Thursday, December 31, 2009


Mina and I at the Zoo in Sept. 09.  This post is about me.
  • I was born Stephanie Ann Sanner in 1967.  I became Stephanie Ann Haussler in June 1991.  
  • I often don't give myself credit for how great I am.  I don't think the things I do are that big of a deal.  I support everyone else, leaving very little for myself.  I struggle with self esteem, due to issues while growing up (but then we all have those). 
  • I am a great Friend, good Wife, supportive Daughter, a devoted Aunt who works to stay cool to her Nieces and Nephews, a Mom of a nearly teenager with a great deal of love and anxiety for her daughter, a Worker who works hard to get her work done, but often fails, a Woman who has struggled all of her life with her weight and finally learning to love my body as it is, and a Person who fears dying to the point of near anxiety attacks at times. 
  • I am a girly girl in loving all things that SPARKLE and bright colors (also refered to as "Steph colors"), I love nail polish and having pretty fingernails (though not the acrylic variety, tough to bead and type with those), I love the BLING-tastic purse Chris and Mina gave me for my 42nd birthday in November, and I REALLY LOVE JEWELRY. 
  • I love making my own jewelry, I love buying fun, quirky jewelry, and I love wearing jewelry (though I am careful not to get carried away).  My latest purchases include earrings with metal frogs, and I now own two pair of owl earrings, I have also developed a love of bumblebees, so I see those being added soon.
I love: Chris, Mina, My Family, My Friends, Yoplait Cherry Orchard yogurt, Chocolate frosted Doughnuts (especially from Russ's IGA in Hastings), Popcorn, Beads, Books, Movies, Laughing, Video Games, my Nieces and Nephews, Spending Friday Nights Watching British Comedies on PBS, and Cats.
I dislike: Liars, Inconsiderate People, Most Nuts (including peanut butter and people), People Who Give You Gifts As If They Have Only Just Met You, People Who Don't Do Their Jobs, Pushy Salespeople, Telemarketers (what a waste of time on both ends), and LIMA BEANS.

I am going to work on giving myself more credit, being in patient with myself when I fail, finding humor EVERY day in some way, and LOVING myself more.  It's a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Happy New Year! Resolutions and Me...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Ok, I know it isn't here quite yet, but we will be gone tonight and tomorrow morning.  We are celebrating with Chris's Dad and his wife Carol tonight.  Being the big partiers that we are, our party will involve eating food that is not great for us and lots of board games and laughter.  Mina has spent the week with Grandpa and Granny playing in the snow with her cousin in laws, building snow forts and tunnels in the massive snow drifts that have taken over Keith and Carol's garden and yard.

My New Year's Resolutions are being posted here to help me stay accountable to sticking with them.  I am much better at ideas than I am at follow-through.  So thanks to my work with a counselor for the past 3 years to work through my issues, I have better ideas to help me accomplish my goals.  So here we go:
1. Be more organized, have a cleaner house, and spend more time on the business end of our business.
Here is my plan to accomplish this goal.  Spend one hour each day, for the next 90 days (so that it becomes a habit), working on cleaning small areas in our house and working on our business/finances to be more organized.  I will make a small to do list each day for the cleaning, with one to three items on it and spend half an hour working toward that to do list.  This is my plan for making the cleaning happen without getting overwhelmed.  The other half hour will be spent posting checkbooks, writing the blog, tracking purchases, sales, and inventory at the various stores we sell at.  A half hour may not be enough time for this, but if I spread the chores out over the week I hope to accomplish what needs to be done.  As my friend Carla said the other day on her blog, it all starts with steps.  When in doubt where to start, just START.  Do something instead of letting the mess and chores overwhelm me so that I am completely unable to do anything, I will try to take the baby steps needed to accomplish my resolutions.  Stay tuned for updates!
Have a safe weekend, and may you be richly blessed in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Year in Review... One last time.

I thought I had better highlight my favorite jewelry designs from 2009!  Here they are, click the links to check them out!

A Year in Review...

Changes happened in our lives in 2009.  Here are some of our highlights.  Click the links to check them out.

A Year in Review...

Mina LOVES spending time with Chris!  Always has, and one of their favorite things to do is to go fishing.  They didn't go on their big fishing trip this year, but I included the post from last year when they did.  Click the links to see our fishergirl and her proud Daddy!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Year in Review...

Our cats, Sabrina and Sassy, and our hamster, Pip are a big part of our family, and from my posting archive, a big part of the blog!  Here is a fun post about Sabrina from March.  Click the link to check out Sabrina thinking she is playing Barbies with Mina.

A Year in Review...

As with most people, this time of year gets me thinking of the past year, the blessings I have to be thankful for, and the things I would like to do or change for the new year.  I am going to be spotlighting favorite blog posts from the past year this week, so here we go!  Chris's critter cutie beads always make me smile, and these were some really great ones!  Plus Mina had fun with them too, click the link to check out this post from February.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Check out Carla's New Webstore!

Our great friend Carla, formerly of beads and botanicals, now has her webstore open!  Check it out at .  Carla specializes in sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, and beautiful strands of unique and lovely gemstones.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

New beads, designs, and bracelets for the show Saturday in Blue Hill

Quirky Christmas Tree pendant and NEW Dinosaur design.
New Quirky Christmas Trees for Earrings

Snow Girl Earrings.  Chris got the Tutorial from Maria Grimes of Garden Path Beads.

More Snow Girls for Earrings.

Peppermint Twist fringe bracelet. Chris made the focals, and  I used the anemone stitch.

Desert Sands bracelet uses mixed stones, and Bali silver beads.

Antique Gilt and Wine fringe bracelet.  Chris made the focals.

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