Sunday, March 16, 2014

Introducing my BSBP partner.....

I would like to introduce you all to my BSBP partner for this year. She is the talented  ands really cool....Sherri Levinton of Cutter Gazette.  She is extremely versatile and I can not even begin to imagine how she finds the time to do all the things she does.  We do seem to  have a great deal in common from our initials to the fact that we both have boys the same age, and we are both red headed. One of the things Sherri does that I just love is the Baby Planner.  How exciting it must be to work with a couple on making everything ready for a new baby....I love it! She graduated from the NY Institute of Art and Design, and can also help you design the rest of your house not just the nursery.
She is a great jewelry designer and also seems to be an expert in paper crafting and scrap booking.
She has made some fabulous wire crochet necklaces.

Look at these beautiful tag she made to put on her Christmas gifts.  She would probably just die if she were to see my Christmas gift wrapping.....I just write their names on the paper with a sharpie... LOL!
 
 
 
 
She wrote me the nicest letter on her blog,  when I read it I felt an immediate connection to her.  That is one of the things I just love about participating in Lori Anderson's BSBP. 
This is my fourth time participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party. And what a party it is.... there are over 500 participants this year. How Lori and her Husband do this I have not a clue.  I personally want to thank them for taking on this monumental task.  I love meeting like minded people and making new Internet friends, that perhaps I one day may meet in person. 
Please check back often as I will be posting the soup I receive from Sherri, which is already on its way to me!!! Yea!
I am still working on Sherri's soup but plan on having it in the mail Monday/Tuesday so I will also post about what I sent her....I am hoping she loves it.
 
Talk to ya soon!
 
 



 


 
 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Slowly returning. ...

I am still around, alive, and kicking.  I have decided that I have been absent long enough.


There have been a few changes in our house.  I have started working after almost 10 years....wow that is a long time. Right now it is just part time.  Our boys attend a small K3-12 the grade private Christian school.  We absolutely love it and this year I am serving on the board. This has been a wonderful experience.  In December the board needed to make some changes and I began working part
time teaching  first grade reading, writing, spelling, and math. For those of you that don't know I am a certified teacher. I started in January and really love it. I have a small class with only 7 students.  Makes it a fun group.


My Husband and I started a non-profit organization Hunting For The Cure about 2 years ago and it is really doing great.  We are hosting our first turkey hunt this month.





I have suffered from back pain for several years and it has gotten worse.  I also have this past year or two been having various other pains and issues.  I finally went to see a pain specialist and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  I have begun some new medications and although things are not great they are better.  

When Lori posted that it was time to sign up for the BSBP again I thought oh I think I will just sit this round out.... well.... that did not happen.  Lori has assigned partners and I have been in contact with mine and will introduce you to her this week....I hope.

Here is hoping we start meeting regularly again.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Octoberfest 2013 with Toltec Jewel School Friends



Although I am a bit late.....better late than never....someone once said! Welcome to the Second annual Octoberfest hosted by the lovely Rita of Jewel school friends.  I participated last year and it was a wonderful blog hop. 

I just love this time of year, weather starts to get cold, or so we hope and pray here in GA. My favorite holidays, etc.

Noah and I went on a field trip with his K-3 class to the pumpkin patch.

I just love that sweet smile!

Making corn angels.



 Time to find the perfect pumpkin!  He probably picked up every pumpkin in the patch.


We had a Halloween party for the kids and they had a blast! We pitched the party tent and had square hay bales for seats. I made a big pot of chili and hot dogs and lots of spooky treats that we did not take any pictures of....duh!?! I always take pictures of the sweet things I make.


                                
                               The kids reached in the primitive head and got some candy.



 Look bottom right and you can see me dressed as Fiona, my Husband was Shrek.  At this moment I was making some cotton candy. I got a $40 machine from Amazon and it was a big hit!



Jacob was a Knight and I am pretty sure it was just because it had a sword and shield.  He is the blond one in the middle. 

make.  Noah, my other Knight, is the little one bottom left.  He insisted on wearing his red Georgia Bulldog hoodie! Always a Dawg fan!

 Sorry I am late joining in the fun.  Will be visiting blogs next week as this weekend we are having our second annual cancer hunt for our non-profit organization, www.huntingforthecure.org.  We let kids with cancer come for the weekend to hunt, fish, enjoy the great outdoors, and just have a great carefree weekend.   
Please visit all the other talented participants.
Thanks to Rita for hosting this fun blog hop.


Octoberfest 2013 Artists

Caroline                                       http:// Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick-Zenith                     http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Dolores Raml                               http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Karla Morgan                               http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Susie Harris                                 http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Susan                                          http://libellulajewelry.com
Mischelle                                      http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Billi                                               http://billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson                           http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Jean Yates                                  http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hosford Patterson               http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer                           http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Liz E                                            http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel                              http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Christie Murrow                           www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jodie Marshall                             http://marshalljodie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Trank                              http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dini Bruinsma                              http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Elsie Deliz Fonseca                     http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Pepita                                         www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                              http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathleen                                     http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Vera Lynn                                   http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/
Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Catherine King                           http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com/
Lily Vincent                                 http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/
Janice Hidey (Janimar)               http://drawingthelinesomewhere.com/
Cory Tompkins                           http://TealwaterDesigns.blogspot.com
Candida Castleberry                  www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Cynthia Kent Machata                http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                         http://www.allprettythings.ca
Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Leah Curtis                                 http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)              http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed                                 http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti                        www.tjewellicious.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge                                  http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/
Ingrid A.                                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Judy Turner                                www.silver-rains.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett                               http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Nelly May                                    www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
Tanya McGuire                           http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Ahowin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Sonya Stille                                 http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Pam                                            http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Carol D.                                      http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Asri Wahyuningsih                      http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/
Ginger Bishop                             http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Janine                                         http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Shaiha Williams                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Toltec Jewels (Rita, your hostess)  www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Creating with Cabochons Blog Hop




I know some of you out there in the big blog world are shocked to see that I have finally posted a new blog post.  It has only been 6 months....not THAT long, LOL!  I had a really busy summer with the family and both the boys are now in school.  When Sally Russick made the announcement that she would be hosting a cabochon blog hop I thought this is just the thing to get me back to blogging and participating in challenges, hops, etc.

Well, I was sort of right....

I did start  a design, I just have not finished it yet.

 I made the cabochon with resin.  It is a faux dicroic glass.  In the picture it is really   difficult to see how pretty it really is.  I back stitched it to some Lacey's stiff stuff and then did the suede backing in black.  I did a netting stitch around the cab.  I plan on making the chain of the necklace using St. Petersburg stitch.



As you can see in the above picture, I already started these smaller cabs, and planned on using them with this design, not sure if that is still going to happen.  I now see the focal piece with just a simple black stitched rope/chain of some sort.  

Please visit all the participants, I am sure they all have beautiful creations.  I will post pictures of mine once completed.  Thanks to Sally for getting in back in the groove, although it is a slow process, I suppose it is a start.



Your Host:  Sally Russick
Alicia Marinache           
Lynn  Jobber           
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
 
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen           

Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille   **you are here        
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen           

Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           

Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre'z           
Ann Schroeder           
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy           
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.   

Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack                 

Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Ingrid  Anderson           
 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Holiday Bling Blog Hop 3



I once again decided to participate in Shelly and Marlene's Holiday Blog Hop, this is the third and I have done all three.  They really are such fun.  This time around I was partnered with the lovely Tiffany Smith of Southern Gals Designs.  Tiffany makes wonderful ceramic pieces.  For those of you that are owl fans you have to go check them out....so cute! 

Tiffany and I decided that we were going to make each other Valentine's themed jewelry.  She made me a really cute bracelet with a ceramic heart she made, and matching earrings.  I just love them.  If you want to see please visit her blog.

I have been in a bit of a rut and have been having a difficult time with things.  I really needed this to get me going again.  I utilize a variety of techniques in my jewelry making but bead weaving is by far my favorite.  Since Tiffany does not bead weave this was perfect.  I flipped through my huge stack of magazines and found some patterns I really liked....was not really so out of the rut that I was going to come up with an original design, and these are really pretty. 

The bracelet is a free  bracelet design by Sabine Lippert called Mingles.  I used Swarovoski bicone crystals and glass pearls. 
                      

The earrings are from a bracelet design by Nancy Peterson called pretty picots.  Instead of doing them all for the bracelet I just did the one unit and made earrings.  I think they are perfect with this bracelet.  I also made Tiffany a  bead woven Medallion pendant that is designed by Marcie Abney of La Bella Joya.  This was a fun pendant to make.   I really hope Tiffany enjoys what I made for her.  Please visit her blog, Face book page, and all the other participants.  

 





Alicia Marinache
Catherine King
Chris Schlicht
TBD
Cynthia Machata
Dyanne Cantrell
Gina Hockett
Jennifer Reno
Laura Reed
TBD
Leanne Loftus
Lennis Carrier
Lori Bowring Michaud
http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Marti Conrad
Mary Govaars
Renetha Stanziano
Rita/ Toltec Jewels
Sandra McGriff
Sarah Goode
Sherri Stokey
Sonya Stille
Tammie Everly
Therese Frank
Tiffany Goff Smith
Marlene Cupo
http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turner


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