Friday, May 30, 2008

Tah Dah! A Jewelry Display!

Check out this cool display! I'm going to be showing my resin pendant necklaces at the Arts Guild of Sonoma~~~and I needed to provide my own case. So my sweet DH searched the internet and found a used acrylic case on Ebay. It arrived on Tuesday. A terrific case....but boring. No personality. And I was a bit inimidated by the thought of creating a display for my pieces.

Never fear, my supportive DH came to my rescue. We visited the local Hancock Fabrics and Michaels and found odds and ends to create a cute display. I spent my day off on Thursday with a hot glue gun and fabric to make the cloth pads for the bottom of each shelf. And my DH cut and notched wood pieces and nailed on my copper swirlies to make some cool pendant all turned out soo very very cool! I still must slave over the computer to create my custom labels and business cards and get ready to go by noon tomorrow for the 40 minute trip to lovely Sonoma. But I'm just SO excited about this display!!!

Thank you Lord for this opportunity~~~and especially thank you for this wonderful husband. And thank you for all of my incredble blog friends. I'm blessed and spoiled. Thank you. Amen!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Quote Today

"Each of us can, in a simple and easy way, access an amazing attitudinal advantage within ourselves once we come to know that happiness is a choice and misery is optional (not inevitable)."
Barry Neil Kaufman
Happiness Is a Choice

I love this book! It's been a companion since 1994, to encourage me to look for the good and realize that I have the power to focus on what is positive.

May your Wednesday focus on what is good. Bless you and God protect you!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Look for the Good

Just finished a commission piece for my friend Debbie at work..."Look for the good" describes her attitude. The workday can hand her challenge after challenge and she'll look for something positive in them. And inspires me to look for the positive too!

I must confess that I'm such a grouch about commission pieces. Yes, I'm getting paid for them! Then why do I grouse as I make them??? Must remind myself that I'm blessed that others want my work. I need to "Look for the Good"~~~

Please God, I want to have a grateful heart. I confess to selfish grumpiness and ask for the Holy Spirit to encourage me to gratitude. I have so much~~~ In Jesus' strong name I pray!

Bless you all.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

T-shirts and Memorial Day Weekend

How cool is this!? Denise my friend at "Samaritan Woman" designed and created these great T-shirts~~"Friends through blogging, Sisters through Christ". I put in an order and received mine yesterday--with a couple nice surprises that I won't divulge so I don't spoil any other recipient's surprise! It really expresses how I feel about blogging, so it'll be great to wear this summer. Thank you Denise!

OK...Saturday: finished one commission~Dottie's earrings. Started another~Debbie's necklace. After that, Melody's earrings. Keep plugging away and I'll be able to play with my resin pendants again. Maybe I should do some laundry and straighten this mess a bit??? Where's the housekeeper fairy, huh? LOL!

May your Memorial Day weekend be meaningful. May we all remember those men and women who sacrificed their lives, health, futures so that we could have this amazing country. As the grandchild of immigrants, I'm so glad and proud to be here. God bless America.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Great Quote

Hi all!

I was cleaning off my studio bulletin board today and found this inspirational quote that I must have put up a long time ago...I still love it!

"Thank God--every morning when you get up--that you have something to do, which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you a hundred virtues, which the idle never know."
Charles Kingsley


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tired Brain

Hey my blog friends~~~my brain is tired from a challenging work day. I'm being trained to assist with MRI guided breast biopsies and while it's truly fascinating to learn something brain's tired! My bed sounds like a lovely place right now--LOL!

Here's a necklace I made a while back. Amethyst is soooo pretty. May your week have lots of pretty moments and may God make you a blessing to someone each day. Love you all~

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Last of the Resin Series...for now

Hooray! About 2 months ago I'd made a goal to complete seven resin pendants for the Sonoma Arts Guild show for June. Here's the last one and I'm soooo happy! I still must make clasps for the chains I'll hang them on and labels and figure out prices...but I can see that light at the end of the tunnel~~Praise God!

Today was layperson Sunday at my church. Two of my colleagues---Karen and Elvin--preached some great messages using the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan as the basis for their talks. So I've been given food for thought and a peptalk to go forward and live this week for Him.

Love to you all.

Friday, May 16, 2008

"Serenity" and Friday!!

Happy Friday Everyone! It was 100 degrees today...I'm so grateful for my inside job~~ Smooth day and I'm praising God!

Here's the latest pendant, hot off the bench. The cool stone is ryolite~~~ I LOVE ryolite! And "serenity" is the sentiment in the resin portion of the piece. May you all feel serene this weekend. God bless you all.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy and Busy

It was my birthday this week and I had the best day~

There was carrot cake and fruit salad to celebrate at my work---super YUM. And my daughter (!) drove 40 minutes from Sacramento to bring me a Subway sandwich and hang out a bit at my work. I introduced her to EVERYONE, including the radiologist of the day who graciously stopped and asked her questions about being a cop. It was such a great day....

So time to start another year~and I feel ready. Even though it's 103 degrees here today!

I hope it's cooler where you are and your week has been solidly good good good. God is good. All the time.

Bless you!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Had a great Tuesday at work! Great patients and enough time to do their exams..what a blessing!
Here's a pic of the latest resin pendant I finished last week. Called "hope" and it contains a little mother-of-pearl bird fetish, turquoise, carnelian, copper and brass and stuff. I have 2 more to try to finish before the showing at the Arts Guild of Sonoma in June. I'll keep plugging away.

May your Wednesday be full of love and be sure to smile at yourself in the bathroom mirror~~God bless you all!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Jackson, Davis and more beads!

My DH and I went to Jackson, Sutter Creek and Davis this Saturday to celebrate Mother's Day and my upcoming birthday...and did I get spoiled!!! (Warning, if beads put you to sleep, close this blog immediately. I'm warning you.)

Copper!! At the Trading Post in Jackson, I found these cooliscious copper beads...

The Trading Post also had these great turquoise tubes and white turquoise lentil beads.

At a Better Place to Bead in Davis I fell in love with this string of turquoise with little bird fetishes and this yummy apatite faceted rondelles...oooooo!

We also went to the second-hand bookstore and scored paperbacks and CDs, to Borders Bookstore and the Whole Earth Festival at UC Davis. Most intriguing thing we saw was the people lying on the grass and a couple of young men blowing Australian didgeridoos over the people as they relaxed...very different!

I hope your Monday was a great start to a new week. May you feel Jesus' love and the Holy Spirit's inspiration daily~~

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day~~~

Happy Mother's Day Mom!!!! And a picture of my Sis, my Mom and me smiling at my brother's wedding reception November 2007...a wonderful night!

My Mom is amazing. She loves, prays for and encourages every one of us five kids. It was not easy for her to raise us---in an isolated teeny house without much money and no family nearby. Dad worked long days and was not a nurterer. Mom read to us, smiled at our drawings, ooh'ed and ahh'ed at our accomplishments. We'd tell her of our childish plans and she'd listen and encourage. She'd pack us up for Sunday Mass each week and took us to Catechism each Saturday. She taught us to love reading, and our trips to the bookmobile or the public library were huge treats. When I make cookies, I still hear Mom's advice on how to measure flour properly. The more I hear stories of other's mothers, the more I cherish my Mom.

Mom is about 300 miles away this Mother's Day, so I'll have to call her instead of driving across town to hug her. I hope she can feel my love and respect and gratitude~!

Thank you Mom. And thank you so much, God, for giving me such an extraordinary gift, my loving Mom.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Cutie Patootie

Yes, this is my grandbaby Allessa~~~I got to see her yesterday and here's some pics. Must admit she's a cutie!!! Yeah, all grandmothers say that. Anyway, she's getting around a lot more. Crawling and "cruising". She loves to chew on electrical cords, so her Mom and Dad had to do a lot of child-proofing. Here she's with a new toy that my DH bought for her. And it also makes obnoxious animal noises and sings annoying songs! Perfect!

Hey all you Moms out there in computer-land~~~ Happy Mother's Day weekend! I hope you get spoiled a bit. And may God bless you!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Almost two months ago I was tagged by a dear blogger named kansasrose...well, I forgot about the tag. Blame it on brain fade. Blame it on disorganization...oh blame blame blame! sorry!
Here's the tag rules:

1. The book must be over 123 pages.

2. Find page 123 in the book.

3. Find the first 5 sentences.

4. Post the next 3 sentences.

5. Tag other people

The book: Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, by Rob Bell

Page 123 is blank! So I'll go to page 124:

"Something involving God making peace with the world and creation being reclaimed and everything in heaven and earth being brought back into harmony with its Creator.

But before all the big language and grand claims, the story of Jesus was about a Jewish man, living in a Jewish region among Jewish people, calling people back to the way of the Jewish God.

When I first began to realize that Jesus was Jewish, I thought, No way; he was a Christian. "

Snippets of books are a bit peculiar. It's like stepping into the middle of a conversation and not really being sure of all that is said!
This was fun, Kansasrose, and I hope you'll forgive me for taking so long~~

I also got tagged by Sis on another book tag~

Scenario: Books are scarce in the world. They are illegal in some provinces. They are not easily replaced, if not impossible to replace if lost in many if not most circumstances. If you can replace a book or buy one, it is usually through the black market astronomical costs that you cannot afford. Yet you have been able to maintain one of the best collections in the world. If your entire library was about to burn up (think of the firefighters in Fahrenheit 451 invading your home) and you could only have one book to take with you other than the Bible, what would that be and why?

Simple Rules: Answer the question. Offer one quote that resonates with you. Tag five people whose response is of genuine interest to you and inform him or her that they have been tagged. Cheers!"

My book is The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. When I was 18, I went to Guadalajara on a Spanish club scholarship for 6 weeks with my friend Carla. The only book that I brought was this book. It and "Alive"--a book about a Latin American soccer team that got stuck in the Andes--were the only two books in English that we girls had!

I read TPOPT over and over and over again as the years went by. As in many families, there was a lot of negativity as I was growing up. This book really made me start to look at my world differently. To begin to see the positives in my circumstances, and to emphasize these more and more each day.

Here's a wonderful quote from this favorite book:

"People who assume failure tend to have failure. When either failure or success is picturized it strongly tends to actualize in terms equivalent to the mental image pictured.

To assure something worth while happening, first pray about it and test it according to God's will; then print a picture of it on your mind as happening, holding the picture firmly in consciousness. Continue to surrender the picture to God's will---that is to say, put the matter in God's hands--and follow God's guidance. Work hard and intelligently, thus doing your part to achieve success in the matter. Practice believing and continue to hold the picturization firmly in your thoughts. Do this and you will be astonished at the strange ways in which the picturization comes to pass. In this manner the picture "actualizes". That which you have "prayerized" and "picturized" "actualizes" according to the pattern of your basic realizable wish when conditioned by invoking God's power upon it, and if, moreover, you give fully of yourself to its realization."

After this Dr. Peale gave examples of how this formula worked for others. I love the examples!

So, enough of this bookish talk! I don't tag...never have even in grade school! But if any reader would like to continue these tags, go ahead and have fun! You'll learn a bit more about yourself and we'll learn more about you.

Lovely Wednesday and a new Resin Pendant

What a perfectly great work day! No giant conflicts or problems~~there were a few small ones, but goodness! Life is so full of small conflicts~~
My sweetie and I sat down to our cereal supper and watched a taped episode of "Gilmore Girls". Sitting side by side on the sofa and laughing and commenting---sheer bliss!

Here's the latest resin pendant named "Wonder". The little scamp of a girl is my DH's great-aunt. Doesn't she look a bit mischievous?? The dangle is citrine, one of my favorite stones in the universe.

May your Thursday be full of wonderful achievements. And may you be led by God every step! Amen!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Tuesday Quote

"...If we spend too much of our energy trying to run the universe, we won't have much energy left for living joyfully.
That's why we need the priceless childhood treasure of trust--not foolish gullibility, but a comfortable willingness to let life work itself out without our continual tinkering and second-guessing and hedging our bets."

From "Lightposts for Living" by Thomas Kinkade

Monday, May 5, 2008

Monday in Spring

Busy Monday~~work kept me hopping. Did mammograms on two breast cancer survivors and other regular screening ladies. The day flew by!

Here's a pair of pendants that I made using the extra resin from one of my collage pendants. I bought a base metal locket at my local bead store. I pulled the two sides apart,sanded and roughed up the lockets so they looked "older", made little faith collages in each and poured in the resin. I love 'em!

Here's the backs---the roughed up locket pieces.

May your Tuesday be creatively blessed. Treasure each minute and remember that He loves you so very much. More than you can ever know!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

150+ Pastry Tart Shells

This morning my DH and I made over 150 tart shells from scratch~~~and we did not know what we were doing! LOL! My old Betty Crocker cookbook really helped us out. We baked from 7:30 to 12:30 and then my DH rushed them to the church to fill them for the Mother-Daughter Tea.

The tart shells were EVERYWHERE~ so were the crumbs!

My little kitty Beatrice (AKA Button) helped too.

We were sad that we missed our worship service, but we tuned into K-LOVE and sang praise music as we rolled, formed and baked.

The tea was a success! I stayed home and caught up on laundry, vacuuming, and pouring resin into my latest pendant, but the buzz was that many of the ladies of the church had a lovely time eating scones, tarts, and finger sandwiches.

Monday is here so soon. May God be with you this day and always, my friends~

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Mountains of cranberry scones

My DH and I worked our tails off today!

Tomorrow is the church Mother-Daughter Tea, and every year my sweet DH pitches in. Since I'm the family baker, I offered to help a bit. This morning we made over 300 mini cranberry-almond scones from scratch. With all the cleaning, baking and runs for more ingredients, I was there from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Then we drove home and hit the bed for a nap! And no comments about us getting older, OK? :-)

When we awoke, we saw our puppy Sierra running happily around the backyard with an old water bottle crushed in her mouth. I've decided that I want her energy!!! Just part of it! Anything! LOL!

Well, I'm going to work on a jewelry piece and do some laundry now. May your weekend be productive and positive. God bless you all~

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thursday Quote

Here's a favorite quote for Thursday musings:

"From (my grandfather) I got the sense that God was whispering to us all the time...What was being said to me was wake up, pay attention, the world is full of wonder."
Dr. Rachel Remen

May you, dear reader, and I both "wake up, pay attention"! It's so easy to sleepwalk through one's day. And we are so blessed! Have a lovely Friday~