Monday, January 28, 2008

What a fun weekend.

My sweet, little great niece had her 1st birthday party Saturday.  I got to see lots of family and friends and had a great time.  Sunday, we went to a new restaurant my neice works at, Bar Louie, and had some good food for free!  They were doing a mock service to get ready for their opening night...which is today.
I did get some craft time in, I made some cute frames.  I also went and bought some new gemstones and beads with a gift certificate I had from christmas.  I need to get busy and make some more jewelry!

MRI results

Well, my results came back, and they were ok.  I have some protruding disks and nerve stuff and some arthritic damage, but there are no signs of MS, which is what I was afraid of.  I am going to a neurologist to get some more tests run.  After that, I will see a spine specialist to see if we can get the back stuff taken care of.  I am just SOOO relieved it isn't MS.  I just need to find out what is causing my arm numbness, and dizzy spells...ugh.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Amy Butler designs...not gonna happen

I did get a reply from some of Amy's "people", and they said no.  For good reasons, and I totally understand, but I had to ask and try, nothing ventured, nothing gained...right.  I am on my own trying to get the "look" I want for the website and on designing my new logo.  I am hopeful it turns out to be a positive experience.  I am gonna have to learn to use my fireworks program (similar to photoshop).  Of course, Nathan has been doing all the "behind the scenes stuff", and if I need help with anything, all I have to do is ask :0)

WOW...what a weekend!

I spent the last few days with pain and numbness in both of my arms...scary stuff.  I was at the urgent care on Sat. and they weren't to concerned.  Sent me home with orders to see my DR on monday to do some nerve and neurological tests.  Monday, I called and my DR couldn't get me in until Thursday, I was very anxious and worried so I went to the ER.  They didn't seem to concerned either.  What a frustrating experience.  I did get an MRI on monday, and I will find out the results of that on Thursday.  I'll keep posting... 
So, not much in the way of creating happened.  I did sew some more beads onto that fabric for my altered art project and pillow.  Today I painted and decorated a couple of picture frames.  Also, I ordered some cute vintage fabric (pic) to try and incorporate into my logo / design for the business...I can't wait for it to arrive.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

tonite turned into today...

I never made it back yesterday.  I did get creative and start an altered art project.  it is using some vintage danish woodcut fabric and a mirror and fairies and a wooden "believe" sign I got on clearance for 50 cents (i bought 6 of them).  It will be so cute when I'm done.  I think I'm gonna add some beads to the fabric.  I also want to make a pillow out of it, I found some tassels on clearance too.  I went to Michael's today, wow did I find some neat stuff.  I got the cutest mini book from my new favorite designer, Amy Butler.  I am gonna make it my "Dreaming" of my successful business full of positive things about me and stuff.  Speaking of Amy Butler, I got up the nerve to ask her if I could use some of here fabric designs on my website and for my logo.  I am hoping it is ok.  It has the retro modern 70s look I want, and the colors are perfect.  I'll keep ya posted on that...

Then tonite I spent some time with my oldest kiddo, Paige.  She took me out to eat at Paradise Bakery, mmmm I love that place.  Then I took her to Barnes & Noble, I love this place too.  I found so many cool books, and calendars for cheap (75% off).  I think I'll get a glass of wine and relax with a few of my new books...maybe I'll finish one of these?...probably not.  

I had a great day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


ok so maybe the "daily blog" wasn't such a good idea, well it was a good IDEA, just not very feasible in my world.  I have neglected to post for a few days, but I haven't been "creating" anyway, so nothing lost.  I am hopeful to do some today...maybe later.  I'll check back tonite...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

lovin' lampworking

Today we went to my new friend Adiels, and had a BBQ.  It was a really fun day, good korean bbq meat called bugogi and kim chee with rice was yummy, then she gave me a lesson about lampworking, thats making beads with a torch (if you didn't know).  I nervously attempted the craft and made 2 beads, the first she said I was a natural, then I tried some more advanced techniques and added stringers and fritz, this is little pieces of glass, like sand, that you roll the bead in and it adds color and texture, not so good, anyway I ended up "fixing it in the flame and made a barrel bead.  They are in the kiln and won't be ready til tomorrow.  I can't wait to see them.  I asked her to show me how she makes her mermaid tails, and she showed me (pics), then I asked if I could buy it and she said she would give it to me...WOW, she also made me a phone charm inspired by butterflies (we both luv butterflies), she is SO Sweet!!! Here is her website, I think it's a little outdated (she's a busy mom of 2) but you can see her beautiful stuff, and her adorable daughter, Ava.  
I had so much FUN, as we were leaving my oldest son says "how come we are the only ones that were there?"  he was thinking it was a b-day party or something, we don't get out and socialize with other adults unless it's a was cute, they all had fun playing.  Look out Nathan, I might ask for a lampworking set-up now...hehehe
THANKS ADIEL & BRIAN...your home is beautiful!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Cleaning up

Today I had all intentions of "creating", but it is dinner time and I still haven't done anything.  I spent most of my day getting my workspace organized.  I cleaned up the x-mas crafts, set up my new toys (I got a rolling mill and torch), reading instruction manuals (so I don't blow up the garage) and the usual tending to the kids every 15 min..  I am hoping to get an evening session in when all little heads are in bed (I have to hammer and bang metal tho, we'll see).  This is my workspace, it's a work in progress.  I want to add some more shelves and I got some wooden dowels to hang my many ribbon spools from.  I suppose it will always need some tweeking,  as I am always adding more clutter, and learning new things to do.  It is nice to have a spot, I commandeered a section of the front room.  It works well for me, for now, someday I will have my own craft ROOM.  I need to set-up my polisher, tumbler and soldering station in the garage...that will be a major undertaking tho...maybe next weekend.


Friday, January 11, 2008

The Daily blog

I am wanting to be more creative, so I thought if I have to think about writing a blog I should have something to blog about...right?!  I am going to try and blog daily, even if it is only a "creative thought", at least I am journaling my ideas, maybe that way they will not be forgotten.  So here goes, my first blog is a's been written...and maybe will be matter, the point is "IT" is written!