Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Hello from Quarantine... (our life at home, nest updates,... some book reviews)

Greetings from my little part of the "Quarantine" world...
We are trying to make the most of this situation,
 sheltering at home...
I am so thankful for spring weather and all that it brings.

I am so thankful for spring weather and all that it brings. 
Our yard is filled with beautiful blooms, their delicious scent fills the air
 and somehow it helps me 
to remain calm. 
 We are blessed to live very close to an amazing place of beauty...
Carter Caves State Park
We have been out almost every day trying to exercise and stay healthy...
all the while keeping our social distancing..
(which has not been difficult, as we have not seen one person on our trails!)
 the Spring nests are coming along...
and will soon be finished.
I have been giving a lot of thought
to the release of these nests
in this time of turmoil and hardship.
I will be back soon with an update
and some "unprecedented"

(I've been doing a lot of reading...)


As someone who lives near the John A. Roebling bridge
(Cincinnatti-Covington Ky bridge)
I found this book to be absolutely intriguing...
Being the wife of an engineer myself, 
I could not wait to read this book...
(and I absolutely hated for it to end.)
An amazing insight into all that is involved in the building of such an immense structure
while carefully weaving the story of the personal  involvement 
of the wife.
This is a story of a woman's determination 
to carry out her husband's dream
of building the Brooklyn Bridge
while making her own personal sacrifice in order to do so. 
There is great loss within these pages, 
the loss of life, the loss of love, the loss of personal dreams...
all for the purpose of making her husbands dream come true. 
The story of Emily Roebling's commitment to this project 
has largely been lost to history.
I was happy to learn that a plague in her honor
is to be found on the Brooklyn Bridge.
This book has just recently been released for publication.
While I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy prior to publication...
this review is my own and is in no way required by the publisher.

A story of the crippling and isolating effect of unimaginable grief.
Iris has devoted her life to creating and maintaining a "secret garden"
 type of oasis for herself...
this is how she survives and lives with her grief and loss.
She devotes every single day to her magnificent
"healing garden".
A duel story that focuses on Iris, and also Abbey,
 a young woman and her family 
who move into the house next door to Iris. 
Abbey's young daughter becomes ever curious about the house
next door and the garden that she has seen when she stood on a chair
and peeked over the large fence. 
She is also fascinated by the old woman who tends to that garden
every day.
Over time, Iris softens and allows this young girl to come into her garden
and also her heart. 
There are so many reasons to LOVE this book...
The story of the garden, the flowers, their smells and blooms...
this is a powerful story of healing.
You can easily picture this beautiful garden in your mind... 
 the descriptions are so real.
This is a lovely book...
one to cherish as you read the story.
This book will be available as published on April 28.
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book prior to publication.
This review is my own, and is in no way required by the publisher.

You won't be able to put this one down!
Reading this story is like being on the receiving end
Summer Darling's transports the reader to Martha's Vineyard
in the early 1960's,
home to the rich, famous, and spoiled.  
The story centers on Heddy,
 a college girl who dreams of a better life for herself,
and longs to be part of the jet set society on Martha's Vineyard.
She takes a job there as a summer nanny to a privileged couple.
All to soon she comes to realize what life is really like for the powerful
 social set on the island. 
This could be considered a coming of age story 
as Heddy comes to realize what is really important in life. 
If you ever wanted to be a little bird on the windosill
of lives such as this...
this book will put you there!
You can look forward to the publishing of this book on May 5.
I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this book prior to publication. 
This review is my own and is in no way required by the publisher.

To all my friends... 
please stay safe at home. My prayers are for us all, that we will soon be on the "back to normal" side of this difficult time. 
Never again...
 will I take things for granted.
If there is anything good that has come from all of this..
it is that I have a new appreciation for all that is a part of my daily life. I love my front porch, my beautiful yard, this quiet time at home, the feeling on not being rushed to get hings done... because after all, we have months to do it now. This slower pace is not a bad thing. We are getting projects done at home, my back deck is already scrubbed and ready for flowers,.... and today I plan to totally scrub down the front porch and wash the walls and furniture! 

My love to you all...



Sunday, March 15, 2020

New Spring Nests are coming...

It's been the longest winter...

 gray skies have finally given way 
to sunshine..

 Our days are longer now,
birdsong and chatter fill the air...

 Retirement is a wonderful thing...
I'm finding time for me...

We've been enjoying some wonderful travels
and I've been able to find more
leisurely time 
for my knitting projects.

The "soon to be" arrival of Spring
means that it is
 "nesting" time...

The new "Woodland" nests
will be ready for their homes 

This is my first nesting creation
since my retirement. 
I'll be honoring that in a big way...
pulling out all the stops
to make this year's "Woodland nest"
EXTRA special!

I've collected some lovely vintage millinery
as well as other vintage treasures
that I've been saving 
for this very special 
celebration nest...
in honor of my retirement.
(43 years of Neonatal Nursing)

 This year's nest will be a showstopper
for sure!

 As always... there is a waiting list
for this nest.
Because this nest is going to be
 so very special...
I am extending the opportunity
to join the waiting list.
A few additional spots have been added
for those who are

If you wish to be added
to the "retirement version"
list for the 
"Woodland nest"...
just email me.

Even though I'm not often here at my blog...
my promise continues to always post here first
regarding my nests and knitted wraps.
Because you ALL are my first love...
I will always post here before
posting availability on my 
Instagram account. 

 As a reminder...
this year's Designer nest will be a new
Breast Cancer Awareness Nest.
By now you know that the making of this nest
is a deeply emotional investment for me....
my way to honor our beautiful
The "Alicia" nest will be beyond
You may email me if you are interested.
There are a very few spots left
on the waiting list...

I love and miss you all,
(If you have established yourself
an Instagram account..
please follow me there..
2 Bags Full.)
Our travel photos are there...
photos of my chickens.. lol,
some favorite recipes,
and my life in general.
Just me...

 I'll be back soon,
with photos of the new
(and very special)
"Woodland nest"... 


Saturday, October 12, 2019

A new "Breast Cancer Awareness Nest"...

the month of pumpkins, acorns, scary costumes,"trick or treat".... and all things orange.
And also PINK.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month...
and no one in our family needs even this as a
We will never forget 
our beautiful Alicia and her warrior strength
as she fought this demon disease.
She left behind a legacy
of strength and faith for everyone
who loved her. 

 In memory of Alicia...
I am creating a new
Breast Cancer Awareness nest.
 The second design in this series,
this nest will be beautiful and special above
all others...  

 The "Alicia nest"...
will debut NEXT October with very
limited availability.
Once the waiting list is full,
it will be closed.
There will not be extra nests
to sell ...
these will be on a reserved basis

 In Alicia's memory,
the charitable proceeds from the sale
of this nest
will be donated to her favorite 
Breast Cancer Awareness charity...

 It has taken me until now
 to be able to do this...
the creation of this nest
has been my "elephant in the room"
 for the 
last few years.
Because of her brave battle...
it had been my plan to make
another Breast Cancer Awareness nest
to honor Alicia...
but now,
 this nest will be
created in her memory.
The "Alicia nest" will truly be a labor of love
and one that is filled with 
deep emotions.

As always, I can't do this alone..
My best friend Mary, will be helping me..
(we are an awesome team!)
We will also be supported
by other talented artisans who will
be joining in the collaboration
of this very special project...
Karen Bailey (Todolwen)
I've been collecting BEAUTIFUL items for this nest
for several years...
(vintage and unique)
knowing all the while that someday 
I would make this nest.
Sadly, I just did not ever expect that it
would be in her memory...

You may email me to be 
placed on the waiting list...

The absolutely beautiful and special
"Alicia nest"
will be available in
October NEXT year,

A note....
Finally, I am retired!! We are so gloriously happy, we are traveling, spending time with our grandchildren, playing in the garden, (retirement has been good for my flowers!!... lol). And of course, my chickens are happy to have me home also!

I've been posting lots of photos on instagram....(It's SO easy you guys). For those of you who do have IG accounts, you can find me there at "2 Bags Full". 

I will be back again in a few weeks with some lovely creations for the approaching winter season. (Try as I might, I just can't hang onto summer much longer...)

Thank you to everyone who still visits me here...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Freebird Nest updates... (and my BIG news!)

My beautiful Freebird nest is already on display
 in my home...

 I have it resting on a towel
that says "the nest"...
the towel is draped over a nature journal book
and the book is laying on a tall
glass cake stand.

  All of the reserved nests
have now been purchased.
I have now released 5 additional
nests that were made
and are available for purchase
by anyone.
You can find them listed
in my ETSY shop
(because some of you have asked...
my policy remains always, that you may reserve a nest
and make payments on it.
 I will hold it as long as you wish, 
and ship it to you when you are

Wishing everyone a lovely
holiday celebration
with your family and friends.
Lots to celebrate here in my world...
my countdown to retirement is ON!!
July 29
will be celebrating
my birthday and retirement!


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Introducing the Freebird Nest

The beautiful Freebird nest is here...

 This nest is so special and unique.
The very first Patriotic theme nest in my
"charitable design series".

 I'm so excited (and proud) of this 
lovely new nest.

 My idea for this nest
was to combine vintage Americana, 
and primitive Americana,
with just a bit of
patriotic bling...

How 'bout that stunning little
 gemstone flag?
(and that beautiful rusty star...)

This nest is the perfect accent
for your patriotic holiday decorations...
Memorial Day
July 4th
Labor Day 

 There are so many amazing artists 
in my worldwide circle of friends.
I am truly blessed to have friends
who desire to share their creative gifts with me
and participate so generously 
with my charitable
My friend Pamela Lancaster created
beautiful fabric yo-yo's from 
gorgeous patriotic fabric.
They are fabulous accents in their
beautiful variety of prints.
Each nest is embellished with a variety of 
Pamela's miniature fabric creations..
They are absolute Americana 

Thank you dear Pamela
for all the efforts and time that you
have devoted to the making of these
precious creations.

My friend Karen Bailey
created these beautiful crochet star garlands.
They are a stunning addition to this patriotic nest.
The combination of textures on this
 nest is incredible.
These little stars are truly
one of the most beautiful focal points
of the design. 
You can find Karen and her stunning creations
on her blog Todolwen
Thank you dear Karen
for your amazing contribution.
They are so very beautiful!

 Your nest will arrive beautifully packaged...
as always,
the tissue paper and tags are created 
by my talented friend
Sue Kosec. 
SO many of you are collectors of
her amazing bird tags.
THIS one...
is beyond incredible. 
Presentation is everything...
and my nests will always
be dressed in the finest of packages!
Only Sue can dress my nests
to perfection!
You can find Sue and her
creative card making at her blog


These nests are truly a labor of love. 
Their creation is months in the making...
and I cannot do it alone. 
My best friend Mary
is also my partner in the making of these
"charitable nests". 
We have both worked diligently for 
many weeks to finish these beautiful nests
in time for your holiday celebrations.
I absolutely could not do this
without her help.
She is my everything, every time, 
always, and forever...

Each nest is a unique 
and individual
While the basic design is the same,
no two nests are exactly alike.
this is what makes them
 so special...  

Every nest is embellished 
with a variety of laces,vintage millinery,
rhinestone accents,
vintage buttons,
the MOST incredible vintage star patch,
and lovely patriotic ribbons.

This Patriotic themed nest
is part of my
 "charitable design series".
The charitable proceeds will be donated
locally in my hometown to our ladies group
"Carter County Quilts for Veterans".
The goal of this incredible group of ladies
is to make beautiful patriotic theme
"Quilts of Valor"
to present to every retired veteran
 in our town.
They are presented in a
lovely ceremony.
I am honored to be able to help
further their efforts
with my donation.
I love this nest.
I am proud of what it represents.
Freedom, faith, honor

The nests are listed in my ETSY shop now.
For those of you on my RESERVED list...
(you will find your nest listed
 by your first name and last initial)
There are currently 7 nests available
that are NOT reserved. 
They are listed as such. 
These nests will be mailed immediately upon purchase
and will arrive to you in time for your
patriotic holiday
Thank you
for your love and support.
The creation of this nest has truly
given me a great and renewed purpose.
That you love my nests
means everything to me...
Some of you are already asking...
The next nest in my "charitable series" will debut NEXT year.... 
and it is already in progress. It will be a very, very special nest. 
Unbelievably special...
I will make an announcement regarding this nest later this summer...