Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lots and Lots Going On

I wanted to give a big Thank You to Lori for putting on the best ever Bead Soup Blog Party!  I know this was a big undertaking and Lori did a wonderful job as usual.  I also want to give a big thanks to all of you who stopped by and left comments.  I hope to respond to all of your comments next week.  I am working on this blog post and then I am off to work in the studio to try and get some things made up for the show this weekend.  I am also still working my way through the rest of the wonderful soup participants.  I will get to your blogs, it is just going to be really really slowly.  Life is sort of getting in the way of my passion: blogging and beading!

This is what greeted us on Sunday morning, before our show.  It was sprinkling before we rolled into our site and then everyone was yelling there was a rainbow.  So, I got out of the car with the camera and took some pictures.  What a great way to start our show.

The screen we use to put earrings, pendants, and stainless steel necklaces on

The right side of the tent

The left side of the tent
The front of the tent

Mom and I had a wonderful time this year.  I did have my friend Lisa, who is such an awesome girl, come and help me set up.  Mom was still in her boot and I didn't want her to get hurt. 

One of the volunteers was going around taking photos and she took a picture of mom and I.  I usually don't like to have my photo taken, but I wanted one of us together.  I think we are looking fine!!!

This past Tuesday was a co-worker's 60th birthday.  I have known Donna since I was 12 years old.  Mom and Donna use to work together out at the airport on Purdue University.  Then 10 years ago I started working in the same department that mom worked in and then seven years ago I started working with Ms. Donna.  I have been waiting 10 years to decorate both mom's cube and Ms. Donna's cube for their 60th birthday's.  I missed both of their 50th birthdays, so I was making up for it.  I even told Ms. Donna she couldn't take the day off :)  My friend Lisa and I decorated the cube Monday night.  As you can tell I had a lot of fun!!!

This is the inside of the cube.  Yes, I tin foiled her chair, glasses, keyboard, mouse, keyboard tray, phone, her folders with her work papers, her two coffee mugs and spoon.  There are 180 balloons on the floor too.

This is Ms. Donna and me.  She was such a good egg for putting up with me!!!  You be the best Donna!

I don't think I have told you all that I have been exercising again.  Well, I have been.  I am on day 36 of keeping track of my food on  It is an awesome site and I highly recommend it.  I don't eat any differently than I did before, but I now know how many calories I am sticking in my mouth and I am watching how much I take in.

I am also on day 32 of exercising and day 10 of getting up at 4:30 in the morning to work out before heading off to work.  I have been using the 30 Day Shred and various walking tapes to keep me going.  I can tell a big difference in my attitude and how I feel.  I have my fingers crossed that I can keep this up.  It took me 10 years to get this way, I just hope it doesn't take me 10 years to get back into shape.  I just have to keep doing it.  Since I have made a routine out of it, I hope it becomes just something I need to do in the day.  Plus I like fitting in my smaller clothes again :)

This is how I have been feeling since Monday.  The exercise is helping but I feel like I need to bang my head against the wall.  Or, I feel like this:

A dog running in circles chasing its tail.  I have a decision I need to make and I feel like I am running, running, running in circles.  I thought I had made the decision a few months ago, but I seriously was not happy a few months ago, PISSED, was more like it.  I have since started exercising, thinking about what I want and I am so freaking confused. 

I am making a list of pros and cons.  I need to really figure out what I want and what I want to focus on.  Sometimes it can be so hard to be an adult.

But, this weekend is to be fun, not thinking about a decision I have to make (at least not yet).

This week is the 4th Annual Salt Fork River Festival at Sleepy Creek Winery.  Mom and I have been at this art festival since Joe and Dawn started it and we LOVE IT.

This year will have over 50 artists, live music and art demos.  If you are in the Danville/Oakwood area of Illinois I highly recommend stopping in.  This festival is so much fun, plus there is wine and wine slushies!

I guess that is it for now.  I am not sure if I will have time to blog this weekend or not.  We have an hour drive to Sleepy Creek on Saturday and Sunday, so who knows.  I just can't wait for this weekend.  Oh, forgot to tell you mom is now out of the walking boot and into regular shoes as of last night.  Mom can also now drive and I no longer have to drive her around.  YEAH, for both of us.  Have a great one everyone!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Bead Soup Reveal!!!

The day has finally arrived - the best day ever - Bead Soup Blog Party!!!!  This is our third time participating in this fantastic party, and it just keeps getting better and better!  Thank you Lori for all the hard work you invested in this party - we all appreciate it!

Before we get started mom and I wanted to share the goodies we received from Erin, Treasures Found: Inspiration is Everywhere.

This is the lovely box of goodies Erin sent.

This is the box of goodies unwrapped.  If you want to learn more about the goodies you can head over to our post about it and check it out.

These are the cookies sheets where we lay out all the goodies to work with.  The goodies go through several transformations until the finale, which we will be showing here in a few short lines.

This is an owl pendant that mom sawed out of 20 gauge copper and then I enameled for one of the pieces we created from the goodies Erin sent.

Here is the teaser I shared with you all on Friday.  I guess you are tired of me dragging this out, but it is so much fun keeping you on your seats in anticipation - yes, I know I am evil and mom tells me this on a regular basis.

This is what the teaser photo was - Night Flight.  As I said, mom and I made the owl pendant.  We incorporated the Smoky Quartz Nuggets and the blue petrified beads along with ribbon from Jamn Glass.  We also incorporated some brown seed beads in the mix.  I think the beads accent the pendant so well and I am so happy with the way this necklace turned out.  I don't think we changed much of the layout from the time we started to the time we finished this baby.

Here is a closer look of the beads we used and the ribbon.  I love the color of the Jamn Glass ribbon!  It compliments the beads so well.

A different perspective of the necklace.

This little bracelet is called "A Little Bit of Aztec".  We used the polymer clay bead by Pam Wynn and the rough goldstone nuggets Erin sent in this bracelet.  We accented the goodies with turquoise chips, beads by us and some copper chain.

This piece actually went through several different alterations.  We did have some of the Smoky Quartz in the bracelet, but ended up removing them and putting all the quartz in the "Night Flight" necklace.

A different angle of the bracelet.  I really want to showcase the bead in these pictures.

Our final piece, "Some Kind of Wonderful", is made with one of Erin's Simple Truths clasp.  Mom and I wanted to keep this piece simple so we could showcase Erin's gorgeous clasp.  The only thing we added was a ribbon from Jamn Glass, of course, and accented with some of our beads.

Mom wanted me to share the bead photographs because she loves these beads (I don't make them very often).  I use a base of white, copper foil, and then raku frit on top.  Not all the beads turn out looking good but these turned out awesome and were perfect to accent the clasp.

Close up of Erin's gorgeous Simple Truth clasp.

Mom and I had a wonderful time creating our pieces from the goodies that Erin sent.  We hope you enjoyed looking at the pieces we created and take the time to head over to Erin's blog to check out what she created from the goodies we sent her.

These are the goodies we sent to Erin - ribbon from Jamn Glass, beads made by us, a dancer pendant, a sterling silver clasp, rose pendants and a humming bird pendant.

Thanks for sticking it out with us.  And thank you again Lori for the amazing work you did to put this all together.

Oh, mom and I plan on having a giveaway in a few weeks (after our two shows this weekend and next weekend).  So stay tuned for that. 

I am also closing the Etsy shop tomorrow morning, early, because of the shows.  If there is something in the store you have been stalking you better get it now because you never know what will sell at shows.

Here is the list of the linked partner list (If the links don't work - Please visit for the full list of participants.)

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

1. Aimee Wheaton and Barbara York
2. Alice Craddick and Sandra Richardson
3. Alison Sachs and Amy Severino
4. Allison Scott and Cynthia Abner
5. Amanda Cargill Austin and Charlene Sevier
6. Amanda Davie and Patsy Evins
7. Amber Dawn and Kim Ballor
8. Ambra Gostoli and Christine Hansen
9. Amy Freeland and Christine Altmiller
10. Ana Krepel-Novak and Eleanor Snare

11. Andrea Morici and Hope Smitherman
12. Andrea Trank and Jayne Capps
13. Andrea Turini and Charlene Jacka
14. Angela May and Emanda Johnson
15. Anitra Gordy and Elizabeth Owens Dwy
16. Ann Rishell and Debbie Price
17. Ann Sherwood and Lynne Bowland
18. Anna Lear and Barbe Saint John
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
19. Nan Emmett and Erin Siegel
20. Astrid Boyce and Birgitta Lejonklou

21. B.R. Kuhlman and Deanna Chase
22. Barbara Bechtel and Bryna Lumb
23. Barbara Blaszczyk and DaviniaDesign
24. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall
25. Barbara Lewis and Cathie Carroll
26. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley
27. Becky Fairclough and Jana Tarhala
28. Bella Borgouise and Gillian Lehman
29. Beth and Evie McCord and Erin Prais-Hintz
30. Beth Bricker and Heather Pyle

31. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen
32. Bobbie Rafferty and Cindy Cima Edwards
33. Candice McGinnis and Sally Anderson
34. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier
 35.  Cathy Khoury and Molly Alexander
 36. Carol Tannahill and Hilary Frye
37. Carrie Tahquechi and Cris Peacock
38. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone
39. Charlene Gary and Doris Stumpf
40. Charlotte Pevny and Kate Gardenghi

41. Cherrie Fickand Cathie Carroll
41. Claire Maunsell and Cherrie Fick
42. Cheryl Roe and Jenny Vidberg
43. Chris White and Norma Turvey
44. Christa Murphy and Kathy Alderfer
45. Christie Murrow and Dana James
46. Christina Miles and Collette Collins
47. Christine Brandel and Elizabeth Woodford
48. Christine Damm and Cynthia Deis
49. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering
50. Christine Stonefield and Dee Wingrove-Smith

51. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes
52. Cindy Wimmer and Riki Schumacher
53. CJ Baushka and Cory Celaya
54. Courtney Breul and Joanna Matuszczyk
55. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young
56. Cryss Thain and Serena Trent
57. Cynthia Tucker and Kitty Durmaj
58. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman
59. Davinia Algeri and Janet McDonald
60. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick

61. Diana Ptaszynski and Kristy Abner
62. Diane Cook and Kerry Bogert
63. Diane Hawkey and Jen Judd Velasquez
64. Dorcas Midkiff and Jill Harris
65. Doris Radlicki and Heather Goldsmith
66. Dot Lewallen and Gaea Cannaday
67. Elisabeth Auld and Jennifer Justman
68. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore
69. Erin Grant and Julie Jones
70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz

71. Fiona Christie and Michelle Heim
72. Gail Zwang and Genea Crivello-Knable
73. Geneva Collins and Jana Haag
74. Gretchen Nation and Heidi Post
75. Heather DeSimone and Karin Slaton
76. Heather Marley and Terry Carter
77. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride
78. Jackie Ryan and Nicole Keller
79. Janna Harttgen and Joanne Tinley
80. Jean Yates and Lori Anderson

81. Jelveh Jaferian and Jenny Davies-Reazor
82. Jenni Connolly and Jennifer Heynen
83. Jennifer Cameron and Kristi Bowman
84. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy
85. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora
86. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg
87. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann
88. JJ Jacobs and Karen Tremblay
89. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh
90. Judy Glende and Karen Sinkowski

91. Judy Riley and Kelly Morgan
92. JuLee Wolfe and Julie Bean
93. Julianna Cannon and Julianna Kis
94. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt
95. K. Hutchinson and Shea Zukowski
96. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio
97. Karen Williams and Kimberly Roberts
98. Karen Zanco and Polly Barker
99. Kari Carrigan and Laura Twiford
100. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck

101. Kate Richbourg and Lorelei Eurto
102. Kathleen Lange Klik and Maria Clark
103. Kathy Engstrom and Keri Lee Sereika
104. Kay Thomerson and Loretta Carstensen
105. Kelley Fogle and Laurel Bielec
106. Kelly Ramstack and Sally Anderson
107. Kim Stevens and Tiffany Long
108. Kristi Harrison and Mandy Williamson
109. Kristi Kyle and Lana Kinney
110. Kristina Johansson and Sue Hodgkinson

111. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger
112. Laura Zeiner and Susan Kennedy
113. Laurel Steven and Mary McGraw
114. Laurie Hanna and Lisa Boucher
115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca
116. Linda Djokic and Tracey Weiser
117. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse
118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington
119. Linda Murphy and Lisa Hamilton
119.  Line Labrecque and Marianne Baxter
120. Lisa Lodge and Monica Johnson

121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir
122. Lola Surwillo and Therese Frank
123. Lori Bowring Michaud and Marci Brooks
124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron
125. Maggie Towne and Marge Beebe
126. Malin de Koning and Susie Hibdon
127. Mallory Hoffman and Shirley Moore
128. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller
129. Marcy Lamberson and Melissa Clarke
130. Margot Potter and Suzann Sladcik Wilson

131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum
132. Maria Horvath and Melinda Orr
133. Maria Rosa Sharrow and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp
134. Marian Hertzog and Melissa Mesara
135. Marianna Boylan and Sandi Lee James
136. Marina Dobrynina and Michaela Pabeschitz
137. Marsha Neal and Miri Agassi
138. Mary Ellen Parker and Melissa Meman
139. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper
140. Mary Hicks and Laurel Steven

141. Melissa Pynn and Michelle Buettner
142. Michelle Hardy and Niki Meiners
143. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy
144. Missy Rappaport and Norma Agron
145. Molly Alexander and Poranna
146. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell
147. Nadezhda Parfyonova and Stacey Curry
148. Nan Emmett and Nancy Peterson
149. Nancy Boylan and Natalie McKenna
150. Natalie Monkivitch and Niky Sayers

151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari
152. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan
153. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag
154. Pat Haight and Mary McGraw
155. Patty Gasparino and Vonna Maslanka
156. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe
157. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain
158. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins
159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub
160. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya

161. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs
162. Rochelle Brisson and Sheryl Stephen
163. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell
164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams
165. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin
166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small
167. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner
 168. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk
169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley
170. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley

171. Staci Smith and Tracy Stillman
172. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin
173. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor
174. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa
175. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton
176. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin
177. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones
178. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser
179. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk
180. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager
181. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad
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