Saturday, March 31, 2012

SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH NEW EYES.......




I believe....nothing.....makes you see the world through new eyes like a new baby or a new puppy.  They don't miss a minute of anything and notice everything.


We brought sweet Skyler home Thursday afternoon to stay.  His personality is so very different from our Miss Sophie I can't believe it.  He puts everything in his mouth....Sophie almost never explored plants and leaves that way.  He cries occasionally because he misses his litter....she never cried...not once.
He comes and lays on my shoe when I am in the kitchen working....just to be close to me....Sophie never did that either.  Oh don't get me wrong....our Sophie is a real lover....but just in a different way.


The breeder explains it this way....the little girls...."love you"....but the little boys...."are in love with you."  big difference.....
Everything is going well so far....and boy are we busy, busy, busy....lol lol...
Love it though!

Just a short up date from here...hugs to all of you who follow.

xo

Jo

Monday, March 26, 2012

JEWELRY ORGANIZERS ....... YOU GUESSED IT MADE FROM JUNK.....



After visiting Gypsy House Designs, and taking a peak at the wonderful display cases she was showing for jewelry....I decided to repurpose an old Pizza Board into a jewelry display board.

With the exception of three necklaces above....all of these are things I have made from junk.  I've sent one to another friend in Utah....and am in the process of making several more. Of course...I needed a place to display them....so......I put this old board to good use.

I decided the Pizza board needed a hanging implement at the handle so I simply added an old car cigarette lighter mounted on top of an old car part of some kind.  



Could hang a hat or a handbag from the little hook I have cobbled together.

I just love what one can make from junk!  LOLLOL

hugs from me to you,
Jo

Friday, March 23, 2012

FRIDAY'S PONDERING'S~~~ON KINDNESS...................................



Here is my quote for today......"Constant kindness can accomplish much.  As the sun makes ice melt...kindness causes misunderstandings and hostility to evaporate."
Albert Schweitzer

This is what one of my very dearest friends had to say on the matter.....
"People don't respect....kind."

How do you feel about this....I'm not sure how I feel about it.

Hugs,

Jo
Photo:  Under the Ivy. Tumbler

Thursday, March 22, 2012

IF THE SHOE FITS............WEAR IT.............




Have any of you ever wondered if you were leading the life you were meant to live?

As I have grown both in age and wisdom (I hope)....I have found myself pondering the above question.

My life has taken a somewhat ordinary path during my early years...Some college...get married...have kids....work in the corporate world.
Get divorced...continue working in the corporate world to help support my family.  Remarried........finally finished college.
Kids raised....kids left home.....now I'm retired...
Thus the reason for this post.....many many years ago an astrologer told me I should be in some kind of artistic endeavor.......I put that aside realizing that I needed to make a living for my family.


Now......many, many years later....I realize that I really wish I would have changed direction at her bidding.

I don't know that I will ever attempt to make a  few dollars from my creativity....but I do know one thing......It brings me SO MUCH JOY......It lets me be me....no matter how quirky the project or how much color is involved or how much junk I make over....it is just plain FUN....
I want to close with one of my favorite quotes....."Don't wake up at the end of your life realizing you have lived someone else's."


Hugs,

Jo

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

LOOK WHAT'S COMING TO OUR HOUSE.............



Yep......another Cavalier King Charles Spaniel......meet Skyler......here he is at approximately 6 weeks.


Here is a picture of him this week...  We will be picking him up by the weekend...and we are pretty excited.

As you know...our Miss Sophie is getting up in years and we so love this breed....we wanted another.  We have done some test visiting at our house and it has gone fairly well.  Although...since Miss Sophie is such an adult dog she really could care less if there is a puppy to play with...but not me....Oh Boy.....I love playing with puppies and babies....not necessarily in that order..mind you.  LOL  LOL


Here is Miss Sophie....she will ALWAYS be the "apple of my eye"...but we are getting ready for this new pup!

Hugs from here....I'll keep you posted.

Jo



Monday, March 12, 2012

BLOGGING FOR BEAUTY VERSUS BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS............



Like many of you, I have visited many, many blogs over the years....and I am always amazed and a little sad when a wonderful blog goes from being just pure beauty to look at to a business making proposition.  


I know, in these difficult times, everyone must make a living...but it seems as though when a blog changes into a money making venture....something changes entirely with the feel of the blog.  It might be just me and how I view things...but I have always loved visiting the diverse nature of blogs out here and seeing what information or beauty they have to offer....I rarely would visit a blog to buy something. Once again...just me thinking out loud.


Just sharing a few shots of things I have stored in I-photo today....thought you might enjoy them.

My pretend "chandi" in my studio
Montmartre


Our beautiful "Miss Sophie"

Have a wonderful week dear friends.....where ever you are.

Hugs,

Jo

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A TRIP TO THE JUNK YARD...................AND THIS AND THAT......




Took a trip to the junk yard with an artist friend of mine.  It is located in Gilbert, AZ and is called Pic and Pull....full of old cars, metal pieces of all sorts and tons and tons of well.....JUNK!! (O:
You bring your own bucket....costs two bucks to get in and they figure out what you owe them when you leave. Picked up most of my finds from the ground...so the cost to me for my junk~~~~ZERO.  


Made this quirky necklace from my finds.  An old car bulb, metal pieces of various sorts...old washers and some junk jewelry...can't get a hug wearing this little ditty though...LOL LOL....somebody could get hurt. (O:(O:


This is an old car speaker glued to a junk frame.....going to use this as a holder for pierced earrings....of which I probably have a gazillion.  (O:

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Last on my post today... my amaryllis....this is the second time it has bloomed this year...it bloomed at the holidays and it is blooming now.  I've never had one bloom twice.  Perhaps has something to do with all the weird weather we are having now.

I haven't been on the computer much visiting all of  you....have been spending more time outside gardening and just working in my studio.

thanks for your visits and remembering me.

Hugs from AZ,

Jo

Monday, March 5, 2012

I'M CRANKY TODAY..............................

"Life is like a rose garden~~watch for the thorns and keep the pest dust handy."
Anonymous


I'm having a bad day today....usually....that doesn't happen to me..or if it does....I keep it to myself.

Watching the news about the looting and the hurricane destruction.....makes me sad and angry.

Reading about a dear friends distress over a family members recent suicide....makes me sad and angry.

Getting dragged into other people's messes ..... makes me sad and angry.


Following all the politicians in the news with the bickering, backstabbing, and downright nastiness.....makes me sad and angry.

All the unemployment and entitlement issues in our country.......makes me sad and angry.

All the children in the foster care system whose parent's are totally irresponsible.....makes me sad and angry.

I could go on and on.......
Sometimes.....I wonder if our Forefathers are turning in their graves.....looking at the mess we have made of things.  Oh...I know....we live in the greatest country on earth.....but as people....I feel....we often miss the mark.
Wonder what our CREATOR thinks of all this??


Just me being cranky out-loud before I blow a gasket!!  LOL LOL

Hugs,

Jo


Saturday, March 3, 2012

LET'S TALK LAUNDRY ROOMS~~~~~SHALL WE

Remember when.......
Laundry rooms used to be just rooms to do laundry in.....they were messy....often cluttered with an overflow of stuff you had no place else for in your home.

WELL......look at these beauties.....


This one is so clean....I would be afraid to use it.


I think you could have a dinner party in this one....it already has the flowers.


And....this.....looks more like a laundry room to me....what do you think?

AND last but not least......

My laundry room..



A few weeks ago...my old washer and dryer died.....so it was time for a new set.

I knew exactly what I wanted....no white appliances  for me....no sir.....ree.... Had to be RED.

We painted our back door sometime ago.....and I wanted my washer and dryer to match my door.  Kind of silly I know....but I smile every time I do laundry.....washer and dryer even play a "little tune" when they are done....can you believe it?  (O:

Hugs from here,
I've gotta go do laundry...teehee
Jo

ON WISDOM............................................

"THE ART OF WISDOM IS KNOWING WHEN TO SPEAK YOUR MIND....AND WHEN TO MIND YOUR SPEECH." Don't know where I found t...