Friday, June 29, 2007

Slip and Slide

Well, this has been quite a week. I took time off from work to bead, but seems that I get more beading done while I work. We had to take our kitty to the vet Wed. and found out she has bladder infection. Thankfully that is treatable. Monday, my Dad has to go in for a heart scope to see if his stints are blocked or needs more put in. So hopefully today, in between laundry I will get some beading done. Have a great weekend and hopefully I will have some beading pics for you soon!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Nature's Majesty

Friday night we went to an overnight camp for GS. This picture was taken from the back of the storm line after our hay rack ride. Isn't it beautiful?! The lightning in the cloud was very cool. I am glad we were on the back side of the storm!

Monday, June 25, 2007

More Pics/Beading Challenge Finished!

This is my finished project for the Beads and Botanicals Orange Fish, Blue Fish challenge. I made a fun and summery sun catcher with a large leaded crystal on the end. I love making these sun catchers, they are so easy and flashy!
Here are some bracelets that I finished over the weekend, a couple or three will be fringed and the others may get earrings. I took this week off for beading and catching up on some stuff here at home, so I suppose I had better get going.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Pics as Promised

Here are the bracelet sets we made last night. I love them all. I feel like they are some of the most creative stuff I have made for awhile. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Later today...

Later this afternoon, I will get some new pics of the 3 bracelet sets Chris and I made yesterday. We get to take Mina and one of our other GS camping tonight and tomorrow afternoon! Great hot weather for camping! Hopefully we won't expire from the heat and the bugs, but we always have fun at camp and I am sure this experience will be no different. Chris is also taking Rope Course Facilitator training while we are there, so that he can be the "expert" person to do the rope course with other girls. Later!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Peachy Passion Bracelet Set

Here is the set I finished at lunch today. The larger rounds are acrylics and there are peach mother of pearl circles and filled in with seed beads and a light peach crystal. Now on to the next one!

Orange Fish, Blue Fish, Carla's Got a New Challenge...

Well, of course my rhyming isn't up to snuff, but it's true there's a new beading challenge at Beads and Botanicals. I can't wait! I love the beading thing challenges that Carla comes up with, and this one has an extra twist~check it out at her blog site link posted on my blog to the left! I have almost finished a bracelet that I started last night. I was messing around with some beads and ideas for a different bracelet and it was aggravating me so I picked up something else instead. So hopefully there will be new pics today sometime! Happy "Hot" Wednesday~those are not quotation marks, they are perspiration! I am definitely not a hot fan, I like it about 78 so Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Crystals, Crystals, and More Crystals...

Good Tuesday to you! I talked to Mina's Granny last night about the big family 4th of July celebration last night and wheedled the birth months out of her for all of her grand kids. There are only 21 of them! My plan is to make Granny a bracelet with a custom made name bar that says "Granny" on it and put all those lovely crystals on with it. It will be a bit fancy for what Granny is used to, but she loves those grand kids so much that she deserves some Swarovski sparkle in her life and on her wrist! She always goes out of her way to attend the kids' events and even drags Chris's Dad Keith along for the heck of it. Granny is technically Mina's step grandma, but she is by far the one who is most active in Mina's life. My parents aren't able to go to most of Mina's events, but Granny and Gramps (Mina's name for Keith) come anytime we ask them. So on this Tuesday, think of someone in your life who deserves a bit more "sparkle" in their lives and share how much you appreciate and love them!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Weekend Notes

Good Monday Morning! This is the update for weekend events at our house. Our cats are suffering from fleas so that took up quite a bit of our weekend, between the trips to Hastings for the treatment stuff for the cats, the house, and preventive measures for the cats. We bombed the house yesterday and went to Hastings for another flea collar and more of the drops that get put on the necks of the cats and some powder to treat the carpets, and places the cats lay. The poor cats were traumatized by having to have another bath, their second in a month. I don't know who felt worse, Chris having to bathe them or the cats for having to get bathed. Friday night, we took Mina's friend Taylor and Mina to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies concert and we all really enjoyed it. The concert was awesome and a lovely breeze picked up about the time we were miserable from walking around in the heat. The combo of the shade and breeze and music made for a wonderful evening. I love to go to things like that and people watch. FUN! Saturday, Chris and I went and did our shopping and Mina spent the afternoon at Grandma and Grandpa's since she wasn't feeling good (sinus infection again) and was tired from two days of fun with Taylor. I finished the book I was reading this morning, and that pretty much consumed the weekend also so not much happening with the beading. I have a new bracelet started so hopefully I can get some new pics up soon! Have a great day!

Friday, June 15, 2007

We're off to see the...

I'm not sure why that song just popped into my head, but it works for this entry. We are going to the Cottonwood Festival in Hastings tonight and it runs all weekend. We, along with Mina's gal pal Taylor, are going tonight to see the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and gorge ourselves on fair food! Chris and I love the Big Band Era style of music so even though Sammy Kershaw and Emerson Drive are there tomorrow night, this is the concert we want to see. We aren't big into country music (though I was growing up and until several years ago) and Mina does listen to it (in her room). Chris sticks pretty true to his hippie loving music (Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie, Metallica, etc.). I like the newer rock stuff (Nickelback, Evanescence, Linkin Park, Anvril Livigne, Fergie, etc), but we are also into classical, new age, and oldies like Dean Martin, and Frank Sinatra. Sorry, didn't mean to get sidelined there! We are going to view the fine arts and crafts at the Festival, and perhaps we will be there next year with our jewelry! Have a happy weekend! And Happy Father's Day, Dads!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Lime and Aqua Blue Tropical Treat

This is my latest creation. I made it at the suggestion of a gal who viewed the pink and green one similar to this one. She like the design but wanted different colors, so here it is. I really like it also, and love the colors together. Well, errands and appointments are calling and all I really want to do is sit down with the project I laid out after I put the beads away from this one!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Well it's Wednesday...

Sorry I haven't updated for a few days, work has been consuming almost all my time. Busy is good for business, but really eats up my free time! Saturday night we took Miss Mina into the E.R. due to a water gun incident with her father. She zigged to get away from the squirt gun water Chris sprayed at her (she is soaking wet, why move at all?!), and crashed into an old washtub flower bed in our backyard. She dented her shin and it swelled up immediately. She was using the "I've lost a limb" cry, and that is the one that seasoned parents pay attention to. We were concerned that she might have fractured her leg, but all turned out fine. She has a lovely "war wound" to show her friends, and anyone who doesn't mind hearing the whole story. She has more bruises that we didn't know she had even gotten injured in those spots. Sunday was church in the morning, and much to our sadness, our pastor has resigned effective the end of August. We went to the water park in Hastings in the afternoon, and met up with our friend Chris and her kids. Fun! Monday and Tuesday were consumed with work, though Mina and Chris' interview for the Hastings Tribune was on the front page and also was the lead in for the story on the fishing derby. Very Cool! Now it is Wednesday and after work I hope to finish the project I am working on so I can move on to the next one. Chris finished a modified macrame bracelet last night, so hopefully I can get some pics up this evening. Mina and I watched movies last night while beading. We saw Happily Never After (not great) and Music and Lyrics (awesome!), one out of two isn't too bad. I love both Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant, so it was a win/win in that perspective. It was a very romantic movie and funny. Loved the references to the 80's and they had great chemistry. Check it out if you get a chance!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

My Lucky Daughter

This is our lucky charm! Today, Chris and Mina went to a fishing derby in Hastings. Not only did Mina get interviewed and photographed for both the Hastings and Grand Island newspapers, she caught her first catfish and won a fishing pole in a drawing! I had to work so I missed out on the "fun" of fishing, but I was glad to get out of the house and take off that neck brace! Yesterday having to sit at home and keep my head level was a great chore (spelled bored!) and I made it through work so hopefully the rocks in my head that slipped into my ear have leveled themselves out for another few years! The pic of Mina is in our front yard, they forgot to take the camera with them, and "Kitty" the catfish was taken to a nearby lake and released.

Friday, June 8, 2007


Good Friday to you! Today is Chris and my 16th wedding anniversary! After the first year, it was a great deal easier to make it the other 15! Yesterday we got to have lunch at Heartwell park in Hastings with our friends Leslie, Sami, Taylor, and Tanner. I picked Chris up from work to drive me home from a dr appointment, but we picniced first and he and the kids fished. They were having a great time until I had to go to the dr. I rolled over in bed yesterday morning early probably about 4am and the bed was spinning around (at least in my head it was)! I have what is called an ear stone and I had this happen about 4 years ago so I knew almost immediately what it was. The treatment is quite interesting. They turn your head right or left and then hold your head in that position before lying you down. When you lie down, you immediately become dizzy, and I mean you feel like you are falling off the table dizzy. Chris was with me in the room the last time they did it and he could see my eyes vibrating! The drs watch your eyes until they stop moving and then adjust your head in that position until your eyes don't vibrate. That tells them the stone has moved off the little hairs in your inner ear. So once they get it adjusted, then you get to wear a neck brace for 48 hours and you can't sleep lying down for that period of time. So I slept sitting upright last night and I am off from work today as I am not supposed to look down. Mina and Chris were great help last night and Mina is helping me out today. I get to spend the day in my jammies, but not by choice! I have to wait for Chris to come home to help me with my neck brace to change my clothes. You always dream of days where you can laze about the house in jammies doing what you want, but most of what I want to do involves looking down! It is pretty hard to seed bead when you a} can't see what your hands are doing and b} can't see the beads! Hope your day turns out better than mine is starting!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Project Pics

Macrame #1
Macrame #2

Macrame #3

Here is the bracelet that I finished last night. It seemed to take me forever to do this one for some reason. Anyway here it is and the other pics are of some bracelets Chris did using macrame. I like them, he's not crazy about them. He wants to whittle a toggle for the beige one, but has to get the wood he wants to use. What do you think of them?

Monday, June 4, 2007

Just Another Manic Monday...

To coin the phrase from Mina's favorite Bangles song, everyone I have talked to today seemed to agree with that! I was about ready to rip the phone out of the wall at work, as soon as you put it in the cradle it would ring again. We had the rear drive unit go out on the fuel truck at work and that is just a couple weeks after the transmission went out of the boss's pickup. I was off at the end of last week, so I started the day by digging out from not being there, and spent most of the rest of it pulling work from the end of May, since our bookwork goes by months. The individual stations we do on a daily basis but then we reconcile all the bank accounts, sales tax reports, fuel inventories, and fuel reports besides probably twenty other things too tedious to mention. So about the time I finish work on one month the next one is done and the process starts all over again. I am nearly finished with a fringe bracelet that is haunting my every waking beading moment, so I can finally start on something else. I had a gal contact me via email about an aqua and lime green version of the tropical splash necklace, so now that those beads have arrived I want to get started on that. Pics soon!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Vintage Glass Beads

These are some vintage glass beads I picked up in Kearney at Sasha's Beads and Toggles yesterday. I plan to incorporate them into fringe bracelets and maybe some earrings. We spent the day on Friday with our girl scouts at Camp Cosmo near Grand Island. They earned their two science badges. Afterwards we went bowling with our friends Donna and her daughter Danea (also in our gs troop) and then out for Chinese. YUM! Had a busy day of goofing off in Kearney yesterday. So today is clean the house, catch up on chores day! Oh why can't it be Monday and back to work day! Have a great day!

Friday, June 1, 2007

New Bracelets by Chris

These lovely bracelets were made by my talented husband. The one on the right had a bit of embellishing by me, but he did the rest. There is a variety of natural beads mixed in with the turquoise pieces. The star and the jump rings with the tiny rings, spacer beads on the left bracelet, and the toggles are sterling silver. What do you think?

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