Tuesday, November 30, 2010

PS22 Chorus



If you have not already heard about PS22 Chorus you just gotta check them out. They are an incredibly talented group of kids that are lead by Mr. B. He is one of those special people that is able to enrich the lives of others by doing what he loves. So often tears of joy have come to my eyes when I watch the candid videos of these children singing and just having a good time with well known talented artists. I worry about the future of our youth at times. The world has changed so much since I was a young child. Art was always my favorite subject in school. So many schools have removed it from their curriculum. That really bothers me. Thank you Mr. B. for taking the time to invest in the future of our children through the arts.

Here's the link to PS22's BLOG. Please visit. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Monkey Needle Case Pattern



It's the day after Thanksgiving. I am exhausted. I have had this needle case beaded for about a week or so. But, I've been so busy that I have not been able to even get a pic of it posted until now. I am still trying to figure out that Cheshire Cat. He's in there. I just have to figure out how to make him appear.



He's so cute.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bead Giveaway by Juls



Here's a pic of the billboard I rented to enter myself in Juls drawing for one of her bead giveaways. She is an incredibly talented bead artist and crazy funny. I love to read her blog. She has a way of brightening my day. Love ya Juls! Click here to read her witty blog and see pics of the gorgeous beads she makes.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In Memory Of My Favorite Veteran


This is the first beaded needle case I made. It was a gift for my father. Even though he knew he was approaching the end of his life, he kept himself busy hand sewing. His death was expected but the nursing care he received was not. A nurse should feel honored and privileged to be there when a life ends. What a difference the smallest acts of kindness can make. A nurse should be there to do everything in her power to ease the pain and suffering. It is not a job. It comes from the heart. I'll never forget how hard I fought to keep a promise I made to my father. The only thing he asked was not to let him struggle to breath as he passed. When a nurse refused to follow orders and give him morphine to ease his pain and suffering I was devastated. When I asked her why she would not give him the morphine the doctor had ordered her reply was, "I have to answer to God." What kind of God wants a man to struggle to breath as he dies? Maybe hers does, but mine does not. Many years have passed since Dad crossed over. That does not make that horrible memory of how he struggled to breath, and how I felt like I had failed to keep my promise to him any easier. Some people just don't get it. Some people are just plain stupid and should not be nurses.


RIP Dad. I miss you. I am so sorry you had to go the way you did.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mmm.....Delicas




Lovin' the Delicas. Worth waiting on the 5:30 pm mail run!


Sometimes I buy my delicas from Artbeads.

Sometimes I buy them from Barbara Elbe.

I like the way Barbara packs hers better.

Find the Sock Monkey

Just sittin here waiting on the 5:30 PM mail to run. I need yellow beads for my bananas. If anyone knows someone who would like to work for Flintstone, GA., USPS, please ask them to apply. Now Hiring.



Today is Chesire Cat day one.

Challenge.

Thrive on it.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Beaded Stethoscope


It's funny how I started working on a beaded stethoscope for someone at work and then I received an email request for another one. Must be the law of attraction at work.

Beaded Piano Needle Case Pattern

Piano Needle Case


Okay, I know I said I would make the Sock Monkey needle case next, but this one is a gift for someone. The monkey will have to wait. This Piano pattern only has 3 colors in it. It is a great pattern for beginners.
You can buy it on my Website by clicking here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sock Monkeys Needle Case Pattern


Here's a variation on the Monkey Pattern. Sock Monkeys. I'll bead him up next.

Monkey Beaded Needle Case Pattern

I had a long stretch off from my nursing job. It was a great and well deserved break. I was able to design and complete 6 new needle case patterns. Just a few more to go and then I will offer one of my famous 12 for $12.00 deals. That's a steal. But, if you see something you want to bead up as a Christmas gift you better get it now. I'm not sure when the rest of the collection will be finished. I do have a few patterns swirling in my brain. Alice In Wonderland's Chesire Cat is on the list.

Oh Happy Day!








No explanation required!
I have resorted all my little pretties. Oh how I love Delicas. My paint.
Meanwhile I am working on my next needle case. Here's a clue. I have gone Bananas!

I'm so impressed!

Claudia Kelly posted this on my Facebook wall.

Hi, Beth!
Wanted to share a bracelet in my Etsy shop that I created based on the Tree Frog pattern that I purchased from you (notice I gave you credit!):


What a class act!



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oh Fudge!


I have been a very busy little beader. But, if I keep eating what's at the end of this post, I won't be little for long!

Here's a new pattern now available on My Website. This Awareness Ribbon pattern can be done in any color combination you want.

You know you want some. When I was a little girl my mother used to make homemade fudge during the Fall and Winter. Sometimes I just gotta have it. Here's the recipe.
Old Fashioned Fudge
2/3 c. Cocoa
3 c. Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
1 1/2 c. Milk
4 1/2 tbsp. Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Combine cocoa with sugar and salt, add milk, bring to a boil stirring frequnetly. Cook until a small amount of mixture forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water or 234 degress F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat, drop in the butter. Cool to lukewarm; add vanilla, and beat just until mixture thickens. Pour into a buttered pan and enjoy! Add pecans so you can call it healthy food!