26 December 2011

tablet troubles, and a post

OH! fer cryin' out loud! I went to post here on my tablet just yesterday and I don't see the dern thing here! WTF?! It was a fabulous rant about how I haven't been in the Christmas spirit, I'm not really interested, I've been slack on posting, and how hard it is to get in the spirit when it's 82 degrees outside (honestly, really? can't we have it a *little* cool here?), and maybe I need a change of venue, and speaking of change of venue, I've thought of some business changes/name changes/ blog changes to mix things up a bit as I've been thinking of a different direction for my jewelry and what all that entails, etc and so forth. 

But the damn thing isn't here. 

So I leave you with all the Christmas decorations we have up at our house, and I hope you had a good day. 

I'll be back to rant some more later.

16 December 2011

quote of the day

I like this one. I feel like shaking the tree of life and seeing what it brings down. I've felt a little antsy lately, a little restless, a little slumpy grumpy, and not sure why. A little disheveled, a little bored, a little dissatisfied. I need a good tree shaking to wake me up and fix me up and get me going. Maybe it is the time of year for that kind of thing; a time to shake things up, wake things up, fix things up and start anew. That's what the new year is for, right?

Shake it up! just don't hurt yourself falling out of the tree, ok?

14 December 2011

whatcha makin' now?

I am having so much fun with my new camera apps, it's almost ridiculous. Now I just need to put things like this on my desktop.  They are so cool!

moses - using pixl - r - matic
a neighborhood house. Really? a reindeer taller than your house? kinda scary if you ask me.
wolfie, moses, rogue
my beloved, Nathan, using photofunia app
Scotty at the dog park, with the plain camera on my phone

09 December 2011

quote of the day

I thought this was a most appropriate quote for today, for me anyway. I'm off today to visit 3 doctors: one for well woman exam, one dermatologist, and one podiatrist. These are all visits that I have put off again and again because, well, I am uncomfortable in doctors offices, and with health insurance the way it is, I'm not sure I'll be able to pay for it and I'm not going into debt for something that isn't life threatening, and I really just didn't feel like going. I kept hoping that these minor inconveniences will just solve themselves or go away. But as it always is with things in life, what we resist, persists. So these things have persisted to a point where I can't, and honestly don't, want to put them off anymore, so I bit the bullet, took a deep breath, held my nose, closed my eyes and took the plunge. I have an HSA, so money worries be damned. So far, I am still alive, these minor inconveniences can, and have, been dealt with, and I can now cross these things off my list of things to do this year. 

(nothing like waiting til the last moment, right?)

I hope all your obstacles, whether minor inconveniences or major problems, melt away once you walk through them.

03 December 2011

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Rogue and beans
I'll have to admit, my beans have not done squat this year. Don't know why that is. Very disappointing is what it is. I did get 2 small squash, and the tomatoes are really taking off. Can't hardly see the lettuce or radishes for all the tomatoes. Good thing I like tomatoes. 

Some of the myriad of things on my bench as of late. Been working on a few new things, and managed NOT to melt anything. quite proud of myself, I am.  I cleaned part of the bench, and rearranged a few things to make it more convenient and accessible. It's getting to be that time of year again for cleansing. I do one every year. I feel better afterwards, and my house is clean! (not trying to imitate poltergeist or anything.)

check out what everyone else is looking at:

studio waterstone

last day of virtual craft show

Hey all! don't forget to head on over to Pretty Things blog to comment and win some really cool stuff! there some lip balm, lots of beads, and Lori made up a really nice 'buy handmade' badge to use in your shop. Only a few more hours left! Don't forget ~ any VCS visitors use discount code VCS10 for 10% off anything in my shop during the show.

27 November 2011

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radishes and tomatoes

old fencing


LOTS of tomatoes

sneaky puppy

studio waterstone
check out what everyone else is up to at studio waterstone

26 November 2011

Virtual Craft Show - Day 1

Hey all! Today is day one of The first annual virtual craft show organized by Lori Anderson over at Pretty Things Blog. Today she has listed the first 10 designers in the show. Check it out, these ladies make some beautiful stuff. So glad to be in their company. 

There are discounts and giveaways from all the artists as a thank you for participating in the craft show. and speaking of discounts...

During the week of the show, if you use code VCS10, you'll get 10% off anything in my shop, as well as free shipping! (I loves me some free shipping!)

So glad you stopped by, and hope to see you again soon.

25 November 2011

don't forget! Virtual craft show tomorrow!

Don't forget the Virtual Craft show tomorrow! 

November 26th to December 3rd

It's 7 Days, of 70 Artists, GIVING AWAY 70 things. and I am one of those 70. I'll be giving away a pair of starry night earrings, as well as specials in my shop.
Check back here for the full list, or head on over to Lori @ Pretty Things for more info.

21 November 2011

The First Annual virtual craft show

I am very excited to be participating in the first annual virtual craft show being put together by Lori Anderson over at Pretty Things Blog. There are giveaways to be had, (I have a pretty blue pair on the giveaway list), and I'll be offering specials over at my shop. Which reminds me, I have lots of pictures to take and items to list too, so check back for more spokes and hubcaps and copper wire earrings. Copper is fun to work with. and it shines up so pretty!

20 November 2011

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handmade cards by my sister in law, Tina. She is so talented! and has patience too.

go see what everyone else is doing:

studio waterstone

18 November 2011

Jingle Eve in Ivanhoe Village

hey all! I am so excited to be participating in Jingle Eve in Ivanhoe Village tonight!  Ivanhoe is another tony part of town, all local businesses and vendors, and we'll have food trucks out tonight! yippee! and with my new smartphone, I'll be able to take pics and post to twitter tout de suite! awesome!

17 November 2011

16 November 2011

whatcha makin' now?

This is part of a keychain I made for Nate. Not that he uses it that much, (you know how guys are about keychains, I think they'd rather just use the split ring and that's it), but he loves it 'cuz I made it and it's beautiful (of course!)

here's the full shot of the keychain

this is what's on the underside of the globe. These charms are made by Erin Prais-Hintz. I was lucky enough to be part of the simple truths sampler club and this was one of the simple truths I received in the mail and was tasked with making something beautiful out of it. The charms alone are beautiful so I found it challenging to make something just as beautiful to put around it. Nate is my world, so I wanted to give him that reminder. 

Go green for the holidays -College Park style

College Park is one of the toniest cities around O-town. This year, like every other, they host a shopping event which showcases several locally owned businesses in the area, like Artistree co-op and Infusion Tea. These 2 places are 2 of my favorites in town, but of course, because they serve tea and sell some of the coolest, craftiest handmade stuff around! duh! So this evening I think I'll go take a stroll around and see what I can find...

13 November 2011

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 have you seen this? this is an old fence that I found at the side of the road when I was driving home from work one day. This type fencing isn't made anymore, and it has the coolest design. I thought it would be perfect from keeping the kittens from using the garden boxes as their own personal litter box, and it has been quite effective. The garden is doing well. Beans, radishes, lots of lettuce, squash, and peppers are all growing. can't wait for harvesting!

see what everyone else is growing here:
studio waterstone

10 November 2011

occupy orlando

see the bike cop?

we had some occupy orlando protestors walking through downtown this past saturday. It was quite interesting. Police were out in force (check first photo) and they were blocking traffic as they walked through town. kinda loud, all kinds of people, lots of signs. Kind of neat to say that you say history pass by...

09 November 2011

whatcha makin' now?

the view from my table
 This past saturday I took part in a handmade holiday market near downtown. I was selling my chalkboard jars and a bunch of my hubcaps and spokes earrings. It was a very short (only 2 hours) market, as this was the first one. There was also another crafty event going on downtown near lake eola, and the occupy orlando people were in town too, so we didn't do a whole lot of business, but it was a good run. I sold a few things and gave out a bunch of business cards. For that I am grateful.

Nate and Toby helped. They are such good boys. They are so good to me. How can you not love these faces?