Friday, September 30, 2011

And the winners are....

$50 gift certificate goes to Oana!
$25 gift certificate goes to Marija!
$10 gift certificate goes to Megan Morin!

Thank you all so much for your entries.  There were over 200 names in the box today!  That is outstanding!  Keep your eyes on my blog for more giveaways and great deals!

Winners, please email me at so I can send you your gift certificate codes for my Artfire studio.


To enter my giveaway! Hurry! I am drawing the winners of my three gift certificates at 12pm (noon) CST.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nelly, our resident monarch

One morning about 6 weeks ago, I went out to the garden with my camera to capture some photos or our morning glories.  I saw a monarch butterfly sitting on a leaf of the grapevine airing out its wings.  I could tell that she was damp because she had probably just hatched out.  Pretty little thing.

Well, apparently she likes our yard.  She has been sleeping in out elm tree at night and I find her and several of her butterfly friends on the zinnias, sunflowers and cosmos in the yard everyday. 
I named her Nelly.  It's a good butterfly name.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Oh no.


So, I went online to my bank account to check to see if my overnight deposit had been posted yet (it had) and I noticed something.

I am SHORT $160. I have two major bills coming out of my account this week sometime and I am SHORT $160. Oh. Dear. God.

And I double checked all my figures…. they are all correct. CRAP.

Anyone want to buy some jewelry, jelly, jam, anything i make? Anyone?

Need help.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumn is here and so is my GIVEAWAY!

Happy Equinox to everyone!  I hope today finds you balanced and well.

Now, onto the important stuff.  I am holding a GIVEAWAY!  I want to drum up some traffic,views, and perhaps even some sales in my Artfire studio.  I also want to giveaway gift certificates to my Artfire studio!  How cool is that?  I'll be giving away THREE gift certificates to my studio on September 30th.  There are tons of ways to enter.  Some activities will earn you more "chances" to win.  So... here's the skinny....
1.) Like my Facebook page= 1 chance
2.) Make a comment on my Facebook page that doesn't include a link to another shop= 3 chances
3.) Make a comment on my Facebook page telling me about one of my jewelry pieces= 5 chances
4.) Follow my on Twitter= 1 chance
5.) Tweet about my blog or giveaway= 2 chances
6.) Tweet my Artfire studio or a piece from my Artfire studio= 4 chances
7.) Follow me on Tumblr= 1 chance
8.) Like a post on my Tumblr= 1 chance
9.) Reblog a post on my Tumblr= 3 chances
10.) Follow my blog= 1 chance
11.) Blog about my giveaway on your blog including links= 5 chances
12.) Make a comment on a blog entry on my blog= 3 chances
13.) Make a purchase from my Artfire studio= 7 chances

Now that you know how to get your name entered, here's the information you will need to get started.!/FoolsandJewels  Facebook page for my jewelry

If you tweet something, please send me an email with a copy of the tweet, the link for the tweet and your name to be entered.  If you blog about my giveaway, please email me the link to your blog entry.  I can be emailed at

And now... the REALLY important stuff.... more info on the PRIZES!  I will be drawing three names on September 30th.  First prize will we a $50 gift certificate to my Artfire studio.  Second prize will be a $25 gift certificate to my studio and third prize will be a $10 gift certificate to my studio.  These certificates will be emailed codes that can be used in my studio on Artfire.  If the amount of your certificate does not fully cover the cost of your order, the difference will be owed.  A gift certificate does not imply free shipping.

So, get out there and get entered to win!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Big things are a foot!

I have been picking my brain and other's brains as well for over a week now trying to come up with some kind of promotion I could run for my jewelry studio on Artfire.  Lots of ideas were given, considered and toseed around.  I think this morning I finally have something solidifying in my mind.
I am going to do a giveaway.  I did one last year with this blog that proved successful enough.  This year I want to include every facet of my promotional online exsistence.  I want to offer more chances for entry into this giveaway and include my Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Artfire studio and this blog.  I am going to only offer gift certificates as prizes for this giveaway.  And i am going to make sure and clarify things that were muddy last time.
Keep watching my blog this evening for more details for how to enter.  I can't access all these internet elements on my computer at work.  Check back for details.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A few words.

I would like to take a few moments to share a few words about things that have been on my mind as of late.
First, I have come to believe that drama for the sake of drama is a waste of valuable time and energy unless it is put onstage.  I've been reading and experiencing a lot of drama lately that seems to exsist for no other reason than to simply stir the pot.  Teenagers do this because they honestly feel they have nothing better to do.  Adults do this to feel some semblence of control and belonging.  Neither actually happen and both are a waste of time and energy.  Why bother?
Seriously, going out to pick a fight or even being passive aggressive in the hopes a fight will break out and you can jump in.... it's just stupid.  That being said, having a disagreement is bound to happen.  Passions and beliefs flare and cause lots of things to be said.  But if you can express them and then release them, it's the best step.  Sometimes the other party( or parties) involved will be reluctant or even downright refuse to let it go.  Just say "oh well" and walk away.  That is now their issue and not yours.
Of course, this can all be easier said than done.

Second, why do some people insist on bothering me about being friends with them when I am clearly not interested?  Allow me to ellaborate.
My first love, let's call him R, was my boyfriend in college.  We dated for 2 1/2 years.  We had talked about marriage.  We did things that serious couples do.  Then his mommy told him he could do better and so he dumped me over the phone on Christmas Eve.  I went batshit for the next 6 months.  Seriously, I plead insanity.  We tried to be friends.  I got jealous and cranky.  We tried being friends with benefits.  I was fine for a while, then got jealous and cranky when he decided it was OK to boink a new girlfriend and an old one at the same time.  Then we tried being just friends and I did the whole "la la la, we're just casual friends and i can act like you mean nothing to me, out of sight out of mind" thing.  Then, in the middle of that phase, I realized something.  I didn't like this person.  If we hadn't have dated, this would not have been someone I'd have made friends with.  I disliked him.  I still dislike him.  He acts holier than thou towards me because he is 9 months older and because he graduated college a whole year ahead of me.  He listens to his mother and not to himself.  I would NEVER have picked him to be a close friend. 
So, why did I feel obligated to attempt friendship with him now?  Why?  The relationship was ended and sour at that.... so friendship is not necessary.  So, I told him I didn't like who I became when I was around him.  I told him I did not want to speak to him or see him ever again.
And yet... the douchebag has repeatedly attempted to friend me on Facebook.... 7 TIMES.  I reject his request everytime.  He even wrote me an email asking why we can't act like adults and talk and catch up.  Because.... I DON'T LIKE YOU.  Not even a little.  And I tend to avoid people I don't care for so as not to cause drama for the sake of drama.
He calls this childish.  Fine.  Call it what you like... I just think it is necessary to stay the hell away from you.

That's what's been on my mind today.