Sunday, December 27, 2009

One Thing Leads to Another

A collaboration with my friend Sally resulted in this beautiful bracelet. I made mine working short rows. I used two small toggle for the clasps. Sally made hers with long rows and maded a beaded a toggle clasp. We both have Marcia DeCoster's Bead Opulence book. Oh the possibilities are limitless with the techinques Marcia uses in her designs. Bead Happy my Friends. Go buy Marcia DeCoster's book you won't be disappointed!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Turn It Off

If you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at. Art surprised me with a Flip Video. He than proceeded to call me a gadget junkie. Here I am without my first cup of coffee in the morning and starting the day with 4 hours of sleep. It's not pretty but it is pretty darn funny. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

New and Old Traditions

It feels like our first Christmas together and we have been married for 20 years. My husband has always worked the holidays.  This year I had a choice.  I could go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  When Art asked me to spend Christmas with him I happily agreed. My Aunt Delores made my Palm tree which stays out all year. This year I added colored lights and extra Christmas ornaments. I hung the star lights and stockings with care without a worry because we both were filled with good cheer.

Christmas dinner was delivered just in the Nick of time. Pizza from Gino's East in Chicago.  We are making new traditions this year.

Merry Christmas. Peace be with you this Holiday Season.

Monday, December 21, 2009

What Bead Porn?

I have seen this term a time or two on a few blogs. My friend Katie heard we took a little trip across the swamps to Turquoise Coyote. She asked me share some bead porn. I took out my camera and snapped a few shots of the bling we picked up.

I picked up these beads shopping with my sister over Thanksgiving.

I couldn't resist the 3mm crystals.

The sparkle of the crystal connectors and rose montees called my name. While the rest of the country got hit with snow, I enjoyed a great day with my friends driving to Ponchatoula to satisfy our lust for beads.

To see more bead porn stop by Lorelei's blog and the Silver Parrot: The REAL ORIGINAL BEAD PORN.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Things We Found in the French Quarter

I have had a really good time the last couple of days exploring New Orleans with my friends Judith and Bob. As we headed out the door I remembered "I need my camera".  I ran back in grabbed the camera and we were off and running.  The first interesting thing I saw I tried to take a picture and realized I left my battery in the charger.  No picture taking for me!  It's been about four years since I have been down town.  We walked for hours enjoying the tourists and site seeing.  We found one store that had that had a few things I needed a photo of.

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