30 December 2007

Dog or Cat?


Suki
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

We tease Suki that she's 'not a real dog' and that she's just another one of the cats. She's smaller than Stanley, but just.

Today we came home to find her curled up, asleep in our soft-sided laundry basket/bag. She was out like a light. It took quite a bit of noise and nudging to get her to wake up (photo here).

She's been back in the laundry basket a few more times since. I'm trying hard to hold off on doing that particular load of laundry so I don't disturb her sleeping spot.

29 December 2007

The Next Becks Thing


new do
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

I've been pobbed!

Like many women around the world, I had my hair cut into a variation of what is now being called 'The Pob' (Posh + Bob = Pob)since Victoria Beckham started sporting this hairstyle. Guess if I can't have her husband, I can have her hairstyle. Funny thing - 20 years ago I had the same haircut. It wasn't called a 'Pob' back then.

Anyhow, here's a crappy self portrait featuring the new do - with bangs (or fringe to my UK pals). It's nice to be able to see without having 4 inches of hair hanging down my face.

28 December 2007

Why I ♥ etsy

Or rather, my fellow etsians.

I'm proud to be part of the handcrafted movement and have made friends both online and in real life since joining etsy way back when. (Heck, I'm not sure when it was, but it seems like I've always been a part of it.) I love the feeling of cameraderie amongst us and love reading other etsians' blogs when I have the free time. I have been introduced to so many other talented artists/crafters through these blogs.

One of my fellow etsyNJ street team members, Kecia of Lemoncholy's recently blogged about her Christmas present from her husband; a custom painting by artist Lindsay Brackeen, who happens to sell on - yea, you know it! - etsy. Of course, I loved Kecia's gift and I had to check out Lindsay's etsy shop.

Oh. My. God.

I LOVE this woman's work. It's folky, it's whimsical, it's so, so... well, so me.

I ended up purchasing two prints for myself this morning. If I had seen the original painting for this one, I might have snapped it up right then and there. But I'm satisfied with the prints for now. I'm really anxious to get them and to figure out where in the house I am going to hang them. (Family room? But which wall?)

Oh - the other print? It's this one.

Kecia, thanks for introducing me to Lindsay and her art. One day I will get an original painting from her.

26 December 2007

More Shore


Belmar - Christmas Day 2007
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Another shot from our day on the beach yesterday... I love the waves breaking and the gulls above the surf.

I've got a thing for seagulls, even though they're not much more than rats with wings. For years I lived landlocked with no large body of water around. While traveling, whenever I would see gulls, I knew that water wasn't far away.

I might not have the ocean in my front or back yard today, but when I am out shopping and see them scavenging in the parking lot, they put a smile on my face because I know the ocean is not that far way.

25 December 2007

Christmas at the Shore


Belmar - Christmas Day 2007
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

We took the dogs to Belmar for a walk along the beach this afternoon. Lovely weather for Christmas Day. As much as I like having a White Christmas, I don't like going to the beach in such weather.

Merry Christmas from all of us here in Jersey!

21 December 2007

Jersey Girls Don't Pump Gas


etsy treasury
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Snagged a treasury on etsy last night. For those of you who missed it (or simply didn't know to look for it), here's a screen shot of the items featured - all by talented members of the EtsyNJ Street Team.

This treasury will be up until approximately 3:05 PM on December 23rd. You can find it and lot more hand-picked etsy treasuries here.

While it might be too late for Christmas gifts, be sure to keep etsy in mind for that next special occassion. One new mama will testify that I've been bombarding her house with pressies for the newborn. There is something for everyone and every occasion on etsy.

16 December 2007

A Royal Treat

Most of my friends know I have an obsession with royalty - in particular, English/British royalty from Henry VIII and his wives to the current monarch and Prince William. Oh - and don't forget my obsession with the late Princess Diana.

When I saw this pillow/cushion on etsy, I knew I had to have it, but I was initially scared off due to the price. However, as I got a small Christmas bonus on Friday, I decided I was going to treat myself and order it.

Besides the QE II stamp pillows, you can find a lot of other fun designs at Karen Hilton Designs. I like the greyhound as well as the flower power pillows. If you're an Anglophile, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

I'm almost tempted to get another for a certain friend - but if I did, I'm sure her husband would ban me from their house. I'm pushing it with the constant barrage of Diana books -- which reminds me, I have a few here that are gathering dust. It's been a while since I've sent 'care package'...

Now I'll sit patiently and wait for her majesty's arrival. As the pillow is for me, I'm not in any rush. But I am anxious to receive it and put it out on display in my living room. On the chair next to the book case containing my collection of Diana biographies, of course.

15 December 2007

Death Redux


Mark, Alan and Etta - May 2006
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Just to let you know, Mark's dad passed away this afternoon around 2 PM. Mark and other family members were with him at the end. I'm so very grateful that Mark was able to make it to Florida to say farewell.

Funeral arrangements have not been determined yet - most likely Monday or Tuesday. In any case, it appears I'll be flying out to Florida on Monday morning sometime. I just have to find a flight and coordinate with Mark.

For all of you who have been with me during the ups and downs of this past year - thank you. Who would have thought we'd lose three parents (his dad, his stepmother, and my stepdad) in less than 12 months? I'm hoping that this is the last sorrowful chapter in our lives for a long time.

14 December 2007

Prayers Please.

Mark's dad was moved from his house to the hospice facility tonight.

Mark is flying out tomorrow morning as he's taken a definite turn for the worst. At this point, they don't think he'll make it though the night. If anything, please pray that Alan has the strength to hold on until Mark can make it to Florida to say goodbye.

I will remain here in NJ until we know what is happening and when the funeral will be.

Whoever said earlier that 2007 was a crap year - I wholeheartedly agree. However, as this had to happen, I do hope it's the last 'bad' thing to happen and 2008 can be a better year for us.

Off to toss a load of laundry in the dryer... *sigh* The alarm is set for 4 AM - that's gonna come soon.

13 December 2007

'tis the Season

I thought I'd share a few photos of my holiday decor. I don't go all out like some friends/family members, but give me time and I'm sure I'll get there.
Here's the tree in the living room and yes, that's pink carpet. Rose, actually. It was in the house when we bought it. (Or to my stitching friends - DMC 224.)

I tried to get Henry to pose in front of the tree, but he wanted nothing to do with that. Apparently the food dish was a lot more exciting.
This is the table in our entry way - photos of friends and family and a couple of snow persons. (I purchased them at a craft fair in Toms River last year.)
This snowman was purchased several years ago at a craft fair in Ohio - probably the Lakota show, if I remember correctly. The snow globe is a gift from my mom and is the Cincinnati skyline. (Mmm... Skyline.)
Hey! How'd she get here? Mark hates this throw - he says it looks like it comes from a bordello. Suki seems to be rather fond of it. I am too - it's soft and warm and red.

My tree is a mix of contemporary and 'vintage' ornaments. The vintage ornaments have been handed down from my grandmother and my mom - here's a few of my favorites:
This elf (and a few others) have decorated every Christmas tree I remember at either my grandparents' house or my mom's. Two of them now hang around my house for the holidays.
A shiny blue bird (not bluebird) from my grandma's tree.
This one was my mom's - I don't remember who gave it to her, but I think it's from Germany.
Here's a ladybug and one of the several old glass ornaments I have from my grandmother. I still have the original boxes for these ornaments with the price -- 10 cents each or 90 cents for the box.

On the contemporary ornament front, here's a few new ones which I'm rather fond of:
On the left is the paw print ornaments mom got for me at an after Christmas sale last year, on the right are the clear glass ornaments with cardinals in the trees.

And the new additions for 2007:
The glass mermaid I fell in love with during one of our excursions in Asbury Park.
Then here's Tillie - an AP icon which I had to add to my tree. See that vintage ornament to the left? Told you I have lots of them!

Here's the top of my bookcase in the living room.
The Santa was another purchase form a craft show in Cincinnati. I like Santas almost as much as I like snowmen.

Speaking of snowmen...
This guy is sitting in the corner of my staircase.

That's a peek into a corner (or two) of my house at Christmastime. One of these days I'll get out front and take photos of our lights.

Merry Christmas to all!

12 December 2007

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


Xmas Decor 2007
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

At last! I finally got the Christmas tree up and partially decorated. The glass bulbs are on as well as some of the larger and more favorite ornaments.

If you look closely at the picture, you'll see a menorah to the left of the tree. We're a mixed family here - so we decorate for both holidays. This year I didn't get around to making latkes like I wanted to. I suppose I could always do it on Christmas Day since there's nothing else to do!

I've posted a few more shot (some closeups from the tree) on my Flickr account tonight, but I want to get a few more to show how the house is decorated. I don't go all out - yet. I'm slowly accumulating Christmas-winter decorations.

I have come to the realization that I like snowmen. There's quite a few of them around the house -- and there's at least one snowman ornament on the tree. Snowmen are nice - they can 'hang out' in my home all winter long -- and the best part is these snowmen don't melt.

08 December 2007

Suki and Santa


Suki - Xmas 2007
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Of course, can't leave out la petite Cujo. Suki was not as well behaved as Henry. She tried to bite Santa's helper, so I had to pick her up and set her on the bench. I'm not sure what she's thinking - but she's got her eyes fixed on me.

More Santa Paws


Henry - Xmas 2007
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

As if the group shot at the SPCA wasn't enough, I took the dogs to The Hungry Puppy this morning for their individual shots with Santa. Here's Henry.

04 December 2007

Happy Holidays!


Santa Paws 2007
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Henry and Suki visited Santa Paws this past weekend at the SPCA.

I don't know what they're looking at so earnestly (obviously not the camera), but at least Santa doesn't look drunk this year.

They'll see Santa again this weekend for individual holiday photos. Maybe this time they'll look at the camera -- or maybe Mom will remember to stand behind the photographer.

03 December 2007

Back By Popular Demand


Stanley as Elvis
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

A friend of mine send me an email today asking if I still had pics of Stanley dressed as Elvis. But, of course!

Enjoy!

28 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 28

Today I am thankful for my UK customers - in particular, those who purchased my jewelry at the craft fair held in my UK office.

A few months ago, a colleague in our UK office approached me about sending over some of my jewelry to sell in the employee craft fair they hold each year. I waffled a bit, but she was persistant, so I sent an assortment of earrings, bracelets and necklaces over to her just in time. I'm glad I did.

I got an email that approximately £130 of my jewelry sold. Less the table fee, my gross is £122.50 - or in Yankee money, approximately $253.39 (based on today's exchange rate). I am completely over the moon!

Of course, I'm anxious to see what sort of hits I get on my website and etsy shop now. I wish that I were able to have a stat counter on my etsy shop, but at least I'll be able to see what sort of traffic I get from the UK on my own website now. Here's hoping word-of-mouth works!

27 November 2007

Bless This House


Bless This House
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

In case anyone was wondering, this is the last stitched piece I finished sometime in 2006 prior to starting and finishing the bird piece over the Thanksgiving weekend.

This was finished in 2006, but the bulk of it was stitched in the summer of 2005 when my parents were visiting. Mom and I would spend the evenings stitching away while Mark and my Dad would watch Cops or something similar.

I think the three floral motifs in the lower left and my initials/date were all that needed to be done but that took me nearly a year to finish.

Designer: La D Da
Chart: Bless This House

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 27

Today I am thankful for home. Considering Jersey is the butt of many jokes, I might be making some of you laugh when I say I am so glad to be back home in Jersey.

Yesterday was a travel nightmare - delays, airport closures, flight cancellations, mad scramble for a rental car, driving back to Cincinnati. Enough to make you want to pull your hair out. But somehow, despite me being hot and cranky, both Mark and I survived without killing one another.

The US Airways staff were incredibly helpful. They couldn't give us any financial compensation since the delays were 'weather related' but they did manage to book us on the the first flight out of Cincinnati - which is much closer to my Mom's house than Columbus is - with no change/penalty fees. (Hooray for US Air!)

The morning flight home was uneventful. We had the bulkhead seat which was nice - front row and first people off the plane. When we crossed the Walt Whitman back into Jersey I breathed a sigh of relief. When we walked through the door and the dogs greeted us, a smile broke across my face.

As a result of the flight debacle, I ended up burning my last 1/2 day of vacation time for the year. I got into the office right before 11 AM and left around 3 PM. I'm home now, laundry is being done, the dogs and cats have been fed and are getting lots of TLC. It's not even 7 PM yet, but the bed is looking quite cozy. I think I'll pop in a movie and watch for as long as I can keep my eyes open.

There's no place like home.
There's no place like home.
There's no place like home.

If only getting home were as easy as clicking my heels together and repeating that phrase over and over.

With Her Needle


Friends Gather
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Besides making jewelry, another crafty past time of mine is needlework. In particular, cross-stitch. Although it's been some time (>1 year) since I put needle to thread and sat down and stitched, I haven't lost the passion for it.

While I was home in Ohio over the Thanksgiving holiday, Mom and visited her local needlework shop. While there were tons of things that caught my eye, it was this kit (Friends Gather by The Trilogy) that caught my eye.

I started it while watching the football (not soccer) game on Saturday evening and continued working on it Sunday morning and evening, and finished Monday morning. Actually, I must give credit to my Mom for finishing it on Monday. I'm 'knot-challenged' so she put the final touches on it and did the eyes on the black bird for me.

All in all, a fun piece to stitch. I think the birds are rather goofy looking, especially the black one. I brought it home, pressed it, and sooner or later I'll send it back to Mom to take to her (my) framer. It's been 10+ years since I've been on the east coast and I still haven't found a framer I like as much as Ken in Northern Kentucky.

If anyone wants the chart and the leftover threads, leave a comment or drop me a line. I'll gladly send it along to someone who would like it.

26 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 26

Today I am thankful for my friend (and sorority sister), Denise and rental cars.

We were scheduled to travel back to Philly tonight, but due to weather conditions, the Philly airport shut down around 5 PM eastern time. Instead of waiting around the Columbus airport to see if our plane might leave eventually, Mark got online to rebook us on a flight out on Tuesday morning, while I was on the phone with Denise who managed to book us a rental car.

Granted, my Mom was only halfway home, but considering it was close to a 2 hour drive to the airport, we decided we'd just rent a car one way and drop it off at CVG in the morning. We made great time getting back to Cincinnati (1h, 20m or so) and had dinner before returning to my Mom's house.

There's really no place like home - but if you can't find your way home, nothing beats the comforts of Mom's place.

25 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks - Day 25

Today, I'm grateful for my Mom, tickets to the Bengals-Titans game, a Bengals WIN, a great game by Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson which along with Kenny Watson and TJ Houshmanzadeh resulted in a fantasy football win -- and has me back in the playoffs in my money league.

It's been a great day. Mom, Mark and I went to the game this afternoon. Although our seats were in the nosebleed section, we had a great view of the field. I was thrilled to see Chad have a breakout game - THREE touchdowns. Mark finally got to hear the Bengal's song that I'm always singing bits and pieces of at home - five times during the game.

A wonderful way to cap off the Thanksgiving weekend here. We're heading home tomorrow. Here's hoping the rain won't delay our flights on either end. Can't wait to get back and see the pups (and cats)!

24 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks - Days 19-24

Yes, I've been neglecting my blog for a few days, but then again, I'm not home. So, to 'catch up' and move forward, here's 5 things I give thanks for this holiday weekend.

Pet Sitters - in particular, our pet sitter/dog walker, Angela. She's been a godsend to us when we've been out of town, caring for the zoo. Our dogs love her -- but then Henry loves anyone, and if you give her food, Suki will love you too. If you're local to me and have a need for a pet sitter, I'll be glad to share her information.

Air Travel - thank you Orville and Wilbur. About 100 years ago, the Wright Brothers successfully flew an airplane near Kitty Hawk, NC. Now, air travel is the norm for bajillions of holiday travelers. It's less than 2 hours in the air from home to an airport near my mom's house - much better than 10+ hours in the car. Although, if I had sufficient vacation time this year, I would consider driving. My husband hates being in a car for any amount of time. I like driving across the county.

Thanksgiving Day Football - after the meal is done, there's nothing better than curling up on the sofa and watching Detroit and Dallas play football. For as long as I can remember, these two teams have played an opponent on Thanksgiving Day. Growing up in Michigan, we natually watched, and cheered, for the hapless Lions. This year, they lost - again. (I honestly don't know how often they win on Thanksgiving Day, but it always seems Detroit loses.) The Dallas game was of interest to us this year as well as they played the NY Jets, the team my husband cheers for. Unfortunately, the Jets who showed up and played hard against the Steelers on Sunday must not have made the trip to Dallas. Still, it was nice to have a vested interest in both games.

Graeter's Ice Cream - no trip home to Cincinnati is complete without a stop at Graeter's for a dish (or cone) of caramel ice cream. We had ice cream at their Fountain Square location yesterday - it was ever bit as good as I remember. Nothing beats this gooey, eggy, nummy concoction. I think it's the best ice cream ever. My husband doesn't agree. Silly man.

Dillard's - it's one of the 'local' department stores in Cincinnati and it was there that I found my TJ Houshmanzadeh jersey. We stopped a few places on Black Friday for me to look for a Bengals jersey - while I found plenty of Ocho Cinco, Carson Palmer, and even Boomer Esiason (!) jerseys, I really wanted TJ. So as I was at Kohl's, considering settling for a Chad Johnson (85) jersey, a woman told me Dillard's had their Bengals gear 40% off (as opposed to 20% at Kohl's). Mom and and I dropped my husband off at the house and went down to the malls - I found what I was looking for, although the prices at Dillard's were significantly higher than those at Kohl's. With the discount, the jersey came out to be $1 more, so I bought it. I figured it was worth the extra dollar to get the jersey I wanted. I also picked out a hat as well. I'm all ready for the game tomorrow.

So, that's it for now and I think I'm caught up...

Oh - just in case I don't get around to posting tomorrow, a sixth thing to be thankful for: Bob Evans. Having to kill 45 minutes before Hobby Lobby opened yesterday, Mom and I stopped for brekkie at Bob's. Mmmm... biscuits and gravy. Yum. Since the nearest Bob's to me is somewhere in PA, I enjoy coming home and having a big bowl of gravy with their delicious biscuits. Yea, it's a chain, but no one makes biscuits and gravy like Bob.

18 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 18


Suki
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

Beside Suki, aka la petite Cujo, pictured here, I'm also grateful for snapping my 6-game losing streak in Fantasy Football with a WIN. Okay, it might be a bit premature, as my opponent has 1 player left in Monday night's game, but I'm up 139-90 after the Sunday night game. I think it's safe to assume I've won.

I snapped this pic of Suki last night while she was in our guest room bed. A few weeks ago, she decided she no longer wanted to sleep on the sofa downstairs at night. She follows one of us upstairs and waits for us to put her on the bed. (It's too high for her to jump on herself, although I did have fun watching her attempt it once.) She pretty much hunkers down for the night, only going back downstairs once I wake up and go down myself.

There's more pics of Suki-girl in my Flickr album if you want to have a look. I got a little camera happy last night. I need to get some more pics of Henry one of these days.

17 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 17

Does the photograph give it away? Is it obvious yet that today's item for which I am giving thanks is four lads from Liverpool - John, Paul, George and Ringo? In other words - The Beatles.

Mark and I went to see The Fab Faux tonight - a Beatles tribute band. However, like Beatlemania and many other tribute bands out there, these guys don't imitate The Fab Four, they simply play their music. There's five in the Fab Faux - and except for the drummer, they all play a wide variety of instruments and take turns with the vocals. There's no dedicated John/Paul/George/Ringo.

I really enjoyed myself. The first act was a set of varied Beatles tunes - from all 'eras' (although that sounds funny, because The Beatles as a group didn't last that long). I don't remember 100% the full set list, but it went something like this:
  • Hold Me Tight
  • Back in the USSR
  • Dear Prudence
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • I'm a Losers
  • I Am The Walrus
  • Penny Lane
I was hoping the Fab Faux Fan would have the actual set lists up on his site, but not yet. It's not even 24 hours later and already I'm sh*t for brains.

The second set was Abbey Road in its entirety - which probably half the world or more knows. I had a huge revelation in the middle of the set when they played Oh! Darling - turned to my husband and said, "I had NO idea that was a Beatles song! I've only heard it a million times." Of course, George Harrison (my favorite Beatle) shines on Abbey Road - Something and Here Comes the Sun being two totally awesome songs. (Admittedly, the Lennon-McCartney tunes are pretty damn good too, but you'll never talk me out of my "George is the best Beatle" mindset.)

The encore was Got to Get You into My Life - which was a great upbeat song to have in your head as you left the theatre.

All in all, a fun afternoon. I'm not sure if it was the fact that we were at the 4 PM "kids show" (as Mark called it), but the energy level of the audience was next to nothing. There were moments, but for the most part, it was like watching/listening in your living room. If I were to see them again, I most definitely would be purchasing tickets to the 8 PM show. Tickets for the 2008 show at the State Theatre will be going on sale on Monday morning. I'm already contemplating purchasing them.

But, back to The Beatles...

On the way home, I phoned my mom and asked her if she remembered the hype surrounding The Beatles. I'm obviously too young to remember, although they were still together when I was born. I've seen the films with the girls screaming, crying and passing out. There's NOTHING in my generation that's caused this sort of hysteria. I can't even imagine what it was like. My mom shared her memories of The Beatles, the hysteria, and watching them on The Ed Sullivan show. Funny, I never really thought Mom was 'into' The Beatles, but she's of that generation - guess it was kind of hard to miss.

I'm thankful for the musical legacy that John, Paul, George and Ringo have left us. Even after the demise of The Beatles, they continued making music on their own - many songs of which are classics. (Although that dreck McCartney wrote following the 9/11 attacks should be banned from the airwaves and all copies destroyed. *shudder* I can't even say the name of it -- but you know what I'm talking about. No pun intended.)

Now, if only I could get some Beatles music off iTunes. *sigh* Would you believe we don't own any Beatles CDs? I guess I'm gonna have to join my friend Susan and Rob Zombie and be one of the last few people to actually purchase CDs.

---

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make

16 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 16

Midway through the month and I've not run out of things to be thankful for yet.

Today I'm thankful for my neighbors. Good neighbors are a special treat and I feel lucky to have them on both sides of us and across the street.

Summertime is a blast with cookouts at each others' houses (or backyards). Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are another reason to get together. Even a summer Sunday afternoon will find us loading up in the mini van and heading down to the Headliner to see the B-Street Band together. Tonight, I'm heading over to one of their houses for a Pampered Chef party.

We're quite lucky to have neighbors that we do. I wouldn't trade them for any others.

15 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 15

Today I am thankful for my etsy customers. I had another sale this morning - this time from one of my sorority sisters. (Thanks Elizabeth!)

I really have a lot of fun creating jewelry - and when someone else likes it enough to purchase it, that's even a bigger thrill.

I sent over a sampling of earrings to a colleague in our UK office this week. She had contacted me a month or two ago about a charity craft show they do each year and asked if I would like her to sell some of my stuff along her handcrafted cards. It didn't take me long to say yes, but then the panic set in.

I've spent the past weekend tweaking some pieces, making new pieces, and pricing all of them accordingly. For a gal who conistently knows the £:$(US) ratio, I suddenly couldn't remember how to convert dollars to pounds. Is it doubled? Is it halved? Fortunately my senses returned quickly and I realised that $1 is roughly equal to 50p these days. Ouch.

I'm hoping to have a few more hours to make more stuff ahead of the holiday shopping season. Now that I've finished my holiday shopping (yes, I'm rubbing it in!), I should have plenty of time to hunker down and let my creative juices flow.

14 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 14

Today, I am thankful for having all my holiday shopping done. Yep, you read that correctly - I'm finished with my holiday shopping on November 14th, well before Black Friday.

I went a 'handmade' route this year - most everything I purchased as gifts will be coming from fellow Etsians. I'm dying to share what I purchased, but I can't. Certain friends and family members read my blog, so I'd spoil the surprise.

There's one last package that needs to be shipped and I'm hoping it'll arrive by next Wednesday. We're flying out on Thanksgiving Day to visit my mom, so I'm wanting to take all the gifts for her and my brother with me so I can leave them out there and not have to bother with shipping.

I've got a couple things to make before the gifts are completely finished, but the shopping bit is over. I won't have to fight the crowds on Rt 9 this holiday season. I can stay home, curled up with a dog and a book and laugh at the desperados on Christmas Eve looking for those last minute gifts.

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 13

Yesterday was one of those days - crammed full of busyness, but in a good way. I didn't get to blog Day 13 on day 13, so I'll do it this morning and finish up Day 14 later tonight.

What I give thanks for today (yesterday?) is my passport. I've had a passport since I was 15 years old and my first trip was to Spain with my high school Spanish class. I don't remember a heck of a lot about that trip, except there are olive trees everywhere in Spain, but it definitely was the trip that started my itch to travel overseas.

Shortly after we were married, I introduced my husband to the joys of overseas (European) travel. Now, despite the 6+ hour flights, he can't get enough of it. I'm the voice of reason now, even though I desperately want to go back, visit Ireland, see more of Germany, with the dollar tanking, it's just no time to be traveling to Europe. Heck, even the Canadian dollar is worth slightly more than the US dollar, so the Great White North isn't even a bargain. *sigh*

My passport has allowed me to travel places near and far - looking at my current passport, I have entry/exit stamps from the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, and Slovakia to name a few. Just looking at those place names conjures up memories of the respective trip and makes me wish I had the means to hop a plane and head back to Europe.

We still dream - seeing more of Germany is on the agenda as well as a trip to the Emerald Isle. But until it's 'reasonably' affordable for Americans again, I doubt we'll be going back anytime soon.

Photo: Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

12 November 2007

30 Days of Thanks: Day 12

I'm a bit late to the dance on this one seeing as Nov 4-10, 2007 was National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. However, it's never too late to give thanks to my local shelter - the Monmouth County SPCA.

Four of the five animals that share the house with us are alumni of the Monmouth County SPCA. You can find Sadie & Lily's story on their website. (Excuse the typos that were my fault for not proofing my email to the SPCA.) I'm hoping eventually Henry's and Suki's stories will also be posted.

I give thanks for the Monmouth County SPCA's ceaseless efforts at rescuing stray, unwanted, abused or neglected animals. No adoptable animal is ever euthanised, but is cared for until they find a forever home, no matter how long it takes. I am incredibly blessed to have four wonderful animals who this shelter opened their doors to and provided with temporary food and shelter until they joined our family.

If you're looking for a pet, please consider a shelter pet. There are too many wonderful dogs and cats (and other critters) sitting in shelters hoping for a second chance at a new life. Not all shelters are non-kill; many will euthanise perfectly lovely animals simply because their 'time is up.'

Which leads to my next plea... If you do have animals - be a responsible pet owner and spay or neuter. It's the first step to solving the pet overpopulation problem. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if there were no more homeless or unwanted pets?

Lastly, if you can't adopt, will you consider supporting your local shelter? The Monmouth County SPCA relies heavily on donations from people like me and you, as do many shelters around the country.

For my friends who may be considering a gift for me this holiday season, I'd be delighted if you'd consider a donation to the Monmouth County SPCA or your local shelter instead.

11 November 2007

Did You Know?

You can get updates from your favorite etsy shops via RSS feed? I made this discovery by accident this morning. So, if you want to be kept abreast of new additions to my etsy shop, such as the goodies I've added this weekend - go ahead, pop on over and subscribe.

Ain't feed readers the greatest things since sliced bread? In a bag, too boot! My Google reader list just multiplied by leaps and bounds.

30 Days of Thanks: Day 11

Today I am thankful for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini football team. Yesterday they upset the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at the Horseshoe. Woo Hoo!

My non-football fan and non-US friends might not understand this, but Ohio State is the team I love to hate. Being born in Michigan, it's in your DNA to hate anything to do with Ohio State. The game that matters usually is (University of) Michigan-Ohio State, but when a upstart like Illinois comes in and delivers the knockout punch, you rejoice. Gleefully!

For my Buckeye fan friends -- chin up! It's a given you've won the Big Ten championship. Plus, there's always the game in Ann Arbor as well as next season. At least you don't have to worry about losing the national championship again.

10 November 2007

Felted Goodness

I purchased some felted beads earlier this week from another Etsian. They arrived yesterday and today I got busy creating.

The purple and blue pairs are now listed on etsy - the last pair I am still debating on whether or not to list them. I like them an awful lot and they'll go with a lot of my autumn wardrobe.

All in all - they were a lot of fun to work with, although getting the headpins through the felted bead was challenging at times. I have quite a few more to play with, so I'll probably work with them some more tomorrow. I've also found a tutorial on making my own felted beads. I just need to get my hands on some wool roving and I might have a go at it myself.

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 10

Today I give thanks for the proper fit.

About a month ago, I was one of several women who particiated in a bachelorette party/hen night for my friend, Kelly. The evening culminated in a 'lingerie party' thrown by one of my wonderful sorority sisters, Gina. We had a blast ordering lingerie and trying on some of the floor samples. I think a few of my sisters were disappointed I didn't actually order the dominatrix get-up.

Gina also volunteered to measure anyone to see if they were wearing the proper bra size. After several of us went through the motions and confirmed they were indeed wearing a properly fitting bra, it was my turn. Gina measured me, made a new notations on her scratch pad and measured again. She turned me me and announced a size. I shook my head, "Are you sure?" She nodded yes. So, I made a notation of it - two band sizes smaller and two cup sizes larger - even though I was skeptical.

Sunday morning I decided to head out to Kohl's to check if Gina's measurements were on the mark. I sorted through the bras, found a couple in the new size and walked back to the dressing room to try them on. My jaw just about hit the ground when they actually fit - and fit well. Never before in my life had I had a bra that fit so perfectly. I bought two new bras then and there and went back home to tell my husband my boobs had gotten bigger - no surgery necessary.

Since then, I've stocked up on even more bras in the proper size. I'm totally on the "make sure you get measured properly" bandwagon now. The proper size makes all the difference in the world.

As for the dominatrix get-up... I'm still thinking about it. *wink*

It's a Mod, Mod World


It's a Mod, Mod World earrings
Originally uploaded by MarciNYC

I've been holed up in my makeshift studio this morning prepping for a charity craft show at our (UK) office later this month. I want to get everything photographed, priced and packaged up so I can get it out the door to my colleague in our UK office later this week.

The vintage lucite hoops in these earrings are part of my recent stash acquisition. I'm totally in love with these earrings and don't know if I can part with them. They've been listed in my etsy shop as of this morning, so if they sell, that's that.

I've made another pair with the hoops, only using black Swarovski crystals in place of the topaz glass and sterling silver findings instead of gold filled. They're just as cool and I haven't listed them (yet).

More to come later this weekend - both for the craft show and in my etsy shop. My Flickr album might give you a sneak peak -- if I can get things uploaded there itoday.

09 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 9

Today, on what would have been my grandmother's 90th birthday, I give thanks for her. Although she passed away in October 1985, there's rarely a day when I don't think of her.

My parents divorced when I was quite young and after we moved out of state, my brother and I would spend the summers in Michigan with my mom's parents. I have wonderful memories of those summers - from camping weekends to playing Yahtzee and Euchre to watching Match Game while having a glass of slush.

Every Thanksgiving, grandma and grandpa would come down to our house for the holiday. It was a time I always looked forward to, just as I looked forward to Christmas at their place with the whole family (aunts, uncles, cousins). We would also visit them in Florida, where they spent their winters in their teensy trailer. Generally, Easter would find them back with us for the holiday, the last stop on their way back to Michigan from Florida.

Around Good Friday 1985, my grandma became ill. Within weeks, it was discovered she had a brain tumor. Despite surgery and radiation, six months later she was gone. I had just turned 18 and this was the first big loss I'd experienced in my life. I'm still saddened that I never got a chance to say goodbye and tell her how much I loved her before she died.

More than 20 years later, I still miss my grandma, but she lives on in my heart and memories. I am thankful that I had a chance to know her, unlike many of my friends who never knew their grandparents, and for all the wonderful times we had together. I'm also grateful to her for teaching me how to play Euchre -- although I'm sure there's a few family members who wish I didn't know how. I'm ready for a Euchre match on Thanksgiving.

08 November 2007

Adoption Tales

Stacy Hsu, creator of the Original Sock Dogs, is having a contest on her blog. I submitted my adoption story already. If it doesn't win - here's a peek at my submission, in under 500 words, although Stacy has lifted the 500 words or less restriction now.

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We’re a family of 24 legs: three cats, two dogs and two humans. All but Stanley were adopted from the Monmouth County SPCA.

Sadie and Lily joined our family in January 2002 to fill the void left by the three cats who passed on in 2001. As I was cuddling Sadie, who chose us, my husband standing next to Lily’s crate announces, “We’ll take her also.”

Lily was one of 28 cats abandoned in a house along the Jersey Shore. The owner would come in and toss a giant bag of food on the floor, slice it open and leave. When she was rescued, there were 2+ inches of feces on the floor and 6 dead cats in the house. She’s one of the lucky ones and has blossomed into a loving cat who maintains a kittenish personality.

Sadie was found a couple of towns over with kittens. The kittens went on to new homes quickly, but she held out for us. I’m glad she did as she’s really a cuddle cat who wants nothing more than to curl up next to you and sleep or be pet.

Stanley was at our vet in Brooklyn, waiting patiently for his forever home. He had been in and out of homes due to his behavior. We gave him a chance, despite having two cats already. It was a rough 9+ months as he and Jeffrey jockeyed for alpha position – in a studio apartment - and in the end Stanley won. He’s still #1 but has calmed down a bit as he’s aged. One of his favorite pastimes is grooming the other cats, and my husband, while they sleep. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before he goes in for the kill.

Henry came into our lives in September 2007. He was a senior dog (10+ years) who had been in the shelter for 6+ months. All we know is someone tied him up in front of a police station and left him. When he turned out to be “the dog” for us, everyone at the shelter was ecstatic he’d found his forever home. We often go back for alumni events and everyone is delighted to see Henry and remark on how happy he is.

Suki is the newest addition to our household. She’s a Pomeranian, surrendered by her former owners. She’s also a senior dog (10 years) and we fostered her as she went through a rough patch of being spayed, having a (benign!) mammary tumor removed, and all but three teeth extracted. In May, she officially became our second canine companion after getting a clean bill of health. Despite her size and few teeth, she thinks she’s our guard dog; hence her nickname of ‘la petite Cujo’.

I’m glad that we’ve been able to give these animals a second chance. The love we get in return is all that’s needed to turn a crappy day into a great day.

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 8

Today I give thanks for my sorority sisters.

Since college, Phi Mu has been there for me, wherever I've lived. Each time I moved to a new town, I found the alumnae chapter and voila - an instant family. We're not cookie cutter clones, in fact, there are more than a few women who are my polar opposites, but there's a common bond between us.

Here in Jersey I've got a core of friends which are made up of Phi Mu sisters. Between them and the unofficial Sisterhood email list, I've got a wonderful support system. My sisters are there for me in good times and bad. We laugh together and we cry together; for that, I'm eternally thankful. I have gotten so much from my sisters over the years, I hope that I can and do give back enough in return.

Little did I know when I pledged Phi Mu back in 1987 how important it would be to me. Now 20 years later, I'm thankful for this wonderful bond of sisterhood that stretches north to south, east to west. I've met my share of wonderful women who I am honored to call my sisters and friends.

07 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Day 7

Don't laugh - but the thing I am thankful for today is: Wee Wee Pads.

Suki, our Pomeranian, has a slight problem and isn't always able to hold it until I get home to take her out for a walk. The vet has ruled out a UTI, so it's just little bladder/old dog issue.

After weeks of her having accidents on the rug in our foyer (and washing it over and over), I got smart and picked up a box of wee wee pads. She took to them immediately! She'll have the occasional miss, but that's better than her deliberately peeing on the rug.

Much easier to clean up too; no more washing the rug every other day. Which reminds me, I still haven't replaced it.

06 November 2007

Thirty Days of Thanks: Days 1-6

I stole this idea from Kecia, a fellow EtsyNJ Street Team member who I had the pleasure of meeting earlier this summer at the Ocean Grove Craft Fair. Of course, I'm going to do it my way by playing catch-up today and then I'll try to post regularly throughout the month...

So, to catch up, here's six things (in no particular order) that I'm thankful for...
  1. My Husband
    ...who puts up with me during good times and the not-so-good times. He really is a wonderful man who has the patience of a saint when I'm on a rampage. Despite our different sport allegiances, I love autumn Sundays when we watch football together.

  2. My Dogs
    Both Henry and Suki are Monmouth County SPCA alumni. I really can't remember what life was like before they joined our family. Well, I can remember not getting up at 5 AM to walk them... There's nothing better than coming home after a long day and seeing their faces light up with joy when they realise their humans are home. Dog love is simply wonderful.

  3. My Cats
    Stanley is an stray from Brooklyn and our last (pet) connection to the city; Sadie and Lily are Monmouth County SPCA alumnae like the dogs. Not only are they great bed companions, they provide me hours of amusement. I'm still waiting for Sadie to learn that Stanley's not playing nice when he comes to groom her; he's just lulling her into a false sense of security before he goes in for attack.

  4. Books
    Its hard to me to imagine anyone being illiterate as reading comes as naturally to me as breathing. I've been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. For me, books have been a wonderful source of learning and escapism since I was a child. I like nothing better than to be curled up on the sofa with the dogs or cats and a good book in my hand. (You can see my recent reads in the sidebar to the right.)

  5. Beads
    But of course... If I don't have a book in my hand, I'm probably holed up in my makeshift studio playing with my assortment of fabulous beads. I really love taking separate pieces and fashioning them into a beautiful piece of jewelry.

  6. Ninety-Nine
    As in how many points I lost by in my Fantasy Football match up this week. I'm thankful it was only 99 points and not 100. Yes, it's still a loss and I'm on a losing streak (5 in a row) but there's always next week. (How the heck is one supposed to compete against a team stacked with players like Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Brian Westbrook and Tony Gonzalez. Sheesh!)

So, that's the catch-up list... Stay tuned for more throughout the month of November.

05 November 2007

Handmade for the Holidays

It's probably no surprise to many of my readers that I've decided to step up and take the handmade pledge this year.

While it's easy and I suppose some of my friends/family would like - and perhaps even prefer - gift cards, I think it's so much nicer to give an actual gift that you pick out for someone. With that in mind, no more shoddy mass-produced crapola for gifts from me. This year I'm doing my shopping at a variety of craft fairs and or online at etsy.com (or making it myself).

I've picked out a few things from some of my favourites from my fellow etsians below. Whether they're wishlist items for me or potential gifts for others, I'll leave you to decide.


02 November 2007

Abbey Road 2007

This morning, after 25 minutes on hold, I snagged two tickets to see The Fab Faux perform Abbey Road later this month here in Jersey.

I've been dying to see them for a long time, but anytime they were playing local, it was a benefit and tickets were a minimum of $150 - these tickets were a steal at $50/head. Sorry, but I wouldn't pay $150/person for John, Paul, George, and Ringo. (Actually, if someone managed that reunion, I'd probably pay more than $150/person.)

I hope the performance lives up to the hype. It's a Saturday night out on the town, so I'm sure we'll have fun nonetheless. (Off to figure out what's on Abbey Road -- I have an idea, but not 100% certain of all the tracks.)

27 October 2007

Bluegrass On the Shore


Hornsby-Skaggs
Originally uploaded by Marci

Last night we went to see Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs (with Kentucky Thunder) at the Count Basie. Despite the cold and rainy weather, it was a wonderful night!

I'm a huge fan of this Bruce (not to be confused with the local Bruce) and seeing him with Skaggs was an extra special treat. Lots of great bluegrass tunes, compliments of Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, along with many of Hornsby's hits reworked with a bluegrass flair. I totally enjoyed the new arrangement of "The Way it Is" but "Mandolin Rain" left me a bit lukewarm. The beginning of that arrangement was 'meh' but towards the end I was liking it a bit better.

One of the highlights of the night was a bluegrass arrangement of 'Superfreak'. Yes, the Rick James song. I was giggling when I realised what the song was and watching the crowd and the band.

My pics, the few that they are, were taken during the encore. For whatever reason, the crowd thinned out dramatically when they left the stage. So we ran up front, then I snapped a few pics - with Bruce on accordian. Can't remember the tune they closed the show with - some bluegrass tune with "hey! ho!" audience participation.

A great night - a wonderful combination of musicians and their music. My only regret is that it was too short. Only one set plus an encore for about 2 hours of music.

17 October 2007

Birthday Bliss

Thanks to my wonderful friend, E, for the gift certificate to a local spa. I've decided after the past couple weeks (burning the candle at both ends), I'm treating myself to a massage on Saturday.

The massage I've chosen is what the salon calls the "Royal Thai Massage" and is described as such:

Traditionally preformed by Monks in Thailand, the first technique uses direct finger pressure on specific points along the body’s energy channels. The second part of this therapeutic treatment is done in a traditional way using a hot poultice imported from Thailand. The poultice is muslin ball filled with a blend of Thai herbs that is heated and used on the body to alleviate muscle pain and inflammation and bring heat to the muscles to induce relaxation. Lastly, we use a special blend of oil from Thailand to finish things off. This massage has a detoxing, soothing and simultaneously invigorating effect on the body and mind.


It's 75 minutes long and I added the optional 15 minute sinus treatment enhancement at the end. I'm so congested right now, I'm hoping that will bring me a little relief, if only temporary. I suppose the respite from crankiness will be a temporary thing too. :P

I'm looking forward to it -- and hoping there's nothing else on the agenda for the weekend. I have a bad habit of remembering too late that I committed to do something else.

12 October 2007

Forty and Fabulous


birthdayflowers2
Originally uploaded by Marci

Yes, today's the day I am officially 'over the hill' according to my husband. Ha ha!

The flowers (and balloon) pictured were from my Mom - they were delivered to me at the office today. Person after person came by and exclaimed "It's Your Birthday!" To which my response was, "It is?" (Yea, I'm a bit sarcastic.) The flowers are absolutely gorgeous - pink, pink and more pink. Good think I *really* like pink.

As for the birthday contest - thank you all for the wonderful suggestions for a mother-daughter getaway.

After much thought, I've chosen Savannah, Georgia as my destination. I thought we'd both fly into Atlanta and meet, rent a car and stop in Macon along the way to Savannah and then visit my sorority's new headquarters in the Atlanta suburbs before we part ways to go home.

I loved everyone else's suggestions and there's a few destinations I'd like to explore with my husband -- once we can afford a getaway again.

Of course, y'all are probably wondering who the lucky winner is...

In true Marci fashion, I couldn't pick just one when two names were pawed out of the hat. So, the lucky ladies who will be getting a pair of earrings from me are Kecia and Francine. Please send me an email with your mailing address and a color preference and I'll create sometihng for both of you! (if you don't have my email address, let me know -- but I think that both of you do.)

Anyhow, my husband should be walking in the door soon. i thikn we're going to head down to the shore for dinner and then possibly a movie. I'm dying to see the new Cate Blanchett movie (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) which opens today, but he's already grumbling about it being one of those historical movies where 'everyone is beautiful', etc. I guess I'll be seeing it myself later this weekend or next week.

Have a great weekend everyone -- and for those of you who have called, emailed, or sent cards via snail mail. THANK YOU! Turning 40 is nowhere near as bad as certain people led me to believe. It's only a number - and 'old' is all in your mind!

11 October 2007

One Day More...

After tonight, I'll no longer be able to (honestly) call myself 'thirtysomething'.

While I don't have an issue with turning 40, I really don't like being a fortysomething person just yet. I need to ease into it slowly, I figure.

I've had some packages/envelopes arrive already and I'm waiting for the big day to open them and make the milestone celebration last as long as possible.

And don't forget -- tomorrow I'll pick a winner from those who posted suggestions on where to go for a 'girls weekend getaway' with my mom.

10 October 2007

Congratulations, Henry!

I'm delighted to announce that after eight weeks of obedience training, our 11 year old adopted mutt, Henry, has graduated!

Over the course of the training, I was frustrated at his reluctance to go down and that is where he failed me during the final exam. Everything else he did well - especially his heel. There were a few minor issues here and there, such as having to correct him, but I think that the training has paid off. With a little more work, maybe we'll master that down after all.

His training instructor gave him and all the other graduates a pig's ear as a treat last night. He went rather ga-ga over it, so I think he might end up with a small stash in the house soon enough.

Good dog, Henry. You've proved that it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks.

P.S. The photo is from Christmas 2006 - unlike Macy's we do not have our Christmas tree up yet.

05 October 2007

New Look

If you've been to my etsy shop this evening, you'll notice a new banner and avatar. I decided I needed a new look, so I played around a bit. Nothing fancy, but a little cleaner than the old version... I liked the 'Circle M' and have decided to use it on all my business stuff - business cards, thank you notes, earring cards, etc.

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The spider sense earrings I posted last night sold in less than 24 hours. I'm so grateful for the people supporting me.

I need to just get busy with taking photos and getting the other stuff in my shop. When will I find the time this weekend?

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On Sunday, the EtsyNJ Street Team is having a get-together in Westfield. I'm looking forward to meeting some of the other Jersey Etsians face-to-face. Already there's a handful that I feel like I know already through our Yahoo groups and our promo threads in the Etsy forums.

04 October 2007

Scary Stuff

Just a couple of new things which I've listed on etsy; just in time for Halloween.

Spider Sense earrings
polymer clay beads by Valerie Moore


That's it for now -- but I've pulled out the lucite again and should be busy 'playing' with it over the next few days. Lots of great autumn colours - think rusts, greens, golds, and reds.

03 October 2007

Etsy Rocks!

I'm thrilled - in the past two days, I've had two sales on etsy.

Of course, they were both two of my favourite pieces, so while I'm sad to see them go, I hope the new owners will love them as much as I do.

To celebrate my good fortune, for today only (that's 3rd Oct 2007), I'll give 10% off any purchase made in my etsy store. The catch is you need to put in the comment to seller: "Your blog sent me." and wait for a revised PayPal invoice. This is for new orders only - from 8 AM until midnight tonight.

I should have a few more things to add tonight, provided I can get photos taken and uploaded this evening. Hint: Halloween is coming.

You can find my shop here: marcinyc.etsy.com or just click through via the sidebar.

01 October 2007

Birthday Contest

Those who know me in 'real life' know that I turn the dreaded 4-0 this year. I'm not all that worked up over turning forty, except when my husband pushes the wrong buttons. It's just a number - and most days I act more like fourteen than forty.

Mom and I spoke on the phone last night about what I wanted for my birthday. I had a hard time coming up with any ideas - I really have everything I need or want - but then Mom proposed a weekend getaway. I warmed up to that idea and we've decided that we'll jump on plane or in the car and head out somewhere for a long weekend in 2008. (I don't have any vacation time left for this year, that's why it'll be delayed.)

So, what's the contest?

Suggest a place for Mom and I to spend a long weekend together - everyone who leaves a comment/suggestion will be entered in a drawing for a free pair of earrings created by yours truly.

On my birthday (that's the 12th), I'll toss everyone's name in a hat and let one of the dogs or cats paw out a winner.

Some ideas that have been batted around already include:
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Portland, Maine
  • Charleston, S. Carolina

Anything goes! Just need to make sure there's enough to do there to keep us busy for 2-3 days but also have enough down time so we can knit/stitch/read. As she's coming from Ohio and me from Jersey, pretty much anything east of the Mississippi will work. I'd love a San Fransciso getaway, but I'd spend half my time in the air for such a short trip.

So, leave your comments and suggestions for a weekend getaway for Mom and me and on my birthday, I'll pick a winner.

30 September 2007

Greetings from Asbury Park

We spent last night in Asbury Park, dining first, followed by drinks and music at the Wonder Bar, which sadly is closing its doors today.

A great time was had by us, our friends, and other strangers. I truly enjoy John Eddie's music ever since I 'discovered' him when he opened for Southside Johnny last New Year's Eve.

Just a few shots from the evening...

Convention Hall - Asbury Park


Wonder Bar - Asbury Park

John Eddie - Wonder Bar 9/29/07

I'm a bit tired this morning considering we rolled in the door about 2:15 AM this morning - yet managed to take the dogs for a quick walk. After 5 hours of sleep I was up again. I think I'm going back to bed for a couple hours - at least until it's time for football.

More pics available to friends/family in my Flickr album.

For those wondering - no Bruce last night.

28 September 2007

Are You Ready?

I'm sure all my friends know about my love affair with etsy. If not, you must have been under a rock for the past few months. *g*

I've been busy browsing and looking for some Christmas/Hanukkah gifts already - it's never too early to get your shopping done! (Hoping I don't get the insane idea to go out on Black Friday again this year.)

Here's a few things that I've discovered recently and loved...

Bumble Bee cat by Annya - this print just made me laugh. I like black cats and bees; this combines them both.



She's got lots of other black cat prints in her shop as well. I like the cat and flying pig print as well as several others.

Next up is this fantastic ribbon belt - in pink, my favourite colour - from a fellow EtsyNJ street team member, purplelicious.


Be sure to check out her shop for more fabulous accessories. I so wish that I had longer hair so that I could purchase several of her headbands. I guess I'll just have to grow it out.

Also representing the NJ street team, is Making the Best of It and her fabulous painted glassware. I particularly love this set of goblets. Magnolias - simply wonderful!


She's also got another shop for her stunning chain maille jewelry. I love maille, but really don't have the patience to make it myself. (That and it kills my hands!)

Lastly from the altered art queen, keeshagirl4 (aka lemoncholy's) is this vintage altered train case.

I was eyeing this at the Ocean Grove Craft Show over Labor Day weekend, but I didn't get it. Had I been sans spouse, it would have ended up in my trunk until I had a chance to sneak it into the house.

So, there's a sampling of some of the stuff I've found and like -- go ahead and take a look and see if you find anything to your liking. And remember, I'm there too. And if you want to support Jersey Artist/Crafters, be sure to search for "EtsyNJ" tags.