Another year has almost come and gone...some think of "out with the old and in with the new". Some think of New Year's Resolutions. Some think of change....and some like me, well they just may think of all the things that they wanted to do and time just has a way of slipping away....so many random thoughts I have at this moment.

This year has been givin wings and it took flight. My how time flies. I was looking at some pictures just last night and my how my children have grown. I promised my little Ninny that I would paint her room this year, well I purchased the paint and next month turned into several months later. I did get her room painted! I feel horrible thou, it was purchased Dec. 26th of 2007, how terrible. I was telling my son that and Ninny said, that is okay Mom, I know you were busy and you had to work. What a very understanding little girl. I had made a promise to her, to paint it this year and I did...just a bit later then I wanted too. Niiny is one happy little girl now. She loves her room. I am so happy that I got it done.

Over the break the kids and I (along with my sister and my Mom) we went and seen the Nutcracker Ballet, made cookies, played games, spent time at my Mom's for Christmas and we have cleaned. I think we have been bitten by a "Spring Cleaning Bug" and we have been going through lots of things and de-cluttering our home. That is a good thing. Makes ya feel good.

So, with that being said and the kiddies being on break, I have not worked on a thing. I think I needed a break and that will get my creating juices flowing.....I have many new ideas to share with you in 2009. Have a Safe and Happy New Year's Eve! See you in 2009. Blessings to you each of you, ~Tonya


~Merry Wishes~

From My Family to yours...Merry Christmas and a Most Happy New Year! I have had a very relaxing day today. No rushing around, just a quit day with my family. We had our Christmas today (because hubby has to work this evening and tomorrow).

I just wanted to say, I hope you all have a Blessed Christmas and make some wonserful Memories that will last a lifetime. MY WISH for you...click here and turn up your speakers. Love his song and it means so very much.

I would like to share one more song with you, if you have the time. Change, is what most of us think of, when we "Ring in the New Year", so here is one more, for you to listen to. It has a slow beginning, but the words move me. I know both songs that I have links to on here, give me goosebumps, when I listen to them. Peaceful Blessings to you and yours. ~Tonya


~Minnesota Winter~

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Tomorrow is the first day of winter, but we have had winter here, in Minnesota for a while. Yesterday school was canceled...we received about 8+ inches of snow...
This picture is out my back window. You can normally see beyond the trees and across the field. We are in for more! I hope we escape some of it. My sister and my Mom were traveling in this and they said the closer they traveled to my area, the worse it got. Single lane driving my sister said...glad they both made it to their destinations safely. I am not going out today!
This is out my front window and you can not even see my driveway. You can normally see for miles across the drive. Yesterday was suppose to be my day to do my last minute shopping and get baking ingredients. I had most of the stuff for baking, but still needed some. Here, shelves sure are getting picked over.

I ended up taking the kids with me.....so much for that last minute shopping for them. I hope I can go some other time before Christmas. I didn't want to be out in the "Rat Race" any later then yesterday. On Thursday evening I was baking cookies for Jordan to take to school.....needless to say, they didn't have school---so we have lots of cookies! *smirk*

I did hit Jo-ann's yesterday. How could one not? They have a TON of 50% off Coupons and I used a good portion of them, on things that I need in the future. Not big ticket items, just small things. I did get a little storage things for my little charms/beads and such and that made me re-organize my whole work area in my kitchen. I try to keep it organized, since it is in the open. But when I am working like a crazy women at times....that area is hard to keep clean. People just have to understand, that is my work space and Thank goodness for Dining room tables.

I must get busy and get some things done. I told the kids on their days off, after Christmas we are going through and deep cleaning each room. Oh what Fun! But it must be done. Besides, they can help and it is good for them. I have grown to "lax" with them helping and it is time I take the "reigns" back. Have a great weekend. Toodles for now....I will keep my finger's crossed that I will still have my internet through all of this. ~Tonya


I listed these two on ebay last night, right after my handmades listed on my Selling Blog.....then, I was knocked off line again! I am getting very, very frustrated with it. I didn't even have dial-up. I have not had dial up (as a back-up) for a couple of months now. I don't much like dial-up, but I tell ya, it is better then nothing at all....

Both are listed for 5 days, to end on Sunday evening. I listed Merry Olde Soul, as a Buy it Now, so that if someone does want him for Christmas, they could purchase him and I could get him all packaged up and sent out priority...

I have much to do...I have not worked on anything for quite some time now. I must get busy. I was taking care of Ninny, the kitty and having a bit of a pitty party around here. Seems as if I am the only one around this house that have "limbs" that "function"...so, I have been a bit out of sorts lately and shedding a few tears. Not that ya'all wanted to know that...but thought I would share my past couple of days. So, with that being said, I hope to move past my sheer frustration and get some things done.

It is suppose to move above zero today (knock on wood) we shall see. At least the sun is SHINNING and that helps out so much. Have a grand day, ~Tonya


~In the NICK of TIME~

I have just listed several things on my SELLING BLOG at SALE Prices....just in the "Nick of Time"! I wanted to put them on my Selling Blog earlier, but my internet was JUNK because of the weather. So, be sure to visit my Selling Blog.

If you purchase them this week, I can ship them out the very next day. They will be sent out Priority, with Delivery Confirmation, to the lower 48 US States. I will still sell out of the US, but the shipping price would have to be adjusted. If you are interested in making any purchases or have any questions, please email me at dandtturvold@deskmedia.com All of them will be packaged beautifully and with a little something extra.

Thank you so much and have a wonderful evening. ~Tonya



Well, I have only a couple of minutes and my internet will go out! Yup, on and off all weekend and now today, most of the day it has been out! It is just too cold for the wireless and the tower on the water tower is freezing over. Techs can not climb the tower, with the windchill. School was even delayed 2 hours today. Just think of the poor kids that have to walk to and from school...if my kids had to walk, I would NOT send them to school in this COLD! It only takes a matter of minutes to get frost bit.

Last night, with wind-chill factored in, it was almost 40 below. Too damn cold for me! I can't get warm, all I want to do is snuggle up and sleep. The funace keeps running and running. My Ninny was home today, yup....last night she was "tossing her cookies" (to put it nicely). She didn't go to school today. Needless today, I did not get much done. She is feeling better and will most likely go to school tomorrow. Today, in the middle of the day it was still about -9. It didn't warm up too much.

I am sorry, I have not been able to stop by blogs and such....I hope things get straightened out here and that we warm up a bit. I hope ya all have a great evening. Stay warm! ~Tonya


**NEW Snow Girl Dollie**

And here she is! My Sweet Choc-O-latte Snow Girl. I thought she turned out so very sweet. She is in perty pinks and brown. She just looks so yummy and festive. She will be listed on Spooky Time Jingles for tomorrows update....

I made her a fancy neckline with light pink and chocolate. Her woolen SNOW pretty, can be removed. I have stitched a pin to the back. She is one of my larger dollies. She is almost 26 inches tall....
She has such an innocent look on her face. Well, I must get busy and update my page for Spooky Time Jingles. I hope you all have a grand day! For me, once I am done here, it is off to town I go. I must get some Christmas shopping in without KIDDIES. Just think, next friday is their last day of school...for Christmas break and I have lots to do before then. Toodles, ~Tonya

~Glitter your World Website~

I thought I would share with you, Annie has a NEW website! She has some more colors and also some shimmer spray. Her new website is ~Glitter your World~ You will have to go and visit.

Lots of posts for one day, I know. I tried to update last night, but my internet was out for a while...I have more to share today! Spooky Time Jingles is updating tomorrow...but I will post a picture of my Sweet Snow Girl today! She is so very sweet. She is a larger, normal sized dollie. She is in Chocolate and pink and just so very neat! You will have to be sure to stop back to take a peek at her. I am waiting for more day light, to take pictures.

Also, I have been given two awards from Jenny of Wonders of Whimsy and also Laurie of Monkey-Cats Studio. Thank you so much for the awards ladies, I sure do appreciate them...but always drop the ball on them. If I do not post them, please do not be offended, as I just do not find the time to play. Ta ta for now, ~Tonya

~A Blog Contest/Giveway~

Pea of ~Pea Picker's Primitives~ is having a Name Change Contest & Giveaway! She needs help with a new name for her handmades. Hope on over to her blog and check it out!

~Help for Hope~

This is Hope and NEEDS everyone's help. Several artists are trying to help out, by doing their part. You can read more about Hope on Angie's blog ~Love the Prim Look~

Hope is in desperate need of sponsors. She was found emaciated and will die without help. She came in from the Auglaize County Pound and is heartworm positive. A temporary foster has come forward, but the money for her treatment must be raised. If you can help this girl, please donate by paypal or send a check to APLMC, P.O. Box 663, Celina OH 45822.
Please mark that is it for HOPE!!

Angie has an offer on her blog for her lights and this is what she is offering to help Hope. Ok Ladies, I need help. I keep thinking about this poor dog. So here is what I want to do. Any light orders 20 count brown cord ($6.50 plus shipping) and any 35 count brown cord ($9.99 plus shipping ) will be 100 % donated to this dog. Please contact me at angiek32@roadrunner.com with any orders. Please let me know what color and scent you prefer. Thank you so much in advance and God Bless you for helping !!!

Pea of ~Pea Picker's Primitives~ is giving anyone a FREE epattern for just posting about Hope on your blog. She is just trying to get the word out about Hope. Please won't you help. If everyone gives just a little bit, Hope will get the care she needs. Thank you so much, ~Tonya



We sure did get SNOW!! We received so much snow, there was NO SCHOOL for my kiddies today. I also had to CANCEL the Vet appointment for that little calico kitty-cat that we are fostering. So, I was a bit upset about that. I wanted her to go to the vet, to be checked, get her shots and also get spayed/declawed. Yes, she is getting de-clawed too. We are paying for that portion of it. They told me that was not covered by the Humane Society.

I talked to them about de-clawing and they said, they would give us the same discount, they would give the Humane Society. I feel if she is to get adopted, it would be better to have her declawed. I think her chances of being adopted would be better. Plus, if someone adopts her and then wanted her declawed, she would have to go through that much more pain and go under again.

These are the pictures I was finally able to take of her, so that they can post them...for adoption. I think her name should be "Missy". Short for MISUNDERSTOOD and also MISCHIEF. Ya all have seen her getting into her mischief, but she really is a very nice cat, just misunderstood. I honestly think she would work better for a family without smaller children.

She has taken to me, but is still a bit leary of me at times. She runs for the hills, whenever the kids are around. She comes out during the day and in the evening, when it is just her and I. I thought since she was younger, she would adapt faster then what she is. Something very terrible must have happened to her. I thought we would have gained more ground by now and she would be more trusting by now. I guess we have some major walls to break down. She is a very beautiful kitty thou. We just have to take it day by day.

Other then keeping warm. The kids keeping me on my toes and trying to get work done, that is all I have done for today. I hope ya'all have had a great day. Blessings, ~Tonya


~NEW Journal~

I thought I would show you my newest journal that I made here. I really enjoy playing with the graphix and then putting these together. They look so much better in person. I added a silver glittered snowflake and a little heart with a key hole that says, "Made with Love"...
This one will be on listed on Spooky Time Jingles, for the update on the 13th...the price fo the journal is $19.75. That does include PRIORITY shipping, with Delivery Confirmation, within the U.S. It is basically the same price at the one on TDIPT Mercantile, it is just that the shipping is right in with the price of the journal...
This is the inside of the journal. After all, who does not want Peace on Earth...
The inside back cover. Remember, all these pages are printed on a single layer of paper, but the graphics I used this time, just really "pop" and there is so much texture to it...the aqua really looks like glitter, so very neat...
And this is the back cover. I love simple pinecones. I hope you enjoyed your peek. If you are interested in purchasing one of these journals, you can always contact me. We are in for S*N*O*W and a chance at a storm...I hope it all turns out okay. Have a wonderful evening, ~Tonya

~2 NEW Patterns & feeling Disconnected~

I FINALLY finished up my two patterns, that I said I would have done a couple of weeks ago. This sweet little Snowfolk is from last year and I have had many requests for this guy and I am glad that I can finally share it with you. Here is the link to Patternmart. I only have it on Patternmart at the moment...

And here is the other pattern that I finished...My Sweet Lil Belsnickle Santa. Here is the link to Patternmart for this one. And of course if you do not want to purchase them through Patternmart, you can always email me at dandtturvold@deskmedia.com or backporchpickins@yahoo.com

I was feeling a bit disconnected this weekend, I was without my internet for a couple of days and I could not email anyone back, no posts to my blog and I could not even send out invoices for my items that sold on ebay.

We started to finally decorate for Christmas this weekend. We have to finish putting the lights and ornaments on the tree this evening. We are behind, but we will get there. All in time. I will also post a peek of my Newest Journal today or tomorrow......it will be listed on Spooky Time Jingles and I hope to try to make something else for Spooky Time, but time is running out.

I hope you all have a great day. I must get to work and I have to also package up some things and run to the post office. Toodles for now, ~Tonya


~My TDIPT Swap~

I received my Swap today from Joyce of Ragpatch Primitives!
Thank you so much Joyce, I love everything...

Beeswax goodies, a yummy candle, Warm Vanilla Sugar Gel, room/linen spray, a handmade dishrag and so much more. There are a couple of close-up's below...

My sweet lil Snowgirl cupboard tuck, love her. A sweet vintage style post card...

Here is a close-up of the goodies! I already ate the wonderful candy in that lil bag. It was the BESTEST ever! I must try to get some more of that for me. *smirk* Joyce also sent "Cow Tails" for my kids (carmel and vanilla) so very thoughtful of her to think of my kids.

I so needed this wonderful package today to pick me up from our sweet Cassie passing away. She was so much more then a bunny rabbit. She was more like a kitty-cat and now we feel a "void" here at home. Time has a way of healing...Sweet Cassie is in Heaven with the Angels.

Well, other then staying warm and keeping busy, nothing much else is going on here. I hope you all have a great weekend! Toodles for now, ~Tonya


Great Sadness...

I went to feed Cassie tonight, when I was tucking the girls into bed and Cassie had passed away....sometime during the day. How very sad. I would always feed and pet her each night for quite a while, when the girls would be picking out clothes for the next day of school and such.

No for warning or anything, she was just fine. I think that is the hardest part, not being able to say good-bye while still alive. Poor Cassie. I hope she has wings as beautiful as she was to make her flight to Heaven. Peaceful Blessings, ~Tonya



I finished my SNOWFOLK Trinket Box and it is going on ebay this evening. I love these two color combinations...Robin's Egg Blue ane Creamy Chocolate. I am very pleased with the way that it turned out. I love playing with dots and such...
And I also finished up this FUN nodder. When I took pictures, the wind was just a blowing and well, it was a bobbing...nodders are certainly neat for sure! This one will go on ebay this evening too. They will list for 5 days and end on Sunday evening.

Other then working, nothing much else going around in my neck of the woods. Oh yes, I did get my swap partners box out and I just can not wait until she gets it. See, we know who we are sending too, but not who we are getting from. I hope to get my box this week some time as well. The deadline for shipping out was Dec. 1st, but you could ship as early as a week ago...so maybe mine is already in the way?

Any who, it is back to work for me....and tonight we are suppose to get some more snow. So Ta ta for now, ~Tonya


~Lots to Share~

I said that I have lots to share. Well, tonight I have BOTH websites that I sell on updating! I have several things available and here is a peek, at the things I have not shown you here...

This altered composition book is the first of many to come! Love playing with graphics (you all know that) and this is one of my first designs. You can see all the details, by clicking here.
I have finished the front, back and both of the inside pages. I was inspired by Lucille of LstL Clair Design Studio. But this I have created from scratch, with inspiration from her. I have several made and if you would like to purchase one, you sure can email me...

These Snow.Cones are going to be on ~Spooky Time Jingles~ The site does not update until later this evening, so I thought I would show you them here. Remember, Spooky Time Jingles is updating an extra time this month...so that you may purchase something and still have it in time for the holiday season....plus You asked for it! *smirk*

A little bit of a closer look. I do hope that you will visit both TDIPT Mercantile and Spooky Time Jingles. Both are wonderful sites, with many talented artists.

Also, I thought I would let you know, anyone that has purchased from me...knows how I package and if you would like to make a purchase for that "someone special" for the Christmas Season, do not hesitate to contact me. I would be more then Happy to ship your purchase to them, to save you time and money.

Well, I think that about covers it. I am just trying to stay warm, finish up my swap partners goodies and stay caught up. That is pretty difficult around here. I hope you all have a great Monday! Toodles, ~Tonya


~Santa Trinket Box~

This is my latest handmade. In person, he looks so much better. It was a day of overcast, so not the best of pictures, but will have to use them anyways. My first Santa trinket box, that I have ever made. The box it painted, stenciled, antiqued and sealed. He is the only one that I will make this year, as time is running short...
See how the box opens and you can put things inside or just leave it empty. I was going to put a "Believe in the Magic" on the box...but ran out of time....I think he still looks neat. I am also working on a Snowfolk one, my two favorite colors on dollies, robin's egg blue and chocolate brown....it is turning out so neat! I was going to put that on Spooky Time Jingles too....but that will most likely be going on ebay. Yes, the Santa Trinket box will be going on Spooky Time Jingles...only ONE available!

Well, hubby and Jordan were out chasing the deer again today *smirk* (muzzleloading opened today, so that is what they did). The girls and I went to the movies. We went to "Four Christmases", funny movie. I love holiday movies. It had a very sweet ending.

Well, I must get busy on updating pages for TDIPT Mercantile and also Spooky Time Jingles. Both are updating tomorrow evening for the 1st. I hope you all have a wonderful evening. Toodles for now, ~Tonya


~A Thanksgiving Wish~

Wishing you each A Blessed Thanksgiving. Each of us have so very much to be Thankful for. May you each enjoy this day with family and loved ones...and if you can not be together, may they be in your Heart, on this day and everyday. Peaceful Blessings to you, ~Tonya


~Make a WISH~

Happy Hump Day to YA! These are my latest little darlings....I am just tickled pink, with the way that they turned out and I could not have asked for a nicer day, to take pictures. It is a most beautiful day out there today. It is 39 out, the sun is shinning and it is just a perfect day for the end of Nov...
These two little darlings are going on TDIPT Mercantile for the 1st. Make a Wish Bunny Angels are lil sisters. They are my smaller dollies and are just the most adorable size. Lots and lots of detail and special touches added to these too...
I just thought I would show you what I have been working on. I was trying to finish up some smaller things for my website updates, but sadly my supplies did not arrive. I may try to make a smaller thing or two...we shall see.

I hope you all have a great day. I must go, as I have lots to do. Toodles for now, ~Tonya



This is the latest kitty that has "adopted" us! Yup, I think that King and this little kitty had a nice "talk" through the window. After "talking" this little kitty kept coming back for food and water everyday. She was a bit scared and we had to coax her in. The night we brought her in, it was soooo COLD, I could not just leave her out there...
No, we are not keeping her. She is sweet and getting better with each day. We have tried several times to contact the Humane Society, but they have not called us back. I did talk with a gal last night that works with the HS and she said that she would help us out and get us on the right track...

We are going to be her "Foster Home" until we can find her a home. She will have a vet check, get her shots and be spayed. She is very sweet, but she is really starting to feel quite comfortable...King was meowing at me and kept talking...well, I went to see yesterday what he was meowing about and this is what he was "telling" me. He kept meowing at me and then looking up! She is a small kitty and about 6 months old only.

That gameboard back there is only like a 12 x 12, so that gives you an idea, on just how small she is. We have had her for about a week now and today, she leaned to play. She would not even play with a string before...out other kitties showed her how to play. Before, she would just look at the string and didn't really know what it was for.

I must go, I have lots to do and I must put my girls off to Dreamland. Have a wonderful evening. ~Tonya


~More **SPARKLE**~

I thought I would let you all know Annie got MORE Glass Glitter in! She now has a total of 7 colors and more are to come. You can go and check it out on ~Blur.Baby~

Also, this evening...I will be listing our lastest little critter that has adopted us. Full of spunk and adorable...stay tuned. Toodles, ~Tonya


SOooo CoLd!!

My BELIEVE Banner is currently listed on ebay. It will end Sunday evening. No bids on it yet...but if it does not sell, I have myself one of my banners, which is just fine by me! *smirk* I love the vintage-style banners!

Today when I took the kiddies to the end of the driveway to wait for the bus....it was only 3 ABOVE and of course I did not park my van in the garage yesterda...so my windshield needed to be scraped! Ugh! I am not looking forward to what the next couple of months hold...

On another note, I was playing with some really neat Christmas graphics last night (up until 3:30 a.m. ------PLAIN CRAZY!) and I am making something, perharps for TDIPT Mercantile or maybe Spooky Time Jingles---we shall see. I am loving it thus far and for the first time this year so far, I felt Christmas in my Heart. Such a Magical Season and so many sights and sounds to behold!

So, I posted that I was up way late last night...a bit "wired", feels like I drank a pot of coffee, funny thing thou, I am not a coffee drinker. It is my predisone...for my asthma/bronchitis. Yup, sick from about 2 weeks ago yet. They say get pleanty of rest, but how can you, when the meds you take, make you wide away and wired? Yes, I am sick quite a bit, always have been as a young kid and use to it by now. It does not get me down much...so I am like the energizer bunny, I keep going and going....

So, I stopped down to my sister's store on Wed. and she has so many FUN and NEW things in her store! Got me some NEW stamps and also some really FUN PAPERS and such. I will be incorporating some of those papers into some of my creations with something NEW for these the website updates. Yes, lots of things going on at once. You will have to be sure to keep an eye out for the updates....because they are going to be your smaller items, more affordable for this time of year----they would also be good for gift-giving...

One last thing (geez I have written a NOVEL today so far) I have received some of THE MOST Heartfelt emails from my customers and each one is more precious then the next. I have only answered one of them so far and must do that after this post...but yesterday afternoon, last night past midnight and also then again past 2 am THE SWEETEST emails. I have some of the BEST CUSTOMERS! Thank you for taking the time to personally email me. It is so nice to have it come "full circle" and know how much each of you really do treasure and appreciate my Works of heART! I hope each of you have a great day and now I must get to work. Tata for now, ~Tonya


~Naughty or Nice~

At ~SpookyTime Jingles.com~ we will be updating the marketplace 2x this month to celebrate the Christmas season and bring you even more one of a kind handmade artisan treasures!!! Ya know what that means?

I have to update for two sites for the 1st of December...TDIPT Mercantile and Spooky Time Jingles. That means I have to get these tail-feathers shaking. *smirk* I must scoot. Ya'all have a good night. Toodles, ~Tonya

~Pretty in Pink~

This Sweet little gal is going what I have been working on. I had so much fun making her...a bit different for me and she is "pretty polished" for me, but it fits her perfectly. I thought I would just share a picture with you.
I put a little pink behind her eyes and I thought that was so neat! Jenny was so sweet to me and sent me some of her pink wool...back a while ago. I will be listing a BELIEVE Banner on Ebay Tuesday evening to end on Sunday, but need to take pictures of that yet...

This is another part of our family, that you have not met.. this is Sweet Cassie. We did name her Casper many years ago and low and behold, found out she was a GIRL! So she became Cassie. She is the sweetest rabbit and so loving. She will sit with you for hours. Yes, she stays in the house, in a cage and she is potty trained and goes in her little box, Very Smart!

I have so much to do and the day is a wasting, but I thought I would pop in and say HI. I hope you all have a Happy Monday. Ta ta for now, ~Tonya


~Glitter your WORLD~

I know I have lots of FUN with GLITTER, you should try it too! Annie, over at Allegheny Annies/Blur.Baby is now selling the ARTIST Quality Real German Glass Glitter, that I use!

I love this glitter and it shines like no other....hands down! She just started selling it and has already sold quite a bit! So hurry on over, before this shipment is gone! Annie has 3 colors to choose from now, but will be adding more colors soon. Toodles, ~Tonya


~Merry Olde Soul~

Here is a picture of my ~Merry Olde Soul~ on Spooky Time Jingles. I know I said I would not show pictures, but I thought I would show you the wonderful wool that I used. Of course I used Ann's wool...Fabulous Wool I might add! Ann is having a SALE on her wool. Hurry on over to her blog, before the sale ends...

This is a banner I just finished up for Ann. I really like the way it turned out. I made her a little banner for her Selling Blog. I have FUN with graphics, but I do not know all the in's and out's so of course it takes me longer then the norm.

Me and Ninny went to the Doctor yesterday and got us some medicine. So we should be "Good to GO" in a couple of days. Other then working on a custom order and finishing that up....and working on the computer, that is it. I hope you have a good weekend. Toodles, ~Tonya