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Madison Wisconsin

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Still on sale....Great deals on handcrafted jewelry!












Hello! Today, I thought I would show you some of the great deals YOU are missing out on in my Etsy shop! I'll feature the earrings that you can get TODAY for just a few dollars! There is nothing wrong with these sale items! I am just trying to clear out for new creations!
Take a Look!

All of the earrings are available in my etsy shop for less than $10.00 each! Some as low as $3.50! Why not buy some?
Visit my shop NOW to get the best selection!

Happy Holidays!

Carol

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Enjoy Bermuda!


After Holiday Sale still going on!

Be one of my lucky customers who gets a GREAT deal on my handcrafted jewelry!

Items marked down from 30-50%!

Check this shop section for all that is available during the sale!


Thanks!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Sales are on.....Everywhere!

Check out this treasury I made of some great items on Etsy that I found on Sale Today!
Remember, my shop started a post holiday sale this morning that runs through 12/31/11. A select group (over 50 items) in my shop is marked down 50% or more for you! Check out the After Holiday Sale Section in my etsy shop!


Shop early for the best finds! There are some great deals to be had! Enjoy!

Carol

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing all my faithful readers a Very Merry Christmas!

May Beautiful Sights and Sounds Abound in your Holiday World!


When you are well and rested, please come and check out my Post Holiday Sale.

Running 12/26/11- 12/31/11, save 50% or more on select items from my handcrafted jewelry!
Just click on the shop section menu to the left in my etsy shop that reads;
After Holiday Sale
Here is the link directly to the shop section

Much thanks for a wonderful, successful year!
~Carol~

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Last minute Gift Ideas

Check out this BNR my cancer support ribbon earrings are featured in!


Great ideas for last minute gift ideas!

Happy Shopping!
Carol

Monday, December 12, 2011

Last Day of Holiday Sale!

I'm happy to report that some customers are taking advantage of my Holiday Sale that is running right now! Today, 12/12/11, is the last day to have 20% off your purchase from my shop! My unique, handcrafted jewelry has already been marked down for you! No coupon code necessary!

Sale ends at 8pm tonight!

In addition, there is a wonderful BNR that one of my pieces of photography is featured in, along with some other very nifty holiday gift ideas. Check it out! Here is the link;

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTYzNTcwOTh8MTQ5NDkzMjQwMw/open-our-expiring-items-soon-bobis-bnr

Lastly, today is National Poinsettia Day! There is a wealth of information out there on these wonderful holiday plants! I will be blogging about it this week, as I ready for my holiday plant unit with the elementary garden club students!

Enjoy December!
Carol

Saturday, December 10, 2011

By the Numbers...........



Good Morning! Happy Holidays!

First things first, if you are looking for a sale announcement, you've found it! My entire shop has been marked down 20% for the weekend during my Holiday Sale. Prices are already reduced, so there is no coupon code needed! The sale runs from 8am 12/10/11 through Monday, 12/12/11 8pm. Happy Shopping!

I've been following my shop stats closely as of late. A few things have occurred to me! One is that I've been doing custom orders for multiple items. It really doesn't show up, unless someone takes the time to look in my sold section and read the listings. I sold a group of 10 custom beaded bookmarks to a very nice French lady. She received them and this is what she had to say;

"I received the bookmarks! they are even more beautiful in real life and I love them! Thank you also for the gifts, you are too kind! I thank you with all my heart for everything and I hope to do business with you again!"
B.L.

This kind response from her shows as one transaction but she bought 10 book marks!

Similarly this week, I completed a custom order for 7 Viking Goddess Rings. This woman was in the U.S. and I mailed them out to her a few days ago. Again, one transaction shows for seven items.

And lastly, but perhaps most exciting is that I had a customer return to me that was one of my very first on line customers! It was when I sold via ebay. We have been able to reconnect via facebook and she also ordered some custom holiday tree earrings from me. There were three of those, along with some other items. She purchased 5 items from me via Etsy and then contacted me via Facebook for the custom items.

So, there's about 20 items sold not showing up in my etsy numbers. I'm not complaining. By not listing individually, I'm not paying the twenty cents per listing. It does save work on my part, also. But, I guess I'd encourage you (as a buyer) to look lightly at the shop numbers when you buy. Most likely, the shop owner is selling more than it looks.

Don't forget to check out my sale!

Happy Holidays,
Carol

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Sale!

Thanksgiving SALE going on now! Save 25% on everything in my Etsy shop.

Sale

Starts at 1pm CST on Thanksgiving Day and
Ends Tuesday, 11/29/11, at 6am EST.

Enjoy the convenience of my unique

jewelry creations being already marked down for you!



Happy Thanksgiving!

Carol

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Children's Book Recommendations for the Better Reader in the later elementary years.

Okay. You've done a great job. Your child is a great reader! Congratulations! They've moved beyond, The Magic Tree House Series, 39 Clues, and even Harry Potter. Today, my child's fourth grade teacher asked me for some book recommendations for her classroom library that she could add for higher level readers! Wow. I was flattered to be asked. This is a list of what I sent on to her, after our discussion. Many of these books are classics. Some are newer, but besides offering a bit of a challenge to a 3rd or 4th grader that may be ready for harder words, there is also so much offered in the way of context, history, or entertainment if the reader looks beyond the surface of the story. Some titles are even Newberry Award winners.

Here are a list of books, all of which we have read, that I feel really worth reading and are at a higher level.

Island of the Blue Dolphins RL 5.5 ***

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden RL 6.2 ***

There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar RL 5.0

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan RL 4.0 ****

Charley Skeddadle (about a boy in the civil war) RL 5.0 *****

The BFG by Roald Dahl, Funny nonsense language.

Matilda by Roald Dahl RL 6.0

Mary Jemison- Indian Captive by Lois Lenski, RL 5.7, Lexile 740, Guided Reading Level T *****

Wrinkle in Time- Reading Level 5.8, Lexile 740, *****

The Magician's Nephew (first book of the Narnia series, before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
By C.S. Lewis RL 5.6, Lexile 790, Guided Reading Level T ***

Gary Paulsen Books;
Hatchet, Lexile- 1020, RL - 6.3, Guided Reading Level R *****
Brian's Winter, Lexile- 1140, RL 7.3, Guided Reading Level R *****

Battle for the Castle by Elizabeth Winthrop, Lexile 700, RL 5.6, Guided Reading Level P *****
Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop, Lexile 750, RL 5.9, Guided Reading Level R *****

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks (and sequels, which I have not read) RL, 5.9, Lexile -780, Guided Reading Level R *****

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett RL 5.6, Lexile 770, Guided Reading Level S ****
The Wright Three by Blue Balliett ****
The Danger Box by Blue Balliett (have not read but would like to)

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, RL 5.5, Lexile 840, Guided Reading Level Z *****

Back to the Day Lincoln was Shot. Time Traveller's Series. by Beatrice Gormely Lexile 740, RL 5.6, Guided reading level S **

Below is a resource I have used over and over, in some form, to assist me in picking books for my boys at certain levels. You plug in the book or
author and it gives you all the leveling information you need (click on the book title for this information).
http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/

I've starred the ones that I feel are really great books and even though the child's reading ability may be beyond the lexile or reading level listed, there is so much more to most of these books that I would consider them a don't miss reading opportunity. I have read and loved them all! The more *'s listed, the more highly I recommend them! A few are among my all time favorite books and have read them with each of my children as they were ready!!!!


I thought that since I had the list compiled and had typed it up, that maybe it would be a nice blog post! After all, it is the holiday season and what better gift to give, than a nice book! Books are affordable, too! The list is certainly not complete as to all the books that I could or would recommend. Remember it was offered as a quick suggestion to start a former middle school French teacher on building an elementary classroom library for fourth grade, for students of higher ability. I know there are many more titles I could have listed. These are just a few of the great books available to children today and some that have been available for a long time, but forgotten about!

Happy Reading!
Carol

P.S. Don't forget to regularly check out my etsy shop! I am offering regular sales that are promoted in my shop announcement. Today's coupon code is RED25, entered at checkout, for 25% off anything with the color red, incorporated into the piece! Thanks for stopping by!
(sales announced at top of shop page on etsy site)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

SALE Today! Visit my Etsy shop for details!






Sale continues today!

Use coupon code, extendsale, at checkout to receive 66% off your entire purchase from my Etsy shop, full of handcrafted jewelry and Fine Art Photography. Excludes special and custom orders, as well as, previously completed transactions!


Have a great weekend!
~ Carol ~

Friday, November 11, 2011

Celebrate Veteran's Day with a Smile, a Sale, and a Thank You!

Do you ever find that the mail either brings joy and anticipation or dread? It either can arrive with surprises or goodies enclosed in packages or bills enclosed in envelopes.

On Wednesday this week, I got two great piece of mail. One was a package containing the silver wavy bookmark stems that I had ordered to fullfill a custom order to FRANCE! Yes, I am now an international seller! A gift shop in the South of France will be selling my handcrafted, beaded bookmarks! I am soooooo excited about this! I'll be sure to post pictures when I am finished creating them next week!

The other piece of mail was an envelope that would have been very strange, had I not been expecting it. Enclosed in the envelope was a single piece of bright pink (fuschia) fabric! I am creating 6 bridesmaids necklaces for a bride to be in South Dakota and she kindly sent the fabric for me to match the beads! She has a good eye because the fabric matches the beads, exactly. With that taken care of, now I just have to become an international buyer and get the beads I need from China! Whew! This is sure to be an experience. However, it seems to be the ONLY place I can find them in bulk! I"ll also let you know how those turn out!

So, on Veteran's Day.....a day without mail.....I decided to pass some of my good fortune on to you and host an 11 hour sale! For the next 11 hours, from 1pm- 12 midnight CST, everything in my etsy shop is 66% off! WOW! You need to use the coupon code; 11Hoursale at check out to get the discount, but I hope you stop by and see what you can SAVE BIG on today!


Thanks to all of our Veterans, who make HUGE sacrifices for our FREEDOM and SAFETY!

~ Carol ~

Friday, November 4, 2011

Volunteer....It is good for the soul.


Well, it is already November 4th!!! How can that be? Time is moving so quickly, these days!

Today ends the first quarter of the school year here! And this week, I can tell you that I have all my volunteer activities in full swing! Do you volunteer? If not, you should find something you love to do and do it.....for free! Yes, give of yourself and your talents! It will help others and make you feel good, all at the same time.

I started my volunteer efforts long ago. When my eldest child, now 17, was in pre-school, I helped with the elementary school Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser. Meeting neighbors and teachers in the school district got me involved in the PTO. I served as secretary for two years.
My time on PTO was not my most favorite volunteer experience. However, I did learn that I liked being at school with the kids from volunteering in kindergarten. That was 12 years ago!

In 2002, I began hosting a Craft Time for Kids at our local Children's Museum. Once a week, I would prepare a craft and take it to help those children visiting the museum make it to take home. Sometimes, I would read a story, too. I did that for five years!

In 2004, after taking a course to become certified as a Master Gardener, I founded a Garden Club for elementary students at our school. This is our 8th year! Facilitating and teaching the after school lessons on Horticulture is one of my most favorite volunteer activities. It amazes me how year after year, the club attracts about 30 students as members! We do many cool activities. I am sure that's part of the draw!

Through the years, as my children have grown, I've been in the classroom, as a volunteer anywhere from 1-3 days a week! I've found that I really love to teach and my heart lies with the students! I love to enrich. There have been some teachers that I've really clicked with. Over the years, I have felt the need to return to assist these teachers in their efforts to meet student needs. I have a passion for this!

So, this year I am leading Garden Club. We meet once a month. It takes a little time to prepare my lesson, but the satisfaction I receive from doing it is worth it! As far as classroom volunteering;

I am hosting a writer's circle for third graders. I have 6 students in that . They are above grade level writers! I had a group like this last year and we had some of the student's poetry published in a book selected by the Young America Poetry contest! We meet once a week for that.

Reading is another passion. For the last 3 years, I've been privileged to work with a teacher of great experience (40 years) and expertise. She has allowed me to work with her higher level readers in first grade. This year, I have 7 students! We met for the first time yesterday, but now will meet weekly! This teacher paid me the upmost compliment when she recently introduced me to her student teacher telling him that I was a mom but also an "expert" teacher! Wow! I was so flattered!

Over the years, I've also been able to help children having academic difficulty. This year, I am also assisting with children that need more oral reading experience and practice in 4th grade. I do that twice a week!

So what am I telling you? I am telling you to find something you are passionate about and volunteer to do it. Even if you can only do it once a month, you'll find the rewards are much greater than the sacrifice you make to do it! Sometimes, it is hard to get started but once you do; it'll be hard to stop!

Have a Fabulous Friday and Find your Passion!
Carol

I am daily adding new pieces to my Etsy shop for the holidays!
Please stop by and visit!
and you can find me on facebook at;
Carol's Jewelry Orchard

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Weekend Sale!!!

Announcing
Carol's Jewelry Orchard,
Weekend Sale!!!

Save Now through Sunday Night on Everything in my Shop!!!

No coupon codes needed!!!

Everything is 25% off!

Prices already Reduced!

Do your holiday shopping NOW!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sky Shadow in the Florida Keys....similar to Mt.Rainer?






Enjoy my sunset photography of the sunset in the Florida Keys this summer! I just signed on to the web and saw that a similar phenomenon was witnessed during sunrise at Mt. Rainier! I tried to upload these to the Huffington Post but had trouble. So, I'll post my own photography, on my own blog......who knows, maybe it will go viral!

If you want to compare the two photographs, the Huffington Post sunset picture and article is located at this link;

The shadow seems to be caused by the large, high cloud and the sun being directed upward due to (maybe)? the density of the cloud formation. I sincerely don't know, but it was awesome to witness! I took many, many shots of this particular sunset. As you turned away from the large cloud and faced directly east 180 degrees, the first two pictures show the blue shadow casted over that side of the horizon. It seemed to radiate from the large cloud over the top of the sky to the East 180 degrees!

Nature is Awe Inspiring!

I'm not sure the two shadows are caused by the same phenomenon but it sure looks like what I saw and was able to capture in Florida this past July! I posted these photographs, taken by me, without a watermark. There is no permission to copy, electronically or otherwise, without my permission! Thank you! I will soon get one of the photos posted in my etsy shop as a listing that can be purchased! I've been meaning to do this but I think NOW is the time!

Enjoy!!!!
~ Carol~

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mississippi Scenes from the Riverfront.....





Enjoy these pictures from a summer excursion on the Mississippi and Black Rivers, outside La Crosse, Wisconsin. Don't forget to check out my Etsy shop, too. I'm adding new pieces daily for the holidays! Check back daily for unannounced sales; find out about them by reading my shop announcement! Thanks! Have a great Thursday!


Carol

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Craft Show Experience





Good Monday Morning! It was a fabulous fall weekend here! The temperatures were more like summer, in the mid-80's. I can tell you that wasn't conducive to craft show attendees who were probably out cleaning up their yards, taking their boats or motorcycles for one last spin, or just enjoying the beauty of the area we live in!

I can't really complain. This craft show was one of the largest in our area and it was a great experience for me! I had a great booth space, right in the entrance to the room and my neighbors were extremely nice! It also helped that I did not have any other jewelry vendors around me! I signed up to be part of next year's show, with the same booth space! I liked my display and did receive some compliments on that, as well!

I had two big sellers; my Viking Goddess Rings (named for the local high school mascot, not the MN Vikings) and Copper Halloween Earrings! I also sold some new creations that never even made it to my etsy site. One was a gorgeous, triple stranded, Picture Jasper Necklace! And a five stranded Swarovski Crystal AB Bracelet was bought before the show even started yesterday, by a fellow vendor!

I met a fellow etsian, who was also a vendor at this show. This came about by my posting on the WIST Team thread about the show! She was extremely nice and I enjoyed chatting with her. Unfortunately, I never got around to visiting her booth, since I did not have anyone to relieve me, at mine! I'll have to go check out her shop, instead! I hope she understands! I did enjoy meeting her!

About half of the people I spoke with, knew of Etsy. That was reassuring! I did hand out a lot of business cards, too! All of my "sites" are listed on those, so I hope to have some increased traffic going into the holiday season from this increased exposure! My new line of altered art travel photography bracelets were a hit! I sold my bracelet of Washington, D. C., iconic landmarks, to a lady who had just visited there this summer! I hope to have some custom orders for that bracelet line. Many people are interested in them for holiday presents, as I can insert faces of children or grandchildren in the photo frames, as well! There is a three week lead time on those, at the current moment. Please see the pictures above for examples!

This was my third and largest craft show. It was great learning experience and I did fairly well! I do have many items still available, as my newest creations, not yet posted to Etsy, were my sellers. Be sure to check out my Etsy shop for sales and clearance mark-downs. I started a 3 day sale on my necklaces last night! It runs to Wednesday night at 9pm. You'll save 30% on marked necklaces. The prices are already reduced. If you are a local customer that I already know, you can save on shipping by entering coupon code SHIPFREE at check out. I'll contact you to arrange a public place for delivery. Thanks for stopping by!


Have a great Monday! Don't forget to check out my sales! :)
~Carol~



Monday, October 3, 2011

Please Enjoy the Slide Show of some pieces I have for the upcoming Fall Craft Show I'll be in this weekend at the Omni Center in Onalaska. If you like something featured in the slide show, tell me and save 15% on your purchases from my Etsy shop through Thursday, or at the show on over the weekend. Use coupon code Omni15 to save! Enjoy!

My Etsy shop is:

Thanks for stopping by!
Carol
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

The story of a recent sale and layering jewelry.






Hello! I hope you all have had a good week. My week was busy. Busy enough that I didn't make my wordless Wednesday post! I'm sorry if you were looking for it!

I have some great news this week! I sold a pair of earrings through my own personal website for Carol's Jewelry Orchard! http://www.carolsjewelryorchard.com This is not my etsy site but my own website. Sadly, it hardly ever gets looked at but has some cool features like a slide show of my recently sold items.

A customer bought a pair of earrings posted on my etsy site with football charms with green and yellow beads. She wrote me the following e-mail via the contact form on my site;
I received earrings that were green and yellow with footballs at the bottom. I was wondering if I can get the same green and yellow but with running shoes(tennis shoes at the bottom? The football ones are perfect for when my son is playing football. My daughter runs cross country and they both do track. I love the football ones. Thank you.

So, I had to move fast! I had just sold earrings I made with sneaker charms! Finally, after looking and looking I found some more pewter sneaker charms from an ebay vendor. I made the earrings and let the customer know they were finished, sending a picture of the completed set. And the sale was completed yesterday morning, the earrings sent! I was thrilled to make this sale; it means that my own website is working for potential customers to contact me about orders!

Finally, as I get ready for my upcoming Fall Craft Show, I have been photographing some of my pieces in layers. Many of my handcrafted jewelry items could be worn as layers. Sets of two necklaces, shown together in the above pictures are examples of what would work! The possibilities are endless. If you buy the two featured pieces, you definitely end up with 3 different looks. The look of each piece separately and the look of them together! Enjoy the pictures as you explore the versatility of these pieces.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Carol~

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Unplug, already!

Good Sunday Morning!

Again, so much to write about.....but I don't like to be fragmented, so I'll have to pick just one topic! As you know from my prior posts, we have had a lot of family visitors between the beginning of August and last weekend (or for about six weeks). My brother in law brought his i-phone, i-pod, and i-pad into our house during the first week in August. I have to tell you, I have been intrigued with this gadget, until recently.

During the five days they were here, an i-something gadget was permanently affixed to his hand. Everywhere he went in the house, a gadget went with him! I found it very, very irritating! I drove us to the National Eagle Center, in Wabasha, MN and ran directions off of Maps -on- Us to help us get there. The center was about 90 minutes away, and I had never been there before; despite being familiar with the area. Well, on our trip, we had not only my printed directions but also my GPS unit in our van AND his 3 i-something appliances! UGH! It was too much! Then, I think I really flipped him out when I announced, as we pulled out onto the highway to go home, that I now knew exactly where we were and didn't need to follow ANY of the directions to get home! I knew the way! He, on the other hand, was very unsure about me not following the "machines".

You see, the reason I was interested in the i-pad was I received an unexpected reimbursement check from New York State; when I worked there as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner! It was quite a sizable check, enough to buy an ipad! I thought it might be neat to have this tablet that I could sit in my kitchen and work on my etsy shop or be productive in other ways.....such as writing curriculum for my elementary garden club.

My teenage son, very technologically adept, recently researched tablets, as he is attending a virtual high school this year and wanted a smaller internet accessible unit than the laptop, the school was providing. Guess what???? He didn't buy an i-pad! After researching every tablet out there, he got an ASUS tablet with an e-writer attachable keyboard. He loves it. AND, it has ports for SD Cards!

You see, there in lies the clincher for me. I want my tablet to be for productivity. With my etsy shop, there is a great need for picture manipulation. I don't want to learn a new system for that; I want to continue to use adobe photoshop and store my pictures on SD memory cards. I know I could use something like Picasa, but truthfully, I don't want to spend the time on something new. I want something portable but productive. To me, and as my son confirmed, the i-pad is mostly for entertainment.

Well, then, my sister-in-law visited last week, with her i-pad! She seemed just as addicted to this same internet accessible appliance as my brother in law! Everytime she got an e-mail, it sent a ding-ding into the quiet air that became to me, something akin to chinese water torture. She was gracious enough to let me experiment with her i-pad; convinced that I would, indeed want one of these. Well, after admittedly still thinking it is a cool gadget, I don't want one.

I just don't like the effect it seems to have on people. Sane, mature, intelligent people who now seem like they can't live with out this 10 inch gadget. I also don't like the fact that everyone seems to have or want one. I've never gone for fads, and although this might not be one; I don't want to be part of it. I really don't use my computer for entertainment, so why would I use the i-pad for it? I already spend too much time on the computer, so why would I want something that would actually increase the time I spend on-line. AND, perhaps the most compelling reason for me is that I DO want a USB port and a memory disc port.

You know, I also have younger children. I really don't want them plugged in all the time! It is just not good for them! Currently, we limit their computer game time (which includes the Wii, DS, Computer, and yes, i-pad apps) to 20 minutes a day. It is more than enough. I have to say, they don't like it, but I do.

I love computers and technology but seriously, I think we all need to unplug, already! Life was interesting and full of opportunities and fun before the i-appliances and should continue to be with only a very limited access to them!

Have a great Sunday. Thanks for stopping by!
Carol

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday ......Lush Florida Vegetation.





As a Master Gardener Volunteer, naturally I love plants.....one of the my most favorite things to do while on vacation is to take photographs of all the different plants......tropical plants, in this case.

You see palms, strangler figs, bromeliads, and sea grass in the above pictures.
Florida is beautiful!
Enjoy!
Carol

Please visit my shop at http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com where some of my travel photography and landscape photography is for sale. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11th....Emotions rise easily.







Good Sunday Morning! I am trying to get back into my groove of posting on Wednesdays and Sundays, minimum. I think I had one extra post last week. I know I have a lot to write about.

However, I think I must write about the anniversary our Nation is remembering today. It is certainly not a celebration. Except 9-11 is a day we all must never forget. Friday night, we watched one of the specials on the events of 9-11, ten years ago. I remember exactly what I was doing, as does probably everyone who is old enough to have memories of that time. What struck me was how easily the emotions came back! Before I knew it, I was choking back tears of sadness for our country and especially for those who lost their lives that day or the lives of a loved one in that fateful attack.

What also struck me was the extreme bravery of so many ordinary people. Family members recounting the events on Flight 93 was especially revealing to me. Where, in us, does this bravery reside? These were ordinary people that most definitely gave their lives for others and for our freedom. Exactly like all the emergency responders who were killed trying to save those in the towers.

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from 9-11. We have spend considerable time over the weekend sharing some of the memories we have from that day/time with our children. One of my children was less than a week old at the time! How could I not wonder what kind of world I had brought this baby into?! I think they all have a better understanding from watching some of the television footage from that day and our discussion.

So, in remembrance of our nation's founding fathers and principals AND the bravery of so many, enjoy some more of my pictures from our Washington DC trip in June of this year. And know I am thankful it all still exists, both in a philosophical and physical form.

God Bless the USA.
Carol

Friday, September 9, 2011

Great News!!!! I've been featured on.......

Well, I've had a very good week! After doing some considerable thinking over the weekend about my jewelry and photography.......things in my jewelry shop have picked up! I had several sales yesterday and a couple a day before that! My sister in law is here and doing some of her holiday shopping from jewelry inventory! "Where else", I asked her, "could she shop at 8 o'clock at night, in her bare feet, with a glass of wine?" She agrees, that it is very convenient!

I also found out today that one of my travel memory, photographic charm bracelets is being featured on the website; Etsy Lush! This is a site that offers FREE advertising but is juried! You have to have great pictures of your product AND it has to be an original piece of work! These travel memory bracelets of mine are just that!

Right now I have bracelets on Washington D. C., Flowers and Butterflies, and Florida! It was the Florida Travel memory bracelet that has been featured! Go to the following website to view my bracelet and those of some other very talented artisits!
Click on the Jewelry, then Bracelet category to view. My bracelet is on page one, in the middle!

In addition to the fabulous news, I am working on my photography as well. My teenager is helping to organize the several thousand photos I have stored on my computer. He feels I should really be pursuing this end of my creativity! Well, I agree! With that decided, we turned off the highway we were on this weekend, and went down a country road because in more ways than one he saw that I was Chasing a Rainbow!

Have a great day!
Carol

Wednesday, September 7, 2011