Purrfectlydevine's Jewelry Designs

Monday, December 29, 2008

I am so HAPPY!!










The first picture is from August of 07 and not my highest weight. The second picture is from June of 08 and not my highest weight.
The thirs picture is from October of 08 about 3 weeks after surgery. The last picture is from the first week of Nov. of 08 and is the most recent I have available now. Currently I am about 15 pounds less than when that picture was taken.
Now, why I am so happy. Although they are a tiny bit snug, but I am sitting here and breathing in a pair of size 8 jeans! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd get into a size 8, and I still have 22 pounds to go until I am no longer overweight. I decided that size 14 held up with a belt will no longer cut it.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Long time, no blog

It has been almost a month since I last was here. I have been busy, but that is a pretty lame excuse I suppose. I'll begin where I left off.

The inservice day was different. We went on a scavenger hunt in downtown York. The day was cold and the sky was gray, but no precipitation. The purpose was to help cooperate with each other and be better team members. I just wish I would have thought to wear my knee brace. When we were told we would be outside, I thought we would be near the school and not doing so much walking. I will say the day did go quickly.

Thanksgiving was at my sister's, although one of our cousins was in charge of the meal. You must understand that my sister is extremely organized. My cousin was expected between 2:00 and 3:00 on Wednesday afternoon, but did not appear until much later. Apparently he did not leave his house when he planned and before going to my sister's, he took his dogs to a dog park near my sister's house for 1 1/2 hours before coming to her house. This would not have driven her crazy, except he was going to cook the turkey on Wednesday. She feels he needs to acquire some time management skills.

Talk about being busy, I started this post yesterday evening and an just now getting back to it. We had friends for dnner last evening and they got here earlier than they thought they would, so I had to stop. I was too tired to finish last night and there was church this morning with a meeting afterward. I've wrapped some Christmas presents and made some goodies along with making dinner and getting all the dishes in the dishwasher.

My sister and I did our Black Friday shopping early and went out to Dresden, Ohio to Longaberger Baskets. We made a basket and has a great time shopping. Everything was 20% off and we bought plenty. My sister's SUV was jam packed when we came home.

Last Sunday my husband and I went to the Christmas party for his part-time job. Thank heavens for take-out boxes. With those leftovers and the leftovers from Saturday night (we went out) I did not have to cook all week! The food was good, but not the best for a gastric bypass patient. I only lost 1/2 pound that week.

On Thursday evening my sister and I went to our bariatric support group. That was a Christmas party, but the food was gastric bypass patient friendly. We went out to eat before the party and split a meal and each had enough for another meal.

The best news, I am no longer obese!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A visit to the surgeon

Weight loss has started again! The doctor was pleased with my weight loss and how I looked! When I lose 6 more pounds I will no longer be obese, just overweight. Yes, it is a big deal.

I have been busy working to fill orders as a result of my Open House. I've finished 7 pieces and have one more to go (as of now). I hope to get another order or two or sell some things on etsy.

I started back at the deli on Saturday. My 10 year anniversary occurred while I was off. There was a small pin for me commemorating the anniversary. Because I am taking off this coming weekend I'm working tomorrow night and possibly Wednesday night.

In school, the students are in only two days this week. There is an inservice day on Wednesday. We've been told to dress to be outside all day and to lock cell phones and other valuables in our cars, but to have ID with us. A bit of a mystery, don't you think?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'm Bummed

Weight loss has come to a standstill. I'm told this is normal, but that doesn't make me like it any better. I guess I need to get back to walking on the treadmill again.

My sales on etsy aren't doing well either. I did do 2 Open Houses and did almost $300 worth of sales, so I guess I shouldn't complain too much. I guess I'll just have to try some different designs to try to appeal to a larger audience.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here so Christmas won't be far behind. I'm finding it hard to get into the spirit of things. The thought of Christmas shopping just overwhelms me right now. Hopefully I'll feel differently in a few days.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Only 2 more days at home...

...then it will be back to work (school). I still tire fairly easily, but I do have a few more days to rest. My principal told me that if it is too much, I can do half days for a few days.

The grocery store manager wants a very specific note. I called the surgeon's office and the nurse will send another note and we'll see what happens. The nurse was not happy about having to do another note. My next appointment is 11/20/08.

The time went so fast. Being in the hospital the extra week really cut into time I had planned to do other things. I did some work on my daughter's wedding jewelry and I did get some things listed/relisted on etsy and I'm working on reviving a couple BNR's that I am on. I also wanted to get some items made for some holiday open houses and I did get a few made. If they don't sell after the open houses are over, I will list them on etsy. I have today and tomorrow to get as much done as I can.

On a happy note, I'll be able to get back on the scooter tomorrow!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

An Even Happier Day!

My computer is acting weird and I have no idea how to fix it. I trued to add photos to my last post, showing photos of all the stuff related to my TPN, which is nutrition through a PICC line, which is sort of like an IV on steroids. Let me say it was a lot and I had forgotton to take photos of some of the items because I only used them for the first 10 days. Anyway, I had 4 appointments yesterday, and I was able to have the PICC line removed! At this point, I am on liquids only, but will be able to try things like mashed potatoes and applesauce by the end of the week. I'll be going back to work on Monday.

I'm relisteing some things on etsy and trying to get some pieces made that I won't list yet because I want to have an open house mid-November. If theu sell at the open house, I will have saved the etsy fee. If they don't sell at the open house, I'll have some items ready to list afterwards. i'm still working on jewelry for my daughter's wedding and her veil. When I saw the price of a veil in the bridal shop I almost fainted! Same thing with the tiara. The bridal shop one was more elaborate and the jeweled area larger. I told her I will add some crystals and pearls to the Wilton one so it doesn't have the "just-out-of-the-box" look.

I have an item I want to relist today, some Christmas earrings to find, and since I had a sale, a package to mail. I also need to finish the protein fortified jello.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Day!

It is taking so little to make me happy. Starting with my Sunday TPN bag, I go on an 18 hour run. That means six glorious hours with no "feedbag" attached to me! To add to my happiness is that my upper GI study is on October 27 at 8:00 am and then I see the surgeon's nurse practioner at 1:00 that same day. If there are no signs of leakage, the TPN may be discontinued and that means I can eat, at least what a gastric bypass patient is permitted to drink right after surgery. When I spoke with the surgeon yesterday, she did say that as soon as I can show I can tolerate drinking, I'll be able to move through the stages of starting to eat again more quickly that usual since they will know because of the swallow study that I will be healed.

On another note, I'll have to get my sister to send me my pre-surgery photos so I can post them, even though they do not show me at my largest, since between the presurgery nutrition phase and the presurgery liquid diet phase, I lost over 20 pounds.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A rough road

When I last posted I was in the 8 day liquid fast phase preparing for surgery. I lost weight on the liquid fast (who wouldn't lose weight on less than 100 calories a day?) Surgery went as scheduled on Wednesday October 1, after some difficulty getting an IV started, which did not surprise me at all. I was discharged on Friday, October 3 as planned, but I did not have a good feeling about it. On Sunday, the left side of my stomach was swollen, warm, and I felt a lump near one of the incision sites. After talking to the the resident on call my husband took me to the ER and after numerous tests, they decided to keep me overnight. It turned out I had a small leak. The surgeon tried a stent to "cover" the leak area so I could eat, however, I was unable to tolerate the stent, even when it was repositioned, so it was removed because was unable to swallow with it in place. Now I have a PICC line and get TPN and nothing by mouth, not even water. Tomorrow I should find out when my swallow study is scheduled, which will probably be in 2 weeks. I see the surgeon on October 29.

My husband is a bit worn out from running to the hospital since it is a 90 mile round trip. Plus he had to deal with being that far away and getting phone calls from the doctor requesting consent for one of the stent proceedures since I was not in condition to give consent for anything.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I am sick of Carnation Instant Breakfast!

I can't believe that I am so sick of the sweetness of it. I've been having chicken broth as a "side dish" with it just to cut the aweetness. I'll be switching to protein powder tomorrow, combining unflavored and vanilla with water. Hopefully it won't be so sweet. I'll also get to have 2 1/2 cups of 100% fruit juice tomorrow. Two days down, six to go!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Moving right along!

I had my last pre-op nutrition appointment last Friday. Yesterday I had my anesthesia appointment and the visit with the surgeon's nurse and signed the consent forms. I began my 8 day fast. Rigt now I am hungry and am on my last shake of the day. Today I did Carnation Instant Breakfast (sugar free, of course). I can have more sugar free jello, which I will do. According to the dietician, the hunger will go away after the third day. I hope so. I also have protein powder so I can have something different later in the week; I just need to get some fruit juice. I found out today that my insurance has committed to pay for the surgery!

As far as school goes, I survived my first IEP conference and am working the the IEP I need to ave finished before I go on medical leave.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Longaberger Baskets, etsy, and countdown to surgery


I had a sale on etsy today! Christmas is coming and I sold one of these cute mini stockings. Go here to see the details. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14805493

My sister and I are trying to qualify one of us so that when we go to Dresden in November we will get discounts at the factory store there. There is a sale at the online factory tore until September 4. Go to www.longaberger.com/donnamarsh andyou'll save money and I'l get a little closer to my goal.

Surgery is scheduled for October 1! It can't come soon enough.




Sunday, August 24, 2008

A very eventful week!

I had an appointment with the surgeon on Friday and I have a date for surgery. Tentatively it is October 1. I'll have 3 appointments prior to surgery. Fortunately 2 will be the same day so I only have to make that drive on 2 days. I'm very excited and can hardly wait! My sister goes on September 5 to see the same surgeon that I saw, so we are both getting closer. I talked with my cousin's ex-wife because she had bypass 5 1/2 years ago. Some things have changed since she had hers done, but she had lots of good information to share.

Today my sister and I went to Boyd's Bear Country because it was Baskets and Bears Weekend. Longaberger Baskets come with factory store merchandise and we both spent a bundle, but I did get some very pretty Christmas lunch plates, decorated with a poinsettia. I will use them as a presentation for Christmas cookies. We both signed on as consultants to get better prices. We are now checking to see how we can get the maximum for as little time spent as possible since we are both very busy.

I am this week's Spotlight Interview on esyBEAD's blog. Read all about it at http://etsybead.wordpress.com/2008/08/24/member-spotlight-purrfectlydivine/ I am thrilled!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Another step closer!

I had another nutritional appointment in my quest for lapband surgery. Three was a SNAFU in scheduling, but I still will be seeing the surgeon next Friday and hope to have a surgery date! Three will be one more appointment after the surgeon appointment before surgery. at this appointment I learned more about what to expect and about the 8 day fast prior to surgery and the recovery immediately following surgery and why the diet will have to be what it is and why there won't be a fill when the band is inserted. I'm having a problem with billing and need to call Hershey again on Monday to straighten things out. I'm hoping that won't be a problem.

Today was a family reunion at my sister's house today. Most of those there were from my mother's side of the family, but there were a few from dad's side, along with a couple of my my sister's close friends, both of whom I know. As usual, there was way too much food and lots of time spent enjoying each other's company. For today, the diet went out the window. As Scarlett O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another day."

I hope the weather is nice tomorrow so we can go for a ride. It has been a little cool this week; when we rode the other evening, we wore sweatshirts and I was still a little chilly.

I really ought to go and work on some beading. I have 2 pieces going and really need to get the one finished, especially since I know exactly how I'm going to finish it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

I learned a new skill!

How to reply to a post in a google group via email!

Since I'm back from vacation I'm trying to get reconnected with all of my online groups before it is back to school, not just inservice days, or else I'll never get caught up. Since school hasn't started, I'm putting in a few extra hours at the deli this week. It will make up for the pay I did not earn last week, but I miss vacation! DH was ready to back on vacation after 3 hours at work on Monday because he had so much to straighten out.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Since I have difficulty getting photos where I want them in a post...


Here is a picture of one of the banners at Graceland.

Summer School has ended


Summer school went very well this year. As soon as we were finished DH and I took off for vacation. We headed out to St. Louis to meet with members of his chat room. We did some of the tourist things like Grant's Farm, where some of the Budweiser Clydesdales are bred and housed, and the Anheiser-Busch Brewery. The center picture is of the fence around Grant's Farm. The "pickets" are barrells from guns used in the Civil War. It is called Grant's Farm because the first house president Grant lived in after he got married is there. Parts of the brewery date to the late 1800's and are beautiful. The photo on the left is where some of the Clydesdales are housed at the brewery, and yes, the windows are stained glass. The photo on the right was taken inside the brewery. We also went to the Gateway Arch, but due to time contraints (we should have done more research) we were unable to go to the top like I wanted, but we did go through the Museum of Westward Expansion at the base of the arch. Getting in there was like going through airport security. We left St. Louis and went through Memphis. We got there too late to tour Graceland, but were allowed to park for free and tour some of the exhibits and visit the gift shops, which we did. We took a few pictures, including the banners in the parking lot. After that it was on to Atlanta to visit relatives.

Monday, July 21, 2008

One step closer!

I had the group psychololgical session and my next appointment, a 30 minute appointment with a nutritionist is scheduled for next month. I'm really getting excited about that.

Wedding planning is moving on. I'm trying to get some things done before school starts. i meet with the coordinator at the reception site tomorrow and Next week we meet with the woman who is doing the floral arrangements. When school starts, I'll have some paperwork coming up right away, so I won't have time to devote to wedding planning. I hope we have most things decided so the wedding can be put on the back burner for a while.

Summer school ends a week from Thursday and then we leave for vacation!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It has been a long time...

...since I was last here. So much has happened. Since I began my weight loss journey I have lost 25 pounds and haven't even had the surgery yet. I am still wearing the same size tops, but I've gone down a pants size! Soon I will need to take a new picture to replace the one that I've posted. Obviously portion sizes are smaller and different choices are being made. I've also been walking on my treadmill since walking outside is so hard on my knee. Today I finished and "passed" the psychological evaluation so I can proceed to the group sessions.

The school year ended on a good note. All paperwork and conferences completed on time and my observation went well. Summer school begins on Tuesday. We are in session Monday through Thursday mornings from 9:00-12:00 during July and I know all the students I am going to have and I have worked with all of the assistants assigned to my class so I am expecting it to go well.

My husband chats with a lady in British Columbia, Canada and she and her husband came east and spent 2 weekends with us. The week in between they took the train to New York City. We had a nice visit. They were quite generous and took us out to eat each day they stayed with us and I even managed to lose weight! They have invited us to visit them so that is something to look forward to in the future.

My husband and I have been spending part of each weekend riding on the scooter. I now feel pretty comfortable on it. Since losing a little weight, it is easier for me to get on. It sits higher than a motorcycle and I am short and what little height I have is in my torso. We are hoping to add a trunk with a seatback, which will have more cargo space and provide a backrest for me, which will make riding more comfortable and I will feel a bit more secure. Now all I can reach to hold on to his my husband's belt.

On Sunday my sister and I are going to a "spa" day. I know I'll be getting a facial, but I'm not sure what other services I'll have to pick from. It should be fun.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

my journey has begun

On Tuesday my sister and I went to Penn state Hershey Medical Center for our first appointment in our bariatric surgery journey. We had an orientation, a visit with a dietician, a visit with a nurse, and a visit to the lab to have bloodwork done. I say journey because it is a 6 month long process before you even get to surgery. We each have been given a meal plan to follow starting now and we have to lose 5% of our body weight in those 6 months. Each month we have homework to do and if we don't do it our journey will be delayed. We have psychological evals scheduled in June. My sister has to have an exercise eval and I need to have a sleep study done.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another featured shop!

This time it is earthcharms' turn. She has many interesting and unique pieces in her shop which are grouped into several "collections" each with a theme. The necklace pictured really cought my eye as I browsed her shop I just love the color combination of this piece. It would certinly make a statement no matter what blouse you would wear with it, but I think a black v-neck as pictured would definitely showcase it. Take a look at ther shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5084896 to see all she has to offer. She will educate you with the descriptions of her work.To find what else she is doing visit her blog http://www.earth-charms.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Last Weekend...

...was fantastic. My husband and I flew to Nashville on Friday morning to meet people who post on a message board I belong to. It was so good to be able to put a face and personality behind a name. Not too much sightseeing because we spent so much time eating and talking. Some of the members live in the area and we met at her house on Saturday afternoon for refreshments and more chat. We ate at a White Castle, which may not be exciting to most people, but we don't have them where we live. We also checked out an Irish pub (twice) and a microbrewery. The microbrewery was fun as a group, but I'm not sure I'd go there again if I had the chance. The pub was lots more fun. They didn't take reservations, but we found a small "room" and we kind of took it over and there were 12 of us. The food was very good both times. The worst part of the trip was the motel. I was not impressed at all, very bare bones. We won't stay at that chain again unless it is a group thing and I will definitely voice my opinion. The only other bad part was we had to get up so early to get our flights because we couldn't afford to miss either flight.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

90 features in 90 days, slowly catching up!

It is so hard to believe that Easter is tomorrow. It is just too cold and yucky outside. It won't be this early for another 200 years I've been told. As promised, I am doing double duty so I am not so far behind. This will be # 48. My 1st feature was on January 31. I should be at #52 I think, and since there are not yet 90 shops on the list, I am doing well. Today's feature is SimplySaid by Sarah. If you like to put a little goodie into someone's lunc , briefcasse or backpack to brighten their day you need to visit her shop, http://SimplySaidBySarah.etsy.com She has inexpensive goodies like decorated sticky notes that will do just that. She also has a blog http://SimplySaidBySarah.blogspot.com

Friday, March 21, 2008

Another featured shop!

Tired of the same old greeting cards? QuirkynBerkeley http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=67504&section_id=5094286 is just the shop for you to visit. Order several to have on hand so you are ready for any occasion (she has cards for most occasions in stock and ready to ship) and as a bonus, you'll also save on shipping. You'll also be sending a unique card. There is also a blog to visit http://quirkynberkeley.blogspot.com/

Catching up, Day 2 plus wedding details

Busy day, but we put a deposit on a place for my daughter's wedding reception!!!! She is not getting married until May 2009, but we have a place and they will get the DJ, and will have their baker contact us about the cake. The photographer is booked so I can relax for the time being.

I did promise to do some catching up on my features so today I am going to feature knuckletoes. The name of the shop just made me so curioius I had to check it out. You should too http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5173363 This section made me laugh http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5173363&section_id=5150190 Hallmark is missing out on a good thing. Her blog can be found at http://knuckletoes.blogspot.com

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Still trying to catch up

As promised, it is catch up time. For my second feature I am doing aromaticbodyoils. They make:Whipped Shea ButtersCold Processed Handmade SoapsHot Processed Body WashesLotionsBody ButtersDeodorantsPerfumes and ColognesIncenseCandlesSkin Care Products that promote clear healthy skin! Look here http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10120085 for descriptions of some of her fragrances. For her shop home, go here http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=22745 be sure to read her interesting profile. To view her blog, go here http://www.zaidat.com/blog

Trying to get caught up

I have been slipping lately so I'm going to try to do some catching up, especially since I'll be gone next weekend. Today it is Deabusamor's turn to be featured. She writes,"Roughly translated, Deabus Amor means 'Goddess of Love' in Latin. Though I am by no means a deity, I believe in sharing love and good-will through each item I create." She has some polymer clay pieces. This heart is my absolute favorite. Find your own favorite in her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5337943. Check out her blog http://omgcow.blogspot.com/

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I am so tired.

The time change has really upset my inner clock. I am always tired this week. May be next week will be better.

I am behind on my features so I need to get going. Here is one for today. Check out this beautiful necklace by Stephanie Strain, who must be one busy lady. reading her profile made me tired than I already am. She writes, "Stephanie Strain is a pseudo-geek and jewelry designer, working on further developing more advanced wire and silversmith techniques. I love the varying colors, textures and patterns of gemstones and study lapidary and gemology, as well.I have 3 shops on Etsy:BerryPatchDesigns (this shop) I work with my two "sisters" who also create lovely earth-based jewelry.http://SilverShadow.etsy.com (AKA SilverShadow Designs) is my own primary shop, though many of BerryPatch's pieces are mine, as well.UnderCurrent http://UnderCurrent.etsy.comis my shop for edgier and experimental designs and is still in development. COMING SOON: BAJORAN STYLE EAR CUFFSI love to combine the varying colors and textures of the natural world. There are so many feelings and places to love about our world!Sterling silver and copper join in the visual symphony; they have their own brightness and feelings to contribute. Gold filled or vermeil will sometimes "drop in".Hearing and seeing that people enjoy wearing my jewelry is one of the best things about designing jewelry.

SilverShadow Stylings is the work of Stephanie Strain of Orlando, FL.---SilverShadow http://SilverShadow.etsy.com ---UnderCurrent http://UnderCurrent.etsy.com ---BerryPatchDesigns http://BerryPatchDesigns.etsy.comBLOG: HTTP://STRAINSASYLUM.BLOGSPOT.COM

Monday, March 10, 2008

A new week!

Over the weekend the weather was so nasty. We had 60 mph winds that made it seem really cold and some areas had hail. It was cold this morning, but did warm up a bit as the day went on.

I've been a little lazy in doing my features so I need to get with the program. Today I am featuring art2theextreme. In her profile she writes, " I am an elementary art teacher from Indianapolis, Indiana. I graduated from college with a Visual Arts Education degree and a Ceramics concentration. Travel is a HUGE part of my inspiration to create art. I have been to England, Scotland, Mexico, and lived in Italy for a short period of time to study art.I love working with ceramics, printmaking, and fibers most of all! In my free time, I create art to share and sell, as well as scrapbook.Art is all around us. It is everywhere and in everything. " Wouldn't you like to color with the pictured crayon? You can check out all of her offerings at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5429966 She also has a blog http://art2theextreme.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Another day

Yesterday was an inservice day and amazingly, both presenters were pretty interesting. As a bonus, we got to go out for lunch and we got to leave 30 minutes early! It takes so little to make my happy.
Today I am featuring aprettyrock. She writes, "My name is Yazmin. I am a jewelry designer. I've always been an artsy-crafty person, but it seems like I just moved into jewelry unintentionally. In 2004, I went to the Yellow Daisy Festival for the umpteenth time and found a pair of beautiful hair chopsticks with beaded ends. I wore them for about a month straight! They were a true obsession.I spent a lot of time thinking about the chopsticks and how to make my own. This led me to local stores like Michael's and Joann's, but it also led me to several boutique bead shops... Many gemstones and wire later and here I am!" I think this ring is really neat. Check it out as well as her other items http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5380 You can also read her blog http://www.aprettyrock.com/blog

Sunday, March 2, 2008

We Finally Got Internet Back!

Let's just say that I am not loving Comcast. My email still is not working properly. I have spent so much time on this problem I should be on their payroll.
Today's featured shop is CreativeSundries, which is comprised of Carol and Sarah, a mother-daughter/friend-friend team. They seem to have a little bit of everything in their shop. This is the item that caught my eye, but they have such a variety you just need to see it for yourself and you can by visiting their shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php? You can visit their blog at http://creativesundries.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I'm glad today is over!

Today I had a prospective student and his family visit my class and I'm happy to say it went very well. Not that I would have changed anything, but it was stressful, worrying about how it would go. Now it is time to blog.

Today I am featuring Elements by Dawn. In her profile on etsy shre writes, "*<>*Element - refers to the shape, form, mass, line, texture, pattern, light, and color of a design. *<>*Dawn is particularly drawn to creating pattern and texture in her pieces. Through pattern and texture, her designs take on movement, visual and tactile interest. Through the use of color and form, she communicates emotion and energy. Dawn's pieces range from simplistic shapes and lines, evoking a sense of calm; to heavily textured with bold colors and lines, suggesting passion.Her obsession with circles, spheres, disks, and
symmetry is expressed throughout her designs.Dawn is constantly
learning new techniques, as well as perfecting traditional methods of metalworking and design. Additionally, she is a full-time student, wife, and mother of two boys. She enjoys listening to music of all types, especially industrial, techno, a little ska, and classical. Dawn is a self-diagnosed coffee and cheese addict." These earrings are awesome. I have tried that chainmaille pattern and was unable to do it. You can see examples of other chainmaille work when you visit her shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=69819 She also has a blog at http://elementsbydawn.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bingo!

Today I helped with a Bingo fundraiser to help raise money for the playground at the school where I teach. I think everyone had a good time. I asked my sister to come and she won a game and a door prize as well. I even had time to take some pictures of my pieces, but I don't have enough good ones to list anything, but I'll have to wait until at least Tuesday to take more.

I still have time to do a feature today, so I am going to do entyqua.. She writes, "I am Becki I am a SAHM to one gorgeous little girl!About the creations I make both costume and genuine stone/metal jewelry as well as finish Jewelry boxes, card making and other paper crafts and coming soon I will be doing clothing as well! I have a lot of creative outlets." To read the rest of her bio you will have to visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5051364 YOu can also visit her blog http://beckisdesigns.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 22, 2008

Another snow day!!

And I am not happy about this day either. Oh well, I did get lots of school work done today so I do feel goo about that. Today's featured shop is sparklystrandz. In her bio she writes, "I've had a love for crafts, especially crochet for over 25 years ever since my grandmother taught me at age 5. It was probably the best thing she could have done for my parents because it would keep me busy for hours. During college, I developed a love for beads--not just because they're sparkly, but because beads have such a rich history to them from around the world, and can be made from almost anything imaginable. Also, as an occupational therapist, I am able to use a variety of crafts and activities in my therapy to make it more fun!I combined my love for crochet and beads and began making jewelry, baby onesies, hats, and all sorts of gift items about 10 years ago. "Sparkly Strandz" is an online store that you can visit and create your own jewelry by choosing the right color bead, wire, and length you want for that perfect piece!!" Check out one of her catnip toys, pictured above. To see what she has to offer, visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5059734 You can also visit her blog http://sparklystrandz.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 21, 2008

90 features in 90 days #36

More wintry weather is on the way so I am less than happy. Of course I am wondering if school will be in session tomorrow? I'm actually hoping for a 2 hour delay so we get the day in and it counts.
In spite of taking a day off here and there, I am making my way throught the list Today I am featuring allyon67. "Deep Blue" is my favorite piece from her shop. To see everything she has to offer, visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=57441 You can also visit her blog at http://pmillerabstractart.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Back to School

Due to bad weather and scheduled vacation days we have been off a week and the day was wild. I was exhausted by the end of the day, but still had the energy to go to my first knitting class. I didn't do too badly.
Today I am featuring arosebyname. In her profile she writes, "I am a self-employed wife and mother of two teenage daughters. I enjoy beading and find that it is my therapy for stress!My daughters and I first tried beading many years ago. Over the years, the beads have gotten smaller and the designs more intricate. Although my girls no longer bead, they enjoy wearing the pieces that I have created. Etsy Street Teams are awesome and I have become a part of this fantastic group!Etsy BeadWeavers Street Team: http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ " I just love the bracelet I pictured, but you might prefer something else, so check out her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5049143 and her blog http://arosebyname.blogspot.com/.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!


However, the weather is just lousy. I'd almost prefer snow. On to more pleasant things like th e 90 features in 90 days challenge. Today the lucky shop is littlebrownbird. Before I do her feature I must mention about a missing person notice posted on her blog. http://thelittlebrownbird.blogspot.com/ Please read it and if you know anything, please call 911. If nothing else, please pray for his safe return to his loved ones.

Excerpts from her profile include. "Hi! My name is Mary Ryan. I am an Interior Design Consultant by day and a Jewelry Artist every other waking moment. I have a variety of collections to complement any style and price point for young girls to women. I will happily accept orders for custom sizing or a change in clasp or ear post/wire on any of my pieces." I love her bracelets and can't decide which of the 2 bracelets I pictured is my favorite. Visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5106927 to see the rest of her profile and more of her work.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

A little time off.

I took a few days off blogging. Yesterday I spent over an hour on the phone with my favorite ISP (NOT!) because of poor service. Now on to more fun things, like featuring another etsy shop. Today it is BerryBeads. She specializes in beaded lanyards. In her etsy profile she writes, "Hi! My name is Rosi and I have always loved crafts. It is especially nice when the things I make are practical as well as pretty. I have many different interests and making jewelry is a new passion to bring out my creative side." To see more of her designs visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=88241 You can also visit her blog http://www.blog.berrybeady.com/

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Another snow day!!

I was even less happy than yesterday. Now we are adding days to the end of the school year. This does not make me happy.

Today I have chosen to feature Chalk Hill Studio. Her etsy username is Kala. In her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=45836 profile she writes, "My name is Karen, I'm mum to two beautiful children and a professional artist and illustrator from the UK. I love to create and have trouble deciding what to do so I usually end up trying to a bit of everything from painting to jewellery making and crochet, which is why I opened an esty shop. Here you will find my artwork, prints and cards,my crafts and jewellery can be found in my new shop opening soon http://upwiththelark.etsy.com/ My main website is www.chalkhillstudio.co.uk which is where I sell my stationery and gifts for those special moments in our lives! To see what goes on in my life visit my blog http://karenjinks.blogspot.com/ " Don't you just love the picture of the roses on the front of that notecard?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snow Day!

However, I really did not want one. Now we will be in school Easter Monday, which makes me unhappy. I can't do anything about it so I'll grin and vear it.

Today I decided to feature Moore Taste. The bracelet at right is my favorite item from her shop. But, I like the chainmaille bracelet too since I have a fascination with chainmaille and seem unable to master any of the 3 chainmaille weaves I have attempted. To see all of her items and read her profile, where you will learn that she is in Australia and has 2 children, you'll need to visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=100235 You can also visit her blog http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=100235

Monday, February 11, 2008

It is still REALLY cold!

I'm tired of being cold every time I have to go outside. It was HOme Ec. today for my class and we made funnel cakes. Everyone really enjoyed them.
Today I will feature Bella Dio. She writes in her bio, "I am a SAHM and I started making jewelry years ago. My friend and I would get together and bead, while our little ones napped. Two years ago, I started playing with polymer clay and I really enjoy the opportunities this opened up to me. I slowly started adding in twisted, bent and curled wire to my designs." Visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5408087 to see items like my favorite that you see here. Check out her blog at http://belladio.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 10, 2008

It is REALLY cold and windy.

The temperature is in the teens and it sounds like we're living in a wind tunnel. Not my kind of weather. I went out twice, but now I'm home to stay for the evening. I'm going to feature cigarboxbeads today. In her profile she writes, "I'm a retired Home Ec teacher, loved what I did, love what I'm doing now. Beadweaving is my joy, along with knitting, crocheting, sewing AND being with our twin granddaughters. Not at the same time though, they love to 'help'! We do have 'crafting time' every day that I watch them, so I hope I'm instilling the love of creating in them.PS- I just opened another etsy shop---suchandsort-go there to read where THAT name came from!AND.....breaking news-- a new blog -- http://cigarboxbeads.blogspot.com I'm just getting started, so not much there right now--but I'm working on it!" Isn't this bracelet just fabulous? See all of her work at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5147055

Friday, February 8, 2008

Finally Friday! It was a very strange week. There wasn't a single day that followed my normal routine and was just exhausting, but it is now over and next week is a three day week!
Today I plan to feature luckygirltrading. Here is a photo of one of my favorites from her shop, but all of her work is fabulous. Her profile explains the name of her shop. She writes, "In the spring of 2001 I was overwhelmed by sadness and huge piles of clutter. My marriage was in the midst of a very ugly ending, and he had left tons of his stuff behind. I suddenly realized that I was a very lucky girl to be rid of him, and Lucky Girl Trading Company was born. I began listing his stuff for sale on eBay, clearing away both the clutter and the sadness. A few years later I met my lucky guy--who was selling a bit of jewelry--and married him in a hot air balloon ceremony in 2006. We've worked together to build Lucky Girl Trading into a fun and fulfilling enterprise. I've also discovered working with glass--one of my all-time favorite creative outlets. I've also discovered two ancient arts: Kumihimo and Temari. Both are centuries-old crafts, and both give me a zen-like tranquility while working. I truly am a Lucky Girl! Every day I gather pretty, sparkly things and send them to people. I imagine a person opening their mail and taking out their new pendant or chain or pouch. It's perfect--they have a huge smile on their face--and so do I. I'd love for that person to be you!"
Check out all of her items http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5252096 and her blog http://luckygirltrading.blogspot.com/

Thursday, February 7, 2008

My conferences went well!!!

Can you tell I am very happy? One more tomorrow, then the finishing paperwork, read the less than fun part of my job. That is assuming the copier is fixed I will be abe to finish.
Today I am featuring morelle http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5531346. She has some fantastic bags in her shop. I think this is my favorite, but it is a difficult decision. You'll have to visit her shop to see for yourself. You can also visit her blog at http://www.morelle.nl/

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Preparing for parent conferences

Tomorrow I have parent conferences. I feel pretty good about how they are going to go. I hope everything goes as well as I expect.
Today I am featuring RegalBeads. She writes, " have loved doing crafts for most of my life (in fact, my dad loves to tell an embarrassing childhood story on me about this passion ;))Both of my parents are quite creative, and passed this down to me!I started beading over five years ago and took to it like a fish to water. I love the feel of the beads in my hands, the challenge of a new pattern, and the joy of a completed piece!For years this has been one of my hobbies, with my personal collection growing quite large, and with many family members and friends also benefiting.I have now decided to share these treasures with the world." This bracelet would be perfect for your Valentine. Get a better look at it by visiting her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5306587. Check out her blog at http://regalbeads.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Two items listed today!

Two sales this weekend! Can you tell I'm pretty happy. I hope the etsybead hunt is going well. I'll have to check with later on to see if anybody won.
Today I will feature stacirose.
She writes, "My name is Staci Rose, busy bee of Staci Rose Designs. I offer original, hand-made, and one of a kind: Original Oil Paintings, Handmade Jewelry, Decorated Picture Frames and Mirrors, Judaica, Bead Boxes, Mother's Earrings, and more great gift ideas! " She has a section for the guys, with pieces like this one.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Free until Monday morning

I'm going to finish this post, then off to the bead room for me! Today I will feature Thumbelina Creations. In her profile on etsy we can learn much about her. (We are both members of etsyBEAD.)Jonquil Thiessen is a stay-at-home mom of three boys who loves to be creative in many different ways. She loves to sing, knit, crochet, draw, scrapbook, write music, and make jewelry. She would feel lost if she wasn't able to be creative. She started young, singing in church and at weddings at three years old. Music and art have always been her passion. She took art classes and music lessons all through school and college. During college, she met her husband, Keith. They have been married for almost ten years. He also enjoys music and encourages her to further her interests. (Or maybe he justs puts up with it.) He does say sometimes that she has too many hobbies.Jonquil's favorite medium is ... well ... It's hard to pick a favorite. She likes jewelry, but is considering opening a knitting store as well. She has tried to pass on her passion to her boys, but as you may know, little boys do not have a long attention span. Some of the boys are off to school know, so she has a little more time to focus on her art.Her main priority is her family. Etsy has become a valuable method of continuing with her art and still being able to love and take care of her family.
My favorite piece in her shop is pictured above. Those old style soda bottle caps bring back memories for me. See the rest fo her creationas athttp://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5205870 and don't miss her blog at http://thumbelinacreations.spaces.live.com/

Friday, February 1, 2008

Finally Friday!

The downside is that I worked both jobs. Now I'm free until 8:00am tomorrow, so I can feature Ulixis Crafts. In her etsy profile she writes, "My name is Amanda, I'm 21 years old and I grew up in the middle of nowhere - Northern Ontario. I'm currently a fifth year Honours Biology and Pharmacology co-op student at McMaster University and I'm working in the Janssen lab on my thesis. I do real-time videomicroscopy of smooth muscle cell migration. I've been crafty my whole life, and enjoy making a variety of things. When I was younger, it was drawing, then wreathes, dolls and beading. Now, my focus has switched to notebooks and jewelry. I also enjoy cooking, reading, writing and problem solving." She is obviously a very busy lady. Visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5284374 and you will see items such as this set. Check her blog at http://ulixis.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

I'm so glad to be home to relax and rest

It was a very exhausting day at work today. After I came home I fell asleep reading the newspaper. At least I woke up in time to feature KreativeMindz.
From KreativeMindz's Profile
"KreativeMindz is our company I started a few years ago (a dream I've had forever). Aly and Beau are a husband and wife team, supporting each other through love, laughter and creativity. An-G is one of Aly's best friends, who is a wonderful seamstress and enjoys sewing in her free time, when she isn't being a vet :).We mostly make clothing (in all sizes and colors), Goddess Wraps™, Hot Packs, Bags, Purses, Wallets, Cuffs and many other cool things! Beau is a very skilled craftsman and carpenter. Check out the Wooden Kreationz section to see some things my husband is now adding. :DA LITTLE ABOUT USI was born and raised in a home of artists. My mother a painter, and my father a photographer. As kids we always were doing some sort of "project". This has continued for me thoughout my life, dipping my hands in all sorts of creative "projects". I found my nitch in sewing. I LOVE creating different things. I picture it in my mind and then it becomes...it is my "gift" I suppose. And I enjoy working with the different fibers to see what can be done with them.I mostly stay at home and mother our 2 wonderful and beautiful children (9 and 2), my husband and best friend, our 3 dogs and a cat, and our beautiful land. This keeps me busy, as I'm sure you can imagine, but I try to sew on a daily basis, even if it's only 15 minutes. I have been making clothes for many, many years (15 to be exact). I first started when I was 15 and made a patchwork skirt by hand for a show I was going to. As I got older I bought a sewing machine and began making clothes to support my traveling and music habit. I have traveled all over the country selling my clothes at all the wonderful shows and festivals. I miss that sometimes but am so blessed to have my 2 wonderful and beautiful children. When my son got older I started working in the film buisness...helping design sets and such. This was wonderful and fun work, but I truly missed being home. My daughter was born 2 years ago, and with the help of my wonderful and supportive husband, I started to stay home again. I knew we needed the extra income though....so here I am...trying to learn my way around the internet highway. I am so very thankful to have this opportunity to be able to watch my children grow!!! We enjoy our land and our organic gardens. Hiking, fishing, swimming, playing, camping, fires, drum circles and a show when we can catch one. My husband is a carpenter and loves working with his hands and building wonderful things! An-G is living in Columbus, where she just graduated from vet school(WHOOHOOO!!!). She is currently engaged to be married next summer! :)She has been sewing a long time as well, learning some from her mother and some from herself! More to come on An-G. :)Thanks to all of you whom support us stay at home mamas and independent artists!!!! And thank you for helping our dream become reality! We truly appreciate all the support! :D" besure to visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5049713&section_id=5047502 and check out her Goddess Wrapz, which look really cool. Her blog http://kreativemindzthreadz.blogspot.com/ is a "must visit" also.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I think I'm going crazy!


Let me must say that paperwork is driving me crazy!

Now to move on to more fun things, today's featured shop is Coconut Palm Designs. (Can't you just feel the tropical breezes?) In her profile she writes, "I am a Canadian living in Belize, Central America and also a graphic designer. Woodworking and sign design is my newest crafting passion but art has been in my blood since birth. Sign making has turned into a great outlet for my creative energies and finally I am using my graphic design training for something exciting. Custom orders are welcome. Please feel free to contact me if you have a particular sign you would like me to make for you. " As of this moment it is so cold here, I wish I were living in Belize. This sign, shown at the left, reminds me that warmer days are coming! Besure to visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5128816 and her blog to see all she has to offer. http://coconutpalmdesigns.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Keep on featuring!



Citrus Tree Designs http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5332686 is a shop featuring Cards, Prints, and more! All Original Photograhy and Illustrations. Here is a link to my favorite section of her shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5332686&section_id=5279635 The animal images are the ones I like best and I really like the cat. But I also like the doggie. She has a variety pack if you can't make up your mind. I think you too will like her designs. Be sure to visit her shop and blog http://citrustreedesigns.blogspot.com/ to see more. Also read her complete profile at http://www.etsy.com/profile.php?user_id=5332686

Another featured shop!

Crazy day at school day, but I like those days becuse you are never bored. The apron pictured here is my favorite item in the shop I am going to feature today. She says this apron is for Christmas, but I think it would work perfectly for Valentine's Day. She has different aprons, both mommy size and daughter size. The shop with all the aprons is Mommy and me boutique. She says it is for Christmas, but I think it would work perfectly for Valentine's Day.

She wries in her profile, "Designer fabrics, beautiful trims and ribbons are the materials I love to work with to bring you items that you can be proud to purchase and enjoy using. Loving care and personal expression are put into each one. Aprons for adults and children are my specialty. Whether it be cooking or entertaining, these aprons are designed for today's mother and child to show off their own sense of style; you can be sure "these are not your mother"s aprons."

Be sure to visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5005863 and her blog http://themommyandmeboutique.blogspot.com/. She has a link to her flickr account there.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Paperwork Day

I had a sub for me so I could do paperwork. I got so much done I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

ThatsHeadley is my featured shop for today. After I read her profile I know I'd really like her. Smoke-free, kitty-friendly home and studio (This is why I'd know I'd like her!) She writes, "That's Headley! Jewelry Designs is about a journey in wearable art in semiprecious gemstones, wire, and glass. Color, texture, balance, and richness are my design goals. I've been "beading" since junior high, and for the last couple of years have expanded my use of wire wrapping. I've also added silversmithing to my techniques. Silver is always bona fide sterling at the least, and sometimes fine (99.9% pure) silver. I rarely make two pieces alike, because I like to have fun wearing jewelry, and seeing myself coming and going is not fun! Sometimes, though, when something comes out especially wonderful, I might make just a few to share the fun. I love to do custom work, too, so if you have something inspirational you would like to have a custom piece to wear with or to, send me a picture or description of what you would like, and we can be creative together!" Her blog, where she puts her newest creations and comments on life, the creative process, and other fabulous Etsy artists can be found at http://thatsheadley.blogspot.com
You really must visit her shop to see her wonderfuk pieces. My favorites are here http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=25865&section_id=5214305 It brings back memories of growing up when my dad calle dmy sister and I two peas on a pod.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday!

The reunion that ws held at my house today went well and I'm quite pleased.

Today I'm featuring Berry Beads berrybeads.etsy.com She writes, "Hi! My name is Rosi and I have always loved crafts. It is especially nice when the things I make are practical as well as pretty. I have many different interests and making jewelry is a new passion to bring out my creative side." I love this bracelet. Check out her shop at the link above to see all of her creations. View her blog at http://blog.berrybeady.com/ to find out more.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

90 features in 90 days

The Open House we held today did not go as well as we had hoped, however, life goes on. At least those who were here thought the food was good. That made me feel good since I spent all morning preparing the food. We also got to meet our daughter's future inlaws for the first time. I think I need an etiquette book on relationships with your child's inlaws. I wasn't sure what they thought of us. I can't dwell on that too long because now I need to cook for tomorrow since I'm having a family reunion of sorts at my house. Everyone is bringing something so I don't have to cook too much. On the brighter side of things, I'm on a roll in keeping up with the 90 features in 90 days challenge, in fact I'm a day ahead. I think this is about my 10th one. Amazing, just absolutely amazing, considering how I've been known to procrastinate.
Today my featured shop will be Celtic Goddess Jewelry, which has been in business since 2002. She is influenced by spiritual learning, nature, goddess, and Celtic imagery and she identifies very strongly with her Celtic heritage.





She has some beautiful and unique pieces in her shop. This versatioe necklace is one. Visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=16038 One unique and fun piece is her Sushi California Roll Bracelet, which is pictured here.

To learn more about the Celtic Goddess, all you nned to do is visit her blog http://buyindie.blogspot.com/ You can learn about other etsy artisians while there.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Finally Friday!


My husband and I are having an Open House tomorrow. We've been here almost a year and are just getting around to having one. I took off from the deli tomorrow to have time to prepare.

I'm tired since I worked both jobs today, but before I turn in for the night, I am going to feature Silver Dragon Creations http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=77921 She writes in her etsy profile, "I have always been an artist and one of my earliest art memories is also one of the influences that has stayed with me from the very start. I was four years old and my nursery class had a field trip to a local museum in Rochester NY. I was completely mesmerized by the textiles and beadwork of the native Americans. I don't know how long I stood there just gazing at the work and absorbing all that the creator had to say.My path as an artist, however, was a duet of both fine and performing arts. I am a (retired) ballerina as well as a published artist, having done illustrations for a CD picture book, "Papa CArdinal Finds Breakfast" by Sandra Wellborn. One of my paintings accompanied and essay I wrote for an Astronomy textbook. (I also hold a Masters Degree in Astrophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY and have worked as an astronomer and still teach astronomy as an adjunct professor for University of Maryland University College.)My work has continued to grow and expand and I now also count myself as a mistress of the art of beadweaving. My paintings and drawings are as important to me as ever, though, and I don't find enough time to do all that I want!All of my work is one of a kind (with occasional limited editions -- I have a hard time doing things more than once!). I like to play with color and texture, experiment with shape and drape and form. Human beings, I think, are happiest when they are allowed to create. I know this is true for me."

From reading her bio you learn that she is a very talented person. Even her blog http://vener-art.com/beadblog/ is creatively done.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Pricing Tuxedos

My daughter won't be getting married until May 2009, but the planning has started. She went to a wedding expo and purchased her dress and tonight we priced tuxedos. I want to scream and we've a long way to go.

Today I'll be featuring the founder of the 90 features in 90 day challenge, Giftbearer. Be sure to visit her shop. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=3855 The bio from her profile on etsy says it better than I ever could. " Pippit Carlington has been creating art ever since she was 2 years old. At age 5 she wascomposing songs on the piano; teaching herself to play by ear. She often found herself re-designing things she saw around her, in 6th grade she constructed the class mascot; a 4 foot-tall owl sculpted out of paper mache, and in junior high she began selling various art items she had made. Over the years Pippit went on to receive formal art training at Callenwolde Center for the Arts, The Atlanta College of Art, and Atlanta Jeweler's School and Studios.Pippit works in several mediums;including acrylics, watercolor, drawing, clay sculpture, and jewelry. A multicultural influence is evident in her work reflecting a diverse heritage of Iroquois Indian, Hawaiian, Russian Jewish, and French Canadian. She is strongly influenced by nature, political and social issues, and uses her art to educate the public. Two paintings from her September 11th Series appeared at a show on war at The Spruill Center Gallery. One of them titled, "It Makes You Realize What's Really Important", depicts a family comforting each other with an American flag in the background. The other shows the rescue effort at Ground Zero, "Amongst The Chaos". That series also included portraits of Osama Bin Laden and George W. Bush. This series was really an exercise in patience and tolerance. It was a difficult subject matter, but I felt it was important to document this event in history so that hopefully people would never let this happen again. The portrait of Osama Bin Laden evoked such an emotional reaction that the gallery exhibiting it in Sautee, GA. had to take it down. The gallery-owner reported to me that people told her it was incredibly realistic and that was why people were so deeply affected by it on a visceral level. One of the other paintings in the series, "Blessed Event" shows the resilient side of September 11th; the story of a woman who walked several miles after being separated from her car to the local emergency room to give birth to a healthy baby. Journalists had done an interview with the new mother and her husband for Time Magazine. Greeting cards and bookmarks are available of some of these paintings. Pippit has mentored artists with mental illness in a psychosocial rehabilitation program she developed called Artvision which she operated out of her home on a shoestring budget. The project was fully self-supporting, receiving no government funding. Artists in the program received help and guidance in learning all aspects of how to run an art-based business. This prepared them to earn money using a talent they already have. Pippit has become involved in a number of volunteer efforts; including providing online support and treatment information to people with autoimmune diseases, and has donated art items to benefit the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

The artist has sold and exhibited her art at the following stores/galleries; Star Sapphire
Oz Gallery
Dragonfly Gallery
The Spruill Center Gallery
The Millennium Art Co-op
Anna's Wardrobe
Topaz Gallery
Squash Blossom
The Work of Our Hands
Simpsonwood Gift Shop
Creative Spirit Gallery

She has participated in the following art shows;
The Sandy Springs Festival
Annual GA. Microenterprise Network Conference
For Sisters Only
The Spring Fling at Simpsonwood
Sweet Auburn Festival
Inman Park Festival
Arts In The Garden
Goodwill Christmas Bazaar
United Way Christmas Art Show
AutumnFest

*Other Online Sites*
SmashingDarlinghttp://www.smashingdarling.com/store/1882

Mindt (items available in this store soon)http://www.mintd.com/stores/show/148-Giftbearer
Dawandahttp://en.dawanda.com/shop/Giftbearer

Some of my work will be available starting November 17th at:VIX Emporium5009 Baltimore Ave.Philadelphia PA 19143215-471-7700

my blogs:
http://artlifenewsblog.blogspot.com/
http://giftbearer.zaadz.com/blog
http://blog.myspace.com/giftbearer
Flickr Profile and Photostream:
http://www.flickr.com/people/giftbearer/The Art Jewelry Collective Street Team Blogs:
http://artjewelrycollective.blogspot.com/
http://artjewelrycollective.wordpress.com/

***Pippit developed an innovative new marketing plan called the 90 Features in 90 Days Challenge*** If you are an Etsy seller who would like to increase your sales learn more about it and sign up here;
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5251490&page=1
Some sellers whose sales were previously stagnant have already reported sudden sales after 28 days with 54 participants!See some examples of features I've written on other Etsy artists in my blog here:
http://artlifenewsblog.blogspot.com/
If you are interested in supplies please check out my other Etsy store, GiftbearerSupply.etsy.com. You will find bead kits I mix myself and all kinds of other interesting things!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Losing/misplacing things

Lately it seems that almost everything I touch goes MIA. I'm spending more time hunting for things than doing things, which is such a waste of precious time.

At least I have time to feature a shop, PurpleSnowpeas.

"Kathryn Short, a photographer and all-around artist, attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was a photography major, but also enjoys bookmaking and knitting. Kathryn now teaches art and photography at the high school level.Kathryn loves to knit and crochet, take photographs while walking outdoors, craft small books for collecting thoughts, and anything else that keeps her hands busy."

Thses wristwarmers http://tinyurl.com/3bprqn which are featured in her shop as of this posting, just seemed to jump out at me. To see the rest of her items, you will need to visit her shop http://tinyurl.com/2jfkcf

Visit her blog where she talks about knitting and ETSY artists! http://purple-snowpeas-shop.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Today was a dreary day and I had no energy. It seemed like everybody at school felt the same way. It was very hard to go back after a long weekend. I 'd better find some energy soon because I still have quite a bit of paperwork to do.
I'm on a roll with the cat theme so today I am featuring MyCatLulu. "Lulu is one of the cutest cats out there. She has great big eyes and really soft fur. She reminds me of an anime cat, but only better–no crazy effects...though her purr could use a little more volume.
About me:Professional facts:BA in ArtDay Job: Desktop PublisherTrained in Photoshop, Indesign, gocco, my medium format camera, black and white darkroom, and the color darkroom.I am:I'm lover not a fighter who enjoys the company of people, the songs of birds, and an occasional Mia tai. Don't like mean people, but really who would. Don't own bowling shoes, but I did play in a league when I was in 5th grade. Other than art, my passion is traveling. My last trip took me to Kauai, Hawaii...lovely. "

Take a look at this item http://tinyurl.com/39o5qg as 50% of the proceeds go to Amnesty International.

To see all of her items, visit her shop http://tinyurl.com/346bp2
To learn more about her, and see pictures of Lulu, visit her blog http://mycatlulu.blogspot.com

Monday, January 21, 2008

Back to the daily grind...

I really do like my full-time job except for the paperwork part of it and right now it is "crunch time" for paperwork. Hopefully I will be finished soon.

Keeping with my 'cat' theme for featuring shops, today I will be featuring kalicat. In her profile she writes, "Kalicat has trained in jewellery at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens, in London. Mom of 2, she says: "I keep sane by painting and illustrating Fashion, jewelry-making and dreaming about all the things I will create in the near future". Each item may be made in gold, sterling silver or base metal, with the stones of your choice when available."

She has some fantastic rings in her shop. I really like this one http://tinyurl.com/2nrd3f , but I like this one too http://tinyurl.com/2w3v3c

Here is even more information about her from her profile.
"About me:I am an artist and illustrator http://www.catherinemarche.com, I am also a member of the Art Jewelry Collective http://artjewelrycollective.wordpress.com/I am a Self Representing Artist Jewelry Designer - SRAJD #0551"

You can find out more by visiting her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5051258or reading her blog http://kalicatdesigns.blogspot.com/

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Day Off!

I'll spend some time working on paperwork but my daughter and I are going for manicures today. I also hope to take some better pictures of some of my items. I have a couple of things to relist, but the photos I have are awful.

Today's featured shop is Cats Paw Artifacts. With a name like that, how could I resist? From her profile she writes, "Judy Richards resides in Portland, Oregon where it rains this time of year. A well kept secret is that it doesn't rain all year around.Judy is a member of the Portland Bead Society, the ORBS (Oregon Regional Beadmakers Society) and the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers).Judy makes lampwork beads and designs jewelry - unique and hopefully artful jewelry. She is always striving for new ideas, new shapes in glass. Judy is inspired by nature (flowers, birds) depicted in glass. She loves abstract lampwork most of all with layers of glass and complexity. She is always striving to that goal." To read the rest you will need to visit her shop http://tinyurl.com/3d7zcu . While there check out her gorgeous lampwork beads. You can see my favorite bead http://tinyurl.com/396e8b and all of her other work. Check out her blog http://www.catldy99.wordpress.com/ and you will be amazed.

It is REALLY cold...

... and I don't like cold weather, but all errands have been run so I am home to stay for the evening. I'm seriously thinking about a nap, but thought I'd do my featured shop so I don't forget.

Today it is LIZSTALEY. Here is an exerpt from her bio, "I grew up in Baltimore, but am now living in Greenville, NC. My mom got me into arts and crafts when I was really little (I wanted to help her paint ceramics when I was a baby, so she'd give me a paintbrush, a cup of water, and a rubber ducky. Took me awhile to figure out that it's supposed to change colors when you paint it though!). Ever since then I've loved to draw and create things.I love to crochet, make buttons, do drawings, sew, and come up with new ideas! " To find out more, you'll just have to visit her shop http://tinyurl.com/3bpd8n and read it for yourself.

She handcrafts a variety of items, but my favorites are her gloves. This pair is my favorite http://tinyurl.com/2vd2nc

To find out even more about her, visit her blog http://livewirechick.blogspot.com

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Saturday At Last

My favorite time on Saturday is 2:00, when my shift at the deli is over! I had to get a few things since we were having company for dinner. I still had time for a short nap before it was time to cook. Since this was not a dinner to impress, it was an easy meal to put together.

I was looking through the list and decided to feature DreamON. This is from DreamON's profile, "I always loved to cut, paste, paint and draw from my earliest memories. Creating art is what I do, it's built-in by my creator, He enables me, and I love it.I belong to several art groups in Florida and one in Colorado. The time I spend painting with my artist friends is my recreation, and I paint a lot.I value the presence of a recognizable subject in my paintings. I love it when the center of interest appears in the midst of background objects that aren’t so well-defined. I want watercolor to look like watercolor, and I want my paintings to have a painterly look, not a photographic copy. Therefore I am an impressionist, because I don’t want to over-control the media. I love to paint using a variety of techniques. Having taken an experimental art class for the last 4-5 years, I am likely to paint anything, and I'm always "playing."I will be sharing a percentage of the proceeds from patriotic items which I will continue to stock in my shop with the The Fisher House™ Foundation. It's a small thing I can do to support caring for our nation's military families."

You have to be impressed by this original work of art http://tinyurl.com/2w9muk. Visit her shop http://tinyurl.com/2sw948 to see all of her original art and prints. Learn more about her and her work by going to her blog http://DreamsAboutArt.blogspot.com/.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Inservice Day

So it was s day full of paperwork. I'm still not finished, but it is time to take a break. Blog time!

Today I'm going to feature signaturesterling. In her profile she writes "Since my first trek into a Toronto bead shop two 1/2 years ago, I've been an avid beader and jewelry designer. I enjoy designing, creating, and just plain playing with a variety of beads. And yes, I AM a Buckeye fan - GO BUCKS! When I'm not beading, I love being a soccer mom - can you tell? I am active with other terrific, creative “Etsians” – the TBO (Tranquil Beading Oasis), the Bead Hive, JET (Jewelry on Etsy), EtsyMom, and EtsyBEAD. Need help finding these talented artists? Go to the Etsy home site and search for TBO, BHV, JETT, EtsyMom, and EtsyBEAD in tags, titles. You'll get a great list to choose from!Committed to high quality in supplies and design, I am a SRAJD (#1111), Self-Representing Artist Jewelry Designer."

She has so many beautiful pieces in her shop. You need to visit http://tinyurl.com/2hmh8h to see for yourself. One of my personal favorites is this one http://tinyurl.com/2cwgvm . My only grandchild is a "grandpuppy", but I really like this one too. http://tinyurl.com/2de3d6.
You can visit her blog at http://signature-sterling.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Snow!

It didn't come early enough for an early dismissal, but it made the drive home interesting. I wonder if we'll have a delay tomorrow. actually I don't want one. Tomorrow is an inservice day and I have lots of work to do.

Today I have decided to feature craftymoose's shop. There is a great variety of items in her shop and you really need to check them out. This excerpt form her bio tells all she can do. "I have been crafting for as long as I can remember. I am self-taught and have enjoyed painting, needlework, quilting, polymer clay and jewelry making. Most recently, I have found myself drawn to beads and have returned to the art of french beaded flowers. I enjoy making original, one-of-a-kind butterflies & dragonflies. I am also introducing a new line of one-of-a-kind beaded art dolls and suncatchers. Custom requests are welcome."

This http://tinyurl.com/2cksky is one that really caught my eye when I browsed her shop. I think this http://tinyurl.com/yo83vg is absolutely beautiful. See for yourself. Just visit her shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=42753 or her blog http://craftymoosecrafts.blogspot.com/ and you will see what wonderful work she does!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Crazy Day

Things just started happening and we were behind schedule at 9:30 and had to hustle the entire day. The day was over before I knew and all I could think of was all the things I had hoped to acomplish but didn't. Well, tomorrow is another day.

Today I am featuring Lazy Cat Gifts., which was created by three friends in Ann Arbor, MI. The cat part interested me, of course, after all I am purrfectlydevine! That they had grandmothers who crocheted (so did I) and now crochet (so do I) and make jewely (so do I) was somewhat uncanny and one of them, for the time, being libes less than 100 miles from me, you get the idea. An exerpt from their profile reads, "Two of them were in medical school at the University of Michigan and the third worked in a laboratory there. All of us had grandmothers who crocheted, however Kelly had the most experience. After honing our skills for several years making many gifts for many family members and friends, we decided to try to sell some of our creations! We had a good start at a local craft show and found Etsy.com while searching for a gentle way to beginning selling online. (Plus, Etsy comes with the bonus of a great community of artists!) Etsy is also great for us, because Kelly has moved to Philadelphia, while Allison and Stasia still live in Ann Arbor. However, we keep in touch every day! And, we are all so excited Kelly is moving back to Ann Arbor in June!We enjoy using the skills from our grandmothers to create wonderfully hip and modern pieces. We crochet in both yarn and wire, creating artisan crochet bead jewelry, scarves, hats, etc. We are constantly looking for ways to expand crochet, and we love making custom items!"

This is my favorite piece in their shop http://tinyurl.com/2uj4bh , but be sure to visit their shop, http://tinyurl.com/2p84wc , to browse. You can also visit their blog at http://lazycatgifts.blogspot.com