Tuesday, October 28, 2008


i was given an award and tagged by teresa of topcatcreations this week.
teresa is the muscle behind the southeastern etsy group
i belong to and a wonderfully inventive and imaginative

Here are the rules for receiving this award:

1. Mention the blog that gave you the award & comment on their blog when you post the award. (done)
2. List 6 things you VALUE & 6 things you DON'T VALUE. (below)
3. Then, pass the award onto 6 other blog buddies! (below)

6 Things I Value:

1. my companion, joseph, who is the love of my life!
2. my parents and the values they distilled into me along with the ability to think for myself.
3. the experiences i have had - good and bad - that have made me who i am today.
4. my friends who have stuck by me even when i was being a butthead
5. alone time to work on my beadwork
6. my freedom and the fact that i am not oppressed for being a woman

6 Things I Do Not Value:

1. religious or political persecution or closed mindedness
2. the unwillingness to compromise
3. thinking you are better than someone else because you have money
4. thugs who have no regard for human life ( see new orleans' crime rate)
5. brainwashing in any form
6. wanting/expecting a handout

Now, here are 6 blogs I have chosen to receive this award:

i am no good at this part.
i am going to post now and change this later
when i come up with 6 bloggers i know
well enough to pass this on to!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

browncoats unite!

with all the tagging that's been going on lately on some of the blogs i read ( and write), i found out that melody of salamander house is a browncoat. being a fellow browncoat myself, i just had to share these delightful buttons i found on etsy not so long ago:

they are available through lizstaley's shop.
she also has some frakin' awsome BSG one's as well:

Monday, October 20, 2008

new earrings & and an experiment or three

experimentation with texture. i have been wanting to try my hand at using texture in my pieces for a while, but have been afraid to do so. i tried free form peyote and a few other textural ideas yesterday. i liked what i saw. i just need to practice more. i tried 2 drop peyote, but i didn't like that at all, and i thought i would. hmmm...

new earrings i am working on for fall. love these!

more new earrings. love these too!

Friday, October 17, 2008

another sale!

sold at gallery i/o
today to a lovely woman named elizabeth who is also a beader.
she had on the most amazing beaded button she had embroidered.
thank you elizabeth!
and goodbye to one of my favorite pendants.
i know you will have a good home!

new venture/old idea

a few years ago at a friend's house over dinner and several glasses of wine, my friend, laura and i hatched an idea for a book and a series of images to go with it centering around the life of a bunch of ladies from southwest georgia who all belonged to a women's club. our inspiration was a cookbook from the 1950's that laura had received as a gift and the old nancy drew stories we loved when we were little girls.

well, several years later, and the book is still in limbo. we work on it sporadically and don't talk about it to others very much. mainly because we work on it sporadically. we are busy ladies what with our jobs ( in my case more than one), our homes, our significant others, pets, etc. you know, the same daily american grind we are all dealing with on some level.

a few nights ago, over several more glasses of wine, i proposed the idea that maybe we needed a break (from trying to force ourselves to work on the book) and have a little fun with the characters. i proposed that the ladies of the "webster women's club" should have their own blog.

and now they do.

this is a new venture for both laura and i, and it is very very very much a work in progress. this morning i am having trouble loading some of our artwork and there are only 2 posts up. but, i thought, you gotta start somewhere.

so, if you feel like taking a break from your daily grind and checking in on the ladies of webster county georgia- marveen, ginger, bitsy, georgina, and mylan - please feel free to do so. they are always in to something and all of them love to cook, so the recipes will be free flowing, i promise.

we have big plans for marveen and her friends.

i hope you will drop by and say hi.

be nice. we are new to this!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

must read

if you haven't already- ( and i am just now discovering this myself) -
check out sandra evertson's wonderful, magical, beautiful, and creative

and behold the cutie pie juliette in a fantastical tale of witches and
red riding hoods. perfect for that fall hayride and bonfire.

i would give my eye teeth to be this creative.

go. now.
you won't be sorry.
i promise.

Monday, October 13, 2008


sarah of the beaded lily tagged me a few days ago on her wonderful
blog sketchbook.
i am supposed to tell 7 random facts about myself
and then answer 7 other questions and tag 7 other bloggers.

i guess i will start with 7 random facts--- they are not very exciting, i'm afraid...

1- after 15 years of living alone, i feel lost when joseph is away on business

2- i have hated every job i have ever had and i will hate every job i ever have

3- my best friend and i have known each other for almost 30 years.

4- i hate brushing my teeth ( but i do it twice a day)

5- i have a tattoo of a vampire on my right ankle

6- my secret ambition is to be a profiler

7- i watch way too much television

seven questions answered....

Two names you go by:
1. amber
2. my nickname in high school was amberjack. No one calls me that anymore.

Two things you’re wearing now:
1. work out pants
2. a tee shirt that says “new orleans is for lovin’”
Two things you would want [or have] in a relationship:
1. Love
2. Loyalty

Two favorite things to do?
1. read
2. eat

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1. for joseph and I to be safe this week we are apart
2. for my kitten to stop biting my head

Two things you did yesterday:
1. watched football
2. played with the kitten

Two things I ate yesterday:
1. French fries
2. bean burrito

Two people you last talked to:
1. joseph
2. my dad

Two things you’re doing tomorrow:
1. going to work, unfortunately
2. Drinking a lot of coffee
Two favorite beverages:
1. good wine
2. good coffee

Two people no longer alive that you’d like to talk to:
1. my mother
2. my maternal grandfather

i am not very good about tagging others, however.
so, i am going to let that one go for now and maybe come back to it later.
when i have had more coffee.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

a shout-out & a treasury

i snagged a treasury this afternoon, after missing the last 2 i tried to get.

i don't have that little thingamabob that lets you take screen shots on this computer, so i am going to just post the link here:


since i belong to 3 wonderful groups on etsy, i wanted to try to include at least 1 member from each group, if not more. i think i accomplished this. i hope i did, anyway. if i didn't, don't yell at me.

i have been shopping a little bit on etsy lately because i can buy hand made AND i can stay within my pathetic budget AND i can curb that shopping but which has been biting quite a bit lately.

anyway... there are just too many fabulous things on etsy and i always feel a little guilty when i put a treasury together because i want to include EVERYONE. but i can't, so this is it for today.

i also wanted to give a little shout out to all of you wonderful wonderful people who visit and comment on my little corner of the world here. i see that i am up to 7 followers and you have no idea how happy this makes me!!!!!
so, thank you all for always brightening my day!

now, go check out my autumn outlook treasury and click click click. let's sell some hand made art!