Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mr. Bingle

When Santa left his shop one day he found a snowman near his sleigh. "you'll be my helper now." he said, and tapped the little fellow's head.

The snowman found that he could talk. "Look Santa I can even walk!" And then he gave a little sigh..."oh how I wish I could fly!"

So Santa gave him holly wings then looking through his Christmas things, found ornaments the very size to make a pair of shining eyes.

Than Santa said, "You need a hat; an ice cones's just right for that. And keep this candy cane with you; you'll see what magic it can do!"

The snowman laughed and sang a jingle, so Santa named him Mr. Bingle®" That's how it happened. Now he's here for us to enjoy throughout the year!

The story about how Mr. Bingle originated can be found on Wikpedia

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Win an iPAd from

Who hasn't said "I want an ipad"?

And, as if giving away 10,000 gift cards wasn't enough just kicked off a giveaway for a new Apple iPad! They even bought the iPad with 3G capability so you can get online just about anywhere. It would be so exciting if you won! Everyone who places an order between now and the end of the year will get an automatic entry for a chance to win. There is an alternate way to enter for those who don't want to place an order. Here's the link to more info about this: Thank you for helping to spread Christmas cheer with your generous give-aways. Merry Christmas to all. Now lets go shopping!

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today my dad would have been 81 years old. Happy Birthday Dad. We miss you!

Monday, December 13, 2010

All That Sparkles

40 3-mm Copper Crystals surround a 14mm Volcano rivoli followed by 60 Copper Crystals beaded around chain links accented with 24 kt seed beads.
Brings back memories of a Caribbean sunset tucked away reminding me I will see more of those sunsets in March.
This one of my favorite designs. I made earrings to match.

We will be beading in links in one of the classes I am teaching on Bead Cruise 2011

There is still time to join us as we take our beads to the high seas.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

A Gallon of Milk

Wait, aren't we suppose to be talking about Christmas? Making gifts and shopping for those on our list along with decorating the tree and wrapping presents. I made plans for a trip to San Antonio to visit with Heather and make Christmas cookies with the girls.
It all changed with trip to the grocery store and a gallon of a milk.
A pulled muscle.
A trip to the doctor.
Physical therapy.
Another trip to the doctor
and confirmation it's not a pulled muscle.
It's a hernia.

I just had surgery in August to repair a previous one. That was number three. Oh gosh I was a baby. I cried and cried because I am not ready for another surgery. After the tears were spent I accepted it. "It is what it is". With the help of my daughter Amiee, we researched and found Tulane University Medical Center has a clinic that treats my kind of problem. My doctor made a referral and I have an appointment Tuesday morning.

On a brighter note Art and I put up our Christmas tree. It was nice working together to make the season bright. We are looking forward to the holidays. There will be something special under the tree for Cricket who sat so patiently while I snapped a picture or two.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Art Beads and Bead Crochet

I added these two new bracelets to my etsy shop this week.
I named them Art Beads mets Bead Crochet.
I love the combination of textures and colors.

Polymer clay bead by Pam Wynn.
Glass disc beads by Blue Sariphin.
Bead caps by Elaine Ray.

Black Raven by Humblebeads.
Glass disc beads by Blue Sariphin.
Leaf bead by Elaine Ray.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dinner with Friends

I am so thankful for friends. We are gathering for dinner at Aleta and Greg's for dinner early this evening. We had so much fun the first time we are doing it again. I am cooking the main course for the meal. I picked up baby potatoes in colors of yellow, purple and red, a sweet onion and baby portabella mushrooms.

I gave them a bath and put them in the bottom of the crockpot.

In a pan I browned the outside of a Sirloin tip using just a little Virgin Olive oil to seal in the favor. I sat the roast on top of the vegetables. Lipton Onion Mushroom soup mix is my favorite seasoning for the top. I added just a tad over a 1/2 cup water to the mix and put the lid on to let it slowly cook all day.

About an hour ago I cut up the baby Portabella mushrooms and sprinkled them over and around the roast and potatoes. We are down to the last hour of cooking and my house smells so good! Good food and good friends. Life is good.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

West End

I took a ride this morning to the other side of town to see a new Doctor. I drove down West End and by the 17th street canal where the levee broke with hurricane Katrina. There was a lot of reconstruction taking place. The marina was filled with boats but the damage from the storm could still be seen.

The doctor I saw today who is working on fixing the damage from the massive amount of steroids I took after being exposed to the chemical the apartment complex used to resurface the patio in the apartment above me. Apparently the side effect was an ulcer in my stomach. Time. It all takes time to recover.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Vintage Rose

Black 1-cut seedbeads
Crocheted into a rope
Surround a vintage style brass rose.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blogging With A Mobile Device

We have moved into a world of modern technology where blogging from your mobile device is as easy as sending an email. Most of my recent blog posts have been made from my iPod Touch 4th gen. My favorite part about this device is I can take a picture and post it to my blog via email. These instructions will work with any mobile device that lets you insert a picture and send it by email.
These steps will walk you through setting up a blogger email.
Step One: After logging into blogger go to the dash board.
Step Two: Click on Settings

Step Three: Click on Email and Mobile under posting options. Finish filling in the blank. This will be your email address to send your blog post to. Step Four: Choose of the following options:

Step Five: Save your settings.
In your contacts create a blogger contact with your new blogger email.
From the mobile device go to your photos.
Pick the picture you want to blog about.
Click on the icon to send your picture as an email.
The Subject: Is the Title of your Blog Post
Write your story above the picture or below the picture.

Click Send!
You have made your first post with your mobile device via email. What's stopping you...get out there and blog!!

Friday, October 08, 2010

First and Last

Going back in time. I bought a roll of chain from a vendor at the Bead & Button show. It was the last of it's kind so I was told. I loved the tear shape and how it was connected. I used the first links on The Dazzled Necklace. A few dragonflies were adorned with the chain. I gave some of the chain away. Next I made earrings with the links.
I've come to the last of the links in the chain. It was a perfect match for this bracelet with a rivoli.

I have searched the internet high and low and haven't found another source for this chain. It is copper and measures 5/8 of an inch tall by a 1/2 half. If you should see something similar I would love to hear about it.

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When I Bead

Cricket looks like this. Just a little sad. Wondering when I'll put the beads down and play with him.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

Lima Beads

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Featuring beads from the following bead artist.
CK Coop.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Winner of the Keys

The winner of the keys is lucky number 13. The bad news is the 13th person signed anonymous. I have no way to know who this person is or how to contact them. Therefore I did not include them in the drawing. This make Courtney the winner. Courtney contact me with your mailing information and I will put get them in the mail for you.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Who is this girl?

Me!! I try to hide from the camera. I am being brave today and putting myself out there for every one to see. It's just that kind of day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Singing The Blues

Doctor give me the news. I got a bad case of singing the blues.

It's good to know I don't have to go out and look for new doctors.
My concern is what hospital I will have to go to with this morning's news. My next question is how can EJGH afford to loose 40% of their patients. They wanted to increase Blue Cross rates by 18% to cover what was not being paid by other insurance companies. Healthcare and services continue to deteriorate five years after hurricane Katrina.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

The Key to....

The key to all my frequent blogging has been the new iPod Touch 4th gen. I can take a photo and send it in an email directly to blogger. Yesterday we took a road trip to Turquoise Coyote where I picked up these keys. They are pewter reproductions. (lead-free) I got some for me and some to give away. The winner will get all 3 keys. All you have to do is leave a comment. Facebook, Tweet or make a blogpost for an extra chance to win. Just leave another comment letting me know to increase your chance of winning.
The winner will be picked September 30th with the lucky number generator.
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Big Trucks Can Be Scary

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Every night I sit down and have dinner with Kate and Amiee. I think everyone in my family should own the iPod touch so I could join them for a dinner conversation too!

Bald Eagle's Nest

Ben Franklin's Case for the Turkey

In a letter to his daughter Sarah Bache, Ben Franklin shares his disappointment that the Bald Eagle, and not the turkey, was chosen as the centerpiece for the Great Seal:

"For my own part I wish the Eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead tree near the river, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the Fishing Hawk ... For the truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America ... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on."

[source: The Franklin Institute]

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Partner in Crime

Better known as Sally my best friend!
Shopping today at Tuesday Morning where we found Kraft Totes on sale for $19.99 (regular $59.99).
We scored a great deal.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Beading With The Tribe

Beady Friends! Front: Beverly Herman and Kay Jackson Back: Lynn Futch, Katie Nelson and Karen Firnberg met at Karen's house for a day of beading.

The beads were spread across the table. We laughed and talked. Karen made a great lunch for us. Her special roast with 3 ingredients, rice and gravy with our favorite green beans. Topped off with a delicious lemon pie for dessert. Karen worked away on her Les Perles de La Mer design by Marcia DeCoster. I would ask are you done yet? Karen would say "not yet". Isn't it just beautiful! Love the Black and Gold.
We gave. We gifted. How did Katie know I didn't have a Jade Scott pendant. I do now!
I had the best time.
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Apartment Dwelling Is Not For Sissy

The maintenance crew was on the spot ready to renovate the apartment above us. He don's a respirator. What is the respirator for?

Workings with toxic chemicals, harmful gases, solvents and dusts. Especially suitable for chemical and pharmaceutical industries, galvanic baths, ore and colouring agent milling, spray painting, pesticide spraying.

I thought they were resurfacing the counter tops. I tried to ignore the fumes. Friday and Saturday came and went. It was 90 degrees and the air was thick and heavy with humidity. The fumes settled over us. Monday I went to the front office and asked them please to ventilate the upstairs apartment. We were coughing and Cricket was wheezing. My asthma kicked in. I had a rescue inhaler. Tuesday morning I woke up and couldn't get any air in my lungs. I jumped in the shower hoping the hot steam would help me breath. I got dressed and drove to the clinic. I knew I was in trouble. My head was pounding and I was gasping for air. I blew zero in the meter that checked my airflow. My blood oxygen levels were down to 83%. Two breathing treatments and a steroid shot later I blew 200 on the meter and my oxygen levels were back up to 95%.
I reported the incident to the front office. They offered to put me in a courtesy apartment and told me to turn in a copy of medical bills.

Around Two: The second coat. It wasn't the counter tops they were resurfacing. They were resurfacing the patio floor directly over the room I spend the most time in. The beadroom. Sally was visiting when they started the second coat. She heard my lungs shut close and rushed me out of the house as the heavy fumes filled the air. Thank goodness for my friend. She took very good care of me.

This afternoon I turned in my bills and was told they probably would not be paying them since the chemical was applied outside. Aren't they lucky I had an extra money this week to pay those medical bills. I think they are wrong and should be responsible. Any time someone has to wear a respirator in an area to work the people exposed to those same chemicals should be protected. We won't talk about the 50mgs of steroids a day which makes me crazy. I told my husband to put on your amour. He might need it to survive me for the next few days on steroids.
Apartment dwelling is not for Sissie!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010


Wow! Look what my Grand Peeps grew in their 4-H garden. It's big. It's beautiful. It's a giant sunflower.

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

What's On Sale

Everyone who knows me well-knows I am not a shopper. I take that back. I am a bead shopper. I've been known to spend my last nickel in a bead store. Tonight I needed a little retail therapy. Lisa Peters is having a sale in her D'stash etsy shop. This beauty is mine. Bead embroidery will be the perfect stitch to surround it. It will make a beautiful necklace to wear on Bead Cruise 2010. Lisa Peter's Art is also one our sponsor for the Bead Cruise.

Do you need some Bead Retail Therapy? Follow these links and steal a deal with these sales.
Lisa Peter's Destash Shop
Andrew Thornton Destash Sale
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Friday, September 03, 2010

The Long Way Home

These owls came to me in a pair from LeAnn of Summer Studio. They flew through the sky via the post office. I had a plan.
The plan was to make a bracelet. One for me and one for LeAnn.
This little owl is flying back home to LeAnn. He left this afternoon.

Thank you LeAnn. It is such a joy to create something special surrounding your art beads with my seed beads. They go together like chocolate and peanut butter!

Summer Studios on etsy.
Summer Studio's blog.
Things I have made using Summer Studio Art beads.
Treasures from the Sea Cuff Bracelet.
Sea Flower Necklace.
More Treasures from the Sea.

Something added to my list:
Crochet my bracelet with the other owl.

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