Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Thank you and Happy Holidays to all! ♥
Sunday, December 14, 2008
December's traditional birthstone is Blue Zircon, a stunning blue stone with colored flashes similar to those in diamonds. A more affordable traditional option is Lapis Lazuli a deep blue opaque stone often veined with golden flecks. Lapis figures prominently in South Western style jewelry.
Modern birthstone choices for December are Turquoise, Blue Topaz and Tanzanite.
Astrological signs provide an even broader range of alternatives for December babies. For detailed information Click Here.
January's modern and traditional representation is Garnet. When most folks think of Garnet, they see red however, it actually comes in a rainbow of colors (and price points). The mystical birthstone for January is Emerald and your astrology gives you additional choices as well like: Turquoise, Onyx, Ruby, Moss Agate, Amethyst and Opal! Moss Agate is a personal favorite of mine. No two stones are the same and they can often look like seascapes, rolling hills or amazing bursts of flame like the one below that I sold last weekend at a show.
There's still time within the US to get some CustomMoonlight in time for the holidays! I am running a special in my Etsy shop through the 10th of January (for those who receive ca$h gifts!). Any order valued over $100 will receive a refund of the shipping charge!
Wishing everyone a sparkly, safe and happy holiday season.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and sparkly Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 3, 2008
November Mystical Birthstone: Pearl
November Hindu Birthstone: Cat's Eye
Astrological birthstones depend on when in the month you were born and my website gives a large selection of stones for both Scorpio and Sagittarius. Click Here to see them all!
Wishing all November babies a very happy, healthy birthday and a fabulous year! ☺
Friday, October 31, 2008
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori is a line from the Roman lyrical poet Horace's OdesEnglish as: "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country." In classical Latin it was pronounced, "dulcet decorumst pro patria mori," due to poetic elisionprodelision. (iii 2.13). The line can be rendered in and
The line has been a commonplace in modern times throughout Europe. It was quoted by Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat immediately before his beheading on Tower Hill, London in 1747. It was much quoted in reference to the British Empire in the 19th century, particularly during the Boer War."Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, sed dulcius pro patria vivere, et dulcissimum pro patria bibere. Ergo, bibamus pro salute patriae" In English this is rendered as: "It is sweet to die for the homeland, but it is sweeter to live for the homeland, and the sweetest to drink for it. Therefore, let us drink to the health of the homeland." It was a frequent 19th century students' toast.
This illustrates the difference in the presidential candidates that makes a difference for me. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, sed dulcius pro patria vivere.
I believe that Senator McCain represents the first part of the phrase. He is comfortable with war ~ it has been his life all his life (his father was in the military). War made him who he is today. He thrives in the atmosphere of war and hilights his experience as what makes him the best choice to be Commander in Chief right now.
The US President is not JUST the Commander in Chief of the US Military. There is so very much more to the responsibilities of the President and that's where the middle of the phrase comes in. Senator Obama represents the beginning AND the middle of the phrase for me. He understands the sacrifice our military families make and he fully appreciates (understanding AND gratitude) them and their accomplishments. Senator Obama however, also understands the role of diplomacy, the value of reason, the art of negotiation. He is focused on the betterment of our country here at home as a major prerequisite in our image in the world community. He looks at the Presidency through a wide angle lens... as it should be, as it MUST be to return this country to it's status as a respected world leader.
On Tuesday I will remember almost three hundred years of events that led to the moment I walked into my polling place. I will remember our founding fathers who came here and established this great country on the premise that we are all equal and have the right to question and have a say in our government. I will exercise my right to vote in recognition of my responsibility to the women who fought for it before I was even born. I will proudly, triumphantly cast my vote for the sweetness of living for my country and I will be so much more emotional than I have ever been to do so. This time, I will also swell with pride that I have the opportunity to further a famous Dream spoken when I was a toddler. This time I will be cognizant that my vote is not only MY voice but the voices of so many who have fought in every possible way to bring this amazing nation to the precipice of historic growth.
As I watch the election results Tuesday night, I will represent the completion of the phrase with a toast to my country and a drink to it's bright future.
Dulce et decorum est pro patria vivere!!!!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
The earrings I made for the contest are called Hearts and Tears. The inspiration was two teardrops, the first in fear the second triumph. The hearts symbolize the friends and family who fight alongside. I am honored to have the opportunity to help spread awareness. Go Pink!!!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The original post posed questions about items that mock a particular religious figure. The poster was questioned about whether it was hateful or just in poor taste.
The conversation was a very thoughtful exchange about what some people find objectionable and examples were tossed back and forth. What if it was one particular religion or what if it was the use of the N word or child pornography.
I resisted the urge to launch into a diatribe about America's propensity to try to be the world's policeman and instead put some thought into key points I thought were important in that discussion. I really like conversations that make me stop and think. These days I notice I spend more time dismissing in frustration rather than analyzing and considering other perspectives. While another point of view may not change how I see something ~ it's important to understand them. Actually, it's imperative ~ understanding other points of view helps strengthen my explanation of my position. Afterall, don't you respect someone who differs from you but can articulate valid, well reasoned arguments for why they feel the way they do?
In any case, we discussed censorship, power, control... the fact that one person's porn is another's art ~ and while many of us find the N word unacceptable, there are folks who use it as an inclusive term of endearment. We all have power and control. We have the power to move on from a post that we find objectionable. We have the control over our money to not buy items from someone that offends us. What I think we sometimes forget is, that's the beginning and end of our power and control.
I concluded my input on the topic by saying we'll never determine right and wrong here because it's not black and white (meaning cut and dried). When I re-read my comment after posting I thought to myself I should have added 'celebrate the colors' with respect to all of the perspectives that make up our amazing community. I liked the phrase and thought I'd put it out there... let's celebrate the colors!
(Pink is the color of October www.pinkforoctober.org)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Here's my thread link, please help keep it active by commenting! http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5831677
I have chosen to donate a portion of the sale of my P4O items to the fight against breast cancer if they sell in the month of October. IF you can afford to do so, I challenge you to as well! If you can't afford to donate, don't underestimate the power of participation by turning your shop/website/blog pink to spread the message, register on the website listed above and your support will be noted on the official site!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
So the other week when I wrote the sentence: I am a very organized person, I looked up from my computer and chuckled. If they could see what I see, I'd lose all credibility right there. But actually as I thought about it, I have everything. No matter what anyone asks for... no matter what kluged solution or tool I need to create to facilitate my craft... I have enough stuff to make it work. Plus, I have a pretty strong mental inventory of what all is where in this collection so I think I'm better off than I thought I was.
This realization helped me to actually conquer the clutter and reclaim my kitchen... and that's just the beginning. No, I don't believe I actually will ever have a day where I suddenly NEED 25 glass jars. I now only have a few ~ one each in different sizes. Thank goodness we have recycling collection twice a week here ~ I'm gonna keep them pretty busy for a while. LOL
So folks, the moral is... celebrate your clutter if you ever want to conquer it! ☺
Monday, September 22, 2008
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Friday, September 19, 2008
If anyone at Etsy reads this, I am among thousands of your members who would very much prefer to pay a little more to list if you would do some advertising!! I do what I can and I am committed to always doing so, but there are cost effective methods that you could use to give us the collective power to reach millions of people for pennies each!!! PLEASE, PLEASe, PLEAse, PLEase, PLease, Please, please!!!!!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Remembers what a public library is...
Donates used books to friends/relatives/charity...
Finds themselves in any waiting area that contains books/periodicals for public perusal...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Monday, September 15, 2008
We all looked beautiful! Let me tell you folks, if you don't live in New England, I highly recommend twisting her arm and paying Tara's flight and hotel in addition to her makeup and coordination fees. This spitfire was in no less than 5 places at all times! She organized, oversaw and managed everything we discussed ahead of time. Not having planned those details herself, I can only imagine how challenging that can be. Beyond that, she noticed EVERYTHING that happened on the day and coordinated things we hadn't even planned on heaping on her. Our officiant had been delayed. Tara asked us if we had a backup. I don't think she noticed the dumbfounded looks on our faces because she was already looking up a number in her mobile phone!! Fortunately, we didn't need to punt, but if we'd had to ~ she'd have had it covered! Who thinks of a backup officiant???? WOW! She thought of little details we never even considered. Grandma was SOOOOO very impressed when Tara took our pocketbooks for us as we were about to be introduced into the reception. They were at our tables by the time we got there and we never saw her! She should charge extra for the cloaking device!!!
We had a guest with a medical emergency at the beginning of the reception. Without anyone beyond that table knowing, Tara was able to escort the guest out of the event and into an ambulance. She sent her assistant to the hospital so our guest would not be alone and none of us would feel we had to leave the event. With her assistant gone, Tara was still able to do more than any three people could. Because of them, we were all able to experience and enjoy my sister's wedding. Without them, we would have been focused on things and details.
I obviously can't say enough about Tara (and her amazing assistant Christina!!!) so I'll just say here's her website, she's worth at least 5 times what she charges!!!!!
THANK YOU TARA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This is the shirt I am wearing. It is the MOST expensive shirt I've ever owned. I paid $175 for this hockey shirt in October 2001 because it was a fund raiser for the families of the service people who gave themselves this day 7 years ago, that others might be saved. It honors the NYPD, FDNY and the PAPD (port authority police department). The patches on the sleeves are of the statue of liberty and the towers themselves. It is not the most expensive shirt because of it's price tag but rather because of the lives lost that inspired it's creation. I also want to recognize the 8 EMTs not included on the shirt who also gave all that day. I wear it often, proudly to remind me ~ and others ~ that we stood united that day. All exactly the same ~ devastated, shocked, incredulous. Whatever differences we had at 8 AM that day were gone an hour later. We were one. I wish we could be that way every day.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I'll try to keep my rants on topic but with an election coming up that might be a little difficult ☺. I've seen so many fellow Etsians on the forums showing off their blogs here so I'm looking forward to using the new gadget to keep up with everyone! That's it for me for now. Please check back early and often! ~Moon
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Did you know, Amethyst is not the only birthstone option for February babies? The mystical birthstone for February is Bloodstone - a dark green opaque stone with red specks. The zodiac offers other alternatives as well. If you are a February Aquarius, your astrological birthstones are: Garnet, Moss Agate, Opal and Sugilite. Your planetary stone is Turquoise and your talismanic stone is Jasper. If you are a February Pisces your astrological birthstones are: Aquamarine, Bloodstone, Jade, Rock Crystal and Sapphire. Your planetary stone is Aquamarine and your talismanic stone is Ruby!
I find uncommon stones fascinating and I like to feature them in my jewelry creations. Please visit me anytime at http://custommoonlight.etsy.com/ and/or http://www.custommoonlight.com/. Thank you for reading!
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