Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Look What I Got!

I know, I don't get out enough. I really don't! I have some people working on my yard, and was kind of tired of the noise, so after I made beads this morning, my mom and I went to lunch and then BB&B. I got this cool jewelry hanger thingy - I thought it might be good for those photos of jewelry that you have to submit to magazines that just don't come out quite right when you lay them flat! Well, that's my excitement for today!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Niagara Falls

So, we went to Niagara Falls (American side) last weekend because the engineer had an invited speaker engagement at a conference on Sunday. We decided to take the kids. We got there on Friday and immediately headed for the Maid of the Mist; it was a very nice day and the rest of the weekend wasn't supposed to be so nice. We had fun. We then went to dinner at a restaurant in Little Italy - I can't say I totally recommend the restaurant, so I won't say the name! View of the American Falls taken from the observation deck. It was getting dark already at 5:30 pm! On Saturday, we headed to Canada using the footbridge. Getting into Canada was quite easy and quick. Getting back into the US was a different story. There was a line (not quite as long as customs at Philadelphia, but a line nonetheless). I wish I wouldn't have been so irritated so I could have taken a photo of the sign that says you have to pay 50 cents each to get back through the turnstyle into the US. Come on!

I think we ended up walking a total of 5 miles. We went to dinner at an Applebee's a bit of a drive away - it was good, as expected of Applebee's. Below is a view of Horseshoe Falls - Canadian side. Even for late September, it was crowded.
Here's a closeup view of how powerful this water is! Pretty amazing!
Here's a view of the CN Tower and the Canadian flag. I don't think we contributed too much to the Canadian economy, except for the ridiculously expensive and not very good lunch we had at the Hard Rock cafe. Remind me never to go there again!
Alas, the Candy Planet was closed - not just for the day, but apparently forever. Too bad. I think I would have rather had lunch here!
All in all a fun weekend. Time to recover, do laundry and get back to the school schedule.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Customer Work!

WooHoo! Check out this beautiful bracelet from Cindy Pack on etsy. She used one of my beach beads to make a really great bracelet!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my grandpa, today!

Also, we are leaving shortly to go to Niagara Falls - the engineer has an invited speaker engagement at a conference there this weekend. Hopefully I'll have some good pictures to share with you - I have my camera right here in front of me!!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My G-20 Rant

If you believe in something, show your face and own it. Don't be a chickenshit and wear a mask.

Don't come to my town and throw rocks and cost the many local businesses more money. The G-20 Summit isn't an excuse to be a common vandal - no point can be made and you won't be taken seriously if you vandalize.

You don't have to believe me - if you think you're trying to make the world a better place, take an example from the Dalai Lama. His voice is louder than your rocks.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Beads Listed Today!

Finally, I got around to listing some new beads in the etsy store! Take a look - there are some Halloweenie type beads for you to enjoy!

Circus Circus

The circus we affectionately call the G-20 Summit has officially begun. Rapellers unveiling a protest sign hanging off a major bridge, making life here more difficult already....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Retail Therapy, or Economic Stimulation?

In the past two weeks I have done a little retail therapy, or what I like to consider my contribution to ending the recession. What? I can think that if I want! Here are some photos of some wonderful things I bought, in no particular order! They are all great!

First is a silver sugar skull charm from Beth at Hint. Don't you just love it? I'm really happy I was able to snag one of these!

This Old World Santa ornament is from Lynda at SCdiva - you may recall the gingko pendant I bought from her. I had to have this one too!

A floral porcelain pendant from LeAnn at SummersStudio - she does awesome work.

I did have to buy the matching charms - I think these will be earrings for me!

From Melanie at Earthenwood Studios, I purchased this mix of charms and a connector. I don't buy much red, but I just love the detail and the flowers on these. One pair will need to be earrings, and the others I will covet until I can decide what to do with them!

At the same time, I purchased these floral raku charms from Melanie as well. They are so nice - I can't wait to use them too!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Kandinsky Beads

If you follow the Art Bead Scene, then you know that this month's challenge is a piece by Kandinsky. I made these beads keeping the painting in mind. They should be in my etsy store tonight or tomorrow - I have to go to visiting night at my son's school tonight, and don't know if I'll get to list the beads before I go!

More Bike Ride

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Bike Ride

"Pittsburgh Welcomes the World"

The Engineer!

Mural under a bridge

Grafitti under the mural :(

River tributary

Pittsburgh seen from overlook at Washington's Landing

Since we didn't have the kids, we went for a bike ride today; we started at Washington's Landing and went down to the two stadiums (stadia?). It was about a 4 mile bike ride altogether - flat, partly shady, very pleasant. For the first time in a long time, not bad! We wanted to check it out before we took the kids - it's a great ride I'm sure they'll enjoy!

These are some photos I took - YES, I remembered my camera today! I'll post the rest tomorrow - don't want to overload your computers or anything! I hope you had a good weekend too!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Still Free Shipping until Sunday Midnight

FREE SHIPPING until Sunday (September 20th) at midnight in my etsy store! No matter how big or how small, I will refund the shipping charges to you on any purchase in my SueBeads etsy store! Yay! Go shopping - have you heard the news? The recession is almost over!!!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Glass Head Pin

This is my first glass headpin! I made it with stainless steel picture hanger wire, because it holds up in the kiln, and coral glass. Pretty cool, huh? Pam Ferrari, of Wait Just One More Bead, showed hers off the other day! She made a bunch! Aren't they pretty?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Growing In My Yard

These very strange mushrooms are growing in my yard right now! They are growing in a spot where there used to be a pin oak - I am assuming these are some sort of wood mushrooms growing out of the roots. Weird!


FREE SHIPPING from today until Sunday (September 20th) at midnight in my etsy store! No matter how big or how small, I will refund the shipping charges to you on any purchase in my SueBeads etsy store! Yay! Go shopping - have you heard the news? The recession is almost over!!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What I Did Today...

Can you guess what I mean?!?!?!?!?

Well, one of the things, anyways!

Question for Lampworkers!

I wanted to ask all you lampworkers out there who read this blog - what do you do with all your shorts? For those who don't know, shorts are pieces of glass, usually ranging between 1 and 3 inches long, that you have leftover from a rod of glass. The length is determined by how hot you are willing to let your fingers get - kind of like torch chicken!

My kiln is a fuser, but I don't have any molds or anything that I can think of to use the shorts for. Does anyone have any ideas or resources? I'd be glad to sell them on ebay, but I don't know that there's a big market for them. I guess my other idea is to donate them to the glass center?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Gingko Pendant

This one's mine!

Lynda, from SCDiva on etsy, makes polymer clay goodies! She recently had a gingko leaf pendant on her blog and I wanted one!!!! She made this one for me! I love it. I can honestly say that as of right now, I don't have an ideas for it, although as I type this, some are starting to flow! But I can't wait to get it and make something for myself for the fall! Thanks Lynda!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Wilsome, the fire eater. This guy was great and SO funny!

Sir Roderick!

Sirs William and Ian

Random Pirate show...pirates in the renaissance?

Unicorn...just have to say that, right?

We went to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival yesterday. As usual, I forgot my camera. Of course, I was also planning, organizing and making sure everyone was getting ready, but luckily the engineer remembered his. So here are some images from the fun!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

More Beads Today!

I listed these and more in the etsy store today - go have a look! We're headed out to the Renaissance Festival today, so maybe I'll have some interesting photos later!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

I love these!

These beads are called Desert Canyon and they are in my etsy store right now. I think they'd make a great bracelet, but they would be good for earrings (smaller size) and additions to a necklace. I really love them! They are made by that swirly technique that Val Cox popularized in her book. She makes the most awesome beads and frit blends. This frit, however, is from Candace at Bead Goodies. It just so happens that Candace was also a target of the whacko u-boat. So I'm giving you a link to her web site so you can go give her some love, too!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Business Card Poll

Thanks to everyone who answered my poll about my business cards. I got some great comments and ideas from people, too, so thanks again! 90% said put bead photos on the cards, so that's what I'm going to do again! I'd like them to be a little bit more arty, but of course I am bound by my lack of photographic ability. Maybe someday I'll get around to take a course! I'll have a rant about photography in Pittsburgh tomorrow or later today! I'm off to take some mediocre photos of beads!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I made these buttons a long time ago, you may remember a post about them. They aren't real buttons in that they aren't big enough to actually use on a knitting project, or even for clasps for bracelets, but you can use them for decorations. I can see a cute knitted hat, or a bracelet bead, or something like that. They are for sale in my etsy store. I'll be making more soon!

Both kids are off to school and I am going to take a walk (I think!!!) and make some beads. Then it will be time for a very busy afternoon and evening - soccer game, saxophone lesson and special black belt class.

Monday, September 7, 2009

More Beads

Hi! I added some more beads to the etsy store and will be adding some more later tonight! Take a look!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Grantsville, Maryland

Since we didn't have kids this weekend, we decided to go somewhere - quick and easy. Grantsville Maryland fit the bill - 2 hours away, easy drive, nice weekend. We stayed at the Stonebow Inn - it was very nice! A little pricey for an overnight, but the little cottage we got was very nice, with a deck. We sat outside for a bit and the engineer did some computer work and I made a beaded bead - very peaceful. There was a wedding there yesterday, too. There was a creek in the back, and they built a bonfire at night. We went to a nice restaurant in Frostburg (home of Frostburg State University) called Giuseppi's and the food was great.

This is an arch bridge just down the street from the Inn, called the Casselman River Bridge. It was built in 1813 and, at the time, was the largest stone arch bridge in the world. It was part of the Cumberland Road, or the National Road.

While driving to Grantsville, we went through this little town called Accident. Just HAD to take a photo - you can find out why it was called Accident by clicking this link (if you are so inclined!).

Driving home was a treat - as you can see, it was just a beautiful day. In Meyersdale PA we came across a couple windmill farms - they always fascinate me. I feel very strongly about exploring new methods of energy, and I think this is a great way to go!

Finally, as we drove home, we came across the Burkholder Bridge - a covered bridge in Brothers Valley PA, built in 1870. We had to drive across it, of course, and take a photo!

There were a few other cute photo opportunities that I would have liked to capture - a peacock on the side of a barn garage, a kokopelli mailbox, and some nice wagon wheel decorations. I guess that will be for another time, since I forgot my camera!

Art Elements Theme of the Month - Tidepools

It's time for another challenge, and this month Lesley picked tidepools as the theme for May!  I was all over it! I've been spending...