November 30, 2022 – What month is this, anyway?!

It’s the last day of November 2022. So much happened this month, but so little writing and tracking occurred. My very basic goal for this blog this year was to have at least one blog post per month. I failed back in July. But, that’s ok. I am catching up and moving forward. I am happiest when NOT sitting still.

A quick catch up. I participated in two craft fairs this month. They didn’t get added to my events page, but they happened. On November 12th I returned to St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair in Stoughton, WI. I had been waitlisted and someone fell ill. I was offered their spot and gladly accepted. It is always so nice at the St. Ann’s craft fair! The other vendors and customers are really nice people. As always, my only complaint is that I wish I had more creations to offer. I gotta get crackin’!

St. Ann’s Holiday Gift Fair 2022 – giggleFritz and Co. booth

The following weekend I attended a new craft fair for me, in Markesan, WI. This was a two day event – Friday night and Saturday during the day. The people here were also fantastic and sales were steady. I would attend this one next year.

Homespun Holidays Craft Fair 2022 – giggleFritz and Co. booth

We hosted our family for Thanksgiving this year. DD made this kooky pastel turkey in art class. Now it is the last day of November.

DD’s Pastel Turkey

That is my very quick rundown of November 2022. I am now off to the first Advent Service of the year. DD sings!

I hope your November has been a blessing to you and your Wednesday is wonderful!

Missie S.

September 14, 2022 – giggleFritz Email is Down

Hello, All! I accidentally found out today that my email is currently down. I hope we can resolve it quickly, but if not you can contact me at java4jane@gmail.com.

Funny story (not really), I tried to update my email address in Etsy. I don’t want to miss any order notifications or anything else. I type in the new email address and I get a window saying Etsy is emailing me a verification code I need to enter for the new email address to work. They sent the verification code to the OLD email address. That does me NO good. So, no notifications from Etsy, I guess.

Email is currently down ๐Ÿ™

I hope your Wednesday is going better than mine!

Missie S.

September 9, 2022 – A Beautiful Start to the ‘ber Months

Hey, Everybody! This is the very best time of the whole year! The ‘bers: SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, DecemBER. Here, in Wisconsin, the weather gets cold, the bugs die, yummy food is everywhere, and the anticipation of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas is large. Also, lots of birthdays. In fact, my birthday was last week and it was fantastic!

A few of my Favorite ‘ber Things

I will have a booth in the Oregon Fire/EMS Craft Show in Oregon, WI on September 24. I have been busy sewing memo books and Sock Monkeys for this important event. (I also need to stock my online shops as well.)

So, back to work I go!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Missie S.

August 31, 2022 – Summer Wrap Up and Coffee Break Fest Review

Hello, All!

This was a crazy, busy summer. I look back at my blog and see I have written nothing since June. Now that DD is back in school, it’s time to get back to work. I am stopping by just to say “hello” and share my annual Coffee Break Fest experience.

I absolutely love this craft fair! Every year we have such a great time. However, this year was a tough one. It rained. It poured. Maybe half of the car show participants showed up due to the rain. But it wasn’t hot and we had coffee and great music! Sales were not so good, but I take the responsibility for that. I didn’t put in enough effort this year, due to the “crazy, busy”. My booth could have been better stocked and it needs a face lift. Also, it rained.

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and you are looking forward to fall as much as I am!

Have a nice Wednesday!

Missie S.

May 16, 2022 – Here we are, the Middle of May

Hello, All! Happy Easter! Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Spring!

There, I think I covered it all, LOL! I haven’t stopped by here in a while because…pick an excuse. I’m busy, I have poor time management skills, I keep hurting myself in my quest to stay young…ALL of these things. ๐Ÿ˜€

What have I been doing? Well, not sewing enough, that’s for sure. Also, nothing very blog-worthy. I keep volunteering to do stuff at our school/church and have been thoroughly enjoying it. We have also been doing end of school stuff for DD. She had her first piano recital last Tuesday evening and that was very inspiring! In between everything I’ve been trying to keep up with housework, meals, errands, etc. You know, life.

Leading up to Easter our church put together a hand bell choir and I was fortunate to join it. I had never played hand bells before, but was assured there was nothing to it. In the beginning, I had one bell. It was easy and fun. At the end, I had two hand bells and two chimes. My friend next to me had four bells the whole time with some hand chimes thrown in at the end. Still fun, but challenging also. It was so much fun getting together once a week and working with those bells and people!

Hand Bell section of the Balcony at Church

Mother’s Day was so much fun. A few of us got together for brunch at a local restaurant. We don’t usually do a lot for Mother’s Day, but this year I felt like doing something different. My DDs were once again overly generous and gave me some wonderful gifts: flowers (real and artificial), my favorite coffee, cards, etc. Part of my youngest’s gift was a coloring sheet she drew and traced stencils on. I colored it the same day. (For someone who runs a “creative” business, I should really try coloring a bit more creatively! Oh, well. Strapped for time, remember?)

Mother’s Day Coloring Page

Two weeks ago softball started. I signed up for coed softball at our Church. I haven’t played in 8+ years and I am so happy to be playing again! I’ve had a bit of a rough start so far. During a practice I got pegged in the foot with the ball and at last weeks game I did so much sprinting my legs were screaming for ice packs at the end of the game. I’m doing much better today, though, and am looking forward to another fun/busy week.

First Night of Softball – Post game (a beautiful evening!)
Evening of Game 2 – Driving Home (pulled over to get this neat pic of setting sun)

What’s up next? In a few weeks, school is out. We get a week off of just being home, then we start our summer schedule with swimming and soccer for DD. She also starts Rubber ball this week. (We are really lucky to be taking swimming lessons. In our area there aren’t enough people who want to be lifeguards, so some pools are going to be closed for summer, or modified in some way to stay open.) We have 5K for Kids run in early June. I’m supposed to plan a family vacation for some time this summer. Coffee Break Fest in August. Lots to do.

I hope Everyone reading this is having a wonderful Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚

Missie S.