Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Advice Anyone??

As some of you know, I recently added the above bracelet to my Etsy shop. Well I guess I'm a bit surprised that I still have it since so many people raved about it. It makes me second guess myself and my jewelry.
But it hasn't stopped me from making another. This time in blue!

What do you think? Do you like it in blue? I have some purple/pink ones to make up too!
So I guess the advice I need, since I haven't sold the green one, is...is it the color? Is it the price? I have $25.00 on the first one and it will be the same for this one. Is it too much?? Too cheap??? What is it????

I'm in the process of making a custom order with green flowers in a bracelet with a figure skater charm, and a necklace with a charm. I think it will be very pretty!

I would appreciate any input anyone has. What can I do to make my shop more appealing?
Thanks ahead of time!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Okay Here's The Scoop.....OR.....Somebody Has A New Hat!

So...here's the scoop......A few weeks ago my dear friend Deb...you know...the one that writes The Wug's Backyard Blogspot....was once again having one of her famous giveaways! This time she was giving away one of her gorgeous hats (check out her shop for more pretties!). Well being the hat person I am.....I mean that I'm not, I thought it might be a good idea to try to win it and see if I could BECOME a hat person! Well, you guessed it...I WON!!
Yesterday (Monday) I received my pretty win! I was so excited, I forgot to photograph the package, but the above photo shows off the pretty tag that was attached to the ribbon decorating the package. If you follow her blog, you may remember the post Deb did, on Monday, on the Etsy shop where she purchased them. Go to her blog and check it out. They really are pretty!

Anyway, after I opened the package I saw my hat for the first time! I swear my hands were shaking I was so excited!! So I put it on and had hubby take a few photos. I'm terribly NOT photogenic so I apologize for that, PLUS I did not look my best. But below is how it looks on me:

I'm really loving that crocheted flower that can be worn on the hat!!

I tip my hat to you my friend Deb and say "Thank You!!"

I now think I may be a hat person! It's so comfortable and the perfect size for me too! As a matter of fact I love it so much I've even been adding "enter me" to my comments on her blog to win the next hat too! Yep...you heard right! She's giving away another hat! Only this one is red!! Oooooooo how I love this one too!

All you have to do is comment on her blog and add "enter me" to be entered to win this beauty!! You could be the next one to show off YOUR new hat! (Or maybe I'll be winning that one too! Who knows?!! Tee Hee!!)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sneak Preview Saturday

Just a quick sneak preview of my latest creations. Stay tuned....coming to Etsy shortly!

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See anything YOU might like?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I Want To Show You........

I want to show you what I made for my niece for her graduation gift. I hope it'll be a hit! First off we live in a beachy area since our city is on the shores of Lake Michigan, so what teenager wouldn't love some beachy jewelry! The above photo shows the necklace and earrings I made. But then, I thought I would love to make her an awesome bracelet. So this is what I came up with:

What do you think? Do you thinks she'll like it? Here's another view:

I think it's awesome, but what do I know, LOL! I haven't been a teenager for a long time! So I would really love your opinion on this.

Next I want to show you my latest winnings!! Unfortunately, the photo is no longer there, so I can't show it off, but I can tell you about it! Oops! Here it is!

I won a gorgeous crocheted hat from
Wuglyees! She has a giveaway every month on her blog The Wug's Backyard BlogSpot You really should check it out! You may be the next winner! Thanks Deb!! Please let me know if you think my gift will be suitable and thanks so much for looking!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bragging Rights!

I just have to do a bit of bragging today on my blog! Recently I entered a contest in Priscila Peters Decor's blog. And guess what?????........I WON!!! I wanted to show off my beautiful winnings too! I absolutely love it!
Thanks so much Priscila!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fond Memories Of My Grandparents

A while back my cousin friended me on FB and sent me these photos of our grandparents. They brought back a lot of memories for me and I thought I'd briefly share a few (I don't want to bore you! LOL)

My grandmother (my Dad's mother) raised 11 children, my Dad being the oldest. She was a multi-talented woman, as you can see by the above photo on the piano bench, and a few of my aunts became very good at it as well. One of them taught my brother and I how to play the piano (I don't remember any of it).

Some of my fondest memories was the old house they lived in down the street from us. It was huge! It had a massive wrap around porch full of stuffed animals (my grandfather did taxidermy on the side). Scared me to death! But I loved going down there.

Anyway, my grandfather, whom I loved very dearly, was a true watchmaker! He could make a watch from anything. He's sitting at his bench in the above photo. He taught my Dad his trade, and my Dad taught 2 of my brothers the trade as well!
He was very special to me and it was sad to lose him at such a young age. He died in his sleep when I was around 7 or 8. He loved animals. He had a shed in the backyard with a tree growing out of it for his pet squirrels. Those squirrels were so tame, that my grandpa would put peanuts in his shirt pocket and they would sit on his shoulder and eat them out of his pocket! It amazed me!! The reason for the stuffed animals on the porch.....he loved animals and loved to look at them. My dad would say that he could walk in the woods and deer would walk up to him and eat out of his hand! He never saw anything like it!

I don't want to bore you with my history, but I wanted to share these priceless photos!

What do you know and remember about your grandparents?

Monday, June 6, 2011

What Do You Think?

I'm doing a bit of showing off this morning. As some of you know, my husband P. and I celebrated our 39th anniversary last week. Now we don't usually buy gifts for each other, but we do, some years, buy something we both would love to have and is needed for our home. This year was no exception and I just had to show off the new things we bought.

First off, we bought 2 end tables for our living room which, unfortunately, we had to order and so we won't have them for a couple more weeks. So we have no photos of them....yet!

Then we were in need of a floor lamp. Now I love conversation pieces and unusual things. When I saw this one, I felt we found it. P. agreed and so it is now a part of our home!

Don't you just love it?? It was the style that caught my attention. And, by the way, yes....that is my love seat! Hopefully after we save a bit more money, we'll be replacing those too. They're about 20 years old, so it's probably about time.

We had been looking to replace our dining room outfit for some time. The old one was round and had chairs with wheels that flew all over the place. But it took up a lot of space in my small dining area, and so we felt this was a better choice for that area. We had 2 options that we had been interested in, from 2 different stores! When we decided, we had to wait till Tues. to buy it! I called ahead and the found out that the bench had been sold! Bummer!! BUT....they had another in the warehouse! Yay!! I love the black and wood combination!

So that was our shopping spree and we finally have space in our dining area. And yes, the bar stools will either have to be painted, or we'll have to buy new. What do you think? Would they look alright painted black?

Thanks for looking today and have a wonderful one!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Look What's Blooming In My Yard!!

Good Friday morning to you all! I was out in my yard this morning and I couldn't believe how pretty everything is beginning to look. I love all the pretties in bloom. The header photo is a close up of my rhododendrons that are in full bloom in my backyard! I have three of them -- all purple! Seems like everything's purple right now!

Well almost everthing! My poppies are definitely NOT purple! But aren't they pretty?

These are Japanese Iris's! I so look forward to their full purple beauty this time of year. I have a lot of these in my yard. These are in my front yard.

This is a tree Peony. I usually have at least 6 flowers on this in my backyard, but this year there are only 2. But so pretty aren't they?

I love columbine! The photo above is a bush in my backyard tiered garden. I wasn't aware I had any in white, but it sure is pretty!

This is also a columbine in my backyard tiered garden! Yep...it's purple! LOL

These are Alum flowers! I love them! This year I had 4 blooms! A record! Yep, you got it....purple!

A close up view of the Japanese iris's.

These are the flowers on one of my Weigelia (Not sure of the spelling) bushes. The darker pink ones haven't bloomed yet. But they are so pretty, don't you think?

And here is a larger photo of my Rhododendrons! I have three bushes in my backyard and they are so colorful right now!

And lastly (aren't you glad?) here is just one of many pots I have in my backyard. I love the Gerbera daisies!

I hope your gardens are all looking good too! Have a wonderful Friday and a wonderful weekend too!