Everyday things that make me smile

As you read my blog – THANKS for that, by the way 🙂 – you’re probably wondering

‘What is she like?’ ‘Who is she?’

Let me try to answer those questions. I think the best way to do this is in pictures!

So, when the idea for this blog came to me, I grabbed my camera, walked around my house and my yard, and snapped a few photos of things that make me happy, that make me smile every day!

1. Of course, my beads! I can never have enough beads. When you walk into my studio, they are everywhere. Either still in their little package, in containers, in drawers – I’m using ‘nuts ‘n bolts’ storage receptacles- and in half-finished creations.

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Just last week I received a bead order, and the beads that looked real pretty in the pictures, were amazingly beautiful in person. That made me smile!                              Here they are….

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These are Glass-beads – almost 2″ long – and handpainted in India. They are gorgeous, don’t you agree?

I just started using them in my creations…here are the first two pieces. A long necklace, and a hair barrette

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2. My fabric stash                                                                                                                          I always had my sewing machine within reach – but never used it much. Until recently when the ‘Fabric Bug’ bit me, and I saw beautiful textures and patterns everywhere.  My favorite right now is the blush pink/black cotton print on the right.

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Together with the black and white on the left, and a complimentary color (yet to be found!), it will be a Springtime Infinity-Scarf – kinda like the ones I have in my store.

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3. My favorite coffee cup… a gift from my lovely daughter 🙂

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4. Books – I read mostly fiction ~ ‘who-dune-it’s’ with an amateur sleuth, à la ‘Jessica Fletcher’ 🙂  But these here are two of my all-time-favorites non-fiction books…

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5. My loom – recently acquired. I had mentioned it in an earlier blog – a children’s loom, quite small, made of wood. Perfect for me – since I like to weave ‘motif-wall-hangings’. Right now there’s a new project in the making – a ‘brick wall’ (marble beads) which will be topped by green ‘ivy’ and flowers.

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6. My favorite sweatshirt – I love the colors, the design, and the hood!

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7. My Angel collection (pictured here are just a few of my favorite ones)

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8. My dogs – Lorelai ( the Westie) and Eddie (the ‘we don’t really know’) in the background, racing to get into the picture. I would have waited for him, but Lorelai is a little camera shy – usually, as soon as she see’s the camera she averts her eyes. Might be a bit attitude-y!

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9. My yard – all things Nature, really – but in my yard I get to enjoy it all day, every day.

Our Birch-Tree                             Maple

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This ^ beautiful russian Olive tree is in the neighbors yard                                                    Here’s a picture from last fall – when a mushroom grew in the hollow

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The first Rosebud 🙂

The Rhododendron – which according to our ‘Yard Pro’ does not grow in our climate.   Ha – showed him!

10. …and last but not least…. Marble Cake (no further explanation necessary, right?!)

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Gem of the week ~ Bamboo Coral

‘Bamboo Coral’ is an ocean coral, and has replaced the more precious ‘red coral’ in jewelry design due to the ‘red coral’s’ depletion.

Naturally creamy-white or gray ~ when bamboo coral is dyed red to mimic the more precious red coral, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two.

Aren’t they pretty?

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Bamboo coral is injected with red dye to saturate it throughout.
After the bamboo coral has been hand cut into the desired shape — usually a bead — the dyeing process takes place. Once dyed and sanded, the coral bead is then coated with a resin base and polished to achieve the high gloss finish found in jewelry.
I love using bamboo-coral in my designs, because of it’s rich color, and smooth appearance. Plus, knowing that I’m not contributing to the extinction of a beautiful ocean-creation makes it definitely more enjoyable.
In my latest design I paired the gorgeous bamboo-coral beads with faceted, clear czech beads, that catch the light beautifully and, due to a special coating, reflect it in varying colors.
The final touch is the flower pendant. It mirrors the deep red color of the beads, and is a beautiful piece of glass-art.
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If you love ‘bamboo coral’ and decide to own a piece found in the ‘Garden of the Sea’ please note that bamboo coral is naturally soft and porous, so please keep your coral jewelry away from perfumes and hairsprays to avoid damage.

Saturday hippie: Beads

I love this! 🙂 I’m currently making a beaded curtain – a long way away from this beauty!

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Yes, we guys wore them. Sometimes around our necks and sometimes as headbands. Girls wore them everywhere. And they were commonly used as room dividers.

It’s one more element of the Hippie Trails saga.

Where do beads fit into your memories of the hippie era? Any particular favorites?

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Hippies came – and still come – in all varieties. Saturday Hippie is a weekly feature that highlights a counterculture awareness and spirit, including a vision of a harmonious global commonwealth on the horizon. The work and the lessons didn’t end in the ’60s and ’70s. Here’s to the Revolution, near and far.

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