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.

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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!

March 27th, 2011

I have a hammer and I’m not afraid to use it!

I had so much fun last week; I got to teach two classes and made quite a few pendants. One thing that also rocks, is that I made a custom, sterling silver guitar pick for someone in Australia! I hope she gets it sooner than the poor Canadian customers I have had! The guy at the P.O. yesterday said the Canadian customs system is out of whack. Here’s hoping Australia has their stuff together.

An exciting and scary thing: I gave my notice at the office this week. I have worked as for an outpatient physical therapy clinic for the past 7 1/2 years; the last 3, I have worked at home as their transcriptionist. I had to step down as my dystonia is progressing to the point where extended, repetitive motions are unbearable. Typing a little blog is totally different than 10-12 medical reports a day or so. It will be exciting to focus on my creative efforts, but also scary, income-wise. God will take care of me like He always does, but my faith can be weak sometimes. All things happen for a reason; I know I will feel less stress and enjoy having more time for wielding my hammer!

March 22nd, 2011
Food for thought…

Food for thought…

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March 21st, 2011
So I was trolling Twitter and Etsy this morning; anything to avoid working… I had to share with you a couple of cool items I discovered.
First, from http://www.etsy.com/shop/OstlundCustomWorks this incredible clock blew my mind! Ron has many incredible pieces, mostly home decor, in all price ranges. I have great taste and love the most expensive pieces!
This next item is close to my heart: Both my parents are retired postal workers. They have started a little collection of post office boxes: Look at this one-  http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFancyLamb has some wonderful vintage items!


Last but not least! I am featuring an item from one of my students at beadniks- she is now a metalworking genius!  http://www.etsy.com/shop/LadyEM Emily is a very talented lady and has put a wonderful spin on some lovely found objects- love this one!


I hope you check out all of these talented artisans.
Happy 2nd day of spring everyone! 

So I was trolling Twitter and Etsy this morning; anything to avoid working… I had to share with you a couple of cool items I discovered.

First, from http://www.etsy.com/shop/OstlundCustomWorks this incredible clock blew my mind! Ron has many incredible pieces, mostly home decor, in all price ranges. I have great taste and love the most expensive pieces!

This next item is close to my heart: Both my parents are retired postal workers. They have started a little collection of post office boxes: Look at this one-  http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFancyLamb has some wonderful vintage items!

Last but not least! I am featuring an item from one of my students at beadniks- she is now a metalworking genius!  http://www.etsy.com/shop/LadyEM Emily is a very talented lady and has put a wonderful spin on some lovely found objects- love this one!

I hope you check out all of these talented artisans.

Happy 2nd day of spring everyone! 

March 19th, 2011

Cool Rings & Things Challenge!

I had to post info on this: Rings & Things, an awesome online jewelry supplier, has come out with a fantastic challenge. Go to their blog: http://www.rings-things.com/blog/2011/03/17/take-our-design-challenge/ and post a comment. If your name gets drawn, you will receive the super-cool copper pieces  to create with. In one month, you send in pics of your piece; they pick a winner, who will receive more cool stuff!

I tell you, I am crossing my fingers that I get to play! These are lovely beads and they would be fun to play with!Challenge items

I won a drawing the other day from the handmade movement: I feel a lucky streak coming on! 

Look at these beautiful flutes I won! They are from http://www.etsy.com/shop/CreationsCristaMarie and I think I will choose green; my kitchen is green and I have a cool lil’ shelf to display them on! 

This shop is adorable and has items that are perfect for someone planning a party or who would like a special custom glassware item for a special occasion like a wedding!

I won these!

fun week!

Classes are hopping right along at beadniks  http://www.beadniks.com/highlandsranch/classes.php and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and teaching such fun and creative people! I did this little guy today during and after class. I made the flower while instructing Judy and Jen in my Artistic metals class. When it was over, I popped the little rivet through the flower to attach it to the pendant, which was worked on over the last couple of classes. Way to multi-task!

I was hoping to take pics of my latest shearing; I got a short, sassy haircut for spring, but I have puffy, red eyes from allergies. Perhaps tomorrow, if I pop a couple of benedryl, I can get a picture. My avi doesn’t look so much like me.

I went to Old Navy today looking for jeans- I wanted some from Gap, but decided to be frugal. I got to use a 30% off thingy because the cashier was nice; I saved another 9 bucks on top of the $30 less the jeans cost there as opposed to Gap. They are the same jeans for crying out loud! I have to go back and get the cute pink open-toed shoes with the little bow on them- and then, I will need a pedicure! What a job it is, being a girl :)