click the gem to go to my shop

click the gem to go to my shop
click the gem to go to my shop

Sunday, February 28, 2010

New Garden Theme Jewelry Designs

So I got to thinkin' ......
shouldn't AudreyGardenLady be making some jewelry with a garden theme?
Well of course! So here's the first piece:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41648426
follow the link for full views.

I'd really love to know what you think... : D      Audrey

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A New Treasury

Spots in Etsy's treasury have become a real challenge to get.
I am thrilled to have finally gotten one.
Go see
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=116214

Let me know what you think....

Audrey

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sunshine Award


Thanks so much to Kirsten of http://gardenvibe.blogspot.com/  who sent me the Sunshine Award! I'm really touched by her lovely blog and thrilled that my blog is enjoyed by others.

Have a blessed weekend!
Audrey

Hot New Earring style Convertible Earrings

Sterling Silver Convertible earrings

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41545591

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A craft kick start...New Ideas.....tutorials

Hi Friends,

Too good not to share:
Sometimes when I need a little crafty kick start, I surf the web.
Recently I found this cool "Crafty Stylish" website
http://www.craftstylish.com/
Tons of free tutorials on it.
Some very cool stuff like a leather necklace, tutorial for making professional seams when sewing, etc., etc.

Enjoy,

Audrey    http://audreygardenlady.etsy.com/

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

So, how many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?

1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?
2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.
3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!
4. Rottweiler: Make me.
5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!
7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.
8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.
9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb!
10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.
11. Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or "We don't need no stinking light bulb."
12. Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?
13. Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...
14. Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

How many cats does it take to change a light bulb? Cats do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is:
"How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?"
ALL OF WHICH PROVES, ONCE AGAIN, THAT WHILE DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS HAVE STAFF!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Time for a laugh- House cleaning hints

Hate housework? Obviously, when I find a way to do things easier or faster, I'm delighted. I found a helpful tip on line this morning, and it was simply too much of a Time-Saver not to share it with you.


How to clean a toilet:

1. Put both lids of the Toilet up, then add  about 1/8 cup of pet Shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lids. You may need to stand on the lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times .This provides a 'power-wash' and 'rinse'.

6. Have someone open the front door of your home.Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Grab a towel to hold in front of you and stand behind the toilet as far as you can. Quickly lift the lid.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the house, and run outside to dry himself off.

9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean!


Eagle Scout Brings a piece of 9/11 History to Florida

This is my son's Boy Scout Troop. Troop 6 is a large and very active group that we are proud to be a part of. This dedication ceremony of Jeff Cox's Eagle Scout project was so very touching. A good many of us were passing around the tissue box. Two families who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks that day spoke to the crowd. Perhaps no one will ever forget where they were on that horrific day.


"Eagle Scout Brings Piece Of 9/11 History To Fla. -
Video - WKMG Orlando"
The link
http://www.clickorlando.com/video/22635708/?taf=orlpn

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

FESTive Florida artists Treasury

Being able to make a treasury at Etsy is a joy.
Here is my tribute to some awesome Florida artists from Team Fest.
Proud to be a member of Team Fest
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=87489

Monday, February 15, 2010

Need a Good Laugh?

The Good Wife's Guide (5/13/1955 Housekeeping Monthly)



1. Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favorite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.



2. Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.



3. Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.



4. Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.



5. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper etc. and then run a dust cloth over the tables.



6. Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.



7. Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.



8. Be happy to see him.



9. Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.



10. Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first – remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.



11. Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.



12. Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.



13. Don’t greet him with complaints and problems.



14. Don’t complain if he’s late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.



15. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.



16. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.



17. Don’t ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.



18. A good wife always knows her place.

What do women really want?

10 Musts for Marketing to women
an interesting article for any of us at
http://mashable.com/2010/01/13/marketing-women-facebook/

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fresh 365

Check out this site! I am not vegetarian but I could probably be swayed with food this yummy!!!
http://www.fresh365online.com/recipes/
Lovely photography also
http://www.fresh365online.com/

Eat well! Live well!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Six Key elements to owning your own business

Love this first Maker Business post on the MakeZine Blog! The owners behind Because We Can, a design-build studio, point out the six key elements in their business.
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/02/maker_business_venturing_out.html

5 Ways to Tweet more than 140 characters

http://www.justskins.com/wordpress-plugins/twitter-140-character-limit/1717

Stumped on writing your own bio? 10 Great Tips

Check out Justine's article at
http://meylah.com/blog/182/Top-10-Tips-for-Writing-a-Killer-About-Page

Awesome double giveway for February

Fabulous double giveaway at
http://etsyfest.blogspot.com/2010/02/get-read-for-double-fun-fest-blog.html
Fun kids stuff and to die for silver shell earrings in this month's give away.
Super easy entry. Go see!!!

From Barb of Fishbone Silver

Monday, February 8, 2010

Extraordinary Paper Art

Have you seen these Extraordinary examples of Paper Art?
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/05/100-extraordinary-examples-of-paper-art/

Simply Amazing!

Audrey 

Don't miss this amazing video clip

Don't miss this amazing Video Clip . . first read it properly..


This video shows the winner of "Ukraine’s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about £75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house...

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.
The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.
Kseniya Simonova says:
"I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there’s surely no bigger compliment."

Click here: YouTube - Kseniya Simonova's Amazing Sand Drawing
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=vOhf3OvRXKg

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Guest blogging- how can it help you?

Use Your Bio to Create Quality Backlinks when Guest Blogging
Search engines not only look at the keywords on your website and in your content but the types of links that are connecting you with others. Use your bio to help increase those quality links when you decide to guest blog for others.
Guest blogging gives you a chance to interact with other audiences. You have your own readership and they like your voice. But maybe others just haven’t found you because you are in a smaller niche market or you are more general and they are reading in a specific niche. Blogging for others can bring you both together.
When you blog for others, you will get a space for your bio. Now, they don’t want to draw traffic away from their website or blog so you may only be allowed to mention one website. Use that chance to the fullest.
Within that bio, what you say is just as important as the website link that you add. You have one chance to impress them enough to get them to click on the link and visit your website or blog. Mention facts about your business and yourself that will catch the reader’s attention.
What you are hoping to do is build backlinks. Backlinks are the inbound links coming into your website from other places. You don’t want just anyone linking back to you but someone who is interested in the same things.
Guest Blog for Whom?
Choose who you blog for very carefully. When you get the invitation or while looking for possible guest blogging spots don’t just do it for the money or because you are flattered to be asked. Check them out. If their website is reputable and based on a similar topic, you could have a winner.
Even money is not worth a bad association. Let’s say that you are asked to guest blog for a friend. They own a business in Internet marketing. Your blog talks about home-based Internet businesses. There is a commonality here that can work to your advantage.
When you include your website link in the bio, you know that those clicking on it are at least interested in Internet marketing. Some of them could be business owners, who visit your site and will trade links with you. Your readers who take advantage of the online business ideas will need the help of an Internet marketer to get their business growing.
Such quality backlinks help you in the networking arena and on the search engines. You are now being noticed by others who find your business worthy of their time and their name.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Save Money

Everybody Loves Coupons: Valentine's Day Getaways and lots of other good stuff


Everybody Loves Coupons, of UltimateCoupons.com fame, is a blog about, what else, coupons: how to use them, where to get them, and saving serious cash with them.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The lost art of Thank You notes

The most beautiful Thank You note I think I've ever seen- and he even shows you how to make it.... Thank you notes in general, seem to be a lost art. This one really puts the art back in it:


http://www.craftstylish.com/item/9660/how-to-make-an-impression-extraordinary-thank-you-notes

Electronic pop up cards / book

If you like Pop up cards,  and I am wild about them, you
have to go peek at this Youtube video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI-6wMlaVTc

Tip of the day

from a drop of Sunshine:
Don't take more than you can handle but don't be afraid to try.

I found that when I put all my effort into a few items I got more traffic than doing things "half-way" and not giving them my all because I was focusing on imputing a lot of items. Now my focus is to take the best pictures, do my best description, do things I would love to see in my shop and promote them like my babies.

Great Advice!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Regsiter your Blog

I recently saw a tip that said you should register you blog with technorati.
I am doing just that with this  Register Blog WSVBNAH4RVCE


Audrey

100 Ideas !!

Ever find yourself just sort of stuck? Stuck on one thing, stuck for a new idea, stuck in a rut, just stuck?
Go check out these 100 ideas for when you are stuck from artist Keri Smith
http://www.kerismith.com/funstuff/100ideas.htm

Audrey

WSVBNAH4RVCE

An Honor

I was very pleasantly surprised and honored to find that 3 artists on etsy picked one of my creations to feature in a treasury.  Thanks so much to these very special artists! That made my day!
Take a look
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=84920
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=108959
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=85326

Giveaways!!!

One of the cool things about having a shop on etsy is the Teams.
I belong to a couple of them. It is neat to share ideas and support each other.
Here's one: Team Fest a lovely group of Florida Artists
To celebrate the month of Love, this February Team Fest hosting a DOUBLE Blog Giveaway featuring two wonderful items from our Florida FEST Shops.
Check it out at www.etsyfest.blogspot.com
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