Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Was hoping for a nice quiet nite in front of the TV - but hubby has decided to start learning some new piano riffs while talking about them on the phone. A little distracting, to say the least. But at least they're not RAP (but rather Van Halen).
Thanks to those of you who've sent and called with condolences. We're share them with the family, and all will be well again soon...
Monday, March 30, 2009
She made great potato salad, and chipped beef dip - and the pool parties with her and Dad will be in our memories forever.
Rose "Billie" Stephens
The above piece is a collaboration between my sister in law - Lynn Mayes - and myself. She is a wonderful tatter; she tatted the black and ecru choker, which I then focalled with a cab and embellished. It turned out beautifully - very vintage looking.
I've got a few unfinished pieces too - I'll be looking for inspiration in my gajillion beading books and magz this week...hey, maybe that's what I'll do instead of clean!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
For any of you customers out there that may be reading this - I am now carrying the magazine "Bead Trends" in the shop. It's a publication that comes from the west coast - and is slowly making it way east. I find it beautifully done, and the projects easy to understand. I will also be advertising in it beginning next month. But the BEST part - the NORMAL hobby store price is a whopping $17.95 an issue. I, however, am able to offer copies to my customers at just $12.95. A much better price - and well worth it, too. Stop in and check it out....
Wish I had photos of some of my newest pieces to post. I'll have to wait until hubby's digital is available...
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This is "Scarlett in Chains". It was a great challenge for me, because I rarely work with gold, or brass. So the wire component, combined with the purple (how did they know it's my favorite color?) was wonderful. It was so fun to see what everyone did with the same component and color combo. NO TWO were even close to being alike....amazing the creativity.
For those of you who'd like to see the wonderful artistry - here's the link
Happy beading. I'm trying to come up with something "juicy" for my next project...hmmmm....
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
And lo and behold - they took pity on me and did as I asked. They cancelled my website and cancelled my account. Whalaa. Now how hard was that? You bet I'll be checking my credit card statement to be sure they actually credit me - but no more sitting on the phone for minutes and minutes and minutes. Yay!
Back to the shop today for a rare Sunday. Last day of the spring open house. We'll need to do something different next year about those door prizes - great concept - but we keep FORGETTING to tell people they can choose one! Fat lot of good that does! We'll need to put up posters or something next time. Oh well. I'm having a great turn out - and even better sales, and having fun throughout. Although charging someone $75.00 for a .75 cent item, and neither of us catching it until the sale was complete was a BIT embarrassing. Luckily, she was a good, no GREAT, sport about it - because she's my best customer!
I'm almost finished with my latest project - the tatted and embellished choker that's a collaboration of my sister in law's tatting and my beading. Very unique. LIKE ME! I'll post a photo when it's done - which should be today.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Oh, and that response from the web host? ha. They responded and said they couldn't help me through email - I'd have to CALL them. But then when you call them, you get the automated "We're experiencing higher than normal caller volume" voice, telling you to please EMAIL them with your issue. Ok. So are all of them just sitting around and not doing anything? My guess is YES! Very frustrating. It's like all we have to do in our lives is sit on hold and wait for them to get done filing their nails. Double frustrating.
Busy morning baking cookies for the open house. I sure hope it's a busy one. Our television ad looks and sounds great (finally, actual footage of my booth and not just a box of beads) - and is running during PRIME TIME (bonus!). It's also supposed to be a nice weekend - not too nice as to have people working outdoors, but no snow or nasty weather - so hopefully it will bring people in.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So glad spring is finally "springing!" Sunny every day this week. AND it's a good hair day. Can't get better than that. Well - the temperature could be warmer - like 80. 80 would be good.
I'm starting to really enjoy this blog thing. And I'm really enjoying finding other fellow beading bloggers and their sites. I can see why people can be online for hours. I got carried away surfing blogs last night and realized it was after midnight! So fun, though. And imagine my surprise at finding the blog of one of my fellow Great Lakes Bead Guild members! All those shiny familiar faces! I'll have to see if my Monday night group will let me photograph them for my blog. And get them blogging, too, while I'm at it! And as an added blog bonus - I'm taking my laptop to the shop with me today - so I can blog AGAIN. So I've gone from blogging every 2 or 3 months - to updating regularly. I think I may be addicted. Sort of like my Biggby Mocha Caramels. $4.25 a pop. I'm trying to wean myself off. But today's a Mocha Caramel day for sure....
Doesn't sound like I need caffeine does it? Haven't had any yet - so I may bounce off my pegboard walls today!
TTFN! Off I go into blog world....
The Babbling Beader (so much more today than usual!)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This is one of my favorite design elements - fringing and then adding fun fur. I also created the clasp from seed beads, too. (See top left-only because I couldn't get it to go anywhere else!)
Hope everyone has a beautiful day. It's finally a snow free Michigan. At least where I am, at least for now....
The Babbling Beader
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So look for some big changes for Cool Moon. I'll be dumping the website - something I've been meaning to do for awhile, anyway. I don't use it to sell anything, and I email pertinent info to my customers that want it. Now that I have this blog - I can and will also post info here. I've also been urged and finally pushed to take the plunge and get a Facebook page. That will take the place of my website. I think it will be fun, and a more up to date way to keep in touch with old customers - and possibly gain new ones.
It may take me a little while to make the changes - but after the morning that I had (and am still having, since it hasn't been resolved) with my email server and their "helpful" upgrades (yeah, right) - deciding to make the change has helped to calm me. Somewhat. I'm hoping my beads will do the rest.
A stressed out Babbling Beader
Sunday, March 8, 2009
So hey, you lucky readers, (and beaders!) 2 blogs in one day! My blogging is definitely improving!
Not much time to blog today - have to get dinner going in the crock pot so that I can go off on a beading date with a friend. She had some shoulder surgery a month or so ago - and we haven't beaded together since. Since it's a rainy, blah day out there - what better way to spend it than with beads - and friends.
More on the challenge idea later....
The Babbling Beader
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I am getting closer to being ready for the May Exhibition. Feeling a little nervous and apprehensive about it. I hope the shadowbox is going to be the solution to keeping my pieces safe. Plus I still haven't been back there to measure and re-evaluate the space. My fault - just plain haven't wanted to go, or go alone. I will HAVE to go soon - because I have to start finalizing and finishing the shadowboxes. I think I only need to purchase one more - maybe two. I would need three if I could find the lost jewelry. My friend Laura - who is a fairly accurate "closet" psychic, says they're in a dark, low, shallow box - she feels at the shop still.
I've looked everywhere there, though. Still nothing. It's about $300 dollars worth of pieces, so finding them would make me VERY HAPPY.
Think I need to make a trip to Old Town again in the next few days. Poor Jerry. That bookstore has been around a long time, so I know he hates to have to let it go - but he just doesn't have the metaphysical energies that it is going to take, or the customer base, to keep it running much longer. Too bad. Much of it has to do with his attitude towards "New Age" philosophies, some of it due to his employees, some of it to his choice of new location. HE should have realized back when he bought the place with no knowledge of, or DESIRE to adopt the metaphysical energies that there would be issues. He's moved three times in hopes of changing that - but the same energy and same employees move with him. And now there is a truly metaphysical minded shop to rival him within 2 miles of his current space (they were there first), where many of his former customers, including myself, have worked, do work and shop. But I am still somewhat loyal to the shop that helped change my life, though. I feel bad for him, and wish I had some advice to help him. But alas, I feel The Mountain's end is near....
The Babbling Beader