Sunday, November 22, 2009

Weekend Notes And Blessings...

We had a busy week last week. Mina had GS on Monday, Quiz Bowl on Thursday in Red Cloud, followed by basketball in Sutton, and another night of bball in Sutton Friday night. The Jr. High Quiz bowl got 2nd place out of nine schools and the girls (both the 7th and 8th grade teams) got first place in the Sutton tournament, earning them medals! The Q.B. also got a plaque. On Saturday, Mina and I joined our "gal pals" Leslie and Taylor for the Twilight Saga-New Moon movie~which we all enjoyed VERY MUCH. Now we start the wait for the next one Eclipse to come out in June.
I realized how thankful I am to live in a country that provides me the freedom to go to a movie when I choose, with the people I choose, and that I have a job that provides me the income to go to the movies. This week with Thanksgiving nearing, I have noticed how many things are decorated for Christmas, and I just want to enjoy the things that come with Thanksgiving without jumping over it and heading into the Christmas "madness". I am thankful for a husband who loves me (even when I feel unlovable), a daughter I thought I would never have, my own home, cars that run (after the experiences of the past this is truly a blessing), a job that allows me many privileges, a family that is relatively healthy, and a church that I can worship in as I choose. I can speak my mind, without fear of being arrested, and I can dress as I choose, also without the consequences that many women in the world face. I am thankful for Aunt Janet's crock pot stuffing on the buffet at Thanksgiving dinner, along with cousin Lisa's macaroni and cheese and corn casserole and all the other food that will induce too much eating! I am thankful that I haven't gone hungry for a VERY long time and I have a warm, cozy, and safe bed to lay my body in each night for rest. I am thankful for all of the "busy" in my life, for that too is a privilege. If I am absent the rest of the week, I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving, filled with many blessings in your life. I have something else to be "thankful" for, I turn another year older this week (unfortunately ON THANKSGIVING), and I guess that is a "blessing" too. Enjoy your week!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hastings Downtown Christmas Lighting is Tonight!

They are lighting up the town tonight in Hastings! Be sure to stop at Graham Gallery and check out our display along with all the other talented local artists on display in the Christmas Showcase!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Finally, New Pictures For YOU!!!

I am featured in two showcases on Etsy on Thursday, November 19. Be sure to look for me in the Bracelet and Earring categories~Twilight jewelry and other stuff! New listings were posted tonight.

New bracelet inspired by the Twilight Saga-New Moon movie opening this week. Chris's lampwork focals in khaki green, tan, and dark brown with other beads to compliment and charms for Jacob (he's a werewolf for those of you not into Twilight!).

A long chain necklace (designed to just go over your head) with a variety of natural stones for interest.

Fire Agate, carnelian chips, and copper.

Purple and Orange striped Malachite and Lots of sizes and shapes and colors of Swarovski crystals. (I don't want to sell this one! ; ) but I will!)

Turquoise color enhanced Howlite, Bali sterling silver, and silver plated hammered chain.

Memory wire bracelet with mother of pearl beads and silver plated seed beads. The first memory wire project I have done since I started beading (and really hated it at the time) and this turned out so pretty! Mina is the wrist model.

Holiday Lights Christmas bulb-like earrings.

I have really been drawn to bumblebee designs lately. This is Vintaj brass pieces layered with bumblebees on the top.

Turkey Lurkey family photo! Chris has been working on Turkey Lurkeys lately working the kinks out and we have sold some too! This is a large Turkey made with a bigger press and smaller ones for earrings. I love their facial expressions.

Go Bobcats! Paw print school spirit earrings.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Countdown Begins...

This week is the week we have been eagerly anticipating since the Twilight DVD came out in March. The Twilight Saga-New Moon comes out at the movies this week, and if our girls weren't playing basketball Thursday and Friday, Leslie and I would be taking Taylor and Mina to the midnight premier. Instead we have to wait until Saturday, when we will take in the first matinee. In the meantime, I have some jewelry to make as I am signed up for an Etsy showcase on the 19th for bracelets and earrings. I want to showcase the Twilight items so that the people obsessed with it and wanting something to fill that need, will be able to find really nice jewelry to take care of their needs! We delivered to the Gallery Saturday, and the turkeys (see the side column with my Facebook badge) are very popular! Need to get them worked up also. Did a cute wire wrap on them to give them feet, and I have one to do today, to get it ready for delivery tonight. Have a great week, will check in when I can fit it in!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Welcome to Blogging Leslie!

My great friend, Leslie Lemke has started her own blog on being a crafting Goddess and wife, mother, and just life in general. Check out her blog at
or click my link on the side of this page.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Some pictures on Facebook

Good Morning! I managed to get a few new pictures posted on FB yesterday, so if you are a FB friend check them out by clicking my link here or searching on FB. I will get pictures loaded here today. Still working on Graham Gallery Christmas Showcase items, made about 10 new pairs of earrings over the weekend and a gorgeous fringe bracelet using Chris's beads for the focals.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Getting ready...

We are working at the projects for Christmas and Graham Gallery's Christmas showcase! Chris is also designing some turkey beads, the first ones came out of the kiln this morning and they are CUTE! Said he decided to make them look like they are watching for hunters, so they look a tad bit panicked! Cute. Pictures as soon as possible and look for them in the etsy store! Speaking of which, I listed the "Twilight" guys earrings yesterday, and signed up for two showcases on the 19th, hoping to coincide with the release of the "New Moon" movie. Mina and I, and our friends Leslie and Taylor are going to see it on the 21st, and we are so excited! Really fun to have something to anticipate! On Tuesday night, I made 5 new pair of earrings which I took pictures of but they didn't turn out so great, so I will try again when I take pictures of the turkey beads. Yesterday was spent catching up on laundry and I decided we have way too many clothes if we still had anything to wear with all that was in the wash! Good grief, spent almost an hour folding socks! Now I can focus on jewelry this weekend. Bracelets to make with Chris's bead sets that haven't sold and some with gemstones, and new necklaces that need to be made. I also need to get a couple more Twilight bracelets made (one showcase is bracelets, one is earrings) and maybe a couple more designs of earrings before the showcases. If nothing else, Mina and I will have Twilight jewelry to wear when we go to the movie! Next week finds us at Mina's first two Jr. High basketball games, one in Nelson on Monday, and one in Blue Hill on Thursday. We also fit haircuts in and she get Friday off for break and Chris gets Wednesday off for Veteran's Day (which he will spend at the torch or delivering beads or visiting the glass studio at Hastings College. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Designs

Here are a couple of new designs I made last month.
Carnelian Earrings, love the difference in color, though they are the same stones.

Carnelian pumpkin shaped beads and leaf, and black seed beads with black onyx accent beads.

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