Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas card for you!

Sam, my little Bichon Frise made a Christmas card for you!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A better day.....

Thank goodness I'm out of the bah humbug mood today. Several of our presents are now on the UPS truck and we are wrapping the rest to go out tomorrow. Reservations have been made for Coop and I to have Christmas dinner at La Fonda. Anyone want to go with us? I promise I won't be in the bah humbug mood!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rant warning!

I need to rant. I went to town today to try to finish my Christmas shopping. I had to get a few small things at Target. I hate going in Target even on a good day because all the fixtures in the store are ORANGE. I try not to look but I think the floors are orange too. Orange makes me mad when it is used in large quantities. Soooo..... I'm shopping and walking from one corner of the store to the other and back. I must have walked a bezillion miles all the while dodging people who were not watching where they were going. I began to feel like the slowest car in the bumper cars rink. I breathed deeply and continued shopping. All of a sudden I saw a woman in a really big motorized chair backing up at warp speed. She didn't glance around to see if anyone was behind her. There was someone there... me! There were too many people surrounding me for me to get out of her way. Thankfully she turned when she got about 4 inches from my legs. It was at this moment that I went into full fledged BAH HUMBUG MODE. Next year I plan to order everything online. It isn't safe out there! Rant over. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sig gave me an award!

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

Holiday Gift Game Updated!

It seems as though one of Santa's elves worked on my computer one night. He uploaded 4 more surprise gifts! There is now a total of 17 gifts. Can you remember where you looked before? The new ones might be on a new page or they might be on an old page. Of course I have NO idea where they are since it was an elf that uploaded them. Good luck on your quest!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bead Novels Review

I just finished reading "Beads of Doubt" by Barbara Burnett Smith and Karen MacInerney and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's light reading; a murder mystery with a backdrop of a bead tea. Barbara Burnett Smith was hit by a car and died before she could finish the novel. Her good friend Karen MacInerney finished the book for her. Her first novel about beading was "Bead on Trouble" which used a bead retreat as the setting. I didn't care for this book as much as I did "Beads of Doubt". Both books are guaranteed not to improve your mind or keep you awake but they are fun.

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

Facebook ad warning

Friday, Facebook will start using your photo in ads that will appear on the profile page of your contacts. It's legal and is mentioned in the fine print when you create your account. TO the following:

Privacy Settings,
News Feed & Wall.
Facebook ads (tab).
Choose "NO ONE" and save changes.


Thursday, November 19, 2009


Suzanne's Maybe Annual Holiday Gifts Game

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

Home sweet home!

We're back at home now. Santa Fe never looked prettier than when we drove in this time. Today is my birthday so I've celebrated by sleeping late and eating green chile breakfast burrito from Tia Sophia's!

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

Headed home!!!!!

I'm going home, Aunty Em! I've been clicking the heels of my ruby red slippers all morning. It worked! Coop was just released and we should be headed to Santa Fe in a few minutes!

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

Green Chile Withdrawal.

I'm in total green chile withdrawal. HELP! In Santa Fe we eat green chile on our food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We've been in Phoenix 16 days but it seems longer. Do these people know that New Mexico is the next state and there is tons of green chile grown there? I NEED GREEN CHILE. I need it bad. With any luck Coop will be dismissed Wednesday. When I cross the state line I plan to eat lots and lots of green chile. Can I wait that long???

Beaded Art Doll Competition

Voting has begun for the ALL DOLLED UP: Beaded Art Doll Competition (Land of Odds)

There are some really great dolls this year!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin contest winner!

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

Grand piano and Smile Lady

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 sunset

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!

Bead/Chile Fiesta

Bead/Chile Fiesta was over Monday morning. Another year to wait for another one. Sigh. It was such fun seeing old friends again. Bonnie and I had to get up at 4:30 in order to catch a shuttle to the airport Tuesday morning. That was hard to do for a person who doesn't do mornings but we made it. She left for home in Dallas and I left for Phoenix to be with Coop when he had knee surgery.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bead/Chile Fiesta

Wheeeeee! Friday is the first night of the Fifteenth Annual Bead/Chile Fiesta! My friend Bonnie Brooks is coming from Dallas tomorrow. I'm a happy camper now. This group of beaders met on the old Prodigy bulletin board years ago. We decided to meet in Santa Fe. I have no idea who came up with the name for the group but it fits. We bead, eat lots of chile and have a grand time. We volunteer to teach classes when we have something to share with the group. This year I'm teaching beaded feathers.

I've got to get to bed and go to sleep quickly so tomorrow will arrive sooner!

Steampunk cakes

If Baker's Banter didn't have enough cakes for you ttake a peek at the Cakewrecks site. Check out the steampunk cakes. These cakes take steampunk to a whole new level.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Baker's Banter

Why do I have a favorite blog called Baker's Banter in my list of non-bead blogs, you ask. You know good and well that I don't bake. I barely cook! I have it listed just so I can look at the beautiful photos. Yes, there are times when I want to lick my monitor but I restrain myself. I have been known to drool on the keyboard though. Take a peek if you dare. You might gain five pounds from just looking at the blog!!! Look below the blog archive. Don't forget that I warned you!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I'm home Aunty Em!

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

Arizona nights

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

Not today

Wahhhhhhh. I thought we've be going home today but we can't leave until Monday morning. I was bored so I made a Smilebox slide show of our super exciting (yawn) trip. And to think we were planning a trip to Italy. Heavy sigh.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Headed home tomorrow....

We will be leaving Phoenix tomorrow after Coop's last pre-op tests. He was scheduled for knee surgery on the 7th. Our dentist discovered a possible infection in his gums last week. After the lab tests came in sure enough there was an infection that could go to the bloodstream and invade the surgical site. So it's back home for us, lots of antibiotics for Coop and a trip back to Phoenix for surgery on the 22nd. I've never known of a place as thorough as Mayo Clinic. He has been through every test possible, Thank goodness he doesn't have to go through all this again.

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.

Arizona photos

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


Getting ready to pack for Phoenix today. We leave tomorrow. Throwing jeans and shirts in a suitcase is not a problem but choosing which beads to take is a BIG problem. If I take too many the car might not climb the hills. If I don't take enough...... oh, the horror!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Phoenix/Scottsdale the saga continues

After a couple of changes in Coop's knee surgery schedule we are set to go again. We leave here Wednesday Sept. 30. We will take two days to drive so we won't be beaten to a pulp when we arrive. Sam is going with us so he will have to stop for potty breaks. Sam will spend some time in the Petsmart PetsHotel while we are there. If you haven't boarded your pet there check it out. Sam loves to go there and play with the other dogs. Coop will have surgery Monday the 2nd. He is supposed to stay in town for three weeks after surgery. He will have physical therapy, etc. He will probably be in the hospital three days. They won't let him out until he is totally able to care for himself.

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

Phoenix/Scottsdale Bead Stores

Can you imagine how hard it is to be in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and not have time to go to a single bead store? There are tons of bead stores. We were there two days with no time for play. Coop was at Mayo Clinic getting ready to have his knee replacement surgery. Both his knees were injured playing college football. That totally free education is costing him dearly now. Thank goodness there are good doctors that can fix him. We will be back in Arizona in a few weeks and I'll have lots of extra time to play. Watch out bead stores, here comes Suzanne!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

El Desfile de Los Ninos

Just got back from watching El Desfile de Los Ninos (The Children's Pet Parade) and it is really a hoot! Furry, four-legged pirates, bees and super-heroes were seen in the parade. The pet parade featured costumed kids with animals of all sizes. Chickens, cats, kittens, ducks and dogs were dressed-up in outfits ranging from cowboys to ladybugs. Some kids had little wagons with fish tanks and gerbil cages. My favorite "float" was a shopping cart with cardboard on each side painted to look like a stage coach. The "horses" were hitched to the cart but they were two beautiful Labradors! One entry had every character in The Wizard of Oz with the dogs dressed like the flying monkeys. There were cages chickens and two roosters that were on the owners' shoulders. I have no idea how they stayed on. The cute part of this parade is seeing the imagination of the kids translated into costumes. There were dogs from the tiniest Chihuahuas to enormous Great Danes. I don't know how those tiny dogs could keep up but they all did. The dogs were having a grand time and the only sound I heard from them was from one Bloodhound who bayed as he walked. A big percentage of the crowd brought their dogs. Of course Sam had to go. He was so good I couldn't believe it. He sat and watched the entire parade and didn't make a sound.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Web site hell.....

I feel as though I've been living in web site hell for the past couple of weeks. My host moved the files to a larger database. My site didn't make the move very well. I had no sites for a few days. After doing a tap dance on some heads they got my sites running. Well, at times they were running. I have not had e-mail for at least 10 days. More tap dancing.... and more.....and more and still no e-mail. I pulled the plug on them this afternoon and signed on with another host. I've been uploading web site files all afternoon. YEA! is up and running! I'm uploading bead-patterns-24-7 now. After that one is finished I'm going to the house and collapse! Wait.... I'll have a wee drink and then collapse.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I listed some patterns on my Etsy site today. It has been so long since I listed something I forgot how to do it!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Marcus Amerman beadwork

Marcus Amerman has a photo of his Indian Market entry on his web site. It is a10 x 26 inch rendering of Buffalo Bill, Brave Chief, Knife Chief, Young Chief, American Horse, Rocky Bear, Flies Above, and Long Wolf inspired by the historic photo of the same. The piece contains nearly 118 colors in the over 120,000 beads.

My lovely picnic....yuck!

Coop and I have been married a long, long time. I'm not saying how long but I'll give you a hint. Benjamin Franklin was a guest at our wedding. Bennie Baby (that's what I called him) was a great dancer. I digress. OK, you've got the picture. A long marriage that just may have lasted ONE DAY TOO LONG.

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

Sig's trip

Just looked at Sig's web site about their trip to China, Tibet, Yangtze River and Cambodia. Wow! Take a peek.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

No longer sad.....

A couple of weeks ago I was sad because a local bead store was closing. Good news! A local beader has rented the space and will be opening in three weeks or so. It will be called "The Beading Heart of Santa Fe." As if that wasn't enough to make me happy there is a new store open next door to my favorite place for breakfast. It's called "Ritual Adornments." The best way to start a day is to eat a breakfast burrito with green chile at Tia Sophia's and go next door and look at beads!

Monday, August 31, 2009


I was having the best time last night playing with my computer. I was cutting a pattern in half and when I hit the delete button I heard a bang and all the lights went out. I though I had caused it! We had no electricity for four hours. This is the second time the city has been dark in the past month. We were having storms so I guess lightening struck something major. I finally got to play with the computer again and wham.... lights out again! Thank goodness for a battery powered laptop! I finally got the pattern done and sure enough the lights came on again. i think there must be a pattern hating gremlin in my house!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sig's Blog

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

Finally! My web site are back and I can get e-mail. I was beginning to think it would never happen.

Most of the tourists have gone home now that Indian Market is over. Our city won't be quiet until the last part of September but maybe we can get into a restaurant now!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I'm going bonkers!

My web sites are being moved to a new database. The move started at 6PM yesterday and it still isn't finished. Do you have any idea how hard it is want to read e-mail and can't do it? Am I addicted to the computer? Could be!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Marcus Amerman & Indian Market photos

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

Indan Market 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

Silly me...

Did you even have a day when you did everything right only to find out it was wrong? That has been my day. I worked almost all day converting one of my out-of-print stained glass design books into e-Book format. I finally finished and realized I had converted the wrong book. The one I worked on is still in print. If I weren't so tired I think I'd beat my head against the wall!!!

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

Opera report...

Oh why haven't we been to the opera before now? The music was glorious, the singers superb and the costumes were great. The opera house seats 2,128 plus 106 standees. The audience sat spellbound and there wasn't a sound made. The leading lady really squashed the idea what opera singers are big and fat! She was such a tiny creature I kept wondering where that big voice came from!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Today is Coop's birthday. I bought him tickets to the opera months ago. I've never been to an opera. I hope we love it. It's "La Traviata" by Verdi. I love some of his songs but don't know the ones listed. Of course the names are in Italian so I may know them when I hear them.

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

DARK night!

The power went off last night. I think the entire city was without power for two hours. Ohhhhh, it was DARK. We finally found our kerosene lamps and three candles. The lamps put out a lot more light than candles. We grabbed the tops of our outdoor solar lamps and stuck them in glasses. I've done this before and it is great. You can't go to sleep with candles and lamps burning but these things are totally safe. Of course we had both TV sets on when the power went off. I fell into a deep sleep and almost jumped straight up when they came back on!

How did/do people live without electricity?

Friday, August 14, 2009

I'm sad today

I'm sad because one of our local bead stores "Beauty and the Beads" is closing next week. While I wish Madeleine all the best in her new venture in California I'm still sad. I shopped at the store years before I moved to Santa Fe. There is a BIG sale going on for five more days. Do I dare go for fear I'll tear up? Do I dare go for fear I'll buy way too many beads?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Site down time changed again....

For the third time I have to announce that my web sites will be down. The server changed the dates again.... and again. As of now the sites will be down beginning at 8:00pm EDT on August 21, and continuing into Saturday, August 22.

I can tweet!

Yea! I learned how to tweet from someone on Beadchat! I had tried almost everything and couldn't do it without working my behind off.

I can now tweet like the birdies in the trees. Now if I only had something interesting to say!!!


I joined Twitter yesterday. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I must be the only tweet impaired person in the world. I have to play "fool the computer" in order to tweet. There are little bitty kids who can tweet. Where is a little bitty kid when you need one? If you want to watch and see if I finally learn to tweet here's my page:

Now it's time for me to quit worrying about tweets and get back to work!

Monday, August 10, 2009

My yard....

OK, so I don't have a rocker in my herb garden. My dog is a pretty darned cute garden ornament and I have a carved redwood bear. So there Miss Ali!

Ali's yard....

Just when I was thinking my front yard was looking good my daughter Ali sent photos of her back yard. If I didn't love her so much I might never speak to her again!!! I love, love, love the old rocker in her herb garden.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Web sites going down....

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

I'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:

Kitchen1 Switchplate Covers
Kitchen 2 Switchplate Covers
Celtic Switchplate Covers
Critters Switchplate Covers
Holiday Switchplate Covers
Southwest 3 Switchplate Covers

Friday, July 24, 2009

Back to beading!!!!

Wheeeeeeeee!!!! I'm finally back to beading. I've been working on a new bracelet and it's almost done. It feels so good to be beading again after a long dry spell.

I'm a happy camper today for sure!

Friday, July 17, 2009

OK, it's joke time!

In this life I’m a woman. In my next life, I’d like to come back as a bear.
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.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Word Cloud

I've spent way too much time making Word Clouds! I did this one using bead related words. Click the little photo to see an enlargement. Make your own Word Cloud on the Wordle site!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Two more....


Did you think I forgot the other two new e-Books? Nope, I just don't know how to put more than two photos in a post! You can see the other two news ones here. To quote Porky Pig"That's all folks!"



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

Chicken Fried Steak

"Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken-fried steak." -Larry McMurtry

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

Old patterns

I've been going through my old files this week. Some of the patterns I found were done as far back as 1995. Some are horrible, some are good and some will be good with lots of work. It's fun to see what my interest were at various times. One theme runs through all the years. Yes, it's Southwest. Big surprise.... not! I've been interested in Southwest art for many years, even before I picked up my first brush and attempted to paint with oils. That interest has followed me through my studies of painting, metalsmithing, stained glass and now beadwork.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Flower garden.....

I can't bead. I can't cook. I can't do housework. All I want to do is work in my flower garden! My geraniums are doing beautifully this year. I bought a big Heliotrope plant that has the most beautiful purple flowers on it. It seems to love when I planted it. I know nothing about the plant but I'm hoping it keeps blooming all summer. I could Google it and find out but I'd rather keep hoping for blossoms. I've planted several things, mostly in the reds and purples with some pink and yellow. It's pretty darned pretty if I do say so myself, and I do!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My how time flies!

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

Necklaces and Light Tents

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

So, this is spring?????

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

BeadFest Santa Fe

I had a grand time at BeadFest! My good friend Bonnie Brooks from Dallas stayed at our house. We shopped. We ate. We shopped. We ate. It was so wonderful seeing old friends again. We visited with Nikia Angel and Betcey Ventralla at Betcey's booth. Oh, those crystals!!! The first familiar face I saw was that of Maggie Meister. Maggie was with us on two BeadVenture trips to Ireland. Maggie's jewelry is fabulous! Judy Ramsey, Mary Tafoya and Sarah Frazier were there. Frieda Bates was there but I couldn't find her. Wahhhhhhhhhhh.

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?

Irish blessing

I sent a newsletter yesterday and included a traditional Irish blessing. I received an e-mail from a reader with a blessing. I love this one!!!

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

Beading like crazy.....

I've been beading like crazy the past two weeks. I needed some new jewelry to wear to BeadFest Santa Fe next week! There's nothing like a deadline to get my bead needle flying. So far I think I'm pleased with one necklace. The jury is out on the second one. Sigh. I'd post a photo of the necklace if I could find my light tent. Yes, I'm still searching for it. I finally ordered a new one which should be here this week. You know what that means, don't you? Yes, I'll find the old one as soon as the new one arrives! Anyone want to buy a slightly used light tent? Low mileage - used twice and has remained hidden for months.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My latest TV addiction!

We've been watching "Treasure Quest" on the Discovery Channel.Last week they were exploring some German submarines from WWII. I am totally fascinated by this show. It's the same people who explored the Titanic a few years back. They have found the ship "HMS Victory" that went down in 1744. They had two episodes on this ship and are now teasing us while we wait for more on it. This Thursday they are exploring the "Lusitania" and that should be interesting. The Victory is supposed to have been loaded with a HUGE amount of gold. The only problem is I can't bead while watching this show. It is much too fascinating.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? I did and I loved it. I have two negative comments:
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

St. Patrick's Day

I finished two e-Books with Celtic patterns this week. Now I need to get busy and make a necklace for St. Patrick's Day. I don't wear green clothes so I get lots of "Where's your green?" on the 17th. This year I'll have an answer.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Home from Tucson

I'm home Aunty Em, I'm home! I definitely saw enough rubies to make many pairs of ruby red slippers. I went back to the big show yesterday and didn't buy diddly. Woe is me when I actually get tired of seeing precious gems! We went out to one of the smaller shows and I was so happy to see glass beads for a change. I bought some really pretty Czech beads and some crystal roundels. The drive to the small show was interesting because we could see all the tents from the freeway. No wonder my feet hurt. We estimated that the tents and grounds at the G&LW show at the Holidome covered the length of three city blocks. And no, I didn't go into all of them! We passed by show after show on the drive. Many of them featured rough stones so that didn't interest me. Truthfully, nothing much interested me at this point!!! Three days would have been long enough. Coop asked me if I would go back and I said I would. One of my favorite purchases was the least expensive. I found a wonderful little hammer with acrylic on one end and I forget what else on the other! It's perfect for wire work. Isn't it strange how a $2.00 hammer can delight you?

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

Tucson Day 3

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:

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

Day 2

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

Day 1

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


I'm leaving for Tucson early (yikes) in the morning. I haven't been to the Tucson shows in years and I can't wait. I'll blog from there when I can. I hope I can take some photos in the shows.

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

Santa Fe Bead Fest Info

If you are planning to attend Bead Fest in Santa Fe (March 12 - 15) check out my Santa Fe Info page. I have tons of things about our city. I hope this helps with your planning.

Valentine Crazy

I've gone Valentine crazy. OK, so I didn't have far to go. I made two more e-books this week. Now I'm ready for a new holiday.

What's next? St. Patrick's Day? Gotta check my callendar.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New patterns

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

The great thread debate.....

It seems there is always a debate about which thread is best for beading. I love, love, love Silamide thread but there are some tricks to threading a needle with it.
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

Sam's new toy

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

Kindle update....

I promised I'd give a report on how I like using Amazon's Kindle reading machine. I haven't posted about this because I've been busy reading! I LOVE IT! It was hard to use at first and I missed having a real book in my hands. Now I wonder why I didn't order one when they first came out. In the past when I've traveled I have taken four or five books. Now I can take just the Kindle and have tons of books at my fingertips. The Kindle is lighter than even a paperback book. When I go to sleep while reading I normally drop my book and have trouble finding my page. The Kindle goes to sleep when you stop reading so you can go back to the right page with no problem. I bookmark pages fairly just in case I hit the wrong button and lose my place. Another plus is the books are half price even on the new releases. There are now over 200,000 titles available. When you buy a book it is sent wireless to your Kindle in less than 60 seconds. Amazon is supposed to have a new version out very soon. This one will be even lighter.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Help me please....

I'm being held captive by a football fan. HELP! I sat through the Rose Parade, then the bowl game in Orlando and now the Rose Bowl is on. Will the bowl games never end? How many more will they have today? The sound of the crowds yelling is ringing in my ears.
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.