Monday, April 29, 2013

Back with a Bang!

I feel like this is a recurring theme where I come back after a month plus of no blogging and make a comment about how long it's been since my last post... What this means for you is a hodgepodge of topics that have been sitting in mental storage for a month!  The upside is there's a reward in it for you if you're still following my blog so stick around until the end...

I mentioned my Heffalump like running style a few posts back as I was training for my very first half marathon back in January.  I'm happy to say that I completed it and I was able to finish in a respectable time for my first attempt, particularly after the two week illness leading up to the race!  The highlight of the ridiculous distance of 13.1 miles was this lovely pit stop with a sign reading "Pet us you'll run faster!".  I must say that it worked!  Of course as you can see in the photo I appear to be using him as support to avoid collapsing more than petting him!

With that event out of the way, I've been able to go back to my happy little running jaunts of a few miles...much more pleasant!

What else?  Ahhh, way back in February I mentioned that we had our home visit scheduled to adopt a rescue Golden Retriever to add to our furry family... I made the comment (in jest) that it might be easier to adopt a non-furrry, aka human, child...It would seem that what I thought was a joke is actually reality!  We passed our home visit and interview and were approved to adopt from the group.  So, I should be able to show you our new addition, right?  Nope, not so fast speed racer, we've now applied for eight (yes that's 8) different dogs and there is still only the one we started with in our home!  Two are pending right now as the fosters review applications, but I was told that there were over 25 applications for the one dog in just 24 hours!  Crazy, right?!  So, here's the only child all by her lonesome, taken with my new phone's camera as a test...

I finally had a chance to sit down in the studio and make more of my little trinket dishes that sold so well in Tucson.

The little ring dishes and rectangular trinket dishes that also work great as soap dishes are listed in my Etsy shop already.

I have some slightly larger dishes that are great for holding keys and those little bits and bobs that collect on the counter or the entry table and I'll be working on listing them this week as well.

They would make great Mother's Day gifts...hint hint...

So if you're still reading, I want to send out a twisty bead for some fun and adventure to a randomly selected blog commenter as well as my blog partners Cindy Cima, Sue Kennedy, and Jean Yates who I selected via  These are such fun little components but I definitely think that people are going to need to see some ideas to get the creativity flowing so that's where you come in!

A version of the purply blue twisty above will go to the preselected blog partners and this matte peach twisty will go to a blog commenter who enters the rafflecopter draw at the end of this post.

If you have an active blog and can commit to a post on May 31st with a finished piece featuring your twisty, I'd love to have you enter!  Hurry, I'm going to draw the name of the winner on Friday!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Good luck!


  1. Oh I am so excited! This bead is a fantastic
    and inspiratinal bead! I cannot wait to design something FABULOUS with it!!!
    Congratuation on your run, and congraulation, on your impending rescue dog! We are looking forward to one too, but not yet. I will explain when I write to you.
    love, jean

  2. Hey! Nice to read your voice again, Miss Mellisa! I love your furry friends. I am wishing for one of my own. Maybe someday... But your new dishes and those intriguing twists are quite fun. I see lots of possibilities in there. Enjoy the day! Erin

    1. Thanks Erin! Nice to "see" you again too :) Good luck with the giveaway!

  3. I love the twisty bead and am so excited!
    Love the dog too!

  4. Congrats on your run. That's so impressive to me. I love that pic of your pup. What a sweetheart.

    Your twistie would be fun to use with sari silk ribbons!

    1. Thanks Linda! Great idea to use the twistie with sari silk :) Good luck in the giveaway!

  5. What a total sweetie of a dog. I hope he gets a playmate. Congrats on your run also.

    I would love a chance to play with the twisty beads. They look like they are full of possibilities.


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