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Intergalactic Bead Show: No Star Trek Uniform Required

Intergalactic Bead Show: No Star Trek Uniform Required

I know if may sound like a funny name but the Intergalactic Bead Show is a great time. My sister and I recently hosted a jewelry making party. It was great fun and you can see in this post some of the wonderful things people made. It got me thinking about the bead show and how AWESOME it is to go. I went out to the sight and low and behold the bead show is in Nashville this coming weekend. Now I know what you’re thinking, it’s Father’s Day weekend and I am pretty sure your husband does not want to go to the bead show. That may be true however if you don’t have all weekend plans to spoil that special Dad in your life I highly recommend this event.   The bead variety is amazing and at many booths you will find prices that are more reasonable then what you can find at Hobby Lobby. (You won’t hear me say that often.) They usually have great metal pieces, beautiful glass and pearls in every size and color.   If you have a wedding coming up and can’t find jewelry… Go there… get some beads and make some.   They also usually have people doing jewelry demos. I have been inspired by some of the pieces I have seen there. I don’t where a lot of jewelry myself but I love making it for others. This event is a must see if you like pretty, shiny things.     Live Long & Make Jewelry! Talk to you... read more
Xyron Sticker Maker – A Low Tech Best Friend

Xyron Sticker Maker – A Low Tech Best Friend

Have you ever looked at tiny little pieces of paper and wondered how in the world am I supposed to glue that onto anything? Or maybe you want to say Ready to Pop on 50 baby shower invites and need to make stickers of the one inch letters you cut. This is where the helpful XYRON sticker maker comes in. You have probably even looked at this plastic X in the paper crafting isles of your local craft store and thought what the heck is that thing? Xyron makes stickers in different sizes everything from 1 ½ inches to 9 inches. I’m here to tell you it’s your best friend. I use it for everything from a penguins tiny beak on my Christmas tags to making my own phrase stickers to converting plain ribbon to self-adhesive ribbon. I have often found that kid’s craft kits come with tiny pieces of fun foam but no way to glue them together. This tool fixes that too. You can send fun foam pieces through it just as easily as you can paper.   The Xyron sticker maker comes with two types of sticky paper refill cartridges. One is permanent, meaning once you stick it in place and push down then don’t expect to move it. The other is a repositionable cartridge, meaning once you stick your piece down you will have a little time to move it around before if stays in place. They cost anywhere from $5-$7 dollars for the 1.5” cartridges. This will make 20 feet of stickers. I like to have both types of cartridges on hand.   Shopping Tip: I... read more
The Spring Jelly Jar

The Spring Jelly Jar

I became a florist literally overnight. It was 1999 and my sister, Marcie and I partnered up to take over a local flower and gift shop in a small town near us. My sister had worked at the shop for a few years but I had never made a fresh arrangement in my life! One day I was an employee at Wal-Mart and the next day I was a florist and co-owner of a business. I learned a great deal in the short time I was a business owner. I like to refer to it as a CRASH course in the school of business. The crash part being a story for another day.   I can say that I learned, rather quickly, how to do some basic arranging.  What smelled good, what lasted a long time, and how to make something look full and pretty with little effort. You may think that flower arranging is too hard but I am going to share with you one of my favorite types of arrangements, the Spring Jelly Jar.   Here is what you need: A wide mouth jar A frog lid for a wide mouth jar (You can get this at Hobby Lobby. Click here.) Flowers (See buying directions below.) Water Towel Sharp Scissors Ribbon (Optional)     What Flowers to Buy: Buying flowers can be intimidating so let me give you the basics for this arrangement. 1: Buy something that is tall, lean and smells good. (Kind of like picking out a boyfriend.) This flower will be the center of the arrangement. I use a flower called Stock. Not a fancy... read more
Suzanne: Professional Trainer, Potter, Egg Decorating Artist & Friend.

Suzanne: Professional Trainer, Potter, Egg Decorating Artist & Friend.

I would like you to meet my friend Suzanne. Suzanne is a potter, an egg decorating artist, a painter, a shoulder to lean on and a Great friend. We met in December of 2004 at work. Suzanne was hired as a new manager at my office and I worked in the call center at that time. She came to the call center to listen to live calls during her new hire training and I was her “buddy”. In early 2006, Suzanne and I both joined the Training Department and our friendship bloomed from there. Suzanne has many talents but since we are embarking on Easter I wanted to share with you some of her Amazing Eggs!   Who got you started on being creative? I think it’s in my DNA because both of my parents were creative and both of my sisters are too. My father was an officer in the Army so as an officer’s wife my mother was in charge of entertaining. She enjoyed learning new things and I remember her taking different art and cooking classes on a regular basis. She became a gourmet cook and a master flower arranger. I never really thought of my father as creative until you asked me this question. My father was a dentist and he made my mother’s wedding ring, and another 3 band ring symbolizing their three children. I guess he was creative after all. My sister Gail was so deft at oil painting that the local high school art teacher asked my parents if she could take classes with the high school students when she was only... read more
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