Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sig (Beadedbear's Nonsense and Complete Waste of TIme) gave me an award! So the way this goes is I am supposed to list 5 things that I like to do and then pass it on to 5 more in my circle of blogger friends. Many of Sig's answers are the same as mine with the notable exception of #3. Sig loves to cook and I hate it. I do love to eat!
1. I LOVE to travel
2. I love to bead.
3. I love to eat.
4. I love to read... a lot!
5. I love musical theatre.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
And then there is "Murder in the House of Beads" A Mystery in Paradise by Mary Jane Forbes. Other than the victim being a teacher in a bead store it has nothing much to do with beads. The murder mystery didn't hold my interest at all. Save your money!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
News Feed & Wall.
Facebook ads (tab).
Choose "NO ONE" and save changes.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This year you are going on a treasure hunt. When you see a little gift box click on it. You'll get a pdf file with a free pattern! Many of these patterns are seasonal (both Christmas and Hanukkah) so I'm starting the game early. The game will end in about 4 weeks. Begn by clicking here:
The gifts may be at the top of the page...... or not!!! There are 13 hidden gifts. Good luck on your treasure hunt.
Friday, November 6, 2009
If I can work up the energy I'm going to try making a new "bead nest" today. I don't like where I've been working. I need my beads and junk scattered around me where I can reach them.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Pinon fire in the fireplace.
Green Chile breakfast burritos
Cool air and clear blue skies.
These are a few of my favorite things!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
If you need to make a spectacular pumpkin for halloween try this one! Tonight was hamburger/hot dog night in the hotel lobby. The employees had a pumpkin contest and the guests voted. This one looked just like a huge hamburger. She (or he) glued seeds to the top to look like sesame seeds. The meat and veggies were real. There was a small plate of fries made out of the inside of the pumpkin with roasted red bell pepper strips for the ketchup. The drink was made of a straight gourd.
This was a REALLY cute pumpkin!!! I took this photo with my cell phone so it's not the best but you can get the idea from it.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Doesn't every hospital have a grand piano in the lobby? Mayo does. The cutest elderly men volunteer to play and they are wonderful. You just know they used to play in a piano bar way back when.
And speaking of piano bars, did you ever notice the "affair hats' women wore in the old movies? They always wore one when they met their lovers in the dark piano bar. Of course they sat in little round booths upholstered in black leather. I know the proper name is cocktail hat but my friend Jane and I have called them affair hats. The woman wearing one in the photo is the "Smile Lady" at Mayo. She is a volunteer who does a Bingo game on closed circuit TV every Friday. It's called Smile instead of Bingo! Is she cute or what?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Arizona sure knows how to do spectacular sunsets!
Coop had surgery Wednesday morning and is doing beautifully. I think he will be out of the hospital tomorrow morning. We have to stay here several more days so he can continue physical therapy. Maybe I'll finally have time to do some beadwork then. I've been trying to do micro-macrame but I can't seems to do it in bits and pieces because I keep losing my place on the pattern. I'll have to start my earring over. I'm working with a beautiful earring pattern I ordered from Joan Babcock. If I can get two done I'll be a happy camper for sure!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I've got to get to bed and go to sleep quickly so tomorrow will arrive sooner!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Beverly Hillbillies packed up and left Phoenix yesterday. It was so good to sleep in my own bed again. We'll be going back for Coop's surgery on the 21st. I plan to totally enjoy my short time at home.
I finally had time to pick up my beads the last day in Phoenix. Naturally I left some essential items for one project at home. Thank goodness I took two projects.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I love, love, love the nights here in Arizona! It's cool and the skies are so clear I can see the stars and a HUGE full moon. Last night we sat out by the pool until 2:30. There are beautiful fire pits. A fire, a full moon and deliciously cool nights. Wow!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
We had packed for a 3 week stay and came into this beautiful hotel with a cart full of stuff. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies! Now we get to pack it up and repeat the process again. Heavy sigh. Oh well, it will be worth it when Coop can walk without constant pain.
The beautiful red rocks near Sedona were awesome! Sedona was a big disappointment. I expected a central village with outdoor cafes. The village went on and on for blocks with no cute little cafes unless they were very well hidden. There were lots of psysic shops, art galleries, fancy hotels and dumpy hotels.
The Palo Verde tree is outside our hotel window. I've never seen a tree with a green trunk, green branches, green leaves all the same color. It's very beautiful. If I were a little green gecko I'd make my home in this tree. No one could see me!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Three weeks in a hotel.... eeeeeekkkkk. We are staying at the Courtyard (Marriott) which is so close you can almost spit to the hospital. It's brand new and beautiful but it's still a hotel. We will have a full kitchen and sitting room. Do those people think I plan on cooking??? I will be taking pounds of beads and my laptop. Those two things just may save what little sanity I have left! And of course there are many, many bead stores nearby. Maybe this isn't going to be too bad after all!!!!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Yesterday Coop decided we should drive up the mountain to the base of the ski area and have a picnic somewhere on our way up. I have never been a fan of picnics and that is putting it politely but like a good wife I agreed to go. We packed our lunch and headed up the mountain. It's only 16 miles from my house to the base of Ski Santa Fe area. The catch is that Santa Fe is at 7260 feet above sea level and the base of the ski area is at 10,350 feet. That means we climbed 3090 feet on a road that was switch backs all the way. Thank goodness there was no road to the top of the ski area or that fool would have driven to the top which is at 12,075 feet.
Do you have any idea how many people were camping in the National Forest yesterday? I don't either but I do know that every picnic table and camping space was occupied. Duh.... this is Labor Day weekend. We ended up eating our lunch while sitting on a ROCK. This was not my idea of fine dining.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I've been working all day getting files backed up so I can install a new computer. Gotta love a Mac. Even a semi-nerd like me can install one!
After this day I was truly pooped and needed a good laugh. I saw nothing funny until I read Sig's blog post today. I almost wet my pants. I'm not going to tell you what she wrote. You won't believe it! Only Sig!!!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Coop's friend Dave Speed was in town for three hours and took some photos at Indian Market. If you click on "slideshow" you'll see big photos. Number 18 is my beading hero Marcus Amerman. That's his photo on the left. I wish Dave had taken a photo of his beadwork. Of course the next time I see Marcus I won't recognize him. He looks totally different each time I see him. I think he is a chameleon! You can see more of his beadwork at RAINMAKER Native American Indian jewellery & art Bristol, UK.
Monday, August 24, 2009
And what is frybread you ask? It's a staple in the Indians' diet. It is absolutely delicious. They make "Navajo Tacos" which has meat (mainly mutton), green chile, lettuce, tomato and beans. Some people like it with honey on top. I like mine plain with a little salt. Here's a recipe if you want to try making it:
4 cups white flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
Combine all ingredients. Add about 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water and knead until dough is soft but not sticky. Shape dough into balls the size of a small peach. Shape into patties by hand; dough should be about l/2 inch thick. Make a small hole in the center of the round. Fry one at a time in about l inch of hot lard or shortening in a heavy pan. Brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I went to Indian Market yesterday and as usual I went into visual overload! I visited with Marcus Amerman who had several beautiful beaded bracelets. His beaded panel showing Wild Bill Hickok and the Indians in full regalia from the Wild West Show took second place in beadwork. It was a stunning piece.Best of Show winners: Navajo metalworkers Daryl and Rebecca Begay won for their silver concha belt, Return from the Long Walk, which also took top honors in the jewelry division. Best of Classification VIII - Bead Work & Quill Work: Jamie Okuma. Jamie has won several awards in the past including Best of Show with her beaded dolls. Last year she won top honors in Diverse Arts for a piece featuring about 11 beaded Indian cowboys leaning against a fence. Each cowboy was about 10" tall. It was fabulous! I found photos of a couple of the cowboys: Indian Cowboy & Cowboy 2.Beverly Moran showed several incredible traditional garments with lots of beadwork. She was wearing one and told me it weighed between 40 and 50 pounds. She had two delightful frames pieces with miniature beaded garments. Both were already sold.Sam Haozous is supposed to have photos on his Facebook page. You can also read his Twitter site as he tweets while walking around the market.Award winning photographer Ann Murdy has 10 pages of photos from 2008 Indian Market.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tomorrow and Sunday is Indian Market. I can't wait. I refuse to do any work those two days. I'm going to look at beautiful art work, especially the beadwork. I'm going to eat lots of fry bread. After that I may eat even more fry bread!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
I have no idea what to wear. The Santa Fe Opera is an open air opera house. There is a covering over the audience and the stage but it could get a wee bit cold tonight.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
How did/do people live without electricity?
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Now it's time for me to quit worrying about tweets and get back to work!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
My web sites will soon be down due to my server moving their data bank. Darned if the haven't changed the dates twice. Wouldn't you just know it would happen? As of now my sites will be down beginning Friday, August 14, starting at 11:00pm EDT, and continuing into Saturday, August 15. I will not be able to recieve e-mail at my regular address during this time. You can reach me by writing SuzanneBeads+++++@+++++gmail.comI've been super busy this week fulfilling some requests for Switchplate Covers. I think the latest ones will be the last ones. I have the following new e-Books:
Friday, July 24, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
When you’re a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.
Before you hibernate, you’re supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.
When you’re a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you’re sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.
If you’re mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.
If you’re a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.
YUP, GONNA BE A BEAR!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Help! I'm chained to the computer and I can't get loose! OK, so I'm really not chained but I might as well be. I've been working on completing some e-Books. I have four new ones on my Bead Patterns 24/7 web site. I've lost count of how many I'm working on. It won't be too long before I see the men in white coats coming to get me! Remember that old song "They're coming to take me away"?
I've also totally revised the web site with button links to make it easier to navigate. I seperated things like bracelets
for peyote stitch and bracelets for loom. Check it out and see if you like it!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
At long last, a blog with good recipes for Texas food! It's called Homesick Texan. While I am a happy resident of New Mexico and not homesick for Texas I do miss a good chicken fried steak. it's properly cooked in an iron skillet and NOT in a deep fryer! Check out her recipe index. Just the titles will make your mouth water. Many thanks to my friend Bonnie Brooks for sending me the link to this site. Now if I could just get someone to cook for me I'd be a really, really happy New Mexican!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
My poor little blog has been neglected completely for weeks. I do have a fairly good excuse. I've been working on some e-Books. This is a jpg of two of them. I have more new ones on my pattern web site. There is a link to Bead Patters 24/7 under the photo of Sam and I if you want to see more.
And have I been beading? I packed my beads for a trip to Denver and didn't do a bit of work. Coop and I (and Sam, of course) went to see my daughter get her master's degree. What a thrill! We didn't tell her we were coming so it was a big surprise for her. She cried when she saw us!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
One month ago I posted about losing my light tent and ordering a new one. Just as I thought would happen Coop found the original one last week. The new one I ordered came with one small and one large tent so now I have THREE. And have I learned to take a decent photo? NO. I can't seem to get the lights set correctly. I took photos of the two necklaces I finally finished in time for BeadFest. I wore the red one and got several compliments. I didn't wear the other one. I think I hate it! I don't like green so why on earth did I spend all that time working on a pink and green necklace?
Friday, March 27, 2009
It certainly doesn't look like spring in Santa Fe. We woke up to find about 6 or 7" of snow on the ground and more is predicted. I thought I was in some sort of time warp! I took this photo with my cell phone so it's not the best photo. It's probably on the list of the Top 10 Bad Photos for 2009!
This is my studio - Coop's office - my office - guest house - bead storage facility. It's a little house we rent. The best thing about the house is it's located about 20 feet from my back door!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Some highlights of the show for me: * I peeked in on Susan Lenart Kazmer's Rings Relics and Prong Settings class. Mary was there pounding metal into fabulously funky rings. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. I wish I had signed up for this class! * Lisa Kan Designs had a set of wonderful precision tools.* Wild Things Beads had fabulous black spinel bicone beads. And yes, I bought a strand. OK, so I bought TWO strands.* Softflex had beautiful CZ rondells. I wish I could have bought all of them. One of the prettiest things at the show was their packges of three colors of a new wire. The colors were delicious. * Old friends and beads, beads everywhere! What more could a person want?
May the light always find you on a dreary day;
When you need to be home, may you find your way;
May you always have the courage to take a chance
And never find frogs in your underpants.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
1. There was very little beautiful jewelry.
2. There wasn't enough Hugh Jackman!!! I could have watched him for hours. I've been a fan a long time. He sings. He dances. He is definitely easy on the eyes!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Packing for the return flight was a chore and going through security was a bigger chore. A necklace I bought at the show set off the alarm. Back through the gate for me. I accidentally touched the frame so the alarm went off again. Back through the gate for me. I finally got through and then they wanted to check inside my suitcase. It seems that it's hard to x-ray through big bags of stones! Off to the checking area to have my bag poked, partially unpacked and checked for explosives residue. We made it to the gate with lots of time to spare because our plane was delayed. We realized it was going to be too late to get Sam from the Petshotel when we got to Albuquerque. Coop called and a sweet little girl agreed to stay late so we could get him. She is now my favorite Petsmart employee! Needless to say Coop gave her a nice BIG tip. After many wiggles and lots of kisses from Sam we got in the car and headed back to Santa Fe. A great big full moon came up just as we got near the city. It seems like a big welcome home present.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Today started with a lovely lunch with fellow beader Marilyn Gardiner, a Canadian who spends the winter in Tucson. Marilyn does beautiful chain maile work and teaches. She also is an avid beader so we had a great visit. Check out her work here: http://www.marilyngardiner.com/
The first two days in Tucson I saw mostly gemstones, fine jewelry etc but today I found the mother lode for beads! I didn't know there were as many beads in the entire world as I saw today. The tents were not as large as the main ones but they were still BIG tents. There were tables loaded with strands of beads, beads hanging from the booth dividers, beads stacked below the tables, big bags of beads ready to go on the tables ......... beads, beads, beads everywhere! I looked and looked but didn't buy much. I think I was totally overwhelmed by the vast amount of beads. Tomorrow is my last day here and I think I need to make a list. OK, a really, really long list!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I survived day 2 but I'm not sure my feet will ever be the same. We spent the day at the G&LW show and didn't make it through all the booths in the two main tents. We're talking BIG tents here. Coop said they were the size of two football fields in length. Some of the booths were small single booths and some were huge. The largest one I saw was filled with pearls of every size and color. One photo shows about half the space. The other photo shows bags and bags of pearls in another vendor's booth. These were the emergency back-up pearls! These are not good photos because I used my cell phone camera. Yeah, you're right, I forgot to take my real camera.
My favorite thing today was talking with the vendors. I've never met a nicer group of people. They were super friendly and even when they knew someone wasn't going to buy (like me!) they still handed beautiful jewelry to try on and jewels to admire. I've seen more precious stones than I imagined possible and there are lots more tents to go. I'm going to pretend that I don't know about the other shows going on.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Our plane landed in Tucson on time, we got out of the airport and couldn't believe how cold it was. I'm talking big time cold and the wind was howling. I had a suede jacket thank goodness but it wasn't really warm enough. I saw this blooming plant at the airport and quickly snapped a photo.
So, what's a person do? One simply stays inside and looks at the goodies! I did buy a bead or two.... or three..... or four.... some to sell and some to keep. I bought some big honking turquoise nuggets and some round turquoise beads. I also got some round coral beads and some light green beads. I'm not sure what these are! I also bought a couple of jeweled baubles for me. I really needed to buy myself a valentine day present. We stayed at the J.O.G.S. show all afternoon and didn't see half the goodies. Tomorrow we're heading for the G&LW show. We passed one area that was about three city blocks or more covered with booths. They were selling huge, huge rocks and all kinds of manly-man stuff. We didn't stop because I was anxious to see the girly-girl jewels!
I am in total sensory overload. I've seen tables full of beads, pearls, finished jewelry and faceted stone of amethyst, peridot, sapphire, ruby, lions, tigers and bears, oh my. My eyes are tired from looking, my mind is rebelling and my feet hurt. I'm going to bed early so I can get up and hit the shows again tomorrow.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
The last time I went to the Tucson shows Valerie Hixson met me there. We both have a black belt in bead shopping and the shows brought us to our knees. We bought so many "treasures" we shipped our clothes home by UPS so we could take our purchased in our suitcases. OK, so we couldn't get all the things in our suitcase. We had to ship some thing by UPS. I often open a box and find goodies from that trip. Thank goodness beads don't have a shelf life!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
It feels soooo good to be back to designing again! The holidays were fun but I'm glad to be back at work. I've been making some designs for Valentine's Day. In the "Be My Valentine" book I have little hearts you can use as sun catchers, patches to sew on jackets, etc and you can hang them on your Valentine's Day tree. WHAT??? You don't have a Valentine's Day Tree? Cut a beautifully shaped bare branch, put it in a pot, spray it with glitter paint and you've got one! You just can't be the only kid on the block without one!
Monday, January 12, 2009
1. Never, never put the thread in your mouth. If it gets wet it will frazzle. Hmmm..... is frazzle a word?
2. Put some lip balm on your lips and press them together on the end of the thread. This will flatten the thread and it goes through the needle easier. I use a #10 needle most of the time.
3. Look at your needle. Go through the side of the hole that is the biggest. One side is always bigger.
4. If you are right handed thread the end that is ready. If you are left handed unwind some thread and cut it. Thread the needle with the newly cut end. Since Silamide is a wound thread this will help keep it together. Also when you are beading the natural rotation of your hands will help keep it tightly wound.
Monday, January 5, 2009
My friend Jane sent Sam a little stuffed dinosaur for Christmas. He loves it! In fact he loves it so much he put it to bed in my bed one night. He moved the Euro shams to the side, put the dino on my pillow and covered it. That silly dog never ceases to amaze and delight me. Yeah, I know I'm a goofy doggie-mom!
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Thank goodness I have an evil plan for getting even with Coop. I talked him into going with me to the Tucson shows. He he he he (insert manical giggling here.) I'll going to drag him to every darned show and make him walk up and down every aisle. If he whines I'll reming him of this day and all the games I listened to.