Don’t forget the Giveaway!

You have until tomorrow night at 8pm to leave a comment (see this post here) and enter to win the set of beads in the above photo! They were wound on a 3/32″ mandrel so they’ll fit things other than beading wire! They were made with a discontinued frit called Turquoise Trail and are way prettier in person – it’s hard to photograph blues!

I was quite jetlagged today (but not yesterday for some reason) so I didn’t make any beads today. Later, I hope to have some beads listed that I made yesterday!

New Beads and California


Some new beads in the etsy store, although a lot of them sold just a bit after I listed them! I am going to California later today – the engineer is presenting a paper at a conference, and I get to go along! I am going to see my friend from college, and also my Aunt who lives out there! Should be a nice trip, but short! I’ll be home on Sunday night, all jet-lagged and everything! I am going to keep the etsy store open, but won’t be able to mail things until Monday. Also, my web server is still not working – I’m not happy about this at all. Does anyone have any suggestions for web server services???? Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on the post below!

How About A Giveaway?


I think it’s time for a giveaway! These 8 beads were made from clear glass and turquoise trail frit – a frit no longer in production, so they’ll even be collectable!!!! How about that??? They were made on a 3/32″ mandrel, so they can go on cord or other such stringing materials! Just leave a comment on this post only – let’s see, why don’t you tell me what colors you are working with right now? I’ll draw one name randomly on Wednesday, October 21st around 8pm. Anyone in the world can play, but please only one comment per person!

Christmas In The Woods


Today, I went to Ohio with my friend, Beth, to Christmas in the Woods, a big giant craft show at Shaker Woods. This is a photo from their web site. It was a really nice day, and we had a nice time talking and eating cheese fries! I didn’t buy any crafty things, but I did buy a giant caramel, chocolate peanut apple that we are going to cut up later, and some soup mixes and a dip mix. Tonight we are going to attempt once again to light the chiminea. I hope it works!

University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms

Early American Classroom (supposedly haunted!) from the wiki page

Today my son had a field trip to the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms. For those of you who don’t know what they are, they are a series of rooms in the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt (the big tower you see in photos) that were donated by local ethnic groups. There are 27 rooms in all depicting many of the cultures that founded Pittsburgh. Here is the wiki link. I included the wiki because you can get a good overview without having to have adobe flash. If you’d like to see the University of Pittsburgh link, click here. Most of the rooms are actually used as classrooms for Pitt students. Lots of rooms have art and museum pieces. There are about 6 or so more rooms being planned.

I know I must have seen these rooms – at some point, every schoolchild in the Pittsburgh area does a field trip here (along with the zoo, Kennywood, the Carnegie Museum!!!). But for the life of me, I just can’t remember it. I really think I’m going to do my own field trip in one of the next few weeks – it’s only $3 admission for adults!

New Beads Later



I listed some new beads yesterday, including two pairs of beaded beads made with size15 japanese seed beads – I love those! And I’ll be listing some more later today.

Make sure you already ate before you read the following, fair warning!!!!!

But first, I get to go change my clothes. Why, you ask? Because I get to go outside and “lime” a dead deer in my backyard. Seems that even though you call the game commission when you have a dead deer in your backyard (which I did’t know until this occurrence), and they say they’ll send a warden out to “lime” it, they don’t really mean it. I just can’t wait another day with the smell, and the potential for vermin, rodents and disease…

Edited to add – not much to do – nature’s food chain took care of most of it!

Oh, and a very helpful person at Home Depot told me that you get powdered lime, not the granulated lime that you can get at the Home Depot. You have to go to your local hardware store to find it. I’ll let you know how it goes!