Friday, August 28, 2009

New Beads

Hey all~
How is everyone doing?

Well, here is back to school already and my kids had their first day yesterday. All went well.

Corey said High School is "awesome". He was crackin me up last night. I was listening to him in the kitchen on his phone talking to a friend that goes to a different school, telling him how awesome it was.. they get off campus lunches and there is a mcdonalds close to the school and they can listen to their ipods in the halls between classes. He doesn't even mind riding the bus.. this is the first yr for that. I have always been able to drive them to and from but this yr. he is going to a high school that is downtown. sounds scary I know but Lewis and Clark High School is one of the top rated in the state. when I was in high school you had your schedule and went about your day, well now at least in C's h/s, his classes are like college where you only have certain ones on certain days.. He is also in the Core Program.. it's a program to help freshman students transition into highschool successfully.. students who need a little extra help with math, homework skills are eligible for this program. lots of parent/teacher support and he will earn and extra credit for just being in the program. We are hoping for a successful yr. I asked him last night what his goals are for this yr and he replied "being more successful" so that's a good start!!

Jessica has had the same teacher for the last 3 yrs. so this yr she has a new teacher. She seems to really like her and her new classmates also.. Jessica is very good in school academically. I don't worry about her to much, it's more boys, clothes, and makeup that I will worry about.. I have a feeling.... :)

Jessica and I had a great time at my friend's in Olympia.. I wanted to take Jess to the capital building and didn't get a chance to so we will do that our next trip. It was great to see my friend Michelle, her nice hubby and kids.. they opened their home to us for a week. Her daughter and Jessica got along awesome not one argument!! so nice!!

I finally got some more wire and some new beads. we went to Shipwrecked beads. what a HUGE store!! So I'm hoping to get into my studio and make some new exciting pieces..I even came across a little bit of solder, so I might try to solder something.. I really need a third hand

though.... so well see..!! Jessica and Elexa!!

New Beads and book... the book has a lot of great info about crystals and stones. I would eventually like to incorporate the metaphysical properties into my descriptions.


Monday, August 17, 2009

New Pretties!!

Hey out there!!
here are a few new things I've been working on. I still have some pieces to photograph and put in my shop... but these are the newest items!!
These are a cute pair of copper, amethyst spirals and a pair of amethyst and star earrings.. these would match my "Straight on till morning" necklace,

These are fun, I noticed that the dangles are a bit longer on one so maybe I will mix em up a bit..

simple and casual

This is a pr. that I'm not quite finished with.. I really think they are going to be nice, but my flame and copper haven't been cooperating lately, so I'm just takin a break from these!

These are new etched pendants

This is something that I was just making to see how it would turn out, and I REALLY like it.. maybe a bit thinner would be better but for a first ring ever I think it's pretty nice.. I hammered it for some detail. I'm not soldering yet so it overlaps slightly. I wouldn't sell this yet probly because it is something new I haven't done before, but I will seal it with something (any
suggestions??) and keep it for myself, I like it as a thumb ring!!

My daughter and I are leaving Weds. morning to go on a little road trip to see my friend in Olympia!! We are excited! I haven't seen my friend in way to long and I'm looking forward to catching up with her.
see ya!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Road trip with my sis!!

I had an awesome weekend with my sister.. we took a roadtrip to Friday Harbor and had a GREEEAT weekend..

My best girls... Tara and Stacey! I have know these girls for 25 yrs!!
Awesome to still be so close!!

Great times, Great memories

Tuesday, August 4, 2009



This is a very important and close to my heart posting..

Lime Kiln Lighthouse, west side of Friday Harbor......

The NOAA wants to ban private and commercial kayaking from the west side of the San Juan Island.. those who read my blog no that this is my hometown..

they are saying that the kayaking is a disturbance and a threat to the pods of Orcas that travel through the area.. which is total nonsense.. these whales and people have been coexisting for generations.. and I as I'm sure many of the locals feel proud to see these beautiful creatures swimming, breaching, spyhopping in our local waters. If you don't know much about Orcas they are very smart wonderful whales.. I believe there are 2 pods that come back yearly to the san juans.. J pod and K pod..

Did you know that they stay with there pods for life.. the biggest dorsel fin is the male of the pod.. My husband was out fishing one day, yes on the westside and in a very small boat... and K pod happened to be in the area, well they made an appearence where my hubby was fishing. He came home so excited, K-2 the big male in the pod had come over to see what he was doing they are very inquisitive creatures, he just swam around the boat and down underneath for a bit and moved on.. well Ron, (my hubby) said that he was so close to the boat he could have reached out and touched him and that when he swam under the boat he was so close that they made eye contact.. WOW what an experience that would have been.. Ron said that you know they are checking you out and that they are intellegent, you can see it in their eyes.

For those that have seen the movie Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman, and many other great actors.. that movie was filmed on the west side of Friday harbor.. all the house scences where out at San Juan County Park which is a well known whale watching park.. so you can watch that movie and get a glimpse of our beautiful island.. ( the house was a set, really doesn't exist there)

so I'm posting this so that everyone who reads this will go to the petition site and sign it.. Crystal Seas Kayaking are sponsoring this petition and are also friends of mine.. they are looking for 50,000 signatures to keep the west side open to public and commercial kayaking.. Please sign, it doesn't matter that you have never been there or do not live in Washington!! It only takes a minute literally to sign!!!!

Another positive reason for signing this petition is a lot of kayakers come from all over to kayak these waters, which brings revenue to the Island and to local companies like Crystal Seas Kayaking, who are people doing what they love and wanting to share that with others. It would really be sad if kayakers could no longer kayak in one of the prettiest places on earth!!

Kayaking out by the Lime Kiln lighthouse, westside, Friday Harbor Washington