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Showing posts from November, 2009


In the SueBeads etsy store , from now (7 pm Sunday 11/29) until tomorrow (the day affectionately known as cyber monday) or even longer, you will receive free shipping! Yep - free shipping in the SueBeads etsy store !!!!!

Surprise Sale Continues

See these beads in my December 2009 Bead Trends Magazine article! 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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I am very thankful to my customers! I just added a bunch of lampwork bead pairs to my etsy store and they are on sale!

Bead Pairs Now On SALE!!!

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!

Stink Eye, Bead Trends and Sale

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 bea

Say Thanks to the Troops

XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services. How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them. This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you . Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank yous.

Surprise Sale!

I just put up a surprise sale in my SueBeads etsy store ! All beads in the category Lampwork Beads are now 15% for maybe two days - then I will switch the sale to another category! In addition, I have LOWERED my shipping costs - so go ahead and purchase some holiday gifts! I will be adding more beads later today, too!

Neutral Mood?

I guess I was in a neutral kind of mood when I made beads yesterday - I listed some in the SueBeads etsy store and they all kind of look neutral to me - sort of what outside looks like right now. Next beading session, I am going to get the brights out!

Holiday Selections... the SueBeads etsy store !

More Beads in Etsy Store

I am listing a bunch of earring pairs, because I think these are a great way to make a gift for someone and still keep to a budget - plus you can dress them up with gemstones or crystals and get some really nice creations going! Check out the SueBeads etsy store , and let me know if there's something you want that's not currently listed! I am having fun this week, with no orders, being able to just play and make whatever I want! (As long as the kids stay healthy - knock wood!).

Beads and Tagged

I listed some more pairs in the etsy store - I think these are great for low-cost holiday gifts! I'll be listing some more later today, as well. Also, I have been tagged by Leslie at Bei Mondi (who I am meeting tomorrow for lunch!) to tell you seven things you may not know about me! So here goes! 1. I am incredibly afraid of heights - that being said, whenever I travel and there's a tall thing to climb (Tower of London, Warwick Castle, Leaning Tower of Pisa) I will do it because I'm there! 2. I am incredibly allergic to cats, but I love them so much. I hope someday to get two more - I really miss my Tom and BooBoo. 3. I have a Master's Degree in Human Resources and I really HATE the business world. 4. I have never taken an art class (after elementary school), but think I do pretty well on my beads and with color, if I do say so myself! I have taken classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. 5. At the end of the day, sometimes my guilty pleasure is to watch rea

San Diego Beads

I think I mentioned that a few weeks ago, I got to go to San Diego with the engineer because he was presenting a paper at UCSD - while I was there, I was able to see my college friend Kelly and my Aunt Kathleen. Of course, everywhere I go, I have to find some bead stores. This trip, I found two that were easy for us to find. This is the first one I'll tell you about! The Black Sheep is a bead and knitting store (more like a knitting store with some beads) on the Historic 101 in Encinitas. We stopped there before we went to my Aunt's house; besides visiting the bead store, we had lunch at a very authentic Japanese restaurant. The engineer was quite happy which was great because he waited patiently without sighing while I looked through the beads and buttons! First, I bought these awesome czech beads. Pretty very tiny two-toned faceted beads in emerald and teal blue; then the beautiful blue cathedral beads. They had a really great supply of buttons there - I purchased both

Sign Spotting

One day, the engineer got a check in the mail. We had no idea who it was from, or what it was for. There was a notation that he could google, and it turns out his photo above was published! We were in Pisa and took a tour of the Leaning Tower; this sign was at the bottom of the steps. We love funny signs (there are SO many in Japan, he even submitted one from Japan too) and I told him he should submit it to the Sign Spotting feature in the newspaper. He did, and I guess they published it and sent him a check. His caption was Beware of Break Dancers (goofy, but funny). This weekend, he received a mystery package in the mail; it was this book! So if you want a few laughs, why don't you go check out the book ? It's fun!

Go Steelers!

More Earring Pairs

I just listed a bunch of earring pairs in the SueBeads etsy store - some of the more popular designs that would make great holiday gifts! Check them out. On Monday I'll be making more beads, so if you have a suggestion, let me know! Tomorrow I am headed to the Steeler game!

Sugar Beads

These beads seem to be going as fast as I can make them, so I made a bunch today and just relisted some in the SueBeads etsy store. They really do look like gumdrops and make fun earrings for the holidays! If you want another color, just let me know!

Sugar Beads

Yes, I was a sugar bead making fool yesterday! Since I had the frit out, I decided to use up some rods I had on my bench and made a bunch of sugar beads! While quite a few of them sold already, I listed some more this morning. Take a look in the SueBeads etsy store for more beads!

More New Beads

I have some more new beads listed in the SueBeads etsy store , and even more finishing cooking right now! I'm excited to get these ones out of the kiln - Leslie wanted some of the gray sugar beads, and since I had the frit out, I just kind of went crazy making sugar beads! Hopefully I'll get the pictures taken later and list them tonight or tomorrow!

Happy Veteran's Day

Thank you to everyone who has served and all those who are currently serving in the US Military! Especially to my Grandfather, who served in the Pacific in WWII. We wouldn't be free without all of your sacrifice! Happy Veteran's Day to my engineer too, who is considered a combat veteran, serving in the Cold War on a submarine!

Beads in the Etsy Store

It was quite the busy weekend, so I didn't get to make any new beads. Made some today for the Bead Cruise giveaway goodie bag, an order I got in over the weekend from someone in Pittsburgh, my mom's birthday bracelet to match the earrings I gave her, and the etsy store. But meanwhile, there's still some pretty beadies waiting for new homes in the SueBeads etsy store ! Take a look! Also, answer my poll at the right if you have a chance! My son had his 2nd Degree Black Belt (e-dan) test this weekend (which I think he nailed!), the kids had a zoo class and polar bear lecture, and we went to dinner and had friends over on Saturday night. My son also had his People to People Student Ambassador interview (where he was accepted!) for his summer trip to England and France! He's so proud of himself. In addition, he has the lead role in his class holiday play this year. It's a modern version of A Christmas Carol and he plays the Scrooge character! To top it all off,

Happy Birthday to the Irish Twins!

Happy Birthday to my mom and her sister, Kathleen!

La Jolla, CA

I mentioned that a few weeks ago, I was in San Diego with the engineer - he was presenting a paper at a conference, and I got to visit a college friend and my Aunt. Here's a photo of Kelly and me at a restaurant called George's in La Jolla - it was a very nice night, and we had a lot of fun! We were out all day together in the heat (it was about 85 degrees that day) at Balboa Park, in San Diego and La Jolla, and I'll have more photos soon! Just so you know, we were trying to hide our double chins!

Lots of Beads

I just listed lots of beads in the SueBeads etsy store , and new beads are being added to the made to order SueBeads web site as well! Now you can order some of the beads that you have seen on etsy!

Wavy disk and glass headpin

I think I showed the glass headpin on another post; this time, I put together the wavy disk and the glass headpin and really like how it turned out. I'm going to make a wrapped loop and make it into a dangle or something! I'm likin' it!