Friday, January 30, 2009

Topaz Lace Earrings on Etsy

♥Topaz Lace♥

Beautiful brass filigree earrings for pierced ears. The filigree brass is encasing some very luscious foiled art glass stones with an opal-like look. These stones have a glow to them depending on the light/angle! This brass is nickel and lead free.

On a personal two boys let me go through their rock collections. I dug through their treasures and found some pretties to use as props! Thank you guys!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brass Filigree Wrapped Ruby Foiled Art Glass Earrings

♥Ruby Lace♥

Beautiful brass filigree earrings for pierced ears. The filigree brass is encasing some very luscious ruby colored, foiled, art glass stones. This brass is nickel and lead free.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Ice Day In Central Ohio - Schools are Closed! (Just Click on the Pic to See a Larger View.)

Yes, we were part of that winter storm with a very wintry mix of ice and snow. We are now in a Level Two Snow Emergency. I did pick up my son from work. I mostly went 15 miles an hour but did get up to 30 once! Here are some pics of my youngest and the two German shepherds out enjoying all of this as they go crunching through the ice/snow!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I just listed these on ArtFire....a busy day for me! Brass filigree wrapped vitrail medium glass earrings. The colors are absolutely yummy!

On a personal note....I went out to purchase another snow shovel. On the way back, my van went into a slide and I ended up on the curb! I haven't done that in years! It's snowing right now and we are expecting freezing rain about midnight. Ohio is then expected to receive approximately 3-8 more inches of snow. I pretty sure school is going to be cancelled again!

Blue Art Glass Butterfly Earrings

These whimsical brass butterfly earrings with blue foiled art glass were listed today. I call them Butterfly Blue. They are ready to fly away!

On a personal note, we are expecting an ice storm tonight/tomorrow. My son had to take his car in for repair so I will have to go and pick him up tomorrow afternoon from work. I can only hope and pray that the ice storm misses us!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Another Design with Valentines's Day in Mind

♥Be Mine♥

Incredible colors here!

This is a pair of earrings for pierced ears. This brass is nickel and lead free.

♥Special Ingredients!
•Pink heart shaped, faceted on both sides, unfoiled glass jewels that are prong set and in open back settings
•Vintage glass heart charms from West Germany. They are silver backed and incised with a golden colored floral motif on the front. The color gradates from green to purple similar to a rainbow. I see pink, green, blue, purple and golden colors depending on the light/angle.
•Brass components


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Valentines's Day Necklace

I don't usually like to work and list on Sunday, but I was so excited about this necklace.......

♥Fair Is The Rose♥

The focal on this beautiful necklace is a glass, reverse painted intaglio stone. This gorgeous stone was taken from a necklace in one of my jewelry estate lots. I really had Valentine's Day thoughts on my mind!

This necklace was finished with a repousse clasp and the brass is nickel and lead free.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I Dremmel My Dog's Nails

Well today I was in DJ's feed store to pick up more dry kibble for the GSD's. (See my post from yesterday.) I was lucky to have met Jim and Benjamen while I was there. Benjamen is such a sweet boy! We got into a discussion about clipping their nails while I was there. Lately, I have been using my dremmel to trim their dark nails. I started using it about a month and a half ago and they have become accustomed to it. I feel that is a great way to shorten their nails without them being sharp. I believe that the pressure from the regular nail clippers stresses them out more. They were first exposed to the dremmel just by being around me when I use it to work on my jewelry....drilling holes, polishing brass. It required two of us at first but now they are so used to it that I can do the job by myself. I really love my dremmel! Mine even has an attachment to sharpen the lawn mower blades. We used it last summer and it did an incredible job.

If you click on the above picture, it will take you into the article that I found that shows you how to dremmel your dog's nails. It inspired me and I decided to give it a try. I am pleased with this method now that they have become accustomed to it. It had to be introduced slowly but well worth the patience!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Feedstore Where I Buy Dog Food.....

DJ's Feed Store in Westerville with Benjamin, his 21-week-old American German shepherd."

Of interest is this article that I found in my weekly neighborhood news. This is the feed store where I purchase my dog food for my German shepherds. I am totally into supporting our local merchants! They always carry my 40 lb. bag out to my van!

Here's the article. You can also click on either of the pictures and it will take you to the actual article on their site........

Uptown merchants give a canine surprise
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:45 PM
ThisWeek Staff Writer

By Lorrie Cecil/ThisWeek

Jim Fletcher poses at DJ's Feed Store in Westerville with Benjamin, his 21-week-old American German shepherd.
For years, Jim Fletcher and his German shepherds have been a daily part of Uptown Westerville.

Each morning, Fletcher and Klair, a 13-year-old East German shepherd, could be seen walking along State Street, stopping for biscuits at DJ's Feed Store, accompanied by Urman, a West German shepherd owned by Fletcher's daughter.

Fletcher has been raising and training pedigreed shepherds for about 30 years and was never without a dog --until Aug. 25 when Klair passed away. A month ago, when Fletcher's daughter moved into a new home with a fenced yard, Urman returned to his family.

For the first time in his life, Fletcher was without a canine companion.

"We walked the city streets for two to five miles every day of the year. Klair was always safe to approach, a true treasure," Fletcher said. "When my daughter came for Urman, I was a little sick with the flu -- I was a little lost as to what to do with the day."

Bill Rohrbaugh, who works at DJ's Feed Store, said Fletcher's absence was strongly felt around the holidays.

"It was kind of a constant here. We'd have officer (Mike) Beekman and Jim in every day, and when I got Jim on the phone, he didn't really even want to talk about it," Rohrbaugh said.

Once Rohrbaugh told Beekman about Fletcher's situation, however, the officer procured a phone number for a woman who was selling shepherd pups.

"The pups were selling for $500 and we told the owner our story and she said she'd give one up for $250," Rohrbaugh said. "That's when it took off -- we had a customer here in the store at the time who heard what we were up to, and she pulled out $20 on the spot and told us to put it toward the dog."

Word began to spread around town, and within 36 hours, customers and merchants from Uptown Westerville had donated more than enough to buy the pup, Rohrbaugh said. The pup was delivered to the feed store on Friday, Jan. 9.

"I called up Jim and gave him kind of a coaxing white lie to get him here. I said there was a fellow with a new shepherd pup who was wondering if anyone could tell him a little about the breed," Rohrbaugh said. "He agreed to come over, and we had as many people as we could who had contributed waiting here to meet him."

"They did pull quite a surprise on me," Fletcher said.

Waiting for the trainer was a 20-week old, gangly, 44-pound American German shepherd named Benjamin.

"The dog that was given to me was an American dog, and I've shared my contempt about the American breed of shepherd with lots of folks before," Fletcher said. "I really had to pray about that. God was telling me that this wasn't about me or the dog, but about the gift. He was telling that I'd been given this pup and I needed to love him."

In a letter written to Fletcher, Beekman said he also believes God provided the opportunity to help someone in need.

"Life has taught me that respect, caring and love must be shared, for it's only through sharing that friendships are born," Beekman wrote. "Many were born last week É I am not sure who was more blessed by this event, but I know for many, such as I, God's timing was perfect."

Fletcher said although he has always been somewhat discriminating about dogs with no pedigree, he has found a new friend.

"I'm so grateful, and he's such a special little guy," Fletcher said. "He's very sweet. He has a great temperament and he bonded with me immediately."

"Monday, Jim came in with Benjamin and picked up two biscuits, like he always has," Rohrbaugh said. "It felt like things were back to normal. People haven't stopped talking about it since."

Fletcher is back to walking through Uptown every day. The caring nature of his community will stick with him for the rest of his life, he said.

"All of these people, they came together for a common cause," he said. "Many of them were people I didn't know. The generosity of the common man, it is an uplifting thing."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Just a little blog.....

I am been working for about ten hours today on listing, designing, and bookmarking, and promoting. I need a break! So I am just going to post an older pic of Mo-Jo (our male German shepherd) that was taken when he was younger. I think he was almost a year old. It's just a favorite pic!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Found Old Pic's of Landon

I am trying to be more organized! I found some old pictures that were on floppy disk's taken with my first digital camera! I transferred these pictures to my PC yesterday. If you click on the pictures, you can view them full size!

Landon in Cub Scouts during a Crossover (Age 7)

Landon at his Level IV Swim Lesson (Age 7)

Landon Age 7 on a trampoline at our friends' Forth of July celebration

Landon up in a tree at the apple orchard. We go every year!

Landon and his best bud at Boy Scout summer camp (Age 12)

Friday, January 16, 2009

About That Haircut?

Here are some pictures of Landon, my youngest son. The first picture was taken last June. He did not get his hair cut all winter! He does year round back packing/camping so he says he needs it to keep his head warm! He is pictured with Mo-Jo wearing the "hot" shades!

The next picture was taken in September after Landon started the 9th grade this year. Doesn't even look like the same kid. Needless to say, his hair hasn't been cut since......saves us money!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Earrings - Lots of Color!

Well it is freezing and snowing outside. Our schools let out one hour early today. We are expecting more snow and extreeeeeeeeeeme cold for the next couple of days. I really have to start searching for a pair of fingerless gloves!

This is what I listed today on Etsy. They are so beautiful and colorful.....really needed to see these glorious colors today!

I first photographed these using indoor studio lighting. I did not like how the colors came out. I redid the pics by the patio window using the natural light coming in. I then took the pictures into Picassa for just a bit of editing for color matching.

A beautiful pair of lever back earrings. They have Swarovski crystal glass rhinestones with a light Aurora Borealis finish on the back and are creating some very incredible color! Photographed at different angles to display this amazing palette of colors! They are brass and nickle and lead free.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Getting Over the Flu!

I have had the flu since Friday. Feeling a little bit better today. It has snowed every day and we are expecting extreme cold in the next few days. I need to go to the grocery store sometime....maybe tomorrow! My son is hoping that school will be canceled!

I am posting a picture of our German shepherd's grandfather. Our dogs both have the same mother. Mi Chief Braveheart (Bubba) passed away just recently. He did some modeling at one time for Dog Bloom Vitamins. He was an outstanding and truly loved German Shepherd. If you click on the above picture, it will take you to the Mintern's German Shepherd web site. If you like German shepherds, you will spend quite a bit of time on Kellie's site enjoying yourself. At the bottom of the page is a sepia of my two shepherds (Mintern's Old Fashioned German Shepherds, Jazzy and Mo-Jo Best Friends).

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Snow Day - Mo-Jo and Jazzy Outside.....Again!

Yes, today is a snow day. Took some pic's of our German shepherds outside. They are like little kids! They keep asking to go outside?

Harlequin Opal Glass Earrings - Indoor Studio Lighting

Well, it's snowing outside today and just too wet to go outside and take pictures. I tried something new today with my older Sony digital camera. I took a picture of a white piece of paper first with my White Balance setting on Hold. My camera did not have a Manual setting. There is some blue in the background but the Harlequin opal glass stones did come out true to color.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Pretty Boy Mo-Jo

Mo-Jo gets more and more handsome as he matures. He is three years old now. He was such a cute, fluffy guy when he was little. He used to sleep on the fireplace ledge! He currently sleeps on his soft, doggie bed! I took this picture of Mo-Jo inside using no flash as his eyes usually look strange with the flash. He is black and red. I had to lighten and lighten this pic to get it to show up and its somewhat grainy and not showing his true colors but you can see what a gorgeous guy that he is!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Look what my son did to my apple!

I was looking through some old family pics and ran across these. One day I got on my PC and found these pictures! I am not going to tell you how old he is! He is always making something out of things around the house. It looks pretty awful doesn't it.........LOL!