30 April 2011

cleaning up

so my mom and sister were visiting this past week, and now it's cleanup time. You know, that time when you get your house back in order after people came to visit. I worked on a couple things for my mom and sister while they were here, and now my bench is a mess. Well, it's usually a mess, but not this big of a mess. I try to keep it organized, otherwise I get all frustrated that I can't find what I was looking for. I enjoy soldering (fire! fire! heh heh! fire is cool...) It's fun to see it change color and watch the solder flow and meld into the metal. 

can't really tell from this picture, but the color was changing. 

more macro photos. Nate loves that camera.

remember to always use pliers folks! burning flesh smells worse than polishing compound. and hurts like hell too. 

going for the third hand. love the glasses. 

so how does your bench/work table look? a mess? organized chaos? just getting there? 

28 April 2011

fun with cat feet

Wolfie is a camera hog. I was playing with the macro lens the other day, taking some photos of some more bracelets made a la 7000bracelets style, and she wanted to show her love, so she got in the photo. 

Such a silly girl

27 April 2011


where we were yesterday?

no, I didn't ride this, but it looked really cool.

mom; in front of me; me, and sister, waiting in line. lots of lines. but not long lines. not a bad day for waiting in line. 

not true snow

on the way to a line

it was an adventurous day

I would have loved a dip in this lake

this one is for my brother, who is a HUGE Simpson's fan

we were at Universal Orlando! Mom and sister got on all the rides they wanted, we ate, laughed (a LOT), and Nate took all the pics with our new macro lens. He's as in love with it as I am. I'll have some good macro pics of the stuff we made this week soon. 

hope you are having an adventuresome week!

25 April 2011

camera photo

Nate was having fun playing with the camera the other day while mom and sister were here. The lighting is not so good, but a damn funny picture. We've been having fun laughing and playing cards and eating and taking naps. LOTS of naps. It's all good. More photos to come.

22 April 2011

quote o' the day - for Earth Day

I pray for this every day. Here is to a promise of a more tolerant, compassionate, understanding, peaceful new day. I'm riding my bike to work, so I need to get ready. Have a great weekend!

20 April 2011

whatcha makin' now?

a mess is what I'm making now and wishing I was here hanging from the tree with Scotty and not doing much of anything. 

We have been cleaning up the house getting ready for a visit from my mom and sister on friday, so many other things have gone by the wayside. Besides that, when I was vacuuming last night, I sucked up the 'E' key in the vacuum. got it back, but in my haste to reattach it, I broke off the part of it that makes the key pop back up, so now whn I typ if I don't hit th 'e' ky hard nough, this is what my typing looks lik. no ''. w hav lots of kyboards around hr, so I'll s if i can find anothr on to rplac th ky. Its kind of annoying to have to hit one ky so hard all th time. It doesn't help that it's one of th most used letters in th English language.

They'll be here for a week, so I'll be posting intermittently. Mom loves jewelry, so I'll catch you up on what we end up making, because inevitably we'll end up making something.

Have a great week, don't forget to celebrate Earth Day friday by doing something earthy, and don't lose your 'E' key. 

17 April 2011

Thank you!

kissy face for you!
A big thank you to everyone that has visited my blog during the 7000 bracelets for hope blog hop! This has been great! I've had kind of a tiring week, with my friend's husband dying and an important party for my dear friend's daughter, so I have not made it to everyone's blog. I will get to you all this week, I promise. It's always exciting to see what everyone has made. I get such inspiration from so many other people, it's awesome. 

I hope you have had as much fun as I have participating in this worthy project. Enjoy the blog hop and have a great week!

16 April 2011

7000k bracelets for hope reveal

So here is the blue stash 'o beads. Lots of blue here. I have a cleaning cloth I use to keep the beads on the table when I'm working, and they all kinda matched. really matchy matchy and almost hurts my eyes all this blue.

Here I am trying to focus on what I'm doing and my man decides to take a picture to test his lens. Why he always takes a picture of the reddest side of my face, I don't know. 

and Voila! here it is! I have an affinity for all things french, and I've been keeping up on my practice so that when I move there one day I'll be proficient enough to speak, read, and write it. I used some sterling silver extreme flex wire from softflex, some of their crimp tubes, and a sterling silver clasp. 

I can't wait for my macro lens! 

Check out what everyone else made for this good cause, and thanks to Lori from Pretty Things for putting this all together:

Bracelet Blog Hop

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got To Doodle 
3.  Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4.  Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings
7.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9.  Amy Severino, Amy's Beads
10.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11.  Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12.  Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13.  Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14.   Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15.  Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16.  Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium 
18.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19.  Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There's Beading To Be Done!
20.  Nicki Keller, Nicki's Reef

21.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23.  Carrie Tahquechi,  Carrie T
24.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 
26.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 
28.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
29.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady 
30.  Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs 

31.  Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux  
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads 
33.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread 
34.  Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde 
35.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre 
36.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me 
37.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co. 
38.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 
39.  CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations 
40.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash 

41.  Sandra Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box 
42.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 
43.  Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn 
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle 
45.  Emanda Johnson, Artemisia's Studio 
46.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss 
47.  Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads
48.  Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49.  Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50.  Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53.  Andrea Robinson,  Madame Magpie's Shiny Things
54.  John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55.  Breana Fry, Vault 31
56.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60.  Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61.  Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64.  Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65.  Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66.  Norma Agron, Norma's Clay
67.  Ana Novak, Cat's Pajamas, Dog's Tuxedos
68.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72.  Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73.  Deana Hager, Just Deez' Art & Life
74.  Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
75.  Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76.  Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77.  Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79.  Sally Russick, WireWorked
80.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter 

81.  KJ, KJ's Beadacious Beads
82.  Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman ... Art, Life, Love 
84.  Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy
85.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86.  Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87.  Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88.  Deb Beechy, Beetique
89.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place 
90.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts

91.  Judy Riley, Three Red Beads 
92.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studio   **you are here**
 93.  Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94.  Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden
95.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96.  Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97.  Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98.  Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99.  Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100.  Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores 

101.  Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets 
102.  Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy 
103.  Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104.  Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106.  Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107.  Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108.  Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109.  Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110.  Maggie Towne, Maggie's Bead Towne

 111.  Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112.  Mary Ellen Parker,  BeeTree by m.e.

15 April 2011

quote o' the day

For my very dear friend who's husband recently died of cancer. 

I know it's hard to believe this now, this quote, but I also believe that it's true. And 'okay' means different things to different people. It doesn't always mean sunshine and flowers, and we're all shiny happy people again. It can mean that this person is finally out of pain, as much as we are in it. It can mean that you got to spend 30 years with the love of your life; most people aren't that lucky. It can mean that you have friends that bring you food and keep you company when you need it. It can mean that someday, you know, that you will see them again. I hope this makes sense. 

13 April 2011

whatcha makin' now?

So I'm getting ready for the 7k bracelets for hope reveal on saturday. I have more blue beads than I thought. So many pretty shades of blue, and you know I love the butterflies. Not quite sure yet how to put it all together. My usual m.o. is using jewelry wire, but I have some chain I'd like to use up too, and I need to make the bracelet adjustable, so I think I may go that way. So many choices! I probably won't be using much silver wire though, as it's soooo expensive now! more than double what it was last year at this time! holy cow! And copper doesn't go very well with blue (I think) so I don't think I'll be using copper on this one. You never know though, I may put it together and think it looks FAB - O and run with it. Sometimes, you never know how something is truly going to look until you put it all together. 

look for the big reveal on saturday, with links to all the other jewelers (I know of) that are participating. 

11 April 2011

another groovy cool giveaway!

You know, I just love spreading the good news about giveaways. I have in mind to just post about giveaways for like, a week in a row, maybe more, since there are so many of them out there. It could be my own little challenge to myself, to see how many I could post in one month. But that's for another time...

Cat, over at Olive bites and polarity, is hosting another groovy cool giveaway!  Roberto Sand, over at Bullfrog laserworks, is giving away a custom rubber stamp! How awesome is that? From the looks of his etsy site, this guy is good with the laser, and makes everything to order, nothing on the shelf, he says. If I won, I'd be hard pressed to pick just one type of stamp, you know, like what to put for the stamp. Decisions, decisions. Go to Cat's blog for more info on how to win.

10 April 2011

7000 bracelets of hope

I'm very excited/honored/happy to be participating in the 7000 bracelets for hope campaign by the global genes project. This is to help raise awareness of rare diseases, and to show support to the families that are living with rare diseases, disorders, or conditions. 7000 jewelry designers will be taking part in this campaign! I'm working in tandem with Lori over at Pretty Things who has arranged a blog hop for this saturday for the big reveal of all the bracelets. 

This is so exciting! To have so many designers from all over the world come together for such a campaign, this is great! I think this is a great way to get motivated, inspired, and also try something new. Very cool.

I'll post my pic on saturday along with the list of participants so we can check out all our wares. I'm extra stoked too 'cuz I'm gonna have my new macro camera lens! woot! woot! I can't wait! yowza! See you then!

06 April 2011

whatcha makin' now?

I like industrial kind of stuff, and you know I've talked about Skycraft here before. You know, the guy store that my man has dragged me to on many many occasions. It's like guys being dragged to the mall with their women, same concept.

Needless to say, since this is a guy store, there's lots of guy stuff, like tools, wire, electronics and such. They also have transistors, like what I've used here:

and recently I found some washers and coils too

I'd thought of painting the washers to make them more colorful, but the paint would just wear off after awhile, and what fun is that? I'll use some some of my fatty rubber cording to make a really cool necklace.

how about you? whatcha makin' now?  

03 April 2011

last chance for a super cool giveaway!

who would *not* want to win this FAB - O bag?! (dog not included)

super crafty and creative Lori over at Studio Waterstone is giving away this handmade bag! of course, it's repurposed and recycled and very cool. If I win, I know just the person to gift it to. 
go to the links NOW and set up to win baby! 

02 April 2011

busy busy...

Been doing lots of things lately, and wish I could concentrate on one thing...

been working in the garden...

been working on my repurposed belts-to-yoga-straps. the dern sewing machine needs altered so that it will sew these. I've broken 2 needles trying to sew these things. These new fangled machines of today...

finished reading a good book...

and congratulated Rogue on her stealth extermination skillz. 

such a busy weekend and not even done yet! what are you up to? anything exciting? any new skillz to talk about? tell me all...