Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New chapter, new beginning, new location - oh my!

Hello friends!
It's been several months since my last post announcing our move back to the U.S.  Blogging and operating my Etsy shop are still on vacation mode. In the meantime, you can message me with any questions and requests about my shop items.

We are residing in a different part of the country than what we've been accustomed to - South Carolina. We thank the LORD for safety during the long trek, and the stops we made along the way to visit with family and friends were a blessing.

Emotionally and mentally, the transition back to the States has been unexpectedly difficult. Moving to Canada nine years ago - despite all the paperwork, planning, and packing to move to a different country - that journey was a piece of cake and not a tear was shed in the process, compared to our move down south. I miss my PEI home, the countryside, the cooling breezes and dear friends. Knowing your financial picture will take a hit and then going through the process in real life is painful and can derail a person unless they are daily trusting and praying for the LORD to provide.

Back in our own country nine years later, it's been a long road to acclimate ourselves to new surroundings, new church, much warmer weather, tons of traffic - and attending to the necessities of a relocation. It's a blessing to have family members nearby. And that means living in the same house (including all our belongings and furniture) - as we are, indeed, residing with my husband's sister until the LORD provides our own place.

Patience, perseverance, and prayer are key to surviving this new chapter and new beginning in this new location and later stage of our life. 

In early August, we found ourselves in the state of Kansas for two weeks visiting our daughter, son-in-law and acquainting ourselves with our darling grandchildren! We are are traveling back there next week to babysit while our grandchildren's parents go to Hawaii! More patience, perseverance, and prayer needed!

 Yes....I do, indeed, intend to open up a new Etsy shop as promised. My mind and emotions need settling down so I can concentrate on the particulars of shop ownership and the stitching up and the creating of romantic accessories for the gentlewoman. Roses and romance, love and lace, along with old-fashion sense and sensibility, comprise my inner being. What comprises yours?

Lovely new fabrics to be fashioned into future carpet bags and purses were added to my stash when we stopped in Massachusetts. Shopping at Zimmans in Lynn along with my dear friend, Janie, was a time to treasure! An eager anticipation is slowly creeping through my being to reveal fabulous fabric finds turned into timeless treasures!

In the days and weeks ahead, between traveling and taking care of children, house hunting, husband seeking employment, and the necessities of life, preparation for my new Etsy shop will be underway. Emma Thea Rose and Dolly are patiently (I think) waiting to reside in a new sewing room. At this moment, Dolly isn't enjoying her temporary home in the attic. If you don't know who these "ladies" are, please check out a previous post here!

If you are a new visitor to my blog and want to keep abreast of what's new, you can sign up to receive my posts sent directly to your email inbox. See the right sidebar on my blog under the graphic FOLLOW ME. Type in your email address and follow the prompts to properly confirm receipt of my posts.

In the meantime, acquaint yourself with who I am and what I do by reading past posts and perusing my portfolio! See "About Me" and "Portfolio" at the top of my blog. Some of my creations that I have sold in my shop are presented in my Portfolio.

 You will be warned when the unveiling of my new shop will occur! 😊 The specifics can't be revealed right now. Because I don't know what they are! 😕😃

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee."
Psalm 84:11-12

Friday, May 18, 2018

A New Chapter is About to Begin...

Greetings to all you lovely creatures!

It's time to say good-bye to our lovely PEI home and....

.....announce our imminent departure from the Land of Anne to the southern, subtropical state of South Carolina! 

Although these past several years (almost 9!)  have, at times, been very difficult, they have been very rewarding. The last two years, the Lord pulled us aside by ourselves (like Moses in the wilderness), to worship alone with Him, to study the scriptures from online messages – to confirm our faith in Christ, to gain spiritual insight, to draw us closer to Him, to rely on Him completely for all our needs. It’s been an amazing journey. It was not a mistake – the Lord meant this segment of our lives here on PEI to be a small chapter. We thought otherwise.  It wasn’t what we expected. Though if we hadn’t come, we wouldn’t have gained all that He has taught us so far. And we are grateful for that.

In April, the Lord sold our house in three days! Our closing date is July 3rd and, Lord-willing, we’ll be back in the U.S. on the 4th

 We would appreciate your prayers as we continue packing and managing a long to-do list.  Our Chrysler Minivan needs to be sold as we can’t import it to the U.S. That means renting a car for me to drive while Bill drives the U-Haul truck. We’ll be stopping in MA for three full days of visiting family and friends – especially seeing our daughter,  Melody,  her husband, Adam, and our three  grandchildren that we haven’t seen for several years. They will be meeting us in MA. Then on to PA and stopping overnight to visit my uncle, aunt, and cousin; and finally, on the 9th, we’ll arrive in SC. Bill’s sister, Aida, is graciously allowing us to stay with her (and store all our household goods) until we’re able to get our own place.

We’ve been praying earnestly these last two years for what the Lord will have for us in this new journey and new chapter of our lives. 
Psalm 37:3-5  -  Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

What will happen to my blog and Etsy shop??

As of today, I will be taking a sabbatical from posting on my blog for approximately two months or so, so I can focus on packing and getting settled in SC. 

My Etsy Shop will be put on "vacation mode" as of today - with an announcement on the shop page with information about my relocating to the U.S. My listings will not be available for purchase during this time.

After getting settled in SC, I will work on opening a NEW Etsy Shop with a different name. 
(My blog will stay the same - same name as it is now.)

Without going into all the mundane details....because of the way the Etsy organization is set up financially - anyone moving from one country to another must open a new shop with a new name or a variation of their old one. I have decided to choose a new name for my new U.S. Etsy shop! 

You'll have to wait until I open my new shop to find out!

My special promotion that has been going on for a number of weeks (the 20% off coupons for Clear Skin Minerals and for my Etsy shop) will be "put on hold" until I open up my new Etsy shop sometime this summer. Barring any unknown problems with that promotion, it will be reinstated for my new Etsy shop. 

You can still shop at Clear Skin Minerals using the link from my blog (on the right side bar) and get 20% off your purchases from that shop, but the 20% off coupon for my Etsy shop is now on vacation. :-)

When my new Etsy shop opens, my previous Tintenfleck Studio Etsy Shop will remain on "vacation mode" for a number of months, so anyone that is looking for me there will know where to find my new shop.
If you have any questions pertaining to my move or to the items in my shop, please feel free to contact me via email. (

"See" you sometime in the summer!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Delightful and Delicious Tea Cup and Mug Exchange

Hello dear ones!

Today I'm posting and sharing and linking up to Stephanie's 12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange from her blog "The Enchanted Rose."

I've participated in her Tea Cup and Mug Exchange a few times. If you are interested in being a part of her next Exchange, you can sign up on her blog to receive future notices. When you participate in the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange, you send a lovely tea cup/mug and accessories to someone and a different person sends you a tea cup/mug and accessories to you! It's a lot of fun and you get to meet new people each time. Who knows? You might become best friends from someone in another country! Having a blog is not necessary. Anyone can participate in her Tea Cup/Mug Exchange.

I didn't take a photo of what I sent to Jeanie in Kentucky, but you can check out Stephanie's blog to find out! I've included the link to her blog at the end of this post. Here is what Sandra from Ontario sent me!

Tea cup with pink roses, box of cookies, Lady Grey tea, a handmade pink dishcloth, a French Cottage Magazine and a Tea Time Magazine.  All packaged neatly inside a pretty "Paris" box! Thank you Sandra!


Here's Stephanie's blog link to see all the lovely items that were given and received!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day - Father's Day - Best Friend Day - Any Day is a Special Day for Gift Giving!

Hello everyone!

As Mother's Day is approaching next weekend, and Father's Day is not too far away, I'm once again showcasing three special pieces of art with poetry by yours truly. In a recent post about Fanny Crosby (read it here), I mentioned I had also dabbled in poetry and at that moment my mind failed to recall the mom, dad, and special friend art prints sitting in my Etsy shop!

It doesn't have to be Mother's Day or Father's Day - these can be bestowed on your loved ones anytime of the year. And if you have a special friend who lives close by or far away and the words of my poem (Two Turtle Doves) expressly ring true about your relationship with her, then it will become a most treasured gift. Perhaps one print for your friend and one for yourself will be the "tie that binds your hearts together."

The first Two Turtle Doves art - with poetry - was created for a special friend of mine. Then I wanted to create another original for myself and have prints made to sell in my Etsy shop. That second original was created slightly different but with the same poem. Prints of all three pieces were professionally printed by an artist on PEI who resides in Victoria-by-the-Sea.  You can rest assured the print you purchase is high quality.

Here they are:

My Etsy Shop Link for My Artwork

And because of moms everywhere, I am also sharing a link to the Amazima Ministries. You may recall a previous post of mine (read it here) about this special Christian organization in Uganda that was founded by Katie Davis Majors. In that post I mentioned her first book - Kisses by Katie. It's a great read! Someday soon I will purchase her second book.

Here's the link to their blog post that I recently received. There is a two-minute video explaining what "mother" and "mama" means to Amazima Ministries. I encourage you to watch it and also explore their website and blog posts for more information on this wonderful organization! (Please note that I do not receive anything for promoting this ministry.) If you want to keep in touch with this organization, you can sign up to receive their email newsletters, as I have done.


I have an ongoing promotion for Clear Skin Minerals (truly organic makeup that I use and highly recommend) and my own Etsy Shop! Two 20% life-time coupons! Read my original post (here) for all the details! 

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.....She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy....She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple...Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates....Proverbs 31:10,20,22,31

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sewing Show and Tell and Sweet Deals Reminder

Hello all!


Today I'm showcasing the Easter dresses I made for my two granddaughters - Olivia and Lillian. I originally wanted to sew the same dress that my mom made me and my sister, Cindy, many years ago. I searched the pattern books for something similar but didn't find what I wanted. And there's not enough patience in my blood to draft a pattern to match. Of course, my mother doesn't have the pattern anymore. Here it is below, where I found it on Pinterest. It's Simplicity Pattern 4414. If anyone out there still has vintage patterns from the 1950s/1960s and you have this one, I'd love to buy it from you! I did find one on Etsy in the United Kingdom, but with shipping it's too expensive.
My mom made us matching dresses in a blue and white print with blue sashes.

Last fall when I was in South Carolina visiting my sister and mom, we went to Jo-Ann Fabric Store. There was a rack of private designer patterns for children and I found the sweetest dress that had a couple features I was looking for - a sash and a lower neckline on the backside. Not quite the same, is it? But still very cute! I purchased a blue and white cotton print from Fabricville in St. John, NB. The sashes were a white-on-white paisley print. Here they are below before I shipped them to Kansas!

The pattern company is Violette Field Threads. Instead of sleeves with elastic hem, I added lace; lengthened the dresses and added lace to the hems. The pattern is Piper F746. I had some difficulty with the instructions. The photos and directions were somewhat different than the traditional large pattern companies. This private design company has a website and I contacted them with my problems. The two women who design their line of children's clothing said that they licensed this pattern through McCall's.  Information was omitted and they were very disappointed with the outcome. On their website, they have a newly designed Piper pattern, so you will not see this particular one there with the same sash. For my difficulties with this pattern, they sent me free digital patterns of their newer version, which was very nice of them!
 I had quite a frustrating time trying to figure out the instructions on this sash, and when I did, it came out perfect. Very easy, in fact, once you knew how it all went together!
 The pattern does come with a long sleeve version and leggings. I chose to purchase leggings at Old Navy.
The day our daughter, Melody, received the package with the dresses (and an outfit for little William that I purchased from Old Navy - he didn't get a handmade Easter outfit, poor child!), we Skyped and watched the girls open their packages, put on their new dresses and run around the house! Lillian, in particular, did not want to take hers off! 

I asked for a photo of the children in their Easter Sunday best and was wishing for a close-up, but this is what I got. To clarify who is who - Olivia is six (in the middle), Lillian is three, William, two years old - and of course, our son-in-law, Adam. Here they are!
Little William is wearing his outfit from Old Navy. The shirt came with a cute bow tie!

Sweet Deals and a Giveaway
(with 2 forever coupons!)

In an earlier post (read it here), I have an on-going promotion for two great shops! One is Clear Skin Minerals - an all-natural, organic makeup company, of which I am a loyal customer. 
The second shop is my shop - Tintenfleck Studio
If you would return to that earlier post on Sweet Deals and a Giveaway (read it here), you will find ALL the particulars on how to get two forever coupons. 
 Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday Celebration

A good morning to you on Resurrection Sunday! Graphic

Midst the busyness of today with special meals, chocolate, eggs, and delicious delights, may we remind ourselves of the true meaning of this holiday. 

"He Was Wounded For Our Transgressions"

"Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:
 he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, 
there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:
and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth;
 he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
 and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."

These verses from Isaiah 53 were transformed into my most favorite sacred choral piece composed by John W. Peterson.

Do you have this assurance today? The assurance of salvation as penned by Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer (see my previous post here for a brief history of Fanny Crosby).

 Her faith in Christ assured her of where she is now - in Heaven - just as it assures me of my eternal destiny. Is it yours?

 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places....
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.... "
Ephesians 6:12,17
The photographs of my Bible and the pearl and sword necklace are taken from my Easter 2017 post. I encourage you to read it (here) if you haven't already. I gave a review of a book that contains an amazing true story! The necklace is available in my Etsy shop (here).

Have a glorious Easter Day!

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, that he, by the grace of God, should taste death for every man.
Hebrews 2:9

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fanny Crosby and Me

Hello lovely creatures on this snowy spring day! Perhaps you reside where the flowers are already springing up and the breezes are balmy and warm. We northerners need to wait a lot longer for such things to enjoy.
Photo of our back yard taken yesterday, March 23rd.
And  before I get to the main point of this post, may I remind you - and for those who haven't seen it yet - of my ongoing 20% off coupon campaign for Clear Skin Minerals AND my Etsy shop. If you haven't read my previous post on that, you can find it here. You don't want to miss out on two life-time 20% coupons, do you?  Check out the right sidebar of my blog and you'll see the Clear Skin Minerals graphic. Clicking on that graphic will bring you to Lisa's website and the opportunity to save 20%! But if you want another 20% life-time coupon to my shop, please read the particulars here.

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Today, I am celebrating the life of the famous Fanny Crosby - a woman of incredible talent and faith, and the legacy she left behind so many years ago that impacted the evangelical world. When I read her biography many years ago, I discovered several similarities that we share! One, in particular, will be left for the end of this post.😉
A month after Fanny was born, her parents noticed there was a problem with her eyes. Unable to find a competent doctor to help them, they found a man who said he was a physician. He put a hot poultice on Fanny's red and infected eyes, much to the concern of her parents. It did, indeed, cause great harm to her corneas and ultimately caused blindness, an unfortunate turn of events. 

Later that same year, her father became very ill and in a few days passed away, leaving her mother a widow at 21. They were already living together with Fanny's grandparents and other family members, and so her mother, Mercy, found work as a maidservant for a wealthy family to help support the family. This meant that Fanny's grandmother, Eunice, would be the one to take care of her.

Eunice was determined that Fanny would have a good education and not succumb to being a poor, blind girl, dependent on others for help. Though blind, Fanny could see light and darkness and at times distinguish various hues. Because the family were believers in Christ - devout Puritans - Fanny was diligently taught from the scriptures, including the importance of prayer. Fanny was taught many other things, including botany, and later on at age 14, went to the New York Institute for the Blind.  

There's so much more to her life than I can recount here, and my main point of this post is to share the similarities we share. The LORD allowed her blindness to occur. Because of that, she excelled in many areas, namely in writing more than a thousand secular poems and around nine-thousand hymns! No claim to fame here -  I have tinkered with writing poetry, prefer poetry that rhymes, and especially love the Dr. Seuss books!

I am thankful for my vision and the ability to see God's creation - the wonders of the earth, animals, flowers, and the beautiful fabrics I use to create lovely accessories and clothing. Not to make light of Fanny's blindness - I am nearsighted, wear contacts, have an "Adie's Pupil" and am very sensitive to light, which means I even wear sunglasses in cloudy weather. The Adie's Pupil was diagnosed in my early twenties. It is slow to react to differences in light and is sometimes abnormally dilated. It's amazing to read that Fanny didn't mind being blind. She was very content!
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Fanny also excelled as a musician. In addition to writing hymns and poetry, she was very skilled in playing the guitar, piano, organ, and the harp!  She had trouble learning Braille and blames her inability to read Braille on playing the guitar. It does do a number on your fingertips! I did, for a very short time and a very long time ago, play the guitar - very basic chords. But then the guitar gathered dust in my closet and when missionary friends of ours were going to Fiji, that guitar went with them and found a new life in the Pacific! Music-wise, my similarities with Fanny now only extend to playing the piano and organ, but I have always had a life-time love of playing the harp someday. 

Mathematics was not Fanny's favorite - nor was it ever mine! In second grade, my teacher told me to stop counting on my fingers. Well, I still continued to do so, but not in the manner where she could tell. I'd have my hand resting on the desk and would press my fingers into the desktop one-by-one instead of holding them up in the air! And it's amazing that even though my "other-half" can add, subtract, and calculate percentages in his head, I'm the one who despises math, yet pays the bills, keeps track of the finances, and for a short time "did the books" for two Baptist churches here in Canada! But my claim to fame on finances only ends with adding up the incomes and expenses. Then I hand it over to our accountant at tax time! It has to be simple or else it gets stressful!

Fanny's 95 years of life was so incredible. She was the "Queen of Hymns." She lectured, spoke at churches, gave organ and harp concerts, was a prolific poet and hymn writer and a significant contributor to the success of D.L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey's evangelical campaigns. I highly recommend reading her biography. 

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And last but not least.......the one other thing we have in common...............

Happy Birthday to Fanny and Me!
I share the same birth date with her - albeit 135 years later! I find that so awesome!

March 24, 1820 and March 24, 1955

 Before you leave, 
have some chocolate cake with me! 
A cup of coffee or tea? 
It will be sure to please!