Monthly Archives: September 2011

To the Mountain Tomorrow and a giveaway at Beads of Clay

First,  I want to mention a terrific giveaway they are having over at the Beads of Clay Blog.  The collection they are giving away is valued at over $150!  Check it out!

I am packing up my stuff today so I can head up to Camp Mitchell on  Petit Jean Mountain tomorrow.

Camp Mitchell

Nine of us are having a little crafting retreat.  I am so excited!  I need a nice creative weekend away!

I will have a booth at the Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair in Hot Springs AR on Oct 7th thru the 9th so I plan to make a bunch of stuff for it at our retreat this weekend.

I am trying to figure out how I can pack my entire craft room because I don’t want to forget anything I might need :)

Happy Designing!

The End of an Era


Saved from my daughter’s Pinterest board “They melt my butter”

Just a little note about a change in my life recently:

“All My Children” ended Friday.  I know it was just a silly soap opera but I have watched it for over 30 years!  Granted, there were times that I did not watch it for several months or more at a time but I was always able to catch up with the story line pretty quickly.  I feel older knowing that this part of my life is now gone. I would call my daughter if I missed a show and ask what happened that day, if I needed to watch it because something exciting happened, or not worry about watching because it was a boring show that day. She would do the same if she missed the show. (Sorry April, guess I just let the world know that you watched a soap opera on a regular basis too!).

I was very disappointed in the last show on Friday. I expected that everything would end wonderfully but they ended the show with several cliff hangers! I think they may be planning for the show to continue on the internet but I have no desire to watch TV on my computer! I think they could have still ended everything happy even if they planned to continue in another format!

I do not plan to watch the new show “The Chew” that will be replacing “my show”. At least, not for awhile.  I have been recording the “Las Vegas” TV series on TNT and plan to watch them during lunch hour.  They have Josh Duhamel – he used to be Leo on all my children and was one of my all time favorite characters “Yum”!

I think that this “change” in my life may even end up being a bit “freeing” eventually. But for now, it is just a bit sad.


Bead Soup Blog Hop Reveal – Sept 17th 2011

I am so excited to reveal what I have created for my first Bead Soup Blog Party!

My Bead Soup Blog Party partner is Bobbie Rafferty of BeadSong Jewelry

She does some exquisite work with tiny seed beads – something I can’t even think of attempting!

Here is a photo of the wonderful assortment of beads that she sent me which includes: rainforest jasper, lepidolite, really cute jade squares, freshwater pearls, fire polished glass, little amethyst rounds, Czech glass, olive jade, some leather and an antiqued copper toggle clasp.

I made a necklace, a bracelet, and two pairs of earrings. I incorporated some of everything from my bead soup.  The only elements that were not in my soup that I added were:

  • Bronze wire, brass ear wires, and brass jumprings from Vintaj Natural Brass
  • Copper head pins and jumprings from Rings & Things
  • Copper ear wires and a toggle bar: from Nunn Design

This is the first time I have ever used leather.  I have wanted to but this finally forced me to try.  I am happy with my use of leather in this design.





I had fun playing with the bronze wire on this one.

My first BSBP has been so much fun!  I realized that if you give me a pile of beads – I can make something! Plus, I made some new friends which is always cool!

I want to thank Lori Anderson for inviting me to be a part of her party!!

These are the partner pairs.
The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke
6. Amanda Davie and Patsy Evins
9. Amy Freeland and Christine Altmiller
14. Angela May and Emanda Johnson
16. Ann Rishell and Debbie Price
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
23. Barbara Blaszczyk and DaviniaDesign
26. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley
31. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen
34. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier
38. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone
43. Chris White and Norma Turvey
49. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering
51. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes
55. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young
58. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman
60. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick
68. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore
70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz
77. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride
84. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy
85. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora
86. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg
87. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann
89. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh
96. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio
100. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck
111. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger
117. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse
124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron
128. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller
139. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper
143. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy
145. Molly Alexander and Poranna
146. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell
155. Patty Gasparino and Vonna Maslanka
159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub
164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams
166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small
169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley
This is a total of 362 people making jewelry!


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