Sunday, February 22, 2009

Life is Good!

I have been so busy lately running around, going to soccer games, meetings, selling jewelry, making purses, posting new items on my website and trying to get some laundry done. We have been crazy busy. I had my father over for dinner tonight and it made realize how good my life is. I am so thankful for all the good things in my life and all my family and friends. I am also so glad to be able to be busy. I wish the same for everyone else.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New A.R.T. Pendants

Well I am having so much fun making my little pendants from my "junk"! Thought I would share my latest. Hope you like them!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day! Mark and I are going to enjoy a special dinner at home made by Victoria & Michael. Perfect! I am looking forward to it. I hope you also have a great day!

I bought a new camera recently to replace mine that was lost and posting some pictures I took. They are of our furry friends that share our home!

Christopher is the Cat, Daisy is the dacshund and Bentley the Pomeranian,

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Some new jewelry pieces I finished yesterday. They are all made from old watches, buttons, keys and some other great things I have collected.

Monday, February 9, 2009

A New Idea

Things have been a little busy around my house lately but what is new with that? I love going to my children's events and will miss it so very much when they are gone from the house. Luckily I have a few more years before that happens! So for now, I am enjoying the music lessons, sports practices, games, and competitions.

I have been thinking a lot about my parents and in-laws recently. My dad is the only one left and it makes me sad. My parents had me later in life and they grew up in a much different environment that I have. They both lived through the depression without much. Because of that, they saved EVERYTHING and reused EVERYTHING. I think it is interesting how the following generations have become the total opposite and has been THROW AWAY generations. I am a mix of both. I definitely don't keep everything my parents did but I reuse a lot of things. Recycling, reducing waste, and reusing have become an environmental issue (an important one), but now I think people are looking at using things differently more because of economic reasons.

I have been an artist and crafter my entire life. That is just a part of me. Take that and add in my parents, I tend to look at things a little differently than some. For example, I look at an old watch and think about how I can take all the gears out make some interesting jewelry. That plastic display that is frosted on the back can be cut down into panels and a modern looking lampshade is born. My favorite jeans that are worn out and honestly too small would be great for a lining of a purse I was thinking about making with all that great clearance yarn I have downstairs! To tell you the truth sometimes I think it scares my family & friends on how my mind works. Nothing is safe.

So. . . . I have an idea and would like your opinion. I am thinking about writing a book about transforming discard items into great new things. Basically, writing down my ART items I have made and the ones still in my head. Ann's Recycled Treasures (my initials also). I have a small project in Bead Unique magazine currently, so that has given me a boost. It is a great feeling to go into a bookstore and see a magazine on their shelves and open it up and see your name and project in it. This would be a huge step for me.

Any thoughts?