About Me

I am.... A mother of 4, my greatest accomplishments. The man in my life.... supports me, makes me & the childrens a priority, shares many of my passions, & will wait hours for me while I shop for beads & crap, I mean crafts :) I love... my kids, my man, my family & friends, animals, live music, & traveling (going to zoos & bead stores anywhere we go). My obsessions are... Aerosmith, P!nk, Disney, & Josh Hamilton. I watch... Transformers the movie at least once a week (guess that's an obsession too) My confession... I am a hoarder of BEADS but I hope to be more productive in all medias of art jewelry.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chinook Jewelry Blog: The Art Bead Love Tour Giveaway Time!!

This would be AWESOME!!!!

Chinook Jewelry Blog: The Art Bead Love Tour Giveaway Time!!:  So after ever so carefully going through the Art Bead Love chain (a gazillion times!), I've made my selections and additions and it's ready...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

We Can Make That at Home: One Last Celebration Giveaway...

We Can Make That at Home: One Last Celebration Giveaway...: As you know, August was a crazy month for me as I was constantly on the road. I was also giving away some cool prizes to celebrate my 20th A...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Earrings Everyday: The Best Kind of Earrings....

You know I am a sucker for a Give Away!!! & these are lovely!!!
How fun :)

Earrings Everyday: The Best Kind of Earrings....: are ones that are given to you! I thought I would re-create the earrings from my Bead Soup the other day, since I got so many sweet c...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bead Soup Slacker

I completely dropped the ball.  I was extremely excited to participate in Lori's Bead Soup Blog Hop.  I have been following her blog & the Hop for at least a year & when I actually got on the list I was jumping with joy, however, I must apologize to Lori Anderson & my Bead Soup partner Joyce Blair.  I did not get my soup finished & did not make a post. 
I could go into excuses but all I am going to say is

Please, check out Joyce's blog & her great completed soup at:

And then hop your way through all the blogs that were part of the second reveal:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir, Dream Struck Designs
Adrienn Lukacs, Raszputyin Designs
Agata Grygiel, Cytherea Bijoux
Alenka Obid, Pepita Handmade
Amy Dickerson, Damyjo Designs
Amy Schmidt, Amy's Treasure
Amy Severino, Amy Beads

Andrea Trank, Heaven Lane Creations
Anke Humpert, Anart Island Studios
Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye
April Grinaway, Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Ashley Bunting, Miss Ashely Kate
Astrid Boyce, Astrid Boyce Beads
B.R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem Studios
Barbe Saint John, Saints and Sinners

Beata Benkone Meggyesi, Beahobbi
Bryna Lumb, Bryna's Bead Box
Carmen Lau, Little Maketto
Cate van Alphen, Fulgorine
Cathie Carroll, Cathie Carroll's Studio
Cathy Khoury, Touch Jewelry
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads

Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
Debbie Phenes, Deb Joy Sing
Dhea Powers, Java Bead

Diana Welte, Lilyweeds
Dita Basu, alankarshilpa
Dorota Zeranska, gdymamczas
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Eva Sherman, Eva Sherman Designs
Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead and Metal Works
Francy Inman, Francy's Studio

Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes...
Giorgia Rossini, Jo in Wonderland
Ine Vande Cappelle, Jewels by Ine
Iveth Caruso, Creative Atelier
Jackie Ryan, Kydo Jewellery
Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
Jelveh Jaferian, Jelveh Designs
Jenna Tomalka, Twin Birch Studio
Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Beads

Jennifer Van Horn, Jennifers Jewels and Junk
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Johanna Rhodes-Nash, Fire Phoenix Creations
JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
Karen Vincent, Swallow Tail Jewellery
Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
Kayla Potega, The Eclectic Element
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Kris Lanae Binsfeld, Cherish Designs by Kris Lanae

Kristen Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs
Kumi Fisher, Malie Kai Designs
Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
Lennis Carrier, Windbent
Leslie Wayment, AA Beads & More
Linda Murphy, Bonita Bead
Lisa Johnson, Whimsey Wonders

Lisa Sittniewski, Love, Yesterdays
Lola Surwillo, Bead Lola Bead
Lorelei Eurto, Lorelei's Blog
Lori Bowring Michaud, Artfully Ornamental
Lori Finney, Using My Beads
Margareta Saari, Mags-koruja
Maria Horvath, Horimarika Beads
Marian Hertzog, M's Place

Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.
Mary K McGraw, MK's Creative Musings
MaryLou Holvenstot, time2cre8
Martha Aleo, Ornamento
Maybeline Tay, The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Meman, Art. Life. Love.
Melissa Mesara, One-Eared Pig Beads
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Pam Farren, re-maker
Patricia Handschuh, The Color of Dreams
Patty Miller, CabariBeads
Penney Klapoth, Faerie Acres
Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings
Rhea Freitag, starrgazer creates
Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle

Sabine Dittrich, PerlenDschungel
Sandra McGriff, Creative Chaos
Sandra Neights, Petalo Azul
Sandra Young, It's a Bead Life!
Sara Oehler, SoftFlex Girl
Saturday Sequins, Saturday Sequins
Shanti Johnson, Sunshine Bliss
Shari Replogle, Plays With Paper
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads

Stefanie Teufel, Stefanies Sammelsurium
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Tracey Nanstad, A Beadiful Mess
Valerie Norton, Hot Art

Join me on August 25th for the final reveal!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Beads of Clay Blog: August Giveaway

Check it out.... I love Giveaways!!!  How can you Not Love a Giveaway?  You would have to be nuts not to be as excited as I am :)

Beads of Clay Blog: August Giveaway: Welcome to our Monthly PROFESSIONAL ARTISAN TEAM Giveaway Once a month, on the first Wednesday, We will give away some beautiful c...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stop & smell the flowers

Today I stopped & smelled the flowers...
actually took a picture. 
I don't even know if these have a smell to them but they were just beautiful.  They make me really wish for a yard of my own so that I can grow them myself.  It's interesting how something can affect you so unexpectedly.

If I had a yard of my own it would be just over ran with flowers of all types.  Looking like a wild fairy land.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Map of Bead Soup beaders, This is pretty AWESOME

The first reveal was today, so far I am only half way through hopping through all the blogs.  I am so inspired by all the lovely work out there. 
Be sure to check it out!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bead Soup Reveal #1 - July 28th

Here are the party dates and attendees, check it out:

Hostess, Lori Anderson, PrettyThingsBlog.com

Alicia Marinache, All The Pretty Things

Amanda Tibbetts, Amanda Made

Amber Dawn Goldish, Inventive Soul

Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry

Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool

Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit

Candida Castleberry, Spinning Spun Sugar

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Cassie Donlen, Glass Beadle

Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe

Christina Hickman, Vintage Treasures Jewelry

Christine Hendrickson, Clamworks

Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends

Cindy Wilson, Mommy's Dream

Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio

Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie

Cory Tompkins, Tealwater Designs

Cris Peacock, Cris' Page

Cynthia Deis, Shiny Little Things

Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers

Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru

Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved

Denielle Hagerman, Some Beads and Other Things

Diane Valasek, Dragonfly Close

Doris Stumpf, Glaszwerg

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads

Elaine Robitaille, Too Aquarius

Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life

Enikö Fabian, Perl-eni

Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found

Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads

Hilary Frye, FryeStyle

Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog

Jami Shipp, Celebrating Life

Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions

Jennifer Pottner, Rock Candy Beads

Jennifer VanBenschoten, Jewelry, Art and Life

Jenny Davies-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design

Jessica Dickens, My Jewelry, My Life, Me

Jessica Klaaren, Beadful-Things by Jessica

Joan Williams, Lilruby Jewelry

Judith Johnston, Judith Johnston

Judy Riggs, Rigglettes

Judy Turner, Silver Rains

Julie Anne Leggett, The Peaceful Bead

K Hutchinson, Jumbled Hutch

Karen Meador, Dreamcatcher Ranch

Karyn Bonfiglio, Plus Size Bangles

Katherine Gale, Terra Beadworks
Kathleen Lange Klik, Modern Nature Studio

Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic, Slovonske Technobe

Kelli Jacobson, Creative Moon

Kelly Ramstack, Adventures with Kelly

Keri Lee Sereika, Pink Lemonade

Kim Bender-Hora, KimmyKat

Kirsi Luostarinen, Kirsi Luo Korut

Kitty Bozzini, Kitty Lampwork

Laura Demoya, The Bead Therapist

Laurie Hanna, Laurie's Jewelbox

Leah Curtis, Beady Eyed Bunny

Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Liddy, Metal Me This

Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads

Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things

Marion Simmons, Shade Tree Studio

Marla Gibson, Spice Box Design

Marta Weaver, Marta Weaver Jewelry

Marti Conrad, Marti C's Clay Blog

Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens, GlassBeadArt, Lampwork Beads

Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio

Michelle Hardy, Firefly Visions

Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps

Mowse Doyle, HoCArt

Nancy Boylan, Snazzy Doodle Designs

Nancy Peterson, Beading From the Heart

Nicole Rennell, Nicole Rennell Designs

Niki Meiners, 365 Days of Craft

Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats

Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Pamela Gangler, She Always Loved Pink

Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs

Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads

Renetha Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts

Shannon Hicks, Falling Into the Sky

Shannon LeVart, Miss Fickle Media

Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Art Werks

Shelley Graham Turner, Fabric of My Life

Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame

Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread

Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

Stacie Florer, Soul to Substance

Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue

Stacy Alderson, Iridal's Attic

Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs

Stephanie Stamper, Rainy Day Designs

Sue Kooiman, Black Tassel Bazaar

Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux

Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti

Terry Matuszyk, Pink Chapeau

Vonna Maslanka, Just Vonna

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Joyce Blair - my bead soup blog hop partner

I am a little delayed in sharing who my bead soup blog hop partner is but as they say,
better late than never.

Joyce Blair

Joyce is brand new to blogging, & being fairly new myself I know how intimidating it can be. 
My advise for her is:

give it time
blog at the very least once a month
remember if you end up not liking something you can delete it
& most importantly
Have Fun with It.

Are there any other suggestion for myself or any other newbies to blogging?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"But, Mother, I don't want to grow up!" - Wendy from Peter Pan

As time goes on you will see that there are a few things I LOVE, one of them being Disney.  Some say I may need to grow up but I feel the younger you feel the younger you stay.

Just because you're young at heart doesn't mean you're not mature, right?


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mary Star

Purchased these lampwork beads recently. They were made by Mary Star, a local lampwork artist. I would love for her or anyone locally to give a class. I have a starter kit for lampworking but it's been in the box for about 3 years now. A little ridiculous, I know :/
For those lampwork artists out there, would love to hear how you got started? Did you take a class or just dive in? Any tips would be greatly appreciated :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

bead soup blog party!!!

Bead Soup Blog Party

I can't wait to participate!!!
I usually miss the sign up dates. SO very excited!!! I've already started going through my stash to put together what I want to send :)
More to come......