Thursday, May 28, 2009

Big Fat Winners

Glitter Graphics

Betty Boop Glitter

Whew, I'm pooped and could use a long hot bath like Betty here, but I have to wait one more day.

It's funny how just watching all the comments for my cupcake giveaway being logged
on Tuesday was fun, exciting, and exhausting because I also had a ton of errands
to run on that day and kept checking in on the website.
So I want to say a big fat:


to all of you who entered or even just visited my shop.

One winner didn't respond so another person was chosen
so be sure you check the Give Away Today website
to see if you are a winner!

I will be back soon with a Spring Special
so check back often to score a deal.

Monday, May 25, 2009

ONE DAY Cupcake Giveaway on Tuesday, May 26!

Cupcake Giveaway #2 is in play, for ONE DAY ONLY, on Tuesday, May 26th!

Contest runs until May 27, 8 a.m. Mountain time.
WEBSITE: Give Away Today.

3 big fat prizes are available and you'll have 3 chances to win one of them, pictured here.

During this giveaway, I will also have a SALE through May 31st: 15% of ALL Cupcake jewelry items AND FREE SHIPPING, so it's more like a 20% discount! Click HERE to select your cupcakes.

Refunds reflecting the discounts will be made via Paypal 3 business days after purchase
so that all payments will be cleared.

So come back on Tuesday to join in the fun!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lighten Up

After this weekend holiday is over, be sure you come back here on Tuesday the 26th as I have a BIG FAT announcement to make that every single one of you is going to love love LOVE but it's only for the one day, so I recommend subscribing to this blog (over there on the left) in order to receive an email reminder.

Things are lightening up around here. In sync with my previous post about Mom's apron, I was cleaning my makeup container today and realized it's completely in line with the new decorating scheme I'm creating in my home. This carousel is a planter that my mom received as a gift when I was born. I have always loved it, with its cream center and pink & aqua horses. It's a treasured object for sure. I like to have it out and usable but am paranoid about handling it as it is irreplaceable, so it sits in the corner of my bathroom vanity area. On the bottom, it is stamped "Copyright by Conrad Ceramics, 1957, Santa Ana, California".

Today as I was sprucing it up I thought, hey, these are the exact colors I am starting to work towards for a remodel of my current living room and guest room furniture. I'm doing it slowly and cheaply over the next year or two in preparation for our move to a retirement condo near the ocean. I didn't want to wait until then to do an entire pricey remodel so I thought I would just buy sweet items here and there and almost always on sale. This way I can introduce and mix it into our current brown color scheme and then squeeze the brown out eventually, with the final step of reupholstering the sofa & chairs.

Here is my inspiration picture. It even has one of my favorites, wainscotting! In fact, for those of you who have seen my Fully Loaded Cupcake bracelet, this picture helped me figure out its design. I had beads in pink and aqua but needed a third color, so I pulled out this picture, and there it So, take a peek again at the carousel above and you'll see it has all these colors except the green, which will be sporadic in my home...just a little pink and green to offset the aquas & creams. I pulled this picture out of a home magazine and used some of my confetti papers to double mat it in green & blue.

I visited Pier 1 imports last week hoping to find a pillow or two with blues to play off my brown furniture...didn't find the right colors. I did, however, find these bowls & plates, perfect with my new scheme. They were a wonderful surprise and right in my price range: $4/bowl and $5 plate. I don't like to go higher than that which usually puts me in a pretty dull color range but these are great!

And JC Penney has these fabulous beaded lamps that I'm going to use for inspiration as well, since they come in all 3 colors of my new plan. I think I can get a base & shade cheaper as separates and do my own beading, but we'll see. So, looking at my boring brown furniture and pillows below, you can see how much we are lightening up around here. Yes, the patterns are nice and certainly not ugly, but there is just waaaay too much brown in my home. Way too safe a color. Feels good to freshen things up.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Can't Cut the Apron Strings

This is my mom's old apron for housing clothespins. I've had it for many years, way before she passed away. She reached retirement age and my dad kicked in and did the cooking and chores she'd done her entire life, while raising 7 kids. Eventually she stopped hanging laundry on a clothesline and just ran them through the dryer. I don't recall how I got a hold of this apron...if she mentioned she was going to get rid of it or if I asked her if she no longer wanted it. I am just so happy and blessed to have received it.

Now, it's not the colors or the design that causes me to love this old hunk of fabric. I don't even know where she got it. She did sew clothes for us 4 girls for several years, so perhaps she threw this together too. But I love it because it conjures up memories. The memory of the squared, compact clothesline on a vertical pole in the back yard on which you could hang clothes and then spin it so you didn't have to walk along the line like I do now in my own back yard. You had to start from the inside of that squared setup, though, or you'd be surrounded by wet laundry before you knew it! It was kind of like a square spider web.

With the precious little one-on-one time seven kids could have with their parents, I loved helping my mom hang and then gather the laundry after it dried. It was just me and her and heck, we probably didn't even talk that much, but it was just me and mom, away from the house and everyone else....she was mine, all mine and I never seemed to have enough of that.

None of my 3 sisters have a clothesline like I do now. Mine is a great model that is all rolled up into a small reel and attached to my fence. I pull it straight across the length of my yard, wrap it around a hook and then stretch the rest of it to another hook on a side fence. One entire load fits on it. My friend Bonnie was my first buddy as a mom and she used a line as well. I commented once I liked how clothes don't shrink on a line and they seem to smell better. She taught me how it lengthens the life of clothes as well...she had t-shirts from half a life ago in high school and they looked nearly new.

I posted about this today because I had to repair the pockets on this apron. I've done it once before, years ago, but it was a quick sew and eventually they've loosened. There is now a baby blue scar across the pocket's side because I just won't give up on this apron! (Sorry for you readers that are really good seamstresses to have to look at this!)

I can't let this apron go. It's got my mom all wrapped up in it, so to speak, as well as cherished memories...I swear, I'm taking this to my grave like a little blanket. I can't believe it means so much, but it does, oh how it does.

What do you have in your life....some crummy looking little piece of something that makes most everyone else say "WHY do you KEEP that thing???" I'd love to hear your tale.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Comfort & Fab Fibers

Check out this wonderful giveaway for some amazing beads from Blu Healer Glass that Fab Fibers is sponsoring by clicking "Fab Fibers".

Had a cup of coffee with my sweet friend, Lisa, today. Hadn't seen her in several months and she had ordered a pair of my Signature earrings and wanted to peek at some cupcake jewelry. I made it fun for her and took my entire container of cupcake beads for her to "shop" through...thought it would be a lot more fun than just looking on line! It was so nice to chat about families and get generally caught up on what we are doing. We need to do it more often, but doesn't that always seem to be the case?

I get to see my other friend, V, next week for lunch and a movie. Wolverine, baby! I could use a tough Hugh Jackman fix. I've seen him recently on quite a few talk shows and he looks so clean and is funny and sweet and glorious to look at, but he is NOT Wolverine in real life...funny, that. I need his gritty, clawing side. Yum.

So we finally got a new umbrella since the previous one was comPLETEly thrashed. Our local hardware store had this 9 footer for $49! It's not the heavy duty canvas type (which cost 3x as much) but it cranks open which I like and it can be angled. If we keep our bricks cool and shady, it helps keep the bottom floor icy cool in hot weather. Isn't it pretty here with our bistro table & chairs and the jasmine vine in the background. Nice!

I will be visiting my Godson in Napa next week, so I'm not sure when I'll post next, but be assured, there is my friend's surprise bracelet yet to show you (think Paris colors: pink, black & white) and I should have a new piece assembled by then for you to purchase as well.

Stay cool.

Friday, May 8, 2009


For your Friday entertainment, here is a complete series of the fabulous Bird of Paradise making its attempt to peek into my yard. I know some of you don't like this particular flower but I find ithe progressive opening of its "beak" to release the orange blossoms quite fascinating. Each day I would happen to look out there and say "oh man, look at the sunlight coming through that orange!" and I'd grab my camera and click.
Remember Robert Redford in "The Electric Horseman" getting angry at Jane Fonda for joining him out in the country with her ridiculous boots from "BloomingBirds"? (instead of Bloomingdale's). I thought of that as I was naming this post. Ah, Redford when he still had long hair and that amazing mustache...yum.
Wait for it....wait for it........

Ta-da!!! Look at that beak now! Completely open to show, sheesh, what...9 petals that were hiding in there???? Beautiful...happy Friday to you.

Monday, May 4, 2009

"Fully Loaded" Cupcake Bracelet

Here she is, the "Fully Loaded Cupcake Bracelet" and I just love it. The turqouise in the polymer clay cupcake bead is a little closer to the glass turquoise cube color but didn't photograph very deeply. I've got so many goodies in here! Glass swirled disks, bell flowers with Swarovski crystal centers, freshwater pearls and loads of sterling silver including a fabulous open heart with a pink crystal center. The base is a sterling silver chain so this is kind of a very fancy charm bracelet if you will. I've got it listed in my RockerJewlz Etsy shop. Here's a closeup...
Did any of you have an idea it would turn out this way? Okay, so now that your curiosity has been quenched and I can say "whew!" that project is over...what next? I'd like to work with some hummingbird clay beads I got but I'll see which ones inspire me the most. I have a glass artist friend that deserves a gift so I'll be working on that as won't know who you are until you receive it! I'll be happy to show everyone once it's completed.

And now for the "goings on" in my yard, we have doves that visit each spring and this year's pair is so comfortable that one of them let's us get reaaaaally close. Most of the time I don't even SEE them until they suddenly fly away because I'm almost on top of them! They love to fluff their feathers and rest on the brick that warms in the sun as in the photo below. They let me snap pic after pic too which makes it a lot of fun for me.
Lastly, my neighbor has Bird of Paradise flowers blooming in her rear yard and this one looks like it's trying to peek over the fence into my yard. I have to remember to photograph it through to its full bloom. Doesn't "she" look like a creature of some sort? I love it.
I'll have a newsletter announcement towards the end of the month so be watching for that and I'll be back as soon as I can with another beauty for you to go "ga-ga" over.
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