November 29, 2010

Inspiration Part 3

It has begun.

My daddy-o is superfantastical, and is going to help me create a REAL LIVE WEBSITE to sell my pho-tos on :). One where all you need is paypal to order, as opposed to a) me keeping track of what photos are up and which are expired, and STUFF like that and b) you having to have an etsy password/login name to look at them :)

Now, superfantastical-ness takes time, so the site is not up yet, BUT... keep your eyes out for the "grand opening"

In the mean time, if you want any photos of mine, be they on Etsy or on this Blog or somewhere else you may have seen my artsie-ness... just give me a shout, and we'll pay-pal it up old-school style.

Christmas Berries
 - Photo of the week -
AKA, 10% off etsy prices, except ordered old-school style via e-mail at somethingbetsy @ gmail . com


November 22, 2010

Inspiration Part 2

I took fall photos yesterday while hubby was raking :)

- Lots to do -

And started the beginnings of a catalog

- Maria's Fallen Beauties - 
Michaels is on my list of places to go today (with coupons of course) to make up some "stock"

- Autumn Leaves -
Because I'm hosting a "31" party next week, and why not try and sell some photography while I'm at it?

- Blue-ish Berries - 
If you're near me, and want to come (for photos or Thirty One stuff), lemme know! I'll provide details :-P


November 19, 2010


I need me some inspiration.

And some motivation.

And probably some other forms of "ation" :-P

I need to put together a portfolio. I need to NAME all my art pieces (ugh). I need to get in the car early in the morning or mid-afternoon and take advantage of the "perfect light" and take more pictures, and I need to do it ALL THE TIME. I need to research some craft-fairs and either print up stock, or get stock printed. 

I need to JUMP IN and DO what I've been talking about for so long now.

I need to get over the fear of failing and just DO it. 

Can I get a boost of confidence on here?

November 17, 2010

This year, in review.

In making holiday schedules and future plans, etc, I realized we have TONS of stuff going on still before the year is up.

And being the analytical mind I am... I came up with these stats, that I had to share.

We will have traveled over 25 times this year.
5 of those trips were "short" - an hour and a half one way. 
(that means 20 were 5+ hours one way)
7 of those trips had multiple locations/events to attend.
9 of those trips were to My Home
3 of those trips were to Hubby's Home
1 of those trips was "Just for Us." It was 4 days long.
10 of those trips were to visit friends,  
5 of which were weddings.
15 trips were to visit family
there are only 52 weeks in a year!
It's a good thing we don't lease our car...


November 15, 2010

Just a note: It's official.

 Yup, official.

Best bribery tool for Betsy: Lamb Chops. Nice, tender, medium rare lamb chops, with garlic and rosemary.

Just thought you'd like to know.

This week's 10% photo IS:

Is it hot in here?

There's a trick this time: message me on Etsy saying you want "Is it hot in here?" from the blog and what size(s) and medium(s), and I'll make you a listing. This will not be posted ON Etsy (yet at least). You can "remember" this for much later, and still order it... but it'll only be 10% off this week.

Perfect as a note card, customized as an invite for a BBQ. Sorry - but we can't share the recipe for these chickens... mmmm mmmmm good!

Like this maybe...
... just an idea :-P


November 10, 2010

Happy 235th Birthday Marine Corps!

Today is the 235th birthday of the Marine Corps. A special day in our house, and in our life. I've heard the first verse of the Marine Corps Hymn many a time, but when I married Hubby, I sat myself down to learn the words. Fortunately, I can no longer remember the children's song that I used to sing along to it at functions. *Brainwashing works!* :-P

(Click on the link to HEAR and SEE the hymn on You Tube)

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
of United States Marine.

Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev'ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job--
The United States Marines.

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.  

I love the FULL song, and decided to share it here today, as part of their birthday present. The other part is a request... that you stop for a minute or two, and say this prayer, or your own if you like...

We pray,
For Marines in combat overseas
Marines in action around the globe
Marines who love their corps so much, that they will celebrate the birthday, and all its traditions, as best they can in the sandpits they live in, with whatever sweets have been mailed, or whatever they can find in their MRE's

We pray,
For Marines who now "guard the streets of Heaven"
Marines who have given their lives recently,
Marines who will give their lives today
Marines who have given their lives in all the conflicts and wars in the past 235 years

We pray,
For the families of Marines
Families who wait at home while their Marine is deployed
Families who have been separated by duty station
Mom's who will have their babies while Daddy Marine is away
Dad's who's Marine wives fight for our freedom
Children who ache for their Daddy or Mommy and don't fully understand.
Families who pray that they will see their Marine in Heaven someday.

We pray for all  Marines, who would willingly give their lives to serve our dear country, that we may have the freedom to do something as simple as publicly ask for voices to join in THIS prayer.
We pray they have a Happy Birthday, with many, many more to come.



November 9, 2010

Christmas Present Sneak Preview! :-P

So 1st of all, I'm excited about this... I've been meaning to make one for about 2 years. 2nd, the gift recipient is 6, so I'm not too concerned about her seeing her present early. 3rd, I had fun taking/editing the pics of it... so I'm sharing :-P

Merry Christmas Goddaughter! :-P

And yes, I realize it fits me, and a 6 year old's head is a bit smaller... but I haven't washed it yet, and it's REALLY stretchy.


November 8, 2010

MAN it's cold!

So it suddenly got REALLY chilly here. Like, low of 31* last night, and only 50 by 10am (when I dragged myself outside to run). WOW.

So this week's 10% picture is....

Ice Shelf
Which is not technically on Etsy yet, but maybe I'll add this and the other "November/Winter" pics later today :-P.

The great thing about this weekly photo thing? I always have something to blog about each week ;). Especially since I haven't cooked any FABULOUS new meals lately (although I did try a risotto...) and all my craftyness is being funneled into Christmas presents.

I may take a drive with my camera today... why is it so hard to get moving when it's so cold?!?


November 3, 2010


So while the "Crud" is gone for a bit, I'm working on getting back to running. I started the c25k (Couch to 5k) well, back in June... it's a 9 week program. I'm on week 4. Yup. Stupid Crud. July, half of September and all of October had to be "taken off" Oh well, enough griping.

See, the goal is this:

 But right now, I'm about here:

So I'm back at it again. Especially since I got these new guys yesterday :-D

One less excuse.

Any items on Etsy that use "Rocker"- be it an 8x10, or any other medium is still on sale for 10% off. Want 10% off on a different photo? Comment your favorite here, maybe it'll be next week's featured item ;).