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Wednesday, April 28, 2010


I've completed several rings and a pendant.   I have the entires on the website for the rings already.  I really will try to get photos taken as soon as I finish two woven pendants that I'm curremtly working on. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I've been wrapping the shanks of rings today and my hands and arms are tired. I guess I'll take a break for a while.

Here's something that I'd like to share with everyone who has an aging kitty with health issues. My oldest cat is 14 and has had allergies and asthma for some time. The asthma has gradually gotten worse despite the air filters, etc., that we're using constantly. My vet suggested using a tiny mask on the cat to administer medication from an inhaler, but I was never able to get the cat to adapt to having the mask on her face.
Several months ago I did a web search on feline asthma. Among the things I came up with as a result was a "breathing chamber" idea. After discussing it with the vet, I decided to try it. I have a small flexible clear plastic file box with a lid (the cat is very small). I took a long time to introduce the cat to being in the box - there's a blanket in the bottom and several little cat toys. She doesn't mind being in the chamber and she can see out. My other kitties have also investigated the chamber and played with the toys, so it smells like her and her friends.

The vet helped me choose and acquire a nebulizer pump system. The prescription medication goes into a cup connected to a pump and a fine mist of medication is pumped into the chamber. The cat is much improved. Although this obviously doesn't cure anything, a couple of daily treatments have made a big difference - much less coughing and a more active cat.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Direct link to my Wishpot site

Here's a direct link to my wishpot site where you can create a wishlist for items from my website or my etsy store.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Expanded Wishpot

I'm expanding my activities on to include regular blogging.   I'll have more info soon.   You can see lots of my jewelry there as well as on my website

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Taking a Break

I recently had an opportunity to take a break from work and spend a couple of days in New Orleans.   I took a river cruise and discovered that the view from the water was both interesting and revealing in many ways.  I learned a lot about the city and thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Planning Your Reception-Find the Perfect Place

Your wedding reception is a very important part of your Special Day and you want to be able to relax, enjoy your guests, and have fun at your reception. Planning out all the details in advance is crucial. Here are some initial questions to answer about your reception:

- Will it be a morning, afternoon, or an evening event? Is your wedding formal, casual, or somewhere in between? The “tone” of your reception is connected to that of your wedding. If your wedding will be formal, your reception will probably be a formal affair.

- Will you be getting married in the summer, fall, winter, or spring?

- How many guests will attend?

- What is your budget for the wedding and the reception?

Once you’ve answered these questions you are ready to look at potential reception locations. Start your search well in advance. Lots of locations are booked months in advance.

Finding the ideal location for your reception is important. There are many choices – at a church, in a hotel, in a hall, in a restaurant, or at the country club. You can even choose a museum or a historic building. Each venue will provide an ambiance all its own and the costs of each of these sites will vary. Do you want an indoor or outdoor setting? Outdoor weddings and receptions take a lot of planning and can involve much more work than something held indoors and you need to be sure you’ve secured an alternate site in case of bad weather.

To help compare locations, create a list of the features and services that you want a reception site to have. Try to include everything you can think of. Prioritize your list so the things you think are the most important are right up front. Take your list along when you visit reception sites.

Some things to consider when visiting reception sites:

- Consider the services offered by a facility - large hotels or restaurants can provide everything you’ll need. You might also find a garden setting for an outdoor wedding and reception at a hotel or restaurant. Costs for services at this type of facility are generally priced on a per person basis.

- How far is a reception site from the wedding site? Is there adequate parking at the reception site? Your guests shouldn’t have to travel far between the wedding and the reception and there shouldn’t be a problem parking at the reception.

- Is the room large enough for the number of guests and the activities planned? If you plan to dance, is the floor suitable for dancing and is there enough room? You don’t want your guests in a crowded space.

- Do you like the décor of the room? What about decorating?

- If there will be other events planned the same day as yours, determine how these events (and services being provided to them) might impact your reception. Will your guests and your event have a private setting?

- Private halls and other facilities may offer nothing other than the room itself. You will have to arrange for everything else.

Careful planning of every detail will help to assure that everything goes smoothly on your Special Day. You may want to consider the services of a wedding planner. A professional wedding planner might actually save you some money (and spare you a lot of headaches).