The mail made me cry

Well, not the mail itself, but the package that came from Blurr did. I'm going to post pictures of me in my new and fantastic jewelry later, but I had to share this:

Blurr sent the most wonderful letter to my daughter with that stunning necklace inside. She loved it and demanded it be worn immediately. I was more than happy to oblige. Blurr? Tomorrow is picture day at school and she wanted to know if she could wear her new necklace. She hasn't taken it off since I opened the package.

I also wanted to share this picture just so all the parents that come by can share in my fears as she gets older. Seriously, could she be more beautiful? I think I'm going to go make sure my gun is loaded, just in case boys start getting ideas early.

Thank you, Blurr, for your unending kindness and your fountain of compassion. I could not be more proud to have the pieces that you created for me and my daughter. A lifetime of thank you's could never be enough.
Thank you.

Blog Day 2006

My darling friend Pavel told me about this, so I thought I should participate. The only problem? Listing only five is hard. But I think I've narrowed down the field and have a few for you to choose from.

1. Polly and the Mooch: politics abound! Polly is a lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi that I have known for about 10 years. His posts are very political and he has wonderful links to news from all over the world. Hearty Democrat, but a great read.

2. PostSecret: I'm sure this blog will be mentioned many times today. I'm not explaining it, you just have to go see for yourself.

3. Just My Thoughts: OH! How fun is this site. I found RedneckGirl through Pavel and I am now a frequent flyer. She has great posts about life and how she handles it. Very funny, insightful and really, just a great blog. Her posts make you feel like you're sitting there with her and that's always cool.

4. Robot-A-Day: Bigtime posts drawings, paintings, sketches and whatever else he can find of robots every day! He also has some fabulous pins, t-shirts and stickers. His robots always make me smile and he has an interesting twist at looking at the world through robot eyes. My fav? The robot that wants to be a werewolf, so he tapes sideburns on. Oh, yeah...

5. Random Thoughts...: I stumbled on this blog today and wow what a find. She is funny, I mean REALLY funny and writes the most wonderful things. She had me laughing and thinking about life all at the same time. I plan on spending more time there.

These don't even scratch the surface of all the cool places I visit. Blurr, Pink Angel, Bad Kitty, Pavel, G, Mrs. Kwitty, Kiwi, Mollisher, Gorjus, Sally, Orly, Miss 1999, Cynthia I could go on and on. A wonderful group of people that all deserve props for their blogs and for the fantasticness!!

Happy Blog Day!!

I cannot believe this

I got up, fixed my morning tea, went outside and prepared myself for the usual morning heat. Much to my suprise, it was chilly!!

Ladies and gentlemen of the blog world, it is 65 degrees outside, in Mississippi, in August.

No matter what, that makes this a good day.


Not much left

I really like this shot.


Before The Storm


Something I miss

After I had my daughter, I got that giant surge of hormones that make new moms look fantastic even though we are tired as hell. My hair got a healthy dose of it and the color never looked better.

That's not a dye job folks, that is the real thing. My hair was nearly waist long and a stunning shade of red.

Now, it's strawberry-blond at best. With the blond being mostly gray. So, I think since I had such a good week last week, I'm going to treat myself to a trip to the hair salon, with this picture in tow.

What are some of the things you miss?


Do you know what I did today?


I have been working on this piece ALL DAY! But, I will tell you something, it was so worth it.

Hand coiled, sterling silver, Egyptian bracelet

I'm off to put it in my shop. I hope everyone has had a good weekend!

One Red

One Red, originally uploaded by Pinky's Inspiration.

This was taken from the Japanese Maple in my front yard. In about another month, the whole tree will look like it's on fire. I can't wait!


Oh, sweet Lord...


That was me fainting. I think I'm just going to go pass out and be done with it.

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks to the wonderful and super-spectacular Blurr, I am having a milestone week. She is my 20th buyer!! Making this truly, the best freaking week ever, ever, ever for me.

Now, I'm off to dance like a lunatic through the living room!


I just sold my FOURTH piece this week!!!!! FREAK OUT!!! A ginormous thanks to Blurr, G and FrouFrou for making this the best sales week I have ever had!!

I have now sold 19 pieces online! Can you believe it?
Who wants to be my milestone 20th?
I think I would faint with joy if that happened before the week was out.

Now, everyone go celebrate my Best Week Ever!!!

I am SUPER excited

Do you know why? Because I just finished the layout and design for the first ever Pinky Catalog!! WOO! Do you see the reason, now? Man, I have been laboring over this for about a week and it finally came together today. So, in about a week, I will have my Summer/Fall catalog on display and people can order from that, too! Now that I know what I'm doing, I will be able to have seasonal catalogs and that just makes me feel fancy.

In other news, go check out Blurr's (Amber) new Etsy shop! OMG! The Possibilities necklace is amazing. I don't know what kind of drugs they gave her for the surgery, but her photos and new designs are un-freaking-believable. Really, it's something to see and even better if someone wants to buy! (not so subtle hint, there)

One last thing, new piece in the shop:

Purple Punch
Very fun swirled earrings with Czech glass balls in the center.
Go look! And have a fabulous Saturday!!


I'm trying to decide if I'm going to start selling prints or not. Some of them come out really well and I would hang them on my walls, so maybe someone else would? I don't know and I guess it's partially because selling prints isn't something I ever thought about doing. But, then again, I never thought I would become an international jewelry designer. **G, your jewelry went out today with a bonus present. Amber, your jewelry went out with presents, too.**

I suppose I'm looking for some input here. Are the things I take pictures of something you would put in your home or office? Pavel, I know you like the Radio Flyer one and the bucket one seems to be a favorite. Just unsure if I should take on another project.

I was going to write a little story to go along with these, but my brain is addled today. Headaches plaguing me. Blech. But, if you are looking for a scary story, go see Miss 1999, man that story had my skin crawling!! If you're looking for a story that will wrench your heart out, please, please, please go read what Butterfly Chic wrote. OMG, can we say publish? Scroll down and read chapter one first, very enthralling!

Well folks, that's it. I've uploaded a bunch of new pictures to my Flickr account if you want to go look. There are some of the shots from yesterday on there. I've got new jewelry to post and I might actually get around to doing that!!


Some shots from today

These are a few of my favorites. If it wasn't so late, I would have written a story to go with them. But, I took over 40 pictures today, so be on the lookout for a new story filled with pictures and intrigue. Be well...

I have a request

Tomorrow, Amber is having surgery and even though she is being super brave, it's still surgery. So, I would like everyone that comes by to please put her in your thoughts and send strength, patience and understanding her way. She is a fabulous person and I hope everyone pitches in to send her some faith.

I have been working, although it may not seem like it. I have some new earrings and a new necklace that I'm hoping to post today. And, I'm going out into the woods today to take some photos, so hopefully I'll have some to post by tonight. It's been a little nuts here so I've been checking and commenting on other blogs, just not mine.

I do have some fantastic new though. Both Amber and G bought pieces from my shop! WOO! Do you even know how exciting that is? And they bought some of my favorites. It's weird that I like to know where my jewelry is going to live. I guess it's because I don't usually make pieces at random, they all have a story behind them. I am truly happy that they picked the pieces they did. I'll be shipping goodies out tomorrow!!

Last note, please do remember to keep Amber in your thoughts through the surgery and the dreaded waiting time before she gets the results. Big HUGS to you girl!


I'm Being Featured!!!

OMG! How cool is this? The lovely and super talented Mrs. Kwitty has featured me on her Yahoo 360 blog. Isn't that awesome? Thank you SO much, and just so you all know, I'm a fan of her work, too. Go LOOK!!!


This song is consuming me

I haven't ever been all that much into music, it just wasn't something I freaked out about. My brother, husband and pretty much everyone else I know is the opposite. However, there is this one song that is consuming my thoughts. I wake up with it in my head and it shows up all during the day. Normally, that would make me mad, but not this one. I don't know what it is that makes me HAVE to hear it, but it does. I go to some other place in my mind and just stop,breathe and chill out. But when the song is over, I miss it already! It's like music crack. Anyway, I loaded it onto Myspace so I could hear it whenever I was over there. Here is the link so you can hear what is making me crazy.

New Art Part Two!!!

***Amber, I swear I'm going to get these in my shop today!! This set is called "Little Worlds" because that's what they look like to me! Handmade hoop earrings and sterling silver ring.***

New Art!


This is what happens when I can't sleep!

Both are already in my shop and if you click the pictures, it will take you to their page! Aren't I fancy? :)


New bracelet, old dairy barn, my car and a silo.

Oil pastels and paints on watercolor paper.
This is not the first Pinky blog that I have had, but I killed the other one because it started affecting my work. Well, not the blog, per se, but the people that felt they knew me all too well because of what I wrote and they tried to take advantage of that. I, like most people, don't care to be taken advantage of so it was easier to stop my blog than continue to deal with manipulative people.

I have never, in my old blog or this one, posted my real name. In fact, if you haven't bought jewelry from me, you wouldn't know it at all. And those of you who do know it, respected me enough as a friend and a person to keep on with my pen name. That means a lot. After this post, I doubt I'll put my name to another piece, and if I do, I imagine it will be years. I am not ashamed of my name or who I am, but Pinky gives me a security blanket that sometimes Carrie doesn't have.

When I was a little girl, my brother called my baby Firestar. He still does. He said that because of my wild, red hair and my just as wild spirit, I just reminded him of her. I was cool enough to be immortalized in my brother's brain as a super hero. Can't get much better than that. When we were a little older, we used to make cassette tapes of car commercials because we thought we were funny. I came up with the name of Pinky Karmenghia and it stuck, 20 years later it's still there. Because both names were tacked by events that involved my big brother, it gave me security when I felt I had none.

I have had some hard decisions to make this past summer. Decisions that dealt with my family and the affect it has on me. Most days, I do real well, yesterday I didn't. A lot of old hurt and damage was brought to the surface again and it knocked me flat on my ass. It still amazes me that wounds can so easily be opened while new ones are being carved. That's why I did this painting. It hurt and I wanted to cry the whole time I was doing it, but I would not shed one tear. Not one.

I have been abused, taken advantage of, manipulated, cursed, dammed and blamed. Some for things I may have done, most for things I haven't. All I want is a safe place for my daughter to live and grow in and in the process of that I had to hurt someone close to me. I had to hurt my mom. I know she doesn't see it this way, but our choice, as my little family, to keep her away from our daughter was not to be mean or cruel to her. It was to keep that meanness and cruelty away from our daughter. The decision to tell her NO was the hardest thing I believe I have ever done.

I love my daughter with a fierceness that borders on crazy. I would go to any length to keep her safe from the monsters that live in people. I did what I had to do and I will continue to do that until my mom sees that I'm not doing it to spite her, curse her or just be awful to her. She needs help and I can't fix it for her. She has to do it on her own. But, unless something changes, she won't do it and I will continue to be the "bitch that took my one and only granddaughter away".

I'm not going to pretend that this is easy or fun. It's hard and it makes a nasty knot in my stomach. But it's the truth. In a single moment, my mom can reopen those old wounds and slash new ones with fervor, even if she doesn't know she's doing it. But sometimes, I think she does. I am old enough to say "Stop it, that hurts" but often that statement is not enough and I end up getting hurt anyway. That's my own damn fault. I should be able to stand against the abuse and shout "NO!!!", instead I sit there and take it.

So, I cut her out. For my health as much for my daughter's. The wounds are still there, and as of yesterday, there are a few new ones. But I couldn't slip into Pinky when I, Carrie, needed to feel the pain and hurt and let it go. Expose myself to millions of unknowns and maybe start to heal.

My name is Carrie. I am an abuse survivor. I am a loving mother and a caring wife. I cry hot tears when the pain and memories are too much. I am strong enough to say no. I am worthy of untainted love. I am a spectacular woman.

And I am still afraid of my mommy.



Roswell, originally uploaded by Pinky's Inspiration.


Cool Girls Wear Black


Triple strand, all black glass.
This necklace is so cool, it has it's own fanclub.

Not Cool.

I have lost a bracelet. No biggie, right? Well, I would agree but it's one I have for sale.
And I have NO idea where it is!
So, if you see this bugger somewhere,

email me so I can come get it.

On a related note (this is how I discovered I was missing something) I have updated a BUNCH of photos in my shop. Some of the older ones looked really bad and I think it has hindered the sale of those pieces. Most of them are really pretty. If you have a minute, go check out page 2 and 3 in my shop and see if you like the new shots.
(feedback would be super cool here.)


If you have ever made a friend,

through the internet you need to go read Pavel's latest post. It's about a conversation that the had with a friend about the internet and how you can't meet real people through the computer. Pavel disagrees and that's one (of the many) reasons I think he is fabulous. So, please, go read, post your thoughts and prove to the friend that real friendships can develop through a computer screen.

New and Sold!

Raspberry Swirl

Can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet! (personally, I like it as a bracelet)
Hematite, Hot Pink Bugle Beads and Silver Bugle Beads
Only $10.00!!

Eye of the Storm
Thank you Susan!!!


Blood Red in a Dark Sky

As she stared into the charging night, she wondered what would become of her. All that she had worked for, all that she had pushed to do were finally coming to fruition. Would she be ready to handle it all? Or would the darkness try to consume her again? She held her hand steady as she cleanched the knife and glared into the blood red moon that cast eerie shadows through the dark night sky.

This time, she would triumph.



I've been taking a lot of photos lately and I thought I would share. The faded orange bucket? Yeah, that's my fav.

My ex-husband is moving back to Mississippi by the end of the month.
I'm completely unsure about how I feel about this.


Summer is officially over

My daughter starts school again tomorrow. It seems too soon, it seems like I haven't had enough time. It just seems like I haven't done enough with her this summer and I tried to cram it in over the last couple of weeks and I just couldn't do it. I'll be back tomorrow, but I'm hanging on to the last day of summer while I can.

Great, it just started raining.



The Contest Is OVER!!

May I present to you...

Named by Raisingyrl

YEAH for Raisingyrl! She is the **winner** of the first ever Pinky contest! She has named the cuff and will receive a 20% discount in my shop! Hooray!

Second Place: "Wavelength" by g at simply said!
She is the winner of a 15% discount in my shop!

Third Place: "Wrist Prison" by kittycrossbones!
She is the winner of a 10% discount in my shop!

Thank you for being a part of this contest. It has been fun for me and the cuff got a really cool name. I enjoyed seeing the different perceptions of my work by so many people. Here are the wonderful contributors to the name contest:

Please go check out their shop and blogs, this is a wonderful set of people and I think you will enjoy the journey.


One More Day Until The Contest is OVER!!

Don't forget to cast your vote in the "Name the Cuff" contest! I have eighteen submissions so far and one cool little story by g at Simply Said. I have to thank Pavel for sending her this way! So, THANK YOU PAVEL!!

I have also decided to add second and third place prizes since I have gotten such wonderful titles. Here is the prize list:
First: 20% discount and the prestige of naming the cuff!
Second: 15% discount in my shop!
Third: 10% discount in my shop!
The discounts don't expire and can be used at any time. Good luck and I will post the winners tomorrow!!

While I have been holding this fabu contest, I had a few pieces up my sleeve. I'm really happy with them, so I'm giving you a sneak preview! These have not make it to the Pinky Shop yet, but they're going to be soon.

S is for Sexy
by Pinky!
Crafters wire and Sterling Earwires

Eye of the Storm
by Pinky!
Civil War piece of metal, hand wrapped with cut glass beads
hung on suede strap.
(I cannot verify the date on the metal, but I got it from a reputable place so it is likely to be true.)

Cast your votes, check out my shop and I hope that you all have a lovely day today!


I'm having a contest!!

Welcome to the first ever "Name the Cuff" Contest hosted by Pinky! I posted a new wire cuff in my previous post and have decided to let my readers and fellow Etsy sellers name it. I would love to have a little story to go with it, but a name will do just fine.

What will I win, you ask? Well, the bearer of the name will receive a 20% discount on ANY item in my shop! WOO! There is no expiration date on the discount so you could save it and wait till later to have a private little sale all for you.

The winner will be announced Tuesday, August 8th! Be sure to have your suggestions in by five, central time! Good luck and I can't wait to see what you all come up with!!


My fingers hurt

But finishing this was soooo worth it:

Isn't that cool?!? Made from 20 guage crafter's wire. I used fifteen strands of wire and it looks great on.

I doubt it will go in my shop tonight, I'm beat, but I am astoundingly pleased with this piece.

It doesn't have a name yet, anybody want to make a suggestion??