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