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Etsy Christmas Season Sale!

October 19, 2009 Leave a comment

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Oh Hai!

I am having an artism sale over at my Etsy site – Rockshanks Repurposed Art Jewelry.  The details of the sale are as follows:

1st Item – Regular Price

2nd Item (of equal or lesser value) – 10% Off Regular Price

3rd Item (of equal or lesser value) – 20 % Off Regular Price

4th Item – Free Shipping on All Items (Within the United States only. $4.80 off all other shipping.)

All items must be purchased in the same transaction to qualify for sale prices. A refund will be made via PayPal for the difference in price.

If you are looking for some unique (if I do say so myself) gifts for Christmas, birthdays, or any other special occasion, please take a look.  I specialize in repurposed altered art jewelry, but I also offer bookmarks and key chains and a few things that men and boys might enjoy as stocking stuffers.  Here are some examples of the gifts you can find in my store.

Twilight Book Mark

Twilight Book Mark

Colorful Lego Brick Charm Bracelet

Colorful Lego Brick Charm Bracelet

Evel Knievel Lego Minifigure Key Chain Lanyard

Evel Knievel Lego Minifigure Key Chain Lanyard

Harry Potter Themed Overloaded Charm Bracelet

Harry Potter Themed Overloaded Charm Bracelet

Pewter Sourvenire Spoon Necklace

Pewter Sourvenire Spoon Necklace

New Moon Themed Overloaded Charm Bracelet

New Moon Themed Overloaded Charm Bracelet

Turn Your Favorite Books into a Custom Made Charm Bracelet

Turn Your Favorite Books into a Custom Made Charm Bracelet

This is just a small fraction of what my shop has to offer.  I am adding new stuff daily for the holiday season.  If anything you have seen interests you, please visit

Rockshanks Repurposed Art Jewelry

Mention that you saw my blog, and I will include something special with your order.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten and Rockshanks

LOLPotter and LOLTwilight

July 15, 2009 Leave a comment

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I know, I know.  Enough of the LOL stuff already.  This stuff just makes me smile a lot.  In this post Harry Potter and Twilight get the LOLCat treatment.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Some Books I am Obsessed With

June 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh Hai Again!

I thought I would share an obsession I have that has absolutely nothing to do with cute baby animals.  I am a voracious reader.  Below are a few of my favorite books or book series.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: One of the greatest kids book series of all time that was written for adults as well.  I have read the adventures of the boy wizard many times over.  I wish I had a fraction of the writing talent that J.K. Rowling does.  My favorite of the Harry Potter Books is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. My favorite character from the series is Serius Black.  What a great name.  What a great character.  What amazing writing.

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The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer: A quintessential guilty pleasure.  I don’t know why I like it, but I do.  Perhaps it is the hopeless romantic in me.  Mrs. Meyer really knows how to create a perfect couple and lots and lots of romantic tension.  Summer would be the great time to start reading this series.  You will go through withdrawal when you’re done.

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Rumpole of the Bailey by John Mortimer:  I first encountered Rumpole in his B.B.C. Television incarnation.  The books are even better than the series starring Leo McKern.  Rumpole is an irreverent barrister representing criminals and angering judges down at London’s criminal court the Old Bailey.  He is witty and well read and has a wife he calls “She Who Must Be Obeyed.”  These books are sweet and funny. I am sure you will really enjoy them.

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The Alienist by Caleb Carr: A mystery can’t go wrong when one of the main characters is Teddy Roosevelt.  This book, that is set in New York City, is about a doctor who is one of the first to study serial killers.  He uses his scientific knowledge to solve a series of grisly murders.  It is a might gory, but also captivating.  It will keep your interest from beginning to end.  The sequel, The Angel of Death, is not quite as good, but it is also a good read.

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Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Every mystery worth their salt loves Sherlock Holmes.  The Holmes stories were my first introduction to mysteries, and I still love these stories today.  What more can I say about a mystery classic.

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The Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs: I love mysteries, and I love tea.  This series of books combines both in a really fun way and includes recipes that are actually good (yes, I have tried some.)  Theodosia Browning, the proprietress of the Indigo Tea Shop solves mysteries in Charleston, SC.    Mrs. Childs also writes a scrap booking series that is fun.

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Howard’s End by E.M. Forster: When I was in college I went on an E.M. Forster kick after I read Howard’s End.  I think his use of language is just gorgeous.  He creates word pictures like no one else I have ever read.  The main characters in the book are the Schlegel sisters.  One impulsively marries a wealthy widow and the other gets involved in scandle.  It’s a great, classic story.

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The Penn Dutch Inn Mysteries by Tamar Myers: This is a totally silly series of books centered around the Penn Dutch inn.  The inn is run by Magdalena Yoder, a Mennonite, and attracts big time Hollywood stars.  Magdalena has an Amish cook, a flighty “Presbyterian” sister who keeps her tiny dog in her bra, and  Jewish doctor husband.  It is really hard to describe this series.  There is nothing serious about them, but they are great fun.  Tamar Myers also writes a fun antique series.

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Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams: This is the first in the Echo Falls mystery series.  It is a young adult series but does not talk down to the reader.  I am in the middle of this book right now, but I can already tell I will be reading the other two books in the series.  Ingrid Levin-Hill is the 13 year old slueth around which the stories revolve.   She is your typical teenager who plays soccer, loves acting in the local community theater, is involved in her first romance, and finds herself solving a local mystery.  It’s a good read for adults and kids alike.

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State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy:  Despite the title, this book is more serious than some of the mysteries I enjoy.  It takes place in the White House kitchen, and reveals some of the real life secrets of White House dining.  The mystery revolves around a peace conference and involves lots of intrigue.  A very good read.

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Well, I hope you find something you enjoy here.  As I think of them, I will post more books that I have enjoyed over the past years of my reading obsession.

Thank You For Your Consideration and Go Out There and Read,

The Graham Ten

This Just In Literary Crack Cocaine Has Been Discovered and It’s Name is Twilight

June 1, 2009 1 comment

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I finally decided I had to step up and face my addiction to the Twilight series of books.  Yes, my name is Erica, and I am an addict.  I have always devoured books.  As a kid I wasn’t picky about what I read.  I sampled from all over and loved it all.  On a summer day I could complete one or two books depending on their size and always come back for more.  As an adult I settled into a comfortable pattern of reading mystery novels.  I really love mystery novels because if a mystery is written very well there is a puzzle for you to solve as you are reading and that appeals to me.   It takes a lot to get me to step outside my mystery comfort zone.   It takes a really strong drug.

potterAs with many of you, the first time I encountered a literary drug was with the Harry Potter series of books.  J.K. Rowling’s writing, her magical use of words, the imaginative world she created, the epic fight of good and evil, all of it hooked me, and I was addicted.  I pre-ordered each book as soon as the release date was announced.  I waited with baited breath for the post-man on the designated delivery day (I wasn’t quite addicted enough to go to a midnight release party).  As soon as the book was out of the box,  I was reading, and reading, and reading.  Luckily I am a teacher and the Harry Potter books were generally released in the summer.  Ah, those wide open days in which I could feed my addiction.  But too soon the new book would be at an end.  What am I to do? Oh, read them over again of course.  I can’t tell you how many times I have read the series all the way through to feed my addiction.  It still makes me sad that the seventh book is the last.  There just has to be more Harry out there.   Please Ms. Rowling, give us some more. You are our drug dealer and we need some more.

It took quite a while for me to discover another series just as addictive, if not more so, as Harry Potter, but finally along came Twilight.

twilight2It all started innocently enough.  At first I was not at all interested in a young adult series of books about vampires. Then my sister in law said they were awesome, and she barely ever reads.  I wasn’t convinced yet.  When I went back to school, the books were everywhere.  All of the girls were reading it, not just the ones who enjoyed reading.  I was intrigued, but still holding my own.  Finally, the movie came out on video.  My nieces and I had a little slumber party and watched it.  Sure it was somewhat hokey, but the story drew me in.  I began to wonder what the book would be like.  Using the excuse that I wanted to make sure it was appropriate for my 12 year old niece, I bought a copy of Twilight and dug in.  This kind of drug does not pull you in slowly.  It slams into you and there is no more hope.  You will be reading all four books.  You just have no choice.  I am not sure why that is actually.  J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer have absolutely nothing in common.  Their writing styles are completely different but equally addicting.  Ms. Meyer’s seems to have a way of creating tention that keeps you reading.  You just have to know what will happen next.  And it is so romantic.  Haven’t we all dreamed of being in Bella’s shoes at some time in our lives?  The problem with all this in my mind is that I am not a 14 year old girl.  I am a 38 year old woman, and I am obsessed with Twilight.  What am I going to do when I reach the end of Breaking Dawn?  Read them again?  Listen to the audio books?  Scour Stephanie Meyer’s website for out takes and news about further books?  Is this normal?  Are there more adults like me out there?  Should I be ashamed of my addiction.  Or should I proclaim my love from the highest rooftop.  My theory about my addiction is that my social development was stunted in Junior High when I was kind of a nerd and an outcast.  I never was able to live out my own romantic fantasies, so now I am living vicariously through Bella and Edward.  That’s it I am seriously disturbed.  I need treatment.  No, what I need are more books.  Any suggestions?

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Twilight Loving Graham 10

Some New Artism

May 25, 2009 Leave a comment

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It has been a while since I posted any of my artism. I have been working really hard practicing my souldering skills lately and had a brainstorm to make charm bracelets with some of my favorite book covers as the charms. I started with, I am kind of ashamed to admit as I am 38 years old, the Twilight series. I then moved onto Harry Potter and some classics like Shakespeare and Jane Austen.  I really like these bracelets because they combine two of my obsessions, reading and artism.  My skills certainly are not perfect yet, but I am working on it.

Thank You For Your  Consideration,

The Graham 10

The Pet of the Month Club

April 24, 2009 Leave a comment

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I didn’t mean to leave Hero and Beatrice out last night, I just needed to find pictures of them.  Enjoy!

Beatrice as a Baby

Beatrice as a Baby

Beatrice Today!

Beatrice Today!

Bonus Crookshankstude

Bonus Crookshankstude

Hero My First Love!

Hero My First Love!

And One More Bonus!  Tinkerbell

And One More Bonus! Tinkerbell