Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WWTKW...Would You Rather?


For today's We Want to Know Wednesday, Mamarazzi and Crazymama want to know, would you rather...

{one} WYR...Never be able to look in the mirror again or always get dressed in total darkness?

Hmm, I'm gonna say that I'd rather always get dressed in total darkness. Sometimes I get to work and look in the mirror and it looks like I got dressed in the dark anyway. The lighting in my house is horrid. One time I actually wore two different shoes to work!

{two} WYR...Receive $50 a day for the rest of your life or $50,000 right here and now?

My first impulse is to say that I want the $50,000 right now! But, $50 bucks/day averages to $1,400/month which equals 16,800/year. I'm thirty-something-ish, so if I live another 40 years that's $672,000 which is way more than $50,000. I'll take the $50 bucks/day please. :) 
Patience truly is a virtue.

{three} WYR...Have extreme narcolepsy or have a bad case of tourette's?

I like naps so I'm going to go with narcolepsy.

{four} WYR...Be able to rewind 24 hrs 3 times a year or consciously control your dreams?

I've seen too many movies where someone tried to rewind back to the past just to change the future and it usually ended badly. Of course, the names of these movies escape me at the moment but I have seen them! I think I'd like to control my dreams. Why is it that every time I get to the good part of a dream I can't remember it? Or does anyone ever feel like they are falling in a dream? What is up with that??

{five} WYR...Be fluent in every language around the world or be the best in the world in a category of your choosing?

I think that I want to be the best jewelry maker ever! Work from home, make my own schedule, aahhh, the life. Currently I'm an executive assistant so I basically print stuff in color and take it to my boss...all day long. *Sigh...*

Link up over at  Mamarazzi's and go check out what everyone else said!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

BSBP 6: The Reveal

So, today is the 3rd reveal date for Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP). As always, Lori is a superstar! She's so patient and kind, even when all four hundred of us BSBP participants are throwing eight hundred different, yet the same questions at her. :) 

Also, I did something weird-like copy too much code or something when I was copying the link list-and my formatting is a little wacky. I tried to look at the HTML code but it was like Greek and it's 3 am, so let's just go with it. K? UPDATE: After a few hours sleep, I was able to fix my blog! :)

My partner is Becky Pancake over at Becky Pancake Bead Designs.  Becky knows that I love all, well, most things vintage so she dug deep in her stash and sent me a bunch of vintage treasures. How about that awesome handmade clasp that she sent me??
Drum roll, please......
Actually, I just jumped right in and the first piece I made was the pair of earrings. That's backwards from how I normally roll but the bead gods spoke, and I listened.
 I really like the white vintage beads that have a carved design on them. I paired them with clear Czech glass beads and the cutest little bead caps. I actually won the bead caps from Lori quite a while back. :) They are super cute. Between the earrings and necklace I used them all. To make the necklace, I created links using the Czech glass, the carved ivory beads, and the orange beads. The orange beads almost glow. They make me think of tigers eye the way that they glow in the light.
Since I ran out of those super cute bead caps this is just a simple necklace with only a few links. Sometimes simple works better, i think. It is on a long, silver chain that just slips over the head. I couldn't find a silver clasp in my stash that I wanted to use so I just made it a long necklace.
A closer look...

The second necklace I'm showing is my favorite piece. Of the two necklaces, I actually made this one first. When I looked at that floral focal, I kept seeing nature and the outdoors...picture a magical forest, if you will. :)  I set the floral focal in a brass setting and paired it with a dragonfly from Patina Queen and super cute owl from Tree Wings Studio (did I say super duper cute?) and a large filigree piece from Paloma Antigua. I also added a vintage glass jewel thingy that hangs from the dragonfly's tail. After all, I'm sure he's a magical dragonfly since he's in a magical forest. I used some sari silk that I bought forever ago but have been afraid to use. I used the handmade clasp that Becky made and wire wrapped the ends. My wire wrapping needs a little practice but I like the messy look. Again, simple, but I really like how fun and whimsical this piece turned out.

...and a closer look.

I've still got a lot of beads to play with, so while I'm doing that you guys run on over here and check out what Becky made. I've already taken a sneak peek over there and she's got some cool things going on.
When you're done over at Becky's blog, check out what everyone else did!

Hostess with the Mostest, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, LeeLu Creations (You are here!)
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs (My partner...Hi Becky!)
Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems

Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog

Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

We Want to Know Wednesday...

Wow! Is it Wednesday already? 

I so didn't realize that until I was reading the blogs I follow and Mammarazzi's WWTKW post popped up! 

Crazymama got to ask all the questions this week and she wants to know...

1. What was your favorite part of the Opening Ceremonies?

I'm not much of a sports fan and the only reason I watched was because my girlfriend, Amber, made me. Personally the opening ceremonies started out weird and just got crazier. And when I read this question the first thing that popped into my mind was that big baby! I know Mammarazzi said it first but I was for real thinking that before I read her post. For real, I was! And how awesome was it that Matt Lauer commented "I don't know whether that's cute or creepy."  Get out of my head, Matt, because I had just thought the same thing!!! Definitely creepy! I tried to find a pic but got all kinds of craziness when I googled "big baby from the olympics 2012". Why did a pic of Daniel Craig come up? Is he a big baby? Anyone know?...

2.  Which country are you rooting for?

US of A, of course!

3.  Which is your favorite event to watch and why? 

Honestly, I don't watch unless my husband makes me. Just not a sports fan.

4.  Have you found a new sport that is surprisingly delightful?

No, but I will share that I love badminton and had no idea it was in the olympics!

5.  Have you always been a fan of the Olympics? what is your earliest Olympic Memory?

Again, I'm just not a sports fan so I generally don't watch. 

We want to know your answers to these questions so link up here!