Thursday, October 30, 2008

Twenty one years ago...

-memories of birthdays past-

Twenty one years ago today...
My one and only was born... 2 weeks past his due date and 36 hours of labor...
Anthony Alan was finally delivered by c-section at 11:15 PM (almost a Halloween baby)
Weighing in at 8lb. 13oz. 21"

Like most kids, Anthony loved to celebrate his birthday, we've had many themed parties over the years...Halloween, Winnie the Pooh, Dinosaur, Race Car, Tow Truck, Golf, Bowling and many more...
This weekend we will be celebrating his 21 years by having a beer party!
(root beer)
Happy Birthday Anthony!
21 years ago...
President Ronald Reagan
Super Bowl-NY Giants/Denver (39-20)
Academy Awards Best Picture-Platoon
First Class Stamp-$0.22
Median Household Income-$26,061
Song of the year-"That's what friends are for"
Minimum Wage-$3.35

Molly & I want to wish Everyone a very safe & Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tag, I'm it...

I've been tagged by Elaine , who makes the cutest tiaras!

The rules of tagging.
1. Link to tagger and display these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself - some random, some WEIRD.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by including links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are 7 random/weird things about me...
1-I can't handle my feet being dirty, one time we stopped to take pictures and my feet got dusty and I made Kurt stop at the gas station so I could wash them off.

2-I'm dyslexic. I have the hardest time with numbers. Sometimes, when writing I still get my S and C mixed up.

3-I have never taken a lampwork class (but I'd love too)

4-I have an odd routine when it comes to using public restrooms. When washing my hands, I first get the paper towel ready to grab, next turn on the water and wash my hands, Next grab the paper towel I got ready, careful not to touch the dirty faucet, I turn off the water. Now I take the paper towel and I use it to get more paper towels (because after all this my hands are STILL WET!) Now that my hands are dry, I throw the paper towel away right? NOT YET! I will need it to open the bathroom door. Because I see TOO MANY people who do not wash their hands (Gross!) Next I see if I can make 2 points by tossing the towel in the trashcan ( I usually make it) My family thinks this is so weird!

5-I like puppy breath.

6-I have never had a (professional) manicure or pedicure.

7-I've been driving for 32 years (legally) and I have never gotten a ticket! Knock on wood :o)

I tag...
Cali Girl Art Glass-Jenn Kelly
Strands-Melissa Lee
Designs by Lorelei
Fried Peas Lampwork-Beatrice Killeen
The Martha Blog-(I thought this might be fun, but I don't think she'll play?)
Cindy Gimbrone Beads
House Wren Studio-Charlotte Lyons

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday Offerings

Today I have some new offerings on Esty, I hope you like!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Fairy

Making a Halloween Fairy...

Things you'll need...

-Old jar (I used a pickle jar)
-Halloween clip art (I found a Halloween post card at my card store)
-Black spray paint for jar lid
-Fun Halloween ribbons
-Moss (I use Spanish moss)

Cut out your fairy (leave extra paper at the bottom for glueing her in the jar) and add some wings to her (I made bat wings out of black paper)

Put some hot glue at the bottom of jar and attach your fairy. Next glue some moss at the bottom around your fairy.

Spray paint the jar lid black.Once lid dries, quickly put it on the jar (we wouldn't want your fairy to get away)
Tie some ribbons around the jar and enjoy!

Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Stayin' Alive

Did you know this song has the perfect beat?
That's what they say...gotta love the Bee Gees'
And look how young John Travolta looks! Funny...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Candy Bracelets

I found these pretty furnace glass beads in my studio, tucked away in a little box just waiting to be paired up with some pretty Swarovski can find them on Esty


Enjoying a ordinary Fall morning, watching Molly (don't you love how the sun "lights up" her ears) hunting out the warm sunny spots to nap in while I checked emails, placed my orders for shipping supplies and glass, packed the last of the Esty orders (thanks again everyone!)

Now, I'm off to the studio, I've been working on some new things...

Monday, October 20, 2008

What a Croc

While I was at the phone store this weekend, something caught my was green & purple and it looked a lot like pair of my garden shoes.
How long have these been out? Croc o-Dials for your phone! So funny!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bees, the secret life

Ever since we moved to the mountains (13 years ago) I have always wanted to raise bees.
Good for my garden, not to mention the honey!
But every time I bring this up to people, they look at me like I'm crazy!
They say it's too much work...
Last week while we were at the fair, there was a bee group, they had all kinds of info about raising bees.

Which has sparked my interest again...

Plus, look at the fun stuff I would get to wear!

Then we took the honey/water test....

What do you think a gallon of Water weighs? How about a gallon of Honey?
If you would like to know, I posted the answer below in the comment box...

Today one of my favorite books comes to the big screen! I can't wait to see it...

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Perks...

Every job has it's own perks...some better than others

Whether it's working in a candy shop, sampling chocolate (that would be my dream job!) or working at a clothing boutique where you get 50% off all the latest fashions (me, I'm a jeans & tee shirt girl) Or working at Starbucks where you can have as many Pumpkin Spice Lattes your little heart desires...yes those are back, I love Starbucks this time of year...
So what are the perks for being a bead maker?
Is it sitting next to your 1000 degree kiln on chilly Winter days? Or is it wearing those "cute" eye protection glasses while you are working? Oh I know...It must be those little hot flying pieces of glass that penetrate into your skin when you don't heat your glass up slowly (just kidding about the last two!)
No, it's doing trades with other bead makers of course!

My friend, Jenn made these cute sparkly pumpkins, sorry the picture does not do them justice...they are so cute! Thanks Jenn..
Just a little note...Free shipping will end tomorrow over at my Esty store, so if there is anything you'd like, what are you waiting for?! :o)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cook me dinner, Mr. Fireman

With the cooler weather this week. It's time to get out the crock pot...
Years ago I bought a cookbook with recipes from firemen. Easy, fast and tasty!
Although I can't remember who I loaned that book to (hey, if you borrow my book, I want it back!) I still remember one of the recipes. It is so easy!

6-frozen chicken breasts
1-bottle of Russian salad dressing
1-small jar of apricot jam
1-envelope of onion soup mix

Mix the salad dressing, jam and soup mix.
Place chicken in crock pot and pour mixture over it.
Put on low heat and let it do it's thing for about 5-6 hours.
Serve with rice.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Better than Fair

Last week we went to the fair...
What's the fair without deep fried food, right?

Kurt tried the deep fried Spam (I tried to warn him it was going to be gross!)

I had to get the deep fried cupcake! Which was ok, but tiny!

We got tattoos (henna)

Which last for 3-4 weeks. Which is long enough for me, 5 minutes after getting mine I regretted the one I got! I picked a spider for Halloween. Why didn't I get something cute?
My favorite part was all the animals (of course)

Is this the cleanest cow you've ever seen?

Love this guys hair cut!

All the lambs were in sweaters and not because it was cold ( it's was 75 degrees)

But, the best was the pig races!

Friday, October 10, 2008


A-All the things you do for me.
N-Nineteen-Eighty (it was a good year)
N-Numerous reasons I would marry you all over again!
I-Important, you are the most important person in my life.
V-Vows (to love and cherish)
E-Eleventh (the eleventh day of October)
S-Sense of Humor, which has helped us get through the hard times
A-Anthony, the person we are most proud of!
R-Regrets (NONE)
Y-Yesterday, it seems like yesterday we walked down the aisle, here's to the next 28 years...

Some of the happenings on October 11, 1980
-President Carter
-It's the 338th day of captivity for 52 U.S. hostages in Iran
-Gasoline is $1.27 a gallon
-Average new single house cost $75,000
-Mortgage rates above 12%
-Designer jeans a fad
-Minimum wage is $3.10
-I became Mrs. Kurt Grimes

Happy Anniversary Kurt....Love you

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A little behind...

A little behind (no, not MY rear end!) my email...If you have sent me a email over this last week, I'm not ignoring you. I'm still playing catch up from while I was away.
But, I'm working on them (in between working on bead orders)
ok, I'm off to the studio now...
Hugs xo

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Trying to get in the mood...

With the holidays just around the corner, I'm trying to get my creative juices flowing...
I've been getting emails asking me when I'm going to start on my holiday beads?
So to help get the juices flowing, for a "short time" I'll be offering a few "past" holiday beads on Esty and to keep with the holiday spirit, there is free shipping on everything over there too!
Ho Ho Ho

Monday, October 6, 2008

Perfect weekend...

As we headed to the beach, we made a stop at my favorite pumpkin patch along the way. Where they have every kind of pumpkin you can imagine.

My favorites are the grayish-green Jarrahdales
So when I saw "Nest" carved into one, I just had to have it...

I loved all the pumpkin names too...

Molly helping pick out pumpkins...

It was the perfect weekend...

Thursday, October 2, 2008


This weeks goodies are in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I hope you'll check them out, every penny goes to help find a cure...

I'm getting ready to walk out the door. This weekend is my birthday and Kurt's taking me on a long weekend get-away. After all, as I get older, one day just isn't long enough to celebrate! Right?!
Have a great weekend...xo