Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I have decided to extend my sale in my artfire shop until the 1st of the year. 10% off everything in my shop using coupon code Holidays1. I can't get anymore custom orders like the rings and some of the pendants done in time for Christmas though.
I sincerely wish each and every one a fabulous Christmas, with lots of love and joy, and happy, prosperous New Year!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Fire Divas are hosting an Introductory Jewelry Challenge! This challenge will be for jewelry designers who use artisan lampwork in their pieces. The winner of the Challenge will receive a beautiful group of Fire Divas' work. This is a wonderful chance for jewelry designers to show off their talents and get exposure!
Please click on the link below to get all the details & to enter: We love to see how designers use our creations, though for this 1st challenge, ANY artisan lampwwork beads will do as long as they're handmade.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
P.S. The coupon code won't be valid until Thursday!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
crazy but her stuff rocks lol). She makes the most stunning fused glass items I couldn't resist. And I happen to know that she is having some great sales on some of her pieces at the moment so I thought I would share. Since I can't buy up the whole store myself (although I would like to try lol). Go visit her shop at Willow Walker Designs and get some of that Christmas shopping out of the way early! See you there!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Joy does these wonderful, handwritten calligraphy verses and hymns on sepia toned paper. They are truly beautiful works of art and more than reasonably priced. She is also happy to personalize any of these for you. What a wonderful gift these would make for Christmas. Please go check out her shop today!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Okay here are the pictures of my other workspace. Affectionately known as the Cave lol! This is where I do all the lapidary, glass work and metal work. No pictures of the metal work set up at the moment since I use the same space for that as I do for the glass. Temporary, I just haven't gotten around to putting up the other table for the metal work. I now officially own one whole wall of the basement. I do get a lot of laundry done though lol! The first picture is the lapidary machine that I cut cabs on. This is the grinding and polishing part. The trim saw is in the garage and I go to the lapidary club and use the club slab saws when I need to make slabs. The other three are pics of the glass bead making set up and an idea of what the torch looks like when I am in front (actually behind but you see what I mean) the torch. This torch gets up to 1700 degrees. It really hurts if you forget where the flame is.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I know that I am always fascinated by other peoples work spaces. I don't know, maybe I am just nosy lol! Anyway I thought I would give you a glimpse into my working life. I have two work spaces, one upstairs in the living room where I do my wire wrapping, bead weaving and the like. My husband bought me this massive desk at a yard sale
for $25. Mostly because that way I will sit and work and watch tv and still be able to spend time with him lol! Its huge, its heavy and I love it lol! I spent three months going through and organizing my bead stash. Its finally almost all done. I don't know how many containers I have but its a lot lol!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Nature at its finest. I really just like being out in it. Its nice to really just stop and enjoy the natural beauty of even the simplest things. It helps me relax, unwind and realize that a lot of what I am stressing about is simply not that important. Enjoy the pics!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I hate having my picture taken. Absolutely loathe the camera lol! Since having kids (almost 20 years now) I have always been a bit overweight. Enough to make me feel uncomfortable in my skin and always wishing that I was a little bit thinner. I haven't been terrible fond of shopping for clothes either. I was never really skinny but after the kids were born, skinny and I weren't even remotely acquainted, much less living on the same block lol! So any way, long story short, I quit smoking 6 yrs, 6 months and 17 days ago,(and yes I know to the hour lol) after smoking for 23 yrs and trying to quite for over 13. I was (and still am) very proud of myself. Of course I promptly put on another 10 (okay maybe 15) pounds. So I started walking (since I could now breathe). At first, I was lucky if I could walk two minutes at a brisk pace without gasping for air. I can now walk/ run two miles in 15 min if I push myself. Maybe not a lot to some but amazing thing for me, who was gasping for air after climbing the stairs to the second floor (mostly the cigarettes, not the weight). I am happy to report that my doctor says my lungs sound like I have never smoked. Yay me! However I was still pretty chubby. So last december I decided that if I didn't do it now it was never going to happen and I was never going to be comfortable in my skin. I have since lost 40lbs and am almost okay with having my picture taken. This picture was taken the 6th of September (Sunday). I still have about 30lbs to go. I am also stepping up the exercize program. The other picture is of my husband, who, I might add, eats like a horse and NEVER gains any weight. God bless him he has loved me all these years through thick and thing lol! And yes, pun intended.
Friday, September 11, 2009
As many of you probably know by now Artfire has created the capability for shop owners to make coupon codes for their shops. This is a huge help for those of us who run the occasional special or might want to give people a chance to save some money. I am offering a one time coupon for anyone who visits my blog and would like to save a bit on a purchase. Simply type in BLOG in the appropriate area when checking out and receive a 10% discount on your entire order! Christmas is not THAT far off and this would be a good time to get some shopping done early. Also keep in mind that when shopping on line for Christmas (no matter who you shop from) you need to take into account the shipping time, which the closer it gets to Christmas the longer it usually takes lol! Also custom orders do start to stack up closer to Christmas so keep that in mind when ordering!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
While at the park I came upon a few things that reminded me of an enchanted forest, full of fairytale folks. What a grand adventure it would be if it really was enchanted! The possibilities of the first step down the hidden pathways of the forest, the secret hiding places of the littlest of folks! I wonder who lives in the purple ones?
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
No not really lol! When my husband and I were at the state park we caught a glimpse of this blue heron diving for food. The only part of its body above water was the neck and head. It would dive under the water and disappear for about 3 to 4 minutes. We were holding our breath it was down so long each time! Then it would pop back up again 20 to 30 feet away. It had swum all that way without coming up for air. It was amazing! I had no idea they could stay under the water that long. It was a pretty neat thing to watch and kept us occupied for a good fifteen minutes before we finally lost sight of it.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Just a quick note that my 10% off sale will be over on the 1st of September, so if you have your eye on something in particular now is the time lol! Just click on the link or the picture!
Monday, August 24, 2009
At least according to our cat Dragon. I couldn't resist these pictures, he looked so peaceful lol! Now if I could exercise like that and it would actually work (you notice how trim he is ?) I would be a happy camper!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
So we are now moving on to the Northern Trek portion of our zoo visit. And trust me its definitely a trek lol! Uphill the whole way and it just kept getting hotter and stickier! So our first stop once we stopped gasping for air was the bald eagle. He was definitely a majestic bird and was almost close enough to touch. What a magnificent bird! Bonus, the gift shop was air conditioned by this exhibit lol! We didn't buy anything but we spent a half an hour cooling off, I mean browsing. We passed this white tailed deer wallowing in a mud hole. He looked a whole lot cooler and more comfortable that we were. (and yes I was hot enough to be tempted lol). Onward to the polar bear. I love polar bears, they are stunning animals and HUGE lol! Did you know that their fur is really clear not white or cream colored? This is my first trip to the zoo in years where he was actually up and moving. I hope you have enjoyed my trip to the zoo, we did see a bit more but skipped several parts due to the heat and the need to get home and do some of the to do list that we dumped to go to the zoo lol!