Sunday, February 28, 2010

Missing my daddy today... seems as though the older I get, the closer I get in age to my parents. They always seemed "so old", but now, not so much. Today would have been my dad's 75th birthday. It's hard to believe that he's been gone from this earth for almost 10 years now. There's not a single day that goes by that I don't think about him at least once. I miss those silly little jokes he was always calling to tell me, those hugs and belly laughs I would get from him when I told a silly joke, or just needed a hug. He was always my #1 fan and would tell me time and time again how proud he was of me. I miss that so much and I know he would have been awfully proud of me and the accomplishments I've made since he's been gone ~ but I can feel him watching over me and somehow I know he knows and he's proud.

So I'm dedicating today to him...I think I'll go out and take some pictures, since I somehow know. through my eyes, he can see what I do.
~ ♥ ~ Kathy

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's Almost Spring...

...yay! Only 24 more days!! Although, we had our biggest snow of the year in early March last year...but anything is possible...and the Farmer's Almanac is predicting a "blizzard" before Spring officially arrives...we'll see! But being cooped up inside has certainly sparked my creativity these last couple of weeks. Here are a few of the new things I've made:"Lemondrops & Lollipops" ~ gorgeous Turquoise Aqua Glass & Yellow Opalite Briolette earrings."The Wind & The Willow" ~ I love this hand-etched Tree pendant...matched up with Turquoise Stones & Faceted Aqua Blue/Green Czech Glass beads. And last, but certainly not favorite of all:"Word to the wise" [pick your word] ~ A gorgeous slab of Agate, adorned with a beautiful little Pewter Owl and a "wise word" pebble.

So I've been thinking about a "sale" and I'm going to have an "Ides of March/Spring Ahead" sale starting March 15th [the Ides of March] and ending at midnight March 20th [the 1st day of Spring]. It will be a 15% off your total purchase sale [including shipping]. So be on the lookout for my newsletter on March 14th. If you're not on my mailing list, you can sign up through the link in the right column of my blog. Of course, if you just can't wait that long, for all of my special little blog readers, type in "Spring" in the comments to seller section and I'll give you the 15% off discount starting today [discount will be refunded through PayPal, after you checkout].
lastly...I have to share this awesome picture! It was really nice out day before yesterday, so Wayne and I took an afternoon drive. This farm is down the road from us and it was just gorgeous. I loved how the snow was slightly melted, the sky was bright blue and the red doors on the barn just made it all "pop". I hope you enjoy it.

Welp...more snow is predicted for today...which means...more jewelry to make!!!

Have a great day everybody!! ♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need --- a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." ~ Jerome K. Jerome

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Please Vote For My Jewelry Designs...

I need more beads!!! Please Vote for my jewelry!!! My numbers are:
#107 for the Traditional design
#21 for the Contemporary design
#59 for the Eclectic design
...Thanks so much!!! If I win, I get to buy $200 worth of beads to make lots of new things!!! Whoo hoo ~ it's a "win/win" ~ just let me know if you vote and if I win, I'll make you something special!! ***Vote here*** you can vote once a day!!

~ Thanks!! ♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"We must not hope to be mowers,
and to gather the ripe gold ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears.

It is not just as we take it,
This mystical world of ours,
Life's field will yield as we make it
A harvest of thorns or of flowers."
~ Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

Monday, February 15, 2010

Hooray!!! A Winner & A Surprise!!!

Hooray!! Beth was the lucky winner of these gorgeous earrings!!! Congratulations Beth!! I hope you enjoy these. And thanks so much for all of your comments everybody! And just for being so awesome, I have a wonderful surprise for you! For one whole week, starting today and ending @ midnight next Monday [February 22nd], you can purchase these earrings from my ArtFire shop and get 44% off, plus "free shipping" ~ That "44" represents the 44th President, since it is, after all, "President's Day". All you have to do is "purchase" the earrings and then when you go to check out, type in Blog Reader in the coupon code and the 44% discount will automatically be deducted! How easy is that! Be sure and type in Blog Reader to get the discount though, since it is only for you, my actual blog readers. So...since it looks like we'll have snow until Spring, we were not able to go to the Mardi Gras party. But, we are enjoying the snow and we have plenty of things to do @ home to stay busy. And Wayne got me Michael Jackson's "This Is It" movie on DVD for Valentine's Day, so we'll be watching that later today...I can't wait! I've heard it is an awesome movie. I'll let you know!
I just made this yesterday. I love it! It's called "Time Of The Season" and it's available for sale right here, if you're interested. Of course, if you purchase it from my ArtFire Shop, you'll get "free shipping" always.

Welp, I'm off to make some new things and enjoy my snowy day! Happy President's Day!
♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"A man's virtues should not be measured by his occasional exertions, but by his ordinary days." ~ Will Rogers

Friday, February 12, 2010

More Snow & A Valentine Giveaway...

Happy Friday everybody!! Are you getting snow where you are? Seems as though the whole world is getting some snow this week! I love watching it fall, though ~ it's so beautiful. But I can certainly do without the mess. Spring will be here before you know it, though! And we are going to a Mardi Gras party tomorrow night! Mardi Gras!! Right here in Brevard! I can't wait for some "Laissez les bon temps rouler" [which means "Let The Good Times Roll"] ~ all work and no play makes Kathy a dull girl! I'll have pictures, so stay tuned for those later.
Sunday, of course, is Valentine's day. And I want to give away something really special, so these awesome earrings, which are brand new in ALL of my shops, will be the giveaway for Valentine's day. Whoo hoo ~ they are gorgeous, too! And, of course, all you have to do to win them is comment on this post. Ozzy will pick the winner Monday morning ~ good luck!!!

I'm off to Zumba class ~ have a wonderful weekend everybody!!
& peace always ~ Kathy

"Wait not till tomorrow; Gather the roses of life today." ~ Pierre de Ronsard

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hello it's me!

Hey everybody! Is it Spring yet? We still have snow on the ground and it's 23 degrees out right now. Looks like it may warm up a bit tomorrow, so maybe I can get out and take some pictures. My camera is looking at me sadly. But I'm not complaining [too much]. I'm getting some things done around the house that needed tending and I'm learning how to use PhotoShop Elements 8, which is awesome! I purchased the software, along with the book "Classroom In A Book", which is a hands-on step by step book of lessons. It's great! I highly recommend it for people wanting to learn how to use the software.
So these are the latest earrings I made...can you tell that I'm ready for Spring! I named them "Futtering" and of course, they are in the shop, if you want to get a better peek.

Are you ready for a sale? I'm thinking about doing an "after Valentine's Day, before St. Patrick's Day" 20% off sale! I'm making lots of new things, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Stay warm!! And how "bout dem" New Orleans Saints!!!! I wish my daddy were still alive to witness it ~ he would have never believed it! I don't watch football, but that was a great game and I actually sat down and watched the whole thing!
Have a great day!
♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich." ~ Sarah Bernhardt