Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Hello all! I want to introduce you to some outstanding new artists! At the Cape Girardeau Show in November, I was lucky enough to be in the booth next to a friend of mine, Sherri. Evelyn Barton, Mary Martin and Sherri Bramhall are the artists behind Angel Abstracts. Their new website is up and running and I am SO happy and excited for them! Go take a look! They are SUPER talented! Did I mention that all of these great ladies also have full-time jobs as occupational therapists? I have their Prayer and Praise Booklets and I use their postcards DAILY as thank you cards for my Etsy business.
I am also very happy and excited to say that I working on new jewelry designs for them using their original artwork! How cool is that?
I loved being in the booth next to them in November! Their stories of how their unique artwork was created is FASCINATING! Each person sees something different in the prints. I just LOVE it! Please go and take a look, you will not be disappointed!
Here is the Giveaway information. Go to their website, come back here and post a comment on which item(s) are your favorite, or which print spoke to you the most, and next Monday, January 4th, I will choose a number with one of those random number generators and the winner will get an Assortment Package!!! Pretty awesome!
*For some reason the links above may not work for everyone. Try their website directly at
Thanks for stopping in! Good luck and let me see those comments!!!!! Take care!
Friday, December 26, 2008
There are obviously too many presents to list all that she got, but she loved them all.......it just took ALL day to get them opened. I have to admit, she was not all that interested in the present opening hype.....weird! She was just very ho-hum about the whole day. My husband and I were baffled!
We had a great time at Papa Jim's house on Christmas Eve. Madelyn loves all of her family! She was very happy to see all of her cousins. Her cousin Shayla is 5 months older than her and just celebrated her 4th birthday last Sunday. Madelyn was in the hospital most of last weekend and went to Shayla's party, but truly was not herself.......still recovering I think. So seeing them all a couple of days later, she was back to old self!
Enjoy these photos and I hope you all had a great holiday season! Take care and be safe!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Craft Show Display......my first and you can SOOO tell can't you!
And here is my booth and my friends (Mary, Evelyn and Sherry)....but MORE on their BEAUTIFUL art later!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Have you ever wanted to design and make your own earrings?? Well look no further because Margot has put these quick videos together. Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Mad Maggie Designs Etsy Shop
Mad Maggie Pendants Etsy Shop
Leslie Smith Gidden
Facbook Fan Page:
Mad Maggie Designs
Mad Maggie Designs
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I will keep you all informed on how it goes tonight! Thank you!!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Oh, and my husband. Doesn't he look great? Now girls, I don't want you all writing and asking for his number okay? He's all mine. No fighting about it. I know you all are looking for a good-looking man like this, but he's taken. But........everyone has a price.........
Hope you all had a great Halloween! Take care!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The above link and article might give you all an inside look to what is going on here on the homefront. My husband and I attended our first City Council meeting on Monday night. We went in regards to a letter that we received Friday afternoon at out home. It was sent anonymously from someone in our subdivision. Our contractor never informed any of us. It just so happened that a neighbor was walking in the neighborhood and saw a very small sign posted on the empty lots where the large construction equipment was parked. Very well hidden. The sign was to announce the hearing for the rezoning of our subdivision for low-income rental duplexes.
We have lived in our new home for only 13 months. It is our VERY FIRST real home. We have lived with family, rented low income housing and bought and lived in a double wide trailer for years while I attended nursing school. To say that this house is our dream come true is SUCH an understatement! It is not JUST our dream, it is our investment, my daughters future and where we chose to live and raise our family.
I know that our builder/contractor is having financial trouble due to the economics of our country, but who isn't? All of the homeowners in this development had a dream, just like our builder did. I am very sorry that he is having $$$ problems, but you do not give up on your dream of a great, beautiful, special and really different development when times get tough. He should not give up on his dream that he had for this area.
It is like making us homeowners choose the lesser of two evils. Either 700 square foot low-income rented duplexes, in a housing development that the LOWEST square footage built here now is 1750, OR he builds stripped down, 1400 sq foot, no garage, gravel driveway houses, that if he does not sell he will rent anyway.
I don't know. I can't cry any more tears that are just useless anyway. I am too exhausted.
From the feelings that I got at the council meeting, it may not pass. But, this is just one battle. I can not see him giving up, or letting his business go bankrupt. I think this is going to be a messy fight.
There is much more to the story than this too. I forgot to tell you that 3 of the larger houses out here are owned by his subcontractors that could use some work too, so not everyone out here is against this new development. But most are and a good majority spoke at the meeting.
Thanks for listening to my woes of the day. Sorry to bore you all and bum you out too! Keep us in your thoughts please! Have a great week and Happy Halloween! I hope to pop back in and post some pictures of our Halloween! Take care!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Extravaganza
Annual Event with local arts and crafts
Cape Girardeau Missouri Art Events
November 22-23. This event features high quality artisans and crafters. Two locations: the Osage Community Centre and the Show Me Center simultaneously. Your ticket admits you to both locations on the same day.
1625 North Kingshighway (Osage Center)
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Yesterday evening Tim, Maddy and I made these ghosts. I had left over ribbon from the Halloween banner and instead of using monofilament and hanging them horizontal as shown in the instructions, I came up with the design above.......again, we make do!
Tim made his own design too, and I gave Maddy a print-out for her to color, but she was more interested in the play-doh after coloring the first ghost.
Here is my husband Tim's design. Actually, I messed up the first set of ghosts, this set, and he made these instead of throwing them away. Those eyes are tricky to cut out without a craft knife and I did not like how they turned out, so I started over. He outlined the eyes in black and then just started drawing on them after Maddy got her hands on the marker (see ghost "B"). Oh well, when all else fails make lemonade!
My next project is to finish the book sculptures I have been working on.....strangely enough also listed on The Crafty Crow. I saw them on Etsy long ago, and since I am an avid reader fell in love with them at once and I new I could make some for myself.........sorry Etsy sellers, I want to do this one myself instead of buying them.......I apologize for not supporting you all on this one!!!
I hope you all enjoy more of the decor here on the home front. It has been so much, SUPER FUN this year with Maddy! I tell ya, they just get better every day..........remind me I said this when I come on here and vent about her on one of her bad days!!!
Enjoy, and again, send some of your holiday pics to me of your own decor, and if you want I will do a post on my readers holiday crafts and link your blog too, if you have one!
Go forth and create!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
And here we have a picnic that my baby made with all of her best friends. I KNOW she is not a baby....geesh........I don't want to talk about it OK? I just love how Nala has a piece of meat in front of her.....cute little carnivore. And the "girls" all have tea in front of them. All of the food groups are represented here and so is the food chain! I don't' know, maybe this is only something a mommy could love. Madelyn will be 3 and a half this month.....*sigh*.....she is so big. She is shooting up in height. She got out of the tub last night and there she was warming up in front of the fireplace in all of her rudy-tudy-nudiness and all I could see was these LONG legs...she is no longer a toddler....she is a real little girl now.......I really don't want to talk about it.......
And last, the beautiful, long-lashed princess in the tub making sudsy hair-dos. She had so much fun. She kept looking at herself in the shiny tub-drain and laughing that great belly laugh. The laugh that makes her have the hiccups afterwards, just like when she was an infant. Here is one thing that I am loving everyday and not just today!
Monday, October 6, 2008
STOP FOR ONE SECOND AND LISTEN TO THIS VIDEO!
Thank you Kerry and Margot for helping to put the word out. Now for those of you who have a blog.....PLEASE, if you think this is just as nuts as I do, post this on your blog too!
Help support artists!
Monday, September 29, 2008
"Hi, first, love your shop. I see you are a fan of hollow lampwork beads. I adore them, but I am greedy, I don't share well with them! I am also a nurse, I work on a dementia unit..weekends. I was just thinking today about the balance between nursing and designing. And have my fingers crossed as I would be honored to wear your ring! Thank you, Jerry and my shop is under shadesongs and you can reach me at shadesongs at aol.com or through etsy! Have a great night"
Congratulations!!! I am SO excited for you! And a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this giveaway! You ALL have touched me by your wonderful comments. I really can NOT express into words what your comments mean to me! Truly!!
I will be contacting the winner to get the birthstones need to make this beautiful ring! But, in the mean time I want to announce something VERY FRUSTRATING!!!
My supplier that I have purchased the birthstone rondelles from is no longer carrying the September Sapphire in Sterling Silver, only Gold AND the December birthstone rondelles apparently were a limited edition color and they have suggested us buyers use a different color. Ok, so, the December issue is not REALLY a problem because I have looked at the new color and it actually seems to be the birthstone that matches BETTER than what the supplier was selling in the first place. Make sense? Clear as mud? So, my big problem is the September birthstones........I am in the process of trying to find a new supplier. I thought I found some and actually purchased a couple to see if they were anything like what I was using already and of course not, NO they are TOTALLY different! Crud! I will keep on looking and buying....in the mean time I will use the stash I have, find new homes for the September stones I am buying and NOT liking and well, just keep trucking along!!!
Sorry for the rant and to lay that all out on you all, I am just a little frustrated that I have been selling these rings for over 3 years here at home and never had a problem.......I open an Etsy shop and NOW there is a problem......ah! There I go again. SORRY!!!
You all have a great day and week and again CONGRATULATIONS to our winner! WOO HOO!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Yes! It is my first Giveaway! YEAH!!!! I am giving away 1 custom Mother's Ring!!! They are made from 0.925 Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystal Rondelles. All strung on professional no-fray elastic cord. Great for those with hand ailments, like Arthritis, or just those who suffer from any form of swelling. Great even for moms-to-be who have that pesky swelling due to fluid......I did not say weight gain!!!!
Here is the plan.........Go to my Etsy Shop, take a look around, come back here and post a comment about things you see in my shop. Anything you want....your likes, dislikes, questions, ideas, critiques.......ANYTHING! I am up for it. Just make sure that there is a way for me to get a hold of you and of course your name. This post will stay up for the rest of this week and over the weekend. Monday I will use one of those random number generators and pick the winner. I will post the winner and their comment here with a HUGE congratulatory message and then of course get together with the winner via email and discuss the ring. The ring can be for the winner, or they can use it as a gift for the holidays......they can even just pick out some colorful stones if they do not have any children or grandchildren. It is the WINNERS choice!
PLEASE head on over to Punky N Munky and take a look at Wendy's blog!!! Wendy sent some great questions over to me....I answered, to the best of my ability, and sent them back. She will be posting that interview very soon on her blog! An insiders look into me and my Etsy shop! Oh what tales I can spin.....
I actually met Wendy when she made a pair of custom hair clippies for Madelyn. They are the GREATEST ribbon sculpture clips EVER! Madeyln actually wears one and uses the others as little dolls to play with. Check out Wendy's Etsy Shop! You will NOT be disappointed. Oh, and Maddy's choice of sculpture clippies happened to be the "baddies"......The Wicked Queen from Snow White and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty......I wonder what that means? Anyone?
Good Luck to all of you........since this is my first giveaway, if I forget anything or if you have any questions, I will be back in many times to check the progress! Again, please checkout the links and sites above....you will really enjoy them!
Have a great week! Take care!
I am actually having a really rough day, so this is about all I can come up with. So sorry for the pathetic blog today! I hope you all have a great day and I am sorry that this is such a late-in-the-day blog entry! Take care!