Thursday, December 31, 2009
This is too bizarre for me - today I commented on two blogs, Wait Just One More Bead by Pam Ferrari, who is going through cancer, and also on Maire Dodd's blog. My "capcha" word (the word you have to enter to prove you are not a bot) on Pam's was "unblest" and made me feel bad. The word on Mary Jane's was "toutchie" and the comment I made to her was that her post today touched me greatly. I think this is bizarre - does anyone else? Should I play the lottery? Or go hide????
Thanks to a person who ordered $8 worth of "custom" beads (that's TWO beads, ladies, and I even sent her FOUR) I will no longer be taking custom orders for any beads. Beads can be requested, I will make them and put them in my etsy shop, but they will be WYSIWYG. It is so not worth it to receive a very nasty email early in the morning from someone like this. I have excellent feedback on both ebay and etsy, but I really don't need this. Thanks for understanding.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
My mom scored this book for me for Christmas - it's not available in the U.S. yet, but a local bookstore called The Mystery Lover's Bookshop snagged some copies! Do you know about The Millennium Trilogy? Stieg Larsson was a Swedish journalist and author who died before his last three books were published; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and this one, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. I really like these books; I have read the first two and was going to have to wait for this last one. But not now!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Things Santa Claus got me for Christmas! First is a pair of heart earrings from AquaBeet on etsy - she has lovely things and you should check them out! Next is the book, Pioneer Woman Cooks. I don't know if you have ever visited her blog, but it was great! Blogging is how she got the deal to do her book. It's great - full of recipes, but also of stories and photos of her life on a ranch. You can get it at Amazon.com! Finally, my new camera! I didn't want a super fancy one like my daughter has, but I wanted one that was smaller than my old one, one I could put in my purse and have with me all the time - you know how I am always forgetting my camera! This is the one I got, also on Amazon!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I made beads for a bead order tonight (I'm so glad I can get them out tomorrow!) because I was...ALONE! The engineer took 4 kids (3 of ours and a neighbor) to see Avatar and I stayed here to do beads (very nice of him, I think - of course, he wanted to see it too, the geek!). I'm very glad I got them done. I was cruising through some blogs and saw that Heather (of Humblebeads) suggested one might want to have a glass of wine in the dark with the tree lights on (or something very close to that idea!) and so that's what I decided to do for a few moments of me time! I then decided I needed to take a photo of the tree to see how it would turn out. The tree is actually so beautiful - it is perfectly shaped. What luck! Then of course I decided I better post the photo to the blog because I think I'll be pretty busy tomorrow! So there went my alone time with wine in front of the tree in the dark with the tree lights on. But isn't it purty? Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I left early, went down to the engineer's and we went to SouthSide Works for some last minute shopping and a holiday lunch together at Cheesecake Factory. We both ordered "lunch size" entrees, which were still too big for us to eat! Then I came home and the hvac guy came to do the furnace clean and check. Then I ran up to the store with my son. Then I made a very bad mom dinner. Then I went through all the gifts to make sure everything was in order. Then we cleaned the rat cage. Then I uploaded a bunch of stuff to my flickr account. Now I am going to go wrap some gifts. Long day. I am looking forward to going to bed and sleeping in tomorrow!
The kids and engineer are going to see Avatar tomorrow. I am not. I heard that us old folks will get ill with all the motion and effects. Which I believe, since I can't even watch someone playing the Wii car racing games without getting dizzy! I will instead make beads! I have two orders I need to get done, plus I really need to get some new beads for the etsy store!
Monday, December 21, 2009
I just got back from the chiropractor. I was writing my co-pay check when I realized, it's December 21st!!!!!!! How did that happen? I still have lots of beads in my etsy store; I will mail them out as soon as I get an order, but at this point, I don't think they'll make it in time for Thursday! However, giving New Year's gifts is also a nice thought, don't you think? Earrings are great! I have lots of earring pairs in my shop, and some mini sparkle sets that make great earrings! I've made several for gifts! If you have a suggestion or request for a color, please let me know. These are great meditative beads for me to make!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
...besides church, and heart attack with those Steelers, I mean. I made homemade macaroni and cheese - which turned out pretty good. Then I noticed there were two bananas just wanting to be made into banana bread, so I did that too. The mac and cheese was good (too many breadcrumbs), have to wait on the banana bread to eat. Now, I am waiting for my college friend Helen to come over for the night - she was at the Steeler game with a friend of hers and has tomorrow off, so she doesn't have to drive back to Central PA tonight!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
This is a picture of the snow out my kitchen garden window. Yep, we actually got snow here in Pittsburgh today - about 5 inches! Fun for kids - too bad it wasn't a snow day from school! But snow is snow. My little financial geniouses went out to shovel driveways for money! They made $11 each. Nice people! Have a great rest of the weekend!
I just listed some new beads in the SueBeads etsy store - it's been a busy week, so I don't have all that many! I think I won't have many this week, either. I may take some days off! I know I have at least one more shopping trip to do. It did snow here today - it's been snowing and snowing, light but supposed to snow all day. The kids are already outside playing with friends! Found out my daughter really needs new boots, and had to search for the new snowpants for my son. I'm glad I had already bought him some new boots! These kids - they just grow and grow!
Have a great weekend, whereever you are! I'm staying in, having friends over for shepherd's pie later, and making a fire! Oh, and doing laundry, finishing the tree, cleaning the bathroom, etc. etc.!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Today, the sale of the day is Robin's Egg Raku - they were listed for $24, but at 15% off today, they are $20.40. If they sell out, I'll be glad to take orders today until midnight for the sale price! Just shoot me an email, a convo, or a comment! Check out the SueBeads etsy store! (I have some other things listed in the SALE section, as well!)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
My son was the lead in the 6th Grade Christmas Pageant at school tonight! He played the Scrooge part of an adapted script of A Christmas Carol (done by one of the teachers at the school!). His name was Earl Sweeney - he did fantastic! We weren't allowed to take photos or video (I was SO disappointed because the engineer is on a business trip and had to miss it) but here's a photo of him (and some random people I don't know) at the cookie reception afterward. His face tells it all! That's his nightcap and nightshirt that my mom made for him, especially for the play! He is wearing it to bed tonight! (P.S. What am I going to do when my mom can't sew anymore?!??!?!)
Today's sale of the day is Pinot Grigio recycled wine bottle beads! They were $25, but for today they are $21.25 - good deal. Very nice glass, hardly any bubbles and no inclusions! You never know what you'll get with wine bottle glass, but this is nice! Check them out in the SueBeads etsy store!
Is anyone else as exhausted as I am? I'm not running around like crazy, but maybe it's mental exhaustion. I would rather take the kids and go to the islands for the holiday than do the whole crazy holiday thing! I keep trying to convince them it's a great idea, but so far they aren't buying!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I just listed two sets of extras in my SueBeads etsy store - this is a good way to get a bunch of beads at a great price, especially if you like to use a lampwork bead here and there in your designs. They are at least a $48 value on sale for $30 in the SALE section! There's nothing wrong with them - they are just one-offs or extras from sets!
Monday, December 14, 2009
The sale of the day today is Winterberry Sparkles! These beads are featured in my design that appears in the December 2009 Issue of Bead Trends Magazine - a bracelet and earring set perfect for the holidays! Today, these beads are 15% off their regular price of $40 - you can get them for $34.00 in the SueBeads etsy store! As I mentioned yesterday, there's still time to make some great holiday gifts! And I usually send purchases out the same day I receive the order (or, if the mailman has already been by, then they go the next day for sure!). You can't lose!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Pam, at cooljewelrydesign on etsy, made these fantastic earrings with my frosted filigree beads - aren't they great? I've been wanting to see what people are making with these beads; I really like them myself and had ideas in my head for them! Check out her shop - she has some great things for sale!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The Classic Minis are the sale item of the day! They were $25, but today they are $21.25 in the SueBeads etsy store! These make really great earrings! If they sell out today, I will be glad to take orders for them at the sale price until midnight tonight!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Here's a photo of where one of my pool lounge chairs landed yesterday! My dad fished it out for me; this morning, it's headed back that way - halfway in the pool today! I'm just going to wait until this crazy wind dies down before I try to move it again. I guess I need to put bricks on it!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Erin, of Treasures Found, is hosting a challenge right now - use hardware store objects to create jewelry (the short version!). This is my entry. I know it's not a winner - there are some amazing creations to be seen! - but I had fun with the lock washers. They make great jump rings. The internal lock washer connects the ear wire, and the external lock washer connects the dangle (the spikey one). I was going to create a bracelet for the challenge as well, but had a migraine on Friday and a migraine hangover on Saturday and just didn't find the time to create this weekend. We did get our tree, however, so I feel something was accomplished! I may still make it, just to try it. I'll let you know!
Alex, of AlexUDesigns on etsy, made these beautiful creations with my Chinese Lantern beads. The bracelet was made for a cat lover; I love the cat charm! It goes so well with the colors of the lampwork beads! Hopefully she'll be listing some items, soon, for you to purchase!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Mini Beads are 15% off in the SueBeads etsy store (Thanks Katie for the suggestion). I'll have more to list tomorrow - just make half a kiln full! I also made some wine bottle beads yesterday and today - beads made from recycled wine bottles - so look for those soon!
Let me know what else you'd like to see on sale!
Well, it's that time of year - busy busy busy. Too many things to do and no time. Why does it always creep up on us? Not like we don't KNOW this is coming, or anything. But every year, I'm writing more and more things on the calendar and making things and well, you get the picture. I'm going to change up the SueBeads etsy sale tonight - for some reason, the free shipping wasn't very enticing to anyone! So I'll pick another category to put on sale - any suggestions?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tomorrow, I will be changing the sale around. I have had a great response to the bead pairs sale so I am going to keep it running today, and will add some more in a bit. This is a great sale to get 15% off bead pairs - a really economical way to make great gifts for the ladies in your lives!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I've just reduced all the bead pairs by 15% in the SueBeads etsy store as the second stage of my surprise sale! That means the lampwork bead sets are back to their regular prices. Through the holiday season, though, I will be announcing surprise sales from time to time so check back often. There will probably be a free shipping day or two, as well! I have many more bead pairs to list, however, I am completely out of silver plated spacers and need to take many many photos!
I wasn't in the greatest mood on Sunday when I sat down to make beads, and the first bead I made was the one above. It didn't really start out to be a stink eye (or evil eye bead) but it was just what I needed to get myself motivated and laugh a bit!
I received my advanced copies of December 2009 Bead Trends today - Yay! What a beautiful magazine. It's so classy, I really like it! I have a Christmas-themed bracelet and earring set on page 116 you should check out! Also, you can buy the magazines as a download too, for a much nicer price. Me, I like to actually hold the magazines and flip through them - I sit at my computer enough as it is!!!!! The beads I used are Winterberry Sparkle and some are in the etsy store right now, or you can order them on the SueBeads Web Site!
The surprise 15% off sale is still listed for all beads in the lampwork beads section of the etsy store - probably later tonight I am going to switch it to another section, so if you want any bead sets on sale, you should probably grab them now!
Forgot to add my Inuit piece to the keep your sanity post, here it is!
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