Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yes, I do like Star Trek

Notice I didn't say trekkie, I am not a fanatic but I like the story! I remember sneaking to watch the ORIGINAL Star Trek when I was around 12 years old because my stepfather was so strict that was one of the things we were not allowed to do much, watch tv. He was a miserable man and often didn't allow us to do things simply because he was the boss and had control over us. But that is another story. I did get to watch Star Trek sometimes because it was his bowling night! That began a long time interest in all kinds of science fiction.

Yesterday my sister-in-law and I had a day at the movies and saw the new Star Trek movie. It was excellent and I am ready to go back again and see it all over. I think that the original actors are so attached to the characters that it would have been very disappointing if the makers of the movie had not worked off of the original actors in picking the actors to play the young character. They did an excellent job! It is amazing how you can see the continuation of the characters from the "young" actors to the original "older" actors. I found it very believable in the story. Especially with Spock, Scotty and Bones. It was a really good show! And we had a great time!

The only thing I really missed was the original music. If it was in there somewhere the movie was so exciting that I totally missed it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Jewelry Box - A Hodge Podge of Beaded Jewelry

A very lovely new friend, Brenda of The Jewelry Box, is being featured here today. I met her when I joined the etsy Artisan Beaders Street Team and she has wonderful handmade jewelry!

Today I am showing several pairs of earrings, some are from her etsy shop, http://brenda45.etsy.com and some from her other shop at http://thejewelrybox.1000markets.com.

Brenda uses sterling silver, fine silver, antique copper, gunmetal, gemstones and glass, seed and lamp worked beads in her original creations. In other words - she grabs everything and makes something beautiful! You can see more of The Jewelry Box designs on Brenda's flickr pages and please be sure to go to her blog. Look for her bracelets and necklaces, also. Everything is just yummy!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Maggie Dog

Maggie is "my" dog. Maggie doesn't know she is a dog and doesn't even like dogs. Maggie is VERY smart, so smart that we now have to spell things like "go" and "chicken" and "Walmart". You get the picture? Maggie is about 6 years old now and we thought she would be about 8 pounds when she was grown. Maggie is 17 pounds. Her mother was a schnauzer and her father a yorkshire terrier. She is a yowzer or a snorkie or something like that. Maggie was supposed to be my dog but she thinks she is my husband's dog. I am okay in her sight but her Papa is the one she longs for.

I am the one she begs from.

At the end of most days I put on lounge wear (we call them dusters but they are what most people would call a light robe or house dress probably), get my phone, my glasses, my cool drink, the tv controller, and go sit in front of the tv, maneuver everything within reach, adjust the pillow behind my back and then put my lap board on my lap with all the beading stuff that tries to roll off because it is balanced precariously on the lap board and prop my feet on a foot stool.

Only after all this takes place and I am finally able to relax and start beading does Maggie let me know that she either needs to go out or needs her daily treat. It never happens before. Never. So, after hearing her whine quietly and feel her staring at me for a few minutes I get up, doing everything in reverse, carefully so as not to spill anything, and go get the treat or whatever. Then the process starts all over again.

Now I ask you, who is the smarter of the two of us? If it were me don't you think I would remember to get the treat before I even started to sit down? Huh? Huh?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gearing Up

Summer is upon us (although you might not know it with this goofy weather) and that means calendars are filling up with activities! Just in the next two months is a Bead Art show, family birthdays, Bluegrass festivals, sewing classes, theology classes, motorcycle trips, and all kinds of stuff.

Since I didn't bead all winter, I am now trying to get ready for Bead Art on May 30th and setting up a jewelry display at the local library on June 1st. I also need to do some maintenance work on my tent display for then and do some research for info to include in the library display. And I need to do some major cleaning out at home and general home stuff. Lots to do, lots to do.

Here is the information on Bead Art:

Lady Bug Beads presents...

Bead Art
Saturday, May 30th

In the parking lot of Lady Bug Beads
7616 Big Bend Blvd.
(Between Laclede Station Road and Shrewsbury Ave)

Over 50 local vendors selling their original designs of beaded jewelry, clothing and art objects.

Silent Auction of designer pieces for
Make A Wish

Extra parking available across the street at Gracepoint of Webster Church

Admission FREE
Handicap accessible and Strollers welcome.

For more info call 314.644.6140

So, if you are in the area, please stop by. I will be located at the very top of the hill on the corner closest to the shop! Please take a look at my etsy shop for some of the designs that will be available at my booth that day. My newest designs are not all listed there yet so there will be some surprises at Bead Art! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Shiny Adornments - Artisan Handmade and Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Kristy, of ShinyAdornments, creates beautiful, handmade artisan earrings, bracelets and necklaces but I thought it would be great to feature the lovely hair sticks that she offers in her etsy shop. However, I just couldn't leave out some other great items so here is a composite picture of several creations at Kristy's shop that made me drool on my keyboard!

Kristy is also a member of Artisan Beader's Street Team and her work can also be found at artfire and flickr. Be sure to check out the blog, also! It will be time worth the spending!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow...

I just realized it has been several weeks since I have blogged. Sometimes life is just so busy!

It was brought to my attention this weekend that I haven't thought recently about how very blessed my life is. So I am taking this time to think about it a little bit. Having a recent birthday and anniversary, and Mother's Day and the 2nd birthday for my grandchild coming up, brought these statistics to mind:

Percentage wise I have been a child of the King for 72% of my life, married 65% of my life, a mom for 56% of my life and a grammy for almost 1% of my life.

I find that pretty staggering, because in my head I am still 22 years old, not the real age of 57!

Christ found me when I was 16 years old, in a sad home situation and no one to really lead me in a good direction. Praise Him for finding and keeping me all these years, even when I wasn't following Him as I should. He never let me go, not even once in 41 years. He is the lover of my soul.

Then Don, my husband, came along. He never even dated anyone besides me and he has never deserted me or let me go, not even once in 37 years. He is the lover of my heart.

Then Rachel, my daughter, was born. It took 6 years and a lot of tears before she came along. I always felt in my heart that she would probably be the only child I would bear and I guess that made her very special from the start. We have a very close relationship and she has always shown me respect and love, even when I wasn't very respectable or loveable. God sent her a wonderful spouse, Aaron, who loves God and his family, they are a wonderful match and I love him like a son. Rachel has never given me reason to doubt her love, not even once in 30 years. She is the joy of my heart.

What can I say about Olivia Grace, my granddaughter? All she knows is that Grammy loves her. Grammy thinks she is adorable. Grammy thinks she is so smart. She is the holder of the strings to my heart.

All these things I am blessed with and I praise God from whom all these blessings flow.