Saturday, February 28, 2009

Today is Wii Fit Olympics Day

Well, the events were challenging! I put my best foot, head, hips, and knees into it and did my best! Here are the screen shots of my scores.

Soccer Heading-Advanced

Ski Jump

Basic Run-Island Lap

Penguin Slide

Super Hula Hoops-10 mins

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Where did the Week Go?

I turned around and it's Friday! This week just absolutely flew by for me. I did spend an entire day out shopping for my favorite things for Mamarazzi's swap. I can't tell you what they are in case my swap partner reads my blog--no peaking, Jen! If you are wondering what I am talking about...check out her site. Of course, registering is closed, but rumor has it she may do another one around April.

I worked very hard this week on my Wii Fit exercise-don't know if I will be competitive with the rest of the gang who enter the olympics, but I'm going to give it my best try! Read more here.

Last, but not least...thanks to everyone who let me know their favorite out of the 7 glass cabs. I've pick 3 of those & am starting to be them. Stay tuned, I should have at least one posted early next week.

Have a great weekend and wish me luck in the Wii Fit Olympics!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Help a Girl Out

I'm doing a collaboration with a friend/fellow Etsy shop owner, Papernclay. She sent me the 7 beautiful glass cabs show above that she made. My job is to pick 3, bead around them and turn them into brooches.

My problem: They are all so beautiful, I can't pick which one to start with!

Leave me a comment, pretty please, and let me know which is your favorite. Just refer to them as 1-7 right to left and top to bottom. I'll post the finished product which I am done!

Oh, and stop by her shop if you have a minute--you won't be disappointed!

Monday, February 23, 2009

I'm Training For The Olympics

The Wii Fit Olympics, that is! Through the wonderful network of "The Secret is in the Sauce" or "SITS", I found The Cool Mom Guide to Fitness which is run by the Wii Fit Mommies.

What a fun group this seems to be, and very supportive, too!

Anyway, next Saturday, Feb. 28, they are sponsoring the Wii Fit Mommies Olympics. There will be 5 different events with gold, silver & bronze prizes plus prizes for the overall best wii fit athlete!

So what are you waiting for? If you have a Wii Fit, hope on over to this site and be ready to enter on Saturday!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Creative Challenge #116

I made this 10x14 mixed media collage for the creative challenges on Etsy. This week it was curated by co-host CindyCreativeCrochet and we were to create something inspired by family.

I used my own family for inspiration. "I think" most of it is self-explanatory, such as the stages of growth in our daughter and hubby & me sitting on the moon. The fairly boat on the right (got a little too much glare) is called "unknown" and it is meant to signify all the uncertainty associated with a child starting to prepare for college and beyond. Of course, the birds are the "flying the nest" theme!

I painted the background with watercolor & collaged everything else. I am not as shocked or unhappy-looking as the mom on the moon--I am actually quite proud!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Keeping Busy!

Well, as I mentioned, school is in recess this week, so our daughter is keeping me plenty busy!

Yesterday, we took her over to DMV to get her Learner's Permit. She's already started Driver's Education which includes 16 (?) hours of driving lessons. Oddly enough, in NY, you can drive on the road with a Driving School without a permit, but not with parents. I actually cheated & took her in a parking lot just so she could feel what it was like before she started lessons. Anyway, now she is legal to learn. Even with school out she had driving lessons today. There are usually 4 to a car, but 2 of her friends could not make it this week, so the instructor split the lesson for her and another kid.

I can't believe it's snowing today. After the milder weather we have been having, I have no patience for more snow! But, it keeps me inside and beading up a "storm". (pun intended, tee hee!)

Here is my latest creation--french beaded violets, the flower for February. I arranged them in the neat vase I picked up. It is a woven basket with a ceramic liner. It is available in my shop.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Teenage Girls!

This week is Winter Recess for our schools and 3 hour's notice yesterday, our daughter invited 2 friends to come over & spend the night. Don't ya just love when they do that? I can't complain too much because she did help me clean the house!

I know these friends well and they are a pleasure. They have wonderful senses of humor & it is such fun to sit around the dinner table listening (and taking part in) all the ramblings (and Drama) of 16 year-olds. I love when her friends feel comfortable in our home.

So the conversation turns to boys (of course), the upcoming Junior Prom (to which my daughter just received the "formal" invite on Valentine's Day--this boy actually asked her last summer, but she wouldn't answer him then and especially not until he actually called her and invited her. Good Girl!), and school since the three of them share various classes together.

My daughter, knowing I Love Elvis Presley, turns to me & says "L" just wrote a paper for one of her classes & incorporated an Elvis song into it. When she showed it to me, I said "I wonder if my mom knows that one?" was called "In the Hood?"
Of course, I busted out laughing and said, "Do you mean, In The Ghetto?"

Okay, fast forward, dinner over, girls upstairs & I'm doing the dishes. All of a sudden the three are behind me, with mp3, dancing and playing, you guessed it, just for me:

Friday, February 13, 2009

The story of St. Valentine

St. Valentine was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius II. Claudius decreed that young men should not be married because he felt they made better soldiers and thus increased his pool of men for his army. St. Valentine was arrested and imprisoned upon being caught marrying Christian couples and otherwise aiding Christians who were at the time being persecuted by Claudius in Rome. Helping Christians at this time was considered a crime. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- until Valentine tried to convert the Emperor -- whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn't finish him, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate.

St. Valentine is the patron saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, & young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.

And there you have it!

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentine's Day Nuptials

I came upon this list of famous people who were married on February 14.

Martin Van Buren
Amelia Earhart
Paul Anka
Captain & Tennille
Elton John
Leeza Gibbons
Brian Wilson
Jerry Garcia
Pamela Anderson
Sharon Stone
Diane Ladd

I'm sure there are more out there, too!

For my last special, good until Feb 13 midnight, take 25% off anything in my shop over $10.00 that is not already on sale this week. You'll have to check out my previous blog posts if you missed any, but here's a link to my shop.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cupid's Arrow

As everyone knows, Cupid is the "official" symbol of Valentine's Day. How much do you know about cupid?

Cupid in Roman Mythology is the God of erotic love. His counterpart in Greek Mythology is called, Eros. Cupid is never without his bow and quiver of arrows. It is said if you are hit with Cupid's arrow that you will fall in love.

The legend of Cupid's arrow stems from the story about Venus, the Goddess of Beauty. It seems Venus was jealous of Psyche's beauty, and she asks Cupid to use one of his arrows to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest man on earth. Supposedly, Cupid "accidentally" pricks himself with the arrow and falls in love with Psyche himself messing up Venus’ plan.

I think Cupid knew a good thing when he saw it! What do you think? Have you been hit with Cupid's arrow?

My next special good until Feb. 13 is $10.00 off the ring of roses shown above. It can be found here in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bizarre Holidays?

Did you know February 10 is Umbrella Day? That's right a whole day set aside to honor the Brolly as my Australian ex-boss referred to them.

Umbrellas come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and I have even seen them on a frame you can wear on your head--of course, I would not be caught alive wearing one! Speaking of things to wear on your a local store I have often seen a gentleman wearing a wire pyramid (yes, I said pyramid) on his head. I exercise a LOT of self control here. But, I digress.

So maybe it's time to show your umbrella some love today even if it is not raining, but don't open it inside...That's bad luck, you know!

My next special is 25% off this heart & flower door knob hanger. It can be found in my Etsy shop, and this special is good until Friday, February 13.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Meaning of Roses

Did you know that each color of rose has a different significance? Something you might want to keep in mind with Valentine's Day fast approaching.

Red Roses: Traditionally red roses signify love and romance.

Pink Roses: A symbol of grace and can also be used to convey feelings of appreciation
and admiration.

Yellow Roses: A symbol of friendship.

White Roses: Traditionally a symbol of purity and new beginnings which is why they are
so often chosen for weddings.

Orange Roses: Symbolize passion and excitement & rival the red rose.

Blue Roses: Symbolize mystery.

This year when you are considering purchasing some roses for that special someone, why not consider some french beaded ones? With very little care they will last forever! If I don't currently have the color you are looking for, I will be glad to make it up!

My next special for Valentine's Day week is: 25% off any rose arrangement or 20% off any rose corsage already in my shop.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine's Week-Sunday

All this week I will be featuring Valentine's Day posts and some specials in my shop. What better way to kick it off than with this beautiful poem.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

My first special will be 20% off AND free US shipping on the above pendant. You can find it here in my Etsy shop. Simply purchase and wait for an updated paypal invoice. This special is good thru Sat. Feb. 13.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Creative Challenge #115

If you are a long-time reader of my blog, from time to time you have heard me mention the creative challenges on Etsy. They were started and are maintained by Jewelstreet and you can see the latest one here.

Well, this week has been super busy so I haven't finished mine which is okay, because Jewelstreet lets us post in the current thread if we get behind. I have found these challenges so helpful even when I am not stuck for ideas.

As you can probably surmise from the photos above, my "bugs" are butterflies. Ok, you're thinking, "Big deal, she's made those before!" Well, right and wrong. These are smaller than my usual butterfly plant sticks and it is what I am hoping to do with them that will be different. But you will have to wait until next week for that!

In my area they are promising the 40s for Saturday and 50s for Sunday! I hope some of the snow melts! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm so excited!

I am going to take part in my first Blog Swap! It's hosted by Mamarazzi and it sounds like a ton of fun. I can't wait to be paired up so I can get started! The idea of this swap is to put together a box full of your favorite things--that is things you would like to receive! Hope over and check it out by clicking on the button below! Thanks to Jewelstreet for posting about the swap on her blog.

The sea turtle is my latest suncatcher just listed in my etsy shop.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Here's a little something I got in my email today--thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy!

Seven Principals of an Eagle

PRINCIPLE 1 Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or other small birds. No other bird can go to the height of the eagle. Stay away from sparrows and ravens.
Eagles fly with Eagles

PRINCIPLE 2 Eagles have strong vision. They have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on it and set out to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.

PRINCIPLE 3 Eagles do not eat dead things. They feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals, but eagles will not.
Be careful with what you feed your eyes and ears with, especially in movies and on TV. Steer clear of outdated and old information... Always do your research well.

PRINCIPLE 4 Eagles love the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm's wind to lift itself higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift him above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.
We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.

PRINCIPLE 5 The Eagle tests before it trusts. When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her.
Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases it. He has to catch it before it falls to the ground. He then brings it back to the female eagle.
The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a higher altitude and then drops the twig for the male to chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of catching the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her.
Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.

PRINCIPLE 6 The Eagle Prepares for Changes: When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks thorns laying them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns.
When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass to put on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly. The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes; the preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success; the being pricked by the thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.

The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us.

PRINCIPLE 7 The Eagle Knows when to Retire: When an Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.
We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sunday Wisdom

Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

--Fyodor Dostoyevsky