Monday, October 29, 2012

Sorry, No Camo Rings- But I've Got Something Even Better!

Happy Monday! Recently, I've been getting a lot of requests for camouflage wedding rings. Within the last month, I've literally gotten probably 15 phone calls or emails asking about them. I wish I was an actual jeweler and worked with precious metals because if I was, I'd have a few more diamonds on my hands. I believe people have found me because months ago, I wrote a blog about camo rings. I just thought they were pretty cool. So, I apologize to everyone looking my way for the rings. However, who needs a camo wedding ring? Get your pretty lady a KrazyCowgirl necklace!

The holidays are fast approaching, so do your Christmas shopping now! Take a look at this silver and turquoise bronc set.
The above pendant is magnetic, so you can wear it on another necklace or wear the above red, yellow and black necklace on it's own.

Although the colors did not come through as they should've, this turquoise red and black chip necklace is stunning with a little zebra. This cross pendant is also magnetic making a lot of functionality out of one piece.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cuff It Up

Do you get on Etsy much? I just bought a yellow bubble necklace on it a few weeks ago. I originally saw this necklace on a different website, but thought I'd check Etsy to see if I could get it cheaper, and I did!
Anyway, through a round-a-bout way, I found this neat designer's page on Etsy called, Rainwheel. They make some really cute cuffs. I love them!

I'm pretty cheap, so I'd love to find out how these are made and make them myself. If anyone would have ideas, I'd love to hear about them. They look drybrushed. I'm just curious on the type of paint used. You like?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cold Shenanigans

So, last week was interesting... it started with elephants. I wish I could have snapped a better picture on my phone, but there were two elephants outside my office. They were promoting the circus that was in town over lunch time. I would have gone outside for a closer picture but it was ridiculously cold out, so I settled for an indoor shot. You get the idea.

Then on Saturday, I judged a horse show and drove down to Albia to continue the artic freeze in a treestand. Unfortunately, I didn't have any luck. I only seen a couple of does and didn't have a shot at those.

Jake, my cameraman for the weekend (stud muffin, I know). 
While in the tree one morning, I did something I've never seen live before... bobcats! I seen a mom and three of her cubs. That was a cool experience. Jake made a video blog of his weekend and at 3:00 into the blog, you see the video of them. (You can fast forward his talking to that part.)
Then early this week, little Joe had a big milestone... he rolled over! Jake's been out of town for the majority of the week, so I'm glad he was able to see it before he left. Last night, I tried getting a picture of him so I could send to Jake and the little booger is so good and fast at rolling over now, I barely had time to take his picture when he was on his belly. He's such a cute little stink.

Hopefully in the next few weeks, I have some better stories about hunting- more successful stories:). Wish me luck!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Chaps

One of the most fun parts about my position as the Iowa High School Rodeo Queen Coordinator is that I get to make some designing decisions. I'm looking at getting some new trophy chaps made for the queen. These chaps need to hold up to mud, dust and years of wear. 

After talking to Carey Veach today with Veach's Custom Leather Goods out of Ankeny, he gave me some great ideas and things to think about. 

Something I have to keep in mind, although it would be fun to get real creative and do some fun colors, these are chaps that are passed down to numerous queens. So, we need something that's versatile and that will go with a lot of outfits. 

It is actually hard to find just chaps pictures online for ideas, but I did come across a few that I like parts of. 
I thought hide-on chaps would be flashy and hopefully, a little different. I've been told that they wear the same as smooth leather would (as long as you're careful); however, they do cost a little more. The maker has to purchase an entire cowhide and there is quite a bit of waste- hence the rise in cost. I also really like the stars on this one.

I copied this one above becuase of the simplicity of the design and the  fact that it would go with a lot of outfits. The queen always carrys the American flag, so any variation of red,white and blue will look great. 

The last two pairs (and only pairs) of high school chaps have been a white base with red and blue accents. That's why I'm thinking about trying something different.

Although the cut of these chaps are really weird, I was looking only at the writing and the leather work. A good piece of advice I was given about metallic leather though, is that does not wear well. Metallics rub off. So, if we could have metallic leather in some sections, that would be wiser.

I pasted this picture because of the blue leather. The more I look at it, the more I'm not a fan. What do you think?

So, I'm open to ideas. I can't get too crazy, because of the cost. However, if cost was not a factor- what would be your dream pair of chaps? Thanks for the help!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Big Party

November 24, 2012, is a big day for our family. That day will be my parent's 50th wedding anniversary as well as Jake and myself's 5th anniversary. That day is going to be a bash. My parents are planning on a party and us kids get to plan it or help plan it:). My mom got the location, food  and one of the bands (yes, there will be two bands) set up. Now us kids to help with the fun part.. the decorations! I'm all about this.

My sister Tammy has the burlap covered. I think we're going to twist them on the tables and just get crazy with it. I plan to make sure we have a lot of white lights to put up everywhere (including lots on the ceiling). For the tables, I want to do different things. My mom bought a bunch of red handkerchiefs. I think putting those on the tables flat would be good and then tying some on jars/vases, etc. would also be a nice variation.

I was also looking in Pinterest and found a couple of ideas. Here in the next couple of weeks when Jake, little Joe and I go down to Albia, I plan to gather lots of sticks and get wild.

I'm not saying I'm planning on any of the above. They're just creative starters.
I just bought some mason jars on Amazon too. Do you guys purchase things from Amazon often? I forget about that website sometimes. The jars were cheaper here than at Walmart and they had free shipping to my house. You can't beat that!

I'm always open to ideas, so if anybody has seen anything cool, western/rustic, let me know! I'll keep you posted on what we come up with!

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