Most of you already know I spent the weekend at the ball field in Long Beach, in the blazing sun and searing heat that made for temps into the hundreds. It was Porter's first tournament weekend of the season, and I can't think of anywhere else that I'd rather be when he's out on the field playing ball. Although he usually catches, this year he's mostly been playing 3rd base as the coaches are trying to make them more versatile, well-rounded players and playing on their individual strengths. Here are a few shots from the weekend that I wanted to share with ya'll. In the background you can see that Long Beach still looks awful from Katrina. There wasn't much shade at all, but the boys still came ready to play and played well.
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires on Thursday, July 2nd at 11:35am)
Michael is a photographer in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania who markets his photos on Etsy as a creative outlet. A degreed metallurgical engineer, Michael owns an engineering consulting company but balances his technical, analytical side with his love of nature and photography quite nicely as is evident in his Etsy shop. As the former office manager at an engineering and consulting firm, I do speak a little enginese and can whole-heartedly appreciate the need to strike a balance between these two opposite extremes, and I applaud Michael for recognizing how important that truly is. Stop by Michael's Photography today and see for yourself what a great job he does at accomplishing this task. Here's a sneak peek...
My talented friend John has started a newsletter for his fabulous studio, john westley School of Music, and featured me on the first page of his July newsletter!
The john westley School of Music is located at 2422 20th Avenue in Gulfport, Mississippi, and features original Dirt Road South mosaic artwork on display in the front lobby. Owned and operated by musician and composer John Westley Hodges, john westley School of Music has seen phenominal growth in its very first year and has a lengthy waiting list of students lined up to learn from one of the very best instructors on the coast. I'm quite honored to be featured in the second issue of the studio newsletter, which currently has over 400 readers. If you would like to subscribe to the john westley School of Music newsletter, you can email John at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the mailing list. There's no charge, and you will receive minimal studio updates while being assured that your email address will never be shared or sold. If you have questions for John or want to check his waiting list status for the next available time slot, give him a call at his studio at 228-234-4074... he'll be glad to hear from you! Tell him you got the dirty lowdown on his incredible music school right here, and I'll continue to keep you all up date!
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires at 5:09am on Tuesday, June 30th)
You may remember MosaicSmith from a previous post. I don't keep the way I feel about Linda a secret... she's an absolutely fabulous mosaic artist, and an incredibly supportive friend. If you have a mosaic question, chances are Linda has a mosaic answer for you. Because she's a fan of the colors, textures and design flexibility, Linda works almost exclusively with stained glass. In any of her pieces you can expect to find precision cuts, smooth and even grout lines and an unexpected twist from the norm... Linda likes to mix small and large pieces of glass to add movement and flow to her designs, rather than the standard technique of using pieces similar in size. But you don't have to take my word for it... stop by MosaicSmith today and see what you've been missing out on! To get the scoop on works in progress, check out Linda's blog, and to see some of her previous work, visit her gallery on her website. While you're there, tell her she still rocks my mosaic socks, and I appreciate her including my spring tulip votive in her gorgeous treasury!
My Hollywood in Hot Pink ring was featured on the front page this morning. I didn't get to see it, but here's the screen shot, woot!
Selected by admin using Etsy's color picker, yay! Sold the ring while it was on the front page, then relisted it... gotta love that! AND, we're finally getting the rain we've so desperately needed for so long now. Will and I are gonna go dance around in it like morons now. Hope you're all having a great day!
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires on Thursday, June 25th at 9:30am)
Erika Price Designs is one of those exceptional sites on Etsy... you know the kind... the kind of shop you come across and you wonder "how the heck does she do it?" and "why isn't she completely sold out all the time?!". Erika has a passion for designing and creating jewelry and donates all of the profits from her work to charity. And there's more... she offers free world-wide shipping! Yeah, you read that right, but I'll pause here for a moment in case you want to read back over it again.
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires on Saturday, June 20th at 6:58am)
Vicki is the artist and photographer behind EllieLee, a shop named after Vicki's grandmother, Effie Ellington Lee. At EllieLee you'll find Vicki's stunning photos that hint at her love for nature as well as limited edition and open ended ACEO originals and prints. She also has a charity section where she lists items that when purchased, a portion of the proceeds are donated to a charitable organization as outlined in the item description. Stop by EllieLee and check out all that she has to offer, and while you're there be sure to tell her I said thanks for including my Annie Get Your Gun necklace in her awesome treasury!
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires on Friday, June 19th at 3:31pm)
This gorgeous summery treasury was curated by Mary Ann Cleary of Spirit River Studio. With a paintbrush or a stick of charcoal, Mary Ann creates unique and original works of art in her little studio/log home that sits along the river in Minnesota. She utilizes light, contrast, value and color in her attempt to reach her ultimate goal of taking something ordinary and making it into something magical and emotional to the viewer. You can tell by the works displayed in her shop on Etsy, Mary Ann doesn't often fall short of her goal. Stop by and check out her oil paintings and portraits, and her section called 29Gifts Cards, which includes prints of her original watercolors in high-quality, pigmented inks on acid free cards stock (translation: suitable for framing!). She's also got a sweet sale section where you can score an original Mary Ann Cleary work of art or print at a discount!
Ya'll be sure to stop by FashionTouch and check out Elena's handmade goodies... you'll be glad you did! Especially since Elena is so excited about being featured here, she's offering 10% off everything in her boutique to readers of The Dirty Lowdown! So why are you still reading? Go now! Put "I read The Dirty Lowdown on your shop!" in the message to seller so Elena will know you saw it here and she'll take your 10% off via PayPal after your payment has cleared! Happy shopping!
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires on Thursday, June 18th at 9:01am)
The brains and brawn behind H and J Star Creations is a mother of two almost teenaged kids (this is where we in The Dirty South usually interject "bless her heart") creating fabulous fabric goodies in Rye, New York. You'll find wine bags and tote bags, zippies and multiuse pouches, pyramid bags and key fobs and more in her shop on Etsy. Most of the items you'll find there are one of a kind and all are ready to ship. She also welcomes custom orders, so if you see a design you like but would like it in another fabric, send her a convo and let her know... I'm sure she'll be happy to make it happen for you.
Alright, that's all you're gettin out of me tonight. Good night all!
Alright, so after all of that pouring out of the guts last night, we're gonna get back to some sweet, sweet treasury lovin today! Check out the interesting color combo in the latest from Alexander's Designs entitled Oceans N Olives...
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires at 7:04am on Thursday, June 18th)
Alexander's Designs is a husband and wife team in Independence, Missouri. Together they create unique and interesting jewelry and offer the resulting pieces in their shop on Etsy. There you will find an eclectic mix of bold designs and colors as well as a few more subtle pieces, so there's a little something for everyone! If you're in the market for pendants you'll find borosilicate, dichroic and fused glass, along with a great selection of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. Stop by today and check it out and be sure to tell them I said thanks for including my big ol martini olive pendant in their lovely blue and green treasury!
I'm a lucky girl ya'll. I know most of you have heard me say it before but seriously... how lucky can one girl be? I'm constantly overwhelmed and amazed. Treasuries, features, and giveaways galore, and many of you know just how many because I share them right here with you. I'm not gloating either, although sometimes I'm afraid that's how it may appear. I'm genuinely thrilled each time I'm featured in a treasury or on someone's blog, and I share them here with you because these things take time. I'm so very grateful that the curator of the treasury or the blog author took the time and opportunity that they had and shared it with me! I want them to get the recognition that they deserve for their efforts, and I want to thank them by sharing some of their links here with you in the hopes that you'll check them out and find something you might like. But lately it seems that's all I'm able to blog about, and don't get me wrong... I'm not complaining! I just decided that because of this I'm going to make the time tonight to share a little bit more.
I haven't always had it easy. My background is riddled with hard knocks and bad breaks, but they've molded me and shaped me into the person that I am, the person that I'm proud to be. I recently hit a brick wall in the career department and instead of beating my head against it any longer, I turned the corner and began a new chapter in my life. I took a chance on that nagging gut feeling that I should be doing something more with my talents and passions and threw myself into my business. Since then I've experienced steady growth in my online venues as well as my brick and mortar venues, and I get steady encouragement and recognition for my accomplishments and achievements along the way that helps to keep me motivated and focused. I feel so good about how far I've come and where I'm at and I couldn't possibly be happier than what I am right now.
I'm one of the lucky ones... I have the most amazing support group and "Go Lori!" cheerleaders that I could've ever thought possible. I have the most incredible friends that want to see me succeed and are willing to help in any way they can. Most of them would come help me change a tire on the side of the road in the middle of the night in a remote area of Texas. The rest would pick me up, get a room and a twelve pack and say "we'll deal with that crap in the morning". I also have a fabulous (albeit completely disfunctional) family that remind me of where I came from and why I strive so hard to do the things I want to do. My kids make me proud, and although they may not be perfect (who wants perfect kids anyway?), when they screw up and they work to fix it or change it or make it right it brings a tear to my eye and a smile to my face because it's proof that I'm doing a good job.
I have time. When you lose time, you can't get it back. I've lost too much time and I refuse to lose anymore. I've taken back the time I used to spend on someone else's clock helping to make all of their dreams come true while putting mine on hold. In doing so, I've given myself a gift far greater than any I've ever known... time with my kids and time to do the things I love to do. I spend every day with my little boy because now that I'm working at home I'm finally able to take him out of daycare. I spend time with my older 2 kids as they see fit, mostly while I'm running them here, there and everywhere, but they're 13 and 14 and far too big for their britches so that's about all of the quality time I can squeeze in with them. But it's more than I had before, and for that I'm grateful. I'm very, very grateful... I'm a very lucky girl.
This has been on my mind a lot lately, and I figure a lucky girl's gotta have lucky gear right? Well check this out... last week I received a Sasaki bag that I ordered to start my lucky gear collection. Holy wow... never has there been a cooler bag!
Made from a recycled "Lucky" Brand potato sack! And get this... I'm so stinkin lucky that Barb from Sasaki Creations threw in a little tissue holder made out of material with potatoes all over it! Okay, so she probably gives them to everyone... whatever, I'm a lucky girl. Oh, and I forgot to include it in the picture, but lucky for you... you'll get over it.
Then today I got the next item in the lucky collection... a custom pendant made for me by fellow UWIB member Christie of Candy Glass. I saw a design she had that I loved and thought it would look great if she added "lucky" in there. I got it today...
How great is that?! Christie used the design I liked but changed it to include the colors I chose, gave me 4 proofs to choose from, only charged me $7 (okay, so that's what they all cost) AND I got free shipping because I bought it during the Yart Sale! And yeah, there's more... when it came in the mail today it was as if it was my flippin birthday. The box it came in was stuffed with that little crinkly packing paper that makes you feel like you're at a party, and inside was a clear plastic box with a marabou bow on top. My little pendant was tucked inside of a ball of shimmery, glittery packing material that was sitting in a cupcake wrapper! I almost didn't want to get it out of there, but I did anyway. And I couldn't wait to wear it.
So this is just the start... there's more lucky gear to come. I'm a lucky, lucky girl, it's only fitting.
By now you're probably familiar with artsypharty as I've been lucky enough to be included in several of her treasuries and she's been featured just as many times here on The Dirty Lowdown. What you may not know is that she recently suffered a great loss and accepted the love and support of her many, many friends on Etsy to help see her through. This treasury has special meaning because of that. I consider it a great honor to be included in all of the treasuries that showcase my work, but this one is especially close to my heart. Thank you my dear friends... for all the hugs, thoughts and prayers after my father's passing...
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires on Sunday, June 14th at 10:05pm)
The first comment under the treasury explains why Kathleen included my ice cream necklace... that's all they could get her father to eat during his last days. This very special treasury brought tears to my eyes, not only because I feel the great pain of my friend's loss, but also because I just feel so honored to be included in Kathleen's circle of friends. She's such a talented, kind, generous and supportive person, and my life is truly better for having friends like her in it. Her father obviously did a great job in raising her for her to turn out as wonderfully as she has, and although I never met him myself, I know the world lost a great man when we lost him because of that. May he rest in peace, and may the love, comfort and support of friends and family continue to see this family through this difficult time in their lives.
Much love, Kathleen. Know that you are a dear friend to many and we all hope that you turn to us and lean on us during this time. We love you dearly, and that's what friends are for.
Now you can have two little friends with you all the time! Think about how great it will feel to go to the office with these babies hanging from your ears! These guns are made of thick, flexible plastic- the safest guns you'll ever own.
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires at 2:08am on Sunday, June 14th)
If you're not familiar with karmologyclinic, you're in for a treat! Check out this outfit...
This girl is out to take my money, and yours too! Click on the photo to check out the description, but I'm giving you fair warning here... you're going to lose your mind and your money if you visit karmologyclinic... it's been nice knowing you!
As described by Clariceonline: This hand crocheted rectangular mohair shawl is incredibly soft and really light to carry on... It will complete your outfit ever with a jean or a elegant night dress.... You'll catch all eyes on you....
It is crocheted with 70% mohair yarn, which makes you feel so cosy and warm.
You'll receive the shawl with the filigree brooch in the picture or you can use your favorite one...
Color may just a little differ because of camera light/day light
Measurement are 27"(67cm)height and 68" (170cm) length.
The shawl in the picture is ready to ship. If you would like this shawl to be in different colors please write me your choice and it takes about 10-15 days to ship...
Feel the difference...
Oh do I ever wish I could!!!
Stop by Clariceonline today and check out this shawl and other crocheted goodies... you'll be glad you did!
(click on the photo or title to visit the treasury before it expires at 9:36pm on Friday, June 12th)
You might remember Erin from another post earlier this week, but that was before she had her Yart Sale Section set up in her shop! Stop by today and check out great deals on fabulous jewelry like this gorgeous necklace...
For this necklace, Erin's used a pink plastic flower that sits to one side, attached it to beautiful melon shaped glass beads that are black as coal. She used some silver chain to "layer" it for a little extra pizazz!
This necklace hangs at 17 inches and closes with a silver finsihed lobster claw clasp.
That's right... just got my first sale in the Second Annual Etsy-wide Yart Sale sponsored by the Etsy Supply Street Team! The sale is going on right now through Sunday, June 14th, and there are great deals at every turn!
In my shop, I've set up a special Yart Sale section that includes 80 items I've already marked down... some are killer deals! And in addition to my Yart Sale section, I'm also offering Buy 3 Get 1 Free store wide! Yep, that includes items already marked down!
So what are you waiting for?! Get your shop on! And if any of the rest of you are having Etsy Yart Sales of your own, post them here for the world to see! Okay, so maybe not the world, but a few folks, and hopefully they'll tell other folks and well, you know.
a mother, an artist, a good listener, an empathizer, a problem solver, a small business owner, a proud etsian, my own worst critic, a better person today than i was yesterday because of it, very intuitive, extremely open, fiercely loyal, deep but uncomplicated, easily distracted by shiny things & pretty stuff, able to find beauty at a garbage dump, not a fan of drama or feeling like i've wasted time or people who act ugly & derive pleasure from it or bugs that bite or liver or negativity so that's enough of that. i'm finally my own boss and i couldn't be happier. welcome to my head.