Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Protecting our children

This is a blog post about a little girl I never knew, but whose story has affected me profoundly. I can't pinpoint the exact reason it has, I think it's a combination of several things.

This post, in part, is Somer's story. This post, in part, is an angry cry for justice for all murdered children everywhere.
One gorgeous last Oct. day, little 7 year old Somer Thompson was walking home from school with her twin brother and her older sister. It was reported in the news that there was a spat of some sort between the siblings and Somer ran off from the group. The others continued home. It was the last time little Somer was seen alive. Somehow, a predator got his hands on her in the few short blocks between where she left her siblings and her home. For two days the people of Orange Park, Fl. searched, prayed and held vigils for Somer. Her small body was found in a landfill about 25 miles from where I live. She had been abused and then thrown away. What kind of twisted person can do that?
There is a man who was picked up on child pornography charges that has been charged with Somer's murder. The police and investigators seemed to take their time to build the case, so maybe he is the guilty one and will pay for what he has done.
A few years ago, little 5 year old Christopher Barrios was going through the mobile home park where he lived and had been about a block from home visiting his grandmother. He was returning home when a family-a family mind you-dad, son and mom-of convicted sex offenders grabbed him. According to the news reports, he was tortured before he was killed. They put him in a trash bag and dumped him alongside the road where he was found several days later. The mom of the twisted family has gotten life without possibility of parole, while the other two have gotten the death penalty for their part in Christopher's death.
I am all for the death penalty in cases like this. If you do something like this to a defenseless child you should pay the ultimate price. Does it bring closure for the families? I doubt it. They can know that these monsters won't hurt anymore children ever again, but it won't replace the huge, gaping hole they will carry in their hearts forever.
We have to put a stop to this kind of crime against our children and we have to do it before there are more adorable faces on the news whose lives have been cut short way too soon. You can start by clicking on the link below and signing the petition for Somer's Law. This law is an amendment to Megan's Law. It will further increase the distance that convicted predators and child molesters can live in regards to schools and parks. (I will say that the man accused of Somer's murder had not ever been convicted of a crime related to a child.) Somer's Law will also change the issuing of an Amber Alert so it will take place within 30 mins. of a child going missing.
We need to lobby legislators for much tougher sentencing for people convicted of crimes against children. Personally, I resent my tax dollars being used to house these people and give them medical treatment that I can't afford, for the rest of their lives. I feel that if you abuse and kill a child under the age of 16, it should be an automatic death penalty. It's harsh, I know, and some will consider it cruel and unusual punishment, but what happens to our children when they are in the hands of these predators is also very cruel.
In closing this rather long winded post, I will tell you one of the reasons I am so passionate about this. In 1984, my 16 year old step daughter was murdered. Her body was found three weeks later in woods about a mile from where she was living with her mom. She and her mom had had an argument the night she disappeared, so the police considered her a runaway. Unless Karma has caught up with whoever killed her, that person is still walking the streets.
The killing of children has got to stop and it's up to us to stop it. If we don't protect our children, who will?
Please take a moment and sign the petition of Somer's Law.
If you are worried about getting spammed by this site, you won't. I signed this petition about a week ago and the only thing Ihave gotten from them is an email acknowledging my sign up.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lake Superior Agate Destash now happening

I'm getting rid of some of those Lake Superior Agates that were in the three pounds I recently acquired. I'm doing that in my Artfire Studio which you can find here

If I was born as a 5 year old master beader who didn't have to go to school ever, I might be able to bead all these nuggets by the time I hit 70. since that isn't happening, I'm getting rid of some of them. They are perfect for wire wrapping or setting in bezels.

Here are just a few pictures of some of the different lots I am destashing. If you are interested, keep checking back becaused I probably have at least a pound to sort and photograph and list. What is listed now is probably 1/4 of what I have.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jewelry by Sherry is the AFlessthan(10)sales guild

featured studio this week. is the link for this beautiful studio. Sherry is a retired military wife who started crafting while her husband was in the Canadian Navy. Sherry is located in Ontario, Canada.

Her shop is full of wonderful handmade jewelry. One of my favorites is this Turquoise and cloisonne necklace. It is beautiful!!!!!!!!!! The turquoise beads highlight the blue in the cloisonne perfectly.

I also love this copper Swarovski pearl and gold plated bead necklace. It has such a warm and inviting look to it.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The featured AF Shops With Less Than (10) Sales

this week is Kaotic Krafter .
Tina is the creator of the wonderful, upcycled goodies in this shop. She recycles old clothes as much as possible for her creations. Among the many creations you will find in her studio are crocheted hats, bags and purses, fabric and felted flowers, notebooks, journals and date books, cards and a section for Emma's Creatures. Emma's Creatures are designed by Tina's 4 year old daughter and are made and stuffed with recyled clothes and yarn. (They take custom orders for them, too.) Emma designs them and helps cut them out, then Tina sews them. Emma gets all the money from her creature sales.
Be sure and stop by and visit this "chaotic" studio. You will see some wonderful handmade items that you won't find any where else. To prove that, I will show you a couple of pictures.