Thursday, September 27, 2012

Computer blues. :(

Somewhere in the wee hours of the morning my computer decided it needed a vacation.  Whether or not if it's a permanent one will have to be determined by the Geek Squad at Best Buy.  Needless to say "Show & Tell Friday" will not happen tomorrow & will be on hold until the problem is rectified.  :(.

A computer is the main artery, the life line if you will when operating a business.  When that artery is damaged it affects the structure of the rest of the body.  Hopefully, it can be fixed without having to get a new one & before production can't go on.  As of right now things are running at about 75%.  I can only pray that the situation does not get worst.  I'm totally sick with sad emotion right now, but as they say this too shall pass.

Peace and blessings<3

Friday, September 21, 2012

Show & Tell Friday ~ 2

Iris Payne-Mack of Greatminz Accessories loves, loves, cowrie shells.  These decorative shells are what makes her jewelry selection distinctly unique.

Cowrie shells close up
Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, cowries are beautiful egg-shaped shells belonging to sea mollusks of the genus Cypraea. There are over 250 known species living in warm sea areas.  Most cowrie shells are smooth, shiny, and oval-shaped with a center slit.  Almost all of these shells are considered lovely because of the very shiny surface that has been compared to the sheen of porcelain.  

Imagine paying for your goods/services with...shells. 

The cowrie (aka "cowry") shell of Africa has been the most popular, and abundant historical currency on the continent since being introduced from the East/Middle East.  During early colonial times, many Africans preferred being paid with cowrie shells over gold coins.  The ever popular cowrie shell has had many uses and meanings.  North and West African tribes often produced sacks of cowries as a dowry or bride-price.  (For parents today it would be cheaper than paying for a wedding, and kick the Bridezilla drama to the curb.)  Specifically, for many West African cultures, the presence of cowrie shells indicates fertility.  A regular practice within countries such as Gambia is the threading of cowrie shells onto a bin-bin, a waistband worn around a woman's hip for the purpose of increasing fertility.  (Guaranteed pregnancy in a belt.  Hmm...if only becoming prego was that easy!)  In other countries, it was believed that the shell protected against the evil eye.    Cowrie shells were also used in making jewelry, to embellish clothing, decorate drums/headdresses, design ritual masks/furniture, for games, and in computation.

Today, just as centuries ago, cowrie shells are featured in a number of African crafts.   African masks, sculptures, jewelry, boxes, clothing and other artifacts are often adorned with cowrie shells of varying sizes.  Just as this soft leather sash belt is beautifully adorned with cowrie shells 4 leaf clover style.

To see more decorative pieces by Greatminz Accessories go visit the website @   in the jewelry section.  Peace & Blessings 



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PMS - What's a Girl to Do??

I cannot believe I am writing about this today, maybe because the rain is putting an emphasis on how I'm feeling today.  But...that's the fun of blogging, right?  You get to talk about any, and everything.  So lets do this!!

Premenstrual syndrome...that's what they call it.  To most women though it's just PMS.  Men  may think of it as: Prehistoric Monster Syndrome...ha-ha.

Why Did You Do It Eve?

Why, oh why, did you do it Eve?  Why did you eat that apple?  Ever since you bit into that apple us ladies have been eating Crab Apples every month.  She was the first case of PMS & her legacy still lives on :(

Most, if not all women experience PMS a few days before their period.  Some months PMS is non-existent, and other months it's EXTREME.  I've had my fair share, which is the reason behind this post.

My symptoms:

~ Craziness.  Like walking in front of a moving car while looking in the opposite direction. True story... almost got hit yesterday.
 ~ Clumsiness. Plates and cups seem to fall uncontrollably.
 ~ Mood swings. (This is the big one!)  My day's emotions go sorta like this: happy, sad, very sad, very happy, teary, smiling, screaming, joy, anger, I wanna hit someone...and the list continues.

 ~ Irritable.  Say anything and am irritated.  Don't say anything and am still irritated.

 ~  Bloated stomach, full of gas. Two sucks!
 ~  Headache.  Seriously...what's the connection between my period and my head???
 ~  Fatigue.
 ~ Loss of appetite.  Excluding chocolate and salt of course. :) 
 ~ Body aches.

C:\Documents and Settings\Terry  Wilson\My Documents\My Pictures\sewuseful - tutorial\DSC03241.JPG  I could go on, and on, but I know you get what am saying.  Not everyone experiences PMS like this.  If you do, one way to deal with the sudden influx of emotions is to have a PMS survival kit on had and ready.  A PMS survival kit can be anything you want it to be, but the goal is to include things that will make you instantly feel good in a moment of blah.  These items are like PMS salvation, if only for a few minutes.  This is what's in mine:

MY P*M*S Emergency Survival Kit.

- Wine or any alcohol. Just a lot little. To cheer me up. Sorry, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

- chocolate w/salt as a chaser
- ibuprofen
- heating pads
- herbal tea always helps with the cramping
- Yoga video

- laughs from any source (Rush Hour 1 &2.)
- last, but not least ~ My wish list request ~  A sound proof room away from husband & children for that 3-4 day period.  :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Introducing....Show and Tell Friday!

*In my Fat Albert voice* ~ Hey, hey,'s time for Show and Tell Friday!  

Recently, chatting with a friend of mine via e-mail I learned she didn't  know I had a business website.  Needless to say these words shouted in HUGE volume at me!  My heart literally sank!  Then...BOOM!...I realized, if she didn't know I had a business website how many others didn't know either.  Do I get an F in marketing or what!  Hmm...

Well, today and most Fridays here after anyone who surfs my blog will know...YES, I do indeed have a business website!  Show and Tell Fridays will be about introducing the latest design or jewelry piece added to my collection of goods, and telling a quick blurb about it.  Before, I get started showing off the latest redesign, let me give you folks the skinny version about my business.  The name of the business is Tee-iabo Designs  (Tee-ah-bow) and I specialize in hand painted clothing & accessories.  I recently expanded the product line by adding Greatminz Accessories ~ handmade jewelry made by Iris Payne-Mack.  Not only is Iris a talented jewelry maker, but she is a writer and poet as well.  Go check out her blog @   That's the skinny, but if you want the fat version...grab a cup of Java, have a seat, and read the past blog postings by moi. 

Okay, now that the preliminaries out of the way let's begin Show and Tell Friday!  Lately, I've been working on building an inventory, so I can start going to craft shows.  Making subtle, but necessary changes in a few older designs and also changing my signature pattern has been my mission since the beginning of summer.  Today I would like to reintroduce the design "Phenomenal Woman."  

Before the make-over she looked like this:

Now...she looks like this!

The changes:  shirt color, deleted floral arrangement, changed the symbol, and the signature pattern.  For those of you who do not know the symbols that follow my signature represents the design.  The symbol for this particular design is called a Triskele...the Celtic symbol for sisterhood.  The continual looping seen in the Triskele represents the eternal love shared by sisters.  The Tiskele  also represents the 3 stages of womanhood: crone, mother, and maiden.  Thus, the meaning of the design as a whole is: Women must unite to conquer, women must bond to be stronger, women must dare to be...Phenomenal!  

To see more of my clothing artwork go visit the website @  Peace & Blessings 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Autism Awareness Fundraiser Update!


I would first like to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of the people that have generously made donations towards this worthy cause.  To date Tee-iabo Designs "Moms Against Autism" has raised $155.00.  I am a little over half way to reaching my goal, which is $300.00 or more.  Whoop, whoop!

For those of you who are not aware I am participating with Autism Speaks in the "Walk Now for Autism."  The walk will be held in Baltimore, MD on October 27, 2012The purpose of the walk is to help fund research and connect families with the resources and services they so desperately need.  The proceeds from the Walk will be used to support the efforts of Autism Speaks in this mission.  Autism Speaks is one of the largest non-governmental supporters of autism research in the United States.  If you are interested in finding out more about them, please check out their website   

Here's the thing...i need your help.  Every penny counts, so please do not feel like you have to make a great contribution.  If I got 60 people to donate just $5, I would reach my goal of $300.  If you are interested, your kindness will be appreciated one or two ways:

 1)  Please go to my home page at "Tee-iaboDesigns"Moms Against Autism" and click on the "donate now" button. 

2)  Purchase an Autism Awareness t-shirt designed by your truly (moi).  The t-shirts are $20.00 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks.  My goal is to increase the donated percentage to 50% by late July/early August.  To place an order click on the link below which will take you directly to my website.


Thank you so very much for reading...thank you for your assistance, and thank you from the bottom of my heart to help me achieve this goal!  Peace & Blessings

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Thirteen has me misty eyed

Today my youngest child, my daughter Sierra turns 13 years old.  When my son turned 13 it didn't really register the same emotional impact as it does now that my daughter has reached this milestone.  Being 3 years apart in age, Sierra in my mind is was always the baby.  My little peanut.  Now, 3 years doesn't seem like an age gap at all.  Over the past few years I've watched Sierra grow from my baby girl, to my BIG girl, and teenage girl.   


Looking Back...


I can remember vividly the moment Sierra was born.  I remember how she looked, smelled, how small and soft she was.  I remember the trip home from the hospital, and how we spent every minute of the first 15 months of her life parenting out of books.  I remember...when she started walking, talking, learning, growing, when she got her ears pierced, learned to ride a bike, her very 1st sleepover, and her 1st time spending the night away from home.  Thirteen years zoomed by in a blink of an eye.  Where does the time go?  It seems like no sooner than taking her out of diapers, that I'm now preparing her for high school. : '}

Sierra has an amazing sense of humor, sometimes bordering on gross or dry, but always funny, and always well past her age level.  She dresses herself quite fashionably, writes profusely, and sings like a sparrow.  She's smart, witty, and to be honest...pure awesomeness backed by an adorable smile.   ...And I've had the pleasure of watching her persona develop.  To my dear daughter, I just want to say that I am so very proud of the young woman you have become.  Not a day goes by that you don't amaze me in some sort of capacity.

To the fathers:  if you have daughters, treat them like the lady you would expect their future boyfriends & husbands to do. Tell her she's beautiful, smart, funny and awesome.  Tell her you are a better man because she is your daughter.  Let her know what she means to you as a man, and as a father.  Every little girl needs to know her parents specifically her daddy loves her.  

Happy Birthday Sierra. XOXO Daddy.

Happy Birthday my Sierra.  Mommy 's you.



Monday, September 3, 2012

I want to remember...

I want to remember each day as it comes,
That I am here for a reason
That my life is a precious gift,
That I should cherish it

I want to remember, the little moments that take my breath away,

Little moments that I recount at the end of each day,
Moments that make me smile,
Moments that I hold close to my heart

I want to remember that am here to enjoy my life,

To remember that life is too short,
To know there is no time for holding grudges,
Only time for finding things that make me happy

I want to remember that today is the only time I have,

That yesterday is gone, whatever happened is now in the past,
Tomorrow is only but a dream, a promise that I cannot be sure of,
This hour, this minute, this second, is what I have!

I want to remember this when am angry,
When am feeling down, when it is dark,
When I think that am at the end of the road,
I want to remember!

I want to remember so I can take it easy,

So, I can choose to smile,
To love and to laugh with an open heart
And to cherish this remembrance.

I hope you remember too!

Peace & blessings♥

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