Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Little Miss CLEAN EARS

This is the CLEANED OUT left ear!

This is the CLEANED OUT right ear!
I am feeling soooooo much better now!
signed: squeakers

Sunday, July 19, 2009

This is a Titanium enhanced DRUZY.
It has 2 white freshwater pearls wirewrapped expertly into a brilliant pendant that I have placed onto one of my crocheted ropes.

These are the sterling silver findings I knew I must use showcase such a fine piece of art.
My rope is composed of silver lined 11/0 seed beads from Czech.

This photo shows the splendor of the sterling silver wirewrapping done by Gay Nace whose website is:

The sterling silver findings, clasp and end cones are of a leafy theme and beautifully constructed.
You can see more detail in the photos that follow.

I met this gal at the Pima County Fair while I was demonstrating beadwork....when I discovered she was on Etsy with me I was so thrilled. I knew I HAD to have some of her pendants for my pieces. This is the first of many.
Come and see my listing for this and many other wonderful items at my Etsy Shop:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Picture Perfect/Desert Bloom

This is the FIRST finished piece of what I hope will be a long and fruitful relationship between my shop and
whose artwork is showcased in the sumptuous cactus flower pendant on my intricately crocheted rope in the photos here. Please be sure to visit Sarah's shop to see her magnificent photography!

Early into my Etsy experience I discovered that we can check out who is local on etsy. In other words, shops who are in the same city or state as we are. This I thought was very KEWL!
I spotted this shop with really spectacular photography AND the artist made some of her prints into art pendants.....WELL

I sent a convo (message) to this gal, Sarah Whitney, that I loved her photography, but especially her handmade pendants with cactus blossoms, jack rabbits, southwestern skies, etc. My only problem was if the bails would slide on my crochet ropes. I expessed my desire to showcase her work in this manner. Sarah started brainstorming where to find larger bails. She is just the sweetest gal.

Shortly thereafter I was a beadwork demonstrator at the Pima County Fair just outside of Tucson. While chatting with different people, I learned of a shop not too far from my home that carried the larger bails we were looking for in sterling silver.
Sarah was more than anxious to acquire the right sized bails to start custom pendants for me to buy and use in my work. She lives miles and miles from the glass shoppe location, but she put her youngest son in her vehicle and met me at the shop.
It was so special for me to actually meet another artist on Etsy and sorta collaborate on some pieces together IN PERSON. And her son and daughter,who I met when she was kind enough to deliver her finished pieces directly to my door, are just precious.
The personal touch of meeting and associating with local artisans would normally have me all jazzed to form some sort of local Etsy group cooperative for support and networking.
That was the old me...jump in with both feet and mingle with the masses.

My situation is now changed and I am lucky to leave the house once a week to buy groceries or pick up prescriptions. Occasionally, terrific encounters such as mine with Sarah, remind me of long long ago. Seven years have taken their toll on my psyche but I guess somewhere my true personality lurks deep in my soul.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Can you even believe how beautiful this bead is?????

JanelDudleyBeads posted such a glowing statement about my work that I don't even know how to act. I was fortunate enough to find her shop on Etsy, http://www.janeldudleybeads.etsy.com/ , when I first opened my own. I was looking for good focal beads to use in my crochet ropes and there IT was....the perfect compliment to a hank of seed beads that I knew I already had on hand.

I bought that bead and a couple others (of course I couldn't resist) and set to making the rope. It took me longer to get around to putting it all together than it did to crochet the two halves of the rope to showcase her fabulous handcrafted lampwork bead. I have finally posted the finihed product in my etsy shop http://www.beadacious1221.etsy.com/ for the WORLD to see. I will keep you posted as to when the other beads by this "Fire Diva" make it to my work as well.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

This is my little SQEAKER before the fateful FLUSHING!!

My Muse was Flushed!

Okay, Okay....before any panic sets in....only her EARS were flushed yesterday. I swear, it's like she is my little baby child. I have been just sick with worry about her since I dropped her off at the Vet at 8 am Tuesday, July 7.

They wouldn't let me pick her up until 4:30 pm. I fretted about her starving since 10 pm the night before and not having water to drink all this time and such. When I picked her up after too long a wait in the lobby (well the scared momma in me thought so, anyway)...the doctor called me in to inform me that she has NEVER SEEN SUCH A BUILDUP OF WAX in a cat's ears in all her years of veterinary medicine.

I discussed the possibility of an inner ear infection. Poor Squeaker has been missing the mark when jumping up on things for about a week. She said it could very well be, as she couldn't see all the way to the drum in the right ear. The left eardrum was clear. So she gave me tablets to crush in her food.

I had used drops in her ears once before and nearly had to go to the ER for all the scratches I received in the administration of said drops. Hence the use of crushed tablets in food this time.

Last night was torture for me because she refused to sleep near me in any way. I got more rest, sorta, since Squeaker slept through the night for once, but my concern for her recovery and the deviation from the norm had me stressed nonetheless.

I FINALLY got her to eat some canned tuna from my hand and a couple treats about one hour ago. She still will not drink water. She has brought me her favorite toy (substitute for a baby's "blankie" I think) and has actually ventured to the picture window in the living room to watch for lizards and birds for a few minutes.

She will not attempt to jump up on anything yet....confirming my suspicions of the inner ear problems.

Gosh, do I sound like a new mother or what?????

Monday, July 6, 2009


I FINALLY got busy finishing off my pieces with lampwork art created by various Etsy Glass Artists, This is the first of many items that will showcase the work of Pam Dansie.

She is an Etsy Artisan, Artfire Artisan, and 1000 Markets Artisan. I bought this wonderful slider focal bead from her shop on Etsy:

She is also a blogger on this site:
I don't have her other locations, but if you visit either of the sites given you will gather all the info you need to see her marvelous work on any of her many sites.

And, oh yeah....by the by, if you spot anything of hers that you might like ME to put into one of my special bead crochet ropes, please let me know either here, or at MY etsy shop:
or at beadacious1221@gmail.com

I couldn't capture the actual depth of colors in the design of this bead with my camera. It is just a super stunning piece!