camera critters

Camera Critters - #134

6:43 AM

This little critter landed on our window just after a rain storm. I don't know what kind of butterfly (or moth?) this is.  Normally pictures I take through the window don't come out well.  I got lucky this time!

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Banner Friday - The Circle Edition

5:12 AM

Once upon a time I bought a ton of blank, flat, brass rounds.  They're good for projects like altered art, jewelry making, scrapbooking, etc.  I went through a phase where I thought it would be awesome to make them into photo pendants, kind of like this one by ArtyScapes on Etsy.

Cute, huh?  Well I thought to myself, "I can do that!" and proceeded to make a bunch of round graphics to apply to these crazy round blanks I had.   Well.  Long story short,  my renaissance soul took over and I really enjoyed making the graphics but didn't enjoy so much the precise gluing, nor the diamond glazing sans bubbles that is required to make these beautiful little treasures.

So my wandering mind and heart has made it possible for me to share these circles for you to use in whatever project you might like.

Below are low resolution (100dpi) images which you can click and save. If you'd like the a zip of the high resolution (300dpi) you're going to want to click HERE.

25mm images

If you use any of these graphics, please link to your project. I'd love to see what you do with them! :D



5:24 AM

Thirteen really cool handmade costumes and/or costume pieces I found on Etsy.    Which is your favorite?  

1.Steampunk Opera Coat by Manic Manx on Etsy.   I really love steampunk!

2.  Absinthe Fairy by Reveries of Solace on Etsy.   If it were practical I would dress like this every day. Seriously.

3. Orange and Black Harlequin  hat by Squeak Designs on Etsy.

4.  Cyberpunk Reaper Dress by Smarmy Clothes on Etsy. (Get ready to reap!)

5. The Jackie by Topsy Turvy Design on Etsy. (Don't know which is lovelier, the photo or the hat)

6. Blue Peackock Tailed Vixen by Damsel In This Dress on Etsy

7. Dapper Dinosaur by Bang Bang Crash on Etsy.  (Here's somethin' for the fellas...)

8.  Little Fox by Little Good All on Etsy.  (And here's somethin' for the kiddies...)

9. Ulala Space Channel 5 by  Dame Fatale on Etsy.  This is pretty cool actually.

10.  Batman by Dans 2324 on Etsy.   (And another somethin' for the fellas...)

11.  Dusty Rose Enchanted Fairy by Meadow Lion 1120 on Etsy (And another somethin' for the kiddies...)

12.  Red Phoenix Mask by Savage Dryad on Etsy.  This is wicked cool.

13. Where The Wild Things Are Inspired Coat by Fairly Enchanted on Etsy. (Somethin' for Spot!)

I hope you enjoyed the costumes! Have a spoOoOoOoooOoky Halloween! ♥

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bead swap

Etsypreneur Jewelry Designs Bead Swap

2:38 PM

Etsypreneur is a new community of Etsy sellers that are gathering together to support, promote and share ideas with each other.   It's growing very quickly, thanks to the great work being done by Kim & Tim Layton, who have the wildly successful site Everything Etsy.

Groups are forming and a tremendous amount of cross promotion is going on over there. If you're an Etsy seller it's the place to be. 

The jewelry designers group is working on it's first bead swap! If you're not familiar, it's a way to exchange beads with another designer.  You send out your extra beads, (I know, there is no such thing right?) or beads that you feel might inspire another designer.

In return, you get a brand new bag of beads to get busy with. It's absolutely not a way to get rid of the awful beads you thought looked good but got in the mail and hated!  Just sayin'.

**To read entry rules and/or participate visit the Etsypreneur Jewelry Designers forum.**

If you're not already a  member of Etsypreneur, please visit and sign up! 


camera critters

Camera Critters

7:37 AM

Oh no, not another post about your pets!  Well, I can't help it, they're pretty cool.  This time I'm participating in a Sunday Meme called Camera Critters, edition #133.

May I get your bags, sir? 

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Usborne Book Giveaway

5:21 AM

This morning I found a giveaway over at Our Whiskey Lullaby.  The winner will receive $50 worth of Usborne childrens books.  I love this publisher.   My daughter has their Creeply Crawlies book and was fascinated by the bombardier beetle.   Of course.  lol

 I entered this contest and I think if you have kids, you should too. Usborne has amazing books - always beautifully illustrated.    You can visit the contest post directly to enter.

Also, be sure to give Our Whiskey Lullaby some love - they have a giveaway every day. :) 

What are some of your favorite kids books?


Banner Friday

4:12 AM

Yes, it's Friday again! That means free banners for your Etsy shop! Today I'm featuring sale banners.

Banners are 760 x 100 with a 100 resolution.

To save banners to your hard drive: click for full size, then right click and 'save as'.


Thirteen Actors Who Drive Me Crazy

8:25 AM

Warning: I'm putting on my snarky hat for my first ever Thursday Thirteen.

We all have actors that we love to watch and maybe even love enough to see whatever movie they're in, even if it's total crap. Well, I have my very own list of actors that annoy the ever loving shit out of me. I've had this list in my head for going on twenty years. It's changed some from time to time, but the core of the list remains the same.

Here it is, in all it's glory:

13. Sigourney Weaver -- She has only recently edged onto the list. I love, love, love Galaxy Quest. Then I saw her on Inside The Actor's Studio. That was the longest hour of DUH I have ever seen.

12.  Craig T. Nelson --  Yes, Coach. Or, the Poltergeist Guy, or that one guy from that other movie.   He has a certain 'je ne sais quoi ' of annoyance that allows him the number twelve spot.

11. Gary Busey --  "Utah, gimme two" - a line from Point Break I will never forget.  Unfortunately this man has taken a nose dive off the deep end. The last thing I saw him in was "I'm With Busey" in which he shoved a cork up a cows bum.  Seriously.

10. Adam Sandler --  You're probably thinking, "awwww, but he's so funny!"  No, he's really kind of not. And if you had been stranded on an airport runway for 8 hours and had been forced to watch The Water Boy  3 times in a row you probably would agree with me.  At some point he is going to stop being an adolescent right?

9.  Jennifer Tilly -- The voice. My god, the voice.

8. Tim Robbins --  But he's so tall and cute and cuddly looking.  All I can see is the soap box under his feet. Shhh, Tim Robbins, people are trying to live here.

7.  David Spade --  Another middle-aged adolescent making money being not talented.

6.  Chris Elliot --  Cabin Boy. Nuff said, right?

5.  Mel Gibson -- Ok, we're getting into the territory in which I may actually take some heat.  I used to love Mel Gibson - I even watched Gallipoli.  Really!  Real life antics and crazy talk have turned him into a train wreck which no longer allows me to see the character when he acts.  All I see is a damn fool.

4. Ronny Cox --  Is it that Ronny Cox is so good at playing a complete bastard he makes me hate him? Or do I just hate him? I can't decide, so he's staying at number 4.

3. Russell Crowe --  Gladiator, I know.  As I recall he didn't do an awful lot of talking in that movie.  Maybe that's why I was able to watch it.  Master and Commander? I probably understood about 1/10th of what he said.   I think the media thinks he's all kindsa sexy so we have to put up with him.  Not me, baby.

2. Jeff Bridges -- Wow. This is a milestone. Jeff Bridges has occupied the number one spot for the past 19 years or so.  He only recently fell to number two.  Why is he here? The face, the hair, the voice, the body language, the movies he's in, take your pick.

1. Tom Cruise -- See Mel Gibson.  Also, see this video. and then this one.

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surrounded by animals

5:29 AM

I realized yesterday that I spend most of my day surrounded by animals. Evidently the stray fur on my curtains, in my coffee, nestled between the keys of my keyboard, and the errant bit that goes down my throat on occasion were not clues enough.

While I was attempting to type an email, This was occurring to the right of my desk:

Chigger gives me the stink eye.

This was going on behind me:

Daisy is too tired to care about email.

 This was happening on my desk:

6 enjoys cat TV while Q pretends to be above it all.

Diggity jockeys for position in front of the tv.

At this point I decided to use whatever was to hand to see if I could at least get them to look at me for a decent picture; it happened to be a wooden dowel.  This is what happened:

6 discovers wood is tasty.
Q goes pirate.

And this is to say nothing of what happens outside my window between the raccoons, chipmunks, opossums, squirrels, various neighborhood cats and dogs, and the myriad birds that stop by our feeders.   I think overall I prefer it this way.   I love my animals and the wildlife we are treated to on a daily basis. I wouldn't trade it for anything!

And  I won't start to worry until I look out my window and see this:

I dig it

One of my all time favs

4:26 PM

Billy Joel is an icon and, I'm sure, many things to many people. To me he will always be a reminder of simpler times. It was hard to pick just one song to share!

For more Billy Joel music visit him here.


Banner Friday

5:38 AM

Another banner Friday. That was a seriously quick week.   These are free as always.  Banners are 760 x 100 with a 100 resolution.

Next week I'll be making some sale and vacation banners.  I hope you enjoy these!

To save banners to your hard drive: click for full size, then right click and 'save as'.

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