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!