July 5th, 2011

Very late 4th of July post, but I was pondering a bit…

Some dear family friends came over today/yesterday for a BBQ and to see the fireworks display that is just down the way from our house. I was thinking about all the pretty twinkling, the get-together and why we were all together instead of in bed or playing on the computer. I am so grateful to be in a country that was founded on freedom, not just freedom from injustice, but also freedom to practice our faith freely. I am truly thankful to the founders of the US as well as the current military that fight for these freedoms that we really take for granted.

Perhaps I am more pensive about this due to the fact that I was in Washington D.C. just a couple of weekends ago- All of these historic sites and such! Here are some pics. Isn’t my hubby cute? 

Happy Independence Day to you all!

June 27th, 2011

Breathe… something I need to remember to do!

I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to bore you with my wordy posts! My husband and I traveled to Washington D.C. last week to attend the ordination of a dear friend; I can’t believe the silly guy I met 10 years ago is now a priest! The trip was wonderful but exhausting. We had 2 days at home and then did a 3 day retreat! It was rewarding but a lot of work; we were on the team presenting it and worked pretty hard. We hope to chill out a bit now.

My first class at Bead it! will be Wednesday afternoon- that is exciting too! I haven’t taught a class since the demise of beadniks in early May. Here is the pdf of the class if you want to see what it is about- the second class will happen in July. http://beaditcolorado.com/pdf/Artistic%20Metals_Get%20Connected_Class%20Flyer.pdf

I am going to start cutting and hammering some aluminum now for two guitar pick necklaces. I love how I can sell on Etsy when I am everywhere- all I need is the internet! http://www.etsy.com/listing/69349037/necklace-guitar-pick-aluminum

Just remember to breathe!

June 8th, 2011

I loves the flowers- 

It finally feels like summer; not just because of the sunburned shoulders I got this past weekend, but everything is really blooming after all the rain we got at the end of May. I am hoping to scope out the yard this afternoon and see what has cropped up. 

In an earlier post I mentioned all the planting my late Father-in-law did in our yard. We moved in 18 years ago this last week and it blows my mind when I look at pictures from when we first arrived here. Barren yard with rock, weeds and mud, peeling paint and overgrown trees. It is a garden now in the true sense of the word, but also a bit overwhelming. At least hubby shares the same affection for gardening and will get is whipped into shape for the season!

June 2nd, 2011

So excited! One of my wordy posts recently was about the demise of beadniks Denver- I was disappointed to say the least and was wondering if I would find another place to teach different jewelry techniques. Today I spoke with Laurel, the owner of Bead it! and her manager, Jessie. I am excited to say that  I will be starting soon as an instructor of three classes with more to follow.  

I will fill you in when I get a schedule going. We have to figure out class times and gather the rest of the supplies.

May 29th, 2011

So much food porn..

I follow quite a few Tumblogs where the person goes on a pastry/cake/cookie/pie photo spree. It is downright torture at times, but food is something we need every day. I understand why gorgeous food and drink are romanticized. As a struggling food addict, these pictures sometimes cause a bit of anguish. Maybe I should unfollow the person, but I still enjoy many of the other things they post. Also, most people with eating disorders seem to like to torture themselves, or at least this person does.

That leads up to these pictures- as a recovering food addict, doing this and the other cakes I have done lately is pretty much a binge in the making. I am really conflicted as I enjoy doing this and I love the people I bake for. However, I cannot do these cakes without triggering a binge, although I am better able to control myself than before. 

Last year in April, I threw away almost 8 years of abstinence- I am still struggling with that fateful decision to eat one of my addictive substances. The weight gain is not the only thing that gets me upset; obsession with weight, food and the up/down emotions that go along with being in the throes of addiction also stink. I pray that I can get back on track- this lapse has been hell.

There, I got that off my chest! Now I should go back to reading my book- Food Addiction, the Body Knows- this is what started my journey to be in control of my addiction; I can go back to that state if I want to do the work…

May 25th, 2011

Its a ring thing…

May 22nd, 2011

New meaning to the term- Found Object…

So the items pictured here were in the display cases at beadniks- sadly enough, they had to be rescued. I am sick at heart to say that the store has closed; another victim of the economy. I could say, what a crappy week, but really, it wasn’t as bad for me as what so many other people go through. I will miss having that fun place to hang out; one of the regulars likened it to Cheers with beads rather than beer!

I am not sure where I will teach, but if God wants, there is another place that would give me opportunities to share my love of creating. For now, I am organizing my workshop and supplies a bit and concocting a portfolio. I have tons of pictures, but have not put a sample of work together to show shop owners or community colleges yet.

It is sad and difficult, but I only have fond memories of that chapter in my life and am so grateful for the opportunities that teaching at beadniks afforded me. The best part is my friendship with Darlene Jones, the manager. She has been the greatest encourager a person could ask for and has really helped me to try new things and “stretch” myself creatively. I know that we will continue to work together and have a few ideas already!

May 5th, 2011
Maybe I need to pinky promise myself!
My last wordy post included a statement that I need to get more organized. I have made very little headway, but I have made a modicum of improvement. As I list an item in my shop, I place it in a bag and put it in a storage container; it has three drawers. This has allowed me to not go into hysterics trying to find an item when it sells. This won’t cover custom things, but this is a good start.
Next? Still to get my materials in order. The curse of my creative ADD is so many types of materials; metalworking, resin, soldering glass, beading, wire wrapping, etc. I have tried to put things away as I go, but that doesn’t always work. Anyhow, I thought of public shaming-taking a photo, might help motivate me, but I am too ashamed of this mess. God has blessed me with the chance to do this in my own workroom in my home, but I don’t take good care of it! Just typing this makes me want to do better :) 
If there is anyone out there with some inexpensive but effective storage systems, please let me know!

Maybe I need to pinky promise myself!

My last wordy post included a statement that I need to get more organized. I have made very little headway, but I have made a modicum of improvement. As I list an item in my shop, I place it in a bag and put it in a storage container; it has three drawers. This has allowed me to not go into hysterics trying to find an item when it sells. This won’t cover custom things, but this is a good start.

Next? Still to get my materials in order. The curse of my creative ADD is so many types of materials; metalworking, resin, soldering glass, beading, wire wrapping, etc. I have tried to put things away as I go, but that doesn’t always work. Anyhow, I thought of public shaming-taking a photo, might help motivate me, but I am too ashamed of this mess. God has blessed me with the chance to do this in my own workroom in my home, but I don’t take good care of it! Just typing this makes me want to do better :) 

If there is anyone out there with some inexpensive but effective storage systems, please let me know!

April 29th, 2011

I am in the finals for Beadstar 2011! I am so excited and honored that my design in the heart category was selected for the voting process. Last year, this bracelet design was selected; however, it did not make the cut to be published. Let’s see what happens this year! Either way, its pretty danged exciting!

If you are a member of Beading Daily, you can vote here: http://www.beadingdaily.com/media/g/bead_star_heart_design_2011/default.aspx

April 21st, 2011

I am the luckiest person! I won a drawing a little while back from the Handmade Giveaway- I showed you the awesome glasses; now I get to show you the last prize I won!

Look at this adorable hat and bib set! http://www.etsy.com/shop/stockannette Sent me this set after I won another drawing related to the handmade movement. She worked with me to create this sweet owl hat and matching bib for my cousin’s baby boy that is due in June.

I know she will love it and also appreciate it being handmade :)

April 18th, 2011

Its official! I am now finished with the medical transcription job!!!

It was approximately three years ago that I started working from home as a medical transcriptionist; I had done it in house for five years before that. My health issues demanded more rest and the job was good for that. As the dystonia has progressed, it has become more difficult to do the repetitive motions that typing requires. I feel very grateful that I was able to work in such a situation, but felt overwhelmed over the past several months. Now, a new chapter begins! 

These items pictured state my frame of mind as I write this: I hope they inspire you too!

April 15th, 2011

Nostalgic: My late Father-in-law planted this Japanese quince in our yard just about 18 years ago! I love the blooms this year! We were moving in while he was digging in the yard. What a sweet, wonderful man he was!

April 6th, 2011

Sweet beads!

Did you see those gorgeous beads? I got them last week from the Rings&Things Denver bead show! http://www.rings-things.com/

I started  working with the cranberry pearls and crystals today; perhaps an entry in the pearl category for Beadstar 2011? If I do like this and get it done in time, I  may enter. Either way, sweet beads make for a sweet piece!

2 weeks from yesterday will be my last day doing medical reports. I am excited, yet a bit scared; the income has been a safety net for me. Now, I will just have  to see how it goes. Hopefully, this will allow me to focus more on my creative endeavors. I know that I create not for monetary gain, but out of the love of it; I do not want to lose that spirit. I have but a little bit of faith, but know that there is a reason for all of this!

My dream is that behind the door is a shabby but comfortable studio; I could work amongst the old brick walls all day. Beads to string, metal to form, collages to create… ahhh.

My dream is that behind the door is a shabby but comfortable studio; I could work amongst the old brick walls all day. Beads to string, metal to form, collages to create… ahhh.

(Source: thepoettherebelandthewardrobe, via petitpoulailler)

March 30th, 2011
Fun finds on Etsy!!!

My darling friend,Luisa, has just opened a shop on Etsy! Look at this darling tote bag! Luisa has been creating since she was a little girl, taught by her Nona in Italy. After losing Nona Isabella last year, Luisa had a renewed desire to work on the handicrafts that Nona taught her; voila! LaBelleMadeleine was born! Here  is her etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaBelleMadeleine 


Can you believe this adorable necklace?
I love this shop and the amazing work by Diane of http://www.etsy.com/people/SacredHeartDesign; what treasures you will find here!

Last but not least, I got some of these  adorable shabby bird stamps from http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sweetturquoise last week- her shop was featured in a sneak attack - see http://www.handmademovement.com for details. Susana makes paper goods, soaps, and even tote bags. Her service is super-fast too!
Have fun checking  out these shops!

Fun finds on Etsy!!!

TOTE BAG stripes and flowers

My darling friend,Luisa, has just opened a shop on Etsy! Look at this darling tote bag! Luisa has been creating since she was a little girl, taught by her Nona in Italy. After losing Nona Isabella last year, Luisa had a renewed desire to work on the handicrafts that Nona taught her; voila! LaBelleMadeleine was born! Here  is her etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaBelleMadeleine 

Stamped Soldered Bird Pendant on Printed Script Muslin Necklace

Can you believe this adorable necklace?

I love this shop and the amazing work by Diane of http://www.etsy.com/people/SacredHeartDesign; what treasures you will find here!

Shabby Bird Postage Stamps

Last but not least, I got some of these  adorable shabby bird stamps from http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sweetturquoise last week- her shop was featured in a sneak attack - see http://www.handmademovement.com for details. Susana makes paper goods, soaps, and even tote bags. Her service is super-fast too!

Have fun checking  out these shops!