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24 July 2014

30 Words :: Moving On


Fifteen years
to-and-fro,
schlepping 
carseats
duffel bags,
sticky fingers
never once stranding us
(except that summer of the battery, remember?)
...moving on...
trading up
to a
quieter,
comfier,
rust-less
ride.

Thank you, Bessie, for a long, safe and winding ride.
Just a note... I will be taking my new wheels (she needs a classy name....what say you?) on her first road trip next week for our big adventure to St Louis for the ASA 12U Northern National softball tournament. I am not sure if I will be able to put together a 30 Words while I am away, but I will try as I am sure there will be lots of pictures! So do check back and don't stop just because I don't have the link-up. We can have a double-whammy the following week. ;-)


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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...
Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).
Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.
Post it each Thursday.
Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
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17 July 2014

30 Words :: Look Up


Dreading my Walmart outing
head down
grumbling
about the price of milk

might have missed the 
glory
right in front of me like
liquid gold
illuminating
the gathering
dusk.
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Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.
Post it each Thursday.
Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
(InLinkz code will be open for one week.) Enjoy seeing what others have captured by visiting them and leaving a comment.
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16 July 2014

Musings On Friendship

I think the greatest joy that I have is in the few friendships that I have made.  I have never been one to have oodles of friends. Sure... I know lots of people the world over but, close friends are very few. I always envy those I see hopping on jets for girls' weekends in New York or Vegas, or having weekly dinners filled with girl talk and wine and laughter. I pine for and wonder why I don't have that. Perhaps my life is too busy for such a thing to happen, or I am not the sort that others would think of to spend a getaway weekend with. So when I do get the chance to convene with those that I feel know me the best, I relish in it, as it is truly few and far between.

The selected beads from Michaels. We can fill in with up to two others and our own focals.

I know I have said this before, but I will say it again: Heather Powers is my best friend. We met through this crazy online world, like finding ships in a stormy sea. We took a chance on each other in that airport in 2009. We share a common love and language that neither time nor distance diminishes. I count my blessings every day that she is in my life. She only lives one state away, a mere 6 hour car ride! Unfortunately, I don't get to see her but twice a year, at Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee and at the annual fall Inspired by Nature Retreat in October (are you going? I am!). It is not enough, I tell you! I imagine what it would be like if we lived in the same area... oh the shenanigans we would get into and the collaborations we would make! That would fill my soul with happiness.

The inspiration palette

So when I see that she is hosting a color challenge, and that color is inspired by the fabric of a happy top that I love to see her in, and that fabric was the inspiration for a pretty pendant that I sent to her as a gift, how could I possibly say no?

Simple Truths pendant I created just for Heather... to see what she made, hop on over to her blog
Humblebeads
The quote on that pendant is from the writings of Kahlil Gibran. Someplace I have the copy of The Prophet that my mother had in college. I can remember reading through that book over and over again. As a young teen I kept journals filled with poetry, song lyrics and quotes, including things that I wrote myself. I really should dig those out. I am sure that most of it was pretty trite and angst-y, but it really hints at where I have come from and why I do what I do. In Heather's reveal post she said that I have the heart of a poet. That is one of the finest compliments I think I have ever been given. And it might be because I didn't start working on all of this until after 10pm (the hazards of parking your butt on a bleacher every night of the week) and didn't get finished until after 1am (I am a glutton for punishment and my procrastination knows no bounds), but it made me all misty-eyed this beautiful day.

So to honor my friend, and to share what I made, I will just leave you with the words that inspired my pendant and sum up my feelings for her perfectly (emphasis and slight adjustment to gender, mine).
On Friendship
 Kahlil Gibran
Your friend is your needs answered.
She is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And she is your board and your fireside.
For you come to her with your hunger, and you seek her for peace.
Named for the Indian elephant, Indiraja, who leads the ceremonial procession of one of Buddhism’s most significant festivals, the Kandy Esala Perahera in Sri Lanka. The 10-day parade centered on Kandy’s Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the elephants trusted for the procession wear elaborate costumes.
Do you see the elephant in this pendant from my friend Vlad at Golem Studio?

When your friend speaks her mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when she is silent your heart ceases not to listen to her heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in her may be clearer in her absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.


A sweet little cream enameled bird floats in a swirly Marsha Neal Studios sky.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
A Simple Truths Wanderlust pennant with the message from Tolkien 'not all who wander are lost' on the back paired with gunmetal and old gold accents.

And let your best be for your friend.
If she must know the ebb of your tide, let her know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek her with hours to kill?
Seek her always with hours to live.
For it is hers to fill your need, but not your emptiness.



And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

10 July 2014

30 Words :: Share with Me


I wonder who's
genius marketing idea
it was to put
names on the bottles
ensuring that
will want to
share a Diet Coke with 

 Me

;-)

Anyone want to
#ShareaCoke?

P.S. So sorry that I missed posting last week! I flew to Ohio to tape an episode of Beads, Baubles and Jewels that will air on PBS stations in October! 
 
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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...
Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).
Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.
Post it each Thursday.
Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
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30 June 2014

What's up?

"God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things.
Right now I am so far behind that I will never die."
~ Bill Watterson 

I hear ya, Bill!
I know that I have been a bit MIA of late. This year has really beat me down.But I am determined to rise above it and keep on keeping on! 

I know that God doesn't give you more than you can handle. God must really be trusting me with a lot this year. There have been a lot of family focus from March to June in particular. So much that I feel like I am still stuck in February. But that is no fun. Because the weather right now is gorgeous!

Right now I am in the middle of our ball season. This is the best season of the year! My daughter still plays softball league but is also on a travel team. That team is headed to the National tournament in late July in St Louis. This past weekend was our home tournament. We took 3rd place, only losing one game to the team that won the entire tournament. I sold my Pop-a-Dot Magnetic Jewelry for a fundraiser for the team and it was a home run! I sold over $900 of the Dots and will be giving them a check for $375 this week. It was a great weekend!

My son plays for both the Junior and Senior Legion teams for our city. He has been playing almost non-stop since his high school ball ended earlier this month. Unfortunately, that means that I can't be in two places at once and so I have missed some of his games. But this weekend is our annual Firecracker tournament at home so I will be around to watch those games! Go Sixers!


Today I will be going down to the Gallery Q to put the finishing touches on the exhibit that is opening tomorrow called Brought to you by the Letter Q to celebrate our five years of local art. Today I have to work on the scavenger hunt to lead people to the artwork and get them to interact with it on an intimate level. We are giving away $500 in art bucks for the gallery to five lucky winners! If you would like to see a sneak peek at what I created for the show, please hop on over to the Art Bead Scene to read my post from last Friday for Inside the Studio. I am also giving away one of the necklaces I made for the show, so hurry over there and leave a comment! If you happen to be in the Stevens Point area, stop by for our opening birthday bash party on July 11th for a cake that will be made by a local bakery artist to look just like this poster!

Can I let you in on a little secret? 

I am flying to Ohio on Wednesday to film some segments of the television series
Beads, Baubles & Jewels with host Katie Hacker!
WOOHOO!

I am so excited about this opportunity! I am also so nervous! 

I still have to get my wardrobe set, get a manicure (what? They say right in there that you need to do that, so it is a legit expense! And if I am getting a manicure I should get a pedicure, too, right?), confirm the travel plans, contact my sister to make sure that she knows I am sleeping over before my flight out ;-), pack clothes and such, pack all the tools and materials to make on-camera step outs, write instructions, and oh yeah.... finish all the jewelry pieces I am bringing! 

Sneak peek alert! You will have to wait to see the whole thing until the segment is released!
Bracelets are my jewelry-making Kryptonite! I can't make them the right size ever, so I was really delighted to come up with this concept that is very wearable, reproducible and can work for all different styles, colors and tastes. I have been wearing my prototype for a week and I can tell you that it is a winner! People cannot stop asking me about it and when I take it off to show it to them they are even more wowed. I think I already have several orders pending for this new style! Of course, the show will not be airing until sometime in the fall, and we don't even get this program on our PBS station, but according to the website, segments are now available online. So I will keep you posted when I can share that! 



I bought myself a brand new iPhone 5S last week. So far it is great, but it makes me feel old. I feel like I am traveling in a different country where the people are very friendly and there is lots to do and see, but I cannot read the signs so I get lost a lot on the way! It is just enough different from my Galaxy S2 Android phone that it makes me frustrated. For example, all this weekend I was never getting any calls, but tons of messages. Apparently there is a little button on the side that got toggled that prevented my phone from making a peep! Luckily, someone pointed that out or I was headed back to the store to demand a refund (and how silly would that have seemed!). 

Okay! That should bring you up to date on some of what has been swirling around in my world. Since I will be on the road, I will have to focus on orders that are pending when I return (special bonuses for waiting so patiently!), I will try my best to get a 30 Words up while I am on the fly (literally!), and I will try to have a little fun in between all of this. 

Tell me, what do you have going on that you would like to share? Shout it out in the comments!

 

26 June 2014

30 Words :: We are the Champions

Working hard
every pitch
every inning
every play.
Doing your best
pays off in the end.
Even champions
deserve
a little
goofiness
now and then.
On to the next tournament!

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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...
Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).
Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.
Post it each Thursday.
Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
(InLinkz code will be open for one week.)
Enjoy seeing what others have captured by visiting them and leaving a comment.
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20 June 2014

We're All Ears :: June Reveal

 Just a few things that I have made recently....


I write a few monthly posts for the Earrings Everyday blog with a really outstanding group of artists. I started an inspiration challenge for our readers to join in on. On the 1st Friday of the month I post an inspiration picture and encourage our readers to use that as the basis of their earring creations. This month it is the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Then on the 3rd Friday we have the reveal with a blog hop. You can go and see all the intriguing earrings inspired by this soaring architectural marvel at Earrings Everyday.

You can check back on July 4th for the next inspiration. But it is not too late to enter your earrings...the InLinkz on the Earrings Everyday post will be live for the next week!

They are going to the Gallery Q today for sale.

       


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