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I’m not really sure where the last month went. I spent a lot of time designing. A lot of time planning and scheming on things you’ll get to find out about this fall. Playing with our new puppy. Yep! New puppy!

So it’s like this…Mom and I were sitting here on July 4th, and I must have uttered a bored sigh. She looked at me and said, “Well, we could go shopping for purses.” We had discussed our mutual need … Read the rest

 

NOT the Bead & Button 2012 Report

Wednesday afternoon I sat and wrote a lovely, poetic, fascinating post about the Bead & Button Show, which I know y’all are waiting to hear about. And then this little bitty < thisbigthunderstorm moved through my area – and even though I’d been conscientiously saving my blog post as I went along, the storm caused my internet connection to freeze – and then – you see it coming, dontcha? Yup. It ate the post. Gobbled up every last word. And … Read the rest

 

No Walk Monday

From June:

I take Winston and Maggie for a walk every day. Theoretically, it was supposed to help Winston lose a couple of pounds, but that hasn’t happened. But now the walk is a daily ritual.
A month or so ago on one of our walks, a garbage truck came down the street and hit the air brakes when it was just a couple of feet in front of us. Winston freaked out. And ever since then, he is terrified … Read the rest
 

Sneak Peek

From June:

Here is a new design I created for Bead and Button this year. We’ve named the bracelet Mambo. We’ll have kits for the two colors, or if you want to use your own beads, you will also be able to purchase just the instructions.

Bead and Button – just a few more days! Come see us at booth #1011.

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I have a crystal or two

At least once a week I think I’m crazy for having this job. Like when I look at my to-do list a mile long and know there’s no way I’ll accomplish it all.

At least once a week I think I’m lucky to have this job. Like when I looked at my Bead & Button Show signups today and discovered that I now have seven of eleven classes sold out at the show. I’m so grateful and humbled (and freaking … Read the rest

 

Guilty pleasures

I started my addiction to magazines at an early age. My babysitting income went to Vogue, Glamour, Bazaar, and Seventeen (along with some trashy romance novels when the income allowed.) I would pour over every little piece of every page – the clothes, the shoes, the jewelry, the hair, the makeup. And at some point I began pulling out the pages I liked. Which in some cases was pretty close to every single page. I had literally thousands of pages … Read the rest

 

My own worst enemy

So I spent my night’s worth of work doing the following:

  • Making a new sample for a workshop I’m teaching in Detroit in a 10 days – and as I am halfway through I discover that I’ve made the rookie mistake of sewing both snaps on upside down so it can not be clasped. AGH! I even was thinking to myself as I was sewing them on that I need to mention that in class as I’m teaching. I often
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Sideways photos and all


This is what it looks like around our house (production factory) these days. I never did figure out why the photos insist on loading sideways and such. Oh well.

Sideways kits
A few end caps for the Kumihimo classes

There’s a wee bit o’ printing happening…
Some Fireline being spooled. About $800 worth.
Pearls anyone? Everyone?

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Technology is great. Except when it sucks.

I had this great post with lots of photos to show you tonight, but the technology gremlins are messing with my head! And after spending 45 min. trying to figure out why my photos are all importing sideways or upside down when they’re not showing that way in Paint Shop Pro, I give up. The gremlins win. For tonight anyway. I shall live to fight another day! (And probably take the photos with my camera instead of my iPhone and … Read the rest

 

The Dog Bed

From June:  Years ago, after Jill and I first discovered we could make jewelry, we tried selling our finished projects. It was all strung stuff. We used quality materials, .i.e., all sterling components. And we watched everyone admire our work, then walk on down to the booth that had the cheap imports and buy there. We never made very much money..
One weekend we were working a show in an un-airconditioned metal shed. In Texas. It was awful. Jill probably … Read the rest
 

Slow motion

I had an amazing trip to Seattle to teach at Quiltworks and then spent an extra few days to hang out with friends. Honestly, it was the most fun trip I’ve had in quite a while. Slowing down to enjoy it made a huge difference for me. Much more to report on that whole adventure another day, including some cool photos.

Since I returned I’ve been stuck between two equally important tasks. Designing like a mad woman for the book … Read the rest

 

Not as planned

Sunday evening we had my brother’s family over for dinner and little kid hijinks which culminated in a bath for the little ones in Mom’s oversized bathtub, playing with the inflatable boat we purchased for them on the cruise. Is there anything cuter than little naked kiddos running through the house with glee? You’ll understand why there are no photos…

Monday night we had massive thunderstorms blow through overnight and the MOMENT it hit, our electricity went out. Wouldn’t normally … Read the rest

 

Remembering a friend

I woke today to some very sad news for those of us in the Texas region. One of our beloved beading sisters, Janie Warnick, passed away on Thursday after battling cancer. I met Janie about 7 or 8 years ago at the Shreveport Bead Retreat. She was tiny in stature, but huge in heart and personality. She made me feel right at home at my first retreat, and we became fast friends trading silly stories and barbs. Over the years … Read the rest

 

Cleaning up after myself

I am a strange mix of a fool for organization, order, and cleanliness, and a slovenly whirlwind of a pigsty. I love having a specified place for everything, but the truth is that I have many more things (beads) than places. The other truth of my life is that while I like to put things away when I am done with them, I am never done! Which means I end up with stuff everywhere. And it builds up until I … Read the rest

 

My own worst enemy

I am SO guilty of making things too hard. For instance – wanna know why I haven’t blogged in a really long time?

  • Because I have too much to say and it’s going to take too long to say it all and then it’s going to be the world’s longest blog post and no one will read it anyway
  • Because everyone else’s blogs always include a photo every post and I don’t and that means I suck so I might
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Full recovery

I’m back! Full force…watch out world…the beady spirits have found me once again. Thank goodness! For the first time in weeks I’m feeling compelled to sit and bead and design and pick colorways. I spent one full night cleaning the bead room – I made great headway, but there’s still a long way to go. At least we can now move around in there again, and I cleared off 14 beading trays that had been covering every inch of horizontal … Read the rest

 

Guilty fingers

Mom asked me tonight if I was ever going to start beading again. I told her I hoped so.

Post Book Syndrome (PBS) is still holding me in it’s nasty little grasp. I had started beading something that I still believe will grow up into a fine national class project a few days ago, but I haven’t touched it now…well…since my last blog post about the darned Swarovski pearl organization.

This happens to me at least once a year, and … Read the rest

 

Detours

Earlier tonight (and by tonight, I mean 3am, naturally) I was working on a new design that will end up being one of my national class offerings, and I decided I needed a couple of Swarovski pearls for it. I walked into the Bead Room and picked my way through the piles to the special Swarovski pearl spot. And by special Swarovski pearl spot, I mean 3-4 random small boxes on top of some cabinets with mixed colors and sizes … Read the rest

 

Catching up and feeling human

The deed is done. Wait – my editor reads this blog and she’s totally going to bust me. So let me rephrase that – the deed is partially done. I mailed off the final set of beaded samples for Jill Wiseman Teaches the Ropes, and now the design portion of my first book is complete. How I managed to conceive of and bead up the majority of the projects in the last six weeks is still a mystery to me. … Read the rest

 

Great blog post re: inspiration vs. exploitation

I talk about the subject of design copy all the time…but Pat has put together a blog post I wish I had written, so let’s let her do the talking! Check it out at: The Crafty Retailer.… Read the rest