Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I wish there were more hours in the day! Ever day I get up and have a to do list I swear I am going to complete, and every day I make it about 1/4 of the way through the list. There are so many things I want to get accomplished, and I need more hours in the day to get them done!

I am still being challenged with the clubs I've joined. My local bead club has met twice now. I've got another kit from them that is full of beads that I never work with, so again it is going to be a real challenge for me to complete a piece. Which, I suppose, is the point of doing a challenge, to be challenged. So it is certainly working!

I am still struggling with the pieces I am trying to make for the online bead journal. I've started and stopped 4 different projects. The rules are that the pieces has to be the same size each month, so I am struggling finding the right size, that is both interesting, but I can still get it done each month. And I am running out of time, as we are supposed to be ready to start showing our pieces next month, and I still haven't totally completed one piece. YIKES!

Other then that I have been working on these necklaces that I have photographed here. I am kinda excited about these. I've been wanting to do them for a long while now, so it has been fun to finally get them out of my head, and completed. I am looking forward to making more of these, and hoping they will be well received in my etsy store. (Crossing my fingers!)

I recently bought a few mixed media books, primarily mixed media and fabric. I have been reading, and am really looking forward to trying some new techniques, in hopes to be able to combine it with my beading. So hopefully I will have something to show from that in the not to distant future.

Hope everyone is well.


Friday, February 11, 2011


I know no one, including myself, likes to think of sad things, or to hear about sad things. But I love big cats so much, so I feel I have to pass this one on.  It's so very easy to help. Just by watching the video you can help.

For everyone who watches this video  Last Lion National Geographic will contribute 10cents to help save our big cats that are on the verge of extinction. I know that doesn't seem like much, but it will add up quickly if we all do it. And it will take everyone to save our big cats.

If you want to know how to help more see their website at Cause An Up Roar but please do watch the video if you can. Every little bit really does help.

Thanks everyone!


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jasmine's Angel

Following up on my Scottsdale Bead Supply store challenge piece Original Post , I finally finished the piece. Due to my kitty Jasmine's curiosity it wasn't without drama!

As I am working on the piece I set down my needle and thread and started working on my clasp. As I am working suddenly I notice my piece sliding away from me. 

Jasmine has grabbed the thread and is eating it. After a frantic search for the needle I realize, she has swallowed it.  I call my vet, and they are out of the office.  This is where things start falling into place, for this beautiful angel to rescue my kitty. I take her to another local veterinarian that I have been to a few times in the past. Come to find out, they don't have the equipment needed to remove the needle. They want to send me to a pet emergency clinic that can help her, however, they need payment up front. And it is going to cost $2000.00. Needless to say, I completely fall apart. My pets are my babies, and they are basically telling me she is going to die because I don't have the money to help her.

I am on a extremely limited income, i have no room on credit cards, $35.00 in my checking account, absolutely no way to come up with $2000. So basically they tell me, they can try to pull it out, but they can't tell from the xray if the needle is stuck into her esophagus, and if they pull it could push into her lung, rupture her lung, and of course, this would cause her to die. Obviously it's the rock and a hard place scenario, do nothing she dies, try this and she will probably die. So I tell them they have to try.

So they shave her little leg and are getting ready to put the iv in her, because they need to sedate her to try this, and they get a phone call. Some amazing, beautiful spirit saw my distress on her way out, and not only did she see my pain, but she has decided to respond to it. She called and tells them, she wants to help me, and she basically pays the whole bill for the emergency procedure. Complete stranger, never saw her, don't know who she is. At the time when I heard this, I was literally speechless. I've heard people say they were speechless, but I literally opened my mouth and nothing come out. I was so overwhelmed with emotion I could not even form words.

So we run her to the emergency place, they xray her, and sedate her and remove the needle. come to find out, the needle had penetrated into the esophagus, and into her lung. Had they tried to pull it out, it would have pushed further into her lung, and it would have definitely ruptured her lung. So had that angel not called when she had, if she had waited 5 more minutes to call, she would have already died.

So Jasmine is home, and is healing up just fine. And my life is forever changed, by this woman who was a complete stranger, and saw another person in pain, and helped. My mom is a social worker, so I was raised to help when I could, to be involved in causes, and to always give my last dollar to someone on the street who was hungry or in need. Never ever in my life though, did I ever imagine that I would be on the other side of that. That someone would see the need in me, and respond to it. You hear stories of angels that see people in distress and respond and help, but I never thought someone would help me like that.
I don't think there are words to express how deeply this Angel touched me. Nor what it meant to me for her to save my lil Jasmine Kitty. This kitty sleeps next to me every night, with her little legs wrapped around my arm in a hugging fashion. To lose her only because I could not afford to save her would have been devastating to me. I've been dealing with a lot of things, and I really feel like it would have been the straw that broke the camels back had she died. So this woman really saved me as well as my kitty. I will never forget what she did for me.