Saturday, November 24, 2012

Marble Masters at Blue Goose Gallery.

On November 11/12 GooseFire Gallery, Long Beach CA., hosted the very first "Marble Masters" gallery showing of fine contemporary borosilicate marbles.  My husband, Kenan Tiemeyer was extremely honored to be included among these incredibly talented 'Marble Masters'.

Some of the most recognized marble makers in the world were invited to participate in the show. These top "Marble Masters" included Mike Gong, John Kobuki, Gateson Recko, Josh Sable, and .Kenan Tiemeyer.  Two Japanese marble artists,  Yoshinori Kondo  and Ayako Hattori were invited, but unable to attend. Everyone of these artists have been making contemporary borosilicate marbles for a decade or more and has their own unique / innovative style.   Six other highly talented marble artists were also included in the event.  Each bringing an amazing collection of unique and creative glass art.

This is just a few of the marbles my husband had on display/for sale. The 'Eye of God' marble is one his signature designs.

Collectors and contemporary marble enthusiasts came to Long Beach, California from all over the United State to fill up GooseFire Gallery and were dazzled by hundreds of finely made orbs.

The "Marble Masters" are  Back row- Mike Gong, Zach Jorgenson, Jack Hanshaw, Gateson Recko, Kenan Tiemeyer, Tim Keyzers, John Bridges. Front row- Richard Hollingshead, Josh Sable, Jared Delong, John Kobuki at GooseFire Gallery.

For most, it was their first time attending an all marble show and were stunned to finally see so many beautifully made marbles in person. While many of the collectors have been acquainted with the artist's work on the internet, the experience of seeing so many outstanding pieces of art in one room was mind boggling. The experience of being able to meet and chat with the artists really made the event special. Many marbles were added to excited enthusiasts collections. In the end, everyone left with a feeling of satisfaction and gratitude for having been able to be a part of such an exciting event.
The event ended up being an overwhelming success and plans for a 2nd "Marble Masters" event to be held in 2013 are already being discussed.

The 2012 "Marble Masters" show set a very high bar that will be hard to top but it is certain that the artists will continue progressing their art and be will busy creative new dazzling orbs for 2013.

i wasn't personally able to attend the event with my husband, but am incredibly proud of him for his accomplishments and had to brag on him at least a little bit! ;)

Friday, November 23, 2012

1000 Fan Giveaway on FB!

In appreciation of reaching 1000 facebook fans, i'm having a  1000 fan giveaway!! Enter to win this lovely Woodland Gnome Bendy Play set!! Play set includes 1 woodland bendy doll, 1 toadstool table, 2 toadstool chairs, 2 wooden bowls, 1 broom, 1 wooden cake, 1 baby with hickory nut 'cradle'. First class US shipping is included in this giveaway. 

*If you do not live in the US, you may still enter but will be responsible for the shipping cost. 
Please use the Rafflecopter form to enter!!  You can visit the FB page and enter there or use the form below.  

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winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, emailed and posted on the site!  Good luck!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Melissa and Doug Terrific Twenty giveaway!

Last week i posted a bit of a teaser about the Melissa and Doug Terrific Twenty holiday gift list.  This list that can be found at the Melissa & Doug website, it gathers the top toys of 2012, with items for every child in every age range. Including arts and crafts, wooden favorites, educational toys, classic toys for toddlers, and gifts for big kids, too, this is a great place to start as you kick off your holiday shopping! 

  To celebrate, Melissa Doug are hosting a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page!
Every day this month, they’ll be giving away one item from their Terrific Twenty list to one of their lucky Facebook fans! So make sure you are entered in that!!

So, it's absolutely no secret that my family loves Melissa and Doug products! It started with my son who received a set of wooden blocks as a gift when he was 2 or 3. My boy loved it, and i loved the quality of it.  It was then handed down to his sister, who at 6 still plays with it and is not quite ready to get rid of it.  Over the years we have acquired many Melissa and Doug toys,  favorites including the Farmer market/lemonade stand, all of their wooden playfoods and the Arts and craft sets!  They really specialize in creative, imaginative play and open-ended toys.   Over the last few years their product list has really grown to include even more great items.

Melissa and Doug is also generously giving one of my readers ONE toy of the winner's choice from their Terrific Twenty List!

Enter on the rafflecopter widget below!! You might have to wait for it to load.  GOOD LUCK!! Giveaway ends 11/18/12 EST.

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  *Thank you to Melissa & Doug for providing a product to me (my girl chose a Trunki) and one to giveaway to a lucky reader!

Kai's Lungfest (local event).


Kai’s LungFest, is a concert in honor of Floyd-area teenager Sekai Talley-LaRoche, who is in need of a double lung and liver transplant, it  will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Dogtown Roadhouse in Floyd, VA.   

This Music Benefit for COTA (Children's Organ Transplant Association) is in honor of a local teen, as he triumphs over Cystic Fibrosis with this magical, life-extending adventure! You can read more about it here.

If you can attend this awesome fundraising festival next weekend, please do! If you cannot make it, please consider contributing whatever you can to help an amazing young man get a new set of lungs.

You can make a tax deductible donation

via mail:

Kai’s New Lungs
PO Box 980
Floyd, VA 24091

Checks payable to: COTA (Children’s Organ Transplant Association)
Memo: Sekai Talley-LaRoche

Or visit the Website Donation Page:

100% of all proceeds will benefit COTA in honor of Sekai to assist with transplant-related expenses.

For more information contact:
Kai’s Krew: 540.745.4078 |
For more information about cystic fibrosis visit:
For more information about COTA visit:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Origami Butterfly Mobile

 This past summer we raised monarch butterflies again, like we do almost every year.  It's always fun watching the caterpillars grow, and then transform into their chrysalis. Then we patiently wait for the lovely butterflies to emerge so we can release them. 

Often times i will look up butterfly crafts, coloring page and printables to do while we observe the caterpillars metamorphosis. i looked up directions for origami butterflies and found a couple i liked. Then i found these cool butterfly printed origami projects.  There are easy to follow directions on the page. 

 My boy figured them out quickly, and was able to fold them without help. My girl (6) did need a little help lining up the points and creasing the paper.

 The site has templates pre-printed for Monarchs, Swallowtails, Painted lady and  Dianna Fritillary.  The templates didn't all come up the same size, so i had to save a couple of them to my computer then adjust the size, so they were life sized.  Then i made them into a simple mobile.

 i love the way our mobile came out! The backs of the butterflies are just white. So, i printed two of each butterfly, folded them and then paired them up so that there is a printed butterfly on each side of the string. i just used a bit of hot glue to stick them together and attach them to the string/stick.  The butterflies spin and dance!

This was really a fun afternoon project, and the fold that we learned with these printed templates could easily be used with regular paper, or origami paper to make simple solid colored butterflies.

Life Expressions Feature and Giveaway!

     This month, i am really hoping to feature and introduce you to some wonderful SAHM artists and crafters. We are really trying to focus on a handmade & local holiday again this year, although it won't be 100% handmade (my kids want legos and barbies). We can still make a lot of our purchases locally and from small businesses.
The first business i'd like to introduce you to is my Sister in law, Shawna.

A bit about Shawna: "My name is Shawna Lowther,  I am a stay at home mother of 4 and I love to create special, original signs and sayings for people.  All of my signs can be personalized and customized, you pick the saying, color of board, color of lettering and the size that you would like the sign to be. "

Shawna orders the lettering for each sing, and then buys the wood, cuts it, sands it, paints it and applies the lettering.

All of the signs are on real wood so they all have that uniqueness that wood grain and knots add.

You can check out Shawna's Facebook page, and by 'liking' it you are automatically entered to win a free sign! You can also look around at some of the items that have already been created, the different styles and the color options that are available. Shawna creates signs for every season, and occasion!

She is located in West Michigan, and takes custom orders for her signs.  You can also find her set up at local craft shows, and you can even book your own "Make and take" party if you live in the area!

i think the block sets are my favorite. She has several Autumn/Thanksgiving themed block sets that really capture the season.  She offers a variety of different styles, shapes and colors. You can view many different examples of her work here.

i also really love the family signs. She has some with the child's name and birthday, some with the family name and many that have wonderful quotes or sayings about family.  There is a really a huge variety to choose from and the design possibilities are endless!

Shawna has generously offered one of my readers a small set of blocks (up to 7) or a 6x24 sign of the winner's choice!!
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Snowflake Fairies.

 Snowflake fairies are appearing early this year!!  These ladies don't usually come out until after Thanksgiving! However, this year our early snowfall has brought them out of hiding!

IF you are interested in a snowflake fairy you can visit my Facebook page to see what is available or contact me at enchantedtree(at)

They each have a hat with  a snowflake embroidered on it.  They are 3" inches tall, without the hat and not recommended for little ones under three years.

i do also have a couple of the Autumn fairies left.  So if you are not quite ready for snowflake fairies (which i completely understand!! i do have just a few others available.

i've got a very busy weekend planned here, but am going to try and have a couple of giveaways posted for you guys!!  One will be for Life Expressions (my Sil's biz) and the other is for Melissa and Doug, We love their toys!!.

Also, i am almost at 1000 facebook fans! i'll be giving away a bendy set once i hit 1000 fans.  Yay for giveaways! It is so much fun to give stuff away!  :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Winter Visitors.

It seems a bit too early to be posting about winter birds, but with the early snowfall and super low temperatures i've been having a lot of birds visiting my feeders looking for food.  i love feeding the birds, and keep feeders out year round.  Our favorites are the hummingbirds, and i'm a bit sad that we won't be seeing them again until next spring.

Each season seems to bring different birds, and in the winter we will sometimes get migrating birds that just pass through for a day or two. Our most common winter birds are tufted titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, bluejays, goldfinch, juncos and pine siskin.  Occasionally we've seen Baltimore Orioles, Rose breasted Grosbeak and waxwings. We like to make special treats for the birds in December, and  in February we participate in the The Great Backyard Bird count.

This year i've had several purple finch visiting, and a pair of cardinals beside the regular birds.

My husband and kids bought me this feeder for my birthday. Isn't it lovely?  That's a male purple finch hanging out on top, i believe.  They look very similar to house finch, but are a bit different.  You can compare them here.  My females definitely resemble the purple finch more than a house finch, although i don't have them in a picture.

 Yesterday i received quite a surprise when i looked out the door! There were about 20 of these birds all over my bird feeders.  i have three hanging feeders and a log cabin style feeder on a post.  At first glance i thought they were goldfinch because of the color, but then realized they were twice the size! 

Turns out they are Evening Grosbeak. This is the first time i have ever seen one! They have visited the feeders two days in a row now  (completely cleaned out all the sunflower seed) and i'm hoping they'll return again tomorrow.  Always exciting to see a new bird/butterfly/caterpillar etc that i've never seen before.  i think this weekend we'll make some birdseed cakes and see what other wonderful winter birds we can attract!

Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway!


 The holidays are just around the corner, so you know what that means….it's time for the Melissa & Doug “Terrific Twenty” list! This list compiles the “best of the best” holiday gifts for the 2012 holiday season, and i'm excited to share it here with you!  They have great gift ideas for all age groups!

A few of our favorites include the Fashion Design Activity kit. My daughter received this for her birthday earlier this year and loves it!   This fashion-plate rubbing set lets design-inclined kids create a wardrobe full of fabulous fashions!

We also love the Melissa and Doug line of arts and crafts!  These new "Stained Glass" Peel & Press Sticker by Numbers are really cool! This guided Peel & Press Sticker-by-Number arts-and-crafts activity gives young artists everything they need to create a shimmering "stained glass" light catcher. The results are gorgeous!


The Trunki is another favorite item! The new Tie-dyed swirl and tied dyed Swizzle are especially cute! These sturdy, child-size suitcase are always ready to roll, with room for lots of stuff.  These are great for toy storage as well as travel!

To celebrate, Melissa & Doug is hosting a “20 Days of Terrific Twenty” Giveaway on their Facebook page!

Every day (starting TODAY, November 6) They’ll be giving away one item from their Terrific Twenty list to at least one of their lucky Facebook fans!

So make sure and "LIKE" MELISSA & DOUG on Facebook for your chance to winAlso, check back on my blog  as i'll have a very special Melissa and Doug giveaway for my readers coming soon!!! :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Handmade and Local Gift Guide- 2011 Revisited.

 Last year i put together a gift guide with some of my favorite handmade and local shops. i thought it was a great way to help promote friends, family, crafters and small businesses that i love. 

i wanted to put together a new one for this year, and decided to look up last years post as a template.  However, last year's gift guide post is missing.  i checked dates, did searches...went through the posts month by month...but it seems that Blogger decided to eat the post. Who knows how many other posts have spontaneously disappeared? :( 

Thankfully i still had the picture saved on my pc.  So here is the list i put last year. Please take a minute to check out some of these fabulous shops!

1. Bee Kind Family Farms is a small family farm, focused on : sustainability & Love for mother earth.  This shop belongs to my friend Jaime and her husband who reside in the blue Ridge Mountains of NC. They sell honey, beeswax products and organic/hemp clothing. You can connect with them 
Bee Kind Family Farm on Facebook.
You can also follow their journey in homesteading on their blog

2. Red Rooster Coffee Roaster is artisan roasted in small batches, one block from the only stoplight in Floyd, VA. It is my local coffee shop, and one of the regions only Certified Organic Fair Trade coffee roasters.You can connect with them 
on their Facebook page
and on their website.  

3. Seven Feathers Tribe makes the most fabulous felt toys, and clothing. (check out her arm warmers!!)  Cre the seamstress behind these wonderful items is an incredibly sweet and talented WAHM of 6!  Also located in the Blue ridge mountains of  NC.  You can connect with them
Seven Feathers Tribe on Facebook. 

4. Simple Bright Moon specializes in handmade organic/hemp clothing and the adorable owl pillows featured above. Located in Boone, NC Abby uses fabric and materials that are locally bought or hand dyed hemp by a fellow artist.
Connect with Simple Bright Moon Clothing on facebook.

5. Patchwork and Pinecones / Pixy Patch are the online shops of my friend Danielle. She lives in a small town in Amish Country, Pa. which has a long history in quilting and patchwork. She makes a variety of great gift items including reusable produce bags, aprons, headbands and more! Connect with Pixy Patch on Etsy
and on Facebook!
Also check out her food blog.

6. Tangled Up in Yarn is my friend Angie's crochet business that allows her to stay at home with her children.  She makes fabulous crocheted hats, ear warmers and costumes here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA. Her hats are the perfect gift for the little ones on your shopping list.

7.  Old Gates Farm is a small farm in Castleton, VT where they raise pastured meats and eggs, veggies and bottle their own wood-fired maple syrup. The Old Gates online store is a spot for them to sell handmade soaps, hand knit goods, farm photography and maple syrup.
You can also follow their wonderful blog .

8. Life Expressions By Shawna Lowther.  Shawna is one of my SILs, she is a stay at home mother of 4 and loves to create special, original signs and sayings for people.  Her signs are made with real wood, so that all have that uniqueness of the wood grain and knot.  The signs can be personalized and customized, you pick the saying, color of board, color of lettering and the size! You can connect with her on facebook.

9. Tiemeyer Glass is my husband's website.  Although he typically specializes in marbles and pendants, during the holidays he makes icicle ornaments, and glass pens.  These make great gifts.
You can connect with him on Facebook.
You can also see more of his work on his website Tiemeyerglass,com.

10. The Enchanted Tree is my online shop. i started off selling handmade clothing and beadwork online back in 1998.  Over the years i've changed my focus, and played around with different mediums. Right now i'm focusing on my little bendy dolls, but plan to be selling Waldorf dolls in the near future. i also hope to eventually get back into beading one of these days. :)
You can visit my (neglected) website here. 

11. The beautiful crocheted boots are the work of my SIL, Kaytlyn.  i'm not sure she is still running her Etsy shop though, so i don't have a link to share at this time. 

12. BigFam15 is my Inlaws Etsy shop. They specialize in reasonably priced weaving and spinning tools made from rescued, saved, or recycled wood.  You can find mini looms, drop spindles, shuttles, warping bars and more!

i hope you enjoy the list, and take a few minutes to peek around some of these fabulous shops! i'm working on a new gift guide for this year and will be featuring a few different artists and crafters in the coming weeks! Don't be surprised if i have a few giveaways as well!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

IVE Fall Festival and Dugspur Halloween Carnival.

This weekend we had a couple different Halloween activities to attend. Our little school IVE put on a Fall Festival.  It's a fundraiser event with venders, bake sale and carnival games for the kids.  Last year we set up a table and sold some of our goods. This year we didn't sign up because Kenan was out of town for the weekend, and i  really didn't have enough stuff to set up a table.

We still stopped by to support the school, and spend a little money on carnival games and venders. The festival was pretty much empty. Maybe it was the time we were there, but maybe not.  It always disappoints me that more people do not come out to support the school.  We saw one little boy from my girl's class with his grandma, and one boy from my son's class with his mom. There were just a handful of people there.  i can't imagine they were able to raise very much money for the school, and honestly i'd be surprised if many of the venders return.  :(


The kids had a great time playing the games.  The school had two rooms set up with simple carnival games. 

Sage really liked the treasure dig.  Each of the treasure chests had a number inside, and  the kids could chose a prize from the prize table with the similar number.

The prizes were all junk from Oriental trading company, but the kids think they are the best thing ever.  It was just nice to come out and support the school.

After leaving the IVE fall fest, we came home had a quick dinner then got dressed up for the Dugspur Halloween Carnival.

The Dugspur Carnival has a costume contest, so my boy was exited to get dresses up in his Ent costume. i really failed to get any good pictures of it. It's such a cool costume, but doesn't look like much in the photos. This was before he had his gloves on. The gloves have branches hot glued to them. :)

His shoes too were covered in dried leaves. :)  i was actually able to make these without ruining his shoes. The leaves are glued together, but they are not actually glued to his shoes.


The Dugspur Halloween carnival was again very dead and disappointing. It's a free event to attend, you can purchase tickets to play the games and they sell food and snacks. This is put on by the Volunteer Rescue squad.  You would really think more people would come out to support it. 


Just to give you an idea of how small it was...there were only 4 kids in the 3-6 age group for the costume contest.   My girl was originally planning to be a vampire, but changed her mind to a pirate that morning. So she's wearing a vampire dress that i had found at the thrift store and a felt pirate hat (i had made that morning) and a sword. :)  She was very disapointed she didn't win the costume contest.  Rapunzel won as most original and the Ninja won for scariest. 

There were only three kids in my boy's age group (10-13).  My boy won as most original, the devil girl won scariest and the boy in blue was given the tie breaker prize...since they had three prizes and only 3 kids.

It was really sad to see such a low turn out.  It's so wonderful that they put this together for the children of the community, so i really don't understand why more people don't attend.  i have to wonder if they were even able to cover their costs of putting it all together.  It was run by volunteers, but they were serving hotdogs/hamburgers etc.  They had a huge table of prizes for the games, and 3 costume contest prizes for each age group. They were prepared for a lot of kids. 

i just really hope this doesn't deter them from doing it again. We always enjoy attending  and will back next year to support them again.