3/32″ Mandrel Beads

I just put a quartet of beads in my etsy store, made with 3/32″ mandrels. They are made with uroboros clear and have been dipped in Moon River frit by Bead Goodies (Candace Matthews). They have the bigger hole size, so you can string them on wire, leather or cord. Hope you like them!

Another busy day, have to take the boy to get a haircut and then karate and the girl has a sax lesson tonight. I am making bread in my bread machine right now. Maybe I’ll actually take a photo of it when it’s done – it’s just a simple white because the directions and book can’t be found!

Oh, and the travel fair was great! The 5th graders love it, and so do all the other students. I had some very good food from all over the world, so I was actually glad I didn’t have time to eat breakfast this morning!

Busy Week!

Well, I have a busy week here, it seems. I finally just finished the last of my orders this morning and went to lunch at Taipei Tokyo with my engineer (remember, it’s our favorite place?!). My son has his travel fair tomorrow – he’s so excited! He did Scotland and he’s dressing up as Sean Connery (Sir Thomas Sean Connery, and yes, he was born in Scotland, oh, and he’s dressing up as Sean Connery in Raiders of the Lost Ark, or one of those movies. Hey, there’s like 3 or 4, right – I get them confused!) and we did a whole big tri-fold poster board and the bookmarks and my mom made scottie dog shortbread cookies. I think it’s the best part of 5th grade!

On Wednesday and Thursday, my daughter has her 8th grade Operetta – this year they are doing Guys and Dolls. She is playing the saxophone for the music when the girls sing. She’s a bit nervous – she was the only musician asked to play (yep, she’s that good!). But I think she’ll do fine! She’s been taking saxophone for years. She also plays piano! Then, of all things, it will be spring break here. Oh my – two weeks of both kids home so they can fight. Actually, we’re supposed to go toHilton Head so maybe they can fight outside!

In the beady meantime, it seems the poll indicates an even need for beads made with 1/16th inch madrels and ones made with 3/32nd inch mandrels. So I guess what I’ll do it try to make some more with the 3/32nd inch mandrels! I added a few things to the etsy store, and I did a trade with a really cool artist that I will blog about when I get what she is sending me! I really like trades! The photo up above is of a set of earring beads (or really, whatever you want them to be!) that I listed in the etsy store! If you like them, you can get them for quite the reasonable price! Have a great Monday!


Cold – it’s cold here. In Alaska, they don’t cancel recess until it’s 20 below zero. Here in Pittsburgh, they cancel school if it’s going to be 2 below zero! I can’t say I’m upset – we haven’t had a snow day for years. We just don’t get that really cool 24 inches at one time like we used to when I was a kid. So having a delay is even a novelty – one we had today. I’m not sure I understand why we have no school tomorrow – all I know is I don’t have to get up at 6am! For four full days – we have Martin Luther King day off, too. I remember walking to school after ice storms, etc. But, as the story goes, I walked to school in freezing weather with snow and ice uphill both directions… it was different then. I hope we aren’t developing a generation who can’t take care of themselves. I try not to do that – but the fact that there’s the moniker “helicopter parents” tells me different…

On another topic, tomorrow I’m going to tell you about a wonderful person I know who makes great silver findings and more. Stay tuned…

Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

(1) 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ c. sour cream
1 t. dried oregano
1/8 t. garlic powder
1/8 t. crushed red pepper
½ c. pizza sauce
½ c. chopped pepperoni
¼ c. green onion
¼ c. chopped green pepper
½ c. shredded mozzarella cheese

In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, oregano, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Spread evenly in a 9” or 10” quiche dish or pie pan. Spread pizza sauce over top. Sprinkle with pepperoni, green onion and green pepper. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Top with cheese. Bake 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted and mixture is heated through.

I like to serve this dip with tortilla chips, but crackers would probably work too!

I brought this dip to Lorraine and Dave’s house for the Sunday Steeler game. Share it with all your friends and family!!!!

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.

Time to Make the Donuts!

Well, it’s 9 am and it’s the last day I can make beads until after the 13th! That’s fine with me, I think I need a break. Not a good time to be getting a break (right before the holidays) but things have been so crazy here for the past week that it’s just as well, for my sanity. I will be selling at Ellis tomorrow night and all day Friday. If you live in Pittsburgh, stop by. I’ll have beads, scrabble tile pendants, stocking stuffers, pandora bracelet beads and even some paper airplanes for the boys! In the meantime, some eye candy!

I won’t be making beads until after the 13th, but you can still order them!

Goofy Squirrel!

This is so funny! My daughter has a bird feeder attached to the outside of her bedroom window. Occasionally, she puts seed in it for the birds. This one brave squirrel has figured out how to scale the house and get to her window sill, so he can have a buffet! The funny thing is, my boyfriend got to about a foot away from the window to take these pictures, and the squirrel didn’t care at all. You know what he was saying…

Root for the Steelers this afternoon, against those nasty Patriots!

Finally! My Flamecicles!

Here’s a photo of my flamecicle – one of them – that I made at the Pittsburgh Glass Center class I took! Fun, huh? They actually look like icicles that hang down from your eaves during the winter. If you click on the photo, it will make it larger for you, and you can see it better. I think they’ll make great tree ornaments, or even hanging in the window. If I ever get some boro glass, I may make more to sell! They were really hard to photograph.

Didn’t get my icicles…

I didn’t go to get my icicles, I had to make beads today for the holiday shoppe, and I feel completely overwhelmed with Thanksgiving, holiday shoppe and trip all on my plate for the next week. By the way, I think I mentioned, I’m going to be taking down both etsy store inventory for the shoppe, so if there’s anything you want in either store, better get it now!