Friday, September 21, 2012

Country Living Fair Columbus 2012

One word: AMAZING.  I really can't say much more right now...still letting it soak in. Here's a peek at bel monili's booth:

bel monili's booth on Day 1

vintage rhinestone necklaces

bel monili's booth display

bel monili bracelets

bracelets and necklaces and keychains!

bel monili French enameled tags and upcycled vintage necklaces

bel monili bracelets and collage necklaces

lots of upcycled vintage goodness!

bel monili treasures

vintage miner's tag necklaces and collage belt buckles

bel monili signature bobby pins

fairy dust...sprinkle on some magic

leather cuff bracelets with vintage components

bel monili booth; flowers and upcycled vintage necklaces

we were SO thrilled to be there!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

NOCC Walk 2012

photo taken by the I Made It Market, balloons by Airheads Balloon Art
What an AMAZING day. Today was the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Pittsburgh Chapter's 12th annual Walk to Break the Silence, and it was an unbelievable event as always. Thousands of people showed up in support of mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, friends, and all of the men and women whose lives have been affected by ovarian cancer.
my Bubbie
As many of you know, I lost my dear Bubbie to ovarian cancer in June 2011. She was my best friend, and the loss has been almost unbearable, but on days like today I know that she will always be with me. Bubbie always used to say that she was my "#1 fan", and it is the absolute truth.
the bel monili booth was busy from the moment the day started!
I had the opportunity yet again to set up my tent and sell my wares at this walk, with proceeds going to support the NOCC Pittsburgh Chapter. It brings great joy to my heart to see all of the amazing people who raise money for the cause, and I absolutely love hearing all of their inspiring stories.
bel monili items ready for sale!
On days like these, I am thankful that my artistic talents are able to help such a worthy cause. I thank everyone who visited me today, those who walked, and those who take the time each and every day to help to improve the lives of others.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Where's the Little Dog?

As you may or may not know, I am the lucky "mother" of a nearly 10-year old Boston Terrier named Diva. She and I have been together since the very beginning; Diva was born on December 14, 2002 and our "gotcha day" is February 4, 2003.
Diva (in her younger years)
Now, this may sound harsh, but I'm not a dog person. I don't go nuts over dogs in public, I don't post silly pictures of dogs on my Facebook page, and I surely don't own any shirts or personal accessories with pictures of  dogs on them. I am, however, MY dog person...meaning, I do go nuts over my own dog.

Diva weighs in at approximately 11 pounds, and is one of the true highlights of my life. One of the joys of having a small well-adjusted dog is that she can find comfort is most any area. Over the years, I have found myself chronicling her little hiding spaces in a series I'll call, "Where's the Little Dog?"
Where's the little dog?

Has anyone seen the little dog?

Where oh where has my little dog gone...

Oh where, oh where could she be?

Where's the little dog?

Oh, silly little dog
So friends, there is is: a peek into the more personal side of the life Diva and I live. Follow us on Facebook to keep up on where the little dog goes next!