Sunday, November 30, 2008

Goofy Squirrel!


This is so funny! My daughter has a bird feeder attached to the outside of her bedroom window. Occasionally, she puts seed in it for the birds. This one brave squirrel has figured out how to scale the house and get to her window sill, so he can have a buffet! The funny thing is, my boyfriend got to about a foot away from the window to take these pictures, and the squirrel didn't care at all. You know what he was saying...
Root for the Steelers this afternoon, against those nasty Patriots!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Finally! My Flamecicles!

Here's a photo of my flamecicle - one of them - that I made at the Pittsburgh Glass Center class I took! Fun, huh? They actually look like icicles that hang down from your eaves during the winter. If you click on the photo, it will make it larger for you, and you can see it better. I think they'll make great tree ornaments, or even hanging in the window. If I ever get some boro glass, I may make more to sell! They were really hard to photograph.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Art pendants

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday yesterday. We had a very nice day - 15 at my house, I think everyone had a great time!

I listed some new beads and some new pendants in the etsy stores - I'll just show you a Kandinsky pendant I listed - I really like it! Have a great weekend! And shop from home, instead of going out in that craziness!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! My boyfriend's parents arrived safe and sound, and we made the stuffing at my mom's! My boyfriend picked up my icicle ornaments - if I can get him to take a picture, I'll post it! They were fun!

Have a great holiday and thanks to all my customers for their orders!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Didn't get my icicles...

I didn't go to get my icicles, I had to make beads today for the holiday shoppe, and I feel completely overwhelmed with Thanksgiving, holiday shoppe and trip all on my plate for the next week. By the way, I think I mentioned, I'm going to be taking down both etsy store inventory for the shoppe, so if there's anything you want in either store, better get it now!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Winterberry Beads on Ebay!

I did just put some beads on ebay - holiday ones, called Winterberry Sparkles. Make of uroboros clear, dipped in Winterberry frit, and wrapped in pure silver wire. They are quite cute for the holidays! Earrings, or a couple bracelets! Go for it!

Class Today!

I had my class today. It was a little bit different than I expected (working with boro, which I've never done, and completely different icicles than I was expecting!) but I did enjoy myself. I wasn't feeling all that great so I was thinking about skipping it, but my geek boyfriend talked me into going, and I'm glad I did. I can't get my work back until Tuesday, though, so I'll try and post a photo as soon as I do!

Where did this weekend go? We're having Thanksgiving at my house this year, and my boyfriend's parents are coming in, too, so we'll have a full house! Lots of fun! We did a lot of work this weekend getting ready! I had ordered a new chandellier for the dining room, and we had to put it together and put it up. It's much better than the old one. We got carpet too so had some furniture moving in the basement - it's so much better, I think the kids are really going to like it a lot more! I know I do. And my tile in the entryway was replaced - looks so much better too! Now, I need to get bead selling to replentish my bank account!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

To You Know Who...

To you know who you are: we got the pictures. Thanks so much, they're great!

Friday, November 21, 2008

YAY!


Yay - I found out there was a cancellation in the Flamecicles Class at the Pittsburgh Glass Center on Sunday - so I get in! I have always wanted to make those pretty icicle ornaments, but reading a tut didn't really do much for me! Here, I get to see how exactly and make them myself! I'm excited I got in! Hopefully my daughter will return the camera she borrowed from me, and I can post some pictures! This is a picture of the glass center, located in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Waiting...

I am waiting waiting waiting for things to arrive in the mail. I have lots of ideas and things to make for the Holiday Shoppe, but since we have a marked lack of supply stores here in the Pittsburgh area (fusing things, wire things, aanraku bail things, etc.) I have to mail order, and I am waiting for so many things to arrive. It puts a hold to all I can do. I have lots to do in the house this weekend, to get ready for Thanksgiving (yep, having it here!) so I assume all the things I have ordered will arrive on Saturday...

Meantime, here's a picture of some random beads - just for eye candy until I can get photos of my new things, if anything ever arrives in the mail! These were minis that I made, and sold on ebay, after I read a post by Kerry Bogert at Kab's Creative Concepts blog. She made a necklace out of multi-colored mini beads. I made mine with just two colors each. Some I really liked a lot! I think they would make a really cool colorful bracelet.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nothing New!

I'm just checking in to let everyone know, there's nothing new right now! The Steelers squeaked out a win in a very horribly officiated game on Sunday - they play on Thursday again - let's hope they do better! I did make some beads today (for the holiday faire I'm participating in) and I made some big big focals that will be turned into ornaments if I like them enough! If so, I'll try and put one together to show you! Meantime, have a great day! Pretty much only a week until Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Beads in SueBeads Etsy Store

Hi everyone! Don't know about where you live, but it's cold and blustery here today! On and off snow flurries - the kids wish it was the real thing, but it's not. I listed some new beads in the SueBeads etsy store - the one I'm featuring here is called Garland - that's what it reminds me of, Christmas garland that you'd hang on your mantel! Have a great Sunday - cheer for the Steelers!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Artful Home

OMG - my mom just gave me this catalog, http://www.artfulhome.com/, it is amazing! You MUST buy some of the beautiful glass ornaments (Click on me, baby!) that can be found in the back of the catalog. Incredibly well-known glass artists are selling their fabulous beautiful holiday ornaments! Please take a look! They are fantastic!

Update on SueBeads

There's some new beads ready for you to buy on my web site, http://www.suebead.com/catalog.php?category=3. Take a look! There will be more added this weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Another one of 300...and Whoopie Goldberg

Well, let me try this again. I wrote a big post, then blogger decided it couldn't save it...

Today was another one of our 300 days without sun here in Pittsburgh. Do you know we actually have less sunny days than Seattle? Hard to believe, but apparently statistically true.

Something on The View today made me so sad. The hot topic was gay adoption. Apparently a certain state passed a referendum that gay people cannot adopt children. Whoopie Goldberg told this story that someone told her - that a 12 year old boy, who was considered "unadoptable" because of mental issues, was finally adopted by a gay couple who happened to work with emotionally disabled children. The boy said, "Somebody wants me!" It made me so sad to think of a child who lived his life believing that nobody wanted him...

Also, they had this Manhattan circus on. The Pound Puppies is one of the acts. They adopt puppies from the pound who would have otherwise been euthanized. While I do not attend circuses, because I don't believe animals should be used and abused in that way, it made me think about these puppies who had so much fun performing their act and how much they obviously LOVED their trainer. Another thing that was sad, but in a good way.

There are no bead photos tonight. My wonderful geek partner/photographer is living it up in Atlanta as an invited speaker at a conference (I am very proud of him!) so he didn't get around to taking my bead pics. Also, while I'm on the topic, I want to say hi to Wayne, his host. If you read this, Hi Wayne!

Oh yeah, the kids are sick again! Does it ever END????

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Art Pendants in Etsy Store

I listed some more art pendants in the BellaHannahJane etsy store. I'm really liking these! I think the girls at my daughter's school will really go for them - at least I hope so! I will be taking down all the inventory in the etsy stores before I attend the holiday shoppe (which I can't believe keeps getting closer and closer - I still need to make some beads for it!) so if there's anything you want, you should get it in November! I put a picture of the Chinese Horse up here on the blog - I really like it! I'm making it for a friend and her daughter, too - ssh - don't tell her!

Monday, November 10, 2008

More Beads in SueBeads etsy store!

I just listed three sets of beads in the SueBeads etsy store - two sparkles and one set of green frosty gumdrops! The gumdrop beads are fun to make - I will be glad to make them in any color you wish! You can pair them with other beads to make a bracelet that looks like candy! Or even use them to make a Christmas Tree ornament! I'm sure you creative people can come up with lots of designs!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Art Pendants in Etsy Store

I just listed two more art pendants in the BellaHannahJane etsy store - Vermeer Girl With a Pearl Earring, and Klimt The Kiss. I'll be listing more later, but I need to go and eat lunch and get ready to go to the Steeler game. I'm so excited - it's cold and windy here, and we're probably going to lose, and the game starts at 4:15... oh well, wish us luck!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Snowballs!

I put these new beads up in my etsy shop this morning. I love the way they look like snowballs. They are made with white glass, and clear frit, which was melted very carefully to avoid melting it all the way in and to make it look like snow or ice! Pretty cool. Check them out!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today's my mom's birthday, so I just wanted to say Happy Birthday! And, Happy Birthday to her sister Kathleen, whose birthday is tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Beads in SueBeads Etsy Store!

I just listed some new sparkle beads in the SueBeads etsy store - take a look!

Art Scrabble Tile Pendants in Etsy Store

I have a couple of new pendants in the BellaHannahJane etsy store - more to be added. They are art scrabble tile pendants. I think they are great - if you have a specific piece of art you really really like, these are for you! Of course, they have to be out of copyright (person dead for over 50 years). I'm going to sell them at the Holiday Shoppe I am participating in, but you get a sneak peek!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My First Bird Bead!

I'm so happy! I made this bird bead, from Jennifer Geldard's tutorial (thanks, Jenny, for being so generous with your knowledge!). I love how it turned out. It's not perfect, and I won't sell it, but I'm for sure making myself a little pendant out of it, since I am so proud of it! Just thought I'd share it with you.

I hope everyone voted! No matter who you voted for, it's not only your right, it's your duty and privilege to vote. So many people fought and died for our right to vote, especially women and African American.
And thank goodness it's over!!!! I couldn't take ONE MORE phone call....

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I HATE the end of DST...

I really hate the end of daylight savings time. I hate when it gets dark at 5:15, and I feel like going to bed at 7pm. I just hate it....

Beads in etsy store tonight, above, and beads will appear on ebay at about 9:20 or so. Holiday beads on ebay - it's time to start making your holiday jewelry!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

New Beads in Etsy Shop!

I haven't been doing too much with ebay lately - I know some people like the whole bidding process, because you can get some darn good deals, but it's been so slow, I'd rather sell on etsy and my web site since etsy doesn't take as much in fees. I try to keep my prices fair but ebay fees can really get excessive. I put two new sets in the etsy SueBeads store this morning - another set of Painted Desert because they went so fast (and I can make more!) and a set of frosty sparkles called Prince of Tides. They are all pretty! You can buy them by clicking on them!