Friday, January 30, 2009

New ideas for 2009

I've recently come across two new sites that I wanted to share with my readers.

Reality Sandwich is a fresh and interactive web magazine that encompasses a huge range of interests and perspectives. I feel it has some very exciting and groundbreaking stuff! Here's a little bit about the site:
We hope to spark debate and engagement by offering a forum for voices ranging from the ecologically pragmatic to the wildly visionary (which, to our delight, sometimes turn out to be the one and the same). Counteracting the doom-and-gloom of the daily news, Reality Sandwich is a platform for voices conveying a different vision of the transformations we face. Our goal is to inspire psychic evolution and a kind of earth alchemy.
Wish Upon A Hero is a very addictive site for anyone like me who wants to help everyone! This is a site where anyone can be a hero. Anyone can make a wish and anyone can grant a wish. There are all kinds of wishes - great and small. Here's a little blurb from that site:
Wish Upon A Hero was first conceived by founder Dave Girgenti shortly after the September 11th attacks on New York City. From his home in NJ, Girgenti watched as thousands of people posted pictures of missing loved ones throughout the city. He thought there had to be a faster, more organized way to connect people in need. That was the moment in which the idea was born.

Less than five years later, Hurricane Katrina created a similar catastrophic event in New Orleans where hundreds of thousands of people needed immediate help. This time it wasn't just about locating loved ones. Hurricane victims needed everything from healthcare services, food, fresh water, clothing and shelter.

It became clear that Wish Upon a Hero needed to become more than an idea. Over the next two years, Girgenti exhausted every resource at his disposal to create an online community that offered a platform for people to help people. Working under the mantra of “No wish too large and no hero too small,” Girgenti created, which launched in September 2007. This is a one of a kind service designed to connect those in need with people that can truly change their lives.

Both of these sites leave me feeling a little better about our future. People are looking to make positive change in the world. This makes me smile. :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Favorites!

I have some new favorite items and artists I'd like to share with everyone!

Here are some great origami boxes from RetroFlowerChick!

And since I love turtles I love these turtle kitchen scrubbies from Deb's Crochet!

This dichroic glass pendant and earring set from Fire and Ice Inspired Designs is just stunning!

And perhaps my favorite of all is this gorgeous glass wind chime from Azure Fire.

That's all for today. I'll be checking in again later this week. :)

Friday, January 9, 2009

Introducing New Shop!

Many of my readers know that I've been away from home for quite a while spending time with my mother. Well I've been back for a while and slowly getting things back to normal.

One project I've been working on is getting my second shop up and running. And here it is

Some of you might have ordered handmade pet treats from me before. I had these listed in my shop a while ago, but they didn't fit with the overall theme of my main shop at So I decided the treats were popular enough to justify opening up a new shop devoted to pets. :)

Introductory Sale

And now the exciting part ... As an introductory offer from my new shop I'm having a 20% off everything sale!! This sale is effective immediately and lasts until Monday, January 12th at 9 a.m. (EST). All prices have already been marked down for the sale.

So all of you pet lovers out there drop in and get something special for your critters!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

In Loving Memory

Jean on her wedding day (July 1st, 2000)

My mother,
Jean Brown, loving mother of five and grandmother of three, passed away December 18, 2008 after battling cancer (lymphoma) for almost a year. Jean was 68 years old and will be sorely missed by her husband Trevor, her family, and friends.

Jean was kind, generous, and loving. She was intelligent, hard working and quick to laugh. She lit up the room with her smile and warmed the hearts of those around her. We are all better people for having known her.

I miss her now and I know I always will.

Me and my mom (summer 2006)

Trevor and Jean (April 2008)