Friday, April 30, 2010

Design of the Month

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I'd like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who bought one of this month's designs! The best part is that a portion of each sale went to ARF , a no kill shelter in Fresno.
I have one more dog going on Etsy today at 10am PST (California time)
And for those of you who were not able to get worries I'll be adding more from time to time on my website (not Etsy) so check back often.

It seemed fitting that the next month's design would bee a bee, beecause I seem to bee a little obsessed with them lately.

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Meet Bumble the Bee...
If you'd like to order one for yourself, you can here.

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I also added a few new things on my website. Mother's Day Charms, Molly the Barn Owls, Garden Fairies, Frogs and yes...3 Blind Mice.

Have a great weekend everyone, we are heading up to see Anthony who will graduating in 2 more weeks, can you believe it! I don't think Kurt or I could be more proud of him...xo

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Little Nest

Mother's Day is right around the corner...
So I'm offering these Sweet Little Nests Pendants (for a very limited time)

Perfect for new moms, mom's of many, mom's to-be, grammy's, friends, sister's or just because it's Spring!
These are also cute to add on top of gifts or use them as a cellphone fob.
Click here to order yours today...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Bee-sy weekend

Friday I went to pick up my bees. So now it was time to transfer them into their new hives.

Putting my bees in their hive

Adding a little smoke to calm them down a bit, you don't want angry bees...

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Adding the frames, taking extra care not to crush anyone (especially the queens)

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Putting my bees in their hive

With one more frame to go, it was a tight squeeze.

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Making sure the hives are lined up nice and straight.

Putting my bees in their hive

Everyone's in their new homes and not one sting (but it's just a matter of time)
It's like making beads, you play with fire you're going to get burned (which I have been many times before)

Busy bees

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And busy little bees they were...bringing back lots of pollen.

As for beads...
This is the last week for the Design of the Month beads. Starting today I'll be posting the exact time each day that the beads will be posted. To find out what time that will be, just look at the top of my Etsy store.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Today is the day

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I'm heading out of town today to pick up my bees.
Last weekend we put the "finishing touches" on preparing for my new babies. We live in bear country, and bears LOVE honey! So we added some electric fencing. I just hope the bears can read and don't actually have to touch the fencing to find it out they are not welcome...

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And look who finally decided to wake up! Good morning Rosie...I also added a few new things on my website, including a few things on the jewelry page and lots of turtle beads.

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And before I head out for the day, I wanted to share a pic of today's dog that will be heading over on Etsy today.
What time?
I'm really not sure...but it will be later tonight after I get me bees in their hives. I'll do my best to make it as early as I can.

Have a BEE-utiful weekend

Thursday, April 22, 2010

World's Best Dog

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In honor of Earth Day, today's Design of the Month is this Best Dog in the World Necklace. I made this dog standing on the earth (all one bead) Wrapped in sterling silver, I added a lampwork bone and strung it on a 25" sterling chain. Perfect for the person who knows "their" dog is the best in the world. I'll place the necklace in my Etsy store today.
Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Birthday Girl

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Today is Molly's Birthday!
To celebrate I made her Peanut Butter "Doggie Cupcakes", and she loves them! No really, she L.O.V.E.S. them.

For fun, today's dog bead (which is a gray Chihuahua) will also come with a free Raspberry Lime Birthday Cupcake Pendant with dog bone sprinkles. Fun for any dog lover!
And because you were nice enough to stop by my blog I'm letting you know what time I'll be posting it! But don't tell anyone....shhhh...1:00pm PST (California time)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sweet weekend

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This weekend I picked up some sweet berries from my favorite berry stand. It's my favorite because they also carry sweet peas, love them!

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With two more weeks to go of The Design of the Month, my question is...
What would you like to see?
1-Dogs with tongues (posted the one above yesterday)
2-Male dogs (with all their parts)
3-More kitties
4-Something else (let me know what)
5-Really could care less...
You can send me a email or leave a comment on this post.

A little note...
Wednesday, 21st is Molly's birthday and the person who buys that days dog bead (which will be a gray Chihuahua) will get a extra little something in your package (a surprise, but fun)

Then on Thursday, 22nd (Earth day) I have something fun...I'll post a picture of that days bead on my blog in the morning and then put it on Etsy later that day...

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sneak Peek

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Tonight I'll be adding a few new things to my Etsy store. Terrarium picks, today's Dog Bead (which is a male un-neutered dog...hehe) A couple turtles, along with a couple other things.
I hope you can make it...

For- You!
Date- Tonight Friday, 16th
Time- 7pm (West coast time/PST)
Place- My Etsy Store
R.S.V.P.- No need, just stop by anytime!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

If at first you don't succeed...

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A baby turtle was standing at the bottom of a large tree and with a deep sigh, started to climb. About an hour later, he reached a very high branch and walked along to the end.

He turned and spread all four flippers and launched himself off the branch.On landing at the bottom in a pile of soft, dead leaves, he shook himself off, walked back to the bottom of the tree and with a sigh started to climb.

About an hour later, he again reached the very high branch, walked along, turned, spread his flippers and flung himself off the branch. Again, he landed on the bottom, shook himself off, went to the bottom of the tree, sighed and started climbing.

Watching these proceedings from the end of the branch were two little birds.

Mommy bird turned to Daddy bird and said, "Don't you think it's time we told him he was adopted?"
(Author unknown)

These 2 little guys will be up for adoption this Friday in my Etsy store.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Busy Bee

Putting together bee boxes

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and lavender too

I think the bees will like their new home

making the pad

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Adding her signature

Adding her signature

I spent the weekend getting ready for my bees. Painted the hives, poured a little pad for them to sit on. Molly even helped...Next week I'll place the hives in place and the following week my bees will arrive! Sweet! There are a few more pics on Flickr.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

What a Hoot

A friend sent me this link. It is cuteness overload.
Her name is Molly, so you knew she had to be cute, right?
She is a Barn Owl who lives in San Marcos, CA.
Feeding time is not so pleasant. Yesterday as I was watching, they were having rat-atouille for dinner...kind of gross.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A week in review

One week down, a few more weeks to go.
I hope I'm making every breed you were hoping for?
Some breeds are harder to make than others, like the poodles. And then there are some breeds I've tried to make that have turned out so so UGLY!
I have a little pile of ugly dog beads that will be heading to Beads of Courage. I figures the kids may enjoy them and if nothing else they will get a good laugh! I'll also include some "cute" dogs to go with them too.

I do have a question...I know I've made more dogs than cats (I'm a dog person, shh don't tell our cat this) But my question is: Should I be making more cats? Or do you like 4 dogs to 1 cat ratio?

I've been working on back orders this week so I didn't get a lot of play time, but I managed to make a couple things (Beachy) that I'll put on Etsy later today. I have a (much needed) hair cut appointment later this morning, than I'll take some pics and get those on Etsy.
And remember, I will be posting dog/cat beads on Etsy this weekend.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


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Last week when I found a stray dog wondering the streets. I placed signs around the neighborhood, called the pound and left my number, called all the local vets, placed a ad in Lost & Found. But apparently someone dumped him, because no one has called to claim him (I know sad, he is such a sweet dog) A friend of ours does a lot volunteering for a no-kill shelter in Fresno and was kind enough to take him in.

I wanted to show my appreciation...She transports small dogs up to the OR and WA area because of the over population here in CA and the need (want) for small dogs up there. So I made a her a key-ring for the van she uses. I hope she likes it...and yes, this will be the shelter I will be donating a portion of each sale of the dog & cat beads this month.
Update-I've received a few emails about the above keyring. Sorry it is not available, it was a gift for our friend.
But I will have a couple un-neutered dogs coming in the following days on Etsy. Thanks

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Picking colors

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I'm going to finish a project this weekend,
but I'm trying to decide what colors to pick.
I may just pick the color by the name, like...
Sugar Snap Pea (makes me hungry)
Lilac dream (mine are getting ready to bloom any day)
Star Fruit (yum)
Misty May (reminds me of a morning walk on the beach)
So can you guess what I'm painting in these yummy colors?
Any ideas?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Are you a little confused about the Design of the Month?
Something that I thought was so simple, has turned into something a little confusing.
Maybe I should have thought this through a little better? But anyway...
Here's the poop, I mean scoop...
(the revised version)

1-I will be posting at least one dog or cat bead EVERYDAY in my Etsy store.
Even when my website is fixed, beads with be placed on Etsy.

2-Beads will be posted EVERYDAY, even on weekends.

3-Beads will be posted at different times though-out the upcoming days.

I think this will be the easiest way for everyone, I hope you agree.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Are you suffering from chocolate overload too?
I love those Cadbury Mini Eggs, my favorite...and I had my fair share this weekend.

As some of you may know...
I'm having problems with my website keeping track of inventory. The last two "animal" beads that I offered last week for The design of the Month, both times my website did not update the inventory. I only have one bead a day (Monday-Friday)
So today I'm making the extra ones that sold before I went and manually changed the inventory, to sold out.
Until this problem gets fixed, I'll be listing the beads right here on my blog.

This morning we woke up to freshly fallen snow, again!
Only a couple of inches, so it should be gone by the end of the day. Spring I'm ready for you to arrive. xo

Friday, April 2, 2010

HoPpY fRiDaY

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I think "we" are all ready...
Have a HoPpY eAsTeR.

And if you are in the mood for a good sale on this Good Friday, I've marked down everything in my Etsy store (but the sale ends Sunday)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Design of the Month (April)

This month's design will be a little different and so much fun (no foolin')
In honor of Molly's birthday this month (April 21st)

I will be celebrating it by having a birthday month in her honor!
Everyday (Monday-Friday) throughout this month, I'll be offering a different animal bead, mostly dogs & cats, but maybe a couple other things too.

It will be on a first come basis and I'll be putting the beads up at different times throughout the upcoming days.

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I came up with this idea awhile ago, so I've been making lots of dogs & cats for this occasion. A portion of each sale will be donated to a no-kill shelter of my choice.
I'll be posting the first bead sometime today, so let the party begin!