Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The wasps, I think that was something special!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man." St Francis Of Assisi
A friend just emailed me that this was a quote by St Francis. 11/13. Thanks, Clark!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"The conventionally perfect face shape is a perfectly proportioned oval. Few women have that perfect face shape, but through the careful choice of earrings, a woman can give the illusion of a slimmer or wider face, depending on the effect she wants. For example, a woman with a round face might want to use accessories and makeup to make her face looks slimmer, unless she is a model. Models thrive on their unique looks, so she might want to highlight the roundness of her face. A woman with a square face might want to soften the lines of her jaw, but if she views her face shape as an asset, she might want to emphasize the sharp angles of her face to stand out from the crowd. Creating the illusion of a slimmer face, or a wider one, of sharper features or softer features is easier than you might think. All you need are the right earrings. The earrings have to be large enough to frame the face in order to have the necessary result. Tiny ear studs wouldn't cut it. Larger earrings that are clearly visible when people look directly at you are necessary to help create these illusions. If you have an oval face, you can wear literally any kind of earrings and look great. If not, you can use earrings to make your face appear oval. Let's start with a thin, narrow face. What you need is something along the horizontal lines to give the illusion of width. Try a pair of round button earrings. From 70's style plastic earrings to sophisticated diamond earrings in a large circular design to wooden ear clips would do fine. If you like hoops, wear huggies that are close to the ear and which are wide, to give the illusion of width. To soften too sharp features, go for earring designs with curves or which are rounded. Hoop earrings work very well as would earrings with round beads or with circles in the design, or even waves. To sharpen flat features, wear angular earrings. Triangles, stars and shapes that are pointed or with sharp lines would work very well. For a round face or square face, you'd want the illusion of length. A dangling pendant or a cascade of beads that draw the attention along vertical lines would visually slim and lengthen your face. Shoulder dusters are your best friend, as are drop earrings and chandelier earrings." buzzle.com Janice Wee 5/18/2007
Thanks, I hope this helps!
Monday, November 10, 2008
This was my meditation for yesterday, November 9th. As far as I am concerned it can be my meditation for life. It is really a life style. It requires self discipline and willingness and a frequent review of this concept in order that I understand its importance in my life.
Just thought I would give you something to ponder.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Please leave me your comments. I would love to hear from as many of you as possible!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
It's a waterfall we got from Lowe's. My husband added a float feature so that whenever the water level gets low, fresh water fills it up! It also has a drain and because of where we placed it we can simply open the drain when we need to and give it a good cleaning and add completely fresh water. The kids (dogs, don't let me confuse you!) seem to love it and I love having a water feature on my deck. Much more attractive than their previous water bowls scattered all over everywhere. I forgot to take a shot with some of them drinking from it, so I'll have to do that and post those later! Oh, it also has a cool light that makes it look awesome at night. I don't think our dogs care much about the decorating around it, but I like to do that from time to time. This is my latest design. Anyway, there you have it. Just thought I would share a little of my home life with you. Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
There will be another event this weekend for fundraising purposes, but there will not be a trust fund set up for her.
If anyone reading my blog wishes to donate to Cassidee to help her and her family cope with the financial crisis that an illness like this causes, please feel free to leave me a comment and I will find out how you can mail your donation to her uncle who is handling the business end of this.
Thanks for your prayers and keep them coming!
Here is a link to her website and blog: http://www.cassideeb.com
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Saw my dr. yesterday- I have a great primary care doc- and I am hopeful that I am going to be back on track very soon. I feel better today, and I noticed that my usual morning pain did not last as long as it has been. That's a really good sign.
Ok, enough about sickness! I am ready to get myself back into my craft and into my life!! I have one gorgeous necklace that is almost finished. I also have a couple of little cell phone/ipod charms that I am going to post. They are fun to make and people like them I think. Maybe they will be nice stocking stuffers for some. I think my bookmarks make nice stocking stuffers too and they are also nice as a part of a gift. Iif you have a nice book you want to give to someone, one of my beaded bookmarks will just complete the gift perfectly!!
I'm off to see if I can get some things completed!! Have a great day!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
So sixties, at least it reminds me of that. And you can just throw this bag right across your body, or you can tie up the strap and wear it on one shoulder, whichever you choose. I like the tied look personally, for now anyway. She has a large selection of really great bags in a number of different styles to suit almost anyone. Here's another link! Check her out!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
If you are wondering what this is about my article "Cassidee" (below) will explain all. Thanks!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Labradorite is another hot gemstone and I love working with gemstones. I have to say that at this point I prefer gemstones to glass beads. What do you think? What's your preference? I just like the earthiness of them. Anyway, labradorite is a stone I haven't worked with yet and when I see pieces made with it I always make a mental note to buy some, but so far I haven't. So once again, mental note to get some labradorite!
I'm taking some new pictures of my rose quartz pendant necklace because even though it is pink and lavender and pearls, gray is a big color for fall and winter and I think it would look marvelous with the right gray sweater, or purple sweater which is another big fall color. It would be a sweet look and not for everybody, but still it's right for someone.
They also have some ideas for men's jewelry which I am interested in making. I have one men's/unisex necklace in my shop now and I have made several other pieces for family members and friends. My husband loves the chain I made him for a wooden cross. I also had a man who wanted some pearls, yes pearls, that belonged to his deceased grandmother made into a masculine looking necklace. Not an easy thing to do. But, I did it and he wears it everyday. He is a very manly man and he wears it well. I was glad I was able to do that for him.
Here's the link to the article if you'd like to check it out for yourself. And if not, check out my shop for some of the pieces mentioned above. My etsy mini to the right will take you directly to my shop!! Thanks for checking me out!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I have decided to hold off on my idea of donations to the local animal shelter and will be donating 50% of all purchases made at my jewelry shop to Cassidee's foundation. I thought about donating the entire purchase price, but honestly I need some of the funds to be able to continue to purchase new beads and supplies in order to keep making jewelry. If I don't keep making new things there will be nothing for anyone to purchase to help her out. So, for now 50% and if I find I can do more, I will.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Meditation is very practical. It is a spiritual practice for sure, but it has many health benefits as well. Even the health care community has documented these benefits now and is willing for the most part to embrace meditation as a healthy practice. It's great for people with high blood pressure, anger issues, depression and the list goes on and on. I'm not even sure we are aware of all the benefits we get from meditation. I am quite sure it benefits those of us with a creative flair. It allows my mind to be more free and open to the creative process and opens me up to the great Creator! And one of the big keys to meditation and one of the hardest aspects for me is consistency. I need to meditate everyday no matter what!! Why is that so hard? I make time for other things that I want to do, so there is no reason why I can't make time for meditation as well.
One of the most interesting teachers of meditation in this country was a man by the name of Eknath Easwaran. I have read several of his books and practiced his form of meditation quite a bit. I get his daily readings emailed to me. Even though he has passed away, the Blue Mountain Center for Meditation is still up and running and working to spread the word about his work and his methods of meditation and dealing with life. He was quite a fascinating man and his form of meditation is strictly spiritual and should not interfere with anyone's religious beliefs. So have a look at their site if you would like. You have nothing to lose and maybe a whole new world will be opened up to you!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Jennifer, I received my bookmarks today, I can't tell you how beautiful they are in "person"....they are very pretty on your website, but the picture doesn't do them justice!! Thank you so very much for including one for me.....I don't buy things for myself very often, and when I do it's generally out of necessity....so getting one of these beautiful markers was such a surprise, and such a heartfelt gift. It brought tears to my eyes...they are beautiful. My daughter in laws are going to love these at Christmas time! Mine is already marking Corrinthians.....I was looking for a verse to put on my "future" daughter in laws hanky I am making her to carry when her and my son marry in 2 weeks.....!! Thank you again... Melana
It really made my day to receive such a lovely email. As I said in the post I did re: "Why I Make Jewelry" (and bookmarks) I love to know that people are actually happy when they receive that package or put on that piece of jewelry. It is such a kick for me! And this it seems is one happy customer! Yippee!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes." – The Buddha
Do you have endurance? Do you stick it out when things get difficult or do you quit, give up or run away? Think about your relationships, your spiritual growth, your education, your art- are you willing to "endure" and persist even when the going gets tough?
Something to ponder.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Well, normally this wouldn't be something I would even check into, but since it came into my inbox I decided to give it a look. I didn't see a whole lot that inspired me. A lot of gold chains with delicate pendants, nothing to inspire my beading brain! But, this one, I loved and wouldn't it have been great to make it for her!! Check it out!
Kristen Bell at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards - August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California
Kristen Bell's long necklace appears to be made from turquoise, onyx and pearls, all set in yellow gold.
There were a couple of others that caught my eye too! Scarlett Johansson just because she can never look bad and of course here she is ever so bold!
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Scarlett Johansson at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards - August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California
Big flashy beads on a huge chain -- Scarlett Johansson pulls off a look I probably wouldn't like on most people.
And finally this really awesome ring! I don't make rings personally, but I have seen lots of pretty ones on Etsy and so this one made me take a second look!
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Driver Danica Patrick at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards - August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California
Danica Patrick's large floral ring with a pearl center spread out to cover a good portion of her fingers. Her purple (snakeskin?) clutch is embellished with colored gemstones.Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Driver Danica Patrick at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards - August 3, 2008 in Los Angeles, California
Danica Patrick's large floral ring with a pearl center spread out to cover a good portion of her fingers. Her purple (snakeskin?) clutch is embellished with colored gemstones.
If you would like a link to the whole article with all the pictures, here you go!http://jewelry.about.com/od/famousjewels/ig/Jewelry-at-Teen-Choice-Awards/index.01.htm
Friday, August 8, 2008
A Season of Change
Best described as a season of change, fall ’08 is defined by rich, elegant hues that offer a vibrant selection. New York's fashion designers emphasize cooler blues, greens and purples in the top five tones used in their collections, followed by variations of warm red, orange and yellow.
"Fall is traditionally a time for subdued, quiet colors, but this season we are seeing a shift toward cool hues with bright, exciting undertones," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "Conventional tones such as warm autumn hues, chocolate browns and steel grays are also among the fall color choices. Blue and purple tones have become staples, as illustrated by Blue Iris, one of the top 10 colors chosen by designers this season, and Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2008."
Preview colors for Fall 2008.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
She is one precious dog. She loves me. She is right by my side at all times. She sits by my left leg much of the time and I love it. Never had a loyal dog before as I have been a husky lover for a number of years and loyalty is not their thing.
There will be much more on this topic later, but for today that is all I have time for. Jewelry making and blogging and marketing and taking care of six dogs and myself is quite a task. Never did I realize I would have so much to keep up with.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
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