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Been Gone Too Long

I have taken a long hiatus and am now just getting back into my normal routine 
but this time without my studio mate Cosmo.  
He passed away about a month ago while I was out of town and my heart literally broke into a thousand pieces.  I think my last post said I was busy taking care of him but no more.  So it has been hard for me to get back to work but I am trying.  His 16th birthday was last Friday.  I know he was old but sometimes you just cannot help but to think things will last forever when you know deep down that they really don't.  :'(

So...I started off slow and finished a commission.  Next was to start and finish making Pagoda Earrings to go with a Kimono of mine.  I also made a few more for the Arts Market tomorrow here in New Orleans.
Next on the list was to make some enamel earrings for the summer.  
I think I will call them
Lunar Gum Drops.
Nice, simple, and cool whitish green earrings for the summer.  
I needed some of those to wear with my navy blue and fuschia blouses.  
These are going to rock your world to the moon and back!

Have a great Friday every one
don't forget to hug your pets and give them lots of kisses and treats.




  1. So sorry to hear about Cosmo, he looked a real sweetie.
    I lost one of my cats last December so I know how you've been feeling. It's good you're getting back to making stuff again though.
    Tracy x

    1. Hi Tracy, Cosmo was a real sweetie. I don't think I want a dog ever again. It still seems like it was yesterday he passed away. So sorry to hear about your cat. Thanks so much for sharing that. It's nice to know that I'm not alone.
      xo Kalaya


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