Sunday, January 22, 2017

Making Beads - Reasons Not Excuses

I still enjoy it.  Love it.  Have fun with it.  Want to do it.  Need to do it. 
I guess it's always going to be in me or a part of me in some way, shape or form.  Even though I can't be at my torch every day because of weather or just plain ole life happening in other ways - it's there.  I tried to get away from it years ago.  Sold everything I had.  That lasted about 2 years.  Had to come back.  Been back now for a while - on and off.  Can't do a lot of things I used to be able to do.  I no longer have steady hands.  I can no longer sit at the torch for hours on end.  My body doesn't allow me to torch when it's 30 degrees outside even though my fun spot is inside.  Still have to open a window to bring in fresh air and that sure can't happen in winter or when it's 90 degrees outside !  lol !  So many factors that want to interrupt or disrupt my torching time.  So, I go with the flow as it were.  lol !  Lately, even though it's the middle of winter and suppose to be at least in the 40's where we live, it's actually been in the 70's !  So I've been at the torch as often as possible.   Yes, making beads - melting glass - lampwork - torching - flameworking -  whatever one chooses to call it - will be in my heart and probably my soul for a long time to come !

As for not being able to do what I used to be able to do at my torch:  So many issues but here goes.  Shakiness.  Yep.  This is my main culprit.  I was lucky for many years though.  I use to be very shaky as a kid and up thru my young adult ages.  Somewhere along it eased up for a while.  Was able to do those minute details in beads.  Then somewhere along the way it came back.  Not nerves just shakiness when doing anything that requires details.  I keep trying things and once in a while I get lucky but usually not so much.  So because of that I no longer make those beads that require tiny eyes or anything that is tiny detail wise.  Straight lines are the worse so far.  sigh. Oh well, I keep trying.  

Sitting at the torch endlessly.  Can't do it.  Haven't been able to do it for a long time.  My muscles become extremely tight and hard to move if I do sit endlessly.  I've actually gotten up from my chair bent over I sat too long !  Can't do that any more.  So my torch sessions are no more than a total of 2 hours at each session and I get up at least 2 or 3 times during each hour.  It gets painful !  lol !  Age does that I guess or at least maybe lack of exercise ?  Maybe both.  Even sitting at the computer or watching tv too long will hurt. 

Weather - Well, no control over that so what can one say ?  lol !  You REALLY have to go with the flow here.  lol ! 

Ok so now that that's all out - I have been at the torch lately.  One day I thought I had run out of oxygen but turned out I had enough to make 11 beads !  lol !  The photo below is that result:

These flowers were made prior to running out of oxygen.  I absolutely LOVE how they all turned out.  They are all headpins.
Just finished up the ones below 2 days ago.  I LOVE this mix of glass and silver.  Two layers of glass and 2 layers of fine silver ! 
Thanks so much for coming by.  Please come back again sometime.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

A New Year

Indeed it is -  a New Year.  Glad it's here and hoping for the best.

Making glass beads is still my #1 all time favorite thing to do.  The torch was and is my salvation from a frustrating year.  I can't help it.  I feel alive when melting glass.  Kinda how I use to feel when going to the ocean.   It's true that my designs have gotten "easier" as others might think.  I have no choice.  As I get older, my hands and arms have gotten shakier as it were which doesn't allow me to do much, if any, detail work perfectly.  I've accepted that fact and do what I can.  I have all the necessary tools to try to help "fix" that problem and some of it helps somewhat but it is what it is.  I will continue to enjoy playing with and melting glass in whatever methods I can muster.  I mean, what choice do I have ?  lol !  It's sorta in my blood.  :)  

That said, I haven't posted anything related to the actual making of beads in a long time.  I've been at the torch on and off quite a bit lately.  So many other things happening with the holidays and all sometimes there just wasn't any time.  Now, I intend to make up for that no matter how chilly it gets.  lol !  Today will most likely be the day I start.  It tends to get pretty cold in my "fun spot" as I call it, during the winter months even though it's not really very cold where we live.  Anyway, it requires I prewarm some of the glass so there's no shattering or at least less of it.  Sometimes that's a pain but for the most part it's not so bad.  I just don't like exploding glass rods.  Who does ???  

All that said, I've made a few things that are simple, pretty little beads.  Things I like to do.  I plan on trying a few new things as I've recently gotten 2 new molds.  Those always take a little time to work through.  In the meantime, here a few sets I've done over the last couple of months.

Thanks for coming by.  Come visit me on my Facebook page at:  for beads or at my Esty shop:  All My Beads Etsy shop  for silk cords/strings, kumihimo braids, jewelry and some Mykono's greek beads.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Something to Consider Very Seriously

Some links to some very important information. 
Please take a moment to check them out. 
Please pass them on to others, post on your social media pages and anywhere you can think of.  This is a true movement.  One this country needs. 

I've turned off the comment section as I do not care to see or read anything hateful. 

Most Important Petition & Read

Part One

Part Two

Friday, October 7, 2016


Yep, it's that time of year when the cool morning breezes, falling leaves and the smell of autumn is in the air !   Which means - torch time for me !  In the early mornings, when it's the coolest temps I can take advantage and finally be at the torch again !  Which is what I did this past week !  Yay !  It also means the temps will keep falling (hopefully) and I'll be able to torch no matter the time of day.  Still, my most productive and favorite time of the day IS early mornings.   As far back as I can remember early mornings have ALWAYS been my best time of day. 

Since it is autumn I decided I needed to make some leaves again.  The set I made took me a few days to put together.  That's because I only torch no more than 2 or 2 1/2 hours a morning.  It's a HUGE set that can be divided.  Just need to figure out how big the sets need to be.  Anyway, I have made this set before and enjoyed it a lot so have wanted to make another set since.  Just never did it - til now.  Of course it's not exactly the same.  A remake never is.  Still, I like it a lot.  I'm putting up photo's of both sets to compare.  The only way I can compare since the first set is long gone.  :)  So here goes:  Photo #1 is the new set and photo #2 is the first set.  I used the exact same colors but used a little bit of a different technique in applying those colors.  Plus, the newest set does not have spacers.  I have given up on making spacers simply because they are a pain in the hand (and butt ! ) to clean !  Easy to make but a real pain to clean.  I have enough hand problems as it is without adding more !  :)  Anyway, there you go. 

So this morning, as I sit and type this post, I am thinking what I want to do today.  Specifically, this morning.  I have had a busy week up to this point with my typical "stuff" including torching but also including reading again.  Oh yes, reading some books that have grabbed me by my heart and won't let go !  lol ! 

OUTLANDER baby and if you haven't seen the show yet or read the books, I suggest you do !  If you like a great love story that includes a bit of "fantasy", romance, a bit of World History, war battles, intrigue, murder and everything in between than these books and the show are for you !  I am so badly hooked that, in a months time, I'm already on the 4th book in the series !  Yep.  I haven't read that much in DECADES !  I use to read ALOT back in my younger day.  lol !  And back then it was not novels so much as biographies and such.  The outlander series is a novel but also has a bit of history in it as well.  It grabs you from the very start, holds on to you and you don't care one bit !  lol !  It's soooooooooooo hard to stop reading.  And that is my "problem" these days.  Deciding do I want to read or get other stuff done ?  The reading has been winning out pretty much.  The nice thing about that is that it's a way to make up for waiting for the new season to start next year.  Yep, it's one of those shows that you literally have to wait a whole year to come back.  Much like Game of Thrones.  Another post for another day.  :)  Anyway, I highly recommend reading the books and watching the show.  The first season is on dvd with the second season soon to be released I think.  The show will begin it's 3rd season sometime in the spring on the Starz channel.  With GOT on Sunday nights and Outlander on Saturday nights, my weekend line up is complete !  lol ! 
A little something to entice you to watch Outlander !  :)
A photo that was the cover of Entertainment Weekly about a year or so ago I think and the second photo is the latest from the upcoming Season 3 out next year.  I found them online so figure I can post them here too.   

Thanks for coming by.  Come back again soon !

Monday, September 26, 2016

An Act of Honesty and Kindness

Another post that is not the norm for my blog.  This has to do with what the title is - being honest and kind. 

Over this past weekend, my husband traveled to W. Virginia and managed to lose his cell phone.  A first for him as that phone is generally glued to his hand !  I'm sure that's the case for MILLIONS of people.  Anyway, it was lost.  He told me he figured it was gone and he'd never have it again.  No biggie as he had planned on upgrading to a new phone and plan which would include a cell phone to replace the land line in our home.  There was no hurry to do that - until this past weekend. 

Anyway, after calling numerous times over the 36 hours or so it was missing, someone finally answered the phone !  A person by the name of Shelia.  Turns out, Shelia is the manager of a restaurant in W. Virginia.  She or someone, found the phone and was hoping someone would call it.  After speaking to her for a few minutes, she gave me the phone number my husband could reach her at so they could make arrangements for him to get the phone.  My husband was about a 2 hour drive away from the restaurant so instead of mailing it to our home, Shelia offered to meet him Sunday at the closed restaurant to return it to him.  She did, he has it and all is well with the world !  lol !  She refused a reward my husband offered but asked we promote the restaurant.  Easily done so here goes.

Thank-You again so very much Shelia for being the kind and honest person that you are.  You truly made my week ! 

Even though I did not dine at your restaurant, I hear the food is excellent according to my husband and the service, well let's just say above and beyond the call of duty !  :)  

Thanks for coming by !  I hope you come back again sometime. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Have Had My Fill

Normally I just don't like to complain about anything on my blog page.  Really it's not for that purpose BUT this morning I just cannot help myself.  This really concerns everyone who shops online, which the way I understand it, is ALOT of people.
The convenience of shopping online has made this task of shopping so much easier than running out to the mall and dealing with crowds of bodies.  And don't get me started on the holiday's ! 

My biggest gripe these days isn't really shopping. It's when we go to the check-out and find out the cost for shipping.  Yes, the almighty dollar really comes in to play here.  I have found and I'm sure so has everyone else, that people and companies like to make money on whatever it is they ship.  Yep.  Surprise - surprise !  This morning I had my fill of it.  I ordered two items that could of EASILY fit into one package/bag/box.  The items were bras of all things.  Now, my size is nothing unusual at all.  Just an average boobage size so the bras are not huge by any means.  Even if they were, this particular company wouldn't care anyway.  When I got the receipts in my email, they separated the orders making it TWO orders and charged shipping on BOTH packages !   Really ?  You really need to make those few extra dollars to make sure your bottom line was in the black ???

  This just sent me over the edge !  I've dealt with companies that charge WAY more than necessary just because and companies that charge a set amount no matter what you buy.  Also both rip-offs and they do it because they know if you want that item(s) you'll pay the shipping no matter what.  Well, after I called this company and complained.  Told them this makes no sense whatsoever since this company is HUGE. And even though it's only a matter of a few dollars I could see no reason both bras could not be put in the same package.  The person on the other end just said," Well, it's just the way we do it."  "Ok then" I responded back," cancel the one bra".  She did and that was that.  I needed at least one new bra so went ahead and ordered one.   

When I use my standard cost for shipping a set of beads or a focal bead or destash items, I charge $3.95.  Sounds like a lot you say ?  Well, it really isn't.  I make no money on this at all. 
First, for my standard rate, the postage for one bubble padded envelope I use is $2.60.  That comes right off the top of the $3.95.  I have the cost of the bubble padded envelopes, the printer paper and ink to print the shipping label, the tape to tape everything up, the box or more bubble wrap to secure the beads, plastic bags to put the silk cords in and the cost of the business card(s) that are put in the package.  IF it's jewelry you're buying, the cost goes up of course because a bigger box is needed, a box to put the piece in, etc etc.  Same with more than one set of beads and so on.  You get the picture.  Then if I have to drive to the post office, that's gas used and time used.  So there you are.  If I could ship cheaper and save you money, believe me I would. 

My bottom line is this :  I will no longer shop with any company that decides it's ok to rip off the consumer with over charging on shipping.  Especially the big companies we are all familiar with.  That REALLY bites. 

Ok that's done.  lol !  I actually got at the torch very briefly today to try out a new tool I've been dying to use for MONTHS !  Finally tried it out.  Made me smile !  lol !~  Can't wait to play with it more.  When it gets down into the 60's and lower in the mornings I can torch for a little bit.  That's the plan. 

Thanks for coming by.  Once I get back at the torch, I'll be posting more often once again. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

This post is going to be all about advertising.  Not any lessons to learn or ideas I've come up with.  Just about advertising my "stuff".  Why not ?  Everyone else does it in one form or another.  Whether it's on a blog, their website, Facebook, Twitter and so on.  There are SO many ways to push yourself and your talent (or lack there of) on the public it's hard to keep up with all of it.  Some of us are old school and opt for the old methods but most now days go for the new fangled ways of the world.  I mean, when was the last time you saw a phone booth ?  And if you actually did find that phone booth, was the phone actually in there and working ? 

So this entire post will concentrate on my stuff and the new fangled ways of advertising it.  I have a lot of "stuff" that needs to be advertised too.  Since I have literally eliminated jewelry designing/making entirely from my creativity everything must go one way or another.  So far, it's been hit or miss.  Like everything else at a Garage Sale, if it's not marked down, it's not gonna sell.  Period.  Doesn't matter what you paid for it or the value you may perceive it has.  Cheap is the common denominator with Garage Sale/Destash items.  So here goes.  Like it or not, it's all about - DESTASH. 

Links listed below and a few photo's of what's available. 

FB Jewelry Destash Group

My FB Jewelry Destash Page

Other People's Beads Destash Album



If you see anything you'd like to have, contact me on Facebook, at my Etsy shop by sending a convo or leave a comment here. 

Thanks for coming by.  Come back again soon.  I hope to be back at the torch soon.  In the meantime, shop.  :)