Friday, March 28, 2008

Oh Happy Day!!

Yay! This time tomorrow my family will be ½ way here! I can't wait to see them. I woke up with a smile on my face today. And another reason I'm smiling is because lucky #2 {Rosanne} won the ankle bracelet from last Friday's Post!!! Congratulations, Rosanne! So, for next Friday's giveaway {April 4th} will be these awesome little earrings! Perfect for Spring & Summer:

So, all you have to do is comment on THIS BLOG POST. Lita will be picking the winner next Friday ~ Good Luck!!

Off to finish up a bracelet I'm working on {it will be listed later in the shop, so please do check it out} and then to the grocery store ~ Hope you are all having a wonderful Friday!!! Don't Forget About EARTH HOUR tomorrow evening from 8 to 9.

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"So you see! There's no end To the things you might know, Depending how far beyond Zebra you go!" {On Beyond Zebra! ~ Dr. Seuss}

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Scenic Route, A Waterfall & A Lost Dog….

One of the things I love most about Wayne is that he's adventurous, just like me! Neither of us can resist a good gravel road! So yesterday we head off to "Pisgah National Forest" for a hike. We decided to take the "Summey Cove Trail", but instead of starting the trail at the end where there was actual pavement, we took a gravel road up three miles of gorgeous forest-lined creeks and roadside waterfalls. At one point, we had to cross a bridge that had recently been swept away by the creek and then hap-hazardly repaired with big chunks of rock. At first I was a little skeptical about crossing it, but before I could even think to hard about it, we had already gone over it {thank goodness for all-wheel drive!}. When we got to the end of the road we had to park and then walk about another mile up to where the waterfall was. This was the most amazing, gorgeous walk I have ever taken. One of my favorite places in the world, for sure! I have all my pictures on "Flickr", so please take a look when you can:

I'm hoping to take my Mom, Step-Dad & Sister up there next week when they are here to visit ~ I know they will love it! Especially my Mom.

So when we got back to the car there was this little beagle dog there and she ran up to us to get some attention. She had a collar on and there was a truck parked nearby, so we just assumed she belonged there and was with the people in the other vehicle. Her collar had a phone number, a man's name and "Balsam Creek", which was the name of the little community where we were. But the tags on the vehicle were from "Virginia". So we think, well maybe they are visiting, or something and were still thinking she was with them. So we get in the car and start back down the gravel road and she was following us and whimpering. I made Wayne stop the car and I got her and put her in. I noticed that her little feet were bleeding from the rough gravel of the road and wondered how the heck she got all the way down to the end of it. She immediately lay down, sighed a huge sigh and fell asleep {a lot better behaved than Lita or Ozzy In a car!}. So we go back through the little town and finally find a convenience store so we could call her owners. I just knew they were probably heartsick over her being lost like that! So I go in the store and the gentleman working there is eating a huge {I'm talking gorganteous} pile of chili cheese fries and licking his fingers while he's talking to me. I asked him if he recognized the person's name on the tag and he says "oh yeah, mam – he lives right up the road". So I called the number and a young girl answers and I tell her that I found her dog and she's like "well, she wonders, so she was supposed to be out". And I'm thinking what! Way down at the end of that gravel road! She was at least 6 miles from home and her little feet were bleeding from the rocks. I asked where she lived and she gave me directions to the house! I tell her the name of the store where we are and it just so happened to be the same as her last name! I asked the "chili cheese fry man" if everybody in the town had the same last name and he said "near about". So we head off to where the little dog lives and drive up a dirt road and there were at least 10 dogs, some sheep, a few goats, several cows, a couple of horses and 3 men with no teeth! On a scale of 1 to 10 to the resemblance of the town in "Deliverance", this ranked a 9.8 – I almost got scared, but then remembered that we had a hunting knife & some mace in the car with us. So I ask these men if this was their dog and they just looked at me like I was talking another language and then one of them "grunted". We just backed up and went to the next driveway where there were 2 young girls on a 4-wheeler. At least they "spoke" and had teeth! They knew where the dog belonged and offered to take her home. I had a hard time getting her out of my car – she was quite comfy in there. I have a horse blanket in the back, where Ozzy & Lita lay, and that's where this little dog was sleeping. Like Wayne said "it's the closest thing to a bed that poor little dog ever saw". I almost felt guilty for leaving her where she "belonged". Nobody seemed to care that she had been lost, or that her feet were bleeding. About that time another man walked up and said that he was the "brother" of the owner of the dog and thanked us for bringing her home. As we drove away they were all just standing around staring at us and probably thinking "bunch of city slickers, picking up a hunting dog and thinking it was lost". I don't really care what those people thought, because I know that little dog certainly was thankful for the ride and that's all that matters.

I hope you are having a wonderful week – Happy Thursday!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Humankind is drawn to dogs because they are so like ourselves – bumbling, affectionate, confused, easily disappointed, eager to be amused, grateful for kindness and the least bit of attention" – Pam Brown (1928)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Thank You for helping me “Grow”!

And so do these new "Thank You" cards that I made today!

These are made with "plantable" paper that I got from Grace Graphics. The paper is really nice and can be printed on with a regular ink jet printer. These little "Thank You" cards will be included with all of my orders through the Spring & Summer. I think it's a great way to say "Thank You" and recycle at the same time. Plus, you get some beautiful little wildflowers, too!

Off to make a big pot of soup & go spread some dirt {Wayne got a whole truck full today}. Happy Tuesday!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Bloom Where You Are Planted"

Monday, March 24, 2008

Is “Going Green” the “New Black”…

Seems as though every person you meet, every business, every T.V. show/add, new product, etc., is all about the environment and being "more green" these days. I, personally think it's about time! I've always tried to do my share, but there is so much more that I could be doing. I was so excited when I went to the grocery store a few months ago {Bi-Lo, by the way} and they were selling their own cloth grocery bags. But the really cool thing about them {besides only being $1 each} is that every time you use them you get a 5 cent bonus for each bag. I bought 5 of them, so every time I go grocery shopping, I get a 25 cent bonus. Of course, 25 cents isn't that much, but I figure I'm saving a lot more than money by using them. When I got my mailing from "World Wildlife Fund", there was a simple checklist enclosed. I taped it to my computer and try to at least pay attention to these 10 things:

And now "World Wildlife Fund" is encouraging "Earth Hour" this coming Saturday. It started with a question: How can we inspire people to take action on climate change? The answer: Ask the people of Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour.
On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour - Earth Hour.

With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement. Earth Hour, run by World Wildlife Fund, the conservation organization, is a global climate change initiative which calls on individuals and businesses around the world, to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday March 29 2008 between 8 pm and 9pm.
The aim of the campaign is to express that individual action on a mass scale can help change our planet for the better.
The event itself will clearly demonstrate in participating cities, the connection between energy usage and climate change, showing that we as broader community can address the biggest threat our planet has ever faced. I encourage you to participate by clicking the banner below and signing up:

You'll be glad you did! Now, if I can only stop wasting food! That's my biggest wasteful thing. I always have good intentions when I buy all those apples & bananas and I even love how wonderful they taste, when I do actually eat them. But eating them "all" is my problem. This is the one thing I am going to work on, besides the 10 things on the list. That and taking more walks! Happy Monday!!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

I know I've shared this quote before, but I thought it worthy of sharing yet again, especially with this post:

"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

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone is having a great Easter and getting to spend time with friends & family. This time next week my Mom, Step-Dad & Sister will all be here for a nice visit. They are staying a whole week! I can't wait. And, my yard is just bursting with Springtime hellos for them, too:

I got my little "mini" herb garden all ready and we'll just keep our fingers crossed that my seeds will actually grow! I'll keep you posted. We really can't plant a "garden" around here, although I would love to. We just have too many critters living out here in the forest and they would eat everything that came up. Plus, we decided that it's probably not a good idea to offer anything that would attract them even more {especially the bears!}. I'll be doing good just keeping my Hummingbird feeder out of arms {or paws, rather} reach!

So yesterday I made this awesome little necklace with a "Vintage Optical Lens" that I got from ""

I named it "I Can See Clearly Now" – Rosanne asked me how I got the names for my stuff, so I'll try to explain it – it's rather simple, really. You see, my brain was obviously incorporated with a record player built right in. I always have a song playing in there at any given time. I can wake up in the middle of the night even and have a song playing in there. Just like right now, I have "Me & Mrs. Jones" playing in there! Don't even ask me where that came from, since I haven't heard that song in forever and it certainly don't have anything to do with this post, or even what I'm thinking about right now! So, when I'm making something I always have a song that pops in my head and that's usually what I name the piece. You know how when you look at something you try to "relate" something else? That's what I do, but I always use a song. Like if I look up at the clouds and see one that looks like a horse, for instance. Instead of looking like just a horse, a song about a horse will also pop in my head, like "Wildfire" or something like that. It's rather annoying at times and it used to drive me crazy because I had a hard time concentrating because of it. But now, I've found a way to use it to my advantage and I'm glad those songs are forever playing, because it makes naming my jewelry really easy and I would probably, otherwise, struggle with that part. Plus, it sure comes in handy when I'm hiking in the woods! I-Pod? I never even use mine, since I have my own built right in. The only thing that sucks sometimes is when a song is playing that I really don't like that much and I have a hard time "changing the record".

Have a wonderful day! Remember, you can wear your White Shoes Now! And, before I go, I want to wish Lora a big "Happy Birthday"!!! Hope it's your best one ever!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them" – Henri Matisse

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Good Friday!

Sometimes I think way too much! But not today…..I just did mundane things, got some dirt ready for my herb garden {nothing much} and just piddled around the house. We were going to go out on a hike, but my computer decided that it wanted to "not think" as well, so I ended up fighting with it for over an hour so I could get my labels printed for the packages I was mailing out. Finally, I got it to work. I was so frustrated by then that I just wanted to chill out. Now I'm much better and will be headed over to a friend's house for dinner in just a bit. But before I go, I had to announce this weeks winner of the necklace:

It's still a little damp from being in Ozzy's mouth. He didn't want to drop it, but he finally did. Congratulations, Jennifer!!! I hope you enjoy it. Now, next weeks prize is this:

It's the "She's Got Legs" Anklet ~ Perfect for Spring & Summer! All you have to do is comment on THIS blog post to be entered into the drawing for next Friday. Good Luck! I hope you are all having a "Good Friday", so I'll leave you with this video from the Mariachi band last night ~ enjoy!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Health, contentment, and trust are your greatest possessions, and Freedom your greatest joy"- Buddha

Thursday, March 20, 2008

It’s Official ~ Spring & Critters {Go Hand In Hand}!

And what a better day to have for the 1st day of Spring! It was absolutely gorgeous outside. Wayne bought four flats of tulip & hyacinth bulbs that are just beginning to "peek" from the dirt. I got them all planted today {among the tree roots & rocks, that is}. Way down yonder in Louisiana all I ever had in my soil was clay and sand. Here, it's all tree roots & rock, mixed in with bunches of earth worms & skinks! I guess I never knew that skinks lived in the dirt, but then where the heck else would they live? Especially when it's cold outside. So of course, I had to "Google" them just to find out which ones I may encounter and thank goodness I live in "Transylvania" and not "Tasmania", or I just might happen up on one of these little fellows:

Although he's rather cute {in his own little way}, I don't think I'd be to happy if I accidently dug him up! And the more I look at him {now maybe it's just me}, but don't that tongue look a little bit like a doll arm! And you know how I feel about dolls, so I'm kinda liking this little fellow more and more. In all honesty, dolls creep me out way more than this little guy ever could.

So tonight is "Mariachi" @ the local Mexican Restaurant and it seems as though it is becoming a regular event for us. Even though the entertainment is only about a 2% comparison to what we were used to getting @ Arzi's, we just have to take what we can get. It's kinda like eating frozen yogurt and pretending it's homemade ice-cream – you know what I mean! It still taste "good", but not as "good" as it could. So to make up for it, we drink 60 oz. Dos Equis Beers and make the most of it – we always have fun!

Don't forget the drawing tomorrow!!! If you haven't commented on last Friday's post, you can do it right here. Good Luck & Happy Spring!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"The path of life is a road to nowhere. It is a balance between insanity & reason. It waits for no one, promises nothing, yet nothing else exists, except the path" – Michael Robinson {1992}

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I feel like the luckiest Girl in the whole world!

I guess I have way more than my share of friends, then! I love this little picture. It was from my calendar yesterday and it just so happens to remind me very much of me {with the pink bow}, my bestest friend in the whole world, Sharon {with the short hair} and my very oldest & dearest friend Chris {with the blonde hair}. Plus it looks like something we would be doing ~ sitting around having drinks {not tea, mind you} and yacking, yacking, yacking about any and everything until we were exhausted. I love all of my friends and I'm so happy when I get to talk to and see them. And I know they read my blog, so hello!!! My calendar is starting to fill up with visitors for the upcoming months! Now it looks like my little
"whirling Charlie"
will be coming up in September! I can't wait to see her.

So today was a totally yuckie, raining, blah kind of day, but it was a wonderful one for me! First of all, my sweet little Shyla called me to say hello. I sure do miss her smiling little face. But she just started her career as an Anesthesiologist, so she won't be coming to visit us until next year. That's okay, though – I'll probably get to see her when we go back to Baton Rouge this fall. And then the next wonderful thing that happened was this:

It's an original painting of Emily Martin's {The Black Apple}. And I just had to have it. She showed it on her blog a few days ago and I fell in love with it. She has so many customers that she only updates her shop on Etsy about once a month with original things. Her shop update was today @ 2:00 and I was waiting, with my finger on the mouse, ready to pounce when this was listed. I just knew that I would probably never be fast enough to actually get it since there are literally hundreds of people that wait to buy her stuff. When I saw it show up, I clicked on it and hurried up and added it to my cart and checked out in lightening speed of time. I really didn't think it was true until the transaction came through my e-mail and it was! So Yay!!!!! I can't wait to hang it up on my wall. I have several other prints of hers and one other original drawing. So I guess in another 100 years from now someone down my family tree will drag my collection to the "Antique Road Show" and sell it all for $1,000,000,000 touche'

Even though it was a seemingly yuckie day, all of the trees & flowers around here are budding out all over the place. It looks like Spring is ready to explode right in my back yard! And I can't wait. I felt as though I needed a little dose of Spring in my studio, so I made this awesome little necklace for the shop:

I named it "Enchanted Garden", which fits it perfectly.

So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that
don't get voted off tonight. Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will live" – Charles M. Schwab

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Nuff Said!

I'm not so sure about that! I'm still trying to figure out my "gifts". I do know that all I want to do is make stuff most of the time. Sometimes I get so bogged down with things I want to make that I just sit there and stare at my desk, while my mind races. My mind goes and goes and never stops. I would love to take the time to read a book sometimes, but every time I start one I can't concentrate on the words because my brain is "making stuff". It drives me crazy! I wish my brain could be more like a faucet and I could just turn off one side of it when the other side wants to be on. But, I guess it would never work that way. So I'll continue to try and read, while another part of my brain is making something and then, of course, I always have that constant record player going in there, no matter what else I'm doing. For instance, right now it's playing "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" by Tom Petty. And I'm typing this and the making stuff part has already made a necklace and 2 pair of earrings that I'll need to hurry and trace out, so I won't forget when I get ready to make them later this morning. And then I'm thinking about what a nice day it would be to take a hike! But, before I do that, I have to share this awesome little bracelet that I made yesterday:

I named it "Tree Hugger" – I just love it! I got these awesome Cultured Salt Water Akoya Pearls that are just gorgeous! I paired those up with these beautiful Turquoise Stones and then the precious little pewter "Tree Of Life" charm. Very earthy & "organic" – seems like "organic" is the "new black" these days. I made a few other new things for the shop, so check them out when you get a chance.

Before I go, I just have to rave about this awesome Musk Cologne from Kiehl's. I remember years ago a friend of mine's Mom wore this stuff and I always thought she smelled so good. I had totally forgotten about it until I saw it in one of my magazines. So, I promptly ordered myself a bottle {it's okay to buy pretty stuff for yourself once in a while – right}. I couldn't wait to spray some on when it got here. It's just so wonderful:

I remember my friend's Mom would sometimes let us spray on just a little bit, because it was "big girl" stuff. So now I can enjoy it even more, since not only does it bring back some frolics of childhood innocence memories, I feel a little "sneaky" because I'm wearing "big girl" stuff. Next time you want to treat yourself, you should try some of this ~ I promise you will love it!

Happy Sunday!!! Don't forget to wear green tomorrow, or you might get pinched…

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time" - Unknown

Friday, March 14, 2008

Happy Friday!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful week! I surely did {well sorta}. Except for the mammogram yesterday, which seems to get more and more painful every time I get it done. But, it's one of those things that women must endure to stay healthy. I must say that the little "bee bees" get cuter & cuter, but they certainly seem to stick better! Eeekkkk, talk about hurt when you have to pull these cuties off your nipples:

And they are such nice spring colors, too. Which always makes me feel better {*right*}. Now I just have to find a dentist here and I'll be all set for at least the next six months. I hate going to the Doctor! There are so many more fun things to do besides that. Like taking Ozzy & Lita for a hike in the woods. We took them out Wednesday and they had a blast. Especially Lita ~ she was the happiest little dog I had ever seen. We hiked the "Pink Beds Loop" which winds through the woods, along side of a gorgeous creek, with awesome foot bridges, flowers & trees. The hike was about 3.5 miles and was really nice:

We had a great time ~ I think we may go again today! But, before I go I need to congratulate this week's lucky winner, which is #4, Tracy Johnson!!! Congratulations, Tracy! I hope you love your earrings. Now, for next Friday's give away, it will be this awesome little necklace that reminds me so much of Spring ~ I know you will love it

And in order to win, all you have to do is comment on this blog. The winner will be drawn next Friday {March 21st}. Ozzy will be picking the number this time. He got his feelings hurt this morning when Lita got to pick and he was left out. So good luck!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ~ Happy Spring!!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"The swiftest traveler is he that goes afoot" – Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

American Idol & Twitter!

So here I am, once again "Hooked" on American Idol! My favorite so far is still Jason Castro ~ he has the most beautiful voice. I could just listen to him sing for hours. After him, I like Michael Johns. He has an awesome voice, too ~ I'll be really upset when either of them get voted off {hopefully one of them will win}.

Now I mentioned "Twitter" the other day and it's an awesome little tool that you can insert on your blog, website, myspace, etc. If you look to the right of my blog, you will see mine. How it works is that you update your messages on your "Twitter" site and where ever you added the "widget" will update, as well ~ pretty cool!! Plus, you can add friends and keep up with what they are doing moment to moment, as well. I haven't added any friends yet, but if you have a "Twitter" and want to add me, please feel free. I think it's a great little tool for keeping people up to date – check it out.

I went to this great little shop here in town yesterday and just so happened to run into a guy named "Ty" that is an amazing glass artist right here in Green River, NC. He was selling some of these awesome glass pendants to the shop and let me pick out a few. I got 7 of them and will be making things with them for the next couple of days. Here is a necklace that I made with one of them yesterday – I named it "Monet":

I can't wait to make things with the other pendants – stay tuned for updates. And, don't forget to leave a comment on last Friday's post, so you can be entered into the drawing this Friday for those awesome earrings – Good luck!!!

Off to make some new things & then get ready to go on a hike – it's a beautiful day! Happy Wednesday!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"It's better to be a has been than a never was." – Michael Johns {American Idol Contestant}

Monday, March 10, 2008

Turtles & Daffodils….

It's almost like the Daffodils grow "wild" around here! I mean, they are every where. I have so many "bunches" in my yard that I rush to the windows and doors every morning to see how many have bloomed. Most of them are just now starting to bloom, so I've cut several of the flowers for my awesome little "Turtle" vase ~ is he not the cutest thing you ever saw! And he comes fully equipped with his own "frog" inside to hold your flowers in place. These little turtles are for sale at the
"Duck Pond Pottery"
, which happens to be some very new & sweet friends of ours. Besides having a great Pottery Shop here in Pisgah Forest, they just opened a shop on Etsy, so you can actually have one of these awesome little fellows for yourself. He sits just perfectly on my stove and makes me smile daily:

Just click on the turtle pictures and you will be taken right to their shop. Be sure and read the story about how the glaze came about!

So when I was in my "Turtle" mode today, I made this awesome little bracelet for the shop
and named it "Life In The Fast Lane":

The little turtle is strung up with some gorgeous Black Tigereye, which is my favorite stone, besides turquoise. Some believe that when a turtle shows up in your life it is usually a reminder to pay attention or you will miss opportunities. To the Native Americans, the turtle was a symbol of Mother Earth and a reminder that she provides for all of our needs. Sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees, and the turtle can slow us down to help us see our opportunities. So I guess I'll take the advice of the turtle and just be patient and wait for all of these little fellows to open:

Off to enjoy the sunset ~ Hope you are all having a wonderful Monday!!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

P.S. tomorrow I'm going to talk about "Twitter" ~ perhaps you noticed the little message up here on the right side of my blog! It looks like an interesting little "toy", so I'll check it out and see what it's all about. Let me know if you want to join me on "Twitter" and we'll check it out together.

"Success isn't something you chase. It's something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it'll come when you least expect it. Most people don't understand that" - Michael Jordan

Sunday, March 9, 2008

One Word……

Remember the "Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser" I mentioned yesterday? Well it is "Fabulous". A great product to use between shampoos, or when you don't have time to wash your hair right then & there. Oh, and it smells really good, too. Plus, it's totally "eco friendly", so I highly recommend it:

And my "Crab Cake Salad" last night was "Fabulous", as well. The sun-dried tomato & basil vinaigrette dressing is wonderful with it. So if you ever come to visit, I'll take you over to the "Square Root" and buy you a salad {and a beer, of course}:

And last, but certainly not least by a long shot, I have to thank Liz over @ "Wickedly Chic" and her "Guest Quarters" writer "Anne-Marie Kovacs" for writing this awesome article and plugging my stuff! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ~ you are both "Fabulous"

And to all of my "Fabulous" readers, friends & family, I hope you are having a "Fabulous" day!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can" – Danny Kaye {whom I loved dearly as a child}

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Spring Forward…..

You know, I'm truly blessed ~ this little saying is exactly how I am living my life right now {with the exception of a full moon every night, which would be way to much to ask for, anyway}. This will be our first "Spring" here in North Carolina and I can't wait to see what all blooms in my yard. I awoke today to this happy little fellow ~ it seems as though they grow wild around here! They are every where. I have them all over this place, but this was the first one to bloom:

My whole yard is full of little flowers & plants just bursting at the seams with surprises. I can't wait to share them with you. I was just feeling so "Springish" today, even though we had snow flurries this morning, which melted quite promptly anyway. I made this beautiful little necklace to celebrate Spring. I named it "Flower Child", as you can probably guess why, without me having to explain it much:

And I just have to write something about my new shoes! I'm loving them so much. They are a must have for the Mountains & Rivers around here. {Something you didn't know about me ~ when I was little and my Mom got me new shoes, I would sleep with them – not on, just still in the box, right next to my pillow, like a teddy bear, or something ~ I know, it's a sickness, but what can I say}. Anyway, I lucked out on these. They were last year's "model" (which is so silly to me since they all look the same) and they were 60% off! I figured there was no way they had my size {6.5} left, since that size usually sells out first. But actually, that was the only size & ONLY pair they had left! Can you believe such luck! And so I managed to convince myself {and Wayne,too!} that it was "meant to be":

***Just so you know*** ~ I put a link up on the top left side of my blog {right underneath my profile} to the "Friday Give Away" post. What I'm going to do is draw the number every Friday morning and then post the name of the winner & the next Friday's give away on that post. Please let me know if you have any questions about it. Good luck to everybody that leaves me comments & thank you so much for being so awesome!

Tomorrow I'm reviewing some "Dry Conditioning Shampoo" that I just got from Sephora {I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but I'll let you know how it works}. We are going to dinner tonight with some friends and I'm going to have an almost to die for "Crab Cake Salad". Yummy! I'll take pictures and you can salivate over it while you read my next post. Have a wonderful evening & don't forget to "Spring Forward" tomorrow.

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1

Friday, March 7, 2008

And The Winner Is {drum roll}….

Lucky Number 6, which happens to be my Aunt Pat! I didn't even know she read my blog, so "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You"!!!! I'll be sending her an e-mail to let her know how to redeem her gift certificate. Now, with that being done, I think a Friday give away will be an awesome, on going way to show my appreciation to all of my customers & blog readers. What do you think? I think it's a swell idea, so next Friday's give away will be these:

They remind me so much of Easter & Springtime ~ I named them "Pieces of April", which is one of my all time favorite "Three Dog Night" songs. In order to qualify for the give away, all you have to do is comment on this post. Next Friday, another winner will be announced! I'm letting Lita pick this time, so good luck everybody.

I also made this gorgeous little necklace yesterday and named it "Pollination", which is most appropriate:

Now the inspiration for that necklace came from my "Fuze" Tea {which is awesomely delicious, by the way} bottle! You see, so many things can inspire you if you just look around:

Well like June Carter Cash says "Time's A Wastin'" and it's a rainy, yucky day here in the Mountains, so I'll just make some new things & do a little house cleaning {which is always last on my list of things to do}.

I Hope you are all having a wonderful Friday!!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." – Albert Einstein

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Happy Birthday, Lita!

Today is Lita's 3rd birthday and she is certainly the "Queen" around here. Poor Ozzy, he never hardly gets to play anymore because Lita won't let him. If we throw a ball or Frisbee to Ozzy, he just lets it hit him in the head and don't even try to catch it anymore. He used to do these amazing jumps & turns when he would catch the Frisbee, but not since Lita came along. However, today was different! We took them out to "Craney Bottom" {some of the names of trails around here just crack me up}. Anyway, there are two huge open fields up there and literally nobody around during the week. We took them up there and packed them up some treats, water, etc. and let them off their leashes. They had a blast! For some reason, Lita decided that she just wanted to lie on the picnic table & watch Ozzy play {I guess since she's 21 in dog years now, she has to act more mature}

When Ozzy realized that Lita was just going to sit back & let him play catch, he started showing off. He even did a few amazing jumps:

Of course, mostly because I brought a bag full of treats! None the less, it was fun watching him being his old self again:

We have ice cream treats for later this evening, after watching "American Idol". Of course, I like the guys 100% better than the girls this year. I have a feeling that show is going to come down to a couple of guys left in the end. I think my favorite right now is Jason. He has the most gorgeous smile & eyes, plus a wonderful voice to boot. Who's your favorite? Let's take a vote. Don't forget! You still have 2 days to leave a comment on my last post for a chance @ a $20 Gift Certificate from my shop. I'll be drawing a number sometime Friday afternoon ~ Good Luck!

~ Hope you are all having a wonderful week! Happy Wednesday!!!

Xxoo & peace always ~ Kathy

"Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know it, so it goes on flying anyway." – Mary Kay Ash