Monday, December 27, 2010

My Christmas Present

We woke up to a white Christmas! The first one in 17 years. And when it was all said and done, we had 2" of snow in Tennessee. What more can an ex Yank ask for?
Hope your holidays were filled with magic.
Until next time.....

Monday, December 20, 2010

See You Next Year

I’m taking time off to enjoy the holiday season. I will have limited access to my shop, but will be keeping an eye on everything and will be answering convos asap.
While I’m gone, enjoy 15% off and complimentary shipping. All orders will ship December 30,2010.
May you have a holiday filled with peace and joy.
Season’s Greetings from Tennessee.
See you in 2011.
Until next time.....

Monday, December 6, 2010

Deck The Halls ~ Etsy Style

I started a flickr group so we can post our holiday decorations. Here's the group description:

A group for Etsy sellers and buyers to post photos of their holiday decorations, both indoors and out. Baked goods, candy, other homemade treats, gift wrapping also welcome.
Please do NOT post items that are for sale in your shop. They will be removed.
Come on over and join!
Until next time.....

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Deck The Halls

Deck the halls with things from Etsy
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

A sampling of some of the decorations from teamdiscovery and undiscovered shops. At least half of these shops have less than 20 sales. Click on the collage to begin shopping.
Happy Holidays~
Until next time.....

Friday, December 3, 2010

Ice Storm

No, we didn't have an ice storm in Tennessee. The landscape is sugared with an icy layer that looks beautiful in the morning sun.
Ice Storm is the name of my new necklace. You can find it in my Etsy shop.
Stay warm.
Until next time.....

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I love stars. Real ones. Fabricated ones. I've collected them for years now. They pop up everywhere around here, both indoors and out.
Check out these stars that I found while making a treasury this morning. Click on the collage. It will take you to the treasury itself.
Until next time.....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. From our house to yours~
Until next time.....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Friday ~ Cyber Monday Sale

Black Friday ~ Cyber Monday Sale, running from 11/23 – 11/30. 15% off, plus Complimentary Worldwide Holiday Shipping. All prices have already been reduced! I'll be adding new jewelry daily. Hope to see you there.
Happy Holidays from Tennessee.
Until next time.....

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New Pine Cone Necklace

I love pine cones! We have several different trees on our property that produce cones. I gather them up for winter decorating; both indoors and out.

When I came across these vintage Lucite pine cones, I had to have them! Vintage AND pine cones. Score!

This is the second necklace listed in my shop. Same as the other one, but with a vintage black enameled chain. I will have several for sale. I will also be keeping one for me. :)

Until next time.....

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Jewels

New jewelry either in or soon to be in my Etsy shop.
Stop on by. Free shipping until December 31, 2010.
Until next time.....

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I'm experimenting with the site 'Etsy on Sale' to see how it works. I want to have a sale during the holiday season and thought I'd have a practice run, since I haven't used the site before.
I'm offering 10% off of my entire jewelry shop on Etsy, today until midnight CST. Prices are already reduced. And I didn't have to sit for hours hand editing!
Stop on by. If I don't see you today, keep an eye out on my blog for future holiday sales and events. Free worldwide shipping continues until December 31, 2010.
Until next time.....

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Know What Cats Want

Brought to you by Althea. Click on the collage to take you to the treasury where you can start your holiday shopping.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Jewelry

I've been busy in the studio and stocking my Etsy shop for the holiday season. Someone reminded me that it's 60 days away. Eep!
I'm offering free worldwide shipping in my jewelry shop until the end of 2010.

Friday, October 22, 2010


New acorn earrings in my shop.
Don't forget, I'm offering free worldwide shipping throughout the holidays!
Until next time.....

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


oo) What you want
(oo) Baby, I got it
(oo) What you need
(oo) Do you know I got it?
(oo) All I'm askin'
(oo) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bit) when you get home
(just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)

I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone
Ain't gonna do you wrong (oo) 'cause I don't wanna (oo)
All I'm askin' (oo)
Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

I'm about to give you all of my money
And all I'm askin' in return, honey
Is to give me my propers
When you get home (just a, just a, just a, just a)
Yeah baby (just a, just a, just a, just a)
When you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

Ooo, your kisses (oo)
Sweeter than honey (oo)
And guess what? (oo)
So is my money (oo)
All I want you to do (oo) for me
Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re ,re)
Yeah baby (re, re, re ,re)
Give it to me (respect, just a little bit)
When you get home, now (just a little bit)

Find out what it means to me
Take care, TCB

Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me,
sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me,
sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa, babe (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin' (just a little bit)
You're runnin' out of foolin' (just a little bit)
And I ain't lyin' (just a little bit)
(re, re, re, re) 'spect
When you come home (re, re, re ,re)
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I'm gone (just a little bit)
I got to have (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)

~Thank you Aretha! Now, I'm going to go crank up Aretha Franklin and make jewelry.
Until next time.....

Monday, October 18, 2010

Welcome To Tennessee

Last May a pair of whistling swans stopped off at the pond down the road for a few days during their migration. Well the other day, they returned! They are so cool. I've never seen them before.

Such beautiful birds! Enjoy your stay and rest up for your flight.
Until next time.....

Friday, October 8, 2010

Black is the Night

Yesterday morning, I awoke with the treasury bug. Coffee in hand, I sat down and put together a treasury with some of my faves, some of my friends and some of my team mates. Yesterday evening I received a convo from a friend that my treasury was on the front page!
I was so excited for everyone. Congrats y'all! I couldn't have done it without you. Click on the treasury to get a bird's eye view.
Until next time.....

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Etsy Project Embrace's treasury challenge that is going on right now is for breast cancer awareness. This morning I sat down and put together my trej for the challenge. You can view it by clicking on the beautiful cuff embroidered by our team leader Waterrose.
I would LOVE to get this treasury on the front page of Etsy. Please stop by if you have a moment. All of the items are from members of EPE. Feel free to leave a comment. I'll heart you forever~

In my shop this month, 50% of the proceeds from the listings in my EPE section will be donated to the American Cancer Society through Etsy Project Embrace. Click on the necklace below. It will take you to that section.
Breast cancer doesn't have to kill anymore.

Until next time.....

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Hello darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence
~Paul Simon

We spent the weekend on top of the mountain at Crystal Lake. Camping out under the stars. Cool weather. Wind blowing through the trees. But this time the wind was different. It was an Autumn wind. Chestnut oak acorns fell from the trees. Believe me, you don't want to get hit with one of those! They are about 2" long.
I sat out at night, staring at the stars. The Milky Way swept across the sky above us. I didn't want to come back down. Never do. It clears the cobwebs of my mind. I love it up there. Being surrounded by trees. And darkness. Like going home to old friends.
Until next time.....

Friday, October 1, 2010

Complimentary Worldwide Shipping Begins Today

Complimentary worldwide holiday shipping begins today, October 1 and runs until December 31 in my Etsy jewelry shop.
I can not believe that it's that time of the year again! I'm not complaining. I love autumn and fall and all that it has to bring.

Hope to see you there~
Until next time.....

Friday, September 24, 2010


Well according to the calender, autumn is officially here. But by looking at the thermometer, it would be hard to tell. We almost broke a record yesterday. It was 95*. Not the kind of record I care to break.

It's very dry around here. We haven't had any of the rain that came through middle TN and the stress is starting to show. The garden soil is dry as a bone. Trees are losing leaves before they even change color. They say that we're going to get rain and cooler weather next week. Let's hope they're right.

I can't wait until we can head up to the mountain and enjoy camping in the crisp autumn air. I'm bringing my hammock so I can tie it to the trees and watch the leaves fall.
I dragged out some pictures from past years of our trees at Crystal Lake to remind me what lies ahead.....somewhere in the near future.
Until next time.....

Monday, September 20, 2010

New Necklaces

New necklaces in my Etsy shop, with more to come.
Until next time.....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Black is Black

It's that time of the year to start bringing back the black clothes and accessories. I love to wear black, but ever since we adopted Althea, it is almost impossible to leave the house without white cat fur somewhere on me. I don't want to go out looking like the crazy cat lady, which I am not. Seems like by now, I should own stock in pet hair rollers.

I've been stocking my bead shop with black beads and have listed some new black jewels in my jewelry shop. Just in time for Halloween; one of my fave times of the year.
Until next time.....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pumpkin Latte

A couple of years ago when I was hanging in Etc, on the Etsy forums, some folks were talking about Pumpkin Latte from Starbucks. It sounded good! I love everything pumpkin. I had no desire to go to Starbucks to try one. Never been there. Why start now? So I hit the internet to see what I could find. I did find several recipes, got the gist of it and came up with this. Give it a try. It's easy and oh so good!

3 heaping tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons vanilla syrup*
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice**
1 cup milk - works with any kind of milk
1-2 shots espresso
-In small saucepan, stir puree into milk. add vanilla syrup* and spice. heat gently and stir occasionally just until steaming and foam begins to appear. If you like it sweeter, you can add more vanilla syrup.
Pour into tall mug and pour espresso over it.
Top with whip cream and dash of spice.

*Vanilla syrup:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
-Bring water,sugar and salt to boil on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
Boil until mixture becomes thick and syrupy. It took about 10 minutes when I did this.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Store in frig.
~I didn't make the whole recipe. I may have made 1/4 of it. I read that it stores in the frig for a couple of weeks. You might want to google 'vanilla syrup' or 'sugar syrup' to see what you find out.

**I make my own pumpkin pie spice and keep it on hand. We love cinnamon, so I'm pretty heavy on it. Adjust to taste:
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
a little under 1/4 teaspoon cloves
a little under 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Until next time.....

Monday, September 13, 2010

Autumn Jewels

Just a sample of some of the new jewelry being listed in my Etsy shop. My shop's landscape is changing just like the landscape in TN. Here the leaves are starting to turn color and fall. Ironweed and Fall Asters are among the flowers that are in bloom. And when the sky is blue, it is really blue. I'm enjoying every minute of it. As a matter of fact, I'm heading outdoors to work in the gardens.
Until next time.....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

When I Grow Up

When I grow up, I want to be Althea! This is what I see while I'm working. She follows me around most of the time, like a dog, and sleeps at my feet. Her life hasn't always been this good, but I know for a fact that it has been since we adopted her several years ago.

Have a great weekend!
Until next time.....

Friday, September 10, 2010


I love this time of year! Summer slowly starts coming to an end and Autumn begins to awaken. It's my favorite time of the year. After a long hot summer, I get to sit back and enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of my labor. Cinnamon infused desserts start to fill our home with added warmth.

I have more time for my online shops. I've had fun making a few Halloween themed earrings. You can see them in my Etsy shop. Just click on the collage above. They are all OOAK.
I've been stocking my deStash shop with autumn colored beads too. I've really been into skull beads this year. I mean, I've always been into skulls (Dead Head), but this year I've been searching for them and adding them to my stash. I am parting with a few though. You can find them in my shop. Just click on the collage below.

It's 6:15 PM. It's been raining today, so the sky is grey. It's fairly dark outside. Althea is curled up in the corner, sound asleep and snoring with a smile on her face. We're both waiting for Papa John to get home. He doesn't know it, but tomorrow I'm baking him a pie with some of last years pumpkin that I put up. I can't wait to smell the cinnamon.
Until next time.....

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Shining Stars

This time of year, the vining flowers really shine. When most flowers are played out, my morning glories, clematis, cypress vine and cardinal climbers explode onto the scene. They escape their trellises and attach themselves to anything that they can reach. Vines gone wild! I love it. And so do the birds and the bees.
Enjoy these last flowering days of the season.
Until next time.....

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Where was my camera?

We took a quick trip up to Crystal Lake this past weekend. It was so nice to be back on the mountain, camping out under the stars. I could easily stay up there and never come back down.

I had several 'where is my camera when I need it' moments.
When we took the tarp off of the woodpile, we found a beautiful copperhead napping. She was about two feet long. Maybe I can get a shot of her next time.
I was sitting next to the water and a butterfly landed on my arm. Blue/orange/black wings inches from my eyes. With the sun out, the shadow the butterfly made was amazing. It would have made a great 'Shadow Shot Sunday'.
A scorpion lives in the stones of our fire pit. We saw him, but camera.

Back down from the mountain, I went out to the garden to cut some basil. Something waddled out from under the basil. It was a young dove. I sat down and started talking to it. It turned and came closer, scratched around in the dirt and made itself comfortable. Three feet from me. You guessed it. The camera was in the house.

I can't complain. I do capture some wonderful surprises. The top photo is John walking on top of the dam.
Bottom collage: hot peppers, cardinal climber, autumn clematis in full bloom
Until next time.....

Friday, September 3, 2010

End of Summer Sale

I'm looking forward to this weekend and to saying goodbye to Summer. The weather promises to be beautiful!

I added a sale section to my Etsy jewelry shop. Stop on by and see if there's something that you've hearted, or should I say 'favorited'? Who knows, you may even find a gift or two for someone on your holiday shopping list.
Have a great weekend!
Until next time.....

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Signs of Autumn

Remember me? I've been MIA for a while now. Sometimes life gets in the way and the blog goes on the back burner. But, Fall is in the air and I should have more time to blog once again.

I'm typing with 9 fingers. Yesterday, while drilling through bullet shell casings, the drill slipped and well, I'll save the details. Good news is that I had a small bit in at the time and I didn't drill all the way through my finger.
I've got lots of news to tell, but will save that for another day.

I'm so glad that Autumn is making her appearance once again. It's been a long, hot Summer.
Some signs of Autumn in my neck of the woods:
Cool mornings
Double digit temperatures
Foggy mornings
Open windows
Blue jays are back
Peppers are ripening
Summer garden is winding down
Garden is tilled and ready to plant the Fall garden
We will be able to go camping again!
Autumn banners in my Etsy shops
Fall colored beads in my deStash shop
Autumn themed jewelry in my jewelry shop
Labor Day weekend

So, what are the signs of Autumn surrounding you?
Until next time.....


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