Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I got the news yesterday — I did not get into the Marion Fine Arts Festival this year . . . . I’m kinda bummed but am going to keep applying to some other art fairs . . . . trying to break out of my geographic region!  The flip side is that I am going to participate in two Art Sprees with the Illinois Artisans Program in Chicago — one in July and one in September.  I am very excited about that!

The class in Galesburg on Saturday (sorry, no pictures . . . .) went so well that Annette and I are going to go back on March 9 to teach a leather wrap bracelet class.  March 2 we will be in Fort Madison, IA, teaching the Viking knit to ladies there.  Be sure to come by and see us, even if you can’t come for class — just say hi!

Regarding my participation in the Bead Soup Blog Party:  I received my wonderful package from my exchange partner Dana James (find her blog here!).  Her packaging was much nicer than mine . . . and I was so excited to receive it that I didn’t get a picture taken!  (notice a theme about pictures?)  Do you remember that I was moving the “sewing room” over the holidays (all of my stuff out of the room, Sara’s stuff in, Tyler’s stuff into Sara’s old room and, in theory, my stuff into Tyler’s old room)?  I’ve been taking my time (that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it) to organize as I put things away . . . Getting rid of things I haven’t used and probably won’t use as I touch them.  I found some long ago made and much unloved lampwork beads that I was going to gift to my friend Merrell.  I was also asking her to help me design something with my Bead Soup.  You will all be amazed that the beads were perfect to match to the Soup mix I received.  Merrell took all of it to her workshop (do you see elves with little hammers?) and transformed it into a wonderful piece of jewelry.  And I do promise pictures —  but not until 03/30/13!  (teaser alert!)

In farming news — last week I managed not to burn down the barn!  I came home (Wednesday, I think), came in the house (as always), checked the mail changed my clothes . . . went to the barn.  Wondered what that odd smell was and figured that the neighbors were burning something.  Turned out my heat lamp had fallen, probably about the time I pulled into the garage and straw trapped under the metal was starting the smolder!  I haven’t had it plugged in since — I’m a little weirded out about how close that was . . . .

I have managed to sprout two flats of 72 cells of lettuce (each a different kind) and planted one flat of 48 of peppers. . . . that one hasn’t sprouted yet.  I’m thinking of bringing in a heat mat to give it a boost.  But since the heat lamp incident, I really want to be home the whole day to keep an eye on it.  Maybe Sunday . . .



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Just a quick one – cause I still need to do six months of bookkeeping stuff . . . today!  Like that is going to happen.

So – I’m participating in the Pretty Things – Bead Soup Blog Party and yesterday, after many stops and starts put my package in the mail to my partner, Dana James (  I’m hoping she likes it.  I can’t put any of the details here – just in case!  You can find a list of all the participating blog hop people at:  blog hop!  One night I’m going to sit in front of the tv and blog surf . . . .

It’s cold and rainy here.  Annette is coming over and we are going to complete the kits for our upcoming classes at Vintages Tasting Room, Galesburg, Saturday, February 16th and Artisans Next Door, Fort Madison, IA, Saturday, March 2.  I have shipped a bunch of earrings and two samples to Linda Ross at the Artisans Next Door — stop by and check them out.  We will also have the box of make and take and finished jewelry for those who don’t want to do the longer class.  Be sure to visit all your local shops!

Got to get started!

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!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Have I mentioned I have a new tool that I just love?  It is a bellflower press (visit my facebook page – twistedchickenbeads – to see some pictures!).  Yesterday I made a bunch that I am taking with me to the Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center this coming weekend for an Art/Wine event.  If you are in that area, please stop by and say hello.

The flowers are also available at Free to Bead in Peoria.  Janet Hill has moved the shop down Prospect Ave into one of the strip malls.  It is a much roomier, brighter space.  Please check it out!  This Thursday is open bead night and lots of us will be there hanging out.

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.

Friday, May 8, 2011

Wow — this needs to be done more frequently . . . . but I’ve been busy!

Tonight the man and I have tickets to Jackson Browne!  and I think we are going out for dinner first . . . hold on to your hats!

Last weekend Annette and I attended the Milan Improvement Project/Bob Erikson Craft Show — it was a good time and we met some wonderful people!  Soon to be having home parties with one-of-a-kind jewelry in that area!  Call 309/231-0875 to schedule yours!

The garden is looking good!  I planted onions, onions for green onions, more raddish, and beets outside yesterday before the rain.  I got more lettuce in the new hoop house, under bird netting to keep the vermin out.  I really need to spend some time in the raspberry patch . . . . argh!

After getting my concentrator back I worked really hard one day and haven’t been back at it since . . . (see above!).  But maybe this weekend . . . rumor has it I’ll be home alone tomorrow (Sara is taking a defensive driving class, Tyler is “supervising” . . . no idea, and Todd has coordinated a motorcycle ride for the day . . . . ) I may get something besides gardening done!

Wednesday, May 11, Annette and I will once again be in Galesburg at Vintages facilitating a basic beading class — come see us!

I did manage to get into the Burlington, IA, Snake Alley art show on Father’s Day weekend . . . not so much for Sugar Creek, but there’s always next year!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wow – a week, this isn’t going too well, is it?  Monday I packed up a box of beads headed for the Madison Bead Show via Shannon at Meant to Bead in Sun Prairie — Stop by her booth and say hi!  I rarely push deadlines like that (having stuff made — not the actual sending it out part).  But as I made beads people took them or I made them for some thing specific.

Speaking of specific — the basic beading classes at Vintages Tasting Room and Wine Shop in Galesburg have really taken off.  Thanks to Julie for inviting Annette and me to that and to the students — I think we have some new friends!  Tonight’s class is necklaces and Annette has gone through her crystal stash and has a really fancy project for us!

Annette and I will be at the Concordia Lutheran School’s spring vendor event on Saturday (mostly Annette as I have double booked myself again — anyone else doing that much?).  Come see what new beads will be there (headed out to work once I’m done here!).  Sunday I will be at the Cornerstone Building for the Underground Art Show.  Come see the building and meet some great artists!

To the Garden — Can you believe it’s going to be 28 degrees tonight — The tomatoes (two flats that had gone to the hoop house) are now in the kid’s bathroom.  All the lettuce flats are lined up on the floor of the hoop house (Sara doesn’t know it yet but she’s gonna help me cover things with row cover when she gets home tonight).  Yesterday, as it sprinkled, Todd tilled about 1/2 the field for me and Sara and I planted potatoes — two more 25# bags to go.  One year Tyler and I were just finishing up as a wall of rain hit us.  Do you see a pattern?

And I had my annual gyn appointment yesterday — he wants to check out my hormone levels with a saliva test and adjust things to a more normal level.  Todd’s all for that if I’m not so moodie — I have no idea what he’s talking about?!