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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 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,


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 posted this link to Michelle’s blog and her Suddenly Spring Challenge.[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,


Been a long time coming . . . . .

It seems like forever I said I am going back to school. Well I finally did that in 2009 and that is why I have not blogged in forever. But school is done. Yeah me! Beads never really became unimportant to me but time was more precious and blogging took a back seat. I think somethings just don’t stick the first time around but mange to the second. Hopefully blogging will stick the second time. So check back often I plan to be posting new blogs weekly.

Hugs and Love,


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.