Sunday, December 28, 2008

This Month's Obsession - HATS

It's just impossible for me to sit still while watching TV, even the new Blu-Ray Hi-Def blah blah blah movies, so I got out one of those round hat making looms and some fat Wool-Ease yarn and have been making hats. Lots of hats. This is a small sampling of the hats - I need an intervention to stop this hat-making madness...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bee's Bobbseys Win

It's like the Bobbsey Twins grew up! Great idea, Bee!

Sister Bee is the Winner of Week Ten - Necklace Contest.

I am going to take next week off - my 50th birthday is on Wednesday, and I have to lose 17 more pounds to complete my New Year's Resolution for 2008 to lose 15 pounds by the time I turn 50!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Winter at Two Dog Pond (so far...)

Especially for my family in Southern California - those in Seattle are experiencing more snow than we are and retain bragging rights, but here is a tiny tour of Two Dog Pond in the Winter...

Above is the view from our great room - lots of birds....
In the Summer we use enjoy this chiminea while sipping Two Dog Pond wine...

... the Beach area. OK, so technically it's not really a beach since there's no sand yet, but someday....

The Pond Chica Casa is "toasty" on the inside - the stained glass windows are completely frosted over....

Rumple waiting for me to catch up and go down to the pond

Reese absolutely loves the cold weather!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Week Ten - Necklace Contest

It is so cold out here at Two Dog Pond {it's exactly 0 degrees right now} that I thought I just had to find a beach scene for this weeks contest!
The "rules" are posted on the right side (look to the right of your screen) -
So - put on your thinking stocking caps and enter as many times as you would like!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Some Other Things...

First - I have to say THANK YOU to my sister Elisabeth who was here this week visiting from N Hollywood - I was so swamped with orders and she jumped right in to help me get things done and out on time. Then she wrapped all my Christmas presents, baked cookies and stamped bags! She had just been in Bali for two weeks, so was cooled down again by our 2 degree weather and snow. Thank you Sister!! I seriously could not have done it without you! I forgot to take a picture of us in our matching Mrs. Claus pajamas slaving away in the Two Dog Pond micro sweatshop, so you'll just have to imagine it. Meanwhile - this is a bracelet I made for Lisa at RetroStyle - it's hard to see the images, but the picture of the kids are a hoot! I'm hoping she loves it and adds lots more fun stuff to it.

Winner From The Pines

Congratulations to Cheryl - From The Pines for winning this week's contest! Again it was a toss up between a few - but not Bee's "My Feet Hurt" - for pity's sake, woman! {just kidding - she's my seester - I won't make fun of anyone elses comments...} But really - this is harder than it looks! All these clever quotes and flits and floats - it's hard to choose. You're all winners, but Cheryl wins the necklace...send me your address From The Pines and I'll send you a necklace from Two Dog Pond.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Week Nine - Necklace Contest

In my haste to attempt to get all the Christmas shopping done in one day, I totally spaced off posting this week's contest picture. Last week's was so bizarre, that perhaps something sweeter and gentler will make us all feel better.
Sincere apologies to Vikki and Miss High for making you wait for it, but don't you love this old postcard?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Whoa Nellie! She's the Winner

Congratulations to Jenny S - "Whoa Nellie" says it all!
Send me your address so I can send you your award winning soldered glass pendant on a chain.

Wear it with Pride, Jenny S!

***In my wildest imagination I cannot figure out why anyone would set up at studio shot of this scene - any guesses?***

Special Thanks to everyone who came to the Two Dog Pond Open House at the Liberty House on Friday - WOW! What a successful and fun day! Thank you.
....and now a word from our sponsor:
{Blatant Self Promotion}
And remember that starting again in January I will be doing Home Party/Open House/Trunk Shows with benefits for the hostess. No sales pitches to sit through, no half cooked foods to eat, no candle-scent induced headaches - just shopping with your friends.
Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you a brochure and when you're good and ready - we'll set up a time!
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Thanks to everyone who was brave enough to have played this week - at the Open House I heard someone say "I just don't get her humor" - hey - it's not always easy to be me.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Another Place to Shop!

Melissa from Allure called me and asked me if she could sell my soldered glass charms at her wonderful shop! Of course! It's a great boutique-type shop with amazing clothes and fun accessories - you'll love it! And now when you're there, you can also buy Two Dog Pond jewelry.
Check out her webpage here: Allure Apparel & Accessories , and if you go there - tell her Rachel sent you.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Week Eight - Necklace Contest

Whoa! Time got away from me's late afternoon and I just realized it's a new contest week!
Here's this week's picture:

All you have to do is make a comment with a suggestion for the back of this image - something you would like to wear... The winner gets a free necklace. See the rules for details - oh wait! There aren't any details, just have fun!

The winner will be chosen on Saturday since I have an Open House all day Friday - which you are all invited to!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

You Are Invited

Due to unforseen circumstances blah blah blah I won't be participating in the Columbus Craft Fair on Sunday. Yes - it's the biggest, best show ever - and I'm sorry I won't be there, but blah blah blah so I can't.

However - Because so many of my friends and local customers have asked when I was going to have an Open House, I scheduled one at the Liberty House in Seward. It's decorated for Christmas, (my house isn't) and it's conveniently located (my house isn't) and the gift shop is full of unique gifts, antiques, woolen mittens made from upcycled blankets, and all kinds of other cool gifts. (I don't have a gift shop - yet.) So:
Please come! Friday - December 12th from 10am until 6pm(ish). I will have tons of soldered glass charms, earrings and other beautiful and affordable gifts. Bring your friends - coworkers - family and enjoy the ambience of the Liberty House Bed and Breakfast while shopping.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Week Seven Winner, Take a Bow Vikki

Congratulations to Vikki for winning the Week Seven Contest by submitting the winning phrase "Live the Dream"
for the back of the pyramid skiers pendant.
Thank you everyone!
Come back on Monday for Week Eight of the Name that Pendant Contest.
You, too, could be a winner like Vikki.
"You can't win if you don't play!"

Pleasant View Art Gallery

Congratulations to Joni Kaylor on the official opening of Pleasant View Art Gallery. If in Lincoln, go visit her and enjoy some wonderful art. Leah of Moxie Photo has cards and journals there, Juli Pooster has beautiful silver jewerly, there is a plethora of fabulous gifts available in the gift shop (including Two Dog Pond soldered charms!)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ornaments for Pleasant View Art Gallery

There is a new Art Gallery in Lincoln called Pleasant View Art Gallery. It's in the Haymarket area, right above Crescent Moon Coffee. They are having their "opening" this Thursday night - so if you are in the area, stop by and see the wonderful art and shop for my fabulous charms! These ornaments are one-of-a-kind with images of Joni's art.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Necklace Contest - Week Seven

Remember when you were a kid and your parents took you to some giant man-made lake in Florida where there were pyramid water skiiers and you wanted to be one? Now, instead of being the skier, you can come up with a clever saying for the back of this potentially witty and wonderful soldered glass necklace charm and if your entry is chosen, win one! The contest rules are on the side.... put on your thinking caps (but don't get stuck on the sailor in diapers...)