Had a wonderful thanksgiving with some of my family and some friends. Ate waaaaay too much. I have a lot to be thankful for. My family, friends and health. Rich just had a health scare but it was okay. He still needs to see one more doc on Monday so hopefully all will be okay soon.
The dogs were very thankful for their turkey dinner tonight. Legend jumped on my mom a few times but we finally got her to settle down.
I have to go to work tomorrow so I will be missing all the good sales, booooohoooo.
I'm going to be in my first show this Saturday at Gleason Park in Indian Harbour Beach, so if you're in the area, please stop by and say hello! I have been pretty busy putting some things together and I think I have a nice assortment. I have to admit I'm a bit nervous, I hope people like my stuff. I usually try to make things I like so if it doesn't sell, I can wear it. Please stop by even if you're coming just to browse!
I love this time of year when all the art and craft shows start. I've always liked going to them to see what people create so I'm excited to be in a small one. There is also another show this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday in downtown Eau Gallie, I'm going on Sunday as a browser!
I took my mom to the Mall at Millenia on Saturday and met two friends, Sheila and Deena for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. Lunch was delicious, I had the seared tuna salad, yum! Didn't go in too many stores, mainly Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn Bed and Bath. Can't afford most of the stuff in that mall, it's very high end. After the mall I went to FDJ tool and got some jewelry supplies.
I'm going to be a vendor in the Indian Harbour Beach art and craft show on Saturday so I've been trying to make some new earrings. Seems I have pendants out the ying yang so I'm good there.
I've been neglecting this blog too long. After I lost Spencer, my dad passed, then my other male dog, Denver. September was a really bad month for me but things seem to be getting better now.
I'm going to be in my first craft show November 21. I'm excited and nervous!
Last month I joined the Canaveral Mineral and Gem Society, what a great group of people. I signed up for about 5 classes, just have to wait for openings. They put on a wonderful gem show at the Melbourne Auditorium last weekend. I didn't have much moolah but I did buy some aquamarine beads, pretty pink coral beads and some frosted agate which I have never seen before. It's in blue hues so I will probably incorporate it into my beachy jewelry.
Well, I haven't posted in quite a while, I'm going to try and be better about my blog. Tara was here for awhile, 2 months and we had a good time while she was here. Unfortunately, one of my Goldens, Spencer, 11 years old, had to be put down so that was very sad. He had terrible elbow dysplasia from a young age and had surgery when he was 15 months old, he also had the beginnings of arthritis. He injured one of his back legs recently and it wasn't healing. We felt he was in pain, even with meds and was beginning to feel depressed so we opted to have him go peacefully.
I'm still having fun making my jewelry and I'm going to try my very first craft show in Novemeber. I hope I can make enough inventory by then. How much is enough??
It's been raining for days..... I think it might actually slow down starting tomorrow. Poor people north of us are really getting nailed, over 600 buildings are flooded. I drove along A1A, the beach today and quite a few people had picnic tables reserved and were doing their holiday thing, in the pouring rain.
Last week I had a cystoscopy without anesthesia of any type. Ouch!! That's something I won't repeat again. I really don't advise it for anyone. Not much else going on. Seems all I do is go to work, come home, watch some tube, go to bed, get up and do it all again.
OMG, my feet look like they have the measles! Last Wednesday, Rich and I met some friends in Sebastian Inlet park for a cook out. The no-see-ums (aka sand fleas) were out in force. Rich and I call them flying teeth. You can barely see them but you can sure feel them. I had jeans on so they mostly chewed up my feet. Other than that, it was a wonderful evening.
I had a pedicure last weekend and had my toenails painted purple, they really look awful with my red spotted feet, as soon as the bites clear up I'm going to get another pedicure with a more fitting color.
Rich and I actually went out last night. We haven't been out to a bar in I can't tell you how long. It was a country bar but they were supposed to have rock n roll. Apparently, the guitar player had a heart attack so no band. We had fun anyhow. Today I did some shopping and also made some new earrings. I put them on Etsy and I'm starting to add them to Artfire. Here's a pic of them. I had fun doing the seahorses in the sea fan. I made a mold of a real sea fan, then added the tiny seahorses.
I saw the easter bunny today! I was walking the causeway, as I do on the mornings I'm off from work and I saw some dolphins swimming in the lagoon, then on my way back to my car, a bunny crossed my path! I've never seen a rabbit that close to the lagoon before. They often graze in my backyard because they are safe from the dogs there, but I've never seen them on my walks before. I missed having Tara on Easter this year, well, maybe next year. I'm really going to have to watch what I eat now, I gained about 5 lbs on my trip out to Texas. I hate getting older......
I'm back from riding out to Texas with my daughter Tara and her labs so when I got home, I made some new jewelry to keep my mind off of her leaving Florida. Boooooohooooooo. I uploaded a couple pieces to Etsy and Artfire. I also uploaded my entry for the April Team Challenge for the Florida Etsty Street Team. The challenge is "fuzzy" so I made a donkey pendant, as my donkey Cocoa is very fuzzy.
I'm outta touch for a few days. I'm riding out with my daughter and my granddogs to their new home in Texas. I put my Etsy and Artfire shops on vacation while I'm gone. I'll be back April Fools day, see you then!
Wow! My computer crapped out on Thursday and I finally got it back last evening. Seems it was a power supply problem. I use an iMac and rarely, and I mean rarely, have a problem with it. It spoils me so when I don't have it, I'm beside myself. I was able to use an old clamshell iBook but it's a bit crippled as I don't really keep it updated. Anyhow, I'm glad to be back in action.
While Rich was in Live Oak with the dogs, Lyric and Legend both got sprayed by a skunk. Pppppeeeewww. We used a remedy that really didn't work all that well and they still smell rather bad, although it's not as strong.
I worked on a couple of custom Golden Retriever pendants, a portion goes to Golden Retriever rescue. Here's a picture of them.
I'm getting ready to add a couple of new things to Etsy. One is a pmc musical sheet with notes dangling and the other is a pair of silver earrings made of fine silver and sterling. Today we were under tornado warnings but thankfully nothing happened. Now it's really chilly outside. A good evening for making some jewelry.
Today I went to Winter Park which is about an hour and 20 minutes away. They have a jewelry supply there, FDJ Tools. I coulda spent my whole paycheck there but I didn't dare. I bought a few things among them some practice copper. I made a bracelet from it and boy, I need some more practice. I do much better with the precious metal clay. But I'll keep practicing and make something bootiful, hopefully.
Rich went to Live Oak with most of the animals, I only have Spencer and Denver with me. They are my 11 year old Goldens, so sweet. Here's a picture of Mr. Denver.
I hope to be making some new jewelry soon, unfortunately my day job keeps getting in the way. Of course, in this economy, I'm happy to be working. I'd like to do some more pieces featuring fish. People seem to really like fish. This one I call Fish Bowl. It's made from precious metal clay which is particles of clay mixed with binders and water. After you have molded it, you fire it in a kiln, the binders and water burn off and you have pure silver (.999). Cool, huh??
This morning I walked the Melbourne Causeway as I do most of the mornings that I'm off work. It's a beautiful walk, this morning I saw dolphins swimming about, on rare occasions, you can spot manatees. The causeways here are the only "hills" we have. Years ago I had a dexa scan, aka as a bone density scan, and it showed I had osteopenia which is the precursor to osteoporosis.........Yikes! The doc gave me Actonel which I took for just a couple weeks and decided I didn't want to take a drug for this, so I started walking. The second dexa scan I had was just a year ago and it showed that I was in the rating of a 25 year old, so ladies.........start walking! It does pay off.
well, what can i say? i'm married and have a grown daughter and a zoo. i'm owned by 5 golden retrievers, 4 horses and 1 donkey.
my daughter ilives in VA and that makes me sad, i miss her. hopefully i can visit often. i forgot to mention, i have 2 yellow lab granddogs too.
one of my hobbies is creating jewelry out of precious metal clay. right now i'm taking silversmithing classes also, i'm really enjoying it.