Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Update

I just wanted to let people know - I haven't totally disappeared!

Without going into detail, I have some new health issues going on that are limiting what I can do - especially on the computer -
I hope I can get this problem under control soon -
I really miss conversing with my friends that I have made over the internet -
I will be checking my shops on etsy daily and my blog as often as possible.

I really appreciate everyones support and friendship - it means a lot to me.

I would much rather hang out on the computer and do a short blog every day and leave comments on everyones blogs frequently.

Some re-arranging may be in order here - but that will take some time and perhaps some help.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday - in these weird economic times - it
is important to remember what is really important.

Time spent with loved ones and children is often remembered more than those expensive toys.
making cookies - candy
playing board games
talking
playing anything!
baking goodies

I'll be back.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TIME

I had great plans for today! Really need to get some organizing done. But, I have had some scarves, and ornaments ready for pictures for a while now and decided to do that first!

First - became the only thing.

Took about 100 pictures, downloaded them. Went through all the pictures and resized, tweaked the colors and exposure on some and got 4 listings done. About 7 hours worth of work. A few breaks here and there - had to hang out on the floor a few times to ease the back, walk around a few times, and check the mail.

It would be so nice if these things would just appear in my shop without having to do all this!
I don't even really figure this time into the cost of my items - probably should - but how? And I know I do things a little slowly - so I sort of have to take that into account too. It's just part of the whole thing......I just shouldn't push myself to do it all on the same day though! Tomorrow, I may be hanging out on the couch all day!
Anybody have a magic wand?????

Am now going to go hang out on the couch - with the heating pad!
Cheers!

ECO FRIENDLY SCENT FREE FABRIC SOFTENER

And real quick before I head off to sleep.

For those of us who are sensitive to scents and other chemicals, this is a great fabric softener.
I can't remember how much a gallon of vinegar is, but I tend to think that this is also a lot cheaper than buying regular fabric softener.

1 cup baking soda
6 cups white vinegar
8 cups water

1 gallon container.

Put the soda in the container, add 1 - 2 cups water, swish this around a bit. ( You might even let it sit for a bit and let the soda disolve. )
SLOWLY add the vinegar. It will fizz up - so don't add it too fast.
Add the rest of the water - also somewhat slowly.

Be sure to poke a small hole in the cap. Gently swish it around a bit before adding 1 cup to the rinse water of your wash.

I like to use the fabric softener balls that you can put the stuff in - but a whole cup is too much for them. I use about 3/4 cup and it works great. Depending on your water, you may be able to use less.
I've had great results with this so far, and no static cling on anything yet. Our water is pretty hard, and it's pretty dry here.

you can add a scent to it - use 8 - 10 drops of essential oil of your choice.

Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

VOTING

I've heard rumors that someone wants to impose a test to be able to vote!

That's scary!

But, then after reading a bunch of comments left on You Tube, My Space, ............. I think well maybe that's not such a bad idea...............................................................



NAH, not even!


But, the thought of everyone actually taking the time to read, to listen to individual candidates, to learn more about how things work...............................yeah I think that's a great idea.

I could do more of that myself!

Monday, November 17, 2008

REALIZATIONS

I was really happy to see that I actually had 2 new readers to my blog. I have had to distance myself from my computer off an on for the past few weeks. For many reasons - I was spending more time on the computer than making anything, my back limits the time I can sit upright doing anything, and quite frankly I was depressed and not functioning so well.

I almost wish this was a "clinical depression" because then I could just take a pill and it would all be better. Except that there aren't any pills I can take to make it all better. I've taken everything out there - and either they don't work, or have such horrendous side effects that are worse than the depression that I can't handle it. So, in a sense, it is a good thing it's not a "clinical depression.

It all kind of started when a "friend" of mine told me some things - that I'm not going to repeat - some things that he believes are going on in this country. Lets just say that they sort of fall into the category of "conspiracy theory" I don't believe what he told me is really going on. Heck we don't need foreign terrorists with people spreading things like what he told me. We'll bring ourselves down without any outside help.

My home page on my computer has links to news articles. I was really dismayed to read one that was about threats to President Elect Obama, and his family. I think I was even more dismayed to read that there have been other people that have been threatened, that there have been effigies hung, vandalism, and graffiti against African Americans.

WHAT?

I'm old hippie at heart. I protested the Viet Nam War, I took part in a rally against George Wallace. At least one of those rallies was organized by the Weather Underground and or the SDS - keeping things peaceful, following protocol, not being lured into jeering matches was really important and stressed.
I cannot physically go out and protest anything at this point in my life. I even had the opportunity to see McCain and Obama - I would have loved to see either of these gentlemen speak - but decided to opt out of going. Besides knowing that I would pay for it for several days afterwards, I knew that if anything were to get even a little out of hand, I would have a hard time dealing with large crowds.
But, I can write.

I have had a lot of thoughts floating around in my head. Where to start? I realize that part of political campaigns is putting your opponent down. Some of it went too far this time. President Elect Obama is NOT a terrorist, he's not Muslim, he is intelligent, he is a human being.
And, you know, what if he is Muslim? Not all Muslims are out to get "us" - Sort of like not all Christians were "Crusaders" and went out to conquer and kill all the infidels. Not all Germans were Nazi's. And, I sort of thought that the United States was (is) about freedom of religion. Doesn't that mean that we have the right to believe/practice whatever religion feels right to us?

I spent some time in Florida in the early 80's. A person I met there and I wandered around downtown Clearwater one afternoon. As we did so, he pointed out to me where there used to be signs that said "White's Only". I remember the riots in the south in the early 60's, I remember watching Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's speeches, I remember the day he was killed.
I remember thinking, this is really stupid when I saw people being beaten because they thought they ought to be able to sit anywhere on the bus that they wanted to. I remember seeing a few young women being escorted into school, because there were people standing out there trying to bar their way - only because of the color of their skin.

I was watching ET (Entertainment Tonight) - was it last night? and gee Will - what's his last name - the guy (yeah, that tall skinny guy that also happens to be African American) that was on that funny sit-com "______from Belair" was voted as the favorite actor of the year by Parade - is that just by Parade - or by people sending in their votes to Parade? not sure. Oprah Winfrey is highest paid talk show host. She also carries a lot of clout.
We have a rather high ranking General that served in President Bush's cabinet, - or at least as advisor, we have numerous athletes that have set world records and won gold medals for the them and the US. There are a number of African Americans in other political offices - so why should people become so damned upset that we finally have a man that is half African American as president?

Why is it even important that he is African American? He's a human being. And a pretty intelligent one.
Why is it important what ethnicity anyone is?????????????????????????????????????????

And why is all this important to me?
Because I was brought up to believe that we are all created equal, that we all have the same rights, that we all should have access to good schools, good health care, the right and the responsibility to learn about the candidates running for office and to vote for the one that we think can do a good job.
It's important to me because I have a grandson that is half Native American. He's only 8, almost 9 - I wonder if by the time he's in his 40's if this country will be ready to accept a man that is half Native American as president?
Will it even matter by the time he's in his 40's that he is Native American?

Will it matter that someone is African American, or Asian, or Latino, or whatever!*

I hope not.

We all bleed red blood. We all cry salty tears. We all laugh, we all hurt, we all mourn the loss of a love one, we all rejoice when something good happens. Even our DNA has more commonalities than differences.

There was a young man on Oprah today that really made me cry. Young - like 7 maybe 9 at the most - I didn't catch how old he is - but what an incredible speaker - I can't quote exactly what he said - but a lot of it was about believing in the young people of today - It has been proven that when teachers expect little out of a child - that is usually what they get - when good things are expected out of a child, they usually produce good things.

We need to expect good things out of President Elect Obama, and "we" need people to STOP spreading lies, malicious lies, threatening people, and causing more problems than we already have going on. But, how in the world is he supposed to accomplish anything good when we have people doing such horrendous things to other people, when it seems like there are people out there almost trying to bring down our country even more, and yet they call themselves Americans.
It's no wonder our country is in such a bad state of affairs.

I admit that sometimes my brain draws a blank when it comes to names and even what the best word to use is.

* I think what does matter, is that these people have a connection to their heritage, a connection to each other, to traditions, but first of all, they are people. In some ways, I'm jealous of these connections - but that's the subject of another blog.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's long and about a lot of things!

I know that in reality I really don't have a whole lot of visitors to my blog. And that's ok. Right now and for the past few weeks, I have been doing a lot of soul searching. I feel that's it's really important to divulge a few facts about me. I'm not divulging these things as a search for sympathy, empathy, or really even support. But, because they affect my ability to conduct business. I have also been having a major debate with myself about whether or not to post some political and not so political thoughts and articles.
The first job I had out of high school was working as a home health care aide - I was trained as a Nurses aide. I have worked in the health care field in different jobs for many years. But, one of the things that I taught was to not discuss politics with my patients or anyone else that would be related to that job. I have pretty much followed that teaching in every job I've had.
I have also not really been that big on following politics in general until this election.

What affects my ability to conduct business.
July of 2000, I was officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Severe Fibromyalgia. I honestly believe I have dealt with this malady since my mid 20's - having flairs that would last a few weeks - to a month. I would go for several months to 6 months or longer and be ok, and then wake up one day feeling like I'd been run over or beat up! And then a week or two later I'd be ok again.
But, in July of 2000, that was no longer the case. The pain did not subside. And it was far more severe than any of the previous painful periods. Added to that was severe fatigue. I'm not talking about just feeling tired. But, the kind of fatigue where I'd be right in the middle of doing something and just fall asleep. It didn't matter if I'd had 6 hours of sleep, 8, or 20 - and sometimes I did sleep for almost 20 hours at a time. I could hardly stand to be touched. Just getting up out of bed and going to the bathroom was a major effort. Many days that was about all I could accomplish. I went to the Dr about every two weeks to get trigger point injections in my back - usually about 20 of them - the muscles in my back would spasm so bad that the muscles would just knot up and they also pulled my spine out of alignment.
After being pretty much bedridden for about 2 years, I saw a Dr who put me on Adderall - to counter the affects of the pain meds and the fatique. Along the way, I've done numerous physical therapy treatments. I've also had to deal with other health problems, some related to Fibromyalgia, a result of, or not even related, but sometimes complicated by it.
Two years ago, I told my kids that I was just beginning to feel like I was waking up from the worst nightmare in my life. Sort of like when you just wake up and your eyes aren't even open yet. Unfortunately, this nightmare wasn't a dream.
The overall pain from the Fibromyalgia has mostly subsided. The fatigue is somewhat better, but not much. I still deal with other health issues that I will have to deal with for the rest of my life - while not life threatening - they do occasionally interfere with my ability to get things accomplished. Probably at this point what affects me the most is the 6 (at last count) herniated discs from my neck to the middle of my back. I also seem to becoming more and more sensitive/allergic to meds, scents, foods. The reactions aren't just sneezing or itchy watery eyes, I feel quite ill when I have a reaction to something.
My dream, for many many years was to be an artist. Last Feb. I broke out my oil paints after not painting much for the past 8 years. After about 2 weeks, I realized that they were making me sick. I wasn't even using paint thinner. I tried again as the weather warmed up, and had the window open, a fan set so that it would blow the fumes away from me, but after a few hours I realized that I was feeling pretty ill. Sort of depressing.
But, being the tenacious person I am, and loving to do a variety of crafts I launched into other things.
I was delighted to find etsy. As I have gotten to know more and more people through etsy, I have realized that there are many people - sellers on etsy that have a variety of health issues - some severe to somewhat mild. I truly admire what some of these people accomplish.
Most of the time, I can get items mailed out pretty quickly. I try to keep things organized and my supplies ready. But, there are days when I just get knocked flat on my back so to speak - there are days when I can eat the same food that I ate the day before and it will leave me with my stomach cramping so bad that all I can do is to try to find a reasonably comfortable position and I just have to become a couch potato for a while. I don't have a car anymore, and going to the store often becomes a major ordeal that will often leave me wiped out for the next few days.
Being able to create things gives me some purpose in life. It gives me a feeling of being somewhat productive. There are personal things that have been left by the wayside, that I need to take care of at some point.
I have struggled, debated, with posting a blog about all this. I'm sure that are many many etsy sellers that have done the same.
I have really struggled and debated about posting anything political - and thought about making a whole new blog page - but I have a hard enough time keeping up with what I do have - adding one more is just out of the question. And besides, it's still me. I don't want to hide behind a different name.
I realize that there are differences of opinion, believes, but then there is truth.
I hope that in spite of our differences, we can find our commonalities, be respectful of each other.
We are all in fact human beings, and I believe we all are trying to do the best we can to make our own lives and our children's the best it can be.

"A WORD FROM ABE: 'I'M MIGHTY PROUD' " PART 2

By A. Lincoln (as told to Darryl Levings) McClatchy Newspapers
printed in the Albuquerque Journal Friday Nov. 7, 2008

"Only the almighty knows the depth of the well of misery that was poured out upon the slave, but also later on his grandchildren. All those burning crosses, the lynchings, the indignity of Jim Crow, the slurs and the hate. How they did suffer.
You must know how it shook my soul when that Georgia preacher, Martin Luther King Jr., became one more to fall to the assassin's bullet. "I have a dream." he had called out, right out front here. My dream was much the same, of divisions erased, of unity and prosperity for all Americans.
I can remember another outstanding fellow, my friend Frederick Douglass. Last time I saw him on earth was at the reception after my second inauguration. I heard later that policemen actually tried to push him out a White House window. Some thought a black man shouldn't even be in the White House, unless a servant.
Now, it is so fitting and proper that a man with African blood be the rightful resident of that old house.
I have a notion he and his wife may find some ghosts there, some of those young Union boys who bivouacked on the ground floor and who shed blood later. Perhaps even Willie is there. He will delight in the company of those two little ladies running happily up and down the halls.
I tell you that I've been watching this young man, and I have been impressed. Reminds me of myself some. Both tall, skinny politicians from Illinois, although not born there. Did you know that I was branded an "infidel" by a Methodist preacher when I first ran? How things do not change.
Both of us were helped along mightily by the Chicago crowd, including the Tribune. Both of us were ambitious, were considered short on experience. Both of us were critical of needless militarism beyond our borders.
I like his calm. And doesn't he give a fine speech, a thing folks used to say about me. That little effort at Gettysburg certainly served me better than any man should expect.
I think I still have that envelope somewhere about my person. Ah, yes, here it is..."dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Right there in the first line.
Now, doesn't that still have a pleasant ring to it?"

Sunday, November 9, 2008

"A WORD FROM ABE: 'I'M MIGHTY PROUD' "

A Word From Abe:'I'm Mighty Proud'
By A. Lincoln
(as told to Darryl Levings) Mcclatchy Newspapers
printed in the Albuquerque Journal Friday Nov. 7, 2008

A Word From Abe:'I'm Mighty Proud'
I've got to tell you that I'm mighty proud.
This business took a mite longer than it should have. I always said that I walked slowly, but I never walked backward. Well, I'm afraid this country has taken some steps back, but here we are finally, with young Mr. Obama ready to move into the place.
That's what I called the presidency.
I confess to a bit of puzzlement about how this accomplishment occurred through the auspices of the Democratic Party. When I departed this world, it was pretty much a given that the Negro supported us Republicans and vice versa. I wouldn't have bet even a penny - and I do appreciate my likeness on them - that they would ever be comfortable settled in a party that once harbored Copperheads.
Now, that reminds me of a story. Putting together my government, I suggested the names of some of the lawyers with whom I rode circuit in the early days. Judge Gillespie was down from Chicago and he expressed astonishment.
"But Abe," he protested, "those lawyers are Democrats."
"I know it," I said, "but I would rather have Democrats I know than Republicans I don't."
And that is the way of it. Some of these Republicans, I just don't know anymore.
Now it's true that I didn't foresee this back then. The question of the colored race was one that many people had to grapple with. In one of my debates with Douglas, I expressed doubt that the two races could ever live together in social and political equality.
Better to be silent and be thought a fool, I used to say, than to speak and remove all doubt. Well, that time, to use Stanton's words, I reckon I was a "dammed" fool.
So I understand the criticism for not immediately freeing those in bondage in Union held parts of Missouri and Kentucky.
But you may not recall that my Emancipation Proclamation prompted hot talk that the Western states would secede as well. So, I can only beg your pardon and plead that those were troubled times when it was not clear how our nation could stand
I like to think I gave my measure toward this end, but I've been given too much credit. When Richmond finally fell, those poor Negroes there called me "Father Abraham" and knelt. No, I told them, and I tell you, it was all so much bigger than me.
To be continued.................................................

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Drawing For Gift Tags

I owe everyone that signed up for the drawing an apology - It's been a weird week.

Well, I guess I could claim that I've been in the hospital for the past 5 days, or broke my fingers, or my computer crashed,..................................but that wouldn't quite be the truth.

Although, the past week has been a series of mini-mishaps, besides trying to shake a bug that was making me almost non-functional, I washed my blanket and some drapes and used a fabric softener that I thought I wasn't sensitive to - but then proceeded to take a nap and ended up having an asthma attack - and I don't really have asthma - except when exposed to certain scents - which took about 24hrs for me to start feeling better from that, and then having to wash a bunch of stuff all over again!

While my computer didn't crash, it seemed like almost every time I tried getting on line - it work ok for a bit, and then all of a sudden it would freeze up.

And I needed to take care of some personal things that I have neglected for some time.

A little late - I'm pleased to announce that Marie Antionette is the winner of the Christmas Gift Tags.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Drawing for Free Christmas Gift Tags




I'm procrastinating.

You may be wondering what I'm procrastinating about.
Cleaning.

Not the normal everyday kind of cleaning, but cleaning things out. Getting rid of things. Trying to decide what to keep, what to give away and what to donate. Almost a quarter of my bedroom is already full of things to donate. I was trying to donate this stuff to an organization that helps out women, but they don't seem to want to come it, and I don't have a car to take it there. My daughter suggested another organization - so I guess I'll finish this up and call them!

And speaking of giving things away - these are the last 3 gift tags for my drawing on NOv 1st.

If you have already left a comment under the other post, you don't have to under this one. You can if you want - I always welcome comments!!!


So, yes I decided on 6 different ones. I hope you like all of them!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

HOST TRUNK SHOW


Check it out!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Drawing for Christmas Gift Tags




So, I have finally finished creating and taking pictures of the tags to be given away. To be entered in the drawing, leave me message under this post. Drawing will be held Nov 1st, 2008!
What do you think - 4, 5, or 6!?

More pictures soon!

New Things

The Original photo
"Memories"
After some manipulation and adding a digital frame!


Exploring different websites, finding new things (new for me anyway) through photobucket.


Morning glories are pretty much my favorite flower. But, they also bring back a lot of memories. My grandmother who lived in Ft. Lupton, CO had a large bricked in planter in front of her porch - that loads of beautiful blue morning glories grew. The past four years, I've been growing morning glories in small planters on my patio and collecting seeds for the next year. Finally getting a digital slr camera this past May, I've been able to expand my photography work. I've used a film slr camera for years, but just haven't been able to afford to do much with all these slides I have. This digital stuff is pretty cool! I'm really sort of purist at heart, I usually look at something and think of how I want the end result to look, and take a picture with the settings that I think will give me that.
When I took the original photo of the morning glory and then titled it "Memories", this just wasn't going to work! It was one morning glory! And our memories are plural, and often influenced by past and future memories. So, I decided some manipulation was called for. Like our memories, the result is layers in different transparencies. Then I stared adding some digital frames - just so that it give people a little idea of what it may look like framed. Not sure I really like these frames that much - but perhaps they are better than nothing - maybe not!

I recently bought a Jack O'Lantern Lantern for my grandson, and on a whim took a picture of it one night. I was so excited over how the picture turned out, I started playing around more with setting up different scenes, taking numerous pictures and then editing some of the photos, taking objects from one and adding it to another.
Some of the end results have 4 or 5 objects added to one background. They have been fun to do, and certainly something I want to play around with more.
And then this morning, I discovered scrapblog! No telling how long this has been around - but I just found it and here's the result of that discovery!

http://scrapblog.com/lisianblue

Have a wonderul day, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Favorite Holiday Part 2



Another one of my cards that I made - available at http://lisianblue.etsy.com


When my kids were little, I made their costumes. One year, I made a snowwhite dress for my daughter - and my son - was a space alien of sorts. One of my favorite costumes I came up with. I took one of his one piece pajamas - oh I think he was maybe 2 or 3, and added a felt collar, and sewed different colors of yarn to a strip of bias tape, then put that down the sleeves. Took a headband and wrapped a couple of pipe-cleaners around it - with the majority of them sticking up and added a styrofoam ball to each that had glitter glued all over them. then some little black boots. A little bit of makeup - It was all cheap and fun to put together! He looked so cute!


So what is it about Halloween that makes it so fun. The candy - well yeah that's part of it. Dressing up and getting to be someone - something we aren't - that was definitely part of it. Part of it is a link back my ancestors - although certainly changed - and usually not acknowledged - that's where it started. Back in the pagan days, no not satanic, no not evil, just different. It's fun going from house to house to get treats -

It's not fun walking around a mall and getting cheap candy that is the same from store to store. It's fun to see what your friends are dressed up as. I kind of remember a few times doing a parade sort of thing in elementary school - everyone took turns going from class to class - just a a parade sort of thing to check out everyones costumes.

I still enjoy dressing up. And I really enjoy decorating outside around my apartment. I love the comments as the kids come by. Last year, I sat outside for a while. I think some of the kids thought I was a fake witch - they would walk right past me and knock on the door. That was fun.

Maybe I'll try to start decorating soon. The people next door to me already have a few things out. I'm not sure I'll get a lot of decorating done this year - just not much energy.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

My Favorite Holiday



Next to Christmas anyway! Halloween!
And this year, I'm making Halloween cards that are for sale in my etsy shop.

http://lisianblue.etsy.com/

I have always loved Halloween. Maybe it was partly the dressing up, the masquerade. Partly the candy. And definitely about the pinon nuts! An older (?) man lived down the street that would go gather pinon nuts every year, and that's what he gave out at Halloween. He'd roast them, put a handful in a square of aluminum foil and they were better than any candy as far as I was concerned.

I think I really enjoyed dressing up too - although I don't really remember any of my costumes! Except one. I don't remember exactly - but I think I wore one of my dads shirts - so of course it was way too big for me, a pair of leotards, some tennis shoes, some beads of my mothers, and a grey felt tam - I was a beatnik. That's the only costume I remember.

It's possible that I enjoyed it even more when I had my 2 kids to take out trick-or-treating. And for us that was quite an excursion because we lived about 25 miles out of town. Then after a few years we lived a little over 30 miles out of town. We tried different neighborhoods a few times. One year we went to an area that is right on the edge of town - a rather well to do neighborhood. It was one of most disappointing years we had! The houses were far apart - and they actually gave out pretty cheap lousy candy. One year we did the mall thing. That was enough - we never did that again. But, what seemed to be the best place - the neighborhood where I grew up and of course my dad and my step mom enjoyed seeing the kids dressed up! Of course the man that had given out pinon nuts had moved away long ago. The family that lived there while I was growing up were still there - they gave out full size candy bars! One year, my daughter was sick and unable to go - so my son and I went, and I trick-or-treated for her. She got a lot of candy that year! So did I!
To be continued...........

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Etsy :: Treasury List

Well, that didn't work so good! oh well!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Support Handmade - Clay Beads

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15162498

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14920079


http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15424069

I haven't quite figured out this blogging thing yet - when the best time to post them is, what the best tags are, how long, how short. But, after reading a friends blog I decided to spend a little time doing another blog about her.
Why? Because she's a cool person, and she and her hubby are trying to get into a better situation than they are in! I know I would have an extremely difficult time living in a roach invested place. I realize that living in Florida, that's quite a battle to live without a bunch of roaches!


I also realize that there are alot of things going on with our economy right now - and I just realized I just missed the debate tonight! Maybe they'll recap it on Nightline!


Anyway, there are alot of people out there that aren't struggling - so, it's you Im talking to!

Both Melanie and her husband work. Although he was working at a job that is not his normal work, there were a lot of days that his boss didn't need him - well - yeah he was doing construction work, and I think we all know how that's going right now!

So, he did get a job in his usual line of work this past week, and I sure hope he gets to work A LOT for a long time! But, they could use a little extra help right now. Here's how you can help!

Melanie makes the cutest little clay beads. I know, because I have several sets of her beads.

I think the little pumpkin pie beads are so cute! They would be so unique to add to a place setting for Thanksgiving - and each person would have a little keepsake from Thanksgiving, and just think you've maybe helped someone have a little bit better Thanksgiving. Add them to a centerpiece along with the little Mallow Pumpkin! Need more than 6 pieces of pie? I'm sure she would be happy to make a dozen or more!

Halloween is just around the corner! And so what can you do with spiders, bats and witches hats?? Make earrrings with them! Put them on a bracelet for your little ghoul. Make them into a necklace - give them out as party favors to best costume at your costume party! Put them on a wire ring for a wine glass charm. Use them as part of a decoration.

And then we have that sweet little Mallow Pumpkin! Again, you could do some of same sorts of things with them!

I think all of her items are very reasonably priced for something that she makes by hand. They aren't massed produced, she makes each and every one of these with her own two hands. So, if you can find about 10 bucks to buy some really unique handmade creations it would sure help this very sweet person out! Besides making some adorable clay beads, Mel also works.

Oh yeah, she's also having a drawing for free beads! How do you enter the drawing? By buying something from either one of her shops!

Thanks - sorry it got so long!

Another Wonderful Etsy Hostie




Her name is Jeanette, but she goes by Maisy! What a fun name! I'm amazed by this wonderfully sweet person and all that she does.
Besides having 2 shops on etsy, she keeps up the blog for HOST, is in the team forum thread giving everyone encouragement where needed, compliments, hugs, short chats, more hugs and some thawks!
From her profile she says this about herself:
"was raised in lush, tropical St Lucia in the Caribbean and I firmly believe that gave me my magpie eye for rich colours and textures. My designs are often inspired just by the materials that I work with and my combinations are intended to bring out the best in the stones, and to be comfortable and unselfconscious for you to wear. "
I love that "magpie eye" description. Magpies are great at finding little jewels. So this seems to be fitting because she does have some pretty jewels in her shop. Maisy resides in Dorset, UK.

Maisy also occasionally visits my flickr page and leaves me some fun comments, I'm not sure how she keeps up with everything she does!

The beautiful long strand of pearls is from her http://maisyh.etsy.com/ shop. I think those are so elegant -
and the necklace with the different blue beads is from her http://mcnovelties.etsy.com/ shop.

That's one of the really cool thing about Maisy's designs, she does simple but nice items that you can wear during the day or night - to more elegant and dressy designs like the long strand of pearls.
Her blog: http://teaandjewels.blogspot.com/
And her other blog: http://maisyh.blogspot.com/

and Host: http://helpingothersstreetteam.blogspot.com/
Where she does a beautiful job of writing about team members and their shops.

I probably don't do half of what she does, and I can't keep up with it all!
Go, check out her shops - remember Christmas is right around the corner!

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, September 8, 2008

MY FEATURED ETSYIAN HOSTY


Reusable Produce bags by Ficklefaerie
Ms. Ficklefaerie lives Waaaaay Up in Northern Ontario, Canada and is the mother to 3 grown daughters. And she makes these awesome reusable produce bags. What a neat idea - wow that would save so much plastic, reduce our use of oil, and keep a lot of trash out of the landfills, out of the streets..................They're not only reusable, they are also washable. And I think much more versatile:
You could use them for little beach toys - just shake the sand out -run it under the water to get the rest off and you keep that sticky beach sand out of the car.
I think they would even be great for putting knitting in - just protect the needle ends so they don't poke holes in the mesh - but you would be able to see what's in it! I have at least 4 canvas bags with current projects - but I'm always having to look inside to see what's in each - but with these I'd be able to see what project is in there - mmmmm maybe I'd better go get some of those!
Even though FickleFaerie lives Waaay up in Northern Ontaria - she only charges $2.00 - $4.00 for shipping - that's very very reasonable shipping from Canada!
go see for yourself - http://ficklefaerie.etsy.com/ - cool bags!
See ya later!
**** I mentioned that I thought they would be great for washing hose in - but Ms. Ficklefaerie let me know that the seams are too rough to be used for this purpose! So, please do NOT put your hose in these wonderful reusable produce bags.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

How to Get A Grandmother From Arizona to North Carolina





I'm featuring just one person today instead of my usual two.

Aren't' those some pretty earrings? They are made by Krystle at DK Jewels. They're still available in her shop - well they were 20 minutes ago.

Krystle and Mr dk jewels are expecting a new baby boy, by mid Sept.
Krsytle is a stay at home mom who has been married for almost 8 years. She and her husband met in Arizona while he was stationed there in the Marine Corp. They now live in North Carolina. Krystle and Mr dk jewels have 2 children , a 7 yr old girl and a 3 yr old boy. Krystle works at home making some very pretty jewelry that she sells on Etsy.

Now, Krystle even with some of her complications with this pregnancy is still doing her jewelry and keeping up her shop. I just ordered a pair of earrings from her and she had them packaged and ready to go within 20 minutes! That's impressive.

Because of the complications she is having, she will be having a c-section. I've had one of those. It does take a little while to heal and totally get back up on your feet. And shoot she's got two other kids to take care of. Krystle is working really hard at selling her jewelry to be able to get enough money together to bring her mom out to NC.

As a grandmother, I can tell you - it is the most awesome feeling in the world to be there when your grandchild is born. It's almost more incredible than giving birth to your own child!

So, go visit her shop and do some early Christmas shopping, or buy someone a birthday present, or just get yourself a really pretty pair of earrings. She's having a SALE too. Everything is 25% off. Or you can let her keep the 25% to add to her funds to get her mom out to NC.

Mr dkjewels does have a job there in NC - but, you know how expensive airplane tickets are - how many young families really have that kind of money to fly grandma out when they are expecting a new baby!

Help her out if you possibly can. Can you go without your Starbucks for a week or two?
Her earrings and other jewelry is very reasonably priced especially for a great pair of handmade earrings!
Thank you for visiting my blog, now go visit http://dkjewels.etsy.com/
Have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

JAKE JOY THE PUMPKIN PATCH PUMPKIN MAN






I'd like to introduce you to Jake Joy the Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Man and his pumkin patch.

Jake Joy and the little pumpkins are made by Melanie of MelaniesOriginals at http://www.melaniesoriginals.etsy.com

The two little round pumpkin beads have holes going vertidally the other 4 have holes going horizontally.
I just think theyre' really cute!
Right now she has one set of the 2 round pumpkins in her shop. She did have Jake Joy and the 2 sets of the little pumpkin beads, but someone bought them within minutes after she listed them.
I guess this can go under art and photography - after all she did make these with her own hands! mmmmm does that qualify them as sculptures?
If you don't see any for sale in her shop, just send her message - click on the link on the right side where it says either contact seller or contact melanies originals. She is taking orders for them.
All brought to you by Melanie who lives in Florida, with her husband, and 2 furry friends.
We have had a number of conversations back and forth, and she seems like a really aweome persom. Oh yeah did I mention she is a member of HOST (Helping Others Street Team) of etsy.
which can be found at http://www.HOST.etsy.com
Check out both shops - some pretty cool stuff there!
Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day / night!

BLOG PAGES


Well, I spent a lot of time the other night redoing my blog page - actually going in and editing the html. It seemed to work ok.

However, tonight when I was checking some things out and came back to my page - my whole monitor went black. ooops.
I was trying to not freak out.
I sort of thought "oh sh-- I just crashed my computer" managed to shut everything down, restarted it - and so far so good.


So then I went hunting for a new template - I had been checking out Melanies blog, and I liked the way hers was laid out so I just figured out which one she had, changed the colors and I guess I'll go with this one.

At least for a while!


I did get some pictures done today. 136 of them! Thank goodness for digital cameras! I even got all of them cropped and resized so they are all ready to list. Now if I could just get out of the forums, the blogs, flickr,............................................
The cap is one that I did at the beginning of summer. I have some more I made too - just haven't listed them yet. New shop for the caps or in my 2nd shop????????? or in my 1st shop? decisions, decisions, decisions.

Haven't really created much of anything new in a bit. Still haven't finished up the little gift cards I started the other night.
I keep getting caught in the web!
Melanie, I need some of those adorable little spiders you make to put on my web!!!! They are so cute. check them out people.

http://melaniesoriginals.etsy.com/ - there is a link to see them in her announcements.


It's 2:58 am - I'm going to list a few items and then go to sleep.


Have a wonderful day everyone.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

HOSTING HOSTIES - Find Out About The Secret!

Oh Boy - It's way past my bedtime - so this is going to be short.
It took me a bit to figure out the best way to get the pictures loaded and be able to put text inbetween them - easy I know - it just doesn't work so well if you left or right align the pictures.

There's a secret at the end!

Anyway, I picked items from the back of the HOST shop for todays blog. Check them out!

First up we have Fiesta Time, donated by http://adollscloset.etsy.com/ OOHH such pretty colors - I think this one was hiding out just so someone could buy it closer to fall. Aren't those perfect fall colors?
This is available in the HOST shop at http://host.etsy.com/ Bracelet even comes gift boxed!






And this is Divas Shop magnet donated by http://flamingolady.etsy.com/ (no, it doesn't have flamingolady across the magnet) isn't that the cutest magnet? Now I'm sure most of you know at least one person that this magnet would be just perfect for. You'd be helping someone out, and getting a cool magnet for yourself or as a gift for a friend!
It's available at the http://host.etsy.com/ shop - now - don't wait too long - it may be gone before you get there!



And last but certainly not least, we have the "Really Red Barrette" donated by http://allaboutthebuttons.etsy.com/ I was thinking really red lipstick! It would actually look pretty good with that bracelet up there! And then add the magnet and you have 3 great handmade gifts for yourself or someone else. It's too bad I didn't see that before, and put the pictures together - but I think you can see they would work together!

YES, it is available at the http://host.etsy.com/ shop.

WOW - you could have all 3 for less than $25.00 - (including shipping) - how cool is that! you could have a neat little set of unique handmade goodies for yourself or your best friend, your sister, aunt, mother..................?
Be sure to visit the HOST shop, some wonderful items there - all donated by etsians helping other etsians out. Emotional support, help with shops, shop makeovers, they get clothes together for people that need some, get grocery cards so people can get some food, school supplies, help track down resources for people, other financial help - these ladies do some awesome things! OOps - I'm not sure - there may be some male HOST members and donators too!
Christmas isn't that far away!
Have a wonderful day everyone - I'm going to sleep now!
I think I must be part owl!
I'll make you a deal - if you go buy all 3 of these items - I'll make a birthday or Christmas card to go along with them - just leave me a comment that you bought them - now I'll be checking with the shop - so - no cheating - The card of course will be free! Just let me know if you want a birthday or Christmas card - or for some other occasion! I do cards! In fact I was just making some new ones last night. You can check out my shop for a few of the ones I've made http://lisianblue.etsy.com/
Have fun shopping!

Unethical

I did manage to get out the other day and take some pictures. The peace roses are from the bush I planted in my yard about 4 years ago. It is now over 7ft tall. It's doing it's late summer burst of blooms.
I thought there had to be some kind of bird nesting in this wonderful tree that has branches hanging over my yard. The nest is right over the sidewalk up to my apartment - I kept wondering why there was so much bird poop on the sidewalk!

Can you see the baby bird? It's the white spot below the mama bird - kind of look through the triangle of smaller branches. It was out of the nest stretching it's wings - until I walked up the stairs & then it hid in the branches and was very still. I have large pictures of this on my flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisianblue/
if you aren't familiar with flickr, click on the thumbnail then you can click on all sizes and look at the "original" size - it get's big!
Make sure you come back!
Every now and then I have to play around with the way my page looks. I've always wanted the area that the actual blog goes in to be wider - There's this whole screen there and a whole lot of it was blank. At one time monitors were smaller - and well yeah some people may be looking at the internet on cell phones. I don't know how anyone can see much on those anyway - so we're going with the theory that most people really do most of their surfing with at least a regular size monitor.
So, having said that - if my page is doing weird things on your monitor - please let me know and I will try to remedy it. If people are having to use the bottom slide bar to view my blog - well that's not good. I doubt that anyone or too many people will have this problem though. I hope not!

I missed being able to blog yesterday. I had to write a letter to an organization that I receive some of my medical case management services through. My case manager wrote me a letter stating that she had been trying to contact me - but hadn't been able to - and set up an appointment for me at such & such date & time - if she didn't hear from me by then, then I would be dropped as a client.
Wow - this person just didn't show up for our last appointment. Didn't call to cancel. And the last time she did call was the day after we were supposed to meet - on July 11th.
The thing is, we are supposed to meet about every 3 months. She has either not shown up or has called and rescheduled pretty much every one of the initial appointments. She usually makes it on the 3rd or 4th try. Kind of irritating after a while. I have to make sure I'm home, and not be on the phone, and arrange my whole day around these meetings - and then to have her just not show up - it's irritating. I understand emergencies happen. But, every time we had an appointment set up?
And then a few other things happened, and she made a comment to me that someone in her position really had no business making to me - which I certainly would have discussed with her at our next appointment which should have been on June 1oth. But she didn't show up.
She called on the 11th while I was out and left a message saying she'd like to explain what happened on the 10th. Ok - well gee - she didn't even call on the 11th until after I had left a note for her at her office.
And then I get a letter from her with a big fat lie about trying to contact me.

Enough.
So I wrote a letter to her supervisor.

She could have written me a letter saying she was sorry she missed our last appointment and yes she would remove me as a client which I had requested in my note to her on the 11th. and it all would have been cool.

But, when "professional" people just out right lie about calling when they haven't - just makes me very upset. I have an answering machine. I have caller Id. No messages and no phone calls showed up my caller ID since the 11th of July.

So, now that I went on and on about this. I'll do a separate blog about HOST.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

HOSTIES

Fairy Blossoms Tea

Joe the Jack O' Lantern

Witches or Wizards Lavender Scented Hat



Quiet Child Tea



Today I would like to feature a couple of the HOST members. (Helping Others Street Team on Etsy)
It's almost September - which means Halloween is right around the corner! and cooler weather.
So, just think, you could get Joe the Jack O' Lantern or the witches hat from Melanie and a nice of tea from LavenderDragonHerbs - ooh the witches hat is lavender scented! How cool is that!
Both of these ladies donate items to the HOST shop and I think it would be great to help support them for their generosity. Melanie also makes the cutest little pumpkin beads - she has them as a special order - click on the link in the announcement portion of her shop. Aren't those cute!
And lavenderDragonHerbs also makes incense - and a witchy brew - for women - wow - cuddle up with Joe and cup of tea with some great smelling incense - this is getting better all the time!
Check them out - you might find something you just gotta have for yourself or the perfect gift for a loved one.

Fairy Blossoms Tea - looks lovely doesn't it?

It's easy to order items on etsy - some sellers accept only pay-pal, some accept money orders - if you don't want to mess with pay-pal and it doesn't list that they accept other forms of payment - you could always ask if they will take a money order. but, you know what, you don't even have to have a pay-pal account to buy something to use pay-pal and you don't have to pay a fee for it! the seller does.
Check out these shops run by women that help others by donating to the HOST shop that helps out fellow etsians that need a little helping hand. Sometimes people just need help in promoting their shop, or figuing out how to take the best pictures, or sometimes people just need someone to listen. They're there to help out in whatever way they can.
Thanks for visiting my blog, now go visit their shops!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

HOPEFUL



HOPEFUL -
not something I have really felt a lot of in my life. Not that I have always felt the opposite - just not always hopeful.
Is it possible to give others hope?
I think so.
I don't believe in just bailing people out of situations. I admit there were times as an adult that I had to borrow money to get things like a set of tires, or some food now and then.
But sometimes we all need a little help - in a variety of ways.
I am so impressed as I have gotten to know a little more about some of the people who are members of HOST.
There are young mom's with young children, many with health problems - mom and or the kids - but are trying to add to the family income by making some wonderful items and trying to sell them - mostly on etsy. There are older women, some with health problems trying to add to their meager income by making some wonderful things and trying to sell them on etsy. But, these people have come together to form a team that have set up a shop that they donate items to and this money goes to help other etsians. The recipients don't have to be a member of HOST to get some help. Some recipients have become HOST members after getting through the rough spot and are back on their feet, and donate items and money to HOST. One thing they all are: wonderful people who want to help out others.
These people give me hope.
And so here are a few pictures of some items currently in the HOST shop.
Bath Mitt by http://arretsplace.etsy.com/
A bath mitt - I love those scrunchy things - but I think a hand crocheted bath mitt would be awesome - and you can wash it! unlike the scrunchy thingys. don't you hate it when you've got the soap in hand but you have to go searching for your washcloth! you could just keep it on your hand! What an idea!

Best Friends Scarf by http://fringe.etsy.com/
I'm not sure why she calls it "Best Friends Scarf" - maybe because it's something you could give your best friend. I love that fringe.
Both of these ladies do some very nice handwork.
Be sure to visit HOST - you will find some really nice handmade items there. It's never too early to shop for Christmas and hey - what could be better than giving your loved ones something unique and handmade. or birthdays, or just because - or for yourself!
I love getting presents that are handmade - even if the person didn't make it themself - I know at least one of my kids isn't the craftiest person in the world - but thats cool because she can do physics instead! And my other one - he's going to design some great houses someday.
Wow - you get a wonderful unique item, and help out at least one person - maybe more, kind of makes you feel all warm inside doesn't it!
Visit http://host.etsy.com/
your still here?
go
NOW!
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY EVERYONE -

Friday, August 22, 2008

HOST on etsy

I added a new shop the other day - destash - books, beads, baubles, supplies etc. I've decided I'm going to move in the spring - and so I'm going to start clearing out now.

I do things slowly - it takes me about twice as long to get things done as it does most people.

BUT, the first person that marked me as a favorite is a member of HOST - so of course my curiousity got the better of me and I had to check out what HOST is.

HOST stands for Helping Others Street Team.

Following links I ended up reading part of a forum post that ended up being about 300 pages - didn't read all of it - it was started on Dec 20th. 2007
it started out with one person asking if there was someone in need.
by the end of that thread - another one got started, and another.................

Some people coming forward and expressing their need - some just needed support, some needing help with their shop, some needing prayers with medical issues, some in some really bad financial problems.
I was impressed by how many people responded - with help - some financial - some donating items so children would have a few presents for Christmas (this is the 20th going on the 21st of Dec) - people donating shipping fees to get the presents to their destination.

WOW!

And out of this came HOST.

I have spent a lot of time on the computer the past few days - reading - looking, more reading - joined HOST - and reading more on the team page of some of the problems some people are having. ANd reading all the support!

What amazes me - so many of the members of HOST - who are making an effort to help other people have some pretty major problems themselves! Everything from medical, financial, problems with spouses, kids, all that come with life.

What generosity.

My maternal grandmother opened my eyes at a fairly young age to the fact that there are many people in this world who need help. Help can often take on many forms - it doesn't always have to be money.
We took this family some clothes and one of her wonderful blackberry pies - and I think some other food.
this family lived in a shack. Seriously - it was little more than a one room plank board shack. In northern North Carolina. I was too young at the time to really understand just what all that meant -

Most of my clothes were hand me downs - we weren't poor - I think it also stemmed from the fact that both my parents lived through the depression - it was about sharing, about recycling, reusing, making do - making what you have to go further.

What a concept.

And from that - I learned to be a pack rat - because either I or someone can use it!

I have furniture in my apartment that most people would throw in the trash - in fact that's where some of it came from! Some furniture I dug out of the dumpster has been donated - I have some waiting to be picked up.

Some of it is a little beat up. But when you have nothing - something is better than nothing.

I have this awesome couch - frame - with a little ingenuity and few bucks it could be made into a totally awesome couch.

I'm going off a bit here.
not too much -

So many people today seem so focused on everything having to be new - and throwing away usuable things - AT LEAST DONATE IT TO SOMEONE - it's the throwing things away that gets me!
There are so many organizations out there that help people out - that help people get back on their feet - from whatever it was that brought them down. And they often need furniture, clothes, household items.

I found a box of children's shoes - at least 20 pairs of shoes! Most were barely worn - we all know how fast kids outgrow shoes!
Clothes - 10 bags - trash bags - large trash bags of perfectly good clothes - in the dumpster.
and more.....................

There is an organization in Albuquerque called Crossroads.
They help out women who are recovering from drug/alcohol addiction, and women reintegrating into society from jail.

They can use all sorts of things - here's their ph # 505-242-1010


HOST - a bunch of people who help out a lot of people - including themselves - many are facing their own financial and health problems - pay them a visit - visit the shops that are members of HOST -
http://host.etsy.com/

There are so many things that can contribute to someone having financial problems - not just laziness.
Major illness. Loss of job. Accidents. etc
and some of those things can completely alter your life. And sometimes it's hard to get back up.
I know things are tight for a lot of people right now -
but do you really need that Starbucks coffee every morning - make the coffee - add some yummy stuff and you can save so much over a period of time.

I love mocha frappacino - you can come pretty close to it by adding instant hot choc mix!

Getting new furniture? - donate the old stuff - there are other places besides Goodwill -
Clothes that don't fit anymore? Storehouse, Crossroads, Veterans organizations,

Besides all that - sometimes people could use a ride to the grocery store once in a while.
Many disabled people end up losing their cars - and getting back from the grocery store with food can be difficult sometimes. And, no - not everyone has family to help out.
Sometimes, people just need someone to talk to .

What would our world be like if every one was just a little more generous and more conscious of other people in it!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Exploring the World

Well, I just lost a blog - and don't want to write all of it out again.

Briefly - PBS has some wonderful travel shows on during the night - I may never be able to travel to some of these places - but I have learned more about the world through these shows.

And flickr - another way to discover more about the world.

Right now there is a photo of a baby hedgehog that probably has more views and comments than any photo on there. I was going to post a picture of it - with permission - but decided to just provide the link instead - since I don't have any control over the picture on here -

this is too adorable - she has several pictures of this little critter - take a few minutes and check it out.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluelunarrose/2722442937/

you'll be glad you did.

and I just found a picture of a bunny - nudging a dogs paw! This person also owns a pet chipmunk
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37049331@N00/2617313492/

And Chester the chipmunk
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37049331@N00/sets/72157600021333684/

Don't miss this one
http://www.flickr.com/photos/37049331@N00/571872235/in/set-72157600021333684/

If these don't bring a smile to your face - maybe even a laugh or two - nothing will!
OMG this little critter is too much.
Grins

Friday, August 15, 2008

Art and Flickr

I have fallen in love with flickr
I often get lost on flickr - no not the I cant find way around it kind of lost - but the hours later I realize I have been following one persons comment to another person's photostream, follow someone else's comment to their photostream, and on and on and on -------- between the photography, the art work, I just can't help but enjoy it all. And then there's all the pictures of different places around the world. But these are artists drawings, paintings, some excellent art work.

It is truly a web. And I love all the connections I have made through this web.

So, if you have a little time, here's a few links to some wonderful artists on flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/segismundoart/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/psovart/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciuccio51/

Thank you for visiting my blog and enjoy!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Christmas Ornaments & Boxes



I decided to make some little boxes for my ornaments other than the decorated 6 - sided gift boxes.

These boxes are just simple boxes made out of posterboard with wrapping paper adhered to it.

Each box is individually measured - (thinking of making a template) - then cut out and scored. Then I glue the paper to it and fold it and glue the side edge and bottom edge. They're still a bit rough - but am figuring out what I'm doing wrong.

Not all wrapping paper is created equally! Some of it rips after being glued to the posterboard and folded! Very frustrating! If all goes well, I can make about 2 boxes in an hour.

Making a template seems like a good idea - just have to figure out the best way to do it - since the box needs to be scored inside before folding it. Right now, I have 3 different size boxes - but that will change - need to add at least one more size. And, the ones I have may get adjusted. Most of the ornaments that I have listed so far were done or started several years ago.

I'm working on new ones - if I can stay off the computer long enough to finish some of them they will be up soon.

These are 2 of my newer ones. The Fetish Bear ornament has 2 bears on it, and The Red Floral Ornament turned out quite nice and has these candy apple red floral swirls all over that I actually managed to freehand with the paint.
Oh yeah, they will all have gift tags too!
Title of this post links to my etsy shop!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Chili Ristra and Laughing Through My Tears



Does anyone know how to rotate a picture once it's on here?
If you do, please let me know how to do it.
Now you may be wondering what the chili ristra ornament and laughing through my tears has to do with each other.
Well, it's like this. I was working on my pictures of this ornament when my grandson was telling me that he had tried to have a car wash. His price $11.25. He even made a sign.
His goal - to make $ so that he and his mom can come out here so he can see his Nonnie. Who happens to be me.
So, you see, I'm laughing through my tears.
God I love that kid. And I miss him. It's sort of like having a piece of my heart gone - I am so incredibly thankfull that they are all ok - it's just that they are like 1800 miles away. Her husband is in the Army - doesn't make a lot of money. And I don't have a lot of money.
They were here for almost 2 weeks this past Christmas. But, when you're used to seeing someone almost every day - it's hard when they are gone for a long time. We play games on the phone - I Spy, he reads to me, ( I love that), and he keeps trying to figure out a way for us to play Monopoly over the phone. Haven't told him that I have a Monopoly game. I might do that - except that I think he and mom have an ongoing game.................
yep - laughing because I love his creative ingenuity, and crying because I miss him, and it means a lot to me that he is going to such lengths to try to get to see me. There are other people here he wants to see - but mainly me. Kind of makes a person feel special.
Here's the link to my shop. Thanks and have a great day.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ornaments




I need to go to the store - but it's raining - well ok - I enjoy walking in a sprinkle - but it usually pours this time of day. It'll be over soon, and then I can walk to the store.
I was looking through a craft magazine the other day and there were these cool little ornaments made out of matchboxes. So, it got me to thinking about making some - but different - how to combine these wonderful glass paints and matchboxes!?
So, I tried gluing a few pieces of aluminum foil to a piece of cardboard and painted on them. Seems to work pretty good. How well the paint will stay on is another question. The only store close to me doesn't have match boxes, so maybe I'll make my own little box, and glue either aluminum foil on it or I also have some wrappers to a patch that have a foil type inner liner I may try that - already tried painting on it - nice effect.
I may be spending less time on the computer - I get sucked into the web - it's fun exploring different peoples blogs, taking trips around the world on flickr, and my space is well I'm not sure how to classify that one - interesting for sure.
So, I think I'll go create for a bit and then go to the store.
Cheers!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

More Christmas in July






When my children were born I decided to give them a special ornament every year, that way they would have their own ornaments when they were grown up and out on their own. With special ornaments to remind them of some of the wonderful but often simple Christmas days we had. Or the crazy Christmas eve's at my dad's with my step mother buying them tons of presents.
One year I couldn't find ornaments that I liked. And since I enjoy doing a variety of arts and crafts I decided to make some ornaments. I only have 2 children, but somehow the bug caught and ended up making a bunch of ornaments. These are just a few of the ornaments I made several years ago. I'm working on some new ones. And finishing up ones that I had started but not finished. I also have some glassware that I did. Candle holders and one vase out of almost a dozen that I did. I have 3 vases that I'm trying to get finished up. The process is really time consuming, and I can only paint little bits at a time - especially on the round items. The paint takes a little while to dry and since I have to hold them while painting them, they get painted in little bits. I always have to be careful with the rounded vases and ornaments because the paint will sag if it isn't left in just the right position. Most items have at least 2 coats of paint, some 3 or 4, and each layer has to be completely dry before adding another. It's not painted on with a brush, but gently squeezed from the bottle with a little metal tip on the end. I usually work on at least 6 items at a time - and rotate painting them. So, it's difficult to calculate how much time I spend on each one. I've tried keeping track of time spent on other endeavors - I usually lose the paper I have the time written on - or forget to write down when I started or ended................................silly things like that.
I'm not usually a red kind of person - but I love the way this red looks on the ornaments. Since I use regular ornaments with the silver paint inside - the light reflects back through the paint giving it some depth - most of the paints I use are transparent. I have some clear glass ornaments that as soon as I finish the ones I'm working on will get painted. I'm working on a large ornament right now that has poinsettias on it - it's almost done. I'm only doing one layer of paint on this one so it won't have quite the candy apple effect like the little one here does. But, it is exceptionally pretty.

Wishing everyone a great day.
If you'd like to see more you can go to http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5577802



Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Christmas in July




What a wonderful idea - Christmas in July Sale.




Since I still have some ornaments that I painted I thought this would be a great idea. I made some of my little 6 sided gift boxes to go with some of them to be sold as a set. I'm also listing some without the boxes, but giving people the option of buying one to go with it.

I admit I have a hard time coming up with prices. Especially for something that I haven't really been able to find something similar to it. I go back and forth thinking I'm charging too much to thinking I'm not charging enough. Especially when I start figuring in the time spent taking pictures of each ornament. At least 5 pictures per ornament. And then there's the sorting through the pictures, cropping, resizing, and then of course posting. I'm pretty much copying similar descriptions from one ornament to another.
The ornaments are quite a process. Since most of the ornaments are "found" or from a thrift store and have the original paint on them - I have to get that paint off. I soak them in a solution trying to keep it out of the inside - then rinse them off and gently scrape any remaining paint off.

Then dry them. Hand drying them is a necessity with our hard water. Then go over them with a glass conditioner. The fun part is deciding on a design. Some of them are a free form abstract style, some have an abstract flower, or a specific flower. A few have SW style designs. I'm not Native American and I don't claim that they are painted by a Native American, but I'm definitely influenced by their art. I've lived here most of my life and I love the designs and the meaning of many of the designs.
I use a glass paint - not the acrylic kind that you bake on - that stuff does come off. The paint I use is pretty durable. I can't attest to just how durable - but I do have some glassware that I painted that I've used for 3+ years that gets washed in the dishwasher at least monthly and the paint still looks as good as the day I painted it.
I've been trying to finish up a few that I left unfinished. I've also started a few new pieces. But it seems like I have spent so much time taking pictures, sorting and resizing etc I haven't had much time to paint. Some of the ornaments have been really tricky to get good pics of. The sun glares off of them - I try it on a coudy day and the shadows are too dark. I think I'll try making a light screen somehow. Something lightweight almost sheer and see how that works.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wonderful Paper Art

I really love flickr. There are so many photos on there, from people all over the world. And some wonderful art.

It's inspiring.
and so this is a short blog with a link to a person who does some amazing things with paper.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosnmolina/

He has a lot of photos on there - take a few minutes - check it out - bookmark it - go back and look at some more! He has pictures of his work and other artists, and some different places around the world.

I love working with paper - and had a few ideas - but this has given me even more ideas!
and so I'm off to play.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Friends, Blogspost, Etsy and Others




The top picture is "A Rose for Lily"
The middle picture is "Myrrh Rose"
and the bottom one is "Cheryl's Rose"

I decided to put links to people who I've met outside of etsy that have etsy shops. Some of the links are to the etsy shops, some are to their blogspot pages.
They aren't in any particular order. Some of the people I'm getting to know better. I've been having so much fun on the computer conversing with people I haven't gotten much creating done! But that's ok.
If you happen upon my blog and the link is to your blog and you'd rather it be to etsy or vice versa - just let me know and I'll change it! Now that I figured out how to do all that! lololo it's so much easier than I thought. I failed to put the web page name in the 1st time I tried doing the links list - doesn't work that way! I even tried going in and editing the html - that worked but not quite the way I wanted it to.
Funny - getting everyone on the list - some I met through flickr, some through myspace, and oh yeah a couple through etsy - I didn't realize I'd been in contact with so many people in the past few months. And there are a few others that I don't have on the list yet that I will probably put there.

And now that I'm getting a little more used to blogspot I will probably be back more often!