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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


My soup came! The box of beads was waiting for me when I came in the door. I love boxes of beads.

Vintage glass, fresh water pearls, a toggle clasp, just enough seed beads and, oh my stars, this:

Tina told me that it was from a souvenir spoon that she flattened and drilled. It's going to make a lovely pendant and I already have an idea for the necklace. What did I send to her? I'm glad you asked.

She actually got two soups. One is built around rose quartz and the other around an ammonite and some jaspers and agates. I will provide more details on everything later. I can't wait to see what she makes. I also included a little pair of earrings I made just because. Those are niobium, copper, mookite, and glass.

And the sweetest picture this week:

Luke had a big welcoming reception when he got home. It is just too sweet how his big brothers can't stop touching him and kissing him. I really didn't want to leave but I'll be going back again soon.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Previews & News!

I actually have two previews. There are some yummy beads in these packets, very tummy beads. Here is the first:

And it's a really bad photo - I didn't get a chance to edit. You find out why down below. Here is the second preview:

And it will be mailed on time today even though I am a little ways from home. You see, that's not my dining table or my cup. My plans were slightly interrupted this week by arrival of the sweetest little bundle of joy:

And this time we waited a full nine months so he gets to come home today with his mommy and daddy. His name is Luke and we are all very excited. And even though the weather is freakishly gorgeous, I will not brave the beach for it is spring break. Yeah, that's right - no beach. I've got other things to keep me occupied.

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's That Time Of Year Again!

Did you miss me? You know I'm like a bad penny - I always turn up where you least expect me, especially when it's that time of year.

Once again, I have a fantastic swap partner. Tomorrow I will introduce you to Tina Bosh. This is my fourth year participating the Blog Hop and it's Tina's third. She and I have a lot more in common than just beads, but I'll tell you more about that later.

Oh, and did you remember to spring forward? It is that time of year after all!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I Beaded!

Yes! For the first time in months!

Unfortunately, I was so wrapped up in the story being told as my beading group sat around the table that I counted 66 rather than the 88 needed for the cabochon surround. (I was picking up multiples of 22.) Of course, I did not notice this until I was packing up to leave. I had already gotten to the very last round and wondered why the points were off. Then Jessi said "that looks awfully small" so I held it up to the cab. Of course it was.

So now I must redo everything I did and start again. But the point is, I beaded.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Giveaway Alert!

It's been a while, but this is a double giveaway and the items are fabulous! Not a designer? Look at the necklace!

Hop over to the Esfera Travel blog and check this out:

From Thea Elements - a wonderful set of beads (selfishly, I want this - back off!).

And from Esfera's blog this CUTE owl necklace (okay, I want this to - ignore this post).

Hop over and follow the rules. Good luck! (But we all know I'll win, right?)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Who Doesn't Love Lewis Carroll?

"The hurrier I go, the behinder I get . . . "

and who doesn't love the illustrations of Sir John Tenniel?
For Christmas, T-man got the flu. Fortunately I have only succumbed to a bad cold combined with awful allergies. Combine this with being out of town for several days and mind-numbing cold (all things relative) and I now feel like I'm running a month behind and, no matter how much I hurry I will still be behind.

Alice was FEARLESS! My heroine.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

This is my word for the year. This year I will not let myself be held back by insecurities nor by my negativity from my past. I will not listen to negative thoughts. I will not be afraid to try something new and push forward with it.

If I am fearless, then YES I can! I want an entire year of YES I CAN. It will be nice for a change.

What is your word for the year?? Come on, you can tell me. That's what friends are for.