Sunday, October 3, 2010

18) New unique finds

TubbyTabby: creative jewelry made out of game pieces, scrabble, dominoes, backgammon and eclectic jewerly















jcskyline: Cute and adorable fabric pouches for makeup, brushes and more.



















dfrdesigns: Beautiful and creative watercolors. Winner of iPrintFromHome.com art photo contest, and featured in Watercolor Artist Magazine. Congratulation.



















Helen Puck: wire jewelry, wired wrapped marble jewelry, cute push pins and cameos.




















CMaille: Beautiful chain maille jewelry, elegant and stylish designs
















Dewanye Williams: Fine art paintings and scrolled wood carvings, created with intricate details.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Giveaway Winner

Winner of a beautiful handpainted "Glitter Daisy Paperweight"
Congratulations. The winner is Larissa
Visit Ms. Larissa's sites: www.reefbotanicals.com




















After all the entries been counted, my son selected a winner out of a pull of a hat.
I'll be sending out an email to the lucky winner. Thank you for all who participated and entered

Follow my blog and I'd love to have you as a new friend. You could win something beautiful, look for occasional giveaways or special promotions, plus finding wonderful creations and helpful business sites.

Life's upside down

Sorry, I haven't posted in awhile. Mom had a severe stroke again. I've been at the hospital everyday. Her end of life directive is no artificial means, she currently on Hospice. Once things settle down after this emotional roller coaster, I''ll post more beautiful creations and helpful sites for all to enjoy.
Thank you to all who come by to visit, checked out my art, sent support and shared my world of glitter to their friends. My deepest gratitude for social network of friends.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Helpful business sites

1) Free Craft Fair: FREE online craft directory, a great resource for crafters. You can find wonderful items as jewelry, paper crafts, knitting sewing and other crafts as well. You can find info on craft shows, resources and how to videos.

2) Tools4etsy: A fun and advertise for FRE, for anything Etsy. You can see your shop's info, hearts, feedback ratings tags, treasury, directory and views all in one place. Increase exposure. Come view great items.

3) Luna Craft: A website dedicated to crafters. Directory on crafter blogs, craft business sites, craft websites and tip and info.

4) ProjectWonderful: Low fee advertising free, couple cents to several dollars depending on what site you want to advertise with. You set what you want to pay and where you want your ad to be.

5) Vistaprints: Free Business Cards to low fees

6) Moo Cards: Create your personalized Business Cards, mini cards, and cards

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Etsy Giveaway

Hi everyone. I'm on Etsy Giveaway. It's great place to post "Giveaways" from etsy community. If you a have a contest or giveaway post your contest for FREE. Come join the fun.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

17) Finding Beautiful Creations

76) BarbarasPics: Beautiful and serene nature photography.
















75) LGraceOriginals: Stunning and detailed watercolors painting.
























74) MakingTheBestOfIt: Heat enamel painted glassware.


















73) ArtAngel: Painted art on canvas for home decor

















72) MemoriesinMosaics: Beautiful mosaic made from broken plates. Innovative and one-of-a-kind pieces.















71) JewerlybyNaLa: Hand crafted jewelry creations with wire, beads, and Czech glass beads



Caregiving journal 8/21/10

I'm sorry if my journaling about my mom bores some of my visitors. When I write, it's part of me, it helps me and to gives me peace of mind. Thank you for all who have given there support during this difficult time. I try to stay positive, but I have to relearn how to relax and not be a full time caregiver. I've been on auto pilot for so long that I don't know how to relax. Just to watching TV or working on my art has been difficult, I feel as if I need to check on her constanly and to see if she needs assistance or needs anything. My kids have to remind me she no longer in the house. When I visit her at the nursing home, she keeps saying, I abandoned her and threw her away. It breaks my heart. It's hard, because she doesn't understand or can't remember what I told her on the last visits.
Finding new unique crafts, jewelry, art has helps me to relax. I'm an artists with a passion for beautiful creations and handmade. Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Caregiving Journal 8/21/10

Hello everyone. Thank you for coming back. It's nice to have a loyal following. The days have been difficult dealing with placing my mother in a home. I know it is the best place for her due to her condition, but it's hard dealing with guilt. I visit her 2-3x a week. I've read, if a nursing home patient receives visitors often, they tend to do better than those that don't. She cries wanting to go back home, when I visit. I try to be strong, and tell her that it's too dangerous for her to return home due to her choking. Her response is, "What choking, I never choke on my food, I'm healthy and well." She doesn't remember most incidents due to her Alzheimer's disease. She believes she can do anything as capable person could do, yet she get frustrated when she can't even remember how to basic needs as brushing her teeth, how to swallow, or even getting words out correctly to make a sentence. Thank you to everyone's love and support during this difficult time in my life.

Now that mom has gone into a home, I have a little more time on my hands. I'm trying to rebuild my business. If anyone enjoys my sparkling glitter art and what I do, PLEASE mention it to friends and family. It's been said, word of mouth is the best form of compliment, I thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart.

I've found some more beautiful finds, this time it's all jewelry. All jewelry lover, visit these wonderful shops and share some love. Sending best wishes to all.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Back to school, Giveaway- Daisy Paperweight

Come and enter to get a free "Back to School Giveaway", you deserve a gift that's truly out of the ordinary made with sparkling glitter and hours of dedication.
Win a hand painted glitter Daisy paperweight, artwork encased under glass and sits in a gold tone base, 2" x 2" diameter.

Giveaway Rules:

1) Enter first name, email address and your business link= 1 entry

(No email=No prize, email is required)

If you feel uncomfortable leaving your email for all to see, you can sent it to me by clicking on the contact button at the top. I will never give it out to anyone. Strictly for my mailing list.

Extra Entries:

2) Join my blog and leave a comment = 1 extra entry

3) Comment of any favorite item from my shop = 1 extra entry

4) Tell friends on Twitter, Blogs, Forums, leave a comment and a links to sites = 2 extra entry


Please subscribe as a friend. I'd love to have you join my group of friends.
Winner will be select at random. A winner will be selected and notified on September 31st.
Good luck to everyone. Please spread the shimmer of glitter to all your friends. Anyone can win a beautiful hand painted glitter artwork for FREE. Visit often. Thanks for visiting. Good Luck.


Visit my shop for sparkling unique glitter art and keepsakes. http://ArtisticWill.etsy.com/


Click on "Comment" word to make a comment by the pencil below each post, next social network logos.

16) Unique Beautiful Jewelry

#70) Chainmaillie By MBOI: Intricate and beautiful handmade chainmaille jewelry












#69) ZurDesigns: innovative and fashionable handcrafted jewerly, using high quality materials such as sterling silver, gold, and gemstones


















#68) bythebead: Lampwork glass, polymer clay, natural stone and other unusual beads crafted into unique, colorful earrings, pendants and bracelets



















#67) HoneyFromTheBee: Beautiful elegant jewelry made with agate, silver, coral, etc...














#66) 2goodclaymate: Hand made beads & buttons specializing in animal prints

Saturday, July 31, 2010

15) Great unique handmade finds

#65) LusciousLather: Lustrous Body creams prepared with highest quality ingredients.














#64) Bythebead: Lampwork glass, polymer clay, natural stone and other unusual beads crafted into unique, colorful earrings, pendants and bracelets.



















#63) ajsdesigns: rubber stamp cards, and mandala, a rotating image to form a circle. Beautifully crafted.




















#62) Ebrown2503: fiber beads, neat way to use fiber.



















#61) ShirleyKnits: knitted purses, innovative and creative patterns.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Caregiver's Journal 7/30/10

Hello everyone. Sorry I haven't written or posted in a while, but life has been upside down. Caring for my has been very difficult. I've been search for months for a nursing home. Most places had no open bed, rehab only or just terrible. I found a great nursing home with residents with her same nationality and ethnic foods and activities she'd enjoy. I place an application, but was told there were no beds available and they had a waiting list a mile long. I believed in my heart this was the right place for her. (I began praying continuously, believing the nursing home had an open bed for her.)

Her swallowing problems worsen. I took her to her physician,who ordered a swallowing test. I went back to the nursing home with the doctor's evaluation. They went into over drive placing high on the waiting list due to urgency, but stated there still wasn't any beds available. Not expecting anything soon, I continued caring for her the best I could. Last week the nursing home called me back saying they had an open bed, bring her right in. I was shocked with disbelief on how soon she got in. God does answer prayer.

It feels really strange. I don't know how to deal time. I'm constantly checking the clock, going to her room, checking to see if she needs anything or help to the bathroom. I've been doing this so long I've lost myself and have been running on auto pilot. My husband says it will be awhile before I adjust to having a normal, not being a full time caregiver and under constant pressure of tending to her needs. Even when I'm sitting in front of the TV relaxing, reading a book or working on my glitter art feels strange as if I've abandon her or I'm being really bad person. I know it'll take a while to get used not having to care for her.

I still have to tend to her other matters as banking, medical issues, nursing home papers, etc... at least I don't have to tend to her physically. She's well cared for in the nursing home, which give me piece of mind.
Thank you to everyone who commented or sent emails expressing their concerns and support. I'm deeply blessed with a great community of wonderful caring people.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Caregiver's Journal 7/20/10

LIfe has been getting more difficult caring for my mother. I'm exhausted all the time by driving her to lab test, doctor's visits, plus looking into placing her in a nursing home. It's amazing how different homes can very, from very nice with "NO" open beds to terrible and depressing. I visited over 15 homes to find a place for mom. Most the beds were not available, only rehab, to disgusting. My mom is having difficulty swallowing and is loosing weight. This is one of the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. This is very dangerous because the elderly can choke on food causing death.

Sometimes I look at my sales and visitors, looks like my business took a nose dive. That's ok, it was meant to be on hiatus, since I needed the time to care for my sick mom.
I know I can hit he floor running, bring my business back to what it was or better. I have tone of new ideas waiting to be drawn and painted with glitter. What do you think of exotic birds, dogs, baby announcements and sympathy designs, and teacher's gifts? Please refer my site to other who may want to see glitter used in a totally different way. Thank you for all the support, friendship, and care my many online friends have given me. I'm very blessed.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Caregiver's journal, May 10

My mom's health is slowly degrading. I feel like I'm putting in 48 hours in a day. There's so much to tend to. Having increased number of doctor's visits, I'm continuously doing tons of laundry daily, replacing her bedding daily, more bathroom accidents and plus dealing with things she doesn't understand. She's constantly confused and says the strangest things:
1) "My friend never talks or eats, what's wrong with her?"- mirrored doors
2) "How did you got away from kidnappers, since you've been missing for days"- I've been in the living room working on the computer for an hour.
3) "Why haven't your kids returned home from school, it's dark outside"- the kids are in bed and asleep.
4) "I'm starving, I hadn't eaten in days".- it's been only an hour or two since she last had a snack.
5) "I've never had that before", she wonder what strange foods I've given her for lunch, - peanut butter and jelly or spaghetti and sauce, or chicken and rice.

I try to keep a positive outlook on things, It's been difficult becoming the parent to a 90 lbs child. Her mobility and comprehension have decreased almost daily. She has a innocent of a child once again, she'll get her head stuck trying to remove her shirt, loose her sock while removing her pants, wear her sweater inside out and upside down, and her favorite words are "I do it myself". I'm just grateful for this opportunity to care for her during her final stages of Alzheimer's.
What I've learned from this experience is that I'm stronger than I've ever thought, caring to the best of my ability is part of my DNA, my compassion, tenacity and dedication is never yielding. I know I can say with no regrets is that I made a difference in her life and I'm a better person because of it.
Thank you for taking the time to follow my caregiving journey.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Helpful business site

James Dillehay has a created a great video series on "The 10 Most Asked Questions About Selling Crafts and the 10 Questions You Should Be Asking." There are 20 videos in this course. He has given his permission for everyone to access his FREE videos, on this blog. Please pass the word to others come by to view theses helpful videos.
You can learn about many different craft issues.
1) "Where can I find ideas for crafts to make and sell?"
2) "How can I make my crafts stand out?"
3) "Where can I sell my crafts?"
4) "Where can I sell my crafts where there is little or no competition?"
5) "What are the best selling crafts?"
6-20) More helpful tips.

James has created a great crafter community for crafts and artist called "CraftsU.com" Join forums, post photos or contest, make friends, and learn where public opportunities for exposures are available. Come by and become my friend on the site.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

14) More handmade finds

#60) PIFS: "Pay It Forward" Movement. PIF is where you list 1 item for the price of Etsy’s listing fee plus add in shipping. The PIF is a random act of kindness used to inspire others to do good for another in exchange for something in our shop. What a wonderful idea. Items $2-$3.





















#59) mattscraftywife: knitted cup liners, great for keeping beverages warm.





















#58) PatsyMole: Hnad crafted cards with personality, paper lady with pets















#57) AudreyGardenLady: jewerly





















#56) pawintheair: knitted scarves, coasters, baby blankets






Caregiver's Journal 4/10

Time caring for mom seems to get more and more difficult. She has some good days, but mostly bad days. I try not let the bad upset me, so I think of each situation in a humorous manner and enjoy it with laughter. At lease she creative.
Hallucination:
1) Mom sees thing that aren't there. She has mirrored doors in her room. She found a new friend in her room, she'll say: " There's lady in my room who doesn't eat or talk. I tried sharing my cookies with her, but she throw it on the floor." She doesn't understand that it's her own reflection, when she gives the reflection a cookie and drops it, she thinks the person has thrown to the ground.
2) My son has a large backpack for Boy Scouts for his hiking trips. One day my mom saw the backpack on the living room floor. "How did we get a car into the living room?"
3) We had elephants in the entry way (a large box we were going to throw out) , snakes in the bedroom (single sock on the floor), strange people coming and going (my kids she doesn't recognize).

Meal time: Meals began to get interesting. She put her bread in her apple sauce and can't understand why it taste funny, she puts in her peas in her tea-"There's weird stuff floating inside my cup". She adds strawberries to her soup. Eats bananas together with her sandwiches. She doesn't like assistance when I try to help. My husband says mom has created her own gourmet meals with a twist.

For one thing life is not dull with caring for an elderly parent. Remember life can always be worst, take things in stride with a smile on your face. Thanks for the support and prayers.




caregiver's journal 3/10

March 2010

I finally had one week off of caring for my elderly mother. My sister offered helped to care for mom for one week. It was so nice to get some free time. My husband give a a great early 20th wedding anniversary, we went to a SPA. It was so nice to soak in the mineral baths, salt baths and get a full body massage. I haven't felt that relaxed in a long time. I didn't realized I needed much pampering and someone take care of me. It was a wonderful experience. I got refreshed, rejuvenated, and refueled. I can become a better caregiver and help my mom live her life for the better.


Now, my mom's back home, wish my vacation didn't have to end. At least I know I can have some free to time for myself and not feel guilty about it. I've always heard that on planes they tell you, "You must use the oxygen mask for yourself, before it is administer to others. Your no good to anyone, if you don't care for your self first". I have to stop caring for other for a short while, so that I can care for my self. What a concept. Thank to all who continue to send support.


Caregiver's journal 2/10

February 2010

Thank you to all who send prayer and sent support. My prayers were answered, I got extra help this week. My sister had been out of the picture most of this caregiving journey, but lately she wanted to help with mom. I was shocked and surprised. It's not much- only one week every month or so, but I'm not complaining. It's better than nothing.

I can get a break to refuel and rest, till mom comes back home. In the beginning I didn't know how to relax, I constantly watched the clock waiting for bathroom duty or when I had to get her ready for bed, check the laundry baskets for laundering, etc.. It's a strange feeling not having my own time for so long, then finally getting some. Yeah, now I can concentrate more on business, posting, making friends and spreading some joy.


I ordered a new pretty purple sweater vest for my mom. I actually had time to shop, not just window shop.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

13) Unique Finds: handmade crafts

#55) SundayRose: Innovative fabrics purses





















#54) Kitzbitz: Lampwork beads and silver jewelry
















#53) Helenpuck: cross stitched and scrabble pendents





















#52) Patsdesigns: pet tag, charms, pendents













Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Sara Valor!
She wins this beautiful red beta fish paperweight. Paperweight size is 2" x 2" x1/2", art is encased with glass and sits in a gold tone base.
I collected all the names, wrote them down and my son pulled her named out of a hat.
It helped, she stuffed the box it many repeated twitter "tweets".
There's never any losers. New friends can receive email regarding upcoming giveaways and discounts toward some beautiful glitter art and I can increase my mailing list.
Sara: Please email me your address, so I can send this sparkling glitter prize.
Contact email: SparklingGlitterArt@gmail.com

Check back often for new and different giveaways, more handmade finds, or new glitter designs I've created.
Thank you to everyone who participated.