Wednesday, April 29, 2009

today's goals

conquer the fear
positive thoughts
lighten the load
enjoy the moment

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

welcome our newest family member

this is mr. cash everyone.
he is the newest member of our furry family.
he came to live with us last week and as you can see, has already made himself
quite at home.
he and miss patches are becoming fast friends and life around the house has definitely calmed down on the patches end.
she had recently taken to chewing holes in our sheets and pillow cases out of sheer boredom, it seems, but nothing has so much as been nibbled since cash came to live with us. we have all slept through the night for the first time in 6 months.
i couldn't get him to open his beautiful gold/green eyes for these pics, but i am sure i will soon.
he is a short hair/oriental mix and in the right light you can see the dark tabby stripes running down his shoulders and back.
he is beautiful and very very very sweet.
we are very happy to have him as the newest member of our family!

Monday, April 27, 2009

a few new things

i've been trying to get some new pieces done for high gloss as well as a sale/benefit i am doing for the louisiana art works at the end of may. everything has been slow going. i am hoping to churn out a few more things this week and i am also still working on my bead embroidery. this time of year is always busy where i work and i am helping two friends out this week as well, which will take my thursday and sunday respectively. but, after jazz fest is over and done with and the summer months kick in, i am hoping things will slow down for me a bit and i will have more time to work on my own pieces. ahh... to dream....

Monday, April 13, 2009

good friends, good beadwork, goodies

sometimes i wonder what i do to deserve as good of friends as i have.
and i absolutely adore my beady friends.
it's good to have beady friends. personally, i think beaders are the best friends to have, because their eyes don't glaze over when you talk about BEADS!
my friend lidia is a master beader and blows my mind on a regular basis with her innovation and technique.
i was fortunate to receive, this weekend, several of lidia's beaded beads ( which i covet, let me tell you) and a whole stash of goodies she had put aside for me to use with my new found love, bead embroidery.
here is a sampling of lidia's work and some shots of my goodies!
thanks lidia! you're the best!!

lamp segments

beaded medallions

beaded easter eggs

beaded celtic knot.

goodies from my friend lidia. nail heads, charlottes, and a vintage cab.

beaded beads that lidia made for me.
she knows i can't make them, that's for sure!

new bead embroidery pendant using the nailheads lidia sent me.
i had already started this when they arrived, but they were the perfect match and just make the piece more polished. it was supposed to be twice the size it is, but after i sewed the nailheads on, it was finished!

Friday, April 10, 2009

friday's finds

i have been thinking about adding a little post each week featuring a few of my favorite items out there in cyber shopping land.
so, i guess this will be my first one.
i couldn't decide on a theme, so i just chose to feature a few items that have drawn my eye over the last few weeks.

acid green float pillow earrings by jaimejo

two flowers by paperwerks

meadow bowl by chocolatefrog

blossoms on the vine by FLYoungStudio

Sunday, April 5, 2009

new boutique openend!

after a year of dilly-dallying, i finally decided to open up shop over at smashing darling.i found out about this gorgeous, hip, and fashion oriented site from the blogs of several other jewelry artists.
i am hoping that it will be a good outlet for me, and i surely hope it will be better than etsy has been. i'm sorry, but that just has not worked out for me, no matter what i have done. i have taken some very good advice and put it to use, and still have only had 4 sales in a year.
i intend to keep my etsy shop open, mainly because i enjoy the teams i belong to - although i am not as active as i probably need to be. i'll work on that too.
at least i have to keep trying.
so, drop by and check it out if you have a chance.
it is truly a lovely site and i think you will find something you like in any number of the boutiques there.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

and the winner is...

so, the drawing for the blog give a way is today... and the winner is.... congratulations, miss penelope. patches chose your name out of all the wonderful names in the bowl this morning. she wanted me to give her congratulations as well. i will be sending your earrings to you very shortly. and thanks to every one who played along on this give a way. it's soooo nice to see all the lovely comments you lovely readers leave. they always bring a little sunshine to my day. i will be doing another give a way very shortly, so stay tuned. and i won't go so long in between the announcement and the actual drawing this time.
ps... i tried to attach a video of miss patches doing her thing, but it would not load. i don't know what i did wrong. if i fix the glitches, i will post it at a later date.