Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tomorrow, I will be changing the sale around. I have had a great response to the bead pairs sale so I am going to keep it running today, and will add some more in a bit. This is a great sale to get 15% off bead pairs - a really economical way to make great gifts for the ladies in your lives!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I've just reduced all the bead pairs by 15% in the SueBeads etsy store as the second stage of my surprise sale! That means the lampwork bead sets are back to their regular prices. Through the holiday season, though, I will be announcing surprise sales from time to time so check back often. There will probably be a free shipping day or two, as well! I have many more bead pairs to list, however, I am completely out of silver plated spacers and need to take many many photos!
I wasn't in the greatest mood on Sunday when I sat down to make beads, and the first bead I made was the one above. It didn't really start out to be a stink eye (or evil eye bead) but it was just what I needed to get myself motivated and laugh a bit!
I received my advanced copies of December 2009 Bead Trends today - Yay! What a beautiful magazine. It's so classy, I really like it! I have a Christmas-themed bracelet and earring set on page 116 you should check out! Also, you can buy the magazines as a download too, for a much nicer price. Me, I like to actually hold the magazines and flip through them - I sit at my computer enough as it is!!!!! The beads I used are Winterberry Sparkle and some are in the etsy store right now, or you can order them on the SueBeads Web Site!
The surprise 15% off sale is still listed for all beads in the lampwork beads section of the etsy store - probably later tonight I am going to switch it to another section, so if you want any bead sets on sale, you should probably grab them now!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL
If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.
This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank yous.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I just put up a surprise sale in my SueBeads etsy store! All beads in the category Lampwork Beads are now 15% for maybe two days - then I will switch the sale to another category! In addition, I have LOWERED my shipping costs - so go ahead and purchase some holiday gifts! I will be adding more beads later today, too!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I am listing a bunch of earring pairs, because I think these are a great way to make a gift for someone and still keep to a budget - plus you can dress them up with gemstones or crystals and get some really nice creations going! Check out the SueBeads etsy store, and let me know if there's something you want that's not currently listed! I am having fun this week, with no orders, being able to just play and make whatever I want! (As long as the kids stay healthy - knock wood!).
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I listed some more pairs in the etsy store - I think these are great for low-cost holiday gifts! I'll be listing some more later today, as well. Also, I have been tagged by Leslie at Bei Mondi (who I am meeting tomorrow for lunch!) to tell you seven things you may not know about me! So here goes!
1. I am incredibly afraid of heights - that being said, whenever I travel and there's a tall thing to climb (Tower of London, Warwick Castle, Leaning Tower of Pisa) I will do it because I'm there!
2. I am incredibly allergic to cats, but I love them so much. I hope someday to get two more - I really miss my Tom and BooBoo.
3. I have a Master's Degree in Human Resources and I really HATE the business world.
4. I have never taken an art class (after elementary school), but think I do pretty well on my beads and with color, if I do say so myself! I have taken classes at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
5. At the end of the day, sometimes my guilty pleasure is to watch reality tv - Survivor and The Hills. My engineer teases me about this. Sneers, really...
6. I absolutely love the Caribbean and those tasty rum drinks they make and snorkeling and watching my engineer have a great time scuba diving - and this year, the engineer and I are going to miss our couple-time trip. I'm sad about that.
7. Even though I say he looks like a rat, or a chipmunk, I talk to the gerbil sometimes and enjoy giving him treats, because I actually think he likes me!
Monday, November 16, 2009
The Black Sheep is a bead and knitting store (more like a knitting store with some beads) on the Historic 101 in Encinitas. We stopped there before we went to my Aunt's house; besides visiting the bead store, we had lunch at a very authentic Japanese restaurant. The engineer was quite happy which was great because he waited patiently without sighing while I looked through the beads and buttons!
First, I bought these awesome czech beads. Pretty very tiny two-toned faceted beads in emerald and teal blue; then the beautiful blue cathedral beads.
They had a really great supply of buttons there - I purchased both of these in the hopes that I can use them in some jewelry designs. If not, I'll just use them on some clothing or something!
One day, the engineer got a check in the mail. We had no idea who it was from, or what it was for. There was a notation that he could google, and it turns out his photo above was published! We were in Pisa and took a tour of the Leaning Tower; this sign was at the bottom of the steps. We love funny signs (there are SO many in Japan, he even submitted one from Japan too) and I told him he should submit it to the Sign Spotting feature in the newspaper. He did, and I guess they published it and sent him a check. His caption was Beware of Break Dancers (goofy, but funny). This weekend, he received a mystery package in the mail; it was this book! So if you want a few laughs, why don't you go check out the book? It's fun!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Yes, I was a sugar bead making fool yesterday! Since I had the frit out, I decided to use up some rods I had on my bench and made a bunch of sugar beads! While quite a few of them sold already, I listed some more this morning. Take a look in the SueBeads etsy store for more beads!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I have some more new beads listed in the SueBeads etsy store, and even more finishing cooking right now! I'm excited to get these ones out of the kiln - Leslie wanted some of the gray sugar beads, and since I had the frit out, I just kind of went crazy making sugar beads! Hopefully I'll get the pictures taken later and list them tonight or tomorrow!
Happy Veteran's Day to my engineer too, who is considered a combat veteran, serving in the Cold War on a submarine!
Monday, November 9, 2009
It was quite the busy weekend, so I didn't get to make any new beads. Made some today for the Bead Cruise giveaway goodie bag, an order I got in over the weekend from someone in Pittsburgh, my mom's birthday bracelet to match the earrings I gave her, and the etsy store. But meanwhile, there's still some pretty beadies waiting for new homes in the SueBeads etsy store! Take a look! Also, answer my poll at the right if you have a chance!
My son had his 2nd Degree Black Belt (e-dan) test this weekend (which I think he nailed!), the kids had a zoo class and polar bear lecture, and we went to dinner and had friends over on Saturday night. My son also had his People to People Student Ambassador interview (where he was accepted!) for his summer trip to England and France! He's so proud of himself. In addition, he has the lead role in his class holiday play this year. It's a modern version of A Christmas Carol and he plays the Scrooge character! To top it all off, he got on the high honor roll at school!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I mentioned that a few weeks ago, I was in San Diego with the engineer - he was presenting a paper at a conference, and I got to visit a college friend and my Aunt. Here's a photo of Kelly and me at a restaurant called George's in La Jolla - it was a very nice night, and we had a lot of fun! We were out all day together in the heat (it was about 85 degrees that day) at Balboa Park, in San Diego and La Jolla, and I'll have more photos soon!
Just so you know, we were trying to hide our double chins!