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More of the same!

Not much new to post, still working like crazy making up new inventory to take to the festival this fall.  Have several cute bracelet patterns that I am working on.  Of course, Jill Wiseman’s Festival of Lights is going to be included.  Everyone is going crazy over it.  It is very pretty and so easy to work up. And the variations you can make with it are endless. Here is one I’ve made.


I do have a bit of personal news to add, I have a new gentleman friend.  Actually he is not new, I’ve known him virtually all my life. Grew up across the street from each other, but he was a few years older than me and you know how it was back then, a guy couldn’t be bothered to look at someone more than 5 years younger than him.  Would probably gotten himself in trouble anyway!!  LOL   He popped back up in my life a few months ago, supposedly checking up on who was still around that we grew up with. 🙂  Anyway, we’ll see how it goes.

Hope everyone has a good weekend, our spring weather sure didn’t stay around very long, it was in the 70’s this week and now here on Friday it’s very chilly.

Finally got my “big” news!

I have been accepted to be in the National Harvest and Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City. Took me almost 5 months to finally hear from them and I am sooooo excited!!  My first time being in a big show like this, SDC has a quarter of a million visitors during this festival!!!  I’ve been exceedingly busy trying to get inventory made up to take.  It’s not until September, but the stuff I have from last year I am going to try to sell at craft fairs this summer and take all the new pieces down there.  I’ll be there for 3 weeks, so hopefully I make a lot of sales!  I’m taking my Embroidering My Dream pieces although I don’t think they will sell well due to the prices on them, but I have also found several new bracelet and earring patterns so I will be taking plenty of those too.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend, and now since it’s actually Spring, I hope the weather is nice! 


Redline Marble Pendant

Redline Marble Pendant




New Pieces.

New Pieces.


I give up!!

Been on this weight loss program for a couple of weeks now, doing my exercises, cutting down on snacks, and drinking my smoothies, eating lots of vegetables, drinking water, no tea, and ……………………………..I’ve gained 2 lbs!!!!  From the looks of my feet this morning when I got up though, I’m retaining a lot of fluid. ????? 

On a MUCH better note however, I received word from the Entertainment committee yesterday that I have been qualified to be in the National Harvest and Handcrafted Festival in Silver Dollar City this fall.  I have been waiting for months for word and now I am so excited I could just bust!! Gonna have to really get busy making inventory, will be there the better part of 3 weeks and if I do any good at all, I’m going to need more pieces made. Have a few new ones done, but not nearly enough.  Will keep you posted as to my progress!  Have a great day!!

Getting Serious!

I have been fighting weight gain for several years now and have decided to get serious about getting healthy.  Not just losing to look better, but to get in better shape health wise, get my blood pressure back to a normal reading, stop having so much edema, and maybe get off some of my medicines.  I have been reading several blogs about smoothies, my favorite is “eating bird food”.   And a vegan blog, which I’m not but I do love veggies, called “Oh my Veggies”. 

So today I went to the store and bought lots and lots of fresh veggies and fruit. I also bought a big can of protein powder, some sunflower seeds and some dried cranberries.  As soon as I got home and got everything unloaded, I went to work making a homemade version of V-8 juice.  I have a little food processor/chopper and a good blender; I chunked some small zucchini and put it thru the processor along with 1 cup of baby spinach leaves, and 1/4 onion, poured that into the blender and added some canned diced tomatoes and a can of diced mixed vegetables, some low sodium chicken broth, seasoned it with some garlic powder, lemon pepper seasoning, cayenne pepper, and blended away!  It was really thick when I finished so I added enough water and broth to make it the right consistency.  I drank about half a glass and it was pretty good. I decided to see how it would taste heated like soup!  Wowza!!  It was delicious, popped it into the microwave with a scant teaspoon of butter and it was really good!

This summer I really want to have a small vegetable garden and I know the fresh vegetables will taste better then the canned, and even better than what you buy in the store.  Can’t wait for the farmers markets to start up again. We have a really good one in Aurora on Wed and Sat mornings.

I have also started doing exercises on the machine I bought a few years ago. It has all the same stations that the Curves gym does and the added convenience of being in my home so that I don’t have to make myself get out and go!  I have used it off and on since buying it, but never stuck with it on a regular basis.  This time I am going to for all the right reasons.

I also am cutting down on my sweet iced tea  (grooooan)  I love my tea!!  and drinking more water. As long as it is ice cold, it’s ok. Not going to get into the fad of flavored waters and “sport” drinks which only add things I am trying to do without. I tried ‘dieting’ this past week, cutting down, not on the things I love to eat, but just not eating so much and never lost a pound.  SO, I have realized it’s not how much I am eating, but more WHAT I am eating and WHEN.  I hardly every eat breakfast and then would have a low sugar spell around 11am and I would have my first meal of the day then.  Then I starved all evening and was constantly going into the kitchen for a snack.  BAD IDEA!!   I’ve decided I am going to try going to bed earlier (not 1am)  getting up earlier, eating a healthy breakfast, having my big meal of the day around noon or 1pm, and then eating/drinking one of my smoothies in the evening.  The key is not to eat for at least 2-3 hours before going to bed, especially if it is fat or carbs.  Drink lots of water and maybe have a small piece of fruit. 

I’m blogging this so I will be more compelled to stick with it. Nothing like having potentially thousands of people know you have NO self control!!  LOL 

For the record, I am 66 years old, 5′  tall, and weigh……………………..240lbs.  That is 60 lbs more than I ever weighed, even 9 months pregnant.  I have low back issues, (which are partially due to my weight, but also to 40 years of being a nurse)  high blood pressure, severe pedal edema, fibromyalgia, knee and hip problems, and hopefully by losing weight, some of these problems will decrease or disappear.  I promise myself I will blog weekly progress notes!

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Big News!!

Well, big news for me anyway!  But I can’t tell anyone yet;  it’s still in the works.  But as soon as I know for sure,  I will be shouting it from the rooftops.  It has to do with something this time next year and will be the biggest thing that has happened to me since I started beading!  Meanwhile, I have to start getting ready to get busy making the largest amount of stock I have ever had!!! 

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