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Fredericksburg, Texas, United States
I am working,playing or riding.I enjoy working on my etsy www.TamsJewelry.etsy.com or my artfire www.TamsJewelry.artfire.com and my newest zibbet shop.www.TamsJewelry.zibbet.com or My Handmade Artist Shop http://handmadeartistsshop.com/shop/TamsJewelry I love my work,my life, I am so Blessed. If I could use only one word to describe myself it would be kindhearted.(To a fault)L.O.L.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Running A Bit Behind

I am running a bit behind on just about everything.This is one of those days I think I might never catch up.I have a Karate tournament Saturday,I haven't practiced near enough.Should be very interesting to see  how it turns out.I hope I at least do well at Kata .My daughters are competing also  it should be a real fun day,hopefully without injuries.  I am not sure how much longer it will take me to update all my Item pictures but I am thinking September is a realistic goal so please be patient with me.My daughters are just about ready to go back to school just three more weeks of summer.This summer went so fast.They will be in 5th and 7th,I can't believe how fast they have grown.I am trying to spend as much time with them as I can.My part time job is going well,that's about the only thing I am not behind on.LOL I want to thank you for stopping by.I am gonna head off to work now,I hope you have a great day! Someone very special sent this to me this morning and it really fits my mood.I laughed.I think it only fair I share it with you.Thanks C.J.!

My Resignation

I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.
I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities
of an 8 year-old again.
I want to go to McDonald's
  and think that it's a four star restaurant.
I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle
  and make a sidewalk with rocks.
I want to think M&Ms are better than money
  because you can eat them.
I want to lie under a big oak tree
  and run a lemonade stand with my friends
  on a hot summer's day.
I want to return to a time when life was simple;
  when all you knew were colours,
  multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes,
  but that didn't bother you,
  because you didn't know what you didn't know
  and you didn't care.
All you knew was to be happy
  because you were blissfully unaware
  of all the things that should make you worried
  or upset.
I want to think the world is fair;
  that everyone is honest and good.
I want to believe that anything is possible.
  I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life
  and be overly excited by the little things again.
I want to live simple again.
  I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes,
  mountains of paperwork,
  depressing news,
  how to survive more days in the month
  than there is money in the bank,
  doctor bills,
  and the loss of loved ones.
I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs,
  and a kind word;
  and making angels in the snow.
So . . . here's my checkbook and my car-keys,
  my credit card bills and my 401K statements.
I am officially resigning from adulthood.
 And if you want to discuss this further,
  you'll have to catch me first, cause........
......"Tag! You're it."


Monday, July 26, 2010

HAF Featured Artist Elizabeth Humphries of ParadisePurls


Today's featured artist is  Multi-talented .I would like to introduce Elizabeth Humphries from Cary North Carolina.She has two Etsy shops.She is the creator of ParadiseJewels and ParadisePurls.You will find gorgeous jewelry like these Swarovski Crystal Earrings.And look at these beautiful book marks.I fell in love with this Lady bug book marker.And if you love knitted items,(and really who doesn't?)You have to go visit her ParadicePurls Etsy shop .Here you will find some of the most beautiful colored scarves and hats.She has a Handmade Artist Forum Shop with some more beautiful items like my favorite the red skinny scarf.You can also find out much more about her at her Blog.So grab some coffee and start browsing.Her shops are open 24/7.LOL  Tell her Tam sent ya.Enjoy your day,thanks for stopping by!
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Check out My Handmade Spark !

Good morning! In my previous post I told ya I was checking Handmade Spark out.I have been reading a lot of useful information from their great blog .I realize I have a great,great deal more to learn.LOL  I think I am up for the challenge, after all my goal is to learn something new every day.This morning when I checked my mail it was there,confirmation I have my own My Spark Mini-site.Go ahead click on it.LOL Isn't it great?I am really looking forward to hearing what you think.If you are an Artist you really owe it to yourself to learn everything you can about the marketing part of your business.I believe you will agree this is a great place for that.What are you waiting for ?Go get your own!Go ahead enjoy 8)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Learning Something New Everyday!

I am still working on pictures ,I definitely have a great deal of catching up in that department.You can tell when you visit my shops that I am currently working the new Photo's in.The traffic has picked up so I am pretty sure they are catching some attention.Thanks to all of you who left feed back in that matter.I have been doing some homework in the promoting area,It's hard to promote yourself without being all about me.I learn a lot from my peers of course.Today I joined Handmade Spark I will tell ya more about it soon.I haven't had a chance to explore what it has to offer yet.I just know it's gonna be great because it was created by some pretty great people. Everything is great in my world.Hope things are even better in yours! 8)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Featured Artist Connie Cooper of Saorsa Studio Of Beads

Hello my friends!This weeks Handmade Artist Forums featured artist is Connie Cooper creator of Saorsa Studio of beads.The is an awesome super talented Artist from Plantersville Texas.Wow I think she and I probably are only a couple of hours from each other small world 8) She does Bohemian Bead Art.Yes she makes some beautiful beads and gorgeous jewelry.Check out her Etsy Shop.You can also learn more about her at her Websight.There are some of the most beautiful hair pieces you will ever see in her shop ,what are you waiting for?Go enjoy yourself !I am sure you will find something special for yourself!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Vacation In West Texas

We just got back yesterday from our family vacation to west Texas.It was great ,this whole week was awesome.My daughters stayed with their MeMa the first day so my husband and I could go riding it was awesome.Stopped outside of Johnson City to take this picture of one of my favorite works of art.Isn't it fantastic!                                                                                                                                                                         The next day we grabbed the kids and MeMa and headed to west Texas.Destination Balmorhea  State Park.A beautiful natural spring oasis in the desert.It only took us five hours or so to get there.I am not sure at exactly witch point the landscape  changed from hill country to a beautiful mountain range but it is magnificent to see to say the least.It was near 100 degrees the water looked more than inviting it was pure heaven. We drove into the The McDonalds Observatory  one night for the Star party.I am so glad we got the pictures along the way.Unfortunately it was overcast so we really didn't see anything except some great videos.It was a great time though and I think we all learned something. Another night we drove into the desert  the Chihuahuan Desert to be exact.It was awesome we saw desert flowers, prairie dogs lots of strange bugs including a whip scorpion that I didn't get a good photo of because I was well,i'll admit it scared like a baby.LOL The snakes reside in a little section in the back of Balmorhea, I am so glad we didn't notice them till the day we were leaving.The whole their more scared of you lecture my husband laid on me was very little comfort.LOL Anyways there's no place like home and now am catching up.Back to work tomorrow.I think I can handle about anything.8)

Monday, July 12, 2010

HAF Featured Artist LisianBlue

Hello,I am so excited to tell you about this  weeks featured artist Kris creator of LisianBlue.I have to tell you she is a multi-talented artist.She has some of the most beautiful hand painted pendants I have ever seen.Like this beautiful one .Then she also makes the most beautiful ornaments,arn't these peppers cool?As if that wasn't enough to peak your interest check out her wind chimes and of course I should mention the beautiful Tea-lights.or these hand painted stained glass butterfly wing pendant.She has many beautiful creations for you to browse through so grab some coffee and relax she has Three beautiful shops,Handmade Artist Shop,her ArtFire Studio,and her Etsy shop.Also check out her blog to find out more about this extraordinary Artist. Thanks for stopping by,I hope you have a great week!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Item Pictures

I had a great couple of days off.I went shopping with my daughters yesterday.Got some house work done and even a little paper work.Now for the  fun stuff.LOL I have been working on backgrounds for my Jewelry photographs.I got great feedback from my posts the other day.I have decided to go full speed ahead.From now on My items will be presented with a colorful background .I will still have my white detailed photo's I am just adding to the collection.I have also added pictures of the earrings with a tape measure that shows both inches and centimeters.And I even added a photo of the boxes the come in.So I think I have got things figured out.I expect to have all my shops updated by Sept.1st,that's my goal anyways.Then I will focus on Holiday promotions.Here is a picture of some of the new backgrounds you will be seeing soon for TamsJewelry.I hope they are appealing to your eyes!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Featured Artist Joan of LTD Beads

Hello,I am excited to introduce this weeks Handmade Artist Forum's featured artist is Joan of  LTD Beads &Jewelry.She has had a love for her craft since she was a child.She has an awesome Blog.You can find some very beautiful pieces at her ArtFire or her Bonanzle Shop,of course you could visit her Website.However you find her you will find some gorgeous designs and something especially for you!Like these beauties8) Now go check her out,have fun browsing!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I have to Know!

All week I have been working on some photographs.Not my norm by any means here ,let me show you what I mean.So tell me what do you think? Are these eye catching enough ? I am keeping my other photo's just adding these as the first image .What do you think are they an improvement?I finished updating all of my Handmade Artist Shop Items already.So check it out Please!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I Have Been Busy!

I have had the last two days off from work.Did I get everything done I wanted?No I never do ,my "To Do" list is to long.LOL I did get 500 pictures taken and I Have been working on each shop a little every day.I am working on something special but I don't want to jinx it.  I will have it finished in the next couple of days,I will proudly share then.I have to step up the pace of my karate work outs.I have a tournament at the end of this month.I have every intention of winning my Kata competition so I practice,practice,and when I think I have it down I will practice some more.LOL I haven't gotten to that point yet.8) I am sure the next few days will go quick they always do.I hope things are going great for ya!Enjoy your Thursday!

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This is what Andy Rooney thinks about women over 40: 60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS) As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk, if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage! Andy Rooney is a really smart guy!

My Favorite Words Of Wisdom and Inspiration8)

You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself. ~ Seneca

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, 'How was the trip?'

'It was great, Dad.'

'Did you see how poor people live?' the father asked.

'Oh yeah,' said the son.

'So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?' asked the father.

The son answered:

'I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.'

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, 'Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.'

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective and appreciation.

'Life is too short and friends are too few.'

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Smile it makes you look younger ! ;)