No, I’m not a Vampire! I’m just Anemic!

Ok, so, lately I have been very tired. And I keep thinking I look a bit pale. And I I have been suffering from CRS (can’t remember shit). So I had my labs done last Tuesday and my Doctor called me. He said “You’re the walking dead Leigh Anne. Your iron is a 3.” Normal levels for a woman are between 36 and 75-100. Well, that explains a lot! So, I’m going in Tuesday for an iron infusion. This isn’t my first one, I get them about every 2 years. But this is the lowest my levels have ever been. Last time I was an 11. I think now, though, I have decided to follow through with advice I’ve been given for years and have a little “female”surgery to try and ward this off in the future. For years I have tried to wait, thinking that I will go into menopause and this will take care of itself. I am telling everyone this in the hopes that I can help other people. Low iron/ferritin levels are often over-looked and diagnosed as other things. The major symptoms are fatigue, cold hands/feet, confusion, heart palpitations, pale complexion. Many people are diagnosed with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrom), or as being depressed and put on high powered anti-depressants. Even when diagnosed correctly, a lot of doctors will just put you on oral iron supplements, which are very hard on your body and can take up to a year to bring your levels to a normal place. If you think you may be anemic, get a blood panel done. And if you are, insist on seeing a Hematologist, and having an IV Infusion. They’re not fun, it’s an all day process hooked up to a bag, but they work. Women are particularly susceptible to being anemic, as well as vegetarians. It’s overlooked so often, when in my opinion, it should be the first thing considered. So, by this time next weekend, I will be feeling like a new person!!! And when that happens, my resolve to have a partial hysterectomy usually goes away and I’ll say “Ok, I’ll just wait, I’ll go into menopause eventually and it will take care of itself”, lol. Hmmm, we’ll see.

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Wow, Summer is Here!!!

Time sure does fly!  My neighborhood pools are open, it’s 85 degrees out and summer has arrived, as far as I can tell.  I am making a few changes this summer, for my sanity.  I have only been torching for a little over 2 years.  The 2 year anniversary for my Etsy store is about 2 weeks away. The last 2 summers I seem to have missed being out in the sun.  Something that I LOVE.  So, I am determined to not let that happen again this year.  I have decided to stop taking custom orders for a while, because I am limiting my torch time to evenings after work, a few days a week.  I’m also spending time on other jewelry related adventures, like wax carving.  I’m going to cast some original pieces when I go to D.C. in a few weeks.  I’m so excited!  I’ll have some unique and original foundations for my glass before too long.  Anyway, if there is something you like in my shop, grab it!!  I will most likely make it again, but I have no idea when.  I’ll start doing requests again in the fall.I hope everyone had a great Memorial day weekend.  I have some hilarious video of my dogs playing in the water hose, but I can’t figure out how to get it off my Android.  It keeps telling me it’s to big to e-mail.  I’ll figure it out and post it soon.  My Poodle should have been a Circus dog!!!  That’s all for now….I’m heading out into the Sunshine!!!!!

WooHooo! I am a Happy Girl!!!!

I have dabbled in silver a bit, but now I’m gonna really be able to make some neat stuff!!! I have somehow managed to persuade Dave of Revonav, to “school” me. Bless his heart, lol! I’m going to his studio in DC next month. I am so full of ideas and excitement I can hardly contain myself!!! If you haven’t seen his work, please check it out, here’s a link to his Etsy shop:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Revonav
He makes Fabulously beautiful things! He made me 2 wonderful CF4L charms!! Ok, so see why I’m a happy girl!!!! I can’t wait to incorporate my glass into some really sweet rings, charms and pendants. June can’t get here fast enough!

Review of My New Website made on WIX.com

Flashy. But it doesn’t work. I am telling you now, stay away from WIX!!! What a load of crap!!! An E-commerce sight with no inventory control. I sold the same bead twice today. Problem is, there is only 1 of them. I just called WIX. They said there is no inventory management system on WIX right now, but they are working on it. REALLY????? So, what happens when someone buys a product? It stays there until you remove it manually. So, I either babysit the site or close it down. So much for my exciting new web store. I’m leaving the site up, but closing down the shop part. 4 days of migraines and frustration……and a paid premium for an E-Commerce website. Don’t make my mistake!!!!!

TGIF!!!!

Lord, I love Fridays!!!  Heads up readers!!!  I have some VERY exciting BIG changes coming soon!!!!!  I am launching a brand new website, with a STORE!!!!!!  And it’s really pretty, I like it A Lot!!!  Of course, there will be a sale to launch the new site.  That’s why I haven’t listed any new glass on Etsy.  Be patient, a few more days!  Everything is still on sale in the Etsy shop at 20% off with the coupon code “SPRING”.  And it’s almost time to draw a winner for The Bead of The Month!!!!  Stay tuned!!!!!

Technology is not my thing!!!

Hello again.  If anyone ever wonders why I am not very diligent about writing, updating, etc…allow me to explain.  I HATE the computer.  Plain and simple.  And it Hates me, too.  It takes me ALL Day to make changes to my blog and website, and I still don’t understand Facebook.  But even worse, after all day, half a bottle of Excedrin and more frustration than I can stand, whatever I think I have accomplished, seems to undue itself in the next few days.  Let me give you some examples.  My etsy widget, that use to be on the right side of the very page you’re reading.  Took me half a day of research to find how to write the script and install it.  Some days it’s there, most days it’s not.  Same as my homepage on the website.  And without the Etsy flash, my poor website looks like poop.  And my Welcome page on Facebook.  And I PAID for that.    It seems to me to be a full time job just to keep the stuff all working and looking right.  And, as I said, even when I pay a “professional”, it doesn’t seem to work, so I just give up.  And there was a point in time when I could post my blog to Facebook.  But it doesn’t work anymore, either, boo-hoo.  If anyone reading this has any help or advice to offer, please don’t hesitate to jump in and give me some tips!!!!

I did a wonderful show last weekend at the Adam Thoroughgood House.  It was a really nice little venue, I LOVED it.  The only drawback was being under a magnificent tree, that was filled with some type of little ants that ate me up.  I am COVERED in bites and now Calamine lotion.  I look like a pasty pink Alien.  But it was really a good show and I would happily do it again next year(but would be armed with several cans of Off!) .  Everything in the shop is on sale now, 20% off with coupon code ‘SPRING”.  I am not going to be listing anything new this week, I am using the time to play catch up, try and iron out the kinks in all my web pages, work on some custom orders and get back on track.  My yard and garden are done, greenhouse is empty and I am sort off caught up on all my dogs.  My Snow Bird Babies are back on the books for May, and my Grooming shop is re-modeled, re-stocked and I am really loving that!!  The new floor is amazing and my hubby even custom made new iron gates and they are really sweet!  Ok, I’m off to try and work on widgets, pages and flash, wish me luck!!!

Pandora Infringement Post Update

I am still amazed by the number of contacts and questions I still keep getting in regards to this subject!!! But I really need to put this out there to save some trouble for everyone….if you are on Etsy, a handmade marketplace, selling mass produced chinese glass beads….I am not going to help you. In fact, I am going to try and do everything I can to get you booted. Please, give me break. Seriously????? There is a place and a market for everything. Try Ebay. But when you are dishonestly listing toxic trash for 3.99 as handmade in direct competition to me, I really have no desire to answer your questions or offer you any help. That really should come as no surprise, c’mon, give me a break. I have no issue with mass produced beads, really. They have a market, as long as the consumer is aware, and looking for that. But not listed as handmade on Etsy. I make beads, by hand, in the flame of a 2000 degree torch. I can tell the difference, believe me. It’s like McDonald’s and Prime Rib. Can you tell the difference? So, for all the ignored, unapproved comments and questions….there’s your sign.