Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Well Christmas is virtually upon us! I was going to wait until Christmas Day, but I've decided to start the sale early! As a holiday "Thank you" to you, I'm offering 25% off everything in my shop EXCLUDING "Beads Made To Order" and the "Bead-of-the-Month Club" and Gift Certificates. Discount will be refunded to you through PayPal OR I can send you a revised invoice, whichever is best for you! Happy Holidays!
I was just reminded that I can use the Etsy coupon code thingy that will deduct your discount automatically so I'm going to go check into that right now.

I hope you all have safe and happy Holidays!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Lincoln Bead Bazaar

Hi beady people! Those of you who follow me on Facebook have probably heard that my in-laws have moved to Africa for a couple of years to work for Bead For Life. While I am sad to see them go, I am also very excited for them in their new adventure! They left last week and made it safely so I can at least breath a little easier. :-)
I will update more on that as they get settled and start sending pictures. We can share the experience vicariously through them!

In other news, this coming weekend I will be in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the Lincoln Bead Bazaar. This year the Bead Bazaar is being held in conjunction with the Textile Society of America's biennial symposium. VERY exciting!!

I hope to see lots of people! What better way to spend the day than looking at beads!? I'm sure many vendors will have "you can't beat it" bargains and even I will have a 50% off basket! :-) Come on down!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Iowa Bead Bash

This weekend you can find me in Marshalltown, Iowa at the 8th annual Iowa Bead Bash! Vendors from 8 states around the Midwest come together to bring you everything you could need to bead!
Sept 24th 5-9 pm
Sept. 25th 10-5pm
For more information you can go to the website:

Hope to see you there!
P.S. I have a 50% off bowl!!! :-)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fire Divas New Jewelry Challenge!

Hey Beady people! It was so nice to meet so many people at the Bokamo Designs
open house! Steve and Terry (and Ziggy!) are WONDERFUL hosts!! I didn't even get any pictures taken to share, but maybe I can steel some from them. :-) They have a beautiful set-up! Thanks to Steve and Terry so much for having me!

I wanted to tell you about another great opportunity for you!

The Fire Divas are hosting another Jewelry Challenge! The theme for this callenge is "The Holiday Season." Pick any of the upcoming holidays and celebrate them! You can see holiday-inspired Fire Diva creations in our Flickr. By entering this challenge, you have the chance to win:

Now for the details:

All submissions must feature Fire Divas' lampwork. We require the name of the Fire Diva who made the beads used in the submitted piece, so if you submit something, please be ready to provide that information.

We will allow one submission per person per contest, and a maximum of two photos per submission. Entries may be submitted here ( for approval, no later than October 15, 2010. Please include, in the comments section, the following:
Information about the beads:
Description of the piece:
Inspiration for the piece:
Submissions will not be approved without all of this information.

Fire Divas reserve the right to approve or reject any submissions.

Fire Divas reserve the right to modify or cancel the challenge at any time.

The winners will be determined by an open poll which does not allow multiple votes.

I encourage you to enter--this could be our best jewelry challenge ever!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Open House With Bokamo!

Bokamo Designs Open House!

I'll be doing the open house with Steve and Terry Rhoades for the first time and I couldn't be more excited! If you've never seen Bokamo Beads at a show, you're in for a REAL treat! They have the most amazing silver and every color, shape and size of Czech bead you could possibly want! Steve makes his own fabulous Boro beads and there will be jewelry and all kinds of stuff!

Bokamo will have ALMOST EVERYTHING 50% OFF!
Czech Glass
Treats too!! :-)

I will have all carded beads & jewelry 20% off! (Which is basically everything I have besides baubles, spacers and bookmarks) A first for me!! You gotta come!!
Something for everyone at super-great prices!!!

August 6 – Noon to 7pm
Saturday August 7 – 10am to 6pm
Sunday August 8 – 10am to 4pm

5609 W. 99th Street (99th & Nall)
Overland Park, KS

Anything not sold from my Etsy shop will be going to the show with me. As soon as I get back from the open house I'm off for Colorado. It's going to be a big driving week for me! In the meantime this week I'll be busy getting ready for the show, taking the kids to swimming lessons and taking care of 9 baby tree frogs!

They are so small and cute I can't stand it. Don't worry--we're taking REALLY good care of them. I've figured out how to get the live crickets in the cage without touching them so all is good with that! :-)
It'll be fun watching them grow. We may have to give some away though, the buying of crickets every other day is getting tedious and expensive! More updates (and better pictures!) on the frogs later.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the open house next weekend! Would love to see you there!
Ta Ta until next time XO

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Fire Divas Summer Jewelry Challenge

I know I'm bad about blogging...
I didn't even get a chance to tell you that I was in the July edition of Bead and Button! I know right?
Page 52. Pretty exciting. My first time being in a publication. Whoo Hoo!

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far and that you had a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. Rain and more rain here but...what can you do?

I wanted to let you know about the Fire Diva's Summer Jewelry Challenge! The prizes for the Fire Divas Summer Jewelry Challenge have been announced! All the details can be found here. Now you can see what incredible prizes are up for grabs!! If you haven't been to the Divas' bolg lately, you should go on over to the new Meet The Divas section! :-)

I don't know much more for now. I'll be doing an open house with Bokamo Beads in Kansas City the first weekend in August. More information on that VERY soon (yes, I promise!).

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

I know it's been a long time since I've updated here. You should know by now that I'm bad about that!

Today, May 30th, is my birthday! In celebration I'm having a one-day sale. Since I'm turning 40, (GASP!) I thought it would be fun to take $4.00 off of each item purchased TODAY only in my Etsy shop . This DOES NOT include Beads Made To Order, but everything else goes! :-)
I've added a few new things and plan to add a few more later today.
Hope everything is going well in your world. The end of the school year is VERY near so I've just been working hard because once school is out for the summer (*que music*) my time at the torch is limited!

I don't promise that I'll update here again soon because just never seems to happen! You can follow me on Facebook though, I post over there at least once a day. THAT I can do from my phone and it's MUCH easier! :-)

Hope to see you at the sale.
Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Bless our Vets!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Get Your Green On!

Happy St. Patty's Day! Hope you find a great way to celebrate! Everyone's Irish on March 17th, right?!
The Twin Cities show was fantastic! So great to see everyone--vendors and customers alike!

It's spring break and Grandma Lorna is here from Colorado. She brought food and new clothes and likes playing board games and will go on bike's great! :-)

The Fire Divas have a lot going on right now too:
The Quarterly Jewelry Challenge is going on with lots of fabulous prizes including a gift certificate from yours truly!

Don't forget to vote in the Easter poll and check out the beads of the day. Good stuff!

I've got new stuff on eBay
new stuff on Etsy
And if you haven't done it--think about becoming a "fan" on my
Facebook page! :-)

Have a great St. Patrick's Day! Go Green!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bead Show!

This weekend is the 11th Annual Iowa Bead Fair!
"For The Beauty of The Bead"

Saturday Feb. 20th 10-4

Sunday Feb. 21st 10-3

Here's just a little sneak peak of some of the beady goodness that will be going to the show with me!

Bead Fair 2010 will be held in the Visitor's Center at
Living History Farms
in Urbandale, Iowa. There is easy access off 1-80/35 at exit 125.

Hope to see everyone there!!

Friday, February 05, 2010

The New Year and Then Some

So, the last time I posted was back in OCTOBER!? Way back in 2009? Wow. I really AM boring I guess. Maybe boring but never bored. It's important to me that I shouldn't be bored. EVER. Always have something to do. With four kids, a husband, a cat and a business to run, it's not hard to find something to do. Just in case though, I always make sure I have paper and pencil, a good book and some beads with me--almost wherever I go.
ANYWAY.... I don't know where all of THAT came from!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! A little bit late but I mean it. :-) I do have some shows coming up. ----------> Check over there for event listings.
The Fire Divas are always good about posting on the Fire Divas' Blog:

There you can find all kinds of good stuff including Bead of the Day and info on things like the 4th Annual "One World One Heart" global blog event!! Pretty cool stuff--you should go check it out!

I'll have to get back with more updates soon (yeah I know, so don't hold your breath!) it's already past my bedtime tonight. Who's reading this anyway?
I'll leave you with some pictures from Narnia. Well ok, not REALLY Narnia--it's my yard. And they're from last week. Only 6 inches of snow to show THIS week. Not too very exciting--only 6 inches. :-)