Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I recently taught myself a new technique, and I think I am ready to share it with the world: bead knotting. I really enjoy doing it. It's not terribly difficult, but it does require concentration, and of course, practice. I get a tiny thrill every time I successfully nestle a knot flush with a bead! Today, I listed a pearl bracelet and an aquamarine necklace (with a REALLY COOL Thai pendant) that I made by knotting:

I hope you get a chance to come by my shop and check them out.

Seat me next to the quiet starer, please

On a long bus ride, I would much rather be seated next to a quiet starer. I am a quiet starer. One of my biggest pet peeves in life is people who have to talk all the time. My mother-in-law is like that. She just goes on and on to hear herself. If there's nothing to talk about, she'll just repeat something she's already said. Or she'll go into great detail about her current medical problems.

Give me quiet any day!!!!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Free jewelry!!!

Hi guys!

My Etsy shop is going to be part of a giveaway in May! Click on the "Salad For Breakfast" button to your right to find out more!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

My bucket list starts with: 5 things

5 things
Visit New York City

Meet someone, anyone, from the cast of "Six Feet Under"

Go through my childhood house

Learn to swim underwater

Buy a house on Ocracoke Island

Making out in First Kiss...

Ugh. It was a totally unexpected tongue kiss from a guy who had just eaten a cheeseburger with ONIONS. I hate onions. I was a bit disappointed and afraid that all mouths tasted like that.

Thing 1

One of the blogs I follow, Experimentalk, had a really cool post last night. It was called "16 Things About Me". She said she had gotten the idea from Flickr, and the goal was to write 16 "sweet" things about herself. I thought it was interesting that I enjoyed reading it even though I had just started to follow her blog and she is a total stranger to me. Then I started thinking that most likely, anyone who reads my blog will also be a total stranger, and some of my posts will not make any sense without knowing some relevant stuff about me first. So, here is 1 important thing you need to know about me.

Thing 1

I am married to the most wonderful (and possibly the most complex) man on Earth. His name is Brett and we have been married for almost 7 years now. We met on Yahoo personals and got married 8 months later on the beach on Ocracoke Island. He is smart, witty, and a great speller. he is also thoughtful, kind, and thorough. He's a therapist, a musician, and in recovery. He is super supportive of me and my crazy beading obsession. Above all, he's always trying to better himself and our family. I love him very much. Can you tell?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

...and because I'm excited about it

...my new banner, that is...

I've decided to make a promotion out of it. From now until the end of the month, I will give a 10% discount to anyone who can tell me where the graphic came from. Not who made it, silly, I already talked about that in the last post! :-) What I mean is, it was a custom banner and the idea for it came from something that I love a lot. If that lone tree against a blue sky looks familiar, don't let it bug you - you have seen it somewhere before. If you are purchasing from me and you can convo me with the answer, I will take 10% off of your total purchase.

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm so excited!

So, I finally bit the bullet and paid someone to make a custom banner for my shop. I don't have the right software (nor the patience) to do it myself, so it was certainly worth $5 to have someone do it for me. I love it!!! The design is very special to me; some people will recognize it. I'm not going to explain it yet...I'm thinking about making some kind of contest out of it.

Here is a link to the fabulous Etsian who made it for me:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Attention All Hunters!!

As well as selling on Etsy (or trying to ;-), I also have a shop on Artfire. com. There is a really cool Easter Egg Hunt going on right now. Here's how it works:

Lots of Artfire studios are participating and the Eatser Bunny is hiding an Easter egg in each of their shops. It's up to you to find them and fill your "basket".

How do you play?

You will find (at the bottom of this post) a form for this contest. This contains tips to help you navigate Artfire.com and find all the Easter Eggs.
When you find them all you will find that each egg has a letter on it ( or the word "space" ) !
Use all the letters to make a sentence.
The sentence has to be in exact order to score all points.
Even if you manage to assemble a different sentence ( always a possibility I guess) with all those letters it will not be counted as correct.

When you start assembling the sentence you will see when it is correct :) ....( now that is a seriously big tip )
Fill in the answer form and submit.


The Easter Egg hunt starts on April 1st 2009 and will run for 3 weeks ! You have plenty of time to find the answer.

The participating studio's will be hiding their eggs in fun locations around their shop...you will receive a hint to find them.

Start looking now! The eggs are in place!

What can you win ?

highest score : $50 gift voucher
second highest : $20 gift voucher
third highest : $10 gift voucher

These vouchers can be spent in all the participating studios, so you will have plenty of ways to spend that voucher!

(So while you're looking for the eggs you might as well look around for goodies you might want to purchase with your vouchers should you win one !)

All participating studios are looking forward to your visit and will welcome you with open arms ..and an egg !
Each studio has a "contact" button should you have any questions about the products they sell.

Here is a link to the form you will need to play:


Good luck!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April 1, 2009 #2

These are the latest addition to my Etsy shop: Tourmaline Drop Earrings. I have had these little beauties for a while, but tourmalines are kinda close to my heart, so I had been holding onto them. Finally, I decided that I was ready to let them go, and here are the result.

April 1, 2009

Whew, this stomach virus is really kicking our butts. My husband and I have both been at home for the last 2 days. Well, I did try to go to work this morning, but had to turn around and go right back again....