Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Well, it looks like we won't be getting another batch of stamps for a week or so, and we are closed until Jan 5. Hopefully we will get some stamps in before them and I will be able to post them on the 5th....stay tuned.
Happy Holidays to you all....wishing loads of joy, beads and warm fuzzies in 2009!
from all of us here at Beaducation!
So here are a few things to report:
- Workshops and classes are up for browsing at Bead&ButtonShow.com . Remember this is a very popular show and the classes fill up fast. Click here to see my classes :)
- This past month we have launched a bunch of classes at Beaducation.com. Our new Director of Education, Kate Richbourg has been working overtime getting these classes shot and up for viewing. We are SO lucky to have her!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
As the day goes on, I will check in on my website and make sure everything is running smoothly. I am especially thankful that my business is doing so well in such a time of financial unrest.
Further on in the day we will go eat at my moms house and my thankfulness will turn to the really really really important things in life. I am thankful that I will be surrounded by all my siblings and their families. I am thankful that my step father will be feeling well enough to be sitting at the dinner table with us.
This morning, Izzy woke up and went to get her journal because she remembered it was Thanksgiving and she wanted to write down 10 things she was thankful for. All 10, actually it came out to 12, involved family, friends, playing the piano, and learning. As I listened to her with tears in my eyes, I felt an overwhelming sense of thanks.
Monday, October 27, 2008
So here is the latest on my health. I finally, literally in the past few days, feel normal. Since my first surgery on August 7th I have been up and down and mostly down. I am not whining, just trying to make it clear how PSYCHED I am to feel normal again. Ya know, when you feel weird and jittery and anxious and panicky and spinny and nauseous and generally yucky for 3 months, you start to feel like this is your new normal. But as of this week, I truly feel better. I even went to a party and danced! I thought I would be in the corner popping my Ativan but I was up and celebrating my friend Dave's 40th birthday watching my husband rock out with his band. It felt SOOOOOO good!
I started feeling better the day after my 3rd Acupuncture appointment last week. I really feel that acupuncture works but I just don't like it. I wish I liked it, but I just don't.....I don't think I will be going back. Too bad too because I am all into holistic medicine and again, I feel like it is helping me (my Acupuncturist is a true healer!) but it just creeps me out. The occasional painful needle just ruins the whole thing for me and I am not afraid of a little pain (2 births with no drugs for goodness sakes). Oh well, maybe it is tied into my anxiety and I will try it again when I feel more at ease.
From my last doctors appointment, all my blood levels are up and good but my Parathyroids are still "asleep". I won't bore you with the details of what Parathyroids are....in short, they control your Calcium absorption and mine ain't working (hence the really scary trip to the ER with dangerously low Calcium). There is some question as to whether I still have Parathyroids??? They are tiny and can sometime accidentally come out during a Thyroidectomy. So, I continue to take 2.5 calcium horse pills 3 times a day with 2 vitamin D's twice a day. Here is the deal though.....life is good, I will gladly take a parcel of pills for the rest of my life. I had Cancer and now it is almost gone and if one of the side effects of that is poppin pills everyday, I am a-ok with that!!!!!!!!
Oooops, I just realized that no where in this blog have I mentioned that I had/have Cancer. Well that is why my good for nothin' Thyroid had to be removed (twice...one side each surgery). I had a 3 centimeter nodule on my Thyroid and 95% of the time they are nothin' but lucky me, I fell into the 5%. I haven't really written about that in this blog because I tend to not get too personal here but what the heck, now that I feel better I feel like spilling my guts :) I really don't like to mention that this Thyroid issue was/is Cancer because, of all the Cancers this is the one of the few that is completely curable. With surgery and one treatment with a radioactive iodine pill (which I will do next month) most folks are cured....when I say most, I mean like really most, like 99%. Personally, I think they should rename it. I mean if it is curable, can we call it something other than Cancer? That word is so scary and it freaks people out....with good reason.
So there ya go....I am feeling well, I hope you are too!!!! :)
Sunday, October 5, 2008
We still don't have the final price but IT WILL BE LESS THAN $200...woohoo!
So I am finally willing to show you the font.....here it is. PLEASE post a comment to let me know what you think!
This font was hand drawn by me (Lisa, head mama here at Beaducation.com). I learned a lot about how to create a font. We named this font Kismet, because it was so meant to be.....it is so "me".
Each letter was very thought out and edited over and over again. Some letters had a lot more loopiness to them but it got to be a bit much so we turned it down a bit. I am very happy with and hope you are too!
Friday, September 19, 2008
We are launching a bunch of new classes over at beaducation.com. It is worth a peek if ya haven't checked us out lately :)
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Let it be a reminder to us all that Mother Nature has her own timing but we should all try to keep up with her by trimming our trees and getting them inspected. I will be calling the city this week to take a look at a big ol' Magnolia tree hanging over my kids room that is looking like i'ts dying.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I had to take 2 weeks off last month because I had surgery (don't worry I am fine). Thank goodness my husband was off work to be my nurse as well! So if I have been slow at getting back to emails, I apologize! I am trying to play mad catch up....only to get behind again, because I need a second surgery on Sept 4th. Blah! Oh well, I will survive!
I hope you all had a wonderful summer, and I hope your kids are back in school (if ya got 'em). Mine go back next week!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Yesterday, we took the train to the San Francisco to go to a Giants game. It was so much fun. The weather was nice (just a wee bit chilly), the croud was great, the food was greasy (aka awesome!) and the park is beautiful. They built the Giants ball park 8 years ago. If you are ever in town, I highly recommend catching a game....and a hot dog of course.
I spent most of my time up at the big coke bottle slide. There are 4 slides in this big ol' super cool coke bottle and boy did my kids enjoy them. They even got me to go down a few times.
The only problem with watching a ball game (with kids) is for the first half of the game, there are a ton of vendors walking up and down the isles and my kids were freaking out wanting every single food item that they carried...."Mommy, I want peanuts! Mommy, I want cotton candy! Mommy, I want a chocolate malt! Mommy, I want beer!" (that was my husband chiming in). Uhhh, it got so old! They even tried the ol' "I am still hungry"...yet they had had a hot dog, snack bar, tons of peanuts and a soft pretzel the size of their head...."I ain't falling for that, let's go ride the slide again!"
Thursday, July 17, 2008
At this clinic there is a room where patients wait to get their radiation treatment. We waited there while my step father got his. In the middle of the room is a table with a puzzle on it. When we walked in, there was one woman working on that puzzle. There she was in her hospital gown, her body showed all the signs of chemo and multiple radiation treatments. You could just tell that she ached from her skin down. I found myself drawn to her. She had this gorgeous and kind aura about her. She sat there patiently working on that puzzle with a very slight smile on her face. So I decided to join her. We sat, chatting lightly about nothing much but mostly we just sat in silence and worked on the puzzle. She said that particular puzzle had been finished a few weeks ago and they were starting over. I sat with her, to be near her but at first sight of this puzzle I thought "this looks so hard, it's futile, how will I ever find even a few pieces that go together". It was one of those puzzles with lots of muted color but the colors just blended together with no sharp and easy to define patterns. My new friend worked away and said "it's easy, you just need to be patient and keep trying". I did that. I was patient and kept trying, then one by one I built a row of 6 pieces. It felt like an amazing accomplishment....6 pieces wow! She said another patient who works on these puzzles with her, lets out a little squeak each time she successfully finds and connects a piece. So there we sat, in silence mostly, sprinkled with little squeaks (followed by a giggle of course) every now and then. I enjoyed sitting next to this squeaking lady, who smiled constantly, who took a grueling 2 hour train and bus ride to get to this place of medicine to receive this treatment. She was beautiful and she inspired me.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I just wrote about our fabulous time at the Bead&Button Show on my beaducation blog. Check it out if you wish!
Monday, June 16, 2008
I cherrish this man. He is absolutely one of the most incredible people I have ever met....amazing man, friend, husband, father, grandfather and Vet. He has one of the brightest spirits you will ever come across. Please send him some good thoughts!!!!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Well, we are back from the Strawberry Music Festival. It rained pretty much the whole time. But thanks to an amazing community of friends and my engineer husband who had a big part in building the covered "lounge" area (with Doug and Will of course), we had a blast.
We were able to head to the main stage and see some great bands....yes, in the rain. Personally, I like dancing in the rain! Two of my favorites that got my cold buns dancin', were JJ Grey and Mofro and South Austin Jugg Band. I was back at camp putting the kids to bed and missed Emmylou Harris but she sounded great from where I was :)
We weren't able to play in the lake but it was beautiful to look at.
We pretty much sat around and did a whole lot of this (see below picture).....playing and listening to music, ok, and drinking home brew and fine wine. Oh and we did get in a bunch of walks between rain bursts. We camped with great musicians including the lovely Jill and her husband Steve of Orange Sherbet.
Just before we left, we were able to get a bite of the famous and traditional "Pamcakes" made by my buddy Pam (below)...she and I have been friends since we were 5!
Pam and her husband Will pretty much bind this community. They are our glue, the wind beneath our wings...all that good stuff. Despite the rain, my kids had a blast made some new "strawberry friends", and now we are home, dry, semi clean and looking forward to next year :)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
This will be our 4th year in a row going to this festival. We camp with about 30 friends setting up a full community complete with a lounge and stocked kitchen. My kids love it. They get to spend the days playing in the lake and the nights snuggled up at the main stage either dancin' or sleepin' under the stars.....ahhh, i can't wait. I will post some pix when we get back.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I am crazy busy getting my boxes of kits, tools, wire, blanks and more tools packed up for the Bead and Button Show. It's all hands on deck here....we even have one of my employees coming in with her CUTE baby! He keeps us smiling.
Hopefully we will be launching 2 seedbead classes with Barb Switzer tomorrow...stay tuned.
Lucy came walking in yesterday with 2 of Barb's bracelets on her head, linked together worn as a halo. She looks like a little hippie angel, I love it!
Friday, April 18, 2008
For 2008, I am writing a chain article every issue for Step by Step Wire magazine. I have already done 2 issues and here is the picture for my latest chain. I am really excited about this one. It is (of course) inspired by my latest obsession with classic wrought ironwork. I love how the weaves and small connecting jump rings give the illusion of a solder/welded join.
Hope you like it :)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Anyhow, I am on the mend. My mom has made me homemade chicken noodle soup and my husband is waiting on my hand and foot. I hope to be back to work in the next few days.
Monday, March 17, 2008
I was telling my pal Barb Switzer about my love of wrought iron scroll work and she reminded me of the balconies in New Orleans. I have never been there but of course have seen amazing pictures. So I did a quick web search and look at this. These pictures put me in a daze...look at all that work. I love it!!! Thanks Barb!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
My 5 year old, Lucy, got quite intrigued with the God's Eye weave I was doing with wire this afternoon. Previously this morning, she was a grump because she couldn't make a spiral as well as her big sister. So I got her weaving a God's Eye. She rocked at it, and we now have 4 of them hanging around the house.
Here is my latest obsession. I have always been drawn to classic hand forged wrought ironwork pieces. When ever I go to San Francisco I spend the journey with my nose pressed up against the car window (when I am not driving), focusing on the railings, panels and doors adorned with crazy crazy scroll patterns. It just blows my mind. I have always wanted to sit with my wire and replicate them. There was an amazing gate in the movie "The Other Boylen Girl" that got this idea back in my head. I have wanted to replicate some of these classic patterns for about 10 years, but lack of time kept them from exiting my brain and taking shape on my pliers. Until yesterday.....and last night, and late last night, and early this morning, and after meeting Dallas Lovett (who was in town teaching) for lunch....yes, I didn't sleep much last night. I spent most of the night scrolling and binding and scrolling and binding. The few minutes I did sleep, I scrolled and bound in my dreams. I didn't have any Sterling wire at home so I used some of my kids craft wire. Humm, lovely blue, red and copper....yikes! It made for a dang ugly piece but the structure and design are there. Please ignore the red piece, I kinda lost it down there.
Today I ran to my studio before lunch and picked up some Sterling and continued with my obsession. It is going quite well and I think I have FINALLY figured out my project for Hooked On Wire. I will get a few pix up here soon....for now, below is a practice piece in Sterling.
The work desperately needs to be oxidized and cleaned up a bit (those ugly blunt ends on the inside of the spirals should be hammered and tapered before beginning the spiral). The final HOW piece will be bigger, more intricate and most likely a necklace. I am sure most will say "put some beads on there girl!", and I probably will, but I really like the simplicity of just wire.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Anyhow, we will work it out. I am glad that summer can be a time of trying new things and meeting new friends for them :)...cause mama's gotta go to work and make some jewelry!
Friday, March 7, 2008
ok, the name of the class is not "I love making jewelry", I just felt like yelling that because I love this new piece so much. This is actually a bead I made TWO years ago. I am just now getting around to embracing it and transforming it into a teachable project. It is so fun and looks great just strung plain on a chain.
It is called "Coiled and Stitched Focal Bead".....whoa creative title huh? Coming up with class names is the worst! Sometimes I get creative, like ShaBangles, and sometime I just hit ya with a straight forward title, like this one. Anyhow, I will be adding this to my circuit of classes.....hope ya like it!!!!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Stay tuned....glad to have ya :)
What have I been doing lately?...trying to finalize my piece for the Hooked On Wire Retreat. Sometimes a new design comes easily, sometimes it is a bit more of an adventure. This one has taken me more time than usual. I have written about this design in a few posts at beaducation.com. I will be reworking my design, which I don't mind....I love the process.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Ahhh, did you see the Oscars last Sunday night? I love movies but I am not a one of those “gotta see every movie” people. I wish I was, but I just don’t have the time! Anyhow, my absolute favorite Oscar moment(s) was the performance of the song “Falling Slowly” and the acceptance speeches by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Oh the performance was so beautiful. And when they won best song, I stood up and yelled. They accepted the award with such grace, gratitude and pure honesty. I have showed that Oscar moment to my kids a few times. It is the perfect example of making your dreams come true. Of course my daughters have heard “dreams do come true” a gazillion times from me and from Cinderella, but here was a real live (not a cartoon and not their repetitive mother) example. I already knew the song but didn’t know it was from a movie. Glen Hansard sounds just like Cat Stevens (don’t get me started on how much I love the movie Harold and Maude!).
Here is a youtube video of them singing it outside, in Sundance, just the 2 of them, one instrument.
Yeh for them, now I need to go rent the movie.