Mar 24, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party Bead Hoarders Edition

I can either thank (or blame) one person for my love of blog hops.  When I was first discovering Art beads, I also discovered Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  She is one of the warmest, strongest person that I know and just happened to be hosting this wonderful event called the Bead Soup Blog Party.  She actually hosted quite a few and through them, I have met some friends that I keep in touch with even today.

Lori has had to take some time off to deal with issues but she is back!  And better then before!  This time around, BSBP has a new twist.  We were to pick out one bead or strand of beads that you have been hoarding.  And we were to do so before we even knew who our partner was!

My partner was Renetha Stanziano of Lamplight Crafts and boy did she spoil me!  In fact, I feel kind of bad that I didn't get a chance to design one more piece but with all of Boo's health issues...

This first necklace is all about me.  I tend to dress in tunics and I adore long necklaces because I tend to fiddle with them.  And the gorgeous lampwork focal has ridges!  It reminds me of a worry stone. and I can see it becoming one of my favorite necklaces.

And tassels!  Must have tassels. 

I have tendency with clasps to hide them.  On this necklace, I wanted the clasp to be able to demand attention.  Yet it is adjustable so you could easily slide the flash of red to the front.

This necklace took a bit of work.  I find making beaded chains very relaxing yet my hands tend to get fussy with me especially during the winter.

I wanted to really highlight the lovely focal from Blueberri Beads.  And since I am on a tassel kick...

Now that you have looked through my designs be sure to warm up your cup of tea and check out what all these wonderful designers have come up with.  There is sure to be lots of eye candy!

Mar 21, 2017

Book Review: Sinful Scottish Laird

A young widow puts her sexy suitors to the test in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's scintillating return to the idyllic Scottish Highlands.

Widowed and forced to remarry in three years' time or forfeit her son's inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly though unwillingly bewitched.

Cailean has no use for any Sassenach in his glen. But Daisy's brazen, flirtatious nature and alluring beauty intrigue him. When her first love appears unexpectedly at her estate, Cailean knows that a passionate woman like Daisy cannot marry this man. And to prevent the union, Cailean must put his own life at risk to win her heart.

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When I am in the mood for a historical romance, Julia London is one of my go to authors.  She always has feisty heroines and drool-worthy heroes.   That being said, SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRDS was not one of my favorites.  Oh the heroine, Daisy, was feisty, out spoken and willing to take risks to get what she wanted.  Cailean was definitely worth drooling over.  My issue was the dialogue.  It felt that the Scottish accent was forced in ways that it didn't want to go.  That pulled me out of the story a couple times.

Regardless of that issue, I do recommend this book because I did enjoy it for the most part and I loved being able to check back on characters that we met in the first book, Wild Wicked Scot.  If you enjoy reading historical romance than be sure to check out this book and this series.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 18, 2017



  • Been on a true crime kick lately. There are a lot of good podcasts out there. I would need to get a phone with more memory if I subscribe to more podcasts. 
  • Lady Luck was kind. I finally have enough to pay off some  debts & get a new carpet. 
  • Have my stepson Conal living here now. You know, I might have had kids if I didn't have to go through the rearing process. He's a good kid.