Departure

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Departure

-for Baby, 2-10-86 to 9-14-12

 

His slide was steep,

over in two days as he went

from flight to fail. 

His weak legs went first

so I carried him close to my heart

in a makeshift sling where he mostly dozed

until, with a look of surprise in his wide brown eye,

he lifted his left wing all the way up

and waved a final good bye.

I’M MOVING!!!!

Hi, all!  New news – I’m moving the blog over to Blogger.  WordPress just isn’t getting it done for me as far as features, so I’m migrating it over to Blogger.  the new URL is

http://cookalasprettythings.blogspot.com/ .  See ya over there!!

I HEART YOU!!!

Lover’s Day is almost here – only 19 days to go!  There’s still time to get your sweetie (or yourself :-)) something she’ll treasure.  Here’s a selection of heart themed jewelry, all on sale with free shipping, currently listed in my shop, enjoy!!


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$5.70

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$61.75

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$7.36

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$61.75

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$61.75

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$7.13

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$61.75

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$14.25

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$16.15

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$58.90

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$17.09

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$58.90

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

2012 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR!!

*article copied from Pantone.com

Dance into the New Year with this Vivacious and Appealing Reddish Orange

The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline  rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative attention-getter, Tangerine Tango is especially appealing in men’s and women’s fashion. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2012, including Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney, Elie Tahari and Adrienne Vittadini, are incorporating this attractive orange into their spring collections. A fun, lively take on a traditional autumnal hue, Tangerine Tango will surely carry through to fall fashion as well.

A winner in cosmetics because of its versatility, Tangerine Tango is a bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way. Add a sultry flair to lips, cheeks and nails with Tangerine Tango. An unexpected eye shadow color, Tangerine Tango is a complementary opposite that flatters blue or green eyes. When paired with brown eyes, it brings out an amber cast.

Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue add spice to any room. Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway.

2012 PANTONE SPRING COLORS AT A GLANCE

BACK IN ACTION!!

So, ok!   The laptop has been rebuilt and I am back up and running, yay!  There are still some tweaks I have to make, but generally it’s 90% done.  It’s so nice to have a quick, well-disciplined laptop again.   But enough of that, today I want to promote some of my gorgeous, handmade lampwork jewelry because it’s 1 month until Valentine’s Day.

We’ll start with this pinkilicious lampwork heart necklace.  It adjusts from 18-20″ and the heart pendant is 1-1/2″ long.  The heart is artisan made and has exquisite detail.  The necklace part is composed of handmade white silvered lampwork rondelles and air bubbled glass encased rondelles, pink quartz gemstone rounds, river stone rounds, tiny ivory lampwork rondelles, bali silver bead caps, pendant slider bail and scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.  This is a really, really pretty necklace and the photo does not do it proper justice!

Next we have this rich, classy study in pale yellow and black.  This adjustable 15″ to 19-1/4″ OOAK designer lampwork necklace features a large, puffy handmade lampwork heart pendant that is 1-1/2″ long. The heart measures just over 1″ and its base color is black with pale yellow, brown and a hint of dove gray in the raku design. The necklace also has two 8mm bronzite rounds, two black with gray dotted rectangle beads, two pale citron yellow faceted czech beads,  black onyx rounds, fancy bali silver bumpy beads, bali silver round Celtic motif beads, fancy bali silver bead caps, bali silver bicones, bali silver serrated rings for the adjustable links and a fancy bali silver heart-shaped lobster claw clasp.   There is also a 1″ dangle at the end of the 8mm links that is made of a small 15mm black lampwork heart, a fancy bali silver end pin, a citron yellow faceted czech bead and fancy bali silver bead caps.

Last but not in the least is this ultra feminine, one of a kind designer handmade lampwork necklace featuring a pink, black and white with pink roses heart pendant, lampwork flower rounds and pink base bumpy ovals, black and pink foiled myuki delica seed beads, white quartz rounds, crystal crackle glass rounds, pink and black swavorski crystal bicones, bali silver bead caps, daisy spacers and a scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.  The necklace adjusts from 17″ to 19-1/4″ and the heart pendant is 2″ long.

If you’d like to see more of my handmade heart necklaces, here’s a quick link to them.  And don’t forget, I am still offering free shipping and everything is on sale.  Enjoy browsing, and happy shopping!!

NEW FOR THE NEW YEAR!!

So I am back, and contrary to plans the laptop has not yet been rebuilt – life just got in the way.  But it really has to be done – every time I use the laptop it gets slower and more error plagued.  Plus I have to install a new Norton AV as the current one will expire in 4 days.  So.  Looks like this weekend will be the time as I have to get out to the PO and do some food shopping tomorrow, and also make a trip to B&N to just sit and browse some jewelry mags and books over a very large cappuccino and maybe a piece of something sweet or savory.  This means I will be gallivanting most of the day, but I really do need to get out for a bit and get rid of the cabin fever that’s started creeping up on me!!

In the meantime, thank you’s are overdue my dear customers – I truly appreciate your support and purchases in this tough economy.  You know what I do when I feel down?  I go browsing through all the awesome feedback you guys leave me.  I get such a tremendous lift reading how happy you all are with your new bling and complimenting me for the fast shipping and great service.  Thank you.  I am sending big cyber hugs to you all because you touch my heart with your kindnesses!

And thank you, too, my fellow Etsian’s who keep honoring me by including my items in your treasuries.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to see all the new treasuries listed in My Treasuries on Etsy.  Thank you for the time you take to do that!  I appreciate your efforts so very much!  So thank you SarahT, grahtoestudio, Denise DeKemper, Linda Hawkins and Linda Hope.

And now, here are some new items for 2012 – new, higher grade pandora style murano lampwork beads, new charms ( including authentic Pugster’s!) and new types of bracelets.  There’s more to come, too.  I’ve been at it purchasing and restocking my supply of handmade artisan lampwork beads to make new Viking Knit and hand strung lampwork jewelry.  It’s been far too long since I sat and created anything – so that will stop very, very soon.  I will be spending less time online and more time creating this year.  I have to make some new and beautiful things for Spring before I burst! 

Here’s a look at some of the new beads, charms and that toggle bracelet – and just a reminder that everything in the shop is still on sale with free shipping!!!! 


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$9.50

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$18.05

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$7.60

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$32.30

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$18.05

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$7.60

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$7.60

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$18.05

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$31.35

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$18.05

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$7.50

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$32.30

TIME TO SHOP FOR LOVER’S DAY!!

So, it’s right around the corner – Valentine’s Day.  Now’s the time to shop so you get your order in time for the day of romance.  What to get, what to get…….  Looking for something special for someone special?  Take a look at these gorgeous, handmade artisan lampwork necklaces and pandora style jewelry- anyone who gets one of these will be more than thrilled!

‘ALL HEARTS DAY – FEB 14TH’ by CookalasHouseOfCards

Been hankering for a pretty piece of valentine’s day jewelry?


SALE and FREe SHIp …

$42.75

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$44.65

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$7.36

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$5.70

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$42.75

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$6.18

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$42.75

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$45.60

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$42.75

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$45.60

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$5.70

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$14.25

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$7.13

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$44.18

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$6.18

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$17.09

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

…a little late.  My apologies!  I do hope you all had an awesome New Year’s though!  Been having some problems with my laptop, which is why I wasn’t able to write this sooner, and it looks likes the damn malware has done me in again. 

My laptop is working, but barely.  I am going to have to format the hard drive and reinstall Windows, all my programs and all my files and photos and music.  *sigh*  Not how I wanted to start the new year!  But before my system dies completely, I have to back up my extensive files and then it’ll take a day or two to rebuild it. 

So, before I disappear again for a few days, I just wanted to let you know the shop will remain open but I won’t be able to respond to emails for a few days.  And I am still having a sale and free shipping, so if you have a coupon now’s the time to use it to get the bling Santa didn’t bring you :-)) 

Here’s a treasury of some of the new items I just added recently, plus some items that would make wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts!  February 14th is right around the corner, as is St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and Easter (April 8th).  I’ll be making new items with those holiday themes, plus new items in spring colors.  *sigh* so much to do, so little time….

 


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$44.65

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$42.75

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$14.25

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$42.75

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$7.13

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$22.80

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$7.36

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

BEAUTIFUL BRIOLETTES!!!

Wouldn’t a pair of these earrings look great dangling from your ears? And they’re so versatile – they’re suitable for the office as well as a night out. These hand-wrapped, hand-made briolette earings are really gorgeous – they really sparkle in the light! Wear these and you’re sure to get oodles of compliments!

And right now, all of these beauties are on sale, and shipping is free! 

Need something for that New Year’s Eve party you’re going to?  There’s still time to get these if you purchase USPS Priority Shipping!

These AA high quality 12mm Blue Flash Gray Labradorite Smooth Heart Briolette earrings are both timeless and classy – and are beyond gorgeous. You can wear these anywhere and feel like a regal princess. Wear them day or night – to work or to a fancy affair – and your ears will always be well dressed and you’re bound to get numerous compliments on them!  They measure 2-1/4″ long.

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Or what about these AAA high quality freshwater baroque coin pearl earrings?  Both timeless and sophisticated, they will always be in style.  The pearls measure 12x15mm and are a natural shell champagne color with a beautiful, shining rainbow lustre and nacre. I have lovingly hand wrapped them in 925 sterling silver wire. The ear wires are also 925 sterling silver. They are just shy of 1-3/4″ long.

Not into pearls? Then how about these gorgeous London blue quartz faceted briolets? They are hand wrapped with sterling silver wire and hang from .925 sterling silver ear wires. They measure 2″ long. These briolets are really gorgeous – they really sparkle in the light! Wear these and you’ll get oodles of compliments.

But not to worry, if these aren’t what you’re looking for there are more in the shop – all gorgeous, all on sale!  Here’s a link, happy shopping !!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

 

 

I am still running my Sale and Free Shipping promotion in the shop and will be for a little while longer – so if you happen to get some Christmas loot tomorrow it’s time to get that gorgeous piece of jewery you’ve been hankering for!  And I am accepting coupons also – so all you repeat customers will save even more!   Just click on the tree to go to my shop.

So stop on by, the shop is open and I am shipping daily as usual.  And again, have a wonderful and safe Christmas!!! 

Blessings to you all.

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