Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween fun!

Cooper entered an online costume contest to win a FREE day of daycare at his favorite place, K9 Kampus. Please take a moment to click on the link below and vote for him! I am trying everything in my power to get Cooper votes without cheating! You can vote once per day until October 31. 

The photo we chose to submit is Cooper in his fuzzy warrior hat. He has tons of costumes, but this was one that no one had seen. Below are some of Cooper's past costumes. As you can see, he LOVES Halloween...especially when his mom and dad join in on the fun! 







 Cooper's Birthday party September 2012

 2012 at the Melbourne Beach Library where he works as a therapy dog

 Hope you have a Happy Halloween!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chinook Blog Challenge

I'm back! Well, sort of. It has been a VERY long time since I have blogged or even made jewelry for that matter. After we sold our house in July 2011, we put everything in storage and moved in to our in-laws house temporarily. They are snow birds and split their time between here in FL and PA. We found the house we were interested in pretty quickly, but it was no quick or easy process to buy it! After starting negotiation with them and almost settling on a price, they stopped all contact and took their house off the market. Long story short, we persevered and after almost a year, we closed on the house on July 13 and moved in August 2, a little over 2 months ago.

I thought I would be back to blogging and jewelry making in a short time, but there ended up being more work that needed to be done on the house (and yard and pool, for that matter) than we realized. I entered Chinook Jewelry's giveaway in September for her blog challenge thinking it would be good motivation to get back into making jewelry and thought surely we would be settled by the time the reveal came around. I got picked (yay me!) and still thought we would be settled by the time my piece was due, and boy, was I wrong! We have had one thing after another to deal with in this house - remodeling, electrical issues, water main leaks, pest name it! The good news is things are starting to finally come together and it shouldn't be too much longer before we are settled (I hope!!). So, here is the current state of my "craft room":

If you look closely, you will see our faithful Weimaraner, Cooper, can make himself comfortable anywhere as long as he has his blanky! It will be a great crafting space some day, but right now, not so much! Needless to say, I managed to find my beads and tools and whip up my jewelry piece using this fabulous pendant that Mellisa of Chinook Jewelry sent me:

I love the colors in it and couldn't wait to get started! Below is what I came up with.

 I used a cute bronze leaf charm by Summers Studio that I thought went very well with the main pendant, some ceramic beads by Spirited Earth, some aquaterra jasper rondelles, a faceted agate bead, brass chain and a brass flower toggle clasp.

 I have this old rusted tool box that has the same colors in it as the challenge pendant, so I took a photo of them together and I think it looks cool. They almost blend together.

Unfortunately, my mannequin is still in storage, so I can't show you what it looks like on (and I am not feeling photogenic!), but it hangs just right, and I think I will wear it often since I often wear shades of tan and blue. It is a simple design, but that is what I like about it because it makes it more versatile.

I have SO MUCH to share with you, so I am hoping I can find time to get back into blogging again! I have taken photos of all the progress we've made on the house, and I hope to at least share that soon. I can't wait to have my craft room unpacked and ready to go. Despite all the "extra" time and money we've had to put into the house already, we absolutely LOVE it, and we are so happy with our little piece of was definitely worth the wait!

Thanks Mellisa for the blog challenge and (probably unknowingly) helping nudge me back into the jewelry making world!!

Oh, and be sure to check out the other two bloggers in the challenge!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Jade Scott Flower Challenge

I was one of the 7 lucky winners of Lorelei's giveaway for a Jade Scott flower headpin! All I had to do was create something with it and share it in a blog hop...not a bad deal at all! I used the awesome turquoise enameled flower headpin that I received to make a simple, but cute necklace.

I attached the flower headpin to a brass filigree flower shape, then wire wrapped an enameled filigree bead by yours truly! I attached it to copper chain and added a copper clasp. Simple, but easy to wear!

I enameled the robin's egg blue bead using Barbara Lewis' Torch Fired Enamel kit...not bad for a first time attempt! I practiced the technique with Barbara Bechtel and Shannon LeVart...if it weren't for them, I might not have ever mustered up the courage!

I have a few enameled flower headpins from Jade Scott that I have been hoarding, so I decided to use one to also make a ring. Lorelei made a ring with one, and I think they are ideal for a ring. I simply wired the flower headpin to a ring blank.

Check out the rest of the participants in the Jade Scott Flower Challenge blog hop!

7. Gigi- Gigi's pics will be on Lorelei's blog post because she doesn't have a blog.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone got lots of treats and no tricks! I have been lurking in the blog world while I try to settle into my new living space. We sold our house, and we are living temporarily in our inlaw's house while we continue our house hunting. They are not here right now, but will be spending Christmas here. I must say, it was quite an adventure moving out of our house. We are storing about half of our things in a pod while the rest is in the 3-car garage. I definitely don't have room for all my beads and supplies in the house, but they are being stored in the garage so I can still access them. I will probably set up a crafting area in the garage or on the screened porch since the weather in FL is starting to cool off nicely. 

I am healed from my running injury and back out running races again. It feels so great to be back! This past Sunday I did the Daytona Beach half marathon. I came in 1st in my age group. The week before that, I ran a Halloween 5K race (placing 1st in my age group as well) dressed in costume, and Mark and Cooper joined in on the fun by volunteering on the course. Here we are before the race:

We ended up winning the costume contest that was held afterwards! Lots of fun :) I hope to be back making jewelry in time for the holidays and will also share my running adventures with you.

*NOTE: I did not mean to add the same photo so many times...I kept trying to add it and nothing would show up, so I kept trying. It only showed one on my end. Stupid Blogger.

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