Merry Christmas to all – and to all Safe Travels

I hope that this finds everyone of you happy, healthy, and with loved ones in this holiday season. This morning I realized that for the first time in 22 years, Todd and will be childless on Christmas Eve . . . . Tyler is working all day and Sara is working in the evening while Todd and I travel to Iowa without them. They will be joining us tomorrow tho – so all is well.

And to all a Good Night!



Bead Soup Blog Hop 2014

The important link first: 2014 Bead Soup Blog Hop. If you want to see some really cool beadie stuff – go there and click around.

For those of you who aren’t “beaders” the gist behind Bead Soup is for people to exchange a bunch of beads/findings and making something with it. I believe Lori Anderson started it with the odds and ends that were left on her table after projects. Then started trading with friends and now it has grown to an international, fueled by facebook, annual event. This is my second time around.

My partner this year is Mallory Hoffman of For the Love of Beads. Please visit her blog and see what she did with some Twisted Chicken Beads! I knew we would connect when I saw her pink sparklie shoes!

So – from here I received:


picture 1

then I added a little from Annette Fisher’s stash:


picture 2


and then worked during open bead night at Free to Bead in Peoria, IL and made:


final picutre

I had sent the following to Mallory:

bead soup




8th Bead Soup Blog Party

Yes . . . I signed up again . . . I love the idea of trading beads!  LOVE the idea . . . but the details of getting the stuff on the computer drives me absolutely CRAZY.  So, I think I have the badge on my side bar (only 30 minutes!).  I have the beads photographed (yeah, well, we won’t talk about how long that took!), and the box sealed up (yup, had to reopen the fancy packaging cause I forgot the clasp!). 

But I am thrilled to make a new friend — meet Mallory Hoffman of For the Love of Beads.  Now for those of you who really know me, know that it was fate for her and I to be paired up!  Just Friday I talked to Michelle at Mr. Vinnie’s (she’s been doing my hair for YEARS!) about bright red hair to cover up the gray.  And did you see the pink shoes?  LOVE them!  From the pictures on her blog I can hardly wait to receive the soup mix she has sent me.  And I really hope she likes what I’ve chosen for her.  Here’s the picture, a little messed with, of what I sent her.  Once she has received it I will put a real picture on here so you all can see it.


And as this is the catch up post, here’s what’s been going on:

Last Saturday, Annette and I traveled to Fort Madison to visit Linda Ross at The Artisan’s Next Door.  We had a great time – old friends and new friends . . . and Chloe!  

The bead ladies (Merrell, Annette, and I) are not signing up for as many art shows this year.  Last year didn’t go too well so I am focusing my energy on more online sales and getting into some galleries.  Check out the twisted chicken square market (you know, when I get some stuff loaded . . . right now it’s just CSA)!

It’s been a LONG, COLD winter and we are all looking forward to spring and a lovely summer.  An update on the full-time job — still LOVE it!  Its a great place to work.  The only down side is that the patients there are so very sick, but everyone (staff and patients) are so very nice and care for each other.  It’s very inspiring.

So — here’s to a year with more blogging and more glass beads! 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

I’m busy procrastinating on my book work — stuck in April, 2012!  So, my web store hosting bill came (via e-mail — thanks to Tammy Finch at Web Services Inc).  So I sent her the new pictures I received from Tim Lester (applying for some art shows out of the area and wanted fresh pictures).  She instantly put them on my site (shameless plug).  I sent her a thank you and asked if there was a cheetah taped to her back . . . apparently she hasn’t seen that commercial (have no idea what it’s for . . . ) and almost spewed tea all over her computer.   In another time/day this would have taken much longer to transpire than the 10 minutes it took today!

I also threw myself into the Bead Soup Blog Party . . . and seem to have gotten the link on the right side of my screen . . . I tell ya – the things I have to learn!  And Lori Anderson, bless her soul, is the one that coordinates this huge blog party and keeps apologizing for not getting things done quickly.  Really, LOOK – a chicken, I don’t understand why she would feel that way — LOOK, a really pretty bead that I need to do something with RIGHT NOW.  I mean, I’m getting my book work done (see note above about April — have been stuck there for . . . LOOK — KNITTING!).  You get my drift.  Even planning coffee with someone can seem to be a huge deal these days.

And why is that — I’m pushing spring to come as soon as possible — I brought in some seed starting mix and planted about 20 little pots of spinach seeds . . . (see note about book work and April, again!).  They have begun to sprout and today started three more little pots of cilantro.  If you can imagine, the cilantro in the hoop house (yes, some nights have gotten down to zero finally) is not looking too bad for this time of year.  Apparently, tho we want it to be a warm weather herb (tomatoes anyone?) it is more of a cool weather lover.

So, now to procrastinate some more – I’m gonna go get something to eat and check out the pregame action on tv.  My darling daughter was born right in the middle of the Super Bowl 19 years ago . . . I was sad when the date was changed to February, though that year I understood.  She’s at college and I’m busy trying not to work!

Monday, November 12 – Art Charm Reveal

My first blog hop . . .  (ok, I’m photo challenged but Mallory Hoffman has nailed it — check here for pictures of the group I was part of!)

Jenny Cameron of Glass Addictions (glass really is an addiction – and her beads are fab!)  started this chart swap.  We all made 10 + 1 charms.  The “+1” goes to into an auction for Beads of Courage (BOC).  You can find the auction here.  (For those of you who know me, can you tell I learned something new . . . . links . . .  ) Go there, spend lots.
My package of goodies came and sat on the table for a couple of days.  I knew what was in it and knew that I had to keep a lid on it, so to speak.  The theme was “Laughter”.  Most of my beads, especially when they turn out the way I actually envisioned them, make me laugh (thus the bright colors)!  So, using my beads was a no brainer.  But what to do with one of my beads . . . and what better way to laugh in the face of winter than to make it a bright, happy floral charm . . . I’ve been making charms/pendants (and some earrings/necklaces) using a stash of lucite flower pieces I purchased at past Bead and Button shows . . . and shopping trips . .. anyway – there you have my interpretation of laughter.  I happen to know that spring is right around the corner — my seed catalog tells me so.  In the mean time – check out all the blogs listed below and support local art!

And the end result of my doing this is not just playing with the art community but learning new web stuff (and of course forcing myself to blog more) – for example, I managed to get the button on my blog and I played with cropping some pictures that I took (awful . . . ) and now — pasting the links for everyone elses blogs.

Alenka Obid

Alicia Marinache

Babette Cox

Carol Watson

Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick

Charlene Jacka

Cheri Reed

Cheryl McCloud

Deb Kauzlarich

Denielle Hagerman

Emma Todd

Erin Prais-Hintz

Ginger Bishop

Inge vonRoos

Jean Peter

Jeannie K Dukic

Jennifer Cameron

Kia Dallons

Kimberly Roberts

Kristi Bowman

Lea Avroch

Leslie Schenkel

Linda Florian

Lori Greenberg

Lynnea Bennett

Mallory Hoffman

Marcy Lamberson

Marsha Neal Studio

Maureen Connolly

Melissa Meman

Monique Urquhart

Natalie McKenna

Perri Jackson

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Koza

Shaiha Williams

Shannon Hicks

Shelby Foxwell

Shelley Graham Turner

Shirley Moore

Stephanie Haussler

Susan Kennedy

Toltec Jewels

Vanessa Gilkes

Crazy, Monday, October 22, 2012

Well — I’m not much better about posting that I have been in the past. Things around here have been crazy.

Finally, it has rained here. There was 1.5 inches and a really BIG spider in the rain gauge the same weekend as the Spoon River/Knox County Drive. Yes — I was at Walnut Grove Farm for the Drive. It was wonderful as usual to be in the barn — especially the days it rained and blew . . . .

Those two weekends followed a great trip to Southern Illinois to the Rend Lake Art and Wine Festival. Last Friday I was at the ICC Green Expo where someone said that Wine Festivals are the in thing this year. As long as they are paired with art, I’m good.

Then this weekend I was the Bishop Hill Fiber Guild Spin In as it moved to the East Peoria Events Center. That was a great event — it’s always fun to see old friends, meet new friends and, yes, buy more yarn . . . . like I need it any more than I need more glass.

Sunday, Todd and I went out for a motorcycle ride. Ended up in Beardstown for lunch as a very nice Mexican restaurant and home through Canton (and the grocery store!).

In the middle of all that I have been working at ICC three days a week, except for the week before and of the Community Celebration. Stephanie pulled off a dinner for 1040 scholarship recipients, guests, and scholarship sponsors. It’s great fun and a huge sigh of relief when the night is over. Next year is the 25th Anniversary . . . . I think the dinner date is on the calendar already!

July 2012 Twisted Chicken Sightings!

Saturday, July 14 you can find new Twisted Chicken Beads at the Galesburg Civic Art Center for the Art Before Your Eyes event (
Sunday, July 15 you can see the same items (well, the ones that aren’t gobbled up in Galesburg) in Mackinaw at the Art and Wine Festival (  This is a free event — come see some art and sample some wine — how great is that?
I did, this morning, take more beads off mandrels.  Despite the heat, I made it out to the torch on Sunday . . . . and it was fun!  Orange is the current favorite color!  Saturday morning Merrell Hickey came over and we put some stuff together.  When she left I kept at it and created some great pendants with my beads and some lucite flowers I have been collecting.  If I have any left after the weekend, Loni of Yellow Lily Photography is going to photograph them for the website.  But remember, that’s only what is left over after two different events.