Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Southern California Christmas with Etta Meerkat!

'Twas the day before Christmas and all through our flat, Excitement was brimming for Etta the Meerkat....

Etta and I had such a fun day baking cookies for Santa, and preparing for Christmas. She is a marvelous helper and found that she really loves Oatmeal Cranberry cookies. ;o) After lots of cookies and goodies were baked, we spent a little time in my studio crafting Etta a tiny little swimsuit to wear to the beach. Being used to sewing for plus sized women presented a unique challenge in making a very small swimsuit for a meerkat that I will happily add to my resume! I let Etta pick out her own fabric - and she decided on black, with hot pink polka dots.

Swimsuit made and holiday cooking preparations done, we settled in for a lovely evening of Holiday movies. We watched my favorite holiday movie, White Christmas. Etta eemed to enjoy herself, and said she really like the costumes. Then we hung Etta's stocking with ours, and left cookies and milk for Santa and tucked Etta in for good night's sleep.

Etta woke Christmas morning to find that Santa had left her candy, fruit and nuts in her Christmas stocking, which she enjoyed snacking on. And under the Christmas tree was a shiney new Meerkat sized surf board. Etta squeaked with glee and jumped up and down, because she knew this meant that she was going to surfing!! So, breakfast out of the way, we headed off for Christmas day at the beach!

It was a beautiful sunny day at Moonlight Beach, with lots of kids playing with new boogie boards and kites. Etta took a little time to soak in the sun and see all that was going on. Then, it was time to try out her new surf board! After a few practices on dry land - Etta headed to the water's edge to test our her surfing abilities. And surprisingly enough - she took to surfing like an old pro!



After a fun and crazy day of surfing, Etta, waves goodbye to her new surfer friends, and Moonlight Beach. She and I decided to pose for a picture together as a special momento of our holiday together.

As you can see, Etta and I had a glorious time at the beach. I did notice that she has added a new word to her very "British" vocabulary. She now calls everyone "Dude". Ah yes, California surf lingo. You gotta love it. ;o)

Today, Etta and I are making her a pretty little bag/pouch for her to keep all her new treasures in on her travels. And then, it is off to her next adventure. My husband and I are sad to see her go, but we so enjoyed her company for the holidays. She was a delightfully fun and well mannered guest!

So, where in the world will Etta go for her next adventure?


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A special Holiday visitor at our house!

For any of you that are following the World Travels of Nifty Knits little Meerkats, Etta & Treasure, I have a very fun update. Etta has just just arrived at our house in San Diego for the Christmas Holiday! She seemed a little tired and jet lagged from her cross country trip from New York (visiting Kristen of GocksFrocks), but was excited to be in sunny Southern California. :o)

She was particularly excited to see our Christmas Tree decorations and other other holiday trimmings around the house, so we just let her explore a bit on her own. Etta had lots of fun climbing all over my Christmas tree checking out the ornaments. She is particularly enamored with my "sock monkey" ornament. I'm wondering if she thinks he is a odd looking Meerkat?

She liked the garland and Candy Canes on our fireplace mantle. I promised that we would make and hang a stocking for her so that Santa would be able to leave her some gifts! She thought the little TruLuxe acorns that I used to decorate the fireplace garland were very festive.
She checked out all our family pictures on the mantle and said that she thought our Grandson, Charlie is very cute. (We agree! )

Today, Etta and I are going to do some holiday cookie baking (cookies for Santa), and I promised her tonight that she could wear the lovely Tutu that Gock Frocks made her and watch "The Nutcraker" ballet with me on TV. And tomorrow, I think we are taking her to the beach!

We'll be back on Christmas day with more fun adventures of Etta the Meerkat. Hope you stop by for the update! :o)

Happy Holidays!!



Saturday, December 19, 2009

☆ Holiday Sale - 15% off everything in both of my Etsy Shops! ☆

In honor of the Holiday season, I am having a year end sale just in time for you to get that last minute holiday gift at a discounted price (15% off)!!

The sale is good in both my etsy shops, ZaftigDelights (plus size clothing & jewlery), and KnitzyBlonde (unique knitwear & handbags). I will also combine shipping for purchases from both shops to make shipping more cost effective for you. Anything purchased and paid for before midnight on 12/20 will ship on Monday, 12/21. So for those of you in the U.S. you will very likely get your item in time for Christmas day. I can do USPS priority mail or over night shipping for an additional cost if you request expedited shipping. Gift wrapping is also available upon request.

I hope you stop by and check out some of our last minute holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!!

Happy Holidays!!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Some fun new Holiday Jewelry at ZaftigDelights.etsy.com


I've recently added some wonderful new holiday jewelry at my Zaftig Delights etsy shop (pictures left & below). Wonderfully sparkling, they make great stocking stuffers at an affordable price. All jewelry comes gift boxed and ready for delivery to your special someone. If you have any questions or special needs, be sure to drop me a convo (message) through Etsy. I'm happy to handle special requests.

Happy Shopping!