Thursday, December 24, 2009

May your days be merry and bright!

So much busy-ness happening since my last post, but today was time to relax and enjoy my family and a yummy Christmas Eve lunch.....

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We've still got some Christmas in store, when we celebrate with the other side of the family on the 30th, but we expect to have a very quiet Christmas Day, with our only plan to share teatime with Fred's mom and  Jennifer.  Hopefully the roads will improve so that we can get there!

Merry Christmas, dear readers!  May you be blessed with much love and friendship at Christmas and throughout the coming year!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oddly enough, I have more to say on the very same day!

I was just listening to my friend Matt's music and thought I should tell you all to give him a listen, too.  It also occurred to me that I've known him (and his dear wife) for sixteen years now (long before she was his dear wife) and it's been a pleasure to hear him develop into the awesome musician, singer and songwriter that he is.  But being a musician is a struggle except for the very lucky few, so I figure if I tell a few more people about him, it can only help, even if only in a small way.  The more ears, the better!  So visit him here at his website.....the matthew show.  And while you're there, you can hear some of his music, including his monthly Acoustic Surprise, in which he covers some fantastic songs from artists you may have missed.  If you like what you hear, and I know you will, you can sign up for his email list to be kept up-to-date, or go to his links page to connect with him on Twitter (one of my favorite Twitterers, because he's not only musically talented, he's funny, smart and socially conscious!), Facebook, and numerous other social networks.  He's also got links to his favorite musicians there, all worth checking out.


Over, under, sideways, down....

Now I'm going to have to Google* who that song was by, because I can hear it in my head, but my old brain just won't think of the band who did it.  And my brain is older than it was the last time I posted, at least more measurably so than usual, because I've had a birthday since then.  And a lovely birthday it was, spent at PK (Possum Kingdom Lake, for all of you non-Texans) with eight of the Bunko Babes.  In fact, we celebrated two birthdays that weekend.  Mine was Saturday the 21st and Friday the 20th was Momma Gail's (yes, we do call her that and have for years, because she's the one who usually keeps us all in line!).

The day that we headed to the lake was quite eventful.  I went to the elementary school where I volunteer very early (before 9:00 a.m. is very early for this old night owl) to see some of the 4th grade students perform a play called "The State of Texas vs. The Big Bad Wolf".  They did a great job and it was very funny!  Then I went to my usual classroom and read with the kids.  Since they were going to have the entire next week off for their Thanksgiving break, we were discussing everyone's plans, so I told them that I was going with my friends to the lake for my birthday.  They of course had to sing "Happy Birthday" to me and then I was asked to take along Flat Stanley.

Now, if you're not familiar with Flat Stanley, he's the title character of a childrens' book who is accidentally flattened.  He takes advantage of his new shape by being able to slip into many places that others can't fit in and particularly enjoys visiting friends by mail...with himself as the contents of the envelope.  Many school children and their families and friends participate in taking Flat Stanley all over the world, so that they can photograph him in many interesting places.  There are several websites devoted to the "Flat Stanley Project".  So Flat Stanley not only went with me to Possum Kingdom, but he also got to attend a Texas Brahmas hockey game and share Thanksgiving dinner with my family.  Here's a look at some of his adventures over the last two weeks....



As if all that wasn't enough, I also had lunch with friends that afternoon, then headed home with Flat Stanley to get ready for the lake.  Since I was riding with my friend Kathy, I had some time before she got to my house, because she worked that day.  But even so, I barely remembered to check my email, but check it I did right as she got to my house, only to find that I had two Etsy orders that I needed to respond to.  One was for a pair of earrings to be sent to England and the other was for three of my custom Delicata Lariat necklaces for a bridal party.  How exciting!

Alas, the sale to England never went through, so I did have to relist the earrings yesterday, but surprisingly enough, they sold again last night!  And after much conversing back and forth, we finally got all the details worked out on the custom order necklaces, so I'll be making those this week, as well as my big custom order for several pieces in 14K gold and freshwater pearls.  And just look at what almost $140 worth of gold wire and beads looks like...



That inner circle of gold wire is only about 2 inches across!  That's one foot of 20 gauge wire, while the larger coil is three feet of 24 gauge.  Gold prices are at a record high right now, so I'd better be very, very careful not to make any mistakes, don't you think?  One thing I had to figure out before ordering was how to make my own ball head pins, because I needed quite a lot of them for the pieces I'm making, but they were almost $10 each.  So I viewed some online video tutorials, went out and found a great deal on a butane micro-torch (where for some reason the store didn't carry the butane canister to fill it) and practiced making some ball head pins in sterling.  I had so much fun (and a blistered finger...ouch!....that torch is hot!) that I turned the results into this crazy pendant....




I sure hope the gold wire is as easy to work with the torch as the silver was.  I need to get these things made and on their way for Christmas giving!

I'd hoped to be able to give an update on my auction item at the Big Black Tie Ball, but computer problems meant that my friends who volunteered at the event were unable to get the information for me.  I did get a copy of the program with my name listed as a donor, as well as a picture of my bracelet and earrings on display....



So, if just by coincidence you are reading my blog and you happened to purchase these at the Big Black Tie Ball auction, I'd love to know what your winning bid was!

I suppose I've rambled enough to turn your brain and mine over, under, sideways, etc., so I'll sign off now.  Happy shopping, hopefully in my shop (hint, hint)!  At the very least, do consider buying handmade from the artisan of your choice, on Etsy or elsewhere. 

*Over Under Sideways Down was of course by the Yardbirds (stupid old brain!)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Because I can...




Last month I was asked to create a piece of jewelry for this great annual fundraiser put on by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas.  Event tickets are steep at $500 each, but it's such a worthwhile cause.  Every $1000 they raise will help move a kid off the waiting list to be paired with a Big Brother or Big Sister of his or her own.  Such a great mentoring program for at-risk kids! 

And while you're there, you'll have a chance to bid on my sterling toggle bracelet and earrings with freshwater pearls and Czech glass beads (number 525 in the auction catalog) as well as many other great auction items



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

All the news that's fit to print....

I missed the whole month of October!  Did you notice?  Probably not.  I'm sure your life doesn't revolve around reading my sparse bloggishness.  Apparently neither does mine.  :)

Ah well.  I did some stuff in October.  The biggest and bestest of all was the Bunko Babes' 25th Anniversary Trip (never mind that our 26th anniversary happened in September!).  Our own dear Rosemary and her hubby just happen to own a lovely second home in Fort Myers, Florida, so after much debate about where and when to take our trip and a few false starts back in the spring, we finally made our way there on Columbus Day weekend.  We were fortunate that nine of us could actually arrange to go on the trip, but we so missed those that were left behind.  As you'll see in the following picture, we brought them along in effigy (kind of our own version of Flat Stanley). 



That's Marsha, Donna and Carol, enjoying themselves on the beach on Sanibel Island.  We threatened to bury them in the sand, but we were too full from lunch at the Mucky Duck to do all that digging.

                                      

This is my favorite shot from the beach, looking out over the Gulf of Mexico.  Sand, shells, colorful umbrella, a neat wave and sparkling sun just about to set behind those gorgeous clouds.  That's Gail standing in the wave and Sally out a little farther, with several other Babes way out there in the water.  I was shooting with my cell phone camera at this point, to send a shot to my daughter Jen.  Right after that shot, this happened....




Now for the sake of maintaining my friendship with the other Babes, I won't show you any more of my blackmail shots from the beach, but here's where we ended the night....




Thanks to a very nice waitress at the Beach Cafe on Fort Myers Beach, you get to see us all in one shot with a very big chair...left to right we have Krisha, Rosemary, Jana, Cindy, Beth, Sally, me, Kathy and Gail.  

The rest of our weekend was filled with lots of eating - mostly at great restaurants, a modicum of drinking, a visit to the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter estates, a pirate cruise and, oh yeah....another big chair!




Many thanks to Rosemary for sharing her house with us, to her mother-in-law for the use of her car and to her father-in-law for picking some of us up at the airport!  And thanks to all the Babes for hanging in there for so many years of great fun, friendship and support.  I hope we can spend our next 25 years together!  And I can't wait for our trip to PK later this month!

And what about the rest of October?  Besides some jewelry-making fun, my parents celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary, one of my brothers had a birthday, I had fun reading to my 4th grade friends and the Texas Brahmas got their season started.  It was a pretty good month!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Oh where, oh where can she be?

Oh, my!  Sixteen days since my last blog post.  All I can say is, things happen.  Sometimes things that you don't want to happen.  And sometimes things that should happen don't happen.  Things like blog posts and being creative and keeping in touch with friends and relations as well as one should.  And house cleaning.  That happens far less often than it should around here.

I've been working on the being creative part off and on over the last few days, so I'll be back later this week with an update on that (Honest, I will!).  And here I am writing a blog post, just to let anyone that might be wondering know that, yes, I am still here.

And because my blog posts must have something for you to look at, here are some alien fungi that landed in my back yard last week.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Where's Larry at?

That title is not grammatically proper, I know, but I just made my very first lariat necklace and I really wanted to give it that name in my shop.  But the necklace is so pretty and dainty and one of my first two offerings of custom bridal jewelry, so I just couldn't do it.  There are matching earrings, too, and oh-so-many options for custom color accents.  If you happen to know of a bride wanting something special for herself or her bridesmaids, please be sure to have them look at my Delicata lariat and earrings...featured right now over there to the right and below as modeled by my own darling daughter.

 


But watch out, my next lariat might end up being named Larry....and I'll be sure to let you know where he's at.

Monday, August 31, 2009

So here's what I did...

As reported in my last post, I decided to get to work and create some stuff. So here are the earrings that are complete after oxidizing the ear wires. [note: you can click on any of the pictures and get a bigger version...in this case huge]

 
Although the oxidation is not very dark, it's a nice contrast to the copper and touches of shiny silver.  I'm not sure about the little puff-ball silver rings, but I think they work with the theme.  Those Brazilian agate beads reminded me of "Smoke on the Water" so I was determined to bring in more smoky elements, like the smoky topaz rondelles and the oxidized silver.  I think those little puffs look like tiny rain clouds coming to wash the smoke away.

I also completed the five necklaces that I told you about.  Here's a teaser shot of those, since they are gifts and you never know who might be looking.

I also created a new bracelet with matching earrings.  The bracelet drove me nuts and took hours to make (and I'd already spent a good five hours on those necklaces).  I was stringing fluorite cube beads on super fine sterling chain, but some of them required enlarging the holes.  Having never worked with fluorite before, I didn't know that they would simply flake apart anywhere that there was a microscopic fracture in the stone.  No wonder some of those beads already had corners missing.  I completely destroyed two of them.  So the bracelet isn't perfect, but handmade shouldn't be perfect, right?   I won't post a picture of the earrings, but you'll be able to see them in my Etsy shop....just as soon as I head over and get them listed.

 

Sunday, August 30, 2009

It's about time

I have out-procrastinated myself .  I can't keep waiting until I've "finished" my new jewelry workspace, because not only is it nowhere near ready, but it's quite likely that even when it's in working order, it will still be a work-in-progress.  But I have put off my actual jewelry making for weeks now and it's not good to not be productive when you hope to be able to sell your work.


So today I marched myself into the jewelry/laundry studio (I'm almost inclined to call it an emporium...maybe I'll make a sign for the door) and hauled out the bare minimum of jewelry making supplies to finish up several pieces over the next couple of days.  It was sort of nice to be back at the dining table.  And I enjoyed the Peter Sellers marathon on TCM.  Perhaps someday I'll be able to afford a TV and cable for the emporium.


I worked on a pair of earrings that I started several weeks ago.  They are a mixed stone/mixed metal combination that I was very excited about, but I was timid about oxidizing silver, even though I knew it was the look I wanted.  I didn't really want to get into the liver of sulfur method of oxidizing, so here is my first attempt at using eggs for that purpose.


 


I think that's the prettiest hard-boiled egg I've produced in years (and yes, it's still in it's pretty brown shell and whacked into quarters).  If it hadn't been a three-month-old egg that I boiled I would have been tempted to just have a snack.  And there in the center are the previously shiny handmade ear wires that I carefully created this afternoon.  They're not quite as dark as I'd envisioned them, but I'll leave them overnight and see if I need to egg them again tomorrow.  I'll be back to show you the finished earrings when I've got it right.  


Then it's on to completing a custom order for five matching necklaces.  The deadline is way in the future, so I haven't really felt pressed to complete it (sorry, L).  But I think having it hovering in the back of my mind is blocking me from moving on to anything else.  It's been a tricky one from the start, because I had to order many of the elements required from other Etsy sellers.  Since no one seller had everything I needed, I found it difficult to get good color and quality matches for some of the stones that were required.  I think I've finally got all the supplies, so now I just need to get my act together and get it done.


That reminds me.  I need to order more head pins.  More wire.  No more beads or stones for a while, though.  You should see how many I have.  Perhaps I'll show you soon. 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Room of One's Own

Just wanted to share this blog post from No Telling, because it speaks so eloquently about the reasons for blogging. I found the blog on the current "Blogs of Note" listings here on Blogger and I think I'm hooked.

A Room of One's Own

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It also reminds me that I have this book by Chris Casson Madden.  Maybe I should dust it off and see if there are any inspirations there for my jewelry-making space.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Long time no me

I just realized it's been ten days since my last post. I've just been busy with living in general and cleaning out my dump of a laundry room so I can move my jewelry-making operation from the dining room table to a more permanent location. That means I also haven't really been making any jewelry, not for a couple of weeks, anyway. Not even trying to lure people to my shop via Twitter and Facebook. I did make my second sale on Etsy, though. This business of selling online is a slow and tedious thing. At least I'm still selling offline, thanks to my lovely friends and family.

I'm a slow worker and easily distracted (by Lexulous and Bejeweled Blitz, can you believe it?), so I don't know when I'll actually have my workspace set up. Fortunately there's a wall of cabinets in there with a big counter-height desk area in the middle. I need to add some lighting over the desk and figure out what to do with the golf clubs and vacuum cleaner and the huge pile of paint cans that are currently in residence. It's tough living in a house with only three closets. Invariably some room turns into a closet. It's happened in our two previous houses, each of which had at least four closets.

At some point we need to redo the floor in the laundry room. It's an old unfinished project, where white ceramic tiles were laid on the plywood sub-floor, but wouldn't stick, so the edge pieces were never cut and the tile was never grouted. I'm leaning to old-fashioned solid vinyl tiles, the kind with the colored flecks in them. I'd really like to go wild with some of the bright colors available, either several colors randomly placed, or a checkerboard of two colors. There seems to be some Fred-resistance to my scheme, however.



Well, I've piddled (yep, piddled) around with this project all week and really haven't made that much progress. Now it's Friday night and I have stuff everywhere and the Keno gals are coming to my house Sunday evening. That means I've got to get the house put into decent shape tomorrow, especially the dining room, kitchen and bathroom. I don't want to be cleaning all day Sunday when I'm also trying to cook. I'm serving oven-barbecued brisket, macaroni salad and broccoli slaw with raisins and peanuts. Dessert will be Blue Bell strawberries and homemade vanilla ice cream and CAKE BALLS! How's that for a tease? Goodnight...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Things

A few things that inspired me today.....

This guest post by Margarita from the Chocolate Creative blog, which appeared on one of my favorite blogs, decor8. Margarita's home is beautiful! I'm so glad Holly asked her to post at decor8. She's got lots of other great guest bloggers lined up, too, while she moves herself to Germany. Happy moving, Holly!

Ruby peacefully napping in the sunshine by the back door. She'd had a busy morning tormenting Twinkie and Gracie and playing with another clicking bug.



These ingredients that eventually became a pea salad that even made Fred say "This has a really good flavor!" A rare compliment from Fred, and it was the dill and the Vidalia onion that gave it that special something. And yes, I know that jar of dill weed is marked 7/01 on the top. Yes, it's an eight-year-old jar of dill. Honestly, I don't know how that wandered from the recesses of that tiny, impossible-to-see-into cabinet next to the range hood. I know I finished off a much newer jar of dill recently, because even though I don't like to cook and avoid it whenever possible, I use dill and oregano with abandon when I do cook. But I used that antique dill and it was just fine. Perhaps dill improves with age?



And these stone beads that I bought last week. I keep getting them out and looking at them. They're so pretty! Big smooth rondelle shapes all of the same size, just waiting for me to hook them up with some nice sterling wire and work them into something wonderful. There are only two pair that match, so I'm thinking I'll make those into earrings and divide the rest into two very simple linked bracelets. Maybe one set with shiny silver and one with oxidized silver? I think I may need to just gaze at them for a while longer. Play with them. Hold them up to the light. Feel the roughness of that pale, mottled blue one. Sigh.



Did anything inspire you today? I want to hear about it...pretty please! Pretty please with dill on top?

Ruby + Jon + Kate + 8

Ruby seems to be fascinated by the television. Last night she wanted to watch Jon & Kate Plus Eight.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I hope I haven't put you off...

In my introductory post on this blog, I mentioned that I thought it rude to comment anonymously on other people's blogs. And for the first couple of days, I not only had my settings on comment moderation, but also set to disallow anonymous comments. But I realized right away that many people don't want to set up a Google or Blogger or OpenID account just to make a comment, so I changed my settings.

So please, feel free to make all the comments you want! I'll still moderate them, so you may not see it posted for a while, but that's to keep the meanies and evil-posters and spammers at bay. You're not one of them, I know! So I'll approve your comment if it's appropriate, even if I don't know who you are. It would be nice if you'd give me a little hint, though. Your first name or your initials or your location or any of the above, included within or at the end of your comment will do. I want to hear from you, really I do!

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Love, me (semi-anonymously)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ruby and the Clicking Bug

Finally got a video of Ruby with the lights on! Of course, part of the time she isn't actually in the light. She's getting long and leggy at approximately 10 weeks old.

We've got these bugs that make a clicking sound and sort of pop up into the air. I have no idea what they are called, so we just call them clicking bugs, although my mom calls them horrible clicking bugs. They make great cat toys, so I'm sure that's their purpose in being here. I guess Mom just needs to get a cat.

If you listen carefully, you can hear the clicking. It sounds like those little metal clickers we all had when we were kids. Sorry for the jerky "panning"....it's hard to keep up with a kitten and her clicking bug.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Love this cottage!



So charming! Click the title below for the slide show at NYT.com.

A Catskills Cottage Remade on a Budget
Phil Mansfield for The New York Times
Published: 20090701

A Brooklyn couple spent weekends from October to May renovating and decorating their 1920s cottage with thrift-store and Craigslist finds.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Ruby and the Mirrors

Just a short post to show you a snippet of cute. I was just sitting here at the computer when I heard a THUNK behind me. Apparently Ruby had just discovered the mirrors arranged above the family room love seat. The long one at the bottom is constantly smudged with kitty nose prints, since the two older cats like to check on their alter egos in there. Ruby went one step further and stood up to check the others, hence the crooked smaller mirrors. I wish I'd gotten more on video. As usual, it's a little dark. The blinds are closed against the heat and there wasn't time to turn on the overhead lights. Cute happens when it happens.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sometimes my hatred of cooking rears its ugly head

Being somewhat poor of late and with both Fred and I needing to eat healthier, I've been serving up lean grilled meats and salads most evenings, with an occasional foray into burgers or even a hot dog or two. But some evenings I just can't do it. The very idea of cooking even as simply as I usually do is just too much. Tonight was one of those nights.

Fred was happy to pop a Stouffer's mac & cheese into the microwave, so I was off the hook. About an hour after he ate, I was feeling a little hungry myself...well, actually, I was feeling a lot hungry, since my lunch (with Mom at Applebee's) and my late afternoon Java Chip Frappuccino (Mom and I usually end up at Starbucks on our days together) had worn off by 8:00pm. Usually I resort to a bowl of cereal, but after a few minutes of checking the cereal boxes, the freezer and the fridge, I decided upon Lender's bagels with soft Philly cream cheese and a dollop of apricot Smucker's Simply Fruit.

Breakfast....it's what's for dinner.

Oh, and here's my new granddog...Skyy!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I didn't want to do it...

but I guess there comes a time when you have to admit that it's time to start marking down the merchandise. There were still five listings in my Etsy shop from the first two weeks that I put them out there for the world to see. I think all of them were very reasonably priced to begin with, but those five listings are now 25 percent off. Check out my Etsy mini to the right to click your way to my shop.

I'm very thankful to the friends and relatives who did purchase many of those first items. Thanks especially to my book club, who kindly let me show up with jewelry in tow at our May meeting and actually bought several pieces. And thanks to the people who took a look at what I could do and asked me to make custom items for them. I might have given up if it hadn't been for all of you!

Having my first online sale last week has further inspired me to keep going, going, going, just like a certain bunny we all know.

Now, I'm exhausted and need to get myself to bed. Mom's coming over to go out to lunch tomorrow...don't want to sleep through lunch!



(Graphic by Maryel from Simply Snagables on Delphi Forums)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Baby it's hot outside!

We just had our thirteenth official day over 100 degrees, including the last five days in a row. By official, they mean as measured at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The closest Weatherbug reporting station for my zip code has reported more triple-digit days than that, with most of them in the 103 to 105 range.

They said on TV that our average number of 100-plus degree days per year is seventeen, so does that mean we only have to suffer through four more? I'm not going to place any bets on it.

Wherever you are, I hope it's cooler than here. If you're here, I hope you've got some nice indoor activities and some good air conditioning.

This is where you won't find me sitting, most days.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Yippee!

After 13 weeks as an Etsy shopkeeper, I finally made my first sale yesterday! One of my very favorite items, the Springy necklace, took off for a new home in California today.



Hopefully it won't be another 13 weeks until my next sale...

p.s. - don't forget I'm still offering free shipping to the U.S. and Canada in my Etsy shop thru Saturday. The link is over to the right there...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I'd like to make a suggestion, just for fun...

Wow, two whole blog posts in the same 24 hours! But I just had this thought and wanted to come and make this suggestion to you. While you're reading this blog, preferably after you've finished reading this blog, scroll back up to the top there to the Blogger toolbar and click "next blog". You may have to do this several times before you hit a blog that holds your interest or is even in a language that you read and understand. If you get to one that doesn't have the toolbar showing, just hit your browser's back button and click it again on the previous blog. And don't worry about running into graphic content you don't want to see. Blogger will give you a warning if you're about to venture into a really adults only blog and give you the option of going ahead or saying "Stop!"

It's really a great way to find some terrific blogs that you might never see otherwise. It's how I found many of the most interesting blogs I subscribe to and read often. I've occasionally even subscribed to a blog in a language I don't understand, just because the pictures posted are so beautiful. If you're not sure how to subscribe to a blog or what I'm even talking about, just leave a comment and I'll be happy to explain.

Okay, back to work, but here's how my cats celebrated the 4th of July...

Sometimes I Wonder

...about myself, that is.

I love playing games, so I play several different word games on Facebook. It's really nice to be able to play with people you know, unlike some of the other online game sites. Anyway, my favorite all-time word game is Scrabble, but the version my friends and I usually play on FB is called Lexulous. But when I've played all my turns and no one else is online to play theirs, I often play Bejeweled Blitz, which is a one minute tournament play version of the long-popular Bejeweled arcade game. Because who doesn't love colorful exploding jewels?

So, late at night, I can often be found playing Bejeweled Blitz, but while I'm playing, I'm singing. And I find myself singing the strangest things. Show tunes. Old pop songs. Tonight I started out with "The Dawntreader," an old song by Joni Mitchell. You know...the one that starts out "Peridots and periwinkle blue medallions..." I even learned to play it on the guitar once, and my guitar teacher always made me sing while I was playing.

From there, I moved on to some of "If I Loved You" from the musical Carousel. Yep, that's one I learned in high school choir. So that makes sense, sort of.

But then I found myself happily singing "One Toke Over the Line." Like I said....sometimes I wonder.

Okay, don't forget, as long as you've read this far (is anyone reading this?), that if you order something from my Etsy shop this week, the shipping is free to anywhere in the US or Canada. No matter how many items you buy. There are only 21 items there, right now, but if you want to buy every one of them, I'll still ship them to you for free, complete with a cute little gift tin for each item, all tied up with a happy little ribbon. No secret passwords or anything. Oh, and here's a sneak peak at a couple of items I'll be listing tomorrow. They need a little tweaking first, but I took a trip to The Artful Bead yesterday to get the elements they were lacking, so I'll get those fixed up in the morning and get more pictures taken.



I've got another item to list also, one that I'm very excited about, but I'll tell you more about that later. I've got to get myself to bed if I plan to get up and do anything in the morning. Night-night!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

I hope you're having a lovely weekend doing whatever you choose to do. I can't wait to see some fireworks.

In honor of Independence Day, I'm offering freedom from shipping fees on all orders placed July 4th through July 11th to be shipped anywhere in the U.S. or Canada! Your order will still come in cute gift-ready packaging, too.

Here's a little Smilebox slideshow I made to show you a few of the items in my Etsy shop.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Ruby the Tiny Terror

Here's Ruby the Tiny Terror playing with a toy I bought last week. She ignored it for days after I bought it, but suddenly yesterday it became the most fun thing. Just like a human child, huh?



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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Post the First

Hello. My name is Janet. I'm currently a little more than halfway through my fifty-seventh year. I have been married just a little over thirty-five years to a man you may hear me call Fred, even though that's not really his name. We are blessed with a beautiful and intelligent daughter whom we happily married off a little over one year ago. That means we also have one very fine son-in-law. Our family is completed by three cats...Gracie, Twinkie and Ruby the Tiny Terror, who, at the ripe old age of approximately six weeks, just joined the family last week.

I have only minimal blogging experience, having been an infrequent blogger on my MySpace page. I've had a Blogger account for quite a long time, because I like to comment on other blogs, and anonymous comments seem a little rude. Always in the back of my mind was the idea that one day, one day, I would start my blog. The need has seemed more urgent lately, as I have recently decided to become an internet entrepreneur. In other words, I have become a seller on Etsy, the online mecca for all things handmade and vintage.

Alright, now. I hear you thinking to yourself, "Oh, no. She wants to sell us something." Well, true. The whole point of opening up my shop on Etsy is to sell someone something. And selling something online requires a presence in more places than just that site. So...in addition to MySpace and Facebook, you can also follow me on Twitter @jgrumbling and now you can read this very blog, right here.

Unless you're one of my friends, or a member of my family, or you've already clicked the links in the preceding paragraph, you may be wondering what it is that I'm trying to sell. The answer, my dears, is jewelry. Jewelry that I make myself with my own two admittedly arthritic hands. Jewelry that I make while sitting at my dining room table. Jewelry that was not at first, and perhaps still isn't, particularly wonderful or stylish or creative, but I still enjoyed making it. And as I work at it, I think....I hope....that it will get better. More creative, particularly. More skillfully crafted. More like something you might want to buy, for yourself or for someone you care about.

Okay, enough with the introductions and explanations. Hopefully I haven't bored you to tears or run you off yet. Let's get on with the fun. Here's a glimpse of something I made last night.



These exact earrings won't be showing up in my Etsy shop, since I made them as a gift for a friend. But they represent the direction that my designs are moving in, so perhaps you'll see something similar very soon. I do have new items to add to my Etsy shop, although I have had the great fortune to be delayed by several custom jewelry orders.

I do hope you'll give this blogging novice a chance. I promise I'll try not to be too pushy with my jewelry. Hopefully I'll even be able to entertain you to a certain degree. So come on back now, ya hear?