Saturday, January 30, 2010

Now I'm sick! :(

Pin It I woke up during the night, night before last FREEZING, with the chills, bad sore throat and my skin hurting even. I put on sweats, got back under the covers, where I was still freezing. I tossed & turned most of the night, so it was no surprise when I got out of bed, I had a low grade fever.

I called the doctor's office & they said I needed to be seen. With hubby sick, I had no choice but to drive myself. They did a cardiogram, chest x-ray, blood work up and a throat culture. The cardiogram and chest x-ray were negative. I should have the results of the blood & throat culture by Tuesday.

And of course we had no food in the house so I had no choice but to go out in this frigid cold with temps in the teens. No more leaving the house for me though until Monday when we head back to the doctor. Time for another nap.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hubby has pneumonia! :(

Pin It Hubby's been home sick for a week now. Fever, chills, coughing, etc. Last week when he went to the doctor, they checked & he didn't have the flu. The doctor put him on a new strong antibiotic just to play it safe, but told him he thought it was viral & sent him on his way.

He's been feeling pretty much the same all week, been in touch with the Dr several times. The doctor finally wanted to see him today so I drove him over there. He almost passed out in the examining room because he's so worn out. The doctor debated sending him to the ER, but finally agreed to give him some IV fluids because he was dehydrated. After 3 9% sodium chloride IV bags (of course I happened to notice ), his color finally came back. They repeated a chest x-ray & cardiogram. The cardiogram was fine, but there was a spot on the x-ray that looked worse than last week. Turns out he has pneumonia. They switched his antibiotics. Gave him 2 new ones & more cough medicine with codeine. He has to rest & we go back to the pulmonologist on Monday. Am praying that this works. Please keep him in your prayers.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

One World One Heart 2010 - A Magic Carpet Ride

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With all the horrors going on in the world today wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all take a magic carpet ride to other corners of the universe? Experience things like we've never seen before, have others come and see how we live? I think that would be a great way, a beginning at least, to work towards promoting peace in our nations.

Well, that is the theme for this year's One World One Heart. I'll be participating in the giveaway event this year. The idea was launched in 2007 by Lisa Swifka as a way to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way. Details on previous years can be had on her blog.

Soooo, in keeping with this year's theme and the photo above, I am offering this lovely piece titled "Starry, Starry Night".

The focal bead is a 5 pointed star created with layers of white, transparent turquoise and green glass. The pendant measures 21mm and was wound on a 3/32" mandrel. Included is a dyed silk cord measuring approximately 24" which can be knotted at whichever length you desire. The bead is an artisan lampwork bead created by me in my NY studio. I have a shop on Etsy as well as ArtFire where I have lots of other beads for sale.

In order to be eligible to win this lovely necklace, each person must leave a comment below. Since this is a blog event, this giveaway is only open to other bloggers. 1 winner will be picked at random. Your contact information is imperative as that is the only way I have to contact you. If no contact info is left, I will be forced to select another winner. I'd REALLY hate for that to happen. Contest ends February 15, 2010 @ 12:01 AM. My birthday's in February & I love the idea of giving someone else a gift! :) Here are the dreaded (simple) rules:

1) Entrants must include their blog address in their comment.
2) Entrants must include their e-mail address in the comment or have a way for me to find you.

That's all! Good luck!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Looking For Unique Handmade Stationery?

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Then look no further. I recently came upon a seller of just that! Her name is Dawn and she sells unique handcrafted notecards out of her etsy and artfire shops.

She's the featured artisan currently on rikrakstudio's blog. They are running a giveaway! Go read all about it & give it a whirl. I know I'd be tickled pink to win anything of hers! Such talent!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My wonderful neice :-)

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First let me say that to know Lauren is to love her....and not just cause I'm her aunt mind you. She's as sweet as can be & has a heart of gold. She has been wanting to host a jewelry party for me for some time now. The problem was logistics. She lives in Omaha & I'm in NY.

We finally figured out that this last time when my sister came in for a visit, I would send off my creations with her. My poor sister had to lug home a fairly heavy carry on bag cause I was too afraid for her to check it.

Well, the party was this weekend. I don't have any pics yet, but from what I hear the girls had a blast & she made quite a bit of money for her favorite aunt. ;-) So when are we scheduling the next one??

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

2010 New Year Goals

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I can't believe that not only is this a new year, but a new DECADE! YIKES! I'd better make the most of it. The holidays are behind us and now it's time to give some thought to what sort of goals I'm aiming for in this coming year. I'm not a resolution type person. I feel it sets me up for failure so have decided on goals instead, something relatively new to me as well. ;-) I am hoping that by actually writing them out & having them to refer to down the line I have a better chance of accomplishing most, if not all of the things on my list.

I will check in periodically and post on some of the things on my list to keep me honest. LOL!

Let's make 2010 the best year yet! So, here are my 15 Goals for 2010:

1. List 5 new items a week in my Etsy and/or ArtFire shops.
2. Remain 1 month ahead of the season with my products.
3. Blog at least 3 times a week.
4. Read 1 book for fun every month.
5. Engage in some sort of physical activity 3 times per week. (Note: I'm anticipating this to be my hardest goal as I am not a gym rat, so will be exploring my options).
6. Treat myself once per month. (This could include a pedicure, massage, take myself to the movies, etc.)
7. Contact 1 gallery per month to inquire about carrying my products.
8. Try a new recipe 2 times a month.
9. Spend some time mastering my camera and work on taking better photos.
10. Have a girls night once per month.
11. Replace one glass of diet soda with a glass of water daily.
12. Reach 250 Etsy sales by December 31, 2010.
13. Look for a part time job.
14. Do something to make someone say "thank you" every day.
15. Participate in 2 charitable events.

I reserve the right to add to the list as I come up with new ideas, but for now, these are the things I am passionate about.

What are your big goals for this upcoming year? Feel free to list as many as you'd like - I love getting inspired by other people's ambitions and goals! This blog post came about from reading a friend's very inspiring blog post about her goals.

I wish us all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! May we all look back next year and realize that we've accomplished all that we had set out to.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Etsy Treasuries

Pin It I haven't had much luck myself snagging a treasury lately, but just tonight, when I went to check the treasury clock, I noticed that my work is featured in 4 treasuries! How nice is that!

First is A Touch of Glass by my friend, Barb, of RiversEdgeGlass featuring my fishie in a surrounded by glass creations by fellow Fire Divas.

She makes very cool dread beads including this one in her etsy shop:

Here's You Little Stinker by Heidi of Jamnglass. She selected one of my boro focals.

She sells luscious hand dyed silk cords in her etsy shop like this one:

This next one was a complete surprise since it was created by someone unknown to me, It's a Fine Day. I love when that happens! ;-) It features one of my freeform lampwork focal beads that I'm especially fond of.

The treasury was put together by CreaShines Check out these cool earrings I found in her shop:

Last, but not least is this beautiful purple treasury, Purple Promises put together by my friend Jennifer of HaffinaAgain. It features one of my vintage skeleton keys with an attached boro bead.

I love these beautiful purple earrings of hers that were also in the treasury.