Friday, August 31, 2012

Goodbye My Love.

Many of my long time followers will remember my Posts about my wonderful boy Maddux. He was born 8-11-04. I first saw him at 4 weeks of age. He was from a litter of 6, 5 sisters. I wanted a male, but was told he was spoken for by 2 people, so I wouldnt be getting him. I sat on the ground to look at the puppies, and Maddux came right over to me and laid his little head on my ankle and went to sleep. One by one they all came to me and soon i was surrounded by 6 little sleeping Shar Pei puppies. I left thinking I would be getting one of the girls in about 6 weeks. Fast forward to 6 weeks later, I got the call from his breeder Rosie saying I could come and get my puppy any time. I asked her which of the girls I was getting and she said, the little male is yours if you still want him! She had seen the connection we had to each other, and knew Maddux had picked me as much as I had picked him. I took him home and named him "Lucky Wun Cooperstown Bound" Maddux for short. He was named after my favorite baseball player, Greg Maddux.
Maddux at 10 weeks

Maddux was the best dog I could have asked for. Even as a puppy, he was never naughty. He was housebroken within a day, never had a single accident in the house. He was a little old man when we brought him home. Just happy to cuddle up to his Momma and give her love. When he was 6 months old, I had back surgery. He didnt eat for the 5 days I was in the hospital. When I came home, he sat in the lift chair for hours with me, just wanting to be close.

Then, at 10 months of age, my happiness was shattered. My beloved boy had his first bout with FSF/SHS an all to common breed related inflammatory disease. I sat on the floor with him and sobbed. I knew what it meant. I knew then how I would most likely lose my precious Maddux. I was devastated.  At one point in his life, he was having episodes at least once a week. I found the most wonderful group of people on the internet, headed by my now good friend Jeanette Ward Taber. She gave us the information we needed to put a complete end to his fevers for a period of 18 months! It was heaven for both of us. I dont know why that reprieve ended but it did and He fevered on and off for the rest of his life, including an episode just 3 weeks before he died. I believe this last one was just more than his poor ravaged kidneys could survive. I believe it is what caused the downward spiral that forced me to make the decision to help him cross the Rainbow Bridge.

Maddux was and still is the love of my life. I have had many many dogs over the years, but the love we shared and the connection we had to each other was truly magical. He knew what I needed before I did!
When my back hurt, he would press his warm body against the exact spot it was hurting in. When I needed to laugh, he was a clown, butt-zooming all over the house in tight circles. When I needed a shoulder to cry on, his was there, he would look at me with those beautiful wise eyes, and I would sob on his body, my face buried in his fur. We slept together every night for almost 8 years. Last week he took a turn for the worse. I had his kidney values check and they had shot sky high in just 6 weeks. I had been giving him fluids sub-q at home for 4 months, trying to protect what he had left of his kidney function. We thought we could bring them down again with IV fluids for 2 days, but it was not to be. His values stayed the same. My Vet told me on Monday to take him home, spoil him, love him and prepare. How does one prepare for the devastating loss of such a special boy?? I spent 3 nights up with him all night. Talking to him telling him stories, reassuring him it would all be ok. It was so beautiful but heart wrenching too. He really went downhill Sunday night, so I called first thing in the morning to get him in. We rechecked his blood, and the news wasnt good. We set an appointment for Wednesday afternoon to help him cross the bridge. That night, he continued his decline and I made the most unselfish decision I could, I couldnt wait until Wednesday, I had to let him go and end his suffering. After everything he had been through, he was still my boy. Wagging his tail and being brave for his momma. His Veterinarian for his whole life Dr Steve Servantez came to our home Monday afternoon and Maddux went to sleep peacefully at home on my lap, in my arms. I would also like to thank Dr Jeffery Vidt and Dr Linda Tintle for your help and support. RIP my beautiful brave sweet sweet boy. Wait for me at the bridge my Love. I was truly blessed to have you by my side for as long as I did. Have fun playing with your friends Mia, Curtis, Samba, Miso, Fyah, Cinnamon and all the others. Tell them their mommies miss them too. I love you big boy. I am so lost without you.
 Maddux Aug 11, 2004-August 28, 2012

May 2012 - Better days

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Brady Alan! My 3rd Grandchild was born August 10th, 2012. He weighed 7lbs 7 oz. His parents are Mike and Jess. Jess is my 2nd child, 1st born daughter. Brady was just minutes old when I took this picture, on his way to be checked out by his nurse. I am so proud of Jess, she was so strong and brave. I was lucky to be able to be there when Brady came into the world. Such an emotional experience, I am so blessed to have such a wonderful and loving family. I love you all, so much!
Getting his vitals checked.
Big brother Ethan, meeting his little brother for the first time.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party 6

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am not going to be wordy with my post because I know anyone visiting me has many more blogs to see. My partner for this party was Valerie Norton of HOT ART. If you would like to see both of our soups, check out his post. My partner sent me a beautiful mix of soup. I hope I did it justice! If you would like to see the list of participants, see the list at the end of this post.

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux 
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade 
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs 
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure 
Amy Severino, Amy Beads 

Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess 
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate 
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads 
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios 
Barb Fernald, Barbara S. Fernald Jewelry 
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Brandy McNair, Bella Vita Handmade Jewelry 
 Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry 
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads 

 Collette Collins, Fire Fly Myst Artisan Jewelry
Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul 
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Deana Hager, Just Deez'Art & Life
Debbie Davis, Natural Treasures by Deb
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas 
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine 
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier 
JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations 
 Joyce Blair, Bent Wire West Coast
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element 
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Krafty Max, Krafty Max Originals
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lois Moon, Que Onda, Q'Town?
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Marcia Dunne, The Alternative Foundry
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

 Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8 
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
 Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Megan Collins, Churchy & Her Sailor
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Melissa Muir, Kelsi's Closet Jewelbox
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Pam Hurst, Pam Hurst Designs
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends 

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess  
Tracy Choy, BumbleBeads Designs
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party

Hi Everyone! I joined Lori Anderson's blog hop for the second time. My reveal date this time is August 11th, which is coming right up! I thought I would share some pictures I took of my bead soup before I create with it. My partner is the lovely Valerie Norton of HOT ART. She sent me a beautiful and VERY generous mix of soup. She created the glass cab as well as the dichroic pendant (talented isnt she)? I was so happy with everything from the colors to the materials. I will also post a shot of the soups I sent to her at the bottom of this post! Be sure to check back on Saturday to see what we both created with our soups. Now, on to the beads!!

 Everything came all packaged up nicely in this sweet little tin!
 Gorgeous Dichroic cab handmade by Valerie, sterling and pewter beads and caps, firepolish crystals, pearls, blue lace agate beads and czech glass.

Stunning Dichroic glass pendant (once again made by Valerie), pewter, sterling beads clasp and spacers, czech glass.

 Handmade copper toggle, peach coral, czech glass, red and green faceted agate.
Valerie even sent a grab bag full of delightful goodies!
 How I sent my soup ingreidents to Valerie
 Tree of life pendant, sterling, crackle beads, cathedral beads and czech glass.
 Red Creek Jasper pendant, carnelian beads, green adventurine beads, fire polish, copper toggle, ceramic beads, czech glass, copper chain.
Little necklace I sent to Valerie.