Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Elegant Swarovski Vitrail Medium Glass Earrings

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I just listed these today in my shop. I have a pair for myself and truly love them. They are so light and comfortable that I forget that I have them on. The colors are just incredible!
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Black Eyed Susan Pics in Photoshop Elements

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My eye was drawn to the Black Eyed Susan's again! I love the very bright color! I had a few minutes to play around in Photoshop Elements and came up with some interesting versions of the same flower. It is going to be very hot today......about 85 as the high! It's going to rain tomorrow and the high will only be about 71. I guess it won't be a good day for painting the house.

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Beautiful earrings for pierced ears. The flashing glass stones are displaying predominantly blue and green colors with a hint of purple depending on the light/angle. This brass is nickel and lead free.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Bird Dog Jazzy - Not!


Well I knew it was going to rain and it did! The sunflowers really shot over the top of the fence in the last couple of days. I see flowers forming! I was outside taking pictures of my jewelry and looked over and laughed.....Jazzy was definitely pointing at something!

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Landon has left for Boy Scout Summer Camp!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•`¤~Landon is off for a week long Summer camp for boy scouts. It took a while to get him to pack but he is prepared now! Hope they have a great time and have fun earning merit badges!
He's that middle, tall guy in the group pic!

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Old Pic of Landon in a Canoe

This is a much older picture of Landon on a Saturday afternoon canoe trip. I have a sinus headache today and I don't feel like doing anything! Who needs weather forecasting? When I get a headache, I know it is going to rain within a day or two!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

House painting pictures

Here's the front of the house. The entire outside is going to get painted eventually! There was lots of trim work in this area to do. That's my husband in the pic. He is so handy! Today it is raining so not much can be done. We really need the rain, so I am not going to complain.

I listed this vintage demi parure in my shop today. It's very glitzy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sunflowers are still growing!

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Well, the sunflowers are above the fence posts now. I can't wait until they bloom! So pretty! We had them here last year and they looked incredible. Last night we harvested three ripe tomatoes from the garden and had our first BLT sandwiches. They were delicious! We have been having salads using the lettuce from the garden. Landon also picked a hot pepper and sampled it. It was extremely hot! I prefer the red sweet peppers myself. It thundered for hours in the evening yesterday but all that we got were a few sprinkles. Just five minutes from my house, my husband sad it was pouring buckets!

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(¸.·´ (¸*´¨(♥ Vintage Signed BSK Bracelet

Before I started designing brass and glass jewelry, I collected and sold lots of vintage/estate jewelry. I have opened the jewelry boxes up and I am starting to part with some of my favorites.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Back Yard Picture, Vitrail Medium Rivoli Rhinestone Brooch


It was a great weekend with high's in the upper 60's on Saturday. My kind of weather! This is just one of the random shots in the back yard that I took over the weekend. I have a few more to show you this week.


Vintage Swarovski Vitrail Medium Rivoli Crystal Glass Rhinestone Brooch Pin


Sunday, July 19, 2009

More Photoshop Elements

I had some time last night to play again with layers in Photoshop Elements. The first picture is a favorite pic of Jazzy. I think she was almost a year old in this one. She has a pretty sparkle in her eyes! The second picture is Mo-Jo at about seven weeks old. He had a blue tag when he was with his litter to identify him. We called him Mr. Blue before he came home. My oldest son named him Mo-Jo.•._.•´¯`•._.•´¯`•.•._.•´¯`•._.•´¯`•.•._.•´¯`•._.•´¯`•.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Photoshop Elements

Playing with Photoshop Elements again the other night. This didn't exactly turn out like I wanted......grrrrrrrrrrrr.....working with layers!

Friday, July 17, 2009

blue lily vote

See the blue lily contest and vote. I think you will enjoy the site! I know I do!
P.S. I voted for the cancer survivor. Pictures are a treasure!

Aqua Drop Earrings

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This is a pair of earrings for pierced ears. The hand embellished brass contrasts so nicely with the aqua colored glass stones! This brass is nickel and lead free.~*´¨)¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)

On a personal note....I had to pick up Landon last night and when we got home, I went in and geared up the shepherds for a quick walk. We got to the park and I realized that I hadn't switched my flip flops to tennis shoes. I so did not want to go flip flopping around the park! So, I just kicked them off and went barefoot!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Vintage Costume Jewelry


I have been adding some vintage costume jewelry to my shop that I have been meaning to add for some time. I have some really nice pieces of the past to list. Last week I listed some fine, gemstone rings. I used to go to estate sales and auction houses quite a bit. If you have never been to one, you should go.....they are lots and lots of fun! I have always preferred vintage pieces over modern pieces. I think that shows when you look at my brass and glass designs.

It is supposed to rain here today but so far nothing. Painting has begun on the outside of the house. There is so much prep work that has been and needs to be done. Tasks like cleaning the house, scraping off old paint, repair work and more. Landon is out there right now helping his dad! I'm inside working so I don't have to paint......for now!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sammie or Sam

This is Sammie or Sam. She is my sister-in-law's German shepherd. Mo-Jo loves to play with her when she comes over or he goes over to her house. When they were younger, I had to separate the two of them as they just wouldn't stop playing around! I had her one time while Jo went on a trip for a couple of days. When Sammie got home, Jo said that she slept quite a bit for a day or so after her visit! Sammie is now eight. I took this picture a couple of years ago.

Vintage Large Western Germany
Rhinestone Brooch Pin

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lazy Susan Pictures


Here are some Lazy Susan pictures that I took yesterday. They help dress up the back yard. My girlfriend gave me this start years ago. Every time that it blooms, I think of her and smile!

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You Gotta See This Treasury!

My necklace, top right is in this treasury. The treasury is called: You Gotta See This!!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•`¤~♥Vintage Large Rhinestone Filigree Brooch Pin

Friday, July 10, 2009

Two Dogs and a Cat!

Here is something that I have never captured before.....all three critters in one picture! Jazzy (age 3) likes to cuddle as you can see her with Mo-Jo (almost age 4). Mikey on the right is 17 years old.

Listed this today in my store. Using the driftwood that we found on one of our walks on the back side of Hoover Dam.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bathroom Makeover Pictures

These are the pictures of the downstairs bathroom that I have mentioned before that my husband has worked on. It went from an off-white to this Red Delicious color with white accents. The ceiling was repaired and painted too. All that is left to do in this room is the floor......ran out of money for now. Finding what we needed at Habitat for Humanity really saved some money here and of course my husband is handy! The paint was one of the bigger expenses.

New bathroom sink and counter top. The sink is all porcelain with brass and porcelain knobs. The sink cost was $25. The counter top $5. New hole had to be cut for this sink and piece cut down to size. We used the existing splash guards. The counter top has a nice oak trim on it.

New mirror/cabinet with light. Cost $21. It had to be cleaned and then a coat of polyurethane was added after it was sanded. Some straightening was done on the back of this with glue and clamps I believe. The left side was also damaged and we bought a piece of wood to fix...$1. I found these low watt bulbs at The Home Depot. I don't have the entire piece pictured but it has three sections that open up. It looks a thousand times better than what was in here. That cabinet was probably original to the house.

New white blind $2. I already had the white, ruffled sham from another window. It was exactly what I wanted for this room.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


This is how it looked the day after the 4th of July. Our 4th had this annoying light sprinkles during the whole time that we were outside. Sunday's weather would have been perfect! The days this week have been in the low 80's but the nights in the 50's.......great sleeping weather. My husband's birthday is tomorrow but we might celebrate tonight as he has to work tomorrow. Since the bathroom is done for now, he has started to scrub and scrape the outside of the house down as it is due desperately for a painting. His long extension ladder just makes it. It will be close. We have a four level split and there are places where it's just not flat enough to put a ladder. It should be interesting! He plans to scrap the wooden part at the top from the roof!

Listed this vintage filigree amethyst ring today.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

And More 4th of July Pics!

Kyle giving Mo-Jo "The Look".

Landon getting ready for the squirt gun battle!

Mo-Jo.....Play ball, play ball, play ball! You don't see Jazzy in any of these pictures as she opted to stay in the house most of the time due to all of the usual 4th of July sounds that could be heard!

Just listed this 10K yellow gold fire opal cluster ring today. It is gorgeous!

Monday, July 6, 2009

More of the 4th Pics!

Lock and Load!

Boys Having Fun!

Back to work today. I just listed this vintage synthetic ruby ring in my shop today.

I still have some more 4th of July pics to post this week!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July was Rainy!

We have a very, very light sprinkles yesterday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. but that didn't stop us. We cooked out and had a good time under the patio umbrella. We did Teriyaki Kabobs that I marinated for a couple of days. They even had mini bella mushrooms! Yum! The corn on the cob was great and so what the potato salad and fresh veggies. The boys got into a giant squirt gun battle. More pics tomorrow! I need to play around with the shutter settings on my camera but these are still interesting pictures.

Friday, July 3, 2009

It's Friday!

This is an old picture that one of the boys took while we were driving home from my sister's house in Hidaway Hills. I have a custom order to work on. I am working on seven pairs of bridal earrings. I also need to work on another saphiret bracelet if I can find the time. I went to the post office today as I had to mail a couple of packages to Japan. There was only one clerk again and I had to wait in line fifteen minutes. Must be the cutbacks? The line was as long as it usually is at Christmas time. It's another great day out......will be in the 70' kind of weather!