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!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Yes . . . I haven’t been very good about posting.  I so hate to turn on the computer after I’ve sent the day at the computer at work . . . and I enjoy what I’m doing at work, just don’t want home to feel like work.  And yesterday’s excuse was that I went to the eye doctor and had my eyes dilated . . . had a head ache and couldn’t see — so went out to melt some glass.  Actually, that turned out pretty well.  I’ve made some “head pins” – glass on the end of some steel wire.  The first couple I made a couple weeks ago were just drops on either end of about 3 inches of wire.  After about three it occurred to me that I could make them flat and add a second color so they looked more like my kinda work.  Yesterday I made some more and I’m going to see what kind of earrings they turn into.  Stay tuned.

Today Annette is coming over and we are going to put kits together for viking knit classes at Vintages in Galesburg and The Artisan’s Next Door in Fort Madison, IA.  Check out the facebook page for the official event notices.  We love traveling to see old friends and making new ones at the classes.  It’s something to do during the drab part of the year while we are all waiting for spring.

And I’m on the computer cause I signed up for another blog hop with Lori McDaniel Anderson . . . one of the official bead soup hops.  These look like fun and am excited to see what I receive and what the person I send my soup to does with it.  I’m guessing it will probably include some of the new head pins . . . what ya think?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Home today getting caught up on things!  I have added two new things to the online store and discovered that I can put a bigger picture with each item . . . except of course the one I can’t find the picture for!

If you aren’t following me on facebook you haven’t read that I have applied for the Marion Art Festival in May.  I will hear in February – so stay posted.  I’m very excited about it for a couple of reasons — it is out of my usual range of travel.  But — I use to live there and have some really good friends that I haven’t seen in a while who still live there . . . so it would be a great art fair and a great weekend!  What more could a gal ask for?!  I also has some jury quality photos taken of some of my new stuff . . . what do you think?



Bell Flower Earrings

Bell Flower Earrings







The earrings are $30 per pair — if you are interested contact me on facebook and you can let me know which pair you are interested in.

On the gardening side of my life . . . it’s still winter!  But yesterday I placed my seed order and I have a couple spots in the CSA still available (you must live in Peoria!)  Or through out the season I will have extra stuff that I would be happy to get to you . . .  I’m not planning on participating in Farmer’s Market tho I will probably stop by and see my friends.  The best part of market was the community — farmers and customers!  The new chickens have started laying and the second batch of 2012 chicks should start laying in March.  Contact me if you want to purchase eggs!

The big upheaval of the holidays was moving Sara into the sewing room (smaller bed room — she’s at college now, you know!) and Tyler into Sara’s old room and my crafts (let’s face it – I don’t sew!) into Tyler’s old room which is larger that what I had and downstairs.  The kid’s rooms are all put back together, but mine not so much . . . .So – today I’m going to work on that for a couple hours then bookwork for a couple hours then on to the pool to walk with another beader!

Life is good!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hey All —

It’s snowing a little here in Central Illinois!  Luckily, very little.  Before Christmas we had some rain that would have been major snow fall . . . . dodged that!

I have started adding pendants (photographed by the lovely Loni Wenzel at Yellow Lily Photography, check her out on Facebook) to my web site.  Sara will be taking some photos for me while she is home from school and there will be a bunch of posting soon!

one inch pendant

one inch pendant

large hole green bead pendant

large hole green bead pendant







And on the gardening scene — tyler did some tilling for me in the large hoop house right before Christmas.  I need to get some 10 food boards and the box building will begin.  There was a day when the temp inside the hoop house was 80 degrees.  Amazing what a little sun will do!  And I do have some spinach in cell packs waiting to be planted and some pea seeds left over from a couple years ago that I was going to stick in to see what happened.  Always think I wait too long in the spring to get those in . . . . always an experiment going on here!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My part-time work schedule was rearranged this week so am home today — after running eggs into Peoria, I came home to make breakfast and hit the internet.  I also called around to the little shops (see facebook) that have my jewelry to see how sales were going.  Everyone is excited about the holiday season.
The other night I picked up pictures from Loni of Yellow Lily Photography.  My goal is to post a picture every day in the web store and get it on facebook and (opps, forgot to figure out) on pintrest . . . . need to do something else before heading to the shop!

So, stay tuned.  Probably will go well for a couple days and then I’ll get distracted.  And, by the way — did you know the shortest day of the year is almost upon us and we can get serious about ordering seeds?

These Bell Flower earrings have been posted to my store at  Some like them will be available at an open house in Chillicothe on Saturday.  Please check the twisted chicken facebook page for details.

Earrings made from Bell Flowers



December 7, 8, and 9 — Shoppes at Grand Prairie

Friday, 12/07 from 4 till 8; Saturday, 12/08 noon til 6; and Sunday, 12/09 from noon till 5 visit Twisted Chicken Beads at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie in the “old” Borders store (the Old Navy end of the complex). I will have some new stuff that I have been working on (I may get pictures up before then), come on out!
I was at the torch most of the day yesterday and had some fun creating some new flowers on a wire — now the “bead” can be wired into your favorite items . . make a ring, put on a head band/barrette, wire to a frame, the sky’s the limit!