Hooked on PIXABAY

social-1206610_640I am totally hooked on pixabay.  I just spent about an hour collecting and saving pictures to use on my blog.  A couple of weeks ago I started to put a picture with each of my postings for your pleasure.  Some are related to the posting and others are not, but they are all different and all are from pixabay. I found so many on the listing I found today that caught my eye I’m going to be adding pictures for weeks, if not forever.  If you need pictures of any kind check out pixabay.com.  You’ll find pictures of food, flowers, animals, people, mountains, bugs, cartoons, and many, many more choices.  You just enter the type of picture you want and up it comes. Or you can choose from the selection they list.  The pictures are free, no charge, no ads.  It is absolutely fantastic.  Try it!

ASTROLOGY

I have been a casual follower of Astrology for as long as I can remember. I learned early in life that I was a Libra and investigated the characteristics of that sign as I grew up. I liked what I found. It seemed to fit my thoughts, feelings and actions. I now had a reason for my behavior. I could blame my activities on something other than just “I felt like it.”

As I grew older I researched the Zodiak signs of my friends and family . What a revelation! “So that is why she did that.” Lots of things made sense instead of confusion. I accepted my friends for who they were. Their personalities were bound, in some ways, by their astrological sign.
It also made sense to me when it came to the friends I was attracted to, or others who “turned me off”.

My blog requires that I investigate the 12 signs and their features each month. I enjoy the research. I do not seek out the signs of my current friends. I take them as they are, but sometimes I wonder why they do what they do, or don’t do.

This month’s sign is Sagittarius and I found it fascinating. I don’t know if any of my friends were born under this sign and I don’t care. It’s not a factor in the friendship.

Maybe you will find the characteristics of your sign in my blog during the year. I hope that you will enjoy the jewelry I have chosen from my collection that is right for your sign. Who knows, you might become curious about the sign you were born under and want to know more. Your computer is filled with Zodiak information. Have fun with it. But don’t take it too seriously.

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What else can I do?

I just got awakened from a much needed nap this afternoon by an unwanted phone call from someone I don’t know and offering a service I don’t want. I get 1-3 or more of these calls every day and I have registered with the “Do Not Call List” three times! What else can I do? My friends have the same problem, so obviously they can’t help me. Today’s 2nd call was from, it sounded like, a very young handsome(?) man with a very nice voice who wanted to remodel my house. Since I didn’t want that service I just hung up. But then I got to thinking. Most of the previous calls were from women with accents. Some accents were so thick I could barely understand them. (Just got my 3rd call of the day while I was typing this. This caller had a very strong accent.) They have my name, they use it to get my attention. I have to ask who’s calling since it could be someone who I already know. My curiosity kicked in. I think it is unfortunate that these people cannot get a better job. I hope they are being paid minimum wage at least. I hope they are paid for every call, not just the ones who accept the offer of service. Surely the nice young man today should be able to get a better job. But I can’t continue to receive their calls. I want them to stop. They interrupt my sleep, my meals, and my work. I just got my 4th call of the day at 9:15 tonight! Anybody got any good ideas?

Gregarious Gemini May 22-June 20

Geminis are sociable, curious and full of ideas. They are energetic, clever, imaginative, witty, adaptable and make very interesting and exciting friends. The colors associated with Geminis are early spring airiness-white, yellow, spring green, pale gray and silver.

You’ll find pieces of jewelry associated with Gemini on my Etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu in the “sections” portion of my shop. You may also find them in the opening pages. If you are planning a gift to a Gemini my necklaces and bracelets are shipped in an organza pouch.

Look for Cancer next month.

floral/white necklace

White beads with floral design necklace

White beads with floral design necklace

Why do I Make Jewelry?

 Good question.  I make jewelry because it satisfies my creative urges.  I would love to draw pictures, but I have no talent for this.  I have produced all sorts of needlework such as sewing, knitting, needlepoint, crocheting, making afghans for each of my offspring, even grandkids and babies as they come along.  But I don’t do much of any of those things anymore. Cooking doesn’t appeal to me, nor gardening.  I don’t have the energy to tend to a yard and I don’t have nuch of a yard where I now live, but I have pots of greenery on the porch. I have to remember to water them.

 However,  I can excel in making jewelry.  I search the various sources for beads that have character, color, design and a different style.  I am completely addicted to making necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I haven’t counted but I may have almost 200 jewelry pieces.

 I recently disposed of the bed in my guest room and turned it into a studio so I can spread out and not have to clear the table when guests come for dinner.  When I wander into my “studio” I am immediately struck by the need to work on the current project.  I lose myself in it.

 The fact that I have not sold a piece of jewelry in more than 4 months depresses me, but doesn’t deter me from making something new, or finishing a project started a while ago, or, making a trip to the bead shop. 

 I only wish that the love I have for my designs would translate into an equal monetary appreciation for my work.  Casual friends have all commented on the various pieces, but they are not buyers.   

My Etsy store is at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu

Some of my jewelry is on Ebay as well as Pinterest, classifiedads and a  few other places.

I’d like to hear your comment.  I’ll reward you with a piece of my jewelry in the color you prefer.

Aquarius Anyone?

Aquarians love to think and put their ideas out to the world. They also love to think they’re right!  They are inventive and original;also sympathetic and compassionate.  They love the latest gadgets, gewgaws, computers and next-generation technologies. The great strengths of the Aquarius-born are their vision, intellect and humanity.

My daughter is an Aquarian and she fits this description to a T.

Aquarius is an air sign.  Think of rainbow colors, ultramarine blue, green, violet, turquoise. You will find these items at my Etsy shop,http://etsy.me/1frBTjL 

Silver bead necklace

Silver bead necklace

Aqua pearl necklace

Aqua graduated pearl necklace

birdbracelet

Bird bracelet

 

Green block necklace

Green block necklace

Silver tone drop earrings

Silver tone drop earrings

 

 

3 strand aqua pearl necklace

3 strand aqua pearl necklace

Vintage pearl hoop earrings

Vintage pearl hoop earrings

Aqua oval and crystal bead necklace

Aqua oval and crystal bead necklace

Kitty earrings

Kitty earrings

Long turquoise leaf beads necklace

Long turquoise leaf beads necklace

Turquoise medallion necklace

Turquoise medallion necklace

Green floral beads necklace

Green floral beads necklace

Turquoise bracelet

Turquoise bracelet

Handy Hint

These days a lot of people are concerned about saving money, me among them.  While going through some old magazines I ran across an article which had several very good ideas to save money, and or time.  Most were quite inventive.  I don’t have much imagination so I was intrigued with the solutions and ideas that others came up with.  I am going to share some of them with you during the days to come.  Watch for a Handy Hint now and then.   Here’s the first.

If you have been frustrated by not being able to get the last bit of lotion out of a tube even with your strongest squeezing, try this trick.  Cut the tube in half about an inch or less from the top.  Now you have 2 places to get your lotion.  You can usually find about 5 more uses before you finally throw it out.  A great idea from Rosemary Routman.

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year to all my readers!

Pink Swirl Heart necklace

I just posted a new board on my Pinterest site.  It is for Valentine gift ideas.  Lots of pink and red jewelry of all types.  I don’t charge for shipping in the US and only $5 for International shipping and handling.  I hope you will find something for your sweetheart.