Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wonderful Thanksgiving on to Advent

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I made everyone’s favorite dish. It took me three days. And, this someone who declared when she turned 60 years of age, that she was old enough to say “I don’t do food.” I honestly don’t think about it. I would rather paint, make jewelry or quilt. I set the table with my best china and crystal, bought the wine. I prepared for 6, but the weather prevented our daughter from coming and our nephew was off hunting. That left us and our son. What made the day so wonderful was attitude. I was determined to a great day, and just know everyone were where they suppose to be. After dinner we spoke to our son’s girlfriend in St.Petersburg, Russia by way of Skype, I did the dishes as it was my best china. Then we had a movie on our big 5ftX8ft screen. Then I declared it was “Pie Time” We had pie then we watched another movie and had another “Pie Time”
I have gone ballistic over copper.

I have gone ballistic over copper.

I took Erin’s @ , color challenge that my daughter shared with me when we went to the bead marker. Also I wanted to use the beads she had shared with me. ‘They were stone crosses’. I simply could not get into the crossed. But I tried. While trying I spied heavy copper wire on my work table, then I was off and running. I will show you the process.

Sometimes design is a process off elimination. My daughter would say Mom “Less is More” I wrapped the focal stone with copper foil and the red bead with copper foil. I then went to JoAnn’s for a copper chain and found a treasure of copper beads. I am very pleased with the results,

You know that in this economy copper is the new gold!

While my daughter was here for the bead market she set me up on Etsy. But I cannot find the place to add items. I have put my profile in twice but it does not show up. So I need more tutoring.
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So, watch for my creations on Etsy At;.
Be Blessed

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Day With My Daughter

I just had a wonderful Saturday with my daughter. I really believe any day spent with my daughter is a awesome day. On this Saturday we went to the Fort Worth Bead Show.Erin at TreasuresFound had given a color challenge, so we used the color swatch as our starting place. Our color swatch was on the warm side of the color wheel. Before we went downtown we went to the Fort Worth Stockyards and took a peek in Brazos Bead Collection.

I Thought all I need was findings, but of course I was totally impressed with the treasures we found there. I needed 8mm lapis but they were not at Brazos so I figured I would get them at the Bead Show. But when I found them at the Bead Show I thought I remembered purchasing them at Brazos, now I still nee3ed 8mm lapis beads, oh well another day.

I had won a Subway gift certificate on Thursday and planned to buy lunch and eat in Forest Park the weather has been incredible. However the Subway shop wasn’t there anymore so we ate at the Burger King. I will just save the gift certificate until our next Fabulous Saturday. And oh I thought I had taken plenty of money but I spent every cent I did not even have the taxes for my last purchase. The vendor took pity on me smiles.

We got a lot of good stuff! smiles
When we got the Bead Show we determined that we would look all round the room then zigzag thru the room before we bought. Well that did not happen. I started it with the purchase of silver chains

I have a commission for a black necklace. I have decided to use Cloisonné. They are not easy to find. I had spent nearly all my money before I found them. But alas I did and they are beautiful

On Thursday there was a Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Senior Center. The director allowed some of the Senior Craft Fair vendors set up in another room since there would be a big crowd and the turnout was so dreary at the Craft Fair. I did OK I had three sales. I sold bracelets and an earring necklace set.
Be Blessed

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Serendipitous Week

As I mentioned to you last week I altered some of my jewelry pieces for a customer. Well she came to retrieve them yesterday. She had asked me to design a bracelet for her soon to be daughter-in-love. I made two and matching earrings. She was pleased with one bracelet but nixed the earrings which was OK with me I can sell them for more than I was asking for the whole set>

There are several things to do before we travel to Lubbock Texas for our final Friends Reunion. I say final because we have had 2 funerals since we were all together at a 50th wedding Anniversary celebration in 2007.We are a group of neighbors that met in 1961 and became a family. Our families were non-extent at that time. We were all young with no money and lots of kids. So we entertained ourselves doing one another’s hair and nails.> We went thru many really hard times together. Some were life threatening that were very stressful. When we began to move on in our separate lives we were scattered across the nation. But we remained close. We have had many reunions and are now up to 4 generations. But this reunion will be just the original couples. We celebrated our 4th, 5th, and 6th wedding anniversaries together and then our 50th anniversaries together. Awesome don’t you think?
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We will want to share our persimmons with them, so we got out yesterday and harvested some to take with us. I have to do my hair. It is so funny, when our families are coming I make sure everything is in tip-top shape, but when it is the 61st Street Gang I do nothing because they have seen me at my absolute worst, and my best.>

Yesterday the weather was just wonderful so I had three friends over to paint on the patio. I know we will not have many more days like that.

I am also trying to get the quilt top so I can show Dotty and Mina my latest project since Dotty gave me the cut work that inspired the quilt. And Mina is a avid quilter. Funny the only thing we did when we were young was watch the kids and wipe their noses and their-- I would not trade being a stay-at-home-mom for all the tea in China. We feel so blessed that our children grew up to be such fine citizen. Anyway Be Blessed!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Treading The Waters of Beading

I am on the trail of follow-up from the Craft Fair. I had one customer who was very petite l. She really loved one of my three color crystal sets but the bracelet was a seven and half inch and she took a 7inch I told her I would re-size it, which meant that I had to restring the bracelet.

Also she really loved the copper + abalone but it was too long for her as I said she was petite. Well because I was so easy to deal with she ordered a custom bracelet for her daughter-in-love to be. I have been busy today designing two lavender bracelets. She wanted them to be delicate. I also designed earrings to match.

Also while I was visiting my friend in Smithvile TX I promised her I would re-string her amethyst necklace. It was a 36 inches strand. She is also petite. Because I added seed beads every third bead I had enough to make a two strand necklace and bracelet and earrings to match.

Tell me what would have done. Comments please
Be Blessed

Monday, November 1, 2010

October 30 and 31 Events

Years ago when my husband volunteered for the Southwest Film/Video Archives, and we had access to thousands of films, and he had a projection booth in our back yard, he would show cartoons and I would serve popcorn to the Trick or Theaters’. When he retired and the Southern Methodist Univ. closed down the archives (dumb move) we no longer had access to the cartoons. So we stopped showing movies on the patio. Well my husband became heir to a video projector so we were able to continue the tradition of Cartoons on Halloween. We had several parents bring their children last night saying they remember how we showed cartoon when they were kids. That was a warm fuzzy feeling.

On Saturday I was a vendor at a Seniors Craft fair. I sold the jewelry that I have been making all summer. I only had 3 sales but I did pretty well. The crowd was very small. Like my son would say ”If you don’t advertise it is like blinking in the dark.” I was surprised at the pieces that sold I don’t know why they were my favorite pieces.>

Be Blessed