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kthxbye Etsy!

Here they are! Click HERE to get to my shop, or the thumbnails below for each item.

Yippee-Yi-Yay Cactus Hollows:

ColorBlast Opal Hana Glimmer Strips:

Winterblue Smooches:

Petite Polka Dots:

Blushing Diva Dot On A Stick Hollows (from the FOOF series):

Hope you all are having a fine weekend so far! I guess I’ll go find something fun to do so that I’m not one of those jerks who works on the holiday weekend.

Toodles, thanks for checking in!


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Here they are!

Click HERE to visit my shop, or on the thumbnails below for each item.

Hana Seascape Necklace:

The Original BubbleComb Village:

Lucifer’s Prius: (I do hope you guys are in a somewhat joking mood today)

Bon Vivant:

Opal Wildflower Glimmering Hana:

YAY! Not sure what I’m doing tonight. I think I actually feel like making beads. Whatever I do, I’ll be wearing cowboy boots.


I was recently boo-hooing about not having any time to play with my seed beads. WAAH! You know what you gotta do when you don’t have time for something you really want to do? Quit yer melodrama and make the time.

Do you guys have any idea how small size 15/0 seed beads are? Specks, people. The Czechs made some even smaller than that way back in the wayback – I have some that are size 18/0-ish, but I can’t find a needle that will fit through them. I have to use a size 13 beading needle on the size 13/0 Czech charlottes. Size 13 needles are about as small as they come and they don’t last very long. That’s the nice thing about Japanese seed beads. Bigger holes, better colors and somewhat more uniformity. Yep, the calculator is a necessity for this activity. Because I can’t do math in my head, it permanently resides in the beading needle+thread box.

a coin for najia…
yes, these things are deliciously tedious

In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m math phobic. I’ve probably told you a dozen times I barely got out of 10th grade because of geometry, and pretty much gave up on ever going to college because I knew there was no way I’d be able to pass 11th and 12th grade math. Even with a team of tutors, magic carpets and fluffy little bunny rabbits, I’d still be sitting in math class to this day. I still dream about being sent back for math and not being able to handle it. So I happily cut my losses and most days I don’t regret it. Dad and I were talking about that several years ago. He was the same way. He said “I can do math as long as I don’t know I’m doing it.” This was coming from the guy who calculated and painted complicated, flawlessly expanding tessellations with oils on canvas with allegedly zero math skills.

a snippet of dad’s tessellation behind the owls

After putting the beaded beads down for several years, I was rather surprised at how quickly I got the hang of them again. It was just like getting up and walking over to the fridge, yawning and scratching myself. And I think I’m even better at it than I was before. I do remember why I found them so frustrating, but I figured out that the more flip my attitude is towards them, the better they behave. Isn’t that always the way with… ahem… beads.

beaded beads circa 2010

I hope you enjoy your easter. I was going to make some easter egg beads but I forgot. I was probably too busy eating easter candy and getting all fogged up on sugar. I’ll make some next year. Or maybe I’ll make some in October because that’s how I roll.

beaded beads circa 2009

See you guys again real soon!

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Dig my Etsy action!

Let’s get right to it. Click HERE to get to my shop, or on the thumnails for each item.

Summer Blue Mini Spikes:

Stars & Stripes Ball Buttons:

Lavender Fields Lava Lite Trios & Pals:

Off Kilter Cubes (NEW!):

Royal Mint Sampler:

Neon Harvest Floopy Flower Bracelet (or necklace):

So that’s that. I hope you like! These are my favorites this week:


I’m gonna get dressed and go hang with the BFF this evening. She has new perfumes I’m excited to sample. Thanks for checking in!

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And here they are!

Click HERE to get to my shop, or on the thumbnails below to get right to each item.

ColorBlast BubbleComb Village:

Joyous Hearts:

Beauty Chunky Bracelet:

Merlot Boro Necklace:

Wild English Garden Colorblock Bracelet (or necklace):

Wild English Garden Umbrella Rondells:

I hope you like! Now it’s time for Jazzercise, food and more jewelry and glass. Someone posted a different Jazzercise routine on youtube at some point and about 12 minutes of it caused me to sweat profusely and rendered me immobile for the next couple of days. You know what they say, that means it’s working. I should probably do it again. But I dunno… I think I’ll stick with my Tight n Toned 1986 until I recover.

Thanks so much for checking in!

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Here they are! Click HERE to get to my shop, or on the thumbnails below for each item.

Dayglo Part 2 Shimmer Spikes:


Fancy Glimmer Pills:

Experimental Ornaments in Lapis:

Spring Bloom Happy Tabs:

Sublime Southwest Super Stripey Triple Toggles:


So there’s that. I hope you like! I must get on with my other duties; some cats need to be bothered. Thanks for checking in!

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Does everyone still hate Mondays? Is that still a thing? I wouldn’t know. I have no idea what day it is half of the time anyhow.


I did it! I did all the pictures and describing and Etsy stuff, and now the beads are ready for you to look at. I’m kind of liking going back to the semi-once-a-week Etsy listings. That is, until I get my Etsy bill. Then I don’t like it as much. But I’ll stick with it for a while – at least until I can figure out how to do everything I want to do all in one day and still have time to read important works of fiction and clean the toilet somewhat regular-like. Fat chance, right?

I’m also planning on focusing on lampwork for a while – no silver stuff for a little bit longer. I have new glass ideas and the desire to risk the disappointment if they turn out crappy – so I should stay on task. Now that I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m (intrinsically) too self-indulgent to stick to a routine, self-imposed or otherwise, I must, at the very least, limit my number of irons in the fire. But certainly not my number of mandrels, yuk-yuk. So this is good news – if you’ve been hesitating on placing a made-to-order, hesitate no longer. The glass is my oyster for a while and there are no other random projects standing in the way of timely completion. But what if it’s cold? I guess I’ll just put on my boots and fleece dress and legwarmers and tights and apron and crocheted hat and spin you up some of whatever you’ve ordered up.

By the by, if you look closely, you might notice I re-worked a couple of the sets shown in my last post. The True Turquoise Fizz Tabs needed two green bases, and I remade the too-streaky ones in the Umbrella Rondells. A little bit of streaky is fine, but those were just too streaky for my liking. I like them much better now. So here they are:

Click HERE to get to my Etsy shop, or the thumbnails below for each item.

Blue Valentine Chunky Bracelet:

Cherry Citron Smooches:

May Shower Glitter Squares:

Umbrella Rondells:

Dayglo Shimmer Spikes:

True Turquoise Glitter Fizz Tabs:

Thanks for looking! I’ll see you again soon.

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I’ve made it so!

Click HERE to visit my shop, or the thumbnails below for each item.

Lipstick Flames Hana:

Tourmaline Glitter Stones:

The Good Dishes Sampler:

Tequila Mockingbird:

Pink Flames Sampler:

The inspiration for Tourmaline Glitter Stones:

photo lifted from joopygems.wordpress.com

photo lifted from joopygems.wordpress.com

Lovely, no?

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. I plan to cram mine full of sandwiches and work. As usual, if you miss out on anything I listed today, gimme a jangle and I can do one made-to-order. I kept good notes on colors and order this time. Or anything else in the gallery, for that matter.

Thanks once again for checking in!

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YAY! I got it done before midnight. My time. Maybe not yours. I tried.

Click HERE to get to my shop and see everything, or click on the thumbnails below for each item.

Boro Buttons:


Neon Sunset Bubble Disks:

Polaroid Cupcake:

Polka-Dotted Hearts:


I suppose I’d better get down to the xmas business… this consists of washing my hair in hopes of being presentable at the upcoming celebrations, and also making some peanut butter fudge, also a function of being presentable at the upcoming celebrations. People don’t like it when you go to parties and eat their food and bring nothing. My Christmas wish this year is that everyone will be allergic to peanuts and I will get to bring all my peanut butter fudge back home with me.

I hope you like the beads! If I don’t see you before then, Merry Merry and Happy New Year! Thanks so much for checking in.

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Here they are, folks! Click HERE to get to my shop to see everything all at once, or click on the thumbnails below for each item.

Turning Leaf Sampler:

Rich Hippie:

Pink Flames Shimmer Spikes:

MISC No. 16:


Allrighty, then… I won’t be keeping you any longer. If someone gets to the beads before you do, I’m down for a made to order. Hope you guys enjoy your weekend, I know I will.
Thanks for looking!

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Etsy … like, right now!

what's that incessant crinkling sound coming from the living room? nelson, what else.

what’s that incessant crinkling sound coming from the living room? nelson, what else. most cats like boxes. nelson likes bags. ask nelson if he wants paper or plastic… he’ll take ’em all.

Hey guys! I’ve been cleaning, organizing, making jewelry, and most excitingly, ironing out the details of a bead/perfume trade. This is very exciting, seeing as how it’s growing ever more obvious that I am hopelessly addicted to perfume. Silly, I know. Then again, there are worse things to be hooked on. Once this trade is completed, I plan on wearing one each day and sharing my thoughts on them. Meanwhile… I want to tell you about one of my newest acquisitions:

Cartier's Le Baiser du Dragon

Cartier’s Le Baiser du Dragon

The further I delved into online perfume reviews (or the maze with no exit I know as Fragrantica) the more fragrances I stumbled across who had various sorts of booze listed as their top notes. One that really caught my eye was Cartier’s Le Baiser du Dragon, which has amaretto listed as the most noticeable note. I have had two Cartier vials since I was very young: Must de Cartier EDT and Must de Cartier pure parfum. Two very different animals these two, might I add. But I never saw Cartier for sale anywhere locally until very recently, so my exposure to anything Cartier was practically nonexistent. The Fragrantica reviews for Dragon were all over the place, but at some point I concluded that the less positive reviews were from people who were sampling the new formula (you can tell this by the lid – new formula has a flat black cap, old formula has a chrome maze in relief on the top of the cap.) I figured out that Dragon had actually been discontinued for a short while and then brought back fairly soon after with the black cap.


So I bought a parfum dabber in 2014 of the old formula – it was mistakenly listed on ebay as an edp or edt miniature, and it was priced accordingly to this mistake, so I practically stole it. I clearly remember the day I received it – I truly was disappointed. Even a bit insulted. It seemed rather… I don’t know… uncomplicated. All fuzz and no claws. Not worthy of the praise it has received, or even the cool bottle it was in. But I persisted. It took me at least a few tries of the parfum to decide Dragon deserved more than a dismissive Dr. Pepper + mothballs, which was my first impression. The problem with the parfum, which I only had in a little dabber bottle, is that it was a dabber. With a spray, you seem to get better coverage and the fragrance has more lift, more air, more sparkle. I continued to sample it, and continued to be unimpressed, but inexplicably fascinated by it at the same time. I guess I was interested enough to look on ebay and stumbled across a big bottle (close enough to full) on auction still at a low price. Additionally,  it was one of the pre-reformulation bottles, with an estimated production date of 2004, only a year after Dragon was first released. What luck, why not – got it for $32 shipped.


So it gets here and I uncap it… okay, it’s definitely Dragon, the bottle shows some age, things are looking good. I spray it on the back of my hand… yeah, okay. This is nice, better than the parfum, but… I don’t know. Is it really something I would wear? I tend to buy similar fragrances all the time, so maybe I ought to stretch out a bit. Over the next few days, I continued to tentatively spray it on the back of my hand, which is probably not the best method of testing, but I was wearing something else. I liked it more with each wear but it just… wasn’t… quite. By then I had figured out that the parfum focused more on the sweeter boozy notes and not so much on the other cool stuff Dragon had to offer in its other concentrations. So I took a long bath, scrubbed myself fresh and gave Dragon a very serious try. Well? Honestly? Wow, this is pretty good stuff. After experiencing old and new Must, I figured out that Cartier fragrances bloom – not in an old school perfumery way, but in a fresh and modern way. It isn’t like my 90’s bottle of Chanel Coco that starts out on a choppy rollercoaster of old lipstick, then goes lemon Pledge, then goes what the hell is this, before it finally becomes the magical thing that is Coco. Cartier fragrances are delicate, but stealthy and strong too – like those naked lady lilies that literally appear overnight in your yard and stand curiously tall without tipping over in the blazing summer heat.

le baiser du dragon vs hypnotic poison

le baiser du dragon vs hypnotic poison

Another reason I was so persistent with Dragon is that I had the almond themed addition to my collection finally narrowed down to two choices: Dior’s Hypnotic Poison or Dragon. I wouldn’t say they smell alike at all, but they do have a thing or two in common: in addition to the almond, both have an effervescent, distinctively soft drink beginning to them. Dragon is Dr. Pepper, and Hypnotic is root beer. When considering food and drink I generally prefer root beer, but there are times when Dr. Pepper is unquestionably the better choice. As for these two fragrances, they’re both very sweet, but neither are nauseatingly sugary sweet. Once it has evolved on the skin, Hypnotic Poison hovers on the edge of almond cookies and baked goods but is kindly held back by Dior’s moldy flowers house accord. I hated Hypnotic Poison at first, but I’ve grown to at least respect it, I even like it a little bit. I ultimately decided against it because it doesn’t fit me somehow. Dragon, on the other hand, is a boozy amaretto further sweetened by amber, chocolate and orange, which could easily reach the heights of over the top syrupy sweet. But a gentlemanly patchouli and vetiver combination rescues it at the last second from landing face down in the 21st birthday gutter streaming with sticky, vomitously sweet booze. I’m no sugary sweet girly girl, and I gotta have a little growl, so a testosterone tinged facet is generally all I need to be convinced. (By the by, this patchouli+vetiver combination in Angel’s new Muse works similarly – the whipped cream and hazelnut, which I would usually find to be too much sweet, is grounded significantly with the addition of vetiver. Good move, Mugler! I like it!)


Anyway, what you’re probably most interested in is the beads. Right now, on etsy:

Go HERE to get to my shop, or click on the thumbnails below for each item.

Acid Grass Glimmer Strips:


Chiffon Sorbet:


Pink Tie Optical Ellipses:


These Funny Things:


Outsider Art in Red:


Outsider Art in Blue:


Grrrly Super Stripey Triple Toggles:


Nineteen Ninety Eight:


Rhodochrosite Mega Star Woozballs:


I hope you find something you like! Next up for me is a bath (and a generous spritz of Dragon afterwards), a Taco Bell taco salad and coffee at mom’s. Thanks for checking in!


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