Apr 10, 2021

Bead Soup Swap And Create 2021

Welcome back!

When I first started was about the same time I became involved in jewelry design. After a few months, I just into the blog hops with both feet. And my first hop was a Bead Soup Blog Hop hosted by the wonderful Lori Anderson!  Well it has been more than a few years (and health issues)  since then with but I couldn’t resist when Lori announced that she was hosting another. 

My wonderful partner, Bee Kuhlman  was more than generous especially when you consider that she ended up sending me out two kits since the postal service ate the first one.  And she definitely send me a challenge as most of the beads were on the small side and I find that I am kinda a size queen. 

I ended up making two necklaces for myself. I find that I tend to gravitate to the simpler styles. The first one is really plain but I didn’t want to take anything away from the gorgeous titanium infused crystal point. So after fussing for what seems like forever, I went with a simple chain as this was all the focal desired. 

This next one was actually easier though it took more work. The crystal really caught my eye so I added a lampwork head pin to the focal and suspended it from a chain interspersed with wirewrapped crystal links to really highlight the deep colors of the crystal. 

Now I want to thank you for visiting and commenting on my humble offerings. It’s much appreciated but this is a blog hop and there are several talented designers just waiting for your company. Just click here, and you will be on your way to the next stop along the path. 
Jan 24, 2021



I really have to laugh at myself.  I worked selling cable television for 17 years.  And in that time, I might have watched perhaps 100 hours of television.  And truthfully, that estimate is probably on the high side.  Yet in this last years, I have probably watched at least a 1000 hours of tv.  Not sure what that says about me in that I never watched it when I had all the channels for free yet now I have to pay for Hulu, I have discovered all these interesting shows.

Now just in case you think that I am neglecting my reading, I listened to 175 audio books also last year.  I have found that I manage to retain the story much better when I listen to it rather then reading the paper version.  It kinda boggles the mind because when I started in call centers, I had to write everything down or I would forget when I had just heard.

This last week has been slow kinda on purpose.  I feel like I can take a deep breath and relax for the first time in years.  When trump was first elected, I figured that we could survive him because it was just one man.  I was shocked how much damage he managed to do in such a short time.  I don't think our country could have survived another four years of his self serving ways.  If we are lucky, he will spend the rest of his days in prison.

Well I need to go update my access so the Social Security site.  I finally have a date for my hearing.  It's on April Fool's Day and I am not too sure if that's a good sign.  

Jan 15, 2021

Covid Perhaps?


I guess the most important thing, in the overall scale of things, would be Conal.  He got a call from his employer letting him know that someone that he works with had been diagnosed with Covid.  So he is off work and quarantining the next 2 weeks.  Since no one knows just when he would have been exposed, Conal isn't going to get the test until Sunday.  I sure hope that it is negative considering that some of my meds tank my immune system.

The next cool thing that happened in the last week was the fact that I found myself a new kitten.  Deja is going on 15 and I wanted to get a new kitten for him to train before he gets too old.  Caishan is Highlander Cat or, depending on the registry, a Highland Lynx.  He's only 8 weeks old and has to be the most self-possessed kitten that I have ever met.  No crying for his mom at all.  In fact, he let me know the first night that I was his.  I have a funny feeling that he is going to make life interesting especially since he is a polydactyl and has already learned to use his thumbs to unzip things.

Other than those couple things, life has been slow or at least, I have been slow.  If there is one thing I really miss, it is the energy to get things done.  Now I need to weigh everything and decide what is the most important as the rest might just get pushed aside while I am flat on my back trying to recover.  That is the reason that I had to leave a job that I loved.  There is just no way that I can work for 40 hours a week anymore.  I have started doing Shipt because I can schedule and unschedule myself based on how I am feeling.

So how has your past week gone?  Hopefully yours has been less eventful than mine especially when it comes to Covid.

Jan 7, 2021

Thank goodness it's 2021!!!


I haven't kept up on this blog even though I had the best intentions to become active again here.  What I didn't realize at the time, I had been carrying a heavy weight on my shoulders the last four years.  I didn't expect it as you couldn't have called me political back in 2016.  In fact, I even recall stating to my husband back when trump was elected that he couldn't do that much damage in four years.  Boy was I off base.

Now I am finally feeling something I haven't in quite a while...a lightness of spirit.  Perhaps a light at the end of the tunnel.  With this lightness,  I am not feeling such a need to isolate myself from the world.  Since we are in a world of social distancing, restarting up this blog feels right.  In fact, I am committing myself to posting at least once a week.  Heck, I even put it down in my planner.

Oh yeah.  I am trying to utilize a planner to help keep track of myself.  I have found that I just can't juggle as many tasks in my head.  As soon as I get tired, my short term memory tends to fly the coop and all those bright and shiny balls get dropped.  Since I have always loved tech, I have tried different reminder programs on my phone and tablet.  The problem is that I tend ignore those bings and bongs.  I am crossing my fingers and hoping that going old-school with paper and pens will help.  And it doesn't hurt that it is a planner that I get to color in.    

And since it's been a while, let me introduce myself.  I am Shai and I live with my husband and our menagerie. I used to create jewelry and I am hoping to get back into it in the future.  I am addicted to good tea and coloring.  I also tend to be rather opinionated and love to hear the opinions of others.  How else are you to learn and grow.  And my word of the year is Growth.  I have been stuck in place and now it's time to spread my wings again.

Well that's enough for now.  Be sure to grab yourself a cup a tea and let me know how the past four years have treated you.