Friday, April 29, 2011









 I loved London when we visited a few years ago...
After watching all the festivities this morning, I'd love to go back...

New beads today?
Not this week...I got a little backed up with orders this week.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The birds and the bees

(my bees above)

I've had a couple people ask me lately, "how are your bees are doing?"
One word...GREAT!
They are bursting out of their hives! Literally! One of my hives swarmed last week
(some of the bees packed up and left) 
This is not a good thing...
I was actually thinking about dividing that hive the day before they flew the coop, because it was so full. But, decided to add supers (honey boxes) instead.

 (not my swarm above, but this is what it looked like)

The good news is I was able to catch the swarm and I started a new hive with them. I wish I got pictures, but I had my hands full. It being the first time I've caught a swarm of bees, I was a little nervous about the whole thing (to say the least) But it was really exciting and a little scary too. I wasn't worried about getting stung, I had my bee suit on...but from what I was reading, once you have a hold of the branch and you cut it. They say the bees will be heaver than you think they will be. I just DID NOT want to drop them. 
Everything went smoothly and they are enjoying their new home (hive) with extra elbow room.
It's all so exciting!
The lavender bee box in the video above is the one that swarmed. There are still soooo many bees in that box, it's crazy!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday {and the winner}

Bunny Ears
Molly wishing you a Happy Easter

I was surprised that everyone got so many of yesterday's game guesses correct! REALLY!
Especially #7, which I just thew in at the last minute for fun, not thinking anyone would get!
Thanks everyone for playing along and the birthday wishes...  

The answers to yesterday's game.

1. What breed of dog am I?

2. Am I a boy or a girl?

3. What color am I?
Blue, Gray or Blue with dobie markings (I would have taken them all)

4. How old am I today?
8 years

5. What is my official job title?
Shipping & receiving (see right sidebar->)

6. Whenever I go to Starbucks, mom always gets me this, _____.
Whip Cream (just a little)

7. In 2006, my mug (face) appeared in print in, ______.
Corina's Crazy Critters 2006 Calendar (April 9th-15th)

There were TWO people who got all the answers right! Congrats to them!
So I put their names in the (dog) bowl and had Kurt (hubby) pick one.
And the one he picked (the winner) is...
Send me your mailing address so I can get your necklace in the mail to you...

And because Norma got them ALL RIGHT also...I'll be sending her a fun little prize too!
So send me your mailing address Norma...

Have a Happy Easter everyone!
I'm looking forward to the Cadbury Mini Eggs (LOVE those!!!)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

It's my PaRtY

and I'll bark if I want to...bark if I want to..

In honor of you know who's (Molly) birthday today...
I want to play (a party) game!
And yes, there is a prize for the person with the most correct answers.
1- Leave your guesses below in the comment area of this post.
(please only one comment per person)
2- IN CASE OF A TIE, I'll place the names in the doggie bowl and draw the winner.

3- Please make sure I have a way to contact you or make sure you come back Friday to see if you are the winner.

4- The winner will be announced right here on Friday April 22nd.

So let's get this party started!
The game is called...
How well do you know me? (not me, but Molly)

1. What breed of dog am I?
2. Am I a boy or a girl?
3. What color am I?
4. How old am I today?
5. What is my official job title?
6. Whenever I go to Starbucks, mom always gets me this, _____.
7. In 2006, my mug (face) appeared in print in, ______.

Here is the prize you are playing for,  
A Puppy Love Necklace


Giveaway Prize

In honor of this weeks festivities, this weeks goodies are all about the dogs!

Game is now closed.
 I'll announce the winner very soon!

Monday, April 18, 2011

bound to happen

Half Dome

Half Dome

It was bound to happen...
This year Yosemite decided to make it mandatory to have a permit (7 days a week) to hike Halfdome. 
Last year (when we hiked it) you only had to have a permit if you hiked it on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (the busiest days)
So when my sister said she really wanted to hike Halfdome this year with us, we've been trying to get permits, but no luck. Permits are only $1.50 each with a limit of 4. But getting your hands on them is difficult, they sell out FAST! There is a note on Yosemite's website that says-
NOTE: This hiking permit is transferable, but cannot b e resold or auctioned.
Resale of this permit is a violation of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, section 1.6. You are allowed to give this permit to anyone else, but each permit can only be used once.
But we are starting to find permits being auctioned on ebay and on Craigslist for more than $100 per permit.
I wish Yosemite would go back to the way it was last year...

On a brighter note, something fun is happening here (right here) this Thursday (April 21st)
So mark your calendar and wear your party hat, it's going to be fun!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Tide Pools

Lampwork Tide Pool Pendant

Lampwork Tide Pool Pendant

I've been working on Tide Pool Pendants...
I love the teeny tiny abalone shell and the mini starfish in these pendants above. If you'd like to see all the pendants, click here.

Remember free shipping on my website & my Etsy store ends tonight, so have fun!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday

website 4900 (650 x 433)

website 4888 (650 x 433)

website 4897 (650 x 433)

website 4896 (650 x 433)

I have mentioned it before, silver prices are at an all time high, it's CRAZY!
Yesterday I noticed the little clay pot on my work table that holds my scrap sterling silver.

Silver now at almost $40.00 a troy ounce, I decided it was time to turn in my scraps...
I was surprised that this little clay pot held almost $200 worth of scraps.

What's on your bead table?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Free Shipping

I want to help ease the pain...
So now through April 15th, there is FREE SHIPPING on my website.

Plus, you can get FREE SHIPPING in my Etsy store by using the coupon code FREESHIPPING (one word) when checking out.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner


And the winner of Friday's giveaway is number 9...who was Kristin Geber!
Congrats Kristin!!!
(send me your mailing address Kristin)

Didn't win this time? No worries I have another fun giveaway coming very very soon and it's a good one!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Happ-Bee Friday {giveaway}

Bee-Happy Lampwork Beads

Bunny Hop Lampwork Necklace

Happ-Bee Friday!

I've been in a Spring fever kind of mood this week (inspiration for this weeks beads of course)
If you'd like to check out this weeks goodies, I have some new things here and here too.

Plus, a little giveaway...
Baby Easter Egg Fairy {giveaway}

If you'd like a chance to win a little baby Easter Egg Fairy of your own .
Just leave a comment on this post below. I'll give you over the weekend to do so and I'll pick a winner early Monday morning using
It's that easy peasy...Good luck!
Drawing closed...I'll post the winner in the morning, Good Luck!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I've been working on lots of orders this week...but I wanted to pop in and share funny!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

No Foolin'

Lampwork Dog Ring

Lampwork Dog Ring

No foolin'
How cute is this ring...
Perfect for the dog lover.

Weekend plans?
a little working (D.O.T.M. orders)
a little playing (in the's 80 degrees right now!)
deliver paper work to the accountant (nothing like waiting until the last minute)

What are your weekend plans?