Isn’t Christmas over already?

I confessed to Mom today that more than once this week, I’ve found myself confused in a store because all the Christmas merchandise wasn’t on clearance. After all, MY big party is over – and that was the big Holiday event happening around the Wiseman household, so the same is true for everyone else, right? Oh – wait! Nope! Christmas is still two weeks away! What’s even funnier (or more scary, depending on your view) is that I discovered Mom’s been having the same problem. Peas in a pod – that’s Mom and me!

I’ve been so very bad this week and haven’t even picked up beading a single time. Instead I drug out an old cross-stitch project I started…hm…probably five years ago! And I’ve been having fun doing that instead in the evenings. I taught one class Wednesday night, and babysat for Alexis on Thursday night and will again Friday night. It’s all so strangely normal. ish. Oh! And reading! I’ve been reading too! I remember those days when reading was my primary activity. Mom used to joke that the explosion of bookstores opening in Austin around 1995 was due to the fact they knew I was graduating from college at that time and would finally be able to read for pleasure again. I did my best for quite a while to keep them all gainfully in business. Until the arrival of beads in my life in 2001.

So I’ll get to play regular person for a few more days, but then necessity will make me get back to 2009 preparations. The beads won’t order themselves. The kits won’t get delivered to me by Santa’s Elves. The instructions won’t be left on my doorstep with milk and cookies.

But it sure is nice to visit Normal at least once a year. I’m even going to have plans with two different friends next week! If they still remember me…

Post Open House Report

I know ya’ll have been waiting, breathlessly, for a report on the Open House. I’m sorry it took me so long to post – I had to sleep ALL DAY Monday to recover!

We had so much fun and I can’t wait to do it all again. Maybe next weekend? Okay, not until next year, but still! We had a good turn out, and some folks just dropped in to say hi, while others sat and beaded all afternoon. The dogs were well-behaved. The food got thumbs up (Thanks, Mom!) and the new wall in the Studio was a big hit. Now I can unveil it here too!

Isn’t that cool??? They’re decals I got on Etsy. The Swirly Tree is from DaliDecals, and then I had the Tapestry Beads logo custom made by Elephannie. They were pretty easy to put up (with two of us) and if we get tired of them at some point, we just tear them off the wall! I love that wall to death now, and it used to be a big blank eyesore.

You know all those holiday party photos I promised? Yeah. Well. I got kinda busy, and then before I knew it, the party was over, and the camera hadn’t been touched once. Hopefully my brother got some shots when his family was here for the first hour. I’ll check.

Holiday Open House on Sunday!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…and they really are!

We’ve decorated. And we’ve cleaned. And we’ve baked. (Yes, I mean Mom’s baked.) And we’ve organized. And we’re near collapse. But we’re finally ready for tomorrow’s Open House. Wheee!

A few early starters showed up this afternoon, getting the date wrong, but given the fact that I was covered in grime and stinky, they only stayed a few moments and I wisked them out the door again, hoping they can come Sunday. Kathryn’s mad because she had planned on being the first one to arrive for the Open House and here she got beat by a whole 25 hours! Next year I’ll expect that she sets up a tent in the front yard to hold her spot in line.

A few more tasks before bed tonight – figuring out what the rest of the door prizes are, and straightening the office. Then a little last minute cleaning and vacuuming in the morning, some sandwich making, and we’re set!

Oh! And if any of you haven’t taken the Russian Splendor class at Nomadic Notions or the national shows and still wish you could – you have another chance. Two of my early birdies talked me into a private class on Friday, Dec. 19 here at the Tapestry Beads Studio, from noon to 3pm. Class tuition is $25. If you’re interested, drop me an email so I can put you on the list.

Beads, beads, and more beads!

Ah, I do love my UPS man. Today I came home from a hair appt to find 20 pounds of beads on my doorstep. And 40 pounds of bags. Yup. Plain ol’ bags. 2×2 baggies, 2×3 baggies, 6×9 baggies, and on and on. It’s amazing how many I use in a year.

Mom and I managed to get half our new artwork up on the studio wall, but pooped out before we could finish the last quarter of the job. It’s nerve-wracking to install. You’ll understand this weekend when I’m able to unveil it to the world. I was a little worried I wouldn’t like it, but fears have been put to rest. It totally rocks!

So I’m sitting in the living room tonight, watching random tv and tubing up beads. You get a lot of tubes out of 20 pounds worth.

I’m informed that Rich, Becky, and Alexis will be at the Open House for the first 45 min. to an hour on Sunday – after that we’re interfering with nap time, and one does NOT mess with a toddler’s nap!

I’m also informed that if you guys don’t come and see me and eat up while you’re here, I will be eating little sandwiches and chips and queso and veggies and dip and yada, yadda for the next month. Save me.

Sneak Peek

Here’s the sort of thing Mom & I have been up to for the past week.

Santa hanging out in the front hall

These are the new tables for the studio. I love them! And that blank wall on the left won’t be blank for much longer. I can’t wait to see how the new art works there!

The framed illuminated manuscript page is from 1460. How cool is that?

The pine cones are an homage to our former place in Bastrop – 2 acres of pine forest.

Holiday Open House Details

First Annual Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 7
Noon – 5pm
Tapestry Beads Studio
914 Wild Petunia Way
Pflugerville, TX 78660

We’ll have food, punch, soft drinks…
If you’ve got a fabulous dish that you want to bring and show off, feel free!

Hourly door prizes, with one grand prize at the end of the day.
Grand prize will be one free Tapestry Beads Studio class, including a free kit.

Come and spend five minutes, or all five hours!
Tables will be set up for beading, so bring a project to work on…
Or just a bunch of show and tell!

Special celebrity guest appearances by:
Alexis Wiseman
Winston Wiggles Wiseman
Maggie Wiseman

Show & Tell

It’s been been a long time since I shared any jewelry photos with you – mainly because I’ve got about eleventy million projects partially worked up, but nothing actually completed. I’m working away on rectifying that situation as I’ve got more beading time available to me this time of year. So more photos will be arriving throughout December.

For today, though, it’s Mom’s fabulous project I get to show off! She has loved the look of freeform beading since the very beginning of our beady journey, some 7 years ago. It’s the kind of thing you either love to do, or it really stresses you out. I’m sad to say, I’m the “stressed out while working on it” type. I wish I could be more loosey-goosey, but in this family, Mom’s the one with the freeform mojo.

She purchased the cabochon this past February at the Tucson jewelry shows, and then picked out most of the seed beads for it at the same time since we had access to the amazing choices at Beyond Beadery right there in front of us at our show. She set it aside for many months during the mid part of this year, but then pulled it out again last month and she was a woman on a mission! She almost finished it at the Houston Bead Society Show, but then we decided it needed a tiny bit more length, so the real finish happened Sunday night while watching The Amazing Race.

I’m so proud of her! It’s completely awesome and I can’t wait to wear it myself. I’m sure she’ll be wearing it this Sunday at the Holiday Open House – you’re coming, aren’t you? If you need the address and directions, email me at – and feel free to bring anyone you think would enjoy it!

We’re still working away on preparations. I got all the gifts ready today (yes, you get a gift just for showing up!) and made progress on the things like taking the wrappers off candles, hanging ornaments, etc. We picked up our new classroom tables on Sunday and I’m about to go attach the legs to them so we can set them up properly in the room.

Still on my to-do list: Decorating the trees outside, mowing the lawn (it is TEXAS), making door prize certificates, making door prize drawing sign ups, finishing decorations around the house, grocery shopping, and then taking photos of our festive home to share with you guys!

Mystery in Round Rock

We had a strange thing happen to the Wiseman Family this Thanksgiving.

While my brother & sister-in-law were visiting her family in Dallas over the holiday, someone took it upon themselves to add Holiday lawn decorations to their house. It’s a “complete mystery” who might have done such a thing. Personally, I think it was brilliant. Genius, even.

The Elves left a Santa doll that’s as big as Alexis, two lighted spiral Christmas trees, and a Snoopy holiday light. Rich sent some photos to us tonight showing how much Alexis loved the surprise. Is she not the most adorable munchkin ever??

Whoever the Elves might have been (giggle) have big plans for the future. Like maybe NEXT year when they go to Becky’s family for Thanksgiving, additional lawn ornaments will be “anonymously” added to the display. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Those Elves are the funniest people I know!


Woof! This is Winston, taking over the blog for the day because it’s MY DAY! (wag, wag, wiggle) Today is one hooman year since I came to live with Mama June and Mama Jill and my step-sisters, Maggie, Piper, and Josie. It’s great being the only man in the house – I show them all the time how manly I am and they kiss and cuddle and coo at me.

Okay, so maybe when they call me Winnie the Poo I’m not feeling so manly. Or worse, Winnie Poo Poo Head. I get Wookie, and Boo Boo Bear too. But eventually I’ll train them that when they call me that, things get eated. Socks, beads, glasses…you leave it, I’ll eated it. Now THAT’S manly!

Actually, Mama Jill was noticing that I’m having a maturity shift the last few weeks – whatever! I’ve got her snowed! But I realized that if I calm down more, then the destruction, when it comes, is much funner because it’s a surprise! Wheeee!

Anyway, Happy Adoptiversary to me! I sure luv my hoomans. And I think they finally luvs me too. I had to bat my long eyelashes at them. Works every time.

Lost a post?

I’m so confused – I just looked at the blog to remind myself of what I’d last told ya’ll about the doings around here, and the last post I made is missing!? I KNOW I wrote it – but it’s just gone. Well drat.

Okay, that means it’s catch-up time! Mom and I are planning on spending the holiday weekend eating (naturally,) napping (just as naturally,) finalizing the menu for the Holiday Open House, and doing our decorating. My brother’s family is with the in-laws over Thanksgiving, so that means it’s just Mom and me on this holiday. But then we get them, and the ever entertaining Munchkin!) on Christmas – and get to see her open her gifts. I think it’s a good trade off.

I got another round of good news today – unfortunately it’s too early to share with you guys. But I’m hopeful it won’t be too much longer before I can tell all! 2009 is shaping up to be quite the year and I’m really looking forward to it. Great classes coming…great new kits…fabulously fun travel…new opportunities…Wheee!!

A Thanksgiving quote:

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
—Melody Beattie