Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Moving Blog!!!

I have decided to simplify my life a bit and cut things down to one blog. I will be moving all my posts over to my other blog Glass Princess Tale. Please follow me over there and bookmark that blog. I will put updates for both of my Etsy shops on that blog along with all of my life babble! Thanks for all who have followed me thus far! I won't delete this blog for a while so that I can leave this message up for anyone looking for information on what I've been up to.  I still have two Etsy shops, Juniper Gems for finished pieces of artisan made jewelry and Principessa Glass for artisan made lampwork beads. Stop by and see what's new! Check out my blog for updates on what I am doing with both shops and my life in general.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Bracelet Listings.. Featuring My Own Beads!!!!

Now this may not be as big of a thrill for the rest of you, but for me, whose been on this journey of exploration into hot glass fun, this is a major milestone! AND not only did I list bracelets today made with my own artisan made lampwork beads... I also listed beads for sale in my Principessa Glass shop!!! Yipee for me! I love how the beads on this bracelet turned out! They look pretty in the picture, but they are even prettier in your hand. It's hard to capture the subtle metallic shimmer some of the reactive glass gives to the beads. I had some Swarovski crystal I bought sometime ago, that have never been the right color for anything, until now! I think they are the perfect compliment to the color tones in the lampwork beads.

I will still have plenty of listings in  my shop that have beads made by the many other very talented artist out there. I have quite a stash to draw from still and I will likely still buy some from time to time, because what other people make is really pretty! There will of course be a large increase in items featuring my own beads over the next few months. It will take me time since I am not only making beads for my own personal use, but also making beads to sell. Right now that is a little like rubbing your tummy and patting your head. You can maybe be successful at it for a minute or two and then your whole house of cards comes tumbling down and you realize that your family REALLY does like to eat dinner, the laundry doesn't do itself, the dogs need to be feed everyday.. really everyday? I think I worked less when I had a job I went to each day, when I only did my part, not everything and then some!

I think it may take me awhile to get my juggling act down. I'd put the dogs on a self feeding plan, but the Aussie would end up overweight.. she's a bit of a piggie.. I haven't figured out how to get someone else to do the laundry without paying them, or living with what they ruin. My daughter is a teenager, so not feeding her isn't the end of the world, I just have to be willing to look the other way while she has chips for dinner... they have a vegetable in them right? I grew up with the Jettson's cartoon, I'd thought for sure by now we'd all have that robot and insta dinner thing... While I wait for that, please stop by my Etsy shop and see my new listings!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Cooper's Sale!

This is Cooper, My dear friend Nikki, of Bastille Bleu's 3 year old Golden retriever who recently came down with a severe case of rocky mountain spotted fever. He has been to the vet after showing signs of not feeling well and test confirmed that he did in fact have the above mentioned illness (too many words!!) They put him on what was the normal course of treatment and sent him home to get better. It seemed like he was doing better for a couple of days and then began to crash!
He was taken to an emergency vet hospital, which can also be called the bottomless pit of spending! It is wonderful that we have these places to take our beloved pets to, but the costs can rack up by the hour! The doctors were stumped as to what was causing Cooper to get worse. He had now started having seizures. As you can imagine, my poor friend was beside herself with worry. After running a myriad of costly tests and getting Cooper re-hydrated, they determined that he had been experiencing what amounted to the worst case scenario for an animal with rocky mountain spotted fever.  Most respond to the standard treatment which he had been given earlier in the week by their regular vet, but poor Cooper had to be special! 

He is finally back home now, having lost over 20lbs and still very weak. He'll be recovering for quite awhile as will his owners who now have an enormous vet bill! Nikki is running a one day sale in both of her shops, Bastille Bleu, for handmade artisan lampwork beads and Bastille Bleu Bijoux for jewelry made with her handmade lampwork beads. Some of the bead sets are up to 50% off, so I wouldn't wait!

Stop by Nikki's shops and take a look around, if you find something that appeals to you, your purchase will be supporting a much loved family member! It's kind of cool, since you'll get something and be giving at the same time! Thanks for your support!

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