Wednesday's Feature: The Wiggles and Squeaks Shoppe

Meet Kar of "The Wiggles & Squeaks Shoppe."

AE:  Who are you and what is it that you do/make?    
K:  My name is Kar and I am the owner of the The Wiggles & Squeaks Shoppe.  After many years of making and creating for others, I finally opened up an online shop to share my creations with the rest of the world.

I create crochet, knit and quilted items for others to enjoy.  I will also be creating and offering patterns for those who like to create for themselves and want the satisfaction of doing projects for themselves.

AE:  How did you get started/What is the motivation behind your work?  
K:  I have had a love of creating things since I was small.  My biggest influences have always been my Mom and Mema.  I really got into making things when I was pregnant with my first child.  I made a few things here and there for him.  I tried to make as much as I could for him even though I was active duty in the USAF and there wasn’t a lot of free time for creating.  I really started to make even more when my girls came along and I stayed home with them.  I taught myself how to crochet, knit and quilt during nap times and at night.  From there I just kept on making things for others in the family.  By now just about everyone has a special quilt, blanket and some kind of special hat to keep them warm through the winter.  Everyone needs something special to cuddle up with from time to time.  

Because of this love of making, I thought why not see if there were other people out there who would like to have soft, cuddly creations that would be special to them.  My focus is blankets, whether they are crocheted, knitted or quilted.  Blankets just have a special place in my heart.

I really love color.  It inspires me every day with everything I create.  I like vintage and modern looks in the items I make.  I try to incorporate color, vintage and modern into everything I make.  And making quality items is so very important to me so that anyone who gets a special made item from me will have it for a very long time to love.

My patterns are so very important to me also. There is nothing worse than having patterns that leave out information.  I strive to make sure that each one is written with clear, concise instructions with lots of pictures, so anyone using any of my patterns will have a clear understanding of how to make something from them.

AE:  Where can we find your work? 
K:  My work can be found at:
Other places I can be found:
Instagram: @wigglesandsqueaksshoppe

AE:  What is your website/contact information? 
K: and

 "I put my heart into every item that I make.  I believe it's so important that the receiver knows that their special item has love stitched right in it."

Words cannot express how truly happy I am to see Kar open a shop for her beautiful creations.  Over the years, I've continued to be mesmerized by her handiwork.  Crafters know quality when they see it, and believe me, Kar's work is high-quality.  To date, her crocheted dishcloths are the only ones I reach for.  Please peruse her shop, check out her blog, and other social media sites.  The holidays are fast approaching...  

Peace & Love,

And Then There Was Matthew...


So I'll admit, I've been away from my own blog for much longer than I would like to imagine.  So perhaps it does take a hurricane coming through to allow me the time to update you all on life.

So let's rewind to the end of September.  September is my birthday month and I'm thankful to have been allowed to have a milestone birthday - 40!  Yes, on the 25th of September I crossed over into another decade.  Part of me really wanted to have a celebration of sorts (because I never do that) and yet, my schedule didn't allow for much.

I'm thankful for my childhood friends who took me to lunch where I was able to taste my first eggplant parmesan.  Let's just say that I'm in LOVE!  I now dream of eggplant parm.  Is that crazy or what?!

We also stopped by my favorite cupcake shop - CCups. This business is owned by a breast cancer survivor and proceeds go to cancer research.  Plus, they bake cupcakes fresh daily and you never know which ones they will have.

Speaking of cancer research, at work, my school participated in Relay for Life.  It was my first Relay for Life experience.  We had a team and participated in the team lap.  To see so many survivors completing their survivor lap and then to see the caregivers....I mean, it was an amazing experience. A bit of a tearjerker, but amazing nonetheless.  I couldn't stay all night (as this event was 24 hours) but I did stay well into the evening.

Somewhere between my birthday and all the studying I've been doing, I went insane and gutted out my closets.  Seriously!  I just started yanking everything out, sorting, purging, and restocking the closet using only black clothes hangers.  It was that serious.  But (secretly) I feel better.

And now, just as we enter into the second week of October, Hurricane Matthew graced our path. Truth be told, although many are still without power, I'm thankful that the damage our way was not severe.  In the county where I work and the next two counties over (they have a much lower elevation), they have been severely flooded.  When the news anchorman gets in a canoe to cover the story, that tells you right there that it's serious.

We still haven't returned to work because some schools still don't have electricity, so I'm busy trying to catch up on all the grad work I was unable to do while the power was out the past couple of days. Plus, I never finished the work from my internship this summer.  Trust me, I'm getting it done.  But if you know me well, you know, I dream of painting and home improvement projects.

I couldn't resist slapping a huge sample of grey paint in my guest room.  I really couldn't.  Something came over me and said, "Do it!" so I did.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  :-)

Be well!


September's Tea of the Month: Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea


I know, I know.  I just shared a Tea of the Month post with you on yesterday.  Maybe it's the hint of Fall/Autumn in the air, the cooling temps, the chilly rains that have me running to my tea cabinet to find something warm and soothing for days like today.  Or maybe it's because I have so many teas that if I only shared one per month, surely others would expire before I could share them with you in confidence.  Maybe it's a bit of both.  At any rate, just know I love tea and I love sharing my teas with you.

If you recall, Full Leaf Tea Company gifted me four tea samples.  I shared the Sweet Matcha Green Tea with you earlier, but today I'm sharing their Herbal Chocolate Chai Tea.  This tea is such a beautiful blend of the flavors that make chai teas so unique and a hint of chocolate.

When I prepared my cup...ahem, cups, I added a teaspoon of sugar and a little unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  I know many prefer their teas unsweetened, but as for me, I prefer mine with a hint of sweetness.

I've already had two cups today.  Of course I had to make a little video to share my tea-making experience with you.  I really wish you could smell the beautiful aroma from this tea, but since I can't, you'll just have to take my word for it.

So, what's your favorite Fall drink?

To Tea!