Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bindweed Beetle Bracelet in a Treasury

My lovely Bindweed Beetle Bracelet has been included in a treasury designed by "Jewelry by NaLa" until then (and until Tuesday), check it out for yourself {LINK}

This is just such a treat. It seems to be the favorite item in my shop with lots of views and it was from a challenge. Hmmm, a challenge. Yes, I should challenge myself more often. Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

And the Winner is . . .

Thanks to everyone who have stopped by the blog and followed the link to the Etsy Rosary Guild where I was featured this past week.

And congratulations Regina!

You are the winner of the Retro Chic pendant. I have it reserved for you in my Etsy shop . Log-on to Etsy or set up an account, and fill out the information. (When it comes to the check-out, choose “check” it’s only a quarter and I will take care of that).

Monday, January 25, 2010

I've Been Featured . . .

I recently joined the Etsy Rosary Guild Team to further develop my network of like-minded artisans. The ERGT has not been around a very long time, but just this last week, they decided to post Monday Member Meet and Greet interviews of one artisan or shop on their blog each week.

The questionnaire was posted and I suppose mine was the first one in because I am the first one featured! Please go check out the blog: Etsy Rosary Guild Team Blog

I am so pleased and honored to be a part of this incredible, talented, and spiritual group.

To bribe you to your keyboard, answer the following question here, by Noon Saturday January 30, and I will select one comment at random for this Retro-Chic Necklace posted in my shop.
Do you have a spiritual discipline or ritual you practice? (Please describe)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Virtual Bead Soup Mix has Arrived!

Look what I found in my mail box today!

My Virtual Bead Soup Swap partner, Judy Glende of JudyBDesigns {link and her Etsy shops here and here ) sent me a lovely array of Turquoise and copper. I hear Turquoise if going to be very hot this year.

She even sent me a little note about the cross.

Just look at these lovelies!

The cross is gorgeous!

I know exactly what I’m going to do, but you will have to wait until February 10th for the “reveal.”

For more about the swap check out my previous post {link} Judy received my package yesterday and blogged about it. Go check it out. {Link}

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Follow your bliss

I feel very Zen-like.

I followed my bliss yesterday evening. I was checking email and had a note from telling me about $1 bead strand Sale.

"Ooo, Ooo, I can't pass that up!" I thought.

I thought about all the things I needed

... and some of the things I wanted

... and a few things I have lusted after

... and ended up with 50 items in my shopping cart. This is a very good thing: it saved me $80 some-odd dollars (or about 30%) because there are discount/price breaks at 15+ items, 50+ items and 200+ items.

Some of the items are everyday things I need just to do jewelry, like sterling head-pins with the little balls on the end, and tiny bi-cone crystals. This time around I also bought a gram scale and a 20 gram packet of Silver clay -- I just cannot wait to try this stuff.

Now, quick, go check out Fire Mountain Gems and see if you can find your bliss too. It may even be on sale!

I am not getting one red cent from FMG for this blog post, but I wanted you all to know about this beady goodness.

Monday, January 18, 2010

More about the Virtual Bead Soup Swap

So, Friday I sent off a small package of beads and a closure (from Green Girl Studio) and a focal piece to Judy Glende, but guess what -- -- -- I forgot to photograph it for this blog, duh!

In a few days I should be getting a package for from Judith. The "reveal" will be February 10th. All of the folks below will be blogging about it -- So much fun! Check back here often.

Party Participants

3. Terri, Blooming Ideas

9. Adrienne, Adrienne Designs

11. Laurel, Rue's Daftique

14. Cassie, The Glass Beadle

17. Lisa, Lo and Behold

19. Judith, Judith B.

20. Debbie, Prairie Emporium

24. Marianna, Pretty Shiny Things

25. Lisa, Joolz by Lisa

26. Cristi, 2 If By Sea

30. Leslie, Bei Mondi

31. Loretta, Designs by Loretta

33. Kathie, The Bead Cult

34. Patty, Plays With Fire

35. Nicki, Nicki's Reef

36. Anne Marie, Heart's Desire

39. Emanda, Artemesia's Studio

40. Whitney, Whitney Lassini

41. Marcie, La Bella Joya

42. Suzann, Beadphoria

45. Janiece, J Birds Garden

47. Laurie, The Mermaid Tale

49. Sue, Sue Beads

50. Janeen, Janeen 365

51. Nancy, The Rabbit Muse

52. Kristie, Artisan Clay

53. Regina, Regina's Writings

55. Lyn, Lyn Foley

57. Cathryn, Chile Cats

60. Juli, Jul's Beads

61. Julie, RockerJewlz

70. Lynette, Rock Hill Designs

74. Ruthie, Rose Works Jewelry

75. Elizabeth, Turquoise Sky

76. Maire, Maire Dodd

77. Janet, Singing Woods

78. Eileen, Dorset Hill Beads

80. Joann, Jo's Jewels

81. Patti, PJ Clark Designs

85. Dee, Runako Designs

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Virtual Bead Soup Party

One of the regular reads in my blog roll is the Art Bead Scene Blog. That is where I stumbled upon the invitation to join a virtual Bead Soup Party hosted by Lori Anderson. Sign up with Lori by January 10th and swap some goodies with a bead buddy (all arranged by Lori) with the final Reveal on February 1st.
Go to her blog {link} to read the details and then send an email to to get onboard.

Now doesn't that sound like fun?? Don't forget to nab the following "button" for your blog.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year and a New Decade

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and days of old lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Here it is a New Year and a new decade. Where does time go? I love getting in touch with friends and relations over the holidays even if it is just a note dropped in a pretty card or a friendly email to let us know we are in the thoughts and prayers of those we love.

This year we didn’t send out cards, and I have very mixed feelings about that.

Since I have been out of work, money seemed too tight and postage alone seemed out of sight. This particular year I didn’t send out cards because I helped with Mom’s surgery (double knee replacement) and recovery and I had a recovery of my own to deal with.

Do I feel guilty? Yes.

Am I willing to forgive myself? Yes again.

Do I still want to maintain the bonds of love and affection with our friends and family? Most definitely!

I got an email from some very dear old friends I have known for nearly 20 years. I met them when they were already in their seventies. I was doing research on 12th and 13th century Jesse Tree windows and they invited me to be a guest in their home while I was in Kent for my research. {Link } They treated me as if I were one of their kin and three years later, when I returned with a bound copy of my thesis for their local library; they treated me and my new husband just as kindly.

We have visited them several times and always come away feeling so blessed to know them. Neither my husband nor I have any grandparents left, and the Eagles have sort of stepped into that role.

They keep hinting at the inevitable . . . . I am hoping that we will be able to see them some time soon. Maybe a new job in a new year is just the ticket.

. . . We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.