Monday, July 20, 2015

AKS Jewelry Show

This past week I received approval to teach the Checkmate Trendsetter designs with the new Checkmate beads. I joined the AKS Jewelry Show this weekend and offered two classes with designs by Nicole Starman and Eileen Barker. 
   Chainon by Eileen Barker
        Silver Star by Nicole Starman
I shared the tips and tricks I use with beading. I explained how to hold the beadwork as you bead. I see so many beaders trying to twist their hand as they as they add the next bead.  I demonstrated how to turn the beadwork in your hand to add the next bead. I also demonstrated how to pull your thread for better tension.  Some one needed help seeing how bead crochet worked. I explained about the position of the beads being in horizontal position when you pass the crochet hook under the bead. I demonstrated doing a slip stitch and the bead turning in a vertical position. 
I had a great time sharing my bead knowledge. I was so happy talking about beads for 3 days!
The AKS Jewelry show puts on a great event with a variety of beads, stones crystal, findings, classes and finished jewelry. The next show is Septmeber 11th, 12th, and 13th. I hope to see you you there!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Long Distance Mom

Today was the 18th year that I haven't seen my Mom or kids on Mother's Day.
Happy Mother's Day Mom!
I try not to dwell on the sadness I feel living so far away from my family.
It isn't easy being a long distance Mom. 17 months is a long time to go without seeing them. Thank goodness for phone calls and long distance wishes for a Happy Mother's Day.
I love you Ray, Jennifer, Amiee and Ray.  I am so proud of you all.  My heart swells with pride when I talk about you and I am always talking about all of you!!

Ray, Jennifer, Amiee and Heather.  

Art wrote me a note for Mother's Day.  

Just a note of appreciation and undying love and respect to the best wife and mother of all time.
You have filled an empty spot in both my heart and my soul. I marvel at the care and love you display under sometimes adverse circumstances.
You never fail to put all of us first. For this, I shall always look in awe and continue to wonder
 I can only say Thank You for being the love of my life!

Yes I cried.

It was also Art's birthday today.  He doesn't like me to fuss or made a big deal so I filled his day with things that make him happy. We went to the bakery for doughnuts.  His favorite. Chocolate fried cakes. It was a quiet day at home spending time together 

For these blessings I am thankful.

Thursday, May 07, 2015


I recently listed the Passion Flower Pendant instructions in my shop. The color numbers for the seed beads and amounts used for the Purple Passion Flower are listed in the supply list.

Each bead store has their own unique numbering system.  I have listed the color names for the seed beads used for the Raspberry and Spearmint Lunasoft cabochons. 

In honor of Mother's Day I want to make someone's day gifting a set of Passion Flower instructions. You don't have to be a Mom to enter. 
How to enter: Leave a comment on this blog about your favorite color.  
Drawing: May 10th 

I will use the  number generator to pick the winner.

Thanks for stopping by!


I used the  number generator to pick the winner. 

Congratulations Number 7 you are the winner pamelaric!

Friday, March 06, 2015

Learning New Things

I recently bought a new laptop. It’s an ASUS 2 in 1 laptop. The old operating system could not handle the new version of Microsoft Office that I use to illustrate my bead instructions. My old computer was so old it was running Windows XP.

It did not take me long to learn this was the right machine for me.  Being an Apple girl I was always trying to swipe the screen to switch between windows and apps on the older laptops.  It was small learning curve switching from the desktop to tiles and apps. I am learning my way around the Windows 8.1 and loving every minute of it. My true love will always be an Apple device.  It’s nice to know I can work with both systems to get my work done.
This is my first post using Windows Live Writer.  Let’s hope this means there will be more blog post in my future.