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Saturday, November 30, 2013

A FEW SIMPLE WORDS, LIVES FOREVER CHANGED






Sometimes I read something that just strikes me in the gut.  This is one of those things.....and after all this time it still doesn't seem real.



                                       

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HE OWNS MY HEART

Here is the youngest owner of my heart, our newest grandchild, Jake.  He is so much like his mom was at that age.  He's happy all the time, always smiling, just an all around love.  It makes me happy just to look at his sweet little face.  Being a grandmother is the best!  All 5 of them make getting old worth it.  I am blessed.

                                                           

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ONE MORE TRY

Since selling options are limited I am giving Etsy one more try, but I don't have high expectations.  There are several shops locally they have an interest in my jewelry but they want 50% of the total sale.  Somehow that just doesn't seem fair to me.  I supply the glass, make the beads, design the jewelry, using my sterling silver clasps etc and other findings.  Then I deliver the finished piece to the store.  I would go 60/40, but 50% is just too much.  Here are two pictures of the bracelets I have on Etsy right now.

                                           




I am not ready for Thanksgiving yet, although I have a good start.  We will be small in number this year, just HB, me, Sara, son and the three grands.  Looking forward to that.  Son's GF might be here too.  That will be nice.  It's great to see him happy again.  We all are adjusting to our new normal, but it has been a difficult and extremely emotional experience for all of us. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A FRESH START

I spent the better part of two days working on cleaning my studio.  Here's a before picture of my work table followed by an after picture.




Now the trick is keeping it like this……yea, like that's gonna happen.  I kind of got renewed at the last show I did though, and have decided to kick myself back into high gear.  I want to do some more indoor shows.  I have a couple of ideas for displaying my beads and am looking for someone who can help me construct what is in my mind.
We are off to see the out of town grandkids this weekend!  About 11 hours in the car, but well worth the trip :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A SMALL RANT…OK A BIG ONE

Recently Etsy decided to accept wholesalers as sellers.  This is a crushing blow to those of us who are artists of handcrafted merchandise.  We will be over run in no time by mass produced items at rock bottom prices.  For beadmakers, like myself, the quality of beads you will soon find on Etsy will be inferior.  Beads that are made by wholesalers are often made by children in sweatshops.  The beads are not annealed.  Annealing is a process by which the molten bead is slowly cooled down over an 8-12 hour period.  This insures that the bead is strong and it will not break under normal use….now, if you take it out in the street and let a Mac truck run over it, that's a different story.  Kiln wash is used on the mandrels, which are the small stainless steel rods on which the beads are made .  It keeps the glass from sticking to the mandrels.  Beadmakers, who make beads as pieces of art, clean the kiln wash out of each bead and smooth the holes, where the mandrels were, before they sell their beads, not so for most wholesale beadmakers.  Etsy used to be a wonderful place.  A person could find many beautiful, one of a kind, items there.  Now you will find an item listed as one of a kind, but if you do a search you might find 20 other items that look exactly like it…….So I had to tell you this before I could tell you want else I wanted to write about tonight.  I play candy crush saga…..OCCASIONALLY.  It is not working like it used to, which is kind of making me a little grumpy, and that could be because I am getting bronchitis for the FIFTH time this year.  After a trip to the doctor I started on antibiotics and PREDNISONE……and we all know that I am never at my best when under the influence of PRED.  Well, it does make my joints feel better, but my sweet disposition just gets lost in the shuffle of all the madness, so I wrote this on FB tonight


Dear Candy Crush Saga,
Yes, I play your game periodically and to me it a great time waster, but there are parts of my day (or sometimes night) that a time waster is exactly what I need. I don't have to think about anything but getting little candies all in a neat little row. Kind of sad, but true. I know you are a money maker for Facebook, which is why I don't understand why I, and so many others are having the problems with you that we are.  For the last 10 days I have not been able to collect one gifted life or extra move.  Oh, I've been gifted many.  It's just that every time I start a game you refuse to work, so I have to restart you several times. Restarting makes all those extra gifts disappear. I've cleared my cache, tried Google Chrome and Firefox.  They all do the same thing, eat the bonuses and require a restart.  I'm wondering if this is a ploy to get players to spend more money?  You wouldn't do that to your faithful players would you? Seems like there are other venues on the web who are changing the rules so they make more money.  Etsy comes to mind  See, I don't have to win, I just keep playing the same game over and over, because it's kind of mindless, like I said.  However after playing the same game for 10 days with no extras that were gifted to me, I'm getting a little cranky and I'm thinking I will go back to one of the other games I play…on another channel.
Just my two cents


  I wonder how long it will stay.  Okay, I'm done.  Just pretend you never read this.