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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

It's finally here and almost gone. I can believe how fast Christmas came. It has been a great two days with family and friends, and I just wanted to wish my cyber friends a Merry Christmas.

I thought that first I would show you some new pictures of my new puppy Maddie. She is now 11 weeks old and loves the snow. She loved Christmas too, and was a huge help in unwrapping presents (prior to the time they were supposed to be opened).

My son will be 21 on Saturday, and even though the holidays are over, I have just a few more days before my parties actually end. We are taking 5 of his friends to the Chicago Wolves hockey game and then to a few bars to celebrate. Much safer this way (and he agreed). Below is a picture of Jason with his dog.
Two more days and counting. If you are over 21, do you remember when it was a huge deal to be 21? Wow time flies.
I know this has been a personal blog today, but Christmas is all about family and friends, so I decided to break habit and not talk about my shops and to share a little of myself with you.
One of the best things that happened this holiday was seeing my cousin Johnny (okay it's really John, but old habits die hard). I haven't seen in him in years, and had the pleasure of meeting his new wife Glenette and her daughter Cassie. I hope to spend more time with them soon.
Have a great day, and I will talk with you soon.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Perfect Gift for Mom or Teacher

Do you always wonder what to get mom when she has everything, or how about that special teacher in your child's life?

These bracelets are unique and let that special person know that you think they are special. The six Swarovski crystals each represent a different meaning, and the poem is original and written by me. This guarantees that receiver of the bracelet will not find this gift anywhere else.

I had so much fun writing the poem and putting the bracelets together, knowing that each one will be treasured by the person who receives it. I also have friendship and daughter bracelets, or if you need one for someone else special, in-law, aunt or any other customized name, just send me an email, and I will put up a listing for you!

These original bracelets and poems are perfect for any occassion. Just check out my shop to purchase. The poem for a mother reads:

This bracelet of many colors is to let you know that I see the many things you do.
Green is for your generous spirit.
Purple is for you patience with me.
Blue is for your smile that brightens my day.
White is for your wisdom you share with me.
Red is for your respect of my uniqueness.
Pink is for your passion of being my mother.
Thank you for sharing your gifts with me.

On a different note, I'm just finishing up my custom orders, and being crazy with my puppy. She is quite the lover, and is really exploring and testing all limits now. My son comes home for Christmas break today, and I'm looking forward to seeing him. I will be taking pictures this weekend, and will add new pictures of the puppy, plus hopefully list some new items.
Talk with you soon!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm Back (and have a new puppy)

I have to apologize for not blogging for so long. Life became very busy and I just let it slide. Thank goodness that New Year's is coming up and I can make a resolution. Okay, just starting a little early, but one of my resolutions is to really blog, do the advertising and give the proper attention to my shops. If I want this to be success, and obtain my long term goals, than I need to give it more attention.

On the personal side, my husband and I added a new puppy to our home on November 30, 2008. Her name is Madison (Maddie), and she is a English Springer Spaniel. She is now 9 weeks old and is so fun, but yet frustrating. Potty training is going well, but sleeping and puppy biting are going to kill me. I haven't slept through the night in two weeks. If you have any great dog training tips, please leave a comment or email me. I'm open to anything. Here are a few pictures that I wanted to share!

My last show of the season was at Santa Maria in Mundelein on December 6. The promoters and organization of the show were fantastic. The exihibitors at the show however seemed to have many of their items under $10, which is not the price range I'm in. I did meet some great exhibitors, potential clients, and saw some friends that I have not seen in long time, so it was a great day anyway. Each show is a learning experience and I learn so much just from socializing. Beading is a solitary sport, so this is my chance to get to know other crafters.
I added new items on 1000 Markets, so take a wander over there and check out the Poinsetta bracelet and earrings: Last chance on these until next year. I just finished a custom order for four of them.
I will talk with you soon.