Friday, January 25, 2013

Bead Soup Sign Ups this Weekend. Whoo Hoo...

Hey everyone, this weekend is the sign up for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup. You have until Sunday night January 27th to join in on the fun. It is only held once a year so this is your chance for 2013.

Here is a pic of the book cover that was created in honor of this yearly tradition. I had the honor of being one of the participants included in the book.

The bead swap is a great way to get your creative juices flowing, meet new people, and discover hundreds of new blogs which is all so appealing.

You can read all about it and register for it over on Lori's Blog Come be a part of the fun!

Friday, January 18, 2013

One year older

Yep, I had the pleasure of celebrating a birthday this week. Not that I like to shout and cheer in celebration of growing one year older but I most certainly appreciate all of the extra special attention.

I got the bestest gift from hubby. It's simple but exactly what I was telling him all week that I wanted. I'm laughing as I type this because I must be getting old as I get excited about feeding the birds. My bird feeder finally broke and I was wanting a new one. My poor birds weren't getting fed. I just love looking out the window to watch them. I especially love the red cardinals.

But over the years I have battled the squirrels and feel like I was feeding them more than the birds. They became my arch nemesis and went out of their way to taunt me over eating all of my bird seed. They would look at me and laugh. Just stare when I would open the door to try and shoo them away.

That was until a few days ago. Hubby got me a new bird feeder that when squirrels crawl on it, the outer cage moves down and blocks the food opening. That didn't stop the squirrels in the past though. They would just hang upside down on the tree limb to get at the food. But hubby got me this saucer disc that is large and fits over the top of the bird feeder. It is wobbly and it totally prevents the squirrels from having access to the feeder. I had no idea these were even available. It works perfectly !!!!

Don't worry, the squirrels still get lots of food. They just have to get it on the ground and not from the feeder.

I've been busy listing lots of new Czech glass beads over at both and also at my Tickle Me Beads Etsy Store. These beads are high quality and fabulous. I'm so excited about them. But of course, it takes forever to list these darn beads and I'm maybe about 1/4 of the way through of listing them. So keep checking back. I still have lots that are my favorites and haven't listed them yet.

Valentines is right around the corner and I Love heart beads. So I just listed these red enamel hearts on my Cassie Donlen Etsy Store. I also have a few lampwork hearts listed over there too.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

So this is the week that I've tried to clean out my beading stash and start listing a few things on my Etsy stores. I don't know about you guys that sell on-line but why does it seem like it takes 4 hours just to list 5 things on Etsy? I often wonder if I just have internet ADD and just get distracted if the mouse moves and the next thing I know, I've got the Etsy new listing window open but then find myself hopping over to FB, checking email, then going to Amazon, then back to Etsy but then gotta check the home page to see what new is there, then I get distracted checking out all the shops and then 4 hours later I maybe have 5 new items listed. It is soooooo frustrating.

So here is some new metalwork that I recently made. The ring is listed but I haven't listed the earrings yet as I can't find my backs and need to order more.

I think I am going to go back to writing a  To Do List. It is the best way for me to stay on track. I found this great one called Do! at the app store for my phone. It makes a pencil sound when you are typing it out and when you delete the item, it makes a sound like paper getting wadded up. Love that!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Getting Ready for the New Year with a SALE

Well, the holiday break is over and the kiddes went back to school today. It wasn't a happy household this morning. My 13 year old pointed out this morning that he is getting 4 hours less sleep than he did on break because he is waking up at 6:20 vs. the 10:30 time he had been sleeping till. Yikes, that is a lot less sleep.

We had a very nice holiday well some well needed downtime. It was a really rough month though as hubby was gone traveling for 2 1/2 weeks straight for work. He got home a few days before Christmas and then on Dec. 26th, had to turn around and leave again for 5 more days. This has been a nice week as he has been in town all week and tomorrow is his birthday so we shall spend the day doing fun things in honor of his special day.

Christmas day was a splendid day and I can safely say it was one of the kids bestest Christmas's. That would be thanks to my parents who bestowed on all the grand kids a one time glorious gift of Apple products that have the work mini in it. I think everyone around us was wanting my parents for grandparents this year. It was great as my Mom wrapped up each gift in a different size box so that the kids wouldn't know they were getting the same gifts and then had them open them one at a time. Although, a few were slightly different as my oldest son got a lap top instead and my nephew got an iTouch and $ which is what they both were really wanting.

There was a lot of this expression going around my parents house Christmas afternoon. I just noticed the chairs behind Caiden that have our bags on them. This is such a cool idea and I can't believe I don't have a better photo of them. This is my mother's version of a stocking for us all. She made these darling bags several years ago and stitched our names on each bag. Then as you can see, they hang from chairs that are usually sitting around the dining room table. And then after dinner or whenever we are all ready, we all sit down and open our individual bag to get great stocking stuffer treats. She even does us big kids. It is such a great tradition that we all love.

Life has been so crazy these past several months with hubby traveling almost every week that by the time the school break came, I found myself just releasing and finally catching up on some well needed rest. The kids occupied all the rooms of the house with their video games and cartoons, so I would end up hanging out on our bed just watching TV and relaxing. It was starting to become a joke with hubby that this was the only place he could find me. I couldn't help myself. It was a total recuperating period from being on high alert for so long that I could feel my body just needing to let go and relax and enjoy the fact that there was no homework, school to get the kids ready for, a shortened swim practice schedule that was in the day and our evenings free with no commitments. It was GRAND. We did't even do anything on New Years Eve except relax at home and it was the best night ever. The boys are into playing poker right now so we have had a lot of card games going on in the house.

So now I'm feeling a bit more invigorated and ready to start the new year out fresh. I just ordered a lot of super duper really cool beads for my store and Tickle Me Beads Etsy Store. I am so excited about them and want to give these sites some more attention this year.

So, to make room for the new goodies, I'm having a I LOVE BEADS sale on both of my Tickle Me Beads sites. 20% off your total purchase. Just enter in the coupon code slot "BEADLOVE" .  I think it might need to be in all capitals with no spaces. If you have any troubles, just give me a shout. The links to the sites are in the paragraph above.

Hope you all had a wonderful New Year's and are feeling inspired by having a new slate to get creative on.