Monday, December 13, 2010
Buster and I are home! Once again, I had a fabulous experience at Southeastern Guide Dogs. Buster is a 2 year old, solid black Goldador. His father is a Golden Retriever, and his mother is a black Labrador Retriever. He is 80 pounds and a truly awesome guide dog. Although I feel closest to my trainers (Lynn and Carl), I know it takes a village to raise a guide dog. I am eternally grateful to the staff, volunteers and supporters of SEGDI for Buster. My favorite dreams are those in which I can fly. When I was matched with Buster, it felt like a dream come true. Of all the dogs and all the people and all the wings in the world, Buster arrived with a pair of magical wings that are a perfect fit for us!
Dolly is doing well at Arbor Acres Retirement Community with my mother. I am eternally grateful to my mother as well for providing such a wonderful home for Dolly. Now I hear Christmas is just 12 days from today so I'm off to load my sleigh...
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Dolly is ready to don her new collar and live a life of luxury with my mother. I wonder how much weight she will gain from enjoying all those bonbons!?!
Thanks to all of you for your support. Special thanks to Anne at myhelpinghands.artfire.com for the wonderful vacation banner. See you in December...peace yall!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
So...how about more quotes to hold you. Today I will feature my laundry room wall.
"Some days I wonder how my kids will turn out, but most of the time I'm just trying to figure out how to survive them right now."
"Do not mistake endurance for hospitality."
"Women are made to be loved, not understood."
"Don't make me get the flying monkeys."
"Sometimes being around small children is like being nibbled to death by ducks."
"I try to take one day at a time...but sometimes, several days attack me at once."
Happy Trails to you!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
...but it's still hard to imagine! After guiding me for more than 6 years, Dolly is ready to retire. She is going to live with my mother, fortunately, and they adore each other. Mother lives close by so we'll get to see her often. I will be returning to Southeastern Guide Dogs in FL to train with her successor dog. Because this will be my second dog, I only have to stay for 20 days. I am scheduled to be down there from 9/25 to 10/15. This will be a huge transition for my family, and I am thankful for their love, support and courage.
Anytime you need a break, visit guidedogs.org and click on PuppyCam! It's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. If you are ready for that break now, just click on the title.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
This weeks featured artisan is Little Sistah Studio!
Little Sistah Studio makes the paper, makes the adornments, makes the cards! She creates the art! Welcome to Her world of creativity!
You can find Little Sistah Studio@
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Monday, July 26, 2010
This weeks featured artisan is Va Beach Quilter!
Kim makes lovely quilts, table runners, coupon organizers, wallets, purses and more! A truly talented
lady offering a wide variety of creations! All make wonderful gifts!
You can find Va Beach Quilter @
VaBeachQuilter's Blog ~ With monthly giveaaways!
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Saturday, July 17, 2010
This Weeks Featured Artisan is Creations with Heart
I truly enjoy creating jewelry and it\'s a bonus and a pleasure to make it available to you!
I love to create classic and western jewelry that will always fit your style! Gemstones, crystals, pewter and leather are just a few materials I enjoy working with. I\'m a \"dog mom\" so including animals in some of my creations is a must -- I love them so much! A percentage of all animal related purchases is donated to help the animals. It\'s something I like to do to help our furry friends that need and depend on us.
You\'ll see jewelry styles ranging from classic, animal themed, southwest, western and inspirational. My wish is to have my guests smile when they put my jewelry on. When you smile, you feel good!
I hope you enjoy the jewelry I\'ve created and may it bring you joy and happiness
You can find Creations with Heart @
Creations With Heart
2nd Shop URL:
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This Weeks Featured Artisan is ArtiZen Beads
Truly Unique Creations! You must visit here shop to see for yourself!
You can find ArtiZen Beads at:
2nd Shop URL:
Sunday, June 27, 2010
This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love... Blogger's Unite is
I started making jewelry because I had outfits I just couldn't find that perfect piece to go with. So I thought I'd buy some beads and give it a try. I was hooked, it's almost an addiction! It's important to me that I create charming pieces that don't break the bank. I started getting compliments and requests and decided I should help others in their journey of finding charm.
I am a member of the Etsy Texas Crafters Team. Search for items using the team tag 'TeamEtsyTx' to find listings of fabulous crafters!
I am a member of the Etsy Bloggers Team. http://etsybloggers.com/ Search for items using the team tag 'etsybloggersteam' to find listings of fabulous crafters.
Female, Born on February 10
You can find Finding Charm on:
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Saturday, June 26, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love - Blogger's Unite is Caliope! Jazz up your warderobe with a stunning creation by Caliope. Visit her shop to see all of her beautiful works of art!!
You can find Caliope at:
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love - Blogger's Unite is My Helping Hands Graphic Design! Jazz up your shop with a new avatar and banner set, get an ad, PR service and more. Stop by My Helping Hands website to see samples of all her work and pricing!
You can find My Helping Hands Graphic Design at:
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Allow me to introduce a new friend!
This weeks featured artisan is Stitch n Studio!
Beautiful and unique accessories to add to your wardrobe! "Accessories Beyond the Basic Bling!" Visit Stitch n Studio to see all her creations!
The picture did not show up here so please visit her shop to see her lovely items!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Have you ever wondered how guide dogs get their names? The person that sponsors a guide dog has the privilege of naming him or her. My mother sponsored the dog you see here and named him Banks in honor of my son, Banks. Yesterday we had the wonderful opportunity to meet Banks. His puppy raisers are traveling from Florida to Ohio and were kind enough to stop here in North Carolina so we could all get together. As you can see, it was a happy time for all!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This weeks Featured Artisan is Sally - Passion for Beads. Sally creates unique designs in wonderful colors to "Jazz Up" any wardrobe! Stop by Passion for Beads and see all her creations! You can find Passion for Beads @"
2nd Shop URL
Thursday, April 15, 2010
So my husband and boys went to Carolina Ziplines this weekend with the Boy Scouts, and this is what they brought home! The puppy, Zip, was apparently living off of Boy Scout snacks and leftovers, drinking out of a creek and sleeping up against the boys' tents. We gave him a bath, pulled over 20 ticks off of him and took him to the Vet on Monday. He's 13 weeks old and in fairly good shape. Once again I have proven to be just this side of insane! Dolly loves him, Emmy follows him around growling at him and Sparky runs from him!?! Bear, our cat, stays on high ground, and I don't think the salamander has even noticed him! Here's to Z is for Zip, and we live in a Zoo...
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
This weeks Featured Artisan is Valerie of Mommy Tyme. Valerie has a wonderful collection of handmade creations! From Bath and Body, Scarves and Jewelry, Mommy Tyme has something for everyone!
You can find Mommy Tyme @:
2nd Shop URL
3rd Shop URL
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
LetaMarieDesigns is this weeks Featured Artisan. She has beautiful jewels that will Jazz up your outfit! Stop by and see her creations! You can find LetaMarieDesigns at:
2nd Shop URL
Monday, March 29, 2010
This weeks featured artisan is Luisa of Crocheted Little Things. Adorable creations that make perfect gifts! Stop by Luisa's shops and see all her treasures!
You can find Crocheted Little Things @:
2nd Shop URL
3rd Shop URL
Saturday, March 27, 2010
"I don't answer the phone.
I get the feeling whenever I do that there will be someone on the other end."
"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend."
"My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am."
"Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
'I will try again tomorrow.'"
Mary Anne Radmacher
"The dog was created specially for children.
He is the god of frolic."
Henry Ward Beecher
"Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time;
serenity, that nothing is."
Thomas S. Szasz
"The greatest love is a mother's;
then a dog's;
then a sweetheart's."
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does."
Monday, March 22, 2010
This week's Featured Artisan is Lise - Lottie's Trinkets. Lise has beautiful creations that are each truly unique. She also does custom orders. Stop by Lottie's Trinkets and see all of her beautiful creations!
Find Lottie's Trinkets @"
Monday, March 15, 2010
Kathy is the owner and designer of KP Designs. She has wonderful pieces, each crafted with love! Stop by and see all KP Designs beautiful creations!
You can find KP Designs @:
KP Designs Blog
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
you really should visit Kandio and Cap It! You'll be glad you did!
Kandi-o Designs.. creations by Kandace... truly unique and a style of their own! Kandace also has a shop called Cap It! More unique designs for you!
You can find Kandace At:
2nd Shop URL
Friday, March 5, 2010
"As much as I try to be an easygoing,
stretch your wings and fly type...
I just can't stop trying to burst people into flames with my mind."
"Happy trails to you,
until we meet again.
Some trails are happy ones,
others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
here's a happy one for you."
"Women are angels.
And when someone breaks our wings,
we simply continue to fly...
on a broomstick.
We are flexible like that."
I don't know
So who would have guessed this much of the alphabet would have come and gone already? Not me. When I started this blog, I had no idea how I would get through the alphabet, ever. Now it looks like we'll see how many times I can get through it in a year!?!
Monday, March 1, 2010
This week’s Featured Artisan on Share the Love is Julia Hutchins Designs. Julia creates beautiful treasures! Stop by and see them all!
2nd Shop URL
3rd Shop URL
Monday, February 22, 2010
Gabrielle is the owner/designer behind Gabs Bags! Beautiful and orignal fashion creations! You can find Gabs Bags at:
2nd Shop URL
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This weeks Featured Artisan is Julie from Creations with Heart! Beautiful creations made by a beautiful lady!
You can find Creations with Heart at:
Saturday, February 13, 2010
1 - Give this award to 12 others
2 - Visit their blogs to let them know you've given them the award
3 - Link back to the person that gave you the award (That's the only link I could manage.)
4 - The list of winners you choose should be linked to their blogs
5 - Bask in the glory of your beautiful award
I believe that's it. Now off to notify the winners! Happy Saturday!
UPDATE! ANOTHER cyber hero revealed! The blogs are all linked now thanks to my friend mv.....go ahead, click on her blog mvbeads!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This weeks Featured Artisan is Chrysalis Designs - owner/designer is Regina McDonald. Gina also has a shop call T.A.I.S.I. on Madeitmyself. She does beautiful work and her T.A.I.S.I. shop 40% goes to the Refuge House in Florida.
You can find Chrysalis Designs at:
You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened"
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
"Blessed are those who have earned the love of an old dog."
"So, how's that workin' for ya?"
"People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
UPDATE! Just click on the title, and you will be whisked away to After.Six!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Evelyn's Basket's of Love and Life are ecumenical, empowering, effective, enabling, equalizing and an enduring gift. My friends, Joe and Jane, have a mission! They provide families in Guatemala a basket full of everything they need to nurture infants born with cleft lip/palate. Not only are these babies cared for, but Joe and Jane talk with the families about the stigma associated with cleft lip/palate and provide the money needed for corrective surgery. The baskets are named in honor of Joe and Janes's granddaughter, Evelyn, who was born with a cleft lip/palate. Pink is the color associated with cleft lip/palate and, as love and life would have it, Evelyn's favorite color. $30 from the purchase of the Sterling Lips and Pink Glass Necklace will go to Evelyn's Basket's of Love and Life. To learn more about this mission, go to wwww.evelynsbaskets.org.
Monday, January 11, 2010
My guide dog, Dolly, is delightful, dexterous, durable, devoted, darling, dynamic, demure, dear and knows how to play Duck, Duck, Goose. She is an Australian Shepherd, and her coat description is Blue Merle which is the combination of black, white, gray and brown. I got Dolly 5 1/2 years ago at Southeastern Guide Dogs (guidedogs.org) in Palmetto, FL. What a truly awesome experience that was! I spent the month, well almost the entire month, of August 2004 in training with her. The hurricanes were so numerous and nasty, we were sent home early. Anyway, Dolly knew over 40 commands so I had a lot to learn! In addition we celebrated her 2 yo birthday together down there. How about that for a brilliant dog! I could go on and on and on about Dolly..........just ask me a question, any question. She is one of the absolute best things in my life!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This weeks featured artisan is All About the Buttons. Barbra creates wonderful treasures with buttons and fiber. All of them truly unique and beautifully made! Barbra has 2 shops... All About the Buttons and All About the Fiber.
You can find Barbra on Etsy, Zibbet and she has a wonderful blog too!
All About the Buttons - Etsy Shop
All About the Buttons - Zibbet Shop
All About the Fiber
All About The Buttons on Blogger
UPDATE! Another cyber hero unveiled! Barbra taught me how to make pictures appear on my posts! YEAH!