Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New bangle

LOVE this bangle!  I made it last night (with a little help from my cat, of course) and wore it today.  I love the way the beads catch the light, and the purple in my shirt.  Definitely gotta buy more of these beads!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Shop update POSTPONED

Okay, so I know I had announced a shop update for tomorrow, Nov. 14.  Unfortunately, I'm going to have to postpone it until next Saturday, Nov. 21.  

I just returned from a business trip that has left me pretty drained, and I'm not going to be able to have everything ready to post by tomorrow.

I apologize, but hope to have everyone visit on Nov. 21!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Golden tree

This is one of the reasons I'm so in love with this time of year:

This is the tree next to my house.  Our neighbor says when she looks out her window and sees it, it looks as if our house is on fire.  I can sit in the living room and see the leaves just outside the window.  When the afternoon light hits it just right, it's amazing.  

I know in a couple of weeks we'll have to rake those leaves, but for now I'll just enjoy seeing them lying there on the ground.  

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stretch bracelets

I am so addicted to stretch bracelets these days.  They're so easy and fast to make, and I love the look of several of them stacked together.  I whipped these up last night in no time at all.

I have a feeling my next few bead purchases will be bought with stretch bracelets in mind.  

I'm off to Lynchburg, VA for a meeting and hopefully a little shopping--including a bead store!  

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Etsy shop update

Etsy shop update

November 14, 2015

New gifts...don't miss it!

Monday, October 26, 2015

It's Fall Y'all

I know I've said it a million times before, but fall is my favorite time of year.  The mountains here are absolutely amazing, and the leaves seem to be particularly bright this year.  Here are a few pics of our recent leaf-looking trips.

The first is a pic of the (very) small city I grew up in.  Yes, this is the entire city!

This is a view of the mountains from a nearby tower.  You can see five states from the tower--just don't ask me to point out which state is which!

Travis and me with a statue of the Woodbooger--the local name for Bigfoot.

These were taken at the Breaks--an hour or two from our house.

The leaves hadn't quite reached their peak.  If we could have gone a week later the color would have been even better.

We did have a visitor, though.

And, finally, the corn maze we visited this weekend.

I do have jewelry to show, but I haven't  managed to photograph all of it.  I did get some pics of this piece, though.

The acorn pendant was made from a real acorn cap that I found last year on a fall leaf-viewing excursion.  I cleaned and sealed it, then added the blue bead.  I love it!

Coming soon is a shop update.  I'll post the date tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New jewelry

I've been inspired lately to make a couple of new necklaces.  The first is made from a recycled bullet.  It seems as if bullet jewelry is popping up everywhere--magazines, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.  Travis had one used bullet, so I nabbed it and made this.

I used E6000 to affix a Swarovski crystal to the front, and accented the pendant with a pearl.  This gave it a rugged, yet girly, look.  

A few weeks ago I was browsing in my favorite local clothing store, and I came across a long necklace I loved.  I started to buy it, but then decided to make my own, using materials that fit my taste.  It's not an exact copy, but instead I used the necklace I saw as inspiration for my piece.

I love the long length, and the mix of copper beads, silver wire, and brown leather for the chain.  

I wore this to work yesterday and got it hung on my desk, pulling one of the jump rings attaching the copper bead links together loose.  Luckily I had tweezers with me, and set out to make the minor repair just as two new employees came into my office.  Naturally, I fixed the necklace before completing their paperwork--priorities, right?  Besides, they were a few minutes early, and who wouldn't want a free jewelry repair 101 lesson?  (Okay, probably those two men, but they didn't seem  upset!).

I'm currently working on my website.  It's a somewhat slow process--there are so many decisions to be made!  Hopefully soon I'll have it up and running!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Summer Vacation Recap

It's been a couple of weeks since our family vacation and I wanted to share some of the pics.  Don't worry--this won't be a looong post about every little thing we did.  It was such a great trip, though, that I wanted to share.

First, we stopped in Canton, Ohio to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which was quite possibly the highlight of the trip for Travis.

In case you can't see the pic well enough, Travis' team is the Dallas Cowboys.  We didn't have to physically drag him away from the bust of Troy Aikman, but I was concerned for a while.

Next, we went to Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.  Being the extremely large chicken I am, I didn't ride any rides, but I did have something incredibly exciting happen to me in the hotel.

Yes, folks, I met Snoopy!  And, yes, I embarrassed Hannah and Katie (especially Katie).

After a couple of days at the park, we headed to Canada, and Niagara Falls.  We spent our first full day in Toronto, taking in the CN Tower and a Blue Jays game.

The CN Tower is intimidating--especially for someone with a phobia of heights (me!), but the views are well worth it!

Niagara Falls is incredible.  This is a view from the American falls from the boat tour.

It was impossible to get a picture of the Horseshoe Falls from the boat because of the force of the mist (which felt much more like a pounding rain!).  However, I did get a few good pics from our hotel room.

When we left Canada to head home, we stopped on the American side of the falls.  There were gorgeous sights from that side, as well.  You can really get close to the Falls!

We also got to see some other sights--Marble Head Lighthouse, Niagara on the Lake, fireworks over the Falls, etc.  It wasn't the most relaxing vacation we've ever taken, but it was definitely one of the best!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quilt update

Just an update on the baby quilt I mentioned in my last post.  Last night I added the border, and I think it makes the quilt even prettier.

Now, all I have to do is get it ready to be hand quilted on our upcoming vacation.  If that were all I had to do to get ready for the trip it would be nice, but I have lots of packing to do.  I don't even know where to start!  

I also planned to make an entry for this month's Art Bead Scene challenge, but I'm quickly running out of time.  Working full time puts a damper on my craft time!  

I promise to take better pics of the finished quilt.  I had hoped to get a picture with the border added in natural light, but by the time I finished it was dark.  Oh, well.  So much to do, so few daylight hours in the day.

Monday, July 20, 2015

New project

My cousin is expecting her first child in November--a girl--so I decided the little one needed something made just for her.  This is what I'm currently working on (forgive the horrible lighting in the picture).

It's hard to tell, but the quilt top is done in shades of pink and gray.  Now, I just have to add the border and quilt it.  I plan to hand quilt it on the way to Niagara Falls.

Speaking of Niagara Falls...  We're leaving this weekend and I'm incredibly excited!  The girls and I have never been there, and it's been about 20 years since Travis has.  It's a long drive, so we're going to break it up a little by going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Cedar Point.  We're also planning to go to a Blue Jays game in Toronto, which should be fun.  

Anyhoo, if I can finish this quilt I'll be way ahead of the game.  Then, I can make her a little pearl bracelet because don't all baby girls need pearls?  

Friday, July 10, 2015

Glass blowing inspiration

Last week our family took a day trip to a fairly (as in 2.5-3 hours away) close amusement park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, TN.  I'm not a huge fan of amusement parks, being the huge chicken I am, but there is an amazing glass shop at the park that I love.  They have the most amazing pieces in there--my favorites are the glass pumpkins.

Anyway, this time I was lucky enough to catch a glass blowing demonstration.  The artist spent a good while making a beautiful glass angel for a family there.  

Unfortunately, when he finished and pulled the mandrel from the top of the angel's head, it cracked.  Everyone gasped, and I can only imagine how disappointed the artist was.  

The demonstration inspired me to head down to the basement and whip up some glass beads.

I turned this pair into some earrings.

I made another bead, but it's currently being turned into a necklace.  Pics will follow--hopefully soon!

Personally, I'm quite thankful it's Friday!  Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Sometimes things get so crazy between work and family obligations that all I want to do when I get home is crash.  That's fine, except it makes me feel very lazy.  So, I have tried to do a few things to make myself feel a little more productive.

I made this bracelet a couple of weeks ago and I wear it almost daily.

It's so simple--a bangle from Michael's and a couple of charms--but I wear it almost daily.  I've found it's perfect with casual summer tees and dresses.  

I was also inspired by the Jennifer Jangles blog to pick up embroidery.  This is the project I've started.

It's SO relaxing--like coloring with thread.  One of my "happy places" is inside an Airstream, parked in the woods, on a rainy day with nothing to do but curl up inside, listen to the rain, and catch up on my reading.  

In the meantime, I'm trying to survive the last couple days of vacation bible school at church.  I have the teen class.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Art of Awareness Blog Hop

I was excited to read about the Art of Awareness blog hop that Lori Anderson was hosting, and knew immediately I wanted to participate.  After thinking it over, I decided to use anxiety awareness as my topic, and ordered the teal awareness bead from Heather Millican from Swoondimples. I chose the phrase "Just Breathe" for the bead, since that is something I remind myself often.

Most people don't know this, but for about the past 10 years I've struggled with anxiety.   Whenever I feel the symptoms start to creep up on me, I tell myself to "just breathe".  

Anxiety and depression, while common, are often seen as weaknesses.  Many would be very surprised to learn that even those who seem to have everything together--a wonderful family life, a good career, a cheerful personality--suffer silently from the thoughts and feelings that often plague them.  This doesn't mean any of us who deal with anxiety and/or depression are "crazy".  I like to think we're just wired a little differently.  After all, don't we all have something that makes us unique?

I decided to turn my "just breathe" bead (which I adore, by the way) into a bracelet, so that when I start to feel those anxious feelings creep up on me, I can look down and remind myself to step back and try to think calmly about whatever it is that's bothering me.  

This bracelet has some of my favorite colors--brown and the calming teal/blue/green colors that remind me of the ocean. It's often my "happy place" when I feel anxious.

I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this blog hop, and to share a little about myself.  Be sure to check out the rest of the entries!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Where have I been?

Okay, so it's been a while since I've updated the blog.  So, what have I been up to?  I wish I could say I've been making tons and tons of jewelry and updating my Etsy shop, but that would be a lie.  While I have made a little jewelry here and there, I've mostly been busy with LIFE!

The girls found this little cutie in the snow, named her Elsa, and made her a permanent part of the family.

 I attended a conference in Williamsburg, VA (no, that's not me in the pic!)...

...and took my sweetie with me.

I've been watching Hannah play a lot of tennis.

Travis and I chaperoned a field trip to Dollywood with Katie.

I've hung out with these two cuties a lot.

And, I've been enjoying my new Jeep Renegade.

So, there has been a lot to keep us busy and we've had a lot of fun, too.  

Now to find time for jewelry making...  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Just did a small shop update.  I renewed some spring/summer items and added the new jewelry I made during the snow storm.  

 Head on over to to see everything!

Monday, March 2, 2015

New jewelry

We've now recovered from Snowmageddon (as I've dubbed the snow storm from the past two weeks), and I was able to get my car out for the first time today.  Pretty exciting.  It had been so long since I had driven I thought I might have to re-take driver's ed!

These are some of the pieces I worked on during the storm.

These will make an appearance in my Etsy shop in the next couple of days.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cabin Fever

I should have been more careful when I wished for snow. All I wanted was a snow day--or maybe two. And, I do admit saying I was jealous of the people up north who got about three feet of snow. I TAKE IT BACK!!!  Last week we got two big snows, resulting in about 20 inches of snow. Then came the frigid night where he temp got down to 16 below. After that it warmed up enough to rain, and the area had flooding issues--not to mention a lot of caved in buildings due to the weight of the wet snow. Enough, right?  Nope. Still getting more snow. Tomorrow will be our 8th straight snow day from work. That's completely unheard of for the college. 

I did snap a few pics.  This is the view directly in front of my house. There is a road that runs in front of the fence. 

And, this is the view from my bad deck. You can see the corner of my car on the left. Believe it or not, there is a road next to my car. 

On the bright side, I have made some jewelry, and will be updating my shop soon. 

Hope it's warm wherever you are!