Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hearts Of Hope For Becky

Oh my poor neglected blog. Among the other resolutions: get back to the gym, eat healthier, get more sleep (hah!) I have this plan to get back on the blogging bandwagon. This is a perfect opportunity to post because I am helping out a friend with fundraising. You see my friend Becky is battling breast cancer. She's an amazing beautiful and vibrant woman. If you met her you would feel as though you had known her your whole life. She's a loving wife and mother to 4 beautiful and equally loving kids. Her daughter Alyssa watched my kids this summer for me while I worked my "day job". Through our friend Doreen we have come to call this family our friends. Right now, with Becky out of work undergoing chemo, 4 kids from first grade through college, and health coverage that doesn't quite cover; her friends have banded together to try and alleviate some of their financial worries. We want Becky to focus on her courageous fight and not worry about how they are going to pay for her treatment.
Hearts of Hope was born out our love for Becky and all proceeds will benefit her family in her fight against this terrible disease.
Handmade of borosilicate glass in a vibrant bubblegum pink these heart pendants are just in time for Valentine's Day! They come on a Hearts of Hope card ready for giving.
Wear a heart of hope as a visible statement of concern and caring for Becky and for all women that have been personally touched by breast cancer.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Boro Glass Heart Pendant

It has been a few months since I made a video. Come watch me make a little blue heart pendant.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sweet Satisfaction

I made a video of me making a boro implosion pendant a few weeks ago. It was actually my second video but I couldn't upload it to BlipTV because it is 38 minutes long! I finally figured out how to get it up there. Buy a pro account! lol. Well that should inspire me to make frequent videos. Here I am, and if you hang in there with me, 3/4 of the way through you will hear my daughter explaining her paper shoes to my internet audience.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Penny For Your Thoughts

My daughter found a penny in church yesterday. It was stuck to the floor under the kneeler and she proudly dug it out for the family to admire. "A penny for your thoughts" she exclaimed in an excited whisper. "EWWWWWWW......" was all I could muster. "Put that filthy thing down.. leave it...right...there"... And out came the bottle of hand sanitizer from my purse. How sad that in the age of swine flu a little kid can't get excited about a lucky penny. Well not with a neurotic mother anyway...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

and so it is....

The pretty pouch in my previous post was made by one of my customers Lisa of lsa1sew. She sent me that beautiful hand-sewn gift with some skeleton keys she picked up at yard sales. Two of the keys were earmarked for special necklaces for Lisa. Yesterday I videotaped (more like digitally captured... what is the current term?) Anyway, yesterday I made a bead on one of the keys for Lisa and here is that footage. It's actually my third video but the second one was 38 minutes long and bliptv won't accept a file that large. Anyone know of any good free editing software? Let me know.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bead Unplugged

A recent conversation with my kids made me realize how utterly and hopelessly dependant I am on the Internet and my computer. Typically while at baseball practice with my kids I am perfectly happy on a lawn chair with some glass or bead magazines or a good book. However it's early in the season and Mama gets cold real fast on 45 degree days. I knew I was going to be trapped in my car for 2 hours, so on this particular practice last week I brought my laptop in hopes I could "borrow" some Internet from a nearby neighbor or the school in front of the field. I had the following conversation on the way home from practice.
Thomas: (sounding annoyed) "Mom, why were you zig-zagging around the parking lot during practice?"
Me: "I was trying to get Internet?"
Emma: "I thought you were leaving us and I got sad."
Me: "I wouldn't leave you here alone Honey. Mama was just trying to update my Etsy shop."
Thomas: "Well you looked ridiculous, you moved your car like 6 times and then when you got out of the car and looked like you lost something....."
Me: "I'm sorry did I embarrass you?"
Thomas: "Well kinda, I mean Mom you looked kinda unstable"
Me: (Trying not to laugh and feeling a little bad) "Ok next time I'll just read my book."
Thomas: "Did you get it?"
Me: "What?"
Thomas: "Did you steal some one's Internet?"
Me: "Thomas, I didn't steal anything and no I wasn't able to get a signal."
Thomas: "Jake says it's called pirating. Did you pirate any Internet?"
Me: "No, Thomas your mother isn't a pirate."
Thomas: "Oh. Well that would have been kinda cool."
Me: "Ok, I'm a pirate. But not a very good one."
Thomas: "Mom. I think you should just get the I Phone and go back to reading your Twilight book."
Me: "Ok, Thomas I promise. No more computer at practice."
So as you can see I am a hopeless embarrassing case.
I need my kids to remind me to unplug once in a while.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

When I Grow Up

My kids fight over who is going to take pictures of me modeling my pendants. I assign the job to whoever gets done with breakfast and brushes his or her teeth first. This morning my daughter got the job. She will be 8 in a few weeks and the camera is bigger than her head. lol. She's a very cute and careful photographer though. She spends time making sure the lighting is right and I am posed correctly. Sometimes she angles the photo in an artful way and sometimes she captures it dead on. I'd like to think that exposing my kids to my art and the business of selling it will inspire them to have creative outlets someday. My son wants to be a lawyer right now and my daughter wants to be a teacher but we'll see. They can always do what Mom does and be an artist by moonlight.