December 23, 2010


Our little family has the next two weeks off of school and work. The beads however must keep rolling along. This will be our family's holiday card this year. I love that Robert got everyone's act together and painted pictures while I was out doing some last minute shopping. Now if I can only get these printed and into todays mail! If they don't arrive by tomorrow then they will be a lovely New Years surprise! Joy to you!

December 17, 2010

Ending The Year With A Bang! And A Thank You!

I know the year isn't quite over yet but it's getting close. And thinking about the past year, there have been some highs (seeing my work in Stringing and Belle Armoire Jewelry!) and lows (Thank dang sciatic pain!) but one thing is for sure, I have been so lucky! So, I would like to end this year with a bang! A coupon code to say "Thank you!" for all the love and support of this little bead adventure that I'm on! It is what I love and can not imagine doing anything else! Please use the coupon code "STUFFMYSTOCKING" for 10% off your total etsy bill or enjoy free shipping and a free gift from Thank you!

December 16, 2010

Things That I Am Loving.

If you haven't heard of this magical series by Brandon Mull, let me just say that it is nicely filling the nasty void left by finishing the Harry Potter series. It is a series for teens but don't let that fool you! I was on the edge of my seat and gasped out loud!

Trader Joe's Cinnamon Bread
Toasted. Dipped in egg and fried. Strait out of the bag. Just. Plain. Delish!

Constant Comment Tea.
I prefer the decaf model but both are great! Especially with the aforementioned toast.

Joe and the Snow.
The children's book from 1968 about a kid who "thinks" snow.  By Tomie De Paola.

These beads...

Good beads, good reads, and good eats (and a good man!) What more do I need?

December 15, 2010


Amanda Austin makes amazing glass beads! I don't know how I would part with these, so I won't! She is having a sale in her etsy shop (don't forget to use the coupon code!) All I can say is yum!

How cute is her packaging!? I didn't want to open the package either!

December 14, 2010

Give Your Etsy Some Love! Now and Later.

I've been told that to have a happy etsy shop you need to give it a bit of attention every day. So, that's what I will be doing. These went in this morning...
And these will go in later this afternoon...
Who's a happy etsy shop?

December 12, 2010


I've been having a serious lusting problem lately. It all began when I found Denise Yezbak Moores etsy shop full of amazing silver art clay and semi precious bling! One thing led to another and BAM! It. Was. Mine!

While you are shopping make sure you congratulate her on being one of 2 chosen out of 68 designers for the upcoming jewelry book, A Jewelry Accord by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel!

December 11, 2010

Let It Snow!

And oh how I wish it would. We are back into the 70's again and it isn't very winterly of the weather! I really do love a good cold and blustery day. Yesterday was one of those days that I just wanted to climb back into bed and catch a couple more winks but it was too darn hot! First, I dumped coffee onto my keyboard. Not just a small spill, I mean the whole 16 oz. cup bullseyed right in the middle! DOH! Then I tripped over the dog (easy to do in this small house with our big dogs). She's alright but I'm feeling the aches. I think it's time for me to sit quietly over here in this corner...

December 8, 2010

These Things Take Time.

Not really, but I have a way of making them take more time than necessary! The Love Gem and Love Gem Mini Beads have been waiting for literally months (7 to be exact!!!) to be added to the website. So, I am giving myself a big pat on the back for finally getting it checked off my list!

While I was in the mood I made a few bracelets for the Made In Ojai store. This turquoise and ceramic bracelet is on its way to a local holiday event! I hope it makes it's new owner happy! Who doesn't love turquoise!

December 7, 2010


It just never ceases to amaze me. The things that nature can think up!

December 6, 2010

Take A Moment...

If you are like me rushing around this holiday season, please don't forget, like I did, to slow down and take a moment! I say this after I was brutally attacked by a concrete dolphin sculpture this weekend. Did I say attacked? More like fondled, harshly and then tricked into laying down. Hard. Ok. I tripped over the stupid concrete dolphins sculpture that was out in front of the shopping mall. And, I was trying to call my husband to check where he and my son had wandered off to. At least I wasn't texting. I don't think anyone would have bothered to help me if I had been. I don't think they would have noticed because everyone is either texting or on the phone as well. Let's all just remember to look up once in a while.

Other than that It was a great weekend at the Annual Emily Street Boutique. There was awesomeness at every turn!

Tobi Jo Green who was our host, has a wonderful line of health and relaxation products as well as a clever company name...
Two Hoes in the Garden!

Beautiful recycled glass work from Lynn Hegney of Casa De La Luna

There was beautiful local honey and hand painted gords, pottery and beautiful handmade drums from Justen.

Watch out for those nasty dolphins!

December 1, 2010

Sale and Bead Bliss!

I just noticed that ETSY now has a way for you to offer coupon codes for discounts! How cool is that! So, for the next 3 days I am offering 5% (I know it seems like a silly amount but most sale items are already discounted by 15 - 25%) off your whole etsy order if you use the discount code of "BEADBLISS" at check out! I just added some new earrings and will be adding new bead bundles too! Happy Holidays!

These have rubies, pink tourmaline and oxidized sterling. I even made my own head pins with my torch! Wheee!
Pink Tourmaline and lime crackle "gems"

Enjoy the sale!

November 30, 2010


The wee ones had the whole week off which is so nice because we are allowed to do what our bodies and minds want to do, which is mainly sleep in late and play. Not being able to not work for that long I kept my hands busy with items for the Annual Emily Street Holiday Boutique! I couldn't help but make loads of polka dot buttons for button bracelets and bunches of earring charms, for, well, earrings!

Then on Tuesday this was in my mailbox! Yep! You have to be in awe of Denise Yezbak Moores DELISH wire wrapped gem jewelry! And the cutest, I mean seriously amazing pmc bird house charms which are featured inside the winter issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry. Seriously. OH! And Nancy "Round Rabbit" Schindler has some really sweet projects too! 

And then we ate turkey. The end.

November 24, 2010

Fish Out Of Water.

That is how I feel about using stringing wire and crimp beads. I know comfort will come in time, but I just feel all thumbs and unsure. But it is good to try new things and am determinedly working with new materials. Even new shapes and sizes of beads are working their way into the mix. I made my own toggle clasp with the spiraled wire and at least I remembered the crimp covers! Spring and summer are just around the corner!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2010

I Heart Kelley Hart!

I met Kelley Hart at the Holiday Home Look-in Market Place last year and I was so happy to see her back this year. She designs and sews the CUTEST kids (and sometimes adult) clothes! Her use of vintage fabrics just floored me! I am in love and was lucky enough to trade with her (she's wearing the necklace!) Check her and her fantastic designs out...

Vintage table cloth dress and skirt! (Shhhh! Don't tell Magnolia!)

How cute is she? Very!

November 22, 2010

Who? What? Where? Why? When? How?

That's me in a nut shell. Or rather, just nuts. I don't know how the days have gotten away from me, but they have. I hope everyone is doing well and on their way to a calm and enjoyable holidays! I've been totally out of the loop but will try to do a quick catch up!

I've been furiously working on the latest firing. Lovely pieces on their way to Norway! The firing had some really great pieces and some lumps of coal too. The universe has to balance us, yes?

Thanks to the lovely and helpful comments about my "leg/sciatica" issue, I've gotten myself to the Dr. and an excellent physical therapist. I say "leg" problem as "butt" problem doesn't sound too lady like, but suffice it to say that the problem is being dealt with and it seems to be directly under my gluteus maximus! FUN!

The holidays do sneak up on us! I suddenly realized that with all this "leg" hullabaloo that there were several holiday events that I needed to prepare for! YIKES!

I participated in a lovely local holiday market place and in spite of the rainy cold weather and low attendance, I had a great time (more on that later!)

Harry Potter ROCKS!


November 11, 2010

Fill Me.

These frames are empty and need to be filled. What with? That is for you dears to decide! I've been working diligently on these frame that are now over at Lima Beads! Lima Beads has quite the collection of art beads going on from artists like Heather Powers of Humble Beads, Jennifer Heynen of Jangles, C-Koop Beads and Green Girl Studios! I will be in good company over there! Have a look-see at the new artist beads and check out the frames! I worked hard on them and am so happy with the way they turned out! For the record, I will be filling my empty frame with a fairy drawing my 5 year old did and some sparkles!

November 10, 2010

Six Weeks.

Can you believe it?! Six weeks until the holidays? Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away! How did this year pass by so fast? I am looking to the new year with a determination to work on being healthy and find more time for creativity! I am pretty happy with the little bead bundles I've been putting together and am determined to take a few and play with them for myself! I've been finding time to put some new jewelry together for the Made In Ojai store, but I forgot to take photos! Doh! Next time...

November 6, 2010

Blogging from bed.

Did everyone have a happy Halloween? I've been battling the same back/leg/sciatic pain since October 8th. Will. It. Please. Stop..... NOW. A month? Really? I feel like a walking Advil dispenser. I'm going to try to do more bloggy stuff from bed. It seems to be the only relatively pain free place. Sitting? Nope. Standing? Nope. Hunched over? Nope.

But I digress...

I spent the evening putting some little bundles together for my etsy shop. If there is good light tomorrow I'll have photos of them to post Monday!

I've been excitedly counting down until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes out and killing time by watching Sherlock on PBS. Totally awesome! What is rockin' your world?

October 27, 2010

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you to the lovely ladies who bid on the bead bundles and necklace to help Andrew Thornton! I appreciated it and I know he will! If you have not contacted me about your winning bid please email me your info! You and also send the winning amount via PayPal to my email address (gaea (at) gaea (dot) cc)

I've kept it a quite blog to focus on the auctions but now I can share some of the beads that have fallen my way...

From Lima Beads (and their crazy, funky, cool Big Green Bead Machine) I found some of these...

check out the artist beads section (you may recognize a few if not all of the lovely artists shown!) GO ART BEADS!

October 20, 2010

Bid On MEEEEE! Polka Dot Heart Bead Bundle!

This bundle contains one polka dot heart bead (white on white) and several polka dot round, and crackle glazed  beads...

To bid just leave a comment with the amount you are bidding. This auction will end Tuesday, October 26th at Noon PST. All winnings will be sent directly to Andrew! Happy bidding!

Bid On Me! Owl Necklace!

I know Andrew has a fondness for owls so this necklace seemed like a natural fit! It has moonstone, labradorite, chalcedony, and ceramic beads as well as an OOOOT owl pendant. It closes with a beautiful tan silk cord and was featured in Bead Trend Magazine!

To bid just leave a comment with the amount you are bidding. This auction will end Tuesday, October 26th at Noon PST. All winnings will be sent directly to Andrew! Happy bidding!

Bid On ME! Heart Bead Bundle!

This bead bundle has one of the charms purchased from Andrews Big Cartel shop as well as several round, heart, and rose ceramic beads!

To bid just leave a comment with the amount you are bidding. This auction will end Tuesday, October 26th at Noon PST. All winnings will be sent directly to Andrew! Happy bidding!

October 19, 2010

Bid On Me! Andrew Thrornton Needs Our HELP!

Many of you may know Andrew Thrornton from his beautiful jewelry designs and his published work in Stringing and other beading magazines. If you don't know Andrew, just know that he is an amazing artist and generous person. If you follow his blog you may know that he generously donates his work and time to help other artists and friends by auctioning his art for their benefit. If you've been following his blog you may also know that he recently found out he has cancer. A scary thought for anyone. Being an artist has its perks like creative freedom and making your own hours. It also has some not so perky perks like unstable finances and a lack of health insurance. I think you know where I'm going with this...

In an effort to help Andrew and his mounting medical bills I will be hosting an auction! All the money will go directly to Andrew. Three separate posts will be put up to bid on. Bidding will start tomorrow and end next Tuesday, October 26th at Noon PST. THANKS!

P.S. You can find awesome charms and goodies like the ones above in Andrews Big Cartel Shop!

Do You Copy, Good Buddy? Copy Me Design Challenge!

Michelle from Beadalotta posted her design for the "Copy Me" design challenge!

Here is a peek... check out her full post!

Please send a link if you participated!

October 18, 2010


Copy Me!

Michelle from Beadalotta just reminded me about the "Copy Me" design challenge!

Please send a link to your post if you participated! More tomorrow!

Mail, Weekends, And Help For A Friend...

It was a really long weekend! Ojai Day was lovely! Mother Nature cooperated and blessed us with cool weather! Be careful what you wish for because it was almost too cool and people chose to stay home where it was dry and cozy! I made it to my P.O. box just in time Friday afternoon to grab a few packages that I'd been waiting for (impatiently!) First was a beautiful selection of beads from Willow Bay Supply where I grabbed these awesome window pane agate slices! DELISH!

Next I found these gems smartly priced at FavourJewelry...

But I am saving the best for last....

These fantastic charms from Andrew Thrornton's Big Cartel Shop! I have something very special planned for them and a way to help Andrew! So stay tuned! 

October 14, 2010

EVENTful Weekend!

This weekend is the trunk show at Brea Bead Works. I wish I could be there in person but had to bundle up a box of beads and send them via mail. So if you are in the area, it was a fun bundle, check it out! Saturday is also Ojai Day. And if my back was not so dicey right now I would be more excited. Thankfully Robert will be there to help set up and take it all down. I really look forward to Ojai Day but even in mid October (the 16th to be exact) it can be mind-blowingly hot but It looks like it will be mild! All those cool thoughts must be working!