Nov 28, 2014


  • I am not one that does well without a car.  I have had one pretty much consistently since I was eighteen and since I have gotten older with fibro, it has become an necessity.  My car went down last Monday and hasn't worked since.  Apparently it was just a battery that needed supercharged but it was a comedy of errors getting that done.  It's working right now.  I am just hoping that it continues so I can go into the office tomorrow.
  • Why is it that you can pay into the SS system for years and when you are disabled, you have to hire a lawyer to get disability?  Why is it that in a a lot of states, your claim is going to be automatically denied no matter what the doctors say unless you are dying?  I know that lawyers have to make a living but folks that are trying to get disability really don't need to pay 25% to a lawyer.  Arg!
Nov 24, 2014

Art Charm Exchange & Charity Auction

It's that time of the year again where a bunch of us designers create Art Charms to swap with each other and to let you in on the fun, we also have an auction of the Art Charms.  The best part is that all of the proceeds from the auction benefit Beads of Courage.

Now I am sure that everyone has heard about BOC but just as a refresher, they are a non-profit that provides arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them.  They have so many different ways to support them such as direct donations of cash or if you make beads, they can always use more.

Now as far as the exchange, us designers make up ten art charms to display and one to be auctioned off on E-bay.  Our theme for this year is Soar!  Just look at these gorgeous charms that I received all based around that one word.

 What came immediately to my mind was hot air balloons.  Now I don't make my own beads so instead I took some lampwork beads made by Spawn of Flame which reminded me of blue skies and whispy white clouds.  I attached some balloon baskets to the beads using sterling wire and added on a ring so this charm can be attached to a bracelet or a necklace.

Now the important part of the exchange is the auction so be sure to pop over here to see what's up for grabs.

And be sure to check out what everyone else designed around the word Soar!

Jenny Davies-Reazor:
Lennis Carrier:
Nov 22, 2014

Be Thankful Blog Hop

This is the time of the year to be thankful for your blessings especially if you have a warm roof over your head and enough food to share.  In my household, we don't do the typical Thanksgiving dinner.  Instead we have a potluck where I provide the turkey and everyone else brings a side dish.  I love this style of dinner as we all get to contribute and share our favorites. 

Our 'dinner' was last Saturday and when we were talking over what we were thankful for, top on my list is my home which has enough space to host these gatherings, provide me with studio space and more then enough room to take in stragglers as needed.  I have a good job that I enjoy and pays well enough to support myself and my husband.  I have wonderful friends that I can call upon if I need too.

I am also thankful that MaryBeth of Forest of Jewels decided to have a blog hop.  She sent us all a variety of Czech Glass and a beautiful handmade copper clasp and let us go to town.  The one request was that we used the clasp.

This necklace is composed entirely with the czech glass that Marybeth sent though I did add in a copper chain and the waxed linen that I knotted it up with.  They are gorgeous beads especially the long tube that I used as a focal.

And I did want to give a close up of this clasp.  I set it on the side so it can be seen when worn.

Now that you have seen what I made with my batch of czech glass and copper, be sure to head here to take a look at what everyone else has made.  I have even heard rumors of a contest that is happenings.

Featured Artist:  Cova Cobalt of Cobalt and Copper
Your Hostess:  Marybeth Rich of Forest of Jewels


Gina Hockett of Freestyle Elements
Carolyn Lawson of Carolyn's Creations 
Shaiha Williams of Shaiha's Ramblings
Lisa Knappenberger of LiRaysa Designs
Bianca Medina of Medibeads
Lee Koopman of Strega Jewellry's Blog
Mowse Doyle of Mowse Made This
Linda Anderson of From the Bead Board