Friday, April 24, 2009

FINALLY... I Put something in my Etsy shop!!!!!

I know it has been forever, but I FINALLY listed 1 of many items to come in my Etsy shop.
I have added the link. Hopefully I will be adding more as the day goes, depending on if I get to take a lunch hour or not. I will be excited to get this back up and going. The bracelet I listed I absolutely love. You know by now that I am big on simplicity and this bracelet has it and was created for a great purpose. You will see in the Etsy description. Anyway check it out! Keep checking because there REALLY is more to come.. PROMISE.


Today is ETSY DAY... for those who are not aware of Etsy and especially if you are an artisan of any sort or a buyer of handmade quality items, you definitely should check out There is some AMAZING talent there. Also, all of the stuff is handmade. Etsy does allow supplies to be sold and some vintage things as well, but mostly is people who single-handily make items anywhere from jewelry to clothes to decor for your home. When you purchase something from here you have the satisfaction of knowing the time, love and effort along with the quality that is put in to each piece made. Again, check it out!!!

AMY..... you need to open an account and start selling them lap trays and those hand carved walking sticks.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The great views of the Ross Barnett Reservoir

Sometimes there are times that I am really glad that I live around the Reservoir area. Although it is a small pond in comparison to some places in the state, it still makes for some fantastic views. I was putting together a slideshow for my boss and was adding some pics and ran across some pics taken out here that I thought I'd share:
This is the place I want to camp.

Two of the many breath-taking sunsets

I have a view of it from work and some days I just wish I could stay outside and watch the sailboats all day! I love water & the outdoors I guess. It's the direct reflection of God's creation!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

My Saturday

This weekend I have been in Alabama visiting with my Papa. As I mentioned in my prayer wall, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a month ago, so I have been spending as much time here as possible. My uncle and cuz came down this weekend too. While my mom and my aunt kept Papa company, the rest of us got out in his yard and did some work. You have to understand my Papa's place. His yards are big, but he has a huge garden, a green house, black berry vines, blueberry bushes, grapefruit trees, beautiful flowers. Anytime I am here I always just walk around the yards and admire his love for outdoors. Maybe his love for the outdoors and nature roots is where I get it from. There is something about it that brings me a peace. Always has. Well we work in the garden for a bit getting it watered and fertilized. This garden is huge.

This is all that I could fit in the camera screen!!

After that We got in the yard and mowed. My first experience on a riding lawn mower. I'm sure for the passer-byers it was a great laugh for the morning. Needless to say, my uncle finished that task and I decided to tackle the blackberry vines. This is where I spent most of my time during the day. I cleaned all the dead vines out and all million of the little oaks that were growing within them. I only come away with 5 or 6 thorns in my hands. Found great gloves that you can actually grab up all of the stuff up and not worry about the thorns. Blackberry thorns are the worst ever to me. I think I rather sit on a cactus. (Not really). Here is a shot of the blackberry vines after I finished them and the pile that I took out of there. I think after I finished, the pile actually had more in it than there was blackberries left on the vines. Cannot wait til the are ready. The are green now.

This is a row of the vines.

.... and the pile. (I worked hard!!!)
My uncle, my cuz, and Aunt pressure washed the back of the house. Now that would have been a pic to see, but my uncle being on that 12 foot ladder, not holding on and it wobbling everywhere.. I could not bare to watch. All in all we got a good bit done. We started about 9:30 I'd say and think we called it quits around 6:30 last evening. Papa would make his way out there a couple of times to check our progress, but I'm sure he just wanted to make sure we were doing it correctly if I know him. hahaha! After we called it quits, I walked around and took some pics of the some of the things that I love around here.

This is part of his greenhouse. He says the secret of growing plants is not leaving them lonely, so he actually has a radio in there that plays 24-7. He must be on to something, because he can make a dead stick sprout something.

I enjoyed the day working around here. Although any other time Papa would be out there in his overalls in the middle of it, and that fact that he wasn't was a bit hard to grasp, it still gave me a bit of peace about myself. I spent most of the time in blackberry vines alone and it gave me some time to do a bit of thinking which led to a reassuring conversation with Papa later, which gave me even more peace. I love it around here because everything here is my Papa. He has such a simplicity about him and a determination (or stubbornness) that is inspiring to me and has been for such a long time. The calmness and the contentment he has is everything that I strive for and hope that one day I will have. Maybe everything out represents that and it is why I am so drawn to it. I know that I am going to miss it and him when he is gone!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Latest Project

I mentioned before that I had bought some Metal clay and was ready to dive in but have been scared to death to. My mother, who is a dollhouse miniature artisan is extremely talented in sculpting in polymer clay so I felt I needed her there (that way I could blame her if it did not turn out... lol). My sister-in-law can draw great and anything. The idea I wanted to use in the metal clay was creating an original family tree. Make pendants and rings out of them and use tiny rhinestones as birth stone representing people in your personal tree. My sister-in-law drew out several trees and we picked one. My mother and her started making molds for the ones we really liked. Now the rest is up to me. I am going back to visit my grandfather and mother this weekend and we are going to give it trial run. I hope they turn out how I have them envisioned because it would be a great heirloom to make and have. There are several people out there that are doing similar and I think they are wonderful. I wanted to make that we had our own original mold and style. I will keep you posted on how that turns out. Maybe I will have a pic to show if it does. Wish me luck!!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A beautiful day

The past three days have been probably the saddest days of my life. On my prayer wall I have asked you to pray for Mrs. Robinson, my friend's mother who has been fighting cancer. Easter morning she lost her battle and is resting high on that mountain (as the song played at her funeral said) with our creator. I watched my best friend go through the worst pain of his life and that was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Although knowing Mrs. Charolette is no longer in the pain she was in her final months and no longer suffering and worrying about leaving her son and family behind, it is very hard to let go. I have known her for a year now and it was and always be considered a great privilege that I did. I have grown to love her like I have known her forever. She will be missed. Today was a beautiful day for her body to be laid to rest. Jason said that to me this morning. I told him that it was and the most beautiful one she's seen in a while. I am glad she is in a better place now. It has really been tough as losing someone is and has been extremely tough watching my best friend go through it. My heart is so very heavy, more than ever I believe. I will just continue to pray and let GOD guide me through it and pray even harder that he comforts Jason and the rest of his family. Without GOD and my faith right, I' m not real sure that I could bare the trials and heartaches that I have had to face this year. Please continue to pray for Jason. Pray that he will find his strength and comfort in God. I thank those that have been praying for him and his family. Her illness has been a long journey and those prayers are what will get you thru it.