Wednesday, March 30, 2011


A kitten blue eyed as can be,
lives far about this land from me.
Not by choice and did confide
is where this kitten must reside.

A place where once did live this kitty,
nestled to big apple city.
A metro which seems never sleep,
but in her heart this kitten keeps.

Now living in the country air,
not damped her spirit, nor fueled dispair.
A place of which is missed so dearly,
is the home she knows as Jersey.

A kitten that I must contend,
a wound she knew not help me mend.
Another that was once now gone,
this kitten's helped me to move on.

So many friends of whom I care,
for you is who this poem I share.
That this accord be not of chore,
and do hope last evermore.


Sunday, March 20, 2011


While browsing shops and searching for photographic artists I came across this shop that I felt I wanted to add to my blogs weekly featurette and who was randomly selected as a featured interview shop here.  Her beautiful photography reflects her creativity and expertise.   I hope you enjoy.

I introduce you to....

Tell me a little about the person behind TwistedAim? 

My name is Shirley and I live in Arizona. I love dogs,cameras and music.

The Photographer
The Artist
Who or what brought you to Etsy?

My sister actually introduced me to Etsy.

What does a day at TwistedAim consist of?

No day is ever like any other for me. I am always looking for inspiration.


What or who inspires you?
Life and all the people and things surrounding me inspire me. I feel we all see the world differently and I aim to share my view.

Lonely Soul and Gnarled

What do you find most challenging running your own business?
Finding customers.

Where do you hope to see TwistedAim in the next year?

I hope that I will have a broader customer base and intend to start doing Website Photography as well for clients.

"I found that the studio atmosphere lacked creativity and was not for me."

You know I have to ask....

What's under your bed right now?

A guitar case and a sock.

If you could eat lunch with someone famous who would that be?

The Man
 Rob Zombie.  

What was the last thing you bought?

A laptop.


If you became a millionaire what would be the first thing you'd buy?

A darkroom, I miss film photography.

Are you a morning person or night owl?

Night owl for sure.

Whats the fartest place from home that you've been?

Laughlin,don't laugh!

Wow, the last time I was in Laughlin, it was nothing but desert!
What one word best describes Shirley?


"Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness."
Thomas Huxley

"So now many years later I have decided to share a little part of myself with you. I hope you enjoy your journey!"

We hope you've enjoyed the interview.  Shirley and I invite you to stop by her shop for a visit and to browse her fine photographic works.  We hope you will.

A special THANKS to Shirley
 for taking the time to
afford me this interview.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Where Is The Love

In light of the earthquake, tsumani, and ensuing devastation wreaked upon Japan.  Then to read and see this mornings news events of the French initiating strikes against Libya and with the U.S. joining in, well lets just say it got me to thinkin'.  Now, I'm not gonna get into the politics of the Libian strikes, but it led me to think about us, americans and how we treat oneanother, where is the love?

I won't get into specifics, but we all know things aren't getting any better, especially for most of us here in the states.   

I implore you, be kind to oneanother, care for our elderly, children, and women.  Care for each other.  We will need oneanother, sooner than we think.

"To Love Another is To Love And Be at Peace With Oneself"


Monday, March 14, 2011


I'd like to introduce you to another wonder Etsy member and shop owner that I've come to know and respect.   Her works are that of which I found to be wonderfully creative and unique.  Not only was I impressed with her creative knit works, her photography of these works stood out in a unique and subtle alluring fashion.

This is ....


I hope you enjoy my interview with this wonderfully whimscal gal along with some pics of her beautiful creative works....

Who is the person behind Sarabellknits? Tell a little about yourself.

My name is Sara Zinn, Sarabell was a nickname one of my best friends started calling me, so I ran with it. I live in CT with my boyfriend, my 2 rats and rat terrier dog. I just recently graduated from art school, and ended up with a BFA in photography. I still work with photography (At both a portrait studio, teaching photography classes, and my own artwork). I apply my creativity also to my knitting, and spend a lot of time designing and brainstorming new ideas. Knitting, for me, just another way to express my creativity.

Hi Sara!

What brought you to Etsy?
I believe I stumbled upon Etsy one day                                        
browsing the internet
(think actually while I was in class) and
the idea of selling my handmade items
stuck with me. I had already began
designing and creating my headbands,
along with a couple scarves. One day,
I just decided to do it and I made a shop
for myself (it wasn't very good to start,
 but I've got the hang of it now!).


Beautiful fingerless knit gloves
What does a day at Sarabellknits consist of?

When I'm not working at the portrait studio, or teaching photography, I'm probably knitting new pieces for Sarabell. Recently I've been experimenting with naturally dyeing yarn, and hope to begin spinning my own dyed yarn soon! But on a typical day I'm usually in my studio (Which is the corner of the living room in my apartment) and knitting up either new ideas, putting together new headbands, or working on custom orders for my friends :)

Strawberry Cheesecake left and Blueberry Swirl right

What or who inspires you?

Taylors "Moth Dancer"
When I was in art school working on a piece,
I would always become inspired by other pieces
of art that were either magical or whimsical, especially
by my favorite photographer Maggie Taylor.
I don't really know why I'm so inspired by fairy tales
 and magic, but I am, and my
 work reflects that. Perhaps its the kid in me :)

What do you find most challenging running your own business?

Keeping organized, especially the business end of it. It was a lot harder when I was in school (dealing with a full load of classes, 2 part time jobs, and STILL finding time to run my business!) Now that I have a little more time, I can focus more on improving my business and things like that.

Where do you hope to see Sarabellknits in the next year?

My goal is to market myself A LOT in the next year, on etsy as well as in person. I want to sell more of my pieces to local shops. Like I said before, I want to begin spinning yarn and working with that, so another goal for me is to get a spindle and find a local place to purchase roving! 

Come One Come All!!
My readers and I want to know....

Are you a morning person or night owl?

Definitely a night owl. I got to stay up and watch my Robot chicken!

If you became a millionaire overnight what would be the first thing you'd buy?

Hmmm, thats a tough question. At the moment? A car. Because I don't have one right now :(
Too much??

What was the last thing you bought?

A coffee...gotta love Dunkin Donuts :)

Whats the farthest place from home that you've been?

I think it was when we went to a cruise to the Bahamas. Which was AWESOME!

One word that describes you?

What's under your
 bed right now?

What, no dust bunnies like under mine?
A box of boxes
(gift boxes to
 ship my items)
and probably the dogs
 tennis ball.

If you could eat lunch with someone famous who would that be?

I would totally want to chill with Natalie Portman. She seems like a really cool person.
Gosh remember her first major role as "Matilda" in The Professional?
I hope you've enjoyed this interview with Sara and got to know a little bit about her.  She and I would love for you to stop by and visit her shop.  You can do so by clicking either of the links shown....

A special THANKS to Sara for
taking the time to humor me and
 allowing me the interview.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Crime Scene

The morning started off great with a team of 5-0's blocking off the street for a drug raid.  Made me late getting the granddot to school so I stopped to ask one of the officer's if he'd write me a note so that she'd not get a tardy slip and I'd not get a phone call...

The officer standing point didn't think I was funny so I didn't get the note, but got the slip and moments ago the call.



Wednesday, March 9, 2011


To the frickin idiot who can't drive the red Ford SuperCab he own's...


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

FiredUPp For WiredUPp

I'd like to share with you an Etsy shop owner who's creativity and personality stands out on its own.   Allow me introduce you to...

You may know her in chat as Blueyekittan29 and probably recognize the shop banner....

And now with no further ado...

My Etsy friend has so eloquently agreed to let me post this interview and give you some insight as to who she and her shop WiredUPp are all about.   I hope you enjoy.


Please tell our readers a little about the person behind the scenes at WiredUPp
My name is Jamie, I was born and raised in NJ. The Shore area, I loved growing up there, and then I moved to SC about 4 years ago. I am married to a wonderful husband and we have 6 beautiful children.

 My pal Jamie, she's
from Jersey

Your jewelry creations are unique and wonderful, what's inspired you to create jewelry?

"Thank you for your comment. People are my inspiration, nature, children, family, friends etc. Inspiration is all around me, to give me my great ideas. Just to see a simple smile or a reaction on a person face is all I need. I love it when someone is wearing my jewelry and is excited about it. It inspires me to continue doing what I love to do."

How long have you been creating jewelry?
"A couple of years"

 Do you have a favorite style?

"My favorite style is Victorian style, vintage, I love working with glass pearls."

VICTORIAN STLYED ----------------->

What would you say differenciates your jewelry from others?

"Good question! I try to stay with the styles of today, with a hint of yesterday. Most importantly, every piece has to have a little bit of me in it because I am unique."


           Simple yet elegant            

If there were any one thing you could change or improve upon what would that be?

"I would add more hours to my day! I just don't seem to have enough of them hehee!"

Do you have a faved piece, one you could just not let go of?

"Yes, as an artist I'm sure a lot of people create pieces that are hard to let go of. I try to let them all go, but this one I just couldn't part with. I made a onyx and mother of pearl necklace, I put it in my shop, I went to bed thinking about how I didn't want to sell it. I just liked it that much, so that morning I took it out of my shop, and its been mine ever since.. YAY!"

Do you have a piece you've let go of you wished you'd not?

"Of Course, I just hope someone loves it as much as I."

Have you an interest in other creative hobbies?
"Yes, I have a couple other creative hobbies. I have been an artist all my life pretty much. I can draw, I love to paint. I went to college for graphic art, Photography, jewelry design, and I like to sing."

What do you like to do for fun, unwind?

"In my down time, when I'm not creating something. I like to spend time with my children, my husband, family and friends. Take long drives, listen to music, read and just relax, getting lost in my thoughts and taking it all in."  


Humor me if you will?....

Ever munched on the produce at the grocery store?

"Noo ( i was always afraid i'd get in trouble)"

                        I always snack on the grapes, teehee                       

Ever flipped someone off while driving?

"Yes, I'm from Jersey..enough said! lol"

I know what you're thinkin.... who hasn't??

Ever had someone flipp you off while driving?

                                           "Of course, again I'm from"

Have you ever bought an outfit or shoes for a special occasion, wore them, then took back to store for refund?

"No, I have such a problem going back and returning things. I have always either waited till I forgot I had the item. Or I give it away to someone who wants or needs it."

Ever hit a car parked in a shopping center with your shopping cart?

" was the winds fault! Oopss!"

Holy shopping cart Lady!

Ever cried your way out of a speeding or other traffic ticket?

"No! I never got a speeding ticket. =D"


Uh hu, tell that to the judge

Pet peeve?

I think my biggest pet peeve would have to be, chairs not being pushed in. If you have to pull a chair out to sit in it, why not push it in, when your done sitting? hmm seems yet to be a mystery around my house?

Get rid of the chairs!! hehe

Fave color?


                      Fave food?
                                                                       Chinese food

   Fave drink?
                                                                                                                                        Rootbeer float =)

Fave song?

It's really hard to choose just one song. I love all types of music, but if I had to choose an artist, It would be Tim McGraw, I love his music. =)

Fave Movie?

I'd have to say, there are a lot of good movies out there, but my favorite is The Breakfast Club. I love 80's movies! 16 Candles, Urban Cowboy, I think I have a thing for wow, who knew!


 I shudda been a cowboy??
On that note.....
Jamie and I hope you've enjoyed the interview and that you'll visit WIREDUPp on Etsy.   Jamie's always happy to answer any questions and will do custom orders upon request.   You can click on the link below to visit and browse her shop.

A special THANKS to you Jamie,
 for taking the time to help me with
and allowing this interview.