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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Featured Shop of the Week: Janet Long Arts!

Janet Long of Janet Long Arts grew up in Seattle, Washington, where her father was a Presbyterian Minister. “I'm a Child of God,” she says.

Classically trained in both piano and voice, Janet graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Music, the very place she met her husband, Eric, of 45 years. When they bumped into each other in college, they soon discovered that they had met long before, back when they were toddlers.

During the 1950s, both sets of their parents were involved in founding a private Christian school in Seattle. Janet’s folks attended organizational meetings at Eric’s family home. Little Janet tagged along.

“Eric and I met when we were two or three years old. Then sixteen years later we met again,” she remembers. “I attended an Inter-Varsity social event at the University of Washington. I was looking for a speaker for our church’s college peer group. He volunteered and that was it - still is .”

After graduation, Janet founded a music program at a private school while teaching piano and choir, earning enough to put Eric through medical school. As he continued his education, they moved to Detroit for his medical internship, where Janet continued teaching music part-time.

“When we moved to Cincinnati for Eric’s three-year residency,” Janet recalls, “we had two of our four children. I was blessed to be able to stay at home with them.” She continued to teach piano and choir, all while raising and home-schooling their children.

On doctor’s orders, she had to cut back on her hectic schedule due to health issues. “It was hard,” says Janet, now the mother of four grown children, Grandmother to four, and Mama to a large German Shepherd, Koenig, and a small Chihuahua named Poppy.

“My mother and grandma are my creative inspiration. My mom knitted and sewed so much beauty in her lifetime.” Janet’s mother was a professional knitter for a handmade children’s shop in Portland, Oregon, and her grandmother made draperies and upholstery for upscale homes & offices.

Janet launched her own website, www.janetlongarts.com, in early 2011, so the decision to open her shop on Etsy wasn’t a difficult one. “Since my website was up and running ,” says Janet, “I already had photos of my items, so it wasn’t a huge jump to put a few things into my Etsy shop. TAGT has intensified my involvement with Etsy, so I’m spending a lot more time on Etsy than on my website now. There is ‘community’ on Etsy that I enjoy.”
When asked to pick a few favorite items from her shop, Janet provides a long list. Here are a few of the highlights:

“Triplets” watercolor painting:

Rainbow Mitts:

“Rose’s Hip Parade” photo:

Cobalt Scarf:

Janet feels she her greatest talent is “trying to do too much! My husband tells me I have $10 worth of energy to spend and I try to spend $100. I have yet to find a shop or store that sells energy,” she laughs. Along that same line, she has numerous online outlets she uses to promote her wares:

WEBSITE: www.janetlongarts.com
ETSY: Janet Long Arts
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/pages/Janet-Long-Arts/192517394097105
BLOG: www.janetlongarts.com/blogabout.html
TWITTER: twitter.com/jwl43

…as well as Twitpic, Stumbleupon and LinkedIn.

Janet advises people to “be thankful for what you have. It doesn’t keep you from having more, but maybe it paves the way for more. If it doesn’t bring ‘more,’ it brings contentment.” When asked what she’s passionate about, her answer is no surprise, after hearing her story and looking at her vivid, vibrant shop. “Faith, family and COLOR!”

Interview and Article by Linda Loca of Fire Grog Studio

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tempt My Tummy!

The holidays are fast approaching and with that comes good food, good company and family fun!

Most of us include wonderful tummy tempting recipes along with our holiday festivities. I don't know about yours, but my family members like to try new recipes, especially for Thanksgiving. If you have a wonderful, tried and true recipe you'd like to share, please send it to me for inclusion in this blog post. Send to: lealoureed@hotmail.com

Well, if we're going to share recipes, what better way to start than with brownies! With a title like this, how can you go wrong, right?


Cream together: 1 stick of softened butter and 1 cup sugar.
Beat in one at a time: 1 1-pound can of Hershey's chocolate syrup and 4 eggs.
Add: 1 cup unsifted flour and 1 cup chopped nuts.
Pour into a 15" x 10" jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet with sides).

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

While baking,make the frosting as follows...............

The Frosting
1 stick of butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Melt the butter completely in a 1/1/2 quart saucepan, on medium heat setting. Twirl pan until all melted.
Add evaporated milk; will look yellow and white and gurgle.....(i swear that is what the directions say!) Stir till a clear yellow.
Remove from heat and add sugar, stir, and then return to medium heat.
Stir very gently till sugar dissolves in a fuzzy cloud.
Turn up to medium high heat.
After dissolving sugar, boil 1-2 minutes, and remove from heat.
Add chocolate chips and stir into glaze (when it gets a medium brown color).
Spread in thin layer with hot, wet knife right when you remove the brownies from the oven!

This recipe was submitted by Cheryl of Just Aspire

Quick is the word! Aren't we all looking for tasty dishes that don't take forever to make? This one is a family recipe handed down from Mary's Grandma.

Quick Sauerbraten

4-5 lb pot roast (chuck, round, or rump)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tsp. salt
2 T. mixed pickling spices
1 cup red wine vinegar
3 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
12 gingersnap cookies, crumbled

Brown roast slowly on all sides in oil in heavy kettle or Dutch oven. Pour off excess oil. Add onion, salt, pickling spices, red wine vinegar, water, and brown sugar. Simmer 3 to 4 hours or until tender. Remove meat, keep warm. Strain liquid left in kettle and measure out 4 cups. Add gingersnaps. Cook and stir until smooth and slightly thickened. If a thicker gravy is desired, add more gingersnaps. Serve with noodles or mashed potatoes. Roasted carrots make an AMAZING side dish for this item!!

This recipe was submitted by Mary of A Look of Love!

Never Fail Fudge

2 1/2 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1 5 oz. can evaporated milk (2/3 c.)
1 Jar (7 1/2oz) Marshmallow Fluff
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1 /2 c. chopped walnuts

Grease a 9-inch square baking pan; set aside. In large saucepan combine the first 5 ingredients. Stir over low heat until blended. Increase heat to Medium and bring to a full-rolling boil being careful not to mistake escaping air bubbles for boiling. Boil slowly, stirring constantly for 5 minutes (use Soft-Ball test; http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/faq.html). Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and chocolate until chocolate is melted. Add nuts. Turn into greased pan and cool. Makes 2 1/2 pounds.

Hint: As with all fudge recipes, cooking time will vary depending on factors such as humidity and altitude. For best results, use the softball test to make sure the fudge has been cooked enough. The softball test can be found in any cookbook and on our website under frequently asked question (FAQ's).

This recipe was submitted by Patti of Loves Paris Studio!

Apple Crisp (serves 6)

4 medium peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples (green ones)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup softened butter plus a little extra to butter the pan

Preheat oven to 375

Butter a square baking pan (with the little extra). Place the apple slices in the pan, mix the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the apples. Bake 30 minutes until apples are tender and topping is browned. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

This recipe was submitted by Bridget of XO Ribbons!

Classic Sugar Cookies

When I was growing up. It was tradition every year that we would bake batches and batches of sugar cookies. Each one cut into a lovely shape with my mom’s cookie cutters, that were given to her from her mother. My unique (sometimes called rebellious lol) artistic side would come out even then. As my cookies were lovingly nicknamed by my step-dad as “indigestion” cookies. I would cover them in every different color icing and decorative topping possible. The crazier the better! I can even remember my mother foregoing the craziest ones on the “big” table on Christmas eve. Relegating them to Santa’s snack dish that we always prepared before bed. Which was fine by me!

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.

Icing Recipe

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
3 drops red ( or green) food coloring
Various colored sugars, chocolate chips, silver balls, peppermints

Combine confectioners' sugar butter, vanilla and milk, beating until creamy. Thin with a few more drops of milk (if necessary) to reach desired spreading consistency. Stir in optional food coloring. Spread frosting over cooled cookies and decorate with colored sugar and toppings.

This recipe was submitted by Sarah of My Vintage New England!

Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies

1/2 cup butter or shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
melting chocolate (or chocolate chips!)

Preheat oven to 375
Mix together butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
Stir in flour and salt.
Roll into 1" balls then roll in sprinkles.
Place on cookie sheet, bake for 5 minutes, remove and press thumb into each cookie.
Bake another 8 minutes.
Cool then fill the "thumbprint" with melted chocolate.
To add color and fun place an M&M in the middle of each :)

This recipe was submitted by Susie of SmiLe aGain Creations!

Zucchini Pie

2 unbaked deep -dish pie shells – 9”
4 cups of peeled and grated zucchini *
5 large eggs
½ tsp cardamon
½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
2 cans evaporated milk (12 oz cans)

Heat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix sugar, eggs, vanilla together. Stir in milk and spices. Mix well. Add zucchini.
Mix until all well blended. Ladle or pour into pie shells.
Bake on a cookie sheet for easier clean-up if overfill.
Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake 30-40 minutes
more or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
*(can use baked and pureed zucchini if wanting a smoother texture)

This recipe was submitted by Linda of Antler Pantry and Sewcial Graces!

Pumpkin Pie with a Flair.......this recipe originally from Mary of littlebrownbird

To whatever recipe you follow for making pumpkin pie:

--add a 1/4 tsp of almond extract,
--a 1/4 tsp of vanilla
--a tiny bit more ground cloves than what they call for.
--before I put the pumpkin mixture into the crust, I add a thin layer of caramel to the bottom of the pie crust
--then add a layer of chopped pecans
--drizzle with more caramel.
--cover with pumpkin mixture.
--add whole pecans around the edge of the pie (or cover the top if you wish) and sprinkle with brown sugar.

--bake according to the recipe.

--serve with Cool Whip whipped with 1/4 tsp of your choice of rum, brandy, or bourbon.

This recipe was submitted by Pam of cooljewelrydesign and cooljewelrydesignJR

Pear Pie

1 large egg - slightly beaten
Add egg & beat well with the following:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp vanilla

Fold in:
1 cup sour cream (you can use "light" but not the fat free kind - it
doesn't set right or taste right)
2 cups chopped pears (large can of pears in light syrup drained and chopped)

Put in pie crust and bake for 25 minutes at 450

4 1/2 tbsp flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp margarine or butter (slightly melted)
6 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp nuts

Mix together and put on pie.
Bake 10-15 minutes more

Pie tastes best when refrigerated overnight.

This recipe was submitted by Heather of Shy Photog

Favorite Candy Cane Cookie Recipe:

1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners (XX) sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
red food color

Heat oven to 375. Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, XX sugar, egg and extracts. Blend in flour and salt. Divide dough in half and mix red color into it until dark pink/red. Shape 1 teaspoon of dough of each color into 4 inch ropes. Form smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side and press together lightly and twist. Complete the cookies one at a time. Place on ungreased baking sheet, curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane. Bake for 9 minutes until lightly browned.

This recipe was submitted by Barbara at Blue Sky Knitting
and is available on my shop under my candy cane scarf at http://http://www.etsy.com/listing/85700792/hand-knit-candy-cane-christmas-scarf-in

Eggnog Bars

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons brandy or rum flavoring
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup dairy or canned eggnog
1 cup chopped candied cherries
1/2 cup chopped almonds
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

Cream first 2 ingredients; blend in 1 1/4 teaspoon flavoring. Stir flour with soda, nutmeg , and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add alternately with eggnog to creamed mixture. Stir in cherries and nuts. Spread in greased 15 ½ x10 1/2x 1- inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Mix powdered sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon flavoring, and enough milk (3 to 4 teaspoons) to make mixture pourable. Drizzle over warm cookies. Cool; cut into bars and serve. Makes 48

This recipe was submitted by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez

Moplacron Pie (Mock Pecan)

When my son was little, he couldn't make his mouth say "mock pecan" so this pie has always been known at our house as Moplacron Pie. It is soooo good!

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark Karo syrup
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup coconut
2 eggs
9 inch pie crust
Mix all ingredients well and pour into 9 inch unbaked pie crust. Bake 40 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees until the center is jiggly, not soupy!

This recipe was submitted by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez

Pineapple Drop Cookies

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple
in its own juice, drained (save the)
juice for glaze
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
glaze (optional)
4 tablespoons butter
1 lb powdered sugar
juice from canned pineapple

1. Preheat oven to 350°F Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. To prepare cookies, sift flour, salt and baking soda together and set aside. Beat butter and sugar together until light. Add eggs; beat until well combined. Add pineapple, vanilla and flour mixture. Mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls on pan. Bake 12 minutes.
3. To prepare glaze, beat butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and pineapple juice, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture is the consistency of a glaze. Spoon over cookies while they’re still warm.

This recipe was submitted by Megan of  mkt Engineer

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Results Are In!

I'm excited to announce the winners of Challenge week! It was a difficult decision for all of our guest judges, but alas the results are in.

Tuesday, October 18th was our non-prize day. Seventeen gorgeous collections were curated. From there, we decided who won based on several criteria. First, we looked at how many people, who do not belong to our team, added these treasuries to their favorites. We also checked to see how many trending tags, chosen by Etsy, were put into use on the treasury list. Finally, we were interested to find out if the rules were completely followed. The following 2 treasuries were chosen based on these criteria.

The first place winner for Tuesday is Jennifer of The Bracelet Tree! Take a look at this gorgeous treasury she created. Congratulations, Jennifer!

The second place treasury was created by Nancy of NH Quilt Arts Congratulations to you as well, Nancy! Here's a look at Nancy's treasury.

Wednesday brought the first set of treasuries slated to be judged for a possible prize. Participants could use any theme they wanted. We also brought in another team to help us with the voting. The Positivity Team of Etsy was gracious enough to view all 13 treasuries and provide us with 2 winners. Again, we have a Grand Prize and a Second Place prize for these lucky winners.

The Grand Prize winner, with this stunning collection is Keri of Too Cute Custom Crafts! Here's a look at her winning collection. Congratulations, Keri!

And the runner up is, Robin of Jarmfarm! Congratulations, Robin! The judges acknowledged the serious difficulty they had choosing a winner and this one was so close it needed a tie breaking vote! Here's Robin's creation.

Thursday marked the culmination of the week's events. I'm proud to say the Sweet n' Stuff Team was our panel of judges for this final Challenge day! Again, there were so many gorgeous treasuries, that one of the judges remarked that it took her 4 hours to decide on the winner! That's some stiff competition! Not only that, but I had to bring in another outside voter to break a 4-way tie! Many thanks to Catherine of Gallery Zoo Art and Gallery Zoo Art Designs for her help!

Without further adieu, the Grand Prize winner of the day is Sarah of Airy Obsessions! Congratulations, Sarah! Here's a look at her beautiful winning treasury.

The second place prize goes to Kellie of Kell Belle Studio! This is Kellie's gorgeous collection!

Congratulations to all of the winners! Fabulous work on the treasuries for Challenge week, everyone! I can't wait until November's challenge week.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wrapping Up Challenge Week With Christmas Themed Treasuries!

Today is the big day! This is the largest group of treasuries to be posted and it is also our themed challenge day. Each of the participants must create a treasury using a Christmas song title or lyrics from a Christmas song as their theme. There will be some great prizes available for this day as well and all of the winners for the challenge will be revealed on Friday morning.
Here are today's links! Check them out:


I am so happy to announce that we have another team on Etsy helping us with the judging today! A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Sweet n' Stuff team! We appreciate your help so much! Please visit their shops here; http://www.etsy.com/teams/6893/sweet-n-stuff

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's Challenge Week on the TAGT Team!

Each month, we hold a Challenge within our team. We usually take 2 days to complete the task of dividing up all 188 of our team shops by the number of paricipants, who then must create treasuries around 4 or 5 of their teammates. We then have a secret list of criteria that each treasury must meet in order to be selected as winners. We are awarding prizes for 2 of the 3 days.

This month we actually have 3 days to work with as the excitement for the project grows! On Tuesday, October 18th, we had our "non-prize" day. Each particpant featured their assigned shops for the day and there were some GORGEOUS treasuries made! Take a look here:


Today, Wednesday, October 19th begins our "prize" day. Each participant is featuring 4 teammates and our Featured Shop of the week, Arlene's Boutique, if they can. There will be 2 winners chosen from this day and they will receive prizes that have been donated by team members! How fun is that!! Check out the lovely treasuries that were created today.


To make this day EXTRA special, we have enlisted the help of another team to act as our judges for this event; Positivity Team! They were so gracious as to accept our invitation to act as impartial judges and we appreciate it very much! Please visit their team shops here:

What's even more fun is that they will be sharing their votes for first and second place in the blog comments so you will be able to watch it unfolding before your very eyes! A BIG THANK YOU to the Positivity Team! YOU ROCK!

Monday, October 17, 2011

TAGT Featured Shop of the Week: Arlene's Boutique!

Arlene’s passion for fashion began as a child. “I loved playing with fashion paper dolls and if I didn't have a paper doll book, I would use the Sears catalog,” she says. “I have always had a love for fashion and clothes. Over the years, I taught myself to sew which ultimately developed into my first business .”

That business was, in essence, giving makeovers to Barbie dolls. Arlene and her partner, under the moniker of Hunter-Goldblatt Designs, would remake average Barbies into one-of-a-kind dolls. Sometimes they would create limited editions, “with never more than five dolls in a series,” Arlene remembers. “At the time, the Barbie doll fashion redesign market was developing. My partner and I would take a Barbie doll, I would design couture fashions and my partner would do the accessories.

“We made jewelry, hats, bags, even gloves and nylons. We loved doing the 40's and 50's fashions. We even did a Jackie Kennedy pink suit.” Arlene and her partner not only designed the clothes and accessories, they completely redesigned the dolls, including custom, rethreaded hair and repainted makeup. They even made sculptural eyelashes fashioned after the original Barbie doll. “I don't think there was anybody in the industry who did that,” she says.

They sold their custom Barbies at doll shows and Barbie doll conventions. Arlene purports their greatest claim to fame was an inclusion in the book ‘Fashion Doll Makeovers’ –a series of books published in the late 1990s which featured doll makeover artists from all over the world.


“Over a period of 5 years, we did over a thousand dolls,” says Arlene. “I became so burned out with the sewing machine that I turned to other crafts. That lead me to knitting. I have always had a love for scarves and yarn so I taught myself to knit. I was giving them away to family and friends and they loved them, so I thought that I would try to sell them. They did quite well in the local market.”

She decided to give Etsy a try after she heard about it from a friend and Arlene's Boutique was born! After a slow start over the last two years, she says she is “finally getting a lot more attention from being on the TAGT team and I’m loving it.” She also uses Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlenes-Boutique/120200037996052) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/ardelle60) to help promote her shop.

Her favorite pieces include an apple green cable knit scarf:

One of her best sellers – a long scarf that mixes colors and textures using boucle with eyelash yarn in different shades of lavender and purple:

And finally, a classic red number:

Arlene grew up in Aberdeen, SD, the eldest of ten children. “I came from very humble beginnings which taught me to appreciate everything in life.” Her husband Neal, of 40 years, claims that her greatest talent is perfection. “In other words, attention to detail.” She and Neal partnered in real estate over three and a half decades and have enjoyed living all over the United States. They now reside in Phoenix, AZ, and have two grown children. She loves reading, walking, attending jazz festivals and traveling.

“I am most passionate about my family's well being,” she says, “and I am also passionate about my current business - to make it a success – and about the TAGT team. It is the best thing that has happened to me on Etsy, and I love and cherish everyone on the team and wish everyone success.”

Interview and article by Linda Loca of Fire Grog Studio.

Monday, October 3, 2011

TAGT Featured Shop of the Week: Pet Collage!

There's never a dull moment on the TAGT Team! We're constantly doing new and exciting projects and the most recent one we launched in mid-July is our Featured Shop Project.

Each week, we feature one of the fabulous shops within our team. This week, we are featuring Nancy's shop, Pet Collage Paradise!

Get a cup of your favorite beverage and sit with us a moment and get to know a wonderful lady!

First, I asked Nancy to tell us what inspires her.
"I started taking photographs many years ago but have no formal training as an artist. Why pet collages? Well, the pieces just fell into place over time, just like a collage does. I took some good photos of animals, made some collages for friends, then I got a cat and had an AHA moment. Why not make pet collages for fun AND profit? The fun part is handled - the profit part, not so much - yet!"

Artists are usually surrounded by all sorts of materials. Here are some of Nancy's favorites: handmade papers, rhinestones, vintage ephemera, and pretty miniature things (that she's always buying everywhere she goes). She loves stickers too.

I also asked her to share some of her favorite items for sale in her shop. Take a look at these lovely creations!

"My current favorites are the "I love" line. I'm quite proud of these, especially since I figured out how to make my own backgrounds and how to use photoshop to write on stuff. (in this case,on dresses)

I'm working on the "top 10" - the most popular dog breeds. So far, I've done Shitztzus, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Poodles and Beagles. I can custom make an "I love" collage to feature any animal and can even include images of an actual pet and person.

Nancy treasures her talent as a recent blogger. She's having fun with her new site and hopes you will become a follower at http://www.petpooparazzi.blogspot.com/

When I asked her about other hobbies she'd like to develop, she only replied that she wants to have more time for making collages and writing for her blog.

We love our teammates for the personality they bring to our team. Nancy is no exception. She is passionate about her relationship with animals and the role they play in enriching the lives of humans. Here are some final thoughts she'd like to share with you.
"I am a clinical social worker with a private practice and I also work at a middle school helping kids deal with the dramas of the pre-teen years (OMG!) For the holidays, I'm thinking of offering anyone who buys a pet collage a free therapy session! In my professional opinion, though, the best therapy of all is having an animal companion...And if you live near a dog beach, going there and just taking it all in. I consider dog beaches "heaven on earth" and myself a "Chicago beach pawparazzi". Check out some of the photos on my blog at http://www.petpooparazzi.blogspot.com/2011/07/bullies-on-beach.html

I donate a portion of sales to Chicago's "Red Door Shelter", where all kinds of animals are rescued and the only place in the city that rescues rabbits. I'm a member of ETSY's team EFA - Artists for Animals, a wonderful group of artists who contribute to animal related causes and promote animal welfare.

On a final note and I do mean final, I lost my beloved Persian cat, Roscoe, a few months ago. I miss him madly.
This is a photo of Nancy as a child with her beloved dog, Nicky. "These are the most important animals in my life (along with my husband, Steve, of course!)".

WOOD You Like To See A TAGT Team FP Treasury?

Well, here's a dandy curated by Sylwia of See World Thru My eyes! It made the FP of Etsy on May 11th and included several of our teammates; Carol of The Vintage Attic, Heather of Shy Photog, Leslee of Rare Earth Beads, Steven of Knot Just Knots Tanja of Tanja Sova, and Jennie of Duryea Place Designs. What a beautiful treasury, Sylwia! Congrats to all!