Friday, February 24, 2017

The Count of Monte Cristo

     Some day I will have to post a photo of my TBR (to be read) pile. If you'd seen my pile, you would understand that I DO NOT read many of the books that I create bracelets from. Haha, if I did read them, I would probably have only an eighth of the offered titles that I have now.
     Suffice it to say, I have not read The Count of Monte Cristo, so I cannot speak of the story. I read enough of the descriptions online, though, to know that the story involved being at sea, so I chose the cool ship charm for these bracelets. I'll just leave the photos here for you to have a peek at. If you have a friend who loves the French classics, this makes a great gift!

The Count of Monte Cristo charm bracelet

The Count of Monte Cristo charm bracelet

The Count of Monte Cristo charm bracelet

     Are you a fan of the classics, or do you prefer more modern books?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Puppy Photos - Just for Fun!

     I volunteer at our local animal shelter. When I applied to volunteer, my intention had been to take pretty photos of the animals, post on Facebook, and occasionally transport animals to rescue and foster homes. Unfortunately, though, the shelter is very shorthanded on volunteers and the fun stuff must often take a back seat to the dogs' and cats' basic needs.
     But, guess what?? I got a sunny day and my DSLR camera and got to take some photos! I thought it would be fun to share them here.

     This malamute mix is a big, powerful dog. He is also a giant TEDDY BEAR! When he stands on his hind legs, he is probably 5'5" in height.

Malamute mix dog

Malamute mix dog

Malamute mix dog

Malamute mix dog

     This little pit bull pup is just adorable. He came in with a german shepherd, who has since been pulled by a rescue organization. This little dude is now alone, and lonely. He seems playful and carefree in these photos but he really just wanted attention. It took me a while to get these shots. If I hadn't already reached my peak limit in pets, this guy would be home with me now.

Chocolate pit bull puppy

Chocolate pit bull puppy

Chocolate pit bull puppy

Chocolate pit bull puppy

Chocolate pit bull puppy

Chocolate pit bull puppy

     In case you are interested, these boys are available for adoption at the Los Banos Animal Shelter in Los Banos, California.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Outlander Season 3 Premier

     So, it looks like the long Droughtlander will last until sometime in September 2017. It appears that the filming is taking a long time due to production difficulties and location changes.

Jamie and Claire Fraser (Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe)

     If you need a little something to help you through the Droughtlander, I have the perfect solution!

Outlander bracelet with sterling silver thistle charm

     These bracelets are made using beads created from the actual books!

Voyager bracelet 

     Do you prefer getting your Outlander fix from books, the tv show, or both?

Outlander charm bracelet

     What are you doing to get through the Droughtlander?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time on ABC

About Once Upon a Tim:

"Welcome to Storybrooke, a town filled with fairytale characters once cursed by the Evil Queen to live in our world - deprived of their memories and happy endings. Until Emma Swan came to town and changed everything. But even after returning everyone's memories, her mission was far from over. With the curse broken, Mr. Gold was free to bring magic to Storybrooke, and magic always comes with a price."

     So, who is a fan of this show? My family and I blew through the first five seasons of this show, it was that good! Even though it is a very tame show (we are used to watching shows on HBO and other paid channels), it still has lots of drama and excitement.  Getting to watch Henry (played by Jared S. Gilmore) grow up from a cute, precocious young boy, to the teen he is now is a bonus. 

     Since I create bracelets from books, creating from a popular TV show is impossible, unless of course, someone writes a book. Lucky for me, Odette Beane wrote a companion book called Reawakened.

Reawakened by Odette Beane

     I used the book cover as inspiration for my bracelets. I have one in pearl white and gold like Snow White's ensemble.

Once Upon a Time Charm Bracelet

Once Upon a Time Charm Bracelet

     I also have this red and black one from Emma's outfit.

Once Upon a Time Charm Bracelet

Once Upon a Time Charm Bracelet

     These are fun, right? What colors would you do if you designed one?


Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Pillars of the Earth

     Have you read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett? This book was my introduction to Ken Follett novels and I do find Follett to be an amazing author. This book follows the life of Tom Builder as he takes on the job of building a cathedral during 12th century England. As a history buff, as well as being fascinated by England, I found this book to be captivating. I devoured this book, as well as the sequel, World Without End.

The Pillars of the Earth bracelet

     I used the hammer as the charm for this bracelet to commemorate and symbolize Tom Builder's carpentry skills.

The Pillars of the Earth bracelet

     Are you a fan of Ken Follett's writing? I absolutely love, love, love his historical fiction novels. in fact, there is a new novel coming, A Column of Fire, which will be the third book in the Pillars series. I CANNOT WAIT! How about you all? Do you love historical fiction? Or, do you hate it?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Raw Pet Food

     Since I discovered that I am gluten and dairy sensitive nine years ago, I seem to be a magnet for pets with the same issues! Currently, our Keeshond, Dixon, and our rough coat Jack Russell Terrier puppy, Phoenix, have food issues.

Dixon with a beef bone

Me and Phoenix

     I have switched both Dixon and Phoenix to raw food, grain free diets. I use a simple recipe with supplements that I found here. The diet has had a very positive effect on Phoenix and has helped his skin issues greatly. Until Phoenix steals food. Then, it's back to square one. You can see where Phoenix's neck had healed, in the above photo.

Phoenix and his skin problems

     The above photo shows Phoenix at right about the time we began his raw food diet. You can see the beef bone in the foreground. 
     Unfortunately, Phoenix stole a couple of cat kibbles, which contain rice, and he has flared up all over again. The poor little guy was traumatized today when I forced him into a Malaseb shampoo bath to clean the area, as well as his dirty feet that he was scratching with. I was also able to get some antifungal/antibacterial ointment on his sore area too. This puppy is sooooo high strung, I consider it a miracle that I can do anything to treat him and not be bitten in the process. It is funny for me to see this photo because he has really grown in the short three weeks that we have had him home with us. 
     I believe that one of the reasons that Phoenix is so difficult to treat is because I am his third home in three months, not including where he was born, and his couple of days in the animal shelter. He does not feel confident, is very clingy when he is not being aggressive, and does best when he has a routine. When he feels stressed, this exacerbates his scratching, causing stress for me, and pain for himself. While my life would be so much easier if I could pass this problem on to someone else (a dog rescue group, since Phoenix is still officially a foster puppy for me), I really cannot consider this because it would be so detrimental to Phoenix's mental health and recovery. The funny thing is, I NEVER wanted a Jack Russell Terrier. They are far too high strung for me. And, now, I could not imagine giving this little guy up. I need to officially adopt him very soon, lol!
     Have you ever had a "problem" pet? Tell me about it!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

All Things Bright and Beautiful

     As a kid I was obsessed with James Herriot's books. James Herriot is the pseudonym of an English country veterinarian, James Alfred Wight. James Herriot wrote of his patients, clients, and crazy experiences as a country veterinarian. I have always been an animal lover and even dreamed of becoming a veterinarian when I was a child. This was never to be, however I have worked on and off in animal fields for many years. 
     My current animal related position (besides as "mom" to my houseful of fur babies) is as a volunteer for our city animal shelter. It is a position that is as full of happiness and triumph as it is full of despair and heartbreak. 

Volunteering at the animal shelter

     Many of the bracelets I make are from my own favorite books. While I know that there are some people who could "never destroy a book", I do find it fairly cathartic and am easily immersed in the process of my bead making. I've been caught more than once re-reading the pages when I should be gluing beads. When I am putting together a bracelet, I get a little jolt of excitement when I see the name of a favorite character, much like I imagine you all do when you read the beads on your own bracelets. 
     All Things Bright and Beautiful, by James Herriot, is one such book. I think it is fun to wear a reminder of what took hold of my heart a long time ago.

Dog bracelet

Dog bracelet

     Tell me, what is the thing that gripped your heart and continues to pull you towards it?