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