Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Sale!

Join me for this Halloween Edition of Saturday Night Specials!

The place: my Etsy shop.

The details:

~~~Spooktackular Saturday Night Specials for Oct.31~~~

ACEOS are Buy one, get one equal or lesser value FREE!
Everything else is 25% off (not including shipping).

Sale valid 5 p.m. Sat.-6 a.m. Sun. Put "SNS" in notes to seller & wait for an adjusted invoice before paying. Cannot be combined with coupons or other discounts. Happy Shopping!

French beaded flowers, beaded art dolls, beaded suncatchers, ACEOs, painted birdhouses, handmade quilled supplies for card making & scrapbooking.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Book and A Butterfly

I'm still in my reading mode and have moved on to this:
The latest thriller by Dan Brown. It's a pretty long, but fast moving book filled with symbolism, ties to freemasonary, and religion as his previous book, The DaVinci Code was. I'm about halfway through and can tell that I will be finishing it soon. It's one of those books that may have a slow start, but once you are hooked, you can't stop!

I have done a little crafting in between. I've just completed about 50 ornaments for my upcoming craft shows, and I just finished beading this Rainbow Butterfly. It is available in my shop through this link.


The rest of my time has been consumed with helping my Dad get ready for his knee replacement surgery. We went to a seminar today at the hospital to get briefed on what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. After 2 1/2 hours, I can honestly say we are prepared as well as one can expect. It's this coming Monday.

Well...I'm off to finish up another butterfly and maybe cheer myself up by buying something! LOL!

Have a great weekend if I don't get to post tomorrow.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Great Fall & Halloween Finds

Looking for some beautiful Fall & Halloween adornments? Check out one of my favorite blogs, Decor to Adore. She has some pretty combs & bracelets that are perfect for this time of year. Oh, and she's having a great Halloween Giveaway. I gave you the link above. It's really fabulous--candy, skulls, candy with Edward's picture on it. If you don't know who Edward is...where have you been? Think vampire!

Good luck!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Reading Frenzy!


Simply put: I love to read. Always have. I remember as a kid the many hours I spent in the old White Plains Public Library. The sagging, creaky wood floors and stairs and the rows and rows of adventures just waiting for me. I would "devour" the entire works of each mystery author--Agatha Christie, Phyllis Whitney, etc. Next, I went through my nonfiction fad, reading the lifes and times of the glamourous movie stars. I think I went through a self help period next--Dr. David Viscott was a favorite of mine; and, does anyone remember the book, "What color is your parachute?"

One of my longest running author infatuations has been with Stephen King. The first book I read was " 'Salem's Lot" and I know I was scared and jumpy with any noise around me. I also enjoyed "Pet Sematary" (sic). Made me sort of wonder about those pet turtles we burried in the back yard! Admittedly, I liked his earlier work much more than the later stuff.

Now I've moved on again and have devoured the entire writings of Patricia Cornwell, Clive Cussler, Robert B. Parker, and my latest love...James Patterson. I am 95% finished with the 2009 release shown above. I already have the next one requested at the library, too!

Reading is a wonderful thing!

Who is your favorite author?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Snowing!!!


Yes, those drippy white streaks you see in the photo are snow! I can't believe we are only midway through October & it is snowing. Fortunately, it isn't sticking yet.

Yesterday, our daughter came home with the news that there is a "glitch" in the system at school & the Common Application won't be able to be submitted electronically, so therefore, the deadline for requesting transcripts for Early Action is tomorrow Oct. 15! We spent all afternoon & till about 9 pm completing the application, supplements, addressing envelopes & getting others printed on the computer while at the same time she tried finishing her Chemistry AP homework & studying for a Psych test. Thanks for the notice, ...High School! Good thing we had some candy corn in the house!

Saturday we are going to look at the University of Massachusetts Amherst so I hope the weather is ok!

If all this weren't enough, my Dad has decided that the time is now to have a total knee replacement.

It's hard to be productive when so much is going on. So how's life treating you?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Words of Wisdom from a 90-year-old

Just thought I would share what I received in an email from a friend:

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"



1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36.. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd
grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
43. Yield.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Oil Painting class starts up again tomorrow, so if I don't get a chance to post....

Have a great weekend!

Words of Wisdom from a 90-year-old

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:"



1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye.. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?".
26. Always choose life.
27. Forgive everyone everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
32. Believe in miracles.
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
34. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
36.. Your children get only one childhood.
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd
grab ours back.
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
41. The best is yet to come.
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
43. Yield.
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Murder of King Tut


Like a lot of people, I have always been fasinated with Egyptian History, specifically King Tut, so when I heard about this book, I knew it was right up my alley!

I first heard about it from the one of my favorite authors, James Patterson's.website, When I later read another review on a blog I follow, I knew I was hooked! If you enjoy reading you might want to check out The Tome Traveler's Weblog, here. She review tons of books, and often has giveaways.

I'm only about a quarter of the way through the book; and even though I "know" the story, it holds my interest and I can't wait to read more! It is in the typical JP style of short chapters with enticements at the end of each to keep you reading. Every few chapters or so the story alternates between the 1300s BC--the time of the Pharoahs--and the 1800s when Howard Carter did most of his excavations.

If you like to read, like to read James Patterson books, and are fastinated with King Tut & Egyptian history, you are sure to enjoy this book!

Happy Monday!