Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
By the way, in case you want to know, the necklace I have on is one I made with the $10 glass bead I bought at the Wimberly Glass Works when we were on vacation a couple of weeks ago. Colorful, huh? I haven't put it for sale on my website yet. I'm not sure if I want to sell it. Maybe after I wear it a few times.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Here is a photo of the glass bead I bought from Wimberly Glass Works. When we got back from our trip to Wimberly yesterday, I called my sister, as I was very excited to tell her about my bead purchase. Cindy and I both make the beaded jewelry for NeeNee & CheeChee's Beaded Things -- www.neeneeandcheechee.com I told her that there was a basket of lampworked, glass beads at the Wimberly Glass Works where Bob and I saw these gorgeous, glass lamps that we wanted to purchase. I told her that I settled on buying A bead instead. She laughed. We usually buy strings of beads or multiple beads -- not just ONE bead. I have no idea what I'm going to make with my ONE bead. I could hang it from a cord or a chain for a necklace or I could put it on a wire with other beads on a necklace. I'm hoping that my sister when she arrives tomorrow will give me some inspiration as to what to do with this bead. In the meantime, I'm going to put it out where I can see it and maybe I'll get an idea all on my own. The inspiration will probably hit me at 3 a.m. when I can't sleep!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Bob and I are on vacation -- in Dallas! We decided to stay home and do the tourist sites in Dallas instead of spending a lot of money on a big trip, especially since I haven't worked in 1 1/2 yrs. Today we got around kind of slowly this a.m. and we didn't get out of the apartment until nearly noon. But, hey! We're on vacation!! We decided to go to the Kittrell-Riffkind Art Glass Gallery first on the list. I don't even remember where I heard about this place, but I've had a printed out sheet with the information about the gallery in my dresser drawer for over a year. I printed out a Google map and we set out on our adventure. We got close to the gallery and Bob decided he wanted to eat lunch first. We stopped at a Cheddar's restaurant. It was noisy, but good food. Then, we got back on the road on the way to the gallery. The address is 5100 Beltline Rd. Well, Beltline goes all the way around the city, like a belt circles your waist. We never found 5100 Beltline, so I called the gallery to see where they are located. We were in Grand Prairie, which is on the southwest side of downtown Dallas and we found out that the gallery is in Addison, which is straight north of downtown Dallas! But their address is 5100 Beltline in DALLAS! This was so confusing. Anyway, we headed to Addison and we found the gallery. Bob had it in his mind that it was a museum. Oh, well. We enjoyed looking at the beautiful glass items. And they had glass beads and jewelry! And I picked up information about their glass bead making classes. We found a place to have gelato too. YUM! We're on vacation, right? Then, we headed back home to rest up from our Big Adventure. I talked Bob into joining the Texas Fitness Club, so we walked up there -- 4 blocks from our apt. -- and joined. Bob was too tired to try it out today, so we'll do that later in the week. So this was Day #1 of Bob & Linda's Excellent Adventure. Stay tuned for Days 2 - 7.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
When I lived in Sarasota, I saw a beaded bracelet at the mall that I liked, but instead of buying it, I decided to try making one similar, because there was a bead shop within a mile of my house and I love making things.
I went to the bead store and picked out beads that were similar to the ones in the bracelet that I liked. I asked a few questions about what kind of wire to use and a clerk in the store showed me how to finish the bracelet with a clasp. The clerk charged a fee for her help.
I liked the bracelet and thought it would be fun to try making more jewelry. A few days later, I spoke to my neighbor Lori, who also was becoming interested in beading. Lori told me about another bead shop close to our houses and that the man who owned it would teach you anything he knew how to do for FREE! Lori and I spent a couple of hours one Saturday at this bead shop. The owner, “an old hippie” he liked to call himself, taught us a lot about beading.
Cindy came to Florida for a visit, and being the artist in the family (Cindy teaches high school art), she too wanted to learn how to do beading. She and I have fun getting together when we can and sharing ideas on beaded items we made.
My sister, her husband and our Mom came to visit last summer and as we were sitting around the table, Cindy and I were making our beaded jewelry and Mom reading her book, Mom casually asked us what we were going to do with all of our beaded items. I thought about it a minute and I told her I'd like to try selling it. She asked me what I was going to name my business and I told her "NeeNee & CheeChee's Beaded Things." I solicited my sister to join me. Thus, NeeNee & CheeChee's Beaded Things was launched.
Cindy and I would do about anything for each other. A couple months ago I was working on a project and I ran out of a particular bead. I called her and asked her if she would hunt them down for me. This past week Cindy called me to ask me to hunt down a particular bead for her that she could no longer find in the Elgin area. We are as close as sisters can possibly be, even when there is a lot of distance between us. We are looking forward to getting together next week and to share our ideas on our beaded projects.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
This is a photo of the building where my husband and I live on the 17th floor -- the floor with the arched windows at the top. This morning at 5:22 AM, there was a fire alarm. A VERY LOUD, beeping alarm and a voice saying that there had been an emergency and that everyone was to WALK down the stairs and NOT to use the elevators! Bob and I got up, got dressed and I grabbed my purse and down the 17 flights we went. I told Bob that I sure was hoping it was not a REAL emergency, as we left Buster & Rowdy in the apartment. It would have taken a long time to round up the cats and get them into their travel bags. We looked out the windows before we left the apartment and we saw no fire trucks or any other emergency vehicles. On the way down the stairs, we saw NO ONE!! We both were wondering why we were the only ones going down the stairs. We peeked in the windows of the doors on the way down the stairs and we saw no one. Bob said that he hoped that our car wasn't burning up. I was secretly wishing that it WAS burning up! We finally made it down all 17 flights and walked outside. There were 3 other couples and Bob and me. I asked if we were the only SMART ones or were we the DUMB ones? One of the maintenance men for the building came around the corner and told us that someone had reached into the gate to the parking garage and pulled the fire alarm. There was no fire and no emergency! Well, we got our exercise this a.m. I went back to bed until 6 a.m. and Bob stayed up and got ready to go to work. I sure hope the rest of the day is quieter.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I'm NOT a Happy Camper, but I'm better today than yesterday. My computer crashed! This is the first time this has happened to me. I've heard about this happening to other people, but those kinds of things never happen to you, right? WRONG! The first thing I do in the mornings after getting my cup of hot tea, I sit down at my computer to read/write emails. I love to correspond and I have friends and family all over the country that I keep in touch with. I turned on my computer and it said it was unable to start up. I have no technical skills when it comes to computers, so I asked my husband to take a look at it. "No problem." he says. "I can recover everything tonight when I get home from work." He told me to turn it off and he would fix it when he got home. Well, instead of "fixing" he deleted -- accidentally of course! -- everything in my computer. I had NOTHING!!! Zip! Zilch! Nada! He worked late into the night reinstalling software and some of my files. And I worked all day today to recreate more of my files. Luckily, the church newsletter that I had spent 2 weeks working on had been emailed to the pastor for her to approve the previous night! Whew! Good thing for my husband or he would have been sleeping on the couch and taking me out to ALL of my favorite restaurants for dinner for a good month or more. The pastor emailed the newsletter back to me to email out to members of the church today. Of course, I had to recreate my email address book and groups -- again. My husband still has some work to be done on my computer, but at least I can correspond again.
By the way, in case you're wondering, I made this necklace. The flower petal beads are from a bead show I went to in Dallas a few weeks ago. I'm trying to decide if I want to keep this necklace for myself or add it to my website -- for a small penny, of course.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The Red Door. This is the name that I gave our church newsletter when I was asked by the pastor a couple of weeks ago to create one. This is a drawing of Emanuel Lutheran Church, where my husband and I are members. It has a Red Door. Why a Red Door? This is a good question. It's tradition, I was told. I looked at sites on Google to get a good answer and there is a lot of discussion and answers to this question. One answer was