Thursday, July 31, 2008
As we walk through our neighborhood with Lady, I notice two reactions. The first common reaction, almost always from adults, is to move to the other side of the street. Lady is a big German shepherd. I think a lot of people mistakenly associate all dogs of her breed with aggression. The second reaction, almost always from children, is a strong desire to pet and hug her. Every night we hear, "Can we pet your dog?" Kids just absolutely love her. They do not have those negative associations and are not the least bit afraid of her. I always thought it would be rewarding to take her to hospitals to visit and cheer up the kids. She makes them so happy and she loves the attention. Today, at summer school, one of the teachers brought in her therapy dog. She explained to the kids what she does and how Shelby helps out in nursing homes and hospitals. It really renewed my interest in this idea. I'll have to do some more research and work with Lady. One hurdle, interaction with other dogs. One of the requirements to be certified through Therapy Dogs International is the ability to encounter another dog with a minimal amount of interest. Lady has issues with other dogs. She loves people, but does not like most other dogs. I don't know if I could get her over that. She is a smart dog, but I might need some help with that one. I'll have to look into it more and see if it would be a possibility for Lady and me.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
A new bag of tennis balls doesn't last long around here. Lady loves them, she loves to destroy them. I think it must feel good on her teeth. We got Lady when she was already three years old. Since bringing her into our house, she hasn't chewed a thing she wasn't supposed to (except that roll of toilet paper). So when she wants to chew her toys to bits we say, "Go ahead and chew!" We really couldn't have asked for a better dog. We found her on petfinder.com. After a lot of research, we decided a German Shepherd was right for us. We wanted to know what we could expect from that dog breed and make sure we could live up to the commitment of providing for her needs. It is really important to be realistic about the amount of time an animal needs devoted to it and the amount of time you have. We already took lots of walks and hikes so Lady integrated into our lifestyle very well. She gets a walk every night rain or shine (and even snow). She has a lot of energy and loves the park, but she knows how to relax too!
I made a few fall cards for my friend, Robin.
Shh, don't tell her.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I also have an order from my Etsy shop to mail out today! So exciting.
Have a great week!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
We ate lunch and then went to explore the rest of the museum. They had an amazing collection of musical instruments. All beautifully made and decorated from all over the world. It's a shame no one will play them.
Furniture and objects decorated with beautiful stone inlays were a special exhibit in the museum.
Galleria dei Lavori, Florence, 1766
Design by Giuseppe Zocchi
Hardstones in an alabaster ground, gilded bronze frame; 26 3/8 x 41 3/4 in. (67 x 106 cm)Musée du Louvre, Paris
There was just too much to see in one day. We plan to go back again soon. After several hours in the museum, we went to Central Park. It really is beautiful. Many different gardens are spread throughout the park, grand lawns provide a place for people to picnic or read a book. Without it, I don't know how people could stand to live in a city like that. We all decided against the balloon ride. Oh well, maybe I'll have the guts next time.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Call an old friend, it'll do ya good!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
There was abundant wildlife. We saw mule deer, birds, and a coyote. I sort of hoped to see a bear, from a good distance though. Although they were on the move at that time of year, we didn't see any.
Huge trees and delicate little flowers fill this park. We spent three days in the park and had time to see and learn a lot about the park's history and the history of the native people who made the valley their home. The Ahwahneechee Yosemite Indians lived in the Yosemite valley they called Ahwahnee, meaning "mouth."
On the second to last day of our trip, we drove back to the coast to a town called Pacifica. Our last night was spent in a hotel looking out on the ocean. It was beautiful and the sunset was incredible.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
I am just fascinated by these. I love the colors she uses and the wonderfully odd characters. She is one of my all time favorites. I want one of everything!
See more at Crankbunny's website. Check out the animation, it's really cute. Enjoy and happy Monday!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I kept checking to see if anyone had bought it yet. I was nervous someone else would buy it before I decided to get it. When it comes to buying things for myself, I have a hard time. I can always convince myself that I don't NEED it and that the money is better off in savings. I do believe this, but sometimes there are things that we love and WANT and should treat ourselves to. So yesterday I treated myself to this.
Beautiful huh? It is from a shop called Vintage Chick Designs. Check it out, she has so many other beautiful things. Can't wait to get it!
Friday, July 18, 2008
I started making my own cards about 7 years ago. I moved back to NJ and was not used to being closed up indoors for months at a time. It was a great indoor outlet for those cold winter months. I got so much pleasure from the whole process. From picking the papers, moving them around until it felt right, choosing a saying or quote that really fit the occasion, completing the project, sending it off, and finally to the reaction from the recipient. Friends and family often told me they liked them so much , they still had every one. I liked the idea of creating things that people would want to keep instead of something disposable. That's when I began making memory books for myself and for others as gifts. I loved knowing that families would share these books time and again. I made a mini book of our first family reunion last summer. When I brought it with me this year everyone loved looking back on the previous year.
When you only make things for yourself and people you know, it is somewhat limiting. Our family is full of boys. I love making things for little boys, but sometimes I want to play with all the wonderful colors and products that are more commonly associated with girls. In my Etsy shop I am free to create any theme I choose. Knowing that it will be useful to many other people frees me up to create anything I am inspired to make.
This past week I have felt like making cards. I found some really cute BasicGrey Christmas paper and couldn't wait. No matter that Christmas is 5 months away. I made some really cute interactive birthday cards too! I will be adding them to my shop soon. Here is a peek.
My love returns this weekend!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
After summer school today, I met my parents for lunch in Spring Lake. It is a beautiful seaside town with a large picturesque lake. The lake has many little, shady nooks to sit and read a book, or in my mother's case, write one. She draws inspiration from the natural surroundings and the big, old, Victorian homes in the area.
There are a lot of wonderful little shops on the main street. The shops are very expensive, but it is fun to get ideas there.
This particular shop was called Whimsicality. They had beautiful linens, soft furniture, and old and new wood pieces. They don't have a web site, but this links you to all shopping in that area. Another great shop is called Kate and Company. This shop has the coolest islands for the kitchen and other great decorative items. My favorite was a clear bubbled glass pendant light. So if you are ever in the area; take a walk around the lake, get a bite to eat, and shop for inspiration.