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Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money…

This is important, folks. It’s convention season. We want to foster a safe, inclusive, diverse environment. Wear the ribbon and help make that happen.

Backup Ribbon Project

OK, so maybe not the lawyers or the guns, unless the lawyer happens to be this guy:

But money? As the Beatles say, that’s what we want. Due to an attack of Professional Real Life (which also requires money, as such things oft go when one is self-employed), funds for Backup Ribbon Project have gotten severely depleted, to the point where there hasn’t even been any available for postage to mail out ribbons or buttons. 

But we here at Backup Ribbon Project are a resourceful sneaky bunch and remembered “Hey, wait a minute! Don’t we have some sort of fundraiser somesuch doohicky thingamobobby or another going on?” (yes, those are technical SEO terms, so y’all in the peanut gallery can just shut yer pieholes)

A frantic (and somewhat horrifying) search back through our browser history ensued. Followed shortly thereafter by deleting that website about miniature goats wearing Cuban-heeled boots that…

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K is for Archibald Knox (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

by Lillian Csernica on April 13, 2017


From Wikipedia:

Knox’s hundreds of designs for Liberty‘s made his style widely known,[8] (though not his name, as Liberty’s kept their designers anonymous) as did his watercolours, graphic designs and fonts. His design talent covered a wide range of objects, ornamental and utilitarian, and included silver and pewter tea sets, jewellery, inkwells, boxes, gravestones and even bank cheques,[9] much for Liberty’s Tudric (pewter) and Cymric (precious metals) ranges. The gravestone of Liberty’s founder, Arthur Lasenby Liberty, was designed by Knox.


Composed of platinum, gold, diamond, enamel, and opal. In this pendant for Liberty & Co., Knox used opal mosaic to depict a painterly scene of a boat outlined by a fiery sunset on London’s River Thames.


Collection of silver buckles. Cymric, circa 1901-1911.



White gold, platinum, fire opal, and diamond.


Gold and opal brooch by Archibald Knox for Liberty & Co. The oval stone within a whiplash mount.


Pendant, gold, silver, peridot, pearl, and diamond.


Art Nouveau design copper humidor by Archibald Knox.


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J is for Jugendstil (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

by Lillian Csernica on April 12, 2017


From Macklowe Gallery:

Sometime synonymous with the term Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, meaning “Youth Style” in German, got its name from the magazine Jugend that first promoted the style. In the early 20th century the term only applied to two-dimensional examples in the graphic arts, later expanding to incorporate a broader range of the arts from architecture to decorative arts. Drawing from traditional German printmaking, the style uses precise and hard edges, an element that was rather different from the naturalistic style of the time.


Jugendstil pendant, silver, enamel, and amethyst. Carl Hermann, Germany, circa 1900.


Bird brooch, gilded silver, plique-a-jour enamel, pearl. German, circa 1900.


Pendant necklace with tourmaline, gold, silver, and green enamel.


Silver, plique-a-jour enamel, and dyed green chalcedony. Theodor Fahrmer.


Jugendstil chatelaine, silver, enamel, and chalcedony. Germany, circa 1900.


The pendant features a bell flower carved from ox bone with rubies set above it and marcasite stones set into the leaves.
The surround is German silver marked for 900 purity
with the makers mark AM which is Adolf Mayer and the mark
‘Original Handarbeit’.


Fish pendant. Gilded silver, garnet, chalcedony. Eduard Schopflich.


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I is for Insect (Art Nouveau – #AtoZChallenge)

by Lillian Csernica on April 11, 2017



A butterfly with a cushion-cut aquamarine and cabochon opal body, extending blue and green plique-a-jour enamel wings, enhanced by cabochon rubies and calibre-cut emeralds, accented by a collet-set diamond and gold wirework detail, mounted in gold. Boucheron, 1900.


Bentley & Skinner

A Victorian moonstone and diamond beetle brooch, the body of the beetle brooch set with cabochon-cut moonstones, the head and central streak of the body set with old brilliant-cut diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of 0.6 carats, with cabochon-cut ruby eyes, all set to a yellow gold back and sword with pearl set to the handle. Circa 1890.



An Art Nouuveau gold, enamel, and opal scarf clip. Georges Fouquet, 1900s. Centering on an opal cicada set between open work enamel ivy leaves.


Sprigs of mistletoe set with circular and rose-cut diamonds, highlighted with pearls, to a central knife edge work web with a spider, its head a circular-cut diamond and its abdomen a similarly cut diamond of brown tint.

If you like spider jewelry (shudder!), you might enjoy this.


Brooch with stylized bees. Natural pearls, green enamel, and 18k gold.


V and A Collections

Gold and enamel brooch in the shape of a flower and a hornet, made by Georges Fouquet and designed by Charles Desrosiers. Paris, France, 1901.



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Blogging from A to Z: H is for Humane Society

Please consider buying a copy of Sharon’s memoir. It’s a great read for lovers of cats, dogs, and all animals. You’ll be supporting a great writer and helping more animals in need.

Sharon E. Cathcart

hIf you’ve known me for any length of time at all, you will soon hear about my passion for animal rescue and humane education.  I was always the one bringing home a stray cat or wanting to adopt a puppy from the box outside the grocery store, as a kid (I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, in a rural part of Oregon … that was a common sight at the time).

I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up, so that I could help animals.  Unfortunately, that dream got put on the shelf.  While my language skills were in the tippy-top percentile, my math skills were not.  It was not until adulthood that I learned I had dyscalculia.  Anyway, those math grades were enough to keep me out of veterinary school, so I put that dream on a high shelf.

IllustrationCut forward to many years…

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Art Nouveau Jewelry

This is a brilliant overview of how Art Nouveau arose from the cultural and political forces at the turn of the 20th Century. In just a few days the A to Z Blog Challenge kicks off. Many thanks to Fay Cullen for such a fascinating post!

Fay Cullen

FCI would like to recognize and give special thanks to Veronique Brunner for her generous contributions to this fascinating article.

Literally translated as �new art�, the Art Nouveau influence spanned roughly thirty years, from 1890 to 1919, shocking the Victorians and Edwardians in forms of diverted self expressionism. Greatly influencing Western architecture, textiles, metalwork and interior design, this period was fanciful, sensual, playful and sensitive in its use of feminine flowing curvilinear lines and exquisite depiction of the female form.

While seemingly shameless and unimportant to the Victorians and excessively emotional to the Edwardians, its appeal was to a new generation excited to celebrate the non-conformist style of the day fed by environmental and social pressures. Such pressures included finding a style suitable for the industrial age, as opposed to applying past styles to contemporary works such as the academically trained architects of the �Parisian Ecole des Beaux-Arts� were doing.

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5 Favorite Guides to Get Writing Again

by Lillian Csernica on February 28, 2017


Writing is hard. We all know that. Some days we get sidetracked by avoidance behavior. Some days we procrastinate out of laziness or confusion about the story. Some days we’re just plain stuck.

Today I’m having one of those days. Here I sit, working on a blog post, when I’d meant to be making progress on my latest short story. Well, at least it’s productive avoidance behavior, right?

In the spirit of solidarity with my fellow struggling writers, I offer this list full of tips, information, and excellent methods to restart the writing engines. Enjoy!

Four Ways to Rediscover Your Passion for Writing

Nailing Scene Structure

100 Prompts for Writing about Yourself

Stop Putting Off Writing: 9 Experts’ Solutions

End Writing Procrastination Now





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Good Things Happen to Those Who Hustle—Getting PAID to Write

There are a lot of other venues that need writers so when we free up what we think of when we hear “writer” that is going to give us a major advantage.

Source: Good Things Happen to Those Who Hustle—Getting PAID to Write


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My children have autism: I need therapy more than they do.

Once again Faithmummy has put into words some of the aspects of being a special needs parent which are the hardest to describe. Well done.


I remember the very first day I admitted to myself that my children were struggling. They were both 18 months old and neither of them were walking. One never gave eye contact not did he interact much and he had no language. The other could not crawl or roll or even pull herself up. Both relied on routine for everything!

I remember one Friday late afternoon making a call to my health visitor and leaving a tearful message on his answer phone.
Looking back that afternoon epitomises the entire point of this blog. Here was I in tears worried about my children while they were happy sitting on the couch watching TV.

They were happy…it was me who was sad.

As time went on and appointments started piling up for them both it became quickly apparent that I needed to do every bit as much as my children. Occupational therapists…

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Caring for the Caregiver: Preventing Burnout

This advice is always worth repeating. It really is OK to put your own needs first when that means keeping yourself healthy and stable!

All About Autism

I often write posts that are focused on the best ways to provide care for children and adults with disabilities. But what about the caregivers themselves? There are many of us out there, whether we are a parent, a family member, a teacher, a direct service professional, or a medical professional. caregiverOf course, although we bring an abundance of love and care with us to this “job,” I think few would disagree that being a caregiver is also a challenging job. Each of us has experienced “burnout,” a time when the emotions associated with caregiving surface and cause a person to become overwhelmed, or worse.

I believe it’s important to remember that, good or bad, these feelings are not only allowed but valid and important. We all experience them at some time. I recently learned that moms of children with autism had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol…

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