Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Whimsical Owls Volume Three

Hoot! Hoot! Hooty owls are back, lol, yes I like owls.  Of course as this is the third and final installment of owls this round you probably figured that out.  Not sure what it is about owls that draw me to them.  Yet, I have always liked them, there is just something ancient about them that commands respect.  Their haunting hoot heard in the night, their silent flight as they grace the evening skies.  While not thought of as majestic, you just know the owls have secrets that they are keeping.

Finding artisan's on Artfire who create owls was no problem at all.  The problem was narrowing down my selection.   Whimsical creates with owls as the focal point got my attention.  These are just fun, enjoy!

Do you have a favorite whimsical item?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

25 Ways to Feel Great; Noteworthy Blogs 4-25-13

I am only sharing one blog of note today.  That is because it is a very, very long blog post.  Completely worth taking the time to the read, despite or maybe because of the straight up language, that some may find offensive. I am actually working my way through it a second time, because there is so much information contained within it.

The 25 ideas contained within are steps to take to lead  a complete well rounded life.  Living, breathing, owning every emotion, thought and experience in our lives.  Doing so while enjoying better health, relationships and understanding that everything in life is interconnected and reconnecting ourselves to it.  To live a happier, healthier, and longer life.

Chris McCombs is the author of "25 Ways To Feel Totally F****** Awesome"

He does a good job of covering practical ideas, with real life and does an exultant job of explaining why certain things are just not sustainable.  Why the new age guru thought of constantly being happy works in the short term with action behind it.  Yet loses its effectiveness over time and is completely not sustainable.  

This is covered in idea number 1 titled "Feel Bad".    While I do not agree with absolutely everything Chris says in his blog, his ideas and thoughts here kept me reading.   I completely agree that to truly enjoy the good times, and be completely and truly happy, you have to experience the bad.  Not just experience it, but honor and process and understand your feelings.  

Number 4 is one I don't agree with, but that is more personal taste than anything.  I would rather have the crunch of the vegetables than drink them.  

Even if you don't embrace them all, it is a place to start.  A lengthy article to get you thinking about how to change things, to live a happier fuller life. Hope you find something useful for your life in this article.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Black and White Owls Volume Two

While I have always loved black and white photography, it has never occurred to be to take my photos of owls in black and white.  I wish I had, the artisan's below who have worked the owl design in black and white have done a stunning job.  Different medians run rampant through this collection, from wall decals to pendants to etched glass and even a messenger bag.

The black and white lends an elegance to the owls and a depth of mystery that you sometimes lose when working in color.  While I work with a lot of color in designing jewelry I do the occasional black and white piece.  Usually though my black and white work is done with one of my other artistic pursuits, including photography and sculpting.

What do you think of the black and white owls.  Does it add something or lose something of the character of the owls for you?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Noteworthy Blogs 4-18-13

There were so many fabulous blogs to choose from this week, I couldn't decide what to post. Whether to find something relevant to current world events, life, travel, or food.  Instead I chose to share the ones that kept coming up in conversation.   

Hungry all day?  another great blog from Paleo Plan

Why am I still broken?  guest post by Amy Kubal on Robb Wolf's site.

Bacon Tuna Boats is a recipe I can't wait to try posted by Fast Paleo

Don't the tuna boats with bacon look yummy and fun, can't wait to try them.

How often do you share the information you read about on blogs?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Hoot! Hoot! Owls Volume One

Artisan's have been using owls in their designs for years.  Owls have always fascinated me.  Their is just something about them that draws one in.   While I like owls I am usually not enamored with the depictions of them in works of art.  So I was very pleasantly surprised to find so many different artisan's on Artfire that have been creating with the owl as the focal point in their designs that I do like.  Liked so much in fact that it was really hard to limit myself in choosing items for this collection.

In this collection I chose to limit myself to mostly natural coloring to the owls, or at least as natural as man made materials can be.  They all have a very traditional feel and look to them.

Hope you have enjoyed my selections.  Is there something you have been drawn to, yet not really liked the artistic creations you have found?  Leave a comment we would love to here from others.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Personal Safety Check List; Noteworthy Blogs 4-11-13

Ah Spring, with summer just around the corner.  My thoughts turn to long evening walks, more time in the garden, barbecues with friends and family, and dreaming of lazy summer days.

However, it is also a time of year that I like to review my personal safety habits.  Long nights, busy days, long drives, and such it is a good time to review.  Usually I do a personal check twice a year and they tend to coincide with the weather changed from winter to spring and summer to fall.  Each time of year has its own unique factors that have to be considered in addition to the normal routine.

While this isn't a complete list of everything I do, it covers the broadest and most universal steps that everyone can take.

 Spring Personal Safety Check List:

1.) House

      a.) Lighting
            Replace outdoor lights as needed.
      b.) Entrances
            Make sure all entrances are clear of obstruction and lighted.
       c.) Fire Extinguishers
            Check expiration dates.
       d.) Smoke Detectors
             Check and Replace Batteries as needed.
        e.) Flashlights
             Replace Batteries as needed.  Verify they are placed in strategic locations.
        f.) Update
             Emergency Disaster Kit
             Emergency Numbers and Contact lists in appropriate locations.
             Medical Allergy lists in appropriate locations.
             Food Allergy lists in appropriate locations.
2.) Car Safety

      a.)  Time for a Maintenance Check.
      b.)  Check to make sure all lights are working.
      c.)  Make sure your car locks are working.
      d.)  Emergency kit in the trunk for travel.

3.) Personal Defense  -- Everyone has their own opinion on personal defense.  Regardless of what your opinion is there are somethings that are universal whether you are a combatant or non combatant.

      a.)  Look outside for people lurking.
      b.)  Pay attention to where you park, especially if you are parking in daylight and planning on leaving                                 after dark.  Park in a well lighted area, under a street lamp is best.
      c.)  Keep your hands free.  Or limit your bags to one hand.  Keep one hand free for defense.

      d.) For those who choose to take their personal self defense and safety a step further.
           Inventory and replace your personal self defense items.
               Charge your Stun Gun
               Replace your pepper spray
               Inspect your hardware -- replace, repair and clean as needed.

For those whom choose to take a more passive approach to their personal safety I found a great blog written specifically for the non combatant.  "Options for Non Combatants"  is a great read, I even found tips and hints to incorporate into my personal safety regime.

Active Response training is a great blog that covers scenario's for many different situations you could find yourself in.  They cover current events, current and changing laws, tactical situations, free books, product reviews and so much more.

Did I miss anything?  What other tips do you have to offer?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring in The Air

Metalic Green Purple Silver  Gold Lampwork on Viking Knit Bracelet                                                                                                                                        Spring is in the air, warmer weather, people working on their gardens, and it is not just us, here at Entwined Vines Jewelry, who are thinking about Spring.  Spring fever seems to have captured many of us.

Aussen Wolf Designs, has shared visions of spring with a spring time review compilation of artisan work.  With a spring theme it is easy to see that many artisan's on Artfire are inspired by spring.  Using that inspiration to create pieces that reflect this time of year in nature.  Either by recreations or combinations of color and design.

Have you been bitten by the spring fever bug?