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the garden sale is on!

Click the links below the photos to get to that listing, or click here to get to the shop to see everything all at once. As usual, if you miss out on any of these, they are available made to order. I often hear “I don’t want to bother you” but it’s not a bother. I like to work, and I love it when people treat themselves to something I made.

Cactus Hana:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/cactus-garden-hana-7-succulent-inspired-beads

Glazed Over:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/glazed-over-9-pottery-inspired-beads

Zinnia Shimmer Spike Trio & Friends:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/zinnia-shimmer-spike-trio-and-donuts-7-beads-in-all

Purple Prickly Pears

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/purple-prickly-pears-15-velvety-fantasy-cactus-beads

Dusty Pomegranate Dots In Pots:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/dusty-pomegranate-dots-in-pots-tabs-9-etched-rectangular-beads

So there’s that bunch of beads, I hope you like them! I have not yet decided what the next theme will be, but I have some time to think on it because I’ll be working on a large order over the next week or so. It’ll be nice. The air conditioner is off, the breeze at night is cool, things are quiet at the moment – until the boyfriend shows up, excited about something, with treats for the cats in tow, turning them into all teeth, tails and claws. I hope you enjoy your Saturday and the rest of your weekend, which I’d be happy to spend wrapping up beads to take to the post office. Thanks for looking!

me again, with the beads

Yes! Looks like I’m back on my horse-hockey for real this time.

Much more towards the neutral end of the intensity scale compared to the last sale’s group photo, right? Since the last themed sale did such a great job of keeping me from falling face first into the ADD (artsy dingbat disorder) abyss, I picked another idea to work around. I’ve been enjoying the look of ceramics these days, and I’ve even attempted keeping succulents and cacti alive and have had minimal success, so a garden theme seemed like a good idea. Now that fall is here, because that’s how I do things. The oppressive heat is finally gone and I might consider going outside before sundown again. I really do try to do things on time and at the right moment, but I mostly fail. Until much later when I realize my timing was probably just perfect. Do we need Easter egg beads in October? I think we do. It’s all the same candy, anyway, just different shapes and packaging. This is a running joke I have with myself, and I never make it real. We’ll see what happens.

I just go with the flow, and it usually leads me to instagram and pinterest at least once a week, where I click on the magnifying glass or a photo and it gives me whatever it wants to give me, based on I’m not sure what. That’s how I found that swedish dude with the hairless cats, eyeshadow I never would have known I needed, and a bunch of crazy cheap cabochons I’m always too late to get my hands on. I think they’re spying on my phone, but what else is new, I’m old and care about that sort of thing, even though I know they just want to sell me a bunch of crap I don’t want or need and that’s probably all there is to it. Recognize anything? The ceramics inspired the beads in the top row, the purple prickly pears inspired the purple prickly pears and the flowers inspired the Shimmer Spikes. But I’ve also discovered interesting shoes, ethnic jewelry and other colorful items that have inspired me to try different things. So much so that there aren’t enough hours in each day to make everything I want to make AND have a social life. I didn’t always have a social life, and I kind of miss those days, but not talking to anyone for several weeks didn’t really do me any favors either. Balance is a necessity, and I’m always working on that, too.

So I’d best be getting back to work on the sale, I still have much to do… it’s happening this Saturday September 25 in the early afternoon, I’d like to say 1ish Central Time, possibly a bit later, but definitely no earlier. And about that… Saturday is just the day I’m happening to have my act together for these most recent sales. I always had sales on Thursday evenings in the past, but I’m not sure what works for everyone anymore. I will figure out a good schedule eventually. Either way, if you’re subscribed to this blog, you’ll receive an email immediately when I post here about the shop update.

See you this Saturday at 1ish, if you’re so inclined. Thanks for checking in!

rainbows are here

My shop is updated! Have a look! Click on the link below each photo for that item, or click here to see everything all at once.

FYI, if you don’t get there in time, I can make any of these made to order and have them completed relatively quickly. I have kept next week’s work schedule open for such events, so don’t be shy – I love made to orders. I kept diligent color notes for the first time in years! I started slacking off on that a while back for whatever reason, but regretted that because they sure are handy.

Hooray For Fizz Tabs 2021:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/hooray-for-fizz-tabs-2021-oh-how-i-ve-missed-fizz-tabs-8-beads

Rainbow Glaze:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/rainbow-glaze-7-quirky-beads

Rx Rainbow:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/rx-rainbow-11-glitzy-pills-in-happy-colors

Mirror Dot Mod Pods No. 681:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/mirror-dot-mod-pods-no-681-7-of-the-usual-suspects

Spacer Invasion Pt. 2:

https://zbeads.bigcartel.com/product/spacer-invasion-pt-2-36-spacers-in-your-back-40-i-mean-beadbox

So there’s the stuff. I don’t think I’ve had a themed sale before, and I think I will again. It kept me better on task, probably because I had some limits to work within. It’s like going to the store where they have 15 different kinds of salsa, and unless you know what you want you’ll leave with too much or nothing at all.

I hope you guys have a great rest of your weekend. The cats and I are gonna chillll and pack up some beads. They’re very helpful, Nelson will stand on all of the packing supplies and BooBooKitty is going to try to steal the beads. We hope you find something you like!

rainbows on the horizon

Greetings, beaded friends. Get ready for a Rainbow themed sale this weekend! We need some rainbows, do we not? I’ll post again here when things are ready for your perusal. I’m aiming for having all the new things in the shop early Saturday afternoon, but please don’t kill me if I don’t make it until Sunday. I have a lot going on, so please be patient with me. Have a quick look at what’s to come:

One thing, though – I regret to inform you that until things stop being so effed up, I cannot ship outside the US. It is too costly and too slow, and not worth anyone’s anxiety right now. It cost me more than $18 to ship a very small package first class (the cheapest international shipping method) to Australia a month ago, and according to the tracking info online it’s STILL sitting at the US airport. And Australia was always one of the fastest and easiest countries to ship to. International shipping has always been nerve-wracking, but this is not acceptable. I have not had any issues with shipping inside the US so far, so I will have to stick with that for now. I’m so very sorry.

I’m finding several things in life currently very unacceptable. I think when a woman starts inching ever closer to menopause, the patience (aka estrogen) starts to run out, so you end up with the middle aged women pitching screaming fits at Walmart and throwing pool toys at teenaged employees who don’t give a rat’s patoot – and probably very closely resemble the horrible adolescents they harbor at home. I could have been one of those women, sans the adolescents thank goodness, when I bought a container of cottage cheese for the first time in months only to get it home and discover that it was literally all liquid and no curds. And it wasn’t even the store brand, it was from a local dairy. I was so annoyed that both my money and time had been wasted, and that I essentially risked my life going out into the world to buy this garbage, but I took a moment to calm myself. I returned it, politely, and showed the lady why and she was as appalled as I was. I can’t believe any quality control person would let that out the door, but evidently, insanity in every extreme is what passes right now. Yes, I know, Covid. It’s the catch-all excuse. People don’t want to work and catch their deaths, and I don’t blame them. Leaving the house is a huge risk, not only for that, but the world at large is completely, defiantly, self-righteously batchit. However. If you are going to work, doing a good job is an important component in helping things return to normal, but on the other side of that coin, the abuse of people who work during this incredibly difficult time should result in criminal charges because everyone on this planet is dealing with total fakakta right now and throwing things and screaming obscenities at them only makes things worse. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but damn, it needs to be said. I refuse to melt down… nothing is melting on my watch besides glass and the ice cream I absentmindedly left out on the counter. I refuse to lose my cool, and if I feel it coming I’m stocking up on thai food ingredients and locking myself in. I’ve got 24 hours of true crime on two local broadcast TV channels and plenty of glittery things and other bead crochet stitches to learn. Not a problem. I don’t even need to be on the edge, that would just be great any old time.

In better news, Mom made me go to Goodwill the other day, which I wasn’t terribly excited about at the time because Goodwill prices are utterly ridiculous now, and they so rarely have anything good. But that was where I found yet another unicorn. This time, a beaded necklace with graduated pale yellow-gold foil beads. At first glance, they sort of looked like the cheap modern ones through the scratched up glass top of the display case, so I asked to see them up close. They were actually beautifully, heavily foiled with great clarity, and seemed heavy for their size, and I determined that they were definitely vintage. I bought it for $5, and figured, bleh I’ll just probably take it apart and use the beads for other things. Once I got it home and had a closer look at it, I noticed that the clasp was sterling silver and that the beads were actually strung onto a 16ish gauge knitted chain secured by jump rings. I determined that their weight was due to the fact that it was very likely leaded Czech glass, and also… the color struck me as odd. Mom and I gushed over the remarkably high quality of this piece of jewelry all evening, but it wasn’t until I returned home that I decided to see what the beads looked like under a blacklight because they had a certain yellowness to them. Lo and behold, these things are URANIUM GLASS!!! I couldn’t even believe it, I’ve seen uranium glass beads before, I even have some, but I’ve never seen FOILED uranium glass. I have dreamed of this moment for so many years, and stumbled into it so accidentally and unexpectedly, that, for a minute there, I began to think all of my dreams could come true. Then I got realistic and decided it would probably be that one dream where I loaded the kiln with beautiful aqua blue chandelier parts all night only to find the kiln upside down in the front yard the next morning, some sort of yellow chicken pasta dinner oozing out of it, with Nelson and a few of his stray friends partaking. I didn’t even bother yelling at them to scat since I had already accepted that this was my lot in life, and I might as well let them have it because I certainly wasn’t going to eat it after it had sat out on the lawn for however long.

Anyway, that’s enough chitchat for now. I’m going to make myself spring rolls for dinner. Haha, naw, not going mad, it’s just cheap, easy and what I’m in the mood for. I hope what’s left of your week is tolerable and perhaps I’ll see you in my shop this weekend with your eyeballs reflecting all those rainbows on your screen. TTFN…

Thank You!!!

Thanks to everyone who came to my sale… over two weeks ago! Sheesh. That’s how busy and distracted I’ve been. There are a few things still available in case you missed the premier, so have a look at my shop if you’re so inclined. It really made my weekend and I turned a little bit of some of that into a big, fat calzone feast. I had a couple of sales last year, but they didn’t feel like quite the accomplishment this one did… I think it was because I listed 13 items rather than the usual 4 or 5. Also, maybe it was because it was the first sale after the big uproot. Getting back to business, which naturally included some much-needed creativity, has helped me feel more settled. I’m about to get back on the burners full time… I’ve got most of the glass where it goes, the tools are laid out, the bead room is somewhat organized and comfy and the end of summer is near.

This sale was also a good gauge for what everyone was most interested in, and will help me decide what to focus on. Obviously, lampwork sets and focal beads – I know you guys have been itching for some of that. I’ve been told that so many other lampwork bead makers have stopped producing, and I’ve considered doing that myself a time or two over the last few years, due mainly to difficult life circumstances. I decided it would be even more of a hassle to sell it, and I’m glad I was in a too much of a hazy and confused state of mind to go through with it.

first beads back on the torch… just getting warmed up

I’ve felt pretty down these last several months, as you can probably understand. Avoiding shops and restaurants and pretty much everything fun, added to the stress of moving and not being able to find things, and just the state of the whole world in general was really getting to me. My frustration had reached critical mass at the beginning of last week, and I know I was not pleasant to be around and was trying to keep to myself, but I needed laundry soap. My favorite thrift store was close by so I decided to stop in and immediately spotted a highly sought-after perfume in the display case. The lady behind the counter approached me and asked if I needed to see anything, and I pointed to the Miss Dior Cherie (!) and said “I’mma need this.” Then I found a big bag of vintage sewing things, including old zippers, threads on wooden spools, and carded colorful lucite buttons, and a random package of luggage locks. All of it, including the perfume, was $11. Since my luck seemed to be up, I went to another thrift store and found a bag of vintage sequins and beads, and a bag of vintage colorful DMC crochet thread, again, for about $11. THEN I went to the Goodwill by my house and found a shirt I tried to buy at Target two years ago. I couldn’t even believe it. Mom and I went to 4 different Targets and NONE of them had this shirt in my size… but lo and behold, there it was, in MY size, hanging on the visible side of a gap on a rack… that heavy, velvety, chartreusey olive green thing I agonized over for a couple of days and finally gave up on, but still thought about wistfully from time to time. And for $6. What a day! I needed it. The next day Mom and I hit a few shops and I spotted a pair of sweater Uggs just like the ones my sister bought several years ago, and I really liked them but at the time I couldn’t possibly justify the new Ugg price for a pair of sweaters to wear on my legs, but for $15 in good condition, that decision was easy to make.

But enough of that kind of fun, back to the grind, can’t spend any more money or acquire more things… Rona rages on, so no more of that for a while until I can’t stand it anymore. I’ve always been perfectly happy to not leave the house for days at a time, but I do enjoy my thrift stores and mall walks and perfume sniffing marathons, and I’d rather be confined by choice rather than by necessity. Good thing I have plenty of sparkly things to play with and my own perfume to sniff and beads to make and cats to dote on and food to peck at.

Toodles for a short while, beads are being made, and more sale fun will be had very soon. Thanks for visiting!!!

it’s time!

CLICK HERE to get to my shop!

Normally this is where I would insert pictures and link them to each listing, but I can’t figure out how. I don’t think it’s because I’m dumb. I think that for whatever reason, WordPress (a blog website, mind you) uses symbols instead of words, and I’m a word person, not a symbol person, so I’m a little bit confused. I would assume that most bloggers are word people, but I’m probably missing something, as usual. So follow that link above and it will show you everything there is to see.

Thanks for coming to the sale, I sure do appreciate you! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

It’s almost time!

For a sizeable sale, that is. I’m aiming for tomorrow (that’s Saturday, in case you’re like me and need to be reminded what day it is, every day). And in the early afternoon if I can get my act together, and it’s looking like that will actually happen! I’ve been working on this sale in some capacity or another for the last year, and about 18 hours per day for the last few days… there will be decadent jewelry and a couple of things I forgot I even had. Most of these selections are reflective of the mode I’ve been in this past year or so… focused on jewelry, filling in the blanks, finding things I had forgotten about, and a LOT of hollow beads for some reason – I honestly think I just like glitter and we shouldn’t read anything more into it than that.

glitter’s out

And lordy doodle, am I rusty with the photos and the descriptions, but oddly, my photo editing muscle memory was very sharp. The good news is, I’m mere inches away from getting back to the lampwork full time, which I’m sure I’ll be rusty at as well, so bear with me pretty please. I’m finding new inspiration and I have a few interesting ideas I’ve never seriously tackled before, but you’d best believe there will be a celebratory set or two of FIZZ TABS! Hooray!

Here is a quick peek at what’s to come:

Once I figured it out, I had lots of fun using WordPress’ slideshow feature, as you can see. I’ll make the grand announcement here tomorrow once I’ve added everything to my shop, and if you subscribe to this blog you will be notified via email immediately. REMEMBER, I now have an actual shop with a shopping cart system which makes things easier on all of us, and yes, I still take Paypal! Please visit my shop HERE! All the new stuff will be available in less than 24 hours, barring any unforeseen screwball, be it natural or man-made. Because these days, if I’m involved, it’s gonna take several hours to find the thing that’s been sitting right there in the middle of the coffee table the entire time.

Thank you so much for visiting, I hope to see you at the sale! MWAH!

Since we last visited, which was quite a while ago, I have gotten a divorce and moved my massive stacks of trinkets, tools and sentimentally valuable furniture. In the midst of all of that, a devastating early autumn ice storm happened, and then a few months later came a blizzard and record low temperatures. Yet, my beloved live-forevers survived the weather after looking pretty dead for several weeks, and I suppose the same could be said for me. That, and the spiritual, emotional and physical upheaval of my entire existence. This has not been easy. As many of you have likely experienced your own selves, this is when you find out who your friends are. In some cases you’re surprised, and in others, you knew what to expect all along.

about 5 different kinds of hilarious

And we all said 2021 couldn’t possibly be worse than 2020. I knew better. But I don’t know. I guess it depends on how you look at it. I have found new love in a self-described cynical optimist. He’s also a Cancer, which is new for me, and according to all of astrology is the perfect match for me. I’m not sure what to think of him 75% of the time, but when my suspicious, defeatist stink-eye is about to become a burning stench, he always pulls the chestnuts out of the fire at just the right moment. I was going to toss the seemingly unsolvable Rubix cube I’ve had since childhood, but he talked me out of it. He took it apart (I didn’t know you could even do that) and put it back together solved, and said in a sentimental tone, “That’s what you have to do sometimes.”

a spot of warmth and color in the otherwise grey

I have been neglecting my business and certain responsibilities to myself long enough. I was in a dark place for a long time, which you could probably sense from my entries from the last several years. For the first time in a long time, I feel more confident in who I truly am. I am so ready to get back to work. Unfortunately, my work area is not ready yet, but I’m working hard on it and it will get there. One thing I have discovered about myself is that I am at my happiest when I am being productive and I will move mountains of furniture to get to a box that contains loose pearls waiting to be strung. I need to be creative, and I need to be at peace with myself and those around me. When I need something, I tend to make it happen.

CAT LADY PSA: The lid from Blue Diamond Almonds fits the Friskies can perfectly. You’re welcome.

I have a few things made, which I will be listing for sale soon, I just need to clear some space for taking photos. Meanwhile, I still have a small handful of things available in my shop, in case you missed them last year. I’ll be adding more in the next bit, and I’ll let you know here what my plans are. One thing I’m seriously considering is working with resin, which I’ve been wanting to do for years. If you guys have any input or suggestions for your favorite supplies/suppliers, I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you again for your thoughtful emails, and for sticking with me. We have to believe that better things are ahead.

Click on each item below, or go directly to my shop.

Mossy Teal Shimmer Spike Pendant Necklace

 

Rhodochrosite Deconstruction Shimmer Spike Pendant Necklace

 

Extravagant Purse Charm in Purple & Pink

 

Extravagant Purse Charm in Green

 

Lavender Daisy Pin

 

Four Leaf Clover Pin

 

Pretty Party Button Ring

 

Evil Eye Ring in Teal Capri

 

Thanks for checking out the new stuff! I hope you find something you like. I’m raring to go to the post office! (half joking there, lol)

what-ever

I don’t need to say anything. You know what it’s like. So I figured out when Joann Crafts was open and I treated myself to a pom pom maker to combat the insanity and sadness. Any little thing helps, even if it only lasts for a couple of hours. They’re even better when saturated with liquid catnip, as you can see.

A steady diet of cured meats, popcorn, grilled cheese sandwiches and candy left some extra time open to be spent on things like…

A sale is in the works, indeed! I’m shooting for before the end of the week. I’ll give you a heads up here when I’ve added the new stuff to the shop.

Sorry for being so quiet, you know, the usual story. Sale day should be more wordy and will definitely bring better photographs. Thanks for looking in!