Friday, July 6, 2012

Christmas In July

Boy is it ever hot but that's not stopping some of the artists on Artfire from having a Christmas In July sale. Please stop by artfire and type in CIJ2012 in the search box and you will see thousand of beautiful items that are on sale. Visit the artist main studio page to view their sale promotions and retrieve their coupon code. If you visit my studio between today and July 31, 2012, yep got a late start in the promotion due to power outage) and enter CIJ2012 in the coupon code box at checkout you will receive 10% off your purchase. It's never too early to shop for Christmas. And while it's so hot outside, why not stay cool and comfy letting your fingers do the shopping? So what are ya waiting for? Until next time....

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy 22nd Birthday Joshua!

Seems like just yesterday your dad and I brought you home from the hospital. Boy has time flown by! Can't believe it's been 22 years!
Happy Birthday baby boy! I know....MOM! I'm all grown up now! You'll always be our baby boy, no matter how big you are. We love you always and are proud of you. Hope your day is special and we will celebrate after your graduation from the academy.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th. For those who are venturing out, stay cool and hydrated. Enjoy the day with family and friends. Hope the fireworks are spectacular.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tuesdays Treasures Featured Artist

My featured artist from the It's Better Handmade guild on Artfire is Howling Caterpillars. This segment will now be published on Tuesdays to give the featured artist more exposure for the week. Howling Caterpillars studio has a spiritual feel. In their studio you will find what they call "dream webs". They don't call them dream weavers as they are not from Native American ancestry but use the techniques seen in many traditional Native American dream catchers. Each dream web is unique and made one at a time so no two will be alike.
Continuing on the inspiration from Native American designs, Howling Caterpillars also have these hairpipe chokers. While not handmade by the studio, they were all handmade by a part Native American friend who has since passed away. The proceeds from the sales benefit his widow. What a lovely thing to do helping out a friend.
Also in the Howling Caterpillar studio you will find some vintage jewelry that has been upcycled. Upcycling is the newest trend today and a great way to keep our landfills from filling up. Howling Caterpillar is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. You can find them on the web at their artfire studio and also on their blog. Until next time.....

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Wrath of Mother Nature

On Friday we had a huge t-storm come through our area. According to the local meteorologist the storm that moved through was called a derecho. I included a link to Wiki in case you would like to read more about this weather phenomenon. I was unaware of just the extent of the damage until I arrived home. I was at the movies seeing "Magic Mike" with my friend Karen, about 12 miles north of where we live. And while we heard a thunder storm while in the movies, there wasn't any clue to the destruction until we were about 2 miles from home.
When we got off our beltway and were heading down one of the main road, it became a game of bobbing and weaving....there were branches down in the roadway, it was pitch black and there was an eerie steam/fog rising up off the road making it difficult to see. We manage to make our way slowly to our neighborhood, being detoured once due to down power lines and trees. Anyway, when I arrived home I could see a large branch had been sheared off the neighbors tree. It is laying precariously on the power lines of the neighbor on the other side. As you can see, it took out their fence too. The tree company was here this morning hoping to take the tree down as it will become unsafe if left to stand. The have had to suspend removing the tree til the now live power lines are taken care of by the utility. We will be sad to see it go as it provided shade for our backyard during the hot summer months. Come the fall though it will be a godsend as I won't have extensive leaf clean up.
The extent of the damage that was done at our house was my huge tomato plant has been blown's still laying there...we haven't decided if we will try to upright it, risking breaking it's stems and losing all the tomatoes that are on the plant or to just let it continue to lay sideways....I guess time will tell. The real damage though was the 48 hours of sweltering heat, that we endured. We had no power, so therefore no air, in the worst heatwave that we have had this summer. It was really terrible sleeping with it being so humid. Apparently I was not alone. Over 600,000 of the 1.2 million, customers that our power company supplies power to lost their electricity. Ours didn't occur because of the tree, it was something else that caused the blackout. But I guess we really shouldn't complain too much. We were able to get some relief during the day using fans that were powered by the little generator we own. We also were able to keep our refrigerator and freezer cold. We even cycled the neighbors refrigerators to help keep their food cold.
The only other casualties were in my perennial flower bed. The echineceas are blown sideways as is the large phlox. I'm sure they will recover and will enjoy their beauty even if it is at a slant. I am thankful for the power company restoring our electricity in 48 hours as there are still well over 200,000 customers without power as I write this post and it's another day of 90+ temperatures. Until next time....