Time for me to catch up on some needed rest. Blessings to all of you :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


My camera has ended it's long run and I am trying to find a way to get my pictures from Halloween and Thanksgiving downloaded and posted.....along with everything else that has been happening. I do have one happy picture to share. The latest member of our family. Bailey! We are hoping to bring her home next Friday. Yes, Friday the 13th. This may now be a lucky day for us from now on.
Look at that face!!!!!!!! What a snuggle bunny.

She was at a shelter in Florida which was going to put her to sleep. But a shelter up here in MA said they would take her so she took the long trip along with a handful of other unwanted dogs, only to have no room for her again. Finally, a wonderful shelter in Salem, NH took her in, and ta-da, we found her. We have been searching for a rescue dog that needed a sweet young girl like Julia to shower it with love. Though we tried for months, nothing was "perfect"...until Bailey. Julia fell in love with her from the minute she laid eyes on her. If truth be told, I took a shine to her too. I have never owned a dog; always been a cat lover. But this girl just had a sweet charm I couldn't resist.
Hope you all had a fun Halloween and Happy Thanksgiving. Let's hope my pictures can be saved so that I can share with you all later. For now, I guess we all know what I will be asking Santa for this Christmas!
Chow for now,

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Tuesday will be October 1st. Can I get a "Hey Ya!?!
So love this time of the year. The leaves are just starting to get hints of color. In a few weeks, we should be in full color. I get giddy thinking about it.
Funny thing about Fall, when I was a kid, I could have cared less about turning leaves. As a matter of fact, my Dad would drag my brother and I out for a ride with my Mom every October to look at the foliage, only to be met by groans and moans. Oh, the agony my brother and I felt hearing him say "Hey, let's go for an adventure ride and look at the leaves". NOOOO!
Years later as an adult, I moved from the South Shore of Massachusetts to the North Shore, and I was so blown away by the amazing color of the Fall. Call it what you will, but I was hooked. That first year away from home, as I found myself driving in my car gazing at the foliage, I stopped to pick up some special leaves to send home to Dad. It was a light hearted joke between him and I, and a clue that I had gown-up...figured it out. The foliage was amazing, just as he said all those years before. He took those leaves and pressed them in a framed picture of me on his desk. It is still there, 30 years later, even after his passing. Fall always reminds me of my Dad :) That, and candy corn....but that is a story for another day.
Say Cheese!
I finally finished up my JOL Shaker. I was hoping to re-open my Etsy store tonight, but I keep running into glitches. It has been a while since the shop as been dusted off, and things certainly look different. As I work out the bugs with the Etsy IT Team, I will keep posting pictures here of any new items.
I would love to start selling right from by blog but I know very little about setting it up. If any of you are out there with some experience or helpful tips, I would love to hear from you.

So here he is! He is fully functioning....another words, he is a "true" shaker. He makes a rattling sound when shaken. I had to create the basic hollow shape, fill him with rice or beads, and then sculpt his face with paper clay. Some crepe paper and ribbon and he is ready to party!
I was a little craft with these tiny blank canvases from Michaels. With some printed sheets of Thanksgiving postcards, I decoupaged the images, added a 1-step crackle medium on top and aged them. Created a hanger out of some fall greenery, a splash of glitter and ribbon...and tada!
Thanksgiving Ornies

Thanskgiving ornies. I like these. Pinterest is full of tags with vintage postcard images, but I love the canvas look and the crackle. It is hard to see in the pictures, but it gives it an antiqued painting vibe. They were quick and simple to make. I am definitely doing a few for Christmas.
On to the most important subject! Has everyone been out there shopping? I love hitting Target and Home Goods around this time of the year to see what adorable things are calling my name. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. Not much out there that is peeking my interest enough to slap down some cold hard cash. But, Target did have these adorable felted pumpkins. Large and smaller sizes and soo inexpensive. Super fun.
Felted Pumpkins from Target
Fekted Pumpkins from Target
And they also had these to-die-for owls.
Owls from target
A trip to Home Goods and I found and even better selection of the same owls with different colors and sizes! Damn, they make my heart sing. Love them.
More Owls but from Home Goods
Home Goods
Well, time to take a hot shower and get cozy!
Have a great night everyone. I will keep you posted on the Etsy situation.
Chow for now,

Monday, September 16, 2013


What a difference a couple of weeks makes. The first week in September was hot and muggy. It certainly didn't feel like the first day of school. But tonight is very cool and brisk, and it finally feels like  Fall has arrived. This is my favorite time of the year. The cool nights and sunny days, the smell of the air, and, oh the colors! Can't wait for the leaves to start turning.
Halloween Shakers - still have more to come.
I want to share some of the pictures of the completed Halloween shakers.
I have 3 new black cats. They took some time to do, but it was worth it. I wanted to be able to fill them with beads so they would have sound as a traditional shaker. I couldn't find a hollow pre-made paper mache form in the sizes I wanted and didn't want to wait to order I went ahead and made my own forms. Grabbed a couple of balls (LOL - sounds naughty!) and went to work.
New Black Cat Halloween Shakers.
Halfway through it, I will admit, I wished I'd just covered a solid styrofoam ball with clay and called it a day....but I am glad I didn't. I loved the way they turned out. Hope you like them too.
I still continue to make my traditional shaker designs because I always get requests for them each season. This year I added a twist to two favorite designs. I decided to make a "drum" design this year.
Halloween Drums
For those of you out there wanted to try your hand at making them too, they are made from 3 inch paper mache boxes. I punched holes on the side to run string through it with rusty bells on the end. When you spin them, they bang on the "drum" and make noise.
Hint: You want your dowel to stay secure in the box, so you need to run the dowel into the box before you glue it shut. Add a little clay and glue to the top inside and push the dowel through the bottom up to the top with the glue or clay (I used both - I wanted it to stay secure). Let it dry. This will keep it dowel from flopping around on you. Then glue the cover on top.
Back View
I wish I took some photos of the different stages. I really should start doing that so I can share with you all. Once I get going on something, I forget about the pictures...darn it.
It was my first attempt at these and as with everything, I wing it as I go along. I might make a few more and take some real step by step photos for you all.
Oh, and I got a little crazy and decided to do a three dimensional pumpkin shaker as well....and yes, I made the hollow form to be able to fill him with beads as well.
Hello there!
He is just a little naked -faced fellow right now but here is a sneak peek at him in his infancy. He will join the others hopefully this weekend.
Jess and Julia - First Day of 4th Grade
Before I say goodnight though, here is a picture of my peanut on her first day of 4th grade. She and her friend Jessica (on the left) are waiting for the bus. Good golly, she is growing up so fast.
Have a great night everyone!
Chow for now.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


I had another week off from work. My last for the summer. A few days at the lake and even more days in the basement cleaning and organizing boxes of "stuff". So much "stuff"! Where the heck does it come from?!
Next Saturday we plan a large yard sale and hope to get most of the mess gone. It is so nice to de-clutter :).
In just a few more weeks it will be school again. Can you believe it! Back to busy schedules, bus stops and homework. I always feel in a rush during those morning and I am not looking forward to 4th grade math! I never remembered school being this difficult when I was a kid. And what is up with the home work! Good Golly.
I worked on a few pieces during my days at home. I can't seem to focus on one holiday (as I nervously twitch one eye) LOL.
A Thanksgiving turkey. DONE.
New faces for this years shakers....some old favorites and some new. NOT DONE.
My desk looks like the Holiday Gods threw up all over it.
Chow for now,

Thanksgiving Turkey

Love the way the crackle turned out! 
Unfinished shakers. The cats still need there sticks and some crepe paper. The bottom two are similar to pieces I have done but I changed it up a little bit and added some rusty bells on the sides to spin and jingle..... they still need some crepe paper too. What a mess!