Saturday, November 24, 2007


I was tagged by April to answer these questions:

Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Both, and cards to hold the gift cards

2. Real tree or artificial?
Started out real, got sick, then fake, it broke, now nothing

3. When do you put up the tree?
Used to put it up at Thanksgiving

4. When do you take the tree down?
New Year’s

5. Do you like eggnog?
Tried it, but never got the taste for it.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Barbie’s Dream House

7. Do you have a Nativity scene?

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Husband – he always asks for things like a new motorcycle or computer, I’m a teacher – I can’t afford those things!

9. Easiest person to buy for?

10. Worst Christmas Gift you ever received?
Some Secret Santa crap

11. Mail or email Christmas cards?

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Home Alone, Holiday Inn

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Beginning of December

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Buns from a tube for breakfast

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
We used both, but some of them had to blink

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Jose Feliciano’s version of Feliz Navidad

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
We have gone to California for several years, but probably home this year

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Probably not without cheating

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Don’t remember, something glittery

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas Day.

22 Most annoying thing about this time of year?
We have no snow! And Black Friday with all the stupid people waiting in line for days just to save a buck.

Guess the only person I can tag is Liz!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


OOPS! I just read my second to last post and realized that the orange and green bracelet never got posted, it was taking too long, and then it crapped out on me the other day and I posted before I actually uploaded Michelle's bracelet. Anyhoo... here it is.

More Bling!

I have been working on this "blingy" bracelet for several days now and finally finished it tonight. It is made following an idea found in "Stringing Beads" by Jean Campbell. It is made primarily from findings. I attached all of the beads to either headpins, lever back earrings, or five hole connectors. I couldn't find some of the findings mentioned in the instructions, so I substituted some butterfly charms (with wrapped loops like the silver pearls) and a couple of dragonfly charms. In the middle I placed a Libra charm. I learned a lot making this bracelet and can't wait to wear it to work tomorrow.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Another bracelet

The green and sherbet colored bracelet is one I made for my good friend, Michelle, at work. This past Saturday I went to Bead 101 class at a fabulous little bead store in Surprise, Confetti. I made the black and crystal bracelet for myself and learned exactly what wire to use. So... I need to get Michelle's bracelet back to redo it RIGHT! I went shopping today and bought tons of bead materials while the sales were on.
I am presently working on a totally intricate bracelet almost entirely made from findings. I have made some beaded bling, but had to stop and finish school work. Hopefully I will finish it this week. The supplies were rather expensive, but it looks great so far.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Busy, busy, busy today

Browsing through my newest Paper Trends magazine I saw an art journal and immediately thought of Karen, our new art teacher at school. She had commented one day at lunch that she hasn't had time to draw or sketch for a long time and that all her art supplies are still packed from her move from Michigan. Since my latest swaps are completed, I decided to work on this sketch journal. I used a pre-made HOTP journal with DCWV Far East paper pack. All the ribbon is Stampin' Up, flowers are Prima, and chipboard (colored with SU marker) from Lisa Bearnson. I made the tabs using the SU punch on scraps. We have art tomorrow so I will give it to her then.
My next project is a green and coral bracelet for another friend at work.

Bracelet making

Last weekend I made a couple of bracelets, one for myself and one for April. One of the ladies I work with liked the ladybug design and asked me to make one for her daughter. I finally made it yesterday. Michael's had most of their bead making supplies on sale so I got some findings to make some different styles. My problem is I don't know how much to charge for this one. Help!