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.