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Life with Georgie

Life with Georgie is interesting to say the least. I know that he knows that he runs this home. What is wrong with that you ask? Well Georgie is a cat. Granted a big 18+ pound cat and he rules the roost. Why else would I open the door at 8 am before I have had coffee, just so he can look out the door. He nips and picks and pulls until I get out of the bed and do what he wants. He sits in front of his bowl and meows and tells me when its time to feed him. He even made the point that just because the food bag was the right one, and yes he knows, did not mean it had the right food in it. Yes life with Georgie is very interesting and I would not have it any other way.
Hugs and Love,
Shari and Georgie

BeadSoup Blog Party

For a few years now I have watched the bead soup blog party that is hosted by Lori Anderson. I have enjoyed watching all the posts that showed what was sent to everyone. I enjoyed seeing how creative everyone was. Well this year I took the plunge and jumped in with both feet. Yes I am a Bead Soup Blog Party participant! I have my partner and have been in contact the wonderful Robin Showstack who is Heartsdesiresjewleryforyou.blogspot.com. I am excited to see what “bead soup” I am sent and to see what Robin creates with the “bead soup” I send to her.
See you soon,
Shari

Suddenly Spring Challenge

I find Facebook to be a wonderful place to hang out with my friends and family from all over the world from the comfort of my livingroom. That is how and where I found the Suddenly Spring Challenge. My friend Lisa from Arizona better known to most as Metal Me This or Joolz by Lisa (both on etsy.com) posted this link to Michelle’s blog and her Suddenly Spring Challenge. http://www.michellemach.com/blog/index.php?url=archives/406-Join-the-Suddenly-Spring-Challenge.html&serendipity[csuccess]=true

 I followed the link and loved the base supplies that the challenge was based from.

I was not disappointed when I received this in the mail and I really did not have to do a thing with it. I could have used this as it was and proudly worn it with a ton of things I have. But in the spirit of the challenge, I took it apart and started playing with the components.  I added some clear and pink crystals and a few of my lampwork beads and some fun flowers and here is what I came up with.

 I hope you like it and please hop over to the other blogs and see what the other participants in the Suddenly Spring Challenge came up with. I am excited to go Suddenly Spring Blog Hopping today and see what all the others did.  You can check each of them out here:

Michelle – Beads & Books [Hostess]
Andrew – The Writing & Art of Andrew Thornton
Christa – Adventures of One Beady Woman
Dita – Alankarshilpa
Donetta – Simply Gorgeous
Erin – Erin Siegel Jewelry
Heather – As I Bead It
Jean – Snap Out of It Jean – There’s Beading to Be Done!
Karen – Over the Moon Design
Kate – We Can Make That At Home
Kay – Palm Coast Art
Kim – CianciBlue
Kristina – Wild Roses and Blackberries
Linda – Lindy’s Designs
Lisa – Pine Ridge Treasures
Marlene – Amazing Designs by Marlene
Michelle – Reverie & Revival

Pamela – Someday Beads
Pam – The Crazy Creative Corner
Renetha – Lamplight Crafts
Terry – Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Therese – Therese’s Treasures

I know there are going to be so wonderful ideas found on these links. Happy Spring all.

Hugs and Love and Happy Beading,

Shari

Choices

When deciding what beads or jewelry to make it seems to be all about choices – choice of color- style- size, what to charge, what not to charge, how many to make, when to make them.

 

There is some help out there if you take the time to look for it. A quick internet search will yield you the Spring ‘09 fashion color forecast. Spring and summer fashions are hitting the racks and the New York Spring Fashion Week that was held in September ‘08 are all great resources for making your choice of what colors to use this spring.

 

But basically it all comes down to personal preference. Making the best guess I can and hoping I made the correct decision. So check back in the upcoming weeks as I start posting my Spring ’09 bead collection. I think you will be pleased.

It’s all about Goals!

Hello all, glad you chose to join me today. It’s been a while since I have taken the time to blog. I am going to make it a point to do this every week from now on. I can’t tell you what day but at least one day a week. It’s all about the goals. If you don’t have goals then you can’t grow a person. So my goals are going to be simple to start with. I will blog every week and share with you what I have been making, what new items I have posted in my store and any updates on my website and what I have been learning. Sounds simple enough.

So let’s start with what I have been making. Well not much. I have upgraded to a minor torch and I am thrilled with it. But as with anything new it is like starting over. I have been working on simple spacer beads and finding the sweet spot in the flame. I did take some time to make a cute little winter bead for the bead exchange at my Lampworking group this weekend.

I have also made a bunch of wire wrap earrings a lot of which I have posted in my etsy store. I also reposted a big hole bead also. I am thinking about getting a bead lining tool so that I can start lining them in silver and copper. I just love copper and the look you get when you add it to glass.

I have not updated my website in a while. I really am not sure where I want to go with it. I liked what I started, but then I saw someone else’s that just blew me away. But she states that she did it herself. She did a very good job. So I am working on making a decision on what I want to do with it for next year. I really have not promoted it very much but it feels good just to know that I have it and will not have to worry about someone else using the name.

As for learning something new. Well I was lucky enough that last year I received several books from a friend and they have wonderful tutorials in them and then I also have a subscription to another glass magazine that has instructions. I have made a list of what things I want to learn and I am working on that list. First up was a crayon bead or what I call a stripe bead. Since it is encased I have learned several things while making them including patience while encasing.

The other thing I am playing with is color. I make it a point to put two or more colors together that I think would not normally go together and see what they look like. I have had some interesting mixes. But that is what it is all about. Mixing and matching to make something new and exciting.

Well that’s about all I can think of today. So I am off here til next time. Please check back and if you have any comments feel free to let me know.

 

Lessons Learned

Its been a while but I think that we can learn a lesson here. You see I have all these pieces of paper and all these millions of log ins. What is up with that? Seems on the internet every where you go you need a log in. I need a better way to keep up with all those log in names and passwords. Tonight I think I found it I put them all in one spot on one list. Maybe it will not take me so long to get back here.

I have been busy while away. I have several more items posted on etsy. I tried to work on my website. I really am not very good at that. But I will learn someday. Sales are getting better, my beads are getting better. I have to say practice does make perfect. But I still need lots more practice. But have a look at my etsy site and see what I mean. Much better bead making these days. Oh and the Firecrackers had another meeting. I love getting together with the group. We have such a good time and I feel like I have known them all forever.

Well check out the new beads and I will check back in soon. Have a fun summer.

The Studio

Well I guess I can finally move in my studio. I am so glad this day has come. I now have a building, work benches, somewhere to store my glass. What I still need it exhaust, they are working on this, and electricity, that is in the process also. They should both be done in a week or two.

The important thing to me is I can now follow my plan. I have made a plan and hopefully I will have enough decipline to stick to it. I have decided when for the most part I will torch, when I will list things on etsy and just beads. I will get finished with my website and have it published and I will  post things there. I just hope that I can live up to my own expectations.

Well until next time. Have fun and be careful.

Shari