Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sassy Update!

Sassy is a totally different dog now! Sam taught her to play with toys so now we listen to a lot of squeeking. She has been groomed twice but it will take about a month for her hair to grow enough to get a Bichon look. The groomer had to cut her hair about 3/4" long because of the matts. The black "halos" around her eyes are the same on both sides. The photo makes them look goofy! She walks on a leash and loves to go everywhere Coop goes. She goes into stores and visits with everyone.

We drove to Hallettville, TX (14 hours away) to celebrate Christmas with our entire family. We spent one night in a motel both ways. Sassy behaved as though she had spent her life traveling. She played with everyone and laughed until I thought her mouth would be sore!

I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it feels to see a smiling little girl instead of that little creature we brough home.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Update on Sassy

Sassy was spayed Monday and spent two days sleeping. Yesterday she was up and running! She is becoming a real love bug too.

She is learning quickly but everything is all new to her. At first she was terrified of her harness and leash. Today she put her head down to get into the harness and didn't fight the leash one bit. Whew! Coop walked to the office with both of dogs and she walked by Sam with no problems. Sam is doing his best to get her to play chase today. She just doesn't get the point of that game!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Poor little dog...

I hope there is an extremely hot place in hell reserved for people who neglect animals. We found out about this little girl a few days ago and brought her home. It's hard to believe but she is a Bichon Frise like our dog Sam. Beneath the long hair and mats there is a sweet baby. Her name is Sassy. She has been used for breeding too many times. I wasn't sure Sam would accept her but I promised her that if he didn't we would find a good home and she would never, never be neglected this way again. Sam is accepting her very well. She didn't know how to play so he is teaching her. She has been to the groomer once and already looks much better. I think she is going to live with us forever.


Monday, November 29, 2010

The cruise that almost wasn't!

I have photos on my web site. Click here to see them.

The cruise that almost wasn't!
Lucy and Ricky go on a cruise.

After hours working with the Delta international operator Coop finally got tickets for the cruise. We were flying first class using our Frequent Flyer points so it was hard to get tickets so near to the time we wanted to go. We couldn't get tickets to Venice so we booked them into Rome. It's a couple of hours by train from Rome to Venice. All is well. Life is good!

We got our itinerary from Delta and it was exactly when we wanted. We were to fly into Rome on Nov. 10, take a train to Venice and spend the night. Two days isn't enough time in Venice but I'm not sure if two weeks would be! We got reservations for a beautiful hotel about half a block from St. Mark's Square! All is well. Life is good!

And then...... we found out that Delta had forgotten about the pesky old international date line when they sent the itinerary. We weren't going to arrive on the 10th but on the 11th. Wahhhhhhh. Oh well, at least we will have a few hours in Venice. All is well. Life is good!

And then...... we took a shuttle train (30 miles) from the Rome airport into the city. That train ran late (it is Italy, you know, not Switzerland) so we missed our train to Venice. Not only was the train late we couldn't figure out where to board the Venice train! Thank goodness a young man came by wanting to take our luggage. He spoke better English than I do. We were a long, long way from where we were to board the train. We finally got to the right track and you guessed it, we had missed the second train! The trains run every 30 minutes so I had time for a small nervous breakdown. This train was a local, not an express so we stopped at every village. It was a long ride but we finally got to Venice. All is well. Life is good!

And then..... we couldn't find the dock for boarding the cruise ship. We were quickly running out of time. We had to check in by 4PM or the ship would leave without us. We hired a speed boat to take us to the dock. Two small problems; he couldn't go fast in the city and we didn't have our money changed into Euros. He took us to a bank and Coop got Euros. Tick. Tick. Tick. The clock is going faster than we were. We finally got out in open water and he kicked that boat into high gear! We arrived at the luggage check in with 28 seconds to spare. That's right, I said 28 seconds! We then had to walk two looooooong blocks (cobblestones) to the ship for the final check in. We made it!!! All is well. Life is indeed good!

Monday, November 1, 2010

My birthday/half price sale

My birthday/half price sale is over for this year. Wheeeeee! I shudder to think of all the problems I had this time. Thank goodness beaders are patient people. Everyone was so nice. Half way through the sale I swore I'd never have another one but I will..... maybe..... maybe not!

If you purchased patterns during the sale I thank you for the purchase and for having patience!

Monday, October 4, 2010


Ruth Shadar (Israel) sent a photo of a quilt she made using one of the patterns in my stained glass book "Les Femmes." Ruth took the pattern to a new level! I love the tiny quilt on the wall beside the mirror. I love the red high heeled shoes. I just love, love, love this quilt!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Indian Market Photos

The SWAIA web site has posted tons of Indian Market photos. You'll see beadwork in most of the categories, especially in the clothing category. Grab a cup of coffee, some yummy chocolate and enjoy the photos!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The saga of the Santa Fe ristra thief.

For years we have had three ristras hanging in front of our house and buy fresh ones every year. Notice that the previous sentence used the past tense "had." As we were leaving for Indian Market a man stopped by our house. He said he was a ristra maker and would have some fresh ones for sale the next day. The ones we had were ready for the trash so this made me very happy. When we came home that day damned if he didn't steal them while we were gone. Suzanne was not happy. Coop was not happy.

Coop went to the Farmer's Market the next week and bought 3 new ristras. They were the most beautiful ones we have ever had. Tourists make a habit of taking photos of our house because of the ristras. The tourists were stopping to take photos again. Suzanne was happy. Coop was happy. The tourists were happy.

Three days later a thief took them while a woman was at the back door asking Coop for directions to someone's house. I haven't seen Coop this mad many times in all the years we've been married. He got in the car and saw the man walking down the bottom of the arroyo across the street. He had the ristras on a long pole so obviously it was a planned theft. Coop told him to get out of the arroyo and bring them to the car or he was a dead man. I'm sure he thought Coop had a gun. Thank goodness Coop didn't have one or he might have shot him.

Coop brought the ristras home and hung them with strong wire wound around the top. He took pliars and mashed the hooks so someone couldn't lift them off. Now our beautiful ristras were safe.

Suzanne was happy again. Coop was happy again. The tourists were taking photos again. Nice ending to the story, right? Well, it's not the end. A few nights later the SOB came back with wire cutters and stole the ristras again. He had to have come before or he wouldn't have known to bring tools.

Suzanne isn't happy. Coop isn't happy. The tourists aren't happy. The end.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Indian Market photos

There are some fabulous photos of Indian Market on The
Newmexican newspaper
web site. The beadwork will boggle your

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cruise versus nursing home!

There will be no nursing home in my future. When I get old and feeble, I am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship. The average cost for a nursing home is $200 per day. I have checked on reservations at Princess and I can get a long term discount and senior discount price of $135 per day. That leaves $65 a day for:

1. Gratuities which will only be $10 per day.

2. I will have as many as 10 meals a day if I can waddle to the restaurant, or I can have room service (which means I can have breakfast in bed every day of the week).

3. Princess has as many as three swimming pools, a workout room, free washers and dryers, and shows every night.

4. They have free toothpaste and razors, and free soap and shampoo.

5. They will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An extra $5 worth of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.

6. I will get to meet new people every 7 or 14 days.

7. T.V. broken? Light bulb need changing? Need to have the mattress replaced? No problem! They will fix everything and apologize for your inconvenience.

8. Clean sheets and towels every day, and you don't even have to ask for them.

9. If you fall in the nursing home and break a hip you are on Medicare. If you fall on the Princess ship they will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of you life.

Now hold on for the best! Do you want to see South America, the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, or name where you want to go? Princess will have a ship ready to go. So don't look for me in a nursing home, just call the ship.

P.S. And don't forget, when you die, they just dump you over the side at no charge.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Indian Market 2010

Sometimes the prettiest thing you see at Indian Market isn't for sale! I saw this grandfather holding his precious little granddaughter a couple of years ago. Is she the cutest thing or what? She has on a traditional dress and from the silver ornaments in her hair to her little moccasins she is dressed perfectly. She has two turquoise necklaces and bracelets made of silver and turquoise on both her little wrists.

Yes, I wanted to take her home with me!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Indian Market 2010

It's almost time for Indian Market and I can hardly wait. The show is August 21-22, 2010. There are gallery shows opening all over town too. There will be 1200 artists from about 100 tribes who show their work in over 600 booths. The event attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world.

Saturday night there is a Gala Auction and dinner. The auction items bring in lots of money that helps fund the show. The items are donated by the artists. Each year there is a collaboration piece with four or five artists working on different compenents of the piece. This year's item is a fabulous butterfly necklace. I am drooling over a red and black glass blown piece decorated with sterling silver and coral. It was made by Robert "Spooner" Marcus, Ohkay Owingeh and Michael Roanhorse, Diné. It is valued at $18,000.00. I wonder if I could sell my car and buy it????

As usual I can't wait to see what Marcus Amerman, Choctaw has made for the show. His beadwork is fabulous!

This event is truly a feast for the eyes and the fry bread is a feast for the tummy!

Thursday, July 29, 2010



I'm a fan of the TV show Glee. It's so nice to hear good music for a change. I love when Kristin Chenoweth guest stars.

Yes, I'm a gleek. Are you a gleek? Of course you are! I made some bracelet patterns today for gleeks. You can find the free patterns here!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A joke for you.....

A husband and wife are shopping in their local Wal-Mart.
The husband picks up a case of Budweiser and puts it in their cart.
'What do you think you're doing?' asks the wife.
'They're on sale, only $10 for 24 cans he replies.
'Put them back, we can't afford them demands the wife, and so they carry on shopping.
A few aisles further on along the woman picks up a $20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.
What do you think you're doing?' asks the husband.
It’s my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,' replies the wife.
Her husband retorts: 'So does 24 cans of Budweiser and it's half the price.'
On the PA system: 'Cleanup on aisle 25, we have a husband down.'


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Free Flag Tea Light Pattern

I uploaded a FREE flag tea light pattern yesterday. Make some for your July 4 celebration. Go here and click on free patterns.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I uploaded two free patterns today. One is Autism Puzzle Heart and the other is Autism Puzzle Amulet Purse. Go here and click on the FREE PATTERNS link. You can make the pieces for yourself or as a gift for a friend. You can make and sell tons of them if you donate the funds to Autism Speaks or another autism charity.

Autism affects 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys. We must find a cure for this disorder. Our children are crying out for it.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New bracelet patterns!

I finished some bracelet patterns e-books this week. I have 7 e-books uploaded. I have several more almost ready. It seems to take longer to upload patterns than it does to make them. Perhaps that's because I love making patterns
so it doesn't seem like work! You can see the new bracelet e-books by clicking here.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I've been TAGGED

Sig from Beadedbear's Nonsense and Complete Waste of Time tagged me for this "what if" game:


MONTH -- December - snow and Christmas!
DAY- Saturday
TIME OF DAY -- Midnght. I create better at night.
SEASON-- Fall - Beautiful days, the smell of pinon burning in the fireplace and fresh green chiles
PLANET -- Earth since that's the only one I've visited..... that I know of!
DIRECTION- I have absolutely NO sense of direction so I can't pick a favorite.
TREE- Willow - it bends but doesn't break.
ANIMAL- Dogs in general, Sam my little Bichon Frise in particular.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT- I love all of them.
FRUIT- Pineapple and Mango
FOOD- Pasta - Chocolate
COLOUR- Purple - Black
BOOK- I read all the time so my favorite is whatever I'm reading at the time.
SONG ­ Nessum Dorma
MOVIE - Sleepless in Seattle
FLOWER- Lillies
FACIAL EXPRESSION-- The look my husband gives me.... you know the one!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Day Lily Bracelet

Please don't forget that I'm a beginner with bead embroidery! I finally got a photo of one of my bracelets. It has three Day Lily blossoms. The other projects are going to have to wait for an overcast day because they have lots of bling.

Friday, April 23, 2010

New patterns!

I uploaded 26 patterns for names and words in Chinese calligraphy today. You can see them by clicking

Now that the upload is done I can get back to working on a bead embroidery necklace. Yes, I'm learning to love the technique! The piece I'm working on isn't a big necklace but so far it's looking good.

Monday, April 12, 2010

April project

Wheeeeeeee! I finished my April Bead Journal project last night. I'm actually not ashamed to show this project to others. I'll try to photograph all my projects soon. Bead embroidery is definitely getting easier and I am enjoying it now. I got ambitious and started a bracelet last night. This start was a BIG learning experience. I used a beautiful stone oval as the centerpiece. I had a good bit of the bezel done when I realized the stone is too large. I need a curved stone!!! So.... plan B.... I'll turn it into a fill-in-the-blank!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April Bead Journal

I'm working on my project for April. Bead embroidery is getting easier but my fingers keep wanting to do peyote stitch! We'll see if this old dog can learn a new trick.

I've been busy uploading some new items to my download web site. Take a peek here!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bead Journal Project

I'm working on my third month now. My bead embroidery skills have gotten better. I still have a long way to go before I feel comfortable with the technique. Rated from 1 to 10, I started at 0 and am up to 2! It would help a lot had I learned to do regular embroidery at some time in my checkered past. I'll post photos as soon as I get up the courage to show other people. It feels good to learn something new, doesn't it?

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Ingrid Teboe arrived yesterday and we have not stopped talking! We have been e-mailing for over three years. It's so much fun to meet an on-line friend in person. We just got back from the first night at BeadFest. Thank goodness it was only open 4 hours or we would be totally broke! I got to visit with Mary Tafoya, Betsey Ventrella and her husband Mark, Nikia Angel and Marcus Amerman. Can't wait till tomorrow!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010


Coop just had the staples removed from his knee surgery so we are headed home. I can't wait to get to Santa Fe.

Friday, February 19, 2010

On the road again...

I think I should buy a tour bus, don't you? Yes, we're headed for Phoenix again tomorrow. Coop had a call from Mayo Clinic and they moved his second knee surgery to Monday instead of Wednesday. I thought I had a lot of time to pack and clean house etc. but nooooooo. I've done what I can and said to heck with the rest of it. The dirt will still be here in the same exact place when we get back.

I've packed three big bags with beads and macrame stuff. There is no way I'll need all these but if I don't take them you know good and well I'll need them. I'm working on my Bead Journal Project. I'm totally a beginner at bead embroidery so I've done the frog stitch more times than I can count. I threw my first piece away when it was half done. So far the second version seems to be working.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Olympics and Beads

I'm still glued to the TV watching the Olympics. My favorite sport is figure skating so I'll have big time fun the next few days. As for beads.... I'm in a big bad bead block. I decided to work on my Bead Journal projects today thinking that would break the block. So far I'm just getting mad! I can't find a decent pair of scissors. I'm sure they are in one of the bags of beads I took to Arizona. I don't want to open every one of the bags. Heavy sigh.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Olympics and Twitter

4 days until the Winter Olympics! Wheeeeeeee! I can't wait for the games to start. I went to the ESPN web site where they have a Twitter feed. 4 days until the Olympics! I'm following Tannith Belbin, Ben Augusto, Evan Lysacek and Apollo Ono. I'm a big time skating fan. Poor Belbin and Augusto can't get a plane out of Philadelphia and may miss the opening ceremonies.

Anyone else a Winter Olympics fan?

Friday, February 5, 2010


I hereby declare that Sig Wynne-Evans is a genius! She told me how to get rid of the Chinese posts on my blog. I translated one of them on Google Translate and it was full of X rated things. I tried everything I could and nothing worked to delete them. Sig wrote me and said to look for a tiny trash can beneath the post. I tried it and it worked. Put this in your memory bank in case you find some offensive posts on your blog.
Thank you Genius Sig!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bead Newsletter

I just uploaded a bead newsletter full of really good eye candy. If you don't get my newsletters you can read the new one here:

I finally uploaded several loom patterns and a few peyote ones. You can see them here: Yes, I was on a Southwest kick again! I guess I'll always be since Santa Fe has such an impact on me.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Back in Santa Fe!

After five days in Phoenix the doctors wouldn't do the surgery on Coop's knee. It seems he may have walking pneumonia of all goofy things. He is on antibiotics now. We have to go back again. My car will probably try to head to Phoenix every time we start it now! Coop's surgery is now set for Feb. 25.

We made it back in time for a beautiful snow! I love snow better than a little kid. I had a whole flock of patterns I needed to prepare for upload so I sat at the computer in front of a window. I watched it snow and worked on patterns all day. Heavenly day!

I have a few of the patterns uploaded and will have more in a few days. I don't have these linked to the opening page so for now if you want a sneak peek you'll have to hit the back button!


Wouldn't you just know that my blog would be the only one with comments in Chinese? There are many of them so ignore them. There is an occasional word in English so I know they are bad, bad, bad.

Does anyone know how to block someone from posting?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Phoenix again....

Tuesday Coop and I leave for Phoenix. He will have the second knee replacement done. This time I won't be afraid. He has done so well with the first surgery he won't get much sympathy from me. I'm trying to get things in order so we can pack the car tomorrow. The big question is which beads to take. I'm going to work on my Bead Journal Project while I'm there. I'll post from Phoenix occasionally and with any luck I won't be whining over my lack of green chile! Yes, I'm taking some with me this time.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I've been on a designing binge the last three days! What fun! I've got several southwest designs ready to upload. Here's one of them done in the Navajo Ganado Red style. This one is for the loom.