Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bad, Bad Girl

Sorry about not posting in awhile. I know I haven't been getting as much done as I'd like these days, but at least I've got a good excuse...

Around about the middle of February we're expecting baby #2. Yeah! Alas this means much less time for all things beady. With Baby #1 getting into everything, like a proper daredevil, Mike and I have to flip a coin over who gets torch time.

The summers here aren't really a good time for bead making, as our studio is located in our very hot garage. I've got plans in motion, however, to get the studio moved inside so we can work year round.

So, I hope to be posting beads to eBay soon, but don't hold me to that until after the weather starts to cool off here in Arizona.


Friday, February 08, 2008

Something smelly this way comes...

Well, it has turned out to be a very interesting day around here...

I was sitting at the desk, updating the webpage and I hear what seems to be footsteps walking down the hall. I check it out, as everyone else should be asleep at this point even though it's the middle of the day. There was nothing there, to my very great relief!

Alas, what's this? I hear what sounds like the poor cat trapped in the guest/music room. Nope wasn't him, but it smelled like he'd managed to miss the litter box by about a mile. Oh, well... We're putting new carpet in there anyway.

Then, shocker of shockers, it sounds as if the heating ducts are trying to push themselves up through the floors with a great rattle and bang. I almost had to call 9-1-1 to put my heart back into my chest. Instead I get Mike up from his nap and tell him what's going on. He, of course, looks at me like I'm wearing the lastest in back buckling sleeves.

Then there it is. The most horrible smell.

It seems that we're the proud new owners of a skunk. Said skunk has taken up residence beneath the house (oh, why didn't we get a house with a basement???) and apparently delights in scaring the **** out of me.

Days like this I wish I still lived in Scottsdale... *sigh*

Excuse me while I go yell at the owl sitting in the tree outside my window and the coyotes in the distance to shut the heck up so I can go to sleep. Where's a good siren when you need one?


Pink and Tiny Leopards

I got carried away at the torch this time and made 80 beads. Think I'll actually keep some for myself this time! I'll be putting them up on 2/8/08 around about 6pm eBay time, so if you want them before I put 'em up email me. Here's a photo showing the size next to a US quarter.

I've gotten some new items up in the CafePress store and more coming soon that might be of interest to lampworkers, beaders and jewelery designers. Just a few things I've been playing around with.

With eBay raising their fees again, I'm looking at possibly selling on Justbeads.com and Esty. Something to try out and see how it goes at any rate. I'll let you know when I get something up over those other sites.


Monday, February 04, 2008

Beady, Baby!

Ok, so I didn't get back before I thought I would. I popped out to play on the torch and lost a few hours that I was going to use for listing beads and getting shipping stuff together. At least I made it back on tonight. It's past the baby's dinner time and poor Mike is dealing with him right now.

Here's the Delite set. I was goofing off with the turq. a lot last week. It's a reactionary glass and I love trying to see what I can get it to do. Not much with this set, but I love the color combo.

Now, I got all kinds of cool things to happen with this! I used Italian glass in Dk. Turquoise and clear, the rest just sorta happened. These you should check out on eBay. I've got larger pics up. I had a lot of fun making these, because I never knew which was going to show up, the shiny copper or the rusty red! Oh, what fun!

Cafe Press Update!

I've managed to get some new items into the Cafepress Store. There are some great new tees available for beaders and lampworkers alike. I'm working on getting more up today and I'll have new beads to be listed later this afternoon.

I'll try to post the beads before I put them up on eBay. I'll be happy to consider offers on them, just email me.


Sunday, February 03, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday

Mike and I both managed to get to the torch, but with the Super Bowl and the baby's first b-day party this weekend I didn't manage to get anything listed. Glad the underdogs won. I always cheer for the underdogs. (Unless the 49er's are playing! Go 9er's!)

Speaking of football... Could someone tell me why Brett Favre (pronounced Farv) can't afford "Hooked on Phonics"? I can't stand it anymore. I think I'll just break down and buy him one and replace the lable with something like "Foniks for Football Players". I guess I've found my football pet peeve for the next few seasons.

Back to beads...

I'll have a set or two up tomorrow for y'all. We'll be offering sets on our site soon, so don't forget to check it out!


Monday, January 28, 2008

Even more beads available

I had myself a nice run on the torch and managed to get a couple of sets done. I've posted them to eBay for your purchasing pleasure and here's the photo's for your viewing pleasure!

I've been wanting to play with this color combination for awhile now. Reminds me a lot of all those 50's diners, movies and such and what not. All I know for sure is that they were so much fun to make!

I used Italian glass in dark turquiose, black and that evil, evil purple. There's also some reduction frit for giggles.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

More beads!

Here's Mike's new set that I just put up on eBay. Feel free to pop over and take a look at all our auctions.

It's been a rainy type of day here. I can't see Sedona from the living room at all, just a bank of clouds whisping across where Sedona used to be. I'm sure it's still there, unless there was a convergence of UFO's, multiple vortex and whatever else makes the New Agers think Sedona is special beyond the red rocks. Now everyone knows why we don't live there. :0)
I just wish it was a little warmer; my toes feel like tiny ice cubes.
I finally managed to get some time on the torch this week. My little pink ladies are now available on eBay.



Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Beads on eBay! Again!

I must be setting some kind of personal record! Who knew I could post this much to the blog. Not much going on around here right now, but here's a new set we've got up on eBay tonight.

Mike's been busy having fun and I got to clean the torch last night. HMMMM

I wonder if I'm ever going to get to melt any glass on it now that I've cleaned it???? :0)


Monday, January 21, 2008

New Beads on eBay

Here's the new beads available today.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

New Beads on eBay

Here's the new set that I just put up for auction. Mike has a lot of fun making these and I want to start making larger sets. It's no fun running out of beads or not having enough for your projects, I know.
I'll be back tomorrow with yet another set Mike made. I'm starting to wonder if all I'll get to do is the web stuff. I miss my torch! Mike gets to have all the fun! :0)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Ha! Made it back before a week was up!

I managed to get a little time to pop in and give you a scoop.

Mike's heading out to torch as I write this and we'll have his beads up tomorrow! OMG, you say? Yes, I'll probably get back here tomorrow also! Three posts in one week? Yup, that's right, ladies and gentleman, the world has gone whacky when I get time to post more than once a week!

Now if I can only get some torch time myself! I'm thinking about doing something different with our beads. I think I'll start taking photos with them next to a dime or in my hand. There seem to be a lot of lampwork artists out there who do that and I've had more than one request for it. I also thought some of you might like to know exactly how big a bead strand you're getting! If you have an opinion either way, please drop me a line, our email's just a click away on the side over there----->

As many of you know, I like to make very, very, very small beads so small that Mike's look huge compared to mine. But the fact remains that even Mike's beads are small compared to most "standard" size lampwork. I'm just plain itching to try some larger beads and different techniques to offer for sale! Ah well, maybe I'll get a shot at the torch next week! :0)


Monday, January 14, 2008

No longer Dead... Again!

So we've risen from the grave once again (and hopefully we'll stay that way this time!)

A lot has happened in the last year. I was 8 months pregnant the last time I posted to the blog and now the kiddo's going to be celebrating his 1st birthday. The house is getting better, but remodeling and redecorating isn't for the faint of heart. And it's even harder with a toddler underfoot! ;0)
Mike and I took a hiatus this last year to get some things done around here and to spend time with the baby. But now that we're reaching that 1st birthday, we've started up the glass torch again and you can expect to see lots of beads coming out of the studio!

We have a few sets up on eBay right now and we've started a little line called "Viking Treasures" that are available on http://www.brazenbutton.com/. They're a great gift idea for the knitter or historical re-enactor in your life.