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Friday, December 28, 2012

Dragonflies Have Human-like 'Selective Attention'

I've always been a little obsessed with dragonflies.  They are so beautiful and their flight and hunting skills are so mesmerizing that this article really interested me.  You might find it interesting, too.  Here's an excerpt:

"Dec. 20, 2012 — In a discovery that may prove important for cognitive science, our understanding of nature and applications for robot vision, researchers at the University of Adelaide have found evidence that the dragonfly is capable of higher-level thought processes when hunting its prey."

Photo by Marc50 on Flickr 

 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Kitty Update

Olive has calmed down a lot and only hides when she wants to sleep during the day.  Otherwise, she is a very talkative little cat who seems to need almost constant reassurance that we've not forgotten about her and that we're here for her.  She has started investigating us and getting really close to us so that she can sniff our scents.

My husband got her a cat toy that looks like a mouse/bird (mouse with feathers instead of a tail) that dangles from a wand.  I got her started playing with it yesterday evening and she she continued to play long after I had stopped.  All in all, she played for about three hours and also enjoyed her catnip scratcher.

Like most cats, she figured out the litter pan with only a bit of coaxing.  She watched me dig in the litter pan and then immediately hopped in.  Cats are so easy!  I guess it's to make up for how difficult it can be to house train some dog breeds.

We're so relieved that we managed to get her indoors when we did because I believe that she is going into her first (and last!) estrus.  As the night progressed, her meows morphed into something that seemed more like "I'm in heat" meows.  She's definitely not ready for us to pick her up and put her in a carrier so a kitty sedative will be necessary.  I'll be calling the vet to make all the plans for her to be spayed.  Had we not gotten her indoors, there would have been yet another litter of kittens running around the neighborhood, homeless.

Edit to add:  http://libellulajewelry.blogspot.com/2013/01/mistaken-identity.html


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Boxing Day!

I'm offering free shipping on jewelry orders (US & Canada) today for Boxing Day.  Either convo me before placing your purchase so that I can set up a reserved listing with free shipping or I'll refund your shipping through Paypal--whichever is more convenient for you.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Kitty Is Indoors!

The little feral tuxedo kitty is now safely indoors!  It's been an almost three month effort to gain her trust enough that we could get her inside long enough to close the door.  She freaked out a little bit initially but then found herself a hiding spot.  There's been no meowing and no aggressive behavior at all.  She's a timid little thing so she is currently hiding but there is food, water, litter, a corrugated cardboard scratching pad, toys, and catnip waiting for her upon her emergence.  Her name is Olive Marie (Marie was added because she came indoors on Christmas eve).  I'll post photos as soon as I can take some without scaring her.  Until then, I'll leave you with a description.  She's around 7 months old, a short haired tuxedo, and has large, expressive green eyes.  Her whiskers are glossy snow white, long, and numerous.  Her markings are roughly symmetrical and it looks like she is wearing white go-go boots and short gloves.  Her appetite is enormous and I can tell that she is going to be a larger framed cat.

I can finally rest knowing that she is safe and that there is one fewer homeless kitty.

Edit to add:  http://libellulajewelry.blogspot.com/2013/01/mistaken-identity.html

Monday, December 24, 2012

Cajun Night Before Christmas

How about a little regional twist on the classic Night Before Christmas?


Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Quiet Day

Papa Noel

Today's been quiet and fairly peaceful--but not entirely.  A big male, smokey gray cat decided to chase away the little female tuxedo cat (Olive) that we are trying to tame into a house cat.  My husband chased him away because he is aggressive and we can't let him think that he can continue to threaten her.  Olive is getting a bit braver each day so, our resolve grows stronger.  I am determined to save this kitty!

My husband is making me a small, square red oak table (just 2' x 2') that I can take outside when I want to saw or hammer in natural light.  This will help with metal dust and give me a portable table that I can take to shows.  I'll post photos when it's finished.

I've had a last minute shopper today.  We figured out a way to deal with the item not arriving in time for Christmas delivery by creating a "digital gift" to be printed and included in a card.  I think it's great that we have modern options like that.

I hope everyone is getting to spend time with their families and friends.  I'm enjoying baking and cooking a few favorites that we don't eat but once or twice a year.  I'll be cooking the remainder of the evening so that we can have our special meals on Christmas eve rather than on Christmas.  Our Christmas forecast is severe thunderstorms with the threat of tornadoes which doesn't really sound like a day to be in the kitchen.  I'd rather have our festivities a day early.  I hope my readers enjoy better weather than we're likely to endure!

Hold close those that you love and spread a wish for peace!

Friday, December 21, 2012

It's The End of the World As We Know It (Not!)

O.k.  The day is young but I think it's fair to say that the world has not ended and won't be ending today.  So, let's get on with making gifts for those we love, baking and cooking real food, feeding stray kitties (wish me luck in taming the little tuxedo into an indoor house cat!), and trying to make life better for those around us.

There are enough horrible things really happening in this world for us to bother worrying about what may or may not have been a Mayan prediction.  Go hug someone you love!  Just imagine what the world could be like if we all chose to make today the day that we commit to bettering the world and, in fact, make this the end of the world as we know it and rid the world of so much hate, hunger, and ugliness.  2013 has the potential to be a good year...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Baking

I'm starting my holiday baking and wanted to share some of my favorite recipes.  All of the links below will take you to the recipes on the original websites or one of my Pinterest boards where I have pinned the uploaded recipes.

Cranberry-Pumpkin Rolls

King Arthur Flour Pumpkin Cake Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

cranberry upside down pumpkin cake
Cranberry Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

apple cake
Apple Cake
(also excellent made with toasted walnuts--English or black)

sweet potato pecan muffins
Sweet Potato Pecan Muffins
These are great for breakfast or a healthy snack

Lemon Sticky Buns
Lemon Sticky Buns
Meyer lemons are in season!

Meyer Lemon Pound Cake
Meyer Lemon Pound Cake
Not going to lie to you--this one's naughty! 
(I prefer to use a combination of sour cream & whole milk instead of buttermilk)

King Arthur Flour Favorite Fudge Cake
Favorite Fudge Cake
Naughty, again...
(I prefer to use Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk or regular yogurt)
This recipe is great because you can bake it in a bake & give foil pan, it travels well, and is a hit at parties.

chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies
Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
(It's a great recipe as-is but I like to use high quality organic chocolate chips--around 4 oz. or so and I also squeeze the ginger juice from the pulp.  The ginger pulp is a bit stringy.)
Just a heads up for next year:  These cookies ship extremely well.  I wrap them individually and none have ever arrived broken or stale.

I have other favorites that I bake every year but I keep those recipes a secret.  I'm not quite ready to give them out.  Do you have any recipes that are your private creations that you won't share with anyone else?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cute Holiday Cat Animation

Simon's Cat:  "Fowl Play" by Simon Tofield

Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday at the Piety Street Market

We had a great day at the Piety Street Market.  There were lots of shoppers and the weather was great--actually unseasonably warm.

Piety Street Market

We saw lots of friends:

Etched Bracelets By Hillary Albins, New Orleans LA
Beautiful Etched Bracelets by Hillary Albins 
 (former classmate at the New Orleans School of Metalsmithing)

There was great music:

Ingrid Lucia
Ingrid Lucia
(Thank you for lending me your sunglasses!)

Miss Sophie Lee and Margie Perez at Piety St Mkt
 Miss Sophie Lee & Margie Perez Choosing Their Next Song

 Lots of color:

Shoppers at Piety St Market
 Shoppers at the Start of the Market Day

Even the neighborhood is colorful:

Rise & Preserve NO Mural
Rise & Preserve NO

BP Oil Pelican Mural
A Statement Regarding BP and the Oil

Everyone seemed to be in a festive mood:

Bananas in Bloom and Vespa With Wreath
 Vespa with Holiday Wreath
(Note the Bananas are in Bloom!)

And it seemed to be very much the family affair:

Face Painting at Piety St Mkt
 Face Painting

I really enjoyed my Greek salad & hummus wrap.  The food was delicious:

Food Vendor at Piety St Market
Food Vendor's Tent

I stuck to my simple table set-up:

Libellula Jewelry and Cicada Silver Market Table Set-up
Children Seemed To Love the Mini-Stockings

Libellula Jewelry and Cicada Silver Market Table Set-up
A Few Men Snapped My QR Codes This Time
(I Ran Out of Business Cards!)

I hope to be at the January Piety Street Market on the 12th.  I'll keep you posted!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Piety Street Market

Piety St Market Poster

Come join me at the Piety Street Market in New Orleans on Saturday (tomorrow) from 11 am to 4 pm. The market is located at 612 Piety Street at the Old Ironworks in the Bywater.

There will be nearly 60 different vendors guaranteeing a huge variety of wares.  Come support independent artists, crafters, designers, and food vendors!  And, remember that buying handmade and finishing your holiday gift shopping at the market helps to support small businesses and helps to keep more money within the community.

See you there!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Domestic Shipping Deadlines

Late shoppers, please note that the cut-off dates for domestic mail service are fast approaching.  Even if a package is shipped before the cut-off date, I still can't guarantee that orders will be received by Christmas.  It's the nature of the beast so to speak because so many things can happen with the United States Postal Service.  I will do my best and hope that the USPS does, as well.

Domestic:
First Class Mail (December 20)
Priority Mail (December 21)
Express Mail (December 22)

Domestic orders $75+ will automatically be upgraded to Priority Mail at no extra charge.

International & Military:  We are past the cut-off dates and packages will not arrive in time for Christmas.

OCH Holiday Market and My Weekend

OCH Holiday Market at Zeitgeist Cntr

I was a bit underwhelmed by the OCH Holiday Market on Saturday.  I think that it has the potential to be a really good market but the indoor space is in serious need of better lighting.  Shoppers commented that they couldn't see vendors' items and that they couldn't discern colors.  Had I known ahead of time that the lighting would be so dim, I would have brought lights with me--very large, bright lights.

My other quibble is that so few friends even knew that the market exists.  I'm talking about people who are totally in-the-know about what's going on in New Orleans and they hadn't heard of the OCH Market!  I think that the market needs to be more aggressively promoted if they want to compete with older markets such as Freret or newer markets like Piety St.  I recognize that having a market in Central City makes it a tougher sell to some potential shoppers but it's an up and coming area that is definitely getting revitalized.  It's too bad that Café Reconcile isn't open on Saturdays because that might help bring more customers.  The market should partner with the café for promotional purposes.  I'm not going to give up on this market and may decide to try it again but for now, I plan to focus on markets that are more well-known and have more serious shoppers.


My husband took these photos just as the market was opening:

OCH Holiday Market

 OCH Holiday Market

 OCH Holiday Market

OCH Holiday Market
My table was next to Nyssa Lyon of Hourglass Productions
You should definitely check our her fabulous jewelry!

Libellula Jewelry & Cicada Silver at OCH Holiday Mrkt
A view of my table

Libellula Jewelry & Cicada Silver at OCH Holiday Mrkt
...and another
Don't you just love my earring display frame made by David Bergeron?

The Fat Falafel Truck at OCH Market
My husband got his lunch from the food truck outside

Falafel Platter from The Fat Falafel Truck NOLA
Just a little food porn:  The Falafel Platter

My lunch was from Tsai and I scarfed it down before he could take any photos.  Oops!
  • Olive Boule
  •  Spicy Mushroom Soup with Scallions and Curried Squash (could have been a lot spicier)
  •  Fresh Greens with Parsley-fried Black-eyed Peas and Cheese (feta)
  •  Mint Tea (seriously refreshing!)

Jimbino Vegan & the Cannibals
We listened to great klezmer music by Jimbino Vegan & the Cannibals
which was timely (first day of Hanukkah)

Project Create at OCH Holiday Market
Children having fun making holiday cards as part of Project Create

Sunday was a lot of fun because the friend that my husband and I were staying with had a porch party and Heidi of Ex Post Facto Jewelry and I were able to set up our tables for a little holiday sale, as well.  It was great getting to know her in-person and I have the feeling that our little show was only the first of what will be many!


And just for laughs, a new Simon's Cat animation:

'Icecapade' by Simon Tofield

Monday, December 3, 2012

Getting Ready For A Holiday Market

I've been interested in the OCH Art Market in New Orleans for quite some time.  The market was named for Oretha Castle Haley who was one of Louisiana's leading civil rights activists.  I finally decided to take the plunge and will be selling there this Saturday.  Each month, the market has a theme with this month being the holiday market.  I'm sure that came as no surprise!

OCH Market Themes For 2012

Holiday markets in New Orleans are typically very festive and colorful in an off-beat, quirky way so, I expect this to be no different.  I'll have an indoor table which should be comfortable considering the weather is currently forecast to be rather warm for this time of year with a high of 75°.  I really hope that the forecast changes because weather that warm doesn't seem very much like holiday market weather!

I'm tying up loose ends this week and also getting ready for the show--busy, busy!  In addition to my usual offerings, I'll also have some new items at lower price points in the hope that I can get some of those stocking stuffer dollars and impulse purchases. 

If you're in the New Orleans area on Saturday, please drop by; I'd love to meet you.  Market hours are from 10 am to 3 pm and because this is recognized "Cultural Products District", there is no sales tax on original art!

Here's more info about this month's market:  http://eepurl.com/sd2Fb



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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Hurricane Season Is Over!

November 30th marked the end of the Atlantic hurricane season.  I think we can all agree that we're relieved that it is over!  Isaac's destruction in parts of Florida and rampage in Mississippi and Louisiana were more than enough to deal with in one season--but mother nature wasn't yet finished.  Superstorm Sandy forever changed the coastal communities of New Jersey and New York while causing widespread power outages throughout the Eastern Seaboard.  Those who experienced the extreme flooding and wind & surge damage will be dealing with FEMA, insurance companies, and red tape for the foreseeable future in their rebuilding attempts.  Let us all hope that they are treated better than those who have endured the same with previous storms.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

November Earrings Giveaway Winner


Congratulations to Jó who won my etched copper earrings in the November giveaway!  I'll contact you soon.  Thanks so much for following my blog.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Interesting Post On One Of The Most Interesting Blogs

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I loathe politics but the newest post on one of my favorite blogs is just too interesting for me to not share it with my my readers.

"Meet Jon Gnarr, mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland’s largest (and coolest) city."

http://www.messynessychic.com/2012/11/28/meet-the-coolest-mayor-in-the-world/

Enjoy!

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Lot To Consider

I am growing more and more disenchanted with Etsy by the day.  Their most recent failure to even place simple Black Friday and Cyber Monday banners on the Etsy front page along with their lame statements attempting to explain their reasoning have really proven that they are not only incompetent but are, in fact, sadistic.  I have begun to believe that they are sitting around having a really good laugh at sellers' expense.  They knew from the beginning that they had no intention of advertising or promoting Black Friday or Cyber Monday, yet they have been urging everyone to prepare for the big days.  This ended up being nothing more than an exercise in futility that allowed a group of 20-somethings to enjoy seeing how high they could make sellers jump.

Via Marie Kelly:
"We won't be running a front page banner for Cyber Monday. Our Team made the decision to run promotions, off Etsy, for Cyber Monday as a way to bring new and existing shoppers to the site. For example, we're highlighting the sale in our newsletters, social media, and online ads. For those of you who have tagged your items in anticipation for "Cyber Monday", those items will have the potential to display in related search engine results such as Google."

and

"Jumping back in to say, thank you all for feedback. We realize, in anticipation, for large shopping days such as Cyber Monday that we need to provide better tools for site-wide sales and enhanced ways to promote them. This is something we hope to work on in the new year."

 Let's get a few things straight:
  • It's a lot of work to change our listings.  Some of us did it by hand because we've heard about how some of the third-party applications that can do it for us have crashed badly and even deleted listings.  The time spent re-tagging could have been better spent designing and creating new items for our shops.
  • I do not know a single person who has seen an Etsy ad anywhere on the internet.
  • They have made very few posts to Facebook or on Twitter and those would only reach people who already follow Etsy rather than drawing new customers
  • Tagging items does not make those items show up in Google searches.  Google only "reads" the titles and descriptions--not the tags.  The tags were for Etsy and Etsy alone.  But if there is no banner to alert potential customers that they need to add the words "black friday etsy" or "cyber monday etsy" to a search, they aren't going to know to do it!  The last time I checked, most of our customers were not professing to be mind readers.
  • Etsy says that providing enhanced ways to promote site-wide sales is something that they "hope to work on in the new year".  That is a euphemistic way of saying, "We might consider working on it when we're finished screwing with the code, crashing the site, awarding three armed sweaters, promoting our hand-picked, chosen few (free of charge), blindly ignoring resellers, and continuing to promote the asinine moustache trend."
And, as a side note, I'd like to enlighten the Etsy cheerleaders in the forum.   Just because you like to assume that other sellers have not properly tagged their items, promoted off-site, etc. doesn't make it so.  I invite anyone to check my Twitter and Pinterest accounts lest they think I've been expecting Etsy to bring me customers.  I have been promoting my shops and those of my friends for close to three straight months in anticipation of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season.  I also have ads on a popular website and another blog and posted items to Craftori and the Handmadeology Market.  I've done my part and it's Etsy's job to do simple things like display banners on the biggest shopping days of the year!

Like many, it is my goal to have my own website where I can sell my jewelry.  Many of you probably reach this blog through http://libellulajewelry.blogspot.com but both of my domain names have redirected to this blog from day one.  http://libellulajewelry.com  and   http://cicadasilver.com.  Please keep that in mind.  I intend to eventually redirect my domain names to a single selling site and let my blog remain here under the blogspot address.

I'm not sure how quickly any of this will occur but it is my goal and Etsy's newest antics have definitely brought it to the foreground.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Free Shipping Continues Through Monday

                   Cyber Monday:
  • I'm offering free shipping in my Etsy shops on all jewelry purchases shipping to the United States & Canada.  (No code necessary)
  • I'm also offering discounted shipping to all other international destinations.  Please convo me and I'll set up a reserve listing that gives you a comparable discount on your shipping.

and 
Cicada Silver


Etsy hasn't been posting banners on the front page to remind shoppers of the promotions so it's easy to forget. 

Click box to go to the thread on the forum

Thanks, Etsy for doing such a poor job--as usual.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Big Thank You...

I'd like to thank Rita of Toltec Jewels For Jewel School Friends for creating the Window Shop Blog Hop that I participated in a couple of weeks ago.  It was a great chance to discover some shops that I had previously never visited and to help promote independent artists, designers, and crafters--especially during this holiday season.  After this year's Black Friday violence, it has become even more obvious how important it is that we support small businesses rather than the big box stores.

Along with the opportunity to promote all the participating shops, we also had the chance to win some wonderful prizes provided by Cindy Lichfield McConkey and Barbara Carleton of Bejeweled Software.

Barbara created the

Jewelry Designer Manager (Tm) Software
Jewelry Designer Manager (Tm) Pricing Jewelry Made Easy Software

which will "accurately cost and price jewelry, organize components and venders, track and manage customers, organize tax information, and create catalogs".

Cindy invented the 

Cloud Dome Earring Stand
 Cloud Dome Earring Stand 

which works in concert with the Cloud Dome or a tripod and camera.  This is an especially useful tool for those of us (like me!) who love to make and sell long, dangly earrings.

The Nimbus Dome
 Nimbus Photography Dome (designed for use with smart phones)

Here's the video that they made during their Kickstarter campaign which shows how easy it is to use The Nimbus Dome:


and the

The Cloud Dome 

Her photography aids help produce evenly lit, glare-free photos of jewelry with ease.

I was quite lucky and won a Cloud Dome Earring Stand!  Thank you ladies!  I look forward to trying it and appreciate your sponsoring such a great blog hop.  I feel like Christmas came early at my house.

New Items Listed

                  Free Shipping (US & Canada) 
Continues in Both Shops Through Cyber Monday!
Newly Listed:

Owyhee Jasper Pendant Necklace
Bezel Set Owyhee Jasper Pendant Necklace

Lampwork Bead with Etched Copper Bead Caps
 Ivory & Tan Lampwork Bead with Etched Copper Bead Caps on Brass Chain

necklace by Libellula Jewelry
 Green, Teal, Yellow, & Tan Lampwork Glass Bead with Etched Copper Bead Caps on Brass Chain

Several more new necklaces are in the shop, as well...


Friday, November 23, 2012

A Bit of Humor To Start The Gift Giving Season!

Simon's Cat in "Sticky Tape" 
by Simon Tofield 


Black Friday through Cyber Monday:
  • I'm offering free shipping in my Etsy shops on all jewelry purchases shipping to the United States & Canada.  (No code necessary)
  • I'm also offering discounted shipping to all other international destinations.  Please convo me and I'll set up a reserve listing that gives you a comparable discount on your shipping.

and 
Cicada Silver

Update:
Etsy really dropped the ball on the Black Friday sales promotion.  They promoted it in their emails (to people who would already be "in the know") but there is NO mention of it on the Etsy home page--no banner--nothing! 

how to search blk Fri & Cyber Mon deals on Etsy


And remember that time is running out to enter to win a pair of my etched copper earrings with sterling silver ear wires.
etched copper earrrings by Libellula Jewelry

Enter here:
http://libellulajewelry.blogspot.com/2012/11/earrings-giveaway.html 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, & Cyber Monday!

Happy Thanksgiving
to my readers in the United States!

harvest cornucopia
Photo by George Grimm Howell

May your day be enjoyed with a thankful heart!
I hope your holiday weekend is filled with wonderful moments spent with your families and friends, delicious home-cooked foods, and interesting conversation.  


Black Friday Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday!
I'll be offering free shipping in my Etsy shops on all jewelry purchases being shipped to the United States & Canada.  (No code necessary)
Other international customers, please convo me and I'll set up a reserve listing that gives you a discount on your shipping.

and 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pet Safety During The Holiday Season


  • Stress is often associated with the holiday season and pets feel it, too.  That is one of the reasons that it is best to avoid giving pets as gifts during the holidays.  But, it is equally as important that we protect the pets we already have from the stress of parties and unfamiliar guests.  They will behave better when they are not stressed and keeping them in a different part of the house away from the action is a good start.

scared cat hiding under furniture

  • Candles & open flames are a danger because they can easily catch a pet's fur on fire.  This is more common with cats catching their tails on fire.  Either safely secure your pets in another part of the house or use battery candles--many of which look very realistic when "lit".  Another bonus is that battery candles won't bother anyone who is sensitive to candle smoke or scented candles.

    battery operated candles
    • Candy dishes filled with chocolate containing theobromine and diabetic candies sweetened with Xylitol pose a risk because both theobromine and Xylitol are toxic to pets.  Even relatively small amounts can kill or seriously sicken pets.

    dreidel candy dish filled with candy


    • Christmas trees must be securely anchored as cats often climb them causing them to tip over.  Real trees often have chemicals added to their water reservoirs to extend tree freshness.  Be sure to cover the reservoir so that pets will not drink the water.  Most artificial trees are made from PVC which is a type of plastic.  Most rabbits and occasionally, cats and dogs like to chew the tree branches so, be aware and prepared to keep your pets out of that room for the holiday season if they exhibit any signs that they are going to chew the tree.  The pieces can cause digestive upset or blockages along the digestive tract requiring surgery or causing death.

    cat in Christmas tree

    • Tinsel and icicles are problematic for the same reasons as artificial trees.  If you have cats, I strongly urge you to avoid decorating your tree with icicles and tinsel altogether.  It's too tempting for cats and it can kill them. 

     Photo:  John Vargas

    • Christmas tree lights aren't nearly as dangerous as they used to be with the old, larger, more breakable bulbs but the cords are still an issue.  Be sure to safely secure excess cord within cord keepers to discourage pets from chewing them.  They can get shocked or electrocuted.  In addition, a partially chewed cord can overheat and cause a house fire. 

    CritterCord bitter cord protector

      • Glass ornaments are sparkly, shiny, and fragile.  More importantly, cats can't resist batting them around and occasionally off the tree.  If you must use glass ornaments, please hang them out of pets' reach to lessen the chance that they will be a temptation and get broken injuring little paws. 

      Waterford Christmas ornaments

        • Eggnog is very tempting to dogs.  Be cautious about cups of eggnog and other drinks during parties.  It only takes Fido a few seconds to lap up an entire drink.  Other dogs are even drawn to straight hard liquor.  My family once had a dog who would try as hard as she could to get bourbon.  Beer is obviously something that you need to watch because most dogs love it. Tipsy pets are not cute.  They can die from ingesting alcohol.

        eggnog with sugar cookie

          • The door is a danger because we are generally more social during the holiday season and have more guests and parties.  With that many people going in and out, pets are more likely to slip out unnoticed.  It's best to keep pets safely secured in another part of the house during parties.  They'll be safe, you'll have your peace of mind, and guests who might be allergic or nervous around animals will be more comfortable.  In addition, it is always advisable to have identification and contact information on your pets' collars even if your pets have been microchipped.

          open front door


            mistletoe


            • Ribbons, strings, and cords look like toys to cats and they will play with them and chew them.  Some cats are more prone than others to ingesting strings.  Siamese cats or cats who are known to have pica are the frequent offenders but all cats tend to exhibit that behavior at times.  Please keep anything that resembles a string away from cats because they can entangle the digestive organs and require surgery or cause death.  It's better to be safe than sorry.
            cat with string clip art clker.com
              • Overindulgence is always an issue with pets but guests may not realize how many yummies Fluffy has had that day and by the end of the night she might be waddling around full of kibble and an array of whatever you served during your party.  If your pets are out and about during a get-together, please advise guests to not feed them--no matter how much they may beg. 

                • Bones from ribs, chicken, etc. are a choking hazard so be sure to secure all garbage can lids so that your pets won't have access.
                dogs lying next to lidded trash cans

                May you and your family--including your pets have a safe & joyous holiday season!