Oct 25, 2014

Third Annual Octoberfest

One hop that is quickly becoming one of my favorites is Tolec Jewel's Octoberfest.  One reason for that is it is to celebrate all things autumn.  It can be delicious fall recipes, decor or jewelry.  You just never know what will be shared with the reader.

Now you know me.  My contributions are all about jewelry.  And this year I went fun with this pair of earrings which is going to be donated to Ears To You.  They are just the thing to remind someone to have fun this season.

This next pair is also all about fun. The wonderful jack-o-lanterns were made by Sheryl of Metapolies  I don't recall however where I picked up the orange lampwork beads though.  This pair is also being donated.

This next design is simple but is all about autumn with the falling leaves.  The lampwork bead is from Beatle Baby Glassworks.  It is currently for sale here

This last necklace will be a Yule gift for a friend of mine who is both a Green Witch, hence the green that makes an appearance, and a cat lady.  The focal is from Blu Mudd Ceramics.

I had to chuckle because one of the things that we could do to join in was open up a shop for our works.  I actually opened mine up on Labor Day but you are welcome to check out everything that I have there also.  Just click on the link for Shaiha Designs or click here.  I have set up a discount on my jewelry for this hop.  Just enter OCTFEST for 10% off.

Now to sure to check out what other fall gifts these artists have to share with you.

Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                           http://www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl/

Marybeth Rich                          http:/forestofjewels.blogspot.com/

Mary Govaars                           http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/

Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi     http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karin Grosset Grange               http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Andrea Zenith Glick                  http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co

Becky Pancake                        http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger                     http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/

Lennis Carrier                          http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Sue Kennedy                           http://suebeads.blogspot.com/

Kim Dworak                            http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/

Jo-Ann Woolverton                  http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca

Jennifer Reno                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Veralynne Malone                    http://veradesigns.blogspot.com 

Lori Schneider                          http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Alisa Siceloff                            http://armoredmermaid.blogspot.com

Pam Traub                               http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com/

Cryss Thain                              http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Maria Lourdes Rios                 http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com

Kathy Lindemer                       http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Carolyn Lawson                      http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                        http://www.peru-medesigns.com/

Debbie Rasmussen                  www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca

Heather Richter                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Kathleen Breeding                   http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Carol Dillman                          http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Chris Eisenberg                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Rebecca Sirevaag                    www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com

Sam Waghorn                          http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk

Sherri Stokey                           www.KnotJustMacrame.com

Gina Hockett                           www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy                  http://fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Michelle Buettner                     http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com

Dana Hickey                            http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com

Claire Fabian                            http://saraccino.blogspot.com 

Cynthia Abner                          http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com

Renetha Stanziano                    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Jami Shipp                               http://CelebratingLifewithDaMamaShipp.blogspot.com

Charlie                                     http://505indiechic.blogspot.com

Gloria Allen                              http://gloriaallendesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Johnson                             http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com

Marde Lowe                            http://fancimardesigns.blogspot.com

Monique Urquhart                    http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com

Jill Bradley                                http://chat2jill.blogspot.com

Toni Gifford                              https://plus.google.com/+ToniG28

Shawnda D'Arcy                      https://www.facebook.com/JewelryByShawnda

RaMona Woolson                    http://jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com

Esterina Jagiella                        http://ekleijar.blogspot.com

Sandra McGriff                        http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Mary McGraw                         http://mkaymac.blogspot.com

Alenka Obid                            http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

Marianne Baxter                      http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com

Ann Schroeder                        www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Inge von Roos                          http://ingetraud.wordpress.com

Robin Reed                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Suzanne Berk                           https://www.facebook.com/IRescueJewelryDesign

Mowse Doyle                          http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com

Diana Miglionico Shiraishi         http://jasmineteadesigns.blogspot.com

RanaLea                                  http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Andrea Rivers                          http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                            http://esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories

Tanya McGuire                        http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com

Anindita Basu                          http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

Mitzie Crider                           http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Deb Fortin                               http://studiok24.blogspot.ca

Cynthia Kent Machata             http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Cheri Reed                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Laurel Hanson                         http://stonewingdesigns.com/blogs/stonewingdesignsblog

Ingrid Anderson                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Karla Morgan                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                         http://www.PrettyThings.com

Louise Mccormick-Glazier       http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                          http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Susan Kelly                            http://http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com/

Lee Koopman                        http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/

Carol Briody                          http://cbriody.blogspot.com/

Kathy Lindemer                    http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Renetha Stanziano                http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Oct 24, 2014


  • I downloaded a new calender app for my iPhone called Timeful.  It is supposed to help keep me organized and build new habits such as taking some time to journal or exercise.  I just started using it on Saturday but I can say that it did help me get a good deal of my to-dos finished on Sunday until I was sidelined by a migraine.  It's not the prettiest calender or to-do app out there but I like how it combines both into one and it is a free app.  I will have to see how it works out. 
  • Speaking of cell phones.  I upgraded my iPhone to the latest version of IOS 8.  I am really hoping that it will help resolve the wi-fi issues that this operating system seems to have.   For the most part, I am happy that I did the upgrade but I don't care for the fact that I am constantly loosing my signal when I am laying down when I never did on IOS7.
  • I have been considering joining the Red Hat Society but their website won't even let you find out if there are chapters in your area without paying your money.  What's up with that.  It's not a lot of money but I don't want to waste it to find out that the only groups meet at a time when I am at work.  Is anyone a member of the Red Hat Society and if so, what do you think about them?

  • I was contacted by Amused Paws and asked if I would be interested in doing a review of their dog toys for them.  With my menagerie of course I was interested! They are sending me the Froggle stuffie which will be perfect for Bella Boo.  She just loves to cuddle witj stuffed animals.
  • I guess that you can say that I am addicted to words.  At one time, I would have narrowed that down the written word but I find that I enjoy listening to books and podcasts as much as I do sitting down with a book.  In fact, I find that I end up listening more then I end up reading because then I can multi-task.  

  • I originally started this blog years ago to share contests that I found online.  Boy has it grown and change but I still occasionally enjoy sharing a good contest such as the one that Niky is hosting over at her blog, silverniknats. There's a lot of ways to toss your name in the hat so be sure to check it out.
Oct 22, 2014

Review: Dark Triumph

When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...

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This series is based on historical characters and events but has a definite fantasy twist to the tale.   So be forewarned if you are a history buff that not all dates or characterizations are exact and don't read this book if this will cause you to tear your hair out.  On the other hand if you are looking for an excellent dark fantasy,then look no further.

I fell in love with this 'world' and version of history in the first book of this series, Grave Mercy. and book two, DARK TRIUMPH has done nothing to change my mind.  This book is character driven and what wonderful characters.  Sybella is such an interesting, and oh so dark, character.  Raised in a corrupt environment, she is the perfect assassin.

DARK TRIUMPH is a story of love and triumph under the worst circumstances.  It is a story of learning and redemption.  And it is a book that I would gladly recommend to any of my readers who prefer a touch of darkness in their reading habits.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.