The kid woke up at 4:30am this morning ready to go for the day, just
mom and dad weren't. How come the husband got to stay in bed
until 7:30 and I had to get up?
Printing business cards today and doing some running around. Hope to actually do some work on the business today.
Added some new bracelets for sale but I am not going to list them until
after interplay. But if you are interested in them you have to
email me before tuesday the 7th because that is when I am leaving.
Well I worked until midnight on the 4th and I really don't know why
because the last 2 days Quinton has been awake at 5am and I really
don't except this morning to be in any different.
Nothing like thinking about all the jewelry I could be making for the
show that I have not done yet. At least I have alot of product
Well I am off to interPlAY in Fort McMurray. If you live there, I
hope to see you soon and I have many new pieces to show off.
No one bought my bracelet( pictured below) which is funny because a lot of people liked it.
Well so much as happened this past weekend and I hope I can
remember half of it.
I am so happy that I got to see some old friends from Fort Mac.
And I would like to tell you about some of them:
I stayed at our friends Michelle’s’ house, and she is moving
so I came up the weekend that the moving company was packing her house and
moving her out. I basically slept on the
floor which was fine with me. But she
remodeled her house before she knew she was moving and the flooring she put in
looks great. She tiled her kitchen and
front porch and put cork lament in her living room, hallway and stairs. She got her family to help and they did a
great job because it looks like a professional did it, actually even a little
better. And let me tell you I have gone
looking at houses with her that she was looking to buy and the job she and her
family did is so good. After you see
what other people have done when they put their own floors in, I would totally
hire her family (even though they don’t do it) to put in any floors we need
done. Actually we joked with her that if
we plan on doing any of our floors, she is being volunteered to help us.
Unfortunately on Monday when I was leaving her house, I
slipped down her stairs (only 6 thank God).
But I have a BIG bruise on my thigh and on my elbow. Needless to say driving home was eventful
because the bruise is the size of my open hand.
But all in all, Fort McMurray was a
success. When I do a show, I never
except to make a lot of money, I just want to see friends and teach people
about what I do. And I did get to see
most of my friends and I got to wow people with the fact that I actually make
the beads. Some people think I get my
beads from China so it is a treat to teach them that I make the beads from
glass rods and a torch and that the patterns are free form and there are a
couple of shapes I make that are pressed but I have to make the patterns inside
them first. And my beads are kiln annealed
and most are kid tested (when Quinton throws them on the floor during a
tantrum). And while you wait, I can make
them into a pendant so that you can put them on a necklace or if there are
matching, I can make earrings and so on and so on.
What other things, I took the picture of Quinton with the
ears on his head and it was a crowd pleaser.
I had people come into my booth just to look at him.
Today is colder; you can feel the weather changing from just
a couple of weeks ago.
Leaving Fort McMurray,
the trees had not started changing into a lot of color but some of the trees
are slowly turning. And even on the way
seeing the crops that are a golden yellow and soon to be ready to harvested
makes one realize that fall is fast approaching.
Since coming home, I have not torched but I have been busy. Just yesterday, I mowed the in-laws lawn and I
made pickled eggs and bread and butter pickles. It is the first time making bread and butter
pickles, so I am not sure if they worked out but we picked two grocery bags of
cucumbers at my parents place and I had to use most of them before they
I am going to a bead making course at the end of the month
and will take a small jar for mom to sample. Then she can tell me how to improve them the
next time I make them.
Quinton has some new words lately “blue” and “get out”. He has been practicing putting his rubber
boots on and it is going really well for him; I am impressed that he is putting
them on the right feet. Which I have
problems with because I usually mix up the shoes when I am putting them on his
August 18th, more friends from fort mac
Added some new items for sale and some items in the gallery also. Let me know what you think of any of them.
I am so happy that I got to see some old friends from Fort Mac and I would like to tell you about some of them:Part 2
Julie Funk of www.studioaum.com she is a yoga instructor. I know the people that see her all the time
may not see the changes, but because I only get the chance to see her once a
year, I see the changes. I have to say
she looks great and she normally always does but she is improving every time I
see her and truth be told all I want to do is hug her. She has this energy about her that you are
naturally drawn to and I love being with her.
I really miss her classes. I have
not done yoga in 2 years (only once in awhile when Quinton lets me). One of the girls that use to teach with her
is now teaching here in Cold
Lake so I can’t wait to
find a babysitter so that I can start going to classes again.
Margie Cunningham is originally known for her stain glass
well now she is painting. I am normally
drawn to landscapes and she does that but also people. Margie your people paintings are so good but
I LOVE your landscapes. She started
painting the year I left and in 2 1/2 years her work so improved so much that it
makes me all excited. She is doing a
showing in Fort Mac
but she hopes to get into a gallery in Calgary
and I think her work is good enough now to do it. On my last day in Fort Mac,
I stopped at her house because I wanted to purchase some of her stain glass
business card holders that I later add my beads to and she showed me her
painting and her house. Well she has a
large collection of paintings that boggle the mind and I can see why because of
how their house is designed.
They have been remodeling their house room by room and the
things they did totally made me get like an “energy high”. The best example is their kitchen, they took
one of their kitchen cupboards that sat on the floor and flipped it up side
down and mounted it on the wall. Then
they finished the top with a trim that goes around all the cupboards.
Now you may think it would look weird but it really doesn’t,
it is like it was meant to be on the wall and who would have thought of just
flipping an old cupboard upside down.
All through their house they did things that were crafty
but look so expensive. And they plan on
retiring around Nova Scotia
and the plans to move things and so forth, like I said just looking around her
house makes me want to copy some of her ideas for our house
Making a quick trip tomorrow but I did take the long awaited plunge and
listed a set of beads on ebay. Ebay has not been doing well for
many beadmakers so they have been going to different places to sell
their beads and I know the time is fast approaching when I must start
selling more through auction houses. It is just to find the time
to do it.
August 20th at 10pm
Well I ran to Edmonton today to the wholesale show.
I left just before 8am(because I had to make the kid pancakes, Roy
couldn't). And I got home at 7:15pm. Now that may not seem
like to bad because you get a day shopping but it is at least 2 1/2
hours one way to drive to the city. But I did get some new
toggles and swarovski crystals. I tried very hard not to go
too crazy, I actually had a list that I pretty well stuck too, I only
bought a couple of extra sterling silver beads. But now I have to
wait for them to come in the mail because a person cannot take any of
the items they buy out of the show.
My drive up to Edmonton was eventful because there was one truck ahead
of me with a trailer and a plastic thing in it and as I was just
picking up speed to pass him, the plastic thing blew out of the truck
on to the highway. Well I really swerved to miss the flying
missile and thought I was going to loss control of the car but I
didn't. And I am such a DA(dumbass) because I did not stop and
get the license plate of the truck to call the cops. I think I
was too shocked and happy to not have crashed.
Roy had Quinton all day and I got home after Roy changed the poopy
diaper. HEE HEE. But the house looked like a train wreck and it
instantly made me tired to even look at it. So hopefully Roy
realizes why the house looks the way it does when I am home with
Quinton all day. It seems like every once in awhile, I have to do
this to Roy so that he appreciates what I do and don't do at home.
Roy sent me a disturbing email that I friend sent. It show a
little boy with 4 dots on his nose and then the picture below shows him
at the hospital with the fork stuck in his nose. Thanks sweety.
Quinton is being a little holy terror. I think he knows we will
be going on another trip soon and that I will be leaving him with
someone else. Roy I promise not to shove him in the garberator.(I
was telling Roy late in the evening that I was thinking about it or
just shipping him air mail somewhere). Good thing he is cute
because he is trying my patience.
Been trying to make a set of beads for Flarance to match this bracelet.
But I have not been able to get these colors again and I have
just about used up all my glass. So far I have made about 15 of
these beads and they have all been coming out in blues and even rainbow
I hope before I do use up all this particular glass, I can make more of these because I really liked this particular effect.
Off to the city to take my course fror Monday and tuesday hope you have
a great week, just in case I end up staying longer at my parents to
help remove some of their garden. My parents garden is the size
of some city homes backyards.
Well we made it home finally on Thursday. I took a bead making
course with KIm Fields on Monday and Tuesday. I liked her class
because there are have techniques that I have been trying with no luck
and she teaches them a little differently then any of the other
instructors so I am hoping with practice, it may help. I bought
some of her beads and I only came home with 2 of the beads I
made, the rest will have to come in the mail.
Quinton was a little angel with my parents , and then I am there for a
full day and he has issues with me. Why are kids better behaved
with other people?
The AB fireflies are doing a studio sale in October and I am planning to see if I could get tables for that time.
I will try to check what pictures worked and hopefully find time to show you all that happened.
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