Dec 31, 2012

Words

I have never been good with specific goals.  Believe me, I have tried but I have always found them to be too confining.  And then towards the end of last year I discovered the answer in reading blogs and chatting with other jewelry designers.  Instead of goals, a lot of them choose a word for the year.  And that word, or perhaps a phrase, is something to concentrate on.

My word for 2012 has been focus.   I choose it because I was one of the opening crew for a new department at work so I needed to focus on learning.  I also wanted to work on my photography skills and equipment.  I also wanted to focus more on my blog and everyone that stops by to visit.  And to focus more on the friendships that I have made in online world.

I feel that I have succeeded.  At work, I am still in the department and most of the kinks have been worked out.  I have had a lot of fun with this project.  My online friendships... I have gotten to know several people through my blog and on Facebook where I belong to couple wonderful groups, The Bead Soup Cafe, and Creative Bead Chat.  If you enjoying making jewelry, beads or components, these groups are the place to be.  Everyone is so friendly and willingly shares knowledge and eye candy.

As far as the photography, well I have an new Panasonic camera that I love.  Not a DSL which I didn't want as I don't want to mess with lens but one small step below.  I also have a light tent but I need to relocate it so that it functions better.  As far as whether my skills have increased, well I will let you judge.



This picture was taken back in 2011 with my old camera.  I only had a 4x zoom  :(



This picture was taken a couple weeks after I got my new camera.  I will admit that my jewelry pictures still need a lot of work but they are getting better all the time.  Wow this is turning into a long post.

My word for 2013 is Commitment.  I really want to get my jewelry business, Shaiha Designs, going and I keep hearing that a hundred is the magic number of how many items I should have for sale.  This means that I have to quit giving away so many pieces and start producing more.  So spending more time in my studio.  To get me in the habit I have joined a group on Facebook, The Year of Jewelry Project and have committed to making and posting a pic of at least one piece a week.  I have also signed up for a wire class being given by Kerry Bogert so I have committed to learning new skills.  And I have committed to doing my first show at the Witch's Ball in October.

I am sure that I will end up committing to more things throughout the year but I have made a good start.  Do you set up goals or perhaps words for next year?

Dec 30, 2012

Beautiful Things



This is my last one of the year and I can't believe that 2012 is over already.  Just where did it go so quickly?  Perhaps it is me but time sure seems to fly by as I am getting older.  Must all be a matter of perspective.

This next year is gearing up to be one where I will really be focusing more on my jewelry.  In fact, cross your fingers for me as I just applied for a position on a blog all about jewelry.

Since it is a cold and dreary day today I decided to post a picture that I took last July from the Olympic National Forest.  It reminds me of warmer days. 

  • A friend is bringing over a sectional today that he was replaced with new furniture.  It is so much nicer then the mismatched furniture that I currently have so I am rather excited.
  • I am now getting back into the rhythm of work.  My sales for Friday were fantastic.  This takes a lot of weight off my mind.
  • Went out to dinner on Friday with Saje and Trish to the Old Spaghetti Factory.  I was rather impressed when they didn't charge me for my meal as my salad wasn't edible and the waitress never came back to check on us.  I am always happy when a company stands behind their products.
Dec 23, 2012

Beautiful Things



Well I was able to go back to work on a reduced schedule of four hours a day  so that is a good thing.  It really confuses my dogs however that we are only in the office for that short amount of time.  Boo keeps trying to run down to go back to work.  It occured me to that I show of pics of my animals and my jewelry but not of my husband so I decided to change that.  The pic is of my husband before we headed out for the 80s Rocker holiday party.  He's wearing a 'Dark Side of the Moon' t-shirt.

  • I won some beads made by Marti Conrad in a very generous giveaway by Sheryl of Sheryl's Jewelry & Reflections.  I can hardly wait to see just what they are.
  • I talked to my mother a couple times this week.  Normally we chat three or four times a year for short times.  This time around we actually chatted for a good long times.
  • I managed to get my short term disability semi squared away, at least up to January 1st.  After that I have to have another conversation as they seem to think that 24 hours is 75% of 40 hours.  And people wonder just why math is such an important subject to learn.  
  • My work computer has been swapped out so I am back to working in my home office.  Yay!
  • My muse is still working overtime.  I have a lot of new designs in my sketchbook.  Yes I am even sketching them down so that I can remember them though my drawings won't take home any awards.
If I don't put up another post before Christmas I want to wish everyone a safe and happy one.
Dec 22, 2012

Beady Addictions

It's strange tracing the path I have followed with my jewelry supplies.  I started out at Fire Mountain Gem and well basically picked up a bunch of pretty junk.  Now mind you they do have some good stuff but I had NO idea what I was looking at.  I then went into semi -precious gemmies such as rose quartz, amethyst, and my jaspers ( I freely admit that I love jasper for it's earthy color combos).  Then I went to precious gemstones like sapphire and rubies and a lot of gem quality semi-precious.

And then I discovered handmade focals, spacers... It doesn't matter if they are lampwork or ceramic.  I just love the unique quality of all.  I do find however that I am reaching for my glass beads to blend with treasures.  Yeah I know I mentioned my latest addiction and I am getting there.  Well here it is....


Such colors and shapes.  Yeah you guessed it.  Czech glass. Oh and cruising about on Etsy just eying all the candy.  Oh and if you fall in love with any of these beauties just click on the pic to arrive at your destination.



Now this one... well let's just say that I love green and purple together.  I can just see these coming together in a bracelet.



Ooops.  I guess that I already did some Czech Glass I love their buttons.



Looking for something with a feline theme?



Now these colors are just delicious.

What was your path of bead addictions and what is your current one?  Be sure to share as we might all find another love.
Dec 20, 2012

Book Review: Bloodweight



As a young independent vampire, Ellen Banks takes the ring, and all eyes are on her. The lithe rebel has worked hard to get to this one moment in her less-than-stellar life. No one will stand in her way of that championship belt, especially not the powerful and impossibly salacious Nash Stanford. If only her traitorous body’s reaction would shut the hell up.

Nash Stanford, Vampire Sire of the East Coast, has been biding his time. He is a shrewd businessman and knows a good investment when he sees one. But when he looks at the incredibly sexy Ellen Banks, there is more than just money on his mind. Will she agree to work for him? More importantly, will she finally give into the hunger building between them?


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I tend to steer clear of novellas for the most part because I find that they can be lacking in character development.  Not so with BLOODWEIGHT.  This novella has it all; great characters, witty dialogue, hot sex and an enjoyable plot.  

I absolutely love the character of Ellen who is so determined to do everything on her own.  She is feisty, independent and can fight her own battles both physical and emotional.  I enjoyed seeing her learn that she doesn't have to do it all alone.  Nash comes off as cold in the beginning but he warms up as he starts to lose the tight control that he has on his emotions because of her.

Because this is a PG blog I won't go much into the sex scenes except to say that they are very hot and don't attempt to take over to the exclusion of the plot or anything else.  I mean I enjoy hot sex scenes but I really hate it when that is all a story has going for it.  Not to worry about that in this novella.

I do recommend BLOODWEIGHT to readers of the paranormal who also enjoy erotica.  This novella is part of a series, Underdogs of the Arena, and I can hardly wait for the next to come out.  I rate this novella a 4.

***I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions are my own.
Dec 17, 2012

ABS December Challenge


Sleeping Beauty by Erté, 1983
26 1/2" x 33" Serigraph
When I saw the artwork that was chosen for the month of December I just couldn't resist getting involved.  I just had to be careful with my choices because to even look at a pair of pliers still causes pain.  

What hit me first about this serigraph was the random black splotches on the dress and I had just gotten in some ceramic beads that unfortunately aren't art beads.  The next thing to hit me was the sensuousness of the woman and her dress.  All those gorgeous curves and swirls.  And I did have the perfect focal from Marsha Neal Studios.  Because of all the snow this picture also brings a feeling of cold with it that I symbolized  with crystal quartz.  And finally because I wanted to bring in the blue, I knotted it all up with a dark blue thread.  

I want to thank Erin Seigel for the idea about using a string bail for the focal.  If you haven't checked out her free tutorial it is well worth it.  

Oh and I know that it  isn't completely finished yet.  It's that plier issue I mentioned earlier.
Dec 16, 2012

Beautiful Things



Hopefully this was my last week off work because even though I have short term disability it is still going to be a climb to get back up to par due to the lag in commissions.  Not only that but I have to go fight with Group Health tomorrow because the person that is supposed to talk to my short term disability provider isn't doing a very good job of it.  That being said there are always things that cause me to smile.  Oh the pic is of me dressed up as an 80s rocker chick.

  • I won a really neat prize of a beading magazine that I have heard about but never subscribed too.  So now I have a two year subscription plus access to all the back issues.
  • I did a cookie exchange for last night's pagan potluck.  It was just the woman that showed up and it was a blast connecting with everyone.
  • My IT person is the best!  I have to send my laptop in as the USB ports are giving out (thank goodness I purchased the extended warranty because it only had a 90 manufacturer's warranty) so she showed up with another laptop for me to use until I get my new one.  If you are local to me and need computer work drop me a line and I will connect you with her.
Dec 14, 2012

Book Review: Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Bathroom Reader



"Fully Loaded” is putting it mildly. This behemoth of a book is overflowing with the incredible stories, surprising facts, weird news, little-known origins, forgotten history, fun wordplay, and everything else that millions of loyal fans have come to expect from world’s best-selling bathroom reading series. As always, it’s divided by length: quickies for the reader on the go, medium-sized articles for those with a few minutes to spare, and extra-long pieces for those truly leg-numbing experiences. 

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I have caught bits and pieces of older versions of the Bathroom Reader so I knew that I was in for a treat with this edition.  I just love the wide varieties of stories and facts.  Oh and dividing them by length is a pure stroke of genius.  Regardless of the name, I have caught myself reading when I am stuck in a slow moving line or waiting in a doctor's office.  

I think that this book is well worth picking up for anyone but especially if you are addicted to the written word.  I myself have even been known to read cereal boxes when bored.  I rate this book a 4.3.

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

Dec 13, 2012

Christmas Bar Cookies

For my cookie exchange on Saturday I am going to be limited to making bar like cookies simply because my arm isn't going to handle doing the rolling or dropping that other types would require.  Not to dispair though as some of my favorite cookies are the bar type.

These sound incredible.  So many decadent ingredients it can't help but be hedonistic experience.




And for something different.  I just love lemon bars.




My husband just love caramel and butterscotch so these should be a hit.  As for me, I just love blondies.




I am still searching for a good gingerbread recipe but I think that I am well on my way.  Hopefully my new tradition will be a hit.  In doing up this post I found some really great tips for next year such as a decorating party.
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Dec 11, 2012

Christmas Cookies for Diabetics

I am trying to start a new tradition with my friends for the Yule season.  Not exactly the most original idea but I have always wanted to start up an annual cookie exchange and well since we have already made the pagan potlucks a tradition I kidnapped that night.

Now I haven't made cookies in like forever.  We are talking years so  I am going to be hunting up some recipes & purchasing supplies. Also a new member of our group is diabetic so I need to find some recipes that she can take home.

A suggestion was made that they have mixes at Walmart but seriously.  I am not above using a mix but I won't shop at that store until they start to take care of their workers.  Okay off the soapbox.

Onto some recipes...

Anyone care for chocolate chip cookies.  These look yummy.


Source: bhg.com via Elizabeth on Pinterest


Or how about some nut cookies.  I bet some chopped cranberries would already be great in these.




Or how about some peanut butter cookies.  Hmmm I wonder how they would taste with cashew butter.




I really wasn't aware jyst how easy it is to make up cookies without the sugar.  I am going to have to give it a try & who knows, depending on how they taste they might become a regular around here.  Anytime I can cut sugar without cutting the taste is a good thing.
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Dec 9, 2012

Beautifu Things



All in all it hasn't been a bad week.  I am getting a lot more use out of my right arm though I still really have to be careful about overdoing it.  And I do have to say that not really going out and limiting time on the computer has allowed Yule to sneak up on me.  I have to get things in the mail so that they will get there in time.  I have Boo's Secret Santa gift to mail out as well as presents for Saje's kids and my mother. Just where does the time go?

  • I just happened to glance at my Christmas Cactus which was given to me as a house warming present and  I have a bud on the end of stem!  I wasn't even giving it any special treatment.  I just lives in west window and gets watered twice a week.  I will have to get a good pic once it has bloomed out.  
  • Went to the company's holiday party last night at the EMP.  The party was so so but some of the exhibits were great.  I really enjoyed the one all about the history of the leather jacket.  The pic above is of Elvis's first Harley and one of his leather jackets.
  • I had the pleasure of working with a wonderful vendor on Etsy, Michelle at Firefly Design Studio.  One of the focals that I purchased through her was broken.  I let her know about it and was going to send a pic of the bead.  Michelle let me know right away that the pic isn't needed and she was sending me out another focal.  Because of her customer service, I will be shopping there again.
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Dec 7, 2012

Eye Candy

Okay it is official.  I am starting to go stir crazy and just to amuse myself I found myself window shopping on Etsy.  Since I am planning on making the rest of my Yule gifts as soon as my body decides to cooperate I was actually browsing for things that I would love to find under my tree...hint...hint...






I just love handmade pottery and I am swapping out the mugs I have with ones like this.  I just love the colors on this mug and it is such a generous size.





Of course one mug is never enough....


The way those colors blend is to die for.  It is supposed to be a chip tray but I doubt if I would be able to hide it away between uses.



I can just imagine putting my ideas to paper with such a cool journal.  It's the perfect size to fit into my purse.  Hey speaking of purses.



I am not a purse slut by any means.  I usually only have one or two hanging around at a time.



But I can't decide which one I love the most.  This one is leather from Novica, handmade by a gentleman in Guanajuato.



I have been wanting an alpaca cloak for years.  I was given one as a gift but there was a pretty bad flaw in it and it unraveled.  But I still remember how soft it was.

I hope that you enjoyed joining me on my little excursion.  Now if only I win the lottery...

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Dec 4, 2012

Book Review: Aris Returns, A Vampire Love Story



Psychologist Sarah Hagan thought she had her life under control. She pulled herself together after a painful (and unexpected) divorce. She’s currently dating a successful but neglectful attorney—a relationship that is adequate, if not totally satisfying. She has a few good friends, lives in a beautiful condo in the heart of Chicago, and loves her work as a therapist. From the outside, it looks like her life is almost perfect. it only takes one patient -- a handsome younger man named Carlos who is on parole for car theft -- to put her well-ordered life into a tailspin. 

As she regresses him with hypnotherapy, she discovers an unusual presence. Is this some elaborate alter ego that Carlos has created or is something much stranger going on? In Sarah’s attempt to help Carlos deal with his issues of anger and a troubled past, she is captivated by the persona she uncovers through hypnosis Aris. Aris reveals that he is a vampire whose story begins in the time of Alexander the Great. His retelling of his lives, involvement and apparent demise in the court of Henry VIII keep her spellbound and hungry for more. 

On top of grappling with a phantom vampire, Sarah begins to have the most disturbing (and sensual) dreams. They awake the emotion, passion and vulnerability that she thought she had buried for good. The dreams both terrify and excite her as she struggles to make sense out of her world turned upside down. Sarah genuinely cares about Carlos as a patient and wants to help him find his way to a better life, but he has brought chaos, confusion and danger into her neatly buttoned-up reality. And if that’s not enough to deal with, she is inexplicably drawn to Aris in a way she can’t begin to rationalize. Can Sarah possibly love this vampire ghost or will he destroy everything she treasures?

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I love paranormal romance and have always been attracted to vampires as not only do they tend to be rather attractive but they are the ultimate predator.  I do have to admit though that lately they have started to run together in my mind.  There are only so many variations on a plot line before they start to sound the same or so I thought.  

Ms. Morgan has come up with one of the most unique love stories I have ran across.  I really enjoyed meeting both Carlos and Aris.  They are both such different men from different time periods and to tell you the truth I couldn't tell you who I liked more.  What I can tell you is that both drew me deeper and deeper into a story that I loved.  It has been a while that I have ran across a book that totally engrossed me.

There were a few glitches that threw me out of the story occasionally.  Ms. Morgan likes to head hop at times within a scene and few times I was confused about who was thinking what.  If it wasn't for that this book would rate a solid 5.  As it is I rate it a 4.5 and recommend it for lover of the paranormal/vampire romance.

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

Dec 2, 2012

Beautiful Things

Old Time Radio - Revisited
Old Time Radio - Revisited (Photo credit: K.G.Photos)
It is really interesting trying to type with my left hand only but I thought that you all deserved a post from me.  So here are some good things that have happened.

  • I am healing.  I am finally able to wash my hair without my husband's help.  It's funny how something that I would take for granted normally feels like a true luxury now.
  • I have been listening to a lot of podcast lately.  I really enjoy old time radio shows and I stumbled across RelicRadio who just happens to have a lot of them sorted out by genre.  These shows have definitely helped me keep my sanity.
  • My husband has been wonderful!  Since my surgery he has taken really good care of me.  He has at times helped me dress, become a hairdresser, ran errands for me and lately been my driver as I drive a stick shift which really requires two hands.
  • I have some wonderful friends that don't think twice about helping out when asked.  It doesn't matter if it involves rescuing me from a dead battery or climbing the roof, they are there for me.  Having friends like this makes me feel all warm and squishy inside.
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Nov 27, 2012

Book Review: Midnight: Century of the Vampire 1-3



Set in a future where the war between humans and the vampires is coming to a close and the humans are losing, we are introduced to Mark and Aura as they are attempting to survive the vampires and find along the way.

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I was lucky enough to get a chance to review this omnibus and found it to be rather enjoyable.  There are three novellas contained within that give the reader a chance to start get to know Aura and Mark and watch their relationship develop.  We are also introduced to a group of scientists that that add another interesting dynamic to the stories.

After reading the first three novellas in this series I admit be being filled with questions such as how this war ever came about and the mystery surrounding Aura.  The stories however are good enough that I am more then willing to wait on the answers.  I also found it refreshing that while there is romance involved it's not all about a sexy vampire.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy the paranormal.  I rate this book a 3.4.

***I was given this omnibus by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Nov 19, 2012

Book Review: Daughter of the Spellcaster



Has a spell been cast?

Lena Dunkirk is a practicing witch, Ryan McNally a wealthy playboy. Logic says mismatch, yet from the first they share a passion that defies reason, as if they know each other from another place, another time. Then Lena gets pregnant and runs for the safety of home.

Months later, when Ryan appears at her door looking to help raise their child, Lena doesn’t know whom to trust–particularly now that “guru to the stars” Bahru has taken an interest in her baby, offering gifts forged of magic.

Soon she and Ryan are sharing eerie dreams of ancient lands, while a vengeful demon plots to take possession of their child. As the moment of birth approaches, the demon’s power rises, forcing the hand of love to wield the blade that will decide the fate of a child’s soul–and the future of the world.


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Wow!  It's not very often that on comes across a book that is fairly accurate when it comes to Wicca.  And the reason that I only say fairly is that the element of fantasy was introduced.  But it does a fantastic job of showing basic spellwork and explaining some of the rites. 

As you can tell I am rather impressed by DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER.  I just loved Lena, Ryan and Lena's mom Selma.  All great characters portrayed with a deft touch.  Rather then being one dimensional we get to see them in both great days and moments of weakness. 

The plot itself is woven together beautiful with times of terror and of joy, and all with that touch of magic.  One is never quite sure just what the next page will bring which keep me glued to the book.

I highly recommend DAUGHTER OF THE SPELLCASTER to anyone that enjoys their romantic suspense with that little extra.  I rate this book a 4.6.

***I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Nov 16, 2012

Freak Out.



I really feel as though I have been neglecting you this month.  I have to admit that my head hasn't been into blogging or even really spending a lot to time on my computer this month.  Since I have been babying my right elbow I have really been trying to use my left hand more.  Well as luck has it, I am starting to develop pain in that wrist.  Oh well, one thing at a time.

Since playing with metal is going to be out of the question for a while I have been spending time in my studio trying to get ideas out of my head and also finish up some jewelry that I have promised.  I have a few pieces done (but of course I haven't taken pictures) but I don't think that I am even finish up on my Yule gifts.  On the bright side, I am almost finished with my last project that I committed too.  It's a charm bracelet and I am down to my least favorite part which is attaching all the wonderful dangles with jump rings.

Since my surgery is next Tuesday I have been getting slightly freaked out.  Not about the surgery itself but afterwards.  Like just how am I going to be able to pull my shoulder length hair up without two hands.  And no my husband won't let me cut it.  Yes I did check.  And washing it?  Just how does that work let alone drying it.  I can just see pulling the hubby out of bed to dry my hair.  Oh and cutting my food.  And I will have to get a bib as I am horrible with my left hand.  Well you see what I mean.

It is going to be fun however dragging the husband to Black Friday for the few things that I want.  I just hope that everyone else doesn't want them as there is NO way I am going to be up to standing in line for hours.  At least with Macy's you can go online on Thanksgiving for the same items.

Anyways I wanted to let you know that I was still alive and my posting is apt to be spotty.  I will have the hubby pop up on Facebook to let everyone know how the surgery goes.
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Nov 13, 2012

Book Review: Christmas Stalking



Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective: protect her client…without letting her know. Pretending to be Rachel "Winnie" Winfield's assistant lets Ellie stay close, but there's an unexpected complication—Colt Winfield. Winnie's grandson wasn't in on the plans, and the suspicious marine biologist isn't easy to fool. When the truth comes out, so do more threats to Winnie's life. Trapped on a Colorado mountain, Ellie and Colt must trust each other to guard Winnie and find the stalker. Before this Christmas becomes their last.

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I was in the mood for a romantic suspense and with the holidays coming up how could I resist a book called CHRISTMAS STALKING.  I did get more then I expected as technically this book should be listed under Christian Fiction.  Luckily the storyline was good enough that all the mention of faith and God didn't pull me out of the story.  I just think that mention of this fact should be brought up so the book can be correctly filed.

As I said before this book has a very tight plot with some very enjoyable characters.  I just loved Winnie and her frustration when everyone around her tried to protect her and not let her know what is really going on.  Colt is strong yet tender and protective of those he loves.  Ellie has been scarred by her past yet this family manages to scale the walls that she has built to protect herself.

The plot itself is very tight and filled with suspense.  They never knew just where the next blow would come from.  The dialogue was crisp and right on target.  All in all this was an enjoyable book to read.

I rate this book a 3.8 and would have rated it higher if there had been any mention that this book fell into the Christian genre of writing. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Nov 12, 2012

Art Charm Hop



This year has been one of challenges.  I have fallen in love with them as they give me a hint of a direction and then push me to grow.  Before this particular challenge I have really no idea just what an Art Charm would be.  And I want to thank our lovely hostess Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions for her patience with all my questions.

The requirements were that we each had to make eleven charms one of which would be donated to an auction benefiting Beads of Courage.  If you haven't heard of Beads of Courage, they are a wonderful organization that gives out beads to children with life threatening illnesses when they undergo different treatment milestones.  This really helps to keep spirits up for these brave kids. 

There are a lot of definition of an art charm out there on the internet but my take away is a charm made by manipulation.  One could make the charm of ceramic, glass, clay.  Or for those of us that don't make beads one could take things that are handmade and combine them.  

And for the direction, our theme was laughter.  Now this one was a bit of a toughey as I am not one to break out in laughter.   So instead I thought of things that are guaranteed to put a smile upon my face.  And one would be watching a flock of birds dancing in the air on a warm blue day with wisps of clouds floating by.

Now that I had decided on the concept the design came together rather quickly.  I used lampwork spacers that I picked up on Powers Art Studio(they have some really nice beads at reasonable prices), Swarovski crystals, and the birds that are lead-free pewter from TierraCast.  I did some light wirewrapping using sterling to bring it all together. 

I really had a lot of fun with this swap and will be joining the next one that I stumble upon.  All of the charms that I received are so unique and so gorgeous.  Be sure to check them out as you will be amazed.  Just click here for the list of participants.  And if you would like to add some wonderful charms to your collection and help out a great cause click here.
Nov 11, 2012

Beautiful Things



This week has really moved along quickly and I am left wondering why I didn't get such and such done.  Oh well there is always next week.

  • This was a good mail week.  The necklace above is one that I won from Alicia of All The Pretty Things.  I just love this necklace.  The suede is so soft and comfortable.  Another bonus is that it hits me in the just the right spot.
  • Another thing that arrived last week was my art charms from the swap that I participated in.  I just love them all and be sure to check back tomorrow when we will all be showing off.
  • I was able to hide out in my Studio for a few hours yesterday.  I was listening to a good book and putting away my pretties.  I had picked up some things from Out West, BeatleBaby Glassworks and Marsha Neal Studios.  Once I played and petted my new beads I was actually able to make one necklace for my husband and almost finish work on charm  bracelet that I am trading for a pair of fingerless gloves.  
  • I am sad in some ways that I won't be able to play with metal for a while after my surgery but I am also excited.  For one the pain will be gone (at least in my elbow... starting to have other issues because of how I has having to do things to baby the elbow) and for another since I won't be able to create in the same way I am going to be pushed in new directions such as that resin that I picked up and using a lot of more textiles.  I can hardly wait to see what I come up with.

Nov 7, 2012

Book Review: Big Shot



Fate brought Texas rancher Durk Lambert face-to-face with his ex-lover, Meghan Sinclair. The reckless but gorgeous P.I. had been beaten and left for dead, with no memory of her attacker, of Durk…or herself. Years ago she'd broken his heart, but no cowboy walked away from a woman in need.While Durk kept her safe on his Bent Pine Ranch, his own memories threatened him—laughing with Meghan, making love. He still wanted her, but he feared Meghan was the one woman he could never have—and the one he'd lay down his life to protect. Because while Durk wanted her to remember, a killer needed her to forget.

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It has been years since I have read one of the more 'classical' Harlequin romances and I did enjoy my trip to the past.  I used to devour these books when I was younger.  I think that my tastes have changed as I have matured however.  I really did expect some more tension in a romantic suspense then was served up.  Instead if I will think of this line as romantic suspense lite I will know just what Harlequin line to grab when I am in the mood.

Overall I did enjoy the story.  Durk is all that a man should be with his strong sense of honor and protectiveness to those that are physically weaker and those that he loves.  The sense of warmness that one gets from the Lambert family is a true delight and Meghan as she recovers her memories is one that fits well within that clan.

The book was cleanly written with the exception of one misspelled word that the editor should have caught as it is a common mistake.  The pacing was great and kept my interest.  

I rate this book a 3 as it was an enjoyable way to pass the time but it doesn't have that special spark that would prompt me to hunt out the previous books in 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.

Nov 5, 2012

Beautiful Things

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Sorry that this is a day late but I pretty much took the weekend off from my computer.  I have started to have issues with my left hand lately and wanted to give it a break.

  1. Husband was off this weekend so we did get to spend some time together.  Went out to grab some greek food at a place in Federal Way that I discovered through Groupon.  Not bad at all.
  2. I finally moved into the 21st century and picked up a Samsung Galaxy S3 cell phone.  I had held onto my old blackberry for as long as I could due to the battery life but when the cat broke it, I knew that it was time to get a real phone.  Now I wonder why I waited to long.  I absolutely love it!
  3. My numbers are starting to look prettier at work which is a load of stress off of me. They were talking about me working back in the call center again which I absolutely don't want to have to do.  I love working from home and it really helps out with my migraines.
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Nov 3, 2012
Oct 31, 2012

Have a Blessed Samhain





This is going to be short and sweet as I am done with another migraine.  Regardless I wanted to wish everyone a Blessed Samhain especially as this is my favorite holiday.