New Year Resolutions

I intend to get A’bert Originals up and running this year.  New Year resolution…get busy on the jewelry to post and find the shows I will be able to attend as a vendor for the first time.  I will be posting photos for your opinions and feedback and I sincerely look forward to what you have to say.  I tend to be rather old fashioned in my own style, so it’s a challenge for me to keep up with what the new styles and creations.

This isn’t my only blog, and it quite off the focus of other writing I do.  My challenges will be to provide proper photos and descriptions of the beads, gems and wires used in the jewelry.  I have created jewelry and other handmade items as gifts for years but this will be the first time I will have created these types of art for sale.  That being said, I will sincerely be interested in your opinions and input.  The best way to improve any artwork is by taking in the creative discussions of those outside yourself.

I plan to have an open house for Valentine’s Day so I will be posting photos of the designs before the end of the month.  If any of you are art designers of any type who sells your creations, your words of wisdom will be well appreciated.  Following are just a couple of pieces I made last year.  I promise future photos will be more creative and informative!!

Turquoise setYellow Quartz

Books Will Never Die

My greatest terror has become fulfilled!! My daughter-in-law told me her children love to read and they all read from electronic readers! My very own grandchildren have become traitors to the lives of paper books…boy will they be surprised what I will leave them when I die!

Wandering Bark Books

Last week, Mireille Silcoff wrote an article for The New York Times: On Their Death Bed, Books Have Finally Become Sexy.

Given that I recently published a blog post, “Sexiest Book Alive,” I took issue with the idea that physical books have ever NOT been sexy. Then I read the piece, and I took serious issue with some other things, indeed.

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The launch of the ‘Queen Mary’: ship 534

I was given the opportunity to work on board “The Queen” in the late 1980’s in the Public Relation Department. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed coming to work each day, saying hello to our departmental ghost sailor and generally enjoying the atmosphere. My office was placed where the Rolls Royce’s would have been stowed, about 15 ft. under water. What a joy! Something I will never forget.

University of Glasgow Library

80 years ago today ship number 534, the Cunard White Star Liner built on the river Clyde by John Brown’s shipyard, was launched and given the name RMS Queen Mary.

(DC101/1481/Q/4/Y7) (DC101/1481/Q/4/Y7)

The Queen Mary was one of the most celebrated, and largest, ships of its generation and is one of the best known liners to have sailed the seas. The contract for the building of ‘ship number 534’ was signed on 1st December 1930 and the first keel plates were laid on the 27th of that month. Work halted, however, in December 1931 due to the economic depression and did not begin again until April 1934. The structure was finished within six months and she was ready for launch on 26th September 1934.

A ticket to attend the launch (UCS1/107/116) A ticket to attend the launch (UCS1/107/116)

Here at the University of Glasgow Archive Services we hold many records relating to the Queen Mary in our

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9 Facts You May Not Know About the Navy on its 239th Birthday

Now why didn’t my own live in retired Navy Chief tell me this?

The Official USO Blog

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens cut a birthday cake with the most junior sailor in attendance to celebrate Navy's 239th birthday. Navy photo by  Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens cut a birthday cake with the most junior sailor in attendance to celebrate Navy’s 239th birthday. Navy photo by Peter D. Lawlor

Steadfast to the bitter end, Navy tradition isn’t all rum punch and pollywogs. On its 239th Birthday, here are nine things you may not know about the United States Navy:

1. Bravo Zulu means “well done”

Through World War II, sailors who did well were told “Tare Victor George,” which was code for “well done.” After the war, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed and it standardized communications. NATO created a system of B-flags for administrative communication. The last B-flag was BZ. The Allied Naval Signal Book created the phonetics for each letter and BZ became Bravo Zulu.

2. So explain gun salutes …

Sailors fire a 40 mm saluting cannon. Navy photo Sailors fire a 40…

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40 Cat Quotes That Are Brutally True

Absolute total truth…just ask Prissy.

Diary of Dennis

40 Cat Quotes That Are Brutally True

Today I did spend some time to search for cat quotes. I found hundreds of them but wrote down my favorite ones. What I like about quotes is that they are often so true. I wanted to create a list of the best cat quotes as I never done something similar on my blog. This is not only a list of funny cat quotes, they are additionally also brutally true quotes and some of them really made me laugh. Hope you will enjoy the list, hope it will make you smile too…

1. Time spent with cats is never wasted. Sigmund Freud

2. As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. Ellen Perry Berkeley

3. Any household with at least one feline member has no need for an alarm clock. Louise A. Belcher

4. Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose. Garrison…

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