She Left Her Paw Print In Our Hearts

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In Loving Memory of Peachy

One spring day eight years ago, a litter was born to an outside cat we called Tiggy. One of the cats, I tried to outsmart. While she and her sisters were eating, I took advantage that she was distracted and I started to pet her. She started purring like a motor immediately! After that, we became good friends and we would let her in our house. We had two cats already, Skinny and Fluffy.

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Fluffy

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Skinny

Skinny had a pink toy mouse she was very attached to and Peachy would come into our house, find the toy mouse, and sprint out with it in her mouth! It was hilarious to watch, well, not to Skinny. LOL
Eventually, we took Peachy in as a pet. We spent countless evenings playing in the basement. Peachy could jump up and catch a ball with her paws, then she would pass it back to me. Then, when the fun was over and it was time to sleep, Peachy would take her all her toys and line them up in the corner of the basement. She made me look really bad haha. She had the habit of cuddling up to us, giving us her belly and after a few minutes, she’d nip at us! But Peachy was so endearing, no one could stay mad at her for long.

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To officially keep her, we needed to take her to the vet. She got fixed and had bloodwork done. Sadly, the bloodwork revealed that Peachy had FIV. We were all so sad to find that out. However, we did everything we could to make her enjoy her life.
Peachy gained a queen status in our house, with a sort of immunity, getting away with her antics.

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*yawn*

Peachy had the funniest yawn. She would open her mouth and her eyes so wide, it would look so cute.
After I got married and later divorced, Peachy never really fully forgave me for leaving her. Her favorite person from then on became my father. She wouldn’t let anyone else carry her and when she was in his arms, she had a look of bliss on her face. They developed a very close and special connection that lasted her whole life.

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Peachy loved her daddy

My dad had a briefcase and she would go right over to it and hone her nails on it leaving unsightly scratch marks. We would threaten her, “we’re telling daddy!” and she would look at us with a defiant stare. After dad came home we would tell him, and he would laugh and say “that’s the Peachy!” So she got away with everything and knew it…we knew it too.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚
Peachy was always a nosy cat. She loved listening to my mom and myself talk. She always wanted to know the latest gossip. When we would whisper, she would bring her head up and try to listen…she was so cute. Peachy always had to be at the center of things.

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One day we bought Peachy a toy cat called Cameo. My mom would make a meow sound while she made the toy move and Peachy would bite and beat up Cameo. Then when she got tired, she would groom Cameo and take a nap with him.

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She also had a disturbing obsession with feet; my dad’s in particular. She would snuggle up to his flip flops and fall asleep on them.

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With time, Peachy began to slow down a little and she took to hanging out in the bathroom. With her tannish orange fur, she camouflaged with the tan rug in the bathroom. We would enter the bathroom with caution so as not to step on her.

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Other times, we’d find her on the bathroom window. Sometimes she would look sad but seem fine.

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One thing I loved was how proper she was. She would sit up like a queen with her paws lined up and her tail wrapped perfectly around her paws.

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With time, Peachy’s gums and teeth started to hurt and she would panic when she would eat. My father had her teeth taken out earlier this year. The vets were always impressed with her behavior.

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The day she got her teeth out

We saw some improvement, but within a few months, the inevitable began to happen, the FIV began to take over and shut down her organs.
She began to hide in odd places; in closets, behind the toilet, under the bed. My mom became her caretaker; mushing her food and later blending it into a puree. The ten pound Peachy that would body slam our other cats to steal their treats was losing interest in food and water.
We knew she was suffering and my father made the difficult decision of asking the vet to put her to sleep. Our vet makes house calls and we didn’t want to stress Peachy, so we asked him to come over that same day, Monday, September 23. Unfortunately, our vet couldn’t make it then and offered to come and put her to sleep the next day at 10 am. My dad reluctantly agreed, since he wanted to end her suffering.
I remember Peachy actually looked at me that day. She hadn’t looked at me in what felt like months…but she looked at me. I can’t tell you what that meant to me.
Sadly, the next morning, Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 5am, my mom woke me up to tell me that our beloved Peachy had just passed away on her own. I went downstairs to see her and say my goodbyes. It was gut wrenching to see what was once a beautiful, chubby, audacious, playful, loving, intelligent cat, lifeless. Her expression told me that she fought to live and was exhausted. My dad stayed the whole night with her. Mixed with feelings of grief and relief, my parents went to lay her to rest. My mom made a beautiful box for her to rest in.
It has been horrible to come home and find that there’s no Peachy there. I always close my storm door quickly because Peachy used to run out of the house sometimes. Now I grab the storm door and I remember….Peachy isn’t going to run out. I go into the bathroom carefully and I remember, Peachy isn’t here. I look at the bathroom window and Peachy isn’t there. She isn’t there adorning my dad’s flip flops. She isn’t there doing things to make us laugh. There’s a hole in our hearts now. We wanted to end her suffering and we did ask the vet to. We just hate playing God, but she did go five hours before she was supposed to be put to sleep, so I guess our decision for euthanasia was right.
We still beat ourselves up though with endless unanswered questions of what we could have done better, but I refuse to dampen my beautiful memories of her with doubt. She lived and loved for eight glorious years. Years of smiles and laughs that she brought into our lives and hearts. She will always be the funny, crazy cat who would steal toys and treats, who would play catch with me, who would take naps on my dad or his flip flops, who would sit up tall with her paws lined up properly, who had a beautiful and elegant presence and who was loved deeply by her family. Now she is resting peacefully in a place where she feels no pain and as much as it hurts us to not have her here, she’s no longer suffering, and that’s what matters most.

Beloved Peachy, you will be dearly missed. You brightened up our lives for eight years, now it’s time for you to rest in peace. We’ll always love you.

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Radiant Red

Hello my fabs! Since it’s officially fall, I thought I’d paint my nails red with some gold designs for a nice autumn look.
I went to a wedding recently and my friend was nice enough to offer me her Indian jewelry to wear for the occasion. I jumped at the chance since I love Indian jewelry. The jewelry was…you guessed it….gold and red! Sadly, one earring and the necklace pendant lost beads, but they fell from convenient spots and I was able to jazz them up by adding rhinestones without damaging the authenticity of the piece.

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Aren’t they just gawgeous?! So I paired the set with a red dress and a side swept pony tail with roses in my hair….but most important, I did my nails to match.
Now I had a dilemma. I didn’t know any Indian designs and I wanted to have an Indian theme going on. So I googled some designs. I hadn’t realized how much paisley is used in Indian designs. It looked easy enough to draw (boy did I eat my words lol).

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Here they are right after I finished them. I added dots to random areas to give it a genuine feel. The tear drops from the paisley design turned out to be a bit of a challenge, but I’ve never been great with a pain brush. What I like about nail art is that it really doesn’t have to be perfect..or at least that’s what I tell myself LOL.
Here are some more images of the look.

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Et….voila!
Gotta love Indian style!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚
Namaste!

Fun With Nails Again :-)

Every week, I try to redo my nails. I need to do this especially if I’m anxious or stressed because, like making jewelry, doing my nails in funky designs is like a mental escape for me. The more stressed I am, the funkier the design.
So I’d like to share the latest designs, whether epic or failure, that I’ve done.

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Butterfly wing nails, with a rose gold morganite ring.

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Green hued galaxy nails, with a green crystal cluster ring made by moi.

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Pink with black polk a dotย  nails, with a kunzite ring, and a button bracelet made by moi.

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Pink zebra nails! My toes are stickers, but I hand painted my fingernails to match. Here I’m wearing a simulated pink opal ring.

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This time I did butterfly toes and fingers!

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My fingernails started chipping, but my butterfly toes still looked good, so I wanted to stay with the nice summery orange theme. So I did orange Ombre nails with reverse Ombre lines on my ring finger. Mom called them Candy Corn Nails!! I liked the name.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that’s the latest. Like anything else, it has to be your “thing”. I love when people say ” I wish I had time for that.” But these are the same people who spend most of their time on their hair, or baking or at the salon. It’s a question of taste or if you simply have the patience to do it. I wish I could do hair, I’d gladly spend hours on my hair if I knew it would come out right, but hair isn’t my thing. Lol
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed!
Here’s to staying fab!ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank You Nail-Art-101.com!!!

I haven’t done my nails in like…forever. Only on special occasions I’d force myself to do them just a solid color, maybe a little glitter, sometimes I wouldn’t even bother doing them.

I don’t know how it happened, but being an astronomy lover, I wondered how to achieve a galaxy effect on nails. So I came across this amazing website (see title) that has very easy tutorials on how to do different designs! For those of us who are visual learners like myself, they have pictures too!

Like anything else, it takes patience and practice but it’s well worth it AND easier than you think! You may mess up your designs in the beginning, but that’s what glitter is for! Glitter covers a multitude of mistakes!ย  And if glitter doesn’t fix the problem, so what? Either remove the polish or leave ur nails like that and say you meant to do that lol.

Here are my results- the good and the severely flawed lol (keep in mind I took these pics right after doing my nails and hadn’t cleaned up the edges yet)

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Galaxy nails. The first time I did this, they came out horrible and I couldn’t even keep the picture because I was so embarrassed. These came out cool though.

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This was my first try at leopard nails. I love pink.

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My first try at ombre nails. They came out so terrible I had to cover them with glitter, but I did get complimented on them, so I guess they were ok. I wasn’t satisfied with them though.

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My second try at leopard nails. This time with a white background with some tan sponged on for a touch of drama to make it look more animal-like.

The next design was inspired by this wristlet:

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Snake skin? These are just pink nails with black crackle on top. This pic doesn’t do it justice but it looks like pink snake skin and I LOVE pink snake skin!

My next nail art was inspired by this scarf:

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I’ve seen grey/silver leopard everywhere this year so I thought I’d give it a go. And I looooove that ring!

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Here’s another blue ombre which was another disaster that I had to cover up with glitter, but the blue hues allowed me to show off my new Paraiba Tourmaline ring. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here is yet another desperate attempt at pink ombre which again needed to be glammed up with glitter. I did like how it came out though. The glitter had green, pink and silver flecks making it very colorful, so it was appropriate to wear with this lovely lab created color changing Alexandrite ring. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This is a lovely half moon zebra stripe design I did while rocking an Eiffel Tower ring made by yours truly. I’m pretty impressed with this being my first try at zebra stripes.

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I still need to master the ombre look….help! :-\

So that’s everything I’ve tried out so far. I love the nail art 101 site. Not only has it taught me how to make my nails look great, but with my nails looking so awesome, I feel more confident and feminine. So thanks nail art 101!!

Here’s to being fabulous!

Have a laugh….draw something!!

I used to play Draw Something with many friends, then one friend got married, another one just aggravated me because she would overthink her drawings and the rest just got bored and stopped playing. So I uninstalled the game.
A few weeks ago, one of my best friends texted me and told me she missed playing Draw Something because we’d always get a laugh from it. I mean really, no picture comes out the way you want it to. They always end up looking like a four year old did them, making us cry of laughter sometimes. I missed those laughs too. So we both reinstalled and started playing again.

Here are some pics we drew- the good, the bad, and the “what the heck is that supposed to be?!”
Can you guess the answers?

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GUITAR

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DRUMS

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GLOBE

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TITANIC

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QUARTER

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USB

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DIRECTOR

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STOOGES

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YIELD

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SONIC- I had to look up his pic online, so I guess I cheated lol

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ROCKET

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DONUT

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CAPE - my bff did this one

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TEXAS - my friend that got married did this one, how did Texas come out so good?

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BONE- the married friend again, she's just gifted lol

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TAXI- I mean really? Huh?

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PINKY- I was so proud of this one lol

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CLAW- remember Toy Story?

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PRAY- well isn't that how we look when we pray? lol

Speaking of prayer, I remember drawing something for TEBOW, but I never saved it :\

Now for my last one….and favorite:

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come on if you can't guess this one...

Anyway, I hope you got a chuckle out of these.ย  If you didn’t, I hate to tell you you’ll never get these few minutes back LOL! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

More Buttons?

This button fell off of a shirt, that button fell off of something….before you know it you have a box of buttons with no use…unless you’re me lol.
Then you’ll find yourself shopping for buttons-

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For a classy, simple look

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The pink hearts were buttons. These were a gift to a two year old girl ๐Ÿ™‚

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For a chic playful look

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I glued rhinestones over the holes

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I love these! I had to make a matching necklace; inspired by one of my favorite designers.

Buttons don’t always have to be sewn onto clothes…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Classic Inspiration

I looooove making jewelry. Sometimes I get inspiration from a new outfit or something that I like. There are other times that I find inspiration from classic actresses like Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly and Joan Crawford. I don’t like to copy exactly what they wore, I just make my own version adjusted to my taste and style. Here are some examples. Enjoy! (Keep in mind these are inspired pieces, not replicas)

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Audrey Hepburn's necklace

Audrey Hepburn’s necklace, gorgeous as it is, is a little too much for me so i altered it to my liking.

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Audrey Hepburn inspired necklace

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brooch made from old rosette earrings

The rosettes were stud earrings that I’ve had since I was a kid. I glued them onto a pin and attached some chains….et voila!

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Ingrid's earrings

For those of you who follow my blog (gosh, I feel so important saying that lol), you have seen this picture here before. I simply adore the earrings Ingrid Bergman is wearing here.

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Ingrid inspired earrings

Long “blingy” earrings of my own! I made these from an old tired bracelet; I cut it up, glued earring posts….et voila!

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Grace Kelly's bracelet

I think I’ve established how much I love Grace Kelly and her sense of style lol. Here she is in a scene from one of my favorite movies, Rear Window, with my one of my favorite Hollywood heartthrobs, Jimmy Stewart. In this scene, you keep hearing clunking and jingling from Grace’s bracelet. To me, nothing reeks more of femininity than to have jingly jewelry on…yea I’m weird lol. So I created my own jingly gracelet.

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I don’t care for gold, so I used silver discs for the “jingling effect” and used coiled memory wire for the multi bracelet look…et voila!

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Joan Crawford's necklace

Then there’s Joan Crawford’s twisted multi strand necklace here. I haven’t made the earrings yet! The necklace took a lot of planning though. I’m not known for my patience and getting five strands to twist is not my forte. It all started out with a rose button (sewing button) to serve as my focal piece and match the pinkish pearls I already had. I’ll take you through it step by step…heck if I had to go through it so do you lol.

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(Yes they were $2.75!)
I removed the loop and sanded the surface to make it receptive to gluing.

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Next, I glued a spacer bar onto the back of the button.

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Then I added the wire strands and began stringing them.

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I couldn’t get those willful strands to stay twisted so my mom came up with the brilliant idea of just braiding them. So I braided them and they stayed put!

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….et voila! I wore this necklace the other day and even men complimented me on it! (now you know if a man noticed it…need I say more? lol)

Anyway, I just thought I’d share with you where some of my jewelry making inspiration comes from. I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜‰