Saturday, November 24, 2007

adventures in bead land!

i am involved in a Secret Santa bead swap with the Bead Hive Group on eBay. because i don't have a bead store near me at home, i have taken advantage of being in a bigger city and checking out the great bead stores while on vacation over the thanksgiving holidays. i found some great places and great people, and i wanted to share with you. i also found some great beads to send to my secret santa, but sorry, not posting that here!

first i want you to meet tammy who owns island dreams beads. she is a hoot! she was so friendly and helpful. you gotta go and visit her web site! she will ship to you and she has some great lampwork and polymer clay artists that design for her. i will definately be going back when i am back in town. and here is the really cool mural outside of her shop! check this out.

Here are some really cute designs the "islanders" put together at Island Dreams Beads. they are too beautiful.

while i was there they were having a trunk show with an increadible lampwork and polymer clay artist named Suzy Komar who owns her own bead business called Bizzie Bee Beads. here are some examples of her work. She is amazing and I bought several beads from her. if you click on her name you can contact her about her work. check out this eye candy! this is a sample of her polymer clay work.

and her are some pictures of her gorgeous lampwork beads! i have no idea how she does this fantastically detailed work.

beatiful aren't they? i may start carrying her work on my Etsy site, that is how much i love her work.

i love sharing about the people and places i find on my adventures! i think as an artistic community we have to support eachother, so if you haven't taken the Handmade Pledge yet, go to the sidebar and click on the Handmade Pledge banner and take the pledge this season! i will share more about the places and faces i found on my trip soon. later!

Friday, November 23, 2007

CD's Artistic Endeavors - C-Dizzles World: thanksgiving day to remember#links

CD's Artistic Endeavors - C-Dizzles World: thanksgiving day to remember#links

thanksgiving day to remember

usually i don't post the same message to both of my blogs. one blog is for my family, to keep in touch, share family events and pictures and other family related news. the other is for my artistic endeavors, to share art i have created, neat art and antique places i have found on my journeys, and to meet and stay in touch with other creative people. this post however has to go on both blogs.

this thanksgiving we went to see the hubby's family. it was a 14 hour drive to get there are we stayed a week. in fact, we are still here. on thanksgiving day we cooked at my BIL and SIL's house, and took the food to my MIL and FIL's house. see, they are in the process of moving into a new house so they did not have a full fridge or all of the pots and pans moved yet. so, the BIL cooks the turkey each year because let's face it, he is the best turkey cooker in the land. so, he took it in the pan to my MIL's house to cook in her oven, and being the really cool uncle that he is he took my teenaged daughter with him. in fact, he is so cool he let my daughter drive the three blocks back from my MIL's house to his house. three blocks, all on subdivision roads, no traffic, nothing. and she did great, until..................................... she pulled into the driveway. i think the following pictures tell the rest of the story better than i ever could.

the really cool thing about the whole situation is this, no one got upset, except for my daughter who felt so horrible about the whole thing she cried for a long time. my BIL and SIL were so cool about it and were more worried about her and making her feel okay than they were about the house or the car. she confused the gas peddle for the brake, and when the car did not stop she pressed harder, and the house stopped the car! yes, very new driver, just learning, can you tell? needless to say, we will never forget the thanksgiving that she drove into the garage, without opening the garage door first!

hope everyone else's thanksgiving day was a little less eventful than ours! happy holidays everyone!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


there is so much to be thankful for this year! again, my husband, for loving me and supporting me in my day job and my artistic endeavors and obsessions

my children, two teenagers, both with great heads on their shoulder, good grades, kindess, strong sense of right and wrong

my family, all of them, whether we are close, or far away, family is always there when we need them, and we are always there for them when we need them

my friends, but mostly the ones that have been there for me through the roughest times in my life, and the ones who have allowed me to be there for their roughest times

my art, the opportunity, time, and money that has magically appeared (through the grace of God)this year so i can really spend time developing my skills

my health and the health of my loved ones (no breast cancer for me this year despite having a biopsy)

my home, we are really trying to make improvements to the house and yard so it feels more like home for all of us

my on-line community of artists and friends, for the opportunity to be on a design team, for the opportunity to go to Art and Soul next year, for having a blog that i enjoy so much, for finding other increadible people through the blogging community

for "stuff" like my iPod touch, my little digital camera that fits in my purse, my laptop, and my studio that was completely redone this year and organized

the success of my "day job" which is my consulting business for nonprofit organizations and faith based organizations, allowing me to be home for my children more than ever before and allowing me to set my own schedule for the most part

becoming closer to God through study and prayer

Those are just a few things I am thankful for this year. i have been too blessed this year to be able to list everything. it has been a great year, full of blessings and opportunities.

i hope all of you have as much to be thankful for as i do this year. have a great turkey day, enjoy friends and families, and even if this year has been hard, be thankful for what you have, even if it is not much (i have been there to my life too)

Friday, November 16, 2007

trips, goodies and gas prices

i had to travel this week, and when i do i like to scout out new antique stores and visit old favorites. this is one of the many advantages of having to travel the state for my job! first, lets talk about gas prices. i have one thing to say about the current cost of gas.................ARGGGGGGGGG!!!!!

Enough said on that topic.

moving on to better things. i went up toward morgantown, west virginia. think WVU. i have been elected to the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central West Virginia and i am so excited about this! what a wonderful organization. i have to stay the night when i attend a board meeting, so this gives me the opportunity to prowl for goodies for my altered art and jewlery making! and did i ever hit the jack pot this week!

i have a few favorite places i like to visit when i travel that way. one is Sisters Antique Mall at exit 69 (i think that is the exit number) off of 79 in Flatwoods, West Virginia. i can spend hours in there! this is about the half way point on the way to Fairmont, West Virginia so it is a great place to stop, stretch and search for treasure.

when i arrived in Fairmont, i saw a new sign that said Fairmont Avenue Antiques. ohhhhhh, a new place to check out! i was so excited. so, i went. and am i ever glad i did! i meet the nicest person there, and guess what, she designs her own wall paper! i have never met anyone who does that, and i saw some of her work and those of use who do altered art would just die to have some of her scraps! maybe she will start selling us some!

it was a lovely shop, with room after room of delightful goodies. i spent so much time in there! i found some wonderful items, some really old LIFE mags from the early 1930's, a new mag i had never seen before from the 1930's, an old doll in the nina bagley style. i found old buttons, wooden pegs, milk bottle caps, and tons of other stuff. this is now one of my favorite stores and on my "go back to list"! here are some pictures of this awesome store for you viewing pleasure!

i have unloaded the car, and now i need to unpack my finds, put them away, and maybe take some pictures of my favorite finds to post! the biggest thing i have found is that when i get these things, many times i don't need all of it. so i was thinking about putting together some kits or packages with some of these finds on my Etsy site for others to buy. what do you think about that? would you leave a comment if you think that is a good idea?

ok, i am off to play with my new toys! i am leaving tomorrow for our annual thanksgiving trip to oklahoma. this will open up a whole new search for goodies and treats! i can't wait to see what treasures i can find in another state! my hubby is going to see a football game, and he spent $200.00 on his ticket alone! so, because i did not want to go, i get the same amount to spend in the art stores, bead stores and antique stores! so watch out oklahoma, here i come!

Monday, November 12, 2007

new stuff on etsy

ok, i took the plunge and put some of my polymer clay beads on Etsy. Hope you guys will check it out and give me feedback about pricing and quality of pictures. Here are some of the pictures of what I have in my store. Click on my Etsy store link underneath my blog banner to go visit and give me some feedback. Thanks guys! I appreciate you guys taking the time to help me out on this endeavor!

Mother/Daughter Day

we went to canaan valley for my hubby's firm retreat. while he was in meetings my daughter and i took a mother daughter day. when we arrived on friday night this is what we saw laying right outside our door.

needless to say, we thought that was really cool! on saturday we took off early and drove to davis to grab some breakfast. we had a great time but it took over two hours to get our breakfast. they lost our ticket! we enjoyed spending time together, but that much time? we giggled our butts off!

well, after our two hour breakfast we decided to go see Seneca Rock and then go to Seneca Caverns and tour the caves. we had a great time in the caves. can't you tell? i fell in love with some of the flow rocks and rock formations. Seneca Indians used these caves to escape the harsh winters, and the guide did a great job telling us the history of the caverns.

here are a few more pictures. i would love to be able to figure out how to do some of these patterns in my polymer clay work. to do that?

so, i hope you enjoyed the pictures, my daughter and i sure enjoyed the experience. we also saw snow, but we didn't get any good pictures of it. we were sad about that, but we enjoyed seeing our first snow of the season.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

polymer clay bookmark for a swap

here is a bookmark i made for a bead swap (i was matched with a polymer clay artist). i really like how it turned out, except for the eyes. i need to work on that. let me know what you think. i know it is big and chunky, but that is my style. you definately won't lose this book mark! i have been making lots of polymer clay focal beads, so hopefully i will have some stuff to put on etsy soon. also, check out my new cool header! gail at the shabby cottage studio made it for me! you she does such beautiful work.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


this is my first ATC i have ever made. i really like this one! it is sassy and funny and i love the vintage look. it came out of a 1930's Life mag. in fact, all of the ladies in this series are from Life mags of the 30's and 40's.

here is my first try at making ATC's. tell me what you think. i would love the feedback. here is a picture of the two page spread. there are four two page spreads in the tag book.

make sure you check out the Shabby Cottage Studio to see what the Seven Shabby Sisters have created for november! even though i am the baby of the group (newest to this art form) i am on the way to developing my own style. so many of these other ladies are just top notch in this field, and you have got to see what they have created. Gail will be posting our work all this month. i highly recommend you check it out! and if you would be so kind, post a link on your blog to the Shabby Cottage Studio so others can watch our creative journey.

there are more ATC's that i created for this series. and a suprise! but you will have to go to the Shabby Cottage Studio website to see that! aren't i just evil?

so, which one of these is your favorite? please leave me a comment and let me know. also, any suggestions to improve are welcome too.