Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tonight, I'm just weary....

and not a good weary! ;>0

Took hubby to the eye dr today, and on the way, the steering wheel was pretty much torn out of my hands, twice- I though I'd hit something or was having a flat tire, then ---see police and sheriff cars all over the place, lights were out- get to dr--aha---earthquake!

The dr's report was not so great either, hubby has lost most of the sight in his left eye, due to diabetes, but it's off and on. Dr performed laser surgery, but it can only repair - not take away the problem. poor hubby.

Then we came home and there was a bunch of stuff that had fallen off shelves, some broken things---but there is something to be said for not dusting much---some stuff just sticks to the shelf! Sounds nasty, but it works. I picked up some of it, made hubby lunch, and went to watch the twinnies, who were entirely TOO perky and ready for fun, swimming, tearing stuff out, needling with me- the quake must have given them some kind of 'sugar' high!

Came home, did dinner, picked some more stuff up, and then just said to myself- to h*ll with it, I can do it later. Just pretty depressing, but tomorrow will be better.

I did take a picture yesterday of the wreath I'm making for daughter #2, luckily I had put that somewhere safe and it wasn't broken, nothing fell on it--I still need some more small balls, but I was tired of it being on the floor--it's still a while till the holidayz! ;>) Now I need to find somewhere safe to hang it.

I haven't even really gotten to bead anything today, just a little crocheting, that I'll have to rip out because of the 'help' I was getting! ;>)

so...tomorrow will be better! It better be better!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tired, but a good tired!

Yesterday and today, I worked in our back yard---and a little in the front--the guy who mows our lawn has been trying to help me, but it was becoming REALLY overgrown, mostly with volunteer green stuff--vines, ferns, stuff I don't even know the name of, but it was beginning to look like one of those scary houses with stuff growing all over it. Now I have a full green refuse can, and 3 huge piles of stuff in the backyard, waiting till the trash is picked up and I can refill! You should have seen me with the electric hedge trimmer---I'm lucky I came out alive!

Last night I listed an old picture frame that I'd painted and glued vintage buttons, an old metal pennant label, and a plastic man from an old train setup. It even has a real old picture in it! Then, today, I just listed a bracelet I've been working on for a while, ripped out a million times --no, really---I still don't know if I'm happy with it, but maybe someone will fall in lust with it and buy it!

The ebw midsummer madness sale will be over at midnight tonight---no sales for me, though, and I've already lowered prices, but..........

I've been making a Christmas ball wreath for second daughter--I owed her one, 'cause I'd already made one for first daughter! Sure can't play favorites in this family!
When I get it finished, I'll post it--right now, everything is on an old sheet in the middle of the living room - the only big space I have to work on it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

my California buds!

I'm going to start a new list of blogs/shops from cccoe etsy sellers-( California craftyandartful people!) Cody's Closet is my first---they will be added to the side later but just wanted to list anniek's blog first---http://codyscloset.blogspot.com/

watch for my new list! ;>)

one of my new purchases--

I'm excited about these- I got a black ceramic one and a white--hopefully my etsy picture taking will be a bit easier now---I don't have to wait around for an available neck! ;>)

good and not so good!

Etsy BeadWeavers present the first ever EBW Team Midsummer Madness Sale! EBW Team members have gotten together to offer some special incentives for buying Handmade on Etsy. Visit our blog for a list of participating shops.

I have already put a sale section in my cigarboxbeads shop, and have lowered prices on these. After this sale, I will probably put my prices back to where they were-----although I hate when I hear that---mostly from used car salespersons---no disrespect to used car salespersons! ;>))) - but it's gonna happen.

I've been working on some new bracelets, but they aren't turning out the way my mind pictured them---ain't that the way? ;>)

I went to the Gift Show yesterday with a friend and spent way too much on beads and such---and today, my body is reminding me of all the walking and carrying... we took the Metro Blue Line to get there---I should know better. But I do have lots of goodies- mostly pearls and findings and some unusual stuff--to show for my pain!

Tomorrow we plan to go to the Orange County Fair, so Wednesday, I'll be in the same condition I am today--I'm already dreading pushing the wheelchair--maybe I'll hook hubby up with straps and such and he can kind of push me. heh heh

wobbling of to find some muscle relaxants--or something-- maybe 2 buck chuck?

Friday, July 18, 2008

fighting with etsy....

no, not really, but a few nights ago, I finally had time to sit down and list to my shop...I got to the photos, and tried, and tried, and tried.............no soap! I was seriously frustrated, but I found out the next day--lots of sellers were in the same boat as me. I finally saved my bracelet description, because I was tired of writing and rewriting....ah, the joys of listing. NOW, I would like to sell something.

I'm still working on trying to get my pictures better--I've been lucky because some members of my teams have tried to help me and have given me suggestions--and so the beat goes on--maybe some day I'll be a decent photographer!

The bracelet shown above is the one I was trying to list- it's another one that I worked on during our road trip to Sacramento---the twinnies have their own little bags of these beads---what can I say- they're my grandchildren! ;>)

The winnah!

...of the last EBWC- etsy-beadweavers 'Midsummernight's Dream' challenge is Smadar--

She calls it 'Roses in the Nightsky' and it's gorgeous and a great winner!

There were so many beautiful creations entered in this challenge- These challenges are just what the name entails----CHALLENGES --they make you think about what you can create and in the meantime, you --at least for me---come out of the proverbial box and create something new to you, and beautiful.

Please check into http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com and look at all the entries. You'll have to clean the drool off your keyboards, but it will be worth it! ;>)

( Smadar's etsy shop is: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5638322
Smadar's Treasure )

Monday, July 14, 2008

RoadTrip Bracelet ala Jillian!

Just listed the bracelet I beadwove on the way home from Sacramento! This one, Jillian, the bossy twin, gave directions and 'suggested' ideas! ;>)

Here they both are - the first was named after jojo, my needleing buddy on the way up to Sacramento, the second-named jillian, who says 'it's BEADING, not needleing, jojo!' :>)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Have you voted?

huh, huh, huh?

I did!

Midsummernight's Dream Challenge: http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com

Happy Sunday....

even though it's almost half over!

Had computer problems again last night---I'm beginning to think that this vintage woman is just not supposed to even be near a computer---aggravates me so much!

Last night I was almost finished listing a new goodie when the whole thing shut down on me AGAIN---after stepping away----calming down---I turned it off, unplugged and plugged the modem again, rebooted everything---I finally started all over again! So here are the little stinkers that I was in the midst of listing! Their an adaption of an adaption of a picture......;>)

Friday, July 11, 2008

I'm still here!

Although, the twinnies were over tonight, and I think they had way tooooooo much sugar today! They had different orders for dinner---french toast and toasted cheese---carbohydrate twins! We settled, after much, ah......discussion....on French Toast!

I still haven't cleaned up after them, although their mommy did try - but she will have her own mess to clean up at home!

I'm trying to ignore the mess and stay on the computer, so here goes.....

I just listed some new goodies on both cigarboxbeads and suchandsort- please check out the story on the bracelet- it's pretty funny ---now!

One of the twins likes to 'bead' with me- she is very particular and anal about it--she calls it 'needling' --the other twin tells her- 'no, it's called beading'. Ha! The answer from the first twin is " I CALL IT NEEDLING!" So there!!111!!

We have fun!

PS--my etsy site is www.cigarboxbeads.etsy.com and www.suchandsort.etsy.com

PPS ---don't forget to check out the beautiful beadweaving and vote on the Midsummernight's Challenge at www.etsy-beadweaver.blogspot.com

Monday, July 7, 2008


If you happened to read the comments on my entry for Midsummer Night's Dream - you might see the comment from mychicthings that I had won....guess what I won...

An Audrey Hepburn bracelet from Staci at PinkPoochDesigns! Audrey was the 'go to girl' back in the 60s-- my friends and I all wanted to look like her, dress like her---next to Jackie Kennedy, she was our 'idol'! ;>) So now- I can wear Audrey on my wrist.

Staci does gorgeous work and I know how the time and the artistry it is to peyote faces. I get very confused when I attempt to follow a pattern for something as intricate as that.

So, without further ado--here's my prize!

Wednesday is the first day......

to vote in the 'Midsummer Night's Dream Challenge'! Please go there and vote for your favorite beadwoven beauty!

If you check tags/items for ebwc in etsy, you'll see all the beauties before voting!

Then on the 9th- go to http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com and vote!

There are gorgeous creations again, as usual!