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Handmade Copper and Silver 

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New Hand formed & hammered triple Copper rings…These earrings are not on etsy yet if you want them let me know!!  

This necklace is also new, it’s inspired by the southwest sun since the inner circle appears to radiate in all directions.  I recently visited Ticson, AZ and was amazed at how far you can see in all directions, especially compared to NY state! This Sunkissed Twist necklace is great for warm summer days. You can find this necklace on my etsy shop, Sunshine On Water!!! 
Keep handmade and Made in USA in mind this season as you are thinking of graduation or birthday gifts! 

Betsy ~ Sunshine On Water


Lake Ontario 

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Lake Ontario was especially beautiful on this gorgeous May day. 

With smooth water and a sunny sky, it was a great day with family!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and wonderful Memorial Day!  

Betsy ~ Sunshine On Water 

Tulips for Mothers Day

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Happy Mothers Day to all the moms around the world! May you have a wonderful day that’s as bright as these two tulips in bloom! 

I had a very nice lunch made by my daughter and two adorable smiles from both my children today! I am thankful for them as well as my amazing mom and mother-in-law who are always there for me! Thank you both, I love you!!!! XO

Betsy ~ Sunshine On Water ~ Handmade in Upstate NY

Cactus blooms in the Sonoran Desert

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Two weeks ago I was in Tucson, AZ and these cactus flowers were in full bloom. They were bright and beautiful!  It’s amazing how the pink stands out from the brown desert floor! 

When the sun goes down the flowers close up, patiently waiting until the next morning…


Betsy ~ Sunshine On Water

A New necklace and a sunny day

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This new design- hammered brass on a sterling silver chain looks great with a navy blue top (and a sunny day)!
You can find more handmade jewelry like this necklace on my etsy shop ~ Sunshine On Water ~ Everything in my shop is made by me in Upstate New York!
Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine if it’s shining where you are!

Come back to the core, our children that is!

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If you are a parent of an Elementary or Middle School student, the hot topic of the past month has been the Common Core ELA and Math tests.  What to do?  Does your child take them or not?  Everyone has their opinion and reason behind their decision- or at least many do!

I have talked with numerous parents about this over the past month.  Parents of children in my daughters grade, friends, family members, teachers, neighbors and the principal of my daughters school.  I could have done nothing but I didn’t, I listened.  I wanted to be pro-active, to be involved and educated on what was behind the scenes in regards to these two tests.  To me, it was important that I advocate for my child after all who else is going to?! My child is not an above average student, she is 8 years old, loves to play sports, run outside and watch cartoons on the weekends.  In school, she is like a wave, she does well on classwork then dips down again on her tests.  Sometimes she has the opportunity to retake them which is helpful for her and us.  It gives us the chance to review the material she needs more practice on and allows her to grasp the concepts presented.

I feel the topic of these tests has shifted from what this is all about- our children.  What about them?  It seems our governor needs to pay more attention to those children taking the tests.  Focus on what is fundamental, focus on the confidence of our children and focus on our teachers!

Learning is more than just test taking, it is about becoming interested in new things and having confidence in yourself.  I remember how much I loved 2nd grade. It was my favorite year and as a student and I remember the excitement of learning… I attribute that to my teacher!

I am a parent of a 3rd grader, we are refusing the NY State Common Core ELA and Math tests.  As my mother in law stated “Why make her feel any less fabulous than she is?”  We agree!

There are enough tests in our children’s lives but this is one we will pass on for now.  This whole issue really needs to come back to the core of what this is about – our children!


There are many articles regarding this topic but I thought this one is worth sharing and reading:


A NYS Teacher’s 10 Reasons Why NO Child Should Take New York State’s Common Core Tests | Alternet

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I think this is a great article and well worth reading if you are even considering having your child refuse the State ELA and Math testing. Specifically reasons #2 and #3 are key for me.  Advocate for your child and educate yourself on what they will be tested on!


10 Reasons Why NO Child Should Take New York State’s Common Core Tests | Alternet.