Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Time Is Coming

I hope you all had a restful Memorial Day weekend. I actually took some time to tackle some of those projects that I keep putting off. I feel like I made good use of my time. I had forms to create and pictures to take, research to do and organizing that was waiting for me. I feel so much better now that I was able to accomplish them.

The one thing about working from home is that it is easy to work all the time. It is so hard for me to separate myself from my jewelry because it is all that I think about. Now that my children are older, my "me" time has grown and since I love what I do so much, I end up choosing to work! I have realized lately, though, that I need to make myself put it away. I work from a studio during the day and I sometimes leave the laptop at work just so that I am not on it all night!

Today, we went to get Josh's tux for his prom. He is so adorable! He looked so handsome as he was being fitted! Even with the khaki shorts ;)

Getting ready for Prom

Getting ready for Prom01

I just can't believe how fast this all came upon us. I don't know what to say. I am trying so hard to be happy about all his exciting activities and concentrate on them. Really, I am getting more and more aware of his leaving for college...

Friday, May 23, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Candace at C. Gail Designs. Here it goes!

1) Are your parents married or divorced? Married.
2) Are you a vegetarian? No.
3) Do you believe in Heaven? Yes
4) Have you ever come close to dying? Thank goodness NO
5) What jewellery do you wear daily? My engagement ring and wedding band, a bracelet that I made for myself, and a charm bracelet that I created for myself.
7) Do you eat the stems of broccoli? Yes.
8) What is your hair styling agent? Tresemme
9) Ever have any surgery? If so, what? I ruptured a disc in my back while in labor, so I've had a lumbar laminechtomy. I've also had my gallbladder out.
10) Do you color your hair? No, but soon!
11) What do you wear to bed? nightgown
12) Have you ever done anything illegal? Not once.
13) Can you roll your tongue? No
14) Electric razor or blade? Blade
15) What kind of shoes usually? Sandals in the summer and anything that slides on in the winter.
16) Do you condone abortions? It's a personal choice, but definitely no for me.
17) What is your hair color? medium brown
18) Future child's name? All done.
19) Do you snore? Only when I have a cold.
20) If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Everywhere!
21) Do you sleep with stuffed animals? My maltese, Maggie!
22) If you won the lottery, what would you do first? Pay off the bills.
23) Gold or platinum/white gold? platinum
24) Hamburger or hot dog? Hamburger
25) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Homemade chocolate chip cookies- or really the dough!
26) City, beach or country? Beach and country....how about a country cottage setting near the beach? Yes, that would be it! Perfect answer Candace! Mine is on Sannibel Island, Florida.
27) What was the last thing you touched? Yarn.
28) Where did you eat last? In my kitchen.
29) When's the last time you cried? 1.5 hours ago, but not too often usually.
30) Do you read blogs? Yes
31) Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex? Why not?!
32) Ever been involved with the police? Not that I can remember.
33) What's your favorite shampoo and soap? Pantene and Ivory
34) Do you talk in your sleep? No
35) Ocean or pool? Definitely pool!
38) Window seat or aisle? Window on a plane. Otherwise, the aisle.
39) Ever met anyone famous? The personal assistant to Kimora Lee talked to me on the airplane a few months ago. He's on her tv show. And I sat next to Vincent Irrizarry from the soaps, at the mall food court!
40) Do you feel that you've had a truly successful life? If my children are my success, I've been blessed beyond belief.
41) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? Twirl
42) Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey? Oprah
43) Basketball or Football? Baseball. Go Mets!
44) How long do your showers last? 10 mins
45) Automatic or stick shift? definitely automatic
46) Cake or ice cream? Ice Cream
47) Are you self-conscious? Very!!
48) Have you ever drunk so much you threw up? No
49) Have you ever given money to a beggar? Yes
50) Have you been in love? Very
51) Where do you wish you were? At that cottage on the beach!
52) Do you wear socks with your shoes? sometimes, and preferably ones I knit!
53) Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? No, but I gave birth in one!
54) Can you tango? Not even close!
55) Last gift you received? A needlepoint that my mom made for me.
56) Last sport you played? I don't do sports.
57) Things you spend a lot of money on? Jewelry supplies and a little on yarn.
58) Where do you live? Long Island
59) Where were you born? Long Island
60) Last wedding attended? My cousin's
63) Most hated food(s)? Olives and prunes
64) What's your favourite? ice cream and cookies
65) Can you sing? Not a note.
66) Last person you instant messaged? I don't
67) Last place you went on holiday? Hawaii and Israel all in one year! Great year!
68) Favorite regular drink? I'm into diet Pepsi.
69) Tag 5 friends: Can only think of 3 that would participate
70) Current Song? On My Way Here by Clay Aiken. Get his album. It is outrageous.

I am going to tag

Ginger at www.msbelle.blogspot.com
Beakee at www.peanutbutterfly.blogspot.com
Michelle at www.memorableeventsbymichelle.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Barron Is Doing Well!

In case you all were wondering how my new doggie is doing, I thought I'd give you an update! All is well in Barron world! He is actually so comfortable already, that I have to go look for him! He seems like he has been here forever. The other dogs have taken him in as well. Colby even shared his favorite toy.

Barren and Colby's toy

I wonder if Colby realizes how much his toy looks like him?!!! He actually stole it from my son when we first adopted Colby two years ago. It was so cute to see him running around with an exact copy of himself!


Anyway, I wanted to stress how amazing it is to adopt pets that need a home. Two out of our three dogs are adopted and I can't tell you how incredible it feels to see how happy they are and how much we love them. And adopting a dog that is a few years old is the easiest thing you could do. They came here already trained in every way. All they want is love and security.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Welcome Barron

Well, the boys won out again! I've talked about my 2 dogs, Maggie and Colby, before. I adore them. Maggie is my lovey. She is my lap dog and every other minute hug! Colby is our gorgeous larger dog. He is a rescue and he just makes our home complete. The boys, husband included, need his playfulness and love. One day, they decided that Colby needs a buddy. DEEP sigh....


I am the kind of person who loves a clean and organized house. I like to be in control of a thing or two and three dogs kind of put a damper on that. Welcome Barron! They boys always seem to get their way! Barron has a story, as all rescues do. I am a softy for "the story". Barron is a lucky dog to have found our home. He is a 7 year old long haired German Shepherd whose owner passed away. The son brought the dog in to be put down, but the vet would not go through with it. Fate brought him to us and in the end, I am so grateful for that. He is the most loving boy.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Another Blogging Format!

Yes, I changed my blog again! I hated the other look and just never put the time into fixing it. I am happy to report, though, that I am much more comfortable with this look, after I get a banner made and I spiff it up a bit!

I am planning on working on my ETSY shop this week, too. I have to get pictures taken with backgrounds that I think look good together. Then I will start adding my new line of Czech glass and brass jewelry made from beads such as the ones above. I am actually very excited to see if I can make my way with this thing called ETSY. I see so many people who are successfully selling their wares. I think that I have a good product at a good price point for this venue.

I plan on continuing to sell my bridal jewelry through boutiques and my website, and my fashion jewelry through ETSY and my website. But my main focus for ETSY will be my brass collection. That is my plan for now. If I can get a following going, I might even open a separate shop just for my fashion jewelry. I have such an abundance of really pretty sterling and semi-precious pieces that haven't been sold, that I feel guilty about them. That's another story though. And the amount of beads I have accumulated! Maybe I'll have to open a shop for materials, too! Actually, I have always been very careful about my purchases. I have kept a lid on spending, but it still accumulates over time! This could be my workshop!

Well, I plan on being more diligent about posting here. I have two blogs and Flickr to keep up with and it sometimes feel like I don't have enough to say! Or pictures to post! Have a good one!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Faith Has Conquered Fear...On My Way Here

I have to share with you all a song that I have fallen in love with. I've posted before that I enjoy me some Clay Aiken! I don't walk around talking about this usually (well, my husband hears more than he would like! ;) ), but basically, I enjoy his voice and his message immensely. He just released a new album and I can't get enough of his cover song titled On My Way Here. The words are very meaningful to me and I wish that everyone would hear it. It is so frustrating that the radio doesn't play his music. It is just wrong. Everything is about the buck.

Anyway, the song was written for him specifically for this album and it tells about a young boy who goes through many experiences, both good and terrible, and how, as he grows, he has learned to prevail. There are so many lines that give me the chills. I can relate to so much of this story and how you "need to learn to fly and how you have to want to leave the ground...faith has conquered fear...I wouldn't change what I've been through...I've been loved...I'd rather try and fail a thousand times denied at least whenever you feel pain it lets you know that you're alive..." These are my favorite lines. I will be referring back to this post often, because I am trying to learn all of this myself, both in my personal life and my business life, which, by the way, is conjoined.And in addition, my oldest son is almost 18 and on his way to college. It all feels very interconnected.

On to other topics! I finished the blanket I was knitting. I'm happy with it. It is very scrappy/handmade looking which is different than what I usually make. It was fun.

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And I couldn't resist my cutie, Maggie. The lion pillow was bought for my toddlers 12 years ago and Maggie claimed it. I have always thought it was the cutest thing!

Maggie girl!