Monday, October 31, 2011

And the WINNER is..........

......Lori Peterson, COME ON DOWN!!!
(Lori, please contact me at so I can get your shipping address.)

Thank you all for playing and for all the nice comments! I LOVE you guys!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Would you like to win this bead?

One bead shown both front and back.

All you have to do is leave a comment. Yep, simple as that!
Contest will be active until Sunday Oct. 30, 2011 at midnight, (Pacific time). Drawing for the winner will be held on Monday October 31, 2011, (Yep, Halloween), and announced at 9 am. So go on, leave a comment.......

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lots of new stuff!

"Zentangle" Necklace

"Skywriter" bracelet. Available in my Etsy shop.

Floral focal. Available at Etsy.

Hollyhock heart focal. Also available at Etsy.

It's a perfect autumn day. I have a nice cozy fire in the fireplace and I'm watching out the window as the leaves fall from the trees. This is also "Date Night". Dinner with my man and we will not be going to Norm's Place! We will be spending plenty of time there this weekend as it's our 1 year anniversay and we have lots of special stuff going on. Yep, 1 year!  Wow!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Seems that life has taken the upper hand with me lately. Since my last post so much has happened and although it was only a few days ago it seems like months.12 days ago I ended up in
the emergency room with a severe gall bladder attack. Since this was the second attack since June and my attempts at trying to control the pain with diet weren't working, it was decided I
would be admitted for emergency surgery to remove said gall bladder.
This was the very first surgery I've ever experienced. No joke. I never even had my tonsils removed as a kid or had a broken bone. I'm soon to be 58 years old and pretty healthy overall. It's
a good thing because what I thought was going to be a piece of cake,  this surgery.... has kicked my butt. I'm slowly coming around to feeling human again but it's a process. I thought it was
pretty cool on the first day home from the hospital to have an excuse to lay in bed and watch movies all day, because that's not something I would ever do, but the first few days that 
followed left me feeling so sick I could think of little else but sleep. I started feeling normal again after about the sixth day and today I'm feeling pretty good. Tired today because I spent
yesterday cleaning house and vacuuming and moping is probably something I should have saved till I was a little further along in the healing process. Oh well, it's done now and I can
hopefully get back to making beads tomorrow.

Remember my broken car? Well, now that the medical bills for surgery will start piling up we aren't really in a position to buy a new car. So, my old car was repaired and for now she runs
like new.

Stay tuned for new items from me as I start getting geared up for the holidays............

Monday, October 10, 2011

Without wheels :-(

I'm waiting for a chain for this gorgeous pendant. The encased floral bead is a rectangular cube shape and took several hours to create.

Hmmm, let's see.....what's new and exciting? Only 20 more days until our 1 year anniversary of opening Norm's Place. We are planning on a weekend long Halloween/Annniversary bash at the bar. Great food and drink specials, live music as well as Karaoke, and a costumn party on the 31st! It's gonna be a blast but I have soooo much to do to get prepared. And wouldn't you know my poor 13 year old car is in a very bad way and I think it needs way more help than I am willing to pay for. Perhaps  it's time for a new/ or,  new-to-me car. In the meantime I have to work my schedule around Norm's so I can use his truck for my errands.
I have owned exactly 2 cars in the last 26 years. Yes, I've been very lucky and haven't had the problems with cars that lots of people do. I've been thinking about the type of car I would buy if I chose a new car and I'm thinking about this.........

I've been doing some research online to find the pros and cons, (which there are in every car I'm sure). I'm liking what I've discovered so far. The Kia Soul is a less expensive car so I know I will be giving up some things I've been used to. I am willing to concede on things like a NON luxury interior and a little more road noise than my old car. But I think the Soul is really cute and fits my personality.
I may decide to buy a "previouly owned" car. In that case who knows what I may end up with. All I know is I sure hope I have a different car in my garage next week at this time because I don't like being without one.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Autumn and Family

I have a younger sister that lives in Alaska. Her name is Kelly and we have lived in different states for over 20 years. I don't get to see her much. I miss spending time with her. For some reason this first bracelet makes me think of Kelly so I decided to name it "Miss You Sister". I love you Kelly! Isn't it time for a visit?  I have a brother that I miss also but at least he and I live in the same state. For some reason autumn makes me think of family and spending time with them.