Monday, March 29, 2010

Rainy Days & Mondays

Great! Now I have that song stuck in my head! Actually, despite the wet, dreary day, things are going quite well.

My Dad came home from the hospital on Friday with Oxygen, but he is managing well. He is starting to sound more like himself, too. Thank you for all your kind words. Now on to some fun stuff...

Nicole at Beadwright is having a fantastic giveaway to celebrate her birthday! She is giving away, if you can believe it, this beautiful beaded gourd!( I don't know what is up with Blogger, but I have tried to add the picture twice. )For the time being, click on Beadwright & it will take you to her giveaway post. I will come back & try to upload the photo again a bit later.

Finally was able to upload the photo & make it a clickable link. Wasn't it worth the wait? Now you can either click on the highlighted "Beadwright" above or the photo & you will go straight to Nicole's post to enter.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Mr. Orange Sea Horse

Somewhere in the midst of the craziness that is my life at the moment, I managed to finish up the last of the Sea Horses for a custom order. This one, obviously, is orange. He really sparkles in the sunlight. I love the white & orange beads that I found for the tail fin. I enjoy getting custom orders because they help me to "think outside the box". I probably would never have thought of doing sea horses in these colors, but I am very pleased with the result. Hope the customer is, too!

So now that I have a chance to breathe....My 83-year-old father was rushed to the hospital on St. Pat's Day with double pneumonia. After a CAT Scan they found some incidental findings that initiated 3 more tests which I am relieved all came back negative. His breathing is getting better & they are starting physical therapy so they can release him. I've just been running, running, running. It's an hour to the hospital from our house, and I have had little time for anything else. In between I am still been getting PT for my shoulder which is somewhat better. A few more weeks should do it. It will calm down, soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Few Days Late....


Happy Spring!

Hope to be back soon to visit and comment on all of your blogs! Have a great day!


Friday, March 19, 2010

Enjoy!

My week is going from not too bad to not so good. On that note, I'll call it a week and be back Monday. I wish everyone a nice weekend. Hope the sun is shining where you are.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sea Horse #2


Happy St. Patrick's Day! I really enjoy St. Pat's Day even though I am not Irish. My family loves a corned beef dinner complete with carrots, potatoes & cabbage. This year I am even going to try making my own Irish Soda Bread. I pulled an easy recipe off the internet--I'll let you know how it turns out. It was always a little tradition to color our daughter's milk green tonight, but since she stopped drinking milk at dinner, I guess that tradition has come to an end too. Sigh. Mr. Moose will enjoy a beer with dinner, but I won't be able to partake this year. Sigh. I had to go the the Orthopedics office yesterday because I was afraid I tore my rotator cuff, but fortunately it just seems like an inflammation. Nevertheless, I'm on anti-inflammatory medicine for 30 days & I'll try a course of Physical Therapy to see if I can get rid of the pain. Sigh.

I finished the second of three Sea Horses. This one really sparkles in the sunlight! I'm really enjoying making these beaded sculptures/suncatchers. I've done a unicorn, a flamingo, a sea turtle, a hummingbird, and a white buffalo. I had a suggestion to make some geckos and lizzards. Anyone out there have any other suggestions?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hoot! Hoot!




Good Morning! Here's a little box that I finished over the weekend. I bead embroidered the basic part of the owl with some beautiful beads that I bought from Beadwright. Nicole is clearing out her stock of beads so you might want to take a look. The owls feet were taken from part of a fiber strand that I won during OWOH. I added beads at the end for the nails. The feathers are actually turkey feathers given to me by a hunter. Around the base of the box I embroidered a brown wavy line & added some light olive green glass flower beads. I haven't done much bead embroidery, but I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Productive Day!


Well today was a very productive day for me. After making a quick trip to the supermarket (my family wants to eat again tonight), I set myself a goal to finish the first of 3 Sea Horse Suncatchers for an order. To accomplish this, I had to first stay off the computer and away from my blog roll.

The customer requested them after having seen a green one I just listed in my Etsy shop. She requested Cobalt Blue, Oranges, and Yellow/Topaz. I am happy with the way the first one turned out. The other beads are on order as well as some more wire, so I should get started on them soon.

Hope your day was a good one!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Book Review

Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton is the delightful book I won during OWOH.

Chloe Hobbs is the owner of the local knit shop, "Stick and Strings", a place where the roving basket is never empty and you never drop a stitch! The story takes place in Sugar Maple, a tourist town in Vermont. The tourists are blissfully oblivious that the town is inhabited by Witches, Vampires, Fairies & Trolls. Chloe is single & it rests on her head to find a proper mate in order to continue the protective spell that enfolds the town. When the spell begins to weaken and the first ever murder occurs in Sugar Maple a Boston Cop is sent to investigate. Sparks literally fly as Chloe & Luke, the Cop, fall in love.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book--it was lighthearted, quick to read and even with the subject matter...not too outlandish! There are even some knitting patterns in the back of the book! All in all a fun romance.

After reading this book, I did a search and learned that there is a sequel, Laced With Magic which continues the story of Chloe and Luke. I may just request it from my local library.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Early St. Pat's Day


You never know where orders may come from. I participate in a Holiday Boutique every Christmas which is actually a craft show in a woman's home. She takes your items, sets them up & sells for you from Friday night to Sunday, then repacks everything. All for a percentage of your sales--which I find acceptable.

A customer at the show, who happens to be a friend of the show host, saw some beaded brooches I sent, bought one & then contacted me about a custom order. She is half Irish, half Scottish and wanted an heirloom brooch to use as gifts & for her fundraiser ventures. She sent me a photo which I interpreted in beads, and the result was these French Beaded Thistle/Shamrock brooches. We transacted everything by emails; and when she came to pick them up, she liked them so much she ordered 6 more on the spot!

Sales can come from anywhere at any time! Many times I have received custom orders from customers who say a particular item in my Etsy shop and wanted it in a different color. Don't be discouraged, keep creating what you love, keep listing and people will find you!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The sweetest pocket journal ever!


I was lucky enough to win this beautiful art pocket journal, gifted to me by Catworx and made by JoAnnA Pierotti of Moss Hill Studio. I love its rustic look and I plan to keep it near by my work area for when those inspirational thoughts pop into my head!

So that is the last of my wins to show off. Pretty soon I will start showing off how I have used some of them!

Snow again today-but that fine, almost rainy kind of snow. It is only supposed to stick on colder surfaces and be 1-3". As my husband keeps reminding me..."It's Winter!" Even if my thoughts are already turning to Spring and the flowers I plan to add to my shop!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Not so bad after all

When all was said and done, we got 8-10" of snow. The weekend was kind of dreary, but it warmed up enough to start melting the snow at least off the trees. We were very fortunate as many areas (not so far away)lost power for days! Today it is windy and up to 41 degrees, so that should go a long way towards melting some more snow. And best of all...the sun is finally shining!

I was the happy winner during OWOH of Lovie. She came to me along with a beautiful note from Regi at Southern OOAKS. She is absolutely beautiful and has the sweetest expression. She makes me smile and reminds me to keep it light!

Regina has just taken the plunge and opened an Etsy shop. I am so happy for her and wish her much success. Stop by and see the other delightful art dolls she has created as well as some unique jewelry!
Thanks, Regi, I love her!