Spotlight Friday: A courageous hamster

“Mom, can you come here” I heard while getting the lunch boxes ready for my kids. It was about 6:30 am and I was still a little sleepy.  “hold on, can it wait a minute?” I hollered back.

“aehm…, can you come here now” was the immediate answer. So I put my knife down, cleaned my hands and made my way to my kids room. “Funny, why is the door closed” I thought while I walked into her room.

Then I saw her sitting on her bed looking like a picture of misery.  “what is wrong?” I asked her. And she said “he is gone” and pointed to the hamster cage. “what do you mean he is gone?” was my question. And as I looked at the hamsters house I saw no Dusty.

Oh no, now my thoughts went into overdrive. Where could this fuzzy little thing have gone to? First I told her to pick up everything from her floor. Then look under all your pillows and sheets.

Then she found some fluffies from her friend and said “oh he was over here, but he is not here anymore”, got a flashlight to look behind her bed. No hamster there either. I had accidentally left her room door open and in comes our cat. While I was trying to chase him back out I looked under the table where the hamster lives and thought, I have not looked there yet. I picked up the top of the Pirate play mobile ship and there he was. Giving me a look like “finally you come to rescue me, about time!” After he was back in his cage he went straight to the water and filled up his little poor belly.

I don’t know what his plans where, if he was planning on playing Pirate games or if he was planning on going on a cruise and forgot to pack his bag and lunch, he sure gave my little one a heartache this morning.

I still don’t know how or when this little fuzzy friend escaped. But I sure hope he learned his lesson and will stay home in the future. Unless he really wanted to sail away and experience the big wide world of adventures of our house.


These cute little critters can be found on Zibbet.

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Hamlet Hamster Needle Felted Shakepearian Art Doll Made to Order by Mythillogical

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Hamster Pet ID Tag by ebonypaws

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Cute Hamster – Cross-stitched Bookmark by FarAwayDesigns

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Nava Pets Dry Small Pet Conditioning Shampoo by NAVAPETS

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White Banded Hamster in a Custom Needle Felt ornament by FibreHeart

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Digital Image – Sax Hamster by SentimentalSusan

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Freddy Krueger A Nightmare on Elm Street Mouse ornament macabre cute felt hamster rat mice by TheHouseOfMouse

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Cute Animal Art Woodland Nursery Prints by johnwgolden

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Gerbil portrait rodent rat mouse pencil painting Sandrine Curtiss Art Limited Edition Print ACEO by Sandrinesgallery


Might have to double check in on our furry friend a little bit more often. Maybe he was a little bit lonely and just needed some company and someone to cuddle with.


aw, so many happy hamsters on Etsy, had to put them together in a treasury.

So what kind of escape stories of your pets can you share?



Spotlight Friday: life on a swing

As a kid I loved swinging. Actually I still love it. I always tried to swing as high as possible to see if my toes could touch the sky. Then how my belly tickled when I came back down.  I used to sit on a swing for hours. 

Now my grown up behind does not fit on any playground swings anymore (not that grown ups are allowed to swing there anyway)so I will swing on either tire swings or a glider chair will do as well. I love sitting in a swing chair while enjoying a good book too. Oh and I love me a good hammock. Laying, swinging and watching the clouds go by.  Have to put that on my shopping list. Ours broke a couple of years back and I miss it ever since.

I enjoy the back and forth movement, it is so soothing.

Why is it that this gives me such a pleasant feeling?  I believe swinging relaxes the mind, calms you. The back on forth movement just has something soothing.

I think I need a swing back in my live, to wind down those hectic days.

This is my brother and I , around 1975/76


All those memories inspired me to work on a Mouse wreath. I wanted Spring, I wanted flowers, I wanted fun and I wanted it to move. And I think I accomplished it. duo

The only problem I have now is, do I put it in my shop so somebody can have it in their house or do i keep it?  Or do I just make another one?

Then I went to Zibbet to see what kind of swings I could find there:


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Rabbit girl on swing tinted pink by Ruffles and Roses

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Huge Tree With Swing and Dog Wall Decal Sticker by dabbledown

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the baby boy swing by Uncledudescrafts

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THE SWIMMING HOLE – Greeting Card or Fine Art Print by tornpaperco

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Wooden Baby Swing UNPAINTED by thewoodenhorse

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Vintage Asian Vase, Girl On A Swing Flower Vase by inanotherlifedesigns

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Children at the Park Personlized Dish by thebrickkiln

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Custom Made Cradle Hammock – Cafe Caramel by AngelsPurplePantry

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White Handwoven Hammock Natural Cotton by hangAhammock


Are these cute or what. This just makes me want to go outside and get on a swing.

Swinging makes me feel free. Free from the hectic, the daily routine, my thoughts and so much more. Swinging is like therapy.


Finding all those wonderful items on Etsy, which I put in a treasury for you just gets me all antsy.

I had to share this one too



sometimes you just have to be naughty ….




Spotlight Friday: waking up from Winter

Yes, this year I am really ready for Spring. It was a weird and wet Winter. I am finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel for my health. My energy levels are not hanging out in the fatigue section all the time anymore. I still have some days where I am really dragging my feet.

The other day I was trying to explain to my hubby how being fatigued really feels, because he keeps telling me “why don’t you just take a nap”. If it where that easy I would.

Fatigue is a nasty bugger that comes with ITP, if you have it  you are tired, depressed, have muscle aches, mood swings, dread the next platelet count, or are just plain scared.

My body is constant in overdrive  creating platelets and destroying them at the same time.

What is it like to have fatigue (it is really awful) and how can we explain fatigue to others who have never experienced it? (almost impossible)

Fatigue can vary from day to day or from morning to afternoon, from one hour to the next, even from one minute to the next.

Perhaps the best place to start is to tell people what it isn’t. Fatigue is not sleepy tiredness.  It won’t be sorted out by having a good night’s sleep or a nap in the afternoon.

This is how I tried to  explain it to my hubby  and hope he could  relate  to the feelings of fatigue to experiences that most people have had before. That way he could access his own memories and, hopefully, feel again the heaviness or disorientation or other unwelcome sensations so that he felt , rather than imagine it in a rather theoretical sort of way.

I asked him to remember the worst hangover he’d ever had. Think about what the circumstances were, exactly how he felt when he tried to get out of bed, how he staggered downstairs and how rough he felt for the rest of the day.  Relive the memory strongly for a moment and then file it for later.

Then  I asked him to think about the worst jet lag he’d ever had. How exhausted and disorientated he was.  Did you feel really tired but couldn’t sleep at the right time of day? Bring this experience strongly to mind and then store that memory for a moment.

Recall the worst flu you ever had. How awful you felt all over, how getting out of bed was a struggle or almost impossible, how every little thing made him feel worse.

The next was to get him to imagine what it might be like to have all three (a hangover, jet lag and flu) at the same time, to recall both the physical and the mental feelings. Horrendous! How bad would that be?

Now ramp it up and ask yourself to imagine that everything is ten times worse than you just imagined. It could be almost like going unconscious – a bit like fainting but without the woozy- sick sort of feeling. This is becoming unimaginable for anyone who has not been there but hopefully it makes the point about how bad fatigue can be. The frequently heard comment that “everyone gets tired sometimes” is way off the mark.. Sometimes hits me like a train from one second to the next. Did he get it? I guess not, but at least I tried.

But that is why I love this time of the year, SPRING. Everything renewing, coming out of their winter sleep. This year I finally have a little bit more energy and the desire to work in my yard and make it look nice again. The last two years I couldn’t even bother to think about taking the shovel in my hand.  I have to be careful to not overdo it and crash the next day.

Yesterday I planted some bulbs and can’t wait to see them peeking through the dirt. I love the smell of fresh dug up dirt. Pouring water on it and then patiently wait for the first little green to show. It makes me feel like I get a chance to renew myself again.

Here is what I found on Zibbet all those wonderful Spring items. If you’d like to see it a little closer, just click on the picture or the link below and it will take you to the shop.


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Green tatted flower and leaf earrings by CristinaMyCrochet

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pair of butterfly wing shadowboxes by colorstorydesigns

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Spring – Rose mosaic tiles – garden planter by dkshopgirl

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Spring Fresh! by Whimsy

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Ladybug Bottlecap Pincushion
by CreativeMiscellany

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Daffodil Flower Essence, Handmade with Love – 5 ml.
by walkinthewoodsllc

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wide brimmed cream straw by AStepIntoThePast

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Lemon-Lime Ring by DriftwoodDesigns

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Hand painted women dress/Black embroidery by zayade


Now let’s go discover Spring on Etsy. I created a Treasury for you to enjoy.


My kids love that the sun is out more again and that they can enjoy the time outside, they do not like that there is more bugs and bees. I do have quite a few lavender bushes in my garden and they attract all these buzzing creatures. It is so nice to watch them feed and rest on the bushes.

What is your favorite part of Spring?




Spotlight Friday: Labeling, Tagging, Branding

The last few months I have been doing a lot of thinking about which direction I want to go with my HandmadeFuzzy business. Then a few days ago I was told that my knitted mice are known under a certain name.  That made me really proud. I put a lot of work and love in all those little mice and they are all one of a kind with a one of a kind personality as well.

This brings me to my pondering over the last few days. If my mice have already been named, why don’t I use this to brand them. I am still in the beginning stages.

Earlier in the days all  it took to be successful in business was to make a product of good quality. The word spread and everyone would buy. As long as you made sure that your product quality was superior to the competition, you were pretty much set.

It didn’t happen over night, that all of a sudden people would buy a certain brand over an other one.

In the middle of the 20th century, companies saw a need to find a new way to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

This required an understanding of the target consumer and what we call a “branded proposition” that offered not only functional but also emotional value.

This was the start  marketing where winning the customer over was determined by understanding the consumer better than your competitors and the tweaking  the total “brand mix” right. This means more than the logo, or the price of a product. It’s also the packaging, the promotions, and the advertising.

A brand (or marque for car model) is a name, term, design, symbol or other feature that distinguishes one seller’s product from those of others.[2] Brands are used in business, marketing, and advertising.

The word “brand” is often used as a metonym referring to the company that is strongly identified with a brand.

The oldest generic brand, in continuous use in India since the Vedic period (ca. 1100 B.C.E to 500 B.C.E), is the herbal paste. Roman glass makers branded their works, with Ennion being the most prominent. The Italians used brands in the form of watermarks on paper in the 13th century.

By the 1940s, manufacturers began to recognize the way in which consumers were developing relationships with their brands in a social/psychological/anthropological sense.

Manufacturers quickly learned to build their brands’ identity and personality such as youthfulness, fun or luxury. This began the practice we now know as “branding” today, where the consumers buy “the brand” instead of the product. This trend continued to the 1980s, and is now quantified in concepts such as brand value and brand equity. (wikipedia)

Brand awareness is a customers’ ability to recall and recognize the brand, the logo and the advertisements. It helps the customers to understand to which product or service category the particular brand belongs and what products and services sell under the brand name.

This brings me back to my mice. How can I “brand” them? Do I want to put a permanent tag on them? Do I add a “birth certificate” ? Will it work to have a removable tag? Those are things that I am pondering on at the moment.

So let’s see if I can find inspiration on Zibbet:

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Personalized Hand Stamped by natashaaloha

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discs for Crafts, DIY projects- Name tags by JTLCREATIONS

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Vintage Fork Hand Stamped Garden Marker by OldeDogNewTricks

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14 fancy tags with 28 Prima hydrangea flowers by shabbybeautiful

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Crane origami gift tags by CraftyLogic

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Songbird Garden Markers Seed Tags by markmygarden

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Heart Tags by Fred and Mia

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Tag, Bottle Charm Decor Vintage Hand Stamped Spoon by OldeDogNewTricks

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Primitive Crow Tag by monkmama54


Those wonderful items already sparked my wheels. You should look at my piece of paper over here with all those ideas scribbled on it.

Those are the items I found on Etsy, and put into a Treasury 


This calls for a trip to the craft stores this afternoon, to get some more inspiration and narrow my ideas down. I want to get it right.