Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'd Like To Teach The World To Bead In Perfect Harmony

Howdy all! Nothing much to say but thought I'd post anyway. I'm a poet! Yeah rhyming! :)

I thought I'd post a few pictures of some of the things I'd recently completed and share a little news.

My 'day' job (and from semester to semster, my night job!) is teaching English as a Second Language to adult language learners at a local college in town. We really try and expose the students to as much of our city, state and country as possible. Some are only here for a few months while others may have already been here for years but still struggle with the language. In semesters past, we've gone on field trips (Branson, aquarium, haunted corn maze, Gilcrease...) but this semester it seems that we have a younger crew of students who aren't as hip to the field trippin' scene.

Sooooooo...why do I tell you all of this??? Well, in lieu of field trips, they are attempting to plan different activities for the students to participate in and are offering activities that are gender specific. This is especially important for students who come from cultures where gender separation is not rare and students find comfort in doing things with their own genders. I could really go on and on about all of this but I will refrain for your sanity :)

So again, why do I tell you this??? Well, they have decided to have a paintball event for the menfolk to participate in and have asked if we would be interested in leading a jewelry workshop for the ladies! I jumped at the opportunity and am SO excited to do this! It's really all of my passions mixed into one - teaching, ESL and jewelry! We will find out soon if it is a go or not and I'm crossing everything possible that it is!
I end this babbling post with two pictures of a couple of pieces I recently completed. Enjoy!



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The New Crew

The newest twenty switchplates brought to you due to special requests :)

A little fabric and Chihuly glass...
A taste of the vintage (I am enamored with the Paul Newman one and just might keep it for my sitting room)...

Some Okie goodies! The two with the folks holding the "This Place Matters" signs are gifts for the holders :)

Some images that scream VACATION TIME!!!

And finally, some classics (and another Chihuly :)...


Hope you've enjoyed! I'll have more on the way soon!!!



Sunday, February 15, 2009

TAG You're all it!

Low and behold, I have been tagged by www.gardengatedesigns.blogspot.com (check out her recipes!!!) to share with you five random things about myself! Lucky you :)

Rules of tagging
1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules in your blog
3. Write five random things about yourself
4. Tag random people at the end of your post and link to them
5. Let each person know they've been tagged

So here are the five random things about me...
1. I can pop pretty much every bone in my body and rarely notice when I do it.
2. It is because of making jewelry that I met my husband.
3. I've met a random grouping of 'the famed' - Billy Idol, Pharrell, Weird Al, David Lee Roth, Tears for Fears, TV on the Radio, Gary Busey, some of The Roots...
4. I've now cut my hair off and donated it to Locks of Love three times and plan on doing it again and again.
5. I wish I lived in a city where cars weren't required.

Instead of tagging random people, I'm tagging everyone who reads this! Muahahahahahahahaha!!! Consider yourself tagged! :)

I'll post again soon with the new switchplates I'm finishing up today! My mister mister bought me blank switchplates for Valentine's Day...isn't that sweet? ;)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Flip It, Flip It Good!

Happy Friday! I always get so excited when Friday rolls around...even when nothing big is planned for the weekend. I know tomorrow is V-Day and in theory, I should be excited for that but I'm not really looking at it as any other day! I think I'm being taken out to dinner? I think the mister has something planned but I've no clue what! So I figure, why start growing expectations? I'll just be happy that it's Saturday :)

I've stepped away from jewelry this week and have worked some on my switchplates! You'll remember that I recently acquired about 5 bajillion magazines (ok maybe not that many) to go through thus I've got a million new switchplates to make! After I find what I'm looking for, I recycle the remains and they become some other magazine again! If anybody knows of any organization that is ever in need of magazines for any projects, etc, let me know and I'll be glad to pass them along!

After I've gone through and pulled out anything of interest I then go through my massive pile and decide what inspires me that particular day!


Then everything is laid out and whichever one catches my eye, I start with! I think the most difficult part of this is keeping the animals from walking on the sheets! I've one cat in particular who LOVES to lay on paper...don't ask me why!

The next step is where the magic happens. I pick the placement of the picture, affix it and then begin my folding process. I've yet to seal them all but do have 20 new good looking switchplates! I'll probably seal this batch this weekend and will start working on another set after that. My switchplate stock is down from the holidays so I need to stock back up!

So yesterday was kinda interesting for me...I met with a representative from the OK Tax Commission at my house! Apparently, now when you apply for a Tax ID #, a rep will come out and check out your inventory and make sure you'll following all of the tax rules. We had scheduled to meet about a month ago but kept having to reschedule due to the 'ice storm' and illnesses so we FINALLY got to meet yesterday. I must admit, I had a few butterflies but was excited to make sure I was doing everything correctly. The rep was SUPER nice, was beyond helpful and even complimented the goods! All in all it was a good experience :)
I wish you all a Happy Slappy Valentine's Day and a Happy New Year. What?!? ;)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

No Coats Needed!

Greetings all! It's been a while since I've posted and I apologize greatly! I always have such great expectations to post routinely and frequently yet I always seem to miss my goals! But here I am today ;) That counts for something, right?

So today I volunteered for Street Cats My Furry Valentine event in which we had three pieces of jewelry in their silent auction. They were in desperate need of a coat check volunteer so I offered myself up to help the organization, to see how our jewelry bid and to get into a cool event for free! What, I'll admit it!?! ;) Well, as those of you in the Oklahoma area know, you know that today was BEAUTIFUL outside and not a jacket was needed! That being said, my job as a coat checker was mighty slow....

Low and behold though, halfway through my shift, one little old lady checked her coat! I was so excited! I gave her the matching number to her hanger and guarded her little coat with my life! And let me tell you, this little old lady had tremendous style! The coat was probably from the early 70's, a perfect length, in pristine condition and a shade of cream that is hard to find. It was hard not to steal the only coat I checked ;)

Here's a fuzzy picture of a couple of our necklaces in the silent auction...I couldn't get in close enough to photograph the third one! I was pleased to see some bids on each of them before I left so at least I know we helped out Street Cats some and that the pieces will all go to great new homes!

As this event was held at the Elks Lodge, there was expected to be an elk here or there...and here's one here...appropriately styled!


A small view of the auction room

Oh, did I mention before that this was a wine and dessert event? I skipped the wine as I had other things to tend to after the event and having wine would not have been conducive to accomplishments but I did splurge on the desserts! My favorite was the bread pudding. Mmmmmmmm. I could have had a whole plate of that!


One of the greatest highlights for me was hearing the Sweet Adelines sing! I've heard of them my entire life but have just never had the opportunity to hearing them live! Luckily for me, they were hired to sing at the event! I wish I had a voice that I could do something like that!


My last item of note is slightly embarrasing but rather cool. They had a gentleman go around and take pictures of all of the attendees and gave little magnetic picture frames with the Street Cats logo on them as 'party favors'. At the end of the event, you would go to a designated area where they would print out your picture and it would fit perfectly into your little magnet! I thought it was a great little marketing idea for them! This is my picture and magnet taken in front of my full coat closet ;) It actually isn't a bad picture! Thanks volunteer picture taking guy!



It had been a couple of years since I had gone to this event and I'm so so glad I went today! It was great to see people I used to volunteer with and also fun to get a little dressed up! Doesn't hurt they had bread pudding ;)