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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Up, up, and away...

We were awakened early this morning by Hannah rushing into the room, scrambling for the camera, excitedly telling us that there was a "HUGE" hot air balloon directly over our house. She managed to get outside in time to catch some great shots ~ it was a beautiful morning for a lift - clear, cool and just enough breeze. Not sure where they were headed for "touch down" but Hannah said it looked like they were definitely having a great ride!

Good thing we got the "wake-up" call as it was time to get ready for another soccer Saturday....great games, Ladies! :-)

Here are my favorites from the day...


WV1 WV11 WV14

Friday, September 28, 2007

"NEW" Hope for October....

I've been making the "Hope" bracelet for some time now, always donating $5.00 of each bracelet to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. That organization has now become the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and I will continue to support it with my newly updated "HOPE" bracelet ~ unveiled now just in time for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
~And of course, TGIF means some fave soccer pics from a cool and foggy Thursday night! (although I think I did sneak in a pic from the "called" game on Tuesday) :-)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


I subscribe to a "daily email quote" (some of my favorites end up posted here over in the "Favorite Quotes" column) and today's quote really "spoke" to's a very powerful one for me personally and one I will reflect on for some time ~ I think you'll definitely be seeing it in the "favorite" column...

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. "
— Flora Whittemore

And~it's Wednesday so we do have some new favorite soccer pics! :-)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Autumn Swirl...Indian Summers

One of my fondest fall memories is of raking up a huge pile of leaves with my neighborhood friends and then spending the afternoon running and jumping, scattering the leaves all over the yard again, sometimes making giant leaf forts with intricate architecture and snaking designs - only to be wisped away by a sudden breeze. In our "journeys" across the country with our own growing family, we have lived in different areas - some offering greater fall "leaf" experiences than others...upstate NY was awesome!

We currently live in a wonderful midwestern community, but our home itself is in a growing subdivision, and we find ourselves the proud owners of one significant tree which holds tightly to its leaves until fall's last final gasp. Hence, there will be no running, jumping and scattering any time soon around here.

But, I can close my eyes and remember....Autumn Swirl..... Indian Summer
Autumn Swirl Earrings Indian Summer Earrings

Monday, September 24, 2007

MONDAY....Just Because!

Nope, I didn't forget.....this week....Just Because Monday Special is ALL ABOUT "Showing Our Colors" with a buy more/save more sale....just because!

☼ Buy (1) ONE "SHOW YOUR COLORS" item and save 10% (before shipping)

☼☼ Buy (2) TWO "SHOW YOUR COLORS" items and save 15% (before shipping)

☼☼☼ Buy (3) THREE or more "SHOW YOUR COLORS" items and save 20% (before shipping)

And....want FREE SHIPPING? If your total order this week is OVER $50.00 (before shipping), then continental USA shipping is on me...just because!

Remember, JUST BECAUSE MONDAY specials are only announced here, only on Monday and expire midnight EDT on Sunday. Be sure to put "JBM" in "Notes to Seller" at checkout and WAIT for a revised invoice before making payment!

Want to start shopping now for "SHOW YOUR COLORS"? Click here to head to the shop!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

TAG ~ I'm It, Again!

I've been tagged by Goldtone Designs....which this time means I need to list 6 things about myself & then tag 6 other goes...
1. I was "Queen for the Day" when I was born - seriously....100th baby born at the town's hospital - woo hoo!
2. Royalty then escaped me for years until I made "Track Court" my senior year of high school - yeah, "track court"....LOL!
3. Nothing better in the fall than a ripe McIntosh apple!!!
4. I was infamous in high school for breaking my leg while candystriping at our local probably shouldn't try to ride those food carts....
5. My college roomie went on to become a dog psychologist in Las Vegas.
6. I am really enjoying the Buckeyes beat NW right now!!! :-) GO BUCKS!!
Off to tag....

Friday, September 21, 2007


I am so excited, impressed, and thrilled with this purchase from Etsy Artist, Bamboo Village Press, that I just have to share it with you ~ and HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check out her shop! I was searching for the "perfect" wedding gift for Luke and Kelsay, two of Andrew's best friends, when I found this, the Ai - Love Etched Decanter. I shared it with Andrew and he also thought it was a perfect fit. It arrived today and is even more breathtakingly beautiful - a real piece of art, in addition to being a wine decanter!

The "ai" is the Chinese character for "LOVE" and what I really am impressed about Celeste's work is that 25% of every purchase from Bamboo Village Press supports the Bamboo Village Educational Fund - a program set up to improve educational opportunities for children in rural Sichuan, China. There is a brochure included with the decanter that explains the fund and its work in great detail - very compelling!

I know that I will be returning to Celeste and Bamboo Village Press again (in fact, I've put the Ai Decanter on my own Christmas wish list - smiles!) and I hope you will, too, when you have special gift-giving occasions!


Friday already ~ the month seems to be going so fast yet we're back into another warm spell so summer seems to have revisited! Andrew is heading home this weekend for the first time since school started ~ very busy senior year, so we will enjoy the time with him. He has completed his Peace Corps application for next year and now waits for the next step in the process. I think he was meeting with a representative he may have more news about the "next steps" when he gets home.

I did get the new Buckeye Nation Jasper necklace listed in the shop - just in time for tomorrow's game LOL!
Buckeye Jasper Necklace Buckeye Jasper Necklace Buckeye Jasper Necklace

And of course, TGIF would not be complete without some of my favorite pics from last night's games!

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Ooh, I just couldn't's not up in the shop yet, but will be probably by tomorrow but I did get the pics done on the new necklace and just couldn't wait to share -- hope you love it as much as I do!
~BUCKEYE NATION JASPER NECKLACE (being a Buckeye fan is not required for wearing this necklace, but WOW, it sure is a stunning way to say, "GO BUCKS!")

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Could not believe it when I found this "treasure" in my bead supply yesterday! I remember discovering this last year in a little shop but had forgotten about it and certainly didn't recall that it looked like this! Amazing, it's labeled "jasper" but the colors are true scarlet and gray -- just beautiful! I'm calling it my "Buckeye Jasper" (LOL) and it's destined for a special scarlet and gray necklace -- hmmm....some dark gray Swarovski crystal pearls and crystals in siam -- yes, I think another "signature" Buckeye piece is in the making! Stay tuned!

Kicking Up a Victory! Way to Go, Ladies!

Last night's soccer games were big wins and lots of fun to watch -- some of my favorite pics from the night...



Monday, September 17, 2007

A bit of this, a bit of that...and oh yes, it IS Monday!

As listings from tonight (where did the day go??) and at least some pics of things that will probably go in the shop tomorrow :-)...
~HARVEST LACE necklace.................................. ~HARVEST LACE earrings
Harvest Lace Necklace Harvest Lace Earrings
~GARNET CLOUDS..........................~GARNET NEST ............................~A DRIP, A DROP OF GARNET
Garnet Clouds Garnet Nest Ring A Drip, A Drop of Garnet

Will be back a bit later to post some new listings that I've been busy with but wanted to be sure I got the "Just Because Monday" special posted...
☼ Just Because I LOVE Necklaces....ANY and ALL necklaces are 10% off (before shipping) all week long! Be sure to put "JBM" (Just Because Monday) in "Notes to Seller" at checkout and WAIT for a revised invoice before making payment. If you prefer to make immediate payment, I will refund the difference. Only one discount code per purchase BUT this offer CAN be combined with "set discounts" -- whatta deal!! Remember, JBM's are ONLY announced on Monday and only HERE so be sure to check every Monday to see what this week's special is!
This JBM special expires midnight EDT, Sunday, 9/23.

☼ Here are some pics to get you started -- NEW necklaces are coming, starting later TODAY and all week! Don't forget, this JBM special also applies to the Buckeye Nation & Buckeye Bling necklaces - GO BUCKS!
~Night and Day................................. ~Falling in Love............................. ~Picasso in Pearls
Night and Day Necklace Falling in Love Necklace Picasso in Pearls Necklace
~Autumn Blaze..................................... ~Garnet's Afire.................................. ~Not So Casual Friday
Autumn Blaze Necklace "Garnet's Afire" Necklace Not So Casual Friday Necklace

Check back later for new listings - rings, earrings & necklaces!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL but no soccer pics :-( !

Absolutely exhausted after a very long day at our family estate auction -- hence, had to miss today's soccer games so NO soccer pics today :-( . I think (at least hope!) that will be the only game I miss!

BUT...there is still NEWS to post -- first, OF COURSE -- a BUCKEYE VICTORY -- and a big one for sure as we travelled out west to meet Washington for our first real challenge....and WON! GO BUCKS!!'s SATURDAY NIGHT -- so that means SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL time in the shop:

20% off ANY ITEM (before shipping) -- WOW, whatta deal!!!!!!!
Be sure to put "SNS" in your "Notes to Seller" at checkout and WAIT for a revised invoice before making payment. If you prefer to make immediate payment, I will refund the difference.

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL expires at 6am Sunday morning....ok, really it expires whenever I wake up and log on to change the shop settings tomorrow morning :-)!

Happy Saturday Night Shopping!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Fiery Garnet....and More Fave Soccer Pics

Have had this faceted Mexican fire opal focal for a little while and just couldn't quite decide the right way to go with it and yesterday my garnet beads caught eye - wow! Perfect -- garnet's on fire, indeed! Really pleased with how it turned out.
~Garnet's Afire
"Garnet's Afire" Necklace

Last night's soccer game was another tough-fought match against a very well-established program. Our ladies again played so hard and very well, holding them to 2-0. Here are some of my favorite pics from the night...

FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS!....Check the shop this afternoon starting at 3:30 for Friday Happy Hour Specials ~ special sale prices good until midnight tonight! TGIF!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

It's Wednesday -- must mean ....yep, new soccer pics!

Tueday night was PERFECT weather for soccer - our first cool, crisp autum evening. The ladies met a very challenging team and played exceptionally well, especially when we look back on previous meetings between the teams, but still fell short on the scoreboard in the end. Well done, though, ladies -- you really played hard and held tight. I'm thinking the rest of this week will be a different story. Here are some of favorites from the night...
PickeringtonJV2 PickeringtonJV6 PickeringtonJV3

PickeringtonV4 PickeringtonV2 PickeringtonV3 listing & on sale THIS WEEK for EBTW "Dressed Up Denim"....
~Denim Dreams
Denim Dreams Earrings