Oh my goodness, I owe you a big blog post. I've been quite the busy bee. There was a trip to the coast to see the cutest little boys in the world, but the wind was fierce and let's just say there was no outing at the beach for any of us. I've been putting in several shifts at the LBS (that's Local Bead Store for the uninitiated). There was a teaching gig or two. I've had such great students lately, it just warms the cockles of my heart! I did receive my swap beads from Michelle and they are lovely! I'll get a photo up for you soon. And there was a little hospital visit by someone here at home but he's doing fine. It was just a clean-up from last summer's surgery.
I've got new classes with new designs coming up and I'll be updating the website with the schedule and I'll be popping pictures in here now and then. For today, I've got a big ole bunch o'beading to do! Bead on with your bad selves!
Lori Anderson has very recently hosted a straight-out bead swap. That means no blog hop is involved, but the next Bead Soup Blog Party is coming up. I love bead swaps. My partner is Michelle of The Cabby Crafter. Michelle and I are a little late to the party but that's okay. She was traveling and I was happy to wait. I got busy and she has been patient with me. This is what I'm sending her today. I was feeling pearly and liking green this morning. Since Michelle and her family are moving from the Windy City to Texas I thought the greens might prepare her for what's going on here. It will be a nice change. So, she has some dark olive glass pearls, some lovely green Czech glass, some seed beads in decidedly spring greens, and some vintage pearlized glass. I also threw in a stretchy bracelet made from some of that same vintage glass. I did hold out a few pieces so she'd have a bit of a surprise when she opens the box. I've had a sneak peek at what she's sending me and I can't wait to get my hands on those beads! I love a swap!
Hello, beadlings! I hope you had a very nice weekend. We did. We visited the Starving Artists' Show in San Antonio. I found my friends Carol Bradley and Laura Zeiner I picked up a sweet reversible enameled pendant from Carol and will be picking up one of Laura's Bee Keys soon. I also came home with a lovely bird feeder made from a cup, saucer and salad dish - lovely greens and creams. Ariel found Gort for her wall and we had lunch on the Riverwalk complete with strolling mariachis and begging ducks. It was a very nice afternoon all in all.
We came home, debated dinner, and took care of feeding the animals and putting the chickens in their house. No big deal, right? Until Ariel rain into the house "mom, mom, mom, hurry, hurry, hurry before it runs away!" Well what could it be that would run away? Then she opens the hen house and I realize it's probably the snake that's been stealing our eggs. I see a big head but from where the tail is (slowly pulling up behind the the nest box) this snake would have to be over six feet long! And then I realize that Mr. Big Head already has his tail near his head and what I am seeing disappear belongs to another snake! Great - TWO egg-stealing snakes. These are desert king snakes. I hate killing these snakes because they kill rattlesnakes and copperheads along with rats and rabbits. They aren't poisonous themselves, but they have a bad temper and they will bite. These were about four feet and four and a half feet long respectively. We had one here that was over six feet long - we left him alone. But since these were witnessed egg eaters (Ariel caught one in the act) they had to go, plus we lost a hen last week to some sort of bite. We think a snake bit her and it became infected. Such is life in the country.
And then the moon came up, as you can see at the top of the page, which really just capped off a very full day. Yesterday was full of nothing but beading, to which I must return. I'm beading a garden full of horrifically cute flowers - you'll see! Bead on!
Totally decadent, no? I'm working on a FABULOUS pink and copper pair now. And again, they are soooo addictive. It's not the best photo I've ever taken, but like I said - it's just a tease. I'll let you know when they are scheduled.
Oh, they are so addictive! This is the third pair I've made. The size of the dangle is really up to you. These are about the length of my thumb from knuckle to tip - not too long, not too short. Oh! And the possibilities are endless! I really can't wait to teach this one. I'll let you know as soon as it's scheduled. Bead on, beadlings!
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