Enameled Flowers and Broken Nose Update

This morning after the treadmill and before I took the girl to the ENT to get her broken nose checked, I made some enameled flowers! They are made from flattened bead caps and Thompson enamels and I think they turned out very nice, in all their spring colors! Today is supposed to be the only sunny day of the next 7, so I did take some photos and they will be listed in a bit in the SueBeads etsy store. Some of the photos came out dark, though, so I will try and reshoot! I made some more when I returned from the doctor’s office, too, so there are several sets to choose from! To me, these little charms are screaming to be dangles on earrings or even bracelets!

The doctor said that although her nose is broken, since it is not crooked and not causing her much distress or any breathing problems, that it can just be left to heal on it’s own. She can even go back to softball. Sigh…

Bead Cap Day and Broken Nose

Today is bead cap day! I made glass beads in the morning yesterday and enameled bead caps in the afternoon yesterday. They will be available in the SueBeads etsy store shortly! Since I live in Pittsburgh and we get about 3 sunny days a year, the photos here are a little darker than the actual beads.

So on to the broken nose part. I got a call yesterday late afternoon from my daughter. She called to let me know she got hit in the face with a softball. The trainer got on the phone to tell me I should take her to get x-rays when she gets home…yay. This is the same girl who got a concussion last spring playing softball. I took her to the urgent care place and sure enough, they said she has a broken nose. At least it’s not crooked or anything, just swollen and black and blue. I have to take her to the ENT on Thursday for evaluation. It’s always something!

On a lighter note, I was so happy to find out this morning that I won a giveaway in Lisa Liddy’s new shop on etsy, MetalMeThis! That cheered me up considerably! I’ll do another post so you can see what she sends me!

Omni Bedford Springs

Way back in December, I purchased two Groupon coupons for the Omni Bedford Springs Resort for me and my sweetie to have a little getaway. Life got in the way for literally four months, and the coupon was set to expire on April 3oth. So in mid-March, I finally got around to making our reservations. As luck would have it (or procrastination) there were no weekends with two nights available. So on Friday we headed to Bedford Springs Resort for one of our getaway nights. Friday was a fairly beautiful day in the ‘burgh, and we thought we’d be able to go hiking. Again, as life gets in the way, Jason had to work a lot of the day so we got a later start than we expected. But it was still a very lovely ride together and we arrived after 5 pm.
We checked in, got stuff situated in our rooms, and checked out the place. Wow, it’s fantastic! The outside is beautiful and the inside boasts several restaurants, an indoor mineral pool, spa, and much more.
We stopped in the tavern for a beer and the hockey game. They don’t get FSN, so we ventured out to Everett, PA to the Union Hotel. They have a basement sports bar and they had the hockey game on and nicely priced pitchers of Yuengling! We had a very nice time together, and went to bed with plans to go hiking on Saturday.
This was our view out the Tavern window on Saturday morning. You can’t really see it in the picture, but it’s raining sideways! It was cold and windy. So we relaxed a bit over lunch, and went on our way. We stopped in the town of Bedford for some antique browsing. We wound our way home the long way and stopped at a very large nursery full of regular AND unusual plants. I got this lovely little orchid!

Winding our way home, we stopped at a Lowe’s to purchase a plant pot for a palm I have. When we got out of the car, we saw this double rainbow! All in all, we had a fantastic time and can’t wait to to back to Bedford for the second night of our getaway! We have plans to return in the summer when we can take advantage of all they have to offer, including hiking and trap shooting!
Thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments about my 7000 Bracelets of Hope bracelet! I appreciate each and every comment, and will be visiting your blogs today to see what creations you made!

7000 Bracelets of Hope Blog Hop

Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things, is hosting a blog hop today! It’s part of the 7000 Bracelets of Hope Campaign by The Global Genes Project. The bracelets are given to one of 7000 families having children with rare diseases to show them love and support. This is the bracelet I made! I have to say I’m pretty happy with it! I used my own lampwork beads, silver beads, quartz nugget beads, czech beads and freshwater pearls. This is an ocean-themed bracelet, and I used a little fishy charm on the toggle clasp. You can check out all the participants and what they made by visiting their blogs from the list below!

Bracelet Blog Hop
1. Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Jayne Capps, Mama’s Got To Doodle
3. Kym Hunter, Creatively Kym
4. Mandy Duffy, Beads for Brains: 365
5. Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer
6. Lisa Boucher, Lisa’s Clay Happenings
7. Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry
8. Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire
9. Amy Severino, Amy’s Beads
10. Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by Jennifer Pride

11. Jenny Cameron, Glass Addictions
12. Susan Ferguson, Windrock Studio
13. Mortira vanPelt, Inspirational Beading
14. Brandi Hussey, Brandi Girl
15. Jenny Vidberg, Shyme Design
16. Angela Barribou, Re: Angela Rae
17. Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie’s Sammelsurium
18. Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous
19. Jean Yates, Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading To Be Done!
20. Nicki Keller, Nicki’s Reef

21. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
22. Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon
23. Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T
24. Deci Worland, Gem Trails
25. Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium
26. Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals
27. Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio
28. Linda Landig, Linda’s Bead Blog and Meanderings
29. Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady
30. Deb Price, Green Shoot Jewellery Designs

31. Suzette Bentley, Ellies Bijoux
32. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads
33. Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
34. Kate Gardenghi, The Tropical Blonde
35. Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
36. Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
37. Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.
38. Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie
39. CJ Baushka, 4 His Glory Creations
40. Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash

41. Sandra Richardson, Sandy’s Coloring Box
42. Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs
43. Kim Roberts, Bahama Dawn
44. Hilary Frye, FryeStyle
45. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia’s Studio
46. Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss
47. Sue Kennedy, Sue Beads YOU ARE HERE!
48. Raquel Amaral, Raquel Amaral
49. Robyn Hawk, Daily Jewel
50. Linda Inhelder, Must-Haves Jewelry

52. Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry
53. Andrea Robinson, Madame Magpie’s Shiny Things
54. John Rasmussen, Rasmussen Gems and Jewelry
55. Breana Fry, Vault 31
56. Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found
57. Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts
58. Dot Lewallen, Speedie Beadie
59. Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
60. Heather Pyle, Aquariart

61. Adrienne Campbell, Adrienne Designs
62. Dee Gordon, Runako Designs
63. Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs
64. Susie Hibdon, Vintage Susie & Wings
65. Tania Spivey, Moobie Grace Designs
66. Norma Agron, Norma’s Clay
67. Ana Novak, Cat’s Pajamas, Dog’s Tuxedos
68. Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations
69. Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads
70. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman

71. Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs
72. Catherine Pruitt, Boo Beads
73. Deana Hager, Just Deez’ Art & Life
74. Lupe Meter, Gem’s PC Corner
75. Valerie Norton, Hot Fused Glass
76. Janet Bocciardi, Honey From the Bee
77. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life
78. Rose Noble, Lady Noble Design
79. Sally Russick, WireWorked
80. Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter

81. KJ, KJ’s Beadacious Beads
82. Lana Kinney, Something Unique by Lana
83. Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman … Art, Life, Love
84. Karen Bien, Everyday Gypsy
85. Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads
86. Cyn Gagen, Creative Edventures
87. Niky Sayer, Silver Nik Nats
88. Deb Beechy, Beetique
89. Marian Hertzog, M’s Place
90. Kerry Bogert, Kab’s Creative Concepts

91. Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
92. Charlene Gray, Gray Girl Studio
93. Erin Fickert-Rowland, Elysian Fields
94. Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
95. Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art
96. Christine Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
97. Eileen Bergen, The Artful Crafter
98. Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
99. Rebekah Payne, Tree Wings Studio
100. Mari Aparicio, Mis Amores

101. Tracy Statler, Make Bracelets
102. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy
103. Kim Stevens, Picking Poppies
104. Karyn White, Releases by Rufydoof
105. Elisabeth Auld, Beads for Busy Gals
106. Lisa Hamilton, Simply Irresistible Jewelry
107. Serena Trent, All Things Made Jewelry
108. Sharon Driscoll, Right Turn Artwerks
109. Debbie La Rue, For the Love of Beading
110. Maggie Towne, Maggie’s Bead Towne

111. Cassandra Watsham, Designs by Cassandra
112. Mary Ellen Parker, BeeTree by m.e.

Suburban Girl Studio

Recently, Diana of Suburban Girl Studio had a giveaway on her blog and guess what? I won. It was this fabulous pair of earrings. I wore them last night whilst watching the Pens beat Tampa Bay! I really really like them. They are very lightweight and perfect with so many things. I love her little ammonite charms. And guess what else? She sent along a few little goodies for me to play with, as well! What a generous person she is! I hope you check out her shop, if you haven’t already!

More New Beads

I got some time on the torch yesterday, so I have some more beads listed today in the SueBeads etsy store! I had fun making the mosaic at Big Huge Labs.

Tonight is the last night of my class at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. I’m going to see if they have any classes in the daytime coming up – these nighttime classes are too hard on me, and the kids have too many things going on for it to be convenient!

I’m off to make my Blue Bracelet for the blog hop on Saturday – Lori Anderson is hosting a blog hop for the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope. The Global Genes Project is a group who will donate the bracelets to families who have rare diseases, just to let them know someone is thinking about them and understanding their plight.

New Beads Listed

I had a little time at the torch yesterday, so I made some beads I hope you like! You can find them at the SueBeads etsy store! I am finally going to get to the chiropractor this afternoon – it’s been a long time! I didn’t want to go until I was fully recovered from my surgery, and boy does my neck and back need it! It’s really raining here and yet another softball game was cancelled for this afternoon.


* My neighbor’s weeping cherry is always gorgeous, every year. Makes me think about how, no matter what, spring always comes!

* This week I got news that I have now decided I could have lived without hearing. Now what? I already heard it…

* I will just never understand some people. I need to allow myself to understand this.

* This has been a really crappy year for me – I am happy to bid adieu to 45 and move on in a month!

* While it’s been a crappy year for me, it’s been a crappier year for millions of people all over the world and I have to remember that!

* Also, how crappy can it be when you reconnect with your soul (sole) mate?!