Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sale!

10% off plus free shipping in my Etsy shop! November 25 to November 29. No promo codes needed. I will reimburse your 10% & shipping via Paypal after your order is complete. Thanks for stopping by!
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I'm back.....

Back from a restful vacation in TN.

Gorgeous Lake View in TN

Deep Thoughts by DH

Cookout at Lake house with Family

Yum - bratwurst!

It was called the "Painkiller"

"Make me a bicycle clown"

Eagle at Dollywood

Gorgeous Mountain View

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Vacation for Sam - and a bonus for you!

I am going on vacation starting today - yippee!  My etsy shop will remain open while I'm on vacation from today (September 24) through October 3... Any orders placed while I'm gone will ship out on Tuesday October 5. To give you incentive to shop while I'm gone, I am offering free shipping.  Yes, free shipping on everything!  Enjoy! 

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Additions to Etsy Shop

Tiny Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings

Dotted Sterling Silver Necklace

Etched Copper and Sterling Silver Necklace

Texturized Eudialyte and Sterling Silver Necklace

White Pearl and Sterling Silver Necklace

Mauve Pearl and Sterling Silver Necklace
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Constipated

Well it has been an adventure once again in the Cooper household.  Last Friday while watching an insanely funny movie, my youngest fur baby, Zeus, was vomiting every thirty minutes.  This caused great concern as unlike a child, you cannot force your cat to keep hydrated when they are vomiting   constantly.

We are lucky that our vet has normal hours from 7am – 10pm.  I called and explained the situation, and they recommended that I bring him in (at least to rehydrate him).   So, off I went with my sick-o.  After taking a handful of x-rays, the vet returned to the exam room with the reason for his current state.

My fur baby was full of sh*t.   He was so blocked up that it was making him vomit.  Zeus was rehydrated and given some anti-nausea medicine.  I was given a prescription laxative and some special prescription can food.  I was instructed to isolate a litter box and my constipated Zeus, give him his laxative and the only food allowed until normal flow was restored was the special food.  I was also told that if flow was not restored by Tuesday – a cat enema would be needed to be done by the vet.

I know that when our cats get their temperature taken at the vet via the backdoor, their eyes look like a cartoon character with that “zoiks” look, so an enema would definitely be a “what the hell are you doing look followed by I’m going to get you back” glares at me.

So, back at home a decision had to be made on what room would be the isolation room.  The master bedroom was chosen, since Zeus loves to snuggle up in bed with me at night, and it is quite roomy.  I normally sleep late on Saturday mornings, and Zeus loves this extra personal snuggle time with me.  Let me just say – this Friday/Saturday sleep arrangement was not as peaceful.  He slept peacefully until around 7a Saturday morning until he realized that the door to the master bedroom was closed, and he could not get out.  At that point, he decided the best solution was to jump up on the bed and run across me and my DH several times (I believe in an attempt to wake us up to let him out).  I also began to hear load meowing from the outside of the master bedroom door from the other cats – like “Let us in!”, “Why is the bedroom door closed?”, “Hey, Open the door!

Since Zeus was climbing the walls by the time I decided to get up on Saturday, I decided that as long as I supervised him while outside the master bedroom that he could roam free during the day.  Unfortunately, he did not give “Pebbles” during Saturday, so he was doomed to another night in the isolation room.

The same pattern of restlessness that plagued Zeus in the isolation room during Friday/Saturday night occurred again during Saturday/Sunday night.  Zeus had some free time outside of the isolation room Sunday morning; however, DH and I went to a family lunch for a couple hours, so he needed to go back in the isolation room while we were out – he was not please.   He was very happy when we returned and was able to be free of the isolation room once again.  So pleased in fact, he gave some “Pebbles”.  I have never been so happy to see my cat poop!   My DH was laughing at me when I did the happy dance after seeing that Zeus had done his business finally.

Flow has slowing been returning to normal over the last couple days for our dear Zeus, and I am happy to report that he will not have to endure an enema.  He is happy as well.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sale, Sale, Sale!

I will be having a one day only sale tomorrow in my Etsy store - 30% off everything! Even sale items! 12:00 am to 11:59 pm September 9, 2010. Come on by and buy up some goodies - early xmas shopping, birthday presents or maybe something special for yourself!



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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hi, Hello, Howdy!

I know it has been awhile since I have blogged, but not too much has been going on other than work, work and more work.



I have been racking my brain the last couple weeks on ways to try to get more folks into my Etsy store (or even my 1000 Markets store or even better my website) to hopefully result in sales. I have to admit my online stores are getting views, but sales have been nada the last couple months. So, in an attempt to try to reach out to online buyers, I have created a Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Jean-Designs/104629946260311). I would love, love, love it if anyone reading my blog would decide to become a fan and even better if you happen to wander into one of my online shops and purchase some goodies for yourself or someone you love.

On other fronts, I have to take a small break from metalsmithing. Our youngest cat, Zeus, loves to snuggle up with me at night and sleep with my arm around him. I had just started to fall asleep with Zeus all tucked in my arm and all of the sudden he freaked out. I felt a sharp pain in my right hand and arm. In the moonlight, I saw skin hanging and felt blood running down my arm. Meanwhile, Zeus boroughed under the covers and was shaking in fear. I calmed Zeus down and got out of bed to find my hand and arm scratched up pretty badly as you can see from the pic.

My DH has decided that Zeus saw a ghost. I do not know, but he sure left his mark on my right hand and arm.


On a final note, today is my mom’s birthday. (Happy birthday mom!) While in Tennessee, my mom saw a Celtic necklace with the triple spiral or triskele and admired it. I told her that I would make something for her birthday with the triskele. Here are the pieces that I made for her birthday. I sure hope she loves them. I really love how they turned out.





Til later!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Wasps....

So I am not a big fan of bugs in general -especially spiders.  I used to be terrified of spiders.  Now I have relentless need to smush all that cross my path.  Well, I do not know if the spiders send a Guido wasp or what, but last Thursday I stepped out my door to go get my mail from the mailbox.  All of a sudden there was this intense pain on my left index finger's knuckle - probably the worst pain I have felt in a long time.  I immediately recognized that I was being stung and flung the SOB across the porch into our poly vinyl fencing (there was a definite thud). 
I grumbled in pain down to the mailbox and retrieved the mail.  Came back into to the house grumbling louder.  My chest started to feel tight, and I started to feel faint.  I thought great - that SOB is going to send me to the ER.  It was like I felt the wasp's venom running up my arm and into my chest - like the SOB hit a vein.  I sat down at the kitchen table and put my head between my knees and finally the tightness in my chest began to subside and the faintness disappeared.
It this point my husband popped out of his office to see what all the commotion was - which was not the easiest to explain at that point other than I had a wasp sting and not doing well.  I washed up the wound and put some hydrocortisone cream on it, but it itched like a motherfudger and was swelling.  So, of course the next step was antihistamines and ice/heat rotation.
Here is a pic of what it looked like before antihistamines and ice/heat rotation:



The hand finally returned to normal by Monday of this week except the sting site still had a little red spot.  I figured that it was just taking its time to heal.
Today, the sting spot and surrounding area started to itch like a motherfudger again and hive up like an allergic reaction.  So, I clean up the spot AGAIN.  More antihistamines...snoooze.... and I am hoping that this will resolve on its own.  I really do not want to have to go to the doctor just because some Guido wasp was sent to give me a message about smushing spiders.  I think I need to reiterate - I hate bugs.....
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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Stuck? Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!


All I can say is I feel Flick’s pain.

Last night I sat down to enjoy my bowl of ice cream and a new episode of Nurse Jackie. A normal Monday evening.

My dear hubby walked in to the living room at the point of last night’s episode that revolved around a funny – yet painful point of the show for a man (any man).

To sum it up… a man was mauled by a Great Dane after resuscitating it at a dog show, which somehow caused his testicles to migrate up his body ("like biiiiiirds,").

My dear hubby asked, “Could that really happen?” I said, “I do not know. Maybe we should Google it?” I picked up my laptop and found out that it is indeed possible. OUCH.

Now keep in mind that I have yet to eat my ice cream. My spoon is sticking straight out of a yummy scooped mound of vanilla ice cream (my favorite), so it is still nice and cold (and frozen). I pulled my spoon out of the ice cream to enjoy my first spoonful. I noticed that the spoon is quite frosty – like a frosty mug. No bother. I stick the spoon in my mouth and STUCK, STUCK, STUCK! The spoon was frozen stuck to the inside of my lip and when it finally broke free; I was without some skin – ouch!

I felt like I was in the scene from A Christmas Story. I am calling my ouchie: My Christmas Story Lip. Thank goodness the mouth heals quickly…

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Is it possible to catch an e-cold?

I say, sure. My hubby and I work from home for his company, so we spend a ton of time at home. Lately our busy e-schedule has had us house bound most of our day with our person to person interactions being through Skype and GoToMeeting.


My hubby has been working with another developer that has a very bad cold this week through our various e-services. Yesterday, he started sounding extremely congested – like he was coming down with a cold? I thought – how strange. We haven’t really been around anybody the last couple days. I asked him how on earth did he get a cold. He said the developer that he has been working with gave him a Skype cold. Too funny!

By last evening, he was fully engulfed with his Skype cold. He spent most of the night breathing on me- he is a snuggler when he is sick. When I woke up this morning, I felt worn out and achy - like I was coming down with the Skype cold. I hope not, but I will have to wait and see…..


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Friday, February 26, 2010

Inventory Reduction Sale!

Hi all! While working on my total store inventory for my 2009 taxes, I realized that I have several pieces in my shop that have been in inventory for some time - so.... I decided it is inventory reduction sale time!  I have started to edit several listings in my etsy store for the inventory reduction sale and move them to my SALE section. Go take a peek!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

More Tails of Trauma

Ouch! This time my big kitty, Shelton (aka Kitten), caused this tail trauma to Zeus.  (He had to get staple sutures!)


The vet advised putting Mr. Zeus in one of our comfy cones.  He is very unhappy.  Mr. Shelton is proudly observing his handiness.



Please, please, please someone remove this cone! I am so unhappy....
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Beauties

I finally have finished a round of beauties that I should have up in my shop (hopefully) this coming week.  So without further ado, here they are:

Fine Silver Cabochon set in Sterling Silver
Accented with Garnets



Saw Pierced Sterling Flower set on textured Sterling Base
Accented with Green Garnets



Labradorite Cabochon set in Sterling
Accented with Saw Pierced Sterling Flower cut outs



Poppy Jasper Cabochon set in Saw Pierced Sterling Silver



Poppy Jasper Cabochon set in Saw Pierced Sterling Silver



Variscite Cabochon set in Texturized, Saw Pierced Sterling Silver

That's all for now! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

I'm still here....

Sorry for my blog absence. I really have not had much to report.

I have been busy with corporate taxes since the first of January. Blah.

On the metalsmithing front, I have been busy learning some new techniques and working with new materials.

I have had PMC tools and materials in my supplies for some time, but I have not worked with it. I did quite a bit of research and learning about PMC a few years ago, and I finally decided what I wanted to do with the PMC that I have in my supplies – make PMC cabochons to bezel set. I have to admit that I had read in several of my sources that PMC dries out easily, but I did not realize how quickly it would dry out. I had to spritz the PMC quite a few times to keep it moist. It probably does not help that I decided to work with my PMC in the winter when our house is quite dry –even though we have two humidifiers running. I was very pleased with the three patterned cabochons that I created and will be bezel setting. I am not sure at this point if I will keeping up on this area, but it was definitely fun working with the PMC.

On the technique side, I have seen some really cool saw pierced metal pieces of jewelry created by other artists. I have to admit that before this adventure I was used to sawing just the basics. I wanted to add some new pizzazz to my jewelry with metal cut outs and some cool patterns for my cabochons to rest upon, so off I went. After some research and reading, Sam was a sawing (and of course breaking quite a few blades). So far, I am quite happy with the pieces that I have created. I am hoping to keep expanding and growing in this area.

The final area that I have been researching and learning about is etching. I decided to venture into learning about this area for the same reason as saw piercing. I have seen some really cool etched pieces of jewelry. I was leery about the chemical aspect of this technique. I really should not be leery about chemicals as I have a minor in Chemistry and have worked with far worse chemicals, but I still have a little voice in my head that says, ‘Stay away’. I use vinegar and pickling salt for my pickle instead of the acid version for this reason. Yet, I still really wanted to do etching. All of my supplies for etching arrived last week. I, unfortunately, have not found the time to do my first etching. Hopefully, I will get a chance to do this soon.

I do have a handful of pieces ready for the liver of sulfur phase of my process. Once blackened, I will polish these beauties up for my shop. I am hoping that I will get these pieces up in my shop in the next couple weeks. We shall see – sometimes, it seems that the days just slip away so quickly.

Till later!

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!


Just dropping in to say Happy New Year y'all!
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