Monday, September 26, 2011

Resurrection Failure!

I won't even begin to describe the "fun-filled" past few days/weekend I've had...there would simply be too many not-so-nice-wash-my-mouth-out-with-soap words used!  Let's just say this happened Thursday night:

*insert cartoon picture of my laptop crashing*

All while trying to print out my 4 pages (Arghhh!!!) of vendor instructions for the show this past Saturday...had never done this show, nor did I know my way there...awesome!!  Notice there also is no mention of the referred to show...I'll leave that for another day...

I've spent the day trying to revive my well loved, yet overused laptop.  Fail.  It's history...

Gone are all the pictures I just took last week (yep...the ones for my upcoming bead/components Etsy store), which I also deleted from my SD card so my youngest could use it in her camera!  Not to mention all the favorites, links, etc that are gone...what a way to start my week! 

I do have my daughter's archaic Dell laptop, but as you can see from my attempt to insert a's slightly lacking, and won't accept my printer driver...and yep, another show this weekend (same verse, same as the first).

I'll leave out the part about a replacement being out of reach at the moment....I'd put my big girl panties on...but I can't find them! (Had a cute GIF for that last statement too).

Bear with me, as I try to seek divine intervention and wish a workable laptop into fruition! :)

Edited to add:  Ugh...just remembered all my crochet patterns that took me years to collect are gone too!!And yes, I know I'm being a whiny baby, that in the grand scheme of things a crashed computer is completely trivial!  I get that...I really do, but combined with everything else I'm stressing about, I've come to the conclusion that I must have had a horseshoe up my arse in a past life...because I sure haven't caught a break in this one lately!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


It's inspiration/quote day!!!  Mainly, due to the fact that I'm so busy I don't know whether I found a rope or lost a horse!!!  Three shows in as many weekends, and I always wait until the last minute to prepare and create. (Hey, I have four children...I live for unorganized chaos!!)

I need to keep this in mind every day!

This next one is probably true:

And finally....

Wait...and this one, simply because I despise the show and am an avid reader! :)

*All photos snagged from Pinterest

Now, that I've consumed a cup of coffee, and must get busy!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Thinking Aloud....

Just a thought...

1.  As much as I LOVE designing  & making jewelry, I'm debating on starting an Etsy shop with bead sets & components.  The Blog Hop really opened my eyes to how diverse jewelry design can be, and my partner Tari, of Clay Buttons, proved that what I thought were "dainty" beads can really be turned into anything!!  Just take a look:

Pictures of Tari Sasser's work from the Bead Soup I sent her...amazing!!

Of course I'll still be a regular at shows, and hopefully soon, I can find a reliable, affordable site host to boot!  There's so much to work out like pricing (DEFINITELY not my strong point), set sizes, did I mention pricing? :) 

Any suggestions, advice...and slaps in the face are more than welcome!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 1 of Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Hop

Psssst:  If you're looking for my Bead Soup's in the previous post!

Day 1 of  Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Hop:  Wow!! I've been able to visit approximately 1/2 of the blogs today, and with each new blog, I'm nothing short of amazed at the soup mixes sent/received, the talent, the creativity and craftsmanship of my fellow hoppers.  I honestly can't begin to pick  a favorite...every single piece created has a uniqueness all it's own! 

I always try to take something away from every experience...the good ones (in this case) and also the bad (too many to count!)  and here's what I've learned so far:

1.  Having someone pick out what you will base your creation around is a completely foreign concept to almost all of us!  Whether we create our own beads & components, or prefer to purchase we're still making the choice...take personal choice away...and well, you have 362 people scratching their heads for quite some time! :)

2.  Every piece I've viewed today is completely different...further proving that each one of us is an unique individual...yet we all share a bond of beads/jewelry.  Something as simple as that brought us all together, where nothing about our differences mattered...maybe we should encourage Congress to start their own Bead Soup party?

3.  The encouraging comments, thoughts & accolades make me proud to be a part of this community.  I know all too well the feeling of not "being good enough" at times...and the  inspiring comments I read today could just be the little lift someone needed...myself included!

4.  Lampwork artisans still amaze me!!

5.  As well as the intriguing work of bead weavers!!  I have little experience with seed beads (mostly limited to picking them off of the floor, after dropping more than I've strung)...I can't imagine the hours that go in to these tiny works of art!

6.  Visiting all 362 blogs in a weekend was just a pipe dream of mine...nothing more!  I got way too side tracked reading more than just "The Soup" blogs...story of my life!  Of course having 4 kids, a silverware bending husband, and the world's most needy dog stuck inside on a rainy day wasn't much help!

7.  Lori Anderson deserves some type of medal, to be knighted or the like! :)

8.  I drank way too many cups of coffee...could be the reason why I'm still blog hopping 18 hours later...please Lord don't let the kids wake up before noon!

9.  I should of explained my work in a more detailed description...I was just too eager to start my trip around the world!  I know we were encouraged to dig deep into our own stash for complimenting accents for our pieces, but I didn't want a piece that was more me, than my partner!  I want to look at my necklace and be reminded of Tari...therefore, I left it simple.

10.  After the said 18 hours, I have deleted more of this post than I will end up posting...and I need to back away...especially when I can't even string a coherent sentence together!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Soup. Is. On!!!

Yes Ma' is the day...or should I say the start of MANY days!!  I know for myself, it will take me all day weekend to visit all 362 blogs!!  The weather here will be perfect for an all weekend blog hop...rainy, dreary, and a little chilly.  That's ok...I have my own pot of soup (chicken n' dumplings) simmering, hot coffee brewing and plenty of eye candy to look forward to, with Moobie Grace herself by my side!  She loves to peruse all the beautiful creations!

I know this hop was more than an overwhelming task for Bead Soup Blog Hop Hostess Lori Anderson of Pretty Things, during less than ideal circumstances, but it's SO appreciated!!

My perfectly matched up Bead Soup partner is Tari Sasser of Creative Impressions in Clay and to recap this is the haul of ceramic goodies she sent my way...I'm a lucky girl!

Cool, funky, bright & fun...Tari sent a little box of happiness my way!

Although, completely out of my comfort zone (funny how Lori knew exactly where that was!) I was determined to create something...all for myself this time!!!  I don't think I could possibly do justice to Tari's beads & buttons...especially since I'm used to making my own components and beads...who knew working with someone else's fantastic creations could prove so difficult?  Here's what I came up with...and actually didn't reconfigure after my 874 attempt. 

Tari's bold pendant and coordinating beads on my copper hammered wire wraps and copper chain.  Finished with Tari's funky and fun toggle clasp.  I *heart* all 20+ inches of this!!!  I'm thinking chunky sweaters, boots & jeans with this pop of color this winter!!
ETA:  I'll be adding a full shot of the necklace tomorrow.  It's pouring here, and my sub par camera doesn't like the lighting in the house!!!

And the beginnings of another:

These beads are my favorite!!  An eclectic tie dyed effect that I'm still debating on how to use to their full potential.  I also want to use the cool button as the clasp...somehow.  I'll be sure to post pictures of the new piece just as soon as my creativity kicks in!  Please, take a minute to browse Tari's site:  Clay Buttons, I promise you'll find something that you just have to take home for yourself!

For those of you that missed what I sent my partner,'s a quick shot:

I can't wait to visit Tari's blog to see what she created!

Again, a HUGE thank you to Lori Anderson and all that it entails to pull off a hop of this proportion.  Now, I'm off for a hop around the world...literally...just take a look for yourself!

Just in awe!!!