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Saturday, December 3, 2011



I have always been very  conscience of recycling, doing all that I can to help save and preserve Mama Earth for future generations- Yup- I am THAT girl with the bumper sticker "Reuse, Reduce, Recycle" on  my bumper and if it is caterorgized to be recycled I recycle it...BUT...I am just about at my wits end. I am fed up! I have had it!! Before you go all nutty and say" what does she mean she has had it with recycling??" hear me out...
It is not the actual act of recycling that I have had it with... it is actually the very opposite. I could recycle till the cows come home... as long as  the day is long...but what is really starting to get under my skin is the AMMOUNT that I am recycling!!...If I recycle one more pasta box, one more plastic bottle, one more piece of junk mail, I think I will get my freak on !! And not in a good way!! LOL!!  Seriously though, it actually all makes me abit sad that we as a society are so fixed  on "throw away".  We waste so much, our minds are just stuck  in a very selfish way for a one time use and  then to just move on...Our landfills are overflowing...even our recycling centers are overflowing! I would love to see a movement started where we, as the consumer challenge these big companies to rethink their packaging.  Not only for  the impact that it will have on our environment as a whole (which,  by the way, they should already be doing) but to also be more  conscience forward on the WASTE of their packaging. I would love to see a movement started where we as the consumers not only  demand these companies to seriously rethink their packaging and their levels of waste.. but to DELIVER a more simple, stripped down, yet functional packaging. I think what these big companies are missing in this equation is that  nothing comes without a they really want to see the sales of their product to suffer because they were unable or unwilling to rethink their wastefullness of their packaging?  This  reduction, downsizing in packaging, would and will take a mind shift, and a change for everyone innvolved. We as the consumer will probably have to sacrifice some frill and convenience, but if it means we are actively making a noticable, everyday difference in the future  preservation of  Mama Earth  then I believe the feelings of accomplishment we will all carry will be something we will shine in the forefront of our minds the next time we are sorting out our recyling bins!
...On another more personal note, I have always had a "thing" for Gift tags, googling printers, picking out designs, and then, as I was breaking down yet another pasta box it hit me...there was my material for my future Gift Tags!!...The above is the result...I am like a kid in a candy shop because the the sky- as well as the theme- is the limit!! The theme for my first tag is "faeries"-one of my most favorite muses'! I complemented the tag with some braided fibers, some of my polymer beads and hummingbird charm and made a lace flower for the tag along with a little wire wrapped brass heart ;-D
The top photo  is the front of the gift tag and here is the back of the tag...So what do you think?? What are your thoughts and views of the present packaging and the recycling of all this packaging being used? I would really love to hear from you and what your thoughts are because I do plan to continue on this... next step... sharing this blog post with some manufacturers...
Be Well! xo Liz

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Time for B'Sue's Sari Hop!!!

FIRST,  I missed the hop due to family business so here is my hop entry.
              Yesterday was the day  for B'sue's Sari Blog Hop!! Yeeeee-Haaaa!!! Here is the Bracelet I made. I designed it using B'sues' Beautious Sari Ribbon that is available for purchase at  her shop: So, please, go over and check out her shoppe I promise it shall not dissapoint!!
     Ok., now, the bracelet, I used bronze wire and I crocheted a cuff decorated with tons of pebble sized glass beads of all shapes and colors. I then wove 2 pieces of Sari Ribbon and hand spun silk fiber  throughout the cuff. And, finally, I charmed it up with a bunch of Polymer Clay beads and charms that I made. I rolled the beads in some really cool colors of glitter and then finished them off with some bead caps, again from B'Sue,  and threw a few in there that have a "tyedye effect to them, Hung them on some oversizedCopper jumprings I forged out of Copper,  along with some handmade Polymer Charms in Copper. The toggle is simple,and not what I had in mind, but to be honest, I ran out of time!! (Alot going on @ the ol' chicken coop this week) SO, I shall finish up the toggle design to what I had envisioned in the first place and then show you this little Gem again...
                   Oh, and by the way, this is the first in a whole line of Sari pieces to come... and ...

                                             THIS BRACELET IS FOR SALE-


                                                       Hugs, Liz xo
         PS. Here is a photo of the bracelet looking down:
And Here are the rest of the hoppers to go Visit!:
Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop

Vickie Wills

Susan Kennedy

Michelle Mach

Michelle Lee Hardy

Ruth Crawford

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

Diana P.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

Connie Rios-Relyea

Jennifer Justman

Deb Davis


Cathie Carroll

Rosemary Cowit

Georgene Lockwood

Cathy Buckley

Harry Wood

Sonya Stille

Mary Deis

Heather Goldsmith

Susan Rouleau

Terry Matusyk

Pam Chesbro

Mary Shannon Hicks

Janice Everett


Kristina Johansson, Maneki

Kris Binsfeld



Catherine Jeltes


Sharon Palac

Deb Beechy

Jean Yates

Patrice Pfeiffer

Dorcas Midkiff

Lynn Perry Bennett

Linzi Alford


Cynthia Wainscott

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp

Alice Craddick

B'sue Boutiques Creative Group


Monday, October 10, 2011

Stepping Back And Pulling In The Reins To The Things That Truly Matter in your Heart...

                                  I am a strong believer in things happening for a reason. And after these things happen we must step back, recognize, see and process the lesson, message or reality that is meant for us to take from what has transpired. I truly believe and 100% feel that we are all given  intuition as a warning mechanism; a way to sift out what is right or wrong for us; good or bad.  Some people are more in tune with their intuition than others.There are those who are very in tune with their intuition; and base every move they make on what their   intuition tells them. And then, there are some who just plain choose not to be in "tune" with their intuition. I would be the latter.
          My intuition speaks volumes to me; and I hear it loud and clear,  I just choose more times than not to pretend  I am temporarily unable to hear its words. I choose to scurry my intuition into the deep recesses of my brain, lock the door and swallow the key with one big gulp. I have also been quite successful in convincing myself that my intuition is actually just my imagination running on overtime, therefore being able to dismiss any validity my "intuition"  might just  have  by putting this  thought process into a daily practice.
        But, I have to say,  I have finally had an epiphany, and  that, I will be the first to admit, has been a very long time coming! The realization that this "Trusting On The Cuff" has not at all worked out well for me; and that maybe, just maybe I really should not only revaluate and listen to, but heed my intuition when it comes around the FIRST time rather than listening to it resonnate in my ear  after it has sputtered the "I told you sos's" for the 90th time and "You should have just listened to my ever so SUBTLE nuances that you picked up on but chose to I-G-N-O-R-E the first time!!"
         A while back, around the beginning of  March, my intuition started quietly dropping in, staying long enough to sputter in my ear and then fly off  the way it came, ALWAYS, very clearly,  leaving the door wide open upon exiting. And, as par us-ual, I filed it and continued on the path I thought, for the most part, I was ever so fortunate to have found my way onto.  So onward down the path I travelled, and sure enough, once again, I was cornered by my intuition. This time, when my intuition showed up delivering the same message I had become so accustomed to hearing, I wasn't so fast to dismiss it. I had finally realized that my intuition carried creditibility; and that the door that was always wide open behind it was now closed. So what did I decide to do with my intuition you ask?...Well let's just say when the sun rose the next day not only did I have clarity but I could hear perfectly and  my intuition was holding out a fresh cup of Coffee!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Back In Town...And Time To Announce The Winner Of Those Fabby,Funky, Victorian Dangles!!




                            CONGRATS TERRI!!!!

The  Results from
  Sousfire Designs

Thanks to everyone who entered!!! :)   keep your eyes peeled for the next contest!!!
 ***Terri~ Please contact me @ www.beadon96@

Friday, September 23, 2011

Well, It's not 3:00 But It is REVEAL TIME...

Good Evening Folks~
Okey Dokey, so here is the Givaway  Prezzy~
When I look at these earrings  they take me back to a time of manners, elegance, and intrigue.
    The medallions are made of Polymer Clay in Antique Gold.... I treated them Luminiere Acrylics,  layered in 98% pure Silver leaf, and  glazed  them. The dangles are Sterling Silver,  with Swarvoski  Crystals and Sterling Silver  beads.
Here's is the Equation:
Become a follower of my Blog + Leave a comment = you are in the Hat  for a chance to win the Earrings!!
I am going to use to choose the winner. 
The drawing will be on September 30th.
 Time to be announced
Thanks For Visiting!!!
\(((((SOFT HUGGLES))))) 
ps.~stay tuned for a suprise twist to come!!!                                       

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Hi Everyone -
     Just a quick note for those who are yet to visit for the BSBP,- If you click on the photo you will get a detailed shot-
           Thanks for Looking !!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Good Morning Everyone!!
     What is the saying the 36th time is the charm??? I sure hope so!! I am experiencing technical difficulties!! I tried to set my blog up to post at 5:00 a.m. this morning and all heck broke loose. I must say Blogger and I do have a love/hate relationship- and-  I do get hiccups-and-  of course my blog had to choose Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party to get those hiccups!... Well let's hope this will all be  behind us and my blog will save and I will be able to post it...NOW ON WITH THE SHOW:
          Welcome to my Bead Soup Party Page!! The hostess of the Bead soup blog Party is the  wonderful and ever-so-helpful Ms. Lori Anderson! Being a newbie to the party I cannot say enough about how well executed, and easy to follow everything has been. You can follow this link and it will take you to all the other participants of the party and their lovely creations:
              Now let's talk about that necklace up there!! This is the necklace I made with all the ingredients my  BSBP partner, Anitra sent me. I decided to Crochet all the beads into a necklace and then wrapped the Crocheted beads in Burgundy Greek Leather And  Varigated Hand Spun Silk. I made a Lariat Design with the toggle clasp Anitra Sent me, and accented the toggle with the focal bead and some beaded charms that I made.I  made a charm out of the butterfly Anitra sent and included it half way down the toggle Accent.
              My partner Anitra is From North Carlolina , and I had a great time getting to know her and becoming friends with her during this whole creative process. You can find her blog at:
.....ok now, I am going to stop while I am ahead because I almost lost this whole thing again while trying to add a photo of Anitra's beads when she sent them to me. I will post that photo seperately.
                       THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VISITING!! 
You can visit my shoppe at: ( I am in the process of revamping and restocking so please check back within a week for all new Fall additions !! :)




Godd Morning fellow bead soupers!! My reveal will be at 8:00 a.m. EST. Saturday Morning-If you are visiting my blog early please do come back and visit to see my piece and to hear all about my awesome BS partner, Anitra Gordy....
                                     See You At 8:00 a.m. !!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


     Hi Everyone!
                     This took me alot longer than I expected, and for that i do apologize ;D And, as par usual life came into play ( I had to make dinner and then take my dd to a party.) So anyhoo...Let's talk about there is so much to that page!!! It was daunting!!!! SO....I finally decided to go with the "List Randomizer" to pick the winner because it saved the result list so I could copy it to my blog and to FB.

                       So without further ado...the winner of "Blue Hawaii" is:

                          DEBBIE  BEECHY!!!!!!!!!

List Randomizer

There were 13 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

1.Debbie Beechy

2.Amber Hirschfelt

3.Patti O'Neil Martin

4.Corinna Neisinger Cambanes

5.Kathleen Copeland

6.Charlie Kuznair

7.Ginny Driscoll

8.Vicky Carra

9.Rose Rector

10.Beanzie Cat

11.Karen Snyder


13.Danielle Levandowski

Timestamp: 2011-09-11 02:21:11 UTC



  CONGRATS DEBBIE BEECHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Here is the List!

The List of Rockin'Chicks
                             Entered To Win "Blue Hawaii":

                    (1) Kathleen Copeland

                    (2) Charlie Kuznair

                    (3) "Lelier"

                    (4) Debbie Beechy

                    (5) Rose Rector

                    (6) Patti O'Neil Martin

                    (7) Vicky Carra

                    (8) Ginny Driscoll

                    (9) Corinna Neisinger Cambanes

                    (10) Amber Hirschfelt

                    (11) Danielle Lewandowski

                    (12) Karen Snyder

                    (13) Beanzie

Ok., now I am off to for the drawing -BBS <3<3


Setting up and Getting Ready for the Big drawing For the winner of "Blue Hawaii"...

Hi There All You Rockin Chickadees!!
                   Ok. I am going to go get the list ofpeople together who are in the drawing, Then i will come back and print the list here, on my blog.
                   Then... I will go to and choose a winner!!!  Now, thisis my first time using myself and doing the drawing, so please bear with me, please be patient with me, I will move as spedily as I can!!
                 OH and...
                        A BIG

Monday, September 5, 2011

New Blog, New Givaway!!!

Blue Hawaii from the side...
                                                        Blue Hawwaii from the front...

 Hi There all you Rockin' Chickadees!!
       Ok. here it is, this ring is the first in my new line of Funky and Fun Cocktail Rings. Cocktail rings are meant for just that, to wear on occassion, for a special time, a fun time, and these rings have been very much designed with that in mind. They are not meant to be worn while playing hard, or in the shower, swimming, or to bed at night, or while operating the jack hammer, or digging up those nasty neglected weeds...these rings are meant to be worn when you are going out to a club with your best girls, or to a party with your special guy, or to your bestie's wedding, or to your parents wedding anniversary, or to that special invite you have recieved to take a ride on a yacht with a "special someone"... I think you know where I am heading with this...they are not meant for you to wear while making mud pies with your little sweet pea, or while kneading the bread dough for tonight's dinner, or while giving Mr. T, your Irish Wolf Hound a bath... O.k.??? Ok. :D  So without further ado, I give you "Blue Hawaii" the first ring of a whole series to come!!
                  I will  be giving Blue Hawaii  away to one lucky follower!! The contest starts with this post and will run for the week of  9/5/11 - 9/10/11. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win the ring is leave a comment on my new design for the blog, and become a follower. (If you are already a follower than just leave a comment,  please!!)  I will draw the winner from on Saturday, 9/10/11 at  5:00 pm. EST.
                                                        GOOD LUCK!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bead Soup Simmering Away...

  Good MorningTo All !!

          Well It is about time- my blog has finally made it to the other side of reconstruction!! So from here we will start building the days of fun and givaways and get this blog rolling!! I cannot thank every single person enough for remaining patient with me...I promise you will not regret it!!!
 for the fun.... my partner in the beadsoup with Lori Anderson is Anitra! Anitra is a really nice gal and she is planning her wedding- Isn't that so exciting?? Here is her blog-  please go check her out, you won't be sorry!!
          So now, without further ado here  is a photo of what I sent to Anitra for the Challenge, I hopeshe is happy with it...ok now before you start thinking how awful that photo is- I did it on purpose, so Anitra wouldn't really be able to make it out if she was visiting...Hee Hee hee. After she gets her pkg. I will postbetter photos, promise. Basically I sent her some Leopard Jade beads along with some polymer charms,  flowers and a focal that I have made, along with a  toggle clasp that I also made...Hope she likes it!! I can't wait to see what she thinks...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Setting up a postal scale, shipping from home and holy Cow Batman!!

    Hi There all you Sweet Chickens!!
               *blows through lips * Geesh! Am I worn out!A huge thanks to all  for sticking around my blog and being patient while I am trying to iron out all the kinks and get this baby off  training wheels and flying free!!
               So you might be wondering what keeps detouring me away from getting my blog rocking & rolling ...well, here it is: I got my computer back from the geek squad on Tuesday (after being hacked and scaring the beejeevies out of me) and I got right to work setting up my -ship from home-system. I got the scale last week, along with the printer.I had the first round of pkgspacked and ready to be shipped. I got the shipping labels at Staples, had my stash of recycled mailers with the new mailers  and boxes already to go along with my  gift wrapping paraphenalia. It was all system go!! FINALLY!! I had been waiting for  this moment forever!!...And then it happened...I went on line to to start things off... but they  were stopped before they began...the system would not allow me to send first class, only Priority shipping. I was on the phone to the 800 # 3 separate times and was given the 3 differnt answers. I did finally get ahold of my local postmaster who is setting me up with someone from the regional office to figure things out. If I knew I was going to be forced to send my pkgs priority mail I would not have ordered the scale. First class and Priority ship within the same delivery time but the difference in price comes in @ almost a 50% savings!!  I welcome any and all advice from seasoned shippers, so please do tell all!
                        Good news came through this weekend,  Lori Anderson's bead soup party kicked off and i am particpating for the first time!! I have wanted to do this since I saw the last party and this time I was in time for all the festivities!! I have a really awesome partner,and i can't wait to tell you all about her, but i just want tocheck in with her first. Hopefully tomorrow's post will be all about thesoup ingredients I want to send her and all about her.
                      Another reason I have been SO SCARCE lately is that i have been researching all about the layout of a blog, posting badges, and photos.So we will see in the A.M. Right now Mr. Sandman is tugging on my eyelids, so I will wish you the sweetest of dreams...
Until tomoroooooo...

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Big bad Blog Problems

....I have spent the last 2 days trying to figure my blogging problems out...and I will continueto... till I get it right, just wish I had a big sister...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Looking For Some Bloggy Love....

        Ok...I am putting out an all systems bulletin: MY BLOG IS NOT PLAYING   NICE!!
                              I am trying to do some blog loving ... and my blog will have nothing to do with it. I am also trying to do some work with some gadgets.Anyone Blogspot savy?? I also cannot seem to get a "comment" icon up, but yet you all are commenting- How are you guys posting?


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mindless TV. at the cost of a poor guy wearing his heart on his sleeve... and getting the ol' heave ho

I really felt like I needed to about this...
   Last night I  had a reality check into what the studios feed to the American public on a daily basis.In yesterday's blog I talked about having to go, to watch the season finale of a show my daughter and I have been following, called "The Bachelorette" I referred to the show as mindless TV. I would now like to add a few more adjectives  now to describe this show: Heartless, cruel, immature,unrealistic and a waste of money that our nation as a whole is so desperately in need of to reduce the nation's debt. This show and the countless others like it that are clogging up our airways and eating up our brains are so much more than a disapointment. I can honestly say that as I  sat watching this ridiculousness it hit me as to how messed up we really are as a nation with our, "The bachelorette" is history  in my house, as is every other show with any resemblance to it...I am just wondering, If we were all to 86 these shows out of our homes nationwide, what kind or an impact would we wind up having??...Hmmm...Food For Thought...ANYONE GAME?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Getting All my Chickens in a Row....

                   So here we are, it's Monday... and what a great response COPS  is getting!! I could not be happier for our re-intro into the great wide world  of BLOGGING!! The FIRSTgreat suprise I got was all my new buds following my blog!!-SO COOLIO!! THANK YOU- I will work very hard not to disappoint! Everyone can be sure that I will be following your blog in return- promise!! Welcome- I am so excited about all the fun and funky I have planned and  hope that you all enjoy all the content I am planning on splashing these pages with... The SECOND big suprise?? B'Sue, of gave ME a wonderful, little write up on her blog,! I was not only truly ,totally suprised( I WAS NOT BROWN NOSING- SWEAR!!(for those of you who do not get that comment, you need to go read Saturday's blog! ;-p! he he)- just being honest...)...but anyhoo B'sue very nicely wrote a couple of great, sweet pieces about COPS on her blog and even managed to fit in my group on Facebook, Crafter's Creating with Pain!! I was beyond thankful and happy with that one!!-Thank -You Miss B'Sue :)!!
                          We just came out  of a very loud and crazy thunder and lightening storm...I think the poochies are even happier than I am that it is over. I love summer storms, and I love the way everything smells after a summer storm but when they get violent and you start to hear the fire engines... those we can do without...
                          Ok, alittle something I forgot to mention the other day:
                           I will not be blogging on Saturday and Sundays-we will be blogging on Monday-thru     Friday.... (but I do reserve the right to throw one in on weekends when needed!! ;-D)

                          Gotta Go Get Dinner Going... Oh and get ready to see who is going to get the Bachelorette!!(Yup...have subjected myself to that mindless TV and have to say I am hooked... :o) )
                                                       Peace Out!!
                                                        xo Liz :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Geting back in the saddle...

                 Here I am, picking up my blog once again, and I can finally say I am at a place where I am feeling well enough to say the big "C" word...Yes,  I am here by declaring,  that on this day, July30th, 2011 I am comitting to keeping up this blog.!! I will write in this blog on a daily basis- Even if not one darn person reads it and I wind up reading it to my poochies everyday!! :D
                  So... Climb on board, buckle up,  Hold On and Enjoy!!!  I have lots of great ideas rummaging around in this noodle of mine,and I think not only will we have alot of fun together, but I think we will all learn a lot of great, new inspiring things from one another along the way!!
                  The obvious question: What  has  inspired you to weed your blog, water it and  encourage the blossoms?...Well, it is really a few "Who's" that have inspired me... # (1) My friend BeanzieCat . Beanzie posted on  my page, Crafter's Creating with Pain that she had started  a blog. Beanzie then went on to tell us alittle bit about B'Sue and her upcoming Sari Ribbon Blog Hop.Well, the words "Sari Ribbon, blog hop, and B'Sue were all the "Ding, Ding Ding"  words I needed to hear, and  off I went to bring my long lost, and long  ago forgotton blog back to life."  After blowing the three months worth of dust off,  away I went, as if I had just posted yesterday!! : D
                 So let's talk alittle bit about B'Sue. For those of my  readers who are not familiar with B'Sue, she has a  wonderful website, Brenda Sue Lansdowne sells  all sorts of gorgeous American made jewelry components and findings along with beads and other items. B'sue started a blog of her own a few moths ago.She has devoted a large portion of her last newletter, along with other areas to educate  her readers on the importance of blogging for networking and promoting their business and shoppes. I cannot tell you how inspiring I have found B'Sue... from...(1) her Newsletters,  to (2) Her facebook Page, to (3)Her website,, to (4) Her Youtube Tutorials. I can with all honestly say that I am always excited to watch B'sue's videos. Not just for the information that they contain, but also for enjoyability of them. B'Sue is refeshingly  real, honest and friendly. She makes one feel as though they are visiting with a very good friend for awhile. If you are a vintage, victorian, old time kinda gal, like me, then you will enjoy B'Sue just as much as I do. Then we have the other very inspiring aspect here - The Sari Ribbon Blog Hop-I cannot wait for this!! I cannot wait for blog hops period...I could go on and on but I will close by saying: Thank You " to Beanzie and and "thank You" to B'Sue for jump starting me back into the blogging world, and waking me up...
               Three of my favorite words that just *SPARK* MY MUSE? ??
                                              *FUNKY* *FUN* *VINTAGE*

...I will be evaluating each of the Biz's on a DRAGONFLY SCALE:
            5  DRAGONFLIES++

B'sue was in no way any part of any solicitating on this page, in any manner. All of the above is purely based on my opinions and thoughts

Sunday, May 1, 2011

And The Winner Is: Drum roll please...

I woulsd like to begin by saying thank you to all of you who have supported me in this new unknownjourney that I have literally dreamed about for over 10 years and now it is no longer a dream but very real...
I am just having a blast riding along with my muse and of course Frankee the Chihuahua. I look forward to playing with my blog and finding all sorts of fun things to share along the way!
             One other thing I would like to celebrate on this page tonight is the art of Handmade!!!! There are so many talented folks out there who are creating with pure heart felt passion and you will never find another item, or gift that is beaming with more attention to fine detail, quality and creative Love.
                                       Now, the winner is :
                                                           Charmaine Ali Mahomed
                                                *Charmaine please pm me so I can get your address

*if anyone is interested in purchasing a similar pair of earrings please visit my Artfire shop:
                                                Everyone have a safe evening!!<3<3

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Time To Play Catch-Up With A 300+ Giveaway!!!

Hi There All you Lovelies-
                                I have been a b-a-a-a-a-d girl. I have been neglecting my blog for the past few weeks and for that I aplolgize. I very much want my blog to explore, share and create with all my friends right along beside me during each new,fresh discovery.
                                Playing catch up seems to have been an ongoing theme for me since I have started this long dreamed of journey. I am so lucky to have been embraced by the most patient,caring and supportive group ever. I will not be playing catch up forever, I will soon walk out of the woods, into the weeds and onto that meadow of everblooming wildflowers. I think I have remained behind thus far because I am always following my muse off down another avenue of  intrigue and excitement. we just can't seem to help ourselves!
                                Ok. enough musing with my muse and let's get down to the business at hand. It is time for my 300+ likes giveaway!! I do aplogize for leading some of you on this wild goose chase that has ended up here but onward we now go:
                                     All you must do to qualify for the new and final 300+ giveaway is to become a follower of my blog and to leave a comment. Anyone who has previously(before today) left a comment on my FB wall in direct mention of the giveaway -or- reaching the 300 milestone are already considered entered into the drawing.  The new rules are now in effect from today on until 5:00 pm (eastern standard time) Saturday. I will have my daughter draw the winner at 6;00pm(again, est)
Saturdnight. night..                                    Hope you all are enjoying a lovely Spring day...I am off to chase after my Muse!
                                             I will be checking inform time to time throughout the day!  ;-D
                                                                               Talk To You Soon!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Post #6 What Happened To Poor Frankee's Leg??!

         As, unfortunately, this story is about to take a turn for the worst, I would like to apologize for my very strong use of dialog in yesterday's post.Although, sadly, it truly did unfold on paper as it unfolded on that awful night I regret recreating the night with such strong depiction. It is only my hope that I have not dissauded you, the readers, from staying with me on this journey of strength and resilence.
         The morning started the same as every summer morning, I got up at 5:00 am and the bigger little mongruls moved from my bed, asleep to the living room, asleep. I went in the kitchen and started my little 4 cup coffee pot of which I always made a full pot and drank 1/2. Then back down the hall to wash my face and brush my teeth. After I was done in the  bathroom I headed over to Frankee's playpen to see how she was doing. When I looked down I just could not believe what I saw. It took a long minute for it all to  sink in and register with me."What?" How?" Oh my God... Frankee are you Ok.? Frankee was lying in her bed with her paw hanging out at a strange angle. It was all bloody and chewed raw as was her arm were the gauze and splint were. Frankee had chewed into the seams of the wrapping of the gauze and had continued to chew away in an attempt to get the gauze off. Her bandage was all bloody and I truly saw the pain in her little eyes.This was the first time I had ever dealt with any kind of injury with one of my pets, and I had made the largest mistake I ever could have. I trusted the Vet. And went along with what they told me. I had learned the hard way from my own injuries and the dealings with so many doctors and sugreons, You had to be your own advocate. You have to follow up on the doctor. If he/she was a good doctor they would have respect for you, if not, well than you wound up with what I was about to connect to on a very cannine  level.
I should have known to ask them to put a collar on her, so she wouldn't be able to reach it. My poor little goosey it was all my fault. I should have demanded a phone call (at the very least) from the vet for an update as to where everything was going to be left. Rather than letting it be OK. that she skated out the back door as soon as Frankee was "Done." I should have stayed up with Frankee...I scooped Frankee up and put her in her hip pouch that I always wore with her in it. I put the pouch over my shoulder, sat down cuddled Frankee and the pouch in my lap and then picked up the cordless. I needed to sit for a mninute and gather my thoughts and get my cool together. There was no room for the asbolutely boiling over the top anger that  I was feeling first and foremost. Frankee was now in an even worse way and I needed to get some action taken and taken now. There were no more "yes, Ok. whatever you say "Dr"" Clearly this vet was in over her head and probably very comfortable with her every other week neuters and her yearly Rabies and vaccines routine of her to be desired  " housecall" exsistence. My first emergency call went in at 6:30am. There were many more to follow until I finally received a call back at  about Not from Dr. X but from her "receptionist." I told her of the going ons to which she replied "If the bandage has been moved then Dr. X is going to want to see her and reset it when she comes in this morning. Let me get ahold of dr.x, let her know what's going on and see if she wants me to bring you in right away." I said "Ok" and hung up, keeping my cool the entire time. You see, what I was worried about was the shifting of the bone, I knew everything had to stay in place as it was wrapped, and the fact that she had a number of areas where she had chewed  and the bandage moved I knew wasn't good, not to mention all the raw areas.
The phone rang and before it even finished the first ring it was on speakerphone and I had already said "hello" in anticipation. I told the receptionist  we were ready to come back to the hospital...,and then I sat there with my mouth open as I listened to her speak. Jenna was asking "what is it Mom?' in the back ground and all I heard was the "receptionist telling me that Dr.X had left for vacation and I needed to call her "coveringDr.,"Dr." Y down in Seymour. Well, I think you can figure out how this went, so I will save you the play by play, but to wrap it up I told the receptionist That I knew that was a lie and she had just said something entirely differnt  5 minutes ago. To which she denied ever saying what she did say, so... Yeah- that's when I saw red again and I said "Are you sure about that?"  "Because I have you recorded on my voice mail telling me something else! And the next phone call I am going to make is to my lawyer-I'm sure he'll not only find the voice mail of interest but I am pretty sure he will find it  pretty curious how you all make your cleints pay for vet services with a big chunk of cash!! To that there was silence on the other end of the phone. It took me a minute to collect myself, and when I was thought I was" pretty" calm there was still silence "Hello?" "hello? are you still there?" "Yes I am." "Ok... "I just answer the phone and I do what I am told..." This is not what I wanted to hear... I said in a (well yes) angry voice " I do not care where the h*ll Dr. x wants to say she is, please tell her if she does not call me on my cell within 1 hour she is coming home to a lawsuit." I hung up the phone, picked up my computer, and typed  "" into the address bar.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Post #5 For Contest: Are You For Real??!!

                  As I sat on the john soothing Frankee, with the phone on speakerphone I was on "hold" as the one of the  sometime" receptionists tried to track down the vet ( I am sorry I cannot even grace this lady with the title  of "DR." as I really don't feel that she is at all  deserving of it.) Finally the silence broke and I had her on the other end. I explained what had happened to Frankee as quickly as I could but also in as much detail as I could. She explained that she had been in surgery all day,(spaying and neutering) and she was still there so to bring Frankee in right away and they would be all set and ready for us.. I said "OK." and hung up the phone. We hurridely got everything together, I went to get my crutches and was pleasantly suprised and very proud  upon return to see that Jenna had swaddled Frankee in one of her baby blankets, and had done so perfectly. She had  Franke wrapped up like a little Chihuahua burrito.  As we opened the door we were met by rain coming down in sheets. I didn't want to put Frankee in her little crate for fear that she might injure herself further but I didn't want our little "burrito" getting wet either. Once again, Jenna was prepared, and I was impressed . She snapped open an umbrella and we all  made a dash for the car-well she dashed and I caught up.                   We had  made it to the " Hollyburry" Animal Hospital despite the challenges Mother Nature had  dealt us and we now stood there waiting for someone or even "something" a cat- anything to hurry up and appear at the reception desk. Still NO one.
My patience can only wear so thin before I get to the point where I don't  care who is where and I am going to right the wrong of what no one seems to care to correct. So, off I go through  to the back, crutches and all in search of the damn receptionist who should have been ready and waiting for us. Of course my lovely daughter is acting like it's the end of her life and she will never be able to show her face in public ever again (even though we are the only ones there, as it is AFTER HOURS!) I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of my lovely daughter stomping away and muttering to herself  as I continued on my mission to find A HUMAN BEING!! As I was exploring empty exam rooms I finally saw a face- a face that I have never seen before in my life but still... it's a FACE!  "Excuse me, we're here with Frankee- my daughter has her in the front and it's really wet out and she is shaking very badly- do you have a heating pad we could put her on?"  We have to fill out abunch of paper work before we can do anything, let's go put it together..." I begin to see red, I can feel my face turning red... and 3,..2,...1...BLOW UP (BUT THINKING I AM STILL INTACT OF MY COOL*) Excuse me? Paperwork? Don't you know who we are??  And she smartly answers "Noooooo! Don't you know who I am??" Already then... Now I KNOW my cool is on a ship to the Carribean for a long needed vacation and this woman is about to get my "saved for a very special breed of the human race" wrath unleashed on her: " I am going to say this once, so please listen well..." I said is the syrupy sickest sweetest voice I can muster(Given the fact that I want to clock her one! )" Dr. All-I want is your money" told us to come right down and that you would be ready and waiting for us, since she obviously lied, let me bring you up to speed,... Candy..." " Our Little Tiny Chihuahua, Frankee was jumping too high and I am pretty sure she broke her leg, my daughter is now holding her and she is shaking like a leaf and has a dazed look- I am afraid she is or has gone into shock! So,please may we first get her on a heating pad and let the dr. know we are here and what Frankee's condition is?" And, with that nice delivery of calm words I was given: "I am sorry Ma'am but it is hospital policy that the patient is admitted before they receive any medical att..." (*Sweet talk goes out the window*) "I do not give a S*@T what your hospital policy is you better get Frankee on a heating pad, GET  DR. (*doodoohead*) in  here or I swear to God that is not the only paperwork you are going to have to fill out( I am now yelling) She closes her mouth and turns around and goes off into a room. A minute goes by and DR. doodoohead comes rushing out asks me where Frankee is and I point to my daughter. and she rushes over and scoops Frankee up. She  says" have a seat" and disappears into the back.
No sooner do I sit down that I hear: "Here is the paper work you need to fill out (* UGH*)
                     With the paperwork 2& 1/2 hrs. behind us  and my nerves wound as tight as a rubberband ball we sat there playing "Dots".
                       Finally another woman in scrubs came out with Frankee. Frankee's leg was wrapped in a lot of gauze with a splint and taped up. The woman said that Frankee's leg would need to be checked in the middle of the week, as it was fractured between the paw and the forearm. I said you mean like the wrist area?" And to that she answered,"well yes , but technically dogs don't have wrists"(* I had absolutely had it and the actress in me had gone "stage Left" 4 hrs. ago.*) So, to that I answered:" No Kidding? really? well Frankie does. Is there anything else I need to know?" "with a scrunched up face she handed me the meds and said "I am the owner of this hospital, so if there are any problems ...(*My inner self is screaming ok!!...problems.??!!...Why do I have to put down a $650.00 dollar  CASH deposit before you will treat my animal?... I have never heard of such a thing... Your receptionist has no brain...I wish I never went with dr. ddh back when Frankee first came home with us...*)  "could you please have Dr ddh call me tommorrow?""Sure, may I let her know what it pertains to?"
"NO. Come on lovebug (my nickname for Jenna since she was a baby) Let's go home with our little Frankee.And we went home with not much more information than we walked in with...     TO BE CONTINUED...............................................................................................

Monday, March 21, 2011

Contest Post #4 The Night Frankee Jumped So High...

     It was a regular summer night, We were watching one of our regular summer shows, "America's Got Talent". Frankee was in her play pen and the other bigger dogs (largest being Teddy @ 18lbs) were all hanging out with us. The rain was pouring down, but Teddy went to the door regardless and started doing his "I want out " routine. This basically consists of him barking and licking the door until someone lets him out. That someone would be me. Let's face it, I am the Mom of a 14 yr. old girl, she does alot of things to help me, don't get me wrong and I am telling the truth when I say she really doesn't complain, but letting the dog out she does not do. I open the door and off Teddy goes into the rain and the night to run around like a barking banchee for 5 minutes, when upon completion will come back to the door and  repeat the process that got him out in the first place, to get himself back in.
      Frankee had developed abit of an attraction to Teddy. I think she thought he was cool.Whatever Teddy did Frankee did. Teddy barked,Frankee barked. Teddy stopped, Frankee stopped. Teddy did a play growl at Archee and Frankee was right over to that side of her playpen growling. So, it was no suprise when Teddy came in all excited by the rain and started to jump, that when  I spun around (As fast as Ican, given the siuation) Frankee was "catchin' some air" She  no sooner lands when off she springs again like a piece of popcorn in a popper. "Oh no Frankee, STOP!" I yelled .
But I was too late.What I had feared, happened. Frankee came down on all fours and then her front paw snapped under her. My poor Goosy started crying at the top of her lungs. We both sprung into super mode and Jenna scooped her up and gave her to me and within the couple of minutes it took me to manuever to the bathroom, I had calmed her enough that she stopped crying all together.Now, She was just shaking like a muracca. I sat down on the toilet and tried to evaluate what exactly  was her injury. Well, there wasn't much evaluating needed ,as her left little fore arm and paw lay limp, just hanging there.Now,  I have absolutely zero experience with broken bones, but I was pretty sure that was what I was looking at. Instantely a million "what ifs" started to fill my brain. People who are not animal lovers  really do not understand how these little guys sneak into our heart and are as an important part of your family as your own baby. they are your baby. they are your cute little toddler forever doing adorable things and forever being your "furbaby". To lose a pet is loosing a part of your family. I also have to say that the way dogs register pain is amazing to me. There she lay with broken bones and as soon as I started to soothe her she stopped crying. Being in a high level of pain on a daily basis myself, I found that to be absolutely  extraordinary.
                  Jenna got me the phone and dialed the number of the Vet while I soothed Frankee.
" The Vet" Who got strike  1 upon the first visit was now up to strike 2., and  I couldn't help but think that we were about to strike out.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Contest Post #3 Frankee The Chihuahua Boards the train to Splitsville

We were all packed up and ready to go with all the little and big things that Cindy had accumulated for Frankee. Cindy was really very relieved I was taking Frankee home because although she would have kept her she was really a "Rotty" girl at heart and already had 4 big dogs at home. So Frankee would have gotten lost in the crowd no matter what. Although I was anxious to get Frankee to her new forever home, there was one thing I really wanted to do before we left. I wanted to put Frankee on an accurate scale to see just what that litttle Goosy(One of those nickname's that comes to you from nowhere but sticks-you know what I mean right?)  weighed. I knew she was small but I really couldn't tell how small.. When Cindy came out with the scale I put frankee on it....Beep,Beep,beep..."Ok. All set" Cindy said as she handed Frankee to me and wrote something down.I looked down at the scale and I said "What does that translate to in lbs?"And Cindy said "That is Lbs." "what?" I said "That can't be, she is almost 7 months old-" Yes, but she's been really sick Liz" It was at that time that I was slapped out of La-La land and realized just how strong my little goosy really was. Right then and there I vowed to myself that I would everything in my power to bring her up in her weight, and get her on the road to the health she deserved. Cindy said she'd have the vet call me to set up the first puppy appt. and that she would come to my house. We agreed to meet once a week for a weigh in and off we went.
                      Never having dealt with a Vet that does house calls I really didn't know what to expect. And she was not very forthcoming on information either. So, not being one to hold back when there is information I am seeking' I started with my  questions for which I found myself getting short answers while she set up her "office" on my kitchen counter.. She spent more time with her computer and her billing system than she did with Farnkee-STRIKE 1. I had to ask her if we could weigh Frankee and with that she answered (Not asked) do you have a scale...   I couldn't believe what I was hearing, no accurate scale? Wasn't that just fundamental medicine?? One of those things you base very important needs off of? For example: Figuring out the dosing  out of medicne for an animal? Apparentely, she did not think so. Off I went to get the scale that I could hardly carry with my spinal cord injury and  walker , manuevered it to the kitchen. The great news was Frankee had gained 5ozs. in 5 days.  That was the awesome news I was waiting to hear. The bad news was I was left wondering what I was going to do about  a vet.               

Friday, March 18, 2011


Yes, we did go home, guiltily leaving Frankee where she was. This is why I can't go into stores that sell puppies. I want to open the doors and let all the Frankees living there out to go free. But would that be the answer really? Then they would be out in that cold world without a home...
Seriously, I consider myself an animal activist. Advocating for any animal's protection when ever needed. And, I have to say, I have always been under the belief if you can rescue a dog, whether it be from a puppy mill, a shelter or a pet store, a rescue is a rescue, is a rescue. Bottom line is to give a needy animal a loving home. How he/she gets there is irrelevant.
So, on my return visit to the pet shop(to take a broken collar back) I wondered and hoped I would see Frankee when I got there. As I walked in on my crutches, I saw over by the puppy playpen a couple of Moms with their little toddlers teaching their little ones how to be gentle with the the baby pups. There was also a new girl working and chatting away with the moms, she looked really nice. Then I looked over to the crib, and there was no Frankee. Frankee was gone. My heart just sank. I didn't know why Frankee had touched me the way she did, or why I thought Frankee would still be there, none of it mattered now, as I went about the shop trying to keep myself busy, waiting for the opportune moment to hijack the new girl and grill- I- I mean "ask" her about Frankee. I was just getting ready to turn around and seek her out... and there she was " Are you finding everything you need?" "Bingo" I thought here is my chance, I asked, "Hi, There was a brown and white Chihuahua here about a month ago, did she get sold?" Oh yes, a few weeks ago, we should be getting..." No, no thank you, I'm not interested, but I do have this colllar to bring back, because the clasp is broken..." And for the second time I left the shop broken hearted.
I don't know what it was, but Frankee remained in nestled in the back of my brain.I didn't think of Frankee all the time, but subconciously I did. At the weirdest times I would find myself wondering how she was. What was it about this little Chihuahua? Why did I have Frankkee on the brain???? Another month went by and it was time for Lennon to go to the groomers'. So off we went down to the shop,which happens to be where our groomer was located.Cindy had a real repor with her clients and they clearly loved her, which everyone knows is a prerecquisite to a happy dog. Happy dog-Happy Mommy-Happy Mommy-Happy groomer- Happy dog and that is the circle of Love. Just change out the characters and that is the secret to life-Good Karma and care for your fellow being. Anywayoff the life lessonand back to grooming. As I was hanging out and watching Cindy perform her magic, I found myself telling Cindy about the last time I was there and the new girl telling me that Fankee had a new human. Cindy started to tell me how the brown & white Chihuahua had gone home on 2 separate occassions to 2 separate homes and did not do well at either place. Frankee had gotten very sick and almost died from Hypoglycemia not once, but twice. So, Cindy nursed her back to health and she is now in a forever home. My eyes welled up as I told her thank god she was there to save little Frankee. People who don't have small dogs don't know that when they are pups (Or even in general, one should always be aware of their bloodsugar) that they are so small they need to be fed and offered water every couple of hours otherwise their blood sugar drops and they are in grave danger of passing away. This cannot be stressed enough, and personally I do not believe these small dogs should be sold until they are abit older than the normal 8week standard that is used as a general guideline for when pups are weined from their mothers. This little bit of extra time would allow the small guys alittle more time develomentally as well as avoiding dangerous and totally avoidable experiences with Hypoglycemia, among other dangers. But, all this is an important side note. As I was grilling Cindy about how Frankee was, she assured me that Frankee's new human was taking good care of her and she was perfectly fine..." Do you want to see Chi-Chi for yourself?"" What?" "What do you mean?" Are they coming in?" I asked with my heart breaking on the inside... "No she said, Chi Chi (Frankee to you and I) is in the back, I was too nervous to let her go home with anyone else so, I kept her." "YOU WHAT?" I yelled."You have her?" But that girl the other day..." "is my daughter and she knows I don't want to give her to just anyone... But you on the other hand, if you want her..." "Of course I want her but I don't have $1400.00." Then Cindy went on to tell me that Frankee is really tiny and needs 24/7 care and thinks I would be the perfect person for the job. We worked it out that I would pay for her for the vet bill of $300.00 and she would come home with me!! Cindy explained to me that in these kind of situations,, when they know the dog is special they look for an experienced special individual to be their forever human. So, Chi Chi came home with me and became Frankee the mniute my darling daughter saw her. "Yes" I said "Frankee it is I said, Frankee it is. "

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Contest Post #1The Day Frankee The Chihuahua Came to Town...

Happy Frankee Thursday!! Happy St. Patrick's Day
I want to apologize ahead of time- I am running on Frankee's fumes right now, I have not been sleeping well the past couple of nights and I don't know what happens but when I
get on the computer to talk about Frankee its as though Frankee's shot me with a sleepy arrow! *YAWN* who's got the toothpicks? Frankee chews them- So no toothpicks for Frankee!
Give me a minute, *AYE AYE AYE*. Ok., shaking off all that "I just want to cuddle with Frankee and go nighty- nighty stuff.
Frankee came into our family menagerie in a very round about way.
It was Christmas 2009. My daughter I were in a shop to pick up a, according to my daughter, one of a kind, doesn't exsist anywhere else in the universe, must have collar. My Dear daughter got away with this reasoning for one very pertinent reason and one reason only;( beside the fact that I was about to see Frankee) The collar was on sale. So, while my dear daughter was over contemplating some very pink hair dye, for a very white dog, (Thank goodness Frankee's brown!) I noticed a little crib, I hadn't given much thought to it before, other than subconsciously dismissing it as part of the decor, just as I was going to put the ax on the pink hair dye, I saw something move...(Now, Before I start going on about how so crazy cute Frankee was, I should tell you, I am like a Chihuahua homing unit. I don't know what happens, but my radar goes up, antenneas get raised and beep... beep... beep... The words run across my brain...**CHIHUAHUA**CHIHUAHUA** CHIHUAHUA in the HOUSE!!! And sure enough there was little Frankee. Frankee was SO tiny. I had never seen a Chihuahua so tiny. She was half the size of my hand and while I looked into those big brown eyes the size of marbles, all I could think of was that our Guinea pig was bigger than she was. Frankee shared the crib with a little Yorkie who just as tiny as herself. I felt like I was there for a reason. As though I was supposed to see her. I wanted to scoop Frankee up then and there...Then, my little love affair came to a halt and my heart broke all within a matter of 20 seconds, as I read a sign that said "Chihuahua $1,400.00. "
I think I made a"phew"' sound, and looked down one last time at Frankee. Feeling broken hearted that I was going to have to leave her behind I collected the pink lady,minus her hair dye, plus a collar, pulled my crutches on and without looking down, I maneuvered past the crib.
As I got behind the driver's seat, I had the words Frankee, Frankee, Frankee... running across my brain.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Magical Mystery Tour...Of Karen Snyder's!!

Today is a big day in the FB world of crafters and Artisians!! At least MY world of crafters and Artisians! c: Karen Snyder of O. Sebastian's Chainmaille Jewelry is having a fanning party today and tommorrow and let me tell you it is a great way to meet fellow artists and see all the beautiful things everyone puts their stamp on! You know I have always felt that my Jewelry is a very personal thing to me; it really comes from my soul and therefore is very original. Something dawned on me today as I was busy visiting and fanning fellow Artisans pages; and that was: Alot of others (Now Friends) also infused a piece of their soul into their work as well. It was alittle like meeting alittle abit of the person themselves... I really didn't expect to be hit on this level, it was a feeling of geniuneness and something really pretty special. Like me, they communicated a small piece of who they really are and how they view the universe. It wasn't like their pieces were riddled with signs proclaiming this, it was more of a nuance- a twist this way, a jumper named after one's daughter, a pair of earrings capturing the pictures of loved ones...I could go on and on, but to sum it up I will just say that I made some really wonderful connections this weekend and have been welcomed into an awesome community of very talented Rocking Artisans - Thank you! c:


Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Big Weekend...

Hello!! Thank You so much for taking the time to come and visit the grand opening of the Clarity of PurpleSage!!-THE BLOG! This is an action packed Grand Opening Weekend for me!!Karen Snyder, O Sebastians Chainmaille Jewelry is hosting a Fanning party And Let me tell you it's already started and its so much fun!!For those of you who don't know what a Fanning party is, ( I didn't)-you sign up for the tour bus and the tour bus travels all over the Facebook pages to all sorts of talented people's fan pages. Not only do you get to meet a bunch of new friends but you get to see how talented they are and all their handmade creations!!;- Did I say how much fun this is?? So Much!! Frankee my little (23/4 lb) sweet Chihuahua rescue is sitting here going back and forth to my store: Clarity of PurpleSage with me, it's so crazy!!

OK. Onto the next topic of the day- IDOL. I must say DD( that's code for "dear daughter" LOL) were abit (alot) disappointed inquite a few of the kid's performances. for the guys- what can I say Casey is my all time fav followed by a close James- James cracks me up, he just can't get enough of that camera!! Even when he isn't supposed to be on he sneaks in!-Last night with Ryan! I think Ryan must be very supportive of all the kids because they are all very comfortable with him. I think it will be a very challenging, awesome IDOL season! Which we really kind of felt they really needed,we felt IDOL was really losing it pizzaz in the past few seasons. It is so refreshing to see some really -out of this world-talent, rather than a group made up mostly of -gotta fill some slots- talent. And I really like JLO and Steven Tyler as new judges! They now have a full panel of musically oriented individuals who really know what they are listening to and know what they are doing. I can't wait to see who is in the top 13 !
Peace c: LIZ