Best Shot Monday: Meet Ruby


Meet Ruby. She's currently in foster with Tallahassee's Big Dog Rescue (as their saying goes, they also rescue "dogs who think they are big). My girls fell in love with sweet little Ruby. We had a long day photographing dogs for Big Dog Rescue on Saturday, and Ruby was about in the middle of our day. This was a first for me. Though I've been photographing shelter and rescue dogs for four years now, Ruby is the first blind dog I've photographed. I've photographed several deaf dogs, but Ruby was a first in the blind category. Our challenge here was in allowing Ruby to walk around a bit in a very unfamiliar place, making sure to keep her safe and far away from the parking lot roadway. Once she started feeling comfortable, she had quite the little pep in her skippy little steps!


Ruby is estimated to be 10-12 years old, and the old gal's been through quite an ordeal. You can read her full story here on Big Dog Rescue's website. I'll admit, I'm usually a true "big dog" kind of girl. I grew up with Dachshunds, but when I met my husband and his two big Labs, I was immediately smitten with that big dog love. But sweet little Ruby won me over. Even though this was the first time she met us, she was perfectly happy to crawl up in each of our laps and sit a spell. Ruby is available for adoption through Big Dog Rescue.

Free Bling Friday is Back!

aqua jewels

I decided it's time to bring back Free Bling Friday! For those of you who haven't been following the blog long enough to know what Free Bling Friday is, welcome! I'll be giving away one little piece of bling the first Friday of the month. These little beauties are gorgeous aqua glass briolettes wrapped with sterling silver wire, topped with twisted sterling rings and lt. Colorado topaz Swarovski crystals, all hung on sterling silver french wires.

To get your name in the hat, leave me your first name, city and state, and a way to contact you in comments below no later than midnight ET Thursday, May 5. I'll pick a winner using on the first Friday of next month, Friday, May 6. Open to U.S residents only. New to commenting on Blogger?  At the very bottom of this post, under the "You Might Also Like" section, you'll see a post date (4/08/2016) and "comments" in hot pink. Click on the "comments" and a comment box will open.

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Working on Some New Things...

Photo locket pendant 
I've been incorporating my photography into simple pendants for a while now, but I've always loved lockets and found these fun little locket findings to which I could add a photo to the outside. They open so that you can add your own photos to the inside. The photo on this one is this photo.  Shooting glass pieces is always a challenge because you invariably get a window reflection in the glass.  So there you have it, my home office window!

These are brass so they are a departure from my usual sterling silver work, but I really like them. Fun to change things up every now and then. I have quite a few I need to photograph and list on my website, and I'm working on a big website update soon. I'm also planning to bring back Free Bling Friday this Friday, so be sure to check back in Friday! Have a great week!