Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Today my Blog Post is dedicated to flowers and learning!
Flowers in the form of Fine Art and Jewelry, and today I learned how to put pictures side by side onto Blogger.
Though it is only a three step process,  I chose to make it, OH, about 20 steps.
I think I have a down now. At least I hope so,
Now onto the goodies!

On my FaceBook, there is this wonderful photographer that I "like".
I never realized until just recently that she had a shop on Etsy. Not only that, I also didn't know how incredibly beautiful her photography was until I looked through all her listings on Etsy. To put it simply, I was stunned to see what beautiful work she created taking photographs.
I wouldn't be able to choose just one of her photograph listings, so at the end of a few pictures here, I will post all information for you to see more!                                                              



This first fine art print is named, Vintage Vanilla. Click on the title and it will bring you right to the listing.
The second luscious pink flower is named, "My Heart Opens for You". Quite fitting for Valentines Day, don't you think?!
I would also like to mention that Traci, the fine photographer here, is an Award Winning Fine Art Photographer. She resides in Canada with her husband and children.
You can find Traci here!
On Etsy: TraciCottinghamPhoto
Face Book
Twitter
FineArtAmerica

Earlier today I stumbled upon this newly opened Etsy Shop, called Rosarium1. I have to say that I love Moonika's handmade jewelry. And to find out that each flower she makes is handmade by her, petal by petal, amaze's me. Such elegance and imagination. To say the least.
Here are a few of her items:


You'd have to agree that these light pink roses are quite feminine, and dainty!
I love the combination of the polymer clay roses, crystals and pearls.
You can find the link to the first photo here. Quite frankly, it is such a lovely set.
I also included this listing for the second photo here, because I really wanted you to see the detail and quality of her handmade jewelry creations.
I hope you will take a look into Moonika's Etsy Shop, there are many other colors of flowers and jewelry items. If there is a colors you especially have in mind, she accepts "custom orders" as well.
So, please be sure to check this shop out!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Game Winner!

Congratulations to Robin for winning my first, Super Bowl Game!
Not only did she have the correct guess of the Team, she had the points down to the "T" too!
She is the winner of a 35% discount of anything in my Etsy Shop!
Since she has been a customer before I know she will be choosing jewelry in the colors of emerald green or fabulous orange!
I wouldn't be surprised if she requested a custom piece, I'd be honored again.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Although I enjoyed the game, I wanted the game to end quickly to see who was going to win. Personally, I would have predicted a much higher scoring game.

Till next time, take care, and God bless,
xoxox
Cathy

Super Bowl Fans!

Today is the BIG DAY!
The two best teams will be going head to head. Although I don't really care who wins, maybe you do?
My team, well I had two, the 49ers, because they are very close to home, and the Denver Bronco's, whom I have have loved for years, were knocked out in the playoffs. You all have to admit, both those teams came very far this year. They both had BIG improvements which I hope will carry on into the next season.

So, todays contest, well it was JUST planned, so I hope I get some good replies here!

What is the ending score of the game.
You will need to tell me what you think the final score will be of BOTH teams.
Whoever is closest wins a 35% discount coupon in my Etsy Shop!

Game time begins at: 3:30pm, in about 7 hours.

Please leave your guesstimate score, and an email address.
Make sure your email address is correct!

Happy guessing :)
I will be checking back here at kickoff!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Have to get back in the swing of things with Blogger

I have to start by saying Blogger is not my friend.
But, since I have relieved myself of a certain position, I might actually enjoy writing, and not having to do so.

I have been busy with my Etsy Shop. I have a lot of new listings. My Swarovski and Czech Glass Earrings and Necklace jewelry went over really well for Autumn. I will definitely be repeating those pairs again beginning in July, maybe a little early, but its never to early for Autumn!
Lets see if I can post a pic still!
Oh wow, how cool :)

Gosh, the rain is just POURING here right now, its really unbelievable! And the wind, it is so strong, you can imagine the tress blowing and the branches struggling to stay attached to other branches and even the trunk itself.
I just got the chills, though I am sure it was a slight breeze from outside.

I also had these available in a Swarovski Vintage Gold, Antique Brass, and a Czech Glass Pumpkin Pearl.
My favorite was the Czech Glass Pumpkin.
These Earrings listed for $18.00 and I will list them again this year for the same amount. I actually thought of making some of these Earrings for Spring, though using a Blush Pink colored Swarovski Pearl. I think I might order a pair of those as well, now that I think about it.
I think Vintaj Brass would look fabulous with a pale Pink Pearl!

If you think you would be interested in a pair of these Earrings, or even a Necklace, just leave a comment here. I will be checking and posting regularly again.
And even if your not interested in some nuts for Autumn yet, leave me a comment anyways.
I would really love to hear from you!

Friday, October 28, 2011

My BESTeam Feature

Well, as we all know, some better then most, life constantly changes. Sometimes its for the better, and sometimes its for the worst. Sometimes things just stay the same, which is my favorite time
My point? I have one, and here it is. Due to certain changes in my life, I have decided after thoughtful contemplating, I have decided to leave the BESTeam.
So, for my last feature, my theme is RED!
 My first farewell visit is to the shop of Knitful Dezigns.  Veronica is a good friend of mine, and a very talented woman too.  Right now she is working on a plush doll collection while planning her wedding.  And she takes custom orders.  This Big Bow Headband comes in any color you choose, but I particularly like the red.  You can find Knitful Dezigns on facebook, and twitter, plus she writes her own blog
The next stop on my farewell tour is the shop of Creativity Bugs.  This shop is run by 2 sisters, Sandy and Sue.  They have such a cute and funky sense of style, and it shows in all their items, like this Rock Photo Holder.  A perfect stocking stuffer for that teenager on Santa's list. Follow them on facebook for all their latest news, and bookmark their blog for some reading pleasure.
My next stop is at Mossy Creeks Soaps.  I thought to myself, oh no, will she have red soap?  There goes my theme, but then on page 3, here it is... this Red Box Soap Gift Set.  When you purchase this gift set, you have 10 different soaps to choose from, so you can find something for everyone.  Michelle can be found on her own web page, blog, facebook, and twitter.
At my last stop, Redemption Art, I found this really cool Amber Carnation Milk Bottle.  Connie finds these great items on the great island of Hawaii, and she has so many vintage items.  And if vintage is not for you, she has a 2nd shop, Volcano Girl Creations, where you'll find her great handmade items, like jewelry and cat toys.  Connie writes a really cool blog, Island Buzzy. Reading this you'll feel like you've been on the island yourself.  She also has facebook and twitter.
So there you have it, my last BESTeam weekly feature.  If you are looking for an Etsy team where you can get, and give, some extra promotion, you can find it here.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hungry? I am, always............

Well its 2:47am, and I cannot sleep. I honestly hate these moments, I have them often.
The Title, yes, you can ask my co-workers. I begin work at 7am, when I work. At about 8:30, I am starving. I don't know, there is something about work, psychologically, that makes me hungry, because I am never hungry this time at home. I have the famous one liner: I'm Hungreeeey! And yes, everyone within 20 feet of me can hear me. OK, so occasionally I am loud, otherwise I am soft spoken, sometimes to the point know one can hear me, maybe that's their choice though, haha. 
Now to the point. A sandwich. Not just an ordinary sandwich, lets just say this is an extraordinary sandwich!
This sandwich consists of:
Chicken - your choice. I prefer grill boneless thighs, cut into strips.
BBQ Sauce - your choice too. I used Bulls Eye. The plain one. I didn't want to add too many seasoned items.
French Rolls - Sourdough, a staple in our house, but you may choose another kind as well. 
Cole Slaw Mix - what ever one you want, just make sure its dry, your going to add the dressing.
Important must haves!
Trader Joes South African Smoke Seasoning Blend
Marie's Cole Slaw Salad Dressing

Coat Chicken with Olive Oil, I prefer light, extra virgin.
Season chicken generously with the African Seasoning Blend.
Cook chicken. Our grill was out of propane so I used my George Foreman Grill.
Cut chicken into strips, its just easier to eat. This sandwich is already kind of messy!

Prepare Cole Slaw, yes after Chicken, especially if you like it crunchy. I didn't use the whole bag of Cole Slaw for this. You may want to serve Cole Slaw on the side as well. I had Trader Joes, "Handsome" Fries.
I always use about a 1/2 jar of the Salad Dressing, then additionally I throw in 2 fat tablespoons of Sugar. You can too, if you wish. I prefer my Cole Slaw to be a bit sweet, and it went really well in this sandwich like that too. I used enough Salad Dressing just to lightly coat the Cole Slaw.

Toast Rolls, if you'd like, I do.
Spread BBQ Sauce on Rolls, enough to cover the roll.
Place Chicken on Rolls.
Top with Cole Slaw.
EAT!

Be ready for tons of compliments, have lots of napkins, and enjoy, because you will!

*Cooks notes:
Although I seasoned the chicken well before grilling, after tasting, I added more of the African Blend Seasoning.
My husband asked "Did I save this recipe?" I said no, I made it up!
Mark, my husband also said that if this was served in a restaurant, he'd go back. Well I am glad to hear that! He lives at the restaurant, he always says he prefers to eat at "Cathy's"!
I should have taken photos, I will next time, I promise! I was too hungreeeeey to take the time to snap pics!
Trader Joes has the most awesomest Seasonings. We also use their: 21 Seasoning Salute, and a grinder mix of : Everyday Seasoning.

Till next time, be good to your self and others!
Blessings,
Cathy

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