Thursday, May 27, 2010

R & R Even in Iraq

I was happy to learn that my cousin does get some time to kick back and relax with her fellow soldiers. She posted some pictures on her facebook and I thought it would be fun to share. Please keep all our soldiers in your everyday thoughts.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Time is getting away

It's seems like the day's are passing quickly, I alway's am in the middle of something but at the same time feel like I'm spinning my wheels. There is so much drama going on in my house with my grown kids and as hard as I try, I can't get away from it. I also can't seem to stay online more than a few minutes at a time so getting very little accomplished. I did get to post this cuff today though. Put it in my Zibbet shop. Went out with some friends last week, haven't done that in such a long, long time. It was great fun! I love catching up with friends when I can so seldom see them. I can tell this machine is getting ready to kick me offline so everyone have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It's done !!!

I just a few day's ago noticed I had 5 different projects in the works sitting all over my desk. I hate when I start doing that because I feel like someone with ADD, which my kids and grandkids have but didn't think I did. Any way I made up my mind these all had to be finished up before I started anything else. The business card holder has taken forever. I lined the inside with black suede and when the case is closed all you see either on the front or the back is one rose. I have tried 2x to upload some pictures. I am going to try again before I post this but if it does not work again, I will just add them in later.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Here we go again!

I am very conciencous ? about recycling. I empty my food containers, through them in the sink, wash them, sort them into the right bins. A few years ago I found out that after all that work I have done to recycle my empty's, the garbage truck was throwing them into the same bucket as the trash, when they got to the landfill most of the recycling got dumped into the same hole as the trash. It made me wonder why I was doing all this work to keep them out of the landfill when the trash people I paid good money to was not!
So I started thinking about what I could do to change that. Since I have raised my family with a regular craft nights their whole lives any way, we started coming up with ideas. We made cookie containers out of plastic coffee cans, painted Santa and Elf faces on them with little felt hats to cover the lid and used them for Christmas one year. This was a hit until the glitter started falling off them!

When I am not beading, I love to play with polymer clay, I also love to paint. I used to teach ceramics and miss it. Any way I started playing with the clay and started turning glass jelly jars, tin soup cans, etc. into pencil /paintbrush holders, little coin banks, odds and ends jar's.
At this point I am overloaded. One can only need just so many clay covered soup can's!

Then I got to thinking, My jewelry is selling really slowly, I need more money coming in and just know I can't go out and find a job. Tried that, broke my heart when I had to leave.
Then I thought, maybe I should try making some of these to post in my Etsy shop. I have seen some very strange things being sold on Etsy. I know, I know. I gave the sequined ornaments over to my daughter because I wanted my Etsy store to stay on track with my beadwork. But it's not going any where so what can it hurt if I diversify. Maybe start adding more of my jewelry on my Zibbett site and start putting my claywork on my Etsy site for a bit just to see what happens. we go again!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

I just wanted to take a moment and say Happy Mothers Day to all the mom's and mom's to be today. Find something to make your day special. Even if it just something little like a half an hour to do something you love that's not about your craft. I know I will.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I'm slacking

I just realized I hadn't posted in a week. I do try to do it each weekend but it seems like I have had a great deal of stuff going on this week. Not sure exactly what but just constantly doing something! I did spend some time going through my "stock tub" and decided to relist this wall hanging on Etsy again. Sometimes when I think stuff has been on there too long I retire it for a bit when the listing expires.
My "stock tub" is a plastic storage tote that I try to add finished peices too so that if a craft show comes up or any chance to show my work, I have a handful of finished work. I have a goal of someday having the tote completely full but that's not easy. Between listing in my shops and daily life it just doesn't happen.

My Jewelry group is still waiting for an answer from City hall on whether or not we will get out sidewalk vender permit. Waiting makes me crazy!!

I finished lining the bead embroidered case and I am in the process of sewing it together so hopefully will be able to show you a picture of the completed peice in a few day's.
Also working on a handful of the Butterfly necklaces.
That's about all that is going on right now so I hope your enjoying beautiful weather this week. I am loving being able to be outside.