Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Studio Cleaning & Organizing Spree!

I was out making beads when I kept getting all my blacks mixed up. I ended up having spiderwebs in my bead designs, which are a good thing when that is the design intended, or my spots that I wanted black were purple. I also have colors that my friend Linda would give me or colors that I bought at a local glass place that are all mislabeled or not labeled at all. That lead me into the biggest organizing spree ever. I decided I am going label each and every rod if it kills me. I mean, we are going to be moving in a few months so they would all end in a big jumbled mess anyways. This way, the virgo inside me will be happy. Nice, clean, organized work area with LABELED glass. What a shocker.

I got my shipment in the mail yesterday with blacks and a batch of Precision Diamond Clear, my new favorite clear. As long as it doesn't crack my beads like the last rod did. I'm still at a loss on where I got that rod from to determine if the rest I have here is from the bad batch as well. That was a total bummer that I made all those pretty encased beads, made them into earrings and crack, crack, crack. Wasted beads and wasted silver. Not a good mix at all. Oh well... onto more beadmaking. It's not like I ever tire of it.

Just a final note... I made over my etsy shop to match my blog and added google analytics. YAY me! I love when I get things accomplished!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Little Things

Yesterday was a good day. It was a beautiful day out. Spring Break started for the grade schools and the beaches were packed. The time with kids was great. The simple things really make a difference. We had Good Humour Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Ice Cream bars and played with balloon punch balls. Ahhh the little things that make kids smile!
On another note, I passed my Community Health Nursing Theory and Practicum class with A's and my Health Assessment class with a B. I was floored. I've been busting my butt and would forget assignments and I was considering dropping at one point. I'm so glad I persevered. Now onto Nursing Research and Legal and Ethical Nursing.

And, of course, my little artistic touch to this blog post. I took my lampwork bracelet out of the tumbler yesterday. Inspired from Kerry Bogert and her Totally Twisted book.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Blue Twix

Some pictures of a new bracelet I made. Lampwork beads made by me as well. I call it Blue Twix. Sorry the pictures are a bit over exposed because of the sun is bright here in sunny Florida today.

Treasury Loved

This treasury totally caught my eye. And, of course, I added most of the artists to my favorites. The felted bear, the bunny, the chihuahua in the scarf, the spirit of woodlands, and of course the fonts are just totally unique and gorgeous. The vintage earrings and the wirewrapped earrings are, of course, some of my new favorites as well. This treasury is just that, a treasure. Found things that need to make their way into my home. Go visit and see what I'm talking about.

Friday, March 26, 2010

5 Things that Made Me Happy Today

1. Family
2. Togetherness
3. Grandmas and Grandpas
4. The thought of growing old with my husband, hand and hand
5. Starbucks peppermint mocha lattes and low fat banana chocolate chip cake

Thursday, March 25, 2010

5 Things that Made Me Happy Today

1. The smiles on my kids' faces.
2. Chocolate all over Matthew's face as he sucks his finger to make sure he got every last drop.
3. Getting to the torch and making a bunny bead.
4. My husband telling me he has faith in my beads and jewelry when I wasn't asking for his opinion, he just gave it.
5. My 14-year-old son, Brandon, dressing NICE for school without being prompted! ... next for that hair...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Journey to Happiness...

*sings* Shiney, Happy People Laughing...

Depart from Toxic People... no matter who they are to you.

Enjoy Each & Every Moment.

Five Things That Made Me Happy Today:
  • Waking Up.
  • My Children Smiling.
  • My Son's Eccentricism.
  • Being Healthy.
  • French Roast Coffee with Hazelnut Cream & Splenda.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Quickie Beads

I couldn't wait to post some beads I made after not being able to get out to the torch in awhile. One bead is still stuck on the mandrel, its the other aqua one. So, I took a quickie pic with my video recorder out the door. Kinda crappy for a picture but I sooo love these beads. I never make beads this small and I really like how they turned out.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Blog

I wanted to start a new blog because a blog JUST about me is boring to me. I wanted to write about others artwork and my inspiration as well as mine when I actually get around to making things. Regardless of how busy I am with family, college, and work, I always find time to read and oogle and get INSPIRED. I love looking at other people's artwork and it inspires me to get my butt out at the bench. One day, I'll have enough time to just do my love but for now, it's not in the stars. Ok, well that's my get started blurb. I'll write more later. I'm just glad I got the blog looking the way I like. Thanks for stopping by!