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Holiday dates and prices for Domestic mail


Holiday dates and prices for USPS Domestic mail:To ensure timely delivery of  packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates: Mail-by Dates (Domestic Services)* Dec. 19 - First Class Mail* Dec. 21 - Priority Mail Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent.* Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express Fastest domestic service, overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Upgrade to Priority Mail for faster delivery, $3.55 Add to your cart by going to:http://bit.ly/PriorityMailUpgrade to Express Mail... » Read More

Rocky Mountain Colorado Ute Trail


We spent a lot of time sight seeing along Trail Ridge Road going up to the Alpine Visitor Center so a separate blog post is needed for this part of trip to the Rockies. Spectacular vistas can be viewed from each of the many overlooks and from many of the trails. Most of what was once the Ute Trail is now Trail Ridge Road - the highest continuous road in the United States. My favorite hikes are the Ute trails. There are two Ute trails one that starts across from the Alpine Visitor Center and goes down to Milner Pass/Continental Divide. The other part of this trail is found just 2 miles east of the Alpine Visitor Center leading to Beaver Meadows. ... » Read More

Estes Park - Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park


My first trip to Colorado and it was fantastic that I decided to make this blog post part 1. Part 2 will cover scenes from the Ute Trail up in the Alpine area. Estes Park is a pretty city where you can find abundant lodging but in the summer demand exceeds supply. This part of the Rocky Mountains are spectacular. We spent all of our vacation time exploring the area around Estes Park where there are several entrances to the park, the Fall River, Alpine, and Beaver Meadows entrances from which you can access countless trails. The Alpine entrance is accessed via the Trail Ridge Road or the Old Fall River Rd. The types of trails found here can be cat... » Read More

Featured Promotioanl Blogs 10/6/2014


Featured Promotional Blogs Week of 10/6/2014A compilation of promotional blog's for this week that feature handmade art and crafts such as jewelry, crochet, knits, woodworking, beads, handmade cards, glass work, paintings, vintage. Great gift ideas and opportunities to share your creations, but remember you must also help promote other artists creations also. This is a saturated mass produced market and us artist’s must help each other get noticed.Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 4Features a Countdown to Christmas LinkUp where artists post up to three items and then share other artist’s work on Pinterest and other social media, hos... » Read More

Featured Promotional Blogs 9/29/2014


A compilation of blog's for this week that feature handmade art and crafts such as jewelry, crochet, knits, woodworking, beads, glasswork, paintings, vintage.Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 3Features a Countdown to Christmas LinkUp where artists post up to three items and then share other artist artwork on Pinterest and other social media, hosted by BlueMorningExpressions.A few picks from this blog.by ResetarGlassArt by jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy by KevsKraftsby KathisewnsewsBoutique 12 Days of Baking - Countdown to Christmas 2014Hosted by BlueMorningExpressions. A recipe is picked, then items from the previous week's Cou... » Read More

Featured Promotional Blogs 9/22/2014


A compilation of blog's for the week that feature handmade art and crafts such as jewelry, crochet, knits, woodworking, beads, glasswork, paintings, vintage.Spending a lot of time reading and interacting with other artist's blog, I thought it would be beneficial to me and other blog readers to have a place where they could see a list of art and craft blogs posted here weekly.Countdown to Christmas 2014 - Week 2Features a Countdown to Christmas LinkUp where artists post up to three items and then share other artist artwork on Pinterest and other social media, hosted by BlueMorningExpressions.A few picks from this blog.by jazzitupwithdesignsbynancyb... » Read More

A Day at the Pima Air and Space Museum


If you're ever in the Tucson area be sure to visit the Pima Air & Space Museum Plan on spending at least 4 hours. Bring a pair of good shoes or sneakers and your camera. My favorite part of this visit was the viewing of all the airplanes on foot outside. But, they do have trams available for an extra cost. 6000 E Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85706   Cross Streets: Near the intersection of E Valencia Rd and S Plumer Ave $15 per person for the museum, walking tours and tram tours included, discount for seniors and Triple A members.Lots to photograph... ... » Read More

A Challenging Hiking Trial at Picacho Peak State Park


Looking for a challenging hike go to Picacho Peak State Park. Hiking trial is only about 2 miles round trip, but it is a great workout with some rewarding scenery once you reach the top. 1,500-foot peak Name of trial is: Hunter Trail, takes you to the top. Park your car at the Barret Loop. It's about a four-mile-round-trip difficult and strenuous hike, but worth the effort. Round trip for someone not accustomed to mountain hiking is about 4 hours includes time spent on the top. If your in good shape, then this is no problem. Steel cables and planks help hikers overcome the steepest parts, and the 360-degree view at the top of the surrounding d... » Read More

Lavender, Lilac, and Green Means Spring is Here


Looking out my kitchen window across my driveway is a large tall bush of lilacs. I opened my window as wide as I could and the breeze brings in the lovely scent that lilacs give off. The smell of spring is wonderful, the colors are beautiful, green leaves, purple, violet, lavender colors of the flowers. I have to give credit to my neighbor because those are her lilac bushes. Our houses are so close together that they are very close to my window. So, I decided to put together a collection of handmade jewelry items that represent the colors of spring. All handmade by the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers Guild. Oh my, I can smell those lilacs rig... » Read More

Quality Custom Handmade Jewelry Bags by Christie Cottage


Look what I won from one of Jacki's Give-Aways, a set of  high quality handcrafted custom jewelry bags. These were cut with sturdy recycled white paper and put together beautifully with my company's logo and my shop's URL.  These are great for craft shows since it doubles as a business card. Every few weeks Christie Cottage hosts on her blog a fantastic giveaway and this time I was lucky enough to win. Here is the link to the current giveaway. There are also other fun and interesting happenings everyday on Christie Cottage Blog. Check it out! Places you can find me: Artfire: http://dianesdangles.artfire.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.co... » Read More

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the JCUIN


Featuring handmade green items created by the Jewelry Creators Unite in Number guild.Brief History of St. Patrick's day: Saint Patrick was a Christian missionary recognized as the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick's Day is observed on March 17, the date of St. Patrick's death. It is celebrated both in and outside of Ireland, as both a liturgical and non-liturgical holiday. In the dioceses of Ireland, it is both a solemnity and a holy day of obligation; and, outside of Ireland, it can be a celebration of Ireland itself.Lucky clover Seed Bead Pattern by bluemorningexpressionsEmerald Green Onyx Hoop Earrings, Shaded Green Onyx Earring... » Read More

Birthstone Color for February - Purple


Purple colored hand crafted art by the Jewelry Creator Unite in Numbers Guild on Artfire.Fingerless Gloves With A Flare Long Fluted Cuff and Adjustable Length by Wyverndesigns... » Read More

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2014


Some great beads and gems that I found so far at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2014.  There are tons of vendor is all of the hotels and also in the parking lot areas. When you arrive at the airport make sure to grab some literature regarding the shows; also brochures are available at most hotels.The main show at the Tucson Convention center is open for wholesale only and for retail customers is open on Feb 13, 2014.Shuttles are used to go back and forth to the Mineral and Gem shows at the different hotels, waiting times are short, good way to get around. Park at the main hub on Congress Street for $5 and then take a shuttle to one of the G... » Read More

The Perfect gift for a Friend - January Birthstone - Garnet


January’s birthstone, the garnet, symbolizes a light heart, loyalty and enduring affections making this a perfect gift for a friend. Garnet brings to those born in January friendship, loyalty and sincerity, and the stone is said to have the power to ensure good health and protect its owner during travel. The name “garnet” is derived from the Latin “granatum” meaning “pomegranate” because the crystals resemble the red color and seed-like form of this fruit. Garnet is know for its deep red color, but in fact, it exists in all kinds of colors, such as black, many shades of red and green, or even ... » Read More

Handmade Gifts for the Holidays


Handmade gifts make the best gift of all. Nothing is more special than giving a Christmas present that is unique and one-of-kind. Here is a sampling of handcrafted items created by the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers. Original Wired Ribbon Angel Pin, Violet, Pink, White And Red, Floral by ShirleysNookandCranny... » Read More

Artful Blues by the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers Guild


A beautiful blue gift guide for the holidays featuring members of the JCUIN on Artfire.Textured Silver Drop Pendant Blue Brown Multi Strand Necklace by Shanghai TaiRaw Polymer Clay Canes Flower Blue Rose Petals Bead Making by Blue Morning ExpressionsCougar Totem Spirit Medicine Shield Dreamcatcher,native woven hemp by DreamcatchermanTurquoise Handmade Necklace Southwest Gemstone Jewelry Rustic Sterling by ShadowDogDesigns... » Read More
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