Monday, January 6, 2014


International Blog Party

one of the most wonderful changes I saw in the new season of

Downton Abbey

was the splendid Ralph Lauren commercial which aired just before the show.

the beautiful video set exactly the right tone for the opening of the series.

now, on to real life in Houston, Texas...

I've decided to go back to creating my semi-precious jewelry collection,
the economy here has never dipped too much, with the exception of the ladies being
very careful where they spent their monies.  Houston is a vibrant and exciting city with
such a brilliant social life; I cannot squander all the contacts I back to work
on the collection.

in addition, I'm proceeding with the mock-up of a luxury e-zine which
will be the next step, a huge undertaking and the way forward in
By Invitation Only.

so, if we work on this carefully, perhaps by next holiday we will launch.

this doesn't mean we won't do "B.I.O" during this time, as we will.

I do hope each of my readers and dear friends + many new ones will support me in this
undertaking.  my vision for this project is unlike anything currently available.
& it will be beautiful, exciting, creative and interesting.

let me know what you think.


& all of you have heard of a 
haven't you?

but, I don't mean the 007 kind.
I mean the killing of our Earth's animals for trophy.

my son and I are going to begin a project, which may already have 1000's of others
who would take up the cause, it will be called


each of us throughout the world can buy permits
which will go to support the countries who sell the licenses for
big hame hunting for trophy-seekers.

I believe you will understand what I'm trying to do.k

somehow, I absolutely must do this.
there must be others who believe as I do.
& believe me, I know how enormous this undertaking will be.

I've just returned from a long holiday in the mountains of Colorado,
so my post is a bit short on verbiage, however, all of these things are hugely
important to me.  please forgive the brevity.

everyone, please join each of our B.I.O. members who are posting today,
you know we are never boring!



sharon smith said...

Wow! I'm in on both. Get creative, because were here to support. And I couldn't agree with you more on a License NOT to kill. Thanks for posting.

Glamour Drops said...

As an animal rights believer, a vegetarian and somebody who goes out of her way to avoid buying products/cosmetics tested on animals, I am behind you 110% on the licence not to kill stuff. The world is getting a better place, with the help of committed and energetic and passionate people such as you darling girl. Thrilled you have returned from the holidays fired up with passion!

oh…and the e-zine has me excited already to see what on earth you have imagined up for it….

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Marsha, welcome home! I hope that you are staying warm! The weather here is FREEZING! Today it was -12.

I am looking forward to all of your new adventures in 2014!

Lauren said...

I can't wait to see what type of jewelry you create this season! I hope you are staying warm!


joyful17 said...

Lauren..count me in 100% Not To Kill is great idea that needs to be shared by all.Look forward to all your "next chapters"


Catherine Robinson said...

Exciting times ahead Marsha..I'm looking forward to seeing your new creations...your brilliant idea of a luxury e-zine is fabulous; let me know if I can be of any help :)
Your project with your son sounds like a huge undertaking...I applaud you...we need people just like you and your son to show others the are a STAR! xx

Jeanne Henriques said...

It sounds like a creative year ahead Marsha, with jewelry design, a luxury e-zine magazine and a very honourable cause, an ambitious year and one I am sure you will pull off effortlessly. Wishing you every success in the year ahead...thanks so much for your lovely comment today. Always a pleasure hearing from you.. Sending you warm wishes from Saigon..xx

Francesca Muir said...

Wishing you hugs and good wishes for a wonderful year ahead full of exciting projects. All love from Sydney F xx

Francine Gardner said...

How wonderful to read you plans and projects for this year. You are so right to go ahead with your jewelry business, you have talent, contacts and benefit from a good economy (unlike new york). As for your license not to kill, that is so commendable, please update me on this endeavor. You may know that I am trying to do my little bit for the Orangutan foundation, and am sickened by what humans do to our magnificent animals, especially in Africa.
You will have my full support for your z magazine
Happy fabulous new year, Francine

une femme said...

I love the "License Not To Kill" idea! I hope you'll keep us updated on that project!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Dear Marsha
I'm so sorry not to be able to join in the party this month, things are just a little busy here. I so admire you for your licence-not-to-kill project, look forward to hearing how you and your son build the project



Laura Wilson said...

I am in total support with you on this project License Not to Kill. I know of a man who had declared business bankruptcy a few years ago, got out of paying all his debts, then about two years later went to Africa with buddies and paid app $50-$100,00 to shoot a rhino--yes a rhino - and a lion. It sickened me and I cannot even talk to him when I see him. He said, they need the money, they sell the meat, the people get to eat the meat. I really doubt if many can afford rhino meat, seriously.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

I totally agree with your License NOT to Kill! And look forward to seeing all you create in the new year!!!

therelishedroost said...

Wow, you have an absolutely wonderful year instore and I am glad that I get to follow and be a part of you adventure through this blog! I think Hemingway and his pals did enough Trophy hunting and there are antique game trophies available.. we don't need ANY NEW Animal Trophies!! If one needs to have a trophy mount go bid at an antique auction so at least and then some of that money should go to preserves!! Go!! Marsha!!!

Margaret said...

And I double all the "Wow's"! Since I'm a fan of your jewelry, et al. am just happy your doing what you love and if getting back to doing the semi-precious pieces you love, have at it. The e-zine sounds fab as well and know that whatever you choose to do in the coming year (and those following) will be just the best. Kudos and congrats on it all! MMR

Marsha Splenderosa said...

So So HAPPY to read all the comments today, especially the "License NOT to Kill" ones.
My sometimes female hairdresser was proudly telling me she was followed around by a film crew called "American Huntress" for 2 entire weeks while she and her husband went on one of their sprees. I'm not kidding, I won't go back because I simply cannot stand to hear about this.
On the LUXURY E-ZINE everyone in B.I.O. will be starring. The magazine will feature travel, cooking, tabletop, interiors, fashion and wit and whimsy. Truly, there is NOTHING ELSE LIKE THIS.
Love to all !!!!

D. A. Wolf said...

I love this project, Marsha - Not. To. Kill. Shouldn't that, at the very least, be the sign of a civilized and respectful planet? I know, I know - we are a very long way from that and human nature, theoretically, may make it impossible. But that doesn't mean we cannot do everything we can to work toward a world in which we do not destroy what is natural, particularly so unnecessarily, and perhaps a dreamer could even imagine a world in which we might be kinder and better to each other, as well.


Wonderful topic, as always. You make me think!

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Wolfie, this is a generational movement I believe. It will take a very long time, but it is vital we begin somewhere. Money is what it's all about for the mostly 3rd world countries involved. We will start with 1 country and go from there. Thank you, my friend, for seeing the benefit and putting my thoughts into the proper language.

Heather Robinson said...

Beautiful Marsha, Remi and I have been away, far away with puppers in the Luberon. A little out of space and time. So I will admit it, I forgot about this months BIO (and that it is Tuesday for that matter) until now. But amazingly, I had a tiny sliver of internet connection, felt like writing and...go take a look. By golly, it kind of works! And we both know that I never seem to stick to the theme literally anyway! So I will fix the link and read the other ladies posts tomorrow night when we get back.
As for your post...amazing, just like you!
Ok, back we go to the land offline!!!!

Mrs. Jones & Co. said...

Another wonderful concept for 'By Invitation Only'. I love your forward planning for the next year and I totally support you in both ventures. I hope you enjoyed your vacation, cold though it probably was!!! Actually, it is cold all over the US right now!

Catia from Leuli said...

yours are beautiful and amazing projects. I can't wait to see what will come out from such two talented persons.
Your post is stunning as usual.
I hope you enjoyed your holidays.

donna baker said...

Thank you for supporting animal rights groups. It will take an army to protect the animal kingdom from man. I give all my donations to animal rights groups as they have no voice and the world is getting bleak for their survival. Please continue to speak out and defend the animals.

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Oh, Donna, I just know this is not what was intended by our Lord.
Thank you for your support.
I will keep everyone in the loop as we progress.
Rome wasn't built in a day.....

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Totally OK, even if you missed this post. We all gave so much to our Christmas one, Heather.
I know you love all the thoughts.
& I love you !!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Oh Marsha ….. what a wonderful way to move forward in joining your son in this animal rights project. Animals need human help sometimes and now is the time. Wishing you both every success with it.
Lots of love. XXXX

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Thank you, Jackie!
I'm thrilled about everything I have planned for 2014. You have helped inspire me with the ezine idea. You really have. xx's

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

I'm with you all the way Darling Marsha.... its terrible all the animals suffer in such awful ways, I wish you and your son every good wish and success. And your necklace is just gorgeous!

Wishing you a Healthy, Happy New year.
Big hugs xOOx

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Love you, Janie-Poo !!
I do hope 2014 brings you much better health and that you win the lottery.

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello my dear Friend Marsha!

It's just enormously great idea of and you son!!!
How beautiful if we can help to our Mother Nature and to our world.....
Big and warm hugs to you:)))

And!!! You have gorgeous header again:)))

I am again Moscow for sometime...

vicki archer said...

Happy New Year Marsha,

I am sorry to have been absent for this month's post... somehow we are in this new year and I need to get my skates on!

"Not to Kill"... imagine if it were an all encompassing, world wide slogan... that applied to humans as well as animals..

Looking forward to your precious pieces... :)