Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blessings to All

I have so many things to be thankful for and you all are included. Even though I don't get to spend much time at all in blogger lately! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and leave your lovely comments. They really do mean so much. And thank you for sharing your life with me! Many, many thanks to those wonderful bloggers who put so much time and effort into making tutorials to share with us. And to those generous people who have giveaways, thank you! Most of all, thank you for your friendship and inspiration!

last years bird - my best yet!

My son from another mother is here with his son. So I have three John's in the house and it is confusing at times. They arrived from Las Vegas on Monday evening and are here to hunt until Saturday. I love to see the three generations of these lovely boys together, they are so alike and yet have their own little traits and quirks too. Tomorrow we will cook up a big fat turkey and a ham and our friends Bonnie and Harry will come and eat with us and also my brother in law David. So there will be 7 of us. Perfect! Today I will make Apple Pie and Lemon Meringue Pie from scratch. Bonnie will make home made rolls in the morning and I am going to have a go at making cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries.


My (aussie) grandson, Beau, is currently in California for a three week school boys soccer tournament. He is 16 and quite the player and hoping to get scouted for a college scholarship. Good luck Beau!

It is raining here now and the temp is just above freezing. I hope the roads aren't icy for John's commute into Albany this morning. Well it's almost 4am now and time for my first coffee.

Blessings for a happy and safe Thanksgiving to all! ooroo for now. x

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bureaucracy sucks!

My son's girlfriend, Ruth, has been denied a visa by the US embassy in Monrovia. We are all devastated. They will not be coming for Christmas.
The powers that be did not even look at her paperwork which included a sponsor letter from us. They only wanted to visit us for 2 weeks. It is disgusting. There is a window of opportunity for them to try again, but not in time for Christmas. Meanwhile Monrovia is a hostile environment right now with election riots. Some lives have been lost. Joe assures me that they are safe and staying out of the danger zones.
I am sorry this is such a depressing blog. I just wanted you all to know why I haven't been around much. I am in a funk!

On a brighter note, please check out the Promo Frenzy Team stores that are partaking in the November Treasurehunt promotion! Sales galore!
Read more about it here.


1. Trinkets N Whatnots –
Handmade Button, Crystal and Pearl Jewelry

2. Sewinggranny –
Sewn items – baby, kitchen, home decor, holiday

3. CalliopeAZCreations –
Handmade Jewelry, Medicine Stones, Decorated Feathers

4. jQ jewelry designs –
Gemstone Jewelry that is Classic … with an Edge

5. KrystalsJewelry –
Intricate Handmade Jewelry of all styles for all tastes

6. Rooee –
Quilts & quilted things, cloth dolls, fabric postcards

7. Painted Memories By Ros -
Fine Art Note Cards and Prints

8. Peelirohini –
Colorful and Unique Sterling silver , Gold fill Jewelry with Genuine Gemstones and/or Polymer Clay

9. Sunny Crystals -
Crystal Tumblestones, Natural Gemtone Jewellery & Decoupage Cards plus a bit of Vintage Jewellery

10. Symbolic Imports –
Handmade Bath & Body – Lip balms, Sugar Scrubs, Handmade Soaps, Perfumes & more!

11. Beautifulswagstore –
hair accessories, dog toys, baby gift sets, home decor, gift wrapping

12. Bijibijoux-
Handmade jewelry/ beads/ supplies -

13. Newcreationz –
Fine art and photography craft

14. BountyOfBeads –
Handmade Bead Dangle Drop Charm Sets and Trinity Brass Findings
Jewelry Making Supplies

15. Fair Lady Boutique –
A Beading Boutique with vintage beads + components, Czech glass, gemstones, and custom made bead mixes

16. HollysFollyGlass –
Fine and fun Lampwork Glass Beads by artist Holly Dare.

17. Glitterbird Glass –
Home decor and jewelry made from beautiful fused glass.

18. CrochetedbyCharlene –
Beautiful crocheted afghans, accessories, and much more.

19. Camillescloset-
Handmade jewelery items.

20. Prittify –
Handmade Jewelry, Modern, Altered Art, Steampunk

21. Crystalphotography –
Fine Art Photography Prints and Greeting Cards

22. iaFlowerPower –
Whimsical Crocheted and Knitted Baby Hats and more

23. Gabby’s Quilts –
Handcrafted Quilts, Tablerunners, Wallhangings and Embroidered Gifts

24. CNJ Ceramics –
Contemporary Clay Jewelry and Home Decor

25. LostLemonade –
Body Care Products made to cleanse, moisturize and soothe

26. RomanticThoughts –
Handcrafted Jewelry, PreMade Scrapbook Pages, Vintage Items and More

27. Ooh Leela! –
Handmade dish towels and trendy accessories

28. KatersAcres –
Polymer Clay Creations, Trinkets, & Treasures with a Whimsical Feel

29. Magda –
custom clothing, accessories and supplies

30. Ugly Duckling Beads –
Handmade glass beads, digital collage sheets, tutorials, and jewelry

31. BellaTheBead –
Handcrafted jewelry and supplies with vintage soul

32.IdeasBloom –
Handcrafted decorative wreaths

33. Greenhouse Glassworks –
Fused Glass Jewelry, Stained Glass Home Decor, and Handmade Cards and Tags

34. Five Supplies –
All the supplies you need to create

35. TheMayFlower Fashions –
Fun & Stylish Fashion Designs for Women

36. Something Wyrd-
Handcrafted jewelry and beaded charms

37. iluvmarin –
Greeting cards, scrapbooks, cupcake toppers, & festive banners

38. Lexilouflowers –
Hair Accessories, Feather headbands, and Hair ties

39. Mt Baldy Glassworks-
fused glass jewelry and home decore

40. LexiekinPrints –
Personalized, customized and Printable Invitations, tags, cards and more!

41. Turtlexiii-
Sterling Silver Jewelry with Swarovski Crystals and Pearls, Gemstones & more.

42. IsabellesAttic-
aprons, accessories, baby items and more

43. AshlynDesign –
Artisan handmade lampwork beads, metal charms, and finished jewelry

44. Eveyinorbitshop –
Mixed media art, original aceo and zines.

45. Suzie Tenzer –
Original fine art paintings and prints

46. LindaB –
Artisan crafted beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, Jewish jewelry and accessories, wire beaded kippot

47. DellCoveSpices –
hand mixed spices, magnetic spice kits, cocktail sugars & margarita salts, organic popcorn, popcorn toppings & other treats

48. OverTheMoonGifts –
personalized gifts, accessories, and home decor

49. Craftycreations81 –
Peacock feather items, wedding items and items for newborns/children

50. Nan gates designs –
Fabric handbags, totes and accessories

51. ProdigyCrafts –
Crocheted Clothing, Accessories and Gifts

Have a great day. Ooroo for now.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


For the month of November my etsy team, Promotional Frenzy Team are having a TREASURE HUNT!
Check out the link for participating shops and then find their links on my side bar. Each shop will have their November special in their shop announcement.
I am offering a 20% discount off any sales order over $20. Look for the 'treasure chest ' discount coupon code in my 'Holiday Section'
Here are a few tastey morsels from some of my favorite shops that are offering the special!
Happy Shopping!!!

Wired Leaves and Beads Bracelet

Sculpted Moon Maiden

Printed Note Cards

Zippered Pouch

Pot Holders

Cupcake Toppers

Head Warmer

Rose Calender

Aceo Orginial

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2 snow events in October and Happy Birthday John and Ruby!

It is hard to believe that it is November already! Today is my best friend's birthday and also our little girl's birthday. I am making him breakfast as I blog. A good southern breakfast of sausage, eggs, home fries and biscuits. Something I don't do often as I hate the smell of that sausage permeating the house for hours. John is 61 today and Ruby turns 5. Two of the brightest lights in my life.

Amazingly, we had 2 snow storms in October. One last Thursday and we got around 4 inches of snow and then on Saturday night we got another 7 inches. Now that last storm threatened to be a lot worse but we really lucked out and it was wonderful to wake on Sunday morning and find that we did not have the 15 inches forecast and we had our power! Others further south and east were not so lucky.

last Thursday evening feed time
and then the sun came out on Friday

I hope this isn't a sign of a rough winter. Have a great day!

Ooroo for now...