Friday, October 29, 2010

Focusing on the Positive.

It's easy to say, but hard to practice some weeks. This week has been particularly challenging for me. My job can be incredibly stressful and I have mini-meltdowns (about 2-3 a year), but nothing that a few days off doing something I love and enjoy doesn't usually fix. So I'm not sure what I want to do this weekend, but I just received some new beads that I'm itching to play with, that is if I can part with them. I know it can't be just me that has a hoarding problem. I want to keep everything that I might not be able to replace, which is almost everything I get. I have to learn to let go and make things with the lovelies that I buy. I just bought some very cool carved jade beads and made earrings last night. Maybe I will make a necklace to go with them...

In the meantime, here are some pictures of a necklace and earrings that I did a few weeks ago. Again, pardon the pictures, since my camera is still not back yet!

Have a great weekend and let us all remember to try to focus on what is right in our lives, because it could be so much worse.

Puppy Update: Baxie, my 5 year old Boston Terrier, has been very sick with a bacterial infection in her lungs. She lost 7 lbs. of muscle (since she didn't have any fat on her to begin with), has a horrible cough, and didn't want to play or eat for several weeks. I'm happy to say that she is doing much better; three weeks, x-rays, 3 doctor visits, 5 different antibiotics, 2 breathing treatments, asthma medicine, and steroids later. Nothing that a couple of my paychecks couldn't fix.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Who knew....

Murphy's Law (or is it mine) says that whenever your warranty is up, whatever it is will then break.

My D-SLR died and I thought that it was out of warranty being 3 years 1 month past my purchase date. On a whim we went in to Best Buy (where I purchased it) to see what could be done. Imagine my happiness and relief when we found out that my wonderful husband had upgraded to the 4-year warranty. Who knew that purchasing the extended warranty would finally pay off! Now I just have to wait 1-2 weeks until I can take good pictures again. My camera on my phone just doesn't cut it.

I miss taking pictures like this:

Deception Pass, Whidbey Island, Washington State (first 2 pictures)
Casa Grande, Arizona-After Dedication of Assembly Hall, August 28th, 2010 (last picture)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

LoreLEI'S CHALLENGE-Mom & Ruth's Necklaces

My mom and my Aunt Ruth also participated in Lorelei's challenge, however since they don't have their own blogs, I am posting their necklaces on mine for them. See next post down for my entries.


My Mom, Ronda's 2 designs:

My Aunt Ruth's design:


Lorelei challenged us to use the same beads and see what we could come up with. This was too much fun once I got on a roll, however I do admit I was stumped at first. Just how would I combine all these elements into one cohesive design? Since I am trying out some new ideas of Mix-and-Match I combined this idea I have been exploring into a whole jewelry wardrobe. Pardon the pictures, my good camera is down and I had to make do with my phone. To see images larger, please click on them.

Take one Bracelet
add an Extender

Mix with a Converter
and throw in a pair of Earrings

One Bracelet or

One long necklace or

One Choker


What a way to extend a budget while having the right length to go with any outfit!

How about the Polka-Dot Variation:

Long Necklace


Earrings 2

Earrings 3

Monday, October 11, 2010

Any where but at work........

Wish I could be here right now!

But instead I am at work. Enjoy the day off, don't forget to rub it in to those of us who have to slave away today. We will get even one of these days.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Uncle John

This picture of my Uncle John and Aunt Betty was taken over Labor Day Weekend at my parents 40th Anniversary party in Washington. Uncle John fell asleep in death a few weeks later and his memorial will be this Saturday. I wish I had spent more time visiting with him when I was there, but I'm glad I was able to spend the time I did with him. Life is short and precious. I look forward to the day when I see him again. We will miss him. He always had a good camping or fishing story to tell. I especially will always remember that it was his stinky socks that kept the bears from raiding camp! I hope that Betty will be able to visit us again here in Arizona soon. She and my uncle visited us right after we moved here in 2002, and I haven't gotten to spend much time with them after that due to his poor health and how far away we live from my family.

We will miss you Uncle John.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Where Does the Time Go?

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted. I vow to try to post at least once a week! Here is a picture of my babies since I haven't photographed any of my jewelry nor have I uploaded any recent trips. Bayle is in the sweatshirt and Baxie is in the navy t-shirt. They are too much fun and make life just a little more interesting!

Mom and I: Aunties-Janet, Betty, Ruth

On a different note: My mom and my aunties and I are going to do a bead exchange/challenge (similar to this one that Lorelei and Nancy did. (

I will post pictures of the beads that we mail each other as well as the finished projects. I also thought it would be fun to take Lorelei up on her challenge too.

Now if only I can convince my husband that I truly do NEED more beads!