The wedding

After many years of dating my son and Lindsey got married! It is funny that there is so much stress regarding a wedding and then the wedding goes off with out a hitch. Of course in South Florida we worry about the weather but even Mother Nature was on their side.



I am delighted to welcome a beautiful young woman to my family!


The Bead Hoarder’s blog hop

Welcome to my blog! I hope everyone is ready for the holidays. I am excited that Lori is hosting the Bead Hoarders blog hop again this year. In honor of this challenge I brought out some of my favorite beads.
I saved my Donna Millard glass beads just for this occasion!

I absolutely love the pink, orange and black! I used black leaves and hearts as accents. In Florida this is about as fall like as we get.
For my Christmas necklace I used a rose from C.C. Designs. I added a bumble bee just because.

My last bracelet I had fun with a beautiful flower lampwork piece.
I just love the colors in the flowers they almost look like paint. Thanks again to Lori for hosting this really great blog hop!
I hope everyone has a lovely holiday! Please stay safe.
I hope I can safely return you to Lori’s blog.







Blue fantasy blog hop

Blue happens to be my favorite color ! I was so excited to get blue sea glass. What a gorgeous color. Living in Florida, we can wear pretty much any color and style jewelry year round. I have been on a bracelet making kick and I designed several that can be stacked. Actually I have already worn several of the bracelets I made, because did I mention BLUE is my favorite color!

I had several sea glass colors that I added to this bracelet.



Thank you Lisa for choosing such an awesome color!
Now I will return you back to Lisa Lodge.

Gemstone and metal blog hop

My blog keeps disappearing! I may end up with three gemstone and metal blogs. Yikes!
Lisa sent me beautiful chrysoprase stones. They are such a beautiful soft green. I made four bracelets using clay, lampwork and crystals.
If you are reading this blog and catching up with the bead soup, you might want to check out Lisa lodge’s Facebook page Pine ridge treasures. Lisa offers blog hops every couple of months. They are fun and challenging!
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Thank you for visiting! Have a great weekend!

Soup is on! Number 8!

Bead soup number 8!
What a fine job Lori did this year. Tackling many jobs from her bed! Thank you Lori, for making such a fun event while going through so much!

This year I was partnered with Lee Koopman. Lee sent me quite a challenge! My instructions were to make a focal from her daisy wire wrap. I could use beads, wire or clay. I chose polymer clay.

Fortunately, Lee sent 2 wire frames focals and frames for earrings. My first 2 attempts, all right 3 attempts at the focal came out huge. I was attempting to create flowers to attach to the wire frames. The flowers took on a life of their own.

When Lori announced the reveal delay. I decided to make a new smaller focal using one of the earring bases.

Lee sent adorable mookaite starfish. I live in south Florida, so they look like starfish to me. I did a beach theme bracelet with the mookaite.

Lee also sent amethyst beads. I love the purple! I will use the extra with my left overs from the purple necklace. I used them in a spring bracelet.

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Proud Mom!

My son graduated from university of Florida on Sunday, deans list with honors! However, that is not the entire story. He was in special ed for the first 8 grades.
When he finished kindergarten, the school wanted to hold him back. This child can’t read. What! I knew that he could read books and knew his letters.
They put him in a special program to concentrate on words. He remained in special programs through 8th grade.
We put him in a private school through high school. His teachers all commented on how smart he was in class. He just reads incredibly slow.
After taking his SAT’s twice and not qualifying for a full ride or 75% scholarship for college, he all but gave up. He really wanted to be a doctor. I suggested that perhaps he should take X-ray ‘s at a doctor’s office. See if that was really the direction he wished to go. Continue reading