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My First Nicho


I have been wanting to create a Nicho (shrine) for months now.  Of course as with everything new I create I did my research. I spent hours on the internet looking at nichos and trying to find what I needed to make mine.

I knew that I wanted my nicho to be centered around Our Lady of Guadalupe, but I could not find a small statue that I thought did her justice. The mini dashboard statues work great for nichos, but the only one I could find depicted her with a purple face and I just have an issue with that. Finally after months of looking I found the one I wanted to use. It was hard to find, there aren’t that many out there as it was made and sold in 2000. As luck would have it I found two and snatched both of them up.  

Here is my nicho:

The backing is black velvet that I reclaimed from an old skirt that I found hanging in the back of my closet. 

The back:

I typed out and printed the prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe and decoupaged it to the back of  the nicho.

This was a labor of love and devotion for me.  I look forward to making more.  Check out my shop in the future, some may even find their way there.


Tyranny and The Etsy Teams


Every Etsy team has it rules that need to be followed. Some team rules are basically “Just be respectful to one another.” Some are down right ridiculous and run as if they are a small country and the team captain is the dictator.

I recently had an occasion to deal with the latter. I created a treasury that I just loved.  As with all treasury curators I was hoping for the greatest of success, first page at the least.

I went to work full force on promoting. Posting like a woman on a mission. I posted on several teams that have a requirement that you visit a certain number of treasuries posted before you and comment on them. No problem. I did just that. Some were quite good and I even gave a click to the old favorite button to share them with members of my circle.

Well in my haste I forgot to do that with one of the teams. You would have thought I had committed a felonious act!  I received a message from the Gestapo, also known as the team captain, chastising me as if I were a 3-year-old child who’d just poured red paint on the newly laid white carpet. I was advised that my post had been removed and I was not to post on the team discussion board at all until I had corrected my error.  I half expected the Etsy Police to kick down my door and drag me out by the hair, kicking and screaming.

Needless to say this message angered me. If I had been an habitual rule breaker or had been warned previously I would have accepted this reprimand, but that was not the case. It was an honest mistake and yet I had been spoken to like a naughty child or an habitual offender.  I’m not a rebel or a rule breaker, I generally just go along with the flow and mind my own business,  so this didn’t sit well with me at all.

Of course I went back as soon as I read the message and complied with the rules, and then I went for a long walk so that I would not write an angry message to the team captain, I do have some self-control.  

While mulling it over in my mind I realized that for some of these team captains this is a little slice of power.  They make the rules and their “followers” have to abide by them or they are reprimanded and/or thrown out of the group.  Oh what power and so easy to obtain,  it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to create an Etsy team.  Anyone with half a brain and an etsy account can create a team,  make some rules and start their reign of power.

So yea if the Gestapo gets word of this post I am sure to be tossed right out of the team.  I’m shaking in my boots at the mere thought of it.

On a side note, my post was reinstated and not one of the team “followers” has commented on it!  Maybe she’s loosing her grip on them.  Could this be a sign of an impending coup?

Where has the Time Gone?


I have been a bad bad blogger!  Sometimes life just happens and things get pushed to the side.  My poor little blog was among the things pushed to the side.

In the past few months I have lost people in my life that I really expected to be there forever.  My mother passed away from cancer at the end of March and on July 3rd my father passed away as well.  We buried him on July 8th, my birthday. 

I gave up Facebook due to some unpleasantness that was taking place.  I was sad to lose my Facebook  friends and my fan page, but I felt that it was what I must do.

I have been putting all my extra time and energy into my shops.  Yes I said shops.  I have opened a new shop in addition to Mama’s Sewing Room.  Mama’s Sewing Basket carries supplies, patterns, fabric and other odds and ends.  Here is the link to Mama’s Sewing Basket

Mama’s Sewing Room has also gone through some changes.  I now carry Dia de los Muertos bobby pins, compact mirrors and altered art journals. 



If you have stuck with me through this rough spot I thank you and vow to post more often.  That is all for now.  I hope you look  forward to more posts in the near future.

It’s Amazing What One Little Idea and a Group of Tenacious Mamas Can Achieve Part II




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Foto Font

LovelyLove Designs

Serenity Designs

Cat Mother

Annabelle’s Closet

Gymboree Closet

My Little Men’s

Vanessa Attwood

Halo Boutique

Pipsqueak Bowtique

Sweet Marie Designs

Beaner’s Bands

Piggy Tails Bows and More

Kara’s Closet

Paradise Productions

Dazzling Darling Designs

Tilly Designs

Lil’ Fairy Boutique

Angela Hoehn


If I missed anyone please forgive and let me know so that I can add you to the list.