Monday, May 24, 2010

Catching Up

I have been such a slacker lately about posting. The days aren't long enough to do everything I need and want to do. It has also been a sad week for me. I had to put my 17 year old cat, Miss Camille, down last Thursday night.

Miss Camille was a beautiful Cream Mackeral Tabby Maine Coon who lived a long and pampered (at her insistence) life, but lately, had been slowing down and not eating. She had a history of hip dysplasia. When I got home Thursday night, she jumped down from her window perch to greet me and fell over and couldn't get up. It was a long and paintful trip to the Vet's office, and I knew by the time I got there it was time to let her go.

I wasn't much in the mood to clay, so I uploaded some listings to Etsy and tried to get my mind back on creating. I made two beads and wasn't concentrating and tried to slice off my finger on a blade, so that put a halt to any new beads for the next week. When it rains, it pours.

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I needed some cheering and some good news, and I got it in the form of some very nice blog and Etsy treasury features. My new friend Keirsten of LuneDesigns did a really great feature on me on her delightful blog yesterday, and today she is featuring a necklace she created with one of my Vintage French Ephemera Eiffel Tower Beads, the pretty one I called "silver print" because it looks like a vintage gelatin print to me.

Keirsten is the lady who dubbed me "Queen of Fauxtiquities" for my new, hieroglyphic bead series. Isn't this a fabulous necklace design? I would wear this every day! It fits my style perfectly. I love Keirsten's treatment of the pendant focal bead, the wire work and the nickel end caps!

Cerebral Dilettante Blog Feature

I am also lucky enough to own one of Keirsten's fabulous necklace designs, this one shown below, which I wear often. It has beautiful teal and amethyst purple beads and the same nickel end caps. I have gotten many compliments on it. Keirsten has an amazing talent, don't you think? Check out her Etsy shop. You'll be marking many of them as favorites.

(This is also the necklace featured in Keirsten's banner at Etsy!)

Thanks again, friends, for brightening an otherwise dark week for me.


SueBeads said...

So sorry to her about your kitty - I had two put down so I know how you feel. It leaves an empty space for a long long time. Feel better!

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you so much, Sue. There is a big hole in my heart, for sure. I appreciate your kind words. :)


Gaina said...

(((Lynda))) I'm so sorry to hear about Miss Camille. Maine Coons are lovely cats with such big personalities. I hope you feel better soon xxx

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you for your lovely post, Gaina. Do you have Maine Coons, too?

Gaina said...

Hi Lynda,

I'm owned by a MC-Cross called Billy. I shall try and get some photo's of him up on my blog because he really is a cutie :).

He has the characteristic ringed tale and talks incessantly!

Lanyardlady said...

Sorry to read about your kitty. We had a Maine coon and he was grand and ferocious, yet an angel. We lost him four years ago and miss him every day. I hope you will be feeling better soon.

lunedreams said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty! So hard to say goodbye to good friends--it sounds like you loved each other very much! Maine Coons are just fascinating--whole lotta cat to love. Sounds like she had a long life with a loving family, and added so much to yours. Hope you feel better soon!

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thank you, ladies. It's amazing how much a pet enriches your life, isn't it?

Gaina, I am still owned by three more kitty babies: BoBo, Gracie Belle and Baby. Gracie Belle is the only non-Maine Coon in the bunch. :)

Gaina said...

Lynda, I put up a photo of Billy in my blog for you to have a look :).

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