Monday, October 27, 2008

The world is not the same today, a piece of me left when Smudge(smudj) died yesterday. I ushered him into the world and then watched him leave. It has only been a year and month since he came to us yet he left a huge mark on our lives. Never has a cat loved me as much as he did and never have a I loved a cat like I did him.

I love you my boy

I am so sad no words can explain. My heart lies in a boot box out in my yard. I kissed you today, I let you go so you would be free to take a deep breath, in all honesty this had to be the worst day I have ever had.

We are not sure why smudge died, the vet suspects flea medicine I think tainted treats it doesn’t matter he is gone. It was quick but not quick enough. He labored to breathe all day Saturday and Sunday. He took his last breath in our home because we could not afford what the emergency vet had plans to do. So My husband brought him home and he was gone within the hour after they returned.

In his short time my memory bank is filled with thoughts of his birth, thoughts of me saying how weird he looked, then waking to find him licking my face and meowing quite loudly in fact, as if to say mom I won’t be here long so love me day and night please. He followed me all over the house. When I let him out 1 small ” Mujo” call would bring him running and crying all the way as if to say “I am coming mama”.

I love him very much. He would lean forward into my face just so I could kiss his head, he slept with me and laid by me while I worked in my studio.

In the back of my mind I knew he would not be with me long. Anything that loves you like this can’t stay long at least that was my thought or maybe my premonition, either way I was right. I wish I could find all the photos I took of him including the original of this diffused photo. I feel so dumb thinking I had all the time in the world to photograph him now. I don’t want to forget what he looks like or how he smelled or what his fur felt like or the sounds he made. So you can see the world is very different today, my mind can’t comprehend why he had to go or why it had to be so hard.

This long winded, sad post is for myself so I remember how love does hurt but it has to be worth it. I also have to remind myself that everything has a reason even the painful things. I am sure in time I will stop crying and I will not have every moment filled with thought of this very special soul that came to visit me, but for now my heart aches beyond belief. You’ll have to forgive me if I take 1000s of photos of the pets I have, I don’t want to make the mistake of thinking I have all the time in the world to look at them again.

Good bye my sweet bunny your short time here was worth the pain.
Sept 13, 2007 passed October 26, 2008


Main Street Art Gallery (Next door to Bead It)

237/239 North Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Main Street Art Gallery is pleased to announce a new art exhibit:
GROUP SHOW in conjunction with ARTEAST
October 3 - November 1, 2008
Gallery Hours
Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday closed (Sunday, October 19, open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,

Please join us for an artist's reception on Friday, October 3, 2008
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to meet the artists. Wine Tasting by Mary
Michelle Winery.

Participating Artists:
Participating Artists:
Jessica Erickson - Metal
Scott Evers - Photography
Melvin Harris - Wood
Larry Hesterberg - Lampwork Beads
Kathryn Stullken Hopkins - Paper Assemblage
Judith McLaughlin - Jewelry- metal & beads
Meg Solon - Photography
Michelle Strader - Fused Glass
Kate Tegtmeier - Jewelry - Chain Maille
C. Alana Tibbets - Fiber Mixed Media
Tanya Varble - Fiber Mixed Media

ARTEAST Demonstrations
Sat., Oct. 18 – Sun., Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Larry Hesterberg - Lampwork Beads
Kate Tegtmeier - Chain Maille

I have a new blog


WordPress is lovely I love the stats but adding a photo or a video is a pain and I would eventually like to advertise on my blog as well.

I have not given up my wordpress blog altogether. I apologize for leaving it stale though. When they made some changes some time back it made it hard to work in for me anyway. Any thing that frustrates me that was supposed to be relaxing will get neglected quick LOL

SO I hope you will RSS my new blog and visit me there. thank you everyone for joining me here.

Aqua Drops - Dangle Beaded Earrings

A special offer in my Etsy shop. When you purchase 2 or more glass items in my Etsy shop you get a free pair of Dangle Drop Earrings. They are glass beads on a long stiff stem with sterling ear wires. These can also be purchased if you are not inclined to buy 2 items this round. This offer will last as long as I have beads to make these little cute earrings.

Thanks for looking and happy shopping at shoozles

Kumquat Tingle - Wire Wrapped Fused Glass Pendant Large

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come from almost anywhere, the littlest things can spark inspiration. The way a crumpled piece a paper lays, the way a shadow cast across a yard, even in my case when a batch of glass falls to the floor and makes a large crash and a huge mess even music can inspire us-so why not a scent a glorious smell. Can a scent inspire us to create? maybe if it is a great one hey? Anyone that knows me knows I love orange and struggle not to use it in my work but oh man after I got a whiff of this soap by daisycakessoap all bets were off it rekindled my love for the color orange LOL No kidding!

I shopped late for my own mothers day gift again this year and I popped over to JM’s shop knowing full well I would buy something fresh and fruity. Kumquat was perfect because it was orange. I had no idea what it smelled like- I totally trust JM and I knew it would be good but never knew it would smell this yummy. I keep telling her I swear I didn’t eat it but it smells good enough to lick.

Now everyday I can smell that soap at my studio sink and it really sunk into me because now I can’t quit making orange pendants- Like I ever could ha ha!

This pendant is in honor of JMs soap and my love for Kumquat Soap- Thanks for making my studio smell great!

wire wrapping test

Originally uploaded by shoozles67

This is the video I did last spring on how to wire wrap. It is in slow motion so you can see the steps to wrapping a glass cabochon. I sell these class cabochons in my etsy shop with grooves and with out. I apologize ahead of time the video cuts off at the end because my battery ran out GRRRRR. I have plans to do this over but maybe this is a start for all of you great jewelry designers out there.

Flickr controversy about videos

I thought it was a positive new thing to add videos to flickr. I was quite excited. All things change and grow. Flicker owners are expanding for new generations although I highly doubt teens will come to flickr to buy a pro account to up load a mini clip when utube is a free for all. There are options if a person does not want to view videos on flickr. I hope I don’t lose friends because I up load videos? Yikes

Besides how can the world evolve to moving photos like in the Harry Potter movie if photos and video do not merge? haha

All change creates chaos- some people like to stand in the boat LOL

Okay Crazyness! I am prepping for a Home party for the 23rd of April. Then this week I got a call form Jacoby Art Center and Gallery, they have asked me to present my jewelry during an Art fashion Show. I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me. Needless to say I have been relising on Etsy more than I usually do because I have to add to my stash for these shows. So I apologize.

The Fashion show is – May 2 at 6pm
The tickets are 15 dollars in advance and 20 dollars at the door. This includes food and wine and show.

This gallery is huge and cool- can’t wait to show pictures. keep a look out

I have no idea how I will do or if I will fit in to the venue but it was so exciting to be invited.

Wish me Luck!

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