Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Turkey Day ~ 15% Off Until Friday!!

I just want to thank each and every one of you that took advantage of my "Turkey Day" 15% off sale! It was awesome! And, just so you know, you still have until Friday {November 23rd} to get the discount. So those of you who are not on my mailing list, you still have time. Just make your purchase in my shop, type "Turkey Day" in the comments to seller section and then wait for me to send you an updated invoice for your total. This is a great opportunity to jump start your holiday shopping. And, those of you who are anxiously awaiting your package, it's on its way! Most things were mailed out yesterday and the remainder today. And, if you want to join my mailing list, just send me an e-mail to Kathy@dornickdesigns.com ~ I only send out a couple of e-mails a year and they always include some type of discount or coupon, so you won't be bombarded ~ I promise.

With all of the busyness of the Turkey Day Sale, I didn't leave my studio until yesterday afternoon. I just had to take a break. So, we took a drive up to the Parkway to watch the sunset ~ it was breath-taking:


But before we got there, we stopped off at the Fish Hatchery and walked the quiet, but exciting Nature Trail. These awesome berries were in full bloom and there were tons of little birds eagerly munching on them:


And then, the most exciting thing of all were these huge birds perched atop of this tree. They were circling all around the place. I think they are hawks, but I'm not quite sure. I'll investigate more about them today:


So I hope you are all having a wonderful Thanksgiving Week so far, and looking forward to a great Turkey Day! With that being said, don't eat too much, have lots of fun, fellowship and happiness. And remember to take the "Handmade Pledge" this Holiday Season!!! Just click on the little button below and take the pledge:


Off to fill some last minute orders and get more coffee ~ Hope you are all having a wonderful Day!!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"People go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compasses of the ocean….. and they pass by themselves without even imagining." - Augustine of Hippo

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Light At The End Of The Tunnel….


Just popping in to say hello and share a couple of new pairs of earrings. I really love the red ones with the awesome brass leaves. I named them "Simply Red". The others I made with some gorgeous carmelish "Lentil Shells" and some awesomely faceted Chalcedony Briolettes. I just love them both!


Of course, they are in the shop if you want to see them better.

It's finally feeling like "Home" around here. We got our bedroom all painted and the furniture moved in and dresser drawers all tidied up, so we are officially not living out of boxes any longer. Tomorrow I'm tackling the bathroom and organizing things there and then we should be just about finished, except for the garage and basement, but at least the "living quarters" will look nice and neat.

I hope you are all having a terrific week! We are going for Mexican food & mariachi tonight! And, we feel so deserving of it, too. I'll be back soon.

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours." ~ Jerome K. Jerome ~ "Three Men In a Boat"

Friday, November 9, 2007

Lazy Day {of sorts}…..


Is this not the cutest picture you ever saw! And Lita didn't even mind the fact that Ozzy was lying on her. This is actually what our mornings look like around here. Me sitting at the desk and Wayne, Ozzy & Lita on the couch next to me as we enjoy our morning coffee and discuss what we are doing for the day. We got some paint for our bedroom and bathroom yesterday, so I can't wait to get started on that project. Wayne spent the day getting the walls ready and hooking up his weather station. Ozzy & Lita got him that for Christmas last year. It's pretty cool ~ you have to set it all up outside on the roof and then you have a little box thing inside that gives all of the readings ~ wind, temperature, moisture, etc. Wayne loves stuff like that, so I know he will enjoy it.


These are some earrings I made today and listed in the shop ~ I named them "Snow Birds", which is most fitting, I think.

Off to make dinner & enjoy the rest of the daylight ~ Hope you are all having a wonderful Friday!!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"I think that I shall never see A billboard lovely as a tree. Indeed, unless the billboards fall I'll never see a tree at all." ~ Ogden Nash ~ "Song of the Open Road"

Monday, November 5, 2007

I’m officially A “Country Girl”

What a gorgeous day it was again today! We took a long drive and then a walk through the woods. We stopped along the way and got close up to a group of cows that were being fed apples! They were so cute & soft. I got several "kisses" from one very sweet one named "Daisy" ~ that's her in the middle #44


After that, we drove along the road and came upon a couple of gentlemen digging up potatoes. They had a huge basket full, so I just had to stop and ask them if I could buy a couple. Wayne's always told me that there is nothing better than a baked potato fresh from the ground. Of course, the men would not hear of us actually paying, so they gave us as many as I could carry in my hands and then we were off again. I have those potatoes in the oven right now and I can smell them. I can't wait to taste them. I got some shredded cheese to go on top and then we'll have some split-pea and ham soup to balance out our dinner. Country cooking 101 ~ Katie would be proud {and you know who you are Katie}. Hee hee ~ who says you can't turn a suburban girl into a country girl over night ~ I beg to differ.

But before I go, I just have to share this awesome meadow at the top of the mountain ~ right up from where the cows live:


Is it gorgeous, or what! I'm never going back to Louisiana, Never!

I hope you are having a super week so far ~ I'll be posting some new work this week, so please check out the shop when you get a chance. Thanks for reading my ramblings......

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards" ~ Soren Kierkegaard, Life

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Swimming Dogs & Winter

Yesterday we went for a walk around gorgeous "Fawn Lake". Ozzy just couldn't wait to get his feet {or whole body} wet. That dog just loves the water ~ I think he should have been a "mud puppy". Before we knew it, he had jumped in and was having a ball:
We, on the other hand, were having a ball, too. Of course, Lita just wanted to stay right next to Wayne and prove that she was the "well behaved" one. Of course, Ozzy don't care what the consequences are of anything he does, he just has a blast while doing it.
So, after another gorgeous afternoon, I decided that Winter here would be tolerable. After all, I get so many inspirations, I can't imagine looking forward to Spring. With that being said, I made these awesome little earrings today to celebrate Winter's coming. You know where to find them if you decide you need some "wintering" now, too:
I named them "Snow Flurries" ~ most appropriate, I think.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to "fall back" tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon......
xxoo & peace ~ Kathy

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Blueridge Parkway & Thanksgiving....

I can't wait for Thanksgiving!!!! Our friends Dave & Sharon will be driving up from the beach to join us. I'm going to get out my holiday decorations next week, which I always look forward to. With that being said, I hope you like Ozzy & Lita's Thanksgiving picture. It's my current Etsy avatar and then I have another one ready for Christmas. I think Lita makes a precious little squaw ~ don't you!
Yesterday was such a gorgeous day! We took an afternoon drive up the Blueridge parkway to see all of the leaf colors and such. The sky was so blue ~ it was amazing. I have lots more pictures on "Flickr" if you want to check them out.
This is a new necklace I made yesterday, inspired by the forest ~ it's just so fallish. I named it "Forest Floor" ~ very appropriate, I think.
Hope you are having a wonderful week! I'm off to do some more unpacking & throwing away. I feel like that's all I've done for the last 2 years. I'll be sooooo happy when it's all finished!

xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

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