2012…the year i….

Good bye 2011, helleeeeewwwww 2012!  You look mighty fine!

Alright everyone!  You get to give me your input.  Let’s chat it up.  Don’t just read this and move on!  SHARE!   Send me your comments and tell me how you want to finish the statement.

2012, the year I…

  • (example) learned to play tennis
  • (example) went on a mission trip
  • (example) learned to live on less (and be satisfied)

Let me have it!  Let’s get it going.


Internet Fun

Every now and then I like to show you a fun place that I have found on the internet.  I have NO idea how many of you already know about this website but it just struck me that I could share it with you.  I’ve been getting the updates via email for months and here it is.  This website gives great summaries of deals to be found.  Yahoo!


You’re welcome! I have an ADORABLE one that I will share soon…


Cleaning {my oven} the safe way

I want to share something great with you!  Seriously!  I’m going with healthy and green cleaners in my home.  This is something that is VERY important to me for many reasons which I’ll share another day.  For now though, I’ll share that in the past I have used the cleaning cycle on my oven to clean the inside of it.  NO MORE!  ha! ha!  I couldn’t stand the smell in the house that lingered for hours, it made our dog cough (no lie),  and then it always made me think about what exactly I was smelling.   Hmmmm…awful smell! 

This time I used this product. 

Scour Off™ Heavy Duty Paste


I’ll show you the pictures so you can see for yourself what it did.   Even after I used the cleaning option on my oven last time, this stuff was still left on the inside of my oven door.  That is not right!  ICK! 

InsideOvenBefore    InsideOvenTopBefore 


All I did was smear (that is an official cleaning term) it on, wait for about ten minutes, and then gently scrub with a wet rag and a toothbrush to get into the letters.

Wiped it off with a clean rag and….



I love it that I’m not using harsh chemicals, my house doesn’t smell at all, and this is safe for me, my family, and the environment!  How great is that?

If you are interested in cleaning your home in a new and safer way, I recommend this line of products whole heartedly!

Here is the product I used - Scour Off™ Heavy Duty Paste

There are also a few kits that are great to start with.

Don’t forget to become a member because you will receive a 15% discount for a lifetime.

You might also like these posts to learn more.



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Lampwork Love

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Thank you for making the Christmas Open House a great success this year! 

Everything sold and shipped!  {happy dance}

This means so much to me!  I put myself out there as an artist and it is so rewarding to have my designs go to other people and be part of their lives.  Thanks to everyone who supports and follows my business!


Winner of the Earrings Giveaway

Thanks for everyone who supports my blog and my business!  I’m so pleased to announce this is the winner of the free pair of earrings - The Lazy Mom.  Please contact me so I can get your mailing address.  Congratulations!



Stuff I’ve said…

Things I heard myself say today…

Which tattoo do you want?  (the temporary ones)

Please put that in a tissue.  That is what tissues are FOR!

I’m taking pictures so I can laugh about this some day.

Why are you apologizing as you come into the room?  What have you done?

Please don’t pick your toe fuzzies while you’re eating breakfast.


Isn’t it amazing what we say when little ones are in our home?


Christmas Open House is LIVE


Here is the link. - CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 2011

You can also get to it through my website till Friday.  This link will be shut down Friday evening so don't waste time shopping! 

Have fun and enjoy shopping!

Thanks for stopping by and the giveaway will be announced Tuesday.  See post below to participate.

Christmas Open House TONIGHT!

Just a reminder to stop by tonight at 8:00 pm for the new items that will be available.

Also, don’t forget to check out the post below to be entered into the list for the earrings.   See the details below.

I’ll be a busy bee today getting everything ready!


My version of a Capiz Light

My master bedroom had one of these ….


in the middle of my ceiling and it drove me nuts!  I stared at it waaaay to much ruing the day that I decided to drag that thing home and put it up.  I kept thinking I could do something with that light (barf and no offense if you have one), but I just couldn’t handle it anymore!

I saw this light on the west elm website and had seen a few ideas floating around on the internet so…

I did it! 


I made my own light fixture, cover, hangy-down-thingy, and now I’m happy. 


I used the frame of an old lampshade, wrapped some additional wire around the middle so that I could hang more strands of um….wax paper {cough, cough} from and went to work. 

I melted layers and layers and layers of wax paper together, used a hole punch to cut out the circles, and then sewed for a few hours, off and on, till I felt the strands were spaced evenly and then I attached it to the previous light base. 

Ahhhhhhhh……now this is much better!.  You have to see it (well you really won’t be able to, now will you?), but it is be.a.utiful and now I smile when I look up from my bed, or randomly pass by my bedroom, or just pop in to peak at it.  giggle

What do you think?

The Christmas Shop on Sunday

I’m still working on the jewelry items for the online shop. Glass beads are everywhere and are being made into jewelry just for YOU! 

Remember to come back here to the blog on 

Sunday at 8:00 p.m. EST

That is not all though.  Nope.

I got to thinking that it would be fun to give away a pair of earrings Sunday night during the sale and figured that would be fun, eh?  Don’t you think so? 

So, for everyone who is a member of this blog AND also likes DDbyRobbon on Facebook, you will be entered into the random drawing.  The join and like options are in the right column over there.  To your right…..  lol  Just being silly.

I will be giving away one pair of black lampwork, sterling silver earrings to one lucky person.  Leave a comment below letting me know you are part of both and I’ll enter you into the drawing.  Easy, peasy. 

I’ll post the winner on Tuesday.


Cleaning {my kitchen}

I have had so much fun trying Basic H out and making things squeaky clean.  I’ll not keep you in suspense any longer.  I mentioned that I was cleaning in my kitchen and that I used it EVERYWHERE!  In the refrigerator, on the appliances, on my windows, on the floor, and yes, even on my wooden cabinets.  I didn’t realize how much stuff had accumulated on my cabinets.  That just means they are being used often, doesn’t it?  Why, yes it does!  I’m not fond of showing dirt around my home but I have to show you before and after pictures.  I’ve used other products before and haven’t really liked the results but check this out!  As I started cleaning everything near me (it became a challenge almost), I noticed this grime on my kitchen cabinet door.  I don’t even want to know what it all was or how long it had been lurking there.  Anyway…


there is my dirt BEFORE I cleaned it.  Here is…


No tricks here.  I did not play with the pictures or edit them.  Just plan old pictures of this product at work in my kitchen.  See, I told you it is great!

Since it is a concentrated product, here are some ideas of how you can use Basic H: 

For all-purpose cleaning:  Add 1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water.

For windows and mirrors:  Add 1-2 drops to 16 oz. of water.

For degreasing:  Add 1 1/2 tsp. to 16 oz. of water. For bigger jobs, add 2 oz. to 1 gallon of water.


Making my home cleaner {and safer}

For a few weeks now I’ve been cleaning, purging and organizing here and there.  Every now and then, I feel like I just lose control over the stuff here and I get all weird and have to clean like a mad woman (whatever that looks like). 

I had been hearing about a company that sold cleaning products that were safe for the home and environment so I purchased a bottle and started using it right away.  I had been looking for healthier and greener cleaning products so I thought I should try it.  I was completely AMAZED by how very little of the concentrated product I needed to use to clean and also what a great job it does.  The BEST part about the product is that it doesn’t smell noxious.  My daughter and I have mild asthma, so cleaning is something that I dread for all of us.  I don’t have to cover my nose and mouth when I use this to clean.  Isn’t that great?  Seriously!  No fumes to burn my throat and nose.  You know that feeling when you run to another part of the house to get fresh air.  I don’t even get a tight chest.  That is awesome to me!!  What is this product?  Well…..tada…..


Basic H

Have you heard of it?  If not, let me introduce you to the cleaning product that has replaced the other ones in my home.  It is a concentrated product and so you only have to use a few drops in a spray bottle for cleaning windows and 1/4 of a teaspoon in another spray bottle to clean all of the other surfaces.  I LOVE IT!  I have used it on nearly every surface of our home because it is safe for us.  Phew…


I’ll show you tomorrow one of the things that I cleaned with some of this safe cleaning alternative.  I’ll just give you a clue.  It is something in the kitchen that opens and closes.

If you would like to know more about this and how to get it for your home, go here.  I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have also.


Happy Thanksgiving to you

Today I am thankful for all of the blessings I have in my life and I am also…


Thank you everyone for supporting me and my dreams.

I hope you enjoy this day and weekend with the ones you love!



It is that time of year again when I host the online Christmas shop.  I call it an open house but really, you shop online. {giggle}  There will only be one of each item available so make sure you make your selections quickly and then check out to ensure YOU get the item(s) you want.  
Your item will arrive gift wrapped and I will also include a gift card so all you have to do is sign your name and hand it to that special person.

Date:  Sunday, December 4th 
Time:  8:00 p.m. EST
Where:  Right here!  I'll post the special link at 8:00 and it will take you to the Christmas Shop on the website.


Favorite Things Party

So….a few weeks ago, I had the time of my life laughing and being silly at a party.  What kind of party you ask?  Well…it was a “Favorite Things” Party.  I was invited by my sister in law Carrie, who lives three hours away…(yeah),  to attend and bring 5 of the same item that I consider a favorite of mine.  Here is the kicker.  The item couldn’t be more than $6.00.  That made it easier on the bank account.  It took me a few minutes to think about it but I FINALLY knew what to take!  I can’t share it with you because then it would ruin it for my friends when I do the party here.  I know.  What a tease.  There were a ton of women at this party and we laughed so much.  That was so good to laugh. ahhhhhh


Here is what I came home with.

1.  3 glass votive holders (I think they came from Pier One)

2. a Vera Bradley zip ID case

3. a Yankee Candle

4.  a Starbucks gift card (I told the lady sitting next to me if I got that, then God approves of my habit….lol.)  thanks!

5.  a cute little bag full of goodies like solar oil for cuticles, a nail file, gum, a finger nail clipper that catches the clippings, hand sanitizer and more.

Doesn’t that rock?  I just had to share this great idea with you for us ladies who want to party without breaking the bank to share. If you have questions about this, just ask me.  Go forth and share your favorites!  Tell me about it if you have a party.  I’d love to hear about it!

Still shopping for Christmas? Good!

Well, half of the year has passed and I've been quiet, haven't I?  I wanted to make sure that I let you know that I'm still here, still making custom jewelry and the.....
2011 online Christmas Open House is coming up!  
 For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, let me bring you up to speed.  I sell quite a few goodies on a special web page on my website once a year.  It is a first come, first purchase and then the item is gone.  I only make one of each item so when it is purchased, it is gone!  I will tell you more details this week about the date and time.  
I'll have bracelets, earrings, and necklaces available that night.   
Christmas is coming!  Wait, let's celebrate Thanksgiving first!


Yes, I'm Still Alive

This is what I have been up to...being a mom more than anything. Other things seems to have taken a back seat (including making new jewelry), but I'm gearing up again for new designs and a new look for the blog and website.

Have you missed me? I'm back.
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All for LOVE lampwork bracelet

All for loveJ1

Here is a bracelet just in time for Valentine’s Day.

A lovely little lampwork heart and Sardonyx beads to make it a light and beautiful bracelet.


Tugging at my heart strings

Does anyone want a stray cat that lives in Cincinnati?  It is a long story but there is this adorable cat that I know NOTHING about that has come to our home and likes to come in and out and needs a home.  Here is a picture of her.


She is very loving and loves to be petted.  As you can see she doesn’t have a tail so I believe that makes her a Manx.  If you are interested, let me know as soon as possible.


Happy 2011

Another year is here and is full of potential!  I’m not one for resolutions so I can’t really share any big things I guess.  I’d like to drink less soda, lose a bit of weight and find more time in each day but those aren’t resolutions, are they? 

I did mention the winds of change are blowing and that includes my website.  I’m going to be changing the look of things in the next few weeks and I’m excited about that.  So stay tuned for those changes.

I’m excited about this weekend.  My oldest niece is getting married and our family will be celebrating their wonderful new beginning.  I’ll show you after the wedding what I ordered for their wedding gift.  I don’t want to ruin their gift. 

I just felt like checking in to share a few things here and there and that I’ll be changing things and adding new products in the next few days. 

Happy New Year!


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