Monday, December 13, 2010

N is for Never Fear, Buster is Here!

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

M is for Meeting my new Guide Dog

My shops are "on vacation", and I am packing my bags. In a few days, I will meet my new guide dog at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Florida. They will not give me even a hint about my new dog, but I will try to post and include a picture when I do meet him/her.

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 for the wonderful vacation banner. See you in December...peace yall!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

L is for Laundry Room Wall

As some of you know, my trip to Southeastern Guide Dogs has bee delayed. Dolly's new retirement date is 11/8 which is the day I will "go back to school". I will return 12/3 with my new guide dog. 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

K is for Knew This Day Was Coming...

...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 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

J is for Jewelry...NOT

This week's shop is so refreshing! Pay them a visit. You'll be glad you did...



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!



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Monday, July 26, 2010

K is for Kim know her is to love her! You'll probably find something you love in her shop too!



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!

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

J is for Just Visit This Shop!

You'll be glad you did!


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 @

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I is for I'm Right Behind You!

Once again our weekly Share the Love...Bloggers Unite featured Artisan is new to me. Head on over to her shop, and I'll be right behind you!


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:

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

H is for Here's to Discovery

This week I'll be discovering this featured shop along with you. So Here's to Discovery...



This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love... Blogger's Unite is


Finding Charm


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. Search for items using the team tag 'etsybloggersteam' to find listings of fabulous crafters.

Female, Born on February 10



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Saturday, June 26, 2010

G is for Go Spread the Word!

In anticipation of spending 18 days in Florida at Southeastern Guide Dogs to train with Dolly's successor, I have marked a lot of jewelry down to half price in my Artfire shop! My hope is to get my shop cleaned up before putting it into "vacation mode". Dolly's retirement process has begun, and I expect to train with my new guide dog within the next few months. This has been a very difficult decision for me, but it's the right thing to do for Dolly as well as my safety. Fortunately Dolly is in relatively good health, and she will go to live with my mother when I go to FL. My mother lives close to us, and she and Dolly adore each other. Please help me spread the word about my Artfire sale. Just click on this post title, and you will find yourself in my shop. I think you'll be able to tell which items have been marked down to half price! Many thanks from Dolly and me! I'll keep you up to date on her retirement process...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

F is For Your Viewing Pleasure

Our featured Artisan for Share the Love..Bloggers Unite is another talented jewelry maker! I think you'll like her work!

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

E is for Everything You Need

Everything you need for your shop or business can be had with Anne's help! Just visit her shop, and let her know what you have in mind. She's talented, patient, kind, creative and everything else you need to create beautiful banners and avatars (like mine!) or other forms of advertising.

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

D is for Dolly

D is always for Dolly! You may or may not believe in coincidences. Either way, I have some big news regarding Dolly! After six years of guiding me, Dolly is ready to retire. This is a fresh decision on my part, and I still fell very emotional about it so no going on and on. The retirement process has begun, and I'll keep you up to date.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

C is for Coming Back Around

We'll skip the litany of excuses for not staying up to date!

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!

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The picture did not show up here so please visit her shop to see her lovely items!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

B is for Banks meets Banks

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!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Z is for Zip

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 6, 2010

X is for X marks the Spot!

What spot? Why this week's Share the Love spot. Check out Leta's beautiful, handmade jewelry!

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:

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

V is for Veritable Word Treasures

One more time before we get to Z...

"I don't answer the phone.
I get the feeling whenever I do that there will be someone on the other end."
Fred Couples

"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend."
Corey Ford

"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."
Polish Proverb

"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as a dog does."
Christopher Morley

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 22, 2010

U is for Uber Talented and Successful!

This week brings the most talented and successful Lise of Lottie's Trinkets. This is a proud moment for me because Lotttie's Trinkets is what Outta Sight wants to be when she grows up!

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 @"

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Artfire Shop

Madeitmyself Shop

Lottie's Blog

Monday, March 15, 2010

T is for Terrific Artist and Friend

For your viewing pleasure this week is KP Designs. The artistic genius behind this shop is Kathy. Before you take a look, I must say that Kathy is one of the first friends I made online. She is kind, supportive and has a good sense of humor. Enjoy!

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 @:


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Thursday, March 11, 2010

S is for Some More!

This month's Undiscovered Studio on ArtFire is Candys Trinkets. Here we have another artist with many talents! When I say undiscovered, I mean you have the opportunity to be her very first sale. As many of my Followers know, that is a special position to hold! Please visit by clicking on the title of this'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

R is for Really Should Visit Kandio & Cap It!

Just when you thought there could be no more beautiful, handmade jewelry out there.......
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:

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Madeitmyself Shop
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Friday, March 5, 2010

Q is for Quotes

No surprise here! I could not let Q get away without offering a few more most loved quotes.

"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."
Erin Smith

"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."
Dale Evans

"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, February 22, 2010

O is for Outstanding Bags at Gabs Bags

Oohhhh what to say about Gabrielle, the owner and talent of Gabs Bags.........She has been a hero and a friend to me. By doing so Gabrielle has shown kindness, encouragement and lots of patience. You can't go wrong with Gabrielle/GabsBags, I promise.

Gabrielle is the owner/designer behind Gabs Bags! Beautiful and orignal fashion creations! You can find Gabs Bags at:

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

N is for No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

That didn't come out quite's more like poetic justice or divine intervention! This weeks featured artist is none other than Julie, owner and talent behind Creations With Heart. Yes, the same Julie that gave me my first Award! Please take a minute to visit Julie's shop or blog or whatever she's got that interests you.

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

M is for My Very 1st Award

Julie aka Creations With Heart (click on the title to visit her blog) gave me my very 1st award! So what could be better? Why giving an award to others of course. Since this is not an award for computer prowess, the new winners will have to do what I say, not what I do:

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

L is for Love This Artist!

The loving and lovable Gina has 2 shops you really should visit today. Chrysalis Designs is beautiful and refreshing as the name suggests. Her second shop, T.A.I.S.I., is inspired by Gina's deep and abiding faith in God. You will only find T.A.I.S.I. at, and 40% of everything you buy goes to a charity Gina supports. Hopefully you have time now for a visit. If not, she will be there when you do have time!

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

K is for Kindred Spirits - AndeeDesigns

This is going to be a busy blog week. To get started, I'll recommend you visit AndeeDesigns. They are the winner of this months Favorite Undiscovered Studios Contest at ArtFire. Why kindred spirits, you ask? Two stay-at-home mothers started this business, and some of their items are jewelry! AndeeDesigns also carries items for men which can be hard to find in my experience. These ladies make wonderful pieces with photographs you provide. Please do visit my kindred spirits' shop, and you may find the perfect keepsake.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

J is for Jump over to Creative Minds

This week Sara aka Creative Minds is our featured artisan. She really does have a creative mind and capable hands too. You'll see a variety in her shop including jewelry, paper products and candles. There's no tellin' what she'll create next. So, just click on this post title, and jump in!

Friday, January 29, 2010

I is for Interesting Quotes

Yes, I find all of these quotes interesting at the very least. You may also find them to be ingenious, iffy, intimate, intriguing and/or informative.

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened"
Anatole France

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
Mother Teresa

"Blessed are those who have earned the love of an old dog."
Author Unknown

"So, how's that workin' for ya?"
my sister

"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.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.
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."
Mother Teresa

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

H is for How 'bout Those Caty Ann's Creations

This is humbling. Today you should visit Caty Ann's Creations. Why, you ask, is this a humbling experience for me? Caty Ann's is full of handmade jewelry, and so is my shop. A girl can really never have enough jewelry though. Just click on the H is for, and you will be whisked away to Cathy's ArtFire Shop!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

G is for Gotta Go to After.Six

After.Six is a gorgeous shop with gemstones and great wire work! She prides herself on making "wearable art", and rightfully so. Her pieces truly reflect all that is special about handmade. Now I will try to set up a link for you, but, in case I'm STILL not able to manage, you can visit her shop at the old fashioned way. Happy Trails!

UPDATE! Just click on the title, and you will be whisked away to After.Six!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

F is for Follow Me to Braggin' Rights

Braggin' Rights is fabulous, fun, feminine and even fragrant when you visit Braggin' Rights Bath. Tracy is so talented she has to have two shops. Just plain Braggin' Rights has wonderful crocheted gifts, and Braggin' Rights Bath has.........well my followers are brilliant and can figure that out. Please stop by both of her shops. Tracy is one of my new best cyber friends and would love a visit from you.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

E is for Evelyn's Baskets

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

Monday, January 11, 2010

D is for Dolly

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 ( 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

C is for Calling All Button Lovers

Buttons can be cute, crazy, cool, classy or even connect things. Barbra's shop, All About the Buttons, is full of creative uses for buttons. You can find her on Zibbet or etsy. And if buttons are not enough for you, try her shop All About the Fiber. Barbra is a lovely person, and her items are delightful so pay her a visit today! Really, visit her shops because I'm still working on how to get pictures to show up here and simple words do not suffice.

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!

Friday, January 8, 2010

B is for Brainstorm

Inspired by Kate (The Clock Talked Loud), the following are some of the beautiful, bold, bodacious, belligerent, bust-a-gut or bewidering, but all beloved by me quotes I've had the good fortune to run across.

"A mutt is couture--the only one like it in the world, and made especially for you."
Isaac Mizrahi

"May those who love us, love us
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts;
And if He doesn't turn their hearts
May He turn their ankles
So we'll know them by their limping"
an Old Gaelic Blessing

"I am Bord!!!!!!!!!!!!"
a note passed by my son at 5 yo while sitting in church

"Blessed are Women whose hearts and souls are joined together by laughter and tears for they shall be known as SISTERS"
a plaque in a catalog

"May the light always find you on a dreary day.
When you need to be home may you find a way.
May you always have courage to take a chance.
And never find frogs in your underpants."
an anonymous Scandinavian

"While I admire the glass is half full type...I'm comfortable with the fact my glass will always have a slow and steady leak."
Erin Smith

"Every boy should have two things: a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one."

That's all for now. Follow me to C what's next.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A is for Anne

Anne is amazing, attentive, amiable and able to jump tall buildings in a single bound! Maybe the last one is slightly exaggerated, but Anne is awesome. She makes beautiful scarves for her madeforme shops at, and You can find lovely crocheted jewelry there too. In addition she does fabulous (just look at mine) banners and avatars in her myhelpinghands shops.

Now that we've established how creative and skilled she is at scarves, jewelry, banners and avatars, you must know she is my cyber hero. I am new to using a computer and online shops, and she has helped me countless times. It is so appropriate to break in my blog and start the new year praising a talented artist, new friend and just plain awesome woman!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Can you hear me now?

Thanks to my friend, Gabrielle of Gabs Bags on Made It Myself, I am blogging for the first time! So now I will mention my online jewelry shops - , , - in hopes that all my readers out there will visit. The Made It Myself and Artfire shops have the most listings. Finally, for fear I will start talking about chapped lips or something, I'm signing out.