The Atticus Project

For those of you don’t know me via LiveJournal, I co-moderate the LJ community ‘SaucyDwellings’. The very talented Lara Rossignol of Piewacket (LJ handle honeywest) is one of our longtime members. She’s been an invaluable contributor since long before I stepped up to the helm. She submitted a post today asking for some help.

“My cat, Atticus, was recently diagnosed with mast cell cancer, the prognosis is good but the treatment is very expensive. So, I am having a kind of estate sale through my etsy shop to help fund his chemo…I am adding new stuff weekly to my store and if there is some specific item you are interested in from a past post, just let me know, almost anything is possible. I am also posting on my blog when I have new items or updates on Atticus.”

Loosing my dad 6.5 months ago to a rare Lymphoma and having lost Duncan yesterday to coronary disease, I really want to help in any way I can. I hope to be able to purchase one of her vintage finds or a print of one of her incredible images, but right now I feel the urge to get the word out.

Good luck to you both.

Laird Duncan Grant 2000 – 2010

aka Laird Doodlehead. Kitten (pictured below) called him the ‘best wedding date ever”. Well my dear, it’s time to find a new date.

Laird Duncan Grant
{ All images taken by the oh so lovely Ms. Stacey Bode. }

Some of you already know that he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure just after our move. We’ve been taking him to Ruth, his amazing vet, every week to try to find the best possible solution for comfort for however long he had. Unfortunately, his heart disease was just too far advanced. He went in for a check-up yesterday and he wasn’t looking so great. We have been so thankful that the holiday weekend was filled with such amazing weather that it allowed us some quality porch time over those last several days.

Doodle had an uneasy night last night. He had a hard time getting up the stairs this morning when he went outside. I took mom to the commissary and during that time he starting going into severe distress. Like, really bad. Michael got him calmed down, and when mom and I got home we called Ruth. We thought we could adjust his meds a bit but as soon as we hung up, he started again. I called back bawling my eyes out. We talked about bringing him in for some intravenous meds and oxygen. I said we’d try the adjusted protocol and wait a bit. But he couldn’t calm himself down. We all knew then what needed to be done. Michael and I leashed him up and barely got him to the car. I called to let Ruth and crew know we were on our way.

Once we gave the go ahead and Ruth confirmed it was the best for him, we had a few moments alone with him. Michael and I got on the floor with him and held him. We kept him close as Ruth and Melissa ever so gently gave him his injection. It was so peaceful and so surreal. I kept holding him for a bit. I honestly did not want to leave the room, after we stayed with him for a while. He looked like he was about to get up and walk out with us, but no.

Farewell, my friend. I love you and will miss you more than words can ever express.

It’s been a crazy year. I’m off to have several drinks – at home.

Branching out.

I have felt the need broaden my product offerings. While prepping for the Lowcountry Artist Market I made a few new pieces, a choker|headband, a belt, and some cuffs. I was delighted that the cuffs were very popular and I sold the three I brought to the show. Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos. I will take a photo of the prototype tomorrow. In the mean time, here’s the choker and belt:

I have several pieces almost finished but they’re packed away. Some are some more ornate belts I have to dig out the boxes.

New stuff!

Ok, not exactly new because these were made for the Lowcountry Artist Market, but these are new photos of them. I have a few more pieces to edit before uploading everything to Etsy. My new challenge is taking these photos indoors. I had a sweet outdoor spot at the old house but it wasn’t always the most practical. I like the burlap but I’m also going to play with a few presentation ideas.

Tan Shoe Clips

Tan Shoe Clips

One of the moving bonuses was that I found my old peep toe heels!

And the winner is…

Number One! Here’s a picture of the stencil in color:

I ordered the stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils on Etsy. We’re looking to rehab/hack our MALM bed. We’ve had it for 4 years now and we’re in need of something a little different. We’ve talked about several ideas but last night one came to mind. We’ll take off the side tables – the room is just too small for them, put the bed on heavy duty casters, and then paint it in the same style as the walls, but in a different color. The stencil will carry over but won’t dominate as it’s 18″ high. I chose the wall color and I’m asking Michael to choose the bed frame color.

Ok, I was a little cranky when I posted my extreme displeasure with Apple and my iOS4 update. I’m still doing a little research as to what to do with the iOS4 update and my lowly 3G issues. Jason D. O’Grady wrote an article for ZDNet mentioning the issue of slower performance could have to do with RAM issues.

I previously blogged that part of the problem could be due to insufficient RAM. The iPhone 4 ships with a whopping 512MB RAM, while the iPhone 3GS with 256MB. The lowly iPhone 3G, on the other hand, comes with only 128MB — one fourth of what ships with the latest model.

In its compatibility statement, Apple says that iOS 4 works with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G. Adding that “not all features are compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.”

Translation: it will work on the iPhone 3G but don’t have high expectations.
This sounds totally plausible with the issues I’m having, but the situation is still sucks.

Anyway, back to more positive blog entries!

Happy 4th of July!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy celebration today! I think we’re going downtown tonight to try to get a spot to see the Patriots Point fireworks show.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks over the Hudson River & Manhattan, 2009 (large)
{ Photo credit: caruba }

*tsk* *tsk*

Oh Apple, how you have made me oh so very sad. I updated to the 4.0 software the other day. My phone is one of those ancient 3G’s. I can’t do some of the fun things Tyler can on his 3GS and since the update, I am experiencing battery dumps and the system freezes constantly. Rebooting? Takes minutes now. Silly me didn’t think to research any potential issues but now that I have, I read that I am not alone with these issues. Some say it is a conspiracy to force older iPhone owners to purchase new phones. Sorry, I paid full price for mine and I haven’t had this one long enough to get my discount.

I really believe they should come out with an alternative service pack that will allow 3G owners to revert back to the previous software version. I don’t want to have to take it in and have AT&T revert it to factory settings. For further software additions? If the older technology cannot support it, please prompt me that an upgrade is not appropriate for my handheld.

Apple needs to fix this. Once again, I am losing confidence in the company.

If I’m missing something that I can do on my own, please tell me!

Bon Weekend.

We are experiencing the most gorgeous day here in the Lowcountry. We received some much needed rain yesterday, and today is breezy and beautiful. We’re planning on stepping out soon to do a little planting but today’s exclamation of joy is due to what is in this photo…

Studio Update

All four lights have been hung and strung through the attic to the main box, which is where the fan is. The lights are on a dimmer and the fan itself came with a 5-speed control box. That was a little tricky to install, but as usual, Michael made it look easy. The fan sounds really cool as well. Kind of like a helicopter. It’s very pleasant in my book.

Now to turn on a little Latin Jazz…

Synchronicity

Michael and I were planning on getting in the attic today to hang the new pendants in my studio because we’re supposed to be experiencing some ‘mild’ weather – no higher than 90°. As I was checking my email the phone rings and it’s Lowe’s letting me know our fans have arrived. I almost missed seeing the notification that this necklace just sold!

New Sale

I believe this is more than just me saying I need to get back to work.

Debbi, I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it!

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