Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday's Feast 8/31/07

Appetizer: Who is the easiest person for you to talk to? I have a couple of people that I talk to all the time. My honey, Dave, my Mom, and one of my best friends, Wendy.

Soup: If you could live in any ancient city during the height of the quality of its society and culture, which one would you choose? Paris or Greece.

Salad: What is the most exciting event you’ve ever witnessed? The latest exciting event I have witnessed is the birth of my granddaughter. It is one thing to have your own children but to be able to be part of your own daughter having a baby is amazing.

Main Course: If you were a celebrity, what would you do for a publicity stunt? Being I am a totally behind the scenes type person and would never do anything to bring attention to myself, this is a hard question to answer. I think I would use my "celebrity" to help people, either hurricane victims, the hungry or the homeless.

Dessert: What do you consider the ideal age to have a first child? I was 25 when I had my first and when I brought Nicole home from the hospital I was totally overwhelmed. My daughter is 19 with a newborn. I think that is young but I am sure she will handle things just fine. I think any time that God intended woman to bear children is the ideal age. It is different for everyone.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

More Jewelry

I finished two pieces of jewelry that I have been working on for a week or so. The first is a bracelet from a free kit from It is a Glenda Payseno design titles A Double Crystal Daisy Bracelet. It was fun to make.

The second piece I finished is a necklace from Sandra D Halpenny's Drop Lace Necklace Pattern Collection 2007. This is Drop Lace Necklace #1 in blue and fushia. The necklace kits are always too short for me. I don't like anything up around me neck. So, I always have to work around the length of the kits. I did the same circle pattern that the crystals are dangled from.

Friday's Feast 8/24/07 Ok, it's late!

Appetizer: Say there’s a book written about your life. Who would you want to narrate the audio version? Oprah Winfrey

Soup: Take the letters from your favorite kind of nut and write a sentence. (Example: Perhaps every avenue needs understanding today.) A large man often needs decent shoes. HA! I did it!

Salad: If you could go back in time and spend one week in another decade, which decade would you choose? Maybe 1920's. Flapper girls, etc. Sounds likes fun!

Main Course: Name a song that brings back memories for you. Music is a very big part of my life and there are lots of songs bring back memories. Anything from the early 80's is great for reminiscing.

Dessert: Do you prefer to wash your hands in cold water or warm water? Warm water on the verge of being hot.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

First Day of School (OK, Second)

You know us moms, needing to take pictures of the kids on the first day of school. The boys were at their dad's Monday morning, so we took first day of school pictures on the second morning of school. Brandon is a senior at Gulf Coast High School this year. Dave told him this would be his last first day of school. Brandon is a 6th grader at Oak Ridge Middle School. He is excited about starting middle school. Now if he can just stay out of trouble.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday's Feast 8/17/07

Appetizer: Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day? Laundry is usually done on Saturdays around here. Usually, not always.
Soup: In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old? Old keeps getting older the older I get. When I was a kid 30 was OLD! Now at 44, I don't know what old is.
Salad: What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both? Goals? Get organized at home, possibly finish my education?
Main Course: Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately. More sad than unbelievable - the three rescuers at the Utah mine that died.
Dessert: On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today? It's Friday so that counts for something, about an 8.

Swap Bracelet Found!

I found it! I knew as soon as I told someone I couldn't find my swap bracelet that it would turn up. It was in with the rest of my jewelry. I guess it wants to stay with me. Hopefully my swap partner will like the bracelet as much as I do. It is made from a free pattern at item 11066. It was a fun bracelet to make.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More Bracelets

I am in a bracelet swap and have my partner's bracelet all done and with all the excitement of the baby shower and Bailey's early arrival I have misplaced the bracelet. But while I was looking for it I came across three bracelets that I have finished recently.

This pink bracelet is made with cube beads and seed beads. It is from a pattern in the June 2007 issue of Bead & Button. It was a quick and easy bracelet to make and made with my favorite beads - cubes!

This bracelet is again made with clear gold lined cubes and gold seed beads. I told you I liked cube beads. This is a dainty bracelet pattern from Crazy About Cubes by Carole Ohl. This book was pricey but the directions are good and there are six patterns all using cube beads!
The third bracelet I came across is the same pattern at the gold bracelet. This Skinny Peyote bracelet is made with black cube beads and silver seed beads. Ok, now that I have wasted another 1/2 hour scanning my bracelets and posting them here I am going to continue to look for my partner's bracelet.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Baby Loves Bailey

I can't tell if Baby is jealous of or in love with Bailey but she is sure interested in her when I am holding her. She is very gentle with Bailey and they are about the same size.
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Monday, August 13, 2007

Royal Drops Necklace

Here is a set that I made from a necklace kit I purchased from Ready to Bead. This kit is called Royal Drops Necklace and the pattern was designed by Michelle Skobel. I made some changes to the necklace so there were enough beads to make a bracelet and I have enough drops to make a pair of earrings. I also added some blue seed beads so the blue color showed up more.
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Bailey's Great-Granny

Bailey is one lucky girl. She has five generations on both sides of my family. I have a grandmother still living at 92 and Nicole's dad's grandmother is also 92. I don't know if Bailey will get to see all her greats and great-greats, but it's cool that so many of her relatives are still alive.

This is my Mom holding Bailey. This is the first great grandchild for my Mom and Dad. As excited as they were about Bailey, you would have thought they were having their own baby. Bailey is named after my Mom. Her maiden name is Bailey. Cool, huh?

Great-Granny spent about 2 1/2 hours holding Miss Bailey on Saturday morning while Nicole slept. You can just see the top of our "baby", our teacup Yorkie, Baby looking at Bailey. Baby doesn't let me alone when Bailey is in my arms. She is a bit jealous but very gentle with the baby.
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Bailey's Granny

Ok, I never did find my cord for my camera. It must have decided it wanted to live somewhere else. So, I ordered one online and now I can download pictures again. Of course, now I will find the original cord. Anyway, here I am with my precious Miss Bailey. She is such a sweet baby. There is no better thing to come home to than a newborn baby.
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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bracelets Galore

I raided my stash of UFO's (UnFinished Objects) and found two bracelets that needed clasps. Why is it so much more fun to start a new craft project than finish up one that is already started? This bracelet is made from a pattern in The Best of Bead & Button and is Criss-cross Embellished Bracelet. This is the second bracelet that I have made from this pattern.
This second bracelet also needed a clasp. I was at my local bead store and saw a bracelet that I really liked so I came home and went through my beads and came up with this. It is not quite like the one at the bead store but I thought it turned out pretty nice and sparkly.

The third bracelet was finished at 11 p.m. one night last week. I have this cool new shirt that I was wearing to work and I had to have a matching bracelet. This is Peyete Eyelet Bracelet from Alice Korach and it was published at

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Baby Bailey is home from the hospital. Can you spoil a week old baby? She has been held by everyone and has had her picture taken a dozen times in the day she has been home. Now if I could just find my cord for my camera I would download another picture of her.

Monday, August 6, 2007

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My Life as a Granny

Is there a more exciting time than having a grandchild? Bailey Nicole entered this world on July 31, 2007 at 11:27 p.m. on one of my best friend's birthday. Happy Birthday Valori! I was blessed enough to be there to watch the birth of my first grandbaby. What an experience and so much different that when you are the one giving birth.

Bailey is still in the hospital but she is nursing well and will be going home in a day or two. We can't wait to have her home.