Monday, December 22, 2008

Giant Christmas Stocking

I recently finished crocheting a giant Christmas stocking and last night started another one. They are so easy to do and a lot of fun to boot. Here is a picture.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Year End Clearance Sale and Everything Else

I just made a special section in my Etsy store with Year End Clearance items. There is a little bit of everything in there. Bead sets, pandora beads, focals, etc. Just stuff that needs to get cleared out to make way for all my new creations.
I just ordered a few pounds of glass and am anxious to try out new things. I got some more of the Double Helix glass to play with. It is so much fun when it works right and turns the colors that you want it to.
Just trying to get ready for Christmas as is everyone. Got all the cookies made. I did the decorated sugar cookies with my granddaughter and then just made a few regular kinds. I made peanut butter - it seems like years since I had a peanut butter cookie - Yum! I made snickerdoodles when what I really was thinking I was making was russian tea cakes. I don't know how I got those mixed up. I also made a batch of shortbread. It is really good too. Sent a dish of goodies to both of my neighbors and brought a plate to work. Came in last night and it was GONE!!! Sheesh. I am glad they liked them.
Need to finish getting the presents wrapped this weekend. Also haven't got my Christmas cards done....ARRGH.. Not my favorite thing to do.
I have been working on trying to improve my photos for my shop on 1000Markets. I have a few more things I need to list there just need time to get the pics taken etc.
My husband Dale does woodturning and the other night as I was just about asleep I had a thought - wooden beads - So the next day I asked him if he thought he could make a few. All I can say is WOW! Those are the pics I need to get done and list. He made two beads out of Olive wood with brass tubing in the center that I hammered over and made pretty. Then I made some brass lined beads to match. These aren't your grandma's macrame beads by any means. I can't wait for you to see them... Soon I promise.
Well I think that is all for now. I am at work and better get busy with the work, what little there is at 2 in the morning. Ta

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Shop, Christmas Cookies, and my First Anniversary

I have been pretty busy lately with trying to branch out and sell my lampworking in other areas. It is a small step but it is still a lot of work. I have 3 new shops that I want to share with you. The first one I just got approved for today. You have to set up shop and list your items and then submit it to the head honchos for approval. I really like the looks of their site and think that with a little time it will be productive. This particular site I have to sell the end product and not just the beads, so I have listed pandora beads and will add a leather cord for those that don't own a pandora bracelet so they can wear them as a necklace. I have a pandora bracelet that I mostly use for the pics and I wear 2 or 3 of my beads on a silver chain. Maybe I will start making more jewelry to sell and list it there. We will see. Here is the link

I also have a shop here which I started a couple of weeks ago I think. I need to go there and do a little listing of new items. I'm not sure how long I will be here...just depends on if it gets more user friendly. The site is

Here is a shop that I am in that has a few listings. We will see how this one goes as well.

Let's see - then there is my web site
oh and my other Etsy store This one needs some updating. I think I will relist some of the crystals that have expired and work harder on this as a destash shop. After Christmas....

I think I need someone to manage all of these little enterprises and take all the pictures and ship the beads and DO THE PAPERWORK!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I had all of my paperwork on the computer in Quicken done up to July I think it was and lost it allllllll... so now I am trying to get it all back in there for taxes. It really sucks if you ask me.. of course it would help if I had any CLUE whatsoever how Quicken worked. Or any desire to learn for that matter. I don't. Sigh...

So anyway on to other topics... I had my stepdaughter and granddaughter over on Saturday and we made Christmas cookies. It was a lot of fun.. so I will add a few pics and a link for more (here ya go mom).

Last but not least one year ago today I married a wonderful man on a beach in St. Thomas. Man I wish I was there now. Sigh. It has been a terrific year and I hope to have a thousand more just like it with him. :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lampwork Watch Created by Erin at UnStrungSisters

I recently sold a set of beads to Erin of UnStrungSisters on Etsy and this is what she made from them. Isn't it beautiful. Click on the picture to go directly to the listing and go check out her etsy shop here

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thanksgiving and New Pandora Beads

Hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving. I sure did. My husband and I cooked a meal for 10 people on Sunday. It was quite a bit of work, but we had a ton of terrific food and all the kids and grandkids were there. They ate so much that no one wanted pie before they left. I did get some chocolate pie sent out the door, but that still leaves me with two pumpkin pies and 1/2 of the chocolate. Hmmmm maybe that isn't such a bad deal after all. It is pretty dang good. I will have to put some recipes up here of all the goodies.

I did get to make quite a few beads over the weekend as well. I hadn't made any in a few weeks since we had been on vacation so I got over my withdrawals this weekend. I am slowly but surely getting them listed on Etsy.

Also this week is the BOGO 1/2 off EGA Holiday Sale. See the post below this one for all the details and the participants.

If you buy from me before the 10th you are entered into a drawing to win the EGA collection also shown in the next post. So hurry up and buy, it is a terrific collection of glass.