Friday, November 21, 2008

Taggart!

Yes, I know, I was tagged, what, two weeks ago? :/
And by not one, but TWO of my readers! Linda, and Pam. Oh, I'm a such a bad, bad, bad little blogger these days, but honestly, I DO have a good excu... erm, reason. See, for all the time that I was in that funky funk, well, it seems I'm making up for lost times.
I've actually been beading, crocheting, and generally creating my fingers off, to the point where I've aggravated an old wrist injury :( But the injury isn't what's prevented me from writing, 'cause I've been writing LOTS. See, I'm on a mission, and this mission is to become all I was meant to be: A financially independent, wildly successful jewelry designer. :) I've been sitting on my laurels long enough, it's time to dust myself off, and start again. And start I have! I've been attending seminar after seminar, practically one a week; some on marketing, some on networking - m'kay, MOST on networking... - and the very last one was on the "Law Of Attraction". I'm HUGE fan of the Secret, and strongly believe that everything that happens to us, we've drawn to ourselves, good OR bad. It's all in the state of mind, and the vibes you're sending out, and frankly, my vibes for the last few years weren't exactly healthy. So, I've taken a healthy dose of "give yourself a swift kick in the a**", and taken myself back from the brink of whatever that darkness was that I'd let take over me, and here I am, getting back on track! :)

Okay, so, now, back to that tag... I'm supposed to share 7 interesting/unknown facts about myself, and then I'm supposed to tag 7 more people. But, being the difficult girl that I am, I'm going to play the game my way. I'm NOT going to pass the tag on, but I will ask any and all of my readers, that if they are interested in participating, then by all means, I would love to know 7 unknown facts about you, and tell me when you write it, so that I can link to them. Is that good? :)

Alright, number 1!
I am a bonnafide Pool Shark! I started playing pool when I was 14 years old, after making the mistake of telling my dad while watching him play with my pepere, that I would love to learn how to play. The next summer was spent being woken up by a pool cue poking me in the ribs, and my dad teaching me. I am forever grateful that he did, as it did wonders for the old hand/eye coordination. (little tidbit here: Hubby and I met playing pool, and I BEAT HIM 3 games in a row... after letting him win the first one, of course... ;p )

Number 2:
I can tie a cherry stem in a knot using nothing but my TONGUE. Mm-hm, great party trick, and a great way to get phone numbers at that party too! LOL! Not that I pick up boys' phone numbers anymore, but it sure did the trick back in the 'old' days. LOL!

Number 3:
I have this innate ability to learn ANY language. I've had friends that spanned the globe, and each and every time they've tried to teach me their mother tongue, I can pick it up just like that. What's dumbfounding, is that I can even pick up their accent. I'm currently endeavoring to learn conversational Italian, and Spanish. I would love to speak as many languages as I can, fluently.

Number 4:
I love, love, LOVE baby beef liver! If you don't like it, don't EVER come to a pub with me, as it's my favorite pub fare and I can never pass it up, LOL! Especially with mashed potatoes, bacon and onions, and smothered in gravy! My mom used to feed it to me as a baby, and I loved it then too.

Number 5:
Since we're on the topic of food, my absolutely favorite food is Sushi. I've managed to find one good place around here, but I hear that in this area, if I want fantastic Sushi, I'll have to find my way to Toronto.

Number 6:
I. Am. A. Witch. A good one. I am a sole practitioner and belong to no coven, however, I have 'cyber' met a few other Witches that I wouldn't mind meeting in person to work Magik with. And no, I can't turn you into a toad. People do that to themselves... ;)

Number 7:
As mentioned above, I am a strong proponent of the Secret, and I believe that we got our house using the Secret. The secret to the Secret is feeling. You have to feel your goal with every fiber of your being, and the Universe WILL respond to the nature of your 'song'. Trust me, it works!

Now, I wasn't sure I was going to go there, but, since I did get tagged by two ladies, I thought I'd play differently, and play twice. So, I'll do my best to come up with 7 MORE facts about Moi, if you're still interested... :)

Number 8:
I have a slight case of O.C.D. where organization is concerned. A place for everything, and everything in its place is my life's motto. I love being able to find something in the blink of an eye. For example: all of my beading magazines are organized by number (year, month...). My friend Kirsten once called me and told me about finding an interesting article in a particular 3 year old issue of Bead & Button, so I asked her which issue it was, found it, and was instantly looking at it while she expressed her dis concertedness at how I managed to do this... Until she saw my organization in action that is...

Number 9:
On my 8th birthday, August 8th, 1980, my dog Micha had 8 pups!

Number 10:
I am an avid reader. And it can be any subject, if it's written well, I'll read it. I also am on this constant quest to learn new things.

Number 11:
I have a very neat white birthmark smack dab in the middle of the front of my right thigh: It's in the shape of a maple leaf, and never tans. I once had a boyfriend ask me why I tanned with a maple leaf decal on my thigh one summer... Yeah, like I'd use a maple leaf decal and put it on my thigh... *rolls eyes* LOL! Hey, I just tell folks that it's proof I was made in Canada, eh? ;)

Number 12:
I am a collector. I can't just have one of anything, I have to collect MANY of something... Seriously, it's a problem. Sunglasses: 14 pairs. Shoes: 30. Purses? Let's not go there, shall we? Oh, and don't get me started on socks. I LOVE SOCKS! But not just any old socks, I like nice detailed socks, and stockings too...

Number 13:
Lucky number 13... No, really, 13 is my lucky number!

Number 14:
I have a quite extensive, quite eclectic CD collection. Bonnie Rait? Check! Enya? Check! NIN? Check! Amr Diab? Check! Mozart? You guessed it: Check! :D Something for everyone.

So, I hope I didn't bore you TOO much with these little tidbits about Moi. And as promised, I will not tag anyone, but if you play, let me know, 'cause I'd love to read your facts. Another fact about me, I LOVE learning about you all!

Hugs all around!

Jewels

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Photo Post!

Pretty much is, really... Been a busy few weeks, filled with quite a bit of fun. I've been trying to get to the bottom of my new yarn stash, wouldn't you know? I can't believe I'm getting myself that deep into crocheting now. *rolls eyes* Of course, my absolute favorite thing to do at the moment are scarves. They're what I call my 'cozy work'. I just sit here, on a cold, dreary day, and the scarf just starts to drape over my legs, and the yarn in my fingers just warms me up, and I totally get lost in my work. I've done a few hats, but they don't give you that same cozy feeling as the long, thick scarves. Plus, no counting with the scarves, just straight crocheting. :D
"Le Yarn Stashe"

We went on a family date last Saturday, and did we ever have fun. It was our daughter's first time down Clifton Hill, where we showed her as many tourist spots as we could, without spending too much money. And I'll be darned, even the souvenir shops have started carrying WEBKINZ! *grumble, grumble...* And of course, she found a few she'd never seen before, so, we had to say "Well, your birthday is coming up, maybe we can add it to the list of things you'd like?", lol.


Here we are in front of one of the cool light displays down there. Looks really neat in person, I've always had a thing for these bright blue lights. Dunno why...

Mimi has really been flourishing, artistically speaking. I'm always encouraging her to embrace her creativity, and to not care if anyone makes fun of her pink giraffes and blue monkeys. But this really impressed me the other day. While waiting for daddy to get back home before our date, she sat down with her geometric shapes, and created a fantastic fish for her Dada (that's what she calls him...). All by herself she did this:
Isn't this cool?
Matches her socks too. ;)

Speaking of crocheting. Our friend Angelo has been asking me for a skull cap for the longest time, since he likes the hairless look, he often suffers from a cold head. So, I went and found this great slate gray wool, and started to work on it, and just when I was about to finish it, I started thinking "Gee, I wonder what would happen if...", and wouldn't you know it, I came up with a neat new fishing hat for C. Instead of finishing the had off where it would have been a skull cap, I continued crocheting at the back, where I added a flap at the back of the neck. Hubby loved it so much, he commandeered it, saying "Sorry Ange, MY hat!" LOL! Now hubby won't have to worry about his coat collar not keeping the wind away from the back of his neck, since the flap keeps everything nice and covered. :) I was so happy to finally make something that he just absolutely wanted, and loves.


Speaking of feeling wanted and loved, guess who's wanted and loved? ME! Well, my jewelery is, anyway, ;)
During one of the latest marketing seminars I attended last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Niki, a young lady who owns and operated her very own day spa in a town called Virgil, not too far from Niagara Falls. Well, during the seminar, Niki inquired as to whether I'd be interested in having my jewelery carried in her shop? Of course, I said yes! How exciting! And yes, I'm still smiling!

So, what do you think went into these two bags? I'll tell you!

A thick 3-yarn Sciarpe in pinks and browns
The Sciarpe is standard size width, and I like the fringes nice and long, to add movement to the piece

A thick 2-yarn Sciarpe
in black and white Popcorn yarn (I think it's called Cha Cha?)

A thick 2-yarn Sciarpetta in vibrant pinks mixed with neutrals.
The Sciarpetta is a bit narrower than the Sciarpe, which doesn't feel as bulky when you wrap it around the neck.


A thick 2-yarn Sciarpetta in a purple and neutral mixture that I call "Heather"
Again with the super long fringes

A thick 2-yarn Sciarpettina in a mixture of greens that I call "Chartreuse"
The Sciarpettina is very narrow, but also very long.


5 pairs of Drop Duster earrings


Three Hirsutus necklaces


4 regular bangles, and 2 freshwater bangles (a new collection that I will name the "Luna Bangle"


Two teeny knit bags, this gunmetal on black one, and another purple on purple one. Very cute amulets.


This luscious red knit bag, accented with Garnet Swarovski hearts and bicones, and finished with a tubular herringbone rope.
This one is a big bigger than a standard amulet, where you could probably put your standard lipstick in here.

And here is the fabulous Niki!
We were both so happy with our meeting. I have a fantastic feeling about this, and feel that it is only the beginning. So much more to come. So. Much. More.

:)

Jewels

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Site updating, and new piece

Phew! What a lot of work!
I finally finished with the uploading of each and every one of the 28 Lucky Charms I finished last Friday. I photographed them yesterday, then cropped and resized each photo, and today was uploading time. I still have a few things to tweak on the site I think, but so far so good. I thought I'd share a few of them on here with you, but if you wouldn't mind checking their page out on my site, and telling me if it's alright, or if it needs some changes, please let me know? :) Thanks! You can find them here.







Now, I'm really taking a chance with this last one, but I figured since M doesn't really come on this blog all that much, and I'll be seeing her tonight, it would be okay to share it with you. I made this crochet rope a few months back, and couldn't, for the life of me, find the perfect ends for it. Well, with all the moving around, and cleaning we've been doing lately, I've been finding some beads I completely forgot I had. Until I stumbled upon them once again that is... ;)

The rope is made with tiny size 12/0 matte black seed beads, which took what felt like an ETERNITY to complete. This is my first attempt at making my own clasp, such as this. I made a small pearl-embellished Peyote tube, that fit perfectly into that lovely little vintage wooden ring I salvaged off of a second-hand store find about 15 years ago! (ACK! I really AM getting old! LOL!)

I accented the ends with some angular wooden rondelles, peacock fresh water pearls, and some silver beads. I think she'll like it. It's simple, yet very classy, just like M. I keep thinking I should add maybe one more piece, but as I go through my little mental inventory of all of the pieces she's got already, I can picture this necklace going well with so many of them. :)
So, I'm gifting it to her tonight, over dinner at a nice Vietnamese restaurant.