Monday, September 29, 2008

And The Winner Is.......


Who wrote:

"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 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 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

It's A Giveaway!!! Yay!!!

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 will really enjoy them!

Have a great week! Take care!


Simply Sentimental Sydnei

Hello all! Sydnei over at Simply Sentimental the Blog was so sweet to put me in as one of her featured Etsy artists today. Every Tuesday and Thursday Sydei finds some beautiful handmade treasures over at Etsy and blogs about them! I love this! Today was her Tuesday's Treasures and she featured one of my necklaces....and you will have to go read why! I think ALL moms can relate! Thank you so much Sydnei! I hope you all go over and take a look...not just because of my necklace, but because her blog IS THE BEST!

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!


Monday, September 22, 2008

We Are All In This Together

Happy Fall Y'All

Happy first day of Fall to everyone! Oohhh, this is my FAVORITE time of year! We have already used the fireplace a few times, I have already made a HUGE stockpot of homemade vegetable soup with cornbread muffins AND my daughter made artwork on the kitchen floor using my fall leaves cupcake liners......those are her words by the way....."artwork". Guess how long we had to leave them smack-dab in the middle of the kitchen floor......*sigh*. The things we do for our babies! You KNOW we were proud parents, giving high-fives all around, just exclaiming at what a wonderfully talented artist she was.......and then we had breakfast!

I made a couple of new jewelry designs and posted them to my shop. I also got out some supplies to DESTASH my stash and posted them as well. I started 3 new jewelry designs, finished others (they are waiting for pictures and posting) and edited and re-posted new pictures of some designs already in my shop. OH! Big news! Thursday night I made my first online sale from my shop! Thank you Megan!!!! I sold a pair of earrings that I had just posted that day! It was an incredible feeling......I was so nervous! I think I almost forgot that the whole point was TO SELL my designs! I sat there thinking....oh my gosh...I sold something......what do I do now? It lasted all of 3 seconds!

OH! I will be having a giveaway here very soon. Wendy over at Punky N Munky will be featuring me as her first Etsy artist on her blog. She sent questions, I have answered them and will be sending them over to her very keep an eye out for that in the next week on BOTH sites!

My mother's rings will be reviewed over at Sherri's blog, Mom Tested and Approved Reviews. I think this is a great site! I love to look at all of the goodies and get a moms approval and of what she thinks of the products! Great idea!
Have a great week! Keep creating and enjoy the Fall! Take care and thank you for stopping in!


Friday, September 19, 2008

Wouldn't You?

I mean really! Wouldn't you and your best friend Dora want to be Queens of the Bathroom too? Come on....who wouldn't? I mean your reign wouldn't be that hard.....keep the towels picked up, replace the toilet-paper when it gets low, put the seat back down when not in use, make sure you are wearing your tiaras and best gowns, put on your best necklace and bracelet, smile and sit on your step-stool........what a great job!

I'll say it again.......who wouldn't? I mean seriously!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Updated My Shop Today!

Hello all! I drank coffee, stayed in my PJ's, did not take a shower....yet.........and took pictures, edited pictures, and took more pictures, ALL day!

Then those NEW items were posted to my Etsy shop. Including my hit seller here at Mother's Rings. Some items were already listed, they just got new photos!

My wrists hurt, I have had too much caffeine and I need a shower......

Go take a look and more will be listed tonight after the family settles in for the evening!

Thanks for stopping in! Have a great night!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Ike Was Here

I know from the televised reports in Texas that the destruction is unbelievable! So, I know that my complaints about how bad we were hit here in MISSOURI.....yes, Missouri, will be on deaf ears. But, can I not complain a little?

No electricity, no hot water, no sump-pump to work without electricity, no internet, no phone. Leaking basement, water coming in all 3 outside facing doors, gutters flying off, neighbors outdoor furniture traversing through the air, BBQ grills also flying by the house, 3 trampolines went sailing by too. Well, really, anything in the neighborhood NOT nailed down was lost. My outside flowers......all gone. Hummingbird feeders......gone.

The upside to our weekend? Look at that sweetie in the first picture! This was just one of the animals at the Parents As Teachers Diego Party!

Here is Maddy with Diego!

And she was not as fond of the baby Chimp as I was!

And this is ALL she wanted to do at the party. Swing, swing, swing......with daddy standing near. It really was a very nice party. They had huge Diego puzzles, cats and dogs from the local humane society, balloons, snacks, juice, make-your-own Diego vest, jungle painting, animal search, and LOTS more! Great fun!

So, the only new jewelry I got in was one pendant, one pair of earrings and I had just started some custom Mother's Rings when we lost electricity for the second time Sunday. Let's hope me week goes better!

But in all seriousness, I am truly sorry for all of the families in Texas that are enduring this hard time. I can not image what it must have been like there if it was this bad up here in Missouri. You all are in my thoughts!

Have a great week everyone, in case I do not get to make it back here. I have a full work week ahead of me! Take care!


Friday, September 12, 2008

Do You Wanna Follow Me?

You know, when I was in my very early twenties an older gentleman friend of mine once said that I was a "Sheep Herder".......Hmmmm, this comment provoked much discussion and confusion on my part. He went on to explain that our little "clique" of friends would do anything I asked of them.....hence, follow me like sheep. Honestly, I thought it was a snarky thing to say, but then again I was barely 21 at the time, he in his mid 30's and wanting to date me. I of course was SO NOT interested in him, which then of course offended this gentleman and that snarkyness was his "attitude" for the remainder of our friendship. The friendship did not last much longer because I met my soon-to-be husband, and after meeting him, everything else became insignificant. Where am I going with this you ask?
I was wondering........maybe.........if you wanted to follow me?????

Blogger added a new tool for the sidebar. I put it over on the right. It seems to be a fantastic way to network in the blog world. You can sign up, anonymously it you want, by clicking on "Follow This Blog". A little window will pop up, you can then click "Follow publicly" or "Follow anonymously". Then press the bright orange "FOLLOW" button. And your little picture is then in the box there. People will come to my blog and see you, hopefully click on you, and then find your blog and read about you!!!!! See it is networking!!!! It is just another way to get your blog listed. PLUS.....I get to find new blogs that I did not know existed! Cool huh? Well, again, maybe it is the little things in life that excite me!

So....I ask you want to follow me? I am following Kerry over at Kab's Creative Concepts who is the great gal who brought it to my attention! Thank you Kerry!

Well, enjoy the day! It is Friday. It is a miserable wet, dark, and sinus pain day here in Southeast Missouri. Humidity this morning was 94%. It feels like a wet blanket outside today. Hard for my dear elderly patients to breathe today.......which is why I am here updating my blog on work time.....shhhh. Very few of my regulars have come in today....I hope they are alright!

Have a great weekend! We are taking Maddy to a Parents As Teachers party this evening. Diego is going to be there! Isn't that cool? And live animals! I will take plenty of pictures to share! In the mean time.........Go Forth And Create!


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Go West Young Man

Did any of you Etsy fanatics know that Etsy has 2.....yes 2........Treasuries? Heeeyyya! Really! And guess what? Last night I snagged one! YUP! I did! I had SO much fun picking out the goods!

Here is the deal for those of you, like me, who were not "in the know". There is regular Treasury and Treasury West. The Treasuries have been having a little melt down of sorts due to Etsy server and human errors. Go to the Community Forums to read if you need, but long story short the number of Treasuries allowed for each site increased temporarily and I decided that this might be my only grabbed one on the Treasury West site. It is, by the way, a test site, but a front page picked Treasury can come from either site, regular or west.

Because you might have heard about my screen shot incompetence's, here is a link to my Etsy Treasury I made. Etsy :: Treasury West List

Sorry that I could not show a picture of my beautiful Treasury. If there is anyone out there in blog land that might be able to help me with my incompetence with working with screen shots, PLEASE drop me a comment and we'll hook up!

Hope you enjoy this momentous occasion with me. And yes, it is the little things in life that really do make me happy!

Enjoy! Go Forth and Create!



Tuesday, September 9, 2008



Here is a link, as I can NOT seem to get my print screen to work the way I want it too. It keeps cutting off a whole row of pictures in the Treasury.....NOT what I have in mind.

Sydnei at Simply Sentimental was lucky enough to snag a Treasury! Check out her blog too, here! Lucky gal! Not only does she have a great shop AND blog......she picked up a Treasury!!!!

But, I am happy and VERY grateful for her for thinking that my earrings deserved a spotlight! Thank you Sydnei!

Hope you all enjoy the Treasury! Oh, and if I get that screen print to work.......I shall be back! Go forth and create!


Monday, September 8, 2008

Random "Leslie" Thoughts

I will not play at tug o'war.
I'd rather play at hug o'war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.
by Shel Silverstein


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sink or Swim........I DID IT!!!!!!

I did it.

Let me try that again.

I DID IT!!!!!

I FINALLY listed my jewelry on Etsy. GO LOOK! Really! Don't believe me? Just look at my hands.....they are shaking. Whether out of excitement, fear or nervousness.....or maybe too many cups of coffee, I don't know! But there you have it. Sink or Swim I am in the thick of it now! Gosh I feel like I just gave, ok, what do I do now?

OH! In celebration to my new G-R-A-N-D O-P-E-N-I-N-G all items have free shipping to the continental US and Canada! And more items are being listed as we speak. See this post to look at the items!

Thank you all for stopping in.....I am off to go list more goodies!

Take care.....Go Forth and Create!




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