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Summer is almost over! :(

Summer is almost over! 😦.


Summer is almost over! :(

And I have been a bad girl! Haven’t been on either of my blogs all summer. It’s been busy, done a few shows, but nothing good. Most times barely made my entry fee back. I know the economy is bad, and that most likely explains why people are not buying much, but sure makes it rough on those of us who are trying to supplement our income.
I have learned a few new stitches though. Made a bracelet the other day that I really love. May have to end up keeping it myself! It’s a new weave for me, it’s called Duo Chevron by Carole Ohl and it turned out beautiful, if I do say so myself!! 🙂 I used a dark teal and a crystal with copper overlay duos with a picasso style 4mm faceted bead, and 11/0 copper seed beads. Don’t have it in etsy yet, cause like I said, I may keep it!! Have enough beads to make another one though. Probably take it to Springfield (MO) to the show we’re doing this weekend. It’s the RED DIRT RELICS show at the Empire Fairground E-Plex. It’s a huge building so there should be tons of vendors there. My daughter and I have a booth. She is doing “It Works” and is giving a facial mask away for one of the door prizes. Not sure what I’m taking yet. Guess I had better get that decided today. Have a great weekend and if you’re in Springfield, MO come on out to the fairgrounds and visit!!

The Straw Bale Pallet Crate Garden – Simple, Attractive – And Cheap!

The Straw Bale Pallet Crate Garden – Simple, Attractive – And Cheap!.

Wonderful Idea for those of us who want fresh veggies, but can’t handle a full garden.

Show was a bust!

It rained all day Saturday and we didn’t get to set up until early Sunday morning.  At least that day turned out sunny and warm.  I think we are going to get a free day sometime next month because of the rained out day. I hope so, we paid $35 for two days and only got one!   I didn’t sell anything until the last few minutes of the fair.  And then it was a little two dollar bracelet I had in stock for over 3 years and had in a closeout box.  She wanted something for her mom for Mother’s day so I was glad she found it.  

I think my bead embroidery is not the right kind to show in these types of fairs, from now on I’m only going to take the pieces I made before, and maybe some of the woven pieces.  

Oh My Goodness!!

I cannot believe I’ve gone a month without posting. I just have way too much to do!!  LOL  you’d think being retired and staying home all the time I would have all the time in the world, but just seems like time flies faster and faster and I get less and less done.  Getting things ready for a craft show this weekend at Fair Grove, Mo.  Goes both days so I have to make sure I have plenty of stock, at least I hope that is the case!!  

And also this weekend, one of my sons is getting baptized!!  Praise the Lord. He is 35 so it’s about time.  I’ve prayed for this for a long time and it’s finally happening. So I am going to have to leave my booth partner alone for about 3 hours so I can go see the happy event. She says can handle it though.  

Its a beautiful sunny day until you stick your nose outside!  Very chilly even though the sun is shining brightly. Ready for Spring and Summer!!  It’s hump day so I hope the rest of your week is fantastic!!! talk at ya later. 

I know this does not have anything to do with jewelry, but this is a great article if you love fresh herbs, but hate to pay the high prices for them in the stores. For a little money for seeds, you can have fresh herbs all year long.

Old World Garden Farms

growing herbsThe varieties are endless. Basil, Cilantro, Thyme, Dill, Oregano, Chives, Mint and oh so many more. Herbs are some of the easiest and low maintenance plants to grow, and can be tucked in almost anywhere. It’s a shame that more often than not, they take a back seat to more familiar food crops such as peppers, tomatoes, corn and beans in the backyard garden plan.  Especially when you consider they bring loads of taste and flavor to the dinner table.  Herbs are the ultimate dual use plant – providing for great culinary use in the kitchen, while adding visual and aromatic appeal to your landscape, garden, patio or porch area.

Although they flourish when planted in a garden or flowerbed setting – almost all herbs can be grown in pots and containers as well.   The key with working herbs into your landscape is to think outside the “box” to…

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Hello World!

Hello World!.

Hello World!

I have reconciled myself to the fact that I will never be a daily blogger!   I have two blogs, two etsy shops, a jazillion friends on Facebook that I have to keep up with, and a large extended family.  So there is no way I am going to get it all done and have time to blog daily!!  What did I think I was?  Superwoman??  LOL  So I guess I will have to be happy with getting on them at least once a week, maybe twice if I am lucky.  I am not a very organized person, and often get flusterated if I can’t get every thing done I think I should.

Some times you just have to sit down a minute, take a deep breath, and say “God, just what is it that I NEED to get done today?”  Then make a plan and stick to it, no sneaking back into the computer to go on Facebook just a minute more, or drool over all the bead bargains on ebay. Or play just one more game of FreeCell.   I usually end up getting a half a dozen jobs started, 2 or 3 in each room, and not getting any of them done.  You know the game, you start cleaning one room and pick up a couple of things that are supposed to be in another room. So you take them in there and while you are in the other room, you see something that you just have to take care of, will only take a minute. HA!!  And so it goes, most of the day.  I often thought I would get a large basket or plastic clothes basket and carry it around, putting all those little misplaced articles in it to distribute in their proper rooms.  As it turned out, I usually left it sitting in one of the rooms and would have to hunt it down.  Now, if I could just remember where I left the broom?

Great Giveaway!!!

If you like good yarn, and who doesn’t, you will love this giveaway. Click on the link and be sure you enter as many times as they say. And they give you several options. Good Luck

Pulled Silk from Darn Good Yarn
Gifted By: Darn Good Yarn

Reviewed by Nicola Trumbull, Editor for

This limited edition yarn is in a sweet baby pink color. Made from reclaimed silk, this yarn is machine spun to create a nice and balanced yarn.




Win 2 skeins of Pulled Silk from Darn Good Yarn!

We are giving away 2 skeins of Pulled Silk from Darn Good Yarn. The deadline to enter is March 20, 2013 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time. We’ll send an email to the winner, so please check to make sure your email address is entered correctly.

New Etsy Shop!!

Finally have it open and running. Not many listings yet, but there will be in time. More great news though,  I am now a proud member of Etsy Bead Embroidery Guild!!  So glad to be a member; there are some fantastic artists in there and I can learn so much from them. Almost forgot, the name of the new shop is EMBROIDERINGMYDREAMS. Username penster1947

Further note on the crazy Missouri weather, Friday we had a few inches of snow, cold as the dickens, and today it’s warm enough to have my back door open for some fresh air.  Go figure!!!  LOL  have a great day every one, be talkin to you later. 

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