Monday, March 28, 2011

Beads of Courage

just a quick announcement....if you are in the orange county area of california you should check this out!

  April 16th 10am - 4pm / A Bead Challenge 
all proceeds and beads made will benefit children in the Beads of Courage Program ar Children's Hospital of Orange County, City of Hope National Medical Center and Rady Children's Hospital.
make a beaded bracelet ($10)
sponsor a bead for a child in treatment ($5)
win prizes in the bead challenge raffle ($2/ticket)
purchase unique items at the gift shop
watch artists melt colorful glass into beads

hosted by: CBS (coatings by sandberg)
628 N. Eckhoff, Orange

sponsored by: southern california flame surfers

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bob, I've missed you so.....

ok, here comes another tale from childhood.  but I'm so excited, and I just can't hide it ( I'm about to lose control and I think I like!  pointer sisters be gone!) I met my friend Jill down in Orange today.  I hardly ever go there but we wanted to see a movie and Orange is kind of the half way point between our houses.  I was a little afraid of this particular movie theatre because last time I was there (ok, a lot afraid) was 1998 and I met Jill there to see Titanic.  this turned out to be one of the worst days of my life (no fault of Jill's....I love you Jilly) but that's a story for another time.  so I returned to the scene of the "crime" to see The Lincoln Lawyer.  with terror in my heart (ok, my just a little hesitation) I pulled into the lot which has been completely re-done since 1998.  and there before my eyes he stood.  tall and proud as he alway has with his platter of hamburger and fries.  like a desert mirage.  bob.  as in bob's big boy.  I have lusted for a visit with bob since I was in my early 20's when he rudely disappeared from orange county, and my life.  oh, the stories I have shared with the kids of bob adventures in my childhood.  bob's for breakfast.  bob's for pie or hot fudge cake.  bob's for spaghetti with chili on top.  and of course, the bob combo.  hamburger, fries and a side salad all squeezed onto one plate.  today, bob re-entered my life and I will visit him soon.  oh yes, I will have me some bob.

Friday, March 25, 2011

adventures with the Mahoney girls

if you know me at all you probably know Joni is one of my bestest friends.  we have been through a lot together.  good and bad.  she was totally there for me when my dad died.  I was with her as much as possible when her health took a very serious turn.  we have had great, fantastic laugh fests and many meals together.  Her daughter Hannah grew up with my son David from 3rd grade on.  She is 20 and attends college in Oregon.  I love this kid!  she is so wise, mature, funny and beautiful.  so Hannah is here for spring break and unfortunately we could only squeeze in one visit this time.  of course we chose to go to CPK (california pizza kitchen for those of you that live elsewhere).  what a fun afternoon!  Joni has done such a wonderful job raising Hannah and they always make me feel like family.  and I just wanted to thank them.  love you both!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

adventures at.....

The Glass Studio!  Saturday was the Southern California Flame Surfers meeting.  this was the first meeting held at Cathi Milligan's new studio.  Cathi demo'd vitrograph ( kind of like glass twisties coming out of the ceiling) which was really, really cool.  the meeting had a fantastic turn out and I think everyone enjoyed it.  of course, being in Cathi's company is always a joy.  I had the pleasure of meeting some new people.  Karen Fox was there and we FINALLY met.  I think I found myself a new buddy!  If you're into glass you should really check out Cathi's place.  phone # 323 257 0764.  it's in the Los Angeles area.

who me?

ok....if you haven't already checked it out what are you waiting for?  the amazingly talented Nicole Valentine Rimmer interviews ME on her blog.  thank you Nicole, it was a pleasure!
Nicole's blog:

Monday, March 14, 2011

time change? nah!

I would like to blame my laziness and lethargy on the time change but I know that would be B.S.  I have no schedule for sleeping.  aside from getting hannah to and from school I am free as a bird.  I can work as late, as much, as little as I want.  so losing an hour sleep means nothing to me because chances are i'll take a 2 hour nap to make up for it!  I wish I had an answer as to why I have slept the last 2 days away.  but I don't.  so with little movement brings little adventure and thus...I have nothing to blog about.  maybe tomorrow something interesting will happen.  let's hope.  I'm boring myself at this point!

Friday, March 11, 2011

sad day

today is indeed a horrible day as Japan wakes up to survey the damage of an 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.  I cannot image the fear they must be feeling as they take stock of what is no more.  the tv footage was terrifying to watch, living it is unimaginable.  I'm having a hard time doing much today beside thinking of all the people in the world that are suffering everyday.  there is just too much suffering.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

the winner...

Alan Campbell you are the winner!  send me your address and I'll get them right out to you!  you can send it to: or send it private on face book.  congratulations!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I feel yucky today.  I've had a stomach ache for a couple of days but now my head hurts too.  I wandered around the house aimlessly for most of the day so I have nothing fun to talk about.  maybe tomorrow will be a bloggy day.  sorry.

Monday, March 7, 2011

new work

a quick peek at what I've been doing....

breakfast tea

all though I got a lot done over the weekend I had high hopes for today too.  a bunch of things have been circulating my feeble brain and yelling to be created.  I started out with good intentions, even got up early and showered BEFORE taking Hannah to school so I'd be ready to spend the day in the studio.  I dropped her off and realized I wanted a  cup of tea...down fall alert!!!  I can't go home because we are out of tea and starbucks would just be silly.  So I drive to Bed Bath and way Beyond because they have tea for my Kuerig machine.  only they're out.  so I drive to Kohls because oddly enough they carry it.  success!  they have my tea.  they are also having a good sale (ya know, like every day) so I poke around.  A sweater, blouse, t-shirt, jeans, bra AND tea and I'm out the door.  shit!  we need some groceries.  since I have already blown the morning I decide to take care of that too.  after putting away all of the above I start noticing a smell in the house which is very distinct....dis stinked!  of course now I've gotta clean fetus' cage.  and start laundry.  at this point i have worn myself out and decide a quick nap is the only solution.  I wake up just in time to pick up Hannah from cheer and have a snack with her.  It's 4:44 pm.  I think I may have shot this day to smithereens.  oh well, there's always tomorrow!  by the way, I never did have that cup of tea.

Friday, March 4, 2011

new work

I am so excited about the necklace I'm working on today.  I love it.  I have a new set of ergonomic tools coming so I can work without my hands hurting.  I'm still using tools my dad gave me when I was little and he worked at Builders Emporium (olden days Home Depot).  The rubber handles have cracked and some don't function at all anymore.  I guess hardware store pliers etc. weren't made for 30+ years of hard labor.  I'll keep them though.  They hold a lot of memories.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

ta da!

you found my blog!  now sign in as a follower and leave a comment including your name and a way for me to hunt you down (phone, e-mail etc.) your name will be entered for the March 10th drawing. I know, cheap trick but if it gets you guys here then it worked!  I promise the gift will be cool.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hannah's pics

I had big plans for today.  I even had a list with times mapped out and everything!  so of course NONE of those things got done.  I did post one new thing on etsy.  so....for entertainment (cuz I got nuthin") I'm posting some beautiful pictures that my daughter took today. they were all shot in our backyard and yes, the nose/eye is our dog, maddie.  enjoy!

thanks Hannah!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

web site, web site

as you can tell from today's title I spent the majority of my studio time working on the web site today.  if you haven't been yet, please check it out and post comments!  I wanna hear the good and the bad (but more good than bad-jk)
 I did escape for awhile to have dinner with my friend and fellow lunatic, Joni.  Always fun.  even when we are unhappy about something we can't help but end up laughing.  I did get a little playtime today taking some pictures of jewelry and organizing my seed beads.  yes, seed bead organization IS fun!

new stuff!