My Trade with Lorelei

I recently did a trade with Lorelei Eurto (click the link to go to her blog!). It was the first trade I ever did – it was fun! I picked out a necklace from her shop, and she had two specific bead sets in mind that she wanted of mine. The first photo is of the necklace I chose from her shop, and the next two photos are the beads that she chose! The neckalce is beautiful and incredibly well-made – I highlly recommend her! You can check her blog today, too, as she has a post about the trade! I’ll be exicted to see what she makes from the beads.

Focals in Etsy Shop

Hi everyone – last night I put four new focals in the etsy SueBeads store – have a look! They are quite nice, and would make excellent centerpieces for your necklace creation! It’s a beautiful day here in Pittsburgh – one of our 65 days we get sun! It’s actually warm, too!
Also, all bead listings in the SueBeads etsy store that were listed in September or October are on sale for 20% off before the listings expire! Get some good bargains!

Christmas Hangover!

Do you have it – that Christmas hangover? Where you can’t seem to get anything done? You ate too much, maybe drank too much, maybe had too much fun, concentrating only on the holiday and how much more work it causes you, to the detriment of all your other chores and activities. And now, it’s the day after, and you have to get back into life, start working again, mailing things, creating things, paying bills, laundry, and everything else? I have it! It makes my head fuzzy. I made some beads today, one set for a special order. She specifically asked for 3/32″ mandrels to be used. You bet, I said, no problem! Guess how I made the beads? On a 1/16″ mandrel. Good thing she doesn’t need them tomorrow. Now, it’s not like I can’t sell the beads I really made for her. They turned out great, if I do say so myself, and I don’t think they’ll be that hard to sell. But that hangover thing made me stupid, and I have to make most of them all again tomorrow (at least I figured it out before my kiln was too full, and could get some of them done!).

I will be posting this week about a really cool trade I did with a really cool person – her necklace for my beads. Wait until you see it! You’ll have to check out her work, it’s fabulous! For now, I’ll sign off…and start laundry, and pay some bills, and pack some beads, and clean up the kitchen, etc. etc. etc.! Have a nice weekend!

Happy Holidays!

Hi everyone – just popping in to say Happy Holidays! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. You can still buy beads – I will definitely be working over the holidays. Meantime, here’s a photo my daughter took of one of the icicle ornaments I made, hanging on our tree (click on it to see it bigger)! Hopefully, next year I’ll have some available for sale! Got to get that Cheetah (torch) out and buy some boro glass! Cheers!

I won!

I never win anything, but I won the Art Bead Scene Studio Saturday contest! I am so excited- I get a Jennifer Jangles pendant! I just bought her book, too, to see if I can start in with clay. Don’t know if I will or not, but it’s great eye candy and always fun to read about new techniques and crafts!

By the way, the beads in my etsy store are offered right now with free shipping. I will give it back to you in the form of a refund – there are just too many listed to go through and take the shipping charges off each one. We had a nice visit with my friends last night, and the Steelers are on, and frankly I am not feeling well – I have some kind of bug that causes nausea, headache and fever. So I am just doing nothing – except telling you all that I WON!

Sweet Spiced Walnuts Recipe

I got this recipe from Epicurean.com – I make them every Christmas for the teachers and Sunday school teachers . My daughter’s school has a “no bought gifts” policy which I really enjoy – if you do the Secret Pal (not Secret Santa!) or give teachers holiday gifts, they should be hand-made. So here’s the recipe I use, and they are very tasty! Enjoy!

Sweet Spiced Walnuts

1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
5 cups walnut halves or pieces
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Beat together egg white and water in a large bowl with a fork. Add walnuts; toss to coat. In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and allspice Sprinkle sugar mixture over walnuts and toss to coat. Spread nuts in a greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 325 oven for 20 minutes. Transfer to waxed paper to cool. Break into clumps. Makes 7 cups.