Monday, April 26, 2010

Honey... I'm home!!!!

OK, I realize I haven't been very diligent about blogging lately. I guess I'm just so focused on getting my studio work done that I haven't been checking in here to report on what I'm doing.

SO, here's what you missed...

The chalkboard in the studio is boss. It has the "to-do" list for Bead and Button and I'm working my way through the list. The only exception is Splish Splash beads. They're on "the list" but I've only attempted one so far and it wasn't good. SO we'll see if they stay on the list or not! I didn't take any to B&B last year and had lots of requests for them, so I really WANT to have them... it's just a matter of whether my hands want to make them or not.

You also missed my May classes being canceled. I'm not going to go into the details here, but I'm not a happy camper.

BUT I believe there is a reason for everything and sometimes we don't see that reason till much later, if at all. I'm not going to get bogged down and worry about it... I'm just focusing on the next big thing which is Bead and Button. I'm working hard to be ready as early as possible. I will have 1 new project, 1 re-vamped project, and 1 out-of-retirement for one week only project! That's going to be a LOT of kits when it comes down to it and I will be really happy when it all comes together!

ok... lots to do, no more blogging!

tiny blah blah blah...

coffee - YES!

music - 80s playlist (I was going to blog about the playlist... maybe I'll do that another time. It has lots of funny stories that go along with it. I smiled and "danced" through the whole thing!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

A few of my favorite things.... (not raindrops on roses....)

Because I know you care. :D (and I do know that I'm not the center of the universe and that probably no one will read this anyways... well, maybe my mom and a few "regulars")

SO...because I need a quickie blog post while I take a break from the studio)

in no particular order ...

A Few of My Favorite Things...

(I was thinking of this at the beadstore the other day when helping someone find a color and then the list grew to non-beady things as i drove home)

399J seed beads - YUMMY grape color
431 - my go-to green! (both of these colors are available at if you are in bead-need!)

CIM glass colors - I'm just discovering these and how much I love them

Starbucks (duh)

Pure Taqueria's Margaritas
The Mansion's Lady Sapphire (neither of these places are visited often, but they are good enough to make my favorite list and I'm thinking I need to visit the Mansion again soon!)

Chick-fil-a's Sweet Tea
Chick-fil-a Sandwiches

Corner Bakery's Swiss Oatmeal (who'da thunk that cold oatmeal could be so good??!! Thanks CCB band guys!!!)

James Taylor's Greatest Hits Volume 1
Corinne Bailey Rae's self-titled album
Adele - Chasing Pavement
Glee - Somebody to Love re-make
Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces
(these are all the g0-to songs that I sing along with while making beads when I'm in production)


Cinnamon Rolls

MAC cosmetics

Mac computers and ipods

Firemen (that was for you, Regan)

Jennifer Crusie novels
Sarah Addison Allen novels
Regan Leigh

Westin Hotels (I'm all about the Heavenly Bed!)


Vancouver, WA
The South of France (inside joke... I've never been there)
Maine... pretty much all of it that I've seen
Port Townsend, Washington (shout out to my friends there!!!)

My wonderful friends that I see all the time... and the ones that I rarely see, but enjoy every minute when I do AND the ones that I never see, but enjoy our "conversations" online!

Chaco flip flops
UGG boots

Everybody's Pizza Salad (I think I must be hungry... I keep coming back to food... better go eat lunch!!)

ok... that's it for now!

tiny blah blah blah
coffee time is past...time for lunch and then back to singing along with Corinne!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Friday Sylviebead peeps!!!!

It's going to be a fun weekend for me, so I'm really looking forward to it! Seeing friends, going to an art show, going to a glass-beadmakers meeting (where we'll be electing officers and since I'm running unopposed for co-president, I guess it will be my big day! lol)

I was co-president several years ago and I really enjoyed my time on the board. It's a lot of work, but very rewarding at the same time. I decided it was time to return and do some work and hopefully I'll do a good job directing our group along with the other co-pres Becky!

I'm also going to the Dogwood Festival (hopefully with my son who loves art shows). It's one of my favorites in town and the weather is supposed to be nice on Sunday, when I plan to go.... can't wait!

In the meantime... it's studio time. Time to make some Head Over Heels beads!

And this afternoon.... time to work on the website and work on a customer email for next week that has some big news!!!

In other non-sylviebead news (but sort of sylviebead related)... I'm a Swagbucks addict.

It's a site that is somehow connected to google where you search, like on google, but when you do, you randomly are awarded "bucks" that you can trade in for gift cards to places like There are other ways to earn bucks (watching promotional videos, movie trailers, etc.) because that's how the site makes money... advertising. But the big way you earn bucks is through searching.... stuff you search anyways. Every once in a while a message will pop up that says "you've won 20 swagbucks" and they go into your account.

Even better... if you refer people and they sign up through you... you get credit for THEIR searches too!!! So you both win. And they can then refer people and get double points. It cost me nothing and so far, in 2 months, I've earned about $40 in Amazon gift certificates.... not too shabby!

If you are interested in signing up... it's free... it's fun... here's a link...

Search & Win

Have a great weekend!!!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm back!!!

ok... I didn't really GO anywhere. I've just been busy and hadn't made blogging the priority that my readers might have liked me to have done. Oh well.

Those of you who are friends didn't worry because you've talked to me (or seen me) here or there either in person, on the phone, or online.

Those that don't really KNOW me, but are customers or other readers might not have known that and I'm sorry if you were worried (although I'm pretty sure that you weren't TOO worried)

I've been busy making samples for the new project, busy making beads for spring shows/classes and busy being mom over spring break. But today is back to normal... well, as normal as it gets around here.

Making beads for Head Over Heels anniversary edition today and still have a lot to do... so I'm making this short. Have a wonderful springy day!!!

tiny blah blah blah...

chick fil a tea and the Dixie Chicks. It's a very southern day in the studio!