Archive for June, 2016

Superstars Tonight!

Tonight’s the night! Here’s a gander at one of the selections that will be available this evening:

blue mood oblong fizz tabs... see us tonight at the sale. click on us to get right on over there!

blue mood oblong fizz tabs… see us tonight at the sale. click on us to get right on over there!


I’m a bit ahead of schedule for once, but I can’t help but feel I’m forgetting something… I’ve got my keys, my tea, the cats are fed, I didn’t leave anything in the washing machine last night… it must be that I didn’t go to my high school prom. Yeah. Me in a prom dress? Nope. But… maybe, if it could have been this dress:

polyester nightmare a'la Grandma Moran's closet

polyester nightmare a’la Grandma Moran’s closet

I wore this dress to school one day my senior year. With my biker jacket. ‘Twas the grandest thing ever. Mom rolled her eyes and grinned as I walked out the door. And you should have seen those cheerleaders’ faces. They were sooo jealy.


In case you’re at all curious, here is today’s playlist:

Singapore Sling: Perversity, Desperation and Death
This smooth, dark, sometimes droning neo-psychedelia takes me back to the early 1990’s when I discovered that I had a preference for anything that fit into the “alternative” or “post modern” category… and when I discovered Daniel Ash (of Love & Rockets fame). I like to think of Sling’s sound as The Black Angels met Love and Rockets in a dark echoey basement and made some stuff. Henrik Björnsson’s vocals take smooth and deep to entirely new depths.


Jack White: Blunderbuss
Well… Jack White. It’s good. ‘Nuff said. I’ve never been a huge fan, honestly, but I do respect him as a musician and I do like most of what he does. My favorite project of his is The Dead Weather… The Dead Weather’s got claws.


Them Crooked Vultures: Them Crooked Vultures
This is truly, definitely my favorite album. Ever. That’s saying something because I like a lot of stuff. So what’s so great about the Vultures? Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, et al), Dave Grohl (you don’t know who Dave Grohl is?) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). JPJ’s talent and influence really shines here. Bass players don’t often get much credit, even if they’re outstanding bass players, mainly because lead guitarists suck up all the attention. Jones’ work on this album is a gleaming display of what a great bassist can contribute, and undeniable proof that he played a huge part in making Led Zeppelin the powerhouse it is.


They Might Be Giants: Lincoln
I bought this album in fifth or sixth grade. Accordions, triangles, nasal vocalists, sciency subject matter and interesting turns of phrase… music for nerds, no ifs ands or buts. Folks, I’m afraid I may have been a nerd. Surprised? My friends would come over and be like “what the heck are you listening to?” If you haven’t yet heard of They Might Be Giants, then I don’t know what to tell you. How about one of my favorite tracks from Lincoln, Snowball In Hell.

“…if it wasn’t for disappointment, I wouldn’t have any appointments…”

Back to the business of beads… this is tonight’s Superstars schedule:

7:30PM CENTRAL TIME: The new beads will appear on the Superstars page for the sale preview. Take this 30 minutes to read and decide what you want, and email me with any questions.

8PM CENTRAL TIME and beyond: Start sending in your requests via email. 

If you’re unsure of where your time zone falls in this scenario, google it!

You should see 11 or 12 selections when the sale preview goes live.

Go here: http://www.z-beads.com/workingfolder/superstars.html

Thanks for hanging out for a while.. maybe I’ll see you at the sale tonight.


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Page Of Wands: learning and traveling.

The tarot card I drew for myself today is Page Of Wands: learning and traveling.

This blog, I mean. And the internet. Maybe the computer too. I swear, every time I look at something on the internet I find a symbol where once there was a word. The World Wide Web Consortium is now catering to the lowest common denominator. And all those misplaced apostrophe’s! Tattoo’s! Donut’s! Cookie’s! Their not going anywhere, I’m afraid.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. What a colossal pain in the ass THAT has been. Eventually I’ll share. For now I’ll glaze it all over with fluffy selfies of me and my cats, like a normal person would. It’s nice to pretend sometimes. I know, I don’t have the correct selfie angle and I don’t do the duckface right. And it blows my mind that wordpress’ spell check didn’t put a red underline under “apostrophe’s” or the misplaced ones thereof, but it put a red underline under selfie and duckface. Weird.

Nelson thinks that selfies are narcissistic society's acknowledgement of its own disposability and lack of identity.

Nelson thinks that the selfie phenomenon is our narcissistic society’s acknowledgement of its own disposability and lack of identity. You can totally tell that by the look on his face.


Mo thinks she isn't served nearly enough of that vile pate the cat food factory has crowned Fancy Feast.

Mo thinks she isn’t served nearly enough of that vile pate the cat food factory has crowned Fancy Feast. And that I look funny in my work glasses.

So there’s my cats. I’m still missing my Fred. He is the only cat I’ve ever seen chase his own tail right in front of me. He did that purely for his own amusement and I’m pretty sure for ours, and usually in the most precarious spot. Like on the back of a dining room chair. Or in the bathtub. I was really missing him the other day when I realized he was the only cat I’ve ever had that didn’t insert himself dangerously underfoot or scream incessantly during food preparation in the kitchen. He used to caterpillar around on the kitchen floor, inch and squirm around on his back, and flip over for pets and skritches, and then caterpillar around some more. But only when it was convenient for everyone… especially Fred. He was a cat, above all else.

Anyway, my main purpose of slinking in here after all these weeks is to announce a Superstars sale this Thursday, June 30th, 8PM Central Time. Check out  my website, http://www.z-beads.com and click on the Superstars link for more info!

More to come this Thursday, and I will hopefully be able include a sneak peek at what’s coming up. Currently the dozens of beads I’ve made over the last month are sitting in a cottage cheese container full of water as I attempt to muster up the energy to clean all of them. I’m not having much luck with the cleaning thing, but the making thing, not too shabby.

Thanks for checking in!


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